Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine October 2015

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“Bob Mosier cares about our children, he cares about our families, and he will work hard to bring our community together with the safety of us all being a top priority. ...man of integrity, a devoted husband and father ...he has a faith that is solid, giving him an enormous capacity to love others and a devotion to serving others.” -Marilyn May, Warrenton

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2015 Contributing Writers: Marianne Clyde Dave Colleran Louis Ginesi Dominguez Robin Earl Debbie Eisele Rebekah Grier Ann Harman Steve Herholtz Jim Hollingshead

Dr. Robert Iadeluca Andreas Keller Michelle Kelley Danica Low Crystal McKinsey Sallie Morgan Holly Moriarty Krysta Norman AImee O’Grady

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Easy Tips to Stay Safe

Hiking • Helping • Healing

Community Spotlight Aimée O’Grady Safe & Secure: Warrenton Officers Receive Clinical Observation Training Familiar Faces Rebekah Grier

Wayne Brizzi: It’s a Great Day for Hoopin’


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We Honor Chief Justice John Marshall

Furry Friends Charlotte Wagner Let’s Go Play - Dog Park Etiquette

Meet & Greet Debbie Eisele Nova Coffee Labs: Brewing Up a Passion Shopping Rebekah Grier

Fall Fashion Faves: What We’ll Be Wearing

Happy & Healthy Danica Low Beautiful Minds: The Future of Mental Wellness and Programs for Adolescents in Fauquier County


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Let’s Talk Business: GWCC


Lifting Your Spirits Steve Oviatt

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he first story I ever had published was in the literary magazine for the local community college I attended in Orlando, Florida. It was a romantic, historical short story including flashbacks, diary entries and the drama of World War I. I was so proud. Seeing my name in print. It was the biggest thing I’d ever done. I was not an athlete, a musician, or an artist. I was a writer. Over the next several years I wrote for my university’s newspaper, interned at two magazines in Orlando, held a mish-mosh of jobs totally unrelated to writing or publishing (like working with dolphins, true story), and dreamed of the day I could call myself an author or an editor. When my husband and I moved from Orlando to Warrenton less than two years ago, finding an editing job seemed like the farthest possibility in this town nestled close to the Shenandoah. How life surprises you! I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to write for Warrenton, Haymarket, and Broad Run Lifestyle magazines over the past several months — and even more thankful that I now get to be completely involved from concept to print! I must applaud Debbie Eisele for all the hard work and passion she put into this position before me — I have a lot to live up to. And to Tony, our publisher and editor in chief, thank you for believing that this Florida girl can write about northern Virginia.

Want to write for us? Have an idea or suggestion? Please email me at: editor@piedmontpress.com I can’t wait to hear from you!

Everyone has a story. This is part of mine. I love baking lots of cookies, practicing yoga early in the morning, perfecting the best latte, imagining I speak French, pouring over murder mysteries, and loving my Savior, Jesus Christ. These things are all part of my story. I look forward to hearing and telling yours. Rebekah Grier Managing Editor October 2015



Living It

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There were a lot of raised eyebrows when I decided to jump out of a plane. “Really? Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?” It stirred up lots of interest and admiration (and those, too, that thought I was crazy.) I am not a thrill seeker. I do not like to go on rides at the amusement park. They make me queasy. I’m not good with heights. I get that familiar chill through my body when I stand near the edge of a cliff or drive on a mountain road with no guard rails. Why on earth, then, would I be drawn to jump out of a plane? Good question. Not even sure I can answer that myself. I was intrigued when former president George H.W. Bush skydived for his 80th birthday. I have thought about it from time to time. But when a friend posted her skydiving photo on

Facebook, and I realized it’s close by and easy to access, I just went for it. The thrill on her face drew me in. Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” We spend so much of our lives playing it safe. Being risk-averse becomes the norm. Don’t do anything crazy. You might get hurt. This kind of life philosophy permeates all corners of our lives: our jobs, our parenting, our relationships and communication, and even pursuing personal interests. Someone might not approve. Someone might disagree with our decision. Someone might think we’re silly, or stupid, or thoughtless or wrong. Gasp! Yup. They might. But whose life is it anyway? Just because you stay in your house all day and don’t go out doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get hurt. Do you

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watch the news? Just because you stay in a dead-end job because it’s “secure” doesn’t guarantee security. The financial markets have a mind of their own. Just because you think you do everything right as a spouse doesn’t guarantee that your spouse doesn’t decide one day to up and leave. Telling your kids they can’t do this and can’t do that because it’s dangerous doesn’t keep them safe. It only makes them paranoid and insecure about their ability to negotiate life. So what does all that have to do with jumping out of a plane? Everything. I thought it would be a great illustration of what I think life is all about. Yes, as Helen Keller said, it should be an adventure, but it should also be joyful and peaceful even amidst all the lurking dangers. It should be at once thrilling and peaceful. That’s exactly how I pictured a skydive experience. And it was; but it was even more than that. The wonderful sense of accomplishment, pride and joy that I felt afterward, even as the adrenaline had my body quivering for probably 30 minutes afterwards. That’s something that’s mine alone and no one can take that away from me. It’s similar to the feeling I had when I finished my first marathon at age 54. I did it. Or when I climbed Mt. Fuji. Those accomplishments are mine. They increased my level of confidence. Finishing those challenges stretched me in ways that nothing else could. They showed me that if I have an idea, assess and minimize the risks, and develop a plan that is made of small attainable goals, I can actually accomplish anything I set my mind to. And when I do that, a whole new world opens up to me. These principles apply to any area of your life. Taking the risk to mention something that’s been bothering you for years in your relationship and working toward doing something about it can increase intimacy and create a more joy-filled marriage. Yes, there is a risk involved. Letting your children make more of their own decisions by thinking through the risk factors with you and 8

teaching them critical thinking skills, can build confident, capable adults. Yes, there is risk involved. Deciding to change jobs after 20 years at the same company. Yes there is risk involved. Buying a new car. Moving to a new neighborhood. Traveling to a fascinating place. Hiring that young, inexperienced kid who is so enthusiastic. Stating a dissenting opinion in a political conversation. Raising a question when everyone else is just nodding in agreement. Starting that new entrepreneurial endeavor. Doing something you’ve never done before just for the heck of it. Yes, there are risks. Yes, you might fail. Yes, it might not be everything it’s cracked up to be. But how will you know? It could be better than you even dreamed. Sylvester Stallone, Walt Disney, Louisa May Alcott, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison all took risks over and over and over again. Many times it looked like they failed; but they viewed it as “just information” and moved on to famous successes! As Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

As the mama eagle says, “You can’t fly if you don’t jump.” So what leap will you take today that might just lead you to a wonderful new adventure? You can join with the crowd nodding in agreement out of fear of rejection. You can stay in the house out of fear that something bad will happen. You can stay in that dead end job out of fear that you can’t find something better. Or you could take the leap to make a change. You might just find out how truly fabulous you are. Your choice. This article is a metaphor for making well-thought-out changes in your life, not a recommendation to go skydiving. Marianne Clyde is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Warrenton, VA. Author of Peaceful Parenting: 10 Essential Principles and founder of the Marianne Clyde Center for Holistic Psychotherapy, she helps you break through those barriers that keep you from living the abundant life you were created to live. For more information, see marianneclyde.com and mommy-zen. com or call 540-347-3797. Warrenton Lifestyle

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information is completely secure anymore, unless it is only stored in your head. But there are some things that you can do to make it harder for a hacker to get your personal information. TIP ONE: CHOOSE A GOOD PASSWORD The first tip is to pay attention to your passwords. You’d be surprised how many people use their names, simple number sequences such as 123, and common

words that are easy to crack. A good password should be at least eight characters long, and contain uppercase and lowercase characters, and a number. They should also avoid words that can be found in a dictionary. One of my favorite methods is to think up a personal sentence that can be easily remembered. Begin with a capital letter, follow with the first letter of each word, and end with a number or two. This type of password appears random, but is easy to remember. For example, for Amazon, you could have a password like “WltbsfA1.” How did I come up with this password? Just remember, “We love to buy stuff from Amazon 1.” And for Ebay? Maybe “I used to sell stuff on Ebay, too,” resulting in “IutssoE2.” TIP TWO: USE A PASSWORD MANAGER But what do you do if you have lots of passwords and logins to remember, and get them confused? Use a password manager. This type of program allows you to type in one password to engage the password manager software, but the unique passwords are inserted automatically by the program wherever you need a one in your browser. Then you don’t have to remember each site’s password, and can define highly secure passwords that are totally different for each website you use. Is there an alternative to passwords? Biometric devices such as fingerprint scanners are already in use, and Windows 10 has a feature that allows you to log in to the computer by scanning in your face.



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settings, and update them from time to time. Speaking of settings, don’t forget your computer’s privacy and security settings. You should have an administration account that is separate from your user account, both protected by unique login passwords to keep unwanted users out. And don’t forget to keep your operating systems (like Windows) and browsers (like Chrome, Safari, Internet explorer) updated. Windows offers frequent security updates. If you use Chrome, it’s really important to “lock” your screen to prevent unauthorized users because Chrome allows easy access to its memorized passwords. TIP FOUR: BE WARY OF “THE CLOUD” People often ask me, “What is the cloud?” and, “Is it secure?” The “cloud” is simply a network of computers that are accessible via the Internet to access and store data, websites, etc. Even though many of us are uncomfortable about the using the cloud to store data, it will become the norm. If you create documents with a Gmail account, you are already using the cloud. Is it secure? We all hope so, but from my point of view, the information is going through too many computers, wireless or cell phone networks, and routers. One of these links in the chain could become compromised. If you are worried about sensitive information, I recommend using a program that encrypts it when sending mail or storing data in the cloud. In closing, to make your data safer, develop solid passwords or use a password manager. Be very careful with new apps or programs. Don’t give out more information than necessary. Browse wisely, and tighten up your social media privacy settings. Remember to protect your computer units by keeping them up-to-date and locked. If you are worried about your data or need help setting up your computer security protection, visit the Dok at the new Dok Klaus Computer Care office at 335 Waterloo St. Warrenton VA 20186, or call 540-428-2376. Klaus Fuechsel, better known as “Dok” Klaus, the owner of Dok Klaus Computer Care was recently awarded The Best of Warrenton for Computer Service for the 8th time. If you have questions, you can ask the Dok at klaus@dokklaus.com, www.dokklaus.com, or by calling 540-428-2376. October 2015





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HIKING • HELPING • HEALING Hiking with a charitable vision by Andreas A. Keller The idea to go hiking on a regular basis was birthed in the waning years of the last decade at Molly’s Irish Pub in Warrenton. Over many rounds of drinking craft beers this simple idea grew into a local hiking club with 140 members under the moniker “Boots ’n Beer” with the by-line “A Drinking Club with a Hiking Problem.”

The main motivation for this hiking club was to offer an antidote to our modern lifestyle, knowing that getting outdoors and into nature is a highly restorative tonic for body, mind and spirit. With the Shenandoah National Park at our doorstep, who could ask for a more beautiful gift than hundreds

of well-maintained hiking trails, aweinspiring vistas, not to mention all the local taverns you can find at the end of a hike! We were off, hiking when we could. When Jim Carson, the founder of Boots ’n Beer, broadened the club’s mission from being just another hiking club to one with a charitable vision, we Boots & Beers fo

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incorporated in 2014 as a not-for-profit organization, Boots ’n Beer Charities. Initially we began by furthering causes that were personal to our hikers via donations and sponsoring fundraising events. But recently we expanded our scope by volunteering, participating in, and raising funds for CureSearch’s Ultimate Hike for Children’s Cancer, a 21.7 mile oneday endurance hike in Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia This year’s hike was CureSearch’s biggest event to-date at Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia with all 36 hikers completing the 21.7 mile hike! More importantly, this group of hikers, hailing from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Raleigh, raised over $130,000 to help put an end to children’s cancer. Talk about a great group of people! These are mothers, fathers,

and siblings who have tragically lost a child but have turned the tragedy into dedication and hope for others. They trained for months to make the hike, and their determination, bonding, and accomplishment was inspirational, jubilant, and deep for all of us. Boots ’n Beer Charities was honored to contribute by offering our skills in the training and at the event. Jim Carson coached the Richmond and Charlottesville teams and hiked in memory of his son Kevin; Andreas Keller volunteered during the training hikes and on the event weekend in memory of his friend George Wotton; and Cooper Wright not only volunteered for the event, but also took on the fundraising commitment and raised over $5,000 and hiked in memory of Finley Broaddus. Rounding out our participation were David Peacock and new member Jeff Anchell who took on both the hike

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and fundraising as full participants. Jeff Anchell’s daughter, who is being treated for leukemia at the Oncology Center in Richmond, is doing well and everyone is looking forward to her complete return to health. Her oncology doctor and nurse participated in last year’s Ultimate Hike. Boots ‘n Beer Charities is just getting started. To-date, support, manpower and fundraising abilities have been extended to Finley’s Green Leap Forward, American Red Cross blood drives, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, and CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Ultimate Hike. (curesearch.org) If you’d like to learn more about hiking and enjoy the camaraderie and friendships you can make through Boots ’n Beer, visit our website at bootsnbeer.com/charities/.

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By Aimée O’Grady This past summer, Warrenton pedestrian traffic, parking, and overflow the community. “Thanks to Warrenton’s residents and guests took advantage lots, as well as keeping a mindful eye on small size, we have the luxury of being of a new weekly event: Movies in the attendee behavior. able to interact with the public to give Park. Every Friday night, the Town On a daily basis, 25 members of them that security,” he explains. of Warrenton Parks and Recreation, the police department patrol our streets To maintain our quality of life, PuroClean, and Middleburg Bank and neighborhoods to ensure the safety officers are receiving targeted training partnered to host this new to become better equipped to activity for the community assess emergency situations at a at Eva Walker Park, free moment’s notice. Police training of charge. The success of involves securing the perimeter this event is self-evident; of the scene to maintain control more than 200 guests came and ensure safety of all involved to each show and enjoyed in any situation for which they are the activity with family and called. From there, police handle friends. each situation on a case-by-case The success of basis. While securing perimeter community activities such safety is always the top priority, as Movies in the Park and Warrenton police training now Warrenton Town Limits, includes tools to better assess if an which drew a crowd of individual involved in a violent 5,000 on July 3, is the result or disturbing situation should of a number of factors: receive medical evaluation rather the planning and foresight than imprisonment. This approach of event organizers, the would permit police to identify participation of residents, which offenders are not being and the attendance and treated in the most beneficial way, support of our police force, which oftentimes results in their who ensure all guests becoming repeat offenders. Chief remain safe. Margaret Rice, Officers interact with attendees at Warrenton’s First Friday. Battle explains that “jail does not Town Parks and Recreation have a positive impact on mental Director, explained how illness.” Warrenton police worked with her to of Warrenton’s nearly 10,000 residents. This past August, Warrenton police “make sure that they understood the According to Police Chief Louis Battle, received training in autism, Alzheimer’s, scope of the event and worked with the mission of the Warrenton Police and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder organizers to develop a plan to keep Department is to enhance the quality of (PTSD). Individuals with one of these everyone safe.” This plan included life and foster a sense of security within conditions often exhibit cues that police 16

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can read to best assess if situations are health issues versus law violations. Many times individuals with these conditions can be perceived as hostile when it is simply their conditioned response to a stressful situation due to a medical condition or disorder.


Most people experience a higherthan-normal heart rate when they find themselves in a situation involving the police. For individuals with an impairment or medical condition, a stressful situation could trigger a response considered threatening to an officer. Police training instructs officers to move deliberately: to exit a cruiser a specific way, to approach a vehicle a certain way, to look in the back window first, etc. However, when dealing with individuals with certain conditions or diseases, officers need to modify their behavior to deal with the situation and individuals at hand. By understanding the cues of individuals with autism, Alzheimer’s and PTSD, police can respond appropriately. For example, an individual on the autism spectrum may be interested in getting close to officers and be attracted to the pieces on their uniform and reach for them. By reading these cues, the officers will know to back away and ask the individual to not reach for any of their equipment in a non-threatening or aggressive tone. “Without proper training, officers are likely to miss subtle cues that can drastically alter the way they approach a situation,” Chief Battle explains. Officers are also trained to observe restrictive repetitive behaviors (RRB). These are coping mechanisms that help 18

individuals slow their heart rate and calm themselves down in a stressful situation. As long as RRB do not pose a threat, the individual should be permitted to continue with the activity. For example, one officer recounted an event when he entered a residence and observed an individual watching a ceiling fan. He was unable to break the concentration of the individual. The behavior was calming to the man and posed no threat; therefore, the officer let the activity continue while he went about his work. Police are also cognizant of some individuals’ sensitivity to stimuli. An individual on the autism spectrum, for example, may be disturbed when touched. Therefore, it is important for officers to remain aware of this and ask the individual, in a calm voice, if it is okay to, for example, take his or her arm. Other hypersensitivities may include touch, sound, vision, and even taste or smell. An approaching cruiser with lights and sirens on, therefore, may trigger panic and cause them to behave in ways that may be perceived as threatening. Linda Reid, a Warrenton resident, joined the training to answer questions and offer firsthand information of the characteristics of her daughter, Teylor, who is on the autism spectrum. Officers had the opportunity to ask pointed questions about her hypersensitivity and any tendency to wander. During Reid’s visit, a suggestion was made to help populate the police database with information such as emergency contacts for individuals like Teylor, then making the system available to all residents in the event their loved one wanders. Because of this cooperative effort between the police force and the community, this project is currently

in development. “I appreciated the opportunity to meet with officers to help give them tools to best approach residents such as Teylor,” Reid explained.


More than three million troops have fought in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, making our era the longest period of time for foreign operations with sustained ground troop involvement since the Vietnam War. Jere Palmer, a Veteran Peer Specialist with the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, informed officers that as a result of National Guard deployment out of Warrenton, troops would be returning to our area following deployment. “While some of them may show symptoms of PTSD in the coming years, they will all likely demonstrate some symptoms in the coming months,” according to Palmer. “This is normal behavior and should be expected,” he informed officers. Palmer informed the Warrenton PD officers that many soldiers receive only 48 hours at a demobilization site prior to returning to their homes. This is often an insufficient length of time to reintegrate to their former life. Even simple tasks like driving and encountering potholes and road debris can trigger panic and keep veterans hyperstimulated due to similarities to combat. Many former soldiers have readjustment problems, including irritability, sleep disturbances, concentration issues, relationship problems, anxiety and depression. Most will experience these symptoms shortly after returning home without developing PTSD. Veterans’ emotions escalate quickly Warrenton Lifestyle

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as a result of their having been in combat situations where snap decisions needed to be made before people were wounded or killed. Expecting soldiers to “turn off” in a mere 48 hours is unreasonable. Veterans tend to receive medical care prior to psychiatric care. This leaves them in a position where they suffer mental anguish for years and can develop associated disorders such as depression, substance abuse, and suicidal tendencies. Combat is not the only trauma that can cause PTSD. During training, a special guest was invited to present to the officers. Ms. Gerry Eitner is the mother of a woman who lived in lower Manhattan, experienced the events of September 11, 2001, and now suffers from PTSD. In the months following 9/11, she experienced a deep depression and was unable to discuss the event. She became an insomniac, hypervigilant, and agoraphobic. Today, she is on permanent disability and living in Warrenton. Eitner credits Warrenton with her improvement, “Thanks to a strong support system and a caring community.” However, stimuli such as those associated with police car sirens cause her tremendous anxiety, including panic attacks. During a panic attack, her vision fails and she experiences tunnel vision. As with Reid, officers had the opportunity to ask Eitner questions and better understand the characteristics specific to her daughter. Community involvement, such as Eitner’s participation in this training, helps Warrenton’s police force modify their practices and better work with people with PTSD in our community.

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An increasing number of Warrenton’s senior citizens demonstrate symptoms of dementia, which can be the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The tendency of individuals with Alzheimer’s to wander, coupled with irrational behavior from the perspective of the viewer, can be cause for alarm for an individual unaccustomed to reading the subtle cues. Sophia Cameron, Community Relations Director at Suffield Meadows, a residential and assisted living facility, provided officers with specific examples of the dementia behavior of a diseased brain. “As a result of a loss of depth perception and memory, an individual with the onset of dementia may move awkwardly as they try to determine where to step and may look about, unsure of why they are in a particular place because they can’t remember arriving there,” Cameron explained. Additionally, since Alzheimer’s patients can retain their longterm memory, they may believe they are decades younger than they actually are. Simply put, Cameron states, “Alzheimer’s patients cannot make good decisions.” Because the disease causes tunnel vision, a patient may not see officers to their sides and be taken aback when they move into view. They also have trouble speaking as a result of losing the ability to pronounce vowels. Their hearing is also affected, and they find higher frequencies difficult to hear. Understanding the distinct cues of a patient with Alzheimer’s will allow officers to remain in front of the individual, speak in a low voice, assist them with walking, and help finish sentences if the individual appears to be at a loss. When dealing with an individual with Alzheimer’s, “the burden

of communication is on the person sending the message, not the receiver” explains Cameron. Patience is critical when interacting with an individual with a condition, impairment or disease, but it is especially important with Alzheimer’s patients since it can take a full minute for them to process information. This makes it impossible for a patient to process information during a regular conversation. Cameron offered some communication suggestions that included smiling, remaining calm, approaching from the front, communicating at eye level, and speaking slowly. Officers operate by the strategy that “calm breeds calm.” If possible, they avoid touching an individual, try to treat all individuals the same way, and keep everyone informed as events unfold. Applying this technique and understanding the cues of a person on the autism spectrum, suffering from PTSD, or learning to navigate life with Alzheimer’s disease will ensure the safety of everyone involved and aid the individual through what may be a temporary crisis. When the last attendee packed up their belongings and left Eva Walker Park after one of the Movies in the Park events, organizers set to work cleaning up the park and packing gear. Police officers positioned cruisers with headlights to shine down on the park to aid the movie company crew. “They were there before us and they were the last ones to leave.” Ginger O’Brien, event organizer, said of police, “They stayed as long as it took for organizers to pack up their screen, shining their lights the entire time.” In the coming months and years, Warrenton officers will continue to receive specialized training to best assist Warrenton residents. Residents can rest easy knowing that our officers have the training and are always willing to help shine some light on a situation.

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H PIN’ Wayne Brizzi and 27 Years of Coaching the Future by Rebekah Grier Sitting in the Fauquier High School gym with Coach Wayne Brizzi, currently the longest-tenured coach in Fauquier County, I watched as almost every student that walked by gave him a fist bump and a huge smile, whether they were one of his players or not. Recently celebrating 27 years of coaching varsity basketball for the Fauquier High School Falcons, Coach Brizzi is building a legacy of love, dedication and teaching that will be remembered for many years to come. His love and devotion to the game as well as to the kids goes above and beyond the hours of 9am to 5pm and has been a part of preparing boys to be better professionals, coaches, athletes, and men. After moving to Warrenton in 1988 to pursue a teaching career, Brizzi joined the Falcons as assistant coach to Allen Creasy. Six years later he moved up to head coach when Creasy became Fauquier Athletic Director. Although math and science may seem vastly different from basketball, Brizzi revealed that his motivation and approach to teaching and coaching are the same. “It’s good when you have those students who want to learn and are excited. It just makes it fun, being around people who want to succeed,” Brizzi said. 22

From a passionate Italian family with six boys, Brizzi has always been competitive and hard working — characteristics he learned from his father. When Brizzi’s parents moved to the United States from Italy and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brizzi’s dad worked in a grueling zinc mill to put himself through college. He then went on to coach basketball and baseball, eventually leading all six boys into sports. Brizzi loved basketball so much he turned down every offer by his grandparents to spend the summer in Italy because it would mean missing practice time on the court. After playing basketball in high school and two years in college, Brizzi decided to start coaching because, “When I stopped playing organized basketball, I wanted to stay with the game.”

Love of the Game

That same passion and dedication is what has characterized Brizzi’s quarter of a century coaching the Falcons. During the season, he scouts other teams almost every weekend the team isn’t playing. He’s known for driving 30 minutes one way if it means he can catch the last five minutes of a game. He watches film after every game, sometimes not getting home until midnight or one o’clock in the morning, and pays out of his

own pocket for a video program that separates out each player’s film for college applications. He’s the first one in the gym and the last one out. Jerrelle Benimon, a 2010 Fauquier High School grad who in September signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, said, “I just think he’s passionate about the game. That’s what I think is his greatest characteristic. He loves the game. He would be up watching the tape all night and then go to work in the morning. He puts a lot of hours in this.” Whenever he’s in town, Benimon makes it a point to visit the gym, join in with the other kids, and see Brizzi. “I always thought he was a good guy. We spent a lot of time together because I was always in the gym and he was always here, so we had a good relationship. We still talk on a weekly basis if I’m not around. He’s my coach.” Even players who’ve been out of high school for a decade or more speak affectionately and unequivocally of Brizzi as ‘Coach.’ Mark Trible, a player with the Falcons from 2004 to 2005, remembers looking up to Brizzi since his early teens. “Coach Brizzi loves basketball more than anyone loves anything. He is just so dedicated and it doesn’t matter if the team is good Warrenton Lifestyle


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or not as good. He spends the same amount of time in the gym. He’s there every day. Coach Brizzi doesn’t give half measure to anything,” Trible said. Growing up around the team and helping out as the waterboy before eventually playing for the team his junior and senior year, Trible revealed, “I just wanted to be on the team. That’s all I ever wanted.” Trible now works as a sports reporter for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, after working at Fauquier Now as the sports editor for three years. Jan Ashby, who has been coaching in Fauquier county for 44 years and used to be Brizzi’s assistant coach, said, “You have to love what you do. Some years are good, some years are bad. You just keep going…He puts 150% into it. He makes sure the kids are prepared.”

“I just feel that I’ve been really lucky and fortunate to be in the career I chose, and at Fauquier. Our athletes have always been great to be around. It just seems like it’s been a great fit,” Brizzi said. Pat Frazer, head basketball coach at Liberty High School, was Brizzi’s assistant coach for seven years before accepting the job of rival coach. “The biggest thing is, besides all the basketball stuff, is it’s about the kids. Always has been. He’s done some great things, but he’ll always be the first one to mention the kids. I got a lot of that from him. He’s definitely a role model, the kids look up to him. It’s obvious he’s there for the community and for the kids.” Brizzi is there for his players, but

he also helps serve other children in the community like coaching the Special Olympics basketball team and coordinating their use of the gym as well as organizing basketball camps over both summer and winter break. It even becomes a family affair with his wife and two adult children helping run the camps. Allen Creasy, now retired, said of Brizzi’s work in the community, “He presents the sport to everybody.” Duane Gilliam, Brizzi’s current assistant coach and former player, remembered back to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when Brizzi drove him and two other students to Charlotte, North Carolina, for basketball camp. “He bends over backward to help any of his students,” Gilliam said. “He would do

For the Kids

Just as important as his love of the game is Brizzi’s love for the kids. “Being around young people who want to work is definitely a tremendous amount of fun,” Brizzi said. “When the players work really hard and want to learn and still have that love of sport, you wanna keep doing it. They kind of give you energy and you feed off of that.” Brizzi also described being inspired by children and their natural tendency toward positivity and perseverance.

A parade down Main Street in celebration of the Falcons making it through to the second round of the state finals in 1997 (below). Wayne Brizzi and Jan Ashby coaching (above). anything for his players, and that’s how he’s always been. He’s the first one in the gym and he’s usually the last one out. He’ll open the gym anytime for you. He’ll come in and work out with you. Transport you to practice. Take you to camp. He loves teaching the game of basketball. And it’s been that way since I met him.”

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hosts open gymnasium, Brizzi explained getting to know the kids enough that they feel like family. “Any sport when you’re around people so often, there’s a closeness,” he said. Beyond the role of coach, Brizzi has become for some students a teacher, father figure, and friend. Creasy described it as, “he’s going to be there every day for you.” Trible, whose father passed away when he was young, accredits Brizzi with not only being a strong father-figure, but also a friend. “Coach really looked out for me, always. I always appreciated that. When I played for Coach, he really taught me a lot about how to be a man — when I played for him and after I played for him. That never stopped,” Trible confided. “He was a father figure to a lot of kids, even kids who had dads. He’s the type of person you don’t find very often. He meant a lot to me in every aspect of my life. Whether as an athlete, or as a person, or as a reporter.” When asked if he’d be where he is today without Brizzi, Benimon said, “I don’t think so, honestly. I spent a lot of hours in this gym and he was always the one to open it up and I was always in here with him and he was always in here with me.” Remembering his time in high school as manager for the Falcons, Frazer described Brizzi staying after practice just to shoot with him. “That guy can play basketball; he’s a great shooter. We used to play for milkshakes. Up to my senior year I owed him in the thousands,” he said. Now a head coach for his own team, the LHS Eagles, Frazer said, “I’m proud of a lot of things, but I’ve made a lot of mistakes, too. But when I think about how to handle the situation, it does come to my mind, what would Coach do? I make better decisions when I go along with what Coach Brizzi would do.” Gilliam, Brizzi’s current assistant coach, described kids, like Benimon, who have graduated but keep coming back to play during open gym or practice. “They all stay in touch with him. He has a very good relationship with all the student athletes.”

Teaching Life Lessons

But besides coaching and building relationship with his players, Brizzi views basketball as the perfect medium to teach life lessons. “I hope they learn life 26

skills. Like, it’s not always easy. You gotta work for what you get. And maybe help someone younger on the way. Because really that’s what we’re here for,” he explained. “I want to see the young athletes grow as people. Not just in basketball, but also in life. Learn to work hard.” Trible, Frazer, Gilliam, Creasy and Ashby all spoke about Brizzi’s unique talent to teach the students important lessons that will prepare them for life as independent adults. Discipline, responsibility and working hard to get better and earn what you want are the dominant themes in Brizzi’s program. Ashby described one of Brizzi’s lessons that he also tries to teach his players, “Grow up to be responsible adults; that’s what it’s all about.” “He’s found a way to still connect with the kids while teaching fundamental discipline,” Trible said. “There are no shortcuts. You gotta run the sprints, you gotta play the guy in front of you. You don’t have to be a superstar, but what do you bring to the table? Whatever you do, be the best at it. That was a big deal to me. Learning responsibility that way.” A strong characterization of Brizzi’s program that Frazer has emulated is “If you want to be good at something, no matter what it is, you have to work at it. You have to have that passion. They (the students) learn what work is, they learn what you have to do to be good at something. And not just basketball, but using that as a stepping stone. I think that message is very clear in his program.” Creasy echoed Frazer’s thoughts about teaching commitment to the kids, “Whatever you do, do it 100%.” Gilliam told about how at the end of a season, Brizzi sits down with each graduating senior during an exit interview and earnestly tell them how much he appreciates their hard work. “No matter if they were a senior that played a lot or didn’t play a lot. It’s emotional; (Brizzi) telling them how much he appreciates what they did in practice. And they reciprocate that.” Because of his fairness and honesty with players, Brizzi has earned a level of respect that’s hard to attain and not often achieved, admitted Frazer. “They (the kids) respect him so much.”

Mark Trible goes up for a layup against James Wood as a senior guard in 2005. “A lot of coaches can’t command that kind of respect. And he doesn’t do it in a forceful way. He’s not a jerk. He’s not a guy who yells a lot. People listen to him. They want to learn from him. They knew if they listened to what he said we were going to win games,” Trible remembered.


Looking forward, no one, not even Brizzi, can imagine him enjoying retirement without still being involved in basketball. When asked about retirement, Brizzi’s first comment was, “It’d be hard to tell the kids.” He then described having time to watch baseball games with his wife and travel to all the nearby universities to watch their teams play. “I see him being involved in basketball. Even if he isn’t a coach. He’ll always be involved. He loves it. He could have stepped down many years ago, but he loves the kids and the community,” Frazer said about Brizzi retiring one day. Creasy could not imagine what Brizzi might pursue during retirement because “he lives the sport.” Although Brizzi, now 60 years old, joked he could retire tomorrow or in ten years, Trible remembered being a sports reporter for Fauquier Now and asking Brizzi at the end of every season if he was going to coach next year, “Well, yeah, what else am I going to do?” Brizzi would reply every time. Warrenton Lifestyle

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The Hollow, near Markham, was the Marshall home from 1763-73. It has been restored to appear as it did in the 18th century.

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auquier County can boast a number of native sons that have gone on to do great things, and chief among them is John Curtis Marshall (1755-1835). He was the eldest son of Col. Thomas Marshall, a veteran of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, and Mary Isham Keith Marshall. Thomas and Mary had 15 children: eight girls and seven boys. The roots of the Marshall family in Fauquier County ran deep; Mary’s father, Rev. James Keith, was the rector of the Elk Run Anglican Church near Germantown from the 1740s to 1751. Thomas Marshall was a successful surveyor who worked for Lord Fairfax as the superintendent of his vast lands for many years. The growing family’s fortune increased, and in 1763, they moved from Germantown to northern Fauquier. Their first home was “The Hollow,” a small frame house on the banks of Goose Creek near Delaplane, which they leased from Col. Richard Henry Lee. In 1773, Thomas Marshall acquired property on the main stage road between Salem (Marshall) and Delaplane and built Oak Hill, a seven-room home where the family would live for the next 12 years. John Marshall was home-schooled by his parents. Lord Fairfax gave the Marshall family access to his library at Greenway Court, as well as loaning them books to teach the children history and the classics. At age 14, John spent a year at a private academy, where one of his classmates was future U.S. President James Monroe. He returned to Oak Hill, where he was tutored by Rev. James Thomson. Encouraging his son to become a lawyer, Thomas Marshall provided him with English law books. His studies were set aside during the Revolutionary War, during which time he served as a lieutenant in the Culpeper Minutemen, and later as a captain in the 11th Virginia Continental Regiment. He endured the brutal winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge, Pa., where he became friends with Gen. George Washington. After completing his army active duty, John Marshall read law under Chancellor George Wythe at the College of William and Mary.

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Above left: William D. Washington painted the original portrait of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1859. It has hung in the old Fauquier County Courthouse ever since, except for a period during the Civil War, and when the courthouse burned in 1889. Above right: Appointed in 1957 to serve on the John Marshall Commission were (from left) Judge Elliot Marshall, Dr. Raymond V. Long, Del. Tom Frost, Justice Edward W. Hudgins, J. Donald Richards and James Plaskitt. John Marshall began his legal career on Aug. 28, 1780, when he was first admitted to practice law at the Fauquier County bar. He had a small law office on present-day Waterloo Street. In 1783, he married Mary Willis Ambler, whom he affectionately called “My Polly.” Also that year, Thomas Marshall was named surveyor general for the part of Virginia that later became the state of Kentucky. In 1785, he moved his immediate family to Fayette County, which he represented in the Virginia House of Delegates. He willed Oak Hill to John, who by then was practicing law in Richmond. What followed was a full life, witnessed by his achievements in politics, and national leadership as the U.S. Secretary of State under presidents George Washington and John Adams. Leaving politics, he focused on jurisprudence. In 1801, he was appointed the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a job few wanted, due to the lack of authority commanded by that office at the time. It was a role that he would fulfill for more than three decades, during the administrations of six U.S. presidents. Chief Justice Marshall participated in over 1,000 Supreme Court decisions, and he himself wrote 519 of them. He presided during the historic Marbury vs. Madison trial, agued by fellow Fauquier resident and former U.S. Attorney General Charles Lee, establishing the Supreme Court as the final authority on the meaning of the Constitution in cases and controversies decided by federal courts. Unfortunately, John Marshall’s law office near the top of Waterloo Street was lost in the Great Fire of 1909. Later, a


private residence was built on the site for Mr. and Mrs. William A. Garner. In the 1920s, the Garner house was converted to the old Physician’s Hospital, and later became the District Nursing Home. It is now the John Marshall Building.

Honoring John Marshall

John Marshall has been honored in many ways, including in the naming of towns throughout America, including the one in Fauquier. But much more has been done in his home county to express our respect and admiration for this great man. The first significant honor rendered here was in 1853, with the commissioning of a painting of Chief Justice Marshall, to be hung in the courtroom of the Fauquier County Courthouse in a specially-designed space in the wall behind the judge’s seat. The courthouse had been destroyed in an earlier fire, and along with the rebuilding, plans called for “…the insertion of a full-length portrait of the great Chief Justice,” according to the Court Minutes. Work on the new courthouse was completed, but it would be years before a portrait of John Marshall would hang on the wall behind the judge. The issue came up again in November 1858, when the Court received a request from members of the Fauquier bar, asking that a committee be appointed to contract with some competent artist to execute the long-planned portrait. Action was soon taken, and appointed to the committee were H.P. Shackleford, John P. Philips, Inman Horner, John M. Forbes, Rice W. Payne and James Vass Brooke, according to the Minutes, 1857-59, page 237. After conducting several interviews,

the committee returned to the court on April 26, 1859, reporting that a contract had been signed with William D. Washington, a resident of Clarke County, “…to paint said portrait on the terms and conditions therein stated.” Terms included the payment of $500 for the portrait, which was to be submitted for the committee’s approval or rejection by June Court 1860. Artist Washington quickly started working on the portrait, and had it completed for review by the committee just two months after signing the contract - and still within Fauquier County’s Centennial year. Washington’s portrait depicts Chief Justice Marshall dressed in his judicial robes, sitting at a table. It is a lifelike and accurate portrayal. The committee officially accepted the portrait on June 27, 1859. The order of acceptance, and the authorization to make the $500 payment, was presented by Richard Payne, the Presiding Justice; James E. Murray, Joseph S. Reid and John P. Ashby, according to the Minutes. With the outbreak of the Civil War and the threat of Union occupation by the spring of 1862, the citizens of Warrenton – especially the officers of the court – became concerned that the John Marshall portrait hanging in the courthouse could be damaged or destroyed. The portrait was cut from its heavy gilt frame, rolled up and placed in a metal tube. At the order of Charles Kemper, it was sent to a relative, Theo Kemper who lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. There it was placed in a fireproof vault in his office, and once the war was over, the portrait was returned to Warrenton and restored in the courthouse. The John Marshall portrait was again threatened in 1889, when the courthouse caught fire during the burning in effigy of William Mahone in the courtyard. Disregarding their own safety, three young men – Richard Norris Brooke, John Carter and Eppa Hunton Jr. – rushed into the courtroom, removed the portrait from the heavy frame, and carried it to safety. So popular was William Washington’s work that it has been copied several times. Richard Norris Brooke – who helped save the portrait, and later became a noted artist in his own right – executed a copy of the portrait, which was hung in the U.S. Capitol. Another copy can be found in the Old Supreme Court Building, and still a third copy was done by artist David Silvette for the Law Building at the University of Virginia.

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The base ready, the statue of John Marshall was lowered into place on April 29, 1959, just days before the County Bicentennial. Shown second from the right is Warrenton architect Washington Reed.

The John Marshall statue today, in front of the building now housing the Juvenile and Domestic Court offices.

location in the Town of Warrenton began in May 1957. Virginia Gov. Thomas Stanley appointed the six-member John Marshall Commission to study the creation of the monument. Serving were Judge Elliot Marshall of Front Royal; State Conservation Commissioner Dr. Raymond V. Long, Fauquier Delegate Tom Frost, who introduced the bill to the Virginia General Assembly creating the commission; Chief Justice Edward W. Hudgins of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Warrenton attorney J. Donald Richards, who served as chairman of the commission; and James Plaskitt of Upperville. By June 1958, a contract was approved for creation of a bronze statue of John Marshall, to be executed by sculptor Percy Bryant Baker of New York City. On June 11, 1958 Mr. Baker presented photographs of a scale model in clay depicting a seated John Marshall. The cost of the full-size bronze statue would be $45,000, with major funding provided by the Virginia General Assembly. The statue would be 6-ft., 3-in. high, and placed on a marble base measuring 4-ft., 8-inches high. Mr. Baker explained that if a standing statue of John Marshall were sculpted on this scale, it would be eight feet tall. Washington Reed of Warrenton, representing the architectural firm Ballou and Justice of Richmond, designed the base of the statue, and helped select the

the raised center of the circle, with ivy or other evergreens planted around it, and illuminated at night by soft floodlights. Noted landscape architect Meade Palmer also objected to the County Office site, noting that the World War II memorial was already there. He felt that a small park “in the vicinity of Warrenton,” perhaps one-half acre, should be created where the statue “…could then become not just so much bronze and marble – another courthouse monument – but a living memorial, used and enjoyed by all the people.” The Virginia State Art Commission reaffirmed the selection of the site on Oct. 26, 1958, but the controversy continued, with the Chamber of Commerce and local garden clubs going on record that the site should be reconsidered. But with the unveiling of the statue planned as part of the county’s Bicentennial Celebration on May 1, 1959, the matter had to be put to rest. “Wilbur Walker, administrative assistant to Gov. J. Lindsay Almond, told the Democrat that the site is left to the State Art Commission to approve,” according to the Dec. 11, 1958 edition of the newspaper. Selection of the site was not part of the funding bill passed the previous August, and “…if a proper delegation opposing the site can be formed, the Art Commission may review its decision.” Virginia Art Commission Chairman A. Edwin Kendrew noted that normally such a


site, which would be in front of the County Office Building. While the design of the statue received universal approval, that was not true about its placement. For nearly a year, discussions were held and petitions circulated to have the statue moved from the site in front of the County Office Building, which had already been approved by the Virginia State Art Commission and the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors. In response, the commission met with the supervisors in front of the County Office Building on a rainy morning in June 1958 to discuss the site, and agreed that was where the statue should go. An editorial in The Fauquier Democrat published Sept. 18, 1958 described the County Office Building site as “a bit mediocre… lacking spaciousness” and unworthy as the backdrop for the statue. “As Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall’s life and inspiration are indelibly connected with justice and the courts – and not with the routine day-today business,” according to the newspaper. A better site would be in front of, or built into, the steps of the Courthouse, “…and backed by the pillared façade, if proportions allowed.” Mrs. Edward L. Bain Jr. weighed in, suggesting that the “silent policeman” in the street in front of the courthouse be removed, “…and a circle eight or ten feet in diameter and about three feet high be placed there.” The statue would be in

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A small monument was built marking the site of John Marshall’s birthplace in 1902, and expanded to its present size in 1928. In the 1970s, volunteers cleared a path to the remote location. Seen from left are John S.M. Wayland, Mike Helmick, John Ciolfi and Delmore Grimes (on bulldozer). request would have to come from the John Marshall Commission, “…which has refused to discuss the matter, calling it a ‘newspaper controversy,’” according to the report. Work on the statue and the site continued as the date of the unveiling approached. The grounds in front of the County Office Building were cleaned up and prepared for the installation during January 1959, and the base installed in late April. On Wednesday, April 29, the 2,800-lb. statue, wrapped in a tarp, was lowered onto the base by a crane brought in by the Nelson Construction Co. of Warrenton. The unveiling of the statue took place as planned on the afternoon of Friday, May 1, 1959. Marking John Marshall’s birthplace In 1902, the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity placed a small monument at the presumed site of the John Marshall birthplace in an open field near Midland. In 1928, the original monument was enclosed by a larger, pyramid-shaped structure erected by the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. As early as 1956, Del. Tom Frost, working with members of the John Marshall Garden Club, sought to have the Commonwealth place an historic marker noting the birthplace along Route 28. A site was selected east of Midland, and a “wayside” was built. It had been decided that the actual Germantown home site marked by the earlier monuments was not suitable, due to access to its remote location. By January 1964, the Virginia Department of Conservation and the State Highway Department jointly announced that the funding had been approved and that plans were in the works to convert the wayside into a small park and picnic area. Included in the planned improvements were landscaping, a commemorative marker, picnic tables and a well for water. Work on the park continued through the summer, the site was graded and seeded, and trees planted. The commemorative marker

Now managed by the Fauquier County Department of Parks and Recreation, the John Marshall birthplace has been developed into an attractive park.

was moved, and parking places designated by posts. Future plans called for a shelter, additional picnic tables and trash receptacles. However, with the widening of the highway, it was decided to move the wayside to a site off Germantown Road, actually closer to the birthplace, and provide access to the monument and parking for visitors. By then, the site was heavily overgrown, and the monument difficult to find. Work was done to clear the path, and signage installed.

Continuing the Honors

Development of the John Marshall Birthplace Park has continued under the Fauquier County Department of Parks and Recreation. It now offers a picnic area at the trailhead with tables and grills, plus a three-quarter mile hiking trail that meanders along a stream back to the monument. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. After years of neglect, an effort to preserve and restore The Hollow began in 1981, with the establishment of the Friends of The Hollow, led by Tom deButts, a John Marshall descendent. A major change occurred in 2000, when Dr. David C. Collins of nearby Learning Tree Farm acquired the property. Dr. Collins worked with historians and preservationists to stabilize and restore the structure. The Hollow was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register in 2003, and the National Register in 2004. Oak Hill remained a Marshall family property for many years, but was eventually sold. In 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is now a private residence. Today, the John Marshall statue stands at the head of Fauquier County’s legal campus—in front of the Juvenile and Domestic Court offices, next to the General District Courthouse, and up the hill from the Circuit Courthouse.

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“I was playing house, but I knew I wasn’t ready,” she explained. “I am not a settle-down kind of person. I realized it was time for me, I was stable enough and I was ready to take care of myself.” Maddi left her husband, her job and Culpeper in hopes of finding herself. She found support and inspiration in Warrenton. Alongside a fellow musician, they toured creating and sharing their music with the area. She went back to her roots and began teaching at Drum & Strum in town, working with a group of talented girls teaching them guitar. “I want to give these girls what I needed to live at their age,” discussing her desire to teach. “Here I have 11 students that are in the middle/high school age range. They write their own music, they are learning to play and they are rockers!” Warrenton Lifestyle

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“My favorite fall fashion staple is a vest. It can be used as a layer for extra warmth or as a pop of color to put the finishing touch on your outfit. You can use it to dress up a long sleeve tee or as an accent piece to a blouse. They are perfect for those cool, fall mornings when you need some warmth but a jacket is too much. Plus, you can wear them into winter as a base layer under your cozy winter coat! Our personal favorite vests this year are from Joules in earth tones, neutrals, and bright colors. They are great because they come in several different fits and weights so everyone can find a style that works for them.”


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The Future of Mental Wellness and Programs for Adolescents in Fauquier County

For this article, we collected viewpoints from several mental health experts in the county and across the region. Here, they speak to defining mental health, the stigma, prognosis, resources, hope and the community support available.

What is mental health?

According to Will Fairhurst, a behavior specialist and director at Time Family Services in Virginia, “If a person is unable to live, laugh, love or learn, they might need some support to be able to improve their mental health.” Fairhurst has been working with children and teens in therapeutic mental health environments since 1997 and currently serves as the Challenge Course Facilitator at Verdun Adventure Bound. Fairhurst adds, “I want people to know and understand that mental illness has no prejudices. It can affect us all, and we will never know what will trigger a person’s response to life events. The word mental health means mental wellness, which is a person’s ability to be resilient.” He continues, “At some point, any one of us could need help through a rough patch in our journey, and we may need the help of others to make it.” Fairhurst has dedicated his entire career to helping those with mental health issues find healing.

Teens and adolescents

Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County since 2011, Sallie Morgan previously held the role of Director of Community Support Services with Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board for 35 years, where she was responsible for many mental health services. She shares that one in five children experience a diagnosable mental illness each year. She adds that, “Mental health problems are more common (among all age groups) than heart disease, lung disease and cancer combined.” In fact, she suggests, “Over our lifespan, 50 54

percent of us will experience a mental health challenge of some kind, so it is extremely likely that you will experience a mental health challenge yourself, or will encounter someone in your family, workplace, school, church or community who lives with a mental health disorder.” Morgan adds, “The most common mental health problems include depression and anxiety. Among adolescents age 13-18, the most common problem is anxiety (31.9%) followed by behavioral disorders (19.1%) and mood disorders such as depression (14.3%) and substance use disorders (11.4%). There are some gender differences – adolescent girls have two to three times the rate of depression seen in boys of that age. Hormones play a role, and boys often tend to express their feelings more through anger and

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Morgan shares that, “In spite of the widespread experience of mental health challenges, there is sadly still a great deal of stigma attached to mental illness. The result is that many people, especially young people, are reluctant to share what they are experiencing and to ask for help.” “Mental health issues are universal,” says Rob Marino, Executive Director of the Fauquier Free Clinic. “There are a lot of ways to count this, but most studies agree that essentially half of all people will meet criteria for a mental health disorder at some point in their life. Stresses like poverty, family history, and family crises just make everything harder.” Morgan adds, “One major concern is that, while therapy can be extremely effective, for many, the stigma of admitting that they are experiencing mental health problems and the stigma of seeking treatment seems to be worse than living with the pain and suffering of the mental illness. We need to encourage people to receive treatment and seek it early instead of waiting through years of suffering hardships.” “Knowing that you have a mental illness is a step for young people,” says Fairhurst. “They need to know it’s treatable, and they are in the driver’s seat. They need to be invested in treatment and have a positive relationship with that treatment provider. Ask questions, get involved in support groups, and know that you will get better.” The outlook is good, he says, with work. “You will achieve

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Despite a growing number of resources available in Fauquier, “The average length of time between onset of symptoms and receipt of treatment is nearly a decade,” says Morgan. “Which is tragic because there are very effective treatments and early intervention can not only save years of pain, but can also affect the whole course and severity of a mental illness.” Her message – don’t ignore symptoms, seek treatment right away. She adds, “People need to know that there is hope – mental health problems are treatable, and there is no shame in asking for help.” Fairhurst explains, “If we build up awareness and reduce our fears and misconceptions about mental illness, we will have better treatment and even more successes. We will transition from reactive treatment to proactively building-in resilience, emotional regulation skills and relationships skills, which are an important part of wellness.” If a teen or adolescent is experiencing symptoms of a mental health issue, what should parents, teachers, coaches, and close friends and family know and understand? “Adolescents are especially prone to believing that they will not get past their troubles, that they are not worthy of affection and concern, and that they will never be well,” Marino adds. “Most problems are temporary and can be addressed… but adolescents have not had the experience of working through something like this before. Help them get the help they need and have faith that it will be effective. It will.” Dr. Ashley Clark, who oversees the Young Adult Coordinated Care (YACC) division of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board, offers, “Mental health issues are more common than most individuals know, and do not represent a failure of parenting or a defect in the adolescent’s character. If teens and adolescents know that help is available and that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, they will be more likely to seek the treatment that could help them overcome the bump in the road they are experiencing.” Local initiatives and programs In 2014, the Mental Health Association aided the Fauquier County Public Schools in securing a $100,000 federal grant over a two year period to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid training to 1,000 school staff and community members who work with youth. Mental Health First Aid helps those recognize when a young person is

at risk of mental health problems. “Early intervention is key to reducing the teen’s pain, and helping them develop coping skills that will affect their entire life,” Morgan says. In June, the Fauquier Free Clinic received a gift of $50,000 to support its plans to build two mental health treatment areas into its current building. This gift will result in improved and expanded mental health care for local uninsured families—a top priority for the clinic, explained Mario. This spring, Verdun Adventure Bound was awarded an annual planning and operations grant in the amount of $12,400 from the Fauquier Health Foundation. This grant was just one of several mental health grants awarded by the Fauquier Health Foundation to local nonprofits and agencies to support local mental health services. In addition to Verdun Adventure Bound, these recipients include: the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County (which received one Make It Happen grant and one annual planning and operations grant), Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board, and Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission. Verdun Adventure Bound will use the awarded funds to support a youth mental health program serving children and their parents to increase awareness of mental health. This weekend program will be held on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 as a two day program (8am-4pm) free to the community. Preregistration is available online and for questions you can call Verdun Adventure Bound at (540) 937-4920. The program will include hands-on adventure and discussion programs for the children and teens and classroom instruction and discussion for parents. Fairhurst says of the weekend program, “Mental health is not just affecting the person with the issue, it is affecting the entire family. We want to let them know there are other people in the community dealing with the same things and that there is a shoulder to lean on.” The day-long program at Verdun Adventure Bound on October 24th will offer a parallel experience – parents and adolescents will go through a similar program that will discuss typical behavior from abnormal behavior and enlighten and empower parents and their children together on new approaches for coping, communicating and connecting. “It (wellness) is all about the connection,” says Fairhurst. The result of a Federal initiative to address mental health issues among Warrenton Lifestyle

adolescents and young adults, YACC is described by Dr. Clark as an early intervention program targeted at supporting individuals between the ages of 15 and 25 who are experiencing the first onset of psychosis symptoms. “This program provides services to a highly stigmatized group of individuals to help them fully integrate themselves into the community,” she said. “This population has historically been a population with the least positive prognosis. However, through research, it has become abundantly clear that with early support, the sky is the limit in supporting them to reach their goals and dreams.” Additionally, the widespread belief that music is supportive of mental wellness in general has led to many local music, dance and art schools to offer programs for children and teens. As Lachelle Yoder, of Warrenton’s Allegro Community School of the Arts, says, “Music gets into your heart and your spirit. Music has a way of taking the edge off, diverting your attention towards something brighter and more meaningful. If you hear happy music, it’s really hard to stay sad.” She shares one of her favorite quotes—“Music brings back the feelings of life when nothing else can.” Also in support of music therapy, the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County hosted the Arts Fusion event this summer, which was a fun-filled evening of music and dance in support of raising awareness for mental health care access in Fauquier County. A a follow-up event is planned for next summer.

A bright future

According to Marino, “Health and mental health are not two different things. A person who is living a healthy lifestyle is better armed against mental health crises. He adds, “People should not hesitate to talk with someone about their feelings and concerns. Your primary care doctor, a pastor, or a guidance counselor can help in addition to your friends and family. Many people find that medications and counseling support really do help as well.” Morgan explains the high cure rate when identified early. “Although there is no cookie cutter model of treatment for all mental health issues, 90% of mental health issues can be treated successfully. The earlier treatment is delivered after the onset of symptoms, the higher the success rate and the shorter the course of treatment that is needed.” She also provides a list of protective factors that help an adolescent avoid the onset of mental health problems. These include: feeling close to at least one trusted adult; healthy living; high self-esteem; good problem solving skills; feeling of control over one’s life; spirituality; avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; consistent home/family routine; monitoring of youth’s activities; regular school attendance and academic performance; economic security; having a good social support system; availability of constructive recreation; and community bonding. What would you want a teen or adolescent to know who is experiencing some of the symptoms of a mental health issue but has not been diagnosed, or who has recently been diagnosed? Dr. Clark offers this, “You are not alone. While proper diagnosis may shed light on how to effectively treat a condition, a mental health diagnosis is not a Scarlet Letter. It is not a permanent fixation to an individual. It does not define who they are. In fact, there are extremely successful individuals in all walks of life who have mental health issues and diagnoses. A diagnosis or onset of symptoms is not the end to one’s hopes. Instead, it is an opportunity to gain personal insight into a future of prosperity.” Marino offers parting words of encouragement to those with a mental health issue. “You can and you will get better in time. Ask for help. Ask for help. Ask for help.” October 2015

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Fa Farm Fest at S Meadows State Park

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10 am - 5 pm Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane Celebrate the fall harvest at Mount Bleak Farm. Each full weekend in October will feature live music, interpretive programs, living history demonstrations, Ghosts of Mount Bleak House Tours, children’s play area, and old-fashioned children’s games. The pick-your-own pumpkin patch will be open daily. Call the park at (540) 5923556 for weekend program schedule, or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov.

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The Corn Maze in The Plains

Fridays & Saturdays from 10 am - 10 pm Sundays from 10 am - 6 pm Night Maze Friday and Saturday nights from 6 pm - 10 pm 4501 Old Tavern Road, The Plains Have fun with all your family and friends on this five acre organic corn maze with fun puzzles and challenges. There is a barnyard of fun for all ages with giant slides, pumpkin sling shots, tire swings, corn tires, haybale maze and other mini mazes and farm animals. A grill will be offering local naturallyraised burgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, kettle corn, fresh-roasted sweet corn and fresh cider. Hayrides will also be given through the beautiful countryside.


from 6 pm - 9 pm - Main Street in Old Town Warrenton - Join the Old Town community for this last First Fridays of the season! Live music, dance and art demonstrations, food, wine tastings, artisans, nonprofit groups and more. For more information visit www. PartnershipforWarrenton.org/Events.

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from 10 am - 2 pm - Warrenton Branch Greenway Trailhead at the end of S. 4th Street, Old Town Warrenton The Warrenton Caboose is celebrating its 16th anniversary with a special event. Music, food and tours of the vintage railroad caboose will be available. Join in the fun with the Friends of the Warrenton Caboose, Fauquier County Parks & Recreation, the Blue Bells Band, The Warrenton Barrel Train and more. Bring your chairs and stay awhile. For more information call 540-226-7709 or email warrentoncaboose@gmail.com.

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from 5 pm - 7 pm Fauquier High School, 705 Waterloo Road, Join the Fauquier Community Band for an evening filled with familiar classical melodies. The band will put a fun spin on famous works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and others. A raffle will be offered by local businesses for $1 per ticket. Concert admission is free, and donations to the band are gratefully accepted. The concert will be held in the Fauquier High School auditorium. Please enter through door D10. For more information, visit www.fauquiercommunityband.com.

Saturday, October 10

Children’s Festival

from 11 am - 5 pm C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Road, Midland - Enjoy a family-friendly day designed especially for children! Face & pumpkin painting, sand art, pony rides, alpacas, hay rides, moon bounces, petting zoo, fire-engines, fishing, local entertainment, demonstrations, environmental booths and more will all be available to fascinate the children. Cost is $6/vehicle for in-county vehicles, $12/ vehicle for out-of-county vehicles and paid at the gate. For more information, call (540) 788-4867.

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at 2 pm Main Street, Old Town Warrenton Please arrive at 1:45pm to prepare for the start of the parade, beginning at 2pm. After the parade, children may trick or treat at participating businesses along Main Street. Special treats will be available at Bank Plaza on Courthouse Square.

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from 7 pm - 9 pm Marshall Community Center, 4133A Rectortown Rd, Marshall The Silver Tones and Fauquier County Parks and Recreation invite you to attend this very special masquerade dance. Costumes are not required for attendance, but are encouraged. Masks will be available for purchase at the front desk. Refresher/beginner swing lesson starts at 7 pm. Admission is just $10. Call 540-4228580 for more information.

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businesses. Business owners are encouraged to verify their free listing by looking up their business and checking that contact information, business description and location are correct, and then adding a profile picture. Anyone with Judy Olsen a legitimate local business can easily set up their own free listing, and once it’s verified, it will appear on the site. Local nonprofits, foundations, and churches are eligible for a special membership, as are all Fauquier County offices. All businesses have the option of upgrading their listing to take advantage of more features on the site. Connecting with the community in meaningful ways is important to Yessler and Olsen. Local nonprofits, churches, and foundations often have limited budgets to promote their events. Likewise, small businesses have a hard time competing within the marketplace, and some don’t have a presence on the web. Fauquier411.com gives everyone the chance to have an increased online presence and promote their events within the community. Olsen says, “The live-streaming Trending In Fauquier section on the homepage will hopefully have people

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OCTOBER EVENTS October 2 - 4, 9 - 11, and 16 - 18: Mary Poppins at Fauquier Community Theatre in Vint Hill Get your tickets before they sell out at fctstage.org! Saturday, October 3rd Events: MCA Apple Festival 10am - 4pm 10456 Old Carolina RD, Midland Games and food galore! Fun for the whole family Fauquier Cross Country Fun Run & Relay 6pm - Fauquier High School The event is open to all children in grades K-8th. Contact QJONES@FCPS1.org to register. Saturday, October 10th Events: Fresta Valley Christian School Fall Festival 2pm & Square Dance 6:30pm 6428 Wilson Rd, Marshall Hot air balloon rides, games and more! Coleman Fall Festival 10am - 4pm 4096 Zulla Rd, The Plains Games, moon bounces and more. $10 per person.

Children’s Festival Crockett Park 11am - 5pm Moon bounces, crafts, hayride, performances and so much more! Small fee to enter the park. F4F will be hosting a craft booth during the festival. Stop by and see us! Friday, October 23rd Events: Trunk-or-Treat & Shrek Movie at the WARF Trick-or-treat in a safe, traffic-free environment and enjoy a movie! Trunkor-Treat is limited to the first 100 cars. Please register at families4fauquier.com. The showing of Shrek will began at 7pm. No registration required for the movie. Activities include trick-or-treating, best costume contest, best decorated trunk contest, and make your own scarecrow station.

Saturday October 31st Events: Halloween Hunt 10am-noon in Vint Hill Candy Hunt at 10:30am and costume contest at 11am for children and pets. Friday, October 16th Events: C. Hunter Ritchie Fall Festival 4pm - 6:30pm 4416 Broad Run Church Rd, Warrenton Children’s activities, games and more! NOTE: We will continue collecting dental items for the Fauquier Free Clinic for Children until the end of October.

Saturday, October 24th Events: Free Clothing Giveaway 9am - 1pm Hope Christian Fellowship, 4173 Bludau Drive, Vint Hill Free clothing for the entire family. All ages and sizes. Sunday, October 25th Events: Halloween Happyfest Parade Line up at 1:45pm on 5th and Main Street, Parade starts at 2pm. Trick or Treating following the parade in Old Town Warrenton.

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