Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine October 2016

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Canines that are becoming “pup”ular in our region by Charlotte Wagner Fauquier Hospital Employs Multiple Tools to Detect Breast Cancer by Robin Earl VINEGAR TAKES FLIGHT

A young entrepreneur takes a fresh approach to an old culinary staple by Aimée O’Grady FAMILIES4FAUQUIER

Events & happenings for familes around Fauquier by Rachel Pierce THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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By Charlotte Wagner

wnership of a Golden- or Labradoodle is becoming an increasingly popular trend in our area. You can’t go down the Greenway or around town without coming across at least one; that fluffy face, plumed tail, and cheerful gait - it’s easy to spot. The unfortunate thing is most prospective owners are unaware of the variation in characteristics when it comes to these mixed breeds. A better understanding of these dogs will help you determine if a Doodle is a good fit for you and your lifestyle. One of the original Labrador and Poodle crosses took place in Australia as part of a service dog program. The aim was to breed the gentle nature of the Labrador to a lowshedding breed such as the Poodle and match them with people who are otherwise allergic to pet hair and dander. Since then the trend to breed Doodles has been ever expanding to incorporate Golden Retrievers and an array of other breeds, including toy varieties. Dogs began as a cross, and since then breeders have chosen to add a little more Golden, or Lab, or Poodle depending on their breeding program. There is much inconsistency in coat, anatomical structure, and size in mixed breeds. Some breeders have strict breeding plans in order to work towards consistency and type, however there is little guarantee for a given dog. For instance, some breeders started with standards sized dogs and then slowly chose to breed only the smaller stock to reduce size. Whereas others introduced miniature poodles to their breeding program to encourage miniaturization. Once the raw parameters are set for selection, then the next question is what percentage of Poodle, Doodle, or Retriever should be introduced during further generations to retain the desired physical and mental characteristics? Something not all breeders stress or plan for, which further contributes to inconsistencies in this dog variety. So when choosing a Doodle - don’t get your hopes up on a specific size, mixed breeds are more likely to produce varying sizes and that’s ok. In addition to size variation, coat type is a huge consideration. Some coats are softer,

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some are more coarse, some are dense, others are sparse. The truth is there is no true “Doodle” coat. Grooming is a huge commitment for this type of dog, requiring daily maintenance and upkeep and needing assistance of a professional dog groomer. Just to give you an idea - keeping a longer coat requires a visit to the groomer every two to four weeks, which costs on average $100 each visit. Shorter coats that are clipped are less likely to mat and are easier to maintain, at which point every six to eight weeks for a professional grooming may be required. That’s thousands of dollars in grooming expenses every year, throughout the life of the dog. Setting personal preference for length of hair aside, Poodle mixes require lots of grooming - and that’s something most Doodle owners do not consider and most breeders neglect to stress when acquiring a dog. Temperamental standards based on the purpose of the breed do not necessarily exist to the same extent as with a pure-bred Golden Retriever, Labrador, or Poodle. Dogs can show significant variation in disposition and may be confident, hyper, easily over-stimulated, or hesitant, cautious, sensitive, and fearful. The key is to identify and have a frank conversation with any potential breeder about their lines, breeding goals, and socialization regime to ensure a potential puppy is happy, healthy, and has a disposition that fits with your lifestyle. Popularity of Doodles has only significantly increased in the last 10 years or so. With this said, dogs are currently starting to age and show whether or not health issues


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are prevalent. When mixing various dogs it is still vital to select breeding dogs for a type that is conformationally sound to avoid health problems such as hip dysplasia, cardiac issues, knee issues, or other genetic problems. Only purchase dogs whose parents have health clearances by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and ask to see the paperwork. Although Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are not AKC or UKC accepted breeds, there is a movement beginning to form with the intent of having Doodles of different varieties accepted as their own entity or breed rather than a mix. The Australian Labradoodle Club of America focuses on upholding the standards based on the original Australian breedings. They have an extensive list of requirements for breeders who wish to partake in membership in the club. (For more info visit



www.australianlabradoodleclub. us). The Goldendoodle Association of North America similarly advocates for their cause (on the web at www. goldendoodleassociation.com/ home.aspx). In a nutshell, if you are thinking of welcoming a Doodle into your home, make sure you do your homework. Find a reputable breeder who focuses on temperament, health, and education regarding their dogs. Doodles require a lot of grooming, and that’s a large financial commitment. Some dogs (especially earlier generations) are more prone to be easily excited, or hyperactive, whereas others if poorly bred may exhibit signs of fear and shyness. Talk to multiple sources, meet many dogs, and experience these dogs first hand. They make extraordinary pets for the right family. ❖

Charlotte Wagner is a certified animal trainer and behavior consultant. She advocates that prevention, management, redirection, and training of alternate responses is key to training success. She owns and operates Duskland Training and Behavior in Warrenton. Learn more at dusklanddogs.com

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Fauquier Hospital Employs Multiple Tools to Detect Breast Cancer By Robin Earl


t’s October, and we’ll be seeing a lot of pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For good reason. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Screening for breast cancer can detect cancer before it is large enough to be caught through a physical exam – when it is most treatable. What is 3D Mammography?

As the latest FDA-approved technology in breast imaging, 3D mammography is an advanced, clinically proven screening and diagnostic tool for early breast cancer detection. During the 3D mammography exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in an arc over the breast, taking multiple low-dose images at different angles. A computer produces a 3D image of the breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, providing greater visibility. The radiologist (MD) is able to see the breast tissue in detail never before possible. Also known as breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time, with the same system.

There is no additional breast compression and the exam time may be slightly shorter than a 2D exam. 3D demonstrates a 40% increase in the detection of invasive cancer, a 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers and a 16% decrease in the need for follow-up imaging. 3D and 2D images are taken with the same radiation dose as 2D images alone. 3D mammography can benefit all women who undergo either a screening or diagnostic examination. However, it may be even more beneficial as a first-time baseline mammogram; for women 40 to 60 years old; women with a significant amount of dense breast tissue, or women with a personal history or a close family history of breast cancer. Not all insurance carriers recognize 3D mammography as a covered service. Fauquier Hospital does not charge for any 3D mammography services that are not covered by your insurance company. However, the radiologist will bill you separately for their professional interpretation of your mammogram and insurance providers vary in their coverage of this fee. Patients are asked to check with their insurance company if they have concerns about out-of-pocket expenses. ❖

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A young entreprenuer takes a fresh approach to an old culinary staple By Aimée O’Grady


aniel Liberson, 29, is one of Fauquier County’s newest young professional entrepreneurs. He launched his business, Lindera Farms, only three years ago, in 2013. He identified vinegar as a product that was poorly perceived by the public and cheaply and irresponsibly made by large manufacturers. Liberson set out to change that perception. Before starting Lindera, Liberson trained as a cook, working under world-renowned chefs like Bryan Voltaggio, John and Karen Shields and Matt Lightner. At just 24 years old, he decided to use his experience to head off in another direction. That decision took him to the first floor of the barn on his parents’ 225acre farm, situated among the rolling pastures of picturesque Delaplane. There, Liberson began to manufacture vinegar with ingredients he foraged from the property. He purchased what he couldn’t find from select Virginia farmers who employ sustainable farming practices and innovative farming practices. Liberson’s interest in vinegar stems from his years training under chefs who focused on the hyperlocal food movement. “The chefs I worked for were looking at sourcing their ingredients from a very small, local area,” he explains. “I decided to take that concept and focus on the state of Virginia. Rather than preparing plates, I prepare components – in this case,


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follow their morning coffee with a flight of vinegar? But after a taste of the honey vinegar, the answer was an emphatic “me!” And more than that, I wanted an entire glass. It turns out this is entirely possible, since Liberson offers recipes for both cocktails and mocktails. They all include his vinegars as one of the main ingredients. Although Liberson’s selection of vinegars may appear to appeal only to self-described foodies, they are intended to be a substitute for any vinegar, lemon or acidic flavor added to dressings or marinades. The highquality, simple ingredients preserve the well-documented health benefits of vinegar. Liberson is intelligent and wellversed in his niche field, as well as in the agricultural elements required to successfully make vinegars flavored with extracts from fruits and blossoms.

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He also possesses a self-deprecating sense of humor that makes him easy to speak with – if you can keep up with his rapid-fire information delivery. He describes himself as “more than a migraine” to his parents, both of whom come from a more traditional corporate background in human resources and personnel management He says that they came to terms with his “consistent weirdness” long ago. “Generally, I think my parents are at the point when they look at me and think, ‘It could have been a lot worse,’” he jokes, but is confident he has won their support in this endeavor. “They enjoy the product and the idea behind it and are enjoying watching me launch a business.” “The idea behind it” deals with working with area farmers to create artisanal products with goods that they are otherwise unable to sell. As Liberson explains, “Once produce hits the market, it has to sell. If it is not sold


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that first day and goes back on the truck, it cannot be sold at the same rate again since it is considered a second. What I am doing is offering farmers an opportunity to sell a certain percentage of their produce before going to market, ensuring sales before risking their product at a marketplace, with cash up front.” While Liberson does forage on the family farm for ingredients, he finds himself at the whim of the seasons. “It’s hard for me to guarantee a particular flavor for any client, not knowing what the season will bring,” he says. It is for this reason he turns to local farmers. “In the future, I hope to have a growing list of vendors who will grow the ingredients that I am specifically looking for.” This mutually-beneficial relationship will ensure both a buyer for the vendor and ingredients for Liberson. Liberson comes from a family of individuals committed to conservation. The 225-acre property that Lindera Farms operates from is now under conservation easement with

the Virginia Natural Conservancy, a 2+ year process that his parents embarked upon once they purchased the property in 2006. The Libersons restored the farm from the damage freerange cattle had done to it, including repairing the ruined banks along a stream running through the property. Much of the native growth seen today is replant from the Libersons over the past decade. A walk along the rural farm road running parallel to the house is filled with natural greenery including wild chamomile, blackberries, and Lambs Quarter that Liberson describes as we walk. Enormous snowball hydrangea bushes flank a narrow walkway through a garden where Liberson does some of his foraging. The sweet blooms of a magnolia varietal are one of his future vinegars. “I came in a little late to the process for these blooms, but I should still be able to produce six or seven gallons. I have some blooms soaking in the honey now to extract as much aromatics from them as I can,” he explains. Currently, the barn contains stainless steel containers with a variety of different vinegars in various stages of the fermentation process. The vinegars being processed include wild rose, strawberry, honey, spice bush, violets, chickasaw plum, scarlet bee balm, and juneberry. Much like winemaking, the process includes yeast fermentation. But rather than stopping when the yeast turns the sugar into alcohol, the process continues and converts the alcohol into an acid. The manufacturing room, which includes shelving for storage, is filled with gallon containers of shelf-stable vinegar, ready to fill orders. Liberson, who is primarily a one-man show, fills the orders, affixes the labels, makes deliveries, and addresses general inquiries made about the products. His mother manages much of his accounting needs, and he contracts with another individual for sales. Aside from this help, however, Liberson runs the business on his own. Liberson is also an educator, having presented on the topic of vinegar to the Smithsonian this past February. During the presentation, he offered a history of the vinegar-making process, different production methods, and vinegar’s health benefits. Lindera Farms is well on its way to becoming the preeminent leader of sustainably-made artisanal vinegar. With a young entrepreneur blazing the way. Lindera Farms vinegar can be found at The Whole Ox, The Home Farm Store, The Corner Store in Sperryville, and The Williamsburg Cheese Shop. ❖

Aimée O’Grady is a freelance writer who enjoys transforming stories told by Fauquier residents into articles for Lifestyle readers. She learns more and more about our rich county with every interview she conducts. She and her husband are happy with their decision to raise their three children in Warrenton.


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Stop by our booth for Halloween crafts at the Howl-O-Ween Paw-ty at the Northern Fauquier Community Park in Marshall on Saturday, October 15th from 1-4:30pm at the Farmstead Shelter. Bring your kids and dogs. Costume contest, moon bounce, K-9 demos and Warren County Humane Society and so much more. We have teamed up with the WARF and Mops of Warrenton to host an extra special Trunk or Treat this year. Please plan to join in on the fun and trick or treat from trunk to trunk with us on Friday, October 28th from 6-7:30pm in the lower parking lot near the Fun For All Playground. Costume contest, craft and safety vehicles will be on display. Those interested in hosting a trunk to hand out candy or prizes must register as space is limited. ALL are welcome to attend and enjoy the festivities.


lease mark your calendars for our Annual Fauquier County Preschool Fair which is set for Saturday, November 19th from 10am-Noon at the Warrenton Community Center. The fair will showcase local area preschools, private schools and family friendly organizations. For additional information about our upcoming fair please email us at: families4fauquier@gmail.com. Celebrate Marshall Fall Family Fest including the Marshall Regional Health Fair is October 1st from 10am2pm at the Marshall Fire Dept Carnival Grounds and the Marshall Community Center. F4F will be there with our Lego Station. We will also be making First Aid Kits with the kiddos during the event while supplies last. Don’t forget to stop by and see us. October 8th is a busy day for us. We will be taking a group of volunteers with us to Feed Fauquier. During the event we will help make meals for local area food banks. We then head on over to the Children’s Festival at Crockett Park from 11-5. It’s a fun day of crafts, pumpkin art, children performances, several inflatables, hayrides and so much more! Stop by our booth during the festival and do a craft with us! It’s not too early to sign up for the December 31st A Just Cause Jingle Jog 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run. Please consider Families4Fauquier as your favorite non-profit and 100% of your registration fee with be donated to us. You can even join TEAM F4F. Metals for best times within varies age brackets. Recreation.fauquiercounty.gov

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Halloween Happyfest Parade on Main Street in Warrenton is Sunday, October 30th. Parade lineup starts at 1:45pm at 5th and Main Street. Children of all ages welcomed. Pets in costume welcomed. Trick or treating following the parade at participating stores in Old Town. Be sure to stop by the Families4Fauquier table for fun treats after the parade.

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the post was becoming a reality. By March of 2014, they had made their first delivery of backpacks filled with food to 33 students. Last Christmas break, the FISH Weekend Power Pack program sent home 167 backpacks to students. They are currently providing weekend meals for a family of four for 85 students in Fauquier schools from elementary through high school and anticipate this number to increase as the school year continues. The Weekend Power Pack program is just one local nonprofit that has reaped the benefits of social media marketing. Another FISH program, the Backpack School Supply program has seen its numbers increase as a result of a dedicated social media campaign. This year, the volunteers with FISH posted updates in a variety of Facebook groups, such as moms groups and yard sale groups, to broaden their reach to find student sponsors. They had surprising results. “Every time we posted a call for sponsors, we would receive a number of people who were in need,” says Furness, a FISH Board Member. As a result of social media campaigning, FISH saw their numbers rise dramatically over last year from 656 sponsored students to over 837 in Fauquier schools from the Head Start program through high school.

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Families4Fauquier is one of 70 area businesses and nonprofits that sponsor a list of students needing school supplies. Rachel Pierce, Executive Director of Famlies4Fauquier, relies heavily on social media to help find individual sponsors for each child for this program, as well as to promote all the activities of the organization. “Families4Fauquier uses Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to engage people; primarily families within the Fauquier area. We have become a powerhouse of family friendly community events and information. The use of social media helps us reach a large audience relatively easily,” says Pierce. From large nonprofits to small grassroots efforts, the potential of social media campaigns is well-known. The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation (NPCF) relies almost exclusively on social media for its Give Local Piedmont fundraising day. The campaign was held for the third year this past May and raised over $880,000 for nonprofit organizations within a four-county region. Jane BowlingWilson, NPCF Executive Director, credits the combined efforts of social media, print advertising and word of mouth for this year’s success. She is also grateful for the viral nature of Facebook that enabled her to get the word out when the national website experience extended issues, “When the national site went down, we were unable to post to our website that we were aware of the problem or post any updates. We relied exclusively on social media to alert donors to the problem and ask for their patience. Thanks to the participating nonprofits,


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Foundation, incorporated the Give Local Piedmont fundraiser into the Foundation’s fundraising campaign. “In all marketing campaigns, it is important to have three key visuals to help with retention. For the Give Local campaign, we utilized print, social media, and word of mouth by visiting with PTO groups.” As a result of the effort, the campaign raised approximately $16,000 in 2016, versus roughly $8,000 the previous year, essentially doubling their fundraising, which included prize money from other fundraising efforts. Grabner credits social media in part with the increase in funds because it is an easy, quick way to share information. Social media can also expedite the process of launching a new effort. The organizers of the grassroots group, Robin Hood of Warrenton, who wish to remain anonymous, took to their Facebook group in response to the alarming number of police murders that were occurring over the summer. Robin Hood of Warrenton was launched several years ago to encourage residents to perform random acts of kindness within the community. Since forming, they have provided winter coats to those in need, helped a single parent with car repairs, and provided a recently widowed father with some gift cards to help with the care of his young daughter. When the new random act of preparing gift bags for local police personnel was posted this past summer the response was overwhelming. According to one of the co-founders, “One of the reasons we used Facebook for our group was because of how easy

it is to donate. We set the ‘dues’ for our group at only $5 and established a PayPal account for donations. Because of the low dues, many donors donated more money, which helped us create gift bags for even more law enforcement personnel.” The co-founders delivered 46 bags in September on behalf of the Robin Hood of Warrenton donors. The group originally had only 50 people and after extending an invitation to Facebook friends to join, the cofounders were able to increase that number to 246 people in only two days. To help ensure success for nonprofits, Kennedy suggests developing a social media plan and assigning a volunteer to manage all social media activities, “One of the key concerns with social media for nonprofits is that a crisis situation will be missed because there is not a dedicated person to manage social media messages.” She continues, “Giving one volunteer the role of social media manager will better ensure those calls are not overlooked.” In addition, social media relies on frequent updates to increase visibility. When posts are made on a regular and consistent basis, followers see updates in their newsfeed consistently. Sporadic updates will cause the updates to get lost and overlooked. For groups just starting out, private social media groups can help gather thoughts, organize information, and spread awareness during the early planning phase. Overall, nonprofits can only benefit from the use of social media. “Since the platforms are free and even the basic use of a social media management tool, such as HootSuite, is also free, it’s ideal

for nonprofits to help spread awareness of their mission, gain followers, increase donations, and even secure more volunteers,” Kennedy says. Kennedy advises that all businesses select the right social media platform to share their message, “Not all social media platforms work for all causes. For example, Twitter makes use of limited characters, shares images through links and is best utilized with very frequent updates, Instagram is mostly images, while Facebook enables unlimited content and photos. Twitter may not work for a very visual organization and Facebook may not be ideal for an organization that doesn’t have frequent updates to post.” The success of area nonprofits, both large and small, is a testament to the passion our community members have for local organizations. During Give Local, Bowling-Wilson observed, “People were determined to donate during Give Local Piedmont. The fact the server went down and donations were unable to be accepted for over a 24-hour period did not deter donors. They were committed.” Likewise, Kennedy acknowledges the emotional connection that people have for nonprofit organizations, “Nonprofits benefit members of our community and because of that, people become emotionally involved. By implementing social media into nonprofit communication, that emotional involvement can become stronger.” Thanks to the low- to no-cost of social media platforms, every nonprofit can create an account and begin to share their mission with the community. ❖

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Come Celebrate With The Virginia Outdoors Foundation By John Toler


he year 2016 marks the Golden Anniversary of the enactment of the Open-Space Land Act and the creation of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF), which has its Executive Office on Garrett Street in Warrenton. Over the years, the VOF has had an important, positive impact on our communities and our environment through the preservation of open space. Currently, the VOF has almost 800,000 acres under easement, in 3,945 easements across the state. In Fauquier County alone, the VOF protects 462 properties in open space easements totaling 71,287 acres; 10 properties in Prince William County totaling 820 acres; and 148 properties in Loudoun County totaling 24,766 acres. In addition, the VOF has facilitated the acquisition of public lands in Fauquier County. These include the former Maxwelton property across U.S. 17 from the main part of Sky Meadows State Park (460 acres) purchased through a $2.2 million cash gift by Paul Mellon. Ownership of this property has been transferred to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which maintains bridle trails on this portion of the park. The 2,486-acre Bull Run Mountain Natural Area Preserve along the Fauquier-Prince William

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county line includes 2,350 acres owned by VOF, in addition to 4,500 acres surrounding the preserve under VOF open space easement. The Preserve properties were acquired over the years through more than 50 transactions. In order to share their success with landowners and partners, the VOF has already hosted four 50th anniversary events across the state, at Shenandoah State Park, Montpelier, New River Trails at Foster’s Falls and Coggins Point Farm in Prince George County. The anniversary observance continues on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, with the Virginia Outdoors Festival, taking place at the 725-acre Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, located at 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg, VA. Banshee Reeks is also protected by a VOF easement. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes guided tours, demonstrations, speakers, a farmers market, kids’ fishing derby, silent auction, pumpkin painting and apple bobbing. Food will be served, and live music will be provided by Hadley Park, a popular female duo from Tennessee that has performed for several local area fundraisers. Admission is free for all ages. For directions and more information, visit www.virginiaoutdoorsfestival. com. ❖

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ome of our best hiking occurs in the fall. With clear skies, bright sun, temperatures comfortable for hiking and the spectacular array of fall color, it’s a great time of the year to hit the many trails found in our own backyard. The Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest alone offer hundreds of miles of well maintained trails, many of which lead to spectacular vistas over both valleys and mountain ranges with expansive views far into the horizons. With October’s perfect hiking weather who can resist putting on a pair of boots and setting out to breathe in the crisp mountain air, take in the rich color and smell of the fall leaves. The fullness of fall only adds to the joy and energy of walking with fellow hikers as we move briskly along until we find an outcropping of rocks where we can absorb the farreaching vistas that easily fill you with the “Awesome Expansiveness of It All”. Winding our way back to the trailhead and feeling a healthy tiredness, we invariably pick up our steps as we sense our reward for energy well spent - a refreshing beer and the camaraderie of good company!


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WATCHING A SUNRISE OR SUNSET SITTING ON THE OUTER EDGE OF MCAFEE KNOB IS AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE mile 45.5. A longer hike of over 9 miles and about 2,000 feet elevation gain can be found on the website Hiking Upward. We often end our hikes at the rehydration spot of Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill which carries a wide selection of craft beers on tap and can be easily accessed from either the Front Royal or the Sperryville entrance to the Park. Three beautiful hikes with particularly breathtaking, panoramic views of nearby valleys and mountains are Big Schloss, Tibbet Knob and Buzzard Rock North in the George Washington National Forest. Big Schloss is a 4.4 mile hike and Tibbet Knob is about 3 miles. The trailheads for both hikes are at Wolf Gap Recreation Area. Both those hikes involve some scrambling at the very top and caution is recommended driving up the mountain to the trailheads as the road is narrow, windy and not very well marked, but the views make it well worth it. After the Big Schloss and Tibbet Knob hikes, which are accessed from the Woodstock area of the Shenandoah Valley, we invariably end up in the

Woodstock Brewhouse which receives highest praise from our Boots ’n Beer hikers for its great beers and food. Buzzard Rock North is a short and easy hike with spectacular vistas from the ridge top. http://www.hikingupward. com/GWNF/BuzzardRockNorth/ The perfect libation after this hike can be found in Front Royal at the PaveMint Tap House and Grill. Thirsty hikers can choose from over 30 craft beers on tap and the food menu, sourced from local farms, resembles more a five star restaurant than a beer joint frequented by Appalachian Trail hikers. It definitely has the Boots ’n Beer stamp of approval. There are two more October hikes for the more adventurous hikers. Both offer jaw dropping vistas of nature’s beauty. Old Rag is one of the more popular yet challenging hikes in the Shenandoah National Park with a 9 mile loop and lots of strenuous bouldering and scrambling

at the top. If you need to motivate teens to get out into nature and have fun, Old Rag will not disappoint. After tackling Old Rag a convenient rehydration spot is the Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville. Outside of our neighborhood in Jefferson National Forest is an October hike that should not be missed — the McAfee Knob in the southern part of Virginia. It is one of the most photographed rocks on the Appalachian Trail! A moderate hike of 4 miles lets you step out onto the outcroppings and all you can hear is “Wow”. The panoramic views of the Catawba Valley, North Mountain, Tinker Cliffs and the Roanoke Valley are only trumped by the overhanging, awe inspiring, iconic McAfee Knob. Watching a sunrise or sunset sitting on the outer edge of McAfee Knob is an unforgettable experience but certainly not recommended for people with vertigo. Join Boots ‘n Beer for our own version of Oktoberfest as we enjoy October’s bright blue weather, hiking in the mountains and celebrating the day with the numerous craft beers found in the excellent local taverns that we’ve sampled especially for you! Find all our recommendations on our website bootsnbeer.com and click on Going Belly-up. ❖

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love to drive around Fauquier County and see young children playing outside. As a lifelong baseball fan, I also love to catch sight of a pre-teen playing catch with his dad. And, for me, there’s nothing quite like sitting in the bleachers on a fall night to watch a good high school football game. There’s just something about seeing kids in action – especially when we live in an age of nationwide concern about childhood obesity and inactivity. It is my great privilege to serve as superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS), and I am excited to be part of a school division that wants to support a culture of health and fitness for our students and employees. I am thrilled to share the news that something exciting and FRESH is happening in our schools: FRESH is an acronym for Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health, and this program is one that has the potential to be life-changing for our students and employees. In the fall of 2014 the PATH Foundation invited us to go with them to visit Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools to check out their School


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Health Improvement Plan, or SHIP, in action. We came back energized and excited to begin a similar program here. In 2015 the PATH Foundation awarded FCPS a one-year planning grant to develop our own school-based health program. FRESH was birthed, and we formulated a five-year implementation plan. This year we are initiating that plan in a pilot program in kindergarten through second-grade in all of our 11 elementary schools. Each year we will expand the program to include more grades until, by the fifth year, every grade through 12 is included. We want students to experience positive health messaging and support in the classroom, cafeteria, after-school settings, home settings, and community settings – ultimately helping our students live healthier lifestyles evidenced by their knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors when it comes to healthy eating and active living. FRESH will involve various components – from incorporating physical movement into instruction to improving cafeteria equipment (for example, replacing fryers with steamers) to helping students make healthier food choices.

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Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health Thanks to a substantial grant from the PATH Foundation, we are able to implement FRESH without cost to citizens; the grant covers salaries, equipment, transportation, etc. This past August we hired the person who will oversee FRESH. Her name is Jessica Lesefka, and she has hit the ground running. Working with Jessica are four Fitness Integration Team (FIT) teachers: Shannon Cox, Cecilia Dohm, Kara Hallet, and J.R. Royston. They began by working on lesson plans to help them integrate physical activity into the general education program. The whole idea is for the FIT teachers to go into a classroom and use physical activity to help students reinforce their core understanding of academic standards (Standards of Learning, or SOLs) through motion and through use of locomotor skills that the students are learning in their P.E. classes. Here is one example we actually saw used at the Williamsburg elementary school we visited: The first-grade class had just learned to tell analog time. Williamsburg’s equivalent of a FIT

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teacher (they go by another name in that school division) came into the classroom during math and took the students outside and gave them cards depicting a clock on one side and the corresponding time on the other. Students began skipping and when the teacher said stop, the students showed their card to a nearby classmate who had to tell what time it showed. If the student got it right, that student kept the card; otherwise the initial student kept the card and skipped away. The students skipped for one half hour! They were outside, skipping, laughing, and all the while doing a reinforcement activity for telling time. This is but one component of FRESH. Others include upgrading cafeteria equipment for healthier food preparation, adding programs to educate staff and students about nutrition, and increasing healthy offerings in the cafeteria. As time passes, you will read and hear more about the exciting and meaningful FRESH activities in our schools, made possible through the generosity of the PATH Foundation. The possibilities are truly endless! â?– { October 2016 |




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STUDENTS LEARNING OUTDOORS AGAIN After six years, Fauquier Outdoor Lab reopens By Debbie Eisele


he famous naturalist, John Muir, is notable for his thought provoking words usually focused on the environment. “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” is one of his remarkable writings. These words speak volumes about what we can all learn from our surroundings. The Fauquier Outdoor Lab, located on the grounds of Fauquier High School (FHS), offered of a unique learning environment for students that consisted of an indoor meeting place, woodlands, wetlands, native plantings,

composting/habitat areas and a small pond. From 1991 to 2010, Effie Fox was the Director/Environmental Education Coordinator for the program. During her 19 years of service, she cultivated custom programs for teachers based upon their requests. From curriculum on pond life, trees, birds and more, Fox was an integral part of the Lab. Unfortunately, the program closed in 2010 due to funding constraints. When Fox was asked how she felt about the lab’s closure, she stated, “I was upset. Everyone loved it. Teachers and students loved it. Many teachers came

to the lab several times a year. It was an excellent way to teach the children.” Now six years later, Dominion Virginia Power, The PATH Foundation and Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation have funded a transformation of the space and the doors are open for instruction again. One of the county employees who was an integral part of the program’s resurgence is Pam Pulver, Supervisor for Science, Health and Physical Education for Fauquier County Public Schools. She described the purpose of the lab, “Our goals include the environmental

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“Environmental education has been shown to increase academic performance across subject areas and has been linked to improvements in critical thinking skills, student motivation, civic engagement and environmental stewardship. Environmental education, particularly when practiced outdoors, can increase the amount of physical activity children and youth engage in during the school day.”* of the money received will be utilized by the school district to hire a part-time instructor for the facility. “Once hired, the docent will help with scheduling, teaching, planning and reserving the space for instruction and meetings,” detailed Pulver. The revitalization of the Lab is a priority for Pulver. “Whenever we take away a piece of the students’ access to nature or anything different from the school classroom, we are taking away a piece of their learning environment. By re-opening the lab, we are rounding out the education for all students who visit,”

expanded Pulver. Students have the opportunity to experience critical educational components first hand. “Children need hands-on experiences not only in Science class, but in the extension of the classroom. Being out at the lab also offers the students the opportunity to look at nature in a very up-close and personal manner. By participating in the planned (and unplanned) activities, the students will gain an experience that would not be available in their classroom. They start to ‘own’ their experiences and build confidence in what they saw – not just what they read.” The inside meeting rooms contain samples of nature such as turtle shells, antlers, pine cones, and others items. Children are able to use these objects in conjunction with their outside experiences. The Superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools, Dr. Jeck, stated, “Students learn best through experience, by doing, by being there. This is what the Outdoor Lab is all about. We have a perfect spot for kids who have a keen interest in the environmental sciences and we should utilize it to the extreme.” All current Lab curriculum is aligned with the SOLs (Standard of Learning tests) and utilizes top of the line science programs

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such as the Department of Forestry’s Project Learning Tree and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Project Wild curriculum. “Dr. Jeck really wants to enhance the offerings by launching the Environmental Studies Academy,” Pulver informed. “Students who are interested in wildlife, fishing, forestry and other professional careers with the environment will benefit from this program.” Next year, the Lab will be accepting freshman from Fauquier High School into the Environmental Studies Academy program. For the 2017-2018 school year freshmen and sophomores will be eligible. Each year an additional grade level will be added until each grade level at the high school is eligible. This program will be application based and geared for all interested students. Enrollment will consist of 20-25 students next school year (2017-2018) according to Pulver. During the program’s first year the curriculum will include two semesters of Earth Science and will also enhance information students need to know for the SOLs and it will be environmentally based. The second year of the roll-out will incorporate outdoor lessons that will “directly relate to classroom studies in Geography, History, Earth Science and Geology.” Pulver also disclosed that during the roll-out of the Academy, curriculum will include lessons in art, environmental literature, national resources, ecology, forestry and more. Pulver feels learning in a natural environment is a vital component to educating students. She stated, “It appears that too many children do not get outside enough. That concept is discussed in Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods. We hope that any experience at the Outdoor Lab will help students get oneon-one with nature and that is so important in their lives.” “The awareness of nature, the serenity, breezes, colorful images, natural habitats, and beautiful foliage provides any student with a sense of self and where self interacts with the world,” noted Pulver. The Outdoor Lab is a place where children will learn, experience and create. John Muir said it best, “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” ❖


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FAUQUIER OUTDOOR LAB For more information on the curriculum, how to volunteer or to donate to this learning center, please contact: Pam Pulver, Supervisor for Science and Health & PE at Fauquier County Public Schools 320 Hospital Drive, Suite 40 | Warrenton, VA 20186 540-422-7003 | ppulver@fcps1.org SUMMER CAMPS AT THE OUTDOOR LAB Summer Camps at Fauquier Outdoor Lab offer 15 children quite an experience. Tracking animals, making their own version of animal tracks, learning about trees, fishing, tree identification and lessons on macro invertebrates is part of the program’s curriculum. This camp is a separate program not involved in the grant. For more information on this program call Fauquier County Public Schools or visit www.fcps1.org. NATURAL PLANT CONTROL FOR POND MAINTENANCE This is just one example of the many things students have the opportunity to learn about at The Outdoor Lab and now so do you. To control unwanted growth of plants in the pond, the school district invested in fish, specifically the white amur (grass carp). These fish are fast growing and love to eat plants. Under ideal situations this species can grow to about 20 pounds. In the right conditions one five pound fish will eat about it’s weight in plants each day. In Virginia you must obtain a permit to purchase them and they are only available through licensed vendors. The Commonwealth also requires that only the triploid-sterile grass carp be used to prevent over-population and impacts on ecosystems.

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who love the city of Charleston, decided to make the weekend a short family vacation. When the sightseeing ended and the festival began, Rachel and her parents walked the streets of Charleston, visiting the small shops and speaking with local authors. As an avid reader of Young Adult novels, Rachel knew many of the authors and left inspired by the festival. Once home, Rachel quickly researched every book festival she could find within the region and Beth, Rachel’s mother, posted the South Carolina visit and festival to her Facebook account. Ultimately this post was picked up in Lachelle Yoder’s news feed. Lachelle Yoder is the Administrator for Allegro Community School of the Arts, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization located in Old Town Warrenton. Allegro’s vision is “Bringing the Arts to Life through - Music, Theatre & Visual Art Education”. After seeing the post, Yoder made a point to catch up with her friend Beth that weekend at church and with over several months of conversations, a seed firmly took root. “As a nonprofit, we are always looking for ways that Allegro can give back to the community,” says Yoder, a passionate reader herself. She continues, “It’s important that we raise reading awareness


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and help highlight the tools and programs available for people who have dyslexia, impaired eyesight or other reading challenges.” Since those early conversations, Rachel and her mother, have teamed up with Allegro and its Board of Directors to organize YABBA Fest which is hosted by Allegro. The event, Young Adult Books, Bands and Authors Festival, is the first of its kind in our region and will bring authors, instructors, and musicians together for one day on Saturday, October 8. The Warrenton Community has Rachel to thank for spending her summer tirelessly scouting authors and contacting publishers in the hopes of connecting with them. She has spent countless hours corresponding with authors and answering their questions. In the end, Rachel has been integral in securing nine local authors representing over thirty titles. Inspired by YALLFest, YABBA Fest will take advantage of Warrenton’s intimate Old Town shops, where authors will be stationed to sign books and answer questions. Due to the lack of bookstore in Warrenton, One More Page Books out of Arlington, will be serving as the event bookstore. A full-day of creative activities is planned for attendees including

“Fractured Fairy Tale” writing for children, “How to: Books on Tape for adults”, information on dyslexia reading resources and Allegro’s Music Academy of the Blind, a songwriting workshop, outdoor entertainment and more! The event is also partnering with the Haymarket Chapter of Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA). The grassroots organization links families with resources, support and educational interventions for dyslexia. “Early detection of the invisible learning disability is critical,” says Yoder. The festival will include several workshops addressing dyslexia. As for Rachel, following the event she will return to her life as a high school student, volleyball player, and blogger who focuses her writing on young adult novel book reviews. Rachel has aspirations to work in the publishing field and has already had a short story published in a collection of award winning pieces. Hopefully she will return next year to help with the second annual YABBA Fest and perhaps one day, she will be stationed in one of Old Town’s shops as one of the featured authors during a book festival. Visit Rachel’s blog at www. read-queen.com to read her book reviews. For more information on the event, visit Allegro’s Face Book page or website www.allegrocsa.org ❖


speaker Adam Dreece will provide a keynote address for YABBA Fest. He has written the following books: Along Came A Wolf, Breadcrumb Trail, All The King’s-Men, Beauties of The Beast, Snappy And Dashing, The Wizard Killer, The Man of Cloud 9. This Indie author also created the bestselling Steampunk series, The Yellow Hoods, which has become very popular with children ages 9-15. The Keynote address will be held from 2:30 to 3:00 pm. To learn more about Dreece’s work visit www.adamdreece.com

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he term“Farm to Table” is now very important in the food industry. People are aware of the health and economic benefits of eating local as opposed to the mass produced factory food of modern America. Tomatoes you buy at the grocery store typically come from California, Mexico, or Peru especially in the off seasons. These tomatoes are produced and shipped from so far away; they are picked when they are green and coated in a food grade “wax” to keep them from rotting. The fruit is then left to “ripen” in warehouses. The result is a tomato that is kind of crunchy, flavorless, and not juicy. Did you know the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables deteriorates rather quickly? When you eat a tomato or spinach salad produced in Mexico that was preserved using chemicals or wax, your actual nutritional value can be decreased by 50% or more. A tomato you picked yourself or buy from a local farm has all the natural taste and nutritional value that nature intended it to have. Local fruits and vegetables taste better, are better for the local economy, and contain more essential vitamins and nutrients your body craves. Buying local is at times more expensive, so many individuals have opted to plant their own gardens. After the initial investment, growers of their own food will be paid back tenfold by saving money on fruits and veggies. Although fall is upon us, it is never too early to plan the next garden or take advantage of what your garden yields until a frost comes. Here is a recipe that utilizes the fresh ingredients to offer you, your family and guests a nice refreshing treat. This gazpacho recipe includes ingredients you can find in your garden or purchase from a local farmer.

Gazpacho Recipe This is a beautiful fresh and zesty cold soup you can enjoy anytime. Ingredients 6 pounds of heirloom tomatoes; cut into small chunks 2 cucumbers; peeled and cut into chunks 1 small red or white onion; cut into small chunks 1 sweet bell pepper; seeded 1 ounce parsley leaves 1 ounce fresh basil leaves 1 ounce cilantro leaves 3 cloves of garlic 2 ounces of lemon juice 1 ounce of red wine or apple cider vinegar 1 jalapeño pepper with seeds; cut into chunks 4 ounces of olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Cooking Instructions Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely incorporated. Serve chilled in a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs and olive oil. Note, when using freshly picked ingredients that haven’t been refrigerated yet, it is best to make the soup right away and chill for at least an hour prior to serving. ❖

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To figure it out, all I had to do was listen. While the storytelling aspect of country music was as I remembered it, the sound had changed. There, among the twang, were the distinct influences of rock and pop. The result is the popular sound of contemporary country music. To borrow a phrase, “I’m a little bit country, and I’m a little bit rock ‘n roll.” Country music wasn’t always “popular.” In fact, in 1964, the Country Music Association began recognizing October as Country Music Month. The goal? To raise awareness and appreciation for country music. It worked. Today, 107 million Americans call themselves country music fans – 42 percent of the population over the age of twelve.

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THE ORIGINS But where did country music begin? Nashville? Nope. The official home of country music is Bristol, Tennessee. This small town on the Tennessee/Virginia border had long been rich with Appalachian mountain folk music. In the early 1900s, a young talent scout for Victor Records travelled to Bristol and made what is considered the first country music recording. That trip resulted in two recording contracts. One was Jimmie Rodgers, who sang ballads, and is considered the “father” of country music. The other was the Carter Family, who played old time mountain music. The Carter family has a firm place as the first family of country music and in 1970, became the first group to be elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Perhaps the most well-known member of the Carter family is June Carter Cash. Her story and that of Johnny Cash has been told numerous times in book and film.

To learn more about the Carter family and the life and romance of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, check out: Anchored in Love, An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash by John Carter Cash Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn Walk the Line Fox Pictures From its humble roots deep in Appalachia, country music continued to grow. By the 1930s and 1940s “barn dance” shows featuring country music had sprung up throughout the US. The Grand Old Opry, by far the most popular, began in 1925 and thrives even today. Western films further popularized

country music. With the addition of jazz, western swing was born. Toward the end of World War II bluegrass emerged and by the mid-1950s country music had become a multimillion-dollar industry centered in Nashville, Tennessee. By the 1970s folk, soft rock and pop were blending with country. Americans brought country music into their homes with a weekly music variety show – The Johnny Cash Show. The show featured many folk-country musicians including the Statler Brothers, Linda Ronstadt and Loretta Lynn.

To learn more about the Johnny Cash Show and some of his guests, check out: The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show, 1969-1971 Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt The Statler Brothers: Random Memories by Harold Reid and Don Reid Coal Miner’s Daughter Universal Pictures The sounds and success of Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and The Dixie Chicks, however, in the 1990s established country music as a worldwide phenomenon. Their youth and vitality helped energize country music and grab the attention of younger listeners. Lots of young listeners. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Brooks is the best-selling solo album artist in the US, with 135 million albums sold.

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percent audience growth in the past ten years. The largest age segment of today’s country music fan base is ages 25 – 34. Although country music has evolved a great deal since its humble origins, memorable storytelling remains at its heart. Today’s listeners have eagerly embraced the tales of hard times, broken hearts, social challenges and toetapping rhythms that comprise country song. According to Shania Twain, awardwinning country artists, “Country music is still your grandpa’s music, but it’s also your daughter’s music. It’s getting bigger and better all the time and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Give it a listen. You may be glad to be a part of it too.

To learn more about the history of country music, check out these books at your local library: The History of Country & Western Music by Tony Byworth Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville by Michael Streissguth Honky-Tonk Heroes & Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western Music by Holly George-Warren You can also find country music ranging from its early days to today’s most popular performers on CD at your local library. Here is a sampling: Garth Brooks, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw. ❖

Lisa Pavlock is the Public Information Coordinator for the Fauquier County Public Library. A Pennsylvania transplant, she has called Fauquier County her home for over 20 years. Her idea of a perfect day includes time spent with her husband, two teenagers and a good book. And if there is music playing, she’ll be humming along to that too.


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lead to compassion fatigue, a common issue for care takers (professional or not). Simply stated, compassion fatigue is caring to the point of exhaustion. I have been there (and some days I am still there). Many of my clients show signs of compassion fatigue without realizing why they are feeling so poorly. Some signs of compassion fatigue are increased frustration and irritability, emotional and physical exhaustion or an “I don’t care” attitude. You cannot change what you are unaware of. Many women are unaware of their patterns of thought and behavior. For example, you may be thinking “I am the only one who can help” or you may find yourself to be the sole caretaker of a loved one when there are others who could help. Maybe you’re asking, but no one is listening. How frustrating! These powerful messages of care-taking are received from loving family members, friends and even society. You may be acting in a similar way to your mother or grandmother. In other words, this may be learned behavior. Bringing these patterns to your conscious awareness can help to start the change process. WHAT ARE YOUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS?

We all have emotional needs and we all need to feel supported, loved, and validated. You may have a need for more help around the house, more quality time with a loved one, more affection or you may need to hear more words of affirmation (I love you, thank you, I appreciate you). Surprisingly, many women do

not know what their emotional needs are. We were not raised or trained to think of our needs (without feeling selfish). It is up to you to know what your needs are. Some of you may not know, but nevertheless you do have needs. It is your job to learn how to acknowledge and verbalize them. Some of the benefits of taking care of your emotional needs include: increased happiness, a sense of wellbeing, improved physical health and happier families. Expect some resistance – both inner and outer. Remember change is usually difficult for everyone – especially this kind of change. Giving everything you have to your family does not make them happier and it definitely can make you unhappy. Perhaps “not having needs” is seen as feminine, attractive or strong (to some). Yet this would imply that knowing our heart, speaking our mind and acknowledging our needs is unattractive or somehow selfish. Baloney! Playing into these roles or ignoring our own needs portrays an unrealistic picture of us. ASK FOR THE CHANGE YOU DESIRE

Simple, right? Not exactly. This will require knowing what you need, giving yourself permission to ask and then asking (brave step). Even if you do not get the results you desire, remember that learning to speak up is part of your reward. I often have to teach my clients that the change they are seeking may only be seen on the inside (at first). It is empowering to hear yourself ask for change – even if you can only do this inside your own head.

In asking for your needs to be met, try and be specific. For example, ask for help with dishes, ask for that raise, ask for alone time or time with friends/family. Steer away from asking for more love, support or respect because these things are too vague and open to misinterpretation. There is no shame in asking. There is only courage. Unspoken needs will suffocate your relationships! You must pump in the oxygen before it’s too late. Oxygen is asking for what you need and speaking out loud your requests. Oxygen is sometimes taking what you need and running with it. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FEELINGS

Your feelings are harbingers. They have messages for you – especially the so-called negative ones. By not recognizing and owning them you may be setting yourself up for trouble. If you keep feeling sadness and you don’t recognize, own and verbalize it – before you know it, it will be called depression. Asserting your feelings simply means saying “I feel…” hurt, angry, sad, jealous. There are no wrong feelings. It’s never too late to change, to state how you feel or ask for what you need. I cannot guarantee you will get the change you desire or need, but I can guarantee that you will experience a positive change on the inside. That inner change may lead to other important changes in your life. You will never know unless you do it. I work with my clients to motivate them toward this change process – toward increased self-awareness, toward greater empowerment, toward

increased happiness. Yes, it may be difficult or seem unnecessary or feel hopeless but don’t give up on yourself. It’s really not about the other person as much as it is about YOU. My hope for you is to celebrate the small successes, the baby steps, because that is where we all start. Encourage your friends, your daughters and your mothers to do the same. Get the conversation started. WHAT IF YOU ASK AND THERE IS NO CHANGE?

You may ask and have disappointing results, but I want you to be very proud of yourself for asking. My suggestion is to be persistent, to validate yourself and to seek support. You always have options in challenging relationships. You deserve to be heard and you have a right to ask for change. The process of self discovery will allow you to have a deeper understanding of yourself, your relationships, and your life and that is what it’s all about! THE NEXT GENERATION

Please know that “caretaking” for women is inherent. It is a beautiful part of who we are. I do not want you to change this. I merely want you to start considering your needs. This next generation of women is going to be braver, more confident, and more self-aware. They are going to know their needs and have the confidence to ask for what they need (without guilt). Women are the foundation of families, and family is the foundation of society. We have more to contribute (to everyone) when we are asserting our needs and feelings. ❖

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EACH END IS A BEGINNING By Robert B. Iadeluca, Ph.D.


e have just celebrated Labor Day which to many people is the end of summer. And now what? Everything disappears? Well, no. People who were on vacation get back to work. Children start school. To folks who live off the land, it’s harvest time. So looking at it from another perspective, Labor Day is starting life again. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. And so it has been for my entire life. As an elementary school pupil I looked forward toward a similar lifestyle throughout my growing up years. Suddenly, while I was only nine years old, my mother

died. While she had been ill, her death was unexpected. My father, a totally disabled World War I veteran and I, an only child, found ourselves on our own. I learned to cook; I learned to sew; the end of one lifestyle led to the beginning of another. Upon my graduation from high school my father and I moved to New York City to live with his parents where the job opportunity was greater. An end had led to another beginning. School had ended and it was time for my world of work to begin. After a few months of odd jobs, my uncle who knew someone in the largest advertising agency in the world gave me a marvelous lead. What I learned here in those tender years was that while we often believe we have moved upward through our own efforts, success often comes through the proper contacts. So this was another beginning which lasted until it came to a sudden end due to our entry into World War II. If ever there was a huge beginning, this was it. I no longer lived at home; I lived only with men; I wore the same color clothes each day; I was issued a rifle; and I was aware that the end of this particular beginning might be death. But approximately four years later I found myself still alive and back at home in civilian clothes. Every beginning has an end but this beginning had a happy end. Keeping in mind the ancient expression that “one goes off to war as a boy and comes back a man,” with my new mature character I used the GI Bill to begin my new identity as a college student. The conclusion, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology becoming the entry into my first post war occupation as

an Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Thirteen years in this career gave me the knowledge (the beginning, if you will) needed to accept a position as Director of Public Relations for the New York State Department of Education. Now I was on my way – a high level position in one of the most (if not the most) important agencies in a highly respected state. Now it appeared that the only end to this beginning would be retirement. Life had other plans. It was 1972, a recession hit, and as I did not have the required three years in this occupation, I was bumped. It was an end but not the end I had planned. Every end leads to another beginning. Sometimes luck is involved. Luck has been described as opportunity accompanied by preparedness. For most of my life in the back of my mind had been the intention to get a higher degree. In that sense I was prepared. While working in the Department of Education I had met a professor in the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. He was willing to sponsor me and instead of looking for another job, I registered at SUNY as a new student. My unexpected end had become a new beginning which led me after seven years toward having both a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology, the end so to speak. My doctorate led me ultimately to my 25 years as a Clinical Psychologist from which I have just retired. Is that the end? My life’s experiences tell me differently. Every end is a beginning. What am I about to begin? Will luck be involved? Am I prepared for any opportunities that may arise? Perhaps one or more of my readers may be involved. ❖

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Elk Run Anglican Church A Community Comes Together to Preserve a 250-Year-Old Treasure By Katie Fuster


or nearly 200 years, a treasure lay hidden beneath the wild grasses on the old Browning property in Midland, catty-corner to the Elk Run Country Store. Elk Run Anglican Church had once stood on the site. The church was one of the earliest in the Piedmont, a beautiful brick cruciform structure on the edge of what was then America’s frontier. Completed by 1750, its first rector was the Reverend James Keith, Chief Justice John Marshall’s maternal grandfather. At that time, the Elk Run Valley was home to many families whose descendants

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still live in and around Fauquier, families with old, recognizable names like the Blackwells and Eustaces, Markhams and Luttrells, Ashbys and Popes. Colonial militiamen stopped at Elk Run during the French and Indian War, and, twenty years later, the Revolutionary War. But after America won its independence from Britain, the Anglican Church disbanded, and the Elk Run Church building fell into disrepair. Locals scavenged bricks, wood, and stone from its ruins. When the Civil War broke out, Union troops used the site as a camp for skirmishes with

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The preserved section of the Anglican church’s foundation that makes up the center of the mini-museum

Mosby’s Rangers. By the turn of the century, Elk Run’s population was dwindling. Weeds and debris covered the remains of the old Anglican church. The property remained in the Keith family, passing to descendent Ned Browning as a 100-square-foot property in 1979. Then one day in 1999, a neighbor clearing trash from the site unexpectedly uncovered what appeared to be stones from the church’s foundation. At the time, Nokesville resident Edward “Ed” Dandar Jr. was serving as the church historian at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Catlett. A graduate of the US Army War College, Dandar had been an Army colonel during Operation Desert Storm. Part of his responsibility during that conflict was to help preserve ancient antiquities in Iraq. Knowing Dandar’s background, a trustee of St. Stephen’s asked the nowretired colonel to visit the site. He hoped Dandar could give some professional insight into how St. Stephen’s might help preserve the church site. Dandar began to explore options with Jackie Lee, director of the Old Jail Museum in Warrenton, and Bob Flournoy, a seventh-generation farmer in southern Fauquier County. Dandar then helped develop a plan to preserve the site with input from property owner Browning.


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Browning deeded the land to St. Stephen’s in June of 1999. Richard Gookin, chairman of St. James’ Episcopal Church’s History Committee, signed on to serve as the chief fundraiser for the project. The preservation of Elk Run Anglican Church had become a community event. John Eddins, an archaeologist who lived in nearby Warrenton, volunteered to help with the excavation of the site. His aid was a boon to St. Stephens’ preservation efforts. “Just to dig down and see what’s down there, two, three feet, would have cost $75,000, and we had about $9,000 in the treasury,” Dandar relates. Eddins oversaw the archaeological dig pro bono. “He was with me from spring of 2000 to 2007, when we finished up the site.” The people who participated in the dig were generally amateurs. “This was a real community effort – all volunteer, no one getting paid,” Dandar says. “We had Boy Scouts working on their merit badges, we had 4H groups and Cub Scouts, and we had college students. We even had people that came from out of state to visit their friends, heard about us, and came to work. John Eddins was great, teaching everyone how to do this right.” While volunteer archaeologists dug at the site, volunteer researchers dug for records of the church’s history. “Joan Peters was a genealogist who worked in the land records department for Fauquier



County, and she went through all the historical land records from that time,” Dandar says. “She was able to find and piece together a lot from tax records and things like that. She had everything – the history and the land grants, even copies of signatures.” Volunteer research turned up a property survey from 1942 that mentioned an “old cemetery lot” adjacent to the church site. And so in 2000, “we undertook excavating the cemetery site with backhoe with a smooth blade. We dug trenches and looked for a purplish-brown soil color that was different from the regular soil. And when we found about four or five of those, we decided, well, which is the most prominent?” Dandar says. Careful excavation of that site uncovered skeletal remains. “They were facing east, which was how people were buried at that time. We recorded that and registered it with the Department of Historic Resources in Richmond.” In 2001, remote sensing technology pinged on 31 more possible grave sites nearby. The archaeological dig of the church site continued as the Preservation Committee worked to get the permits to excavate the graves. The Patton family, who owned the land the cemetery was located on, kindly donated it to St. Stephen’s to be held in perpetuity. Unfortunately, the group was unable to move forward with the excavations in time. “The requirement from Richmond is that you have to have an on-site archaeologist while there’s an excavation, and John Eddins is no longer available,” Dandar says. “But my goal still is to excavate the graves and take DNA so that if somebody thinks they have an ancestor buried here, and their DNA matches, we can put a name to that grave.” In 2006, with the archaeological dig complete, work began to convert the site to a Historical Church Park. With the help of an expert from the Williamsburg Foundation, Dandar planned a minimuseum that would showcase artifacts, as well as one of the best-preserved sections of the old Anglican church’s stone foundation. “One of our church members, Carol


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Miller, was an architect, and she did the drawing for this. Her husband is in the small building business, and he’s the one that guided me in digging the foundation for the museum and putting the walls up. The Board of Fauquier County Supervisors were tremendous in providing us with money here and there and the things we needed to get this done. One of them from this area even ended up attending our ribboncutting,” Dandar says. Even the building of the minimuseum was primarily a communityled volunteer effort. “We were building this during a depression for this area, so we had a lot of people donate their labor pro bono. People who weren’t working would come out and help, and some companies donated shingles, bricks, and so forth.” Church records show that volunteers logged over 1600 hours of service during the four years of the mini-museum’s construction. “If it hadn’t been for all that pro bono work and donated materials, we would not have gotten this far,” Dandar says. Fauquier residents made the displays inside the mini-museum possible. “All the photography that you see in the mini-museum was done by Norman Williams, who was my right-hand person. All the artwork was done by Sarah Gulick, who was a junior in high school at the time.” Gulick also designed the Elk Run Church group’s distinctive logo. “In 2007, on the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, we were invited down to give a presentation. She was really good at all the media arts, and she worked with me to make a tenminute video documentary of this site and the work that was being done here.” Copies of the video were given to Fauquier County Public Schools and can be seen on the Elk Run Church Preservation Committee Web site at www.elkrunchurch.org. The church’s mini-museum was dedicated in 2010. “We had a number of descendants from the Keith family that came into the area for that,” Dandar says. “Some of them have been our biggest supporters – one did the historical research and got the


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documents that we have on the wall, and one donated a case that holds some of our artifacts.” Improvements continue to be made. Archaeological Interpretive Signs have been installed around the site, and in 2015, a new corner artifact case was installed in the mini-museum. It relates the history of the Manahoac tribe, members of the Sioux nation who lived in the Elk Run Valley area for about 3,000 years. “Jimmy Eustace collected all the Indian artifacts in the Elk Run Valley exhibit,” Dandar says. Eustace has centuries-long ties to the area. “The Eustace family were big landowners in the area during the Colonial period. Jimmy still has part of the old farm, which he lives on now.” The Manahoac display also includes period pictures and maps, which were gifted to the minimuseum by retired businessman Donald Tharpe, a Fauquier native and amateur archaeologist. “All of the pictures he donated came from a 1705 history of Virginia. You can see from them how the Manahoac villages were set up at the time. Then as the settlers came in, they moved out of the area. They went down to the Natural Bridge area with the Manocans, and then they kind of disappeared.” Dandar hopes to make another improvement soon. “We’re going to put in a ‘church corner’ with a display case. It’s being put together now, and it will cover all the key highlights of the Anglican Church from when they came to Virginia in 1607. Within the case, I’m hoping to come up with replicas of the church collar they wore then, and the hat they had back in those days, and a replica of the 1662 prayer book, which would have been used back at that time.” Dandar continues to formulate big plans for the little museum. “I’m trying to build it so that this becomes a museum of Southern Fauquier. We’re trying to preserve the history of this area. And I’d like to open this up for the elementary school kids to understand what happened in this area and a little bit about the church. If you get them interested in history



Ed Dandar stands in the entrance to the Elk Run Church mini-museum

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grass, since running on the pool apron was verboten.). However, a vintage vacuum tube radio was sometimes used. Much of the lifeguards’ time was spent in watching the young kids, not only while they were in the water but when out of the water to keep them from running amok on the surrounding concrete apron. The new pool quickly became the primary location for the Red Cross to teach swimming lessons. Jean Ellis organized the lessons and was the primary Red Cross instructor. Among her helpers, were two of her own children, Don and Neriede, as well as my sister Dru and myself. As a lifeguard, in addition to helping teach I was employed to handle the Shepard’s crook. This is the primary tool for assisting swimmers in trouble when practicing in the deep end and was used by extending it to them to grab onto and assisting them over to the side or to the shallow area. It was well used during the lessons when new swimmers had advanced to the stage where it was thought they could handle themselves in the deep end for the first time. The pool had a large and unusual shape, designed to meet Olympic standards with crossed lanes in both yards and meters. The primary lifeguard station was in the raised chair at the deep end, conveniently located right beside the diving boards; the boards being 1 and 3 meters off the water. (Several years later, the boards were removed due to being insurance and litigation risks.) The two additional chairs were usually used only on weekends and for parties when the attendance was high. It was a common practice for some of the younger boys to jump off the high diving board and do a cannonball upon hitting the water, resulting in soaking the unfortunate lifeguard on duty in the nearby chair (of which this editor was one such unfortunate). We tried to discourage this practice, but you know how kids are, especially pre-teen boys. (It is quite possible that one of those boys is reading this now. Relax; you are forgiven.) A few of our friends, notably Beverly Harrison, Larry James, and Bill Candler became quite adept in performing quality dives off the boards. They did a good job showing their skills at the shows that were held during the summer’s-end membership parties. Even Bill’s younger


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brother, Paul, had fun doing a few clown dives himself. The highlights of those parties were the swimming races for the different age groups. My dad, Jim Austin, had always been a good swimmer and won his first swimming trophy in an old-bones competition at one of these events. Needless to say, father and son had to have their own mano a mano contest – which Dad won! I think he believed that his 17-year old son let him win, even when I insisted that I really had tried my best. The snack bar was broken into one night by a trio of local kids and robbed of some of the delectable goodies. They were caught one afternoon a few days later when they made the mistake of coming to the guest pool located at the Cavalier Motel on the bypass (there was only the heavily built-up western bypass then). When they came by, the manager happened to be Nancy Noland, the owner’s daughter and also one of the teenagers who frequented the Fauquier Swim club who knew of the theft. She then called a couple of us lifeguards over from the club to check things out while the boys were still there. The culprits were riding their bikes with the baskets full of the loot – candy, gum, nabs, etc. They were younger than us but we knew them from school as being minor troublemakers. The police were called and when they were found later on, handled them reasonably enough and I didn’t hear that anyone pressed charges.




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Another incident was when one of the lifeguards opened the pool one morning to find that some prankster had dropped an old Civil War cannonball into it. The cannonball had rolled into the deep end and presented quite a challenge to roll it back to the shallows where he could lift it out. It was not uncommon to find these cannonballs adorning the gates of some of the estates in the county, since both the Southern and Northern armies were quite active in our area during the Civil War. I never did hear where it came from and it was still there in the filter room when I left. There were only a couple of real ‘rescues’ while working there. One was a teenage girl who was unsuccessful in practicing a flip off the low board, landing on her back on the board before falling into the water. She made it to the nearby ladder ok, but as she was going up the ladder got woozy and fell back in. I was on duty standing nearby and jumped in to help her back to the ladder where others finished helping her out and attended to her. Fortunately she suffered no serious injury. Another girl, from out of town and not a good swimmer, jumped off the low board and needed my assistance in getting back to the ladder. Such was the exciting life of a teenage lifeguard – rescuing teenage girls. As expected, there was no shortage of photos taken. The fact that most of the photos are of teenage girls is a natural consequence of the fact that most of the cameramen were teenage boys. Even though the younger kids (as usual) were the ones who really enjoyed the water and all us teenagers were good swimmers. We teenagers (as usual) did more socializing than swimming. The photos show the common bathing suits for us in the ‘back woods’ far away from the ‘big city’. It’s interesting to see how the bathing attire has changed today: the boys wear more, and the girls wear

Joe Austin is a freelance writer who grew up in Warrenton, WHS class of ’59. He writes about family history, travel, and is the author of Pixels in the Clouds, a collection of photos of teenage parties in the 1950s. He, his wife and a few grandchildren reside in Massachusetts and can be reached at thebluereb@aol.com.

less. It caused quite a stir a couple of years later when a woman from out of town wore a bikini in the swimming pool at the newly-remodeled Warren Green Hotel! A first for the town – and the word quickly got around! My generation has now moved on, the Warrenton Motor Lodge is no more, the treatment center is now long gone, and instead of cows the fields are full of homes, woods and wild critters. But the pool still remains and a new generation of mommies, kids, and teenagers is enjoying the much improved and upgraded Fauquier Swimming Club. (www. fauquierswimclub.com). ❖

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Saving for College By Nicholas Sicina, CFP® Financial Advisor* * Gerrish & Sicina Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.


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f you plan on funding some or all of your children’s college expenses, the best advice is to start when they’re young. With college and university costs skyrocketing at roughly three times that of traditional measures of inflation, the reality of covering tuition, room and board, and other fees could easily amount to $100,000 in today’s dollars for four years at an in-state school. Those numbers will be significantly greater if your child is considering out-ofstate enrollment. If historic trends persist, college will be increasingly more expensive. There are many options available to you, from prepaid tuition programs, 529 savings plans, financial aid (if you can qualify), the generosity of grandparents or other extended family members, and other strategies such as attending community college programs as a stepping stone into state schools. I will briefly discuss a few of these strategies. Please know there are many nuances associated with some of these options, so consult financial and higher-education professionals for further information on each avenue. The purpose of this article is to get your feet wet and prompt the discussion about saving for college. Not many families will have the luxury of a family member being able to fully fund their child’s college expenses, but for those who do, congratulations! Other family members, such as grandparents, may make payments directly to the institution and circumvent any potential gift tax limitations. The key point being that if the check is made payable directly to the institution, there aren’t any possible gift tax implications to the individual making the payment. Additionally, the donor can effectively move assets out of their estate for estate tax purposes without triggering a taxable event or eroding their lifetime gifting exemption, possibly making it an effective estate planning strategy. For anyone who so graciously gifts paying for college expenses, this is a simple and effective approach. Some states provide a prepaid tuition



program. Basically, it is a program that may enable you to buy tuition credits for your child from the time they are a newborn to the ninth grade. The program effectively allows you to purchase tuition credits at a fixed rate today, locking in the potential for future inflation protection. The amount paid for a semester credit is based on the age of the child. It’s a little more expensive for newborns than it is for ninth graders, simply because of the greater potential savings when started so early - making it more valuable. Since the inflation rate on tuition has been nearly three times that of traditional measures of inflation, this could be appealing if you believe the trend will continue. There may be good reason to think there could be some push back against colleges and universities as the student loan level in this country has arguably reached epidemic proportions. The use of credits purchased through this program is limited and will only cover tuition and mandatory fees. Nevertheless, the prepaid tuition program remains a tool in the toolbox. Please examine this option more closely with the aid of a professional before you sign up. A plan that allows you greater latitude with the use of your funds is the 529 savings plan. It is not limited to tuition and fees, allowing for a broader use of the funds set aside. This savings plan is invested through mutual funds, providing the owner with the potential for more significant growth of funds over time than the prepaid program, though a greater level of risk is assumed. You can participate in any state’s plan, though the state plan in which you live may provide you with a deduction on your state taxes. The important element in the 529 savings program is time. The longer the account has before it must be spent, the greater the potential benefit from compounding interest. If the child is off to college or other postsecondary schooling in only a few years, the 529 loses its power. Many people might be under the misconception that if money is not

used for post-secondary schooling, it’s lost. Let’s be clear, the money you put into a 529 savings plan can always be taken out tax and penalty free. However, any growth above and beyond the money you put into the 529 may be subject to tax and possibly a 10% penalty if the funds are not used for post-secondary expenses. Please understand that you are investing in products that go up and down in value. The plan does not guarantee returns and it is possible to end up with less than you started. Please discuss further with a professional so you can get any questions you may have answered. With more and more individuals coming out of college in debt, we as a nation are asking ourselves if there is a better (read, less expensive) way to educate our future leaders. One such way could be attending

community colleges. For example, if you take a certain number of credits and achieve a certain GPA in the Community College System, you may qualify for guaranteed admittance to a number of state schools. This strategy will help the household save money (as community colleges are typically cheaper) and help build the student’s academic credentials. Should the student excel, they are guaranteed admittance to a highly reputable and recognized university that otherwise has rigorous entrance criteria. Whichever path you and your family decide, it is always helpful to bring professionals into the discussion. Speak to university financial advisors as well as your personal financial advisor to get the conversation started. It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s education. ❖

Nicholas Sicina, CFP® is a Financial Advisor with the Gerrish & Sicina Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC. Mr. Sicina’s office is located at 70 Main Street in Warrenton, Virginia. For more information please contact him at 540-347-0111.

Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing in a 529 savings plan. The official statement, which contains this and other information, can be obtained by calling your financial advisor. Read it carefully before you invest. An investor should consider, before investing, whether the investor’s or designated beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state’s 529 college savings plan. The availability of tax or other benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements. • 529 Plans are subject to enrollment, maintenance, administrative and management fees and expenses. • Non-qualified withdrawals are subject to federal and state income tax and a 10% penalty. • College savings plans offered by each state differ significantly in features and benefits. The optimal plan for each investor depends on his or her individual objectives and circumstances. In comparing plans, each investor should consider each plan’s investment options, fees and state tax implications. Wells Fargo Advisors does not provide tax advice.


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Discipline Unlocks Life’s Challenges

by Grand Master Kun Hwa Lee, John Otten, and Tamara Otten From childhood to old age, discipline is the primary key to overcoming obstacles in life. Discipline encourages perseverance to continue despite unforeseen difficulties. It provides the foundation for accomplishing any goal, whether academic, professional, or sport-related. In fact, when success comes without being preceded by discipline, chaos usually results. We see this often in American society, from Hollywood to big business. When success occurs too quickly and too easily, without first building a proper foundation, it seldom lasts, because at the first hint of problems, there is nothing to fall back on. Just as early instruction in morals is vital for a child’s ethical upbringing, early instruction in discipline provides a strong framework for a lifetime of success, because the child – and later the adult – has the wherewithal to work through adversity, rather than to give up. While children may acquire self-discipline in many ways, traditional martial arts training is particularly effective at instilling this crucial ability. Traditional martial arts provides an environment where children are taught in a step by step fashion; where patient practice and repetition are encouraged in order


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to achieve excellence; and where classes provide clearly visible role models to follow. In addition, children are rewarded as they progress by earning belts and ranks that provide an outward sign of their effort and achievement. Unfortunately, there are some martial arts studios that undermine the self-discipline inherent in traditional martial arts programs by awarding belts or other signs of advancement without proven excellence on the part of the child. In a misguided effort to bolster children’s esteem, they actually stunt its growth, because eventually children realize that awards given in this way are meaningless. Failure is a part of life – and a part of success. Martial arts studios that follow long-standing tradition will set clear standards for advancement and will hold children to those standards before permitting advancement, rather than awarding it simply because children have taken a specific number of classes or continued practicing a specific amount of time. This means that sometimes children will fail their advancement tests, either because they are nervous, overconfident, or underprepared. Often, failures are as important as successes. Children who fail




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but who are encouraged to continue trying learn both self-discipline and selfconfidence. Traditional approaches do not condemn the child who fails advancement, but rather encourages him or her to continue working, perhaps with greater focus and more practice. From failure, children learn that success requires diligence, effort, and a certain degree of calm self-control. When children never fail, they never learn how to overcome adversity, and they may develop an unrealistic view of life itself. Traditional martial arts methods insist on discipline from their students. Children are expected to be on time, because lateness conveys disrespect for both the teacher and the art. In this time of overbooked schedules, insisting on student push-ups or other consequences due to lateness helps students to take pride in their own actions and conveys a sense of

worth. Class disruptions affect students who were on time, so penalties for late arrivals demonstrate respect for the rest of the class. What is perhaps less

“Martial arts teaches students to treat each other with respect.”

obvious, however, is that penalties for lateness also demonstrate respect for the penalized student. Rather than ignoring their lateness, the instructor is saying that their presence in the class – being there

on time – matters. Despite the occasional discomfort this response may produce in both children and their parents, appropriate disciplinary actions dealt by a martial arts instructor regarding a student who is late, disruptive, or disrespectful should be considered a sign of high standards on the part of the instructor. So long as such discipline is combined with appropriate encouragement and praise when the same student works to correct misbehavior, such responses will help students to internalize the self-discipline necessary to succeed not only in martial arts, but in every area of life. Self-discipline is probably demonstrated most clearly by the way in which we treat others, especially when disagreements occur. Martial arts teaches students to treat others with respect. Try to model this for your children, to help them recognize its significance. Life frequently provides opportunities for misunderstandings, sometimes even between a parent and an instructor or coach. When this happens, parents should take great care to keep their interactions respectful, and preferably to keep disagreements private, since children seldom can retain trust in someone whom they believe has lost the respect of their parents. On the other hand, when children see their parents behave respectfully towards the coaches, teachers and other mentors in their lives, they will unconsciously imitate that respectful attitude, and they will be more open to learning from those persons. At the same time, they will gradually learn self-discipline and restraint in their own dealings with others. Give your children one of the greatest gifts in your power to give – the gift of encouraging their own self-discipline by demonstrating your own. Once they recognize its power, it will be a valuable asset throughout their lives. ❖

Grandmaster Kun Hwa Lee is a 9th Degree Black Belt from Korea and has been teaching martial arts internationally for over 40 years. Grandmaster Lee’s life since childhood has been dedicated to and centered around embracing, teaching, and incorporating the spirit of martial arts into each and every student. In 2001, he relocated to the area and opened the World Martial Arts Center in Warrenton Virginia, where he continues to teach the Hwal Moo form of Tae Kwon Do. Whether it’s a children’s white belt class or advanced black belt training, Grandmaster Lee continues to actively participate in student training on a daily basis. World Martial Arts Center is located at 608 Blackwell Rd, Warrenton. More information can be found on their website www.warrentontkd.com.


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I started working for People Inc. in May of 2014. I chose this agency mainly because their mission fit perfectly into the mold of the type of agency I was looking to represent – “To provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to reach their goals in order to enhance their lives, their families, and their community”. I love working for a non-profit, community action agency because it gives me an opportunity to help people while giving back to the community at the same time. I have been able to watch dreams become realities!

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to do it regularly. I feel that program could have gotten me through all the first time jitters a lot quicker. What are the top three business tips and tricks you can offer other professionals? Be yourself. Being genuine and honest will take you far in business and life itself. People will respect that. Accept criticism. Constructive criticism can strengthen you and your business. Find a mentor that can help you on your journey. Never give up. Times will get tough, but if you keep pushing, you will succeed! When did you join the GWCC? People Inc. joined the GWCC in May of 2014. How have you been involved with GWCC? I have been involved with the GWCC through attending networking groups, awards banquets, joint events, partnering for workshops and even stuffing goodie bags for the Father’s Day Car Show. For you, what is the primary benefit of being a GWCC member? The primary benefit of being a GWCC member for me is meeting and connecting with others in the community. I really enjoy the networking events. ❖

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