Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine September 2015

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September 2015


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

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

Rachel Pierce George Rowand Nicolas Sicina Jocelyn Sladen Tony Tedeschi John Toler Charlotte Wagner

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Life & Living - Sharing the Road with School Buses Debbie Eisele

Home & Garden - Counting the Butterflies - Jocelyn Sladen

Happy & Healthy - Transgender - Dr. Robert Iadeluca

Furry Friends - Distressed Dogs - Charlotte Wagner Meet & Greet - FHS’s Marching Band - Rebekah Grier

In & Around Town - Keeping Warrenton Beautiful Rebekah Grier

Meet & Greet - New Dining Experiences - Debbie Eisele

Community Spotlight - When the Dust Settles Aimée O’Grady

Paws Around Town - Dog Cover Contest Discovered History - Warrenton Country School John T. Toler

In & Around Town - September is National Preparedness Month - Danica Low What’s Up Warrenton Out & About - Walking Through History - Steve Herholtz Let’s Talk Business - GWCC Food - Celebrate National Honey Month - Ann W. Harman In & Around Town - Bridging People Together - Aimée O’Grady

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A Job Well Done Last fall we were faced with the task of replacing an editor that had only been with us a few months. We needed time to find the right person to take the job permanently but also needed someone to step in and get things organized and coordinate all the daily activities. In came Debbie Eisele. Holly and I have been friends with the Eiseles for 15 years or more. We know the dangers of hiring friends or family and that I’m often not an easy person to work for. But, we also know that Debbie can do just about anything. So we asked her if she would take the job for us for several months until we found a permanent editor. Thankfully, she did. In the last several months Debbie Eisele learned the job, the systems and our publications. She made them better. She organized the chaos. She fixed the editorial calendar and reorganized the files. Debbie reestablished relationships and did great outreached. Of course, knowing her as long as we have we expected Debbie to grab the challenges and tame them. We are not only on time but ahead of schedule for the first time in our 11 years of publishing. We have found our new editor and we will tell you about her next month. We think you will be pleased with all the skills she brings to the table. In the meantime, Holly and I just want to say “Thank you� to Debbie Eisele for making our life and our magazines go smoother.

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Living It

Vehicle Driving Tips •

Sharing The Road With

School Buses Information On Keeping Children & Bus Drivers Safe

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by Debbie Eisele

Summer is over and children are heading back to school. This means pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists need to share the road with the school buses. All of us need to be aware that what we do on the road can positively or negatively impact the safety of all the children going to or coming home from school. Of course there are laws governing the rules of the road when it comes to drivers, but there are additional ways we can increase the overall safety of everyone in the community. From 2001-2010, approximately “1,368 people died in school transportation related crashes,” according to NHTSA (www.schoolbusfleet.com). According to www.schoolbusfleet.com, “Occupants of school transportation vehicles accounted for 7% of fatalities, while another twenty one percent were non-occupants (pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers).” During a recent discussion, Lieutenant George Southard of The Town of Warrenton Police Department said, “Everyone in our community has roles and responsibilities that they need to know and maintain. When they don’t know them, that’s when accidents happen. It all comes down to common sense.” Southard has been with the Town’s police department for 31 years and in that time he said that “a good percentage of accidents 6

are due to drivers’ inattention.” He recommends that drivers should “be attentive when you see a school bus and anticipate what can happen. Being prepared for the unexpected actions of children entering or exiting the bus is the best safeguard drivers can put into place.” Be aware, motor vehicle laws are not just for drivers. Southard explained that “bicyclists are under the same authority in the state of Virginia and have to follow the laws just as a driver of a vehicle does.” Fauquier County Public Schools are determined to do everything they can to keep the children and

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You must stop for stopped school buses with flashing red lights and extended stop sign when you approach from any direction on highway, private road or school driveway. If you are behind the bus, stop your vehicle approximately 20-30 feet from the rear of the bus. Stop and remain stopped until all persons are clear and the bus moves again. You must stop if the bus is loading or unloading passengers and the signals are not on. You do not have to stop if you are traveling in the opposite direction on a roadway with a median or barrier dividing the road and the bus is on the opposite side of the median or barrier. However, be prepared for unexpected actions by persons exiting the school bus. Watch for turns - buses require wider turns. Maintain a safe distance from the rear of the bus. Recognize bus drivers have large blind spots. Prepare for sudden and frequent stops. Remember school buses stop at railroad crossings.

Information obtained from the DMV and Lieutenant Southard. For a complete listing of all state driving regulations visit www.dmv.state.va.

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The Fauquier County Public Schools are always looking for school bus drivers, so if you or someone you know is interested, please visit the county website and complete an application (http://www.fauquiercounty.gov). Taking care of the community’s children is a rewarding career that is appreciated by all within the county. Parents and children often develop a bond with their drivers and know what an important role they play in the safety of our kids. “My bus driver in elementary school was amazing,” says a 7th grader from Taylor Middle School. “She (the bus driver) baked me cupcakes and brought them to my house during the summer. She was always kind and caring to us on the bus and off. I miss her.”

bus drivers safe. According to the school division’s website (www. fcps1.org), “FCPS has written crisis, emergency management and medical response plans that the School Board reviews annually. The plan contains procedures, operations and assignments to prevent, manage and respond to critical events and emergencies, including bus/vehicle accidents.” Ms. Cheryl Fisher, Director of Transportation, discussed the training system Fauquier County Public Schools has in place to educate bus drivers, “The main objective of any pupil transportation system is to transport passengers to and from school each day safely and efficiently. To achieve this goal, drivers and aides are thoroughly trained.” She also explained that not only does the “state require a minimum of 24 classroom hours, and 24 hours of behind-thewheel training, a minimum of 10 of the 24 hours of behind-the-wheel time shall involve the operation of a bus with students on board.” In Fauquier County drivers are given a 6 day classroom training, which exceeds the minimum required by the state. “Drivers and aides are recertified every 3 years both in the classroom and behind-the-wheel and additional remedial training may be provided at any time,” according to Fisher. “CPR, first aid and defensive

driving are all part of our standard curriculum.” Additionally, the school system implements training for the students on the bus. “Our trainers are exceptional. Each year they travel to each of the elementary schools providing bus safety training for the kindergarten students. This program is geared especially for them - teaching them how to politely share the seats, why it is important for them to stay seated and to use indoor voices. Twice a year all the drivers, aides and students practice their bus evacuations drills. We make these as realistic as possible in hopes that everyone will be prepared in the event of an emergency.” When asked what the biggest challenge was to keeping children safe on the bus, Ms. Fisher said, “There are so many problems our drivers deal with each and every day on the roadways - aggressive drivers, distracted drivers, traffic and roadway congestion - but the safety concern in the forefront are motorists passing buses while they are loading and unloading is the most dangerous part of the trip for a student.” Fisher went on to say, “On any given day you will see drivers passing buses that are

stopped, warning lights on and stop arms deployed with students trying to cross in front of the bus. Vehicles have also been seen passing on the right side of the bus - narrowly missing students as they step out of the bus or off the curb to enter the waiting bus.” When asked if she had any other information on the regulations regarding driving around school buses, she said, “First and most importantly is to simply STOP. I know that sounds far too basic but people truly are not stopping and are endangering our children.” There are additional ways drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists can help improve the sometimes dangerous conditions for our community’s children. “Everyone needs to be alert - we are transporting our community’s precious cargo,” stated Fisher. Parents can help as well. Fisher mentioned that student behavior is “critical to the safety of the entire bus” and parents can discuss this important issue at home with their children and review the safety tips provided. Inclement weather can also pose a risk to the drivers and students out on the road. Remember to leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the back of the school bus. Fisher noted, “motorists should remember that students may not be at their normal locations” after returning to school from a snow storm. Alternate bus stops may be used, so Fisher suggests “always

be alert and watch for students.” Lieutenant Southard also noted that if a driver cannot see the side mirrors of the school bus in front of them, they are too close. He suggests drivers maintain a safe distance from the rear of a school bus. The general rule of thumb is if a driver is able to see the side mirrors of the bus in front of them, the distance is proper, but in wet conditions such as rain or snow, and icy situations, drivers should allow an even greater distance. Remember, we can all do our part to assist with safety educate children and be attentive while sharing the road. Fisher demonstrated the drivers and county are committed to safety by saying, “Our drivers and aides are among the best, this is a difficult job with tremendous responsibility attached to it. Carrying 50 plus students, behind you, can be challenging. They (the bus drivers) do it because it is rewarding and they truly care about the students of Fauquier County.”

Safety Tips for Students ALWAYS… • • • • • • •

Be on time to the bus stop. Stand back from the curb. Wait your turn to get on or off the bus. Never push or shove. Stay in your seat unless the driver tells you otherwise. Keep the aisle clear. Take at least 10 giant steps before turning when you get off the bus. Wait for the driver to give you the “thumbs-up” sign before crossing in front of the bus.

NEVER… • •

Walk behind the bus. Crawl underneath a school bus. If you drop something, tell the driver and he/she will tell you what to do.

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“That’s a Hairstreak!” “No, it’s a Summer Azure.” “Add one Monarch!” These are types of butterflies and on a recent July morning, a determined troop of volunteers armed with clipboards and sunscreen set out across fields, woodland edges and gardens within a 15-mile diameter circle to count them. The count, organized by the non-profit Environmental Studies on the Piedmont in cooperation with the Bull Run Mountain Conservancy, has been a summertime event for the past 20 years. With recent concern for Monarch butterflies and other pollinating insects, interest in the count has been growing. This year more than 30 “butterfliers”, amateur and expert, including families with children, turned up for the count at Clifton Farm, field station for E S. It’s a summer celebration, but also citizen science with a purpose. Butterfly species and numbers are carefully entered on data sheets supplied by the North American Butterfly Association. Results of the day are filed with NABA to become part of a data bank tracking longterm trends in butterfly

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populations across North America. “One cannot overlook the importance of monitoring these colorful, diverse butterflies year after year,” according to biologist Tom Wood, Director of the nonprofit Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, which has organized the count for the past 20 years. “Things are changing, flowers bloom earlier and biodiversity is being forced to adapt or perish. It is wise to monitor these changes and react responsibly, we won’t get a second chance to get it right.” Identifying species can be tricky. It’s easier with the familiar Monarchs and showy Swallowtails. For starters, they’re visible. The challenge lies in sorting out the little guys down in the tangle of briars and leaves, or the pretty Summer Azures and Hairstreaks that won’t be still long enough for a sure ID. It’s trying to tell an American Lady from a Painted Lady, and keeping track of Little Tailed Blues popping out of the grass. And then…the skippers, a large group of butterflies born to confuse you. Most are small and tawny with big dark eyes and names like Zabulon and Hayhurst Scallopwing. Your field guide tells you to look for a post-median spot band. A what? Are the spots distally concave? Best solution: Take a picture with your iPhone and consult the expert. Warrenton Lifestyle

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The Airlie Butterfly Garden was built in 1995 - first year of the count its pergola marks the count’s center, is a favored destination for spotting. The garden is dedicated to ornithologist and artist Roger Tory Peterson and his wife, Virginia, who were early proponents of gardening for butterflies, its pollinator-friendly plantings. Each year, Airlie offers refreshments welcome ES teams when they arrive and maintain the gardens with care. Watching a cloud of Tiger Swallowtails swirling in the sunshine above a patch of wildflowers can make life seem pretty good. What did the poet say? “Beauty is its own excuse for being.” But spotting a rare one, maybe a tiny Copper, can be even better. Good to know they’re still out there! Sachem Skipper


Some addicts of the natural world just slosh on more sunscreen and never stop for lunch. Butterfly counts are among many events organized throughout the year by Environmental Studies, all geared to enjoyment of the natural world, education on many levels, and understanding of our regional ecosystem through research. Director Tom Wood, who is also an Associate Professor at George Mason University, manages the field station’s two ponds, fields and woodlands for optimum natural habitat. Some events, including the butterfly count and a late winter Woodcock evening, are organized in cooperation with the Bull Run Mountain Conservancy, based in The Plains. Are butterfly populations in trouble here? A nationwide decline in pollinating insects seems certain, with many causes from weather to changing land use to pesticides. Pollinating insects including butterflies face agricultural landscapes with fewer diverse flowering plants to supply the nectar and pollen vital for their survival. Numbers across our own 15 mile circle can fluctuate wildly year to year. Monarchs seemed down,

Airlie Butterfly Garden Great Spangled Fritillaries up. There were 371 Eastern Tiger Swallowtails recorded in 2012 and 1,501 in 2013. Despite such spikes and drops, numbers both in species and total butterflies within the count circle show surprising stability across two decades. Are we doing something right then? The Airlie count circle is only a sampling and cannot represent the region. It includes land whose owners and managers take care to protect habitat. Both Environmental Studies and Bull Run Mountains Conservancy act to encourage other landowners to take whatever action they can to preserve regional biodiversity… including butterflies. For more information on Environmental Studies on the Piedmont go to its website www. envstudies.org. Warrenton Lifestyle



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TRANSGENDER by Dr. Robert Iadeluca

When my son, Roland, was a boy we occasionally had a discussion which went something like this: Me: If you had your appendix removed, would you still be Roland? Ro: That’s ridiculous, of course I’d still be Roland. Me: What if you also had your left leg amputated? Ro: Yes, I’d still be Roland. Me: And in addition your right arm? Ro: Yep, still me. Me: How about one of your kidneys as well? Ro: You know the answer. Me: What if your heart was removed and for a few minutes you were living with your heart in the surgeon’s hand, this followed by a different man’s heart being transplanted into your chest.


Ro: Even if I received another person’s heart, I would still be Roland Me: Visualize that pile of removed organs next to you – an appendix, a leg, an arm, a kidney, your former heart – which are no longer part of you. Suppose one lung was also removed. At this point we both agreed that he would continue to be Roland with one exception. That the removal of his brain would mean instant death and that Roland was not any of the above organs named above. He was, in effect, his brain. What we are talking about here is identity. Ro was saying: I am always myself, no matter what organs are removed or changed. The one exception, of course, was the brain. Varying organs can be removed while the person is alive except the brain. That has never been done.

One’s personal identity therefore may be considered the identity of consciousness within one’s brain – their mind rather than their body. Personal continuity is an important part of identity, the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment as consistent from one moment to the next. No matter what was done to his body Ro saw no change in his own being or, if you will, his brain. His brain was his self. Among its many responsibilities a major responsibility of the brain is determining the sex of the individual. Under the influence of hormones, either the existence of or lack of primarily testosterone, our gender identity (the conviction of belonging to male or female gender) is programmed into our brain structures while we are still in the womb.

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identity through clothing or hairstyle. The sense of being a girl or boy at this age cannot be changed. Society in general does not accept people whose appearance is gender ambiguous and, as a result, targets them for verbal abuse, discrimination and sometimes violence. Employers, friends and especially family are often disbelieving and hostile. Much misinformation is perpetuated. Transgender children, like others, have a great sense of self. They know who they are. They just want to be loved and supported and accepted for who they are, not what you might want them to be. Nevertheless, there is much stigma, negativity, superstitions and decades of media abuse. Hatred, discrimination and violence continue. Suicides are common and young transgender individuals are disproportionately represented in the homeless population. Society has a steadfast opposition to attempting to understand them. There is no evidence that the social environment after birth has an effect on the development of gender identity. It is purely a physical problem created prior to birth and not a psychiatric condition. Attempts to alter their gender conviction to match their bodily organs have been spectacularly unsuccessful. It can only be treated by “fixing” the body to match the brain’s gender. This might be done by following such steps as hormones, surgeries, voice alteration, facial hair and therapy. This past May the Health and Human Services Department concluded that gender reassignment surgery is safe and effective and it is now covered under Medicare. Some students arrive in kindergarten already holding their strong internal belief. Many transgender students face harassment and discrimination in school. The victimization experienced at school has a lasting effect, sometimes leading to negative mental health outcomes in adulthood. The U.S. Department of Education makes it clear that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX. This prevents discrimination in

private elementary and secondary schools, school districts and colleges. Despite this, transgender students face harassment and discrimination in school. Those who do are at a higher risk of attempting suicide. The National Association of School Psychologists has called upon school psychologists to be advocates for transgender students while being welcoming and supportive. The majority of school psychologists, however, receive little or no training in this area. The majority of physicians do not believe they have all the skills needed to address such issues. The American College of Physicians (second largest medical association after the American Medical Association), composed primarily of internists, has gone on record as saying that transgender individuals should receive all the care they need, that hospitals should allow patients to choose who may visit, and that physicians should flag their charts to indicate the patient’s preferred name and pronouns. The military has also been facing the gender identity issue. There are an estimated 15,500 transgender troops on active duty and in the National Guard and Reserve. In past years the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force had been making it harder to give honorable discharges to transgender military members. Discharge had to be initiated only by unit commanders. The Pentagon now states that transgenders will be allowed to serve openly starting next year. In 2013 transgender US Navy Seal Kristin (formerly Christopher) Beck, awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Joint Service Commendation decoration, transitioned from male to female and is now running in Maryland primaries. The current trend in counseling for transgendered people is solely a short-term solution. An effective counselor should be able to assist the individual in finding medical, legal, and financial help, meanwhile being neither encouraging nor discouraging. Unfortunately, some counselors state that they have experience in this area when they have had little or none. Some counselors promise a “cure” or Warrenton Lifestyle

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Equality Virginia is a state-wide nonpartisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for transgender Virginians. Employers can do their part by establishing clear guidance for managers and recruiters. Gender identity affects people of all ages. Transgender older adults report higher rates of disability, general poor health, depression, anxiety, loneliness and suicidal ideation. Many, if not most, of them are not getting the support they need and many are reluctant to receive services at all. Some parents are understanding and some are not. Leelah (formerly Josh) Alcorn was not supported by her mother who told her: “We don’t support that religiously; God doesn’t make mistakes.” Leelah then committed suicide by throwing herself under a truck. Transgender teenagers may find the need to think carefully before sharing their feelings with their family. Are they completely dependent on the family? Are they under 18, receiving payment for college and might be cut off? Might they suddenly find themselves homeless? Some have found it beneficial to write a letter (not an email) to their family explaining what they have been struggling with, wishing to remain close to the family and reassuring them that it is not their fault, suggesting books and articles, and asking them not to respond right away but taking at least a week to think about it. For some religious groups, helping people to transition from one gender to another is a compassionate response to a deeply felt need. Others are profoundly uncomfortable about the theological implications of such interventions. The Evangelical Alliance says: “Authentic change from a person’s given sex is not possible. We oppose recourse to gender reassignment surgery on a Biblical basis. We are skeptical of the view that gender dysphoria has a biological basis.

We describe it as a psychological condition that involves someone rejecting themselves.” Rachel Mann, a transgender priest with the Church of England says: “The Bible is not interested in biology; modern biology is much more complex than just male and female.” Many Christian transgendered people find themselves rejected by the Church. For many in the wider evangelical world, gender dysphoria is a psychological aberration which needs to be corrected. The major goals of transgender individuals include: a) being reassigned to their true sex and not being seen as mentally disturbed; b) medical insurance helping to pay for reassignment; c) the medical system treating them the way they treat other patients; d) society evolving its attitude; and e) religious institutions not seeing it as a sin. Ordinarily people have no doubt about their gender. My son, Roland, saw himself as a male when he was a boy and in the latter years of his life saw himself as the father of three daughters. This was constant throughout his life. There are, however, an estimated 700,000 transgendered individuals in the nation, a number of which may very well be in our own community. Caitlynn Jenner and other transgenders have asked that we be “open minded.” Their message? It is critical that we teach children at a very young age to be accepting of every one as a person.

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Distressed Dogs: Understanding Chronic Anxiety Behaviors By Charlotte Wagner Anxiety in dogs takes many shapes. It can be triggered by specific events or circumstances, be a result of insecurities from past experiences, or genetically influence the dog’s disposition. Identifying specific thresholds, triggers, and understanding your dog’s personality will better help in constructing a behavior modification program that increases confidence and builds coping mechanisms. Positive socialization experiences and learning adaptation skills to a variety of environments can significantly prevent the occurrence of anxiety-related behaviors in adult dogs.

What is anxiety in dogs?

Anxiety is the physiological and behavioral expression of fear due to the perception of danger. It may manifest in various degrees of stress and distress as a result of the fight/ flight instinct. Anxiety is mostly momentary, however when it becomes chronic, constant anxiety can impact the overall welfare of a dog resulting in ongoing behavior problems. Common anxiety disorders are identified by their triggers, such as: separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, thunder storm phobia, fireworks phobia, generalized noise phobia, canine compulsive disorder, and trigger specific anxieties.

Separation Anxiety

This is the most commonly occurring stress disorder found in pet dogs. It is marked by the dog’s inability to find comfort when in the absence of it’s family. Dogs suffering from separation issues may exhibit destructive behavior within the home, house soiling, restlessness, and persistent vocalization. Dogs will commonly be distressed when the owner departs the home and practice unwanted behaviors in an attempt to cope with the conflict.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

This applies to dogs who become stressed due to a variety of triggers and have extreme difficulty or inability adapting to their environment. They often display an exaggerated startle response, avoidance behavior, and inconsistent reactivity due to overstimulation. This behavior can be influenced by multiple home placements at an early age, but is most likely linked to a lack of proper early socialization and genetic factors.

Thunderstorms, Fireworks, and other Noise Phobias Commonly elicit a hyper vigilant avoidance response in dogs. In mild sensitivity dogs may pace, salivate, pant, whine, have enlarged pupils, and obvious facial ridges. More advanced cases exhibit extreme behavior such as hiding, jumping through windows, persistent howling or crying, vomiting, and house soiling. Causes may include lack of positive exposure during puppyhood, accidental reinforcement of fear, and inheritance.


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Canine Compulsive Disorder

This is distinguished by the excessive display of repetitive behavior. This is often a means of coping with stress, frustration, or conflict, but can become a generalized chronic behavior pattern. Some breeds have an inherited predisposition to compulsive behaviors such as Doberman Pinschers, English Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, and Labradors. Common behaviors include, but are not limited to: tail chasing, flank sucking, spinning in circles, fly snapping, shadow chasing, and air licking. Dogs who suffer from CCD often become distressed when attempts are made to interrupt behavior; a more successful approach involves the redirection and reinforcement of alternate behaviors.

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Fear and avoidance responses to a select number of specific triggers does not generally fall under the category of a chronic anxiety disorder or phobia. A dog that is hesitant with specific triggers, but shows successful adaptability is not considered anxious, but may be lacking socialization. Similarly dogs who only show avoidance behavior at the vet clinic or grooming parlor may do so out of negative past experiences, not because they have an issue with anxiety.

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Identifying prevalence of unwanted behavior traits in specific bloodlines and selecting for desired temperament can greatly influence the overall disposition and character of a dog. Some specific anxiety-related behaviors can be found in pedigree breeds, but may also be exhibited in cross-bred and mix-breed dogs. It is important to take physical and mental health into careful consideration for the welfare and benefit of all dogs and owners.


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Fauquier High School’s Marching Band by

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here’s a group of students in Fauquier County who practice together, sweat together, inspire fans together and win and lose together. They’re closer than a team. They’re a family. Meet the Fauquier High School marching band. This group of 60 high school students from freshmen to seniors is one of the most dedicated, hard-working and accepting groups on campus. More than just an extracurricular activity or skill to put on college applications, marching band instills perseverance, leadership, teamwork and camaraderie. Marching band members spend their summers studying and practicing with their individual sections organized by the student leaders to keep their skills sharp. Two weeks before school starts the whole band attends band camp for a week and then quickly goes into weekly rehearsals after that – all before the school year even begins. With the school year in full swing, the marching band plays at every home and local football game in addition to competing in local and regional competitions. For competition, students are responsible for packing up all the gear, setting-up, tearing down and packing it all back up again when the event is over – sometimes not getting home until the wee hours of the morning. Over the last 10 years, the FHS marching band has won the Group A division state championship three times, taken the Group A division championship, and placed between 8th and 10th in the more challenging Open Class division the last three years in a row. For a marching band performance, especially once choreography has been developed, every member of the band is absolutely crucial. Routines are written using the exact number of band members. If even one student drops out, the whole routine has to be rewritten and a new position relearned by each other member. Despite many other marching bands using popular scores and pre-written routines, FHS has always used a composer to write an original score and drill writer to develop a custom

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The Ultimate Team Sport routine. Learning complex music and routines together, knowing how dependent they are on one another, creates a depth of camaraderie and trust among the band members that is just as strong or stronger than any sport. “We try to make marching band a place for everybody,” Band Director, Andrew Paul, shared. Paul, who has been teaching band at FHS since 1998, said that when they hold auditions in the spring, they’ll take anyone with a mature, “make it work” attitude, even if they’ve had no previous musical experience. And he finds that by and large the kids who join marching band, no matter what year or skill level, stick with it all the way through their senior year. Paul described the band’s mission statement as, “Great moments come from great opportunities.” While practicing for games or competition or rehearsing for the Fall Concert, Paul loves to see the great moments of kids working together toward a common goal, taking ownership, seeing a thing through, and leading their peers. But by and large, both the students and Paul say that it’s each other that they enjoy most about being a part of the marching band. Austin Evans, a senior and this year’s Senior Drum Major, said, “I like that it’s more of a family. Everyone out there is looking out for each other. We’re very close. It’s like the ultimate team sport - because if one person’s wrong information the whole thing is wrong.” When describing how she would recruit middle school students to join marching band when they become freshmen, Hannah Savignac, the band’s Junior Drum Major, said, ”Do you want to have friends? Do you want to be a part of something unique? You get to hang out with people; you get to make friends.” More than just a band or a sport, the Fauquier High School marching band is an extension of family that knits students together and teaches them some of the most valuable subjects in life.

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Keeping Warrenton Beautiful:

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When I walked into the office of John Ward, Superintendent of Public Works, the first thing he showed me was a framed photograph of his granddaughter. The second was his certificate of baptism from three years ago. Chatting with this warm, friendly man you would never know that he bears the weight of responsibility for keeping the entire town of Warrenton clean and looking beautiful. Ward and his hard-working team of approximately 30 men take care of our roadways, traffic signals, storm sewers, sidewalks, brush collection, grass medians, roadside landscaping, trash and recycling pick up, street sweeping, cemetery maintenance, leaf collection, snow removal and 26

building maintenance for Town Hall, the Visitor Center and the police department in addition to maintaining all the town’s vehicles and equipment for these jobs. They are responsible for over 78 miles of public roads, 11 miles of storm sewers, 5 traffic signals, the cemetery, and more than 200 pieces of town equipment. Broken down into four smaller crews, the Public Works team has two crews for refuse and two for street maintenance. They staff a full-time, two-man crew at the cemetery to tend to the 15 acres of land and are also available for digging graves. The Public Works building also houses an auto-shop with a full-time mechanic who maintains all town vehicles and

equipment, including work trucks and police vehicles. A fairly self-sustained operation, Warrenton rarely has to contract out work like is common in other towns. The first two crews take care of all our trash and recycling. The trash crew runs four days a week with two routes and two trucks, the Monday/Thursday route and the Tuesday/Friday route (to find your schedule, visit www.warrentonva. gov/Services/PublicWorks/ RefuseCollectionSchedule). And they’re out early, so make sure your trash is by the road before 8 am! Recycling has three programs, but only comes on Wednesdays. There’s a cardboard pickup, newspaper pickup Warrenton Lifestyle







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Public Works crew members in the auto shop before starting work smelly work that, let’s be honest, most of us are glad someone else is doing. Looking around Warrenton, though, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a piece of trash on the road, a flooded storm sewer or unpatched road issue. Doing the jobs most of us would never dream of doing, this crew of dedicated men keeps our town a charming place to live. “We have pretty high standards for keeping things neat and clean for the citizens and visitors,” Twomey said. “Visitors have come through and said Warrenton was the prettiest town they’ve ever visited.” In his three years as Superintendent, Ward has been instrumental in keeping and elevating the high standards of cleanliness, repair, and beauty in and around Warrenton. He even has his crew mow beyond the town limits so that there’s a “better appearance coming into town.” “I’m kind of particular. A lot of people have a different name for it, but I don’t like disarray. I don’t like things out of order. I like things to 30

be in place,” Ward revealed. Ward likened himself to an Innkeeper when he explained that he likes to get out early and walk around before anyone’s even out and about, just to make sure “everything’s in place.” Twomey said that Ward is “out and about” at 4am almost every day. Ward and two of his crew leaders that I had a chance to speak with give a lot of credit to their teams and the dedication and camaraderie that make them successful. “The guys have a lot of dedication, they love this job. Most of the people that have been here a long time have some kind of family connection here and feel the dedication. Most of the ones I know that have been here a long time, they don’t treat it as a job, it’s a way of life,” Ward explained. “It’s quality. They’re going to give you quality. And that’s a priority” Milton Foster, Crew Leader for Landscaping, said, “We’re all friends, we take care of one another.” Ward has full confidence in his entire team. “I would back my guys. I know when that foreman tells me the job is done,

I can bank on that, that job is done. He’s true to his word. I don’t have to go check. My guys know what I expect,” he said. After giving credit to the great team he leads, Twomey said, “If you have good Indians, you don’t need a chief.” Before letting me wrap-up our early morning interview, however, Twomey made sure I knew what a tremendous difference their “chief” has made in the Public Works department. “He has a love for this town,” Twomey shared of Ward, “And when you love something you tend to it and do it right. I believe we could all say that we’re better people and workers because of John.” But Ward and his crew aren’t just doing a job. There’s a motivation that runs deeper than family or local pride, or even satisfaction in a job well done. And this motivation has sustained several of them through many years of faithful service to our town. “This is God’s world and we’re put here to take care of it. When I finish a job, I want to be able to stand back and admire it,” Foster said. Foster has been with Public Works for more than 15 years. “I know the town pays me, but ultimately I’m working for The Lord. That’s what motivates me,” Twomey said. Twomey has worked in Public Works for almost 23 years. If you happen to see John at Chick-fil-A early one morning you will probably find him reading his Bible. And if you show up at the Public Works building at 8 am any day of the week, you will find the majority of the crew gathered in the auto shop, heads bowed in prayer before the start of the workday. “I feel like I’m doing God’s work. The beautification is God’s will. That is what he has designed me to do,” Ward said. Ward has worked in Public Works, starting as a cemetery laborer, for a total of 32 years. “I try to maintain my focus on God and have my heart as right as I can. As one of God’s workers I want to be pleasing to God,” Ward concluded. You may never see the hands that collect your trash or the feet that walk every street collecting leaves, but you’ll feel the beauty they create because of the deep love they leave behind. Warrenton Lifestyle

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New Dining Experiences Around Town and Beyond FOOD TRUCKS OFFER BIG FLAVOR OPTIONS by Debbie Eisele

City lovers know when they want to experience variety, they can venture to food truck locations that offer a myriad of flavors. Hit television shows depicting food truck competitions and festivals seem to capture the attention of “foodies” all around. Small town charm, great service, farm fresh foods and delicious meals are now available in and around Warrenton in the form of mobile restaurants. There are now two food truck options for Warrentonians to experience a unique dining experience that truly supports both a local and “farm to table” (in this case truck) concept. Both food trucks launched this spring: The Rambler and SoBo.

The Rambler The Rambler, sporting a black paint finish with white lettering, can be seen driving through Warrenton on various days and is the first full-time operational food truck in Fauquier County. Owners Aaron Lynch, Adam Lynch and Jamie Sneed are partners in this truck that debuted at The 2015 Spring Festival. According to Adam, “Aaron came up with the idea of starting a food truck over five years ago, and we agreed it would be a great thing.” Adam and Aaron Lynch are

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The Rambler’s Cuban Sandwich is a crowd pleaser. Aaron discussed the challenge of a new type of entity in Town, “We don’t want to overstep our bounds. With no ordinances in place, The Town can say at any time we cannot conduct our food truck business on Main Street or any other location in town. It is a concern for us from a business point of view, not knowing if you can go to a location from day to day. Additionally, we would love to have a ‘pop-up’ event occasionally and invite other food trucks and entertainers to join, but this won’t be possible until an ordinance is in place.” When asked about what The Rambler crew would like the public to know about their food, Aaron said, “We have no nitrates in any of our meats. I visit local farmers to ensure their practices are in line with what our philosophy is - local, organic and

natural. We think the food is better if it is local. The supply and demand is there for this type of food and it is not much more expensive. It’s important for people to know that.” The menu offers diners the following options: Turkey Brie Panini Sandwich, Cuban Sandwich (which Jamie notes is the best selling item), Mango Chicken Salad Wrap, Vegan Wraps, Santa Fe Wrap and Organic Stuffed Burrito (with fresh homemade salsa, guacamole, mayonnaise, and pork or chicken). “We have found our ingredients extremely popular with the customers and we are glad to offer what what we do,” Sneed commented.

The Rambler offers meals at various commercial locations throughout the county and in Manassas. In August, they held their first food truck/band event at Tin Cannon Brewery. “We would love to see a Food Truck Music Festival event occur here in Warrenton,” stated Adam Lynch when asked what future goals were for the business. Sneed said, “This food truck has given us many options to continue to expand services.” Adam also agreed and said, “We would like to be able to add another food truck to service even more locations in the future.” Currently, The Rambler is available for private, public and catering events and is offering food at Jiffy Lube Live through October 4. Their food truck may also be seen in locations such as Old Bust Head Brewery, Tin Cannon Brewery, and Three Fox Vineyards. Take a look their FaceBook page www. facebook.com/TheRambler for weekly listing of locations where they will be serving their food. SoBo SoBo (short for South of the Border) is owned and operated by Bo Price and Rebecca Snyder. Debuting in April 2015, SoBo offers Mexican cuisine enthusiasts some tasty fare, there is something for everyone on the menu.

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When the smiling, outgoing duo was asked how the idea for the truck came about, Rebecca said with a laugh, “It’s all his fault.” Bo laughed in turn and told his story, “In 1988 I was stationed at Vint Hill and was visiting D.C.. I thought we needed a taco truck. I was a soldier then, became a contractor and retired in March. I always had the idea in the back of my head for this truck.” Rebecca jumped into the conversation at this point and laughed, “He had to meet me first!” So, Bo’s retirement ventured into the food truck business with a focus on farm fresh - taken to an entirely new level. He was inspired by food trucks in D.C. as well as Arizona and Oregon. Rebecca was born and raised on a beef farm in Canada. She has a 60 acre farm, Junco Hill Farm, in Warrenton. She raises turkey, chicken and pork and hopes to provide beef in the near future. Ingredients from SoBo’s menu are literally from their own farm, or are locally sourced with organic options. All the turkey, chicken and pigs are free range, organic and farmed sustainably which is important to both Bo and Rebecca. All their menu options offer the freshest ingredients and the foundation for the recipes originated from Bo’s mother, who was from Mexico. Bo’s heritage is an important part of the meals being served from this restaurant on wheels. Rebecca summed up their philosophy about the food, “It is important to reconnect people with their food. We’ve lost touch with where everything (food) comes from.” Bo simply stated, “It’s cool to know the food we are serving. You know from day one where the food is being raised, how it’s being raised and where it comes from.” Their menu features tacos (Baja, SoBo & American styles), burritos, empanadas and the ‘Bust Head’ Nachos Fundidos, named in honor of Old Bust Head beer, which is used to make the cheese sauce. Their journey has not been without challenges. “The obstacles we have come across are not insurmountable,” stated Rebecca. Bo explained, “Both Rebecca and I would love to have SoBo in Town on specific days of the week and go park and sell to the public on 36

Main Street or other commercial or public locations.” Rebecca said, “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Town and other food trucks in order to offer Warrenton residents this new type service.” Their goal is to get an ordinance passed so that food trucks in the area can do business in Warrenton and provide services to office complexes, WARF, Vint Hill and other locations and special events in the future. SoBo has booked several events and provide meals at Old Bust Head Brewery, Brookside, and are in talks with Morias Winery and Barrel Oak Winery. Price explained, “We haven’t unleashed the beast (SoBo truck) yet. We are selective about venues as we want to start slowly. We do this because it is fun and are looking at booking two events per week.” In the future, they may even consider offering a brick and mortar location but at this time are content with offering services through their mobile restaurant at select locations. Check out SoBo’s website www. sobomobile.com, FaceBook page www. facebook.com/sobomobile and Twitter for news on where they will be parked for customers to try them out. Town Ordinances for Food Trucks When Heather Stinson, Economic Development Manager for the Town, was asked about the ordinances on food trucks she said, “Thank you for asking. In layman’s terms, the current obstacle for food trucks is that they were not fully anticipated in the Town’s zoning ordinance. When a business files for a business license, they must also apply for a zoning permit. Since food trucks (as itinerant merchants) are only permitted to operate on a temporary basis (maximum 4 times per year) for festivals, etc. those wanting to operate on a regular basis do not meet the current requirements of the zoning ordinance.” Stinson also stated, “Town staff is aware of the conflict and has received inquiries from several mobile food and beverage vendors. The town is researching policies and ordinances of communities similar to Warrenton. Staff will then identify

The Empanadas are made of pork from the pigs raised on their farm. and draft necessary amendments to the ordinance and Town Code, as well as present related policy decisions. The Planning Commission and Town Council would then review the proposed amendments (or amendment topics), Public Hearings with both groups would be held to receive community input, and finally the Council would vote to approve some or all of the proposed amendments and may direct staff to return with additional information or amendments.” According to Stinson the areas for consideration would be the following: What zoning categories food trucks would be permitted to operate in (in general). For example, allowing food trucks in commercial areas, but not residential areas. What, if any, restrictions would the town place on operators and how would they be enforced. Health and food safety are already regulated by the state. For example, requiring a certain amount of seating or conversely, prohibiting seating. If food trucks would be permitted to operate on private property only. For example, operating from privately owned parking lots, but not public parking lots or streets. If food trucks would be permitted to sell from public streets and/or public parking lots, and if so what guidelines would they follow. For example, in Washington DC, food trucks are allowed to park and operate along the public streets in designated areas (such as Farragut Square) and spots along the streets are determined by a monthly lottery. Warrenton Lifestyle


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When the Dust Settles

Community Activities for Children with Special Needs By Aimée O’Grady This article is Part II to the piece published on Casey McCorkindale in the June 2015 Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine, profiling just a few recreational and extracurricular activities for special needs children. In this follow-up article, Kelly Walsh-Hill, PT, explains the value of recreational activities for children with disabilities. Since 1985, Kelly Hill has been a pediatric physical therapist and has served Fauquier County since 1990. During this time, she has witnessed many special needs residents move on to live purposeful lives as integrated members of the community. She encourages all of her clients’ parents to enroll their children in extracurricular activities to help them connect with peers and build their self-esteem. The medical community encourages early intervention for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities because research shows that the sooner disabilities are identified, the sooner therapies can begin. However, therapy cannot last forever. Oftentimes, financial resources are exhausted, leaving families turning to other sources of treatment. When patients reach a certain age, unique to every individual, therapists encourage 38

parents to join groups within the community that can help with their children’s development. “For parents [of children] with a developmental or intellectual disability it is critically important to not isolate the child or, for that matter, the family,” explains Hill. “Including children in activities at an early age will not only help with physical and cognitive skills, but will also give children a social environment to connect with others, while also providing parents a circle of friends.” Regardless of the age that a child is diagnosed with a disability, a parent’s first step is to turn to the medical community to gather information and to learn about treatment options. “Over time, the dust will settle and the family will better understand the diagnosis and better understand their child and what he or she enjoys. It is at this time that families can begin to know their child beyond a diagnosis,” says Hill. “It is critical that parents inspire their children to move and play. Therapy has to stop at some point, and it is here that recreation comes into play.” Hill explains. Warrenton and its surrounding towns offer unique businesses that provide services to individuals with disabilities. From music and dance to

sports and theatre, there is something for everyone. Through trial and error, families will learn what makes their children come alive, giving them the hope that they can grow up to lead purposeful lives. Below are profiles of just a few of the area businesses with services that help integrate special needs children into mainstream activities with their peers in our community. ALLEGRO 20 Main Street, Warrenton VA 20186 540-349-5088 www.allegrocsa.org While Allegro never intended to have a special needs program, Sam Yoder realized that over time, sheer numbers gave him the opportunity to create a program just for this segment of his students. “The goal of our special needs students is to mainstream them to participate in other programs within the arts community,” Yoder explains. Among Allegro’s priorities is ensuring that opportunities exist for students who are visually impaired, including reading music printed in braille. Several of Allegro's students have gone on to play in the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Fauquier Community Theatre and Fauquier Community Band. Regardless of a Warrenton Lifestyle

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student’s ability, every Allegro student has a program designed for them. “For example, piano playing helps develop fine motor skills, which is beneficial for someone with this physical limitation,” Yoder says. Yoder described a young 23-year-old student of his with the mental capacity of a 12-month-old. “Depending on the music, she would move from very violent to being at ease. Music has a very powerful effect on people.” Allegro’s special needs students have developed the confidence to move on and participate in public school talent contests, a huge accomplishment for any student. DRUM AND STRUM 102 Main Street, Warrenton 20186 540-347-7484 www.drumnstrum.com

Five years ago, Paul Koch, better known to his students as Mr. Paul, began a new program called Songs4Success. The course utilizes adaptive programming, meeting kids where they are rather than following any set curriculum. It borrows heavily from the Montessori style of teaching, where children discover things on their own. With the help of his wife, a preschool autism teacher in Arlington County, Mr. Paul has been able to introduce the community’s special needs children to music. They move from one instrument to another until the student finds his or her niche. For example, one of Mr. Paul’s current students, Nathan, has advanced to the level of playing hymns at his church thanks to Songs4Success. Nathan’s mom, Lisa, finds Mr. Paul’s teaching techniques impressive, “I wish I could bottle his style so all of Nathan’s teachers could use the same teaching approach.” Another of Drum ‘n Strum’s instructors Abigail Newman earned a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in Music Therapy. 40

She works with students with varying abilities to improve their quality of life. FAUQUIER SPECIAL OLYMPICS fauquierspecialolympics@gmail.com www.fauquierspecialolypmics.org (under construction)

Fauquier Special Olympics welcomes athletes with any intellectual disability as long as they are at least eight years of age. Olympians participate in sports including track and field, basketball, bowling, tennis, and aquatics. Currently there are approximately 85 eligible athletes registered with Fauquier Special Olympics (eligibility requires passing a physical exam). Athletes make use of many local facilities such as Fauquier High School, the WARF and Chestnut Forks for practice and competitions, the bowling team heads over to Manassas to practice. Participation with Fauquier Special Olympics is free for athletes. In addition, the program relies 100% on donations and does not receive any state funding. Coaches and board members are volunteers who have an intellectually disabled family member, are in the special education field, or simply want to give back. Lin Wiltse was a special education teacher in the county for 33 years and today

wears many hats for the program including treasurer, athlete registration, coach, and researching new sports to add to the program. Her goal is to see recreational opportunities for all of the community’s special needs residents. FOR A DANCER, INC. 11084 Marsh Road Unit E, Bealeton, VA 22712 540-349-9862 www.foradancerinc.com

Rachel Good believes in the power of dance. “Dance builds selfconfidence and teaches life lessons in an environment where boys and girls can be themselves.” The dancers in her special needs class are between the ages of 12 and 19 and have been dancing together for the past five years. Good explains that some of her dancers sit out during PE at school. “Because of their limitations, PE teachers sometimes ask them to sit out rather than risk injury. As a result, the students don’t get enough exercise.” Being in a class with other dancers with similar limitations levels the playing field and allows teachers to tailor movement to match abilities. One of Good’s dancers, a 16-year-old with Down syndrome, progressed to the point that she transitioned to the

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mainstream class. The dancers also perform a number in the studio’s dance recital. For a Dancer, Inc. also runs Wee Playtime, which accepts children from ages 10 months to 4 years of age. TOPSOCCER piedmonttopsoccer@gmail.com www.fauquiersoccer.com /TOPSoccer/index_E.html Soccer is an excellent activity for people with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. John Schlenker has been coaching TOPSoccer, US Youth Soccer's national soccer program for athletes with disabilities, for over 13 years. He currently has 80 athletes in his program, as well as an army of nearly 40 high school and middle school volunteers. "The beautiful game" teaches all children important communication skills, while developing their cognitive abilities. Soccer encourages athletes to think on their feet with minimal direction from coaches. “Of course, our children also benefit from the exercise and the friendships they develop. But, most of all, our athletes have fun!” says Schlenker.


UNBRIDLED JOY THERAPEUTIC RIDING 571-606-5982 6300 Pleasant Colony Lane, Warrenton, VA 20187 www.jack-wood-com Jack Wood was born blind, but this has not prevented him from living a fulfilling and successful life where he gives back to his community as a mentor and business owner. Wood compares his daily challenges to those of every other person. “We all face challenges each and every day. Mine simply involve vision.” The benefits of therapeutic riding programs like those at Unbridled Joy are welldocumented. Therapeutic riding can calm the hyperactivity found among some autistic children, improve muscle tone for muscular dystrophy patients, and give all riders a sense of independence as they gain authority over a huge, thousand-pound animal. Wood explains that Unbridled Joy Therapeutic Riding helps people one at a time, and he is proud of the program he has created. “If I can help kids, by either overcoming a disability or simply providing them with a safe place to come and learn about running a business, then I consider myself a success.”

YOUNG LIFE CAPERNAUM Meetings held at the Warrenton Community Center 540-308-9255 430 E. Shirley Avenue, Warrenton VA 20186 www.fauquiercounty.younglife.org A Christian-based group, Young Life Capernaum gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities. New this year, Young Life Capernaum members from Fauquier County are invited to attend Summer Camp in Lexington, VA. Young Life Capernaum Camp provides one-onone attention for all camp registrants and gives campers the opportunity to participate in horseback riding, mountain climbing, swimming, high ropes, courses, and more! Visit their website for more information. This year’s camp is scheduled for August 9-19. Space is limited. Freelance writer, Aimée O’Grady lives in Warrenton with her husband and their three children.

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Our 2015 Dog Cover Contest brought in a great number of amazing photos of dogs around our town and county. Our staff narrowed the contestants down to our top three favorites and then allowed our Chief of Canine Relations, Frank, to choose the winner. Trudy Scrumptious is our 2015 Canine Dog Cover Winner. Congratulations! Trudy LOVES walking along Main Street. She is well known from 5th Street to Diagonal!! She has been in almost every shop but is a regular in Great Harvest, the Post Office, NoVa Coffee Labs, and sits patiently outside Molly’s Irish Pub while I have lunch. She loves sitting there because everyone always stops to pet her. The women in the Red Thread and Kelly Ann’s Quilt Shop are all huge fans of Miss Trudy and have known her since I got her in April. She is currently sitting under my desk at TrueBuilt LLC right next door to the Library as I type this. She comes to work with me every day where she is doted on by the architects upstairs. People frequently stop in just to see her! You are welcome to do the same!



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WARRENTON COUNTRY SCHOOL, 1915-1950 Part 2: Personal recollections and the final years of the school by John T. Toler


hile the Warrenton Country School enjoyed an excellent reputation during its Part 1, published in 35-year existence, the rigorous academic program and exclusive use of the French August 2015, dealt with the language was not for everyone. establishment and early years of One Warrenton Country School student who went on to gain international attention was Oona O’Neill (1925-1991) of West Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the daughter of the Warrenton Country School, author and playwright Eugene O’Neill and Agnes Boulton O’Neill. Oona attended the which was located on The Springs school from 1938-40, where she was recognized for her musical abilities. After WCS, she Road, on the site of presentcompleted her studies at the Brearley School in New York, and was selected “Debutant of the 1942-43 Season” by the Stork Club of New York City. day Station A of the Warrenton A fledgling actress and model, she was introduced to motion picture actor and pioneer Training Center. In Part 2, former Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), and in June 1943 – a month after she turned 18 – Oona students recall their experiences at became the fourth (and last) wife of Mr. Chaplin, who was 36 years her senior. The couple had eight children, including actress Geraldine (b. 1944), who played the WCS, and an account of the Tonya Gromeko, the wife of the main character in the 1965 movie Dr. Zhivago. Geraldine final years of the school. was married to Patricio Castilla, and the Chaplin acting tradition continued with their daughter, Oona Castilla Chaplin (born 1986). Oona Chaplin has appeared in British and American television productions, including the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, and the 2015 motion picture, Sketch of the main gate at the The Longest Ride, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Ordeal of the day students One of Oona O’Neill’s contemporaries at the WCS was Mrs. S. Prentice Porter, nee’ Hope Wallach, who had finished sixth grade at Warrenton’s Calvert School in 1937, and along with five of her classmates, found herself a day student in the eighth grade at the WCS. She was assigned to the Purple Team. “There was a world of difference that awaited us when we joined about 60 boarders from all over the country,” Mrs. Porter recalled in Warrenton Virginia, A Unique History of 200 Years (2010). “The day students were taken in as a favor to our parents. We did not fit in, and caused unwanted scheduling conflicts for the staff, and probably jealousy with some of the boarders, who saw us leave at the end of the day to go to our own homes.” There were two assemblies during the school day, one at noon, which included the boarding students and day students, and the evening assembly for the boarders only, since the day students had left. Each student had to get up before the rest of the school and report their misdemeanors


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in French. For example, Deux marks pour parlez Anglais (“I spoke two words in English.”) “The day students’ inquisition came at the noon assembly, when we six little 12-year-old miscreants had to stand up before the whole school and confess our sins in a language of which we knew not one word,” Mrs. Porter remembered. “No one ever bothered to explain the system to us, so every day we followed the example of senior Joan Emory, and when our turn came, we all stood up and said the word, Parfait (“Perfect”). The day students quickly got into trouble for speaking English in class. After several weeks, “We were called before the ‘Honour Committee,’ and told we were dishonorable girls who had been heard on countless occasions to have spoken English,” said Mrs. Porter. “I had never expected to like the school, but after that I really hated it, and spent the next five years in open rebellion, flouting every rule, and not caring a bit if I were expelled.” That never happened, “…perhaps because Mlle. Bouligny had known my mother for many years through the garden club, she was under the illusion that I must have been like her,” recalled Mrs. Porter. “Little did she know what I was really like!” After two years, all of the other day students that Mrs. Porter had started with had gone on to other schools. “My one friend among the boarders was Oona O’Neill, who hated the school as much as I did. It used to irritate me the way our English Literature teacher used to fawn over her,” said Mrs. Porter. “I didn’t know who Eugene O’Neill was at the time. Oona left the school after two years, and the next time I heard of her, she was pictured in a bubble bath advertisement.” Mlle. Bouligny was concerned about her girls having contact with local boys, especially the students at the Stuyvesant School, during their time off. She established the WCS “weekend” as Sunday (with church) and Monday, denying her students the opportunity for mischief on Saturdays. “Our one social occasion was a dance held in the spring,” noted Mrs. Porter. “During my first year at the school, no boys were allowed, and the girls dressed up in long gowns and danced with each other. I didn’t attend these affairs until boys were finally allowed.” The change came when Oona O’Neill’s very handsome brother Shane O’Neill (1919-1977) was invited to the dance, ending a long, tired tradition. In order to avoid participating in athletics her last year, Mrs. Porter joined the newly formed school garden club. It was there she picked up some advice that has lasted her a lifetime. “Mlle. Bouligny was a very talented gardener, and told us, ‘If a garden cannot be kept as it should be, concentrate on the edges.’” At graduation in May 1942, “The tears I shed that afternoon were not from the thought of leaving my beloved alma mater, but tears of happiness that I would never have to enter those gates again – and I never did,” said Mrs. Porter. “I did become quite fond of Mlle. Bouligny in later years, when she retired to a little house in Stuyvesant Acres – where she made herself a lively garden.” Interestingly, Mrs. Porter did earn “Senior Electives” from her peers her last year, including “Best Sense of Humor,” “Perfect Lady” and “Most Interested.” According to the Senior Prophecy, “Hope is the ‘Wow Girl from Warrenton’; her career on Broadway’s just begun.” Warrenton Lifestyle

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STUART MOSBY BLACKWELL, later Mrs. Sam Cooper, graduated from the WCS in 1949. Other experiences recalled Anne Williams Furgeson attended the WCS during 1943-44, and recalled her experiences in the Spring 1976 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review: “The decision by my parents to spring me from the land of moss-hung mentalities was based on the following: my greatgrandmother knew the headmistress; one spoke French until two o’clock in the afternoon; and one rode with the Warrenton Hunt,” she recalled. “One spoke French from 6 p.m. until light out…yes, ‘light:’ that’s how many there were in my dorm room of eight skinny, pustulous 12and 13-year olds. “Remember the Madeline books?” Ms. Furgeson continued. “On Sundays, two-by-two, we trooped down the road to the Episcopal church… where we glanced across the aisle at the equally skinny and pustulous youths from a nearby military academy.” Mrs. Sam Cooper, nee’ Stuart Mosby 52

ELEANOR ‘SCOTTIE’ THOMSON, LAURIE FITZHUGH BARTENSTEIN. youngest child of Thomas E. and Class of 1943, later Mrs. D. H. Elizabeth Bartenstein, graduated Lees Jr. from the WCS in 1943.She became Mrs. Selby Hardwick.

Blackwell, was a popular day student who excelled at the WCS from 1945-49. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Davenport Blackwell of Warrenton, she started there as a freshman, but apparently was already familiar with the school. “Stuart came here in 1945 legally as a student, having been previously known as ‘the little demon who galloped her pony all over the campus,’” according to the 1949 yearbook. During her years at the WCS, Stuart was a member of the Dramatic Club, and elected a class officer in 1946, 1947 and 1948. An avid equestrienne, she was a member of the Horse Show Association and the Riding Club. She also played on the WCS soccer and volleyball teams, and was selected captain of the varsity basketball team her final year. Stuart’s academic honors included the Gold Award in French, and participation in the French play for two years. She was selected to present the School Colors in 1949. From WCS, Stuart graduated from Mt. Vernon Junior College in Washington, D.C. Other day students who graduated from the WCS in the 1940s include Stuart’s sister Eugene; Eleanor Torrence “Scottie” Thomson, Laurie Fitzhugh Bartenstein, Nannell Bartenstein and Joan Mary Thatcher. Earlier WCS students of note included Barbara Bartenstein, Betsy Charrington, Isabella Hilleary, Mary Selden Kennedy, Gertrude Robertson, Blanche O’Connell, Jane Wilbur, Virginia Chamblin and Josephine Winmill. The final years of the WCS In February 1949, Mlle. Bouligny,

then 84 years old, decided to retire. She announced that the school would be closed at the end of the 1948-49 school year, and the property put up for sale. This was sad news for many in the community, although it was soon learned that the school would not be closing. “The Warrenton Country School brought much to Warrenton that the town would never have had: it offered much in many ways, and provided opportunities for many to enjoy,” wrote M. Louise Evans in the April 14, 1949 edition of the Democrat She recounted the quality of the education that the school provided, the “excellent dramatics” presented in the open-air theater and indoor hall, which were shared with the public, and “…for charity work. The Warrenton Country School never failed to do its part.” She also recalled that the school had always been an important employer. “The Warrenton Country School will be missed, no matter to whom it succeeds, or what,” she concluded. Effective July 1, 1949, the school was leased to Thomas Grier, of Tyrone, Pa., who at the time was the headmaster and owner of the Grier School, a boarding school for girls in Tyrone. A graduate of MIT, Mr. Grier was the third generation to run the family-owned school. In an interview in the Democrat, Mr. Grier noted that the two schools “… were similar in many respects,” and that he planned to continue the emphasis on cross-country riding and foxhunting. At a reception on April 18, 1949, Mlle. Bouligny introduced Mr. and Mrs. Grier to the patrons of the school, the students who would be returning for the 1949-50 session, Warrenton Lifestyle


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May Day was always celebrated at the WCS with a pageant, dance and other activities. Selected for the 1943 May Court were Laurie Bartenstein, Ann Fitzsimmons, Barbara Moreland (May Queen), Eleanor ‘Scottie” Thomson and Shirley Wood.

The WCS faculty in the last years included (front row, from left) Miss McCuistion, Miss Velkoff, Mrs. Edna Fitch, Mrs. Mildred Bartenstein and Miss Coffey. Back row: Mrs. Chamblin, Mrs. Hunter, Miss Weeks, Miss Hawkins, Miss Callahan, Miss Reynolds and Miss Cushing.

and their parents. The Warrenton Country School’s 35th commencement exercises were held on June 6, 1950, in the Garden Theater. The commencement followed a banquet honoring the seniors featuring a recital by the Glee Club, and “…an impressive candlelight ceremony, at which time the seniors handed down to the junior class their emblem and traditions,” according to the report in the Democrat. But there would be no Class of 1951. For reasons now long forgotten, Mr. Grier closed the school a few months later, canceling the lease and returning to the Grier School. Mlle. Bouligny, who was still living at the WCS, put the property up for sale. After standing vacant for about a year, it was announced that the 16.5-acre WCS property – and the 355-acre View Tree farm owned by the daughters of the late Oscar Terry Crosby – had been purchased by the U.S. Government “…for undisclosed purposes connected with national defense,” according to the article in the Jan. 4, 1952 edition of the Democrat. The school and its eleven buildings sold for about $170,000, and Mrs. Fitch’s house and land for about $20,000. These two tracts became Station A; View Tree and its 16-room mansion sold for $95,000, and became Station B. “The deal was made on Dec. 26, and involved almost immediate possession,” according to the article. “Everyone concerned was sworn to secrecy as to what agency of the government was involved, and not even the owners knew to whom the sale was made, nor for what purpose the government desired the properties…. Installation of some equipment already has started at View Tree, but the government has not yet moved in at the school.” Mlle. Bouligny had to leave, and took an apartment at Shadow Lawn. Louis B. Stephenson, cashier of the Fauquier National Bank, had been renting Mrs. Fitch’s house, and also had to find other accommodations. Following the sale, Mlle. Bouligny embarked on an around-the-world tour. She returned to Warrenton, where she enjoyed visits by friends and former students and gardening. She died on Aug.12, 1954, at age 89, and was buried in the Warrenton Cemetery. After leaving the WCS, Mrs. Edna Fitch lived in Washington, D.C., where she gave private English lessons to personnel from embassies in the city for several years. She died on November 28, 1968 at age 75. For its part, the Warrenton Training Center has been a good neighbor. While there have been no hunt breakfasts or entertainments there, the WTC has been a major employer, and continues to provide mutual aid to our local fire and rescue companies with the station’s Company 19.

Alma Mater Miss Florence C. White wrote the words to the Warrenton Country School Song many years ago, with music by Miss Emmy Brady.

Pictured as juniors in 1949, the last graduates of the WCS in 1950 were (front row, from left) Marcia Stephens, Patricia McDowell, Nannell Bartenstein, Joan Boyce and Peggy Eustis. Back row: Virginia Chamblin, Alice Longfellow, Susanne Stanley, Jean Smith, Edith Figg and Arless Leve.

The WCS logo, Le Capuchon. Where a thousand shining tulips Through the boxwood glow, And the gaily-flaunting roses With pale windflowers blow, Out beyond the blue of mountains Though bright castles rise, We would linger in surroundings Where sincere affection lies.

There’s a deep, deep love abiding Within our hearts evermore For the gracious spirit guiding Like a star before. There is a loyalty unending, Allegiance, faithful and true To the Green and Purple binding us, Dear Warrenton, to you.

Special thanks to Mrs. S. P. Porter, Mr. Greg Harris and Mr. Rex S. Cooper for their assistance with this story.

Author John Toler is a writer and historian and has served Fauquier County for over 50 years, including 4 decades with the Fauquier-Times Democrat. He has written and lectured about many legendary characters in Fauquier County’s history. Toler is the co-author of 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story, and author of Warrenton, Virginia: A History of 200 Years. 54

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Warrenton three year olds. This years Show will benefit Head Start & Bright Stars, The Fauquier SPCA, The Make-AWish Foundation, and The Fauquier County Fire and Rescue Association. Admission is $5 per person, which can be purchased at the gate, and children 12 and under are free. There will be food available, as well as other gift concessions and tack shops. For information call (540) 347-9442 or (540)-788-4806, or visit: www. warrentonhorseshow.com.

Annual Virginia Wine Festival First Friday “Dog Days of September”

Friday, September 4 Starts at 6 pm Main Street, Old Town Warrenton Come and celebrate First Fridays in Old Town Warrenton! Stroll Historic Main Street beginning in May, the First Friday night of each month. Main Street will be closed to traffic while shops remain open late with wine tastings, sales and special events. There will be music, artists, entertainment and dinner specials at our award winning restaurants. Main Street will be bustling with shoppers, diners and fun. This month features all our canine friends! Bring your family, friends and your dogs to celebrate this evening outside.

Annual Warrenton Horse Show

Wednesday, September 2 through Sunday, September 6 Starts at 8:00 am Horse Show Grounds, 60 E. Shirley Avenue, Warrenton Celebrate the 116th year for this event. Some exciting features of the show include, Hunter classes, Ladies Side Saddle, Leadline, and Walk-Trot for children. Saturday features the Thoroughbred and Non-Thoroughbred Hunter Breeding and the USEF National Breeding Championship, for yearlings, two year olds, and 62

Saturday & Sunday September 12 & 13 - 40th Great Meadows, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198 As the longest-running wine festival on the East Coast, the Virginia Wine Festival has become a Grand Commonwealth Tradition and a wine enthusiast’s paradise. The Virginia Wine Festival offers a unique array of both free and ticketed tasting and learning opportunities. Visit the seminar tent to broaden your knowledge and understanding of wine and wine culture, or make a grand day of it with a ticket to our gourmet wine and food pairing tent. Shorten your wait and enhance your experience with a ticket into the You Be the Judge tasting tent. Descriptions and purchase links on our ticketing page. For tickets or more information, call (540) 2535000, or visit: http://virginiawinefest. com.

Auditions For “Sounds of Fauquier”

Friday, September 18 & Saturday, September 25 McMahon’s Irish Pub Allegro Community School of the Arts and sponsors Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine and McMahon’s Irish Pub are conducting the first music talent show open to both amateurs and professionals. Musicians who advance to semi-final rounds will be given private instructors to work with them to prepare for the competition. Solo artists, bands, and musical groups of

all genres are invited to participate. Grand prize, second and third place prizes will be given at the final event that will be held in October. For more information, please contact Lachelle Yoder via email lachelle@allegrocsa. org or visit their FaceBook page www. facebook.com/allegrocsa or website www.allegrocsa.org.

Evening Under The Stars

Saturday, September 19 7 pm to 10 pm Main Street, Old Town Warrenton The Partnership for Warrenton Foundation invites you to our 26th Annual Evening Under the Stars. Tickets for the 26th Annual Evening Under the Stars are now on Sale. Ticket options are listed below. All Donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. VIP Packages are also available. To purchase your tickets, reserve a table or a VIP Package please click on the Tickets tab of this web site. You may also purchase tickets by credit card by calling the office at 540-349-8606 or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 3528, Warrenton, VA 20188. For sponsorship and corporate packages please contact Terry Kaye at info@TerryKayeEvents. com.

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Saturday, September 26 Aiken Drive in Vint Hill This fall we are bringing back the tradition of an annual fall celebration in the form of a seasonal street festival! Co-hosted by Vint Hill and non-profit event partner, Leadership Fauquier, this inaugural festival will transform a portion of Aiken Drive and the surrounding area into a walkable display of festivities that showcases a diverse spread of food, retail and craft vendors, live music, entertainment and children’s activities. Booths are available for vendors. For more information visit http:// vinthillfallfestival.com

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Exploring Nature at Manassas National Battlefield Park

by Steve Herholtz

The Sesquicentennial events drew to a close earlier this spring, so it seems only appropriate to explore family hikes and activities at the Manassas National Battlefield Park (MNBP). July 1861 marked the scene of the first major battle of the Civil War. Thirteen months later, the two armies were back on the plains of Manassas for an even larger and more destructive battle. As a volunteer at the Park, I learn of the legacies these battles have left around each turn of the trail and with each story I hear from students, tourists, and historians. MNBP was established in May 1940 on 1600 acres of gentle undulating hills along Bull Run on the eastern boundary of Prince William County. The Park is currently 5000 acres, having survived modern day battles, such as the routing of Interstate 66, the building of the William Center regional shopping mall on Stuart’s Hill, and the threat of locating Disney’s America just to its west. Throughout its history, MNBP has stayed true to its mission: to preserve


historic landscapes containing historic sites, buildings, objects and views that contribute to the national significance of the First and Second Battles of Manassas, for the use, inspiration and benefit of the public.” It was initially established as a cultural/historic site, but it is now also known to contribute significantly to the conservation of regional biodiversity. The grasslands and forests at MNBP are rich with birdlife with over 160 species sighted throughout the seasonal rhythms. Whether you enjoy hiking for exercise, historical interpretation, or exploring nature, the 20 plus miles of trails hold a rewarding experience. Any visit should begin with a stop at the Henry Hill Visitor Center on Sudley Road (Rte 234) just north of I-66. You can pick up a brochure and detailed trail guide from the volunteers or park rangers. After plotting your course and exercising proper hydration, skin protection, and tick prevention, especially during the summer months, you’re ready to enjoy some of the best

hiking and views in Northern Virginia. The three main trails at MNBP start and end at the Henry Hill Visitor Center. Casual hikers can start with the Henry Hill Loop Trail, an easy 1.1 mile trail that follows the crest of Henry Hill. There are nine stops along the way, each depicting an important aspect of the First Battle of Manassas. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, there’s the First and Second Manassas Trails, 5.4 and 6.2 miles, respectively. The First Manassas Trail begins just to the

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east of the Visitor Center parking lot following the same route in retrograde that Stonewall Jackson’s Brigade of Virginians followed on their approach to the battlefield. Later you will pass Avon, site of the Van Pelt house and the Southern left flank on your way to the Stone Bridge. The trail in the vicinity of the Stone Bridge showcases some of the Park’s best biodiversity as you venture through forests of Piedmont Swamp and bottomland, dotted with eastern white pines and Virginia eastern red cedars. Reaching the bridge, you’ll then follow the Bull Run for three quarters of a mile to Farm Ford, where Col. William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union brigade crossed on their way to battle. This hike is particularly spectacular in mid-April when the flood plain is covered with bluebells, providing a carpet of blue, violet, and pink. Passing the bluebells, you’ll then begin to climb from the shallows of the creek to Matthew’s Hill, the opening scene of battle. Atop Matthew’s Hill, you’ll be advancing back towards the Visitor Center along the same route as the Union Army on that fateful July Sunday in 1861. The Second Manassas Trail explores the climatic stages of that August 1862 battle. You’ll head north from the back of the Visitor Center, past Rickett’s guns and the Henry House, and ultimately leave Henry Hill. Crossing Route 29, hikers encounter the Stone House, one of only three witness homes still standing on the Battlefield. It is the only one still open on a regular basis to the public. Further along, you’ll encounter the

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unfinished railroad, which was the scene of determined fighting on the second day of the battle. Next is the Deep Cut, scene of a failed Union assault on the third day and the famous “Rock Fight.” As you proceed along a Virginia rail fence line along Featherbed Lane, you’ll reach the Lucinda Dogan House, a surviving Civil War-era structure, at the Groveton crossroads. Once again crossing Route 29, the trail winds upwards to the east following the route of Longstreet’s massive counter attack towards the New York monuments. Finally, you’ll come to Chinn Ridge, where desperate and determined fighting by the Union army saved it from annihilation. The trail continues down the ridge, across Sudley road, and returns you to the Visitor Center. All the trails in the park change dramatically with the time of day and to the rhythm of the seasons. Even walking the trails in reverse provides for a new adventure. You can add loops and connector trails to expand your hike, and learn more about the history along the way. You can also explore the park via the 18-mile driving tour that has 12 stops, each with interpretive markers and walking trails. There are many other ways to add to your visit, too. At the Visitor Center, I recommend watching the film, Manassas: End of Innocence, then take a stroll through the museum. Children can participate in the junior ranger program and everyone will enjoy attending one of the interpretive tours by a park historian. If time permits, visit the Brawner Farm Interpretive Center to gain a deeper understanding of the Second Battle of Manassas. Naturalist John Muir said, “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” Like John Muir, don’t be surprised when the great hiking opportunities, phenomenal views, and the assorted park activities have changed your

timeline for the day. In the end, you’ll agree that taking a walk through history is good for the heart, mind, and soul. This suggestion for family hikes is provided by Steve Herholtz, member of Boots ‘n Beer and a volunteer at MNBP. Manassas National Battlefield Park is open daily from dawn to dusk except for Thanksgiving and December 25. A park entrance fee of $3/adult is required and is valid for three days. NPS passes are accepted. Working dogs and dogs on leashes are welcomed.




Starting School By Michael Amster, MD, FAAP

When I first went off to kindergarten, I remember the excitement in seeing new and old friends from the neighborhood, meeting my teacher, and getting to do new activities. Aside from the bottle of Champagne on the counter, I don’t remember anything my parents did to prepare for that day. Only after watching my own daughters head off to preschool for the first time did I realize everything we had done to prepare them for being on their own. The most important task is building independence, both socially


and developmentally. Babies start to push boundaries and investigate their world from the moment they crawl away from their mother. As infants and toddlers, we allowed our girls to explore and test their strength. They realized, with our support, they could venture out and experience the world. The biggest developmental advancement happens at about age two, when children start to seek separation from their parents. There is a fine line between keeping children safe and letting them experience the world for what it is. Adverse situations arose, and problems needed to be solved. Our daughters were able to gain independence by overcoming most obstacles themselves. But more importantly, they became eager to encounter new ones. Gaining independence can be thwarted with the “little things.” Children need to develop the fine motor control and coordination to button a shirt, tie a shoe, or buckle a belt. Giving them shoes with Velcro, for instance, allows them the ability to put on shoes without your help. Similarly, it helps to buy skirts and pants with elastic waistbands that form fit without needing zippers and snaps to be manipulated. By three, most children realize that older kids and adults are using the bathroom without help, and they want to do that too. Helping them achieve this milestone can give them full mastery of their bodies, and

provide a huge boost of confidence. However, children have to make the leap themselves. As much as we’d like to, we can’t make a child potty train, only help them want to. There are several techniques, such as using an older child to model and mentor, which can help motivate a child to train. Most preschools require a child to be mostly potty trained before they will be accepted. Despite this, please resist above everything to inform your child of this. The added pressure can backfire badly, causing shame when the child is not able to meet the deadline. Social development was equally important. Stranger anxiety was the rule until about two, and until three they were really not willing to play with or share toys with others. We made it a point to introduce them to children their age so they could learn how to interact and be with others. Over the next couple years, they learned social rules dictated by children. The children enforced these rules themselves, with good behavior rewarded by attention, and bad behavior by exclusion or a swift slap to the head. We felt secure that our children would do well at preschool because they were forearmed with a sense of self, the ability to solve their own problems, and knowledge of how to function socially in the world of children. Even with these tools, however, there is still an inherent fear of the unknown. Allowing children to transition into new surroundings slowly and with trusted people nearby greatly improves their acceptance of the new school. For example, Rappahannock County has a program called “Jump Start” that has an open-school day, where up-and-coming kindergarteners are allowed to see the classroom, meet the teacher, play with the toys, and sit in a real desk. They can meet some of their fellow classmates, too. That way, when they arrive on the first day of school, they know where they are going and there are familiar faces to greet them. Interestingly, one of the least important steps that most parents focus on is early academic development. Of course it is important to work with children on language skills, Warrenton Lifestyle

reading books early and often, and speaking to your child as you’d like to be spoken to. Helping children to achieve intellectual milestones, such as using the toilet, tying shoes, and getting dressed properly helps to bolster their sense of independence. However, I’m often asked what the “best” preschool is, or how to boost brainpower and intellectual ability. Studies have compared children who were given a rigorous and intellectually stimulating preschool experience with those who were in a normal day care setting. When both attended the same elementary school, any advantage gained from the preschool had been washed away by second grade. While home environment, ongoing intellectual stimulation, and genetics of course play large parts in a child’s development, the studies show that picking the “right” preschool is not that critical in your child’s overall success. Having a child start school can fill a parent with worry and concern. However, if there is a good sense of independence and desire for discovery, if there is a acceptance of new things or familiarity with what is to come, the worst thing to fear is that your child will be too excited getting to school that they forget to give you a hug before running up the path. Dr. Michael Amster founded Warrenton Pediatrics in 2006 and is a Board Certified in pediatrics. His office is located at 28 Blackwell Park Ln #103, Warrenton, VA 20186. For more information visit the website www. warrentonpediatrics.com.

Member Feature Sarah Steed Licensed Acupuncturist 9 N 3rd St # 208 Warrenton, VA 20186 Phone: Office 540-347-3667 Mobile: 540-219-9494 chinesemeddoc@aol.com www.acusteed.com When and why did you decide to start your own company? I started my acupuncture practice in Warrenton in December of 2001. I wanted to be an acupuncturist after becoming inspired by an army Doctor who told me about patients in China that were wheelchair bound getting a complete recovery and back to their normal daily lifestyle using acupuncture therapy. I have been trained by some of the best Chinese practitioners in the US How does your business serve the Warrenton community? As the only full time, National Board Certified acupuncturist in Warrenton , I strive to bring the best possible service and results to my patients. Share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your business. Several years ago, I had a patient (17 years old - female) who told me after 3 acupuncture treatments that I “gave her her life back” after years of debilitating pain. Have you had an experience with your business that you wish you could redo differently? I probably should have moved my practice full time to Warrenton sooner than 5 years ago.

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What are the top 3 business tips you can offer other business owners/professionals? Work efficiently, with passion and a positive attitude. What do you see yourself doing in 5 - 10 years from now? I will always work as an acupuncturist, I love my occupation and helping people have the best quality of life possible. How long have you been involved with GWCC? I became a member about 5 years ago. I have found GWCC to be a very open and welcoming group of business professionals. What is the primary benefit of being a GWCC member? Having the opportunity to give information about my services in an informal or networking environment. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I love the ocean, either Hawaii or the Florida keys. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I would like to fly, it would be fun. If you could be famous, what would you want to be known for? I would like to be known for being one of the best using acupuncture therapy for difficult health/mental conditions. What is your favorite food? I like sockeye salmon from Alaska. photo credit Lauren Hammer 67




Honey Month

With Over 300 Varieties, There Is A Sweet Treat For Everyone

by Ann W. Harman

September is National Honey Month, so let’s celebrate nature’s sweetness. Did you know there are over 300 varieties of honey in the United States (National Honey Board)? Along with all their work of pollinating plants bees gather the sweet nectar from blossoms and very simply turn it into the honey that we love. Because we have many different plants we have many different honeys. The plants actually contribute the color, aroma and flavor to honey as well as the sugars for its sweetness. Not every plant that bees visit will yield a honey crop. Since the weather influences plants, honey is actually a variable agricultural product. In good years, with appropriate rainfall and daily temperatures, beekeepers have a bumper yield; in other years, with drought or excessive rainfall, the crop can be a failure. In the MiddleAtlantic area the bees will be able to produce honey 68

May and into June. In Virginia beekeepers harvest once or occasionally twice a year, usually in July. Here in Virginia bees can harvest from the earlyblooming black locust tree. That is followed by tulip poplar but yield from this tree has not been reliable for a number of years. Bees eagerly collect nectar from the wild cherry, blackberry and raspberry. Where white Dutch clover is allowed to grow a very good honey crop can be obtained. Virginia does have one famous honey from the sourwood tree that lives in the central and southwestern mountains. The supply of this honey never meets its demand. Another honey from the mountains is called basswood or linden. Although this tree is frequently planted as an ornamental, especially in cities, not enough trees are available for a honey crop except where it grows wild. Much of the honey sold by beekeepers in The Commonwealth is called

In honor of our honey, let’s peruse local stores and see what new flavors we can try in a recipe. Try searching on The National Honey Board’s website for a recipe that intrigues you, or try the one we have provided from their website. Here is a tasty recipe you may want to try. (http://www.honey.com/ recipes) Pumpkin Honey Bread Recipe Ingredients 1 cup - honey 1/2 cup - butter or margarine, softened 1 can (16 oz.) - solid-pack pumpkin 4 - eggs 4 cups - flour 4 teaspoons - baking powder 2 teaspoons - ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons - ground ginger 1 teaspoon - baking soda 1 teaspoon - salt 1 teaspoon - ground nutmeg

Directions In large bowl, cream honey with butter until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Sift together remaining ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Divide batter equally between two well-greased 9 x5 x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes; invert pans to remove loaves and allow to finish cooling on racks. Nutritional Information per serving (based on 1/8 loaf, about 1-inch slice) Calories: 261 Fat Total: 7.51 g Protein: 5.43 g Cholesterol: 68.8 mg Carbohydrates: 44.5 g Sodium: 411 mg Dietary Fiber: 2.53 g Calories from Fat: 25%

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‘wildflower’ because it has been gathered from a variety of plants, each contributing different characteristics. Its color can range from golden to rich amber depending on the mixture of plants the bees visited. All the wildflowers contribute distinctive and delicious flavors. Beekeepers keep their bees in several styles of hives. Each hive can have 50,000 to 60,000 bees during spring and summer and somewhat fewer (40,000) in winter. Each hive has one queen. During spring and summer about 2,000 male bees called drones live in the hive. The queen and worker bees live through the winter by eating honey to stay alive. Beekeepers can take their harvest of surplus honey but must leave about 60 pounds of honey for the bees to stay alive. Bees need to gather nectar from 2 million blossoms just to make that one pound of honey in the jar you just bought! One honey bee, in her lifetime, makes 1/12 teaspoon honey. Now you know why beekeepers need so many bees in their hives and the bees need so many blossoms. People are being encouraged to plant beefriendly flowers in their gardens. Although the bees may not find enough to make a honey crop, the nectar and pollen they gather does provide them with food that they need. The pollen (full of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fats) is used as food for developing larvae. The honey supplies the sugars necessary for energy for the bees to fly and work. Honey is an excellent energy food for us, also. You may have noticed that some of the honey you buy stays liquid while other honey turns solid and September 2015

Many flavors of honey provide us with not only incredible flavor, but aromas as well. We are all familiar with the color of honey readily available on the store shelves. But, did you know that there is a broad range of color and sweetness to the different varieties? According to the experts at the National Honey Board, “Flavor, aroma and color of honey can differ based upon what type of flower the nectar was collected from. Honey can offer tastebuds a small hint of sweetness and yet provide highly distinctive sweet flavors. Color can range from almost clear to a deep brown color.” The National Honey Board provides a free of charge listing of distributors for many varieties. According to Ann Harman (Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper) and the National Honey Board, this list comprises some of the most common monofloral honey varieties. Alfalfa Produced in Canada and the U.S., from the plant’s purple blossoms. The aroma and color is light and it has a mild flavor. Aster Its flavor can vary depending on the aster species, and the region where it is made. It crystallizes very quickly, and it has an amber color. Avocado Made from California avocado blossoms. This honey has a rich, buttery flavor, and is dark in color. Basswood This honey has a minty flavor with a hint of aftertaste. It is a light-colored honey with a golden tinge. Blackberry It has a delicate sweet-tart flavor. Very light amber in color, it crystallizes quickly. Black Locust This honey, almost waterwhite, has a very mild flavor.A very rare honey because the tree only produces blossoms every couple of years. It has a nice fruity aroma, and has a coloring that is pale to dark amber. Blueberry This type is produced in Michigan and New England. The small white flowers from the blueberry bush are used to produce a honey that has a light amber color with a well-rounded flavor. Buckwheat It’s made in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Minnesota. It has a dark color with a fullbodied flavor. This honey contains more antioxidant compounds compared to some lighter honeys. Once plentiful, buckwheat is now only grown in small localized areas. The small commercial crop is exported. The honey is very dark brown and has a very strong flavor. Chestnut It has a harsh strong flavor matching its dark amber color. Clover Based on the area and type of clover, this honey will vary in color from water white to light amber. The flavor, familiar to many, is mild and pleasant. White sweet clover is used for most of the clover honey produced in the U.S. Other clovers, notably yellow sweet clover, Alsike and Crimson clovers are also used for honey production. Note – red clover is used by bumble bees not honey bees. Lavender This honey is white with a hint of golden color, has a floral scent and a floral

taste.This honey is lavender scented, and has a medium amber color. Orange Blossom This honey, from orange and other citrus blossoms. is amber in color. It has a pleasant floral aroma and a distinctive floral taste. This honey is often a mixture of citrus sources, and it’s produced in Southern California, Florida, and some areas in Texas. It’s typically light in color, has a mild citrus flavor, and a very pleasant fresh scent. Poplar or Tulip Poplar Tulip Poplar honey, once plentiful, is now only occasionally obtained although the trees bloom vigorously. It is dark amber, appearing red against the light. It is a mild honey with a pleasant flavor. It was once the basic honey of much of the eastern half of the US; but no more as the scientists believe that the climate has changed enough that these trees just don’t produce much nectar now. Although dark the flavor is mild! Raspberry It has a slight raspberry flavor, and it will crystallize quickly, so its usually made into a creamed honey that has a light color. Rosemary This type is very fragrant and herbaceous. It complements cheese very nicely. It has a pale amber color. Usually imported, so limited availability. Sage It’s mostly produced in California. It has a light color, and a mild flavor. This type of honey is very slow to granulate which makes it a honey packers favorite for blending together with other honeys, in order to decrease granulation. Silkweed This one has a strong flavor and scent that is spicy. Its coloring is dark amber. Sunflower It has a floral aroma, and can crystallize easily. It has a light to medium amber color. Tupelo This is a premium honey that is made in northwest Florida. It usually has a lighter golden amber color with a slight greenish hue. It also has a mild but distinctive flavor. This honey granulates slowly because it has a high fructose content. Can be difficult to locate. Wildflower Is frequently used to describe honey that comes from miscellaneous or undefined flower sources. 69

sometimes crunchy with crystals. Honey does not spoil even if the honey with crystals looks strange. The formation of crystals is normal with honey gathered from wildflowers. You can return the honey to liquid again by putting the opened jar in a pan or bowl of hot water. If you can stir the honey as it is liquefying the process is quicker. The honey may crystallize again. One important point to remember is— never keep honey in the refrigerator! The cool temperature will cause or

hasten crystals to form. Keep honey at room temperature, ready to use. Honey is not just for putting into tea but is a wonderful ingredient in all kinds of recipes. You can find an amazing assortment by visiting the website of the National Honey Board, www.honey.com and click on Recipes. Subscribe to their Honey Feast newsletter to receive seasonal honey recipes. You will also find a fascinating assortment of other information about honey on that website.

If you pay a visit to the Virginia State Beekeepers website www. virginiabeekeepers.org and click on Local Groups you will see a map with markers. Each marker is a local club of beekeepers so you can find one near you. If you wish to buy local honey you can contact your nearest club for information. Many beekeepers sell at their local Farmers’ Market as well as from home. Celebrate National Honey Month with a delicious honey beverage and raise your glass to thank a honey bee!

Ann Harman is an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper and has spent part of her life as a research chemist. Honey bees have created a second career for her as a consultant, teaching short courses and lectures at beekeeping association meetings. Her hives now serve as teaching hives, not only for beekeepers, but also for the youth in our region. 70

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Bridging People Together

A game to some, a social gathering for others. by Aimée O’Grady Twelve men and women arrived at Fauquier Springs Country Club and placed their contributions to the potluck dinner on the table. After greeting one another and introducing themselves to new faces, they sat down four to a table, with teammates seated across from each other. Each player was dealt their thirteen cards, and a game of bridge ensued. The stakes can be high, low, for charity, or none at all. But the stakes aren’t the reason this group gathers each week. Everyone enjoys winning, but it’s the teamwork, camaraderie, and tradition that have kept bridge players in the game since its beginnings in the early 16th century. Card games have been played by the rich and poor alike, filling otherwise empty evenings in a way that allowed for socializing, discussing daily events, and family bonding.

For five decades, Warrenton resident Ruth Rider has played bridge at Fauquier Springs Country Club. She first played in college and admits that she really just “held the cards” during that first match. Over the years, Rider has married, moved, mothered, and managed to work, all the while attending her weekly bridge games. Her two daughters knew Rider’s rule: “Unless there was projectile vomiting or a fever over 102, Mom was going to the club to play cards.” And play she did. Rider can’t recall missing more than a handful of games over the past fifty years. Rider enjoys the social aspects of the game. Over the course of an evening, strangers become friends over a few rounds of bridge. Newcomers to Warrenton are invited to area bridge games, where they will have the opportunity to meet fellow residents, learn the lay of the land, and perhaps even win a few dollars. According to Rider, “New residents come out to play cards and in the process of playing a few hands, we help them become better acquainted with their new surroundings.” Today, Rider is taking advantage of the opportunity to teach a friend’s daughter how to play the game and is excited about the chance to share the game with the next generation. “It’s a good mixer and a great way to learn about

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other people,” Rider explains. She has thoroughly enjoyed it over the years and anticipates that her friend’s daughter will as well and is enjoying their learning games tremendously. “She almost has the confidence to play with the larger group,” Rider says about her friend. As Rider and her friends help impart their knowledge about the game of cards, they offer a few life lessons as well. Bridge can be an analogy for life, Rider says. “Just like life, you never know what cards you will be dealt; it’s how you work with what you have been dealt that matters. And it’s always good to have someone on your side,” she says about having a partner. She credits the game with sustaining her mental alertness over the years. Bridge requires quick thinking and strategic plays. It is a visual game that requires each player to pay attention. “My lackadaisical and happy-go lucky personality does not pair well with someone who is out to win. I often play just to have a good time, but I always pay attention!” exclaims Rider. In bridge, as in life, “you aren’t always paired with someone who you get along with, but somehow, you have to make it work and learn your partner. And next time, you may get lucky and end up with a friend.” Throughout the years, Rider has played in a variety of bridge clubs, from the Fauquier Springs Country Club to church groups and social clubs. Local groups have also used bridge games as fundraisers by playing

Fundraiser Bridge, which has helped to raise money for local charities such as the Fauquier Family Shelter. Charity players who don’t pay by a predetermined deadline face a hefty fine. “You don’t mess with old ladies,” explains Rider with a laugh. At the end of the day, Rider simply likes the game, its social aspects and especially the opportunity to reunite with her friends on a regular basis. Whether it is snacks, lunch or even dinner, there is always food at a bridge match. “This is the south!” Rider explains. With the long days of summer over and autumn’s crisp nights and hectic schedules upon us, it is hard to not want to hold fast to the warmth of the past summer and its carefree days. Our neighborhood children have been are reunited with school friends and have slipped back into the chaotic routines of the school year. In those rare moments of calm, perhaps in the quiet of the evening, after the kids have been tucked in, pause and consider the things that truly ground and connect us. In this era of interconnectedness thanks to social media, it isn’t the technology that keeps us together, but rather the community and commonalities that bind us. It is our shared interests, hobbies and goals. It is meeting your friends every Thursday, come hell or high water, to play a card game. The one that helped shape your friendships, your philanthropy, and in the end, it helps shape your life.

Interested in playing bridge in Warrenton?

With a number of groups and clubs in Warrenton to choose from, it is easy to find a bridge club, but Rider recommends first reading about the game. “Become familiar with the terminology and basic rules and regulations,” Rider says. From there, Rider recommends finding three experienced players to play with. “It is a difficult game to learn by reading alone. Eventually, you need to play with experienced players to learn the ropes.” After some practice, new players can join a club and take their seat at the table with confidence. Visit the World Bridge Federation at www.worldbridge.org to learn more about the game.

Timeline of Whist

The British name for bridge in the 16th century 1742: The first book devoted to Whist appeared, Edmond Hoyle’s Short Treatise, which became a bestseller. 1857: The first game of duplicate Whist was played in London; this eliminated much of the luck involved in which card each player was dealt. It was the forerunner of modern duplicate bridge. 1903: British civil servants in remote India developed the practice of bidding for the privilege of calling the trump suit, thus introducing “auction bridge.” 1925: Harold S. Vanderbilt, American multi-millionaire and three-time America’s Cup winner, changed the course of bridge while on a cruise. He suggested that only tricks bid and made count toward game, with extra tricks counted as bonuses. These revised rules turned auction bridge into contract bridge. 1931: The Culbertson Summary and Culbertson’s Blue Book topped all book sales for the year, outselling such popular titles as Believe It or Not and Crossword Puzzles! “The Battle of the Century” was held in New York City. The team captained by Ely Culbertson won by 8980 points. 1953: President Eisenhower played bridge regularly on Saturday night with top experts. He attended national bridge tournaments when possible. He enjoyed bridge as much as golf and he was considered an excellent player. 1958: Charles Goren appeared on the cover of Time magazine and was dubbed “The King of Aces.” The inside story explained the basic rules of bridge and proclaimed it the “United States’ No. 1 Card Game.”

Aimée O’Grady is a Warrenton freelance writer who enjoys the community’s many clubs and groups and opportunities to connect with others. September 2015


Fauquier Health Multi-Specialty Group Cares for Area Patients Fauquier Health Physician Services Consolidates Ten Medical Practices By Robin Earl Healthcare is a complicated business, and it’s getting more complicated every day. Navigating the different specialties that are available isn’t always easy, and then there are imaging tests, lab work and insurance considerations to sort out. Fauquier Health is trying to simplify your healthcare experience with the creation of Fauquier Health Physician Services, a multi-specialty group of physicians that work seamlessly with one another, and with Fauquier Hospital. Eighteen board-certified physicians representing nine specialties care for patients in offices from Bealeton to Lake Manassas. Three primary care practices are included in the group, as well as endocrinology, general surgery, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, obstetrics and gynecology, rheumatology and urology practices. The Planetree philosophy of patient-centered care, embodied at Fauquier Hospital, is at the forefront for all Fauquier Health Physician Services clinicians and support staff. Decisions are made with the whole patient in mind; the patient and his or her family are partners in their own care.

General surgeons Dr. William Cloud and Dr. Kip Dorsey are among the physicians offering specialty services through Fauquier Health Physician Services.

More information about Fauquier Health Physician Services doctors is available at www.fhdoctors.org, or call 540-316-3588 to talk to a physician referral expert.

Fauquier Health Endocrinology Dr. Lida Tabatabaeian - Geraldine Killian-Stile, NP 550 Hospital Drive | Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | 540-316-5940 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101 | Gainesville, Virginia 20155 | 703-743-7300 Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton Dr. Deepani Dias - Dr. Ahmed Fida 6200 Station Drive | Bealeton, Virginia 22712 | 540-439-8100 Fauquier Health General Surgery Dr. William Cloud - Dr. Kip Dorsey 550 Hospital Drive | Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | 540-316-5940 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101 | Gainesville, Virginia 20155 | 703-743-7300 Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology Dr. Syed Salman Ali 500 Hospital Drive | Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | 540-316-4360 Fauquier Health Infectious Disease - Dr. Tam Ly 550 Hospital Drive | Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | 540-316-5940 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101 | Gainesville, Virginia 20155 | 703-743-7300 74

Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas Dr. Esther Bahk 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101 | Gainesville, Virginia 20155 | 703-743-7300 Piedmont Internal Medicine Dr. Joseph David - Dr. Jae Lee - Dr. Demetrius Maoury Dr. Kevin McCarthy - Dr. William Simpson 419 Holiday Court | Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | 540-347-4200 Fauquier Health OB/GYN Dr. Wesley Hodgson - Dr. Sumiya Majeed 253 Veterans Drive, Suite 210 | Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | 540-316-5930 Fauquier Health Rheumatology Dr. Nandini Chhitwal 550 Hospital Drive | Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | 540-316-5940 Fauquier Health Urology Dr. Brian DeCastro - Dr. Kathryn Sullivan 550 Hospital Drive | Warrenton, Virginia 20186 | 540-316-5940 7915 Lake Manassas Drive, Suite 101 | Gainesville, Virginia 20155 | 703-743-7300 Warrenton Lifestyle

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Where will F4F be this month: Fauquier County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Touch A Truck Event be held on September 12th from 1-4pm at the Warrenton Community Center. A hands on learning experience for the kids to explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, emergency equipment, farm equipment and more! Families4Fauquier will be there with our mini Spongebob Raceway. First Friday in Old Town Warrenton will be held on September 4th from 6-8pm on Main Street. The theme is the Dog Days of September. Very family and dog friendly event. F4F will be there with our photo booth and handing out popsicles. Stop by our booth and meet us! Join TEAM Families4Fauquier at Harris Pavilion in Manassas on September 20, 2015 at Noon to walk for suicide

awareness and prevention. This is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Out of the Darkness Walk and is 501 c (3) nonprofit organization. Join our team and get involved. You can be a walker or a virtual walker too! http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive. team&teamID=84450 During the month of September we will be collecting dental supplies for the Fauquier Free Dental Clinic for Children. Items can be dropped off at events where we are vendors or our official drop off locations: The Purple Poodle, 219 Main Street, Remington Edward Jones, The office of Matthew Fusaro, 147 Alexandria Pike, Suite 100, Warrenton

Looking ahead: Look-n-Listen Dog Training is inviting dog owners to stop in and see what we have to offer to our L-n-L Open House. Sept. 12 from 2-4 for adults and from 4-5:30 for kids, ages 8-14 interested training their dog. This event is to see demonstrations and interested dog owners. This event will introduce www.Look-n-ListenDogTraining.com and the range of classes and services to our community. www.Look-n-ListenDogTraining.com, KateBrownWing01@gmail.com

We had a busy August with field trips and collecting back packs for school children!

Vint Hill Festival will be held on September 26th from 10am-4pm the festival will showcase food, retail, craft vendors, lively music, entertainment and children’s activities. Mark your calendars for our upcoming Trunk or Treat event at the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF) on October 23rd at 5pm. Join our event and stay up to date on all the details. https://www.facebook.com/ events/1666173523612719/

Join our mailing list or become a Charter Member and get involved today! Families 4 Fauquier is your link to family resources in Fauquier County and beyond. F4F is committed to strengthening and enriching the lives of children and families that live right here in our own community. For additional information about joining our membership program, receiving our monthly community newsletter or any of the events listed above please visit our website at www.families4fauquier.com or email us at info@families4fauquier.com. We now offer monthly advertising, website sponsorships and community event sponsors. If your organization has an interest in helping to support our community projects, events and programs please contact us today because together we can make a difference in little ways that can add up big!

September 2015




The Garden Bistro at Airlie



Old Dominion Experience by Krysta Norman

Tucked away on 1,200 acres, a Georgian Revival-style mansion is home to the Garden Bistro. This unique eatery produces innovative cuisine using local, seasonal and sustainable Virginia produce and livestock. Specifically, they use produce harvested from their very own 4-acre organic garden and work closely with local,

environmentally friendly farmers to create menus that boast some of Old Dominion’s finest ingredients for a true Virginia dining experience. “The name Garden Bistro was developed because we source the majority of the menu from our organic garden,” explained Jeffrey Witte, the Culinary Director at Airlie. “The garden was developed to be a model

for the community in sustainable agriculture and to emphasize the ability to grow vegetables and fruits immediately and showcase them in an environment that is really world class.” Upon arrival, guest are warmly greeted and escorted into the library. The library hosts a modest cocktail reception where guests can enjoy plush seating, local beer and wine lists as well as a cheese and charcuterie

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spread while waiting to be seated. Once settled for dinner, the knowledgeable wait staff revisited the menu and informed guests that any and all allergies can be accommodated. Shortly after drinks are served, the Amuse Bouche arrived; a gift from the chef that was inspired by their garden bounty. “The menu is centered around what is available around that particular time of year,” Witte said. “So each month the menu changes, but it typically consists of 4-6 starter courses, 3-4 entrée courses and 3 desserts.” During this visit, the first course offered two delicious choices, the Bloody Mary Salmon featuring a vodka-and-honey glazed salmon, green tomato and chili coulis, horseradish ice cream, vodka cream, dill pickle shallots carrots and carrot tops. The Pretzel-Crusted Pork Loin was equally as tasty with surrey ham, honey mustard reduction, pretzel fettuccini, ramps and green onions. The second course boasted two light salads. The twist on the Caprese included heirloom

tomatoes, sea salt-black pepper tomato sorbet, garden greens, green tomato dressing, basil ice cream, tomato-basil terrine, chèvre mousse and crostini rounds. The Spring Salad with Potatoes was a mix of white potatoes, shaved baby carrots and carrot tops, radishes, dried greens dust, basil, lavender flowers, garden greens, truffle aioli and green peppercorn-basil oil. There were three main entrées to select from, two of the most notable from the menu were: The Grilled NY Strip and the Jerked Tilefish. The strip was a guest favorite made with poached beets, apples, sweet potatoes, pear, honey demi-glace and kale paper. The tilefish offered a great sea alternative, with the citrus salsa, charred shallots and candied jalapeños, blistered tomatoes, coconut jasmine pudding, cilantro, suprême and zest.

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The local cheese plate with crostini, berries, house preserves and toasted nuts topped the dessert menu. The Ice Cream Sandwich was playful with ginger citrus and coriander cookies, goat milk cajeta, brûlée fig, honey-grayson goat milk ice cream, cilantro, and a pomegranate-tequila reduction. Apples N’ Things presented a dish with caramel apples hazelnutalmond cake, raisin purée, raisins cheddar mousse, asiago, lemon dust, croquant and raspberries.

In addition to the four-course menu, guests may choose to participate in the Chef’s Tasting Menu with Entrée Wine Paring. It’s a fantastic way to interactively enjoy the menu with some of Virginia’s best wines. Airlie also offers seasonal signature cocktails and local and craft beer. Join the Garden Bistro on Sundays for a weekender’s favorite meal. Their brunch menu is just as playful with starters like Strawberry Mint and the Bacon and Eggs and Bacon. Strawberry Mint has citrus-mint pickled strawberries, strawberry chèvre mousse, strawberry The garden at Airlie provides compote, garden greens, lemon dust, fennel, a bounty of fresh produce to shallots, mint oil and prepare dishes with and menu a crostini. The Bacon options change periodically. Here and Eggs and Bacon is a listing of ingredients that dish offers a slab bacon, will be featured on The Garden sunny side egg, rye Bistro’s menu in September: crostini and a tomato bacon vinaigrette. Squash, Greens, Tomatoes, Main entrées include Potatoes, Edible Flowers, Peppers Tilefi sh Benedict, Pork and Herbs

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Medallions and Turkey Roulade but the preferred dish was the Banana Bread French Toast with lemon apple salad and huckleberry-hickory syrup. “It’s a really great opportunity for folks to come out and enjoy this unique dining experience,” Witte mentioned. “September is a beautiful time of year at Airlie and a great opportunity for guests to enjoy the lakes, garden and grounds as well as the cuisine. Fine dining experiences also include some of our Signature Event Series, Friday night Partner Tastings and Thursday night Menu Tastings.” The Garden Bistro is located within the Manor House at Airlie on 6809 Airlie Road in Warrenton, Virginia. They are open four days a week: Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Sunday at 10:30 am through 2:30 pm. Reservations are recommended but certainly not required. For more information or to place a reservation please visit their website at www.airlie. com/dining/gardenbistro or give them a call at (540)347-1300.

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Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring CT Scan This Simple Test May Predict Heart Disease Before Symptoms Start

Who Should Get Screened? • Family history of heart disease • High cholesterol • High blood pressure • Smoking • Lack of physical activity • Older than age 55 • Diabetic • Overweight • Postmenopausal women

A physician’s order is required. The cost for the test is $99 and it must be paid at the time of the exam. Call 540-316-5800 to schedule.