Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine September 2016

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September begins our twelfth year publishing!

PUBLISHERS: Tony & Holly Tedeschi for Piedmont Press & Graphics tony@piedmontpress.com hollyt@piedmontpress.com

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2016 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Mille Baldwin Marianne Clyde Dave Colleran Louis Dominguez Robin Earl Debbie Eisele Rebekah Grier Dr. Robert Iadeluca Andreas Keller Michelle Kelley Danica Low Sallie Morgan Deborah Cosby


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It began over 11 years ago and what a time it was. Our twins had just turned a year old. We had recently finished our new facility for Piedmont Press and had moved in earlier in the year. There were only a handful more of college classes to take before I could graduate. There were the requisite non-profit boards to serve. Life was good but very hectic. Much time was devoted to working within our local community. Yet, too many meetings did not yield enough results that benefitted the folks that live here or work here. It was frustrating. At the same time, we were looking for a way to utilize our largest printing press more. A consultant, Sid Chadwick, challenged me to find a way to bridge some life passion with my love for printing. One day, the idea of a community magazine popped in my head. I talked about it incessantly, mostly to Holly, about how it would be about positive aspects of living here and that it would be written by the citizens and for the citizens. It would be a targeted, saturated distribution so that advertisers would be reaching out to everyone in a tight radius knowing their return on investment would be high. And the magazine would of high quality and free to the public. Input was sought from many in the field. “It’s impossible to make a reasonable return doing that.” “Well good luck with that idea!” “Don’t waste your money.” “You don’t have time to do this.” Etc. But one person believed. Holly. My wife told me to stop talking about starting Warrenton Lifestyle and we’d just make it happen. Her and I. On the sofa at night or over breakfast in the morning. So we did. The road was bumpy and we got many cuts and bruises but, ultimately, after 11 years, two more magazines and several specialty publications, we’ve been able to continuously deliver something we are proud of and your feedback has been what’s fueled us on. On behalf of myself, Holly and our team of writers, artists, ad reps, production crew and support team, we want to thank all of you, the readers and advertisers, for continuing to make The Lifestyle Publications a successful component of our communities. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and serve our local businesses. We are going to continue to expand our services throughout the region. See the launch of our new website at www.piedmontlifestyle.com which will bring you stories from ALL of our publications and a local calendar of events. Your input to our future issues is always welcomed. Enjoy!

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Jim Timberlake travels the Camino De Santiago by Rebekah Grier

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sh Sojourn Jim Timberlake

Recounts His Experience Along The Camino De Santiago

By Rebekah Grier


e doesn’t always take long walks, but when he does, he prefers a 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain with only 24 pounds strapped on his back. A little over a year ago, Jim Timberlake, known around Warrenton as the longtime owner of The Paint Shop on the corner of Horner Street and Alexandria Pike, sat in the pews of his church, St. James Episcopal, and listened to Father Ben give a message about St. James. He left knowing that he had to walk the 500-mile journey known as the Camino de Santiago, The Way of St. James. “I remember in traveling abroad and looking at maps, before GPS, I saw these little squiggly lines called pilgrim paths. So I started looking into it. That was years ago,” Jim explained. “And then I ran across people that said they’re going to do this walk across Spain. It just started building up. A year ago this coming Sunday, our minister spoke about St. James. I came out of the church that day and said, ‘I gotta do this!’ And I did. It’s hard to believe looking back. Did I really walk 500 miles in six weeks? Then I look at the pictures and say, ‘I really did that!’ It was hard. It was hard on my wife for me to be gone that long. But we survived.”

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The 66-year-old fifth generation Fauquier native started planning for his spring pilgrimage a year in advance. First, he studied St. James. Then he started researching the Camino itself. Finally, he educated himself on what it would take to accomplish the pilgrimage practically. He began training himself physically by carrying weight, hiking every weekend, and joining a gym. But he says that nothing can truly prepare you for the journey. When asked why the Camino, out of hundreds of other treks or pilgrimages he could have chosen, Jim answered, “I think part of it, my Christian name is James. I go to St. James Church. I’ve been on some treks in Nepal. And I just thought, with continuing to hear about people doing this and then finding people who have done it, local people, it was a challenge. Definitely was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. But it was the most rewarding thing, too.” The Camino de Santiago is a historically popular pilgrimage from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the southern border of France to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Legend claims that the remains of St. James were brought there through a somewhat miraculous event and only discovered hundreds of years later after a local man had a vision that led him to the tomb. After the remains were declared to be authentic, James became the patron saint of Spain and a monastery was built on site. Pilgrims began making the long trek to visit the tomb, and have not ceased since. The pilgrimage was very important and well-traveled especially during the medieval period, even earning a plenary indulgence (freeing a person from penance due for sins). The pilgrimage was so popular that one legend states the Milky Way was actually created by the dust of all the people walking the Camino. On April 2, 2016, Jim strapped on his boots and started walking. Thirtyseven days and 500 miles later, he arrived in Santiago de Compostela. “It takes two things to do the Camino. Your health, and time.” For the most


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Jim described walking, especially downhill, as the hardest part about the pilgrimage.

part, Jim followed the schedule laid out in the book A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago by John Brierley, although instead of 33 days, he made it in 37 (allowing extra time for rest). He averaged 14.7 miles a day and walked through 100+ towns and cities. For the first 10 days, Jim was accompanied by his friend and Warrenton resident, Darren Wrigley. On April 15, Jim wrote on Facebook, where he kept a detailed log of the journey, “Darren is on his way home from here. They say the Camino is broken into three parts. The physical. The mental. The spiritual. Darren has got me through the physical part with the help of God. Now the rest of the way I walk with God.” Over three months later, Jim still choked up quoting what he wrote that day. Before setting out on the journey, pilgrims check in at Saint-Jean-Pied-dePort and are given a Camino de Santiago ‘passport.’ This allows for a discounted rate at accommodations and restaurants along the way. The most economical accommodations are the Spanish hostels, or albergues. But Jim stayed in them all - albergues, monasteries, and hotels.



He wanted the full experience - and to occasionally avoid bed bugs. At each stop, you receive a stamp in your passport. At one local restaurant, Jim met a man who had walked the Camino 15 times, his longest trip was from Santiago back to Rome. The man gave Jim a scallop shell, the symbol of the Camino de Santiago steeped in legend and symbolism. Walking through so many towns and cities, Jim visited a lot churches, as many as he could. He described going up to a church and if the door was locked he would knock and say, ‘It’s James!’ When no one would answer, he started saying, ‘It’s Santiago!’ It wasn’t entirely untrue as one member from St. James Episcopal, where Jim has attended for 20+ years, used to call him St. James because of his devotion to keeping the church maintained and beautiful (he’s the one who painted the doors red). During his long days walking, Jim described one way of keeping himself motivated was to convert kilometers to miles and then compare that to local destinations. “These markers show the distance in kilometers. I was always converting to miles. And then I’d think,

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‘Eighteen miles, that’s like from here to Culpeper, I can do that.’” On the trail, days began to form a rhythm. Walk, shower, eat dinner, wash clothes, go to bed. Jim only brought two sets of clothes, so he was constantly doing laundry, often in cold water with a washboard. “I don’t know why they never put any hot taps in those things,” he lamented. Every once in awhile he would splurge and find a machine to do the work for him. As far as his culinary experiences, Jim described eating calamari for the first time, among some other great seafood and local Spanish dishes. “I lost about ten pounds. But I’ve gained it all back, though. You’re constantly eating, but constantly walking it all off.” When asked about the best part of his day while on the pilgrimage, Jim said, “Getting to where I wanted to be at the end of the day! After walking on average 14.7 miles per day, the joy was getting to the oasis at the end.” On a couple occasions, Jim described walking, especially downhill, as the hardest part about the pilgrimage. He lost a toenail on the second day downhill and developed many blisters. “I had read about it, thought I was prepared for it, but I guess I wasn’t. Definitely the walking was the most challenging part. We crossed over three major mountain ranges. The highest was 4,000 feet. I guess the toughest part was coming down mountains, especially on the southern side because there’d be no growth, it was rocky. [Another] challenging part was at the very end of the day using the guide book trying to find where you’re gonna stay, when you’re exhausted and your feet hurt.” Jim even wore compression socks to help alleviate the consistent issues with his shin muscles. When asked about the personal rewards he gained from taking this pilgrimage, Jim shared, “Spiritual, number one. Number two would be meeting other pilgrims that are on the same path I’m on, the same camino. We’re all headed in the same direction. We’re all helping each other. I was thinking about this: when you’re on that narrow path, you relate your life down to the Camino. The reflection of your life is narrowed down to that path. You think to get through life you need help from people. To do the Camino you need help from people. From encouragement, to just talking to you, companionship. So, people were one of the greatest things. Because we’re all on


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the same path. We’re all doing the same thing. People are important in your everyday life, too. I wouldn’t be where I am today without people.” Although Jim walked alone after Darren left, he spoke often of his ‘Camino family’ and all the treasured people he met while on the way. On several occasions he spoke of a man from Denmark named Geert. He and Jim walked the final 10 days together. Jim told the story of Geert’s wife telling her husband to slow down and take care of the American with the sore muscles. Jim and his wife plan to visit their new friends in Denmark next fall. Jim described meeting his Camino family as one of the best parts of the trek. “I still refer back to all the people I met. I met people from Australia, Italy, of course Spain, Canada, England, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Brussels, France, Germany, and a lot of them, we got to know each other. We’d sit and break bread. I still think having something in common with mankind, without the burden of politics or life’s burdens, just the common goal to walk 500 miles to Santiago, accomplish that. I don’t know what everybody else got out of it. They ask you in the beginning when you pick up your passport why you’re walking and when you get to the end they ask you again, ‘why’d you walk it?’ People walk for different reasons. Spiritual reasons. Health reasons. I think just being a better human being. Just not being judgmental toward anybody. Accept people for what they are.” Jim has stayed in contact with several friends he met along the way and usually sends an email out once a week. He recently called Geert on his birthday.

With a glisten of tears in his eyes and a weak voice, Jim shared this note he sent to his Camino family after arriving home, “Now that we are back home with our real family, there is something I want to say. We will probably never see one another again, but I hope we stay in touch. And I don’t mean this in any romantic way, one common thing we all have is the moon. So that we don’t forget each other and the times we had. The next time you look at the moon, know I’m thinking of you.” When asked if the reality of walking the Camino met the expectations he had going in, Jim enthused, “It turned out greater than I thought. I was asked back at Rotary a month before I left, from a retired minister, ‘why are you going?’ I hadn’t thought about that. So the first thing that came to mind was to be a better Christian. But also to be a better person. I think about that before I make any judgement call related to people. If we learn anything, it’s not to be judgmental toward other people. Do unto others as they would do unto you. Makes a lot of sense.” After he described walking the Camino as a spiritual experience, I asked Jim what he learned about God and himself during those 500 miles. He replied, “Certainly I could have said and thought, ‘God get me through this day.’ But that’s not what I wanted, I never thought about it. What I did think about is, ‘God be by my side.’ I felt that a couple of times and then I wrote it down. Of course I felt it many more times than that.” Several months removed from his journey, Jim is still taking it all in. “I look back in my mind and I think, did

I really walk that? It’s hard for me to comprehend that I really did that. It seems like it’s part of my past, but I haven’t absorbed all of it yet. It just is so hard for me to believe that I did do it. That I walked the 500 miles and was gone for six weeks.” Looking ahead, Jim is considering retirement after 39 years of owning The Paint Shop he started at the age of only 26. And after some years of avidly collecting and restoring Airstreams (of which he used to own four), Jim’s collection is down to two and he doesn’t foresee ever purchasing more. These days, Jim is looking forward to more travel with his wife, Gina, as well as a Himalayan trip he has planned in the spring with a group of seven other men. Reflecting on his journey along the Camino, as well as in life, Jim eloquently explained, “It is hard. Each day is different. Each day in one’s life is different. You take one day at a time. Just knowing at the end of the day’s journey you have an oasis. Your oasis in life is that you’re at the end of your day with the one you love. Your family, your friends. You walk in the footsteps of St. James with God by your side.” ❖

Jim Timberlake with Darren Wrigley


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lease mark your calendars for our Annual Fauquier County Preschool Fair which is set for Saturday, November 19th from 10amNoon at the Warrenton Community Center. The fair will showcase local area preschools, private schools and family friendly organizations. For additional information about our upcoming fair please email us at: families4fauquier@ gmail.com. Our rescheduled 3rd Annual Tye Dye Art in the Park Potluck Community Event is set for Wednesday, September 14th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Northern Fauquier Community Park in Marshall. RSVP’s are required for t-shirt sizes. We have set up TEAM F4F for the Mini’s Mission Kickball Tournament which is September 11th to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. This is a fun day and we invite your family to join our team this year. We are currently looking for team sponsors. You can join our team, make donations or learn more about this event at: http://www.kick-it.org/games/2016/09/ minis-mission-5th-annual-kickballtournament/families-4-fauquier We now have a wishlist of items we are currently collecting. Please visit our website to see how you and your family can help.

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Great Writers, Right Here Fauquier’s author fair returns, bigger and better By Mark Grandstaff


his month, the county library will fill a room with an eclectic, outgoing mix of local writers, and you’re invited to meet them. On Sept. 30, Fauquier County Public Library will bring the Great Writers, Right Here event to Warrenton. From 6 to 8 p.m., the Family Life Center in Warrenton First Baptist Church will host published authors in the region, all eager to meet new readers and talk about their work. “This provides an opportunity for indie writers to get the word out,” said Dawn Sowers, the library’s public services manager. “We want to get more authors to the public, and more public to the authors.” The first Great Writers, Right Here event took place last September. Rainy weather forced a rescheduling, and in the end, 26 authors met with about 80 guests, Dawn said. In spite of the rainout, the event impressed the organizers. “Last year it had a lot of enthusiasm and energy,” said Lisa Pavlock, public information coordinator for the library. “There was such a shared passion for reading, and it was interesting to talk to everyone.” The event drew in authors of all different sorts: writers of history, selfhelp, fantasy, and children’s stories. “It was a very nice experience to be able to be in that space with other people and see other things they were doing,” said Peggy Bonsee, who attended last year’s event. This month’s author fair gives priority to authors who weren’t at last year’s book fair, but will accept returning writers as space permits. Bonsee wrote “Silver Linings: What Strong attendance at last year’s event. Five Ninety-Something Women Taught


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Me About Positive Aging,” available in print and electronic editions. It took her four years, from the first spark of inspiration to publishing, to create her book. Every author’s path to publication is different, she said, and it gratified her to compare notes with her peers. Last year, the authors networked with each other, adding to the energy of the event, Sowers said. Anyone interested in becoming published authors, or who are curious about the process of researching and writing books, might gain some inspiration from the authors at this month’s Great Writers, Right Here event, she said. “Even if you don’t see books you might read, it’s a large collection of very interesting people to talk to,” Sowers elaborated. Warrenton First Baptist Church, across the street from the Warrenton Library, offers a larger venue for authors and guests this year, Pavlock said. The authors will have copies of their books available to purchase. The church has a wi-fi Internet connection that guests can use to buy electronic copies from writers who have published on platforms like Kindle. The church is also, it should be noted, a Poke Stop for Pokemon Go. Jennifer Handford, a novelist, will be at this year’s author fair. Handford writes literary fiction for women. Her latest book, “The Light of Hidden Flowers,” focuses on a woman’s life-changing decisions after the death of her father. Handford was a first-place finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest in 2010. Her path to publication was not traditional, she said, but it’s important to share with readers and prospective writers the different ways in which people can have their work published. “You never want to tell the story that it’s an impossible dream to be a writer and achieve publication,” Handford discussed. “If you have something to say, I think just about anyone can get their words out.”

Handford wants to meet new readers at Great Writers Right Here. She would also like to see Fauquier’s schools take advantage of the concentration of talent at the author fair. She wants to meet teenagers who are interested in writing, and hopes the county’s English teachers might send some aspiring young authors her way. “Writing is important, whatever field they go into,” Handford detailed. “There really isn’t a career where writing isn’t going to be an important part of their jobs.” Sowers wants to see Great Writers, Right Here continue as a yearly event for the library. It is gratifying to the library’s staff to give visibility to talented local writers, who may not have the backing of major marketing and distribution – and to give the county’s readers a chance to meet published writers in their own backyard.❖

Bruce Slawter, author of The Horse that Saved the Union; Peggy Brown Bonsee (in red), author of Silver Linings speaking to attendee Cheryl Crow; Jo James (looking down), author of Be Still my Heart.

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When No Calm Exists A local firefighter, EMT, and paramedic describes following his calling from an early age By Debbie Eisele


s a little boy, Jake Ballantyne had an obsession with firetrucks he never outgrew. Now as a young adult, he’s turned his childhood love into an amazing career filled with passion and dedication to serve our community. Born in Prince William County, Ballantyne moved to Fauquier County when he was seven years old, and has lived in Warrenton ever since. Ballantyne has been involved with Fire & Rescue for seven years this October, and he’s not quite 21 years old. When asked how he knew this was his calling, Ballantyne said, “There wasn’t one big event in my life that sparked my interest as it does for some others. Really, it was my childhood love of firetrucks that led me in this direction.” Ballantyne learned about an opportunity at the very young age of 14, when he discovered there was a Cadet Program for those interested in becoming a firefighter. He and his father went to speak with individuals at New Baltimore Fire Department to learn more about the program and from that point on he knew what he wanted to do. He didn’t wait long and put in an application at the New Baltimore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department


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(Company 10). “Warrenton’s program was for those who were 16 or older and I was impatient, so I decided to start at the New Baltimore Station which offered the Cadet Program for those who were 14.” After successfully completing the Cadet Program, Ballantyne was even more determined to increase his knowledge. When he was in high school, he pursued his firefighter certification. “I made the age cut by two days. I was the only one who had to have parents drop them off—I was the baby in the class,” he reminisced. By age 16, Ballantyne was a certified firefighter and became very active in helping the community - quite different from most other students. “My high school experience was the firehouse— that’s what shaped me,” Ballantyne recounted. “It was a good environment as a teenager. Hanging with people twice and three times my age provided me with a very adult experience. It gave me interactions I wouldn’t have had until after college,” continued Ballantyne as he described his formative years. At 17 years old, still determined to make this a career, Ballantyne became a certified EMT. Now 20 years old,



Ballantyne is in the final stages of completing his paramedic certification. He compared all of the instruction he has endured thus far, “The firefighter training was more physical; less books. EMT and now the paramedic training are much more cognitively challenging. There is a lot of material to absorb.” “I loved being a firefighter and an EMT because it was my first passion. Now with my paramedic certification, I enjoy it because of the life-saving interventions I can provide. I can give meds, start IVs, I can tell what is going on with someone’s heart. I like being well-rounded,” explained Ballantyne. Ballantyne has had multiple mentors, not just one so far in his career. “Everybody is a mentor here. You go to different people for different things and combine all the knowledge and experience which helps make me more well-rounded,” he described. When asked if there was one particular call that stood out in his mind, he simply stated, “There is no one particular call. There are so many differences with each call, and calls happen much more often than most people realize. Not one call stands out as more challenging than another.”

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let go. Follow the path and fill out the volunteer application if you get a ‘bite’ during the ride along.” “People don’t realize it (becoming a firefighter or paramedic) is not a quick process,” Ballantyne noted. “Once you submit an application for volunteer work, you must go through fingerprinting (which takes 30-60 days) and then training. By the time you are certified in firefighting and as an EMT, it can take one to two years to complete. This process takes personal dedication. You have to want it. Your personal goals and desires need to be there.” There are many men and women within Fire and Rescue throughout the county. Ballantyne is one of approximately 60 volunteers at the New Baltimore Fire Department, and one of approximately 15 that are under age 21. Many fellow volunteers, such as Adam (now age 17), Mary (age 23) and Nick (now age 21) began their careers between the ages of 16 and 17, showing that youth in our region follow a very mature and perceptive path at a young age. These amazing individuals truly have a passion to assist the community. The Fire and Rescue teams help citizens daily through any of the crises that may require their services. Next time you see a fire and rescue vehicle pass you on the road, remember the time, dedication and passion it takes for these individuals to serve us and thank them for their service when presented the opportunity. They are an integral part of our everyday life and in Ballantyne’s own words, they are there for us on our “worst days.” ❖

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he PATH Foundation’s nine interns gathered in the conference room, all eagerly awaiting our very first meeting centered around our group project. In just the second week of our time at PATH, the awkward energy congruent with the first week at a new school still hung in the air. This project changed all of that. The PATH interns chose to model our project after the Walk [Your] City project. Walk [Your] City is a walkability wayfinding campaign that originated in Raleigh, North Carolina. Using signs pointing walkers in the direction of community bright spots, Walk [Your] City aims to encourage residents to walk rather than drive, investing time to enjoy their communities. As the Walk [Your] City Kickstarter video began to play, I could visibly see my fellow interns light up at the potential impact this program could have in our close-knit town. Since I have been forced to “adult” on a regular basis, my mind has redefined Warrenton in that context. Warrenton had become a place I came to in order to accomplish tasks. I have been coming to Warrenton to work my two jobs, to buy things I need for school, to visit the bank, and to accomplish tasks outside of the ordinary realm of fun. Warrenton had become, to me, a series of streets leading to storefronts. And Warrenton is so much more than that. Walk Your Warrenton allowed all of us to take the time to re-explore and re-discover the area where most of us grew up. With all of us away at school, this project offered a chance for us to reconnect with the community and allowed us to make a tangibly positive mark on our town. On July 14, my fellow interns and I installed 12 temporary signs throughout Old Town Warrenton. Each sign indicates how long it takes to walk to bright spots within a 12-minute walking radius from Courthouse Square on Main Street. Quick Response (QR) barcodes that can be scanned with a mobile device can also be found on each of these signs. These codes contain additional information about each bright spot, including descriptions, hours and GPS walking direction guidance. These temporary signs were posted on July 14, and will remain up through October 15. Though it is very difficult to quantify the impact these signs will have on our community, we hope that increased foot traffic in Old Town will lead to greater community engagement. Most of the interns have very specific memories based in Warrenton. As a child, Maggie Meadows and her family would stop by Carousel every Sunday after church. Shannon Simpson has fond memories of a dance studio right on Main Street. I personally remember dancing with my siblings at the Bluemont Summer Concerts. Lauren Groves once danced in a Gumdrop Square Christmas performance. Almost all of us have experienced Main Street strung with white lights and

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ear Not the Hills—Ride Hard and Ride rider, King has also lent her time and energy to RRR by On!” This is the stirring slogan of the fundraising, promoting the event, and serving as a volunteer Rappahannock Rough Ride (RRR), a on the courses. “It’s a great way to help out the community,” worthwhile and well-organized bicycle she noted of the supporting role the ride has played in the event that will commemorate its twentieth anniversary on development of the clinic and the expansion of its services. September 17. With 100 percent of its proceeds supporting Indeed, the Fauquier Free Clinic is a true staple of the the Fauquier Free Clinic, the RRR is both a delight for community, providing much-needed medical, dental, and cyclists and a boon for the community. Open to novices and mental health services to residents of both Fauquier and professionals alike, the event runs every September and draws Rappahannock counties. With locations in Warrenton and a diversity of participants, from families in search of a scenic Washington, the clinic functions just like a primary care ride through historic villages to skilled cyclists in training physician’s office and offers patients multiple services and for competitive races. The RRR offers five route options— treatments under one roof, including on-site preventive and including a 12-mile loop through Little Washington and a 60emergency dental care. Since opening its doors in 1993, the mile tour along Route 522—each with rolling roads, beautiful clinic has provided over 30,000 free healthcare visits and views, and plenty of support from dedicated volunteers. helped patients receive over $7 million worth of prescription Rob Marino, Executive Director of the Fauquier Free medications to manage acute and chronic conditions. Through Clinic, has been involved with RRR as an organizer and its partnership with Fauquier Hospital, it also delivers many volunteer since its inception in important diagnostic services such 1996. Anticipating about 300 as radiology and laboratory tests. entrants this year, he has seen This impressive continuum of RRR steadily grow in scope care is sustained by a team of over and popularity. While Marino is 200 clinicians, nurses, dentists, grateful to all who participate in administrators, and volunteers, and this event, he would like to extend the clinic benefits every day from special recognition to those who the generous support of businesses, have attended each annual ride. foundations, organizations, and One such steadfast cyclist is Dr. residents in our community. Diane King, a volunteer physician Now in his sixteenth year with at the clinic who has traversed the clinic, Rob Marino has overseen all five routes and still has the its progression and is anticipating Sabrina Hayes shows us what fun a good cause and a developments that will benefit the original T-shirt. Not just a devoted great workout a day of racing can be. (photo by Rob Marino)


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RRR organizers are anticipating 300 riders for this year’s special anniversary event.

community on an even grander scale. “We are still growing,” he remarked on the plans for this year, which include the expansion of mental health care services. With a severe shortage of mental health professionals in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties (at present, there are only two psychiatrists in this region, whose services are mostly limited to the seriously mentally ill), primary care physicians are picking up the slack and providing 54% of behavioral healthcare. It is statistics like this that drive Marino and his colleagues at the clinic to taper the enormous gap between supply and demand and to improve the overall health of the community through the extension of psychiatric services, starting with the recruitment of a Mental Health Coordinator and an increase in voluntary support staff. Continuously trying to accommodate the uninsured and underserved with essential services, the Fauquier Free Clinic is always in need of volunteers with clinical skills. It is this volunteer base that has enabled the clinic to expand its programs and promote the wellbeing of low-income residents who would otherwise be forced to

go without healthcare. Exemplars of direct action, Dr. King and volunteer coordinators Sherry Pace and Caroline Riley not only lend their skills to the clinic but also offer their time to the events that help cover the costs of procedures, supplies, and medications. Whether through community activities or direct contributions, every dollar donated to the clinic generates over $6.00 in healthcare services, making the Rappahannock Rough Ride as much a valuable source of revenue as a wellhonored tradition. This year’s ride begins at 9:00 am, with registration opening at 7:30 am at the Park at Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue (WVFR). Those who register early will save $10 per rider. Entry fees will cover lunch and rest stop snacks and drinks, while breakfast will be available for $8 at the fire hall, with proceeds from the meals supporting the WVFR. Volunteers will be available on each route to supply riders with food and water, as well as transportation and medical support if required. However, additional volunteers are needed, particularly as course marshals directing riders at intersections. All riders will have the opportunity to win donated

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If you would like more information about RRR, please visit www. rappahannockroughride.org or call Rob Marino at 540-347-0394. To learn about ways to support the Fauquier Free Clinic, click on the “Help the Free Clinic” link at www. fauquierfreeclinic.org. You may also donate securely online at http://www.guidestar. org/profile/54-1669652.

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et back from the hustle and bustle of Route 29 is one of Warrenton’s hidden gems: the Fauquier campus of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). Dr. Mary Anne Keefer has worked at the Fauquier campus for over 10 years, since the days when the campus was a one-building satellite school known affectionately as “The Barn.” Dr. Keefer’s road to LFCC-Fauquier included professional experiences in two other careers, several states and foreign countries. The well-traveled professor is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. “I had my bags packed at five,” she jokes, “and I had to wait to be 18 to get out of there.” After leaving home, she worked as a secretary at the State Department in Austria. “I think travel is as important as education, so I traveled all over Europe when I was there. And then I went to South America with my marketing job.” She visited the continent at just 21 years of age. Later, work in market research saw her crisscrossing the United States. Between all that work and travel, Keefer plugged away at her bachelor’s degree in English. She is, like the students she teaches, a community college graduate. She put herself through Northern Virginia Community College, then George Mason University. Keefer is the first woman in her family to earn a college diploma. After graduating, she met her husband, who had just left the Air Force. The couple began working on their master’s degrees after they married. It was at this time that Keefer tried teaching K-12 as a substitute. Amusingly enough, the future college professor did not take to


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phenomenal. They’re unique in that they’re somewhat rural but with a worldwise mindset, and they have interests like horseback riding and hiking that get them out into the environment, appreciating it.” In addition, these students are true scholars. Many are drawn to the college because of its guaranteed transfer agreements with Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities. “Most of our students are going to go on to four-year schools.” LFCC students tend to go on to George Mason or James Madison University after graduating. Another incentive that draws students to LFCC is how high tech the oncesmall campus has become. “Tech has really taken over at Fauquier. We’re right up to date. All of our classes are now SMART technologies classrooms” with interactive digital whiteboards and classroom computers. The college offers many strictly online classes as well as hybrid classes. These allow students to meet up with their peers and professors once or twice a week before finishing the rest of the week’s studies remotely. Several of the classes Keefer teaches, including both semesters of American Literature, are held solely online. “Online learning has allowed a lot of older students, working parents, and people in the military to take classes and work on their degrees,” she discusses. “It’s made a college education available to anyone who has the ability.” Keefer enjoys collaborating with her fellow professors as much as she likes

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working with her students. One such collaboration caused her to change the whole focus of her PhD dissertation. “My office is right next door to the nursing group. They had a need for nurses to learn to communicate better. Interpersonal communication is one of the main thrusts for the career,” she explains. This is because an effective nurse must be able to listen well, read verbal and nonverbal cues, relay information accurately, manage conflict, and communicate successfully with patients and coworkers. To help the nursing group fill their need, Keefer moved her main dissertation to communication. Then she worked with healthcare faculty to develop an alliance. The fruits of their labors are now a master course for future nurses called “Communication for Allied Healthcare Professionals.” “It’s a course taught at Fauquier that is offered as distance education at the Middletown campus,” Keefer says. Students work on developing communication skills that they can use in both one-on-one and group healthcare settings, and they demonstrate what they are learning through written and oral presentations. The class is popular with nursing students, who find that it enhances both their communication skills and their job prospects. As one of two full-time English professors at the Fauquier campus, Keefer also teaches Composition I and II, American Literature I and II, and Masterpieces of World Literature. “I have a great love of reading, always

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have,” she says. She enjoys sharing this with her students, as well as changing their misconceptions about community colleges. “Students sometimes think these classes will be easier than courses at a university, but then they’re pleased to find out that the rigors of college are exactly the same. They appreciate the scholarship, the courses, and the opportunities to engage in more scholarship through our honor societies.” Keefer is happy with how well LFCC-Fauquier’s reputation has spread through word of mouth and made a home for a special community of learners. “The atmosphere is wonderful for students – smaller classes and more one-on-one time with your professors. We get a lot of students who come back here from four-year schools because they like the connectivity, the lower cost of tuition, and the guaranteed transfer program.” The long and winding road that brought Dr. Keefer to Warrenton might one day take her back to her Ohio roots. “Cleveland has turned into this wonderful place,” she says. She often returns to visit family, and she intends to spend more time there when she retires. But until that day comes, LFCC-Fauquier’s students will continue to benefit from the enthusiasm for education, love of language and literature, and unique background that Dr. Keefer brings to her third, and favorite, vocation. ❖

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Safety Committee, said she was concerned about pedestrian crossing on Main Street. Under committee direction, the town is experimenting with the crosswalk at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets to make it more visible to both pedestrians and motorists. Discussions about the Broadview Avenue median project have taken place in the transportation committee in the past. Kravetz encouraged residents to attend committee meetings. “I have found that if there are concerns about public safety or transportation safety, people are not shy about letting us know,” he said. PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES COMMITTEE Members: Sunny Reynolds (chair), Brett Hamby, Kevin Carter Meetings in 2015: none available on warrentonva.gov Meetings in 2016: two (July 21, Aug. 15)

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by Andreas A. Keller Nothing gets my dog Lady Boots, or Boots for short, more excited then when I gather my hiking gear together to prepare for a hike in the mountains. She has developed her own dance routine, telling me to hurry up, and she’s the first one to squeeze out the door to wait eagerly by the side of the car, intently watching what I am doing. As soon as I open the car door she takes a giant leap onto the back seat and sits in attention throughout our drive, checking the route I’m taking. Several miles before reaching the trailhead she starts whimpering and pacing on the backseat. Soon there is excited barking until she can dash out, greet the dogs of other hikers, run in circles, and sniff the wonderful world of the great outdoors. Once I shouldered my backpack, all


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I need to do is pull the dog backpack from the trunk and Boots is at my side lowering her head so I can put it on her. Once on, off she goes onto the trail running and playing with the other dogs. About a half a mile later, she settles in right behind me walking in rhythm with the group. Occasionally she bumps her wet nose into my hand letting me know that she is still with me, or she comes up to my side and gives me a quick smile with her large brown eyes before she drops back behind me, and all I hear is her breathing. Training. Most dogs make wonderful hiking companions provided they are physically fit and properly socialized. Depending on the breed it can take up to two years for the bones and the musculature of very young dogs to



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to three miles. Carry at least one quart of water for every three miles of hiking. A well-hydrated dog is at less risk for heatstroke. Don’t forget to bring along a water bowl -- especially convenient are the collapsable rubber ones. While streams are an instant attraction for dogs to lap some fresh, running water or to cool down, know that it may expose them to giardiasis or other waterborne diseases. Even though these are generally curable within a couple of weeks with veterinary attention, the interim can be quite unpleasant for you and your dog! Perhaps the best advice is to watch what your dog drinks. Also be aware that dogs are not permitted near water sources used at shelters or campsites. Hiking dogs need more food than when they simply lie around at home. They burn a lot of calories and replenishing their energy with extra food will keep them happy on the trail. Bring along actual dog food and reward your four legged friend with nutritionally balanced, protein rich dog biscuits. Dog paws are sensitive. Depending on weather and trail conditions, dog booties

can be a necessity, especially in winter when they are exposed to salt on the streets or when snow forms ice clumps on their paw pads. Hiking on rocky trails can sometimes injure their paws or make their pads sore, so booties are used. A dog’s first steps wearing hiking booties have become funny YouTube videos, but with a little training dogs will take their boots “in stride”. Dog Backpack. Hikers on the trail often ask me what my dog carries in her backpack, and I jokingly tell them she carries my beer! But seriously, dogs can carry all they will need on a hike, including water, food, and maybe a vest or rain coat in a well fitting backpack. I venture to say that dogs take pride in carrying their own backpack as it gives them a purpose. Different dog packs are widely available. REI, the outdoor equipment store, allows you to take your dog inside to try out and fit a pack. How much you can safely load into your dog’s back pack depends on the strength and age of your dog as well as on the degree of challenge a hiking trail poses and the prevailing weather conditions. When looking for advice on how much

weight your dog can shoulder on a hike, you’ll find suggestions that range from 10 to 25 percent of the dog’s weight. Boots is a strong Swiss Bernese Mountain Dog of 85 lbs, and I keep the total load of her backpack below 15 percent, generally around 10 to 12 pounds with which she is comfortable even on strenuous hikes. Vaccinations: An unvaccinated dog is at risk of contracting disease. By law the only vaccine required is for rabies, yet many other risks to your dog’s health need to be addressed, therefore a visit to the veterinary, well before heading out on the trail, is an absolute must. Being out on the trail every week my dog’s health management routine includes an annual blood test, without which I would not have discovered that Boots had contracted Lyme’s disease, which we brought under control with immediate and aggressive care management. Hiking with Lady Boots is one of the most satisfying and rewarding ways of my taking to the trails. There we are -- two buddies, each carrying our own backpacks, soaking up the sounds, scents, and sights of the mountains, enjoying our other companions, both two legged and four legged, as we hike in partnership through the woods. If you like adventure, camaraderie and fun in the Great Outdoors and don’t mind getting sweaty then check out www.bootsnbeer.com and join us.

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