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storm in March, I reaffirmed why I enjoy living in Warrenton so much. To my friends and neighbors who assisted and offered helped to my family and I, we truly appreciated it. For local shop employees and owners who went out of their way to provide goods and services, even when their Internet and electricity were out, I send out a huge thank you. Our town is full of compassionate individuals, ready to help others; it is inspiring and comforting knowing how close-knit our community really is. Thank you for reading our publication and enjoy the spring season.

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Navigating the Stages of Care Understand the services available to help you in caring for your elderly loved one BY CAROL SIMPSON

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Rockin’ the Blues The spirit of the Delta captured at Monday night jam sessions BY CURTIS PAUL

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Debunking a Dogs Dominance An owner’s job is to minimize unwanted behavior BY CHARLOTTE HARVEY

Sparks interest and activities involving guide dogs

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Brilliance in STEM These type of activities help 21st century children have fun while they learn BY DEBBIE EISELE

Young professionals who save now enjoy a larger retirement account in the future

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A Sign of the Times American Sign Language ideal form of communication

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Fauquier County School Board addresses all aspects of education

Family-run general store exudes old-time charm

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Navigating the Stages of Care

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Understand the services available to help you in caring for your elderly loved one BY CAROL SIMPSON

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or several years Pam Johnson cared for her husband, Joe who suffered from advanced diabetes, a chronic lung condition, and who was becoming increasingly forgetful. Pam and Joe’s children didn’t live nearby, and Pam felt she should care for Joe herself. But the toll of caregiving became heavier as Pam herself experienced some medical problems and Joe’s condition worsened. Pam’s neighbor, Joanne, reached out to her to see if she could help, as Joanne had cared for her frail, elderly mother. And Joanne even attended a seminar on care options available in the community. Joanne shared handouts from this seminar with Pam; felt it would assist her with the situation she was handling all alone. Pam sat down one afternoon with the brochures Joanne dropped off. She sifted through the material and read about a variety of care options, eligibility criteria, payment alternatives, and more. She learned about options such as non-medical home care, assisted living, nursing homes, symptom management/ palliative care, which are described as follows:

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Non-medical home care Mark Harvey of First Light Home Care describes home care as companionship, medication reminders, meal preparation and housekeeping. Home care can be provided a few hours or 24/7. Most people pay privately since Medicare does not offer coverage for non-medical home care, but long-term care insurance is an option for those who have a policy.

Assisted living According to Sophia Cameron of the Villa at Suffield Meadows, assisted living offers a range of amenities, from residential services to a variety of options to improve or maintain one’s health. Accommodations can include meals, transportation, housekeeping and nursing support. Some facilities offer

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dementia care with a secure environment and specialized activities. Long term care insurance and private pay are typically the payment sources for assisted living.

Nursing home, skilled nursing facility Both provide 24hour inpatient care, however, nursing homes are for custodial (unskilled) care. To qualify for a skilled nursing facility admission, the person must need skilled (nursing) care and must have had a 3-day hospital stay within the past 30 days in order for Medicare to pay. Nursing home fees are not covered by Medicare. Medicaid, for those who qualify based on financial need, longterm care insurance and private pay can be used to pay nursing home costs.

Advanced symptom management/ palliative care Sherry Filler of Heartland Hospice defines palliative care as a medical specialty that relieves pain and other symptoms of any chronic illness lasting three months or longer, whether terminal or not. The palliative care team goes wherever the person lives (private home, skilled nursing facility, assisted living; need determines frequency of visits) and works with the patient's other medical professionals to coordinate care. Medicare and most private insurances cover palliative care. Agencies that provide palliative care often also offer hospice services.

Five regional counties, Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange, are celebrated in Aging Together’s annual in celebration of “Five Over Fifty.” This event honors one individual over the age of 50 from each of the five counties who has contributed to making our region vibrant. Fauquier County honoree is Dr. Diane King. Rappahannock County honoree is Doug Schiffman. Culpeper County honoree is Dick Batiste. Madison County honoree is Valerie Cruz. Orange County honoree is Mary Lou Seilheimer. The award ceremony will be Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. at Culpeper Country Club. Tickets are $50. Please call 540-829-6405 for reservations or more information.

After reviewing all the material, Pam decided she would contact several home care agencies to arrange for one day a week care for Joe. This provided her a chance to rest, take care of her doctor’s appointments, and even go out to lunch with a friend. Joanne was instrumental in supplying this information, and Pam felt better knowing other options existed to help with Joe’s changing physical and mental needs. For a senior care resource list or a more detailed description of senior care options, please call Aging Together at 540-829-6405.❖

About the AUTHOR Carol Simpson is a graduate of Georgetown University. She was executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington, trainer at Home Instead Senior Care, and development manager at the Alzheimer’s Association of Central/Western Virginia before becoming executive director of Aging Together.


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n a fairly nondescript stripmall right off Lee Highway in Warrenton, Fat Tuesdays features one of the best blues jam experiences in the area. When you first approach Fat Tuesdays and enter through a glass door on a Monday night…it hits you. Monday night jam sessions make you feel like you happened upon a little piece of Bourbon Street. The place is surreal – a phantasmagoria of decor, lights, smells and music. Colorful memorabilia cover almost every inch of the walls. And the ceiling is illuminated by hundreds of curious colored circus lights, even blinking bulb chandeliers.

“There is one golden rule for Fat Tuesday’s Monday Night Jam. If you bring it, it’s gotta be the blues. It could be rockin’ blues, country blues, or even funky blues… but it’s gotta be the blues.” ~ TOM ROBBINS

Above, from right to left: Max Mulgren (Guitar), Tom Robbins (Guitar), Dean Hunnecutt (Bass), David (Rico) Rodriguez (Drums). Left: Tom Robbins (Guitar)

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The jam sessions start around 7:00 p.m. and end around 11:30 p.m. Some of the best blues musicians within 40 miles of Warrenton come and bless the stage with their talent and skill. As soon as the music starts you'll forget there are a dozen flat screen TV's staring at you, and that you are still in Warrenton. Monday nights are all about the blues. Even if you don't know what, or never heard of, the 12-bar blues, or cannot tell the difference between a saxophone or a sousaphone, you will still enjoy the sounds. This music genre is universal and originated in the southern United States, specifically in the “Delta” belt area of Mississippi and surrounding areas. A core group of musicians known as the House Band, kick off the festivities each Monday night and is led by Tom Robbins. He is also the host for the evening and is a blues aficionado on the guitar – and sings like a pro. Robbins is the “real Mccoy” incorporating sounds of the Mississippi Blues belt music: Sweet Home Chicago, Kansas City, Smokestack Lightning, or I'm Ready. He performs with great emotion and says his music “provides a secular feeling of life's journey expressed through the blues." Dean Honeycutt, electric bass musician, is also the general manager of Drum & Strum. He lays down

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the “fat bottom” of the blues jam each week. Honeycutt loves the blues and says he is “purposed with keeping the blues alive for the next generation." David 'Rico' Rodriguez is the house drummer. Rico is a self-taught musician, and an accomplished drummer. Max Malmgren is an electric guitarist with 12 years experience who brings heavy chops and youth (he's only 25) to the stage. Gokul Chalasani, the house musical engineer, mixes all the sounds and is also a drummer and guitarist; sitting in on some songs – if he’s not too busy on the sound board. Other local musicians often join in, so much so they appear to be members of the House Band. Mike Wilber of the Ginger Funk Band is a guitarist and vocalist who brings a more modern spin to the blues, tapping into the styles of Joe Bonamassa and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Wilbur says, "Blues is a soulful form of music language that you learn to become a great musician.There is nothing like hearing the raw 'stanck' of a Telecaster guitar wailing out a blues lead, or the hum of a slide guitar you can feel in your gut." Mike Jackson, plays harp (harmonica) and specializes in Chicago style rhythm & blues. Aaron Murphy plays guitar and has a music studio just outside Culpepper.

William Schuppert, a young gifted drummer, has his roots in jazz but loves to play the blues. He wants to play professionally in the Big Easy (New Orleans). Cadence McCahn, a local singer with a beautiful smile and voice, brings a country feel to the blues through songs by Patsy Cline, Etta James, and Billy Holiday. Steve Lawson plays slide guitar and hails from Culpepper. And me (Curtis Paul). I play the drums, keyboards, and teach students at Allegro Community School of the Arts. Occasionally professional icons grace the stage. Famous Washington area bands such as Mark Wenner (Night Hawks), join in on the fun a few times a year. There are also fans too. Steve and Sue Lewis are semi-regulars. Steve says, "Tom's (Robbins) got the 'pipes' to sing the blues and the quality of the music is top notch. I've paid big cover fees to hear music not nearly as good." Rick Hughes, another regular says, "the honesty of the music is genuine, and the blues encompasses the roots to all popular music." The blues is ubiquitous; it is a feeling, and a movement of timing. It is a personal extension of expression of the individual performer, blending notes and riffs. Blues is a a ride of ups and downs, with loud and soft moments. It tells a story and always goes somewhere with some unexpected turns. Like chicken soup for your eyes, ears and soul, good live blues music will make you feel better. So come sing, blow, honk, thump, hit or strum your blues any Monday night at Fat Tuesdays and “don't forget to bring your guitar.” Soloists or musicians for the rhythm section are always welcome. Be a star for 15 minutes, or just come hear the blues. ❖ About the AUTHOR Curtis Paul is an author, game inventor, publisher and freelance writer from Warrenton.


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Debunking a Dog’s Dominance An owner’s job is to minimize unwanted behavior through prevention and redirection BY CHARLOTTE HARVEY

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hen desperate pet owners experience an increase in behavioral issues, it is not surprising to see them turn to television or the Internet for help with their dogs. Unfortunately not every trainer is a qualified or certified professional. Some employ methods that encourage owners to be dominant over the dogs by pinning them to the ground, correcting unwanted behavior, or using pain inflicting tools to achieve results. The theory that dogs gain control via dominance status has been disproven since the ‘90s. Here’s a look at some of the myths about dominance So how does canine dominance work? Basically it is a relationship based on

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context of a given situation between dogs. For instance, a dog which claims the bone first is circumstantially dominant. The dog which gets to reproduce and breed before others in the pack has temporary dominant status. The dog which is spatially aware and claims an area as their own is acting dominant in that particular moment. An important factor to note is dominant status is acquired through performing a sequence of ritualized behaviors with minimal force or effort. Dogs successfully navigate conflict through posturing, facial expressions, positioning, and motion. Original dominance theory was based on observing pecking orders in captive wolves, under very stressful conditions. The idea of fighting for alpha status

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to remain in control was not visible in these packs. In the wild, wolves will form family structures, similar to ours. Wild dogs have packs, but they have a more fluid dynamic when it comes to rank, primarily based on resources and circumstance. The process of domestication has further altered our pet's behavioral repertoire with specialty skills (such as pointing, retrieving, and herding) that are not visible in the wild. Dog's were genetically modified to work WITH people, not take control or dominate them; look at the variation of breeds and their jobs. Since dog training and behavior is an unregulated professional field, anyone is allowed to publish information and share insights without a second thought to the


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legitimacy of the content. There seems to be too many experts these days – from the stranger at your local dog park, to the neighbor who had a dog 10 years ago. Although other pet professionals may have their own insight it is best to talk with a specialist regarding your dog's behavior. To find a good trainer make sure they use reward-based, forcefree methods that do not employ fear, intimidation, or avoidance. Ask them about their approach, whether they use punishment or rewards, and what their position is on training methods. Be inquisitive, be intrusive, and be thorough before choosing a professional. You are advocating for your dog’s education, and there’s a lot of misinformed theories on training you need to be aware of. A better approach to correct unwanted behaviors is to focus on teaching your dog what is expected of them, rather than focusing on the things being done incorrectly. Reward them for self-control, choosing good behaviors, and redirect your dog onto more appropriate activities where applicable. A dog which is rewarded for good behavior is motivated to learn and repeat good behavior. And when it's not convenient or feasible to actively teach your dog, use prevention and management to minimize unwanted behaviors until your dog has practiced more. Build on success rather than micro-managing failure, as it will cause less anxiety, heartache, and frustrations for both ends of the leash. So, your dog is not out to get you, or compete with you; they are simply selfish, opportunistic beings, who will repeat behavior which is successful. Truly it is about motivating your pet. If there's something in it for the dog, they will pursue a behavior. Owners are responsible for minimizing unwanted behavior through prevention and redirection. Do you have a dog that jumps? Teach them to "sit" on approach. Does the dog try to squeeze out the door before you? Work on “wait.” Most training becomes common sense in terms of manners and etiquette rather than control for status. Besides, who wants to micromanage their dog on a constant basis just to control them? We have more humane and force-free alternatives that will motivate both dog and handler in the learning process. ❖

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Chris invests $5,000 annually between the ages of 25 and 65 – In total, he invests $200,000 You might have correctly guessed that Chris ends up with the most money (he did invest the most), but what makes this example so powerful is how much more Chris ends up with. Susan ends with $562,683, Bill ends up with $505,365 and Chris ends up with over $1 million dollars ($1,068,048 to be exact). Lastly, you should be considering and asking about your company’s (or potential company’s) retirement plan. Frequently, companies will

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offer some form of matching contribution that will further increase your saving power. If you work for a company that offers this, and you aren’t contributing on your own, then you are quite literally leaving money on the table. And, you might even sound extra-qualified in your next interview if you ask about the company retirement plan. Retirement plans are a valuable benefit that is very much worth weighing along with your salary. P.S. to young savers: Sorry your parents forwarded this to you. They’re just trying to help! ❖

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f you are you are, or know of someone who is interested in a career in law enforcement, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 1077 program provides individuals an ideal opportunity to explore this profession at a young age. The Explorer Post 1077 Facebook page states: “The mission of the Post is to offer young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.” Originally the program was established in 1994 and was operated by Lieutenant MacWelch. The Explorer Post 1077 initially began with 10 cadets. Many individuals involved in this initial launch are still in law enforcement today: a detective in Rappahannock, a sergeant in Prince William County, a master detective in Manassas City, a lieutenant in Fairfax, and Fauquier’s own Lieutenant Andy Marshall who is now a patrol lieutenant with the Sheriff’s office. Up until 2004, the program was a huge success. When Lieutenant MacWelch left the County to work for another one the program dissolved. When Sheriff Mosier took office, he asked Lieutenant MacWelch to come back to the County and reinstate the program. MacWelch agreed and since May of 2016 the Explorers program has been back in action. MacWelch currently supervises the community services section of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to the patrol division.

The Post is actually a division of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a co-ed program. Students only have to pay a 30 dollar annual registration fee to the Boy Scouts. The rest of the program expenses are covered by donations from individuals, businesses, and fundraising initiatives. Organizations such as the NRA have donated firearm instructional books for the Explorers to utilize. The initial startup cost of the program was approximately $10,000 for uniforms and equipment. Lieutenant MacWelch estimates it will take between $3,000 and $5,000 annually to keep the program going. Yearly costs include uniforms, training materials, and funding an annual week-long academy. Cadet uniforms consist of athletic gear for physical fitness training, a Class B uniform which includes tactical shirt and boots, ball cap, and BDU (military style) pants, and a Class A uniform. All attire is similar to what a Sheriff’s Deputy would wear: a stetson hat, dress shirt, tie, glossed shoes and belt, and dress pants. A maximum of 20 students are enrolled in the program at one time. Applicants must be at least 14 years old and have completed the eighth grade. Students may continue with the program until the age of 20. Typically the Explorer’s program has

Top: Lieutenant MacWelch leads a discussion on the topic of the day: active shooter situations. Right: Explorers take turns practicing proper flag folding procedures.

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a waiting list of 8 to 10 students who wish to participate in the curriculum. Explorer Post 1077 is an ideal program for those interested in one of the following careers: law enforcement, dispatch, criminal psychology, military, or one of the other myriad of positions in this profession. “Our purpose is to grow our own. We would love for the young men and women in this program to stay with us, and the Sheriff is willing and wanting to offer them positions when they are eligible.” MacWelch explained that at 18 years of age these young adults can work in the 911 communications center and then move their way up to a certified, or sworn position, at 21 years of age. “Lieutenant Marshall is an example of the success of the program, he is now a patrol officer and was one of our initial Explorers,” shared MacWelch. The Explorer’s motto “Live with honor; serve with pride” is evident in every aspect of the Post. MacWelch said, “The primary goal is to to teach real life skills, integrity and patriotism to the explorers.” The program provides career contacts and a way for students to build their resumes. Real life training provides students with in-class and practical instruction. Students’ instruction stresses the importance of professionalism and overall conduct as well as various facets of law enforcement such as homicide investigations, firearms

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safety, accident investigations, and much more. Explorers also choose from a variety of curriculum offered for the year, and are instructed by volunteer instructors from within the Sheriff’s office, as well as instructors who come from other agencies based on the subject matter being taught. Explorers are also required to complete 50 hours of community service per year, and they are required to maintain a “C” grade average all year. Community service activities trainees are involved in include: The County Fair, Warrenton Town Limits, packing backpacks for children, and participation in Shop with a Cop. Some of the men and women even assist with missing persons searches. The Explorers are in charge of the Child ID program at the Spring Festival, and in 2017 created over 300 identification cards in one day. There is also a fully functioning honor guard within this program. The Guard participates in post activities and local events, such as the Memorial Day Parade, The Blessing of the Badges, and The House of Worship Safety Seminar. The Explorers must also follow protocols listed in the operational manual; similar to the one sworn deputies are required to follow. Conduct requirements such as hair, proper public conduct, uniform, and other professionalism expectations are all inspected to ensure procedures are

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HANNAH CORDOVA, a senior at Kettle Run High School, has been involved with the Explorer program since 2016. Cordova is the former Captain of the post and is currently serving as the appointed Senior Explorer Advisor. Cordova will be interning with the Sheriff’s office for the last quarter of her senior year and will move on to college in the fall where she will study criminal psychology. She said the program has helped strengthen her self-confidence and those of the others involved: “We were a shy bunch when we started. The program has opened us up. We have made friends, and connections, we probably wouldn’t have made if it weren’t for this program.” The Sheriff even wrote a college reference letter she didn’t ask for – he provided on his own accord. She said, “The hardest part of the Academy for me was the shooting portion, as I had never shot before. Then once you were done shooting you had to run on to the next challenge.” AJ PRUDHUM, a senior at Fauquier High School, became aware of the Explorer program through his father and has been with the post since 2016. His father is a law enforcement officer with the county. Prudum is the current Captain and previously held the rank of Sergeant. Prudhum has been heavily involved with JROTC at Liberty High School for four years, and holds rank of Staff Sergeant and also held the position of Honor Guard Commander for the post in 2017. He described his Academy experience: “The hardest part of the LawFit course at the Academy was the last part, where I had to drag a 125 pound bag – it was difficult because I was already tired from all the other components of the course.” Prudhum plans on studying cyber security or business administration when he attends college in the fall. TRISTAN HODGSON, a junior at Fauquier High School, is a JROTC member and serves on the Explorer Post Honor Guard. He too has been involved in the Explorers program since 2016. In 2017, Hodgson was nominated and chosen as the representative for all Fauquier County high schools to attend as a delegate to the Congress of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. The Congress is an honor-only program for high schoolers who want to become physicians or go into medical research. Winning this is an immense honor, as it attests to his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the medical field. He was also inducted into the Society of Torch and Laurel during the Congress, which is a National Honor Society developed by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars to recognize high school high-achievers and provide them and their family vital tools for successfully transitioning to college. Hodgson aspires to pursue a neuroscience medical degree when he attends college.


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being followed. Every June, Explorers also participate in a four day, intensive law enforcement study with the Explorers Academy. This event is highly interactive and includes classroom instruction and various practicums throughout each day. “We are not easy on them,” said MacWelch. “We have a slogan printed and placed above each classroom door that says ‘Never Give Up’ and we make each participant slap that sign on the way into class, every class so they remember that they are not to give up.” While in the Academy these young men and women learn about vehicle stops, chemical operations, firearms safety (utilizing a plastic, non-functioning training pistol), an overview of electronic weapons, and so much more. The 2017 students even had a visit from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The helicopter DHS uses to chase drug runners landed in the field behind the Community Center and students participated in a tour of the aircraft and learned how drug enforcement agents use the helicopter to perform their duties. The Academy instruction also includes an overview of SERT (Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team) training, K-9 deployment (bomb, patrol and narcotic dogs), felony stops, report writing, and proper use of a police radio. Each lesson is followed by a practicum where they are able to apply the information they acquired in the classroom. While in the Academy students are certified in basic first aid, Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED), and CPR (infant and adult). On the last day of Academy classes, students must participate in a LawFit agility course. This

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VOLUNTEERS MacWelch’s wife, Bev, handles all the uniforms. She is a special education teacher at Coleman Elementary who volunteers and even works with senior citizens at The Oaks. She rallied the residents of The Oaks to help her with the Explorers’ uniforms. The citizens pinned all the patches on the uniforms. Sheriff Mosier even stopped by The Oaks and brought pizza for all who helped and visited with them for a while. Both men and women assisted. Bev then sewed all the custom patches on all the current uniforms; seven patches per uniform. Bev sewed a total of 160 patches for the young Explorers. The seniors also involved in the removal of all pins, once the patches were sewn, and even folded and put back in package to distribute uniforms. MacWelch shared, “One Oak’s resident was a WWII veteran. He was ecstatic to assist and pointed out that he helped with the uniforms; there was such a sense of pride in that for him.” DONATIONS If you wish to assist, the Explorers would benefit from financial support. Currently, summer uniforms are needed. The cost for these uniforms is approximately $800 per Explorer. If you are interested in donating to this program, please contact Lieutenant MacWelch at the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office by phone at 540-422-8615 or email Richard.MacWelch@ fauquiercounty.gov.

All attire is similar to what a Sheriff’s Deputy would wear: a stetson hat (pictured, left), dress shirt, tie, glossed shoes and belt, and dress pants.

course is utilized across the country for all law enforcement recruits; it is very difficult. According to LawFit’s website: “The LawFit Program was designed to increase the cardiorespiratory efficiency, muscular strength, muscular endurance, lean body mass, and flexibility of officers.” If police officer recruits do not pass this physical agility drill, they do not advance into the police academy; successful completion is vital to securing a spot in any career academy. Academy students participate in the LawFit course and learn cooperation and teamwork along with way. The agility test includes an array of strenuous activities which must be completed within the time constraints allotted. A great deal of physical and mental exertion are components of the LawFit course. Successful completion of this course is a true accomplishment for these individuals. “Future career paths for the students really varies. We have some who are going into military – several are in ROTC at Liberty – while others are enrolling in community college, or are going onto a four year college and will major in criminal psychology. We have one who wants to be a game warden or some wish to be law enforcement officers,” shared MacWelch. For information on the Explorer Post 1077 program, please contact Lieutenant MacWelsh via the Fauquier County Sheriff’s website, select divisions then select community services, then select Law Enforcement Explorers. There is an online application to complete. Once that is submitted, applicants will be contacted regarding the next steps.❖


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FAUQUIER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT NOMINATIONS Stephen Robert DeCoster United States Air Force Academy. Parents: Darrin DeCoster and Laura DeCoster. KETTLE RUN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT NOMINATIONS David Alan Haiss United States Merchant Marine Academy. Parents: Seana Reece, Rick Reece and Michael Haiss. Jared Jaymes Johnson United States Air Force and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Parents: Bruce Johnson and Maria Johnson.

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he Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher at James G. Brumfield Elementary, Lisa Testa, knows all about fun, educational activities for children. Testa who teaches pre-k through fifth grade students, is also a distinguished teacher, even nominated for the Agnes Meyers Award. Her passion for education spills into the classroom with a learning environment designed to teach in a playful and creative manner. Testa stresses the activities she utilizes in class do help support SOLs, but more importantly engage children and reinforce the subject matter they are learning. “I see students developing strong problem solving skills and becoming better leaders because of the team experience they have,” shared Testa. “They utilize the 4 Cs: collaborating; communicating; creating (innovation); and critical

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CLASSROOM ITEMS ALWAYS WELCOMED Mrs. Testa's STEM classroom has a need for donated items during the school year. Brumfield Elementary is the only elementary school in the county which has a specific STEM teacher, and could always use support through donated items. Other local elementary schools may offer STEM activities, but those are typically conducted through individual homerooms or technology specialists. If you own a business, work for a business, or personally want to assist, So, if you have some of these items, please consider donating some items to support students as they learn well through hands-on activities in their classroom. • • • • • •

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Additionally, classrooms will always accept donations of any yarn or string, craft sticks, rubber bands, construction paper, and more that you may have laying around your home that you no longer need or use. If you wish to donate items, James G. Brumfield’s mailing address is 550 Alwington Blvd, Warrenton and may be reached by phone at 540-422-7530.

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APRIL NEWS & EVENTS BY RACHEL PIERCE

April and May will be filled with lots of fun, check out our schedule and don’t forget to visit our Facebook event page for any additional activities. FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Building a Community Rock Garden from

12:15 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. This event will be held at Didlake located at 10164 Marsh Rd, Bealeton. This event honors Earth Day. Join in the fun as we paint rocks to build this community garden. Volunteers are always welcome: we need help to paint and setup the rocks. This will be a beautiful garden addition for special needs adults in our community. For additional information visit our Facebook page outlining this event. SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Verdun Adventure Bound Family Fun Day from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Families4Fauquier will be hosting a vendor booth and slime making station Games, activities, food and entertainment. Free fun for the whole family. SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Trucks & More from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Families4Fauquier will host a booth with fun activities at this Fauquier Parks & Recreation event located at the Larry Weeks Community Pool in Vint Hill. Donations are welcome. SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Let’s Volunteer Day from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Families4Fauquier Let’s Volunteer Day will be held at Eva Walker Park to make a flower bed and plant flowers around the picnic shelter. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Participants

will make and take home Earth Day crafts for the children. Be sure to bring garden tools and gloves. For more information visit the event link on Facebook. To register and receive your t-shirt visit LetsVolunteer.org. TUESDAY, MAY 1 Give Local Piedmont. Families4Fauquier is a

proud participant of Give Local Piedmont; 24 hours of community giving. Please consider donating on May 1. Donations as small as $10 are very helpful and add up BIG! To give visit the website for Give Local Piedmont (givelocalpiedmont.org/families4fauquier). TUESDAY, MAY 1 2018 Area Summer Camps & VBS begins at

1:00 p.m. Location is to be decided upon. Keep updated by visiting the Facebook event page. THURSDAY, MAY 24 3rd Annual RED NOSE Family Fun Day from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Location: Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility (WARF), Warrenton. Activities for the event will be held at the Claude Moore Fun For All Playground located at the WARF. Come enjoy crafts and an ice cream sundae bar. Red noses will be available prior to our annual group photo. This is a rain or shine event; if it rains the event will be moved indoors to the WARF. For more information visit our Facebook page.

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instruction (see the list of regional schools), and some provide credit to students who successfully complete coursework outside of their school. For students with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, ASL provides an alternative to traditional foreign language classes, and provides them an opportunity to learn a useful language skill and explore a potential career path.

Information for students and parents. The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) website noted: “Foreign language instruction is an important part of Virginia’s efforts to provide challenging educational programs in its public schools and to prepare students to compete in global society. Knowledge and skills that students acquire in foreign language classes reinforce and expand learning in other subject areas.” So, why is ASL considered a foreign language? ASL is not a form of English

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20 years.” (See 1998 Supts.’ Memo # int001 on the Web at doe.virginia.gov). Current Virginia legislation states (§ 22.1-207.5.): “Instruction in American Sign Language. ‘American Sign Language’ means the natural language recognized globally that is used by members of the deaf community and that is linguistically complete with unique rules for language structure and use that include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse. If local school boards offer one or more elective courses in American Sign Language such school boards shall (i) grant academic credit for successful completion of an American Sign Language course on the same basis as the successful completion of a foreign language.” VDOE standards of accreditation does address the awarding of course credit (section 8 VAC 20-131-110). According to a VDOE representative, Lisa Harris Ed.D. specialist for world languages and international education: “The SUPTS. Memo #205, dated September 21, 2007 (doe.virginia.gov) specifically references this section when discussing the awarding of foreign language credit to native or heritage language speakers.” Harris supplied the Standards of Accreditation (SOA) currently in place (full SOA text may be found online at doe.virginia.gov): “The SOA allow for school divisions to award credit for other than clock hours, as you will see in the Supts. Memo [Memo #205 noted above].” Harris detailed, “Some Virginia school divisions have a local policy to award credit for demonstrated proficiency, such as in the Fairfax County Credit by Exam program. In order to pursue this option, a local school division would need to have a written policy in place for how they would award the credit. This policy must be approved by the Superintendent and School Board.” She also shared that “it is a local decision as to whether they [local school division] will award credits for other than clock hours and how that credit will be awarded, so long as the policy is consistent with the SOA regulations as

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We have found that kids who have struggled with language or foreign language previously often do very well in ASL courses. It stimulates different areas of the brain and allows them to learn a language that improves fine motor skills, handeye coordination, and processing abilities.” outlined in the Supts. Memo #205.” Harris also said revised SOA are scheduled to take effect in 2018. The SOA includes updates to the regulations pertaining to the awarding of credit, and the new graduation requirements referred to as the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Additional state legislation (HB 84) has been approved by the Virginia House and Senate this year and will take effect upon approval (signature) by the Governor, which adds to existing legislation in the Code of Virginia. (full text available at law.lis.virginia.gov).

Fauquier County Public Schools Fauquier County Public Schools currently offers several foreign language courses for students, but not ASL. Brian Gorg, Fauquier County School Board Member, Center District, said, “I am supportive of the school division researching options for adding ASL back into our curriculum. ASL instruction has positive learning benefits to students in addition to its relevance as a modern language. Implementation of an ASL program is being researched by administration but options will depend on divisional budget priorities, enrollment interest, and the options we have to deliver ASL courses.”

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Dr. David Jeck, Superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools, said, “I know there is interest within the school community to add ASL as a course, or series of courses. I am a big fan, but we need the state to cooperate in regard to recognizing it as a foreign language substitute. This would really be helpful. I am more than happy to push for this.”

Prince William Public Schools Patriot High School, located in Nokesville, offers three ASL courses. Initially Patriot offered Level 1 ASL in 2012, but has grown the program over the years. Dr. Michael E. Bishop, the school’s principal, said, “We went from having a handful of Level 1 classes in our second year to having two full-time teachers, offering 10 sections of the course between them, in levels one through three.” Bishop also shared, “We have found that kids who have struggled with language or foreign language previously often do very well in ASL courses. It stimulates different areas of the brain and allows them to learn a language that improves fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and processing abilities.”


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Schools in the region which offer ASL instruction Fauquier, Culpeper and Rappahannock County schools do not offer ASL at this time. Prince William County offers course at Patriot HS and Woodbridge HS. Loudoun County offers classes at the following schools: Briar Woods High, Broad Run High, Dominion High, Freedom High, Heritage High, John Champe High School, Loudoun County High, Loudoun Valley High, Park View High, Potomac Falls High, Stone Bridge High, Tuscarora High, and Woodgrove High. Fairfax County schools with course offerings include: Oakton High, West Potomac High, West Springfield High, Westfield High, and Woodson High. Virtual Learning is another option and offers approved providers schools may use for ASL instruction. According to VDOE, students who wish to sign up should consult their local guidance office and visit the Virtual Learning website (doe.virginia.gov) for more information. For public school divisions who require additional information, administrators should contact the VDOE specialist for the region, Timothy Ellis. (Source: VDOE)

Bishop also explained this course is accepted as a language credit by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) Clearinghouse and “allows students to provide evidence of three years of a language (which is a college entrance requirement).” Bishop shared advice to other schools interested in offering ASL courses: “Hire a qualified ASL teacher and ensure there is a curriculum in place for the students and instructor to utilize. Our two instructors, Ms. Chadwick and Ms. Carter, do an excellent job of challenging the students while supporting their maturation and development.” Bishop also said some students, as juniors and seniors, will “sign” during end-of-year school ceremonies, such as graduation. Tressela Bateson, support specialist with the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing shared some positive experiences: “I have taught ASL before (at the university level). I recall one of my students coming up to me telling me that he had a disability and needed accommodations. He was dyslexic. Needless to say, he was the best student in that class. He described learning ASL like a light going off in his head; language just made sense all of a sudden.” She also said, “I have seen children with other types of language processing disorders pick up ASL easier than learning to speak, read, or write English. That helped bridge to their learning English after they had a way to express and receive information in a less frustrating way.” Bateson also shared, “I even taught my own hearing children how to sign (as I am deaf). My children sign, and both excel in language arts.”

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For Professionals and Students According to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), there are 335 Certified members in Virginia. RID’s website provides information on becoming an interpreter as well. “Interpreters and translators, not just ASL, are listed at The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov). The job growth is 18 percent. However to be a good interpreter, and a certified one, a B.A. degree is required by RID. It is a tough career. You have to have a good foundation in English and be fluent in ASL. But, it is also a rewarding career and in very high demand,” said Bateson. Bateson suggested a few organizations which offer online ASL instruction. “Ones [classes] taught by native signers are best,” she said. Here are a few of the websites she provided for individuals interested in learning more about ASL instruction options: signlanguage101.com, signingsavvy. com, and gallaudet.edu/american-signlanguage-program/asl-online. For adults, it is not too late to learn ASL to benefit your career, or to transition into a new one working with the deaf community. LFCC , Northern Virginia Community College, and and many four-year colleges and universities across the nation offer ASL courses. This language provides students and professionals a way to communicate more effectively with deaf individuals. If you communicate with the public and many customers (no matter the career), there is a likelihood you will need to talk with someone who is deaf; being able to speak their language would be an asset to your business. ❖

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Students Share Experiences: Tristan Corbett, an 18 year-old studying at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), was a Patriot High School student who participated in ASL, and is now enrolled in ASL 3 at the NOVA Annandale Campus. He shared his experience with this language: “I found it to be a very satisfying experience. Learning a new language was always fun for me, I had stints with German, French, and Mandarin for short periods of time but with ASL I found that it clicked so much easier than the others. I also feel ASL has improved my English. When you sign in ASL often times you come to a point where you're not sure of a certain word’s sign equivalent, it forces you to think and make connections, breaking down semantics, and building a new perspective on your world. As with every language, I look forward to using ASL with the deaf community, it's nice to have someone speak to you in your own language and that's no different for them I'd imagine. As far as using it in my career I do hope to become adept enough to be able to use it in the field. I'm currently planning on becoming a counselor, and to broaden my horizons with more languages would be helpful to me on a professional platform and to better any experience I may have should someone within the deaf community become a patient of mine.” Erin Newman is currently in her second semester at Northern Virginia Community College, and studied ASL at Patriot High School. Newman is pursuing a career as a sign language interpreter and shared: “If you study ASL you are doing your part in helping to expand the reach of the deaf community and make the hearing world a bit more open to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Studying ASL in high school benefited me in that it helped me get a head start on my chosen career path. I have always had an interest in ASL, and with the help of my teacher Mrs. Andrea Chadwick-Jenkins, I was able to begin educating myself on the language and culture. Having the opportunity to begin those classes in high school made entering the college level courses much easier for me.” Newman utilizes her skills with patrons she serves at her job as a waitress and server.


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Building a Bright Future Fauquier County School Board addresses all aspects of education BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

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mind that day and week since the school shooting in Florida occurred the week prior to our meeting. But for Brian, education has been on his mind for years. Brian and his wife Megan relocated to Fauquier County in 2006. At the time they had two children in the publicschool system. Today, each of their three daughters attend public school; one in elementary, one in middle and one in high school. A supporter of public education and committed to civic duty, Brian wants to contribute to maintain our quality of education, and make improvements where possible. This is what made him decide to run for the school board and represent the Center District. From Brian’s perspective: “Every Board member brings a unique skill set to the table; for me, I have strong budget skills, am a consensus-builder, and am open to new ideas.” In spite of this, he had a steep learning curve when he stepped onto the Board in January of 2013. “At that time of year, the Board is focused on implementing the budget. I dove right in,” he recalls. Nearly 88 percent of the budget is allocated to personnel expenses. Everything else the school board deals with, for example technology, comes out of the remaining funds. “The conversation generally revolves

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areas.” The county also implemented a crisis management plan (see side bar) and maintains communication with other school districts in the state for best practices and other safety measures. Donna believes attending conferences “will help us be more effective board members. Networking always brings new ideas or different ways to approach issues. Sometimes the only thing we walk away with is a confirmation that what we have been doing is on the right track. Other times we make connections that help us as we tackle new issues, whether it be architects, or energy management, health insurance, or many other topics.” Donna, a native Fauquier County resident, lives on her family farm in Southern Fauquier. She worked as a teacher in Prince William County from 1975 to 1981, and as a substitute until 1982. Besides being a teacher in the public-school system, Donna spent 25 years as a 4-H volunteer leader. Even though enrollment has grown considerably over the years, she feels the community has remained small. She raised her two daughters here and they both attended the public school system. Donna now has a grandson in the school division and her involvement with the Board is a natural extension of her life’s dedication to education. Donna has served on the school board since 2007 and was Chair in 2012 when the Board hired Dr. Jeck; something she is very proud of. She is pleased to be a part of something that is making a difference: “We are good, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to be better.” As chair, Donna is determined to bring the school board to a consensus regarding the middle school discussion and submit a proposal to the Board of Supervisors. Additionally, she hopes to see an increase in parent engagement. “We want to hear from parents about the budget or areas where we can improve,” she says. “Do we include a raise for staff, but forego replacing old buses? Do we give less of a raise, but continue to add the needed staff? Do we forego planned maintenance on our buildings? [County Administrator] Mr. McCulla proposed a school budget of less than half of what we requested. How do we resolve that if the supervisors agree? We need to know what is important to parents and the BOS [Board of Supervisors] needs to know.”

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An ongoing project of hers is to equip every bus with stop arm cameras: “When we talk about student safety, that includes all parts of the school day - from the time they step on the school bus in the morning to the time we drop them off at home in the afternoon.” She also says, “When automobiles pass a stopped school bus, that endangers our students, and is another type of safety hazard which happens all too often. We have started equipping buses and hope to have them all equipped this year.” Drivers should be aware that there is a significant fine for those that do not stop for a bus. Whether elected school board members are area natives or have made Fauquier their adopted home, their mission is a shared focus on maintaining safety on all school campuses and equipping our students with the best education possible. ❖ To learn more about all of the School Board members, visit Fauquier County Public Schools website (fcps1.org).


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wanted to highlight the ‘working dogs’ of our community,” said Cosby. “Our Sunday with the Library: Meet the Working Dogs of Fauquier County will combine discussion and demonstrations with these special dogs and their people. No program about Thunder Dog would be complete without a discussion of the contributions of guide dogs. ” Cosby also shared, “Our library programs will include dogs and people from the following: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, therapy dogs which are part of the PAWS to Read program, and Fauquier County K-9 Unit.” AN Participants will see these working EVENING dogs up close, and gain a deeper WITH appreciation of the canines’ skills, intelligence, and ways they assist their special qualities with individuals. your community. The “Our local team is honored to dogs, owners, and children participate in the Community Read are all happy participants, April 11 Program. We get to see every day thoroughly enjoying each how these unique animals safely 7:00 P.M. month's visit.” Ruffner guide their partner who is blind also shared, “Certified AT H I G H L A N D or visually impaired through all SCHOOL therapy dogs may visit, with Registration is sorts of settings. We’re excited the facility's permission, recommended. Call 540-422-8532 or go for more people to learn about schools, libraries, hospitals, to fauquierlibrary.org to register. these incredible dogs by reading and nursing homes, Thunder Dog and hearing from bringing comfort and a Michael Hingson firsthand,” said bright spot in the day Jodi Haveles, regional manager with Puppy wherever they visit. Personally speaking, Program for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. my dog Bella and I both love our time We hope attendees will also understand volunteering at the library and elementary how important the work of generous Puppy school. I am not sure who enjoys it the most, Raiser volunteers is to building a bond of the children, Bella, or me.” cooperation and trust, so a puppy can learn Fauquier County Public Library is eager to move through the fascinating world to share how these amazing canines assist so of humans. The love our raisers give to many in this local community. Cosby said, potential future guide dogs gives back in “For those of us who love dogs, we need no so many ways; in every guide dog beats the proof that they are truly ‘man’s best friend’. heart of a Puppy Raiser.” But the love, loyalty, spirit, and inspiration Mary-K Ruffner with Paws to Read said, revealed in Michael and Roselle’s story is a “This is a wonderful way to spend time with powerful confirmation of that very special your certified therapy dog while sharing relationship.” ❖

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identifying the good things we have, but also by being realistic and identify the areas we need to improve.” Hazlehurst wants to increase public awareness about this committee, as well as overall community involvement in SEAC. Robin Verity, a teacher in Fauquier County for five years said, “I enjoy helping to identify the supports our school district is implementing, and SEAC is a parent-friendly, relevant place for the community to express ideas for future programs and identify unmet needs of these students.” As a special education teacher at James G. Brumfield, Verity has also been involved in the Just Say Hi Program at Brumfield and is interested in seeing this inclusion program, or similar ones, at other schools. “I see new positive energy coming into not only SEAC, but to our County. We have significant resources where people

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can get answers to their questions,” Verity said. “It is exciting to attend SEAC and hear what other schools in our district, and even what other counties are doing to create a positive learning environment for the children.” SEAC was instrumental in the idea behind the Transitions Program which is working well within the county. Transitions is a new community-based program which benefits the County’s special education students, ages 18 to 22,


by providing hands-on experience and life-skills in a real-life setting. The format of the meetings this year is slightly different than previous years. Hazlehurst said, “This year we try to have a presentation or a guest speaker prior to the start of the actual meeting. Our hope is to attract more parents and educators, who then will stay for the meeting.” Once the meeting begins, the first agenda item is allocated to public comments, in accordance with school board policy. This is when individuals may express concerns or ideas regarding educational issues within the school district. “Public comment is first on the agenda, so if people need to leave afterwards they are able to do so,” shared Hazlehurst. Hazlehurst described the the meetings as “a place to develop connections with other parents and learn about resources available in the County.” It is not a support group. If you live in Fauquier County and would like to help create instructional ideas and a more positive environment, consider attending and participating in SEAC meetings.The committee itself is comprised of up to eight parents of students with disabilities and/or community members and one special education teacher. Another role of SEAC is to review both policies and procedures regarding special education and related services, and to participate in the review of the school’s annual plan. For a full list of Virginia mandated SEAC functions you my visit the website doe.virginia.gov and read through regulation 8VAC20-81-230 B.2. According to Fauquier County Public Schools’ website (fcps1.org) SEAC’s vision is to “promote access of students with disabilities to a public education that cultivates unique abilities and maximizes potential.” The website also noted: “Anyone interested in improving the education of individuals with disabilities in Fauquier County is welcome.” SEAC welcomes community feedback from parents and those who wish to improve educational services, and hopes individuals seeking more information will attend meetings to learn more and become involved. If you have questions regarding the meetings or becoming a member, contact the clerk of the board, Ginger Callahan at gcallahan@fcps1.org. All SEAC meeting dates and times are posted on FCPS1.org for the public to review. ❖

How often does it meet and where? SEAC meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Central Complex, Building A. The address is 430 East Shirley Ave, Warrenton, which is located on the same campus as the Warrenton Community Center. For more information contact the school district by calling 540- 422-7101 or visiting the website (fcps1.org/Page/1551). 2017/2018 School Year SEAC information is also posted on FCPS1.org Members: Amanda Hazlehurst, Ann Marie Dewald, Heidi VanVoorhis, Marie Tucker, Marilyn McCombe, Neil Swanson, Robin Verity Nonstaff Consulting Members: Linda Corcoran Staff Consulting Members: Randy Corpening Parents of students and other community members concerned with creating the most effective educational environment for individuals with learning differences may participate, you need not be a member. For information regarding special education services contact Randy Corpening; director of special education via email at rcorpening@ fcps1.org. For more information about the Virginia Department of Education’s SEAC requirements or laws regarding special education services, visit the website (doe. virginia.gov) or contact: Virginia Department of Education, Division of Special Education and Student Services, Office of Specialized Education Facilities and Family Engagement, Hank Millward, Director, 804-3710525

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t’s 10:00 p.m. on Friday night. You felt a little “off ” all day. A little achy. A little tired. But you figured the weekend would take care of everything. Your doctor’s office has put a message on the answering machine that says, “Sorry you’re sick. Call 911 for an emergency; otherwise, suck it up Buttercup.” Unfortunately it’s beginning to feel like a demonic parrot with a handlebar mustache is trying to peck its way through the back of your throat. What are your options if you don’t want to suffer in silence? In the old days, your only other option was the emergency room (ER). In the old, old days, you dispatched a farmhand to roust the doc in the holler to get in his buggy, and hope the crick was fordable. That is why mortality was high. Today, we have a variety of options: emergency room, urgent care, a walk-in clinic, telemedicine, Doctor Google, the local pharmacist, and Aunt Mildred. We will discuss the pluses and minuses of choosing an urgent care vs an ER. I don’t have the space to address Aunt Mildred. ERs are accessible 24/7, and capable of handling nearly any level of illness. They are staffed around-the-clock with highly trained personnel, and

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are equipped with the latest technology. The medical professionals there deal with heart attacks, strokes, fractures, internal bleeding, meningitis, pneumonia, blood poisoning, and many other serious health conditions. ERs tend to have higher costs, longer waits, and care that may not be coordinated with other healthcare the patient has received. The average cost of an ER visit for a sore throat is around $600, versus $100 for an urgent care visit. Plus, the wait can be long if your illness is not classified as life threatening. The ER will likely not have any access to your records, unless you have previously visited the hospital. They won’t have your history, or list of allergies, so doctors are more likely to run tests and prescribe medication

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if they are unfamiliar with the patient. Urgent care centers may provide faster, cheaper services for non-life-threatening problems. But again, if they are not familiar with the patient, it can add to the number of tests and drive up costs. The best option is an urgent care, or extended hours clinic, run by your primary care practice, a concept which is becoming more common. So where should you go? There is no one particular answer, but the best general guideline is the “Prudent Layperson Standard,” which defines when an ER visit is required: “Any medical or behavioral condition that would lead a prudent layperson, possessing an average knowledge of medicine and health, to

believe that the severity of their condition would result in death or harm to a physical organ.” So if a reasonable person thinks their life or a limb is in danger, they should drive by the urgent care and go directly to the ER. Insurance companies are starting to deny coverage for some ER visits based on this standard. Your demonic parrot pecking at your throat is best removed at an urgent care. Your chest pain, labored breathing, broken bone, severe tummy pain, or crossbow mishap is ER material. ❖

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Shelby, Reece and Angee Adams opened VonCanon General Store in Old Town Warrenton in October of 2017. Prior to that they owned and operated an antique business in Vint Hill. Since their Warrenton store has opened it has provided heartfelt memories, recollections of a simpler time (for adults), smiles as labels from favorite childhood treats are discovered, and sheer delight for the children who visit. When customers enter the store, they are welcomed with an old-time charm. Wooden barrels filled with candy for guests to peruse. Antique ice-coolers house beverages for sale, and woven baskets are available for visitors to carry selected treats and merchandise as they traverse the store. Shelby said, “I have a passion for candy. I don’t know what it is; it’s just love.” The store reflects this passion.

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Left: Siblings Shelby and Reece Adams.

Vintage-style apparel adorn the employees (a nod to their other love - antiques), reminiscent from days long past. Music fills the air, and features by-gone era sounds.. Although the store offers a nostalgic feel, guests will also enjoy the favorable prices. A visit inside, will not cost much for those on a budget, but of course, one may always indulge. There are penny-wise and more extravagant options to select from, and the variety appeals to customers of all ages. The location is ideal for youngsters who have the freedom (on breaks from school) to ride their bikes or walk to the store, socialize with friends, and use some spare change for a yummy treat. VonCanon was Shelby’s idea. Her first business in Vint Hill and was all about antiques, but she wanted to pursue the


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“I have a passion for candy. I don’t know what it is; it’s just love.”

candy aspect for children.The owners take pride in the fact they are family and dog friendly establishment. “We want them [customers] to feel part of our family,” explained Shelby. “A regular customer (3 years old) comes in and has a chair and will sit and color there each week.” Shelby explained yet another family visits all the time to indulge in Dippin’ Dots. Reece, Shelby’s 17 year old brother has already graduated high school and is very involved in the business. “Reece has so many ideas and visions for the store; it is hard to keep up with him,” said Shelby. “We really pick each other’s brains,” said Reece. “Our aunt is a PhD in nutrition and influenced us to offer sugar-free options in the store.” VonCanon is truly a family business. Shelby and Reece’s mother, Angee is very involved as well. “We want a place for kids to come here in town,” Angee said. “We always take family suggestions for what we carry in the store, but most is what we’ve eaten, what our grandparents ate, or carried in their own store.” Shelby’s great grandparents owned a general store and a few other businesses. So entrepreneurship is in the Adam’s family blood. The family will seek wisdom from

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various relatives and generations to improve their own processes. That’s what makes this store unique and truly a family endeavour. “We really want to support local businesses here. We want them to let us know about their events so we can share the information,” Angee said. VonCanon hosts several events for the community and visitors to enjoy and would like to establish relationships with other locally owned businesses to participate in joint events. VonCanon’s Facebook page provides a complete listing of scheduled events and is updated regularly. Other merchandise is also available for purchase. Shelby and Reece feature Virginia teas, and Black Rifle Coffee, which is a veteran owned company that supports law enforcement and military, and provides outreach to those that need help. But wait, there is still more to consider when visiting the store. Candles from Shing Sol, spices from Spicer Mill, signs, and paintings on canvas, which Angee and Shelby created, are all available for purchase. “The teas, candles, and spices we offer are all from the area,” said Angee. “Local artisans who are interested in selling items at our store should contact us, as we would like to support them.”

Other offerings include essential oils and accessories to use with the oils, and inspirational “feel good” items by Sugarboo & Company. “We are looking to expand our local vendors and are working on a Fauquier/ Warrenton line of products such as t-shirts, postcards, magnets and more,” shared Angee. Now the store provides postcards, dishtowels and an assortment of other options. Many children have walked past the window display and yelled: “It’s Candy!” Passerbys have a hard time not smiling when they hear and see a child’s response, or maybe the passersby smiles because they hear the word candy. Either way, there is a small amount of joy in the “little things” in life. The next time you are on Main Street, stop in and see VonCanon and let your inner child out; enjoy some reminiscing as you visit with the “old friends”, labels and tastes of your past favorites. There is no doubt the environment at VonCanon General Store will capture the hearts of locals and out-oftowners alike and help us all to remember the simple pleasures in life. VonCanon is a family-owned and operated store located at 92 Main Street, #102. To learn more, visit their Facebook page or call them at 540-222-6196. ❖

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PO Box 3632 · Warrenton, Virginia 20188 540-349-2951 · www.piedmontlifestyle.com

Northern Virginia Center for Oral, Facial + Implant Surgery Dr. Sophie L. Oswald

Location Behind the Sears

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SEARS located in Dr. Samuel Yun’s former office

Dr. Huy C. Trinh

Tooth Extractions • Dental Implants • Wisdom Teeth Dr. Sophie Oswald and Dr. Huy Trinh perform a wide range of procedures including wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, dental implants, teeth in a day, bone grafting, corrective jaw surgery, facial trauma repair, oral pathology and IV sedation. Our mission is to provide patients with quality care in a relaxing environment. Dr. Oswald and Dr. Trinh have been serving the wonderful community of Warrenton since Spring 2016.

225 Oak Springs Drive Suite 102 • Warrenton, VA | Phone: 540-347-0274 | www.thenvc.com

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Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine April 2018  

Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine April 2018