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Where has the summer gone? With only weeks to go before children are back at school, we have precious time left to enjoy each day before routines and after-school activities are in place. So, make the most of the last few days of summer.

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This month, we not only feature information on a great day trip you can enjoy, but also information on ways to celebrate your birthday in Old Town, and to handle the teenage years. We are also celebrating–the annual Best of Warrenton results are in. This annual survey highlights all the local businesses and organizations that make our community such an incredible place in which to live, work, shop, and volunteer. Congratulate all those involved in this competition, as each individual person, business and organization is what leads to a successful town. Enjoy this month’s issue for the stories and information that I truly hope serve to educate, inspire, and highlight the good within our region.

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Fauquier Health Hospital offers Bicycle Ergometer Stress Testing BY ROBIN EARL

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Financial Essentials for Young Families Needs change dramatically

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Home Automation A look at remote and voice control solutions available BY ROBERT BRICE

Brand Identity A necessary component of marketing—and success—of both small and large businesses

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BEST services ACCOUNTING FIRM

Scheulen, Patchett & Edwards, P.C. Voters, you have consistently named Scheulen, Patchett & Edwards, P.C. the best accounting firm, and we can see why. This firm offers years of experience in providing services to businesses and individuals. In 1983, the firm began as a small office and has been expanding ever since. They offer estate planning, consulting, tax, and accounting services. Their office is located on Alexandria Pike next to the DMV. 2nd Place: H&R Block 3rd Place: Marshall Consulting Group & Old Town Tax Professionals (tie)

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The Fauquier Bank

Advantage Health Chiropractic

Marc J. Bogan is the president and CEO of The Fauquier Bank, which led the votes in this year’s competition. The entire team at TFB has maintained the traditions set forth in 1902 when this independent, locally-owned community bank came into existence. TFB continues to grow, yet also maintains its belief in the local community by providing not only services but community outreach within the county. The main branch is located off Main Street at 10 Courthouse Square. 2nd Place: BB&T 3rd Place: Wells Fargo

BARBER SHOP AUTO DEALERSHIP

Hair Cuttery

Country Chevrolet

Warrenton sure has its opinion on barber shops. As always, this race was an extremely close one. Hair Cuttery claimed victory this year as the best barber shop. Men can obtain a haircut as well as a beard and neck trim. Hair Cuttery is conveniently located near Giant.

Owner Andy Budd is widely known in the community not only for offering Warrentonians amazing customer service and high-quality cars and trucks, but also for his involvement in the community. His generosity in supporting local organizations and nonprofits is a clear indication of his commitment to serving the area. Readers, you have chosen Country Chevrolet as the winner this year because of their selection and the reliable service they provide. 2nd Place: Warrenton Toyota/Scion 3rd Place: Sheehy Auto Ford

AUTO REPAIR CENTER

Joe’s Service Center Where is the place to take your car or truck if it needs service? Well, according to you, the place to go is Joe’s Service Center. Services range from oil changes and brake repair to electrical, emissions, and collision repair on all types of vehicles. Joe’s is located on Sullivan Street. 2nd Place: Chick’s Services Inc 3rd Place: Warrenton Auto Service

This chiropractic office has been a favorite of our voters for several years and is best known for the expert care “Dr. Doug” and his friendly staff provide. Their services include diagnosing and treating common spinal misalignments that may occur and cause pain, including degenerative conditions. Readers, take note that Advantage even offers massage therapy. 2nd Place: Fauquier Chiropractic 3rd Place: Warrenton Chiropractic Center

2nd Place: Siggi’s Sports Barber Shop 3rd Place: Lee’s Barber Shop (Main St)

COMPUTER SERVICE/ SYSTEM REPAIRS

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

Fauquier SPCA

Dok Klaus Computer Care

What’s not to love about this organization? Time and again, you, the readers, have declared Fauquier SPCA the winner for best charitable organization. Under the direction of Devon Settle, this organization consistently provides love to unwanted animals by providing services for adoption, rabies, microchips, low cost spay/neuter clinics, cremation, a feral cat program, and more. Volunteers are always needed, as are supplies such as food, newspapers, and blankets. Located on Rogues Rd, they offer a welcoming, comfortable environment for all the pets they help.

Since 2002, Dok Klaus Computer Care has consistently provided clients with computer system repair services in the area. His team is well-known and popular with our voters. His website offers important information on news in the tech industry, such as cybersecurity issues. He and his team are ready to help with virus removal and data recovery for home and business networks. Their office is located on Waterloo Street between Carousel and Old Town.

2nd Place: Fauquier Food Bank

2nd Place: Staples

3rd Place: Boys & Girls Club

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Marianne Clyde Center for Holistic Psychotherapy 2nd Place: Mary Beth Williams 3rd Place: Carole M. Hertz ED

Teaching from Experience BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

Over a decade in Japan, immersed in the Japanese culture and surrounded by their practice of Zen, had a profound influence on Marianne Clyde. Her practice, The Marianne Clyde Center, was voted Best Counseling Center in 2017. Therapists at the Center help clients reconnect with their one true self. Clients work to achieve this reconnection to leave sessions feeling

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empowered and confident. At the Center, therapists view each client as already whole, perfect, and complete when they walk through the door. “I believe that everyone needs to reconnect with their creator. This recharging helps us to look past all the circumstances that are vying for our attention.” With the guidance from a therapist, clients work through the process of tuning down the noise and reconnecting. “It is a simple process, but not an easy one,” says Clyde. Professionals here acknowledge the many stressors present in today’s world. Clyde explains, “People are looking for good examples and strong leaders to follow. At the Center, we teach clients how to establish strength. We are all leaders, why not be good ones?” She continues, “No matter what you are doing, you are making an impact in some capacity. It should be a healthy one.” Nearly two years ago Clyde implemented an intern program that expanded the Center by ultimately launching new programs. Through her internship program, therapists are invited to work with her as they begin their own careers. “I want to

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give new therapists the opportunity that was given to me when I was starting out. I want them to live their dreams, and hope to help them,” she says. It is with this holistic and inclusive approach that the Marianne Clyde Center has made its mark on Warrenton. Clyde feels it is a privilege to be working with the professionals who have come through her internship program and is grateful for the new energy and insight they have brought to the center. Anna Marie Evans, a therapist with the Center, developed a new program while interning that focuses on adolescents and diversion through a partnership with court services. Through such programs, the Center can expand its reach within the community. Clyde is touched by the community support in being recognized as the Best Counseling Center, “The community has been very receptive to the programs we offer and the support has been overwhelming.” On August 14, Clyde’s new book, Zentivity: How to Eliminate Chaos, Stress and Discontent in Your Workplace, will be available on Amazon.com.


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BEST services CONTRACTOR/HANDYMAN

Appleton Campbell Excellent customer service is paramount to Appleton Campbell, and you recognized this in your votes. Serving Warrenton and the surrounding area since 1976, this business has remained in the same family ever since. They are committed to serving customers with professionalism in plumbing, electric, and HVAC services as well as providing support within the community, which they consider a priority. They are actively involved with the Fauquier Chamber, Fauquier SPCA, Warrenton Spring Festival, Evening Under the Stars, Experience Old Town Warrenton, youth sports leagues, schools, and many other local charitable events and organizations. 2nd Place: Hubbies R Us 3rd Place: Blackwood Construction

DAY CARE CENTER/ PRESCHOOL

St. James’ Episcopal Preschool Readers selected St. James’ Episcopal Preschool as the best one in Warrenton. Serving preschoolers through fifth graders, this school focuses on an environment of Christian love, understanding, and acceptance. Areas of study include: reading, math, science, history, art/ music, religion, and foreign language. Their preschool program is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services and they are conveniently located on Culpeper Street in Old Town Warrenton.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Readers, you have declared Chick-fil-A the best in customer service, and it’s no wonder. Everyone is greeted with a smile and courteous staff are always on hand to assist patrons. Chickfil-A is a winner in multiple categories this year including best wait staff, casual/family restaurant, and take-out.

No wonder readers voted Ballet Academy of Warrenton the best dance studio for 2017; their philosophy is to provide quality teaching of classical ballet using a Russian method that has been very successful for over 100 years. Linda Voelpel and her staff instruct children and adults of all ages, and offer classes in toddler movement, hip-hop, ballroom dancing for adults, acrobatics, and classical ballet.

2nd Place: Harris Teeter

2nd Place: Excell Dance Company

3rd Place: OTAC

3rd Place: Warrenton Gymnastics

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DENTAL OFFICE

Petco Grooming In this very competitive category you have selected Petco Grooming as the place to go for your furry companions. Their rigorous standards and state-of-the-art facilities allow them to groom your canine companion just the way you like it. Next time you need to bathe your dog, consider scheduling an appointment with Petco. 2nd Place: Gaila Grooming 3rd Place: Hound ‘N Hair

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The Office of Sentz, Griffin, and Tudor, DDS With over 30 years of experience, patients know, as you have indicated by your votes, that the dental care options at this office are the best. Professional staff assists clients with preventative care, prosthetics, and restorative services, as well as routine exams and cleanings. 2nd Place: Woodside & Sentz DDS 3rd Place: Dr. Robert Flikeid, DDS & Associates

EYE CARE PROVIDER

Warrenton Eye Associates

NEW CATEGORY 2017

This is the first year for this category. Readers, you did not disappoint with all your responses. This was a competitive category, but Warrenton Eye Associates has claimed victory. Their professional staff offers excellent customer service and provides comprehensive eye care services, including treatments for dry eyes and eye infections, diabetic eye exams, emergency eye care, ocular allergies, and glaucoma. 2nd Place: MyEyeDoctor

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Fauquier Bank Wealth Management

Poplar Springs Inn & Spa

TFB Wealth Management offers a variety of wealth management services including financial, retirement, college planning, investment management, trust administration, estate settlement, brokerage services, and insurance services. Warrenton readers, you have cast your ballots this year selecting them as the best provider in wealth management services. In the heart of Old Town, their office provides accessibility and convenience.

Readers, you have voted in a new winner this year–Poplar Springs Inn & Spa. Their 21 guest rooms and 170 rolling acres offer luxury and privacy. Suites with fireplaces are also available for reservation. Overnight guests will relax in the beautifully appointed Inn and can even enjoy amazing cuisine at the on-site dining service at The Manor House Restaurant, or a spa treatment located on premises as well. Don’t forget to enjoy the saltwater pool and hot tub on your next overnight visit. With the quiet, country atmosphere, it is the perfect getaway for both locals and visitors to the area.

2nd Place: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, 3rd Place: BB&T Scott & Stringfellow

FITNESS CENTER

Old Town Athletic Club Kim and Mike Forsten have shown readers that their offerings are the best in the area, as decided by you. State-ofthe-art club facilities, yoga and pilates studio, personal training, group training, Parisi Speed School, and Kids Club all round out the offerings of this fitness center. Members also enjoy massage therapy services, a juice bar, and a coffee bar as well as well-appointed locker rooms. If you are in need of their services, visit them at their Walker Drive facility. 2nd Place: Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF) 3rd Place: Fauquier Health Wellness Center

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HOLISTIC SERVICES

The Natural Marketplace The Natural Marketplace has been in business for over 27 years and has been selected the best place to visit for holistic services. Owner Shelly Ross has a business model focused on customer service and organic products such as cosmetics, smoothies, freshly-prepared meals, and, of course, essential oils. A courteous staff is always on hand to help you make just the right selection to fit your needs. Their convenient location at Waterloo and Diagonal Street features a parking lot to allow easy accessibility for all patrons. 2nd Place: White Flower Yoga & Wellness 3rd Place: Looking Glass Natural Health

HAIR SALON

Salon Emage Day Spa Each year, this is one of the most competitive sections of the Best of Warrenton survey. This year, the results show Salon Emage as the winner. Salon Emage offers a full suite of services including hair, nails, waxing, skin, makeup, massage, and spa packages. Their location in the heart of Old Town offers an environment of historic ambience and luxury all rolled into one. Customer services and professional staff make this a local favorite.

2nd Place: Holiday Inn Express 3rd Place: Hampton Inn

INSURANCE AGENT/FIRM

Carr & Hyde Insurance Carr & Hyde has been a consistent winner in this category. Warrentonians recognize them as the place to go for business and personal insurance needs because of their professional experience and customer service. Their independent insurance agents provide the best products and services at a fair price to meet each client’s needs. Since they are independent, they are able to match your unique needs with the proper insurance provider and solution. Their offices are located on Culpeper Street in Warrenton.

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Business owner and community leader Marie Washington has a simple suggestion for tomorrow’s leaders: “Find something that speaks to your heart and follow it.” Washington, whose law firm has won Best Law Firm in Warrenton for the past eight years, speaks from experience. In Washington’s case, her heart lies in her community. The Fauquier County native returned to the community she calls home after

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completing her academic career. Today, she is a committed volunteer to community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. This past April, she was awarded the Be A Shield award from the Salvation Army for her impact in the community. Washington also hopes to project the image that attorneys are normal people and that anyone needing the assistance of an attorney should not be intimidated. Washington can also be found participating in community events such as Warrenton Town Limits and First Fridays. “I love Warrenton and Fauquier County. I grew up here and these are my roots; I don’t see myself anywhere else. I love participating in events. I think it is important for people to know there are local attorneys and they don’t have to look elsewhere,” she says. With the number of law firms found in the area, Washington considers it to be an honor to be thought of so highly from members of the community and voted Best Law Firm for yet another year. “There are many very good firms in our region, I am flattered to be regarded so highly,” Washington says.

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She is deeply committed to encouraging tomorrow’s leaders and conducts the junior judges program in the community’s elementary schools to better equip young children in discerning right from wrong. She is also involved with older students and conducts a summer legal seminar program in both private and public high schools to help spark an interest in legal careers. Washington volunteers during career fairs by permitting students to shadow her. She is an advocate for young women interested in careers in the legal profession and is a positive role model for them. Washington may log long hours at her firm, but when she is not working she can be found both near and far. The enthusiastic traveler enjoys representing her community worldwide and can be found posing with renowned landmarks with little pieces of home in hand, whether it is the local paper or even a Lifestyle Magazine. For quieter times at home, she enjoys fitness with her Great Pyrenees, Cody, and spending time with her parents who still live in Washington’s childhood home.


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Warrenton Dry Cleaners 2nd Place: Acclaim Cleaners 3rd Place: ASAP Cleaners

Special Treatment Warrenton Center Cleaners (WCC) has been selected as the best dry cleaning service in town for the seventh consecutive year, and its continued success comes down to its staff’s attentiveness to both clothing and customers. “We know exactly what the customer wants,” said owner Umsuk Namgoong. “When we receive clothes, we clean them as though they belong to our own family. So we take very good care of our customers.” Functioning more as a one-stop center than a straight-up dry cleaning company, WCC offers a range of services that include laundering, alterations, garment preservation, leather shoe repair, and the cleaning of special items such as wedding dresses and fine rugs. And with same-day service available, WCC is also equipped for rush orders. “We can handle emergencies too—and at no extra charge,” Namgoong added. While WCC is prepared for any clothing contingency, their well-organized team is also recognized for being meticulous in all stages of service. “We make sure to triple-check each item before we put it on the conveyer so that there are never any problems,” Namgoong explained. “Our customers tell us that they’re really happy because they don’t have to worry about anything.” This includes missing buttons, shrunken wools, steam wrinkles, or other problems common to dry cleaning. An organic cleaning process is yet another feature which distinguishes the center and exemplifies its conscientious

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style. With 29 years in the business, Namgoong is knowledgeable of and responsive to EPA regulations concerning dry cleaning, and he avoids the use of any chemicals that are harmful to garments and those who wear them. This is why he switched to a silicone-based solution, which is essentially liquefied sand, the same sand found on beaches. This liquid silicone is also the base ingredient for many everyday products such as shampoos, lotions, and makeup. WCC is the only dry cleaner in Warrenton that uses this method. Namgoong pointed out that this green approach is not only responsible, it is also practical: “There are no chemical smells, and the clothes have a longer life.” Though Namgoong has learned from practice and experience how to expand a business and excel in a competitive industry, he also intuitively understands the importance of caring for one’s employees and the reciprocal effect

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of respecting every person who walks through the front door. “I’m really proud of my crews,” he said of his diligent and dedicated staff. “We have 10 people working together, and it’s like a family business. I have one employee who has been with me for over 25 years.” Namgoong is equally appreciative of his customers, 80 percent of whom are regular visitors to the center, an unusually high patronage for the dry cleaning trade. “I have customers that come from as far as Middleburg,” he gratefully remarked. Looking ahead, Namgoong simply strives to maintain the success of his business through sound practices and exceptional care. “I am going to continue to provide the best service I can for our customers,” he contended. And that kind of treatment is truly special. Warrenton Center Cleaners is located at 251 West Lee Highway. For more information about this business, please call 540-349-3141.


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BEST services MASSAGE SERVICES

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center Meghann Grimes As always, this category was extremely competitive. The 2017 winner is Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center– Meghann Grimes for the best massage services. Meghann Grimes is a Licensed Certified Massage Therapist by the Board of Nursing through the state of Virginia. Her specialities include Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Clinical Massage, Myofacial Release, Deep Tissue and Chair Massage as well as Hot Stone Massage. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. 2nd Place: Poplar Springs Inn & Spa

Piedmont Pediatrics Readers deliberated and the results were close, but in the end only one office may claim the best title for 2017. Piedmont Pediatrics, located at 20 Rock Pointe off Blackwell Road, boasts four doctors, three nurse practitioners, a phlebotomist, and a highly-trained nursing and administrative support staff. All are dedicated to meeting your child’s medical care needs. Same-day sick appointments and even Saturday appointments are available.

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2nd Place: Piedmont Family Practice 3rd Place: Warrenton Pediatrics

The Fauquier Bank This year is the first year for voting in this category and it was a highly competitive race. You selected The Fauquier Bank as the 2017 winner for best mortgage company. They offer a variety of programs for mortgage seekers and assist with making home buying more affordable. Both short to long term loans are offered and TFB provides local, pre-approval decisions, no prepayment penalty, a variety of loan amounts, and more. 2nd Place: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 3rd Place: Oak View National Bank

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NURSERY/GARDENING

Meadows Farms According to readers, Meadows Farms is the best nursery/garden center in the area. Grab a cart and stroll through all the amazing selections at their location on Route 29. Anyone who has a green thumb, or aspires to have one, will find at least one item for their flower pots or garden beds. Selections range from annuals to perennials, from shrubs to trees. As if that isn’t enough, they also offer full-service landscape design for clients as well.

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Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center Need a joint replacement, special care for your spine, sports medicine services, pain management, physical therapy, shoulder care, or assistance with a foot or ankle issue? If so, readers have indicated Blue Ridge as the best place to go in 2017. With a full range of services and convenient locations, it is no wonder Warrenton residents like them.

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2nd Place: Blaser Physical Therapy

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Ciao Bella 2nd Place: Stephanie Messick Photography 3rd Place: Jessica Tapscott Photography

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Recognized for providing the best photography services in Warrenton for the fifth consecutive year, Ciao Bella Celebrations has reasons of its own to celebrate. Owners Mona and Dan McLinden have created a one-stop venue for those special moments and milestones by opening a café at 18 Ashby Street in Old Town, which also serves as home for Ciao Bella Photography. The expansion offers “Celebrations Packages” that round out their awardwinning photography services. Included in these packages is the use of the café, celebration rooms for small weddings and parties, as well as a ride in Ciao’s custom trolley. “We’ve finally reached a point where we can truly be a full-service business,” Mona says of the company’s growth and ability to remain successful in such a highly saturated industry. “We’re constantly adding services and evolving that way. And having an active studio, where photography is at the core of everything we do, really helps.” Launched in 2003, Ciao Bella has provided first-rate photography services to dozens of local businesses, thousands of families, and

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over 400 weddings. Whether it’s birthday parties, high school graduations, personal portraits, corporate headshots, or commercial properties, Mona and Dan’s photo shoots include more time, attention, and preparation than the standard mini-sessions of larger photography companies. Yet weddings remain Ciao’s specialty and the bulk of its business, especially the more intimate and impromptu ceremonies for couples who prefer a sweet and simple celebration. “We found that we really love small weddings, because we can spend a lot of time taking pictures in a way that’s very relaxed,” Mona explains. “We don’t just photograph the couple and the bridal party; we include family and extended family. We want to consider all the generations, as they all seem to have a slightly different idea of what they want as far as pictures. People tell us they really like the way we covered so many aspects of their wedding” This inclusive approach and personal touch distinguishes Ciao’s wedding services. For instance, couples go right to the studio, or prearranged spot, for a simple ceremony and a romantic photo session right after they

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have obtained their marriage license from the neighboring courthouse. Mona and Dan can even help with extras such as flowers, dinner, cake cutting, overnight arrangements, and more. For couples seeking an even quicker and easier way to say “I do,” Ciao also offers an Express Wedding and Elopement package, in which the owners sort out all the paperwork and send the newlyweds a certified copy of their marriage license. “We’re working to bring something unique and special to our community,” continues Mona. “We’ve changed our services to be as flexible as possible, and we offer our customers many options between working in our studio and the environment of their choice.” This diversity and adaptability have helped Ciao remain competitive in a tough market. Ciao Bella has sustained its reputation as a preeminent company that has drawn repeat business and has served multiple generations of families through its reputation and functionality. And that’s worth celebrating—beautifully. For more information about Ciao Bella Celebrations, please call 540-349-0035 or visit www.CiaoBellaCelebrations.com.


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Piedmont Family Practice

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Readers, once again, you have named Piedmont Family Practice as the place to go for medical care. This medical practice was formed in 1997 by a group of physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in the industry. Providers are board-certified in family medicine as well as a plethora of other specialty areas. Convenient office hours were an obvious draw to voters in this year’s competition: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., with weekend hours available as well.

This was a very close race. Warrenton, you have made your voices heard. Long & Foster Realtors, located on Blackwell Road, is the winner for the 2017 best real estate office. Experienced professionals offer a variety of services from new homes to residential, farms, land, and commercial properties. So whether you are looking to sell or to purchase, you may want to consider giving them a call.

2nd Place: Piedmont Internal Medicine

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3rd Place: Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center

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2nd Place: Re/Max 3rd Place: Ross Real Estate

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Survey participants really like Appleton Campbell’s offerings. This year they determined that Appleton Campbell is the best plumber in the area, as well as the best contractor/handyman. If you need plumbing, electrical, or HVAC services, they are obviously well-liked by area residents.

This is a new category for this year’s competition. Our area has really grown and now offers some amazing services for seniors. Readers, you have voted the first ever winner in this competitive category as Villa at Suffield Meadows. They are an assisted living facility that also offers a wide range of activities for local residents. Their services allow clients to maintain healthy lifestyles through movement and socialization with their peers. Residents of the Villa are provided with meals, a 24-hour staff, and assistance with daily living skills such as moving from a bed to a wheelchair. Villa at Suffield Meadows is located on Route 29.

2nd Place: Foley Plumbing

2nd Place: Fauquier Health Rehabilitation Nursing Center

3rd Place: MRC Plumbing and Heating

3rd Place: Brookside Rehab and Nursing Center

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Poplar Springs Inn & Spa This category is always competitive, but this year Poplar Springs has been victorious as the best spa service. Guests are pampered, no matter if they are staying a few hours, an entire day, or overnight. Massage, reflexology, facials, and many other services are available. Don’t forget to try out the sauna, the saltwater pool, and the poolside bar. 2nd Place: Salon Emage 3rd Place: PR@Partners

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Piedmont Pets Veterinary Care Voters know what they like, and they have definitely declared their delight in Piedmont Pets Veterinary Care by naming them the best veterinarian office for 2017. Professional staff, flexible appointment scheduling, and quality care round out all the reasons why locals opt to have Piedmont Pets care for their animals. 2nd Place: New Baltimore Animal Hospital 3rd Place: Village Veterinary Clinic

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Chick-fil-A The Warrenton Chickfil-A is well known for the friendly greetings as patrons walk in. They are loved by the readers because of their commitment to providing excellent customer service to all. Chick-fil-A is a winner in multiple categories this year including best customer service, casual/family restaurant, and takeout. 2nd Place: Claire’s at the Depot 3rd Place: Longhorn Steakhouse


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BEST entertainment & recreation ANNUAL EVENT

Warrenton Christmas Parade/Gumdrop Square Well, this year’s winner is definitely not a surprise. The annual traditions of the Warrenton Christmas Parade and Gumdrop Square festivities are truly a hallmark of this town. Readers, you have consistently voted this annual event as your favorite. Join in the fun this coming Christmas season to see why it is repeatedly voted the best annual event. 2nd Place: Warrenton Spring Festival

LOCAL WINERY

Barrel Oak Winery Nestled in the Piedmont countryside, this winery is a reader favorite. Barrel Oak Winery was deemed the winner for 2017 because you decided you enjoy their handcrafted Virginia wine, the relaxing atmosphere, and kid- and petfriendly environment. Owned by Brian and Sharon Roeder, this winery holds appeal no matter what season of the year you may visit. 2nd Place: Pearmund Cellars 3rd Place: Molon Lave Vineyards

3rd Place: Fauquier County Fair

VENUE FOR AN EVENT OR RECEPTION

PLACE FOR GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Claire’s at the Depot Whether you want to spend an evening with friends to enjoy conversation with an appetizer and beverage, or have a full scrumptious meal, Claire’s is the place to go. Their comfortable, welcoming atmosphere—indoor and outdoor— offers patrons the perfect place to gather. 2nd Place: Barrel Oak Winery 3rd Place: Old Bust Head Brewery

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Airlie Picturesque rolling hills, gardens, and nature surround Airlie. The Pavilion and Main House, as well as the grounds themselves, provide ideal space to host an event or reception. With over 1,000 acres, there is a spot that is just right for every event. Plus, overnight accommodations are available for any of your celebrations: birthday, wedding, corporate retreat, or parties. Readers, you have determined that Airlie is once again the best place to host an event or reception. 2nd Place: Fauquier Springs Country Club

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3rd Place: Poplar Springs Inn & Spa

Readers, you have seen Palmer around Old Town and at other locations throughout the county. His oil paintings capture the essence of our community: vivid landscapes, stunning architecture, and local scenes. Many locations throughout Warrenton sell and display his art, so enjoy his creations while you are out and about in town.

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Claire’s at the Depot Claire’s is a multiple category winner including best outdoor seating, best place for a cocktail, and best place to eat seafood.

2nd Place: Becky Parrish

2nd Place: Carousel Frozen Treats

3rd Place: Sherrie Carter

3rd Place: Black Bear Bistro

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ENTERTAINER

Silver Tones Swing Band 2nd Place: Elizabeth Lawrence Band 3rd Place: Andre Fox

Big Band Appeal BY KATIE FUSTER

You voted, and we got the message loud and clear—you love the nostalgic sound and family-friendly shows put on by the Silver Tones Swing Band. The Silver Tones have claimed the Best Local Entertainer/Band


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spot just five years after their start in Dave Shuma and Wendy Martin-Shuma’s garage. The ensemble specializes in the big band sound of the late 1930s through the WWII era, with an Andrews Sisters-like trio of singers who belt out the tight harmonies of songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” as well as later big band hits like “Mambo Italiano” and jazzy versions of popular songs “Jailhouse Rock” and “The Hustle.”

“Big band music is American music that will be around forever,” trumpeter Dave Shuma says. “People know and love these songs, and they bring total joy to our audience.” His wife Wendy Martin-Shuma, a classically-trained French horn player who is a vocalist in the band, agrees. “We try to gear our playlist to our event to give folks there a great time,” she says, “and we love to get the audience involved.”

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To that end, a crowd favorite is the group’s Carmen Miranda routine, complete with towering hats of fake fruit and a Conga line. “We had probably 120 people snaking around the Kettle Run cafeteria at our Big Band Sock Hop fundraiser,” Martin-Shuma says. And when the ensemble played the Delaplane Strawberry Festival, “the Conga line was snaking around the hay bales,” laughs Martin-Shuma. The Silver Tones is comprised of nineteen members, many of whom met in the Fauquier Community Band. They are “average Joes in our community,” Shuma says, with everyone from college students to engineers to retired county employees on board. “They’re like marathon runners—the more they rehearse, the better they get, and the longer they can play.” The Silver Tones’ personal record is 35 separate “charts” (the musical term for the arrangement of a given song) in one epic evening. “Our musicians are so dedicated, and we are so thankful for them,” says Martin-Shuma. In addition to local events like First Friday and the Strawberry Festival, the Silver Tones have played for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Reconnaissance Office, Verdun Adventure Bound, and the Flying Circus Airshow. On August 26, they will be performing a Salute to the Troops Swing Dance at the Marshall Community Center. “Five retired service members are going to sing with the band,” Martin-Shuma says. “Three of them are soloists, and then a husband and wife team of Air Force members will be singing a duet.” In September, the Silver Tones, who have so far raised $7,000 for local high school band programs, will be playing another Sock Hop fundraiser at Liberty High School in Bealeton. Details about all Silver Tones Swing Band events, as well as booking information, can be found on their web site at silvertonesswingband.com.

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BEST shopping ANTIQUE STORE

Fox Den Antiques This year’s winner is Fox Den Antiques. Readers, you have declared you enjoy shopping here for antiques. Locals and visitors alike have plenty of items to peruse when they visit this store. Antique collectors and shoppers enjoy a wide variety of furniture, artwork, glassware, memorabilia, books, coins, and Civil War items. 2nd Place: White Elephant 3rd Place: The Empty Nest

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McClanahan Camera

Rankin’s Furniture

Readers, you have voiced your opinion and McClanahan Camera has claimed victory in this category for 2017. McClanahan Camera has been serving not only our community but Northern Virginia as well for over 50 years. Customers adore this business for the incredible customer service, expertise, and knowledge of all things camera-related (digital and film). If you need help with digital storage, they offer all types: external hard drives, high quality memory cards, and flash drives. Other services include self-service photo printing kiosks and many photo gift options.

Your votes have indicated that Rankin’s Furniture is the best place to go for your furniture shopping in town. This locallyowned family business has been serving the community for over 25 years and offers casual, elegant, modern, and eclectic options to suit any decor. Additionally, they offer accessory items for the home, including lamps, decor, wall art, and more. Try them out the next time you need a new piece of furniture. 2nd Place: Shelf Life 3rd Place: ReStore - Fauquier Habitat for Humanity

2nd Place: RadioShack

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Latitudes Fair Trade Store FLORIST

The victor this year is Designs by Teresa. According to you, they are the best florist in Warrenton. Located in the heart of Old Town Warrenton, this floral shop has been providing professional design for over 27 years. Shoppers may select from a wide variety of flowers, plants, fountains, and garden items, as well as home accessories such as silk flower arrangements, statues, and gift baskets. Stop by for a quick flower arrangement or for the perfect arrangement for a special event.

Lee and Terry Owsley, local residents, opened Latitudes Fair Trade Store in 2010. Since then, residents in the community have been shopping and spreading the word about their merchandise, as indicated with their victory as the best unique gift store. Located on Main Street in Warrenton, this retail location offers something for everyone. The store is a component of the Fair Trade Federation and offers goods from around the world, including hand-crafted bags, baskets, jewelry, clothing, and other gift items.They are open seven days a week and are the perfect place to find a gift for someone...or to spoil yourself.

2nd Place: Village Flowers

2nd Place: Banner’s Hallmark

3rd Place: Warrenton Florist

3rd Place: G. Whillikers

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HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE

Rankin’s True Value Hardware Readers, you have expressed your loyalty to this establishment. Rankin’s True Value Hardware has been serving the local area for over 50 years. They are the place to go if you need electrical, plumbing, and painting supplies. But don’t forget, they also have appliances, power tools, and grills for patrons to purchase. Their knowledgeable staff is always on hand to provide their professional input to assist you in making just the right selection. They even have sporting goods and fishing gear available for purchase. Stop in— they are open seven days a week and are located in the Warrenton Village Center. 2nd Place: ReStore Fauquier Habitat for Humanity 3rd Place: Gilliam’s Building Supply


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Wort Hog Brewing Company What a competition this year! Our town is fortunate to have so many amazing new businesses each year that readers need to select from. This year was no exception. There was one stand-out business with readers, and that was Wort Hog Brewing Company, LLC. Cris Bezdek, Matt Lutz, and Lou Oliva founded Wort Hog and opened their doors for business in 2016. The brewery currently offers 12 different beers on tap to suit any beer lover’s palate. Their building is able to hold 300 patrons in the taproom, mezzanine, rooftop seating area, rooftop bar, outdoor beer garden, and outdoor patio. Stop by their location on Beckham Street to find out why readers have voted them number one this year. 2nd Place: Local Thirty-Five 3rd Place: Warrenton Wellness Kitchen & Cooking Store

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Walgreens

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This year, you have voted Walgreens as your favorite pharmacy. Their 24-hour convenience is liked by all. Prescriptions and over-thecounter medications are not the only things they can assist you with. They have cosmetics, first-aid care, household supplies and much more.

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BEST shopping Hartman Jewelers From diamonds to gemstones, from silver to gold to platinum, Hartman Jewelers offers a multitude of jewelry for local shoppers. Voters this year have determined that they are the best jewelry store in Warrenton. There is a piece to fit any style and any budget. Stop in at their convenient location on Main Street in Old Town Warrenton and shop their inventory, or utilize their jewelry cleaning and repair services. 2nd Place: Warrenton Jewelers 3rd Place: Carter and Spence

SPORTING GOODS STORE

Olympia Sports Readers, you selected Olympia Sports as the best sporting goods store in Warrenton. This retail establishment offers a variety of merchandise: name brand clothing, shoes, equipment, and accessories. The next time you need a new sporting goods item, stop in for a visit. Their staff is courteous and helpful. 2nd Place: Clark Brothers Gun Shop 3rd Place: Rankins True Value

WOMEN’S CLOTHES

Marshalls Warrenton voters, you have once again selected Marshalls as the best place to shop for women’s clothes. Located next to Panera in the Warrenton Village Center, Marshalls offers teens’ and women’s clothing options for virtually any occasion at an affordable price. 2nd Place: Peebles 3rd Place: Christine Fox

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PLACE TO BUY WINE

The Galloping Grape 2nd Place: The Grapevine 3rd Place: The Town Duck

Bottles, Saddles, and Purrs BY KATIE FUSTER

“The Galloping Grape combines my two greatest loves: horses and wines,” store owner Kimberly Pinello says. In fact, the shop is the only store in the country where you can purchase wine and beer along with your saddles and tack. “I love to do saddle fittings, because people bring their horses right here to the shop and I get to play with some horses and get a little dirty,” says Pinello. “And when it comes to wines, I love the challenge of matching a person’s taste to the perfect wine, and I’m good at it.” Pinello’s gift is just one of the reasons why the Galloping Grape has been voted Best Place to Buy Wine every year since 2009. Visitors enjoy the locally-owned shop’s well-curated selections, all of which Pinello has personally tasted and approved, as well as the warm welcome from Pinello’s two assistants: rescue cats Chloe and Molly. “As soon as the doorbell rings, Chloe runs to the front door to greet everyone, and when they leave, she walks them out,” Pinello laughs. The Galloping Grape’s best sellers are its Virginia wines. “They’re moving tremendously compared to eleven years ago when I first opened the shop,” Pinello says with a smile. “I’m happy to see the Virginia wines doing well and moving off the shelf. And we offer free wine tastings every Friday and Saturday. We always match or beat every price in town, including the grocery stores’ prices.” The Galloping Grape is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s located at 143 East Shirley Avenue, across the street from the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds.

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BEST food & drink BAKERY/DESSERTS

BY KARA THORPE

Red Truck Bakery Red Truck Bakery claims the winning slot as the best bakery in Warrenton. Readers, along with President Obama, have given kudos to Red Truck’s pies and other tasty treats. Their desserts are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The bakery items may even be shipped to locations all over the country. So, if you are looking to appease your sugar cravings, stop in and try some of their cookies, moonshine cake, chocolate croissants, or one of their other amazing melt-in-your-mouth delights. 2nd Place: Café Torino 3rd Place: Carousel Frozen Treats

ALL-AROUND RESTAURANT

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Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ

This part of the competition is always a nail-biter and one in which readers really showcase their opinions. This year’s Best All-Around Restaurant goes to Claire’s at the Depot. Claire’s was also awarded best place to go for a business lunch, outdoor seating, cocktails, and a Saturday night date. The Old Town location, atmosphere, and amazing cuisine is definitely noticed by the voters.

Readers, you all seem to love your BBQ! This was one close competition. However, we as a community luck out if BBQ cravings hit. There are so many delicious options, but only one winner may be named. For 2017, Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ comes out on top. Patrons can select from pork, chicken, beef, ribs, side dishes, and so much more. Check out their menu and try one of their sample dishes if you are not sure what to order.

2nd Place: Black Bear Bistro

3rd Place: Red Hot & Blue BBQ

2nd Place: Sibby’s

3rd Place: LongHorn Steakhouse

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Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar Readers, you enjoy Asian cuisine. There was some tough competition in this year’s category for best Asian food, but Faang Thai Restaurant claims the winning spot. Readers enjoy their unique, exotic flavors–both mild and spicy–in their appetizers, main entrees, and even desserts. They also offer an extensive bar selection. Dine inside or outside, and you will taste the many reasons they were voted number one. You may even enjoy take-out in the comfort of your own home.

Since 1955, Frost Diner has been a mainstay in our town. Readers, you continue to acknowledge their breakfast delights year after year. Once again the winner in this category, Frost offers diners amazing breakfast food 24 hours a day, along with other meal options. Next time you visit, you may be hard-pressed to make a decision on what to eat: pancakes, eggs, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, and so many other options. It may literally take you longer to decide on your order than to eat. Enjoy the “old-time” charm of this vintage diner and sit back and relax before, during, and after your meal–it is a great way to catch up with friends, family and other community members.

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2nd Place: IHOP

3rd Place: China Jade

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Claire’s at the Depot Claire’s was also awarded the best in the categories of all-around restaurant, outdoor seating, cocktails, and Saturday night date place. 2nd Place: Black Bear Bistro, 3rd Place: Cafe Torino

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Chick-fil-A Warrentonians, you have voted and decided that Chick-fil-A is the best place to enjoy a casual, family meal out. Chickfil-A is known for its friendly atmosphere, love of family, and community. ChickFil-A is a winner in multiple categories this year including best customer service, wait staff and take-out.

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Café Torino Serving the community with northern Italian dishes for many years, it is no wonder voters selected Café Torino as the best caterer in Warrenton. Owners Andrea and Amber Ferrero offer a myriad of catering options for both social and corporate gatherings—small and large. They will even work within budgets to create just the right feast for your occasion.

2nd Place: El Agave 3rd Place: Black Bear Bistro

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2nd Place: Chick-fil-A

Deja Brew Cafe

3rd Place: Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ

Warrenton has opined that Deja Brew is the place to grab a hot or cold brew, day or evening. They offer iced or hot coffee, cappuccinos, and espressos. There is something for everyone. Don’t forget to try one of their freshly-made pastries while you are there.

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Carousel Frozen Treats Carousel Frozen Treats is open from approximately March through October and according to you, the readers, they are the best place to enjoy an ice cream cone. The atmosphere is as good as its ice cream! Conveniently located, it’s a great place to meet up with family and friends during the day, after school, and on the weekends to enjoy a scoop (or two) or one of their other frozen delights.

2nd Place: Starbucks (by Osaka) 3rd Place: Dunkin’ Donuts

2nd Place: Effee's Frozen Favorites 3rd Place: Coldstone Creamery

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Harris Teeter

MEXICAN/LATIN FOOD

Voters, you have selected Harris Teeter as the winner for the best grocery store. Harris Teeter’s primary focus is on quality and taste in all the foods they serve. Next time you need to restock your refrigerator or pantry, give them a try. They are located on Fletcher Drive.

El Agave

2nd Place: Giant

2nd Place: El Toro

3rd Place: Safeway

3rd Place: Chipotle

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Claire’s was also awarded the best in the categories of all-around restaurant, place to go for a business lunch, cocktails, and a Saturday night date. 2nd Place: Carousel Frozen Treats 3rd Place: Black Bear Bistro

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Claire’s was also awarded the best in the categories of allaround restaurant, place to go for a business lunch, outdoor seating, and Saturday night date location. 2nd Place: McMahon’s Irish Pub 3rd Place: Molly’s Irish Pub

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In this new category for the 2017 competition, you voiced your opinion loud and clear. Joe & Vinnie’s came out on top as the best place to obtain a steak and cheese sandwich. This restaurant also offers a selection of pasta dinners, calzones, a variety of pizzas, strombolis, and pizza turnovers. 2nd Place: Manhattan Pizza 3rd Place: Foster's Grille

Spitony’s Pizza Everyone loves a great pizza, and our town offers so many incredible options. Readers, this year you have selected Spitony’s Pizza as the best. Spitony’s is located on Route 29 and has been serving hand-tossed pizzas since 1975. Their menu is perfect for a Friday night (or any night of the week) treat for the entire family. Don’t forget to try their subs and fresh salads too. Take out your meal, or dine indoors or in the outside seating area.

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This is a new category this year. Readers, you voiced your opinion with many places listed as the best place for seafood. This year, you selected Claire’s in this highly competitive category. Wonder who will win next year?

2nd Place: Manhattan Pizza

2nd Place: Osaka Japanese Steakhouse & Seafood

3rd Place: Ledo’s Pizza

3rd Place: Poplar Springs Inn & Spa

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Chick-fil-A Monday through Saturday, Chick-fil-A is ready to serve up a delicious meal to take home or eat on the go. You have voted them the best place to grab take-out in the area. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they truly can assist you with any meal. Chickfil-A is a winner in multiple categories this year including best customer service, casual/family restaurant, and wait staff. 2nd Place: Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar 3rd Place: Chipotle

THANK YOU Our area provides us with so many options for shopping, eating, and other necessary services. Our local businesses offer professionalism, expert assistance, and great customer service. Thank you to each and every one of you for all you do for Warrenton and surrounding residents. You truly have a positive impact on our community. Congratulations to all, not just the winners.

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Enter the ergometer bicycle, Fauquier Health’s newest addition to its cardiopulmonary unit. The high-tech bike gradually increases the tension on the pedals—requiring more effort from the patient—at three-minute intervals. Heart rate and blood pressure are monitored, as well as the patient’s symptoms, if any. Respiratory therapist Angie Tolley explains that a patient’s physician will determine what kind of stress test would be best. “Someone with a walker or a prosthetic might be able to use the bike instead of the treadmill. If a patient cannot get their heart rate up to its maximum on the treadmill, we might switch them to the bike.” Cardiologist Dr. Neel Shah said, “For the large swath of our population that may be elderly, obese or have orthopedic issues, the bicycle stress test is particularly attractive.” An added bonus is that echocardiograms can be performed while the patient is on the bike actively exercising, allowing a real-time look at how the heart muscle

is functioning. An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to create moving images of the heart. When the exercise echocardiogram is compared to a resting echocardiogram, the cardiologist can determine how the heart is working. If there are sections of the heart that are not moving normally, this suggests the presence of significant blockages in the coronary arteries. This will prompt the cardiologist to consider further testing, such as cardiac catheterization. Dr. Shah is enthusiastic about the new technology and the enhanced data it can provide. “When we use the treadmill, the patient has to step off the treadmill and lie down before we can take the echocardiogram. The heart rate slows down during the transition so the measured data is not as accurate. On the bike, we can see more directly the heart muscle’s reaction to the exercise. The treadmill echo is about 68 percent sensitive; the bike is closer to 85 percent.”❖

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Home Automation Remote and voice control of lights, security, and access to your home BY ROBERT BRICE

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n 1998, I unpacked my first ‘voiceactivated home automation’ kit (the HAL 2000). I loaded and programmed the software, connected the Ocelot controller to my massive Gateway desktop via a RS-232 connection, and plugged it into the wall so it could send X-10 commands to the plug-in lamp module which I had correctly addressed. Yes, it was all very technical. I trudged through and set up my microphone, and said in a loud clear voice “HAL, turn on the light.” Absolutely nothing happened. I may have said a “choice” word. Next I said, “HAL, turn on the family room light.” Like an invisible butler at my beck and call, the lamp, only five feet away, switched on. I stood at the cutting edge of technology; I could practically see the dawn of a new era unfolding before me. George Jetson and Rosie the Robot were right around the corner. Something similar happened in 2017 when I unpacked my second voice-activated home automation kit, the Amazon Echo. I plugged it in, turned it on, started the app, and in a few minutes said in a loud, clear voice “Alexa, turn on the light.” Nothing happened, except me stating something I cannot place in print. “Alexa, turn on the hallway light.” The hallway light sprang to life. Yes, the switch was only five feet away. But the myriad of possibilities unfolded in front of me.

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billion by 2022*. Amazon has sold more than 10 million devices equipped with Alexa, its voice-controlled automation and information software. Google won’t say how many home devices it has sold, but you can be assured it’s a lot. Home automation is now making some big waves and a lot of companies are jumping in. Much has changed since my first experiments with building a ‘smart home,’ but a lot is still the same.

The ‘smart home’ vs ‘home automation’ Many people use the terms “smart home” and “home automation” interchangeably, but really a smart home will use automation; it reacts to your input or to environmental conditions. Home automation will perform tasks automatically on your behalf.

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Home features Take my house, for example. We’ll call this my “get home” scene. One mile before I get home I cross a geofence (a virtual perimeter around my house that allows the location of my cell phone to trigger an event). If it is after dark, my front porch light turns on and will stay on until I go to bed, or until midnight, whichever comes first. I, like most Americans, have a perfectly nice two-car garage filled to the brim with absolutely essential objects, so I have no room for my car. That’s okay, because I


have low-voltage path lighting to get me to the front door. I enter the code on my door lock (keys are so last year!) and the security panel recognizes that it’s me and disarms the system. The foyer lights turn on automatically for two minutes as I make my way to the kitchen, which is normally my first stop. The security system also notifies the thermostat I’m home and will adjust the temperature according to the season and time of day. In this scenario, I’ve automated lighting and security for convenience and safety. But that’s just the beginning.

Vacation features Let’s say I go on vacation. While I’m gone, I run my “vacation” scene. My lights will turn on for a few minutes randomly at night to make the house seem lived-in. My sprinkler system, already automated, can implement additional functionality to watch the weather. If there is an 90 percent or more chance of rain, the sprinkler will not turn on. These are convenient options, but what happens if an emergency arises? Your smart home could very well save the day. Again, I’m on vacation (I take a lot of vacations) and a water pipe breaks, flooding my basement (this actually happened to me before I installed my new security system). My smart home detects the presence of water and immediately shuts off the water main inside the house, and sends me a text or email regarding the problem. This feature could potentially save me thousands of dollars. While I was away, my housekeeper, the person who waters the plants, and a house painter all needed access to my home. Each individual entered their own code to enter my home, and I was notified via text. I was also notified the housekeeper left the window open and my air conditioner was on. Smart home to the rescue. My system is programmed to shut off the air if a door or window is left open for more than 10 minutes. All I had to do was send a quick text to my housekeeper reminding her to shut all doors and windows.

my basement, the system detects smoke and will initiate an alarm, notify the fire department, turn off the central air (to avoid spreading smoke throughout the house), and flash the outdoor lights to help first responders determine which house is mine. This feature could very well save my life. Now think of my ‘get home’ scenario. What if when I got home, someone nefarious was waiting for me? (I hate nefarious people.) I could program a separate duress code into my door lock that would alert the authorities that there is a problem. No sirens, no lights, nothing to cause a panic, just a simple notification that will send the police quietly to my home.

Creating the Smart Home Starting a smart home is easy, but can cause bewilderment unless you do your homework and plan. Be prepared to conduct research, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Keep in mind all the systems do roughly the same things, and the basic ones control at least lights, locks, thermostats, and include monitor sensors. Most new smart devices have their own app, and many don’t play well with others, although this is getting better. I advocate a system approach versus a component approach, meaning I purchase items I know will work together instead of buying individual gadget-based components. Garage doors even come with apps now that will notify you when someone opens and closes them. I use the Chamberlain

MyQ garage door controller, which is capable of integrating with other smart home software vendors such as Alarm.com, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home, and can be controlled by voice.

Digital assistants Hubs and devices make a “smart” home, but being able to talk to your system adds a whole new dimension. There are three main players in this field, but watch for more to come. Amazon Alexa devices. (Echo, Dot, Tap, and the new Echo Show) – Amazon doesn’t manufacture smart home devices, but they make the best selling digital personal assistant on the market. Alexa can be configured to work with hundreds of smart home devices and AV components – too many to list, and more coming online every day. Google Home. The Home device is powered by Google Assistant which is another digital personal helper. While it doesn’t yet work with as many devices as Alexa, it has a few tricks of its own that make it a serious contender in the smart home category. Google Assistant has better search capability and ability to distinguish between voices so multiple accounts may work from the same device. Apple Home Kit. It doesn’t matter if it is a Mac computer, an iPhone, an iPad, or iPod. Apple users are devoted to their products. The advent of Siri cemented that relationship so it makes sense for Apple

Emergency features When I head to bed, a single touch on my app or at a wall-mounted touch screen can lock doors, turn off lights, and adjust the thermostat. I’m asleep, but my smart home isn’t. If a fire breaks out in

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and Siri to enter the smart home market with HomeKit. Like Amazon and Google, Apple doesn’t really make smart home devices, but HomeKit allows it to talk to many of the same vendors Google and Amazon can, plus a few “Apple-only” brands. Samsung Smart Things Hub. Smart Things is a hub and software combination that wirelessly connects with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together. Smart Things doesn’t have a voice interface, but can be configured to work with Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Other types of automation available A complete list of automation device and software would be extremely long, but here are a few new, cool, and unusual items that might be of interest. Samsung Family Hub refrigerators. This awesome new fridge brings hi-tech to your kitchen. It features a 21” connected touchscreen that allows you to create shopping lists, share photos, and stream media from your smartphone or tv. It also has three cameras to see inside your refrigerator, because sometimes there’s just nothing on tv so you can watch your yogurt. Philips Hue. Hue is a fantastic lighting system. It starts with the Hue controller and a single LED bulb with a choice of 16 million colors. Any mood, any task, and any time, there is a setting for you. The Hue has been out for awhile and there is a lot of competition in this category. Philips has the best bulbs and app, and more

automation systems are starting to integrate with them. Skybell HD WiFi Video doorbell. One of the many new Wifi-connected doorbells which enables you to see who’s at your door from anywhere with an internet connection. The motion-activated option allows you to see people BEFORE they ring your doorbell, or if they’re just dropping off a flyer or package. Kohler Numi. The most technologically advanced toilet on the market, the Kohler Numi features multiple user settings, a remote control, an app, motion activated cover and seat, advanced bidet functionality, integrated air dryer, heated seat, foot warmers, music via Bluetooth or aux input jack, and a deodorizer. Toasteroid. Currently in a Kickstarter funding campaign, this app-controlled toaster will allow you to print the weather, a message, or a simple drawing on your slice of morning toast. Why? Just because. SensoWave Stepla. Because this is Fauquier County, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the the perfect app and device— for your cow. Stepla provides GPS and individual sensors to provide real time monitoring of a livestock herd. The app includes an animal’s location and activity levels, helping farmers to reduce costs and gain peace of mind.

My final advice Start small—automate a light, lock, or thermostat. Build your system over time. Don’t forget to always maintain strong Wifi passwords and encryption, and most of all, have fun. ❖

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New F4F Rock Club F4F ROCKS is a community club of Families4Fauquier that meets once a month to paint and decorate rocks that we hide them within our community. This is to share kindness with others. All ages are welcome to participate. You can follow our rock club on Facebook

July Events Tuesday, August 1 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Fauquier Education Farm Join Families4Fauquier as we volunteer together to help harvest potatoes. This is a fun, easy way for children and families to help at the Fauquier Education Farm and help our neighbors in need. Tuesday, August 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at National Night Out Families4Fauquier will have a booth setup with activities during the National Night Out In front of the True Value CK Home & Hardware in Bealeton. This event is hosted by the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office. There will be a moon bounce, face painting, games, food, ice cream, K-9 demo Tuesday, August 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mathnasium of Warrenton The Mathnasium of Warrenton will hosts F4F Rocks Club. Join us for fun while we paint rocks to spread good cheer within our community. Rocks and materials will be provided. Wear your painting clothing and join in on the fun! Friday, August 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Vint Hill The Vint Hill Block Party is fun for the whole family. Come and enjoy the last block party of the season. This free event is dog friendly. Sunday, August 27 starting at 1 p.m. Please join us for our annual Tie Dye Art. This will be a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish to share. The children will tie dye t-shirts. All materials will be provided. Location to be determined. Register by email to Families4Fauquier@gmail.com.

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

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13242 Kavanaugh Meadows Circle Culpeper, VA. 22701 This beautiful custom built Cape Cod on 22 acres closed on June 12, 2017. Gorgeous Sunsets and Mountain Views. Closed Price: $850,000

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6116 Mint Springs Dr. Warrenton, Va. 20187 Spacious Rambler in Lake Whippoorwill Sold: June 19, 2017. Close Price: $489,900

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Financial Planning Essentials for a Young Family Your needs will change dramatically NICHOLAS R. SICINA CFP®

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rowing a family is an exciting step in life that leads to a number of changes around the house. We get enveloped with tasks like furnishing the baby’s room or purchasing toys and clothes in preparation for when the little one arrives. Additionally, the newly-found joy and awesome responsibility associated with bringing a life into this world also requires a fresh look at the household finances. As my wife Kimberly and I prepare for our new addition, we created a checklist of important financial topics to discuss and act upon. Each family’s situation will be unique and require specific recommendations, so a general overview by nature couldn’t possibly address all the nuances from family to family. However, some commonalities persist across the board and should be addressed by most, if not all, couples. Let’s review three topics that should help provide some financial protection and security for your family now and into the future.

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EMERGENCY FUND

Many of us have been told over the years, “it is wise to save for a rainy day.” It becomes even more important when you have one or more young dependent children. The typical recommendation is to have six months of nondiscretionary expenses saved if one spouse is earning most of the household income. Three months of nondiscretionary expenses saved could suffice if both spouses provide a reasonably comparable level of income. What’s nondiscretionary? It’s your mortgage, car payment, even food; in other words, things that you couldn’t do without. Let’s look at an example of why the emergency fund is so important and what its specific role might be in your financial picture. Let’s pretend you get into an automobile accident and are out of work for 2 months.

About the AUTHOR Nicholas Sicina, CFP® is a Associate Vice PresidentInvestment Officer with the Gerrish & Sicina Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC. Mr. Sicina’s office is located at 70 Main Street in Warrenton, Virginia. He holds quarterly informational workshops on investment strategy and financial planning matters. For more information please contact him at 540-347-0111.


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Latitudes 104 Main Street | 540.349.2333 Latitudes is the place to find unique, hand crafted products from around the world that will make you smile. Every time you buy something special for yourself or someone else you make the world a little bit better by supporting fair trade practices. Check out our great jewelry, clothing, cards, toys, baskets, coffee, chocolate and more. Open 7 days a week.

Local Thirty-Five 35 Main Street | 540.272.7187 Local Thirty-Five is a retail store offering an eclectic mix of home décor, antique & new furniture. Featuring local artisan craftsmanship, many items are original, one-of-a-kind pieces. New items weekly, including artwork, candles, jewelry, lamps, wood carvings – great gift ideas - something for everyone! Quality merchandise at fantastic prices!

Highflyer Arms 17 S 5th Street | 540.216.7960 Highflyer Arms is owned and operated by Service Disabled U.S. Military veterans serving Warrenton, Fauquier County, Culpeper, Manassas and NOVA. Commuter friendly with convenient evening hours to allow shopping after work. For any special requests please email us at contact@highflyerarms.com

Kelly Ann’s Quilting 9 S 5th Street | 540.341.8890 Quilting is more than an art, more than a craft. It is a lifestyle at Kelly Ann’s Quilting. A full service quilt store located in the heart of Old Town Warrenton. Open 7 Days a week.

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Don’t think that financial advisors are only for people who have a lot of money.

MEDICAL EXPENSES

On top of a savings account, extra back stops like a Flexible Spending Account, FSA, or a Health Savings Account, HSA, are great vehicles to fund for use towards medical expenses and health-related emergencies. Depending on whether or not you have an FSA or HSA you may need more in your emergency fund to cover your medical deductible and other related expenses. Moreover, even if you do have these medical savings resources they may not have enough money yet in them to cover all expenses. Your emergency fund can help soften the impact that medical-related bills could have on your family’s financial well being. DISRUPTION TO INCOME

For most of us, if we don’t work then we don’t get paid. Short-term and long-term disability coverage through your employer may help in the event an unforeseen incident impacts your ability to work. If you do not have short or long term disability coverage through work, you may want to beef up your emergency fund. If your employer does not offer disability as a benefit, you could look into getting shortor long-term disability insurance through the open marketplace. The need for coverage will vary depending on the type of work and level of income you stand to lose should you be indisposed for an extended period of time. Clearly, the more hazardous the work or the more financially impacted you would be from a loss of income, the greater the need for coverage. If you do not have coverage through your employer and/or are premium-sensitive, do yourself a favor and have sufficient funds saved up to protect your family from financial disruptions. This is just a surface level view of the potential impact that an unforeseen accident may have on your family’s finances. The bottom line is you should do what you can to save for the unexpected. LIFE INSURANCE

Life insurance is not exactly the most interesting or pleasant topic to discuss,

lot of coverage inexpensively if you’re in good health. Additional bells and whistles that other life insurance products can offer might be appropriate for some; however, don’t be lured by the sales pitch. They are often more complicated and expensive than is necessary to accomplish the objective at hand, in my opinion. COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN

especially when you and your family are dreaming about all the wonderful joys the future holds. However, should something terrible unexpectedly occur, you will want to make sure your family has protection. There are several ways to go about calculating the level of coverage you may want to consider. A general rule of thumb pulled straight from the financial planning textbook is 12-16 times your gross pay. Please bear in mind this is very generic, and a more in-depth analysis of your personal situation is not only recommended—but required—to uncover your family’s true need. The amount of coverage necessary will be a function of whether or not one or both spouses are working and therefore the ability of the surviving spouse to continue to generate income. Common objectives include, but are not limited to, paying off the mortgage or other debts, providing some degree of supplemental income to the surviving spouse for at least of period of time, and helping to fund future needs like college or the surviving spouse’s retirement. The length or term of coverage should match the time frame when your family would be most vulnerable; i.e. when you are young, still accumulating wealth, and have debt to service. As time goes by, the need for life insurance may diminish. Having a conversation with a professional to help assess the proper level of coverage and length of term is advisable. In my opinion, most young families should keep it simple and stick with Term Life Insurance as you can get a

We all know the facts around rising education costs. If you graduated recently you may still be paying off your student loan. While it is reasonable to believe there could be push back to college costs in the foreseeable future, it may still remain a large looming expense. If you start funding a college savings plan early you may help reduce the burden by allowing your contributions to grow. Similarly to funding your retirement, the secret ingredient of time helps compound your earnings, allowing smaller dollar amounts to grow into meaningful savings. While many options are available to you to help pay for college, the flexibility that a 529 college savings plan can offer you makes it a great option. Furthermore, when friends and family are wondering what to get your little one for their first birthday or other holidays, you could ask them to contribute to “the college fund.” Work with a professional to better understand the ins and outs around college planning and to help you set up the most appropriate strategy for you and your family’s needs. You are never too young to start planning for the future. The stakes get higher once you begin to build a family. Don’t think that financial advisors are only for people who have a lot of money. Even if you aren’t ready to begin investing, you should discuss some basic personal financial principles with a qualified professional. Don’t wait until later on down the road to start thinking about these things. Set yourself up for success today by scheduling an appointment with a financial advisor. ❖

Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing in a 529 savings plan. The official statement, which contains this and other information, can be obtained by calling your financial advisor. Read it carefully before you invest. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC.

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“Are We There Yet?” A short drive through the countryside to Morven Park in Leesburg proves to be an enjoyable day trip for the whole family

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n a glorious, early summer day, my husband and I packed up our four young children, ages eight, five, three, and eight months, and headed for Morven Park in Leesburg. Our destination was the mansion on the property, in particular The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America that occupies one wing of the house. Knowing Fauquier’s rich history in foxhunting, we thought it would be an interesting museum.

Morven Park is roughly one hour from Warrenton. Although our typical route to Leesburg would send us up Route 15, we decided to take an alternate route and headed north on Route 17 up Belvoir Road, which becomes Zulla Road and winds through the Virginia countryside. Morven Park was originally a 2,000acre estate that was bequeathed to the state by the last resident of the property, who was without heirs. In addition to the mansion, there

is a carriage museum, several old farmhand properties, and other rustic buildings. The site also includes many beautiful gardens. While the property maintains 1,000 acres, including hiking trails for anyone up for the challenge, the main attractions are in close proximity to the parking lot. From the parking lot, visitors of all ages can walk along a gravel road lined with towering magnolia trees and manicured boxwood gardens.

Above: Livia, Adele and Caden pose for one of many photos in the park’s manicured gardens.

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The Museum of Hounds and Hunting North America fills four rooms on one side of the mansion. These exhibits include apparel, photographs, and equipment used by fox hunters over the past two centuries. The collection includes a suitcase with compartments for every item needed for a foxhunt or foxhunt-related occasion, including space for a crown or top hat; a complete set of evening tails for formal hunt balls with fox mask studs; attire for women; and taxidermied fox heads. Fine china-filled glass cabinets are placed throughout the exhibit, and hunting drawings from 19th century illustrators hang beside portraits of notable huntsmen. Even without the brief attention span of young children, The Museum of Hounds and Hunting did not take very long to visit. To make the most of the hour’s drive, we decided to take a tour of the rest of the house as well. The mansion was home to the family of Westmoreland Davis, who, having been raised and educated in New York as a lawyer, decided to leave that environment and come to Virginia to live a simple farmer’s life. He served as

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governor of Virginia from 1918 to 1922. The original estate of 2,000 acres was a working farm. Davis’ interaction with farmers that helped him gain popularity and won him the election in 1918. His wife Marguerite was also involved in the farming industry on the equine side. The couple had no children and spent a fair amount of their time traveling. The estate includes items from around the world that they brought back as souvenirs. The tour included nine rooms in the estate and took approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. Each room contained personal items belonging to the family and portraits along the walls. Near the kitchen, an old crank phone hung on the wall with an original list of numbers beside it; on the kitchen table were time cards from the farm workers who toiled in the fields and tended to the livestock. The kitchen has a wall separating the family from the help. At the end of the tour, the guide walked the group through a former ballroom with an exhibit of the estate’s fine china. Sure that this room would be our undoing, we held our breath and ushered the children through; they even

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Above: The majestic estate houses the Museum of Hounds and Hunting that displays clothing and portraits from the hunt. The house includes pieces from the days the Westmoreland Davis family, the most recent occupants of the mansion.


“Perhaps the main attraction, as far as the five-yearold was concerned, is the turkeys pardoned by President Obama at the White House ceremony in 2015.” paused to actually look at the china! Thankfully, we navigated through that room without a single stumble and breathlessly left the ballroom with our young children, including that mischievous three-year-old. The tour guide thanked us for visiting and probably thanked us more for leaving and we left the estate to walk the grounds. A short walk from the main house took us to Turkey Hill Farm, where we found a former tenant farmer house. The fourroom house is open to visitors, and our children enjoyed running through it. Perhaps the main attraction,

as far as the five-year-old was concerned, is the turkeys pardoned by President Obama at the White House ceremony in 2015. Instead of becoming Thanksgiving supper, they are living out their days on Turkey Hill Farm. Overall, the destination was perfect to fill a few hours in the afternoon, or longer if guests choose to hike the property. The grounds are breathtaking and quite the backdrop for family photos. The mansion is lovely, the furniture is exquisite, and the guides are patient, welcoming, and tolerant of young children. ❖

Top Left: The mansion’s kitchen includes photos and relics from the working farm. Right: A short walk beyond the mansion brings guests to Turkey Hill where the pardoned Thanksgiving Day turkeys live out the remainder of their days.

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

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HEAT About the AUTHOR Jared Nieters is coowner of Haymarket Bicycles and founder of Mapleworks Endurance Coaching. He has won multiple national championships in cycling and now coaches endurance athletes in a multitude of disciplines. He can be reached at info@ mapleworkscoaching. com and found on most social media sites at @ mapleworkscoach.

Tips for training safely and effectively BY JARED NIETERS

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should be complete agony. Temperatures in the 90s with high humidity can make walking across a parking lot a miserable experience. Additionally, in the high heat and poor air quality, training can be downright dangerous for all but the fittest. However, there are a number of strategies to help make training in the heat more bearable.


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EAT A COOL BREAKFAST BY JARED NIETERS

HYDRATE Hydration is crucial even when training in the cold, and its importance in the heat is dramatically greater. Hydrating doesn’t just mean pounding water before and during training. Adequate hydration requires fluid consumption long before you’re thirsty. In fact, it begins days before exercise and requires much more than just water. Make sure you’re taking in a variety of electrolytes–calcium, magnesium, and sodium are crucial for the days when you’re going to be sweating profusely.

GET UP EARLY To beat the heat during summer, exercise in the early morning hours when temperatures are lower.

CHOOSE COOLER ROUTES Temperatures aren’t the same across the Piedmont. Finding areas with plenty of shade is an obvious and easy way to avoid the highest temperatures. Many people don’t realize a variety of natural and manmade characteristics can create microclimates, which vary greatly even though they are geographically near each other. Creeks and rivers are natural air conditioners, where the cool, moving water can lower air temperatures nearby. Areas with lots of blacktop and large buildings comprised of glass and metal focus and retain heat, increasing the air temperature

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Choosing certain foods for breakfast can help you stay cooler than others. The process by which this strategy works varies from food to food. If a meal is hard to digest, your body will create more heat. Other foods facilitate hydration and can help cool your core. Great foods for summer include avocados, cucumbers, bananas, poppy seeds, yogurt, and mint.

REDUCE YOUR WARM-UP It is crucial to prepare your muscles for exercising. However, in extreme temperatures, the risks of not being adequately warmed up for a fast start are outweighed by the potential for elevating core body temperatures too high– beginning the slide toward dehydration.

ICE Our knowledge continues to grow regarding the benefits of treating your body with ice. Icing is an effective treatment to reduce the swelling of injuries, but it also helps cycle blood through your major muscle systems when applied post-exercise, all while cooling you down. Some athletes have even taken to wearing ice vests during warm-up. By keeping their core temperature cool, they are still able to adequately warm the primary muscles that will be used.

ACCLIMATE Sometimes avoiding the heat isn’t the best choice. If your race or event will occur in the heat of the day, you should experiment with training at that same time so the conditions don’t catch your body off guard. Gradually experiment with putting forth effort at these times, and slowly add time and intensity to workouts. This way you can stay tuned-in to your body’s reaction to the heat. ❖


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Left: Birthday celebrants Marta and Mary enjoying their day in Old Town Warrenton. Photo by Lee Owsley. Below: Old Town Warrenton’s map of participating merchants. Provided by Maggie Lovitt.

Experience Old Town Warrenton By enjoying the Birthday Bash Program BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

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arta and Mary did not know one another when they walked into the Old Jail Museum one sunny, summer Friday, but they soon discovered they had something in common. Although born in different years, the two women shared a birthday, June 24, and they decided to celebrate together in Old Town Warrenton. The duo walked through town visiting shops, filling their red bags, and being wished a happy birthday by merchants throughout town. This was exactly what was intended when the merchants adopted the Birthday Bash Program for Old Town Warrenton. In January 2016, Lee Owsley, owner of Latitudes Fair Trade, was on vacation when she began speaking with a merchant from the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin. “She mentioned this program that the merchants of Spring Green participated in,” recalls Owsley, who made a mental note to bring it to the next merchant meeting after she returned home. The merchants quickly embraced the idea and organized the program to get it under way. Once the program was developed, Owsley contacted the town council, which provided some reassurance that the town would support the program. The merchant feedback was equally as supportive. The town was so supportive

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that they provided funding for a graphic designer to create a logo and for the merchants to purchase the startup items that included red bags, window decals, and stickers for birthday guests. “The idea is simple,” explains Owsley. “Anyone visiting Old Town Warrenton on their birthday receives a red bag, a sticker, and a map with 27 participating merchants. When they go into any participating merchant [identified by a window cling] they receive a small gift.” Gifts include sweets of their choosing, a gourmet chocolate bar, a small frame, flowers, jewelry polishing cloth, and even a small celebratory ceramic ornament. “Merchants are encouraged to give items to birthday guests, rather than gift certificates,” says Owsley. “We want their bag to feel full as they walk through town.” As an added touch, merchants sign the bag and have their photo taken with the celebrants for social media. “We want visitors and residents to know how special they are and when their birthday rolls around each year we want them to think ‘I’m going to celebrate in Old Town Warrenton,’” says Owsley. Warrenton resident Angee Adams saw the Birthday Bash program on Facebook on her birthday this summer and decided to celebrate in Old Town. “It’s a great program, I love it,” she said. “The merchants are all very friendly and outgoing. We have amazing stores and this program will introduce them

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to more people who may not know about some of our hidden gems,” she continued. Adams and her family relocated to Warrenton over 16 years ago from the Virginia Beach area. “We came here because we wanted the small-town charm. Unfortunately, we see Warrenton expanding and developing a lot lately. Programs like this and other events like First Friday and Gum Drop Square will help to retain the charm and intimacy of a small town,” she adds. In the case of Marta and Mary, they gained much more than a full gift bag of well wishes from Old Town Warrenton merchants; they gained a new friendship. ❖ To be eligible to participate in the Birthday Bash Old Town Warrenton program, you must be at least 18 years old and present an ID indicating your birthdate to a participating merchant when you visit Old Town Warrenton. For visitors whose birthday falls on Christmas or New Year’s Day, you are welcome to visit Old Town Warrenton one day before or after your birthday to collect birthday gifts from merchants. For questions or to be added to the list of participating merchants, contact Lee Owsley at latitudesfairtrade@gmail.com.


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What’s For Lunch? Tips to consider when buying or packing your child’s meal BY DEBBIE EISELE

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Whole grains are an important component to a balanced meal. “I see many lunches missing this component,” Potter stated. She also explained because there are many processed and refined grains in cereals, crackers, and bread, individuals of all ages are not consuming enough whole grains they require. “Like refined pasta, many rices have been refined (the fiber- and nutrient-rich outer shell has been removed). That’s why they cook faster. Brown rice and wild rice are better sources of fiber and nutrients than white rice. Just read the ingredient listing and make sure it says ‘whole grain brown rice,’ or ‘whole grain wild rice,’” Potter suggested. When incorporating whole grains into lunches, Potter’s advice for parents is to read the label. The first ingredient should state “whole grain.” If it doesn’t, locate other food options that do have this as the first ingredient. If parents seek bread substitutes, Potter mentioned that whole grain tortillas are a good choice to create a sandwich wrap; offering children a different taste and texture. Inclusion of a side dish, like popcorn, is another method of supplying children with more whole grain foods. “Popcorn is a whole grain and is a healthier option than many chips. It should be made in either an air popper or in a pot without a lot of butter or salt,” advised Potter.

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it first,” he explains. Mindful of golf’s universal appeal, Paul also envisions a Scratch Golf edition that features world-renowned courses, allowing everyone the opportunity to vicariously play famous fairways such as Augusta or Pebble Beach. Though occupied with this new venture, Paul still manages to balance his life with other interests and aspirations. Since 2015, he has been a percussion teacher at the Allegro Community School of the Arts in Warrenton, and is currently organizing a “Rock Camp” for young, aspiring musicians to demonstrate their playing skills and connect with fellow instrumentalists. A natural mentor, motivator, and philosopher, Paul has found multiple ways to channel his creativity and has subsequently inspired others to heed their passion and share their unique talent: “I think the creative process is so vital to our experience here [on Earth] and to the human

condition. A lot of people become stagnant and just don’t follow their vision. I believe life should be enjoyed and not endured, and so we should embrace the creative process—whether it’s music, dance, or inventing a game. My calling was to put out really cool products that make life more enjoyable. I literally create something in my mind, seeing it all the way to the final product. I see it on the shelf, and I see people buying it. And if you believe in that [end result], that’s what will happen. So don’t just create halfway; finish the vision.” Should that vision involve the game industry, you can contact Curtis Paul at via his website at curtlintoysandgames.com for information on joining his growing company and bringing new concepts to market. And to learn more about Scratch Golf, “the game of inches,” please visit the website at scratchgolfgame.com. ❖

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we gathered with others, like one does at the office water cooler, except here we drank cool water we filtered ourselves from the clear mountain creek. It's always interesting to chat with others on the trail, and this time we met Appalachian Trail through-hikers who had stayed overnight in the nearby lean-to shelter, as well as an AT hiker from Germany who was given the trail name "Blitz" for the impressive speed at which he moved in order to cover 30 miles every day. With our water bottles filled, we turned onto the Appalachian Trail which took us to the 4,033 feet summit of Cold Mountain. What a refreshing, breathtaking reward that was to see—an expansive field of deep pink wildflowers amid the green of the grass and trees with a backdrop of a true blue sky that stretched for miles.

Mount Pleasant After resting for a while, we hiked back to the trailhead. Around midday we enjoyed a beer out of the cooler with a sandwich before stepping onto the Henry Lanum Memorial Trail. Following the blue-blazed trail for about two hours, mostly uphill, we reached Mount Pleasant Summit Trail and used the nearby seasonal spring to fill our empty water bottles. The trail kept winding its way up the mountain to the saddle between the east and west summits. Having stopped along the way on various outcroppings with views to the east for pictures and to catch our breath, we turned to the westerly summit which required us to scramble seven

Top: View West from Mount Pleasant. Photo by Andreas A. Keller. Bottom: The prettiest back country campsite in the Blue Ridge. Photo by Garrick Giebel

feet up through rocks in order to reach the top of Mount Pleasant at 4,021 feet. Wow—the second jewel we were looking for loomed before us, leaving us absolutely speechless. At the summit, the eternal beauty of wave after wave of mountain ranges unfolded as far as our eyes could see. We were simply awestruck by this rare view reserved for the few who reach for this summit high above the Blue Ridge foothills. We sat quietly in total admiration watching nature’s stunning presentation of mountain ridges gradually dissolving on the horizon in the slowly fading daylight.

The night on the ridge with our tents just below the mountaintop offered up forceful winds blowing above us in ocean-like waves, alternating between orchestral strength and the lulling tenderness of a cradle song. We never felt more connected to Earth. In the morning, refreshed and happy, we returned to the trailhead to wrap up our trip. Among the early morning wildlife we encountered was an owl, and a doe and her “bambi” playfully hightailing along the trail, which were a sight to see. We even saw a beautiful eastern garter snake claiming her right of way on the trail. For those who are thinking

of making these spectacular hikes, the Cold Mountain hike is a 5.5-mile circuit hike with about 1,500 feet elevation gain. It is a very comfortable day hike which can be done in 3 to 4 hours with lunch on the bold of Cold Mountain where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the mountain ridges. The Mount Pleasant trail, also at a length of 5.5 miles and an elevation gain of 1,400 feet, is a moderate day hike suitable for families. Both Mount Pleasant and Cold Mountain are located in the Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area which was so designated by Congress in 1994, and all trails are kept in great shape. By combining these hikes you can enjoy an 11-mile hike or turn it into a most memorable backpacking trip of two or three days. After hiking this awesome figure-eight circuit hike, we agreed it would be the perfect introduction for first-time backpackers to the wilderness. Boots ’n Beer will offer this grand tour again in fall for the radiant foliage and ideal hiking temperatures, and invite all to join us as we revisit these two jewels in the Old Dominion.

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