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December is full of busy days, hectic evenings, and holiday spirit. I personally love December, maybe because it is my birth month, or maybe because it is so festive. But each year I am excited to welcome this month and all of the celebrations – from Hanukkah to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Decorating for the holidays is something for all to enjoy. Personally I enjoy revisiting cherished memories as I pull old, hand-crafted ornaments from the storage boxes and gingerly place them on our tree. I love sharing tales of my childhood Christmas celebrations with my own children. And of course, our family time is not complete without tasting a few homemade cookies (well, ok, I admit many). Does it get any better than this? I’m blessed and am very fortunate to have such an amazing family and so many friends which are an important part of my life. This month’s issue is all about sharing some holiday inspiration

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– from decorating to shopping. Plus we have provide some special information on our Warrenton Santa. SPOILER ALERT: please do not let your child read this particular article. Additionally, we hope to take some of the stress out of selecting the perfect wine to server with your feast by including ideas on wine pairing from the Galloping Grape. We have even included some wonderful information on the true meaning of Hanukkah. I hope you enjoy this issue. But more importantly, I wish you, your family and friends a wonderful and safe holiday season.

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Creating a Plan Important decisions are never easy to discuss with loved ones BY CAROL SIMPSON

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Hanukkah is More Than the Festival of Lights This holiday embodies the fight for religious freedom BY DEBBIE EISELE

ON THE

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Boarding During The Holidays Select the perfect place for your pet this festive season BY CHARLOTTE WAGNER

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Holiday Wine Guide

Reclaiming the Joy & Magic of Holiday Decorating

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BY ROGER PIANTADOSI

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Old Town Warrenton Shopping Guide

Bridging the Digital Divide

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Re-Thinking Diversification

Embracing the high-tech world can help seniors

A simple way to “deck the halls”

Shop local for thoughtful, budget friendly gifts

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BY DEBBIE EISELE

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Families 4 Fauquier

Delightful Cookies

Warrenton Santa

December family-fun events and news

Recipe from Gâteau

How to manage growth expectations

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BY NATHAN GILBERT

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Fauquier Hospital Earns “A” Grade

Sharing sentiment of imagination & togetherness

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A Beacon of Light

Perfect options for your festive meal

First Baptist Church provides faith for 150 years

BY KIMBERLY PINELLO

BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

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Lights for Life Celebration

Winter Offers Solitude & Peace

The Gift of Reading Top picks from the library staff BY JENNIFER SCHULTZ, FRAN BURKE-URR, AND NANCY PEELING

at Fauquier Health

Hiking and overnight cabin stays provide more than exercise BY ANDREAS KELLER

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Creating A Plan The holidays can be an opportunity to discuss emergency plans for aging family members BY CAROL SIMPSON

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t’s human nature to plan for the “fun” events – weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions. But when it comes to the not-so-fun things, many people tend to put off creating important plans; ones that let others know what to do if an unpleasant situation – a health crisis, an accident, or an unexpected death – should arise. With the holidays approaching, many of us will visit family and friends; some of whom we haven’t seen for a while. We generally expect Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah to be times of celebration and warm exchanges, but sometimes it is the time we become aware of decline in older relatives or neighbors. Adult children especially find themselves needing to step in and assist in some way. Research indicates that more than twothirds of families wait too long to begin

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discussions and proactive planning for end-of-life issues. Once a crisis occurs – a fall, hospitalization, or car crash – plans become much more difficult and rushed. According to legal professionals, the majority of family disputes over aging issues that end up in court could have been avoided if the family had clearly discussed and documented wishes in advance. I love the advice that Joan Lunden, former TV host and founder of A Place for Mom, gives on tough conversations with older adults. She provides the following tips: • Pick the right time to have the conversation, when there are no distractions or other obligations. Try to include other key family members. Notes or even an outline may help you stay on track. • Calmly and without judgment, share your observations. Maybe the house is unusually unkempt, Dad has lost significant weight, or unpaid bills are stacked on the kitchen table. Open-ended questions (as opposed to yes-or-no questions) work to elicit more information, such as “How’s your health? What’s the doctor saying these days?” • Emphasize your role as an advocate. Never tell your relative what to do, but state that you need to know their wishes

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and that you will be “on their side.” • Listen to their concerns. Knowing what is most important to them allows both sides to focus on agreeable solutions. Consider their wishes as it pertains to safety, freedom, social connection, and feeling in control. Reflexive listening – rephrasing what the other person says, as a way of confirming you understand – can be effective when you believe he or she is in denial of their situation, or not addressing the greatest problems. For example, “I hear you saying X….but it’s also worth thinking about Y….” • End the conversation with a plan to clarify shared expectations. Generational differences may also impact these conversations; your relationship with your parent(s), grandparent(s), or other relatives while you were younger all play a role. Remember if your loved one has any cognitive impairment that may cause some problems as well. If you have experienced mainly contentious conversations with this particular older adult, expect that to continue, and even escalate, when discussing difficult issues. Adult children often want to “solve” the problem and move on; older adults primarily want to maintain a sense of control and dignity in the time of their lives marked by many losses. Traverse slowly and carefully through these difficult topics. If you are not sure how to proceed when dealing with a family member with memory loss, I will be writing a future article that may provide assistance. If your relative refuses to address the issues or give you feedback, there are others who may help move decisions forward. For example you may be able to enlist some assistance – a doctor, family friend, or clergy may be better suited to bring up such topics as driving, living arrangements, or health matters. Remember life transitions involve an ongoing dialogue. Although the first conversation about a sensitive topic may be uncomfortable, it’s likely the first of many you need to conduct in order to discover solutions everyone will be content with. ❖ Aging Together is a collaborative partnership of people concerned about senior citizens and caregivers in the Piedmont region. For more information, call 540-829-6405 or visit www.agingtogether.org.


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HANUKKAH:

more than the festival of lights

Jewish Congregation. According to Rudolph, there are approximately 60 families serviced through the local Jewish congregation.

This holiday embodies the fight for religious freedom BY DEBBIE EISELE

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any in this area and around the world celebrate Christmas, but there is another important holiday this month – Hanukkah. To learn more about this Jewish holiday, I turned to Rabbi William Rudolph, who is semi-retired, but serves the Fauquier

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Rabbi William Rudolph

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THE HISTORY OF HANUKKAH Many to this day believe that Hanukkah is the celebration of the eight days of light – the miracle of a jar of oil that lasted that length of time. “This is not really the story,” shared Rabbi Rudolph. “Approximately 2,100 years ago (BCE) there was a great deal of turmoil between the Jews and the Syrian and Greeks who occupied and ruled the region,” noted Rabbi Rudolph. “The historical significance comes from a group of Jewish fighters, the


Maccabees, who liberated Israel from the rule of Syrian Greeks and their demand that the Jews worship their idols. Jewish people wanted the freedom to worship as they wished, and eventually fought a three year war that pushed out the Syrian Greeks from this area.” Rudolph also shared that “even though the Syrian Greeks were pushed out, Jewish leadership didn’t believe that fighting back was a good strategy so they began to emphasize a divine miracle instead – that of a small flask of oil that lasted for eight days.” Actually Hanukkah lasts eight days because it was modeled after the Feast of the Tabernacles, or Sukkot, that celebrated the end of the the harvest and lasted eight days. The oil, a prominent feature of this celebration was a later addition into the Hanukkah holiday. Rudolph added, “To put things in perspective, Hanukkah is not a major holiday, it is a minor one.” Today, Hanukkah is recognized as the Festival of Lights, where each night an additional candle on the Menorah is lit to commemorate the number of days the one jar of oil lasted. “The first night there is one candle lit, the second night, two, up to the eighth night when all the candles are lit,” explained Rabbi Rudolph. In more recent times, North American countries such as ours have seen Hanukkah “become more important where Christmas is important.” Rabbi Rudolph explained, “In other countries, Hanukkah is a minor holiday because there is no need to compete with Christmas.” “Thanksgiving is the day where Jews feel most like other Americans. From the time right after Thanksgiving through the Christmas

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Torah study with Rabbi Saturday, Services are held at Saint James’ Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall For a complete schedule of services, please visit FauquierJewish Congregation.org

Trivia lovers – how do you spell Hanukkah? There are several ways people spell Hanukkah. Some even spell it Chanukah. One source states that there are about 16 various spellings. According to Rabbi Rudolph “Chanukah is the most accurate – reflecting the guttural sound of the first Hebrew letter, but people use that and Hanukkah pretty much interchangeably.” He also commented on the spelling debate: “various alternatives frequently appear and it’s mostly a matter of transliterating a consonant that is not in the English language for the first letter. Having two ‘n’s’ is always wrong, but technically the ‘k’ sound should be doubled since it has a doubling dot in the Hebrew language.”

“The miracle of the o i l i s a g r e a t s t o r y, and is important to the Jewish religion... but the true importance of this holiday is the message o f r e l i g i o u s f r e e d o m .” season, it is a time that Jewish people often feel left out,” explained Rudolph. “Now to compensate, Hanukkah is a holiday that is celebrated in a way that makes this time period as nice as possible for Jewish children. Some kids receive a gift every night during Hanukkah; adults may give gifts, but most do not as part of the holiday.” THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION. Each year the holiday follows the lunar calendar which is based upon 354 days. This calendar system is what dictates when the religious celebration will occur each year. Lunar months are just 29.5 days long, and in a short time the calendar would be out of sync with the seasons, which are based on the sun. Every three years, a whole month is added in the winter, which has many implications including the date Hanukkah is celebrated each calendar year. Although the candles themselves had no special meaning originally; it is no coincidence that lights are a prominent symbol of Christmas and Kwanzaa also. Since it is a dark time of year, the candles add light to life.

Lighting the Menorah and saying prayers are the main component of each evening of Hanukkah. “There are gifts now in our festivities and there is a food element as well. In Israel, donuts are made and enjoyed. Here in the U.S. latkes are a favorite food enjoyed during the meals,” noted the Rabbi. “The significance of both the latkes and donuts are that they are both made with oil, which the more modern story of Hanukkah celebrates.” In my quest for a better understanding of this Jewish holiday, I found so much more. Rabbi Rudolph shared a sentiment that has truly touched me. “Remove politics and haters and you will find so much in common with the Jewish religion in reference to other religions. Many religions share the common goals, and religion itself is not a negative force. Those who murder in the name of God are not practicing the religious beliefs inherent in many faiths. The miracle of the oil is a great story, and is important to the Jewish religion,” said Rabbi Rudolph. “But the true importance of this holiday is the message of religious freedom.” ❖

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Boarding During the Holidays Selecting the perfect place for your pet this season

BY CHARLOTTE WAGNER

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he holiday season can be stressful with pending travel plans, Christmas parties, and house guests. Although this is an exciting time for us humans, it can be stressful and inconvenient to manage our furry friends, especially when they cannot partake in the festivities. It’s always great to have contact with a reliable boarding establishment for just these types of occasions or when you need to travel. Here’s a list of things to consider when interviewing and visiting prospective kennels.

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VISIT IN PERSON

Before making a reservation, request a visit to the establishment. If the manager is reluctant to let you browse the living and exercise quarters – be suspicious. It’s important for owners to be able to see the conditions in which their pets are going to be kept in. Is it safe? Is it clean? Are dogs stressed? Is the staff qualified? Take the time for this visit before making any long term arrangements. TYPE OF KENNEL OPTIONS

Traditional boarding establishments offer basic indoor/outdoor kennel runs

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with chain link or galvanized metal fencing and concrete flooring. The indoor area is meant for shelter and housing; the outdoor run is for exercise and toileting needs. Some modern kennels are more luxurious and offer suite-like enclosures that mimic a residential environment. This is thought to provide a more familiar comfort of home while boarding. This is especially helpful for dogs which have separation issues from their families, or may have special needs. Many businesses offer services somewhere in between these categories. Reality is – some of the amenities are more relevant for you than


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vaccine. Other establishments may require the canine Influenza shot, flea and tick treatment, and heartworm prevention. Call the boarding facility beforehand to learn what vaccinations are required, and establish the time frame vaccines need to be given – some require a wait period before considered to have active protection. KNOW THE POLICIES OF THE BOARDING ESTABLISHMENT

others – know what environment would be best suitable for your pet.

dependent on the nature of your pet and your comfort level.

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KNOW THE SERVICES PROVIDED

Not all kennels come standard with heating and air conditioning during extreme weather conditions. Ask if the buildings are insulated and provided with temperature control. Good management and cleaning protocols minimizes disease outbreaks and ensures your pet is healthy and happy when you return. So it is important to ask some questions. How often are the kennels cleaned? What kind of disinfectant is used? What amount of contact are pets allowed to have with one another? If the facilities or your pet smell of urine, waste, or funk upon pickup - then you may want to reconsider your choice.

Not all kennels are the same when it comes to special needs and extra services. Some have a standard number of bathroom breaks and exercise routines. Others charge for this service. Many places even offer fun activities such as food dispensing toys, play time, nose work, agility, swimming, or daycare per your request. Meet the staff members who will be interacting with your dog throughout their stay and clearly communicate your requests and what your pet needs. This is vital if your dog has special needs, does not do well with other dogs, or requires medication and supportive care while staying. If you have a puppy, consider their housebreaking routine and ensure good habits are followed at the boarding facility so there’s no set-backs on training.

IS ANYBODY HOME?

Some businesses are located on the owner’s property, others employ an overnight caretaker, and some businesses may simply lock the building (may or may not have security cameras) and are unstaffed outside of business hours. Know what the hours and staffing requirements are for the facility. No matter the place you select, it is a very personal choice to make – and it’s very

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

It is state law for your dog to be current on their rabies vaccine at all times. Boarding establishments may have additional vaccine requirements in order to accept your pet. Almost all businesses require a valid distemper/ parvo shot and current kennel cough

Inquire about any specific policies before making a booking. Knowing up front as to the responsibilities of each party can help you prepare for an emergency situation. Some policies may pertain to the health of the animals, involve hazard and damages (your pet was so anxious it tore through a kennel run which you need to pay for), and the various responsibilities in an emergency (like your pet gets sick or injured). Make sure you know if there any extra fees, or cancellation policies. Remember, kennels fill up quickly during holidays – make sure you book in advance. PREPARE FOR BOARDING YOUR PET

If you’re not sure how your pet will do, ask if you may try an overnight or weekend visit first. This will help staff members observe your pet, provide feedback, and ensure things run smoothly before an extensive trip. This will also allow you to try another kennel, should the first one not meet your needs. Also ask if you can bring some familiar items from home to help your dog cope with being away. Favorite toys, treats, chews, and possibly a piece of clothing that smells like you or a family member, will offer some comfort to your pet. Some establishments provide food, but supply enough of your pet’s own food for the duration of the stay, as a radical change in diet can cause an upset stomach while they board. ❖

About the AUTHOR Charlotte Wagner, BSc owns and operates K9ology LLC in Warrenton where she teaches group and private training classes for pet, competition, and working dogs. She holds a Bachelors of Science with honors in Animal Management from the University of Essex with a special interest in behavior. She regularly competes with her furry family members in breed confirmation, tricks, obedience, rally, and dock diving events.

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Holiday W I N E G U I D E

Perfect options for your festive meal

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lanning and creating your holiday meal and the magical wine pairing at the holiday table may be a daunting task. Wine pairing – feared by many host or hostess – doesn’t have to be difficult. After all, what is a fabulous meal without the perfect wine? If you are unsure of what wine to serve with your pork tenderloin, or whether you need to serve a red or a white wine with your turkey, you are not alone. I have a few holiday pairing tips to help you pick out fabulous wines your guests are sure to love.

Beef pairing options.

Beef roast has the worthiness of being one of the easiest dishes to pair with wine. You can’t go wrong with any medium-to fullbodied red wine that you enjoy. For a classic Christmas

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roast beef, try a full-bodied red like IRONSIDE CABERNET from California, or one of my favorites – the MAGIC DOOR BAROLO. This wine features tantalizing aromas of fresh cherries with hints of leather, clove and cinnamon, and is a dry wine that combines the freshness of red cherries with an earthy, savory texture.

palate of peach and pear with hints of honey, mango, vanilla and honeysuckle. You may also select BARBOURSVILLE’S AWARD WINNING VIOGNIER with floral aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, dried apricot, rosewater, finishing with a mango chutney and lemon yogurt.

Ham entree pairings.

If you are not in charge of the cooking but are requested to bring the wine, here are a few fail safe choices. For the whites, I would suggest a dry Riesling, crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a fabulous Chenin Blanc such as BADENHORST FROM SOUTH AFRICA . It has a dry texture, tang and a crisp freshness that lights up the palate with apple strudel and peach crumble flavors, showing a fresh ripeness and zesty acidity. Chose a Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, or Spanish red such as PARA JE DE TITOS with a full fruity body and soft tannins that will not overwhelm the flavors in the food.

Ham has a high saltiness factor and the dryness of the meat begs for a sparkling wine. DIBON BRUT CAVA is an incredible value sparkling that will sure to impress your guests. You’ll also do very well with a Rosé like 90+ ROSÉ from France. For red wine lovers don’t be quick to change your meal plans, because red wines will work with ham as well. Accompanying the traditional ham on my table has always been a pinot noir, specifically, the RAMSAY PINOT NOIR from California’s North Coast. I can’t help but salivate when I think of the juicy dark fruit of the pinot harmonizing with every bite of the meal. Pork tenderloin pairing options.

Pork tenderloin is one of the easiest plates to pair with wine. This meat goes brilliantly with a nice dry Reisling such as FESS PARKER , which has great juicy apple and citrus notes with lovely acidity needed with the pork. You can’t go wrong with a pinot noir, or even a nice juicy Malbec such as KAIKEN MALBEC with big bright fruit and hints of walnut. Doesn’t that just make you want to bake a tenderloin tonight? Turkey pairing options.

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Wine suggestions to bring to dinner.

General food & wine pairing tips.

Pair hearty, heavier foods, with heavier wines and lighter fare with lighter wines. Salty foods need wines higher in acid so a “crisp” Sauvignon Blanc or sparkling wine would be better than a “creamy” or “oaky” Chardonnay. Sweet foods like desert need a wine which is slighter sweeter – if the wine is as sweet as the food, the wine taste will be lost. Try a bottle of TAYLOR FLADGATES LATE BOTTLE VINTAGE PORT. Late Bottled Vintage, as the name suggests, is bottled later and remains in a wood barrel from four to six years. This delightful wine is ready to drink from the bottle – there is no need decant prior to serving – and can be served by the glass alongside your holiday dessert. ❖

About the AUTHOR Kimberly Pinello, the owner of The Galloping Grape, enjoys spending quality time on her ranch with her husband, Frank, and a variety of hooved and furry critters. Her two greatest passions are horses and wine, which compelled her to create The Galloping Grape. She offers a robust selection of lightly-used saddles for every kind of rider, and many of the world’s finest wines. Visit her website (gallopinggrape.com) for more information. Or you may call (540-428-1002) or email her at gallopinggrape@gmail.com.

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have renewed appreciation for all mothers. Looking back I remember Mom shooing me out of the living room, and at times generally sounding impatient. Her actions often confused me as this was supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” My perception (at the time) was that she was robbing me of participating in one of the most fun and exciting events I could have imagined – the ritual of annual holiday decorating. The irony is that now I’m in my 40s and all I think of when I think of decorating for the holidays is undecorating afterwards. There have been years when I was still removing greens in March. I’m not proud. Over the years I have definitely learned to be better at prioritizing.

Above: Antler candelabras on the mantel (available through Daniel J Moore Design) with the addition of glass balls to the garland and greens replacing turkey feathers in the arrangement on the coffee table.

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I F E LT I T WO U L D B E N O T E WO RT H Y F O R M E T O D E S C R I B E A WAY O F D E C O R AT I N G T H AT WO U L D A L L OW YO U T O G E T F R O M O C T O B E R 1 , A L L T H E WAY T O N E W Y E A R ’ S – T H R E E M O N T H S G U I LT F R E E W I T H YO U R H O M E D E C O R AT E D F O R T H E R I G H T O C C A S I O N.

Above, Top: Dried and guided magnolia wreaths transition effortlessly from fall to winter. Turkey feathers and dried leaf accents are featured to establish the season. Above, Bottom: Turkey feathers in this candle display will be replaced by evergreens to transition into the winter holidays.

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I distinctly remember one year (as the hours ticked by and the eminent holiday party approached) exclaiming, “NO MORE RIBBON!” Sometimes the best way to relieve some of the pressure is just to edit; to simplify. When I received the opportunity to write this article all these thoughts went through my head. How do I express the joy of the holiday season and the excitement of decorating for it when at times it causes me so much anxiety and stress? I felt it would be noteworthy for me to describe a way of decorating that would allow you to get from October 1, all the way to New Year’s – three months guilt free with your home decorated for the right occasion. Here’s how...

Start with color. What does fall (including Halloween and Thanksgiving) and winter (including Christmas and New Year’s) have in common? Seasonal colors. I thought gold and bronze provided distinct accents instead of the typical brown, orange, yellow and red of fall. Plus gold was definitely an applicable color all the way through to Christmas and New Year’s. So first we hung dried Magnolia leaf wreaths with accents of gold, and placed bronze antler candelabras on the mantel… it was hunting season after all. We then layered the garland, arrangements of silvered and gilded leaves and twigs, and accented with strategically placed woven vine balls, carved wooden pumpkins, antlers, and


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Above, Top: Coordinating festive table cloth added to the side table, and fall accents replaced with items that are more Christmas specific, wooden trees, red accent pillows, ribbons on the wreaths. Above, Bottom: Evergreen trimmings and silvered reindeer surround a large glass hurricane filled with silvered beads to emphasize the season.

decorative pillows. The key fall element used to really anchor in the season was turkey feathers. Those feathers were tucked into the garland on the mantel and into various arrangements around the room, and most importantly they are easy to remove. Fall decor completed. Check. Prepare for Christmas. Thanksgiving is now over and you’re tired of fighting a turkey hangover. You don’t have to start from scratch – move decor into the Christmas holiday

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festivities almost effortlessly. We merely removed all of the turkey feathers from Thanksgiving, and anything that was fall focused, and swapped out the pillows and added a complimentary tablecloth. Then we replaced the woven balls on the mantle with actual glass balls – in metallic colors. To complement the metallics we added ribbons to the wreaths, again utilizing hues of golds and bronzes. We found a gorgeous, almost iridescent,

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taffeta ribbon that shimmered with orange, ruby red and bronze which really elevated the esthetic and added an element of sophistication. We also incorporated plenty of evergreens in our decor; we tucked them in around lamp bases and in between additional items such as the hand-carved wooden Christmas trees and glittered reindeer. Christmas decor completed. Check. Turn Christmas into New Year’s decor. The transition into New Year’s was simple – we removed any overtly Christmas oriented items – the Christmas trees, reindeer, evergreens – and added a few additional metallic balls, and some candles. The point again is you don’t have to undo your decor completely; transition from Christmas into New Year’s just as we transitioned from fall into winter. I have to admit when we implemented this decorating method, I actually found

myself with a smile on my face, my shoulders dropped away from my ears, and I breathed a little easier… and maybe, just maybe, I reacquainted myself with the holiday spirit and excitement that had begun to fade so many years ago. Thanks Mom for always making Christmas such a magical time of year and for doing such a good job of hiding just how stressful it can be. Wishing you all the joy and excitement (of a five-year-old) this holiday season. ❖ About the AUTHOR Daniel J. Moore moved his design business (established in 2007) from New York in 2011 and is co-owner of 8393 West Main in Marshall, VA, which houses Daniel J Moore - Domestic Aspirations, and two co-owned businesses: The Drawing Room - Events and The Rooms Up There - Uncommon Accommodations. If you would like more information please visit 8393westmain.com or email info@8393westmain.com.


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December News and Events BY RACHEL PIERCE HELP PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THOSE IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

We have sponsored all of the senior citizens at the Warrenton Senior Center as well as several families in need in our community. If you are interested in helping provide additional supports such as gifts, stockings, grocery store/gift cards and food please email us for additional information. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 - WARRENTON CHRISTMAS PARADE BEGINNING AT 6 P.M.

Location: Main Street, Old Town Warrenton. We will be participating in the Warrenton Christmas Parade and celebrating the start of the holiday season. Join in on the parade fun, Christmas tree lighting and enjoy the fireworks afterward. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 - BEALETON CHRISTMAS PARADE FROM 1:00 P.M. UNTIL 3 P.M.

We look forward to participating this year’s Bealeton Christmas Parade. There will be floats, antique cars, performers and so much more. After the parade stay and enjoy free refreshments, live entertainment, and of course the children’s activities and crafts stations. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 - GUMDROP SQUARE FROM 6 P.M. UNTIL 9 P.M.

Location: John Barton Payne Building, Old Town Warrenton. Families4Fauquier will be volunteering at Gumdrop Square in Old Town Warrenton and are looking for additional volunteers. Please send us an email at Families4Fauquier@gmail.com if you are interested in assisting us during our community shift. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 - CHRISTMAS SING-ALONG FROM 10:30 A.M. UNTIL 12:00 P.M.

Location: Warrenton Community Center. The Christmas Sing-Along with Crescendo Music and Families4Fauquier will offer sing-along songs, crafts, refreshments, cookie decorating, santa, and more! MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018 - JINGLE JOG FROM 8:30 A.M. UNTIL 11:30 A.M.

Location: Vint Hill Village Green Community Center. Join us as we participate in this fun event - the first one of 2018. Families4Fauquier will receive 100 percent of your registration fee if you are participating. See the Facebook event under Fauquier County Parks and Recreation to register today.

Families4Fauquier wishes you the most joyous Christmas season and a very Happy New Year. We are looking forward to serving our community in 2018. 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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The First Baptist Church of Warrenton is located in the heart of Old Town, on Alexandria Pike, across from the Warrenton Library.

A Beacon of Light for the Community The First Baptist Church provides faith, worship, and gratitude for 150 years BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

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t its very core, the First Baptist Church in Warrenton is focused on the community, the health, and wellbeing of its members. By staying true to this belief, the congregation, which just celebrated 150 years of worship, has been a place of faith since Leland Warring recognized the need for black Christians to have a place of worship outside of cabins one and a half centuries ago. Originally the church was located on Lee Street in Warrenton and was purchased in 1867 for 400 dollars. As the congregation grew it purchased a new location for 600 dollars in 1875, where the Old Presbyterian Church on Alexandria Pike resided. In 1886 Reverend Robert Ruffin spearheaded the drawing of plans for the present building, and the church has been located there ever since. The congregation consists of approximately 120 members, 80 of whom regularly attend services. One member, Robyn Thompson, is the director of the Voices of Hope. She grew

up on 4th Street in Warrenton and recalls walking to church as a child. Thompson is also the daughter of Eva and Robert Walker – he recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Warrenton has been home to Thompson her entire life, and she believes the communitymindedness of the church members is what keeps people going: “People genuinely like to help other people and believe in the power of prayer.” The Church provides many services created with

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community-members in mind, such as access to the church van for rides, Bible study, events at the Family Life Center (located adjacent to the church) and giving projects through Inasmuch. Members strongly believe in the power of prayer, and accepts prayer requests three Sundays every month. “There are prayers of need and prayers of gratitude. Prayers are answered,” assures Thompson. Having grown up in the church, Thompson believes, “a sense of family and community definitely impacted my life. We

are a product of what we are around. I love my church and pray God will guide and direct us to be a beacon of light in the community.” With an aging membership, the Church is focused on recruiting the youth. Thompson is pleased with the participation from the younger generation during prayers. “It is encouraging to hear them ask for prayers. They recognize that we can talk to God, that God does answer prayer, and they don’t have to wait until they’re 60 years old to come to this realization,” she says. Thunder Thursdays, under the direction of Scott and Jennifer Stacy, is a weekly program geared to the youth in the community. “We reach out to all kids in the community for an evening of Bible study, life lessons, and fellowship,” says Thompson. The program is open to children from first grade through young adult. This program, as well as Vacation Bible School and the Community Fun Day in the Park, have been successful outreach programs – proven by the mostly-youth choir that sang during the first Sunday service in November. Nearly 20 vocalists filled the small chapel with music while a three-piece band played beside them. Thompson’s husband, John, is a deacon at the church and also a Warrenton native. He grew up on the south side of Falmouth Street, in an area referred to as Oliver City. The Deacon credits engagement to new members who interject energy into the group. “Our members do not just sit in the pews; we reach outside the walls,” he says. Through a program called Operation Inasmuch United, members from Warrenton and other areas further the Christian role in the


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Reverend Z: From Normandy, France to Warrenton, Virginia In June 1994, Reverend Matthew Zimmerman, a retired Major General with the US Army was invited by then-President Clinton to deliver a sermon at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D Day. Once there, Zimmerman met the Honorable Jesse Brown, who served as the first black secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1993-1997. Brown later asked Zimmerman to deliver the Veteran’s Day sermon at his church, the First Baptist Church in Warrenton, which he did. From there, Zimmerman took the role of Chaplain with the Department of Veterans Affairs for four years after which he was invited, by Brown, to serve as the Pastor for his church here in Warrenton. This was in 1998 and Zimmerman has been here ever since. Residing in Alexandria, Reverend Z, as the congregation refers to him, has come to Warrenton for nearly twenty years to conduct services. “It is the people who constitute the congregation,” he says of why he continues to Pastor the church. He credits the late Jesse Brown with helping him feel at home as a newcomer to the tightly woven community found among the church members. Zimmerman’s father and grandfather were both Baptist Ministers and he felt a sense of homecoming taking on the role of Pastor for the congregation. Reverend Z invites everyone to attend service at the First Baptist Church.

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introduce themselves and receive a small gift of appreciation for coming. Birthdays – whether you are six or 90, or anywhere in between – are also honored monthly. From the joyful moments to the trying times when Church members lean in to offer a shoulder it is easy to see how this congregation has maintained their faith, worship, gratitude and giving for one and one-half centuries. ❖

Former President George H. W. Bush contributed a letter to the First Baptist Church’s 125th anniversary commemorative book of the congregation in 1992. It reads in part: “We can all rejoice in what your house of worship has meant to its members. A place of prayer, fellowship, reflection, and renewal, it has also been the focal point for many acts of generosity and service to others. Indeed, because the faith and values nurtured within its walls are the foundation of strong families and communities, your church has been a source of strength for our entire country.

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community. “We have 35 to 40 members who go out into the community to help others,” says Mr. Thompson. “They do everything from yard work to prayer support.” And the congregation appreciates the effort. One member, Alfreda Sharp, whose husband was recovering from a recent illness, expressed her gratitude for the help of the members who cleaned her yard and removed weeds from her fence. Sharp is a descendant of Reverend Robert Ruffin. A new coalition program has united the church with the Warrenton Police Department Chaplain’s effort. “We have been meeting quarterly for the past year, discussing the opioid epidemic and how the congregation can work with law enforcement to create a sphere of influence,” says Mr. Thompson. The Church offers a refuge to anyone battling an addiction and needing help. Visitors to the First Baptist Church are welcomed at their first visit with a special acknowledgment during the service and newcomers also

About the AUTHOR 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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he holidays are fast approaching – do you need to purchase gifts for teachers, friends, a hostess of an event, or family members? Christmas and Hanukkah gifts are sometimes tough to select, especially in an affordable manner. But if you consider purchasing from local retailers and service providers, you will receive personal help, budget friendly options, and you will be giving back to your community. Many places in Old Town Warrenton provide patrons a range of gift options for 30 dollars or less. As do, so many of our local stores in the town of Warrenton and all other parts of the county. Visit local retailers and service providers and you will truly find friendly, personal service and gifts to suite your needs. Shop local – you won’t be disappointed. Please take note this is not a comprehensive list of all the amazing options in our county. This information focuses on just some of the options in Old Town Warrenton. Take the time and shop in one of our county stores you have never been to before, you may find exactly what you are looking for.

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FOOD LOVERS REJOICE Consider purchasing a gift certificate for a local restaurant or brewery. You can specify the amount, but 30 dollars or less is a great way for your loved one to try some bread, coffee, tea, an appetizer, a lunch, or a sweet treat on you.

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Besides the big chain stores, there are places to go to purchase smaller gift items that will not break the bank. From a special delicious treat for the canines, to catnip for the felines to a special grooming supplies, even a tool, for the horse riders in your life. Not to mention, you may be able to find some amazing cards, or other accessories that offer the pet-lover on your list a little unique gift that will surely delight. Or consider donating to a rescue organization that helps the gift recipient's favorite animal - from horse to dogs to even other animals there is a rescue organization that needs and welcomes support.

What do you give that someone on your list who has “everything?” What if you want to provide a gift that keeps on giving? There is an option to consider to these questions: providing a donation in the name of the gift recipient – tailored of course to the individual’s preference. There are several small, local charitable organizations that need donations to provide the amazing services they do within our community. Listed below are some in Old Town that would greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness, as would your gift recipient. For a more detailed list of local nonprofits, contact the PATH Foundation Resource Center.

• Allegro Community School of the Arts • Boys and Girls Club • Experience Old Town Warrenton • Fauquier FISH

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Wall hangings, small trinkets, pottery, soap, lotions, and many other unique items can be located in so many of our stores. Don’t forget the old-fashioned, locally made Rhode’s Drugstore Vanilla you can find in Old Town. It makes a great unique gift for the bakers in your family. Inspiration awaits and you will have fun perusing all the amazing items - you may even find one for yourself! There is even something for the history buffs on your list. Oh...don’t forget the candy...Black Bear Mercantile & Butcher Shop and VonCanon General store offers candy and specialty items perfect for the stocking, or as a little extra item to accompany the bow on a present.

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ASK LOCAL MERCHANTS ABOUT GIFT WRAPPING. MANY OFFER ONE-OF-AKIND TRIMMINGS THAT WON’T GO UNNOTICED.

RELAXATION AND BEAUTY ENTHUSIASTS Spas and beauty salons in the local area offer many items, even gift cards that would be ideal for those who love some rest and relaxation, or products that help with skin or hair care. Here are just some of the numerous options in and around town. Also, don’t forget, many local dermatologists offer specialty skin care and makeup that may be a great fit for someone on your list.

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If your holiday list includes individuals with a preference for wine or beer, there are several options for you to seek out. Many local retail stores offer a wide selection of wine and beer, and may even be able to order you an item that is not available anywhere else in the area. The customer service is always good, and you will be able to have your questions answered by people knowledgeable in libations. If a cold brew is preferred, a gift certificate to Wort Hog Brewery is also an option for the microbrew aficionados. Even just outside of the town, there are alternative options for the beer enthusiast. Check out all the nearby breweries.

There are many places to search for the perfect fun toy for a child on your list. Anything from games, toys, musical instruments and lessons are all available locally.

• The Natural Marketplace

• Allegro Community

• Soothing Light Spa

• The Bike Stop

• Tranquil Motion

• Galloping Grape

• Latitudes Fair Trade

• The Grapevine

• Drum & Strum

Music Center

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• Wort Hog

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• Salon Emage Day Spa • Salon Lou • Secret Garden Salon

& Wellness Center

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• Vivi Massage As you can see, Old Town Warrenton offers many shopping options, as do all the businesses in our county. Enjoy the season – you may even bump into people you haven’t had the chance to visit with lately while you are shopping in town! Let us know about your shopping experiences for 30 dollars and under by posting on Facebook or Twitter and tag us and Experience Old Town Warrenton. Also use hashtag #warrentonxmas. Happy holidays!❖

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PUMPKIN CRANBERRY COOKIES

A delicious medley of seasonal flavors BY LORA GOOKIN

If you are searching for a delectable cookie which combines all the favorite flavors of the season, then this cookie recipe is for you. Your palate will enjoy the pumpkin and cranberries (or chocolate if prefered) with every bite.

LORA GOOKIN

YIELDS 30-32 COOKIES

1 ½ cups butter 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon ginger powder ½ teaspoon allspice 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups oats 2 cups dried cranberries (or substitute chocolate chips, or a combination of both) 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin

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1. Preheat oven

4. Fold in the

2. Using the paddle

5. Scoop out

to 350 degrees

attachment on a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla, then add the pumpkin.

3. In another bowl whisk

together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture into the butter mixture until it is just combined.

cranberries and oats. approximately 2 tablespoons of dough; place in your palms and roll into a ball.*

6. Place dough balls,

three inches apart, on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

7. Bake approximately 18 minutes, or until preferred doneness (chewy or crunchy).

*If you wish, you may use smaller dough balls to create more cookies, but you must decrease the cook time, so you don’t overcook the cookies.

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About the AUTHOR Lora Gookin is a Pastry Chef and owner of Gâteau Bakery Café and Tea Room in Warrenton. Lora began creating cakes in 2002 as a hobby. In 2008 she attended the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, AZ and was taught by some of the top pastry chefs in the industry. Gâteau, which means CAKE in French, has been serving Northern and Central Virginia since 2011, and has now expanded to a café and tea room in Old Town Warrenton.


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THE GIFT OF READING Library staff share their top picks for the holiday season COMPILED BY: JENNIFER SCHULTZ, YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN; FRAN BURKE-URR, MANAGER, COLLECTION SERVICES; AND NANCY PEELING, YOUTH SERVICES ASSISTANT

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veryone has a favorite book they like to share with others. But while Goodnight Moon may have been the perfect gift for your niece when she was born, it is not as good of a choice for her 20 years later. What to give her instead? Whether it is a young child, teen, or adult, there is sure to be a book that will intersect with their interests. Fauquier County Public Library staff has compiled a list of books that make giftgiving a little easier.

ALL SELECTIONS ARE A L S O AVA I L A B L E AT Y O U R L O C A L WA R R E N T O N L I B R A RY

CHILDREN PRINCESS TRULY IN I AM TRULY

A POCKET FULL OF COLORS: THE MAGICAL WORLD OF MARY BLAIR, DISNEY ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE

BY KELLY GREENAWALT; ILLUSTRATED BY AMARIAH RAUSCHER

Children from all backgrounds will relate to and be inspired by this confident and adorable African-American youngster, Princess Truly. She has big dreams and is confident she can achieve anything. Good gift for: All children, to remind them to dream big and not limit themselves. Ages 3-7.

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BY AMY GUGLIELMO AND JACQUELINE TOURVILLE; ILLUSTRATED BY BRIGETTE BARRAGER

This gorgeously illustrated introduction to Mary Blair, one of Disney’s greatest and most influential artists, will enthrall readers of all ages. Known for her color work and design, she worked briefly for Disney and later developed the design for the “It’s a Small World” attraction. Good gift for: All Disney fans and/or young artists. Ages 5-8.

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THE MARVELOUS THING THAT CAME FROM A SPRING: THE ACCIDENTAL INVENTION OF THE TOY THAT SWEPT THE NATION BY GILBERT FORD; ILLUSTRATED BY GREG ENDRIES

If your child will find a Slinky in his/her stocking or open it on one of the eight nights of Hanukkah, pair it with this great look at the accidental invention of the Slinky. Good gift for: Anyone interested in offbeat nonfiction stories. Ages 5-7.

LEGO: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BY SIMON HUGO

What's the perfect gift for a LEGO fan (other than new LEGO sets/ pieces)? This awesome book is packed with weird and wacky facts about all things LEGO. Good gift for: LEGO fans. Ages 8-12.

GAME ON 2018: YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THE BEST GAMES EDITOR IN CHIEF JON WHITE

Reluctant readers and avid readers alike who are into gaming will pore over this annual guide from Scholastic. Everything from statistics about the latest popular game, tips and techniques, and interviews with game developers will capture gamers' interests during noscreen times. Good gift for: Gamers. Ages 8-14.

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Want to get your young reader hooked on biographies? Check out the bestselling biography series that kids ask for by name. Personalities profiled include history giants such as Abigail Adams, Nelson Mandela, Marie Curie, and even Jesus, as well as modern influencers such as Pope Francis and George Lucas. The Where Is series focuses on important geographical sites or monuments, while the What Was? series introduces important historical times. Good gift for: Reluctant and avid readers alike. Ages 8 – 11.

TEENS WELL THAT WAS AWKWARD BY RACHEL VAIL

Want a sweet and heartfelt story that is a modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac? This is a keen observation of middleschool friendships and everyday life, set in a diverse New York City school that will engage many middle school readers. Parents and readers should note that a subplot involves Gracie's family dealing with the death of her sister before she was born. Good gift for: Preteen and teen readers who enjoy realistic stories about everyday life.

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If your reader loves wacky and offbeat funny books (think Roald Dahl), introduce them to this zany series starring a family of hyenas impersonating a family of humans. Yes, it's a bizarre story--but absolutely hysterical! Good gift for: Readers who love crazy and funny stories. Readers 8 – 11.

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Claire is navigating the everyday ups and downs of middle school life until two major things happen: she is not moved into the next upper level ballet class with her friends, and her dad suffers a life-changing stroke. Sonnenblick is a master of creating powerful stories with heart and humor and this is one of his best. Good gift for: Preteen and teen readers who enjoy stories mixed with humor and hearttugging moments.

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Meet the Chicken Squad, a group of highly opinionated, wacky, and hilarious investigators who happen to be chickens. From investigating weird noises around the farm to helping an unusually blue chicken find her missing house, these chickens are ready for action. Good gift for: Beginning chapter book readers who want something fun and funny to read. Ages 6-9.

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Elli has lived in ultimate luxury ever since she was chosen to be the kingdom's next queen. When the queen dies and Elli is unable to perform her assumed magical powers, she is banished. What she discovers next could turn the kingdom upside down. Good gift for: Preteens/ Teens who love fantasy and strong female characters.

LOVING VS. VIRGINIA BY PATRICIA HRUBY POWELL

This documentary novel explores the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the young interracial couple who defied Virginia law forbidding interracial marriages and brought their case all the way to the Supreme Court. Good gift for: Preteen/teen fans of historical fiction and civil rights history.

I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT BY DAN EMMETT

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a secret service agent? Dan Emmett's gripping memoir of his career spent protecting Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush is an eye-opening and revealing look at the training and sacrifices endured by secret service agents. Good gift for: Preteen/teen readers interested in the ins and outs of one of the most important jobs in the world.


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COURAGE TO SOAR: A BODY IN MOTION, A LIFE IN BALANCE BY SIMONE BILES

At the age of 19, Simone Biles leaped into gymnastics history with her awe-inspiring routines at the 2016 Olympics. Her life hasn't always been easy, however; her early childhood was unstable and unsettling until her grandparents were awarded custody, and serious injuries almost ended her gymnastics career. Good gift for: Preteen and teen gymnastics fans, and anyone who enjoys inspirational memoirs.

THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER/ LEIA, PRINCESS OF ALDERAAN BY KEN LIU AND CLAUDIA GRAY

A ton of new books related to Star Wars and the new movie are on their way. Do you remember that Rey thought that Luke Skywalker was a myth? As a ship sails though space, the crew entertains themselves by telling tales about the Jedi Master in The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Leia, Princess of Alderaan is a pre-A New Hope novel about teenage Leia and her journey to become a fighter in the rebellion, written by science fiction master Claudia Gray. Good gift for: Preteen/teen Star Wars fanatics.

CHASING SPACE BY LELAND MELVIN

Leland Martin's official 2009 NASA photograph, taken with his two rescue dogs, has gone viral several times due to its sweet and unusual nature. Before becoming an astronaut, Martin was a UVA graduate and a NFL wide receiver! His story, complete with personal disappointments, setbacks, and achievements, is an inspirational story for all. Good gift for: Preteen/ teen readers who are science fans or fans of great memoirs.

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IT’S ALL RELATIVE: ADVENTURES UP AND DOWN THE WORLD’S FAMILY TREE

Ada Byron King, daughter of Lord Byron, was a woman ahead of her time. This historical biography looks at her life and work as a pioneer in computing. Good gift for: Those who enjoy biography, historical fiction and a glimpse into the history of technology.

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Perry’s annual holiday mystery involves Thomas Pitt’s grandmother-inlaw who receives a gift package that brings up memories of a 20 year-old unsolved murder. Good gift for: Those who enjoy seasonal mysteries and Victorian-era atmosphere.

TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE: THE TRAGEDY AT MAYERLING AND THE END OF THE HABSBURGS BY GREG KING AND PENNY WILSON

Using primary source materials to find new evidence, this true historical mystery involves the Crown Prince and a young girl found dead in a Vienna Woods hunting lodge in 1889. Good gift for: Readers intrigued by European dynasties and conspiracies.

WEST POINT HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

Part of the West Point History of Warfare series, this definitive analysis provides detailed maps, illustrations and insights. Good gift for: Military history buffs.

WHY BOB DYLAN MATTERS BY RICHARD F. THOMAS

The Harvard Professor of Classics who taught a popular but derided seminar on Dylan – now vindicated by Dylan’s Nobel Prize award – encapsulates his seminar for anyone to attend. Good gift for: Fans of poetry, classics and rock and roll.

PRAIRIE FIRES: THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER BY CAROLINE FRASER

A true biography of this beloved author’s life has not really been told until now. Fraser researched unpublished manuscripts, diaries, letters and financial records to reveal the fact from fiction. Good gift for: The millions of Wilder fans.

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Bridging the Digital Divide Embracing the high-tech world can help seniors stay healthy, safe, engaged, and mentally active BY KLAUS FUECHSEL

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In the last few years, both mobile phone and tablet technology has expanded in many ways to include some health applications. There are several very affordable apps, programs, and gadgets that measure the heart rate and pulse, and keep track of the how many steps you walk. And then there’s the Apple Iwatch which combines multiple health and medical functions. Like Dick Tracey, you can talk to the device itself, and it can even schedule reminders, such as when to take your medication or when you have an appointment. In addition, GPS (global positioning system) devices may even help you by providing you step by step directions to a location or enable someone to find you more easily in case you are lost or need help.

Another helpful technology device I utilize is my (barely visible) hearing aids; they make all the difference in my daily life. The best feature is the built-in Bluetooth technology that enables me to use them as a hands-free speaking device, which is helpful during phone conversations and when I listen to music without headphones.

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For the home New devices and interactive technology are popping up everywhere. One of my favorites is the voice-controlled device called Alexa (others are called Echo or Tap). It’s lots of fun to talk to this mini computer that connects to your home through WiFi.


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Alexa can tell you the weather, amuse you with jokes, read a book to you, play music, and answer all types of questions since it interfaces with the Internet. Simply call out “Alexa,” and it will be at your service. Alexa is also useful in an emergency – I recall an article I read which related a situation in which Alexa contacted the police because of an intense argument and saved someone’s life. Additionally, Alexa enables you to control sensors and devices in your house via wireless adapters. So every evening, I say, “Alexa, turn on the lights” and voilá, the lights go on. And when I say “Alexa, lights out,” they go off again. It even responds when I speak in German! Other wirelessaccess sensors are motion, smoke, and noise detectors that are used to trigger an alarm and notify specified contacts on your cellphone in case of an emergency. You can even set the temperature of your thermostat, lock or unlock doors remotely, and more. Some companies offer wholehouse sensors for seniors. Personal Emergency Response Systems or PERS, is a security and safety system where, with a push of a button worn on a key chain or from a chord around the neck or wrist, an operator is able to determine if a situation needs to have emergency personnel dispatched, or if family needs to be contacted.

Previously, this type of system worked only over a phone line but now this mobile version is available in most U.S. locations.

Keeping in touch Do you remember the last time your grandchildren wrote you a letter or called you? Nowadays, younger generations communicate mainly via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and other rapidly-evolving platforms. They share thoughts, pictures, and happenings in their lives with the world. Birthday and other special greetings are even sent by these methods. My 85-year-old mother is still healthy and lives independently. I am supportive of her wish to continue to do so, but do not wish her to feel so alone in her small Munich, Germany apartment. One thing we have established is a weekly “Skype” session (an Internet based video conference call system that allows you to see and speak to those in other locations). Because multiple people can participate in a Skype session, my mother now enjoys weekly talks with my children, who do not live near her. Seeing all her grandchildren on one screen and talking to them is the highlight of her week. She has even learned how to use

Many health care providers now offer virtual appointments via a computer or smart device which allow patients to consult with a doctor from home.

Facetime, Whatsapp, Messenger, and Facebook which enable her to stay in touch with them more frequently. Facetime is a special way to talk via video through a WiFi connection anywhere in the world by using an Iphone device. Whatsapp, another messaging application, works between all devices (phone, computer, tablet) that the program is installed on. Emails and text messages are other ways to communicate with family and friends.

Learning “Netiquette” With new technology comes a new sets of rules. My advice is that adults should learn and be sensitive to “netiquette” norms (Internet etiquette). My uncle, for instance, still hasn’t learned that writing all in capital letters on Facebook is considered shouting. Aging adults also need to be aware that sharing too much personal information on the Internet is risky. All ages, not just seniors, are at risk for scams. My advice is that if something sounds free, or too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Electronic gaming Recently, I signed up for Lumosity in order to play some of their fun brain training games on a daily basis. They advertise that you can “enjoy brain training created by scientists and game designers.” My opinion is exercising your brain is just as important as physical fitness training as people age. I tried some Wii Fit programs, too. Wii is a gaming device you connect to your television. With one controller that feels like a tennis racket, you can play tennis against the computer or someone else in your own living room. It’s not as strenuous as a real tennis game, but still results in a noticeable workout. Just watch your surroundings; don’t hit your head on the low ceiling, like I did once. According to AARP, nearly 90 percent of seniors would like to remain in their own homes as they age. Using new technology to keep aging minds and bodies active and engaged may enable greater opportunities for independent living, or semi-assisted living for you or a loved one. In addition to health and safety applications, technology can also be fun! ❖ About the AUTHOR Klaus Fuechsel owns the local awardwinning computer repair store Dok Klaus. He and his team deal with all kinds of computer issues; data preservation is one of their top priorities. If you have questions or want to share your own experiences contact Dok Klaus via phone 540-428-2376 or email Klaus@dokklaus.com

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“Warrenton Santa” brings the magic of Christmas from his home to the community year-round – especially during the holiday season. By day, he works in the Washington, D.C. area. By night and on weekends, he assumes the role of his alter ego, Santa Claus. He obtains special gifts for children each month: “Everyone knows me by name at the local Lego® store,” he says. He mails children important reminders in July: “Santa is always watching and be sure to be good.” As the cooler weather comes, his promotions increase and he provides services such as back-to-school postcards and certificates, reminding children to be good.

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One of the biggest presents we can give is our presence. It’s the time to reconnect and appreciate what one has.” Warrenton Santa began in 2012 when a local resident established the persona to “add a little flavor” for a church Christmas party. “My son was four years-old at the time. He didn’t realize then that it was me in the suit, and that I acted as his Santa,” he laughs – you can imagine the “Ho, ho, ho…” This realization made Santa acknowledge that he was onto something special. Zech, his son, who is about 10 years old now, still believes in the spirit of Santa and the magic of Christmas. He vigilantly protects his father’s alter ego to preserve the magic for the children of Warrenton. Personally, Zech thinks his father is simply just one of Santa’s many helpers around the world. Warrenton Santa says, “He knows that Santa has the ‘naughty and nice list’ and that I help him with the reminder certificates. However, I do buy my son’s certificate from a different source, so his reminders always looks a little different.” Although he plays the man in the red suit, he stresses that Santa isn’t the reason for the season, rather it is the birth of Jesus Christ. “The holidays are about family, and as a child I treasured that family time. One of the biggest presents we can give is our presence. It’s the time to reconnect and appreciate what one has.” Santa encourages kids – young and old – to share time with others during the holiday season.

Warrenton Santa, a disabled retired Navy veteran, knows firsthand the pain both military and civilian personnel feel when they spend most holidays away from their family. “Over 20 years, I remember being with my family for only six or seven holiday seasons,” he recalls. “Being alone during the holidays is especially hard, and we have any number of wonderful organizations that bring people together. From church groups and the USO to local nonprofits like Familes 4 Fauquier and Toys for Tots, everyone should be able to find someone to share the season with.” This season Warrenton Santa can be found visiting children at Gum Drop Square, Families 4 Fauquier events, Toys for Tots, local businesses, and even your own living room. However, Christmas Eve is “crunch time” for this particular Santa. His elf and he will be out making those last minute visits to homes before Christmas morning arrives. “The first year we did Santa visits on Christmas Eve, we were only out for about

three hours, however, this year, we already have six hours of visits in the line-up,” shares Warrenton Santa. With all the busyness of Christmas Eve, everyone in the family chips in to help: from making sure Santa is ready (Santa’s suit is ready and makeup is applied properly) to ensuring Santa gets from one home to the next within a timely fashion. Even my daughter Amber, home from college, acts as my head elf and sleigh driver for the evening. But, once the clock strikes midnight he hangs up his suit, puts away his boots, and awaits Christmas dawn and a joyous, relaxing day with his family. If you are aware of an “extra special gift” that needs to be delivered any time, Warrenton Santa can be there – when a loved one returns home safe and sound from an overseas deployment, if a child needs a hospital visit, or for other special occasions, just let his elf know by visiting the Facebook page (facebook.com/ warrenton-santa), or by emailing warrentonsanta@gmail.com. ❖

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iking in the winter, especially overnight, is one of my favorite things. It's this time of year the parks and trails turn into magical fairy lands that are perfect to explore and cherish. I'm assuming your hiking boots are not packed away — they should be on your feet during all four seasons so you can enjoy the different colors, smells, and sights of the ever-changing landscapes. The crowds are gone, bears are hibernating, and the pesky bugs are not around; you can truly appreciate the wilderness, solitude, pervading peacefulness and the sounds of your breath and the crunch of your boot. Are you ready for a winter hike? PREPARING FOR WINTER HIKES

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Hiking in winter opens up new vistas and adventures, especially when you turn it into an overnight cabin hike. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) has 40 cabins available for rent along the trail from Charlottesville to Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. Even if you are not a member, you have the opportunity to enjoy the woods and mountains along the Appalachian Trail and trails and forests in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Each PATC cabin has a rich history: some were the homes of early settlers, and some were built by the Club, forest rangers, or the Civilian Conservation Corps. Each building is unique. Most are primitive or semi-primitive, while others are modern. Most require a hike in. Plan your cabin hike on their website at patc.net. ❖

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POWERCORE 13000 BY ANKER A portable charger which can charge an iPhone 6s almost five times or a Galaxy S6 about three times. This freedom from a wall charger is welcome to hikers who use their iPhones to navigate the trails.

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About the AUTHOR Andreas A. Keller is a passionate hiker, avid backpacker and a Charter Member of Boots ’n Beer, a drinking club with a hiking problem. He can be reached via email at aakeller@mac.com.

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“One Little Song,” One Big Idea Kid Pan Alley’s new album delivers message – respect others

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id Pan Alley, the homegrown Rappahannock County organization that has written close to 3,000 songs with more than 50,000 children from Virginia to Hawaii over the last two decades, has just released its fourth album — and not a moment too soon. Meaning, if you’ve worried at all the past year or two about the future of the world, you need to hurry up and borrow your kids’ ear buds, and queue up Kid Pan Alley’s One Little Song Can Change the World. Turns out that “out of the mouths of babes” isn’t a meaningless

cliche after all, especially if you’ve been unimpressed lately with what comes out of the mouths of grown-ups. One Little Song is a bracing and essentially buoyant collection of 10 songs about respect — respect for others, for one’s environment, one’s community and oneself — written with a surprisingly sophisticated worldview by children working with Kid Pan Alley (KPA) songwriters over the past several years. “These are powerful songs about how we should treat each other,” says KPA founder and artistic director Paul Reisler, the Kid Pan Alley songwriter most often working with kids in KPA’s multi-day songwriting residencies in elementary schools around the country. “These songs speak of the dreams and aspirations of the children about how they want their world to be.” For One Little Song, Reisler and coproducer Ryan Benyo have taken the kids’ astonishingly wise and delightfully direct lyrics and added some totally

For more information on the school performances, please contact the schools directly. Also, Kid Pan Alley’s album is available online at www.kidpanalley. org/store, and in Drum & Strum Music Center, located in Warrenton.

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Left: Children fetching arrangements performed executed by top-notch musicians. The vocalists on stage at a public Kid Pan are both familiar and Alley concert at new to KPA’s fans: Lea Rappahannock Morris, Ysaye Barnwell, County Elementary Jevon McGlory, Heath Francis, Alison Rapetti School. Photo courtesy of Kid and Justin Hopkins. Pan Alley. Singer-songwriter and Mary Chapin Carpenter sideman Jon Carroll drops by to have some fun with Don’t Put Me Down, or My Dog, and the truly unique folk singer Vance Gilbert outdoes himself on “Best Friends.” With help from a few special guests — harmonica guru Howard Levy and saxophonist Marshall Keys among them — the Kid Pan Alley Band has never sounded better nor more clearly deserved to be called out by name: That would be Reisler and Steve Van Dam on guitars, Andy Waldeck on bass, drummer Nate Brown, singer Morris and, in particular, trumpeter John D’earth and trombonist Mark Maynard. Kid Pan Alley nowadays incorporates the songs from One Little Song Can Change the World and others into antibullying/character-building assembly programs, and continues to hit the road for the songwriting residencies it hopes will “inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music, and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education.” There are two of those residencies in Fauquier County in November (November 14-16 at Pearson Elementary in Catlett) and December (December 4-6 at Warrenton’s Brumfield Elementary), and each ends with a free concert open to all, at which the kids perform the songs they’ve written. ❖

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move in the exact opposite directions. As an example, an S&P 500 index fund (essentially, a representation of the US stock market) and Google stock acted very similarly over the month of October 2017 (or had a high correlation). So, if you had all of your money split equally between an S&P 500 index fund and Google stock, you would be considered poorly diversified. All of your money would move in the same direction (either up or down) most of the time. This may feel good when your account is going up, but you might be setting yourself up for failure in the event the market declines. A better option to diversify your S&P 500 index fund may be to own something like a bond market index fund. So, if the US stock market were to go down, you would expect your bond holding to move up (or at least remain stable) most of the time. This is where some of the disappointment can occur, especially in the type of market we have been recently experiencing (read – it’s

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About the AUTHOR Nathan Gilbert is an Investment Advisor and Managing Partner with Meridian Financial Partners in Warrenton, Virginia. Meridian is an independent, fee-only investment advisory firm providing financial planning and investment management. Mr. Gilbert was born and raised in the area and currently resides in Haymarket with his wife and three children.

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Fauquier Hospital Earns “A” Grade in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Survey BY ROBIN EARL

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he Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Fauquier Hospital was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. CEO Chad Melton said, “It is very gratifying to receive this recognition after months of unwavering focus on patient safety. Thank you to the physicians, nurses and support staff who work so hard to protect our patients from harm. We will continue

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to improve by putting patient care quality first.” The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Polly Roush, director of Quality, Regulatory & Accreditation and Infection Prevention, said that Fauquier Hospital received perfect marks for all measures that were compiled in 2017. Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Marti said that among the improvements that have been made this

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year, six new processes contributed to the A rating: • Made improvements to medical records to ensure safe medication prescribing by physicians. • Enhanced the process for scanning medication barcodes; direct monitoring of the system has been improved. • Physicians and the Pharmacy are partnering on antibiotic administration to ensure that each prescription is the most effective choice for the individual patient. • Education on the

importance of handwashing has included everyone in the organization – board members, nurses, physicians, technicians, as well as all support staff, nutrition services and housekeeping staff. • Senior leaders and nurse supervisors are working more closely together to ensure nurse staffing is always at the appropriate level. • Implemented strategies to quickly identify and mitigate any patient safety risks or hazards throughout the organization. ❖

Above: Fauquier Hospital physicians and employees and volunteers have worked very hard to improve safety measures, and the Leapfrog hospital safety grade confirms that effort.


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Lights for Life Celebration Fauquier Health Auxiliary will honor longtime volunteer Robin Corcoran this year BY ROBIN EARL

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he Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary began hosting Lights for Life in 1983, when three Christmas trees were donated by Airlie and planted on Hospital Hill. Each year during the Christmas holiday the trees are illuminated by lights donated by family and friends in memory of, or in honor of someone they wish to remember in a special way. The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, Inc. will welcome the 2017 Lights for Life celebration on Wednesday, December 6, at 7 p.m. in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital. Light refreshments will be served. The yearly fundraiser honors an Auxiliary volunteer who has contributed their time and talents to both the hospital and the community. The 2017 “Top of the Tree” honoree is Robin Corcoran. This year marks the 20th year Robin has served as an active board member of the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary. She is a great supporter of the

hospital’s pet therapy program and serves as its treasurer. She also serves as the audit committee chairman for the Auxiliary. Robin is also involved in other community activities, including the Fauquier County Republican Committee, and she was an active member of the Cedar Gun Garden Club for many years. The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, uses donations to award health-related scholarships and to support five two-day medical camp sessions at Fauquier Hospital. The organization is expanding its support of other nonprofit organizations through a new grant-giving program. ❖

Sponsorship information for Lights for Life Members of the community may purchase tree lights in honor of their loved ones. Single light donation is 10 dollars Patron donation is 100 to 499 dollars Angel donation is 500 dollars or more Anyone who would like to sponsor a light on the tree may download and print a donation form online at faquierhealth.org/ L4L. The completed forms may be mailed to: Lights for Life, Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, Inc. 53 Main Street Unit 997 Warrenton, VA 20186. Completed forms may also be left in the Hospital Gift Shop. All Auxiliary donors and sponsors are invited to attend Lights for Life; the invitation is also extended to the community at large.


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WORSHIP DIRECTORY This year, we have included an online version of this directory which includes the address and phone numbers of all the worship locations. Please visit piedmontlifestyle.com (click on the community tab) for more information. ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH

MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH

GRACE BIBLE CHURCH

warrentonassembly.com

mountzionva.org

gbcmarshall.org

BATTLEFIELD BAPTIST CHURCH

OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

battlefieldbaptist.org

oslc-warrenton.org

gracetheplains.org

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

REVOLUTION CHURCH

LONG BRANCH BAPTIST CHURCH

revolutionchurch-va.com

longbranchbaptist.net

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH

MARSHALL BAPTIST CHURCH

saintjameswarrenton.org

marshallbc.com

ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

MARSHALL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

bethelumc.com THE BRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH

bridge4life.com CALVARY CHAPEL WARRENTON

calvarywarrenton.org CHRIST CHURCH OF WARRENTON

christchurchofwarrenton.com CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

lds.org COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

stjohntheevangelist.org

marshallumc.org

ST. PAUL’S CHURCH

MIRACLE FAITH CENTER OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA

(703) 754-7536 TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH

(540) 272-0210

tbcwarrenton.org

MORTON LEONARD

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

(540) 253-5567

trinitylutheranva.org

MOUNT OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH

TRIUMPH BAPTIST CHURCH

(540) 364-2380

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triumphbaptist.org

CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH

WALNUT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH

cornerstoneva.org

walnutgrovebaptistchurch.org

COVENANT REFORMED BAPTIST CHURCH

WARRENTON BAPTIST CHURCH

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WARRENTON BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

FAITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH

wbfva.org

gotfaithnow.com

WARRENTON CHURCH OF CHRIST

FAUQUIER JEWISH CONGREGATION

mywcoc.org WARRENTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

wpcva.org

fbcsundayschool.org

WARRENTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST

christiansciencewarrenton.com FREEDOM WORSHIP CENTER

myfreedomworship.com HERITAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

heritage-pca.org HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

HopeCF.net KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

jw.org MATTHEWS CHURCH

(540) 341-8272 MOUNTAIN RIDGE CHURCH

mountainridgechurchva.org

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mtnebomorgantown.org MOUNT PISGAH BAPTIST CHURCH

(540) 364-2507

warrentonbaptistchurch.org

fauquierjewishcongregation.org

MT. NEBO BAPTIST CHURCH

OAKRUM BAPTIST CHURCH

oakrumbaptist.com ORLEAN BAPTIST CHURCH

(540) 364-4181 THE PLAINS BAPTIST CHURCH

tfbctheplains.com RECTORTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

rectortownchurch.org SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH

BROAD RUN AREA

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THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

ST. MARK’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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stmarksumc.org

BELVOIR ASSEMBLY OF GOD

THUMB RUN PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH

belvoirassembly.com BEULAH BAPTIST CHURCH

(540) 347-9505 BROAD RUN BAPTIST CHURCH

broadrunchurch.org EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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(540) 364-1041

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WESLEY CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FIRST ASHVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH

wesleychapelva.org

(540) 364-2804

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Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine 2017  

A community magazine celebrating the people, community, organizations, and businesses of Warrenton and Fauquier County, Virginia

Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine 2017  

A community magazine celebrating the people, community, organizations, and businesses of Warrenton and Fauquier County, Virginia