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During this cold winter, we thought it would be a great idea to spread a little warmth, especially now the holiday season is over. Warmth which comes from the heart, good deeds, and everyday little acts of kindness is such a great way to honor the month of February and it’s focus on Valentine’s Day and love. This month our magazine shares stories about love of people, nature, careers, country and romance. I hope these articles provide you with some love and warmth. Also, if you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your love, our town offers many restaurants, merchants and overnight accommodations for you to celebrate your loved one. For your convenience the food & beverage guide which lists local establishments is available on our website at piedmontlifestyle.com. In honor of love, I wanted to express my condolences to the family, friends and overall community for the loss of an amazing woman, Gina Farrar. Her zest for life, friends, God, the environment, children, education

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and of course her chickens, should remind us all we have so much to give to one another. She will be missed, but her vibrant memories will never be forgotten. Throughout this issue look for the header, in honor of our featured theme, based on Vincent Van Gogh’s quote (see cover). Also, visit our website to read Dr. Robby’s article A Mother’s Effect, it is heartwarming and we are pleased to share it with you. Keep warm during the remaining days of winter, and remember to love the life and people around you – every little moment is special and should be cherished. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

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An Unimaginable Twist of Fate

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A No Shortcuts Approach

Article helps solve 57year old medical mystery BY JILLIAN MORRIS

Great Harvest prides itself in using quality, wholesome ingredients BY DEBBIE EISELE

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For the Love of the Forest Senior area forester Joe Rossetti explains

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Fauquier Health Aims to Make Communities Healthier

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Surrounded by Love Jackie Yongue’s message of hope BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

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Reading & Sharing

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Influenced by Words Author Michael Thompson shares his love of vocabulary and prose BY DEBBIE EISELE

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The Perfect Gift

Being responsible for assisting an elderly family member is important, but so are you BY CAROL SIMPSON

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Families 4 Fauquier

Book Clubs provide ways to share a fondness for literature

Valentine’s Day shopping advice from a local merchant

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Drawn to the Mountains

Yes It’s Cold, But…

Paying His Respects

Artisans & Art Enthusiasts

February 2018 News & Events

Jennifer Davidson is dedicated to both at Local Thirty-Five

A naturally ideal location to pop the question

If you love fresh veggies there is one to plant now

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which is located at 41 Main Street, Warrenton. Photo by Kara Thorpe.

Preparing your home for sale in the spring BY TYLER ROSS

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Help them learn how to live harmoniously together

Word War II Air Force veteran visits Normandy

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A Multi-Dog Household

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CORRECTION: We apologize for an omission in the January issue in the story about Chef Venus Bazan Barratt and her business Warrenton Wellness Kitchen. We did not include the location of the business, which is 9 North 5th Street, Warrenton and the phone number is 347-7600.

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arrenton residents may know Pablo Teodoro as a person who has dedicated countless volunteer hours to assist and support the local community. But, Pablo is also the owner of Great Harvest Bread Company, located on Main Street. His journey to this business led him down a path that truly focuses on quality ingredients and on the people he serves and works with. From a young age of 18, Pablo found himself fascinated by all things related to business. Initially he worked for a car dealership, but after 22 years in this profession Pablo knew he wanted something different which was his own; something important. “I knew I wanted to open my own business,” shared Pablo. “I wanted to own a place that was fun, fit my values, and required creativity.” While he was between careers, Pablo dabbled in sustainable farming and even became involved in sustainable farming advocacy

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By being a positive catalyst for growth in the lives of our staff and continuing a rare food tradition, we are changing the world for good” — PABLO TEODORO

Left: Great efforts in Virginia. He also realized Harvest makes the community needed a place to sell its own wheat in produce. As a farmer he helped create store using GMO a very successful farmers market. free wheat from Montana. Right: Around that time Pablo learned Owner of about Great Harvest Bread Company Great Harvest and researched all aspects of Bread Company, ownership. He discovered they Pablo Teodoro. offered a whole grain concept which appealed to his inner farmer. Pablo shared, “I had a personal values list that was important to me and Great Harvest’s list mirrored mine: freedom, family, individuality, health, and I was excited that there was a focus on beneficial whole grains – a high food value.” Since Great Harvest opened its doors on tax day in 2010, Pablo and crew focus on producing the best possible baked goods, using only quality ingredients. “The big-name bakeries and all grocery store bakeries buy their products frozen and par-bake them, or make them from a box. But not here at Great Harvest,” he shared. “We choose a time-tested, old-fashioned, slow-food, from scratch method that yields real flavor without including unpronounceable ingredients.” Ingredients are the most crucial component for everything baked onsite. “We use the most simple, raw ingredients we can find. We buy non GMO (genetically modified organism) soy-free eggs from Whiffletree Farm, where chickens are pasture raised utilizing organic practices. This type of environment really has a positive impact on the quality of the eggs,” shared Pablo. Although the cost of these eggs is higher than


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other eggs he could purchase, the outcome of the product is worth it him: “The eggs are the invisible and important part. The decision to use these wholesome ingredients is a decision we made because I want to feed people healthy food.” Another essential ingredient is the milk: ”I decided to buy milk from Trickling Springs Creamery as all their milk comes from grass fed cows.” This is a rare find in the milk industry according to Pablo. He also shared that the milk from Trickling Springs is flash pasteurized - minimally pasteurized. The creamery also bottles milk with no additives. Pablo noted, “I support businesses that I know are doing great things for our world. This milk is a better ingredient for our customers and employees to consume.” Another crucial ingredient Pablo obtains locally and sustainably is butter. “We get it from Main Street Farmstead in Stuarts Draft, VA. Virginia butter from Virginia cows,” he said. “We pay a little more, but we support another farmer and keep the money in the state. And of course the butter tastes amazing!” The biggest ingredient, wheat, is chosen with great care and just for Great Harvest. “We deal with family farms in Montana which are located in the ‘Golden Triangle’ where the best wheat is grown. Each lot of wheat is independently tested so we know it is non GMO and pesticide free,” Pablo described. “All the flour is milled by us – here in our store. We have a granite stone mill in the bakery. Because we make our own flour the flavor really stands out; the freshness is synonymous with nutrition,” he explained. “The flour still has active enzymes and phytonutrients and offers nutrition and flavor you cannot get from pre-packaged store bought bread.” The way Great Harvest processes the flour enables some people with gluten intolerances to enjoy this bread without discomfort because of the methodology used. Pablo expressed, “This is bread the way it ought to be - the way it used to be. We are doing something in

Left: Pablo takes great pride in being a positive leader for his staff, who he works beside daily. Right: Great Harvest goes through roughly 25 pounds of honey per day. It is far more expensive than commonly used ingredients like corn syrup or sugar, but produces a much more wholesome product.

the bakery that is fundamental to humans; an ancient process that is intrinsically valuable.” He also shared, “We are creating food experiences here that are difficult to find elsewhere – it is authentic, it is real.” Sarah Kamphuis, an employee at Great Harvest said, “I love working at the bakery because we mill our own wheat and bake bread without chemicals or preservatives. Just wheat, yeast, water, and other natural ingredients.” She also said, “The most popular bread is our Dakota bread with pumpkin seeds, millet, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Customers really love the simplicity of ingredients in a world of packaged and processed food where reading the ingredient labels on other breads is shocking and scary.” Great Harvest also uses a delectable ingredient – honey. This is used in making all the breads Pablo and his crew bake each day. Honey is also the most expensive ingredient used but is a healthier choice. “We use 25 pounds of honey per day,” he explained. Putting people first is a priority for Pablo and everyone working at the bakery. And to serve as a daily reminder to himself and his crew, Pablo posted the values and mission statement on the wall. Over the years, Pablo has received notes from previous crew members letting him know about their lives. “Many of them share how they would not be who they are today if it were not for the start they had at Great Harvest,” he shared. “This is an amazing thing and I want all my staff to know they have the strength and permission to go out and do fantastic things in life.” “For myself, I want to be challenged and proud of what I do. I want to be seen as a positive influencer within the community, and to feel pride in the way I feel connected to everyone who comes in,” described Pablo. “I know my food is enjoyed by people that I know and care about. I also want my employees and customers to feel that pride.” ❖

Great Harvest Bread is located at 108 Main Street in Warrenton. For more information visit warrentonbread.com or call 540-878-5200.

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asking for what you need? Did you promise to care for your loved one no matter what? Do you feel you have to prove you are worthy of affection from your relative? Once you can answer these questions objectively, you can begin to change your behavior gradually. Reduce personal stress.

Recognize red flags – sleep disturbance, quick anger, forgetfulness, and others. Act to make changes before these things overwhelm you. Try to pin down the source of stress; is it criticism from a sibling, inability to set limits, or just too much to do? We can only change what we can control, such as our attitude. Find a way to get some “me” time – coffee with a friend, a walk, meditation, or a hobby. Set goals. Determine what is most important to accomplish in the next few months. Do you need a few days off to recharge? Or maybe you require help with some specific tasks. Ensure you schedule a check-up with your own doctor. Your health is important. Write these goals down and tackle one at a time.

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individual to check in. If you take time off from work to take an elderly person or family member to the doctor, have an older relative/friend call you nearly every day with a question or problem, or have lost sleep worrying about an elderly person, then you are a caregiver. Assisting an aging or ill family member can be rewarding, but is often physically and emotionally exhausting. There are several factors which affect the level of stress you experience: your relationship with the individual, your support system, the type of care needed, and if you are voluntarily assisting the individual. Many caregivers find themselves providing assistance with all the necessary tasks with

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little help from other family or community services. Family members who are responsible for assisting their relatives report being sleepdeprived, eating poorly, not exercising, working through illness and postponing their own health care needs. They are also at increased risk for depression, substance abuse and chronic illness. If you find yourself neglecting your own needs while caring for someone, ask yourself: “What good will I be to the person I care for if I become ill?” You CAN improve your situation by doing a few important things. Identify personal barriers. Do you feel guilty if you take time for yourself? Do you have trouble

Many caregivers report being alone in their journey. But when questioned, it becomes clear they are uncomfortable asking for assistance or saying “yes” when help is offered. Think about specific tasks which a relative, friend, church member or neighbor could provide. These may include having someone sit with your relative for 15 minutes while you take a bath; having someone pick up groceries or prescriptions while they’re out shopping for themselves; assisting with yard or housework; or completing paperwork. The spouse of a man with dementia told me, “I look for a ‘good enough’ solution, not perfection. No one can do things as well as I can, but it’s good enough.”


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Sometimes a family meeting is necessary to get everyone on the same page and negotiate. Learn about resources.

There is so much information on the Internet and in our local libraries on chronic and acute illnesses. Read as much as you can about your loved one’s condition, whether it is dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, or other medical need. Seek material on caregiving itself. Many Facebook groups cater to caregivers, for example there are groups such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers Support. Our community also has a myriad of services for seniors such as home-delivered meals, transportation options, home repairs,and others (see sidebar for contact information). Somehow many people assume the role of caregiver should come naturally. Like being a parent, we are not necessarily born with the skills required. Education, help and support is necessary to do the best job possible. Recognize your limitations, reach out for help, and pat yourself on the back for taking on a difficult yet rewarding task, and most importantly take care of yourself.❖

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

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A Warrenton Lifestyle article helps solve a local family’s 57-year medical mystery

from our May 2017 issue

STORY BY JILLIAN MORRIS PHOTOS BY KARA THORPE

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n the May 2017 issue of Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine, I shared the story of my son, Vaughan and did so because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted others to not feel alone like I did when I was waiting for a diagnosis for my son, Vaughan. For anyone reading the article I wanted to provide hope – for those who are a mother of a special needs child. Our story of receiving the rare disease diagnosis of BohringOpitz Syndrome (BOS) was not the end, it was the beginning of our journey. I hoped sharing my personal situation would mean I succeeded in educating people that this type of journey

has many rewards. Since my article was published, I feel many acts from a higher power occurred. I realize many people are skeptical about religion, but I think this is the only way to describe what has transpired since I shared our story. Immediately after the article was published, I received an overwhelming and positive response from dozens of readers—my son and I are

even recognized when we go out in public. Strangers have approached us and introduced themselves. Mothers in the middle of the checkout aisle teach their children that even though my son and many other children can’t walk or talk, it doesn’t mean they don’t understand —that they still feel love like any other person. A local father even reached out to me and offered his

valuable time to help me lift Vaughan in and out of the car and the grocery cart so I could shop with ease—I was moved to tears. Fauquier County Working Together Committee also hosted a fundraiser for Vaughan to help ease the burden of my expensive childcare costs. One local family even donated a very expensive stroller to help make Vaughan’s mobility easier when I make

Above, left: Jill and her son Vaughan. Above, right: Warrenton couple Ann and Carl, whose lives were forever changed after reading Jill’s article in their May 2017 Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine.

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quick trips around town. The generosity shown from Warrenton residents has been truly overwhelming. The heart-warming response from people volunteering to assist Vaughan and me has been an amazing experience—I have been deeply touched by these selfless acts of kindness. There’s even more news to share. Approximately two weeks after my article was printed, I was contacted by a local family who wanted to meet me. The couple, Carl and Ann, explained they thought their son might have had Bohring-Opitz syndrome too and wanted to meet in person to discuss the similarities. I was skeptical at first because I now know there are several other syndromes with Opitz in the name, since the same doctor helped to find multiple syndromes. I also know there is no comparing Bohring-Opitz syndrome (BOS) and other Opitz syndromes as the characteristics and severity are completely different. Having this knowledge, along with knowing the rarity of Bohring-Opitz syndrome, I was worried this family may have made a mistake like other people had in the past. The chances of another child, in the same town – let alone the same state – to have the same diagnosis as my son, is literally one in a million. However, there was still that question of “What if?” Could this family really have a child with this syndrome? Either way, I had to find out. Carl and Ann live only seven minutes away from me and we met on a Sunday afternoon. This retired couple warmly welcomed me into their home and had me sit down at their dining room table. Several of their adult children were also there that day. They explained to me that they had a son named Gregory who was born in 1960, but he passed away when he was 10 years old due to pneumonia. Doctors were never able to diagnose Gregory’s condition. When Gregory was a child they went to many specialists – even one with the National Institute of Health – but Carl and Ann were never provided answers. Gregory’s condition was a puzzle; no one knew

what his condition was, or how and why it manifested itself. Some doctors told Ann it was because of a virus she had when she was pregnant; others said it was because of some medication she took. For years other family members wondered if it was a genetic condition which they could potentially pass on to their children and future generations. Ann explained to me that once she read my article she couldn’t ignore the similarities between her son and my son, Vaughan. During our visit, an old photo album was placed in front of me. Carl and Ann asked me if I might be able to confirm if their son had Bohring-Opitz

“The chances of another child, in the same town – let alone the same state – to have the same diagnosis as my son, is literally one in a million”

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syndrome by looking at his photographs. I knew the physical characteristics of BOS well, but I am not a geneticist or a physician. I told them I probably could, but even as I said the words, I doubted my ability. What if this child had something other than BOS? Immediately my doubts were erased as Ann opened to the first page of the album. I saw a photograph of a newborn baby who looked just like Vaughan did when he was born. Vaughan and Gregory could have been brothers! There was no doubt in my mind this child had BOS. Gregory had the exact same birthmark on his forehead, the same full head of dark thick hair, almond shaped eyes, and even the same hand position. A

Left: Ann and Carl’s son, Gregory, shortly after his birth. Gregory’s doctors were never able to diagnose his condition and he passed away at the age of 10 from pneumonia. Above: Ann, Carl and their four children. Ann is holding Gregory.

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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.

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forest management is undeniable, yet he does have favorites: “I love all seasons – when I am tired of one, the next one comes. My favorite tree changes over time, but I really like the sassafras; the leaves are interesting because there are three different shapes on one tree. It’s form is easy to pick out, it smells good, and it’s bark is unique. The wood is very pretty, but not utilized for anything, unfortunately,” Joe shared. “I also really like the yellow poplar for forest management purposes. There are many benefits with this tree: it is easy to regenerate, grows at a high density, it is valuable, has the shortest rotation period of hardwood trees for timber management, it grows straight so you can get a lot of wood from it, bees forage on them, squirrels eat seeds, and the flowers are pretty – when you get to see them.” Now responsible for seven counties (Fauquier, Prince William, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Rappahannock and Culpeper), Joe and four other area foresters work diligently for the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). Their mission: “We protect and develop healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians.” (www.dof. virginia.gov) Joe explained a forester’s complex role. VDOF was initially created in 1914 to prevent and suppress forest fires and to assist in reforestation efforts. Over time, VDOF has increased responsibilities and now protects Virginia’s forests from wildfire; manages forest resources, protects Virginia’s waterways, conserves forests in the Commonwealth, manages state land and nurseries, and regulates incentive programs for forest landowners. “This agency originally was founded for wildfire fighting and this is still a primary role we have. We depend upon and collaborate with volunteer fire departments to suppress fires,” Joe said. While they work together on all fires, VDOF’s specialty is large or remote fires: “We are equipped and trained

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specifically for these fires, while fire departments are better equipped for ones that can be accessed with vehicles.” VDOF staff enforces all state fire laws and performs all logging inspections. “We inspect all timber harvesting operations to ensure no erosion takes place into stream channels and best practices are being utilized. Protection of the ecosystem around the harvesting location is also important,” explained Joe. Most of his time though is spent providing assistance to landowners through site visits, verbal advice and creating short and long written plans to meet the landowner's needs. Regeneration is part of the forest management plans they provide. “Some owners call us because they are curious about their forest. They enjoy having it, but have never considered what is in it. Most landowners are very knowledgeable about their own profession and don’t have extensive background in natural resources management,” shared Joe. He explained it is like when you call a CPA for help with taxes and a mechanic to help with a car, you should call VDOF for help with your forest.

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Foresters work with landowners on any size parcel of land – from small quarter-acre lots to thousands of acres.” Mini-forests are beneficial for homeowners. Although for most people mini-forest will not produce an income, the trees will provide shade (which affects heating and cooling costs for your home), and improve property value due to aesthetics. Joe detailed that trees also offer environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration, increasing organic matter into the soil from leaf matter, cleaner water due to more and better filtration in ground. Plus the tree provides a habitat for insects up to the birds. Joe said, “The genus of oak supports several hundred species of insects. A single oak feeds many caterpillars, moths, and butterflies which is part of the food chain; like birds which feed caterpillars from oak trees to their young.” “I love working with landowners and explaining to them what is going on in their forest – to help them appreciate and understand it better,” Joe enthused. “I have never wished for a different career path. This is it for me.” The local community may enjoy two state parks nearby: Whitney State Forsest and Conway Robinson State Forest. To learn more about these parks visit www.dof.virginia. gov. For landowners interested in VDOF services, visit their website (dof.virginia.gov) or contact the Warrenton office directly by calling 540-347-6358. ❖


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comrades who fought so courageously that day. Over seven decades later and after a heartfelt gift from his beloved grandson, he finally got the chance. Pearson’s grandson, Hunter Pearson, entered an essay contest being held by his employer; the theme of the contest was “What would you do with $10,000 to change a person’s or organization’s life?” Hunter, aware of his grandfather’s service to our country and the important role that World War II and D-Day played in his life, explained in the winning essay that if he was to win the contest, he would take his grandfather back to Europe – to the very beaches where

his comrades fought on D-Day. So in September 2017 Pearson obtained his chance to visit the beaches of Normandy, France, compliments of the funds from Hunter’s essay prize winnings. “Until you stand on that beach and see the cliffs the infantrymen scaled, and understand their position, you cannot comprehend what they experienced,”

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his life was influenced by his grandfather in a middle school SOL topic on heroes. He concluded his Pursue Your Passion essay with: “Harvey Lee Pearson is now 91 going on 92 years of age. With limited time remaining it would mean the world to help my grandfather live his dream for helping provide us the American Dream.”

said Pearson, shaking his head. The commitment and determination to the mission to advance the allied forces into France made all the difference. The success of this mission was due to these exceptional soldiers which took ten weeks to complete and culminated in the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944. Harvey Pearson was drafted into the Air Force during World War II and served as a left waist gunner in the 463rd Bombardment Group (H) 5th Wing/15th Air Force, known as “The Swoose Group.” He was stationed in Foggia, Italy on D-Day. “We were told at 4 a.m. [on June 6, 1944] about what was happening in France. We left two hours later for a five-hour mission to Belgrade, Yugoslavia with the Marshalling Yard as a target. We were all eager to return to base to hear the news of Normandy,” he recalled. Since that day, he hasn’t forgotten the infantrymen on the beaches. “To think of what they experienced in that water, with all that gear, guns shooting at them, and they couldn’t defend themselves,” he said. “You can read about it, but until you put your foot on that soil where they were, you don’t know what those

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boys went through.” During the war, Pearson and his crew flew 50 missions while stationed in Italy. Seven missions were to the Ploesti oil fields in Romania. The objective was to attack and destroy the Romano Americano Oil Refinery to disable Axis oil production. German antiaircraft flak guns positioned on the ground defending the fields made these critical missions exceptionally dangerous. “You never knew where the flak guns would be,” said Pearson. “If we learned of their location one day, they were moved the next and there was nothing you could do but hope they didn’t hit you. But it was safe to say they were near your target.” Pearson flew with many airmen during the war, but the crew he shared his tent with at the end of each day were the ones that became part of his brotherhood. “We relied on each other for so much while we were there,” he recalled. Remarkably, Grogan’s Gang, named after their pilot, Ralph Grogan, survived all 50 missions and returned to the United States. “We had been sent in as a replacement crew,” said

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Twice Harvey Pearson made plans to travel to Normandy, France; both times fate intervened. “He first planned to go with my grandmother on September 13, 2001. The events of September 11 cancelled those plans,” said Hunter. “He planned to go again several years later, but my grandmother was suffering from congestive heart failure and could not make the trip.” His wife passed away in 2007, and although Pearson was (and still is) in remarkable health, time was running out. Hunter was a winner and his essay was awarded the $10,000 prize. He immediately began planning the trip. The hardest part was, he laughed, that he had to wait three weeks after he found out about it to tell anyone; the company wanted to make a special announcement. He did tell one person, though: his grandfather. “We [our family] decided to pitch in a little money each and were able to have ten family members come on the tour with us,” said Hunter. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans organized the tour for the family.


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In 1991, Pearson invited his fellow crewmen and officers to visit him at this home in Warrenton. One man had passed away, and his widow came in his honor. “We [didn’t run] out of things to talk about [until] after about three days,” laughed Pearson. Thanks to Hunter’s success in the company-sponsored contest, Pearson was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of paying his respects to comrades who fell on the beaches of Normandy, and gain a better appreciation of what the infantrymen on the beaches experienced. It truly gave him a long searched-for perspective of the incredible challenges they overcame and the determination, bravery, and courage it took to accomplish that mission and the liberation of Paris. Yet another consideration of the war for him has always been the solidarity of the Americans

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“Each day had approximately five stops and the days were set in chronological order until the liberation of France. Each day we learned several new details of the war and gained new perspectives as we walked in the same footsteps of the brave soldiers in 1944,” Hunter wrote. Near the end of their six-day tour in September, the group was brought to the Normandy American Cemetery where the American flag waves beside the French flag, a symbol of the appreciation the French have for the American assistance. “I am glad the cemetery was one of the last stops [on the September tour],” said Pearson, recalling the emotions evoked by the visit. Gary Pearson,

at home, which he has long appreciated. “Everyone was united and working for the same cause. The people at home were heroes too, and sacrificing just as much as the guys fighting overseas. We were all in it together. There were no protests,” shared Pearson. Of today’s climate, Pearson offers some sage advice: “We all need to pull together and fly straight.” ❖

Pearson’s son, wrote, “We had the coordinates [at the American cemetery] to find the grave of Granville Payne, Latham Payne’s brother, who died after running over a landmine in a jeep at St.-Lô. Lantham, a close neighbor of Pearson’s, has been a friend to him since the two met at Fauquier High School during their freshman year and was the best man in Pearson’s wedding. According to Hunter, “The cemetery was everything we expected and was immaculately kept. Granville’s resting place reflected the gravity of his sacrifice and it meant a lot to all of us to remember a Warrenton boy who gave his all.” Hunter wrote, “Once the grave was located and respects were paid, he [my grandfather] looked at me and said, ‘Hunter, I am officially done with Normandy.’ It was not necessarily a happy moment but an emotional moment that needed to be had. I feel it brought closure concerning World War II and fulfillment to my grandfather.”

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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Fauquier Health Aims to Make Communities Healthier BY ROBIN EARL

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auquier Health’s mission is to Make Communities Healthier. Of course, the staff and physicians with Fauquier Hospital and its ancillary departments – the Wellness Center, Sleep Center, Wound Healing Center – all aim to provide the best care when a patient is not feeling well. But how did the health system work to keep local residents healthy in 2017?

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The Family Health Fair was held in April, and featured screenings, demonstrations and education. Screenings were also offered at the Warrenton Town Limits Fourth of July celebration. Fauquier Health joined forces with the American Heart Association for a Heart to Heart event in Warrenton. Those who attended learned about heart-healthy habits – including enjoying a glass of red wine now and then, or a bite or two of dark chocolate. Unused Medication and Sharps Collections – Fauquier Health collects unused medications and sharps twice a year.

CHARITABLE EFFORTS

System-wide charity drives benefitted seven different community organizations. • The Fauquier Health team raised $16,000 for Fauquier Relay for Life. • The Fauquier Community Food Bank received 34,000 servings of food collected by Fauquier Health. • Through F.I.S.H., a total of 131 book bags were filled with school supplies and distributed for the start of school. As a result of an effort to provide food for children over the holiday break, 350 children were provided with enough food for the two-week vacation. • 13 families and eight children received holiday gifts in December through the Adopt-a-Child program. • Through the health system’s Pay Up to Dress Down program,

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funds were distributed to the Liberty Cancer Fund and Hurricane Harvey relief in 2017. In October, Fauquier Health sponsored three employees to travel to Houston with the group Christ in Action. The trio – Progressive Care Unit tech Carole Pechie, certified occupational therapist assistant Anna Burns, and Intensive Care Unit tech Sarah Holbach – spent about a week working with victims of Hurricane Harvey. The women stayed in a local church and traveled each day to a job site. One day they gutted a house, the next they cleared a yard of downed trees and brush, another day they carted belongs from houses and helped people sort through the rubble – all in 90 to 100 degree Texas heat. Carol Pechie said, “Everyone there had the same spirit. We all worked hard. No one complained. Everyone was cheerful and smiling. We were happy to help.” The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) received $300 from a charity drive held during Hospital Week.

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Bodies in Motion 5/10K Run. Mary Walter Elementary School Back to School night and classroom education. Dr. Kyle Song and other staffers of Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton taught children about healthy habits. Exercise physiologists from the Fauquier Health Wellness Center held regular yoga sessions with soccer players from Fauquier High School, improving their strength and flexibility.

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The Jr. Chef program – Once a month, students from 10 to 18 gather at the Bistro on the Hill at Fauquier Hospital to learn about healthy eating and how to cook delicious family meals. The Chef Showdown – This hugely popular event attracted more than 60 residents interested in learning how to cook. Two chefs from the Bistro faced off October 25, to cook mouthwatered meals with simple ingredients – in 30 minutes.


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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

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Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Treatment That Works – A daylong conference sponsored by Fauquier Health, the Mental Health Association of Fauquier, Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services and the Come as You Are Coalition. Being Mortal –A free film screening and discussion about endof-life care.) A Conversation in Ethics: Coping Mechanisms for Dealing Successfully with Compassion Fatigue.

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Perhaps Fauquier Health’s best-known community program, medical camps for teenagers, were held in June and July, attracting about 100 students with aspirations for a medical career. The hands-on camps provided a practical look into a variety of medical fields. Applications for the 2018 camps are due out in March. SUPPORT GROUPS

Fauquier Health has just added a new group called Helping Hands, a support group for life limiting illnesses. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in Fauquier Hospital’s Chestnut Room. For more information, those interested may call Roxanne Woodward at 703-957-1867. For details on all other support groups, call Fauquier Health’s Community Link at 540-316-3588. CLASSES AND LECTURES

Fauquier Health offers many classes and lectures. Several birthing and childcare classes dot the calendar, in addition to CPR, safe driving classes and Medicare and Medicaid counseling. Several lectures are planned every quarter, covering heart attack or stroke, skin care or diabetes. Call 540-316-3588 for topics and dates, or go to www.fauquierhealth.org. LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018

Fauquier Health CEO Chad Melton has a passion for community service, and he has made it a priority for the organization. He said, “There are many members of our communities who are in need. The need is not always financial, but they may benefit from a mentor, support as they go through a disease process, or just help in meeting the basic necessities of life – like food, water, and shelter. I believe that healthcare providers, clinical and non-clinical, have a duty to help improve the lives of others, and be ambassadors for the organization, at work and in the communities we serve. We have a calling to give back to our community (financially and with our time), and to make a difference in the lives of others.”❖

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MARSHALL AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB meets from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m

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FEBRUARY 14 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance MARCH 14 The Return of the Native by J. Courtney Sullivan APRIL 11 Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson MAY 9 Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann JUNE 13 This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel JULY 11 Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks AUGUST 8 Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul or a book of your choice about John Marshall SEPTEMBER 12 Behold the Dreamers, a novel by Imbolo Mbue OCTOBER 10 The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy NOVEMBER 14 WW I selection of your choice

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi MARCH 26 Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson APRIL 30 Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon MAY 21 Mudbound by Hilary Jordan JUNE 25 The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne JULY 30 Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate AUGUST 27 A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki SEPTEMBER 24 Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul or a book of your choice about John Marshall OCTOBER 29 Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan NOVEMBER 26 WW I selection of your choice FEBRUARY 26

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a book club is the opportunity to read books outside your normal “to be read” list. “I find that the book club makes me widen my horizons, encouraging me to read books that I would not likely have read on my own,” said Mary K. Ruffner, a 14-year member of the John Marshall evening book club. With a wide range of literary topics and the diverse perspectives of members, interesting discussions ensue. According to Jane Weaver, a member of the Marshall afternoon book club, “The variety of voices generates fascinating new perspectives on the books we read. This group has introduced me to numerous authors and books that I now treasure. And to a friendly, lively group that I treasure even more.” Recently the John Marshall library book clubs made their 2018 selections, making now the perfect time to join. The following are the 2018 meeting dates and selections to be discussed.

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When her family moved to the area in 2006, she became a vendor in a few retail locations in Culpeper and Leesburg under the name of Newfangled Nana. Davidson performed a variety of jobs using her upholstery skills and talent. “My side business kept growing,” she said. The growth of her clientele presented her with the idea of opening her own location; one that was close to home. When Local Thirty-Five opened, Empty Nest and Fabric Emporium were still open and were selling furniture and home decor items. Initially Davidson’s store may have been viewed as competition, but she did not see it that way: "I feel it was important to compliment what other merchants offered in town; not be in direct

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competition by marketing very similar items. We wanted to offer something different.” This store was the compilation of Davidson’s love of art and craftsmanship. “Local Thirty-Five provides artists the opportunity to sell their items in a retail store,” she shared. Clothing is not offered, but a myriad of items welcome shoppers: handmade candles, wood carvings, beautiful wooden sailboats with string art creations, made-to-order signs, paintings (watercolor, acrylic, oil, and mixed medium), custom furniture, and beautifully hand-crafted and designed jewelry. “In the year and a half that I have been here, I'm beginning to get a sense of what our customers want,” she noted.


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Some of the local artists displayed at Local Thirty-Five include: MEADOW BROOK FARM

custom pillow and quilt inserts created from Clun Forest Sheep they raise on their farm. GARY LOHMAN

painter who will sometimes sit outside the store and paint on suitable weather days. Work available includes originals (oil, acrylic, water), prints and notecards. ROBIN LUTSKY

custom jewelry designer offering gemstones, gold and sterling creations. JACKIE YONGUE

local watercolor artist and cancer survivor. MAXINE HARDY

Artist specializing in creative sign art available throughout the store. GEORGE DOWNS

our own town’s retired postmaster is an artisan that sells his custom wood furniture pieces. TIMOTHY BROWN

wood and string artist who creates custom drift wood/string sailboats. LISA BURKE

watercolor artist whose original artwork as well as prints are available. And many others.

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Robin Lutsky of The Nest Designs Jewelry Creations shared her experience as a consignor with Local Thirty-Five: “Jen is a wonderful, kind, and sweet person. She does everything she can to help artists. She is a good person and anyone who does business with her gets quality items.” Lutsky also mentioned that “if you’re an artist and living in this area, come in and see if you can sell your work. It’s so worth it.” Consignor Maxine Hardy a custom sign artist and owner of Americana Woodworking & Design, shared, “Jen truly cares about the vendors. She wants to help us get our names out in the community. She also wants to learn about her clients and feel a connection to the shoppers.” Vintage and antique items are also available for purchase. “This year, we are offering some new services and will be modifying displays to create staged areas to benefit our customers. We have even brought on Blanca Martinez to increase our upholstery offerings,” said Davidson. Martinez is not new to the area and her artistic creations were often seen in the Empty Nest. She has 17 years of experience with upholstery and furniture creations –

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including painting and modifying the look of a piece of furniture. “Here [Local ThirtyFive] you get to see everything,” Martinez said of the art available in the store. “We like to help the clientele who frequented Empty Nest and Fabric Emporium,” shared Martinez. “My work was liked by many individuals when it was sold in the Empty Nest and I look forward to helping them again now.” Custom upholstery services, including non-toxic, organic materials, and furniture is available in the store, and Martinez is also offering clients decorating consulting services. The strong focus on local art has engaged all who enter. “Patrons love the affordability of our items. Plus our art pieces make great gifts and travel well for those visiting from out of town looking to bring home something from this area,” explained Davidson. “I think this area is very artistic and people needed a venue to showcase their work. We are proud of what we have.” said Davidson. So, the next time you are on Main Street, stop in and see that Local Thirty-Five is truly about the art of our region; in all it’s creative forms. For more information about Local Thirty-Five, visit their Facebook page. ❖

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ackie Yongue watches the winter landscape from the warm confines of her sunroom. A mug of tea with a straw sits on her lap. The home she shares with her husband of three years, Harris, is over 100 years old and is listed in Warrenton’s historic registry. An image of the house in its earlier days is displayed in the dining room. The photo remains with the house; passed along to each new owner. Over the years, the house has been updated and undergone renovations to reinforce its strength. Like the house, Jackie too has experienced many changes over the past several years. Through it all, she has found love, tightly woven through each new season and change, helping her to keep all the pieces together. Jackie shares her story, one that begins at the end of 2012 with hope and optimism for

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a new career she was about to embark upon in Washington, D.C. that would help her provide for her 11-year-old daughter. Having worked in Fauquier County for many years, she gave notice and had one week to enjoy before beginning the exciting new chapter of her life. It was on January 11, 2013 that Jackie dealt with a persistent nosebleed. It was so severe that she went to the emergency room. The outcome of this visit altered the course of her life. On January 24, 2013 Jackie was diagnosed with stage four adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. Jackie was between jobs, had no source of income, no health insurance, and imminent surgery; she put her faith in God. As news spread about her condition, old friends reached out and Jackie reconnected with

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many of her former classmates. One such friend was a general practitioner who helped her research and understand the medical terminology she found herself inundated with. With her friend’s help, Jackie selected a doctor in North Carolina, just 30 minutes from her identical twin sister’s home and family. Keeping her permanent residence in Warrenton, Jackie scheduled her surgery in North Carolina and planned to remain there until she was well enough to return home. On her way back to Virginia from a doctor’s appointment prior to her first surgery, Jackie turned off the radio and drove with only her thoughts to accompany her. She was trying to understand how she was going to manage. It was at that moment she heard God speak to her: “It was coming from within me, but was more than my thought.”


Jackie at home with her dog Dakota. Below, an original photo of the family’s historic Warrenton home.

She recalls, “The voice reassured me that I would never be alone by telling me, ‘You will be okay’. When I asked how, the voice said, ‘Because I will never leave you.’” She had more questions, but the voice became silent. One month after her diagnosis, Jackie underwent her first surgery. During the ninehour procedure, surgeons removed as much of the tumor as they could without penetrating her brain, where the cancer had spread. They removed virtually all of the left side of her face including her eye socket, hard pallet, cheekbone and jaw which were all infected with cancer. When she woke from surgery,

Harris, then only her boyfriend, smiled brightly from her bedside, “Seeing his big smile, I assumed the surgery went well and that I didn’t look too different.” His outlook helped shape Jackie’s: “Going into surgery we didn’t know what I would be like when I woke-up, Harris was just happy to see ‘me’.” Jackie stayed in the hospital for two weeks. Friends and family cycled through to spend nights with her because she was frightened to be alone. Jackie had to learn how to swallow and speak again. On day 10 she passed a swallow test and was permitted to go home.

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Family photos of Jackie with her daughter Alicia, husband Harris, and their dog Dakota. Photos courtesy of Jackie Yongue.

journal entry MOTHER’S DAY MAY 29, 2014

“Love and care for each other each day. See your blessings in all of your struggles. They are there, and they are great.” - JACKIE YONGUE

“I couldn’t take care of myself, let alone my house” recalls Jackie. Her friends didn’t wait for her to ask for help. “While I was in radiation, a friend in North Carolina held a fundraiser and other friends set up another campaign in Warrenton. Friends arranged for lawn maintenance and housekeeping, and friends flew in from out-of-state to care for me.” Thanks to all this support, Jackie was able to focus on recovery and adjusting to her new normal. But her journey to recovery was just beginning. A rod had been placed above her cheek to support her eye; it had begun to tear the skin under her eye and became infected. Jackie required another surgery to address these complications. This second surgery lasted 15 hours, and doctors removed as much as of the infected tissue as they could. Because she remained on her right side for so many hours her nerves were damaged. When she woke up, she experienced numbness in her hand up to her elbow which progressed to

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limited use and chronic pain. Unfortunately, a MRSA infection permeated the surgical-site in her eye and doctors had to scrape the infection from the wound. Jackie endured 30 hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments before her second surgery to administer oxygen to the infected site to encourage healthy cell growth, and 30-days of a PICC line for intravenous antibiotics. The skin around her eye became so tight from surgeries and twice-daily radiation treatments that surgeons had to stitch her eyelid closed so they could monitor the skin to determine if a graft would be needed, or if skin from her upper eyelid could be used on her lower lid to support her eye. Through all of the complications Jackie was never alone. Her friends and family stood beside her, and her community rallied their support. Donations enabled her to cover her mortgage for one year, ensuring she and her daughter would still have a home to live in. Jackie’s mother also stayed with her to assist her on the road to recovery. The pair were at a therapy appointment for Jackie when her mother mentioned some pain in her shoulder. At the next visit a couple of weeks later, the pain was still there. Jackie’s therapist told her mother to have her shoulder looked at it. Jackie’s mother was diagnosed with stage four multiple myeloma and given three to six months to live during

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the time she was caring for her daughter. “This was very hard for my mother,” says Jackie. “She knew I had stage four cancer and she wanted to fight like I did. She fought, but cancer took her life 14 months following her diagnosis.” Despite all she has endured, Jackie remains optimistic. With the sun shining into her beloved home, she sits as a beacon of strength for everyone who knows her: “What happened to me hit close to home for a lot people. It’s frightening to witness how much your life can change overnight. “She relies on her humor to help her cope. “One evening when my sister and I were getting ready to go out, it hit me how she looked compared to my own appearance, I didn’t give in to my grief, I played it off as a joke. I had the best Halloween costume,” she says with a laugh. In the five years since her diagnosis, she has endured overwhelming physical and emotional hardships yet she still focuses on her blessings and gratitude. “When I was first diagnosed I was so grateful that it was me and not my daughter,” she says. “At the time, I had two friends whose children were suffering from cancer, and I was thankful my daughter wasn’t suffering.” Jackie fails to find the words to thank the many people who have supported her over the years. “I can never really thank them enough.” Jackie even credits her cancer for bringing her a love she may otherwise have never known. “If I hadn’t gotten cancer; if I had taken the job in Washington then I may not have married Harris [whom I had known since childhood],” she says. “He saved me. When I was diagnosed, we had just starting dating – we were not far into our relationship. I remember telling him he didn’t need to do this and suffer beside me.” Harris has never left her side. He spent two nights beside her bed after her first surgery. He cleaned her eye after the second surgery when the wound needed to remain open; the bone exposed. He and his 25-yearold electrical business relocated from North Carolina to Warrenton to be with Jackie, so she could remain with her daughter. Fittingly, the couple married on Valentine’s Day in 2015. Jackie’s days are quieter now but she tries not to dwell on the reconstructive surgeries which are still in her future. Although she is unable to participate in many activities she once enjoyed, she has discovered a hidden talent as a watercolor artist. Even with her impaired vision and limited use of her arms,


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“My husband proposed to me on Day 60 of our 2015 Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hike at McAfee Knob near Catawba, Virginia. We woke up early to watch the sunrise at this iconic AT landmark and he completely surprised me!” ~ SHARON HARRINGTON

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“Virginia is for Lovers” reads the motto, and I am a lover of its mountains. Even during the winter when there are chilly winds, sleet, snow and ice I am irresistibly drawn to them. As the great naturalist John Muir said, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” And climb the mountains is exactly what a dozen Boots 'n Beer hikers did a couple of days before 2018 announced its welcome. Despite a dusting of snow followed by a frigid arctic blast, we climbed 2,600 feet up Buck Hollow to Mary’s Rock in the Shenandoah National Park in memory of one of our late hikers and to get the mountains’ good tidings for the New Year. After several hours of physical exertion, nature’s peace (mixed with a little yeast, hops, grain and water) poured like sunshine into our thirsty souls at Griffin Tavern. As each year passes I see more and more people drawn, as I have been, to the mountains to receive the good tidings of nature's immense beauty, renewal, and peace. More individual hikers, more families, and more couples. I've even read there are some new trends for couples utilizing the scenery as proposal and wedding locations; no glamorous engagement parties and wedding ceremonies just simple, meaningful nature-inspired events and decor by Mother Nature. I give a thumbs up to this idea as I've seen quite a few sites in the Shenandoah and Appalachian Mountains which would make spectacular proposal settings. The first one that instantly comes to my mind is Virginia's McAfee's Knob, the most iconic rock on the Appalachian Trail. No one can approach the site without being awestruck by the majesty of its breathtaking panoramic view. Many a thru-hiker has chosen this

memorable spot to propose; combined with an early morning sunrise I can't think of anything more perfect. In fact, thru-hikers, Nate and Sharon, have posted a short video of their proposal on McAfee's summit on thetrek.co/ appalachian-trail which is heartwarming to watch. For local hikers, Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park is a favorite destination which many couples call their own. I'm sure this high outcropping of rock with its sweeping views has seen more than one young man get down on his knee and open a small box to make a surprised young lady very happy. If close friends suddenly appear from behind Old Rag's big boulders with bottles of champagne, that would be the celebratory hike of a lifetime! If you love lying together under the stars dreaming of and being grateful for life's possibilities, consider a quiet camping trip to one of our mountain's high plateaus, such as the one in the Dolly Sods Wilderness on the eastern side of the Allegheny Mountains. This plateau is the highest east of the Mississippi River, and at night the sky's stars appear more numerous, luminous, and closer than you can imagine. It is an ideal spot to ask your beloved to share life with you; you feel the invitation of this grand canopy of stars above you bearing witness, guiding your life together, and helping to make your dreams come true.

For whatever reason couples are drawn to the mountains – recreation or simple enjoyment – its beauty and repose will provide a sentimental spot which has meaning and would be a natural choice for asking the big question. Every season provides us endless options – a dazzling array of waterfalls, cliffs, and overlooks – to choose a location that is as beautiful as the special moment. About one and a half years ago, my own son made the choice to propose and surprised me with a short email that simply stated “She accepted!” Their picture told the story. He was living in Boston at the time, but was on vacation in Colorado. He selected that time – in Colorado's impressively high mountains as the setting – to ask his girlfriend for her hand in marriage. A year later another surprise arrived from him – an email invitation to their destination wedding on the seashore in Mexico this February. As much as I love the mountains, even in the roughest of winters, this year I can think of no better way to appreciate Old Man Winter than by enjoying sunshine and snorkeling, as well as drinking tequila and fresh pineapple juice in the warmth of Mexico's seashore. All in a grand celebration of a proposal made in the mountains. ❖ 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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“I doubted myself and this book is about conquering self-doubt” Thompson than his involvement in promoting literacy in our town. He is a published author of four books. “I have been telling stories since I could hold a crayon,” he shared. “The Chicken Boy series was my first dabble into publishing and the character was actually created when I was 9 years old.” When he was just 13 years old, Thompson published his first illustrated chapter book: Chicken Boy and the Wrath of Dr. Dimwad, and formed his own publishing company, Thompson Original Productions LLC. The


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inspiration for the company name and the drive to write came from one particular teacher: “Every time I brought my 4th grade teacher, Mr. Charles Aracich, a new story or picture... he would say ‘oh a new Thompson original.’” Thompson shared, “He inspired me and said to never stop writing Chicken Boy.” Now, Thompson visits Mr. Aracich’s classroom annually to speak with students, as a way to give back and empower the next generation of writers. The journey from writing and illustrating to publishing wasn’t easy but Thompson had support along the way. “My parents were a big help. Legally I was too young to operate a business on my own, so my mom became my manager and my dad my editor,” Thompson said. “Getting published was a nice personal validation for me. Writing was something I was doing naturally and would have done really no matter what. It was very fulfilling to have my work on the bookshelf in the stores.” Initially, Thompson’s work appeared on Border’s shelves and about a year later at Barnes & Noble where. Thompson’s most personally treasured work to date is World of the Orb, released in October 2016. The author began conceptualizing this book as far back as 4th grade and through middle school, but truly began writing the story while in high school. Although his attention was split between writing, illustrating, school, and a social life, Thompson nourished his writing skills as he matured. One of the underlying messages of World of the Orb is conquering selfdoubt, which spoke to him personally as he was writing it. “I knew World of the Orb was something special from the beginning, so I felt an enormous sense of responsibility to tell the story right,” said Thompson. “My main character is so humble that he’s unwittingly sabotaging moments when he could be brave. His journey into this new world unlocks powers he didn’t know he had, which is reflective of one of the story’s primary themes: the humble will be exalted.” This literary work is a portal fantasy and Thompson’s creative ideas for the book came to him while he doodled

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in class. “I drew many creatures and knew I wouldn’t be able to write a story about each one, but I knew they all needed a place to live. So I created an environment; I drew many maps on the back of worksheets until I arrived at the one I used in the book,” shared Thompson. He even developed continents and biomes to include in this fictional world. Thompson described portal fantasy as “the reverse of urban fantasy which was most popular to write at that point in time and noted by the likes of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.” Details were not overlooked by Thompson. He even developed an entire language for the book called Trymbadorian, which also included its very own alphabet, and he wrote in terrestrial words. “You can see a little bit of it [language] on the cover; it’s etched in the rim of the Orb’s silver stand,” he shared. “There is an inclination in fantasy writing to avoid terrestrial words; meaning when fantasy authors write, especially in the first person, they can’t have their characters comparing their experiences and what they’re seeing to earthly things. This is what makes World of

the Orb unique.” He explained the environment he created in this book is otherworldly, but because the main character is from Earth, he wrote everything clearly for the reader, in earthly terms. “It’s very exciting in that sense; I think it helps the imagery of the world fully come to life for the reader. I don’t want readers to do any work while they are reading. I want them [the reader] right behind the main character’s eye: to see, sense, feel what the character does.” In the spring of 2016, Thompson graduated from George Mason University, magna cum laude and completed writing World of the Orb. “As soon as I graduated I was able to pour myself into completing the book with same rigor and schedule I kept to in college,” noted Thompson. Yet while he was in college, Thompson’s fiction writing professor Laura Scott, a professor and author, mentored and had a positive influence on him: “She helped with ideas on how to balance work and school, and offered a great deal of advice.” Scott, who typically provided feedback to classmates in the form

Thompson received a great amount of insipiration from his great grandfather, published author, Lawrence Schoonover. “To see that it (writing) could be done and was done by someone in my family before me is amazing. Schoonover’s work was translated into multiple languages, and was required reading in colleges. The Spider King (seen above) was even dedicated to my grandmother.”

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Top: Michael participated on a panel during YABBA Fest 2016 and 2017. Bottom: As the featured author, Michael spoke about the Chicken Boy series at T. Clay Wood Elementary School’s Literacy Night. Photo taken by Principal Andrew Buchheit. Photos courtesy of Michael Thompson.

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of positive comments, areas of improvement, followed by more positive remarks, was at first speechless after Thompson concluded his selected reading. She eventually said, “That sounded like professional fiction. It sounds like someone who has been writing for 40 years. I have no suggestions on how to improve the scene.” Thompson admitted there were other authors who influenced his passion for storytelling: Brian Jacques (a high fantasy fiction writer – shield and sword style) and his great grandfather Lawrence Schoonover (a historical fiction writer). Jacques’ Red Wall series in particular captured Thompson’s interest, and World of the Orb was dedicated to Schoonover. “Vocabulary is beautiful and introduces words many people have never heard before. Both Jacques and my great grandfather use vocabulary

brilliantly. The thing I love about the English language is there is a word for everything,” said Thompson. “Brian Jacques has a saying I really admire: ‘As much as there are words in poetry; there is a poetry in words.’” Both authors’ use of vocabulary appealed and influenced Thompson: “The fun in Jacques words and the rhythm of sentences in Schoonover’s works were compelling.” Thompson also mentioned he never met his great grandfather; he only knew him through his work.“Writing is in my blood,” he shared. In honor of the ancestral influence, Thompson named the fictional high school in World of the Orb after his great grandfather; the name of the school comes from a family name of Van Schoonhoven, which changed when the family arrived at Ellis Island. Schoonover’s work provided a spiritual guide for Thompson: “To see that it (writing) could be done and was done by someone in my family before me is amazing. Schoonover’s work was translated into multiple languages, and was required reading in colleges. The Spider King was even dedicated to my grandmother.” Schoonover’s literary work spans from 1948-1973. With an innate talent for art and storytelling, Thompson has proven himself an author on his own merits. This youthful writer has enthralled readers and will do so for decades to come. His journey will continue with the creation of a new urban fantasy and adventure story, and World of the Orb part two. For more information on upcoming book signings and release dates, visit his website (worldoftheorb. com). You may also find Thompson’s World of the Orb on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. ❖

Fictional works by Michael Thompson Chicken Boy Series. Chicken Boy and the Wrath of Dr. Dimwad, Chicken Boy and the Destruction of the Doggy Doo Doo Demons, and Chicken Boy and the Fight of the Ferocious Flower. This series includes illustrated chapter books geared towards elementary aged students. The third book in this trilogy was released in 2011 and Thompson has plans for releasing additional books in this series. World of the Orb. This portal fantasy geared towards young adults, provides creative, descriptive prose and incredible imagery. Watch for a release of World of the Orb part two in the future.

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FEBRUARY EVENTS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Valentine’s Crafts/Cards Foster’s Spirit Night from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Location: Foster’s Grille, Warrenton. Join Families4Fauquier for our Annual Spirit Night at Foster’s Grille in Warrenton. We will be making Valentine’s Day crafts and cards for local senior citizens. Order your food between 4 and 9 p.m. and mention us – we will receive 20 percent of the sales to use toward our community projects and events. Crafts will begin around 5:30 p.m. and continue to about 7:45 p.m.. For more information, please visit our event listing on our Facebook page. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Painted Rocks Club at 10 a.m. Location: Northern Fauquier Community Park, Marshall. Please join us for our February F4F Painted Rocks Club meeting. The theme is Keeping Fauquier Beautiful. All rocks and supplies are provide, just bring your smile and enjoy. Check out the Facebook event page for more information. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Lego Mania at Chick fil a from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Location: Chick-Fil-a, Warrenton. Join us for our annual Lego Mania Spirit Night. Goodie bags will be provided, while supplies last. We will feature a creative creation contest at 8 p.m. and the winner will receive a prize. Mention Families4Fauquier when you order and a portion of the sales will be donated back to our organization for projects and programs. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

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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ardeners, dig out your gloves – maybe your hat and scarves too. It’s time to start your garden; really, it is. For those of you who are afflicted by winter doldrums, gather your tools and get your hands in the soil now. Dream of some tasty produce you’ll be able to harvest soon – if you get out and plant this month it may really happen. Some of you may not believe there are any seeds which survive planting in the winter, but there is.The delicious results are worth gardening in the cold. Legumes called Alaskan peas (Pisum sativum ‘Alaska’) are the seeds to sow. The first year I found this particular pea, I honestly couldn’t believe I could plant this in February and have fresh peas in under 60 days. But I was wrong and the seeds survived the cold temperatures and the crop harvest was very successful; so much so that I never had an opportunity to cook any of them – the peas were devoured raw because they were so fresh and tasty. If you are new to gardening or an avid gardener, it doesn’t matter. Try planting these peas. I’ve included some general information to assist you with your chilly cultivating endeavor.

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Alaskan pea growing tips Alaskan peas grow up to 3 feet tall, and need to be trellised in some manner. The plants will mature in about 56 days – not so bad if you sow seeds in February, as you will be able to eat them by April. By the way, this pea variety has one of the earliest harvest. Nice, isn’t it? Ideal for chilly conditions and the pea plant tends to fade quickly once the weather heats up – here in Virginia, it is ideal to start in early February as we can get hot, sometimes really hot during the spring. Alaskan peas require full-sun (or part-shade if you plant later than February). Make sure when you plant them, you sow seeds two inches apart.

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For optimum growth and health, keep the soil moist, but not drenched. The seeds germinate within 7 to 14 days and will grow the best when temperatures over 45 degrees, sometimes a little lower. If you want to harvest peas well into spring (maybe even early summer), simply plant additional seeds about every two weeks until mid-spring. When the weather warms too much, which is common in this area, it will inhibit growth and the overall productivity of this crop. However if you want to test your “green thumb” and continue planting in a shady area in mid-spring, go for it. Personally, I have not experienced much success with this method, but it may be worth trying yourself.

NEED HELP GROWING VEGETABLES?

If you are not sure how to begin your garden, or want to speak with the experts, our county offers a free resource – THE MASTER GARDENER HELP DESK. The Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension Agent office is located at 24 Pelham Street, Warrenton. The master gardeners are volunteers with vast knowledge on all things plant and soil related. These gardeners are pleasant and always willing to impart their knowledge to educate the community. Walk-ins, emails, online submissions and phone calls are welcome. Their office is located at 24 Pelham Street in Warrenton.


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all and spring are without question the hottest times to sell your house, winter and summer being the slowest… so with winter now in full swing, what do you do now? For many of you, I expect your answer is – wait ‘til spring. If you plan to wait until the spring to list your home, now is the time to start preparing. I know what you’re thinking: “Tyler, that’s several months away…you’re getting a little excited.” It’s true, I am excited…a REALTOR® in the winter is like a race horse chomping at the bit, waiting for the gate to open. But here are a few reasons to consider why a spring market is worth preparing for now.

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side of doing the groundwork early than to let time slip away and be caught unprepared.

Emotions REALTORS® are taught to sell “houses” and buy “homes.” Your home is where your heart is, and for many their heart has been in their house for years. Selling and moving a home can be an emotional process. There can be an attachment to your house, your neighborhood, your desired prospective sales price, etc. Prepare now; you and your family will be selling a house, but taking your “home” with you. This will assist with the selling process in spring, making it smoother for everyone.

Preparing your house Everything takes longer than you think it will; getting your house ready for the marketis no exception. From decluttering and staging to completing weekend projects, and even packing to move, it will take longer than you think. If you start now, you can take it one bit at a time.

Picking a broker Selling a house is a big deal. You’re going to award the privilege of selling your house, potentially your biggest investment, to a local real estate agent who will be in charge of helping you prepare the house, prepare your mind, market your property, secure a contract for a maximum price, protect you under the contract, manage the contingencies, interact with vendors and other real estate agents, and more, all on your behalf, and they’ll earn a fee for doing so. You must take the time to acquaint yourself


with this person and you should be deliberate in your decision making. Start interviewing agents now. You should have trust in their skills and abilities and not feel you have to second guess their recommendations. It should be someone with whom you can establish a positive manner of communication and work with on problem solving.

Maximize your sale price You’ve acknowledged the stakes and emotions in the decision and can now proceed as analytically and confidently as possible, improving your readiness for showings, negotiations and decision making. You have staged, cleaned and completed projects – your house is looking its best, setting the tone for a maximized asking price in the shortest amount of time.

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About the AUTHOR Tyler Ross is owner and broker of Ross Real Estate in Old Town Warrenton. He has been licensed to sell real estate for 12 years and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the “Greater Piedmont Realtors” association. He was born and raised in Warrenton where he lives now with his wife and two children.

I am a huge fan of building momentum up prior to releasing a house on the market. …make no mistake, people listen to others in the industry about your efforts in maintenance and advance upgrades. As “whispers” spread, you get the benefit of months of market priming so when you push the “go button,” you’ve already got a head start on the selling process. Aligning yourself with your intentions by taking action now will position you for a positive and stress-free experience when the time comes to sell your house. Don’t get me wrong, some are easier than others, but by narrowing all the gaps as much as possible you put yourself in a position for success. ❖

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About the AUTHOR Charlotte Harvey, 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.

A Multi-Dog Household Help them learn how to live harmoniously together BY CHARLOTTE HARVEY

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henever there is more than one dog in a household, it is vital to train each individually and collectively as a unit. Consistent practice, clear rules, boundaries, calculated use of management, and identifying high value rewards will assist you in bringing order to your rowdy bunch. Here’s a look into what skills your dogs should master in order to harmoniously live together.

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Teaching control behaviors such as name recognition, leave it, and wait will help in managing daily activities. Tension and conflict can escalate during feedings, when visitors come over, when getting ready for a walk, and/ or around valued items such as toys and bones. By teaching control, it will help your dogs know what to expect and how to interact in high stress interactions.

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OBEDIENCE AND MANNERS Once your canine masters commands such as sit, down, come, and stay, you will notice how smoothly things will go throughout any given day. Pets can be taught to be polite when seeking attention, snacks, access to the outdoors, and when greeting visitors. Identifying valuable life rewards such as belly rubs, petting, attention, access to the outside, sniffing, and play will be helpful tools when food rewards are not immediately accessible. This will also help minimize competition for pets who are competitive around treats.

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4 OFFERED BEHAVIOR Make an effort to reward behavior that was not commanded such as settling down, avoiding conflict, controlling impulses, responding to subtle cues from other dogs, and so forth. The more you reward your dogs for making good decisions without a human command, the more likely they will make good behavior decisions.

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Each dog in the group needs to learn an “everybody” cue. This will allow you to engage all your pets promptly at the same time. When the cue word is said all dogs should provide eye contact and be focused on the handler. Some words commonly used by owners include: dogs, boys, girls, and pups. Try using the collective command when you are working with your

pack on group sits, downs, stays, waits, and recalls. Once the dogs respond to the training, begin rewarding them when they comply, even if it is one dog and not another. In most cases a bit of competition can motivate other dogs to perform faster and better. If one dog’s performance is subpar, evaluate the situation and figure out if it's due to a lack of skill, competition for reward around the other dogs, or no motivation.

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