Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine February 2022

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FEBRUARY 2022

W A R R E N T O N L I F E S T Y L E

Annual Pet Issue! Meet Pet Contest winner Jackson, K9s of Fauquier County, out of the ordinary pets, and Fauquier Health’s Pet Therapy program volunteers

Valentines Day is coming: Where to eat and what to cook Musical Tour de Force: Local performer and teacher Peyton Tochterman From Zimbabwe to Warrenton: Author Lynn Brooke


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ebruary is our annual pet issue, and congratulations to our winners, Jackson (first place) and runners up Charlie and Pickles. And thank you to everyone who sent photos, and our many voters who participated and supported all the entries in the contest. When we hear the word pet, we most often think of dogs first, then cats. I trained horses for many years, but horses are much more than pets-they are more like partners. I was going to include a photo of me with Winston, my 6-month-old Golden Retriever puppy, who is very photogenic and would be appropriate for the pet issue. But instead I am including a photo from my horse days. In January, I lost my best friend and coach Lisa Fuller, who was one of the most influential people in my life. The photo shows us riding together in a dressage demonstration at a prestigious horse show circa 1990. I met Lisa in New Hampshire when I was eight years old and she was ten years older, rode with her and worked for her until I grew up, got married, and moved on to a “real” career. We then moved into a best friend stage, which we maintained until the end. She was the reason I moved to Virginia in 1990: to ride and train in horse country. After training with Olympic equestrians and competing very successfully in Combined Training, she suffered a career-ending head injury in 1987. She overcame overwhelming physical and mental obstacles to not only walk, but ride again and became a respected horsewoman, coach, trainer, breeder, and fox hunter with Old Dominion Hounds. One of her greatest achievements was as mentor for her longtime students - including myself - who grew up not only knowing horses inside and out, but with a tireless work ethic, a respect for

physical fitness, a love of the outdoors, and an appreciation for Budweiser. She will be remembered for her wacky but infectious sense of humor, boundless energy, steadfast determination, and an almost unfathomable amount of perseverance in the face of challenges. While riding horses and editing a magazine seem vastly unrelated, Lisa taught me to always work as hard as I could and do the best I could, while always, always, laughing and preferably while listening to Jimmy Buffett. Things that can be applied to obtaining success in all aspects of life. I highly suggest adopting this outlook on life.

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C O N T E N T S

8 Garden to Table Monthly Q&A with Jim Hankins of the Fauquier Education Farm

10 Technology

Introducing Windows 11 BY KLAUS FUECHSEL

12 Well Read

From Zimbabwe to Warrenton

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Introducing local author Lynn Brooke

BY PAM KAMPHUIS

18 Education

An Alternative Approach Southeastern Alternative School

BY HANNAH SAMLALL

22 Special Advertising Section Summer Camps and Private Schools

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Pet Section

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2022 Pet Contest Winners! 28

Moments of Brightness when they Count the Most Fauquier Health’s Pet Therapy team

BY NORMA THATCHER

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K-9s Get the Job Done The canine professionals of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office

BY LINDSAY HOGEBOOM

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Interesting Neighbors: Pet Edition Beyond dogs and cats

BY BETH LUNA

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Wine and Dine

Musical Tour De Force Local teacher and musician Peyton Tochterman

Create the Mood Recipes that bring romance to your table

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Local Valentine’s Day Dining Where to go and what to eat and drink on that special evening

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Fauquier County Memories Remembering living and growing up in Fauquier County

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ardening has so many benefits! Not only can you grow your own delicious healthy food — your salad can’t get any fresher than lettuce picked from your garden 15 minutes before dinner — but it’s great for your mental and physical health, and the kids can get involved too. Did you know that immersing your hands in the soil is said to have antidepressant effects? In this ongoing series, we hope to help current gardeners as well as inspire beginners to start. Fauquier County has so many resources to support gardeners, and a lot of people with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Jim Hankins, executive director of the Fauquier Education Farm, is our local expert, and he is answering questions from our readers.

I have noticed driving by throughout the years that you use a black ground covering around many of your crops at the Fauquier Education Farm. What kind of material is it? Is it something that might be helpful for the backyard gardener vs. traditional mulching?

I have decided that this is the year I want to start vegetable gardening. What are some good local resources for a beginner? Is the Fauquier Education Farm offering any classes this Spring?

The Fauquier Education Farm has ten free workshops each growing season that each directly relate to what we are growing at the farm. These workshops are advertised on our Facebook page and website. The Fauquier/Rappahannock Master Gardeners also offer some very good workshops throughout the year through the Fauquier Cooperative Extension office on Pelham Street in Warrenton.

I'm planning to start some spring crops indoors soon with grow lights. Can I leave the lights on 24/7 or should I turn them off at night?

Plants will do better if you give them a sleep period without lights each night.

I have found that lids and heat pads are helpful with germination, but should I remove them after my seedlings sprout?

Heat pads and clear plastic tray tops are really helpful to assure good germination rates, but it is best to remove them within a day or two after the seedlings have come up. Excessive moisture trapped under the clear tops can lead to a condition called, dampening off, which is when an otherwise healthy looking seedling will develop a brown spot on the base of its stem and fall over and quickly die. You can baby your plants too much, so take off the tops and let them get some healthy air flow.

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Above: Jim Hankins, executive director of the Fauquier Education Farm, located at 8428 Meetze Road in Warrenton. The Fauquier Education Farm offers agriculture-related education through demonstrations, classroom instruction, on-farm workshops, and hands-on learning. The farm also supports the community by contributing all of its agricultural products to local food banks and by providing volunteer opportunities. Learn more at fauquier educationfarm.org

Mulching is going to be your best form of weed control. We use a lot of woven landscape fabric because it is reusable for many years, it’s highly effective at weed control, and because it helps conserve ground moisture. The biggest drawback of the material we use is that I don’t know of any retailers that offer it in smaller quantities, you normally have to buy a full 300 foot roll. It comes in widths from 3 feet to 15 but most people don’t need 300 feet of it. Get together with friends to buy a roll, or look at hay and straw mulch, both can be very effective.

I've often heard that a mild winter equates to a bad summer for insects, including garden pests. With all of our recent snowy ground cover, is there any hope that they might not be too bad this year? Have you ever noticed significant changes from year to year? I have also heard that hard winters can mean less insect pressure, but my experience hasn’t shown that there is any significant difference from year to year. You can learn more about farmscaping to support more beneficial insects that eat the bad ones. Row covers are also highly effective at keeping insects from ever reaching some vegetables. And there are a number of safe and effective organic sprays available to help control pests. Have a vegetable gardening question for Jim? Send it to editor@warrentonlifestyle.com and it might be answered in our next issue.


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Introducing Windows 11: Pros and Cons BY KLAUS FUECHSEL

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Positive Aspects of Windows 11

Windows 11 will upgrade at no charge, at least for now, if you have an upgradable Windows 10 computer. Bill notes that the “start button” popup menus have been replaced with a single, less cluttered application and settings pane. He finds the Windows 11 title bar and context menu compact and neat compared to Windows 10. Gamers will enjoy HDR video and local caching of large files needed for Xbox platform gaming. Windows 11 will, eventually, support running Android OS applications as downloaded from the Microsoft store. This creates better PC / phone integration. Apple tablets have had voice control and stylus tactile feedback for years. Microsoft finally joins this party when using their Surface or Tablet laptops that have a stylus. They have also upgraded their Linux subsystem, allowing use of graphical applications.”

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indows 11 is here to stay. Windows 11 desktops and notebooks are already flooding the market, and if you own a Windows 10 system, you’ve probably seen a popup saying it is time to upgrade to Windows 11, or “Sorry, but your system cannot be upgraded to Windows 11.” Today I want to present important information about Microsoft’s new Windows 11 OS. At the same time, I will introduce Bill Zirkle, our senior Mac and Microsoft specialist who is also a beta tester, meaning he gets new OS releases earlier to try out, test, and figure out how to “best them” before the software is officially released to the public. So I asked him to share some of his knowledge about what is going on with Windows 11.

First of all, can you upgrade?

To upgrade to Windows 11, Bill recommends that the prospective computer should have: 1. At least an 8th generation Intel or Ryzen 2000 AMD microprocessor (the brains). Thus, a machine made in 2017, or newer. 2. Trusted Platform Module of version 2.0 or newer. This device is security hardware that is built-in into a laptop, that can not be replaced; However, some desktops might be upgradable. 3. Secure boot settings which, if currently off, will need enabling.

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Before buying or upgrading a computer with Windows 11, check carefully with the provider’s support for any special proprietary programs you are using, in order to make sure that they are compatible. This is especially true for programs such as QuickBooks, Quicken, AutoCAD, as well as Photoshop and other components of the Adobe Suite. Microsoft says on its website that Windows 11 will run software that used to run on Windows 7, 8 and 10, but Bill’s experience is that Microsoft can only do so much to support them. The software providers have to adapt their software as well. That can take some time and cause some temporary problems, but they will have to adapt to the new OS process. It gives them the opportunity to sell you updated versions; in this way you might get new valuable features. Hopefully a win – win situation. Bill cautions that Windows 11 is not a free upgrade from Windows 7; you would have to upgrade to version 10 first if your computer is compatible. Microsoft Office 2010 might still run on a Windows 11 machine, but older versions may have difficulties running. Keep in mind that a program might install without an error, but that does not mean it will run 100%. You also might have to buy a new Office license, and Microsoft will make it tempting to get their 365 subscription versus their one-time download product.

To Windows 11 or not?

There’s a lot to like about the Windows 11 desktop layout and features. But if you decide to buy or upgrade to a new Windows 11 computer, and don’t like the new desktop, there are a few adjustments you can make. Bill was happy to report that “We can make Windows 11 revert to the look of Windows 10’s ‘start button’ style.” We recommend not rushing into upgrading! First, get a thorough computer system check, including your software. If your computer is infected with viruses or has other issues, a big update like the Windows 11 upgrade might freeze or corrupt your Windows OS. If you’re not ready for a new OS, have incompatible programs, or simply hate changes, I think it’s best to keep your Windows 10 computer in good shape for a couple more years. We advise commercial users to stay with Windows 10 for now. Don’t worry! Microsoft says they will be releasing Windows 10 updates until October 2025. Let’s give Microsoft some more time for Windows 11 to evolve; it sometimes takes years before an OS is running at its best. Klaus Fuechsel owns the local award-winning computer repair store Dok Klaus. He and his team deal with all kinds of computer issues; data preservation is one of their top priorities. You may contact Dok Klaus via phone 540-4282376 or visit his website www.DokKlaus.com.


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From Zimbabwe to Warrenton Local author Lynn Brooke’s young adult fantasy series was heavily influenced by an unconventional upbringing. BY PAM KAMPHUIS

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arrenton resident Lynn Brooke has led a very interesting life. She was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Rhodesia, and her upbringing was unconventional, to say the least. Her father was a builder for the government, and was sent to outlying areas to build infrastructure. The family lived very remotely, sometimes in a home with mud walls and thatched roof. She and her siblings were homeschooled by their mother via shortwave radio from Salisbury, the capital city. They ran barefoot in the bush, playing in “kiddie pools” of elephant footprint depressions filled with rainwater. Her parents encouraged imagination and creativity, and she describes her life as “a fantasy made real”. Fast forward to today, and Lynn lives on Waterloo Street in Warrenton with her husband on property that has been in her husband’s family since before the Civil War, loving the absence of the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia and the proximity to the mountains. Having devoted many years to her art, Lynn started writing in 2010, and is the author of four young adult fantasy books as well as a personal memoir. She sat down with Warrenton Lifestyle and spoke with us about her life and how it has influenced her writing.

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Tell me a little about the political and racial climate in Africa in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and how it affected you and your writing?

In the ’50s and ’60s, Rhodesia, a British colony, was still a raw and under-developed country. At this young age, I was unaware of the political and racial climate. African servants raised us since Mom needed to devote more time to pursue her writing and painting. It was only around age ten, once we moved to a town, that I witnessed for myself how differently whites were treated compared to black people. As I grew older and more able to think for myself, I made a conscious effort not to pass on the prejudices or judgments based on skin color that I had witnessed. I created the main characters in my fantasy series as a diverse group, not of one race or background. My characters illustrate by their actions that skin color or social standing have nothing to do with ability.


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How long have you been writing? What encouraged you to start your Ialana fantasy novels?

I began writing in 2010 after I had reached a plateau in painting. Both my parents were scribblers. They published nothing, only writing for fun and they encouraged me to do the same, so I tackled that next to see if I could get a book out of it. After one historical novel about Africa that didn’t do very well, I tried another genre—fantasy. I now love reading fantasy. I have read all Tolkien’s books (yes, even The Silmarillion). I took something away from everything I read. Several years ago, it dawned on me that I had some great fantasy book ideas that were just begging to be given life. I immediately sat down and wrote The Six and the Crystals of Ialana which I finished in three months. Then I published three more books in the series over the next two years.

Why young adult fiction? Why the fantasy genre?

When I was growing up, young adult fiction wasn’t really a thing. We had children’s fiction or adult novels. I remembered stories I grew up with, those that stimulated my imagination and made me realize nothing is impossible. All the books I had ever read, those for children that

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The Ialana Series. These books are a new take on fantasy, straddling the science fiction genre and venturing into the paranormal and spiritual realms. Driven by frightening nightmares, six teens come together to complete a perilous trek across the continent of Ialana. Their quest: to find a magical crystal lost 500 years in the past. Guided by a mysterious mentor, the group must find their way through a maze of dangerous mountain tunnels, avoid an implacable enemy, battle with genetically altered monsters, and cross an ocean to reclaim their destiny. Their odds of success are slim, and betrayal lurks in their midst.

brought in mythical beings and creatures, the science fiction books of other worlds I devoured, the mystery, horror, and suspense books—all contributed to my interpretation of myth, adventure, and fantasy. I want my fantasy books to open up a new understanding of magic and miracles for my young (or not-so-young) readers.

Tell me about your main characters in the Ialana Series. Where did they come from? The main character of the series is Jarah, an introverted teenager with self-esteem issues. He is part of who I was at that age, only male. His love-interest is Tegan, another teen who is always fearful and overly cautious. She too is a part of me. There are many more characters and they all need to dig deep to find their courage and determination. All my characters reflect something within me.

You wrote your autobiography Tea, Scones, and Malaria, after your fantasy series. Why the change of genre? Most authors have more than one genre in them. I can’t separate my life from fantasy, because my whole life has been a fantasy made real. I have always wanted to write my true story, so it wasn’t difficult for me to make the leap


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from one genre to another. I feel in many ways, they are not so different.

What is the most satisfactory part of your writing career?

That I can put my day dreams to work and share them with others! As a child, I never thought that would happen. Dreaming seemed to be a luxury, but dreams are what fuel innovation and creativity. It took me a long time to discover this fact and allow myself not only to dream, but to allow others into my head space.

Future plans?

I have many more books in me. I only fear I won’t live to be 285 years old so I can complete them all! My current project is the sequel to Tea, Scones, and Malaria. I will definitely write more fantasy. I have already begun another book, the first in a continuing Ialana series, “The Ialana Chronicles.” This book will feature new characters but build on the same world and history of the original characters in the Ialana Series. It is also my intent to write more books based in Africa. My family genealogy is fascinating, and I’d like to write another historical fiction loosely based on my slave ancestors. They are a diverse group, originating from Africa, India, and Indonesia, who intermarried with the South African settlers from Europe. Their history intrigues me.

My watercolors are inspired by local scenes and objects. My goal was to record the vanishing rural landscape before it disappeared. Every time I went on short trips in the area, I took my camera with me to record interesting subjects, such as houses, vintage vehicles and old farm machinery. I would then return to my studio to paint them. My painting, “Before Walmart,” (above) is an example of this, as is “65 Chevy” (right) and my award-winning “Old Tractor”.

Is there anyone who helped you along the way that you’d like to mention?

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Jackson Kelsie Marker, Warrenton

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He’s four years old, and he’s a mix, but primarily Australian Shepherd. I think it’s the Aussie in him that gives him his great personality.

How did he come into your life?

I adopted him when he was about three months old. He’d been abandoned in the woods near a friend’s house in Bealeton. They were going to keep him, but he was too high-strung.

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Aussies can be energetic. What was he like as a puppy?

He was a terrible puppy! But I always knew I would keep him, I just needed to figure out what he needed. He’s just so cute you can’t say no to him. I took him to Sit Means Sit, and he’s the coolest dog now. I take him everywhere with me. He really likes to meet people and other dogs. I take him to the Farmers Market and the dog park and to eat at Molly’s, and he loves the attention.

What is his favorite thing to do?

He loves sticks! My boyfriend is clearing his yard to put in a fence, and Jackson’s helping him by digging out roots. I think he thinks they’re just underground sticks.

How has he changed your life?

Oh my gosh-he’s changed me in every way. He’s made me more responsible. He taught me to be more loving and compassionate, and he helps me stay active. I just moved here, so he helps me get out and meet people. I didn’t know I could love a dog this much.


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Moments of Brightness When They Count the Most Meet the members of Fauquier Health’s Pet Therapy team BY NORMA THATCHER

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earing the age of ninety, the hospital patient had not only never owned a dog, but had never even petted a dog. That abruptly changed when Pet Therapy dog Tess, a Sheltie, visited at Fauquier Health. It was love at first sight as Tess nestled in on the patient’s bed, who didn’t want to let her go. “You all go on ahead and visit other people but leave the dog here!” the patient proclaimed with finality to Tess’s owner Lisa Fox. For over 21 years the dogs (and more recently, the miniature horses) of the Pet Therapy program at Fauquier Health have been bringing joy to the patients at our local hospital. Some teams also visit patients at senior living facility The Villa of Suffield Meadows. The Pet Therapy program is amazingly rewarding for the patients, the volunteers, and the staff. The popular program started out under the wing of the former Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary in March 2000, beginning in outpatient therapy/rehab with Colin Elliot as Director. Later, physical therapist Julie Maybach-Royal (with dogs Teddy and Tigger) and Molly Morgan (with pup Cordymay) began the program at the hospital. Julie served as Facilitator of Pet Therapy until 2004 when Sheryl Vollrath took over. Sheryl served until 2019 when MaryBeth Bradley assumed responsibility as Volunteer Coordinator. As of today, MaryBeth manages a roster of thirteen Pet Therapy volunteers, eight dogs, and one miniature horse. The program’s first miniature horse, Silver, retired in 2021 but Lola the mini joined in 2020 and remains to help the dogs on the team brighten patients’ days.

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Patient Blake Weaver enjoying a visit from Tess. As his nurse said, “His smile says it all.”

The pandemic forced the postponement of Pet Therapy visits in March of 2020, and the hospital’s patients missed out on seeing the four-legged ambassadors of joy. The visits have since resumed, although Fauquier Health carefully monitors the virus and makes safety decisions regarding visitors – pet and human – on a constantly evolving basis. “We hate to postpone the pet therapy visits because it’s such a successful program, but we monitor the situation closely for everyone’s safety,” says Sarah Cubbage, Marketing Director of Fauquier Health. The Pet Therapy visits are often made in teams. Each pet handler and pet may have a Pet Rep accompany them on patient visits. The Pet Rep “smooths the way” by making sure that a visit from the animal is desired and that the area is clear. Then the rep administers hand sanitizer and (if the dog is small enough), a covering is placed on the patient’s bed or lap. Each patient receives a “calling card” from the pet with their photo and brief bio. The hand sanitization protocol occurs again at the end.


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Patients aren’t the only ones who get a little TLC from the pets. Staff members also enjoy the respite from a busy, stressful day by stopping to pat or cuddle with the animals. Former patient Sue Brittle was waiting to be released when one of the Pet Therapy dogs arrived on the scene. “I immediately felt my blood pressure go down when those beautiful brown eyes looked up at me,” she said. My own favorite story is of a patient who spent a long time in the ICU. Injuries kept the individual nearly immobilized the first time former Pet Therapy dog Rosie, a German Short-Haired Pointer, walked into the hospital room. The only movement the patient could make was placing a hand on Rosie’s head. Simultaneously, huge tears spilled out of the patient’s eyes.

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K-9s Get the Job Done The canine professionals and their handlers of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office STORY AND PHOTOS BY LINDSAY HOGEBOOM

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eputy James Arrington describes his work partner in one word: “Goofy.” While many co-workers may take offense to that label, Arrington’s K-9 comrade seems to wear it proudly, simply happy to spend time with his handler and get to work. Arrington and his human colleague, Sergeant Brian Colbert — both Northern Virginia natives currently residing in the Warrenton area — have been with the Fauquier County Sheriff ’s Office for more than a decade. Arrington has been a K-9 handler since 2013, and throughout that time has had two K-9 partners: Ace, and his current dog, Bane. He says that having grown up exposed to the field, he knew from the start that being a K-9 handler was the job for him. “My dad was a K-9 handler for 30-something years for Manassas City, and we own a company that trains dogs in the area,” he says. As for Colbert, he explains that Arrington was part of the reason he became a K-9 handler. “When I worked in the jail, I’d go out and ride-along with guys, and most of the time it was with the K-9 handlers,” he says. “And then [Arrington] was actually my roommate for a little while, so I got kind of acquainted with the K-9 side of law enforcement.” Fast forward to today, and Colbert says he has loved working alongside his four-legged partner, Hank. “It’s the

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Deputy Arrington and K-9 Bane.


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They love going to work. You open that kennel door and they run right to the cars. best job in law enforcement,” he says. Arrington agrees: “We get to do all the fun stuff.”

All in a Day’s Work

In all, the department has five K-9 teams that are each trained in specific tasks. Bane and Hank, along with their colleague, Duco, are Belgian Malinois, Malinois-Shepherd mix, and Dutch Shepherd, respectively, and are each trained to do tracking, building searches, and criminal apprehension. “Ladee is a German Shorthaired Pointer, and then we have Katie, who is a Bloodhound,” says Arrington. “The Bloodhound only does tracking — she’ll track missing elderly people and children. She can also track criminals. The bomb dog, Ladee, does explosives, handguns, and rifles, and finds casings and stuff like that. She can [also] do the black powder explosives.” For these teams, a typical workday includes anything from training to exercising the dogs to handling calls. “It starts with us loading up for work, and [the dogs] are raring to go,” says Arrington. “They love going to work. You open that kennel door and they run right to the cars.” Once the dogs are strapped into their vests and loaded into the cars, “we come in, go to our roll call and then we usually go out — some days we’ll do training. We find some time to throw the ball and let them out, and handle calls from there,” explains Arrington. “We don’t just train here,” adds Colbert. “We’ll go to other places and get different atmospheres.” Arrington explains that a change in scenery and training with other local departments is beneficial for both the dogs and their handlers. “It’s good to let other people see how your dogs work, because…they might know something we don’t know and we can incorporate that into training our dogs,” he says.

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Hank practices his criminal apprehension technique.

“When we’re at work, [Hank] is my best friend,” says Colbert. “He’s right there behind us, riding in the car. Sometimes we’ll open the divider up and he’ll be able to come up.” The partnerships don’t end when the teams clock out. After work, the K-9 companions head home with their handlers. However, “Every handler treats their dog differently when they’re at home. There’s handlers out there that let [their dog] in the house, and they stay in the house with them and sleep in the bed with them,” Colbert says. “My old dog was like that,” says Arrington, “but Bane is too rambunctious. I let him in my house one time, and he was standing on my kitchen table.” Both Bane and Hank have their own up-scale outdoor living spaces, complete with heated and cooled kennels. “[But] Hank never goes into his kennel,” says Colbert. “I have a quarter-acre fenced in for him, so the only time he’s in his kennel is when he’s eating or drinking. And then he’s got two dog houses out front, so he walks to the house, stays there and lays and waits for you to walk out every morning. Every time I come out, he’s jumping at the fence.” Both at work and at home, each dogs’ distinct personality shines. Arrington says that Bane is “like a big baby. I call him the bad little kid half of the time because he knows how to push your buttons like there’s no tomorrow…. But he’s a good boy.” He grins as he says, “I have a little sticker in my car, it’s a Malinois on a wrecking ball, because that’s what he is. But he’s also very social. He is probably one of the most social dogs we have.” “[Hank is] the old man,” says Colbert. “He’s very chill until it comes time to work, and then he’s a loudmouth.” Despite the dogs’ high-drive and high-energy nature that fuels their work ethic, both Arrington and Colbert say that their K-9s favorite thing to do during their time off is sleep. When they aren’t sleeping, they can likely be found playing with their favorite toys or their other canine friends. “I have another dog that is my pet that [Hank] plays with — his name is ‘Chief ’, a Blue Heeler mixed with German Shorthaired Pointer,” says Colbert. “They get along, they play together, but [Hank] definitely gets to the point where he’s like, ‘I don’t want to do it anymore,’ and just goes and lays in his doghouse.” “I have a Lab named Luna who will take [Bane] out at the legs,” says Arrington. “Bane’s too busy looking for his ball…they’re playful. At home, you probably wouldn’t know they’re police dogs. The neighbors all know who Bane is and they love him too.”

Life After Work

The typical career of a working dog is about eight years. “Hank’s getting ready to retire,” Colbert says, and will be adopted by Colbert as a pet upon his retirement. “At the end of their career, we’re able to keep our dogs — we just have to purchase them from the county for a dollar.” “We have a choice — we don’t have to [adopt them],” says Arrington, “but I’ve never really met a handler who hasn’t. They’re like your family.”


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We may recognize the dogs (and owners) who live and walk in our neighborhood. And many of us have cats as companions as well. But there are some unusual pets that live among us that go beyond the typical. Meet your animal neighbors, introduced by their owners, and you might learn something new about someone! 36 Warrenton Lifestyle F E B R U A R Y

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Our rats Everest and Skye — named after characters in Paw Patrol — belong to my daughter Ophelia. She carries them around, loves to tuck them into bed, pretends she is a veterinarian, and builds "houses" for them from our recycling. They are most active at night; we hear them running on their wheel and chewing toys. When we first got them, she played with them in a small ball pit which they quickly discovered how to jump out of. Now, they live in the laundry room where she can shut the door and play with them safely. Everest (albino) is my daughter's favorite because she is cuddly — she will let you hold her like a baby on her back. Skye (black hooded) prefers to run on the wheel, climb, and explore. Rats are surprisingly smart, food-motivated, and can learn simple tricks. They are also very clean and reorganize their space to their liking. They eat rat kibble, a mixture of seeds and nuts, mealworms, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Pet rats generally live 2-3 years. There's no doubt they will leave two rat-shaped holes in my daughter's heart when they go.

Leo the Turtle Mike Di Silvio, Warrenton

My wife Rachel is a high school biology teacher and a student donated Leo the water turtle to her. Leo is a classroom pet but spends time at our house during breaks that are longer than a weekend. He appears to be an Eastern Painted Turtle, which is a native species. Leo gets a small amount of turtle-specific food every day and freeze dried shrimp as a treat. His life is a cycle of basking under a heat lamp and swimming in the water. He's a very active guy — any time someone approaches his tank, he'll jump off his basking platform and swim excitedly up to you. Water turtles typically live to be between 20 and 30 years in captivity.


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Molly the Pig

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I did a lot of research before I decided to get my pig Molly; I always wanted one because they are super smart and cute (at least I think so)! I was hoping she could be litter boxed trained, and she is, but it has to be a very large box! Molly is a very spoiled house pig weighing 45-50 pounds. She sticks to a certain routine. If I do not get up right at 6 a.m. to take her out, she oinks at the bottom of the stairs. After she does her business, she wants her breakfast and some love, then it’s back to bed. I work most of the day, so she lounges and plays with our four cats. I found a stray kitten who we named Timmy, and he became her baby! She snuggles and kisses him whenever he is near. She loves to visit our neighbors. Molly loves summer when she can take her time outside and will oink to stay out. She hates the snow when it is deep, and by deep I mean anything that rubs against her belly and makes her cold. I have to shovel a path for her. We have had Molly for six years — pigs live to be around 20 years old.

Mr. Shemp the Turkey Susan Hilleary, Warrenton

We purchased Mr. Shemp at a poultry auction at the Fauquier Livestock Exchange for the Fauquier High School Animal Science classes I teach. We went to experience the process, and we bid on him and won. He had been raised by a little girl who had to let him go; the family was very happy that he went to us rather than a dinner plate. Mr. Shemp lives in the hatchery at school with the chicks we are raising. He takes a walk several times daily and is cared for by the Intro to Animal Sciences class. The students are very attached to him, though many were afraid of him at the beginning of the year. Students clean his pen and provide fresh food and water for him daily. He lives at school year-round, and a few volunteers and I care for the animals during breaks. Mr. Shemp is very friendly and likes to be around people, strut around, and likes when people pet his head.

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Reptiles

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My husband is a lifelong fan of reptiles. When I met him 16 years ago, he had two snakes and I was deathly afraid of them, but after he taught me about them and how to handle them, I began to warm up. Now, we have over 35 snakes, lizards and arachnids! This is definitely my husband's passion and he takes care of them all. Feeding is dependent on that specific reptile. Snakes only eat once a week and lizards eat about every other day. Matt goes down to the "Reptile Lair" in our basement daily, making sure everyone is doing well, has water, and sufficient heat, and clean cages. You wouldn't think so, but each one of our reptiles has their own personality. Our lizards do have more "person" affection than our snakes, but all the animals know when Matt is around. They perk up and just watch him. T-Rex, our Black and White Argentine Tegu, has the biggest personality of them all. He LOVES people interaction and walking on a leash. Lizards have a life span like a dog, 10 - 15 years; snakes have a longer lifespan of 25-30 years. Snakes are in the family for a long period of time, they can follow your young child into college!

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Hobbes is without a doubt the most interesting animal that I have ever encountered. A ferret has a shockingly high IQ, the self-esteem of a British commando, the ethics of a mob boss, and the affection of a grandmother. Hobbes is cleverer than any border collie that I have owned – and my current border takes trash bags to the trash can and waves through the window to children as they exit the school bus. The first night at our house, Hobbes escaped and aggregated our sandals, and only our sandals (ignoring our shoes), stashing them in proper pairs under a desk. He shows an interesting array of complex emotions when we wear the sandals he now stores under a curtain (which is convenient because it is by the front door). He climbs, chases, fights, plays, reasons, shares, and emotes. Hobbes has a variety of stuffed animals that he has either pilfered or been sent by my relatives. He hides them around the house, and if moved, he returns them to their “regular place.” He sits on my car dashboard while I drive, visits stores, and loves to play on the hay bales at the battlefield park. Hobbes is now three years old; ferrets tend to live about six years – and I believe he has packed a lot of living into those three years.

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initial artist contacted declined to go. “I went for two reasons,” comments Peyton. “First, I wanted to get my own eyes on Afghanistan, and not rely on TV or newspaper accounts. Second, I had great respect for our troops serving there, and wanted to be part of it.” Peyton knew he had to choose his musical posse carefully. He needed seasoned performers who were not just technicians, but respectful travelers, calm and able to roll with the punches if things got sketchy. He called Gary. On May 26, 2012, the two (together with a third musician, Rad Lorkovic), traveled as cultural ambassadors from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the shadow of the Hindu Kush Himalaya, and the hotbed of war-torn Afghanistan. With its long history of domination by foreign conquerors from Alexander the Great and Genghis Kahn, to the Arabs, Brits and Soviets, the kindness and warm hospitality of the Afghan people and their avid thirst for Peyton’s songs and stories was astonishing. Expecting “a platoon of marines”, they instead traveled casually in an armored car, relying heavily on their Afghan interpreter and driver, forming a deep bond with both. The group played mini-concerts, as many as five a day, and gave lectures in schools, gymnasiums, universities, and other locales, practicing “diplomacy through music” over the course of a month. There was TV coverage and radio spots, and Afghan news reports across the nation complimented them. Not so with the Iranian press, who described their music as “dangerous and evil”. It was not until their return to the States that they learned Peyton had been blacklisted in Iran, which he views as a compliment. “That whole thing reflects how music is the essence of free speech, a language unto itself which can bring people from deeply different cultures together”. Safety and security were necessary concerns. “There were guns everywhere. You couldn’t walk ten feet without encountering someone in fatigues with an automatic weapon.” But rare moments of unease were far eclipsed by the enthusiasm of their Afghan hosts and audiences. In Herat, the most ancient and third biggest of Afghanistan’s cities, the group had two spectacular moments. On the roof of a secure government building, standing beside a sniper, Peyton looked out over the rugged terrain and saw a large dust bowl in the distance, its center a shimmering brilliant blue, moving steadily toward them. It was a group of 50 Afghan women, coming to watch a concert which was a dry run for their later performance at the Citadel. “When I looked out in the audience, I couldn’t find them,

Top left (2): When Peyton and Gary met, a profound friendship and musical alliance was born. Top and lower right: Peyton (center) performs traditional Americana folk music with Gary (left) and Rad Lorkovic (right) at a concert in Herat Afghanistan in June of 2012.

until I realized they’d taken off their Burqas, and were silently weeping. They’d never seen live music before.” The second moment came when the Tochterman band, together with a handful of Afghan musicians from the newly formed Afghan Musicians’ Alliance, performed together in the first cross-cultural outdoor concert in The Citadel, believed to stand on the foundation of a fort built by Alexander the Great. The oldest building in the city, surrounded by a robust security detail, was now the site of a musical mission covered by the BBC and Reuters, televised on national Afghan TV, and celebrated as a moving tribute to the epic power of the performing arts to connect people of different cultures, in a savage but sacred place. It was the emotional apex of their journey, life altering. Peyton’s view of the world expanded, his appreciation for his personal freedoms deepened immeasurably. Weary of the endless self-promotion that comes with touring, and realizing he loved learning and teaching, he switched his career focus to education, first teaching at Field School in Charlottesville, and in a serendipitous turn of events now at the Hill School in Middleburg, his alma mater. Teaching U.S. History and World Geography, Peyton also gives private guitar lessons, hoping to pay forward what Mr. Carter instilled in him – the drive to constantly seek and improve. Raising a young family in The Plains, enjoying life in the Piedmont, and playing folk music when life allows, Peyton wants to get Gary back here to play. That should work beautifully, since Gary came home changed too, and has rededicated himself to playing harp and performing. The two musicians have a musical symbiosis obvious to anyone who’s seen them play. Look for them at local music venues, wineries and restaurants. They’re a sonic force, not to be missed.


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Valentine’s Day Dining Where to go — and what to eat and drink — on that special evening BY BETH AND MARK LUNA

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t’s been a long couple of years for most of us, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to take your significant other or even the whole family out for an evening celebrating love! You will find some restaurant and meal offerings highlighted here, and wine expert Mark Luna chimes in with pairing suggestions. While we showcase some great choices, we encourage you to visit any of your local establishments for dine-in, or even take out for that one-of-a-kind night at home!

Field and Main

8369 W. Main St, Marshall | (540) 364-8166 fieldandmainrestaurant.com

If elegance and style are desires for the holiday d’amour, then Marshall’s Field & Main is a must. Neal and Star Wavra’s award-winning restaurant offers guests hearth-inspired, locally sourced, farm-to-table cuisine that will take your palate on a beautiful ride. For Valentine’s night, you can expect jewels from their dedicated menu such as Olive Oil Poached Cauliflower and Confit Duck Leg, both adorned with delicious sides from the farm. There’s also The Present Menu; as Neal will tell you, it’s a “celebration of nature's gifts available at this moment in time.” Offerings include Hearth Roasted Maitake & Beech Mushrooms and a wonderful Bison Strip Steak, and all menu selections offer optional wine pairings. As for wine, Field & Main has one of the top curated wine lists in the DMV. With bottlings that cover all corners of the globe, the choices of outstanding pairings are seemingly infinite. Standouts for the above-mentioned cuisine could include Goodfellow’s “Ribbon Ridge” Pinot Noir, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley; Domaine Tempier’s Mourvedre Blend, “Pour Lulu”, from Bandol, France; La Morette, an outstanding Corvina from Italy’s Bardolino Classico designation; and the legendary Ridge bottling "Pagani Ranch" Zinfandel, from Sonoma, California.

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Claire’s at the Depot in Warrenton serves as both a special occasion restaurant and a neighborhood favorite, which speaks directly to the casual yet elegant atmosphere set in a century-old historic train station tucked just off Main Street. The menu features seasonal, local contemporary American cuisine with a Southern flair, and the service is always top-notch. Claire’s, voted one of America’s Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in 2018 by OpenTable.com, will offer dinner service only for Valentine’s Day featuring a special four-course menu with several offerings for each course at $80 per person, which includes a glass of Prosecco. “We will offer several entrée choices for the evening, including Fennel Dusted Halibut, Veal Scallopini Marsala, and a Filet Mignon with Shrimp,” said office manager Donna Anns. As for pairings, Mark suggests Brochard Sancerre, the great sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley France, for the halibut; Castello de Bossi Chanti will do well with the Veal Scallopini Marsala; and the Bordeaux classic Chateau Lassegue St. Emilion for the Fillet with Shrimp. Reservations are by phone only.

Denim and Pearls

29 Main Street, Warrenton | (540) 349-9339 | denimandpearlsrestaurant.com

Warrenton Main Street favorite Denim and Pearls will celebrate Valentine’s Day Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14 with specials in addition to their regular menu, signature cocktails, and wine specials. “We always do Beef Wellington,” said owner Jenn Robinson. “We started featuring that as a Valentine’s Day special several years ago, and people loved it – so it’s our tradition now!” Other romantic choices include Peach Arugula Honey Salad with added salmon, Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops, Espresso Chili Rubbed Flank Steak, and their signature Shrimp and Grits. Start with a special Valentine’s cocktail and choose a wine for dinner. For the Beef Wellington, Mark suggests the Nielson Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, California; pair the Jeio Rosato, a beautiful sparkling rose from Veneto, Italy with the salad; and The Federalist, a bourbon barrel aged Zinfandel from Lodi, California will hold up well with the flavor of the flank steak. “Reservations are highly recommended because we will be extremely busy the entire weekend,” adds Jenn.

Girasole

4244 Loudoun Avenue, The Plains | (540) 253-5501 | girasoleva.com

The charming and elegant old world feel of Lydia and Chef Lou Patierno’s Girasole is romantic year-round, and the Italian restaurant elevates for the Valentine’s holiday with a lovely four course, prix fixe menu for both Sunday, Feb. 13 and Monday, Feb. 14 Entrée choices include Ravioli di Salmone e Porri — salmon and leek ravioli, served in a lemon butter; Ragù di Cervo con Polenta Concia — venison braised with juniper berries, red wine, and herbs, over a rustic polenta made with Taleggio DOP; and Canneloni — house made tubular pasta filled with seasoned veal. Other course offerings include Beef Carpaccio with an herb mayonnaise and local micro greens and Burrata with English peas and shaved 36-month aged parmigiano Reggiano, extra virgin olive oil (antipasti), and Shaved Brussel sprouts with roasted almonds and Pecorino Sardo, tossed with mint, artisanal olive oil, and lemon (Insalate). Wine pairings with the prix fixe menu will be available for an additional $36. The full wine menu will also be open to guests, with a dazzling array of outstanding Italian wines; labels include Isole e Olena and La Gerla (Toscana), Adami (Veneto), Broglia and GD Vajra (Piemonte), Tenuta Mazzolino (Lombardia) and Di Lenardo (Friuli/Veneto/Giulia). Reservations are available from 4:30 - 8:30pm. $100 per person excluding tax, gratuity, and beverages.


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6478 Main Street, The Plains | (540) 253-5644 | railstoprestaurant.com

Award-winning chef/owner Tom Kee worked in some of D.C.’s best-known restaurants before partnering with actor Robert Duvall to open The Rail Stop, a fixture in The Plains. A quaint spot featuring elevated American fare, the restaurant will offer a Valentine’s menu featuring an appetizer of Puff Pastry of Seared Colossal Scallop, Roasted Fresh Lobster and Chive Beurre Blanc. Mark suggests this will pair beautifully with the Gerbeaux Pouilly Fuisse, a graceful chardonnay from Burgundy, France. The star entrée will be Grilled Medallions of Filet of Beef with Mushroom, Shallot, Veal Jus and Truffle oil, Pommes Anna and Asparagus; For this, Mark suggests the Charbonniere Chateauneuf du Pape, the Rhone Valley’s perennial wine. To finish, they will serve Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Molten Cake with Chocolate Espresso Chip Ice Cream and Caramel, or Warm Lemon Pound Cake with a Lemon Curd and Raspberries. Kopke’s Fine Tawny Port would pair excellently with any dessert choices.

The Black Sheep

9935 Discovery Blvd, Manassas | (703) 420-2028 | theblacksheeprestaurant.com

The spectacular dining room at The Black Sheep sits on the second floor of the renovated historic Thomasson Barn in Manassas, a rustic yet elegant atmosphere featuring exposed beams and chandeliers. A great spot for your romantic evening, they will feature both a prix fixe menu for two ($140 per couple) and a special Valentine’s menu. The choices are extensive, starting with a pick two shared plates listing, salad or soup, and entrees. Mark suggests Robert Foley Vineyards Griffin red wine from Napa Valley for the Surf & Turf (6-ounce filet topped with crab meat). Lola Pinot Noir from the northern coast of California pairs surprisingly well with the vegetarian option of Baked Pasta (homemade rigatoni in a tomato basil cream sauce with butternut squash, caramelized onions, and mushrooms, and melted mozzarella) and Pan Seared Rockfish over a Yukon Gold potato puree, to enjoy with Adegas Grand Vinum, a delicious Albarino from Spain. Dessert choices include Bourbon Butter Cake, Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Souffle.

Carmello’s

9108 Center Street, Manassas | (703) 368-5522 | carmellos.com

Italian fine dining establishment Carmello’s in the heart of Old Town Manassas is normally closed on Monday but will open February 14 5pm-10pm with a special menu. Serving contemporary American cuisine with Portuguese and Italian influence since 1987, owner Alice Pires and the restaurant earned the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine for ten consecutive years and has been voted best fine dining restaurant by Prince William Today since 2013. Carmello's holiday menu will feature Vieras — capellini with shrimp, scallops, and artichokes in a delicate white wine garlic sauce, and Queijo Quente — baked brie with walnuts and cranberries, Grand Marnier flambe, local wildflower honey and crostini. Carmello’s award-winning wine list offers 32 pages of outstanding collections from around the world — look for the Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis and the Marchese Mariabella Valpolicella Ripasso to well-complement the Vieras and Queijo Quente respectively. “We are accepting reservations for Carmello’s on Open Table or by phone” said General Manager Gabriella Buckley. Sister restaurant Monza will be open regular hours with the regular menu.

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BEST FOR BEER LOVERS Molly’s Irish Pub in the heart of Warrenton’s Old Town is a local fave with a menu ranging from fish & chips and cottage pie to salads and daily specials. Beer choices here are plentiful, from locally-sourced microbreweries to your favorite domestic/import selections. mollysirishpub.com At 2 Silos Brewing Company, order some Chili and Beer Cheese Nachos, loaded tater tots, or even tuna sashimi to set the stage for a hand-crafted pizza in the Pour Room. Year-round and limited release beer offerings from lagers to barrel-aged stouts are on the menu here, worth working your way through just to hang out on the Farm Brew LIVE campus for the live entertainment and people-watching. 2silosbrewing.com

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Love Bites Appetizers set the tone for the meal to follow and nothing says romance like champagne. Begin your evening with a bit of the bubbly paired with shared bites of smoky oysters lovingly folded into creamy cheese. Add some water biscuits or plain crackers and, of course, succulent strawberries. Cans of smoked oysters are readily available in grocery stores everywhere and are typically near the canned tuna. MAKES ABOUT 1 CUP

There are only two ingredients in the recipe so it couldn’t be easier but, to have success, the sour cream must be at room temperature. If the sour cream is cold, the chocolate will clump. See tips below. INGREDIENTS

1 cup + 2 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips (half a 12 oz. package) 3/4 cup sour cream (at room temperature - lite or fat free not recommended) DIRECTIONS

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat but leave the melted chocolate over the hot water. Whisk one Tablespoon of the sour cream into the warm chocolate. The chocolate may thicken a bit at first but it will thin to a spreading consistency as you continue to whisk in the remaining sour cream one Tablespoon at a time. Cool finished frosting slightly, if necessary, for a spreading consistency.

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8 oz. cream cheese (softened) 3 Tablespoon mayonnaise 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 clove garlic (finely chopped – about ½ teaspoon) 1 (3.75 oz.) can smoked oysters in oil DIRECTIONS

Using a fork, mash oysters and oil together. In a separate bowl, blend cheese, mayo, Worcestershire sauce & garlic till smooth. Stir in the mashed oysters and oil but don’t stir them in completely. Pack into a crock. Cover and chill overnight to blend flavors.

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Heart Shaped Lasagna

Cold sour cream will make the chocolate clump.

Add an extra touch of love to your best lasagna recipe by making it in a heart shaped pan. Heart shaped pans are available everywhere around Valentine’s Day. Disposable, aluminum foil ones, too. Prepare your recipe as usual (cutting the noodles to fit the heart shape of the pan) but don’t bake it. Instead, wrap it and refrigerate overnight. Next day, pop the pan into the oven. When the lasagna is ready, bring the pan to the table for serving so your Valentine can see its heart shape. Is your Valentine vegan or not into dairy? Sub the same amount of silken tofu for the ricotta called for in your recipe. No eggs needed as the tofu firms up on its own. Be sure to use silken tofu as regular tofu is not as creamy. Use vegan cheese instead of dairy parmesan and mozzarella.

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Use a medium size bowl that fits snuggly over a pot of simmering water so no steam can get into the chocolate and ruin it. For this recipe, melting the chocolate in the microwave is not recommended. If necessary, microwave sour cream or clumped chocolate briefly to warm slightly, then stir or whisk till smooth.

Frosting too soft to spread? Chill it very briefly to thicken.

Chocolate too thick or too firm to spread? Microwave briefly to soften then stir.

Café Framboise Cupid’s own love potion! French roast coffee and raspberry brandy. Put a shot of raspberry brandy into each cup. Add hot French roast coffee to fill. Stir in sugar, if desired. Top with whipped cream.

MAKES 1 TORTE

Tempt your Valentine with this sublime chocolate-raspberry torte. The rich, satin-y smooth frosting is the magic that transforms a simple chocolate cake layer into an expensive looking, pastry shop quality experience. So scrumptious yet so easy that even a beginning baker will look like a seasoned pro. Assemble the torte a day or two in advance and refrigerate it, lightly covered. Remove it from the fridge to take the chill off as you sit down to dinner. By the time you’re ready for dessert, your Kiss in the Dark will be ready for you.

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INGREDIENTS

1 (8 inch round) baked chocolate cake layer (purchased or homemade - unfrosted) 1/2 cup raspberry jam 1 recipe bittersweet frosting (see above) Optional garnish – fresh raspberries & powdered sugar DIRECTIONS

Place the cake layer on the serving dish. Spread top evenly with jam. Frost top (covering the jam) and sides with Bittersweet Frosting. Use the back of a spoon to create decorative swirls in the top. Refrigerate to set frosting then lightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days. At serving time, garnish slices with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar, as desired.


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John Henry Lunceford MY GREAT, GREAT GRANDPA, MOSBY'S RANGER, DELAPLANE.

—Jesse Russell

—GWEN ABERNATHY ODOM

Chapman’s Mill in the 1920s, then called Beverly Mills For longtime Fauquier residents, this photo brings to mind recollections of grandparents bringing corn to the mill to be ground, making dresses for daughters out of feed sacks, and fond memories of wading and fishing in the stream.

—Matt Davenport

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I’ve been reminiscing lately myself; we grew up on what was called Warrenton Orchards with Lunceford's Store at the bottom at the elbow turn on route 17 coming out of Warrenton just down a half mile past the old Ben and Mary’s. If anyone has a picture of the old Warrenton Orchards sign I would love to see it! —Tina Hoffman

An old, rare brick diner along what is now a bustling four-lane highway but was once a country road, near Paris, Virginia —Carol M. Highsmith

Do you have memories and photos of growing up in Fauquier County? Or a “Do you remember?” question? We’d love to hear your reminiscences and see your photos! Please send photos with captions and questions/memories to pam@piedmontpub.com

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Who remembers a large home on Rt. 17 about 1 mile north of Delaplane that was converted to a restaurant in the 1960s called the Ponderosa and later became the national headquarters for American Youth Hostels? Local folks liked to talk about the owner prior to it becoming a restaurant whose wife would mow grass on a small tractor in the buff. Apparently she liked to mow in her full glory down close to the road.

I remember my Dad telling me what he had heard from oth er locals. It was originally built by Channing Jr. in the early 190 0s. According to local lore, his you ng wife insisted on a house tha t was the same as the doll house she had as a child. Channing Jr. was the heir to the vast Fleetwo od estate (around 3000 acres) . His grandfather and father, Joh n and Channing Sr., compiled Flee twood from 13 different farms afte r the War between the States . Channing Jr. was well liked, but reportedly did not have much of a head for business. He lost all of his fortune and Fleetwo od was sold. In later life, Channi ng worked as a plumber’s assista nt and as gas station attendant in Front Royal. He said he was never happier.


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