Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine January 2022

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e have rung in 2022, and here at Warrenton Lifestyle, we have a lot going on for the new year! As of January 1, Rappahannock Media, the parent company of Warrenton Lifestyle, is the new owner of local news website FauquierNow. Lou and Ellen Emerson are retiring and passing the reins to us, and we are looking forward to supporting the Fauquier community through both our magazine and its go-to news website. Also, you may have noticed, we are unveiling a “new look”. Our talented art director, Kara Thorpe, has redesigned and updated our logos, covers, and article layouts. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to our readers as we continue to supply relevant, interesting stories about our community. It’s always good to start a new year with a burst of energy. As Rappahannock Media is moving forward to include more exciting things, so are others in Fauquier County. This issue is full of inspirational people from our community who are branching out and overcoming adversity and accomplishing more with their lives. In this issue we also introduce an annual feature, FACES of Fauquier, a premier special section for local businesses, where you can read about their people, products, and services. We hope you enjoy getting to know them. This special section will run again in January 2023, so please let us know if you are interested in being featured. Wishing all our readers a happy, healthy, and successful new year.

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18 Our Neighbors

The Winter Warrenton Farmers Market

New Beginnings


08 Get To Know

Dr. Ethel shows us it’s never too late to follow your dreams BY SUE BALDANI

Lt. Alvaro Moran Warrenton Police Department BY LINDSAY HOGEBOOM

22 Amazing Kids

A Love of Music

A Cold Welcome Q&A with Jim Hankins

Out of the Mouths of Babes Kid Pan Alley’s new album is out

The Call to Serve

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The Winter Market The Warrenton Farmers Market continues through the cold weather BY NATALIE ORTIZ


he Warrenton Farmers Market is pleased to announce that a winter market will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting January 15th, ending on April 16th. Vendors will be set up in both indoor and outdoor space at 21 Main Street in Old Town Warrenton. After a record spring, summer, fall, and holiday season vendors are looking forward to staying connected to their customer base. Juaquin Medina of Gonzales Produce said, “We are so grateful for what the Town of Warrenton and Experience Old Town Warrenton have done for our small business this year. The increased opportunity to serve our customers during a year round market has allowed us to expand our business in ways we have always dreamed of. Being able to get feedback from our customers for a longer period of time has helped us decide what to grow for the next season.” With a great response from vendors, the market has a lot to offer. The core vendors will be there every week, and a scheduled rotation of guest crafters and artists will round out the variety of wares at the market. Kids’ Day activities will continue to be the first Saturday of each month with community partners FRESH (Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health) and Town of Warrenton Parks and Recreation- WARF will partner to bring games, a scavenger hunt, and free books for all children who attend.

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think that [working in service] was something I always wanted to do as a little kid,” says Alvaro Moran, lieutenant of Support Services Bureau for the Warrenton Police Department. “I came from the Marine Corps, and some of the same values that I learned there go hand-inhand with law enforcement. In the Marine Corps, it was honor, courage, and commitment, to name a few, and I feel that’s the case in law enforcement as well.” Moran grew up in the Northern Virginia area and has been with the Warrenton Police Department for 14 years. In 2015, Moran moved to Warrenton, and says he enjoys calling the town home and working within his community. “Warrenton is very much home to me, so I take the safety of the town very seriously. It’s a top priority for me,” he says. “[I try] to influence change out in the community and impact the lives of our citizens for the better through community policing [and] transparency.” As lieutenant of the Support Services Bureau, Moran provides support for the criminal

investigations division, the training coordinator, and the property and evidence officer. “Mine is more of an administrative position, so it entails a lot of paperwork,” he says. Some of his duties include managing fleet services, weapons inspections, calibrating the preliminary breath tests, conducting audits, coordinating training, and more. “I do occasionally cover patrol, which I very much enjoy,” says Moran. “I also do special events, which takes a lot of time and coordinating other details as well. Putting the plan together, getting the personnel, coordinating with public works, for example — they come out if there are street closures.” With the criminal investigations division, Moran assists with “managing their caseload, going over cases, and any follow-ups that need to be done.” Additionally, he works closely with the training coordinator to help facilitate annual trainings: “Things like use of force, taser, baton, and radar,” he explains. An important aspect of the job, according to Moran, is earning the trust of community members. “I think we have a

“We do have a lot of support from citizens, and I’m very thankful for that”

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great community here, and their support, I see it everywhere, which is great,” he says. “I’m very fortunate to work in town because of that. We do have a lot of support from citizens, and I’m very thankful for that.” Outside of work, Moran enjoys spending time with his two sons — Christian and Jameson — working out, and watching sports. “I like physical fitness, so I go to the gym and try to keep in shape — not only because of the job, but for my health as well,” he says. “And I like to watch sports.” When asked which team he supports, he replies, “Unfortunately, the Washington Football Team. I’ve rooted for them ever since I was a kid, and it’s difficult at times.” Moran also says he enjoys hanging out in downtown Warrenton, both on his own time and during work hours. The ap-

peal of Old Town Warrenton is “that small town feel,” he says. “It’s quiet, [and] it’s a family-oriented community. The special events that we put on, I enjoy working those because you do meet a lot of people.” That same character carries through to the police department, Moran explains. “This agency, we’re smaller,” he says. “We all know each other. I like to think of it as a family unit here as well. The chief has done great things, and is very much engaged with the community. We have good officers here. It makes it enjoyable coming to work, knowing that you have good people.” “I’m very proud of the department,” says Moran. “I’ve been here 14 years…and I have no intentions of going anywhere. This is where I want to be. I really hope to make it to retirement. I do love the town. I enjoy it here.”

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A Cold Welcome Introducting Warrenton Lifestyle’s new gardening series, Garden to Table


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.

Is there anything that can be grown outside this time of year? What does the Fauquier Education Farm have out in the fields right now?

There isn’t anything that can be planted mid-winter. We do have garlic and onions growing in the field, but they were planted back in October, they will over winter and be harvested next July.

Are there any plants that can be started indoors now? What is the Fauquier Education Farm doing right now?

We start planting our cool season crops like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower in late January. The goal is to have at least 6-week-old transplants that can be put out into the field in midMarch. We plant these in a heated greenhouse, but you can start them in a very sunny window or under lights. They need a lot of bright light; more is always better. If your seedlings get tall and leggy and fall over it’s because they didn’t get enough light, and you really ought to start over. Even cool season crops need a bit of warmth to germinate so heat is important too.

I haven’t gotten around to clearing the (now dead) summer crops from my raised beds, can I just leave them? And when I do clear, should I pull up the roots or just cut off what’s above the ground?

It’s perfectly fine to leave dead plants in the garden over the winter. It’s best if you leave the soil covered rather than bare, and dead vegetable plants can be helpful if you haven’t covered the soil with a mulch like leaves or straw. Organic matter is really important to your garden so if the roots and stems aren’t going to cause difficulty in working your soil in the spring it’s best to leave them in your raised bed to break down and create more nutrients.

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I dug up a few of my pepper plants before the last frost to try to overwinter. Any tips for caring for them inside?

Pepper plants can stay alive over winter but are not likely to successfully give you much fruit. If you feel it’s an attractive house plant, it will need lots of bright light and moderate watering. It most likely would be better to start over with new plants in the spring, if growing peppers is your goal. Healthy new plants in the spring tie will be much more vigorous and productive.

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

I’ve started thinking about my spring planting. Are there any seed varieties that you recommend for greens, broccoli, or cabbage? The slugs and broccoli worms destroyed my crop last spring!

There are lots of different varieties to choose from but our standby dependable varieties are, Green Magic broccoli, Snow Crown cauliflower, Blue Vantage cabbage, Vates kale, and Bright Lights Swiss chard. There is a very safe and effective organic pesticide called Pyganic that can easily control the pest, just be sure to read and follow the directions.

I planted carrots last spring that I’m still harvesting from. Will they be ok through the winter or should I pull them?

Your carrots will be fine over the winter, but you should pull them in the early spring. They will attempt to bloom when things warm up and that will make the roots tough and fibrous.

Any tips for a beginner?

Good quality seed catalogs are an excellent source of information. Even if you never intend to buy from Johnny’s Seeds you should get their catalog because of the grower tips. I also tease folks all the time about a top-secret source of information on growing vegetables. All the information you need on when to plant, how far apart, and the number of days to maturity is on the back of the seed pack. All you need to do is read and follow the directions. Just turn the pack over and read the back! 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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Out of the Mouths of Babes Songs that heal our hearts BY SUE BALDANI


uring the height of COVID-19 in 2020, how many of us thought in terms of “maybe by next year?” Maybe by next year we can be with our families again, maybe by next year we can go out with our friends, and maybe by next year we can celebrate holidays and milestones together. Kid Pan Alley, a nonprofit organization founded in Virginia in 1999 that gives children a platform to express their feelings through songs, recorded an album and song titled after this sentiment. “Maybe by Next Year” was released this past December, and it features a collection of songs written and created by children that deal with the struggles and fears experienced during the pandemic. It was their 6th studio album. “One of the best ways to work through stuff that’s difficult is to take it and turn it into something creative, because the creative act allows you to reshape it, allows you to step back, and allows you to give it meaning,” says founder and artistic director, Paul Reisler, who is also very well known in the music industry as a composer, producer, song writer, performer and recording artist. Kid Pan Alley works with children in various schools all over the country, including Hawaii, and in many local schools right here in Virginia. “We’ve done a lot of things over the years in Fauquier County, and are going to be doing some more this spring,” he says. The PATH Foundation, along with the Phillip A. Hughes Foundation, he adds, allow many schools in Fauquier and surrounding counties, which don’t have a lot of funding, to take part at almost no cost. From working with over 70,000 children throughout the years with Kid Pan Alley, and diving into every imaginable

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Paul Reisler with students participating in Kid Pan Alley activities during pre-COVID days. Paul Reisler with students participating in Kid Pan Alley activities during pre-COVID days.

topic such as special needs, mental health and diversity, Paul finds that children view things very differently from adults. “Children look at things in a very unique and refreshing way. They don’t have the same experiences going in that we adults have, so they often have a way of looking at things that can actually change our point of view. I continue to discover that in the thousands of songs I’ve written with kids.” When COVID hit in March of 2020, he and his team worked hard on transforming what they were doing to the virtual world. “Ryan [Benyo, director of licensing and creative] and I have a lot of experience, so the technical stuff was not that difficult,” says Paul.” I’ve been making records since 1975, and Ryan, from Rappahannock County, is a recording engineer out in Los Angeles.” He said the production of “Maybe by Next Year” came about naturally; he didn’t set out to make an album dealing with the pandemic. “We had so many songs that came up about kids’ struggles, hopes and the challenges they were going through with COVID, and it occurred to me that we had way more than an album’s worth of material. We started thinking about creating an album about six months ago [they released an EP of four of the songs within three or four months of the pandemic] and finished most of it by Octo-

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The Call To Serve Kettle Run Government teacher Jac Bennington serves as an active duty pilot in the National Guard. BY HANNAH SAMLALL

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've traveled to a few different places during my time in the military and as a civilian and each time I visit another nation, I become more convinced America is the best country. No other nation gives its citizens so many freedoms and allows them the opportunity to go as far as their talents will take them,” Jac Bennington, who is a History and Social Sciences teacher at Kettle Run High School, said. “However, despite everything that's good here, I'm aware America has its problems, and the students I teach today are going to hopefully solve those problems as they become the movers and shakers of America. So, I hope what they learn in my classes prepares them to successfully live life after high school and make America a little bit better.” Jac Bennington has taught at Kettle Run since 2009 and comes from a family of educators. His mother taught at Liberty High School and his father was an Assistant Principal in Franklin County and also taught at Liberty. Bennington moved to Warrenton from Herndon with his parents in 1990 and graduated from Fauquier High School in 1997. After graduating from Ferrum College, Jac knew he wanted to do three things. “I wanted to serve my God

in a professional manner, I wanted to serve my country in a professional manner and I wanted to serve my state and community in a professional manner,” he said. After exploring a couple of different career options as a post-graduate, Bennington was considering joining the military. “Joining the military was something I thought about when I was in college, but after actually seeing the events of 9/11 – I saw the smoke at the Pentagon from the rooftop of my apartment building – it pushed me in that direction,” Bennington said. “Then, in June of 2002, I went on a trip to Russia to see a college roommate who was over there. Seeing the lack of opportunity there and how much America had done for me solidified my decision and so that's why I joined the Army.” Bennington learned that he was to be stationed in Korea after completing Basic Training and Officer Candidate School and then, upon returning to the states, was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado. “After serving on Active Duty for about four years, I realized I wanted to do something else,” Bennington said. “I decided that to serve my state and community I could become a teacher. That's why I got my graduate degree in education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.” While finishing his graduate thesis, Bennington was recalled to be put on a deployment to Afghanistan with the Illinois National Guard because they were short on personnel. He worked on a small advisory team that worked on a daily basis with members of the Afghan military to help improve their supply operations from November of 2008 to July of 2009. After getting married, both Jac and his wife Lindsey wanted to be closer to their family. “My wife’s sister lives in Vienna,” Bennington said. “I applied for a job at Kettle Run High School and in August of 2009, we packed up our stuff and drove from Colorado to Virginia and have been here ever since. My parents still live in the area in Rappahannock.” Just one year after starting at Kettle Run, Bennington once again heard the call to serve and joined the Virginia National Guard in the fall of 2010. His duties with the National Guard took him to different places throughout the country over the years. “After a while, I wanted to try something different so I applied to become a pilot. I was accepted and went to flight school in Alabama in March of 2019 and finished in June of 2020. I ended up traveling South in October of 2020 as a Lakota helicopter pilot and got back this October.” In addition to his active involvement in the Virginia National Guard, Bennington and his wife are affiliated with the Warrenton United Methodist Church. He also has two sons, Canaan is seven and Jonathan is five, who both attend Emerald Hill Elementary School. After returning to Kettle Run and teaching through the pandemic, Bennington had a new perspective and appreciation for not only his colleagues but all teachers. “Whether it’s teaching PE, cosmetology, math, government, science, etc., they’re getting the future of America ready for life after high school,” Bennington said. “They’re doing a lot, especially in regards to what COVID has done to the world of education. They’re trying to get students back on track so that life can be somewhat normal again. I think it’s important that we all have a better understanding of what teachers do on a daily basis and how they prep the future of America.”


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New Beginnings, a Determined Entrepreneur It’s never too late to follow your dreams BY SUE BALDANI


r. Ethel Canty Bothuel has known the elation of success, the despondency of failure, and everything in between. But no matter what life has thrown at her, her faith, determination and fortitude have always carried her through. A highly-educated woman, as well as an accomplished speaker, an ordained minister, and an administrator who has worked for various universities, Dr. Ethel fell into a deep depression for six long years. In 2020, her situation became even more dire when she lost her home. But, instead of dwelling on her misfortune any longer, she knew she had to do something to lift herself back up. “At one point, I had the proverbial $1.98 left and that won’t buy you much these days,” says Dr. Ethel. “I hired what I called my ‘thinking coach,’ Stephen Pleasant. He was actually my transformation and success coach. His background is social work and psychotherapy and we went through a program called Thinking Into Results.” This program gave her the necessary tools to reclaim her life and helped her begin to set goals once again. “I had stopped setting goals, and that’s when my life took a downturn,” she says. At the height of the pandemic in 2020, she conceived the idea of Dr. Ethel Speaks, a coaching program to help people speak with confidence and get their messages heard. Dr. Ethel Speaks was officially founded in January of 2021. She wanted to focus on something that she knew how to do well and enjoyed doing. While growing her new endeavor, Dr. Ethel Speaks, she set another goal. “l was staying with friends and I told them that I was going to be on my own in seven months.” In six months, she had a contract on a condo. Located in Bealeton, the condo had everything she needed except for one thing. “It didn’t have a balcony, which I so desperately wanted,” says Dr. Ethel. “But, I could compromise on that because this is an intermediate stop before I

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In addition to going through her struggles with money, homelessness and depression, she also lost her middle son in July of 2021. “I really miss him,” she says. Her faith and strength keeps her moving forward. “You have to be resilient and resilience requires persistence. You can’t just feel good today and go back in the doldrums tomorrow. You have to keep yourself lifted up, even if you have to encourage yourself.” She adds, “If you have the desire to get things done, you must also have the fire to match that desire. Inspiration without motivation is stagnation. 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akefield School senior Ella Rose Reidway has won multiple awards for her singing and performances in musical theatre, but has most recently won her most prestigious: the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Virginia Senior Voice Competition. Ella has been studying voice for 11 years, and is a student of renowned voice coach Nancy MacArthur Smith and Wakefield School faculty Ray Karns and David Grimes. A delightful, articulate young woman, Ella sat down with Warrenton Lifestyle to talk about her accomplishments and future plans.

You just won the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Senior Voice Competition. Tell me about that competition.

Well, it was strange this year, because it was all virtual because of COVID. I had to submit recordings of myself online. There were a lot of rules to make the competition fair, since they didn’t want anyone using technology to enhance their performance. I had to record myself singing four different classical songs.

What songs did you sing? Were you able to select them yourself?

Yes, I could choose what I wanted to sing. For the competition, it had to be classical or musical theater. I sang Amor Preparami, which is an Italian opera song about a romantic break up, but it was funny because it’s pretty upbeat and fast and it moves around a lot note-wise. I also sang a French song, Nuit d’Etoiles, Weep You No More, and Love Among the Daffodils. I’ve been working on some of these since the summer.

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Were you surprised by your win?

I was surprised! When I was making these recordings, I was also making the same recordings for my college applications, so I was focused on that too. I thought I might place, but I was not expecting to win. So I guess my hard work paid off.

Where would you like to go to college?

I applied early decision to William and Mary, but my backup is Christopher Newport. I’ve already been accepted to their Masters of Music Education program, which is a 5-year master’s degree. I really want to go to William and Mary, but I’m so glad I have this backup that is also really exciting.

How long have you been singing?

All my life. My parents are singers also — they met in an a capella group — so I think they would have been pretty unhappy if I hadn’t come out singing. I started taking voice lessons when I was nine, and then taking lessons more seriously and competing as a freshman at Wakefield.


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How much time do you spend on your music?

I practice 30 minutes to an hour every day. Some of the things I’m singing put a lot of stress on my vocal cords and my voice gets tired quickly. I have a repertoire of classical songs, and I’m constantly practicing those and new ones to expand my voice. I also have an hour lesson every week, and if I’m preparing for a competition, I’ll also be recording videos.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I used to do equestrian, but I ran out of time. Most of the time I’m teaching, singing, writing music, or doing schoolwork. Music is most of my life and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Do you play any musical instruments?

Roughly, I play guitar, piano, and ukulele. I play to accompany myself while I’m writing music. That’s how I learned to play the piano.

What kind of music do you like to write?

The music I write is more folky, with a little pop and country. I mix them up. I like acoustic and harmonies, but I steer away from electronic.

So, when you’re not performing classical music or writing your own, what kind of music do you like to listen to?

I listen to almost everything. I like “Dad Rock”, like Journey and Foreigner. My favorite band is Crosby Stills and Nash. I’m doing my senior thesis focusing on how music in the ’60s coupled and integrated with the protests. So all year I got to listen to all these ’60s songs.

You also perform in musical theater. What was your favorite role?

I was the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods last year at Wakefield. I think it’s my favorite role partly because I got to do it with my best theater friend, who was the Baker, and we got to go through it all together and it was really exciting. It just made the experience so much better. Then I played the role of Tuptim in The King and I. That really

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Above left: Ella as The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. Above right: Ella with her brother Patrick, also a student at Wakefield School who enjoys musical theatre.

pushed my acting skills. I usually play more of the ingénue role, but I had to dig a little deeper for that one.

And you’ve performed with the Shakespeare Opera Theatre in The Plains?

I have, and that was a really cool experience. I was the only high school student. I performed in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and I was the only high school student. Performing with more professional opera singers really pushed me to expand my classical voice. I saw these other women with beautiful voices, and I thought, ‘I think maybe I can get there if I really practice and try really hard.’”

What are your future plans? Do you plan to perform professionally?

I definitely plan on keeping singing and musical theater as part of my life, since it’s so important to me, but I love teaching more than anything.


My mom has a musical theater camp where we put together a musical with the kids in two weeks, and I help with that. It’s an amazing experience to work one on one with them. It’s amazing actually seeing them perform the songs I wrote and doing it ten times better than I ever imagined they would. It was so incredible. I also put together a musical for our church’s children’s choir with my dad. I love sharing my love of music with people, especially young people. The magical thing is watching them discover that they have a cool talent that they can pursue in the future. So if i can have a little part in that, that’s the best thing ever.





We’re excited to present our newest premier special section: FACES of Fauquier! This separate section of Warrenton Lifestyle focuses on some of the many amazing faces that help make Fauquier County a truly unique business community. When we decided to create this personalized publication of Fauquier business leaders, everyone on our staff was excited about what it could become. We hope you enjoy FACES of Fauquier and visit the featured businesses. FACES of Fauquier will be published annually in our January issue and is also available as a digital flipbook on our website at piedmontlifestyle.com/faces2022. Thank you to all the businesses for being part of this special section. Watch for the next FACES of Fauquier in January 2023, and if you would like to be considered to be featured, please let us know (faces@warrentonlifestyle.com).

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FINANCIAL SERVICES B. Riley Wealth Management Advisors Jan Kamphuis, Jennifer Hardcastle, Steven Crouch Where can you find a professional office where you are comfortable dropping in anytime without an appointment? The intimate, personal atmosphere created by the financial advisors at B. Riley Wealth Management in Warrenton makes their clients feel welcome to do just that. Having worked together as financial advisors in Warrenton for more than 20 years, the team of longtime Fauquier County community members has decades of experience in, and a strong reputation for, helping their clients grow, enjoy, protect, and preserve their wealth throughout their lifetimes. Steven Crouch, Jan Kamphuis, and Jennifer Hardcastle recently opened the B. Riley office in Warrenton to better serve their clients’ needs through access to the firm’s sophisticated financial services and solutions which include retirement planning, investment planning, risk management, insurance, and corporate retirement plan advisory services. The three advisors you encounter at the office are as genuine there as when you run into them out in the community. As Jennifer puts it, “We work with people first and the numbers are secondary.” The focus of each advisor is developing real, lasting relationships with their clients. Everything feels familiar in the

office, and the advisors work to extend the same safe familiarity to their clients, whatever the circumstances that bring them in. Their success is driven by each client’s happiness with their experience with their advisor. When finances come into play in a client’s life, says Jennifer, “We want to be that trusted friend they turn to for help navigating through those decisions.” Jan says, “We respect that navigation process is different for each client. That’s why we spend time treating people as individuals and listening.” Steven adds, “Our shared objective is to develop an investment plan tailored to each client’s financial needs and goals.” B. Riley Warrenton has the power and resources to offer full financial services that suit all types of accounts and investment amounts, while the intimate setting enables them to always put their clients first. Having a full-service, client-centric approach in a small, strong community requires “treating all clients equally and providing everyone great service,” Steven says. It’s never too late to seek guidance through your financial life. The advisors at B. Riley Wealth Management in Warrenton are here to help you through the what-ifs every step of the way.

550 Broadview Ave, Suite 201, Warrenton • 540-680-5370 • brileywealth.com scrouch@brileywealth.com • jhardcastle@brileywealth.com • jkamphuis@brileywealth.com


Claire’s at the Depot Claire Lamborne Claire Lamborne is the first to say she’s frequently trying to change things up; it’s how she's kept her culinary career thriving and made her restaurant, Claire’s at the Depot, a true dining destination. Having fallen in love with the historic train depot in Old Town, Claire was seeking a new path for growth and a home for her next venture as a chef and manager when she saw a unique opportunity, and took it. Her dream of opening a restaurant was born when Claire, who had a successful catering business in Warrenton, helped a friend open a restaurant on Tortola in 2004. She prepared a dinner for a group of friends and enjoyed it so much that she realized, “I have another venture in me.” Returning from the Caribbean, she secured financing from a local bank, bought the depot building, and opened Claire’s in 2005. Service is of utmost importance at Claire’s, with their front-of-the-house employees often referred to as the best wait staff in town. When told by another restaurateur upon opening that service was actually more important than the food, Claire was skeptical. “I believed that

food outweighed everything,” she said. Now she feels differently. “Guests won’t return to give a restaurant another try if the service is bad, but if the food isn’t up to par and the service is impeccable, they’ll come back. I didn’t realize that.” In the kitchen, Chef Anna Crossman works with Claire to keep pace with the ongoing need for innovative seasonal menu specials, while keeping standard favorites consistent. Adaptation is also key: switching to jumbo lump crab meat for their iconic she-crab soup, due to a supply shortage of their usual ingredient, improved the dish so much they recently sold 160 cups in a week. Take it from Claire — that’s a lot! At Claire’s, your meal is prepared with a rare attention to detail and hearty flavorful portions. Claire continues to give her all to her craft and the business through recent challenges, as do many of her team members. Her evening chef, Jose, has recruited family members to fill various roles in the operation of Claire’s. “If you saw the kitchen in action on a Friday or Saturday night, you’d be amazed by what they can do,” she says proudly of her staff.

65 South 3rd St, Warrenton • 540-351-1616 • clairesrestaurant.com


Philip Carter Winery Philip Strother Rich history can be found beneath your feet throughout Fauquier County and that stands true at the Philip Carter Winery, owned and maintained by Philip Strother and his family with a legacy weighing in at three centuries.

work that Philip’s eldest son, Landon, participates in is just one example of the dedication necessary to ultimately produce the delicious luxuries offered to visitors of the winery.

The Carter family’s deep history with wine was uncovered in the process of research when Philip’s family determined that the wine industry might be a way to help them keep their farm in the family. The winery now stands strong as the sustainable agricultural business that emphasizes and maintains their family legacy.

It’s hard work to ensure that something “be enjoyed by generations to come,” Philip notes. Philip carries multiple generations in the work he does and looks forward to more. While that’s a lot of past and future, it is exactly what simultaneously keeps Philip grounded in the present. All that history gives him a deeply rooted connection to the land—as figuratively and literally deep as the vine itself.

Staying true to the values of stewardship of the land has carried Philip to this point of prosperity and will continue to be the guide moving forward, as “what we do today is investing in the future,” he says. It’s not just the ideal of stewardship that asks for the investment of time, because “the wine business requires a lot of patience” as well. What gives fruition to the glamorous vines, wines, and views of the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont is perseverance. The “hands in the soil, boots on the ground”

Philip’s aspirations don’t end at seeing the family land and beauty of Fauquier County live on, he also sets out to share wines that reflect that beauty of our home and raise Virginia’s wine reputation. It’s a matter of pride in what they have to offer, from family to land to grit. Philip welcomes you into a piece of his family and his heart through the winery. “Don’t be a stranger, come out and see us at the vineyard,” Philip encourages.

4366 Stillhouse Road, Hume • 540-364-1203 • pcwinery.com


Peak Roofing Contractors, Inc. Dawn Smith & Buddy Riggleman Keeping a roof over your head is nothing if it’s not intact, and siblings Dawn Smith and Buddy Riggleman are here to help for the long haul. Just one week after the last company they worked for came to an end, Dawn and Buddy had their business incorporated in 2006. Following their talent with the roofing business led the brother-sister duo to continue offering their work where they are now as the owners of Peak Roofing Contractors. Although entrepreneurship can afford some people a withdrawn level of responsibility in the lifespan of a business, Dawn and Buddy remain directly involved in the ground work day in and day out. Dawn’s day starts with a call from her husband Ronnie who works nightshift while she gets ready for beginning work before sunrise. It’s even more of a family affair with their cousin, Jason, filling the role of operations manager, and Buddy’s wife, Jennifer, as events coordinator. Those at Peak Roofing know how impactful quality customer service is. Their idea of service is centered around lifelong care that applies to you and extends

to those around you, ultimately “servicing neighbors, friends, and family.” Dawn and Buddy emphasize that they plan to stick around, something that can only happen with the support of their customers. Feeding the cycle of support between customer and company is built upon reliability and theirs is accentuated by their priority to stand behind their work. Dawn and Buddy along with their team understand that customers often have the experience of being abandoned when the result of the renovation doesn’t fit the initial intention, but their team won’t give up on you or their work. Strong customer service is coincidentally best visible when things don’t go as planned, and the company is outspoken about following through on a project to the point of everyone’s satisfaction. They aim to return to office life once they reacquire a building so their team of 37 can be under the same roof again—their specialty, and a privilege that is not unnoticed to the Peak Roofing team. In the meantime, they’ve “been here for 15 years and hope to be here for another 15 more to service our community,” Dawn says.

5441 Old Alexandria Turnpike, Warrenton • 703-753-4585 • peakroofingcontractors.com

LEGAL SERVICES Law Office of Marie Washington Marie Washington Andy Griffith didn’t just grace television sets since the ’50s, he also brought rise to Marie Washington’s nearly two-decade long law career. Watching Matlock with her grandfather, Marie knew she wanted to practice law— only perhaps with better style. Having been raised in the county, Marie’s favorite part is historic Warrenton. Seeing judges going grocery shopping drives home the sense of an accessible community in her hometown. Marie says the local legal community involves helping one another and harvesting positivity beyond their professions. Such positivity fills the walls of her Old Town office, opened in 2011, where they truly care about their clients. Marie highlights that, “we represent a family,” meaning that clients’ legal needs are not confined to one person and one issue. Marie and her team are here to holistically support the community. One of her recent projects is bringing Wills for Heroes to Culpeper, a free program to produce wills for first responders and their spouses. From those early days in her grandfather’s living room, Marie knew she wanted to

open her own practice to have the flexibility for pro bono cases and helping her community. The Law Office of Marie Washington offers multiple legal services, from resolving traffic violations to estate planning. The latter is something Marie hopes to offer more insight on amid hesitation. With COVID, the office saw an increased need for estate planning and those cases fill their schedule nowadays. Marie picked up on her father’s ability to see no strangers, so anyone stepping foot in her office is a member of the community. In that way, Marie is here to go to bat for you in every aspect of your life possible. “If you have a goal, drive for it,” she says, and perhaps her office can propel you in the direction of one of your goals. Marie welcomes clients warmly, as she doesn’t want people to be hesitant to contact an attorney. Marie knows that “you can still be yourself in your profession,” which might mean catching her and her team in goofy holiday hats on a Friday. After all, Marie says, “success is whatever makes you your happiest.”

67 West Lee St, Unit 102, Warrenton • 540-347-4172 • mariewashingtonlaw.com

AUTO SALES AND SERVICE Country Chevrolet Jake Moore and Team Not many businesses can say they’ve built a team strong enough to form a band together after hours, but Country Chevrolet sure can. General Manager Jake Moore was even in a band before he joined the company 20 years ago. The team at Country Chevrolet may not be here to release an album but they are here to fuel their customers, community, and camaraderie. Location was once more imperative to business than it is now, with the Country Chevrolet team getting to enjoy the benefits of the county’s casual beauty while offering the right inventory for your car needs. “Keeping things local and supporting local businesses” is the company’s priceless priority. Beyond using local business, Country Chevrolet is involved in supporting everything from charities to many kids’ sports teams in the county. Country Chevrolet thrives in a cycle of giving back the community and receiving the same support in return since the conception of the store in 1997. The store is made whole by its tenured team of service providers,

some having been with the company since around its beginnings. Country Chevrolet’s success is hard earned and here to stay as “it just takes many years of doing the right thing.” These foundations are what has made Country Chevrolet reliable enough to have business nearly entirely built upon repeat business and referrals. “It’s almost like a family room in here,” Jake notes recalling seeing the same customers—many from when he started working there. With 75 employees ready to assist the more than 50 customers daily with their needs, it takes a well-oiled machine to service yours. The store is set for a total revamp in the next couple of years to adjust to digital settings and electric cars. Country Chevrolet will grow to be here to help solve your problems. In a business environment where people can feel vulnerable, Country Chevrolet’s team is focused on finding a solution that makes sense for you. Catch the team during business hours instead of band practice and you can get the full story there.

11 Lee Hwy East, Warrenton • 540-216-0479 • countrychevrolet.com

DERMATOLOGY Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero Dermatologist Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero’s mornings start on a walk with his 100+ pound Greater Swiss Mountain dog and some time reading before dropping the kids off at school on the way to the practice. Dr. Caballero is clearly focused on those around him—dogs included—in every aspect of his life. His dedication is central to the running of his practice, Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center.

Intent on “providing high quality dermatologic care to our community,” Dr. Caballero is soon opening a Mohs skin cancer surgery center in the continued effort for comprehensive care. Patients have historically been referred out for Mohs surgery, often having to travel far for it. Come 2022, patients will only need to travel a few floors in the same building to have Mohs surgery with Warrenton Dermatology.

With his interest in medicine piqued as a child, Dr. Caballero started from the ground up when he purchased the practice in 2008 and developed a patient-centered philosophy that sets him apart.

Dr. Caballero is in the business of trust and building it with each patient he encounters, something he acknowledges takes time. One way the skin care specialists at Warrenton Dermatology invest in trust with their patients is by prioritizing patient education. “When you empower patients, they become advocates for their own skin,” Dr. Caballero says of their philosophy.

It’s the people of the community whom Dr. Caballero credits for making his private practice experience in the county rewarding. Increasing accessibility for local families is important to Dr. Caballero’s team because they are invested in individual and multi-generational care. In one such way he tries to encompass patients at every stage in their life, Dr. Caballero offers pediatric dermatologic care— something rarely found in the specialty.

You have your skin for life, and the Warrenton Dermatology team are here to support your health for as long. Whether for an appointment or for the life of your unique dermatological needs, you have Dr. Caballero and his team’s full attention. If anything, he leaves it at this: “wear more sunblock.”

28 Blackwell Park Lane, Suite 302, Warrenton • 540-341-1900 • warrentondermatology.com

FITNESS Old Town Athletic Campus Kim Forsten Think back to aerobics in the mid-90s—bold spandex optional. Kay Shackelford saw Kim Forsten’s talent in an exercise class at the old Simply Aerobics studio in Warrenton. Kim was quickly given a position as an instructor at the studio and, within one year, offered ownership. Fast forward nearly 30 years, and the idea of that studio has transformed into the Old Town Athletic Campus (OTAC) of today spanning 38,000 square feet. Kim’s early aspirations of being a physical education teacher and coach have led her to owning a healthconscientious business with her husband, Mike, that has exponentially grown in the last decade. Kim’s father taught her the perseverance and tenacity that has allowed her to carry her business this far, but she calls on friends from the past who gave her a chance. Once Kim took ownership of the studio—now home to the Boys and Girls club of Fauquier—a member of her classes had the same insight that Kay had, seeing Kim’s light and potential. They took a chance on Kim and their support brought about the three buildings that compose the campus today.

“She saw that we weren’t just working out, but building a community of people who wanted to be well together,” says Kim. Community is central to OTAC and orbits around family as both of their sons, Chris and Cole, are part of the team. Kim views the idea of family now expanded to encompass employees and members—many of whom have remained with the company for years and been instrumental in its growth. The team at OTAC identified and met changing needs over time—such as a kids club for parents and youth training programs. One of the most recent developments in the health community is the value of whole health. Kim’s alignment with that value comes down to the simple question she asks at the end of her classes, “Do you feel better than you did before class?” Kim wants people to find a home where they can better their lives. With eight intimate studios and employees ready to help people find the path that may be right for them, Kim is confident you can find your niche at OTAC—after all, you’re family.

321 Walker Drive, Warrenton • 540-349-2791 • otacfitness.com

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Commercial Real Estate Services Bill Chipman Bill Chipman’s experience with commercial real estate started after he graduated from JMU with a finance degree and his father suggested he try the industry with a company in Washington D.C. He gave it a go, and thirty years down the line Bill is still trying it — with CRES, his own company started in 1999, which is comprised of a diverse team of experts. “You have to work with people who bring unique ideas to your company,” Bill points out, and learning new things every day is the fun part for him. Bill acknowledges that he only has certain talents and the company has been successful thanks to partnering with those who have different skills that complement the company. Bill recounts that starting a company can feel like stepping off a cliff, developing your wings along the way. Bill and his family found their roots in the community from a social standpoint before he ventured out on the business side. “I live and work in Old Town” and strive to be “the go-to company for commercial real estate in

Fauquier County” by offering professional services from sales and leasing to consulting and development. Bill’s business model is mirrored by the same lessons he and his wife taught their kids about keeping the house clean. The three things to abide by are: 1) Don’t do something halfway, 2) Think of others first, and 3) Leave things the way you found it. The only modification specific to CRES might be leaving a conversation having made someone feel better. Bill says that “People have a lot more in common than they have differences.” Harnessing similarities and “listening twice as much as you talk” support Bill’s goal for CRES “to be the number one company that people call when they have any type of commercial real estate need.” Bill and his team are here to thoroughly understand what your business is trying to accomplish and enjoy the fun of creating successful transactions for their clients and customers.

13 Culpeper St, Warrenton • 540-347-2610 • cresinc.us

HOME CARE SERVICES FirstLight Home Care Stacey & Mark Harvey There is a plethora of studies exploring how people can heal better in the comfort of home or among their loved ones. The advantage of home includes the chance to know and attend to someone in a warmer way contributing to a more genuine caregiver relationship. The idea of home care appealed to Stacey and Mark Harvey in the same way that the county did, based on the adage, “treat people the way you want to be treated.” FirstLight Home Care Warrenton’s team recognizes the magnitude of the little things like a weekly hair appointment, sharing lunch with a friend, or getting your nails done with the company of some wine. They diligently work to match caregivers with clients by personality, with caregivers essentially constituting the family. A genuine relationship takes time and those at FirstLight Warrenton are willing to take it at whatever pace makes sense for their clients. Small beginnings with sparing help running errands or attending appointments might be just what’s needed to get everyone acclimated to their services.

“This is our life,” Stacey emphasizes, and Mark adds that the work is “more than a paycheck”—requesting absolute emotional investment. The two have collectively worked with more than half of their clients, covering shifts if an assigned caregiver was sick. Between aiding people in living their life “the way they want to wherever that may be” and proactively supporting families and seniors through education on every scale, Mark and Stacey want to “take care of the community the same way” that it cares for each of us by making sure everyone is “getting the best quality of life.” The Harveys are not new to being entrepreneurs and both have a colorful background in healthcare for diverse populations. They empathize with the struggles of being the caregiver for a loved one and its potential to alter the dynamic of that relationship. Whether or not you turn to them, Stacey and Mark encourage us to know when to ask for help. As is the case with FirstLight Warrenton, Stacey additionally reminds us that “there are people there to support you”—you need only take a look around.

37 Main St, Suite 202, Warrenton • 540-579-3146 • firstlighthomecare.com/home-healthcare-warrenton

HOME SERVICES Gibson Home Services Valerie Gibson The Gibson Home Services slogan, “treating every home as if it’s our own,” isn’t just a catchy phrase. The saying originates from the thoughts that would persist each day owner Josh Gibson came home from working for other companies and was centered around the idea that he wanted to offer the same quality of work for others that he would employ in his home. In addition to the years-long brewing of his aspiration for higher quality standards, it took nearly a year of growing Gibson Home Services on the side before Josh and Valerie Gibson could do it full-time. Their first hire was Josh’s longtime friend, Matt Houck, and happened 2 years into the business. You’ll often find that the best things take time and this stands true for Gibson Home Services. Similar to the consistent investment required to start a business, the company strives to invest in their employees and clients everyday. To uphold their quality values, the Gibsons incorporate communication with their team at every turn and embrace apprenticeship to acclimate new members to their company culture. Afterall, they define

success by “delivering on [their] promises and living [their] values,” Valerie remarks. In living their values of treating your home like their own, there is a level of lifelong service that the company lends itself to and that goes beyond the life of your home. Valerie recounts clients who have made it through personal struggles before reaching the point of seeking Gibson Home Services for a home project. Some clients never imagined seeing their dream home transformation in their lifetime, and it is helping realize those dreams that drives the Gibson Home Services team. Valerie accentuates the importance of believing in yourself, as “you’re capable of more than you think.” Gibson Home Services has embodied this philosophy from their humble beginnings, building a client portfolio using friends and family, to 16 years later growing from referrals into the company that now services the larger Northern Virginia region from Shenandoah to Fairfax. Whether you want to customize a new home or turn your lifelong home into everything you’ve ever dreamed it to be, Gibson Home Services will help you uncover the starting line.

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RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE Ross Real Estate Tyler Ross Visit the Ross Real Estate “About Us” page on their website and you’ll learn a commonality among the agents in this boutique brokerage is longevity in both the local area and their field of expertise. These compliments are the foundation of Ross Real Estate, making the whole greater than the sum of their parts. Whether brokering real estate was an inevitable fate as a result of “speaking the language” as a child growing up, or a split in a previous career path as a result of a peripheral interest, like building or interior design, this collection of agents prides themselves on being experts. But being an expert also requires humility and a willingness to grow and learn. Following market trends and the most effective ways of presenting a house to market and to would-be buyers requires commitment to being open-minded and willing to explore new paths, all the while maintaining the tried and true. The company’s internal goals include not only being great real estate agents (which they have the awards and accolades to prove), but also satisfied, well-balanced people. “Prioritizing health, family and encouraging hobbies…all of these things make for a happier, more

capable, more resilient person, which naturally makes for a better real estate agent.” Owner and broker Tyler Ross says, “Not just better agents, but higher-level contributors to our community.” Should anyone want to learn more about Ross Real Estate’s “ethos”, you need only read the agent bios or even do a Google search of the company or agents and the results speak for themselves. Next year Ross Real Estate will celebrate their 10th anniversary, celebrating a “steady growth of good people who care about others.” In Real Estate brokerages, agents are independent contractors. “Really, each agent runs their own personal business, they simply choose a brokerage (like Ross Real Estate) to run that business under. I’m tremendously grateful to have this collection of people make the same choice,” Ross says. “Despite the technical business formation, the agents treat each other as a team and even as family: celebrating each other’s successes, supporting personal endeavors and even covering for each other as needed for showings. Our clients get the benefit of that.”

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PRINTING AND GRAPHICS Piedmont Press & Graphics Tony and Holly Tedeschi Tony Tedeschi has loved the business of communication— printing, specifically—since he was 4 years old. “Printing does several things: it informs people, educates, delivers, and it’s something you can hang onto,” Tony says. Piedmont Press first started as a printing company with two copiers and one employee. Upon starting the company—initially called TR Press—competition was plentiful and a small county meant residents could be short on options. To give customers multiple options under one roof and keep the revenue in the county, Tony grew the business. Since the beginning of their story 34 years ago, the company has since steadily expanded into design, digital copying, direct mail, and publishing—to name a few. Whether the need is for a sign, flyer, or book binding, Piedmont Press & Graphics can take care of it. Business is up 25% for Piedmont Press this past year and they are ready with the materials, machines, and people to meet the need, but that was not without weighted risks in the height of the pandemic. Tony became an entrepreneur to take risks, something he thanks Lou Emerson—Editor of

Fauquier Now—for instilling in him by posing the question of, “What do you have to lose?” According to Tony’s motto, “If you don’t try, you can’t succeed.” Among the people who supported Tony in the beginning, he credits Sally Murray, head of Fauquier’s Chamber of Commerce at the time, for actively incorporating him into the local community. Tony thrives on serving the community—it’s what drives him to take risks, grow, and how he defines success. Fresh baked goods and encouragement from fellow businessman Bill Harper in the mornings when Tony was starting the business is something that strengthens Tony to this day, 42 years down the line of doing what he loves. “Our strength has always been our people,” Tony says. Community can be found within Piedmont Press & Graphics, where many of the team members have been with the company 20 or more years. Tony and his wife, Holly, have even gone without paychecks in difficult times to continue to support their staff. Should you want to know more about Piedmont Press, you can just pop by to chat with one of their team.

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FLOORING Colvin Floors Shane Colvin & Team Flooring is part of the foundation that allows us to live our lives and has been part of what Shane Colvin’s life was built upon. Colvin Floors, Shane’s company, has operated in the county since before he was around, having started with his father, Henry. Shane says he was born and raised in the business, and the same could be said for plenty of the team members at Colvin Floors since a number of them have stayed together for multiple years. Although equipped with the seniority of a lifetime of experience in the business, Shane says, “Every day is a learning opportunity and just when you think you’ve seen it all, something new comes along. Catering to everyone’s individual wants and needs with diverse products and projects constantly keeps us all on our toes.” The company prides itself on offering options for people so they aren’t locked into one route. The effort to maximize choices for clients is challenged and ultimately strengthened by obstacles such as supply shortages. Shane explains that they have to get creative and do their homework to know every angle of the business, like which manufacturers have products available and which ones don’t. Working with various manufacturers ensures

the company is capable of moving things forward when supplies fluctuate. Whether or not people actually purchase from Colvin Floors, the team aims to give everyone an individualized and positive experience at every point of interaction. Shane emphasizes that their impressive success with attaining their goal for quality customer service would not be possible without people dedicated to their job. Their employees genuinely care about going the extra mile and bending over backwards in pursuing all avenues to make clients happy. The fantastic staff at Colvin Floors, Jennifer, Jeremy, Kelli, and Mike, is everything to the company and its operation to this day. Each teammate is highly successful because of their willingness to work and communicate. They are passionate about treating every project as if it was for their own home or business — bringing zeal to the idea of taking something personally. “Colvin Floors would not exist without the great employees,” Shane reports. The company has been doing business for nearly half a century thanks to the team’s commitment to their craft, something that can confidently take them 50 years further.

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UTILITIES Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Shawn McDonough Sometimes the simplest actions come from a slew of chain events that can often go unnoticed if they aren’t visible; take a smile for example: smiling takes more than 40 muscles in the face. “A lot goes on behind the scenes to deliver electricity to someone’s house or business,” Shawn McDonough, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) regional operations managing director illuminates. Starting from generating electricity with a variety of energy sources, there are a profuse number of things down the line that must be “in place and fully functional” to culminate in producing light at the flip of a switch. One of the notable factors that has to be operating at peak performance is the team members who go out to deal with outages and similar obstacles in the way of members receiving electricity. In the worst conditions that bring about power outages, the REC teammates brave the coldest winters and most severe of storms to deliver on the company objective of providing safe and reliable power to their members. There’s not a single day outside of their scope for working around the clock to make sure people can return to a well-lit and comfortable home.

Beyond dealing with outages as they arise, REC consistently invests in proactive efforts to prevent future outages — highlighting the importance of their business model of reliability, especially in rural areas. The company develops and drives forward constantly evolving projects to align with their business goals and support their members. The spirit behind people being members and not customers is fueled by people’s involvement in their energy needs, as they are considered owners for doing business with the Cooperative. Following that spirit, REC works to prioritize transparency and accessibility to their members. The main points of interaction between the company and its members are initial service connection, outages, and rate fluctuations. In respecting those points of interaction, REC prioritizes those areas in terms of service and education — improving technology and keeping members updated. REC members can rest assured that behind every light switch fed by the company’s energy is a “dedicated, member-focused” team that “know what their purpose is and do their best to deliver on that” — from start to finish, everyday, no matter the storm.

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Clockwise from top left: Meditation jump rope training on the summit of Kilimanjaro at 19,341 ft, days before Sean’s world record speed ascent up the mountain; Training for the speed ascent on the rim of Kilimanjaro summit at 19,341 ft; Winter 1st Ascents Expedition in Mongolia; Sherpa logistic support team for 1st Ascents Expedition in Humla District of Nepal. Photos © Sean Burch 2021


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was living in Oakton, had a good job, traveled around the world, and worked in construction dispute resolution,” Sean Burch of Warrenton said. “I got to travel a lot. I’ve always been into traveling. I had a house and a girlfriend and thought I was living the life.” It was during this time, Sean found out that his grandfather was dying and went to see him. “I always looked up to my grandfather growing up. He spoke four languages, skied until he was 86 years old, he was a World War II Veteran, and had lived near the Arctic Circle while in the U.S. Army,” Sean said. “He said there were so many things he wished he could have done. I was shocked because he had traveled and worked in jobs around the world and done so much. He told me he didn’t want it to happen to me and it didn’t hit home until he passed away.” Sean had a dream of becoming a mountaineer and trying to summit Everest. “I was intrigued with the books about it and doing it the old school way, by just climbing the mountain on my own with no supplementary oxygen support,” he said. “The books were so well written about the hardships. I decided then and there I was going to climb Everest. I spent four years training on other mountains, including summiting Shishapangma, an 8000m peak in Tibet with a climbing JA N U A RY 2 0 2 2

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partner. That’s when I knew I was ready to go to Everest alone and try to climb the mountain. I was fortunate to make it to the summit and down, though I did almost lose my toes from frostbite.” Sean ended up being the first Virginian to ever summit Mount Everest. “It wasn’t an easy expedition by any means,” he said. “But after that, I figured if I can do this, what else can I do?” After returning to the real world, Sean had few revelations. “I always thought if I get to the top of this mountain and get back down alive, then I will be happy,” he said. “I came down and was riding that high for two to three months, but all of the problems that people go through were still there within me. Climbing a mountain, no matter how stupid or crazy is not going to make a difference in your life. It’s going to be up to you to make a change.” Now, Sean Burch is a filmmaker, explorer, and conservationist holding eight world records spanning six coun-

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Sean with Furdiki Sherpa, daughter of Angnima Sherpa and a subject in documentary series; Late evening campfire with Sherpa logistic support team during a 1st Ascents expedition in Nepal; The Icefall Doctor movie poster one-sheet on Angnima Sherpa and his team; Sean with Ngwang Sherpa, eldest son of Angnima Sherpa and a subject in documentary series. Photos © Sean Burch 2021

tries and five continents, winner of National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska TV show, founder and principal of Khumbu Productions, and author of the acclaimed self-help book and program Hyperfitness®. While Sean is a lifelong resident of Virginia and he and his family have called Warrenton home for almost 15 years, his career and interests have taken him all over the world. One of his most recent accomplishments is The Icefall Doctor, the first film in a three-part documentary series on the Khumbu Icefall and the Icefall Doctors of Mount Everest, Nepal. The Khumbu Icefall, located between the Everest base camp and the higher camps, is the most treacherous part of the Everest climb, risky because of the constant danger of large ice walls and seracs collapsing, and huge crevasses. The Icefall Doctors are Sherpa climbers that have expertise in carving out and securing routes through this section for climbers. “The Icefall Doctors are the most important part of the Everest climb,” he said. “I first met the Sherpas in 2003. I was always fascinated by them and started to learn their stories. I felt like their stories needed to be told, so I decided to tell it myself.” The goal of The Icefall Doctor documentary series is to show the importance and courage of the Icefall Doctors,

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bring to light their way of life, and help rebuild Angnima’s home where his youngest son now lives. “Every time I was with those family members, they were the nicest people. They were so generous, open, and good-natured,” he said. “They speak both Sherpa and Nepalese, so there’s usually a language barrier, but I’m used to that traveling around the world. So I learned to use body language, and sound out sentences more slowly and use shorter phrases for us to communicate.” When Sean returned from Nepal, he met with the ambassador to Nepal in D.C. “For over ten years we received unprecedented access by the government of Nepal never before given to a production crew to film the Icefall Doctors, as well as support from the Embassy and Ambassador of Nepal,” he shares on his website. Sean’s proudest success was being named Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal by their government for his humanitarian work in their country. After getting burned by a number of production companies and networks for years traveling back and forth to L.A., Sean decided to start his own production company, Khumbu Productions. “My favorite movies are ones you can reflect on and that will change or enhance your life in a positive way,” he said. “My intention is to get out there and build something that will enhance people’s lives and make them better people inside and out.” The Icefall Doctor has now been featured at several film festivals and, most recently, received The BBVA Award

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Sean with his son, Hans Burch, a senior at Fauquier High School.

and Silver Edelweiss for Best Mountain Film at the prestigious 39th Annual Torello Mountain Film Festival. When he’s not creating award-winning documentaries with his production company, Sean spends his time as a personal development and leadership specialist for Fortune 500 companies and institutions around the world. “The beautiful thing about life is you’re never too old to keep learning,” he said. “I hope I have things to say that can help people. I build programs that are centered around mental strength and add in nutrition and fitness. I try to bring knowledge and experience. I think the expertise part really matters.” As for his plans for the Fauquier County community, Sean is interested in introducing wellness initiatives. “It has to become a lifestyle,” he said. “Each individual needs to focus on their own being. They have to take it into their own hands. A lot of the things you can overcome in regards to fitness begin with walking. When I start any program with any company, I always start by walking. I find that when a group gets together, you’re more accountable for your actions.” Sean's ultimate goal? “I’ll always try and keep learning to become a better person and to help others try and improve their lifestyle and mindset,” he said. “I want my son to always respect me, the principles and ethos in which I live by, and be a role model for him. And the day I die, I want to know I have lived a full life.”


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Finding Fulfillment From Within Health and life coach Ewa Burak BY LINDSAY HOGEBOOM


n 1989, Ewa and The Rhythm Hot Shots formed the Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden, the biggest swing dance festival in the world, where they taught, and continue to teach today, swing dances, including Lindy Hop…” states an August 2019 Warrenton Lifestyle article. The Lindy Hop, a dance that almost became obsolete, was revived thanks in large part to Ewa Burak — Sweden native and Orlean resident — who, with guidance and support from elderly swing dancers such as Lindy Hop ambassador Frankie Manning, was instrumental in creating a resurgence of interest in the dance. Many people would agree that Ewa’s accomplishments to date are enough to celebrate for a lifetime. However, for Ewa, her past endeavors have led to the start of an entirely new undertaking — one as a health and life coach. “I have always been a coach, so it was kind of [a] natural [transition],” says Ewa. Prior to her career in dance, she was a gymnast — both roles that each embody a spirit of holistic wellness by encouraging physical health and dexterity, as well as the mental fortitude to push limits and tackle new challenges. As a dance instructor and gymnastics coach, these were values Ewa imparted on her students. “As I was invited to teach dance, I often found opportunities off of the dance floor to help and coach the organizers beyond where they were, so [health coaching] fell into my lap a little bit,” she says. As COVID-19 brought many aspects of our lives — including in-person interactions — to a halt, Ewa considered

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beginning a new venture as a health and life coach, and thought, “maybe this is the time.” Not only did she now have more time to invest and more ways to connect due to the swift transition to virtual communication, but also, she felt that “with so much uncertainty and so many struggles, people might need coaching now more than ever.” Fast forward to today, and Ewa is now a certified health and life coach, helping others navigate through psychological roadblocks and assisting with nutrition and other health concerns to help clients reach their goals and become the best version of themselves — physically, mentally, and spiritually. She earned her dual certification through The Health Coach Institute via its online program that includes training on behavioral psychology, neuroscience, intuitive listening, habit change, and healthy lifestyle

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Eva Walker In part because of the work of Eva and her husband with local government and civic leaders, the racial integration process during the 1960s in Warrenton went more smoothly than in many areas of the country. The county built and named Eva Walker Park in her honor.

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design, according to the institute’s website (healthcoachinstitute.com). “This past year, the situation in the world has surely served as a sober reminder about just how important overall health is and to support our immune system to do its job,” Presch she says. “When we take care of our body and mind, the body takes care of us.” Open Ewa goes on to explain, “Health coaching is veryyea much about habit change. It’s about all aspects of life, really — takLocally ing small shifts to find out what makes the difference to move forward in a more desired direction.” She also states that the job of a health and life coach is to help clients reframe the 200 conversations they are havingGreen with themselves to come from a place of optimistic curiosity rather than self-doubt. “Instead 540-347 of coming down on ourselves, we can be curious and think, ‘Huh, that’s interesting. I wonder what I can do instead to get options,’” she says. “And, to find power in [knowing], ‘I actually have a choice here. This is not the only way.’ Then you feel empowered [to] make the small shifts.” For new clients, Ewa brings them through a 90-day program during which they meet for an hour once a week. Each session begins with celebrating what went well during the past week, followed by a discussion about what didn’t go so well. “The listening part is so powerful,” says Ewa. “When people feel safe and seen and heard, they take their time to also hear themselves [and] listen to their inner voice that we often forget how to listen to, trust and take seriously.” Prior to ending the meeting, Ewa gives the client an action step to work on during the upcoming week that serves to bring them one step closer to their goal. Ewa stresses the importance of taking the time for this type of introspection, stating, “Self-care is not selfish. When you’re connected to you and your truth, then you’re connected to the world. Then, we are our best selves so we can go out and connect with what’s around us and make a difference in our small groups and in our family, in our community, and the world at large — and everyone is going to gain from it.” Being on the leading side of these conversations, Ewa says she’s careful to always remember that the goal is not to provide answers, but rather for her clients to make progress by working through mental barriers. “In my eagerness to help it can sometimes be challenging to not follow the urge to quickly present a solution, but rather step back, stay curious, keep digging, and find the right questions that help to uncover what’s true for my client, which will let the right path forward present itself.” “I think my strength is that I really believe in people,” says Ewa. “As a coach, I really hold that space for them. It’s like, ‘You might not believe in yourself yet, but I know you’re capable,’ and people get fuel from that.” Ultimately, she says, “Despite all our struggles we have to face and overcome, I choose to believe it’s a kind world,” and “I love to be a lighthouse for hope and possibility.” For more information about Ewa’s health and life coaching contact her at eburak@erols.com, FB: @Ewa-Coaching, or 540-305-1655.

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A Small Store with a Big Mission The Natural Marketplace celebrates 33 years in Old Town BY PAM KAMPHUIS PHOTOS BY LUKE CHRISTOPHER


t may be hard to believe, but Old Town mainstay The Natural Marketplace has been here for 33 years. Owner Shelly Ross has been a resident of Warrenton since 1980, and opened the store in 1989 when her children were old enough to start school. “I’ve always been attracted to retailing and the healing traditions,” she says. “And every town needs a health food store. Warrenton didn’t have one.” Shelly didn’t have a true business plan, but had an instinctual affinity for merchandising, retail and quality

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products. Her interest in herbs, vitamins, organic food and gardening had been fostered by a close friend in Vermont who had owned a health food store in Vail, Colorado. “I learned so much from her,” she says. Shelly’s expertise has continually expanded over the years, as she has obtained multiple certifications in all aspects of health and healing. The sales associates at the store are, likewise, constantly learning from the many courses offered by experts in natural medicine. “We have all been told by many customers over the years that we have saved lives and resurrected healthy lifestyles with our caring, guidance and education. The plethora of positive feedback has kept me going. I so love helping people,” Shelly says. Shelly raised her family as a single mother in Warrenton, and the love for this small town and the beautiful countryside inspired her children, real estate broker Tyler and chef Ryan, to settle here and operate their own businesses. “I fed them way too much tofu when they were young and they used to sneak the candy bars in the store when no one was looking. Landing on the perfect diet was/is a continual process and none of us are vegetarians at this time. We love supporting our local farms and their grass fed and organic offerings.”

Left: Natural Marketplace owner Shelly Ross started the store in 1989. Above: The longtime home of the Natural Marketplace, the building on the corner of Waterloo and Diagonal Streets houses an impressive array of products and services.


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The store in the picturesque old building at the corner of Waterloo and Diagonal Streets has been a fixture in Old Town for all these years, with an ideal location and a generous landlord. More products and services are packed into that building than you could believe. Downstairs features an impressive array of groceries, meats, produce, vitamins, supplements, herbs, aromatherapy products, and body care products——organic and/or very clean, meaning no chemicals and toxins. Shelly carries local certified organic produce and products whenever possible, and welcomes local farmers to reach out, but to maintain consistency in her stock, a lot comes from small organic distributors. But even with so many products, the store doesn’t feel cramped. Shelly has received compliments and industry

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awards on not only the layout and presentation of her products, but her all-encompassing selection and quality of products from distributors and also customers from larger cities who are used to larger stores and impressed with the offerings. Upstairs features a full organic deli that is open for lunch featuring healthy hot and cold sandwiches and wraps, soups, casseroles, smoothies, juices, and even a yummy kids menu. The food served is all-organic and cooked using the healthiest methods possible. “We don’t heat toxic oils like vegetable oil, we only use high smoke point oils like coconut oil, and we don’t use teflon on the grill. We’re very careful about how we prepare the food,” Shelly says. Catering is available for office lunches and the like. Also, upstairs is where all their services are offered: massage, reiki, BARS, ion foot cleanses, ear candling, nutritional education, Thermography, blood cell analysis, and more. “We’re always adding services as we learn about new things,” Shelly says. Shelly credits her staff, co-managers Natasha Frisk and Margie Guttridge, deli manager Cristi Rohrbaugh, sales associates Abby Mouring and Mary Rodgers, admin assistant Sydney Hernandez, and bookkeeper Sandee Huntington with the success of her store. All are very knowledgeable, with years of education and certifications behind them in different specializations. “Our people are a wealth of information and education. I’m very picky with my staff,” Shelly says. “They have to be knowledgeable, and get along with the other staff and especially customers. Crabby or unhappy people don’t stay here very long. If I feel that way, I stay home for the day,” she laughs. Being a small store, Shelly has to charge the recommended retail price on her products. But she points out their value: the most expensive vitamin you can buy is one that doesn’t work. “Many discount supplements have a synthetic base, which your body doesn’t recognize, so they are useless at best, and harmful at worst,” she explains. “Not only that, when you come to the store for supplements, you get an abundance of free, very knowledgeable advice, something you don’t get purchasing online. When customers buy their vitamins here they are saving money because we can keep them from buying something they don't need and eliminate the possibility of getting tainted, short dated, or fake product. We have so much knowledge here that it ends up actually saving them money. Plus… doesn’t everyone personally enjoy and reap the rewards of supporting local businesses?” Shelly values the close-knit community her store has developed over the years. “We all have something in common, we all love quality food and learning how to heal our bodies without the side effects of pharmaceutics,” she explains of her many repeat customers, sometimes up to a hundred in a day. Our customers recognize that we carry the most well-researched and professional vitamin supplements available. Many have not had success with pharmaceutical medicine and are enjoying the natural supplements that target the causes of disease, not just the symptoms.” Shelly emphasizes, the store always eagerly welcomes any new people who are excited about eating well and improving their health in general. She wants to share the store’s mission with everyone: to educate all on the continual pro-

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When In Doubt, Dance It Out Adult cardio dance classes in Warrenton STORY AND PHOTOS BY LINDSAY HOGEBOOM


assy. Sultry. Sweaty.” This is how Jaime Lynn Henderson, Warrenton resident and artist, describes her new adult dance fitness class. Each Saturday at 9 a.m.,Henderson gets together with a group of dancers and non-dancers alike at Allegro Community School of Arts’ dance studio on Fourth Street in downtown Warrenton to start the weekend by getting their heart rate up while breaking it down.

The Inspiration

For much of her life, Henderson danced — at ballet classes as a child, as captain of her high school dance squad, with a competitive dance team during college, and more. But by the time she reached graduate school, “I thought I had sort of aged out of it,” she says. “I thought it was over for me until a friend that I worked with told me to check out this dance class called WERQ.” WERQ is a cardio dance class, similar to Zumba, that is taught at gyms and dance studios across the country. “I went to this class and it was packed,” says Henderson. “It was seven o’clock on a Tuesday night, and the music was blaring — all the music that you’re already listening to on the radio, all the good stuff —and it was 60 minutes of dancing.”

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It’s just a really, really fun version of an exercise class, and you get to do it by shaking your booty with all your buddies

“This was really my foray into what we call cardio dance, or dance fitness,” she explains. “The emphasis, I think, is first on the cardio aspect and second on the dance aspect. It’s just a really, really fun version of an exercise class, and you get to do it by shaking your booty with all your buddies, or making buddies if you don’t have any.”

Bringing Dance Fitness to Warrenton

When Henderson moved to Warrenton from Chicago in 2020 during the height of COVID to be closer to family, the pandemic hindered her ability to get out and meet people by taking part in group activities she loves, such as dance. But as the effects of the pandemic subsided and she began to look for dance activities to take part in, Henderson realized there weren’t very many available for adults in the area. “I knew there were two dance studios right down the street, and I thought, ‘If someone would just let me in! Let me turn on some music and dance for an hour and feel that again. And, I bet you if I introduced it to some other people around here, there might be a following.” Henderson took initiative by contacting Lachelle Yoder, co-founder of Allegro Community School of Arts, to ask if she had the time and studio space available for Henderson to host a class similar to the WERQ classes she had grown to love. “[Yoder] set up a meeting with me and she was lovely, and interested in it. She said, ‘I have some parents of our kids who are in dance classes, and the parents are asking if there is anything for them.’” Similar to Henderson, many other adults were feeling the effects of the

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ter what you’re doing. We’re like 10 people in the middle of the country dancing to Britney Spears at nine o’clock on a Saturday. We’re here to have fun, and that’s it.’” Henderson also says it was important to her to make sure the class was accessible by providing a flexible schedule and fee structure. “The thing with adults and classes is they need drop-ins,” she says. “They need to be able to just decide on a Saturday, ‘You know what? My girlfriends are in town — let's go take this cardio dance class together.’” Classes are $15, and anyone interested in trying their hand at cardio dance is welcome to pay at the door via credit card with no membership or registration required.

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pandemic and were anxious to start interacting and getting active again. “She’d been hearing that already, so when I came to her, the groundwork was potentially already there for it to work,” says Henderson. “So she was very gracious, and was like, ‘Sure, let’s give it a shot!’” Henderson began choreographing the routines, and in mid-August, hosted her first class. Each class is 60 minutes, during which time participants move to approximately 16 to 20 songs, each with its own routine. Henderson says that the first class is typically the most difficult, because that’s the first time the dancers are seeing the routines. “There’s a format I follow that’s helpful,” she says. “The first time you see a move, you slow it down to half speed for the first eight counts, and then speed it up to its full speed.” The routine then repeats throughout the song, giving participants the opportunity to learn the moves before putting their full energy behind them and burning some calories. “It’s really important to me that I create an environment that feels very welcoming, very open, very energetic, and has this sort of party mood,” she says. “I bring in some pink spotlights, drop the lights down low and close the blinds so you can really get in the zone.” She explains that this atmosphere helps to ease some of the self-consciousness that some newcomers may feel and emphasizes that the class is open to anyone and everyone — regardless of their age, gender, or previous dance or exercise experience. “I try really, really hard when I’m leading and instructing to just keep encouraging everybody and reminding them, ‘It does not mat-

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For Henderson, part of the joy she gains from the class is in the performance aspect, but she explains that each individual can take from the class what they like. “It is perfectly fine if you just want to use the class as exercise — you do not need to make it this alter ego, Beyoncé-esque, sassy experience for you,” she says. “I need that to get through my day, but not everybody does. But, if you do want that, you can do it here.” Additionally, Henderson says she has loved getting to know her community via dance fitness. “I was really surprised by how much it meant to me to have people take the class,” she says. “I recognized in meeting people that I didn’t know and seeing them, for an hour, put themselves through something new, how vulnerable people really are, and how brave they are. I have a newfound appreciation for the human experience of trying something new.” Amanda Dean, a class regular, says she likes that dance fitness is a positive way to start her weekend. “It’s been a really good way to get out of the house, especially during these weird times, and just be active. This is the first time I’ve ever done a dance class like this, and I’ve really liked it,” she says. “It’s been really good.” Robin Cooke, another dance fitness enthusiast, says, “Jaime is a talented dancer and supportive teacher. Her positive energy makes every class fun. The dance moves are not overly complicated for someone like me with no formal training but challenging enough to give me a great workout that keeps me smiling the whole time.” At the heart of the class, Henderson says, is one goal: “I just want people to have an option for movement that is joyful.” To learn more, visit the Allegro Community School of the Arts website at allegrocsa.org/fitness-at-allegro or Henderson’s Instagram, @jaimelynnhenderson2.

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