Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine July 2018

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his is my first issue as editor of Warrenton Lifestyle and I am having a blast with it! I have lived in the Warrenton area for 30 years, which is more than half my life now, and it is truly my home. I grew up in New Hampshire, where the summers are quite a lot cooler than they are here. The first summer I stayed here was eye-opening! I lasted until about the second week in June and then I packed my bags and headed north. But I have become accustomed to the heat and have come to love Virginia, especially the beautiful region we live in here. I love to be outside and take day trips to explore our area further. We have some suggestions in this issue. One of the things I miss about New Hampshire in the summer are the swimming holes in the cold rivers that run right off the mountains. While we don’t have any right in town, if you take a day trip you can easily find some within a reasonable drive. And I would highly suggest a day (or weekend) trip out to Rappahannock County. It’s only about a half hour from Warrenton, and the scenery gets prettier and prettier as you get closer. You are truly in the foothills of the Blue Ridge there, with plenty to do and see. Wishing you a delightful (and cool) summer!

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Contents 14 Beat the Summer Heat

06 Families 4 Fauquier

Water fun and swimming holes BY DEBBIE EISELE AND PAM KAMPHUIS

Events for July

08 2018 Relay for Life Cancer survivors celebrate BY FAUQUIER HEALTH

10 Charitable Giving Donating with the new tax code


34 Heaven Sent

It’s Worth the Trip


Visiting Rappahannock County BY SUSAN MCCORKINDALE

38 Lessons from the Blue Zones


Centenarians today

Summer Cocktail





Choosing the right one for your student

Cherie Vermillion cares for the elderly

The refreshing Mango Spritzer


Post-exercise techniques to make you stronger

Computers for College



The Basics of Recovery


The Long Line


46 Pink Muhley Grass BY DEBBIE EISELE

48 Land Conservation Easements

Piedmont Homes

Preserving our county’s beauty

Water Quality: How’s your home’s water?



A tool for training your dog

Windows, Doors and Siding: Caring for the exterior of your home




A native plant for landscaping


John Barton Payne Deep roots in Fauquier



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Families4Fauquier hosted its annual community Bicycle Rodeo on June 16th. Specials thanks to • SRO, CHRIS MEYER WITH THE FAUQUIER SHERIFF’S OFFICE • SAL TORELLI • KARINA MCCLOUD AND ANITA OF ANITA SADLACK - STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENCY




WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH Please join the Warrenton

Civitans as they host the 4th of July Children’s & Pet Parade. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. with Uncle Sam leading the way down Main Street in Old Town Warrenton to the Courthouse steps where the Fauquier Community Band will be performing patriotic music. Families4Fauquier will be providing freeze pops, balloons, flags, dog treats, and patriotic giveaways. Parade line up starts at 9:30 a.m. with parade kickoff at 10 a.m. Bikes, trikes and wagons welcomed, but please, nothing motorized. SATURDAY, JULY 7TH Stop by the Families4Fauquier booth from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. during the Warrenton Farmers Market (corner of 5th and Lee Streets) and paint rocks with our F4F Rocks Club. SATURDAY, JULY 14TH Families4Fauquier will be making snow globe crafts during the family hour at the Summer on the Green Concert Series Warrenton Makes Music Day from 5 - 7:15 p.m., hosted by Allegro Community School of the Arts.


Families4Fauquier at Earth, Glaze & Fire’s brand new location for our annual Christmas in July Part 1. We will be working on our Hero’s Project from 2-4 p.m., decorating Christmas ornaments that will be added to our candy care containers. These will be distributed to our heroes at Walter Reed Medical Facility in November. We heard that Santa might even be stopping by! In addition, we are looking for families and groups to help make handmade Christmas ornaments. Salt dough ornaments (both non-decorated and decorated) or any other -creative ornaments are greatly appreciated. This is a huge project and we need lots of help to ensure each container has a handmade ornament.

• BIKE STOP OF WARRENTON and • WARRENTON VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE for supporting this event and helping make it the best it has ever been!

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Cancer Survivors Celebrated at 2018 Relay for Life


he Survivors Reception at the June 9 Fauquier Relay for Life event offered good food and inspiring conversation — with steadfast folks who have survived (or are surviving) cancer. Sharing a table at the reception were Jackie Keller, Sarah Mawyer, and Michele LeBlanc. Every survivor’s story is unique, but all three of these women have battled breast cancer and won — and all three are upbeat and grateful for every day that is given to them. Jackie Keller, now a volunteer greeter at Fauquier Hospital, had a mastectomy in 2009, two days after her retirement party. “I was fortunate. A mammography found it so soon that I didn’t have to have chemo. I tell everyone, ‘Have a mammogram. Catch it early.’ ” Sarah Mawyer works in the materials management department at Fauquier Hospital. She helps in the storeroom and delivers mail around the health system. She said that she had two lumpectomies after her first diagnosis in 2011; when those surgeries did not eradicate the cancer, she had a double mastectomy. Five and a half years later, she had some itchy skin near the scar tissue on her chest. The oncologist immediately sent her for a screening and found that the cancer was back. “It was just a little itch on my skin. That was the only symptom. The cancer was in the muscle.” This second round of cancer treatment was especially challenging. “Chemo was horrible for me,” said Sarah. “Leg cramps kept me from sleeping. I’d be sitting there in the dark, miserable. I couldn’t eat. I was dehydrated. I just couldn’t see an end to it.” It was rough, but she said support from friends and family made it bearable. “My work family was great. They were with me every step of the way. My daughter came with me to every appointment and kept a journal for me. I tried not to stress about it. I stayed busy, I lived my life.” Michele LeBlanc, a member of Fauquier Health’s Medical Imaging team, had four separate tumors; one was DCIS, a type that

stays in the ducts and doesn’t spread, but the other three were malignant, with some cancer cells in one lymph node. She said that she has only an 11 percent chance of a recurrence, but even so, it’s often on her mind: “It’s hard not to worry about every little bump you feel.” All three women are concerned for their children. Michele said, “I want my daughter to be monitored.” Sarah, mother of five and grandmother of ten, added, “My daughter started to have mammograms when she was only 35 because of what happened to me.” Of course, it’s not only women who have to cope with a cancer diagnosis. About a year before her breast cancer diagnosis, Jackie lost her husband to colon cancer. He had had colonoscopies faithfully, but was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer a year

TOP: Fauquier Health’s after a screening. “The Relay for Life team. surgeons couldn’t reach BOTTOM, LEFT: the cancer, couldn’t Sarah Mawyer. get it out. He did six BOTTOM, CENTER: months of chemo, then Michele LeBlanc. had five months with a BOTTOM, RIGHT: good quality of life but Jackie Keller. was in a lot of pain. It’s hard to watch someone you love go from 250 pounds to 100.” After finishing her breast cancer treatments, Jackie moved from central New York to Virginia to make a whole new life for herself. She is an active volunteer at Fauquier Hospital, keeps up with her grandchildren, and is active in her church. Where does she get her strength? “I learned it from my husband,” she said. Michele said, “I never got depressed. One out of three women get breast cancer. I just told myself, ‘It’s your turn.’ ”❖

Fauquier Health Raises More Than $15,000 for American Cancer Society As a platinum sponsor, Fauquier Health was all in at the June 9 Relay for Life event at Fauquier High School to benefit the American Cancer Society. Sixty-four employees participated, including all full time and part time employees in the Infusion Center, and the members of the health system’s senior management team, CEO Chad Melton, COO Donna Staton, CFO Lionel Philips and CNO Sharon Marti. Employees sponsored dozens of events to reach their $15,000 fundraising goal, hosting a spaghetti dinner, special lunches and “pay up to dress down” days. Local residents will benefit directly through the ACS’s Road to Recovery program and Look Good, Feel Better classes. The ACS provides most of the educational materials distributed in the Infusion Center and ACS representatives also participate in the health system’s Cancer Committee.


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Many people don’t realize that it’s the recovery after a workout that makes them stronger.” Recovery Basics SLEEP Getting enough sleep is always a challenge. From busy schedules to busy minds, sleeping for eight hours or more on a regular basis can seem impossible. Yet it’s only during sleep that our bodies produce the hormones that repair the damage done throughout the day. By focusing on sleep and making small lifestyle changes, it can be easy to get more, better sleep. Even just avoiding your computer or cell phone screen as you approach bedtime or climbing into bed 15 minutes earlier can dramatically improve the quality of your shuteye.



FUEL Depending on the conditions, athletes can lose a tremendous amount of water and electrolytes. It’s important to replace those fluids both during and immediately after a workout. Losing more than 2% of your body weight in fluids during a workout will lead to a tremendous drop in performance and is unsafe. Do some experimentation: weigh yourself before and after a workout, and you’ll get some good insight into how much fluid you need to consume pre- and post- exercise. The act of exercise, depending on intensity, burns carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. In the time immediately after a workout, the body’s ability to absorb nutrients is at its peak. During the first 30 minutes, athletes should consume foods high in both carbohydrates and proteins. By waiting 2 hours after a workout to consume fuel, nutrient absorption decreases around 50%.

STRETCHING Stretching after a workout improves blood flow and allows the muscles to exchange the damaging byproducts of a workout for the nutrients needed to repair. Stretching also allows a muscle to retain its range of motion, helping to ensure quality performance in the future. Stretching the various muscle groups used during a workout and holding each position for at least 20 seconds will help achieve the desired effect.

Taking Recovery to the Next Level Applying ice after a workout reduces inflammation and soreness. Additionally, ice will constrict the blood vessels and help remove lactic acid, allowing for healthy blood to return sooner. Ice can be applied directly with a cold compress or through an ice bath. Icing for just six to eight minutes can have benefits. A recovery massage can have many of the same effects as icing, while also promoting a state of relaxation. Tools like a foam roller or massage stick can make the job a little easier at home, but nothing beats the hands of a professional massage therapist. TOP TIER RECOVERY As science continues to reinforce the importance of recovery for every athlete, new technologies are being developed to keep pace. Many of these technological advancements are now being made available to the public as businesses like RXR3 Recovery in Gainesville begin to spring up. Treatments can include cryotherapy saunas (chilling you at -130 degrees for 3 minutes), inflatable compression boots, and whole-body vibration to help your body flush lactic acid. Additionally, infrared saunas, flotation therapy, and CVAC altitude pods bring the tools of the world’s best athletes to the masses. Considering the time people spend working out, it’s shortsighted to neglect recovery. Don’t let the valuable time and hard work go to waste by failing to allow your body to adequately adapt. Experiment with a variety of recovery techniques, from the most basic to the most advanced, and not only will you begin to feel the maximum benefits of your workouts, you’ll just feel better. ❖ ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jared Nieters is co-owner of Haymarket Bicycles and founder of Mapleworks Endurance Coaching. He has won multiple national championships in cycling and now coaches endurance athletes in a multitude of disciplines. He can be reached at info@mapleworks coaching.com and found on most social media sites at @mapleworkscoach.


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TUBING Tubing is a classic and very cool way to travel the river, and there are quite a few canoe and tubing rental businesses out toward Winchester and Front Royal, not far from home but far enough to make the outing a real adventure. Enjoy a few hours or a day on the Shenandoah River without worrying about parking, putting in, and taking out by visiting one of the water adventure locations that take care of it all for you. They will rent you the tubes, drop you off and pick you up after your adventure. Floating down the river is the perfect way to enjoy a hot summer day. It’s easy to find out which location would be the most fun for your family on the internet: check out tubing on Yelp for the Front Royal and Luray region for reviews and information.

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SWIMMING HOLES swimming holes, all connected. Leaving from the Thompson Hollow Trailhead near Bentonville, it is an easy hike of about a mile to the swimming holes. It is also reachable via an longer hike on the Overall Run/Heiskell Hollow Trail starting from Skyline Drive. ELIZABETH FURNACE AREA, near Winchester/Front Royal. Enjoy three swimming holes in this area along Passage Creek: Blue Hole, Elizabeth Furnace, and Buzzard Rock Hole near the Elizabeth Furnace campgrounds. These locations provide nice spots to enjoy the water, which tends to be warmer and slower here than some others in the area where the water comes down off the mountains cold and fast. SUGAR HOLLOW area near Charlottesville. There is another swimming hole called Blue Hole on Moorman’s River in Crozet. Parking is near the Sugar Hollow Reservoir, at the South Fork Moorman’s River Parking area, and after a moderate hike of about a mile you will find the first swimming hole. You will find more swimming opportunities and even more beautiful scenery if you travel further. FALMOUTH RIVERSIDE PARK. Right in Fredericksburg, there is a swimming hole on the Rappahannock River across the bridge from Old Town. Since this is right in town, it is not so much of a nature experience, but the plus is that it is right near the parking lot — no hiking. o❖

What’s better than a chlorinated pool? An old-fashioned swimming hole! Enjoy a hike in our gorgeous Virginia woods and forests and find a swimming hole to cool off in. Think about making it an overnight adventure by camping. We’ve collected a few for you to consider; check out swimmingholes.org/va or the web pages listed for the exact locations, directions, length and degree of difficulty, and more specific information. Some swimming holes and trails are located in Shenandoah National Park, therefore there is a fee to visit, even if you begin your hike outside the park. WHITE OAK CANYON, is one of the most popular hikes in SNP, and provides a gorgeous hike with multiple waterfalls, and a few options for swimming holes that are just perfect for a hot summer day. The easiest way to visit is to park at the White Oak Canyon Parking Area near Syria and hike up to the Lower Falls, which has the biggest swimming areas. If you keep going, the trail will take you up to the Upper Falls, also a great swimming spot in beautiful surroundings, but the trail is a little more strenuous. You can also hike down from Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park, reaching the upper falls first. OVERALL RUN, near Matthew’s Arm Campground, provides a nice trek to a scenic waterfall which cascades into three


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efore I moved from New Jersey to Virginia, I thought Ho-HoKus was the neatest town name I’d ever heard. Then we arrived, and I discovered Rappahannock. “Now that,” I thought, “is a very cool name.” A very cool name, for a very cool place. If you don’t know, as I didn’t, the name Rappahannock comes from the Algonquian word lappihanne and means "where the tide ebbs and flows." It’s an apt description of the idyllic, quietly sophisticated Rappahannock County where indeed, you couldn’t find a Mickey D’s if your life depended on it.

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Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rappahannock is a place of pretty, tucked away towns, lovely boutiques and art galleries, quaint bed and breakfasts, award-winning wineries, and several terrific restaurants (including the renowned Inn at Little Washington). Simply put, it’s a great place to spend the day, and an even better place to spend the weekend. Why? Because there’s just so much to see and taste and do. So do it. Treat yourself or your honey, and don’t forget to bring your hiking boots. If you’re like me, and you try to offset calorie consumption

with calorie destruction, you’ll appreciate the hiking opportunities the area affords. A brisk trek along the Thornton River Trail goes a long way toward burning off that crème brûlée, plus you’ll have room for the next delectable morsel that makes your sweet tooth swoon. On the following pages you’ll find just a few of the places to stay, eat, and experience that beautiful, relaxing Rappahannock County has to offer visitors. Rappahannock.com has a complete list. So, read this, check that, and then get in the car and go. It’s worth the trip.

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Little Washington Foster Harris House Luxury B&B 189 Main Street / 540-675-3757 FosterHarris.com

ACCOMMODATIONS Flint Hill Blue Door Kitchen & Inn 675 Zachary Taylor Hwy. 540-675-1700 TheBlueDoorKitchen.com

Formerly the Public House, the Blue Door Kitchen & Inn offers locally-sourced, modern American cuisine and four beautifully appointed guest rooms on a spectacular five-acre country estate.

Sperryville Before & After 31 Main Street / 987-8392 BeforeAndAfterSperryville.com

This country-chic espresso and wine café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here, locals come to meet and work, and hikers and other visitors come to energize before a day of exploring, and after to share stories of their adventures.

Little Washington Middleton Inn / 176 Main Street 800-816-8157 / MiddletonInn.com

This award-winning, pet friendly B&B offers guests a choice of four beautifully appointed rooms, daily gourmet breakfast, and a spacious front porch on which to sip a complimentary glass of wine and watch the sunset. In addition, it’s within walking distance of the Inn at Little Washington.

Sperryville Hopkins Ordinary Bed, Breakfast, and Brewery 47 Main Street / 540-987-3383 HopkinsOrdinary.com

Flint Hill Griffin Tavern 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy. 540-675-3227 / GriffinTavern.com

The double Five Star, double Five Diamond Award winning Inn at Little Washington is celebrating its 40th anniversary by extending its Friends & Neighbors benefits program. Residents of Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, and Warren Counties can enjoy the restaurant’s seven-course tasting menu at a significant savings every Monday for the remainder of the year.


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Located in a renovated 1800s home with three cozy dining rooms, outdoor seasonal seating, and a hugely popular pub, Griffin Tavern serves casual, home-style dishes, and is the gathering place for locals and visitors alike.



Tula’s 311 Gay Street / 540-675-2223 TulasRestaurantAndBar.com

The local destination for exceptional fine dining, Tula’s proudly serves American Rustic Cuisine. It also offers a superb spirits list showcasing locallydistilled products, awardwinning wines, flavorful craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

Relax in one of five spacious guestrooms or the private guest cottage, then make your way to the cellar to enjoy the small batch craft beer brewed onsite.


The Inn at Little Washington 309 Middle Street / 540-675-3800 TheInnAtLittleWashington.com

This luxurious B&B offers five charming guest rooms, a four-course gourmet breakfast, and now a prix fixe dinner on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights by reservation.

Three Blacksmiths 20 Main Street / 540-987-5101 ThreeBlacksmiths.com

Opening this month, this sixteen-seat restaurant will serve a fixed weekly menu of locally sourced, seasonal, handcrafted fare in its intimate, inviting dining room. Thornton River Grille 3710 Sperryville Pike 540-987-8790 ThorntonRiverGrille.com

Thornton River Grille prides itself on serving great American food with a worldly flair. Both casual and elegant, visitors can feel free to wear heels or hiking boots. Plus, right next store you can start or end your evening with a drink at Francis (Bar-Francis. com), where a cheerful bartender will craft delectable cocktails from locally sourced ingredients.

WINERIES & DISTILLERIES Amissville Grey Ghost Vineyards 14706 Lee Hwy. / 540-937-4869 GrayGhostVineyards.com

Named "Best of the East" by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine for four consecutive years, Gray Ghost offers high quality wines, knowledgeable staff, and beautiful picnic grounds. Narmada Winery 43 Narmada Lane / 540-937-8215 NarmadaWinery.com

At Narmada Winery, guests can enjoy a selection of tasting flights, each with a slightly different flavor profile. From reds to whites, rosés to dessert wines, there is something to please every palate.



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Sperryville Copper Fox Distillery / 9 River Lane 540-987-8554 / CopperFox.biz

Try single pours of Copper Fox’s award-winning spirits or have one of its expert mixologists create a refreshing, custom cocktail just for you.

SHOPS Sperryville Copper Fox Antiques 7 River Lane / 540-987-8800 CopperFoxAntiques.com

Antique lovers will revel in this 30,000 square foot facility that features old, new, primitive, rustic, vintage, mid-century modern, architectural salvage, and so much more. Haley Fine Art / 42 Main Street 540-987-1000 / HaleyFineArt.com

Pen Druid Brewing / 7 River Lane 540-987-5064 / PenDruid.com

Owned and operated by brothers Lain, Van, and Jennings Carney of the psych-rock band Pontiak, Pen Druid Brewing started between tours, when the three would brew beer at home. Stop in for a taste of the only beer that reflects – and rocks – the terroir of Rappahannock. Little Washington Gadino Cellars 92 Schoolhouse Road 540-987-9292 / GadinoCellars.com

This family-owned vineyard specializes in making highquality wines and produces more than 14 different varietals. Relax with a glass outside or in the tasting room. Quièvremont Winery 162 Gid Brown Hollow Road 540-827-4579 / Quievremont.com

This popular boutique winery specializes in estate-grown grapes and Bordeaux-style wines.


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August Georges / 195 Main Street 540-227-5115 / AugustGeorges.com

Discover your new favorite local or regional artist at Haley Fine Art, and bring home a painting, sculpture, or photograph for your collection.

Incredible furniture and accessories, bedding, tabletop, travel bags, specialty foods, throw pillows, robes, and rugs abound in August Georges. Good luck leaving empty handed!

Happy Camper Equipment Company 15 Main Street / 540-987-5088 HappyCamperEquipment.com

RH Ballard Shop & Gallery 307 Main Street / 540-675-1411 RHBallard.com

New to the neighborhood and located in a prime spot near the entrance to Shenandoah National Park, this outdoor supply shop has everything hikers and campers could ever need. Ridge Line Designs 10 River Lane / 540-987-5056 On Facebook at @RidgeLineDesigns

A gem of a shop that features a large selection of antique and modern Estate jewelry, as well as handmade pieces in silver, gold, and semi-precious stones. Little Washington Antiques at Middle Street 325 Middle Street / 540-675-1103 AntiquesAtMiddleStreet.com

Adjacent to The Inn at Little Washington, this shop is a conglomeration of beautiful and interesting primitives, kitchen collectibles, toys, knickknacks, and works of art.



This stunning shop and gallery bursts with an artful mix of French tablecloths and linens, fine art, Italian dinnerware, French glassware, fine gifts, and unique women’s accessories. Wine Loves Chocolate 353 Main Street / 540-227-8010 WineLovesChocolate.com

Wine does indeed go with chocolate. Take the 20-minute tasting and learn how to pair the two perfectly.

HIKES With more than 500 miles of trails in and around the county, deciding which to try can be a bit daunting. Stop in at the Visitors Center (3 Gay Street, Little Washington) for guidance or visit the following websites before your trip. NPS.Gov/Shen/PlanYourVisit/ Maps.htm

Check out the site for suggested hikes, safety information, and printable trail maps. HikingUpward / HikingUpward.com

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ou never know when you’ll need your dog to obey you when he’s not on a leash… at the dog park, perhaps, or if he runs out the front door one day. There will be a time when you’ll need him to come, sit, and stay; simply put, to listen to you from a distance. Long lines are especially useful to master off leash compliance with stay, recall, and distance work. When your dog is on a long line, he is at


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Computers for College Breaking down the options for your student BY KLAUS FUECHSEL


lashback: When I went to college in the eighties to study mathematics and computer science, I started to use a computer, but it was an IBM mainframe. To calculate some homework I had to sit at a card puncher terminal to create a small program that ran overnight, just to find out next morning that I had a “syntax error in line 12” or so. GIGO strikes again! (If you’re over 40, you might know that this means “garbage in, garbage out”). But I was just using a computer to learn how to write code and program. Then the IBM Personal Computer came out! I started using it to entertain myself with some basic games, but also to create documents for college and my master’s thesis. I did work a bit with a Compaq portable computer. My wife called this computer a “Schleptop;” no one really wanted to lug around a 34 pound PC! The Internet did not really exist yet. Flash forward: Nowadays, living without computer technology is almost inconceivable. Technology is especially necessary for a college student. Today, a student at any kind of college will need a smart phone with internet access, a decent laptop, and a small printer. In this article I would like to offer some thoughts on what to consider when getting a computer for a college student. The first thing you should do is to get the computer recommendations from the college departments in which your student will be studying. They should be able to provide this information during the college application and registration phases. When my oldest daughter Silvia started college at UVA 10 years ago, we went to the school and were offered a laptop with a 4 year extended


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“Nowadays living without computer technology is almost inconceivable. Technology is especially necessary for a college student.”

warranty package. The overall cost seemed rather steep, however, so we managed with just buying a laptop from Microcenter with the normal warranty. Somehow, it lasted through to graduation, but afterwards it suffered a lot from the wear and tear. Most college students are really rough on their laptops, mostly because they carry them around in their backpacks everywhere. I recommend a tougher laptop, or at least one in a



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New Windows-based laptops pop up on the market almost weekly. If you are going with a PC, I would recommend: • An i5 or i7 CPU based system (7th or 8th generation should suffice) • Windows 10 Home or Student (I don’t think there is really a need for the “pro” version) • RAM (built-in memory) should be 8-16 GB • A 512GB to 1TB hard drive should have more than enough capacity. My other top recommendation, which may be already built into your laptop, is to get a 256GB-512GB solid state hard drive. These hard drives replace the main stream mechanical hard drives and make your laptop run noticeably faster. They create less heat and, since they have no moving parts, they are more likely to survive a bad drop. The laptop should also have the following built-in features: • Built-in WIFI 802.11n or even better, 802.11ac • Multiple USB ports, preferably USB 3.0 and higher • A webcam • Bluetooth capability (nice but not a must) • Connectors such as HDMI and Displayport for an external screen, if needed • A built-in ethernet port would be nice to connect to a network via an Ethernet cable. But luckily, once you have USB or Thunderbolt ports on the laptop, you can get adapters that convert to pretty much any external features. If you will need a lot of graphics power with photo and/or video editing (such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere), or for gaming, you might want to consider buy a so-called gaming laptop. These are usually built

to be very fast, have an extra video card built-in, and include extra RAM to speed up the graphics (like an nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card). Also, many Windows-based laptops offer things like a touchscreen, or laptops that can be folded to look like a tablet. For some programs, these gimmicks might be useful. There are a few companies that offer systems which allow you to detach the screen from the keyboard, making it a tablet. Microsoft Surface is one of these. It’s pretty powerful but priced more like a Macbook. The iPad has come a long way. You can get one as large as 12.9 inches, and it is much lighter than the Surface. An iPad or another tablet might be a useful add-on to your normal laptop, but I doubt they can support the interfaces and programs necessary for four years at college, so it would be in addition to a laptop, not in place of. At this point, I should mention the Chromebook tablet alternative. It is cheap, light, and a great way to access the internet, check mail, and even to type up some documents. If you work mostly in the Cloud, surf a lot, and have reliable WIFI everywhere, it might take care of basic needs. But it is very limited in scope. Once you’ve chosen the right computer for you, you need to invest in software. Nowadays you have to have a good antivirus program and Microsoft office products. Some colleges will install or provide a free or very inexpensive version. Microsoft offers an Office University Version for about $79.99, which is good for two computers for four years. Be aware that a lot of software is available at a discounted price for students, however, and you might need to provide an “.edu” email address and maybe another proof of enrollment. To get student discounts for hardware, check the manufacturer’s and college’s websites for details. I hope this wasn’t all “too techy” for you. If so, it’s best to partner up with someone to help you shop for the right laptop or find a trustworthy sales person at the store. In this article I could only touch on the basics; for more details feel free to contact me at Klaus@dokklaus.com ❖

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WHAT LESSONS DID BUETTNER AND HIS CREW LEARN? Centenarians do not overeat: virtually none were overweight. Most eat slowly and mindfully; in Okinawa, the expression “Hara hachi bu” means “Eat until you are 80 percent full.” Centenarians have a sense of purpose and look forward to getting up each morning. They strive to learn something new to preserve mental acuity.

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o you want to live to be 100 years old? Most people I speak with on my travels say “no,” with the caveat that if they could be guaranteed good health and happiness, they might consider it. Living a century or more was once a rare occurrence, but with advancements in medicine and understanding the role that lifestyle plays in overall health, it’s not so unusual these days. There are more centenarians than ever before: over 450,000 worldwide. Dan Buettner and National Geographic studied centenarians around the globe to learn what factors are most important to longevity. Buettner wrote his first book, Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, by interviewing hundreds of people who were 100 or older on their habits and to what they attribute their long lives. He found five Blue Zones, which are areas where there are higher concentrations


of older people than in other parts of the world: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and Ikaria, Greece. Buettner went on to study happiness and the role it plays in longevity. He found that happiness is a choice and is derived only about 40 percent from one’s genes, and about 60 percent from lifestyle choices. Buettner determined these factors are most important in one’s happiness: a job/hobby/activities you love, socializing at least seven hours a day, having love in your life, living in the right home or at least a very comfortable place within your home, and owning a dog. He also identified that believing life is long and easy (as opposed to short and difficult) increases longevity. Read Buettner’s books or go to his website, bluezones.com, to take the True Vitality Test and see how you may be able to extend your life. ❖

Those interviewed do not take stress to heart; most of them strive to help others and don’t worry as much about themselves. Most of those 100+ have a strong faith in a higher power and are part of a spiritual community. Most centenarians in the Blue Zones live with family, and older adults are revered.

HABITS OF CENTENARIANS They move naturally. In the Blue Zones, most people walk everywhere and many maintain gardens. They restrict consumption of meat and processed foods and eat plenty of vegetables and fruit each day. They drink red wine in moderation. They make family and close friends a priority. They associate with those who share their values and steer clear of those who don’t. They get together with neighbors or friends almost daily for socialization. They keep a positive attitude (very difficult to change if you are a pessimist). Buettner did not find a single “grump” in the folks he interviewed.

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ultiple times a day you may take a glass or water bottle and fill it with water from your sink or refrigerator. Have you ever thought about the water you drink? Is it safe for you and your family? For well water drinkers, many of you periodically test your water source to ensure its safety. Others on public water supply may question the quality of their water as well. Robyn Joiner, laboratory director with Joiner Micro Labs, Inc., provided answers to some of these questions, and more information. Joiner mentioned homeowners with access to a public water supply have their “water monitored by the utility under the auspices of the Virginia Department of Health.” She said, “You can feel confident public water is safe for drinking. There may be water quality issues that you don’t like about public water, for instance, chlorine, but that is easily removed


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by a carbon filter such as a Brita type pitcher.” Owners who use well water, unlike individuals on public utilities, need to regularly monitor quality for health reasons. Joiner said, “At a minimum it is recommended to test for coliform bacteria and nitrates annually. A well that meets the criteria ‘absent of coliform bacteria’ is deemed safe for drinking. Test for lead, especially if your home was constructed before 1985.” She also added, “If you have taste, odor, or color concerns you will want to check for common water quality parameters like hardness, iron, manganese, and sulfate. Joiner noted, “The homeowner has the sole responsibility to assure their well water is safe for their family. The test for total coliform bacteria is the first place to start.” She also shared that conducting this simple test will “determine if the well is getting

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undesirable water, such as run-off water, into the well structure, and provides an umbrella of confidence that contaminants are not present.” For those unfamiliar with the well drilling process, Joiner provided: “A drilled well is a closed structure that should only provide deep groundwater to the home, and not allow surface water to enter.” “Another quality testing option to consider includes a complete comprehensive test that includes detection of all EPA regulated contaminants such as heavy metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pesticides. Homeowners should consider this type of testing if it has never been done. And remember to always use an accredited laboratory for your water testing,” shared Joiner. The National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) provides certification to laboratories who follow strict guidelines and procedures at a local, state, and federal level. Joiner Micro Labs encourages homeowners to utilize a quality water bottle and drink tap water with confidence instead of purchasing bottled water at a retail store. “Think of all the excessive plastic waste that could be reduced if we all would drink our own tap water,” Joiner said. For those who wish to test their water, the process is simple. “Homeowners need to contact the lab for guidance and to acquire appropriate containers for sampling,” Joiner explained. “Upon completion of the test the lab provides a confidential report of the analysis to the homeowner via email or mail. The bacteriological test takes one or two days, and the chemical tests have a 10 day turnaround time.” To correctly monitor the status of your drinking water, contact an accredited water testing entity such as Joiner Micro Labs. Water is a necessity, so knowing if your water is safe for consumption is something all well water users should monitor annually. ❖


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ike the inside of your home, the exterior should be a reflection of your personality. Also like the inside, every now and again it’s time to refresh the outside. Decisions about the exterior can be trickier to make; there are so many options for windows, doors, and siding, and none of these improvements are inexpensive. But with a little advice and direction, you can make wellinformed choices that result in a beautiful exterior that doesn’t break the bank.

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Pink Muhley Grass This native plant provides a soft, billowy appeal BY DEBBIE EISELE


first came across Pink Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) while I was working for a regional native plant grower (Hill House Farm & Nursery). This is the place I not only learned a great deal about native plants, but found a true passion for them. But Pink Muhly grass really grabbed and held my attention. With the delicate, soft texture with blooms in the late summer, what is there not to like? Ever since I discovered this hardy, ornamental grass, I have been plotting ways to incorporate it into my own landscape. If you want a low-maintenance plant which attracts wildlife and is good for the environment, then pink muhly grass is an option for you. Just picture this...a hillside with pink blooms swaying in the wind in the late summer or early fall; it is truly stunning in landscapes. ❖

C H A R AC T E R I S T I C S • This grass does well in zones 7 through 10 (we are located in 7b). • Offers four season appeal and is perfect to use as a stand alone plant or in mass plantings (a sunny hillside is perfect for this arrangement).

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• This fast grower provides beautiful green grass blades which blow gracefully in the wind, especially in the spring and summer months.

• Although it is tolerant of a variety of soils, it will require moderate moisture until it is established. Rain gardens are an ideal spot for this plant, as are wet areas in your yard that tend to stay moist for several days after it rains, but are dry at other times.

• Soft plumes of pinkish flowers grow and add to the appeal of this grass in late summer.

• This plant will grow to approximately three feet tall and have a similar spread (width).

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• The grass grows in a clump form, may be divided, and provides an ideal habitat for some types of wildlife.

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to new growth beginning, or in late fall before the ground freezes. • This ornamental grass will tolerate a moderate drought, once the plant has been established. Although it is considered drought tolerant, the overall visual appearance of the plant will be better if you water it periodically during dry periods.

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riving out route 211 through the western entrance of Warrenton, travelers cross a “hard edge” where the landscape rapidly changes from that of shopping plazas and housing developments, to open vistas and rolling fields as far as the eye can see. Immediately beyond the stoplight at Van Roijen Street on the southern side of the highway is one such vista that will fortunately remain that way in perpetuity. Saint Leonard’s Farm, which emcompasses 850 acres, was placed under conservation



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easement (a long term agreement on the future management of a property’s resources) by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in June of 2003. This is just one example of the nearly 105,000 acres of land in Fauquier County that will remain pristine and be spared the concrete, infrastructure, and development of a housing project or business complex. Working to protect the open space, history, and heritage of this county are several different entities with a focus on land conservation: the Land Trust of Virginia (LTV) in Middleburg, and two Warrentonbased organizations: the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC). The mission of these organizations is to promote, protect, and preserve the open space land, natural resources, rural economy, history, and beauty of the region. Fauquier County is only one of the counties where the conservation organizations work with landowners to ensure the long-term preservation of Virginia’s rural landscape. The LTV protects nearly 18,000 acres in 14 counties, whereas the PEC permanently protects close to 8,500 acres in a nine-county service area, and the VOF protects over 800,000 preserved acres in 107 counties, with Fauquier leading the way at roughly 71,000 VOF-protected acres. “Landowners donate conservation easements out of a love of the land, and out of a strong desire to be a good steward of the land and water resources they manage,” says Michael Kane, PEC’s Director of Conservation. “But also, in recognition of the many public benefits of good land and water stewardship, a number of financial incentives are available to encourage landowners to donate conservation easements.” Current conservation statutes are the Virginia Conservation Easement Act, the Virginia Open-Space Land Act, and the Virginia Land Conservation Incentive Act. Established in 1999, the latter offers tax incentives for landowners to protect the open space in the region. According to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Land Preservation Tax Credit allows an income tax credit for 40 percent of the fair market value of the donated land or conservation easement*. By placing land under easement, the landowner relinquishes some, or all, of the development rights to the land while retaining ownership for themselves and future owners. In some cases, an easement doesn’t necessarily mean no development or no division of property. The LTV recently did an

easement of Atoka Farm. “It is 350 acres and could have had 20 divisions, or 20 houses. The owner agreed to reduce this to three divisions, not none, but three. There was already one house on the property, so the easement will allow two more. We were happy to accommodate and take his easement donation because it eliminated 17 homes.” says Sally Price, executive director of the LTV. Price adds, “Conservation easements are complicated. But if a landowner taps into professionals who have easement experience, like an appraiser, attorney, and accredited land trust, the whole process becomes a whole lot simpler. We love helping people accomplish their conservation goals. It’s very rewarding for everyone involved.”

“Easements have played a key role over the last 40 years in creating that hard edge between towns and the countryside in Fauquier, as opposed to the sprawling development we see in other parts of the region.” The success of the act is proven by the statistics. Prior to 1999, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation received an average of 45 annual easement donations during the 1990s. In the first year following the Act, that number rose to 179 individual easements with as many as 455 easement donations in a single year. According to the 2017 annual report from the VOF, 95 percent of Virginians live within 10 miles of VOF-protected land. The conservation easement is an agreement on the future management of a property. As such, both landowners and conservation organizations have a role in stewardship. The VOF stewardship program aims to ensure that the conservation goals of easements are maintained in perpetuity. All stewardship programs include staff to visit conserved land on a regular basis,

respond to landowner questions, review concerns of pending activity, and track land records, among other duties. The success of permanent easements rests on a relationship built on trust, transparency and flexibility between management agencies and landowners to accommodate changing needs. Without incentives to place land under easement and the watchful eye of elected officials who emphasize the slow and deliberate growth of the region, property owners could be enticed to subdivide or sell their acres to developers, and in virtually no time at all Fauquier County could more closely resemble eastern Loudoun County. As of the July 2017 census numbers, Loudoun County has seen a 27 percent increase in population since 2010, adding 85,733 residents to its communities, whereas Fauquier has increased less than six percent, adding only 3,991 residents in the same amount of time. “Easements have played a key role over the last 40 years in creating that hard edge between towns and the countryside in Fauquier, as opposed to the sprawling development we see in other parts of the region,” says Brett Glymph, VOF’s executive director and a former assistant attorney general in the Real Estate and Land Use Section of the Virginia Attorney General’s office. According to the VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, of the estimated total land area in Virginia, 25.27 million acres, over 4.0 million acres is protected as of July 2017. The Fauquier County board of supervisors maintains a careful balance between conservation and future development opportunities. It is not by chance that our local landscape has retained its historic and rural beauty. It is through dogged-determination and the foresight of elected officials who continue to choose history, character, and quality of life over development and population influx. ❖ *www.dcr.virginia.gov/land-conservation/lpc

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

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udge John Barton Payne (1855-1935) is remembered as one of Fauquier’s greatest native sons. We honor his memory in his home county in different ways, including the John Barton Payne Community Hall on courthouse Square in Warrenton, and John Barton Payne Road outside of Marshall. Judge Payne accomplished much during his distinguished career as a politician, lawyer, and judge. But it was what he did as a philanthropist and head of the American Red Cross that earned him recognition as “The Greatest Volunteer to Humanity.” He was the eighth of ten children born to Dr. Amos Payne (1808-1887) and Elizabeth Barton Smith Payne (1817-1895). The family had deep roots in Fauquier County. Judge Payne’s great-grandfather, Francis Payne Sr. (1737-1816), purchased 231 acres from Lord Fairfax in the Manor of Leeds in 1775 – on the eve of the Revolutionary War – during which he served as an ensign in the Continental Army. After the war, he returned to Fauquier County and added to his property and later founded the village of Orlean, where the next two generations of the family lived. Payne was born in Pruntytown, West Virginia (when it was still part of Virginia). Dr. Payne had moved the family there from Fauquier in the late 1840s. They had a fine home across from the Taylor County Courthouse, and Dr. Payne continued his medical practice there for 13 years. The older children attended nearby Rector College. As the clouds of Civil War gathered, in 1860 Dr. Payne and his family returned to the old farmstead at Orlean. What followed were difficult times, as the armies of both the North and South surged across the area; indeed,


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LEFT: John Barton Payne at age 18, about the time he began his legal training.

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Dr. Payne’s home at Orlean was occupied by Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside as his headquarters, and the farm became the camp of the Army of the Potomac. Sadly, his eldest son Edward Alexander Payne (1838-1863), a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, and a cousin, Robert Payne, were killed Nov. 27, 1863, during the Battle of the Wilderness. Another cousin, Fielding Payne, was killed July 3, 1863, during Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. They were only three of the 28 Paynes from Fauquier to die in the war. All of the stores and markets near Orlean were soon gone, and the Payne family survived by cultivating lands back from the road, out of sight of the marauding troops. By the end of the war, Orlean, like the rest of the county, was stripped and desolate. A neighborhood school taught by Dr. Payne’s daughter Eugenia was started after the war, where the younger children of the family received their primary education. An industrious youth One of the legendary stories about John Barton Payne in his youth recalled how he managed to collect a flock of turkeys from the farms around Orlean, and with the help of another young boy, managed to drive the turkeys to a buyer in Washington, D.C. – a distance of 60 miles – without losing a single one of the birds. At age 15, he worked as a clerk in Ullman’s Department Store in Warrenton for 26 months, earning $50 and board for the first year, and $150 for the second year. He then worked for Maj. Robert F. Mason at his general store and railroad station at Thoroughfare Gap. Realizing there was no future there, John Barton Payne returned

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at Pruntytown followed.” It was noted that for his first court case – which he handled pro bono – he represented a “shook maker,” a man skilled in making barrel staves and hoops. Details of the case have been lost over time. Lawyer Payne soon opened a law office in Kingwood, Preston County, W. Va. “This was fruitful of firm friendships, expressed in the appointment as chairman of the Preston County Democratic committee,” he wrote. He was later involved in the publishing of The West Virginia Argus, a Democratic newspaper, and was elected mayor of Kingwood. He married the former Kate Bunker in 1878. Judge Payne was elected chairman of the Preston County Democratic Party in 1881. Seeking greater opportunities, in November 1882, he moved to Chicago. His law practice flourished there, and in 1889, he was elected president of the Chicago Law Institute, and in 1895 he was appointed judge of the Superior Court of Cook County, Ill. After resigning from that post in 1898, Judge Payne was the senior partner in the law firm of Winston, Payne, Strawn and



Shaw, and served as president of Chicago’s South Park Board from 1911 to 1924. Also in 1924, his law partner, Silas Strawn, urged him to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. President, but he did not seek the nomination, “…remaining a servant of his country and humanity,” according to contemporary news accounts. Returning to his Fauquier County roots, in August 1912, Judge Payne purchased the 798acre St. Leonard’s Farm just outside of Warrenton from J. W. and Mary Latham for $59,000. By then a widower, he married Jennie Byrd Bryan (d. 1919), a well-known artist, in 1913. Also that year, he was offered the position of Solicitor General by Pres. Woodrow Wilson, which he declined. ❖

Special thanks to Mrs. H. Dudley Payne Jr. for sharing many documents collected by her late husband. Part 2, to be published in the near future, describes Judge John Barton Payne’s extraordinary public service, his passing, and how he has been remembered.

TOP, LEFT: Dr. Amos Payne 1808-1887 and Elizabeth B. S. Payne 1817-1895. BOTTOM, LEFT: The house in Pruntytown, then still part of Virginia, where John Barton Payne was born in 1855. His father had a medical practice there before the family returned to Fauquier. CENTER, TOP: Ullman’s Department Store on Lee Street, Warrenton, where John Barton Payne worked in 1870-71. CENTER, BOTTOM: While still involved in a successful career in law and politics in Chicago, Judge Payne purchased St. Leonard’s Farm, just west of Warrenton, in 1912 and built a home there. Photo is from 1935. RIGHT: Judge Payne married Jennie Byrd Bryan, a noted Virginia artist, in 1913.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Broad Run resident John Toler is the co-author of the recent Fauquier County and Town of Warrenton history books, and has contributed numerous newspaper and magazine articles focused on the history of Fauquier, Prince William and Loudoun counties.

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