Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine March 2018

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C H I LT O N HOUSE This Culpeper Street Bed & Breakfast exudes history and charm

GARET ZAGORSKI 8-year-old Irish dance champion and world traveler

TRES SIGLOS A Deleplane home whose history spans three centuries

MCCLANAHAN CAMERA Focused on preservation



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Spring is around the corner, and I am sure you are as ready as I am for some nicer weather, longer days, and any signs of spring blooms. The regeneration of life and beauty of the flora and fauna of our area is truly astounding and always anticipated in this region this time of year.

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With the warmer days, many of us like to get out and about. This month we share some wonderful stories that help us look forward to the upcoming spring season, such as side saddle horse events to butterfly gardens at a local elementary school.

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Plus, March is when many celebrate Irish heritage, even if you aren’t Irish. In this issue, you will find some information on the history of St. Patrick’s Day, as well as some Irish fare you may make at home. Then we have an amazing piece on Garet Zagorski, a very young Irish dancer who will inspire many.

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The Allure Side Saddle Chase Circuit debuts its first race


How Should You Invest?


Understanding different types of risks and your objectives



Preserving Old Content in New Computers


Steeped in History

Favorite photos, VHS tapes & games are still accessible

Chilton House represents generational admiration





A Mother’s Love

Milkweed for Monarchs

A powerful emotion led to ARC

The butterfly garden at P.B. Smith Elementary



Focused on Preservation


Families 4 Fauquier

Corned Beef Tales

March news and events


Cindy Ellis and McClanahan Camera

Seasonal feature




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A Continuous Story History meets diversity in a dynamic Delaplane home BY MARIA MASSARO


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Pint-Sized Champion Garet Zagorski, acclaimed Irish dancer and world traveler




Should You Stay or End Your Marriage?

Seasonal feature BY DEBBIE EISELE



Gain strength at local support group


Consider the factors with time and patience


Stroke Survivors and Caregivers


Know the Basics Cyclists should prepare for the riding season by checking equipment BY JARED NIETERS

Reflections Even at almost 98 years old, the person inside remains the same BY DR. ROBERT IADELUCA

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John Chilton McAuliff, co-owner of Chilton House, a charming bed and breakfast establishment located on Culpeper Street in Warrenton. Photo by Kara Thorpe.

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THE ALLURE Side Saddle Chase Circuit debuts its first race in Virginia BY MARIA TUFTS AND CINDY VALK


he 2018 season of the Virginia point-to-point circuit kicks off this year with the 77th running of the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point Races in March. On March 17 Airlie Race Course in Warrenton will provide spectators a full card of races to enjoy, including a new feature race – the Viola T. Winmill Memorial Sidesaddle Chase Cup. This event is the first race of the season for the Side Saddle Chase Association circuit which covers entries from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Riders on this circuit qualify for the coveted Dianas of the Chase race held in the U.K. every year. The Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point is hosting the first of only two side saddle races in the Commonwealth. According to Donald Yvanovich, president of the Virginia Pointto-Point Foundation, “The Side Saddle Chase Foundation’s growth continues to support point-to-point races and hunts as they bring in a new audience members. Their mission to increase interest in pointto-point racing supports the need to preserve and protect the land where we hunt and race.” Historically, riding aside in the Warrenton hunt field is nothing new. In the 1930’s, Viola T. Winmill was an early enthusiast for this sport, which she viewed as a challenge in the fast paced hunt field. Many families’ legacies include donning their grandmother’s side saddle riding habit in formal fashion,


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sometimes making a diet necessary prior to hunt season. Allison Lee, Viola’s granddaughter, adds: “My grandmother taught me to ride and jump side saddle in the mid-fifties. For years I had the honor of wearing her habit when fox hunting and showing. An inspiration and mentor to many, I am excited that there will be a side saddle race in her memory. And am pleased to donate to the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point races a trophy my grandmother won in 1929, to be presented to future winners of this race.” Recently, side saddle enthusiasts have grown in the hunt field. Many of the side saddles used today can be as old as 100 years old, as they are no longer made. Furthermore formal side saddle attire is difficult to come by; if not inherited, it must be custom made by a local tailor. However, these hurdles have not stopped the group from growing according to Maggie Johnston, vice president of the Side Saddle Chase Foundation: “Devon Zebrovious and I founded The Side Saddle Chase Foundation for the purpose



of creating and administering educational programs and events for all levels of amateur equestrians which promote the discipline of riding aside. Membership is open to riders and horses in the United States and around the world. As we say riding aside is a return to elegance.’" To be a part of this unique lifestyle and take a step back in time, come out to the Warrenton Hunt Point-to-Point Races this March. General admission is $20 per car with reserved parking and tailgate packages are available. Races begin at 12:00 p.m. and general admission tickets are available at the gate. Visit www. warrentonhunt.com for more information. For side saddle circuit information visit www. sidesaddlechase.com. ❖ ,

Top, left: Viola T. Winmill- MFH of Warrenton Hunt 1925-1932. Top, right: Ladies fox hunting, riding aside Warrenton Hunt 1930’s. Bottom: The Potomac Races. Photos courtesy of Maria Tufts and Cindy Valk

Article written by Maria Tufts, president of Warrenton Hunt and longtime member, and Cindy Valk, member of Warrenton Hunt board who is responsible for marketing the point-to-point races.

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Preserving Old Content in New Computers Favorite photos, VHS tapes, and games are still accessible



’ve always been a collector, and for many years a collector of VHS tapes. Over the years a pile of classic Disney movies and favorite films accumulated; they might not be blockbusters but were enjoyed by family. And then there were computer games such as The Sims, Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, and Minecraft, which I introduced to my girls decades ago. Some of my favorites were storytelling games: Just Grandma and Me, and Battle Chess with animated chess pieces. I was sure I would show


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these things to my grandchildren one day. But that’s not so easy. How could they enjoy them without VCRs and Windows XP – both long gone? Many old VHS recordings are now available as DVDs and/or through streaming, but not all of them. And what about the computer games? Most of them were not updated for newer computer systems. More popular programs, such as Sims 4 and Minecraft, became available on multiple platforms, but the bulk of old PC games and educational software


could become unusable. But today there are still ways to play some of those Windows XP games. You can buy a refurbished XP computer, or run it in a virtual machine on almost any newer computer. What do I mean by this? There are programs partially included in the operating system/ computer which can run on new computers. These programs can create the look, feel, and functionality of an almost perfect Windows XP system. There are some limitations, but overall this enables them to function for


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several more decades which greatly pleases nostalgic enthusiasts like me. Many of us also have old software tools we use in our work or hobbies. My wife has been using a professional program for publishing music since 1990. At the time she researched the market and chose Score software; it was then state of the art. Over the years, she became quite proficient with it and has used it extensively for her own compositions, too. The DOS-based program survived several updates, but is, unfortunately, no longer supported by current Windows operating systems. So I installed a “DOSbox” program on an offline computer so she could access old files and continue using her favorite program. Let’s get back to those favorite VHS films you recorded decades ago. Some can be watched for free on www. youtube.com, or downloaded and archived on your computer. The nice thing is that this film is now digitized, and storing, copying, and watching it will not further deteriorate its quality (unlike a VHS). You can buy many films on DVD or as digital downloads. In the Library of Congress they store and restore reams of old films. We are fortunate to be near their Packard Campus repository in Culpeper for sound and film; they hold regular free


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Floppy disks were an almost universal data format from the late 1970s into the 1990s.

screenings in their theater! And of course, you can buy tools with which you can digitize/copy your VHS to a DVD, but be aware that copyrighted tapes may not allow this. Similar possibilities are available for sound and music you want to preserve. You can digitize your old vinyl records and tape recordings, and in this case no copyright will interfere when you convert the analog sound. What about your old papers and photos? We just scanned in an album from my wife’s grandmother which detailed an extensive European tour in 1923. It contained over 100 pages of typescript, handwritten notes, and fading black and white photos. Now we may share it with our family through a dedicated Google Drive. Last year, our daughters began researching our genealogy, which necessitated finding and digitizing old paperwork (such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, and correspondence). Most anything may be digitized now to preserve, store, and share – even three dimensional things. Decades ago I thought VHS tapes or even DVDs would last forever; now I think how long will the digital copies last. Only time will tell; I am confident digital files (like jpgs and mp3s) may change in name and format, but will



remain usable. Plus, the increase of available storage space on hard drives and on the Cloud allows for potentially unlimited storage. One problem I have experienced is keeping those digital memories organized so I may find the photo I need. My iPhone stores thousands of photos, not counting the scanned-in slides, selfies, and pics from family events, graduations, concerts, and trips. Various copies of the same photos were stored on multiple hard drives, creating duplicates and triplicates. So I bought software called “DoubleKiller Pro” which helps me find and remove doubles. It’s time intensive, but helps reduce clutter. Software is also available to help categorize, organize, tag, and caption your photos. Evolving technology is amazing and allows us to record quality videos and pictures almost everywhere on our cell phones. Special moments may be stored and shared easily. Instead of showing our great grandchildren yellowing color prints, they will be able to enjoy colorful video clips with sound. Just make sure you pass these files on to future generations in an organized manner; add captions inside a photo file explaining who is on each photo and what you were doing. Often the location and time are already embedded in the jpeg file. But don’t forget backups! As I say all the time, there is no such thing as too many backups. The last thing you want is to lose precious data. A client just gave me half a dozen hard drives from her belated husband in order to extract the photos which will preserve and bring back precious memories for her and her family. Even though no-one really wants to think about this, access “keys,” such as online passwords to emails, contacts, or data storage, should be noted in a will and/or kept on a thumb drive or CD in your bank safe. The goal is to preserve memories important to you; to retrieve, enjoy and pass them on to those you love. ❖ About the AUTHOR Klaus Fuechsel owns the local award-winning computer repair store Dok Klaus. He and his team deal with all kinds of computer issues; data preservation is one of their top priorities. You may contact Dok Klaus via phone 540-428-2376 or visit his website www.DokKlaus.com




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A Mother’s Love The powerful emotion which led to the creation of Arc


After every obstacle or small victory, I would think, ‘No one should have to do that.’”



nyone raising young children would agree that at times it can be overwhelming; helping someone eat, dress, bathe and the seemingly endless years of changing diapers. However, for those with fully-abled children, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as the years of dependence will gradually come to an end as children gain their independence. But for some parents, such as Marilyn McCombe and Frederique Vincent, this isn’t the case. These are just two of the countless mothers who will be life-long caregivers to their children. Both of their daughters were born with Down Syndrome and have cognitive abilities which will not develop much beyond those of an elementary-aged child. This means the years of helping their children eat and bathe themselves will simply never end. “When you have your newborn and you are visiting hospitals with children with a wide spectrum of disabilities, your eyes begin to open,” says Frederique about her experiences when Camille, now 23, was born and required openheart surgery at only three months of age. “This was not what I signed up for. I was young, and I was pregnant. I didn’t know anything,” she continues.

frustration; not for the child, but for the system. “A rage against the machine,” says Frederique who fights a near-daily battle for her daughter’s civil rights and basic quality of life. Advocacy, it turns out, begins in the Marilyn co-founded Arc of North hospital. “A woman with a child only a Central Virginia in 2011 and became few years older than Camille saw me and president the following year. Frederique my confusion; she helped me navigate joined the organization in 2013 and is the unfamiliar world I was now a part now the secretary for the organization. of. She told me, ‘It will get better’, and Arc’s biggest impact has been increasing it did,” says Frederique who now in turn the awareness of discrimination against has similarly helped many young mothers. those with disabilities in our community. Marilyn’s daughter Jenna, a senior at “Educators, and really everyone, often Kettle Run, has endured both knee and do just enough to be compliant [with the hip surgeries in recent years. Marilyn law],” says Marilyn. “But compliance couldn’t let other people fight the does not mean equity. Equity does battles for equity she had fought: “After not mean equality. Equity is about every obstacle or small victory, I would leveling the playing field by ensuring the think, ‘No one should have to do that.’” supports needed are in place to enable Marilyn set out to make change. equal access.” When asked about their experiences Marilyn raised Jenna in Colorado for in raising children with a disability, the four years prior to relocating to Fauquier most accurate description they share is County in May 2003. She knew the value

Above, left: Marilyn McCombe and Frederique Vincent, who have both dedicated their lives to their daughters’ basic human rights. Above, right (left to right): Frederique, her daughter Camille, Marilyn, and her daughter Jenna. Photos by Kara Thorpe.


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Care Giver’s Café In 2018, Arc of North Central Virginia now offers Caregiver Cafés in the five-county region. The cafés are designed specifically for caregivers of elderly individuals and those with children with disabilities. Details of upcoming Caregiver’s Cafés may be found on their Facebook page. Small, intimate groups will work together to discuss the five protective factors: • Resilience: Parental resilience • Relationships: Social connections • Knowledge: Knowledge of parenting and child development • Support: Concrete support in times of need • Communication: Social and emotional competence

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.

of having her daughter in the mainstream school population, but Fauquier County thought otherwise. “One of the first battles I had was to make sure Jenna had time with her typical peers in preschool and was not isolated with the students with disabilities. After all, how is she supposed to talk, for example, if she is surrounded by other students who are nonverbal?” Both women have dedicated their lives to their daughters’ basic human rights. These ladies are community leaders and have each attended Leadership Fauquier with the hopes of expanding the local reach of their message. The battles never end. Caregivers to special needs children often lose dreams they once held; those of retirement and years of independence when their children are grown. “Some parents become resentful, others become depressed, and nearly all put their own health on the back burner,” says Marilyn. “I cannot leave my daughter alone at any time, so it takes planning for me to be able to exercise, visit a doctor, or do anything for myself,” echoes Frederique who raised her three children as a single parent. The connections to caregivers experiencing the same thing are made through programs such as Arc, and are invaluable. “If it weren’t for the circle of friends I have who know exactly what I am going through, I don’t know where I would be,” says Marilyn, who admits that while appearing to have it all together on the outside, it is not the full picture. With both their daughters nearing adulthood, the women ache for futures which all parents wish for their children; to be lifelong learners, engage in personal growth, and connect with others in meaningful ways. “Camille is an intellectual. She loves to learn,” shares Frederique. And Marilyn says, “Jenna loves people and is very social.” The message both mothers are eager to convey is that just as their outward appearances do not offer a complete picture of who they are, the same can be said for their daughters. Because, despite their daughters’ differences, they possess far more likenesses to everyone else which are worth getting to know. ❖


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How should you invest?

Understanding different types of risks and your objectives BY NICHOLAS SICINA CFP®


f you participate in an employer sponsored retirement plan or save on your own accord into an individual retirement account, do you know how it’s invested? Do you know how those investments behave over time to changes in the marketplace? Do you understand the different types of risk you are undertaking? It’s ok if you answered no to these questions. Most people probably will. Here is the problem, if you don’t know how you are invested then you don’t know how much or what kind of risk you are taking with your money. A simple gauge for assessing

the potential risk level in a particular investment is to look at how much its returns are liable to vary from year to year. Let’s draw a comparison. A bank certificate of deposit (CD) for instance will be very stable and the return easily calculable. An investment in a stock mutual fund on the other hand will have a much greater range of possible returns from year to year with much less predictability. What you want a particular pool of money to do for you, and the period of time it has to stay invested, will largely dictate how it should be positioned. However, there are other components to the equation.

How you feel about variability also plays a key role. It is generally understood that when we lose money, or perceive we have lost money, it is far more impactful on how we feel than when we make money. If you found a 100 dollar bill in the parking lot it might make your day. If you dropped that 100 dollar bill in the parking lot it might sting for several days. Other factors like your capacity for risk or the security of your overall financial situation will also help determine your ability to take on risk. If you have an adequate emergency fund, life insurance, and short term/ long term disability coverage, then your financial risks are fairly well covered, allowing additional savings to be exposed to greater risk to help you reach your longer term objectives. Remember, with risk comes return. The more risk, generally speaking, the higher potential for growth over time which for most investors is a key objective. Risk isn’t bad. Just know how much and what kind of risk you are taking with your money so you are an informed investor. If you are not sure how to assess investment risks, then ask for help from someone who does. Don’t leave yourself open for surprises. After all, it’s your money we are talking about. ❖ Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC.

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ohn Chilton McAuliff, co-owner of Chilton House, a charming bed and breakfast in Warrenton, understands how family and history complement and influence one’s life. Chilton House is a five generation venture which is focused on the preservation of their roots while providing a comfortable in-town location for overnight guests. The home has withstood centuries and the owners want to share it with all. McAuliff was raised here in Warrenton and moved away after graduating college. But his love for Warrenton brought him back to the area. He believes there is a sense of belonging – everyone is somehow tied to or is known by another: “It is a nice existence here. It is amazing and intriguing.” He said, “I committed myself a long time ago to find a way to contribute to this community; this town has raised 10 generations of my family.” The original idea for the bed and breakfast originated with McAuliff’s grandmother, Bea McDonnell. “Her greatest wish near the end of her life was to keep the house in the family and to share it’s storied past,” remembered McAuliff. McDonnell was former chairwoman of the Fauquier History Museum and loved Warrenton and history. “We [the family] talked for years about the best way to make her wish come true,” he said. Chilton House is steeped in a dynamic history, one which includes several prominent Virginians: the Horners, Chiltons, and Blackwells. “Few families have such an accessible, well preserved history and Chilton House is designed to share it,” expressed McAuliff. “From The Hearsts, who dominated the 20th century both culturally and politically, to the Horners, a family of doctors and military known to have treated George Washington and General LaFayette, to the Chiltons, who were key leaders in the Virginia in both the Revolution and Civil Wars, to the Blackwells (one of Virginia’s founding families). The Chilton House has been involved in some manner.” The family’ traced its history to England and discovered the first Chilton to arrive in

America came over on the Mayflower. The family considered numerous names for this venture but the determined Chilton House was most appropriate. “We wanted to find something which captured the history and upscale nature of the home,” said McAuliff. “Chilton House memorializes the family branch most closely linked to Warrenton and my grandfather, Dr. Chilton Horner McDonnell.” Preservation and service is the mission for this venture: “First and foremost, this project was aimed to preserve a rare property. This property dates back to the 1800s and contains original outbuildings in excellent condition. For the benefit of Warrenton and the family who has called this home since 1891, it was important to preserve.” Recent renovations occurred to maintain and highlight the authentic charm, architecture and history of the building. The entire Chilton family contributed to the project including Mary McDonnell, Barbara McDonnell, Kathy McDonnell, and William McDonnell McAuliff. “Everyone

has added their contributions over the five generations,” shared McAuliff. Renovations progressed over a year and a half. “We completed some project ourselves and hired out for the more complicated or sensitive areas of the renovation process,” McAuliff shared. Some work consisted of sifting through items left in the home for generations, and determining what familial artifacts were important and should remain. Originally built in 1891 the structure held a relatively small footprint. In the 1930’s McAuliff’s great grandparents enlarged the home. Original furnishings remain in the space today, complimenting and preserving the character. “Folks love the intimacy and authenticity of the house. There are many rooms in which to curl up with a book,” McAuliff described. Renovations also retained special features of the home such as a service bell installed during the 1930s addition, formal built-in bookcases, and original hardwood floors. Every guest room provides a written history and family tree for visitors to see.

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Even the room themselves are aptly named after a branch of the family whose history is displayed inside the room. The art adorning the walls throughout was either provided by family members or created by a family member. An old map of Fauquier County is also on display in the hall, which McAuliff located, rolled up in a drawer, when preparing for the construction. Near the stairs hangs a portrait of the home’s namesake, McAuliff’s grandfather, and a photo of the family’s ancestral home in England, which is also a bed and breakfast and an inspiration and motivation for McAuliff. The bed and breakfast is focused on customer service and excellence. “When I hired our innkeeper, James Blunt, I was looking for an expert who could be the face of our business to our guests.” said McAuliff. “James has managed guest services for Goodstone Inn as well as other high-end locations in Nantucket.” All staff members are committed to providing top-tier service for guests and experiences which create “only the fondest memories of our town” for the patrons.


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HORNER ROOM was named for one of Virginia's oldest Military and medical families, who lived in the house during the 1800's. Much of the artwork displayed in the room was painted by the family that lived here. Features include a queen sized- bed and a shared oversized bath.

Overnight guests are served a hot breakfast and provided with information on local restaurants, shops, wineries, and other recreational recommendations in the area. “James attends to any needs our guests may have,” shared McAuliff. In the future, Chilton House hopes to expand and offer a more formal concierge service as the tourism economy develops in the region. The opening of Chilton House Bed and Breakfast was not without challenges. “Getting the permits for this project was extremely difficult,” McAuliff remembered. “In my opinion, Chilton House is really and truly owned by the people of Warrenton. It’s our history, and so many people stepped up to offer their support and time for free, and to speak on our behalf at the Planning Commission and Town Council meetings. Without them, especially our business community here, there’s no way it would have happened. There’s nothing I’ve ever been more thankful for.” “I believe our authenticity and location separates us from other regional B&Bs,” he said. “We are not the most grand or expansive one in the area, but Chilton House was a home first, and a B&B second. It retains the charm — through original furniture and artifacts — of an 1800’s upscale Virginia family home with modern amenities.” McAuliff hopes to keep the family’s stories alive and share them with

HEARST ROOM was named for one of the most illustrious occupants of Chilton House, Austine McDonnell Hearst, wife of William Randolph Hearst Junior. This is a queen room and includes an oversized shared bath. MCDONNELL ROOM was named after a military family who lived in the house during the 20th Century. The room features a beautifully renovated private bath, canopy bed, and a fireplace.

BLACKWELL ROOM was named for a Virginian family who lived at Chilton House in the early 1800's. The room features a beautifully renovated private bath and fireplace.


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overnight travelers. He determined there was a need for this type of service in Old Town Warrenton; one Chilton House could provide. Plus the Old Town location is ideal for guests to explore the town. Both weekday and weekend travelers, and even locals who need a place to stay are the ideal client for McAuliff. “We make a good stopping point, especially if someone flies into D.C. and is traveling south to Charlottesville,” he said. “The more we can make Warrenton that stopping place – the more people tell others of their positive experience and word will spread. It adds up being valuable to Warrenton and our overall business community.” The bed and breakfast model allows the family to not only fulfill McAuliff’s grandmother’s wish, but to offer a new service in Old Town. Ultimately McAuliff aspires Chilton House to become a fixture in Old Town Warrenton. He wants to draw visitors and residents alike to town. An entrepreneur by nature and profession, McAuliff’s skill sets enable him to create, develop and realize a vision; all at the very young age of 25. For more information on Chilton House Bed and Breakfast, or to reserve a room, visit thechiltonhouse. com or call them at 540-680-3208. The Chilton House is located at 97 Culpeper Street in Warrenton. ❖ Estate photos courtesy of Chilton House Bed and Breakfast

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NEWS February was a busy month. We hosted a successful Valentine’s craft and card night at Foster’s and we thank them for their support. We also held Lego Night at Chick-Fil-A in February and that was a huge success. And, our Rock Club participants visited Mintbrook Senior Apartments where they enjoyed a get together with crafts, a photo booth, refreshments and even delivered goodies door to door.

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A CONTINUOUS STORY History meets diversity in a dynamic Delaplane home STORY BY MARIA MASSARO | PHOTOS BY KARA THORPE


f eclecticism could be epitomized by a single structure, the ineffable home of Bob and Joyce Peavey would be that very edifice that seems to integrate the best of everything. Located off one of Delaplane’s many pastoral byways, the aptly named Tres Siglos has a local reputation for seamlessly coalescing three centuries of architecture and partly serving as one continuous gallery for the couple’s massive collection of art. “People are stunned,” said Bob, whose guest book is replete with admiring comments from amazed visitors. Such is the potential for sensory overload that the Peaveys actually


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offer a guided tour to invitees. “We introduce new guests to the house in the order in which it was all built and how it unfolded.” This unfolding began a mile-and-a-half away in 1789 with a two-story log home that was considered quite complex and expensive for its time. Local historians believe the house was occupied by the foreman for John Marshall’s plantation based on the building’s original proximity to the Marshall house and the fact that homes with staircases and second floors—which usually signified the residents were important or well connected—were uncommon in the 18th century. Nearly two

Above: Bob and Joyce Peavey stand on the porch of the original, log home portion of their house. Right: Tres Siglos (Spanish for “Three Centuries”) sits on a picturesque, wooded property on a pastoral byway in Delaplane.

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centuries would pass until the previous landowner, Louise Tribble-St. Martin, sold off most of the property she inherited and “kept what she considered the premium acreage for herself,” according to Bob. St. Martin and her husband, Robert, moved the log home from its original location to this select spot in 1968, adding an English basement and building an adjoining home—or what the Peaveys call the “middle house”—which was completed two years after the move “She re-chinked this whole house by herself while her husband was stationed in Morocco by the U.S. Army. It’s pretty amazing. Talk about a frontier woman,” remarked Bob. St. Martin’s handiwork is especially evident in the floors and walls, which are made from some of the finest woods, including the highly sought-after pumpkin pine and the nearly-extinct American chestnut. Fitted with four fireplaces, a breakfast room, a downstairs media room, and a cedar lodge entrance, the original and middle sections function as the “chill out” parts of the house where the Peaveys and their guests simply relax and recharge: “We want our house to not only be lovely, a place that is a feast for the eyes, but we also want it to be comfortable. We want people to feel like it’s a place where they can curl up and read a book, take a nap, or just look out the window. We want everything to be approachable, touchable, and livable.” This livability can be found etched directly into the home’s interior. Carved into the exquisite walls are initials of


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previous residents and cryptic symbols that are still open to interpretation. And bordering the main entrance is the very photograph of the St. Martins relocating their carefully-crafted accommodations to the six-acre park-like setting the Peaveys now occupy. As part of a front-page article in a 1968 issue of the Fauquier Democrat, the image shares a shadow frame box with a hand-forged metal nail that took Bob three weeks to remove from one of the beams, so as not to bend or break it. “It’s just a continuous story, and we’re going to do everything we can to preserve it,” he assured. This story would begin a new chapter in 2015, six years after the Peaveys purchased the house. Working closely with specialist architect Bill Turnure of Middleburg and veteran decorator Lowell Wade of D.C., the couple developed meticulous plans for Tres Siglos’s progression into its third century, deciding on its final configuration after six renderings. “There were thousands of decisions. We spent a year planning before we did anything, and it took every bit of that time,” Bob revealed. “Ultimately, the plan was to take the two existing structures, add a third one to them, but make them all fit and transition well, and allow the very old, the old, and the very new to coexist.” THE NEWEST The newest 5,000-squareADDITION foot addition would be a feat of Contained in this part engineering and a menagerie of the home are the of creature comforts to suit the master suite (below, left) with a breakfast bar couple’s easygoing lifestyle.


and four-seasons porch, the master bath with heated floors and steam shower, an upstairs guest suite with kitchen and separate heating and air conditioning unit, a library lined with solid cherry wood bookshelves, a full-sized workout room, an indoor pool with current and Jacuzzi jets (below, right), and a half-bath with a two-million-yearold sink carved from petrified wood.


THE MIDDLE HOUSE This addition was completed two years after the move of the original house to its current location by the previous landowner, Louise TribbleSt. Martin. St. Martin herself worked on both sections of the home while her husband was stationed in Morocco by the U.S. Army. Fitted with four fireplaces, a breakfast room, a downstairs media room, a cedar lodge entrance, and a newly renovated kitchen (right), the original and middle sections function as the “chill out” parts of the house where the Peaveys and their guests simply relax and recharge.

THE ORIGINAL HOUSE The original portion of the house was built in 1789 approximately a mile and a half from its current location. It is a two-story log home that was considered quite complex and expensive for its time. Local historians believe the house was occupied by the foreman for John Marshall’s plantation based on the building’s original proximity to the Marshall house and the fact that homes with staircases and second floors—which usually signified the residents were important or well connected— were uncommon in the 18th century. The house was moved to its current location in 1968.

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Below: With a collection spanning 50 years and with acquisitions from each of the 143 countries the couple has visited, the multitude, variety, and layout of home furnishings and decor emphatically endow the home with a museum-like appearance and eloquently adorn the walls that have been erected over the centuries.

Contained in this part of the home – and graced by Joyce’s decorating skills – are the master suite with a breakfast bar and fourseasons porch, the master bath with heated floors and steam shower, an upstairs guest suite with kitchen and separate heating and air conditioning unit, a library lined with solid cherry wood bookshelves, a full-sized workout room, an indoor pool with current and Jacuzzi jets, and a half-bath with a twomillion-year-old sink carved from petrified wood. While the Peaveys enjoy a very comfortable home, they’ve also managed to create an environment that is free of pretension and grandiosity. Rather, they strive to emphasize the character and unconventionality of Tres Siglos, using the house as the perfect vehicle for their creative expression and free-spirited


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style. “Once you see it all, it doesn’t feel overwhelming. It’s 8,000 square feet, but you feel very comfortable,” said Joyce. “We have no huge rooms. Everything we have is small, private, and cozy,” Bob added. “But as you change [location], you see that every single room has a different personality and appeal to it. The rooms’ colors, purposes, ages, and architectures are different, yet they flow. That’s what makes the place unique; it’s so eclectic.” So eclectic yet so unified by the Peaveys’ insistence that the soul of the house be retained and any add-ons



be in keeping with the structure’s quality, integrity, and chronology. “Louise had a vision, and we just came along and finished it,” Bob noted with a nod to the past. This vision is crowned by the striking and evocative artwork—which includes pre-Columbian, Chinese Renaissance, Inuit, Russian, and Western art— displayed throughout the entire home. Each of the pictures, sculptures, and artifacts has its own story yet contributes to the overall narrative of Tres Siglos. “It all plays to the thematic of the home,” said Bob. “These pieces are all displayed to create [an effect] in each room with their colors and their shapes, and we designed some spaces to accommodate specific pieces. We had to have a home that was capable of fitting and displaying our artwork in a way that would complement it, while the artwork would help bring out the beauty of the home’s architecture.” With a collection spanning 50 years and with acquisitions from each of the 143 countries the couple has visited, the multitude, variety, and layout of these creations emphatically endow the home with a museum-like appearance and eloquently adorn the walls that have been erected over the centuries. “My mother was an artist and art historian, so I developed an appreciation for art because of her,” revealed Bob when explaining the origins of his passion, one that he shares with Joyce. Among the Peaveys’ diverse collection are 15th and 16th-century Italian carvings, a 19th-century robe made with 22-carat gold that belonged to a Spanish bishop, an original Walt Disney cartoon cell, and eight paintings from Margaret Pace, founder of Pace Picante Sauce and best friend of Bob’s mother. Broadening their sights, the Peaveys extended their artistry to the exterior of the house, complementing the finished product with a split-level wooden deck and an adjacent stone patio that are accessible from five rooms in the home. The patio, enclosed by wrought iron fencing from an old post office in Washington D.C., offers additional seating for the couple’s many guests and an inspiring view of the charming woodland garden. Highlighted by three arbors, stone retaining walls, and metal yard sculptures, the garden perfectly

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Left: The home’s stone patio provides ample space for the Peaveys and their guests to enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape. Below: An exterior building serves as a workshop equipped with its original wood vice and a 160-year-old workbench

harmonizes the property and presents itself as a natural counterpart to the fine art imbuing the home’s interior. The creatively manicured grounds also hold a workshop equipped with its original wood vice and a 160-year-old workbench. A three-level split rail fence at the entrance of the property tops off the Tres Siglos experience and “creates that visual sense of an old-time homestead,” Bob explained. Fulfilling a vision while honoring the past, the Peaveys find purpose and

with the intention of making it a weekend home while they were still living and working in Alexandria. Twenty-five years of city life helped cement their decision to settle in Fauquier County, and the pull of such a serene setting would transform the house from a rustic country getaway into an elegant permanent residence. The property met many of the criteria the couple established while househunting, including Joyce’s desire for a place that was “aesthetically beautiful and far

“THE PEAVEYS FIND PURPOSE AND PLEASURE IN MERGING CENTURIES OF STORIES AND PRESERVING EVERYONE’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE HOME’S DEVELOPMENT.” pleasure in merging centuries of stories and preserving everyone’s contribution to the home’s development. “You don’t have something like this where there isn’t always something to do, and that’s the thrill of it,” declared Bob. And this consistent upkeep suits the couple just fine. Both native Texans and retired Air Force colonels, the Peaveys purchased Tres Siglos

enough away to have a proper setting.” Added Bob, “The house was set back from the road, and we wanted it to have curb appeal—the natural beauty, the open space, the trees, the ability to do a lot of clearing and create a park-like setting yet retain a lot of the vegetation in a nice, presentable way. It gave us that bucolic ideal, that place you would want to go to for respite.”

Much more than relief from the hubbub of urban life, Tres Siglos has provided the Peaveys with the space to manifest their love of art, the opportunity to unleash their imagination, and the incentive to share the story of an inimitable home crafted by three centuries of diligence and devotion. Their skill to turn a weekend retreat into a sprawling yet inviting home has left many speechless—and their ability to merge a multitude of design styles has added yet another layer to this continuous story. ❖

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y grandfather came from Ireland, so of course I am one of the Irish-American citizens who likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Although my grandfather passed away prior to my birth, I know I would have questioned him on what it was like to celebrate this day in Ireland. What is different from the celebrations here and there? Since I have an innate curiosity, I researched the topic and wanted to share my findings with you, as well as a few recipes. Around the 18th century Ireland began celebrating one particularly important person in their history, Saint Patrick. The celebrations were not glamorous or exciting – there was no dying beer or rivers green; it simply was a small, religious holiday.

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Potato scones, or potato pancakes as some may call them, are a delicious option no matter the day or month. This side dish is a perfect way to enjoy a little Irish cuisine. Just make sure your mashed potatoes are thick. If not, they do not cook as well and break apart, or may become runny. For all you potato lovers out there these scones are great with breakfast, lunch or dinner. For this recipe you will need a biscuit cutter, or glass, solid surface (counter or cutting board), hand masher, and bowl. INGREDIENTS 3 cups mashed potatoes ½ cup all-purpose flour 3 to 4 tablespoons butter, or butter substitute ¼ cup finely diced onions ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste) pepper (to taste) pinch garlic powder (optional) ½ to 1 egg (depends on the size eggs. For larger eggs use about ½ an egg and add more if necessary)

DIRECTIONS 1. Place mashed potatoes in a large bowl. Then add approximately ¼ cup of the flour; reserve the rest of the flour for later. 2. Next, add the finely diced onion and fold into the mashed potatoes. Then add the salt and pepper to taste. 3. Now combine all the ingredients by either folding together with large spoon, or try using a hand potato masher gently to mix the potato and spices. 4. Melt approximately 2 tablespoons of butter and add it to the mixture, along

with half of a beaten egg. Remember the mashed potatoes need to have a fairly thick consistency, so do not add too much liquid to the mixture. 5. Mix up the potatoes into balls, adding flour as necessary to ensure the form holds together. 6. Flatten the potatoes to about a ½ inch thickness. 7. Use a glass, biscuit cutter, or free-hand a design to cut the dough into smaller circles. 8. Melt the remaining butter in a large frying pan or skillet (add more if necessary as you start cooking). 9. Turn your burner to medium low heat and place your scones in the pan. Leave about an inch or inch and a half between the scones so you can flip them easily. 10. Cook the potatoes for approximately 7-9 minutes per side – this may vary depending on the type of stove and skillet you are using. The goal is to obtain a nice golden brown crust formed on each side of the scone/pancake.

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Ironically, St. Patrick was not from Ireland; he was British and led a very difficult life. He was kidnapped, sold into slavery and brought to Ireland against his will. Irish history indicated St. Patrick escaped this terrible fate and made it back to his homeland, only to return to Ireland – this time as a missionary. He believed God called on him to serve the people there. Saint Patrick died on March 17, and after his death he was named the patron saint of Ireland. This led to the first celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day in that country. In the 19th century more Irish immigrants came into the U.S, which increased the number of celebrations around the country. Towards the end of the 20th century, many nonIrish individuals began to join in the fun, making it a jovial day; no matter your heritage. Traditions such as green beer, leprechauns, green rivers, and of course food are welcomed by just about everyone, and may have attributed to the surge of participants (even those who are not Irish) in this annual jubilee. Even school teachers have been known to engage in the day and “experience” mischievous pranks caused by leprechauns inside their classrooms. Some families have endured leprechaun pranks as well: green toilet water, green dust, unexplained messes, and other such instances. Whether or not you are Irish, this St. Patrick’s Day enjoy the day – at home or out on the town. Our area offers several places with an Irish flair; perfect for you to try. If you celebrate at home, try this recipe or the one on the next page from Molly’s Irish Pub. Remember to stay safe and have fun.

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About the AUTHOR Casey Ward is the owner of Molly’s Irish Pub on Main Street in Old Town, where he lives with wife Lindsay and children Finley and Benji. A Warrenton native, Casey took over ownership three years ago after over a decade of managing, cooking, and bartending at the pub.


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round this time each year, I start checking with our vendors regarding brisket prices. It’s also the time to double check the bin of pickling spices to make sure they’re still good. Once again I realize they are probably the secret preserving ingredient in both Twinkies and Keith Richards, and they will never ever go bad. Historically, the Irish were not big consumers of beef. Cattle were generally used for dairy and as beasts of burden, not harvested until the end of its useful lifespan so seldom eaten. Pork, lamb, and seafoods were much more the everyday proteins. British demand for beef led to increased cattle farming, although virtually all of the product was exported back to Britain, France, and eventually the New World. The term “corning” refers



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5 or so pound brisket; brined 7-10 days 2 heads green cabbage (or try Brussel sprouts for a something different) 5 pounds red potatoes, quartered Mustard seed Caraway seed Whole cloves Bay leaves Kosher salt and pepper

1. Put brisket in biggest stock pot you have, 2. Cover with about an inch of water, add salt and bay leaves. Cook on medium low heat, about 45 minutes per pound. 3. With about an hour left to cook, add spices and seasonings to taste.

to the way the beef was preserved, with chunks of salt said to be the size of corn kernels. Regulations and salt taxes made Ireland a hub of beef processing, as opposed to sending the live cattle back to England. Thus the Irish corned beef became known as the gold standard in the market. Fast forward to the great Irish emigration in the 19th century, where many immigrants found modest success in America’s big cities, and found themselves in the position to afford the meat that had been previously unattainable. Working class Irish neighborhoods were often nearby Jewish neighborhoods, and the Irish were drawn to the kosher cured beef served in the Jewish delicatessens. Anyone who’s tried the beef from a Katz or a Schwartz deli can see the similarities to what you might find in a local Irish pub. The Jewish delis had transformed brisket and top round, generally regarded as tough low grade cuts, into a tender, succulent product known for its flavor and affordability. While it bears very little similarity to the gray, salt crusted beef of back home, corned beef

4. Add potatoes during the last 30-40 minutes, then cabbage according to desired firmness. 5. Slice finished brisket across the grain, arrange with cabbage and potatoes on plate. Drape with additional stock. Serve with whole grain mustard, brown bread, salted butter.

was the adopted term and it stuck. Further associating it with Irish culture, many taverns began offering “free” corned beef meals to their blue collar, largely Irish, clientele. The free plates, no doubt of dubious quality and freshness, were available after shift with the purchase of a few beverages. The popularity of corned beef spread from the cities and established itself in American cuisine. Our culture has always assimilated to the melting pot, with food being at the forefront. The Reuben sandwich, while an unquestionable staple of nearly every Irish pub and tavern, is a perfect example: invented in Nebraska, there is corned beef on Jewish rye bread, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing (Russian dressing was invented in 1910, not by the Bolsheviks, but at a hotel in New Hampshire). Claim it for whomever you want. Like so many great dishes, corned beef has assimilated into American culture, with an American audience. Enjoy it this St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish culture and spirit, and all the flavors that influence the American palate. ❖

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ight-year-old Warrenton resident, Garet Zagorski, has been to Scotland three times and England twice. While he enjoyed Buckingham Palace, he preferred Edinburgh Castle because he was able to go inside. Maybe someday, he will dance before the King and Queen of England and if he does, he doesn’t think he will be nervous. That’s because Garet is already the Champion of the All Scotland Irish Dance Championships held last year in February. He ended 2017 by winning the Great Britain Championships in October and the Regional Championships in Orlando in December, along with many other accomplishments. Garet has been an Irish dancer since he was 15-months-old. His mother, Kristin, an Irish Dance teacher, brought him into the studio as a baby when she taught. “It wasn’t long before Garet began mimicking the dancers, so I enrolled him in a class,” she explained. Kristin has been teaching dance for over 15 years. She began Irish dance when she was four: “Although neither of my parents are Irish born, both


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embraced the culture when they heard Irish music. After seeing the Chieftains in concert, they decided their children would all dance.” Kristin and her two older siblings all danced throughout their youth. Her sister stopped dancing and so did her brother, although he now plays Irish accordion music for dance competitions. Her parents were also involved in the competitions: “My mother made costumes and my father still sells Galway Crystal and Belleek for the awards.” Garet’s younger sister, Ciara, age 3, began Irish dance just a few months ago. Unlike her siblings, Kristin never stopped dancing. She performed internationally with Michael Flatley, of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance fame. Kristin danced until she was 25 years old and then became an instructor. Immediately she recognized Garet’s talent: “He quickly grasped right versus left and began performing the steps.” He was four years old when he first competed. Kristin knows how to push Garet to encourage continual improvement: “He has to compete with dancers who are

winning; this will make him perform better.” When Garet and another Great Britain Champion, a year older than him, went head to head in Pittsburgh in December, Garet took second place. Kristin was quick to enroll him in another competition in Columbus in January with the same boy. This time, Garet won and proudly displays the nearly three-foot-tall trophy he has to prove it. During competitions,

Garet dances beside up to two other dancers within his age group. Although the dancers perform to the same music, separate dances occur simultaneously. With no rehearsal opportunity, each dancer must be mindful of one another, and focus on their individual routines. Today, Garet dances in the studio at his home in Warrenton, and at Progressions Dance Studio. He practices in his own classes, as well as those his mother

Right and below: Garet practicing at Progressions Dance Studio in Warrenton. His mother, Kristin teaches the class. Photos by Kara Thorpe.

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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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Take the time to reflect on your relationship and your contributions to your individual situation; all relationships provide opportunities for personal growth. Discernment counseling is a viable option; it is specifically designed to assist couples to either work on their marriage or end it amicably. This type of counseling helps couples gain some clarity and confidence regarding their decision. Discernment counseling is a short-term, intensive process usually requiring one to five sessions. It differs from traditional marriage counseling which aims to salvage a marriage. In the event of domestic violence and/or a serious threat from a spouse, immediate action is required. Otherwise, divorce is a process which should be given much time and thought – it is not

an event. Consider the time and effort we exude when selecting our marital partner. We should also apply ample thought and patience when making lifechanging decisions such as a this. If a divorce is imminent, the goal is to determine how to proceed in taking good care of yourself (emotionally and physically) and your children. When a couple decides to end their relationship, it is highly recommended (especially, if you have children) to get professional counseling for familial support during such a critical transition period. Parents need to learn how to best support their children during the upset of this transition which includes: legitimizing children’s feelings, learning the rules of co-parenting, offering support/guidance, keeping them emotionally healthy, and keeping details of the divorce to a minimum.

If you end up divorced, it is best to abstain from a relationship for some time. All too often, I see people relationship hopping without taking time to reflect and learn. Beginning a new relationship soon after a marriage ends can be quite unhealthy and traumatizing to children. Let’s face it “happily ever after” is not a guarantee. When an intimate relationship is no longer meeting your needs, should you jump ship or recognize all relationships are imperfect and experience rough spots? There is no clear cut answer and resolving this dilemma depends greatly on personal circumstances and requires time and patience. Whichever path you choose, please remember to deal with it in a dignified and intelligent manner. Professional counselors are always available to help. ❖

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but will also find computer kiosks which will transfer images from a smartphone for easy printing. From there, customers are only a few clicks away from printed images in hand. Each image printed is adjusted to create the best possible print, photocard, or photo gift. When Cindy isn’t downloading the latest software upgrades to keep things running smoothly, she is working on educating her customers on safety: “If GPS is turned on, coordinates can indicate the location where the photo was taken, which may pose a safety issue.” Cindy also works with Fauquier Parks and Recreation on classes for people in the community to learn how to take better photographs. Cindy also schedules oneon-one tutorials on how to use the multi-lens camera purchased by an eager budding photographer. She organizes free events to help people improve their photo skills. “I can help you learn everything about your camera with private classes, or I can instruct a group of people how to take photos at sporting events, or in low-light in just an hour,” she says. The business-woman is also a photographer, who focuses on sporting events. “With a senior and sixth grader, and three nieces and nephews,

we are at sporting events all week long,” she laughs. Cindy, who received a nursing and economics degree from UVA in 1992 came to work for the family business when she and her husband decided to start their family: “With a young family, commuting into Washington, D.C. wasn’t ideal.” Now her kids are just a few miles away during the school year – something which Bridget and Pooch enjoy. “We love having our daughters and five grandchildren in the area,” says Robert. “People used to come in all the time asking to see me. Now they come in asking to talk to Cindy,” Pooch says about his daughter and her breadth of knowledge on the wide spectrum of photography. “A large part of what we do involves preservation and image restoration.” While the photos taken in the late 1800s have remained, the images burned to a CD just a few years ago have likely come to the end of their life. “People take a lot of pictures. It’s easy to go to a sporting event and take over 100 photos, but we aren’t printing too many. Posting images to social media lowers the resolution, which makes printing them larger than a 4” x 6” difficult,” Cindy says. She encourages people to print more photos, and recommends printing highlights from each year and creating albums – something she does for her own family. McClanahan customers often tell Pooch they could go somewhere else, but prefer to come visit with him, Bridget, and Cindy. It’s the familiar faces, the deep roots and level of customer service which has Cindy knowing nearly 70 percent of the people who come through the door; something unique to small, familyowned businesses like McClanahan Camera. McClanahan Camera is located at 306 Lee Highway, Warrenton. For more information call them at 540347-2533, or visit www.mccamera. com. ❖ Photos courtesy of McClanahan Camera

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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Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Gain Strength at Local Support Group BY ROBIN EARL


ach stroke survivor who attended a December Stroke Support Group at Fauquier Hospital told a different story. Bryant Smith had a stroke six years ago. “For three years, I didn’t accomplish anything, but then I started to make some real progress. I did nothing for three years. My wife did everything.” His wife, Betrain Hill-Smith, said, “I believe there are no coincidences. Maybe this happened so that I could learn to understand people better. I have to understand how he is coming at things.” Jess Lowry started driving again, but only on back roads, with his wife alongside him. “I don’t do it a lot. It makes me nervous.” His wife, Suzanne Funesti, said he is making progress, but it’s very slow. “The night before he had his stroke, everything was normal; the next morning, there was a new normal… sometimes the reality of his stroke hits me in the face. When things get difficult, I need to look around and find some joy. We are up and moving, and I am thankful for that. We need to approach things in a positive way. People who haven’t seen us in a year say how much improved he is, but we see each other every day, so I don’t see it as much.” One attendee, who preferred not to be identified, said she recovered from her stroke almost immediately: “I lost my handwriting, but am working on getting that back.” Her husband remembers the awful day of her stroke: “She was completely unresponsive. Then they administered anticoagulant medicine, and she was back, there she was.” Joanne Wilkins, who was attending the support group for the first time, had a stroke in November 2015. “One minute I was fine, the next I was being airlifted to Fairfax… life has changed. Every day I try to accept the changes. I’m looking for a new direction. I have


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to accept my new purpose in life, though I haven’t figured out what that is yet,” she said. John Lee didn’t have a stroke, but three brain surgeries have left him disabled. “My hand doesn’t work, and I trip over just about everything. I used to do everything around the house. Now my wife has to do the heavy lifting. My purpose now is to get the kids up and off to school on time, and in the afternoon, back from the bus stop. During the day I work to keep myself busy.” Lee, a veteran and youngest member of the group, is “under 40.” He took their dog out for a walk recently, but the dog ran off. “I had to walk a long way over uneven terrain and I turned my ankle. I was pretty mad at that dog.” Lee has fallen down the stairs



four times, and his wife Janette said, “The day he fell down the stairs, I kept telling him he was doing too much. I told him to go sit down.”He gives her a grin, “I was down.” Kathy Fine said, “My husband had a stroke. He says he doesn’t need a support group, but I do. Sometimes the heavier burden is on the caregivers.” The Stroke Support Group met for the first time in May. Kim Shuler, in charge of early heart attack education and the Stroke Program at Fauquier Hospital, moderates the group. Dr. Dennis Di Mauro, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Warrenton, attends some meetings to lend spiritual support:“It’s important to remember that we live in a world where sin and disease happen. Sometimes we are

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away.” Janette Lee said, “They don’t just fall away; they actively disappear. You find your true friends when something goes wrong.” Betrain HillSmith said she and her husband have a friend like that: “He just disappeared when Bryant had his stroke.” Recently, she spoke to the friend and explained how the loss made them feel. “He spent time with us yesterday, he sat on our couch and we talked.” Recognizing that caregivers and survivors have different challenges, the support group broke up into two smaller groups. Pastor Dennis DeMauro moderated the survivors group while

the caregivers shared stories. Fine said, “Everyone has different deficits, depending on what part of the brain has been affected.” Funesti nodded and added, “Jess couldn’t stand but he could speak, the man next to us at rehab was walking on the treadmill, but couldn’t talk.” Betrain Hill-Smith said, “And because the brain is damaged, you have to teach it new pathways. For a long time, Bryant couldn’t speak, but now he is doing so much better. It has been a very slow recovery.” Although every day is a struggle for these couples, they also told stories of hope. Funesti said, “We were visiting his daughter. She is a massage therapist and she gave him a massage. In the middle of it, he started talking normally back to her. His personality was back, too. He was 98 percent normal. It lasted two or three days.” She told the fascinated group that although the improvement was dramatic, “Jess doesn’t want to have a massage from someone he doesn’t know, so we haven’t been able to test the treatment.” Most stroke survivors engage in therapy – physical, occupational and speech therapy. The members of the group agree on a few strategies which help: getting time outdoors, being around friends and family, and staying as active as possible. Lee does regular weight training; when he moved recently and didn’t have access to his equipment, he noticed the difference in his progress: “My strength, flexibility, speech and mindset all deteriorated when I couldn’t work out.” Lee attends the group because he said it helps to talk about his struggles and successes with others who are going through similar trials: “I go to a psychiatrist too, but I count this as my group therapy.” Suzanne Funesti said she too is grateful for the Stroke Support Group, where members can “share ideas and stories, and support each other.” ❖

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Reflections Even at almost 98 years old, the person inside remains the same BY DR. ROBERT IADELUCA


n September 25 of this year I will become 98 years old and have been asked what it feels like to be that age. To begin with I know I am 97 simply because I am able to subtract. I feel the same way I felt five or ten years ago. I can speak only for myself and, in answering that question, find myself dividing my life into three stages: memories of the past, current experiences, and plans for the future. A person of my age has many memories. I remember moving at the age of five to Islip, Long Island, from New York City. The difference was night and day.


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Islip at that time had a population of approximately 2,000 and all students from Kindergarten through high school were housed in one building. Trains on the Long Island Railroad were pulled by steam engines, and I can still hear the “two long-one short-one long� as it approached the station. Along with other boys, I would make it a point to be at the station when it arrived. In this way we could watch the fireman as he continued to throw coal into the furnace. The station master would remain inside using Morse code to notify other station masters down the line that the train had just arrived. Following my graduation from high school I commuted daily by train to my work with an advertising agency in New York City. Islip is on the south shore of Long Island and we could look across the seven miles to Fire Island which, in those days, had a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and nothing else. Nowadays there are numerous communities on Fire Island. The father of

one of my classmates was the captain of a ferry that traveled daily across Great South Bay to Ocean Beach. Everyone my age remembers the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which led to our involvement in World War II. On June 10, 1942 I enlisted in the Army, did my basic training at Ft. Meade, and ultimately ended up with the 29th Infantry Division in Europe. I served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany and received my honorable discharge in 1946. So much for the past. Part of my time currently is spent re-examining my purpose in life. Is the world any better – to an even small degree by my being here? My major strength lies in my ability to communicate – both orally and in writing. How have I used that strength to benefit the world that I know? I am a “people person” as opposed to being a “thing person.” “Thing people” serve a valuable place in society. These are the people who build houses, repair cars, and in one way or another create the world that we see. A “people person” like myself works with emotions and which are obvious only when they are expressed. The second stage in my life involves my current experiences. They continue to involve working less with patients and more with those who might be patients but more likely are not. I no longer use an office on Hospital Hill in Warrenton. Those who wish to be my patients come to my home. I am, in other words, semi-retired. Patients, however, receive the same careful care that I have always given patients throughout the years. My time is now spent planning for the future. Yes, I am a person almost 100 years old planning for his future. And why not? It is no longer extraordinary for a person to live past the century mark. What will I do? How will I spend my time? Item number one is to keep myself as physically healthy as possible. Through the good graces of a neighbor of mine I use his exercise machine on almost a daily basis. I try to walk more and ride less. Equally important are remaining both mentally and emotionally healthy. By far the activity that keeps me mentally healthy is constant interaction with my friends and acquaintances. As I travel less in my car, I welcome visitors to my home. Yes, I am approaching the age of 98 but that is merely a number. The person inside remains the same. My home is open to anyone who wishes to share with me the beautiful county of Rappahannock. ❖

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