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Contents 08 Pushing Creative Limits with Yarn Yarnia of Old Town

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BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

Assertiveness

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The key to unlocking confidence

Souped Up

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Comfort in a bowl BY HANNAH SAMLALL

16 It’s All About Community Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center BY PAM KAMPHUIS

38 The Value of Advice The role of a financial advisor BY NICHOLAS SICINA, CFP ®

40 Your Smartphone and Your Spine

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Local farms in a regionwide fresh food effort BY NATALIE ORTIZ AND JESSICA LESEFKA

24 Music Speaks Musician Casey McCorkindale BY EMILY CHILDRESS

26 Families 4 Fauquier News and Events

42 Weather or Not Protecting your technology from weather threats BY KLAUS FUECHSEL

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28 The Front Porch Welcomes New Executive Chef

46 Details Abound The art of Kevin Scott Jacobs

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“Our purchase of The Red Thread yarn store was almost a whim. We always talked about owning a business in Old Town,” says Marylou Embrey. “We considered a number of different options. Richard was there with a friend and later, he spoke with the owner Barbara Slaton and learned of her interest in selling. He called me on his way home, and said, ‘Let’s buy a yarn shop,’ and I said ‘okay.’” They changed the name to Yarnia of Old Town, and the rest is history. The Embrys’ experience and scope with fiber textiles is impressive. Marylou says, “I have been knitting and crocheting for over fifty years, as well as quilting and painting in watercolors. Those really help with designing patterns and hand dyeing tatting thread. Soon I hope be hand dyeing our own line of yarn. I also do cross stitch, embroidery, and needlepoint — we hope in the near future to carry a supply of needlepoint thread and canvas. Richard has crocheted for about 40 years or so and has become a knitting wizard. People are amazed when they see his work and find out he has only been knitting for a few years. He also does tatting and bobbin lace.” The shop’s recent move in early April to a storefront, in the space formerly occupied by BE Boutique at 92 Main Street, has proved a good decision. The visibility gained has been great for their business. Previously, the shop had been

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located on 5th Street, and then in the rear of their current building, where the decreased foot traffic caused their sales to drop by 25 percent. Now, Richard says, “Many customers say how happy they are to have found us and compliment us on our wonderful shop. They love to touch and feel the yarn in person.” Marylou adds, “Seeing the exact color shades in person is important.” Yarnia credits most of their sales to out-of-towners. “People often come into the store just passing through and are happy to have found a yarn store to pick up some skeins to work on their project while they are out of town,” says Marylou. “In our new location we have a lovely sitting area at the front of the store that hosts exciting exchanges of creativity where people come to

Fingering and sock weight yarns are available for more delicate pieces. Marylou adds, “We would like to let people know that there is so much more that you can do with fibers other than just make a blanket or scarf. You can make things like jewelry and handbags, or learn to felt wool fibers and make all kinds of things from cute little animals to dryer balls. String art wall hangings or dream catchers are things many young people like to make. I always say, let your creativity go wild.” Richard and Marylou appreciate the camaraderie among the Old Town merchants. “I send people to Kelly Ann’s Quilting, Latitudes, and Sherrie’s Stuff, among others, and I hope they send people my way. It works better when we all work together,” says Marylou.

Helping the community Yarnia of Old Town accepts knitted donations to be distributed to those in need. Knitted Knockers (special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast) may be dropped off at the shop, and they also collect handmade hats, mittens, and scarves for local people in need.

Classes and Events Classes and events are listed on yarniaofoldtown.com every month. You can also stop by the shop to pick up a schedule for the month at the store. SEPTEMBER CLASSES: Kids Craft - $6 per project Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am starting September 8. Ages 7 to 12 with two separate groups. Child must be registered in advance to attend. Zipper Art - $45 Saturday from 12:00-3:00 starting September 8. Try something new! Making shawl pins or brooches. Working with felted wool, beads, floss and of course zippers! Supplies included. Brioche Cowl - $50 September 8 & 22; 4:00-6:00 pm. Learn two-color brioche knitting in the round. Supplies may be purchased at the shop. Learn to Knit - $15 September 11,18 and 25; 11:301:00 pm. Learn how to cast on, knit and bind off. Supplies available at the shop. Learn to Crochet - $20 September 12, 26; 11:30-1:00 pm. Learn basic crochet to get you on your way to making beautiful things. Supplies available at the shop.

sit ‘n knit, or chat ‘n tat, or stay ‘n crochet,” says Marylou. The store is filled with notions, needles, books, and crafts for all levels of knitters, as well as for people who have an interest in tatting, crocheting, weaving, felting, and spinning. Yarnia of Old Town stocks the store with yarns and threads of varying weights suitable for endless projects. “Teenagers really love bulky yarn to make sweaters and hats,” she says of a unique style of yarn they carry.

Through the practice of knitting, tatting, and crocheting, the Embreys foster a creative culture and are encouraging people to gather to discuss their shared craft. Fiber art hobbies help with cognitive health. The colors and creativity keep brain activity strong and vibrant as people age, making knitting, tatting, and crocheting ideal crafts to learn. Whether you are a new knitter or a seasoned one, there is a lot to discover in Yarnia of Old Town. ❖

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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Souped Up Jessie Burns serves comfort in a bowl STORY BY HANNAH SAMLALL | PHOTOS BY KARA THORPE

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ave you ever felt like doing something crazy that would alter your life? Have you ever thought of taking a risk and seeing if it would pay off because you needed it to pay off? After having her hours cut as a veterinary technician in Colorado, Jessie Burns, owner of Souped Up, was stressed out and hoping to find a way to make ends meet. Burns, who was born South Dakota, has always had a passion for cooking. “I like to say I started

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getting souped up at a young age,” Burns said, chuckling. After moving to Colorado when she was eight, she began cooking for her two older brothers and her parents once a week. In their traditional suburban kitchen, complete with a fruit-themed wall border and linoleum floors, she would take an inventory of ingredients they already had, then put together a grocery list of items she still needed, and then get to work. “I started with easy meals, like fajitas,” Burns said.

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At age 21, Burns moved away from home to the Windy City. She worked at a veterinary office a few days a week and was bartending at night. “They had a place in Chicago called the Soupbox,” Burns said. “They were so busy! They turned it into the Icebox in the summer and served Italian ice.” Little did she know that her discovery of the little shop in Chicago serving rotating homemade soups had planted a seed that would grow into what her business is today. After moving back to Colorado to be closer to her family, she once again landed a job working at a veterinary office. Newly single and having had her hours cut, she was unsure about what to do and how to move forward. Her passion for cooking, preparing comfort food in particular, led to numerous big batches of delicious soup. One night, a friend threw out a crazy idea after sharing some of her creations. Burns recalled, “He said, ‘these soups are amazing, why don’t you start selling them?’ I told him, ‘I could never do that! I don’t have any money to start a business,’ but he told me he was going to set my car up with an inverter [for a power supply] and just told me to go try it.” So, one cold Saturday in March, she loaded up her crock pots, hung a handwritten sign on her little Kia hatchback and headed out to sit on the side of Fillmore Street. “I felt crazy! I was just sitting on the side of the road hoping people would stop,” Burns said. Sure

enough, people stopped. “They kept coming back. They told their friends. They loved it!” All it took was three weekends of sitting on the side of the road with her crockpots to jumpstart what is now Souped Up. Once the business began to ramp up, Burns went on to start selling her homemade soups at Farmers Markets. Within three months, she had quit her job and was a

“I was working seven days a week and still couldn’t make enough soup!” full-time entrepreneur. “My mom helped me with a few of the Farmers Markets,” Burns said. “I was working seven days a week and still couldn’t make enough soup!” Eventually, she made the move to a commercial kitchen, got licensed, and started using a tilt skillet that allowed her to make 15-20 gallons of soup at a time. Burns relocated to the east coast shortly after, moving to Warrenton about two years ago. She returned to her job as a vet

tech, but found it difficult to go back to a nine-to-five job. “It’s hard to work for someone else after you’ve worked for yourself for so long,” she said. “I started doing soup a little bit on the side, just around the neighborhood, and it took off. I was just doing deliveries instead of doing Farmers Markets. I just wasn’t sure, since it’s hot here in the summer, how Farmers Markets would work. It’s such a different market.” “A lot of families here, both parents are working, and they just love the delivery,” Burns said. “Everyone is commuting, so it’s nice to just give the parents a night off from worrying about dinner.” After moving to Warrenton, Burns started cooking out of the kitchen at Savory Fare, a local catering company, which is where Souped Up is located today. “They’ve been awesome to work with and it’s completely taken off.” Today, Souped Up makes deliveries to Culpeper, Warrenton, Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow, and Leesburg. Soups are sold by the quart for $12 each and can be ordered for delivery or pick-up at 7373 Comfort Inn Drive. Burns always has at least two options available: a creamy soup, and a broth. She also uses antibiotic and hormone free meats in her soups. When she isn’t cooking up soups, Burns enjoys camping, fishing, and listening to music. She has a golden retriever and two cats, and though she misses the animals from her veterinary job, this transition feels right to her. Burns hopes to expand in the coming years. She has her sights set on being a staple of Farmers Markets by the fall of 2019, and eventually hopes to have her soups packaged and on the shelves of grocery stores. She is passionate about being part of the Warrenton community. “We try to source locally as much as possible,” Burns said. “All of our soups really are made with love.” ❖ For more information on Souped Up, up-to-date soup offerings, visit soupedupvirginia.squarespace.com, or email soupedupvirginia@gmail.com. New customers can use code NEW2SOUP for $2 off of their first order.

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people who have chronic pain, and our pain management program is the alternative when patients are non-operable and they aren’t improving through therapy processes. Now we can take care of those patients, and help them manage their pain.” Serving the community is as important to BROSC outside of their medical offices as it is inside their practice. “Four of our doctors, Ward, Ramser, Wise, and Smith, work at the local county high schools during football season, and we’ve been doing that for a long time.” The practice started Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Foundation in 2012 to serve the greater Piedmont region charities specializing in providing medical relief, food, shelter, and/or children’s services that improve the quality of life of those most in need in our local community. One of their main events is Bodies in Motion, a 5K and 10K race held every year in the autumn. About the race, Hollis said, “About seven or eight years ago, Dr. Wise and his wife Leslie and I were discussing how we also have a social responsibility that is more than just saying we’re integrated into the community. We wanted to give back to the citizens of Warrenton and Fauquier County because they’ve been wonderful to us and supported us for 40 years. So the idea for the race was born at that point, and we planned to donate the proceeds back to the community in some way, to a local nonprofit.” Hollis continued, “After the race, we have an event and we bring in all the nonprofits we’re supporting, and present the donations. You never have an idea of how much of a difference you can make unless you give it to these nonprofits in person. The whole room is full of people and they get up and accept The 2018 Bodies in Motion will be held Sunday, September 16 at the WARF. Information and registration at bodiesinmotionrace.com

the check and tell the entire room what their organization does and their impact in the community… it’s beyond touching. It’s such a moment of humility and I’m so proud of this, and it sets just such a wonderful tone for the whole year. It’s beyond words.” ❖

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WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVICE? We deliver to Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, Alexandria, Arlington, Montgomery, and Washington DC.

got sold off to developers. After living overseas, all of these experiences came together in 2014 when I took my life savings and started 4P Foods, where Purpose, People, Planet, and Prosperity are all important. Our purpose is to create a just and equitable regional food system with the goal of ensuring that all people have access to farm-fresh, healthy food, grown using sustainable and humane practices and that the people who produce that food are able to earn a fair and dignified living doing so. That’s why 4P foods sources from environmentally responsible family farmers in the Washington DC foodshed. Some of our favorite farms are in Fauquier County and the surrounding area.

WHAT DOES 4P STAND FOR? HOW DID 4P FOODS COME TO BE AND WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE? Growing up, my father was a grocer in upstate New York. As the grocery industry consolidated, I witnessed his role change from purchasing locally to nationally and internationally. As a teenager, I worked my summers on a farm in a community which at one point was entirely farms, but slowly

WHAT FAUQUIER COUNTY GROWERS & PRODUCERS DO YOU WORK WITH? WHAT PRODUCTS DO THEY PROVIDE? One of our favorite farm teams is Jesse Straight and Jonathan Elliot from Whiffletree Farms, where we get all our eggs and grass-fed beef and pork. We also work with Rick Crawford at Berry Simple Farm outside of Bealeton who supplies us with blueberries,

WHAT IS 4P FOODS? We are a food hub that delivers fresh, local food to our customers, either to their homes or to central pick up locations. We aggregate, store, market, and distribute local & regional food from over 200 farmers. Or mission is to make it as easy as we can for our clients to get farm-fresh, healthy food delivered every week. WHAT TYPE OF FOODS DO YOU OFFER? We offer a full range of produce, meat, and dairy products.

Just a few of the farmers that provide products to 4P. TOP TO BOTTOM: Rick Crofford, Berry Simple Farm. Cliff Hawbaker, Hamilton Heights Dairy. Raymon Ayad, Superfood Farm. Jesse Straight, Whiffletree Farm.


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expect with conventional food systems that has a well-established network of storage, distribution, and outlets. I know how hard this work is and I truly appreciate what 4P is doing.” DO YOU SERVICE FAUQUIER COUNTY? We are excited about a potential partnership with Highland School to have their campus as a pickup point for members of the community. We are also in talks with the Pepsi distribution plant on Route 29 to offer 4P as an amenity to their employees. Beyond that, we would love to grow our customer base in Fauquier, as some of our favorite farms are in the county. It only takes three orders to form a drop-off point, which can be a business, a school, or a residence.

asparagus, & unique products such as purple potatoes. Jimmy Messick of Messick’s Farm has a great U-pick strawberry field, pumpkin patch, and more that we purchase from at various points throughout the year. Straight says, “We are grateful to 4P for their consistent and significant support of our farm and business. By delivering straight to people's homes and workplaces, they are doing the hard work of making local, sustainable food very convenient to their customers. This is one of the weak links in local, sustainable food systems — trying to give customers the convenience they have come to

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HOW IS 4P DIFFERENT FROM OTHER MODELS SUCH AS CSA (COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE)? We differ from your typical CSA primarily in that we offer flexibility, both in the timing of when you receive your share(s), and by having the option to choose what you receive. We also operate 52 weeks out of the year, and we’re able to do this because of the network of farmers we work with here, in the Mid-Atlantic, and beyond. With a full range of produce, meat, dairy, and value-added items year round, we give our members the easy option of supporting a better food system, while also giving them the convenience of delivery and choice that many consumers have come to expect and demand. We want to empower our consumers to make the choices that are best for them; this flexibility and transparency allows them to do that. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT HOW CHANGING OUR CURRENT (INDUSTRIAL) FOOD SYSTEM WILL HELP US BETTER SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL & MEDIUM SIZED FARMERS. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT AND HOW DOES THE 4P FOOD HUB MODEL SUPPORT THIS CHANGE? There are a lot of indicators that suggest the industrial

model of producing and distributing food is very efficient, but it can also be wildly unhealthy – both for our physical health, and the health of our planet. Eating from a more diversified, local and regional food system generally means more nutrient dense food that is tastier, healthier, and has a smaller environmental impact. Resiliency, in my mind, is a critical aspect of a strong food system of the future, and it can be achieved through the growth and connectivity of food hubs that serve local farmers, which is what we work for. We want good food to be the norm, not the exception. HOW DOES 4P HELP FIGHT FOOD EQUITY & INSECURITY? Every week, we donate one bag of food to one of our partners for every 10 bags we deliver. Our partners include Local Food Bank Partners, YMCA Capital View, and our main partner, the Fauquier Food Bank, where the team is wonderful about helping their shoppers to learn creative ways to cook and consume the fresh produce. WHAT DO YOUR CUSTOMERS LIKE ABOUT 4P? Our customers identify with our mission: the dual support of local farmers working to grow great local food, and supporting those in underserved communities by providing access to good food. One customer explained, “Every week, we look forward to our bags from 4P and reading about the awesome farmers that put their time and love into growing the produce. You can taste the difference in the quality of meat and vegetables compared to the grocery store. 4P includes recipe ideas and storage tips to make sure your fruit and veggies stay fresh, and their team is friendly and responsive to customer feedback. 4P is not just farm to table in mission; they put it into practice. 4P identified a need and implemented practical steps towards food equity and sustainability. The passion, commitment, and hard work of the 4P team is inspiring!” ❖


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Casey McCorkindale is a 27-year-old local musician who can often be seen delivering pizzas for Papa John’s or playing at open mic nights. He is also autistic. I had the chance to sit down with Casey and talk about his passion for music, as well as his plans for the future. From the beginning, it was clear that music is something he loves very much, so much so that he has put other passions, such as playing soccer, on hold to further his music career. Read on for a look into Casey’s life.

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WHAT INSTRUMENT DO YOU PLAY, AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING? I play guitar: I play electric, I play hollowbody, I play acoustic. I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old. I’ve taken some breaks, like to play soccer. In my music, I’ve played with friends, I’ve been in a few bands, but mostly I’ve played by myself for 11 years. WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE TO PLAY? I like playing punk, pop, emo, screamo type of stuff. I actually write my own stuff. I write the instrumental parts first, and then I go back and write the lyrics. The instrumental songs can go anywhere from one minute to four minutes. WHAT KIND OF THEMES DO YOUR SONGS HAVE? In reality, love is there. A lot of music these days is all about money, drugs, alcohol, and disrespecting women. It’s the same thing over and over and I’m tired of it. The style I want to go for is, “I want to have fun, and not care about the fame


or the money and just care about the music.” I just want to have fun with friends and family. I write about things like falling in love, my first encounter with alcohol and other life experiences. WHERE DO YOU USUALLY PERFORM? I like to do the open mic nights at Molly’s Irish Pub, sometimes Fat Tuesdays, but I normally just post videos on Youtube or Facebook. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING AT OPEN MIC NIGHTS? I’ve been performing at open mic nights ever since I began living on my own, so about three or four years. They’ve shown me there’s a lot more talent out here than I realized. I appreciate the talent, I like seeing other people, and it gives me a confidence booster to go up there and play. Sometimes I joke with the other musicians, and if someone does a really good job, I say, “How am I going to follow up on that?” Most of the time I actually write my own stuff, and I sit off in the corner, and I still listen to theirs but I’m thinking “You’re going to do this song, and then this song, and then this song.” DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU PLAYED AT AN OPEN MIC NIGHT? Yes, it was actually at Fauquier [High School] when I was a junior. I played my Fender acoustic — this beautiful black guitar — and I drove the teachers mad. I brought my guitar with me anywhere I wanted, because I wanted to play. I played in the old library before they fixed it up. TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR DONATIONS TO AUTISM AWARENESS. There’s this new album I’ve been working on, it’s called “One Breath” and it’s more of a punk, emo thing. I’m friends with some people on the board of Autism Speaks in New York and I told them if I do well enough on my tour I’ll definitely donate up there. My record label is called “Frat Boys” but it’s not what you think of when you think of frat boys. It means that everyone is accounted for, everyone can party and have fun and it doesn’t matter who you are. Any sort of thing you have, who cares? You’re still human, and you are loved.

YOU MENTIONED YOU’RE GOING ON A TOUR? Hopefully, once my recording studio person gets back from Tennessee. I’ll probably do a round tour here, probably Leesburg, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Gainesville, Haymarket. I’m working with a friend of mine who does state tours, so I’m going to try and get out and see if I can do places like Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas.

I can be this big fighter for kids who are autistic, and they can look up to me. WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION? I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and I saw this spot on the wall and said to myself, “I want that spot. That spot is going to be mine one day.” And

my parents always said, “You have to work hard,” so that’s what I do. I have a younger friend who is autistic as well, and he plays guitar too. He must be five or six, and he gives me hope. I can be this big fighter for kids who are autistic, and they can look up to me. At one point, I was to the point where I wanted to throw everything away and start over. But then I went to Drum & Strum and they had this beautiful white Ibanez guitar and I said “One day I’m going to buy that,” and I did. I want to be different. I want to have people say that yeah, I’m autistic, but I can still play the guitar. I want to be for the people and for my music, not for anything else. IF YOU HAD ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO START PERFORMING BUT ARE SCARED TO, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? Just think to yourself, “We’re all human. We’re all going to be nervous, in reality everyone is afraid of something.” Before I go on stage I always tell myself, “Patience. You’re going to get nervous. Just close your eyes, tell yourself everyone does this. Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, the Who, everyone gets nervous. If they can do it, I can do it.” Playing has been very challenging at times, but I learned to have fun.❖

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September NEWS & EVENTS

BY RACHEL PIERCE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 8 A.M. The Blue Ridge

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 6 - 9 P.M. Dog Days of September Families4Fauquier will be hosting a vendor booth during the Dog Days of September First Friday in Old Town Warrenton. Stop and play!

Orthopaedic & Spine Center’s 7th Annual Bodies in Motion 5k and 10k race and Fun Run at the WARF To register please visit www. BodiesinMotionRace.com. Families4Fauquier is one of the many local area nonprofit beneficiaries. Your support is greatly appreciated and don't forget to stop by our vendor booth and say hello. We look forward to seeing you there!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 BeLEIGHve Fest Families4Fauquier is excited to partner with BeLEIGHve Fest, taking place September 8 at Barrel Oak Winery. This is going to be a fantastic afternoon and evening full of fun for the kids as well as the grownups all to support the Leigh family. Brothers Kaleb and Noah Leigh have battled bravely with cancer and we want to help raise money and awareness. Families4Fauquier will be there with crafts, a balloon artist, photo booth station, and a Lego station. For the adults, BeLEIGHve Fest features outstanding music all afternoon into the evening hours featuring the talents of local bands such as Silver Smoke (formerly known as Katie & Kelly), Pete’s Unnamed Band, The Tom Robbins Band, as well as Johnny Rushmore, and finally, the Nighthawks! A silent auction will benefit the family. Vendors on site will include Tastefully Simple, Young Living Essential Oils, Usbourne Books, LuLaRoe, Touchstone Jewelry, and more! Tickets are a steal of a deal to gain access to this kind of live music and entertainment. Get your tickets now on Eventbrite, search for BeLEIGHve Fest, and join us for the fun!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.

International Day of Peace Please join Crescendo Music, WARF and Families4Fauquier for the International Day of Peace at the WARF. Stop by and paint rocks at the Families4Fauquier booth. The rocks will be displayed at the WARF rock garden to help spread some cheer and good will in our community. The day will also features yoga, story time, music, playground, police vehicles on display, and activities such as helping to decorate the peace mural to be displayed in the WARF and making pinwheels for peace too! See you there! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 10 A.M.-4 P.M.

Fall for Warrenton Festival Bring the family and plan to spend your day in Old Town Warrenton for the Fall For Warrenton Festival. There will be craft vendors, food trucks, kids activities, hayrides, music, and so much more.

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Tractors, Trucks, and More Come and play at the Fauquier County Parks & Recreation's Kids Explore Tractors, Trucks and more at the Warrenton Community Center. While visiting stop by the Families4Fauquier booth for more family fun.

Family Fun Day at Vint Hill This community event will include music, obstacle course inflatables, moon bounces, rock climbing wall, laser tag, face painting, crafts, and more! Join Fauquier Parks & Recreation for a fun day for the whole family.

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Families4Fauquier will be hosting our annual Trunk or Treat event at the WARF on Friday, October 26th from 5:30-7 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Trunk registrations are now open. NOVEMBER 10

Families4Fauquier will be holding our Annual Fauquier County Preschool & Family Resource Fair on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Come learn about local area preschools, private schools, and family friendly organizations all under one roof. Table Registration is now open for those schools or family friendly organizations wishing to participate.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST OR BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER AND GET INVOLVED TODAY! Families 4 Fauquier is your link to family resources in Fauquier County and beyond. F4F is committed to strengthening and enriching the lives of children and families that live right here in our own community. For additional information about joining our membership program, receiving our monthly community newsletter or any of the events listed above please visit our website at www.families4fauquier.com or email us at info@families4fauquier.com. We now offer monthly advertising, website sponsorships and community event sponsors. If your organization has an interest in helping to support our community projects, events and programs please contact us today because together we can make a difference in little ways that can add up big!

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The Front Porch Restaurant Welcomes New Executive Chef Chef Jason Von Moll’s big talent and unwavering commitment to local, farm-fresh fare comes to The Plains

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Dogged Determination Playing hide and seek; it’s what Trooper VSPB15 does best STORY BY PAM KAMPHUIS PHOTOS BY KARA THORPE

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e have a very important and specialized member of the law enforcement community, right here in Warrenton. VSPB15 is a is “a big kid. He loves everybody…he’s everybody’s friend, everybody’s buddy. He’s happy-go-lucky and very social. He’s very much a socialite,” says Virginia State Police Trooper Bernie Boteler of his partner. Also known as “Mosby,” named as a nod to our area’s heritage, Virginia State Police Bloodhound 15 is an integral part of our local VSP, Division 2 in the state of Virginia. The AKC-registered Mosby is one of ten K9s in his division. Each division has ten K9s: one bloodhound, three patrol dogs, three narcotics dogs, and three bomb/ explosive dogs. Each is very specialized in his job. “Mosby is a people finder. That’s all he does,” says

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Boteler. “The best way to describe it is that he plays the best game of hide and seek ever. That’s his whole thing.” The department purchased the bloodhound as a partner for Boteler when Mosby was four months old. At two and a half, he is now a full-fledged, certified member of the division. “We are a single-pair team. He works with me, stays at my house, I’m responsible for his day-to-day care,” says Boteler. “To the department, he’s very much a trooper, so he receives the same level of care as the people here as far as veterinary care, grooming, that sort of thing.” The team is on 24-hour call, seven days week, 365 days a year. Boteler is primarily responsible for Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties, but Mosby is responsible for all of Division 2, which encompasses 13 counties, so where Mosby goes, Boteler goes. The team is also available, when necessary, to all county and state resources, as well as Federal law enforcement. “We work with the FBI down at Quantico on a regular basis. We are one of a number of teams in Virginia that are certified by the FBI for evidence recovery and evidence detection,” Boteler explains. Mosby is very much a working dog. Boteler says, “If I’m at work, he’s at work. If I were to leave him at home, he would get very very upset. He’ll howl and whine. He believes if our car is at work, he needs to


be at work. That’s all he wants to do.” In addition to his duties with Mosby, Boteler, who is also a canine medic, fulfills all the normal responsibilities of a state trooper: responding to vehicle accidents, crimes, domestic disputes, performing speed enforcement, and much more. Mosby has only one job: to find people. He spends all day, every day, riding along with Boteler, responding to calls, whether K9 related or not, until he’s needed.

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and I wasn't sure he would ever find his way but he has become an amazing partner who has shown great success in this career and continues to mature and excel everyday in his work.” The initial training school for a police bloodhound is a 13-week course, which the dog and the handler have to complete together. To pass the course, they must accomplish three certification tracking exercises. At the completion of the third track, and when released by the sergeant of the canine program, the team is permitted to run actual calls. Mosby and Boteler graduated when Mosby was 10 months old, and they have been working the road, answering calls, ever since.

Mosby was selected from a litter bred by a bloodhound breeder in Fauquier County. Boteler says, “We test them before we decide to purchase them, same as with patrol dogs or bomb dogs or narcotic dogs, The Job for suitability and trainability. We want The VSP utilizes Mosby and Boteler them to have that play drive, that ball drive. They have to want to play, want to work for in many different situations. Boteler says they can be called out for any situation a reward. Mosby is very food-driven. He that involves a person that needs to be works for food reward, but he is also very found. There’s the search and rescue end social. He loves it when somebody plays of things: missing children, lost hikers, with him, he always wants to find someone confused elderly people who wander from to play with.” their homes, injured people who wander Boteler is exclusively responsible for away from an auto accident, even arson Mosby’s police dog training. Boteler says, cases to determine if a person has died in a “Before Mosby’s arrival at the VSP, he had fire. “We deal with a lot of elderly people, received no training other than general alzheimers patients, diabetics, people socialization. I trained him myself, with with other cognitive our other trainer, impairments,” says Brian, who’s also a VSP Boteler. And then Trooper, and who had HOW DO there is the criminal also gotten a pup from BLOODHOUNDS WORK? side of the job. Boteler the same litter. We Mosby is specifically trained for adds, “We also do a started them together, human scent, with the ability significant amount and put them through to detect both blood and skin of criminal work, training together every rafts. Skin rafts are tiny pieces of a person’s skin that slough breaking and enterings, day for 13 weeks. off and float down through robberies, murders, Mosby was first dog I’ve the air to settle on the ground shootings, stabbings. trained, but I had been behind them, enabling the dogs We worked the murder through an additional to detect the scent and follow here in town at the school with Moe, my them. The skin rafts spread out CVS last year.” first dog. Mosby came as the person moves, forming a cone shape, with the narrower Mosby works as a in with big shoes to fill; end of the cone being closest team with Boteler, Moe was an amazing to the person. Mosby will work but they are often an K9 who had some one side of the cone — Boteler integral part of larger phenomenal finds. Moe says he prefers the left side — teams, working with was a really experienced to follow the subject. Boteler other law enforcement dog; he taught me will use a scent item, an item dogs and troopers. “We everything, and I was with the person’s blood or skin rafts on it, to give Mosby the have a great working able to pass a lot of that scent to follow. relationship with the on to Mosby. Mosby was county here. It’s just a a great big ball of energy

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TRAINING A BLOODHOUND There are two factors to tracking a person: time and distance. Time refers to the amount of time that has elapsed since the person went missing. Distance refers to how far the person has traveled from the point they went missing. Bloodhounds are trained for both scenarios. “When you’re training, you build on one or the other at a time, either time or distance. We’ll go through a training cycle in which all we’re doing is building time. Which means that that I’ll train for a half mile track till we can run it at 48 hours old. I’ll start with a half-mile track that is two hours old. A week later, I’ll run a half-mile track that’s eight hours old, and increase the time until he’s at 48 hours. We’re adding time, but not adding distance. After he’s good with that time frame of 48 hours, then we’ll add distance. I’ll set a track at 2 miles, but it will only be 30 minutes old, then we’ll increase the time at that distance until he’s doing the two miles at 48 hours old. Research says that if a dog can run a track that is 48 hours old, he will be able to run a track that is sevenplus days old,” says Boteler.

wonderful relationship. They’ve got some great dogs and they are always willing to assist, and we all really work well together,” says Boteler. Mosby and Boteler don’t always solve a case, but can be used as a tool to further or assist in investigations. “When we run suspect tracks, tracking someone who’s running from the police, Mosby is used in conjunction with our patrol dogs, who are trained to apprehend people. We’ll run in support; we’ll run the track, and our patrol dogs come with us, and when we encounter the suspect, we drop back and the patrol dogs take over. If we don’t have the opportunity to work with our patrol dogs, we’ll call in some of our tactical team guys, and they’ll go in support of us. We don’t necessarily have to find the suspect, but by trailing them we can keep them moving, push them in a certain direction, into a perimeter unit who is able to apprehend them.” When Mosby finds someone he will jump on the person, or on the door the person has walked through — that’s his signal that he’s found his target. “I’ve been certified by the court system to testify to his identifiers and to his signals. He is a certified tool in tracking or trailing, and we use him to further investigations.

Mosby’s jump on the door at the conclusion of a track normally, under the right circumstances, gives us probable cause to seek a search warrant. It also, if nothing else, gives us the ability to knock on a door and have a conversation,” says Boteler. A typical day, which includes an average of three to four calls, is not all work and no play. When not out on calls, Boteler will have Mosby doing a combination of training and socialization exercises. “We’ll get out, we’ll do a couple social interactions throughout the day, and we’ll do one or two training exercises per day. He’s still young, so he’s still kind of puppyish, an adolescent, so he still likes to play. He loves to walk down Main Street and get petted and played with by people. But the training never stops.”

Home Life While Mosby is Bernie’s partner and lives with him and his family, he is not a family dog. With their specialized jobs, Boteler needs to make sure that Mosby maintains his bond with him, and doesn’t bond with others. “He interacts with my children, but he’s not a family dog. He doesn’t come into the house and hang

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out with us. If we’re in the back yard he does get socialization with my kids, but he doesn’t get the comforts of coming in the house, he’s not a house dog. People ask why I isolate him, but that’s really not what it is, he’s not isolated. He gets plenty of socialization and interaction throughout the day on the job. It’s actually a conditioning for Mosby to understand that ‘Hey, I’m a working dog.’ I don’t want him to not be able to differentiate between working and playing. He’s got a 10’ x 10’ kennel outside, and I say kennel loosely because it’s really nice, with an elevated platform, poly floor, dog igloo, and a roof. It gets sanitized every couple days, and in the wintertime it gets sides put on it to protect him from the elements. I need him acclimatized as well. If you could imagine, if he got to spend all day in the house where it’s air conditioned, he wouldn’t be conditioned to do a long job outside in the heat in the summertime. His coat changes with the seasons. I need him to be able to

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“I just hope to give Mosby the best days I can, because he sure has given me some great ones” develop that really thick winter coat and that really slicked down summer coat so he’s comfortable out in the elements any time of the year. It’s very much purpose driven. I need him in a certain condition. But when the day comes for Mosby to retire, I hope that he’ll be able to relax,

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become a house dog, and enjoy lying on the couch and just taking it easy.” Mosby’s bond with Boteler is extremely strong. Boteler says, “Mosby is the first K9 I will have worked with from his first day to hopefully his last day with the department, and by then he and I will have shared many things together. He and I have not only developed a working bond but also a personal bond with each other. He listens when I need to vent, he's been known to howl along to the radio and even the siren from time to time. Those will be some sad days when Mosby retires and it will be difficult when I have to learn to trust a new K9 and begin the process of bonding with a new partner.” “I know that more often than not, we outlive our canine companions, and I've heard a great quote along the way… ‘Dogs aren't here for all of our days, but we are here for all of theirs.’ I just hope to give Mosby the best days I can, because he sure has given me some great ones,” Boteler concludes. ❖


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Assertiveness The Key to Unlocking Improved Confidence and Communication BY MICHELLE KELLEY, LCSW

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Assertiveness: What it is and why we need it Assertiveness is a style of communication in which you express your thoughts, feelings, needs, and wants clearly, directly, and respectfully. Being assertive can be challenging for many, depending on personality type, the specific circumstances, and the person you are dealing with. It is especially difficult for those with self worth issues, those who tend to get emotional easily, or those who tend to

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be “people pleasers.” Strong emotions (anger, disappointment, sadness) are often triggered during a confrontation and can feel overwhelming, causing you to lose your voice or retreat — a common scenario which often leaves a person feeling humiliated or ashamed. Assertiveness is a learned skill, and many do not learn this skill until faced with difficult relationships or life circumstances. My voice and my assertiveness strengthened during my divorce. With the support of a great therapist and a few good friends, I found my voice. Although it was a challenging time, I used the opportunity to make personal improvements within myself, which is the best way to turn a difficult situation into a personal win. As with anything, practice will help you to develop the assertiveness skills you need, even when you’re feeling emotional. I have found there are no shortcuts when working on self-improvement. It requires effort and patience.

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Keep in mind assertiveness should not be confused with aggression. When we are assertive, we are not acting hostilely, rudely or inconsiderately towards others. Being assertive is an act of empowerment that indicates you respect yourself, your needs, and your wants. Much of my counseling work focuses on teaching and empowering girls and women to become more assertive. The positive benefits are far reaching and will touch every aspect of your life. Assertiveness is an important skill in building and maintaining relationships. One of my clients who felt stuck and frustrated in her marriage learned to identify her needs and wants, which most women cannot do. She learned how to clearly communicate with her husband which resulted in (guess what?) getting some of her needs met. I cannot guarantee you will always get your needs met when you ask, but I can guarantee that learning to be more assertive will improve your confidence and likely produce positive changes, at least in yourself, which is the only thing you can control. Being assertive will allow you to ask for that raise or promotion, to negotiate with your spouse, to be your own advocate, or to report abusive behavior. It’s time to see yourself as part of the solution. Practicing assertiveness will make it easier for you to verbalize your thoughts and needs calmly and effectively. Even if you don’t get the results you desire, congratulate yourself for taking this leap. Remember, our children are looking to us to model assertiveness so they will have the confidence and courage to speak up in their relationships, both personal and professional. ❖

BENEFITS OF BEING ASSERTIVE: • Improved communication • Greater confidence • Increased self-esteem • Respect from others • Reduced stress and anxiety TIPS FOR BEING ASSERTIVE: • Have a clear idea of what you wish to communicate • Practice what you’re going to say before you say it. Use words that will not make the other person feel attacked, such as “I need” or “I want,” instead of “You should” or “You did.” • Choose a mutually beneficial time to discuss the specific matter at hand. You may even want to have another individual present if you are feeling intimidated. • Listen to the other person’s response, even if you disagree. We don’t always get our way when we speak up. • Most importantly, stay positive and have a “support person” with whom you can process this afterward.


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There has been a seismic shift in the financial planning industry over the last decade which has created a better market place for clients, in my opinion. Today I believe there is a much more transparent industry that strives to work in the best interest of the client as a standard practice. Fee structures are articulated with attention to detail and a client’s investments are closely aligned with their stated investment objective or plan. Advisors today are held to high standards by their firms through compliance oversight to document their advice and follow through on the agreed upon investment strategy. Furthermore, the quality of advice that is brought to the table is expected to be comprehensive and extend well beyond simply the execution of a trade. When it comes to financial planning there are several moving parts that make the process complicated and even complex in nature. Regardless of what stage in your life you’re in, engaging someone in the financial services industry can help provide insight and a clear path towards your goals. If you’re just starting out, you are probably trying your best to accumulate wealth by investing your savings to grow. You may be developing plans to pay for college if you have young children. These objectives may be encumbered by student loan or other debts that need to be serviced and ultimately retired. A good financial advisor can be engaged to help strategize and develop a holistic plan that balances all of these objectives in the most tax advantageous way. Proper risk management planning through the use of life insurance and appropriate estate planning documents in this phase are incredibly important and often overlooked. When you are young it is a great time to start a relationship with an advisor to make sure you are doing everything possible to make it towards your goals over time. If you’re planning on retiring in a few years, you’ll want to begin thinking about the

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different sources of income you will rely on to replace your paycheck. Understanding social security and different filing strategies can play a critical role with respect to income planning. If you have a large pool of savings you will want to balance the risks associated with financial markets, the threat of inflation and your very own longevity when developing an income strategy. All of the previous stated concerns may lead you to outlive your money if you’re not careful. A good advisor can take this daunting task and make it more manageable with a clear and coherent strategy by balancing the hard number aspect of planning with the softer goal focused prioritization that will help you retire in your own way. When approaching retirement using an advisor to develop and closely monitor your “exit” strategy becomes paramount. Once you’ve retired, your focus will shift towards the development of a strategy to produce income while managing taxes. It is important to review how your assets are titled and ensure your estate planning documents are updated at this point in time as you begin to think about the future. You may even look to establish a gifting strategy to transfer assets to loved ones in the most efficient manner possible. As you balance investments, taxes and estate planning the ability to lean on an advisor to coordinate

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and discuss these moving parts will make the process much easier and free you up to focus on enjoying your retirement. Objectivity is one of the most important attributes an advisor relationship provides. Financial markets are frustrating, scary and complicated. This makes it an environment fraught with emotional decision making that can have huge ramifications on your investment success over time. Emotional decision making rarely leads to good outcomes in any facet of life. Having unbiased and objective advice from someone who understands markets can yield great returns over time. The real magic of financial planning is in the ability to develop a road map for the client so they can stay focused on the destination. Most clients don’t want to think about how much stock or bond exposure they should have, they want to focus on the family vacation they are planning, getting college paid for, or living each day of retirement on their terms doing what they love most. Your time is your most precious commodity. Free yourself up to live your life in confidence by trusting a good professional to help navigate the financial markets and beyond. ❖ Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC.

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id you know that using your smartphone could be aging your spine? Chances are, you may not have given much thought to your neck or back while you are catching up on Facebook posts, checking directions on Google maps, or reading Yelp reviews for the best local restaurant. We think nothing of pulling out our phones when we have a few minutes, standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for our children at soccer practice, or while riding as a passenger in a car traveling to our next destination. While it is great to have entertainment, news, and the ability to communicate at our fingertips 24/7, our bodies are revolting with aches, pains, and fatigue that may not have been there prior to our smartphone days. So what is actually happening to our bodies? Think about an adult head weighing 10-12 pounds. For every degree that our head flexes forward (as we look down at something positioned below eye level), the strain to our spine increases dramatically. When the adult head leans forward 30 degrees, the weight that the spine needs to manage is actually 40 pounds, according to a study published in Surgical Technology International. Is this really that big of a problem? An average person spends 14-28 hours per week interacting with their smartphone, laptop, ipad, or similar electronic

device. This translates into 700 to 1400 hours of stress and strain on our spines over a span of a year. With a 10-plus pound head in this forward position, people are experiencing a significantly higher frequency and duration of neck, shoulder, and back pain. This modern day phenomenon, widely known at “text neck,” can be successfully treated by a skilled physical therapist. Prolonged poor posture can have a cumulative effect on our bodies, leading to degeneration of the spine, muscle strains, and pinched nerves, resulting in pain. A physical therapist can help people learn how to interact with their device without harming their spines. When interfacing with an electronic device, keep a posture of ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips. If your ears are in front of your shoulders, then you are promoting “text neck.” Try using your

eyes to look down at the device rather than bringing your whole head and neck forward to look down. Physical therapists are trained in educating people in proper body mechanics and positions to manage this strain to their bodies, as well as instructing people in exercises and techniques that can counterbalance the excessive strain to our spine. The physical therapist will recommend a home exercise program that includes strategies and exercises to focus on preserving the spine and preventing long term damage. Exercise is an important part of taking care of our spines as we age, but what we do when we are sitting or standing in one place matters as well. So next time you pick up your smartphone or curl up with your ipad, do a quick check of your head and neck posture. Your body will thank you for years to come. ❖

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Karen Longe MPT is the founder of KEL Physical Therapy in Warrenton VA. She enjoys helping people get back to activities that they love to do NATURALLY using her manual therapy skills, dry needling, powerful education and instruction in corrective exercises. She is passionate about educating and provides monthly workshops open to all. For more information on her services contact her via phone at 540-422-0020, email ptwithkel@gmail.com, or visit KEL-PT.com.

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then continue working on the battery’s power. Once you notice that the UPS has kicked in, you should save and close your files, and shut down your computer normally. The time you have to take care of these essential tasks depends on how powerful your UPS is and how much power each device drains. Do not plug in something like a laser printer into the battery backup outlets; the moment you lose power in your house, the battery will try to take over, and the high demand of a laser printer will drain the batteries in seconds. How do you know your UPS has kicked in? It emits a highpitched beeping noise when power is lost, to alert you to the fact that your devices are now dependent on its batteries. It is important to be alerted when this happens so you can take care of your devices and shut them down properly, otherwise, especially during the day time, you might not even notice that the power went off. However, this noise can be obnoxious, and unplugging the UPS from the wall will not stop the beeping (because the unit perceives being unplugged as a power outage). The UPS will have a button to turn off the noise, and another button to power down the UPS itself, but remember, powering it off completely cuts off the power to devices still connected to it. Don’t press the wrong button by accident.

But what happens when there is a power outage and you are not around to shut down the computer properly? Well, if the power comes back on within the UPS’s capacity limits, everything’s good. But if it’s a long outage, once the batteries in the UPS are emptied, all connected devices will abruptly turn off, which could damage them. One way to avoid this is to purchase a UPS with a USB connection. Through the USB cable, a special software on the computer can then monitor the status of the UPS. It can be set up to shut down the computer after a certain number of minutes during a power outage so there’s no harm to the system. But whether or not you suffer from weather this year, don’t forget to backup your data on a regular basis. In the case of bad storm damage, your homeowners policy should cover the cost of new hardware, but what about your software and data? Your personal files and photos are irreplaceable. A few summers ago, the home of one of our favorite clients experienced a severe lightning strike while they were away, and it killed all of their technology. Their home office and personal computers were completely “fried.” But even though the hard drives were toast, a full image of their most important disk had been backed up recently. We were then able to get their new system set up with their old data and programs. Whew. ❖

“Even with these protective steps, a power outage can still impact your computers.”

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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Making the Connection: Diabetes Management for Young People Diabetes educator and registered dietitian Beth Potter has been working with people with diabetes for many years. Whether it’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes, management includes strategies around medication, diet and exercise. Often adults have trouble managing their disease. When children are diagnosed, the challenges can multiply. Potter said, “In Fauquier County, each school has staff trained in diabetes management, so that students can do all the normal things that other non-diabetic students do during the school day.” Each fall, Potter teaches a four-hour class for the school system. Each staff member who has gone through the initial training is required annually to

attend an hour’s additional training to learn about updates in diabetes management. Potter said, “The key thing that I’ve learned during the training is that communication is so important — among the child, the parents, medical professionals, and the school staff.” Speaking of communication, Potter recently started a support group for young people with diabetes. The first session was a success, with six participants (including students and parents) who came to learn about coping strategies and to talk to other students with diabetes. Most young people with diabetes have type 1. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation describes it this way: “Type 1 diabetes is a serious autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin— which is essential to getting energy from food. It affects people of all ages and is not related to diet or lifestyle. There’s no way to prevent type 1 diabetes and—currently—there is no cure… Type 1 diabetes can be lifethreatening if it goes untreated.”

Students with Diabetes Gather for Support The second meeting of the Youth Diabetes Support Group will meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., on Tuesday, September 18 at the Fauquier Health Wellness Center. Middle school and high school students with diabetes are welcome to come and compare notes with others who are managing the same issues. There will also be a meeting on Tuesday, December 18, at the same time and place. In a relaxed atmosphere, with fun games and activities included, the support group provides a chance for students to make new friends who have also been diagnosed with diabetes. The objective is to connect students with others who have had similar experiences, and learn from one anothers’ successes and challenges. In future meetings, there will be guest speakers from the community who have lived with type 1 diabetes since childhood, to encourage the students and provide role models. The group is free for everyone. Parents are welcome, but young people are welcome to attend on their own, if they like. The Wellness Center is located at 419 Holiday Court, Suite 200, in Warrenton. Questions may be addressed to diabetes educator Beth Potter, MS, RDN, at 540-316-2644

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The group remained informal until about three years ago, when Fauquier County Pickleball Association was formed as a not-for-profit organization. “This enabled us to reserve court time through the Fauquier County Department of Parks and Recreation,” said Joyce. “Since then there’s been a lot of hard work gone into recruiting players, teaching people, and running the organization.” Joyce’s husband, Bob Najjar, is the president of FCPA. Pickleball, according to many news sources, is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and in the world. FCPA certainly feels it’s the fastest growing sport in Fauquier County. “It’s just exploding,” said Joyce. “Maybe we’ll see it soon in the Olympics.” It is one of the sports offered at the local Northern Virginia Senior Olympics every fall.

What, exactly, is Pickleball? It is said to have started as a backyard game invented by a father and friend with children who were bored. Unable to find a shuttlecock for badminton, they lowered the net and played using a wiffle ball, with table tennis paddles. The rules evolved as they played, and as for the name...well, it’s said that their dog, named Pickles, was somehow involved. Pickleball is a racquet sport encompassing aspects of tennis, racquetball, badminton and table tennis. It’s played on a court (most often a tennis court, although the dimensions are a little smaller at 44’ x 20’) with a 34-36”

net, either indoors or outdoors. The polymer balls are similar to a wiffle ball, but they are a little weightier, and the game is played with a solid paddle instead of a racquet. Fast-paced and exciting for spectators, as well as players, the game makes for great exercise and fun. It’s easy to learn and has a low impact on your body. Tennis and racquetball skills are easily transferable. “I played varsity tennis in high school and college, many years playing tennis, squash, badminton and racquetball. Playing these sports make transition to Pickleball very easy,” said Bob Moe, vice president of FCPA. While pickleball is fun for any age — FCPA has players ranging in age from ‘teens to ‘80s — some older players have found the sport to be a good niche for them. Compared to tennis, it’s a little easier on the body, with lower impact on the joints. “The pickleball doesn’t have rubber in it, so it’s not bouncing as high or as much as a tennis ball. You don’t have to chase it quite as much, so there’s not as much running,” explained Joyce. The ball is served underhand, which is easier for those with shoulder problems. FCPA secretary Randy Mantiply explained, “Because pickleball has more nuance and strategic elements than tennis, you can quickly become competitive without needing a powerful serve or a powerful overhead.” It’s a good, aerobic exercise all the same: “If someone is interested in maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, Pickleball shines. Those of us that wear

fitness trackers see impressive numbers. I can see 5000+ steps after several games, and depending on the level of play, you can get your heart rate over 100 easily,” said Joyce.

Playing Pickleball in Fauquier County With this open and welcoming group that is eager to spread their enthusiasm for the game, picking up pickleball in Fauquier County is informal and easy, with no special equipment needed to start. “Pretty much anyone can play the game, you just need to have some hand-eye coordination and balance,” explained Joyce. “We loan racquets to new players and tell them to try it out for a couple of times, and if they like pickle ball and stay with us, they’ll get their own. You have to wear the proper shoes, of course; we recommend court shoes to absorb the running and to keep you stable and balanced.” “We label our courts as social, intermediate, and advanced; the social court is for those playing more for fun and sociability, and for those just beginning. When someone comes in with no knowledge of the game, everyone pitches in to give them basic instruction. Our group is just wonderful with the newbies, and very encouraging.” While more formal lessons are something the association would like to offer in the future, right now it’s the members who support new players. “You get the attention that you need to get started,” Joyce said. “We start you off, it’s not hard to learn,


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and we guide you along until you soar.” According to Joyce, “The more one plays the game, the better they get at it. So we encourage people to move up as they see fit. Some people just don’t want to be that competitive, they enjoy the camaraderie and the sociability as they work on their game, so that’s fine…we have all levels. We do have some level four players, and they are amazing to watch. If people are motivated to play competitively, there are tournaments in Virginia and Maryland. We circulate all that information to anyone who wants to play in a tournament.” In Fauquier County, it’s all about the community and the camaraderie. It’s very much a social activity as well as a sport. “We’ve noticed the friendships that come with this. It’s just wonderful. If you were in with a group, you’ll hear a lot of laughter, and fun comments…people take the game seriously, but on different levels. We have social activities during the year. Recently one of our players organized a wine/beer event at Barrel Oak Winery. A monthly social on the first Saturday of the month at Vint Hill is open to the public… anyone can come, bring an appetizer, and play or watch pickleball. This is one of our outreach programs.”

The Fauquier group has grown immensely since its inception. What started out as a few folks getting together to play informally has grown into an association of 85+ members who play three days a week on three tennis courts at Auburn Middle School. Once school starts, they will play in the evening, and then in the early fall they play indoors on three courts at the Vint Hill Recreation Center. FCPA is trying to keep up with the growth of the sport in the county. They are adding an additional day to their schedule, and they are hoping to bring pickle ball to the Marshall Community Center one morning a week. But more playing venues continue to be needed. A look at other communities shows the rapid growth and popularity of the sport. Karen Gray, FCPA member, says, “We have spent the last two winters in The Villages, Florida where pickleball is extremely popular, with over 200 courts. Our hope is that Fauquier County will realize the importance of the game and provide us with additional facilities.” Mantiply is hopeful that pickleball will continue to grow in the county, and along with this growth, he hopes that more and better courts will become available. “There are lots of unused or rarely used tennis courts just begging to be converted into pickleball courts, as

“Just be warned, all the fun of pickleball makes it pretty addictive.”

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neighboring areas have done,” he suggested. Many pickleball players prefer playing on indoor courts, so the weather is not a factor. But the county has limited indoor playing venues, according to Joyce. The Vint Hill facility is quite old, so FCPA is working with the Parks and Recreation department to enhance the playing conditions with better lighting and improved playing surfaces. Due to budget restrictions within the county, the Fauquier County Pickleball Association has agreed to financially support the improvement of the playing surface at Vint Hill and has committed to a portion of the cost. Funds are still needed to complete the job. Joyce concluded, “This is my game now. It’s fun and so aerobic. In some ways it’s more challenging than tennis. I play about two to three times per week. It’s addictive, especially as you get more adept, because you want to keep getting better. Then, there are the laughs, and the friendships that we form. It’s like any sport that gets the blood moving, it’s just energizing.” Mantiply added, “Just be warned, all the fun of pickleball makes it pretty addictive.”❖ For more information visit FauquierPickleball.org or Facebook.com/FauquierPickleball


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