Warrenton Lifestyle September Magazine 2017

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Serving from Experience Warrenton Police Department Chaplain, Wally Smith

The Sutherland Twins a mirrored sense of humbleness and duty

Michelle Kelley’s tips for surviving the teen years

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Summer sure did fly by. The hot warm days will soon end and we will (or at least I will) welcome a slight chill in the air– I am even dreaming about roasting marshmallows around a campfire during a cool evening (as I write this it is still August and about 90 degrees outside, sigh). Each season in nature spurs on change in so many ways. From the foliage turning beautiful colors, to animals preparing to hibernate, some differences are noticeable and some are not. For us, here at Piedmont Lifestyle Magazines, we want change to occur–to improve our magazines so you enjoy each page even more. In order to succeed, we need your opinion. Please, go online to piedmontlifestyle.com/survey, or find last month’s copy of the magazine and complete the hard copy of the Reader’s Survey we included. We truly value your input and are so looking forward to developing additional stories or segments that will be enjoyed by all. Enjoy this month’s issue, which contains helpful roofing tips; information for those with children, and some great information for individuals taking care of elderly family members. Thank you for your readership, and we look forward to reviewing the feedback you submit on how we can serve you better. In closing, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes about change in general and the metaphor of seasonal change. Enjoy.

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“You must be the change you wish to see in this world”

2017 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Marianne Clyde Robin Earl Debbie Eisele Dr. Robert Iadeluca Andreas Keller Michelle Kelley Aimée O’Grady Rachel Pierce Nicolas Sicina



Charlotte Wagner Maria Massaro Steve Oviatt Fauquier County Public Library Staff Fauquier Health Nathan Gilbert Katie Fuster

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Contents 06


Fauquier’s Veterans Still Serve


VFW promotes patriotism


Moms in Motion



Do Not Disturb Service dogs need to stay focused BY CHARLOTTE WAGNER

Warrenton resident Keri Ayers BY MARIA MASSARO




Join the Movement of the Makers


DIY resources and programs at the library

Nothing dresses up a kitchen like a new surface


Selecting Countertops

A Pair with Flair Twins Dave & George Sutherland

Healthcare information to assist you





Put on the Oxygen Mask Surviving the teen years


Computers, Tablets and Smartphones Choosing your device BY KLAUS FUESCHSEL



Roof Issues

Cash is not king BY NATHAN GILBERT

When It Comes To Giving Cash




A Fresh Start

Tiny but Fierce Ruby-throated hummingbirds

Chance Foundation rescues and rehabilitates






Serving from Experience




Simplifying the Billing Process

A dedication to health, food, and the earth

Wally Smith continues the legacy created by his son





Dog’s Day

Safety Precautions for Seniors

Now is the time to evaluate

Man’s best friends make a splash

Educate before you medicate

September family events





Families 4 Fauquier

Chaplain Wallace Smith. Photo by Kara Thorpe.







FAUQUIER’S VETERANS STILL SERVE The VFW promotes patriotism through their student essay contests

Below: Jeff Dombroff (left) and Sheila Hunter (far right) with Highland school 8th graders Caite Leake (left), Kessler Schumate (center), Hannah Small (right).

My hope for the future of Anerica...



2017-2018 Theme: “America’s Gift to My Generation”


he men and women of the Robert E. Laing Memorial Post 9835 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States have three things in common: military service in a combat zone, a strong desire to help other veterans, and a willingness to continue serving their community. Veterans all, they represent all five service branches in conflicts from World War II up to the most recent conflicts in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Led by Post Commander Tim Nosal, a retired Naval officer who served in Iraq, they meet monthly to shape their Post’s impact on the community. Money from their relief fund (known as the “Poppy Fund” after the famous symbolism in Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Field”) has helped to develop the Sheriff’s Department’s Law Enforcement Scout program, to assist veterans at the homeless shelter and free clinic, and gone to repair veterans’ headstones after an act of cemetery vandalism. This fall, the VFW’s relief funds will be supporting another worthy cause–patriotism among students. The organization’s two annual student essay contests are


Patriotic Essay Writing Contest Grand Prize: $5,000 AWARD Grades: 6-8 Entry Deadline: October 31, 2017

currently accepting submissions through October 31, 2017. Both contests seek to instill values of freedom and appreciation in younger generations. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are eligible to enter the Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition. The nationwide contest requires a 300 to 400 word written essay on a topic selected by VFW Headquarters, for a grand prize award of $5,000 at the national level. This year’s topic is “America’s Gift to My Generation.” High school students may enter the Voice of Democracy audio essay competition. With a $30,000 grand prize award at the national level, students must record a three to five minute essay on the theme “American History: Or Hope for the Future.” In 2016, students from four Fauquier County middle schools and two high schools submitted essays to the Post. Aside from

receiving medals, certificates, and cash awards, the top three entries were also evaluated at the district level. A student from Cedar Lee Middle School earned second place honors at District. The VFW continues to encourage the contest’s growth. “We’re hoping to involve many more of the county’s schools this coming fall,” Post Quartermaster Gary Robinson says. As involvement builds, the veterans of the Post continue to serve by passing on their patriotism to even the younger members of their community. For combat veterans who may be interested in learning more about the VFW, Post 9835 meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Warrenton Visitor Center. Eventually, the Post hopes to have their own building or “Post home.” It is a goal of the Post to acquire a building that can serve as a gathering place for veterans and location for post activities. ❖

Word Count: 300-400 typewritten words For information on entering, visit www.vfw. org/community/youthand-education/youthscholarships

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY 2017-2018 Theme: “American History: Our Hope for the Future” Patriotic Audio Essay Competition Grand Prize: $30,000 AWARD Grades: 9-12 Entry Deadline: October 31, 2017 For information on entering visit their website at www.vfw. org/community/youthand-education/youthscholarships. NOTE: Each school will have an assigned point of contact within the school to gather the submissions, such as the Guidance Office. But if not, students should submit entries directly to the VFW Post 9835, PO Box 163, Warrenton, VA 20188. Home Schoolers are also eligible and will need to mail their entries. For more information on VFW’s essay contests, go to www. vfw.org/community/youth-andeducation/youth-scholarships.

About the AUTHOR Jeff Dombroff, Senior Vice Commander, VFW Post 9835, served in the US Army from 1964 to 1972, leaving service as a Captain. He worked for Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna Va and retired in 2006. He and his wife Susan have been residents of Fauquier County since 1990.


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Do Not Disturb

Service dogs need to stay focused on their owner in order to best serve

Charlotte Wagner, BSc owns and operates K9ology LLC in Warrenton where she teaches group and private training classes for pet, competition, and working dogs. She holds a Bachelors of Science with honors in Animal Management from the University of Essex with a special interest in behavior. She regularly competes with her furry family members in breed confirmation, tricks, obedience, rally, and dock diving events.



t is vital for the public to respect service dogs while they are working. A dog that is looking away from the owner or is distracted is unable to properly function and execute life-saving tasks. Although you may be tempted to talk to the dog, coo, or whistle in hopes of making a connection, this approach is highly frowned upon by the owner. Other attempts of contact, such as asking to pet the dog, offering praise, or allowing unsupervised children to approach, are further hindrances. Owners of service dogs may respond with “no thank you, he is working,” or “please don't distract him.” This is not to offend people, but instead stresses the need for the canines to focus on their work. Service dogs are trained for specific public access skills, which allow them to politely and quietly function with their owner when outside the home. Dogs learn to settle down, stay, leave things alone, disengage from the public, cross streets, enter and exit buildings, navigate public transportation, and more. Part of the training process includes teaching the dog to ignore the general public. This is a difficult task to accomplish — even harder when people purposefully disrupt the


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canine’s work. As hard as it may be, simply ignore them when in public. Service dog owners who encourage contact between their teammate and the public are most likely phonies. Legitimate service dogs are required to remain focused on their owner, especially if they still have their vest on.

RESPECT FOR DISABILITIES AND THE ADA Disabilities come in all shapes and sizes. Some are visible; others are “invisible”. In addition to mobility assistance, dogs can be trained for a variety of the invisible conditions. Medical alert dogs



are even able to indicate when a diabetic’s sugar levels are out of balance. Others predict the oncoming of seizures. Hearing dogs alert their owners to sound, and psychiatric service dogs assist owners with mental challenges and help them gain confidence and independence. People will sometimes see a service dog and ask “What’s wrong with you?” or “But you don’t look disabled.” Occasionally, individuals make a brash comment such as: “Do you even need that dog?” This type of statement originates with a misconception of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA explicitly states “Staff may ask two questions: (1)

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is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.” Professionals, the public, and business owners need to become aware of ADA requirements when interacting with service dog teams. This will enable the public to maintain respect for disabled

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“Service dog owners who encourage contact between their teammate and the public are most likely phonies.”

individuals, who may already feel vulnerable in public. Remember, questioning their condition and interrogating them adds stress, and is also illegal. People faking service dogs have considerably contributed to the same problem. Owners putting vests on pet dogs have caused businesses to become skeptical. Fake service dogs can appear out of control, disruptive, unhygienic, and poorly mannered. The more people abuse the law, the more people with disabilities are disadvantaged.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO? Teach children early on not to interact with service dogs. If you see one in public, tell your child not to distract the dog and explain the canine is working. Also, explain to children the types of assistance service dogs provide and that a person with a health condition depends on their dog for guidance, especially in an emergency.

Business owners and professionals will benefit from understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to better handle customer interactions. It is astonishing how many people are unaware of their rights and etiquette. Suggest a protocol for personnel to ensure interactions with service dog teams are pleasant. If business owners are concerned about a service dog, here’s some key guidelines regarding service dogs from the ADA: Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals. When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility (for example, in a school classroom or at a homeless shelter), they both should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility. A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective

If you are with your own dog Luc learning how to navigate transport and come across a service dog at Union Station in team, please be courteous and Washington DC afford them some space. Do not allow the dogs to interact or socialize. Maintain focus on your dog and ensure their behavior does not impose on the working team. Teaching your dog to focus on you instead of the service dog is a great way to gain control. Please do not put a vest on your pet in an attempt to pass it as a service dog in public. Business owners have become increasingly suspicious of legitimate service dog teams as more owners take their pets in public places. Even emotional support and therapy dogs do not qualify under the same rights as service dogs under the ADA. Virginia and other states consider it illegal to falsify pets as service dogs. Service dogs should be unseen, unheard, and have impeccable manners in public. It may be tempting to point the dog out, watch, stare, or otherwise acknowledge it, but please remember to disengage; it is kind and respectful to give a quick glance and smile before returning back to your own agenda. ❖


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action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence. For more info regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and Service Dogs please visit: https://www.ada.gov/service_ animals_2010.htm Although federal law does not require service dogs to wear a vest in public, Virginia law requires dogs to be identified as working animals. Under code § 51.5-44, dogs must wear either a blaze orange leash, vest, backpack, or harness identifying the dog as a trained service dog. Dogs in training (6 months and older) have the right to access streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places as long as they are part of a service dog working team and are appropriately identified. A handler’s requirements include “a jacket identifying the recognized guide, hearing or service dog organization, provided such person is an experienced trainer of the organization identified on the jacket; or (v) the person is part of a three-unit service dog team and is conducting continuing training of a service dog.” § 51.5-44. E. For more information regarding Virginia code and service dogs visit: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/ vacode/title51.5/chapter9/ section51.5-44/

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Join the Movement of the MAKERS Do-it-yourself resources and programs can be found at your local library BY CAROLINE KESSLER AND JODY SCHMIDT


n flashes of fabric, paint, paper, and glue, the do-ityourself (DIY) movement is busier than ever. Today, the title of “maker” belongs to anyone with the desire to create, whether they be artists, crafters, builders, or programmers. In America, adult makers number over 135 million, and their achievements have inspired some to dub the movement the “Second Industrial Revolution.” Signs of this modern-day revolution can be found throughout Fauquier County. If you have stumbled across a brightly painted pebble while running an errand or strolling through a park, you’re already a part of the Kindness Rocks Project, which spreads positivity by hiding miniature artwork throughout the community. Like these cheery stones, maker projects are all about enhancing, personalizing and reinventing our surroundings.

The homegrown nature of DIY is at once forward-thinking and retro-inspired. Particularly in the world of robotics, makers are on the cutting edge of innovation. However, many skills that may seem oldfashioned—like crocheting, hand lettering, and even home repairs—have attracted their own contemporary devotees. In response to the DIY movement’s popularity, the Fauquier County Public Library has initiated a new series of free monthly workshops. Already, participants have painted decorative pallets, hooked rugs, and crafted trinket boxes from recycled books. Classes are planned through the end of the year to give everyone the chance to become a maker. Jody Schmidt, selfproclaimed do-it-yourselfer and reference librarian at the Warrenton central library, shares some of her favorites from the library’s DIY collection. Read on for inspiration to start your next project.

A Touch of Farmhouse Charm BY LIZ FOURE

If you’re a fan of Joanna Gaines and the farmhouse style, you’ll love the ideas included in this book, including easy projects inspired by the current farmhouse rustic trend. The best part? These projects won’t break the bank! Wood projects, drop cloth curtains, fabric covered books... need I say more? (More on this topic can be found in section 747 of the library.)


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About the AUTHORS Jody Schmidt (left) joined the Fauquier County Public Library in November 2013 and is the Reference Librarian at the Warrenton central library. Caroline Kessler (right) interned with the Fauquier Library this summer through the PATH Foundation. She studies English literature at the College of William & Mary and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Half Yard Gifts: Easy Sewing Projects Using Leftover Pieces of Fabric BY DEBBIE SHORE

I have a habit of collecting pretty fabric and often turn to Half Yard Gifts for inspiration. With beautiful photographs and instructions for 22 projects, you’re sure to find something to do with that leftover fabric. Every year, I think I’ll get started on my handmade Christmas gifts; with the gift ideas and suggestions in Half Yard Gifts, this just may be the year! (More like this can be found in section 646 of the library.)


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Painting is a big trend in 2017—rocks, pallets and stretched canvas are just a few of the surfaces being explored. I’ve been experimenting with some painting techniques of my own, particularly water colors. The Everything Art Handbook is a complete guide of techniques, materials, and samples of completed art work. The instructions are easy to follow and may be the inspiration you are looking for to start your next project. (More like this can be found in section 740 of the library.)

Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Homes for Great Birds BY MARGARET A. BARKER AND ELISSA WOLFSON

If wood projects are more your style, start with something simple like birdhouses. The Audubon Birdhouse Book includes instructions for building your feathered friends the birdhouse of their dreams, as well as suggestions on the best location and type of birdhouse to attract your favorite birds to your yard. (More like this can be found in section 690 of the library.)

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Dare to Repair: A Do-it-Herself Guide to Fixing (almost) Anything in the Home BY JULIE SUSSMAN

You can fix it! Dare to Repair is aimed at women who like to take on the task of home repair, but it is also a great guide for any first time home owner or renter. Dare to Repair offers a comprehensive look at some of the most common types of household fixes, from fixing that leaky faucet to replacing a showerhead or bad electrical outlet. Pictures of the tools needed to complete each repair and easy-tofollow instructions are also included. (Disclaimer: This is merely a guide, consult a professional for repairs beyond your skill or comfort.) (More like this can be found in section 640 of the library.)

Also check out our new DIY for Adults program at the Warrenton Central Library. Held monthly, this program includes a variety of take home projects including felting, pallet painting, and more! Learn how to turn plain rocks into colorful and attractive artwork for your yard or garden by reading Painted Garden Art Anyone Can Do by Lin Wellford. Then join us on Saturday, September 16, for the September FCPL Rocks DIY program at Warrenton Central Library. PAPER BEADS (OCTOBER 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Give paper crafts a try on Saturday, October 28, at the Warrenton Central Library. A great way to prepare is by reading Decorative

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Do-itYourself Home Improvement: A Step by Step Guide BY JULIAN CASSELL

This amateur guide for home improvement includes step-by-step instructions and photos of quick repairs to major construction projects. Handy checklists for suggested tools for the homeowner are also included.

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The library also offers a number of magazines for the DIYer: Do It Yourself, The Family Handyman, and Better Homes and Gardens all offer project ideas, instructions, photos, and inspiration. Search the library’s catalog or go to fauquiercova. rbdigital.com to find these and many more magazines.


You’re never too young to join the DIY movement! Kids and adults will enjoy the simple craft projects that nurture their creative side. Read Super Simple Magnets: Fun and Easy to Make Crafts for Kids by Karen Latchana Kenney, and mark your calendar for Saturday, November 18, to make an ornament or decorative item using recycled bottle caps. Watch for more details about the Fauquier County Public Library’s DIY programs at fauquierlibrary. org or pick up a calendar of events at your local library. Get your DIY on! ❖

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When it Comes to Giving, Cash is Not King Strategies to benefit charities and you BY NATHAN GILBERT


sually, giving something away in the truest sense means that you are receiving nothing in return. While that may be the most benevolent form of giving, there are several strategies that benefit both giver and receiver (beyond just feeling good about helping somebody or some organization). Certainly, the most straightforward option is to donate cash to a qualified charity. The charity receives immediate benefits and can use that cash however it sees fit, and the giver can enjoy a deduction on his or her taxes. However, for many with investments in stocks or mutual funds, there may be a more advantageous option. As you may or may not be aware, the stock markets have enjoyed quite an increase in recent years, so many are faced with a taxable event (or capital gain) should a stock or other type of investment be sold for a profit. Note that this applies only to investments held in non-retirement accounts, as selling a holding inside of a retirement account


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typically does not create a taxable event. When a qualifying nonprofit or charity sells an investment at a profit, the organization is not subject to a capital gains tax. So, if one were to give an appreciated security (usually a stock or mutual fund), the nonprofit would be able to sell the security, use the cash for operations or other needs, and avoid any tax on the gains. The donator enjoys a tax deduction for the full value of the security at the time of the gift, and also avoids the capital gains that would have been owed in the case of a sale.

Potential benefits. Let’s say you were fortunate enough to have bought Amazon stock back in 2012 when it was going for about $250 per share. You bought 100 shares, so your investment was worth $25,000. As this article is being written, Amazon is trading for about $1,000 per share (believe it or not!). So, you would not only be the envy of many, but your shares would now be worth $100,000. If you sold your shares of Amazon at a $75,000 profit, you would



likely owe a capital gains tax of about $11,250 ($75,000 x 15% long-term capital gains tax rate). Being the savvy but benevolent investor that you are, you decided it would be better to give your Amazon stock to a local and deserving charity. You would get a $100,000 tax deduction, and once the charity received the Amazon stock, they could sell it and pay no capital gains tax on the proceeds. That’s a pretty good win-win for all involved. Keep in mind that you do not have to give away an entire holding or mutual fund. After all, you may want to keep some of that Amazon profit to purchase a BMW. You are allowed to give away a portion of a holding if you want to retain some for yourself or for gifts in the future. There are many other gifting options which may be better than an outright gift of cash. Consult your advisor and/or your local charity before simply stroking a check; you might be surprised at how many ways there are to help your favorite charity while also helping yourself. ❖

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A Mom in Motion Warrentonian Keri Ayers turns personal experience into empowerment by assisting those with disabilities cut through the health care system’s red tape BY MARIA MASSARO


ack in 2007, Keri Ayres began seeking support services for her autistic son. This was no small feat. Red tape, paperwork, and wait-lists trapped consumers in a convoluted process that could take years. Ayres, who labored for three and a half years to get her son the services he needed, was inspired by her experience to assist other families seeking support for disabled individuals. “We faced challenges figuring out that process,” said Ayres. “Once I figured it out and the red tape was cleared, I realized what huge benefits were available to our family. I recognized that it’s really a critical first step for families to take, because it’s the step that can provide relief in so many areas. That allows them to then focus on other areas of care.” Equipped with this knowledge, albeit knowledge earned the hard way, Ayres realized she could help facilitate and speed up the process for others in need by sharing what she knew. Thus, in 2009 she established Moms in Motion (MOM), a Medicaid-funded service facilitation provider; they help clients who have been screened by a


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nurse and social worker and qualify for Medicaid to navigate the system. “Empowering one family at a time” is the organization’s guiding principle and modus operandi, and their goal is to help individuals transition to independence while ensuring that those served receive optimal care through the health care system. MOM is a consumer-directed (CD) program, which is an alternative to the clinical and impersonal model of institutionalized care, the program enables consumers to receive assistance and supervision in the home by family members or hired attendants. At present, MOM provides statewide service, with 173 disabled clients in Fauquier County



benefitting from the agency’s finely-tuned mission of educating and advocating for the disabled and their caretakers. Individuals referred to MOM are screened by the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health. Once approved, the agency completes an intake assessment and makes recommendations for eligible service hours. Clients and their families are then instructed on the rules of the CD program. “Our job is to train the Employer of Record, the person who is going to be responsible for overseeing the care of the client. Then his or her job is to train the Personal Care Attendant, the person who will be doing the work,” explained Ayres, the organization’s director. “It is also our job to make sure that clients are getting the services they need, getting cared for, and getting enough hours of care,” continued Ayres. As such, the agency’s fieldworkers, or Service Facilitators, conduct regular home visits to assess clients’ wellbeing, monitor their progress, provide them with valuable resources, and secure any needed services and equipment. “More and

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fuels the agency’s resolve to keep up with the pace of an ever-shifting industry. “We have to accept change and be out there on the forefront of it,” stressed Ayres. “Now managed care organizations are getting involved, and everybody is going to be on one of those.” Always one to prepare and adapt, Ayres is undaunted by the impending and rippling human-service policies which will affect the way she runs her organization. She is instead more concerned with the underserved individuals who could especially benefit from CD care. “We really try to do right by our clients and their families, and I think we are not serving enough of the aging population. So we want to understand why that is and start providing services to those people,” who currently make up 30 percent of MOM’s clientele. Yet Ayres is equally mindful of the changes that will affect disabled clients on the other end of the lifespan: children. This goes back to her own experience with her son, who has progressed to the point that he no longer meets the criteria for CD services, “which is a great thing,” she observed. One of these changes is the inclusion of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a common and systematic intervention used to significantly improve social behaviors. “ABA is now a Medicaid-



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much does Q How the price of a countertop vary? A. Most of us get started with a budget, and try to figure out what we can do within that budget. For example, we have all seen the slabs of granite on the side of some big box store plastered with a square foot price: “Today only $29.99 per SF.” Although that may sound great, it really doesn’t give us enough information. Does the $29.99 cover all of the necessary costs like the field measure (the professional coming out to your house to take accurate measurements) and the faucet cut outs? Typically, no. It is usually a sales tactic to get you into the store to shop, and not an accurate estimate of what your final cost will be. Obtain a quote for the specific countertop you are interested in, not necessarily what you think will be in your budget. Sometimes you will find that a high definition laminate top may only provide a $300 savings over the granite material you really liked to begin with. So make a few selections and get a few quotes.

does granite have Q Why varying price levels, and is one type better than another? A. The square foot price doesn’t have anything to do with the integrity of the stone. On the Mohs Scale of hardness (a comparison scale testing the scratchability of minerals), all granite rates a seven. Granite pricing is solely based on where the stone comes from in the world, how hard it is to harvest, how rare the stone is, and how much of it we have on the market at any given moment.


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countertop Q What materials are heat resistant? A. Countertops made from materials such as natural or engineered stones tend to be heat resistant, “resistant” being the key word. Even granite and engineered stone cannot endure abuse by heat repeatedly. Expansion and contraction will eventually cause damage, and it will be visible. Best advice for any material is to use a trivet.

you cut directly on Q Can any type of countertop surface? A. Some manufacturers boast that you can use a knife directly on the surface without scratching. However, there are good reasons to always use a cutting board. Knife marks will be visible on laminate, wood, soapstone, marble, travertine and solid-surface countertops. Others, like granite, engineered stone, and quartzite may not



be scratched, but will dull your knives. Whatever surface you decide on for your countertops, your next move should be the purchase of an attractive cutting board.

type of countertop Q What doesn’t have any seams? A. A solid surface countertop is your answer if a seamless look is important to you. Solid surface tops have come a long way in the past 10 years. There are now several manufacturers, like Dupont Corian, who have developed some beautiful products with the look and appeal of striated stone. Along with the seamless look of a solid surface, you can also get an integral sink and backsplash. This stain-resistant material makes cleanup a breeze, and requires no maintenance. Plus, if you were ever to damage your solid surface countertop, it can be repaired; it is the only renewable surface available.

there other options Q Are besides stone that provide heat, scratch and stain resistance? A. Engineered stones (a manmade stone facsimile fabricated from adhesive and crushed stone) come in many patterns and solid colors. Because this product is man-made in sections, it has a consistency and repetitiveness to the slabs instead of an overall fluid pattern. The engineered stones are not heat-, scratch-, or stain-proof, rather, they are only resistant to these hazards. With engineered stones, you can achieve the look of granite without the maintenance.

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What Roof Inspectors Look For Roof inspections are often affordable and hassle free, and may give you peace of mind going into the cold winter months. During a roof inspection, an inspector should be looking at the following areas: • Is the roof properly nailed? • Is there moisture present? • Are there any water leaks? • Is the roof deck deteriorating? • Are the granulars deteriorating? If a roof has discolorations (a color variance) it may be caused by the granulars coming off the shingles. • Are the shingles missing, loose or split? • Are the shingles buckled or curling? • Is there algae present? • Is the flashing damaged or corroded? • Are there any obstructions to the gable vents or attic vents?



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he Annual Father’s Day Car Show in Old Town Warrenton has become a family tradition, drawing several thousand attendees to enjoy a wonderful day of food, music and, of course, classic and antique automobiles. This year’s event, held on June 18, had over 250 entries—with a 1941 Cadillac Limousine winning best in both show and category (1900 to 1959 American cars). First exhibited last year, this car has been a labor of love for a very special duo, 81-year-old identical twins and Warrenton natives Dave and George Sutherland. “They always had a knack for fixing autos,” Sue Sutherland, Dave’s wife of 55 years, said. “That was a wonderful surprise,” she added of their win, a much-deserved honor after 18 years of restoring their limo to mint condition.


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The rich history of the Sutherland twins extends beyond cars, though this passion has been a running theme in their fraternal bond and reputation as prolific mechanics and engineers. Growing up on LeBaron Farm in Warrenton, the brothers helped take care of Black Angus cattle brought from Scotland by their father, renowned for raising this breed of livestock and establishing herds in several western states. Always traveling in style from their homeland of France, LeBaron owners Madame Coty and her husband Leon Cotnareanu would periodically visit the farm in their 1941 Cadillac Limousine. “Dave and George were George (left) just young boys, and they would watch the and Dave (right) couple riding in that limo. So they decided one Sutherland both day they were going to get a car just like that, enlisted in the Army in 1958. Photo courtesy of Steve Sutherland.


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and I think they just never let go of that wish,” continued Sue. This wish had finally materialized years later when the brothers acquired their dream vehicle and ultimately created an idealized showpiece for others to appreciate and admire. Lifelong family friends, Robert “Pooch” and Elwood Gray each noted: “Back then it was a different time; it was fun.” Each fondly recalled the purer pre-cyber days of interactive recreation and outdoor adventures with the twins. “We all had old cars, and we would always go out to the farm and work on them,” remembered Pooch. When not engrossed in their favorite hobby, the boys relished in sports, opportunistically using the farm as their personal playfield. “Football and baseball—that was as important as working on cars,” shared Sue. These diversions were welcome and well-deserved given the long days and laborious chores at LeBaron. The rigors of agriculture would eventually take their toll and push the brothers in another direction. The twins enlisted in the Army in 1958 with the stipulation that they would not be separated, an option allowed to them


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under the Buddy Program. Keen on learning how to fix radios and directionfinding systems for aircraft, the brothers trained in electronics at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey during their three years of service. This specialty led to an overseas assignment, relocating the brothers to Echterdingen, Germany in 1959 for nearly two years. “Planes were brought to them from all over Europe; planes that could not be fixed at local airports. They were very good at what they did,” Sue proudly remarked. The Sutherlands’ military education and experience provided technical expertise for their next vocation: microwave radio work for Chesapeake and Potomac (C&P) Telephone Company. After two years of working at the Leesburg office, the brothers temporarily parted ways. George accepted an engineering job at the Richmond branch of C&P designing mainframes and long-line equipment that would run between eastern cities. Meanwhile, Dave moved on to Aero Geo Astro Corporation in College Park, Maryland, working as a junior engineer to develop a radio that could withstand a rocket’s voyage into outer space. After a year and a half, Dave



returned to his former job with C&P. Both men left the phone company after 38 years and took jobs together at VDOT in northern Virginia, maintaining the programming of traffic light timing. Not one to settle for a single trade, Dave also had a home-based side business, Sutherland TV, repairing televisions and VCRs and installing satellite dishes for over 30 years. Steve, his youngest son, recalled: “He never turned anyone away, never charged much, and always made house calls. Many in the community came to know him this way, in addition to his local roots.” Mechanically gifted himself, George repaired electronic reading equipment for years for Talking Books for the Blind. Both men retired at the age of 73. This stage marked another important chapter in their lives, as each brother would receive the same diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease just three years apart. This change brought the twins back to their roots and ushered in a refocus on home and family. Though George currently resides in an assisted living facility, he frequently visits Dave and Sue at their house in Warrenton. “We try to get him

up to over here just to be around—to eat lunch, hang out on the deck, visit with their sisters Jane and Carolyn,” said Sue. Despite their disease, the twins are still responsive to stimuli and still take pleasure in watching TV, looking at magazines, handling familiar objects, going for walks in the park, and playing with Dave’s cocker spaniel Chippy. But music has been an especially unifying pastime for the brothers. Dave and George always shared a love for bluegrass music. They would get together with others to play locally, and would frequently be seen strumming their guitars at home. In 2010, Dave’s oldest son, John, gifted the brothers with custom guitars made from actual tree wood from Scotchcroft, their family farm in Opal. The twins clearly enjoy family and friends, and the feeling is observably mutual. Sue said, “I love them so much, and I want the best quality of life for both of them that can possibly be." This new life entails meaningful moments with loved ones and opportunities to reignite boyhood passions. With six children, eleven grandchildren, and a throng of faithful friends between them, the brothers never lack company or companionship. Even though communication is a challenge for them, Sue affirmed they always appreciate that human connection and the voices of family and friends. “Pooch calls Dave a couple times a week just to chitchat. He doesn’t get any feedback, but he does the talking, and that means a lot to Dave.” This year’s car show also gave the brothers another chance to savor a combined tribute to fathers and classic cars. “Dad sat in that limousine for about an hour and a half, with the window rolled down,” Steve said. “He can’t really talk, but people would come up to him and he would smile. There was something special about that moment for them, and you could see it. One thing that I have always admired about my father is his humbleness, and the way he’s always treated people. He’s always cared about others and offered his help whenever he could.” It seems everyone who knows the Sutherland brothers admires them, as each account of their lives is accompanied by smiles, laughter, and awe. Whether playing on a cattle ranch, working at a German airfield, or relaxing in a reconditioned Cadillac, the brothers have always thrown themselves into every pursuit and managed to balance a sense of duty with a desire for adventure. Like their prize-winning limo, they too are in a class of their own. ❖

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Put on the Oxygen Mask ...surviving the teen years

There are few situations in life which are more difficult to cope with than the adolescent son or daughter during their attempts to liberate themselves” — ANNA FREUD



dolescents feel life quite intensely, but are mostly ill-equipped to reflect on it. They experience life in a raw way that’s a weird mixture of excitement, confusion, selfdoubt, and emotional upheavals. Every slight, insult, and criticism feels huge to them, because they haven’t yet developed the ability to process emotions fully, see the big picture, or put things into perspective. These skills come later in life when their brains are fully developed. It is important to remember that the goal of adolescence is


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to achieve independence. So it’s common to see teens pull away from parents, especially the one with whom they are closest. Teens will also assert themselves in unexpected ways, and while butting heads may be normal, it is also exhausting. They may be rebellious one day, loving and child-like the next. There is a very good reason why these years are often referred to as the “turbulent teen years.” I often see a disconnect between what parents think a teen should be feeling and how a teen actually feels. Parents may think they have given their child the very best life and that may be



true, but how does their teenager perceive it? Most of us have long forgotten what it’s like to live the inner life of a teenager (crushing selfdoubt, desperate to be accepted, searching for identity). Many teens have shared with me that high school is supposed to be the best time of their life—a time when lifetime friends are made— and that is a lot of pressure. But as adults, we know that high school, for many of us, was not the best time of our lives. In fact, how many adults are still close with high school friends or even remember more than one? Of course parents want to help

their children navigate through these turbulent years, but they often feel helpless. I know. I have two teenagers. At times I am on the same roller coaster ride as my teen. If it were not for the support and reassurance of friends, parents, and my own therapist, I could not do it. I have learned the absolute necessity of having my own support system and my own life. Many mornings I am relieved to go to work, if only for a while, just to leave the turbulence at home. I’m sure my teen feels the same way. I think it’s important for all parents to get “real” about parenting teenagers. It’s hard. They struggle. We struggle. The saying “it takes a village” really does apply, especially if you or your teen are struggling. Please know you are not alone. Reach out for support for your teen, for yourself and particularly for your marriage because fighting over the best way to parent a child or teen is all too common and can cause even more friction in the home. ADVICE FOR PARENTS: A tribe is a group of peers who have similar interests. This can be a group in school or out of school. I suggest a teen have multiple groups where they feel connected and accepted. This can be in real life and on the internet. It’s a good idea to monitor internet activity when a child is young, as this is the best time to have influence and guide them in good internet decision making. Many teens who experience loneliness go to the internet to seek connection. It’s important they find the right kind of support online. Help your child to find their tribe.


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Give space and stay connected. Find times to be in their presence without being intrusive. This is not the time to pry into their personal lives. They don’t want you to and will most likely make it very clear to you.

They will be there. In the long run, you will likely not remember most of the negative (at least not on an emotional level). Focus on the joyful moments.

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oday’s consumers have a wide variety of personal computing devices from which to choose, ranging from the smallest smartphone to the largest desktop. The range of price, functionality, data storage, power, speed, security, and sturdiness also varies. When my clients ask me for recommendations, I tell them to consider what size, computing speed, data, and mobility is needed for work, school, and/or home. Since 1992, when IBM released its Simon Personal Communicator, mobile smartphones have taken over the communication process. The early prototypes, such as Blackberry and Palm, turned the mobile phone into a personal digital assistant, or PDA. Apple released its first iPhone in 2007, and wowed


the market with what it could do. Google followed a year later with Android, which is a mobile operating system for touchscreen devices based on Linux. These ubiquitous little handheld devices make users happy, because they function like a mini computer at your fingertips. SMARTPHONES

That’s why Germans call it a “handy.” Your typical smartphone provides a search engine (such as Safari), wakes you up, manages your emails, connects you to social media, and allows a multitude of

useful and entertaining applications. And what would we do without that built-in camera which documents our lives through photos, videos, and countless selfies? I am not a cellphone addict, but I can hardly imagine getting through a work day without my handy contacts, emails, messages, bank access, maps, weather, TomTom, Facetime, Skype, and various online stores–not to mention my personal health, medical, and entertainment apps. But the problem is that small screens are really

rough on the eyes, and it’s hard to type accurately on a tiny touchscreen keyboard. They’re also frustrating when you don’t have a good connection. And, as we all know, they are really easy to loose, drop, and break. TABLETS

This brings us to the iPad and other tablet devices. Your average purse-sized “computer on the go” has a seven to nine inch screen, which makes it easier to watch movies, read emails and books, and surf the net. Why buy that expensive, heavy textbook, when you can get the cheaper digital version for Kindle? Tablets operate on WiFi; some allow cellphone data access. The lightweight but bigger touchscreen is helpful with typing. Several models

provide detachable keyboards, too. The battery life is impressive. Because of their size, mobility, and relative ease of use, many workplaces have shifted to tablets instead of computer stations; the most modern hospitals outfit their staff with tablets for entering and looking up medical data. But you have to remember that these miniature computers don’t have much data storage. If you have gigabytes of personal data, it has to be stored in online accounts. And, like the phone, tablets are easy to break and very expensive to fix.



SMARTPHONES • multifunctional • lightweight


There are several hybrids between a tablet and laptop. Microsoft has developed the Surface Pro Windows 10 computer that runs all the Windows software on its 12.3 inch screen. The magnetic keyboard is light and can be detached easily. This system is as powerful as most desktops and laptops on the market, and is promoted as ideal for normal business and school use. Another favorite is the Chromebook, which also has the larger 12 to 15 inch screen, keyboard, and touchpad of your typical laptop. Like a tablet, it’s relatively light, because it’s stripped down to the basics. It is much cheaper, but limited. Essentially, it’s just a Cloud access device that runs on a Linux-based Chrome operating system. If you work primarily through Google, Gmail, and the Chrome browser, you can get a lot done with it. But when your internet connection is down, it’s useless. COMPUTERS

If you need the ability to compute faster and store a lot of data on your device, you need a full-fledged computer system with a larger hard drive. For the average household and business use, the choice is between a portable laptop and a desktop computer. LAPTOPS. A laptop or notebook ranges from 11 to 18 inches in screen size, which is much better for processing graphic oriented data. A laptop is relatively light in weight, small enough to fit in a backpack or bag, but still very fragile. The smaller and more powerful computer will heat up more and it is easier to drop, damage, break, or spill liquids on it. If

• small screens • easy to loose, drop, break • not ideal for typing without keyboard • expensive to fix • limited data storage

TA B L E T S • bigger screen • still relatively lightweight


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• can have limited processing power and battery life

LAPTOPS • processing power of a computer • relatively lightweight and portable

• prone to overheating • fragile • can have limited battery life

DESKTOPS • top notch speed, power and data capacity • largest screens

• can’t move around with you • can be costly!

you don’t backup your data regularly on an external device of some sort or into the cloud, you are doomed if your drive fails. Because of this, I always recommend replacing the hard drive with a solid state hard drive; with no moving parts it becomes much sturdier, and also speeds things up. DESKTOPS. If you don’t need to take your computer on the road with you, I still recommend the old-fashioned desktop. Desktops can provide more processing power and speed than a laptop, are solidly built, sturdy, secure, and incorporate a good amount of internal hardware. They even have more built-in ports for external components, such as screens of any size, special keyboards, projectors, printers, and hard drives. Additionally, these computers have room for larger vents and bigger fans–even a water cooling system–which keeps down the heat. The price range for a desktop is wide, anywhere from $300 to several thousands of dollars, depending on the power, speed, data capacity, cooling system, custom features, and operating system you want. And be aware that desktops come in many different sizes, even as small as 6.1 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches! A client recently asked me to get a desktop where she can put in the hard drive from her old computer as well, but most of the desktops I found would not have enough space inside to do so. This is because of the trend for our electronic companions to become lighter, faster, and more powerful. Big desktops will slowly diminish, except the “smaller sized” desktop that I see in places like banks and government offices. However, it is easy to connect to a bigger screen like your TV screen when needed.


Most people have several computing devices nowadays. My belief is a combination of these options may work for your daily needs. ❖

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Dog’s Day Man’s best friends make a splash at their very own party on September 9






he Dog’s Day Pool Party has been an annual treat since 2006, giving canines the opportunity to swim, play fetch, or just go for a dip in the Larry Weeks Community Pool in Vint Hill. Aquatics Manager Melissa Nester has been coordinating this event for the past 10 years and has watched it grow into an experience so appreciated that it now draws “regulars” from all over the county and beyond. “Many of the dogs


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return every year,” she said. “Participants are so grateful that we offer this that they’d like for us to offer more than once a year.” Dog’s Day will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 1 to 4 pm. Attendees pay six dollars per dog at the gate. Proceeds go to the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Youth Swimming Scholarship, which allows qualified individuals the chance to take part in free beginner swim lessons. Benefitting both canines and the community, this year’s event is sure to yield another good turnout and happy memories for all involved. “We usually have anywhere from 50 to 100 dogs come through, depending on the weather and the time of day, with up to four persons accompanying each dog,” Nester said. “We have also seen an increase in human numbers since allowing children inside the gate. This has

enabled more participation from families.” While other agencies have added a dog day in the last few years, Larry Weeks is the only public pool in Fauquier County that offers an event like this. “Although we have a lot of dogs from Fauquier, we see visitors come from neighboring counties as well,” Nester continued. “Ours is still a popular event because there just aren’t many other options for our canine friends to enjoy running and splashing about with other canine friends in a controlled environment.” Ideal for the occasion, both the family and children’s pools at Larry Weeks have designs that allow easy access for the dogs. “Both of our pools have a zero depth entry, which makes it much easier for little ones and those that aren't such good swimmers,” Nester explained. “The dogs still get to enjoy the water and feel secure at the same time, with

“A few of the braver ones even go down the slide, and some you just can’t stop!” their feet touching the floor. The baby pool is a hotspot among all sizes of dogs. The entire depth is just under two feet. Not only do dogs fetch balls in this pool; they also get to chase and play with each other. A few of the braver ones even go down the slide, and some you just can't stop!” The pure and simple fun explains the appeal and longevity of Dog’s Day. “I have found it to be a great idea and have continued programming it into our schedule each year,” Nester said. “It's such a happy sight to see the dogs enjoying themselves, and it's so much fun to see all different kinds of dogs with different swimming abilities. Some never get in the water, and they still seem to have fun. I've even seen dogs wearing lifejackets and, on occasion, a bathing suit!” For more information about Dog’s Day Pool Party, including ways in which to volunteer for this event, please contact Melissa Nester at melissa.nester@ fauquiercounty.gov or visit the Parks and Recreation calendar page at www. fauquiercounty.gov. ❖


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PATIENT LIABILITY every visit. It’s important that Medicare patients know if their primary insurance is Medicare. If it is not, they will be asked to present their most current primary insurance cards, along with their Medicare card, at registration. LEARN ABOUT YOUR INSURANCE Patients can help themselves by knowing, understanding and abiding by the requirements of their insurance plan. Patients should be aware of the major nuances of their insurance, like co-pays, co-insurances and deductibles. Registration personnel at the hospital work with dozens of different insurance plans. They may not be experts in all of them. Patients should be aware of the specifics of their insurance. If you don’t know whether or not Fauquier Hospital participates with your insurance, ask at registration. If the hospital or services are not in your network, it may increase your out-of-pocket costs. PRE-AUTHORIZATIONS AND REFERRALS If preauthorization or referral is needed, you should obtain it from the ordering physician prior to coming to the hospital. Preauthorization is not a guarantee that insurance will cover the procedure.


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Like all hospitals nationwide, Fauquier Hospital would like to collect all known patient expenses at the time of registration. Check with your insurance company to learn if your coverage involves a copay or deductible or requires you to pay a percentage of the hospital bill (co-insurance). When you register, you will be given an estimate of the charges based on the information you provide. (There are many variables that could result in a change to the estimate.) You will be offered the opportunity to pay up front and receive a 20 percent prompt pay discount. To get the discount the bill must be paid within seven days of the date of service. If you cannot pay up front, CarePayment is available for qualifying individuals. These payment plans are at zero percent interest and have longer payment terms. YOUR HOSPITAL BILL Fauquier Hospital will bill your insurance company on your behalf, usually within one to two weeks after an inpatient discharge or an outpatient visit. After insurance has processed a claim–usually within four weeks–patients will receive a statement from National Patient Account Services (NPAS). The statement will arrive in a plain white envelope, without any return address that would reveal the sender. This is done to keep your health information private.



A NPAS representative will call within 30 days of the statement date if payment is not received, He or she will state that they are representatives of Fauquier Hospital and will ask for certain identifiers, such as a date of birth or address. The first statement will include a summary of charges incurred. Subsequent statements will show only a balance forward. UNINSURED DISCOUNT PROGRAM An uninsured discount program for patients who do not have health insurance is in place. For those who are uninsured, or choose not to use their insurance, the hospital bill will reflect a 38% discount. DEPOSIT ON UNINSURED SCHEDULED SERVICES Patients who are uninsured and not eligible for financial assistance are asked to pay a 50% deposit at the time of the scheduled service. This amount is based on the estimate. (This requirement does not apply to emergency care.) ACCOUNT PAYMENT If you are unable to pay your hospital bill, you can contact an NPAS customer service representative at (800)223-9899. He or she will work with you to develop a comfortable payment plan, or direct you to a financial counselor at the hospital if you find you need additional assistance.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Financial assistance is available to eligible patients. Financial counselors may be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and 1 to 4:30 p.m., at (540) 316-2970. Fauquier Hospital contracts with a company called MedAssist to help patients who are uninsured or underinsured explore options that are available through federal and state programs. A MedAssist representative may visit inpatient rooms or contact outpatients by mail or phone. Fauquier Health’s Financial Assistance Policy and the Financial Assistance Application are both located at www.fauquierhealth. org. Search for Financial Assistance. OTHER BILLS YOU MAY RECEIVE In addition to your hospital bill, you may receive separate bills from physicians and or other healthcare providers involved in your care. These providers–who might include Emergency Department physicians, hospitalists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, or laboratory or transportation services–handle their own billing. Any questions regarding these bills should be directed to their offices.❖









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male body-slam an immature male perched at a feeder, leaving the latter dazed and hanging upside down like a bat until I lifted it up and it flew off. In midsummer, when more than a dozen hummers can compete for space at the feeders on my deck, I often find myself in the middle of aerial combat among lilliputian jet fighters, narrowly escaping being collateral damage as they whizz by. The metabolism of a hummer—roughly 100 times that of an elephant—is thought to be faster than any other animal. Amazing aerial athletes, hummers fly from 25 to an estimated

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takes 18-22 hours, depending on the weather,” according to Hummingbirds.net. When it comes to the Rubythroat’s diet, nectar was long thought to be the main, and perhaps only, food they required. Hummers have coevolved with their preferred source of it—flowering plants with tubular blossoms that are rich in the sugary liquid—helping to spread the plants’ pollen in the process. With their long beaks and tongues, and short legs, hummingbirds can drink the nectar while hovering. And each hummer also has a special channel in its throat that bypasses its stomach and delivers the nectar directly to its intestines, where it is rapidly absorbed. Ruby-throats have also been known to chow down on other sugary foods, including sugar water we provide in feeders (see sidebar), tree sap, and the waste of some insects. Despite their nectaring adaptations, “nectar and sugar water are merely the fuel that gives them the energy to catch insects, which are far more important” says hummingbird expert Dr. Bill Hilton Jr., at Hilton Pond Center in South Carolina, who has led the banding of thousands of hummers. As he points out, sugar does not suffice to build muscle and bone, which is especially important in the development of young birds. Protein and other nutrients are required for that and other functions, and those mostly come from small insects, which hummers catch in midair or glean off plants. Fast as they are, Ruby-throats do have predators, including robber flies and Chinese mantises, snakes, predatory birds, largemouth bass, frogs, large orb-weaving spiders, and bees and wasps. Weather and humans, and the cats and pesticides we’ve introduced into the environment, also take their toll. ❖




50 mph forward, beating their wings at about 53 times a second. They can also fly sideways, backward (briefly), and hover and fly vertically like tiny helicopters. Ruby-throats often hover in my windows when the feeders are empty, seeming to nag me to refill them or hover in front of my face, perhaps assessing a potential threat or competition, or just being curious. Courtship, mating competition, and defense of food and nests is where the Ruby-throat really shows its athleticism with a repertoire of aerial displays, most of which both genders use. Mating is a hit-and-run affair, with the males not sticking around to raise the young. In Virginia, females typically raise two broods of two young each, defending the area immediately around the nest from intruders. They use spider silk and plant down to construct the nest, which is about the size of a quarter. A finishing touch of lichen flakes helps camouflage the nest on the Ruby-throat’s preferred nesting site: a lichen-covered tree branch. Male Ruby-throats arrive here in the Virginia Piedmont around the first week in April, some on their way further north. Females appear about a month later. By mid-July, when the females are done breeding, the males start flying south. Females follow around midsummer, after their second brood has fledged. Youngsters may stick around through early October to feed, some doubling their weight for the migration journey. Ruby-throats have historically wintered in Mexico and Central America but have extended their range nearly 200 miles northward because of global warming. While some follow the Texas coast when migrating, “most apparently cross the Gulf, typically leaving at dusk for a nonstop flight of up to 500 miles, which

PROVIDING NECTAR TO HUMMERS The best way to help hummingbirds get nectar is to plant native flowering plants. These will not only provide nectar but attract protein-rich insects, which are a critical part of the hummers’ diet. To make a nectar substitute for hummingbird feeders, boil refined white sugar in water (spring water is best) in a 1:4 ratio. Do not use other sweeteners or add red dye, which can be dangerous to hummers. Hang the feeder out of the reach of cats and other predators, away from bird nests, and preferably in the shade. Clean all feeders with a 10 percent solution of bleach at least once a week—more often in hot weather or if mold appears in the feeder. See more about feeding hummers, including a list of preferred plants, at hummingbirdsociety.org.



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very single morning I wake up to a rooster crowing. Most mornings, I love the simplicity. Other mornings, I want to hit him with a shoe and tell him not to crow for another two hours while I sleep until at least 6 a.m. Doesn’t anyone sleep around here? But I drag myself out of bed, put some coffee on, feed the backyard farm animals, tend to the garden, and become a muddy mess all before breakfast. Homesteading—it’s a relatively old term with a brand new meaning. In the 1940s, homesteaders were mostly mountain people. They were people who didn’t have a choice; their living was made by growing their own food and being completely self-reliant. They were our grandparents and great grandparents—it was a hard life in many ways, but they knew what had to be done. Even more so, they enjoyed the bounty of nature and the work of their hands. In westernized culture today, many of us haven’t even plucked our own food from a garden or orchard. It’s rare for us to know where our food came from, from dirt to plate. But there’s a movement that’s shifting the face of our America—homesteaders rising up once again. And it’s a movement worth paying attention to. The homesteading movement is impacting our nation more than we realize. Homesteaders are literally taking back their lives from the commercialized food and healthcare culture. They are also fierce about changing

the way people see this back-to-the-land movement. There’s nothing hippy-ish or weird about it—these are simply people who care about their health, their food, and the Earth that they’re leaving behind to future generations. Today’s homesteader can live on 100 acres and have herds of cattle, or they can live in a highrise apartment with an urban jungle of produce growing right on their balcony or rooftop.They are normal, everyday people, just like you and me, and they want nothing more than to live a healthy lifestyle on their own terms. Homesteading isn’t a trend, it’s the a movement to bring back old-time skill sets that we’ve lost. Planting vegetable gardens, preserving food, foraging for wild edibles, making cheese and butter, learning about natural remedies, and sewing and knitting are skills from the generations before us that have been lost, and we need to relearn them. Homesteaders of America was founded to serve this need for education and information. This organization provides an online source of information as well as a community for homesteaders across the United States. Homesteaders of America connects like-minded individuals whom can learn from one another, teach one another, and trade goods and services. It’s a place for homesteaders to come together, share life experiences and skills, and celebrate in them.



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Not only that, but Homesteaders of America will have its first annual conference right here in the Piedmont on October 14, at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds in Warrenton. Our event will bring together members of our growing online community of homesteaders to a central location where we can learn from the best in the industry, like Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily, Esther Emery (daughter of The Encyclopedia of Country Living author Carla Emery), and famous YouTubers like the hosts of Off Grid with Doug and Stacy. We have homesteaders coming from as far away as Washington State and as close as our own neighborhoods. The conference will boast more than 100 homesteadand farm-related vendors, various workshops, lectures, food, speaker Q&A, and a community setting replete with marshmallows roasting over an open fire once the conference is over. From hog butchery to quilt making, chicken keeping to blacksmithing, this is the premier event to attend in the area if ever you’ve wanted to gain old-time skill sets to help live a more sustainable lifestyle. As an extension of Piedmont Lifestyle Publications, we are extremely excited to bring you this annual event, and we hope to see you there! Make sure you bring a notepad, good walking boots, and a curious, open mind. If nothing more, we know you’ll have a great time connecting with some amazing people who enjoy life to its fullest, and you might even fall in love with chickens! Happy Homesteading! ❖

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hyllis Brown was one of the rare 75-year-olds who had never taken medication, other than a daily vitamin and an occasional aspirin. When Phyllis fell, broke her hip, and returned home after three months in rehab, she had a regimen of four prescriptions for pain, sleeping, and arthritis. Anesthesia from the surgery had left her “a little fuzzy-headed,” and Phyllis found that keeping track of her medicines was difficult. Luckily, when her neighbor, Jerry, took her to the drugstore, the pharmacist asked her if she had any questions.


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Phyllis learned a lot about seniors and their safe use of medications: • Have a relationship with your pharmacist. He or she can be a great source of information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. • Use the same pharmacy for all your medications. That way, if there are potential drug interactions, the pharmacist will be able to alert you right away and talk with your physician about a safer choice. Ask your pharmacist if all your prescriptions can be refilled at the same time to avoid frequent trips. • Know why you’re taking each drug. When your healthcare provider prescribes a new medication or changes a dosage, ask why, what the potential side effects might be, what time of day to take it, and whether it should be taken on a full or empty stomach. Then, follow through on those directions; don’t skip a pill, for example. • Keep a list of all your medications in your wallet or purse. Include drug name, dosage and frequency. Remember to add over-the-counter pills and liquids, such as vitamins, herbal preparations, patches, and nasal sprays. • Never take expired medications and never let anyone else take your medications. • Use a pill organizer to help monitor your medication schedule. Organizers can be found in most drug stores and at Simple Comforts in Warrenton.

As people age, their bodies respond differently to medicines than when they were younger. Age-related changes in the major organs (liver, kidneys, heart, etc.), as well as to eyesight and even memory, may cause seniors to increase their risk of overdose or side effects. Medication safety is something to take seriously. If you need help understanding your “If you need help prescriptions, do understanding not hesitate to talk with your primary your prescriptions, care doctor, your or even do not hesitate pharmacist, your family before to talk with your making a costly mistake. Travis primary care Hale, PharmD, of doctor, your Remington Drug, sums up his advice to pharmacist, or older adults by saying, before you even your family” “Talk take!” Phyllis Brown followed her pharmacist’s tips and was able to better understand and coordinate her medication usage. Having recovered from her hip operation, she is now back to taking only her arthritis pill once a day. ❖

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uring the 2000 Christmas season, Country Club Kennels owner Carla Nammack visited an SPCA with holiday treats and cookies for the shelter’s dogs. “That was when I saw this poor little pathetic heap of a dog; he was emaciated and saturated in his own urine,” she remembers. “His chart said he was fourteen, deaf, and blind.” Elderly dogs brought to a shelter in such condition are rarely adopted. The decision had been made to euthanize the dog, and he was due to be put down within minutes. “I asked the SPCA’s director if I could take him out for a little walk. As soon as I put the loose leash on his neck, that little lifeless blob of black perked up and his little stumpy tail almost wagged right off. I made a very quick walk out and then made a very quick u-turn to the front desk and I said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to put him, but I’m bringing him home.’ ” Nammack did not know if the elderly spaniel would live even a week, but she was determined to make his last days comfortable and full of love. She named him Chance, after the second chance he was given that Christmas. “He still had taste, touch, and smell, so I had to hold him a lot. It was a lot of work taking care of him, but he was a happy dog and I loved loving him!” Nammack said. “I had him for two years and three months. As painful as it is when you have

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Named after that elderly spaniel Nammack adopted at Christmastime in 2000, the Chance Foundation, whose mission is, Nammack said, “to rescue and rehabilitate homeless dogs, many of which are physically and emotionally damaged,” is not your typical shelter. The need for groups like the Chance Foundation is great. “We are known for being one of the few rescues who will take the dogs that have some issues and need work. Every day I have probably 10 to 20 emails from different shelters that contact us about dogs that have issues that they aren’t equipped to work with,” Nammack said. Some dogs have medical conditions, and some have behavioral problems. She and her staff rescue and rehabilitate dogs from local agencies; they have also transported dogs from groups as far away as South Carolina and Texas. “She really doesn’t have the word ‘no’ in her vocabulary,” said partner Matt Slaughter. “We’ll pick up a dog that has a plethora of problems, and as we’re driving back, she’ll say, ‘The girls [at the kennel] are gonna kill me,’ ” he laughed. “When we met, I was so impressed,” he went on to say. “I’ve seen so many people who say they’re passionate about their work, but at five o’clock they’re clocking out. [Nammack] lives and breathes this, and what she does


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to say goodbye, it’s worth the pain of losing them to know you gave them happiness and love and have their love and devotion in return.”

“[Nammack] lives and breathes this, and what she does is magical.” is magical. Some of the dogs we bring in, you’d see them and think, ‘No one can help that dog.’ But within days, sometimes hours, they are a totally different dog because of the care and love she shows them. It’s amazing what happens once they know, ‘This person likes me and is going to take care of me.’ ” “The environment helps, too,” Nammack said. “Some dogs are just not equipped to live in a shelter. When we get them in a different environment, we see the potential of the dog that is hiding deep inside.” Nammack and the staff and volunteers at the Chance Foundation believe that no dog is born bad. “I equate rehabilitating dogs with raising a child,” she said. “They need structure, exercise, and mental stimulation. You raise them, feed them, love them, and discipline them—not by hitting or yelling, but by teaching them how to be a polite canine citizen living in a world with humans.”




While in the Chance Foundation’s care, the dogs are housed, fed, shown kindness and love, socialized and trained, spayed or neutered, and given any medical care and vaccinations they might need. If necessary, when a dog first arrives he or she might stay in Nammack’s home with her until he/she is ready to move to Chance Foundations section of Country Club Kennels. They also have a quarantine section of the kennels if that is warranted. “Once the dogs are ready, for adoption, they are listed on our website, and we do everything we can to find them the very best match for a new home. We typically talk to potential adopters on the phone first, then have them come out to meet the dog if it sounds like they may be a good match. If, at that point, the potential adopter wants to pursue adoption and we feel that the dog is a good fit for the family and they for




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him/her, we conduct a home visit to make sure we’re sending the dog to a safe environment and to help with the transition.” “No one who does rescue is paid for what they do,” Nammack explained. “It’s very emotionally and financially draining.” Some of the organization’s funding comes from adoption fees, donations, a golf tournament, and Giving Tuesdays in December. “But the majority of our funds come from one wonderful local gentleman who has a heart of gold and wants every dog to have a life as wonderful as his own two Above: Carla Nammack (center) with volunteers Valerie Calvano, Janel Barton. Right: Janel Barton with dogs,” Nammack said. Sophia, Sari O’Brien with Speckles, Kathy Weaver with As someone who picks up the Chili, Carolyn Dotson with Dee Dee, Matt Slaughter broken pieces when a dog owner with Nammack’s rescue dog Lexie, and Carla cannot or will not fulfill their Nammack with her dogs Gabriel and Emmett. responsibility to their pet, one of Photos by Katie Fuster Nammack’s greatest desires is that STAFF & VOLUNTEERS people educate themselves before adopting a dog. “If you’re on the “I’ve got such a wonderful staff and a great facility where the dogs receive ample exercise, fence, go work with some dogs mental stimulation, love and affection, as well as first,” Nammack said. “Volunteer, training,” Nammack said. “Everyone who works here or find a group that does fosters states that the reason they do what they do is because and offer to foster a dog for a while. they want to help dogs.” Dogs are living creatures that need CAROLYN DOTSON One such staff member is Carolyn respect and take considerable Dotson, kennel attendant. A lifelong Catlett resident, time, attention, and money to take Dotson grew up surrounded by animals and wanted to care of properly. They are not toys become a zookeeper when she was a girl. “I always like for our entertainment that can be to see that moment when the dogs become their true tossed aside once we tire of them selves,” Dotson said, “when you can see them relax and be happy with the other dogs.” or they become ‘inconvenient.’ They are living creatures with KATHY WEAVER Kathy Weaver comes from Manassas feelings who depend on us to to volunteer at the Chance Foundation. Weaver and her husband first met Nammack when they needed provide them with their basic needs someone to care for their fourteen-year-old lab Amos, … food, comfortable housing, who had had back surgery and needed special care companionship, mental stimulation, due to his laryngeal paralysis. The Weavers’ veterinarian exercise, and of course, kindness recommended Nammack, who impressed the Weavers and love.” with her devotion. Unfortunately, Amos’ health eventually There are currently nine deteriorated. During a visit to their shared vet, Nammack adoptable dogs at the Chance learned that the Weavers had made the difficult decision that Amos needed to be put down that day. “Because Foundation facility, in addition she truly loves and cares for the animals, Carla called us to several dogs Nammack and up in tears to express her deepest sympathy and to let her team are still preparing for us know how much she, too, loved sweet Amos,” Weaver life in “forever homes.” If you said. “So on the way to the vet’s, we stopped by for her are interested in sponsoring or to say goodbye to Amos. That’s what really sold me on beginning the adoption process [The Chance Foundation]. So whatever I can do here, for one of the Chance dogs, I do.” Weaver participates in everything from Chance Foundation adoption events to animal transport. She visit the Chance Foundation also helps with fundraising for the foundation. atcountryclubkennels.com/thechance-foundation.html ❖

COUNTRY CLUB KENNELS Nammack moved to Catlett in 1993 so that she could have more room for her dogs and horses. But when she traveled, she was faced with a conundrum. “I could not find a place where I felt comfortable leaving my dogs,” she said. Her parents had happily taken care of her pets while they lived nearby, but then they moved away to the beach. “That’s where the thought came into my mind that I could start a small facility where people felt good about boarding their dogs,” Nammack said. In her position at her father’s air services consulting firm, she was able to work from home while she tested her business model out. “When I realized it was going work and be successful, my dad, who is an animal lover as well, understood when I told him I wasn’t going to be working for him anymore. It was due to my father’s kindness, understanding, and generosity that I was able to start Country Club Kennels in 1996. And then in 2000, I officially started the Chance Foundation.”

Katie Fuster lives in Warrenton with her husband, children, a RAWL dog, and a Chance dog. To read more about this story and meet her dogs, visit her Web site at www.katiewritesaboutlove.com.


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Serving from Experience Chaplain Wallace Smith continues the legacy created by his son BY AIMÉE O’GRADY



s the chapters of his life continue to unfold, Wallace Smith can see that his life path has had its share of obstacles and was less defined than some. His experiences, coupled with his unyielding Christian faith, led him to the Warrenton Police Department where he is now Chaplain. According to Chief Battle, having Smith as part of the department has reshaped how he views his role as chief and the way the officers in the department interact with members of the community. The Chief credits Wally, as he is called, with encouraging the department to take a closer look at how “we address law enforcement versus social issues.” Although every illegal issue still receives a criminal investigation, it is no longer an “arrest and forget situation,” according to the

Chief. “We can’t arrest [the opioid epidemic] away and Wally has helped us recognize this.” Raised in Glen Rock, New Jersey, only 20 miles from Manhattan, Smith lived a Leave It to Beaver life. “My father worked for Lever Brothers in New York City and my mother was a stay-at-home mother until we were grown when she spent time working in a bank. Our parents were the best,” he says with a smile. Smith’s family includes two brothers and one sister. Smith’s father was also the President of the City Council in Glen Rock and the Police and Fire Commissioner, where Smith got his introduction to law enforcement. In college, Smith experimented with drugs and alcohol. “Remember, I was a child of the sixties,” he reasons. He was academically suspended his senior year. “Most people are thrown out of school during their freshman year; I had to work really hard to be thrown out as a senior,” he self-deprecates. After leaving college, he went through the United States Treasury School and was one of the first graduating classes of sky marshals in the United States. The







lifestyle suited him at the time and gave him the opportunity to travel. He also spent time working as an agent for the United States Customs Bureau in New York City. After spending three years with the U.S. Treasury Department, he accepted a position as an FAA Air Traffic Controller at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. During this time, Smith was not attending church. “One day a friend invited me to attend his church service. I told him I hadn’t been to church since I was 12 and slept-in on Sundays. When he said the service was on a Tuesday evening, it peaked my interest.” Smith went to the service, along with nearly one thousand other people. “At the end of the service, the preacher asked if anyone would like to give their life to God. I thought to myself, who in their right mind is going to stand up and walk down in front of all these people. At that moment, it was as if I heard God call my name. I may have even answered, ‘yes sir.’ And I stood up and walk down in front of all those people to give my life to God.” Smith and the preacher went into a private room and prayed together. His life was never the same. Shortly after giving his life to God, Smith met his wife, who was a recovering alcoholic. Walking similar paths, they began to walk together and have built a life of ministry in Warrenton. The Smiths have lived on an 18-acre family compound in Warrenton for the past 30 years. They gave each of their two daughters an acre of land to build their homes on. Their son, Brian, however, never had the opportunity to build his. “Brian struggled with a heroin addiction for 15 years. He overdosed in August 2016.” As chaplain with the Warrenton Police Department, it was a call he would have gotten; the Chief received the call instead. “In this instance, Wally came in as a parent. I took on his role for him during this time,” recalls the Chief. “In Brian’s case, we are able to identify precisely when his addiction began. At 14, Brian had surgery on his knee and was prescribed Percocet. He

loved the way it made him feel. Six months later, he messed his knee up again and got more Percocet. His best times sober were never as good as his best times high, he told us,” says Smith. Brian’s legacy includes Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step program that he began when he left jail the second time. The group meets every Friday and welcomes anyone with hurts, habits, or hang-ups, although a majority of the attendees struggle with addiction. A sister program, Celebrate Recovery INSIDE, meets in the county jail. Smith meets with male inmates while his wife, Pat, meets with females every Sunday night. Greg Hackett, pastor at The Bridge Community Church, believes that it is Smith’s ability to access emotions that makes him so good at what he does. “His own experiences allow people to connect with him and open up.” Hackett believes that Smith is “in a place where people in a relationship with an addict hope to arrive someday.” “When Brian left jail for the second time, after having served 11-months, he was in a good place. He had a job at Country Chevrolet, a place to live, and was invited present at local recovery program. It takes only one bad day to relapse,” says Smith. “Brian was NARCANned twice, he just didn’t learn his lesson.” NARCAN® is for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. Every officer at the Warrenton Police Department has one and is trained on how to use it. Brian’s program continues to help people within the community. Shortly after his death, Smith’s church put together an event called Brian’s Walk. Participants were given a random map and made their way through the community to pray for families. The map the Smiths received brought them to Brian’s dealer’s house. “We said two prayers that day. First we asked that the drug distribution stops at this house and the second prayer we said was for God to get a hold of that person.” This past April, Smith was at Celebrate Recovery INSIDE on a Sunday night when a new inmate joined the group. “He told me

he knew Brian from the street and that he had been to our house,” says Smith. The Smiths’ prayers were answered. Smith adds, “This was the young man we prayed over. Brian’s life was not a waste.” Now in retirement, Chaplain Smith uses his experiences, some he is still collecting, and has channeled them into something positive and hopeful for the community. “Brian didn’t want to have

Brian didn’t want to have an addiction. He didn’t want to hurt his family and the people who loved him. an addiction. He didn’t want to hurt his family and the people who loved him.” Through it all, Smith possesses unwavering faith in God who he believes saved him and harbors no anger. “I can’t allow anger to interfere or I will not be able to move forward.” Smith trains his eye on the source of the problem: the addiction. Chief Battle recommends that all departments hire a chaplain. Without one, they are missing a valuable component of their department. On a personal level, the Chief believes that “Wally is the kind of person we all aspire to be.” The Warrenton Police Department’s Chaplain wishes to “remind people that no matter where you are in life, whatever mistakes you may have had in the past, if you believe in yourself and place your faith in God, you can change your life.” In Smith’s case, more lives than one can be changed. ❖

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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September Excitement: Upcoming events for all to enjoy Friday, September 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. - First Friday September is going to the dogs! Stop by our vendor booth during First Friday in Old Town Warrenton. We will be making fun pet first aid kits. We will also have our Legos and photo props available. Sunday, September 17 at 8 a.m. - Bodies in Motion 5k/10k/Fun Run Please join the community for the Bodies in Motion 5k/10K/Fun Run at the WARF. This race helps many of our great community nonprofits that serve those in need. To learn more or to register please visit www. BodiesinMotion5k.com.

Above: F4F Volunteering at the Fauquier Education Farm to pick up the harvested potatoes.

Thursday, September 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. - International Day of Peace Crescendo Music, WARF & Families4Fauquier will be celebrating the International Day of Peace on Wednesday at the WARF. Pinwheels (made at our booth) will be displayed at the WARF. Yoga, storytime, music, playground, police vehicles on display and help decorate the peace mural to be displayed in the WARF and make a pinwheel for peace too. See you there. Saturday, September 23 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Vint Hill Festival F4F will be hosting a vendor station with fun activities at the Family Fun Day at Vint Hill Festival. This is a free festival for the whole family. Be sure to stop by and see us! Saturday, September 23 at 9 a.m. - Run For Your Life 5K CAYA is hosting the Run For Your Life 5K at Verdun Adventure Bound and is to help raise awareness and educate the community on the dangers of substance abuse. Follow Sasquatch through the woods to the finish line. www. cayacoalition.org/run-for-your- life-5k/. Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m. - Big Dog Pots Pottery Big Dog Pots Pottery in Marshall will be hosting our monthly F4F Painted Rocks Club. Please RSVP if you plan on attending so that we are sure to have adequate supplies for everyone to enjoy. REGISTER ONLINE for Friday, October 27 - Annual Trunk or Treat Bash It’s time to register your business, group, organization or family to host a decorated trunk for our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat Bash at the WARF. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m.. Only those hosting trunks need to register. Space is limited. Register at eventbrite.com (search WARF Trunk or Treat)

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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