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BACK TO SCHOOL: The technology of educating Fauquier’s students virtually The farreaching effects of sports cancellations College Planning in a changed world Libraries ready to assist with virtual learning

MELANEE MONTALVO, owner, Salon Emage Day Spa. Voted Fauquier’s Best Hair Salon, Massage AND Spa!

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ABOVE & BEYOND the call of duty Amy Kaminski, RN Coordinator, Employee Health

Congratulations to our 2020 Mercy Award winner. Amy’s commitment to the health and well-being of our hospital’s employees and the surrounding community was made very apparent by the COVID-19 pandemic…Trying times will often show a person’s true colors, and Amy has stepped up to the plate and proven to be a dependable, selfless, and inspiring asset to our community.

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When you work with Piedmont’s leading realtor, Patti Brown, you get her unmatched passion and 20+ years of real estate expertise. You also have her commitment to achieve your home buying and selling goals. Patti stands by her service and her promise to make your experience a simple and happy one. Let Patti’s passion for real estate and her love of helping people to work for you!


FORBEARANCE WHAT IT IS & WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW!

By Dawn Arruda When COVID hit the US and the world came to a halt and business shut down unemployment hit a record high not seen since the great depression. The government stepped in and created a Mortgage relief program through the CARES Act which initially granted a 180 day Forbearance to homeowners with mortgages backed by the federal government or government sponsored enterprise such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Private lenders typically allowed 90 days. It is important to note that most people who called their mortgage servicer and asked to be put in the program may not have exactly known the terms, lots of homeowners didn’t even get a document to fill out or sign, they just assumed they didn’t have to make a payment. It is important to note that if you applied, even if you inquired they may have set you up for the program, you should and must know the terms of your forbearance. THIS IS NOT A FORGIVEN AMOUNT OF YOUR MORTGAGE! It is a pause button if you will. Nearly 8% of mortgages in this country, roughly 3.8 million homeowners are in forbearance according to the Mortgage Bankers Association as of July 26th. It is important to know what this means

for you as the homeowner and how every servicer will handle these missed payments differently. Some will ask that they be paid when the forbearance time is up ( that means you must pay all payments to catch up ) , some may tack the payments on the end of the loan, some may work out a payment plan that get you back on track but the important thing to remember is you need to know the terms of the agreement when they come due because again this is not a forgiveness and if you can not work this out you could fall in to a foreclosure situation and not even realize it. Some ways of working these forbearances out might be to talk to your trusted mortgage advisor about a possible refinance, with the rates so historically low this might be a good time to get back on track if the lender will allow. Keep in mind refinancing might not be the best thing if the fees for the refi are typically 2% to 6% and that might not make sense if the rate change isn’t significant. Remember to keep your credit scores intact as lenders have tightened down on standards to qualify for refinancing. Ask for an extension with your servicer ( to whom you make your payments to) If you are under the CARES Act you can ask for another 180 days. Remember you still will owe those payments.

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You can ask your lender for a loan modification which can change the terms of the original mortgage, be sure to understand everything about this prior to agreeing. Loan modifications can be a bit of surprise when you go to sell because you may owe more on your loan then you think. You can also take advantage of a really great sellers market by listing your home for sale. Pending home sales nationally jumped by over 44 percent in May and the national home price jumped over 7% in the first quarter. So if you feel you can’t afford your home it might be a great time to sell with inventory being low and prices improving. Have a good honest conversation with your trusted Realtor. The moral of this story is know where you are and where you might be so that you can be ahead of the curve. Foreclosure is the last resort option and the CARES Act protects you until the forbearance time comes to an end so know the facts and details. Also stay on top of what the state is doing, some states are issuing temporary moratoriums and stays. Be diligent and ask for help from the people you trust. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive! And gets some Vitamin D!


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hen my daughter was three years old, we put her in soccer. With two older boys who were running us around with baseball, soccer, and a little football, we figured it was time for her to get started. Looking back, I’m not sure why we were in such a hurry. It actually didn’t go all that well. We bought her a pink soccer ball, but she was really proud of it and wouldn’t put it down and kick it to another kid. So, at four, we put her in t-ball. Watching a team of four year olds trying to grasp the concept of baseball while also learning to throw and catch and bat is, in a word, hilarious. Very slow moving, but very entertaining. But she hated it. We were a little perplexed. A girl was a new thing. Of course she would play sports. What else was there? She came up with dance herself, which we — especially my husband — were surprised at. But she took to it like a duck to water. By her last year in high school she was teaching younger girls and dancing in the studio’s senior company. By that time, the boys were out on their own. One of them played baseball — rec, travel, and varsity in high school, with a smattering of football in there. The other played soccer as goalie, again at rec, travel, and varsity in high school. Also with the same smattering of football. I can’t even begin to go into how much playing sports did for our boys. Skills, strategy, fitness, teambuilding, and friendships. There’s no room here anyway. But in the end, dance did the same things for my daughter. But in high school, sports did end up playing into her life. She became a fan. She attended most of the football

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8,037 VOTERS 49,465 VOTES CAST More on page 11! games with her friends and classmates and dressed up on spirit day. For her, it was the school community that was important. I’m not sure she knew a lot about the sport, but she was there cheering all the same. When kids aren’t in school, they lose so much, so many experiences. Academics, of course, but so much more: socialization, extracurriculars, new friends, and new romances as they grow and try to figure out who they are. But I think the loss of sports is especially important, because it touches kids on so many levels. Sports don’t just benefit the athletes. It brings communities together. All the games, especially at the high school level, have real fans from the community — not just relatives — cheering on the sidelines. For all these reasons, I really hope that we can safely get back to normal — a real normal — very soon.

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Game Cancelled The absence of team sports has far-reaching repercussions for everyone BY CHRISTINE CRADDOCK

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Library provides support to students and teachers for the new school year BY LISA PAVLOCK, PUBLIC INFORMATION COORDINATOR AT FAUQUIER PUBLIC LIBRARY

Dancing through Distance Learning Jen Perrius’s new program The Academy addresses the critical need for childcare and education services, with a little dance thrown in. BY LINDSAY HOGEBOOM

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e run our “Best of Fauquier” competition every year, but this year is special: our businesses are struggling to stay open more than ever before. To maintain our local businesses and community, we must support them, and if the turnout from this year’s competition is any indication, I think most Fauquier residents feel that way too. Eight thousand and thirty seven people took the time to come to our website and vote, casting 49,465 votes in total. That’s a lot of people who cared for their favorite businesses and took the time to go and vote. Many many thanks to all the businesses in the county, and thank you, Fauquier County, for supporting them!

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• BEST CONTRACTOR/HANDYMAN

Genesis Home Improvement

Address: 101 East Marshall St, Remington | P: 540-439-5947 | W: ghiva.com | FB: @genesishomeimprovementva

PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. WHAT PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DOES IT PROVIDE? Bathrooms, roofing, siding, window replacements, decks, and insurance restoration. WERE YOU SURPRISED BY YOUR BEST OF WIN? WHY OR WHY NOT? HAVE YOU WON PREVIOUSLY? Absolutely. It is an honor to not only win but win for our third consecutive year! WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE REASON READERS LOVE YOUR BUSINESS ENOUGH TO VOTE IT BEST OF? We do everything we can as a team to ensure honesty, hard work, communication, and transparency. Home renovation and

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insurance losses can be stressful as they disrupt a homeowner's normal lifestyle. We try to make the process as enjoyable as possible and feel that our customers know we do our very best.

have our teammates do the same is exciting. We get to see the fruit of our labor close to home and are able to give back to the same community that gives to us.

TELL US WHY YOU ENJOY DOING BUSINESS IN FAUQUIER COUNTY AND HOW LONG YOUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN LOCATED HERE.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS, ANY FUTURE PLANS, ACTIVITIES YOU’RE SUPPORTING IN THE COMMUNITY, ETC.?

In 2014, Genesis was started and has been in Fauquier County since inception. We never dreamed that 80 percent of our work would remain in Fauquier County. Given the population, we had anticipated doing most of our business closer into NOVA. However, Fauquier County residents have been faithful and continue to reach out for project requests. To live and work in a county and to

Though delayed by COVID-19, we have not lost our passion for getting our carpentry trade program off the ground. We want to continue to support our youth and our adults who are looking to advance in the construction industry. We are currently a corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, assisting in the Women's Build in Remington.

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• BEST ART GALLERY

Earth, Glaze & Fire Address: 80 Main St, Warrenton P: 540-878-5701 W: earthglazefire.com FB: @EarthGlazeAndFire

• BEST LOCAL ARTIST

Jackie Yongue P: 540-878-1549 E: jackieyongue@gmail.com FB: @JackieYongue

• BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Lita Trimmings Photography

Lita Trimmings has always had a passion for photography, and it is that same passion that can be seen in all of her work. Voted “Best Photographer of Fauquier 2020,” Lita is able to capture her clients at their best, resulting in stunning and high quality photographs. P: 571-233-3169 W: litatrimmingsphotography.com FB: @LitaTrimPhoto

• BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP

Country Chevrolet

Country Chevrolet is the favorite in Fauquier this year, known for its variety of high quality new and used cars and trucks. With a stellar service center, Country Chevrolet offers a onestop shop for all your vehicle needs. This dealership is always ready to help with excellent service and an informed sales team. Address: 11 E Lee Hwy, Warrenton P: 540-905-4553 (540-905-450) W: WarrentonChevrolet.com FB: @CountryChevrolet

• BEST AUTO PARTS SUPPLY

Chick's Auto & Service

Since 1967, Chick’s Services Inc. has provided motorists with auto parts, and this year the shop has been voted best in the Auto Parts Supply category. Whether you need a battery, new windshield wipers, or something more extensive, Chick’s Auto & Service is the place to go for all your vehicle supply needs. Address: 338 Broadview Ave, Warrenton P: 540-347-3992 W: ChicksService.com FB: Chick's Services, Inc

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RCS Fleet Services

Founded in 2010 by Robert C. Sturgeon, RCS Fleet Services has been voted the number one auto repair shop in Fauquier County this year. Also a full service tire dealer, they declare “Full service for your trucking or family fleet!” and can take care of your vehicles from standard maintenance to state inspections to repairs to tires. Address: 10210 Marsh Rd, Bealeton P: 540-439-2875 W: rcsfleetservices.com FB: @RCSFleetServices

• BEST TRACTOR/ LAWN MOWER SALES AND REPAIR • BEST MOTORSPORTS EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES

Cecil's Tractor Inc.

Address: 763 James Madison Hwy, Warrenton P: 540-347-4238 W: cecilstractors.com FB: @CecilsTractors

• BEST CAMP/ SUMMER PROGRAM • BEST DANCE STUDIO

Dreams of Dance

Dreams of Dance has a number of highly trained instructors who truly care about their student dancers and want to help them fulfill their dreams. The studio offers lessons in many forms of dance, tumbling, gymnastics and cheer for learners of all ages. Kids will love spending time there in the summer, too. Address: 258 Broadview Ave, Warrenton P: 540-219-0784 W: DreamsOfDance5678. com FB: @ DreamsOfDance5678

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St. Stephens Preschool

For 20 years, St. Stephen’s preschool has sought to provide early learners with a classroom experience focused on academic growth and community involvement. Rooted in a Christian background, St. Stephen’s structures its curriculum around courses that will prepare students for success as they move forward in their careers. Address: 8693 Old Dumfries Road, Catlett P: 540-788-3364 W: StStephensPreschool.org FB: @SSEP.Catlett

• BEST GIRLS NIGHT OUT • BEST SATURDAY NIGHT DATE SPOT

Claire's at the Depot Winner of many categories in this year’s Best Of competition, Claire’s is the perfect spot for a night out, whether you’re on a first date or have been together for years. Claire’s has also been voted one of the top 100 romantic restaurants in the country at opentable. com, so it’s no mystery why it’s a favorite for Fauquier couples! Address: 65 S 3rd St, Warrenton P: 540-351-1616 W:clairesrestaurant.com FB: @ClairesAtTheDepot

• BEST LOCAL ENTERTAINER/ BAND

CJ tha DJ

P: 703-398-5298 W: bouncewithmenow.com FB: Cj ThaDj

• BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

Scheulen, Patchett & Edwards, P.C.

• BEST BANK • MORTGAGE COMPANY

Fauquier Bank

Fauquier homeowners have voted The Fauquier Bank as the favorite home lender in the county. Whether you are looking for a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage, refinancing, or advice on what kind of mortgage you should be looking for, the Fauquier Bank can help you smoothly navigate the daunting process of securing financing for your home. Address: 10 Courthouse Square, Warrenton P: 540-349-0233 W: tfb.bank/mortgage-loans FB: @FauquierBank

• BEST FINANCIAL ADVISOR/ INVESTMENT FIRM

The Fauquier Bank - Wealth Management Services

Committed to protecting the assets of our community, TFB Wealth Management offers a variety of services including financial, retirement, and college planning, investment management, trust administration, estate settlement, brokerage services, and insurance services. Located in the heart of Old Town Warrenton, their office provides accessibility and convenience. Address: 10 Courthouse Sq, Warrenton P: 540-349-0296 W: wealth.tfb.bank

• BEST LAW FIRM

Law Office of Marie Washington, PLC

In 1983, Schuelen, Patchett & Edwards began as a small office and has been expanding ever since. Having served our community for more than 36 years, this firm offers years of experience in providing accounting services to businesses and individuals. They offer estate planning, consulting, tax, and accounting services.

Marie Washington’s commitment to her community, demonstrated through her legal services and volunteer work, makes it clear why her firm was voted Best Of Fauquier once again. Marie is known for her excellent and professional legal services in family law, estate planning, civil litigation, criminal law, traffic violations, business law, and landlord-tenant issues.

Address: 98 Alexandria Pike # 22, Warrenton P: 540-347-5144 W: scheulenpatchett.com

Address: 67 W Lee St #102, Warrenton P: 540-347-4172 W: mariewashingtonlaw.com


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Address: 321 Walker Drive, Warrenton P: 540-349-2751 W: otacfitness.com/ programs/divergent FB: @otacdivergent

With its pies and tasty treats having received acclaim from locals, visitors, and even Barack Obama, Red Truck Bakery is once again named the best bakery in Fauquier County. If you are looking to appease your sugar cravings, try some of their cookies, moonshine cake, chocolate croissants, or any one of their other melt-in-yourmouth delights.

Red Truck Bakery

Address: 22 Waterloo St, Warrenton

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THANK YOU from the bottom of our P:hearts. It is a 540-347-2224 • BEST FITNESS W: redtruckbakery.com blessing and pleasure to continue to offer automotive CENTER FB: Red Truck Bakery / Warrenton, services to our customers new and old. We look Virginia forward to another 50 years of serving the automotive needs of the community. • BEST BARBEQUE

Old Town Athletic Club

Address: 321 Walker Dr, Ste 338 Broadview Ave 101 Warrenton Shawn's P: 540-349-2791 Warrenton, VA 20186 W: otacfitness.com Smokehouse BBQ FB: @otacfitness 540-347-3992 Fauquier County certainly loves its BBQ, and with so many delicious www.chicksservice.com

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338 Broadview Ave. Warrenton, VA 20186 540-347-3992 • chicksservice.com

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Address: 251 W Lee Hwy #189, Warrenton P: 540-317-5692 W: shawnsbbq.com FB: @shawnsbbqwarrenton

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Thank You for voting for Claire’s 15 years in a row! Best All Around Restaurant, Best Girls Night Out, Best Business Lunch, Best Outdoor Seating, and Best Place for a Cocktail 65 South third Street, Warrenton, Va 20186 Phone: 540.351.1616 or 540.349.4131 WWW.claireSreStaurant.com

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options, it is certainly an achievement for Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ to have come out on top. Choose Shawn’s to cater your next event, and keep an eye with out for their food truck at festivals, breweries, and wineries in the area.

Claire’s is the perfect spot for a night out, whether you’re looking to relax with a drink from an extensive and creative wine list, go on a fancy first date, or meet with colleagues to discuss business matters. In good weather, their outdoor patio is a delightful spot to enjoy their exceptional menu offerings. Address: 65 S 3rd St, Warrenton P: 540-351-1616 W: clairesrestaurant.com FB: @ClairesAtTheDepot

Frost Diner

Address: 55 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton P: 540-347-3047 FB: Frost Diner American Restaurant

• BEST BREWERY

Old Bust Head Brewing Company Address: 7134 Farm Station Rd, Vint Hill Farms P: 540-347-4777 W: oldbusthead.com FB: @OldBustHead

• BEST CATERER

Cafe Torino

Address: 388 Waterloo St, Warrenton P: 540-347-2713 W: cafetorinoandbakery.com FB: Cafe Torino Italian Restaurant


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WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE REASON READERS LOVE YOUR BUSINESS ENOUGH TO VOTE IT BEST OF? • BEST ORTHODONTIST

Griffin and Errera Orthodontics

Hablamos Español! | Address: 179 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton P: 540-347-1888 | W: geortho.com | FB: @geortho

PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. WHAT PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DOES IT PROVIDE?

WERE YOU SURPRISED BY YOUR BEST OF WIN? WHY OR WHY NOT? HAVE YOU WON PREVIOUSLY?

We offer state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment for adults and children in a family-friendly environment in our Warrenton, Culpeper, and Middleburg locations.

We always get super excited when we win! This just truly shows how our patients really appreciate us; we have won previously but every time is just as exciting as the first time.

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We think that winning Best Of is due to the appreciation of our clients. Clearly they took time out of their day and went that extra mile to vote for us. It just shows how our patients care about us. TELL US WHY YOU ENJOY DOING BUSINESS IN FAUQUIER COUNTY AND HOW LONG YOUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN LOCATED HERE. We have been serving the Fauquier County area for over 35 years. We love this community so much, everyone is so nice. It’s too bad this year

we couldn’t participate in the Warrenton Spring Festival, we just love seeing our patients and friends there. It’s just such a fun community to be a part of. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS, ANY FUTURE PLANS, ACTIVITIES YOU’RE SUPPORTING IN THE COMMUNITY, ETC.? We are fully operational now (obviously with some restrictions) so please give us a call or text us to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’re glad to assess your insurance coverage, and we offer affordable payment plans to help you get the orthodontic treatment you might need.


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• BEST COFFEE SHOP

Deja Brew Cafe

A cozy and fun meeting place for friends to catch up, Deja Brew has won best coffee shop in Fauquier again this year. Day or evening, you can grab one of their carefully crafted hot or cold coffee concoctions, or a cocktail in the evening.

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• BEST GROCERY STORE/FOOD RETAILER

Messick’s Farm Market

Combining their very own farm harvests with some of the best produce in the community, Messick’s offers the freshest fruits and vegetables (including those you pick yourself) for affordable prices. You can also find an assortment of local meats, dairy, spices, honey, jams, and coffee products from their trusted partners. Address: 6025 Catlett Rd, Bealeton P: 540-439-8900 W: messicksfarmmarket.com FB: @MessicksFarmMarket

• BEST ICE CREAM

Carousel Frozen Treats

Address: 346 Waterloo St Warrenton P: 540-351-0004 W: carouselfrozentreats.com FB: @CarouselFrozenTreats

• BEST INTERNATIONAL FOOD

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Spitony's

Located on Route 29, Spitony’s has stood out among the many local options for pizza by serving handtossed pizzas with homemade crusts, its distinctive feature since 1975. Their menu also includes their famous sub sandwiches and Greek specialty items from traditional family recipes. Address: 5063 Lee Hwy, Warrenton P: 540-347-9666 W: spitonyspizza.com FB: @SpitonysPizza

• BEST TAKE OUT • BEST WAIT STAFF

Chick-fil-A

Located on Lee Highway, this Chick-fil-A has all of your favorite comfort foods, from a memorable macand-cheese to their prized crispy chicken sandwich. Their friendly staff will serve you inside or at the drive through, and they are clearly the favorite restaurant to get take out to enjoy at home. Address: 256 W Lee Hwy, Warrenton P: 540-347-9791 W: chick-fil-a.com/ locations/va/warrenton FB: @chickfilawarrenton

• BEST WINERY

Barrel Oak Winery

Boasting their hand-crafted Virginia wine, house-brewed beer, and on-site pizza, Brian and Sharon Roeder’s Barrel Oak Winery is the voter favorite this year. Nestled in the Fauquier countryside, the winery offers a relaxing atmosphere, a kid- and pet-friendly environment, and gorgeous views to be enjoyed from their spacious tasting room or their beautiful patios. Address: 3623 Grove Ln, Delaplane P: 540-364-6402 W: barreloak.com FB: @barreloakwinery

• BEST ANTIQUES AND FURNITURE

Marshall Curated

Reflecting Rosanna Smith’s genuine passion for memorable heirlooms, Marshall Curated has vintage furniture and home decor to help you design your home just the way you want. Whether you are looking for vintage, recycled, or new home decor, head over to the new Marshall Curated home decor shop to see what it has to offer. Address: 8371 W Main St, Marshall P: 540-364-1890 W: marshallcurated.com FB: @marshallcurated


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• BEST PHYSICIAN

Piedmont Family Practice Address: 493 Blackwell Road Ste. 202, Warrenton P: 540-347-4400 W: piedmontdocs.com FB: @PiedmontFamilyPractice

PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. WHAT PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DOES IT PROVIDE? At Piedmont Family Practice, we offer preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services for a wide array of acute and chronic health problems for newborns, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Our providers offer our community over 35 years of experience, expertise, and board certifications in family, internal, pediatrics, emergency and geriatrics medicine, as well as added certifications in sports medicine, endoscopy, and women’s health.

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• BEST COMPUTER/ TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

Dok Klaus Computer Care

Since 2002, Dok Klaus Computer Care has consistently provided clients with quality computer system repair services and technical support in Fauquier County. Knowing that the information on your devices is of the utmost importance, Dok and his team are ready to help with personalized computer care, networking, virus removal, data recovery, and on-site solutions for homes and businesses. Address: 335 Waterloo St Warrenton P: 540-428-2376 W: dokklaus.com FB: @dokklaus

• BEST ELECTRICIAN • BEST PLUMBER • BEST HVAC

Appleton Campbell

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A family-owned business since 1976, Appleton Campbell is committed to providing customers with top quality service. Longtime known for its HVAC services, their friendly technicians are also proficient in the installation and repair of electrical work and plumbing. Appleton Campbell allows you to choose the appointment time that is most convenient for you and ensures up front pricing for any service they complete. Address: 285 Alwington Blvd, Warrenton P: 540-347-0765 W: appletoncampbell.com FB: @AppletonCampbell

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Rankin's True Value Hardware

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• BEST INSURANCE AGENT/FIRM

State Farm Carmen Rivera

Ms. Rivera of State Farm Insurance has become popular in Fauquier thanks to her personal, friendly, and knowledgeable service. Focused on auto, home, renters, life, and business insurance, she helps clients in Warrenton and the surrounding areas manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. Address: 251 W Lee Hwy #237, Warrenton P: 540-347-1566 W: statefarm.com FB: @WarrentonStateFarm

• BEST LAWN CARE/GROUNDS MAINTENANCE

K B L P Lawn and Landscape

If you are looking to transform your entire landscape or make neighbors jealous of your beautifully maintained lawn, KBLP Lawn and Landscape is the place to call. They provide yearly lawn maintenance programs, weed control programs, and flower bed maintenance programs. KBLP Lawn and Landscape can get anything done in a timely manner. Address: 8554 Bastable Mill Rd, Catlett P: 540-846-1034 FB: @KBLPLawnandLandscape

• BEST NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER

Meadows Farms

Address: 5074 Lee Highway, Warrenton P: 540-341-0020 W: meadowsfarms.com/locations/ warrenton/ FB: @meadowsfarmswarrenton

• BEST PEST CONTROL

Eagle Pest Elimination

Eagle Pest Elimination’s professional and certified pest control specialists will exterminate any infestation with modern and effective exterminating techniques. If you take advantage of their monthly or quarterly services, you can feel safe and relaxed with the guarantee that insect infestations will be prevented or dealt with. Address: 6530 Commerce Ct #300, Warrenton P: 888-616-8739 W: eaglepestservices.com FB: @EaglePestServicesDMV


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Piedmont Pediatrics

Address: 20 Rock Point Lane, Warrenton | P: 540-347-9900 | W: Piedmontpediatrics.com | FB: @PiedmontPediatricsPLC

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PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. WHAT PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DOES IT PROVIDE? Our office offers children ages newborn through the age of 21 acute illness and well care, vaccines, sports physicals, and phlebotomy. We also offer lactation services. We are open Monday-Thursday (until 8 p.m.), Friday (until 4 p.m.) and Saturday (until noon).

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Ross Real Estate

Tyler Ross was born and raised in Warrenton, and it shows in his real estate connections. The principal broker of the full service residential real estate brokerage firm, Ross often finds the right property fit for clients through his network, sometimes tracking down properties that aren’t even on the market. Address: 31 Garrett St, Warrenton P: 540-351-0922 W: rossva.com FB: @tylerjamesrossrealtor

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As the name suggests, Rock-NBarbers is very modern, and has a rock theme with classic rock on the radio, accompanying television and complimentary beverages. Unlike your typical barbers, the specialized stylists at Rock-NBarbers can do haircuts of all types: fades, business cuts, trendy cuts, flat tops, and the list goes on. Address: 4199 Winchester Rd, Marshall P: 540-364-8133 W: rock-n-barbers.com FB: @RockNBarbers

Salon Emage

With their exceptional stylists, Salon Emage’s services are tailored to meet each customer’s individual needs in hair styling and coloring. They also offer a selection of massages ideal for those looking for full-body rejuvenation, relaxation after workouts, or relief from specific muscle aches, and spa services that will pamper and reinvigorate their guests.

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Best known for the expert care “Dr. Doug” and his friendly staff provide, this chiropractic office has consistently been a favorite among our voters. Their services include diagnosis and treatment of common painful spinal misalignments, treatment of degenerative spinal conditions, and even massage therapy. Address: 400 Holiday Court, Suite 106, Warrenton P: 540-349-8989 W: advantagehealthchiropractic.com FB: @AdvantageHealthChiropractic

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• BEST CHIROPRACTOR OFFICE

Envy Nails

Address: 520 Fletcher Dr, Warrenton P: 540-347-2425 W: envynailswarrenton.com FB: @envynails20186

• BEST DENTIST

Woodside and Sentz, DDS

Address: 361 Walker Drive, Suite 204, Warrenton P: 540-341-4111 W: woodside-sentz.com FB: @woodsidesentzdds

• BEST DERMATOLOGIST

Warrenton Dermatology

With a focus on establishing a doctor-patient relationship based on mutual respect and communication, Warrenton Dermatology has won best dermatologist this year. Whether you are interested in an initial consultation, an emergency procedure, or a long-term treatment plan, their knowledgeable staff is ready to give you the confidence of healthy skin. Address: 28 Blackwell Park Ln, #302, Warrenton P: 540-212-7081 W: warrentondermatology.com FB: @WarrentonDermatologyand SkinTherapyCenter

• BEST EYE CARE PROVIDER

Dr. Shannon Moore and Associates

As the new owner of Samuel L. Weir and Associates longtime practice, Dr. Shannon Moore is successfully continuing the mission of supporting the vision needs of Fauquier County. The team works to ensure the health of patients’ vision with comprehensive exams, Lasik and cataract evaluations, treatment of infections and glaucoma, and more. Address: 528 Waterloo Road Warrenton P: 540-347-0555 W: warrentoneyes.com FB: @warrentoneyes


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Warrenton Jewelers & Gifts

Address: 524 Fletcher Drive, Warrenton P: 540-341-8840 | W: warrentonjewelers.com FB: @warrentonjewelers | Instagram: warrenton_jewelers

PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. WHAT PRODUCTS OR SERVICES DOES IT PROVIDE? We are more than a jewelry store! A one-stop shop for everyone, we offer in-store jewelry repair, watch batteries, unique gifts, and even tuxedo rentals. Our recent best-seller is masks; we have several styles to choose from.

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FirstLight Home Care provides compassionate in-home, senior, and respite care. Whatever type of family assistance you and your family require, whether it’s coping with illness, injury, dementia, or simply the regular, everyday challenges that come with getting older, FirstLight Home Care is the first choice among voters in Fauquier County. Address: 37 Main Street, Ste. 202, Warrenton P: 540-579-7570 W: firstlighthomecare. com/home-healthcarewarrenton FB: @FirstLightWarrenton

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Haymarket Physical Therapy in Bealeton is an outpatient clinic that provides award winning physical therapy, dry needling, personal training, and laser therapy. Their staff are experts at evaluating, and treating a wide range of conditions, including orthopedic and sports injuries, with the goal of helping you return to an active lifestyle. Address: 1108 Marsh Road, Bealeton P: 703-753-0261 | W: haymarketpt.com FB: @HPTBealeton

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People of Fauquier County know that there are resources in their community ready to help them navigate any losses and hardships they experience, and they appreciate Spiritual Care Support Ministries which offers faith-based programs to help members of the community deal with grief, divorce, chronic illness, and more. Voters consider this organization to be the most worthy and valuable charitable organization in our community. Address: 7179 New Hope Lane, Warrenton P: 540-349-5814 | W: scsm.tv FB: @spiritualcaresupportministries

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It’s always hard to leave your best friend at home when you’re traveling. Zorger’s Pet Care’s experienced staff will make sure pets of all types are given the very best care and attention that they deserve until you can come home and pamper them yourself. Service options include in-home care, walks, grooming, massage therapy, and even homemade treats. Address: 140 W. Lee Hwy., Ste. 140-59, Warrenton P: 703-282-6797 W: zorgerspetcare.com FB: @zorgerspetcare

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Voted best pet groomer this year, the staff at The Dog Spa are enthusiastic about providing the stress-free grooming your dog deserves to make him feel healthy and look handsome. They provide services ranging from the basics of a bath or haircut to all the add-ons and special treatments your dog will love, and there is also a self-service grooming option.

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Designs by Teresa, now under new management, has been voted this year’s winner for best florist in Fauquier County. Located in a historic building in the heart of Old Town Warrenton, shoppers may select from a wide variety of flowers, plants, and garden items, as well as an extensive collection of home accessories such as silk flower arrangements and statues. Address: 7 Main St., Warrenton P: 540-347-4762 W: designsbyteresa.com FB: Designs-By-Teresa-Florist

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According to the voters of Fauquier County, there is no better place to go to for dry cleaning. Along with the many services they provide, including alterations, garment preservation, leather shoe repair, and more, Warrenton Center Dry Cleaners uses an organic cleaning process that’s better for the environment and your clothes.

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pride themselves on having created a family at Vertical Rock. “People make lifelong friends here. We’ve had people meet their significant others, and even get married here.” When they talk about a tight-knit and passionate community of rock climbers, they mean it. Even their staff is composed of rock climbers. This aspect was especially important to the Coltons as they worked to create this positive and upbeat community. “People that come to work with us have a true passion for rock climbing. We don’t care if they’re the best rock climber out there,” Ian said. “We can teach that, but we care that they care about what they’re doing. They’re not just punching the clock; they want to be a member of the community and part of the team.” At the end of the day, Lindsay and Ian see this as so much more than a rock climbing gym and fitness center. They see it as a place where you can walk in and immediately feel lifted up by the positivity in the room. “The by-product of being here is improved mental health,” Ian said. “I’ve watched as so many people transform their physical health, that they also feel better mentally.” With 50-foot indoor ceilings and endless outdoor opportunities, the sky really is the limit at Vertical Rock. For more information, visit climb-va.com. ❖


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nyone can need help at certain points in their life. Disasters, small and large, can happen and change lives drastically. Community Touch is ready to help when that happens. “Some people have been very successful in the past and something unexpected and catastrophic just happened. Someone from their family got sick, or maybe they went through a separation with a spouse. We have an array of families from all different walks of life,” said Felicia Champion. Felicia and her husband Tyronne are the founders of Community Touch, a charitable organization in Bealeton that has grown, expanded, and evolved through the last 20 years into an impressive aid organization to meet the changing requirements of those in need in the community. It all started in 1998 when Tyronne and Felicia made the decision to Tyronne and Felicia Champion renovate several dormant buildings that sat on 20 acres of the True Deliverance Church of God Ministries’ property in Bealeton. Their vision, at the time, was simple: to help the community. Now, almost 20 years later, the number of individuals and families from all over Fauquier and the neighboring counties Community Touch has helped totals in the thousands. Constantly interacting with and analyzing the community closely, they added more programs over time, increasing their services to address additional problems.

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The first order of business, they found, was to address food insufficiency. In 2001, they went door-to-door in order to survey the community and find out what was needed most urgently. That survey resulted in the opening of Clara’s Faith House Food Pantry. Through the Pantry, donated food from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, supermarkets, wholesalers, and local farmers is distributed to those who need it in Fauquier County and the surrounding areas. It is an ongoing need; recently, due to the pandemic, their food output has increased by 75 percent.

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Analyzing the community, it was clear that the next need they would need to fulfill would be a transitional housing option. In May of 2003, they opened up the Victory Transitional Housing which has the capacity to house 40 people. “Families can stay up to a year and the majority of them do,” Felicia Champion said. “It makes sense for them for them to stay the entire year so that they can pay off debt, save up, and overcome all of those barriers that would prevent them from finding permanent housing.”

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In addition to offering a home to those who stay at Victory

Transitional Housing, Community Touch offers life skills, as well. “Some young people who come to us have never balanced a checkbook,” Felicia said. “We want to help,” Tyronne said. “We’re about self sufficiency. We want people to be stable after they leave and be able to hold their own weight in society. We look at their goals and make sure they’ll be set up for success.” They offer one-on-one financial mentoring and they have a case manager who will create a plan for them when they leave.

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Their organization can help initially with financial support, as well, when it comes to putting down a security deposit and first month’s rent, depending on the individual’s need. “We work with landlords to give them the opportunity to have another chance,” Felicia said.

Affordable Necessities

A little over a year later in October of 2004, they opened Noah’s Ark in Bealeton in order to provide free clothing, furniture, and household items to qualified low-income local community members who were in need of


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assistance. With the growing needs of the county in mind, they opened Noah’s Ark Thrift Store in Marshall in September of 2008 in an effort to also meet the needs of low to middle income families who needed to be able to purchase those items affordably.

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Most recently, Community Touch opened a daycare and preschool in 2016. “We originally opened it to help with families in transitional housing who couldn’t afford childcare, and it blossomed,” Felicia said. “It’s now open to the community.” The daycare, now known as Caring For Angels, offers

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a preschool program as well. In order to serve as many people in need as possible, Community Touch partners with other organizations like the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and many more. “We’re not a standalone,” Felicia said. “We’re

If you’d like to contribute to Community Touch, financial donations would be appreciated. “Food is definitely a need right now. We are also helping people who have been laid off due to COVID-19,” Tyronne said. “The Foundation of Blue Ridge Orthopaedics has been amazing. They did an online food campaign and have been sending us food for months now. We are also looking to purchase property in order to support families in need of housing long-term, rather than just one year. That way, they can have their independence but have our support as well.” Noah’s Ark Thrift store is also in need of slightly used furniture, appliances, household items, and clothing. For more information on Community Touch, you can visit their website at CommunityTouchInc.org or you can contact them by phone at 540-439-9300 or by email at info@communitytouchinc.org. ❖

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Below: The featured artist for the month of July, Julie Abrell, demonstrates oyster decoupage techniques to a group of children who registered to take a creative workshop at Remix. Right: Owner Mark Harrington shows off some of the materials his staff uses to do upcycling magic in an area closed off to the public. Remix has many in-progress upcycled projects in the queue.

closures and causing people to stay home, Harrington quietly opened sister company, the Remix Market of Warrenton, to sell many of the unique castoffs picked up by his Junkluggers staff. “We took an empty shell and wanted a rustic vibe … we wanted a fun and eclectic place that people wanted to come to,” beamed Harrington in describing the process of renovating a large empty warehouse space and converting it into a barn-like 5,000 square-foot visual display of refurbished furniture pieces and new creations made from junk. Eclectic indeed. As you walk into The Remix Market on the far left of the store is the charming vinyl room, an enclosed space containing vinyl records, just some of many unusual items picked up by Junkluggers. The wide-open space features a hodgepodge of large junk and upcycled pieces treated with fresh paint and new ideas. The tables, curio cabinets, chairs, and other furniture are angled carefully, allowing narrow paths for customers to browse, touch, and admire the craftsmanship and creativity used to embellish the junk. To the far right is a small open space dedicated to the workshops. The back of the store is closed to the public, allowing Remix staff ample space to work their upcycling magic.

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Surprisingly, the relationship-focused Harrington who had trained himself to favor people over things became a DIYer, literally getting his hands dirty as he taught himself to use power tools, cut, disassemble, and construct new things out of old junk. With no background in design or previous experience working with art, Harrington became an excellent chief of staff responsible for making upcycling the focal point of Remix. However, Harrington is quick to give credit to others before himself. He hired Meghan O’Toole to manage Remix and frequently depends on her artistic eye to gauge which items should be upcycled and to what degree. Harrington also believes strongly in community involvement, ensuring that everything he does with Junkluggers and Remix benefits his local community in some way. For example, Remix hires local artists to share their talents

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orking on organizing and decluttering your home can make you feel great and truly transform your living space. But, in the twenty-first century, that is not everything. It seems that half our life is not actually in our physical surroundings; we spend a lot of time in the digital world. So having a cluttered, disorganized computer, no matter how pristine and minimalistic your office is, may make you just as anxious and stressed. Psychologically, it can be just as frustrating not being able to locate a certain file on your computer as it is to not be able to find your shoes. Here are some of Dok’s best practices for keeping your digital life organized and functioning smoothly.

Your Desktop The first thing you see after logging into your computer is your desktop screen, so let’s start there. While you’re working, it’s easy to fill your screen with all kinds of icons, photos, and other stuff, which means locating what you need more difficult. If you really prefer to open a certain file by clicking on a

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Photos Photos can be a nightmare to organize. Some clients have over 100,000 photos on their computer. With this volume, creating folders for each year is not sufficient. It might be better to organize them by events within a year. So your Photos folder will have subfolders for years, and then subfolders with the year folder for each event. Programs like ADSee and other Photo Manager softwares might come in handy. Some allow you to “metatag” photos, making them searchable. Some metatags are

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It’s just a fact in the twenty-first century that you will have many usernames and passwords to remember to access all your online accounts. Many people save their logins and passwords in their browser, enabling them one-click access to their accounts. While handy, it makes the information very easy to forget. But problems can arise: your computer system may crash, your browser may have a glitch, you may purchase a new computer, or you may need to use another computer while traveling. At some point you may need tech support to rebuild or fix something. Then, forgotten logins become a very large problem. So be extremely vigilant in recording and updating your login information (including the answers to the security questions) in a safe place (not on your computer or in online storage accounts!) So, yes, write them down on an actual piece of paper. With a pen. And update them constantly. This will also enable family members to access accounts in an emergency.

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Trash and Downloads The “recycling” or “trash bin” is a place on your hard drive where deleted files are stored. Once in a while you should check the recycling bin and empty it, because those files are still taking up space on your hard drive. Also, whenever you download files/programs, they are stored in your “Downloads” directory. Make it a habit to organize and save downloaded files right away. Then empty your downloads folder periodically, because those files are also taking up space on your computer. If you have made a habit of filing important files right away, you can then do this without being afraid of accidentally deleting something you need. Periodically you should also remove temporary files created by your operating system or browsers. Even after they are no longer needed, they remain in your system. But that is a big subject that needs another article to explain fully. And, as always, backup, backup, backup. ❖


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Coping with Covid The key to managing difficult emotions in uncertain times

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any of us have a default way of dealing with intense emotions which are often associated with stressful times. Living through a pandemic definitely qualifies as a stressful time. Unless you are over 102 years of age, you have not experienced a pandemic such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Consider the unforeseen changes we have had to adjust to in the last few months: quarantine, teleworking, unemployment, managing health concerns, distance learning, and wearing masks. In the beginning of the “stay-athome order,” there was much adjustment, fear, and uncertainty. Slowly, many of us have had to reconfigure our lives to adjust to the new normal. Dealing with COVID-19 has proven to be stressful for many people. Anxiety and fear can cause strong emotions in adults and children leading to changes in sleep or eating patterns, worsening of chronic physical and mental health problems, self-medicating through tobacco, alcohol or other substances, obsessing over our personal health or the health of family, or lashing out at loved ones. Many are facing a mental health fall-out, including stress, depression, insomnia, irritability, anger, fear, boredom, and frustration. Unfortunately, many of us were forced to withdraw from friends and family due to our concerns over catching or spreading the virus. Many embraced technology such as FaceTime and Zoom to connect with loved ones, but it’s not the same as visiting in person. As humans, social connection is a crucial component of our emotional well-being. Social distancing, self-isolation, and travel restrictions have left many with a feeling of sadness. Often, an emotion can be so low-grade that it is difficult to detect. Over a period of time, even a low-grade emotion can have far-reaching effects on our emotional and physical health as well as our relationships. On the other hand, one of the most difficult challenges is to adjust to the diminished availability of personal, emotional, and physical space. Some find it challenging being confined to their home with family members, even if relations were favorable prior to COVID-19. Most of us had a healthy amount of space built into our relationships through work, school, and other commitments, which is now absent. How are you coping with these changes?

If you had healthy coping mechanisms before the pandemic, then you may be doing okay by instinctively using techniques that you have successfully used in the past. We tend to fall back to these familiar patterns of behavior when stressed. For example, I focus on sleeping well, exercise, good nutrition, sticking to a routine, and other forms of self-care when experiencing stress. Self-care, both physical and emotional, is a priority for me and I have raised my children to appropriately navigate their life’s challenges using healthy coping mechanisms. This is the foundation for building resiliency in ourselves and our children. However, if you do not cope well with stress or if you have a mental or physical health condition, you may be struggling. There is only so much stress and uncertainty that we are able to sustain. Dealing with any crisis well requires self-awareness, intentionality, and self-control. We possess the ability to control our thoughts which impact our emotions. I won’t say this is easy — many solutions are simple, yet difficult to implement. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a common therapy technique which trains the mind to have better control over one’s thoughts. Our thoughts lead to our emotions and our emotions affect our behavior. It is tremendously important to focus on hope, which is a highly contagious emotion that will also spread to those around you. During any crisis we can intentionally focus on something positive in our lives, and we can all find something positive. The Chinese word for crisis means both danger and opportunity — a reminder to look at the situation objectively. Many parents ask how they can best help their children to cope with uncertainty and fear. Children rely on their parents for both physical and emotional safety. Using a calm voice, reassure your children that you will get through this together. The old saying “more is caught than taught” definitely applies here. Our children watch us closely and if we manifest fear, they are likely feeling fearful. I have recommended to many parents and children that they stop absorbing so much information about the pandemic. Too much information can be toxic. Also, the understanding that visual cues, which can also be a factor contributing to fear, can be valuable in understanding and coping with your emotions. We are not accustomed to seeing people wear masks wherever we go. Even if you are not consciously concerned, there is a powerful message sent to your subconscious when you take in this imagery (such as a person wearing a mask). This message is one of fear, and fear is a highly contagious emotion. Understanding and learning how to effectively cope with your emotions will strengthen you, your loved ones, and your community. Together, we will get through this pandemic. ❖

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Smiling Through the Pandemic: and daily updates on the ongoing impact of COVID-19, burying your head and mouth in the sand is not the answer. Viral particles migrate easily to the lungs through the nose and mouth. Wearing a mask will promote the reduction of these particles health experts state, and can protect your mouth from invasion. Your mouth is a part of your body and you must never forget this fact. Your mouth is like I-66—it is a wide highway that leads to other places in the body. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT NOW TO SEE YOUR DENTIST

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nless you have been in a deep sleep for the last seven months, you know that the world has changed due to the COVID-19 virus. Did you know that according to published statistics over 18 million people have contracted the virus with over 600,000 deaths word-wide according to Johns Hopkins University? Research has shown that most deaths are among people with underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. All of these medical conditions also have a love-hate relationship with your mouth. Never fret though! Using three simple tips can keep you smiling through the pandemic while keeping your teeth and gums healthy. LISTEN TO THE HEALTH EXPERTS

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With office closures for emergency treatment only from March-May for dental offices in Virginia, there is a huge backlog of patients that did not have their normal hygiene cleaning appointments, and those who were scheduled for traditional treatment. Additionally, lots of staff at dental offices did not return due to child-care issues, medical conditions, taking care of other family members, or other personal reasons. It will take months to catch up with patient care. It is paramount that you reschedule your appointments now and keep your appointment. Bleeding gums and gingivitis before have now turned into incurable gum disease. Small cavities are now large cavities and require crowns and cause pain. Call your dental office today and make your appointment even if it is weeks away. MAXIMIZE YOUR BENEFITS

Employers may modify future benefits due to the costs surrounding staying open at this time. You must maximize any benefits you have now. Since some people may see the dentist for their regular cleanings only once this year due to COVID-19 closings, call your insurance carrier and request to have all of your benefits restored. Ask them to waive the time limit clause in light of the pandemic. You can also reach out to your HR representative to assist. Regular professional cleanings, exams, and x-rays can help keep your teeth shiny and your gums healthy to help COVID-proof your mouth. With or without dental insurance, the health of your body depends a lot on the health of your mouth. During this pandemic, it is even more important to understand how the virus can attack your mouth and cause worsening conditions. Call your dentist today to protect your overall health and ensure you keep smiling through the pandemic. Your lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys will thank you. ❖

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n March of 2020, the whole world was blindsided by the COVID pandemic. Due to the isolation safety measures that have followed, everyone turned to the internet for work, socialization, and recreation as person to person interaction almost disappeared. While living in a completely virtual world certainly has its disadvantages, we can be glad that at least we have the technology that can sometimes somewhat mitigate the effects of isolation that can be, in some cases, drastic. Technology cannot solve some of the critical problems that isolation presents to our school-age children — the losses of socialization, personal interaction, extracurricular activities, sports, and sense of community — but it may be able to be used to salvage some of the academics. Fauquier County Public Schools teachers and staff are working hard to make this

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happen as quickly and as simply as possible for our students. While teachers were developing creative lesson plans that would still engage students when delivered virtually, and so many others were addressing the mind-boggling number of other related issues, the technology team at FCPS tackled the most basic problem: getting internet and devices into the hands of students who needed them. These efforts, and others, continue as the schools look forward to the coming fall semester. Louis McDonald, Director of Technology Services at Fauquier County Public Schools, spoke to us at length about how the schools are addressing — and, in some cases, solving — these challenges. Lifestyle: Can you give me an overview of the logistics of continuing education virtually? McDonald: Classroom content will be made available in a digital

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format that can be downloaded, as well as available as a paper packet if the student’s access to the internet is limited or nonexistent. Students will engage in a combination of synchronous (at a set time and day on a schedule, as would happen in a regular school day) and asynchronous (within a given time frame, but not at the same time) learning experiences. The video sessions can be recorded and provided for download or streamed for later review. Our learning management environment allows for offline work by students that can be uploaded later for review by the instructor. Instructional staff is intensely working to develop materials that support their students. Having to consider each student’s digital limitations (e.g. internet, device capability) while developing lesson plans is a challenge that can push the creativity envelope. Lifestyle: Do you expect, and did you have in the spring, any technical glitches with the online system? Did any students have difficulty accessing what they needed to? Was there a need for technical support? McDonald: During the spring and summer sessions, we did establish a support line for students. Members of the technology team, who were also supporting staff, checked the email and voicemail regularly and resolved any issues. We only received about a dozen issues submitted to the support line. It is possible that students may have also reached out directly to their teachers if they were having issues (e.g. I am having difficulty downloading the document). Lifestyle: How many students in Fauquier do you estimate don’t have the technology or internet access needed? McDonald: Data from The Center for Internet as Infrastructure (i3connect.org), indicates about 8 percent of our county population does not

have a computer, which could translate to over 800 students. When it comes to the internet, I3 shows 12 percent of our county population is without access, which translates to approximately 1,300 students. That number would be slightly lower if you assessed this by household instead of individual students, considering multiple students could belong to the same family. Lifestyle: The PATH foundation worked to provide — and is still supporting — wireless hotspots to the more remote areas. Did that work well? Was it enough? McDonald: The county’s partnership with the PATH Foundation to provide its citizens with access to the internet in needed areas of the county is greatly appreciated. This service, along with our deployment of 10 buses outfitted with hotspots and access to 250 personal hotspot devices available for check-out from FCPS, provided our students the opportunity to access the internet when needed. The hotspots enabled students to access the internet to download materials/upload completed assignments, but most of the work itself could be done offline at home. Internet research or tasks that require longer time online would involve more time parked at the spot. Students could also use these hotspots to check in with their teacher with perhaps a short video chat. Our bus hotspots had various levels of activity and the County-provided locations, in our testing, appeared to perform well. One item to note is that the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) does require FCPS to block students' access to content that could be harmful to minors, which is implemented in the personal hotspots and the bus hotspots provided by the schools. The hotspots provided by the county are not required to perform content filtering. Lifestyle: In the spring, the


schools were able to provide devices to some of the students who needed them. How many were you able to distribute? How are you approaching that for the coming school year? McDonald: This spring, with the goal of providing every family in need with one Chromebook, our inventory enabled us to help about 500 students. For the fall, the challenge is greater. We have a current inventory of approximately 3,000 Chromebooks. We have an additional 7,400 on order, but there is no estimate on delivery due to the impacted supply chain. As in the spring, we would revisit requests for multiple devices per household only if there was any inventory remaining. Just like hotspots, our Chromebooks have content filtering enabled when they access the internet. Lifestyle: In a perfect world, every student would have a laptop or ipad for educational purposes. Is that a realistic dream for Fauquier County? McDonald: It is a goal that we would hope to achieve. Currently, funding for student computers in the schools comes from the Commonwealth’s SOL Technology Initiative. Prior to COVID-19, we were working towards the goal of achieving a student to computer ratio of 1:1 in all three county high schools over the next year. Federal funding associated with COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to accelerate this at the high school level, and we look towards achieving this ratio to other grade levels in the future. Our price point for a Chromebook is $350. This includes the cost for the Google management license, a four-year onsite warranty support, protective cover, and setup/delivery. Using 11,000 as a student population, the estimated purchase price is almost $3.9 million if we were to provide all students a new Chromebook at the same time. There are additional expenses associated with support such as parts and

content filtering that could total about $150,000 per year. Lifestyle: The questions I’m asking are mostly about problems and challenges. Tell me something positive. What are the silver linings hiding in this situation? McDonald: From technology’s perspective, the pandemic has brought to the forefront the digital equity gap, highlighting the limit or lack of access to the internet for students. Numerous national educational organizations (e.g. ISTE, CoSN) have been lobbying Congress to provide more funding to close the gap. This movement could benefit localities who are hoping to expand the internet footprint in their county. Another popular discussion is how the pandemic might reinvent education. Instructional staff are being challenged to be creative in how to deliver content in a non-traditional classroom where the usual interpersonal techniques are not available. Our staff will have learned so much from this situation: new teaching techniques, new ways of helping students learn, and a growth mindset. This insight can be helpful in supporting our students in their learning journey when we are able to return to a traditional classroom setting. Lifestyle: Is there anything else you'd like the community to know? McDonald: During this time, our staff, both instructional and non-instructional, have stepped up to the challenge posed by this crisis. In the spring, we were suddenly blindsided by a situation that required many people to quickly adapt their work style. Students and families have also had to think outside the box and change their mindset to work and learn in this new world. The solution wasn’t perfect in its implementation, but we continue to gather information and adjust our operational model. When we return to a form of normal, what we have learned during this time will hopefully have a positive impact on our path forward.

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are facing an almost impossible task: maximizing the sports experience while also minimizing the risks. Some very hard work over the summer has put a workable plan into play. While it may need to be adjusted if the situation changes, the athletic staff are doing the very best they can to give the kids as much as they can. We interviewed Bryan Grimley, Athletic Trainer at Fauquier High School. In his 13th year in this role and also as a Physical Education teacher, he has worked with

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students from grades 9 to 12 and has a unique and knowledgeable perspective on this issue.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF THE ABSENCE OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES?

We have seen that already. This spring, our athletes had their season taken away before it really got started. This was devastating to them, especially students who were applying for sports scholarships. To see the faces of our seniors and hear the anger and sadness in their voices — it was awful. It hurt.


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WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC BENEFITS IN SPORTS PARTICIPATION FOR CHILDREN? TIME MANAGEMENT Athletes must learn to balance their school work with athletic responsibilities and other commitments like work, chores, home life, friends, family, etc. TEAMWORK Athletes learn how to be a part of something that is bigger than just them, and to work with others. They learn to appreciate the value of their individual effort contributing to a bigger, collaborative, team effort. You may not always like your teammates, but at the end of the day, they are your team and you learn to work together. RELATIONSHIPS

The kids miss being together, and unfortunately that’s one of the hardest things for them right now, just not being able to be with their buddies. That lack of socialization is so damaging, and not just to the sports community. There’s so much to be lost. Athletes are not the only ones affected by not having sports. Families, friends, classmates, coaches, and other enthusiastic and supportive sports fans in the community are disappointed too. Sports are something a

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Life-long friendships are made on sports fields. Students have the opportunity to meet new people and develop friendships outside of their usual group. RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY Athletes are required to keep their academic grades up, and also stay out of trouble at home and at school.

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miss them as much as they miss being here, for sure.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF THE MISSED FITNESS AND SKILLS TRAINING ON ATHLETES?

HOW DID FCPS PLAN TO PROCEED WITH SPORTS ACTIVITIES GOING INTO THE FALL SEMESTER?

The three High Schools, Kettle Run, Liberty, and Fauquier, worked together to put together a return plan. It was a very tedious and time-consuming process. We wanted to get it right. The three county Athletic Directors (Dean Spahr-LHS, Paul Frye-KRHS, Mark Ott-FHS) and the 4 county Athletic Trainers (Mandy CarterLHS, Natalie Campbell, Reylin MorganLHS and myself-FHS) all worked together to develop a return policy. Our procedures are based on best practices and current recommendations from the CDC, the VDH, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association

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We expect deconditioning to be a factor at first. While some students may have been able to get out and exercise and keep up with their skills and strength, others were not. Some students went to work to help meet the needs of their families because their parents were furloughed or laid-off. Others became teachers and babysitters to younger siblings and neighbor children, etc. while schools and other care facilities were closed. Some kids joined Club or Rec teams just to help keep up their skills and their fitness level. Those teams are not governed by the VSL, so their restrictions are different. Some kids didn’t have the means to do that or there were other issues such as transportation. So they did as much as they could, when they could, however they could, to try to stay in shape.

(NATA), the NFHS, and the VHSL. I can tell you that it has the safety of our students and our staff at its core as we also try to do the best we can for our kids athletically and academically. We have embedded in our policy many safety and mitigation strategies to keep all participants safe.

HOW IS THAT PLAN WORKING OUT?

A primary focus of these initial conditioning and workout sessions is on individual skills and reconditioning. Again, it all comes down to safety; we want our kids to stay healthy, so we are going to have to take it slow. Depending on what stage we are in, the permitted activities vary. At stage 2, although it’s still very limited, we can do more: quarterbacks can throw to receivers, field hockey kids can pass balls, and baseball players can play catch. But everything must take place outside and follow covid protocols. Everyone still has to stay 10 feet apart, wear masks at all times, and bring their own water

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bottles. Shared equipment is sanitized every 10-15 minutes. We are asking our coaches to consider the individual needs of all their athletes as they start training with their teams. Everybody’s doing their best. Coaches are communicating with their kids, and the kids and parents are doing a really great job being flexible and adjusting to the rules. It’s been — knock on wood — a smooth process, considering how hectic it might have been. I can’t say enough about the team of Athletic Directors and Athletic Trainers who worked on the return plan and are doing their best as we go into this fall semester. You know, on the field we’re opponents, but in reality, we are one team — we are like a little family. We worked really hard on this and I think it will show. I am proud to be a part of the FCPS Athletic Community, and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that spring sports will be on schedule. ❖


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hy do you want to go to college? This is the first question that College Planning Specialist and Coach Luanne Lee asks potential college applicants when she first meets them at her office. Surprisingly, she often sees blank expressions and hears only silence or vague answers, even though the response to that question sets the stage for all other aspects of the college preparation process. Answering that question is the first step along a challenging and complicated road. Speaking honestly, many students would admit the social aspects of what used to be “college life” and the chance to be independent and away from home make college attractive. But in today’s Covid pandemic environment, socializing, sports, dorm life, even use of bathrooms and showers will have severe restrictions. Most universities will offer only limited classroom instruction, and distance learning—sometimes from home—will dominate. This changes the whole college experience, and may change the way students, parents, and potential employers, think about it. Rather than a life experience, it becomes strictly an academic activity. If the student already has a career in mind that requires a degree, of course, move ahead with the application process. But if a student does not have a specific goal in mind, it is prudent to

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slow down and think a bit more. When parents or students seek Luanne’s assistance, she begins the process by testing students to determine what career to pursue. She uses a combination of three assessments for career, personality, and communication to help a student identify strengths in careers for which they are well suited. Luanne then helps parents to connect with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to identify the education/ training required. In many cases, attending college may not be the best choice. Luanne says that changes in the job market indicate that employers in many professions no longer see college as an essential prerequisite to hiring. In fact, in some cases colleges might even sidetrack students away from preparing to do the job for which they are best suited. Luanne notes that it appears the job market is starting to turn, as there seems to be a growing interest in job seekers pursuing trades. She encourages students with an aptitude for trade work to investigate careers that don’t require a college education but rather can be learned through apprenticeships, job shadowing, and technical training. Early school classroom closures in the spring have complicated the college application process. Many students were unable to take SATs and colleges have minimized or eliminated its role in the selection process, often substituting

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FairTest.org. Normal support from students’ secondary schools, securing recommendations and proper application material, has been complicated as well. The two most important things potential applicants need to realize are that college today is big business and college is not for everyone. There is intense competition from both American and foreign students for the most prestigious schools. Even outstanding academic students may be disappointed to learn that their first college choice may not accept them. Universities today may not necessarily look for the most well-rounded student, but rather for those that will fill a niche that will make the entering class as a whole more diverse— meeting diversity criteria and foreign student goals, meeting athletic needs, as well as finding the very best academic students, etc. Moreover, the cost of college has dramatically increased in recent years. Students and their families could easily find themselves using savings or loans well above $100,000 to pay for four years of undergraduate studies, even at schools with relatively modest price tags. Students can apply for a federal student aid loan (FAFSA) in their own name, in which case the parent has no financial responsibility at all. FAFSA currently will provide $5,500 to a freshman, $6,500 for sophomores, and $7,500 for juniors and seniors. In addition, many private charitable organizations also award scholarships based on merit and financial need. Students from families who have an annual income of less than $24,000 are eligible for a Pell Grant of over $6,000— the only free federal money available. Luanne notes that students with financial needs should not rule out looking at schools outside of the state which may offer scholarships for their desired area of study. In many cases, it makes good financial sense for students to spend their first two years of undergraduate study at nearby community colleges (be sure to check that the credits earned there will transfer to the college of choice), rather than spend so much for a four-year college away from home. What Students and Parents Can Do Now: • Research trends in the potential job market • Research possible professions to determine their requirements • Decide whether college is right for the student • Develop a financial plan on how to pay for college or technical training ❖ LUANNE LEE YCPCOACH.COM • LUANNE@YCPCOACH.COM 70 MAIN STREET, #23, WARRENTON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AID, CONTACT FINANCIALAIDTOOLKIT.ED.GOV/TK


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students’ needs.” On August 24, after five months of curbside service and remote-only access to library resources, Fauquier Public Library reopened its doors, with measures in place to protect both patron and staff safety. “The building may look different when you walk inside,” notes Del Rosso, “but our commitment to providing valuable services and resources to our community is unchanged.” Library cards are required to access the library’s traditional collection as well as the electronic and digital resources. “Over half of Fauquier County residents already have library cards,” said Del Rosso, “but we want to see that number grow.” To that end, the library has made it easier than ever to get a library card by accepting online library card applications. Applicants can apply online for temporary library card privileges at the Library’s website. In a few days, they will receive their permanent card by mail. With library card in hand, parents, teachers and students have access to dozens of free tools, many available online. Here are a few favorites:

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Dancing Through Distance Learning Jen Perrius’s new program The Academy helps fill the critical need for childcare and education services while students are not in the classroom. STORY AND PHOTOS BY LINDSAY HOGEBOOM

“[We], like every other family, were kind of in limbo and scared [about] what we were going to do with our kids,” says Jason Dearinger, parent of a Fauquier County student who, like so many others, will be taking on distance learning for the first time as the 2020-2021 school year begins. Jennifer Perrius, Warrenton resident and owner and director of Progressions Dance Studio, took notice of the families in town facing this challenge of balancing school, work and a myriad of other responsibilities and felt compelled to help fill the critical need for childcare and

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Arts Program – in hopes of providing scholarships for under-resourced families to enroll their children into an arts program. Even prior to the nonprofit, Perrius herself had covered the tuition for a number of students to allow them to participate. Now, to help offset some stresses caused by effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Perrius is running an additional Monday through Friday daytime program – The Academy – that, along with dance lessons, also provides a constructive learning environment through access to tutors, STEM activities, art lessons, fitness classes, and more. To ensure safety, class sizes are kept small, all instructors and students have their temperature checked upon entering the building each morning, and all are required to wear a mask except when spaced six or more feet apart for physical activities. And, Perrius will continue to offer tuition assistance to some families that may not be able to afford full-time childcare so they have a safe and nurturing place for their kids to play and learn while undertaking distance learning. Perrius says that through her personal experience as a dancer and foster parent,


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This mother and daughter are part of a growing population of people who have become involved in the Kindness Rock Project. Who paints these rocks and who are they for? How did this get started, and how can someone get involved in it? Sharon Morris of Warrenton has been painting rocks and leaving them for people to find for several years. We spoke with Ms. Morris to find out about the popularity of this inexpensive way of sharing kindness with those around us.

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How did you get started painting rocks? Sharon: I saw an article on the Kindness Rocks Project and actually found my first rock in the summer of 2017 at Colonial Beach, Virginia. The project was started by Megan Murphy in 2015. She wrote, “You’ve got this!” on a rock and left it on a beach in Cape Cod. The response from a friend who found it was the beginning of her painting more rocks with inspirational messages. All you do is paint a positive message or something happy and put the rock out for others to find. The movement has now spread to the UK, Australia, New Zealand, as well as other countries. What are the steps to painting a Kindness Rock? Sharon: You can get your rocks from anywhere: in rivers, on the side of the road, or buy them at a local landscaping company. You’re not supposed to take them from state parks, and you should ask permission if you get them from a private property. Wash your rocks first and paint the top of the rock white so the colors will show up well. Use acrylic paints to make your design and then spray it with a clear topcoat for a protectant in case it rains so it won’t peel. I’ve seen two-year olds paint rocks and then parents write a word on it. You don’t have to be an artist! What do you do once your rock is painted? Sharon: Then put it somewhere in town where people will see it. It doesn’t have to be hidden. Parks are a good idea because it gets the family out. You find spots for them while you walk, and others will pick them up. I’ve even seen them in shopping centers or in Old Town Warrenton. I wouldn’t recommend putting them in a store though. I once saw a nice rock someone had left inside a store and


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have been to twenty of them. Another group of rocks that I do are called, “Chubby Chicks.” These originated in Colonial Beach and have a beach theme. They have their own Facebook page. These rocks display a beach scene with an “unapologetic, confident woman” in a bathing suit and wearing a hat. They were so popular that there was a Chubby Chicks art show in Colonial Beach, and they have been written up in the Westmoreland Times as a rock to look for.

when I went back a couple of days later, there was a price tag of $3.99 on it! What if you find a rock while out walking? Sharon: You can keep it for yourself or you can hide it somewhere else for someone else to find. One person made a little rock garden with her found rocks. I encourage you to go to Facebook and locate the group associated with where you found it, such as Warrenton Virginia Rocks, Culpeper Rocks, Haymarket Rocks, or The Burg Rocks, which is for Fredericksburg. Almost every city in the U.S

has a Facebook group for painted rocks. Ours in Warrenton is Old Town Warrenton Rocks. That way the person who left it will know someone’s found it and enjoyed it. I understand that you do a couple of specialty rocks. Sharon: Yes. I do one group that is called Lois Rocks in memory of my sister. I take the rocks to as many of the LOVE signs in Virginia and take a picture of the rock with the sign. I post a picture of each place I go. There are more than 200 LOVE signs, and I

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Why do you want people to know about Kindness Rocks now? People have been so stressed with Covid-19 and with having to stay in. Kids are home from school, and they are needing something to do. What is better than to share a little kindness during this stressful time? It gets the children and adults involved, gets them out into nature, and allows them to spend time doing something together. They leave inspirational messages, and I think people need it right now. I’m in the process of painting some now that will be ready in the next couple of weeks. You’ll have to see if you can find them! ❖


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pieces in a five-gallon bucket, layer in spices and herbs, and pour on a hot brine. Then the whole mixture cools in the refrigerator. Most batches sit in the brine for a week. Traditional bread and butter pickles take two weeks to become infused with flavor. Spicy pickles can be ready in less time. In summer’s all-out, full-force, pickle-making mode, the Sauders usually go through 10 bushels of cucumbers a week, which can produce about 20 to 25 fivegallon buckets of pickles. Customers love Bad Ass pickles because, notes Toni, “They are so crunchy. We use a quarter-inch and crinkle cut to make them crunchy. Ours are crisp.” And she touts, they are much better than the mushier, storebought pickles. Their prices: half pints, $4; pints, $6; quarts, $12. Their current inventory and what goes into the brine is mouth watering and for some, tear inducing: Bread and Butter (three kinds, Jack Daniels bourbon; spicy; horseradish); Dill; Dill Horseradish; Everything Bagel (garlic, herbs, sesame seeds, poppy seeds); Garlic; Spicy Garlic; Taco (taco seasons, dill and garlic); Habanero (honey); Old Bay (Old Bay seasonings); Swamp Venom (Cajun style with spices from Dizzy Pig, a Manassas barbeque supply store); Ghost Pepper (ghost pepper pork rub); and their hottest, the Carolina Reaper (a red pepper which Guinness World Records dubbed the hottest chili pepper in the world). Until recently, the Sauders lived in Gainesville. Now they live in Front Royal. When not making pickles, Chris works for FedEx and Toni is in real estate. Chris’s son, Mason, pitches in too. The Sauders chose the company name, Bad Ass Pickles, “so people would remember us,” Toni chuckles. They are not in a pickle, but they are into pickles for sure. ❖ BADASSPICKLES.NET Photos courtesy of Christopher and Toni Sauder


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