Brookside Neighbors - August 2021

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B rookside AUGUST 2021

An exclusive magazine serving the residents of Brookside, Vint Hill, Snow Hill, Jamison’s Farm, Warrenton Chase and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Neighbors

A White House Introduction:

THIS ISSUE:

The Grieses

- Educating All Ages about Our Biodiversity - p.12 - Cold War Museum Talks, A Swinging Luau, and more August events in the Calendar- p. 17 - Ready for Roasted Radishes? – p. 19 Cover photo by The Little Photo Shop


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Welcome to the August Issue of

Brookside Neighbors!

PUB LICATI O N T EA M Publishers: Michael and Debbie Wykowski Content Coordinator: Aimée O’Grady Designer: Terri Shelow Contributing Photographer: Melinda Ratcliff, The Little Photo Shop ADVERTI S I N G Contact: Michael and Debbie Wykowski Email: mwykowski@bestversionmedia.com or dwykowski@bestversionmedia.com Phone: 703-203-9130 FEED B ACK/ID EAS /S U BM I SS I O N S : Have feedback, ideas or submissions? We are always happy to hear from you! Deadlines for submissions are the 10th of each month. Go to www. bestversionmedia.com and click “Submit Content.” You may also email your thoughts, ideas and photos to: aogrady@bestversionmedia.com. HOA SUB MISSION I N FO RM AT I O N Are you on the association board for your subdivision? Contact us for information on how you can submit articles, updates, reminders, events and more to the residents. We create customized homeowners association sections at no cost to the HOA or the residents.

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It’s hard to believe that students will be heading back into the classroom in just a few short days. This time of year is always bittersweet for me. I cherish our long, lazy summer days, but I know the kids miss their friends, and after the hectic school year we just wrapped up, it will be nice to have more consistent school days. While last summer we focused on family (mostly because we didn’t have a choice), this year we are focused on friends. Our kids have enjoyed having friends over and sleepovers all summer long. But time with friends isn’t limited to the kids. I took some time out this summer to get away with a friend who has a goal to segment-hike the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. We spent four days logging mile after mile from Pennsylvania to Harpers Ferry. It was both challenging and rewarding, I came back feeling refreshed and ready to wrap up summer with the kids—refreshed after a good night’s sleep and healed blisters anyway! In this issue, we are pleased to introduce an environmental nonprofit that sits on 900 acres of forests and fields. The directors of this paradise are passionate about conserving Virginia’s biodiversity and educating people. While you can pack up and hike for days, it may be easier to head over to the Clifton Institute. Visit their website to see what events they have planned that suit you and your family! Read about their effort on page 12. Speaking of families, this month, we are happy to introduce the Griese family. While Ty Griese comes from the farm, today, he is happy enough to live in an agricultural community rather than on an agriculture farm. This Disney family has enjoyed Disney cruises and Disney World for many years! This year they look forward to their eldest daughter’s wedding and welcoming a new family member into the fold. Beth Griese has spent the past two decades giving to her family, which has evolved into giving to the community over the years. With her children growing up, she isn’t done. She is working toward a degree that will enable her to give her time to the field of animal conservation. You can read their full story on page 6. No matter how you wrap up your summer days, we hope you enjoy them with your friends and family. May all our students have a wonderful return to school and begin the school year strong!

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EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS To learn more about becoming an expert contributor, contact Michael and Debbie Wykowski at dwykowski@bestversionmedia.com or 703-203-9130. ORGANIC FOODS Stallard Road Farm John and Katherine Adams Owner Katherine Adams learned from her mother to use and organic foods to help the health of her family. After she and her husband, John, bought their Rixeyville farm in 1999, Katherine began making herbal tea blends and spice mixtures and would gift them to friends and family; by 2007 she put a price tag on them, selling herbal syrups, lip balms, throat sprays and honey (made by her beekeeper husband). Katherine states Stallard Road’s goal : “We are committed to responsibly growing local & clean food to support you and your family's health.” (540 937-4181 | www.stallardroad.com | stallardroad@gmail.com SALON/HAIR Fashion Forward Salon Corey Curran Corey is the owner of Fashion Forward Salon in Gainesville, VA. She began her career in the beauty industry in 2000 and has used the last 21 years growing as a stylist and a leader. She started educating with Bumble and Bumble and fell in love with the education side of the industry. After 11 years in the industry, she decided to branch out on her own and in August 2011 Fashion Forward Salon was born. She travels to New York several times a year to keep all of her skills up to date. Her goal is to make sure to always grow as a stylist and owner. With help from her devoted staff Fashion Forward Salon strives to make every client have the best experience possible! 571-248-2924 | corey@fashionforwardsalon.com

LANDSCAPING Landkraft Landscape LLC | John Gorg John Gorg is owner and operator of Landkraft Landscape, LLC where “Landscapes with Distinction” are created. Landkraft is a design-build company specializing in outdoor living spaces featuring fine patios, walks and planting arrangements. John is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s landscape architecture program, has 20+ years experience in the field, and a personal touch to make each project a success through a process of consultation, creative landscape design and quality craftsmanship. 571-237-5719 | www.landkraftlandscape.net

HOME CARE EverNest Home Care | Chris Gay Chris Gay is the owner of EverNest Home Care, a licensed home-care provider located in Warrenton and serving clients throughout the Northern Virginia area. From personal care services to companionship services and beyond, EverNest’s home care offerings are tailored to suit each of their client’s lifestyles and needs wherever they call “home.” Through their extremely selective recruitment process, they’ve taken the care necessary to curate the best team of nurturing, attentive professionals. 571-483-8806 |www.evernestcare.com PERFORMING ARTS Lasley Centre for the Performing Arts | Kalie Lasley Kalie Lasley is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Affiliate Teacher and the Executive Director of Lasley Centre for the Performing Arts in Vint Hill. Ms. Lasley has an extensive background in dance, including time as a professional dancer at the prestigious San Francisco Ballet. Lasley Centre opened in 2011, growing into a 9,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility where students from preballet to pre-professional train to be technically sound artists in a nurturing environment. 540-905-2782 | klasley@lasleycentre.com | www.lasleycentre.com

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TAX PREPARATION Marshall Consulting Group, LLC | Douglas M. Marshall, III CPA As a leader in the accounting industry Doug is committed to providing close, personal attention to his clients. He takes pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. “We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success!” 540-347-2161 | www.mcgllccpa.com DERMATOLOGY Lawrence J. Finkel, M.D. Dermatology Dr. Larry Finkel - Board Certified Dermatologist For almost 20 years, Dr. Larry Finkel has served the community's dermatological needs. He is Warrenton's and Fauquier County's most experienced and longest practicing dermatologist. As a member of several dermatology-related associations, he has lectured and is published in professional journals. Dr. Finkel is also an avid community sponsor, supporting many groups including: the Fauquier Free Clinic , the Fauquier Hospital Foundation, the Falcon Booster Club at Fauquier High School, the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the American Children of SCORE, and Allegro CSA. He also performs with Fauquier Community Theater and sings tenor in Mint Condition—a local Barbershop Quartet. 540-347-2020 | finkelderm.com DESIGN BUILD – KITCHEN AND BATH REMODELS AND NEW HOMES Golden Rule Builders, Inc. | Joel Barkman Joel is the President/Owner of Golden Rule Builders, Inc a design build firm in Catlett, VA specializing in kitchen/ bath remodels and custom homes. Joel has been named the Builder of the Year by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), and Business Person of the Year by the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce.Joel and his wife Patty have five children and are active members of the Dayspring Mennonite Church. He also serves on the boards of Good Life Ministries in India, New Horizons Ministries in Colorado, Lord Fairfax Community College and Fauquier Hospital. 540-788-3539 | www.GoldenRuleBuilders.com Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GoldenRuleBuilders REAL ESTATE RE/MAX Regency | Dawn Arruda Dawn is an experienced 3rd generation real estate professional dedicated to providing her clients with the highest level of service. For her, “Real Estate is more than selling a house. It is marketing a home and making sure my clients have a smooth and worry-free experience from start to finish.” Dawn uses a designer approach and the latest technology to make it happen. 540-729-6740 | www.dawnarruda.com | arrudahomes@teamregency.com EYE CARE Dr. Shannon Moore and Associates Dr. Shannon Moore, Optometrist This practice has been providing expert eyecare to Warrenton and the surrounding communities since 1979. Dr. Shannon Moore joined the practice in 2005 and Dr. Lisa Butterfield in 2015. Having vast knowledge of ocular disease, surgical eyecare and optics, the doctors can diagnose, manage and treat a variety of ocular diseases as well provide patients with the most accurate prescriptions for their glasses and/ or contacts. They also co-manage with several leading ophthalmologists to ensure that any ocular condition they find can be managed and treated by the appropriate doctors. The practice has been voted "Best of Warrenton" and "Best of Fauquier" a total of seven times since 2007. 540-347-0555 | www.warrentoneyes.com


INSURANCE State Farm Insurance | Glenn Albert State Farm Insurance has been a fixture in Warrenton and the surrounding areas since the Agency opened in August of 1999. Glenn is an expert in risk management and he and his team excel in providing personalized friendly service to help customers manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. Glenn’s office is a full service Insurance and Financial Services Agency. Glenn and his wife Sandi (Bausman) are residents of Brookside, are active in the local community, and are happy to be a resource for the neighborhood. (540) 347-3339 | www.glennalbert.com | www.facebook.com/ glennalbertsf | glenn.albert.le0c@statefarm.com

FAMILY DENTISTRY Robert C. Flikeid, DDS and Associates Featured Dentist: Amanda Toulme, DDS. Dr. Amanda Toulme is a general dentist at the office of Robert C. Flikeid, DDS and Associates in Warrenton, VA. The dental practice was founded in 1875 by the grandfather of Dr. William H. Allison. As the original and longest standing dental practice of Warrenton, VA, they are dedicated to providing quality dental care for their multigenerational patients and their community. Dr. Toulme obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and completed a General Practice Residency at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital, where she obtained advanced training in general dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, and prosthodontics. Additionally, Dr. Toulme is certified in Invisalign therapy. Dr. Toulme loves the personal aspect of dentistry and is dedicated to serving our community with quality, integrity, and compassion. 540-347-3396 | www.warrentonfamilydentistry.com/

FAMILY LAW, CRIMINAL LAW AND ESTATE PLANNING Mark B. Williams and Associates, PLC Featured Attorney - Mark B. Williams Mark B. Williams has been practicing law in Virginia since 1990. He focuses on criminal law and personal injury. The firm also includes attorneys Alyssa D. Phillips, an experienced family law advocate, William D. Ashwell, who handles estate planning, business, and civil litigation cases, and Joseph R. Pricone, who practices criminal and traffic law. Mark B. Williams & Associates provides a high level of personal service and a total commitment to protecting the interests of the their clients. (540) 347-6595 | www.mbwalaw.com

CABINET PAINTING Heather’s Painted Treasures | Heather Workman Heather Workman is the owner and operator at Heather’s Painted Treasures. Her team specializes in taking tired and dated cabinetry and give them “new life.” They have a unique style of prep, cleaning, priming and painting your cabinet doors and drawer fronts in their temperature controlled, ventilated and dust free paint booth. This results in amazing cabinets that are as close to “factory new” without the factory! 703-655-7852 | www.heatherspaintedtreasures.com

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Saint James’ Episcopal School | Rachel Sirene Saint James’ Episcopal School (SJES) in old town Warrenton offers preschool (age 2) through Grade 5 with purposefully small class sizes, caring faculty, appropriately challenging academics, Christ-centered worship, and multiple service opportunities. Academics are rooted in children’s innate curiosity to learn, whether in preschool through play, or elementary classes with project-based learning across all curriculum or exploring the outdoors through inquiry-driven discoveries. SJES is accredited by VAIS. 540-347-3855 | www.saintjamesepiscopalschool.org

FLOORING AND CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENT Early’s Carpet, Inc.| Sonja Betts, Lorraine Early, Solon Betts Early’s Carpet, Inc., your hometown store with so much under one roof, is currently celebrating 54 years in the flooring and window treatment business. Early’s is a family operated business – Lorraine, co-founder since 1966, daughter Sonja Betts is Store Manager, Decorator, Window Treatment Specialist, and son-in-law Solon Betts is a Ceramic Craftsman and heads up all installation crews. The store is known for its’ “In-Stock” floor coverings availability. Do not let the name fool you – they are EXPERTS in all floor coverings, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and carpeting. We are also pleased to be a Centurion Dealer for Hunter Douglas custom window treatments. Drive a little, save a lot! 540-937-5500 |www.earlyscarpet.com

DOG WALKING, PET SITTING AND PET CARE SERVICES My Pet’s Friend | Melissa and Richard Macias My Pet’s Friend is veteran-owned and provides fully licensed and bonded dog walking, pet sitting and pet care services in Fauquier County. Brookside residents Melissa and Richard took over MPF in 2018, having been its original clients in 2009. Their core mission: Providing pets with love and care in the comfort of their own home while providing owners with a stress-free way to handle their pet’s needs without compromising their own security and privacy needs. 540-905-4884 | missy@my-pets-friend.com www.my-pets-friend.com

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Resident Feature

A White House Introduction:

The Grieses

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We would like to thank The Brown Real Estate Team for sponsoring this month's feature story. By Aimée O’Grady | Photography by The Little Photo Shop

y Griese can’t remember at what age he began doing chores on the family’s 1000+ acre farm in Gettysburg, South Dakota, 45 minutes north of the state capital Pierre. The memories of farm work stretch as far back as he can remember. “I began driving the tractor when I could reach the peddles,” he says. Beth, his wife of 22 years, adds, “He had late slips written for school that said he needed to make deliveries, feed cattle or go to a cattle sale, or something else to do with the farm. Teachers had to accept them.” Ty stood to be the fourth generation to inherit the farm if he didn’t find a way out of South Dakota. In the early1800s, his family took a covered wagon out to the Midwest with a land grant. The farm has cattle, wheat, soybeans, and everything else, according to Ty. “The town was so small,” recalls Ty. “I went to a one-room schoolhouse and was the only student in my grade. The nearest neighbors were two miles away. Not that it mattered though, there was never any free time on the farm to play with friends,” he adds. The small town farming lifestyle wasn’t for him. When he turned eighteen, he looked to the military to get off the farm, and joined the Air Force. His Air Force career was in communications and took him to Guam for 18 months and Hawaii for four years. It was there that he earned his under-

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graduate degree. After Hawaii, he was recruited to work in the White House Communications Agency for then-President Clinton, where he stayed for four years and then ended his military career. He has worked as a fiber optics engineer for over thirty years. It was at the White House where he befriended Ellen Brown, an older woman who was doing recruitment and training for life insurance and investments. The two struck up a friendship, and when Ellen’s daughter, Beth, came to visit with the College Republicans, Ellen asked Ty to give them the West Wing tour. “Before 9-11 the Secret Service and White House Communications Team were given access to the West Wing after 7:00 p.m. for family tours,” says Beth. “I was enrolled in Campbell University in North Carolina when I took the tour with my mother, and Ty and I hit it off quickly. One thing led to another, and we were married 6 months after our first date,” she continues. The couple are parents to five children. Their eldest daughter Madeleine, who turned twentyone on August 1, received her Army commission from Kettle Run High School. She is going to graduate from Virginia Military Institute and Mary Baldwin next May as an Army officer. Her fiancé, Connor, is a soon-to-be Virginia Tech graduate and is also headed for the Army. “They are planning a December wedding so they can be stationed together,” says Beth.


The next oldest, Reagan, is in the National Honor Society and will be a senior at Kettle Run High School in the fall. She works part-time at Paws A While to get animal experience. “She is passionate about zoology and dreams of working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” says Beth. She hopes to apply for the Disney College Program to help her reach this goal. Ty and Beth had twins after Reagan. Makenzie enjoys the Warrenton Middle School theater activities and basketball. Lucas participates in Future Farmers of America, and according to mom, is the only family member who wishes they lived on that huge South Dakota farm. Although the couple thought they were done building their family after the twins, along came Lily, who is now ten years old. Lily is in the gifted program at Ritchie and enjoys basketball and volleyball. The large family spends a lot of quality time together at the happiest place on Earth. “We go to Disney World or on a Disney cruise almost every year,” says Beth. Their most recent trip was this past spring break, when they were still required to wear masks. “It didn’t dull the fun,” says Beth who, said the family, just rolled with this and all the other COVID restrictions of the past year. Avid churchgoers, the family is involved with St. John’s Catholic Church where Beth earned a Masters of Catechesis, intended for adults who serve the church. Having earned the degree, Beth feels obliged to teach others about Catholicism. In February 2013, Beth’s father fell ill and was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Within nine months, he was on hospice care. “He was

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a Vietnam Veteran and served in Thailand guarding aircraft that dropped Agent Orange,” says Beth. His exposure to Agent Orange led to his later ALS diagnosis. He died in October 2013, at the age of 64. “It was during my father’s illness that we were introduced to hospice care,” says Beth. “Heartland Hospice in Warrenton opened my eyes to the number of people who are alone during hospice and ultimately die that way. After we learned about hospice, we decided to do something and partnered with the organization to do a blanket drive at Christmas for people who don’t have any family and wouldn’t otherwise get anything for Christmas,” she adds. This past year they were able to give 45 people a Christmas present, 20 of which were from the Kettle Run National Honor Society. Beth never finished her college degree. After meeting Ty and marrying, the couple moved into their family season of life. With their youngest already ten, Beth is looking toward the next chapter of her life. “I spent a year working as the kindergarten aid at Greenville and loved the job,” she said. But her husband fell sick with a serious form of skin cancer, and it was too much to manage to stay at the school. “While Ty was sick, I volunteered with the Warrenton Middle School Principal to relaunch their PTO which had dissolved. I was the PTO President for two years and helped fulfill every request made of the PTO,” she says of her volunteer experience at the school. One of her most proud PTO successes is replacing the gymnasium scoreboards, which had been donated by Pepsi in the 70s and had never been replaced. “During COVID, the PTO scheduled a treat cart to visit the school every month. We wanted to do something special and cheerful for our teachers during a challenging year,” she says of the dedicated parents who worked with her on the newly re-founded PTO. Ty has since recovered from his skin cancer. When he isn’t working, he

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enjoys woodworking. He was happy to tackle a number of house projects during the pandemic. Even a small koi pond tucked under the backyard deck stairs was a simple and quick project for him to brighten a small space. Beth is now pursuing her long-awaited degree. “I am working toward a degree in Environmental Science and would like to work in animal conservation,” she said. And while not directly related to her degree, she is looking forward to breeding the family Dalmatian soon. Over the Fourth of July weekend, the dog was at the AKC with a handler earning her Grand Champion title. Whether at Disney World or enjoying their movies in their basement home theater, for the Grieses, the happiest place on Earth is wherever they are all together.


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6549 Stoneridge Ct

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Charity Spotlight Volunteers help plant 975 trees in a 100-acre native grassland.

The Clifton Institute: Educating All Ages about Our Biodiversity By Eleanor Harris, PhD, Managing Director - Just north of Warrenton sits the Clifton Institute, an environmental non-profit located on 900 acres of forests and fields. When you turn in at the driveway, you’ll want to go slowly because you never know what you’ll see along the way. If you’re lucky, you’ll spy an American Kestrel, the smallest bird of prey in North America and subject of the Clifton Institute’s latest research project. Listen, and you’ll hear the Red-Tailed Hawks soaring above and calling out with their signature whistles and squeals. You’ll pass a sign urging caution as you drive over a rat snake hibernaculum! Soon, you’ll see the lower pond edged with milkweed that attracts busy pollinators. During migration season, you’ll see Buffleheads and Wood Ducks bobbing out on the water. The industrious beavers keep the waters active, too. No matter what season, there’s something to see and do at Clifton.

Leading the operations of this gem in Fauquier County are co-directors Bert, and Managing Director Eleanor Harris teaches Eleanor Harris. Both have a student how to identify tracks. their doctorates in biology, and both are passionate about conserving Virginia’s biodiversity and educating people about the amazing plants and animals that live here. Every month you’ll find education programs for different ages and on different topics, from bird walks to a workshop on mathematical patterns in nature and even a book Photo credit Alex Shipherd: An American Kesclub. Every Saturday from trel catching a mouse at the Clifton Institute January to October, the trails are open to Friends of the Clifton Institute (people who donate at least $40 per year to the organization). This summer, the Clifton Institute offered an array of camps for all ages: Piedmont Polliwogs for preschool children, Young Explorers for 7-12-year-olds, and Young Scientists for 13-18-yearolds. Coming up in August, there will even be a new Nature Camp for Grownups! Every session is designed to give the campers a better understanding of our natural surroundings

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and the confidence to continue spending time outdoors. In the fall, children can attend biweekly Nature School classes, hike with their families during monthly Family Nature Walks, become a member of Nature Club, or come on a class trip with their schools. Adults can look forward to attending talks, walks, and workshops about wildflowers, pawpaws, raptors, nature journaling, and more. While the education programs may be the most public-facing aspect of Clifton, its research and conservation programs are of equal importance. For over twenty years, volunteer community scientists have been helping to conduct annual butterfly and bird counts. In 2021 the Clifton Institute organized an inaugural dragonfly count, and participants documented over 50 species, many of them found in the Brookside wetlands! Anyone can contribute to the Institute’s iNaturalist project, an Children on a family nature walk visit a online database of every beaver lodge. plant and animal found on the property so far. Nearly 2,000 species have been identified! This year, the Institute joined with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation to study the nesting habitat requirements of American Kestrels. The species is declining across the Executive Director Bert Harris helps a student country, and little is known at the Young Scientists Research Experience about how to manage survey fish in the pond. fields to make them hospitable for nesting kestrels. In the spring, the team attached GPS transmitters to 19 female kestrels so that they could see what kinds of fields they were foraging in. One adventurous female flew more than 11 miles from her nest to bring back food for her chicks! The results of this project will inform how the Clifton Institute manages its 100-acre native grassland and will be shared with other landowners as well.


Along with grasslands, shrublands are an important habitat for many declining species of birds, including American Woodcock, Yellow-breasted Chat, Prairie Warbler, and Field Sparrow. This habitat is disappearing due to development, invasion of non-native plants (like Autumn Olive), fire suppression, and shrublands turning into forests if left unmanaged. Clifton Institute staff and volunteers work hard every winter to remove invasive species, cut back overgrown vegetation, and conduct prescribed burns. The hard work is paying off: the Clifton Institute is home to unusually large populations of American Woodcock and Yellow-breasted Chats, as well rare plants like Green Milkweed and Rose-pink. Visitors to the Clifton Institute watch American Woodcock display at dusk.

Become a Friend, attend a program or volunteer with the Clifton Institute. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff is contagious, and you’re sure to learn something new! For more information, including upcoming events, please visit cliftoninstitute.org and follow the Clifton Institute on Facebook and Instagram @clifton.institute.

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Child Tax Credit Changes

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By Douglas M. Marshall, III CPA, Managing Principal, Marshall Consulting Group LLC

The American Rescue Plan Act enacted in March 2021 made important changes to the child tax credit. s Amount has increased for certain taxpayers s Is fully refundable s May be partially received in monthly payments s The age of qualifying children to 17 from 16 IRS will pay half the credit in the form of advance monthly payments beginning July 15. Taxpayers will then claim the other half when they file their 2021 income tax return. While these tax changes are temporary and only apply to the 2021 tax year, they may present important cash flow and financial planning opportunities today. The monthly advance of the credit is a significant change, and choosing to have the child tax credit advanced will affect your refund or amount due when you file your return. The child tax credit and advance payments are based on several factors, including the age of your children and your income. s s

The credit for children ages five and younger is up to $3,600 –– with up to $300 received in monthly payments. The credit for children ages six to 17 is up to $3,000 –– with up to $250 received in monthly payments.

To qualify for the child tax credit monthly payments, you must have: s s s s

iled a 2019 or 2020 tax return and claimed the child tax credit or given the IRS your information using the non-filer F tool A main home in the U.S. for more than half the year or file a joint return with a spouse who has a main home in the U.S. for more than half the year A qualifying child who is under age 18 at the end of 2021 and who has a valid Social Security number Income less than certain limits

For full advantage of the credit, modified adjusted gross income must be less than $75,000 for single filers, $150,000 for married filing jointly filers, and $112,500 for head of household filers. The credit begins to phase out above those thresholds. Higher-income families (married, filing jointly with $400,000 or less in income, or filers with $200,000 or less in income) will generally get the same credit as prior law (generally $2,000 per qualifying child) but may also choose to receive monthly payments. Taxpayers generally won’t need to do anything to receive any advance payments; the IRS will use information it has on file to start issuing payments.

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Community

Two August Cold War Museum Opportunities By Jason Hall, Executive Director | Photo By Cold War Museum

Visit www.coldwar.org for registration details August 8th

Saving the Kids: The Operation Babylift Plane Crash in the Vietnam War

Too often, U.S. military people are seen only in their necessary roles of deterring and attacking enemy forces. That’s a true but partial picture. Often invisible are the missions of mercy that they undertake, such as the Berlin Airlift during the early Cold War and Operation Babylift at the end of the Vietnam War, a little-known but largely successful attempt to airlift as many Vietnamese orphans as possible from Saigon as it was falling. But the first flight out suffered a disastrous series of mechanical failures at high altitude, ones so severe that it seemed inevitable that all of the children aboard would die along with the crew. Miraculously they didn’t; the majority survived almost certain death, thanks to the incredible teamwork, skill, and ingenuity of the crew. This is their story, told by the C-5A’s pilot, Col. Bud Traynor (USAF Ret.)

August 29th

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Hear the story of the transformation of air power in the first Gulf War from two pioneers of the planning and execution of the Desert Storm Air Campaign. Lt Gen Dave Deptula, USAF (Ret.) invented the master air-attack plan and wrote the attack plans for each day of the Desert Storm air campaign, using desired end-state effects as a planning mechanism by capitalizing on the technologies of stealth and precision in a fashion never applied in warfare before.

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Col Al Mink, USAF (Ret.) deployed as the first bomber pilot from the Air Force’s only wing of tactically qualified and ready bomber forces. He served as the initial cadre on the secret “black hole” team to plan the shape of the air campaign applying Gen Deptula’s new campaign approach. He brought the fighter-approach of Air Tasking Orders to the nuclear bomber force. During combat operations, he coordinated the launch and refueling of the largest bomber strike in the war and flew 18-hour strike formations. Lieutenant General David A. Deptula (Ret.) is the Dean, Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies, and the Risner/ Perot Senior Military Scholar at the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Academy. He is a highly-decorated military leader who transitioned from the USAF in 2010 after more than 34 years of distinguished service. He is a world-recognized leader in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat. He has accomplished several “firsts” in the command of joint forces, planning and execution of aerospace power, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), and improved international relationships.

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A nchov y Butter

By Anita Parris Soule

These roasted radishes are almost unbelievably delicious and could not be easier. If roasting radishes sounds totally weird to you, just trust me and give this recipe a try! Also, if you are a gardener like I am and find yourself with a bumper crop of radishes, this is the recipe for you! In fact, that is the exact reason this radish recipe was created! And the anchovy butter... let's talk about the anchovy butter. It is so good! Herby, garlicky, and so savory from the anchovies. It would make anything taste better!

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE ANCHOVY BUTTER v

1 4-ounce stick of butter

v 4-6 anchovy filets, chopped (I use King Oscar brand that are packed in olive oil) v

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced

v teaspoon each of chopped fresh chives, parsley, and dill (feel free to mix up the herbs and use what you love) v

a few grinds of black pepper

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small pinch of salt - remember the anchovies are quite salty

FOR THE RADISHES v 2 pounds radishes, halved if very large but feel free to leave the smaller radishes whole v

4 tablespoons anchovy butter *see notes for options

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combination of fresh herbs for finishing - I used dill, parsley, and chives

INSTRUCTIONS TO PREPARE ANCHOVY BUTTER Place a 4-ounce stick of butter in a bowl, add chopped anchovies,

herbs, garlic, salt and pepper, and give a good squish and mix. Set aside if using immediately, or place on a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and roll into a tight log, twisting the ends to seal. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

TO PREPARE RADISHES v Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. v P lace radishes on a large, rimmed baking tray - lined with parchment if desired. Add butter. If the butter is hard, simply place slices evenly on the tray as pictured. If the butter is soft, you can use two spoons to drop little blobs here and there. v P lace the tray in the preheated oven. After 10 minutes, remove from the oven and give a good mix and toss. v R eturn to the oven and roast until radishes are soft and have browned and crisped in spots. This should take another 15-20 minutes.

NOTES 1. I n place of butter, you could use coconut oil or ghee; just mix together as instructed. Rolling into a log might be more difficult, so feel free to transfer to a container to store in the fridge 2. I f anchovies aren't your thing, substitute a couple of spoons of miso paste or simply make the butter with garlic and herbs - it will be great!

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Registration is open for the 6th Annual CAYA Run for Your Life 5K At Verdun Adventure Bound By Moira Satre, CAYA Founder and CEO Participants will run or walk on a beautiful 5K Cross Country Course located at Verdun Adventure Bound, an outward-bound-like youth retreat center located on over 50 acres in Rixeyville. Follow the Sasquatch through the woods to the finish line. Music at the amphitheater, food, and awards will follow the race. This year we are excited to announce that our motivational race speaker is wellness advocate Chris Herren, founder of Herren Wellness, a residential substance use, wellness, and recovery center that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives, with locations in Warrenton, VA, and Seekonk, MA. Herren was a high school basketball legend from Fall River, MA, who scored over 2,000 career points while at Durfee High School and was named to the 1994 McDonald’s All-American team. Chris went on to play at Boston College and Fresno State. He played two seasons in the NBA, including one with his hometown team, the Boston Celtics – and seven seasons overseas before losing everything to the disease of addiction. Herren has been sober since August 1, 2008, and he shares his story nationally with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of others. Proceeds from the Run For Your Life 5K will assist the CAYA Coalition in supporting prevention programs and reduce the stigma of addiction in our community. The mission of the Come As You Are Coalition is to connect people who are impacted by addiction to support, treatment resources and to collaborate with community organizations to support local prevention programs in Culpeper and Fauquier Counties. For more information, visit: www.cayacoalition.org Race Start Time: 9:00 a.m. EDT Race End Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT Location: Verdun Adventure Bound, 17044 Adventure Bound Trail, Rixeyville, VA Price: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee Race day registration increases to $40 -- cash and checks only Registration: Price increases to $35.00 after September 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT To register: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Rixeyville/CAYARunForYourLife

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Calendar of Events

THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER Warrenton Farmers Market EVERY SAT. from 8:00 -12:00 in the lots behind 21 Main Street in Old Town Warrenton

Calendar AUGUST 7 Astronomy Day Star Party Get a great view of the constellations, planets, and stars at viewing sessions with the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. No formal program will be presented, however members of the club will be happy to answer your questions about astronomy. Bring your own telescope or observe through one provided. Cost: Free Ages: Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Rd, Midland www.facebook.com/events/564163511717374/ AUGUST 10 Piedmont Polliwogs Piedmont Polliwogs is a monthly pre-K program that includes an outdoor story time and short nature walk. Cost: Free! Age: 2 to 5, accompanied by a caregiver Time: 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Cost: Free

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AUGUST 13 God of Carnage at Dark Horse Theatre Company Dark Horse Theatre Company, 6507 Main Street, The Plains Grown-ups behaving badly. That’s what happens when a schoolyard scuffle leads four civilized adults to congregate in an affluent Brooklyn home. But civilization quickly crumbles as verbal sticks and stones begin to fly. God of Carnage is a savage comedy that took New York by storm last season. Its Los Angeles premiere promises equally delicious devastation. For tickets: www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/regional/God-of-Carnage-Bealeton AUGUST 18 Cigar and Whiskey Wednesdays! Join us for Cigar and Whiskey Wednesday at Denim

THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH Senior Supper Meals Senior Supper meals came to a halt back in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For years, Fauquier Health has held Senior Suppers as a tradition where seniors from the community could come, socialize, play card games and eat a delicious meal at a discounted rate. Seniors 55 years and older will be able to choose from one entree, two sides, and a fountain drink or milk – all for $6.00 (tax included). In order to make this happen, the Bistro will be set up to accommodate guests while maintaining social distancing measures. Seniors will be able to park and enter through the side bistro entrance area and selfscreen at the temperature station. Upon sanitizing their hands, they will be able to enter the bistro. Time 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. The Bistro on the Hill, 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton FauquierHealth.org/events and Pearls! Every month on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, our friends from Tobaccology will be here with a nice selection of cigars to choose from. Order one of our featured whiskey flights and enjoy the evening! Reservations are required! Call 540.349.9339 and


secure your spot today! Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Denim & Pearls, 29 Main Street, Warrenton www.denimandpearlsrestaurant.com/events/ AUGUST 19 Senior Supper Meals Time 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. The Bistro on the Hill, 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton FauquierHealth.org/events AUGUST 21 & 22 Flying Circus Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival The barnstorming style show features biplanes, other vintage aircraft and wingwalkers performing from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. each Sunday through Oct. 31. Cost: $15/person, discounts for military and children. Time: Gates open at 11:00 a.m. 5114 Ritchie Road, Route 644, Bealeton www.flyingcircusairshow.com/ AUGUST 28 - 29 Nature Camp for Grown-Ups Grownups, have you ever wished you could come to one of our nature camps? Well, now you can! This August we are offering our first ever weekend-long Nature Camp for Grownups. Activities will start on the morning of August 28, go through a campfire that night, resume on the morning of August 29, and conclude that afternoon. Activities may include competitive BioBlitzes, nature journaling, outdoor yoga, a bird walk, mini science projects, crafts, and

more. And of course, we’ll be making friends and having fun the whole time! We’ll provide dinner and s’mores on Saturday night and some sweet treats on Sunday morning; you’ll bring bag lunches both days. All materials for crafts and other projects will be included. This is not sleep away camp – at least not yet – so you’ll go home to your own bed on Saturday night. Time: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – Sunday, 4:00 p.m. Cost: $155 ($140 for Friends of Clifton) Age: Adults only The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd, Warrenton https://cliftoninstitute.org/

AUGUST 28 Twilight Polo: Polo, Cars and Cigars Fundraiser Presented by Alexandria Scottish Rite Philanthropy Committee. Join ASR for an evening of Polo, Cars & Cigars to benefit children with communication challenges. *Cigars not included; you may bring your own or purchase from vendor at event. Guests welcome, max 50 participants. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $100/person 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains www.facebook.com/events/1625797440942315/

Swingin' Luau

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15 @ 2 PM By Wendy Martin-Shuma Vint Hill Community Center 4235 Aiken Drive, Warrenton, Virginia Aloha! Come out and join the Silver Tones Swing Band, Wendy Marie, Gene Bates, and the Silver Belles vocal trio on Sunday, August 15, as we take you to the tropics with hot big band swing! The Silver Tones will be performing at a brand-new venue, the Vint Hill Community Center, which features a huge dance floor with plenty of room to swing (or hula!). The band will be playing two long sets that afternoon, and there will be audience seating for those who wish to just enjoy the music and watch the dancing. Don your favorite Hawaiian shirt, flower leis, shorts, flip-flops, and beach attire, and join us for a fun afternoon of great music with the 14-piece Silver Tones Swing Band and vocalists. Coconuts and grass skirts are also welcome! There will be a limbo contest at intermission with a prize for the winner. Light refreshments and water/ soda will be for sale at the Snack Shack. General admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seniors (65 and older) and students (with ID) are $10 at the door. Kids 5 and under are free. Advance tickets at www.silvertonesswingband.com. Mahalo!

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