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December 1, 2017

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: 1,300 Christmas trees

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The Boy Scouts will sell Christmas trees in Warrenton through Dec. 24.
1,300

The number of Christmas trees that Boy Scouts hope to sell from the parking lot next to Rankins True Value Hardware in Warrenton. The fundraiser, which started the day after Thanksgiving, will continue through Christmas Eve.

Every year, Troops 10, 161, 175, 180 and 1171 sell Frasier, Douglas and Concolor firs and Scotch pines, ranging from 5 to more than 12 feet tall.

Trees range from $35 to $125.


$56.5 million

Fauquier Hospital’s personnel costs — salaries, benefits and related expenditures — in 2016.

The hospital had 656 full-time employees, according to Virginia Health Information’s annual report.


$875,000

The cost of eliminating 35 potential home lots on farmland in Southern Fauquier through the county’s voluntary Purchase of Development Rights program.

For the program’s next round, Fauquier has received five applications. If the board of supervisors approves them, 35 potential home building lots will be eliminated and 768 acres permanently protected from development through deed restriction.

Four Cedar Run District and one Lee District farmer have submitted applications.

Under the PDR program, Fauquier pays property owners who meet certain criteria $25,000 per potential lot.

Fauquier launched the program in 2002. During the last 15 years, it has spent $15.8 million — about two-thirds of that local tax dollars — to eliminate 620 potential home lots and protect 12,057 acres.

No other Virginia local government has protected more farmland through PDR programs.


312

Traffic tickets Virginia State Police issued in Fauquier during the Thanksgiving holiday, from Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26.

From Tuesday through Sunday of that week, Fauquier sheriff’s deputies issued 162 traffic tickets and Warrenton police officers 88.


44

Christmas wreaths hang on light posts around Old Town Warrenton.

Three town public works employees — Tom Huff, Dustin Dawson and Roger Heflin — installed the wreaths before Thanksgiving.

Eighteen large wreaths hang along major streets and 22 smaller versions decorate poles in Old Town.
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