5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Buses stuffed for needy
Students help “stuff the bus” with donated food this week at W.G. Coleman Elementary School near Marshall.
Warrenton VFW volunteers will give away poppies and accept donations this weekend at local grocery stores.
Pounds of food Fauquier County Public Schools recently collected with the annual “Stuff the Bus” drive. The 7,515 nonperishable items delivered to the Fauquier Community Food Bank will supplement Thanksgiving Day meals for those in need.
Among the 22 schools and departments that collected items over the last month, Liberty High School donated the most with 1,263 items.
Three school buses traveled around the county to collect the items on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The school system started the food drive in 2012. Last year, “Stuff the Bus” produced a record 9,402 pounds of food for the needy.
Volunteers each Memorial Day weekend and Veterans Day weekend hand out between 500 and 1,000 “Buddy Poppies” to honor and help raise awareness of military veterans.
This weekend, Nov. 9-12, volunteers will hand out poppies and accept donations at Giant, Safeway and Walmart in Warrenton.
One of the post’s biggest fundraisers, 97 percent of all donations go to support local veterans, youth programs and community awards.
Warrenton’s VFW Post 9835 in recent years has grown to about 200 active members.
The number of Tesla automobiles registered in Fauquier County, according to Commissioner of Revenue Ross D’Urso.
Since 2012, the Palo Alto-based company has sold an estimated 400,000 all-electric vehicles.
Base prices range from $47,200 for the Model 3 to $84,200 for the Model X, according to Car & Driver magazine.
The maximum annual salary Fauquier County would pay a broadband project manager to oversee its efforts to extend high-speed internet service to unserved and underserved areas of the county. The starting would be $66,450.
The board of supervisors Thursday agreed to immediately advertise the new position.
“We need somebody who can dedicate full-time efforts to this,” said Supervisor Rick Gerhardt (Cedar Run District), the board’s most vocal broadband advocate and chairman of the county’s broadband authority.
Fauquier County voters cast absentee ballots in the Nov. 6 election.
That represents 10.3 percent of the total 32,192 ballots cast in the county to help elect a U.S. senator and two House of Representatives members, in addition to deciding whether to adopt two state constitutional amendments.
Nationwide, as in Fauquier, more citizens exercise options to vote early or by absentee ballots.