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April 5, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Funds for Fauquier SPCA

Clockwise from top: Last weekend’s Fauquier SPCA rummage sale (Photo Courtesy of Dennis Taylor), Town of Warrenton employees and aluminum cans baled at Corral Farm for county’s recycling.

Revenue the Fauquier County SPCA generated last weekend with its 11th annual “Digging for Gold” Upscale Rummage Sale at Highland School. All proceeds benefit the humane organization that operates an animal shelter near Casanova.

Friday’s early bird sale and party, which attracted more than 200, had a $25 per person entry fee. The organization charged no admission fee Saturday. The two-day event represents the SPCA’s largest annual fundraiser.

About 45 volunteers worked the sale, according to Angela Keyser, who with two other SPCA board members headed the fundraiser. The nonprofit’s fiscal 2020 budget totals $982,331, of which Fauquier County government contributed $300,000.


Tons of aluminum cans that the Fauquier County Department of Environmental Services recycled last year.

It takes about 64,000 cans to make a ton. That means the county last year recycled more than 2 million cans.

Residents deposit cans and other recyclables at “convenience sites” around the county. The Town of Warrenton also sends its curbside collection recyclables to the county sorting center at Corral Farm.

The county department sells baled commodities by the tractor-trailer load. Aluminum cans last year produced $38,213 in gross revenue, which helped offset the cost of trash disposal. Fauquier’s garbage gets trucked to a landfill near Richmond.


The number of people in Fauquier’s workforce as of February, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

Of those, 1,071 lacked jobs, putting the county’s unemployment rate at 2.9 percent, according to the most recent VEC report.

Virginia’s unemployed totaled 139,174, putting the state jobless rate at 3.2 percent.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent, accounting for 6.6 million people.


Residents at Poet’s Walk, a “memory care” center in Warrenton for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. 

Opened in January 2018, Poet’s Walk operates at 69 percent of capacity. It can house up to 68 residents.


The cost of merit-based raises for Town of Warrenton employees in the proposed fiscal 2020 budget.

If approved by the town council, Warrenton’s 148 full-time employees would receive average raises of 3 percent.

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Tony Bentley · April 5, 2019 at 2:17 pm
Teachers get a raise, County Employees get a raise.........I'm going broke paying for raises for other people. When do I get a raise?
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