5 Friday Fauquier factoids: More parade floats this year
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The St. John Catholic School float in last year’s Warrenton Christmas Parade.
Floats — including one that will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus — that civic organizations, businesses and school music and dance groups have entered in the Friday, Dec. 1, Warrenton Christmas Parade. Last year, the parade had 63 entries.
The Main Street procession will start at Sixth Street and conclude at Pelham Street.
Post-parade festivities will include giving float trophies — The Clarke Griswold Award (most illuminated entry), Most Original Holiday Entry and Judge’s Choice — to three participants, the opening of Gum Drop Square and a fireworks display.
The county’s smallest traditional public school, Claude Thompson Elementary near Rectortown, measures 49,790 square feet. But, Southeastern Alternative School near Midland has less than half that amount of space.
Financial assistance People Helping People of Fauquier County this year has budgeted to provide needy families and individuals.
That represents a 46.6 percent increase over 2016’s total of $38,869.
People Helping People will disperse more money this year because of increased donations from churches, individuals and grant-giving organizations, President Elfie Schmid said.
For 2017, the Warrenton-based nonprofit budgeted $34,700 to assist clients to cover electricity, oil, natural gas and water and sewer bills.
The volunteer-staffed group this year also set aside $21,600 for rent and temporary housing support.
“Proffered” cash the Town of Warrenton had on hand as of October.
As part of the rezoning process, developers often agree to “proffer” cash, land and/or improvements to offset the costs of public education and other services, such a law enforcement, fire/rescue coverage, libraries and recreation.
Most recently, proffered cash paid for construction of the Warrenton Dog Park.
Fauquier public school students — or 59.9 percent — rode the bus during the 2016-17 term, according to the superintendent’s annual review.
The school system has 153 bus routes and 2,765 stops.
The median age of Fauquier residents as of July 1, 2016, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate.
Virginia’s median age stood at 37, versus the nationwide median age of 37.9.