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November 2, 2018

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Rocking at Vulcan quarry

The St. James’ Episcopal pipe organ, Vulcan’s Sanders Quarry, education farm bounty, animal control busy and millions spent on lottery in Fauquier.
1.6 million tons

Crushed stone that Vulcan Materials Co.’s Sanders Quarry near Warrenton produced in 2017.

Vulcan mines basalt stone — from sand to boulders weighing as much as 250 pounds — from the quarry’s 200-foot-deep pit. Businesses and individuals can buy stone from the quarry along Meetze Road.

The quarry — a certified wildlife habitat — started in 1920. It has 36 full time employees.

Luck Stone also operates a newer quarry at Bealeton.

$14.52 million

Total ticket sales at Fauquier County’s 41 Virginia Lottery retailers in fiscal 2018.

Lottery sales statewide totaled $2.1 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Most of the money goes back to players in prizes. But, 28.3 percent goes to public education, based on a locality’s “need.”

Fauquier County Public Schools received $2.33 million in lottery profits in fiscal 2018.

55,024 pounds

The Fauquier Education Farm’s total produce harvest for 2018 — about 10 percent less than last year.

In 2017, the farm harvested 60,867 pounds of produce. “Excessive rainfall” caused this year’s dip.

Founded in 2010, the nonprofit operation just east of Warrenton donates its entire harvest to food banks in Fauquier, Rappahannock and Prince William counties, along with two assistance programs in Culpeper County.
The farm has about seven acres under cultivation along Meetze Road southeast of Warrenton. 


The approximate number of pipes that create sound for Saint James’ Episcopal Church of Warrenton’s organ.

Manufactured by Tennessee-based Randall Dyer & Associates Inc., the organ also features 69 stops, which control the sounds the organ generates, three 61-note keyboards and 32 pedals, according to Music Director Jesse Ratcliffe.


The number of animals — mostly cats and dogs — the Fauquier sheriff’s three animal control officers have picked up this year as of Nov. 1.

That equals almost 1.5 animal pick-ups per day.

During that period, Cedar Run District ranked first among Fauquier’s five magisterial districts with 152 animal pick-ups, according to the sheriff’s daily activity report.

Lee District had 136 pick-ups, Marshall 110, Center 75 and Scott 57.
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