5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Structure fires up this year
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Firefighters battle a Dec. 11 blaze that destroyed a home on Mosby Drive in Warrenton Lakes.
Structure fires reported to Fauquier’s 9-1-1 center from January through Dec. 27.
That represents 30 percent more than in 2016. The center dispatched first responders to 83 structure fires last year.
As of Dec. 27, the center had dispatched 68 calls as residential fires — about 26 percent more than last year’s total of 54.
Dispatchers handle emergency calls from sheriff’s deputies, Warrenton police officers, firefighters, medics and citizens.
Some calls dispatched as structure fires can turn out to be something else, such as stove or leaf fires, according Communications Manager Joell D. Kight.
The Virginia Department of Transportation budget to remove snow from Fauquier’s highways this winter.
VDOT has set aside $14.1 million to clear roads in the nine-county Culpeper District, which includes Fauquier. That averages $1.5 million per county.
The department’s statewide snow-removal budget totals $210.1 million.
Head Start children who selected two Christmas gifts apiece at GumDrop Square in Warrenton to give to family members or friends this year.
Seven area churches and individuals donated $960 for the purchase of 278 gifts.
During the first week of December, eight groups of children combined their visits to GumDrop Square at the John Barton Payne Community Hall with “story times” hosted by the Fauquier County Public Library.
Swim meets the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility hosted in 2017. The WARF also hosted 17 swim meets in 2016.
Swim meet season at the WARF runs October through March, according to Town Parks and Recreation Director Margaret Rice.
“We have four large USA Swimming meets that are held with teams from all over the area, including teams from Maryland, Washington, D.C., south of Richmond and the Winchester area,” Ms. Rice said. “The USA meets are very large that fill our hotels, restaurants and shops over the weekends when they are held.”
Each USA swim meet can draw 4,000 to 6,000 people.
Local high schools also have swim meets at the WARF, where they typically draw 300 to 400 spectators.
Sets of children’s pajamas Claude Thompson Elementary School students collected Dec. 5 to 13 for Scholastic’s ninth annual Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.
The Rectortown school will deliver the pajamas to the Fauquier Family Shelter in Warrenton.