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June 17, 2015

Faces of Fauquier: FHS grad has all she needs here

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
“If I can’t do something, like screen printing or signs, I’ll refer it to someone who can,” Cathy Dodson says. “You have to pick and choose what you do.”
Fauquier has its beautiful countryside. It’s a county that has grown, but not too much. There are opportunities for small businesses. It’s just a well-rounded place, with lots to see and do.
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She understands why tens of thousands searching for better lives have settled in Fauquier since World War II.

The owner of Printing for You in Warrenton never had to leave her native county for the qualities she cherishes.

When she graduated from Fauquier High School in 1980, her sister-in-law told Cathy Dodson that the late Harold Williams needed help at his business, Remington Press. She started working there, “doing secretarial things, typing” and whatever the job required.

Mrs. Dodson, who grew up on a farm north of Warrenton, learned about design, manual paste-up, prepress and bindery work. That has led to a 35-year career in printing.

Married to her high-school sweetheart, she started her own business in 2009, after the closing of a small Warrenton print shop where she worked.

“Basically, I consider myself a printing broker,” she explained. “I’ve got a good group of printers I work with. Carol Weaver, a freelancer, has done my graphic design for years.

“Mostly, I do letterhead, business cards, forms labels — just a variety of things. If I can’t do something, like screen printing or signs, I’ll refer it to someone who can. You have to pick and choose what you do.”

Mrs. Dodson described her clients as small to medium-sized businesses.

“The Internet hasn’t helped” businesses, she added. “There’s Vistaprint,” an online service that people can use to design and order printed products.

But, many business owners who lack the time or skills for that “put their trust in me.”

She and her husband Kenny live at Lakota, a crossroads west of Remington, near the Rappahannock River, with great views of the Blue Ridge. They have lots of family in Fauquier, and she has a close group of friends who have line-danced together for a quarter-century.

Mrs. Dodson appreciates life in Fauquier, which suits her well.

• Age

• Home
Lakota, west of Remington.

• Work
Owner of Printing for You in Warrenton since 2009. Previously worked 29 years for small, local printing operations.

• Why do you do the job?
I enjoy working with people, not only on the business side, but I’ve made new friends.

• Family
Husband, Kenny; son, Dean; daughter-in-law, Judy; grandson, Jacob; our Jack Russell terrier, Cammy, and lots of extended family.

• Education
Fauquier High School, 1980.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
All my life. I was born here, went to school here and have worked here since graduation.

• Why do you live here?
It’s just been my home for so long. There’s no place I would rather be. It’s beautiful, and all my family is here.

• How do you describe this county?
Fauquier has its beautiful countryside. It’s a county that has grown, but not too much. There are opportunities for small businesses. It’s just a well-rounded place, with lots to see and do.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
As of now, probably nothing.

• What do you do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with Jacob, my grandson, and watching him play sports — soccer, t-ball, and wrestling this winter was the best. I enjoy going out with family and friends. Then, when you get to line dancing, I just love it! I have a great group of friends, the Country Babes. We practice once a week. And, we got out and bring joy to people in nursing homes and other places — Oak Springs, Warrenton Manor, The Oaks and the Culpeper Rehabilitation Center. We’ve been doing it for over 25 years.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
My home and, for dancing, the Remington Lions Club. For dinner, Outback Steakhouse.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
It will probably be larger (in development and population) than it is. I know we need some growth, but I don’t want to see it become Fairfax. Let Fairfax be Fairfax.

• Favorite TV show?
NCIS — all of them.

• Favorite movie?
“The Wizard of Oz”

• Favorite food?
Bacon, chocolate and Pepsi — so bad, but so good!

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
Be honest; work hard; lend a helping hand, and be happy. My parents and grandparents always told me that.

• Who’s your hero and why?
Well, all my family. And, I don’t want to swell his head, but my husband. They all support me.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would have a small spending spree, then I would invest so I could do more for my family later.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Mike Harvey’s sweet work takes lots of sweat.

• Warrenton native Joan Williams still serving her community.

• Classic cars consume engineer Matt Innocenzi’s free time.

• Wood transformed in the hands of Edward Fox.

• Earl Arrington serves printing customers and his community.

• Michael Hughes wears music, threater and equestrian hats.

• Store in Goldvein part of Susan Leopold’s family legacy.

• County native Maggi MacQuilliam devoted to the great outdoors.

• Health care for the needy Rob Marino’s mission.

• Daphne Latimore focuses on human capital.

• Horses extend Louise Summers’ work as teacher.

• As volunteer coach, Jeff Budd develops young wrestlers.

• Fraces Allshouse’s jobs focus on preservation.

• Jessica Smolinski’s book introduces children to Old Town Warrenton.

• Margaret Rice’s job all about fitness and fun in Warrenton.

• Robert Sturgeon has built his 70-employee businesses in Bealeton from scratch.

• 4-H leader Zach Woodward relishes the lessons of farming.

• Hospital auxiliary volunteer Alison Lee also earned fame in drag racing circles.

• Highland School veteran staff member Lise Hicklin always wanted to teach.

• As 9-1-1 dispatcher, Kateland Rich works to maintain calm during crisis.

• Chaplain Liz Danielsen finds a giving community.

• 9-1-1 response in Rodney Woodward’s bloodline.

• Fast talk a tool of the trade for auctioneer Kathy Shumate.

• Sam Poles takes care of varmits.

• Diane King mentors student performers at Fresta Valley Christian School.

• Lewis F. Lee Jr. followed his father into taxidermy business.

• Edward Payne returns to Orlean and to photography with passion.

• Janet Metzger’s Old Town Warrenton shop a hub of creativity.

• Pablo Teodoro bakes to build community.

• Community trails have become passion for retired VDOT engineer Bob Moore.

• Teresa Reynolds makes transition from butcher to museum director.

• After working in New York and Italy, Christine Fox moved home to open fashion boutique 25 years ago.

• Steve Lewis develops hunting reality show on Dish Network.

• Julia Trumbo grew up in the family grocery business.

• Tax preparer Renée Turner enjoys owning a business in Old Town Warrenton.

• ICU staff Carol Jones values patients’ trust.

• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

• Liberty graduate Brittany Aubrey works in the smile business.

• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

• Teaching music therapy combines Abigail Newman’s passions.

• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.

• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.

• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.

• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”

• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.

• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.

• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.

• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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PattiL · June 17, 2015 at 4:57 pm
Cathy is one of the kindest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. So happy to see this story about her. And if you need something printed, you will receive the absolute best customer service at Printing For You and you will be very pleased with your order.
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