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October 29, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: Trails have become his passion

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Bob Moore hopes the Warrenton Branch Greenway ultimately connects to a trail network throughout Fauquier.
I really wanted to stay active in the community. Per Bang-Jensen invited me to join the Fauquier Trails Coalition. I have to keep moving and doing things.
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He uses his energy to help develop places to walk and cycle safely around the county.

Retired from a career as a Virginia Department of Transportation engineer, Bob Moore remains active in his community through the Fauquier Trails Coalition.

The non-profit group works closely with the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department to develop hiking, biking and equestrian trails throughout the county that will eventually connect all the “service districts.”

After 35 years with VDOT, Mr. Moore sought a way to stay involved in his community. As an avid runner and with knowledge of county development, he fit right into the organization and helps with events such as the annual Great Pumpkin Ride and 5-K Trails Challenge.

In the short term, he believes Fauquier generally will look the same, but with “more houses, more vehicles on the road. Development will come at a moderate pace . . .. It’s growing at a steady rate, thanks to the county’s comprehensive plan to draw people into the county.”

What would he change about the place?

“Speed up getting more trails, because we are behind most states and counties around us like Fairfax.”

Approximately 90,000 people a year use the Warrenton Branch Greenway according to Mr. Moore.

• Age


• Home

• Work
Volunteer secretary for the Fauquier Trails Coalition. He served as the president for three years and has volunteered for five years. He retired from VDOT in 2006 after 35 years, working in construction, maintenance, management and as the resident engineer.

• Why do you do the job?

When I was with VDOT, I had a lot of contact with local people, and I enjoyed that. I really wanted to stay active in the community. Per Bang-Jensen invited me to join the Fauquier Trails Coalition. I have to keep moving and doing things.

• Family
Wife, Janice; daughters, Jennifer and Robyn, and son, Bob Jr.

• Education
Rappahannock High School, 1961.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Deacon at Flint Hill Baptist Church. My great grandfather was one of the founders of the church. Volunteer with the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Volunteer with the Fauquier County Trails Coalition events such as the Great Pumpkin Ride and the 5K Trails Challenge.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1984, thirty years.

• Why do you live here?
Fauquier County is a good place to be and there is some development, but that’s needed. Good schools, organizations, good council and board of supervisors.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s growing at a steady rate, thanks to the county’s comprehensive plan to draw people into the county. It’s planned pretty well here. Lots of farming and urban areas. A mix that makes it pretty nice — flat terrain and mountains.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Speed up getting more trails, because we are behind most states and counties around us like Fairfax.

• What do you do for fun?
I run. Do home projects, build things, renovate my house, tinker. Work on my 1976 Chevrolet Vega.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Where my mailbox stands, you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chester Gap.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Not much different. More houses, more vehicles on the road. Development will come at a moderate pace, and that will depend on water and sewer supply. Maybe another high school. VDOT needs to start looking at new road construction from here to the north with the county board and citizens. In 50 years, maybe get commuter rail here in Fauquier County.

• Favorite TV show?
Shows on the History Channel such as “Modern Marvels” and on the Science Channel, “How It’s Made.”

• Favorite movie?
Clint Eastwood’s Western movies.

• Favorite book?
I don’t do a lot of reading, but I do a lot of scan reading of military and Civil War books.

• Favorite vacation spot?

Nags Head, The Outer Banks. The Chesapeake Bay near Reedville.

• Favorite food?
Chick-fil-A or any grilled chicken.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My mother always said, “Be kind to people and be a good listener. “

• Who’s your hero and why?
My mother, because at times she was only person working to support us when I was real little. My wife for raising the kids and making sure they were readers. In the way of political folks, Dwight D. Eisenhower because he came through World War II and started the interstate highway system.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Probably help my kids with their college loans.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• 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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