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May 30, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Army base might house homeless

When the Army leaves, Vint Hill Farms Station could offer opportunities for her organization to establish “transitional housing” there, according to Fauquier Family Shelter Services Executive Director Stephanie van Gulden.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of June 3, 1994


Homeless shelter group explores Vint Hill options

The coordinator of Fauquier Family Shelter Services thinks there may be a place for the county’s homeless at Vint Hill Farms Station.

“It certainly makes sense to use it however we can,” said Stephanie van Gulden, who heads the nonprofit. “I’m not exactly sure what that means, but we’ve talked about transitional housing.”

The Army in September 1997 will abandon Vint Hill, a 700-acre electronic warfare base with a range of housing near New Baltimore.

After other federal agencies, organizations that serve the homeless rank high in priority for use of closed military bases.

Ms. van Gulden has met with representatives of other local organizations that serve the poor, such as Habitat for Humanity, Fauquier Housing Corp., FISH and People Helping People, to discuss the possibilities for Vint Hill.

“We want to work with anybody who’s had anything to do with helping the homeless,” she said.





Student parking fees approved

Students will have to play at least $55 to park at Fauquier and Liberty High schools in the fall.

The school board Tuesday night approved the new fee as part of a package to avoid budget cuts.

“The time has come for fees,” Mary Charles Ashby (Scott District) said. “What else can you do for $55? That won’t even buy you half a Big Mac a day.”

Students, however, deem the parking charges unfair.

“I don’t think it’s right,” said FHS senior Kate Foster, who drives her brother Travers to school. “It’s hard for kids to come up with gas money, let alone $55 to park.”

Other Fauquier High students said it would be unfair to charge a fee because their parents already pay taxes to support the school system, including parking lots, which have been at FHS for decades.

“It seems (the school board) is trying to make a fee off of us instead of trying to education us,” FHS junior Mark Hyson said.


Hospital “fit stop” targets commuters

How about a blood pressure and cholesterol check to go?

Attempting to increase health awareness among commuters, Fauquier Hospital and WQRA-FM will host a “Health Fit Stop” next week.

From Monday through Friday, homeward-bound commuters will free health screenings as they travel south along Route 29.

“Health screenings are becoming very important,” hospital spokesman Peter Fakoury said. “Rather than treating people when they’re sick, let’s keep them healthy.”

Approximately 25 health-care volunteers will provide the screenings:

• 4 to 7 p.m. at Buckland Farm Market near the Fauquier-Prince William County line.

• 4 to 6 p.m. in the commuter parking lot at Routes 29 and 605 just north of Warrenton.


LHS boosters to raise $50,000

Liberty High School supporters this week launched a campaign to raise $50,000 toward completion of the Eagles’ athletic facilities.

“If we can raise $50,000, we believe the school board or the board of supervisors will come up with the rest,” said C.L. “Boots” Ritchie, a member of the LHS Principal’s Advisory Group.’

Finishing all the athletic facilities at LHS would cost an estimated $665,000. Lighting and additional bleachers at the football stadium — the short-term goals — would take about $385,000.

Warrenton car dealer Jim Harris got the ball rolling this week, when he sold the Liberty supporters an emerald green, customized van for $15,000 — about $9,500 less than the sticker price.

The boosters plan to sell 300 chances on the van at $100 each. That would generate at $15,000 profit. They have other fundraisers planned.


Teachers get 4.5-percent raises

Veteran Fauquier teachers will get raises of $1,250 in the new fiscal year, which starts July 1.

But, surrounding counties plan to give greater pay increases, Chairman Larry Czarda (Marshall District) said Tuesday night, when the school board made its final budget decisions.

With the average teacher pay increasing from $29,345 to $30,595, Fauquier instructors will remain behind, Czarda suggested.

“Where we are is where we’ve always been,” said Gary Watson (Center District), who voted against the budget that passed, 4-1. Teachers “are getting behinder and behinder and behinder.”

Teachers will get 4.5-percent raises, not the 8 percent the school board originally sought.

New teachers will start at $23,420.


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