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March 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Helping recession’s victims

March 1992: Warrenton Decor owner Dawn Chadwick organized the drive with fellow shopping center merchants.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of March 13, 1992

“Neighbor” campaign helps those in need

While sometimes overwhelmed by requests for assistance during this recession, Diane King has been amazed by the opposite end of the spectrum — the growing number of people who want to help meet those needs.

“It’s really interesting to me to see so many different groups coming out of the woodwork to help when the need is so great,” said the Midland resident who coordinates FISH, a volunteer program that provides food and financial assistance.

FISH’s food banks and cash-flow accounts will benefit from a new program at the Warrenton Center shopping plaza. Through March, 10 stores there will collect food, toiletries, clothing, school supplies and money for everything from fuel assistance to new shoes for children.

Dawn Chadwick, the owner of Warrenton Décor, started “Operation Share with a Neighbor” to help those who have suffered the most through the recession.


Supervisor: Buy the old nursing home

For the “right price,” Supervisor David C. Mangum (Lee District) thinks Fauquier County should do the “smart thing” and by the vacant District Nursing Home in Warrenton.

County staff and consultants have begun to inspect the 78-year-old building at 32 Waterloo St. to see if the facility could be cost effectively converted to office space.

Early word on the review indicates the 11,768-square-foot building “appears to be good and solid, structurally,” said Mangum, the board’s biggest booster for buying it.


Morgan takes on Thompson in The Plains

The smallest of Fauquier’s three incorporated towns will provide the most political excitement in municipal elections this spring.

The Plains has just 219 residents, 103 registered voters and an annual town budget of $38,000. But, it has a contested mayor’s race and seven candidates for four town council seats on the May 5 ballot.

Three-term incumbent Mayor Michael Thompson will face challenger John Carter Morgan Jr.


County would spend $879,000 to open schools same time again

Maybe it’s part of the new math, but a program that trimmed $275,000 from the school budget when it was cut last year would cost $879,000 to put back in place next year.

Confused? Members of the school board certainly were Monday night during a report of the cost of “staggered openings.”

When the county decided to open elementary and secondary schools at different times this year, the move saved money for two reasons:

• It reduced the number of school bus drivers needed by 20.

• It kept the county from having to buy eight new buses at a cost of $35,000 each.

But, returning to a schedule with all students starting class at the same time would require 21 new buses, 21 more drivers and three clerical people, Transportation Director Bill Stanton told the board.


New Homes at Below Market Prices

Cedars of Warrenton. From $89,900. Our new Phase III Section now open. 2-bedroom, 2-bath homes with fireplace and deck, within walking distance of shopping. 30 year, fixed-rate, below market financing. Free washer and dryer with contract by March 31. Sequoia Signature Homes.
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