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Memorial Day parade, ceremony slated May 28

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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59th Hunt Country Stable Tour this weekend

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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Warrenton changes trash collection for holiday

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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Teen allegedly threatened to “shoot up the school”

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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Fauquier sheriff’s detectives Tuesday morning continued to investigate a Snapchat conversation involving a student allegedly making statements to “shoot up the school.”

“Several concerned citizens notified the sheriff’s office last night . . . regarding the Snapchat conversation,” Sgt. James Hartman said.

“Detectives identified the individual, a 14-year-old male, and took him into custody,” Sgt. Hartman added. “The SRO (school resource officer) at Warrenton Middle School is working together with school administration to maintain a safe and secure environment. The incident remains under investigation.”

Authorities took the student into custody at 11 p.m. Monday.

School officials notified parents of the incident at 11:05 Tuesday morning.

On May 10, sheriff’s deputies stopped a bus and took into custody a Warrenton Middle seventh-grade girl who allegedly texted a friend “that she was bringing her father’s gun to school.”

PATH Foundation commits $90k to extend broadband

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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The board of supervisors recently approved incentives of up to $180,000 to spur construction of telecommunications towers, that would support broadband expansion in rural areas of Fauquier.
Thousands of Fauquier County residents have poor or no access to broadband and/or wireless phone service. The adverse impacts of these access challenges include reduced access to telehealth services, educational opportunities for students of all ages, telecommuting options for Fauquier residents and more.
— PATH Communications Director Amy Petty
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A Warrenton-based foundation recently gave a big financial boost to Fauquier County government’s incentive plan to extend broadband internet service to rural areas.

The PATH Foundation last Friday approved a $90,000 grant that will help accelerate the construction of telecommunications towers on which broadband providers will install equipment.

The county supervisors on May 10 unanimously approved an incentive plan to help Baltimore-based Calvert Crossland LLC build six telecommunications towers.

Under the five-page agreement, Calvert Crossland would get as much as $30,000 annually per tower for up to five years.

In exchange, Fauquier would get a “place” on each tower at no cost that it could sublease to a broadband provider. Alternatively, Calvert Crossing could lease the space to a broadband company, reducing the county’s payment.

PATH’s grant commits $90,000 to the construction of three towers at $30,000 per structure.

Expanding broadband access achieves several of the nonprofit’s objectives, Communications Director Amy Petty explained in an email.

“Thousands of Fauquier County residents have poor or no access to broadband and/or wireless phone service,” Ms. Petty said. “The adverse impacts of these access challenges include reduced access to telehealth services, educational opportunities for students of all ages, telecommuting options for Fauquier residents and more.”

Thanking PATH for its support, Supervisor Rick Gerhardt (Cedar Run District) said the nonprofit appreciates the “challenges” of providing broadband internet service to Fauquier’s unserved and underserved areas.

The nonprofit’s support of Fauquier’s broadband efforts “makes perfect sense” because it understands “the future of home healthcare in rural areas depends on a solid broadband infrastructure,” Mr. Gerhardt wrote in a text message.

A tireless broadband advocate, the Cedar Run supervisor also serves on the foundation’s board.

The county’s incentive plan seeks to accelerate tower construction.

“We cannot build a tower without a market tenant” such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint, Calvert Crossland Principal Barb Pivec explained in a recent interview. “Typically, commercial communications tower rates do not fit into a broadband carrier’s economic model.”

But, the $30,000-per-year payment would allow her company to construct a tower “with a broadband tenant, while we’re working towards securing our market tenant,” said Ms. Pivec, whose company last year constructed the 140-foot monopole near Casanova.

Her company’s agreement with the county “will help bridge the gap so broadband providers can have the opportunity to be on air at a faster rate,” she added.

The contract calls for Fauquier to begin making monthly payments of $2,500 for up to five years to the company only after each of the planned towers “is fully erected and functional.”

But, after AT&T, Verizon, Soring T-Mobile place equipment on the proposed towers, Fauquier would be freed of that obligation.

Calvert Crossland has chosen seven areas — Botha, Catlett, Hume, Orlean, Rectortown, The Plains and Warrenton — where it hopes to construct six towers.

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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25th Delaplane Strawberry Festival this weekend

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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Biz Buzz: Douple elected Oak View chairman

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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Douple succeeds Yowell as Oak View chairman

The board of Warrenton-based Oak View National Bank has elected Earl Douple Jr. as chairman.

Mr. Douple succeeds Donald R. “Duke” Yowell, who stepped down as chairman but will remain on the board.

A member of the board of directors since the Oak View open in 2009, Mr. Douple works as business manager and secretary-treasurer of Canopy Inc., a personal services firm, and The Plains Redevelopment Corp., a real estate holding company. A resident of The Plains, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, a master’s in law from Georgetown University and a master’s in business from The Darden School at the University of Virginia. His 30 years of professional experience include tax, estate and financial planning, asset management and allocation of financial holdings among various asset classes.

“We are delighted to have such a depth and breadth of knowledge and willingness to serve on our board,” Oak View CEO and Vice Chairman Michael Ewing said. “We are very fortunate to have a group of deeply committed board members who have generously given of their time and effort to make this bank the success it has become. I am thrilled Duke will remain a member of the board and look forward to working more closely with Earl . . . .

“Duke’s experience and credibility as the founding chairman were instrumental in helping us start Oak View National Bank and getting us to where we are today,” Mr. Ewing added. “We’ve made a good team and I sincerely express my appreciation for all he has done for us and the community.”

Chamber hosts legislative breakfast Thursday

The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce will host its annual state Legislative Wrap Up breakfast Thursday, May 24, at Airlie.

The event will run from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Jefferson Room at Airlie House. The cost is $15 per person.

State Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Va. 27th/Upperville) and Dels. Michael Webert (R-18th/Marshall) Elizabeth Guzman (D-31st/Woodbridge and Mark Cole (R-88th/Spotsylvania) will discuss the 2018 General Assembly.

Click here to register. For more information, call 540-347-4414.

LFCC workforce training open houses set

Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions will conduct open houses next month for those interested in careers as heavy equipment operators, commercial truck drivers and other trades.

An event focused on heaving equipment operators and commercial drivers will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at LFCC’s Vint Hill Center.

An open house Tuesday, June 19, at the Boys and Girls Club in Fauquier will focus on trades, including construction management, electrician, plumber, HVAC technician and welder. That event also will run from 4 to 6 p.m.

The sessions will include information about financial assistance.

For more information, visit or call 540-868-7021.

FHS student pursues the bright lights of Broadway

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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“There’s so much competition on Broadway, I would just really like to know that I could do it,” Charlotte Langford says. “I really don’t care how long it takes.”
Remarkable talent, wonderful soul. If one of my students could make it on the Broadway stage, she could do it. She’s got what it takes.
— Emmett Bales, Fauquier High School teacher
Charlotte Langford
• Age: 18

• Home: Near Marshall

• Family: Parents Lori and Hugh; brother Turner.

• Education: In fall will study musical theatre at George Mason University; Fauquier High School, 2018; Marshall Middle School, 2014; Coleman Elementary School, 2011.

• Hobbies: Pottery, painting, photography, reading, embroidery and cooking.
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The Fauquier High School senior took in her first Broadway show at the age of 7.

“It had singing, dancing and acting,” recalls Charlotte Langford, who lives near Marshall. “I didn’t realize you could put them all in one until I saw Mary Poppins.”

At the time, Ms. Langford and her family viewed her enthusiasm for musical theatre as a more of a “hobby.”

But that changed when she attended Marshall Middle School.

“I realized I could do shows there and that’s when I really thought: ‘This is really what I want to do’.”

On Wednesday, Ms. Langford, 18, will graduate from Fauquier High.

In the fall, she will study musical theatre at the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, which has awarded her a $5,000-per-year scholarship.

Music and dance lessons at an early age, exposure to Disney movies and a role in the Leeds Episcopal Church’s Christmas pageant about 14 years ago helped plant the performance seed for her, Ms. Langford says.

But her talent for song, dance and acting could be in her DNA.

“My mom played the guitar and sang to me when I was young. My mom used to take dance. My dad did theatre when he was young. So I think it was a combination.”

Ms. Langford has appeared in several school musical productions, most recently a couple of weeks ago as the lead in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at FHS.

Though she likes dramas, her heart belongs to musicals.

“While plays do have good stories, I think that adding music and movement to it really pushes the story to another level.”

Ms. Langford has “lots of favorite” musicals and at least one role that she certainly wants to perform someday — Molly Levi, the feisty matchmaker in Hello, Dolly.”

“I’m too young now, but I really would like to play Dolly,” the consummate Julie Andrews fan says. “She’s so funny and such a smart character. With the musical being placed in the 1800s, Dolly is such a forward thinking woman that she kind of leaves everybody else in the dust.”

After getting a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from GMU, Ms. Langford initially plans to return home, audition for parts in Washington and the region and perhaps teach the craft.

Ultimately, Ms. Langford hopes to make it to the big time.

“There’s so much competition on Broadway, I would just really like to know that I could do it. I really don’t care how long it takes.

“I would prefer not to be living on the street, but I would really like one day to be on Broadway, in a cast.”

Her voice teacher, Debbie Balcon of Winchester, believes Ms. Langford has a bright future.

“She’s a well-rounded performer, coming from a dancing, singing and acting tradition,” Ms. Balcom says. “She comes to the stage as a triple threat, which you need for musical theatre.”

Ms. Langford also will benefit greatly from GMU’s theatre program, Ms. Balcom adds.

“I think having a strong college experience and connections — the door is open. She is teachable and lovable. Those are the people who succeed in this business, not the arrogant ones.”

For Ms. Langford, the sky could be the limit, says FHS English teacher Emmett Bales, who has directed her in several school productions.

“Remarkable talent, wonderful soul,” Mr. Bales says. “If one of my students could make it on the Broadway stage, she could do it. She’s got what it takes.”

In mid-April, Ms. Langford and her mother took a train to New York, where they saw four Broadway musicals — Hello Dolly, Carousel, Once on This Island and Jersey Boys — in three days.

The experience convinced Lori Langford that her daughter can hold her own with the best.

“I think right now she could have a role — I don’t know that it would be a lead — but I definitely think that she could handle herself in a show on Broadway,” says Ms. Langford, owner of Big Dog Pots Pottery in Marshall. “Based on what we just saw, she’s as good if not better than the people we were watching.”

But Mrs. Langford remains a realist.

“There are thousands of other Charlottes out there in the world that are equally, if not more, talented in some areas than she is and equally ambitious, if not more so.”

Luck and “connections” will figure significantly into her daughter’s success, she admits.

“You just hope that someone will see her and give her a chance.”

For now, however, her proud parents take comfort knowing their daughter feels passionate about something.

“In this day and age, that’s something — as a parent — to be really thankful for,” Mrs. Langford says. “And, it’s healthy and brings joy to people. What more could you want?”

> Click below to watch Ms. Langford discuss her future:

Sheriff to host town hall meeting in Warrenton

Posted Tuesday,
May 22, 2018
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May 21, 2018
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Faces of Fauquier: Nature inspires interior designer

Posted Monday,
May 21, 2018
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“Fauquier County reminds me of rural England . . . with the stone walls and older architecture,” Barry Dixon says.
I think the only way you can hit a certain level of timelessness is to mix things that you love from different periods in a fresh and modern way. I like the soul of antiques, but the freshness of modernity.
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The well-known interior designer draws inspiration for fabric, paint, lighting and furniture from Fauquier’s beauty.

For the past 19 years, the owner of Barry Dixon Inc. has worked from Elway Hall, his home just west of Warrenton.

A laidback Southerner, Barry Dixon often takes ideas from his hens’ eggs, flowers, trees, cattle and other features of his farm.

“My number one selling fabric is called ‘Crop Art Circles.’ It’s a play on the ends of the bales of hay (on the farm),” Mr. Dixon said. “I took those concentric rings and developed a pattern on a cotton and linen background.”

For many years Mr. Dixon lived in Washington, D.C., and while working on design projects at The Inn at Little Washington in Rappahannock County, he would drive through Warrenton.

“It reminded me so much of Covington, Tennessee, which is a small town north of Memphis that my grandmother lived in — rolling hills, the equestrian community,” he said. “It reminded me of that village from my childhood.”

He saw the 1907 Edwardian house on more than 300 acres off Springs Road for sale and decided to buy it and move to the country for inspiration.

On a May afternoon, sunlight bathes the spacious home’s interior, filled with plush furniture, vases of dogwood branches and large fireplaces.

The owner has decorated Elway Hall with a palette of yellow, orange and red color.

“I use a lot of those warm colors, because it seems summery in the summer. Yet, these colors still cheer and warm you in the winter, too. I love those citrus, sunlight pallets.”

His unique projects incorporate nature, history and items from different continents. International travel inspires Mr. Dixon.

“I think the only way you can hit a certain level of timelessness is to mix things that you love from different periods in a fresh and modern way. I like the soul of antiques, but the freshness of modernity.”

Born in Memphis, Mr. Dixon spent most of his childhood abroad, including South Africa and Southeast Asia because of his father’s job as a metals specialist for the Rothschild family.

“We moved so much — almost every year. There were designers that worked for the Rothschilds that would have our homes ready.

“Growing up as a global nomad, I think inspired me and not only exposed me to a lot, but it showed me how you can set up a home in so many different ways within so many different places with geographical disparity,” Mr. Dixon said.

While he studied to become a lawyer at the University of Mississippi, his father encouraged him to pursue his passions, ultimately leading to a career in interior design.

“I’ve always, even as a young child, been interested in architecture, furnishings and art.”

Mr. Dixon and his interior design firm have worked on mostly residential and some commercial projects around the world. He has active residential projects in Maryland, Tennessee, Wyoming, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Switzerland.

“A room should start a conversation before we utter a word. I think the best rooms do that. They put people at ease,” Mr. Dixon said. “They are saying something before we say something ourselves. They are warm, inviting, if a room is not warm and hospitable, it’s a failure to me.”

Over the years, Mr. Dixon has been featured on Good Morning America with his client Diane Sawyer, and in Veranda magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

“It’s always our favorite thing to be able to work right here locally,” Mr. Dixon said. “Old Town Woodworking in Warrenton built a lot of our custom pieces that went to Venice and Beijing. Custom bookcases, pieces of furniture, cabinetry, kitchens, things like that.

“Maybe one of the reasons I live in Fauquier County is it reminds me of rural England, and I know that area pretty well. The Cotswolds . . . with the stone walls and older architecture,” Mr. Dixon said.

“I feel a camaraderie with my neighbors and fellow residents in Fauquier County. I can honestly say I haven’t met anyone I don’t like. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful place and a warm community. It’s a perfect place to live.”

• Age

• Home
West of Warrenton.

• Work
Owner, designer at Barry Dixon Inc., 1995 to present; Interior Concepts, 1993-95; Bob Waldron interior design firm, 1989-93; Lascaris Design Group, Washington, D.C., 1985-88; Warren Wright interior design company in Mississippi, 1982-84.

• Why do you do the job?
My father suggesting I follow my passion. As a designer, I never do the same project twice. No two days are alike. I’m able to work for myself and employ other talented people that become my designing family. I wake up every day excited to do what I do and, for me, I can’t imagine any other career would make me that happy.

• Family
Partner, Will Thomas, and Wire Fox Terrier, Dinah.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree, political science, with minors in English, art history and design, University of Mississippi, 1982; high school in South Africa, 1977.

• Civic and/or church involvement
I’m Episcopal by faith, host several charity and social events at Elway Hall each year, a Piedmont Environmental Council supporter and chair civic functions in Washington, D.C.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
19 years.

• Why do you live here?
It inspires me. I’m inspired by the countryside, the lifestyle, the agrarian and equestrian elements of living in Fauquier and the colors of the natural world. You can’t help but be inspired by the country out here. That’s why I left the city originally. I thought there was more inspiration out here.

• How do you describe this county?
Welcoming and hospitable, like my favorite room might be. It has a sense of history and propriety, but it’s also laid back and casual. The people, businesses are friendly. We bank with our local Fauquier Bank. We eat at Claire’s at least three nights a week. We love to go to Red Truck Bakery.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Sometimes there’s a little more traffic now than I used to see. To get here wasn’t quite as congested. Interstate 66 has gotten much worse. I remember when I moved out here 20 years ago, I’d be the only car on Route 29.

I hope what I love about Fauquier — the old ways, the rolling hills, the working farms, the family businesses — doesn’t change. I do all my Christmas shopping here. I love the individuality of the businesses and the people.

• What do you do for fun?
Travel. I spend a lot of my time abroad, which inspires me, too. I’ll also just walk to the barn, spend time out in the woods or in the meadow. I’ll always come back with things in my hands. I pick a thistle and sketch it and then it becomes a fabric pattern. Photography. Drive to the mountains. Swim. Practice archery.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I love to go to Claire’s at The Depot. We take our family there, all of our guests that come here.

My single favorite place in Fauquier is at the barn and the garden (at Elway Hall). We have angora goats, lamas, sheep, six rescued cats, hens, turkeys, guinea fowl, black Angus and Herford cattle on the farm.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I hope it’s just like it is now. I am thinking it will be a little bit bigger. I’m not antigrowth, but I love the preservation of lifestyle. I hope even if it is bigger, it feels the same.

• Favorite TV show?
“The Great British Bake Off” and “Jeopardy.”

• Favorite movie?
I love “The Wizard of Oz,” but my favorite movie would be “To Kill a Mockingbird.” That would probably be my favorite book and movie in one. The lessons in that book and film and the role that Gregory Peck played. Atticus Finch is a real hero of mine in literature.

• Favorite book?
“Swiss Family Robinson.” I love the adventure of them carving out a life in the wilderness for themselves.

• Favorite vacation spot?
The countryside in France, the Amalfi Coast in Italy and the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

• Favorite food?
Fried chicken and Southern biscuits. I love the bourbon pecan pie from Red Truck Bakery.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
From my dad, Mervin “M.E.” Dixon, to change my major in college and choose a career I was passionate about, regardless of whether it would be the moneymaker or not. If you follow your passion, I think that you’re more likely to achieve success because you enjoy what you do.

• Who’s your hero and why?
In fiction and for what he stands for and what the character promoted, I love Atticus Finch.

My hero that I have in my career is William Morris, an arts and crafts designer, architect, designer, fabric maker and printer. He was a Renaissance man, who lived in England in the 19th century. He’s sort of my design hero. A lot of what he did is what I imagined myself doing when I went into this industry. He had a home outside London. He was inspired by what he would see in his garden. He inspired what I do.

• What would you do if you won $5 million in the lottery?
I would probably increase the value of my art collection. I don’t know if I could get a Rothko for $5 million, but if there was a $5 million Rothko, I would take it.

> Click below to watch Barry Dixon discuss life in Fauquier:

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

Posted Monday,
May 21, 2018
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Manor home on 133 acres sells for $2.38 million

Posted Monday,
May 21, 2018
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Between Middleburg and The Plains, “Landmark” and 133 acres sold for $2.38 million.
This home and 77.89 acres on Carrington Road near Delaplane sold for $1.45 million.
A stone manor house on 133 acres between Middleburg and The Plains sold last week for $2.38 million.

Built in 1966, “Landmark” has four bedrooms, four baths, an attached two-car garage and a detached two-car garage. The Landmark School Road property also features a pond, a stable and a shed.

Listed with Thomas & Talbot Real Estate, the property went on the market last June with an asking price of $3.15 million, according to

Also last week, a six-bedroom home on 77.89 acres near Delaplane sold for $1.45 million.

Built in 1992, the Carrington Road home has six bathrooms and 5,800 square feet of living space.

The property includes a guest cottage, pool with pool house and a shed.

Listed with Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, the property went on the market in October 2015 with an asking price of $1.85 million. The price dropped to $1.59 million last November, according to

The Scott and Marshall District sales top the most recent list Fauquier real estate transactions.

The Fauquier County Circuit Court clerk’s office recorded these real estate transfers May 14-18, 2018:

Cedar Run District

Suzanne M. Neessen to Scott W. Johnson, on-half interest, 2.68 acres, 3256 Fortune Mountain Road, near Rectortown, $101,000.

Steven L. and Sonya H. Paxton, to Douglas and Heather A. Bishop, Lot 5, Section 2, Kettle Run Forest Subdivision, 3813 Dumfries Road, near Catlett, $412,000.

Richard L. and Shari L. Flinn to Derek R. Bennett, 10 acres, Lot 8, Partridge Run Estates, 3110 Eagle Nest Drive, Catlett, $449,900.

Argent Development LLC, Robert M. Iten as member, and Surrey House LLC, William H. Farley as manager, to Derek Vacco, 2.07 acres, 11892 Bristersburg Road, Midland, $240,000.

Deborah S. and Robert L. Blackwell Jr. to Robert and Victoria Kibler, 5 acres, 14109 Goldvein Road, Goldvein, $289,900.

Fiorella Rastelli and others to Kimberly Boden, 0.67 acre, Lot 12, Renaissance Woods Subdivision, 7663 Greenwood Way, near Nokesville, $385,000.

Mary Jo Rust, trustee, to Donald S. Collamer and Karen G. Janoschka, 2.07 acres, 7402 Greenwich Road, near Nokesville, $420,000.

New Tradition Properties LLC, David L. and Lisa R. Jones as managers, to Kelly Mirales, 8.01 acres, 6414 Balls Mill Road, near Midland, $373,000.

Laura M. Bergmann to Patrick L. Pierce, 3.53 acres, 8339 Kines Road, near Warrenton, $425,000.

Paul M. Knott to Kayte Homes LLC, 1 acre, 4704 Dumfries Road, near Catlett, $400,000.

Tangerine W. Mooney to Jeffery W. Yates, 10.46 acres, Lot 30, Blackwood Forest Subdivision, near Morrisville, $105,000.

Peter A. and Elaheh M. Barthelson, by substitute trustee, to David P. Williams, 18.72 acres, 9317 Green Meadows Road, near Warrenton, $434,500, foreclosure.

Center District

B.R. Stephens Enterprises Inc. to Timothy Schmit, 0.22 acre, 389 Curtis St., Warrenton, $322,000.

Russell Jenkins to Mark and Lindsay Smyer, Unit A-11R, Hillsborough II Condominiums, 14 Falmouth Court, Warrenton, $231,000.

Douglas G. and Denna L. Morgan to Patrick W. Smith, Lot 17, Section 1, Highlands of Warrenton Subdivision, 534 Colony Court, Warrenton, $398,500.

Darrin L. and Lauren A. Franklin to Jacob A. Musyt and Ashli C.F. Kimenker, 0.48 acre, Lot 6, Section 1, Phase 1-B, Menlough Subdivision, 80 Menlough Drive, Warrenton, $480,000.

Laura V. Benn and Bonnie L. Martinez to Sally A. Markell, Lot 46, Raymond Farm Subdivision, 8294 Lucy Ave., near Warrenton, $522,500.

Lee District

Mintbrook Developers LLC, Russell Marks as manager, to NVR Inc., Lots 127 and 128, Phase A, Section 3-A, Mintbrook Subdivision, Bealeton, $224,608.

Johnnie G. Horton Jr. to Elizael Morales, 1.01 acre, 6281 Catlett Road, Bealeton, $265,000.

Thomas Simmons and Virginia Jeremic to Beverly and Marlin Stone, Lot 124, Section J, Meadowbrooke Subdivision, 10973 Blake Lane, near Warrenton, $305,000.

Douglas O. Brod to Gregory W. Smoot and Samantha L. Baldwin, 6,000 square feet, Lot 7, Remington North Subdivision, 11876 Poland Court, Remington, $299,000.

Mark M. Evans estate, Cheryl J. Lancaster as executor, to Robert L. and Angela D. Wilt, 12.78 acres, Lot 4, Coventry Subdivision, 12684 Lake Coventry Drive, near Bealeton, $480,000.

Marshall District

Inez W. Minetree to Cabin Branch Homes Inc., 1.95 acres, Leeds Manor Road, near Orlean, $100,000.

Robert W. Schneider to 22 Investments LLC, Unit 5, Section A, Marshall Townhouses, 4507 Fieldstone Court, Marshall, $126,000.

Semple Family Trust to Vanessa Sandin, trustee, 77.89 acres, 3746 Carrington Road, near Delaplane, $1,450,000.

Joan T. Lewis to Mukaddes Kent, 10,000 square feet, Lot 43, Utterback Subdivision, 4177 Frost St., Marshall, $287,000.

Louise D. Suttles to Adam H. Russell, 1.08 acres, Lot 6, Morgans Bluff Subdivision, 4651 Morgans Bluff Drive, near Marshall, $329,900.

Angela E. Brisson and Adam E. Carson to Suzanne Neessen, 1 acre, and 0.33 acre, 10166 Conde Road, near Marshall, $255,500.

Edward Burak and California House Investment Co. LLC, Thomas J. Ross II as managing member, to Paul and Caroline B. Evans, 18.98 acres, Fenny Hill Road, near Markham, $180,000.

Christopher R. and Lynda E. Salas to Thomas S. Simmons and Virginia Jeremic, Lot 31, Stonelea Estates, 7519 Admiral Nelson Drive, near Warrenton, $484,000.

Surrey House LLC, William H. Farley as manager, and Argent Development LLC, Robert M. Iten as manager, to Flavio F. Renzulli, 5.02 acres, 6208 John Barton Payne Road, near Marshall, $444,700.

Delores C. Powers to Steven R. Garza, 10,000 square feet, Lot 11, Salem Meadows Subdivision, 8560 Megs Drive, Marshall, $299,000.

Scott District

John M. and Linda K. Hooks to Mary C. and James Stephens and Patricia Stevens-Blake, Lot 83, Land Bay G, Vint Hill Subdivision, 3614 Sutherland Court, near Warrenton, $480,000.

Sabrina L. Moore to Atkins Construction Group LLC, 1.08 acres, Lot 21, Phase 2, Lake Whippoorwill Subdivision, 6083 Kirkland Drive, near Warrenton, $150,000.

George A. and Patricia I. Mendez to Susan R. and Charles E. Kidwell Sr., Lot 26, Land Bay G, Vint Hill Subdivision, 3661 Osborne Drive, near Warrenton, $460,000.

Mary L.W. Scott, Elizabeth W. Hale and others to Joseph A. Turzi and Helen Tekko, 133.39 acres, 2721 Landmark School Road, near The Plains, $2,387,500.

Randall D. and Karen J. Buxton to Anna C. and James T. Fortune, 0.99 acre, Lot 9, Section 1, Homestead Hollow Subdivision, 5624 Sinclair Drive, near Warrenton, $548,900.

Environmental group goes wild in its backyard

Posted Monday,
May 21, 2018
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Visitors tour the Piedmont Environmental Council’s new native plant garden Friday afternoon.
Doug Larson pauses at the plaque that bears his name.
We felt like we needed an example at the office, so we could show how people can use natives in their own backyard.
— Dan Holmes, PEC staff member
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The Piedmont Environmental Council will use its new native plant garden as a place to teach about sustainable landscaping.

The PEC on Friday dedicated the garden at its Warrenton headquarters to Doug Larson, a longtime fundraiser and former vice president of the nonprofit who loves flowers.

The garden includes about 3,500 native plants — from the flowering viburnum shrub to black locust trees and the perennial bee balm, among others.

After the PEC completed the addition to its building on Horner Street in 2015, “we had a wonderful renovated house and terrible landscaping,” President Chris Miller said Friday.

Committed to making sure the building and grounds reflect the nonprofit’s values of sustainability, Mr. Larson envisioned a garden on the steeply sloping back yard of the two-thirds-acre property.

To install the garden, supporters donated $30,000 in honor of Mr. Larson’s retirement two years ago, according to Mr. Miller. The organization also received plant donations.

Dan Holmes, PEC’s director of state policy, used his background in horticulture and master’s degree in landscape design, to design the garden.

“We felt like we needed an example at the office, so we could show how people can use natives in their own backyard,” Mr. Holmes said.

“Natives use less water and are more climatized to this region,” he added. “A native landscape, once established is less maintenance than traditional landscaping.”

The front and back yards have more than 150 different species of trees, shrubs and bushes.

“It’s a mix of showy specimens that attract the eye — the flowering tree that you can’t help but notice — and plants that are less attractive but critical for pollinators and wildlife,” Mr. Holmes said.

The front yard features more formal landscaping, while the backyard garden, once fully established, will look wild and natural. with shade trees and small thickets that provide wildlife habitat.

A u-shaped path meanders through the backyard garden with seating areas and retention ponds to help control stormwater runoff.

Tuxedo Cheesecake an elegant crowd-pleaser

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May 18, 2018
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Finding gluten-free products and ingredients sometimes proves challenging. But, while wandering through a small, independent grocery recently, I noticed it had a gluten-free Oreo look-alike cookie.

While browsing online for new dessert ideas, I had noticed a number of recipes for all kinds of Oreo cakes. They all looked quite enticing — layer cakes, sheet cakes, cheesecakes and cupcakes, too. So, I picked up two packages with no idea where they would lead.

The week before, I had made a delicious Tres Leche Cheesecake and thought it came together rather easily. So, why not try one with Oreos?

I’m calling this a Tuxedo Cheesecake. This is a dessert that will disappear quickly.

Tuxedo Cheesecake

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
8.5 ounces Gluten-Free Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies (Wild Harvest)

Cheesecake filling
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
3 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 extra large egg yolk, at room temperature
6 to 8 Gluten-Free Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies, coarsely chopped

2 cups whipping cream
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 4 Gluten-Free Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare 9-inch spring-form pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper for easier removal.

For the crust, crush the cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add the melted butter and pulse until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Transfer the crumbs to the spring-form pan. Press the mixture lightly onto the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate while working on filling.

For the cheesecake filling, use the paddle attachment on medium speed and beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the condensed milk and continue to mix until combined.

Beat in the eggs and egg yolk one at a time and mix just until combined on low speed. Once combined, fold in the chopped cookies. Pour the batter into the prepared crust. Place the spring-form pan on a rimmed cookie sheet. (Using a spring-form pan occasionally leaks.)

Bake the cheesecake for 50 to 55 minutes or until lightly brown and the edges are set with a slightly giggle in the center. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of the pan to loosen. Continue to cool for 2 hours. Then refrigerate to set completely for at least another 2 hours.

Once well chilled decorate the cheesecake with whipped cream and either whole, chopped or crushed cookies. Store the cheesecake in a fridge, covered, for up to 5 days.

> Click here for information about Ellen’s cookbook, No Sacrifices — Entertaining Gluten-Free

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: More than 1,000 graduates

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May 18, 2018
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Part of last year’s graduating class at Kettle Run High School.

The total number of seniors eligible to receive diplomas this spring from Fauquier County’s six public and private high schools. The graduation candidates and commencement dates by school:

• Fauquier High, 338
Wednesday, May 23

• Fresta Valley Christian, 13
Saturday, June 9

• Highland, 66
Friday, June 8

• Kettle Run, 303
Friday, May 25

• Liberty, 332
Thursday, May 24

• Wakefield, 33
Friday, June 1


Change-of-name applications Fauquier County’s clerk of the circuit court received in 2017.

From January through April this year, the clerk’s office received 29 applications.

Adults wishing to change their names must complete a the two-page application and answer questions related to felony convictions, incarceration, whether they must register as a sex offender and if they have previously changed their names.

Minors seeking a name change must complete a similar application.

Adults and minors also must submit a written explanation for requesting new names.

The clerk’s office charges a $41 application fee.


Food and craft vendors, businesses and nonprofits will be featured at Saturday’s Warrenton Spring Festival, according to the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has rented 216 booths to vendors along Main Street. Depending on when they registered for the 40th annual festival, food vendors paid $200 or $225 per booth; craft vendors, businesses and nonprofits paid $145 or $170.

The business organization’s biggest fundraiser, the May 19 festival should generate about $30,000, President Joe Mr. Martin said.

The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The number of citizens trained through Fauquier’s Youth Mental Health First Aid program since 2015 — one trainee for every 68 citizens in the county.

The free, eight-hour course trains school staff members, parents and others how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness in youth ages 12 to 18.

The number of those trained includes 405 Fauquier County Public Schools staff members and 603 citizens.

The school system and the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County ran the program, funded by a $100,000 federal grant until September 2017. The PATH Foundation has since funded the program with $35,637 in grants.

The program has conducted 83 classes since it began three years ago. Several program sessions will take place this summer.


Inches of precipitation have fallen on Warrenton since Jan. 1, according to Weather Underground.

Warrenton averages 43.3 inches of annual precipitation.

Saturday, May 12, produced the highest temperature so far this year, 92 degrees.

The low temperature, minus 2 degrees, came on Sunday, Jan. 7.

Haute Cakes Pastry Shop opens in Old Town

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May 18, 2018
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Megan Nagel and Marisa Ward opened their shop Wednesday, May 16.
The shop sells macaroons, cake pops, brownies and other sweets priced at no more than $3.50 each to walk-in customers.
I think it adds to the mix of experiential types of shops we have in Old Town. When people are buying high-quality cakes like this, they are willing to look around and they’ll drive 30 to 40 miles to a place that has a cake that will wow the guests.
— Warrenton Economic Development Manager Tom Wisemiller
Haute Cakes Pastry Shop
• What: Wedding and event cakes and pastry bakery.

• Address: 7 N. Fifth St., Warrenton.

• Co-owners: Megan Nagel and Marisa Ward.

• Hours: Vary, but usually 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

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Two Warrenton bakers have teamed up to open a boutique cake business and sweet shop in Old Town.

Megan Nagel, 32, and Marisa Ward, 37, co-owners of Haute Cakes Pastry Shop, opened their store Wednesday on North Fifth Street.

They decided about three months ago to combine their two businesses and open a bricks-and-mortar shop.

“It was really a shared dream,” Ms. Nagel said.

“We put a lot of our personality into this place,” she said. “There’s nowhere else in Warrenton where you can come in and watch people make cake. There’s not really a cupcake shop in Warrenton. There’s Gateau, but they’re more upscale. We’re hanging out while we’re working.”

Haute Cakes Pastry Shop also sells homemade pastries, such as macarons, cake pops, brownies and other sweets priced at no more than $3.50 each to walk-in customers.

“People can walk in and grab a cupcake, cookie or some sweet, a drink from the fridge and sit and hang out and watch us ‘cake’,” Ms. Nagel said.

They plan to conduct cake-decorating workshops for adults and children once or twice a month.

“Warrenton, Fauquier County is my home, and I have seen it grow, but it still doesn’t have a lot of fun, unique activities,” Ms. Nagel said. “There’s not a lot of options to go out and have fun in Warrenton. So, I think the cake workshops are going to be awesome for that.”

Their passion, which started as children baking with their mothers, inspired Ms. Nagel and Ms. Ward to start separate home-based businesses several years ago.

Ms. Ward launched her event cake business in 2011, soon after her mom died.

She fondly remembered her mother’s love of baking elaborate cakes, such as those incorporating a Care Bear theme.

“My mom always used to make those for us,” Ms. Ward said. “That’s the reason I enjoyed baking in the first place.”

She sent Ms. Nagel about a Facebook message a year ago, after seeing an article about Haute Cakes in a local publication.

As their friendship developed, “we had half-heartedly said we should go into business with each other,” Ms. Nagel said.

Both women had run out of space in their home kitchens, so Ms. Ward, a stay-at-home mom of five children, decided in February to merge her part-time business, Cakes for Mom, with Ms. Nagel’s Haute Cakes.

Over the last three months, they renovated the store, adding kitchen equipment, flooring and pastel pink paint. They invested about $12,000 in equipment and renovations.

Part of that investment came from a Town of Warrenton $5,000 matching grant available to small businesses.

“It gives them a boost as they embark on a new business initiative . . . financial leverage to open the way they want to open and start out with a bang,” town Economic Development Manager Tom Wisemiller said.

Ms. Nagel grew up in Warrenton and graduated from Fauquier High School in 2003.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she attended a pastry school in Colorado. After working as a manager with Verizon and having her first child, she started her home-based Haute Cakes Pastry Shop in 2014.

Jessica Swain from Markham got a carrot wedding cake and cupcakes for her nuptials from Haute Cakes in fall 2016.

“It was amazing. It was exactly what we wanted,” said Ms. Swain who has known Ms. Nagel since high school. “I love that her cakes are beautiful and taste good.

“She’s really easy to work with, but at the same time is creative while following your vision,” she added. “I grew up here; so I’ve seen lots of things come and go on Main Street. I feel they will be very successful and it’s a great opportunity to expand what they do.”

“I think it adds to the mix of experiential types of shops we have in Old Town,” Mr. Wisemiller said. “When people are buying high-quality cakes like this, they are willing to look around and they’ll drive 30 to 40 miles to a place that has a cake that will wow the guests.”

“Gateau and Haute Cakes will give you a custom-made cake to your event and personality that gives them a leg up in the tough retail climate,” he added. “It’s experiential and can potentially interact with customers in a variety of ways, not just walk up.”

Haute Cakes also has a booth at the Warrenton Farmer’s Market each Saturday.

“You’ll find us (in the store) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours are going to vary weekly depending on our cake orders,” Ms. Nagel said.

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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May 18, 2018
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Big rig accident closes part of Rt. 17 and I-66 exits

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May 18, 2018
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Route 17 closures will continue as crews replace a utility pole and remove this tractor trailer that ran off the road Thursday night.
Traffic disruptions continued Friday morning in Northern Fauquier after a tractor-trailer ran off Route 17 and hit a utility pole.

The accident happened at 10:30 p.m. Thursday about four miles north of Warrenton, according to the county sheriff’s office.

The southbound tractor-trailer left the pavement just north of Wildcat Mountain Road, traveled about 200 yards and came to rest against a utility pole in a marshy pasture with a stream running through it.

The driver suffered no injury, sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman said. But, other details about the driver and the big rig remained unavailable Friday morning.

State police and the sheriff’s office closed Interstate 66 exit ramps to southbound traffic at Marshall and The Plains to reduce southbound traffic on Route 17.

Crews from Dominion Energy, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Asplundh tree company remained on the scene Friday morning.

After stabilizing and replacing the broken utility pole, a recovery team will remove the tractor-trailer, probably pulling it backward out the same path it took into the pasture.

At times, one or both lanes of southbound Route 17 will close for the work, according to authorities.

Angie Ashley new math instructional supervisor

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May 18, 2018
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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May 17, 2018
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Throwback Thursday: Push for better drinking water

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May 17, 2018
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1993 — Dorothy MacDonald wants the county supervisors and WSA officials to taste the water that flows from the kitchen faucet at her home near New Baltimore.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of May 21, 1993

Homemaker crusades for better water in New Baltimore

Dorothy MacDonald thinks the county supervisors need a good, stiff drink.

And she plans to set ’em up all around for the supervisors and Fauquier Water and Sanitation Authority officials at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9.

Mrs. MacDonald has organized the meeting at P.B. Smith Elementary School — her third session this year — to discuss New Baltimore’s troubled water supply.

She believes that discolored, foul-smelling water has made her 6-year-old son chronically ill since December and wants local officials to try some from a big jug in her kitchen.

“I’m from Louisiana, and I thought we had the worst water in the states until we moved here last year,” Mrs. MacDonald said.

The determined homemaker claimed this week she “will get answers” about the diarrhea, fatigue, headaches and other illness her family and Cedar Knolls subdivision neighbors suffer.

Inspectors ensure carnival ride safety

With little hesitation, Stacy Stephens and her 8-year-old daughter lined up last week to ride the Ferris wheel at the Remington Firemen’s Carnival.

“Come on, Mommy,” Kim said, racing ahead of here 31-year-old mother to get in line. “I can handle it.”

Like most, the two Sumerduck residents gave little thought to safety.

But, county Building Inspector Rodger Boswell and Plan Reviewer Val Negley know about the statistics, including an average of five deaths per year nationwide in amusement ride accidents.

Mrs. Negley spent four tedious hours before the start of the carnival last Wednesday testing and retesting all 12 rides. Stopwatch in hand, she’d first check to make sure the rides moved no faster than the manufacturer’s specifications.

Then, she’d pull on the straps, buckles and other equipment, making sure nothing went unchecked.

Only then would Mrs. Negley hand a permit to the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad and Cole Shows of Covington.

School board vacancy draws intense interest

Six Lee District residents have filed for the upcoming school board vacancy.

David Hight, president of a Fairfax-based bridge and road construction firm, announced he will step down from Fauquier’s school board when his term expires June 30 because of his work days that often stretch to more than 10 hours.

Lee District residents Gene Dew, Hayden Eicher John M. Green, Serf Guerra, Donald Mason and Charles Trude have applied for the position, which pays $3,500 a year.

The board of supervisors will conduct a June 1 public hearing to hear citizen comments about the applications.

Wakefield School to build near The Plains

Wakefield School hopes to move into a new 20,000-square-foot building near The Plains by September 1994.

Wakefield has operated in a previously-vacant wing of the Marshall Manor elder care center since 1991.

The private school’s leaders announced Tuesday that they have signed a contract to buy 50 acres of Archwood, a 529-acre farm at the northeast quadrant of Route 245 and Interstate 66.

For tax purposes, the county assesses Archwood and its 30 buildings at about $3.5 million.

School officials refused to disclose the purchase price of the 50-acre parcel.

Katzen challenges Wood to 24 debates

Jay Katzen can’t get enough of Jerry Wood.

But Wood, the canny Democratic incumbent for the 31st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, wants to play hard to get.

The Republican nominee for the 31st District seat, Katzen last week challenged Wood to 24 debates — one in every district precinct — leading up to the Nov. 2 election.

“I think 24 debates is ridiculous,” said Wood, a Warrenton pharmacist who narrowly won his first, two-year term in 1991.

Wallace to play in state all-star basketball game

Fauquier High School basketball standout Kendra Wallace has earned an invitation to play in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.

Wallace will play for the West squad in the annual game July 12 in the Hampton Coliseum.

With 1,092 career points, the 18-year-old Wallace ranks as the second-leading scorer — male or female — in FHS history.


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Appreciation for a dear friend who met no stranger

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May 17, 2018
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Benjamin Henry Bascum “B.H.” Hubbard III with one of his grandsons in 2015.
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It always seemed to take a half-hour to reach the table when going into a restaurant with B.H. Hubbard.

Huggin’, hand-shakin’, back-slappin’ and witty banter took place all across the room. B.H. knew everybody . . . or would introduce himself to the few strangers he encountered. And, with a few sentences, he would learn intimate details about them.

Our lives changed in February 2006 after selling weekly newspapers in Warrenton and Culpeper and looking to hide out for a while on the Northern Neck. Ellen and I bought a house in “downtown” Weems, where three old dogs often slept in the street — seemingly the perfect place to disappear for a few years.

But, that old house happens to stand next to Terry and B.H.’s home. The first dinner invitation came before we had a stick of furniture off the rented box truck.

Over the last dozen years, we have developed friendships that run broad and deep. A childless, middle-aged couple, we suddenly got caught up in the vortex of all things Hubbard — weddings, Christenings, funerals, big parties, small parties, excursions, household chores and renovation projects.

I always had wanted to attend the Shad Planking, an old Virginia tradition of a boney fish dinner, copious amounts of beer and political jokesters that takes place in a remote grove of scrub pine south of Wakefield. Not only did B.H. buy tickets for a crew each April, he cajoled his buddy Johnny Fleet into piloting his huge RV with Charlie Revere as his sidekick.

Oh, the stories I heard and the people I met because of B.H.

The bow-tied lawyer with that mischievous smile had connections to everything in Lancaster County — the hospital, The Tides Inn, Northern Neck Insurance, foundations, families and countless businesses.

I cannot count the fascinating people with whom we have dined around Terry and B.H.’s table — an advertising superstar, business magnates, ministers, a college president, our hosts’ extended families and other folks who know Virginia’s Tidewater as I know my native Shenandoah Valley.

So much for dropping out.

Terry and B.H. got to know our families and friends, who became theirs.

At first, however, I wondered about the barrister of slight stature who had more weapons than a small militia. Early in our friendship, the Hubbards invited us to climb aboard their old wooden boat, The Algonquin, for a trip up Carters Creek to an Independence Day party.

Long after the fireworks, we chugged back toward Weems, but The Algonquin ran aground just 10 feet from the pier. B.H. and his brother Lloyd B. exchanged profanity that would embarrass a Marine drill sergeant. It took two tries with two smaller boats to pull us off and to get people home.

But, I stayed aboard The Algonquin for the trip back to the boathouse a few miles away. The brothers stomped wordlessly to their vehicles after tying her up. We got home around 2 a.m.

The next morning, B.H. and Lloyd B. showed up at our house for Bloody Marys and, all smiles, spoke to one another as if nothing had happened. Some things matter. Others don’t.

B.H. loved coming upstream to the Virginia Gold Cup Races in May. He worked the crowd at our tailgate spot and all around, stopping perfect strangers for a conversation, a handshake and, in the case of ladies, a kiss on the cheek.

Soon after meeting a young, unmarried couple, B.H. always asked: “Are you in luuuuv?”

He danced, sang out loud and loved unconditionally. Each Saturday morning, the postmaster in Weems would raise the flag as B.H. and anybody he could recruit would sing God Bless America or America the Beautiful.

B.H. cherished his three children, their spouses and four grandchildren (another on the way), with whom he shared his infectious joie de vie.

He loved to debate, to push rhetorical buttons and to test one’s verbal and intellectual mettle. He loved to talk old movies and obscure music. One never knew what CD he might have spinning in the sunroom — blues, Hawaiian, bluegrass, gospel, Gregorian chants . . . . And, on the TV atop his bar, the “Big Joe Polka Show” remained a favorite.

His sleep and work habits defied the clock. B.H. often went to bed around 8 or 9 p.m. He’d get up at 2 a.m., work on some of the files meticulously stacked on the dining room table, go back to bed after a few hours, get up for the morning dog walk, shower and head to work, phone glued to his ear as he piloted the silver Volvo up Weems Road toward Irvington.

By 5:30 p.m., one of our phones would ring with an invitation to come next door for cocktails, which usually led to dinner.

He counseled and supported us in various business and personal matters. He routinely did the same for others — many of whom couldn’t afford his services, for which he wouldn’t think of charging them.

In recent years, he re-embraced Christianity and did some “church shopping” but also explored spirituality beyond his religion.

When the cancer came, B.H. remained upbeat and outwardly at peace — even after awful doses of chemo ravaged his body but not his spirit. The last time we visited with him not long ago, B.H. insisted on getting up from his recliner in the sunroom to make drinks for Ellen and me.

But, we knew . . . .

Early Sunday morning, as I drove out of Weems toward the boatyard, Lloyd B. flew past me and into the village.

To the east, a tunnel of sunlight pierced an ominous sky of heavy, gray clouds.

Just up the road, a bald eagle flew low, from left to right in front of my truck and into the forest at 7:35 a.m.

Again, I knew.

We got word a bit later that B.H. had departed this Earth at 8 a.m., with music playing and his family surrounding him.

Rest well, Pal. You showed us how to live.

> Click here to read B.H.’s obituary.

Tax-delinquent property sale to yield $1 million

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May 16, 2018
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The properties include 212 acres near Bealeton, along with smaller parcels and several houses.
The high bidders aren’t owners until the court approves the sales. It is important for everyone, especially the public, to appreciate that the authority to approve the offers lies solely with the court.
— Senior Assistant County Attorney M.C. Anderson
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Fauquier County government’s auction last week of 11 tax-delinquent properties could generate $1 million.

County officials Friday morning accepted the highest bids for six of those properties during an auction on the courthouse steps at 40 Culpeper St. in Warrenton.

The high bids for that real estate totaled $766,000.

Before the auction, Fauquier officials also accepted private offers on five properties totaling $289,000.

Prospective buyers had a chance to make pre-auction offers for properties to the county attorney’s office until 10 a.m. May 9. Offers deemed acceptable before the May 11 sale resulted in removal those properties from the auction block. 

A Fauquier County Circuit Court judge will conduct a Tuesday, June 5, hearing on the bids and decide whether to approve them, Senior Assistant County Attorney M.C. Anderson explained in an email.

“The high bidders aren’t owners until the court approves the sales,” Ms. Anderson said. “It is important for everyone, especially the public, to appreciate that the authority to approve the offers lies solely with the court and that it is not a sale until the court confirms it.”

The May 11 auction lasted almost 30 minutes.

Alexandria-based Browns Run LLC made the highest bid of $500,000 for the auction’s most valuable property — 212.5 acres, including a home in poor condition, along Ritchie Road near Bealeton. The property had been appraised at $600,000.

Hume-based F & S Investments LLC made the highest offers for three properties — more than any other auction participants. F & S Investments’ bids for 13-1/2 acres totaled $94,000.

Revenue from the sale of about 271 acres and four homes in poor condition will be used to pay auction costs — legal fees, advertising and postage — and then overdue taxes.

After that, any remaining money would go to creditors and, lastly, delinquent taxpayers.

The county accepted bids for:

• A vacant 2.1-acre lot at the Golden Hill Estates subdivision near Sumerduck in Southern Fauquier. Appraised value: $30,000. Micah Meadows made the highest auction bid of $15,000.

• A vacant 9.5-acre lot at Fiery Run and Hardscrabble roads near Linden in Northern Fauquier. Appraised value: $74,000. Before the auction, F & S Investments LLC made a private offer of $74,000.

• A 8.9-acre lot, including an unfinished pole barn, along Cromwell Road near Catlett in Southern Fauquier. Appraised value: $100,000. Before the auction, Forest Morgan made the highest private offer of $135,000.
• A vacant 2.5-acre lot along Fiery Run Road near Linden in Northern Fauquier. If it cannot be developed as a home lot, the parcel’s appraisal would be $15,000. Sold as a buildable lot, the property’s appraisal will be $29,000. F & S Investments made the highest auction bid of $18,000.
• Two homes on 7.9 acres along Rogues Road near Midland in Southern Fauquier. Appraised value: $80,000. Charles Yancey made the highest auction bid at $67,000.
• An unbuildable, 5,000-square-foot lot along North Church Street at Remington in Southern Fauquier. Appraised value: $3,000. Before the auction, Thomas Cheatham Properties LLC made a private offer of $3,000.
• A vacant 5.5-acre lot along Longstalk Lane at Midland. Appraised value: $20,000. John Underwood made the highest auction bid of $15,000.
• A home on 9.3 acres along Sillamon Road near Goldvein in Southern Fauquier. $165,000. Surrey House LLC made the highest auction bid of $151,000.
• A half-acre lot along Dumfries Road near Catlett. Appraised value: $2,000. Before the auction, F & S Investments made a private offer of $2,000.
• A home on 212.5 acres along Ritchie Road at Bealeton in Southern Fauquier. Appraised value: $600,000. Browns Run LLC made the highest auction bid of $500,000.
• 12 landlocked acres off Leeds Manor Road at Markham in Northern Fauquier. Appraised value: $75,000. Before the auction, Lincoln Consulting Group LLC made private offer of $75,000.

Biz Buzz: Town’s first B&B hosts ribbon cutting Friday

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May 16, 2018
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With town council approval last year, The Chilton House became Warrenton’s first bed and breakfast inn.
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Chilton House ribbon cutting Friday

The historic Chilton House Bed & Breakfast in Warrenton will formally open with a ribbon cutting Friday evening, May 18.

The event will begin with the ceremony at 5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. Mayor Powell Duggan, owner/operator John McAuliff and others will speak.

The town council last year granted a special use permit for Warrenton’s first bed and breakfast inn.

The four-bedroom inn stands at 97 Culpeper St.

Dental practice provides $19,300 in free care

Fifty-seven local people received free services from Family Dental Care of Warrenton on Saturday, May 5.

Dr. Gerald Awadzi, Dr. Kayvan Shahrzad and team provided free oral health care to the community during Free Dentistry Day, a program initiated to help those without dental insurance.
The practice provided more than $19,300 worth of dentistry, including free cleanings, fillings and extractions to local people throughout the day.
“We are very pleased with the success of this event,” Dr. Awadzi said. “Unfortunately, many people do not see a dentist on a routine basis. We were honored to open our doors to those in our community and volunteer our time and resources to make sure they received the care they need and deserve.”

Leadership Fauquier graduation June 1

Leadership Fauquier will host a graduation ceremony and reception for its Class of 2018 on Friday, June 1.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the Stoneridge Events Center near Warrenton.

The nonprofit, professional development program will celebrate its third graduating class.

Each fall, about 20 local professionals begin the program, with 10 monthly meetings through the following spring. Leadership Fauquier seeks to increase civic participation and volunteerism. Participants get in-depth exposure to a variety of community organizations, along with skill-building exercises.

The deadline to apply for the next class is June 10.

For more information, contact Executive Director Sandra Roszel at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-360-5885

Blaire Conner innovative teacher of the year

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May 16, 2018
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Parks & Rec “Hall of Honor” inducts Bailey and Scullin

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May 16, 2018
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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May 16, 2018
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Ceremony honors local officers killed on duty

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May 15, 2018
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Chuck looked the part and perfectly represented the character of a Fauquier County deputy sheriff.
— Lt. Mark Jones
They gathered at a simple memorial outside Fauquier’s jail Tuesday morning to remember three local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The sheriff’s office annual memorial service paid tribute to Charles E. Murray Jr., John Henry Walter and John H. Woodson. The ceremony took place during National Police Week.

Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Jones told the audience of looking up to Sgt. Murray three decades ago. As high school students working at a Warrenton gas station, Lt. Jones and his twin brother Mike, a state police special agent, admired the way the sergeant carried himself and answered their questions about law enforcement.

“Chuck had a commanding appearance in his neatly pressed uniform wearing his Stetson hat, polished leather gear, S&W .357 Magnum revolver and those shiny Corfam shoes,” Lt. Jones said. “Chuck looked the part and perfectly represented the character of a Fauquier County deputy sheriff . . . .

“He wanted to know about us and our individual plans in life.The dialogues with Chuck were engaging, meaningful and bigger than anything we could imagine.He conveyed his reasons for being called to service as a law enforcement officer.He talked of his need to help people in our community at their most difficult time.”

The lieutenant added: “We were not knowingly thinking about his motives. We later realized he was recruiting the next generation of law enforcement officers by investing his time and devotion to draw us in.”

Soon after the Jones twins graduated from Fauquier High School, Sgt. Murray died when an Amtrak train struck his cruiser in Southern Fauquier on July 9, 1990.

Tuesday’s ceremony also honored Deputy Walter, killed July 5, 1972, in a crash on his way to Richmond in a driving rainstorm, and Southern Railway Police Sgt. Woodson, killed Aug. 5, 1946, while investigating freight thefts.

The memorial at 50 W. Lee St. bears the officers’ names.

“We have gathered here today to remember not only these officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, but all officers who have put their lives on the line for their communities,” Sheriff Bob Mosier said in his remarks. “In Virginia, approximately 438 officers have been killed protecting and serving their communities.”

Addressing the local officers’ survivors, Sheriff Mosier concluded: “While our debt to these fallen heroes can never be repaid, we can express our reflective appreciation for their courage and example by supporting you, and all of the others like you who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.”

The sheriff also retired Deputy Walter’s badge Number 11, which his office no longer will use. The sheriff’s office previously retired Sgt. Murray’s badge Number 13.

Incentives to spur tower, broadband development

Posted Tuesday,
May 15, 2018
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Calvert Crossland has chosen seven areas — Botha, Catlett, Hume, Orlean, Rectortown, The Plains and Warrenton — where it hopes to construct six towers.
The challenge we’ve had is getting towers built in this county. We all want certain towers in certain locations. And every year, we’re lucky if we can get two.
— Cedar Run District Supervisor Rick Gerhardt
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The Cedar Run District supervisor wants to ramp up Fauquier’s efforts to extend broadband internet service to rural areas.

“The challenge we’ve had, quite frankly, is getting towers built in this county,” Rick Gerhardt told fellow board members during a work session last Thursday. “We all want certain towers in certain locations. And every year, we’re lucky if we can get two.”

That could change soon.

The county supervisors on May 10 unanimously approved an incentive plan to help Baltimore-based Calvert Crossroad LLC build six telecommunications towers.

Under the five-page agreement, Calvert Crossland would get as much as $30,000 annually, per tower for up to five years.

In exchange, Fauquier would get a “place” on each tower at no cost that it could sublease to a broadband provider. Alternatively, Calvert Crossing could lease the space to a broadband company.

Calvert Crossland Principal Barb Pivec described the $30,000 figure as an “average” placement fee for telecommunications equipment on a tower in the Fauquier market.

“We cannot build a tower without a market tenant” such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint, Ms. Pivec explained in a telephone interview. “Typically, commercial communications tower rates do not fit into a broadband carrier’s economic model.”

But, the $30,000-per-year payment would allow her company to construct a tower “with a broadband tenant, while we’re working towards securing our market tenant,” she said.

“The agreement will help bridge the gap so broadband providers can have the opportunity to be on air at a faster rate,” added Ms. Pivec, whose company last year constructed the 140-foot monopole near Casanova.

The contract calls for Fauquier to begin making monthly payments of $2,500 for up to five years to the company only after each of the planned towers “is fully erected and functional.”

But, “as soon as one of the majors takes a position on the tower, our obligation” to make the monthly payments “is gone,” Mr. Gerhardt said. “So when AT&T hangs, or Verizon, or Sprint hangs equipment on that tower, our obligation is gone.”

Calvert Crossland has chosen seven areas — Botha, Catlett, Hume, Orlean, Rectortown, The Plains and Warrenton — where it hopes to construct six towers.

“These are already identified search rings for Verizon,” Mr. Gerhardt said.

That suggests to him the telecommunications giant could install equipment on towers in those areas, relieving Fauquier of its monthly $2,500 payments to Calvert Crossing sooner rather than later.

Monthly payments would be covered by the $20 million set aside in Fauquier’s five-year capital improvements plan to extend broadband to unserved and underserved areas in the county.

Each of the towers Calvert Crossland wants to build would exceed 80 feet. Because of that, the county zoning ordinance requires the company to get special exception permit approval from the supervisors for each structure.

The special exception review process involves a public hearing before the county planning commission, which makes land-use recommendations to the supervisors.

The supervisors, who have final authority, also must conduct public hearings on special exception requests before acting.

On Thursday, May 17, the county planning commission will conduct a public hearing on Calvert Crossland’s special exception permit application to construct a 195-foot tower on 61.2 acres at 3590 Rivenoak Lane near Goldvein. John B. and Siobhan Woodward own the property.

The planning commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel St. in Warrenton.

The tower-construction incentive will not apply to the proposed Goldvein project.

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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May 15, 2018
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Local high school seniors steer $20,425 to nonprofits

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May 15, 2018
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How will this summer’s projected spike in gas prices affect you?

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May 14, 2018
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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Faces of Fauquier: She has logged 200 town meetings

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May 14, 2018
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“I do everything except zoning,” Nancy Brady says of her work for The Plains.
I think we’re going to have a lot more development. I half kind of think eventually Fauquier and Gainesville are kind of going to run together — as far as townhouses and businesses and shopping centers.
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For almost 22 years, she’s had a front-row seat at The Plains Town Council meetings.

“That’s a lot of meetings,” says Clerk/Treasurer Nancy Brady, who otherwise works from her Delaplane home. “But it flies. You know what they say: ‘The older you get, the faster the time goes.’ It’s true.”

A Fauquier native who grew up north of The Plains, Mrs. Brady probably can count on both hands the number of meetings she’s missed in the last three decades.

A few years ago, an undiagnosed neck aliment caused her to miss a meeting. Vacations or other personal commitments also may have prevented her from attending some.

Except for that, Mrs. Brady can be found at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the second-floor meeting room of The Plains Volunteer Fire Co. on Loudoun Avenue —  witnessing the words and actions of Mayor Blake Gallagher, the seven-member council and the public.

“We never know how a meeting’s going to go,” she says. “Sometimes it’ll be a real long agenda, and we’ll be out of there in 15 minutes. Other times, it’ll be a short agenda and it’ll go on for an hour or two.”

To hear Mrs. Brady tell it, The Plains council during her time largely has been controversy-free.

Nothing that has caused a big stir comes to mind — not even the council’s decision last year to adopt a 2-percent meals and lodging tax, she says.

“A lot of the restaurant owners said they had been expecting it,” Mrs. Brady says.

The meals tax affects just four businesses — three restaurants and a mostly to-go eatery that operates in the Sunoco station at Main Street and Loudoun Avenue.

The meals tax will generate about $61,000 a year, according to Mrs. Brady. The town’s fiscal 2018 budget totals $170,100.

“Sometimes” council meetings can be interesting, says Mrs. Brady, smiling. “Sometimes they’re boring. Don’t put that in there.”

Besides new restaurants and an affordable housing project completed several years ago, little has changed in The Plains, she says.

“It’s been busier, especially with the restaurants, on weekends. As far as population, no.”

In 2000, The Plains’ population stood at 266, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2010, it declined by 18.4 percent, to 217 residents, according to the bureau.

Mrs. Brady began her working life at age 18, holding two part-time clerical jobs in The Plains — one for a Realtor, the other for the rector of a local church.

In her first local government foray, she served as executive secretary to Warrenton Town Manager Ed Brower from 1966 to 1986. Mr. Brower retired that year and moved to Augusta County.

Though some found him aloof and unapproachable, the two had a respectful and friendly professional relationship, Mrs. Brady recalls.

“He was very nice, very easy to work for. He didn’t want any growth. And it seems like once he left town, everything just started growing.”

Mrs. Brady retired from Warrenton town government in 1986, after which she spent the next 10 years working for two heavy equipment companies — Carter Machinery Co. in Warrenton and Rish Equipment Co. near Opal.

Through her husband, she learned that The Plains Clerk/Treasurer Judy Heflin had planned to retire after 25 years on the job.

“Judy asked Jim if I was interested in part-time work,” Mrs. Brady says. “And that’s how it happened.”

While the town clerk works Monday through Friday, her schedule changes depending on the time of the year.

“I have a lot of work to do in the winter, because I send out (real estate) tax bills” and issue vehicle decals. “From October through May, I’m busy. I’m issuing business licenses right now. So after the 15th, it slows down.”

Mrs. Brady adds: “I do everything except zoning.”

The town’s only other employee — part-time Zoning Administrator Steve Gyurisin — processes planning and land-use documents.

Perpetually active, Mrs. Brady walks up to four miles a day, bowls, golfs and takes weekly Zumba and aerobics classes at the Marshall Community Center.

Because the town clerk likes the work and the mayor and council, she has no immediate plans to retire.

“I know I’m eventually going to have to think about it,” Mrs. Brady says.

But she’ll continue to serve the town as long as her health allows.

“I love working. Maybe if they were hard to work for, I wouldn’t keep doing it. But they’re not; they’re just so easy.”

• Age
Declined to give her age.

• Home 

• Work
Town clerk/treasurer, The Plains, 1996-present; clerk, Rish Equipment Co., 1994-96; clerk, Carter Machinery Co., 1986-93; executive secretary, Town of Warrenton, 1966-86.

• Why do you do the job?
I love working. They’re easy to work for — the town council and the mayor; they’re the nicest people in the world.

I don’t think I could stand to not have something to do all the time; I’ve always worked.

• Family
Two daughters, a son; seven grandchildren; one brother. (Her husband Jim died in 2015 at the age of 75.)

• Education
Vienna (Ohio) High School, 1959. (Except for the last half of her senior year, Mrs. Brady attended Fauquier schools. In January 1959, she moved to Ohio, where her husband Jim had been stationed with the Air Force, and graduated from Vienna High School, just north of Youngstown.)

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
About 75 years.

• Why do you live here? 
Because it’s home. I’ve always lived here. And, I don’t like the city; I don’t like living in town.

Before my husband died (in 2015), he tried to get me to sell this place and move in town (Warrenton or Marshall), because he said if anything ever happened to him I would be able to take care of it myself.

I said, “I don’t ever want to live in town, because I’ve always lived in the country.” I’m a country girl.

• How do you describe this county? 
Friendly people; country. I love the mountains. When we used to go to Florida to visit, I never could get home fast enough, because it’s so flat in Florida.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
It needs more golf courses, a movie theater, bowling alley.

I play golf. In the summer time, I try to get out once during the week and once on the weekends. I do nine or 18 holes. The Front Royal area has at least five golf courses.

We have to go to Manassas or Front Royal to bowl. We have to go to Manassas or Gainesville or Winchester or Front Royal to see a movie.

• What do you do for fun? 
Golf, bowl, read, walk several miles a day; take Zumba classes twice a week, step aerobics with weights once a week; spend time with grandchildren; shopping; going to the (movie) theater.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years? 
I think we’re going to have a lot more development. I half kind of think eventually Fauquier and Gainesville are kind of going to run together — as far as townhouses and businesses and shopping centers.

I think Marshall’s going to grow some more. Growth brings more people, and it helps the businesses.

Sometimes I’ll go into a restaurant in Marshall and I won’t see a single soul in there I know. And even in Warrenton now, the same thing. The traffic is terrible in Warrenton, no matter what time of the day. I just hope it doesn’t get out here to Delaplane.

• Favorite TV show?
“I Love Lucy.”

• Favorite movie? 

“The Sound of Music.”

• Favorite book?
I don’t have just one. My favorite writer is Mary Higgins Clark. She’s a mystery writer. You get into her books almost instantly.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

• Favorite food? 

• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad. He was just quiet and easy-going. He was just a good person. Don’t remember ever seeing him get angry. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. People say I’m like him, and I hope I am.

• What would you do if you won $5 million in the lottery? 
I’d distribute it between my three children and save some for me.

Fauquier County real estate transfers for May 7-11

Posted Monday,
May 14, 2018
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The Fauquier County Circuit Court clerk’s office recorded these real estate transfers May 7-11, 2018:

Cedar Run District

Marilyn S. Farmer and Harry Carroll, by substitute trustee, to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., 2.4 acres, 7591 Greenwich Road, near Nokesville, $365,200, foreclosure.

RFI WC LC, Steven W. Rodgers as managing member, to NVR Inc., 0.63 acre, Lot 21, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, $206,286.

RFI WC LC, Steven W. Rodgers as managing member, to NVR Inc., 0.6 acre, Lot 20, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, $206,286.

Antoinette M. Gerhardt, trustee, to Sompandh and Wanida Wanant, 17.71 acres, 9671 Clarkes Road, near Bealeton, $408,500.

Richard A. and Sally A. Markell to Stephanie L. Raymond and Ian P. Anderson, Lot 14, Phase 1, Woods at Warrenton Subdivision, 7573 Coopers Hawk Drive, near Warrenton, $640,000.

Dollie E. Mitchell estate, by executor, to Marielis E. Nolasco and Aaron S. Mitchell, 1.8 acres, 7375 Rogues Road, near Nokesville, $310,000.

Center District

Andrew L. and Kirsten L. Price to Heather R. Callahan, Lot 15, Section 1, Cooper Mill Subdivision, 791 General Wallace Court, Warrenton, $290,000.

Elizabeth Strong to Caroline M. Hamann, Unit 42, Phase 3, Villa at the Ridges Condominiums, 252 Sapphire Court, Warrenton, $391,900.

Victor J. Vinnedte to Candice Cripe and Ellyna Larson, Lot 48, Section 1, Olde Gold Cup Subdivision, 360 Gay Road, Warrenton, $425,000.

Kristina M. Weaver to Michele D. Knuff, Lot 18, Brookshire Manor Subdivision, 28 Brookshire Manor Drive, Warrenton, $420,000.

Lee District

NVR Inc. to Tamera and Timothy Davis, Lot 1345, Phase A, Section 3-A, Mintbrook Subdivision, 7608 Hancock St., Bealeton, $418,488.

Miguel and Roberta Barragan to Hector M. Posada, Lot 78, Phase 8, Cedar Brooke Subdivision, 10793 Reynard Fox Lane, Bealeton, $410,000.

Shaun W. Foster to Kevin R. Horstkamp, 11,127 square feet, Lot 1, Parks Trust Division, 11252 Remington Road, Bealeton, $237,000.

Leanna N. and Joshua T. Kilgore to Tina T. Fisk, 1 acre, 5461 Sumerduck Road, Sumerduck, $186,000.

Danforth-Remington LLC, John Maestri as member, to NVR Inc., Lot 30, Phase 3, Rappahannock Landing Subdivision, Remington, $81,151.

Mintbrook Developers LLC to NVR Inc., Lot 135, Phase A, Section 3-A, Mintbrook Subdivision, Bealeton, $87,915.

NVR Inc. to Sarah and Freddie Taylor Jr., Lot 67, Phase 3, Rappahannock Landing Subdivision, 2231 Sedgwick Drive, Remington, $320,150.

Helen Angoco to House Buyers of America Inc., 1.16 acres, 6561 Weaver Lane, Bealeton, $132,000.

NVR Inc. to Zachory and Rachel Nelson, Lot 66, Phase 3, Rappahannock Landing Subdivision, 2225 Sedgwick Drive, Remington, $309,850.

Marshall District

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Krysta McKenna and Gayle L. Gray, 0.92 acre, Lot 5, Section 3, Fauquier Springs Country Club Subdivision, 9666 Springs Road, near Warrenton, $380,000.

Deerwood Farm LLC, Joan Hellandsjo as manager, to Michael D. and Caroline H. Goll, 62.43 acres, Parcel 3, off Rt. 17 north of Warrenton, $500,000.

Matthew W. Douglas to Jose A.M. Aparicio and Christopher D.H. Tovar, 4 acres, 9346 Springs Road, west of Warrenton, $250,000.

Dustin Skidgel, by substitute trustee, to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 1.55 acres, 11510 John Marshall Highway, Markham, $277,365, foreclosure.

Robert M. and Sujata G. Dehart to John and Laura Williams, 10.96 acres10142 Cliffs Mill Road, near Orlean, $500,000.

Scott District

Larry G. and Gail M. Jaffrey to Sarah A. Macduff, 10.34 acres, Lot 8-C-2, English Chase Subdivision, 8863 Woodward Road, Marshall, $575,000.

NVR Inc. to Robert Burkholder and Mariana Florit, Lot 3, Phase 11-A, Brookside Subdivision, 3986 Lake Ashby Court, near Warrenton, $635,285.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. to Stephen Steinhoff, 2.6 acres, 7489 John Marshall Highway, near Marshall, $255,000.

Fauquier Lakes Limited Partnership to NVR Inc., Lot 77, Phase 11-A, Brookside Subdivision, near Warrenton, $211,822.

Gretchen H. Davis estate, by executors, to Cherry Blossom Homes Inc., 1.05 acre, Lot 11-C, Post Road Village Subdivision, Baldwin Ridge Road, near Warrenton, $275,000.

NVR Inc. to Thomas and Emily Moulton, Lot 94, Phase 10-A, Brookside Subdivision, 7008 Lake Drive, near Warrenton, $638,790.

Gretchen H. Davis estate, by executors, to Dien V. and Phuong L Nguyen, Lot 11-B, Post Road Village Subdivision, 7373 Baldwin Ridge Road, near Warrenton, $260,000.

Fauquier students earn awards at health event

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May 14, 2018
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“The Walking Marine” will visit Warrenton Saturday

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May 14, 2018
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Piedmont Regional Art Show this weekend

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May 14, 2018
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School system finally, carefully joins Facebook

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May 14, 2018
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School officials will use Facebook to “engage with our families and the community more,” said Tara Helkowski, the system’s public information officer.
An organization thinking about whether to do more social media really shouldn’t go there if they don’t have a thick skin
— James Toscano, social media scholar
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Fauquier’s public school system finally has joined Facebook to communicate with parents, students and interested citizens.

Administrators last month softly launched an official Facebook page to “engage with our families and the community more,” said Tara Helkowski, the school system’s public information officer.

“The hope is that people are talking about what’s going on in the schools. Also, building that trust with our parents and community,” Ms. Helkowski added.

She will monitor the page, post quick information on school events, announcements and award winners as well as videos and other items on Facebook.

“I would hate for it to turn into exactly the same thing we are doing through the news releases,” Ms. Helkowski said. “We are really being mindful of who is the target audience and what do they need and are looking for.”

As of early Monday morning, 212 Facebook users had “liked” the school system page, which will be used mainly to disseminate information quickly. The school system plans an official launch in the fall.

In a January 2018 study, the Pew Research Center found that 68 percent of adults in the United States use Facebook.

But, Fauquier school administrators have waited 14 years and have examined the issues carefully before joining.

“The division has stakeholders they want to reach out to,” school Technology Director Louis McDonald said. “They feel Facebook is the dominant place for that. We weighed the risk of what it means to do this with the value, and now the value outweighs the risk.”

The challenges include monitoring the page for inappropriate content and comments, according to Mr. McDonald.

Facebook uses can comment under school system posts, but they will not be able to post separate items on the page.

Although the Facebook page will not get monitored 24/7, Ms. Helkowski receives email notifications when comments get posted. Citizens can post comments in real time, and Ms. Helkowski will review them several times a day.

The school system will remove or censor comments on a “case by case basis,” based on its terms and conditions.

“First and foremost, we have to protect our students,” said Ms. Helkowski. “If there are things that are identifiable info about students, we can’t have that. We don’t want the reputation of our staff members to be ruined through this.”

However, she admits, “It’s time to have a thick skin in terms of some of the things.

“Occasionally we will answer questions or disputes that are made out there. But sometimes, it will work itself out and folks will jump on and help each other.”

Mr. McDonald believes using Facebook and other social media, “Gives the school a more humanistic view to people as opposed to very staunch and formal process we had in the past.”

“The average citizen does not organize their life in a way that showing up to a public meeting is possible. Turnout it notoriously poor,” said James Toscano, a social media scholar and former consultant. “Cities and school districts can extend their reach into the community by employing social media.”

Dr. Toscano conducted his doctoral research at Northeastern University in 2015 on how governments, schools and other organizations use social media.

“I would encourage no censorship of opinions,” said Dr. Toscano. “If they are willing to tolerate a controversial opinion at a board of education or town meeting, then they should have the same tolerance for those comments online.

“An organization thinking about whether to do more social media really shouldn’t go there if they don’t have a thick skin,” he added.

Over the summer administrators and Ms. Helkowski will continue to work on a plan and process for the Facebook page.

The school system in 2009 joined Twitter, but didn’t start posting regularly until 2013.

In 2013, Fauquier’s school system implemented the “Bring Your Own Device” program that allowed students to bring electronic devices to school for the first time.

Since that time, teachers advocated that the school system allow students to access Twitter on school WiFi.

“Twitter became an instructional tool,” Mr. McDonald said. “We kept getting requests from staff to use Twitter. They were using it very effective as a communication tool and collaboration between students.

“I have not seen much of an avocation for Facebook,” he said.

While Facebook remains blocked to students using the school system’s WiFi networks, Mr. McDonald said administrators may consider offering access to students in the future.

Other local government agencies that use social media include:

• Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

• Warrenton Police Department.

• Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management.

• Town of Warrenton Health, Parks and Recreation Department.

• Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF).

• Fauquier County Parks and Recreation.

• Town of Remington.

Sumerduck woman wins lotto game worth a million

Posted Friday,
May 11, 2018
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Tryshae Younger bought her $30 Million Cash Out ticket in the village of Sumerduck.

The Virginia Lottery winner from Sumerduck thought it was a joke.

When the Tyshae Younger scratched her $30 Million Cash Out ticket and saw that it was a top prize winner, she immediately told her mother and sister, “No, you guys, you can’t trick me!”

But it wasn’t a joke. The ticket really did win the $1 million prize.

Tyshae Younger had the choice of taking the full $1 million over 30 years, or a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes. She chose the cash option.

Ms. Younger bought the winning ticket at Sumerduck Trading Co.

“It feels unbelievable,” Ms. Younger said as she claimed her prize Friday . “I was in shock.”

The $30 Million Cash Out game is one of dozens of Scratchers available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 to $1,000,000. She’s the first person to claim the top prize. Three remain unclaimed in that game.

The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 1.16 million. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.48.

Fauquier County received more than $2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year. The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.5 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

“Sunny” Reynolds responds to council campaign letter

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May 11, 2018
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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May 11, 2018
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5 Friday Fauquier factoids: More vehicles than people

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May 11, 2018
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Fauquier had 39,398 cars on the personal property tax rolls in fiscal 2017.

Cars, trucks and motorcycles on Fauquier County’s personal property rolls in fiscal 2017, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.

The 2017 total included:

• 39,398 cars.

• 52,743 trucks and SUVs.

• 3,638 motorcycles.

That represents 1.3 vehicles for every man, woman and child in the county.

The total includes all vehicles owned at some time during the year, but not those actually on the road — a number that changes constantly because of sales, destruction, abandonment and other factors, according to Commissioner of Revenue Ross D’Urso.


Total amount buyers spent at the 59th annual Fauquier County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Sale.

4-H members Monday auctioned 84 animals, including 39 hogs, 21 lambs, 15 steers and 9 goats, at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds near Warrenton.

Youngsters keep the money from the sale of their animals, minus a small commission to cover auction expenses. The two-day event began Sunday.


Price difference between the least expensive and most expensive Fauquier County homes listed for sale on

A two-bedroom, two-bath home in Remington lists for $166,500.

North Wales, with 22 bedrooms, 13 full baths and three half-baths, lists for $29.95 million. The 1,471-acre estate west of Warrenton includes dozens of supporting buildings and dwellings.


The cost of conducting the May 1 municipal elections in Warrenton, The Plains and Remington, according to Fauquier’s general registrar.

Warrenton’s contest cost $7,005, or $4.66 per ballot cast. Remington’s totaled $1,346, or $24.92 per ballot cast. The Plains election cost $1,296, or $24 per ballot cast.

Poll workers’ salaries account for most of the cost related to the elections. Each precinct has at least three officers. Working from before the polls open at 6 p.m. until after the final tallies, the precinct chief gets $200, assistant chief $150 and regular officer $125.


The number of Fauquier County farms listed in the 12th annual “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” guide that the Piedmont Environmental Council publishes.

Those farms sell directly to consumers, offering everything from fruits, vegetables and meat to eggs, flowers and honey.

Rockefeller and Glascock rookie teachers of the year

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May 11, 2018
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Elizabeth Glascock from Warrenton Middle School and Katelyn Rockefeller from Grace Miller Elementary received the new teacher award last week.
An elementary music teacher and middle school civics teacher have both received Fauquier public school’s Rookie Teacher of the Year award.

Katelyn Rockefeller, 24, a music teacher at Grace Miller Elementary and Annie Glascock, 23, a civics teacher at Warrenton Middle got the award in recognition of their outstanding work as first-year teachers.

Superintendent David Jeck gave each teacher a certificate and a $500 check funded through a grant from Apple Federal Credit Union Educational Foundation on May 2.

Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year

A native of Fauquier County, Ms. Rockefeller attended M.M. Pierce Elementary School, Taylor Middle School, and graduated from Liberty High School in 2012.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2016 and a master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech in 2017.

“As a first-year music teacher, Katie has gone above and beyond in helping all students succeed,” said assistant principal Michelle Breslin.

Ms. Rockefeller always loved working with children, but key adults in her life influenced her to become a teacher.

“I had some very caring and great teachers that I learned a lot from, especially Rich Griffith and Pat Neidich, my middle school and high school band directors,” Ms. Rockefeller said. “They started my love for music, and if it wasn’t for them, I don’t think that I would be teaching music.”

Her parents, Brian and Jennifer Rockefeller, have worked as occupational therapists for Fauquier County Public Schools for many years.

Looking back on her first year, Ms. Rockefeller believes she made the right career choice.

“I love working with all the children. Each student has a different personality, and I enjoy trying to connect with each student to figure out what each student needs to succeed,” she said. “I enjoy the moment that a concept you are teaching finally clicks, or a student finally understands why we do something.”

She considers herself a lifelong learner and appreciates the learning opportunities she experiences as a teacher.

“Even though I just got out of school, I am constantly learning whether that is something new, or a new strategy to teach, or something that the children teach me,” she said.

Ms. Rockefeller credits the support of her colleagues at Grace Miller for her success this year.

The advice she would give to new teachers is to lean on the experts nearby and to ask plenty of questions.

“My resource team and administration have been super supportive and helpful with all my questions. I don’t think anyone around me expected me to have all the answers, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.”

In her free time, Rockefeller likes to cook, bake, craft, and spend time with her family and play the clarinet.

Secondary Rookie Teacher of the Year

Annie Glascock’s path to becoming a teacher started as a student in Fauquier County.

A native of Marshall, Ms. Glascock graduated from Fauquier High School in 2012.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2016 and a master’s degree in education in 2017 from Christopher Newport University.

“She keeps her students engaged, and her lessons are creative, hands-on and interactive,” assistant principal Karyn Spahr said. “Anyone visiting her classroom can feel her love of teaching.”

“I have always wanted to be a teacher, and I owe a lot of it to the amazing teachers I had throughout my life, many of whom are still in the county — Cheryl Ward, Kara Fewell, and my own dad (Robert Glascock),” Ms. Glascock said.

“The relationships I had, and continue to have, with teachers in this county shows me that teachers can have a lasting impact on your life. That is exactly the type of educator I plan to be.”

Her father, Robert Glascock, has taught in the county for 35 years and is currently a physical education teacher at Fauquier High School.

Ms. Glascock’s aunt, Mel Brown is an instructional technology resource teacher at Marshall Middle; her sister, Brandy Glascock, currently works in the front office at Fauquier High School and her grandmother, Paula Glascock, retired a few years ago after working in the guidance office at Fauquier High School.

“We obviously love this county,” Ms. Glascock said.

Ms. Glascock’s favorite things about teaching are the unexpected moments and rich discussions with her students.

“I teach civics, so there are often these unexpected life lessons that get brought into classroom conversations,” she said. “We have had life talks about mental health, life choices, college, and those are some of the best lessons I had with my students.

“They are moments that I did not plan for, but they have been some of my favorite memories throughout this year.”

However, Ms. Glascock admits the first year of teaching can be tough.

To overcome the challenges, she offers two pieces of advice for rookie teachers:

“The first, get to know your students. Most teachers say this, but I cannot stress enough how much that helps. Go to events, support your students, and remind them of the good you see in them beyond academics,” Ms. Glascock said.

“The second, let your students get to know you. It is not fair for us to expect students to be open with us if we are not open with them. Let your students ask you questions and give them honest answers. Let them know about your life, your stories, your past, and even your mistakes. It will help them to see you as a person and not just a body in a room.”

Ms. Glascock enjoys spending time with family and close friends. Her favorite travel destination is the Outer Banks, N.C.

Give Local Piedmont raises $880,664 for nonprofits

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Fresta Valley Christian School near Marshall led the May 1 Give Local Piedmont donations with $44,840 from 100 gifts. The private school will use the funds for their new gymnasium. The Fauquier Free Clinic had the most gifts: 222 totaling $37,063.
The Give Local Piedmont campaign — last Tuesday’s fundraising blitz for nonprofit organizations in the region — collected $880,664 from 5,509 gifts in its fifth year.

Donors made contributions to 160 charities in Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties during the 24-hour event on May 1.

The event, organized by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, raised $114,923 more than it did last year — a 15 percent increase.

Conducted primarily online, Give Local Piedmont last year raised $765,741 from 4,629 gifts.

“County donations and support exhibited through this one-day campaign are nothing short of amazing,” said Executive Director Jane Bowling-Wilson. “Our nonprofits accomplish wonderful things, often with limited budgets and staff. These compassionate, committed people do incredible work done for others, creating opportunities and possibilities where none existed.”

In the event’s first four years, the foundation raised about $2.7 million for charities.

Private schools again did well, with five ranking among the top 10 fundraisers:

• $44,840 — Fresta Valley Christian School near Marshall from 100 gifts.

• $37,063 — Fauquier Free Clinic in Warrenton from 222 gifts.

• $34,120 — Wakefield Country Day School in Rappahannock County
from 73 gifts.

• $33,523 — Kid Pan Alley from 142 gifts.

• $28,604 — Fauquier SPCA near Casanova from 138 gifts.

• $26,730 — Highland School in Warrenton from 173 gifts.

• $24,299 — Front Royal Christian School from 87 gifts.

• $23,700 — Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier from 73 gifts.

• $23,102 — Belle Meade Montessori School in Rappahannock County from 63 gifts.

• $19,716 — Mental Health Association of Fauquier from 132 gifts.

The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation again provided a $100,000 bonus pool, shared proportionately among all nonprofits according to their donation totals.

Sponsors also provided $30,000 in cash prizes.

Grand prize recipients for large nonprofits (those with budgets of more than $250,000):

• First prize, $2,500 — Fauquier Free Clinic.

• Second prize, $1,500 — Highland School.

• Third prize, $1,000 — Fauquier SPCA.

Grand prize recipients for small nonprofits (with budgets of less than $250,000):

• First prize, $2,500 — Kid Pan Alley.

• Second prize, $1,500 — Rappahannock Animal Welfare League.

• Third prize, $1,000 — Mental Health Association of Fauquier.

Participating nonprofits will receive their donations at the annual NPCF Give Local Piedmont receptions in June.

Established in 2000, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation works to build philanthropic capital to enhance and preserve the quality of life in the region and to strengthen its nonprofit organizations.

Throwback Thursday: Vets memorial almost complete

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May 10, 2018
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1993 — Committee Chairman Dudley Payne at the Fauquier Veterans Memorial under construction on Hospital Hill.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of May 14, 1993

Veterans memorial nearing completion

If H. Dudley Payne had his way, he’d pass an ordinance requiring every county resident to visit the Fauquier Veterans Memorial under construction on Hospital Hill.

“If we could get people up here to see this site, we wouldn’t need to do any more fund-raising,” said Payne, standing at the base of the memorial, which offers a scenic view of Warrenton.

“We would’ve gotten all the funds we need to complete it within the first week,” the local lawyer speculated.

Payne serves as chairman of the Fauquier Veterans Memorial Committee Inc. The 11-member group began working five years ago to erect a permanent, central memorial to veterans. It has collected a little more than $80,000 of the estimated $135,000 the memorial will cost.

The memorial features a 70-foot flagpole rising from the center of an inlaid stone star. Fauquier sculptor Frederick Hart will create a bronze railing of soldiers marching in line. The memorial also will have engraved plaques listing the names of Fauquier veterans who died in military service.

FHS students demonstrate for higher teacher salaries

More than 100 Fauquier High School students walked out of class Monday to show their support for higher teacher salaries.

The students demonstrated outside the school for more than two hours before Assistant Principal Roger Sites encouraged 51 of them to return to class late in the day.

Sites said about 40 students remained outside and will be charged with truancy. Those students will attend a Saturday detention or have an in-school suspension.

Sites characterized the demonstration as “peaceful” and said the students “conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”

The demonstrators voiced anger with the board of supervisors, which last week cut $4.5 million from the school board’s $53.4-million budget request.

State agency helps Fauquier add 4 jailers

Thanks to additional funding from the state, the Fauquier detention center will get for more jailers in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The State Compensation Board approved one additional deputy for the Fauquier jail earlier this year.

The state will give the county $86,101 to fund the four additions at an entry level salary of $18,151. If the county boosts those salaries to $20,097 as it does with most state positions, it would cost Fauquier $21,000.

Sheriff Joe Higgs several weeks ago said if he did not get the extra state aid, he would sue the compensation board.

Warrenton printer to abandon PIP franchise

Tired of the corporate Big Brother routine, a Warrenton printer plans to go it alone.

Gene Sigmundsson, who opened his PIP Printing franchise at 37 Main St. about five years ago, will sever ties with Postal Instant Press Inc., the huge but embattled California-based franchise.

A Broad Run resident, Sigmundsson estimates it will cost $90,000 to $100,000 to buy out of his multi-year contract with PIP. The local shop did about $275,000 in business last year — triple his first-year total in 1988.

Walker to intern with newspaper

Warrenton native Kent Walker has joined The Fauquier Citizen as a summer intern in the newsroom.

A 1992 Fauquier High School graduate, Walker this month completed his freshman year at Hampton University. He wrote for the college newspaper, The Hampton Script.

Walker, who earned The Fauquier Citizen Journalism Award last year at FHS, is majoring in mass media at Hampton.

He will cover sports and general assignments this summer. His parents are Shirley and Juanita Walker.


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Student taken from bus after texting about gun

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May 10, 2018
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Sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning stopped a school bus and took into custody a seventh-grade girl who allegedly texted a friend “that she was bringing her father’s gun to school.”

The sheriff’s office learned of the threat at 6:46 a.m. and stopped the bus in the Lake Whippoorwill subdivision just northeast of Warrenton 15 minutes later, Sgt. James Hartman said.

“Deputies boarded the bus and removed the student,” Sgt. Hartman said. “No weapon was found on the bus or in the student’s possession.

“This incident is under investigation and charges are pending.”

The WMS resource officer "filed juvenile petitions for communicating threats to do harm on school property,” the sergeant said.

The student attends Warrenton Middle School, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies and school officials “acted quickly to mitigate this potential threat and ensure the school community was safe,” Sgt. Hartman said.

Show of Rubin “critter” paintings at Barrel Oak

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Warrenton finally agrees: Museum back to home

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May 9, 2018
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Town-owned Brentmoor has remained unused since the museum closed in November 2014.
A college science professor and history buff, Kirk Goolsby said he likes the prospect of people dropping by the historic home where his family plans to live.
Brentmoor Inc. President Birge Watkins makes the case for the $450,000 offer and another attempt at making a museum work in the house.
Public Hearing
• Topic: Agreement to sell the town-owned Brentmoor to Kirk and Rebecca Goolsby of Warrenton for private residence. 

• When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8.

• Agency: Warrenton Town Council.

• Length: About one hour.

• Speakers: 20, with 14 supporting and 6 opposed.

• Where: Town Hall, 18 Court St., Warrenton.

• Action: Council voted, 6-1, to approve the sale.

• Property: 4,200-square-foot Italianate home, built in 1859, and 1.3-acre lot.
• Where: 173 Main St.

• Asking price: $595,000.

• Sale price: $425,000.

• History: Town bought house and 3 acres for $460,000 in February 1999 for development of John S. Mosby Museum. 

• Details: Converted to museum with donations and grants; no kitchen or bathrooms.
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For the first time in more than two decades — if all goes as planned — a family will live in Brentmoor, the historic Warrenton home that briefly housed the defunct John S. Mosby Museum.

After a contentious public hearing Tuesday night, the town council voted, 6-1, to sell the 159-year-old Italianate house to Warrenton residents Kirk and Robin Goolsby for $425,000 — about 26 percent less than the appraised value.

The Goolsbys plan to sign the contract, with several contingencies, by week’s end, according to their attorney.

The council rejected a last-minute offer of $450,000 from Brentmoor Inc. Former members of Mosby Foundation and supporters chartered the corporation May 4 in their bid to reopen Brentmoor as a museum and “cultural center.”

But, most council members suggested it would be unfair to accept that offer after four months of negotiating with the Goolsbys.

Tuesday’s decision ends three years of debate about what to do with the house, where the museum operated from March 2013 to November 2014.

The couple plans to share the 173 Main St. home with history and architecture buffs.

“One of the things that will happen with a family moving into that house again is that it will live again,” Mr. Goolsby said during the public hearing. “People lived in that house for more than a century. It has been dead for more than 18 years. Even as a museum it is dead.

“One of the things that excites me the most is to continue to share the place with people,” he added. “I know people are going to come walk up to the door.”

Packing Town Hall for the hour-long hearing, citizens offered opinions about why it should be sold as a private home or reopened as a museum.

“We know Brentmoor very well,” said Birge Watkins, president of the new organization that made its offer at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, about 11 hours before the hearing. “We renovated the house from head to toe. We will protect and restore Brentmoor . . . . We know repairs are needed and are prepared to address them in short order, no matter how significant.”

A former town councilman and member of the former museum board, Mr. Watkins said his new group could close the deal by June 20 — with significant financial support from a descendant of John S. Mosby, a Confederate cavalry colonel and Fauquier native known as “The Gray Ghost.”

Five others spoke in support of the Brentmoor Inc. bid, including historian Dave Goetz, who noted that a council-appointed task force in March 2016 recommended museum use for the shuttered house.

A Gray Ghost descendant, John Mosby Russell of Rhode Island testified that he planned to provide significant financial support if Brentmoor Inc. purchased the house.

But, 14 spoke in favor of selling the property to the Goolsbys. Loud applause followed most of those speakers.

“If you dreamt of the perfect family to take over the Mosby house, you couldn’t have dreamt of a better family,” town resident Jim Lawrence said. “This is a providential stroke of good fortune for the town. The Goolsbys’ willingness to take this property on — with all its restrictions — is a gift to the town.”

For about three years, town officials have struggled with the vacant building’s fate. Some council members wanted to sell it; some wanted to give a Civil War museum another chance under new management.

“The integrity (of the Goolsbys) stands out to me,” Councilwoman Linda “Sunny” Reynolds (At-large) said Tuesday night. “The Goolsbys have acted in good faith.”

Jerry Wood (Ward 1), who made the motion to accept the couple’s offer, said: “The Goolsbys have come through on this. The Goolsbys have gone through the process.”

Alec Burnett (Ward 2) cast the dissenting vote because he wanted to consider the other last-minute offer from Brentmoor Inc.

Several speakers expressed concern about re-establishing a privately-run museum on town-owned property.

“If it sells to the highest bidder . . . they are going to come back asking for more money,” town resident “Dink” Godfrey said. “We are beating a dead horse again.”

Last year, 96 town citizens signed Mr. Godfrey’s petition in favor of selling Brentmoor and the adjacent Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center.

“If you fail the Goolsbys and their good faith negotiation to do business with the town, you will certify that Warrenton is a terrible place to do business,” resident and business owner Tony Tedeschi said. “Get this place back on the tax roles. Don’t get fooled again.”

The couple made a full price offer in November. But, the house's condition led to a lower sale price through negotiations with town officials.

Brentmoor needs an estimated $280,000 worth of work, including a new roof, foundation repairs and stabilization of outbuildings, according to the Goolsbys’ assessment conducted in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, which holds an easement on the house.

They would spend another $200,000 to add a kitchen and bathrooms.

The Goolsbys hope to sign the contract on Brentmoor by the end of this week, the closing contingent upon financing, a driveway easement and obtaining a title report.

They have received preliminary financing approval from their bank for about $700,000, according to their lawyer Merle Fallon.

The purchase contract requires them to open the house to the public at least twice a year.

Mr. Goolsby works as a science professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Mrs. Goolsby works at Brumfield Elementary School in Warrenton as a reading specialist.

The town in 1999 bought the property for $460,000. 

A $1-million historical renovation — funded with donations and grants — converted it from a private home to the John S. Mosby Museum. The house has remained unused for 3-1/2 years, with the town maintaining it.

The museum project restored Brentmoor to 1870 conditions, removing a kitchen addition and bathrooms, while upgrading the electrical system and installing geothermal heating and cooling.

Richmond-based Central Virginia Appraisal Service last year appraised the house and one acre at $574,000.

The town listed the property for sale in October 2017 with an asking price of $595,000.

On Tuesday, the council also unanimously approved a special use permit allowing the building to be occupied as a single-family home. The property has public semi-public zoning.

The town will need to subdivide the three-acre parcel that includes the visitor center on Calhoun Street.

May 8 public hearing powerpoint on Brentmoor sale by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Draft Contract for Sale and Purchase of Brentmoor by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Biz Buzz: Strother family opens Locavore Market

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May 9, 2018
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Built in 1920, this barn at Valley View Farm houses The Locavore Farm Market that opened last weekend.
Strothers open farm market near Delaplane

The Locavore Farm Market at Valley View Farm near Delaplane opened last weekend.

The Strother family’s latest venture offers Virginia wines and hard ciders, seasonal pick-your-own fruits, organic vegetables from the garden at Valley View and other local farm products, including locally-crafted art and furniture. 

“We are thrilled to provide a complete destination experience for customers who appreciate locally produced products, who we refer to as, ‘Locavores’,” said Philip Carter Strother, owner of Philip Carter Winery on the same property. “Valley View Farm is considered one of the most spectacular landscapes in the northern Piedmont of Virginia.  It is stunning.

“To be able to make this site available to Locavores to enjoy fine wine, Virginia ciders, pick-your-own fruits, and organically grown vegetables is nothing short of being able to create the perfect local farm fresh experience.”

The 500-acre farm has been in the same family, with one exception, for nearly three centuries.
Charles E. Strother Jr. in 1997 inherited the farm he had helped his father run for a decade. He expanded the farm business, offering it as a retreat for day outings by business and religious groups and establishing a pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operation. 

In 2016, Charles Strother and his son, Philip Carter Strother, formed Strother Family Vineyards that operates a vineyard on 45 acres of the farm. Father and son have collaborated again to open the Locavore Farm Market & Tasting Room at Valley View Farm in the red barn built in the 1920s.

Fauquier Bank quarter profit up 65 percent

The Fauquier Bank’s parent company reported net income of $1.3 million — or 34 cents per share — for the first quarter of 2018.

That represents 65.4-percent increase from Fauquier Bankshare’s first-quarter profit of $768,000 last year.

“We made significant progress during the first quarter as we continue to strive towards achieving our strategic initiatives of growing the balance sheet, increasing profitability through net interest income and other fee income, and increasing our efficiencies by managing expenses,” President/CEO Marc Bogan said. “With this progress, we are gaining traction on becoming a high performing community bank."

Total assets stood at $682 million on March 31, compared with $630 a year earlier.

Year-over-year, net loans increased by $46.5 million to a total of $497.7 million.

Nonperforming assets stood at $10.9 million on March 31, down from $11.5 million a year earlier. That total included $9.5 million of nonperforming loans and $1.4 million of other real estate owned.

Shareholders’ equity was $56.7 million on March 31, compared with $55.3 million a year earlier. Book value per common share was $15.01, up from $14.66 as of March 31, 2017.

Established in 1902 and headquartered in Warrenton, Fauquier Bankshares has 11 banking offices in Fauquier and Prince William counties in Virginia.

The company’s stock (Nasdaq: FBSS) traded at $21.15 per share Wednesday. Over the last 52 weeks it has ranged from a low of $17.24 to a high of $22.25.

Oak View National Bank profit up 72 percent

Warrenton-based Oak View National Bank reported net income of $365,353 for the first quarter of 2018.

That represents an increase of 72.5 percent from the same period last year, when the bank reported a $211,774 profit.

“We are pleased to see the positive results of our efforts to increase the bank’s overall rate of growth; which has resulted in higher net interest income and noninterest income,” Vice Chairman and CEO Michael Ewing said. “We have reached sufficient scale whereby our gross earnings are outpacing our noninterest expenses, resulting in improving net earnings.”

Year-over-year, loans increase 15.8 percent to $190.1 as of March 31. At the quarter’s end, Oak View reported two non-performing loans, totaling $75,890.

Total deposits stood at $183.2 million, up 13.3 percent.

Total bank assets ended the quarter at $225.9 million, an increase of 12.7 percent.

Established in 2007, Oak View has offices in Warrenton, Marshall and Culpeper. It grew from the roots of the old Marshall National Bank & Trust Co., which went through a series of mergers, starting in 1998.

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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Secure key boxes speed access in emergencies

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Warrenton jeweler suffers minimal fire damage

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May 8, 2018
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Business owner David Hartman talks with a steady stream of visitors Tuesday morning as an electrician checks wiring in the area of the fire at the front corner of his Main Street shop.
Molly’s Irish Pub, next to the jewelry shop, posted this photo and message Monday night: “Hell of a night up on Main Street. There was a small fire in the alcove next to Hartman's. Thank God it was discovered quickly, everyone is fine and damage is relatively minimal. It was quite amazing to see the response from our town. The immediate response from our firefighters was unbelievable. You guys did great; a cold pint is in order for every one of you. And we could not ask for better town officials who were there every step of the way. We will reopen as soon as is approved . . . . We live in a great town.”
We still have the building. It’s not a hole in the ground. It could be worse.
— Store owner David Hartman
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Offering a range of support, a steady stream of merchants, customers and friends Tuesday morning stopped by the fire-scarred Old Town Warrenton jewelry store.

“Whatever we can do to help,” Framecraft owner Melena Moore told David Hartman, owner of Hartman Jewelers at 36 Main St.

“Come up and sell stuff” at the 64 Main St. framing shop “while the business is closed,” her husband and co-owner Mark Moore added.

“If you need help, you’ve got my number,” Warrenton contractor Florian Dengel told the jewelry store owner.

“I know where you live,” Mr. Hartman joked.

The Monday night blaze — contained to a small corner near the store’s entrance — resulted in no damage to any jewelry, he said.

Interior and exterior damage to the building appeared largely cosmetic or easily repaired.

“The (county) fire inspector said there's no structural damage, which is a relief,” Mr. Hartman said.

For now, the fire’s cause also remains “undetermined,” according to the shop owner.

But “it’s not electrical, because there’s no electrical conduit where the fire started,” explained Mr. Hartman who rents the storefront. “That’s good. That’s a lot of peace of mind. You never know what can go wrong with old buildings.

The shop owner arrived at the scene at about 8:40 p.m. Monday.

“No fire, but lots of smoke,” he recalled. “Lots of firefighters, lots of police.”

The shop on Monday closed at 5 p.m., after which the staff spent about 30 minutes putting away jewelry and cleaning, Mr. Hartman said.

“We don’t know when it started,” he said. “It could have been smoldering for hours.”

A customer of nearby Molly’s Irish Pub saw smoke emerging from the building and called 9-1-1, Mr. Hartman said.

He hopes an insurance company adjuster on Tuesday will visit the store and determine the extent of the damage and repair costs.

“We own a business, too,” Ms. Moore, Framecraft’s co-owner. “So I was just heartbroken for them. He's our neighbor, is how we think of him. He's a great guy.”

A postal carrier delivering mail Tuesday morning expressed shock over the damage.

“It’s OK,” Mr. Hartman reassured him. “We still have the building. It’s not a hole in the ground. It could be worse.”

It remains unclear when the store will re-open but he hopes in time for Mother’s Day.

Established in 1994, Hartman’s moved to its current location almost 10 years ago.

Sheriff’s office will hire school security specialists

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May 8, 2018
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School Resource Office Mundy Crummett, assigned to Taylor Middle, and her seven colleagues will get re-inforcements in the fall, when the sheriff’s office will add three SROs and 12 security specialists to the county’s public schools.
We have a great relationship with the sheriff’s office in regards to SROs and we are expecting a similar partnership with them in relation to safety and security specialists.
— School Superintendent David Jeck
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All Fauquier public elementary and high schools will get new security staff members in the fall.

The sheriff’s office this summer will hire 12 security specialists and three armed deputies for the county schools. School and county officials quickly agreed to add the positions after the massacre of Parkland, Fla., high school students Feb. 14.

The safety and security specialists will monitor buildings and social media, and investigate incidents, among other duties. (Job description at bottom of story.)

The sheriff’s office has not decided whether security specialists will be armed. The positions will pay at least $16.39 an hour.

Next fall, each high school, along with nine elementary schools will get one security specialist.

Southeastern Alternative Middle and High School near Midland and Thompson and Mary Walter Elementary schools — those near the north and south ends of Fauquier — will each get one SRO apiece.

“If something were to happen . . . it would take (deputies) at least 10 minutes to get there,” school Superintendent David Jeck said.

The sheriff’s office hopes to fill all 15 positions by July 1.

Each high school and middle school campus already has an armed sheriff’s deputy.

School officials had started to discuss the hiring of security specialists for high schools earlier this year, but Dr. Jeck decided to accelerate the plan because of murders of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

In a meeting last week, county, school and law enforcement officials decided the new hires would be sheriff’s office employees so they receive the same training, according to Dr. Jeck.

The county supervisors in March budgeted $776,000 to hire 11 elementary school security officers and a school resource officer for Southeastern.

The fiscal 2019 school budget also includes $148,000 for three high school security specialists.

“We have a great relationship with the sheriff’s office in regards to SROs and we are expecting a similar partnership with them in relation to safety and security specialists,” Dr. Jeck said.

Safety and Security Specialist job description by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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Simpson to speak about immigration on May 17

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May 7, 2018
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Jobs and the great debate about immigration

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Remington data center developer picks partners

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May 7, 2018
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The Remington Technology Center will include as many as six data centers.
Our partners rank among the most capable, technologically advanced, and financially secure development organizations in the world.
— PointOne Development Chairman Keith Frieser
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Five partner firms will help an Alberta, Canada-based company finance, construct and maintain the planned complex of six data centers just northeast of Remington.

PointOne Developments Ltd. last week announced the members of a new real estate branch that “specializes” in the development of “hyper-scale data center campuses” — including the Remington Technology Park along Lucky Hill Road — that will be designed to “meet the growing demands of the cloud-based technology market.”

PointOne’s partners include:

Black & Veatch, an Overland Park, Kan.-based consulting firm that specializes in the development of energy, water and telecommunications infrastructure.

Critical Project Services, a Sterling-based consulting firm that serves energy industries.

NRG Energy, a Houston-based energy company.

Diode Ventures, a Black & Veatch company also based in Overland Park that helps clients identify purchasing and/or leasing opportunities.

Enfinite Capital, an Overland Park-based “investment and asset management firm” that specializes “in renewable energy, infrastructure, and real estate assets.”

“Our partners rank among the most capable, technologically advanced and financially secure development organizations in the world,” PointOne Development Chairman Keith Frieser said in the May 1 press release. “We are pleased and honored to join forces with them to deploy next generation hyper-scale data center campuses designed to support cloud-based technology companies.”

Fauquier’s board of supervisors in March unanimously approved Point One Holdings Inc.’s request to rezone 234 acres from residential to business park to construct six data center structures.

PointOne Development Corp. later this year hopes to break ground on The Remington Technology Park.

It could be the largest economic development project in Fauquier’s history.

The project calls for 1.5 million to 1.8 million square feet of space under roof and an onsite electrical substation.

The first building — probably 240,000 square feet — could be completed in mid- to late-2019, Point One Holdings Inc. Vice President Colin Clish said in an April interview.

The centers should create 120 to 180 high-paying, full-time jobs and up to 200 full-time equivalent construction jobs, according to the company.

It has projected a five- to seven-year build-out for the data center.

Though customer-driven, “we think that’s conservative,” Mr. Clish said of the construction schedule.

PointOne’s real estate development company has a 307-acre data center campus project near Edmonton, Canada.

It also has “investment partners and secured funding for data center development and related investments up to $7.5 billion” and “is moving quickly to evaluate additional properties capable of supporting campus designs requiring” 150 to 300 megawatts of power, according to the press release.

The company continues to consider sites in Quincy, Wash; Chicago, Ill., Fort Collins, Colo; Kansas City, Mo., Australia, Ireland and Dubai.

Fauquier County real estate transfers for April 30-May 4

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The Fauquier County Circuit Court clerk’s office recorded these real estate transfers April 30-May 4, 2018:

Cedar Run District

John D. Beales Jr. to Kory Gough, 0.5 acre, 21740 Greenwich Road, near Catlett, $75,000.

Ricky J. and Teresa F. Kilmer, trustees, to Stephen French, 2.72 acres, Lot 1, Hickory Hollow Subdivision, 4392 Dumfries Road, Catlett, $491,000.

NVR Inc. to Lori Jones, Lot 16, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, 6405 Bob White Drive, near Warrenton, $623,418.

NVR Inc. to Maria V. and James E. Richardson, Lot 29, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, 6396 Bob White Drive, near Warrenton, $590,720.

RFI WC LLC, Steven W. Rodgers as managing member, NVR Inc., 0.58 acre, Lot 53, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, near Warrenton, $206,286.

NVR Inc. to Wayne and Karen Hampel, Lot 14, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, 6419 Bob White Drive, near Warrenton, $625,690.

Mary V. and Herbert E. Olinger Jr. to Nicholas J. and Stephanie J. Napolitano, Lot 11, Phase 1, Whisperwood Subdivision, 7442 Coblentz Ave., near Warrenton, $470,000.

Benjamin and Sarah Marshall, by substitute trustee, to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 5 aces, 13114 Elk Run Road, near Bealeton, $219,794, foreclosure.

Theodore J. and Patricia A. Zurawski to Efren C. Escobar, 25 aces, 10685 Brent Town Road, Catlett, $675,000.

Avenir Properties LLC, Lanny R. Cornwell III as managing member, to Mamadou M. and Sharon T.S. Fall, 1.51 acres, 5426 Germantown Road, Midland, $349,000.

Center District

Sandra L. Chamberlain to Charles M. and Drema A. Hanshaw, Lot 3, Phase 1, Carriage House Chase Subdivision, 226 Carriage Chase Circle, $370,000.

William O. Hayes III to Alec J. Lipscomb, Unit 10-C, Phase 1, Leeds Square Subdivision, 164-C Leeds Court West, $169,000.

NVR Inc. to Jonathan W. and Christine D. Kibben, Lot 11, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, 6435 Bob White Drive, near Warrenton, $623,675.

Jane F. Slibert to Margaret M. Divincenzo, Lot 4, Madison Square Subdivision, 428 Falmouth St., Warrenton, $370,000.

Timothy L. and Connie D. McDermott to Benjiman C. and Melinda J. Whitten, Lot 7, Whites Mill Subdivision, 6473 Whites Mill Lane, near Warrenton, $539,900.

Ricky T. and Catherine O. McDaniel to Tom Sargent and Shirley Gubatan, Lot 136, Section 2-D, Olde Gold Cup Subdivision, 258 Equestrian Road, Warrenton, $495,000.

Lee District

Monica Corbin to Benancio B. Mendez and Filiberto L. Gutierrez, 0.22 acre, 12445 Lucky Hill Road, near Remington, $225,000.

Frank C. Poland Inc. to Tyler Pennington and Clare Mathews, 1.93 acres, Lot 3, Miller Woods-East Subdivision, 11044 Salisbury Lane, Bealeton, $348,500.

Jeffery Yates to Jason and Andrea C. Jenkins, 3.02 acres, 5189 Old Gray Farm Lane, Sumerduck, $353,300.

Mintbrook Developers LLC, Russell Marks as manager, to NVR Inc., Lot 158, Phase A, Section 3-A, Mintbrook Subdivision, Bealeton, $117,934.

Lee District

Daniel and Kimberly Felty to Christopher and Christa McDaniel, 81,377 square feet, Lot 23, Perrows Addition to Remington Subdivision, 7207 Fifth St., Remington, $315,000.

Daniel and Erin Ference to Lee A. Hurst, Lot 37, Phase 1, Riverton Subdivision, 12204 Remland Court, Remington, $360,500.

King Atlantic Homes LLC, Yogesh Jasani as managing member, to Roger A.C. Bardales, Lot 38, Section 1, Phase 1, Lee’s Glen Subdivision, 11692 Fort Union Drive, near Remington, $290,000.

NVR Inc. to Arcadio and Yesenia Leyva, Lot 130, Phase A, Section 3-A, Mintbrook Subdivision, 7596 Hancock St., Bealeton, $425,021.

Pamela M. Nelson to Stephen S. Roszel VII Inherited Asset Revocable Trust, 3.94 acres, 5871 Wilson Road, near Marshall, $435,000.

Shawn P. Greer to Kevin and Amy Cave and Sharon S. Jenkins, 8.38 acres, Lot 20, Golden Hill Estates Subdivision, 13228 Golden Drive, Sumerduck, $390,000.

NVR Inc. to Gary Seavers, Lot 32, Phase 3, Rappahannock Landing Subdivision, 2228 Sedgwick Drive, Remington, $279,845.

Robert F. and Doriene M. Steeves to Josh Chasen, 13.04 acres, near Grove Church, $99,850.

Katherine O. Anderson, Rebecca O. Mullins, Morgan B. Ott III and others to David S. Bacon, 29.29 acres, Rt. 653, southeast of Bealeton, $54,000.

Marshall District

Bellevue Farm LLC, Hanna Poe as manager, to Matthew L. and Erica T. Christensen, 14.32 acres, Lot 121, Bellevue Farms Subdivision, Pond Lane, near Warrenton, $350,000.

John A. and Rose M. Kendrick to Darin Shartzer, 5.4 acres, 8598 James Madison Highway, near Warrenton, $175,000.

Thomas E. and Karen H. Newlun to Joshua W. and Heather F. Glasgow, 1.25 acres, Lot 2, Lenz Division, 5897 Moore Road, Marshall, $400,000.

Eric D. and Carla A. Rogers to Marygray L. and David A. Stewart, 10.5 acres, 5471 Keyser Road, Hume, $499,000.

83894 Eldorado Drive LLC, James W. Fletcher III as manager, to Gavin D. and Alden D. Moylan, 0.24 acre, Lot 13, Mountain Shade Subdivision, 8384 Eldorado Drive, near Marshall, $375,000.

Geraldine Grogg-Dickenson to James E. Greathouse, 7.79 acres, 5590 Leeds Manor Road, Hume, $300,000.

Kenneth A. and Erin E. Gaudreault to Thomas F. and Julie McGuire, 4.26 acres, 10363 Welhams Lane, Marshall, $580,000.

James Smith to Vincent A. and Kristen A. Budd, 5 acres, Lot 8, Great Farms Division, 97098 Old Foxville Road, near Warrenton, $273,380.

James N. and Marilyn S. Shackelford to Anthony C. and Victoria L. Lewis, 12.99 acres, Lot 6, North Wales Subdivision, 9571 Foxville Road, near Warrenton, $674,900.

Brian C. and Alice Smith to Xavier and Mary L. Torres, 2.134 acres, Lot 3, South Run Forest Subdivision, 10172 Ada Road, near Marshall, $499,950.

Scott District

Raymond L. and Kimberly D. Muirhead to Sean V. Cronin and Candice M. Demuth, Lot 13, Section 2, South Hill Estates Subdivision, 7043 Panorama Court, near Warrenton, $362,000.

Douglas L. Swope to Johnny J. and Ximena E. Saada, Lot 19, Section 1, South Hill Estates Subdivision, 5213 Beverly Court, near Warrenton, $342,500.

Donald L. and Betty L. Leonard to Piedmont Equine Practice, 1.13 acre, Lot 4, Carletans Woods Subdivision, 7214 Ridgemont Lane, near The Plains, $375,000.

Federal National Mortgage Association to Nathaniel B. Green, 1.3 acres, Lot 6, Mill Run Acres Subdivision, 7291 Moss Lane, near Warrenton, $290,000.

Gary L. and Janet E. Buchanan to Gregory Nigro and Jane Silbert, 1.36 acres, Lot 82, Phase 2, Snow Hill Subdivision, 6699 Colonnades Drive, near Warrenton, $580,000.

Margaret S. Alfaro to Brandon L. and Natalie L. Seal, 0.58 acre, Lot 9, Section 2, South Hill Estates Subdivision, 7027 Panorama Court, near Warrenton, $372,000.

Barry J. and Joanne T. Keiser to Michael P. and Terie L. Julaton, Lot 3, Phase 6, Brookside Subdivision, 7314 Reese Court, near Warrenton, $515,000.

Aaron M. and Amanda Brown to Aaron Cambel and Maria Yepes, Lot 2, Broken Hills Subdivision, 6776 Riley Road, near Warrenton, $358,500.

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Wholesale nursery growing rapidly near Calverton

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With the bag method, we can plant more than 2,000 trees per acre. We can produce trees faster and with no runoff of fertilizer.
— Mike LaPorte
Owl Run Nursery
• What: Wholesale container nursery growing trees, bushes, grasses and perennials

• Owner: Mike and Anthea LaPorte

• Where: 10318 Bristersburg Road, Catlett

• Customers: Landscape companies, developers, garden centers and retail nurseries.

• Opened: 2013

• Acres: About 16

• Employees: 16

• Website: Click here.
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Tight rows of maple, cherry, oak and cedar saplings stretch across nine acres near Calverton.

The compound of about 20,000 trees, along with thousands of shrubs and perennials right down the street, represents a big part of Owl Run Nursery, a wholesale plant growing business in Southern Fauquier.

With more than 30 years of landscaping experience, Michael LaPorte decided to start his own plant growing business in 2013 to supplement his Bristow-based landscape company, Commercial Scapes Inc.

“Back in 2010-11, plant material and shipping had gotten so expensive,” for his landscaping business, Mr. LaPorte, 52, explained. “We figured we would cut our costs and start growing.”

Mr. LaPorte sells his products at wholesale prices directly to landscaping businesses, developers and retail nurseries.

For example, Owl Run sells a 2-inch (caliper) tree for about $100, while it would cost $215 to $250 at a garden center, according to Mr. LaPorte.

“We are not only growing our business, but helping local landscapers be more competitive and profitable, too,” he said. “We’re filling a need.”

Focusing on native plants, Owl Run Nursery grows about 50 types of trees, 200 types of shrubs and 500 types of perennial plants.

Originally purchasing seven acres in Southern Fauquier for $70,000, Mr. LaPorte started with six greenhouses. He has since expanded to 55 greenhouses.

He and his wife Anthea hope to soon move from Gainesville to Catlett soon.

They chose the agriculturally-zoned land close to Route 28 because of proximity to their landscaping business.

“It’s a pretty central location. From a shipping standpoint we can get to Richmond, D.C., Fredericksburg,” Mr. LaPorte said.

“Land was more affordable out here,” Mrs. LaPorte added.

In 2015, they spent about $85,000 for nine acres across the street, where thousands of saplings grow.

“I love measuring the trees, watching them grow,” Mr. LaPorte said. “I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I got into the (landscaping) business.”

His passion for plants started at age 15, working at the Merrifield Garden Center near Falls Church. He started his own business at 23.

“I started throwing mulch bags in people’s trucks, and never knew I’d end up here,” Mr. LaPorte said.

He invested more than $1.5 million in start-up costs, including a drip irrigation system, grading, greenhouses, plants and equipment.

Mostly self-taught, Mr. LaPorte watched YouTube videos to learn better methods of growing trees and shrubs for his business.

Owl Run Nursery differs from its competition, according to Mr. LaPorte, because it grows trees in “root pouch” fabric containers instead of in the ground.

The in-ground method produces about 640 trees per acre, he said.

“With the bag method, we can plant more than 2,000 trees per acre,” Mr. LaPorte explained. “We can produce trees faster and with no runoff of fertilizer.”

Trees grow two to three years before they get sold. Bushes grow about four months and other plants about 10 to 12 months.

The nursery has about 300 customers, mostly small to mid-size landscaping businesses.

Recently, Owl Run supplied plants for the">Audi Field soccer stadium project in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Brennan, who runs a residential landscaping business in Prince William and Fauquier, buys primarily from Owl Run Nursery.

“It helps me as a commercial company with pricing,” Mr. Brennan said. “Otherwise, as a small company, we can’t compete with huge businesses around here.

“I’d rather be putting money into another local business than a big business like Merrifield,” he added. “They’re great. Their plants are healthy, strong. I think in the four years (as a customer), I don’t think I’ve had to replace anything.”

Lee Highway Nursery near Warrenton occasionally purchases plants from Owl Run.

“When I buy from them, it is often times a matter of convenience, because they are a local grower,” Lee Highway Operations and Procurement Manager Seana Ankers said. “Owl Run nursery is a rapidly growing, and they are trying to implement strategies to continue to improve their plant quality and availability.”

Mr. LaPorte also owns a topsoil company, M&J Organics in Bristow.

He and his wife hope to expand their business by purchasing 50 to 100 more acres for plant production in Fauquier.

Owl Run also has about 250 acres of inventory in North Carolina.

“We would like to be one of the leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region in growing,” Mr. LaPorte said.

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Home building permits

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May 4, 2018
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A home under construction off Route 211 west of Warrenton.

Single-family home construction permits that Fauquier County’s community development department issued last year.

That represents a 27-percent increase over 2016’s total of 298 permits issued.

During the last three years, the county issued 866 new home construction permits.

The county’s data includes new home construction permits for The Plains and Remington.

Warrenton last year issued six single-family home construction permits. Prior to 2017, the town records made no distinction between single-family homes from other construction permits.


County voters on April 21 participated in the Fauquier Democratic Committee’s 5th Congressional District caucus to nominate Rappahannock County’s Leslie Cockburn, who will face first-term Republican incumbent Tom Garrett in the Nov. 6 general election.

Democrats formally will nominate Ms. Cockburn on Saturday, May 5, at the party’s district convention in Farmville.

In 23 county caucuses, Ms. Cockburn captured 140 of the district’s 250 delegates; Charlottesville’s Roger Dean Huffstetler and Andrew Sneathern won 55 and 54 delegates, respectively.

Congressmen serve two-year terms.

At 10,181 square miles, the sprawling district stretches from Warren County to the North Carolina border. As of 2016, its population stood at 735,178.


The amount the Town of Warrenton spent in fiscal 2018 to provide every resident a year’s supply of black 43-gallon trash bags.

Residents pick up their year’s supply — 100 trash bags — at the visitor center and can purchase additional bags throughout the year.


Fauquier County Public School employees who will retire at the end of the school year in June. The school system will host a retirement dinner for those employees May 21.

$174 million

The amount that visitors to Fauquier spent in 2016, according to the Virginia Tourism Corp.

That tourism spending supported a total payroll of $34.8 million for those working in Fauquier hospitality and related business, according to the most recent survey, released in September. The study attributes 1,840 jobs in Fauquier to domestic travel.

Tourists in 2016 paid an estimated $2.99 million in local taxes.

Will you attend the 93rd running of the Virginia Gold Cup races Saturday?

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Plant sale through Saturday at Kettle Run High School

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Citing finances, addiction recovery foundation leaving

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May 3, 2018
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The McShin Foundation’s Warrenton office Manager Chris Connell, who helped bring the addiction recovery program to Fauquier, plans to launch a nonprofit to continue the work.
We’re trying to make it so someone picks up the baton and runs with it.
— McShin Foundation President John Shinholser
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The financially-strapped, Richmond-based nonprofit soon will shut its addiction recovery center in downtown Warrenton.

The McShin Foundation on July 31 will cease providing a range of counseling services to recovering drug abusers and alcoholics at 30 John Marshall St., President John Shinholser said Wednesday.

Until then, McShin will continue to fund most of the center’s expenses — about $5,000 per month, Mr. Shinholser said.

“We just don’t have the financing to wait out” a second chance to establish a 14-bed residential recovery center, which would generate the revenue needed to continue the Warrenton operation, Mr. Shinholser said.

In a setback for the organization, Warrenton’s town council in January unanimously denied McShin’s special permit application to create such a program at the John Marshall Street building.

Agreeing with opponents, the council deemed the proposed use unsuited to the area.

Based his projections, the proposed 28-day program — operating at full capacity — could have produced $588,000 to $705,000 a year, according to Mr. Shinholser.

Despite McShin’s retreat, “we’re trying to make it so someone picks up the baton and runs with it,” he said.

McShin’s Warrenton office Manager Chris Connell plans to do that.

Ms. Connell soon plans to create a nonprofit to continue McShin’s work — providing addiction recovery counseling at the John Marshall Street building and for inmates at the county jail, just across West Lee Street.

“We already have some people that are helping to fund” the center, she said. “They’re putting money into the community now, helping with McShin.”

Individual and organization donations plus fundraisers “hopefully will be enough to sustain us,” said Ms. Connell, whose layoff from McShin will take effect in three months.

Her planned nonprofit — Hope Heals — will need to generate at least $6,000 a month to keep the doors open, she said.

Overhead will include utilities, payroll for four employees and rent — today $610 per month to county government, which owns the John Marshall Street building.

When Hope Heals hosts events, expenses could reach $10,000 per month, Ms. Connell said.

Like McShin, the proposed nonprofit would provide free counseling services, she said.

McShin decided to pull out of Warrenton about six weeks ago.

A perfect storm of conditions contributed to the decision, Mr. Shinholser explained.

“We got really big, really quick” during the past two years, expanding counseling services to Caroline County, Hopewell and Warrenton. “And, our revenue went down, and we had to correct, so to speak.”

That resulted in McShin abandoning outreach programs in Caroline and Hopewell, where groups created nonprofits to take over the recovery programs, according to Mr. Shinholser.

“They localized it,” he said. “They use the McShin model, but they turn it into a 501(c)(3). That’s what they should do in Warrenton.”

To cut costs, the foundation also laid off five of its 30 employees, Mr. Shinholser added.

While McShin must watch its spending, the foundation’s cash “reserve” totals more than $300,000, he said.

Founded in 2014, McShin, operates an apartment building and group homes with about 178 beds for recovering addicts in and around Richmond. 

Promising nothing, Mr. Shinholser hopes the foundation at some point can assist Ms. Connell’s group.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I think we can donate some money. I just don’t know how much. Maybe we can help with events and fundraisers.

“Let us finish getting well down here.”

In denying the foundation's special permit application for the 14-bed program, the town council pledged to work with county officials, McShin and others to identify a suitable location for a recovery center.

On June 19, Warrenton’s planning commission will conduct a public hearing on county government’s rezoning and special permit applications to allow a residential addiction recovery center at 340 Hospital Drive.

The town council, which has final authority, could conduct a public hearing on the applications as soon as July 10. 

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board’s mental health clinic occupies the two-story, 7,800-square-foot building.

Under one scenario, the clinic would relocate to 540 Hospital Drive, which houses Dr. Norman Mauroner’s primary care practice, and a residential addiction recovery center would open in the existing RRCSB building.

That plan would require Fauquier to purchase the 9,500-square-foot structure and 1.4-acre site from Dr. Mauroner, who would move to smaller quarters.

For tax purposes, the county values Dr. Mauroner’s property at $1.3 million.

McShin’s decision to discontinue its Warrenton operation won’t affect Fauquier’s plans for the RRCSB building, Supervisor Chris Granger (Center District) said.

“The county’s going to continue the (application) process,” Mr. Granger said. “The county’s going to work with the (Warrenton-base) PATH Foundation and other groups to find a service provider.”

If all goes according to plan, Ms. Connell would hope to submit a bid to the county to operate a residential recovery program.

But, “it’s kind of on the backburner” and would be at least a year away, she added.

McShin began work in Fauquier by providing addiction recovery counseling to county jail inmates.

With the community facing an epidemic of opioid overdoses and deaths, the sheriff’s office invited McShin to Fauquier, after learning more about the foundation through Ms. Connell.

Unrelated to her McShin work, Ms. Connell had applied for a job as a criminal investigator with the agency.

“They called me for an interview” early last year, she said. “I told them I wasn’t interested in the job anymore — that I was doing work for McShin. At that point, I was asked to come in, because they had heard about the McShin program in the Chesterfield County jail.”

Ms. Connell, who has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Liberty University, in February met with Sheriff Mosier, Capt. Ray Acors and jail staffers.

As a result, McShin in April 2017 began counseling inmates.

Throwback Thursday: Big hospital project nearly done

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1993 — Fauquier Hospital has all but finished a four-renovation and expansion project that includes a new, two-story lobby.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of May 7, 1993

Hospital completes $12.9-million project

After four years of planning, fundraising and construction, Fauquier Hospital has nearly finished a major expansion and modernization of the 35-year-old facility.

The $12.9-million project included the renovation of more than 37,000 square feet of existing space, the addition of 27,000 square feet and new, state-of-the-art equipment.

“It’s been a long project,” Hospital Administrator Rodger Baker said. “It’s been pretty disruptive. No services were interrupted, but there was a lot of inconvenience, a lot of noise. It went slowly.

“Some of the changes offer more convenience,” said Baker, noting that many elements of the project reflect the change toward increased outpatient services.

The work included a new emergency department, a permanent CT scanner, a centralized area for all rehabilitation departments, a new two-story lobby, additional operating room space, doubled parking space, a new roadway for better traffic flow around the hospital and a new laundry, sterile processing and central supply areas.

Budget cuts 8 jobs, holds real estate levy to 98 cents

The Fauquier supervisors this week adopted a new spending plan that keeps the tax rate under a dollar but eliminates eight county government jobs.

The $84.8-million budget includes the biggest employee layoff in county history.

Despite the cuts in personnel, the supervisors still raised the real estate tax five pennies to 98 cents per $100 assessed value.

The approved school budget of $53.4 million represents an increase of $4.8 million. More than half of that increase will go toward opening Liberty High School in the fall of 1994.

Green light for Auburn Dam

After more than 25 years of planning and debate, the Fauquier supervisors this week made a major commitment toward construction of the controversial Auburn Dam east of Warrenton.

The board Tuesday approved a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to share the cost of designing the dam.

The $891,000 contract calls for the county to pay 18 percent of the design costs — or $166,049. The federal agency will cover the rest.

In the past, the supervisors have supported the project and even set money aside for the dam, but they’ve been hesitant to sign a design agreement without a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit in hand.

The 78-foot-high earthen and concrete structure, planning three-tenths of a mile upstream from the historic village of Auburn, would provide flood control and a possible drinking water supply.

Board of Supervisors Chairman George Herbert (Scott District), who questions the need for the dam, voted against the measure, calling it “very ill-advised.”

The board voted, 3-1, to sign the contract, with Jim Green (Marshall) absent. Green said later he supports the dam’s construction.

Warrenton to consider Gold Cup rezoning

The town manager has driven all around the 135 acres. He’s looked down on it from Broadview Manor. He’s looked up from Gay Road and over from the Fauquier High School stadium.

“I’ve tried to visualize what the field would look like with 400 houses on it,” John Anzivino said. “And, it’s difficult.”

For decades, the rolling Broadview Farm pasture hosted a flurry of activity and about 20,000 people for the Virginia Gold Cup Races each May. Other than another steeplechase in the fall, the place remains serene.

Next Tuesday night, the town council again will consider the land’s future as the largest subdivision in Warrenton.

The town annexed the property last July, almost four years after the county board of supervisors had approved plans for 424 homes there.

Upperville-bred Sea Hero wins Kentucky Derby

Sea Hero brought tears to the eyes of both his owner and his trainer last week, when he roared past the leaders in the homestretch to win the Kentucky Derby.

“You can’t put into words what this means,” owner Paul Mellon of Upperville told reporters after the race.

Sea Hero was bred at Mellon’s Rokeby Stables just outside Upperville and became the second Fauquier-bred horse in 13 years to win the Derby. Buckland Farm’s Pleasant Colony won the 1981 race.

“This is the ultimate. This is the best,” said 72-year-old trainer Mack Miller. “It almost makes you cry.”

At 13-to-1 shot enter the race, Sea Hero finished 2-1/2 lengths ahead of pre-race favorite Prairie Bayou in a time of 2:02 2/5.

Approaching the backstretch, jockey Jerry Bailey kept Sea Hero on the inside rail, wondering if he should move outside and attempt to pass the frontrunners. Then, his chance appeared right in front of him.

“It was like the parting of the Red Sea,” Bailey said of the opening at the head of the stretch run.


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Mexican shrimp and mussels spicy, delicious

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May 2, 2018
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The day after making paella last week, I discovered a bunch of forgotten mussels — purchased for that dish — in the refrigerator.

What could I to do with them?

Well, with Cinco de Mayo this weekend, I decided try a Mexican dish.

That represents a long step out of my comfort zone. I seldom go for Mexican food, merely because the more common dishes — tacos, fajitas and nachos — seem heavy and messy to eat. And, I know very little about hot peppers. Those foods always look so inviting, but they inevitably fall apart and end up in my lap, or the heat overwhelms my taste buds.

It wasn’t until I visited my sister Christine in Dallas decades ago that I got introduced to finer Mexican cuisine, definitely a step up from refried beans and chips. She took me to an elegant Mexican restaurant, and it changed my attitude forever. The meals were light, spicy and delicious.

After reading a number of recipes last week, I cobbled together this dish. Other than the tedious chore of cleaning the shrimp, it comes together easily.

But, a helpful hint: When handling jalapenos, use disposable gloves to prevent getting “burned.”

Mexican Shrimp and Mussels

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sweet cream butter, unsalted
1 medium onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, minced
1 pound Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1 pound shrimp, cleaned and deveined
½ cup cilantro

Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat. Once heated, add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and peppers and cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomatoes and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until softened. Stir in the wine and bring to a boil.

Once the sauce boils, add the mussels, cover with foil and cook for approximately 6 minutes. When the mussels start to open, add the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp turn pink and the mussels open (another 3 to 4 minutes). Discard any unopened mussels. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Serve with yellow or white rice, a green salad with avocado and a crusty loaf of bread.

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May 2, 2018
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Warrenton police chief retiring at end of month

Posted Tuesday,
May 1, 2018
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Chief Lou Battle will retire May 31 after 11 years with the Warrenton Police Department.
Warrenton Police Chief Louis Battle will retire May 31 after 11 years with the town.

The announcement came suddenly just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in a press release from Town Manager Brannon Godfrey.

Mr. Battle joined the Warrenton department as assistant chief in 2007. He has served as chief since 2012, succeeding Connie Novak after her retirement. Mr. Battle retired from the Miami Dade Police Department after 26 years. At the end of his tenure there, he served as a senior bureau commander in charge of tactical operations.

“Lou and his wife have several grandchildren in different parts of the country,” Mr. Godfrey said in the press release. “After a long career of public service, he feels now is the time to retire so that they can travel and spend time with family.”

The town police department has 29 full-time employees and an annual budget of $3.3 million.

The chief earns a salary of $116,043 and receives a $5,000 annual clothing allowance.

Mr. Godfrey called the department “a model of professionalism, thanks to Lou’s leadership. The changes that he brought to the department – modernized technology and equipment, the standard of compliance with policies and procedures, the staffing and organizational structure to provide a high level of service, the outreach to the church community and non-profit organizations — are the reasons we have attained State accreditation and re-accreditation, as well as the respect of our peer law enforcement agencies.”

Lt. Arthur Mellon will take over as acting chief June 1 and the town will conduct “a nationwide search” for Mr. Battle’s successor, the town manager said.

The town earlier this year advertised for applicants to fill the vacant deputy police chief’s position, but it remains unfilled.

Carlos, Polster and Nevill win Warrenton elections

Posted Tuesday,
May 1, 2018
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Political newcomer Renard Carlos easily won a Warrenton Town Council seat in Tuesday’s election, and Carter Nevill breezed to victory as the next mayor.

Councilman Sean Polster (At-large) led all Warrenton candidates with 1,125 votes to win a second, four-year term.

Mr. Carlos, 29, finished second in a three-way race for two at-large seats. He received 998 votes.

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Incumbent Linda “Sunny” Reynolds lost her re-election bid, finishing third in the council race with 500 votes.

A 19-year-old paralegal and student, Grace Rigby received 478 votes for mayor. Mr. Nevill on July 1 will succeed Mayor Powell Duggan, stepping down after one term.

Turnout hit 22.2 percent in Warrenton, as 1,499 citizens cast ballots. The town has 6,744 registered voters.

“People are passionate about this town and I'm humbled they trusted me to take council forward,” Mr. Nevill said Tuesday night.

The 48-year-old Main Street merchant added: “I feel energized, excited. I’m ready to get to work . . . . Thank you to everyone who supported me . . . and thanks to Grace on her efforts on behalf of the town.”

A town native and medical equipment sales manager, Mr. Carlos unseated Ms. Reynolds by a 2-to-1 vote margin. His campaign stressed change and younger citizens.

“We are very grateful,” Mr. Carlos said. “A lot of people agreed that Warrenton needed a fresh perspective.

“I’m very thankful for the vote of confidence and its time to bring folks together, listen to our citizens and get to work.”

Mr. Polster said he learned a great deal from his first campaign four years ago, when he and Ms. Reynolds defeated veteran Councilmen Roger Martella and David Norden.

In the last six weeks, Mr. Polster said he walked almost 100 miles going door-to-door to talk with citizens. He had an army of volunteers and campaign signs all over town.

“I got out and listened to people,” said Mr. Polster, 47. “That’s what it’s all about . . . . I’ve learned that our community is diverse, and the issues are different depending on where you live.”

Of getting the most votes in Tuesday’s election, the professional firefighter/medic said: “I’m humbled.”

Ms. Reynolds, who also served from 1995 to ’98 on the council, said: “I think I ran a great campaign. I always had the town’s best interest at heart.”

The tour guide and photographer added: “There were a lot of negative forces working against me . . . . I chose to take the high road and run a clean campaign. That’s my personality.”

Her supporters Tuesday filed complaints with the State Board of Elections in which they allege that an unregistered political action committee made “robo” calls and distributed literature harshly critical of Ms. Reynolds. Failing to register as a PAC would violate Virginia election law.

Former Councilman Yak Lubowsky also emailed an anti-Reynolds letter to voters Monday night.



> Carter Nevill, 998 votes

Grace E. Rigby, 478

Town council

> Sean Polster, 1,125 votes

> Renard Carlos, 998

Linda “Sunny” Reynolds, 500

M. Keith MacDonald, 30 (dropped out but remained on ballot)


All four incumbents won town council re-election, and two newcomers — Susan Tiffany and Marcus Bones — also got elected Tuesday.

Mayor Gerald Billingsley, who got 45 votes, had no opponent.

Remington had voter turnout of 15.5 percent. Of 348 registered voters, 54 cast ballots.

Town Council

> Van M. Loving, 43 votes

> Devada R. Allison Jr., 41

> Susan L. Tiffany*, 41

> Stanley L. Heaney Sr., 37

> Marcus W. Bones*, 36

> Evan H. Ashby III, 36

Pamela A. Cook*, 32

* = Newcomer


Gerald Billingsley, 45 votes

The Plains

All three town council incumbents won re-election, with an equal number of seats on the ballot.

The Plains led voter turnout among Fauquier towns Tuesday, with 25.7 percent of those registered casting ballots. Fifty-four of the eligible 210 residents of The Plais voted.

Town council

> Heidi H. Van Voorhies, 45

> Lori B. Sisson, 40

> Joyce W. Heflin, 32

Kevin J. Henry*, 19

* = Newcomer

> Click below to watch Renard Carlos react to his election Tuesday:

Recovering alcoholic helps addicts on road to sobriety

Posted Tuesday,
May 1, 2018
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County jail inmates Janice Merryman, Stacy Dixon and Doty Anna talk with McShin Foundation counselor Anna Hudson (right).
I wanted everybody to have what I have in my life. I’m happy, joyous and free.”
— Addiction recovery counselor Anna Hudson
Anna Hudson
• Age: 50

• Home: Culpeper.

• Work: Addiction recovery counselor, The McShin Foundation’s Warrenton office, August-present; self-employed plumbing service technician, 1988-present.

• Education: Fauquier High School, 1987.

• Family: Mother, Phyllis Long; three brothers, two sisters; numerous nieces and nephews.
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The recovering alcoholic hopes to give back to folks struggling to overcome addictions.

“I wanted everybody to have what I have in my life,” explains Anna Hudson, a self-employed plumbing service technician. “I’m happy, joyous and free.”

Ms. Hudson, 50, has had a chance to do that for the last eight months.

In August, The McShin Foundation of Warrenton hired her to provide peer-to-peer addiction recovery counseling to female inmates in Fauquier’s jail at 50 W. Lee St. in Warrenton.

Jailed three times on nine drunken driving convictions, Ms. Hudson also used drugs and failed to complete three rehab programs.

Nearly 33 years of addiction allow her to relate to female inmates who voluntarily join the recovery group, which meets 9:30 a.m. to noon weekdays in their cellblock and the jail’s library.

“When I go into the jail, I’m sharing my experience, strength and hope with them,” says Ms. Hudson.

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Based in Richmond, The McShin Foundation employs three part-time counselors — two women and a man — at its downtown Warrenton office at 50 John Marshall St.

The counselors work 15 hours per week, receiving $150 apiece.

About 15 inmates, including seven females, participate in the program. It can handle 10 female and 10 male inmates.

“We have a lot of” inmates “asking about recovery, to get some tools,” says Chris Connell, who manages the foundation’s Warrenton office.

Ms. Hudson — a Fauquier native who moved to Culpeper three years ago — visits the jail three days a week.

The program provides plenty of structure and opportunity for discussion, she says.

Daily worksheets focus on a range of topics, including “gratitude” and “triggers.”

The exercises can be challenging, Ms. Hudson says.

The gratitude worksheet, for example, requires the women to come up with 26 words — each beginning with a letter of the alphabet — that express their appreciation for people, relationships, acts of kindness and the like.

“It’s hard when you define something about gratitude for every single letter of the alphabet, even if you’re not in jail,” Ms. Hudson says.

The “triggers” worksheet helps the women identify “people, places, things” that might tempt them to relapse and thus should be avoided, she says.

The inmates, each of whom receives a Bible, also keep journals.

The faith-based program emphasizes a three-step approach to recovery, Ms. Hudson says. Under the system, inmates:

• “Admit that our lives are unmanageable.”

• “Come to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

• “Will our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.”

“We incorporate (those steps) in our lives every day,” Ms. Hudson says.

At the start of each recovery meeting, the women introduce themselves by name and acknowledge they “suffer from long-term substance use disorder” and “haven’t found it necessary to use any mind- or mood- altering drugs since” incarceration.

Ms. Hudson’s group gathers around a conference table in the jail’s library.

The sessions also include a reality check, with the recovery counselor asking woman about the night before, their “feelings” and whether they wish to discuss anything.

“I like to find out how they’re doing each and every day,” Ms. Hudson says.

Janice Merryman, 23, of Bealeton, joined the program in November — about three months after her conviction for violating probation on a previous drug possession infraction.

Ms. Merryman started using heroin at about the age of 10, she says.

A family member and friend first gave her the drug, she says.

“I sniffed it. And, eventually, when I was about 14, 15, it led to the needle.”

The McShin program, the recovery group’s other members and Ms. Hudson have helped turn her life around, Ms. Merryman says.

“My chances are high, I believe,” of remaining sober after her release from jail. “I’ve got hope in my life and myself. I haven’t been grateful for anything in a long time.”

Facing up to three years in jail for violating probation, Ms. Merryman could be sentenced July 13 in Fauquier County Circuit Court.

After her release, the Bealeton woman plans to seek additional help through McShin’s 28-day residential program in Richmond and then get a counseling certificate to help other addicts.

“These girls are thirsting for recovery,” Ms. Hudson says of Ms. Merryman and the other group members. “They honest to God want it in their heart of hearts, and they’ve worked really hard in this program to overcome a lot of obstacles . . . . They’ve worked their butts off.”

Ms. Hudson estimates she has counseled 20 female inmates since August.

To her knowledge, five have been released from jail and remain sober, she says. The remaining inmates mostly have been transferred to other jails.

“Anna’s great with the ladies,” says Ms. Connell, McShin’s Warrenton office manager. “They’ve attached to her. Who better to teach someone about recovery than someone going through recovery?”

In some ways, Ms. Hudson tells a familiar story.

“I started drinkin’ and druggin’ at 12 years old — pot and gettin’ beer and hangin’ out with older people.

“I was a full-fledged alcoholic, black-out drunk at the age of 18.”

Divine intervention may account for her quitting alcohol and drugs.

Ms. Hudson’s last DUI conviction in March 2013 landed her in the Fauquier jail for eight days.

“And something happened to me,” she recalls. “I don’t know if it’s a spiritual awakening or what in (the Fauquier) jail. I was such a mess, I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown.

“I think God was saying: ‘This is it. This is your last chance’.”

Ms. Hudson credits Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step recovery program and the people who oversee and attend the meetings with helping to save her life.

“That’s just plain and simple. And they do it on a daily basis.”

For the drunken driving convictions, she has served six months in jail and six months under house arrest, Ms. Hudson says.

For 27 years, she drank and drove without causing an accident.

“The thing I’m grateful for every day is I didn’t kill somebody’s mother, grandmother, child, brother, sister,” Ms. Hudson says. “God saved me from that and he saved me from that for a reason” — to help others through addiction and learn from her mistakes.

McShin provides addiction recovery counseling to inmates at no cost.

Its counselors receive two days of in-house training before they can lead recovery groups, according to Ms. Connell.

Their training also involves completion of a two-week “peer recovery specialist” course through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health, she says.

McShin and other groups also provide free counseling services at the foundation’s Warrenton office.

The foundation had planned to open 14-bed addiction recovery center at the John Marshall Street office. But nearby business owners and citizens objected, arguing that use would be inappropriate for the area.

In January, the town council unanimously denied its special permit application to establish a 28-day addiction recovery program there.

But the council, county board of supervisors and other groups have pledged to seek a suitable location for a recovery center.

On May 15, Warrenton’s planning commission will conduct a public hearing on county government’s rezoning and special permit applications to allow a residential addiction recovery center at 340 Hospital Drive.

The town council, which has final authority, probably will conduct a June 12 public hearing on the applications.

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board’s mental health clinic occupies the two-story, 7,800-square-foot building.

Under one scenario, the clinic would relocate to 540 Hospital Drive, which houses Dr. Norman Mauroner’s primary care practice, and a residential addiction recovery center would open in the existing RRCSB building.

That plan would require Fauquier to purchase the 9,500-square-foot structure and 1.4-acre site from Dr. Mauroner, who would move to smaller quarters.

For tax purposes, the county values Dr. Mauroner’s property at $1.3 million.

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Show of Karen Stinnett’s paintings runs until May 20

Posted Tuesday,
May 1, 2018
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Give Local Piedmont raises $300,000 in first 12 hours

Posted Tuesday,
May 1, 2018
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To reach last year’s total of almost $800,000 the pace of donations must accelerate in the second half of Give Piedmont Local’s 24-hour blitz.
Give Piedmont Local — the online fundraising blitz for nonprofits in the region — collected just more than $300,000 in its first 12 hours.

As of noon Tuesday, 149 organizations had received 2,415 donations, according to the campaign’s website. Total giving stood at $305,603.

The “Leaderboard” listed these as the top 10 organizations in terms of donations so far:

• $17,688 — Front Royal Christian School, 40 unique donors.

• $17,313 — Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier, 39 unique donors.

• $17,168 — Wakefield Country Day School, 46 unique donors.

• $14,328 — Highland School, 70 unique donors.

• $11,319 — Fauquier Free Clinic, 99 unique donors.

• $11,019 — Belle Meade Montessori School, 20 unique donors.

• $7,428 — Mental Health Association of Fauquier, 67 unique donors.

• $7,217 — The Cold War Museum, 48 unique donors.

• $6,801 — Fresta Valley Christian School, 24 unique donors.

• $6,575 — Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

The fundraiser will continue until midnight Tuesday.

The effort last year raised almost $800,000 for 151 organizations in Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties. The campaign produced more than 4,600 donations.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation organizes the 24-hour online blitz that encourages participating organizations to spread the word and to encourage competition among donors.

In its first four years, Give Piedmont Local has raised about $2.7 million.

The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation again this year will provide a $100,000 bonus pool, shared among participating organizations.

This year, citizens can choose to donate to 156 participating organizations.  

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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May 1, 2018
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“Piedmont Native Plants” workshop Tuesday, May 15

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May 1, 2018
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Survey seeks opinions about a Warrenton amphitheater

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May 1, 2018
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Polls open for town elections until 7 p.m. today

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May 1, 2018
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All three Fauquier towns have contested town council elections.
Town elections take place Tuesday, May 1

All three Fauquier municipal elections will feature contested races on Tuesday, May 1. Polls will remain open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A total of 18 candidates will appear on town ballots in Remington, The Plains and Warrenton.

In Warrenton, two candidates will compete for the open mayor’s seat and three for two at-large town council positions. The town has 6,744 voters.

In The Plains, four candidates will vie for three council seats. The town has 210 voters.

In Remington, seven candidates will compete for six council seats. The town has 348 voters.
Warrenton voters will elect a mayor and two at-large council members to four-year terms that start July 1.


• Mayor — Carter Nevill and Grace E. Rigby competing for open seat.

• At-large — Renard J. Carlos, new candidate.

• At-large — Sean Polster, seeking re-election.

• At-large — Linda “Sunny” Reynolds, seeking re-election.

• At-large — M. Keith Macdonald, a new candidate, dropped out of the race last week. But, Mr. Macdonald’s name still appears on the ballot.

After four years, Powell Duggan will step down June 30 as Warrenton’s mayor.


Seven candidates will appear on the Remington ballot for six council seats. Seeking two-year terms:

• Devada R. Allison Jr., incumbent.

• Marcus W. Bones, new candidate.

• Pamela A. Cook, new candidate.

• Evan H. Ashby III, incumbent.

• Stanley L. Heaney Sr., incumbent.

• Van M. Loving, incumbent.

• Susan L. Tiffany, new candidate.

After two years, Gabrielle N. Grumbacher and Patrick T. Nelson Jr. will step down June 30 from the council.

Remington Mayor Gerald Billingsley seeks re-election without an opponent on the ballot.

The Plains

The Plains has four candidates seeking three council seats. Seeking four-year terms:

• Joyce W. Heflin, incumbent.

• Kevin J. Henry, new candidate.

• Lori B. Sisson, incumbent.

• Heidi H. Van Voorhis, incumbent.

Fauquier’s registrar, Alex Ables, reminds citizens that they need bring valid photo IDs to the polls.

Citizens must live and be a registered voter in the town’s corporate boundaries to vote at these locations:

• Remington: Town hall, 105 E. Main St.

• The Plains: Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main St.

• Warrenton:

> Ward 1: Warrenton Manor Apartments, 663 Hastings Lane.

> Ward 2: Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main St.

> Ward 3: Warren Green building, 10 Hotel St.

> Ward 4: Warrenton Police Department, 333 Carriage House Lane.

> Ward 5: Warren Green building, 10 Hotel St.

A total of 108 citizens have voted absentee at the registrar’s office and through the mail.

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Fifth annual fundraising blitz Tuesday, May 1

Posted Monday,
April 30, 2018
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The Plains farmhouse and 70 acres bring $2.5 million

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April 30, 2018
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Built in 1800, this house and 70 acres near The Plains sold for $2.49 million.
A 19th-century farmhouse on 70 acres near The Plains sold last week for almost $2.5 million.

Built in 1800, the five-bedroom, four-bath home stands off Hillside Farm Lane. The property also has a stable with apartment, a barn, run-in sheds and seven paddocks with water and electricity.

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation holds a conservation easement on the land.

Thomas & Talbot Real Estate in Middleburg had listed property at $2.6 million.

The Scott District sale tops the most recent list of Fauquier property transactions.

The Fauquier County Circuit Court clerk’s office recorded these real estate transfers April 23-27, 2018:

Cedar Run District

RFI WC LLC, Steven W. Rodgers as managing member, to NVR Inc., 0.65 acre, Lot 25, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, Bob White Drive, near Warrenton, $206,286.

John M. Rohrbaugh Jr. to Rockwood Homes Inc., 7.95 acres, 4.33 acres and 6.81 acres, Rogues Road, near Casanova, $478,676.

First Colony Homes Inc. to Rockwood Homes Inc., 2.74 acres, Rogues Road, near Casanova, $126,324.

Lea R. and George F. Grundler II to Curtis W. and Patricia T. Hendrix, Lot 70, Phase 2, Woods at Warrenton Subdivision, 6358 Barn Owl Court, near Warrenton, $565,000.

John A. and Dawn L. Perks to Adam M. and Heather L. Weidner, 0.59 acre, Lot 70, Section 4, Terranova Subdivision, 7380 Terranova Drive, near Warrenton, $491,000.

Fauquier Housing Group to Clinton J. Howard and Annette N. Olsen, Lot 1A-1, South Creedmore Hunt Subdivision, Creedmore South Drive, near Warrenton, $210,000.

Tricia M. Brown, by substitute trustee, to Pennymac Loan Services LLC, 5 acres, Lot 23, Casanova Hills Subdivision, 9045 Rogues Road, near Casanova, $364,662, foreclosure.

Center District

David S. Provance to Dennis D. and Patricia J. Rude, Lot 1, Block A, Chancellor’s Gate Subdivision, 102 Mosby Circle, Warrenton, $362,500.

Richard E. and Lillianne Robertson to Saundra D. Olsen, Lot 51, Block 3, Foxhills Subdivision, 82 Blue Ridge St., Warrenton, $346,125.

Dawn M. Wyatt to Jacob Edwards and Crystal V. Lane, Lot 3, Cardinal Fields Subdivision, 529 Cardinal Lane, Warrenton, $420,000.

Tiffany D. Rizer to Ryan S. Eagle, 0.31 acre and 0.05 acre, 164 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, $380,000.

Joan C. Staiko to Joseph R. and Tanya M. Jackson, Lot 112, Bethel Academy Subdivision, 6443 Cannon Drive, near Warrenton, $345,000.

Curtis W. and Patricia Hendrix to Amanda D. Hemmila, Lot 43, Warrenton Lakes Subdivision, 6340 Nordix Drive, near Warrenton, $426,000.

Matthew and Joy M. Christianson to Devren C. and Megan L. Davis, Lot 26, Mews at Menlough Subdivision, 21 Quarterpole Court, Warrenton, $290,000.

Aaron J. Lynch to Brandon D. Wagoner and Melissa A. Hale, 1 a re, 7376 Atlee Road, north of Warrenton $258,700.

James M. Todd, trustee, to April L.K. Turch, Unit 18-C Phase 2, Cedars of Warrenton, 723-C Cedar Crest Drive, $179,500.

Susan B. Necci, Robert M. Bartenstein Jr. and others to Roy and Keely Pavone, Lot 88 and half of Lot 89, Block 6, Section B, Stuyvesant Acres, 396 Winchester St., Warrenton, $405,000.

Benjamin K. and Meagan M. Widrick to Erik and Kira Isaksen, Lot 18, Section 1, Highlands of Warrenton Subdivision, 536 Colony Court, Warrenton, $399,900.

Lee District

Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Danielle Gore, 5.78 acres, 11578 Cemetery Road, near Remington, $305,000.

Regina L. and Joseph Tauro Jr. to Lillianne M. and Richard E. Robertson Jr., 3.02 acres, 10723 Weaversville Road, near Bealeton, $399,000.

Alice Fox to Thomas E. Moore Jr., half of 15-acre lot, near Remington, $10,000.

Katherine Case to Brittany Haupt, 1 acre, Lot 3, Miller Woods-West Subdivision, 11055 Ransom Lane, near Bealeton, $335,000.

Steven A. Coto to Oni Hernandez and Carmen Avila, 0.46 acre, Lot 5, Section A, Fox Meade Subdivision, 6542 Schoolhouse Road, Bealeton, $279,900.

Lorayn C. Kenney, Lisa M. Rodriguez and Lisa M. Walsh to Jeffrey R. Olsen, Unit E, Building 3, Cedar Lee Condominiums of Bealeton, 11230 Torrie Way, Bealeton, $125,000.

Marshall District

Alicia D. and Brent T. McNey to Kristen M. Winter, 1.09 acres, 9497 Lees Mill Road, near Opal, $396,500.

Keyona C. Taylor to Georg J. and Karen A. Seyrlehner, 5 acres, 5859 Vine Lane, near Linden, $110,000.

George Sharikas to Juan P. Barrerra and others, Unit 33, Section A, Marshall Townhouses, 8584 Pelham Court, Marshall, $199,000.

Brian J. Carver to Jose Borja and Liliana Debarua, Unit 11, Section A, Marshall Townhouses, 4519 Fieldstone Court, $139,000.

Scott District

Emily P. Ristau, trustee, to Eric W. and Lucy D. Greene, 70.25 acres, 5415 Hlllside Farm Lane, near The Plains, $2,498,750.

NVR Inc. to Robin Mason, Lot 56, Phase 10-C. Brookside Subdivision, 3068 Joy Court, near Warrenton, $553,438.

Ryan McKay to William J. Edwards and William S. Edwards, Lot 35, Section 1, Addition to Marstella Estates Subdivision, 7346 Stuart Circle, near Warrenton, $280,000.

Kevin M. and Jean L. Turney to John F. and Terri L. Kosek, 2.89 acres, 7081 Grays Mill Road, near Warrenton, $495,000.

Lawrence J. Klecz and Catherine Leach to Evan Moore and Diedra Finn, 10 acres, Lot 12, Mount Pleasant Estates Subdivision, 5762 Pignut Mountain Drive, near Warrenton, $500,000.

Richard K. and Lastenia O. Robbins to Ralph D. Hahn and Katie N. McAree, 2.03 acres, 9510 Caelan Way, near Broad Run, $450,000.

L. Richard Eaton Jr. to Trigon Homes LLC, 8.5 acres, Georgetown Road, near Broad Run, $125,000.

Dreamweaver Holding Co. LLC, Michael D. Pratt as manager, to PFD LLC, 1 acre, Lot 10, Vint Hill Subdivision, 4228 Aiken Drive, near New Baltimore, $949,938.

John Leishear to Gail Rodriguez, Lot 20B-1, English Chase Subdivision, 8816 Woodward Road, near Marshall, $550,000.

NVR Inc. to Aber and Robert Kroll III, Lot 65, Phase 14-B, Brookside Subdivision, 4670 Gates Road, near Warrenton, $695,561.

Fauquier community theatre presents “Big Fish”

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April 30, 2018
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Faces of Fauquier: Retired physician likes quiet here

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April 30, 2018
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“My wife wanted to go back to Virginia,” says Raymond Maguire. “I said: ‘OK. I’ll go back, but I really can’t live in a place where when you say hello to somebody and you have direct eye contact, they’re stuck for an answer’.”
(Fauquier) needs an economic base. This last tax increase I would consider real estate usury. And what’s going to happen, if the people who the spend the money continue to depend solely on real estate taxes? People are going to start voting with their feet. They’re going to leave.
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In a way, the Jersey City native owes his medical career to a cranky newspaper reporter.

As a kid, Raymond Maguire delivered local morning and afternoon newspapers to about 160 customers. He made good money, clearing about $35 a week in the early 1950s.

But the teen also had an affinity for writing — until a grizzled journalist abruptly brushed aside a simple question about the craft, telling him: “Get away from me, kid. Don’t bother me.”

His thoughts then turned to other potential lifelong employment possibilities.

“I had this customer who was a physician and we used to talk,” says Dr. Maguire, 83, a retired pathologist who with his wife Joan moved near Warrenton in 2002. “And I had a cousin who was a physician, and I kind of admired him. So I decided I would do pre-med. Why not?”

With that in mind, he got a bachelor’s degree in biology from Jersey City-based Saint Peter’s University in 1958 and a medical degree from Georgetown University four years later.

Dr. Maguire spent most of his career at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Saint Francis Hospital, from which he retired in 2002 as director of hematopathology and transfusion service.

“It was a great, wonderful career,” says the doctor, whose specialty dealt with the study of diseases affecting blood cells, their production and any organs and tissues involved in blood formation. “Tulsa’s great. It’s got everything.”

But the couple left Oklahoma 16 years ago and moved to Virginia because his wife wanted to live closer to their grandchildren, Dr. Maguire explains.

“My wife wanted to go back to Virginia. I said: ‘OK. I’ll go back, but I really can’t live in a place where when you say hello to somebody and you have direct eye contact, they’re stuck for an answer’.”

They also wanted a quiet, “relatively safe” community with plenty to offer, he says.

Fauquier fit the bill for them.

Naturally curious, he learned about and joined the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation, Warrenton Ruritan Club, Warrenton Stamp and Coin Club and Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility.

Each weekday, he swims at the WARF, logging a mile and a quarter per visit.

A cross-training advocate, Dr. Maguire also incorporates light weight training into his exercise regimen.

Expanding his cultural horizons, he started taking banjo lessons few years ago, concentrating on bluegrass.

“A work in progress,” Dr. Maguire says, laughing. “Not ready for prime time.”

And, it turns out, his boyhood interest in writing apparently has intensified.

He has completed the first of a planned two-volume memoir.

To date, Dr. Maguire’s also composed at least 1,000 haikus — producing 16 a day.

“It’s easy,” he says. “It’s only 17 syllables — 5/7/5. I can crank them out. I stay away from politics and religion. There’s so much other stuff to make fun of.”

• Age

• Home
Near Warrenton 

• Work
Director of Hematopathology and Transfusion Service, Saint Francis Hospital, Oklahoma, 1973-2002; staff pathologist, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, 1968-73; associate professor of pathology, Harvard Medical School, 1968-73; staff pathologist, DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, 1966-68.

• Family
Wife Joan, six children and 13 grandchildren

• Education
Doctorate, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1962; bachelor’s degree, biology, Saint Peter’s (N.J.) University, 1958; Dickinson (N.J.) High School,1952.

• Civic organizations
Fauquier Heritage Society, board of directors, 2011-present; Warrenton Ruritan Club, 2007-present.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
About 16 years.

• Why do you live here? 
Because it’s in Virginia – where my wife’s from, where she wants to live. The other places were too crowded, too far away. My wife wanted to be close to grandchildren. That’s why we ruled out Winchester, Culpeper, Annapolis.

It’s quiet. It’s pretty and it’s relatively safe.

• How do you describe this county? 
Unknown. You say Fauquier and people mispronounce it. And they don’t know where it is, so you have to tell them where it is in relationship to other places.

Most people here are friendly and you can have a conversation with them. Nice scenery. And if you apply yourself you can find lots of things to do.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
It needs an economic base. This last tax increase I would consider real estate usury. And what’s going to happen, if the people who the spend the money continue to depend solely on real estate taxes? People are going to start voting with their feet. They’re going to leave. (In fiscal 2019, which begins July 1, the “average” homeowner’s real estate tax bill will increase by about $380 or 11.1 percent.)

I think it needs a movie (theater). What do kids do? They have no place to go. There should be places where young people to go and congregate. Maybe dances and stuff like that.

They shut down the Bluemont Concerts. Why? It’s culture. They won’t build a new library. Libraries are very important to attracting people to town.

People go to towns where there’s something to offer, like a nice restaurant. Marshall is eating our lunch. Warrenton’s going to get a Popeye’s and a vape shop. We ought to be embarrassed.

• What do you do for fun? 
Swim. You’ve got to have some play time. And my play time is swimming. Adults don’t spend enough time playing.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
The WARF. People don’t realize how fortunate they are to have this thing.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years? 
Probably about the same. There’s still going to be a lot of restrictions for using land. They’re going to keep it fallow. But there are certain industries that can come into this area which don’t have to put up a lot of brick and mortar — artificial intelligence, cybersecurity. You can do this stuff at home.

• Favorite TV show?
I don’t have a TV. I had a discussion with my wife. We had cable when we first moved here. And I said to her: “Do you watch this?” She says: “Never.” We had 300, 400 channels. I said: “I never watch it.” I couldn’t find anything with redeeming qualities.

She said why don’t we get rid of it. Bingo! It’s gone.

People ask me: “How do you keep up.” I say I read and talk with people.

• Favorite movie? 
“Babette’s Feast.’

• Favorite book?
“The Prince” by Niccolò Machiavelli. It teaches a lot of rules of the game, man. A favorite one is don’t try ruling by love. Rule with fear, which is true.

• Favorite vacation spot? 
Costa Rica.

• Favorite food? 
Any kind of soup, which is not creamed.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom? 
Rev. Thomas Wassmer, ethics professor, Saint Peter’s University. Avoid personal scandal, because if you get involved in scandal, you disrupt everything in your whole life. If you look upon a piece of crystal or fine china and you put a chip in it, it’s now worthless. The analogy is the same with scandal.

• Who’s your hero and why?
Dr. William Meissner, head of the pathology department at New England Deaconess Hospital’s pathology department. He insisted not to overlook that you were participating in patient care. Never lose track of that reality.

He also would not allow in the department the use of the “to be” form. You had to avoid is, are, was, were, be and been whenever you wrote or spoke. He preferred action verbs, because these give more meaning to your narrative.

It gives you a different way to think. I love it. I still do it. It’s automatic now.

• What would you do if you won $5 million in the lottery? 
I’d give money to the library to make sure they got a new one, right away. Boom.

I would set up an education fund, starting with my grammar school, and give to some of these other schools that are really struggling and trying to educate children. I’d set up a self-perpetuating fund to give scholarships.

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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WARF on Wheels takes fitness to citizens

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April 30, 2018
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WARF on Wheels Fitness in the Park
• What: Free fitness classes taught by WARF instructors.

• Where: Rady Park, 725 Fauquier Road, Warrenton.

• Schedule: 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays

> June 13 — Pound

> June 27 – Tai Chi

> July 11 — Kickboxing

> July 25 — Yoga

> Aug. 8 — Zumba

> Aug. 22 — Barre

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Exercising to pop music brings smiles to the senior citizens’ faces.

Using drumsticks to exercise their arms, 18 of them took part in a modified “Pound” session Monday, April 23, at the Warrenton Community Center. Participants came from the Warrenton Senior Center and Warrenton Adult Day Healthcare Center.

The WARF on Wheels fitness program brings exercise and fitness education to schools, businesses, assisted living facilities and other communities in the Warrenton area and beyond.

Since it started in 2015, the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility’s outreach program has reached more than 1,000 citizens.

“Our mission is to serve everyone and we want everyone to live as healthy a lifestyle as they can,” town Recreation Director Margaret Rice said. “Sometimes circumstances keep them from getting to a facility — the WARF or trails.”

Fitness coordinators from the WARF occasionally take exercise classes to the Warrenton Farmer’s Market, the Brookside community, local schools and the Fauquier Family Shelter, catering to each group’s abilities.

Each session lasts about 45 minutes and rotates yoga, tai chi, Zumba and other exercises.

This summer, WARF on Wheels will hold free hour-long fitness classes at Rady Park in Warrenton.

Fauquier Senior Center member Rose McDaniel, 79, enjoyed the rhythm associated with the Pound session.

“It helps my arms and makes me feel better,” Ms. McDaniel said.

“I like it because it’s fast,” Carolyn Bush said. “It has a good beat to it. I like the music.”

“At the senior center, we try to do something for the mind and body every day. The WARF programs provide both and you don’t realize you’re exercising,” Fauquier Senior Center administrator Casey Shelton said.

WARF on Wheels launched in December 2015 with a $7,800 grant from the PATH Foundation.

During fiscal 2016, the program made 92 visits to 30 different community groups. About 775 people participated during that time.

It’s important “to bring health and wellness and get people moving. Get them out and socializing,” said WARF fitness coordinator Beth Chamberlain.

In 2016, the program received a gold medal from the National League of Cities for Let’s Move! 

Funding for fiscal 2017 came from a $7,500 grant from the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s Nicolaas and Patricia Kortlandt Fund.

So far in fiscal 2018, the program has reached almost 400 citizens.

Today, the program has funding of about $7,000 and gets included in the town budget, according to Ms. Rice.

Q&As: Warrenton mayor and council candidates

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April 30, 2018
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Warrenton Town Council candidates Sean Polster, Renard Carlos and “Sunny” Reynolds at the April 18 forum.
Candidates for mayor Grace Rigby and Carter Nevill.
Voters in Warrenton on Tuesday, May 1, will elect a new mayor and two of seven council members.

Carter Nevill and Grace Rigby want to succeed Powell Duggan as mayor. Mr. Duggan will not seek re-election.

Renard Carlos, Sean Polster and Linda “Sunny” Reynolds compete for the two, at-large council seats. Town voters will elect the five ward council members in May 2020.

All those elected this spring will begin four-year terms on July 1.

FauquierNow submitted questionnaires to all five candidates. To read their responses, click below:


Carter Nevill

Grace Rigby

Town council

Renard Carlos

Sean Polster

Linda “Sunny” Reynolds

10 middle school students earn prizes at science fair

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55 receive Valor Awards from Fauquier Chamber

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April 27, 2018
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Fifty-four first responders and a World War II veteran received recognition for exceptional work at the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Valor Awards banquet Thursday night.

The dinner drew more than 150 people to Fauquier Springs Country Club.

This edited version of the script prepared for broadcast journalist Will Thomas, the master of ceremonies, describes the recipients’ award-winning work:

Special Recognition – World War II veteran Robert Iadaluca

Dr. Iadaluca, 97, was sworn into the U.S. Army 29th Infantry in World War II on June 10, 1942.

Soon after induction, he was promoted to first sergeant, the highest ranking non-commissioned officer, at age 22. After serving stateside, helping a team create the 100th Division, he asked for overseas duty. Dr. Iadaluca landed in England and was assigned to the 29th Division, a unit that landed at Normandy, and fought in France, Belgium, Holland and finally, Germany.

Following his military experience, Dr. Iadeluca accepted an executive position with the Boy Scouts of America, working over 13 years in New York State, New Jersey, Long Island and New York City. He then became the assistant public relations director with the New York State Department of Education. Within two years, a severe recession led to his loss of the position.

After studying for seven years to secure both his master’s degree and then a Ph.D., Dr. Iadeluca went to work as a research psychologist with the federal government. It was then he moved to Warrenton and for 10 years commuted to D.C. He worked at the Army Research Institute on issues involving military families and substance abuse. The expertise would later be brought to bear in his Warrenton practice.

At the age of 70, he succumbed to the lure of retirement but quickly grew bored. He knew a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia where he interned for no charge, commuting to Charlottesville five days a week for a year and a half. In 1990, Dr. Iadeluca opened a private practice on Hospital Hill and began seeing patients daily until retiring in September 2016.

Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management – Meritorious Unit Award

Just after 5:30 on the morning of August 31, 2017, the county 911 center received a call for an auto accident on Morgansburg Road, near Savanah Branch Road. A car had left the roadway and struck a tree. The caller said the young male diver had suffered a broken leg and his face was covered in blood.

Even before emergency units from the Lois and Remington stations were dispatched, a volunteer from the Lois station who lived nearby heard the crash and walked up the road to investigate.

As Firefighter John Gouldthorpe approached the vehicle, he quickly recognized that the patient was in danger; the engine compartment was on fire. Mr. Gouldthorpe quickly removed the patient from the car and dragged him a safe distance to await the responding ambulance. A quick assessment of the patient showed that he needed advanced care and a medical helicopter was called.

Rescue Engine 13, staffed by Firefighters Gerald Moore, Douglas Montelone and Brendan Miller, began to extinguish the flames, which engulfed the entire car, as Medic 1114 began patient care.

Senior Technician Andy Weeks worked quickly with Technicians Anthony Crowder and Zachary Flinn to treat and prepare the patient for transport. After learning that a couldn’t land because of bad weather, they took the patient by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital Center in Fredericksburg.

Without Mr. Gouldthorpe’s quick action, despite the personal risks, the 22-year-old male patient would have perished in the burning car. He receives the 2018 Lifesaving Award

These crews of Rescue Engine 1113 and Medic 1114, who played major parts in ensuring a successful outcome, receive the 2018 Meritorious Unit: Senior Technician Andy Weeks, Firefighter Douglas Monteleone Jr., Technician II Anthony Crowder, Technician II Brendon Miller and Technician Zachary Flinn.

Warrenton Police Sgt. Timothy Carter — Meritorious Award

Detective Sergeant Timothy Carter, a 25-year veteran, is a supervisor with the Criminal Investigations Division.

In 2017, while investigating a high profile case, Sgt. Carter organized a taskforce consisting of multiple agencies, including local, state and federal, that brought significant resources together that directly contributed to the investigation and ultimately the identification of the suspect. Sgt. Carter’s expertise in criminal investigations, digital forensic science, and law enforcement procedures in general contributed to the timely arrest of the suspect, who awaits trial.

During the past year, the department has received many compliments from victims relating to Sgt. Carter’s professionalism and thoroughness. This commitment instilled confidence and security to these victims of crimes. Sgt. Carter displays a high level of personal integrity and is an important contributor to the overall success of the Warrenton Police Department.

He receives the 2018 Meritorious Award.

Warrenton Police Sgt. Andrew Arnold – Lifesaving Award

Sgt. Arnold is assigned to the Operations Bureau as a patrol supervisor.

In November 2017, Sgt. Arnold was dispatched to a business within the Town of Warrenton for a subject in cardiac arrest. He found the victim lying on his back on the floor of the business. Sgt. Arnold began CPR while a citizen retrieved an automated external defibrillator.

After the first shock was discharged, Sgt. Arnold continued with chest compressions until the victim’s pulse returned and he began breathing on his own. By the time medics arrived, the victim was breathing on his own and able to speak with first responders. The lifesaving measures taken by Sgt. Arnold resulted in the victim being successfully revived.

Sgt. Arnold’s actions reflect positively on himself, the Warrenton Police Department and the community he serves. He receives the 2018 Life Saving Award.

Warrenton Police Department – Meritorious Unit Award

In July 2017, Sgt. Arthur Leeper, Corporal Carl Ferguson, Officer Ryan Gray, Officer Christopher Campbell and Officer Christopher Nixon were dispatched to a residence in reference to a man with a gun complaint. Responding officers were advised that the suspect was leaving the residence in a light colored sedan.

Cpt. Ferguson observed the vehicle, activated his lights and siren and attempted to stop the car on Falmouth Street. The vehicle failed to stop and accelerated at a high rate of speed. Cpl. Ferguson pursued it. Officer Nixon, Officer Campbell and Sgt. Leeper assisted with the pursuit. Officer Gray responded to the residence to begin interviewing witnesses.

The pursuit continued to the Eastern Bypass, where suspect vehicle stopped. The driver got out and began screaming at officers while hitting his own vehicle. Cpl. Ferguson, using his own vehicle as cover, ordered the driver to lie on the ground. Then, Sgt. Leeper placed the suspect in custody while other officers provided cover.

In custody, the suspect became combative. Placed in a cruiser, he kicked the rear window, damaging the frame and seal. Police found narcotics, but no firearm, in his vehicle. During the arrest, the suspect also punched an officer.

Sgt. Leeper and Cpl. Ferguson coordinated a swift response that led to apprehension of the suspect. The incident ended safely because of the dedication and teamwork by all involved.

The 2018 Meritorious Unit Award goes to Sgt. Arthur Leeper, Cpl. Carl Ferguson, Officer Ryan Gray, Officer Christopher Campbell and Officer Christopher Nixon.

State Trooper Jesse R. Lewis – Lifesaving Award

On May 20, 2017, Trooper Jesse R. Lewis responded to the Elk Run/Midland area to assist the sheriff’s office with a lookout for a vehicle involved in a domestic or disorderly situation. While in the area, Trooper Lewis came upon a single-vehicle crash in the 3500 block of Midland Road. The vehicle had crashed into a tree with entrapment and was beginning to burn. It matched the description of the vehicle sought.

As the fire became intense, so did the anxiety of the two occupants. Their screams could be heard over emergency system radios. Trooper Lewis freed the occupants, later flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, as the vehicle burned beyond identification. Trooper Lewis not been in the area, and if not for his quick actions, this situation could have had catastrophic results.

He joined the state police in October 2007 and upon completion of the basic school was assigned to Area 12, which consists of Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. Trooper Lewis completed basic K-9 school in December 2012 a K-9 trainer’s course in December 2015. Trooper Lewis is responsible for training seven other K-9 teams throughout the state and assists local agencies with training as well.

Trooper Lewis lives in Fauquier County and is a 1999 graduate of Liberty High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as an infantryman from 1999 to 2007, rising to sergeant. He completed back-to-back deployments in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Back in the U.S., Trooper Lewis served as an instructor for newly commissioned second lieutenants and those graduating to the Infantry Officers Course at Quantico.

He receives the 2018 Life Saving Award.

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office – Lifesaving Awards

Deputy 1st Class Aaron Vescovi: On October 5, 2017, he responded to a home where a male subject had overdosed, was unresponsive and not breathing. Deputy Vescovi administered Naloxone and assisted in giving CPR. A second dose of Naloxone was given and the male started to breathe shallowly on his own.

Master Deputy Sheriff Alex Armstrong: On January 31, 2017, he responded to the Baymont Inn & Suites for a female who had overdosed, was unresponsive, blue and not breathing. Deputy Armstrong administered one dose of Naloxone and began chest compressions. A second dose of Naloxone was given and additional chest compressions before the female vomited. Medics arrived on scene and took over care.

Deputy 1st Class Vanessa Breedlove: On January 8, 2017, she responded to a residence for a cardiac arrest. On scene, Deputy Breedlove took over CPR until medics arrived. Then, she continued to assist with chest compressions. By then alert, the man male was flown to a trauma center.

Deputy Nathan Smith: On August 7, 2017, he responded to the Marshall BB&T for a cardiac arrest call. As the initial responder, Deputy Smith started life saving measures with a civilian bystander Jimmy Allison, who performed chest compressions. Additional units arrived to include Sgt. Moline, Deputy Harner and medics. The patient regained circulation before transport to Prince William Hospital. Deputy Smith’s selfless act extended the life of the patient, whom later succumbed to his condition.

Emergency Communications Specialist II Renee Settle: On January 5, 2017, she answered a 9-1-1 call for an unresponsive person. After the initial dispatch of medics, Ms. Settle determined the patient was not breathing effectively. The caller was a nurse and reluctant to begin CPR. But, after Ms. Settle recognized periods of apnea, she convinced the caller to begin CPR. The caller asked Ms. Settle help her with instructions. Using her emergency medical dispatch training, Ms. Settle did so and remained on the line with the caller until first responders arrived. Medics confirmed the patient had a pulse and stopped CPR.

Emergency Communications Specialist II Kim Malloy: On January 8, 2017, she answered a 9-1-1 call for a possible seizure. After the initial dispatch of medics, Ms. Malloy determined the patient was not breathing. She quickly provided CPR instructions to the caller. By the time the medic unit arrived at the landing zone to meet the helicopter, the patient was sitting upright and speaking to first-responders.

Sheriff’s Detective Jason Clark — Meritorious Award

A 19-year law enforcement veteran who joined the sheriff’s office in 2016, Detective Clark is a dog handler and utilizes his passive K-9 during narcotic operations to assist other agencies, such as the Department of Social Services, with home visits and inspections.

He is the case agent for a complex investigation, working with and coordinating resources from other states, federal agencies and other partners. That investigation has and will continue to have a significant impact on the safety and well-being of Fauquier County residents, and others effected by this criminal enterprise.

Also a drone pilot, Detective Clark has spent countless hours researching, reviewing policies and procedures from other agencies, developing relationships with vendors, drafting agreements and documents for the sheriff’s office to get FAA certification. He completed the FAA pilot training certification and continues to assist with the implementation of the new program.

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office – Meritorious Awards

On February 17, 2018, Sgt. Chad Brubaker, Cpl. Lance Davenport, Cpl. Lucas Jacobs, Master Deputy Jordan White, Master Deputy Wesley Frost, Master Deputy Chris Snyder and K-9 “Katie,” along with Sgt. Major Eddie Wines were dispatched to a missing 10-year-old boy who fled from his residence after an argument with his mother.

Snow started to fall. The temperature was in the upper 30s, and it was reported that the boy was not wearing a coat or shoes.

Deputy Snyder and K-9 Katie, Deputy White and Cpl. Jacobs arrived and quickly determined began the search.

While they were tracking, dispatchers received numerous calls about a young male walking along Interstate 66, approximately four miles from home. Numerous callers attempted contact with the boy, but each time he fled further into the woods between I-66 and Route 55.

Sgt. Brubaker arrived, determined the boy was in the woods and directed units to set up a roving perimeter, so that Deputy Snyder and K-9 Katie could start a track from the last known location. Deputy Frost took up a position on I-66, while Cpl. Jacobs, Cpl. Davenport and Sgt. Maj. Wines took up a positon on Rt. 55. Deputy Snyder and K-9 Katie, along with Deputy White, entered the woods and began to track again.

Because of the weather, a helicopter could not join the search. Deputies would have to push through the snow and cold to locate the boy. After several hours of attempting to find the child, Cpl. Jacobs and Cpl. Davenport located him in the wood line. Fearing that the boy would flee again, Cpl. Davenport drew the boy’s attention while Sgt. Brubaker approached from the opposite side and picked him up.

Sgt. Brubaker determined the boy was extremely cold and very near hypothermia. Cpl. Davenport and Sgt. Brubaker placed him in the rear of a family member’s vehicle and Cpl. Davenport began the process of warming the male up at a proper rate. The boy was checked out by medics and released to his family.
I think what makes this situation worthy of the unit citation award is the cooperation of everyone involved. Each member of the unit knew what was expected of them and performed that task without question.

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office – Meritorious Unit Award for Winter Storm “Riley”

Late, on the evening of Thursday, March 1, while already heavily taxed with another critical incident in the county, the Communications Division began to receive multiple calls associated with Winter Storm “Riley,” which produced extremely dangerous winds, causing the temperatures to plummet and causing multiple power outages and damage.

On-duty personnel quickly recognized the need for additional resources, including off duty units, to help answer calls that continued to intensify throughout the early morning hours of Friday, March 2, and into the weekend.

Without prompting, former dispatchers Cpl. Emmie Quick and Crime Analyst Kristi Koglin also reported to the communications center to aid in call processing.

From midnight March 2, through March 4th, dispatchers processed 1,977 incoming calls, placed 1,509 and dispatched 1,120 calls for service to sheriff’s office, Warrenton police and fire and rescue units to traffic hazards, electrical hazards, outside fires, structure fires and multiple alarms.

There was a constant buzz in the center as the calls were quickly received and processed, and calls were made to VDOT and various power companies to clear downed trees and remove power lines to open roadways.

The 2018 Meritorious Unit Award to the Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Communication Division:

• Training Coordinator Allison Marshall

ECS supervisors:
• Tracy Werner
• Terry Pennington
• Joseph Murphy
• ECS II Danielle Prichard
• Krystle Exley
• Samantha Ashby
• Chavelle Hutchins
• Melissa Thorpe
• Gus Anderson
• Kim Malloy
• ECS I Kelsey Omohundro
• Heather Thomas
• Cortney Breedlove

ESC trainees:
• Jessica Guilbeau
• Nikia Mason-Sandwell
• Kyrene Resel
• Cpl. Emmie Dean
• Crime Analyst Kristi Koglin
• Shelly Wright
• Patty Polizzi
• Kim Walkup
• Radio Manager Chuck Kuhler

2018 Fauquier Chamber Valor Awards Program by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Two arrested in Bealeton for morphine distribution

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April 27, 2018
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Linda Lee Lambert, 56, of Bealeton, faces charges of criminal solicitation of a minor and conspiracy to distribute drugs.
Fauquier sheriff’s detectives Thursday afternoon arrested a Bealeton teenager and a 56-year-woman for alleged distribution of prescription drugs.

Authorities executed a search warrant in the 6200 block of Winston Place as part of the investigation, Sgt. James Hartman said.

That led to the arrest of a 16-year-old girl on two counts of distributing morphine, a schedule II narcotic, Sgt. Hartman said. She remains in the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center. 
Detectives also charged Linda Leigh Lambert, 56, of Bealeton, with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs, both felonies.

Ms. Lambert was held at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 bond at the time of her arrest. 

“Honest young leaders” for Warrenton’s future

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April 27, 2018
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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April 27, 2018
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“Responsible government” and Warrenton election

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5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Trees planted for Earth Day

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April 27, 2018
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County workers gather last Friday to plant trees along a stream near The Plains.

Seedlings county government employees planted last Friday along a stream near The Plains to commemorate Earth Day. Twenty county workers volunteered their time.

When mature, the trees will absorb nutrients, improving water quality in the stream and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, explained Fauquier County Adult Court Services Director Tom Pavelko, who organizes the annual event.

On Saturday and Sunday, eight court-ordered community service workers collected 80 bags of debris and eight tires along Rogues and Ebenezer Church roads near Midland. To fulfill jail sentences, community service workers have performed various jobs at the county landfill, parks, library and nonprofits.


Hours of training Fauquier’s new, career county fire and rescue technicians typically receive before getting assigned to a stationhouse. That equals about five months.

Fauquier’s emergency services department will hire 13 new technicians, who will begin training Sept. 5. Nine will be based at Orlean’s new, $7 million stationhouse, which should be completed in the fall.

As of Friday morning, the department had received 188 applications. It will accept applications until midnight Sunday.

$7.1 million

Total annual salaries of Fauquier County Public Schools’ 79 administrators.

That includes assistant and associate superintendents, principals, assistant principals, instructional supervisors, the nutrition director, transportation director, executive director of budget and planning and others, according to the school system’s payscale.

The total does not include Superintendent David Jeck’s annual salary of $170,274. Dr. Jeck works under a contract with the school board.


Full-time Virginia Department of Transportation employees work in Fauquier County.

The agency has employees at five locations in Fauquier:

• 15 at the Warrenton Area Headquarters on Meetze Road.

• 15 at the Warrenton Residency administrative offices on Shirley Avenue.

• 14 at the Bealeton Area Headquarters on Route 17.

• 14 at the Marshall Area Headquarters on Hideaway Road.

• 5 at the Warrenton Equipment Shop.


Students from the Warrenton and Vint Hill campuses of Lord Fairfax Community College eligible for graduation on Saturday, May 12.

The community college expects 1,184 graduates this year including those from its Middletown and Luray campuses.

Supervisors to VDOT: New Route 29 solution needed

Posted Thursday,
April 26, 2018
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Everyone agrees the hilly, northbound approach to Vint Hill Road presents significant danger, but the county supervisors and VDOT disagree on the solution.
The stagnation that has happened and the gridlock between us and VDOT on this issue is creating misery for a large portion of the people I represent.
— Center District Supervisor Chris Granger
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Fauquier’s supervisors have given state transportation officials a year to develop alternatives to a controversial plan to improve three intersections along Route 29 between New Baltimore and the Prince William County line.

The proposal aims to improve traffic safety and flow on a three-mile stretch of the busy, four-lane divided highway, which handles about 40,000 vehicles a day.

But critics have complained it could have the opposite effect.

The Fauquier board two weeks ago unanimously agreed to a May 1, 2019, deadline for the Virginia Department of Transportation and county staff to “reach a design solution” to Route 29 traffic problems.

“We’re going to work with the county to see what we can up with,” VDOT Engineer Mark Nesbit said Thursday. “If the county has some concepts it wants us to review, we’ll certainly do that.”

Despite frustration with VDOT’s work on the Route 29 project, Supervisor Holder Trumbo (Scott District) believes the agency should take the design lead.

“It’s VDOT’s job to bring solutions,” Mr. Trumbo said during an April 12 work session on the project. “They’re the engineers. We simply need to let them know what the problems are.

“We’ve had multiple meetings since last September, where residents and businesses have expressed concern about what their solutions would do to them.”

Under that plan, intersections at Broad Run Church, Riley and Vint Hill roads would get redesigned to prevent left turns onto Route 29.

A series of planned “RCUTS,” or U-turns, would allow left turns across the four-lane highway’s median.

The plan for Vint Hill Road (Route 215) also would eliminate the traffic signal at that dangerous intersection.

The Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program already has approved almost $2.5 million to reconfigure the intersection at Route 29 and Broad Run Church/Beverleys Mill roads.

Besides eliminating left turns, the design “replaces the existing traditional traffic signal with two-phase signals at the intersection and at each” planned U-turn, according to VDOT. “This concept reduces red-light time and improves traffic flow” and “addresses the frequent rear-end and turning-related crashes at the busy intersection.”

But New Baltimore merchants and residents argue that VDOT’s recommendations favor commuter and other through traffic at the expense of local drivers and businesses.

They also believe the proposed improvements — including U-turns — would make Route 29 more dangerous, especially for inexperienced and elderly drivers.

Many voiced those and other objections April 9 during a two-hour meeting that Del. Elizabeth R. Guzman (D-31st/Woodbridge) hosted on the project at Old Bust Head Brewing Co. at Vint Hill.

Mr. Nesbit and VDOT Engineer John Lynch discussed the plan and answered audience questions. Much of the discussion focused on proposed improvements to the Vint Hill Road intersection.

Vint Hill business owners worry that the proposed Route 215 intersection improvements would inconvenience their customers and discourage entrepreneurs from investing in the former Army base.

Mr. Trumbo believes sight-distance problems along northbound Route 29 at Vint Hill Road lend themselves to an easy fix.

“There’s a dip there, before the (traffic) light,” the Scott District supervisor said in an interview the day after the meeting. “Do it now. It’s only going to get more expensive later. I think if VDOT did that, you’d hear a collective cry from the community: ‘Thank goodness. They’ve going to do what we told them to’.”

To help make the corridor safer, Mr. Trumbo also believes the speed limit between Riley Road and Mayhugh’s Store should be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph.

Like the Scott District supervisor, Vint Hill businessman Ike Broaddus believes VDOT could greatly improve safety along Route 29 by reducing the speed limit.

“The quick and easy thing to do is to reduce the speed for all of New Baltimore and enforce it,” said Mr. Broaddus, who with his wife Julie owns Old Bust Head Brewery and about 117,200 square feet of additional commercial building space at Vint Hill.

He backs Mr. Trumbo’s suggestion for improving Route 29’s sight distance just south of the Route 215 intersection.

To make that intersection more efficient and safer, Mr. Broaddus also believes:

• A turn lane should be installed to feed Vint Hill Road traffic onto Route 29 north.

• The existing Route 29 southbound turn lane at the Vint Hill Road intersection should be extended to handle more vehicles.

His constituents — many of whom commute — want prompt solutions to Route 29 congestion solutions, Supervisor Chris Granger (Center) explained during the April 12 work session.

“The stagnation that has happened and the gridlock between us and VDOT on this issue is creating misery for a large portion of the people I represent,” Mr. Granger said.

Mr. Nesbit understands the objections to the proposed improvement plant.

But “all are nationally recognized” safety improvements, he said. “They’ve been constructed in other areas. They have them in North Carolina and Maryland.

“The large majority say they do improve traffic safety; they do improve traffic flow.”

Data also indicate they work, Mr. Nesbit added.

“We try to move volumes of traffic as safely as possible. Efficiency and safety go hand-in-hand.”

High-end memory care offered at Poet’s Walk

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April 26, 2018
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The staff is outstanding with keeping up with things. They know everyone’s names already — even family members.
— Ann Timmerman
Poet’s Walk
• What: “Memory care” assisted living home for residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

• Where: 33 Woodlands Way, off Blackwell Road, Warrenton, just north of Route 17 Spur.

• Site: 3.33 acres; purchased for $1.8 million by Warrenton Senior Development Co. Inc.

• Building: About 38,463 square feet; two dining rooms; three secure courtyards.

• Capacity: 68 residents.

• Fees: $6,000 to $8,500 a month depending on room size.

• Rooms: 60.

• Opened: January 2018.

• Construction costs: About $5.4 million.

• Website: Click here.

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Senior citizens play a word game in the bright, spacious room that resembles a country club with comfortable sofas, chandeliers, high ceilings and plush carpet.

Families pay up to $100,000 a year for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to live at Poet’s Walk, a new assisted living facility in Warrenton.

Since Poet’s Walk opened in January, 27 residents have moved into the building off Blackwell Road. Fifteen more will move in during the next several weeks.

The 38,000-square-foot building has capacity for 68 residents. It represents an investment of more than $7 million.

Lurty Houff made the difficult decision to move his wife Mary Lou, 84, into Poet’s Walk in February, after her dementia worsened and she fell several times.

“It was the hardest thing I ever did in my life, besides asking her to marry me,” Mr. Houff said.

After receiving advice from his daughter, he chose Poet’s Walk because of its proximity to his Casanova home and the engaging activities the facility provides.

“I like the fact that the employees are all trying their level best to engage the residents and to know them and work with them,” Mr. Houff said.

Most residents come from the Warrenton area, said Cindy Murphy, community relations counselor for the facility.

The staff at Poet’s Walk uses motion detectors and sensors to help provide specialized care for residents. Employees focus on each resident’s abilities and cater to individual routines, Ms. Murphy said.

The facility offers activities for residents from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

“We want to keep them active the whole day,” Ms. Murphy said.

Activities include painting, aromatherapy, hand massages, Bible study, pet therapy, Bingo, spelling bees and sing-a-longs. A small aviary also provides entertainment.

Residents can use different activity stations, including a general store with fake food, a workshop, a nursery, an office and a laundry area, to spark memories.

“It gives them their purpose back,” Ms. Murphy said.

On occasion, residents will go to a restaurant or take other field trips in a shuttle bus with staff members.

“I think she’s getting good care,” Rick Fields said of his mother Janice, who lives at the Warrenton home. “Staff are very conscientious, caring and patient.”

Poet’s Walk employs one nursing staff member for every seven residents, according to Ms. Murphy. The home has a registered or licensed practical nurse on staff 24/7.

When it reaches capacity, the facility will have about 55 employees.

Poet’s Walk has an on-site hair salon, two dining rooms, a 24/7 bistro and three secure courtyards.

“It’s important to have that outside access,” Ms. Murphy said. “We don’t want them to feel confined.”

Each family furnishes the resident’s room so it can feel more like home. Monthly costs range from $6,000 to $8,500, based on room size and single or double occupancy. Each room has a private bath.

“We will do everything to allow them to age in place,” Ms. Murphy said.

Poet’s Walk, however, cannot provided “skilled” nursing care for those who may require IVs or invasive medical treatment. (Virginia tightly regulates nursing homes, including the number of beds allowed in a certain region.)

Ann Timmerman’s husband Phil, who has Alzheimer’s, became one of the first residents at Poet’s Walk.

“The staff is outstanding with keeping up with things,” said Ms. Timmermans, a Warrenton resident. “They know everyone’s names already — even family members.

“He loves it, all the activities. He loves the food.”

“We are the care provider, so the family can go back to being the spouse, best friend,” Ms. Murphy said.

The town council in 2015 approved the company’s application for a rezoning and a special use permit to build the facility. Construction started in November 2016.

Headquartered in Edison, N.J., Poet’s Walk has memory care homes in Leesburg, Fredericksburg, Florida, Nevada and Texas.

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