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5 Friday Fauquier factoids: More parade floats this year

Posted Friday,
November 24, 2017
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The St. John Catholic School float in last year’s Warrenton Christmas Parade.

Floats — including one that will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus — that civic organizations, businesses and school music and dance groups have entered in the Friday, Dec. 1, Warrenton Christmas Parade. Last year, the parade had 63 entries.

The Main Street procession will start at Sixth Street and conclude at Pelham Street.

Post-parade festivities will include giving float trophies — The Clarke Griswold Award (most illuminated entry), Most Original Holiday Entry and Judge’s Choice — to three participants, the opening of Gum Drop Square and a fireworks display.

The county’s smallest traditional public school, Claude Thompson Elementary near Rectortown, measures 49,790 square feet. But, Southeastern Alternative School near Midland has less than half that amount of space.


Financial assistance People Helping People of Fauquier County this year has budgeted to provide needy families and individuals.

That represents a 46.6 percent increase over 2016’s total of $38,869.

People Helping People will disperse more money this year because of increased donations from churches, individuals and grant-giving organizations, President Elfie Schmid said.

For 2017, the Warrenton-based nonprofit budgeted $34,700 to assist clients to cover electricity, oil, natural gas and water and sewer bills.

The volunteer-staffed group this year also set aside $21,600 for rent and temporary housing support.


“Proffered” cash the Town of Warrenton had on hand as of October.

As part of the rezoning process, developers often agree to “proffer” cash, land and/or improvements to offset the costs of public education and other services, such a law enforcement, fire/rescue coverage, libraries and recreation.

Most recently, proffered cash paid for construction of the Warrenton Dog Park.


Fauquier public school students — or 59.9 percent — rode the bus during the 2016-17 term, according to the superintendent’s annual review.

The school system has 153 bus routes and 2,765 stops.

41.5 years

The median age of Fauquier residents as of July 1, 2016, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate.

Virginia’s median age stood at 37, versus the nationwide median age of 37.9.

Throwback Thursday: Local boy wins $12,000 toy spree

Posted Thursday,
November 23, 2017
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November 1992: A TV cameraman follows Grace Miller Elementary School second-grader Daniel Davila on his 15-minute shopping spree at Toys R Us in Manassas.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Nov. 20, 1992

Bealeton boy makes most of toy shopping spree

Daniel Davila, a 7-year-old second-grader from Bealeton, filled nine shopping carts Sunday morning at the Toys R Us store in Manassas.

Daniel in September won a drawing for the Toys R Us/Fox Kids Network Totally Toy-Rific Sweepstakes. That entitled him to the 15-minute shopping spree.

Grabbing electronic game cartridges, movies, books, dolls (for his baby sister), Legos, baseball cards, stuff animals, a Supersoaker water gun and Batman, G.I. Joe and Ninja Turtle paraphernalia, Daniel raked in $12,718.84 worth of loot. His register tape measured more than a yard long.

Top planner leaves to mixed reviews

For two decades, Richard E. McNear has walked the tightrope as Fauquier’s chief planner.

His most caustic critics painted the deputy county administrator as a “no-growther,” securely tucked away in the hip pocket of those who would like to shut the development door on Fauquier and throw away the key.

At the other extreme, the Rappahannock resident, who’s retiring at the end of this month, ran the risk of being pigeon-holed as a public planner in bed with the development industry.

“I feel that we’ve been able to do some decent planning in Fauquier County, and I think it shows up when you ride around the county,” said McNear, a former Army officer who will turn 55 on Monday.

SPR bankruptcy filing no surprise

Steve Parlagreco’s Warrenton-based SPR Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from debt collectors — mostly financial institutions — to whom he owes $9.5 million, according to court documents.

SPR in the last decade has been the most aggressive commercial builder in Fauquier. Besides the new Human Services Building on Hospital Hill, the company has developed three large projects in Warrenton — the SPR Building at 70 Main St., the 98 Alexandria Pike office building and the adjacent Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles office.

SPR borrowed $6.4 million for construction of the Human Services Building from Warrenton-based Liberty Savings Bank, which federal regulators seized in July.

Two die crossing Broadview Avenue

Two elderly tourists made a fatal mistake Monday night: Attempting to walk to cross Broadview Avenue, the busy Warrenton strip that carries 29,000 vehicles a day.

At 6:40 p.m., a 1991 Ford sedan, driven by Warrenton resident Elizabeth Allen, 72, struck and killed Benjamin and Delberta Jordan of Ganesvoort, N.Y.

Mrs. Allen “had no chance to stop,” Warrenton Police Chief Dale Koglin said. “She couldn’t see them until the last instant.”

Mr. and Mrs. Jordan, 81 and 75, attempted to cross Broadview, heading back to the Rip Van Winkle Motel after eating at the Frost Diner. They had crossed three lanes of traffic and two turning lanes before getting struck in the outside southbound lane.

Board approves 911 position

If everything goes as planned, the county could hire a 911 communications coordinator by April.

The supervisors Tuesday approved the new positon, with a salary of $37,898 to $56,847. Interviews will start in February.

The coordinator will design, establish and operate the joint dispatch center and oversee the countywide emergency communications system, expected to start operating by July 1, 1994.

Motorist’s friend “Business Person of Year”

The Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce has named Ruth Bower, president of Warrenton Auto Service Inc., as its 1992 “Business Person of the Year.”

The award recognizes Mrs. Bower’s generosity, exceptional customer service and community involvement.

Founded in 1966, her family’s business has grown to 18 employees.

Marshall Manor opens wing

After two difficult years, Marshall Manor nursing home appears to be turning the corner toward business success.

The 67,000-square-foot facility open a previously unused, 32-bed win Wednesday, bringing useable capacity to 90 beds. (The state has licensed Marshall Manor for 128 beds, but Wakefield School occupies one wing of the large facility, built in 1988.)

Since buying the unopened home and its 50-acre site for $5.1 million in July 1990, MMAC of Centreville gradually has altered the marketing emphasis to special needs care for Alzheimer’s disease patients and wellness services for assisted living residents.

Residency has risen to 41 — from 11 in June 1991.

Drug treatment center earns planners’ support

Posted Wednesday,
November 22, 2017
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What they need is sustained, safe recovery. . . . If they don’t get it, they’re going to get high, they’re going to get dead.
— Steve Worthington
Public Hearing
• Topic: Special permit application for 14-bed substance abuse recovery center at 30 John Marshall St., Warrenton

• When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.

• Agency: Warrenton Planning Commission.

• Where: Town Hall, 18 Court St.

• Applicant: McShin Foundation, Richmond.

• Speakers: 35, with 27 supporting and eight opposing the application.

• Length: About 2 hours.

• Landowner: Mill Pond Investments LLC (Matt Iten, owner). 

• Zoning: Central Business District.

• Center manager: Chris Connell

• Details: By-right town zoning allows counseling at McShin’s 30 John Marshall St. building; the foundation and other groups have been providing services there since early September; proposed 28-day, overnight recovery program requires special permit use approval by town council; 14-bed substance abuse recovery center, would serve eight males and six females; two “house managers” — one to supervise women, the other men.

• Next: The town council, which has final authority, will hold a work session and public hearing on the application.
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Her son’s heroin addiction came out of nowhere.

Because of a Tai Kwon Do injury, he took a powerful prescription drug to ease the pain, Linda Franklin of Warrenton explained.

But before long, her son became hooked, forced to choose between a $10 pill or heroin to satisfy his addiction, Mrs. Franklin said.

“All of a sudden heroin was in my house.”

Her son died of an overdose in July 2015.

Mrs. Franklin recalled her family’s story Tuesday night during a Warrenton Planning Commission public hearing on a proposal to open a 14-bed addiction recovery center in Old Town.

The McShin Foundation of Richmond seeks special permit approval to operate a 28-day, overnight recovery program at 30 John Marshall St.

“I wish I had heard about” McShin before his death, because “it would have been a life-saver,” said Mrs. Franklin, who called her son “a gift.”

Twenty-seven people, including Mrs. Franklin, spoke in favor of the application and eight against it.

After the nearly two-hour hearing, the planning commission voted, 4-0, to recommend approval of the project.

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Parents, including Mrs. Franklin, spoke movingly about family members’ and friends’ battles to overcome addictions — some successful, others not.

Many of the speakers work for and/or have received treatment through McShin and continue to do so.

Faced with seemingly insurmountable addictions, homelessness, unemployment and other challenges, they talked about how McShin rescued them when they seemed doomed.

Steve Worthington completed a 28-day recovery program at a McShin facility in Richmond.

“Within an hour I was provided with a bed and clothing,” Mr. Worthington told the commission.

“They saved my life,” he added.

“The McShin saved my life,” said Joseph Stevens, who also sought to dispel the believe that recovering addicts represent at threat to community.

“We’re not here to cause any problems,” said Mr. Stevens, referring to the proposal. “We’re here to resolve a problem that already exists. Just give us a chance.”

A recovering addict, Chris Whitley shares some of those views.

Mr. Whitley has four homes in Fauquier — three them occupied by recovering addicts.

“People live in your community in recovery,” Mr. Whitley stressed.

“What they need is sustained, safe recovery . . . . If they don’t get it, they’re going to get high, they’re going to get dead.”

Calling himself a “hope dealer,” recovering addict Charles Brooke of Warrenton sought to correct what he considers misperceptions about addicts.

“They’re not bad people trying to get good, but sick people trying to get well,” said Mr. Brooke, who visits addicted inmates at the county jail.

Mental Health Association of Fauquier President Tony Hooper told the commission his organization supports the application.

Opponents included business people and residents who believe the proposed center would devalue their property and pose safety problems for clients, employees, families, and nearby day-care providers.

While they support services for recovering addicts, they consider the John Marshall Street site “inappropriate” for the center.

Jim Lawrence owns two office condominiums that house his direct marketing firm in a building adjacent to the McShin center.

Mr. Lawrence, a Warrenton resident, considers drug addiction a “medical problem” that requires a “medical solution.”

Such a “medical facility” should be in an area more suited to the proposed use, he told the commission.

Mr. Lawrence acknowledges the need for addiction recovery services.

But, “I don’t think the special permit was debated on its actual merits,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “The question is whether this use for a residential/medical drug addiction center in the Central Business District is appropriate or not? I think the planning commission was swayed by the emotion of the testimony (of proponents), not the application.”

Julie Nelson and other members of an investment group own three office condominiums at Waterloo Center behind the McShin building.

Taking an “academic approach” to the application, Ms. Nelson told the commission her homework showed that the value of property close to such a facility could decline up to 17 percent.

Bob Rust and his family live on Chestnut street, two blocks from the McShin center.

Mr. Rust expressed concern about the proposal’s effect on property values and the community.

He suggested a site near Fauquier Hospital might be more suitable.

Moments before the vote, planning commission Vice Chairman John Kip praised staff for its thorough work on the application and the proposed conditions governing the property’s use as a recovery center.

Because of that, “I am comfortable with how we have addressed this” project, Mr. Kip said.

Commissioners Christine Dingus, Ryan Stewart and Ali Zarabi also voted for the application.

Planning Commissioner Anna Maas abstained from voting because she couldn’t make up her mind about the proposal.

Commission Chairman Susan Rae Helander didn’t attend the meeting because of a previous commitment.

McShin co-founder and President John Shinholser, who spoke at length during the hearing about the nonprofit’s history, mission and success, believes the evening went well.

“I think it was a healthy example of civic engagement and community vetting,” Mr. Shinholser said. ‘This is what makes America America.”

But, “it ain’t a done deal,” he added.

McShin next must persuade the town council, which has final authority, to approve the proposal, Mr. Shinholser said.

The council may hold work session and public hearing on the proposal in December.

“We were a good face and voice of recovery,” Mr. Shinholser said. “We helped move the needle and reduce the stigma” of addiction recovery.

“We shook a few (opponents) off the fence, but there’s still a core of entrenchment.”

In April, Fauquier County’s jail — with the help of McShin — started a “peer-to-peer” counseling program.  

McShin and other groups in September began providing free counseling at the John Marshall Street building.

The property's Central Business District zoning allows that use of the structure "by-right."

Founded in 2004, McShin, operates an apartment building and group homes with 170 beds for recovering addicts in and around Richmond.

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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

Posted Wednesday,
November 22, 2017
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Best Bets: Shop Small and Sky Meadows open house

Posted Wednesday,
November 22, 2017
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Warrenton merchants will offer sales and gifts on Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday tops this holiday weekend’s best bets. Businesses throughout Old Town Warrenton will have special sales and free refreshments.

Other options include an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Marshall Volunteer Fire and Rescue station and a holiday open house at Sky Meadows State Park near Delaplane.

Small Business Saturday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25
Main Street, Warrenton

A variety of merchants in Old Town Warrenton will offer special holiday sales and gifts. A welcome station in front of the post office will serve free coffee, hot chocolate and other goodies.

Holiday open house at Sky Meadows
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25
11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane

Sky Meadows State Park kicks off the holidays with a variety of activities in the historic area. Staff will cook holiday treats in the log cabin, costumed interpreters will tell stories of holidays past and offer tours of Mount Bleak house. Snacks, cocoa and cider for sale. Photos with Santa available. $5 per vehicle.

Marshall Volunteer Fire & Rescue breakfast
8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26
4160 Rectortown Road, Marshall

The Marshall Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department hosts its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, scrapple and other items. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and breakfast costs $3 per person. If no toy donation, adults, $7; seniors, $6; children ages 4 to 12, $4.

Bull Run Festival of Lights
5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24-26
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville

Visitors can drive through 2.5 miles of festive light displays at the annual event near Centreville. Afterward, families can visit the holiday village with rides, Santa and refreshments. $20 per vehicle.

Other options in and around Fauquier:

> Bluegrass at McMahon’s Irish Restaurant

> Music at Orlean Market

> Horse art exhibit at National Sporting Library in Middleburg

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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

Posted Tuesday,
November 21, 2017
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What do you plan for Thanksgiving?

Posted Tuesday,
November 21, 2017
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Taylor Middle School student on fast track

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November 21, 2017
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Faces of Fauquier: Teacher drawn to community

Posted Tuesday,
November 21, 2017
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Denise “Dee” Thompson moved back to Fauquier, which has the “perfect combination” of rural and urban attributes, she said.
Everywhere we’ve ever lived, we’ve always made an effort to know our neighbors. It’s just how my husband and I are.
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In the end, the veteran teacher couldn’t get enough of Fauquier.

Denise “Dee” Thompson, who grew up in Bedford County in Southwest Virginia, graduated from Radford College in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and secondary education.

That summer, Mrs. Thompson got a job teaching government at Fauquier High School in Warrenton.

As much as she “loved” Fauquier, three years later she returned to Bedford “to be closer to my family” and to teach at that county’s Liberty High School.

During the next 12 years, Mrs. Thompson married, had a daughter, divorced and remarried.

With quality-of-life and career priorities much on her mind, she eventually found her way back to Fauquier.

“I really missed living in this area,” says Mrs. Thompson, 57. “I had a little girl at that point. There are just so many opportunities up here for her.”

Returning to Fauquier also allowed her and her husband Dan to teach at Liberty High School.

“We worked together; we raised our daughter at that high school,” Mrs. Thompson explains. “She went to the (Grace Miller) elementary school next door. During planning (period) I could have lunch with her.”

Five years ago, she left Liberty High for Mountain Vista Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology at Lord Fairfax Community College just south of Warrenton. There, Mrs. Thompson teaches AP government, psychology and economics to academically-gifted high school students.

All governor’s school teachers sponsor a student club.

Mrs. Thompson oversees one that focuses on community and personal health.

“Whatever causes the kids choose, that’s what we do.”

Projects have included food and coat drives. One time — using the Warrenton Branch Greenway — the club hiked from the community college to the Fauquier Education Farm just south of Warrenton to pick vegetables, which get donated to area food banks.

“I just try to teach my students how to be civic-minded and organized in their community.”

Practicing in her neighborhood what she preaches in the classroom, Mrs. Thompson in October launched a tutoring program at Fauquier Habitat for Humanity’s Community House on Haiti Street in Warrenton.

The idea came to her at a neighborhood meeting.

“Everyone was just brainstorming things we could do in the Community House, or things we could do to build community,” Mrs. Thompson recalls. “And since I’m a teacher, I just asked the kids, ‘Well, would you guys be interested in tutoring’?”

Twice a week — Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — she, other educators and residents volunteer at the Community House, helping children with their studies.

For Mrs. Thompson, giving to the community and her neighborhood seems like a no-brainer.

“It’s my street. It’s where I live. I’ve always been involved in whatever neighborhood I live in. I think it’s important that people know who the kids are who live on their street.

“Everywhere we’ve ever lived we’ve always made an effort to know our neighbors. It’s just how my husband and I are.”

• Age

• Home

• Work
Mountain Vista Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology, 2012-present; Liberty High School, 1997-2012; Liberty High School (Bedford County), 1985-97; Fauquier High School, 1982-85.

• Why do you do the job?
I just always wanted to teach. Even when I was little, I played school.

It seemed like one of the few options I had. In college, I took accounting and finance courses, but I found it quite boring. It seemed very monotonous to me.

Teaching’s just extremely fulfilling. I wanted to do something I would feel good about — helping kids reach their goals.

• Family
Husband Dan; grown daughter from previous marriage; grandson.

• Education
Master’s degree, political science, American Public University, 2011; master’s degree, education administration, Shenandoah University, 2002; master’s degree, secondary education and counseling, Lynchburg College, 1991; bachelor’s degree, social studies and secondary education, Radford College, 1982.

• Civic involvement
Volunteer tutor, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity’s Community House in Warrenton.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
About 10 years.

• Why do you live here? 
Because my job and family are here. It’s just a perfect location. We’re between the mountains and the city. I love being close to city, but I don’t want to live in a city. I love rural areas, like the mountains. But I don’t want to live in a rural area in the mountains, because it’s just too inconvenient. So I love living right in between.

• How do you describe this county? 
It has the best of what urban areas have to offer and has the best of what rural areas have to offer. There’s something about living in an urban area that just provides a level of activity. But then there’s something about living in a rural area that provides a level of peace. I need my peace. Fauquier County is the perfect combination of both to me.

It has great people. I have met some wonderful people. My husband and I talk about retiring somewhere else. And then we’re like, “There are such good people here. We’ve made friends over the years who have been a big part of our lives.”

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I wish we had more mixed-income housing. We have all of our townhouses crammed together. We have all of our big houses crammed together. And everything I’m reading about suburban development shows that mixed-income neighborhoods are quite productive neighborhoods. They promote more diversity. They promote more of a sense of community.

But, I think we’re on the right track in creating more things that develop a sense of community. I think our town is really making progress in those things — the revitalization of the Old Town (Warrenton) area and a lot of the activities they hold there.

The fact that they’re talking about putting a movie theater on Walker Drive, I think would be great. To be able to ride your bike to the movies, to me and my husband that would be our perfect world, or to even walk there. We would be within walking distance of a movie.

• What do you do for fun? 
Spend time with my family, run, hike. I like to spend time on the water. My husband and I like to go boating. I love being outdoors; I’m a very outdoors person.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
There are just so many, it’s hard for me to name only one.

I love to hike the trails of Crockett Park (near Midland). I love sitting on the dam there and just looking at the lake. I love to go to Whitney (State Forest near Warrenton) and let my dog play in the creek. Great Meadow (equine field events center near The Plains) is beautiful. When I coached cross country (for Liberty High School), my kids would run out there. Sometimes, I had to pinch myself and say, “This is a job? This is what I get paid to do? Watch kids run in this beautiful place?” How crazy is that?

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years? 
We always referred to Fauquier as the hole in the doughnut. The really rapid development that comes with urbanization is happening all around Fauquier. But we’re just that special little area where it didn’t happen.

I think the Vint Hill area is going to continue to develop. And we might even end up with another small town out there.

I think Bealeton will continue to develop and just hope they will be as careful with the development at Bealeton as they are with the development at Vint Hill and in Warrenton.

I think Fauquier will continue to be the doughnut hole, with very well-planned development. It’s going to grow. There’s no way it cannot grow. I think it will maintain its charm.

• Favorite TV show?
“This is Us.”

• Favorite movie? 
I don’t have one.

• Favorite book?
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

• Favorite vacation spot? 
I love mountains and water. Any lake in the mountains.

• Favorite food? 

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom? 
Dr. Ken West, retired Lynchburg College professor. He said to us in class, “Don’t be afraid to try things. If you make mistakes, you can work to fix them. They’re not something you have to live with for the rest of your life.”

• Who’s your hero and why?
My mom. She’s very strong and very wise. I grew up around racism and all those “isms.” My mother never was that way at all. My mom is always the person who sees things in a simple way. She would say things like, “Just because you have the right doesn’t make it right.”

She was one of the most positive, giving people I think I’ve ever known. And if I can just be half as positive and giving as she is, I will have had a full life.

• What would you do if you won $5 million in the lottery? 
Keep it a secret. I wouldn’t want anyone to know. Money changes things. Money just gets in the way. If I have money and I want to give it to a cause, I just want to give it to them and not have them know it’s from me. If everybody knows you have money, then people treat you differently.

I’d spend some of it. I’d keep doing what I’m doing for a while.

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Bodies in Motion raises $37,000 for non-profits

Posted Tuesday,
November 21, 2017
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

Posted Monday,
November 20, 2017
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Cato climate scientist will speak here Thursday, Dec. 7

Posted Monday,
November 20, 2017
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Biz Buzz: Marianne Clyde “Business Person of Year”

Posted Monday,
November 20, 2017
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The Fauquier Chamber named Marianne Clyde the “Business Person of the Year.”
Chamber presents annual awards

The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce has named Warrenton psychotherapist Marianne Clyde as its “Business Person of the Year.”

The business organization also presented three other annual awards during its annual gala Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Stoneridge Events Center near Warrenton:

• Non-Profit of the Year — the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier.

• Small Business of the Year — the Warrenton law firm of Mark B. Williams & Associates.

• Large Business of the YearSummit Community Bank.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Ms. Clyde has practiced for more than 27 years. The author of three books, she has expertise in relationships and workplace mental health in the workplace.

She established the Marianne Clyde Center for Holistic Psychotherapy in Warrenton seven years ago.

Small Business Saturday in Warrenton

Old Town Warrenton merchants will participate in the nationwide “Small Business Saturday” promotion Nov. 25.

Main Street shops and the Law Office of Marie Washington will host a welcome station in front of the post office with free coffee and hot chocolate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Merchants also will offer gifts and discounts on the first weekend of the holiday shopping season.

Fauquier Bankshares dividend declared

The Fauquier Bankshares Inc. board of directors recently announced a quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share.

This dividend will be payable Jan. 2 to shareholders of record as of the close of business Dec. 15.

It represents a dividend of 48 cents per share on an annualized basis.
Fauquier Bankshares Inc. and its principal subsidiary, The Fauquier Bank, had combined assets of $631.7 million and total shareholder equity of $57.2 million as of Sept. 30, 2017.

The independent, Warrenton-based bank has 11 branches in Fauquier and Prince William counties.

Old Town Athletic to open third building

Old Town Athletic Club projects the grand opening of its new building for Monday, Dec. 18.

The three-story, 34,000-square-foot structure stands along Walker Drive, with Old Town’s two other buildings.

Kim and Mike Forsten founded the business as “Tone Zone” two decades ago. OTAC opened on Keith Street in 1996 and moved to the Walker Drive property a decade later. The Forstens opened their second building, OTAC II, in 2012.

Their business has continued to expand and to offer more specialized programs. Each of the three OTAC buildings has other business tenants, who own their spaces under condominium arrangements. The PATH Foundation has a contract to purchase approximately 20,000 square feet of the new building for about $4 million.

“The goal is to improve our members’ experience with a more focused approach to health,” Mrs. Forsten said of the expansion.

Mr. Forsten called the growing OTAC campus “my family’s dream.”

The couple’s sons, Cole and Chris Forsten, manage different aspects of the business.

Amy Totten chosen for “Best Lawyers”

Her peers have chosen Amy E. Totten, a partner and family law attorney with Walker Jones PC in Warrenton, as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Determined solely by fellow lawyers, the designation recognizes Ms. Totten as one of the top 5 percent of private practice attorneys nationwide. More than 7.4 million confidential evaluations produce the annual selections.

Ms. Totten has 20 years of legal experience. She serves as the president of the Fauquier County Bar Association. A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, she received her law degree from The Catholic University of America.

Walker Jones also has an office in Washington, Va.

Four Christmas parades slated Dec. 1 and 2

Posted Monday,
November 20, 2017
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Fauquier County real estate transfers for Nov. 13-17

Posted Monday,
November 20, 2017
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The Fauquier County Circuit Court clerk’s office recorded these real estate transfers Nov. 13-17, 2017:

Cedar Run District

Belinda J. Breeden to Rockwood Homes Inc., 20 acres, Rt. 602, near Morrisville, $94,900.

Carl C. and Kim B. Johnson to Nicole M. and Michael L. Brown Jr., 22.04 acres, Rogues Road, near Nokesville, $500,000.

Michael D. Tapp to Dustin A. Tapp, one-third interest, 2.7 acres, Tapp Hollow Lane, near Catlett, $40,000.

Rachel Crouch to Peter M. and Maile Schunk, Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block D, Catlett Farm Subdivision, 9243 Prospect Ave., Catlett, $297,490.

Richard Tang estate, Alvin W. Miller as executor, to Brian Rivera, 2 acres, 2500 Carriage Ford Road, Catlett, $130,000.

Rockwood Homes Inc. to Kevin and Theresa Barklage, 5 acres, 2560 Carriage Ford Road, Catlett, $609,660.

Timothy S. Clayborn Sr. to Jonathan A. and Danielle A.W. Castellano, 5.66 acres, Lot 4, Berrywood Subdivision, 4237 Bear Bug Lane, Bealeton, $340,000.

Federal National Mortgage Association to Michael A. and Julia E. Roelofs, 3.91 acres, 4564 Razor Hill road, near Bealeton, $366,500.

Center District

Harry M. and Dolores Corcoran to Dana D. and James A. Whitt Jr., Lot 12, Section 1, Copper Mill Subdivision, 785 General Wallace Court, Warrenton, $272,600.

Jeffrey L. Sherwood to Nicholas A. Pavone, Lot 314, Addition to Warrenton Lakes Subdivision, 6472 Glouchester St., near Warrenton, $315,000.

John G. Masin to Patricia D. Pratt, 0.76 acre, 291 Waterloo St., Warrenton, $498,500.

Sara K. Wolfe to Terry A.M. Bisson, 0.25 acre, 54 Madison St., Warrenton, $339,000.

High Street Property LLC, Tyler Ross and Bryan Black as managers, to Edward and Kristin Rollins, 0.14 acre, 204 High St., Warrenton, $370,000.

Catherine R. Davis to Robert R. Hazelhurst III, Unit 12, Phase 15, Villas at The Ridges Condominiums, 165 Rugby Court, Warrenton, $352,100.

Vinnie V. Lainson to Tamara Schmitt, 206 Locust St., Warrenton, $355,000.

Federal National Mortgage Association to Austin C. Butler, Lot 110, Section 1, Oak Springs Subdivision, 715 Acorn Court, Warrenton, $275,000.

Lee District

NVR Inc. to Jay and Olivia Perez, Unit 38, Phase 7, Waverly Station Condominiums, 6201 Willow Place, Bealeton, $248,290.

NVR Inc. to Kerri and Justin O’Brien, Lot 25, Phase 3, Rappahannock Landing Subdivision, 2210 Sedgwick Drive, Remington, $309,730.

Mohammed and Musarat Habib to Christina T. Carter, Lot 34, Phase 6, Cedar Brooke Subdivision, 10788 Tibert Court, Bealeton, $385,000.

NVR Inc. to Sean Dixon, Unit 22, Phase 4, Waverly Station Condominiums, 6170 Willow Place, Bealeton, $270,417.

Melinda Koutsoupias to Michelle Vazqueztell, Lot 16, Phase 2, Crestwood Knolls Subdivision, 11353 Crest Lane South, Bealeton, $320,000.

Kimberly S. Langtry, Patricia A. Cooper and Deborah L. Kay, trustees, to Sebastiana G. Estrada, Lot 10, Virginia Meadows Subdivision, 409 W. Main St., Remington, $224,900.

Jeffrey W. Yates to Jacob and Lisa Poirier, 3.12 acres, 5196 Old Gray Farm Lane, Sumerduck, $330,775.

Danforth-Remington LLC, John Maestri as member, to NVR Inc., Lot 31, Phase 3, Rappahannock Landing Subdivision, Remington, $78,000.

Spencer and Shirley Dean to Independence Realty LLC, 45.75 acres, 14304 Crawley’s Dam Road, near Goldvein, $532,000.

Marshall District

William H. Thompson, Edward R. Thompson, Tracey E. Thompson and others to Jordan M. Hoffman, 1.45 acre, 8398 Leeds Manor Road, near Amissville, $125,000.

Charles S. and Denise S. Guinn to Sara K. Wolfe, 2.55 acres, 12151 Deerfield Lane, near Amissville, $308,500.

Daniel H. Uhler to James and Erin Spengler, Lot 6, Allie Fletcher Subdivision, 7402 Bear Wallow Road, near Warrenton, $270,000.

Beth A. and David L. Saas Jr. to Rachel and James Butler and Robert J. Butler, 2.13 acres, Lot 4, Morgans Woods Subdivision, 9085 Groundhog Lane, near Marshall, $459,000.

Ryan and Diana Bellack to Billy and Tammy Herring, 11.72 acres, Rt. 722, near Ada, $133,000.

Sharon A. Maloney, trustee, to Cathleen D. and Ray J. Stoltzfus, 5 acres, 8681 Over the Dam Lane, near Warrenton, $225,000.

Scott District

Holly Cruz to Elizabeth Koppers, 0.91 acre, Lot 1, Phase 1, Grapewood Estates Subdivision, 4277 Haven Court, near Warrenton, $330,000.

Jesse T. and Nicole J. Adair to David J. and Sara A. Brady, Lot 12, Block 1, Broken Hills Estates Subdivision, $369,900.

Larry M. and Florence A. Wine, by substitute trustee, to Bank of New York Mellon, trustee, 1.39 acres, 5047 Broad Run Church Road, near New Baltimore, $304,000, foreclosure.

Mill Run Partners LLC, Jess Achenbach as managing member, to Mill Creek Landscaping LLC, 2.82 acres, Garland Drive, New Baltimore, $250,000.

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Canines have a new Warrenton playground

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November 20, 2017
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Two dozen canine constituents anxiously awaited the long-anticipated opening of Warrenton’s new park Saturday morning.

After a few words from Mayor Powell Duggan about his pet project, town council members cut the ribbon on the dog park at the end of South Fifth Street, along the Warrenton Branch Greenway.

One at a time, dogs with their owners entered the first gate, shed their leashes and sprinted through a second gate onto 19,000 square feet of lush green turf.

Open dawn to dusk, the Warrenton Dog Park features water fountains for canines and humans, benches and poop bag stations.

The town used developers’ cash donations to build the $70,000 park — its first for canines and a project Mr. Duggan had pushed for several years.

Blue & Gray Contracting of Warrenton built the park.

Photos by Lawrence Emerson

GumDrop Square seeking volunteers for holidays

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November 20, 2017
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Composting and rain barrel workshop Saturday, Dec. 2

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Warrenton trash, recycling schedule for Thanksgiving

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Addiction recovery center public hearing Tuesday

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November 17, 2017
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Chris Connell manages the McShin counseling center at 30 Marshall St., where the Richmond nonprofit organization wants to start a residential program for recovering addicts.
They’re not going to be roaming freely. They’ll attend classes and meetings — getting their lives back, making amends for the lives they’ve harmed.
— Warrenton McShin Center Manager Chris Connell
Public Hearing
• Topic: Special permit application for 14-bed substance abuse recovery center at 30 John Marshall St., Warrenton

• When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.

• Agency: Warrenton Planning Commission.

• Where: Town Hall, 18 Court St.

• Applicant: McShin Foundation, Richmond

• Landowner: Mill Pond Investments LLC (Matt Iten, owner).

• Zoning: Central Business District.

• Center manager: Chris Connell

• Details: By-right town zoning allows counseling at McShin's John Marshall Street building; the nonprofit foundation and other groups have been providing such services there since early September; proposed 28-day, overnight recovery program requires special permit use approval by town council. 14-bed substance abuse recovery center, would serve eight males and six females; two “house managers” — one to supervise women, the other men — would live at the center.

• Next: The planning commission will make a recommendation to the town council, which has final authority on the application.
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Warrenton’s planning commission next week will conduct a public hearing on a proposal to open a 14-bed addiction recovery center downtown.

The McShin Foundation of Richmond seeks special permit approval to operate an overnight, 28-day program at 30 John Marshall St.

The 7 p.m. public hearing will take place Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Town Hall.

An advisory panel, the commission will make a recommendation to the town council, which has final authority on the application.

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McShin and local groups such as Narcotics Anonymous already provide free counseling at John Marshall Street building. The property’s Central Business District zoning allows that use of the structure “by-right.”

If the council approves the application for residential treatment, McShin plans to buy the three-story building from Matt Iten’s Mill Pond Investments LLC and remodel it to accommodate eight male and six female recovering addicts participating in the residential program.

For tax purposes, Fauquier values the 4,410-square-foot office building and half-acre lot at $685,400.

Foundation President John Shinholser will speak during Tuesday’s public hearing.

“I don’t have a lawyer,” Mr. Shinholser said. “I’m just going in as a nonprofit president and telling them, ‘This what we want to do with the building. Can we or can’t we?’ Then we’ll let the powers-that-be decide. If we get approval, we’ll do it.”

If it doesn’t, “we’ll probably look for another (counseling) center” site and rental properties in or near Warrenton to house recovering addicts, the foundation co-founder said.

“I think people want us,” Mr. Shinholser added. “We’re here to stay.”

In April, Fauquier County’s jail — with the help of McShin — started a “peer-to-peer” counseling program for inmates who struggle with substance abuse.

Founded in 2004, McShin operates an apartment building and group homes with 170 beds for recovering addicts in and around Richmond

Chris Connell, who manages McShin’s Warrenton office, expects supporters to attend Tuesday’s public hearing but remains uncertain whether they will speak.

Though Ms. Connell has “no idea what to expect” at the meeting, “I’ve not had any feedback” from opponents, she said. “So why should they voice their concerns” at the public hearing, “when they haven’t come here to voice their concerns to me?

“We’ve been having meetings (for recovering addicts at the John Marshall Street building) for over a month and, to my knowledge, no one has been disrupted because of the meetings.”

Misinformation about recovery programs abounds, Ms. Connell said.

“Lots of people think that a person in recovery is an active addict. And that’s not the truth. When a person has a clear mind in recovery, that makes a difference.”

Under the McShin model, two “house managers” — one to supervise women, the other men — would live at the center.

Residents also must adhere to “house rules,” including a 9 p.m. curfew.

“They’re not going to be roaming freely,” Ms. Connell said. “They’ll attend classes and meetings — getting their lives back, making amends for the lives they’ve harmed.

“This organization is about healing families and saving lives.”

Faye Richardson, who owns two office condominiums in a building adjacent to the McShin center, has no objection to counseling services offered at the building.

“They’ve done a lovely job with the space,” Mrs. Richardson said of the foundation’s remodeling for office and meeting space.

Vacant for several years, that building previously served as the headquarters for R.L. Rider & Co., an excavation and site work contractor no longer in business.

While Mrs. Richardson has “compassion” for people battling addictions, a residential recovery program “is just not an appropriate use for the building,” she said.

“To me, if I’m in that situation in a building and there’s no grass or trees there, it does not seem like a healing situation.”

McShin last month hosted the screening of a documentary about addiction and recovery at Fauquier High School in Warrenton. Mrs. Richardson attended the event.

“They only said how (the recovery program) is going to help addicts. I don’t feel like I’m getting a legitimate picture” that includes the proposal’s potential downsides, she said.

“I want to hear an objective presentation of what’s happened in other communities” with such programs “and how it’s going to benefit me,” Mrs. Richardson said.

Howard W. Weingarten owns the Center for Therapeutic Massage in Waterloo Center, just behind the McShin building.

“I’m in favor of it,” Mr. Weingarten, a massage therapist, said of the 14-bed proposal. “These facilities are necessary, and necessary to control opioid and other (substance abuse) crises. If we don’t have them, where will people go to get help?”

He remains unconcerned that program somehow would make the area unsafe for others.

“The sheriff’s department is right across the street. How much safer can it become? All I have to do is go outside and shout. There’s usually someone from the department standing out there.”

While the proposal may generate opposition, Ms. Connell believes the town council will approve it because community need and support exists for that kind of addiction recovery service.

“I honestly believe it’s going to go through,” the Warrenton center manager said. “I believe in the long run it’s going to happen.”

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Superintendent highlights “healthy” school system

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November 17, 2017
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Former NBA player will discuss addiction, recovery

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November 17, 2017
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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November 17, 2017
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5 Friday Fauquier factoids: The county’s largest school

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November 17, 2017
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Built in 1963 and expanded at least five times, Fauquier High School has a 94-acre campus in Warrenton.

Square footage of Fauquier High, the county’s largest among 20 public schools.

Liberty and Kettle Run high schools rank second and third, at 244,514 and 229,648 square feet, respectively.

The county’s smallest traditional public school, Claude Thompson Elementary near Rectortown, measures 49,790 square feet. But, Southeastern Alternative School near Midland has less than half that amount of space.


Needy Fauquier families on Saturday will receive Thanksgiving Day food baskets at True Deliverance Church near Botha in Southern Fauquier.

The baskets will feed 419 people, according to True Deliverance.  

Warrenton’s St. James’ Episcopal Church and School, Warrenton United Methodist Church, Warrenton First Baptist Church, Saint Patrick's Orthodox Church near Bealeton, True Deliverance and individuals donated food for the baskets.

Boy Scouts and others volunteered 200 hours to assemble the baskets, according to True Deliverance.


Pounds of food collected Fauquier County Public Schools collected for the annual “Stuff the Bus” drive. The 11,074 nonperishable items will get delivered to the Fauquier Community Food Bank.

Among the 22 schools and departments that collected items, Auburn Middle School produced the most at 2,181. Three school buses traveled around the county to collect the items on Nov. 9.

The school system started the food drive in 2012.


Tickets purchased for Sunday’s performance of The Capitol Steps, a Washington-based political satire troupe appearing at Highland School in Warrenton.

The sold-out show launches the 50th-anniversary celebration of Citizens for Fauquier County, a nonprofit group dedicated to rural and agricultural preservation.

Tickets cost $25, allowing CFFC — founded 1968 — to generate enough revenue to break even on the event, according to Secretary/Treasurer Susan Russell.

Plans to mark the anniversary next year will include a photographic exhibit, an illustrated publication of “key moments” in the organization’s history and a program “forecasting the changes and challenges” Fauquier will face in the next 50 years.


The number of Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign sites in Fauquier County.

Bell ringers stand by kettles at Walmart, Safeway, Giant, Walgreens, Dunkin Donuts in Warrenton and Food Lion stores in Warrenton, Marshall and Bealeton.

The Salvation Army started the local campaign Thursday, Nov. 16. The funds raised help support the organization’s charitable work year-round. Last year donations helped 1,932 individuals.

Featured student artwork: Hannah Holland’s drawing

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November 17, 2017
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Inn at Kelly’s Ford brings $2.53 million at auction

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November 17, 2017
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The Inn at Kelly’s Ford went on the market for $5 million in March.
By Marla McKenna
Culpeper Star-Exponent

With tears welling in her eyes and a big smile on her face, Culpeper resident Linda Willoughby watched as auctioneer Stephen Karbelk opened the bidding on her property, The Inn at Kelly’s Ford.

In less than five minutes, the sprawling estate in Eastern Culpeper County sold to Javed Aizaz, of Baltimore, for $2.53 million, which includes a 10 percent buyer’s fee on his winning bid of $2.3 million.

“I’m a little shocked right now,” Aizaz’s son, Omar, said when Karbelk tapped his pen on the lectern and announced, “Sold!”

The 138-acre property lies just across the Rappahannock River from Fauquier County.

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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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November 16, 2017
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DEA praises sheriff’s office heroin investigation

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November 16, 2017
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Throwback Thursday: FHS team makes state tourney

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November 16, 2017
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1992: Fauquier field hockey Coach Linda Aaron, Lauren Windham and Ashleigh Snyder join the celebration of the game-winning goal against Stafford in the regional tournament.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Nov. 13, 1992

FHS hockey team earns state berth

Sophomore Heather Anzivino said she’s not sure just how it happened.

But somehow, someway, the Fauquier wing trickled a shot past Stafford’s goalie in overtime Tuesday to give the Falcons a 2-1 win in the first round of the Northwestern Region field hockey tournament.

Anzivino’s goal came 2 minutes and 43 seconds into overtime, kicking off a wild celebration as the Falcons and fans mobbed one another in celebration of the program’s first bid to the state tournament.

By knocking off the district-champion Indians, Fauquier (9-4-2) earned the right to host North Stafford in the regional championship. Regardless of the outcome, both teams will advance to the state playoffs next weekend at Frank Cox High School in Virginia Beach.

Non-resident teacher perk sought by FEA

The Fauquier Education Association wants the school board to allow all children of teachers who live outside of Fauquier to attend school here.

Until 1985, teachers who live in other localities could send their children to Fauquier schools at no charge. But, the school board stopped the privilege for all new hires — many of them young parents living elsewhere because Fauquier housing is so expensive, said FEA President Ray Shupp.

While the schools have limited financial resources to attract and reward teachers, Fauquier could help with low-cost, “quality of life” issues such as this one, Shupp suggested.

He said teachers — most often those with three to 10 years’ experience — have a tough time beginning families in Fauquier. When they live elsewhere, they often end up leaving the school system as they develop ties to communities where their children attend school.

Phillips Collection displays Warrenton sculptor’s work

A large bronze sculpture by Hildegarde van Roijen of Warrenton is among the works displayed at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., during the exhibition titled “Kandinsky and the American Avant-Garde, 1912-1950.”

The works, part of the permanent collection at the Philips, are displayed in the space adjoining the staircase to the gallery’s Goh Annex.

Mrs. Van Roijen’s welded bronze sculpture, “Asterisk,” was cast in 1990 at the New Haven Foundry.

Testy taxpayers demand cuts

The Fauquier supervisors haven’t even begun to scratch out next year’s budget, but already they’re catching heat from testy taxpayers.

A dozen citizens last month sent a letter asking the board to make deep cuts in county services and personnel.

Signed by local farmers, a former supervisor, a retired banker, a local activist and others, the letter suggests possible areas to slash, such as the personnel, planning and finance departments.

The group also wants to eliminate a high-priced deputy to County Administrator Bob Lee.

“The point of the letter is to encourage the supervisors and county administration to cut back as much as possible,” said Katherine Hayes, who signed the Oct. 5 letter.

Panel opposes FHS drag racing team

Fauquier High students interested in creating a Falcon drag racing team hope the school board will ignore the lawyer, insurance agent, vocational education director and independent committee, who all have nixed the idea.

A nine-member community task force recommended Monday that the board deny the October request of FHS auto mechanics teacher Wayne Robinson and about 15 students who want to race the school’s donated cars at Sumerduck Raceway in Southern Fauquier.

Students had been racing informally each week until county Vocational Education Director Becky Sutherland learned of the trips last spring and banned them.

The task force, appointed by the school board to look at the request, voted 7-2 to recommend denial of the club.

Lights for Life honors “Doni” Lescalleet

The Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary’s Lights for Life campaign, which raises funds to support auxiliary projects, has begun.

Donations are represented as lights on three spruce trees on Hospital Hill that are lit at an annual ceremony — this year at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

This year, the “Top of the Tree” honor will go to Diana “Doni” Lescalleet, who served on the auxiliary board for many years, including two terms as president.

Redskins Night to Benefit Fauquier SPCA

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 17
Highland School Gymnasium, Warrenton

MCs Sam Huff & Sonny Jurgenson

Chat with Joe Jacoby & Teammates

Have Your Photo Taken with a Redskin

Live Auction of Game Tickets and Redskins Memorabilia

Light Food & Refreshments

$10 for Adults; $5 for Kids 10 and Under

Featured student artwork: “Breakfast” clay bowl

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November 15, 2017
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Babysitter for hire

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November 15, 2017
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Woman killed Wednesday morning in I-66 crash

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November 15, 2017
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The overturned box truck, which struck a Ford Focus on I-66 eastbound near the Fauquier-Prince William County line Wednesday morning.
A 52-year-old Berryville woman died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a morning traffic accident on Interstate 66 east of The Plains.

A Ford Focus and a Ford F-350 pickup pulling a trailer both had stopped on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes near Beverly Mill just before 8 a.m., according to state police.

The trailer had a blown tire, but police do not know why the Focus also stopped on the shoulder just before 8 a.m.

As the car’s driver attempted to back from the shoulder onto the interstate, her vehicle drifted into the travel lane, where a box truck hit the Focus, police said. That impact drove the car into the right guardrail, and the box truck struck the pickup. The box truck then overturned in the westbound lanes of I-66.

A medical helicopter flew the Focus driver, Judy C. Ravenscroft, to Fairfax Inova Hospital, where she died later Wednesday. She wore a seatbelt, according to state police.

The box truck driver suffered minor injuries. The pickup driver escaped injury.

The crash and helicopter landing closed the I-66 in both directions for about an hour between The Plains and Haymarket. Rush-hour traffic detoured to Route 55, a two-lane road.

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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November 15, 2017
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Whiffletree hopes to sell 661 birds by Thanksgiving

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November 15, 2017
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No antibiotics, no chemicals, no GMO grains,” Jesse Straight says of his farm.
If (success) centers around influence and bank accounts, sure, I’m a loser. But if it centers around minute-by-minute, day-by-day quality of life around family and community, then I think what I’m doing is good.
— Jesse Straight
Whiffletree Farm
• Size: 82 acres

• Where: 8717 Springs Road, west of Warrenton

• Owners: Michael and Terry Straight

• Operators: Jesse (their son) and Liz Straight.

• Products: Eggs, chickens, turkey, beef and pork — all raised with humane, organic methods

• Store hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday

• Phone: 540-229-5192

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By the Numbers

Thanksgiving turkeys that Whiffletree Farm has slaughtered and expects to sell

Price per pound farm charges for whole turkeys

Price the farm pays per turkey chick raised for slaughter

Chickens slaughtered and sold per year

Farm pigs slaughtered per year

Dozen eggs harvested per day

Farm steers slaughtered per year
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If the planets align, he could sell all of his 661 turkeys by Thanksgiving Day.

That would be the ideal, suggests Jesse Straight, who operates Whiffletree Farm along Springs Road about three miles west of Warrenton.

So far customers have agreed to buy about 400 birds, Mr. Straight says.

Leftover turkeys — perhaps as many as 100 — will be sold in parts and as ground meat.

“Demand for full turkeys kind of plummets after Thanksgiving,” he explains.

On Saturday, Mr. Straight and his 15-member crew processed the last round, totaling 161 birds.

Besides turkeys, Whiffletree products include chicken, pork, beef and eggs.

“They’re all pasture-fed,” Mr. Straight says of the animals’ diets. “No antibiotics, no chemicals, no GMO (genetically modified organism) grains.”

Committed to the humane treatment and killing of animals for food, Mr. Straight slaughters by hand.

“We go out of our way to make it as humane as possible, and respectful,” says the 35-year-old Fauquier High School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies at the University of Virginia.

Mr. Straight makes quick work of the birds, who seldom resist or make a peep. Placing a gentle “bear hug” on them, he holds their feet with one hand and necks with the other.

He then puts the turkeys upside down in plastic five-gallon buckets attached to the exterior wall of a barn on the 82-acre property.

Holes in the bottom of the buckets receive the animals’ heads.

Using a 6-inch knife, Mr. Straight makes two quick cuts to a pair of arteries in their necks.

A steady stream of blood drains from the turkeys into a concrete trench.

“Their experience of death is fainting,” Mr. Straight says of the process. “I try not to cut their windpipe.

“I think that shows a general respect not to kill animals with machines.”

Mr. Straight places the birds, which weigh about 13 to 20 pounds, on a nearby table, where Rob Schabb removes their heads and cuts off their feet.

Jonathan Elliott plunges the turkeys into a “scalder” — a large metal tub of water heated to about 155 degrees — that loosens feather follicles. The birds next get transferred to a “plucker,” which mimics the spin cycle of a washer machine and removes all feathers.

Other crew members gut the turkeys and give final “quality-control” inspections before shrink wrapping the birds and placing them in freezers.

Nothing goes to waste at Whiffletree. For example, it composts turkey blood, heads and unused innards; feet get packaged and sold as dog chews at $6 a pair.

Besides Whiffletree products, friends help stock the farm store with grass-fed lamb, duck eggs, fermented fruit, organic baked goods, wild salmon, organic herbal items, organic maple syrup, raw honey and the like.

“I’m a big fan of Jesse,” says Ike Broaddus, who lives near New Baltimore and co-owns Old Bust Head Brewing Co. at Vint Hill. “I trust him. I buy his chickens, pork and his turkeys — every Thanksgiving.”

The farmer’s compassionate handling of animals and rejection of antibiotics and other chemicals “in the way he raises them” also impressed Mr. Broaddus.

“I think that treatment is reflected in the product. I just think it’s a healthier meat and the flavor is tremendous.”

An equally important consideration, Whiffletree’s agricultural practices honor the land and the environment, Mr. Broaddus adds.

“I admire what he does, and I want to support that.”

Whiffletree serves about 60 area restaurants, including more than a dozen in Fauquier.

“Whiffletree has a very solid product,” Executive Chef of Field & Main in Marshall Anthony Nelson says of farm’s turkeys. “They’re flavorful, they’re the perfect size.”

Mr. Nelson ascribes that to Whiffletree’s treatment of animals.

“What’s the adage?” he says. “A happier animal produces a happier product. It’s a better life for them, and it transfers to taste. They’re allowed to move around. They’re not stressed.”

Whiffletree’s ethic also matches the restaurant’s model, according to Mr. Nelson, who has visited the farm.

“They’re humanely raised,” he says of the animals. “That’s a big part of our sourcing.”

Field & Main, which has ordered 30 turkeys, expects to serve about 170 people Thanksgiving Day, Mr. Nelson says.

The son of a successful commercial painting company owner, Mr. Straight studied religion and medicine at U.Va., with a notion of perhaps becoming a minister or a doctor.

But, after graduation, a friend recommended he read Wendell Berry’s “A World Lost,” a novel that partly explores the values of family and community.

“I was hooked,” Mr. Straight says. “The appeal of farming was the Wendell Berry-esque reintegration of life, the connection of family, home, work — all these things coming together.”

Mr. Straight routinely puts in 12- to 14-hour days. That doesn’t bother him.

“There’s no commute,” he says. “I’m with my family. I’m here doing this.”

On a good day, Mr. Straight has three meals with his wife Liz and their six children, whom they home school.

“And the kids come out with me and help me do the morning chores,”

While the world needs corporate “professionals,” Mr. Straight has no interest in that.

People measure success differently, he says.

“If it centers around influence and bank accounts, sure, I’m a loser. But if it centers around minute-by-minute, day-by-day quality of life around family and community, then I think what I’m doing is good.”

Warrenton couple makes offer to buy Brentmoor

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November 15, 2017
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Kirk and Rebecca Goolsby have made a full-price offer to buy the Italianate home at 173 Main St. for $595,000.
• Property: 4,200-square-foot Italianate home, built in 1859, and 1.2-acre lot.

• Where: 172 Main Street, Warrenton.

• Days listed: 34.

• Potential buyers: Kirk and Rebecca Goolsby of Warrenton.

• Purchase price: $595,000.

• Purchased: 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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After 34 days on the market, the Town of Warrenton may have a buyer for Brentmoor, which formerly housed the defunct John S. Mosby Museum.

Warrenton residents Kirk and Rebecca Goolsby have signed a letter of intent to purchase the 158-year-old home from the town for $595,000 — the asking price.

The town council Tuesday night voted, 7-0, to take Brentmoor off the market for 60 days while the Goolsbys inspect the property and arrange financing.

“The letter of intent is a public document,” Town Attorney Whit Robinson said. “It is merely a starting point for the potential buyer. The rest of the negotiations will be kept confidential as we work through this process, and I’ve advised council members and staff to keep any negotiations confidential as well.”

The couple, who couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday morning, want to convert the historic structure, with no kitchen and a substandard half bath in the basement, back to a residence, according to town officials.

Mr. Goolsby works as a science professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

The Goolsbys hope to install a new bathroom, a shower in the basement bathroom, a residential kitchen and “convert the historic kitchen outbuilding into a residential facility,” according to their letter.

The one-acre property includes the original servants’ quarters/summer kitchen, smokehouse and part of a boxwood allée.

State law would require the town council to conduct a public hearing before selling the property.

Then the town would subdivide the house and an acre from the three-acre property that includes the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center.

Before closing the purchase, the buyer would need to submit a sketch of planned renovations for approval to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, which holds an easement on the house.

The purchase of Brentmoor is contingent upon the Goolsbys “obtaining suitable appraisal and financing,” according to their letter.

Allen Real Estate of Warrenton listed the property without charge on Oct. 11.

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, which operated from 2013 to early 2015.

The project restored Brentmoor to 19th-century conditions, removing a kitchen addition and bathrooms, while upgrading the electrical system and installing geothermal heating and cooling.

Over the last couple of 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.

In August, Warrenton’s town council voted, 4-2, to put Brentmoor up for sale “as is.”

Penne pasta and clams for fast, easy dinner

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November 15, 2017
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Spaghetti was suggested for dinner.

I thought: “With meat sauce or meatballs?”

But that required a little more work than I wanted to do.

Why not clam sauce? That’s always easy.

Everyone likes an easy dish that can be made quickly. And, once the pasta water comes to a full boil, this dish literally can be on the table within 10 minutes.

And, not your typical pasta and clam sauce, it has a little kick.

Certain that spaghetti waited in the cabinet, I only found penne pasta. Either can be used.

So if you’ve had a long day or just don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen, try this. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Penne and Clams
Serves 4

3 tablespoons salt
48 littleneck or cherry stone clams in the shell, scrubbed
12 ounces gluten-free penne pasta (Barilla)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2/3 cup white wine
4 tablespoons sweet cream butter
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

With the water boiling, add the pasta and cook according to directions (10 minutes).

While the pasta cooks, heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium-low heat and sauté garlic and red pepper for 2 minutes. Don’t let the garlic brown. Add the butter, wine and clams and cover. After 2 to 3 minutes, check to see if all clams have opened. If not, cook another 2 minutes.

Drain the pasta and run under cold water for 15 seconds. This stops it from cooking. Add the pasta to the clams; gently stir to cover pasta with sauce and then sprinkle with parsley.

Serve with a salad and crusty bread to sop up the sauce.

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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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November 14, 2017
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Town considers donated amphitheater in park

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November 14, 2017
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Warrenton United Methodist Church leaders want to build the amphitheater near the center of Eva Walker Park. It would have a stage of at least 28 by 26 feet, wings or storage and audience seating.
Parking will be a major consideration for the amphitheater’s proposed location in the downtown park.
This is an amazing public-private partnership that shows how successful the community events at Eva Walker Park have been.
— Councilman Sean Polster
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A Warrenton church wants to build a public, outdoor performance space for the arts.

To commemorate its 200th anniversary next year, the Warrenton United Methodist Church has offered to build an amphitheater with a covered stage and audience seating in the town’s Eva Walker Park.

“An amphitheater will allow opportunity for entertainment, education and enrichment,” Jennifer McAndrew, the church’s anniversary committee chair, wrote in a proposal to the town council. “An amphitheater will attract neighbors from surrounding areas to visit, enjoy our hospitality, be entertained and find reason to return.”

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Although it remains in the planning stages, the church has suggested the downtown park as a potential location. The town council ultimately would decide if and where the structure gets built.

Council members at last Thursday’s work session seemed open to the idea but expressed some concerns.

“The location eventually selected has to have ample parking,” Bob Kravetz (Ward 4) said. “I think it’s workable there (at Eva Walker), but that’s one hurdle we would have to get through.”

“I’m worried about seating, size and sound, plus parking, because there are neighborhoods around there,” Jerry Wood (Ward 1) said.

“We know it’s going to have to be a community effort,” Warrenton UMC Pastor Tim Tate told the council. “Our biggest thing is where can it be where there will be enough parking. That’s our biggest hurdle, and we’re looking for a way we can work with you on that.”

It could cost about $250,000 to build a stage with supporting wings or storage areas, according to Ms. McAndrew. The project could take place in multiple phases.

The church has applied for a $100,000 PATH Foundation grant to help cover costs. Church officials anticipate the congregation would donate another $100,000. The church also would seek contributions from other citizens and organizations.

If possible, church officials would like to begin construction next October.

The design would depend on the location, according to Ms. McAndrew.

“This is an amazing public-private partnership that shows how successful the community events at Eva Walker Park have been,” Councilman Sean Polster (At-large) said.

Warrenton’s Allegro Community School for the Arts and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra also support the concept.

“We’re excited about giving back to the community,” Ms. McAndrew said.

The town council will continue to discuss the project and its location at its monthly meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 14.

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David Graham named director of administration

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November 14, 2017
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Home-school enrollment up 37% here in a decade

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November 14, 2017
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By Will Thomas
VCU Capital News Service

The number of home-schooled students in Fauquier has increased 37 percent over the last decade.

Last year, 744 Fauquier youngsters received formal education at home, according to a new state report. The county public school system has 11,087 students enrolled this fall.

In 2016-17, home-schoolers in Virginia eclipsed 40,000 students for the first time – an increase of 50 percent in the past decade, according to newly released statistics from the Virginia Department of Education. The agency has been collecting and reporting data on the home education population since 1994.

Fauquier had 226 home-schooled students that year.

Alycia Wright, a Short Pump resident, used to have her own classroom where each day she taught dozens of middle-school students. That all changed after Ms. Wright had her fourth child and decided to begin home-schooling her children.

“We tried it for a year, loved the freedom and we have not stopped,” she said.

A licensed middle school teacher for 12 years with a master’s degree, Ms. Wright initially made the switch to home schooling as a financial decision: It meant saving on private-school tuition for her two daughters. After experiencing a year in the home-schooling community, Mr. Wright was more than happy to continue home-schooling her children.

Her children are among more than 1,000 home-schoolers in Henrico County, where the number of students being taught at home has risen 130 percent since 2006.

Home schooling involves more than just parents teaching students. Ms. Wright praises professionals from the community who are willing to teach her children and other home-schoolers.

“Our science teacher is a veterinarian,” Ms. Wright said. “The history teacher is actually the curator of the Virginia Historical Society.”

If home-schoolers constituted a school division, it would be the seventh-largest system in the state.

“It’s become more commonplace, it used to be regarded as somewhat fringe,” said Karen Skelton, president of the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. The nonprofit group, which began in 1993, provides advice and other assistance to home-schooling families.

Ms. Skelton lives in Annandale in Northern Virginia. Both of her children are home-schooled graduates.

Ms. Skelton said that every month, she hears from families frustrated with their local schools. She believes this is a major reason why more Virginians are turning to home education.

“Customizing one's education to fit the learning style – to me, that has been the biggest (reason for the) increase,” Ms. Skelton said.

She said home schooling has grown in popularity nationwide with parents becoming more involved in their children’s education. “You learn together as a family, and you do more hands on things. People come to it with an idea of, ‘This could be a real positive experience and a new lifestyle.”

Another reason for the increase in home schooling is that parents want to provide hands-on help to their children who may have learning disabilities, said Yvonne Bunn, director of legislative affairs for the Home Educators Association of Virginia. That group was formed in 1983 – the first home education organization in Virginia.

Ms. Bunn said parents often approach her with questions about home schooling. “They ask me, ‘All right – give me the facts. Tell me what the outcomes are, and I want to make a choice that’s the best thing for my family.’”

Parents are especially concerned about their children’s academic success. Ms. Bunn tells them that home schooling produces excellent results.

“We have some of the highest levels of standardized achievement tests scores. Our kids are going to college; they are getting into universities with scholarships,” she said.

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November 13, 2017
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Fixing office equipment, he doggedly pursues dying art

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November 13, 2017
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Ronnie Stevenson lubricates a typewriter in his Goldvein workshop.
Mr. Stevenson and his wife Christa, the president of their company.
Everything in our business evolves so fast, it’s unreal. You no sooner have one thing done and ‘Boom!’ — they’ve changed it.
— Ronnie Stevenson
Stevenson On-Site Repair
• Owners: Ronnie and Christa Stevenson

• What: Office equipment repair company

• Where: 13295 Deep Run Mill Road, near Goldvein

• Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays

• Phone: 540-439-2999

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The office equipment repairman feels like a dinosaur living on borrowed time.

When Ronnie Stevenson started Stevenson On-Site Repair at his Goldvein home in 1991, he had about 15 jobs a day — all but a couple or so for electric and manual typewriters.

Twenty-six years ago, typewriter work constituted about 90 percent of the work.

“From the 1970s on, typewriters really started to take off,” Mr. Stevenson recalled.

But the personal computer eventually devastated that segment of his business, he said.

“It killed it. I’d say for 10 years, up to 2005, is when everything really started slacking off.”

“Technology changes,” his wife Christa, the company’s president, said of the downturn.

Today, Mr. Stevenson gets two to three typewriter repair calls a week.

Typewriters usually require routine work — fine-tuning or simple part replacements — Mr. Stevenson said.

“The biggest problem I have with typewriters is people will drop things down inside them and jam them up — a pencil, an ink pen, paper clips.”

Versatile and virtually indestructible, the IBM Selectric remains among the most popular typewriters still in use.

IBM stopped making the machine in the mid-1980s. Mr. Stevenson since has collected about 70 Selectrics, stripping them for parts.

While typewriters have all but disappeared, some clients — law firms, accountants, title companies, schools, state and local governments and individuals — still use them to produce carbonless paper duplicates of certain documents or because of convenience and neatness, Mr. Stevenson said.

Judy Mullins of Saratoga Title & Escrow in Warrenton helps process assorted real estate documents.

“It takes a little extra time, but it looks so much more professional than handwriting,” said Ms. Mullins, who uses an IBM Wheelwriter. “Call us old school; we like to be different.”

Like Ms. Mullins, Fauquier County Deputy Treasurer Deborah Frey and her staff prefer the appearance of typed to hand-written documents.

Ms. Mullins, for example, uses an IBM typewriter for forms that cannot be completed online and documents the treasurer’s office prepares for other government agencies.

“Sometimes type looks much nicer than just handwriting,” she said.

Town of Warrenton Senior Administrative Assistant Jan Miller occasionally uses a Swintec 7000 because the electric typewriter allows her to do small jobs more quickly.

“For me, it’s easier to slap a label or envelope in a typewriter than format them on a computer and send them to a printer,” Ms. Miller said.

Mr. Stevenson, who also takes care of the county treasurer’s 17 printers and two fax machines, has proven indispensable, Ms. Mullins suggested.

“He’s pretty much a fix-it-all for us. He’s very good at taking care of whatever we need.”

“He doesn’t fix things just to fix them,” Ms. Miller said. “If it can’t be fixed, he tells you no. Very professional, very friendly. He’s usually here the next day after you call. He’s definitely a dying breed.”

Now about 75 percent of his work involves printers, fax machines and laminators.

Mr. Stevenson charges customers who bring machines to his shop off Deep Run Mill Road $60 per hour.

On-site work costs $90 per hour — that higher rate covering travel expenses and the time it takes to get to an office, he explained.

Partly because few small-scale businesses such as his exist in a dwindling market for such services, “I travel everywhere,” said Mr. Stevenson, whose customer base includes Fauquier, Northern Virginia and some of suburban Maryland. “In January, I bought a new car and already got 33,000 miles on it.”

A 2016 Kia Sole, it replaced a 23-year-old Chevrolet Geo Metro.

“It died in January,” Mr. Stevenson said of the Chevy, which went through four transmissions and had 878,000 miles on it. “I cried.”

“Taps played,” added his wife, smiling.

Mr. Stevenson began his equipment repair career in 1974, after quitting the construction business in search of steadier employment.

That year, he took a three-week course in New York City to learn how to fix and service the IBM Selectric, a mechanical marvel with 2,800 parts that for decades dominated the electric typewriter landscape.

For the next 17 years, Mr. Stevenson worked for several office equipment repair companies and the Fairfax County school system, before starting his own business.

When he worked for Fairfax in the mid-1970s, the county had 20 high schools, each with five classrooms that had about 30 typewriters apiece, totaling about 3,000 machines.

“That was a lot of typewriters,” Mr. Stevenson said.

Besides electric and manual typewriters, the Fairfax school system’s seven-person maintenance and repair department fixed laminators, mimeographs, microscopes and adding machines.

“They taught us to fix everything,” Mr. Stevenson said.

Over the years, he has relied on a network of repair service colleagues for help on tricky jobs or unfamiliar equipment.

“With all the new stuff today, I pick up the phone and call different friends at different companies. And they help me fix things.”

But those days are numbered, Mr. Stevenson acknowledged.

The rapid change in technology and the ability of businesses and people to inexpensively replace printers rather than fix them eventually will lead to the demise of his and other independent repair companies, he said.

“Everything in our business evolves so fast, it’s unreal,” said Mr. Stevenson, 64. “You no sooner have one thing done and ‘Boom!’ — they’ve changed it.”

Big companies such as Hewlett-Packard “know supplies is where they’re making money,” he said. “The HP 605 (printer) cost $1,000-plus. The toner cartridge is $200. That’s where the money is.”

Mr. Stevenson — a one-man repair operation — doubts whether his business model will exist.

“It’s just harder and harder for the little guy to make a living” in this environment.

The Stevensons, who raised three children, hope to retire in two or so years.

“We’re making ends meet,” said Mrs. Stevenson, 60. “We’re not wealthy by any means. We managed to pay off our house last month, after 30 years. We don’t take vacations. We have some money for our retirement. We’re doing OK.”

But her husband will continue to hit the road for as long as needed to pay the bills.

“I’ve got a beautiful wife I’ve got to keep happy,” he said, laughing.

Orlean starts building new fire/rescue station

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November 13, 2017
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With a construction office trailer in the foreground and the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop, about 75 Orlean area residents gathered Sunday afternoon to break ground for a new, long-anticipated fire and rescue station.

Although participants turned a few ceremonial shovels of dirt, grading already has begun on the site along Leeds Manor Road. Lantz Construction of Winchester has 15 months to build the 18,400-square-foot station.

County funds and donations will pay for the $6.9-million project.

“You are getting something back for your tax dollars,” Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department President Jeff Clark told the audience.

The northwestern part of Fauquier County — all of Marshall District, for that matter — has no public school, Mr. Clark noted.

“We hope this will become a center for the community,” he added.

Mr. Clark thanked the citizens and volunteers who’ve contributed and waited patiently for the new station, planned for almost a decade.

The volunteer department started in 1972 to address the need in that part of Fauquier.

“These people didn’t wait for government took take action,” Mr. Clark said. “They took action.”

It stated in a garage with 60 people. “They didn’t have a building; they didn’t have a truck,” the company president recalled. “They bought a used truck from Marshall.”

Mr. Clark said the first volunteers had a simple goal: “Hold the line and keep a fire from spreading until help could arrive.”

But, the volunteer company evolved and grew, adding emergency medical services and expanding beyond the capacity of its original station, built in 1973 on donated land.

The new station will stand next door, and the old building will get demolished in 2019.

“This is truly a partnership between the Orlean department and Fauquier County,” said Tom Marable, president of the county volunteer fire and rescue association. “A lot of people have worked really, really hard to provide something for the community.”

Mr. Marable praised the Orlean community’s patience. The county has built or renovated four other fire/rescue stations since 2003, he noted.

The Orlean station has 42 active volunteers on its roster; two career firefighter/medics work 12-hour shifts — 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The new station will have large, drive-thru equipment bays, a bunk and living area and a community hall.

New director Lombardo leads LHS marching band

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November 13, 2017
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Tuba players Meghan Tucker (back) and Krystina Kilby at after-school marching band practice.
I’m a big believer that band doesn’t just teach music, it teaches time management, leadership, responsibility, friendship, loyalty, how to be a good person.
— LHS marching band Director Ben Lombardo
Benjamin Lombardo
• Age: 24

• Home: Marshall.

• Family: Parents, Fred and Judy; brother, Brian; fiancé Rachel Hollingsworth.

• Education: Bachelor’s degree, music education, Slippery Rock University, Pa., 2015; Canon-McMillan High School, 2011.

• Work: Band director, Liberty High School, August 2017 to present; band director, Skyline High School, 2015-17; assistant band director, Slippery Rock High School, 2014, and Montour High School, 2013.
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A moment of fear swept over the sophomore tuba player this summer.

When Meghan Tucker learned that beloved 15-year marching band director Patrick Neidich would no longer teach at Liberty High School in Bealeton, she became “terrified.”

“Both my brothers went through marching band and I already knew Mr. Neidich,” who got promoted to assistant principal at LHS, said Meghan, 15.

But, she relaxed after meeting the new band teacher, Ben Lombardo.

“Once I met Mr. Lombardo, everything got better. I knew the year was going to be good,” Meghan said. “He always cracks me up, and his main instrument is the tuba. We can joke around about the instrument.”

Liberty’s new 24-year-old marching band director has big shoes to fill, but he has embraced his new job with excitement and high goals.

“It’s my goal is to take the amazing foundation that Mr. Neidich laid and build it, and push them to the next level,” Mr. Lombardo said.

“He loves his job and is dedicated 100 percent to the program,” junior Lane Mullins said. “I like the energy he brings to the band. He’s always hyped up to get us hyped up.”

As a former high school director in Front Royal, Mr. Lombardo has watched marching band evolve over the last several years.

Among his goals, he plans to bring Liberty’s band into a more modern era.

“It’s become a full-on production,” Mr. Lombardo said. “It’s not just marching in formation anymore.”

Each year the band performs a choreographed show at five state competitions.

This year, Mr. Lombardo challenged students by having them perform a seven-minute “paranormal” tale with sound effects and a storyline.

In the show, the band pretends to be zombies while walking onto the football field. One color guard member tries to escape from four other “zombies” as they dance and twirl flags.

The band received three first-place awards and a third-place ranking in competitions this year. The Eagles also received an “excellent” rating during state marching assessment on Nov. 4.

Mr. Lombardo sees great potential in Liberty’s students and hopes to expand the after-school extracurricular activity.

This year, Liberty’s marching band has 59 members.

“In four years, I’d like to get it to 100 — bring on 10 additional students each year,” Mr. Lombardo said.

At his previous job as band director at Skyline High School, Mr. Lombardo increased participation.

“In the two years I was there, we built the program from 40 to 60 members,” he said. “They went from not competing to getting an excellent score at marching assessment.”

He decided to switch jobs this year because he loved Fauquier’s support for music.

“Fauquier County has it going on for music. They support their programs,” Mr. Lombardo said. “With an assistant principal (Mr. Neidich) and principal (Sam Cox), both former band directors . . . I was like, I got to work there. That’s a place where they are going to support the arts.”

Mr. Lombardo decided he wanted to be a band director at age 12.

“My middle school band director was an inspiration to me,” he said. “When I look back in my life and I think of the absolute best memories of my entire life, all of them involved band and music.

“I’m a big believer that band doesn’t just teach music, it teaches time management, leadership, responsibility, friendship, loyalty, how to be a good person,” Mr. Lombardo said.

The extracurricular activity takes lots of time, practice and dedication.

“A lot of people don’t realize it, but there’s an incredible amount of stamina that goes into it,” Mr. Lombardo said. “There are over a hundred different sets or counts that are in our show.”

Students start practicing in late July.

From August to early November, band members practice more than six hours a week after school.

Each student pays $180 to cover school activity fees, snacks, props and other items.

“It’s a lot of work but it’s a lot of fun,” junior Courtney Jacobs said. “It’s rewarding in the end. It gets you involved in school. Coming in freshman year, you make 60 new friends before school starts.”

In addition, the band performs on the field and in the bleachers at seven football games.

“I believe the football team and the marching band need to have a lot of mutual respect for one another,” Mr. Lombardo said. “We are there to provide energy and support to the crowd, root for our team. It’s our job to give that high amount of energy.”

“They’re doing just as much as any sport is doing,” Mr. Lombardo said.

He also hopes to inspire middle schoolers to join the marching band in the future and garner more support for the program.

“It’s important for us to keep the arts alive,” Mr. Lombardo said. “In the past 20 years, it’s a common theme to cut the arts and they are always the first to go.”

Mr. Lombardo also teaches the symphonic band, wind and jazz ensembles, concert band, and music theory classes at Liberty High School.

“He has a lot of spirit,” Courtney said. “I think he really brings us together.”

Delaplane home, 50 acres sell for $908,000

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November 13, 2017
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This home on 50 acres near Delaplane sold for $908,000.
A 3-year-old home on 50 acres near Delaplane sold last week for $908,000.

Built on Winchester Road in 2014, the home has four bedrooms, four baths, a stone fireplace, a deck, a three-car garage and a whole-house generator.

The property includes extensive fencing for horses, an old house and utilities in place for a stable. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation holds a conservation easement on the land.

The property went on the market in January with an asking price of $1.39 million, according to

The Marshall District sale tops the most recent list of Fauquier property transactions.

The Fauquier County Circuit Court clerk’s office recorded these real estate transfers Nov. 6-10, 2017:

Cedar Run District

Carl T. and Joanne S. Orndoff to Harry Lane Orr Jr., 2.43 acres, 12861 Elk Run Road, near Midland, $330,000.

RFI WC LC, L.C. Rock as manager and Steven W. Rodgers as managing member, to NVR Inc., 0.57 acre, Lot 3, Phase 1, Warrenton Chase Subdivision, $206,286.

Copper Fox Investments LLC, George Scheulen as managing member, to Transito E. Zuniga, 2 acres, 10415 Old Marsh Road, near Bealeton, $255,000.

Natasha Hubbard to S&A Holdings LLC, 4.85 acres, 3400 Thompsons Mill Road, near Goldvein, $187,000.

Liberty Property Solutions LLC, Gary M. Bullock as managing member, to Serdar S. and Sarah A. Serttas, 4.24 acres, Lot 4, Green Branch Estates Subdivision, 13361 Sillamon Road, near Goldvein, $334,900.

Center District

Paula E. Black to Whitney L. Hancock, Lot 35, Section 2, Oak Springs Subdivision, 55 Pepper Tree Court, Warrenton, $269,900.

Troy and Sharon Bishop to Naulind and Mirjana Zaka, Lot 48, Whites Mill Subdivision, 7611 Morven Lane, near Warrenton, $535,000.

Michael D. and Caroline H. Goll to Louann and Peter Menard, Lot 62, Mews at Menlough Subdivision, 59 Sire Way, Warrenton, $248,000.

Thomas M. Hughes estate, Tabitha M. Lillard as executor, to Laura J. Moats and Rebecca M. Miller, Townhouse 15-C, Leeds Square Subdivision, 98-C Leeds Court, Warrenton, $155,000.

L.S. Revisions LLC, Laura L. Scott as manager, to Kyle T. and Mary A. Smith, Lot 32, Warrenton Lakes Subdivision, 7281 Mosby Drive, near Warrenton, $370,000.

Sharyn Hudson to Alvin W. Jones, Lo 21, Section 1, Menlough PUD Subdivision, 98 English Chase Lane, Warrenton, $419,900.

Lee District

NVR Inc. to Gabrielle Ervin, Unit 40, Phase 7, Waverly Station Condominiums, 6205 Willow Place, Bealeton, $262,685.

Oak Farms LC, Lois S. Willett and Blane D. Schertz as managers, to Arbor Tech Inc., 5.4 acres, Rts. 15/127/29 near Remington, $75,000.

NVR Inc. to Rosemary Saunders, Unit 42, Phase 7, Waverly Station Condominiums, 6209 Willow Place, Bealeton, $273,845.

Nechol A. Orebaugh and David T. Osborne to Benjamin G. Lemus and Maria E.L. Zetino, Lot 6, Section A, Edgewood East Subdivision, 67841 Willowbrook Drive, Bealeton, $229,000.

NVR Inc. to Priscilla Jones, Unit 39, Phase 7, Waverly Station Condominiums, 6203 Willow Place, Bealeton, $264,000.

Waverly Station at Bealeton LLC, Scott M. Herrick as manager, to NVR Inc., 0.3 acre, Phase 9, Waverly Station Condominium Subdivision, off Willow Place, Bealeton, $420,000.

Marshall District

Blair D. Buck, trustee, to Katherine L. Buck, interest in 10 acres, 9353 Covenant Hill Lane, near Marshall, $200,000.

Blair D. Buck, trustee, to Katherine L. Buck, interest in 8.61 acres, off Rt. 647, near Marshall, $57,333.

Diana L. Webber, trustee, to Their Voice Rescue, 50.35 acres, Winchester Road, near Delaplane, $908,000.

Scott District

NVR Inc. to Rick and Heather Hanks, Lot 28, Phase 10-B, Brookside Subdivision, 6837 Lake Anne Court, near Warrenton, $534,990.

Stephen L. and Carol L. Motley to Donald and Nubia Benchoff, Unit 47, Suffield Meadows Condominiums, 6727 Stream View Lane, near Warrenton, $479,900.

Pennymac Loan Services LLC to Laura D. and Todd J. Finks, 1.42 acres, Lot 41-A, Baldwin Ridge Subdivision, 5314 Hillside Drive, near Warrenton, $331,500.

Mill Run Partners LLC, Jess Achenbach as managing member, to Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Central Virginia, 1.07 acre, Rts. 15/29/211, near New Baltimore, $25,000.

Virginia Home Buyers LLC, Paul Quinn as managing member, to Nancy A. Call and Jacob B. Myers, 0.5 acre, 5243 Old Alexandria Turnpike, near Warrenton, $272,000.

Kathryn E. Hamilton, trustee, to Mary J. Munday, Unit 109 Phase 89, Suffield Meadows Condominiums, 6704 Holly Farm Lane, near Warrenton, $245,000.

Champ Construction Inc. to Matthew Barsotti and Stacie Campbell, 1.05 acre, Lot 4, Breezy Knoll Subdivision, 6751 Breezy Knoll Drive, near Warrenton, $475,000.

Featured student artwork: Evie Leary’s sunset

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November 13, 2017
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Ritchie counselor saves choking fifth-grader

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November 10, 2017
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Third-graders produce tribute to veterans

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November 10, 2017
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It is a special time for us kids to honor all the brave veterans for their sacrifices and love.
— Evie Ward, third-grader
By Aimée O’Grady
Contributing Writer

Sixty C.M. Bradley Elementary School third-graders demonstrated their patriotism during a Thursday evening tribute performance, “We Honor You – A Salute to America’s Soldiers and Veterans.”

A special invitation was extended to second grade teacher, Sandra Rowe, who retired from the Navy before joining the Bradley staff.

Arranged by music teacher Arlene Thorpe, students wore red, white and blue for the performance. Twelve students narrated the presentation about soldiers, veterans and the meaning of the U.S. flag. The event began with a presentation of the colors by the Liberty High School ROTC program.

Students sang five patriotic songs, including The Star-Spangled Banner, A Time to Remember, Grand Old Flag, Welcome Home and We Salute You.

More than 200 people, many of them veterans, gathered in the school gym for the performance. Including many veterans from the American Legion and VFW members from neighboring counties.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” said Russell Claar, commander of Southern Fauquier VFW Post 7728 near Morrisville. “It’s important for the children to learn about veterans.”

Mrs. Rowe uses the day to explain to students her career in the Navy and to reflect on the relationships she formed during her time in service.

“It seems so far away, but I still remember the people I met and their names,” she said. “I love sharing this piece of my history with my kids each year.”

The tribute concluded a week-long educational series on the meaning of Veterans Day.

“It is a special time for us kids to honor all the brave veterans for their sacrifices and love,” said Evie Ward, a third-grader who narrated part of Thursday’s performance.

Two of the writer’s children are C.M. Bradley Elementary School students.

Biz Buzz: McDonald’s shuts Dec. 4 for replacement

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The new McDonald’s will stand just east of the existing structure along Broadview Avenue in Warrenton.
New restaurant to open by late February

One of Warrenton’s busiest and oldest fast-food restaurants will get demolished and replaced this winter.

The McDonald’s at 351 Broadview Ave. will close Monday, Dec. 4, according to Warrenton franchise owner Ashley Welburn.

The restaurant, which grossed $2.6 million in fiscal 2015, opened 46 years ago on the busy commercial strip. 

A smaller, 4,796-square-foot restaurant should open on the site by late February 2018.

The new McDonald’s will stand slightly to the east, on part of the existing parking lot, and will stretch horizontally along Broadview Avenue. 

Demolition of the large parking lot started last week, almost a year after the company had planned. The franchise owners decided to start the demolition of the parking lot first, to shorten the closure of the restaurant.

“We wanted to remain open for our customers as long as possible,” Ms. Welburn said.

The new restaurant will retain two entrances/exits on Broadview and one on Roebling Street. 

The building will feature two drive-thru lanes with digital menu boards and 52 parking spaces — 18 fewer than the existing restaurant has. 

Citizens will also be able to use kiosks inside to place their own orders.

The one-story building will have a modern design with a new play place and brick exterior, according to construction documents filed with the town. Construction will cost about $350,000. 

Ohio-based RHC Associates owns the site of slightly less than one-third acre. 

During construction, Warrenton employees will move to other McDonald’s locations, according to Ms. Welburn. 

When the restaurant reopens next spring, those employees will return to Warrenton, along with more staff. 

“We’re excited to get it done and over with. It’s such an old building,” Ms. Welburn said. “We are absolutely committed to getting it done as quickly as possible.”

The town council in 2011 unanimously granted a special use permit for the drive-thru lanes for the redevelopment of the restaurant.

— Cassandra Brown

Oak View profit $240,659 for third quarter

Warrenton-based Oak View National Bank reported net income of $240,659 for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, compared to $335,333 for the third quarter of 2016.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2017 were 8 cents compared with 12 cents per share in the third quarter last year.

For the first nine months of 2017, Oak View reported a profit of $794,927, down 4 percent from $827,660 for the same period last year.

“Although the changes we made to increase our growth rate have had a short-term impact on our profitability through higher loan loss provisions and higher noninterest expenses, we believe the benefits will be realized in 2018 and beyond,” Vice Chairman and CEO Michael Ewing said. “We are very pleased with the additions we have made to our loan production staff and the increased loan origination capability it has brought to the bank.”

Total deposits ended the quarter at $167.2 million, up 10 percent in a year.

Total bank assets stood at $209.4 million, an annual increase of 6.9 percent.

The locally owned and managed community bank has offices in Warrenton, Marshall and Culpeper.

Warrenton offers small business matching grants

The Town of Warrenton has a new program that offers matching grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses.

“Businesses located within Warrenton, which are looking to expand their operations and increase their revenues, are encouraged to apply for a Small Business Assistance Grant,” town Economic Development Manager Tom Wisemiller said. “This new grant program is administered by the Town of Warrenton Economic Development Department, in partnership with the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development, with additional funding made possible by the Fauquier County Economic Development Authority.
“Existing businesses are eligible to apply for matching 1/1 grants up to $10,000, with typical grant awards expected to be about $5,000,” Mr. Wisemiller added. “Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with no deadline.”
He explained the program targets “businesses that are opening new product lines, adding a business function or starting new business initiatives. Eligible business expenses include marketing initiatives, building improvements, technology upgrades, investments in equipment or machinery, along with other investments.”
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5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Line of soldiers on hill

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November 10, 2017
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Sculptor Frederick Hart placed 46 bronze soldiers in his railing at the Fauquier Veterans Memorial on Hospital Hill in Warrenton.

Bronze soldiers march single file in the railing of the Fauquier County Veterans Memorial on Hospital Hill in Warrenton.

A photo of a U.S. Army column in Operation Dessert Storm inspired the late Frederick Hart, a renowned sculptor who lived near Hume and who created the railing, installed in 1993.

The memorial bears the names of 162 Fauquier military veterans who lost their lives in service from World War I to the present.

The community’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will take place there at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.


Pounds of carving pumpkins Meadows Farms Nurseries & Landscaping near New Baltimore sold in October, according to Store Manager Kevin Coldren.

Sold by weight, pumpkins average 15 pounds apiece, Mr. Coldren said. That equates to about 1,235 pumpkins.

At 59 cents per pound, pumpkins last month generated $10,930 in sales.


People passed through security magnetometers serving Fauquier’s County’s three courts — general district, circuit and juvenile and domestic relations — in Warrenton from January through September, according to the sheriff’s office.

During that period, digital counters indicate 82,557 people passed through magnetometers at general district court, 34,424 at circuit court and 18,117 at juvenile and domestic relations court.


Students who live in other counties attend Fauquier County Public Schools.

“The vast majority of these are Fauquier County government and school division employee children,” Assistant Superintendent Frank Finn said.

Those parents may enroll their children in Fauquier schools tuition-free — a benefit to bolster employee recruitment and retention.

“Since we can’t compete as effectively with Prince William (and other counties) on salary scales, it’s an incentive to working here,” Mr. Finn added.

The parents of six non-resident students pay $8,722 in tuition.


Productions the Fauquier Community Theatre has staged since its founding in 1978, according to the non-profit’s website.

The arts group opened its 40th season in October with “1776.” Its second play this season, “Greater Tuna”, will conclude its run this weekend.

Featured student artwork: Piet Mondrian’s pet

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November 10, 2017
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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November 9, 2017
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Warrenton charity seeking volunteer IT specialist

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Flatbeds and Tailfins opens on Remington’s Main Street

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November 9, 2017
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The 1,800-square-foot store displays about 400 items for sale.
Flatbeds and Tailfins
• What: Antiques store selling automobilia, retro signs, collectibles, musical instruments and home décor.

• Where: 300 E. Main St., Remington.

• Owners: Carter and Jewell Longerbeam.

• Space: 1,800 square feet.

• Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Sunday and Monday.

• Phone: 540-422-2507

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For the last five years they have collected antiques with the dream of running a retail store.

Two weeks ago, Carter and Jewell Longerbeam’s dream came true when they opened Flatbeds and Tailfins in Remington.

Housed in the former farmers’ co-op warehouse on Main Street by the railroad tracks, the shop has more than 400 items for sale including furniture, typewriters, musical instruments and home décor.

“We liked larger items, and you can’t really go online and sell and ship them,” Mrs. Longerbeam said. “Personally, I like to walk in and see what I’m looking at versus guessing what it might be online.”

Mr. Longerbeam, who plays guitar and banjo, has experience renovating musical instruments. The store carries guitars, banjos, mandolins and other instruments.

“I love wood furniture. I like the rustic and antique side. (Carter) is the musical instrument person,” Mrs. Longerbeam said. “Our goal was if anyone walked into our shop, they would have a variety to chose from.”

The retired couple purchased the items from auctions, citizens and antique stores around the state.

Items range from $4 to a $600 antique Coca-Cola cooler. The store also sells snacks and sodas.

“We are looking at the late 1930s to the 1970s. But we do have items that are brand new,” Mrs. Longerbeam said. “We can capture the hardworking farmer feel to the retro diner side.”

They have about 200 more items in storage, including an antique gas pump.

“Every week we will have new pieces,” in the store Mrs. Longerbeam said.

The Longerbeams decided to start their business in Remington because of the proximity to their Midland home and the number of vehicles that travel Main Street.

“We have had the concept for awhile. We looked throughout the state of Virginia. We kept driving through various small towns outside of Charlottesville, Lynchburg,” Mrs. Longerbeam said.

“We had more of a connection here in Fauquier. We looked at places in Old Town Warrenton, but I didn’t think it was working for what we wanted to do,” she added.

Ultimately they liked the “community feel” of Remington. They plan to host small bluegrass concerts in the 1,800-square-foot space.

County Supervisor Chris Butler (Lee District) likes the store’s concept.

“Remington needs a couple more things that draw people to town,” Mr. Butler said.

Salvation Army seeking volunteers for Red Kettles

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November 9, 2017
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Three Highland School boys “removed” for hazing

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November 9, 2017
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Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students, and we commend the student leaders who sounded the alarm and the students who came forward to share their experiences.
— Highland administrators’ letter to parents
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Highland School in Warrenton recently “removed” three male students who allegedly hazed and had “inappropriate contact” with other male students in a school bathroom.

Highland officials learned of the misconduct last week, Head of School Hank Berg and Assistant Head of School Cassin Bertke wrote Tuesday in a letter to upper school parents.

Mr. Berg and Ms. Bertke did not return phone messages seeking comment.

The encounters between students in one of the Warrenton school’s bathrooms took place “often with the lights out,” according to the letter.

Calling it a “disturbing situation,” the letter stated: “Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students, and we commend the student leaders who sounded the alarm and the students who came forward to share their experiences.”

But, the letter suggested that the scope of the hazing and “inappropriate contact” remains unclear.

“We recognize the possibility there are other students unknown to us, so we encourage you to have a conversation with your son, both to understand the impact of this on him and also to remind him of the importance of alerting adults when the situation is warranted.”

Responding to the incidents, the school “removed the three boys from our community, and they are not allowed on campus,” the Nov. 7 letter reads.

The school also intends to “make adjustment to all bathrooms, including making it impossible to turn off lights,” the letter reads.

The private pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school also will “expand” its “hallway and lunchtime supervision.”

Mr. Berg also addressed the problem during a school assembly Wednesday morning.

In a text Wednesday morning, he denied a reporter’s request to attend that meeting.

Highland “does not tolerate bullying,” school spokeswoman Donna Tomlinson wrote in a prepared statement Wednesday.

After learning that “inappropriate behavior had taken place, the school promptly investigated.”

Warrenton Police Chief Louis Battle and Fauquier Commonwealth’s Attorney James Fisher said school officials have not contacted their agencies about the matter.

“This situation has been handled and thoroughly evaluated as an internal disciplinary matter,” Ms. Tomlinson said.

Responding to email questions, Ms. Tomlinson explained that when dealing with “serious disciplinary situations, it is our practice to avail ourselves of outside resources and counsel to insure that we are completely and accurately evaluating circumstances to determine if they require notification to external entities, including referral to counseling and reporting to law enforcement.”

All of those disciplined are younger than 18, she said.

School officials spent more than a week investigating the matter, according to Ms. Tomlinson.

As a result, “at this time the facts as we understand them, do not rise above that of an internal investigation.”

Also, “to safeguard student privacy, the school will not provide an interview or comment further on the disciplinary action or the specific student conduct,” Ms. Tomlinson wrote.

In September, a Prince William County Circuit Court judge sentenced former Highland basketball Coach George Logan III to five years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a female student.

In January 2016, Mr. Logan, a part-time employee, began “sexting” with a 16-year-old student, who played on the girls’ basketball team.

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Throwback Thursday: Voter turnout hits 89 percent

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November 9, 2017
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1992: Bo Miller (right) consoles Isabella Kempf at the Republican watch party in Warrenton as it becomes obvious that Bill Clinton (D) has defeated President George H.W. Bush (R) in Tuesday’s election.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Nov. 6, 1992

Voter turnout hits 89 percent

Across the county Tuesday, many Fauquier voters expressed frustration about their choices for president.

Yet, they turned out in record numbers to cast ballots on a brilliant autumn day, when the temperature rose to 70 degrees.

Eighty-nine percent of the county’s 23,211 eligible voters participated.

President George H.W. Bush got 10,400 votes here or 51 percent of the Fauquier total. Bill Clinton (D), who defeated Bush, got 32 percent of the county vote; Ross Perot (I) got 17 percent.

McNear: Move jail out of town

The last time Fauquier officials discussed the growth of county government over the next 20 years, they faced angry residents and Warrenton merchants worried that courts and local agencies might move from downtown.

Taking a different approach this time, the county seems to have adopted the adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”

Deputy County Administrator, in one of his final actions before retiring Dec. 1, this week submitted a long-range plan to keep county government downtown.

McNear’s plan keeps most county functions in Old Town but recommends eventually moving the jail from 50 W. Lee St. He did not identify a suitable jail site but said it should be accessible to all portions of Fauquier.

County to buy Lee Street building

Fauquier officials have expressed an interest in the 78 W. Lee St. office building in Warrenton for some time, but they finally agreed to buy it Tuesday.

The supervisors will pay Lee Street Associates $1.2 million for the three-story building.

The county in June 1991 entered a lease/purchase agreement with the owners, Warrenton businessmen Steve Roszel and Sam Cooper and former Northern Virginia Congressman Stan Parris.

The 14,500-square-foot building stands on a half-acre with 60 parking spaces. Built in 1987, it has housed the sheriff’s office and magistrates for the past year. Other county agencies also will move there.

Warrenton Ames to close in 1993

The Ames department store in Warrenton will shut its doors for good sometime early next year, putting 51 employees out of work.

The Warrenton Towne Centre store will be among 60 closed as part of Ames’ effort to bounce back from bankruptcy.

Despite the closing and tough times for retailers, J. Bradley Cederdahl of Gates, Hudson and Associates of Fairfax, which manages the shopping center, believes he’ll be able to find another tenant for the 55,000-square-foot space. The 8-year-old center stands along Route 211.

Dam supported again

Concerned that the Auburn Dam project could get killed, Supervisor Wilbur Burton (Cedar Run District) pushed Tuesday for the board’s continued backing of its construction.

The supervisors voted, 4-1, to reaffirm their support of the costly project.

Supervisor Georgia Herbert (Scott) voted no.

For more than a decade, the supervisors, the Soil Conservation Service and the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District have moved toward development of the dam.

The impoundment could supply flood control for southern Fauquier and possibly 2.3 million gallons of water per day for New Baltimore residents, who have lived with water quality issues for several years.

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California man admits guilt in Catlett sexual assault

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November 8, 2017
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Investigators used a national database and DNA to identify Richard T. Murphy, 35, as the suspect in a sexual assault that took place in 2007.
We’re going to be arguing for life sentences. We’re going to aggressively pursue this. We want to send a message that we won’t tolerate this horrendous behavior in our community.
— Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher
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A California man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court to sexually assaulting a woman near Catlett more than 10 years ago.

Richard T. Murphy, 35, pleaded guilty to object penetration, forcible sodomy and abduction with the intent to defile. Each count carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Lacking DNA evidence, the prosecution dropped a rape charge against Mr. Murphy, Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher said.

Mr. Murphy entered “Alford pleas” on each count during Wednesday’s 35-minute hearing in circuit court. Under such a plea, the defendant asserts innocence but acknowledges enough evidence to support a conviction. 

His guilty plea canceled a two-day trial that had been scheduled to start Wednesday morning.

Judge Jeffrey W. Parker will sentence Mr. Murphy on Feb. 21.

Judge Parker called the evidence against him “overwhelming.”

Mr. Murphy had been in the Marines stationed at Quantico when the Aug. 18, 2007, attack took place.

Investigators in Virginia and California used a national database and DNA evidence to link Mr. Murphy to the crimes.

During a February preliminary hearing in Fauquier County General District Court, the victim gave detailed testimony about the harrowing sequence of events that resulted Mr. Murphy’s attack on her.

The tearful 29-year-old victim, who attended court Wednesday, declined to comment on Mr. Murphy’s guilty plea.

“We’re going to be arguing for life sentences” for all three counts, Mr. Fisher, the lead prosecutor said. “We’re going to aggressively pursue this. We want to send a message that we won’t tolerate this horrendous behavior in our community.”

Mr. Murphy has an extensive criminal record that includes convictions for assault and battery, driving under the influence, disturbing the peace, vandalism, domestic violence and violation of a protective order.

Featured student artwork: “Cardinals and Birch Trees”

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November 8, 2017
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Faces of Fauquier: Agent specializes in horticulture

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November 8, 2017
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“I like working with people,” Tim Ohlwiler says. “I feel like I’m able to help educate people about different horticultural topics and help them solve problems on their farms, in their gardens.”
Life’s not all work or all play. And that’s how you were supposed to live life. The idea was there was to be a balance.
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The horticultural extension agent first developed a penchant for plant life in his family’s backyard.

“When we were kids, my father put us out there every Saturday, working,” recalls Tim Ohlwiler, the youngest of four children who grew up in Kaysville, Utah. “We had a big vegetable garden and a little orchard. And, I liked it.”

Years later, as a high school student, Mr. Ohlwiler interviewed the hometown extension agent for a career exploration class project.

“That just kind of stuck with me as something that sounded interesting,” the 41-year-old extension agent says of that experience.

Based in Warrenton, Mr. Ohlwiler primarily works with commercial agricultural operations in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

Their interests range far and wide, including:

• Crop and soil management.

• Pest, disease and weed control.

• Zoning and taxation.

• Product marketing and distribution.

“Every aspect of commercial agriculture,” says Mr. Ohlwiler, a Warrenton resident. “It’s not that I know all this stuff. It’s just that I field these questions and try to get people the right resources.”

He does that over the phone and through the internet, one-on-one “consultations” and formal training in the extension office at 24 Pelham St.

Besides traditional farms, Mr. Ohlwiler assists nurseries, small fruit and tree fruit operations, vineyards and the people who serve some of those industries, such as landscapers and arborists.

“There’s also things that maybe you wouldn’t think of as horticultural crops, like sod farms,” he adds.

Winter proves the busiest time for training and education, because “all of the people I’m working with aren’t growing then,” Mr. Ohlwiler says. “Summer is actually my slow time.”

As extension agent, he has helped create the Fauquier Education Farm, “Green Grass” water quality program, an introductory commercial landscaping program and a new and beginning farmer training program.

Through the Master Gardeners’ program, he has helped train more than 250 volunteers.

“I like seeing people be successful,” Mr. Ohlwiler says about one of his job’s great pleasures.

His hobbies including running (“It makes my brain feel better.”), creating mosaics, bonsai and museum hopping in Washington, D.C.

• Age

• Home 

• Work
Horticultural extension agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2008-present; agriscience teacher, Marshall and Taylor middle schools, 2003-08.

• Why do you do the job?
I like working with people. I feel like I’m able to help educate people about different horticultural topics and help them solve problems on their farms, in their gardens.

• Family
Partner, Jimmie Emmett.

• Education
Master’s degree, career and technical/agricultural education, Virginia Tech, 2003; bachelor’s degree, plant science, Utah State University, 2001; associate’s degree, general education, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, 1998; Davis High School, Kaysville, Utah, 1995.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Board member, Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store, 2014 to present.

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

• Why do you live here?
I work here. It’s beautiful. I live on the East Coast because it has rain and trees. I’ve moved many times in my life. Moving to Warrenton was one of the easiest moves. I felt like I met people and developed a community rather quickly.

• How do you describe this county? 
A big county that has a strong agricultural base. It has lots of new people as well. It has the resources to address the problems and issues we have. Transportation is definitely one. Affordable housing is another. With the (Fauquier Community Food Bank & Thrift Store), I certainly see problems with access to resources. Because people are so spread out, sometimes it’s really hard for people to get to jobs, the food bank, health care — you name it.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Take out all of the stops lights on (Route) 29. I think they should make 29 like the George Washington Parkway — just have little interchanges up and down it. I used to be a shuttle bus driver for Timely Express (in Warrenton). It was kind of my summer job when I taught. I would drive people to the airports and to the train station. And I always liked driving on the George Washington Parkway.

• What do you do for fun? 
Run. Make mosaics. I like my bonsai. I like to go to museums in D.C. And I like to go to gardens. I don’t have time to do it all, all of the time. But every weekend I try to get some of it in.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Besides this office? I really like Rady Park (in Warrenton). I go walking there a lot. It’s pretty close to home. It’s beautiful and peaceful. And there’s often a lot of people around, pick-up soccer games — not that I play. It feels like a community gathering place.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years? 
Maybe it will be full of driverless cars and driverless tractors. I think that has the ability to address some of those really big transportation issues that we’re having and maybe even address some of the labor issues in the agricultural world.

• Favorite TV show?
I don’t own a TV. I haven’t owned one since college. I find it to be a waste of time.

• Favorite movie? 
“The Shawshank Redemption.”

• Favorite book?
“Les Miserables,” by Victor Hugo

• Favorite vacation spot? 
Antelope Island, near Salt Lake City, Utah.

• Favorite food? 
Peanut butter and honey sandwich, toasted, with milk.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom? 
My mother. Life’s not all work or all play. And that’s how you were supposed to live life. If you were always working, that was not the way to live. And if you were always playing, that wasn’t the way to live either. The idea was there was to be a balance.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad. He’s just so consistent and so level-headed. He’s always been around. He’s not the guy who’s going to give you lots of advice. He’s just quiet.

He modeled the way he wanted his children to grow up. He wants us to love each other and stay in relationships with one another. He wants us to be honest and work hard and be very conservative with money. He wants us to exercise. He wanted us to be involved in our community. He wanted us to serve others.

• What would you do if you won $5 million in the lottery?
Buy a farm. Hire somebody to manage it. I’d keep my job. Pay off my mortgage. I don’t know that $5 million would do all of that, but I can dream that it would. 

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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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November 8, 2017
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Republicans continue their dominance in Fauquier

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November 7, 2017
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Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie speaks at the Stoneridge Events Center near Warrenton during a campaign swing in July.
Guzman unseats Lingamfelter in 31st
Democratic challenger Elizabeth Guzman has defeated eight-term Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R) in the 31st House of Delegates district that includes five Fauquier precincts.

Del. Lingamfelter easily carried Fauquier. But, Prince William County, 80 percent of the district, went for Ms. Guzman.

She won 53.6 percent of the district vote, defeating the incumbent, 14,907 to 12,420.

Del. Lingamfelter’s loss came amid what analysts called a “tidal wave” of Democratic victories in Republican-held House districts.

Democrats would need to unseat 17 Republicans to retake control of the House. They apparently had won 11 of those seats by 9 p.m.
Despite Virginia’s blue statewide political trend, Fauquier County remained solidly red in Tuesday’s election.

Although they lost statewide, Republican candidates carried every Fauquier precinct in voting for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the Virginia House of Delegates.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie received 59.6 percent of the Fauquier vote.

Mr. Gillespie outpolled Ralph Northam, 14,336 to 9,417 on a cold, rainy Election Day. In Fauquier, 49 percent of the 49,157 registered voters cast ballots.

Upperville resident Jill Vogel (R) easily carried her home county with 62.6 percent of the vote.

Seeking to become the first Fauquier resident in modern history to win statewide election, Mrs. Vogel received 15,027 votes in the county to 8,949 for Justin Fairfax (D).

Attorney general candidate John Adams completed the GOP sweep here with 61 percent of the vote.

Mr. Adams received 14,609 Fauquier votes to 9,316 for incumbent Mark Herring (D).

The Republican dominance in Fauquier extended to the three Virginia House races in districts that include parts of the county.

Incumbents Michael Webert (R-18th/Marshall), Scott Lingamfelter (R-31st/Woodbridge) and Mark Cole (R-88th/Spotsylvania) easily carried Fauquier:

18th District
Michael Webert (R), 8,712
Tristan Shields (D), 5,435
Will King (Green), 837

31st District
Scott Lingamfelter (R), 4,166
Elizabeth Guzman (D), 1,902
Nathan Larson (I), 102

88th District
Mark Cole (R), 1,790
Steve Aycock (D), 754
Amanda Blalock (I), 165
Steve Anderson (I), 20

Click here for complete, unofficial Fauquier totals from the Virginia Department of Elections.

Supervisors vote Nov. 9 critical to Waterloo Bridge

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November 7, 2017
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Would you patronize a book store in Old Town Warrenton?

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November 7, 2017
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Walker Drive project foes fail to prove damage

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November 7, 2017
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The lawsuit challenges the town council’s rezoning of 31.4 acres along the eastern edge of Warrenton.
Of course I disagree with it. But that’s his ruling. He’s free to make decisions, based on what we provided.
— William Semple, plaintiff in lawsuit
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Seven Warrenton residents Tuesday lost Round One in their legal battle to derail a large mixed-use development project along Walker Drive.

After an hour-long hearing, Fauquier County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery W. Parker ruled the plaintiffs in a lawsuit failed to demonstrate that the project — if constructed as approved — would cause harm particular to them, not shared by the public generally.

In doing so, Judge Parker agreed with the Town of Warrenton.

Representing the town, Warrenton lawyer Henry C. Day argued that the residents’ inability to provide evidence of special damage to them meant they had no legal standing to challenge the town council’s July approval of the project.

But William Semple and the other plaintiffs who live near the Walker Drive site believe additional traffic, noise, lighting and public safety issues associated with the project will uniquely harm them.

They want the court to void the Walker Drive rezoning because they believe the town council violated municipal and state regulations in approving the application.

While Judge Parker ruled in favor of the town Tuesday, he gave the plaintiffs until Dec. 6 to submit a revised complaint, which presumably would include additional specific evidence proving they have a legal right to challenge the council’s rezoning decision in circuit court.

“I’m pleased,” Mr. Day said of Judge Parker’s ruling. “I think the court agreed with the town. There are certain minimums that must be met to bring” such a lawsuit.

But, “it’s not over,” added the former Town of Warrenton attorney. “It’ll be back, unless they fail an amended pleading” by Dec. 6.

Mr. Semple, an inventor who lives at 319 Falmouth St. near the site, represented himself at Tuesday’s hearing.

“We’ll just re-plea it,” explained Mr. Semple, who has represented himself in federal court concerning patent issues. “This is pretty standard stuff.”

The revised plea will provide “more specifics” about negative effects the project would have on the plaintiffs, he said.

“Of course, I disagree with it,” Mr. Semple said of Tuesday’s decision. “But, that’s his ruling. He’s free to make decisions, based on what we provided.”

Woodstock lawyer Bradley G. Pollack, who represents the other six homeowners, put a positive spin on Judge Parker’s finding.

“Theoretically, it could have been over today,” if the judge simply had thrown out the case, Mr. Pollack said.

But, by allowing his clients to provide more evidence to make their case, “the judge is giving us a chance to do it all over again,” he said.

Mr. Pollack and Mr. Semple believe that new legal lease on life permits them to make a more detailed, focused and therefore more convincing case.

Walker Drive project landowners Mike Forsten, Bob and Bill Springer and Walt Hitchcock in June 2016 filed a rezoning application for the mixed-use development proposal.

After three work sessions and two public hearings, Warrenton’s planning commission last February voted, 6-1, to recommend denial.

In May, the town council held a work session on the proposal.

After a two-hour hearing in July, the council voted, 6-1, to approve the revised proposal. Councilman Sean Polster (At-large) cast the dissenting vote.

Rezoned from Industrial to Industrial Planned Unit Development, the 31.4-acre project calls for entertainment uses, including a possible multiscreen movie theater and bowling alley, restaurants, shops, offices, 40 condominiums and 76 apartments.

LFCC ready to start heavy equipment training

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November 7, 2017
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Samuel Chilcote tries one of the simulators at Lord Fairfax Community College’s open house for the new heavy equipment operator program last week.
This past week, I’ve seen five heavy equipment jobs pop up on Indeed.
— Samuel Chilcote
Heavy Equipment Training
• What: Two-month, nationally certified program, Level I & II.

• Where: Lord Fairfax Community College Vint Hill campus, 4151 Weeks Drive, Warrenton.

• When: Level I, Dec. 2 to Jan. 14 and Dec. 4 to Feb. 26; Level II, Dec. 5 to Feb. 22.

• Website: Click here.

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Looking to advance in his career, the 24-year-old construction worker decided to sign up for Lord Fairfax Community College’s new heavy equipment operator training.

Warrenton resident Samuel Chilcote has worked as a mechanic, construction laborer and landscaper since graduating from Fauquier High School in 2012.

“I’ve been into heavy machinery all my life,” Mr. Chilcote said.

He has operated small construction vehicles, such as a Dingo and Bobcat, but hopes to expand his knowledge with the Level I heavy equipment course.

“I would like to elevate my status and run heavy equipment instead of just doing labor work,” Mr. Chilcote said. “This past week, I’ve seen five heavy equipment jobs pop up on Indeed.”

About 25 people attended an open house for the program Thursday at LFCC’s Vint Hill site.

Beginning in December, Lord Fairfax will offer Virginia’s first statewide-recognized industry credential program for heavy equipment operations. Students can get certified through the program in about two months.

“This is for anyone who wants to start, enhance or change their career,” said LFCC Workforce Development Coordinator Carlene Hurdle, whose position Fauquier County helps fund.

Using two simulators, students will experience realistic heavy equipment operating scenarios. The simulators cost $125,000 each.

LFCC received a $453,686 Workforce Capacity Building grant from the Virginia Community College System to launch the program at Vint Hill and to expand other trade programs on the Fauquier campus.

The college will use the National Center for Construction Education and Research’s curriculum and national industry credentialing.

With high demand for the skilled operators in Northern Virginia, the Heavy Construction Contractors Association suggested the program to LFCC leaders.

The course will meet an “enormous need” for heavy equipment jobs in the area with Interstate 66 and 95 projects, according to Ms. Hurdle.

Heavy equipment operators typically earn $17 to $27 an hour, according to the Heavy Construction Contractors Association.

“Some (students) are here because of a career change. Some have been in retail and are looking to do something different. Some aren’t college-bound,” Ms. Hurdle said.

Upon completion of the program, students will have guaranteed interviews with representatives of several local construction companies.

The Level I course costs $2,748. The Level II course costs $2,637.

162-acre farm near Catlett sells for $925,000

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November 7, 2017
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This 19th century farmhouse and 162 acres near Catlett sold for $925,000.
A 162-acre farm near Catlett sold last week for $925,000.

The property on Sowego Road includes an 1858 farmhouse and several barns and outbuildings.

It went on the market in June with an asking price of $949,000 according to

The Cedar Run District sale tops the most recent list of Fauquier property transactions.

The Fauquier County Circuit Court clerk’s office recorded these real estate transfers Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017:

Cedar Run District

Shirley Brooks, Glenn M. Funkhouser and Gordon Funkhouser to Matthew I. and Pamela J. Smith, 3.17 acres, Catlett Road, Midland, $291,000.

Ruth A. Price to Amir D. and Farhad M. Rastegari, 162 acres, 2246 Sowego Road, near Catlett, $925,000.

Burnley T. Littlepage, Byron W. Littlepage, Christopher N. Littlepage and others to Scott C. Humphrey, 3.19 acres, and 10.82 acres, two miles northeast of Goldvein, and 26 acres, 13441 Sillamon Road, near Goldvein, $265,000.

Serdar S. and Sarah A. Serttas to Joel A. and Marisa M. Heiman, 2.07 acres, Lot 6, Park Lake Subdivision, 10045 Rogues Road, near Midland, $479,000.

Nancy D. Watkins to Jack L. Wright, 0.99 acre, 10090 Tyler Lane, Midland, $230,000.

Michael D. and Margaret C. Loftis to Kirkland J. Nelms and Christiane R. Davis, Lot 42, Section 2, Warrenton Village Subdivision, 7446 Suncrest Drive, near Warrenton, $305,000.

Jay V. and Susan H. Emery to Phillip C. and Erika A. Mahaney, Lot 76, Phase 2, Woods at Warrenton Subdivision, 6360 Redwinged Blackbird Drive, $589,176.

FV-I Inc. to Veronica C. Lopez and Jaime N. Fraire, 2 aces, 11201 Forever Lane, Midland, $359,900.

Larry B. Williams Jr. and Lewis Packett to Brian and Erin Blaemire, 2.09 aces, 4191 Christopher Way, near Nokesville, $545,000.

Center District

HCA Model Fund 2015-8 Northeast LLC to Luis F.G. Hernandez, Lot 56, Raymond Farm Subdivision, 6323 Margaret Way, near Warrenton, $620,000.

Dennis W. and Etta M. Bradecamp to Sandra S. Jacks, Lot 45, Bethel Academy Subdivision, 6473 Cadet Lane, near Warrenton, $380,000.

Richard V. and Marilyn K. May to Stephen and Roxanne Moore, Lot 271, Addition to Warrenton Lakes Subdivision, 6415 Albemarle St., near Warrenton, $345,000.

Scott C. Norden to Sarah Crandall, Lot 71, Section B, Bear Wallow Knolls Subdivision, 433 Denning Court, Warrenton, $241,500.

Rebecca L. and Clarence R. Smith IV to Ekaterina T. Tjoumas, Lot 13, Section 1, Copper Mill Subdivision, 787 General Wallace Court, Warrenton, $275,000.

Chad Mouw and Amy Schick to Desiree J. Farve, Lot 81, Phase 1, Ridges of Warrenton Subdivision, 420 Singleton Circle, Warrenton, $389,000.

Tyler C. and Kate L. Matthew to Yogendrah Magantheran and Thanaletchumy Sukumaran, 10,000 square feet, Lot 15, Kimberley Subdivision, 109 Fairfax St., Warrenton, $398,000.

K Hovnanian at Raymond Farm LLC to Emilio J.A. Torres, Lot 62, Raymond Farm Subdivision, 6349 Margaret Way, near Warrenton, $455,000.

Richard H. and Susan J. Harrison to Matthew J. and Brittany Maher, Lot 204, Section 2C, Olde Gold Cup Subdivision, 717 Lancel Road, Warrenton, $429,000.

Bettie W. Pennington, by substitute trustee, to Wells Fargo Bank NA, 0.37 acre, 319 Waterloo St, Warrenton, $235,000, foreclosure.

Michael A. Wolfson to Doris Biegert, Lot 19, Section 1, Copper Mill Subdivision, 788 General Wallace Court, Warrenton, $284,000.

Rory A. and Lauren W. Palese to Melissa Hunt and Martha Jo Payne, Lot 99, Block 8, Stuyvesant Acres Subdivision, 336 Stuyvesant St., Warrenton, $328,000.

Petra V. and Roger J. Mercier Jr. to Edward and Kristin Rollins, 0.36 acre, 131 High St., Warrenton, $485,000.

Lee District

Alesia Ibanez to Evelyn and Oscar Ovando, Townhouse 80, Phase 3, Bealeton Station Subdivision, 6147 Newton Lane, Bealeton, $219,900.

Carol Getto, Justin Richardson, Ann Lehman and others to Mario Cortez and Argueta and Vilma N. Cortez, Lot 47, Section E, Meadowbrooke Subdivision, 10793 Blake Lane, Bealeton, $240,000.

Caleb A. Flores to Rebecca and Clarence R. Smith IV, Lot 121, Section J, Meadowbrooke Subdivision, 10991 Blake Lane, Bealeton, $300,000.

Wilmington Savings Fund Society to Arminda Z. and Jose A.Z. Guardado, Lot 76, Phase 3, 10848 Spencer St., Bealeton, $319,900.

Bradley J. and Kimberley A. Smith to Stone Financing LLC, 0.97 acre, Lot 10 Canterbury Village Subdivision, 7907 Sir Topas Drive, near Warrenton, $380,000.

Stone Financing LLC to Jonathan Stewart and Hai Nguyen, 0.97 acre, Lot 10 Canterbury Village Subdivision, 7907 Sir Topas Drive, near Warrenton, $380,000.

Darlene J. Mullins to John P. Ruiz, Lot 59, Section E, Meadowbrooke Subdivision, 10782 Blake Lane, Bealeton, $280,000.

Keith and Emily Baker to James Jenkins, 3 acres, 5466 Sumerduck Road, near Sumerduck, $295,000.

NVR Inc. to Amy and Larry D. Morgan, Condo Unit 37, Waverly Station Subdivision, 6199 Willow Court, Bealeton, $268,130.

Mintbrook Developers LLC, Russell Marks as manager, to NVR Inc., Lot 9, Phase A, Section 2, Mintbrook Subdivision, Bealeton, $105,101.

Nabil S. Barbari to Michele Rydell Farris, 10.36 acres, off Rt. 687, near Opal, $210,000.

Marshall District

Jessica A. Landrum-Webb to Jillian B. Grena, 2.18 acres, 9379 Foxhunt Lane, $283,250.

John F. and Janet A. Rehanek to Jeffrey C. Berczek and Sylvia A. Cook, 5.39 acres, Lot 2, Tract 2, Ashby Division, 7001 Olinger Road, near Marshall, $463,000.

Christian C. Kelly to Randolph B. Kite and Brenda K. Teal, 5.74 acres, Lot 2, Rivendell Homes at Keyser Road Subdivision, 5528 Keyser Road, near Hume, $635,000.

William J. and Donna J. Divello to Joseph E. and Erin Divello, 3.02 acres, Bears Den Road, near Orlean, $30,000.

William J. and Donna J. Divello to Jennifer L. and Joseph N. Hardcastle, 2.73 acres, Bears Den Road, near Orlean, $30,000.

Brenda L.J. Washington, James A. Jackson Jr., Robert L. Jackson and others to Darrell K. Jackson, 1.01 acres, 3381 Oak Hill Road, near Delaplane, $274,550.

Rose Richardson heirs, by special commissioner, to Carol Ambers, 0.5 acre, 9173 Upper Road, Upperville, $46,000.

Danny M. Loftin, trustee, to Christian Kelly and Lisa Pearmund, 10.11 acres, Lot 16-A, Piney Mountain Subdivision, 7340 Fox Call Lane, near Warrenton, $645,000.

Helen D.H. Richards to Chad Linthicum and Emily Cullen, 5.09 acres, 5459 Free State Road, near Marshall, $254,000.

Edward and Kristin Rollins to Paul A. and Jill A. Basile, Lot 3-A, Richardson Division, 9405 Lee Highway, near Warrenton, $630,000.

Gracie Lou LLC, Tyler Ross as managing member, to Richard W. and Kimberly L. Early, 26.56 acres and 26.5 aces, Enon School Road, near Marshall, $330,000.

Scott District

Nicholas P. and Virginia A. Burhans to Philippe M. and Emily M. Melton, 9.97 aces, off Sarah Lane, near Broad Run, $180,000.

Ralph L. Thwaite to Christopher and Melinda Burnett, 1.87 acres, Lot 3, Carletans Woods, 7199 Ridgemont Lane, near The Plains, $299,900.

House Buyers of America Inc. to Tommy and Chong Weldon, Lot 13, Block A, Rock Springs Estates Subdivision, 5156 Dumfries Road, near Warrenton, $242,000.

Jeffrey C. Berczek to John T. and Stacy Byrne, 1.23 acres, 6700 Lake Drive, near Warrenton, $378,500.

Pauline B. Heizenroth to C&P Off Road Specialist and Auto Repair LLC, 21.21 acres, Beverleys Mill road, near Broad Run, $253,500.

U.S. Bank NA, trustee, to James and Kimberly Terry, 0.64 acre, 5411 Old Alexandria Turnpike, near New Baltimore, $260,000.

Timothy M. and Robin P. York to National Transfer Services LLC, Lot 43, Phase 9-B, Brookside Subdivision, 4925 Pebble Run Road, near Warrenton, $625,000.

National Transfer Services LLC to Todd S. and Ashley L. Dunham, Lot 43, Phase 9-B, Brookside Subdivision, 4925 Pebble Run Road, near Warrenton, $625,000.

Joan L. Carter to John V. and Bethany P. Brower, 40.92 acres, 7435 Stoney Hill Lane, near The Plains, $750,000.

Francine F. and Donald L. Lyles Jr. to Robert Boucher, Lot 36, Phase 3, Auburn Mill Estates Subdivision, 5416 Nuthatch Court, near Warrenton, $475,000.

Mark E. and Sandra M. Donner to Larry and Jill Blocker, Lot 5, Phase 1, Misty Run Estates Subdivision, 5840 Newbury St., near Warrenton, $532,000.

Marvin and Sheldon Rosemary to Barbara K. Skidmore, trustee, Lot 39, Phase 6, Brookside Subdivision, 4627 Spring Run Road, near Warrenton, $650,000.

Robin T. and Donna Adams to Jonathan and Bethany Oberg, 0.57 acre, Lot 99, Phase 4, Grapewood Estates Subdivision, 7201 Sunrise Court, near Vint Hill, $390,000.

Charles P. and Un H. Spitz to Brian R. and Fawn R. Waranauskaas, Lot 44, Land Bay G, Vint Hill Subdivision, 3588 Sutherland Court, near Warrenton, $402,500.

Mark H. Pickett and Betty Lilly-Pickett, trustees, to Marvin and Rosemary Sheldon, Unit 68, Suffield Meadows Condominiums, 6725 Stream View Lane, near Warrenton, $435,000.

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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Board will seek design proposals for new school

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November 7, 2017
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The school board wants a new building to replace Taylor Middle (above), built in 1951, and Warernton Middle, built in 1934.
It’s hard for me to support this. This is the same or similar to the motion we already made. But, it’s probably worthwhile to see what we’ll get back. If we don’t move, we’re stuck in a quagmire.
— School board Chairman Brian Gorg
Two Aging Schools
> Taylor Middle

• Where: 350 E. Shirley Ave.

• Built: 1951, with addition in 1981.

• Enrollment: 443

• Capacity: 547

• Building: 93,000 square feet.

• Acres: 12

• Parking spaces: 58

> Warrenton Middle

• Where: 244 Waterloo St.

• Built: 1934, with addition in 1981.

• Enrollment: 417

• Capacity: 545

• Building: 94,000 square feet.

• Acres: 18

• Parking spaces: 103
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Fauquier’s school board Monday night decided to solicit bids for design of a new middle school in Warrenton.

Without setting a budget for the project, the board voted unanimously to seek proposals for a combined middle school on the Taylor campus along East Shirley Avenue. The bidders must use existing — or “prototype” — designs for 700-, 800- and 900-student building proposals.

The school would replace Taylor and Warrenton middle schools, built in 1951 and 1934, respectively.

“I’m still in favor of a new school on the Taylor site,” board member Donna Grove (Cedar Run District) said. “I don’t know what the right (enrollment) number is . . . . There’s no educational disruption on that site.”

The board of supervisors, which controls funding, offered to fund expansion and renovation of Warrenton Middle School, which stands on Waterloo Street. The school board rejected that proposal.

Renovation would require transferring Warrenton Middle students to other schools and/or using temporary classroom trailers, at an estimated cost of $2 million.

“I’m in agreement,” Duke Bland (Marshall) said in response to Ms. Grove. “It should be no less than 800 capacity.”

But, school board Chairman Brian Gorg (Center) said: “It’s hard for me to support this. This is the same or similar to the motion we already made. But, it’s probably worthwhile to see what we’ll get back.

“If we don’t move, we’re stuck in a quagmire.”

After receiving design bids from architectural and/or engineering firms in about four months, the school board will decide which one to pursue. It will then seek construction proposals.

But, the supervisors will have the final say. In March, they unanimously rejected proposals to build a new school because of its cost. 

A design/bid/build process would produce a new school in about 33 months, according to Sue Monaco, the county’s procurement director.

Adapting an existing design should save time and money.

Although Mr. Gorg prefers building a new school at the Taylor site, he had hoped to look closer at the Warrenton campus.

“Based on the board of supervisors, funding available and requirements, I preferred looking at options on the Warrenton Middle School site that might make more sense,” he said. “My concern is that we don’t have the funding capacity for this” (new school).

Consulting architects earlier this year estimated it would cost $45 million to build an 800-student school, using a design “prototype,” on the Taylor campus.

Citing the cost of other county projects — including construction of a broadband network and new fire/rescue stations — the supervisors unanimously opposed that option.

The supervisors in a September letter offered to fund a $33 million expansion and renovation of Warrenton Middle School — but not construction of a replacement.

School board members slammed the unusual Sept. 14 letter that includes several requirements.

The school board has remained steadfast in its preference for new construction on the Taylor campus.

Since February, the two boards have met three times — most recently Sept. 7 — in unsuccessful attempts to reach consensus on funding a plan to address the aging middle schools in Warrenton.

School board Middle School special meeting 110617 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Middle School Modernization procurement options by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

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November 6, 2017
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Four candidates competing for 88th District seat

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November 6, 2017
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88th District Virginia House of Delegates candidates Gerald Anderson, Steve Aycock, Amanda Blalock and Mark Cole.
2017 Election
• Polls open: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7

• On ballot: Candidates for Virginia governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 seats in the state House of Delegates.

• Polling places: Click here for list of Fauquier precincts.

• Fauquier voters: More than 46,500 registered.

• Questions: Click here.
Four candidates seek election Nov. 7 to the 88th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The district includes three Fauquier precincts — Lois, Morrisville and Remington — along with parts of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

The incumbent, Mark Cole (Republican) seeks his ninth, two-year term.

Gerald Anderson (Green Party), Steve Aycock (Democrat) and Amanda Blalock (Independent) want to unseat Mr. Cole.

Virginia legislators serve part-time, with 45- or 60-day General Assembly sessions opening each January. House members earn $17,640 a year.

Click below for Q&As with the 88th District candidates:

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> Mark Cole

Ashley Harper named head of school at Wakefield

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November 6, 2017
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FRESH gets students moving in classrooms

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November 6, 2017
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Hayden Dang hops to it during a FRESH vocabulary exercise at P.B. Smith Elementary School near Warrenton.
Anytime you incorporate any type of movement into learning, it’s good for the children’s attention span and different ways of learning.
— P.B. Smith Elementary School teacher Katie Compton
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Leaping and lunging, P.B. Smith Elementary second-graders learned about nouns and adjectives while exercising in their classroom Thursday morning.

Part of the school system’s Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health (FRESH) program, the activity incorporated organized exercise with learning.

“It’s important for their focus and attention and for them to learn,” second-grade teacher Gail Angelos said. “If they are just sitting in their desks all day, you’re not going to get much out of them.”

During Thursday’s activity, the students jumped on dots containing a variety of words — icy, turkey, tall, doctor. They learned how to differentiate nouns from adjectives, spell the words and use them in a sentence.

“We can get sweaty and healthy,” second-grader Colbi Ann Werner said.

P.B. Smith teacher Katie Compton has seen physical activity in the classroom benefit her students.

After the 30-minute “brain breaks,” her students easily refocus on their lessons, Ms. Compton said.

“Anytime you incorporate any type of movement into learning, it’s good for the children’s attention span and different ways of learning,” she said. “It’s very easy to incorporate movement into any subject.”

The program has four Fitness Integration Team Specialists (FITS), who visit assigned kindergarten through second-grade classrooms throughout Fauquier’s school system. Once a month, students in those classes participate in 30-minute activities led by FIT instructors.

“My main job is to work with . . . teachers to give them more ideas and incorporate SOLs (Standards of Learning) into moving activities that are purposeful,” FIT instructor Kara Hallet said.

Ms. Hallet visits about 40 classrooms a month at three schools.

FIT instructors work with teachers to apply specific content to physical activities.

Teachers can use the games to teach a variety of school subjects, from math to science and history.

“We want teachers to feel comfortable adding more organized movement into their SOL lessons throughout the day,” Ms. Hallet said.

The physical activity portion of FRESH began in August. In the future, the school system hopes to expand physical activity lessons to all grades.

“We are trying to mesh a culture of health and wellness learning for a holistic education,” said Ms. Hallet, who previously worked five years as Fairfax County Public School’s lead physical education teacher.

“It is proven that when you move and learn at the same time . . . your brain activity is higher and you absorb more.”

In addition to physical activity in the classroom, FRESH also focuses on providing healthier meal options in cafeterias, after-school clubs and community outreach events.

FRESH seeks “to create a culture of health and wellness for students, staff and the community,” program Supervisor Pam Pulver said.

The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation has provided $1.4 million in grants to fund FRESH over the last two years. The program started as a pilot in 2016.  

That funding pays for the FRESH supervisor, program coordinator, a head chef and four FIT instructors, along with after-school clubs, new cafeteria equipment and other items.

Va. House District 31 features three-way race

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November 6, 2017
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31st District Virginia House of Delegates candidates Elizabeth Guzman, Nathan Larson and Scott Lingamfelter.
2017 Election
• Polls open: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7

• On ballot: Candidates for Virginia governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 seats in the state House of Delegates.

• Polling places: Click here for list of Fauquier precincts.

• Fauquier voters: More than 46,500 registered.

• Questions: Click here.
Three candidates seek election Nov. 7 to the 31st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The district includes five Fauquier precincts — Casanova, Catlett, Kettle Run, New Baltimore and Vint Hill — along with part of Prince William County.

The incumbent, Scott Lingamfelter (Republican) seeks his ninth, two-year term.

Elizabeth Guzman (Democrat) and Nathan Larson (Independent) want to unseat Mr. Lingamfelter.

Virginia legislators serve part-time, with 45- or 60-day General Assembly sessions opening each January. House members earn $17,640 a year.

Click below for Q&As with the 31st District candidates:

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> Nathan Larson

> Scott Lingamfelter

Responding to Dominion position on solar power

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November 6, 2017
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County considers support for Waterloo Bridge fix

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November 6, 2017
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Fauquier’s board of supervisors will conduct a public hearing on whether to seek $3 million in state and federal grants to help restore the Waterloo Bridge near Orlean.
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So far Fauquier’s board of supervisors has shown no interest in using local tax dollars to help restore the Waterloo Bridge.

Rehabilitating the 139-year-old truss bridge over the Rappahannock River, which connects Fauquier and Culpeper counties near Orlean, would cost almost $4 million.

Russell Hitt, who owns Hitt Construction in Falls Church, and his wife Joan earlier this year pledged $1 million toward rehabilitation. Mr. Hitt also owns property near the bridge in Rappahannock County. 

But, additional funding for the project remains uncertain. The Commonwealth Transportation Board, which controls funding, has allocated nothing for the project.

After a public hearing Thursday, the supervisors will decide whether to seek for $1.5 million in federal and $625,000 in state funding for the project. Another $802,637 would have to come from the Virginia Department of Transportation statewide maintenance fund. If approved, that money plus the $1 million donation would cover the restoration’s projected cost.

Fauquier would use that donation as its local match for the project.

But, the Virginia Department of Transportation wants Fauquier to pay for “any” costs that exceed the $4 million price tag, according to county staff.

The county staff has found no state or federal requirements obligating Fauquier to pick up such additional expenses.

The board will consider three resolutions to address those potential costs. One would commit the county to pay for them. Another would require a third party to pick up that expense. A third would entail the county and VDOT identifying a source for such money.

VDOT in January 2014 shut the bridge because of its deteriorated condition. In April 2016, Fauquier’s board adopted a resolution supporting the bridge’s rehabilitation. Culpeper approved similar resolution. But neither county has committed a penny to the project.

An average 630 vehicles per day used the Waterloo Bridge.

In other matters Thursday, the board will:

• Hold a work session on Vint Hill Village LLC’s comprehensive plan amendment to potentially add up to 372 homes and relocate a planned “village center” at the former Army base near New Baltimore.

Vint Hill Village’s “concept” for the project shows 338 homes.

The landowners want to the supervisors to hold a Dec. 14 public hearing on the project.

An advisory panel to the supervisors, the county planning commission in September unanimously recommended denial of the project. The supervisors have final authority on the request.

• Decide whether to rent 1,565 square feet of space in the Warrenton Professional Center 493 Blackwell Road to house Fauquier’s planned wellness clinic, which would serve county government and school employees.

Under the 21-page lease, the county would pay $34,256 for the space during the first year, including its proportionate share of real estate taxes. That total excludes utilities.

The agreement would allow two, one-year extensions of the lease.

Fauquier County Board of Supervisors Agenda November 9, 2017 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Three candidates seeking 18th District Va. House seat

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November 6, 2017
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18th Virginia House of Delegates candidates Will King, Tristan Shields and Michael Webert.
2017 Election
• Polls open: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7

• On ballot: Candidates for Virginia governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 seats in the state House of Delegates.

• Polling places: Click here for list of Fauquier precincts.

• Fauquier voters: More than 46,500 registered.

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Three candidates seek election Nov. 7 to the 18th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The district includes 11 Fauquier precincts — Airlie, Baldwin Ridge, Bealeton, Broad Run, Courthouse, Leeds, Marshall, Opal, Springs Valley, The Plains and Warrenton — along with Rappahannock County and part of Culpeper County.

The incumbent, Michael Webert (Republican) seeks his fourth, two-year term.

Will King (Green Party) and Tristan Shields (Democrat) want to unseat Mr. Webert.

Virginia legislators serve part-time, with 45- or 60-day General Assembly sessions opening each January. House members earn $17,640 a year.

Click below for Q&As with the 18th District candidates:

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Featured student artwork: flower photography

Posted Monday,
November 6, 2017
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Teens face felony charges for painted racial slurs

Posted Friday,
November 3, 2017
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Two Fauquier teenagers face a felony and two misdemeanor charges each after allegedly spray painting racial and graphic images on a public roadway and private property in Calverton.

Fauquier sheriff’s deputies responded to two separate incidents early Friday morning, Nov. 3, according to Sgt. James Hartman. 
At approximately 7 a.m., a passerby reported graphic images and a racial slur painted on pavement in the 8600 block of Bastable Mill Road, Sgt. Hartman wrote in a press release. 
A property owner at 9:20 a.m. reported a racial slur painted on a building in the 4100 block of Catlett Road. 
“Deputies quickly developed suspects and obtained juvenile petitions Friday afternoon for two Fauquier County males, both 15 years of age,” Sgt. Hartman said. “Each juvenile suspect is charged with two counts of destruction of property not his own, a misdemeanor; and entering the property of another for the purpose of damaging it, because of race, religious conviction, color or national origin of the owner, a felony.”
He asked that anyone information about the incident or others contact the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office at 540-347-3300. A caller’s identity may remain anonymous.  

CVS manager murder case sent to grand jury

Posted Friday,
November 3, 2017
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Bernard Clark Duse Jr. allegedly shot his store manager twice in the head the night of July 26.
We’re going to go forward with the case zealously and pursue justice.
— Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher
CVS Murder Case
• What: July 26 murder in parking lot of CVS pharmacy at 510 Blackwell Road, Warrenton.

• Victim: CVS Manager Alex Olsen, 64, of Culpeper County.

• Defendant: Bernard C. Duse Jr., 76, of Alexandria.

• Charges: First-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of murder.

• Sentence: If convicted, Mr. Duse could be sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and a maximum three years for the weapon charge.

• Defense attorney: John F. Carroll, Fairfax.

• Prosecutor: Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher.

• Next: A Fauquier County grand jury will convene, Monday, Nov. 27, to decide whether to indict Mr. Duse on the two charges.
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A Fauquier County grand jury this month will decide whether to indict an Alexandria man for murdering a Warrenton CVS store manager in July.

An employee of the Blackwell Road pharmacy, Bernard Clark Duse Jr. on July 26 allegedly shot and killed store Manager Rex Mack Olsen, 64, at about 10:15 p.m.

Authorities arrested Mr. Duse on Aug. 2 and charged him with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of murder.

Fauquier General District Court Judge J. Gregory Ashwell determined Friday morning that probable cause exists to send the case to the grand jury for action.

The grand jury will take up the matter Monday, Nov. 27.

“We’re going to go forward with the case zealously and pursue justice,” Commonwealth’s Attorney James. P. Fisher said after Friday’s ruling.

On Thursday, Judge Ashwell conducted a preliminary hearing in which three people testified, including a CVS district manager and two investigators.

Mr. Duse, 67, shot Mr. Olsen twice — once in face and once in the back of the head, according to investigators.

Warrenton police Sgt. Tim Carter testified Thursday that he interviewed a witness the night of the killing who heard two “firecracker” noises, “saw one man standing over another man” and “saw a bright flash in front of the hand” of Mr. Olsen’s assailant.

Sgt. Carter — the investigation’s lead detective — said the weapon used to kill the store manager had not been recovered.

But, records show that Mr. Duse several years ago bought two handguns in Connecticut, he said.

Investigators recovered one of those guns from the defendant’s home, Sgt. Carter added.

He and sheriff’s Deputy Jason Romero testified Thursday about extensive cell phone data showing a “path of travel” that tied Mr. Duse to the crime scene.

Warrenton police the night of the shooting found Mr. Olsen’s body near a dumpster behind the Blackwell Road store.

Mr. Olsen had just finished his shift when Mr. Duse, who had not been scheduled to work that night, confronted him in the pharmacy parking lot, according to investigators.

The two “had a strained relationship” related to an age discrimination lawsuit Mr. Duse had filed against CVS, court documents indicate.

During that proceeding, Mr. Olsen “testified unfavorably against” Mr. Duse, who had hoped to become a store manager.

In the spring of 2016 — as part of a corporate-wide management reorganization plan — CVS eliminated assistant manager positions, District Manager Robert Arnold told the court Thursday.

Mr. Duse had been the Blackwell Road store’s assistant manager.

But the reorganization plan created a new position, store operations manager, Mr. Arnold said.

After an assessment, Mr. Duse got offered the operations job, he said.

But that effectively removed Mr. Duse from CVS’s the store manager career track.

Mr. Duse previously had filed discrimination lawsuits against Barnes and Noble and IBM.

In letters and an Aug. 17 general district court hearing, relatives described him as a kind, soft-spoken and law-abiding family man.

Mr. Duse’s employment discrimination lawsuits against Barnes and Noble and IBM demonstrate that “my uncle does not take matters into his own hands,” one niece wrote.

“This is surreal,” she said of the murder and weapon charge against her uncle.

“I have never heard him raise his voice or utter a bad word about anyone,” another niece wrote. “He has always been a positive man of great control and restraint.”

Married without children, Mr. Duse attended the University of Pittsburgh on scholarship, served in Vietnam as an Army lieutenant and earned a master’s in business administration from Harvard University, according to his family.

If convicted, Mr. Duse could be sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and a maximum three years for the felony weapon charge.

Fauquier schools and LFCC receive governor’s award

Posted Friday,
November 3, 2017
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

Posted Friday,
November 3, 2017
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Getting beyond the nasty rhetoric of our elections

Posted Friday,
November 3, 2017
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5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Millions to close old dump

Posted Friday,
November 3, 2017
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The county will close Landfill 149, which it purchased four decades ago from a private operator, under a consent order from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
$16 million

Fauquier County’s estimated cost to close its old landfill south of Warrenton in compliance with an order from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

The county in October agreed to submit a plan within three months for closing the landfill, which the board of supervisors purchased from a private operator in 1974.

Fauquier has dumped only construction debris in the unlined landfill since 1996. But, because it has no liner — as modern regulations require — the landfill continues to produce high volumes of toxic “leachate” that gets collected, trucked out by tankers and treated. Closure will reduce the amount of liquid waste oozing from the former dump.

The county maintains a newer, lined landfill next to the old one. But, for more than two years, Fauquier has shipped its garbage to a commercial landfill in Henrico County. Closure of the newer landfill eventually will cost millions of dollars as well.


Students attend Claude Thompson Elementary near Rectortown — the smallest of Fauquier’s 11 public schools for kindergarten through fifth grade.

The county’s 11 public elementary schools average 429 students.

Margaret M. Pierce Elementary School in Remington has the highest enrollment of the 11, with 518 students as of Sept. 9.


The Warrenton Police Department’s calls for service so far this year, through September.

For the first nine months of 2016, the department handled 15,449 calls.


People came to the Families 4 Fauquier “Trunk or Treat” Halloween celebration Friday, Oct. 27, at the WARF (Warrenton Aquatics and Recreation Facility.

The event took place the same night as Homecoming at Fauquier High School, just across Waterloo Road. That created a traffic jam, which town police handled well, Families 4 Fauquier founder Rachel Pierce said.


Parcels of real estate that the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors owns.

That includes everything from the Warren Green Building to C.M. Crockett Park and scattered parcels received through donations, some of them “proffers” from developers for rezonings.

County Administrator Paul McCulla has produced a list of properties that the supervisors could sell to raise funds for capital improvements and to reduce maintenance costs.

Featured student artwork: Crystalia Mascall’s food art

Posted Thursday,
November 2, 2017
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Throwback Thursday: FHS homecoming royalty

Posted Thursday,
November 2, 2017
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WQRA-FM’s Chuck Williams (right) interviews Fauquier High School 1992 homecoming King Ricky Williams and Queen Alex Woodbury during halftime of Friday night’s football game.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Oct. 30, 1992

Woodbury and Williams lead FHS homecoming court

The Fauquier High School student body elected Alex Woodbury and Ricky Williams as homecoming king and queen.

They got crowned Friday night during halftime of the football game. Hylton defeated Fauquier, 20-6, to clinch the Cardinal District title.

40 jobs lost as plant closes

Fauquier last week suffered one of its toughest blows in the recession.

Maryland-based Artery Organization Inc. on Friday closed its 7-year-old plan near Marshall, leaving 40 employees out of work. The plant, which employed 90 at its peak in 1988, manufactured trusses, wall panels and other building components.

“We’re just part of the demise of the local real estate and building industries,” plant Manager George McGrady said. “They’ve been looking at this since September 1991. Everybody knew it was coming.”

Route 17 Spur opponents cite economics, safety concerns

Warrenton residents and business people last week renewed their attack on state plans for the Route 17 Spur through the northern part of town.

Summarizing the thoughts of most of the 200 people at an Oct. 22 public hearing, Warrenton resident William Wilbur said: “Let’s skip it. If we can’t skip it, then let’s delay it.”

While most of the other 35 speakers agreed with Wilbur, 11 opposed the bypass. Of the remaining speakers, six supported the construction of the spur and five had specific design questions.”

The $28.6 million propels calls for an extension of the Route 29 Eastern Bypass to Route 17 north of Warrenton.

Governor taps Barr for state board

Gov. L. Douglas Wilder has appointed Midland resident William W. Barr to a four-year term on the State Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Substance Abuse Services Board.

Barr has been a member of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board since 1988 and has chaired the five-county organization for two years. A retired administrator of the Social Rehabilitation Administration in the Washington, D.C., government, he has been active in Fauquier civic affairs.

A Pittsburgh native, Barr moved to Fauquier in 1968. After serving in the Army during World War II, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Howard University and a master’s in social work from Catholic University.

Special education numbers up sharply

By 2000, the number of special education students nationwide may double.

County Special Education Supervisor Miriam Porter thinks that national statistic is well on its way to becoming a reality in Fauquier. This year, 1,559 of he county’s approximately 8,500 students require some type of special education, she told the school board Monday.

That’s a 16-percent jump from last year.

Mrs. Porter said that she’s not entirely sure why the special education program is growing so rapidly.

“When I ran those numbers, I was surprised,” she told the board.

Let us do the cooking!

Join the Western Sizzlin Family on Thanksgiving Day.

Full Thanksgiving menu food bar includes: Turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gray, sweet potatoes, green beans, macaroni & cheese, kernel corn, turnip greens, salad, fruit, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple cobbler.

$9.99 plus tax, includes drink.

Route 29 North, next to Comfort Inn.

Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

Posted Thursday,
November 2, 2017
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Faces of Fauquier: Kip to leave planning commission

Posted Thursday,
November 2, 2017
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“We moved here by accident,” says New Jersey native John Kip, a Fauquier resident since 1991.
Once you get through all the words and everything else, most of these (land-use) projects boil down to common sense and does it fit the comprehensive plan and is there anything in there that just strikes you in the gut as being an unfavorable project.
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The veteran Warrenton planning commissioner likes to keep things simple.

“When you ask me a question, I answer your question,” says John Kip, who joined the seven-member advisory panel in 2002.

Mr. Kip, 79, also has no qualms about voicing and acting on his beliefs, whether developers or other land-use applicants like it or not.

“What I realized was when you told somebody the truth, they could choose to accept it or reject it,” says the New Jersey native, shrugging his shoulders. “But you don’t have to vacillate. If you give somebody a snow job and they question you, then you’ve got to back-track and weasel.”

Mr. Kip never thought about serving on the commission until asked to do so by the late Town Councilman Steve Athey.

Mr. Athey liked that he would bring some “common sense” to the job, recalls Mr. Kip, a retired sales executive for a company that sells modular furniture to hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, labs and pharmacies.

The commission work also appealed to Mr. Kip because it would give him a chance to help shape the town’s future in “positive” ways, he says.

The commission makes recommendations on a range of land-use matters to the town council, which has final authority.

While the position has kept him active and challenged, Mr. Kip will retire from the commission when his four-year term ends Dec. 31.

“I like it, but I think it’s about time,” says the vice chairman, citing partly family health reasons for the decision.

Four years ago, doctors diagnosed his wife Susan, 78, with Alzheimer’s Disease.

“It’s God’s will,” Mr. Kip says of her condition. “There’s no other way to put it.”

In the spring, he moved Mrs. Kip to Blue Ridge Christian Home near Bealeton because he no longer could provide the level of care at home that she required.

“Hardest decision I’ve had to make in my life,” Mr. Kip says. “It’s upsetting. For the first time in almost 54 years (of marriage), I’m here and she’s down in Bealeton.”

He visits Mrs. Kip daily for about 90 minutes, catching her up on the latest events in their home life.

“What was in the mail, who called. I talked to your sister. I did this, I did that.”

In good health — pre-Alzheimer’s — Mrs. Kip had been articulate, well-read and possessed an “unbelievable” memory, as he put it.

“Now she has difficulty communicating,” Mr. Kip says. “She knows what she wants to say. She can’t get it out. She can’t read, because she can’t remember what she read.”

The town council’s approval of the mixed-use project long Walker Drive also figured into his decision to retire from the commission.

“I was rather disappointed with the way the Walker Drive project worked its way out,” says Mr. Kip, who along with majority of the planning commission recommended the project’s denial. “We spent probably three years listening to this project, and we had lots of criticism about it. And it seemed to me the owners never got their act together.”

He viewed the proposal as incompatible with the residential neighborhoods across from the site on Walker Drive.

Mr. Kip also doubted the landowners or developers could attract a multi-screen cinema — a key selling point for the project.

“If the movie theater companies thought that Warrenton was a viable market, we would’ve had a theater years ago. And the theater companies are in financial disarray now anyway, because of Netflix and everything else.”

Mr. Kip expects to miss serving on the planning commission.

“But, it’s one less thing to deal with,” says the Chancellor’s Gate homeowners’ association president. “I have Susan to take care of and other things.”

Besides, he adds with a laugh: “I don’t think the planning commission, with the people on it now, needs an 80-year-old guy sitting there.”

• Age

• Home

• Work
Currier, Timely Express, 2008-13; sales representative, territory manager, Herman Miller, 1991-94; product development manager/sales representative, C.R. Bard Inc., 1966-91.

• Military service
Retired captain, U.S. Army Reserve, 1961-68.

• Why do you do the job?
Steve Athey — the (late) town councilman — asked me if I wanted to be on the planning commission. There was an opening. I said, “I don’t have any experience as far as planning. The only thing I can offer you is some common sense.” He said, “Well, that would be very important to us.”

Once you get through all the words and everything else, most of these (land-use) projects boil down to common sense and does it fit the comprehensive plan and is there anything in there that just strikes you in the gut as being an unfavorable project.

• Family
Wife, Susan; two grown children; five grandchildren; one great grandchild.

• Education
Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, N.J., bachelor’s in economics; Saint Peter’s Preparatory School, N.J., 1956.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Warrenton Planning Commission, 2002-present; Knights of Columbus, Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 2007-present; Eucharistic Minister, Saint John the Evangelist Church, 1997-present.

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

• Why do you live here? 
We moved here by accident. When my wife was down here looking for a house, she didn’t like what she saw in Prince William. We moved to Marshall in 1991 and then to Warrenton in 1999.

I get spoiled here in town, because you can walk to the bank, post office, library, Molly’s, any of the restaurants.

• How do you describe this county? 
Heritage means a lot to a lot of people in the county.

We really don’t want to be labeled as a bedroom community, but we are. The town works very hard at maintaining its image as a small town. They work very hard to maintain an image of civility.

I can ride on these backroads for hours at a time, and one scene is more beautiful than another.

I live in town; I can be in the country in the blink of any eye. I’m very at ease here.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I don’t think anything needs to be changed. They’re trying intelligently to let the county grow. The town and the county echo each other, as far as growth.

I think they’re going in the right direction. There are people who complain all the time, so far as the WARF is concerned. The WARF is the best thing that has happened in Fauquier since I’ve lived here.

• What do you do for fun? 
Read, walk, dinner with friends occasionally, spend time with family.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
In the fall, Barrel Oak Winery (near Delaplane). It’s just a great place. They have those fire pits. And to sit up there, with some friends and watch the sun go down. And it’s cool and the fires are going — it’s wonderful.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years? 
I don’t believe it will change that much. It probably would depend on the success or failure of the economy. I could see a bit more residential coming in. But residential in the county is severely hampered by (the lack of) water and sewer. That’s the big restrictor.

• Favorite TV show?
“Blue Bloods”

• Favorite movie? 
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

• Favorite book?
Anything by James Patterson.

• Favorite vacation spot? 
Duck (N.C.). We had a house there for 25 years. We sold it five or six years ago.

• Favorite food? 
Grilled London broil.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom? 
My father. He said: “Before you have a friend, you have to be a friend.”

• Who’s your hero and why?
I don’t think I really have one. There’s no one person that I can really point to and say: “That’s a hero.”

• What would you do if you won $5 million in the lottery? 
Spread it around with my kids and my grandkids. Set something up for my great grandson. Depending on how much I had after that, I’d pay off Saint John’s (capital) debt. I would make a healthy contribution to both the college and prep I went to in New Jersey. Depending on how much I had after that, I’d let it trickle down into the rest of the family.

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Fauquier Hospital earns top grade for patient safety

Posted Thursday,
November 2, 2017
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Everybody at Fauquier Hospital — from board members to nurses and housekeeping staffers — constantly wash their hands, according to Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Marti.
It is very gratifying to receive this recognition after months of unwavering focus on patient safety.
— Fauquier Health CEO Chad Melton
Fauquier Hospital has received the top grade for safety from a national, nonprofit healthcare rating organization.

The Leapfrog Group awarded Fauquier Hospital an “A” for safety. Nationwide, 832 hospitals earned the top grade for keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“It is very gratifying to receive this recognition after months of unwavering focus on patient safety,” Fauquier Health CEO Chad Melton said. “Thank you to the physicians, nurses and support staff who work so hard to protect our patients from harm. We will continue to improve by putting patient care quality first.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year.

The 97-bed Warrenton hospital received perfect marks for all measures compiled in 2017, according to Fauquier Health Director of Quality, Regulatory and Accreditation and Infection PreventionPolly Roush.

Last year, Leapfrog gave the hospital a “C.”

Fauquier Health Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Marti said six new processes contributed to the A rating:

• Improvements to medical records to ensure safe medication prescribing by physicians.

• An enhanced process for scanning medication barcodes with improved direct monitoring of the system.

• Physicians and the hospital pharmacy partnering on antibiotic administration to ensure the most effective choice for the individual patient.

• Education on the importance of handwashing for everyone in the organization – board members, nurses, physicians, technicians, as well as all support staff, nutrition services and the housekeeping staff.

• Senior leaders and nurse supervisors working more closely together to ensure appropriate staffing.

• Implementation of strategies to quickly identify and mitigate any patient safety risks or hazards throughout the organization.

Best Bets: “Greater Tuna,” Orlean ham and oysters

Posted Wednesday,
November 1, 2017
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Actors Michael Golder and Leland Shook portray 10 characters each in the comedy “Greater Tuna” about a small Texas town.
The Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will hold an all-you-can-eat ham and oyster dinner Saturday.
Fall plays top entertainment options in Fauquier this weekend. Topping the list, the community theatre opens the comedy “Greater Tuna” about a small town in Texas.

Other options include the Orlean fire department all-you-can-eat dinner, the “Salt and Pepper” play and a car show.

Fauquier Community Theatre: “Greater Tuna”
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5
4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton

This comedy takes place in Texas’ third smallest town where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Two performers, Michael Golder and Leland Shook, portray an eclectic band of 20 Tuna citizens — men, women, children and even animals — in this satire on life in rural America. Performances take place at the Fauquier Community Theatre in Vint Hill. Adults, $17; children ages 4 to 18 and seniors 60+, $15. Tickets available online or by calling 540-349-8760.

Cars, wine and cigars event
Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
9402 Justice Lane, Delaplane

Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery hosts its second annual cars, wine and cigars event with wine tastings; exotic, classic and muscle cars; food and music. Free.

Orlean ham and oyster dinner
4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
6838 Leeds Manor Road, Orlean

The Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department host their annual ham and oyster fundraiser dinner. The all-you-can-eat menu includes fried and raw oysters, old country ham, honey-glazed ham, parsley potatoes, corn pudding, cole slaw, green beans, salad, rolls, tea, coffee and home-made desserts. Adults, $28; children 8 and younger, $8; kid plate of hot dog and chips, free.

“Salt and Pepper” play
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5
244 Waterloo St., Warrenton

The Windmore Foundation “Young at HeART” series presents a play about aging with grace, courage and humor at Warrenton Middle School. Written by physicist and playwright Robert Benjamin. $10 in advance online or $12 at the door.

Other options in and around Fauquier:

> Corn Maze in The Plains

> Baby goats at Old Bust Head Brewery

> The Black Feathers at Drum & Strum

> Symbolism and culture of the Warrenton Cemetery

> Music at Orlean Market

> Fall picnic and festival near Marshall

> Sunday sketch lesson in Middleburg

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Schools to test new alert system Monday, Tuesday

Posted Wednesday,
November 1, 2017
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Fauquier Sheriff’s Office Daily Activity Report

Posted Wednesday,
November 1, 2017
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Distracted driver gets year for fatal, rear-end accident

Posted Tuesday,
October 31, 2017
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The victims’ vehicle burst into flames after a Ford F-250 slammed into it at the Freemans Ford Road traffic signal just west of Remington.
It was like a bomb . . . . It was a fireball when it went up.
— Truck driver Eddie Thomas, accident witness
Reckless Driving Trial
• What: June 12 traffic accident on Route 29 at Freemans Ford Road near Remington.

• Victims: Juan Lopez Jimenez, 37, and Hortencia Lainez Lopez, 38, of Culpeper died at the scene.

• Defendant: Jonathan Dodson, 34, of Gordonsville.

• Trial: By judge, Tuesday, Oct. 31, in Fauquier County General District Court.

• Conviction: Reckless driving.

• Sentence: 12 months in jail and $2,500 fine; driver license suspended six months.

• Defense attorney: Marie E. Washington.

• Prosecutor: Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles K. Peters.

• Judge: J. Gregory Ashwell.
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For a few frantic moments, the Kettle Run High School teacher repeatedly tried to rescue a man and woman from an SUV engulfed in fire.

Driver Juan Lopez Jimenez and passenger Hortencia Lainez Lopez on June 12 had stopped along Route 29 at the Freemans Ford Road near Remington, waiting for the traffic signal to turn green.

But before any vehicles at the intersection budged, Jonathan Dodson of Gordonsville slammed his 2003 Ford F-250 pickup truck into the back of Mr. Jimenez’s 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada, sending it flying into the Route 29 median.

Taking his eyes off the road, he reached for a drink and failed to brake in time to avoid the accident, Mr. Dodson, 34, explained in a written statement to investigators.

Mr. Jimenez and Ms. Lopez, both 38-year-old Culpeper landscapers, died at the scene.

William Davidson, who teaches technical classes at Kettle Run, watched from his car as the approximately 7:20 a.m. crash occurred.

In graphic detail, Mr. Davidson described the accident and aftermath Tuesday during Mr. Dodson’s trial on one count of reckless driving in Fauquier General District Court.

After 2-1/2-hour trial, Judge J. Gregory Ashwell convicted Mr. Dodson, sentencing him to a maximum 12 months in jail, fining him $2,500 and suspending his driver’s license for six months.

Mr. Dodson, a UPS driver, has appealed that verdict to Fauquier County Circuit Court.

Traveling at approximately 60 mph, Mr. Dodson rear-ended the Bravada, according to investigators.

“He didn’t’ slow down,” said Mr. Davidson, recounting the accident. “He kept going.”

As a result, the Bravada burst into flames and “flew into the air,” Mr. Davidson recalled.

“I tried to get the driver out,” but the door wouldn’t open, he told Judge Ashwell.

To no avail, Mr. Davidson tried to pry open the front passenger door to free Ms. Lopez, who had an 8-year-old son.

He then attempted to pull her through the car window. That failed, because he could not unfasten Ms. Lopez's seatbelt.

“‘You gotta unbuckle your seatbelt’,” Mr. Davidson remembered telling her. “She couldn’t even think. She was trying to get out.”

By that time, Ms. Lopez’s hair and face had caught fire, he said.

“Her face was burning,” Mr. Davidson added.

Because “the seatbelt wouldn’t come lose,” he tried to cut Ms. Lopez free with a pocket knife.

Losing his balance, he fell to the ground, Mr. Davidson said.

“She’s still just screaming, ‘No! No! No!’,” recalled the Culpeper resident, struggling to compose himself.

A Fauquier firefighter/medic then pulled him away from the vehicle, Mr. Davidson said.

“He threw me to the ground and said (the vehicle) was going to blow. There was no going back. It was done.”

Mr. Davidson made an explosion sound.

Flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, he received treatment for cuts and burns during several days of treatment.

Truck driver Eddie Thomas of Louisa County also witnessed the accident and attempted to rescue Mr. Jimenez and Ms. Lopez.

“When the pickup struck” the Bravada, “it went up in the air and did a 180,” immediately bursting into flames, Mr. Thomas said.

“It was like a bomb. . . . It was a fireball when it went up.”

Mr. Dodson also slammed into a 2011 Toyota Corolla, whose driver received treatment at Fauquier Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Apologizing for his actions, Mr. Dodson told the judge: “I wish I could do it all over again, go back and not . . . . I am at a loss of words, your honor.”

His comments failed to impress Judge Ashwell, who noted that Mr. Dodson remained apparently undeterred after getting convicted about four years ago of reckless driving in Culpeper County.

His 30-day jail term for that crime got suspended, which Judge Ashwell called “pretty unusual.” Mr. Dodson also got fined $500 and had to perform community service.

“You have to look at the outcomes” of the June 12 crash, the judge said moments before sentencing Mr. Dodson. “Two people were incinerated, essentially.”

Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles Peters prosecuted the case.

“The court has effectively and properly punished the most serious cases of distracted driving,” Mr. Peters said after the ruling. “Hopefully, this will get people to pay attention and prevent more distracted driving.”

In March, Judge Ashwell found a Stafford County woman guilty of reckless driving in the death of 5-year-old Samuel Legg, who lived near New Baltimore.

The accident also took place at the Route 29 and Freemans Ford Road intersection, the day after Thanksgiving. Samuel died three days later at Inova Fairfax Hospital’s trauma center.

The defendant — Felicia Ann Arbujo — had insisted she remained undistracted seconds before the crash, even when she reached for a cup of hot chocolate and the top came off in her hand.

Imposing the maximum penalty, Judge Ashwell sentenced Ms. Arbujo to 12 months in jail, fined her maximum $2,500 and suspended her driver’s license for six months.

Ms. Arbujo in July appealed her conviction to the Fauquier County Circuit Court. But a 12-person jury also found her guilty, sentencing her to 12 months in jail and fining her $2,500.

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Music helping Bealeton woman beat depression

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Passion Academy
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Now I have this mindset of do what makes you happy. Picking up the violin was definitely on the top of that list.
— Virginia Ventura
Virginia Ventura
• Age: 25

• Home: Bealeton

• Work: Office assistant, New Day Legal PLLC, Warrenton, 2016.

• Education: Northern Virginia Community College classes 2010 to present; Stonewall Jackson High School, Manassas, 2010.

• Family: Mother, Gloria; aunt, Sonia; brothers Andy, Wilfredo, Emmanuel and Daniel.

• Hobbies: Watching documentaries, oil painting, music, anything with animals and children.
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After 10 years of chronic depression, the Bealeton resident has found renewed hope through music and faith.

Virginia Ventura travels 90 minutes each week from her home to Richmond to pursue her dream of playing music.

A paraplegic since age 6 because of Transverse Myelitis, Ms. Ventura has suffered from severe depression since middle school.

Transverse Myelitis “was pretty much an overnight thing,” said Ms. Ventura, 25. “I went to sleep and I woke up and couldn’t move my legs.

“I remember my parents crying all the time when this happened. You don’t get it when you’re 6, and you don’t think this is going to change your life,” she said. “I guess it wasn’t until my teenage years when it affected me more.”

Before her depression, Ms. Ventura played viola for two years in school and took piano lessons.

“When I picked up an instrument, it felt natural to me,” she said. “It’s something that never left my mind. I remember how proud and happy I would feel playing.”

Through a one-year music scholarship from Passion Arts Foundation near Richmond, Ms. Ventura can pursue music again.

Last year she started to make progress in overcoming depression.

“When I was at my lowest, I opened my heart to God, and it’s gotten better,” she said.

“My depression stole a lot of being a kid,” Ms. Ventura explained. “Now I have this mindset of do what makes you happy. Picking up the violin was definitely on the top of that list.”

Determined, Ms. Ventura turned to the Internet and searched for a studio where she could rekindle her love of music.

In July she found Passion Academy in Henrico County and decided to email the staff about possible scholarships.

“I honestly wasn’t expecting a response. But, I said a little prayer to God before I sent the email,” Ms. Ventura said.

A few days later she heard from Passion Academy founder and President Derek Smith, who had chosen her as the foundation’s first scholarship recipient.

“I would say the main reason we decided is because she has overcome a lot of pain in her life,” Mr. Smith said. “This is a perfect example of what we want to do for other people.”

Unable to work because of a recent illness, Ms. Ventura received $2,000 worth of music lessons and a violin from the nonprofit foundation.

The Passion Academy Foundation, founded about six months ago, hopes to give out about 10 scholarships a year, funded with donations and the proceeds from benefit concerts.

Over the next year, she will learn to play the violin, drums, piano, electric guitar and how to produce music. Lessons take place on Mondays for about 90 minutes.

“It makes me feel like I have some sort of purpose,” she said. “Thanks to Passion Academy, it will allow me to live my dreams.

“It’s very calming and peaceful. It gets my mind off things.”

With newfound determination and hope, Ms. Ventura plans to enter the 2018 Ms. Wheelchair Virginia pageant and raise enough money through a GoFundMe page to purchase a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

“I think that’s another cause for my depression is being held down by other people’s schedules or staying home because it’s too difficult to go out,” she said. “Me getting a car, I see that as being another catalyst. It’s going to open so many other opportunities for me.”

One day she hopes to compete in the Paralympic Games.

Ms. Ventura strives to inspire others with depression to pursue their passions and dreams.

“I feel like a lot of people get so caught up in jobs that they forget to work on themselves, on their hearts,” Ms. Ventura said. “If you have a passion, just don’t put excuses up. Go ahead and do it. The reward is going to be so much better than the risk you think will happen.”

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Biz briefs: Ashley Smith chairs national trade group

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Smith-Midland President Ashley Smith serves as chairman of the National Precast Concrete Association.
We are pleased with the progress made in the third quarter.
— Fauquier Bankshares President/CEO Marc Bogan
Smith-Midland president leads precast association

The president of Smith-Midland Corp. will serve as the National Precast Concrete Association’s chairman of the board for the next year.

Ashley Smith began his one-year term Oct. 14 at NPCA’s 52nd annual convention in Atlanta.

Mr. Smith’s grandfather in 1960 founded the Midland company, a NPCA member since 1971. President of the company since 2008, Mr. Smith has served on the national association’s product committees and task forces. He has been a board member since 2011.

“Ashley’s long history of leadership, coupled with his precast experience, make him an ideal person for this role” NPCA President Ty Gable said. “Ashley and the board will be instrumental in guiding the future direction of the association to ensure it best serves all members and the precast industry.”

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Smith spoke about the company’s dedication and focus on eliminating the “Seven Types of Deadly Waste” addressed in lean manufacturing – overproduction, waiting, transport, extra processing, inventory, excess motions and defects. He added the importance of addressing an eighth deadly waste, the undeveloped potential of employees.

“As leaders in our companies and in the precast concrete industry, we have the opportunity not only to make great products, but to develop great people,” Mr. Smith said. “As you develop more employees and give them the opportunity to become superstars, you will see a culture shift. We could uncover some gems in our workforces if we just ask. We need to make sure to ask them to give more than their hands during their jobs.”

A publicly traded company (OTCQX: SMID), Smith-Midland develops, manufactures and sells an array of precast concrete products for use primarily in the construction, transportation, and utilities industries. Smith-Midland has three manufacturing facilities in Midland, Reidsville, N.C., and Columbia, S.C.

Fauquier Bankshares 3Q profit $1.28 million

The Fauquier Bank’s parent company reported net income of $1.28 million for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 83.52 percent from the third quarter of 2016.

Fauquier Bankshares Inc.’s basic and diluted earnings per share of 34 cents rose from 19 cents a year earlier.

“We are pleased with the progress made in the third quarter,” President/CEO Marc Bogan said. “Our initial challenge was to change the trajectory of earning asset growth and expense management in order to improve profitability.

“We have seen improvement in most of the components that lead to improved profitability: increased earning assets, increased net interest income, improved margins, and reduced noninterest expense. These, combined with sustained low funding costs and solid expense management, have resulted in much improved profitability. As we go forward, our challenge will pivot to continuing to incrementally improve earning asset growth and expense management, and sustain our progress toward becoming a top performing bank.”

Total assets stood at $631.72 million on Sept. 30, up from $624.45 million on $623.88 a year earlier.

Founded in 1902, The Fauquier Bank has 11 branches in Fauquier and Prince William counties.

Chamber sponsors Nov. 15 job fair

Working with a Manassas recruitment company, the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a job fair Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The Fauquier Regional Job Fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stoneridge Events Center at 7373 Comfort Inn Drive near Warrenton.

Reliant Hiring Solutions charges $200 for employers to have a table at the event — with $25 discounts for chamber members. Admission is free for job seekers.

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