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November 29, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier Factoids: Scout Christmas trees

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Five local Boy Scout troops opened their Christmas tree lot Friday in Warrenton.

Evergreen trees local Boy Scouts purchased for their Christmas tree lot that opened Friday next to Rankins Hardware in the Warrenton Village Center.

Boy Scout Troops 10, 161, 175, 180 and 1171 will man the lot seven days a week until they sell out or Dec. 23.

They offer Concolor, Douglas and Frazier firs, along with Scotch pines. Prices range from $35 to $90, depending upon height.

Proceeds support Boy Scout summer camp and other outdoor activities.

Local scouts started selling Christmas trees in the 1960s.


Thanksgiving meals that Community Touch Inc. distributed to needy Fauquier residents in the past week, according to Dr. T. Tyronne Champion.

The meals fed about 300 people, said Dr. Champion, the nonprofit’s co-founder and executive director.

Most of the recipients picked up the boxed meals on Saturday at the Bealeton organization’s food pantry at 10499 Jericho Road.

Each meal included a turkey, corn bread, yams, canned green beans, corn and fruit, stuffing, cranberry sauce, macaroni-and-cheese mix and pumpkin pie mix.

The Gainesville Wegmans donated the turkeys. Proceeds from a recent fundraiser called “Gospel Food Fest” hosted by six local churches paid for the other meal items.

“We’re grateful to feed the hungry and give them a joyful Thanksgiving,” Dr. Champion said of the group effort.

Established in 2001, Community Touch provides transitional housing, food, clothing and furniture for the county’s poor.


Fauquier County’s bear “harvest” in 2018-19, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Statewide, hunters killed and checked in 2,715 — the second highest total ever.

The top five counties for bears checked last winter:

• Rockingham, 177

• Augusta 121

• Rockbridge, 106

• Madison, 102

• Bath, 98

Virginia has an estimate 17,000 black bears, at the state regulates the hunting season to keep the population in check and health.

This hunting season will continue through Jan. 4.


The cost to conduct Fauquier’s Nov. 5 general election, according to General Registrar Alex Ables.

Of that amount, salaries of approximately 200 poll workers totaled $22,576, Mr. Ables said. The workers staff the county’s 20 polling places and the central absentee precinct in Warrenton.

Logging often 16-hour days, precinct chiefs, assistant chiefs and regular workers earn $200, $150 and $125, respectively.

His office ordered 36,900 paper ballots, which cost $8,931, Mr. Ables said. Fauquier County taxpayers cover election costs.

Of 51,002 voters, 23,477 participated in person or by absentee ballot in the Nov. 5 election. That means 46.03 percent of Fauquier’s voters cast ballots.


Total sales of Tito’s Handmade Vodka at Fauquier’s three state liquor stores in fiscal 2019.

The second- and third-best sellers at ABC stores in Bealeton, Marshall and Warrenton last year:

• Jack Daniel’s 7 Black at $306,351.

• Jim Beam at $293,019.

Statewide liquor sales topped $1 billion for the first time in fiscal 2019, which ended June 30.

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, which owns and operates about 380 liquor states and which regulates all alcohol sales in the commonwealth, will transfer $499.5 million in revenue from fiscal 2019 to the state general fund.

Details about sales for each store will be available when the agency publishes its annual report next year.
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