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August 9, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Busy little wedding chapel

Photo/Sweet and Simple Weddings
Photographed on the Warren Green Building lawn, Sarah and Tiff of Loudoun County on Wednesday became the 400th couple married at the Ciao Bella chapel since January 2017.

The number of weddings Dan and Mona McLinden have conducted since opening their Ciao Bella chapel on Warrenton’s Ashby Street in January 2017.

The milestone took place Wednesday, when Sarah and Tiff, a Loudoun County couple, married there.

The McLindens, who started their business as wedding photographers, offer a range of packages, starting at $50 for a simple ceremony.

“Close to 50 percent of our couples come to Warrenton from other counties,” Mrs. McLinden said. “We’ve also had couples from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia.”


Total amount Fauquier residents have given to state and local political candidates so far this year, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

Max Hall of Marshall tops the local donor list, as of Friday, with $21,675 in political contributions, followed by:

• Alan L. Wurtzel of Delaplane, $20,000.

• John “Til” Hazel of Broad Run, $13,250.

• Eric Maybach of Warrenton, mostly for his own commissioner of revenue campaign, $12,348.

• Ann M. Backer of The Plains, $12,025.


Registered for the county public library’s summer reading program. That total includes 1,109 children, 314 teens and 119 adults.

So far, this year’s program has cost $8,190. With nine sponsors, it ran from June 1 through Aug. 3 and concluded with an ice cream party at the library’s Bealeton, Marshall and Warrenton branches.


Buses that can accommodate 30 or more passengers Fauquier has on the tax rolls, according to Commissioner of Revenue Ross D’Urso.

For tax purposes, the county values the buses at $559,700, Mr. D’Urso said. Fauquier taxes such vehicles at $1 per $100 assessed value.


The amount Fauquier received from the state and PATH Foundation to support the county’s new Young Entrepreneurs Program. Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s grant totaled $83,500 and PATH’s $18,350.

The program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to start and manage their own businesses, county Economic Development Director Miles Friedman said.

His department oversees the program.

Almost half of the grant money will be used to pay program Project Manager Jennifer Goldman’s $50,000 salary. Ms. Goldman receives about $50,000 per year to manage Fauquier’s business incubators at Marshall and Vint Hill, Mr. Friedman said.

Program partners include the Fauquier public school system, Wakefield School near The Plains and the Orange County school system. In the first year, only their high school students may participate in the program this year.

But, it could expand to include other schools in subsequent years, Mr. Friedman said.
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