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July 24, 2020

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Child care centers here


State-registered child care centers operate in Fauquier County, according to the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Among those, 39 have licenses from the state. Seventeen operate without Virginia licensing.

“Licensed child day care programs are inspected at least twice per year,” the department website explains. “They have requirements for background checks, training/orientation, and health and safety.”

Unlicensed but regulated centers, including those with religious exemptions, must meet other requirements.


Vehicles a day travel Routes 15/29 at Vint Hill Road, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s most recent estimate, published in April.

VDOT also estimates daily vehicle counts of:

• 50,000 on Interstate 66 at Marshall.

• 49,000 on Warrenton’s Eastern Bypass.

• 45,000 on Routes 15/17/29 at Opal.

• 33,000 on 15/29 north of Remington.

• 32,000 on Broadview Avenue in Warrenton.

• 18,000 on Route 17 at the Stafford County line near Goldvein.

• 15,000 on Route 28 at Catlett.


The number of written comments the town planning commission and its staff received before Tuesday night’s public hearing on Warrenton 2040, the draft comprehensive plan.

Of those, 51 opposed the plan, some of its elements and/or the timeframe for public debate.

Opponents most often cited the potential population growth — up to 5,000 more residents over the next two decades, planning for a western bypass, the potential scale of new commercial buildings and/or the potential cost of public services, including water and sewer system expansions.

Eight people testified at Tuesday night’s public hearing, with three supporting and five opposing the draft plan.

The planning commission will conduct a “work session” on the draft at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, and could vote on a recommendation to the town council Aug. 18.


The estimated cost of lighting three ballfields and related parking areas at the Fauquier County Central Sports Complex at Meetze and Old Auburn roads southeast of Warrenton.

Scheduled to open Aug. 15, the 74-acre facility features six rectangular fields, including an artificial turf one, five diamond fields, a pedestrian trail and a horse trail.

But because of county government budget challenges related the coronavirus pandemic, lights for a baseball field, a youth baseball/softball field, the artificial turf field and other planned improvements totaling $4.4 million probably won’t be made for at least two years, county Parks and Recreation Department Director Gary Rzepecki said.

So far, the complex has cost $13.2 million.

The facility’s “grand opening” ceremonies will take place Saturday, Aug. 29.


Pints of hard cider that Sumerduck-based Cider Lab sold during its July 11-13 “grand opening,” according to A.J. Rasure, who co-owns the business with his father, James Rasure.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Cider Lab occupies the former Sumerduck Trading Co. building at 5344 Sumerduck Road in Southern Fauquier.

The public response has far exceeded expectations, Mr. Rasure said.

“Because of the weekend we had for that grand opening,” Cider Lab plans to double production “capability” to 3,200 gallons per month, Mr. Rasure explained.

The building has a tasting room and production area.

While the tasting room remains closed to sit-down service because of the coronavirus pandemic, customers can order beverages at the counter and drink them at socially distanced tables outside, Mr. Rasure said.

A big component of the business model calls for keg sales to restaurants.
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BikerFriendlyGal · July 28, 2020 at 2:29 pm
Well, Walker "Drive" isn't exactly a "drive", is it? And Broadview "Avenue" isn't really and "Avenue" is it? So why should we believe that "Parkway" really has to be a "Parkway"??? doesn't.
Motocox · July 28, 2020 at 10:39 am
I find it hard to believe that more cars travel rt.29 vs. 66 on any given day.
FalconDad · July 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm
The 50 anti-timberfence parkway folks are part a quickly shrinking group. I want my Town to go back to the quaint town it once was with almost no 211 cut thru traffic. If you lived here in the early 2000s it was an great little town with the most traffic being the local Blockbuster parking lot on the weekends. If you live on any of the 15 mph side roads you definitely should want the 211 bypass. The future full 212 bypass and soon coming timber fence to Old Waterloo extension so needed to keep the unwanted traffic off Broadview! If someone is hungry or needs gas they’re STILL going to use the Broadview stores even when the 211 bypass is built. I looked up some of the email complaint addresses and sure enough they bought houses on along Timberfence, so of course they will be understandably selfish. Hey it always been called a “Parkway” when they bought. Nothing new here.
Jerome Fields · July 26, 2020 at 10:52 am
Almost $800,000 for lighting? Are they going to be on all the time? That is excessive IMO.
SterlingBrady · July 25, 2020 at 12:21 pm
This is really painful news. I was actually looking online to buy homework online for my next project and got to read this post. I want some more details on this news. Thank you for sharing.
BikerFriendlyGal · July 24, 2020 at 9:03 pm
56 against the Plan.
Time to review the video:

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