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August 2, 2019

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Education farm fundraiser

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
More than 200 people attended last Saturday’s “Feast from the Field” dinner in the equipment shed at Moriah Farm. The event raised $33,200 for the Fauquier Education Farm.

The amount that the seventh annual “Feast from the Field” fundraising dinner cleared last Saturday, according to Event Coordinator Karen Hunsberger Adam.

The proceeds will be used to support the Fauquier Education Farm, which raises fruits and vegetables for local food banks and conducts classes to help gardeners and small farmers.

Attracting 224 people, the July 27 reception and dinner took place at the farm and at Moriah Farm, across Meetze Road, just east of Warrenton. Tickets cost $75. The event generated $51,550 from:

• Ticket sales, $19,800.

• Sponsorships, $10,275.

• Auction, $8,975.

• Corporate sponsorships, $6,250.

• Civic organization sponsorships, $6,250.

Expenses totaled $18,200 in expenses, Ms. Hunsberger Adam said.


Estimated number of northbound vehicles detoured from Route 29 during the “Cut the Hills” project

Slated for reopening at midnight Friday, Aug. 2, the stretch of highway approaching Vint Hill Road closed at noon Monday, July 8, diverting commuters, other local drivers and travelers to Route 17 and scattered secondary roads.

Final work will continue on the $3.5-million project, with frequent lane closures. But, the detours will end by early Saturday morning, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Chemung Contracting Corp. of Culpeper County will meet the deadline for reopening the highway.


The number of specially equipped handicapped vehicles Fauquier has on its tax rolls, according to Commissioner of Revenue Ross D’Urso.

For tax purposes, the county values the vehicles — many of them modified vans — at $629,965, Mr. D’Urso said. Fauquier taxes such vehicles at 5 cents per $100 assessed value.


Approximate number of free Dunkin’ doughnuts Bethel United Methodist Church members have given commuters who have used Blantyre Road as a detour since the July 8 closure of a portion of northbound Route 29 near New Baltimore for road safety improvements.

Volunteers also have served about free 30 cups of coffee from the church’s parking lot along Blantyre Road, just north of Warrenton.

Each Tuesday since the closure, church members conducted “Commuter Compassion Day” from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Using donations, the doughnuts and coffee cost about $125, according to Lay Leader Brett Hahne.

39.2 percent

Increase between 2010 and ’17 in the number of Warrenton residents ages 55 to 74, according to the U.S Census Bureau.

That number jumped from 1,605 to 2,234 people.

During that period, the number of residents age 25 to 54 also dipped about 2 percent, from 4,008 to 3,930.

Warrenton’s 2017 population stood at 9,875, the Census Bureau estimated.
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