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October 16, 2020

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: School bus riders expected


The approximate number of students per day who will ride buses when Fauquier County Public Schools resume in-person instruction next month.

Parents of 3,228 students indicated they will need transportation in a school system online survey completed Oct. 9.

Half of those students will go to schools Mondays and Tuesdays, starting Nov. 9. The other half will have in-person instruction Thursdays and Fridays.

While, parents of 9,184 students completed the survey, the school system got no responses for another 1,231. So, their transportation needs remain uncertain.

Administrators expect 71 percent of students to attend classes two days a week under the “hybrid” model and the other 29 percent to continue “virtual instruction.”

Under normal circumstances, about 7,000 Fauquier students ride buses to and from school. During the pandemic buses can operate at only about one-third of capacity to maintain “social distancing.”


The number of Fauquier taxidermists, including HB Taxidermy near Warrenton, Lee’s Taxidermy near The Plains and Propps Taxidermy near Sumerduck.

A third-generation, family-owned business, Lee’s opened in 1950.

Over the decades, taxidermies periodically would “pop up in Prince William and surrounding counties and then disappear,” said President Louis Lee, whose father started the business 70 years ago. “Very few in Fauquier County. We’ve stood the test of time, being able to stay around this long.”

Wyatt Propps started stuffing animals in 2013. Hunter Bowman opened HB Taxidermy about three years ago.

Taxidermists must get a permit from the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources that costs $40 per year. Taxidermists who handle migratory waterfowl also must obtain a five-year permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that costs $100.


Estimated number of pumpkins that Meadows Farms at New Baltimore expects to sell this fall, nursery Manager Kevin Coldren said.

“We definitely have more customers than last year at this time,” Mr. Coldren said. “I think people have a lot more free time. They want to be outdoors, and they can come here and be outdoors.”

Meadows charges 69 cent per pound for pumpkins, which typically weigh 15 to 20 pounds, he said.

Varieties include traditional orange pumpkins and green and blue varieties.


Total losses the Town of Warrenton recorded in five revenue categories because of the pandemic in fiscal 2020, which ended June 30.

Town officials in April anticipated losses totaling $1.2 million. But, Finance Director Stephanie Miller this week reported:

• $124,000 more than expected in business license fees.

• $67,000 more in sales taxes.

• $555,000 less than expected in Warrenton Aquatics and Recreation Facility fees.

• $250,000 less in meals taxes.

• $62,000 less in lodging taxes.

76.2 percent

Of Fauquier households had responded to the U.S. Census as of Oct. 14.

That compares to 71.3 percent for Virginia and 66.8 percent nationwide.

Warrenton had an 80 percent response rate.

A decade ago, Fauquier had a response rate of 68.4 percent.

Census Bureau enumerators followed up with most households that failed to respond, bringing the total coverage to 99.9 percent nationwide. The Supreme Court ruled that the count — conducted every 10 years — could end Oct. 15, as the Trump administration proposed.

By Dec. 31, the Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts — used for legislative redistricting — to the president, as required by law.
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