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November 19, 2021

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Turkeys for 1st Responders


Thanksgiving meal baskets distributed Thursday to Fauquier law enforcement officers, firefighters and medics.

Rev. Tyrone Green and his Heart's Delight Baptist Church in Catlett — along with nearby Mount Horab United Methodist Church, Oak Shade Baptist Church and Zoar Baptist Church — started “Turkeys for First Responders” five years ago.

“The sole purpose is to say, ‘Thank you’,” Rev. Green said as sheriff’s deputies, Remington and Warrenton police officers, state troopers and firefighter/medics from Catlett, Goldvein, Lois and Remington drove through the Warrenton Walmart parking lot to pick up their baskets.

Each basket contained a frozen turkey, potatoes, stuffing, corn and green beans.

Walmart provided a grant and discounts on the food.

Churches and businesses that have joined the effort include: The Bridge Community Church, the Catlett Assembly of God, County Chevrolet, Discovery Publications, Grace Episcopal in Casanova, Liberty United Methodist Church of Bealeton, the Midland United Methodist Church Men’s Club, the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Midland and Mt. Holly Baptist Church near Remington.

“I love this community,” said Ayonna Parham, a Virginia Beach native who has managed the Warrenton Walmart for three months.


Hours per week that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles office in Warrenton provides walk-in service.

Customers can visit the office without appointments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

The office serves customers by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

DMV offices closed temporarily during the early weeks of the pandemic last year and opened for appointment only service in May 2020, while continuing to provide online and phone service. The offices on Oct. 5 of this year opened to walk-in customers on the alternating schedule.


Fauquier residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster.

That represents 11 percent of the county population.

Statewide, more than 1 million Virginians — or 11.7 percent of the population — have received booster shots.


Spectators that town officials anticipate — for planning purposes — to attend the Warrenton Christmas Parade, which will start at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

Getting into and out of Old Town — along with parking — will present challenges. Police Chief Mike Kochis recommends spectators arrive early and plan to linger downtown after the parade.

All 24 of his department’s officers will work the night of the parade, Chief Kochis said.

The Marshall Christmas Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

The Remington Christmas Parade will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Middleburg’s Christmas Parade will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.


Average travel time to work for a Fauquier commuter.

That’s about 1.4 times the average of 28.7 minutes in Virginia and 1.5 times the national average of 26.9 minutes.
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