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November 10, 2021

Biz Buzz: Chamber hosts gala for 100th anniversary

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The Silver Tones will perform at the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary Gala.
Chamber’s 100th Anniverary Gala Nov. 18

The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a gala Thursday night, Nov. 18, at the Great Marsh Estate near Bealeton.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., the event will feature a social hour, dinner, the annual awards ceremony, the annual meeting and dancing with the Silver Tones swing band performing.

Tickets are $100 per person, with sponsorships available.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 540-347-4414.

Formed in 1921, the organization serves as “a voice for business,” with activities focused on education and training, economic development, legislative affairs, networking and promotion of tourism.

Marianne Clyde chairs a 17-member board of directors that sets policy for the chamber, which recently hired Alec Burnett as its executive director.

CDC honors Remington Drug Co.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized the Remington Drug Co. for its Diabetes Prevention Program.

“As your local pharmacy in Remington, our purpose is to improve the health of those within our community,” pharmacy co-owner Travis Hale said. “One way we do this by offering our Diabetes Prevention Program. In this year-long program that was created by the CDC, patients learn life-long habits to delay the development of diabetes and how to overcome obstacles while supporting one another’s successes.

“Our Diabetes Prevention Program is hosted by our very own pharmacists and lifestyle coaches- Wendy Lear and Margaret Rowe. Without their dedication to the program, Remington Drug wouldn’t have received this recognition.”

The CDC reported 34.2 million people living with diabetes – or 10.5 percent of the U.S population — living diabetes in 2020. Of those, 7.3 million remain undiagnosed and another 88 million adults have prediabetes.

“The good news is that Type 2 Diabetes is preventable, and prediabetes can be reversed if steps are taken to change diet and exercise,” Mr. Hale said.

For information about the Diabetes Prevention Program, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Clinic/pharmacy decision postponed

The Warrenton Town Council on Tuesday delayed a decision on a special use permit for construction of a walk-in medical clinic and pharmacy with a drive-thru window.

Although supportive of the $2.6-million proposal, the council voted, 7-0, to consider it in December after the town staff addresses concerns about traffic at Blackwell Road and Walker Drive and shared vehicle access with the Warrenton Professional Center.

Piedmont Urgent Care and an extension of the Remington Drug Co. would occupy the 7,500-square-foot, 1-1/2-story brick building.

Dr. Steve von Elten and his partners would build and own the new structure on a 0.6-acre lot. Dr. von Elten and other physicians have practiced in the larger building since 1997.

The town planning commission in September unanimously recommended council approval of the special use permit.

Affordable housing proposals sought

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission seeks proof of concept submissions from developers for projects that would increase the number of affordable housing units in the region.

The proof of concept submission starts the overall application process and allows interested developers to provide an overview, goals, objectives and intended outcomes of proposed projects, as well as the anticipated funding request, number of units, organizational capacity, targeted income levels and project location.

That information will enable the regional commission to determine the overall interest in the available funding and to identify those projects most suitable for funding. Selected projects will advance to a second application phase that will allow developers to submit detailed timelines, scopes of work, action plans and to produce additional financial information for funding consideration.

“We are pleased to announce this process and to begin identifying partners that will increase the number of affordable housing units in the region,” RRRC Executive Director Patrick Mauney said. “The grant received from Virginia Housing is timely, with the commission’s Regional Housing Study completed earlier in 2021, and our local government and housing partners indicating a growing need for diverse housing options across income levels in the region.”

The regional commission, which includes Fauquier, received a $2 million grant to support development of affordable housing.

For more information on the RRRC Housing Development Program, visit

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