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Discover Fauquier May 2018
"Spring Fling": indoor Yard Sale;
Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5, 8am-2pm.
Huge array of collectibles, glassware,
kitchen ware, small furniture, books,
clothing & much more. Bargain prices! Cool
Spring United Methodist Church. 3322
Cobbler Mountain Rd., Delaplane.
piedMont regional art Show &
Sale: 71st Consecutive Year; Saturday,
May 19, 10am-6pm; Sunday May 20,
11:30-3pm. Free, donations accepted.
350 exhibits. Proceeds benefit church
ministries. Grace Episcopal Church. 6507
Main St., The Plains.
MeMorial poppY diStribution:
at giant Food warrenton; thursday,
May 24, 2-6pm. Donations help Fauquier
County Veterans. American Legion
Auxiliary Remington Unit 247.
Yard Sale: at Messick's Farm Market;
Saturday, May 26, 10am-4pm; rain date
Monday, May 28, 10am-4pm. To benefit
Midland Church of the Brethren Youth's trip
to the church's National Youth Conference
in Colorado. Messick's Farm Market, 6025
Catlett Rd., Bealeton.
wwii Swing danCe: the Silver tones
Swing band; Saturday, May 12, 7pm.
$10/person includes swing dance lesson
& refreshments. Come dressed in 1940s
attire! The Marshall Community Center,
4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall.
lego Free plaY: @ the library;
wednesday, May 9, 4-5pm. LEGOs
will be available for all to enjoy. Bealeton
branch library, 10877 Willow Dr. North,
Bealeton. John Marshall branch library,
4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall.
babY StepS: 30-minute program for
infants up to 13 months; Monday, May
21, 10:30-11am. Bouncing, seeing finger
plays, singing to rhymes with caregivers,
followed by free play. Warrenton central
library, 11 Winchester St., Warrenton.
FarMerS MarketS: wednesdays at
warF; 800 Waterloo Rd.; Saturdays at
parking lot, Lee & 5th St., Warrenton.
reStriCtionS liFted: Fauquier
hospital; Open visitation policy restored.
the bull run MountainS
natural area preServe: now
open; Fridays-Sundays, 8am-6pm,
The High Point cliff area remains closed.
A Public Service Feature
May is Older Americans Month, and each year, the
Administration on Aging leads our nation's observance of it.
This year's theme is "Engage at Every Age," emphasizing that
you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that
can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
In addition, it celebrates the many ways in which older adults
make a difference in our communities. We're blessed to
feature two such individuals who have had an impact here in
The "baby" of the pair is Fauquier native Butler Grant, who
turned 80 this past January. His daughter Andrea ("Nikki")
Grant Wright explains that before suffering a stroke last
summer, her father was active in the community and has
several "fi rsts" associated with his name.
Butler is the second youngest of four children, who were
raised on a farm near Lake Brittle, where the Grant family
has owned land for over
a century. He attended
Taylor High School,
which was designated
prior to desegregation.
Several years after
graduating, Butler was
drafted into the Army,
where he served two
years during the Vietnam
War. Now married with
two daughters, he settled
down with his family in
Washington, DC. Sadly,
his wife was diagnosed
with terminal cancer, and
as she battled it, Butler
worked three jobs to
earn enough money to
keep their daughters in a
private Catholic school,
per his wife's wishes.
One of those jobs was a police offi cer, which turned out to
serve him well down the road.
By 1969, Butler had returned to his native Warrenton and
was searching for a job. Although he was offered a position
with the Warrenton Police Department, he had no intention of
taking it--until his grandfather told him that he had to accept
it or risk tarnishing the family reputation! Butler became the
fi rst African-American to serve in the department. Although he
initially didn't want to be a police offi cer, he ended up loving
the job, serving for eight years and training the department's
fi rst three chiefs!
Butler then joined the Fauquier County Sheriff's Offi ce in 1984,
and once again was the fi rst African-American to do so. During
his nearly 25 years there, he was promoted several times
(corporal, sergeant, detective, assistant division commander,
lieutenant, assistant patrol division commander, and logistical
commander), chosen as the fi rst county D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse
Resistance Education) instructor, and selected to create and
maintain the county's fi rst Property and Evidence division.
Butler retired upon turning 70 but was brought back almost
immediately to help train new deputies.
Because of his devotion to the fi rst responders' lifestyle,
Butler also volunteered with Fauquier County Fire & Rescue
in the 1960s and 1970s and later became the county's fi rst
HAZMAT-certifi ed professional.
Celebrating Seniors During
Older Americans Month
Several years ago, he redirected his line of service, choosing
to become an ordained minister and delighting in visiting
people in local hospitals and nursing homes. Thank you,
Butler, for demonstrating for so long--and in so many ways--
how fulfi lling a life of service can be!
"Always be good; do what is right." For most of his 97 years,
our senior of these two seniors, Dr. Robert Iadeluca (Dr.
Robby), has striven to
live by these words,
spoken to him by his
beloved mother before
she passed away when
he was just nine years
"It was no extraordinary
phrase," Dr. Robby says.
"The difference was that
it was my mother who
said it--and I knew what
she meant. In my 97
years, I know what I've
been doing is what she
would have wanted me
And he has done a lot!
At age 21, he was sworn
into the United States
Army and later deployed
to Europe, where World War II was in full force. He served in
France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. He made
the most out of the war, falling in love with a French woman,
Fernande--known as Bijou--whom he married and brought
back to the United States.
Dr. Robby points out that from a young age, he had always
wondered what makes people think and act the way they do.
This curiosity put him on an education path in psychology
that spanned decades, including earning a bachelor's degree
from Hofstra University, located on his native Long Island,
a subsequent master's degree, and in his fi fties, a Ph.D. in
lifespan development psychology.
But before becoming Dr. Robby, he served in other capacities
where his deeper understanding of human nature came into
play. For 13 years he was a career scout executive with the
Boys Scouts of America, training volunteers for the organization
in New York City, on Long Island and upstate, as well as in
New Jersey. He later worked in a public relations position for
the New York State Department of Education before earning
his advanced degrees and eventually relocating to the
Washington, DC, area to serve with the Federal Government
as a research psychologist, studying issues involving military
families and substance abuse.
It wasn't until 1990--at an age when most people would have
long since retired, that Dr. Robby found yet another calling.
Opening a private practice on Hospital Hill in Warrenton, he
began to see patients, with a specifi c focus on people dealing
with drug addictions. "My approach was to fi gure out how I
could guide their thinking to make them feel better," Dr. Robby
says. "I helped them understand that they had more power in
themselves than they realize."
Thank you, Dr. Robby for being good, for doing what is right,
and for showing us how to do the same.
~ Nancy Griffi n-Bonnaire
Andrea Grant Wright & Butler Grant
Dr. Robby Iadeluca