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Discover Fauquier August 2017
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
"Fauquier Foodies" 4-H Group Heads to Texas State Fair
After placing second in a district contest last March, the Fauquier Foodies Senior Food
Challenge Team, all Fauquier 4-H members, won the 4-H State Congress food challenge
held at Virginia Tech in June.
Food Challenge participants are tasked with creating a dish using a basket of mystery
ingredients as well as optional pantry items. Teams have 40 minutes to cook and plate a
dish, which must be accompanied by a full description that includes ingredients, nutrition
information, preparation steps, and food safety measures taken, as well as how the meal
could have been made healthier or include all of the food groups.
The Fauquier Foodies, which
includes Bernadette Hassan,
Meredith and Virginia Lawrence,
and Erin Scanlon, are now preparing
to head to the National Food
Challenge Contest, to be held at the
Texas State Fair on October 3.
The Food Challenge concept
even found its way to this year's
Fauquier County Fair, which hosted
a similar event, focusing on showing
fairgoers the local quality foods that
are at their disposal. To learn about participating in this challenge at next year's fair, call
The Fauquier Foodies: Meredith Lawrence, Bernadette
Hassan, Erin Scanlon, and Virginia Lawrence
The Warrenton Chorale: Calling All Youth!
A community icon, the Warrenton Chorale was launched in 1953 and began its beloved
tradition of a community choir singing songs during the Christmas season. It has expanded
over the years, adding a Youth Chorale, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year!
Boys and girls ages 917 are invited to join the Youth Chorale, which rehearses on
September 12 from 5:457:00 p.m. at Warrenton Presbyterian Church (91 Main
Street). In light of the 50th anniversary milestone, the organization is inviting Youth Chorale
alumni of any age to join them for one of its best-loved pieces, "Fruitcake," during the annual
concert, held this year on
November 30 and December 1 & 2 at Warrenton United Methodist
Church (341 Church Street).
Those interested in joining the Youth Chorale, as well as alumni who wish to participate,
should contact Sue Ellen Kinser for details. She can be reached via email at
yahoo.com or Registrar@WarrentonChorale.org. To learn more about the Warrenton
A Solid Start for Families 4 Fauquier's Rock Club
Families 4 Fauquier, a community organization that supports fun events and volunteering
opportunities throughout the county, recently launched Rocks Club. Its purpose is simple:
painting rocks to spread good cheer within the community!
The club meets monthly and has been
well received in its two first meetings. The
next meeting will be held at Mathnasium of
Warrenton on Tuesday,
August 8 from 10:30
a.m.12:30 p.m. Rocks and other materials
are provided. Come join the fun, and stay
tuned for news on two community rock
gardens slated to open soon! To learn more,
visit Families 4 Fauquier's Facebook page.
Charlotte Relocates to Historic Culpeper
Charlotte Brady was delighted to move her shop, named simply "Charlotte," from Old Town
Warrenton to Main Street in Historic Culpeper last May. The larger location provides more
room to display her incredible collection of unique day and evening fashionwear from small
designers that aren't found in department stores. Charlotte is proud that the grand majority
of the clothing and accessories are designed and made in the USA, and she loves seeing
customers of all ages and helping them find the perfect outfit and accessories.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony held on June 29 was well attended by town officials and Charlotte's
fellow local merchants. Many of her Warrenton clients have enjoyed visiting her in the new
shop, and the locals are catching on too! To learn more, call
PATH Foundation Supports Marshall Community Center Renovation
Thanks to the combined efforts of Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS), a $40,300 grant
from the PATH Foundation, and a matching grant from an anonymous donor, the Marshall
Community Center is preparing to undergo a major facelift.
The facility's potential was discovered last year during a meeting between FCPS
Superintendent David Jeck, Marshall Middle School principal David Graham, and Larry Miller
of Fauquier County Department of Parks and Recreation. Although the county had begun
renovations to the community center years ago, they were incomplete. Current plans include
creating a space within the center to be used as an afterschool area, where students can
receive tutoring and mentoring, as well as expend some extra energy through sports.
PATH Foundation CEO and president Christy
Connolly notes that the partnership is an important
aspect of community in the county. "This is an
example of the kind of partnership we want to
bring to the community," she says. "The donation-
matching partnership allows us to leverage dollars
that would otherwise be lost."
LFCC Awarded Grant to Train Heavy Equipment Operators
Thanks to a $453,686 Workforce Capacity Building grant from the Virginia Community
College System, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will become the first community
college in Virginia to offer statewide industry credential programs for heavy equipment
operators. The grant allows for the establishment of a heavy equipment operator credential
program at LFCC's Vint Hill site, and for the expansion of several trades programs on the
Beginning this winter, LFCC will offer the statewide-recognized industry credential program
for heavy equipment operations, using the National Center for Construction Education and
Research's curriculum and national industry credentialing. Students will be trained using
state-of-the-art Vortext simulation equipment.
"The simulation equipment will allow our students to gain hands-on training on multiple types
of heavy construction equipment that will replicate real-life operating scenarios through
rotating-motion platforms and high-resolution 3D displays," says LFCC Workforce Solutions
and Continuing Education vice president Jeanian Clark. "Students will do the actual motions
and feel the vibrations while moving,
digging, and lifting in real-time weather and
In addition, the VCCS grant will help LFCC
expand its electrical, HVAC, and plumbing
trades programs in Fauquier County to their
full Level-4 Journeyman potential, allowing
students to apply for state licensure.