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Discover Fauquier August 2017
Your Business
in Action
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
Fauquier County Public Schools Launches Transitions Program
Fauquier County Public Schools' special education adult students ages 18­22 will soon
benefit from "Transitions," a new community-based program that will provide
hands-on work experience and life-skills education in a community setting.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and information program will
be held on Wednesday,
August 9, from 5:00­7:00 p.m.
at the Warrenton Odd Fellows Charity Lodge at the corner
of 5th and Main Streets in Old Town Warrenton. The public is invited to attend.
The Transitions program is currently seeking businesses to use as employment training
sites for its students as well as community resources and recreational activities to benefit
students. Resources may include a local gym, volunteer organizations, libraries, parks and
recreation, churches, or interest groups. For more information, contact Joanna Kuta at
7th Annual Taste of Fauquier a Delicious Success
The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce was delighted to host one of its favorite events, the
Taste of Fauquier, on June 14. Participants included Black Bear Bistro, Eggspectation,
Foster's Grille, The Grill Room at Fauquier Springs & Legends Catering, Grioli's Italian Bistro,
Poplar Springs (The Manor House Restaurant), and Sibby's Restaurant & Lounge.
Entries were made in four categories, and the winners are...
Best Appetizer: Grioli's for its
Tuscan Chicken Lettuce
Best Entrée: Legend's
Catering for its Barbecue
Pork Shank
Best Side Dish: Sibby's for its
Mac & Cheese
Best Dessert: Sibby's for its
Bread Pudding
Congratulations to all!
Mayson's Pharmacy Opens in Marshal
For residents of Marshall and its environs, the opening of Mayson's Pharmacy in Marshall
Centre on Winchester Road was a blessing. Owner Scott Kim, who runs another pharmacy
in Farmville, VA, identified Marshall as a similar community in need of a neighborhood
pharmacy. Residents wholeheartedly agree!
"It has been absolutely amazing!" says pharmacy technician Sally Toms. "Nearly everyone
who comes in tells us how happy they are not to have to drive to Warrenton or Haymarket to
fill a prescription. This is especially true for senior citizens and moms with young children."
In addition to filling prescriptions, Mayson's stocks a modest collection of over-the-counter
items. Sally is quick to point out that if a customer doesn't find an item that he or she needs,
they are happy to contact their vendor to place a special order to arrive the next business
day. The pharmacy is currently open six days a week:
Monday­Friday from 9:00 a.m.­6:00
p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.­2:00 p.m. but may expand hours in the future if the
need arises. To learn more, call
(540) 364-8291.
Enas Wahba, Sally Toms, Scott Kim
Relay for Life of Fauquier 2017 a Great Success
Putting on an event like Relay for Life is no easy task. The fact that this past June's event was
the 23rd Relay for Life in Fauquier County is impressive. Even more so is the dollar amount
that it has raised for the American Cancer Society (ACS). On the day of the event, more
than $17,000 came pouring in. The current 2017 total is $121,640, just shy of its $122,000
goal. Event organizer Christina Ballard notes that from 2010­2016, the totals raised exceed
$1.2 million!
Nearly 420 registered
participants and hundreds
of visitors attended the
June event at Fauquier
High School. The day
was packed with a variety
of different activities,
kicking off as always with
the survivor lap, as well
as the poignant luminaria
ceremony, during which
attendees remembered
those who have lost their battle with cancer. There was a lot of play too, including a "road to
recovery" car race, themed costumed contests, Zumba, jazzercise, and kids' activities.
A week after the Relay, volunteers hosted the Old Town Warrenton Father's Day Car Show.
Christina explains that this event was gifted to them by the Warrenton Chamber, the previous
sponsor. Despite having no experience in organizing such an affair, more than 2,000 people
attended to view the 222 registered cars, and they raised over $11,000 for the ACS!
The best news of all? Donations are still being accepted through August 31. Please contribute
if you can by visiting For more information, including how
to volunteer for one of nearly two dozen 2018 Relay event leadership team positions, contact
Christina Ballard at
(240) 994-2863 or
New Native Plant Garden at the Rady Park Arboretum
Members of the Fauquier Master Gardeners, the Warrenton Garden Club, and the Town
of Warrenton Parks and Recreation Department gathered at the Rady Park Arboretum to
dedicate a new Native Plant Garden in early June. It is the first in the Arboretum to feature
only Virginia native trees and shrubs, and was made possible by a $2,000 grant from the
Warrenton Garden Club.
The selected native species include trees (American Hornbeam, Pagoda Dogwood, and
Blackhaw Viburnum) and shrubs (Summersweet, St. John's Wort, Inkberry, Leucothoe,
Swamp Azalea, Blue Muffin Arrowwood Viburnum, and Chicago Lustre Arrowwood Viburnum)
that are well-adapted to the Piedmont region.
"The plants we chose will clearly demonstrate the beauty and
diversity of native plants available to us in Fauquier County,"
says Arboretum co-chair Mary McGee. "More and more people
are choosing native species for their natural subtle beauty, their
diversity, and their support of the environment."
The community is invited to visit the Arboretum, which is open
daily from dawn to dusk, and is free of charge. Self-guided
walking maps are available.
A Little Heart Launches "Project Sweet Dreams"
One of The Plains' newest nonprofit organizations, A Little Heart, is
already living up to its mission of "putting a smile on the face of the
little hearts that need it the most." This past June, it opened a thrift
store in the basement of the Carter Hotel (4243 Jackson Street),
and proceeds from the store along with private donations will be
used to fund "Project Sweet Dreams." This endeavor provides
comfort packs to children arriving in foster care, homeless shelters,
hospitals, etc. Each backpack will contain a stuffed animal, a book, and a snuggle blanket.
You can contribute to this wonderful cause by making a monetary
donation, purchasing something at the thrift store, or donating an item to
fill the backpacks. To learn more, visit the thrift store, call
(540) 253-2138,
or visit
Larry Spielberg & Graham Colvin (Fauquier Springs Country
Club), George Jolley (Sibby's) & Vinny Vitale (Grioli's)