Your Business Celebrating Fauquier’s First Baby of the New Year A baby’s birth is always cause for celebration, but it’s even more exciting when the baby is the first one of the new year. Congratulations to Sara and Brant Freeman of Delaplane, who welcomed Victor Robert Freeman, at 5:08 a.m. on January 1, making him the first baby born at Fauquier Hospital in 2018. Victor’s birth was also celebrated by big brother Graeme, who is 3 years old. & Community in Action James Spedden Joins The Fauquier Bank With 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, James (Jim) Spedden, Jr. recently joined The Fauquier Bank (TFB) as senior vice president director of commercial banking. He most recently served as a vice president team leader of commercial real estate finance at M&T Bank, and has also worked in a similar position with Sandy Spring Bank in Fairfax. A UVA alumni, Jim oversees TFB’s commercial banking line, its largest revenue driver. Oak Grove Tree Experts First to Sign Up for Home & Garden Show With thoughts of the warmer days of spring ahead, Oak Grove Tree Experts registered as the first vendor for the Discovery Home & Garden Show. A premier tree service company, Oak Grove provides pruning, removals, planting, shrub and ornamental tree maintenance, preservation and maintenance of historic trees, cabling, bracing and lightning protection, construction site consulting, and emergency services. Call now for an appointment, and come meet them at the show on April 21 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at Fauquier High School. For more information about Oak Grove, call Randi Cooper at (540) 937-2500 or send an email to You can also visit for descriptions of their services. Fauquier County Public Schools Hosts Profile of a Graduate Forums To introduce the community to upcoming changes to high school graduation requirements, Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) is holding a series of workshops. The most recent session was January 24 at Taylor Middle School, with two more scheduled for February 9 at Auburn Middle School, and April 12 at Coleman Elementary School, each from 6:30–8:00 p.m. With the theme “The Class of 2022—Our Future is Now,” these forums address impending changes to the Virginia Standards of Accreditation and the rollout of “The Profile of a Graduate” statewide for the incoming freshman class in the fall of 2018. Open to the public, the meetings feature presentations by FCPS staff about how classrooms, schools, and education will change in the next few years. The events are also live-streamed, so you can view them from the comfort of your own home by going to the Fauquier Excellence in Education Facebook page at You don’t need to have a Fauquier High Class of ’78 Reunion Facebook account to view the forums. For more information, visit Plans are Underway! Calling all member of the Fauquier High School class of 1978! Don’t miss your 40Monte Carlo Night to year reunion on July 14, 2018 at the Lion’s Support Wounded Warriors Club in Remington. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Help support the efforts of the for cocktails, followed by dinner and dancing nonprofit organization, Serve Our at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60, which includes Willing Warriors (SOWW), by open bar, dinner, and music by The Andre attending their annual Monte Carlo Fox Band. Checks (payable to FHS Class Night (also known as Casino Night). of 1978 Reunion) can be mailed to Dave Guests attending this formal event Couk, 7879 Wellington Drive, Warrenton, on February 3 from 6:30–10:30 VA 20186. For more information, contact p.m. at the Piedmont Golf Club Karen Anne Jennings at (540) 229-1960 or (14675 Piedmont Vista Drive, Haymarket) will experience the fun and excitement of playing in a real casino, with a variety of authentic gaming tables manned by professional croupiers. All registered guests receive an equal amount of chips to play at the tables of their choice. Since the chips have no cash value, players compete for prizes awarded to the top three gamers in “funny money” winnings. There will also be a silent auction and an entertaining live auction. Tickets—available in advance or at the door—are $75, which includes $500 in fun money, assorted hors d’oeuvres, a full-course meal with carving station, and cash bar. With your support, SOWW can continue to fulfill their mission of providing support and encouragement to our nation’s warriors and their families during their recovery process and a peaceful retreat for them to escape to and rebuild their lives. For more information, visit or send an email to Professional Truck Driver Training Open House at Lord Fairfax Because of the high demand for professional truck drivers, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Workforce Solutions has partnered with CDS Tractor Trailer Training Company to provide professional truck driver training. In as little as 20 days, you could earn your commercial driver’s license (CDL-A). Learn more at the CDL-A program open house on Thursday, February 1 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. at LFCC’s Vint Hill site (4151 Weeks Drive, Warrenton). For more information, call (540) 868-7021 or visit ~ Sarah Smarrelli 34 Discover Fauquier ■ February 2018 To advertise: 540-349-8060