Your Business Saint James’ Episcopal Breaks Ground for School Addition & Community in Action Willing Warriors Gala: Spectacular Event for an Outstanding Cause Help support our wounded veterans and enjoy a night out on the town at the 2nd Annual Serve Our Willing Warriors (SOWW) Gala on November 4 from 6:30– 10:30 p.m. at the MGM National Harbor. This black-tie event will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and live auctions. SOWW uses all proceeds from the gala to sustain, improve, and expand the non-clinical support programs that SOWW provides to wounded, ill, or injured service members during their recovery. SOWW operates the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, a five-bedroom home on 37 acres in Haymarket, where wounded warriors and their families stay at no cost for five days of respite. In the past two years, SOWW has hosted more than 60 family visits! They have been so successful that demand for their respite program has increased, and they are raising funds to build an additional home on the property. To purchase gala tickets ($175 per person) or for more information about SOWW, visit or call (866) 227-5853. As they continue on their journey to provide educational options for local families, Saint James’ Episcopal Church had a groundbreaking ceremony in September to kick off construction for a new 10,000-square-foot educational wing. This addition will include 5,000 square feet of finished space and a 5,000-square-foot basement set aside for future use. Construction is slated for completion in time for the 2018 school year; this is the first new building on the church’s property since 1967. The new wing will house five classrooms, a main office, a more defined school entrance, and an elevator. Saint James’ Episcopal School began in 1982 with preschool, and added kindergarten in 2007, first grade in 2010, and then second through fifth grades every year thereafter. The school now has 164 students, with 66 in elementary grades and 98 in preschool. Using a thematicbased curriculum, the school focuses on learning how to think Marie Moore, William Turnure, The Rev. Ban Maas, critically and solve Penny Dart, and Stacey Irvin problems creatively. Admissions for the 2018–19 school year will start in January. The school offers group tours on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., or you may schedule a personal tour by calling (540) 347-3855. Learn more at Hearts Delight Church Hosts Community Fair Join the fun on October 21 from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. at the free Community Fair hosted by Hearts Delight Baptist Church in Catlett, where the whole family can enjoy live entertainment and food, along with a giveaway of household goods and gently used clothing. The church wants to unite our community and will have representatives from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, Red Cross, local fire departments, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Local veterans can also get information about the new Veterans Choice Program, which allows them to receive health care within their community. For more information about the Hearts Delight Community Fair send email to HeartsDelightBaptistchurch@ or call (540) 788-9234. Rodger Baker Scholarship Supports Students Pursuing Medical Fields To honor Rodger Baker’s 40+ years with Fauquier Health, the PATH Foundation established the Rodger H. Baker Scholarship, which is administered by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. Available to Fauquier County students planning to attend a 2- or 4-year school or training program in the health field, especially in nursing, the first scholarship will be presented to graduates of the high school class of 2018. For more information, visit Fauquier Boy Scouts Honor Major Warner Fauquier native Major Warner, associate superintendent for instruction with Fauquier County Public Schools, was honored with the 2017 Roland Tapscott Good Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of the Piedmont District Fauquier Division. He will be honored during a presentation dinner in late October, when ABC7 Weatherman Brian van de Graaff, an Eagle Scout from the Piedmont District, will serve as master of ceremonies. Major is being honored for his everyday demonstration of the Boy Scout principles. Prior to his current position, Major served for 10 years as principal at Kettle Run High School, and before that worked in other education positions. Past recipients of the Roland Tapscott Good Scout Award include Fauquier Chamber President Joe Martin, Warrenton businessman Jim Rankin, Orleans Minister Randy West, Vint Hill high-tech executive Gary Newell, and Marshall physician Norris Royston, M.D., among others. Vint Hill Road Improvements Make Big Impact Ongoing road improvements in Vint Hill continue to improve access to the area for residents and visitors. The recent opening of the Vint Hill Parkway expansion created a new route through the central area of Vint Hill to Kennedy Drive, connecting with Brookside Parkway. This allows direct access for through traffic to and from the eastern and western parts of the property. However, work continues on this stretch of the road, so drivers are advised to proceed with caution. With the addition of sidewalks, pedestrians can soon look forward to the interconnectivity of trails, bike paths, and walkways throughout Vint Hill and surrounding neighborhoods. The parkway extension is part of an overall $11-million infrastructure project, which will create more efficient road systems throughout Vint Hill. This effort continues the work to reinvent Vint Hill as a live, work, and play community. For regular updates about road construction in the Vint Hill area, including closures and detours, visit ~ Sarah Smarrelli 36 Discover Fauquier ■ October 2017 To advertise: 540-349-8060