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Discover Western Prince William September 2018
Although the Wall Street in Manassas may not be in the same league as the
one in New York City, it has far more charm and isn't too far away from one of
the county's main financial centers--The Fauquier Bank. Alicio Castañeda,
a recent George Mason University graduate with a degree in finance, is
thrilled to have completed training that permitted him to become the branch
manager at The Fauquier Bank's Sudley Road location. The front page
shares the story.
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Fauquier County
23rd Annual
October 13, 2018 · 10am to 4pm
· Beef Cattle
· Pumpkins
· Winery
· Cidery
· Alpacas
· Farm Market
· and MORE!
Fun for the entire family!
The Farm Tour is free of charge however fees are charged for some activities, food and products at some locations.
For more information please call
or visit
Our community is fortunate to have
outstanding indoor swimming pools that
offer a host of water-based activities to
people of all ages. The Freedom Aquatic
and Fitness Center in Manassas and the
Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility
opened 19 and 11 years ago, respectively.
Both are home to competitive swim teams
and continue to expand offerings that
include a broad range of swim lessons
and water exercise classes.
Cherie Adair serves as the head site
coach for Nation's Capital Swim Team
(NCAP) in Warrenton as well as the Kettle
Run High School swim team coach and a
water exercise instructor at the Freedom
Center. A native of Hamburg, NY, Cherie
began swimming in a summer recreational
league at age six and moved to competitive
year-round swimming at age nine. Later
attending Miami University in Oxford, OH,
on a swimming scholarship, she made the
natural transition to coaching and teaching
water exercise classes. She has worked
with people of all ages and abilities and
witnessed first-hand the myriad benefits
of swimming.
"I believe that water heals the body," Cherie
says. In her water exercise classes, she
often works with older adults. "While there
are a number of extraordinarily fit folks in
their eighties, many others are in pain,
and being in water makes them feel good."
Whether an individual is dealing with a
knee or hip replacement, arthritis, or other
condition, water greatly reduces the impact
on joints, and movement in warmer water
helps muscles relax.
Cherie believes in the importance of
swimming as a life skill and a sport that
one doesn't outgrow. Not only is it a non-
impact activity, swimming improves one's
cardiovascular capacity and unlike other
sports, offers 360 degrees of resistance.
"You work with your own body weight and
learn balance by using your arms and legs
simultaneously, all while learning to control
your breath," she says.
Having experienced the benefits of being
a lifelong swimmer, Cherie is eager to
share them with anyone, especially youth
who devote themselves to the sport. "You
have to be organized to juggle school work
and do the necessary training," she says.
"Swimming teaches time management
skills and encourages hard work." She
also points out that it's both a personal
and a team sport, with many options for
celebrating, such as learning or mastering
a stroke, improving time, winning an event,
etc. Perhaps most important, while many
sports become prohibitive to adults over
time, swimming remains accessible. In
fact, masters swim teams (for adults 19+)
are popular, and the number of triathletes
is on the rise.
Not only does Cherie believe that people
can reap the benefits of swimming
throughout their lives, she says it's never
too late to learn. People who learn to swim
in their youth feel comfortable in water, an
asset that lasts a lifetime. But those who
have experienced trauma in water need
not write off swimming as unattainable.
Both the Freedom Center and the WARF
have instructors specifically trained to
work with individuals who suffer from
hydrophobia. Even if they don't become
proficient swimmers, they can learn basic
survival skills as well as techniques to
reduce their anxiety.
The Freedom Center offers swim
lessons (group, semi-private, or private)
for all ability levels from age six months
to adult. In addition, a variety of specialty
aquatics classes are available throughout the
year. These run the gamut from Lifeguard
Training, SCUBA, and other certification
courses, Pre-Competition Swimming, Swim
Team Prep, and Masters Swim Team, and
fitness classes like Aqua Motion, Cardio and
Core, Deep Water, Aqua Zumba
, Warm
Water Aquafit, and Arthritis Plus. To learn
more, call
(703) 993-8444.
~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
Take the Plunge!