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Jill Vogel and Chad Melton

Virginia State Senator Jill Vogel and Chad Melton, CEO of Fauquier Health on Hospital Hill

Fauquier County resident Lance Allen recently sponsored a “Light the Night” event with the support of Chick-fil-A in Warrenton on Hospital Hill at Fauquier Hospital. The idea for the event came to fruition when Allen and Sarah Cubbage, marketing coordinator with Fauquier Health, connected to brainstorm. Rather than just delivering delicious boxed Chick-fil-A meals to the hospital staff, Allen decided it was important to take this one step further.

“The first responder and healthcare communities serve on our behalf every day,” Alllen said. “Sometimes we forget they’re a part our community because they’re just doing their jobs. Our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, moms and dads – the list goes on. They deserve our thanks and I’m just happy that in some small way we could show them that with Light the Night.” At that moment, a simple food donation idea turned into a drive-through event so the public could show support to the first responder and healthcare communities.

Light the Night was designed to give the families of Fauquier County a safe avenue to show community support to one another, while ensuring safe social distancing from their vehicles. Chad Melton, chief executive officer of Fauquier Health, was among the healthcare workers standing outside waving back.

The festivities began as Allen, Paul Brock, owner of Chick-fil-A Warrenton, and Chad Melton, CEO, delivered 60 chicken
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“Aquinnah” is nestled on 40 acres in the charming and historic village of Rectortown with stunning 200-degree mountain views accented with magnificent sun-sets. This fantastic property features seven bedrooms, six fireplaces, a large gourmet kitchen, tennis courts, greenhouse, separate guest house suitable for en-tertaining, new eight stall center aisle barn, riding ring, office and tack room. An equestrian lovers dream home in the heart of the Virginia countryside. Price: $4,850,000 Contact: Paul MacMahon 703-609-1905, instagram: @paulmacmahon_sheridanmacmahon


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Great news for horse owners, trainers, jockeys and more….Following West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s recent announcement permitting the resumption of horse racing without spectators in attendance, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has announced its intention to resume live racing on Thursday, May 14 with the track’s first race scheduled for its standard 7 p.m. kickoff time. In addition to conducting its races without spectators, Charles Town will continue its live racing under a set of protocols developed to protect the health and safety of those present.

“We couldn’t be happier to resume live racing here at Charles Town and do it in what we believe to be a safe environment,” said Charles Town’s Vice President of Racing and Sports Operations, Erich Zimny. “Thank you to the governor’s office and West Virginia Racing Commission for working with the stakeholders to make it reality.”

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Blackburn Architects Barn
One aspect of Blackburn Architects’ designs come with the roof like this at the MARE Center outside of Middleburg. The steep roof is vented along the ridge to allow hot air to rise and cool the building.

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many in the area are reminded of the Hunt Country Stable Tour, a tradition for 60 years, but not this year. Produced and for the benefit of Upperville’s Trinity Episcopal Church Outreach Program, it’s will resume on May 29-30 in 2021.

Laurie Volk, chair of the event, simply said, “There’s so much uncertainty right now. We all felt it’s the best decision in these troubling, uncertain times.” Trinity’s Outreach program serves Seven Loves, Mobile Hope Loudoun, So Others Might Eat, Piedmont Childcare Center, and Fauquier Free Medical Clinic, among others.

This year’s Stable Tour was to have included ten-plus facilities and many will participate next year. One popular stop expected in 2021 is the Middleburg Agriculture Research and Extension (MARE) Center designed by Blackburn Architects in Washington, D.C. It features their signature ventilation plan often seen along the ridge line of the roof. The 420-acre facility was originally donated by the late Paul Mellon and is run by Virginia Tech, with research aimed at improving pasture and equine productivity. Visitors will see mares and foals romping in the fields here.

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Mares and foals romp in the fields at the Virginia Tech MARE Center.

John Blackburn, senior principal of the firm, has done more than 250 horse facilities in 35 states and six countries. His design philosophy is based on the health and safety of the horses.

“Every equine project involves a balance between the needs of the horse, the own-er’s program goals and budget and the site,” Blackburn noted. “That’s been our design philosophy for many years and one reason why we’ve become well known nationally. Though every site and owner is different, the needs and concerns for the horse remain constant. We find a balance of all these needs without sacrificing the needs of the horse.”

The Foosaner Family Farm, just up the road from the MARE Center, was featured on the 2016 Stable Tour. For this project, the barn and riding arena were situated purposely by
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