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Fried Green Tomatoes



When you say the name, you think one of two things — the 1991 movie, or the southern food staple. I can’t say I remember much of the movie, but I can assure you, I remember the taste of that bitterly sweet and fried goodness on a muggy Summer night. Front porches and sweet tea have never been complimented so well — and you’re not a true Piedmont food enthusiast if you’ve never eaten fried green tomatoes.

So many of our Piedmont restaurants offer this appetizing treat, but it’s the season of tomatoes, and as we do well here in the Piedmont, we like to make things ourselves when the opportunity arises. Most of our local Farmer’s Markets now offer hard green tomatoes for frying. So, even if you don’t have a garden of your own, there’s still hope for you.

There’s been an ongoing debate for the past few decades as to where fried green tomatoes actually originated. Is it even a southern food at all? Some believe that the method came from the Northeast with Jewish immigrants. While others believe that it was always a preferred way to use up unripened tomatoes before the autumn frosts hit, all across the United States.

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Xita the Service Dog

A close up of the face of a German Shepherd, mostly black but with bronze highlights around her eyes and white on the end of her muzzle. She has a big ol goofy grin.

When I first met Xita vom Ludwigseck back in June of 2010, she had just turned 3 years old, pregnant with her first litter, and had recently been imported from Germany by my friend Christine. A stranger in a strange land, Xita was a very correct German Shepherd in every particular, polite to strangers but not really interested in them. Her muzzle was just barely touched with grey on the end, the result of a gene in German Shepherds that results in premature grey and leaves dogs looking distinguished at a young age.

At the time, I was becoming progressively more disabled from chronic pain and mental illness that I’d carried out of my time spent in the US Navy during Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was experimenting with using a dog to assist with my mobility, using my long-suffering male Doberman, and finding it incredibly helpful. I looked into every program I could find that trained service dogs, but not one of them trained mobility dogs AND placed dogs in a home that already had pet dogs. Since you can pry my cherished dogs from my cold dead hands but not before, I was left floundering.

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Fauquier Health Foundation Launches Make It Happen!  

First grants open November 18

WARRENTON —The Fauquier Health Foundation announced today the launch of its first community grants program on October 20.  Make it Happen! will begin accepting grant applications on Tuesday, November 18. Because this is a rolling grant process, there are no fast deadlines for the submission of requests.

Make It Happen! grants were created to energize the creativity of engaged citizens working with organizations to accomplish small-scale, high-impact, quick turnaround projects.  Applicants can request funding of $2,000 to $10,000 for ideas that can be turned around in 90 days or less.  The application process is simple, and applicants will receive a quick response as to whether or not they’ll receive funding.

The goal is to engage the community and create success stories. Eligible grant applicants include 501(c)3 non-profits, religious institutions (for non-religious purposes) or local government entities in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties.  The proposed project should have the potential to inspire and motivate the community and must benefit people and organizations within the Foundation’s service area.  Benefits must be concrete and tangible.

“We’re hoping that Make It Happen! will be a catalyst for community leaders and residents who are passionate about improving our communities and the region’s quality of life,” explained Christy Connolly, president and CEO of Fauquier Health Foundation.  “The program was developed to light a spark in area residents who have great ideas to impact positive change.”

For those who want to learn more about Fauquier Health Foundation grants and the process, there is a review day on Friday, November 7, at 10 a.m. in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital (500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton, Va. 20186).

To register for this event, as well as for more information on Make it Happen! and the Fauquier Health Foundation, visit

Fauquier Health Foundation was established through a joint venture between Fauquier Health and LifePoint Hospitals and was formed in 2013.   The purpose of the Foundation is to promote healthy communities today and in the future.

About Fauquier Health Foundation

With a legacy of community philanthropy stretching back to 1954, the modern Fauquier Health Foundation was created in 2013 through a joint venture between Fauquier Health and LifePoint Hospitals. The resulting foundation manages the assets of this multigenerational gift to promote healthy communities today and in stewardship for our children’s grandchildren.

Contact: Amy Petty, 540-316-2602

Annual Medical Camp Returns to Fauquier Hospital This Summer


WHAT: Fauquier Hospital will hold its popular medical camp.  Kids ages 13-18 will have the chance to experience the medical field in a hands-on and interactive way. Kids with a serious interest in careers in the medical field will be able to try their hand at skills such as: blood typing, intubating (put a tube down a patient’s throat), starting an IV, mixing medications, and participate in a mock code.

For 2013, the camp has added a third session for those 15 and over who have attended the previous year’s sessions one and two. Campers in the third session will find out more about various physician specialties, including the growing field of telemedicine, and spend time in the nursing simulation lab at Lord Fairfax Community College.

WHO:  Kids aged 13-18 who have a serious interest in a career in the healthcare industry.
135 kids will participate in seven sessions this summer.

WHEN: Level I:              June 18 – 19, June 25 – 26 and July 9 – 10
              Level II:             July 23 – 24 and August 6 – 7
Level III:            July 17 – 18 and July 31 – August 1

WHERE: Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton, Va.

ADDITIONAL INFO:  Level 1 medical camp activities include typing blood in the lab, suturing, learning to intubate a patient, starting an IV, mixing medications in the pharmacy, and taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the medical imaging department.  Students will participate in a mock code in the emergency department, learn to use the Broselow tape to calculate the appropriate equipment and medication dosage for pediatric patients, learn to take blood pressure, listen to heart and lung sounds, and harvest a cornea from a human eye.

Level 2 medical camp activities include all of the following on the first day:  advanced suturing, casting (and cutting the cast off using the cast saw), wound care, and a backboarding and collaring session where students will learn to extricate an accident victim from a vehicle.  On the second day, students will complete a fetal pig dissection, learn to do injections and blood draws, precipitate their DNA from a cheek swab, and participate in a discussion about medical ethics.

Level 3 medical camp activities include using the telemedicine equipment to connect to a neurologist just as an emergency department doctor would if a patient was suspected of having a stroke, learning to perform nursing assessments, and participating in simulated scenarios in the nursing lab at Lord Fairfax Community College.  A mobile bio-skills lab will be on site on July 31 to provide students with more hands-on experience in an operating room environment.

For more information about Fauquier Hospital, visit

Fauquier Health Hosts Medication and Sharps Collection Event

WARRENTON, Va., April 5, 2013 – What do you do with the medications in your cabinet that have expired or are no longer being used? If you toss them in the garbage or flush them down the toilet, they may filter into the groundwater and end up in our lakes and streams.

To provide an alternative to this environmental hazard, Fauquier Health will hold an unused medication and sharps collection day on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. A free service of Fauquier Health,
the program helps residents of Fauquier County and surrounding areas safely dispose of used
medication or medical “sharps” such as needles, syringes and lancets, reducing risk to families and
waste management and landfill staff. Residents may stop by the Medical Office Building on Hospital
Hill to safely dispose of unused medication and sharps.

To help make this day a success, please remember:
• Medicine should be in original packaging if possible.
• Personal information should be blacked out with a marker.
• Return sharps in rigid plastic or metal containers; no soft-sided containers that sharps can
• No businesses or doctor’s offices, please.

Sharps Collection
When: Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Medical Office Building on the Hospital Hill campus of Fauquier Hospital
Sponsored by: Fauquier Health, NOVEC and the Warrenton Police Department
For more information: call 540-316-3588.

About Fauquier Health
Fauquier Health is a non-profit community health system. A Planetree-designated facility, the organization is dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises: Fauquier Hospital, a fully accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 115-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Healing Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs. Fauquier Health also has a 50 percent ownership in the Cancer Center at Lake Manassas, a state-of-the-art radiation treatment facility. Fauquier Health also operates nine doctors’ offices: Fauquier Health Endocrinology; Fauquier Health OB/GYN; Fauquier Health Infectious Diseases; Fauquier Health General Surgery; Fauquier Health Hemotology and Oncology; Fauquier Health Neurology; and Fauquier Health Rheumatology in Warrenton; Fauquier Health Internal Medicine at Lake Manassas; and Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton. In 2011, Fauquier Health provided more than $11.2 million in community benefit support to its community. More information on Fauquier Health is available online at or by calling 540-316-3588.

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