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INSIDE LOTS OF LETTERS page 3 BEETLE WATCH page 6 OLD STRING MUSIC page 7 TOP RACERS page 10 ICE CREAM SANDWICH? page 11 FEBRUARY 2013 VOL. 7, NO. 9 FRENCHY TALK page 12 OLD TRAIL FOOD DRIVE page 13 HOT MARKET page 14 BEECHES page 15 VALENTINE RAVIOLI page 16 EATING ARSENIC page 16 THE LIGHT page 17 INDIAN VILLAGE page 19 COLD DOGS page 20 LIBRARY PROGRAMS page 21 CROZET MASONS page 23 CROSSWORD page 26 NEW PLANK ROAD EXCHANGE page 27 SNOW HARDY page 31 BEREAVEMENTS page 33 WRESTLERS page 34 HOOPS HOPES page 35 GET IN THE SWING page 36 Claudius Place south elevation plan (facing Library Avenue) Claudius Place To Get Underway Downtown This Month The long-anticipated Claudius Place, the first private commercial investment in downtown Crozet in a long time, will break ground before the end of February, according to developer Katurah Roell. The new building, on Library Avenue opposite the new Crozet Library, will house the “skybar” bruited about for the last few months. Roell started out saying he would be underway last April, but a series of site and easement obstacles delayed him. The county signed off on his 7,500-squarefoot plan in December and, with that in hand, he promptly got a bank loan. He said he intends to have the building open in six months. R.E. Lee Construction will be the contractor. Mitchell Named WARS Volunteer of the Year What Will Happen to the Ivy Transfer Station? Travis Mitchell was named the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad’s Volunteer of the Year at the squad’s annual awards dinner at King Family Vineyard in Crozet Jan. 29. Squad president Bill Wood teased Mitchell as he presented him the plaque, telling him he was only winning a “popularity award.” The awards had been preceded by an impressive slide show of snapshots that captured the life of volunteers, at emergencies and at the squad house, over the last year. Occasionally messages the squad had received from someone it had transported were put on the screen. “Your care and your professionalism kept that day from being more devastating than it was,” said one. “The continued on page 18 The fate of the Ivy Materials Utilization Center, the solid waste transfer facility on Dick Woods Road in Ivy, will be decided by the end of the year. For western Albemarle, in particular, changes could reduce the availability of services we have long depended on. Current contractual terms required that notification be given to the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority, which operates the facility, in December if Albemarle County intended to change arrangements when the existing RSWA contract expires at the end of June. RSWA is a public utility formed jointly by Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville in 1990. Rather than give that notice, as it first seemed inclined to, the Board of Supervisors in January asked the RSWA to negotiate a six-month extension of the current contracts, through the end of Cid and Liza Scallet, owners of the popular and lamented Batesville Store, will open a restaurant called Crozet Central that will occupy most of the space on the building’s main floor, as well as a rooftop glass-enclosed bar and an open-air deck, all enjoying some of Crozet’s best views. continued on page 4 Mike Brownlee 2013, so that the county can investigate the possibility of turning over operations at Ivy to a private company. County director of planning Mark Graham, who also sits on the board of the RSWA, said the county has informed RSWA that “we want to look at contracting services to see if that would be continued on page 9

Crozet Gazette February 2013

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