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65 Windthistle Ct.

325 Stone Orchard Dr. (Stone Orchard 5) $439,000.00 MLS#559416

(1-H C 3) $599,672.00 MLS#549340

(1-E F2) $75,000.00 MLS#555866

Custom built by one of the most respected builders in the area, and designed by an architect, this home features a spacious living room with dramatic soaring ceilings, stone fireplace, beautiful wood trim. Relax all year in the sun room with tile floor overlooking the private yard with a heated in ground pool. Deck and patio around the pool make this a great place to entertain or enjoy grilling with the family. First floor master suite with two additional bedrooms upstairs, each with a private bath. Park like yard with mature trees and plantings, wooded border provide a serene private setting. Close to the golf course and clubhouse.

This beautiful home, built in 2006, is located on the 9th Fairway of the Tuckahoe Golf Course in Stoney Creek. Gorgeous setting, just off the 9th green with stunning views across the green of Crawfords Knob and Shamokin Gorge. Home is a split plan to insure comfort and privacy and being all on one level is the perfect floor plan for a retiring couple. Beautifully cared for, interior design great for privacy and entertaining.

This immaculate home was designed and built by Windjammer Construction for the current original owners. Careful consideration was given in site selection, offering spectacular views over the pond, as well as extreme privacy. Wonderful seasonal mountain views. Mature landscaping. Paved driveway. 2 car detached garage with covered breezeway. Wonderful screened porch. Open and flowing floorplan. Main floor master suite. Custom oversized oak woodwork and trim. Custom handmade staircase. Authentic stone fireplace soars into vaulted living room with ceilings. Library with custom cabinetry. Built in sound system inside and outside. Double HVAC systems. Security system and home run wiring panel. Brick and fiber cement exterior.

A great location. One fairway from clubhouse, pool, tennis courts. Wonderful views up to the mountains. View of sunset and view down 2nd fairway of Shamokin course at Stoney Creek. Very easy site to build on. Partially cleared so there would be great savings on excavation. Beautiful homes on May Apple and established neighborhood.

(1-E D2) $359,000.00 MLS#559583

65 Pond Hollow Ln.

15 May Apple Ln.

0 High Crest Ln.

(High Crest A3) $69,900.00 MLS#551067

35 Wild Ginger Ln.

(1-K B4) $650,000.00 MLS#556684

24 Coltsfoot Ln.

(1-H K 1) $369,000.00 MLS#559095 Enjoy the peace and serenity of this private setting on a cul-de-sac. This well maintained home offers convenient one floor living, with guest bedroom or library on the main level. Screened porch with bluestone floor and terrace to enjoy the summer breeze. No grass to cut, just come and enjoy the tranquil setting! Large rooms throughout make this a gracious and inviting home.


Truly stunning and one of a kind valley home. This architecturally designed contemporary living floor plan offers generous rooms, each with its unique character. Expansive main foyer and side hallways were designed to display your favorite art or collections from worldly travels. Located on a double, 2.66 acre lot, this home offers great seclusion and peace. The back yard, surrounded by privacy fence, features professionally designed Japanese Gardens with pond, stream, stone walkways and brick courtyard. The gardens will offer beautiful blooms and colors all Spring, Summer and Fall. Many of the rooms have large windows that not only let natural light in but allow you to truly enjoy the garden beauty. Must see the home to really appreciate it.

If you are looking for a golf front property with a view of the fairway and mountains, this is the one for you!

178 May Apple Ln.

(1-E F 9) $450,000.00 MLS#559725 Custom home has one of the most beautiful golf front,landscaped settings in Stoney Creek. The home offers great privacy, seclusion, and wonderful views of the 3rd fairway of Shamokin par 3. Located on 1.22 acres and protected on two sides by the golf course it has a large deck, a great floor plan where daily living activities can be enjoyed on the main level. Brazilian Cherry floors. Two glass enclosed electric fireplaces. 2 Waterfalls.


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140 Magnolia Acres Lane Contemporary ranch home conveniently located in Northern Nelson. Vaulted ceiling in the great room with brick fireplace. Kitchen with maple cabinets and an island bar top. Nice layout with 2 BR, 2.5 BA, an office, and a family room in the partially-finished basement. Attached 2-car garage and a sunny, nearly level yard. Easy commute to Charlottesville and all the amenities along Route 151. $259,000

353 Dogwood Lane This immaculate 4 BR, 3 BA home on 3.38 acres is located in the heart of Nellysford and has gorgeous mountain views. Exceptional quality and finishes throughout. One-level living with a great room featuring a stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen with custom cherry cabinets and granite counters, master suite with deck access and an attached 2-car garage. The lower level has a family room with gas fireplace, bedroom, home office, bonus room and storage space. Porches and decks allow you to enjoy the outside areas. Lovely landscaping and gardens. Minutes to Wintergreen, breweries, cideries and all the charms of the Nellysford community. $445,000

1623 Old Stoney Creek Road This 31-acre property has it all! Listen to Stoney Creek rushing by, enjoy the mountain views, hike, hunt and fish in total privacy and still be minutes from Nellysford, wineries, breweries, restaurants, and Wintergreen. Charming old home on the property could be restored. Hardwood flooring, standing seam metal roofing, well/ septic and electric. Acreage made up of two adjoining parcels. 35 minutes to Charlottesville or Waynesboro! $165,000

631 Stone Chimneys Road Incredible value for a 3 BR, 2.5 BA renovated home on a large parcel with seasonal mountain views. Enjoy nature and privacy from one of many outdoor living spaces such as the covered front porch or screened porch. Recent improvements include wood floors throughout main level, kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, renovated upstairs bath, new laundry area on main level, and other additions such as stone fireplaces in living room and in basement area, framed for a family room. First or second floor master, open flow, large picture windows, full basement with mostly finished workshop/ home office, landscaped, DSL, and more! $269,900

193 Black Walnut Drive Dramatic architecture, gracious living spaces inside and out, an outstanding landscape, and golf course views define 193 Black Walnut Drive at Stoney Creek. The 2,880-square-foot home includes 3 BR, each with attached bath. The kitchen features quality stainless appliances and beautiful cabinetry. 1,660 square feet of decks and porches extend the living space outward. A detached 2-car garage includes a small greenhouse. Indulge your senses. $449,000

Wi n t e r g r e e n R e s o r t 27 Briarwood Lane This spacious 4 BR, 3.5 BA townhome is perfect! Golf front with fairway views off the back deck, mountain views off the front deck and master bedroom, and ideal location with shuttle to ski and walk to Wintergarden. This low-maintenance townhome will provide great enjoyment year-round. The sunken fireplace pit is a cozy place to be after a day on the slopes and the back deck ideal for enjoying those cool summer temps. This one has it all! $199,000

26 High Pasture Lane This 3 BR, 2.5 BA home offers nice winter views into the Shenandoah Valley. Built in 2003, features include the cathedral-beamed ceiling and stone fireplace, granite counters, new appliances and custom cabinetry in the kitchen, transom windows and hardwood flooring throughout. The first floor master has a private, adjoining study. HVAC is zoned, and the crawl space is conditioned with a central air filtering system. Spacious, open and covered decks, sunken hot tub, and stone patio. $425,000

917 Diamond Hill Currently on Blue Ridge Getaways rental program. This is a great opportunity to own a true ski-out condo at Wintergreen. This first-floor 2 BR, 2 BA condo has minimum steps to the entrance and easy parking. Boasting a large open foyer with tiled entrance and step down into the cozy living room with wood-burning stone fireplace and dining area. Well-appointed and sold furnished with no exclusions. Great rental potential! $249,900


344 East Catoctin Drive This handsome 6 BR, 4 BA home has two separate living areas with stone fireplaces. It has been professionally cleaned and is ready for your decorating ideas. Located on Devils Knob Golf Course. Seasonal mountain views. $220,000

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11 Ravens Roost Point

One-owner home adjoins the National Forest with seasonal views into the Shenandoah Valley and mountains beyond. Features two full kitchens and designed to function as either 4 bedrooms + office or 5 bedrooms. Recent improvements: Granite counters; stainless appliances; new roof; freshly stained exterior; rebuilt decks. Top-of-the-line furnishings are included. $472,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (534628)



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25 West Elkwood Drive

At just 10 years old, this home has much to offer and the price is right. Four bedrooms plus a game room and a bonus room one of which could be used as a fifth bedroom or home office. Features: Great room with vaulted ceilings and wood burning fireplace with stone facing inside and out; kitchen with maple cabinetry and stainless range & fridge; master bath with jetted tub and separate shower; one car garage; expansive wrap-around decking; fenced area for dogs. Turnkey and ready for you! Offered at $395,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (546857)






634 Pedlars Edge Drive

Improved ski chalet where measuring wheel shows house to be exactly 850 ft. from Tyro Slope! Grab your gear & start riding w/ in minutes of arriving at this renovated mountain escape in low traffic area bordering Nature Preserve. All decking power washed, stained, New Deck Railings, New Exterior Paint on entire house. 3 separate living areas offer great rental potential!! Sleeps 12+ in real beds w/ ample room to enjoy privacy. Hot Tub off back deck. Avoid condo dues! Spectacular seasonal views of Blue Ridge Mountains. Offered at $289,500! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (556097)




254 Timbers Condos

This is the perfect location from which to enjoy the beauty of Wintergreen Resort. The ski slopes are only 50 feet away! This updated condo puts you in the heart of The Mountain Village and allows easy access to shopping, restaurants, and The Market. Beautiful ceramic tile in the bathroom and exquisite laminate wood flooring in the master loft help make this a high end condo! A great investment opportunity as well as the condo is a member of the Resort’s Rental Program, Gold Tier. A perfect mountain escape at Virginia’s premier four season resort! Offered at $92,500! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (559979)




37 Coopers Vantage

A perfectly placed home on this lot will provide stunning 180-degree views year round! Imagine looking out upon Crawford’s Knob and the Natural Area Preserve from your dream mountain home. The location and elevation of this lot offer many opportunities from a secluded cul-de-sac within central Virginia’s premier four season resort! Let’s talk about your design ideas and make them a reality! Offered at $99,000! Call Gavin Sherwood at 434-962-0226. (555848)




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910 Devils Knob Loop

Looking for incredible value and Wintergreen’s most prestigious address? Savor the incredible mountain views from this home on Devils Knob Loop. Property features a significant home with 4,500+ SF, a two car garage addition, more than 1,000 SF of decking. Act quickly! $640,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (515589)

476 Three Ridges Condo

At only a minute walk to the ski slopes, this tastefully appointed one bedroom condo has everything the ski-front condo has except the premium price! Enjoy private, gated Three Ridges parking; and a short walk to the amenities of the Mountain Inn Village. Unit offers updated flooring and some of the cheapest condo dues at Wintergreen! $62,500. Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (553068)













Updated and producing steady rental revenue in the Wintergreen resort rental program, this condo is located in the heart of the Mountain village at The Mountain Inn. Restaurants, shopping, festivals and bars are all within walking distance, along with slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Sold furnished and ready to use now and continue in the rental program. Offered at $97,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (554834)







Well cared for furnished 4 bedroom plus home on level and private lot. Brand new stainless appliances and water heater installed Fall 2016. Convenient location not far from Devils Knob amenities. Large wrap around private decks, conditioned crawl space, beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace, wet bar in family room. Unique master bedroom with bonus loft space. Recently re stained decks. Augusta Co. location (lower tax rate). One of the best layout and conditioned homes in this price range at Wintergreen. Offered at $334,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (553985)















Amazing 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath unit with fantastic views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish valleys. Close to everything this unit is ideally located to experience all that Wintergreen Resort has to offer! Offered at $250,000. Call or email Jon Tsakis 540-836-9211 – (547885)








2064 Stone Ridge Condos

This renovated and spacious studio has everything you want to love being at Wintergreen. Features: Tile floors in kitchen and bathroom; tile kitchen counters; superb furnishings; striking views of the 18 hole of the Devils Knob golf course; walk-out access to greenspace from patio; and, seasonal mountain views! Stone Ridge is adjacent to the Spa and is a short walk to the Devils Grill restaurant and Nature Foundation. Drive or catch the shuttle for a two minute ride to tennis, skiing, dining, and shops. Offered at $54,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (552284)

3227 North Ridge

Looking for a great value in a 2 bedroom condo at North Ridge? Look no further! This quality and elevated unit has been well maintained and includes attractive furnishings. Plus, it’s an end unit with master bedroom overlooking landscaped surroundings. North Ridge is across from the Tennis Center and is a short walk to the Spa and Devils Knob Golf. $97,500. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (538893)

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thepublishers Peyton and Tommy just got back from a week-long road trip to Tennessee where Peyton fell in love with Joe and Dana’s round hammock-like swing thing which means we now must have one. But before we hang it from the maple, my dears, please clean up your room. Love, mommy. Other news: We have swine, y’all. Two of them, castrated males, that have somehow been named after women we aren’t terribly fond of. It’s part of the psychological brainplay we use to emotionally distance ourselves from animals you will eventually eat. But one of them earned the nickname, Bubbles, after bubbling in the water trough as he slurped. They are both very precious and don’t reek because we rotate their pasture. Happy pigs, happy fields, happy fences and neighbors. “They do not have manners,” Adam keenly observed as the hogs mowed and grunted through a slop pail of apples, bread, and what looked like roasted red pepper sauce. Meanwhile, the meat chickens get fresh bugs and feed in the morning when we move their tractor. And the fish get flakes. Because I wasn’t able to take Adam to the aquarium while Peyton and Tommy were gone, we

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Sitting at the picnic table over a bowl of chick pea soup cooked with smoked pig neck bones, Ben Stowe tells me they’re having a good spinach year. “I ended up calling a bunch of chefs and places to wholesale it in March. Use it or lose it.” Ben and his wife Heather Coiner are about to get really busy this summer. She’s sitting next to Ben with a quart jar full of water because pregnant women need to stay hydrated. “It’s hard for me to really anticipate how it’s going to change our lives. I know it will and I’m excited to see what that adventure looks like.” As the third couple I know having twins in the same zip code, there’s definitely something in that water she’s drinking. So lets talk about it. Little Hat Creek flows right around Ben and Heather’s property, which used to belong to Kathryn and Michael Bertoni when they ran it as Appalachia Star Farm. “They wanted to pass the farm to somebody who was going to farm ecologically,” Ben explains. It was a perfect match as they both had spent time at Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville, which is where Ben decided farming was the thing he was going to do.


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CONDOS 2228 Tanners Ridge

$55,000.00 MLS#559506 This one bedroom, one bath condo has a nice open and bright floor plan. Cathedral ceilings in the living room makes the space even more spacious. Patio off the living room. In wonderful condition. Laminate floors in the living room, hallway and bedroom. Conveys fully furnished and ready to move in. Some of the lowest condo association fee at Wintergreen. Easy to purchase and easy to own and maintain! Short walk to the Wintergarden Spa & Fitness and the Nature Foundation. Priced to sell!

482 Three Ridges

$69,500.00 MLS#540605 A very nice one bedroom condo, fully furnished and ready for ski season. Within walking distance to the slopes and the Mountain Inn. All new windows and siding. New marble and hardwood floor, new HVAC system. Indoor and outdoor components, and nice furniture.

2217 Tanners Ridge

$99,500.00 MLS#558893 Beautifully renovated and tastefully decorated 2 bedroom, 2 full bath condo with golf course views. The floor plan of the living room, dining area and kitchen is very open for the size of this condo. All plumbing in the condo was replaced a few years ago (through an association project). Very well managed condo neighborhood with some of the lowest condo association fees at Wintergreen. Easy to purchase and easy to own. Views of the 12th fairway and located at a very short walk to the Wintergarden Spa & Aquatics, the tennis center and golf club house as well as to the Wintergreen Nature Foundation. Fully furnished and ready to move in and start enjoying.

1474 Ledges “I feel like they were some of the first people that I saw that weren’t struggling. I was like, ‘Wow, these people have a good life. I want some of this!’” By the time Ben and Heather met at the Clifftop Music Festival in West Virginia (they are both Appalachian string band musicians), Heather had already run a small bakery CSA in Toronto, where she used a public wood fired oven to bake bread for about 40 members. When it was time to deliver the goods, she’d hop on a bike and go. “It was through that that I realized I loved making bread for people. It was a contribution I could make that felt meaningful. I love the satisfaction of producing quality bread and knowing that people are going to be eating it and appreciating it. I love that connection with my customers.” It’s a connection that begins when she feeds the sourdough starter. For Saturday market, that means feeding the starter Wednesday night and again the next morning. By Thursday afternoon, the breads are mixed and the final dough heads to the cooler overnight for a slow fermentation. Friday morning, Heather shapes the breads, putting them in pans or baskets, where they are left to ferment again in the cooler before being baked. “It takes a lot of time but the sourdoughs fit well into a farming schedule because there are long stretches where they are fermenting and we can just go do something else.” Like harvest spinach and transplant kale. Or check the heat on the wood oven, built by a three-man team from Minnesota. “They came down and lived with us for a week,” Ben said, taking a break from the chick peas. “In the middle of February!” Heather inserted. continued on page 14

$172,500.00 MLS#556340 Easy move in and start skiing , completely furnished , cozy 2 bedroom 2 full bath condo with a wood burning fireplace in the living room/dining room and a fantastic view from the covered recently renovated deck. Easily sleeps 8 with a comfy pull out couch in the living room. The stainless steel Refrigerator and dishwasher are less than 2 years old. Walk to the Ski slopes. Bright and cheerful. A perfect mountain retreat or rental property.

338 Dobie

$224,900.00 MLS#557705 Beautiful second floor condo with wonderful views of the Dobie ski slope and the Blue Ridge Mountains above. Located in the very heart of Wintergreen Resort and with easy access to the ski slope and lift as well as to restaurants, shops and much more. Nicely updated condo and meticulously maintained. The stainless steel kitchen appliances as well as the stackable washer and dryer are less than 2 years old and only a few times used. Water heater was replaced recently too. This condo has updated windows on the ski slope side (not all Dobie condos have these), a great feature for energy efficiency. Conveys fully furnished. Ready to move in and start enjoying or put on a rental program.

1952 High Ridge Pl.

$379,000.00 MLS#558806 Remarkable view to the distant horizon-In addition, the breadth of view is possibly the best at Wintergreen as this building is “the last on the ridge” and this particular “stack” sits out beyond the neighbor- this is “the prow” location- truly a 180° spectrum. This deck sits out beyond the plane of the building.

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In addition to their CSA and on-site farm pickup, you can buy Little Hat Creek Farm goods Saturday mornings at the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market and the Nelson Farmer’s Market, and Wednesday mornings at the Lexington Farmer’s Market. For details, visit

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Ben is now gesticulating. “There were two huge dudes and this little tiny dude. And he was the guy who crawled inside the vault and the other two guys were lifting straps of bricks with one hand and lifting cinder blocks over their heads.” Glancing at the structure that houses the bakery and Ben’s packing shed, Heather added, “They erected a tent around the building site and they had a propane heater in there and energy drinks and their iPods.” Oofta. These days, with Heather bearing the weight of her own buns in the oven, Ben has been doing the heavy work. “So yesterday, Ben fired the oven for about 6 or 7 hours, closed it up and then this morning he lit another small fire because we won’t be baking until the evening. It holds heat really well. The coolest it ever gets down to is about 350°F - 370°F these days, and we’re baking twice a week.” And firing up that oven means you need a wood source. It just so happens that one of Ben and Heather’s CSA members works at SavvyRest in Ivy, an organic mattress company that also makes furniture. “The furniture off cuts are perfect for us because it’s a light hardwood and it burns fast,” Heather explains. “It’s kiln dried, it’s uniform. They’re long skinny pieces that fit into our 7-foot deep oven and it’s totally perfect. It means that when Ben fires, he can weigh X amount of wood and know, to within like 5 degrees, how much heat he’s going to get out of it.” But not everything is an exact science. “What I’m doing everyday in the bakery is cultivating a community of bacteria and yeasts that are then going to make a product. And so how I treat them, what temperatures I grow them at, how I handle them, what I feed them, are all ecological factors, basically controlling the ecology of my dough. For me, that’s the exciting biology part of it but I also really love that there is an art and a craft to making a beautiful bread. I can measure everything precisely but at the end of the day if the dough doesn’t feel right, I have to make adjustments.” It’s good training for being a parent. BRL 14

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Bologna in BATESVILLE “We’re bringing back the bologna cheese sandwich!” exclaims Alex Struminger. This may not sound like progress but to the denizens of Batesville it means a whole lot. “I was standing outside of the post office talking to Charlie and Norman when I had this epiphany. Go back to a retail operation, go back to Norm, go back to Charlie Page and Page’s Store.” Fortunately, these former owners of the store live within shouting distance of Alex’s latest project, The Batesville Market, and their memories are fond and clear. When Timmy Smith couldn’t pay off his tab at Page’s Store he gave Rose and Charles Page his horse and saddle. “I named him ‘Lonesome’ because he’d stand in the corner of the pasture across from the store and shake his head at people who’d wave to him,” Charlie Page recalls. “I think Timmy had bought a stereo for $250 dollars, this was back in the seventies and my father loved horses. It was a no-brainer.” Charlie leafs through albums jammed with pictures of his ancestors, all keepers of Page’s Store. There are smiling patrons from years back and scrawled shopping lists from motor-less customers awaiting delivery in the hills and hollers of Batesville. Across Plank Road, as we sift through the past, the Batesville Market is buzzing with activity. The building was constructed around 1900 and operated as the C. S. Joseph Store. On May 2, 1914 Charles T. Page bought the store and “Declared war, not on Mexico, but on high prices in the village of Batesville!” The store passed to Charles Jr. and his wife Rose. They continued to operate the tiny post office and packed the store with everything rural neighbors and passers-by might need or want, ringer washers, ice cream, horseshoes, a true general store. The priceless element was a sense of community. “Batesville Day” was first held in May 1972 in Page’s Field (aka Lonesome’s pasture). A parade as big as the town could muster and still have an audience set off the day’s activities and still does. According to Charlie, “No one’s ever been turned down to be in the parade” so get your baton out. A 10K race, games, food, a bake sale, junky truck auction and live music all raise money for the Ruritan Club. continued on page 18


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Rose and Charles Page Jr. took over the store after it was passed down to them by Charles T. Page, who bought it in 1913. (PHOTO COURTESY CHARLIE PAGE)

Over the years, the store has remained a popular hangout, especially for those who get stuck waiting for supplies that arrive a day late. (PHOTO COURTESY CHARLIE PAGE)

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David Tewksbury (floor manager) Michael Bertoni (grocery buyer), Alex Struminger (proprietor), Kim Eastep (Girl Friday), and Scott Link (kitchen manager, not shown) have been busting their bologna preparing for the Grand Opening of The Batesville Market on Batesville Day, May 6, 2017. While goat kefir and chain saw bar oil are on the Market’s shopping list, so will most anything a customer puts on the Market’s survey, online at

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Charles III started working in the store when he was six-yearsold. The transition to his ownership was seamless. Along with his wife, Leslie, Charlie continued to meet the demands of the town in the spirit of Page’s before him. A call came to Charlie in 2003 while he was strolling Greenwich Village. It was from his realtor Norman Jenkins, and his partner Michael Clark, phoning from a café in Paris. They wanted to buy Page’s Store. “Lonesome would bite you when you parked in the pasture,” reminisced Norman. “Batesville was so country, so bucolic. It was meant to be. The store was the touchstone of the community; you bought everything at the store. You knew you were in a country store, everything was there. You saw people. You watched their kids grow up.” Norman and Michael installed the kitchen, deli case, and coolers, bringing the store additional retail options. Norman said, “You could come in and get a custom cut ribeye and some mac and cheese. We kept an ethnic section following the Page’s footsteps.” The Mexican workers at nearby Crown Orchard frequented Page’s Store for staples oft times waiting there for the red van with Maryland plates that slipped into town loaded with Latino food items. The post office underwent renovations and the vintage postal accoutrements were fitted into the store. Liza and Cid Scallet rented the property for five years. They brought the dimension of live music to Batesville. Other renters followed but none proved successful at raising the long-standing country store to fiscal success. Enter new owner Alex Struminger. Warm, affable, a guy with a clear vision for Batesville. “The store stands on three strong legs. That’s what’s needed in a country store in this day and age. Retail, deli and events.” Alex will handle convenience items like milk and eggs, both locally raised and mainstream options. There will be “something for everyone.”

Saturday, May 27

Season Opener of Afton After Hours with Eli Cook

Music 6-8:30 pm. Food truck available or bring your picnic and lawn chair for music in the beautiful vineyard setting. $5 cover charge; kids free.

Saturday, June 24

Afton After Hours w/ Jimmy O.

Food truck available or bring your picnic and lawn chair for music in the beautiful vineyard setting. $5 cover charge; kids free.

Saturday, July 1 Sunset Saturday

Sunset Saturday open late 6-8 with live music, bottle sales only, no cover charge.

Saturday, July 22 Afton After Hours with Abbey Road unplugged

Food truck available or bring your picnic and lawn chair for music in the beautiful vineyard setting. $5 cover charge; kids free.

Saturday, August 5 Sunset Saturday

Open late 6-8 with live music, bottle sales only, no cover charge.

Saturday, August 26 “Afton After Hours” with Bobby Mignight Band

Food truck available or bring your picnic and lawn chair for music in the beautiful vineyard setting. $5 cover charge; kids free.

Saturday, September 2 Sunset Saturday The deli will offer “affordable lunch items” for nearby workers, ready to grab and go. Prepared take-out dinners, like rotisserie chicken, make for healthy fast food in the hamlet of Batesville. Floor manager David Tewksbury says, “We’re trying to be good listeners to the folks who truly need it. I feel like that’s really happening, that’s why people have started showing up again.” Alex adds to that, “Retail is a relationship business, so you have to have that dialog.” Weekday workshops are popping up featuring cooking, music and wine tasting. Al fresco seating below the smokehouse affords a charming spot to enjoy a sip and bite. Saturday night suppers with live music showcasing area musicians are already happening and enthusiastically attended. As the discussion continues, Kate lowers her camera and says, “I would definitely bring my kid here. She’s nine-years-old and she always complains about how nobody ever plays music that she can see because it’s always in a bar at night. She’d love to come.” To which Alex replies, “Music from 6:30 to 9:00, we’re family friendly. We have to cultivate the next generation.” BRL

Open late 6-8 with live music, bottle sales only, no cover charge.

No cover charge for Sunset Saturday events. $5 cover charge for Afton After Hours events. Under 18 free. Rain or shine.

234 Vineyard Lane Afton VA 22920 540-456-8667

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11 Dripping Rock Lane

2 Trillium Lane Townhome

32 Grassy Overlook - Offered at $659,000

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Tons of living space and priced to sell! This bright, spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath golf-front townhome features a large wrap-around large deck and is an easy walk to Spa, Nature Foundation, and Ski shuttle. Enjoy gorgeous golf views of the 17th par 3 on Devils Knob. All furnishings convey. Get this great value before it’s gone! $239,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (540825) M TO US DC DE A GR UP


Custom built five bedroom home on private cut-de-sac setting with beautiful natural stone outcroppings. Natural stone fireplace, two living areas, hardwood floors, and custom ceramic tile. Vaulted ceilings, top of the line Andersen windows, and three zones of heating/cooling. Large, expansive decks. Great rental potential. Constructed by Shenandoah Valley Construction Company. Like new condition, built in 2011. Offered at $435,000. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211. (553403)


16 Powderhorn Drive

One of the last lots fronting the Appalachian Trail and the Shamokin Springs Nature Preserve with seasonal Rockfish Valley Views. This large lot #46 on the map, is a true nature lovers’ paradise. Private setting with no one building behind you. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac with mature hardwood trees. $99,000. Have Shenandoah Valley Construction build your custom dream home. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211 (560219)











38 Valley View Lane - Offered at $275,000



39 Pitcher Plant Drive


99 Beech Drive - Offered at $1,350,000




67 Squirrel Tree Lane

Many high quality upgrades in this amazing custom home on 1.4 acre lot overlooking Shamokin Gorge and stream. Great room features include cathedral ceiling, post and beam architecture, ceramic tiled floors, built in bookcases and massive stone fireplace. Open gourmet kitchen has beautiful hardwood floors, marble counters with glass front custom cabinets, gas range, kitchen island with breakfast bar and high end stainless kitchen appliances. Dining area opens to GR with fireplace and beautiful stone wall accents. Large second family room with fireplace on lower level. Listed by Steve Marianella for $645,000. 434-566-1293 (552490)


Just in Time!!! This beautifully decorated and upgraded Ski Chalet is just a short walk to the slopes and comes turnkey furnished; ready for your family this ski season! Enjoy picturesque views from your master bedroom, living room, & expansive decking. Designed with convenience in mind; the first floor boasts two bedrooms and two full bathrooms while the loft area upstairs sleeps many or doubles as a playroom for the kids! A Must See! Offered at $290,000. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email (555213)








71 Rosebay Lane

Panoramic views of Crawford’s Mountain from this 5 bedroom mountain getaway. Soaring floor to ceiling stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, two family rooms, updated kitchen appliances and counters, huge decks and covered side porch. Attached garage, paved driveway, almost a full acre lot. Year round views from many rooms, including family and dining rooms, and main floor master bedroom. Nature conservation area borders rear of property. Walk to Chestnut Springs Pool and park. Quiet street with minimal traffic, but still close to many recreational amenities. Offered at $599,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (554794)


103 Eagles Court Condo - Offered at $319,000


205 Crawfords Edge

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415 Pedlars Edge - Offered at $750,000

Popular Gold-rated condo in Wintergreen Rental program. Perfect ski-in/ski-out location. Ground floor of Mountain Inn with easy access to resort amenities including dining, shops, meeting rooms. Great turnkey opportunity for steady rental income plus exclusive member access to Wintergreen resort. Open layout, nice finishes, beautifully maintained. Flat screen high-def TV high-speed Internet, WIFI on location. Handicap access - Upgraded Kitchen – Beautiful Decor! Offered at $79,500 - Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (532572)





Panoramic year round views from throughout this one of a kind custom home on Wintergreen Mountain! L’Etoile du Nord ( The Star of the North ) is a unique Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design, over 3600 square feet of finished space plus multiple decks and screened porch. Great room with cathedral ceiling, 6 fireplaces, including each bedroom and 2 family rooms. Many built ins, hot tub, pool table, steam shower, security system, bar in second family room, 2 car covered carport. Three zone HVAC is heat pump with AC and gas furnace backup. Level drive & parking. Offered at $975,000 – Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (559650)





245 Timbers Condos

Very nicely maintained slope side studio sold furnished and ready to enjoy this ski season. Full bath, kitchenette and bedroom, overlooking the Dobie slopes and Crawford’s mountain nature preserve. Walk to the mountain village amenities, restaurants, shops and year round activities. Ready to enjoy or invest as a rental unit with excellent rental potential. Timbers Condos is among the lowest condo fees at Wintergreen too. Offered at $61,500. Call or text Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, or email: (550828)












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1462 Ledges Condo - Offered at $159,000



1822 High Ridge Ct Condo - Offered at $189,000

This 3 level immaculate home was renovated from top to bottom, inside and out in 2004 including a 3 story addition. 5 Bedroom home on an oversized lot (two lots). Upgrades include steam shower, hardwood floors in main areas. 6 paneled wood doors. Stainless appliances in kitchen. Ample storage. Central Air and Heat. 2 family rooms plus sleeping and reading loft. Tastefully furnished. Quality throughout!! Hardiplank exterior. Wraparound deck with complete privacy overlooks conservation area. Walk to Tyro. Plenty of parking. This home was never rented. Offered at $325,000. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (547428)

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601 White Oak Condo

598 Pedlars Edge Drive


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P.O. Box 706

Complete ($90K+) modern remodel with warm, mountain chalet details: Gutted to the studs and reconfigured from the ground up. Redesigned by Italian Architect; calculations provided by local engineer; custom steel and wood work produced by Charlottesville fabricators. Walk to Mountain Inn and ski slopes. $170,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (541799)


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620 White Oak Condo

Updated and furnished two Bedroom, two bath condo with several upgrades. The White Oaks Condominium Complex offers quiet rustic surroundings while still in short walking distance to all Dining & Ski facilities. This Gold Rental Unit comes completely turnkey! Enjoy a warm Fireside living area with modern updated furnishings. Deck & Patio! Priced to sell! Motivated Seller! Offered at $120,900. Please call Tim Craig at 540-416-8498 (542963)


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31 Deer Springs Lane This chalet-style home captures the spirit of an era of mountain home designs loved through the generations. The vaulted great room is anchored by a real stone fireplace and flows seamlessly to the dining area and kitchen. A new master suite addition was completed in 2007 along with a new roof and skylights. $329,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (554282)












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2036 Stone Ridge Condos Top floor two bedroom condo in great location, across from Spa and Aquatics Center and overlooking golf and Shenandoah Valley. Very nice condition, not rented and lightly used. Offered generally furnished, fireplace in family room, full kitchen, and separate dining area. Walk to golf, tennis or Nature Foundation. Nicely maintained condo complex, dues include cable and propane. Offered at $119,000. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (556815)



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458 Stoney Creek East This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is a great investment property. Use, enjoy, and have rental income. Gross annual rent of approximately $40,000. Three owner suites, large screened porch, hardwood floors, stone patio and hot tub. Large covered deck. All rooms wired for TV and internet. Custom kitchen with granite countertops. Offered at $450,000. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211. (553398)




672 Fawn Ridge Drive



462 Three Ridges Condo


One of the last Golf front lots at Wintergreen with Mountain and Valley views! Corner lot #42 on the resort map is a great location! Adjoins the 2nd hole on the Devils Knob Golf Course. Walk to the Devils Knob Golf and Tennis Center. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. $150,000. Have Shenandoah Valley Construction build your custom dream home. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211. (556129)


424 Hunters Point

Build to Suit! Fabulous golf-front and mountain view lot in the coveted Hunters Point section of Stoney Creek. Panoramic golf views are complimented by towering mountain views. A nearly level lot offers easy building options. $70,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (550327)


At only a minute walk to the ski slopes, this one bedroom Three Ridges condo has everything the ski-front condo has except the premium price! Enjoy private, gated Three Ridges parking; short walk to amenities of Mountain Inn Village including shopping, restaurants, kids center, skating, skiing. Unit offers quality updated flooring and some of the cheapest condo dues at Wintergreen! Offered at $55,000 Contact Brian Chase. 434-296-9860 (548196)






179 Mountain Inn Condos

This beautiful slope side condo, located in the Mountain Inn, has been completely remodeled! Close by to everything from dining to shopping. Priced to sell! Instant income producer. Gold Rated Rental in Wintergreen Resort program! Offered at $149,900. Call Tim Craig – 540-416-8498 or email (555001)


Walk to the slopes in this fine condition 2 bedroom, 2 bath Three Ridges Condo. Furnished and ready to enjoy this ski season, one level unit with very few steps to enter. Tax assessed value of $145,900. Upgraded lighting, wood burning fireplace, central air and heat. Offered at $119,900. Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (553586)







305 Crawfords Edge

A rare offering! This beautiful 4 bedroom, 5.5 custom bath contemporary home boasts panoramic views from all three levels and was featured in Regardie’s magazine as one of three “Great Escape Homes”. Situated on an oversized lot on a quiet road; you will enjoy the peace and tranquility this home offers from any of its balconies along the 1,700 sq. ft. of expansive decking or relax in the hot tub while enjoying the uncompromising beauty of the nature preserve. Some of the exceptional features of this spectacular home include natural sunlight throughout, three masonry fireplaces, a solarium, chef inspired gorgeous kitchen, a full wet bar for entertainment, hot and wet saunas, extra storage space, and so much more! An absolute must see! Offered at $669,000. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498 (557153)

39 Windthistle Lane







This gorgeous, custom golf-front home is nestled into a 1+ acre lot with stunning mountain and golf views. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity. Home has been substantially upgraded & improved with $163K+ invested by owner in the last four years. You will love the quality, gourmet kitchen, views, 1st floor master suite, private setting, screen porch, easy one-level living. $555,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (552354)




37 Grassy Overlook

One of the most amazing homes at Wintergreen Resort. Featuring infinite, unobstructed, panoramic views of the Rockfish Valley and beyond. Newly renovated by Shenandoah Valley Construction Company with custom built cabinetry by Virginia Craftsmen, new 50 year architectural shingle roof, gutters, skylights, all new Evergrain decks with oil rubbed bronze ballusters, Luckstone granite counter tops in kitchen and baths. All bathrooms and laundry area redone with new cabinetry, tile and vessel sink. New wide plank oak hardwood flooring, high end carpeting and custom Turkish mosaic tile work. Four beautiful Stone and masonary fireplace. Freshly painted inside and out. 3 zoned heating/air conditioning, with conditioned crawl space. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this amazing view property. $799,000. Call Jon Tsakis for details 540-836-9211 (559473)


Location, size, and investment income with this exquisite resort home. This beautiful 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is located on a quiet street that is close to the Mountain Village and resort amenities (skiing, restaurants, concerts). Tastefully decorated, this airy home has plenty of room to entertain a crowd. Sold furnished & ready to enjoy. Large kitchen with cherry cabinets opens to the dining room, great room and deck with seasonal mountain views. Four fireplaces throughout for a cozy mountain feel. This home boasts three sizable living areas, two spacious Master Bedrooms with fireplaces and sitting areas. Large mudroom with bench and ample storage. Many built-in cabinets. Fiber cement exterior siding. Multi zone central air and heat. One of the top 5 rental income properties at Wintergreen Resort! Offered at $550,000! Call Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (546513)



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148 White Oak Drive

141 Far Knob Climb

Terrific homesite of more than 2.5 acres boasting panoramic mountain views across the Rockfish Valley. Easily accessible road frontage for construction of a driveway to into the parcel. Slope of lot provides potential for excellent year-round mountain vistas. Wonderfully private setting yet still an easy two minute drive to Stoney Creek amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, dinning, fishing). Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now, or hold for investment and build later. Offered at $68,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (539331)











18 Grassy Overlook One level living in this unique vacation or retirement home on a private cul de sac lot with surprising views. Flat parking and drive makes this well maintained home easy on the knees, comfortable and warm. Extra-large two car garage, hardiboard siding, central air and heat, open interior main living area with hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace in living room, air to heat exchanger in crawl space for efficiency and heat distribution. Home has southern exposure. Single owner, architect designed, never rented. Lots of storage, room on lot for addition of living space if desired. Washer, dryer, two refrigerators and gas grill convey. Offered at $349,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (559889)







3204 North Ridge Condo GOLD RENTAL - LIMITED 1 BEDROOM - 2 FULL BATHS!!! Enjoy panoramic views of Shenandoah Valley from your new home! Close to everything, this unit is just a short walk to Black Bear Cafe - Dog Park - Winter Garden Spa! Turnkey furnished and ready for you! Offered at $87,500 - Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (559813)







512 Hunters Point This water-front home offers long lake views, views of the 5th green, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Abundant windows/ doors bring the naturescape inside while patios, decks, and a free-flowing interior make indoor/ outdoor living a breeze and entertaining a joy. $815,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (546795) MAY 2017

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Market Stabilization Continues A Nelson County real estate summary for Q1 2017


By Marlo Allen Marlo Allen is a licensed Realtor residing in Nelson County

The first quarter is historically a slow quarter for Nelson County residential sales. Sales were less than the previous quarter (Q4), but relatively unchanged when comparing Q1 of 2017 with Q1 of 2016. Market improvement can be noted in a slightly higher price per sq ft, even though the median sales price is down. Here is a quick residential market summary for Nelson County. Sales figures are pulled from the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR) Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Q1 Countywide Overview – 45 residential properties sold in Q1 of 2017 which represents a 4.3% decrease from the same time period in 2016 when 47 properties sold. Q1 Statistical Comparison – Q1 2016 recap: 47 sales, median $207,000, average price $234,753, average price per sq ft $126.61, average days on market (DOM) 158, median DOM of 133. Q1 2017: 45 sales, median $194,000, aver-

age price $246,140, average price per sq ft $131.06, average DOM 183, median DOM of 100. In the year-end report, I mentioned that the market appears to be stabilizing. Stabilization continues as 2017 kicks off. Inventory is holding the same, currently at 268 residential properties for sale compared to the New Year start of 265. Inventory is considerable less than in years past, which may be attributing to a marginal increase in price; both the average selling price and average price per sq ft have had an incremental increase. While price is looking slightly better for the first few months of the year, some other market data points were not as encouraging. The median sales price is lower when comparing Q1 2017 with Q1 2016 and when comparing it to the 2016 year-end median as well. In addition, the time it took to sell a property increased by 16% per the average days on market. A slight uptick in price should not

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mislead anyone looking to sell in 2017. Setting a market driven price at the time of listing remains important. 51% of the Q1 2017 sales sold in less than 100 average days on market. Others lingered, thus pulling down the average days on market. A quarter of the Q1 2017 sales took a cumulative period of more than 1 year to sell, with 2 of those sales actually taking 2.5 and 3.5 years to sell; before attracting a buyer, all had price reductions. Selling tip: Be encouraged by the price starting off the year in a positive direction, but don’t be fooled into having unrealistic expectation, unless you have plenty of time to kill. Q1 Sales Summary by Locality – Nelson County sales encompass 3 main markets, Wintergreen (mountain) with 26 sales, Stoney Creek (valley) with 4 sales, and all other non-resort or county properties with 15 sales. When comparing Q1 2017 sales with Q1 2016 sales,


The market may be stabilizing, but it still takes an experienced, local, top-producing, real estate agent to help you go from listed to SOLD!

Call Marlo to get the market facts for a property you plan to sell. Price and marketing consultations are FREE!

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Stoney Creek sales remained the same with 0% change. Wintergreen sales increased by 8%, a total of 2 more sales. The county sales are off to a much slower start in 2017, with a drop in sales of 21%, which is 4 fewer sales than in Q1 2016. County sales were scattered with no particular locality accounting for the bulk of the sales. Bank owned properties are still present in the marketplace, especially within the county. 27% of the county sales in Q1 were foreclosures, which is in line with Q1 2016 when 26% were foreclosures. Variables such as location, views, acreage, condition and features can affect values. For further explanation and comparison relative to a property you want to sell or purchase, contact a real estate professional. Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson County and helped found Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties. Panoramic VIEWS !!! 29 High View Ln; $449,000 3Br/3.5Ba; 2 lots with total of 3 acres

Rare opportunity to own a custom home in Stoney Creek with acreage and expansive mountain views. One low price for the home on 1.37 acres (was 2 lots combined) and also the adjoining park-like parcel with 1.67 acres (was 2 lots combined); Enjoy a total of 3 mountain view acres for extra privacy or for future construction potential. Feast on panoramic views while inside with floor to ceiling windows or outside from one of the many outdoor living spaces - screened porch, deck, soapstone terrace. Live on one level with bright, open-flow and 1st floor master. Reserve lower level, also boasting those same great views, for guest rooms, extra family room, office and great storage. Many extras - vaulted ceilings, sky lights, hardwood floors, walk through pantry, 2 fireplaces, 2 car garage, paved drive, professional landscaping with automatic night lights to illuminate a grand entrance.

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thisoldhouse Location: 505 Woodson Road, Lowesville, Virginia Offered at: $325,000 Comments: Nestled in valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains is this 50+/acre farm that offers great views of the Mountains, over 1792 ft. of frontage on the Little Piney River, 30 acres of open pasture, large barn and 2 homes which need renovations are being sold AS IS. There is a life estate on a portion of the property, the person is living in a mobile home. Contact: Lynn Bowling Montague, Miller & Co. - Amherst 434-946-5522

Location: 2173 Laurel Springs Drive, Wintergreen, Virginia Offered at: $599,000 Comments: Luxury mountain home with beautiful mountain and valley views that are most open during the 6 months of no leaves at Wintergreen and still very nice in the summer. Owners had this home built in 2010 with all high end interior and exterior finishes. Please refer to the “Special Features� list attached under Documents. Energy efficient SIP construction. Maintained with care and in like-new condition. South oriented home with large windows for beautiful natural light and sunshine all day long. Contact: Dima Holmes Wintergreen Real Estate Co. 434-325-7933


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Ronnie and Fernando have been married twenty-five years, and business partners for the past eight months. “We started with this dream eight years ago,” explains Ronnie from inside the fragrant food truck. “But it only manifested in September of last year.” Three years ago, Fernando fell while snowboarding and broke both of his wrists. Minor set-back. “Things happen,” says Fernando. “And along the road, we never give up. We never give up our dream. We work hard. So many times, we fall, but we get back up.” In addition to a winning attitude and “a little bit of natural talent”, Fernando claims cooking is a hereditary trait. “My mama, my daddy, my brother, we all cook. It’s in the family.” Serving up some traditional, home-made, heart-felt food, these two claim the real reward comes from watching the reaction of their customers as they take their first bites. “You see it on their faces, the explosion of flavor,” says Fernando grinning. These two fed me churros with their special chocolate sauce, with a surprising heat that builds as you go. They knew what they were doing, because now I’m hooked.

Cristina’s Café – GAS STATION DIVE Located on Rt. 29 South in the Sunny Mountain Store, north of Lovingston Tucked in the back of the Excel gas station, where locals may remember playing pool in the dimly lit corner, Cristina Nila has been in business for the past two years. A simple kitchen and a few dining tables have replaced the pool tables and arcade games, and the smell has significantly improved. Cristina – super sweet and shy, and a total trooper – also claims her culinary attributes are inherent. “My mom showed me, and most of the time I’m cooking the same things in my home. It’s something I love doing,” she tells me after prepping a whole tilapia for frying. “I’m so very happy, it’s a nice experience for me because never in my life could I think this was possible. Customers are so nice to me, and I appreciate it and the opportunity to serve the people, and they return to me again.”

La Michoacana – MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND BAR Located on Rt. 29 N, in the old Lovingston IGA building. We’ve all driven passed and seen the promising signs of this restaurant “Coming Soon” and “Now Hiring,” but in the near future, we’ll finally be able to see what’s been going on inside. I spoke to friend and lovely lady, Maureen Kelley over at the Nelson Tourism Center, and she confirmed the opening would be, “Really soon!” She put me in touch with Operator Edgar Gaona, who is both busy and as elusive as his signs. I was told by sources at their first location (in Charlottesville), that the Lovingston location should be opening by the time you’re reading this in print. BRL


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478 Black Rock Dr.

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This home is pristine. Walking distance to Tyro slopes. Winter views of Devils Knob. Fully furnished and used only by family. Worth a comparison to other properties in regard to location & value.

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Built to high standards and in “like new” condition. On a ridge at the far Eastern extremity of Wintergreen’s Mountain top village, a dramatic, vertical drop pf over 2,000’ of unencumbered mountainside to the valley floor. Exceptional Eastern exposure toward Charlottesville. Extraordinary sunsets illuminate majestic humpback framed from the house.


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Beautiful and well priced homesite. The gently sloping terrain is perfect for a house floor plan with a walk-out basement. The property is next door to the Chestnut Springs Pool Park. The park features an outdoor swimming pool (open Memorial Day through Labor Day) that is free to all property owners at Wintergreen. The pool though is never too busy since this is one of two outdoor swimming pools at Wintergreen Resort. That park also features a kids play area and a screened picnic area. Being next door to the Pool Park could be great for your family use or an attractive amenity to offer for a renal home. Let your kids walk to the pool with no worries of them crossing a street. Reserve the picnic area for free for larger family gatherings.

18 Deer Springs Ln.

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Any closer to the Devils Knob Clubhouse and one would be literally standing on the putting green! Ski shuttle stops at Clubhouse during all of ski season and it is a very short walk out the back door. The rest of the facilities are only minutes away; golf, tennis, spa, pools, restaurants, bar, pro shop, driving range, lockers, etc.

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Two pink flamingos greet us at the driveway of a home in Piney River where Almost Home’s kitty trapper is perched at the end of a string connected to a drop trap. “Originally she had upward of 15 cats,” explains Krista Waibel of Nellysford. She’s been working with Almost Home for more than a decade and has been part of the center’s Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program for about 3 years. “Last year there were some kittens born and we were able to nab a couple of the kittens before they got to be two months old and were able to take them into Almost Home and get them tamed and adopted out. What we’re trying to do now is keep the population down by getting the cats fixed.” Spring is kitten season. The daffodils are blooming, the trees are budding and bloated cats are having litters. “Every female cat we are taking in right now is pregnant.” And that includes the orange female tabby Krista already nabbed this afternoon. She was one of the kittens that got away last year but today, the hungry momma cat-to-be was hoping to satisfy a craving when she walked under the cage. Krista has done the math.

“An unfixed male and female in a 3-year period can produce something like 6700 cats, if you think of their kittens.” Which is why spay-and-neuter clinics, like the one run by the Lynchburg Humane Society, stay full. Krista has ten spay and neuter spaces reserved there for this week as well as another ten later in the month. “Otherwise they are solidly booked.” Dr. Jessica Ligon at Lovingston Veterinary Hospital also helps with Almost Home’s feral spay and neutering needs. Before coming to Piney River this afternoon, Krista was at the Nelson-Amherst County line trying to trap the last of 10 cats that have been living behind a gas station. Once she’s done here, she heads to two different locations in Arrington. “What we’re trying to do now is I’d like to get two more adults and at least one of them is a female who is the cause of most of this,” Krista explains as her voice begins to taper. A dark colored cat has emerged from behind a shed to consider the bait. To my 8-year-old son standing patiently at my side, trapping a cat ranks pretty high on the adventure scale.

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With a quick tug, Krista yanks the cord and drops the trap over the feline, now bouncing around back and forth inside the cage. “It’s a short hair tuxedo cat!” my excited son proclaims. Actually, it’s a tortoise according to Krista, as she transfers the cat to the smaller cage, draping a towel over it to calm it down.

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“They’re great barn kitties. They do mice, rats, snakes and we will be happy to give somebody, help them relocate them, set them up in the barn or shed. We try to do them two at a time so that at least they’re with somebody.” And I know an 8-year-old who’d help name it for you. BRL



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embracetheadventure By Woody Elliott #EmbraceTheAdventure

That’s How the Weekend Goes So it’s that time of year again: Race Season! That time when I get to leave one bag packed and an eye on the next adventure. Typically my wheels start spinning down the highway late March and don’t slow until the end of October. The Virginia Off Road Series has 23 race weekends in 2017 and I thought I’d give a little insight to the makings of my weekends. With this in mind, our weekend of choice is April 15 and the race was VORS #4 Conquer the Hill at the Miller School of Albemarle. This year, the weather sized up to be perfect and the start list has more than 100 racers. The Expert Men’s Category boasts nationally-known local racers such as Jeremiah Bishop. Along with Jeremiah Bishop, the all-star cast includes 2016 VORS Expert Champ John Petrylak, 2015 VORS Expert Champ Keck Baker,

2010 Champ Joe Fish and many more incredible riders. This was the category to watch with this 4 hour endurance race. Saturday, I hit the road at 5:30 am and head out to the Miller School. When I arrived, I threw on my trail running shoes and ran the 8.5 mile course to get a feel for what the racers would be experiencing. The one thing I have liked about trail running is it gives great perspective and insight to a race course (because your pace is so much slower that biking it). Then I mingled amongst the riders before the race to see how everyone was doing/excited about the race. Once the gun goes off, I chase around to catch different parts of the race and to see how everything is unfolding. Once the race is done, it’s my time to find the next adventure. This time around with the weather looking good and no rain on the horizon, I

am planning on heading out to the George Washington National Forest for some exploring. As I am writing this pre-trip, I am not still not sure how this may unfold. The current plan is to camp at North River Primitive Campground, not too far from Todd Lake near Reddish Knob. From base, I’m thinking of running some fire roads and maybe dropping in on some singletrack that I know from the Shenandoah Mountain 100 mountain bike race. The terrain includes lots of climbing and descending. After that, I plan on making my way back to Richmond. Along the way maybe stop off at StableCraft Brewery or Pre Re Nata. While checking out a nice craft beer and thinking over the previous mountain runs, I’ll start thinking about the following weekend that will be at James River State Park with the Adventure Triathlon; Devils Backbone Brewing Company will be part of the action.

Oh, did I mention my new race series with the Virginia State Parks? It will be made up of six races where the winners will be determined by how far they race, win or lose. It’s the miles that matter. The Virginia State Parks Adventure Series will begin at James River State Park and finish up in Pocahontas State Park. Check it out and get in on the action! Virginia State Parks’ Adventure Series Six Virginia State Park races will be where the actions at this year! May 6 : Smith Mountain Lake : SML Triathlon May 13 : Hungry Mother : Mountain Do Triathlon Sept. 9 : Claytor Lake : Triathlon Sept. 16 : New River Trail Challenge Oct. 14 : Pocahontas : Pocadventure : An Adventure Triathlon

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Get the Drift Perhaps nothing creates more chaos in a landscape than heeding the words of the designer who opts for the arboretum look – a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes and heights. To the contrary, drift or mass plantings easily drown out the aforementioned noise with pure simplicity. Planting in long flowing drifts, whether perennials, wildflowers or shrubs, creates movement in the landscape by drawing the eye in and forward. By using contrasting colors of plants that bloom at similar times, like white and dark shades, the landscape can literally open up and move the eyes deep towards a structure, away from an eye sore or along a walk deeper in the landscape. With anchors of evergreens scattered in to control the movement and create height, the resulting design is simple and clean. The next purchase of that gem in the garden center will no longer be for 3, but maybe 13 or even 23 – and as we are mostly talking perennials and annuals, the impact on your wallet is minimal while the visual is a blast of color that is unparalleled. Your methods and materials will not overwhelm you but be a wonderful breath of fresh air as you move into your plant selection, mainly since you are now buying more of less. When thinking drifts, think the Nike “Swoosh” symbol – a planting of color that starts thin, thickens quickly as it turns, and then fades to nothing. It is also important to keep an open mind to all plants and even structures, as at the core of any fascinating design is the dovetailing of plant species and man’s creations. Your palette will include mostly annuals as the drift filler (in particular, those that self-sow) mixed in with other perennials and shrubs. Moving around the landscape to the ebb and flow of a carpet of grass bordered with a mass of annuals and peren-

nials can really be jaw dropping. Anchor the drift by larger evergreens and your landscape is done. Simple, clean and full of color. Call it the Occam’s razor for landscaping. An example of a shade garden drift could be as simple as a mass of ferns. Ferns are one of those plants that are rarely used in mass groupings since the thought of ferns can sometimes just draw out a lengthy yawn. Nothing could be further from the truth as its fine-textured foliage has both a sense of innocence and grace that benefits any landscape. Masses of ferns used in conjunction with annual New Guinea impatiens, pink or white for example, can create an amazing impact that will last from late spring to fall’s first frost. Keep the ferns to the middle of the border and anchor them down with boxwood, English laurels or other evergreens. Gain height with a dogwood or Japanese snowbell at the middle or back. Use the impatiens in winding drifts in the front of the ferns to create the desired impact. Sprinkle in hellebore, Virginia bluebells and bleeding hearts deeper in the border for an extended season of amazing color and contrasts. Add a bench, birdbath or birdhouse for eye candy. When moving into the sunny side of your landscape, your options open even wider. Plants that offer extended seasons of interest should always be at the top of your list. Again, annuals are just hard to beat as the main drift filler. Choose plants like wave petunias, lantana, strobilanthes, sunpatiens, black-eyed-susans and salvia. Those plants sprinkled in to create interest and extend the season, much the way the ferns did in the shade garden, can be coneflower, black-eyed susans, Russian sage, creeping phlox, candytuft and many others. Drop in a deciduous azalea or two and be sure that evergreens are present to form the ever-needed backbone of the design.

asktheDr. By Dr. Charles Cole Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Cole, When I bend my finger it hurts and I have to pull on it to make it straight again. What can I do? It sounds like you have a trigger finger. This is a common condition and can be quite painful and frustrating. People who do repetitive gripping actions are at higher risk of developing trigger finger. It is also more common in women and people with diabetes. Trigger finger occurs when there is inflammation and narrowing of the space that surrounds the tendon that bends your finger. The finger may get stuck in the bent position, or may snap when you straighten it – like a trigger. There is often finger stiffness, especially in the morning, and you may notice a painful nodule in the palm at the base of the affected finger. Tendons attach muscle to bone and are surrounded by a protective sheath. When this sheath gets inflamed, the normal gliding motion of the tendon through the sheath is affected. Continued inflammation can cause scarring, thickening and nodules that further affect the move-

Discover Why ment of the tendon. Diagnosing a trigger finger is simple and doesn’t require any fancy testing. Examining the tendons that bend the finger for tenderness, smoothness, locking and tender nodules is usually enough. If a nodule is present it will move as the finger moves because the lump is attached to the tendon that moves the finger. Treatment of trigger finger usually starts with simple measures like ice, rest and anti-inflammatories. Exercises for range of motion and splinting may also be helpful. When these measures these are not helpful a steroid injection may be indicated to decrease the inflammation. This usually takes care of the condition but may require more than one injection. If this is not helpful then surgery may be needed to open the narrowed section of the tendon. This is usually done by a hand surgeon in the operating room. Dr. Charles Cole is a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. This column is provided as a service to readers of Blue Ridge Life Magazine and it does not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers of this magazine. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.

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HOPE GROWS CELEBRATION Start: May 5, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: King Family Vineyards Phone: 434-823-7800 Address: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, VA 22932 (ALBEMARLE)

DEVILS BACKBONE OYSTER ROAST Start: May 6, 2017 12:00 pm End: May 6, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: Devils Backbone Brewing Company Phone: 434-361-1001 Address: 200 Mosbys Run Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON)

MAY 6 SATURDAY ST. JUDE’S CHILDREN HOSPITAL BENEFIT HORSE RIDE Venue: James River State Park Phone: 434-808-2655 Address: 104 Green Hill Dr, Gladstone, VA 24553 (BUCKINGHAM) THE WINTERGREEN ASCENT CYCLING EVENT Start: May 6, 2017 8:00 am End: May 6, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Resort Phone: 804-314-7171 Address: 39 Wintergreen Drive Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON) NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE Start: May 6, 2017 8:00 am End: May 6, 2017 12:00 pm Venue: Wintergreen Real Estate Phone: 434-244-2399 Address: 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON) COMMUNITY MARKET Start: May 6, 2017 8:30 am End: May 6, 2017 10:30 am Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON) NELSON DOWNRIVER RACE Start: May 6, 2017 9:00 am End: May 6, 2017 3:00 pm Venue: Lower Tye River Phone: 434-263-7130 Address: South Powell’s Island Road, Arrington, VA 22922 (NELSON)

ROCKFISH VALLEY RESCUE RUNWAY Start: May 6, 2017 2:00 pm End: May 6, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Rockfish Valley Community Center Phone: 434-361-0100 Address: 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920 (NELSON)

MAY 7 SUNDAY OM ROAM CELEBRATION Start: May 7, 2017 1:00 pm End: May 7, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: DelFosse Vineyards and Winery Phone: 434-263-6100 Address: 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA 22938 (NELSON) PEONY FEVER WORKSHOP Start: May 7, 2017 2:00 pm End: May 7, 2017 4:30 pm Venue: Pharsalia Phone: 434-277-5231 Address: 2333 Pharsalia Road Tyro, VA 22976 (NELSON)

MAY 11 THURSDAY YOGA AT BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER Start: May 11, 2017 6:00 pm End: May 11, 2017 7:15 pm Venue: Bold Rock Cider Phone: 434-361-1030 Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA 22958 (NELSON)


NELSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOMES AND PROPERTIES TOUR Start: May 6, 2017 10:00 am End: May 6, 2017 5:00 pm Venue: Walton’s Mountain Museum Phone: 434-263-8400 Address: 6484 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA 22969 (NELSON) WOODSON’S MILL OPEN HOUSE Start: May 6, 2017 10:00 am End: May 6, 2017 4:00 pm Venue: Woodson’s Mill Phone: 804-803-1794 Address: 3211 Lowesville Road Roseland, VA 22967 (NELSON) DERBY DAY PARTY Start: May 6, 2017 11:00 am End: May 6, 2017 6:00 pm Venue: The Virginia Distillery Company Phone: 434-285-2900 Address: 299 Eades Lane Lovingston, VA 22949 (NELSON)


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businessdirectory Breweries BLUE MOUNTAIN BARREL HOUSE 434-263-4002 495 Cooperative Way, Arrington, VA NELSON COUNTY Come visit us at the Barrel House brewery and tasting room and discover where tradition meets innovation. Our tasting room is open Sunday-Thursday, 12PM-8PM, Friday 12PM-9PM, & Saturday, 12PM-8PM. You can enjoy a tasting flight of our available beer selections, relax with a full glass of one of our fine ales or lagers, and take a complementary tour after your purchase if you’d like to learn about our special brewing process.

Construction (cont.) R.M. GANTT CONSTRUCTION 434-316-0090 NELSON COUNTY R.M. Gantt Construction is a family owned business which has served the Central Virginia area since 1992. We concentrate on higher end residential construction by providing our team of professionals, consisting of our well trained and specialized Framers, Millwork Specialists, Project Managers, Estimators, and Interior Designers. We offer a turn key project.

Lodging BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY 540-456-8020 9519 Critzers Shop Rd Afton, VA NELSON COUNTY Blue Mountain Brewery is open 7 days a week bringing the revolution of real hand-crafted American beer to our corner of the world. Eight to ten Blue Mountain drafts available at all times, local foods for lunch and dinner, local wines & family friendly.

FIVE PEAKS AT WINTERGREEN – DOG FRIENDLY RETREAT 434-906-0496 NELSON COUNTY 150 Five Star Reviews tell it all about this thoughtfully designed private hideaway in the Rockfish Valley of Nelson County. Minutes to wineries and breweries and restaurants. 15 minutes to the ski slopes. 35 minutes to Charlottesville. A favorite honeymoon retreat, yet comfortably sleeps 6 for family gatherings. 2 master suites, hot tub, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen. Reasonable rates!

Music BLUE STAR MUSIC 434-263-6746 177 Main St. P.O. Box 493 Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY 434-277-9209 2nd Stage, Amherst, VA AMHERST COUNTY NELSON COUNTY’S FAVORITE SINCE 1988 Musical instruments, service, repairs, rentals and supplies. Lessons: all styles and levels of guitar, including advanced jazz, banjo, bass, vocals, keyboard, drums, beginning mandolin, dobro and accordion. Mon. Wed. Thurs. 12-8

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Real Estate (cont.) WINTERGREEN RESORT PREMIER PROPERTIES 434-325-8018 Mountain Inn Loop Wintergreen, VA NELSON COUNTY The official real estate office of Wintergreen Resort. Contact us for sales and purchases of lots, homes and condos in Stoney Creek and on the mountain.

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WINTERGREEN RESORT 855-245-5011 39 Mountain Inn Loop Wintergreen, VA NELSON COUNTY

When buying or selling real estate in Nelson County or Wintergreen, you can count on “That Girl” to get you results! Besides being a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery of Nellysford, I am also a recognized and trusted name in real estate throughout Nelson County and Wintergreen.

Wintergreen Resort is a four-season mountain retreat on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Championship golf; seasonal skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; indoor and outdoor pools; miles of marked hiking trails; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; charming lodging; and a variety of enticing dining options.

Visitor Centers WILD WOLF BREWING COMPANY 434-361-0088 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY Plan a visit to Wild Wolf and experience Chef Chris Jack’s amazing creations made with locally sourced ingredients, enjoy your meal inside or out with one of our 13 craft beers on tap then take your favorites home with you our awesome to-go beer selections. For private events contact

Construction ELK MOUNTAIN CONTRACTING, LLC 540-241-9075 221 Old Tyro Lane, Tyro, VA AUGUSTA COUNTY Elk Mountain Contracting has been building custom log cabins and barns for 14 years. Using stonework and reclaimed materials to compliment your project allows us to provide a historic appeal to your structure. Services Provided: Reclaimed building materials, Custom log cabins and barns, Chinking, Stonework, General Construction, Cabin and barn restorations.


MOUNTAIN AREA REALTY 434-361-2440 2788 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

Situated on 200 beautiful acres, our two bedroom log cabins offer modern amenities that include central air, Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens and comfortable furnishings. Whether you’re fishing or kayaking on our private lake; enjoying the views from your porch or walking the trails; your mind, body and soul can’t help but relax and become one with nature.

Mountain Area Realty offers full real estate services for Nelson County, Wintergreen Resort, Stoney Creek, and surrounding areas. Call our office 7 days a week for immediate professional service from one of our experienced agents.

NELSON COUNTY TOURISM 434-263-7315 8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy Lovingston, VA NELSON COUNTY Experience the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge. From our mountains to the mighty James River. Wear yourself out at our wineries, breweries, cidery, and eateries. Then hit the sack in a cozy cabin or bed & breakfast.

Medical SENTARA MARTHA JEFFERSON AFTON FAMILY MEDICINE 540-456-6710 10950 Rockfish Valley Hwy Afton, VA

WINTERGREEN REAL ESTATE 800-325-2200 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford, VA NELSON COUNTY

Family Medical Physician’s office specializing in preventive care, acute care,chronic illness care, pediatric and newborn care, women’s health, sports medicine, and geriatric medicine. All ages are welcome.

Wintergreen Real Estate Company is the founding company of Wintergreen. We are experts in resort sales, rentals and county property. We are the only company with an office on Devils Knob as well the entry of Stoney Creek.

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G REAL ESTATE Building Lot 3.08 Acres. Mostly cleared, with year round mountain views. Close to elementary school and all Route 151 activities. Afton area. Posted By: David Marshall 22920 - Afton 540-456-6046 $64,000 Lovely home for rent in Shipman Lovely home in Shipman for rent. Quiet neighborhood. 3 BR, 2 full baths, LR, DR, Family Room, fenced in yard. Posted By: Kate McGinnis 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-263-5895 $800/month hunting-recreational land (Lovingston) Over 8 wooded acres in Wingina VA. Driveway already put in. Large stone clearing for RV parking. No electric on property however transformer at edge of driveway. Close to several hunt clubs, BREWERY’S and winery’s. GREAT FAMILY FUN LAND , with lots of privacy. tax map number 71-A-31C Red Bud Ln. Nelson County. Posted By: donna stepien 24599 - Wingina 540 872 6698 $29,000 Wintergreen Two Bedroom, Two Bath Two BR, two Bath condo, close to Spa and Nature Foundation. Fully furnished. Utilities Post it online

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and basic cable provided. Internet not provided, but is available. Posted By: Erlene Hendrix 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 757-377-1209 $875 monthly, off-season rate

LOST & FOUND Lost Dog - Mini Australian Shepherd Lost Blue Merle MiniAustralian Shepherd - black, white, and grey speckled markings with some copper on face and legs. Male, docked tail, 18” tall, 20 lbs. Missing from Afton on 1/27/17, last sighting 2/21/17. He is extremely timid, if you see him please don’t call or chase him Posted By:Ellie Ray 22920 - Afton 434-7603752 $REWARD

WANTED House Cleaner Bi-weekly house cleaner Posted By:Jane Strauss 22938 Faber 434-263-8294 $20/hr

FARM & TOOL Portable Generator 5 kw Portable Generator. Gas. 120/240 volts. used for power outages only. Coleman model 5000. Kohler 10 hp engine. Good condition. Posted By:Gary Evans 24464 - Montebello 540-377-6059 $275

JOBS Sunday School Teachers/ Nursery Workers Sunday School Teachers and Nursery Workers needed for new church. Applicants must be at least 18yo, have reliable transportation, and willing to submit to a background check. Please email outlining your experience working with children and include 3 references to schedule an interview. Posted By: Dan Magan 434-981-3268 $20/wk HIRED! - Administrative Assistant Administrative Assistant for professional office. Must have excellent skills in working with clients - a pleasant manner, discretion with confidential information and good communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe required. Start date approximately May 1st. Benefits include short work hours, paid vacation and holidays. Send email with cover letter. No phone calls please! Posted By: Julia W Rogers 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen $Negotiable

Virginia Distillery Co. Brand Ambassador Virginia Distillery Company, an American Single Malt Whisky distillery based in Lovingston, Virginia, is seeking Brand Ambassadors in the Central Virginia area. Seeking highly interested individuals who want to learn about the growing


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spirits industry in Virginia and beyond, who enjoy interacting with the public in support of brand development. The core responsibilities will include conducting tastings at consumer events in the local area. Posted By: Jessica Bullard 22949 Lovingston 434-285-2900 $Hourly Based On Experience Virginia Distillery Co. Guest Experience VThe Virginia Distillery Company is seeking a Guest Experience Associate who will welcome, educate and entertain visitors, chiefly by guiding them through the tour and tasting experience. The Associate must ensure all visitors receive a courteous, friendly and professional experience at all times. Flexible schedule, primarily weekends (This is a part time position averaging 8-30 hours a week. Posted By: Jessica Bullard 22949 - Lovingston 434-285-2900 $Hourly Based On Experience

ELECTRONICS Hi-Fi Equipment Klipsch RF 82 II floor standing speakers, $300/pair. Klipsch RB 51 II bookshelf speakers, $100/pair. Klipsch RB10 sound bar w/wireless sub, $50. Harman Kardon HK3770 stereo receiver, $100. Cambridge Audio SR20 stereo receiver, $200. Dynaco FM5 tuner, $50. Posted By: James George 22980 Waynesboro 540-221-2918

SPORTING GOODS Cross Bow 2000 X home Gym Full set Cross Bow 2000X exercise gym set. Complete with instruction manual and exercise chart. In good shape. Used very little. You pick up &amp; haul. Bargain price. Posted By: John White 22922 - Arrington/Tye River 434-263-5241 75.00 SOLD! - Old Outside portable basketball goal Regulation portable and adjustable basketball goal. Kid gone. You haul. Posted By: John White 22922 - Arrington/Tye River

HOME & GARDEN Mattress and boxspring Nearly newy. Posted By:Kay 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 434-277-9163 $25 Wooden skis and poles Wooden skis and bamboo poles. Great for display on wall or over fireplace. Made in Maine or Norway. Posted By:Albert Coleman 22920 - Afton 540-456-6884 $250 Pet Containment Pen A 6-sided pet yard with door......adjustable panels... like new !! Great for small or large dog... especially a new puppy ... Our pup loved i!!. Posted By: SANDRA GALLAGHER 22920 - Afton 540-256-8986 $40 OBO


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If you can’t find the perfect place to call home, consider buying land and Build your Dream!




Marlo Allen

NEW! Saddle Ridge Ln, Lot B2; Only $39,000

Great location at corner of Monocan Dr and Saddle Ridge; nearly level with golf and mountain views! Perced for 4 Bedroom; 1.13 acres (Owner/Agent)

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245 Cedar Glen Close; #519828; $99,000

When you can afford not to settle… Prime location fronts water, golf course, & mountains! Has electric & public water/sewer; .86ac




Call Marlo for help finding land and getting local references for home design, construction, and pricing.




NEW! Taylor Creek Rd; $179,000

22 Acre mini farm with multiple building sites, mountain views, and bold creek! Has well, electric, 4 board fenced pasture, run-in sheds




Tree House Pl, Lot 42; #530643; $44,900

Elevated lot with tremendous mountain and Rockfish Valley views with select clearing! Community commonland w/ river & trails; 5ac




4300 Rockfish Valley Hwy; #541126; $299,000

Commercial w/ B-1 zoning w/ by right uses: hotel/motel, retail, restaurant, office, services, etc…; 1,500+ ft road frontage; 13.02ac

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REDUCED! 687 Adial Rd; #513770; $499,900

Recently surveyed 51 acres w/ ~2,000 ft of Rockfish River, mountain views, and pasture for horses; multiple division rights & building sites

Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525

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