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DECEMBER 2016 VOL. 11, NO. 7

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By Eric J. Wallace


The Crozet Christmas tree, captured in a light December snow last year by Bryan Parsons for the Crozet Gazette Calendar Photo Contest. See the winning photographs on pages 30-31.

Chimney Memorial to Displaced Families Dedicated at Byrom Park A chimney that memorializes the Albemarle families who were displaced from their mountain homes to create the Shenandoah National Park was dedicated in splendid autumn weather at a ceremony Nov. 5 that drew 200 people to Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park in northwest Albemarle. The chimney is a project of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project and the

ceremony marked the culmination of phase one in the Albemarle chapter’s ambitions. Phase two will be construction of a visitors shelter at the site. About 50 hands were raised when BRHP Albemarle chapter chair Paul Cantrell asked the crowd who among them was a direct descendent of a name that was on the chimney’s continued on page 6

The Crozet Community Action Committee met at the town library November 15 and listened to a presentation made by Albemarle County principal planner, Elaine Echols, regarding the area’s residential development pipeline, patterns, zoning, and proposed land-use. Echols brought along a detailed map, reviewing with committee members development projects currently underway, potential re-zoning concerns, and presently undeveloped areas. While remaining possibilities for development are limited, various committee members expressed concerns. John McKeon questioned the need for any new development, stating the town’s maximum population—18,000, according to the current Crozet Master Plan—could potentially be exceeded upon the completion of projects already planned or underway. The objection stemmed from a perceived discrepancy between a multiplier (residents

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Fitzgerald Named Firefighter of the Year at CVFD Awards Dinner The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department’s annual awards dinner, held November 13 at King Family Vineyards, is a festive affair, but it opens with a solemn remembrance of the CVFD’s recently departed members. The color guard, firefighters in dress uniforms, two carrying flags flanked by two with silver axes, marched the length of the room to

the fireplace wall and stood at attention as the silver bell was rung. This year it pealed in honor of Robert Kindrick, Carroll Conley, Jerry Finazzo, Lewis Mawyer, Gilbert Shifflett, Sandy Campbell and Shirley Cook. CVFD chaplain Walt Davis of Life Journey Church offered an invocation, giving thanks “from the depths

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Crozet Great Valu has new owners, after 69 years in the Wagner family. Page 24.



DECEMBER 2016 with salads and a menu vegans will appreciate. • The Rooftop – van der Linde and Tripp will offer a completely different vibe and menu from Smoked – Cheffed up flatbreads, tapas, and local beer with a spectacular mountain view. • Morsel Compass – Keely Hass and Jennifer Blanchard – Terrific food – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – from two ladies who are looking to add bricks and mortar to their food truck biz. • Blue Ridge Bottle Shop – Shawn and Colleen Miller – Beer and wine sold from great people who know a lot about both. • Santosha Yoga – Chloe Watkins and Ashley Holland – Two pros who are well loved locally. • Over the Moon Bookstore – Anne DeVault – Anne is moving her terrific independent bookstore to Piedmont Place. • Crozet Creamery – Michael Comer – Crozet’s homemade ice cream shop. Fresh out of Ice Cream School, Michael will be making 100 percent of his ice cream right in his shop using

From the Editor Crozet’s Economy is Ready to Boom The Crozet business scene is in an unusual churn that suggests an expansion that recognizes the number of new residents in town. Part of the excitement is the anticipated grand opening Dec 10 of Drew and Michelle Holzwarth’s Piedmont Place in downtown. Crozetians are impressed by the building itself and the standard it sets for future downtown development. We like it! For an earlier peek inside, go to the Downtown Crozet Initiative’s Dec. 8 “Design and Dine” presentation of a plan for the downtown civic area. It will be the new heart of town. The open house runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature free bites from new businesses Smoke BBQ and Morsel Compass, as well as Starr Hill beer. Opening this month in the new building are: • Smoked Kitchen & Tap – Justin van der Linde and Kelley Tripp –Anchored with barbeque

only the finest ingredients. • Smojo – Beth Harley – Smoothies, fresh squeezed juice, and a cup of coffee. One last space in the market is for lease. A bakery and an organic butcher are possibilities. We’ll see. One block away, on The Square, Louise and Cor continued on page 38

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Ring Christmas Bells for Salvation Army at Great Valu This Christmas season the Lions Club of Crozet again invites all of our friends and neighbors in Crozet and environs to ring bells for the Salvation Army in front of the Crozet Great Valu Market. Bell ringing is scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from December 1 through December 17, and every day from December 19-24. On weekdays we plan to ring

the bells from 4 until 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Volunteers are asked to ring the bells for one hour with family members or another person. We hope you are willing to participate in this happy, meaningful activity. If you are comfortable with using the web, you can sign up at the following website: www.SignUpGenius. com/go/30E094AACAA22A3FD0-ring1 Otherwise you can sign up or get more information by sending an email to bestcrozet@, or by calling 434409-6148. Those who have participated in this activity in the past often remark that it is very positive for both the volunteer and the donors. Frequently volunteers report, with amazement, that when they said “Thank you” to the donor, the donor would often reply enthusiastically, ”Thank YOU for doing this.” It is a wonderful way for families to get into the holiday spirit. Have a very happy Holiday Season. The Crozet Lions Club

Thank you for a great 2016! Western Albemarle homes sold by the Denise Ramey Team in 2016: 1203 Afton Mountain Road 5321 Ashlar Avenue 1041 Autumn Hill Court 1537 Ballard Drive 7668 Birchwood Hill Road 406 Burchs Creek Road 354 Claremont Lane 365 Claremont Lane 4053 Free Union Road 255 Grayrock Drive 382 Grayrock Drive 291 Grayrock Drive 3060 Glen Valley Drive

3066 Glen Valley Drive 3084 Glen Valley Drive 754 Golf View Drive 7153 Hampstead Drive 6842 Harvest Farms Lane 770 Ivy Farm Drive 715 Lenox Hilll Road 7331 Millburn Court 367 Normandy Drive 1613 Old Trail Drive 1730 Old Trail Drive 1769 Old Trail Drive 5202 Park Ridge Court

5231 Park Ridge Court 5255 Park Ridge Court 247 Pensahw Court 261 Penshaw Court 6588 Plank Road 1235 Red Pine Court 3297 Rowcross Street 0 Stillhouse Creek Road 6742 Welbourne Lane 8020 West End Drive 2076 Whispering Woods Drive 5349 Windy Ridge Road 6078 Railroad Avenue 6888 Birmingham Drive

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For most Crozet residents— and especially those that’ve been around a while—there is a sense of personal involvement surrounding the vacant lot at the intersection of Route 240 and Highway 250. This is because, despite the past 20 years of neglect and decay, from Pop and Ethel’s to The Gallery, the site was the home of muchloved eateries. However, after flooding tore through the location in the early 90s, damage to the septic system ultimately led to the building’s abandonment. But even then there were hopes of an eventual revitalization— while your average citizen probably didn’t realize it, in order to maintain the rights necessary to one day open another restaurant, the structure was left standing as a “placeholder.” Thus the hullaballoo—a near perfect swath of excitement, wariness and skepticism—that erupted when, about a year ago, owners Bill McKechnie and Melton McGuire demolished the old building and announced plans to install a new 3,922-square-foot, 100-seat eatery with 51 parking places. With McKechnie’s background as a founder of the Five Guys fast-food franchise, citizens expressed concerns about the type of establishment that would be installed. While McKechnie told the Crozet Community Advisory Committee last May that the restaurant would definitively not be a franchise, in the face of a seemingly delayed construction schedule, apprehension has remained.

“There’s so much folklore and history surrounding that site,” said McGuire. “When we tore the old building down, people stopped and took photos. One guy actually came by and, because he’d proposed to his wife in one of the building’s prior incarnations, set up his easel and did an oil painting… I suspect everyone that’s lived here since before 1990 has a story about that place. And one of our main concerns in going forward is to tap into that historical lineage, bring it alive, and do it justice.” Be that as it may, with the project appearing to be at a stand-still—the Bobcat’s looming but as-of-yet inactive presence was mentioned at November’s Crozet Community Advisory Committee meeting—the question on everyone’s mind remains: What’s going on? “I’m happy to announce that, after an extremely arduous and unbelievably time-consuming process, we’ve been granted a building permit and have received all the necessary permissions to begin construction by the end of December,” said McGuire. Described by McGuire and McKechnie as the “last big hurdle,” sifting through the permit process was by no means a walk in the park. The process’s major impediment proved to be concerns over the septic system. “With so many waterways passing nearby and as closely as they do, the site could well be the toughest in all of Albemarle County,” said McGuire. “We bought the property back in 2005 and you just wouldn’t

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plaque. The farthest had come from Pennsylvania. An invocation offered by retired Episcopal Church minister David Wayland recalled the missionary efforts in the Blue Ridge under Archbishop Frederick Neve in the early 20th century, which were essentially stopped by the creation of the national park, Wayland said. The chimney “commemorates the work of the Holy Spirit among our ancestors,” he said, thanking God for “the families we commemorate, their grit and endurance, their faith and courage. They were indeed the salt of the earth and they formed many of us. We form their heritage. . . . Today our hearts are filled with gratitude for the peo-

ple we remember.” Cantrell praised the local committee that has worked since March to create the memorial. He mentioned Lisa Custillo as “a voice in the wilderness” calling attention to the lingering wounds of the displaced families. Keith and Mary Ellen Ford of Blackwells Hollow were also praised for getting a lot of the work done, such as finding a suitable chimney to dismantle and then getting it moved to the park. “It’s been a great thing to be part of it,” said Keith Ford, “and I want to thank Larry Lamb for getting me involved.” Albemarle Supervisor Ann Mallek, who served on the project committee, said the memorial and the occasion had “a true home feeling.” “This is a wonderful day,”

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said BRHP president Bill Henry of Greene County. The organization is trying to get a memorial chimney in each of the eight counties surrounding the park where families were forced from their homes. The Albemarle chimney is the second to go up. The first, dedicated last year, is in Madison County. Efforts are under way in the other six counties, too. The BRHP also imagines a driving tour around the monuments some day. “It gives me a great feeling of pride to see all of you here. I’m not a descendent. I’m not from around here. I hiked in the park and saw the signs of the people who were here. As I hiked more, I learned more. I understood why people were angry about what happened to their families. It came to me that we could

have a place where the families were honored. We understand history is important. It won’t be around unless we keep it,” Henry said. “They burned the houses when the families moved out so they would not be used again. Some families watched their homes be burned. I can’t imagine what that felt like,” he said. Theresa Lamb offered a “descendant’s thoughts.” Her grandparents had been moved off Frazier Mountain, now known as Loft Mountain. “I believe our ancestors truly did sow the truest seed,” she said. “When I touch the memorial, I can feel their blood flowing.” The crowd joined in singing a chorus of The Hills of Home, accompanied by Pete and Ellen Vigour. Larry Lamb introduced the builders of the chimney, Darrell and Jackie Whitby of Madison. “Darrell has an artist’s eye,” he said, complimenting the drylaid stonework. “And they are humble and kind.” He presented them with framed photos of the memorial. He also thanked Mallek “for jumping in with both feet. We couldn’t have done it without her.” County trails planner Dan Mahon said the county is honored to be the host of the memorial. He brought a laugh from the crowd when he said, “This park was a gift! We didn’t take it! “Our parks are a place where we can preserve local identity,” he said. The crowd loitered over refreshments as the ceremony ended. Families visited and took photographs of the memorial.

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hand-painted poem (author unknown), decorated with musical notes, on the Henley memorial reads: Those who love don’t go away, They walk beside us unseen, unheard But always near Still loved, still missed And very dear. Eric Betthauser joined the WAHS and Henley faculties in the fall of 2009 after a previous position at Charlottesville Waldorf School. He taught choir at both schools as well as guitar at Henley, served as vocal director of the annual WAHS musicals, and contributed his beautiful tenor voice to several local music groups. “Eric was an amazing musician, colleague, and friend. He was pure and genuine in a way that made everyone he knew a better person,” WAHS colleague and band teacher Joel Hartshorn observed, a sentiment with which all WAHS teachers (myself included) would agree. “He devoted his life to music, teaching, and the local food movement, sometimes taking students to sing at the

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arts school, learning what I love to do most in the world. Mr. B inspired me to take voice lessons and follow my dream.” Fellow Henley teacher Elizabeth Thompson Sweatman summed it up when she commented, “all you cared about was kindness and community building. We will keep tearing down those walls that divide us and sharing love as we remember you each day.” A Liberty apple sapling that Eric brought from Wisconsin for teacher Diana Pace’s greenhouse, visible wrapped in blue paper in the Henley memorial photo, will be planted at Henley in Mr. Betthauser’s honor. The funeral and burial took place in his hometown of Tomah, Wisconsin, on Nov. 30. Memories and condolences may be offered through Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home www. or sent to his father, Glenn Betthauser, 1200 Wellington Drive apt. D, Reedsburg, WI 53959. The previously planned joint choir concert scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. will still be held at WAHS as a celebration of Eric’s life and contributions to his students and the community.

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Miller School Easement Helps Restore Old Main Miller School of Albemarle has entered about half of its extensive properties near Batesville into a conservation easement that protects it from future development. The move generated $2 million in tax credits that the school will use in the renovation of its main building, Old Main, according to Miller Headmaster Rick France. Miller School, 138 years old, owns 1,600 acres, 1,120 contiguous with the main campus north of Batesville. Another 480 acres is southeast of the village and is the site of Miller Lake, which supplied water to the school until new wells took over. It is leased to Crown Orchards, who have fruit trees

on it. The school looked at a few options for who might hold the easement and ended up with Land Trust of Virginia, which holds easements on 150 properties across the state. The 637 acres entered into the easement are the “crown of the campus,” said France. But the central 100 acres with the school’s buildings are not included, making them something of a doughnut hole in the protected area. That’s so that needed changes to the campus can happen. The school is currently building a new entrance road that leads to Old Main’s porte cochere. The current entrance will become exit-only. The easement has two great

Old Main at the Miller School of Albemarle. Photo by Kim Kelley-Wagner.

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benefits, France said. “It means it will always be a school. This cements Samuel Miller’s legacy and preserves the beauty of the campus. We keep the streams,

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Towers were first responders. They are a very special group of people who were running in when 22,000 people were trying to get out. “Your reward is your sense of purpose being fulfilled because you stood in the gap. You put your life on the line. You’re ready to go in the middle of the night, 24-7. You live on the edge, being on call. You are the thin line. We’re sleeping in our beds. We’re taking for granted that you are up. “I want to thank you for what you are doing. Keep it up. You’re a great unit. You take care of your folks. You’re about others. God bless you for it.” Jenkins’ speech was extemporaneous and heartfelt. He kept everyone’s attention and struck home. CVFD chief Mike Boyle presented him with a CVFD cap and T-shirt in appreciation. Crozet businesses had donated about 25 door prizes for the evening. They were drawn for with Judy Schmertzler handling the call-out of raffle ticket numbers. She and Donna Pugh of the CVFD auxiliary had organized the event. A Community Service Award was presented to Valeria Salvantachek, the pastry chef at Mountainside Senior Living, for kindness to the volunteers. A second was given to the assisted living facility itself for its generous support of the needs of the department. The CVFD evacuated the upper floors of the building using its ladder truck during the derecho of 2012 when power was knocked out. A third Community Service

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Award went to Tom Loach, a member, for his diligent efforts to get county approval for the new digital signboard outside the firehouse. A fourth award went to Gary and Tavia Dillon (each got a plaque) for organizing the Crozet Christmas parade, which now draws about 30 entries. The couple also arranges the town’s Fourth of July parade. The President’s Award went to Elise Lindquist, who was on the duty crew that night, which did get called out early in the dinner, but made it back. Boyle presented a Special Recognition Award to former Chief Preston Gentry for his dedication and service. “Mike, it’s a difficult job to be chief and you’re doing a good job,” Gentry said as he accepted. Facing the crowd he added, “Let’s continue to get better and better each year.” Will Schmertzler also got that award, which brought an especially warm round of applause from the crowd. He’s been with the CVFD for 19 years. The Junior Firefighter of the Year Award went to Christian Torres. He had joined in answering 193 calls and put in 1,750 hours with the department. The Chief ’s Award went to Will Van Hemert. “He is truly the meaning of volunteer,” said Boyle. “He takes it above and beyond. If we could be half the man he is . . . Out of 800 calls last year, he ran 334. Without guys like you we couldn’t make it as an all-volunteer department.” Boyle noted that Firefighter One training classes now require 200 hours. At age 17, Van Hemert has already

achieved Firefighter Two. Chief ’s Awards also went to Schmertzler and Butch Snead. Mike Rabin, who received last years’ Firefighter of the Year honors, which is voted on by the membership, made this year’s presentation. “This award is earned and recognized, “ said Rabin, who kept up the suspense about whose name would be called. “He’s not about himself. He’s dedicated to bettering the department. He’s a huge inspiration to me. He’s a super individual—Mitch Fitzgerald.” Fitzgerald approached the podium with modesty but there was a pride in his carriage. He stood a moment with his shoulders square and his chin up and quietly accepted the congratulations of the room. He had almost nothing to say, except to compliment Miranda Lacey, his longtime girlfriend, most tenderly. He knows that behind every volunteer who serves is another who supports without expecting to be noticed.

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Traffic roundabouts are the long-term solution to problematic intersections in the Crozet area, VDOT resident engineer Joel DeNunzio told the Crozet Board of Trade at their meeting November 21 at Pro Re Nata Brewery. Meanwhile, he said, expect to see temporary traffic lights installed, starting with the intersection of Rt. 151 and Rt. 250 at the base of Afton mountain. The meeting opened with CBT president Michael Marshall introducing Raphael Strumlauf, one of the new owners of downtown Crozet’s Great Valu grocery store. Strumlauf assured community members they could expect that the things they’ve always loved about the store would remain unchanged, while there will be upgrades and additions. “For instance, there hasn’t been a major inventory restructuring for over a decade,” he said. “What we plan to do is listen to our customers, take that feedback into account, and seek to meet the needs that are presently taking you elsewhere.” As an owner of downtown Charlottesville’s successful indie grocery shop, Market Street Market, Strumlauf stressed that, far from a big-box franchise model, his intentions are to create the same kind of niche, hyper-community-oriented grocery store that only a privately owned, small-business can offer. Asked what, specifically, this might look like, he offered some examples: “One of the first things we intend to do is install a deli. Our customers have said

they’d like to be able to get meats and cheeses on-site, so we’re going to try and make that happen… Additionally, we’re going to try and do more with local agriculture and craft brew beer. We want to expand what’s already happening here by getting more locally grown and raised seasonal produce and meats on the shelves and available to our customers.” Following Strumlauf ’s introduction, DeNunzio presented an update on local Crozet-area highway projects. Citing a recent study conducted by VDOT of the U.S. Route 250 corridor between Crozet and Charlottesville, DeNunzio discussed potential upcoming projects. “The point of this study was to access the corridor and decide on what kinds of changes we can implement immediately that will be the most cost-effective and have the greatest impact,” he said. For Crozet residents, the bulk of the study’s import had to do with proposals concerning what to do about a variety of problematic intersections. Making the short-list was the intersection of Route 151 and Rt. 250. While a $6.5 million roundabout is being considered as a long-term solution, for the immediate future, DeNunzio said VDOT plans to install a temporary traffic light soon. Elsewhere, while a roundabout was stated as being ideal for the intersection at Harris Teeter, with budgetary considerations to be kept in mind, continued on page 19



By Phil James

The Legacy It would be difficult to establish a real town and have it flourish without a grocery store. The real stuff of life can be found there: food, of course, but also interactions with neighbors, and the ensuing relationships that lead to community. When the warm relationship between Lyle “Jack” Wagner and Nannie Blackwell blossomed into a marriage solemnized in Waynesboro back in October of 1936, much was set into motion. Nannie had studied on Jack’s strong work ethic, while he had somehow seen beyond her twinkling eyes and cute smile to recognize the boundless energy and organizational skills that she possessed. Across the mountain in the bustling little community of Crozet, in 1929 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, more commonly known as the A&P, had opened up a store in the Goodall Building fronting on The Square. This ideal location was adjacent to Crozet Drug in the space previously occupied by William McLeod’s and Morton Sadler’s Crozet Hardware Company. At that time, A&P, the country’s first grocery chain, was the world’s largest retailer. The brand’s signature colors of red and black were made familiar by the thousands of distinctively painted company wagons that transported wares to thrifty customers in rural areas. Not long after adopting the novel self-



Red Front Market

Jack Wagner’s Red Front Market, on The Square in downtown Crozet, was notable for its signature storefront colors, adapted from the A&P grocery store that previously had operated there. [Detail from a 1951 photo by Hubert Gentry; color added by Phil James]

serve concept at their supermarkets, A&P’s opening for a manager at their Crozet location in the latter 1930s was filled by Jack Wagner, who, sans a personal automobile, regularly rode the bus from Augusta County to run the business. Like his blessed marriage to Nannie, Wagner’s move into the business community of Crozet was another match made in heaven. The village has profited from that family’s involvements and legacy ever since. In February 1945, during World War II, Jack was called into military service. Around

The IGA Foodliner (later Crozet Great Valu) anchored Crozet’s first shopping center. Its parent store Red Front Market operated concurrently on The Square for a season before moving all store operations to the modern venue. [Photo by Ray P. “Pete” McCauley] ABOVE: The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) was founded in 1859. It operated a store on The Square in Crozet for 17 years, beginning in 1929. [Courtesy of Phil James Historical Images]

that time, concerns were mounting in the halls of Congress that A&P was becoming a monopoly. A&P addressed those allegations, in part, by refocusing on urban supermarkets while shuttering a great many of their smaller rural stores, including, in 1946, their Crozet location. When Jack returned to Crozet following the war’s end, he partnered with Albert Sandridge and Edward Daughtrey to lease the former A&P space. Its previous paint scheme suited him just fine and, in 1947, his 50% business share made him the majority partner in Red Front Market. The business was an effective proving ground for high school students entering the job market. They were required to dress neatly, demonstrate respect and politeness to the public, and master the work ethics of promptness and trustworthiness. Sixteenyear-old Dabney Via was one of several from Crozet High who landed a job at Wagner’s Red Front. “I went to work over there in ’49,” said Dabney. “I was in the 9th grade and worked there three years in high school. Went to work at six o’clock in the morning and worked until 8:30. Walked to school. After school, came back and went to work at 3:30 and worked ’til nine every night during the week. Saturday night I worked from six until closing at 11 o’clock. Two more local enterprises opened their doors for business in downtown Crozet in

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Red Front —continued from page 15

1949. Moses and James Sandridge opened S&S Food Center at the top of The Square, approximately where pioneer Crozet merchant Jim Ellison operated his successful mercantile in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Next door to Red Front Market in the space previously occupied by [George] Pollock Insurance Agency, Nannie Blackwell Wagner opened Red Front Five & Ten. The Five & Ten quickly became the go-to place in town for notions of all sorts, fabric and ready-to-wear clothing, toys, comic books, and candy by the piece or by weight. At Christmas time, the second floor was transformed into Toy Land, a colorful department of wishful things for good little boys and girls. “As soon as Nannie opened the Five & Ten, we used the back end of that for a stock room,” said Dabney Via. “That was the only storage we had. Albert’s fresh chickens came in wooden crates packed in ice and he had them in a walk-in cooler back there. We also used that for produce. We sold feed at that time: hundred pound bags of hog feed, horse feed, cow feed and chicken feed. We would bring it out on a hand truck through that little ramp

Red Front Market opened on The Square in Crozet in 1947. Next door, up the sidewalk, Nannie Blackwell Wagner (1914–2002) opened her Red Front Five & Ten store in 1949. Pollock Insurance Agency was still occupying that space in this view taken from the Cold Storage building. [Detail from a photo by Mac Sandridge]

between the two stores to put it on a delivery truck. When Nannie enlarged the store and went into the upstairs, we had a little stockroom in the back of that for all of the extra supplies of paper goods. “I stayed there until 1957, went in the Army and stayed two years. When I came back, they sold me a quarter of the business. Goodness, they had five active [grocery] stores in Crozet at one time! I expect we sold as much as anybody did. The Red Front did a lot of deliv-

Lyle “Jack” Wagner (1915–1988) managed Crozet’s A&P grocery store beginning in the latter 1930s. In 1947, he and Albert Sandridge opened Red Front Market in the A&P’s former location. Wagner checked out an unidentified customer in this c1960 image.

ering. We had several customers that we went to every day. That’s the reason we kept it open for a while even after they opened the IGA in 1967. Because they knew it was going to take a while to get people used to going to the other store and not getting their groceries delivered. “Agnew Morris, V.L. James and myself went down to the IGA when we opened that. Dennis Rea, who was at that time working for Foods of All Nations, was hired as meat cutter.” IGA Foodliner and subsequent Crozet Great Valu solidified its local reputation by building on a strong foundation of customer service and community caring demonstrated by its founders. Multiple generations of Wagner family involvement in the store’s day-to-day operations, and shares of store ownership changing hands principally among dedicated employees, have meant that familiar faces have been ever-present to welcome returning customers. Untold numbers of local high school students have been intro-

duced to the business world via the disciplines learned while bagging and delivering groceries. At least two of those young employees parlayed their experiences into successful careers of store ownership: Thomas Starke, Crozet HS class of ’47, Starke’s Cash Market on Rt. 240 in Crozet; and Dabney Via, Crozet HS class of ’52, Ridge Market on Rt. 250 at Brownsville. Worthy of note, too, is V.L. James’s entire 60-year career as grocer and meat cutter, served in company with the Wagner family. The Crozet community has benefitted from the personal attention of wonderful hometown grocers throughout its existence. None, however, spanned as many generations of customer loyalty as that of the venerable Wagner family. Jack and Nannie would be pleased.

Albert Sandridge was a meat cutter for Crozet storeowner C.W. Sandridge before partnering with Jack Wagner and Ed Daughtrey at Red Front Market. His popular sausage blend was worthy of carrying his name on its label. [Courtesy of Larry Lamb]

Follow Secrets of the Blue Ridge on Facebook! Phil James invites contact from those who would share recollections and old photographs of life along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Albemarle County. You may respond to him through his website: or at P.O. Box 88, White Hall, VA 22987. Secrets of the Blue Ridge © 2003–2016 Phil James










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DEC. 24

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I will admit that I buy and enjoy commercial eggnog: it’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s thick and it appears in the dairy case before Halloween. After Thanksgiving I make sure I have a quart on hand for unexpected guests—and because it is tasty when sipped in front of the fire. But is it really eggnog, or just an imitation? I believe the latter because we in the U.S. have such an innate fear of raw eggs. And truly, if it’s going to be manufactured and shipped around the country, maybe we should be afraid. Commercial eggnog, by government rule, has very little egg and lots of thickeners. But homemade eggnog, ah that is the definition of pleasure in December. If you’ve got your own dairy cow and chickens, as has been my privilege, then there is nothing better. But you can also purchase the ingredients and make it at home, even if you don’t personally have the acquaintance of the cow or the chicks that contribute their bounty. My favorite memory of this delicious drink is one from several years ago when I left the august University of Virginia (where in the early 1980s we had to sign an oath that we would not consume alcoholic beverages on the premises; this being a shame because prior to the required pledge, we had often hopped across the street for a six-pack on a Friday afternoon for lubricating the discussion of the ups and downs in the lab that week), and found

Eggnog 6 eggs, separated ½ cup sugar 2 cups whipping cream 1 cup milk

myself employed in a small, start-up computer company. No alcohol pledge here! When I opened the fridge the first day to deposit my lunch, I saw a case of Budweiser and the reagents for calibrating some of the equipment we were using. New world order. As it turned out, this place also honored the Friday afternoon kickbackwith-a-beer discussion. I started the job in February and when Christmas drew near, I learned that the tradition was for the staff to hold a pot-luck party that would begin at about 3 p.m. and continue till? I brought my casserole that morning and sat down to work. My friend Lee arrived and said, “I brought eggnog, would you like to try it?” “Well, sure thing. I love eggnog,” I replied. Lee’s eggnog was delicious, homemade, frothy, and loaded with bourbon. After the first cup, we both agreed that it was good enough to have a second. Before I knew it, it was 9:30 a.m. and I was tipsy! At work! As they now say on the Internet: OMG (ohmygoodness). This is when I learned that the party actually began whenever people decided to start it. Happily, we also had lots of food so that by noon I was sobered up and ready to drive when I ventured home that evening. In summary: eggnog--it’s the drink that is delicious any time of day. But I definitely recommend waiting till evening.

(about 12 servings) ½ cup bourbon ½ cup brandy ½ cup light rum Nutmeg

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar, until thick. Slowly add the cream, milk and spirits. Chill this mix while whipping the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add to the yolk/sugar. Tastes best if chilled for a few hours before serving. Sprinkle each cup with a little nutmeg.




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VDOT has proposed safely connecting pedestrians to the shopping center as a key concern. According to DeNunzio, a crosswalk equipped with a Charlottesville-style crossing light will likely be installed in the near future. The intersection of state Routes 240 and 250 at Mechums River was discussed as well. While DeNunzio said that, again, a roundabout was being considered for the longterm future, as the area is presently not listed as being of high priority, another temporary traffic light will likely be installed. Lastly, DeNunzio offered some insight regarding access to the Barnes Lumber development site in downtown Crozet. DeNunzio said he supports a block plan for downtown, but that it has to be done right. “We’ve been meeting with the county to make sure that the area is safe and accessible for pedestrians and vehicles as well,” said DeNunzio. “The main concern is keeping speeds down and trying to stay on the same page [with regard to] the development to make sure the businesses are accessible and that they do well.” He went on to say that VDOT is actively meeting with business owners and development representatives to ensure that parking and access issues on The Square are dealt with in a manner that is safe, efficient, and amenable to everyone involved. After listing a number of possibilities—a four-way stop being explained as unfavorable and a one-way street being a

likely solution—DeNunzio stated that VDOT was presently open to input and would field any suggestions that were deemed to be beneficial toward the project’s overall success. Closing the meeting was a discussion of a proposed 26-question survey that would essentially provide the town with the ability to officially cite ‘citizen opinion’ on a variety of issues. The survey is the first step in a review of the Crozet Master Plan and takes its start from a survey of Crozet opinion conducted in 2009 before the 2010 plan revision was made. This time, besides the public survey that is not scientifically controlled according to the location of the respondents, a scientific sample of 500 Crozet– area residents will also be set up. That will involve a solicitation effort to get participants and that will involve mailing lists and postage. “If the [CBT] could provide some of the funding to make this happen, I think it would really be a great benefit to the town and businesses, showing that we’re willing to help and that we’re really attempting to be as civic-minded as we can,” said Marshall. “One of the benefits of the scientific survey would be that we would be able to look at a particular population—such as, say, residents within the Crozet growth area—and say 75 percent of residents living in this area feel this or that way about this or that issue,” said Tolson, president of the Crozet Community Association. “This sort of information would be very useful to planning commissioners and the board of supervisors as well.”

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Life in Leather By Theresa Curry Where local apples once were sorted into giant barrels and crates, Chuck Pinnell operates Pinnell Custom Leather, producing work of great usefulness and beauty. Without an advertising campaign or even a sign on the old packing house, Pinnell expects his customers to find him. That’s how he’s always worked and it’s intentional. “We make most everything to order, start-to-finish,” he explained. “It would be a wasted trip for someone to come here expecting to browse.” He’s upfront, even ironic, about his appeal to the people who can afford hundreds of dollars for a bag, thousands for a pair of chaps: “I couldn’t afford my products,” said Pinnell, who lives above the workroom with his wife, Jinny. Working with him are a handful of artisans who’ve been there for years, learning the painstaking cutting, shaping, punching and

stitching that transforms a flat piece of leather into a work of art. Most of them have learned from the ground up, from him. “They’ll be much better than I will ever be,” he said. “I had to teach myself.” It was no surprise to Pinnell that he ended up as an artisan rather than an academic. In school in Newport News, he had trouble with conventional learning: “I was taking three art courses, though,” he said. “Art saved me.” He was forever tinkering with forms and sculpture, preferring materials on a small scale that felt good in his hands. In high school, he taught weaving to adults in night classes. One of his art teachers sold Pinnell’s jewelry to his own customers. After dabbling in a little bit of everything, there was a dazzling moment when, as a teenager on a trip to Colorado, he first put a needle to a piece of leather and realized he’d found his life’s work. Once home, the


herefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Immanuel. isaiah 7:14

Charles Pinnell at work

timing and location was right for the young man to pursue the ancient craft. Williamsburg was gearing up for its bicentennial. “I thought I’d probably work in the shoemaking shop,” he said, “but they were full.” He worked instead at the saddlery, which introduced him to the equestrian world, full of people willing to pay a lot for high-quality leather goods: “A lucky break,” he said. He set up shop in Middleburg first, then eventually found his way to the

east side of the Blue Ridge. He has an eye for detail that borders on the obsessive. He sees the length of the belt that protrudes after fastening, the microscopic scrapes and nicks that may have happened in a feed lot, the way leather chaps work differently for older and younger riders, the finish on a silver buckle, the exact color of paint that will match the cut end of the leather to its length. With American tanneries long disappeared, his leather is tanned in Europe where, he says, a French or Italian craftsman might be the fourth or fifth generation of tanners from the same family. Pinnell takes all of the orders and does most of the design. Conversations through Skype help him determine how the product will fit the unique proportions of his client. If the design is new to his shop, they’ll talk the whole process through, including the leather selection, before making the first cut. There’s no assembly line: each item is seen through from start to finish, with even the buckles and other ornaments custom-made under Pinnell’s eye. On a leatherworker’s bench you



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might see tiny hand-made tools designed especially as a workaround for a difficult project. Besides his love for the process, Pinnell has a feel for leather that few of us can even imagine. Walking through his shop, he squeezes leather in his hands, observing that one hide is full of life, another has a lackluster look and feel. He loves working with the skins of American alligators, and might use them with other, less exotic skins in a bag or a pair of chaps, with stunning results. Pinnell once had an offer to take over a New York furniture operation and toured the multistory building with its owner. “There were huge piles of leather on every floor,” he recalls. “I could see that a pile on the second floor was from the same batch as a pile on the fourth floor. The guy was amazed.” Pinnell ultimately declined the offer and continued to concentrate mostly on equestrian-related custom leather items. It has all paid off. He was honored by Martha Stewart, was chosen to repair the leather of Olympian riders, and has been featured in countless tributes to world-class artisans. Knowing that his work is out of the reach of most local people, he involves himself in the community in different ways. He teaches a book-making class at Western Albemarle High School, donating materials and

time. He recently helped a local farmer by hauling his employees to a cattle roundup. Every so often, he cooks brunch for his crew or treats them to live theater. He’s taught young people with promise, giving them advice and a spot at a bench to see if leatherwork is for them. In the winter, he’ll head south for the Florida horse shows, but he says it’s getting harder to leave his spot on White Hall Road. In back of his shop he has a garden, lush with fall and winter vegetables. His bee hives are nearby. Chuck Pinnell has anecdotes. People come by with hides of animals they’ve shot during Virginia’s hunting and trapping seasons or taken on safari, although one man with a suitcase full of elephant hide was banished from his shop. A woman who had just the tiniest remnant of a leather key case from her father wanted it remade. Others want to incorporate old bits and pieces into a leather keepsake, or re-do a favorite item that time has treated cruelly. Pinnell welcomes these requests, no matter how challenging. He loves the personal connection. “When we see what our work means to these people, that’s what makes it worthwhile,” he said. Find Pinnell Custom Leather designs, history and small premade items online at






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County Planner Elaine Echols reviewed maps of the Crozet Growth Area with CCAC members. She said the undeveloped acreage has narrowed to four locations of relatively modest size.



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per unit) used by county officials to estimate future population and thereby approve prospective development projects. “I don’t agree with the current multiplier,” said McKeon. “I think it’s clear that Crozet is an area people move to because they either have a family or they’re planning one. If you up the current multiplier of 2.49 to three—which I think is a more accurate reflection of our population dynamics—and consider only projects that are currently underway, that puts us above the maximum population without any further development.” “What we don’t want to see here is another Old Trail,” added committee member Philip Best. “With Old Trail, in the beginning, we were expecting a population of people over 50, and the area ended up being attractive to young people… That oversight altered projections substantially.” In response, Echols assured Best, McKeon and a number of other frustrated representatives that the county was contracting with U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service to ensure calculations were accurate. The concerned committee members responded that there was an underlying, macro-level issue of infrastructure that remained unaddressed. As the town’s population increases, schools and roads currently in place won’t be able to handle the additional demands. “The schools have contracted

to do some extra studies to look at how many households with children can be projected for the short and long-term future,” said Echols. “They’re looking at a very detailed level—at how many students are in each school right now, how many are in each classroom, and how many can be expected to come in in the future… The water and sewage people also look at this, but they’re looking at it from a vantage of how many people are living where, and where growth is occurring… This data is also used by transportation authorities to seek to predict how many people will be using what roads and where.” The second order of business on the meeting’s agenda concerned zoning—specifically, the difference between county calculations regarding net and gross housing density. By looking at these figures, the CCAC sought to understand the county’s objective to “review zoning standards for calculating density, and, if necessary, amend the Zoning Ordinance to better align density allowances with the Comprehensive Plan.” For the CCAC, the question was: Should zoning and Master Plan calculations be the same? To better explain the discrepancy, Echols provided committee members with an illustrated print-out. On the print-out, two representations of an 81-acre property slated for development were used to show how results for density calculations differ depending on methodology. “Under the zoning, we take continued on page 44




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Radar Is a Great Tool But Not Perfect Weather radar images are seemingly everywhere you go these days. The ubiquitous looping imagery is on television screens in restaurants, the gym and even the doctor’s office, not to mention that it’s a click away on your home computer or smart phone. This widespread access makes it much easier to decide whether to grab the rain coat or cancel the swim meet. Just a few short years ago, the data was much harder to find in a timely manner in the presmart phone era. Before the internet, you had to wait forever for the data to appear on TV. Before World War II, radar data didn’t exist at all. Like many innovations, radar is a direct byproduct of World War II. Nothing quite speeds along technology like the prospect of being annihilated by a powerful enemy. In the 1930s, a handful of countries developed radar under great military secrecy. Short bursts of radio energy were timed on an oscilloscope which could pinpoint both the direction and distance of a target. The technology was essential to Britain’s survival in the air war with Germany. When looking for enemy aircraft, rainfall often cluttered the view and complicated the military purpose. The use of radar

for weather analysis and forecasting was a purely accidental byproduct. After WWII, the older, surplus radars were passed from the military to weather offices around the world. Improvements were rapid as the machines were calibrated for rain detection rather than aircraft. This greatly aided short term forecasting, especially for severe storms such as tornadoes. Eventually, the data found its way into computerized weather forecast models. Weather forecast models are only as good as their starting point. “Garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO) is probably the biggest limitation to weather forecasting. So, the better you can approximate the starting conditions in a weather model, the better the resulting forecast. Radar is very useful at diagnosing the starting conditions. Another great innovation to radar is incorporating the Doppler effect. This allows detection of the relative motion of storms. The United States rolled out a network of modern Doppler radars across the country in the late 1980s. The motion component of Doppler greatly improves the ability to detect rotation within a storm

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The Crozet Great Valu, “Crozet’s hometown grocery since 1947,” has sold, ending an epoch in Crozet’s life, though, on the face of it, nothing much will change. A partnership of Crozet Shopping Center owners Mark Green and Kurt Wassenaar and Raphael Strumlauf, the owner of Market Street Market in downtown Charlottesville, have formed Crozet Market LLC to take over the business from venerable Red Front Stores, Inc., which has provisioned generations of Crozetians and been a pillar of the community. The name will not change and no changes in staff are expected, said Strumlauf, who seemed to crackle with excitement as he scrutinized the store’s arrangement, surveying the shelves with an expert eye as he walked the aisles Nov. 14, the day the deal closed. “It’s been a whirlwind of figuring out how things are done,” said Strumlauf, who grew up in Albemarle and is familiar with Crozet. He and his father Steven started Market Street Market in 2009 in a 3,400-square-foot space on the corner of 4th and Market Street. “When you have little space you build up and try and get more things in. The market is centered around the deli. It’s like a Manhattan-style grocery. We have everything. The similarity is focusing on what the customers ask for, what they want.” He’s already decided on some changes for the Great Valu. “We’re going to add a deli and a bakery and do more with produce. We’ll try fresh seafood

and see if people are receptive. We’ll expand the organic section. To me this is a lot of space.” The Great Valu has 14,000 square feet total with 10,000 sq/ft in the selling area and the remainder in storerooms and work areas. “What makes a store nice is customer service,” Strumlauf said. “Really knowing the customer. Nobody knows better what direction a store should go than the customers. I’m going to be spending a whole lot of time here through the holidays. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I don’t want to take away a single thing the store has. I want to remerchandise some things.” He gave as an example the possibility of moving some drink machines. “I don’t want to take a great store and get arrogant about changing things. I want the first thing people see when they walk in to be something fresh. It sets the whole tone for the store. That’s the direction. I want it to be a really nice place to shop. I want the people in Ivy to come here. “It’s really cool. I used to come out to a childhood friend in Crozet. Wow. It’s turned into modern Crozet. We can keep all the things that are old Crozet and appeal as well to the new Crozet. I’m going to be incredibly active here. This is the greatest business; you get to sell people food.” Strumlauf said he intends to hire a general manager for the store. He said he investigated other store possibilities but passed them up until he came upon Crozet Great Valu. Red Front Stores sharehold-


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living in the mountains had no transportation to town. The store affiliated with IGA (the Independent Grocers Association) in 1967 and became part of SuperValu stores in 1997. Since its founding, it has been open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. “I feel really good about this,” said Jean. “I feel really good about them. It’s going to be good.” She said the store has had inquiries from other possible buyers but none that she felt were right. “We started thinking about selling about a year ago. We met with Mark and Kurt after they bought the shopping center in February. They knew we were considering it. We have the biggest piece of their property. They asked if we had thought about it and things escalated from there. They have been really good to work with. They think Crozet needs the store and they want it to grow. It’s all been up front all along. The new buyers are a good fit. They are going to do the best they can. “I never wanted to be the manager,” she said, “but somebody had to do it. The store sort of runs itself,” she claimed as she personally undertook to ensure that Crozet Baptist Church will have the turkeys and hams it needs for its Thanksgiving Day community outreach dinner. “We have key people who have been here a long time, Jeff Woods, Darren Dance, Vince Rodriguez, Danny Floyd, Fabienne Swanson, Pete. David started in here when he was 14. Customers like that, seeing the same faces when they come in.


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ers include Jean and David Wagner, mother and son, V.L. James and Pete Maupin. Jean, the store’s manager, and V.L. James, who handles the meat department, will stay on until New Year’s Day to help with the transition. David and Pete, who manages the produce department, will stay on after that. “Jean has been so good to work with and Mark and Kurt have been nice to work with, too. They are ethical people,” said Strumlauf. “I can promise you I’m going to put everything I have into it. It’s a great store in a great location. We’ll keep up every bit of the generosity that the store has shown to the community. You’ll still get your bags carried to the car for you.” Jean Wagner, now 73, said she is glad to get the chance to retire. She’s been the general manager since 2002. “I had a health scare this year,” she said. “I’m fine. But I’ve earned my retirement.” She said the shareholders had decided a year ago to pursue a sale. “The process of selling started before [the scare]. It was a stockholder decision. There has been a Wagner in the store since 1947, sometimes 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 of us working in the store, but it’s always been a corporation. “I started in 1956 as a parttimer,” said James. “When I got out of high school, Jack Wagner [who founded the store] said to me, ‘Be here Monday’.” James became a meat cutter and ran the department. “We used to have home delivery. Every day. We were young and drove fast. If you saw a red truck coming on the road you got out of the way because it was a fire truck or the Red Front truck.” Jean explained that many housewives




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The Jefferson District Youth Football League (JDYFL) had their inaugural championship November 13 under the lights at Albemarle High School. The Western Albemarle Presidents (12 and 13 year olds) came away with a 22-0 victory over a very talented Albemarle team, avenging a loss in the regular season. The Western team ended the season with a record of 9-2. “An unbelievably rewarding day for the kids,” exclaimed head coach Jeff Buetow. “This might be the most complete team effort I have been involved with. The boys just played so well. Literally, every defensive player had at least one tackle. Every offensive player executed his responsibility from the snap, exchange, blocking, to running and passing. To beat a team like Albemarle, that’s what is necessary. Just really, really proud of every boy who participated throughout the season.” The opening drive of the game ended with a 20-yard touchdown run by John Buetow. Buetow then threw for a 2-point conversion off of a fake kick to Matthew Alter for an 8-0 lead. Western wouldn’t look back after that drive, despite turning the ball over two times inside the Albemarle 10-yard line. Western held an 8-0 lead going into halftime. Coach Buetow added, “The blocking off our left side was extraordinary. Austin Shifflett is not only a terrific runner, but a great blocker and receiver. He’s the complete package. Our leaders on the offensive line, Ty

Matthew Alter and Austin Shifflett provide key downfield blocks as John Buetow scores one of his three TDs. Photo: Mary Buetow.

Awkard and Sonny Sims, were dominant. The receivers, Desmond Roberts and Alter, blocked extremely well downfield. Buetow showed great patience throughout the entire game and just piled up the yardage behind these guys all day long. Coach Meulenberg called a great game as well. He seemed a step ahead of everything Albemarle tried to do defensively. The boys executed our plan to perfection. I have to be honest that I wasn’t terribly happy with the fumbles, but fortunately our defense was just playing remarkably well. Our offense seemed to play with a bit more confidence as a result.” The second half of the game saw more dominance by the Western defense. A broken play resulted in Albemarle getting to the open field only to be chased down from behind by Buetow. That kind of hustle and aggressively smart play was evident all game long. That was effectively the only offense generated by Albemarle all day. The defensive

ends, Awkard and Spencer Powell, played great containment football, making it far easier for the interior lineman and linebackers. A trio of defensive lineman consisting of Nathan Fitzgerald, Ryan Manning, and Xander Smith rotated in next to Sims and Buetow to dominate line play. Linebackers Austin Shifflett, Buetow, Dylan Cosgrove, Roberts, who also had a second half interception, and Cole Hinson were dominant. Defensive backs Aidan O’Donnell, Austin Zimmerman, Alter, Connor Jackson, and Trevor Johnson played their best game of the season. Quarterback Henry Meulenberg managed the game with precision, peppering the defense with screens and long passes while feeding Buetow and Shifflett the ball. Buetow finished the game with almost 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Shifflett added another 100 yards of combined rushing and receiving yardage. Grant

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B e Par t of th e Story We need more books! Our library is busier than ever, and there’s more work to be done. - Patron visits have more than doubled - Circulation averages more than 80% over last year Every item in the building has been paid for in full, thanks to the support of you and your neighbors. Any donation made goes directly toward purchasing books.

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Crozet Fitness Test



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December 10 3:15 p.m. at Crozet Library

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Several years ago, I heard a story about how in ancient times a Greek island was attacked by the Persians. The residents of this particular island lived a relatively lavish life for that time and had, by the story’s description, become very physically unfit. When the Persians came, the island was easily overrun. However, to make matters worse, the residents were so out of shape that many of them who could escape, died in their escape attempt. They couldn’t swim, they couldn’t climb, they couldn’t run, so they were easy targets for slaughter. I spent some time researching this event, but I couldn’t find a thing. Perhaps I imagined this story? However I did find information about the battle of Salamis in the Greco-Persian wars, where the Greeks scored a decisive victory over the Persians. Adding to the Persians’ defeat was the fact that the Persians could not swim, so when their boats were damaged and sunk, they simply drowned. As to the accuracy of these two stories, who knows? They resonate with me about the state of our general fitness as it pertains to survival and emergency scenarios. Right now, especially here in Crozet, we will probably not be running for our lives from foreign invasion anytime soon. However, I do think “survival fitness” is something that we very easily overlook in this country because, frankly, all we have to do is to drive to work and to the grocery store to survive. We experience such incredible peace and safety that one’s own physical fitness seems to have become…optional?! Let’s for a moment, however, consider some of the following

possible scenarios: -Would you be able to sprint away from someone trying to harm you? -If your child or a friend/ family member was lost in the woods, could you keep up a search on foot all night long? -If you were in a capsized boat, could you swim to shore? -If you were in some sort of accident or crisis, could you help drag someone to safety? Or carry a child away from harm? Now let’s take a step farther back, away from emergency scenarios, but consider scenarios where being in shape clearly will help your outcome: -If you had a heart attack, are you likely to survive? -What about a hip or knee replacement? How will your recovery go? -If you are diagnosed with cancer or a chronic illness, will you be able to survive your treatments? I hope that none of you ever have to deal with any of the preceding scenarios. But what if you do? Are you ready? Or would a lack of fitness make these scenarios not turn out so well? Just like the story of the grasshopper and the ants, it always pays to be prepared. Certainly “being fit” is a very broad term, and as much as we would like to standardize fitness for people of a certain age, that will never work; we are all too different. There are certainly some general guidelines out there for fitness. Remember the Presidential Physical Fitness Test in school? Or how about you first responders and military service members? I’m sure you have taken many a physical fitness test. These are certainly some great ways to ensure that you are meeting some minimal

CROZETgazette fitness criteria to perform. However, what about 40-yearold dads? What about a 64-year-old retiree? Or how about a single 28-year-old who is working 60 hours a week? I would like to propose the Crozet Fitness Test. If you are currently between the ages of 12 and 65 years old, and not currently disabled or suffering from a significant chronic disease, I believe you should be able to do the following: • Sprint/run fast for 200 yards • Run/jog ½ mile without stopping • Walk for 5 miles • Swim for 400 yards (1/4 mile) • Do at least one pull up • Climb and descend 10 flights of stairs • Jump over something kneehigh Some of you may look at this list and say, “Easy!” If that is you, great! Keep it up! Many of you, however, will look at a few things on this list and say “ugh…”. And maybe there are some good reasons

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school sold them. They are potentially $2 million. We’ll use that as the seed money for a capital campaign to renovate Old Main.” The fourth floor of Old Main was a sleeping garret, unheated, last used in the 1950s, France said. The plan is to renovate the floor into modern dorm spaces. The school still has a substantial amount of land that could go into a conservation easement and, because three of its buildings are on The National Historic Register, it also has the possibility of historic tax credits. “It’s all part of a strategic plan for the school,” said Brad Bodager, the school’s development officer. “It’s a thoughtful plan and this is part of implementing it. This will be an important foundation for the campaign.” “This acreage has been put to use with 14 miles of cycling and equestrian trails the kids built,” he said. That use is allowed to continue and the easement also allows some agricultural uses. France pointed out that Miller

DECEMBER 2016 why you can’t do one or a few of these things, but be honest with yourself and consider if there is truly something limiting you from ever being able to complete this list – or, will it just take some hard work. Note, this list is not evidence-based, and it definitely didn’t come from some group compendium on adult physical fitness. To me, this list comes from just looking at us as humans, where we’ve been in history, and how our bodies were made. Physical fitness is not optional in our lives. It’s necessary for our physical health, our mental health, and yes, still, for our survival. It is also a necessary part of being a community. We need to be fit enough to help each other in need. We need to live an active, healthy lifestyle to set the model for what our kids will be when they take over this world. So, can you complete the Crozet Fitness Test? I believe you can (even if you can’t today!)

School is growing some of its own food and also teaches a course on land management. The Trust will visit the campus every year to inspect the condition of the easement and ensure compliance with terms. Miller has its highest enrollment ever, 182 students in five grades, from 16 countries and 12 states. Most students are Virginians. Girls have been enrolled since 1874. France speculated that Miller may be among the oldest coed boarding schools in the country. “We have good folks who work their hearts out,” said France, who has served as headmaster for seven years and will retire next June. “We’ve increased our number of day students because we get so many good applications. Now, 42 percent of our students are day students. “We also offer an applied engineering certificate. Students recently built a gazebo with solar panels. Thomas Edison’s original power plant for the school [you read right] will be restored to function soon and students will be learning on the project.


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Peachtree Now Has Softball This fall the Peachtree Baseball League of Albemarle, Crozet’s little league of over fifty years, launched its first softball program. Twenty-one girls joined the inaugural U10 group to form two teams. The Blue Jays and Black Bears teams played each other several times at the Crozet Elementary School field during the fall ball season, but also each faced off against Waynesboro and Fluvanna teams. The two teams came together for their last game November 5 and celebrated with ice cream cones provided by one player’s mother afterwards. The Blue Jays were coached by Ben Jones, Shawn Gentry, and Paul Warnick along with WAHS varsity player Sarah Winkler. The Black Bears’ coaches were Lance Hoover, Kristen Hardy, and Dustin Hux.

Softball will continue this spring with U8, U10 and U12 age brackets for girls who live within the district or who are eligible to attend the following schools. Brownsville, Crozet Elementary, Henley, Meriwether Lewis, Murray, Nelson, Western and the west side of Red Hill. The league hopes to have enough girls to form two teams in each age group. Online registration opened December 1. In-person registration for all Peachtree teams will be Tuesday, January 17, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Field School Registration deadline is January 28. The cost is $80 and scholarships are available. The spring season begins March 4. For more information visit or email Cheryl Madison at peachtree@peachtreebaseball. com.

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hank you to all who submitted photographs! For the fourth year in a row, the overall winners and honorable mentions were selected from an anonymous pool by local National Geographic photographer Sam Abell. The photographs selected for calendar month pages were by: Malcolm Andrews, Gay Baker, Eileen DeCamp, Don Detmer, Robert Gutkowski, Beverly Diane Harner, Kim KelleyWagner, Nate Ostheimer, Bryan Parsons, and Fred Williamson. Honorable mentions went to

Malcolm Andrews, Robyn Eaton, Robert Gutkowski, Diana Hale, Kristen Hardy, Beverly Diane Harner, Geoffry Henson, Tommy Hexter, Kim Kelley-Wagner, Christopher Konnick, Camilyn Leone, Margaret Marshall, Ginger Parker, Bryan Parsons, Lynn Rutherford Snow, and Henry Thompson. Visit crozetgazette. com to see all the winning and honorable mention photographs. Join the Gazette on Saturday, December 10, at 3:15 p.m. at Crozet Library to hear judge

Sam Abell discuss his selections. The 2017 calendars make great gifts. They are available for $12.95 at the Art Box, Crozet Great Valu, Parkway Pharmacy, Over the Moon Bookstore, and online at

Cover Photo: Robyn Eaton, Mirador Snow (Honorable Mention)

Best in Show: Malcolm Andrews, Cast Into the Wind (King Family Vineyard) (March) Gay Baker, Pond at Crozet Park (February)

Fred Williamson, Moormans River, First Bridge (January)

Nate Ostheimer, Peach Blossom Special (April)

To order calendars by mail, please visit, or send a check to the Crozet Gazette at P.O. Box 863, Crozet, VA 22932. Calendars are $12.95 each. Please include $4 shipping & handling (per address), plus $2 for every additional copy. Call 434-249-4211 for more information.

Don Detmer, A Brown’s Cove Barn (June)

Rob Gutkowski, Fog Cutter (May)

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Malcom Andrews, Autumn Sight Lines (Walnut Creek) (October) Kim Kelley-Wagner Ready to Ride (September)

Beverly Diane Harner, Untitled (November)

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After graduating from veterinary school at Virginia Tech, I had the challenging experience of completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at North Caroline State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This was probably one of the most stressful and overwhelming years of my life. We interns were definitely thrown into the fire, going straight from being a fourth-year veterinary student to suddenly managing cases that were sent to NC State because they were complex and difficult! Of course we had residents and attending clinicians generally overseeing us, but it was admittedly a little “wild wild west,” and the residents and clinicians were never there quite as much as you wanted them to be. By far, the most challenging times were our overnight emergency shifts. We all had shifts on the after-hours emergency rotations, which began Friday evening, just as we had completed our full workweek. The line between scrubs and pajamas was definitely blurred during those late nights, but we certainly gained a lot of valuable experiences. I recall one evening during my first month as an intern when one of the long-time pharmacology professors brought in his dog who suddenly was feeling very ill. “Jimmy” was a standard poodle and normally

greeted his parents by jumping up on them and prancing about the house when they came home. That Friday afternoon, they came home to find Jimmy lying in his bed, barely lifting his head to look up at them. This was such a different behavior than his typical routine that they brought Jimmy straight into the ER where Dr. WetBehind-The-Ears (me!) was waiting. After the awkward pleasantries of “Hi, you’ve worked in this teaching hospital for like 20 years, and I graduated veterinary school like 20 days ago...”, I examined his dog. He had a high fever and I did notice that he had a lot of bruising in his groin. Upon further examination, there were also little small bruises and specks in his gums and even in the whites of his eyes. I quickly recognized this as “not right” and had the sinking feeling that I was dealing with a bleeding/clotting problem. We carefully drew some blood and waited for the results. While waiting for the lab results, the professor and I made small talk and he was surprisingly kind and supportive of my naïve state. I remember when he said “I may have worked here for 20 years, but I’m a pharmacologist, not a veterinarian. You’re the doc for the night so let’s see what we find.” That was one of those

CROZETgazette moments early in my career where I was reminded that yes, you are a veterinarian now, so start acting like one and use your head! The labs came back and showed that Jimmy did indeed have a clotting problem, for he had, according to the lab report, exactly zero platelets. Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia is a condition we see in dogs occasionally where, for some reason, their immune system starts attacking and destroying their platelets. Platelets are the first-line fighters in our clotting system. If you get a cut, it’s the platelets that quickly aggregate in the wound to initially stop the bleeding. If you don’t have enough platelets, it will take you much longer to clot if you get a cut. If you have hardly any platelets at all, you can start bleeding spontaneously. Jimmy’s bruising all along his groin, his gums, and in his eyes was a direct result of having no platelets. He was in a very serious condition. Just as with humans, we see a lot of “autoimmune” disorders in dogs and cats. Our immune systems are one of the most complex, and most unpredictable, systems in our bodies. The immune system helps us fight off infections, but also helps our body to heal from injuries and to clean up bad cells and debris in our bodies. The immune system is awesome in its ability to seek out bacteria and fight them off. Unfortunately, this same process can sometimes mistakenly target important things like our platelets, red blood cells, and skin cells to name a few, and cause major problems. Jimmy’s immune system, for reasons we never discovered, started attacking his own platelets until they were literally all destroyed and he was spontaneously bruising all over. The immediate treatment for Jimmy was to start him on drugs to suppress his immune system– namely steroids–while also giving him fluids and a blood transfusion to try and supply at least some much needed clotting factors his body desperately needed. Despite my new veterinarian nerves and anxiety, Jimmy made it through the night and ultimately made a full

DECEMBER 2016 recovery. We had to keep his immune system suppressed for many months and then slowly we weaned him off his medications, hoping his immune system would forget all about the whole platelet-destroying thing it was doing. By the end of my one-year internship at NC State, Jimmy was alive and well and not on any medications. I had a really great relationship with his pharmacologist owner and it really felt great to talk as colleagues by the end of that year. I learned a lot about veterinary medicine, but I learned just as much about forming new relationships with people and their pets. And generally speaking, as long as I showed that I cared about the owners and their pet, and I cared about doing my best to find the answer to the problems, things would usually turn out pretty well.

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By Eric J. Wallace This year’s Western Albemarle girls cross country team was “probably the best since the 90s, when the Western Albemarle High School team was nationally ranked” said Coach Kate Pugh. After winning the Conference 29 championship, the team took the runner-up slot at both the region and state meets, finishing behind Blacksburg High School, a powerhouse ranked in the national top 10. Pugh attributed success to the girls’ camaraderie, determination, and willingness to train hard throughout the preseason. “We met three mornings a week at 7 a.m.—Monday, Wednesday and Saturday—all throughout the summer,” she said. “We’d get together on different roads across the county and put in a lot of solid mileage …. It was hard work and required a lot of dedication, but, in the end, the preparation paid off in a big way.” In addition to the roadwork, in early August, the team’s top dozen girls traveled to Canaan Valley, West Virginia, for an intensive, weeklong cross coun-

try camp. The girls trained with a staff of some of the east coast’s best coaches, completing their first timed tempo-run of the season and tackling the grueling beast that is the Mountain Run—a notoriously long and hilly course known for bringing even the most seasoned of runners to their knees. However— and, as Pugh emphasized, most importantly—the camp gave the team with an opportunity to bond. “We faced a big challenge early in the season involving an injury,” explained Pugh. “It was a hard blow, but the girls ultimately rose to the occasion and met the challenge accordingly.” Western’s top runner, Zoe Clay, was diagnosed with a stress fracture. With their captain unexpectedly sidelined for six weeks, the team turned to their number-two, Averi Witt, to fill the void. “Averi found herself unexpectedly leading the team and stepped into that leadership role commendably,”  said Pugh. “Leading in her quiet, but strong manner, she ended the season by placing fourth in the state meet, recording the second-fastest time ever logged by continued on page 45



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Boys Harriers Place Third at States By Eric J. Wallace After months of grueling training and fierce competition, the Western Albemarle High School boys cross country team ran their final races November 11 and 12. Taking third place overall at the Virginia High School League’s 3A state championship meet, the team surpassed early expectations, laying the foundations for what looks like a wildly promising 2017 season. “Going into the season, while we knew we were a young team, we also knew we had a lot of talent,” said coach Lindy Bain. With no key runners slated to graduate, Bain hoped to develop the team’s talent, gain experience, and position the Warriors for an exemplary showing next year. That said, Bain assessed his youthful roster’s abilities as strong enough to foster hopes of placing at the state championships. “Our top-seven runners were all going to be coming back, and they were/are all tremendous athletes,” says Bain. “If all went well, and we stuck together through the trials of the season, I saw no reason why we couldn’t have a go at the state championship.” The team opened by winning their first meet, the area’s largest race, The Ragged Mountain Cup, where Cyrus RodyRamazani seized the individual top-spot. Following the August 30 victory, the squad won the

Fork Union Invitational on September 10. Then, after a series of strong, but-not-quitewinning showings, the boys won the Jefferson District Meet in early October, where Max Miller finished first individually. With seven key runners routinely clocking sterling times, going into the conference, region and state championships, Bain was feeling both satisfied and confident. “Our guys worked hard and really excelled throughout the season,” he said. “From the varsity players down through the hardworking, improving up-and-comers, everyone was serious about his running and appreciative and supportive of his teammates…. With that team mentality and support, I felt we had a good chance of placing high.” Ultimately, the team won the Conference 29 championship, placed second in the Region 3A West championship, and took third place at the 3A State championship. When Bain reflected on his team’s performance, he pointed out how close to one another his runners finished at states. “Out of our seven runners competing in the state meet, among our five finishers, there was only a 16-second spread between when our first and last guys crossed the finish line,” he says. “That’s a pretty amazing stat. It really drives home the depth of this team going into next season.” Winning All Conference continued on page 45


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The holidays are upon us, time to take some time off, slow down and connect with friends and family. Time to celebrate with good food and drink. And a time to put on some weight. Most holiday weightgain stories in the popular press assert that the average American puts on five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve each year. Well, the good news is the National Institutes of Health studied it rigorously in 2000 and found that the actual weight gain on average was one pound. Still, that onepound gain continues every year and pretty soon you realize that 20 or 30 holiday seasons have come and gone and your waistline reflects that. Holidays in the ER are not really time to slow down and take some time off. While clinics and doctors’ offices close, the ER stays open and fully staffed and far from slowing down, we remain busy. Instead of time off, my colleagues and I will work at least a portion of the traditional holiday breaks. While we see the routine things that would normally be taken care of in the closed primary care practices, the holidays also bring a special kind of challenge that comes when far flung families re-connect once a year; the “pop drop.” Families that haven’t seen old dad for a year or more are shocked at his greatly diminished condition and rush him to the ER to be rejuvenated. His bewildered wife comes along, asserting that nothing really has changed. His doctor, who could clear this up, cannot be reached of course, because it is the holidays. So we are tasked with sorting out the effects of the inevitable march of time from reversible illness. We are pretty good at this, less so at conveying to the kids that mom is right, this is

dad’s new normal. A related puzzle happened to me last holiday season. The medics brought in a middle-aged man who was comatose. He had arrived in Charlottesville just the day before from Arizona where he lived. His family had not seen him in two years. They noticed that he seemed sluggish when he arrived, but did not give it much thought. The next morning they could not get him out of bed but still they did not give it much thought. When afternoon turned into evening and he could not be aroused, they called the medics to come and get him. The family members did not accompany him to the ER and could not provide the medics with any medical history or any medications he might have been on. Coma is a spectrum and we have a scale to measure it on, the Glascow Coma Scale (GCS). A GCS of 15 is wide awake and a GCS of 3 is about as bad as it gets, absolutely no response of any kind to deeply painful stimuli. It may seem strange but ER doctors are trained experts in inflicting fiendishly deep pain, when appropriate, without causing any lasting damage. Our knowledge of anatomy and pressure points means we can arouse all but the most deeply comatose patients into movement of some kind. My patient woke up a little to deep pain but lapsed back into coma when not stimulated, giving him a GCS of 10, which is a fairly deep coma. All he could tell us before he slipped back into coma was that he thought he was in Tucson. There were some clues to the problem imbedded in his exam. First we rolled him and discovered a Fentanyl patch on his

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which significantly improves lead time for tornado forecasting. As great as weather radar is, there are drawbacks. The big three drawbacks are coverage, snowfall, and the chaotic nature of rain cells themselves. Coverage by radar has several problems which affect Crozet. The earth is round so a radar beam gets higher and higher above the ground the farther out it goes. Beyond 80 miles, the radar beam is too high to detect the kind of drizzle we sometimes get here on easterly winds. Three different radars cover us but all are far away. We are 92 miles from the Washington, DC area radar, 120 miles from the radar in southeast Virginia, and 115 miles from the radar near Blacksburg. That is close enough to see all the big storms that soar high into the atmosphere, but sometimes, a very persistent light rain can fall and all three radars show nothing. The distance from the radar is also problematic for snowfall detection for the same reasons as drizzle. Snow clouds are often low and close to the ground and therefore hard to detect at a distance. Also, snow has a much lower reflectivity so it’s harder to “see” on radar and harder to detect differences in snowfall intensity. In mountainous areas, especially in the western USA, radar is almost useless in snowfall situations due to the combination of poor radar coverage, mountain interference, and low snowfall reflectivity. The final problem with using radar data is that it changes so

quickly, especially in thunderstorm conditions. Often, a line of storms is moving one direction but individual storms within the line are moving a different direction. Individual thunderstorms cells are always forming and dying and have a life expectancy of just 30 minutes. Sometimes, we will see a storm 10 miles away but realize it is almost no threat because it is moving slowly or dying. Other times, just a couple of tiny echoes 50 miles away can signal imminent danger to the trained forecaster. The bottom line is that simple extrapolation of a radar loop is not very reliable and can make you look foolish. So, what radar should you use? Almost all the data comes from the same NOAA radars so the only issue is how it is displayed. For our smart phones, Heidi and I prefer RadarScope. It isn’t free ($10) but you get what you pay for. The app is quick and easy to read and can be customized to your liking. November Recap… Heidi and I both rank November as the 12th best month for weather. December is colder and darker, but it has Christmas and the chance of snow. Remember, if you don’t like snow, you are just old. November rarely has much snow and this year wasn’t even close. Almost nothing fell from the sky until the last two days. The average high was 64, which is way above the normal of 57. Ironically, low temperatures were slightly colder than normal because we had sunny warm days and clear, chilly nights. Nine nights dropped below freezing. Overall, November was much nicer than usual.


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Carelsen opened the Crozet Bicycle Shop on Black Friday, with a grand opening event set for Saturday, Dec. 3. The shop is in the former home of the Barnes Lumber office, and marks the first business to open there since the lumberyard closed in June 2012. This month we have also seen The Crozet Great Valu change hands with Raphael Strumlauf, owner of the Market Street Market in downtown Charlottesville, promising to rejuvenate Crozet’s beloved hometown grocery with new services and even more variety. Downtown needs a great independent grocery store and the CGV is looking to fill the bill. Also an exciting prospect, Crozetian Paul Perrone’s robotics company is hoping to relocate in January to the former millwork building on the Barnes Lumber property as a first step to a permanent home on the site. The company, which participated in a DARPA competition for driverless cars in 2007 (see the Crozet Gazette’s article in the September issue) has earned new capital investment and is about to expand its workforce. It’s just the sort of employer that we hoped for in setting the terms of the downtown zoning district. County leaders are showing an appropriate and unusual haste in clearing away zoning obstacles related to former uses that will allow the move. This effort has the gratitude of the Gazette and all who are working to realize the vision of a vibrant, walkable town center. On a sad note, Restoration restaurant has lost its lease at the Old Trail golf course and is looking for a new home in Crozet. The popular restaurant will close Dec. 18. We wish them good luck and hope they will be able to reopen soon in another location. The food is great and the owners are too. You would be up on this news if you joined the Crozet Board of Trade for their everyother-month meetings at Pro Re Nata Brewery. The CBT is an open membership civic organization that is trying to build relationships among Crozet’s business owners—or anyone continued on page 45

Christmas with a Twist by Clover Carroll | Irony is one of those concepts that took me years to really understand. The dictionary definition, “The expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect” (OED), doesn’t really capture the groan-producing twist of fate that characterizes true situational irony (there are other types of irony which we won’t discuss here). A second definition, “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result,” come closer to the full meaning. More simply put, irony is a surprising and rueful reversal of events especially appropriate to the situation, like spitting into the wind. For example, the purportedly “unsinkable” Titanic’s sinking on its maiden voyage was ironic, as is the fact that Fahrenheit 451, the classic 1953 anti-censorship novel by Ray Bradbury, is among the top 100 most frequently banned books in the U.S. Many of us were first introduced to irony in high school or college, when we read the classic short story “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry (18621910). I have always loved this story because it is simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, and for that reason feels true to life. With deft concision--in only 1,800 words (6 pages)--Henry creates a meaningful situation, two well-developed and endearing characters, a relatable conflict, and a shocking resolution. Though not without its tragic side, this literary gem offers a tender and unforgettable illustration of the true meaning of Christmas. Aside from the title’s allusion to the wise men who visited the babe in the manger—and who, the author notes, “invented the art of giving Christmas presents”—the story is entirely secular, and its author was not religious. It was first published in the December, 1905 issue of the New York Sunday World

Magazine, and anthologized the following year in his Four Million collection. ‘Four million’ is a reference to New York’s ‘hoi polloi’, whom he wished to introduce to the supposed four hundred members of the wealthy New York elite, who were the only ones worth knowing according to one society leader. Hoi polloi, by the way, meant “the many” in ancient Greek—an omission from last month’s Literary Corner column—and later came to refer to the common people or lower classes. The story concerns a young couple, Della and Jim Young (the choice of name is not accidental), whom we encounter on Christmas Eve eking out a poor existence in a shabby $8/week flat in New York City. “She looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard” pretty much sums up their situation. But this gray backdrop only allows the light of their love for each other to shine more brightly. The depth of that love is demonstrated over the course of the story as each sacrifices his/her most precious possession in order to buy the other the kind of Christmas present they believe s/he deserves. But at the much-anticipated moment of exchanging gifts, they discover that the treasure for which they had each bought a rich accessory has been sold and is now gone, sacrificed on the other’s behalf. I don’t want to give away the details, but the reader simultaneously weeps and rejoices with the “two foolish children…who unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures in their house.” The irony is that the delighted reaction each expects from their loved one at the moment of presentation turns instead to mutual horror at the realization that the gift has, in the blink of an eye, become useless—in other words, the outcome is the opposite of what they (and the reader) expected. I hope you will seek out a copy of this quick and inspiring read in any collection of O. Henry stories, of which JMRL has numerous editions, or online in the public

domain. The “one dollar and eighty seven cents” with which the story famously opens would be worth, according to the inflation calculator, about $45 today. O. Henry was the pseudonym of William Sidney Porter, born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1862. His wide-ranging and adventurous life included working on a ranch in Texas; eloping in his early 20s with the woman who provided the model for the character of Della; becoming the subject of accusations of embezzlement, which were never actually proven, while working at a bank to support his family; establishing and writing his own humor magazine, The Rolling Stone, at age 32; fleeing to the Honduras to avoid being arrested, and eventually returning to spend three years in the Ohio State Penitentiary. A jail custodian named Orrin Henry may have inspired his pen name, which he later adopted to conceal the stigma of being a convict. All of these varied experiences provided source material for his writing, which included many Western stories, crime stories based on people he had known in prison, humorous sketches, and magazine stories about the lives of the common people of New York City, which he dearly loved. Between 1899 and his death in 1910, Henry turned out over 250 short stories; he came up with the famed Cisco Kid, and the popular play “Alias Jimmy Valentine” was based on one of his stories. He perfected the art of the ironic twist or surprise ending, which became the hallmark of what is still known as the O. Henry style. “In capturing the paradoxical and irrational nature of life [Henry] was actually more realistic than many writers of

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believe how long it’s taken to obtain all the proper approvals… There are so many organizations you have to go through, and each department and organization has different needs, many of which are contradictory… It was a long and lengthy negotiation, but we’re through with all that and firmly believe it’s going to be worth it.” McGuire and McKechnie cite three factors: First, the history. With such a rich, local relationship with the property, the two feel that installing what they describe as a “a comfort food, neighborhood type of place that caters to families and offers a wide range of options for lunch and dinner, as well as great to-go capabilities” will, for long-term residents, tap into that sense of nostalgia while providing newcomers—and everyone else— with a quality, locally oriented, non-franchise alternative for eating. This, they hope, will allow them to fill a longstanding gap in the community.

DECEMBER 2016 Second, the septic system. “This is the only property between Crozet and Charlottesville that has access to the sewer line,” said McGuire. “You have to keep in mind the fact that all restaurants are limited by what they can do by their septic systems. As you can imagine, it’s a very water-intensive business, so a sewer tap is really valuable. Without that, you could end up having limited hours based on artificial limitations as opposed to how much business you can actually do.” Third, location. While on the one hand the intersection is one of the most problematic in the area, on the other, it affords commuters returning from Charlottesville post work the perfect opportunity to stop in for dinner. “To begin with, most of the traffic we’ll generate will be offhours traffic, so that’s important to keep in mind,” said McGuire. “Second, the layout you see today is going to be different. The site plan includes a deceleration lane and the entrance to the lot and facility will be placed on the Crozet tip of the prop-

erty off 240.” In the long-term, McGuire expects the Virginia Department of Transportation will install a traffic light at the intersection. “We know that VDOT has plans for that intersection”—in fact, speaking at November’s Board of Trade meeting, VDOT engineer Joel Denunzio talked about plans for eventually installing a roundabout—“and that they make priority decisions based on what the uses are,” said McGuire. “So once we’re up and running, that will incentivize the process and get the ball rolling.” Estimating a swift construction process, McGuire says the restaurant will open its doors to the public in the spring. McGuire explained that he wants to assure Crozet residents this will be a good thing. “I moved here years ago from Alexandria to raise my family in the area because I love this place,” he said. “I want to see it thrive and grow in ways that celebrate the uniqueness of the community. And I think our restaurant is going to do that.”

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lower back, which we removed. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid (narcotic) pain medicine. Under the skin of his buttock an implanted device could be felt, either a spinal nerve stimulator or a pain pump that pumps medicine directly into his spinal cord. So we knew he had chronic pain of some sort. With chronic pain comes a whole host of medicines that in combination or in over-dosage can precipitate a coma. He did not have any alcohol on his breath and had only a slight improvement in his GCS when administered Narcan, an antidote to opioids. So he had more than just opioids on board, but probably not alcohol. His reflexes were somewhat brisk, indicating a possibility of anti-depressants as well. We ran a few more tests and admitted him to the ICU. He woke up two days later and gave us a list of his medicines, most of which we had suspected. He told us, and the family con-

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Firefly Lights Dimming While a student at Virginia Tech, I lived in the area all year long. In summer, when the majority of students were gone, the town of Blacksburg was peaceful and quiet. It was especially delightful to live there at that time of the year. One of my favorite summer memories is of spending time at night on the Tech Drill Field in July, the height of firefly season. The world was a better place then; no streetlamps lit the pathways crossing the field as they do now. After dark, this big open area was a purely magical place to be. Sitting on the ground, you were surrounded by the biological lights of uncountable fireflies. It was enchanting and every bit as wondrous as seeing the gazillion stars twinkling in the night sky from a very dark location on the Earth. But just as those stars have dimmed from human view, thanks to the manmade lighting that overwhelms our eyes’ ability to see them, so too are firefly lights dimming, thanks in part to that same artificial lighting that interferes with the ability of many wildlife species to reproduce successfully. It saddens me deeply to read report after report of fireflies disappearing around the globe, yet I do have hope for their salvation. When folks were alerted to the diminishing numbers of the Monarch butterfly, in large part because of the loss of milkweed plants for their caterpillars to feed upon, people really rallied for the cause and planted milkweed in gardens and along roadways. Indeed, we may be already witnessing the success of these efforts. In the fall of 2016 it was easy to discern that there had been a tremendous increase in the population of Monarchs. For the first time in years, I watched butterfly after butterfly flutter across the sky over my yard as Monarchs made their way south in September. And at Virginia hawkwatch sites, they were seen in good numbers just about every day since the watches began in late August (the same time Monarchs start leaving North America). As evidenced by the assistance offered to Monarchs, when people know what’s wrong with a situation, many will do what’s right to fix it. If you want to assist fireflies, a good resource is Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies by Sara Lewis. Published by Princeton Press in 2016, this book is up to date on the current situation.

Written by a scientist who is very much a firefly enthusiast, the prose is friendly and understandable, not dry and stuffy (full of technical jargon) as you might expect from a researcher. Her goal is to share the collective knowledge that scientists have gained over the past thirty years and also to persuade folks to step outside and enjoy these “silent sparks.” You’ll learn such things as how a firefly produces its light, the details of firefly courtship and mating, and the chemical defenses employed by these insects to discourage predators from eating them. Along the way, you’ll read about unusual scientists, such as the late Cornell entomologist, Tom Eisner, who created the research field of chemical ecology to find out how insects use chemicals to protect themselves. He became the world’s leading chemical ecologist by sometimes nibbling as well as smelling insects! You will also discover that fireflies are a main attraction to tourists in certain areas of the world where they still congregate in numbers large enough to produce “dazzling displays.” Eighty thousand tourists a year visit Malaysia and 90,000 visit Taiwan for firefly-viewing tours during the appropriate season. And much to my surprise, 30,000 tourists visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the two weeks in June when synchronous fireflies put on their own special light show, something I had never heard about. Synchronous fireflies emit their glow simultaneously. Each insect flashes at the same time as the others, and then every one of them goes dark for a certain amount of time until the group again flashes all at the same time. This kind of firefly wasn’t known to exist in the United States until it was finally brought to the attention of scientists in 1993. A woman who had grown up watching these insects in Tennessee with her family contacted a scientist who had just returned from Southeast Asia. He had gone there to study the synchronous fireflies of that area. As can be frustratingly typical of scientists, the biologist from Georgia Southern University was skeptical at first. But he and a colleague visited that summer to see for themselves the natural spectacle. This yearly display had been enjoyed by generations of local families—until they were “politely but firmly” escorted from their cabins on what

Winter Fireflies are usually found on the bark of a tree, but the author has found them inside wooden bird boxes in late winter and, as seen here, on the wooden siding of her carport wall in spring. Photo: Marlene A. Condon.

had become national park land in 1940. Perhaps the most important section in this book is Chapter 8, “Lights Out for Fireflies?” Here you’re told about the myriad things people do that negatively impact firefly populations, giving you the insight you need in order to help these creatures that seem like they belong in a fantasy. Habitat protection is at the top of the list. Development of natural areas really takes a toll. Because adult fireflies do not travel very far from where they spent their lives maturing, a breeding population can easily disappear when people destroy the marshes, meadows, and woodlands where these insects breed. However, folks could preserve firefly habitat around their homes by reevaluating whether they really need such things as a built-in swimming pool that may not be used very often, an “outdoor room” that would invariably lead to the killing of wildlife that does not understand the concept of “off-limits,” and a nature-unfriendly lawn that encourages the loss of precious groundwater. Another threat to fireflies (and many other kinds of wildlife) is the overabundance of light that humans surround themselves with unnecessarily. When you are out at night, take note of the gas stations that seem to be more brightly lit than when the Sun is shining! Note the houses with outdoor lights fully illuminating them even though passersby do not need the view. These lights are not harmless. They interfere with fireflies trying to communicate via an otherworldly-colored glow that cannot possibly compete with man’s artificial lighting. The starry sky has virtually disappeared from urban, suburban, and even many rural areas nowadays due to light pollution. We should not allow our fireflies to likewise disappear. If you are looking for a gift idea this holiday season, Silent Sparks is a hard-covered book that is fascinating, informative, and entertaining. You might even consider purchasing a copy for your local library. Those silent sparks need our help if we want to avoid having their glow permanently extinguished.




Tart Doesn’t Begin to Describe It In a fit of nutritional virtuousness several years ago, I decided to give cranberry juice a try. Not cranberry juice cocktail, not some “cranberry-with-other-natural-juices” concoction, but just 100 percent straight-up juice of the cranberry. Yeow!! That stuff is tart. I quickly learned that I had to mix it with something sweeter to get it down. So much for virtue. Cranberry is the common name for three (or perhaps four, depending on whom you believe) members of the genus Vaccinium, which is also home to the many species of blueberries. The original name, craneberry, referred to the flower’s resemblance to the neck of a crane. Small cranberry or bog cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus), grows naturally across northern North America and northern Eurasia. To the best of my knowledge, this species is not typically cultivated but may still be wild-harvested in some areas. The mountain cranberry (V. erythrocarpum) is native only to the Appalachians from West Virginia to Georgia. A similar species (or variety?) grows in the mountains of Japan. The large cranberry (V. macrocarpon) is native only to North America, from Newfoundland south to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the upper Midwest. It is also found in disjunct populations along the Appalachians down to

Tennessee, as well as in a few counties in the coastal plain of Virginia and North Carolina. This species is the one cultivated across the northern U.S. and southern Canada. Despite the well-known brand Ocean Spray, Wisconsin is number one in U.S. production, growing twice as many cranberries as Massachusetts. All cranberry species are trailing shrubs, meaning that they are low-growing, with wiry stems that arch down to the ground and take root. Leaves are small, glossy and evergreen, although they turn bronze in cold weather. Small white-topinkish flowers appear in spring, and the familiar ½” red fruits mature in late fall. As native plants, cranberries grow in bogs—poorly drained, acidic, peaty depressions. In the early 1800s, Captain Henry Hall of Dennis, Massachusetts, noticed that cranberries grew better when sand blew into the bogs and covered them a little bit. He transplanted a few stems and covered them with sand, thereby starting cranberry cultivation in the U.S. Today most cranberries are grown in artificial bogs, with a clay layer at the bottom, topped by thin layers of gravel and peat, with sand at the surface. Every three years the bogs are topped with an additional 1”-2” of sand to discourage weeds and to provide a better layer for stem growth. Plants live indefinitely, with some known to be more than 150 years old. Although cranberries require

abundant water during the growing season, they do not grow in standing water. Pictures showing a brilliant scarlet layer on a pond, or actors in a TV commercial standing knee deep in a red bog were taken during harvest, when bogs are flooded to allow the floating berries to be more easily scooped up. The water is left in the bogs for the winter, where it freezes and provides some insulation to the plants underneath. Cranberries in sauces, jellies and relishes have been a traditional accompaniment to holiday dinners both here and in the UK for many years. This was pretty much the situation until November 1959, when the Great Cranberry Scare hit. The U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare announced that some of the crop had been contaminated with the herbicide aminotriazole. The market collapsed, and growers learned a hard lesson. Pesticides were used more carefully, and year-round markets were developed: dried sweetened cranberries (Craisins is a trademarked brand name), “cocktails,” and fruit juice blends with some actual cranberry juice all extended the season. And speaking of those juice blends, dried cranberries, and so on—be aware that many of them contain lots of sugar, more than sugary sodas in some cases. Granted, you probably can’t swallow cranberries without some additional sweetener, but if you add it at home you’ll have

some control of the proportions. Also, while we’re considering what’s going into your cranberry blends, what about the health benefits of the berries themselves? Since I am neither a physician, a nutritionist, or any type of health professional, I will politely skirt this issue. However, you may recall a recent news story stating there was no evidence that cranberry compounds were effective in preventing urinary tract infections. Does anybody around here actually grow cranberries as either an ornamental or as a food crop? If so, I’d like to hear about it. (Blueberries would be the much more likely choice if you want to keep things in the same genus.) I imagine that it’s not an easy undertaking. Cranberries want full sun but cool roots, which could be provided by adequate mulching. Moisture must be abundant, but drainage should also be good. You could create an artificial bog as commercial growers do, but that would be a major project. If you had a summer place in Maine, it could be a wonderful groundcover, however. In the South, you could try growing it in containers, as described by woody plant expert Michael Dirr; he uses a mix of ½ soil and ½ sphagnum peat. Finally, if you put a string of cranberries and popcorn outside for decorative purposes, will the birds quickly strip it? I guess that’s a good thing, if you’re okay with a short-lived decoration.

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community events DECEMBER 4

Crozet Christmas Parade

Come join in the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department holiday festivities on Sunday, December 4. The parade begins at 3 p.m. on Crozet Avenue at Wayland Drive and turns north at the 4-way stop towards the firehouse. Following the parade community members will make their way to the firehouse for refreshments and a visit with Santa. Interested in being in the parade? No registeration necessary, just decorate and come join the fun! Line up starts at 2 p.m. on Wayland Drive.


Holiday Concert

The Crozet Community Orchestra will perform its Holiday Concert Saturday, December 5, at 4 p.m. at Crozet Baptist Church on St. George Ave in Crozet. The CCO Holiday Concert, directed by Philip Clark, in collaboration with the Crozet Community Handbell Choir, presents a variety of classical and popular music of the season, including works by Corelli, Saint-Saens, Vaughn Williams and others. Joining the CCO for the event are the Henley Jazz Singers. Please note this concert is being performed on Saturday (rather than Sunday). Program details available on CCO’s website: crozetcommunityorchestra. org. The CCO is a 501(c)(3) Virginia nonprofit. All contributions are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. Mailing address: P. O. Box 762, Crozet Virginia.


White Hall Children’s Christmas Party

The annual White Hall Children’s Christmas Party will be celebrated Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. until noon. Kids and their parents are invited to join in the crafts, music, treats, and a special visit by Santa Claus. The party, sponsored by the White

Hall Ruritan Club, will be held at the White Hall Community Building at 2904 Brown’s Gap Turnpike (at the intersection of Routes 614 and 810).


Second Saturday Art Receptions Art on the Trax will present “Seeking Rhythm” by Patrick Gibson during the month of December, with a Second Saturday Artist Reception on Saturday, December 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Charlottesville-based artist Patrick Gibson creates contemporary functional ceramics. He believes that the use of thoughtfully designed, beautifully crafted vessels can enhance our everyday lives and elevate our daily rituals. His work favors soft lines and utilizes surface design that promotes spontaneity over more laborious or planned techniques. Through the careful application of glaze, he strives to impart an ethereal buoyancy and calming serenity to his work. Art on the Trax is located at Creative Framing and The Art Box, 5784 Three Notch’d Road in. Across the street, Crozet Artisan Depot is featuring the delicious foods of Homegrown Virginia during December. Ivy resident Allie Hill, founder of Homegrown Virginia, will be at the opening reception on Saturday, December 10th from 2 to 5 p.m. in the historic Crozet train depot. At the reception, Allie will be offering samples of a variety of foods created from local farm produce, including jams, jellies, and sauces. Her company, Homegrown Virginia, makes small batch recipes highlighting produce picked at the peak of ripeness. Their motto is “locally grown and locally produced”. In addition to making a wide array of specialty foods, Allie is the Project Director for the non-profit Virginia Food Works. Food Works assists farms and food entrepreneurs as they navigate the world of making retail foods such as sauces, vinaigrettes and spreads. All events are free and open to the public.

Madelon Grimes Madelon was a phenomenal woman who paved her own path. She was the baby in her family and the only one born in Crozet, Va., where she was a lifelong resident in her heart. From November 2008 until March 2010, she was a resident at Trinity Health & Rehab of Charlottesville. From March 2010 until August 2016, she resided at Autumn Care of Madison, Va., where she was a favorite of the staff who called her “Maddy” and “Ms. Madelon.” Her final earthly home was with the wonderful caretakers at Hospice of the Piedmont. She was 84 when she passed quietly, peacefully, and with dignity at the Hospice House in Charlottesville. Though small in stature, Madelon’s friendliness, huge heart, and spit-fire personality made those blessed to know her feel like she was larger than life. She was a daughter, a sister, a loyal friend, a wife, and a hard worker. Her most prized role was being a mother to her five children. Employers were fortunate to hire Madelon because she always went above and beyond what was required of her. The job she treasured most was with Albemarle County Public Schools as a beloved school bus driver from May 1, 1978, until June 7, 2002. For 24 years, she impacted hundreds of lives through her loving care and attention for each of her kids that rode her bus. Besides children, Madelon adored animals. She was a kindred spirit to them. She could sweet talk a growling dog into becoming her best friend or a wild deer into letting her pet it. She once had a pet squirrel and many well-loved dogs and cats over the years. Madelon welcomed any stray animal or hungry child into her home and always made sure they had plenty to eat. She was an excellent cook who showed love for her friends and family through the delicious meals she made. If you left her table hungry, it was your own damn fault. Beloved family and friends who awaited Madelon’s arrival

in heaven include her parents, Walter F. and Elva (Kirby) Grimes; her brother, Harold “Red” Grimes; her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Lawson “Pop” Baber; her sister, Dorothy “Dot” and brother-inlaw, Al Roberts; two special nephews, Tommy Grimes and Roger Baber; her husband, Charles “Eddie” Fix, whom she was married to for 30 years; her best friend, Marie Herring; her ex-husband, Charles Pierce, who was a loving father to four of her children; her son-in-law, June Smith; and her beloved mother-in-law, Elizabeth Fix. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Daniel Dugan of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; her daughter, Debby Smith of Painesville, Ohio; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Sue Pierce of Painesville, Ohio; her daughter, Sharon Raines of Mentor, Ohio; her daughter and son- in-law, Michelle and Anthony Frazier of Ruckersville, Va.; as well as five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a sister-inlaw and faithful friend, Shirley Toms of Greenwood, Va. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington DC 20090-6011, or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300 Charlottesville, VA 22911,, or consider adopting a pet that needs a loving home in Madelon’s honor.




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Myriam Germaine Pitts Myriam Germaine Marcelle Pitts, neé Bessemans, 59, of Charlottesville, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family on Monday, November 7, 2016. She will be dearly missed and remembered for her great spirit, love of family, and passion for living life to the fullest. Myriam was born in Brussels, Belgium, on November 20, 1956, to the late Hubert Bessemans and Marguerite Cornelis. She grew up and went to school in Brussels. She graduated as an interpreter and spent her early career working for embassies and as a flight attendant across many countries. Myriam moved to Washington, D.C., in the early eighties and soon met John, the love of her life. They married, and she moved to Charlottesville in 1984, where she was a foreign language teacher in the Albemarle County School system for over 30 years. Myriam loved the beach, great food, and all things

Belgian. An avid athlete her entire life, she also enjoyed ballet, skiing, sailing, and horseback riding. Myriam took up rowing in the U.S., and her passion for the sport led her to found the Western Albemarle High School Rowing Team, which she served as head coach. Her legacy will inspire and motivate future generations of young rowers. Myriam is survived by her husband, John Pitts; two daughters, Mieke Pitts Cranford and Lieve Pitts; her sister, Lieve Bessemans; and her brother, Johan Bessemans. A memorial service celebrating the life of Myriam Pitts was held Friday, November 11, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Donations can be made in memory of Myriam to the following organizations that were dear to her heart: the Emily Couric Cancer Center, the Western Albemarle High School Rowing Team, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s.


not their reality. So this holiday season take some time to really connect with your family and friends. Be thankful for close family who know you well and won’t mistake your illness for normal or your normal for illness. Celebrate each other and join together over good food. You can easily shed a pound as your New Year’s resolution. Happy Holidays!

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firmed, that this was the third time this had happened to him, and that it was accidental. He couldn’t really account for exactly why this had happened. He and the family were unconcerned and showed no insight into the seriousness of his overdose. Nothing we said seemed to reach them. Our reality was

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Alton Monroe Morris II, 60

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his generation (Contemporary Authors Online in Gale’s Literature Resource Center).” His stories celebrated democracy by focusing on the little guy, and “in his hands the short story became an organ of social consciousness,” laying the groundwork for later writers such as John Steinbeck and William Saroyan. “Magi” and other oft-anthologized stories “are gems of their kind,” according to Bennett Cerf and Van Cartmell in the Modern Library edition of The Best Stories of O. Henry (1994): “mellow, humorous, ironic, ingenious, and shot through with…human interest.” By the time of his death at

age 48, he was the most popular short story writer in the world, and his work has been translated into over twelve languages. “The Gift of the Magi” is a simple story told with genuine artistry. It exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas: sacrifice for those we love more than ourselves. The value of the material gift is insignificant beside the selfless motive behind it. “…Let it be said,” Henry reflects in conclusion, “that of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest…. They are the magi.” And by extension, the apparently useless gifts are sacred because given in a spirit of love and sacrifice. So that’s a double irony! Wishing you a holiday full of love, laughter, and good literature.

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Happy Holidays! ACROSS 2 He delivers holiday cards to your house 4 Female deer 5 Hook-shaped sweet treat with red & white stripes 10 “I’m dreaming of a _____ Christmas” 11 Popular scooter brand 12 Informal greeting 13 Car part to fill up with gas 14 Space to reserve at a hotel for a night’s stay 15 Brand of athletic gear 16 Highest card in the deck 19 The night before a holiday 20 “Deck the _____ with boughs of holly” 22 Character in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” who decorates his own doghouse 23 Opposite of stop 24 Sandwich cookie with frosting in the middle 25 The winning basketball team has more of these 27 Decoration to hang on the front door 31 Opposite of under 33 String these up outside for bright decorations 36 A short laugh 37 Fancy egg dish for brunch

38 Snowman with a corn cob pipe in song DOWN 1 The 12th month (abbreviation) 3 Narrow country road 4 First word in a letter to Santa 6 Santa’s Pole 7 Baked treats, often shaped like stars or bells 8 Santa’s entry chute on Christmas Eve 9 By tradition, Santa fills these 10 “There was an old lady _____ swallowed a fly” 14 Red-nosed reindeer 16 Sound of satisfaction 17 Girl’s name that is also a type of Christmas song 18 _____ Puerto Mexican restaurant 21 “Dashing through the _____” 26 Type of orange with no seeds 28 Number of candles in a Hanukkah menorah 29 Little kid 30 50% of the whole 32 Long-tailed rodent larger than a mouse 34 Food for cattle in the winter

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the entire 81-acres—the gross density calculation—and then we look at what the potential of that property would be—and developers do this all the time— looking at whether there’ll be a better return on their investment if they go on existing zoning or the land-use plan… So looking at the same parcel, under zoning, the full 81 acres would be used, whereas, under land-use, there’s only 53.” The difference in results would be considerable, with the former method yielding 648 dwelling units per acre, and the latter 318. Furthermore, should the hypothetical developer involved with the above example request rezoning, density would at that point be calculated using the net formula. During this discussion, Echols revealed that the Village of Rivanna Advisory Committee recently passed a resolution asking that the gross v. net density issue be put on a high-level of the county’s community level work program for a zoning text amendment. “This is how they’re communicating to the board of supervisors that this issue is of a high concern to them and should be addressed,” said Echols. As a show of support to the Village of Rivanna Advisory Committee, the CCAC offered

a show of hands, unanimously agreeing to adapt a similar stance and subsequently draft a resolution to the same effect. Lastly, the CCAC voted to support a temporary re-zoning measure that will expedite Perrone Robotics, Inc.’s move into a former millwork building on the Barnes Lumber property. The request came as a result of the company’s receiving an unexpected boost of venture capital making the move possible earlier than expected. According to White Hall District Board of Supervisors representative Ann Mallek, PRI wanted to ensure citizens wouldn’t feel threatened by an accelerated process. “The zoning is already in the works,” said Mallek. “They’re trying very hard not to charge ahead and apologize later, they want to follow the process and be respectful.” While an official resolution won’t go into effect until December, committee members expressed their support via a show of hands, with all voting in the affirmative. “I think that this is exactly the kind of business we want to have coming into Crozet,” said committee member Dean Eliason. “We want to make sure we’re doing what we can to ensure they know that we want them here and are willing to do what we can to make that process as pain-free as possible.”


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a WAHS runner on the state course.” Witt’s efforts were so exemplary that her teammates unanimously named her the season’s MVP. Meanwhile, supporting team members stepped up their game as well: Number three-turnedtwo runner, Alyssa SantoroAdajian, routinely bettered her times; Jenna Hill clocked a personal-best outing at the state tournament; and Emily Winder, Grace Rainey, Faith Reid, Caroline McGahren, and Claudia Giortz-Jorgensen worked hard, alternatingly fleshing out the team’s five, six, and seven slots. Despite the injury, Clay was determined to stay in shape.

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honors were Joe Hawkes, Stuart Terrill, Cyrus Rody-Ramazani, Max Miller, Will Koester, and Jack Eliason. Of these, RodyRamazani, Hawkes, and Terrill were named All-Region, with

DECEMBER 2016 “During that time, Zoe crossedtrained every day, usually twice daily, on the elliptical, stationary bike, and in the pool,” said Pugh. “Her determination to do what she could to help the team was just incredible…. She returned to compete in the final two races of the year”—the regional and state meets— “and came through in a big way, placing sixth in each.” Overall, while the team will be losing Witt, Rainey, Reid, and Giortz-Jorgenson, with Clay, Hill, and other important runners returning, Pugh said the team’s 2017 prospects are strong. “I’m just so proud of what these girls accomplished this year,” she said. “And, from where we stand right now, I think next year is looking extremely bright.”

Hawkes and Terrill earning AllState distinctions as well. “I’m extremely proud of the hard-work and effort we put in this year,” says Bain. “With our top-seven runners and most of our supporting cast coming back, I think our prospects for next year are extremely exciting.”

Just Married

Allison Maupin & Robert Reed Allison Debra Maupin and Robert Sean Reed were married on October 1, 2016, on Bucks Elbow Mountain in Crozet, Virginia. Rev. Colleen SwingleTitus officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Cathy Maupin of Crozet. The groom is the son of Robert and Cheryl Reed of Richmond. The two were married in a private ceremony followed by a celebration with friends and family at the Maupin home. Allison and Sean went on a two-week honeymoon to Rarotonga in the

Cook Islands following their wedding. Allison received a M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia and a B.A in History and Social Science Secondary Education from Longwood University and is now employed at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Sean received a B.S in Business Administration and is now employed at the University of Virginia. They reside in Waynesboro.

From the Editor

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Student Cicely Crawford holding Smith’s gold medal. Photo: Cherie Witt.

Olympian Visits Brownsville Gold medalist swimmer Leah Smith visited Brownsville P.E. November 18 and spoke to students about her trip to Rio. Smith is a fourth year at the University of Virginia and won

gold for the United States this summer in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. She also earned an Olympic bronze medal in 400m free and placed sixth in the 800m free.


interested in promoting Crozet’s prosperity—and leverage those into a effective civic action. It’s not a chamber of commerce, but a community charitable organization that raises funds for the Fourth of July Fireworks, the Crozet Historic District and other projects that build community solidarity. The CBT will meet again Monday, January 23. These are some of the folks who make things happen. Check it out and be active in our town’s future.

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The bottom line is not always the most important thing; that’s the people in the business. “I want the community to know how much we appreciate their continued support and how much we have enjoyed serving them. I hope they’ll continue to shop here. We’ve tried to give back.” That was an understatement of the store’s steady community philanthropy. The top door prize at the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department’s Awards Dinner a few nights before had been a hefty gift card from the store.





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Goodall caught a critical long pass that led to a Buetow touchdown that sealed the game for Western in the fourth quarter. “Our defense seemed to integrate everything we taught them all season long. Kids were flying to the ball and swarm tackling. Albemarle is well coached, has got some terrific players, and we knew going in that it was going to take a total team effort to beat them. Our kids executed the plan to perfection,” stated Coach Buetow. “I have coached a core group of players on this team for five seasons now, and this team just bought into our philosophy from day one, to play with passion, intensity, toughness, focus, and discipline. Back on August 1st I told them how hard they’d have to work to get here again. It’s a great life lesson for these kids to experience how hard work, sacrifice, and being a great teammate pays off.” Coach Buetow added, “Our Presidents coaches clearly did a tremendous job. They really deserve a lot of credit. Coaches Meulenberg, Franklin and Powell sacrificed a tremendous amount for these boys and for youth football in the Western area in general. In fact, all our youth football coaches did a great job. I hope all the parents in our community appreciate their commitment.” The JDYFL was formed following the 2015 season as the Thomas Jefferson Youth Football League (TJYFL), Pop Warner, and the youth AAU programs combined into a single league. It is the only youth football program serving the Jefferson District. Participating districts include Western Albemarle, Albemarle, Charlottesville, Monticello, Fluvanna, Louisa, Orange, Green and Augusta. It is the most competitive youth football league in the history of Central Virginia youth football. Western Albemarle fielded competitive teams in three divisions of the JDYFL in 2016: the Founders (8 and 9-year-olds), the Governors (10 and 11-year- olds), and the Presidents (12 and 13-yearolds) with approximately 80 players.

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Crozet Gazette December 2016  

The Crozet Gazette, December 2016. Volume 11, Number 7.