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September 11, 2013

To hire, or not to hire

Vol. 3, No. 9

Leading the way

Supervisor sees vacancies as an opportunity to trim staffing costs and reorganize

Cumberland Dukes football team kicks off 2013 season. See page 8

By Ben Orcutt Staff Writer


hen county employees resign or retire, Lloyd Banks Jr., vice chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors and 2nd District representative, believes the first option should be reassigning remaining workers rather than filling the Banks vacant spots. In recent months, four county employees have resigned, Banks said. “I’m trying to keep county expenses to a minimum and I think in many regards we’ve hired too many employees in the administration,” Banks said during a recent interview. see Hire > 3


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As Cumberland students returned to school on Monday, Aug. 12, teachers and administrators were visible, especially at Cumberland Elementary school, to ensure that all students found their way to the right classrooms. For more Cumberland County school news, see page 5.

French: It’s time to say ‘farewell’ Long-time county employee will retire at the end of September

30 after 41 years of service to the county, says she never intended to Editor be a politician. She never intended to run umberland County Commissioner of the unopposed in six elections or to Revenue Anita French, see French > 3 who will officially retire on Sept. By Roslyn Ryan


 EDUCATION: Schools awarded Strategic Compensation Grant. P7  FOOD: Creating perfect pies is possible – and easy! P10

Cumberland High School students attend drug abuse prevention event. See page 6 Attention young chefs: Cumberland 4-H offering cooking class for kids. See page 10

 CLUB NOTES: Rotary Club welcomes guest speaker. P13  MONEY: Workshop aims to help curb holiday debt. P2



‘Home sweet home’ can sometimes be a headache By Roslyn Ryan Editor


t was a Thursday morning, I believe, just a few short weeks ago, that I realized I was living in a broken home. And by that I mean that my home – the little ranch-style house my husband and I have lived in for a little over a decade – was in serious need of repair. This did not, I must admit, happen overnight. There have been plenty of minor things that needed fixing for a while, but most of them – a cabinet missing a handle, a dishwasher that roars like a diesel engine –have been easy enough to ignore. We’ve made an uneasy peace with the missing picket in the front porch railing, for example, and learned to drive carefully around the gully in the driveway. But on that particular Thursday, while taking a shower, my husband noticed a footlong crack that had suddenly opened up in the bottom of the bathtub. This was, admittedly, not a very good start to the day. It also had the effect of carrying me back to those halcyon days before we became homeowners, back when the answer to any plumbing or electrical issue in my rented third-floor walk-up was “call the landlord.” Sure there were noisy neighbors

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and drafty windows, but there was also the nice sort of freedom that comes from knowing that anything that might go awry – bugs in the kitchen, water leaking from the ceiling – was not yours to worry about. Those apartment-living days do, I’m sure, seem much rosier now than they did when I was actually living them (I seem to remember a nocturnal neighbor in the apartment above me with a heavy tread and a penchant for playing classic rock at ear-splitting levels). And don’t want to give the impression that my husband and I don’t appreciate our house, or that we willfully neglect it – we do fix some things. Since moving in 10 years ago we have patched holes, painted rooms, repaired ice-makers and replaced toilets. He has stained the deck and I have sewed what could pass for curtains to hang in the living room. Along the way we have come to love the house the way you might love a relative – albeit the kind of needy relative who gets on your nerves from time to time. Like anyone’s house, ours is full of memories and stories; it has been a source of pride and frustration in equal measure. But in the end I wouldn’t trade it for anything—even when I do want to give it a good swift kick it in the foundation.

Retiring Commissioner of the Revenue proud to have served To the Citizens of Cumberland County, It has been my distinct honor and privilege to have served the citizens of Cumberland County as their Commissioner of Revenue since Jan. 1, 1992 and it is with many mixed emotions that I plan to retire effective Sept. 30, 2013. I have served with six different county administrators and 25 different Board of Supervisor members during my tenure in the Commissioner’s Office since Jan. 1, 1988. Previous to the Commissioner’s Office, I worked 17 years at Cumberland Department of Social Services which has all lead to a career of 40 years and 11 months service to the citizens of Cumberland.

I am proud to have served the citizens and took very seriously the public trust that has been placed in me. My goal was always to provide courteous, efficient and competent service, helping taxpayers with the filing and payment of applicable taxes and to make sure that all assessments were fair and equitable. One thing has remained constant in my office and that is our desire to fully assist citizens with their understanding of local and state laws. I shall truly miss working in the capacity of Commissioner of Revenue, but rest assured I plan to continue serving my constituents in any way I can. Sincerely, Anita H. French Commissioner of Revenue

Extension workshop will offer tips to help control holiday debt Contributed report

Do you have a limit set on how much you are going to spend on gifts this holiday season? Even if you do, it’s easy to break the bank. You can get some help to avoid that. A lot of us these days are looking to save cash, while still getting everyone something. In an effort to help you avoid the traditional holiday trap, the Cumberland and Amelia Extension Offices and the Christmas Mother are

partnering to offer a Minimizing Holiday Debt Workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 and from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Cumberland Community Center (Community Center Drive) Conference Room 8. The workshop is free but pre-registration is requested. You can register by calling the Cumberland Extension Office at (804) 4924390.


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French continued from > 1 become the reassuring voice on the end of the line when taxpayers had questions or concerns. These days, however, after serving in her role for 21years, French says she’s not sure it was ever up to her anyway. “I believe the reason [I’ve been here so long ] is because God placed me here and he had a plan for me,” said French, a native of Buckingham. Her decision to retire, she said, was not an easy one. “It’s bittersweet,” said French, “But I know it’s time. I feel like I have reached that plateau where it’s time for me to move on to other things.” French began her career with the county at the Department of Social Services, where she worked for 17 years. She then worked under thencommissioner of revenue Ray Watson from 1988 until his retirement four years later. Shortly after taking the

office herself, French set about helping to update the office’s procedures and streamline the processes by which county residents paid their taxes. Under French’s watch, the office made the move from paper-based operations to computers. They also began offering residents a way to pay their taxes online, allowing them to receive accelerated refunds. Among the things she is most proud of, said French, is that the office has always used its funding prudently, offering taxpayers the most value for their dollar. “I think we have the best commissioner’s office that you’ll find anywhere, as far as what we offer our citizens,” she said. To those who have worked with French over the years, it is largely her personality that has shaped the way the office is run. “Anyone who knows Anita knows that she has a heart for people,” said Julie Phillips, French’s chief deputy. “We

Hire continued from > 1 “There’s some employees that are not as productive as other employees and frequently when personnel depart, it represents an opportunity to reorganize, to shift personnel around and take advantage of the situation without layoffs….And so my position has been, I don’t enjoy seeing people immediately replaced when there’s other people in an organization who could possibly be reorganized for best use of county resources.” In an attempt to help save taxpayers money, Banks said he has encouraged the county to find ways to hire more part-time personnel. The real estate tax rate in Cumberland is 68 cents per $100 of assessed value, Banks said, adding that, “They’re talking about raising

have often told her she should have another sign over her office saying ‘Counselor.’ Anyone who comes in the office is welcome and put at ease, no matter what their problem or situation.” Phillips said French’s deeprooted knowledge of the county has also proved to be a tremendous asset. “People will come into the office that may have never lived in Cumberland, but their parents or grandparents did,” said Phillips. “Sometimes they will be looking for the old home place or landmark. Anita can, many times, tell them where it is, tell them stories about their parents or grandparents, and make them feel like old friends.” Once she is officially retired, French plans to pursue her passion for mission work, something she discovered through her church, New Life Assembly of God. She has already been on several mission trips, including journeys to Nicaragua, and hurricane-ravaged Mississippi. In between those adven-

that next year. I don’t believe a majority of the Board is as vigilant about reducing taxes as I would like to see.” Banks emphasized that he’s not opposed to hiring new full-time employees, but he prefers to look at other options first. “I’ve never vetoed a hire,” he said. “I’ve never said you cannot hire someone. I’ve always promoted and encouraged reassignment of personnel, hiring from within and taking advantage of opportunities when people depart to reorganize, shift personnel around and that’s not usually feasible if you hire someone right back into that position.” A case in point, Banks said, is that when he first became a Board member two years ago, Cumberland had a county administrator and a county attorney. “Those two combined were making close to a half million dollars and


Anita French has served Cumberland County for over four decades. tures, French said she’ll be spending plenty of time with her husband of 47 years, Hugh, her four sons, and her 11 grandchildren and making

we filled those two positions with one person,” he said. “Our county administrator is now the county administrator and the county attorney.” Vivian S. Giles, who came to Cumberland in March of last year from the Office of the Virginia Attorney General, said as county administrator and county attorney, she earns an annual salary of $142,763. Cumberland has a population of just over 10,000, who are served, Giles said, by approximately 75 employees, which includes Sheriff’s Office personnel. The reason he was elected, Banks said, is to save the county money. All he can do, he said, is to encourage his colleagues on the Board to listen to what county taxpayers are saying. “We recently had a survey completed by residents and the clear majority has asked for tax relief,” Banks said. “And so my position is if

time for other hobbies such as working in her yard. While she’s looking forward to her next chapter, French said she will find it tough to say

I’m here to represent the people and they want tax relief, then that’s my goal. That’s what I’m going to work towards.” William F. Osl Jr., who represents the 1st District on the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors, said the panel has made an effort to streamline government costs. “In 2009 and 2010, the Board of Supervisors worked with the Cumberland Schools to consolidate building maintenance, vehicle maintenance and accounting services,” he said. “That was followed by combining health care systems, portions of information technology and more recently grounds maintenance. During this same period of time, we combined grants administration and code enforcement. We also were mandated to assume erosion and settlement control, which was combined with current staff.”

goodbye. “I shall miss the people of Cumberland,” she said. “It has been a privilege to serve them.”

It is the responsibility of the county administrator to have plans in place regarding personnel needs, with an eye toward “improving the efficiency of local government,” Osl said. “This approach to proactive management identifies the opportunity before a resignation has occurred,” Osl added. “By using these approaches, the real estate tax rate was reduced from 76 cents to 68 cents, personal property tax rates were reduced by 10 cents and machinery and tools tax rates were reduced by 75 cents, all while building new schools and assuming the debt service and picking up costly mandates, such as funding for the Virginia Retirement System - $650,000.” Giles agrees with Banks and Osl. “I think it is in everyone’s best interest at all levels of government to operate as efficiently as possible,” she said.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR a friendly paw and ear to Preschool Story Time. Story time is led by Murphy’s “mom,” Marjorie Robison in the library’s children’s area. For more information, please call (804) 492-5807.

Wednesday, Sept. 11  The World War II Round Table holds meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at Father Val Hall of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, located 2480 Batterson Road in Powhatan.

Thursday, Sept. 12

 Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays to lend

 The Rotary Club of Farmville will meet at 12 p.m. at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill

Stew sale set for Oct. 5 The Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be hosting a Brunswick stew and yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Cumberland Fire House. The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. and the stew will be ready at noon. The organizers are accepting donated items to sell. Items must be in good condition (no clothes). Please call (804) 4925790 to arrange drop off or pick-up.

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Friday, Sept. 13

 Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

 The Skinquarter Farm Market is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., featuring locally-grown produce, flowers, jam and jellies and more. The market is located at 20800 Hull Street Road, Moseley, Va.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Tuesday, Sept. 17

 The Christian Motorcyclists Association Powhatan chapter Living Wheels meets at 6 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. You are invited to join us at Company 1 Fire station, Old Buckingham Rd. and Mann Rd. Come find out what we’re doing, and where our next ride or event will be. For more information call (804) 5981834 or (804) 357-6730 or (804) 512-8835

 BINGO is held at the Powhatan Moose Lodge at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. For information call (804) 598-2809.  H.O.P.E. – Helping Others Prepare for Eternity – is a Ladies Group that meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in the Fellowship Hall at Cartersville Baptist Church. All women are invited to be a part of this event. H.O.P.E encourages Christian development of ladies in the church and community through missions, spiritual outreach, community involvement, and Christian fellowship.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

 The Rotary Club of Farmville will meet at 12 p.m. at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street in Farmville.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Tuesday, Sept. 24  BINGO is held at the Powhatan Moose Lodge at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information call (804) 598-2809.

Thursday, Sept. 26


Frank Howard Baber Jr. Frank Howard Baber Jr., of Cartersville, born Feb. 26, 1931 in Columbia, Cumberland County, Va., died August 7, 2013 at home, surrounded by loved ones, after a brave fight with corticobasal degeneration. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Tyler Baker Baber and Frank Howard Baber Sr.; and an infant son.


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He is survived by his wife, Ellen Fenwick Demarest Baber; siblings, James (Penny) Baber, Maria Baber; children, Frank III (Katherine), Charles Fenwick Sr. (Debra), David Anderson (Sylvia), Laura Beach (Kevin), Jennifer Walker (Christopher); grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family received guests at home on Aug. 9. Memorial services were held on Aug. 24, at Highland Presbyterian Church, in Lancaster, Pa. and at Oakwood United Methodist

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Church in Columbia, Va. In lieu of flowers, donate to, Heifer. org, Cumberland Public Library or a charity of your choice.

Eleanor Varn Finger Eleanor Varn “Nell” Finger, born Nov. 10, 1923 in Cumberland, Va., died peacefully on Aug. 3, 2013 in Charlottesville, Va. She was

preceded in death by her husband, Frank Whitney Finger; and her son, Allen Long. Nell attended Longwood Teachers College, studied painting and ceramics for decades and taught art to people of all ages. She grew up in South Hill and spent her adult life in Petersburg and Charlottesville. A celebration of Nell’s life was held Saturday, Aug. 10, at Greencroft Club in Charlottesville. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

 The Rotary Club of Farmville will meet at 12 p.m. at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street in Farmville.

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Tuesday, Oct. 8  BINGO is held at the Powhatan Moose Lodge at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information call (804) 598-2809.

Wednesday, Oct. 9  Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, Oct. 2  Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Thursday, Oct. 3  The Rotary Club of Farmville will meet at 12 p.m. at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street in Farmville.

Friday, Oct. 4  The Skinquarter Farm Market is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., featuring locally-grown produce, flowers, jam and jellies and more. The market is located at 20800 Hull Street Road, Moseley, Va. (1/2 mile west of Skinquarter Road).

Ongoing events:  The Cumberland Clothes Closet is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The CCC is located in the Community Center Building C-7 (Old Cumberland School Building) and has gently used clothing, glassware, shoes and small appliances for sale. Cumberland Clothes Closet is a charitable organization that donates all profits.  To get your events on the community calendar please contact Roslyn Ryan at Cumberland Today at (804) 598-4305 or e-mail rryan@

4-H sets Cloverbud Club meeting dates for 2013 Contributed report

Cumberland 4-H’s Afterschool Cloverbud Club will be resuming with the start of the new school year. This club is open to youth ages 5-8. Participants will meet once a month after school from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. from September 2013 to April 2014 at the Cumberland Extension Office. The meeting dates are for the following Tuesday afternoons: Sept.

17, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Feb. 11, March 11, and April 8. Activities include naturebased events and crafts, story time, local field trips, community giving, snacks, and much more! The cost for this program is $30, which covers food and supplies for all of the meetings. Pre-registration and payment are required so please contact the extension office at (804) 492-4390 or

SCHOOL NOTES Cadets who attended are now ready to share their experiences with the rest of the cadets in the CHS program.

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The Cumberland High School JROTC cadets who attended the recent summer leadership camp are, from the left, Zach Amos, Haley Tillett, Matthew Horton, Benjamin Westerhoff, Laura Walk, Elizabeth Baker, and Gina Rucci.

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attended a six-day Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge Camp during the summer. According to Major Peter Amico, instructor of the program, the camp Seven Cumberland High gave the cadets a “taste” of School Junior Reserve Officer military life. They stayed in Training Corp (JROTC) Cadets the barracks, ate in a military

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Cumberland High School student Chelsea Deane was recognized at the August meeting of the Cumberland School Board for her attendance at the Future Business Leaders of America State Officer Tr a i n i n g , Deane held June 18-20 at Roanoke College in Salem, Va. FBLA is an organization of young people who

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continued from > 5 ing the summer. Delegates to American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs have completed their junior year in high school and are selected by American Legion Auxiliary units. The units work with local high school educators to identify young women who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Girls State delegates are described as a diverse group of young women with a shared desire to learn and lead. Girls State “citizens” come together from small towns, big cities and rural areas to hold Girls State elections, and their varied backgrounds set the stage for a week of spirited, experiential learning. The number of Girls State citizens varies by state and is determined by each state’s American Legion Auxiliary resources. Virginia Girls State was held on June 16, 2013 at Longwood University in Farmville. The theme for the session was “Take Flight Towards the Future.”



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Students attend annual drug abuse prevention conference For the first time, students from Cumberland County Public School attended the annual Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program held July 15-19, 2013 at Longwood University. Students focused on the effects and prevention of drug abuse in their school and community and discussed how they could make a difference. Cumberland was awarded a $250 mini-grant for their Strategies To Act Now Plan (STAN Plan). Their winning STAN Plan included actions, such as revamping the D.A.R.E. pro-


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Ariel Hampton, a student at Cumberland High School, was recognized by the School Board at the August 2013 meeting for attending the Dream It, Do It Virginia Manufacturing Technology Camp. The weeklong camp was held at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, VA, during the summer. At the camp older youth were introduced to the manufacturing design process in a fun and interactive format. During the camp, students had an opportunity to use a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) router, CNC lathe, laser engraver, and digital imaging. Camp activities also included touring both the Riverstone Energy Center and the Center for Coatings Research and Education (CCARE), and hearing a presentation from ABB Lead Process Engineer Patricia Ricketts on ABB’s global operations, manufacturing processes, and career opportunities.

This year’s students were participants in the Workforce Investment Act youth program. Participants had to write an essay to be accepted into the camp. Students that took part in the manufacturing technology summer camp learned techniques involved in creating a clock by participating in a hands-on activity.

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Fusari honored with West Point Leadership Award Cumberland High School student Sylvia Fusari was rec-

ognized at the August 2013 meeting of the Cumberland School Board for receiving the West Point Leadership Award for the 2012-2013 school year. The award is to recognize the outstanding high school juniors in the Greater Richmond area who demonstrate exceptional performance in the areas of academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship, and leadership. Fusari received an engraved

certificate within a presentation case, a letter of recognition from the President of the West Point Society of Richmond, and an invitation to attend a reception held in honor of all award recipients. Fusari, now a senior at CHS, was presented to the School Board by instructor Major Peter Amico. Fusari is the current Battalion Commander of the Cumberland JROTC.

Cumberland Schools receives Strategic Compensation Grant Contributed report

At a recent press conference held at Andrew Lewis Middle School, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the recipients of the Strategic Compensation Grants awarded by the state. The grant provides performance and incentive payments to teachers who meet goals related to student achievement, professional growth, and leadership. This grant program is part of the Governor’s education reform agenda. Thirteen school divisions were awarded grants, which ranged from $850,000 to $26,250. Cumberland received $107,000, which will be used to compensate teachers who have meet requirements identified in the grant, including increasing student performance. Other counties receiving awards included Amelia, Chesapeake, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Gloucester, Goochland, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Portsmouth, Roanoke, Salem, and Suffolk. Dr. Amy Griffin (Superintendent), Chip Jones, (Assistant Superintendent), and Elizabeth Jamerson (Director of Human Resources) were present at the press conference. At the conference, McDonnell noted, “Since the beginning of this administration, we have worked to implement reforms to ensure that all children, regardless of their zip code, have access to a quality education. These grants move us closer to achieving this goal by rewarding excellence and leadership while providing incentives for good teachers who take on challenges in the schools where






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Cumberland Schools assistant superintendent Chip Jones, left, and superintendent Dr. Amy Griffin recently attended a press conference held by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

they are needed the most. Teachers who stay late, mentor new colleagues, accept assignments in hard-to-staff schools and whose students consistently do well deserve more than our thanks; they deserve to be rewarded. I congratulate these 13 school divisions for their openness to reform and innovation and their willingness to collaborate with teachers on how best to achieve strategic goals for improving student outcomes.”

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Cumberland Today Sports 2013 FOOTBALL PREVIEW


A revamped offense could be the key the Dukes’ success this season. Pictured, from the left, are Keevan Jones, Robert O’Connor, Dylan Samuels, coach David Sullivan and Kalem Burton.

For Dukes, it’s a brand new ball game to take center stage. This thorough offensive overhaul paid dividends in the Dukes first game of the season again Charles City last Friday. Sullivan’s squad overcame deficits of 14 and f nothing else, the 2013 Cumberland 12 to take down the Panthers by a final of 31-28. The win was High School Dukes offense is going to important for many reasons, perhaps the most vital being that it could represent the turning over of a new leaf for the be an entertaining group to watch. football program as a whole. During the offseason, coach David Sullivan completely “The old offense was far too one dimensional,” said reconstructed the offense, ditching the old, slightly archaic Sullivan. “We really didn’t have that much deception or varischeme for a read-option spread attack that stretches out the ety last year. With the new scheme in place, it really gives our defense and gives the athletes on Sullivan’s roster a chance Mike Schoeffel Sports writer



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athletes a chance to show what they cand o.” You see, the Dukes only won one game in 2012: a 3420 affair against Randolph-Henry on Sept. 21. That game marked the only time during the season that the offense put up more than 30 points. Now, one week into the 2013 season, they already have a win under their belt and a 30-plus point game. As Bobby Dylan would say: “the times they are a-changin’ in Dukeland.” OK, so he may or may not have said see Football > 9

Football continued from > 8 that last part. But you get the general idea: things are on the up-and-up out there for the Cumberland High School football program. “We’re beyond excited about this season,” said Sullivan, two days after the comeback victory against Charles City. “Winning the opener was a huge deal for us. Especially since the kids were able overcome adversity and mount a comeback…not once, but twice.” “I definitely believe we’ve got things headed in the right direction,” he added. The new offensive scheme certainly had a lot to do with the Dukes season-Hiopening win, but it wouldn’t have been able to work if Cumberland didn’t have the right caliber of athletes to fit into the system. As Sullivan has stated multiple times, this team does have athletes. Plenty of them. And it starts at the quarterback position, where the Dukes have two capable signal callers in E.J. Rose and Dylan Samuels. Rose, as Sullivan pointed out, is a purer passer, but Samuels is more adept at carrying out the read-option game. While Rose got the majority of the snaps in the season opener, don’t be surprised if Samuels begins taking more and more snaps as the season progresses. “I’m still debating on what to do with the quarterback spot,” said Sullivan. “One guy might end up winning the job, or we might end up going to two-quarterback route. But whatever happens, it’s good to know that I have two guys who can get the job done.” Whoever ends up under center, he will be protected by an offensive line that boasts four seniors – Colin Haislip, Justin Coleman, DeAndre

Jones, D.J. Roach – and one sophomore, center Dakota Boyles. At 6’1, 185 pounds, Boyles is the smallest body on the line, but what he lacks in traditional lineman physique he makes up for with quickness and a tireless work ethic. “Dakota really bought into the weight training program during the offseason,” said Sullivan. “He’s not going to overpower anybody, but he works extremely hard and I think it’s starting to pay off for him.” Boyles and his comrades on the front lines will be opening holes for several running backs, including T.J. Ford, a scatty, Barry Sanders-type who has added some weight to his somewhat lean frame, and Dajon Booker, a 5’10, 220 pound senior who will look to CONTRIBUTED PHOTO “bring the thunder,” as it were. The newly revamped Dukes team started the 2013 season off on the right foot with a win over Charles City on Friday, Sept. 6. Both players have enough talent to tote the rock on every down, but a two-running back system is basically a staple at every level of modern football, and it will be no different at Cumberland High this year. Perhaps the biggest question surrounding this year’s team is not whether or not they are capable of putting up points, but whether or not they will able to stave off fatigue. Sullivan’s squad has seven players going both ways, and in an offensive scheme that is far more wide-open in years past, the issue of stamina could crop up. But still, Sullivan has the utmost faith in his players’ ability to operate the system efficiently and go on to create one of the most successful seasons in recent memory. “It’s going to take some work, and it’s definitely still a learning process, but I feel like they’re catching on pretty quickly,” said Sullivan. “It’s exciting, and I think we have CONTRIBUTED PHOTO big things coming our way this “I definitely believe we’ve got things headed in the right direction,” said head Cumberland football coach David Sullivan, pictured year.” here giving a post-game talk to his players.

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e love to eat pies, but we don’t always love to make them. To many people, pies are lot of work, requiring a fair amount of skill - or least regular practice. But people might enjoy making them more if they took a cue from France or Italy. Both countries have all manner of fancy desserts, but they also have galettes and crostatas. Galettes can be many kinds of flat cakes or tarts, but

they also are a lot like pies. Crostatas are similar, and can even get fancy with a latticed top. They can be made with various types of dough. They can be sweet or savory. They can have fruit, jam, nuts - even meat and cheese. Crostatas and galettes are all over the map. But at their most basic they are pies pared down to their essence. They are free-form rounds: simple, rustic and far from fussy – a basic dough baked with a bunch of fresh fruit. It still involves making dough, but if that’s too much trouble I recommend buying frozen puff pastry and baking that with a fruit topping. But once the dough is made, this is a dessert that can be thrown together in about 30 minutes. One way to think of these is as dessert pizzas. Or call them free-form pies. But they don’t use a cooked filling - the fresh fruit is put on the pie raw - which saves time. And galettes and crostatas tend to use much less sugar than regular pies, so they are lighter and less caloric. I think of them as a simple way to make a great dessert that highlights summer fruit. Standard pie dough will work, but galette dough is a bit different. The dough usually is soft, contains eggs, and is slightly sweetened with sugar. It tends to be easy to roll, which is a plus. Also, galette or crostata dough is not prebaked before adding fruit. This kind of dough also keeps its shape pretty well once it’s baked. The dough may be brushed with an egg wash and sprinkled with sugar. Often the dough, the fruit or both get a light glaze from preserves or jam. The fruit see Pie > 11

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1 tablespoon brown, raw or granulated sugar for the filling can be almost any type, though it’s best to avoid extremely juicy fruit. To avoid juicy messes, often the sweetened fruit will be tossed with a small amount of flour or cornstarch — which will help thicken the juices. Also, to contain any drips most recipes call for folding up the edges. Otherwise, form any kind of edge you want — crimp it, flute it or leave it plain. The trick is to add enough fruit, but not so much that it overwhelms the crust. Then the galette or crostata is baked quickly at a high temperature, which helps preserve the fresh taste of the fruit and make the pastry flaky. This is the kind of summer dessert you can pull off on a weeknight. And a warm wedge of summer fruit and pastry, served with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, is heaven, indeed.

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2. Peel, quarter and core the apples. Thinly slice them; make sure each quarter yields the same number of even slices. Toss with the lemon juice and sugar. Arrange slices, slightly overlapping, in a circle around the outer edge. Fill in the center with remaining slices. Brush

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3. For the filling, combine figs and 3 tablespoons sugar in large bowl; toss to coat. Toss raspberries with ½ tablespoon sugar in medium bowl. Arrange figs in concentric rows over dough on baking sheet, leaving 2-inch border around edges. Sprinkle raspberries over figs. Fold dough border over fruit, pleating loosely and pinching to seal any cracks. Brush dough border with egg mixture. Sprinkle border with ½ tablespoon sugar.

the tops with melted butter. 3. Bake on middle rack of oven until dough is crisp and golden and apples are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Check after 15 minutes. If bottom is browning quickly, move to upper rack. If top is browning quickly, move to lower rack and reduce oven temperature to 375. 4. Serve galette warm, cut into wedges, topped with ice cream 4. Bake galette until crust is brown and filling bubbles, or whipped cream, if desired. about 35 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to rack and cool Note: This recipe works equally well with fresh pears, galette slightly, about 20 minutes. Slide spatula under all such as Bosc. — Recipe from Michael Hastings sides of crust to free galette from baking sheet. Using large tart pan bottom as aid, transfer galette to platter. Serve warm or at room temperature. — Recipe adapted from “The Bon Fig and Raspberry Galette Appetit Cookbook” (Wiley, 2006) Makes 6 servings Crust: 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces 5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 2 tablespoons (about) ice water Filling: 1 poundfresh ripe figs (about 10), quartered 4 tablespoons sugar ½ cup fresh raspberries 1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water (for glaze)

Galette/Crostata Dough Makes enough for 1 10-inch galette or crostata

1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon salt Grated zest of 1 lemon (optional) 5 tablespoons butter, chilled (preferably frozen), cut into pieces 1 large egg 1. For the crust, mix flour and salt in processor. Add 1 to 2 tablespoon s milk or water shortening and butter. Using on/off turns, process until 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (op t i o n a l) mixture resemble s coarse meal. Mix in water 1 tablespoon 1. Place flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest, if using, in a at a time just until moist clumps form. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter pieces and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 5 or minutes. 6 quick pulses. Beat the egg and add 1 tablespoon milk or 2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out dough between 2 water. Stir in vanilla if using. With the machine running, layers of plastic wrap to 12-inch round. Remove top layer of add the egg mixture and process a few seconds, just until plastic. Invert dough onto unrimmed baking sheet. Remove combined. Squeeze it with your hand. If it is moist and holds together, it’ s done. If it is dry and crumbly, add up to top layer of plastic. 1 tablespoonmore milk or water and pulse to combine.


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Note: This dough works well for most free-form galettes and crostatas. Once rolled and topped with sweetened fruit, just bake at 400 to 425 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden and crisp. — Recipe from Michael Hastings

Fruit Crostata Makes 8 servings Galette/crostata dough ¼ cup raspberry or other jam 4 medium unpeeled plums or 3 peeled peaches or 2 peeled nectarines, cut into ½-inch pieces ½ cup raspberries, blackberries or blueberries (optional) 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour or cornstarch 1. Dough should be chilled 30 minutes to 1 hour, until firm but malleable. 2. Position rack in lower third of oven. Heat oven to 400 degrees. 3. Lightly flour the dough, place between 2 pieces of parchment paper, then roll it out to roughly a 10-inch round. Peel off the top sheet of paper. Lift dough by the bottom piece of paper onto a large baking sheet. Spread the jam over the crust, leaving a 1-inch border at the edge. Fold over the border to form a rim. 4. Toss together the fruit, sugar and flour. Distribute fruit over the jam. Bake until crust is golden brown and the fruit juices have thickened, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly , then serve warm by itself or with vanilla ice cream. — Recipe adapted from”The All-New Joy of Cooking” (Scribner, 1997)

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For Cumberland artist Kasey Marshall, dren’s area. the latest challenge has come courtesy of a Marshall’s mural, a whimsical forest scene fairy. that includes colorful woodland creatures and he life of an artist can be challengWe’re talking here about the fairy Marshall an ode to Murphy, the library’s story-time ing: the struggle to be understood, has been charged with painting on the wall of dog, has been a labor of love – though she’ll the difficulty of finding steady the Cumberland County Library, specifically see Artist > 2 work – the constant search for inspiration. the wall in the soon-to-be-renovated chilBy Roslyn Ryan Editor



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