The Goochland Gazette – 07/21/2022

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Volume 66 Number 28 • July 21, 2022

Residents: Proposed distribution facility wrong for area Those in Parkside Village say project will lead to traffic snarls, safety issues By Roslyn Ryan Editor

An e-commerce distribution facility being proposed for the county’s Ashland Road corridor was given the green light by the Goochland County Planning Commission on July 7, despite drawing the ire of residents concerned about increased traffic and other negative impacts the facility could bring to the area. The project, which was brought before the commission by a subsid-

iary of the Panattoni Development Corporation, would create a 650,000-square-foot sorting facility for a yet-to-be-named distribution company and include 55 loading docks, 414 spaces for truck trailer parking and enough additional parking spaces for an estimated 1,000 employees filling two shifts per day. While the facility’s proposed location in Goochland’s northeast quad-

rant has been targeted by the county for industrial development—and much of the truck traffic is expected to use the nearby I-64 interchange—several residents of the nearby Parkside Village community made it clear to the commission that they see the project as a significant threat to their way of life. A number of residents questioned the traffic numbers and projected


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Flower power: Sunflower festival is now underway Contributed report ave you seen the sunflowers? As the beautiful yellow-colored fields of sunflowers burst forth this month, Goochland residents will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the blooms during the annual Alvis Farms Sunflower Festival. A local dairy and grain farm, Alvis Farms will be hosting their fourth annual festival through

impacts listed in a report compiled by the applicant, insisting that the report significantly underestimated the level of disruption caused by nearly 500 additional vehicles traveling through the area in the morning and close to the same number in the evening. Should the facility be built, one resident said, those living in Parkside

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Wednesday, Aug. 3. They will be open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Families, friends, local businesses and photographers look forward to this annual opportunity to bask in the beauty of 50 acres of sunflowers, an area just shy of 40 football fields. New this year is a 5k trail run—the Sun Run at

Goochland County supervisor John Lumpkins Jr. has been appointed Chair of the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO). On July 7, the Richmond Regional TPO Policy Board unanimously appointed Lumpkins as chair and Hanover County Board of Supervisors memLUMPKINS ber W. Canova Peterson as vice chair for fiscal year

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July 21, 2022

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Property Transfers 1.33 acres; Flow Property Group LLC to 38 Weyburn LLC, $205,000. 2.96 acres; Bruno Kenney to John L. Lentz, $200,000. 7.67 acres; Norma N. Roacap to Blair Road LLC, $400,000. 1584 Cartersville Road, Goochland; Germando R. Harris to Cody Allen Pierpont, $286,500. 2758 Checketts Drive, Sandy Hook; Daniel C. Hicks to Wesley A. Jenkins, $420,000. 3251 Hazel Lane, Goochland; Daniel Dominguez Martinez to Sonya R. Gierke, $269,000. 1349 Hounslow Drive, Manakin Sabot; Mitchell E. Belton to Daniel E. Agopsowicz, $579,900. Lot 15, Block A, Section 1, Rivergate; Donna S. Suro, trustee to LVest LLC, $2,500,000.

Proposed facility continued from >1 Village would soon become “trapped between two twolane thoroughfares.” Another resident accused the county of putting economic development ahead of public safety. Developers countered by noting that much of the traffic coming in and out of the facility—nearly 80%—will likely be heading back toward the interchange and will only minimally impact the area, and will also be entering and leaving between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Moving the project forward required two votes by the commissioners, one to recommend

Lots 3 and 4, Section 3, Breeze Hill; Robert E. Carpenter Jr. to Krickovic and Ziegler LLC, $360,000. 5420 Old Columbia Road, Goochland; Amanda C. Hundley to Scott Matthew Lincoln, $276,400. 2722 Ravenwood Road, Columbia; Jonathan D. Campbell to Douglas W. Chalifoux, $310,000. 12340 South Crossing Drive, Manakin Sabot; Eagle Construction of Virginia LLC to Ilene L. Dranoff, $556,513. 4505 Tabscott Road, Columbia; Steven A. Kenney to Michael Overton Moss, $240,000. 12031 Talavera Terrace, Henrico; HHHunt Homes LC to Scott Martin Mills, $480,675. 1761 Wild Turkey Lane, Crozier; Karen L. Halvorsen to Steven Michael Becraft, $891,000.

a rezoning of the 105-acre property from an agricultural to an industrial zoning classification, and the second to recommend the approval of a conditional use permit (CUP) to allow the height of the building to exceed 60 feet. In the first case, commissioners voted 4-2 in favor of the rezoning, with District 2 commissioner Matt Brewer and District 5 commissioner Tom Rockecharlie voting against it. On the height issue, all but Rockecharlie voted in favor of the CUP. The final hurdle for the plan will come on Aug. 2, when the matter is slated to go before the Goochland County Board of Supervisors.

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cent. I have always believed in the value of a person knowing their “shelf life”. At some point for all of us, there is a time when you know it is time to move on with your life, in order to continue to grow, develop or experience new things. As I was many years from desiring retirement, I decided that it was time to consider other opportunities. So, I agreed, and so the process was started.

What made you decide to apply for the County Administrator’s position What were your first impressions in Goochland County? of the County? I didn’t actually “apply” per se. Goochland County hired a search firm to assist them in the process. As part of their work, they created a list of individuals from across the country that best fit the profile of the ideal candidate, as seen by the Board of Supervisors. I was contacted by the firm and asked if I would be willing to be considered for the position. I had served Kershaw County South Carolina for 11 years, and in that time, we had developed amazing programs, overcome significant obstacles, and had been recognized with some of the greatest honors that a County could receive. I had an amazing staff and a completely supportive Board. And with such a comfortable environment, I realized that there was a real chance of getting compla-

I enjoy the opportunity to interact with our Citizens, from all walks of life and from all social environments, and work with them to affect the outcomes that most benefit this community.

The beauty of the environment immediately struck me the first time I visited here. As an amateur historian coming from an equally historic region of the country – the history of the community was exciting. The commitment and qualifications of the Board was impressive. The level of community involvement and participation was rewarding.

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What do you enjoy most about serving in your role? The sense that decisions I make have the potential to affect the community in a positive, lasting way. I can’t “change the world,” but I do have the ability to positively affect our community for many years in the future. I enjoy the opportunity to interact with our Citizens, from all walks of life and from all social environments, and work with them to affect the outcomes that most benefit this community. And, I really enjoy the ability to work with an amazing group of skilled, passionate and committed teammates in all those efforts.

What do you think are a few of the opportunities the County should be looking to take advantage of going forward? How about significant challenges you see ahead? In fairness, I’m finishing my third week – so my answer may change quite a bit a year from now! Also, I believe that there are no see Carpenter > page 3

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Oh, Holly, you look like you needs some humans in your life. Holly is a very social doggo that loves nothing better than to be around people. The Goochland Animal Shelter staff thinks this spunky young lady would place well in any home where she can stretch her legs occasionally. Holly is very smart, but being a youngster she will need someone committed to making her the best companion she can be. Holly is good on a leash and with other pets (including cats). Holly is about 1-2 years old, 45 pounds, and up-to-date on her vetting. If you are on

the hunt for a smart, attentive, loving companion look no further than this perfecto pup. The Goochland Animal Shelter, located at 1900 Hidden Rock Lane in Goochland, has many pets available to a good home. For more information on these pets, call (804) 556-5302. The shelter’s hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the shelter is asked to make donations payable to Goochland Pet Lovers.

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continued from >2 challenges – only opportunities! Having said that, I see the opportunity to preserve our community as a rural, agriculturally based environment that is unique in so many ways as one of the greatest legacies that we can leave for our succeeding generations. Also, I see growth as a significant opportunity. If we effectively manage it. We know that growth is going to happen. We know what we don’t want it to look like. So, by ensuring that we manage our growth on our terms, we can assure continued growth that will fuel our ability to deliver the quality of life that our citizens are asking for. Finally, we need to have effective ways

Lumpkins continued from >1 2023. Previously, Goochland County supervisor Susan F. Lascolette of District 1 had served as vice chair. Created in 1974, the Richmond Regional TPO helps facilitate collaboration and cooperation among residents and stakeholders related to funding and planning the future of the region’s transportation

to ensure that our children can create a life here if that is what they desire. Educational opportunities that allow them to grow up with the best schooling that we can provide, and economic opportunities that allow them to find meaningful and rewarding jobs capable of giving them a good quality of life and the ability to grow and raise their own families here.

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How would you sum up your This is my second career. My first philosophy for helping to guide a career was working as a professional with community like Goochland as it The Boy Scouts of America. I served moves forward? in four different communities over 12 Always listen and work to ensure that you understand the needs and viewpoints of the entire community and provide the quality services that they desire. Always remember that whomever you are speak-

years, rising to the role of Assistant Scout Executive before my need to settle into one place and raise my three children put an end to that career. Also, I’m half Hungarian.

network. PlanRVA—a regional organization focused on community development, emergency management, the environment and transportation—provides staffing to assist the RRTPO in its administration, project evaluation and prioritization, and other identified needs. The RRTPO’s voting members include the Town of Ashland, the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, the City of Richmond, Capital Region Airport Commission, GRTC Transit System,

Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Non-voting members include the Community Transportation Advisory Committee, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Ridefinders, Inc., Virginia Department of Aviation, and Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation. For more information on the RRTPO, visit

Goochland Pet Lovers host a Volunteer Appreciation Event and Open House from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on July 21, offering visitors the opportunity to take a tour of the Goochland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. The Braise N Smoke food truck will be on site, and the shelter’s volunteer coordinator will be available to share what volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, email The shelter is located at 1900 Hidden Rock Lane in Goochland.


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SAM JOHNSON Sam Johnson, 72, went to meet his Lord on July 2, 2022. Sam was preceded in death by his father, Bob;

Community Calendar Wednesday, July 20 Action Figure Art Class will be held at the Goochland Branch Library from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for ages 12-18. Meet local artist Curtis Brown and learn techniques to draw your own superhero action figure. All supplies will be provided. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

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Goochland Pet Lovers will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Event and Open House from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on July 21, offering visitors the opportunity to take a tour of the Goochland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. The Braise N Smoke food truck will be on site, and the shelter’s volunteer coordinator will be available to share what volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, email The shelter is located at 1900 Hidden Rock Lane in Goochland. Read to Rover will be held at the Cochrane Rockville Branch Library from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for those in grades K-2. Read to Rover provides comfort and motivation for beginning readers as they read aloud to Colby or Pepper, the library’s therapy dogs. Space is limited. Registration required at https://pamunkeylibrary.libcal. com/. Call the Rockville Branch at (804) 749-3146 for more information.

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of Gyotaku Fish Printing and explore the underwater world of possibilities. Bring a prewashed white T-shirt or pillowcase to decorate and take home. The library will host Gyotaku Fish Printing again from 4 - 5 p.m. for those ages 12-18. Call (804) 556-4774 or more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 Action Figure Art Class will be held at the Goochland Branch Library from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for ages 12-18. Meet local artist Curtis Brown and learn techniques to draw your own superhero action figure. All supplies will be provided. Call (804) 556-4774 for more information.

Tuesday, Aug. 2 The Goochland County Sheriff ’s Office will be hosting National Night Out on Aug. 2 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. This free family event will be at the Goochland County Courthouse complex, located at 2938 River Road West. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes law enforcementcommunity partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. For more information, contact the Goochland Sheriff ’s Office at (804) 556-5349 or visit sheriff ’s office on Facebook.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 The Cochrane Rockville Branch Library will be hosting “Medicare: Learn How to Simplify the Decision Making Process” from 6 – 7 p.m. Medicare mistakes are common and can be costly. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls with Justin Williams of Edward Jones Financial and Bryan Gay of Boomer Insurance. Registration is required at Call (804) 749-3146 or visit the library for more information.

Tuesday, August 16 Goochland Library will host Mystery The Cochrane Rockville Branch Book Club from 10 - 11 a.m. for those Library will host “Saving Virginia’s Oyster ages 18 & up. Join the group to discuss Reefs” from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for those ages the mystery title for the month. Call (804) 13 and up. Learn how people are working 556-4774 for more information. to save Virginia’s oyster population with the collection of shells and the rebuilding The Goochland Library will host of the reefs with Master Naturalist Cindy Gyotaku Fish Printing from 3 - 4 p.m. Haddon Andrews. for those ages 18 and up. Practice the art

Thursday, August 18 Read to Rover will be held at the Cochrane Rockville Branch Library from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for those in grades K-2. Read to Rover provides comfort and motivation for beginning readers as they read aloud to Colby or Pepper, the library’s therapy dogs. Space is limited and registration is required at Call the Rockville Branch Library at (804) 749-3146 or visit the library for more information to register for this program.

Saturday, August 20 The Cochrane Rockville Branch Library will host Outdoor Family Story Time from 11 – 11:30 a.m. All are invited to join in for an all-age Storytime to sing songs, learn rhymes, and listen to stories. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket. Storytime is held weather permitting. Register at https://pamunkeylibrary. to be notified prior to the program if it is canceled due to weather. Call (804) 749-3146 or visit the library for more information.

Tuesday, August 23 The Goochland Library will be hosting Mystery Book Club from 10 – 11 a.m. for those ages 18 and up. Attend the meeting to discuss the chosen mystery title for the month. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library for more information.


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Community Briefs Fairground Road improvements to begin next week, road closures will be posted According to county officials, work on the highly anticipated Fairground Road intersection improvements is slated to begin as early as next week. Drivers are encouraged to stay informed of road closures and impacts along the Fairground Road (Route 632) and Sandy Hook Road (Route 522) intersection. Once completed, the project will include a single-lane roundabout with additional turn lanes and sidewalks to improve user safety. Representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) expected completion date for the project is fall of 2023. Announcements regarding road closures and detours will be posted on the Goochland County website and Facebook page.

Upcoming ‘Grill and Chill’ event will help support Goochland Day Foundation Planning for Goochland Day 2023 is underway, and the community is invited to attend the upcoming Grill and Chill Dinner benefit to help raise funds for the event. The dinner will be held at Bandit’s Ridge (5061 Broad Street Rd, Louisa) on Friday, Aug. 12, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will help support the Goochland Day Foundation, a private nonprofit organization with the goal of building community within the county. Attendees will enjoy a barbecue dinner provided by Smokin’ Gill’s Grill, music, and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at

Goochland Extension Office will offer free fall lawn care program on Aug. 2 The Goochland Extension office has scheduled a free fall lawn care program on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central High Cultural and Educational Complex, located at 2748 Dogtown Road in Goochland. Pre-registration is required by Monday, Aug. 1. Topics will include soil testing, weed management, aeration, fertilization and lawn care best management practices. This program will offer participants the opportunity to learn how to take advantage of the fall season to improve their lawn, reduce weeds and improve soil fertility. To register, contact Bob Whitehead at or call (804)556-5841.

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Bumper crop? Local food pantry will gladly take fresh produce donations Contributed report It may seem strange that western Goochland is a “Food Desert” when it’s that time of year local home gardens often end up with more vegetables and fruits than can be used. A “Food Desert” is defined as a rural area where the population lives more than 10 miles from a supermarket or large grocery store, and most rural areas do not have modes of public transportation. Additionally, job opportunities in rural counties are more concentrated in low-wage industries with higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Right here in Goochland County, over 2,000 senior citizens, persons with disabilities, adults and children face hunger every day, often skipping meals. The only chance to get food is often through food stamps, church pantries and nonprofit organizations like GoochlandCares.

For families who live in poverty, the three most requested items are dairy products, lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables. All are often unavailable at food pantries. One of the weekly challenges facing the GoochlandCares Food Pantry is providing nearly 225 families with fresh and nutritious produce, baby food and nonperishables. Local gardeners and community members can donate their fresh vegetables and fruits to GoochlandCares Food Pantry in Goochland Courthouse. Baby food, macaroni and cheese as well as other non-perishables are always needed and can be donated. “Healthier diets can mean fewer trips to the doctor and contribute to overall well-being,” said Sally Graham, executive director of GoochlandCares. “Our vision is to provide access to the highest quality of services for our clients that is possible.

That includes fresh produce and healthy food options in the Food Pantry.” The Food Pantry at GoochlandCares accepts donations of fresh produce plus backyard eggs, non-perishable food items, dish soap and household products like toilet paper. Receiving hours for food donations are Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For further information on the food pantry, contact Doug Chiles at (804) 5560201 or at GoochlandCares is a private, 501(c) (3), non-profit organization that provides basic human services and health care to our Goochland neighbors in need. GoochlandCares envisions an equitable community in which all persons have their basic needs met, empowering them to lead lives of self-dignity and wellbeing.

COVID-19 vaccine now available for children Contributed report Beginning this week, the Chickahominy Health Distric is offering the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months through 4 or 5 years old, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Families have several options for where to get their children the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination sites may include: Local health departments (including Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, and New Kent) Community clinics (managed by the local health department)

Pediatric and family medicine offices Federally qualified health centers Retail pharmacies (for children ages 3 years and older) Those wishing to get their children vaccinated at a Chickahominy Health District clinic (either at the local health department or at one of the special community-based clinics) should make an appointment by contacting the district’s COVID-19 Call Center at (804) 365-3240 or by requesting an appointment online: The district will be holding special clinics — catered for this youngest age group — during the months of July and August. These

health district clinics will be conducted by appointment only and a parent and/or guardian must accompany their children. For additional COVID-19 vaccination options, visit or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (TTY users can call 711). Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages. Everyone 6 months and older is now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID19, and health officials urge all Virginians to get their vaccination. For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit


Saturday, July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. on both nights. The much-loved sunflower maze and the pick-your-own sunflower patch will be available throughout the event, in addition to farm animals from the 4-Hers, the Southland Dairy’s mobile milking classroom (where visitors will have the chance to see a cow being milked this first weekend), tractors, vendors, food and treats,

music and more. Visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately and wear closed-toe shoes. No outside food or drinks are permitted, with the exception of two unopened water bottles. While well-behaved dogs are allowed on leashes, visitors are encouraged to bear in mind the excessive heat. For tickets and more details, visit the Alvis Farms website at

Workshop will focus on ACE issues BeWellVA, a collaboration of Central Virginia’s seven Community Services Boards, is offering a free virtual workshop to raise awareness about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), provide resources to help children and adults who have experienced ACEs and offer strategies for prevention. This free workshop will be held on Thursday, July 21 from 10 a.m. - noon, and registration is required. Those who would like to register should visit or contact Octavia Marsh at (804) 815-5781 or

continued from >1 Alvis Farms, benefiting local Goochland nonprofit Matthew SMILES—which will take place this Saturday morning. Those who prefer not to run will still be able to see the farm from the air in a tethered hot air balloon on Friday, July 22 and



July 21, 2022

OPINION: Editorial, Letters to the Editor

Village plan must embrace progress, preserve peace do this, of course: we can move to a place that seems to be a good fit, or, taking a route that seems to be increasing popular these days, we can find a place with raw potential and create the kind of community we want. Planned communities are nothing new, from the mill towns created in the early 1900s to modern towns like Reston, Virginia or Coral Springs, Florida. In the case of Goochland’s Centerville Village planning process, it’s easy to see that that those tasked with pulling together a plan for the area’s future have embraced the numerous challenges involved in crafting a path forward. This is not a matter of starting from scratch, since

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According to archeologists, it was about 10,000 years ago that human beings first began erecting permanent homes in which to live. So it stands to reason, then, that it wasn’t long after this that the first conversation occurred over who got to live where and what the basic rules were for how the community would operate. Fast forward to today and, while the world has certainly changed, we as humans still spend a significant amount of time working to make sure that the places in which we live reflect our values. There are at least two ways to

Centerville already has its own history, character and amenities, as well as a small but engaged population that seems to like what is already there. The goal then for planners, it seems, is to find a way to keep those things and help them flourish in the face of what is sure to be continued population growth. During a meeting held last Thursday evening to mark the halfway point in the planning process, representatives from Hill Studio offered their vision for how the Centerville Village should be branded, as well as the way they plan to focus on walkability, traffic management and creating space for the kinds of businesses and resources residents have said they

would like to bring to the area. To be clear, what Hill Studio is creating is simply a plan, a way to help residents get on the same page and zero in on what they want for their community. A successful plan will be one that creates not a walled city, but a thriving community that welcomes outsiders to celebrate what is special about the Village while also preserving the tranquility Centerville residents have come to value so much. The ultimate success of Centerville in the future will almost certainly come down to both good planning and luck. Here’s hoping laying the groundwork now will result in less reliance on the latter.

Run-in with fox a reminder to keep protection handy By Jack Agnew Contributing Columnist

Having a farm here in Goochland County, we keep a bloodline of formerly feral cats to keep the voles out of the gardens and the mice out of the barns. This bloodline is excellent—they even kill squirrels. They’re fearless, and I have never seen any of them lose a fight with a dog, ever. They just run them off. I would rather grab a chainsaw than one of them in fight mode. One autumn, my daughter’s favor-

ite cat had a late litter of kittens. They were on the front porch in a birthing box. A neighbor had told me that a fox had grabbed him by the pant leg in broad daylight, so I knew there was a rabid fox in the area, and I was on edge. About 1 a.m., the front porch just erupted in literally a cat fight, snarling, and yowling. I grabbed my pistol and ran out, cut the lights on, and didn’t see anything, didn’t hear anything—nothing. I waited 15 or 20 minutes and went back to bed, and

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just about as soon as I got in bed, it erupted again on the back porch.It was pandemonium! I grabbed some pants, put them on, and realized when I was halfway down the hallway I had grabbed my wife’s jeans by mistake, they’d only go up about mid-thigh. So I had a flashlight under my armpit, pistol in one hand, holding the pants up with the other so they wouldn’t come down to my ankles, as I crowhopped down the hallway, trying to get to the back deck to help the cat. I’m glad there’s no video of that, I looked like a Hobbit trying to pole

vault without a pole. I got to the door and realized if I couldn’t get a clear shot because of the cat—I was going to have to stomp this fox to death barefoot, with pants around my knees. The cat and the fox were nose to nose, trading blows. He was trying to bite her, she was raking his face and snarling. I had to help her, she was so courageous. I cut the light on, and he froze broadside to me, and I put one bullet right through his heart. It

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Book clubs offer connection, even if lately from afar By Emily Walls Ray Contributing Columnist

Book clubs seem to be more popular than ever. As an avid reader and now retired, and apart from struggling sometimes to get the books read before the meetings, I thoroughly enjoy my book clubs. Both of my groups meet monthly, and since the pandemic, they usually offer an option to meet online. I like this feature, because in addition to helping us avoid spreading germs if someone is ill, it sometimes solves the dilemma of a scheduling overlap. I can attend a Zoom meeting and not lose travel time. Additionally, I recently had COVID, but I still got to attend the book selection meeting for the year virtually. This allowed me to hear and chime in about book choice proposals even though I was in isolation. The book groups I am in choose mostly by genre, with contemporary fiction, biography, historical fiction, and the classics as the most popular. Titles have included, for example, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye,” by Rachel Joyce. This was an uplifting tale of a retired man who leaves the house to post a letter to a dying friend on the other side of England, and ends up walking its delivery the whole journey. There is discovery and redemption along the way. It reminded me of Forrest Gump in many ways— the broad sweeping views of the country, the memorable people the protagonist met along the way, then the coming of age (never mind the true age) aspect of learning about life. My mother, who served as a library aid in the public school system in Alabama, where I grew up, once gave me some invaluable advice about reading. She said, “As long as you have a good book to read, you have a friend.” Mama was right about

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Saints, Cougars featured on All-Metro Team By Robby Fletcher Sports Editor


fter both Collegiate and St. Catherine’s featured players on the boys soccer All-Metro Team on July 11, the announcement of the girls soccer All-Metro Team came close behind and featured even more standout Cougar and Saints studentathletes. St. Catherine’s Talley Applewhite was the headline athlete on the list, being named to the first team, while Collegiate teammates Keaton Rahman and Ryan Lewis found themselves honored on the second team. Glen Allen’s Kiley Fitzgerald was voted as the All-Metro Player of the Year. Applewhite — largely regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the state of Virginia — had another dominant season in the net for the Saints, recording 91 saves on the season with an average of 5.4 saves per match. While the team fell in the quarterfinals of the VISAA Division I state tournament, she was a key part of some of their biggest performances of

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Left, St. Catherine’s standout goalkeeper Talley Applewhite was named a first team All-Metro honoree. Right, Collegiate’s Keaton Rahman was named a second team All-State member after her senior year.

the season and was good for at least one jaw-dropping save per game. Applewhite will continue her playing career at the Naval Academy next season. For Collegiate, Rahman concluded her Cougars career

with an LIS title and a run to the VISAA state semifinals while being one of the team’s most reliable defenders. Helping fortify the backline, Rahman and the Cougars allowed just 14 goals in their own net all season on the way

to a 13-5-1 final record. She also contributed on the attacking end as well, serving as a reliable free kick option while also adding four goals and five assists in her final season. She will continue her playing career at Denison University

next season. Next to Rahman on the second team was freshman center forward Ryan Lewis, who was one of the best goalscoring threats in the state before a season-ending injury against Trinity cut her year

short. In just nine games, Lewis poured in goals from all over the 18-yard box, finishing her season with 15 goals and three assists, including a fourgoal masterpiece against St. Catherine’s on April 18.

Tatum Walsh qualifies for U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Staff Report For Goochland Gazette

Former St. Catherine’s standout Tatum Walsh earned a spot in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship by shooting a 2-under 70 on Monday, July 11 during a qualifying competition at Salisbury Country Club. The top two finishers

earned berths in the Amateur, which will be contested at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington from Aug. 8-14. Jia-cheng Emma Tang of Chino Hills, California grabbed the other spot by shooting a 5-under 67. Walsh had five birdies and three bogeys during her round.

The Amateur field has 156 players. After stroke-play qualifying, 64 advanced to match play. Walsh was the 2020-21 Times-Dispatch All-Metro Golfer of the Year, becoming the third female golfer to earn the honor (Jackie Beers of Monacan in 2000 and 2001, Lyberty Anderson in 2012). At James Madison this past

year, Walsh had the secondlowest freshman scoring average (74.47) in program history and the fifth-lowest overall. She played 24 rounds in eight events before a seasonending injury. Walsh was the 2020 Virginia Women’s Amateur champ and qualified for File Photo the 2021 U.S. Girls’ Junior Tatum Walsh hits from a greenside trap in the 2017 RWGA Championship at Hanover Country Club on June 8, 2017. Championship.



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GYAA Majors team heads to Dixie World Series By Robby Fletcher Sports Editor

After finishing as the runner-up in this year’s state tournament, the GYAA Majors All-Stars team is heading to the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series. Despite falling short in the state championship, their runner-up finish allows the all-star squad the chance to represent Virginia in the Little League World Series tournament that will take place in Lumberton, North Carolina from Aug. 5-11. Teams representing the very best of Louisiana, North Carolina and Alabama will also be in attendance. The All-Stars open the tournament on Aug. 6 with a matchup versus Louisiana. The team played four games from July 8-11 during the double-elimination tournament, ultimately defeating Prince George in a 6-4 result, the Dinwiddie Nationals with a 4-1 score and two losses to eventual champion Charlotte County, 7-3 in the first game and 11-3 in the championship game. The team’s roster consists of Nate Browning, Caiden Bilak, Colton Waters, Gabe Pruiett, Jack Jones, Seth Yancey, Eli Woodfin, Evan Bowles, Julian Lewis, Chase Adams, Landon Smith and Robert Pearles. The team is coached by James Woodfin, Chris Jones and Ray Pearles. While preparing for the upcoming tounament, the team is calling on members of the Goochland community and friends of the GYAA to help raise funds through a GoFundMe to help Contributed Photo cover travel expenses, meals and equipment among other Top row (from left to right): James Woodfin, Ray Pearles, Nate Browning, Caiden Bilak, Colton Waters, Gabe Pruiett, Jack Jones, accommodations. The GoFundMe can be found at https:// Seth Yancey and Chris Jones. Bottom row (from left to right): Eli Woodfin, Evan Bowles, Julian Lewis, Chase Adams, Landon Smith and Robert Pearles.

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Goochland lacrosse coach Matt Leynes hosted a lacrosse summer camp at Goochland High School from July 11-13, allowing kids ranging from the first grade to the ninth grade a chance to learn the fundamentals of the game and to generate interest in the coming season. Leynes led the boys junior varsity team in its inaugural season this past winter.


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Book clubs continued from >6 that, along with countless other things. She was a lifelong reader, even when Alzheimer’s disease stole her memory of what she had once read. Near the end of her life, her books bore yellow sticky notes about 20 pages in, because that was as far as the disease would allow her to process. I know she enjoyed the beginnings of her beloved Louisa May Alcott books, the Jan Karon books, and so many more. When I visited her, it gave me great pleasure to see stacks of books in her room with little yellow stickies. It meant she was surrounded by “friends” at all times. The book clubs I joined have resulted in new flesh and blood friends for me. In one group, we have members from all over the country, but we have a common goal in addition to reading. We are all seeking to improve our bodies and souls. This book club is sponsored by our gym, which is where all of us met initially, either in a swim class, dance class, yoga class or simply by the pool. Our gym fosters the club by providing healthy snacks, a meeting place, and they publicize our meetings in the company media. The other book group I belong to is composed of church mem-

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bers of one of my friends, Teresa Hood, who taught English at Goochland Middle School with me. Naturally, she loves reading, and I always pay attention when she recommends a book. This group has recently been meeting through Zoom, but when they met in person we were treated to delectable dessert. I look forward to those days again. But in the meantime, Zoom works quite well. If you are interested in starting or joining a book group, I recommend starting the process by visiting your local library. Check to see what is already offered and ask for help with selections, a meeting place, and many more ideas. Nowadays some libraries provide sets of books for book clubs. The displays at the Pamunkey Library provide everything from the latest bestseller to the beloved classics. The staff picks show an understanding of what readers of all ages like. When I worked at Goochland Middle School I used to treat myself to a library visit every Friday on my way home. After all, I wanted to be in the company of “friends” over the weekend! Emily Walls Ray is a freelance writer, tutor and former teacher of English and creative writing in the GCPS system from 20072020. She enjoys gardening, reading, church and sewing, but most of all, being a grandmother. just stunned, and didn’t see any reflex. I grabbed him by the tail and threw him out in the backyard, and immediately she walked over and started purring and rubbing herself on my leg, as if to say, “Oh, that was fun, what next?!” Corky with animal control had the body tested, and it was rabid. Though the cat was cut up, her shots were up to date, and she completely recovered. I definitely believe in people keeping a firearm around for whatever emergency runs up, no matter what it is.

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