The Goochland Gazette – 05/24/2023

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INSIDE: Blacksmiths forge link between past and present


Got the blues for galette? Fresh blueberries take center stage in

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Electoral Board keeps Sunday voting in Goochland


Richmond Suburban News

The Goochland County Electoral Board recently voted to retain Sunday voting – a decision that comes during a period in which election o cials nationwide wrestle with the issue of access to polls.

O ered in Goochland since 2020, Sunday voting – often referred to as “Souls to the Polls” – was made possible by legislation championed by former Gov. Ralph Northam, which left such decisions in the hands of local leaders.


Goochland High School’s Class of 2023 got to don their caps and gowns a bit early in honor of the recent Goochland Day Parade, but they will be wearing them once again this Saturday as they gather for the final event of their high school careers. Goochland will host this year’s graduation at the High School (3250 River Road West) at 7:30 p.m.

Closing of shopping center entrance concerns business



Several local businesses in the Courthouse Commons Shopping Center are continuing their e ort to convince a local shopping cen-

ter owner to reopen one of the two entrances to the complex, which is located at the intersection of Sandy Hook and Fairground roads.

The entrance located on Fairground road has been closed for


several weeks, blocked o by a sign informing drivers that the closure is being implemented to keep customers and employees safe.

The sign also indicates that the

entrance will remain closed until the roundabout currently under construction at the nearby intersection is completed.

The March 16 vote came after Republicans took control of the board, despite some fears that the new majority would abolish it. The board did make one change, deciding to move the o cial date for Sunday voting to the first Sunday of the 45-day early voting period.

Opposition to Sunday voting seemed to settle on three main issues: religion, the number of actual voters and the cost. Officials say it cost about $200 to run the polls on Sunday, which is mainly to pay the election officers.

Supporters, however, contend the option is important to ensure everyone has the chance to vote. “There are many people who work on Saturday or

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Annual turkey harvest sets new state record

The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) announced a harvest of 24,447 turkeys during the 2023 spring turkey season.


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Election Day and can’t get to early in-person voting times,” said Jenifer Strozier, Goochland Electoral Board member. “It’s important in a democracy for every qualified voter to vote. Goochland has one of the highest county turnouts in the state and we want to keep that high turnout rate.”

Some opponents also took issue with having the registrar work on a Sunday. But General Registrar Ryan Mulligan said he is glad they moved up Sunday voting. “It was a solution I think everyone can live



This represents the highest spring turkey harvest ever recorded in Virginia. The previous record was 20,580

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with,” he said.

Debates over voting access have become common across the country as Democrats and Republicans argue over the importance of access vs security.

Nearby counties Powhatan and Hanover do not offer Sunday voting this year, though Powhatan has discussed it. Hanover did offer it for the 2021 gubernatorial election.

The next Goochland election will be the Democratic primary June 20 for the 57th House of Delegates seat. The next Sunday voting will be for the General Election on September 24. Voting will be open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Registrar’s Office.

The graduating class of 1921� This picture was taken beside Cardwell school, which stood at the corner of Cardwell Road and Taylor Road� The class motto was “not of the Heights, but Climbing ” Pictured are Katherine Kennon Holman, Mary Virginia Hamner, Hilary Fontaine Bowles, Myrtle edyth Layne, John Haddon Knibb, evelyn Conrad Holman, and Janie Gaines Houchins


10.67 acres; Cyrus Amir Rafii to Brian W. Edmonds Sr., $240,000.

4 lots, Oilville Business Park; Goochland Investment Group Inc. to MHC 204 (Oilville VA) LLC, $3,430,000.

146 Black Walnut, Richmond; HHHunt Homes LC to James T. Donley, $573,095.

1165 Cordial Court, Manakin Sabot; Ellington Custom


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While the property owner did not respond to several requests for comment on the matter, the move was reportedly made in an effort to stop drivers from cutting through the parking lot as an alternative to taking the current detour around the roundabout construction.

But while drivers may be frustrated with the entrance being closed, their

Homes LLC to Thomas J. Suddeth, $253,500.

532 Ford’s Road, Manakin Sabot; Kasey B. Hicks to John W. Waters, $700,000.

Lot 11, Block B, Section 4, Broad Run; Margaret Hill, trustee to Charles Crismier III, trustee, $1,365,000.

3138 Lowry Road, Columbia; Marisa Dabney to Morgan R. Wick, $238,000.

1383 New Town Road, Goochland; A. Norman De-

velopment LLC to Preston Whitlock, $365,000.

12380 S Readers Circle, Manakin Sabot; Eagle Construction of Virginia LLC to Bernard H. Mann, trustee, $629,026.

12001 Talavera Terrace, Richmond; HHHunt Homes LC to Kevin T. Murphy, $543,881.

186 Woodern, Richmond; Sung Han Bahk to Paul C. Messplay, $1,100,000.

ire likely pales in comparison to that of business owners in the shopping center.

According to Hui Long Lin, who owns Chef Lee Chinese Restaurant, the move brings yet another challenge to overcome as his industry continues to rebuild after the pandemic and deal with rising costs and staffing shortages.

Lin estimates that his business has dropped around 40% since the sign went up.

He said there has been

talk of a lawsuit, but that one has not been filed against the property owner as of yet.

Response on social media in recent weeks has been largely in favor of Lin and others who are operating businesses in the shopping center, though some posters to a recent thread on the Goochland Living Facebook page noted that the measure does appear to be a good solution for keeping the lot from becoming a dangerous cut-through.

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Blacksmiths forge path from practical to poetic

Blacksmithing is an ancient craft, dating to the 1500s, that has gone through changes taking it from the practical to the aesthetic. Technically defined, blacksmithing is forging – heating and forming into shape – iron or other metal, though the metal may often be shaped without fire.

While it still caters to function, it has more recently become a popular, and growing, form of artistic expression.

“There are more blacksmiths in the country now than there were in Colonial times,” Bruce Manson, president of the Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild, said.

The CVBG is an organization committed to promoting, supporting and aiding blacksmiths in their skills and craft.

“Our mission includes


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set during the 2015 spring hunting season.

“Turkey populations remain healthy and abundant across most of Virginia, enabling hunters to enjoy a record-setting spring turkey season,” said Ryan Brown, DWR executive director.

DWR biologists anticipated the spring turkey harvest would increase during the 2023 season as indicated by above average brood survey results in 2021. The Department’s annual brood survey is a measure of productivity and recruitment within Virginia’s turkey population. In 2021, the

heritage of blacksmithing,” Manson said.

The guild boasts more than 100 members, mostly from the Central Virginia area, but from as far away as Indiana and New York. A monthly newsletter keeps members informed about guild events and other blacksmithing news.

tical, skilled business, necessary for survival.

education, providing resources for blacksmithing and metal work, and preserving the history and

survey indicated above average recruitment of turkey poults across much of the state. These birds are now 2 years old, and 2-year-old gobblers are typically very eager to respond to hunter’s calls. These 2-year-old birds also tend to be more vocal, so they are often easier for hunters to locate. In addition to the increased availability of gobblers, favorable hunting weather contributed to a great season for many Virginia turkey hunters.

Temperatures remained relatively cool and dry providing an ample amount of ideal hunting weather.

As in previous years, more birds were harvested east of the Blue Ridge (68%)

“We invite people to come and share their metal crafting and ideas,” said Michael Gillespie, executive director of Blanton-Smith Center for Blacksmith and Metal Arts, which hosts the guild for meetings and classes. Members of the guild gather at the center, located at 2748 Dogtown Road, regularly on the second Saturday of each month, and occasionally at other times. The center is named in honor of longtime, esteemed members Bodie Blanton and Lewis Smith, both deceased.

Dating from the Iron Age, blacksmithing was a prac-

than west of the Blue Ridge (32%). Adult gobblers (those with a beard at least 7” in length) made up 92% of the total harvest, while juvenile gobblers known as “jakes” (those with a beard less than 7” in length) accounted for only 8% of the harvest. Turkey harvests occurred overwhelmingly in the morning (93%) versus the afternoon (7%).

Most of the spring turkey harvest took place on private lands (93%). Public land hunters (both federal and state) accounted for 7% of the total spring harvest, which was an increase from the prior two years.

National Forest lands accounted for most public land harvests.

There are still farriers who craft horseshoes, generally from mass-produced products, to fit individual horses’ hooves. Another specialty popular in blacksmithing today is making knives, tomahawks and hatchets. That requires specialized equipment, Manson said.

Some guild members are professional blacksmiths. A longtime member who made blacksmithing his source of income for a time is Dan Boone, a direct descendent of the famed frontiersman, Daniel Boone, who was a blacksmith early in his life. The current Boone is a seventhgeneration blacksmith, now retired, who mainly made hooks, some plain, some ornate, and became known for the artistry of his dragonhead designs.

“We travelled the country to craft fairs and the

Although many states within the region are reporting declining spring turkey harvests and populations, Virginia seems to be a bright spot regionally. Four of the top five turkey harvests have occurred since 2020, indicating that populations appear to be robust. However, there are several areas of the Commonwealth where objectives to increase turkey populations are not being met. DWR biologists continue to monitor these areas for potential management solutions.

Using best available science and stakeholder input, the agency will begin revising the Wild Turkey Management Plan (dwr.vir-

like selling simple hooks for $2,” said Boone’s wife, Judy. “We’d have people find us again years later and tell us they could only spare the money for the [simple] hook back then, but now they could afford a dragonhead [design] hook.”

Jewelry-making is also a popular off-shoot of blacksmithing, where the metals used are of the more precious variety, but the tools and techniques largely remain the same.

While history views blacksmithing as an industry for creating tools and weaponry, mass production has pushed it to a different milieu. Manson is drawn to blacksmithing because of the artistry involved.

“I appreciate the creativity and ingenuity in utilizing metal in various ways,” he said. “It’s fascinating watching raw material change shape into what you want.”

Yard art is a specialty management-plan during 2023 and will provide more information as the process

for Gillespie, who can be found many weekends at craft fairs such as Arts in the Park in Richmond and the Fort Clifton Festival in Colonial Heights.

“What we make, you can’t get off the shelf at Walmart,” Gillespie said.

“Our stuff will last forever.”

In observance of its 25th anniversary in March, the guild hosted a “HammerIn,” which saw members come from around the region and out of state to share their knowledge and celebrate the art, craft and skill of blacksmithing.

The guild will hold a beginners class, Intro to Blacksmithing, on Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To register or for more information about the class or the guild, visit

More information about the Blanton-Smith Center for Blacksmith and Metal Arts may be found on their Facebook page.

gets underway. More details of the turkey harvest can be found at dwr. wildlife/turkey.

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Drivers urged to buckle up — or face ticket


Local residents are once again being urged to remember their safety belts when hitting the road this summer—or face dire consequences.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and AAA MidAtlantic is partnering with Virginia’s first responders, local law enforcement and Virginia State Police to focus on saving lives through increased seat belt use by participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign through June 4, 2023.

This annual campaign typically


Upcoming Programs at the Goochland Branch Library

Family Storytime at the

begins just before the Memorial Day holiday, one of the year’s busiest and deadliest travel weekends.

More than 18% of Virginians still don’t wear their seat belt, according to the state’s most recent seat belt survey.

In Virginia last year, there were 5,427 unrestrained people involved in crashes, 3,702 unrestrained injuries, and 375 deaths involving unrestrained people.

Last year, approximately one of every two crash fatalities in Virginia involved occupants who did not wear a seat belt.

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Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun time with books,

People aged 21-30 made up 68% of unrestrained fatalities and the highest number of unrestrained fatalities happened between midnight and 3 a.m. (70%).

“These numbers mean thousands of Virginians still choose not to make the simple, safe choice of buckling up as their best defense against a reckless, impaired or distracted driver,” says DMV commissioner Gerald Lackey, the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “By participating in Click It or Ticket, we are raising awareness and educating Virginians on the importance

signing, rhymes, and much more! For ages 0-5 with caregiver. Call (804) 5564774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Toddler/Preschool Storytime at the Goochland Branch Library. Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy books, music, fingerplays, and much more at storytime!

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Goochland Bridge Club at the Goochland Branch Library. Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, & 26, 3 – 5 p.m. Ages 18 & up. The Goochland Bridge Club is for those that want to learn how to play or those with a basic knowledge of the game. Each week there will be instruction and play time. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Volunteen Training at the Goochland Branch Library.

Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. For ages 13-18. Looking for volunteer service hours? Join us for a

of always wearing a seat belt, every time.”

Law enforcement will support DMV’s seat belt awareness messaging by conducting high visibility enforcement along busy roads and highways to prevent avoidable crashes and save lives.

“Buckling up is not merely a legal obligation,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Wearing a seat belt is an act of self-preservation. Moreover, the impact of wearing seat belts extends beyond our own lives. It sets an example for others, especially our young people who

training session and learn about opportunities to help with summer reading and more! Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Yoga at the Goochland Branch Library. Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, & 28, 4 — 5 p.m. For ages 18 & up. Bring your mat and join us for a yoga session that aims to promote strength, flexibility, and balance. Led by certified instructor, Kathleen Tsengas. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Writing for Joy at the Goochland Branch Library. Wednesdays, June 7 & 21, 7 — 8:45 p.m. For adults 18 & up. A creative writing discussion group for those that are interested in sharing original writings, participating in prompted writings, and encouraging others in their pursuit of writing. This program is open to “would be” writers, experienced writers, and writers of all skill levels. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

are observing our behaviors and learning from our actions. Simply click it and avoid the ticket.”

“DMV partners with law enforcement agencies, nonprofits and other highway safety advocates to change behaviors and prevent needless tragedies from happening on Virginia’s roadways,” said DMV Highway Safety Office director John Saunders. “Buckling up is the one lifesaving action you can take to significantly increase your odds of surviving a crash. Your life matters. Please make it click and remind your loved ones to do the same.”

Friday Book Club at the Goochland Branch Library. Friday, June 9, 11 a.m. — noon. Ages 18 and up. Join us to discuss our monthly book choice! Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party at the Goochland Branch Library. Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. All ages. Join us for a fun night of crafts, games, and Kona Ice! It’s a great time to sign up for Summer Reading. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Action Figure Art Class at the Goochland Branch Library. Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. For ages 10-18. Meet local artist Curtis Brown and learn techniques to draw your own superhero action figure. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Adult Game Night at the Goochland Branch Library. Thursday, June 22, 5:30 — 8:30 p.m. For ages 18 & up. Grab a friend and join us

for a fun night of gaming and socializing. We provide board/card games, Nintendo on the big screen and free wifi for online gaming. Popcorn Bar and Mocktails provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Children’s Storytelling with Woven Yarns at the Goochland Branch Library. Saturday, June 24, 10 — 11 a.m. For PreK — 6th Grade. Join us for a funfilled session of storytelling with songs, folk tales, and hand puppets. Meet the storytelling team of “Woven Yarns”, Dee Kysor and George Crafts as they take you on an adventure with all creatures living together in harmony. Call (804) 5564774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Mystery Book Club at the Goochland Branch Library.

Tuesday, June 27, 10 — 11 a.m. Ages 18 & up. Join us to discuss our chosen mystery title for the month. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

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Blueberry galette a winner

Blueberries should be a delicious part of people’s daily diets because this flavorful fruit packs a nutritious punch. Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants, which can help the body fend off various illnesses.

Native to North America, blueberries are available fresh, frozen and canned and are used in a variety of recipes. Plus, they’re right at home whether one is serving breakfast, dinner or dessert. However, many people feel that blueberries are best eaten as pie filling. Various pastries showcase blueberries, including the French galette. A galette is not a pie, but more of a freeform crusty cake. However, it is similar to pie, making it a welcome alternative to that popular pastry. This recipe for “Blueberry Galette,” courtesy of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, is a delicious treat that’s perfect for entertaining.

Blueberry Galette

8 portions


„ 3 cups unbleached allpurpose flour

„ 11/2 teaspoons salt

„ 2 tablespoons sugar

„ 4 ounces lard or shortening, cut into 1/2-inch

pieces and frozen

„ 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and refrigerated

„ 1/2 cup ice water

„ 1 teaspoon vodka


„ 8 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

„ 3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, separated

„ 31/2 tablespoons cornstarch

„ 1/4 teaspoon salt

„ 1 lemon, zested

„ 1 tablespoon lemon juice

„ 1 egg

„ 1 tablespoon water Crust

1. Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor. add the butter and lard.

2. Use the food processor to work the butter and lard into the flour by pulsing it until the butter is in pea-sized pieces.

3. Whisk the water and vodka together and add it to the flour/butter mixture a few tablespoons at a time. It will start to look shaggy, but not dry. It should hold together when you squeeze it in your hand.

4. Gently press the dough into a ball using a pastry scraper or your hands. divide the dough into two pieces and create round disks. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.


1. In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, and lemon zest. Massage the zest into the sugar.

2. In a large bowl, toss together the blueberries and lemon juice. add the sugar/ lemon zest mixture and gently stir to coat the blueberries.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll out the chilled pie dough into a 1/8-inch-thick-circle. dust off any extra flour and lay crust onto the prepared pan.

4. Mound the blueberry filling in the middle of crust. Fold and crimp the dough up so that it covers at least 2 inches of the filling. Freeze the shaped galette for at least 15 minutes to chill the dough.

5. Preheat the oven to 425 F and set rack in middle of the oven.

6. Just before baking, beat the egg and water together and brush the edges with egg wash. sprinkle crust with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.

7. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 F and bake for an additional 30 minutes. This recipe yields two 12inch galette crusts. extra dough can be stored in an airtight container for up to one month. — MetroCreative

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A note to graduates: Trust the process

It occurred to me the other day just how tedious graduation advice can sometimes be to receive. After all, how many ways can there possibly be to say that the future is wide open, that you must embrace the journey, or, my personal favorite, that “your attitude is what will determine your altitude”? As it turns out, quite a lot.

In the end, however, almost all graduation advice comes from a place of love, or at least of encouragement, which is really just love with a kicker of motivation thrown in. We all want to impart some small gift of hard-earned wisdom on those just now taking their first steps into that wonderous, but also strange and sometimes bruising world of adulthood. But I know, even as that love rains down on graduates this time of year from proud parents, teachers and others who have seen quite a few years slip by since their own graduations, it can also be a bit much.

Given this, and not feeling the need to add to the cannon of inspirational graduation-themed editorial columns that tend to pepper the pages of local newspapers this time of year, I will simply proffer the following three words that I hope the members of the Class of 2023 will bear in mind as they take their next brave steps:

It’s a process.

By this I simply mean that, contrary to what you might have been led to believe, moving the tassel on your graduation cap or hitting a milestone birthday does not suddenly make you an adult.

Passing your exams doesn’t impart a trunkload of wisdom that you can suddenly access, and being handed a diploma doesn’t turn you into a different person. If I know anything at all about anything, it is that growing into an adult is an unsteady process, sometimes painfully slow and sometimes lurching violently ahead, and expecting it to be any different—thinking that you have to have all the answers or devaluing yourself because you are not where you expected to be—is an exercise in futility. The idea that your journey is uniquely yours is not poetry—it’s fact. So give yourself a break already and lean into the idea that it’s going to take a little time to fully become the next version of yourself. There will be regrettable mistakes and things you wish you could take back. Progress will not always look like you thought it would.

My dear graduates and soonto-be graduates, as you take these next steps I hope you remember that it is not always going to be easy but it will be worth it.

Take your time. Enjoy the ride. Trust the process.


Voters must ask key questions of school board candidates

Dear Editor, In 2011, a slate of candidates swept the Goochland School Board election. Elected by our county’s conservative majority, plus independents, moderates and progressives, they went on to transform our schools. They hired superintendent Jeremy Raley and expanded their teacher search to make Goochland County “Worth the Commute” as a prime spot to teach. They helped get our schools in fiscal shape, expand programs and establish ties with the local community college as well as universities so that now many of our students graduate with associate degrees, others as skilled mechanics, cooks and heavy equipment operators. We have in our schools extremely talented teachers, librarians, counselors and staff who know the names of our students and greet them with smiles and warmth and love. This used to be considered a blessing. Our kids head off to school greeted by a kind of second family, there to nourish their minds, aid in their social growth and help discover their talents. Now all of that is suspect, the adults in our children’s lives are seen as threats and a move is afoot to abolish all that is good about the public education that is every American child’s right.

Currently and sadly and strangely, some extremists




in the majority party leadership in Goochland have now set their sights on targeting the same board. The goal of these extremists is to install a board whose aim is no longer to achieve high student achievement, offer a world class education, expose kids to new ideas, allow teachers the freedom to teach but instead the closing of the mind, the shutting off from our community and world. Less books, less exposure to culture and values that don’t align with certain of our citizens seems to be the new goal. Fear is spreading and there is a push to convince our community that many of the same books they grew up on would pollute the minds of their children and grandchildren.

To read the majority party’s monthly newsletter is to be exposed to fear and bigotry and an attempt to shut down what makes this country great. We are great because we are diverse and curious and courageous and we stand up in protest when our rights, which we hold so dear, are violated. We are great because we allow others to disagree but we call out behavior that violates ethics, and we stand up when already marginalized citizens are held up as scapegoats.

Like my fellow Goochlanders, I am a patriot. I will continue to defend our democracy, our republic. I encourage all eligible citizens to get registered and vote, to not be beholden to ideologies but to ideals. I love this country and county and


its principals. I love it dearly and hold it to a high standard. I believe we’re moving closer to its stated value of “Liberty and Justice For All.” I know the vast majority of Goochlanders feel the same way, even though we might not agree on specific policy.

Every child deserves a great education, one that expands their minds. Currently there is an attempt to pull “Slaughterhouse-Five” and other great books from our high school libraries, as if reading words on a page would defile our children. If books had that power, reading Einstein would make you a genius, reading Hemingway might turn you into a drunken bullfighter, the Bible would be to blame for any act of violence or debauchery found in it, and conversely Jesus’s teachings on love would make us instantly love our neighbor, do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and we’d be compelled to give away all we have to help those in need. For good or bad, this is not what literature and great books do. Literature and great books expand our world. Discussing ideas expands our world and viewpoints and allows us to solve problems we cannot solve when we’re surrounded by people who think exactly like us.

School board members should not be beholden to any party. There is no D or R next to their name on the ballot and they should sit on that board as true nonpartisans.

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I urge my fellow Goochlanders to please dig deep and ask yourselves and our local candidates what each of those school board candidates stand for, and what and for whom they will stand up for. Ask if they know what the duties of a school board member are, what they can and cannot do, how much they can or cannot change the curriculum, how much they’re tasked to

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Trip to museum offered countless treasures to see

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“Look how big that bird is! It’s a turkey vulture,” said my 12-yearold grandson. I was surprised to see a vulture on Shepherd Street, just outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Overhead, we spotted three more, circling ever closer to the object of their attention: a freshly killed squirrel on the road. I had visions of Hitchcock’s “The Birds” movie, with Tippi Hedren running, her carefully coiffed French twist falling in tendrils down her elegant neck. I whipped out my iPhone and took a photo to preserve the moment. We were having an adventure!

Visiting the VMFA has been one of our fun places to explore from the time my grandsons were about four years old. First, one sees the out-

door sculpture of Chloe, the enigmatic deceptively one-dimensional looking lady, then the Roman God of the Sea near the reflecting pool with Chihuly blown glass “flowers,” sculptures that catch the eye with hues of bright red. Gigantic lime green flower pots bear brightly colored blooms, and colorful bistro tables and chairs are sprinkled across the lawn for visitors to sit beneath big umbrellas. Dog walkers prance by with various hounds of all breeds and sizes. There are a pair of purple dogs who visit from time to time; I don’t recall whether their “person” has matching hair color.

On this particular trip, my grandson and I stepped into the lobby and had a snack in the Best Cafe of cookies and drinks, then took them to sit on the deck of the reflecting pool, which has recently been restored.

We noticed the native Virginia water plants and grasses bordering the pool, which looks out on the expansive lawn described earlier. The Confederate Memorial chapel, pristine white with green shutters, occupies the corner of the lawn by Grove Avenue. Once we took sketchbooks and drew the chapel. My grandson had recently checked out a copy of the Dorling Kindersley book on ancient Greek culture, so we decided to visit the section with Greek pottery and jewelry. We saw a ram’s head jug that looked just like the one in the text. The Greek vases with their scenes from mythology did not disappoint. From there we visited the Egyptian artifacts, including the sarcophagus. It was interesting to see what clues the museum researchers gained from technology to research

the mummy. They were able to create an image of the face and colorful painting that would have been on the inside of the mummy mask. We like to focus on just a few things each time we visit VMFA rather than try to see everything. Having noticed the native plants outside the reflecting pool, we decided to learn more about Virginia flora. The gift shop offered a guide to wildflowers of the Southeast. We expressed an interest learning more and were directed to the Museum library. There we met a very helpful person at the desk, Ms. Wetton, who, along with the librarian, helped us find books to read about Virginia plants. Ms. Wetton explained her own interest in plants, and even offered where to find some good seeds to sow.

The fact that admission to VMFA

is free makes us grateful to the donors who make this possible. One can read their names on various parts of the Museum. We enjoyed a respite in the Louise and J Harlan Cochrane lounge, where we admired stained glass windows and also the view of Boulevard on a beautiful day. Having satisfied our quest for antiquities from ancient cultures, enjoyed yummy cookies, and had a “National Geographic” view of wildlife right in urban Richmond, we chalked up another successful visit to VMFA. My grandson and I are looking forward to our next time exploring one of our favorite attractions. For a calendar of VMFA events, visit https://vmfa. museum/.

The museum is located at 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond.

be involved in the day-to-day running of the school, the allocation of resources, the hiring and firing of teachers, librarians and superintendents. Ask them if they know what their relationship is with the Board of Supervisors and what their duty is to parents and students and other citizens. Then register and vote in this fall’s election. And when it’s over we will all accept those results and move on and disagree civilly because that is what it means to live in a healthy democratic republic.

You pull into the driveway and notice your wife’s car is gone. She’s probably at Food Lion picking up dinner. You walk up to the front door and notice it’s slightly open. That’s odd. The dog should be going crazy to see you. You start to feel a little uneasy. You push open the door and step inside. All is quiet. Did she take the dog with her to the store? Unlikely.

Entering the foyer you look down and notice red drops on the floor. Unease turns into apprehension. Your heart races and your breathing becomes rapid. You turn the corner and enter the living room. Panic sets in. Fear takes over. Your dog is lying on her side in a pool of blood. Your wife is face down on the carpet. A butcher’s knife in her back. You fumble for your phone. You are successful in dialing 911 on the third try. You try to remember your address. The dispatcher walks you through the haze you are in until rescue and law enforcement arrive.

down in an instant. You answer law-enforcement’s questions. When did you leave for work? Did you talk with your wife during the day? Is anything else missing? Did she have any enemies? You accept the consoling looks of rescue personnel. You realize she’s gone. Your wife’s body is moved from the house to be transported to the medical examiner’s office. What do you do next? What happens next?

You can’t stay at your house. You go to a hotel.

the confidence, expertise, and ability of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and his staff are acquired only through years of experience. You take comfort in the patient and considerate manner in which the law and procedures are explained. While the anger remains, its intensity is no longer directed at the “system” but at the individuals responsible for the heinous atrocities. A relationship of trust develops. Experience is essential.

the most demanding judge. Experience is essential.

Dear Editor,

It’s been a long day at work.

Your wife is dead. Brutally murdered. Her car is stolen. Your life has been turned upside

At some point you summon the courage to go home. You find a business card in your pocket. A card that an officer gave you. The business card is for the Victim and Witness Director with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. You call the number. Your journey with the justice system begins. You become aware that the Commonwealth’s Attorney ensures that the investigation of your wife’s death is conducted in a complete, detailed, and effective manner. Your feelings of anger, despair, and helplessness are embraced and respected. You realize that

An arrest is made. Now things become even more complicated. Bond hearing. Preliminary hearing. Motion to suppress. Discovery. Continuances. Grand jury. Trial. Conviction. Sentencing. The Commonwealth’s Attorney must be with you every step of the way. Keeping you advised, keeping you informed. Preparing you. Making sure law enforcement is doing everything necessary to ensure the investigation can withstand even the most withering attacks from highly-skilled and experienced defense counsel. Making sure the evidence can withstand even

An effective Commonwealth’s Attorney is hardened and battle-tested only through experience and knowledge; experience associated with years of handling complex and serious criminal cases and a knowledge of the community served by his office. There is no substitute for experience. There is no substitute for knowing your community. When a highly evolved and effective organization such as the Virginia Department of State Police are left adrift without an inexperienced Commonwealth’s Attorney to guide them, what is the fate of your case if the investigation is handled by a relatively inexperienced local law enforcement agency and a Commonwealth’s Attorney with absolutely no prosecution experience? If it’s your wife who has been murdered who do you want to oversee the investigation and handle the prosecution? The choice is easy, re-elect Mike Caudill. Experience is essential.

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Goochland County Board of Supervisors

Special Meeting: Courthouse Village Small Area Plan

Monday June 12, 2023, 6:00 p.m.

1800 Sandy Hook Rd., Board Meeting Room Suite 250, Goochland, VA Meeting is Open to the Public View county meeting:

The full text of the Courthouse Village Small Area Plan is available at or can be obtained from the Planning Office at 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Suite 280, Goochland, Virginia 23063, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Anyone may attend to express their opinion about this item. Meeting accommodations, including interpreters, provided upon request. Phone: 556-5860 (TDD 711 (Virginia Relay))


The Courthouse Village Small Area Plan (Courthouse Plan) is a proposed amendment to the Goochland County 2035 Comprehensive Plan (2035 Plan). The Courthouse Plan is intended to update, modify, and supplement all chapters in the 2035 Plan, as well as to modify the Goochland 2040 Major Thoroughfare Plan, and the Parks, Recreation and Facilities 2020-2023 Amended Master Plan. The Courthouse Plan provides guidance for future growth and development; it does not rezone or change legal use of property

The Courthouse Plan encompasses an area at the center of the County generally bounded by Maidens Road, the James River, and Jackson Shop Road, as shown on Map 1, the Courthouse Village Existing Land Use Map. The Courthouse Plan would change the boundary of the existing Courthouse Village area, removing an area generally east of the Holland Hills subdivision and Cedar Point Road and changing the existing land uses to Rural Enhancement, as shown on Map 2, the Courthouse Village Proposed Land Use Map.

The Courthouse Plan would replace Map 1, the Courthouse Village Existing Land Use Map, with Map 2, the Courthouse Village Proposed Land Use Map, and amend the proposed land uses and land use areas as shown on Map 2, the Courthouse Village Proposed Land Use Map. Within the Courthouse area, it would remove these land use categories: recreation/open space; single family residential, low density; flexible with residential; commercial; industrial; semi-public; and 100-year floodplain.

The Courthouse Plan would establish these new land use categories: Village Core, providing for commercial, office, and several residential housing type uses scaled to historic development patterns; Mixed Use Commercial, providing primarily for commercial uses and secondary office and several housing type uses; Neighborhood Residential, providing for several housing types at a density of 2-4 units per acre, with small scale commercial uses; and Single Family Residential providing for single family detached housing at a density of less than 2 units per acre, and allowing civic and educational uses. Each land use category has related design and development standards, including height, building massing & street relationship, and parking. The Courthouse Plan includes descriptions of each residential housing type. The Courthouse Plan would, within its boundaries, amend the existing land use category public/county- owned/institutional to include design standards and includes semi-public or private uses with public benefit, employment and community serving uses, office use, and several housing types as well as public partnership recommendations.


The Courthouse Plan includes recommendations regarding the provision, location, and design of park and recreational facilities, open spaces, public spaces, greenways, pedestrian facilities, bike facilities, roads, and parking. The Courthouse Plan recommends an updated transportation network related to future planned roads and pedestrian/bike facilities as shown in Map 3, the Courthouse Village Proposed Transportation Map. It provides conceptual street sections for arterial and local streets as well as proposed road diet areas for portions of River Road. Finally, the Courthouse Plan contains recommendations for implementation and next steps.

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Ticks remain a most unwelcome garden guest

Among the tall grasses and wildflowers that sprout each spring and summer lies a stealth predator just waiting for its chance at an easy meal. Ticks may be small in stature, but their impact on bite victims is potentially significant. Preventing Lyme disease and other tickborne illnesses comes down to following some key steps.

Learn how common Lyme disease is. Lyme disease affects an estimated 476,000 people each year in the United States alone, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. Lyme disease is most

common in New England, the mid-Atlantic states and the upper Midwest. Between 2009 and 2022, the Government of Canada reported 17,080 human cases of Lyme disease across Canada. However, instances of Lyme disease are likely underreported due to undiagnosed cases.

Know which ticks carry Lyme disease. The black-legged deer tick and the Western blacklegged tick carry the Lyme disease spirochete. The black-legged tick is native to the northeastern, midAtlantic and north-central U.S., while the western black-legged tick is found on the Pacific coast.

Wear light-colored clothing

outdoors. When traveling in areas where ticks reside, it is important to wear light-colored clothing. Long pants and tall socks, long-sleeved shirts, and hats also should be worn. It is easier to spot ticks on light-colored clothing, and covering up prevents ticks from gaining easy access to skin. Know where to expect ticks.

John’s Hopkins Medicine says black-legged ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in and near wooded or grassy areas. Walking through leaves and bushes or through tall grasses can disturb ticks and enable them to jump onto people or pets. To avoid ticks, walk in the

center of trails and avoid tall vegetation.

Be mindful of pets. Even if you do not venture outdoors into tick-laden environments, your dog may. He or she can carry ticks into the house where they may end up on you or other family members. Prescription tick repellent products are available from veterinarians, and there are topical solutions and collars that can keep ticks away.

Remove ticks quickly and correctly. The CDC says if a tick is removed in less than 24 hours from when it first attached, the chances of getting Lyme disease is very small. Remove a tick with

fine-tipped tweezers as soon as it is noticed, being cautious to remove all mouth parts. Try not to squeeze the tick, as it can regurgitate saliva and other fluids when squeezed.

Repel ticks when possible. Create less favorable conditions for ticks. Use a product containing DEET or permethrin on clothing to repel ticks. Some people use chemical-control agents on their properties to reduce the number of ticks in the yard. Discourage deer from the property, as they can carry many ticks, by erecting fences and removing vegetation that deer eat.

The important role played by bees in lawns and gardens

A colorful garden in full bloom is an aesthetically appealing sight each spring and summer, and the pleasant aromas emanating from such spaces only add to their appeal.

Many variables contribute to a thriving garden, and perhaps none is more important than bees. North America is home to thousands of species of beers, but many of those species are experiencing dwindling populations.

According to Scott McArt, an assistant professor of pollinator health in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, 53 bee species have experienced population declines or range contractions over the last several decades. Individuals accustomed to seeing bees as unwanted guests may wonder why that’s a problem. Though declining bee populations pose a number of problems, perhaps none is more relatable than the link between bees and food production. A recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences noted that declines in both managed and wild bee populations raise significant concerns about long-term food security.

Authors of the study noted that crop production would be higher if crop flowers received more pollination. That’s a significant benefit as the global population continues to increase, but it’s also a notable benefit in the presentday from both a food security and economic perspective. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that commercial production of more than 90 crops relies on roughly 3,600 bee species. Declining bee populations could put that production in serious jeopardy and create a domino effect that impacts food security and individuals’ livelihoods. But all is not lost in the fight to restore bee populations. In fact, McArt indicated in a 2019 report that bee populations are thriving in agricultural and natural areas. But bee populations also must thrive in suburban and urban areas. Planting a pollinator-friendly garden is one step McArt suggested gardening hobbyists can take to help restore bee populations. When planting to combat declining bee populations, homeowners should always look for native plants, as they are well-adapted to local climates and unlikely to upset local


Planting a pollinator-friendly garden is one step gardening hobbyists can take to help restore bee populations.

ecosystems. Local garden centers can be great resources for anyone looking to plant native species. According to HGTV, the following are just a handful of the many bee-friendly garden flowers and plants homeowners can consider for their gardens:

„ Bee balm

„ Honeysuckle

„ Sunflower

„ Cosmos

„ Strawberries

„ Dahlia

„ Butterfly bush

„ Crocus

„ Pot marigold

„ Geraniums

Bee populations are in decline. If efforts to restore those populations are not embraced, the consequences for future generations could be dire. Homeowners can do their part by planting bee-friendly flowers and plants on their properties.

— MetroCreative

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Late comeback puts an end to Goochland’s season

You couldn’t ask for a better playoff atmosphere at Caroline Stadium, where the Goochland Bulldogs baseball team met the Caroline Cavaliers for a chance at a trip to the Class 3, Region B Regional Tournament semifinals.

The Bulldogs and Cavs had met once before this year in their season debuts on March 14, a game that the Cavs won handily in a 12-2 final. A lot has transpired since then between the two teams, with the Bulldogs crawling out of a 1-7 hole to finish the regular season winning eight of their last 12 games and the Cavs having both five-game winning and losing streaks during the season but finishing with wins in four of their last five games.

All those experiences accumulated in a rematch with win-or-go-home stakes, and while a five-run fourth inning helped the Bulldogs lead by three runs late in the game, the Cavs pulled off a last-gasp comeback in the bottom of the seventh to steal the win and add at least one more game to their season schedule.

The Bulldogs scored the first run in the opening inning on a Jackson Bell fly out, but the lead lasted up until the bottom of the third when the Cavs railed off three runs after setting up in a bases loaded situation with one out. After a RBI single and a groundout made the lead switch hands in favor of the home team, a wild sequence on a fielder’s choice grounder found Caroline sophomore Baylor Storke in no man’s land between third and home, but he managed to avoid the rundown attempt and slide into home for a 3-1 Cavs lead.

It was a tough break for

Goochland, but they recovered in the top of the fourth with their best offensive inning of the game. The Bulldogs had all three bases occupied by Graham-Michael Fletcher-Mintz, Chase Breedlove and Reese Vincent, and Fletcher-Mintz was the first to make it home after a RBI single from freshman Jack O’Malley.

Vincent, Breedlove and O’Malley all made it to home in one fell swoop when senior Mason Gregory smashed a three-run RBI triple down right field to push the Bull-

dogs ahead 5-3. On the next at-bat, Gregory became the fifth Bulldog to cross home plate when Will Johns hit a grounder and reached on an error.

With the defense led by pitcher A.J. Condrey building off that momentum by holding the Cavs scoreless to end the fourth inning, the Bulldogs looked poised to open the lead up even further, but a Caroline pitching change proved a success and kept them scoreless for the rest of the game.

Goochland’s defense kept

the lead intact after the bottom of the fifth saw ground outs to O’Malley and Riley Hite and a fly out to Gregory in center field. The Bulldogs went scoreless again in the top of the sixth though, and it was then that the Cavs mounted their comeback. A RBI double got the lead down to 6-4 and even with a pitching change to FletcherMintz, the Cavs continued to cut into the lead, scoring one more run on a ground out to enter the final inning down by a single run.

All three Bulldogs at the

plate connected on the ball in the seventh, but none of them reached base, giving the Cavs hope entering the bottom of the inning. Consecutive singles got runners on first and third with no outs to start, with the tying run coming on a ground out from Christian Tingen.

With Jeron Morris waiting at third base and Myles Holmes at the plate, Holmes connected on a deep shot to center field that was caught by Gregory, but gave Morris ample time to tag up and make it to home, ending the

game with the home fans in celebration and the Bulldogs stunned by a walk-off finish.

It was a tough pill to swallow for the season to come to an end in that fashion, but it was a season the Bulldogs could be proud of, closing out the regular season with momentum and giving themselves a fighting chance at a postseason victory. The game marks the final appearance of 11 Goochland seniors.

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PHOTO BY ROBBY FLETCHER Goochland senior Mason Gregory rounds first base after connecting on what would be a three-run RBI triple in the top of the fourth inning of the team’s 3B Regional Tournament matchup against Caroline on May 25.

Bulldogs softball slay the Dragons to move into the region semifinals

Goochland softball playoff run has started off with an excellent start.

The Bulldogs (12-9, 8-6 in the Jefferson District) traveled to take on the Maggie Walker Green Dragons (119, 5-6 in the Colonial District) on May 25 and left the game in the fifth inning with a dominant 15-0 result to get to the semifinals. A win there puts the Bulldogs in the state tournament.

The Bulldogs opened the game with 10 runs in the first inning, taking complete control from the first pitch. Goochland had 14 at-bats in the first inning alone, with the Green Dragons desperate to get off the field, but unable to do so until the damage had been done.

RBI hits from Madison Duke, Jayden Staton, Sadie Grimes, McKenzie Jones, Chelsey Farthing piled onto the lead to the point where a mercy rule finish was in the cards after one inning of play. During the scoring run, Duke, Farthing and Staton all hit consecutive RBI doubles to get the lead to double digits.

On defense, Farthing got the start pitching for the Bulldogs, and was hardly tested against the opposing

batters. Farthing had just one hit off her during the five-inning game, while she struck out six batters.

After the defense did its part to get off the field to end the first inning, the Bulldogs added three more

runs in the top of the second frame. A Duke single on a grounder to center field scored in Jones and Brooke-

lyn Green to extend the lead to 13-0, while the defense got three outs on three batters to end the inning.

Goochland’s final two runs came in the third, where Grimes scored off a line drive from sophomore Ellie Toney. Toney reached first base off an error on the play. Then, sophomore Kyndall Shapiro singled on a pop fly to right field that got Toney home for a 15-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Farthing put the game away, striking out two batters and seeing one hit end in a line out to Staton to give the Bulldogs a playoff victory.

Just one game separates Goochland from the Class 3 State Tournament now, with the top-seeded Brentsville District Tigers standing in the way in the semifinals. The Tigers (156, 8-5 in the northwestern district) met the Bulldogs in last year’s semifinals as well, winning 17-6 on the way to a region title over William Monroe.

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Multiple Goochland track stars qualify for state championships

12 Goochland track and field athletes will see their seasons live on.

The outdoor track and field season has built up to the Class 3, Region B championships, where a top performance could cement an athlete’s spot at the Class 3 State Championships.

Goochland fans will be seeing a lot of red apparel sporting the Bulldogs logo on the track at states, with Leilani Burgess and Jade Taylor qualifying in individ-

ual events and three relay teams earning their place at the state meet held at Liberty University’s track on June 2-3.

Burgess’ excellent season will continue in the girls 100 and 200-meter dash as well as the high jump. She placed second in both sprinting events, with her 100 time of 13.15 seconds finishing just behind the 12.89-second mark from Manassas Park’s Da’Nayah Cuthbertson and her 200 time of 26.87 seconds coming just over a second behind Brentsville District’s Kayla Smith.

In the high jump, Burgess was the champion, claiming a region title with a 5-foot showing that put her ahead of two 4-10 results from Maggie Walker junior Zara Lenkowicz and Warren County senior Faith Schultz.

Burgess will also be joining the 4x100 relay team at states, accompanying Taylor, Amore Jackson and Katie Futrell after they placed second out of seven schools with a time of 51.67 seconds, 0.20 seconds behind the title-winning Caroline Cavaliers relay team.

That event was Taylor’s second to get her to states, with the speedy junior winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.27 seconds.

Two boys relay teams will make it to Liberty University as well. The 4x400 team that includes juniors Jonathan Paschall, Austen Grady, Lucas Weaver and senior Wyatt Davis placed fourth with a time of 3:34.49.

The 4x800 team made it as well, which means Kadin Nitsch, Zach Summers, Drew Meiller and David Johnson get to see their

season move forward to one more performance. For Meiller and Johnson, both seniors, it will be a chance to end their Goochland track careers on top with another medal. That group placed fourth in their race like the 4x400 team, finishing the relay with a time of 8:50.79.

At the end of regionals, the Bulldogs saw their girls team place seventh while the boys placed eighth. Maggie Walker’s girls team and Culpeper County’s boys team placed first to take region titles into states.

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PHOTO BY ROBBY FLETCHER Goochland’s sadie Grimes recorded three hits and two runs against the Maggie Walker Green dragons in the Class 3, Region B Tournament quarterfinals on May 25. ROBBY FLETCHER Sports Editor






1800 SANDY HOOK RD., P. O. BOX 10, GOOCHLAND, VA 23063

DATE: JUNE 6, 2023


11:30 AM BoardofSupervisors Transportation Work Session, Conference Room 270, County Administration Building, 1800 Sandy Hook Rd., meeting is open to the public.

2:00 PM Call to Order



1. Presentation of Resolution Recognizing Captain Earl A. Taylor Upon His Retirement from Goochland County Fire-Rescue

2. Chair’sComments

3. County Administrator Comments

4. Requests to Postpone Agenda Items and Additions, Deletions or Changes in the Order of Presentation

5. Citizen Comment

6. Approval of Action Minutes: April 18 and May 2, 2023 Minutes

7. Reports


b. FireRescue Activity

c. New County Staff

d. Planning &Development Activity

e. Accounts Payable

f. Broadband Report

g. BoardReports

8. Consent Items

Resolution requesting Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Accept Roads in Carver Oaks Subdivision into the Secondary System of State Highways for Maintenance

Resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2023 Goochland County Budget by budgeting and appropriating $517,555 in the School Operating and Cafeteria

Funds and authorizing fund transfers exceeding $10,000

Authorization to loan Goochland Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, Inc.

$1,500,000 for renovations at Fire-Rescue Station Goochland Courthouse Company 5

Request to Set Public Hearing for July 3, 2023, to consider an ordinance amending Goochland County Code Section 2-44 (Polling places) to change Precinct 301’s(Beaverdam) polling place to the Goochland Sports Complex

Resolution consenting to King and Queen County’swithdrawal from the Pamunkey Regional Library System

Resolution establishing the annual salary for members of the Boardof Supervisors effective January 1, 2024

9. New Business:

a. Presentation and Adoption of the Communications Strategic Plan

b. Appointment

10. Dinner Break

11. 6:00 PM -Chair Calls Meeting to Order


Susan F. Lascolette, District 1

Neil Spoonhower., District 2

John Lumpkins, District 3

Charlie Vaughters, District 4

Ken C. Peterson, District 5

12. Presentation by Central Virginia Transportation Authority (CVTA)

13. Citizen Comment

14. Public Hearing:

TIME: 2:00 P.M.

a. District 3-RZ-2023-00001 -Application by I-64 Industrial, LLC requesting a rezoning of 39.8 acres from Agricultural, Limited (A-2) to Industrial, General (M-2), with proffered conditions, located on Pony Farm Road approximately 650 feet northwest of its intersection with Oilville Road on TaxMap No. 33-1-0-5-0. The Comprehensive Plan designates this area as Industrial. Applicant is requesting adeferral of this application to the BoardofSupervisors July 3, 2023 meeting.

b. Resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2023 Goochland County Budget by Budgeting and Appropriating $1,483,148 in the Capital Improvement Fund for the Fairground Road Extension

15. Adjour nment: The BoardofSupervisors will adjour nasfollows:

16. Monday,June 12, 2023, 6:00 PM BoardofSupervisors Courthouse Village Plan Public Hearing, BoardMeeting Room 250, County Administration Building, 1800 Sandy Hook Rd., Goochland

•Thursday,June 15, 2023, 6:00 PM BoardofSupervisors and Planning

Commission Joint Work Session on the Centerville Village Plan, Room 270, County Administration Building, 1800 Sandy Hook Rd., Goochland

• Monday,July 3, 2023,2:00 PM Regular Business Meeting, 6:00 PM Public Hearings, BoardMeeting Room 250, County Administration Building, 1800 Sandy Hook Rd., Goochland

INFORMATION ONLY: The Planning Commission will hear the following items at their meeting on June 1, 2023. These items could be scheduled for public hearing by the Board on Monday,July 3, 2023.

District -5- RZ-2022-00004 -Application by Tuckahoe Lands, LLC requesting arezoning of 14.298 acres from Agricultural, Limited (A-2) and Residential, Limited (R-1) to Residential, Limited (R-1), with proffered conditions, to allow 14 single-family lots at 12310 River Road on TaxMap Nos. 64-1-0-75-0 and 64-1-0-75-A. The Comprehensive Plan designates this area as Single Family Residential, Medium Density

District -5- CU-2023-00003 -Application by Rhonda Randazzo dba Portico Restaurant requesting renewal of Conditional Use Permit CU-1999-00014 for arestaurant on 1.1 acres at 12506 River Road on TaxMap No. 64-2-0-5-0. The property is zoned Agricultural, Limited (A-2). The Conditional Use Permit is required by County Zoning Ordinance Sec. 15-112. The Comprehensive Plan designates this area as Single Family Residential, Medium Density District -5- RZ-2023-00005 -Application by Jeffrey and Ann Brock requesting arezoning of a6-acreportion of 15.04 acres from Agricultural, Limited (A-2) to Residential, Rural (R-R), to create one additional residential lot at 785 Cedar Run Trail on TaxMap No. 62-7-0-B-0. The Comprehensive Plan designates this area as Rural Enhancement Area. This is adraft agenda only and is subject to change

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1604 Haskin Rd Goochland, VA 23063

In execution of the Deed of Trust dated July 25, 2006 and recorded on July 31, 2006 in Instrument #060003859 of Goochland County land records, Trustee Services of Virginia, LLC, the appointed Substitute Trustee, will offer for sale at public auction at the front of the Courthouse of the Circuit Court for Goochland County, Goochland, Virginia on June 28, 2023 at 11:00 AM the property more particularly described in the aforementioned Deed of Trust, located at the property address listed below and briefly identified as follows:

ALL that certain lot, piece or parcel of land, lying and being in Byrd District, Goochland County, Virginia on the west side of State Route No. 616 and containing 0.93 acre as shown on aplat of survey made by H.S. Jones and W.K. Cofer, Certified Land Surveyors, dated March 8, 1976, acopy of which plat is recorded in the Clerk’s Office, Goochland Circuit Court in Deed Book 145, page 94, reference to which plat is hereby made for amore particular description of the land.

BEING the same real estate conveyed to Leon Turner and Rebecca Turner, husband and wife, as tenants by the entireties with right of survivorship as at common law by deed from Landmark Builders, Inc., aVirginia corporation, dated November 30, 1977, recorded December 6, 1977 in the Clerk’s Office, Circuit Court, Goochland County, Virginia in Deed Book 152, page 699.

Tax No.: 39-1-0-48-A

Property address: 1604 Haskin Rd, Goochland, VA 23063

The property will be sold "AS IS," WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND AND SUBJECT TO conditions, covenants, restrictions, reservations, easements, rights of way, and all other matters of record taking priority over the Deed of Trust, if any, as might be listed in this notice or may be announced at the sale.

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TERMS OF SALE: Anon-refundable bidder’s deposit of $10,000.00 or 10% of the sale price, whichever is less, by cashier’s or certified check required at time of sale, except for the party secured by the Deed of Trust. Risk of loss is on the purchaser from date and time of auction. Balance of the purchase price must be paid by cashier’s check within 14 days from sale date. Except for Virginia Grantor tax, all settlement costs and expenses are purchaser’s responsibility. Taxes are pro-rated to the date of sale. Purchaser is responsible for obtaining possession of the property. If purchaser defaults, deposit may be forfeited and property resold at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser who shall be liable for any deficiency in the purchase price and all costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees of both sales. If Trustee does not convey title for any reason, purchaser’s sole remedy is return of deposit without interest. This sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan secured by the Deed of Trust including but not limited to determining whether prior to sale a forbearance, repayment, or other agreement was entered into, the loan was reinstated or paid off, or whether the property became subject to an automatic stay under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code prior to the sale; in any such event this sale shall be null and void and purchaser’s sole remedy shall be return of deposit without interest. Pursuant to the Federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, this law firm is adebt collector attempting to collect adebt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.





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JSC FAMILY, LLC, Plaintiff, v.



Case No.: CL23-225


WHEREAS, the object of this suit is to Seek Allotment in Lieu of Partition with respect to certain parcels of real property in Goochland County, Virginia commonly known as 0River Road, Goochland County, Virginia, and more specifically identified as Tax Map #63-2-0-1-0, GPIN 7723-38-5212 and as Tax Map #63-2-0-20, GPIN 7723-38-2027; it is therefore ORDERED that Arthur Ellis; Julia C. Ellis; and Leroy Davis appear at the above-named court and protect his/her interests on or before July 14, 2023 at 3:00PM ;

ENTERED: 5/2/2023

Timothy K. Sanner, Judge Goochland County Circuit Court

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Being more selective can enhance your life in many different ways, Aries. You often are judged by the company you keep, so think about that when starting new relationships.

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TAURUS • Apr 21/May 21

Set up camp on the sofa for the next few days, Taurus. Enjoy the rest and relaxation. You don’t have to be productive every minute of the day so don’t feel guilty about your R&R.

GEMINI • May 22/Jun 21

Some interesting information could be coming your way, Gemini. You just need to keep your ear to the ground and open to receive it. Others may want to get in on the news.

CANCER • Jun 22/Jul 22

Cancer, this week you may find it easier to cut out superfluous spending or extravagant behavior than at other times. You may need to exert greater control and discipline.

LEO • Jul 23/Aug 23

There’s a fresh cosmic wind blowing your sails, Leo. This gives you all the energy you need to tackle projects or get moving in other ways. Embrace all of this energy.

VIRGO • Aug 24/Sept 22

Your romantic life is about to get even more exciting, Virgo. Date nights are happening with greater frequency and you’re likely to enjoy all of the extra attention.

LIBRA • Sept 23/Oct 23

You’ll likely feel more at ease having a big group of people around you during the next few days rather than heading out alone. Put away that lone wolf mentality for now.

SCORPIO • Oct 24/Nov 22

Ambitious career goals could have you reevaluating all of the choices you have made thus far, Scorpio. It might be time to venture off on new paths once you figure out the way.

SAGITTARIUS • Nov 23/Dec 21

Sagittarius, the call of the wild is quite strong right now. This means you might be right at home on a hiking trip or a rafting trip. Make your plans and bring a friend.

CAPRICORN • Dec 22/Jan 20

Capricorn, rather than being lighthearted, conversations could take a turn to the more serious, especially as they pertain to a health condition for someone you love.

AQUARIUS • Jan 21/Feb 18

Aquarius, don’t try to take on too many things yourself. You need to know when to ask for help this week, especially as your schedule gets even more filled up.

PISCES • Feb 19/Mar 20

This is the perfect time to get more organized, Pisces. Try to fit in time to sort and clean among all the other things on your itinerary.


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