The Goochland Gazette – 06/07/2023

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INSIDE: Lovable Louie still looking for place to call home. SEE PAGE 10

Volume 67, No. 23 • Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Multi-talented musician, artist will be featured performer at Jackson Blacksmith Shop event. See

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River Road project gets second denial from Planning Commission

Plans for a new subdivision on River Road hit yet another stumbling block this month, with the Goochland County Planning Commission once again recommending that county leaders deny the developer’s rezoning request for the property.

While residents of the two subdivisions that flank the 14acre site—Rivergate and Wickham Glen—have voiced several concerns about the impact the development would have on the area, including increased traffic and infringement on current residents’ privacy and safety, much of the ire has been directed at the number of lots developer Tuckahoe Lands LLC is proposing to create.

Goochland graduates

Community gathers to honor Class of 2023, celebrate accomplishments

Two hundred and twenty seniors walked across the stage, tossed their caps, and celebrated their Goochland High School

graduation with friends and family on Saturday, June 3.

And this year’s graduates had a lot to celebrate.

Eleven students were recog-

nized with academic awards for their achievements in specific academic departments.

Twenty-one seniors were recognized as honor graduates for

academic success, which placed them in the top 10 percent of their class.

Thirty-five seniors graduated from Blue Ridge Virtual

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While the county’s current comprehensive plan calls for lots in that area to be at least one acre, the project’s lots would average just .63. That didn’t sit right with Rivergate resident Ted Linhart, who suggested that commissioners were being asked to bend the rules for the developer in order to help make the project financially viable.

“We’re here because you are

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PHOTO BY ASH DANIEL Goochland High School valedictorian Amore Jackson is congratulated by interim principal Michael Wright as she prepares to deliver an address to her classmates. “It has now come to the point where we must get out of our comfort zone,” Jackson said in her speech. “Whether you plan to attend college, trade school, or enter the workforce, it is our time to find our place in the world.”

Multitalented artist to perform at annual open house

Donald Anthony Coles’ music, artwork will be featured at historic Jackson Blacksmith Shop


This year’s open house at the Jackson Blacksmith Shop on June 10 will feature the work and talent of Goochland resident Donald Anthony Coles, vocalist, musician, artist and history buff.

Though the modest, mild-mannered school bus driver and retired machinist may not use any of these titles to refer to himself, those who are familiar with his work would be quick to point out that these monikers are most appropriate.

Coles is already well known among those who visit local wineries, where he performs popular tunes in a variety of genres from decades past. When he is strumming his guitar or banjo and singing along, a broad smile appears on his face. When he finishes a song, he often says, “Weee


being asked to modify a comprehensive plan that the Wickham Glen and Rivergate residents all adhere to,” Linhart said. “Why are you being asked to do that? Because the developer can’t make the numbers work if he goes to one-acre properties—it’s just that simple.”

Last week’s public hear-


doggie”—it is clear he is enjoying himself, and so are those in earshot. It’s not uncommon for audience members to join in with the soloist to sing background or dance to the music.

Like so many, Coles discovered his love for music in church when he started singing in the choir at age 12. Experiencing the sounds of street musicians in New Orleans also has impacted his music. The mostly selftaught musician credits Ella Fitzgerald’s work as being the most inspiring for him. He says, “She could scat and do different things with her voice that no other human being could do.”

When he is not performing musically, Coles might be seen with pencil in hand, turning out portraits of those known on the regional music scene. He has produced scores of large

This portrait of bassist

Michael Hawkins is one of over 40 in an on-going collection of portraits of musicians in the region drawn by donald anthony Coles, whose work be on display at the Jackson Blacksmith shop this saturday.

canvas portraits of various musicians. Coles said he is thankful that when he was young his parents took him to museums where he enjoyed seeing paintings and sculpture. He says this has had a strong impact on him


and motivated him to paint and draw.

“I would tell all parents to take your children to see artwork,” Coles said. Children and parents alike will have the opportunity to see his artwork , which will be on display at the event.

After spending years as a railroad machinist, Coles continues to use his hands not only to play music and draw portraits, but also to

restore automobiles and other equipment. Since 1990, he has restored several vehicles, keeping some and shipping a 1962 Cadillac to a buyer in Sweden. Unlike most vintage car collectors, Coles does most of the restoration work himself, even the body work and paint job, tasks usually delegated to a shop.

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ing was the second time the Tuckahoe Lands LLC project has come before the planning commission. The commission sent the plan to county supervisors last February with a recommendation to deny it, but supervisors declined to vote and instead remanded it back to the planning commission for further review. Linhart and others, however, say the changes made have made little difference.

“It’s a wonderful place to live,” said Linhart of his neighborhood. “Don’t mess that up simply by trying to help the developer make his numbers work.”

Commissioners seemed inclined to agree with opponents to the plan, citing both the lot size and the proposed 15-foot buffer, which they deemed inadequate. Commissioner Tom Rockecharlie said he didn’t think that the distance was in keeping with the coun-

ty’s comprehensive plan.

“We’ve been fairly consistent with our voting and in our discussions that we follow the comprehensive plan,” Rockecharlie said. “If you start deviating from it, then after a while it has no meaning at all—you’re destroying the content of it.”

Planning Commissioner John Myers was the only other commission member who commented on the proposal, agreeing that the plan in its current form

is not in keeping with the county’s plan for the area.

Planning Commissioner Carl Pittuck was the only commissioner to vote in favor of the project.

Though last Thursday marked the second time the planned subdivision has failed to gain approval from the Planning Commission, the final decision is expected to be made by the Goochland Board of Supervisors during the board’s July 3 meeting.

In a story about Sunday voting in last week’s Goochland Gazette, it was incorrectly stated that Jenifer Strozier is a member of the Goochland County Electoral Board. In fact, Strozier is the current vice-chair of the Goochland Democratic Committee. We sincerely regret the error.

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COURTESY PHOTOS anthony Coles, who will perform at the upcoming Jackson Blacksmith shop open house, is already well known among those who visit local wineries, where he performs popular tunes in a variety of genres from decades past.


After four years of hard work and perseverance, Goochland High School’s Class of 2023 now prepares for the next chapter

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HADEN, James H. Jr.

HADEN, James H. Jr., 90, of Glen allen, passed away on May 27, 2023. James was born on september 30, 1932, to James and Bertha Haden. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Virginia Haden, and both of his parents. He is survived by his daughter, deborah Haden smith (Bo); his son, James H. Haden III (Jessie); stepson, Bobby Charlton; stepdaughter, nancy Charlton; his grandchildren, John Franklin smith, Lacy amber Buchanan, Brittany Leann smith, Claire Bell Haden, dallas James Haden, sarah Charlton, anna Charlton; and his greatgrandchildren, McKenzie, aubrey, Mackayla, sadie, dalanie, Colton. His family would also



Family s torytime at the Goochland Branch Library.

Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10 – 10:30 a.m. enjoy a fun time with books, signing, rhymes, and much more! For ages 0-5 with caregiver. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

Toddler/Preschool storytime at the Goochland Branch Library.

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POWERS, Margaret Neal, passed away May 24, 2023, at age 94, to join her husband of 72 years, (Otto Miller Powers); and her mother, (nolie Chappelle neal); father, (Louis Jackson neal); and brother, (Ronald Wayne neal) in God’s glory. Margaret, who was also known as “Monk,” a nickname bestowed by her nephews, Jonathan and Jeffrey, as young children, was born July 23, 1928, in danville, Va. a child of the depression, she knew to save everything and always made sure she had extras of everything just in case. she and the love of her life, Otto Miller Powers, were married in 1949 and lived on the family farm in Oilville, Va. until his passing in 2020 when she moved to be close to her daughter, Gloria Powers, in northern Virginia. In addition to her husband, daughter, brother and nephews, Monk was devoted to the care and feeding of a series of feral cats, including one that lived on their farm for 26 years! and to the over-feeding of a series of slightly “fluffy” Chihuahuas. Monk is survived by her daughter, Gloria Powers; her brother, skip and his wife, Carolyn, who generously always called to stay in touch; her nephews, Jonathan and Jeffrey; and by the many offspring of her husband’s 20 brothers and sisters. Consistent with her wishes, Margaret neal Powers had a simple graveside service on Thursday, June 1 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Richmond, where she will find her final resting place next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Goochland Pet Lovers in memory of Monk and her love of all God’s creatures.

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like to recognize and to express their appreciation to a very special friend to him and Liz, their next-door neighbor, Greg Rohrer. James was a very hard working and devoted man. He was a passionate, avid gardener, even at the age of 90, he could be found plowing, digging, and tending to his garden. norman Funeral Chapel will be handling all arrangements. a visitation was held Wednesday, May 31, at norman Funeral Chapel, and a funeral service was held at norman Funeral Chapel on Thursday, June 1, with interment following at West Hampton Memorial Park, 10000 Patterson avenue, Richmond, Virginia.

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Fridays, June 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.

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.

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Children’s s torytelling with Woven yarns at the Goochland Branch Library. s aturday, June 24, 10 — 11 a.m. For PreK — 6th Grade. Join us for a fun-filled 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) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.

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Old d ominion a ppalachian Trail Club at the Cochrane Rockville Branch Library. Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. a ll ages. Learn all about the beautiful hiking trails in Virginia with Pat d oyle, president of the Old dominion appalachian Trail Club! Registration required. Call (804) 749-3146 or visit the library at 16600 Pouncey Tract Road for more information.

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Goochland Bridge Club at the Goochland Branch Library. Mondays, June 12, 19, & 26, 3 – 5 p.m. a ges 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. e ach week there will be instruction and play time. Call (804) 556-4774 or visit the library at 3075 River Road West for more information.


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

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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.

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.

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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

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Family storytime. Friday, June 9, 16, 23, & 30, 10:30 — 11 a.m. e njoy a fun time with books, signing, rhymes, and much more! Family storytime is for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Call (804) 749-3146 or visit the library at 16600 Pouncey Tract Road for more information. Read 2 Rover at the Cochrane Rockville Branch Library. Thursday, June 15, 4:30 — 5:30 p.m. Grades K-2. Read 2 Rover provides comfort and motivation for beginning readers as they read aloud to Colby or Pepper, our therapy dogs. s pace is limited. Call the Rockville Branch Library at (804) 749-3146 or visit the library for more information to register for this rewarding program!

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Search for perfect watermelon is a summertime labor of love

It seems I spend every spring in an elusive search for that perfect slice of watermelon that explodes with juiciness and flavor, and lately it’s been more and more difficult to find. It’s not that there isn’t an abundant amount of the traditional summer treat around, but finding that flavor I remember as a child seems more impossible with each passing year.

I am an Alabama native and a love for watermelon runs deep in my roots. My mother attributes my insatiable appetite to her incessant need to eat watermelon during her pregnancy. I was an August baby, and anyone who has ever been in Montgomery in the depths of summer can appreciate that ice cold watermelon offered the best and quickest relief.

And watermelons were plentiful, sold along the streets of Montgomery at roadside markets and stands, or available from the back of a pickup truck from a nearby farmer who had just harvested a crop. For 25 cents, you could pick up the biggest one in the lot, or opt for that smaller one sure to con-

tain an amped-up dose of flavor.

It was a way of life in the Deep South, and many family gatherings ended with huge slices of watermelon being passed to everyone. The kids always lined up near my grandfather, who passed out pieces so large two hands were required to handle it.

I also learned early that the best watermelons are not found in grocery stores. My father thought nothing of pulling over a tractor trailer full of watermelons and negotiating for a couple of the freshest fruits. He was never too busy to stop at a roadside stand or visit the most remote places to get a good watermelon.

Later in my life, my dedication to watermelon didn’t decline with age. I would often drive to Shockoe Bottom to search for trucks parked along the side streets full of fresh melons. Those selections never disappointed, but the trucks eventually disappeared.

At some point, I surrendered and began purchasing watermelons at local supermarkets, often opting for the lowest-priced offerings. With each passing year, that remembered


blast of flavor became more difficult to find.

A friend explained to me that grocery store fruit is actually less favorable than it used to be due to overbreeding and fruit being produced with longer shelf lives and perfect appearances. I thought back to the days when fresh strawberries were only available for a few weeks in late spring and peaches were a brief late-summer treat. Both are now available virtually year round.

He also reminded me that as individuals age, taste buds become less nimble and reactions not as vibrant as they once were.

But, there is good news for those engaged in this search for old time goodness in fruit and vegetable. That elusive experience is still available at local farm markets or local roadside fruit stands. And on those less-traveled highways, you may even be lucky enough to find a small display where the folks selling the fruit actually are responsible for growing it.

So, find yourself a nice plump melon, chill it down and enjoy a blast from the past that explodes with each bite. It’s a great way to begin summer.

will offer chance for feedback on comp plan

Dear Editor, What is the Comprehensive Plan?

“The plan will provide Goochland County guidance for the formation and implementation of various tools that guide growth and development decisions.”

The Zoning Ordinance for Goochland County (adopted in November 2019) is the implementation tool to ensure the ordinance aligns with the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

What is the Proposed Centerville Village Small Area Plan ?

The Planning Commission will vote on the proposed plan. Next it goes to the Board of Supervisors, who will adopt the Centerville Plan amendments which will become a part of the 2045 Comprehensive Plan.

Currently the Proposed Plan does not contain “Land Use & Villages Implementation Strategies” which are critical to the success of any comprehensive plan.

What happens when they start developing the new zonings, and they


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find they need to change the already approved comp plan land uses?

What are the core, transition, commercial, residential zoning district/ ordinances going to look like? This question needs to be answered first.

Currently the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Land Use designation aligns with the zoning ordinances, making the ordinances easier to understand and use.

The zoning districts are organized with a Statement of Intent that includes the Comprehensive Plan designation. Without knowing the Comprehensive Plan Land Use designation, the new zoning categories will become a battle ground between the developers and the community.

The next opportunity for the community to respond is at the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission joint work session on the Centerville Village Small Area Plan, June 15, 2023, at 6 p.m.

Caudill remains best choice for county CA role

Dear Editor,

From all I have read, the

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best person for our Commonwealth’s Attorney position is Michael Caudill. He has served the county well for several years. He has many years of good experience in the office. And he can represent the county well in court cases based on his knowledge and experience. There is no reason to break in a new person with no knowledge or experience in the office or the courtroom for these types of law cases. Re-elect Caudill in the upcoming election.

Letter was unfair to county law enforcement

Dear Editor, Having been the wife of a law enforcement officer for nearly 10 years and the wife of a military veteran, I was deeply saddened and insulted by a letter to the editor in last week’s issue of the Goochland Gazette. My children and I watch as my husband straps on his bullet-proof vest and his gun, and we pray that as he walks out of our front door to go to work each day that he will return to us the same way

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– safe and sound. It pains me to think that our deputies who are so sincerely committed to the safety and security of every person who lives, works, goes to school, or visits our county would have to read such hateful words.

I’m sorry that the author is so wildly misinformed about two things; just how highly skilled the deputies are here in Goochland County and that the current Commonwealth’s Attorney actually has experience in doing more than just offering plea deals, only actually prosecuting three jury trials since 2016. In fact, our deputies are so highly trained for any and all possibilities that in one year alone their training hours have exceeded three times the number of hours required by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for a two-year period.

In recent years, our current Commonwealth’s Attorney and his office have been unwilling to work collaboratively with Goochland deputies and instead, actively working to discredit our deputies. They are unwilling and unable to see that working together makes our community better. A collaborative relationship between law enforcement and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is crucial to keeping our commu -

nity safe. If you don’t understand why it’s so important they work together, I urge you to ask questions to grasp the severity. When deputies arrest drug dealers or other criminals, not only are they putting their lives on the line for us, but they are keeping drugs out of the hands of our children.

Because of our current Commonwealth’s Attorney’s desire to play political games, criminal cases go dismissed or unprosecuted on technicalities that he dreams up. Our children and our community suffer because of his political games and the criminals win. When criminals are let go and don’t pay for their crimes, they are emboldened to continue to commit crimes in our community. We cannot stand for criminals winning in our community and we cannot stand for a Commonwealth’s Attorney who discredits law enforcement at every turn.

For all these reasons, I ask you to join me in voting for John Lumpkins as Goochland’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney. I am thankful that recently Sheriff Creasey, former Sheriff Jim Agnew, Circuit Court Clerk Amanda Adams, and former Circuit Court Clerk Dale Agnew all endorsed John Lumpkins for Commonwealth’s Attorney. They know well how critical a working relationship between the Sheriff’s Office, the Clerk’s Office, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is to

ensure the safety of our great county.

In response to last week’s Letter to the Editor, I would like to briefly inform the public of John Lumpkins’ background. He started his professional career as a police officer and a federal law clerk. As a 34 year member of the Va. State Bar, he has served as an experienced trial lawyer, a criminal defense attorney, corporate counsel, and worked with small and large law firms. He does have Jury trial experience as well.

Support a safer community for our children and our families. Support our law enforcement. Vote John Lumpkins.

Signage is important, but limits are too

Dear Editor,

It is vitally important to have an informed electorate. But am I the only one who is a bit exhausted by year-round political signs around the county that, eventually, we don’t even read anymore? Couldn’t there be some sort of an agreement to advertise 6-8 weeks before a primary or election—and then take down the signs immediately afterwards so we can enjoy the scenery of our county?

Hoping so, Nancy Parrish Columbia

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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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Louie is a stocky little fella that has the stubby legs of a basset hound, the head of a rottie, and the demeanor of your friendly neighborhood lab. He’s even got a widow’s peak that would make Eddie Munster jealous. His personality is just terrific, he was out on Goochland Day and was perfect with everyone from kids to other doggos. Louie is the last of three brothers we picked up, Huey and Dewey have both been adopted. Louie is a happy, sweet boy, who is also very quiet! He is great in his crate and on leash. He could use a bit more confidence in a


Warm weather brings many changes. Warm weather can make travel more enjoyable and affords people more time to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors. It’s best to keep safety in mind when soaking up the sun. That’s important for all members of the family, including pets. Cats and dogs are as susceptible to heat-related illnesses as their human companions.

Recognize heat stroke

Pets can suffer from heat stroke, according to the American Red Cross. Certain breeds of dogs are highly susceptible, particularly those with short snouts, such as pugs and bulldogs. Excessive exercise in hot weather, lack of appropriate shelter outdoors and leaving a dog in a hot car may precipitate an episode of heat stroke. It’s important to get the pet out of direct heat right away and check for signs of shock, which include seizures, a body temperature of 104 F or higher, stupor, increased heart rate, or excessive pant-

large crowd but all in all he’s a peach that is loaded with potential. Louie is about 2-4 years old, just about 30 lbs., neutered, chipped, and fully vetted.

The Goochland Animal Shelter is located at 1900 Hidden Rock Lane in Goochland. For more information on the many pets still in need of homes, call (804) 556-5302. You also can visit the shelter on Facebook at “Goochland County Animal Control.” 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.

ing. Placing water-soaked towels on the pet’s feet, head, neck, and abdomen can bring down its temperature.

Be cautious of hot surfaces

Humans wear shoes on their feet for protection, but pets do not have that luxury. Think about how hot your feet can feel when you scurry barefoot across hot sand en route to the shoreline or to cross a deck to get to the pool. When the sun beats down on surfaces, those surface temperatures rise quickly. According to a study by Liberty Home and Pet Services, at peak afternoon sun and an ambient temperature of 95 F in southern Florida, the temperature of cement was measured at 125 F, red brick at 135 F, blacktop at 140 F, and grass at 102 F. Individuals who think a car is safer for their dog or cat may be surprised the informal study measured 152 F on seat surfaces.

Provide extra water It’s likely you will need to fill

your pets’ water bowls more frequently in warm weather than during other times of the year.

Be sure to provide constant access to fresh water, even for young puppies who may be learning to house train.

Avoid cutting fur too short

If a veterinarian suggests a hair cut may be beneficial for keeping a pet cool or comfortable, resist the urge to shave down to the skin. Having at least one inch of fur will protect the pet from sunburn.

Outdoor hazards

Warm weather may bring out a high number of insects and wildlife. Use a flea and tick preventative product and medication to protect against heartworm, which is transmitted through mosquitoes. Snakes, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and other animals may be roaming around, and a scuffle with your pet can result in injury.

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Sixty-two seniors earned academic letter awards for maintaining placement on the A/B Honor Roll for all final grades during the 2022-23 school year.

Sixty-eight students earned associate degrees in the division’s Advance College Academy, a partnership with J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

Seventy-eight seniors earned the Early College Scholars Award for earning at least 15 hours of college credit while completing the requirements for an Advanced Studies diploma.

Eighty-one scholarships and awards were presented to seniors from local, state, and national organizations.

And 174 students graduated with an Advanced Studies diploma – 79 percent of the class.

Class of 2023 Salutatorian Brookelyn Green shared her thoughts on what will be remembered after graduation. “The memories you make with those you love the most and the relationships you form are what stand the test of time. No one is going to remember you by your SAT score or how you may or may not have finished at the top of your class,” Green said. “They remember you for your character, your kindness, and your impact on the world and those around you.

“It has been an honor to spend these last four years at Goochland High School making memories that will stand the test of time. While this chapter

of our lives is coming to a close, a new one is just beginning, and I am confident that every one of you seated before me has some of the happiest moments of your life waiting ahead,” she said.

Valedictorian Amore Jackson focused on the future. “It has now come to the point where we must get out of our comfort zone,” she said. “Whether you plan to attend college, trade school, or enter the workforce, it is our time to find our place in the world. If we’re going to search for our place, we must first set a goal to help define where we want to end up. In making these goals, we must reach for the sky, not being startled by failure.

“As I stand in front of you all, I see lots of talent. I believe in the success of every single one of you,” Jackson said. “If you become a painter, paint like you are Picasso. If you become a singer, sing like you are Beyonce. If you become a surgeon, be the best surgeon like Dr. Tyler Ford. With whatever path you decide to take in life, be the best at it.”

Interim principal Michael Wright thanked the class for allowing him to be part of the Bulldog Family during the last seven months.

“When we part ways tonight, you will once again travel roads that may create uncertainty, with many turns and detours,” he said. “Spread your wings and make your contributions to your community, to this world. Dream the biggest dream for yourself, for you are the future doctors, lawyers, teachers, and politicians. As you close this chapter in your life and open a new one, I wish you the best in all that you do,” Wright said.

Interim superintendent Andrew Armstrong said it had been an honor to serve as GCPS Superintendent during the last months of the seniors’ final year of high school, and he recognized Jeremy Raley for his leadership the other “three years and 30 weeks of your high school experience.

“Having seen this class grow as a team member here in Goochland since 2016, when you all began sixth grade, I could speak for hours about your resilience, your success, and your efforts, but this evening is not about listening to me. Tonight is about you,” Armstrong said. “In that spirit, to our parents and families, thank you for your support of your child and of our school division. To our teachers and staff, thank you for your sacrifice, dedication, and care for our students. To you, the members of the class of 2023, no matter where your path takes you, you will always be a Bulldog,” he said.

School Board chair Sandra Barefoot-Reid applauded the Class of 2023 for their resiliency.

“It hasn’t been easy for you, but you can brag to your children and grandchildren about the way COVID affected you and the challenges that presented themselves during your years at GHS,” she said. “Working together as a team, a team of community, parents, students, and educators, we are Goochland Strong. You will persevere in the face of adversity. You have already met many challenges during your high school career, and tonight is evidence that you have emerged stronger.”

—Submitted by Goochland County Public Schools

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Bernstine and Peskin prepare for last states run

Goochland’s top two tennis players will be hitting the courts for the last time in Bulldogs red this weekend.

Graduates Evan Bernstine and Alex Peskin have shared the court together as Goochland’s top doubles duo for the past two seasons and after winning the region title together last year and making it to the state semifinals, they squashed the competition this time around with two shutouts to capture the Class 3, Region B title again and earn a trip to Virginia Tech for one last shot at a state title.

It marked one part of an overall successful regional run for the team as a whole, with the Bulldogs taking runner-up honors in the team bracket and Bernstine winning his third consecutive region title in singles.

Peskin credits the team’s tight-knit camaraderie and a handful of underclassmen stepping up at the right time for the team’s overall success late in the season.

“We have a really close group of guys this year. We have five seniors, and we’re all super close,” Peskin said. “We’ve been playing together all four years along with a lot of young guys who just have a lot of energy and have added to the team atmosphere.”

Entering the last leg of the season, Bernstine now has a chance at pulling off something remarkable at states. If he wins the singles tournament, it’ll be his third consecutive year achieving the feat, while also giving him a chance to take a doubles title alongside Peskin for what would be a perfect send-off for the nationally-ranked ten-

nis star.

While there’s understandably going to be pressure surrounding the threepeat, especially from those vying for a state tournament of their own, Bernstine’s not placing too much stress on himself to win another state title. In fact, he has yet to look into the opponents standing between him and another singles title, although he

is prepared for a rematch against Monticello’s doubles duo of Luca Bonfigli and Jonathan Belmares.

“I’m just going to go out there and have fun,” Bernstine said. “If I win, great, if I lose then I had a good run.”

Bernstine has placed a focus over the past few seasons on controlling his breathing and placing himself in a stress-free mindset when he’s on the court, and

while those nerves can occasionally rise up, he says as long as he gives full effort, he can walk away proud of the accomplishments he has.

“I’ll feel the pressure pretty often actually when I think about it, but my breathing and being present on the court helps me because you have to be in the moment rather than thinking about the what-ifs and

that’s something that I’m ready to do because I’ve been doing it for so long,” he said.

Bernstine plans to still play the game that’s been a part of his life for so long, but says it’ll be in more relaxed scenerios with friends or his brothers. For someone that’s been on the competitive circuit for so long, what might surprise many about Bernstine is how easy it is to turn off that competitive switch and just play for the love of the game, a mindset he says actually results in his best tennis.

As for Peskin, he also sees this as the last chapter in his days of competitive tennis. After getting a taste of the state tournament atmosphere last year, he’s excited that he can end his time with the team next to Bernstine with one last chance to win a title together, but like his teammate, he’s ready to play the game in a more casual setting when he heads to the University of Virginia next fall.

“I think sports are a great way to get immersed in a college where you don’t know many people, but I think this is my last year taking it to a competitive level and really grinding out for those wins,” he said.

stuff like that,” he said.

Regardless of the outcome, Bernstine has decided this will be his last run of competitive tennis, making the decision to focus on his studies at Virginia Tech and playing the game in a more casual, social atmosphere.

“It was tough, but I thought about if I wanted to grind out another four years, and I don’t think

Those casual games will come soon enough, but with the doubles tournament starting on Thursday, June 8 and the singles tournament starting the day after, the competitive side of these two seniors will come out one last time as they embark on their final runs at Goochland with one more shot at championship glory.

Robby Fletcher can be reached at rfletcher

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Goochland grads evan Bernstine (third from the left) and alex Peskin (fourth from the left) show off their first place medals after capturing the Class 3, Region B doubles title at the university of Mary Washington.

Goochland soccer ends dramatic region run as runner-up

In one of the most impressive storylines of the school year, the Goochland boys soccer team’s rise has reached a new level.

The Bulldogs, led by first-year head coach Leon Williams, have had quite the turnaround from a 5-13 season last year, where they had to adjust to new competition in the Jefferson District. This year, it appears they’ve acclimated just fine, improving to a 9-9-1 record and finishing as the Class 3, Region B runner-up.

Their run to the runnerup trophy was a miraculous one, with teeth-clenching victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals that gave them a shot at the region title and guaranteed them a spot in the VHSL Class 3 State Tournament.

The regional run ended when they ran into the Meridian Mustangs (15-3-1) on the road, a game which ended early in an 8-0 loss on May 1, but the defeat at the hands of a challenger as talented as Meridian doesn’t take away from the fight the team showed to get to that point.

Entering the tournament as the four-seed, the Bulldogs began their run with a rematch against the William Monroe Dragons (98-1), a team that handed them their first loss of the season on March 28. That game early in the season ended with the Dragons winning off a late penalty kick for a 2-1 win.

This time, the Dragons never found the back of the net in any capacity, with Goochland goalkeeper Braedon McKeown holding down the fort while

the team pulled away with a 2-0 victory.

That win pitted them against the top-seeded Manassas Park Cougars, a formidable foe that held a 13-2-2 overall record and a 9-0-1 record in the Northwestern District.

In order to beat a team like the Cougars, everyone needed to rise to the occasion, and as soon as the team got off the bus and took the field for warmups on enemy turf, the coaching staff saw that their guys were locked in

and ready for war.

“The guys were high energy, almost like a carefree energy when we got off the bus,” Williams said.

Williams credits the team’s discipline in close games coming down to their conditioning and experience in intense finishes against tough teams like Western Albemarle, Orange County and William Monroe.

“I’m kind of hardened to it, but at the same time, it’s new every time and you stress out about it and you

get the nerves,” he said. Regulation ended with the game tied up at one goal apiece, with the Bulldogs getting a score from senior Jack Corral. After two scoreless overtime periods, it had to be settled in a penalty shootout.

The Bulldogs saw shots from Conner Doersch, Aiden Valdez, Duncan Pillion and Landon Schroder go in, and with the Cougars in need of a goal to extend the shootout, McKeown rose to the occasion with the game-ending save

that ended the season of the region’s top team. The Bulldogs rushed the field in jubilation after pulling off what the home fans thought was an unthinkable reality.

“The kids played very under control, and they didn’t look nervous. We played our game,” Williams said.

Coming off the loss in the region final, the Bulldogs look ahead to the state quarterfinals, where they’ll travel to meet the Tabb Tigers (10-5-2), win -

ners of the Class 3, Region A tournament as a threeseed.

After two road games to end the region tournament, the Bulldogs got some much-needed rest over the weekend, but they’ll need to recover quickly from a tough loss and get back in the mindset that the season is on the line in every game from here on out.

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Robby Fletcher can be reached at PHOTO BY ROBBY FLETCHER Junior duncan Pillion makes a defensive stop in Goochland’s matchup against Meridian High school in the Class 3, Region B championship game on June 1.

Bagworms, a species of moth, on the move in the month of June

Healthy landscape trees provide a sense of wellbeing, satisfaction and joy for homeowners. However, environmental stress, insect pests and disease are a perpetual threat to our beloved trees and shrubs. It is important to detect these issues as they arise before significant damage is done. Bagworms are an insect pest that many people are familiar with, but may not know how to control. People typically notice bagworms in the fall when they dangle from evergreen branches like dull brown tree ornaments. However, this isn’t the time when control measures will be most effective. As with most pest management strategies, timing is everything. Insect pest management is always more effective in the early stages of the pest life cycle.

Bagworms are a moth species by the scientific name — Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis which constructs a silken bag covering to protect itself while it moves and feeds on tree foliage. It uses host plant material and body excretions to construct the bag. Tree defoliation can be quite serious in years with high Bagworm populations. They have a broad range of hosts including arborvitae, Leyland cypress, eastern red cedar, pines, and


“Most can but are too afraid to take on the bodywork,” Coles said. When deciding to take on his own bodywork, Coles didn’t just pick up a paint sprayer and have a go at it. Instead, when he got off work from his railroad job, he helped at a body shop for a time, even getting an of-

Monacan SWCD to offer ag outreach program

other conifers. We commonly expect to see them on conifers, but surprisingly, they also attack many broadleaf tree and shrub species.

Female bagworms never leave the bag. They hatch from eggs, feed, pupate in the bag, emerge from the pupa case as adults, mate, and lay eggs in the bag before dying. Male bagworms also construct protective bags while feeding, but after pupation they emerge as flying adult moths in search of females. Females can lay up to 1000 eggs per bag. Eggs overwinter in the bags. After egg hatch, the young larvae leave the bag to begin feeding in late May and June each year. This is the best time to implement control measures.

Where feasible, manual removal and burning bags will reduce the viable egg population. Biological and chemical controls are most effective when larvae are small, young, and actively feeding–before they have constructed the bags. Biological controls include Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and parasitic wasps. A variety of chemical insecticides are labeled for bagworm control. Services of a certified arborist may be necessary to control bagworm on large, high-value specimen trees.

—Submitted by the Goochland County Extension Office

fer for a permanent job at the shop.

“In 1990 you didn’t have YouTube to learn things like we have now,” Coles said. Coles didn’t quit his day job but has been painting his own vintage vehicles ever since, and a sample of his restoration work will be on display during the open house.

Coles also attempts to stay active physically with croquet and pickleball. In fact, he teaches pickle ball

The Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be conducting an agricultural outreach program on June 27 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at its office in Goochland, located at the Goochland Agricultural Complex at Central High School, 2748 Dogtown Rd, Goochland, VA 23063. The event will include information about Monacan SWCD including programs and services provided, and a panel of Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program (VACS) participants. Conservation partners, includ -

ing Natural Resources Conservation Service, Capital Region Land Conservancy and Department of Forestry staff will provide a 5-7 minute presentations on services available to agricultural producers. Informational tables will be on site with and time for questions will be allotted.

The District serves both Goochland and Powhatan counties. Its mission is to provide technical assistance, education, and leadership to improve natural resource conservation.

The District is governed by a Board of six directors and three associate directors. Four directors are locally elected and two are appointed by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Each director serves a fouryear term and directors from both counties will be elected this year in November.

For more information on this program and to RVSP, call (804)556-4936.

—Submitted by Betty McCracken with the Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District

Drivers, cyclists urged to work together to stay safe


In recognition of National Bicycle Safety Month, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding Virginians, both bicyclists and motorists, to look out for each other on the road. So far this year, there have been 160 bicycle-involved crashes on Virginia’s roadways, resulting in the deaths of nine bicyclists and injuries to 156 others. This is an 125% increase in bicyclist-related fatalities compared to four last year at this time.

“Cyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users. We all share the responsibility of keeping them safe,” said DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey, the Governor’s Highway Safety

and is the USA Pickleball Ambassador for Goochland County

He is also a member of the Springs Croquet Club.

“I like to stay active, try not to have any grass growing under my feet,” Coles said.

Married 52 years to Ruth Coles, the 72-year-old’s family also includes his son Michael, his daughter-in-law Colleen and his grandson Anthony. Coles and his wife

Representative. “Looking out for each other is key. Be visible and predictable as a cyclist, and respect bike lanes and pass with care as a motorist.”

Tips for bicyclists:

„ Always wear a properlyfitted helmet.

„ Check your bike equipment before heading out.

„ Ride in the same direction as traffic.

„ Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

„ Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others.

„ Tips for motorists:

„ Pass bicyclists on the road with care; allow at least three feet clearance.

„ Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space.

„ Yield to bicyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals.

„ Look for bicyclists before making turns, either left or right.

„ Respect designated bicycle lanes; don’t use them for parking, passing or turning.

„ Both cyclists and drivers should practice defensive driving by staying focused and alert to the road and all surrounding traffic. Anticipating what others may do, before they do it, allows you to better avoid a potential crash.

—Submitted by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

have lived in Sandy Hook for the last 23 years.

In addition to art and music, the Jackson Blacksmith Shop open house also will include a fish fry, horse rides, games and fun for kids, BINGO, blacksmith demonstrations and tours of the Blacksmith Shop, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A baseball exhibit, which opened last year, is back by popular de-

mand. When Coles is not on stage, the mic will be open for others to come up and sing karaoke style. Please call (804) 556-8160 to get on the karaoke singing schedule or for more information. The event is open from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Jackson Blacksmith Shop is located at 2558 Blacksmith Shop Road, Goochland, VA 23063.

—Submitted by Jeff Mabry

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ARIES • Mar 21/Apr 20

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1. Flat tableland with steep edges

5. Where there’s __, there’s fire

10. Talked incessantly

12. Skill

14. Without shame

16. Where teens spend their days (abbr.)

18. Boxing’s GOAT

19. Used to anoint

20. Cluster cups

22. Footballer Newton

23. They make up a forest

25. Split pulses

26. Self

27. Post-office box

28. Test for high schoolers

30. Large, flightless bird

31. Expectorated

33. Falsehood

35. Prickly, scrambling shrub

37. French river

38. Told on 40. Hillside

45. Witness




56. Encourage

15. Go quickly

17. Toast

18. A team’s best pitcher

21. A Philly culinary specialty

23. Small child

24. Unhappy

27. Trims away

29. Characterized by crying eyes

32. Soft touch

34. American spy organization

35. A person’s chest

36. Came from behind to win

39. Fall back

Aries, things may not progress the way you want them to unless you become a little more persistent. Figure out how to walk the line to achieve your goals.

TAURUS • Apr 21/May 21

Taurus, many things are going right with your life. But now it’s time to get a handle on your love life. You may have to put in some extra effort, especially this week.

GEMINI • May 22/Jun 21

Gemini, keep things on the lighter side when conversing with coworkers this week. Now is not the time to delve into controversial discussions in the workplace.

67. Dark brown or black

cluES DOWn

1. Licensed for Wall Street

2. ‘__ and flow’

3. A very large body of water

4. Accumulate on the surface of

5. Central cores of the stem

6. Angry

7. Ceramic jar

8. Scraped a car

9. __ route

10. Soviet labor camp system

11. Strong hostilities

13. Vitamin of the B complex

40. Nellie __, journalist

43. Great places to kayak

44. Suffer patiently

46. Majestic bird

47. Electroencephalograph

49. Organic compound used as an antiseptic

51. Objects connected to the web (abbr.)

54. Ship as cargo

59. The bill in a restaurant

60. Upper-class young woman (abbr.)

61. Judge in OJ Simpson trial

62. One’s grandmother

64. Siberian river

CANCER • Jun 22/Jul 22

Cancer, as you try to become more organized, try not to get too overwhelmed by the scope of the task at hand. Tackle one thing at a time and keep making progress.

LEO • Jul 23/Aug 23

Leo, situations may seem like they are a matter of life or death this week, but there’s a good chance you’re just being overly dramatic. Try to go with the flow.

VIRGO • Aug 24/Sept 22

Emotions are running wild and you’re worried about what others think of you, Virgo. Embrace a point of view that relies more on the rational than the emotional.

LIBRA • Sept 23/Oct 23

Libra, after a few stops and starts, you and your romantic partner are on quite a roll. Enjoy that you both are in tune and aspiring toward shared goals.

SCORPIO • Oct 24/Nov 22

Scorpio, it’s possible you feel blocked on all sides regarding your employment. While you can’t get ahead right now, there are some opportunities coming.

SAGITTARIUS • Nov 23/Dec 21

Be careful about speaking before thinking through your words, Sagittarius. Knee-jerk responses can have unexpected consequences. Take time to form your opinion.

CAPRICORN • Dec 22/Jan 20

This week is bound to be pretty intense, Capricorn. But you’ll find a way to skirt through it relatively unscathed. Rely on a few friends as sounding boards.

AQUARIUS • Jan 21/Feb 18

Aquarius, try not to cut off channels of communication with loved ones as you deal with a few difficult issues. Others are willing to step up and help as needed.

PISCES • Feb 19/Mar 20

Pisces, others will not always see the world the way you do. Interactions this week can be a little stilted or even frustrating.

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