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SPRING BROOK c. 1850 ~ This renovated VA farm house is situated on 34 open acres w/ beautiful mtn. views in Orange Co. The 4-bedrm. 3.5 bath house is in excellent condition & w/4000+/- fin. sq. ft. is a perfect size. Property is further complimented with a bank barn used for entertaining or game room/studio. Also included is a large pole barn (stable conversion), guest cottage, garage/workshop, pool, fully fenced, spring-fed pond. Spring Brook is the ideal VA Farm, located 25 min. from C'ville and two hours from D.C. MLS#509039 $995,000.

ANNANDALE ~ Circa 1805 Federal brick estatelocated in beautiful Orange County, just minutes from Gordonsville and 25 minutes to Charlottesville. The 3800 square foot manor house has twelve foot ceilings on the main floor and 10 foot on the second. The recent renovations spared no expense and include a new master suite, country kitchen, and all new mechanicals. The mostly open 63 acres includes two guest cottages, an original Sears barn (converted into a stable and entertainment center), swimming pool, extensive plantings and a newly constructed four acre lake. All of which make this property an ideal turnkey country estate. MLS#541908 $2,950,000.

WALNUT HILLS ~ Georgian manor house built in 1882 by Governor Kemper in Orange Co. A total of 373 mostly open acres, 3 miles on the Rapidan River, and incredible Blue Ridge views. 6000 sq. ft. brick house exudes a grand style that only a period house can. The main floor has a great hall that is 52 ft. long and 12 ft. across, with a ceiling height of 14 ft. Other details include paneled library, living room, formal dining room, 7 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and 9 fireplaces. MLS#534328 $4,750,000.

MAYHURST ~ Impressive Victorian Italianate manor house built by President James Madison’s great nephew in 1859. The 9,000 square foot home has been beautifully restored and offers gracious rooms with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and original woodwork. The house boasts 8 spacious bedrooms, and 8 ½ bathrooms all accessed by an impressive spiral staircase that rises from the English basement to the third floor. The house is privately situated on 36 acres just outside the town of Orange. The current owners have operated a very successful bed and breakfast, which a new owner could continue or is ideal as a private estate. MLS#530239. $1,950,000.

RED BANK FARM ~ A hidden historic gem with absolute privacy encompassed by over 2.5 miles of the Rivanna River (Virginias first designated scenic river). The Circa 1850 Greek Revival house has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and is two stories over an English basement. The main floor has plenty of room to spread out, 9 foot ceilings, large center hall, living room, study, dining room, country kitchen and a half bath. The house has all its original wood work, including heart pine floors and seven working fireplaces. The almost 500 acres is primarily in mixed hardwoods with about 50 acres in pastured hayfields. The land has many trails for horses or walking with stunning views of the river. The current timber value is over $500.000. $1,950,000.

MUMMAU FARM ~ The 1850’s clapboard house is situated on a commanding hill with extensive Blue Ridge Mountain views and frontage on the Rapidan River. Located in the Somerset area of Madison County, this 279 acre farm has very fertile soils and is ideal for crop, hay or livestock. This property has great potential as a horse property because of its prime location in the Keswick Hunt. Other improvements include a tenant house. MLS#541544 $2,100,000.

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THE COLUMNISTS Mary Morony author of the novel Apron Strings is a Charlottesville native and long time resident of Keswick. Raising four children to adulthood and her unique perspective on life has given her lots of food for thought. She now lives on a farm in Orange County with her husband Ralph Morony, three dogs, two guineas and no cat. Check out Mary’s blog at www.marymorony.com.

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Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker.com

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Joe Shields has led integrated digital marketing and public relations programs for consumer, biopharmaceutical, and government organizations. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BA in English literature and communication studies from Roanoke College, where he received a senior scholar award for fiction in 1995. He lives with his family in Keswick.

OUTSTANDING CUSTOM HOME IN GLENMORE

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This 4-5 bedroom, Randy Rinehart-built brick home boasts an excellent floor plan including 1st and 2nd floor masters, kitchen open to family room with fireplace, finished basement with abundant natural light, 3 car garage, bluestone terraces and an expansive, level rear lawn. Immaculate condition and endless fine detailing including extensive trimwork & built-ins, striking marble and tile selections, high ceilings and excellent light. Reduced $400K, this distinguished residence in Keswick Estates is now an excellent value. 12 mins to Downtown Charlottesville amenities.

One of the nicest lots in the beautiful, gated community of Glenmore. Tucked away on a quiet cul-desac, this house has outstanding mountain views, as well as a rolling view down to the Rivanna River. All brick construction, 4 zone HVAC, Viking appliances, 1st floor master, commercial generator, 4 car garage, 5 fireplaces, and 3 floor elevator. Finished, walk-out basement could easily be set up as an in-law suite, and also includes a rec room with fireplace, theater room, and a golf cart garage. Elegant, yet very comfortable, this house will not disappoint! Sally Neill (434) 531-9941. 401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

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OVERHEARD Here and there... in Keswick Bravo!!

On and Off The Market Spring is in the air and new listings are popping up onto the market.

“Linden Ridge” at 1570 St. John Road is a 5,450 sf, 4 bed, 3.5 bath 1920’s farm house on 70 acres available at $2.950m. There are a number of “back on the markets” after a winter break. 554 Clarks Tract with 4 beds, 3.5 baths, 3,614 sf and 3.2 acres is remodeled and listed now at $519k. In Glenmore there is 1143 Cambridge Hill Lane, a 7 bed, 6.5 bath, 10,117 sf home at $1.799m. 3120 Darby Road with 4,615 sf, 5 beds and 4.5 baths is $729k. 3198 Wallingford Lane, a 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 4,297 sf home is listed at $699.9k and 3657 Worcester Lane is a 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2,725 sf home at $539k. 1037 Club Drive in Keswick Estate, a 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 6,098 sf home on 2.7 acres is now $1.595m. On Stony Point Pass is 105 acres, known as “Music Hall Estate”, for $500k. It has several dividable parcels and is by those new power lines on the left. Under contract is “Clover Hill Farm” with 477 acres and a 3 bed, 3 bath, 1860 Federal Manor house. It has an Open Space Easement and was priced at $10.9m and under contract in 674 days. Down the road “Seven Oaks” at 5473 Gordonsville Road, a 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 1860’s Georgian home on an acre priced at $725k is under contract in 42 days. In Glenmore 3360 Marsden Point, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3,433 sf Cape Cod home priced at $745k is under contract in 142 days. 1580 Heathglow Lane, a 3 bed, 3 bath, 2,269 sf Bremberton Cottage is under contract at $542k in 5 days. 3266 Darby Road, a 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 6,367 sf home listed at $650k under contract in 293 days. 7 Waterside Way is a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4,218 sf pre-sale at $750k. Around the area 3161 Shannon Drive, a 5 bed, 3 bath, 2,446 sf home on 3.6 acres priced at $287.5k acres is under contract in 276 days. 955 Shadwell Road, a 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 2,584 sf home on 2.5 acres finally priced at $364k is under contract in 226 days and 1070 E. Keswick Drive, a 3 bed, 1 bath, 1,064 sf home on an acre priced at $194k is under contract in 38 days. Sold? Oh yes, 3117 Darby Road, a 0.55 acre Glenmore golf front lot listed at $349k sold for $302.5k after 273 days. 6122 Louisa Road, a 4 bed, 1 bath home on 1.3 acres listed at $75.9k sold for $73.999k and 1055 Hacktown Road, a 3 bed, 1 bath, 1128 sf home on 2 acres listed at $105k sold for $65k after 318 days. 1367 Thistle Down, a 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 5,537 sf home listed at $998k sold for $925k in 186 days. And finally, what is reduced? 3351 Darby Road, a 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 2,881 sf home goes from $574k to $555k after 89 days. 3365 Braemar Court, a 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3,927 sf home goes from $745k to $695k over 175 days. 2347 Paddock Wood Road, a 3 bed, 3 bath 4,192 sf home on 128 acres goes from $1.795m to $1.195m over 338 days and a 12.7 acre lot on Running Deer Drive goes from $375k to $230k over 760 days.

Spring Ahead, Fall Back! Daylight Saving Time, a day when people of various countries and states across the world set their clocks one hour a head of the standard time. The practice was first introduced in Europe during the First World War. The idea was to take advantage of the longest summer days by gaining an extra hour of daylight and shortening the days in winter. It was not a new concept, back in 1784 American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin suggested that starting the day earlier in summer will save a considerable number of candles. Those in favor of practicing same today's energy consuming society the environmental benefits links to changing a clock on considerable or of a small amount of electricity as save per household added up they can be significant. In the United States, DST starts on the second Sunday of March at 01:00 AM by setting clocks ahead to 02:00 AM. And it ends on the first Sunday of November at 02:00 AM

by setting clocks back to 01:00 AM. DST 2016 will begin on 13th March 2016 and will end on 6th November.

Congrats! Sommers Olinger. Keswick Hunt Club Whipper-in has been selected as one of five finalists for this year's MFHA Professional Development Program for hunt staff. This year-long course provides each participant with an extensive library of hunting books, audiotapes, DVD’s and pamphlets published by the MFHA & MFHA Foundation. In addition to the "textbook" portion of the course, Sommers will spend time in the ring with the judges at the Virginia Hound Show, spend a day at the MFHA, go on a 3-4 day trip visiting some of the premier kennels in the country, and hunt with a hunt (or hunts) in a different part of the country. Please congratulate Sommers on his selection when you see him!

Keswick Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve was awarded the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Cup by Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup Gala. This is the second Virginia Governor’s Cup for Keswick Vineyards, with their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve winning the 2009 competition. The judging for the 2016 Virginia Governor’s Cup took place over the course of 13 days, with 430 entries in the preliminary round. The wines with the highest ranking scores were then assessed by all 40 judges. The top 12 wines were selected as the “Governor’s Cup Case”, and the wine scoring the highest was awarded the Governor’s Cup. The entries were judged based on appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality and commercial suitability. Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, Stephen Barnard, said, “The 2014 vintage will stand out in the years to come I believe, as one of Virginia's finest. With clean ripe fruit harvested, our intention was to stand back and let the soul of the vineyard shine through in the wine. As we taste the wines developing in bottle, I am happy that we achieved what we set out to do. These wines are authentic and communicate the spirit of our winery, vineyard and souls.” Keswick Vineyards’ 2013 Signature Series Cabernet Franc was also among the 38 wines awarded a Gold medal at the wine competition.

Recently Seen In a New York Post Article... George Washington, along with other early presidents — like James Madison, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson — frequently visited a Virginia estate called Castle Hill, where dinners were held and guests danced to the melodies of musical instruments and even stayed overnight when the need arose. That was then. Today, this restored, 9,084-square-foot Albemarle County property can be yours for a cool $11.5 million. “It’s between three presi-

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dents’ homes,” says Nest Realty listing broker Bob Headrick of Castle Hill, which is located within horseand-carriage distance of Jefferson’s Monticello, James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville and James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange — all in Virginia. Today, it would take about 30 minutes by car to reach Castle Hill from any of the other estates. Explains Headrick, “It seemed like a central point for everyone to meet.” Who knows how long it took for the presidents to reach these 1764-constructed digs by horse, but beyond convenience, the estate was also a symbolic property for one of these founding fathers: Jefferson. A man named Thomas Walker — who was a physician, an early American explorer and a commissary of Virginia troops during the French and Indian War — was appointed guardian of a teenage Jefferson after the death of his father, and he was the owner of Castle Hill. Moreover, their relationship spanned years. Walker nabbed the spread through his marriage to the widow Mildred Thornton Meriwether, whose eldest son John was actually an aide to then, General Washington during the American Revolution. (Likely another reason Washington frequented the place.) The current owners have held this brick-clad property for over 10 years, and it’s been on the market for just under two. Even centuries after its construction, it has maintained its status as a private residence. And it’s definitely also maintained its status as an entertainer’s haven. Its land runs an impressive 601 acres at the foot of the Southwest Mountains, with 175 of these acres designated for open land. There’s a total of five bedrooms, five bathrooms and one half-bath. Features include: a Christopher Peacock-designed kitchen; a pool house with kitchen, changing rooms and full bathrooms; and a renovated cottage for guests. There’s also a horse barn, plus restored gardens and a pool. And of course, its interiors look colonial-chic, with wooden beams, exposed brick, decorative window treatments and mighty fireplaces. Not surprisingly, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

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THE BIG GAME ACC Basketball Tournament

HISTORY Virginia Garden Week

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. When: March 8th- 12th

Where: Albemarle County When: April 23rd – 25th

The ACC tournament will take place March 8-12. Two first round games will be

on Tuesday, March 8 (noon and 2 p.m.). Second round games will take place on Wednesday, March 9, beginning at noon. Quarterfinal games will take place on Thursday, March 12, also beginning at noon. The ACC basketball tournament will take place in Washington, D.C., the second week of March. It will be a competitive field, with Virginia, North Carolina, Miami (FL), Louisville, Duke and others all vying for the title. As many as nine teams from the ACC can make strong cases to play in the NCAA tournament. The semifinals will take place on Friday, March 11, with the first semifinal game at 7 p.m. The second semifinal game will take place at 9 p.m. The championship game will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 9 p.m. The ACC basketball tournament will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and the ACC Network. The quarterfinals, semifinals, and final will all be on ESPN.

VISUAL POETRY Dante's Inferno: Where Art & Poetry Collide Where: Victory Hall Theater, Scottsville When: March 19th, 6 pm

An upoming collaborative event between the SCAN Art Center and Focus Contem-

porary Art gallery in Scottsville. Local artist Michelle Gagliano will be joined by Virginia's Poet Laureate, Ron Smith, in a special presentation entitled Dante's Inferno: Where Art & Poetry Collide. As a lifelong favorite, Ms. Gagliano finds Dante’s Inferno to be an intensely visual poem. Inspired by the verse which reads, "Half-way upon the journey of our life / I roused to find myself within a forest / In darkness, for the straight way had been lost," Ms. Gagliano has painted 34 pieces for each of Dante’s Cantos. Creating her art is about reevaluating and continuing the journey of life. Virginia’s Poet Laureate, Ron Smith will read selections from “The Inferno” and his own works inspired by travels to Italy. Following the talk will be a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held on March 19th at 6PM at the Victory Hall Theater (401 Valley St, Scottsville, VA). Admission is free. For more information contact Stuart Gunter, Program Director - 434.465.1835

SAVE THE DATE Virginia Film Festival The Virginia Film Festival will return to Charlottesville for its 29th year from November 3-6, 2016. The Festival is presented by the UVa and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts. The record-breaking 2015 Virginia Film Festival was highlighted by an extraordinary program that featured an outstanding lineup of special guests including Meg Ryan, Oliver Stone, Leonard Maltin, Larry Kramer, and more than 100 filmmakers from around the world. “We look forward to another exciting year in 2016,” said VFF Director and Vice Provost for the Arts Jody Kielbasa. “Our outstanding programming, continuing success, and growing reputation around the industry has combined to create a great level of interest and excitement both among our fans and throughout the industry. Add to that the unique appeal of our affiliation with one of the finest universities in America, and you can see how these are exciting times for the VFF.” Kielbasa also noted that the Festival’s 2016 dates fall amidst what promises to be interesting times for our nation, wrapping up just two days before Election Day. “There is nothing like escaping to the movies, and with more than 120 films, parties, and special events to choose from, people will have more than enough opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of one of the nation’s premier regional film festivals.” The Virginia Film Festival will announce its 2016 program on September 27. Visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.

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year offers three different days of touring in the Albemarle area.

THE RACES Spring Steeplechasing Where: Virginia Hunt Country When: March - May

Saturday, March 12 - 12:00 noon

Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point, Woodley Farm, Berryville, Virginia (540) 550-7015, www.blueridgehunt.org Saturday, March 19 - 12:30 pm Warrenton Hunt Point to Point, Airlie Race Course, Warrenton, Virginia (540) 270-1730, www.warrentonhunt.com Saturday, March 26 - 1:00 pm Piedmont Fox Hounds Point to Point, Salem Course, Upperville, Virginia (540) 592-7100 Sunday, April 3 - 1:00 pm Orange County Hounds Point to Point, Locust Hill Farm, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 687-5552, pippy@vafallraces.com Saturday, April 9 - 12:00 noon Old Dominion Hounds Point to Point, Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia (540) 364-4573 Sunday, April 17 - 12:00 noon Loudoun Hunt Point to Point, Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, Virginia (540) 338-4031

On Saturday, visit Morven c. 1820. Sunday’s tour highlights Flordon, a picturesque neighborhood in a lush, rolling, woodland setting a few miles west of Charlottesville, with access to five private properties. Conclude your trip on Monday with free tours of the Pavilion gardens at the University of Virginia, a restoration site of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from past Historic Garden Week tours, and visit Carr’s Hill, the UVa. President’s home. Sunday’s Flordon tour is the gem of the 3-day experience. It includes a stone Georgian estate with myriad garden paths leading to, among other highlights, a restored Gillette garden, the welcoming home of a young family, a stately hilltop home with extensive acreage and incredible views, a Dutch Colonial filled with American folk art, and a child-friendly garden. Saturday, April 23rd, Morven Estate Gardens and House Sunday, April 24th, Flordon, Charlottesville / Ivy Area Monday, April 25, 2016, University of Virginia: Pavilion Homes and Gardens, University Library and Morea, Carr’s Hill

Saturday, April 23 - 1:30 pm Middleburg Spring Races, Glenwood Park, Middleburg, Virginia (540) 687-6545 Saturday, April 30 - 1:00 pm Foxfield Spring Races, Charlottesville, Virginia (434) 293-9501, www.foxfieldraces.com Saturday, May 7 - 1:00 pm Virginia Gold Cup Races, Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia (540) 347-2612, www.vagoldcup.com

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HORSIN AROUND Mt. Sharon

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PAYNE

It was a beautiful day for a hunt on Mt. Sharon in Orange, Virginia!

Photos: Top Row: Jeanne Izzo Joslyn then the hounds. Second row: Jeanne Izzo Joslyn with Shelley Payne then Joan Poskey. Third row: a rider negotiating the direction of travel then Sally Lamb prepares for the hunt.

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Sandy Rives‘s Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork BY SANDY RIVES AS SERVED AT THE KHC OYSTER ROAST INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of a large Dutch oven. Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan. Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.

PREP TIME: 5 Minutes DIFFICULTY: Easy COOK TIME: 6 Hours SERVINGS: 18 Servings

INGREDIENTS 1 whole Large Onion 1 whole Pork Shoulder ("Pork Butt") - 5 To 7 Pounds Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper 1 can (11 Ounce) Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce 2 cans Dr. Pepper 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar

Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for at least six hours, turning roast two or three times during the cooking process. Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it's not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour. Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat, discarding large pieces of fat. Strain as much of the fat off the top of the cooking liquid as you can and discard it. Return the shredded meat to the cooking liquid, and keep warm until ready to serve. (You can also refrigerate the meat and liquid separately, and remove hardened fat once it's cold. Then heat up the liquid on the stovetop and return the meat to the liquid to warm up.) Serve on warm flour tortillas. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, avocado slices, salsa, and whatever else you'd like.

KESWICK SCENE Beer n'Bingo BY KESWICK LIFE STAFF

Donald Trump (played by David Birdsong) made a surprise appearance at the Keswick Hunt Club where he agreed graciously to call Bingo for the evening, after he convinced us all to build a wall around the Keswick Hunt Country. He was accompanied by two Vanna White's for the evening, Ashley Williams and Shelley Payne and by Dana Capps the High Priestess of Bingo who ruled on every game and ties. Ten games of Bingo were played and ten raffle prizes were given out, most

of which were donated by The Laurie Holladay Shop in downtown Gordonsville. Other members who gave donations were Anna Shields from EG, a Feast Basket from Brigid Shea, David and Brooke Birdsong, Larry Tharpe, Whitney Gammell, and Peggy Augustus. The Grand prize winner – two tickets to the Keswick Hunt Ball – was won by Larry Tharpe.

laday, and Shelley Payne and Ashley Williams for organizing this year's bingo prizes, Ann Young for working the door for the evening and we can't forget Wayside Deli for providing our chicken dinner. Winner Winner Chicken dinner!! It was that kind of a fun night.

Many thanks goes to our sponsors Laurie and Jim Hol-

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Keswick Hunt Club's 2016 Hunt Ball PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PAYNE AND KESWICK LIFE

2016 Keswick Hunt Club – Hunt Ball

Photos this page: top row: Smith Williams with Tony Gammell then the scene at the seated dinner. Second row: Shelley Hoovler Payne with Donald J. Skelly , then Jeanne Izzo Joslyn and next Mary Shriver and Scott Shriver. Third row: Chanda Boylen and Tony Gammell.

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Keswick Hunt Club's 2016 Hunt Ball PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PAYNE AND KESWICK LIFE

2016 Keswick Hunt Club – Hunt Ball

Photos this page: top row: Nancy Wiley, Co-MFH KHC then Scott and Kimm Bolin. Second row: Darlene Luciano Murphy, George Payne, Thomas Brubaker with David and Brooke Birdsong, then Annie (KHC social co-chair) and Tony Vanderwarker then Sommers Olinger. Third row: Kat Imhoff with Mark Collins.

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ONLY IN KESWICK

Signals You’re Getting Older And What To Do About It BY TONY VANDERWARKER Okay, I know. Every year that creeps by adds to the pile. But there are other insidious and nasty indicators that you have to be on the lookout for, otherwise they will sneak up and bite you on the youknow-what. The unseen conspiracy to rub your nose in the fact you’re over-the-hill begins with the mandatory public declamation that you have entered geezerdom. The first time I went through it I almost came apart at the seams. It was seven years ago, just after I turned sixty-five, when I took Annie to see Slumdog Millionaire. Now I’m cheap, right? You know that. So I wasn’t going to resist getting a senior discount, even though it meant I had to come out of the closet in front of a bunch of strangers. “Hi, what movie would you like to see?” the lady behind the glass at the theatre on the Downtown Mall asked. Here’s where I had to come clean. I answered, “One adult for Slumdog, and one…” Here’s where my jaw started to tremble, “suh, suh, suh, een…” It’s the first time I’d said it and I could barely get it out. “Suh-suh-een,-yor,” I stuttered. And then as she handed me the tickets, she had to broadcast it. Speaking into her mike for everyone on the Downtown

Mall to hear, she shouted, “One adult, one SENIOR for Slumdog.” I took the tickets, feeling an impulse to duck my head into my coat collar and run, but instead I had to march past the entire line of people who were giving me the unmistakable look that said, “He may not look it, but that guy is OLD!” What to do about it? Shell out the extra two bucks and keep the secret to yourself. Another way we’re singled out and made to feel close to croaking is with the barrage of drug commercials that run on the news. In between snippets of latebreaking events are endless commercials selecting different parts of your body, pointing out what could be wrong and stuffing a remedy in your face. Do they run these commercials during Monday Night Football or on The Dating Game? Hell no! They run them only on the shows that you watch. Since you don’t have to pick up the kids from soccer or drive them to school, you are a sucker for the morning or nightly news. They know that and they are going to endlessly bombard you. You watch in morbid fascination as they present new diseases you never knew existed that could strike you dead in seconds. “Oh gosh, I didn’t know I could get that.” Or, “I’d better keep my eye out in

case I start seeing those symptoms.”

As you begin to come unglued, to relieve your anxiety the network cuts to the scene of the latest home invasion in some small town in Texas where a whacko broke into a trailer and slaughtered a family of six.

So you go from ghastly news footage of a car bombing in Beirut to a drug that relieves intestinal blockage. Or from bloody victims of a school shooting to someone with nasty red boils on his face while the announcer threatens, “If you’ve had chicken pox, you could develop shingles,” and end up like the hapless fellow who looks like his face just went through a Cuisinart. The commercials come at you like slugs from a Gatling gun, you begin to wonder what’s worse, the calamities going on in the world or the diseases you could get and die of? And just when you start thinking, “Jeez, I better ask my doc for a prescription,” the announcer comes on to tick off a raft of terrifying side effects. Sure, the drug might cure shingles or blast through your gut block, but it may also cause heart failure when you’ve never had a problem before, fatal bleeding, chronic lung diseases, shaking or sweating, itching rash or trouble breathing, an allergic reaction that may be life-threatening – the list goes on and on.

As they haul bodies shrouded in sheets out the door, they cut to a commercial break where you learn about a drug for ulcerative colitis that starts you thinking, “Gee, I did have a bad stomach ache a couple days ago, do I have that?” But then they hit you with the complications: blood or nervous system problems, new or worsening heart conditions, shortness of breath, swollen ankles – it’s enough to send you sprinting to the bar. The moral of this story? Never watch the nightly news. Choose reruns of Sesame Street and The Three Stooges instead. Big Bird never gets elevated blood sugar and while Curly may get hit over the head with a hammer, no way he’ll ever get ulcerative colitis. Watch them and you’ll feel a lot younger.

After a flurry of these ads, I’m turned into a quivering mass of anxiety, wondering, “Do I have this? And if I take that drug for it, will I get those horrible side effects?”

Zap Class BY TONY VANDERWARKER Okay, I knew we had it coming. My buddy Dylan got nabbed sniffing trash cans on Clarks Tract and had to spend the night in the slammer.

they wanted while we had to walk the straight and narrow, couldn’t pee on planters or dig holes in the gardens anymore.

“Put me in with a bunch of low-life’s who barked all night,” he told me. “Don’t know what I did to deserve that.”

Not that we were complaining – like someone said, “You don’t know what you’re in until you’re out of it.” In my book, a scrumptious bowl of tasty little pellets, all the water you want plus you get to sleep all day and get your ears scratched all the time – that ain’t all bad. But little did we know what they had in store for us.

“They’ll call you for traveling at the drop of a hat, I guess.” And then a couple weeks later, we went off the reservation again and some neighbors ratted us out. Masters came and picked us up, tut-tutting us and giving us nasty looks. When the masters got out the leashes, neither of us was surprised. All good things have to come to an end, we figured. Hardest part was we had to watch the girls romp around free tracking all kinds of good scents and crapping wherever

One day a bunch of guys showed up with a big red machine and set to cutting a slit in our fields. “Now what are they up to?” we wondered. But we didn’t think anything of it; even when they put tiny white flags, marking where they’d cut into the ground.

The plot soon thickened. First it was these cheesy plastic collars with pokey little things that stuck into your neck and made you sweat to death. What was wrong with the old ones, braided jobs that let your neck breathe? They just junked them.

kinda how we felt. And we were right. First, just when we get close to the flags this thingy that’s got the prongs on it beeps.

“Uh, oh,” we thought.” That’s when we began to get the idea it was so long to the good old days.

“So? What’s the damn BEEP for?” A second later we find out. Get this wicked jolt that stops us dead in our tracks.

Next we know this guy shows up who plays up to Dylan and me so bad you’d think he was running for dogcatcher. All this “good doggie” stuff, giving us treats and acting like the two of us were Lassie come back to life.

“Oucheeewawa! Talk about a pain in the neck.” “Gol dang, that stang!,” howled Dylan. As we’re backpedaling like mad, we trade deep doo-doo glances. Look, I used to think the owners were nice people until they go Saddamm Hussein on us. Shocking us for crossing the flags – what the hell is this? We used to own this whole damn field. Now they got some line, one step over and you get

Then he puts us on leashes and takes us out to the field. It was like in those cowboy movies where the mob’s got ropes and is all pissed off and they lead this bank robber out to the big tree? That’s

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fried. C’mon, we’re a couple of nice dogs, what did we do to deserve this? Okay, we wandered, we admit that. But does that warrant a mini-electrocution? “What if I see a herd of deer, do I have to pull up short at the flags? Jesus, what has this place turned into, North Korea?” And like we’re stupid and love punishment what does Mr. Nice do next? Takes us away from the flags and then leads us back. I hear the beep again and then

“OUCH! JESUS H. CHRIST, that hurts.”

criminals, which pisses us off even more.

Okay, I get the whole Pavlov thing. I’m not stupid. I’ll play good dog and won’t cross your damn line, okay?

To make matters worse, the owners are acting all smug and proud like they’ve taught us a thing or two.

But what really pisses us off is that the girls don’t get collars; don’t get zap class. Like they can wander the whole damn farm, chase deer wherever they want. I mean isn’t gender equality a big thing now? Where are their damn collars? And they act all huffy about it, looking down their noses at us like we’re common

What’s next? So if we pee on the floor are they going to put us on the chain gang and make us break rocks? I mean, jeez, what’s this world coming to? If I could vote, I’d be voting for Trump, I tell you that.

No matter where you go, if you hear the beep, you’d better do a quick 180 or your nervous system will get a zap that will pretty much wreck your day. So that’s the deal these days at Chopping Bottom. Not the way it used to be, I’ll tell you that. As Dylan and I say to each other, “It’s not a dog’s life anymore.”

So now we’ve got our doggie playpen.

Buried Alive BY TONY VANDERWARKER One fine morning back when we were living in Ivy, out of nowhere, my dear wife decided she wanted to bury me at Grace Church in Keswick as it was a family tradition to be married and buried there.

“Do I have to wear a suit (I hadn’t put on a suit in four years)?”

“It’s just a couple hours a week.”

“That’s up to you, there are some classes you have to go to.”

“Can I take a six-pack with me, maybe a thermos filled with Mai Tai’s that I can sip to get through the torment?”

“Bury me alive?” I asked.

“Oh no…”

“Of course not, it’s church.”

“No, Silly, when you die, it’s important to me to have you put in the ground there.”

“Just six. You and Vandy will go together.”

Shaking my head, I say, “You’re going to owe me for this.”

I remembered taking a mandatory religion class given by the school minister at Andover that was holy hell. Boring, tedious, so mind numbing I wanted to run out of the room screaming. I’m not big on religion anyway. Had my fill of God at prep school where I had to go to church every day for three years; really soured me on the experience. Okay, so if you’re reading this and you are a religious person, that’s fine with me, it’s just not Tony’s thing.

“Thank you, dear. It means so much to me.” Pain and suffering inflicted on prisoners of Isis doesn’t come close to what I endured for six weeks at the hands of Miller Hunter. He led off by describing the aim of the course to be “presenting a diet version of Christianity to make discipleship easy to swallow.” Instead, he fed me the high calorie version and it bored me to tears. He’d ramble on with endless tedium that reminded me of driving school or typing class, elevating simple mechanical stuff up to the level of geopolitics or brain surgery. The only perverse enjoyment I got from the classes was repeatedly hitting the DELETE button.

“Is this something you anticipate in the immediate future?” “Of course not, I’m sure you’ll live a long time. But when you pass on, I want to make sure I can have you interred there.” “Don’t you find this a bit macabre?’ “No, not really, I’m just being practical. Have you thought about where you want to be buried?” “Never, never thought.”

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“Well, I have and I talked to Miller (Miller was the minister at the Ivy Episcopal church; Miller Hunter was his name. Or was it Hunter Miller? I can never remember) and he said you need to be confirmed.”

“Uh, uh! No classes, not for me,” I protested. “I’d rather be burned to ashes or buried in a potter’s field somewhere.” Anne trotted out the big guns: “It’s important to me, Tony, that you do this.” “Sitting there listening to Hunter Miller is my idea of torture. “

“Whaa?”

“It’s Miller Hunter.”

“You need to go through the confirmation process in order to be buried in an Episcopal cemetery.”

“Whatever it is, he’s a great guy but he’s a bit on the tedious side, not known as the most captivating speaker.”

“Sounds like a bunch of rigmarole to me.”

“Miller’s a sweet man.”

“Not really, it’s just a formality.”

“Maybe, but frankly, I’d rather stare at the wall.”

To add insult to the injury, the six students in the class were all teenagers. The only person who was more agonized was Vandy. He was mortified to be going through such an ordeal with his peers. But the straw that broke Tony’s back was when Hunter Miller discovered I had not been baptized. And let me know I needed to be. This was way more than I had bargained for. BAPTIZED! NO EFFING WAY AM I GOING TO SIT UNDER THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM AT THAT CHURCH. NO

WETTING THIS BOY DOWN! “What?” I asked Anne. “Do I stand up there with babies in little white dresses and wait to be doused by the minister? No way!” “And you need to have three godparents,” Anne told me. “What? Do I rent them? Or just pull them in off the street?” “You pick friends and ask them if they will be your godparents.” “Like who?” “Oh, say Mickey and Joe, and maybe Dolly would do it.” “Look, I didn’t sign up for this and it’s going way over the top.” “Just ask them; they are all good friends.” “It’s absolutely humiliating to have to ask people to be my godparents.” “I bet they’d be honored to do it. All they have to do is stand there while you go through the ceremony.” I bit my tongue, asked them and on that fateful day, I got up in front of the congregation in my suit with two babies on either side and took the water treatment. After going through all that, what do I get? I can look forward to being buried at Grace Church. Goody, goody gumdrops! Can’t wait.

Tony Vanderwarker, raised in New England, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says, “some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” visit www.tonyvanderwarker.com

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Valedictory Exercises – Friday, May 20 – Keynote Speaker: Sarah Drew

On Sunday, May 22, School of Law Dean Paul G. Mahoney will The last time Sarah Drew appeared on stage at the University of Virginia, she deliver the keynote address. played the female lead role of Elise in a Mahoney, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law and Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, became dean of the Law School in July 2008. His teaching and research areas encompass securities regulation, law and economic development, corporate finance, financial derivatives, and contracts. He has published widely in law reviews and peer-reviewed finance, law and economics journals. His book, Wasting a Crisis: Why Securities Regulation Fails, was published earlier this year by the University of Chicago Press. Mahoney joined the law faculty in 1990 after practicing with the New York firm of Sullivan & Cromwell and clerking for Judge Ralph K. Winter Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as academic associate dean of the School of Law from 1999 to 2004, and has held the Albert C. BeVier Research Chair and the Brokaw Chair in Corporate Law. He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Chicago, Southern California, and Toronto. He also is well-traveled, having worked on legal reform projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Nepal. Mahoney is a member of the Council

production of Molière’s “The Miser” in the Culbreth Theater, which seats about 520 people.

On May 20, the acclaimed actress figures to entertain a much larger audience22. as 22. the featured speaker at UVA’s Valedictory Exercises, to be held on the University’s historic Lawn as part of Finals Weekend for the Class of 2016. Drew, who earned a bachelor’s degree in drama from UVA in 2002, plays Dr. April Kepner on ABC’s hit hospital drama, “Grey’s Anatomy.” A versatile performer, she earned her big break while a fourth-year student and has since appeared on stage, the silver screen and television. Drew said she was “stunned and speechless” to be invited back to Grounds to address the graduates.“She has walked the brick of McCormick Road and understands everything from the impeccable taste of Bodo’s Bagels to the beauty of the Rotunda when the sun sets. We are inspired by her accomplishments as an actress, but more importantly, we admire the way she has remained true to herself and demonstrated how to protect what is important to her.” Drew’s big break came in the summer before her fourth year. A Long Island native, she was participating in a musical theater master class during a summer program in New York City when she was spotted by a casting director who invited her to audition for the title role in a production of “Romeo and Juliet” to be staged at Princeton’s renowned Mc-

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Pictures family comedy, "Moms' Night Out". Drew and her husband, Peter (married in 2002 at the UVA Chapel) reside in Los Angeles with their children, Micah, 4, and Hannah, 1.

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A Rapt[or]Audience Gathers to Recognize The Wildlife Center of Virginia BY MARY JANE TIMMERMAN

On February 25th, Tom and MJ Timmerman

hosted a gathering of people at their farm, Round Hill, in honor of The Wildlife Center of Virginia and its past and present donors. We all know what a natural treasure Central Virginia is, for us and for the native species that share their habitat with us. The Wildlife Center of Virginia has been on the cutting edge of keeping that symbiotic relationship in balance for decades. Founded in 1982 and located at 1800 South Delphine Avenue in Waynesboro, Ed Clark Jr, President and Founder, has led the non profit in the treatment of 65,000 wild animals, representing more than 200 species of native birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. In 2007, The National Wildlife Federation awarded the center the National Conservation Achievement Award. Ed’s expertise was also sought in species protection after the 2007 BP oil spill. He is a leader and has written public policy on Conservation and pesticide regulation. The Wildlife Center of Virginia has a fabulous, interactive website which includes three, live, broadcast channels featuring “critter cams.” Here, enthusiasts can keep track of the bear cubs and other inhabitants. Or they can track the 8 Bald Eagles which have been released back into the wild across the state of Virginia. The user friendly website also hosts a book club discussion group and their April 5th pick is The Wilderness World of John Muir.

In addition, The Wildlife Center of Virginia has trained veterinarians from all over the world. They also have a vet tech internship program and there are many volunteers and volunteer opportunities to give back by becoming involved with animal care, transport and rescue, or docents who work with the outreach team to educate the community through teaching wildlife, rehabilitation classes. Also present at the gala was Ed Clark’s integral staff: Randy Huwa, Executive Vice President, Amanda Nicholson, Director of Outreach, Raina Krasner, Outreach Coordinator and Lacey Kegley. Together, they are an amazing team whose talents mesh to create the dynamic synergy of the organization. I would like to extend a sincere, heartfelt thank you to all of the donors present, from Keswick, Earlysville, and Waynesboro, Virginia; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and elsewhere. Without you and your commitment to wildlife, none of this would be possible. The special guests of the evening were three, distinct birds of prey: Maggie, a Peregrine falcon, Edie, a Kestrel and Gus, a Barred owl. As their handlers allowed us to observe their wild beauty up close, we were reminded of our innerconnectedness on the planet and how lucky we are to be a part of it, if only briefly.

Photos: The top photo is the kestrel, then from the left: Virginia Sullivan of Keswick who is seated, top center: Bill and Pooh Johnson of Keswick, center lower: features Sue and Bob Satterfield, and the last with the kestrel is Raina Krasner who is with Wildlife Center of Virginia.

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LIFE HAPPENS

At Our House, Spring Is More Than In the Air Who needs an unreliable groundhog or a

top hat sporting member of the Ground Hog Club to foretell the coming of an early spring? We most assuredly don’t. As harbingers of spring, groundhogs are woefully inadequate and are weeks late reporting the news. At our house, without the benefit of camera crew or news anchors shoving a microphone up our noses, we know a full two weeks before the guys who don their top hats when spring arrives. No need for us to venture forth in the cold Pennsylvania air to spy on that timid interloper Punxsutawney Phil to see if he scares himself back to ground. It is not even necessary for us to get out of bed. We know all too well before Groundhogs Day if there is going to be an early spring. How, you must be asking yourselves, how could that be? Our knowledge is brought to us in no uncertain terms by Lottie, our resident aficionado on all things repulsively smelly. She has a particular fondness for the little black and white nocturnal foragers who share our neighboring woods. Despite Lottie’s attempts at keeping their population in check, they thrive in vast numbers around our part of the world. So much so that she barely has to travel far afield to come upon the big stinkies. It is our luck that a mother skunk gave birth to a litter of babies in December. Old Lots has been picking them off like so many morsels on a passing tray of hors d’oeuvres. The only good part of that is they have yet to come fully into their powerful predator-deterrent as National Geo calls it. But alas, even if that were not the case the impossible-to-getrid-of foul, oily goo is no deterrent to our darling pound puppy, Lots, who finds the aroma of pew divine. What we have come to surmise, driven— mind you—by our scentual experience, is that skunks respond to the delicate nuances of the sap rising in the surrounding trees. Their minds immediately focus on one thing and only one thing the siren’s song of love. Abandoning all sense of preservation, not even a parting thought to the young they leave behind; off they go to quell their most primal urges. As Pepé la Pew has said, “Do you know that when you are in love, it is impossible to get insurance?” He and his ilk surge out into the dangers of the wide world beyond their burrows in search of sensuous pleasure. They risk all for a few stolen moments of love armed only with their stink bombs and right into Lottie’s eager maw. If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourselves. It’s too late this year since today is Groundhogs Day, but keep this

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in mind for next January. You will start to notice the black and white stinkers on the side of the road all testaments to the impressive draw of the season of love. Nights in late winter/early spring when Lottie returns home from a busy night of picking off loved-crazed skunks, the garage fills with discontent and her tear-producing odors. Our other two dogs register their outrage in the form of growls, snarls and nocturnal barks as Lottie’s nighttime activities wage an assault on their more delicate sensibilities. Her scent is so pervasive that neither doors nor walls are up to the task of containment. To add a certain je ne sais quoi to her aroma, Lottie buries her prey in a shallow grave and nests upon it like a brooding hen until it arrives at the zenith of repulsive perfection and then she dives into the gooey mass taking what can only be considered a dog’s equivalent of a French bath. This practice renders applying cleaning agents quickly to the afflicted hound, highly recommended for best result – impossible. Hubs and I, this time of year, prowl around the yard, looking for disturbed earth, sniffing like badgers while poking any suspicious mounds with sticks. The discovery of her miasma is mandatory before any measures can be taken to eradicate her odious odor. Unfortunately, she’s wise too and has become more circumspect in her choices of gravesites, which only serves to ingrain her fetor the more. Experts don’t know why dogs like horrible smells or if they do know, they don’t agree why some dogs have such a strong fondness for the world of rank; perhaps it is a status symbol of sorts like a designer perfume. Clearly it is a preference since our canine buddies have many million more scent receptors than we do and most prefer the three D’s – dead, decaying and disgusting over our three F's – fresh, floral and fruity. Early spring at our house looks like a woebegone St Bernard huddled up to the

ed the reminder! This year it’s hydrogen peroxide, and a baking soda catsup mask followed by several shampoos. Fingers crossed, I am ever hopeful. Reporting back it seems catsup does little for the smell but has left Lottie a shade of pink in many formally white areas.

front door reeking of her recent debauchery, quite unable to deduce her love of skunk disqualifies her of entry. Whatever warmth we captured in the garage is lost to the airing required to make habitation possible for our more sensitive canines friends.

What I have discovered while attempting to eradicate the smell of stink – a sort of putrid burnt rubber with overtones of wild onion and a touch of garlic – is that your smell receptors out of necessity fall into the olfactory equivalent of denial. You cease to smell the odor but only for a time. It is the only way I can figure that there are so many posts on Google about how commercial order removing shampoos and a lengthy list of home remedies have rid their errant canines of the foul stench. To date, I have found nothing, but time and airings, has eradicated the vestiges of Pepé la Pew’s ill-fated nights on the town from Lottie’s sumptuously thick winter coat.

Always on the look out for a concoction to alleviate the smell, I scour the Internet checking humane societies’ suggestions. It never ceases to amuse me that humane societies start off cautioning not to let a skunked dog in the house as if you need-

One thing we know for sure, spring is on the return. All things being equal I wouldn’t mind getting the news from Phil, albeit late.

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◆ LOCUST GROVE TAVERN ◆ Unique opportunity to purchase a historic property originally built in 1812 that served as a store, tavern, jail, school and residence. Many of the original architectural details are intact in the gracious rooms. MLS#539784 $525,000 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250

◆ 2347 PADDOCK WOOD ◆ 127-acre horse farm in Keswick. A lovely, 1.5 story stone home with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths accompanies the property. This is a beautiful mix of rolling land and mature forest with a lake, stable, barns and total privacy. MLS#529415 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

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narrated by noted sporting artist Peter Corbin accompanies his exhibition, Line Dance - The Art of Fly Fishing by Peter Corbin. The artist delves into his artistic inspirations, his meticulous painting process, and his philosophy on creating art - all rooted in a lifetime passion for fly fishing and the outdoors. The video includes a series of photographs taken by Corbin showing the progression of his 20 x 30-inch oil painting, Line Dance, from idea to completion. (Video uploaded to YouTube with the permission of the artist and produced by Emery Ruger, Ledgerock Studio. The video remains copyright of Peter Corbin, 2016.) In celebration of our feature exhibition Line Dance: The Art of Fly Fishing by Peter Corbin, the NSLM is hosting a public reception on Saturday, March 19th. Join artist Peter Corbin for a coffee reception from 10:00 to 10:30am and then follow him on a custom tour of the exhibition. About the Artist: Although Corbin tried

plein air painting, in the last four decades he has honed a painstaking and exacting technique in his studio in Millbrook, NY. His process combines using reference photos taken on site across the world with extensive time developing themes, colors, and depth in studio. Corbin’s primary artistic influences are sporting artists Ogden Pleissner and A.B. Frost, and the renowned Winslow Homer. He counts abstract artists Steve Smith, Alexander Calder, and José de Rivera among his early inspirations. Corbin has come a long way since graduating from Wesleyan University in 1968 with high honors in art and his first one-man show featuring his abstract sculpture. He noted that he still contemplates many of the same principals in painting his representational works, “My fascination with both reflected and transmitted light, and the elements of asymmetrical balance and linear motion, all come together in the realism of the sport of fly fishing, which, for me, is the most direct form of fishing that exists.”

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PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET

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Aerie

Homestead

Clover Hill

Windy Hill

Located in the Somerset area of Orange, just 2.5 miles from Gordonsville and 22 miles from Charlottesville. The 1850 manor Located in has the Somerset of Orange, home had area numerous just 2.5 miles from Gordonsville and 22 improvementscompleted by the present miles from Charlottesville. The 1850 manor owners, using only the finest materials home had numerous including ahas new, paneled living room improvementscompleted thelaundry/ present (20x34), country kitchen by and owners, using finest materials mudroom. Also only in thethe main house are four including adining new, room, paneled living room, room bedrooms, breakfast (20x34), country kitchen and laundry/ study, original living room, library and two mudroom.The Also170 in the main house four galleries. acre estate is are further bedrooms,by dining breakfast room, enhanced a fourroom, bedroom guesthouse, study, original living room, library andnew two three bedroom tenanthouse, two galleries. The 170 acre estate is further garage/workshops, smokehouse, enhanced bypool a four bedroom guesthouse, swimming formal gardens, 3-stall three bedroom tenanthouse, two new stable garage/workshops, smokehouse, swimming pool formal contact gardens, For further information : 3-stall stable Justin Wiley 434.981.5528

Aerie

A True Virginia Country House. C.1800 Renovation & Expansion 1999, 2010. Over 173 acres. Main Residence Features: A True Virginia Country House. C.1800 Expansive Master Suite, Gourmet Renovation Expansion 1999,Living 2010. Kitchen with&Fireplace, Elegant Over 173 acres. Residence Spaces; Den, Main Dining, HomeFeatures: Office, Expansive Master Suite, Room Gourmet Porches, Veranda , Breakfast and Kitchen with Fireplace, Elegant Living Sun Porch overlook Large Pond . Copper Spaces; Den, .Dining, Office, Roof & Gutters RestoredHome and Expanded Porches, Veranda , Breakfast Room and Cabin for Office or Guest house. 8-Stall Sun Porch overlook Large Pond . Copper Stable with Wash Rack and Tack Room, Roof & GuttersPaddocks . RestoredwithWater and Expanded Board-Fenced and Cabin for Office or Guest house. Sheds Extensive Landscaping and8-Stall Pear Stable with Wash and RackGated and Tack Room, Orchard . Private Entrance. Board-Fenced Paddocks withWater and Sheds Extensive Landscaping and Pear Orchard . Private and Gated Entrance.

Homestead

Historic Keswick Clover HillFarm situated on 477

For further information contact Sharon & Duke Merrick 540.406.7373

For further information contact : Frank Hardy

Windy Hill Farm enjoys an ideal setting amid the large working farms and estates of Rapidan, in the Keswick Hunt and Windy Hill Farm enjoys ideal setting convenient to Bull Run an Hunt territory. amid1920 the large working and estates The farm housefarms is completely of Rapidan, in the Keswick Huntnineand private in its elevated setting. With convenient Bull rooms, Run Hunt foot ceilings,tolarge two territory. working The 1920 and farmfloors house is completely fireplaces, of oak and pine, it private in its elevated setting. With nineis a strong candidate for renovation. foot ceilings, large rooms, two working About ten of the 27 acres yield high fireplaces, and floors of oak and pine, it quality hay, and the rest is in wildlife is a strong forforest. renovation. habitat andcandidate hardwood Bold About ten of the 27 acres high streams follow the north yield and west quality hay, and the rest is in wildlife boundaries. Minutes from Orange and habitat and forest. Bold Culpeper, andhardwood about 90 minutes from streams follow the north and west Washington. boundaries. Minutes from Orange and Culpeper, and about 90 minutes from Washington. For further information contact : Julia Lyman 540.748.1497

For further information contact : Justin Wiley 434.981.5528

$2,320,000

For further information contact Sharon & Duke Merrick 540.406.7373

$3,750,000

For further information contact : Frank Hardy

$10,900,000

For further information contact : Julia Lyman 540.748.1497

$2,320,000

$3,750,000

$10,900,000

$375,000

Reivers Run

Pumphouse

Fairway Drive

Keswick Estate

Now offered with over 6 acres including

Reivers Runbarns, frontage on a additional pasture,

pond (fishing!),and a division right, this Now offered with over 6 acres handsomely renovated Capeincluding offers 4 additional pasture, barns, frontageguest on a beds, 4 full & 2 half bath + pleasing pond (fishing!),and a division right, this cottage with 2 beds/2 baths! 2009 handsomely renovated Cape offers renovation including all baths (subway4 beds, 4 fulloctagonal & 2 half bath + pleasing guest tile walls, mini tile floors) & cottage with baths! 2009 kitchen (new2 beds/2 cabinets, granite, renovation including baths (subway appliances). Originalall charms abound, tile walls, octagonal tile floors) & incl’ ornate mantels,mini beamed ceilings, kitchen (new granite, herringbone brickcabinets, floors, remarkable appliances). Original original hardware. Withcharms the barnabound, & more incl’ ornate mantels,property beamed can ceilings, land, this engaging host herringbone brick floors, remarkable horses! original hardware. With the barn & more land, this engaging property can host For further information contact horses! Loring Woodriff 434.466-2992

For further information contact $1,049,000 Loring Woodriff 434.466-2992

acres at the base of the Southwest mountains. Federal two story brick Historic Keswick situated on 477 residence with Farm english basement. acres at the base of the Southwest Adorable restored guest cottage, 2 mountains. Federal two pool, storyformal brick additional guest houses, residence with english basement. gardens, and new 5 bay garage with Adorable restored guest cottage, potential office/guest quarters above,2 additional guest houses, pool, formal restored historic bank barn, old dairy gardens, and new 5 bay garage with barn converted to farm office and run-in potential office/guest quarters above, shed, log corn crib, and several streams. restored historic bank barn, dairy A jewel in the Keswick Huntold Country barn converted tomost farm beautiful office andland run-in with some of the to shed, log corn crib, and several streams. be found. A jewel in the Keswick Hunt Country with some of the most beautiful land to be found.

Windy Hill

$375,000

Perfectly located, private waterfront lot Small horse property located in the heart Fairway Drive Pumphouse overlooking Broadmoor Lake and the of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This

Private acreageEstate inside the gates of Keswick Keswick Estate. Over 2.5 acres of open

For further information contact : Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

and level land fronts the newly designed Private inside the gates of Pete Dyeacreage golf course. Amenities at the Keswick Estate. Over 2.5include acres of open impressive Keswick Hall state of andart level land fronts newly designed the fitness center,the swimming, tennis Petespa Dyefacilities. golf course. Amenities athills the and Nestled in the foot impressive Keswick include state of of the Blue RidgeHall Mountains and the art fitness center, swimming, tennis convenient to all that the historic region and to spaoffer. facilities. Nestled in the foot hills has of the Blue Ridge Mountains and convenient to all that the historic region has to offer.

For further information contact : Justin Wiley 434.981.5528

new Pete Dye designed golf course ("Full Perfectly located, private waterfront lot Cry"). Enjoy breathtaking views of the overlooking Broadmoor Lake and the surrounding the golf course, woodlands new Dye designed golf coursein("Full and Pete Blue Ridge Mountains the Cry"). Enjoy breathtaking viewscountry of the distance. This low maintenance surrounding the golf course, home is relaxing as well as woodlands perfect for and Blue Ridge in the entertaining with Mountains a beautiful billiard distance. This low maintenance room, home theatre and outdoor country kitchen. home of is the relaxing as wellsystem, as perfect for State art security whole entertaining beautifullighting billiard house audiowith anda Lutron room, home theatre and outdoor throughout. Five heating and airkitchen. zones. State of the art security Exceptionally well craftedsystem, with thewhole finest house audio and golf Lutron lighting of materials. Family membership to throughout. Five heating and air zones. Full Cry is included. Exceptionally well crafted with the finest of materials. Family golf contact membership to For further information : Full is Parr included. MaryCry Ann 434.531.0141

For further information contact : Justin Wiley 434.981.5528

For further information contact : Mary Ann Parr 434.531.0141

$4,395,000

For further information contact : Murdoch Matheson 434.981.7439

mostly open and fenced 14.5 acre Small horse located the heart offering hasproperty a 3 bedroom & 3inbathroom of Somerset and the Keswick Hunt. This house built in the 1940's. Many recent mostly open and fenced 14.5 acre improvements include a finished offering has2 arenovated 3 bedroombathrooms & 3 bathroom basement, and house built in the 1940's. Many recent remodeled kitchen. Situated at the end improvements include a finished of a county road with great privacy basement, 2 renovated bathrooms and remodeled kitchen. Situated the stall end .A 4-stall stable with tack room,atwash of a county road with and 2 new run-in shedsgreat makeprivacy this a great horse property. .A 4-stall stable with tack room, wash stall and 2 new run-in sheds make this a great horse property.

$595,000

$ 300,000

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Sold - 2015

Western View

Ca 1850 with 713 Acres on the Rapidan River - Culpeper County

Whiskey Ridge

With 83 acres in the Farmington Hunt - Albemarle County

Auburn Plantation

Ca. 1855 with 422 Acres at Brandy Station - Culpeper County

Freshwater Cove

294 Acres near Lovingston - Nelson County

Ringadahl

Mid-century modern on 23 acres with stables - Albemarle County

Green Springs Plantation

Ca. 1774 with 255 Acres – Historic District - Louisa County

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POLITICS

Albermarle County Is On The Move ADAPTED BY KESWICK LIFE

Reassessment Notices Mailed on January 29th

best easement acquisitions we’ve ever made,” said McChesney Goodall, Ace Program Coordinator. “With over one mile of frontage on the Rivanna River and numerous building sites overlooking the river and surrounding farmland, this historic property could easily have fallen into the hands of a developer. I really want to thank property owner Carol Sweeney for being so steadfast in keeping this property whole, despite significant financial pressure. It is a great tribute to her and her unyielding desire to preserve this special place for future generations.”

All appeals to the Board of Equalization must be filed by March 16, 2016.

Albemarle

County is sending 2016 Change of Assessment notices to taxpayers this week reflecting changes in property values resulting from the County's recently completed annual reassessment. The notice will show the new 2016 assessed values alongside the 2015 and 2014 values and tax amounts and provide the percent change in the proposed new tax levy as compared to each of the two previous year’s tax levies. The proposed tax levy is based on the new assessed value and the 2015 tax rate; the Board of Supervisors set the 2016 tax rate at a later date. Any questions regarding the new assessment notice should be directed to the Office of the County Assessor. The 2016 reassessments show changes in property values resulting from continuing stabilization of the real estate market being experienced locally as well as nationwide. The change in the County's total "Fair Market Value" base has increased by 1.84% over the 2015 base. Reassessment changes by property type are:

The ACE program was established by the Board of Supervisors in 2000 in response to expanding development pressure from growth and urbanization in the rural area. It was designed to provide a financially attractive way for landowners of modest means to protect family farms in Albemarle County and their unique open space resources. It represents an opportunity for landowners to voluntarily sell a conservation easement to a public agency to be held in trust for perpetuity. Conservation easements allow landowners to retain ownership of their land and to continue farming it and managing the timber. However, they limit property division, sale of development rights, and size and number of new dwellings. Since easements are permanent and run with the land, they provide a lasting benefit to the public through the protection of open space, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats, air and water quality, and resources of historical, cultural and ecological significance.

Results for different property types may vary significantly from the overall change. The reassessment figure reflects the values of existing properties and does not include the value of new construction. New construction is estimated to be valued at $100,000,000 for the assessment period. Virginia by Statute requires localities to assess property at 100% of fair market value, based on an objective analysis of the property's fair market value, independent of any influence on the part of the County or the County Board of Supervisors. The new assessments will be reflected in the real estate bills, which will be mailed in late April 2016. County officials recommend that anyone who would like more information or who wishes a review of their assessment to contact the Office of the County Assessor at (434) 296-5856. Real estate assessment information can be found on the County's Website, www. albemarle.org, under Online Services, GIS-Web. Among information available are property descriptions, maps and sales information. The Assessor's Office provides computers that can be used by the public during normal business hours. There is a process in place to appeal disputed reassessments. As a first step,

taxpayers are encouraged to contact the Assessor's Office to ensure the correctness of County records and to receive an explanation of the basis upon which the valuation was made. If visiting the Assessor’s Office, we highly recommend that citizens make an appointment to ensure that the appropriate staff member, who can best explain the valuation of their specific property, is available. To request an official internal appeal, the 2016 Administrative Review form can be found on the County website on the County Assessor page. This form can also be mailed, emailed or faxed upon request. The deadline to return this form to request an internal appeal with the Assessor's office is February 29, 2016. If a property owner does not receive satisfaction with this step, further appeal may be requested through to the Board of Equalization (BOE) appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The BOE is comprised of Albemarle County citizens who have completed training by the Virginia Department of Taxation and who meet on a regular basis. All appeals to the Board of Equalization must be filed by March 16, 2016.

Albemarle County Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program Acquires Mt. Eagle Farm

Albemarle County is closing in on 9,000

acres permanently protected from development through its Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program with the recent enrollment of Mt. Eagle Farm. Mt. Eagle is a 324 acre property with 6,900 feet along the Rivanna River, approximately 250 acres of fertile bottomland, 9,000 feet adjoining other easements, and 1,000 feet of frontage on Route 53 – a major entrance corridor – making it an exceptionally valuable property to protect. These factors contributed to Mt. Eagle scoring as the second highest applicant in the program’s history. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the County has acquired 46 easements totaling 8,992 acres while eliminating 488 development rights on those properties through its ACE program. The program has resulted in the preservation of a significant number of family farms while providing an important source of income to help reduce debt, acquire new equipment, and generally make improvements to the property.

The ACE evaluation process system scores and ranks properties by 17 different criteria that measure conservation value including: 1) open space resources (such as size of parcel and whether it joins a permanently protected area); 2) threat of conversion to development and; 3) natural, cultural, historical or scenic resources (such as mountaintops, working family farms, important view-sheds, scenic highways and rivers, watersheds, productive soils and historically significant properties). Any property that scores a minimum of 20 points is eligible for consideration; however, properties in the applicant pool with the highest point total have the highest priority. Mt. Eagle Farm received nearly 72 points, the 2nd highest score in the program’s history.

“Mt. Eagle farm is clearly one of the

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BOOKWORM

Stormy Weather - Perfect Time for a Great Book A winter storm is the perfect excuse to

hunker down with a good book in front of a roaring fire and that is just what I did during the snowfall that dumped nearly two feet in Keswick. I hope you were all able to do the same and enjoyed a little down time at your home. The first book I would recommend reading comes with a suggestion: Do NOT read the back cover or anything that might prove a spoiler to this story. I was completely taken unaware by this remarkable novel and it’s twists and I really believe that is the best way to enjoy it, so I am going to try and review it without giving away the particulars. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel by Karen Joy Fowler. The book begins with Rosemary Cooke who explains that she is going to have to start her story in the middle. Quite the little chatterbox when she was younger, Rosemary grows up to be a very different child who doesn’t say a great deal. All of this is due to an unusual childhood and a loss that affected her and her family deeply. Fowler looks at memories, those we hang on to, those memories we search for and those we aren’t completely sure of. This novel touches on perspectives, especially when dealing with parental responsibil-

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ity and choices parents sometimes make to the detriment of the child. The Cooke family (Mom, Dad, Lowell, sister Fern and Rosemary) is a “typical” middle class family, except for a strange twist. When sister Fern is removed from the equation the family falls apart: Lowell disappears, Mother becomes depressed and Rosemary withdraws and realizes she is not like other children. This novel is a study of well-intentioned actions that lead to heartrending consequences. If you are looking for lighter fare, then may I suggest Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen. A prolific writer, Bowen, has created another fun mystery series about the crazy life of Lady Victoria Georgianna Charlotte Eugenie, a very minor British royal. Unmarried and broke, she is saddled with the burden of being 34th in line for the throne. With the family name to uphold, “Georgie” must figure out how to pay her bills without offending her cousin, the Queen. When a man who is blackmailing her brother is found dead in her bathtub, this heroine must do a bit of sleuthing to protect the family name. A complete klutz and not at all a part of the “smart set,” she manages to figure out a way to pay the bills, live without servants, bypass the

amorous attentions of an Irish bounder, avoid marriage to a prince she nicknames “fish-face” and still solve the murder and save her rather vacuous brother. I have always enjoyed Bowen’s stories. Her characters are clever and the dialogue is funny and fast paced. She always serves up a delightful “cozy mystery,” perfect for a bathtub read!

terious woman who may have inspired the greatest heroines of Shakespeare. I hope you enjoy a few good books if we happen to have just one more snowstorm before spring comes to Keswick. These are the perfect stories to keep you company as we wait for the crocus to appear!

Another piece of fiction that is sure to keep you curled up by the fire is Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper. The author of over 60 books, this is one of my favorites. First of all, I love anything having to do with Shakespeare, but add to that the real life mystery surrounding his marriage license to a woman named Anne Whateley just days before his marriage to Anne Hathaway was announced and you have a wonderful plot for a historical fiction piece. In this tale woven by Harper, Anne Whateley is a dark haired beauty who grew up with William Shakespeare. They played together and fell in love and planned to marry, but fate intervened and Will was forced to marry another. Brokenhearted Anne leaves for London to find another life there but she never forgets her first love. A story of love and literature, Harper does a beautiful job creating a fiction around the mys-

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Everette Collwell Sanner Everette Collwell Sanner was born June 16, 1924 in Orange County and entered into Heaven on Thursday, February 4, 2016. He was the last living sibling of the eleven children of the late George C. and Lillie Hall Sanner. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Albert Yowell, George Myrtland, Floyd and Charles Henry; and sisters, Bernice, Beatrice, Hazel, Jessie, Mary, and Barbara. Everette is survived by his loving wife of sixty-four years, Gladys Collins Sanner; sons, Terry (Bonnie) of Charleston, West Virginia, Jerry (Ann) of Richmond, Perry (Karen) and Teddy, all of Earlysville; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, plus many nieces and nephews that he loved and cherished. Everette retired from Farmington Hunt Club after nineteen years where he served as Huntsman of the Hounds, which he dearly loved. There he and his wife made lifelong friendships, which he cherished. He was an Army veteran in the 119th infantry serving in the European Theater during World War II where he received the Bronze Star. Everette was a hard working honest man who was devoted to his family. He loved to go deer hunting and restoring and painting cars. He enjoyed playing the mandolin, singing Blue Grass Music, sipping iced coffee under the oak trees in the summer while watching his grandchildren play. He spent hours fixing and welding anything that needed restoring or repaired in his "man cave" garage. Everette loved visiting with many friends on his C.B. radio back in the day. He hand built his family home brick by brick and took great pride in his home and land. Everette had a sharp sense of humor and a wicked little smile. He loved bargaining and trading and had many friends. He loved family gatherings and reunions where he held court in his lawn chair. Everette will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him and respected his strength, honesty, and giving nature. Funeral services were held, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Preddy Funeral Home in Orange with Pastor John Edwards officiating. Interment followed in the Sanner Family Cemetery in Madison Run. The family received friends at the funeral home on February 5. The family thanks the staff of the Hospice of the Piedmont for their care of Everette. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Earlysville Fire Department, 283 Reas Ford Road, Earlysville, VA 22936 or the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jef-

OBITUARY ferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 www.hopva.org. Preddy Funeral Home of Orange is assisting the family.

James "Red Dog" Covington Jr.

Each summer that young Jim Covington worked at Beaver Creek Farm in Henry County, the more he came to love the land, the outdoors. That devotion overcame a short flirtation with a law practice, drove him into real estate and lasted until his death at age 80 at his home in Richmond on Jan. 21. “I think Jimmy realized that he could not just sit in an office,” opined James F. Ransone Jr., Vice President of Residential Sales for The Covington Co., a real estate development, leasing and management business Mr. Covington founded in 1969. “A friend told me that just riding around (in the fields) with Jim in an old Jeep, he could see from Jim’s eyes that he was in heaven. He just loved being outside.” James Edward Covington Jr. left the Richmond-based law firm of Williams, Mullen, Pollard & Rogers after four years in 1965 to co-found Virginia Landmark Corp. Under that banner, he was involved with the Mount Vernon Apartments, built some apartments in Charlottesville and managed some stilt buildings in the Willow Lawn area of Henrico County. After forming The Covington Co., he developed projects including North Creek at Edgehill Townhouses and the Briarwood Hearth condo community in Chesterfield County as well as apartment complexes and in-fill single-family lots. The Westham Green condo community in western Henrico County, started in 1972, proved a turning point for the company. With it, Mr. Covington became a local pioneer in the development of luxury condominiums, Ransone said. He had to educate a skeptical buying market on their benefits, which included crown molding, hardwood floors, open green spaces and a serpentine brick wall that ran along North Ridge Road. “Anyone can build a straight wall,” Ransone noted. “Not Jim. He got top-of-theline Pennsylvania brick – oversize. Anything that was done or built, he wanted it done just the way it should be done – not cutting corners. He liked the idea of leaving behind something really nice.” However, the Colonial-style units were expensive. “At one point, we didn’t sell a unit for a year,” Mr. Covington recalled in a 2015 Richmond Times-Dispatch interview. “It was tough going.” One high-

profile buyer purchasing a unit opened the floodgates for more. He considered it his most successful development – although he allowed that his Greystone condos on Ridge Road with their open floor plans, cathedral ceilings and studylofts would be the most fun place to live. During the 1980s, his company tackled its first existing-building-to-condo project in The Prestwould, the city’s last luxury high-rise apartments built before the Great Depression, which faces Monroe Park. After The Prestwould, Mr. Covington mostly focused on retail commercial real estate, developing or redeveloping more than 3 million square feet of properties across Virginia. The company has ownership interests in 14 shopping centers throughout the state, ranging from Fredericksburg’s Chancellor Center to Tight Squeeze Plaza in Pittsylvania County and Bedford Plaza in Bedford to Rocky Mount Plaza in Rocky Mount. In 2005, Mr. Covington returned to residential development with Maple Green, a courtyard community near Libbie and Grove avenues in Richmond’s West End. Built on several deep lots, it had existing homes and room to build more. He retained the right to approve the landscaping and the architecture of the homes so they would blend with the neighborhood, but offered his buyers the chance to customize their homes inside. “Someone asked him, ‘Jim, do you think anyone’s going to want to buy a home on Maple Avenue for $34,000?’ That was the price of the first one. The last sold for about $80,000. That was a wonderful home run,” Ransone said. “He really knew what he was doing in this business, and he did it kind of quietly.” A Richmond native, Mr. Covington spent his first four years in Shanghai, where his father was a buyer for Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. The family returned to Richmond when the Japanese invaded China during World War II. After earning his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Virginia, he returned to Richmond. As a member of the Three Chopt Civic Association, he was instrumental in saving Bandy Field, near the Village Shopping Center, for use as a local park. Mr. Covington was an avid skier, sailor, windsurfer, golfer and, above all, fox hunter. Twice master of the Deep Run Hunt, he worked to ensure the club would have open land for hunting. Through a hunt comrade, he learned that Sunnyside Farm in Fluvanna County, languishing in decades of man-high weeds, was for sale. He restored the land and buildings. He put easements on his own land and shepherded neighbors in doing likewise with theirs, protecting several thousand acres. Donald Kamencik, con-

troller of The Covington Co., called him a “brilliant man who didn’t always give a lot of details about what he wanted, but he had a great vision for things. We did a lot of learning by observation.“ When he became ill with cancer, he kept fighting all the way to the end and always had a positive attitude toward life. He went out and did what he wanted to do to the best of his ability.” Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jane Elizabeth Ellis Covington; two daughters, Elizabeth Marshall Covington of Telluride, Colo., and Jane Motion of Middleburg; a son, James E. Covington III of Burlington, Vt.; a sister, Anne Weldon Thompson of North Carolina; and four grandchildren. A funeral was held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Goochland County, where he had served as senior warden several times.

Earl Poindexter Wheeler Earl Poindexter Wheeler, 93, of Cobham, Va., died on Friday, February 26, 2016, at The Center, Hospice of the Piedmont. Born on April 10, 1922, in Louisa, Va., he was the son of the late Roy Lee Wheeler and Emily Ruth Smith Wheeler. Earl is survived by his wife, of 68 years, Lois Norvell Wheeler. Besides his wife, Earl leaves four children, Faye Wheeler Male, of Keswick, Va., Brenda Wheeler Zacherle, of Culpeper, Va., Nancy Lee Wheeler, of Cobham,Va., and Robert Earl Wheeler and his wife, Heidi, of Keswick, Va.; ten grandchildren, Jeremy Lyn Male and his wife, Martha, of Wilmington, N.C., Mary Corinne Gordon and her husband, Michael, of Mendocino, Calif., Philip Jason Shoop and his wife, Amanda, of Culpeper, Va., John Karsten Zacherle and his wife, Beth, of Chicago, Ill., Gregory Daniel Shoop and his wife, Lucille, of Leesburg, Va., Robert Thomas Poindexter "Dex" Wheeler, of Charlottesville, Va., Matthew Earl Zacherle and his wife, Katie, of Richmond, Va., Darby Hart Wheeler McClung and her husband, Brandon, of Lexington, Va., Emily Wight Zacherle, of Charlotte, N.C., and Madeline Grace "Allie" Wheeler, of Newport News, Va.; and eight great-grandchildren, Jason Christopher, Abigail Kaitlyn, Ruby Lee and Elizabeth Jane Shoop, Hazel Grace and Violet Bea Gordon, Levi Hamilton McClung, and Alexis Grace Zacherle. Earl is also survived by his brother, Gordon Lee Wheeler and his wife, Hildreth; his brother, Kenneth Mason Wheeler; his sister, Emily Wheeler continued on the next page

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<<< continued from the previous page Rhodes; nephews, Ronald Rhodes, Michael Wheeler, David Rhodes, Kenneth Wheeler, Jr., Gordon "Cappy" Wheeler, and Douglas Wheeler; and nieces, Betty Svetz, and Patricia Knight. Growing up in rural Albemarle County, Earl developed a lifelong love of animals, farming, and the outdoors. He graduated from McIntire High School in 1940. A veteran of World War II, Earl served in the United States Army, 3886th Quartermaster Truck Company in England, France, Germany and Central Europe, earning numerous medals and was awarded five Bronze Stars for meritorious service in a combat zone. Following his military service, Earl apprenticed as an electrician and subsequently operated his own electrical and plumbing business for more than 50 years. Special thanks to the dedicated staff of The Center, Hospice of the Piedmont, for their support, caring and kindness during Earl's last days. A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Beaver Dam Baptist Church, 1794 Richmond Road, Troy, VA 22974. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

Tony W. Harris Tony W. Harris, 84, of Keswick, Va. entered into eternal rest on February 23, 2016, at a local health care center. He was the son of the late Clint and Thelma Flowers Harris. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted family, his spouse, Shirley Harris of Keswick; one son, Reginald Harris of Keswick, Va.; and four daughters, Angie Harris of Keswick, Va., Marchelle Rollins of Lousia, Va., Norma Thompson of Charlottesville, Va., and Mary Robertson of High Point, N.C., 15 grandchildren, and a host of other beloved relatives and friends. A celebration of life was held on March 2, 2016, at Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Dyer officiating. Services of comfort are entrusted to the staff of McClenny Funeral Service.

Marc Bridenhagen Marc Paul Bridenhagen departed this world on February 29, 2016. He was born in Denver, Colorado on March 11, 1953. Marc spent his childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains and cultivating an enduring love of fly fishing, skiing, and the great outdoors. In 1969, Marc traveled to Virginia to attend Woodberry Forest School where he was active in athletics and developed a

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Marc was known as a fair and honest businessman, whose integrity was exhibited through his work at Martin Roofing where he was president. Marc was dedicated to serving the local community, serving on the board of WorkSource Enterprises for twenty-two years, and as the past president of the Associated General Contractors Piedmont. In addition to his wife Sarah, and his two daughters, Marc is survived by his terrific brother-in-law and wife, Jim and Bobbie Rutrough, a niece, Kate Rutrough, and a very spoiled Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Addy. Marc was preceded in death by his parents Bernita and Clement Bridenhagen.

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