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on the cover Pictured: The Cabaniss fort Photographer: Chet White With the exception of the slide, this club house was built using reclaimed materials. Story on page 10.

from thepublishers We plopped the boy down in the field for about an hour the other day because he hadn’t eaten dirt in a while. It was during this time Adam discovered a moth sitting on a lanky blade of grass that had somehow survived the bush hog. Angelo the cat saw it too, and instinctively sunk to the ground. There’s a scene in Disney’s The Jungle Book where the little boy becomes mesmerized by the psychedelic eyes of a snake. Out here we have moths with wings bearing patterns of your uncle’s ugly tie. Wings that flap open and shut, winking suggestively at curious little boys. With a clumsy lunge, Adam reached for the moth only to lose it. Sorry, Angelo. But the blade of grass didn’t go anywhere. If anything, it swayed back and forth in tandem with the breeze, slow enough for a little boy to get a hold of it. Adam tugged it and he tugged it hard. The boy then realized the blade isn’t budging. He’ll learn about roots one day. He will learn that the grass that he sees is only part of what’s there. If he was a bug, a tiny little bug living inside the Earth, he would see that a

single blade of grass is bound to the soil by roots that branch out. And if he were to tunnel straight through to the other side, he’d come up for air west of Australia in the great Indian Ocean. A tiny little bug floating in the water and the grasses there, they call seaweed. On this end of the Earth, on the side with moths and cats, sits a little boy that many months ago was a bug, a tiny little bug, floating around his mother’s womb. Tunneling through, the boy came up for air to join our world. Happy 1st Birthday, Adam! Mom and Dad




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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz

Valley of Paradise A group of weary wine tasters returned to Virginia with blistered feet, yet several pounds lighter from (they later thanked me) trekking daily for hours across Paris. The pounds dropped off despite consumption of unusually large amounts of food and wine. And if I walked them into the ground, they drank me under the table. I was reprimanded only a few times, most notably for the excessive walking, but also for slipping into more chocolate shops than wine bars. But Paris was paradise. August is a blessedly sleepy month in which the Parisians flock to the south. This year however, perhaps because of a struggling French economy, more Parisians were at home, more shops and restaurants open and, except for around the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, Paris found far fewer tourists roaming her streets. We dined lakeside in the shade of gracious chestnut trees at La Chalet des Iles, and conducted wine tastings wherever we were. The most impressive tastings were at Lucien Legrand, Filles et Fils and Lavinia. But it was not only strolling the boulevards that

we found paradise. There was also a little wine who endeared herself to the group. I refer to a Vin de Pays (literally “country wine,” those wines which represent great value and are more expressive of place, “terroir” perhaps than any other) called Vallée du Paradis. Valley of Paradise. And the cost of this wine? 2.80 euros… pure paradis. Yes, there does exist, in the south of France, a Vallée du Paradis, but maybe the real Valley of Paradise is that place where you find yourself (and if you’re really good you end up in that most magical of all places, Nelson County) surrounded by friends and family and good wine. That to me is what this wine symbolized: the beauty and warmth of Paris in late summer, our camaraderie and the quotidian wine of the locals: affordable and good. As the Europeans have always known, it’s not necessary to spend hundreds on a bottle of wine…or a great experience. Thus, while I have been unable to find in Virginia that exact little gem the group fell so hard for, I can suggest some equally well- priced wines: St. Elias – From Chile, home to a

growing number of good affordable wines, St. Elia makes a varietally correct Cabernet Sauvignon with nice black currant aromas; a smooth and appley Chardonnay; a silken Syrah; and an outstanding and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. And at $6.99 a bottle I think, with the current exchange rate, not to mention Visa transaction fees, we come out pretty close to 2.80 euros. Join the group in Italy second week of May 2010. Email Kay:

The group poses next to the Luxembourg Gardens before La Fontaine des Quatre-Partie-du-Monde, otherwise known as the “Turtle fountain.”Absent are Kathy Pevey and Mary Hamilton, blogger and photographer. Kay Pfaltz is co-owner of Basic Necessities in Nellysford.

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Apple Festival Oct. 17 & 18 9am-5pm

As part of a 3-day celebration of its opening, Democracy Vineyards held a wine tasting at the Lovingston Opry featuring Velvet Revolution and Declaration.

Though the skies threatened rain, folks turned out to enjoy the music of Tiger Lily at Cardinal Point Winery. The performance benefitted Blue Ridge Interfaith Ministries.


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Veritas Vineyard & Winery wrapped up its last Starry Nights of the season with a lively performance by local favorites, The Hacksensaw Boys, whose music represents a blend of folk rock and bluegrass.

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55 acres • Cub Creek

From the front porch of this 3,341 sq. ft., passive-solar Log Home, you gaze up to the nearby “Three Ridges” Mountain. All 55 ac. are alive and waiting for that special owner to enjoy from the sounds of Cub Creek nearby and the mountain air that surrounds you, to the beauty of nature and wildlife, fruit trees and delicious blueberries. Remarkable Purchase being Offered for $615,000.00!

Long frontage on the beautiful Tye River with open meadows and hidden, elevated building sites make this 31+- acres an extraordinary purchase. Property fronts on a quiet state road with great potential for agricultural, retreat or permanent home site with Wintergreen, Crabtree Falls, Appalachian Trail & the National Forest nearby. Smaller tracts are available. Call for more info. New Survey. $410,000

2.19 acres • 59 Mann Lane, Shipman

5 acres • 867 Walkers Mtn. Road

Spacious open floor plan with this 3 BR., 2 BA., 1620 sq. ft. home on 5.01 mature landscaped acres with unique wrought iron gate at entry. Home features FP in 15’x16’ Den, 8’x20’ Kitchen with all Appliances, 13’x13’ Master Br., w/10’x10 BA, & 13’x16’ Living Room. Walk-in Closets in all BRs. 26’x32’x14’ all Metal Workshop/Garage is ideal for the hobbist. Great Asking Price of $168,500!

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11.5 acres • 274 Bowling Dr., Colleen

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Relax in this scenic setting with exceptional views of rolling farmland and the Blue Ridge Mtns. Plus room to roam on this 11.5 landscaped ac. with a custombuilt, energy-efficient, 2294 sq. ft., brick home with basement. Fertile garden sites with grape vines & fruit trees. Outstanding features with hardwood flrs., crown molding & chair rail in formal DN. Rm., Brick FP in DEN, 14’x18’ Eat-in KIT., 15’x30’ PATIO for entertaining & Much More! Convenient to Lovingston & US 29! Great Condition! $319,900


Just like New! This 3 BR., 2 BA., Cape-Cod on 2.19 heavily landscaped ac. has outstanding features with 12’x18’ Great Room, 12’x16’ Den w/High Speed Internet Hookup, Carport, 2008 roof, 2006 Windows, Retractable Awnings, 16’x23’ Patio, Gazbo & Storage Building. All appliances convey in 9’x24’ Kitchen. Seller to pay up to $5000 for Closing Costs, Plus 1 yr. Home Warranty! $229,500.

4.08 AC. - Build today on this affordable wooded lot w/driveway located off Tye River Rd. in southern Nelson. Convenient to US 29 with NO RESTRICTIONS! OWNER WANTS OFFERS! $24,900 5.07 AC. - Privacy with this wooded lot w/wildlife, spring & NO RESTRICTIONS! Minutes from US 29 near Colleen. Soil Report on file. REDUCED TO $38,500 NEW LISTING - 24.25 ac. - This wooded acreage is ideal for hunting, camping or permanent home. Privacy plus wildlife and stream. GREAT PRICE AT $79,500 5 AC. - Access to the James River with this beautiful hardwood lot in Howardsville. Existing driveway into private building site. Soil Report on file. Restrictions w/NO MOBILES & DOUBLEWIDES. REDUCED TO $69,900

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Annelise Stacey stands roughly 24 feet tall when she’s on the porch of her Nellysford tree house. Personally, the 11-year-old county native accounts for about four of those feet. continued on page 12

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For Stacey, the house hanging from thick chains among a cluster of four oaks is a work in progress that started in early 2007 as her father, Al, started claiming and reclaiming leftovers from the years of construction jobs he’s worked.


“It’s kind of like the thing these days, everybody wants a tree house,” Annelise said. Although, she had to lean on her dad in the last year to finish the job. “She’s going to be out of the house soon and I don’t even have her tree house built,” Al Stacey, owner of Gaia Homes in Nellysford, remembers thinking. On a recent tour of the house, the younger Stacey talked about the peace sign cut into the front door, her German Shepherd - the robust barking security system and frequent visitor - Murphy and converting the house into her personal library.

“I keep on stealing things from [my parents’] house,” Annelise said of furnishing the 7x7 space that is wrapped on three sides by porch. Although she’s had to return some house plants. Throughout the tour, her brother Derek, 2, laid nearby, conched out on a sleeping bag. In Massies Mill, there’ another similar story, where Larry Cabaniss has also done some material scavenging of his own and put together a tree house for his four kids, Skylar, Piper, Rylie and Montana: ages 3, 9, 10 and 13, respectively. But in a way, the Cabanisses’ tree house is treeless because - outside of the recycled job site materials that were used to build it - it is freestanding up on a hill above their house.

But in the Cabanisses’ case, it’s all about location, location, location. Not to mention, it looks like a miniature version of a Southern summer cottage ... albeit one with a zip line that jumps off from the front porch into roughly a 200-foot run. With it’s energy efficient windows and an extension cord bringing power from the main house, the only thing Larry Cabaniss said he paid for was a slide that drops off the front porch. “It’s a history of stuff,” Cabaniss, who owns Cabaniss Construction, said. “I hope when we’re done that it’s heated.” He’s also like to hook it up to solar panels. “He had told me [the tree house] was really for him,” wife Nikki joked. And maybe the best thing for any tree house is it never gets done, in a sense, said Annelise Stacey. “When it’s built you kind of like building it more,” she said. NCL




WINTERGREEN STONEY CREEK NELSON COUNTY (800) 361-5155 (434) 361-2440 Visit our website at 176 Rocktree Lane

39 North Forest Drive

Ski front, mountain views and affordable! Recently painted and updated, this 3BR, 2 BA home is decorated beautifully and in move-in condition. Whether you ski out from the backdoor or watch from the rear deck, the year round mountain views are always a pleasure. With the bonus room down stairs, you can leave the skis, boots and hiking gear and come up to enjoy the fireplace. $399,000 Call John McKeithen 434 906-0427

A great location on the 12th hole of Devil’s Knob Course and exceptional winter views into the Shenandoah Valley. This home with two spacious living areas, four large bedrooms and an expansive screened in porch the whole length of the house is a fantastic mountain getaway at a very affordable price. Fully furnished. $449,500 WPI Call Pam McKeithen 434 906-0426

Fortunes Cove parcel

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777 Rhue Hollow

A premium corner lot in a beautiful cove, this offering is 3/4 mile to the Nature Conservancy’s Fortunes Cove Preserve. Features beautiful 270 degree mountain views, nearly all open land, wooded edge buffer, drilled well and a small stream on the boundary. Just over 2 miles from US 29 yet a world away from the fast lane. $89,000 Call Charlie Wineberg 434 996-7336

Get 3 BR for the price of 2 BR (and 3 BA)! Walk out to skiing. Spacious lower level unit with magnificent views of the mountains and valleys. Upgrades such as flooring, window treatments, and more. Ground level master suite has the ultimate in privacy, a 2nd FP and a patio. $3500 carpet allowance with acceptable contract. Furnished. $295,000 WPI Call Chastity Morgan 434 941-5883

Enjoy sunsets from the front porch, breakfast on the screened porch or gather around the fireplace of this post and beam cottage. With 4BR, 2.5 BA, greatroom and country kitchen, there’s ample room for all. 4.5 acres of sunny landscaped yard and woodlands with a mountain stream and water garden. Rhue Hollow is one of Nelson County’s quiet country lanes only min. from Wintergreen and Nellysford and 40 min. to C’ville. $319,000 Call Charlie Wineberg 434 996-7336

114 Tree House Place

Minutes from Wintergreen, this 2BR, 2.5BA custom home is a must see. Built in 2006, it has an open inviting floor plan with lots of room for expansion. White oak floors throughout, wainscoting, energy efficient 2x6 walls, 9 ft. ceilings, fireplace, and energy star appliances. 1780 sq ft unfinished walk-out basement. Sits on 5 acres of hardwoods with mountain views and total privacy. Several good sites for a guesthouse or garage. Close to the Parkway, wineries, breweries, farmer’s market, hiking, biking and kayaking! 30 min to Charlottesville and Waynesboro. Price reduced! $399,000 Call Julie Bendle 434 996-8669



The first phase of the Skate Nelson skate park at the Rockfish Valley Community Center has opened. The half pipe is to be followed up with “a multiuse plaza-style skate area, suitable for skating, plus other recreation that requires a hard, smooth surface like basketball, street hockey, biking, etc,” said Tim Gorman, the man behind Skate Nelson. To help raise money for Phase 2, Skate Nelson raffled off a pair of U2 concert tickets. Magnificent.

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54 Little Stoney Lane

142 Saddle Ridge Lane

119 East Catoctin

Sited on 6.13 acres (in 2 parcels) in a great location with stunning mountain views. This 4BR, 2 BA home has had many interior upgrades: hardwood flooring, Corian countertops, new carpet and tile as well as freshly painted bedrooms. Very private but close to Nellysford and Wintergreen. Hear Stoney Creek babbling in your backyard! 35 min. to Charlottesville. Extra acreage available. $229,000

Gorgeous views! One of the most established locations in Stoney Creek. This 1.44 acres feels even larger, with mature landscaping and trees, the golf course to one side and a bold creek in the rear. Main house has 3BR, 3.5BA and the apartment has a pool/rec room, den, W/D, kitchenette and 1BR, 1 BA. Kitchen renovation and new roof. Meticulously maintained. $685,000 WPI

107 Satinwood Lane

125 Stoney Creek West

550 Devils Knob Loop

Very nice cape cod on 1.36 acres with wonderful mountain views. Home has been lovingly maintained, 3 BR 2.5 BA, den, garage and unfinished space in lower level. This home is very energy efficient and has an amazing conservatory which provides heat to much of the house. Property boasts large screened deck, hot tub, lovely gardens and organic garden area, small barn/shed and 1-car garage. Great location convenient to Nellysford and Wintergreen and 35 mins to C’ville and W’boro. Price Reduced! $292,000

New 3BR, 2.5BA cottage situated on a 1.32 acre home site with lots of bonus space in the unfinished basement (1176 square feet). An oversized (576 square feet) two car garage and wrap around deck with screened porch are added features you don’t want to miss. Motivated seller - Bring all offers!! Special financing available. Price reduced! $395,000

Unbelievable views from this stunning 4BR, 3.5BA mountain home! Private setting with 3 levels of decking, one with hot tub. Vaulted ceiling in the greatroom and a handsome stone fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with granite counter and a breakfast bar that leads into the dining area. Master on 1st level with master bath overlooking view. Hardwood floors, beautifully furnished and ready to move in! This is top of the line. $925,000 WPI

Major Reduction --Great location on the 12th Tee -located next to the green space. Beautiful Valley and some mountain views. New roof, freshly painted exterior and interior- first floor new windows. Master suite on first floor with fireplace. 4BR, 3BA. $395,000 WPI


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182 Mountain Inn @ $125000 Reduced ! 241 Timbers @ $155000 Slopeside ! 176 Mountain Inn @ $164900 Bigger unit 420 Three Ridges @ $185000 Near Ski 787 Laurelwood @ $189500 Bonus Room 3208 North Ridge @ $190000 Views! 3229 North Ridge @ $199000 near Tennis 2072 Stone Ridge @$215000 Golfside 2036 Stone Ridge @ $225000 near Spa 2073 Stone Ridge @ $269900 3 BR ! 358 Dobie @ $335500 True Ski Out 1802 High Ridge Ct @ $397500 3 BR w Views!

The first annual Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival attracted a large crowd to hear music from bands including Sons of Bill (above). People enjoyed brews from Devils Backbone, Blue Mountain, Starr Hill, and South Street, not to mention hard cider from Albemarle Ciderworks and wine from Wintergreen Winery.

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thisoldhouse Location: 680 Pharsalia Road, Massies Mill, Virginia Offered at: $95,500 Comments: First Time On Market...Renovator’s Special...This old farm house needs TLC, but has endless possibilities. Home is being renovated by owner. Contact: Tawanda M. Hagar-Carter Four Seasons Realty 1 LLC – Nelson 434-841-6720

thisnewhouse Location: 6965 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, Virginia Offered at: $260,000 Comments: The Appalachian Trail is steps from the back door of this mountain top cabin. Custom designed and built in 2008, this retreat adjoins the George Washington National Forest and provides views of the Tye River Valley. The Tye River is just across from the driveway so enjoy trout fishing anytime of year. The Cyprus sided cabin has a stone chimney, relaxing front porch and a comfortable floorplan. A rare find tucked between the Priest Wilderness and the Three Ridges Wilderness Contact: Jim Wood Montague, Miller & Co.– Lovingston 434-263-8736

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Montebello’s Community Market Day attracted scores of people for fabulous flea market finds, tasty baked goods and, as always, Fire Department demonstrations!

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358 Dobie

Brian Chase Managing Broker 434-987-4168

Kim Chappell 434-238-2430

Pam Le Vine 941-724-4787

True Ski out condo on Dobie Ski slope, 2 bedroom nicely furnished and ready to use this ski season. Mountain views, walk to the Mountain Inn village shops and restaurants or just sit on your deck and listen to the summer concerts or holiday fireworks. Includes WPI, Priced at $335,500 listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (468391)

78 Split Rock Trail

One of THE BEST real estate values on the mountain! Grand 3,800 sq ft picturesque mountain home!Exquisite Great Room w/fireplace offers pure luxury mtn living,Covered wrap deck w/seasonal mtn views perfect for outdoor entertaining,6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, 8 flat screen televisions,Chef ’s kitchen,granite countertops, Media room,Dining for 12, Private suites, Mudroom,Exceptional rental income!Two (2) recent 6 bedroom homes at Wintergreen “SOLD” for $631,750 & $778,000. Make this home yours!, WPI, Offer price: $595,000, Contact: Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, 703.328.8680,email: bastide@ (456948)


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1531 Cliffs Condo

Extraordinary 2 bed condo. Renovations include granite in kitchen and baths, kitchen appliances, bedroom carpeting, furniture and furnishings. Spectacular mountain and valley views. Walk to Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center - Devils Knob Tennis - Devils Knob Golf. Sold furnished. WPI. $285,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (468575)

110 E. Catoctin

Terrific year-round views are complimented by 5 spacious bedrooms and 5.5 baths. A soaring great room features floor to ceiling windows, stone faced wood burning fireplace, and wood planked vaulted ceiling. 3,500+ SF but a cozy, chalet feel. 2nd fireplace w/ family room, indoor hot tub, screen porch, 2 car garage, complete this offering. $799,000. www. 877-296-9860 (453234)

Golf front mountain home! Priced to sell! Views of and walking path to Devils Knob Golf Course 13th tee! Stone fireplace, spacious master suite, natural light, vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, spacious deck with built-in seating for entertaining, screened porch, long private tree lined entrance. The perfect family weekend/summer/ski/golf home! Sold fully furnished, WPI, A rare opportunity to own a wonderful golf front Wintergreen home! Priced below market. Offer price: $395,000, Contact: Thomasina Shealey, REALTOR, 703.328.8680, email: (469362)

25 Stem Lane Value Priced 3BR home in WTG resort. Large wrap around deck, stone woodburng fireplace in great room. First floor mater BR. Bonus loft living room. Sold with Wintergreen Club Membership and Home Warranty. $339,900. Listed by Kim Chappell and 434-2382430 (460935)

Only steps away from the Blue Ridge Express chairlift, Mountain Inn, restaurants, shops, playground and Treehouse. One of the best locations on the mountain. Very good rental income. Shows great with newer carpet and appliances. Located in the first Dobie building, so it’s an easy, flat walk out to the slopes and all the other amenities. Turn-key ready to use. WPI included. Priced at $349,000. Call Rod and Christy Phillips at 434-987-6399 (469430)

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Stoney Creek: Contemporary estate home designed/built for owners. Impeccably maintained and improved. Set high on a 1.3 acre water-front lot. Extensive landscaping w/ Koi pond, stone terrace, circular concrete drive, 1st floor master, 2 fireplaces, wine tasting area, gourmet kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. $875,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (448607)

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650 Fawn Ridge

Large 5BR home on Devil’s Knob Golf Course. Enjoy golf views from your deck or great room. Lower level with suite including BR, BA, extra LR and FP. Close to resort amenities including a WTG shuttle stop. Sold with WPI. Listed for $395,00 by Kim Chappell and (468727)



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195 White Oak Drive Fantastic renovated 3 bedroom furnished home at Wintergreen Resort. New kitchen counters and appliances, gas fireplace, big new deck. Only $279,950- Affordable Again! Call Steve Marianella a 434-566-1293 (452705)

17 Wintergreen Drive This 4-story luxury townhome is the jewel of the mountain with features like 4 bedrooms, private elevator, media room (or 5th bedroom) and five full and one half baths. Fabulous views and over 3,670 sq. ft. of living space make this a valuable investment. Visit the completed model. Contact Kim Chappell 434-238-2430 (428343)

608 White Oak Condo Very desirable corner unit. Private setting and close to Mountain Inn and all shops and restaurants. Great location for activities such as skiing and hiking. Large oversized deck to enjoy this quiet retreat. Offered at $169,000. Call Christy or Rod Phillips 434-987-6388 (456229)

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801 Laurelwood Two level, 2BR condo is popular Laurelwood neighborhood with private pool. Only 3 steps to entry from parking. Sold furnished and ready to enjoy. Close to resort amenities including skiing. Listed at $225,000 by Kim Chappell and, 434-238-2430 (468594)

241 Timbers Ready to do some skiing this winter? or own an investment ski rental? Rarely offered one bedroom end unit on Ski side of building! Only $155,000 furnished and ready to enjoy Wintergreen now. Contact Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 (468654)

1142 Blue Ridge Drive

754 Laurelwood Renovated 2BR condo in popular Laurelwood neighborhood. New kitchen, baths, paint and furniture. Sold furnished and with WPI. $219,000. Listed by Kim Chappell and 434-238-2430 (468501)

823 Shamokin Springs Trail

176 Mountain Inn Attention Investors ! Gold rated rental property grossed over $21K in 07. More space than typical Mtn Inn unit, recently updated kitchen, great location near skiing, restaurants and other amenities. Sold furnished at $164,900- call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293. (453229)

Wonderful four bedroom home that could be your vacation getaway or primary residence. Luxury touches throughout this home with views, including ceramic tile, custom cabinets and drawers, custom stonework, and family room fireplace. Almost 3000 ft finished space on main level,plus almost 2700 partially finished basement level space. Includes Premier equity membership at $797,500. call Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 (468709)


114 Deer Springs Beautiful Golf front lot on Devil’s Knob Course in WTG. Close to the Devil’s Knob Club House and in a popular region of the resort. Close to amenities such as hiking, tennis and skiing. Listed for $179,000 by Kim Chappell and 434-238-2430 (468555)

711 Far Knob Lane

Rare opportunity to own one of the largest mountain-side estate lots in Stoney Creek. With elevations approaching 2,200 feet, it is one of the community’s highest. Enjoy lower humidity and cooler summer temperatures. Easy five minute access to valley amenities from a secluded mountain home site. Gorgeous views of the Rockfish Valley. Adjacent 9 acre estate parcel also available. Offered at $225,000. Brian Chase www. 434-296-9860 (460218)


2072 Stone Ridge Golf front 2 bedroom condo at Stone Ridge with views. Great location just a short walk to Spa,Golf,Tennis and Devils Knob Restaurant. Comes furnished ready to move in. Offered at $215,000 Call Steve for details at 434-566-1293 (456857)

11 Bellflower Lane Best available lot in Stoney Creek. Walk to Clubhouse. The beautiful flowing creek leads to the 16th green. Build your dream home with mountain and golf course views! Reduced! $119,000! Pam LeVine 941-724-4787 (437434)


Beautiful winter views on gently sloping lot. Interesting rock outcropping. Great value under $100,000. Adjoining lots have already been built on - no construction to deal with after you have built your mountain dream home. Floorplans available that will suit this lot nicely. Quiet part of the mountain, but close to golf, tennis and Chestnut Springs park/pool. Call Rod & Christy Phillips 434-987-6399. (461478)



1296 Stoney Creek West

With ARB approval, existing home on this golf front lot will be removed to make room for The Big Acorn Hollow, a magnificent Winterwoods Homes luxury timber frame and stone design of unparalleled beauty and quality. This special lot is located within 100 yards of the Stoney Creek clubhouse and the natural beauty of Wintergreen beckons in every direction. Already have your own lot or estate parcel? Choose from any of the 18 mountain living and estate portfolio designs for a custom home that will be uniquely yours. Offered at $2,725,000. 434-296-9860 (462919)

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This photo is just a hint of the panoramic view potential of this special lot. With drainfield strategically located to maximize yearround views and more than 1 acre adjoining the National Forest, this is truly a unique Wintergreen mountain setting. With moderate slopes rather than a cliff-edge, you can take full advantage of this spectacular setting. Ideal for a significant mountain estate home. Adjacent 1+ acre parcel also available. Offered at $424,900. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (460105)



2210 Tanners Ridge Reduced and ready to enjoy the resort. 1BR condo with many new upgrades. Wood burning fireplace and large patio. Sold furnishied. Rental income and a Membership Bonus available on this condo. Listed by Kim Chappell and www.ExperienceWintergreen. com $115,000 (459634)

487 Cedar Glen Close Value Priced Building Lot in Stoney Creek at Wintergreen Resort. This .51 acre lot is within walking distance of golf, tennis, swimming & Stoney Creek Grill. $74,900. Contact Kim Chappell, 434-2382430 or (458209)

2073 Stone Ridge

Wonderful Three bedroom condo in newest building (2004) in Stone Ridge. Next to Wintergarden Spa, Devils Knob Restaurant and golf course. Short walk to Devils Knob Tennis-GREAT location! Nice condition and sold furnished ready to use now. Priced at $269,900 which INCLUDES Wintergreen recreational equity membership furnished by seller. That’s a $17000 value! Call Steve Marianella at 434-5661293. (464279)

281 Woodhouse Lane Quiet cul de sac location in Stoney Creek subdivision at Wintergreen. Large lot has mountain views and privacy, yet all the amenities of resort living. Very build able lot with perc test available. 129,000. Call Steve Marianella for details at 434-566-1293. (457333)







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2101 Fairway Woods Condo

This golf-front condo was gutted down to the studs and rebuilt in 2007 with the finest materials including granite counters, cherry cabinetry, tile floors. Also new are the furnishings, appliances, and fixtures. Ground level - enjoy the golf-front setting from your patio. Sold furnished with WPI. Gold rated unit with rental program revenue stream in place. Offered at $214,900. (456576)



18 Coopers Vantage

Post & beam design with open interior spaces and tons of glass for taking in gorgeous yearround mountain views! Recent remodeling produced a stunning kitchen complete with granite counters, extensive cherry cabinetry, Bosch stainless appliances including wine fridge, and cork flooring; fully updated bathrooms with new tile flooring; new vanities with solid surface tops and new lighting; new gas central heat and air; new roof. But the magic of this home is in its original design and construction with magnificent stone fireplace, vaulted wood ceilings, gorgeous interior wood trim, and endless glass that makes the view inescapable. Generous spaces and two 1st floor master bedrooms allow for multi-family enjoyment. Year-round, mountain view properties are limited - this one is a standout. Lease-purchase and/or partial owner financing considered. $750,000. (456168)

1531 Cliffs Condo

118 Blackrock Circle

Looking for a renovated mountain home that is walkable to Tyro ski slope and offers year-round sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains… look no further. Five bedroom, 3 bath home with new and renovated since 2006: Gourmet granite kitchen, roof, Pella windows & sliders, paved driveway, hardwood floors, multi-zone gas heat, hot tub, and much more. Furnished. WPI. Offered at $639,900. (461761)

302 Pedlars Edge

The terrific year-round views from this contemporary mountain home are complimented by 5 spacious bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and a soaring great room with floor to ceiling windows, stacked stone fireplace, and wood planked vaulted ceiling - 3,500+ SF but a cozy, mountain chalet feel. A second fireplace and family room, indoor hot tub, screen porch, three levels of decking, and 2 car garage, complete this offering. $799,000. (453234)





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Extraordinary 2 bed condo. Renovations include granite in kitchen and baths, kitchen appliances, bedroom carpeting, furniture and furnishings. Just move in and enjoy this superb offering. Spectacular mountain and valley views. Walk to Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center - Devils Knob Tennis - Devils Knob Golf. Watch July 4th fireworks from your deck. Sold furnished. $285,000 (468575)

177 Crawfords Edge







Rare, luxury 11 bedroom, 10.5 bath mountain home. One bedroom configured as a state-of-the art conference center another as a fully equipped fitness facility. Luxury appointments adorn remaining rooms. Significant rental income stream in place. Executive elevator services all floors. Fantastic mountain views. Double kitchen. Two wet bars. Call agent for extensive list of details. Sold fully furnished & equipped. Only $1,549,000! (460685)


65 Rosewood Drive

The Madison Villa - 1 level living, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, gourmet granite kitchen, sunroom, hardwoods, superb craftsmanship, and many features of Universal Design. RoseWood Village is a 55+ living community - never worry again about exterior maintenance, yard work, gutter cleaning, etc. - it’s all handled for you by the RoseWood Village Association. Reduced to $466,500! (455683)

105 Saddleback Knoll

Designed/built for the current owners, this masterpiece of an estate home has been impeccably maintained and upgraded. Set high on a 1.3 acre water-front lot, the living spaces look out on an extensively landscaped lot including a Koi pond, large stone terrace all in a mature partly wooded setting. Circular stamped concrete drive delivers you to a home of contemporary design with large rooms, including an enormous gourmet kitchen. Views from nearly every room through oversized windows that provide ample natural light on all levels. 1st floor: Master, 3-car garage, pantry, living room w/ stone gas fireplace. Terrace level: Wine tasting center, family room w/ wood burning fireplace. 2nd floor: Loft ideal as artist studio, office, bedroom. $875,000. (448607)

678 Devils Knob Loop

Perched on the edge of Devils Knob, the stunning views from this home will mesmerize you. Custom built in 1988, this post & beam home includes millwork, built-ins, and fireplaces that capture the essence of a what a luxury Wintergreen mountain home can be. Home includes 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 5,200 square feet of living space. Because it’s time for significant renovations, this home is offered at an amazing $599,000!

Modular Makes Good “Cents”!

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Advantages of Modular Home Construction

By Marlo Allen Marlo Allen is a licensed Realtor residing in Nelson County

Raise your hand if you want to save money in this day and time. Would you prefer that you not have to sacrifice anything for the savings? While it sounds too good to be true, modular home construction offers prospective home owners a non-traditional means of saving without sacrificing quality. Confusion between modular and manufactured homes has, in the past, kept some people from building modular. In many instances, prospective home purchasers simply don’t understand modular construction and how it rates to traditional building. If you are in the market for a new home, and have cost constraints, you may want to find out how modular construction stacks up to its traditional “stick-built” or “site built” counterpart. Here are a few modular facts for consideration: Definition; modular homes are built in sections, called modules, in a factory assembly line. Once constructed the sections are transported to the building site on truck beds and

then joined together on a foundation by local contractors. Once assembled, the modular typically cannot be distinguished from a stick-built/site-built home. (A modular home should not be confused with a manufactured or mobile home, also known as a trailer, which is built on a steel frame and transported to the building site on its own wheels where it may or may not be placed on a permanent foundation.) Quality; modular homes are often built with 20-30% more materials than a stick built home so that they can withstand transportation from the factory to the building site. The modular factory system combines engineering know-how and factory production methods to design and build more efficiently with greater quality control which can result in a better product. Quality factors include: construction in a climate controlled facility with materials protected from the elements; standards that meet or exceed local and state building codes; rigorous

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workforce and quality control systems; and more… Flexible Design Options; modular homes have been considered a onesize fits all approach allowing you to build only what is offered within a catalog; times have changed, as today’s modular homes can be customized and built to any specification, style, and size. Speed of Construction; The average completion time from the initial order to move-in is about 3 months, compared to an average completion time of about 6-12 months for a sitebuilt home. Cost of Construction; the estimated savings is 5-25% over traditional site-built homes due to: Bulk Material Purchases - modular manufacturers purchase lumber and building materials in large quantities and thus receive volume discounts; Controlled Environment – building indoors, avoiding inclement weather results in greater labor efficiencies; Less Material Waste

– warehouses are easier to secure than job sites and result in less vandalism and theft; Manufacturing Technology and Quality Control – precision equipment, efficient material handling, and a closely supervised workforce, result in more accurate construction with fewer mistakes; Financing Costs – a quicker construction time results in fewer finance charges to the borrower. Financing; lenders and banking institutions do NOT differentiate a modular home from a traditional stick-built or site-built home. Anyone concerned with quality, time, and/or costs should explore modular home building. Contact your agent for a list of modular builders in your area. Marlo Allen, frequently referred to as “That Girl,” calls Nelson County home. In fact, she grew up in Nelson and besides being a Realtor, is a family business partner at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery in Nellysford. Marlo provides real estate services in Nelson and surrounding counties.

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7.7 acres in desirable Afton location; no neighbors visible from the elevated, private home site; mostly wooded with panoramic mountain views with selective clearing; property has a spring. Let the builder buy the land and place this home or a home of your choosing on it. Completion of construction is estimated to be 3 months from time builder closes on land. The home can qualify for 100% financing through a USDA Rural Housing Loan. Proposed Cape Cod can be built for $257,750 and includes land, site work, and cost of home construction. Call for complete specifications; Changes in specifications could result in a change in price. Other home design options are available! Builder has other land options and home designs to custom build whatever you want anywhere in Nelson County, Stoney Creek, Wintergreen, and the surrounding area. Call for details! Pounding Branch Rd; Afton Cape Cod w/ Full covered front porch 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath • 1,656 Sq ft • 7.7 Acres • $257,750

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Years ago, when the Tour de Trump bicycle race passed through Nelson County, Dan Webster stood next to some Dumpsters along Virginia 6 and watched the action whoosh by. “They were knuckle to knuckle,” Webster, 62, said of the cyclists. “They weren’t an inch apart.” It was around the time that “Lance Armstrong started his dynasty,” Webster said, and it got the sculptor in him thinking about the grace of the riders as they flowed up, down and around the highway’s hills and curves. But time passed and the former school teacher would often stop to drop off trash at the same Dumpsters. Until the day he spotted a landfillbound bike that he threw it in the back of his truck. From there, one bike led to another and then another, until roughly three years had passed and he basically had a compost pile of bikes mounded near a shed at his Nellysford home.

“It was just a huge eyesore,” he said of the pile. And with neighbors whose son was getting married in the summer of 2007 on a nearby property, the bikes had to go. It took a week, but eighty bikes and four scooters brought the pile to life as a fence that rides several hundred feet alongside the road leading to Webster’s driveway. Slatted with men’s, women’s and children’s bikes, the fence rises and falls between posts of varying heights like the wave of the de Trump riders that inspired it. Not needing all the bikes for the fence, Webster has incorporated some of the leftovers into railings for a set of steps leading to his house, and has fused others into a rose trellis he built for his wife, Katie Dixon. “He sees art in about everything,” said Dixon, who teaches 7th-grade math at Jackson P. Burley

Middle School in Charlottesville. “[The fence] puts a smile on my face.” And it shines best at night, neighbors said. “I was never prepared for what it was going to look like in the dark,” Jim “Fuzzy” Monnes, a neighbor who worked on the fence with Webster, said. Echoing that is Steve Ambruzs - the neighbor whose son’s marriage lit the fence fire. At night, Ambruzs likes panning the bikes’ reflectors with the headlights of his car. “It looks like an amusement park,” Ambruzs said. The fence reminds Monnes of a roller coaster. Regardless, the fence is responsible for its share of rubbernecking. “When I moved here the only traffic I would see was the mail carrier,” Webster said. But today, “[People] will pass it, and they’ll stop and back up.” NCL


Oh no she didn’t!

We tried interviewing Winston Churchill but he wouldn’t speak to us. STORY by JENNIE TAL PHOTOGRAPHY by TOMMY STAFFORD


Sandy’s dramatic reunion with her dog, One day in late August, a long-time Trail Angel was waiting for a hiker alongside the Appalachian Trail as he often does. He reached for his cell phone to give her a call but – as is often the case near the trail – his phone wouldn’t work. A couple from Maryland had just exited the trail, though, and their phone seemed to be working just fine so they offered it to Bill. So he called the hiker he was waiting for but, alas, her phone wouldn’t work either. So he asked the couple if they, perhaps, had seen anybody on the trail. “Yea, we saw a blond woman with a blue backpack, maybe in her late thirties, coming through,” said the woman. Bill thought, “Nah, that’s not Sandy, doesn’t sound like her.” But just a little while later, Sandy Gallagher, Bill’s silver-haired 70-year-old wife walked off of the trail with her blue backpack. Right before her 70th birthday, Sandy decided that as a gift to herself, she would walk through all of Shenandoah National Park. Once she told Bill and he was in full support of her decision, she realized there was no backing out so she began training right away. She went to the YMCA and worked treadmills, did a few practice hikes and then it was time to leave.


husband, Her husband couldn’t join her on the hike, but he dropped her off in Front Royal August 18, met up with her several times along the trail and met her at the end of her journey 10 days later right here at Rockfish Gap. Bill, along with Sandy’s brother and sister-inlaw, waiting with Winston Churchill, the family dog as Sandy turned that last corner, nearly in tears. “The last couple miles were some of the hardest, surprisingly so,” she said. “I think it was a real effort in both mental and physical stamina and so it feels good to finish, really finish.” Sandy hiked most of the trail alone, but she and Bill decided it would be fun for Winston Churchill, lovingly called Winnie, to come along for one stretch. It just happened to be that night that a bear appeared on the trail. “I was at a shelter and there were several guys there and they had jumped on the fireplace and said, “Woah, check out this bear!” Sandy recalled. “And it was one of the biggest bears any of us had ever seen.” The bear eventually left the shelter area and Sandy and Winnie, who had set up their tent nearby, settled in for some rest. “He slept on my mat and in my sleeping bag,”

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donuts. said Sandy of her 30-pound pug. “I was just barely in the sleeping bag because he took over the whole darn thing.” So after a little rest for Sandy and much more for Winnie, they woke up and Sandy started breaking down the tent while Winnie played nearby. “All the sudden I heard him bark and I saw him shoot for the woods and there comes this enormous bear and Winnie’s after it,” she said. “Well I screamed bloody murder, ‘WINNIE! GET BACK HERE!’” “But Winnie’s still going and that bear saw me and maybe it was me with my loud mouth or maybe it was Winnie but he [the bear] high-tailed it back down the mountain.” Sandy said her knees were shaking for fear of something happening to her poor little dog, but he thought he was a hero. “That darn little dog thought he was going to save me from this big thing,” she said. Between Winnie attacking a bear and Sandy suffering through four hours of torrential rain plus a lot of up and down hiking, it definitely wasn’t easy, but Sandy got through it and she knows exactly what’s next: “A hot tub. And I gotta think of something good for my 80th.” NCL



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Folk artist Jesse Winchester is set to perform at this year’s Rockfish Night and 10th Annual Silent Auction November 7.

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There’s no shortage of fundraisers this time of year, but the Rockfish Valley Community Center is making strides to make its stand way out from the crowd. After several years of pairing the eclectic silent auction with dinner and an evening of jazz, this year attendees of the annual event will be treated to a concert by nationallyknown singer, songwriter and folk musician Jesse Winchester. Winchester, who is best known for hits including “Yankee Lady” and “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz,” will be performing after a dinner catered by Claudia Gibson in a concert-setting at the November 7 event. After a 3-course dinner and silent auction featuring items from The Treasure Chest, local businesses and individuals, Winchester will take the stage in support of the commu-


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nity center’s increasing expenses. In addition to several renovation projects and keeping the building up to code, the RVCC is always working on new projects. Just this year, the organization has added a playground and the first stage of a community skate park to its facilities. The RVCC is a vital part of the Nelson County community, said the nonprofit’s board of directors secretary Pat Gooch, and Winchester’s concert will definitely help to bring a little worthy attention to the community center. “I’m hoping it’ll be a draw for some new folks who will discover the community center for the first time because they’re Jesse Winchester fans,” she said. “They’ll come down to our valley and discover what a nice litter community center we have.” NCL


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Nelson County will come alive with the sound of music when the Vienna Boys Choir comes profile: to Afton! Blue Ridge Interfaith Ministry STORY by JENNIE TAL Yes . . . THE Vienna Boys Choir!

The Blue Ridge Interfaith Ministry, a nonprofit organization that started at Mt. Woodland Baptist Church right here in Nelson, is here giving people second chances when they need it most. In the last seven years, BRIM has helped more than 2,000 people. “Our goal is to help people who are really falling in the wayside,” said Kathy Harmon, the organization’s president. Karen James, another member of BRIM, explained that the organization is basically an emergency stopgap that was created to help people who need one-time, short-term, immediate assistance. Over the years, BRIM has strug-

gled with raising enough money to help all the people who ask for help. They’ve held bake sales and worked in the concessions stands at UVa football games – neither of which proved very fruitful. But one event that’s been consistently successful is the fall pancake breakfast held annually at the Rockfish Presbyterian Church in Nellysford (this year’s is October 17 from 8 to 11 a.m.). Then, three years ago, BRIM decided to hold a golf tournament. As a whole, the group didn’t know much about golfing so that’s how they met Michael Mische, who is now BRIM’s director of development. When he found out the nonprofit was looking for creative new ways to raise money continued on page 37

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Cathy Lang Prints and originals, on wood, canvas, & switch plates. Local train stations, buildings, mountain scenes and animals Afton Train Depot

Valley Green Center Route 151, Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, Virginia Wed – Sat, 10-5, Sun & Mon, 11-4 • 434-361-9316 •


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sam’sgarden By Sam Saunders Saunders Landscapes, LLC

The S Curve

• Kodak Kiosk • Pick-up for King Photo, Rudy’s Dry Cleaners and UPS • Candle of the Month is back • New aromatherapy products from Time and Again • Think Pink section for breast cancer awareness • the Angels ornaments are back

• New home accessories from Evergreen and Cypress • As Seen on TV section • Scruffy’s corner with pet food and supplies • Clearance section • Webkinz sold here • getting new items everyday • Remember, if you don’t see it, ask if we can order it.


Stoney Creek Pharmacy

Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm Sat. 10am - 2pm phone: 434-361-0370 fax: 434-361-0377

Valley Green Shopping Ctr. 2831 Rockfish Valley Hwy Nellysford, VA 22958


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For paths and eventual landscape plantings, few elementary designs work as well as the S-Curve. The reasons are as simple as the shape – a large S that has been pulled on both ends of the letter to expose a larger transition area between each curve allows for unique groupings of plants and hints of hidden elements whereas the visitor that traces this shape can only see one portion, at best, of the design at a time when landscaped properly. The resulting walk or path creates anticipation and a relaxing aurora as you move into, through and out of the path. One way that the S-curve path works is if you imagine two ‘cul-desacs’ or circles of grass that terminate with 15 feet of each other and are separated by a landscape bed. To connect these two ‘cul-de-sacs’ take a garden hose and lay it straight from where you are to where you want to go. Once the hose is laid where you want it, note where the halfway point is on the hose and move backward (or forward) to the ¼ point. At this ¼ point on the hose now bend the hose in a nice flowing arc either toward you or away from you and then do the opposite on the other side at the ¾ point on the hose. When you are done you will have to improve the arc so that your S-Curve has a nice flow to it – no hard turns, no straight lines. So that you can easily follow this layout, let’s say that the S-Curve is laid out north to south in a backward S. Landscaping the S-Curve involves 3 focal points - at the beginning, the end and on one of the curves. This is to allow those that walk the curve have something to grab their attention before they get on, just before they get off and on one of the curves.

For this design, let’s say it is a birdbath and will go at the beginning of the S-Curve at the ¼ point on the right side of the backward S (inside of the curve) and two stone pineapples at the beginning and end – one in front of the evergreens (see below) and the other on the opposite side at the very end. On the right side, from start to finish, choose a short evergreen to give the entire curve a strong line (kind of like eyeliner) – let’s use a Justin Brouwer’s Boxwood (2 feet by 2 feet). On the opposite curve, again inside, at the ¾ point get a short tree like a Crape Myrtle. Three of the evergreens should seat nicely around the trunk of the tree and flow with the curve. On the same side as the birdbath, add 3 flowering shrubs (no more than 4-5 feet in mature size) in a V-pattern that mock the curve – for this design lets use Rhododendron PJM. These 3 plants will go on the outside of the ¾ point curve, opposite the tree with plenty of real estate between them and the walk so that you can add color in front. Everywhere you landscape, try to keep a layered approach to the design (short in front with taller plants behind). Add color, both annuals, perennials and bulbs sprinkled in around the birdbath and evergreens for contrast and color. Try not to skimp on color – use 5 to 7 (or more) of each and place them in zig-zag patterns amongst the evergreens and around the base of the birdbath. Keep in mind the height of the birdbath and plant taller perennials at its base to give your design a more 3D look to it. Try not to install a kaleidoscope of color but instead concentrate on 3 colors and use them generously around the area. Until our next article, Happy Gardening!

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asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine

Another reason why people trust Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Steve, I think I have an ingrown toenail. What can I do about it? Oh that is no fun. You never know how much you appreciate walking on normal toes until one starts to hurt! An ingrown toenail is simply a nail that has grown into the skin that is supposed to be beside it. Often times that skin then gets swollen, red, painful, and even infected. It usually happens when a toenail is cut too short, or cut rounded off at the corners, if shoes are too tight around the toes, or if there has been a trauma to the toe. If you see this starting to happen, you can begin soaking the affected toe several times per day, and try to manually peal the skin back off of the nail after the soaks. If you can gently expose the corner of the nail, placing a few strands from a cotton ball under that corner can help it stay out from under the skin. I would advise you not to use any tools to try to “dig out the nail” as often I see more harm than good done when people try this.

If your skin starts to get red, painful, swollen, and begins to drain pus and blood, then you probably should see your doctor. Sometimes antibiotics are needed. Often, a minor surgery that can be done in the office can help a lot. The doctor can numb the toe and remove part of or the entire nail. While we do have ways of helping this problem, as with most medical things avoiding it in the first place is really your best bet. Don’t wear shoes that are tight around your toes. Don’t cut your toe nails too short and be sure to cut them straight across the top. If a problem starts, address it quickly. And, if you have read this far, and don’t have ingrown nails, be thankful for your healthy feet!

Dr. Steve Schmitzis a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. Have a question for him? Email him at AskTheDr@ Sorry, due to the high volume of messages received, personal replies may not be possible. The Editor reserves the right to edit questions for content, accuracy, and length. This column is provided as a service to readers of Nelson County Life Magazine and is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (540)-456-6710 7849 Rockfish Valley Hwy (SR 151), Afton, VA •

theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Physical Therapy

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Most of us have seen the old TV commercial with the elderly lady on the floor, who says, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” From it came many funny T shirts and jokes. Getting up from the floor is a functional task that incorporates many things such as upper and lower body strength, motor planning, lower body flexibility and coordination. In fitness and physical therapy, this activity has become a regular test of function for our clients due to the high incidence of falls in our country. It can be a good home test of your function regardless of your age. When we are toddlers and kids, we did a lot of crawling on the floor and spent a lot of time playing on our hands and knees. We did these activities without thinking. Well into our adulthood and senior years, individuals forget how to crawl and get on all fours – as it is not a common activity. One of the fears of individuals

who have balance deficits and a fear of falling, is the inability to get back up from a fall. How do we move from lying face down to standing? It may be easy for some but as a testgo ahead and try it at home. If you have difficulty moving into a hands and knees position, then to a half kneeling position and then to standing, you may have areas to work on. There may be hip and knee flexibility restrictions and leg weakness. If you have arthritis in your hips and knees, it is even more challenging. Other functional tests that you can try at home are: 1) Start in sitting and rise to a standing position without using your arms and 2) Perform a pushup. If you can’t do these tests, it indicates weakness and it is time to seek consultation to begin a fitness program. Unfortunately, there is a not a magic pill to take that just gives you the strength of a 20 year old! It takes 2-3 days a week for 30 minutes and a certain dedication. Consider the benefits- you are worth it!


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Agnes F. Schrider, PT is a licensed physical therapist, fitness trainer, and certified golf fitness trainer based in Nellysford. Have a question for her? Email her at Sorry, due to the high volume of messages received, personal replies may not be possible. The Editor reserves the right to edit questions for content, accuracy, and length. This column is provided as a service to readers of Nelson County Life Magazine and is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed professional. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult a health professional.


Nelson County HAMNER THEATER • 434.361.1999


food&dining Ambrosia Bakery & Deli Decadent cheesecake and other desserts, as well as tasty sandwiches. 19 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.9661 Basic Necessities Serving up a taste of the South of France for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great wine selection. 6 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.1766

Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet Onstage October 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. The Live Arts production, directed by Boomie Pedersen, coming to the Hamner for one weekend only.

Improv with HIT

In the Cabaret - Saturday, October 24 • Dessert Show, All tickets $10 Doors/Bar 6:30 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m. Reservations 434 361 1999 Improv with HIT Every Monday - Free!

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Call 434-361-1999 for reservations & info

The Hamner Theater @ The Rockfish Valley Community Center 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, Virginia • The Hamner Theater is a non-profit 501(c)(3) project of the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Nelson County.

IMPORTANT: PUBLIC HEALTH CARE FORUM All are invited to attend a Community Meeting at 7:00 PM on October 29th at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. The purpose is to obtain feedback from community members regarding the planned Blue Ridge Medical Center expansion to add dental services, space for the Rural Health Outreach Program, exam rooms, and other improvements. For more information, please call Peggy Whitehead at 434-263-4000.

BLUE RIDGE MEDICAL CENTER 4038 Thomas Nelson Highway, Arrington, VA 22922 434-263-4000 ~ Caring for Our Community

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Blue Ridge Pig Strawberry’s famous hickory-smoked BBQ. 198 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.1170 Chen’s Chinese take-out. 7 Calohill Dr., Lovingston, VA .6.8865 Chirios Pizza Pizza and subs. Take out or delivered. Valley Shopping Center 777 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.9188 Copper Mine An All American Prime Beef Steakhouse with casual but elegant dining. Featuring fresh seafood and organic poultry as well. Dinner reservations are required. Wintergreen Resort .5.8090 D’Ambola’s The place to go for a great Italian meal. 978 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 50.56.556 Devils Grill The highest restaurant in Virginia with spectacular views of our Devils Knob golf course Dine on our patio for lunch or dinner. Distinctive American cuisine with a Southern are. Dinner reservations are required. Wintergreen Resort .5.8100 The Edge Casual dining with a view of the slopes. Seasonal live entertainment. Wintergreen Resort .5.8080 The Java Depot 80 Mosby Run., Nellysford, VA .61.01

Thai Mex II Wonderful Thai and Mexican cuisine to keep dining interesting and fun. Sophisticated but not stuffy. Open 8:30am to 10:30pm 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Valley Green Shopping Center, Nellysford, VA .61.100 Thai Siam Take-Out Authentic Thai food, antique shop next door. 17 Tye Brook Highway (Rt. 56), Colleen, VA .6.8577 Vito’s Italian Restaurant Specializing in pizza and Italian dishes. 8181 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA .6.8688 Vito’s Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria Specializing in pizza and Italian dishes. 8 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA .61.9170

shuteye Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast 56 Adial Rd, Faber, VA .61.957 Afton House Bed & Breakfast and Cottages 1 Afton Lane, Route 6 East, Afton, VA 50.56.6759 Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast 107 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 50.56.68 Camp Blue Ridge Montebello, VA 50.77.1 Cox’s Creek Cottage 96 C & C Lane, Roseland, VA .77.5566 Dutch Haus Bed & Breakfast 655 Fork Mountain Lane, Montebello, VA 50.77.119 Fallen Oak Bed & Breakfast 5 Mimosa Lane, Faber, VA .61.1011 Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast 99 Wilson Hill Rd (Route 665), Arrington, VA 877.6.7750 Horseshoe Mountain Lodge Roseland, VA .61.55

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Lovingston Cafe Lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Breakfast Friday through Monday. 165 Front Street, Lovingston, VA .6.8000 Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books Full espresso bar and used bookstore, live music every Friday and Saturday. 9 Front Street (in the Packing Shed), Lovingston, VA .6.6660 Stoney Creek Bar & Grill Located in the valley at the Stoney Creek Golf course. Serving casual lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner. Seasonal live entertainment on our deck. Reservations please for brunch and dinner. Wintergreen Resort .5.8110

The Mark Addy 56 Rodes Farm Drive, Nellysford, VA .61.1101 The Meander Inn 100 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA .61.111 The Meeting Place 85 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Wintergreen, VA .61.80 Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort 1507 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA 50.77.650 North Fork Cottages 697 North Fork Road, Tyro, VA 50.77.007

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The Orchard House Bed & Breakfast 9749 Thomas Nelson Hwy (Rt. 29), Lovingston, VA 434.263.7747 Walton’s Mountain B&B 6401 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA 434.831.1384 Resort Reservations & Country Cottages Afton, VA 540.456.8300 Royal Oaks Cabins in the Mountains 45 Royal Oaks Lane, Love, VA 800.410.0627 Sarah’s Mountain Retreat Cabin 406 Fish Hatchery Lane, Montebello, VA 540.377.6458 Shadow Mountain Rentals 15644 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA 757.424.2884 Simpson’s Hollow Bed & Breakfast 580 Simpsons Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.6380 Spicewood Cabin 94 Harpers Creek Lane, Tyro, VA 301.475.8646 Tye River Cabin 6011 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro, VA 434.238.2430 Wintergreen Resort Wintergreen, VA 800.266.2444

beercountry Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151), Afton, VA 540.456.8020 Devils Backbone Brewing Company 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA 434.361.1001

Veritas Vineyards & Winery 145 Saddleback Farm, Afton, VA 540.456.8000 Wintergreen Vineyard & Winery 426 Winery Lane, Nellysford, VA 434.361.2519

gifts&antiques Afton House Antiques 31 Afton House Lane, Afton, VA 540.942.2993 a.m. FOG 9264 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA 540.456.7100 Black Rock Gallery The Mountain Inn, Wintergreen, VA 434.325.2200 x.8228 Blossom’s Flowers, Gifts & Crafts 911 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8227 Blue Moon Antique Mall & Bookstore 8230 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8890 Cat Rock Antiques 9704 Patrick Henry Hwy (Rt. 151), Roseland, VA 434.277.8049 Claudia’s Florist & Gifts 121 Main Street, Lovingston, VA 434.263.5848 Kelly’s 5060 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Faber, VA 434.361.1169 Foxfire Gifts 954 Beech Grove Road, Nellysford, VA 434.361.2202 Garden Trade 71 River Road (Rt. 6), Faber, VA 434.263.8786


Hughes Mews Antiques 2471 Rockfish Valley Hwy (Rt. 151), Nellysford, VA 540.456.7237

Afton Mountain Vineyards 234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, VA 540.456.8667

Lovingston Arts & Crafts 924 Front St. (In “The Packing Shed�), Lovingston, VA 434.996.5058

Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery 9423 Batesville Rd, Afton, VA 540.456.8400

Logos of Wintergreen Mountain Inn Lodge, Wintergreen, VA 434.325.1125

DelFosse Vineyards & Winery 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA 434.263.6100

Lovingston Antiques 924 Front St. (In “The Packing Shed�), Lovingston, VA 434.263.6660

Flying Fox Vineyard 27 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA 434.361.1692

Mountain Vision Pottery 2019 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA 434.361.1725

Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1266

Notforgotten Farm 3530 Tye River Road, Tye River, VA 434.263.6508

Lovingston Winery 885 Freshwater Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8467

Rockfish Gap Country Store Intersection of Routes 250 and 151, Afton, VA 540.456.6112

Mountain Cove Vineyards 1362 Fortunes Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.5392

SPCA Thrift Store 4791 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA 434.263.8788




* Devils Knob or Stoney Creek

Includes greens and cart fees plus 10% discount on pro shop purchases. In addition you can purchase a dozen golf balls for $14.50! *Offer valid Monday through Thursday until October 31, 2009, non-holiday. Add $10 for Friday thru Sunday play. Must present ad at check-in.


ĂœÂˆÂ˜ĂŒiĂ€}Ă€iiÂ˜Ă€iĂƒÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ°Vœ“ Tuckahoe Antique Mall 4202 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.2121 Valley Green Gallery Valley Green Center (Rt. 151), Nellysford, VA 434.361.9316

orchardcountry a.m.FOG 9264 Critzer’s Shop Road, Afton, VA 540.456.7100

Our dining room is now smoke free.

Fresh Seafood Char-broiled Steaks Specialty Sandwiches Fresh Salads Daily Specials

Critzer Family Farm 9388 Critzer Shop Road (Rt. 151), Afton, VA 540.456.4772 Dickie Brothers Orchard 2552 Dickie Road ,Rt. 666, off 56 West, Massies Mill, VA 434.277.5516 Drumheller’s Orchard 1130 Drumheller Orchard Lane, (Rt. 741, off Hwy. 29) 434.263.5036 Fitzgerald’s Orchard 728 Harper’s Creek Lane,(Rt. 682, off Rt. 56), Tyro, VA 434.277.5798 Flippin-Seaman, Inc. – Seaman & Silver Creek Orchards 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA 434.277.5824 Saunders Brothers Orchard 2717 Tye Brook Hwy (Rt. 56), Piney River, VA 434.277.5455 The Apple Shed 14815 Thomas Nelson Hwy (Hwy 29), Lovingston, VA 434.263.8843

Lunch 10:30 - 4:00 Dinner 4:00 - 9:00 Open 7 Days a Week

165 Front Street Lovingston, Virginia 434-263-8000




Afton Mountain Vineyards 540-456-8667 I-64 to Exit 99, take Route 250 East (1.3 miles) Right onto Route 6. Right on Route 631 (1.2 miles) Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery 540-456-8400 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 South (2.4 miles) Left on Route 638 - Avon Road (0.9 miles) Left on Batesville Road (0.7 miles) DelFosse Vineyards & Winery 434-263-6100 I-64 to Exit 118A, take Route 29 South (20 miles) Right onto Route 616 (3.2 miles) Flying Fox Vineyard 434-361-1692 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 (7 miles) Right onto Chapel Hollow Road - Route 709 Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery 434-361-1266 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 South (10 miles) Left onto Route 612 (3 miles) Lovingston Winery 434-263-8467 I-64 to Exit 118A, take Route 29 South (35 miles) Right onto Route 653 - Freshwater Cove Road (1 mile) Mountain Cove Vineyards 434-263-5392 I-64 to Exit 118A, take Route 29 South (28 miles) Right onto Route 718 - Mountain Cove Road (1.5 miles) Right onto Fortunes Cove Lane (1.8 miles) Veritas Vineyard & Winery 540-456-8000 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 South (3 miles) Right onto Route 6 (1.3 miles) Wintergreen Winery 434-361-2519 I-64 to Exit 107, take Route 250 West (6 miles) Left onto Route 151 South (14 miles) Right onto Route 664 (0.5 miles) Register to win a weekend getaway! 800.282.8223 Nelson County Visitors Center

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thursday october 1 Oktoberfest @ Blue Mountain Brewery Join us October 1st-4th for Oktober festivities. Celebrate with the return of Humpbock Oktoberfest Lager. New Humpbock steins available, live music on the deck, giveaways and specials all weekend long. Check out for more information. 9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151) 540-456-8020

saturday october 3 Apple Butter Makin Festival at Flippin-Seaman Packing House Pick your own pumpkins and gourds and Virginia grown apples from bins. Corn maze, cider, jams, jellies, crafts, baskets, gifts, watch apple butter being made, food and more. Live music, children’s activities, clowns, games and face painting. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 5529 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro. 434-277-5824 Church of Blue Ridge Daycare & Preschool Yard Sale, Bake Sale & Breakfast Enjoy a Yard Sale, Bake Sale & Breakfast by Al Layne. Rain or Shine! 8am. 9357 Critzer Shop Road, Afton. 540-456-8853 Community Yard Sale @ Blue Moon Antique Mall Community Yard Sale 8 am Saturday, October 3 at Blue Moon Antique Mall. Set up $5. Food concessions by Lovingston Ruritans. 8am. 8230 Thomas Nelson Highway Lovingston. 434-263-8890 Great old-time music with Doyle River Bluegrass Band Join in the fun with a picnic under the walnut tree at this re-created 1890’s Appalachian farm and listen to the old-time music of Doyle River Bluegrass Band. Free. 2pm. Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 5.8 540-943-4716 Harvest Fair There will be a Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 3rd from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Nelson County Rescue Squad building, located 1-1/2 miles off Route 29 on Irish Road in Faber. The sale will include crafts, yard sale, “Once Upon A Time” Thrift Shop, apple butter, silent auction, Farmers’ Market, and bake sale. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Homemade Brunswick stew will be available by the quart or the bowl. The event is sponsored by Rock Spring United Methodist Church. 434-263-8516 Nelson County High Class of 1974 35th Reunion The Nelson County High graduating class of 1974 will hold its 35th Reunion on October 3, 2009 at the Holiday Inn 1901 Emmet St. in Charlottesville,


Virginia. Invitations will be mailed out in July. If you know of a classmate that would be interested or has a new address, please let us know. 6:30pm. Holiday Inn, Emmet St. Charlottesville, VA 434-263-5251

fri-sun oct. 9-11 Make Mine Wintergreen Wine Celebrate Virginia Wine Month at Wintergreen Winery each weekend in October with complimentary wine tasting, samples of gourmet food items, cheeseboard offerings and specials on wine and gift shop items. Picnic by the Rockfish river and take in autumn’s splendor with the backdrop of the Blue Ridge. 10am until 5pm. 434-361-2519

sat-sun oct. 10-11 Montebello Fall Camp & Ride Bring your horse to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a casual country weekend Oct.9-11. Beautiful trails and primitive camping space provided. Riders provide their own food. Benefit event for the Montebello Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. Fire station restroom facilities open to riders. Advance registration required. Fee $50. 1pm. 119 Fork Mountain Lane. 540-377-5712

saturday oct. 10 Nelson FFA Bluegrass Benefit The Nelson FFA Bluegrass Benefit will be held Saturday, October 10, 2009 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Nelson Co. Middle School Auditorium located on Rt 29 in Lovingston, VA. Bands featured include Hard Drivin’ Grass, In the Tradition, Deer Creek Boys and the Little Mountain Boys. There will be food and drinks available as well as silent auction, bake sale and 50-50 raffles. All proceeds will be used to support the State Winning FFA teams as they make their way to National Competition in Indiana. Doors open at 3:00 PM. Admission is $10 for Adults, $5 for children 6-12, and under 6 are free. 434-263-4801


oct. 11

Join the fun and CELEBRATE THE MOUNTAINS with music all afternoon Come up to Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Celebrate the Mountains with crafts and memorabilia. Blue Mountain Sunrise will entertain from 12-2, followed by Carol Phillips and Sunnyside from 2-4. Free. Humpback Rocks Mtn. Farm, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Parkway. 540-943-4616

saturday oct. 17

Fall Foliage Festival & Chili Cook Off @ Wintergreen Trillium House Celebrate the wonders of autumn! Explore the beauty of changing leaves, make a treasure to keep, carve your holiday pumpkins, and enjoy a warming bowl of chili at the 2nd Annual Wintergreen Chili Cook-Off. Programs throughout the day for the whole family. 10am-4pm 434-325-8169

sat-sun oct. 17-18 Apple Harvest & Apple Butter Festival at Drumheller’s Hayrides to the Corn Maze and pumpkin patch. Apple sling shot. Large selection of apples, fresh cider, honey, hams, live country music, crafts and food. Open 9 – 5 pm. Apple butter making on Saturday only. 434-263-5036

monday october 19 Nelson Library: Brown Bag Book Club DEWEY THE SMALL-TOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD by Vicki Myron Traces the author’s discovery of a half-frozen kitten in the drop-box of her small-community Iowa library and the feline’s development into an affable library mascot whose intuitive nature prompted hundreds of abiding friendships, in a tale told against a backdrop of the town’s struggles with the 1980s farm crisis. Nelson Memorial Library 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston .12:30pm 434-263-5904

friday october 23 NCHS Marching Governors Alumni Night All Nelson County High School Marching Governors Alumni Members: The NCHS Marching Governors will be hosting the First Annual NCHS Marching Governors Alumni Night on October 23, 2009 at the Homecoming Football Game. 6919 Thomas Nelson Highway Lovingston, VA 22949 434-263-8317

Want to be included in our datebook? Visit and click on “Submit an Event.” We’ll try to publish as many events as possible, space permitting. Deadline for next month’s issue is the 15th. Sorry neighbors, event MUST be in Nelson County or benefit an organization in Nelson County to be included in the print edition. Events in area counties can be included online, however.

In celebration of the Feast of

St. FRANCIS OF ASSISI there will be a blessing of all animals at


Trinity Episcopal Church on Oakridge Road October 4th at 4:30pm.

For more information about Blue Ridge Interfaith Ministry, call Kathy Harmon at -981-550. FILE

continued from page 31 for local people in need, he had lots of ideas to share. Since he’s joined, BRIM has held several gospel concerts, including a very successful concert featuring the Howard Family, sold a coupon book full of local deals and even hosted a TigerLily fundraising concert using a performance by the band that he and his wife won and this year’s Animal House Ball. And now, with his help, funds raised at the golf tournament represent about 30 percent of BRIM’s income each year. In addition to all the fundraising they do, Michael is helping the group get grants. BRIM has already been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Nelson County Community

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All donations of cat food, dog food or money will be given to the Almost Home Pet Adoption Center in Lovingston. Sponsored by: THE NELSON COUNTY EPISCOPAL PARISH, PEACE IN THE VALLEY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, OAKRIDGE FOXHUNT CLUB. Note: Cats must be in carriers. Dogs must be on leashes.

Foundation to start the BRIM Fuel Fund that will help people make it through another winter of high fuel costs. “And when we say the fuel fund, anything that facilitates providing electricity or energy to the household counts,” said Michael. “We reserve the right to buy wood if have to or … spend $200 to fix the flue.” “I really enjoy working with the people that I have in the organization,” said Kathy about her fellow fundraisers. But she says BRIM is really around for the community. “I enjoy helping people.” As Karen put it, “We just all get together and say, ‘Yes, we want to help.” NCL

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Scoring on their first possession, the Nelson Governors started out strong but weren’t able to carry it through to the end against the Riverheads, losing 37-21.

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Blue Ridge Medical Center wants YOU to stay healthy this flu season. We have seasonal flu vaccine in stock and will hold flu shot clinics each Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM now through the end of October plus a special flu shot clinic on Saturday, October 17th from 8:30 AM to noon. To schedule an appointment please call 434-263-4000. Note: If you are not a patient at BRMC you will need to see one of our health care providers before getting your flu shot.

Blue ridge medical center 4038 Thomas Nelson Highway Arrington, VA 22922, 434-263-4000

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G REAL ESTATE Water Frontage on Tye River This unique parcel is along route 56 with 400 foot frontage on the Tye River and corners on the George Washington National Forest. Situated at the foot of the Priest Mtn it has a commanding view of the Three Ridges Mtn wilderness area as well as the river. With frontage on US 56 before it starts winding up the Blue Ridge, it is an easy drive to Charlottesville. Reduced to $147,000 and owner financing is available if qualified. Posted By: Sam Price 22976 - Tyro $147,000 3 BR, 2BA Brick Ranch For Sale By Owner in Roseland 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Brick Ranch on 1 acre lot. Full basement with finished family area with fireplace insert. Newly refurbished kitchen with new countertops, freshly painted throughout, large deck, quiet neighborhood, beautiful view of Blue Ridge Mountains, beautiful new landscaping, new hot water heater, heat pump, paved driveway,enclosed porch, fireplace in living room. 2088 sq. ft. finished. 662 Old Roseland Road, Roseland, Va 22967. Posted By: Jim and Amy Saunders 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 434-277-9133 $229,000 3 BR 1 Bath House Zoned for Business Quaint 3 bedroom, 1 bath house located at 189 Main Street in the village of Lovingston Virginia. New appliances, hardwood floors. Wood and propane heat. New propane hot water heater. Basement and detached garage. Zoned and perfect for first floor business, second floor living quarters. Posted By: Karen Miller 22949 - Lovingston $109,000 59 Fairway Oaks - Wintergreen, VA Charming 3 bedroom Mountain home nestled in a private wooded lot has wonderful features of a country cabin with large windows, rock fireplace, & nice outdoor decking with winterviews of the mountains. Other features include wood floors, corian kitchen. Posted By: Francesca San Giorgio of Four Seasons Realty 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434.361.0335 $1100/mo Cape Cod on 2 Ac. in Afton 1 Br. Cape Cod in Afton on 2 ac. located on quiet state rd. off 250 W., close to 64. Deposit & Reference Required. One year Lease. $700/ month. Available now. Posted By: Carole C. Saunders . 22920 - Afton. 434-981-3089 $700/mo charming one bedroom cottage one bedroom, one bath cottage on farm in Afton area; water and electric Post it online

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included; no pets; no smokers; perfect for one person; washer/dryer hookups; quiet location with mountain views; security deposit and references required. Posted By: Larry Whitaker . 22920 - Afton. 434-361-2350 or 434-238-7311 $650/mo two bedroom mother-in-law cottage on beautiful farm 2 bedroom, 1&1/2 bath cottage, dsl and cable available; water and gas included; washer/ dryer; dish washer; no pets; non smoker; security deposit, references, and background check required; mountain views, hiking trails; beautiful, quiet, location-perfect for one or two people. Posted By: Judy Barnes . 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen. 434-3612350 or 434-238-7310 $1050/mo

ANTIQUES Funky Vintage Retro Tile/ Wood Table Funky Vintage Retro Tile/Wood Table. www.covesvillestore. com Posted By: Covesville Store. 22931 - Covesville. 434-295-9496 $225 Antique Cottage Chest of Drawers ~Nice Paint Great late 1800s cottage period chest of drawers with nice old blue-green paint . Measures 38 inches wide by 18 inches deep by 37 inches tall. Its condition is shabby chic with lots of distress & wear ~ Looks great to us. www. Posted By: Covesville Store. 22931 - Covesville. 434-295-9496 $125 SOLD! - Antique Shabby Chic Cottage Painted Dresser & Mirror Great late 1800s shabby chic cottage hand painted dresser. Has carved pulls & marble on its top, in the center. Looks like it had glove boxes but they are no longer there. Paint isn’t original but it is old with cream, gold & blue. Measures 41 inches wide by 18½ inches deep by 32 inches tall Mirror measures 31 inches tall by 19½ inches wide. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age. www.covesvillestore. com Posted By: Covesville Store. 22931 - Covesville. 434-295-9496 $175 Antique Oak Book Shelf c.1900 Great antique oak book shelf from the late 1800s or early 1900s Has 4 shelves including the top & bottom ones ~ The shelves were not in place for the picture. Has a “pressed back” back splash. Looks like it was painted white at some point & then refinished ~ Looks good Measures 55 inches tall by 30 inches wide by just under inches deep. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition. Posted By: Covesville Store. 22931 - Covesville. 434-295-9496 $165

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primitive 1840 southern wardrobe 1840 large primitive wardrobe made of wide heart pine boards; can be seen at Blue Moon Antique Mall, 8230 Thomas Nelson Hwy. in Lovingston, VA. Posted By: Judy Barnes. 22949 - Lovingston. 434-238-7310 $1800

CARS & TRUCKS 2006 Honda Accord EX Loaded AUTO V6, extra clean and excellent condition, for sale by original owner, moving out of country and must sell, 88K, asking well under book, don’t miss this gem, call Rob at 434-361-9013 Posted By: Rob Staples 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-3619013 $11950

ELECTRONICS Gossen Luna-Pro Light Meter Gossen Luna-Pro Professional Light Meter with case. Posted By: Bo Holland. 22938 - Faber. 434-361-1001 $75 SOLD! - Linksys Wireless G Router This is a Linksys Wireless G Router in excellent condition! We simply had to change router styles due to changes in our network here in the office. This router works perfectly! Have installation CD as well! Posted By: The Afton Group, LLC - Tommy Stafford . 22920 - Afton. 434-3610104 $15

EQUINE Beautiful Arabian Mare Beautiful Arabian Mare 19 years old , sweet , many rubans , done dressage , trails . A great horse and a great friend . Comes with papers. Posted By: Alain. 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen. 434-361-1121 $2000 Boarding Offered at Rodes Farm Equestrian Center Rodes Farm Equestrian Center (RFEC) is a 100+acre farm nestled at the base of Wintergreen, in the heart of Virginia Hunt Country. RFEC has unique access to miles of trails through open pastures and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains (formerly the trail riding facility for Wintergreen Resort.) RFEC has two newly renovated barns. Our black and white barn has twenty-one stalls which are dedicated to private boarding. Our Big Red Barn has four, large stalls offering short-term boarding (perfect for hunt season) as well as a party/event facility. RFEC has two riding arenas and small and large turn-out pastures. RFEC’s Big Red Barn headquarters our training and lesson program and offers special training packages. Posted By: Jennifer Stegeman. 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434.325.8260 $200 to $400


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FARM & TOOL Trailer with 10 inch I beam Pintle hitch 14000 gross, Winston brand, excellent for hay & tractors. Good tires, have oak for deck if needed. Has dovetail & ramps. 1994 model. Contact Posted By: Karen Miller 22949 - Lovingston $3195 Gravely Tractor 8 hp kohler motor electric start, with 30” bush hog. No sulky! New battery, cuts anything! Model 5260. Posted By: Karen Miller 22949 - Lovingston $1695

HOME & GARDEN Baldwin Console Piano Beautiful walnut cabinet. Wonderful sound. Excellent condition. Like New! Posted By: Joel Cook NELSON COUNTY 434-946-5344 $2500 Sierra Wood Stove w/Hot Water Pipes This Sierra Wood Stove includes an optional internal hot water conductor and pipes to hook-up to your hot water heater. Posted By: Bo Holland 22920 - Afton 434-760-3090 $150 Aluminum Extension Ladder 20’ ALUMINUM SINGLE LADDER 225lb Capacity Aluminum Extension Ladder—Excellent Condition. $164.04 Retail (Werner Brand). Mar-resistant end caps; Interlocking side rails; Smooth operating rope pulley; Slip-resistant D-rungs; Strong I-beam rails; Spring loaded locks operate smoothly; Shoe rests flat or is held in spur position feature. Posted By: Chuck Strauss 22938 - Faber 434-263-8294 $95 Hand hewn wood beams Circa 1750’s This batch consists of six pieces of mortise and tenon, hand hewn beams. They came from a house in Buckingham County that was over 250 years old. I bought them at auction 5 yrs ago to use one piece as a fireplace mantle (have not been able to do yet due to health issues). They have been stored in a dry warehouse and not exposed to water. This is very heavy old wood especially the long 144 inch pieces. Please see photos of a few pieces and I can email more if interested. Posted By: Malin Bailey. NELSON COUNTY 434-263-4786 $650

SERVICES Michael W. Morgan - Piano Tuning & Restoration QUALITY AND PROFESSIONAL PIANO SERVICE Serving Central Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley and beyond, since 1975. Residential, schools, churches, and places of business. All

brands of pianos serviced. Tuning, repair, consultations, appraisals. Please call us at 540-942-9054, or email us at for an appointment or more information. Posted By: Michael W. Morgan. 22980 - Waynesboro 540-9429054 $95 and up Piano Sales and Service (Tuning and Repairs) Nice selection of new and used pianos for sale at great savings. Expert piano tuning and repairs at affordable prices. Thirty years of experience. We service C’ville, all of Alberma rle,Amherst,Bedford,Nelson,Campbell, Orange,Rockbridge,Greene,Fluvanna,Louisa and Augusta counties.Posted By: Joel Cook ALBEMARLE COUNTY $Affordable! Knitting, Crochet, and Bead Classes Learn to knit, crochet, or make elegant jewelry in two hour classes. These crafts you can put in a tote and take with you as you travel. Learn a craft that will last a life time. Step into a world of yarn, knitting and crochet supplies, and beads.Posted By: Marilyn A. Scott. 22949 - Lovingston 434-981-2009 $Varies

SPORTING GOODS Kayak-Dagger RPM Dagger RPM Kayak. Very good condition. Includes paddle and spray skirt. Posted By: Bo Holland 22920 - Afton 434-760-3090 $400 UVA WAHOO & VA TECH HOKIE SOAPS in School Colors Blue Ridge Gypsy Studio is offering their School Colors soaps. Order now to get great and unusual gifts for those die-hard fans. Make great stocking stuffers. Posted By: Julie Hilton. 22949 - Lovingston 434-263-4119 $5 per bar or 4ea/12 bars or 3ea/24 bars or more


Flatbed trailer for old pick up truck 12ft x 6ft flatbed utility trailer in great condition. Single axle, very low mileage (about 1600 total miles), tilt bed, tires are in excellent condition. Equipped with trailer lights. Hitch fits 2 inch ball. Would trade or partial trade for an older pick up truck in running condition. Posted By: Tommy Stafford 22920 - Afton 434-3610104 $Trade


Comic Books Wanted Old Comic Books Wanted:Looking for old ones that sold originally for ten cents or twelve cents. Prefer that you make a list before you call. If your collection is too large, please try to make at least a partial list. Posted By: J.L. Cook NELSON COUNTY 434-946-5344 $5 to $5000


Mountain Views & Golf Front! 431 Hunters Point #463023, $574,900 Deals & Steals!







Pounding Branch Rd; #452210; $89,900

Best land value in Afton! Soil Study for 5 bedroom home; recently surveyed; mountain views; mature hardwoods; spring; 7.7 ac

NEW: 148 Pauls Creek Rd; $239,000

New carpet & freshly painted; full basement w/ optional 4th bedroom; mtn views, woods & stream! 1,652 fin. sq ft; 3Br/3Ba; 2.05ac

Offered with a 1,656 sq ft new construction home for $257,750 (price includes the land and home!); Home qualifies for 100% financing and a builder warranty!







73 Pounding Branch Rd; #465395; $289,000

Meticulously kept home inside and out; built 2004; open layout w/ great room; garage; well landscaped; 1,716 sq ft; 3Br/2.5Ba; 1.31 ac



1228 Laurel Springs Dr; #463833; $499,500

Great Deal! Custom built w/ stone columns & wood beams and trim; garage, porch, deck; 3,103 sq ft; 4br/2.5ba; (w/ extra lot $549,500)

Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525


Sara McGann 434-996-4962


16694 Patrick Henry Hwy; MLS #466667; $349,000

4 Trillium Pl; #459384; $299,900

Lowest priced 4 br at Wintergreen! Recently upgraded; tastefully furnished; convenient to Spa, Golf, & Skiing; 2,103 sq ft; 4br/3.5ba







Magnificent Mtn Views; spacious w/ sunroom, 2 car garage, workshop, and mature landscaping; 2,800 fin/1,000 unfin sq ft; 3br/3bA



NEW: 264 River Ridge Ln; $449,000

Rare Find! Fall in love w/ land & rustic/log home; 16 acres w/ own private walking trails along Rockfish River! 2,080 fin/1,542 unfin



REDUCED: 370 Foothills Dr; #463893; $345,000

Impossible to duplicate for same price per sq ft; now 65k below assessment! spacious; one level; fireplace; 2,455 sq ft; 4Br/3Ba; 2.38ac

Erwin Berry III 434-325-7143



1339 Stoney Creek West; #467138, $499,900

$130,000 below assessment! Former model home w/ spectacular atrium; immaculate; golf & mtn views; garage; 3,010 sq ft; 4Br/3Ba; 2 lots

Nelson, a Division of the Fishersville Office 434-361-0333


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Nelson County Life, Issue #55 (October 2009)

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