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BILL BONILLA IS A BEAST • TOUGH MOUNTAIN WOMEN • TILLMANS’ TRAVELS PG. 12 PG. 28 PG. 34
Stoney Creek (at the entrance) 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway
Wintergreen Mountain (next to spa) 121 Blue Ridge Drive
WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 105 FORTUNES RIDGE DR $825,000 ∙ MLS#: 487995
WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 1621 OVERLOOK CONDOS $595,126 ∙ MLS#: 491003
WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 88 COOPERS VANTAGE $495,000 ∙ MLS#: 477716
This is a spectacular four level home perched on the edge of Fortunes Ridge with some of the most spectacular eastern views across the Rockfish Valley. There are two beautiful master suites, one with wood-burning fireplace. The home has unique and beautifully landscaped grounds with fountains and small water features, unique plantings, and walking paths.
One of the top three most attractive condominiums at Wintergreen. Breathtaking views year round, spacious deck, and additional shaded deck. Three bedrooms and three full baths. Wood burning fireplace. Georgeous window seat with views from two picture windows. Tall vaulted ceilings.
Excellent views to Humpback mountain and nature preserve. Two great rooms, two fireplaces plus pool table and tennis room. Five bedrooms plus bonus sleeping (sleeps 12). New furnace, carpeting, roof, stain and caulking.
WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 29 EASTERN CEDAR CT $469,000 ∙ MLS#: 485813
WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 54 PEDLARS EDGE DR $349,500 ∙ MLS#: 490738
WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 221 TIMBERS CONDOS $167,000 ∙ MLS#: 490629
This beautiful two story brick solar home offers more than 3,000 square feet, four bedrooms, three full baths, and the privacy of a cul-desac. Cherry cabinets, nice paint colors, great entertainment layout, screened in porch. Near all the amenities of the Wintergreen Resort.
Spacious and convenient Victorian style home offering four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and nicely remodeled kitchen. Fine attention to detail throughout. An addition by the original builder in 2007, absolute 100% top condition.
Rare two-bedroom,two-bath, top floor, end villa facing the ski slopes. Great year round views of the ski slopes and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your deck is a prime spot to enjoy the July 4th fireworks. Get the ski front location at a great discount. The lowest quarterly condo fees at Wintergreen.
sTONEy cREEk 691 STONEY CREEK WEST $548,500 ∙ MLS#: 490901
sTONEy cREEk 922 BLACK WALNUT DR $429,000 ∙ MLS#: 486751
sTONEy cREEk 75 OAK GROVE LN $329,000 ∙ MLS#: 491158
Beautifully maintained, this custom home enjoys a private setting, spectacular living room with walls of glass open to expansive shaded deck, flowing out to the golf course. Well landscaped with no grass to cut! Recently upgraded kitchen, appliances...This home is impeccable!
Contemporary, designed to capture the generous southern light and southern exposure over the Rockfish Valley and ridges beyond. The curvature of the long road frontage below and receding hillsides on either side, lateral privacy is achieved. The high ceilings, generous windows, four palladium windows, four gabled and skylights in the kitchen guarantee a bright, happy interior.
Very private location with easy access to Charlottesville, Waynesboro and shops & restaurants of Nellysford. House is 5 years old this fall.
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STONEY CREEK SOLD PROPERTIES 402 Sawmill Creek 720 Black Walnut Barn Owl Lot 2ND QUARTER 2011
9211 176 Critzer May Apple ShopLane Road
2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy
BIG On thePRICE golf course! REDCUTION!! Custom home“Windy located Hill” at the Gorgeous end ofpanoramic a quiet cul-de-sac. views from Thisthis immaculate classic 20th property c. brick,has colonial 4 BR (possibility home. Rolling of 5), 5 ac. 3.5with BA several 2 outbuildings, living areas, 2 water a handsome gardens and stonemagnificent fireplace, gourmet landscaping. kitchen Located with cherry in the scenic cabinets Afandarea ton granite. of Western Hardwood Albemarle, floors and thiswainscoting 3 BR, 2.5 BA(maple, home ishickory, a charmer! red oak). Sunroom, Mature formal landscaping, dining room, patio,large 2 porches, family upstairs room andbalconey screenedand porch. 2-carPartially garage.finished Spaciousbasement. but warm Perfect and cozy. forLots horses of storage. and gardening. Close to ANellysford short drive and to30 either min. toorC’ville. C’ville Waynesboro Just reduced! and minutes$498,500 from Northern WPI Nelson CallCounty. Julie Bendle$369,000 434 996-8669 Call Julie Bendle 434 996-8669
This 2.3 acre, pond front property is in an established section of Stoney Creek with total privacy and beautiful views of the bass filled pond.There are 5 BR, 3.5 BA and a fully equipped mother-in-law suite accessed by an Lot 1L-B4chair in Stoney Gorgeous .44 master acre homesite elevator fromCreek. the main level. The suite is with fantastic lake, golfand andthere mountain views.space Greatjust also on the main level is an office location easy site to buildrock on.fireplace OWNER WILL off of theand kitchen. Beautiful in theFINANCE living WITH TERMS! $229,000 with WPI. roomACCEPTABLE and the lower level suite. A large, separate shop Call Nancy Hernandez at 434the 962-6393 (wood-working) just across driveway. $550,000 WPI
550 Crawfords Climb
2671 East Branch Loop 375 Fitchfield Lane 10297 Patrick Henry Highway
1218 Campbells Mountain Road
168 Lakeland Lane
Situated on a beautifully landscaped acre this charming 4 BR, 3 BA home has been lovingly maintained and feels like new. The greatoom has a fireplace and high ceilings and opens into the 1207 Monocan DriveThere is a1142 Blue Ridge Drive kitchen and dining area. spacious master suite, a loft sitting area/office, a downstairs rec room with pool table, 2-car garage, ample porches, decks and storage. An exceptional value priced below appraisal. $439,000 WPI 456 Roberts Mountain Rd.
129 Eagles Court
463 Horizons Village Road
463 Horizons Village Road
Stunning pastoral and mountain views surround this Spacious home situated on 7.62 private acres with immaculate 2 BR, 2.5 BA home on 36 fenced acres. Hardviews of Stoney Creek Golf Course and Stoney wood floors, wood burning fireplace, spacious kitchen Creek. Home features lovely great room with stone and dining room, plus a bonus family room and home fireplace, 4 BR, 4.5 BA, private office on second Beautiful old 3 BR, 2 BA Virginia Farmhouse with 45+ acres. Built 1872, this wonderful has been office in the basement. In-ground pool, barn, and a floorinwith gorgeous views ofhome the creek & golf well taken care of with gorgeous landscapes and mountain and pastoral views. Modernized with central 7400 sq ft equipment building. Bring your cows, horses, course, and family room in basement. Expansive heating withenjoying a woodstove for back-up. has the original molding and pine floors. or grapesand andairstart your own piece ofStill paradise. decking and covered front porchGreat withfront views of the porch. Charming outbuilding. very private. Thereand is also a bold creek and Price reduced! $429,900Located in scenic Roseland and idyllic landscaping yard. $399,900 a wooded area with lots of potential. This could be the showplace you’ve been looking for! $469,000 Call Julie Bendle 434Schoolhouse 996-8669 492 Lane 5943 Taylor Creek Road
64 Paul’s Creek Road
Enjoy the serenity of Campbell’s Creek, the privacy of the neighboring George Washington National forest and your own private swimming hole. Easy access to HUGE price reduction! Beautiful views from this handCrabtree Falls, The Blue Ridge Parkway, The Appalachian some 3 BR, 3.5 BA home situated on a large 2 acre parTrail, and Wintergreen Resort. The perfect “home away cel. Gorgeous stone fireplace in the sunken living room from home” or maximize your investment with the along with custom bookshelves. With 3 levels there is potential for short term rentals. The stone fireplace ads lots of privacy for all. The screened porch and deck offer rustic charm and the screened in porch is perfect for plenty of outdoor living space to enjoy all four seasons entertaining. This 3 BR, 2 BA mountain get-a-away is in the foothills. $395,000 WPI sold furnished. $264,900
591 Edgehill Way High Mountain Homestead
This farmhouse with NEW first floor master suite and 3 This 3 BR, 2 BA home has had $30,000+ in renovations additional BR, is located on 9 ac within walking distance Well-maintained 2 BR, 2.5 BA home in a beautiful including kitchen with new granite countertops and of a brewery, a restaurant, a winery and the Rockfish location. A bold Taylor Creek ambles through the stainless steel appliances; Finished basement with Valley Trail. Hardwood and tile flooring, soapstone property. This 24 acre offering is in two parcels optional 4th bedroom and a bright, spacious family countertops and lovely koivalue! pond and patio. neighborhood with theinsecond up to two ridges.feet Enjoy roomthis with30+/lots ofacre windows; upgrades include hardwood at 3,000 of elevation, property is ideal for self-sustained Superb valueinatkitchen $20K under assessed Desirable Afton isextendingLocated Maturetolandscaping many Completely mature beds. Many out-decks cleaned the large enclosed porch with views to the solar garden. in kitchen and great room,views, crownpasture molding, fans, living. Excellent exposure, bold spring, mountain andceiling woodland home this 3 BR 2.5with BA home. repainted, and resealed. buildings a 1500 sq. house. Excellent building/workshop kitchentoarea fora superb Blue wired for property. generator,Located screened driveway, combine create Ridge at porch, the endpaved of a state Master hasincluding 2 huge walk-in’s andftaguest quaint reading alcove. LoadsSpacious of storage with rental orgarage living and space for aThis caretaker. forprivacy, stream, entertaining. Relax by themaintained stream and road enjoyand theacross from raised gardenForest beds, land. landscaped yardoffwith National Enjoy life the basketball grid in the pantry, shed. 2+ acreFenced level lotareas offers woodlands smalllovely animals, much more.fence. $489,000 plumbed. $649,900 area, swing set, storage shed, and more. $249,900 highlands of Nelson County, Virginia. $199,000 and Bluebarns, Ridge and views. Invisible $199,900 mountain views. Second floor
20 Fernwood Lane 16 Stoney Cove Lane Mountain and garden views from every Lakeland Lane Lotroom of this handsome, architect designed 3 BR, 4.5 87 Devils Knob Loop BA home. Gourmet kitchen w/ granite counters, Pigeon Road Lot in pantry, sunroom and gas FP.Hill A wall of windows 1863 Wintergreen DrivePrivate the living room to enjoy changing seasons.
10 acre setting. Detached 2-car garage w/ 1 BR apartment. Sited for passive solar gain. Mature gardens and mini-orchard. 30 min to C’ville and close to shopping, wineries/breweries, restaurants and Wintergreen. Owner financing available w/ acceptable offer. $649,000
1620 Pugh’s Store Road 175 Mountain Field Trail
Charming 3 BR, 2 BA country cottage and what a convenient location. This is a quiet, fully wooded This 2 BR, 966 sq ft bungalow sits on 3 well 5 acre homesite that provides privacy in a tranquil landscaped acres with mature boxwoods, atmosphere. Located in Horizons Eco Village just magnolia and holly. Hardwood floors. south of Nellysford so the amenities in and around Breakfast nook/dining area off the kitchen. the village are minutes away. Wintergreen Resort Laundry room. Bucolic dead end street. Great with four season activities, is a short drive. A great location in the Western Albemarle school buy! $265,000 district. $119,000
www.MountainAreaRealty.com (800) 361-5155 (434) 361-2440 2788 B Rockfish Valley Hwy/PO Box 444 Nellysford, VA 22958 *Nelson County sales, excluding Wintergreen Resort, data provided by CAAR MLS from 1/1/10 – 6/30/11 3/31/11 SEPTEMBER 2011 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 3
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New, Notable, and Recently Reduced Properties
938 Cedar Meadow Drive
Located on Shamokin #1, the original course designed by Rees Jones, this property offers beautiful mountain views. It is a level lot and only a short walk to the Clubhouse, restaurant, pool, clay tennis courts and exercise facility. Situated in a desirable area of Stoney Creek, it’s nearly an acre, with WPI and offered @ $150,000. Call Joan Mummery at 434-531-5033. (490635)
3 Gumtree Drive
Retreat to this secluded family friendly mountain home within walking distance to amenities. Can be set up as a 2-master bedroom home for extended family. Recent upgrades include roof, deck, appliances, tile in the kitchen and all bathrooms, carpet, exterior stain, walk out basement sliding doors, furnishings, lighting fixtures TVs and more! This home is ‘resort rental ready’ yet not currently on rental. WPI. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths! $414,900. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (489425) S OR LO DF O WO RD HA
38 Summit Circle
This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is nestled in a quiet culde-sac located off Devils Knob Loop. Enjoy seasonal views from your large deck. Open floor plan from first level kitchen, dining room and living room. Master suite has sitting area and lots of filtered light. Priced to sell! $327,300. Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (490627)
2025 Stone Ridge Condo
Beautiful walk-out, first level condo with patio and golf views. Great location near Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center, indoor pools, Nature Center, golf, tennis, skiing. Sold turn-key furnished with updated furnishings. Fireplace in cozy living room. Separate dining room with lots of windows natural light. $263,000. Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (470828)
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472 Cedar Meadow Drive
Exceptional home on beautifully landscaped double lot; breathtaking great room features stone wood-burning fireplace extending to top of 15 foot wood-paneled ceiling, large casement windows and built-in bookcases, overlooked by balcony; family room features gas fireplace with soapstone hearth; enjoy outdoor living with screened porch, extensive deck and lovely yard with fish pond and waterfall; other features include greenhouse, sun room, stone chimney and stone pillars on front porch. $699,000 Call Joan Mummery (434) 531-5033. (489183) VIE
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2221 Tanners Ridge
415 Pedlars Edge Drive Level lot in quiet area of resort on Blackrock side of Wintergreen Resort. Mature hardwoods throughout lot, lots of privacy. Bring your builder or let us introduce you to one of ours. Includes WPI right of membership. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 www.ExperienceWintergreen.com (489885)
Spectacular year ‘round views overlooking Wintergreen Village, ski slopes & multiple ridges of mountains! Fully-furnished, mid-level unit in popular Devils Knob area. Walk to Ski slopes, Golf, Tennis, & the Wintergarden Spa. Turn-key investment and/or mountain get-away for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. $190,000 with WPI. Listed by Dawn Perusse 540-4543300, Dawn.Perusse@mris.com (MLS 490911) OM ST
Lovely furnished two bedroom condo in great location. Sparkling granite counters in kitchen, marble surround fireplace, fresh paint, no stairs. Possible owner financing, includes WPI right. Located on shuttle route to resort attractions, walk to Spa, golf and Devils Grill restaurant. Potentially strong rental unit. $135,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 firstname.lastname@example.org (483843)
2208 Tanners Ridge
Great price on a two bedroom golf front furnished condo at Wintergreen. Includes full kitchen, family room with fireplace and all furnishings and appliances. Walk to Wintergarden Spa and pool, golf and restauraunts. Shuttle stop out front will take you to skiing and other amenities. Includes WPI right of membership. Only $107,500 ! Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 (473888)
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A WOW renovation! Top floor unit with hardwoods throughout 1st and 2nd levels. Stone fireplace treatment, plantation blinds, leather seating collection, built-in electronics, vaulted ceilings, updated cabinetry. Zero steps in from parking lot. Private Laurelwood pool. Walk to The Market, ski slopes, shopping. Furnished. $165,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (491022)
78 Deer Springs Lane Beautiful corner lot in Wintergreen Resort. .41 acre with easy access in a popular area of the resort. Quick ride to golf, tennis, restaurants and skiing. $62,900. Call Steve Marianella 434-5661293 453853)
122 Warrior Run
Nice mountain views and great condition highlight this lovely mountain home on a quiet street. Custom built home has many upgrades including sun room, hardwood floors, custom kitchen, window treatments and beautiful furnishings. Large bedrooms and loft/ sleeping area, all with seperate full bathrooms. Nice landscaping, level drive and large decks to enjoy the views. WPI. $525,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 ExperienceWintergreen.com (491471)
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bill the beast Hunting accident messed up his legs. Meh.
tillmans’ travels Someday we’ll sail the world. Someday Came.
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on the cover Photographer: Norm Shafer Nancy and John Hellerman of Goodwin Creek Bakry with their little muffin man, David. Story on page 9.
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from thepublishers Once a man, twice a child. Whoever coined that phrase to describe the typical human life cycle nailed it. If I become like baby Peyton when I’m old and pruny, it won’t be so bad. I’ll have two bottom teeth I am very proud of. First in, last out. With those two teeth I can eat bananas, french toast, scrambled eggs, Asian pears, rice, black beans, cherry tomatoes, pork meat balls, and salmon. When I open my mouth revealing what I’ve been working on, strangers will look at me and smile. I’ll demand real milk. None of that chalky stuff they make ol’ geezers drink. And if I don’t get it, I’ll pitch a fit and throw my cup to the floor. I’ll go to bed early, at about 7:00 PM, waking up in the morning with nice drool stains on my sheets. We can see Daddy aging into a young Adam. Whereas Adam’s current mission is to memorize the lines in The Muppets Take Manhattan, daddy will move his lips to On Golden Pond. He’ll surround himself with cute little baby sitters and ask to be held. Probably because mommy will be too busy showing people what mashed
up rice and beans looks like in her mouth. Like their children did in 2011, they’ll hang out in the den after dinner talking to each other in a language only they understand. Then maybe one of their grand kids will toddle into the room, tug on a pant leg and smile at them with a tooth or two. Enjoy! Yvette & Tommy Stafford
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PHOTOGRAPHY by PAUL PURPURA
Local blues bands including Karl Stoll & The Locals jammed at Pharsalia to raise money for Nelson County’s Almost Home SPCA, The Nelson County Community Fund and the Pharsalia Renovation Fund.
Folks enjoyed some wine and swine at the pig roast at Wintergreen Winery. Tasty!
October 1st - 9th Live Music • Steal the Oktoberfest Mug German Food • Lots of games Giveaways and fun!
9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151) Afton, VA 540-456-8020 www.bluemountainbrewery.com Open 7 Days a Week
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basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz www.basicnecessities.com www.kaypfaltz.com
Debunking Sweet Wines Thomas Carlyle said that if changes and contradictions didn’t occur within us, we stagnated, and I have to agree with him (and would regardless…even if I didn’t…to justify my own capricious contradictions throughout life.) When learning about wine, the novice often begins with white wine or sweet white wine and after a while, if persevering with this course of study, discovers the wonderful and nuanced world of red wine. Here many wine drinkers can linger, spending decades (3 1/2 in my case), practically disdaining any other wine: white, rosé, sweet, sparkling, until a time, often well into middle-age, when the palate reawakens to white wine and even sweet white wine. My friend Jim shares my palate and preference in wines and this pattern has befallen both him and me. Another friend and great oenophile always answers the same way when asked his favourite wine. “TBA,” he will say with alacrity, which is the easy way of saying Trockenbeerenauslese, the sweetest, richest and most luscious German
botrytized wine. For years in Paris I would order red wine with any meal. If I ordered a flaky fillet of sole, the waiter tried to persuade me into a beautiful Chablis and I’d shake my head, knowing what I preferred, and order Pinot Noir. Obstinacy and ignorance can, if not necessarily, go hand in hand with youth and exuberance; I’m now older and, I hope, wiser and more flexible in my opinions. While I still prefer red in most instances, I’m open to the possibility of white with many dishes, for white wines have the benefit of often higher acidity which can mean beautiful pairings with a variety of foods. So, sweet wines, once the domain of the beginner, come full circle. The French have long revered sweet white wines and often serve them as an aperitif because the alcohol and sugar stimulate the digestive juices preparing you for dinner and helping you to digest. Note, too, that some of the most age-worthy wines are sweet whites, such as Riesling or Sauternes. Point in case, last week I was given a bottle of opened and re-corked 1959 Château d’Yquem (!) and it was still
good. Thank you, Audrey! Monmousseau Vouvray, 2009 – Vouvray is a versatile wine, made from the Chenin Blanc grape, called Pineau in the Loire, and can be dry, demi-sec, (‘off’ or ‘half’ dry) or moelleux (sweet). This Vouvray is a demisec, thus ideal for serving before the meal as the French do. Yet, because of its acidity, Vouvray is also an exquisite food wine. Pair with rich meats such as chicken livers (free range and organic of course.) You can also marry it with fish, shellfish, poultry and in general with creamy or saffron and spicy sauces. Notice aromas of apples, candied lemon, honeysuckle and lime, and a clean, non-cloying finish. $16 Clairette de Die – One of the oldest sparkling wines, with lush notes of honey and orange rind; beautiful as an aperitif or paired with light desserts. $18 If you still prefer your red wine with fish, by all means, carry on. I did. The only true rule in wine tasting is, “Drink what you like.” Life’s short, it’s a shame not to. Normandy and Brittany, May 2012. For more details, Kpfaltz@cstone.net
Café Wine and Cheese Shop 2226 Rockfish Valley Highway Nellysford, Virginia ph: 434.361.1766 www.basicnecessities.us
A taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge! DISCOUNT AT HAMNER THEATRE ! Basic Necessities is partnering with the Earl Hamner Theatre this fall and winter. For the month of September we offer 5:30 early bird seating on Friday 23rd and 30th. Dine with us, then take your receipt to the theatre and received $2 off ticket price. And have fun supporting your local businesses! Taking reservations for private parties. Call in advance. Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday 10am-10pm Reservations advised for weekend dinners. Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm
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BREAKFAST? All You Can EAT Pancakes Only $6.99
Season Finale of ‘Afton After Hours’
6-9 PM, Glass and Bottle Sales Only Grand Opening of the Pavilion and Kick-off for ‘Nelson 151’ $5 admission includes souvenir glass and a round of Music byfree Kings of Belmont tasting. Music fromMusic 1 – 5from provided by Tidewater performing 6:30 – 8:30 artist Lewis McGehee and 24th his daughter Kayce. September Listen to him at www.lewismcgehee.com No cover charge. No reservations.
Join us on our Fabulous New Deck Saturdays & Sundays from 8am to 11am. Endless Pancakes, Side of Bacon, Choice of Juice or Coffee - Only $6.99 Plus Many Other Great Choices!
open daily 11-6, closed tuesday AftonMountainVineyards.com 540.456.8667 The Blue Toad - www.TheBlueToad.com - 434.996.6992 9278 Rockfish Valley Parkway, Afton, VA 22920 (5 Miles South of Rt 250 on 151)
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Montague, Miller & Co. REALTORS® Serving Nelson County
and the surrounding Central Virginia region LOVINGSTON $175,000
NEW LISTING ~ Completely Remodeled Home w/ New Appliances, Hardwood Flrs., Ceramic Tile BA., Sunroom, Heat Pump. Walkout Basement. New Roof. Stocked Pond. Close to US 29. #490837
NEW LISTING ~ 12.17 Ac. Zoned Business fronting US 29 & 56 W. County Water, Sewer Available. Electric on Site. Possible Owner Fin. #490785
SHIPMAN – REDUCED: $169,500
2160 sq. ft., 3 Br., 1 1/2 Ba. Open Floor Plan w/Hardwood Floors, Built-in Cabinetry, Walkout Basement, Carport. Level 1 AC. w/Fruit Trees in quiet area. # 491187
10 secluded ac. bordering the Big Pannell Creek. Huge Rocks w/Waterfall, Hardwoods and Wildlife. Close to the GW National Forest #482200
Frontage on the Rockfish River and views of the Blue Ridge. Large streams run through the property. Long road and river frontage. 105.50 acres #474988
PROPERTY DRASTICALLY REDUCED! 30 acs of productive farm land. Property adjoins a vineyard. Minutes from US 29 & Lovingston. #488334
$3,800,000 – SOLD 2011 RUSTBURG, VA
Lakewood Farm is one of the largest working farms in Central Virginia. 1240 acres & three brick homes. Sold in 2011 #483818
AMHERST – REDUCED: $119,000
Chapel Hollow Road Great location. road frontage and wood. 25 miles to Charlottesville. 2.84 acres #488301
Top Quality Renovations. 1062 SF, 3BR, 1BA, New Appliances. Workshop, 40yr MasterRib Tin Roof & Granite Counters. A MUST SEE DELIGHT! #486825
Carole Saunders, GRI CaroleSaundersRealEstate.com 434.981.3089
James Wood JamesWoodRealEstate.com 434.263.4371
Mark Brashears 540.570.2874 152 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949
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Nanette Kirt, GRI firstname.lastname@example.org 434.962.6602
Carter Montague, Broker 434.962.3419 434.263.5088 local
800.422.6698 toll free
Just as the sun begins to rise, Goodwin Creek Farm is waking up and baby Davidâ€™s probably hungry. Time to make some
STORY by MARCIE GATES PHOTOGRAPHY by NORM SHAFER
John Hellerman works in the kitchen as the sun rises at Goodwin Creek Farm in Afton (above). Meanwhile, a batch of 7-grain dough waits to be divided (right). SEPTEMBER 2011 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 9
Down on the farm, the yeast rises hours before the sun and the only thing you knead is the dough and some coffee.
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Nancy Hellerman and son David check orders on the computer while John is off making a delivery (top). When she has a free hand, Nancy checks the gluten formation on a batch of dough (below right). Goodwin Creek Farm’s bread is available at area grocery stores and eateries including Blue Ridge IGA, Greenwood Gourmet Grocery, and Afton Mountain Vineyards. The days sometimes begin an hour after midnight and a work week is typically six days long. Everything from baguettes to hamburger rolls are baked from scratch and fill the rooms in the farmhouse the Hellermans use for a home and bakery, but more often than not the goods are sold faster than they can restock the shelves. “We rarely have product just sitting there. People know us and they recognize the bread,” Nancy said. “Customers ask for things and we try it out. If they like it, we keep going.” In addition to the constant baking on the farm, the Hellermans themselves have experienced some of nature’s goodness recently when they were blessed with their own little bun in the oven. The newest addition to the farm, David J. Hellerman, has
given a whole new meaning to term “locally made”. “He’s been a lot of fun, just happy all the time. And we are with him all the time. He’s in here [in the bakery] and out there [on the farm] walking with us. We’ve even noticed that his energy feeds off of the farm,” said John. David isn’t the only surprise the Hellermans have encountered on the farm, however. The couple purchased the farm in 2005, but it wasn’t always a bakery. “We actually started with produce, but then we had problems with deer that we didn’t expect, so we started selling muffins at the farmers market with the little bit of veggies we had left,” Nancy explained. Being the main mixer and shaper, Nancy takes full credit for the idea that rose to the challenge.
“Baking was actually my idea,” said Nancy who has a family history of baking. “My great grandfather had a chain of bakeries in Chile. I remember hearing about him growing up from my mom who told me stories about how popular his breads were. It’s kind of fun. Maybe it’s something that’s in my genes.” Nancy isn’t the only one with natural talent running through her veins, though. “My mom’s side was all dairy farmers,” John mentioned. “We spent a lot of time on a remnant of the farm.” Aside from dairy and helping out with her new grandson, it turns out John’s mother also has a knack for baking. Not only does she wake up as early as three in the morning to help Nancy bake, she also has some recipes of her own.
“My mom had recipes that she made when I was a kid like chocolate zucchini muffins, spiced pumpkin muffins and carrot muffins. We’re thinking about getting them going again. All veggies, things we can grow in the garden,” said John who spends his time keeping the farm under control, and coordinating deliveries to area groceries and eateries. Cutting the 30 acres of pasture on the farm is no small task, but John would also like to have the garden back in business before the end of the year. “The biggest thing for us is that we are trying to do an alternative to factory products. Bread in grocery stores is engineered to last for months, which is pretty unnatural. Ours is just a genuine, natural product,” John said. “And it’s exciting that we have so many people interested in this local thing.” NCL
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beast Bill Bonilla is a
STORY by JENNIE TAL WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY by VICTORIA MININGER
When Bill Bonilla was in high school, he ran track all year long. “I wasn’t the most gifted distance runner, but I did it for the foundation – the aerobic foundation – so that when I ran indoor and outdoor track, the sprints, I was able to do a work out that would be fresh.” The young, athletic man from New Jersey was into some other sports, too, but after high school he – like many former athletes – found it difficult to stay in the routine of exercising. “The older I get, the better I used to be,” Bill jokes. Bill, who lives in Woods Mill and does residential architecture, is like many people who work and grow up and fall out of sports. But unlike many other people, Bill suffered a hunting injury at the age of 35 that resulted in paraplegia. “My quads work somewhat and I have a little hamstring,” he explained. “No gluteus, nothing below the knees.” Bill remembers being in the hospital and wanting nothing more than to get back to exercising and, despite all the obstacles he has to face, he certainly has gotten back to it. And he is now one of the community’s strongest exercise advocates. “I just want to see more people doing things,” he said. “Everybody has a goal – just go forth and do it.” Bill built his current home in 1994 and for a long time, one of the biggest obstacles to getting to the gym
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regularly was getting all the way into Charlottesville and making time for a work out. Then he started going to the Anytime Fitness in Crozet and now that there’s one open in Lovingston, he couldn’t be happier. “This one here in Lovingston really fills a vacuum,” said Bill. “There’s a definite need. What a great place for a gym. It’s going to do a world of good for the community.” Bill says that since there hasn’t been a gym in the community for quite some time, many people might have felt as though it was too difficult to make time for a workout. But the new facility, he says, will have a really positive influence on people who live nearby. Bill says that it’s important to acknowledge that as we age, we’ll never be as healthy or as fit as we were as teenagers, but setting goals and working toward them will never cease to be important. Nick Harris, the owner of the Lovingston Anytime Fitness has been working out with Bill for many years (and claims that Bill can do nearly 350 pull-ups in 30 minutes). Nick definitely agrees with Bill that exercising is key. “It’s just important overall to quality of life,” he said. “Each day you wait, you’re one day older when you finally do [get back to exercising].” “Seventy-five percent of it is just getting there,” said Bill. “Once people get in there and work out, they’re always glad they did.” NCL
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The dog days of summer are here. I want to lose the heat and keep my furniture and floors from fading. But can I keep my views? The reason for having all of those windows in your home is to enjoy your beautiful views and the natural light in your home. It’s a shame to have them covered up with blinds or curtains. You have to run around lifting them up and down different times of the day to block the sun. That daily chore has probably become too much of a hassle and you just leave your blinds down all day. Think about that for one minute and ask yourself this. “Why do I have windows in my home and why did I move to Nelson County?” The views, right? So why are you eliminating your views with blinds? Is it fading, too much heat from the sun, or is it just too bright? I have also been in homes where they don’t use blinds and this is what I typically see. Either furniture is being covered with sheets or nothing has been done at all. At least these homeowners still have their views and natural light, not to mention their living space is much more open and vibrant than being closed in with window treatments. It is still a huge compromise doing it those ways. These home owners still have tremendous heat gain and glare, plus the sun fades everything it touches, not just furniture. A great example of this would be hardwood floors. Depending on the type of wood, what it has been finished with, and the orientation of the room, I have seen significant fading on hardwood floors in less than a year. 3M™ Window Film installed by Clear View Window Tinting will eliminate any compromises you have been making. For those of you without blinds, I can take care of everything that fades, not just your furniture. I can make your views more vivid and drastically reduce the heat from the sun. For those of you with blinds, your life and home will be much different. Your space will be brighter, more open, and YOU WILL HAVE VIEWS! No more running around opening and closing your blinds. Just leave them up during the day or get rid of them. Window tinting will reduce 4 to 5 times more heat than closed blinds, and of course it will take care of your fading issues.
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Harvest Festival September 17, 8AM-1 PM
Nelson United Methodist Church (across from Tye River Elementary) 434-263-5652
Yard sales spaces for rent to individuals. (Call to reserve a spot)
The kiddos played as their parents grazed at The Blue Toad, Nelson’s newest eatery in Afton. An accompanying pub is in the works. Until then, the Toad Stack!
Produce! Canned Goods! Baked Goods! Kids’ Korner! Book Nook! Holiday Items & Crafts! White Elephant Sale! Breakfast and Lunch
here for Buy tickets / ntain Boys Little Mou Nov. 5 dinner on
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The sounds of bluegrass and mountain music echoed throughout Wintergreen Resort at the 6th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest organized by Wintergreen Performing Arts.
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“Romp, Stomp & Chomp” Harvest Celebration: Labor Day Weekend: September 3 & 4 10am until 6pm Musical Guests: TBA (SAT) and JACABONE (SUN)
$10 admission fee (kids are free!)
Wine • Music • Grape Stomping • Riverside Picnics • Family Friendly Fun See www.wintergreenwinery.com for details
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Delivering Deals (and Meals!)
PHOTOGRAPHY by HAYLEY OSBORNE
Afton Mountain Vineyards www.aftonmountainvineyards.com 540-456-8667 Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery www.cardinalpointwinery.com 540-456-8400
Did you know: • 87% of property buyers initiate their search online • 98% of property buyers will use the web at some point during their search. • Nest Realty is the area’s most progressive real estate company, and was named the Most Innovative Brokerage in the nation by Inman News in 2009.
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DelFosse Vineyards & Winery www.delfossewine.com 434-263-6100 Democracy Vineyards www.democracyvineyards.com 434-964-6124 Flying Fox Vineyard www.flyingfoxvineyard.com 434-361-1692 Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery www.hilltopberrywine.com 434-361-1266 Lovingston Winery www.lovingstonwinery.com 434-263-8467 Mountain Cove Vineyards www.mountaincovevineyards.com 434-263-5392 Veritas Vineyard & Winery www.veritaswines.com 540-456-8000 Wintergreen Winery www.wintergreenwinery.com 434-361-2519
Register to win a weekend getaway! 434.263.7015 Nelson County Visitors Center nelsoncounty.com
David H. Ferrall, Associate Broker 434-882-LAND (5263) Nest Realty Group firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wild Wolf Brewing Co. owner Mary Wolf describes the layout of the addition going up at what used to be the old Rockfish School in Nellysford. Renovations include enclosing a porch for year round seating. Surrounding buildings are being converted into retail
ontap WILD WOLF GOES OLD SCHOOL You’ve definitely heard of a microbrew – but a nanobrew? That’s what Wild Wolf Brewing Company is – but not for long. After just under a year of operating as a nanobrewery and home brew supply shop, Wild Wolf is already expanding. They recently bought the old Rockfish School House in Nellysford (about a quarter mile from their current location) where they’ll open their brew pub, restaurant, and small shopping area, featuring Zestivities and ExtraZ. But what owner Mary Wolf says will really set them apart is their beer garden. “The true definition [of a beer garden] is where you’re one with nature,” said Mary. “We’ll have outdoor seating with 60-yearold elm trees, a pond with waterfalls. It’s gorgeous; perfect.” Wild Wolf hopes to open the new facility Nov. 11 of this year which happens to be Veteran’s Day, Mary’s birthday and, of course, 11-11-11. They hope to open their doors at 11:11 a.m. NCL – JENNIE TAL WILLIAMS
MAC’S Country Store FRIED CHICKEN The Best Around Seating for 14 Great hamburgers and other sandwiches available. Eat in or take out. Worth the drive! 7023 Patrick Henry Hwy Roseland
434-277-5305 DELI Mon-Sat 6am-8pm Sun 9am-8pm
Western Hoe Down! LIVE MUSIC featuring old time Charlottesville favorites The Ryalls Brothers Band playing lite rock and original country music. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy a “toe kicking” good time at the petting farm as the kids play on the train, feed the animals or just exercise their legs. Saturday, 10/1 (10/8 rain date) 11:00 am - 3:00 pm $10 (children 2 and under free) Free animal food
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Exceeding your expectations in every detail, Bormann General Contractors has built, renovated and remodeled some of the ﬁnest homes in and around Nelson County including Wintergreen and Stoney Creek.
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Pumpkin Carving Party Bring a picnic, blanket and of course a pumpkin to carve. (Don’t forget to bring your carving kit and a camera.) We will build a pumpkin tower and feed the seeds to the animals as we listen to Halloween music. Take your masterpiece home to decorate the front door. Boo! Saturday, 10/29 (10/30 rain date) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm $6 (children 2 and under free) Free animal food
141 Blundell Hollow Rd. (Route 633) Afton, VA 22920 434-361-0203 www.mountainsidepettingfarm.com
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Location: 1768 Beech Grove Rd, Roseland, Virginia Offered at: $394,000 Comments: Beautifully restored Virginia farmhouse on 6.2 acres in the Rockfish Valley. Copper roof, exposed beams, and slate and hardwood floors add a quality period touch. 4 generous sized bedrooms and 3 full baths lend to gracious living. Breezeway attached oversized garage. 600â€™+ of the trout-stocked South Fork Rockfish River meanders lazily through the front yard, adding a riparian note to the bountifully landscaped front yard. Minutes to Wintergreen, convenient to Charlottesville and the Valley. Contact: David Ferrall Nest Realty Group 434-882-5263
thisnewhouse Location: 75 Oak Grove Ln, Nellysford, Virginia Offered at: $329,000 Comments: Very private location with easy access to Charlottesville, Waynesboro and shops & restaurants of Nellysford. House is 5 years old this fall. Contact: Tim Merrick Wintergreen Real Estate Co. 434-361-0500
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1829 Wintergreen Drive 1430 Highlands Condominium Wintergreen Resort Mountain Village Wintergreen Resort Mountain Village Offer Price $365,000 $335,000 Offer Price $215,000
Thomasina Shealey, MBA, Principal Broker firstname.lastname@example.org 703.328.8680 Blackrock Harbor Realty, Wintergreen Resort Mountain Village, Wintergreen, Virginia 22967
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ontap BLUE MOUNTAIN JUGGLING TWO PROJECTS
a day to remember. a place to enjoy. Dried Flower Wreath Workshop Taught by Don Haney of Buffalo Springs Farm Wednesday, October 19th 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
The last few months at Blue Mountain Brewery have been madness, says owner Taylor Smack. “Of course we have two projects going on right now,” he said. “I’m standing in our new 5,000 square foot restaurant expansion.” In addition to the two-story restaurant that Taylor hopes will open in September to give the brewery a whole lot more space, Blue Mountain is also working on a 10,000 square foot production facility in Colleen to open sometime next year. Both are something that Taylor says he and his wife, Mandi, “realized early on was going to be necessary – it was a no brainer.” The restaurant expansion will also allow the brewery to host special events like weddings, parties, and a Tuesday night movie night – a “Brew & View.” They’ll also be expanding the menu, but definitely staying big on the local. “And we’ve got some more things up or sleeves for the future,” said Taylor. So stay tuned. NCL
The new harvest is hanging from the rafters...bright golds, purples, reds, greens,etc. ready for you to make a decorative dried wreath to add beauty to your home for months ahead. all materials supplied to make a 18-20 inch wreath. Please bring clippers. A delicious fall lunch will be included. Class will be limited in size. Cost of class is $65. Please fill out registration form found on website and send in with check. weddings classes family reunions parties corporate retreats Girls’/Guys’ weekends fresh cut flowers sold by the bucket For more information call 434.277.5231. Check web site as season goes on for future classes.
– JENNIE TAL WILLIAMS
Hours: Lunch & Dinner Wed / Thur / Sun - 11am to 9pm Fri / Sat - 11am - 10pm WANT BREAKFAST ON OUR FABULOUS NEW DECK? Sat / Sun 8am - 11am To-Go Orders Welcome! Just Call 434.996.6992 The Blue Toad - www.TheBlueToad.com
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Elk Mountain Contracting Specializing in handcrafted log cabins and restoration work. Also buying old cabins and barns. Meade Shirley • 540-241-9075 • elkmountaincontracting.com
Wheeler’s Cove – Shipman MLS # 491371 Priced to sell! 20 acres fronting Dutch Creek on Wheeler’s Cove Rd. Great building site with well. $89,000
Sara McGann 434.996.4962 Email : email@example.com 2788 B Rockfish Valley Hwy/PO Box 444 Nellysford, VA 22958
Cabins and Reclaimed Lumber In Stock! Call For Details.
If you know how to make paint dry faster, we’re all ears. Actually, the renovations in Nellysford are going pretty well and we can’t wait to open. We’re just a little impatient. Breathe. Are we there yet?! Gifts and Accessories
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DEVILS BACKBONE’S NEW FRONTIER: THE OUTPOST This year, Devils Backbone Brewing Company will brew 800 barrels (that’s 1,600 kegs). Next year, that number will climb to 10,000 barrels. “In craft breweries, there has been a lot of growth across the country,” said DBBC owner Steve Crandall on his way to their new 15,000 square foot production facility. “In this down economy, one of the bright spots has been craft breweries – it’s all about local.” Steve says they’re not aiming to ship across the country, but the response to the DBBC beers has been “phenomenal” so they definitely need another brewing outlet (that’s where Rockbridge County’s “Outpost” comes in), though the Nelson County “Base Camp” will definitely still be brewing. In addition to bottling, kegging, and canning, the new DBBC facility will boast daily tours, merchandise, and a tap room. Steve said he hopes to start brewing the first ale in early December. NCL – JENNIE TAL WILLIAMS HEIDI CRANDALL
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– Located in the Mountain Inn – Do you love Wintergreen as much as we do? When you buy or sell with us, you are investing in Wintergreen’s future – Call us or stop in and be a part of Wintergreen’s future.
Contact any of these outstanding Realtors® at our Mountain Inn office for information about Wintergreen and Stoney Creek real estate.
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44 Bucksaw Lane
Lovely, wooded lot with seasonal views and interesting rock formations. Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Great buildable lot. Located near Chestnut Park and Pool. Very quiet area of Wintergreen. Building plans available upon request. $89,000. Call Rod & Christy Phillips 434-987-6399 firstname.lastname@example.org (484231)
Tim Craig Sales Associate 540-416-8498
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Steve Marianella Sales Associate 434-566-1293
Jim Mummery Sales Associate 434-531-5033
Dawn Perusse Associate Broker 540-454-3300
Great price on a furnished two bedroom golf condo on 18th hole of Devils Knob GC!! Updated appliances and kitchen counters, heat pump and hot water heater make this a steal at $143,500. Rent it out or hold for investment, great location near spa, restaurant, golf and tennis. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 or email@example.com. (480494) K
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CopperLeaf Homes and Solid Rock Properties create rustic mountain retreats with modern craftsmanship. Stunning Timberframe homes exemplify mountain charm and quality. With over 30 homes built at Wintergreen many references are available. Custom home experts or choose from existing floorplans. Contact Rod & Christy Phillips 434-987-6399 www.copperleafhomesva.com
Christy Phillips Sales Associate 434-987-6388
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2137 Fairway Woods
Joan Mummery Sales Associate 434-531-5033
711 Far Knob Climb
Post & beam design allows for open interior spaces and tons of glass for taking in year-round mountain views. Recently remodeled: Like new baths, stunning kitchen complete w/ granite counters, extensive cherry cabinetry, stainless appliances, wine fridge & bar, cork flooring, central heat & cool. Two 1st floor master suites. Sleeps 16. $683,500. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (456168)
Rare opportunity to own one of largest mountain-side estate lots in Stoney Creek. With elevations nearing 2,200 feet, it’s one of the community’s highest. Enjoy lower humidity and cooler summer temperatures. Easy 5 minute access to valley amenities. Gorgeous views of the Rockfish Valley. Adjacent 9 acre estate parcel also available. Reduced! $125,000. Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (460218)
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529 Cedar Meadow Drive
This SHORT SALE has the lowest price in Stoney Creek; Bank will accept offer of $240,000 and special negotiator has been assigned to expedite approval. Charming cottage of energy-saving SIPS construction; Mountain views, vaulted ceilings, hidden electric fence for dogs, wood-pellet stove, new washer & dryer, renovated kitchen with maple cabinets & granite countertops. $240,000. Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033 or jmummery@ verizon.net (474432)
380 Cedar Drive
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Reduced $1M+ from original listing! Divorce forcing sale. Incredible value! Estate home on 1 acre adjoining Nat’l Forest. Gourmet kitchen, hardwoods, master bath w/ granite double vanity, 3 fireplaces (2 gas/1 wood), superb mountain views, 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 car garage, extensive decks. $895.000! Also available w/ 2 cul-de-sac lots. Call Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (483491)
Brian Chase Managing Broker 434-960-4168
716 Laurelwood Condo Best value & opportunity! Two bedrooms with updated kitchen, floors, and furnishings. Resort rental program revenue stream in place. Walk to private Laurelwood swimming pool, The Market, ski slopes, Mountain Village shops. Furnished. $134,500. Contact Brian www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (489504)
118 Firtree Drive Only $289,000 for this cozy 3 bedroom mountain chalet with seasonal views and large wrap around deck. Lovely granite counters in the kitchen,nice wood burning fireplace,quiet area of the resort,yet only a short distance to the Mountain village.New carpet installation in June. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293,firstname.lastname@example.org, www.experiencewintergreen.com (488828) E LU VA AL N O TI EP EXC
72 N. Forest
Reduced and ready to enjoy this summer, this well maintained mountain getaway has over 2100 square feet on finished space on three levels. Large family room with great stone fireplace, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, separate dining area, and a lovely loft bonus room for reading or relaxation. Listed at $389,000 by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, email@example.com, www.experiencewintergreen.com (488838)
1253 Monocan Drive
Surrounded by Wintergreen’s world-class amenities and only 15 minutes to Crozet - 30 to Cville. This magnificent estate home is exquisite in every way: Granite, tile, hardwoods, mountain views, private, 5 hearths, 3-car garage, 1st floor master. 1.5 acre lot is buffered by 2.5 acres of surrounding open space - effectively a 4 acre location! $649,000! Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860.
302 Pedlars Edge
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. Reduced to $579,000! Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (453234)
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906 Diamond Hill
Right on the Diamond Hill slopes and priced right! Fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo ready to use this summer, or hold as an investment rental for ski season! Existing revenue stream to offset costs makes this one an easy decision to purchase. Nice views from the recently remodeled decks, also new siding and windows at Diamond Hill in 2010. Enjoy mountain views and this summers Wintergreen Music festival from your deck! WPI. $225,000. Call Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 or firstname.lastname@example.org (488262)
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Incredible Price ($145K) for spectacular Views & Location (Devils Knob)! The perfect, ready-to-use and/or rent Sport, Spa, & Nature get-away. Fully-furnished, mid-level, sun-filled End-Unit condo with windows on 3 sides. Full Kitchen; W&D. Walk to Slopes, Golf, Tennis, Spa (w/indoor pool) & quality restaurants. On Shuttle route. WPI. Call Dawn Perusse at 800-417-1890. (483722) R STE MA L TF 1S
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362 Wood Nettle ~ Stoney Creek
Large, nearly level, quiet cul-de-sac lot - area of significant homes. Backs to open space where Stoney Creek flows through. Fantastic location to enjoy walking through nature, seeing wildlife around stream and woods. Two minutes to amenities (golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, dining, fishing). Community water available. $49,000. Listed by Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (488825)
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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) M EA &B ST O P
1816 High Ridge Court
High end, end-unit w/exhilarating views at Wintergreen Resort. One flight up, elevator access, covered parking and sunny decks. Modern floor plan, incredible long mountain views of the breathtaking Rockfish Valley. Spacious and private location. Own this fabulous 3BR, 3BATH & consider rental opportunity. WPI. $329,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 or email@example.com (487943)
105 Saddleback Knoll
2209 Tanners Ridge 2BR resort condo with a great golf view. Vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan. Sold turn key and ready to enjoy. Private rental with cash flow. Near WTG shuttle stop and the WinterGarden Center. Listed for $104,500 by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293. firstname.lastname@example.org (288022)
2105 Fairway Woods
Income producing property made $15,000 in 2008 and still left plenty of time for owner to use it. Great location on Golf Course and short walk to Spa, Clubhouse, Devils Grill, Pool, Nature Foundation and Tennis. Easy shuttle ride down to slopes and Mountain Inn. Fully furnished and ready to go. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo priced at $169,000 with WPI will not last long! Call Rod & Christy Phillips at 434-987-6399. (469491)
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89 Laurel Springs
Like-new Lindal Cedar home loaded with upgrades. Features: Wood burning fireplace with stone façade; 5” antique oak flooring; private deck; towering cathedral ceiling. Majority of like-new furnishings convey. A special home located just 2 minutes from golf, tennis, skiing, indoor/outdoor pools, dining. Reduced! $329,000. Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (481894)
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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. Reduced! $772,500. Call Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (448607)
44 Arrowwood Lane
HUGE year-round views from all levels. Paved driveway, 2-car garage, hardiplank siding, covered rear porch. This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath quality built home boasts an open gourmet kitchen with commercial grade Vulcan gas range, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Enjoy the open floor plan with wood floors and tongue & groove wood ceiling, first floor master suite, gas fireplace in the living room and so much more! This is a great home for entertaining family and friends...a must see for those looking for a quality view property. Finish the basement for an additional 1,470 sq. ft. of living space for a total of 4,070 sq. ft home. WPI $599,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 email@example.com (485767)
31 Lakeview Court
Rare water front lot with direct access to Lake Monocan plus great mountain and golf views. Priced for today’s market and one of only a few remaining opportunities to build on Lake Monocan. Bring your own builder or ask us for builder recommendations. Build now or later (no build-time requirement). Central water and sewer available. Reduced! $149,000. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (487060)
Cute, cute, cute! Updated home set back from the 15th green. Large covered front porch, back deck and hot tub are perfect for relaxing. Spacious, open living area includes kitchen, dining, TV viewing & cozy spot by the stone fireplace. Wood beams give a cozy mountain feel. All 4 bedrooms upstairs have vaulted wood ceilings. Master has private deck & fireplace. Adorable kid’s room looks like a log cabin! Great buy - Sellers have put a lot of money into this home. WPI. $369,000. Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399. (480097)
20 Ginseng Close
Dramatic mountain view lot on quiet Wintergreen cul-de-sac. Enjoy the splendors of Wintergreen from your own vacation retreat. Three minutes to golf, tennis, skiing, hiking, dining, and spa services. Bring your own builder or call for recommendations. Reduced! $199,500. Contact Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (479606)
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Best Value in Laurelwood! New flooring in kitchen and bath 2010. A short stroll down boardwalk to the private Laurelwood pool. Short walk to Mountain Inn Village, skiing, Wintergreen Market. Great location yet still a private, secluded mountain feel. Queen-size sleep sofa plus recently replaced stove, fridge, heat pump, dishwasher. $109,000. Brian Chase www.goWintergreen.com 434-296-9860 (479168)
609 White Oak
At only $138,000 this two bedroom condo in great shape is a tremendous value. Completely furnished and ready to use, this condo has existing rental revenue in Wintergreen resort program.Close to skiing and mountain village area and includes WPI right. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434566-1293, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.experiencewintergreen. com (489443)
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24 Wintergreen Drive
Perfect for large families, multiple families or rental investors. Brand new, top of the line, private elevator, lots of sq ft and flexible floor plan. The location could not be better. Walk to the spa, fitness/aquatics center, nature center/Cafe. Ski shuttle pick-up is right there! Golf and tennis around the corner. Mountain Inn and restaurants are so close. Call for details. Quality construction/large sq footage - it’s a great value. $599,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (456496)
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Thinking of renting your vacation property?
By Julia Rogers Julia Rogers is a licensed CPA residing in Nelson County Renting your Vacation Property Renting your vacation property or second home is a popular choice for many owners in Nelson County. Before you jump into the rental pool, you’ll want to consider the tax issues involved.
same categories that are used on this schedule. A sample of Schedule E can be found on the IRS website at www.irs.gov. Just a Few Days – If you rent your property for 14 days or less per year, no reporting is required and any rental proceeds are tax free! If your property otherwise qualifies as a second home, you can usually deduct the mortgage interest and taxes on Schedule A. Vacation Home Treatment - If part of the home is used by you or your relatives personally, you must maintain records of the number of rental days and the number of personal use days. The expenses will be prorated between the two. Mortgage Payments are Not Deductible – Instead of deducting the principal portion of the mortgage payment, a deduction is allowed for depreciation of the building and improvements. In addition, you may deduct the interest, insurance, and taxes. Tax Losses May be Limited – Rental property is normally considered a passive activity – that
The Government’s Share - Vacation property rentals are generally subject to both state sales tax and county lodging tax. State sales taxes must be charged on rentals of less than 90 days. To collect and remit these taxes, you must register with the Virginia Department of Taxation. Nelson County lodging tax must be charged on rentals of less than 31 days. Your rental agreement should clearly state these charges separately. These reports are due monthly. In addition, you must hold a valid Nelson County Business License which has an annual fee of $30. Income Tax Reporting - Individuals will usually report the income and expenses of a rental property on Schedule E, which is filed with your Form 1040. It is helpful to summarize your expenses using the
means that, for certain taxpayers, you may not be able to offset your other income with the rental losses. However, if you meet certain rules for actively managing the property, you may be able to deduct tax losses of up to $25,000 annually. Any unused losses are carried over and deducted when the property is eventually sold. Be Wary – Consider discussing the legal issues involved with a rental with your attorney. You should also have a well written rental agreement. Make sure your insurance policy includes coverage for rental losses and “slip and fall” accidents. Document! – Reporting rental income and expenses can be easier if you have a system that works for you. Inexpensive software solutions include QuickBooks or Quicken. You can also just set up a spreadsheet to categorize your deductions. You should also maintain a calendar of the rental days. And, don’t forget that your Tax Preparer is the best resource for tax guidance!
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Qualifying for a USDA Rural Housing Loan with NO Down Payment
By Marlo Allen Marlo Allen is a licensed Realtor residing in Nelson County
Nelson County has so much to offer, and just in case you needed yet another reason to call our area home, here it is. Nelson County is a qualifying rural area within the USDA government insured loan program helping rural communities by making real estate more affordable. Even though the “everybody buys” approach to lending is a thing of the past and lending practices and standards have become more stringent, there is hope for many cash-poor home purchasers. With a USDA loan, qualifying buyers can buy a home with no money down. Even in this day and time, it is 100% possible to get 100% financing! If you would like to own a home, but thought you may not qualify, this may be your “window of opportunity” to literally get your “foot in the door”! Here are the specifics of the loan program and qualifications:
Advantage: No down payment required, competitive 30 year fixed rates, can finance closing costs, no mortgage insurance, no cash contribution required from borrower, gift funds permitted, no maximum loan amount, etc… Requirements: Applicant cannot own another dwelling, must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or qualified alien, must be of legal capacity, and must use purchase as primary residence. Credit History: Credit history must reflect a willingness to pay debt obligations upon due date. A minimum credit score of 620 is typically required. Income Limits: Applicant must not exceed the moderate income limit established for the area. In Nelson County the annual income cap is $83,750 for a 1-4 person household and $110,550 with a greater than 4 person household. Qualifying Ratios: While other
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ratios could be acceptable, USDA states 29/41 as a basic qualifying guideline. (No more than 29% of income should go toward housing debt and 41% toward total recurring debt obligation.) Loan-To-Value (LTV) and Loan Limit: 100% LTV plus the amount of the guarantee is allowable with acceptable appraisal. There is no loan limit. Property Requirements: A property within a qualifying rural area can be modular or stick-built, as well as resale or new construction, and in all cases must meet USDA standards to include local and state codes. Condos, townhomes, and some new manufactured homes may qualify. Not allowable: previously occupied manufactured homes, construction draws, furniture and personal property, income producing property, non-essential buildings and land. Closing Costs: There is a guar-
antee fee of 3.6% of the final loan amount. Fee is typically financed along with other closing costs. There is no cap on seller concessions. (With a properly structured purchase contract which included seller paid closing costs, one local lender had a qualified home purchaser only bring $5 to the closing table!) Other Considerations: purchase contract will most likely require seller paid closing costs, property must appraise, 40+ days to close, potential seller repair expense if home does not meet the USDA standards, etc… For more information on how this may apply to you, contact your real estate agent or local lending professional. 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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This is your opportunity to own a golf front, Tectonics built home with expansive valley views within coveted Devils Knob Loop for well under 500k! Looking for space for extended family and friends? This is an ideal multi-family home with 4 private bedroom/bathroom suites. Relax and enjoy low maintenance living as the home has been recently renovated with new roof, exterior paint, flooring, kitchen appliances, bedroom furniture and more. In addition there are many extras such as a wall of windows, skylights, vaulted ceilings with wood trim and beams, floor to ceiling stone fireplace, multiple decks, and great room with open flow. Appliances and most furnishings can convey with an acceptable offer!
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Two great events in September!
A barn is the first building going up at Bold Rock Cidery just south of Nellysford. Brian Shanks and John Washburn, Bold Rock’s COO and CEO, discuss site plans.
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TAKING IN A LITTLE LOCAL NEWS? HERE’S SOMETHING NEWSWORTHY. A TRANE HELPS A FAMILY ENJOY PERFECT AIR IN THEIR HOME. USING LESS ENERGY AND SAVING MONEY. THERE’S A STORY THAT HITS HOME.
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NEW CIDERY COMING. AND THE ROCKS ARE BOLD. No one can say Nelson County has a shortage of vineyards and the breweries are cropping up here and there, but Bold Rock Cider Company opening just southwest of Nellysford will make Nelson County history as the county’s first cidery. When John Washburn, Bold Rock co-founder and CEO, bought his farm (home of the “Oreo Cattle”) on the Rockfish River 25 years ago, he wasn’t really thinking about hard cider. But
after a few decades, some time abroad, and a close friendship with one of the world’s top cider makers (and co-founder and COO of Bold Rock), Brian Shanks – it sure is on his mind now! “It [will] be a welcoming ‘public house’ in the original sense of the word,” said John. “A place for locals to gather and visitors to enjoy.” John said he hopes to produce the first batch of cider late this year and open to the public early in 2012. NCL – JENNIE TAL WILLIAMS
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Of Broken Bones and Tough Mountain Women STORY by LYNN COFFEY
Originally I had something else for my September column but because of a slip on our porch that was wet from a sudden rain, a broken foot resulted. I am currently weaving around on a pair of crutches and a homemade wheelie machine that my thoughtful husband made for me to scoot around the cabin on. I got to thinking about another column I wrote years ago for the Backroads about how tough the mountain women are. My up-the-road neighbor, Peggy Campbell is a prime example. Peggy hit an icy patch on her tree stand and took a long fall to the ground. She was hunting by herself and broke all kinds of bones yet managed to crawl down the mountain to her home before calling her brother to take her to the ER. Long before she was fully mended, Peggy was out feeding her chickens and hauling in wood for the woodstove. Or Gladys Coffey, an exceptional woman in her 80s who took a spill down the basement steps one night. Her fall couldn’t have happened at a worse time. The blizzard of 1997 was one of the deepest snows we’ve had for decades and when her daughter Judy called to ask if we’d go up and check on her mother because “something just doesn’t sound right” after talking on the phone with her. The normal 10 minute trip to Reed’s Gap took us 45 minutes that night and the snow had drifted so high we had to walk up her steep lane to get to the house. Amid protests, we finally persuaded Gladys to make a trip to the hospital. Trudging over hip-high drifts, Gladys, ever the trooper, leaned on Billy and me as we walked down to our truck, commenting on how beautiful the stars were that night! X-rays revealed three broken shoulder bones that the doctors were doubtful she’d ever recover from. Less than a year later, Gladys was building shelves in her closet and repainting her bedroom a different color. Then there’s Jerry Lou Hanger, a girl who lives just down the mountain from me. Jerry was working in her garden one summer and skidded down a slick embankment and broke her leg. Like Gladys’, her lane is a long and winding path full of rocks and ruts that’s hard to traverse even on a good day. But Jerry Lou climbed in her truck and drove herself to the hospital where a walking cast was put on the offending leg. If you don’t think this was such a big deal, try driving a stick shift and pushing in the clutch with a broken leg!
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And then there’s my late mother-in-law, Annie Coffey. Annie took a spill outside but never told anybody. When I commented on her swollen ankle, she confessed she’s sprained it. She never went to the hospital but continued to soak it in Epsom salts every day. Six weeks later she went for her regular checkup and told the doctor her foot was sore. X-rays were ordered and I remember him coming back into his office laughing and shaking his head saying, “Mrs. Coffey, you’ve had a broken ankle.” When she asked if he was going to put a cast on it he told her no, the bone had already healed straight. What he did say however was, “You women on that mountain are sure tough!” I’ll finish by telling the story of Becky Hite who lives over in Chicken Holler. Becky works the night shift at Hershey and one night her truck stopped at the top of the mountain so she decided to walk the mile home. I commented to her husband Mark, that at least it was a clear night with a full moon. His reply? “Yeah, but she said she would have enjoyed it more if she hadn’t been wearing clogs!” NCL
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Large Enough to Serve You. Small Enough to Know You.
By Sam Saunders Saunders Landscapes, LLC
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From Seed to Stone
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likened to a runway at an airport – all of those that ‘approach’ must follow these lines, typically in an ebb and flow pattern. It is imperative that the lines you create, even as simple as the border of grass to your landscape beds, be long flowing lines and not zig-zags - my rule of thumb is that if you can drive them with your SUV, they are good lines. Without grass, these lines are still easily maintained by either a ‘groomed’ groundcover, a carefully placed path, a stone border or any landscape item or plant that aids in creating a long and flowing line. When one of these borders, whether stone, grass or groundcover, turns sharply a potential room is created – the best of which is the landscape ‘cul-de-sac’ which only has one way in and one way out (similar in structure to that of a subdivision). The walls of the ‘room’ are typically a structure (shed, pergola, etc.), 3 trees nested in the bottom of the cul-de-sac in a triangular pattern or a grouping of shrubs that accentuate the entire turn. No matter the setup, one common thread must take you into and out of this area. As you now seek to place your hardscape, the focal point for the entire room, pay attention to how your eyes follow into and out of the area. The key is that as you follow the ebb and flow of your landscape edges, the eye naturally moves to your hardscape – typically found at or near the base of the cul-de-sac. Incorporating a seat into an area serves as a wonderful focal point, even if it is never used for sitting. I find that destination gardening really elevates the landscape to a new level no matter the season. Locating hardscapes can be fun. My favorite place to locate these focal points is auctions, flea markets and antique stores. ‘The find’, which is always accompanied by a story, is part of the mystery and magic of my landscape!
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Destination Gardening This time of year it is easy to be feeling a little discouraged about your yard and garden. After a hot, dry summer the lawn can be brown and your flowers colorless. As a landscape designer I am particularly self conscious about my yard and like to keep it looking good for any potential visitors, so August can be a depressing month. However recently I had a visitor that helped me see my landscape through new eyes and look beyond that brown patch of grass and tired coneflower. This visitor was immediately attracted to our property and the many different ‘rooms’ found within. I really stood back and examined the ‘whats’ and ‘wheres’ of destination gardening and their value to your home landscape. When you look out and see your landscape, what is the first thing you see? For me it is instant and is always a hardscape; a stone rooster sitting amidst the hydrangeas, a birdbath surrounded by hosta, a stone wall bordered by fescue, a birdhouse in the perennial border. These hardscapes are the focal points of my garden and are the foundation of the room that I try to create. Without these landscape items, my landscape becomes a sea of amorphous color and subdued textures and lines that cannot control the wandering eye. Subconsciously your eyes search for definition and hard lines – something to focus on. Once the focal point is added, add sweeps of color and greenery to complement the hardscape. During a European jaunt in 2001, I visited Giverny, Monet’s personal garden in France, and was captivated by ‘the bridge’ (hardscape) sitting above a sea of blooming water hyacinths (color) – an image that still decorates my mind. Build your landscape around similar images and concepts. The landscape bed and ultimately the sod that is attached to it can be
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asktheDr. By Dr. Charles Cole Afton Family Medicine Dear Dr. Cole, I have been hearing about local cases of whooping cough. Should I worry about this? Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious infection and there have been cases in the area recently. It can affect people of all ages, but the most serious complications are seen in children less than 1 year of age. Pertussis is a bacterial infection. The early stage is similar to a cold with nasal congestion and a mild cough. After 1-2 weeks the coughing really begins with fits of rapid coughs that may be followed by vomiting. The fits are sometimes, but not always, followed by a deep intake of air – the ‘whoop.’ This stage lasts 6-10 weeks. In the third stage the person gets better, but may still have coughing fits. Pertussis can cause serious complications. About half of children under 1 year old need to be hospitalized. They may get pneumonia, have seizures, stop breathing or die. In older persons the complications are usually related to the cough. They may break ribs, pass out or develop hernias from coughing so hard.
Pertussis is treated with antibiotics which work best when given early. Treatment may make the illness less severe, and may prevent the spread of infection to others. After 3 weeks of illness, antibiotics are of little use as the bacteria are gone. Treatment is also recommended for close contacts to prevent the spread of illness. The best prevention for pertussis is vaccination. The pertussis vaccine is combined with diphtheria and tetanus (called DTaP) and is part of the usual childhood series. A booster called tdap is recommended for children entering middle school, or for older children and adults who have not received it previously. Anyone who will have close contact with newborns should have the tdap vaccine. If you have not vaccinated your family against this serious illness, please talk to your doctor. This is one time you do not want to ‘whoop it up!’ Dr. Charles Cole is a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. Have a question for him? Email him at AskTheDr@ nelsoncountylife.com. 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.
theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Physical Therapy
Diabetes and Exercise Joyful moments arise often in my profession but I really get excited when clients see the connection between exercise and health. What I mean about the connection is that folks realize that exercise can have a profound impact on wellness which is not the same as just looking good or losing weight. It happens when individuals with osteoporosis increase bone mass or those with arthritis reduce the joint pain or those who have heart disease gain endurance and energy. Recently, Betty Penn has become a believer in managing her diabetes with exercise. Betty arrives cheerfully three days a week for a combination of cardiovascular training and strength exercises. Not only did her blood sugar levels improve but she has improved mobility and has a higher energy level. Regular strength training and cardiovascular exercise improves many aspects of diabetes. It regulates your body’s use of insulin, it helps to decrease weight and reduces body fat, increases bone density
and strength, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation, reduces risk for heart disease, reduces stress and increases energy level. I often recommend walking as a form of exercise because it is inexpensive and the scenery is beautiful in Nelson County. The hot and humid weather can deter anyone from exercising outside so try walking for thirty continuously ( this means no stopping to shop) minutes at a Mall or department store. If you can handle the outdoor temperatures, walk in the parking lots of the local schools, the Rockfish Valley trail or RVCC parking lot for a safe and level ground. If you are not able to walk, there is device called the “Pedaler” which is available in many catalogs. The price varies from $39.95 to $89.95. It is a set of pedals on a stand which you place on the floor in front of your chair and pedal like a bicycle. You can pedal forward or backwards and there is a knob to adjust the tension. It is light so it can also be placed on a table and you can “pedal” with
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When Betty Penn talks, people listen
(L to R) Betty Penn, grandaughter, Olivia, and Carolyn Allbritton
If you haven’t met Betty Penn, you need to. She is a Nelson County force of her own and has cared for many in this county;now she is caring for herself. Here is how exercise has changed her life. “I was determined that I would not become dependent on medication to control this disease. I was productive and got enrolled in an exercise program three days per week. That has dropped my blood sugar level. Additional benefits of exercise is maintaining a healthier weight and reducing blood pressure. Nelson Physical Therapy has supported me in achieving my goal with their friendly staff and positive feedback.”
your arms while sitting in a chair. This device is handy for those who struggle with walking. The higher priced models are not any better than the lower priced models so it is an affordable way to start exercising in your home. Strength training is also important and for beginners, I recommend
starting with a can of soup to use as weights. As your strength increases, then purchase heavier weights but keep it simple and try to lift the weights at least three times a week to build strength. As always, consult a professional for proper lifting techniques and for proper shoe wear which will be next month’s topic.
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 ThePerfectFit@nelsoncountylife.com. 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.
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Apple Festival Sept. 24 & 25, 2011 9am-5pm Saturday James River Cut Ups 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday Ridge Runners of Va. 10am – 12pm Little Mountain Boys 12pm – 4:30 pm
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Tough Mudder – Team Nelson
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN’ FESTIVALS Flippin-Seaman, Inc.
The great thing about Nelson County is we’ve got plenty of mud. And barrels. And log. And rocks ...
COME CELEBRATE OUR APPLE HARVEST WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Next month in the October issue, we put TEAM NELSON through a rigourous Tough Mudder simulation dreamed up by longtime Afton-based trainer Karen Cooke. Just wait until you see us climb a wall.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST &15TH FROM 10 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.
Select from over 15 different apple varities out of bins • Cider, Jams, Jellies, Crafts • Clowns, Games • Pony Rides (Oct. 15) • Pick-your-own Pumpkins and Gourds, Corn Maze • Food • Live Music both dates •
For more info: 434-277-5824 www.flippin-seaman.com Follow us on Facebook! Directions: Take 29 S to 56 W. Stay on 56W for 1 mile turn right onto Rte 655 (Roseland Rd). Stay on Rte 655 for about 4 miles. At stop sign take a left, go over bridge and turn right onto 56 W. Stay on 56W for 5.5 miles AppleButter Festivals will be on your left.
PHOTOGRAPHY by HAYLEY OSBORNE
DAN’S LANDSCAPADES September, the month during which we reward ourselves for enduring that string of brutal 90-degree days this Summer. May we suggest that you pamper yourself with one of the following: • Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Ground Covers & Native Plants • Garden Ponds, Waterfalls & Fountains • Concrete Paver and Natural Stone Walkways & Patios • Outdoor Lighting, Kitchens & Firepits • Retaining Walls and Drainage Systems • Newly Seeded and Sodded Lawns • Native, Deer-Resistant Plants And possibly a design to tie it all together. Please call for a prompt consultation.
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Back home in Arrington, the Tillmans are settling back into their daily routine. Miles and memories away from their
epic world trip
STORY by JENNIE TAL WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY by HAYLEY OSBORNE
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Shannon Tillman had promised his wife they’d sail the world some day. In 2007, Someday Came. That’s the name of the boat.
Caroline and Violet in Chagos, Indian Ocean.
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The Tillman family – Kathy and Shannon and their three kids, Caroline (14), Violet (5), and Holden (8 months) – spent this year’s family vacation at the Outer Banks with Kathy’s family. It was a wonderful vacation, but it was much shorter - and perhaps a bit less thrilling – than one of the family’s previous trips: a one and a half year sailing trip around the world. “My husband always wanted to sail around the world – since he was 8 years old,” said Kathy. “And when we got married, he made me promise we would do it.” At the time, she said she didn’t have a clue what he was talking about so she agreed, but finally she and Shannon made it happen. “After I got out of the Navy, it was kind of a normal life and I couldn’t imagine doing that forever so I thought we should really try to do this now,” said Shannon who grew up sailing. The Tillmans, then just a family of four (Holden was born on land a few months after the family returned), left their Rhode Island home in 2007 and returned to the U.S. in 2010 and promptly settled in Nelson where they now run a Lavender farm and Kathy sells bags (www.thepeonycompany.com)
lot – Caroline remembers a lot of seafood (not her favorite) and Violet remembers homemade cookies, pizza, and ice cream with “weird stuff in it” (you can get a lot of different kinds of fruit when you’re Island hopping!), but the family also got deeper. “We sat around talking; we talked about Buddhism and philosophical and spiritual things,” said Kathy. “We planned these two new businesses, especially the lavender farm, and we’d read books; I’d read aloud to the family.” “We were basically all together all the time,” said Shannon, explaining that things were simpler aboard the 54-foot boat. Although the first few months of homeschooling were difficult to adjust to, once Caroline got into an independent study things were much smoother. “I wasn’t really concerned too much about school,” said Caroline, who will be in 9th grade at Nelson County High School next year. “I only had to work a few hours each day, compared to 8 hours a day. I was really excited about seeing the different places and traveling to the world – it’s something that not many people get to do in their lives.” School for little Violet – who was just 2 when they left and, as she says “teeny tiny” – was a bit
(Left) Shannon and Violet show off a mahi mahi. Next stop? Caroline and Violet visit a Marquesan bone carver with their dad. On the Someday Came, there was plenty of time for reading and sitting on the boom. (Right) On land at their home in Arrington, the Tillmans run a lavender farm and sell bags inspired by their travels. SAILING PHOTOS COURTESY TILLMAN FAMILY
inspired by their three-month stay in South Africa. “I was in this little boutique near Capetown and I found this bag and it was beautiful,” said Kathy. And by the time she was on her way back home, she was resolved to find a way to import them. “The Townships [in Capetown] are really kind of awful,” said Kathy, remembering the groups of weavers – all women who work from their homes in order to care for their children. “The other great thing about the bags is that they’re made from textile remnants from a T-shirt factory.” Now back at home selling bags, going to school and cultivating lavender, no one has any real complaints about the sailing trip, but Kathy said the OBX trip had one thing that the sailing trip did not: “I often wished my family and friends were there to share some of the experiences and have fun with us.” To pass time on the water, the Tillmans cooked a
easier. She said that Mommy was a great teacher and especially liked learning about water creatures first-hand. “My favorite thing was when we came to all the sea animals,” said Violet, now 5 and starting first grade this fall. “We saw a big sea turtle and a medium one. We kept him for a while.” And then there was the whale. “Another time, we actually hit a whale,” said Shannon. We just kind of came to a rubbery stop. I ran to see if we sprung a leak but we were fine. And the whale seemed OK.” Now that everyone is adjusting back to daily life on land, they can’t help but think about their next trip. They hope to go again for about a year after Caroline finishes high school – after all, little Holden’s never had the chance to see a whale at touching distance. NCL
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thursday sept. 1 Rockfish River Field Day Guided trail walk and series of oral presentations. 4 to 8 p.m. Hagood Farm (near Nellysford). 434-975-0224
Labor Day Music and Wine Weekend Music, block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games, and the International wine Festival. Continues through Sept. 5. Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-2200
saturday sept. 3 Romp, Stomp & Chomp Live music, grape stomping, wine tasting, food sampling, and picnics as part of the Harvest celebration. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wintergreen Winery. $10 (children free). 434-361-2519 Labor Day Music and Wine Weekend Music, block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games, and the International wine Festival. Continues through Sept. 5. Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-2200 Asian Pear Day Saunders Brothers Farm Market, Piney River. 434-277-5455 Outdoor Skills How handy are you in the great outdoors? Hone your outdoor and survival skills with a practice session. Learn fire-making, building an emergency shelter, and finding food and water in a pinch. Ages 7-12. Dress for the outdoors. $20 members, $25
nonmembers. 1-4pm 434-325-8169
teer Fire Dept., Afton. $10; Ages 12 and under free. 434-962-8302
Montebello Community Market Day Food, flea market, art, antiques, and famous mountain berry cobbler. Sponsored by the Montebello Volunteer Fire & Emergency Services. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parkway exit 29. 540-377-5754 Romp, Stomp & Chomp Live music, grape stomping, wine tasting, food sampling, and picnics as part of the Harvest celebration. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wintergreen Winery. $10 (children free). 434-361-2519 Labor Day Music and Wine Weekend Music, block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games, and the International wine Festival. Continues through Sept. 5. Wintergreen Resort. 434-325-2200
wednesday sept. 7 Parent-Toddler Group Story time, art activity, and playground fun for ages 18 months to 3 years. Call for more information or to reserve a spot. Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. North Branch School in Afton. 540-456-8450
saturday sept. 10 The Pit of Dreams Mud Bog Come watch the mud fly. Noon. Rockfish Valley Volun-
Taste of Nelson Unique food festival recognizing amazing chefs residing in and around Nelson County. Featuring “Nelson’s Got Taste.” 3 to 7 p.m. Nelson Heritage Center. Baking Contest Saunders Brothers Farm Market, Piney River. 434-277-5455
thursday sept. 15 Grand Squares of Nelson County Begin square dancing classes. 7:30 p.m. Rockfish River Elementary School. 434-361-2470
Virginia Environmental Assembly Kickoff event followed by speakers highlighting the ways that natural resources are helping grow Virginia’s rural economy. $45 includes reception and lunch. Continues Sept. 17. Wintergreen Resort. 800-644-0283
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Virginia Environmental Assembly Kickoff event followed by speakers highlighting the ways that natural resources are helping grow Virginia’s rural economy. $45 includes reception and lunch. Continues Sept. 17. Wintergreen Resort. 800-644-0283
saturday sept. 24 Fall Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saunders Brothers Farm Market, Piney River. 434-277-5455 Want to be included in our datebook? Visit NelsonCountyLife.com 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. CROSSWORD AND COMICS ON PAGE 42
saturday sept. 17 Harvest Festival/Yard Sale Produce, canned and baked goods, white elephant sale, yard sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nelson United Methodist Church (across from Tye River Elementary). 434-263-5652
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Blue Mountain Brewery www.bluemountainbrewery.com 540-456-8020 I-64 to Exit 99, Route 250 East (3.3 miles) Right on Route 151 South (1.3 miles) Devils Backbone Brewing Company www.dbbrewingcompany.com 434-361-1001 I-64 to Exit 99, Route 250 East (3.3 miles) Right on Route 151 South (14 miles) Right on Route 664 (0.3 miles)
leisureguide food&dining Ambrosia Bakery & Deli 2192 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.9661 Basic Necessities 2226 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1766 Blue Ridge Pig 2198 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1170 The Blue Toad 92788 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 434.996.6992
shuteye Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast 2256 Adial Rd, Faber, VA • 434.361.9357 Afton House Bed & Breakfast and Cottages 31 Afton Lane, Route 6 East, Afton, VA 540.456.6759 Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast 10273 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 540.456.6844 Camp Blue Ridge Montebello, VA • 540.377.2413 Cox’s Creek Cottage 296 C & C Lane, Roseland, VA • 434.277.5566
Chen’s 73 Calohill Dr., Lovingston, VA 434.263.8865
Dutch Haus Bed & Breakfast 655 Fork Mountain Lane, Montebello, VA 540.377.2119
Chirios Pizza Valley Shopping Center 2777 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.9188
Fallen Oak Bed & Breakfast 353 Mimosa Lane, Faber, VA • 434.361.1011
The Copper Mine Bistro Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8090 Devils Grill Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8100 The Edge Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8080 The Fountain Room at The Mark Addy 56 Rodes Farm Drive, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1101 Giuseppe’s 2842 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.9170
Harmony Hill Bed & Breakfast 929 Wilson Hill Rd (Rt. 665), Arrington, VA 877.263.7750 Horseshoe Mountain Lodge Roseland, VA • 434.361.2525 Le Bleu Ridge Bed & Breakfast 27 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton, VA • 434.361.1213 The Mark Addy 56 Rodes Farm Drive, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1101 The Meander Inn 3100 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.1121
Lovingston Cafe 165 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8000
The Meeting Place 825 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Wintergreen, VA 434.361.2380
Paulie’s Pig Out 7376 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton • 434.361.2001
Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort 15072 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA 540.377.2650
Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books 924 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.6660
North Fork Cottages 697 North Fork Road, Tyro, VA • 540.377.2007
Smoky’s Black Bear Cafe Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.1227
The Orchard House Bed & Breakfast 9749 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.7747
Stoney Creek Bar & Grill Wintergreen Resort • 434.325.8110 Thai Mex II Valley Green Shopping Center, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1400 Thai Siam Take-Out 4137 Tye Brook Highway, Colleen, VA 434.263.8577 Vito’s Italian Restaurant 8181 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8688
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
Blue Moon Antique Mall & Bookstore 8230 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8890
Simpson’s Hollow Bed & Breakfast 580 Simpsons Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.6380
Cat Rock Antiques 9704 Patrick Henry Hwy, Roseland, VA 434.277.8049
The White Pig Bed & Breakfast 5120 Irish Road, Schuyler, VA • 434.831.1416
Claudia’s Florist & Gifts 121 Main Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.5848
Tye River Cabin 6011 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA • 434.238.2430
Logos of Wintergreen Mountain Inn Lodge, Wintergreen, VA 434.325.1125
Wintergreen Resort Wintergreen, VA • 800.266.2444
wine&beercountry Afton Mountain Vineyards 234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, VA • 540.456.8667 Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151), Afton, VA 540.456.8020 Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery 9423 Batesville Rd, Afton, VA • 540.456.8400 DelFosse Vineyards & Winery 500 DelFosse Winery Lane, Faber, VA 434.263.6100 Devils Backbone Brewing Company 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA • 434.361.1001 Flying Fox Vineyard 27 Chapel Hollow Rd, Afton, VA • 434.361.1692 Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1266 Lovingston Winery 885 Freshwater Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8467
Mountain Vision Pottery 2019 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA 434.361.1725 Notforgotten Farm 3530 Tye River Road, Tye River, VA • 434.263.6508 Rockfish Gap Country Store Intersection of Rts 250 and 151, Afton, VA 540.456.6112 SPCA Thrift Store 4791 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, VA 434.263.8788 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 Critzer Family Farm 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA • 540.456.4772
Mountain Cove Vineyards 1362 Fortunes Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.5392
Dickie Brothers Orchard 2552 Dickie Road, Massies Mill, VA • 434.277.5516
Veritas Vineyards & Winery 145 Saddleback Farm, Afton, VA • 540.456.8000
Drumheller’s Orchard 1130 Drumheller Orchard Ln., Lovingston, VA 434.263.5036
Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2773A Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA •434.361.0088
Fitzgerald’s Orchard 728 Harper’s Creek Lane, Tyro, VA • 434.277.5798
Wintergreen Vineyard & Winery 426 Winery Lane, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.2519
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
a.m. FOG 9264 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA • 540.456.7100 Blossom’s Flowers, Gifts & Crafts 911 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8227
The Apple Shed 14815 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8843
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G REAL ESTATE Quiet, private, peaceful One bedroom apt. Quiet, private, peaceful. High speed internet, wood stove, gas stove, space for garden, miles of hiking trails. Utilities not included, but minimal monthly cost. Posted By: Kay 22967 - Roseland/ Lowesville/Massies Mill 434 277 9163 $525/ month Convenient Stoney Creek Vacation Home This newly renovated 3 bedroom home will be perfect for your next golf retreat or family gathering. Live in the area but need extra room for visitors? This is the perfect solution. Close to SC golf course and club. Posted By: Julia Rogers 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen (434) 3619650 $240-300 per night, two night minimum
HOME & GARDEN 2 Ladders and a Sink 6’ Aluminum Step Ladder $10. 17’ Aluminum Extension Ladder $10. Stainless Steel Double Bay Kitchen Sink $10 Posted By: Stacey 22964 - Piney River 434-277-8460 $10/10/10 Besler 67 Enlarger Beseler 67 dark room equipment. Just about everything you need to set up a darkroom included. The Beseler 67 is equipped for 35mm format and is capable of medium format. Included: lens, timer, 35mm film devl & reels, chemical bottles, tongs, bath trays, and much more! Schedule a time to come by and see. Posted By: Sam Price 22976 Tyro 434-277-5017 $175
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ANTIQUES SOLD! – Huge Antique Wooden Barrel For Stomping Grapes / Wine Great large antique handmade barrel from a local Central Virginia estate. Looks like the barrels that were used to crush/stomp grapes to make wine. Measures 33 inches tall by 34 inches in diameter.Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition. Posted By: covesville store 22931 - Covesville 434-2959496 $200 Antique Grain Bin ~ Old Blue Paint ~ Southern Albemarle County Antique handmade grain or flour bin with dark blue paint. Measures 28 inches tall by 34½ inches wide by 19 inches deep.Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition. Posted By: covesville store 22931 - Covesville 434-2959496 $325 Large Antique Apple/Grape/ Fruit Press ~ Central VA Large old/antique fruit press for apples, grapes & other fruit. Made of cast iron & wood ~ Turns freely & is in good working condition. Measures 40 inches tall (not including the handle that turns) by up to 20 inches wide. Shows normal evidence of use, wear & age ~ Good Condition. Posted By: covesville store 22931 - Covesville 434-295-9496 $280
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valued $8,500 will take $6,000. Posted By: John White 22938 - Faber - Charlottesville 434 263 8211 $6000 Woodmaster 3 blade planer Model 612 Woodmaster planer/molder for sale. 5 HP motor wired for 220/240. Comes with additional molder shaft and 7 shaper knife sets. Planer shaft has 3- 12” blades. Blade adjusting gauge included. Infeed amd outfeed extensions are removable. Original owners manual included. Original specs available for cutting speed and other info. Posted By: Larry McDaniel 22901-22911 - Charlottesville 434-5311441 $500
CARS & TRUCKS 2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited 5 passenger 2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited. Pearl White with tan leather interior. 59,000 miles AND 100,000 mile or until 2015 bumper to bumper warranty. Very good and clean condition. No reliability problems ever. Posted By: Bill Heard 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434 361 0444 $20,500 1990 Ford F250 Knapheide flat bed 1990 Ford F250, 5.0L V8, Lariat version with Knapheide flat bed, moonroof, rear and front tow hitch, manual transmission. Just over 100,000 miles, both exterior and interior in great shape. This is truck that can do it all. Posted By: Jackson 22920 - Afton 434-987-2730 $2900 OBO 1996 Saturn Station Wagon Best to use for parts. However, it drives, but needs repairs and has minor body work needed. Leather interior in good condition. Posted By: Vicki Wheaton 22958 - Nel-
lysford/Wintergreen 434-361-1642 $300 2001 Saturn L 200 Sean 4D 2001 Saturn L Series L200 Sedan 4D Burgandy, Good Condition, Mileage 98,00, 4-cyl, 2.2 liter auto, FWD, AC, P Steering, P windows, P Door lock, Cruise Control, AM/ FM w/ CD, Dual Air Bags, Tires good condition w/ 2 being new. Paint good condition w/ few scratches. New Drive Chain and replaced motor (80,000). Clean interior. Inspection 7/11 VIN 1G8JU52F71Y591948. Posted By: Phyllis Thomas 22959 - North Garden 434-295-6547 $2500
FURNITURE Beautiful cherry armoire This beautiful armoire belonged to my father. Made in USA. Quality piece. Lovely cherry piece, excellent condition. Posted By: Barbara Funke 22920 - Afton 434-361-0203 $800 firm
EQUINE Saddle Like new (kept indoors, barely used) Tucker High Plains Trail Saddle (Brown) with trail saddle pad and matching halter/briddle combo and breast collar, 17”. Posted By: Jennifer Martin 22920 - Afton 540-742-4986 $1400 Horse Trailer 2006 Exiss Sport 4 horse slant load gooseneck. Barely used, like new. Posted By: Jennifer Martin 22920 - Afton 540-742-4986 $13,000 Trail Saddle Like new (kept indoors, barely used)Tucker High Plains Trail Saddle, 15” (Golden). Posted By: Jennifer Martin 22920 - Afton 540-742-4986 $1200
Housecleaner Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast is looking for a Housekeeper. This role involves cleaning of guest bedrooms, bathrooms and common rooms to a very high standard with excellent attention to detail. Help will be need both during the week and most weekends. Previous experience would be preferred, but is not necessary. Posted By: Orquida Ingraham 22920 - Afton 540-456-6844 $10/hr.
10k gold necklace, pendant reads ‘Mom’ in authentic diamond chips Clearing jewelry collection. Received 12 years ago as present from the ex. Very fine delicate 10k gold chain with pendant with spells ‘Mom’ (the ‘o’ in Mom is heart shaped) in genuine diamond chips. Excellent, gorgeous piece. Pictures avail. Posted By: Michelle Simpson 22971 - Shipman/Rockfish 434-872-3310 $125
Dental Assistant Family practice needs an experienced dental assistant. X-ray certification, basic lab skills, good chairside skills, familiarity with practice management software, and a commitment to quality care. Please email resume with references in the dental field to dentalcv@ yahoo.com. Posted By: CrozetDentist 22932 - Crozet $tbd
SERVICES Interior Painting, will travel. Call Steve Nissley. Posted By: Steve Nissley 22939 - Fishersville 540-255-3787 $TBD
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Propane powered weed-crop flamers, which use a concentrated flame to damage or kill weeds, add an effective and economical weed control method to the organic farmers tool box. For more information on this and other innovative uses for propane, contact Tiger Fuel Company at 434-263-5031.
Tiger Fuel Company 242 Front St. • Lovingston, VA 434-263-5031
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11 Dripping Rock Lane Wintergreen Mountain
Open House Saturday Sept 3rd 1 to 4 pm, refreshments, music and special offer that day!
Beautiful new Custom Home under construction by Shenandoah Valley Construction with over 2800 feet of finished space, five spacious bedrooms, three full baths, two large family rooms, hand crafted stone fireplace, 1000 ft. of sprawling decks, attached garage, energy efficient construction. Custom features include: soaking tubs, body spas & custom tile with mosaics in all bathrooms, hardwoods floors, craftsman style kitchen with custom granite countertops, state of the art security system, prewired hi-definition sound system.You wonâ€™t find this kind of quality construction and custom features for only $475,000 anywhere else at Wintergreen. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, firstname.lastname@example.org www.experiencewintergreen.com
If you are looking to buy or sell property at Wintergreen, please call Steve Marianella 434-325-2281 or email me: email@example.com
A Partnership with Roy Wheeler Realty Company.
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Afton Mountain Bed & Breakfast Afton Mountain Vineyards Ambrosia Bakery & Deli Basic Necessities Blue Ridge Medical Center Byrum-Parr Funeral Home, Inc. Devils Backbone Brewing Co. Greenwood Country Store Lovingston Winery The Monroe Institute Mountain Area Realty Mountain Cove Vineyards Nelson 151, LLC Nelson County Farm Bureau Nelson County Life Magazine Nelson Physical Therapy & Wellness Center Drs. Rice & Rice and Associates Tuckahoe Antique Mall UVA Community Credit Union Veritas Vineyard & Winery
87 LAKE NELSON LN | $16,000
www.wintergreenrealestate.com · 800.325.2200 SEPTEMBER 2011 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 43
Stoney Creek parcel; golf front w/ views! #470343; $118,000 N MA
4230 Wheelers Cove Rd; #479695; $47,900
Great hunting cabin or country retreat w/ views; new roof; woodstove; fenced; No water/septic/electric; Assessed at $82,300; 3 ac
Nelson County is an approved USDA Rural Housing area; qualified purchasers can get 100% financing. Call Andy to see if you qualify! *See additional details on page 25.
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226 Timbers; #488684; $99,900
Walk to ski slopes! Fully renovated condo w/ loft bedroom; sold furnished w/ WPI; Great value â€“ priced 40k below assessment! 1Br/1Ba
Andy Zemon www.TheZemonTeam.com 434-202-7371
245 Cedar Glen Close; #481018; $179,900
Bland Wade Ln; #491286; $119,500
When you can afford not to settleâ€Ś Prime location fronts water, golf course, & mountains! Has electric & public water/sewer; .86ac; WPI!
Minutes from new medical center in Afton; mostly cleared w/ panoramic mountain views, new well, 3 Bedroom soil study, creek; 2.62 ac
832 River Trails; #486368; $429,900
Not your ordinary property! Secluded with 28ac and river frontage; 1500 sq ft w/ incredible outdoor living space & guest house/studio
1063 Devils Knob Loop; #489989; $449,900
Great mtn views & golf front on coveted Devils Knob Loop! 4 bedroom suites; stone fireplace; furnished; 2,310 sq ft; 4Br/4.5Ba; WPI
9749 & 9741 Thomas Nelson Hwy; #487986; $799,000
Renovated 6Br/6.5Ba farmhouse & 3Br/3Ba guesthouse; Mtn views, pond, vineyard, barn & 14ac; 30 min to Charlottesville; Shown by appt!
Livebeautifully in Nelson County Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525 InsistOnThatGirl.com
NELSON COUNTY LIFE
Nelson County Life, Issue #78 (September 2011)