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April 2012 No. 85 PRICELESS (FREE!)

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WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 52 Knob Hill Place $695,000 ∙ MLS#: 496353

WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 19 CheStnut Lane $349,000 ∙ MLS#: #482974

WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 54 PedLarS edge drive $339,500 ∙ MLS#: 490738

This single-family home sits atop the most visited overlook at Wintergreen Resort. Distant views of charlottesville and sweeping 180 degree views of the mountain village, ski slopes, and Shamokin Gorge. Fabulous location!

This well-decorated and furnished home features 5 bedrooms, an open great room with soaring windows, a stone fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors, and a spacious master suite. this almostnew property offers great value!

a lovely, convenient, and spacious home in top condition, this mountain residence boasts wonderful windows, a stone fireplace, and an addition by the original builder.

WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 403 three ridgeS CondoS $199,375 ∙ MLS#: 495355

WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 1461 LedgeS CondoS $279,900 ∙ MLS#: 493272

WINTERGREEN MOUNTAIN 2233 tannerS ridge CondoS $135,000 ∙ MLS#: 495605

top floor, end-unit condo, 125 paces from ski slopes and a very short walk to the Mountain inn. Has established rental history through the Resort Rental Program. WPi Property Right.

Spectacular views of the Blue ridge Mountains from this superbly refurnished 3 bedroom unit. upgraded furnishings with two living areas and easy access to the Wintergreen activities. WPi right of Membership.

This beautifully renovated home is on the ground level! Granite counters, white cabinets, updated appliances, and a bright great room with cathedral ceiling. Fully furnished with some hand made furnishings! WPi Property right included. owner financing considered for qualified buyer.

sTONEy cREEk AT WINTERGREEN 691 Stoney Creek WeSt $525,000 ∙ MLS#: 490901

NElsON cOUNTy 74 durrett toWn road $295,000 ∙ MLS#: 488478

NElsON cOUNTy 970 Lake neLSon Lane $159,900 ∙ MLS#: 496575

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, ceramic tile, interior paint-this home is impeccable!

This property has six subdivision rights, per owner, and is located in northern nelson county with quick and easy access to Waynesboro and charlottesville. Property has a stream, several ideal building sites, and year-round views.

immaculate 3 Br home conveniently located across the street from lake nelson. This home has been well-maintained over the years and the quality offers a move in condition. See MLS# 496561 for additional land listing.

vISIT OuR TwO CONvENIENT LOCATIONS! wintergreen Mountain (next to spa) & Stoney Creek (at the entrance) · 800.325.2200 2 NELSON COUNTY LIFE APRIL 2012


Visit our website at 2788 B Rockfish Valley Hwy/PO Box 444 Nellysford, VA 22958

NELSON COUNTY 86 Rainbow Ridge Road Breathtaking views await you at this immaculate home situated on 3.7 acres. Property also features a charming cottage with full bath and kitchenette, that can be used for guests, or as an office. Gorgeous stone fireplace, wood floors in the living, dining and master bedroom suite; vaulted ceilings throughout; and handsomely renovated kitchen and baths. Beautifully landscaped with lush gardens and mature trees. $424,900

Duncan Hollow Loop

Turkey Lane Lot

Duncan Hollow Loop parcel: Not a neighbor in sight. Convenient to Charlottesville and minutes into Nellysford. Does this sound like your wish list for a property? This wooded 8.86 acre parcel offers just those things and more! Elevated building site. $94,500.

Beautiful, 5 acre, wooded homesite and getaway cabin at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac! Off the grid with wood stove, cooking area, an upstairs sleeping loft and a deck overlooking the wooded property. A second outbuilding has a shower and sink, with well water (pump powered by a generator).Cabin is pre-wired and electric service is next door, so it is easy to extend this to the property. $69,900

193 Lodebar Estates

Spotless and ready to move-in! Almost 7 ac. and min. from Nellysford! Wide open plan with loads of windows and French doors. Main floor master with 2 BR and 1 BA upstairs. All appliances including high efficiency front-load washer and dryer! New furnace and flooring. Wrap around porch, circular drive, lovely gardens. $249,000 Call Ed Funke 434 981-9030

STONEY CREEK 20 Apple Blossom Court

Work less and play more! Enjoy low maintenance living in this spacious, 3 BR townhome end unit. Backyard patio is surrounded by open space and mountain views; Live on one level with minimal steps; first floor master, office, greatroom, gourmet kitchen; 2-car garage, security system, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors; half hour to C’ville and a short walk to golf, groceries, banking, doctors etc. $374,000

40 Stoney Glen Lot

One of the least expensive lots but with so much to offer. Why pay more when this well priced parcel has more than an acre of gently rolling land and is conveniently tucked in a quiet cul-de-sac setting along a street that neighbors Stoney Creek Park. Enjoy seasonal mountain views and the babbling waters of Stoney Creek. Underground electric, public water, and WPI! $44,900



38 Den Tree Lane

PRICE REDUCTION! 9211 Critzer Shop Road

Just completed this charming mountain lodge home with post & beam and native stone is one of a kind. 3 master suites, bunk room with 6 built-in bunks, spacious greatroom & family room. Vaulted wood paneled ceiling, wide plank maple, stone & tile floors, custom cherry cabinets, granite/ butcher block counters, stone fireplace, ceramic baths, steam shower, wet bar & more. $629,000 WPI

“Windy Hill” Gorgeous views from this charming home. Rolling 5 ac. with 2 outbuildings, 2 water gardens and magnificent landscaping. Located in Afton area of Western Albemarle, this 3 BR, 2.5 BA home has a sunroom, dining room, large family room and screened porch. Partially finished basement. Short drive to C’ville or Waynesboro. A perfect location for cottage industry. $349,000 Call Julie Bendle 434 996-8669


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170 Rosewood Drive

RoseWood Village: Earthcraft Certified, Madison Villa with 1st floor master, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, gourmet kitchen, sunroom, superb craftsmanship, and many features of Universal Design. RoseWood is a 55+ active adult community located in the valley of Wintergreen’s Stoney Creek. $409,900. Contact Brian, 434-296-9860 (489621)


232 Hearthstone Lane Great value for a Stoney Creek lot with views of the valley. Quiet street in the foothills above Stoney Creek. Build here with your builder or let me introduce you to one. Includes WPI right of membership. Enjoy Stoney Creek golf and restaurant, Lake Monocan and local wineries only minutes away Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293, Only $65,500 (490371)


WOW - FANTASTIC PRICE on this Two Bedroom View Condo on the Ridge - Call Now Before it’s Gone! Classic Cliffs 2 bed, mid-level condo. Walk to Wintergarden Spa & Fitness Center - Tennis - Golf. Furnished. $179,000! Contact Brian Chase www. 434-296-9860 (494365)


25 Devils Bend

Charming 3 bedroom 2 bathroom mountain cabin for only $329,900. Furnished and including WPI right, this like new home has hardi plank siding, hardwood floors in living area,and stainless appliances in kitchen. Wood ceiling and stone fireplace in family room give a great chalet atmosphere. High efficiency heat pump, great location within short walk to Spa and golf. Free shuttle bus stop only steps away from front door. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 , (496221)

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. (288022)

61 Bear Run Superb mountain home without compromise. Features modern construction techniques plus green building upgrades including SIPs construction, fresh air exchanger, on-demand hot water, and high efficiency HVAC. Walk to Tennis, Golf, and Ski Shuttle. $464,900. Contact Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (494421)









10 Mulligan Lane – Stoney Creek

1627 Overlook



Unique double lot offers ability to build unattached single home in 55+ RoseWood Village community. Property carries WPI; near shopping and all Stoney Creek amenities; also has views of mountains and golf course. $99,990 call Joan Mummery 434-361-9402 (496472)


Wintergreen’s Most Desired View !!! This Overlook Condo is on the Top Floor providing fantasic year round landscapes. Furnished 4 BR(2 Master suites) and 4 BA, Great for entertaining for family and friends. Large deck. Close to golf, tennis, The Devils Grille and the Wintergarden Spa. Rental history available. WPI. $399,000 Call Tim Craig 540-416-8498. (494126)




Great location on the mountain among very nice homes. Gently sloping lot - great building site. Priced at recent comps. An excellent value. $35,000 for a nearly half acre lot! Call Rod & Christy Phillips 434-987-6399 (496464)



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 $52,500 (489885) W NE

380 Cedar Drive

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. $879.000! Also available w/ 2 cul-de-sac lots. Listed by Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (483491)


911 Devils Knob Loop

Fabulous 4 bedroom, 3 and 1/2 bathroom post and beam home overlooking the 15th green of Devils Knob Golf Course. Winter views, level driveway, two family rooms with fireplaces, and a detached garage make this home a potential primary home or vacation getaway. Fully equipped and furnished and ready to enjoy, this home has an existing rental revenue stream in Wintergreen Resort program. Includes WPI right, $499,000 .Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293,, www. (491615)

Editors & Publishers Yvette Stafford, Tommy Stafford Contributors Lynn Coffey An email address for Backwoods Lynn up in the hollow? Ha! Ph: 540.949.0329 Marcie Gates Jennie Tal Williams Photography Victoria Mininger Hayley Osborrne Paul Purpura Norm Shafer Address: The Afton Group, LLC P.O. Box 455, Wintergreen, Virginia 22958 434.361.0104 Have a story idea? Email us at

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Television is so yesterday

It’s not child labor if the boy loves making them and gets to name his price.


general store It’ll be much like the old one in Piney River, generally speaking.

WARMER weather’s coming ... Tune in to Tommy’s weather online ....

Colder weather’s coming. Tune in to Tommy’s weatherfrom online: thepublishers’ dog


the rock barn Ham, chops, bacon, brats ...


basic necessities ........................... 7 cover story.....................................9 this old/new house .................... 18 moneywise ................................. 24 at home with marlo ................... 25 sam’s garden .............................. 26 askthedr......................................27 the perfect fit ............................. 27 datebook .................................... 36 leisure guide .............................. 37 classifieds ................................... 38 comics.........................................39

on the cover Photographer: Hayles Osborne Survivalist wacko chic is making a comeback, thanks to a 12-year-old boy from Roseland . Story on page 9.

So tough man Tommy finally got the stomach bug that’s been going around. Which means here I am, tapping away at a keyboard, when I could be enjoying this fine spring day snacking on squirrels. But I’m not complaining. Yvette – who will likely be beatified into sainthood if she keeps up this pace – is on double duty today with Adam and Peyton. The division of labor in this magazine factory typically goes something like this: Tommy gets Peyton in the mornings. Yvette gets Adam in the mornings. They swap children after nap time and then return home to throw ingredients and pans around in the kitchen and call it dinner. Every now and then, these amateur food scientists will drop me a sample. I really do think they should be eating more protein. Like, exclusively. Just a suggestion. We dogs love our meat. But we won’t turn down an apple core, either. This family should own an orchard for the amount of apples they eat every week. As the weather warms up, the grown-ups tease me with the smell of a cow on the grill, and the junior publisher throws me a half eaten apple. If you close your eyes, Fujis taste like flank steak.

At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I must add I am certainly charmed by little Peyton. She’s got wavy curls like a Portuguese Water Dog and her sugar kisses are absolutely delicious. I am very much looking forward to curling up with her for naps when she gets her big girl bed later this year. Adam’s bed is alright but with all of the tractors and books he’s got on it, I’d rather sleep on a pin cushion. But after seven years of publishing this priceless rag, I think these humans have done all right. It’s almost dinner time but since Tommy is still feeling puny, and saltines aren’t my thing, I’m going outside to befriend a squirrel or two. Enjoy! Nick Stafford


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HomeBrewZ!™ is now carrying more than 40 different beer kits from Brewer’s Best and Muntons. Plus, we now have the largest selection of Tervis Tumblers in Nelson County!

ExtraZ!™ is proud to carry an exclusive line of jewelry from designer Wendy Reagor! Visit us for fun jewelry and accessories, as well as great fragrances and skin care products.

But you know by now that we aren’t stopping with just two stores! Watch for the ALL NEW Zestivities!® store to open in the Village this Spring, with an expanded selection of unique gifts, tableware, cards, candles, pet related gifts and more. What? You want even more? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s just say that we aren’t building that new deck on Zestivities!® for just exercise! PLUS, TidbitZ!™ is going to be coming along after the new Zestivities!® opens. There is a LOT going on at the Village! Stop by and see for yourself! While you are here, walk next door and have lunch, dinner or a great craft beer at Wild Wolf Brewery and Brewpub!

Please follow Zestivities!, ExtraZ!, HomeBrewZ! and Wild Wolf Shopping Village on Twitter, and “Like” our pages on Facebook. Plus keep an eye out right here in NCL for monthly updates on our progress! Next to Wild Wolf Brewery and Brewpub 2469 Rockfish Valley Hwy, (Rt. 151) Nellysford Now open 7 days a week! 434.361.0004

basicnecessities By Kay Pfaltz

The Art of Becoming Smarter At Basic Necessities it starts with wine. Even though analyzing wine seems antithetical to the French mentality from which I learned to love and understand wine, I nevertheless tell my class to examine each wine (observing color, sniffing, swirling and only then tasting) for in drinking we kill off brain cells, while the art of studying something ‘grows’ them. Are you with me? So consider the latest theory, that of the herd of antelope. The herd can only run as fast as its slowest member. And this slowest member, at the back of the herd, is the one likely to be eaten by the panther, thus, by natural selection and survival of the fittest, allowing for the strengthening of the overall gene pool. The slowest antelope is culled and the herd now moves faster. Still with me? Now, the following may be a syllogistic or perhaps more accurately an enthymematic stretch, but let’s consider the question of your brain cells. All two of them. Since your brain can only think at the speed of its fastest cells… and alcohol kills brain cells, it follows that in drinking we’re killing off the slowest cells. Thus making ourselves

smarter. Alright, if the above rhetoric didn’t convince, let me ask if you’ve ever felt like conversation just flowed after a glass or two of wine? Ever wondered if indeed you really were that much wittier with the ancient elixir coursing inside? Well, turns out that just maybe you’ll wake the next morning and realize it wasn’t all a figment of your imagination. Studies have shown that there is a connection between the level of polyphenols in the brain and the brain’s activity. Polyphenols increase the brain’s activity by relaxing the vessels, making them wider and thus increasing their capacity. This serves not only to pump more blood to the head but also to increase the amount of oxygen and other nutrients which are necessary to the brain. Resveratrol, found in red wine, is a specific example of a polyphenol. And one of the foods with the highest polyphenol content of all? Dark chocolate. To kill off sluggish brain cells, try: Michel Picard, Pinot Noir, 2006 – Burgundy lovers, here’s a treat— soft raspberry and cherry fruit laced with earth tones—that doesn’t break the

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This brand new home enjoys extraordinary views from its perch high on a ridge above the Rockfish Valley. Easy, comfortable floor plan with plenty of room for expansion in the full unfinished basement. Large deck on the southern end of the home to capture Blue Ridge views. Very private, wooded setting in a small neighborhood conveniently located just south of the village of Nellysford and close to Wintergreen Resort and Stoney Creek. Excellent retreat property with amenities close at hand. #494288

Compare this 2,160 fin. sq. ft. 3 BR., 2 BA., Brick home with today’s construction! Admire this well-built Georgian Colonial on several lots located in village of Lovingston with spacious rooms, formal Dining Rm., Eat-in Kitchen w/custom cabinetry and all Appliances conveying, 19’x19’6” Family room, 12’x19’ Living Rm.& 22’x24’ Basement for storage. # 487442

NORWOOD – $230,000

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300 ft frontage on Tye River. 2BR cabin and loft, gas log fireplace in family room, front deck, four wheel drive to river. Great fishing. Private. Beautiful mountain views. # 487678.

Great Starter Home with hardwood floors, 3 BR., 1 Ba., Kitchen with Dining Area on .84 Ac. with Outbuilding located 1 1/2 mi. to Lovingston and US 29. New Vinyl Siding & Insulated Windows, Heat Pump 2 yrs. old, recent Hot Water Heater & Roof. # 495923

ARRINGTON – $189,900

NEW: SHIPMAN – $84,500

Outstanding 180 degree Blue Ridge Views from the wrap around deck of this 2006 3 BR., 2 BA., 1836 sq. ft. home on private 2 Ac. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the 14’x20’ Great Rm. Custom Cabinets with all Appl. conveying in the 12’x19’6 Kit. w/french doors to a brick patio. Outstanding features of ceramic floors, cathedral ceilings, chair rail w/wainescotting, 11x20 Laundry/Storage Room, recessed lighting, cedar lined closet, carport w/storage, & shed. Add’l 2 Ac. Available w/septic & well. # 496094.

Privately located North of Lovingston off Rockfish River Rd., this 1188 Sq. Ft., 3 Br., 2 Ba. home situated on 2 Ac. offers mountain views, 12’5 x 18’10 fully equipped eat-in Kitchen with new cabinetry and appliances, new Refrigerator/Freezer, 12’8x17’9 Living Room, Enclosed Porch, Carport & 2 Storage Sheds. # 495921

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1920’s Cottage Design 3 BR., 2 BA., home with spacious rooms, modern Kitchen, new Windows, Hardwood Floors, 9 Ft. Ceilings, Soapstone FP, Built-in Bookcase, solid wood Interior & Exterior doors, enclosed Front & Rear Porches, plus a brick firepit for outdoor grilling. Located minutes from US 29. #497001

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For about two months, Justin Painter of Roseland has been making bracelets out of 550 Paracord – something he learned how to do from an after-school program teacher, Mr. Rose, at Nelson County Middle School where he’s in 6th grade. But Justin had already heard about these bracelets – and the wonder of paracord – on some of his favorite TV shows: The Discovery Channel’s Man, Woman, Wild and Dual Survival. (FYI: AMC’s hit zombie story Walking Dead, is another family favorite). Recently, his dad, Curtis Painter, made a jig for Justin so that he can make the bracelets even faster – sometimes up to a dozen an hour. The bracelets he makes are standard size – 8 or 9 inches, but what makes them special is that every inch of bracelet holds an entire foot of 550 Paracord: the stuff that connects parachutes to the people who need them to float down to earth. Justin has always been interested in the outdoors and his mom, Suzanne Painter, said he’d always had a survivalist mentality. But after years of hunting with his grandfather, playing in the woods, and camping, he decided to take it to the next level. Plus, he said, “It feels kind of awesome to have my own business in middle school.” When he first decided to make the bracelets, some of his friends were kind of wary – why would a middle school boy want to wear a bracelet? But when they learned of the bracelets’ special abilities (tying bundles of wood, climbing trees, making lean-tos), the bracelets got real popular real quick. Even some of the elementary schoolers are sporting them now, said Suzanne, noting her son’s entrepreneurship. “A lot of the kids, they have to do chores; like, little things that they’ll make $5 or $6 from their parents,” said Justin, who is enjoying a bit of freedom as well as a little pocket money. “But I’m making money of something I do. I have something to show for it.” The money is nice, said Justin, but for him the best part is that he’s doing something with his hands and making something that could potentially save someone’s life, like it does on Man, Woman, Wild. “My favorite thing is I like sitting down and doing stuff and watching how it comes together. It’s not all about making and selling them,” said Justin, who has seen people on his favorite TV shows use paracord for everything from repelling a cliff to making a makeshift bow and arrow to replacing shoe laces.


Justin Painter’s survival bracelets are made with heavy duty parachute cord. They braid several different colors but recently, Justin has been making purple and white bracelets as part of a Relay for Life fundraiser. Justin and brother Aaron’s PawPaw, a cancer survivor, gave him the idea (below left, in picture frame). To get in touch with Justin, you’ll have to go through his mom, Suzanne. Her email address is

“I’ve always liked taking stuff apart and seeing how it all goes together and creating whatever I can think of.” Mom Suzanne is pleased with Justin’s newest hobby, too, and doesn’t mind that he’s got some money of his own these days. “I think that this is really something that he can learn the value of work from, and that nothing comes for free,” she said. “I’m hoping that by learning the value of money and what it takes to make money, he can appreciate it a little bit.” The bracelets, which Justin can make in just about any color requested, started off as a way to promote his survivalist mentality while making a few bucks – he was selling them for $5 each. But when his PawPaw, a cancer survivor, asked Justin to make one in purple and white to support the Relay for Life, something sparked within the boy and he stopped caring about his pocket money and started selling bracelets to support the Relay. Justin now has several organizations (including the Recreational Baseball League he plays for that got all of its equipment stolen at the start of this season) that he makes bracelets for in various colors. The proceeds he makes from bracelets in those colors benefit the organizations they represent. “It makes me feel good because I know a lot of people donate stuff like this, but it makes me feel good knowing that I’m helping, too,” said Justin. “I can make a difference with what I’m doing and I’m helping people and the whole community.” NCL



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This spring, old is new again in Piney River where Dale and Vanessa Plummer are (re)opening Campbell’s. Once upon a time – since 1993 until about eight years ago – it was called Campbell’s Grocery. And now, after a brief stint as the Piney River General Store and a longer one out of business, the Plummer’s are re-introducing the country store as Campbell’s General Store. “My wife asked some people what they thought it should be called and they all said it had been Campbell’s and would always be Campbell’s” said Dale. “It went through three generations of Campbells, from what I understand.” After being in the Campbell family for about 75 years, Eddie Seamen owned it for about four years around 2000, according to Dale, still calling the place Campbell’s Grocery. When Dale bought the 30s-era building in 2004, he did a bit of remodelling and leased it out. However after only about nine months, the convenience store (then called the Piney River General Store) shut down. Dale and Vanessa have been working hard to re-open Campbell’s though, and the building is almost ready to go – it’s slated to open sometime between the 15th of April and the first of May – but there’s been a lot of necessary work done recently. continued on page 19

Dale Plummer and his son, Timmy, survey the work being done on the old Campbell’s Grocery. It is set to reopen soon as Campbell’s General Store.

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Mountain Landmarks, Part II STORY by LYNN COFFEY Last month’s column highlighted some of the local landmarks people are familiar with in the Nelson/Augusta County area. There were quite a few so I decided to write them in a two-part series so I wouldn’t have to leave any of them out. Here’s the rest of the list. The “GUM TREE”: Located near the top of Campbell’s Mountain Road, the GUM TREE is one of the most familiar landmarks for hunters, loggers and those who live nearby. The tree was once full and green but time and severe weather has taken their toll and much of the tree has now decayed and fallen down. No doubt when the tree is finally gone, the place where it stood will still be known by its former name. The “BALL FIELD”: Back in the early 1900s Tom Coffey, a baseball aficionado, actually build a regulation baseball diamond on top of a high ridge on his property in Chicken Holler. Tom’s son, John Massie Coffey, was such a good ball player that the Washington Senators sent a scout to this area and enlisted both Johnny and his good friend Hercy Coffey of White Rock for the big leagues. In the end, both men decided they’d rather stay in the mountains where they were raised and turned down the offer. But Johnny told me he always wondered how different their lives might have been if they became professional baseball players. The “STOMPIN’ GROUND”: This is another meeting place that the bear hunters use and is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Fork Mountain overlook. George Allen said it’s where hunters converge to talk over the day’s hunt. “SQUAREMOUTH ROCKS”: This old mountaintop cave can best be seen from the North Fork road but is actually located at the end of Chicken Holler on the old Tom Coffey property. It is said that the small cave with the perfectly square entrance, was used by Native Americans who carved hand and footholds into the rocks in order to access the cave opening. These handholds are still visible. There is a hole in the top of the cave which allows smoke from a fire to escape but not large enough to let the weather in, making it a perfect shelter for the Indians to inhabit. The view down to Tye River is spectacular and the last time I walked out to SQUAREMOUTH someone had carved a picture of Jesus into a small cedar tree that was growing there. “NORVAL’S FLAT”: This level section of land on the west side of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Irish Gap once housed the shanties built by the South River Lumber Company for employees cutting timber in that vicinity. When the timber was all cut, the shanties were loaded onto rail cars and hauled to their new location on the dinky railroad which was built through the mountains by the lumber company. This area was said to be named after a black family by that last name that lived here in the early days. “SPY ROCK”: Now a section of the Appalachian Trail, SPY ROCK is a huge outcropping located above the Montebello Fish Hatchery, on the

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The Gum Tree, near the top of Campbell’s Mountain Rd., is showing its age. road to the old Averill Campbell homestead. Though it is a tough climb, many make the trip just to see the commanding view from the top. The “LISTENING TREE”: This particular tree, a small pine with low hanging limbs, is located on the left hand side of the Bald Mountain road and used by hunters who climb up to listen for the dogs that have struck a hot trail. The “HICKORY STAND”: This place, known by all the native mountain people, is located at the old Hercy Fauber home, which is now Skylark Farm. It was a lard stand of hickory trees that joined the tree farm on the Fork Mountain side. “DRY POND”: George Allen named the final two locations as places well known to all the area bear hunters. DRY POND is a wet weather pond located by the St. Mary’s river which during dry periods is just a small recess in the ground. “THE HACKIN’”: This familiar spot is located on the North Fork of the Tye River, above Clarence Coffey’s old homeplace, between the Pleas Taylor property and the Tye River. NCL

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“Since it’s just been sitting, we ran into some problems with the building,” said Dale. “And there were other things we had to facelift just to make it look nice.” While Dale covers the remodeling, Vanessa’s been busy in the kitchen with her homemade pies that she’ll sell at Campbell’s General Store – along with other groceries, prepared foods, gasoline, hardware, and more. “My wife’s been working on recipes and trying to get the best ones,” said Dale, adding that the store will also specialize in chicken, hot wings, hot dogs, BBQ, and homemade bread – plus the regular grocery items, produce, beer, and wine. They’ll even have a small engine repair shop. Dale and Vanessa are excited to be opening the store back up, but Dale said the Piney River community might be even more excited. “The community seems really excited,” said Dale. “We’ve had a lot of support.” NCL

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Great location in the Mountain Inn priced to sell. Many recent upgrades including new cherry cabinets, granite counters, refrigerator w/ ice maker, kitchen faucet, hot water heater, flex flooring and bedding - Nov 2011. New flat screen TVs and lighting summer 2011. New mattresses in 2010. Turn key and beautifully done. Immaculate and ready to enjoy immediately or keep the income rolling in from rentals. WPI. $128,500.Call Rod Phillips at 434-9876399 (494790)



4 Ivy Glen Beautifully decorated, 1350sf, 2BR/2.5BA End Unit TH for $214,000! New roof, windows, central HVAC, water heater, washer/dryer & deck expansion. Windows on 3 sides. On shuttle route. WPI. Furnished. Contact Dawn at 540-454-3300, (492310)

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774 Laurelwood Condo Location! This unit is across the street from the Mt. Inn, eagles Swoop and The Market at Wintergreen. Winter mt. view, this unit has a remodeled kitchen, upgraded maple cabinets and appliances and new hardwood/ceramic floors. WPI. $93,900. A must see! Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033. (493325)

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A wonderful lot for skiers and non-skiers. Perfect for a basement. Private with open space behind and views up toward the main resort. Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines. Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey. Owner financing available. $99,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293; www. or (494732)


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Spectacular year ‘round views overlooking ski slopes & multiple ridges of mountains! Fully furnished, mid-level unit with new AC unit. Walk to Ski slopes, Golf, Tennis & Wintergarden Spa. Turn-key investment and/or mountain get-away for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. $180,000 with WPI. Contact Dawn Perusse 540-454-3300, Dawn. (490911)


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Stoney Creek Golf Front homesite, almost 1 acre, overlooks Tuckahoe Hole #2, includes WPI Right of Membership. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views, close to hiking and biking trails, the Allen Creek Nature Preserve, swimming, tennis and dining. Offered at $179,900 Call Joan Mummery 434-531-5033 (467680)



This photo is just a hint of the panoramic view potential of this special lot. With drainfield strategically located to maximize year-round views and more than 1 acre adjoining the National Forest, this is a unique Wintergreen mountain setting. Ideal for a significant mountain home. Adjacent 1+ acre parcel also available. Reduced - bring offer! $225,000. Listed by Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (487868)


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Beautiful 14 acre wooded tract near Wintergreen Resort. Mountain views and a great location near skiing, golf, restaurants and Devils Backbone brew pub. Several home sites have perked, access by paved road adjoining Winterhaven subdivision. Lots of hardwoods throughout and a spring running through property. Potential pond site by home, nice rock outcroppings too. $199,000. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293 or (492457)

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Chestnut Place Lot #16 Picture Perfect Location! A View to Remember! Priced to sell! Currently 65K under 2011 Tax assessment. One of Wintergreen’s Finest locations supplying a year round view. A short trip to all the amenities. A nice level building site with a gentle roll. Easy access! Rustic & Romantic setting! Call Tim Craig at 540-416-8498. (486896)



70 Dogwood Road Southern views. Large lot at end of cul-de-sac, exceptionally generous property line on Park. (open space) - easy walk along trail to rear to waterfall.Orange tape at front of lot is located on APPROXIMATE lot lines.Please refer to plat for more exact measurements or obtain survey.Possible seller financing available. Listed by Steve Marianella 434-566-1293; www. or (494734)






426 Laurel Springs Drive 3BR/2.5BA home on the golf course (w/main level Master suite). Enjoy peaceful sound of babbling brook from large deck, screen porch, and upstairs balcony. Enchanting wooded lot provides privacy from golf balls in summer, and beautiful golf course views when leaves fall. Floor-to-ceiling wood-burning stone fireplace. Updated appliances & new flooring on main level. WPI. Contact Dawn at 800-417-1890 or (493216)



Furnished two bedroom condo walking distance to ski slopes at $139000! This two level condo has existing rental income in Wintergreen program, full kitchen, wood burning fireplace and two full baths. Lower condo dues that almost every complex at Wintergreen.In great condition with access to condo only a few steps from parking. Listed by Steve Marianella, 434-566-1293, (494523)

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228 Hidden Springs Lane

One of the premier homes in Stoney Creek! Beautiful estate home on Lake Monocan with big water views. Great location on the golf course and just a short stroll to the beach on Lake Monocan. The perfect home for entertaining with a large screened porch, expansive decks and private hot tub all overlooking the lake. Wonderful open floor plan with large family, dining and kitchen space. Charming courtyard entrance. First floor master, plus a separate artist’s studio or exercise room. WPI right of membership included. $699,000 Call Rod and Christy Phillips at 434-987-6399. (475115)





702 Laurelwood Formerly a 1 bedroom unit, the owner transformed space into a 2nd bedroom complete with a bunk bed! New flooring in kitchen and bath 2010. Easy walk to skiing and Mountain Inn. Recently replaced stove, fridge, heat pump, dishwasher. $109,000. Contact Brian Chase 434-2969860 (479168)


487 Three Ridges

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Only $259,000 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,, (488828)




118 Firtree

472 Cedar Meadow Drive

Exceptional home on beautifully landscaped double lot; breath-taking 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)

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 434-296-9860 (481894)







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 434-566-1293 (453853)


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631 Far Knob Climb

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 7 acre estate parcel also available. Reduced! $145,000. Brian Chase 434-296-9860 (460226)


Excellent development opportunity in Wintergreen Resort. Approved for 22 townhomes or an 85 room hotel. Located in a very favorable area of the resort. Townhome owners or hotel guests would be able to walk to the resort’s full service spa, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, ski shuttle and local cafe. Very short drive to the golf and tennis facilities as well as the resort’s shops and restaurants. Call Rod and Christy Phillips 434-987-6399. (491437)




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195 White Oak Drive Only $230,000 for a refurbished home at Wintergreen! Check out this 3 bedroom, 2 bath furnished home, only a short walk from the Mountain Village. Private and quiet lot, large decks, kitchen upgrades and more. Listed by Steve Marianella at 434-566-1293 or (488191)

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. Reduced! $118,000. Contact Brian 434-296-9860 (489504)


23 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. Walk to the spa, fitness/aquatics center & cafe. Ski shuttle pick-up is right there! Golf and tennis around the corner. Quality construction/ large sq footage - it’s a great value. $499,000 Call Rod Phillips 434-987-6399 (463011) APRIL 2012 NELSON COUNTY LIFE 21


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By Julia Rogers Julia Rogers is a licensed CPA residing in Nelson County April is Financial Literacy Month When I was a child, my family did their banking with a local bank. Every week, I accompanied either my Mother or my Father to the bank as they handled their weekly banking. This wonderful bank was home to the president’s parrot, who allegedly made loan decisions for the bank customers. Our weekly visits to the bank provided me the opportunity to feel comfortable in the environment of a bank and talking to the bank officials. This simple act of taking me to the bank each week - whether consciously or not on the part of my parents - provided me with an introduction to banking and personal finances. By the time I graduated from high school, I knew how to handle my checking account and basic banking routines. I also knew that when something was out of order with my account, I only needed to visit our friendly bank. I was particularly fond of the sweet woman that would occasionally call me or my Mother to ask if Julia was planning to make a deposit soon – a friendly way to suggest that my account was in

danger of being overdrawn. This was not a formal education – perhaps you could call it education by association. However, it is an experience that is now absent in most American households today. Thanks to direct deposit and electronic banking, most parents rarely have a need to visit the bank – other than to pull money from the ATM. Financial literacy in our country has declined significantly during recent years. Our young adults are bombarded with credit offers – but they have not even been provided with the tools to handle a basic checking account. Virginians have little to brag about – our state ranks 29th in the country in financial literacy according to a recent survey. Many organizations, including the Virginia Society of CPAs, are now supporting a variety of financial literacy initiatives. The VSCPA has been a strong supporter of the new curriculum requirement for Virginia high school students, which requires a one-credit course in economics and personal finances. This requirement

is in effect for the graduating class of 2015. April is Financial Literacy Month. During the month, many organizations will be promoting financial literacy initiatives. Online sites have educational games and videos – try, sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs. These are all wonderful resources – but the best education starts at home. Think about what your child or grandchild would learn if you eliminated direct deposit and took her to the bank each week. Or, if you helped your teen open a checking account when he gets a summer job. When your teens have their own earnings and need to file their own tax returns, provide guidance – but don’t do it for them. Show them how you file your returns or introduce them to your tax preparer. Most of all, don’t be afraid to talk about money in front of the children. You might not always have the best command of your own finances, but that education by association is the best!

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Staging your home to spring ahead of the competition

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

Spring can breathe new life into the housing market. With the April showers, and May flowers come more buyers… and, oh yes, more sellers. If you are planning to sell your home this spring, you need to differentiate your home. How? Consider price, marketing, and condition. Set a market-driven price, hire an agent who will aggressively market your home, and make sure that your home is in tip-top shape. Here are a few staging tips that can help your home spring ahead of the competition. Prepare for staging. Before staging, a house must first be cleaned, painted, and repaired as needed. It must also be de-cluttered. Remove books from shelves, pack the knickknacks, and clear the countertops. Depersonalize! Pack away anything that makes the house “yours” instead of “theirs”. Take down fam-

ily photos and put away the family heirlooms and collectibles. Strip to the bare essentials. Pack away your shabby recliner and get rid of “I will use it one day” furnishings and gadgets. You want just enough furniture to define a room’s purpose without over-crowding. Create positive focal points. Take the eye off of the chipped paint, old nail holes, or peeling wallpaper. Fix those problem areas and entice the eye to a new focal point. Pull furniture away from walls and arrange in appealing groupings allowing plenty of pass-thru space. Don’t block the rooms “wow factor” like a fireplace or a gorgeous window view. Highlight the key rooms. Kitchens and bathrooms most influence a buyer’s decision. Make the kitchen appear larger by reducing clutter, clearing countertops, and removing unused pots and pans in the cabinets. Thoroughly clean the entire

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kitchen and then add the “Wow” with flowers, fruit bowls, and new kitchen towels. Remove clutter and freshen a bath with new towels, shower curtain, bath mats, candles, and flowers to set the ambiance of the room. Don’t forget the outside. Outdoor living space is very appealing to buyers. Treat your deck, porch or patio like another room in the house. Cover the worn picnic table with a bright tablecloth, replace the faded chair cushions, and arrange greenery and flowers. Spruce up the appeal. Room by room, set the mood. Dress rooms with mirrors, plants, flowers, lamps, throw rugs, pillows, baskets and soft fabrics such as silk, lamb’s wool, or satin. Arrange fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are little luxuries that make people feel good. Consider having flowers outside to line the entry walk, or indoors on a foyer stand,

dining room table, bathroom counter, or bedroom dresser. Strive for cheerful and bright. Turn on lights and lamps and open blinds and curtains to let the sunshine pour in. Consider removing all window coverings to bring the outside indoors. Appeal to all the senses. Make sure your house smells fresh, clean, and inviting. Just prior to a showing, toss a clean sheet and fabric softener into the dryer or boil water with orange peels and cinnamon. In today’s market much of the competition could be considered a “deal” or a “steal”. In order to be competitive, you must have “appeal”! 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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If peace and quiet are a “must have” than this may be your ideal full time residence or second home retreat! Conveniently perched above a neighborhood lake on three private acres with NO road noise, sits this well maintained home with plenty of indoor and outdoor entertaining space. The home boasts an open floor plan with good natural light and plenty of upgrades such as a spacious kitchen with pantry, oak cabinets, breakfast bar, and ceramic tile flooring, two living/family room areas with hardwood floors and a fireplace, dining area with room for large table and furnishings, master suite with walk-in closet and private bathroom, separate laundry room, covered front porch and screened back porch with knotty pine ceilings, back deck, wiring for security system and back-up generator, HardiPlank siding, Pella windows, and more… Conveniently located within about a half hour of Waynesboro and Charlottesville and only about 15 minutes to Wintergreen Resort for golf or skiing. Move-in ready; all appliances can convey with an acceptable offer.

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Out with the New, In with the Old I am as guilty as the next. Oh, new, new, new!  I’ll take the hot on the market supertunia, a million bells petunia, a surfinia petunia, a bacopa… Ok, these are nice plants and they have been bred for unique colors, habits and textures, but the green industry is so interested in the new, that often times we forget what got us here in the first place – the tried and true heirloom annuals that got us into this gardening hobby to begin with.  Within this group of plants are the ones that my grandma used to plant in her flower beds while I watched and ‘attempted’ my first shot of landscaping.  I’ve come a ways since then but those standard annuals are still high on my list of go to plants. Vinca has been around for a while.  The genetics of today’s selections are not too far from where they were way back when and the colors are still as vibrant during the heat of the summer when other annuals are wilting.  Plant these in full sun, and after they are established, take that vacation knowing that when you return they will still be in full bloom under a July heat wave.  Try the Cora series – boasting colors like rose, lavender, pink and white.  Seed begonias were some of the first annuals that I learned to grow some 21 years ago while working at my first job out of Tech in Virginia Beach.  The mix that I still grow and love in all designs are the Cocktail and Prelude series.  The Cocktail series has a bronze colored leaf that really needs at least 6+ hours of direct sun a day to keep the nice foliage color while the Prelude series has a glossy green leaf that can take a bit more shade.  Both series bloom in pink, red, white and even mottled tones.  Use them for their glossy green or bronze foliage as accents with other annuals.  With their compact habit, they also make a good combination planter for the deck.

And don’t forget about annual geraniums - hardy, drought tolerant and vivid colors from May til frost. The smell of them still softly lands me on my grandma’s porch deadheading them in the middle of the summer under her watchful eye.  Available in a plethora of colors, plant them in containers or at near back of the mixed garden with other lower growing annuals nestled near their base.  Yes, you still may have to deadhead them from time to time, but the continued show late into the season with minimal help from the watering wand is a bonus. No annual garden is complete without those rich, 3-4 inch blooms found in the Zinnia family.  Great for cutting and ideal for the middle to back of the border, Zinnias have never lost their place in the annual border.  Available in vibrant pink, yellow, white, rose and even lime green.  While it is an ageless myth that Marigolds deter insects in the garden (they actually attract mites), they are still a wonderful addition to the back of any border.  Classified as the ‘French type’ of Marigolds, the Inca series boasts blooms that are nearly 4 inches in diameter and available in cream, yellow, gold and orange.  Once established, my landscape has shown that they rarely have disease issues and offer a continuous show of color until well into the end of summer. And finally, no shade garden is complete without traditional Impatiens.  Although sensitive to cold starts in this area (plant after May 15), Impatiens are available in a host of colors including white, rose, lavender, pink, red and even stripped/mottled colors.  Once established, expect color well into the end of summer and beyond.   Not to say that a whole host of new annuals should be avoided, but don’t give up on these tried and true heirloom varieties.  

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asktheDr. By Dr. Steve Schmitz Afton Family Medicine Cholesterol Last time I wrote about the dangers of high blood pressure. You may recall, hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and strokes. As most people know, high cholesterol is another risky factor that can lead to heart disease, vascular disease, and strokes, so I thought I better give it some attention too. Like hypertension, high cholesterol is silent—in other words, it doesn’t hurt! Well, it doesn’t hurt like a kidney stone hurts, but it sure can hurt your blood vessels! It just does it quietly and behind the scenes over time. Gradually, it clogs blood vessels. Often people don’t know it was ever a problem until they find themselves in a hospital being told they had a heart attack. I’m not usually one for trying to scare people into taking care of their bodies, but high cholesterol is scary! The first step in fighting off this silent, blood vessel clogging enemy is knowing what you are up against. That means seeing your doctor to have your cholesterol checked by a blood test. You need to be fasting (no eating for eight hours) to get an accurate reading. Most guidelines suggest

that everyone over 20 years old have their cholesterol checked every five years, and more frequently if there is a problem. If your cholesterol is high, there are lots of things that can be done about it. The first step is (you guessed it) diet and exercise! Generally, foods lower in fat have lower cholesterol. Also, fatty cuts of meat are high in cholesterol, as are most pork products and the skins of turkey and chicken. Changing the diet helps to keep excess cholesterol out of the body. But, your own liver may be working overtime making excess cholesterol. To stop that, medications are needed. Whether you need a medication or not is for you to discuss with your doctor, as there are many factors to consider. So, get your cholesterol checked and keep those blood vessels flowing free! Dr. Steve Schmitz is a licensed medical doctor based in Afton. Have a question for him? Email him at AskTheDr@ Sorry, due to the high volume of messages received, personal replies may not be possible. The Editor reserves the right to edit questions for content, accuracy, and length. This column is provided as a service to readers of Nelson County Life Magazine and is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you have a question about your personal health, please consult your doctor.

theperfectfit By Agnes F. Schrider, PT Nelson Physical Therapy

Surfing the Internet for Exercises There is so much information available on the internet at our disposal. Many clients research their aches and pains prior to their evaluation with me. The knowledge gained by the internet is helpful because it stimulates questions; education and understanding usually results in improved outcomes in physical therapy and fitness. However, there are many occasions when clients arrive at the office reporting they looked up some exercises on the internet, did the exercises and it made their symptoms worse. There can be many reasons for the increase in pain. First, it might be that the exercise was not quite appropriate for the client. It shouldn’t be that complicated, should it? You have an achy area and look up an exercise for that area, do the exercise and it should help, right? It depends. When I used to teach clinically, I used to tell my students that you could have ten patients with back pain in the same region and there might be ten different reasons for that

pain indicating ten different treatments. We are all individuals with varying medical histories, varying physical restrictions, varying body types and varying abilities and there can be ten different reasons why each person has pain in that particular spot. Secondly, when performing an exercise from a picture even with written instructions, your mind and body will attempt to mirror the exercise. But due to various restrictions that might be present, unconsciously, your body will find ways to “cheat” or compensate to perform the exercise. The professional then determines why your body is compensating and adjustments are made in your technique or a different exercise is offered. It happens frequently even with the simplest of exercises. Even with athletes, verbal and physical feedback and instruction from the professional to the client is instrumental for safety, joint protection, alignment, correct technique and advancement of your exercise

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licensed professionals as all recipes are not appropriate for all clients.

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


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From one of the oldest buildings at Oak Ridge Estate, Ben and Will are serving up pork,



Buying local – and eating local – never really went out of style in Nelson County, but as the eat local movement grows in popularity around the country, Benjamin Thompson and Will Gray are making it a business. Together, they run The Rock Barn. “The Rock Barn is really a mission for good food,” said Benjamin, or Ben, a Culinary Institute of America-trained professional chef. “Good for the community, good for our neighbors, good for us.” As Will explained, there are many “agents” involved in getting meat from farm to table: farmer, the slaughterhouse, the butcher, and the chef. Only after it’s passed through the hands of at least those four agents, is it finally served as pork chops, steak, chicken, etc. “At the end of the day,” said Will, “the system only works as well as the worst person in it.”

“You can have the best pig on the planet, but if someone does a sloppy job with the kill or an amateur job on the butchering, you’re going to have poor quality meat.”

And that’s where The Rock Barn comes in, said Will: “We wanted to take a look at that system and see how we can improve it.” He and Ben work to connect farmers who are already raising great animals with the chefs that could make the most of the meat. The Rock Barn (based at Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington) does a bit of catering, but primarily works with one farm (Piney River Farms of Nelson) and one slaughterhouse (Donald’s Meat Processor of Lexington) to butcher and distribute top-quality pork to restaurants and locals – focusing on using as much of the animal as possible. “It’s the only respectful way to look at meat,” said Will.


“We’re chefs by trade and butchers by passion,” said Ben, who learned the trade mostly by doing a lot of reading and taking on a few courses at Iowa State. “Sometimes they say the best way to learn about wine is to buy a corkscrew. And maybe the best way to learn to butcher is to buy a knife.” continued on page 34


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Right now, The Rock Barn’s pork is in about 30 Charlottesvillearea restaurants as well as at the Nelson Farmers’ Market. This spring, they are hoping to snag a spot at the Charlottesville Farmers’ Market, too. But what makes them unique, though, are their monthly pork shares, which works kind of like a CSA, but with no monthly commitment. Each month, The Rock Barn takes orders for a “share” of pork and each member gets 10 pounds of pork – usually in about nine varieties – complete with recipes. And while there is no official store front, The Rock Barn welcomes visitors to its Arrington office and processing center – though be warned that they may be cutting meat during the visit (and please call ahead!). Some of the restaurants The Rock Barn works with now are top of the line – like The Ivy Inn and the Clifton Inn – but they are also starting to work up agreements with local schools to provide them pork. “We are not a gourmet butcher,” said Will. “Our goal is to take some of these whole hog models and make them acceptable at more of an institutional level.” But at the same time, Will says he wouldn’t want people to buy from The Rock Barn just because it’s local. “But because it’s the best.” NCL

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thursday april 2 april 5

Ballroom and Social Dance Lessons Each month features a different style of dance. No partner required. 7:15 to 8 p.m. Mondays. Nelson Center, Lovingston. $30 per month. 540-353-3036


Team Rally and Rally Dinner In preparation for the May 5 Nelson County Relay for Life. Calvary Baptist Church. Donations appreciated. 540-649-4134

april 3 saturday april 7

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group For caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s and/ or dementia. 6:30 p.m. first Tuesdays. Blue Ridge Medical Center, Arrington. 434-263-4000

Annual Egg Hunt For children 10 and under. Rain or shine. Bring a basket for each child. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nelson Center. 434-263-7130

wednesday april 4 saturday april 14 Preschool Storytime! Thirty minutes of storytime fun for ages 3 to 5. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through May 30. Nelson Memorial Library. 434-263-5904

Piney River Mini Triathlon Run (1.5 miles), paddle (.75 miles), and bike (2.5 miles) as a team or solo. Pre-registration recom-

mended. Check in 9 to 11 a.m.; race at 11:30 a.m. Start at Roses Mill Trailhead. $20. 434-263-7130

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

Mud Bog Proceeds benefit the Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Gates open at 9 a.m.; first truck at noon. $10, adults; kids 12 and under, free. 434-361-1826 Fairy Houses! A multigenerational project for children, adults, and teens to create a dwelling for the fairy living in the garden. Registration required. Nelson Memorial Library. 434-263-5904



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Mini Relay for Life Walk with or sponsor students, teachers, and parents. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Branch School 540-456-8450 Nelson County 5K & Fun Run The third annual 5K and 1-mile fun run. Rockfish River Elementary School. 434-361-1791

Experience the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge. From our mountains to the mighty James River. Wear yourself out at our wineries, breweries and eateries, then hit the sack in a cozy cabin or bed & breakfast.

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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 Chen’s 73 Calohill Dr., Lovingston, VA 434.263.8865 Chirios Pizza Valley Shopping Center 2777 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.9188 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 Lovingston Cafe 165 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8000

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Afton House Bed & Breakfast and Cottages 31 Afton Lane, Route 6 East, Afton, VA 540.456.6759

Simpson’s Hollow Bed & Breakfast 580 Simpsons Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.6380

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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

Shadow Mountain Rentals 15644 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Montebello, VA 757.424.2884

Tye River Cabin 6011 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA • 434.238.2430 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

Cat Rock Antiques 9704 Patrick Henry Hwy, Roseland, VA 434.277.8049 Claudia’s Florist & Gifts 121 Main Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.5848 Logos of Wintergreen Mountain Inn Lodge, Wintergreen, VA 434.325.1125 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 Zestivities!, ExtraZ! & HomeBrewZ! 2469 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.0004


Lovingston Winery 885 Freshwater Cove Lane, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8467

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

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

Critzer Family Farm 9388 Critzer Shop Road, Afton, VA • 540.456.4772

Veritas Vineyards & Winery 145 Saddleback Farm, Afton, VA • 540.456.8000 Wild Wolf Brewing Company 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 434.361.0088

Dickie Brothers Orchard 2552 Dickie Road, Massies Mill, VA • 434.277.5516 Drumheller’s Orchard 1130 Drumheller Orchard Ln., Lovingston, VA 434.263.5036 Fitzgerald’s Orchard 728 Harper’s Creek Lane, Tyro, VA • 434.277.5798

Walton’s Mountain B&B 6401 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA • 434.831.1384

Wintergreen Vineyard & Winery 426 Winery Lane, Nellysford, VA • 434.361.2519

Resort Reservations & Country Cottages Afton, VA • 540.456.8300


Thai Siam Take-Out 4137 Tye Brook Highway, Colleen, VA 434.263.8577

Royal Oaks Cabins in the Mountains 45 Royal Oaks Lane, Love, VA • 800.410.0627

Blossom’s Flowers, Gifts & Crafts 911 Front Street, Lovingston, VA • 434.263.8227

Saunders Brothers Orchard 2717 Tye Brook Hwy (Rt. 56), Piney River, VA 434.277.5455

Vito’s Italian Restaurant 8181 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8688

Sarah’s Mountain Retreat Cabin 406 Fish Hatchery Lane, Montebello, VA 540.377.6458

Blue Moon Antique Mall & Bookstore 8230 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8890

The Apple Shed 14815 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 434.263.8843

Thai Mex II Valley Green Shopping Center, Nellysford, VA 434.361.1400

Flippin-Seaman, Inc. – Seaman & Silver Creek Orchards 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA • 434.277.5824


Priceless Classifieds for the People!

G REAL ESTATE Amazing House for Rent in Nelson Co. Beautiful large 3-4 BRS, 3.5 bath home on 30 private acres. EVERYTHING new inside. Fireplaces, Soap stone counter tops, whirlpool tub, screened porch, privacy, creek, walking trails and more. Available. Posted By: Jody Morgan 22967 - Roseland/Lowesville/Massies Mill 540.461.1733 $1200/month Cozy Mountain Home to Share Seek compatible housemate; mature, single, responsible, quiet. Smoker OK. Animal friendly. New home w/ Old World Charm — lovely, spacious, comfortable, on 22 acres. Private space: - 2 large rooms, full bath, separate kitchen, private deck Common areas: - open plan living room – dining room, radiant heat, laundry, conservatory with wet bar, wood/gas fireplace, bonus room, decks, screened porch, garden space available, landscaping, water garden, ample storage. hike, ski, bike Posted By: Leslie 22932 - Crozet 434 361 1224 $700 Roommate Wanted Mature, responsible female seeking same to share house in Afton. Bedroom, private bath, share common areas: kitchen, living room, family room, yard, porch/deck. Animal lover a must (1 dog rules the roost). Beautiful views, convenient to all major roadways. Posted By: Chris 22920 - Afton 540-456-6325 $242-300 per month Lovely Accessible Villa for Rent or Sale Accessible and maintenance free 1750 sq foot, one level villa, built 2009. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Hardwood floors throughout kitchen, living/dining room and Post it online

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hallway. Vaulted ceilings in living/dining. Berber carpet in bedrooms.Kitchen contains granite counter tops, island, and stainless steel appliances. Large mudroom adjoins double garage. Unfinished room over garage plumbed for 3rd bath Marvelous storage space.Fenced backyard. Walk to Nellysford in under a minute. Walking trails and golf nearby. Posted By: Renee Willis 22958 Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-361-1704 $1275/mo(year lease) or sale 299,000

FARM/LIVESTOCK 100 Lbs Seed for Wild bird forage Wildflower and native grass mix. Blended for quail habitat with lots of wildflowers and native grasses. Good for all birds. We purchased more than we needed on our farm. Enough for 25 acres. Priced really low to sell. Labeled for 2009 but these native seed stay viable for years. Posted By: Stan Driver 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434 760 0550 $100 Firewood Firewood – $80 per pick up load. Hardwoods – oak and locust. Posted By: Tim Kent 22980 - Waynesboro $80 per load

WANTED Housekeeper wanted Housekeeper needed. Man or woman. $12/hour or partial rent of newly remodeled apartment. Must be thorough, reliable, dependable. References requested. Hours negotiable. Posted By: BlueWebWeaver 22932 - Crozet (434) 978-7559 $12/hour Fill Dirt Wanted – Red Clay Looking for some red clay to build up

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washed out dam at pond on Route 810 (off of Route 6 – midway between 29 and 151). Please call (434) 263-4775 if you have some available. Thanks. Posted By: D. Rowe 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-263-4775 $can discuss




painter your way WInterior painting Steve Nissley. Professional painting contractor serving your friends since 1987. Posted By: Steve Nissley 22939 - Fishersville 540-255-3787 $TBD

Sofa Sleeper – Queen Size Floral (Cream & Blue)Queen Sized Sofa Sleeper in Good Condition. Posted By: Christina DePierro 22920 - Afton 540-456-6325 $150/OBO

SOLD! – Kayaks 457 Two single seat kayaks for sale – a red Perception Swifty and a yellow LL Bean Manatee. Both in good condition. Spring is just around the corner – be ready for some outdoor fun!. Posted By: No Longer Waterside 22920 - Afton $150 each

Precise Painting When you want it nice…For all of your painting needs. Competitive pricing.. Posted By: Dave Brown 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-996-3039 $TBA


Comfort Hands House/Pet Sitting Services Comfort Hands Home and Pet Sitting Services! Let me provide love and peace of mind to your home and all your creatures big and small when you can\’t be there! I offer reasonable rates and excellent references! Resume rates and references are available upon request.. Posted By: Nancy Critzer ALBEMARLE COUNTY $NEGOTIABLE

SOLD! – 1996 Jeep – cheap! 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Lorado – 4×4 needs some tranny work, power windows, locks, A/C, disc player, newer speakers, newish tires, 4-door plus rear hatch. Seats fold down for lots of hauling potential. Racks on top that adjust for ladders, snowboards, etc.. Posted By: Mary Hamilton 22920 - Afton 434-3619084 $700 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-

AUTO REPAIR Sunnyside Laquer Thinner 457 3 ~ 5 gal containers of Sunnyside Laquer Thinner 457. Unopened. Posted By: Brenda Wilhelm 24440 - Greenville 540-3374144 $40


OFFICE HP laserjet 1012 wireless printer hp laserjet 1012 wireless printer w/ manual, etc. Great condition. Posted By: GD 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen $25 Gateway LCD flat screen monitor Gateway FPD 1520 LCD flat screen 15” display monitor. Includes cables and transformer. $25. Posted By: GD 22958 Nellysford/Wintergreen $25 Office Chair Black, High Back Office Chair w/Arms. Excel Condition. Posted By: Christina DePierro 22920 - Afton 540-456-6325 $30

Roll Top Office Desk Roll Top Oak Computer Desk. Beautiful “Winners Only” brand home office roll top desk. 54”W x 52”H x 33”D. Mint condition. Designed for computer/home office use and hides all the mess! Lots of cubbies & drawers. Removable top. Asking $600 or reasonable offer. Posted By: Linda Calderone 22958 - Nellysford/ Wintergreen 434-361-2226 $600 or better offer Reproduction Pine Dining Table Beautiful pine reproduction dining table, 38” x 72”, light stained top, black painted legs. Posted By: Lynn Luessen 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 434-325-7864 $125 Kitchen table and chairs Very good table and chairs (4); ideal for apartment kitchen or small home kitchen; purchased from Storehouse Furniture. Posted By: R. Browne 22958 - Nellysford/Wintergreen 703.465.5636 $99

ELECTRONICS Harmon/Kardon 5-disc CD changer/player Harmon/Kardon FL8300 CD player. 5-disc carousel. With remote control. Selling for very low price since it occasionally needs a gentle nudge to close the CD drawer. Posted By: GD 22958 Nellysford/Wintergreen $15


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123 Ridge St; #495530; $199,900

Solid, low-maintenance, brick home; renovated! Extras: fireplace, 2 car garage, sunroom, full basement, 3 or 4Br/2.5Ba; 2,408 finished sq ft







NEW: 199 Walk Around Ln; #495963; $60,000

Private 4.89 acres w/ well, soil study, & views! 1 mile to Devil’s Backbone Brewery; 15.18 ac w/ stream - $170,000; All 20.07 ac - $220,000




NEW: 1477 Ledges Condo; #495419; $129,900

End unit w/ windows on 3 sides & spectacular mountain, valley, and ski slope views! Income generating; furnished and updated; 1Br/1Ba; WPI






REDUCED: 370 Rodes Valley Dr; #491909; $494,900

Newly renovated on one of the largest resort parcels! 3 car garage; sunroom; 1800 sq ft of decking/patio; 3,477 sq ft; 3Br/3Ba; 4.53ac

NEW: 701 Rockfish Orchard Dr; $389,000

Pristine home and setting in Rockfish Orchard with phenomenal mountain views! Porch, deck, garage; 3Br/2.5Ba; 2,420 sq ft; 4.69ac





REDUCED: 781 Pullet’s Place; #491797; $424,900

Not your ordinary property! Stone and Log home on 10 private acres; 3 stone fireplaces; chestnut logs and cabinets; porches; 4Br/3Ba




NEW: 46 Spirit Ridge Ln; $839,000

96 private acres w/ mtn views, trails, creek and log home above the pond; accessory building & barn/workshop; 30 min to Charlottesville!

Livebeautifully in Nelson County Marlo G. Allen, Assoc. Broker 434-996-3525


APRIL 2012

Nelson County Life, Issue #85  
Nelson County Life, Issue #85  

Nelson County Life, Issue #85 (April 2012)