Joined by White Hall District Supervisor Ann Mallek, Crozet Community Association president Tim Tolson presented checks at the CCA’s March 14 meeting to Kostas Alibertis of the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, Tom Loach of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department and Build Crozet Library fundraising committee chairman Bill Schrader from the proceeds of the Valentine’s Swing Dance held at the Field School February 16. The event, which featured Leo Mallek’s Salute to Swing band, raised $1,300 that was split between the three local volunteer organizations.
The CCA heard about the status of the county’s geo-policing policy from police Lt. Greg Jenkins, who also introduced officer Paul Quillon, who is assigned to the western Albemarle sector. The strategy is to keep officers on local beats where they can become acquainted with residents, rather than shifting them randomly to patrol sectors around the county.
Loach and Jim Crosby described their initial efforts, in collaboration with the county police, at establishing the Crozet Safety Corps, a volunteer citizens’ group that will promote local crime prevention and emergency preparedness.
In the local history moment, Crozet historian Phil James told the story of a 1908 robbery of the Bank of Crozet, which occupied the building downtown that is now the home of Bark Avenue, the dog grooming salon. With the help of tools stolen from a nearby blacksmith, thieves blasted open the bank’s vault with dynamite. The furniture in the bank was reduced to splinters and $800 was taken. Fortunately the loss was covered by insurance. No culprit was caught.