Rockfish Valley News: November 2021

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Cole Morris, Mountain Road Afton, FFA Student Member.

Agriculture Education

Nelson County High School held Drive Your Tractor to School Day on October 18.  Faculty sponsors Margaret Seaman and Cole Ramsey organized 16 students to drive farm equipment from the local Farm Bureau office in Lovingston just over three miles to the high school. Student drivers are members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Club and participate in agriculture and horticulture lessons, with many hands-on, award-winning activities throughout the year. With a police escort, traffic on Route 29 was stopped at the one stop light in the county for the parade of farm vehicles to pass.  A video of traveling student drivers can be seen on Facebook at  fb.watch/8OQF3VyV_C/

Construction Starts on Rt. 151 Roundabout

Lou Hatter of the Virginia Department of Transportation addressed the Nelson Board of Supervisors meeting October 12 about the beginning of construction on the $4.8 million. Rt. 151/Rt. 250 roundabout.

The project will improve safety and traffic flow at the busy intersection while managing vehicle speeds and correcting geometric deficiencies that have been identified as contributing factors in crashes there. In a roundabout, traffic on the approaches must yield to vehicles in the roundabout. Safety is improved because all traffic must slow to enter.

Traffic will be maintained during the construction project, although drivers may encounter some lane closures or traffic controlled by flaggers. Weekend traffic will not be affected by construction. 

The speed limit on both U.S. 250 and Route 151 has been lowered to 25 miles per hour on the intersection approaches and through the work zone. Motorists should proceed with extreme caution near the construction project, since workers may be near the travel lanes and slow-moving equipment and vehicles may enter or exit the work zone.  

Learn to Skate 

SK8 Nelson at Rockfish Valley Community Center is offering an afternoon of instruction for ages 12 to 18 November 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the skatepark. Learn to Skate is a collaboration with Action for All and Cville Skates Charlottesville Skate Shop with promotions by Crozet Library and Nelson Library.

Registration is required with a signed waiver for sponsors the Jefferson Madison Regional Library and Action for All, a Staunton-based nonprofit that promotes action sports for children.  Helmets are required with equipment available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged.

Indoor Community Market Opens 

The Winter Community Market at Rockfish Valley Community Center begins Saturday, November 6. Local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, plants, greenery, arts, and crafts will be offered. Each monthly market (except 12/18) coincides with RVCC’s Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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