Rockfish Valley News: January 2023

Wayne Parent awards American Legion recognition to Ronnie Moyer, Vietnam Veteran.

SUP Approved for Nellysford Breakfast Business 

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 in favor of a Special Use Permit for a restaurant in Nellysford on the corner of Adial Road and Route 151 under the name “Belties.” Ernie Reed voted against the approval and Tommy Harvey was absent from the meeting discussion and vote in November and December. 

John Washburn, the original owner and developer of Bold Rock Cidery, has planned the new venture with Scott DeFusco. The corner site is approximately 3 acres with a farmhouse. The construction of a new 1,500-square-foot traditional farmhouse-style structure with a drive -through service window will follow demolition of the existing structure. 

DeFusco told the board that public comments have been considered and the “aesthetic of the community with be incorporated by using doors, trim and architectural elements from the existing house.” Evergreen trees will screen the neighboring home. The business’s operating hours are limited to 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nelson Master Gardeners

The monthly Master Gardener meeting on December 13 at Rockfish Presbyterian Church in Nellysford was a shared dinner for members and spouses to celebrate the past year. The leadership team now includes Grace Monger, associate agriculture/natural resources extension agent, and all newly elected board members. 

Eileen Maybee, education coordinator, identified eight interns including Carolyn Barrette, Dawn Bourne, Kathy Butler, Mary Cunningham, Deanne Lewis, Susan Pendergrass, Peggy Swan, and Sharon Wray. The intern title is carried until the volunteer completes 50 hours of community service in sustainable landscape management education. 

American Legion Recognition of Lovingston-Rockfish Ruritan Member 

Wayne Parent, first vice commander of American Legion Post 17, was the featured speaker for the December meeting of the Lovingston-Rockfish Ruritans. Parent shared his family story as a legacy member of the American Legion and the purpose of the organization as chartered by Congress. Vietnam Veteran and Ruritan member Ronnie Moyer was awarded with a pin through the American Legion as an official partner with Vietnam War Commemoration Commission. 

Parent also discussed how to properly retire American flags. There is a collection box inside the Auto Parts Store in Lovingston for the purpose of respectful disposal. 

Contact Ed Hicks with questions about the Ruritans at 434-531-5055.

Harp Song of the Blue Ridge

Virginia Schweninger led the seven harpists on upright instruments in beautiful seasonal music in the Rockfish Valley Community Center auditorium December 10. Candy Dowell, soloist, and Ross Ruffing, percussion, accompanied readings by Eve Watters, Celtic harpist, and Kate Tamarkin, retired Charlottesville Symphony harpist. A special part of the performance was the Rockfish Valley Children’s Choir led in holiday song by Dr. Cynthia Ramsey. This group of young singers practices weekly with Ramsey and is open to local youth. 

Virginia Schweninger, director of Harp Song of the Blue Ridge.

The seven harpists led by Schweninger, playing on her own large 100-year-old harp, included Laura Buddington, Tam Ton, Emily Capone, Elle Kurt, Jayce Turner, Kate Tamarkin and Eve Watters. Lessons are open to anyone interested in learning to play the harp. Schweninger offers donated harp instruments for student use. 

EZPZ Hosts a Delicious Grand Opening 

Following a January 3 grand opening, a new partnership in the Rockfish Valley Community Center kitchen has generated a lot of delicious excitement. Anita Olinga and Amy Archie are EZPZ partners offering both breakfast and lunch favorites daily. On weekdays, look for ham biscuits, scones, soda bread, cinnamon rolls, and gravy biscuits from 9 a.m. Lunch offerings include beans and rice for the budget conscious, soup of the day, Texas chili, and Mac ‘n’ cheese. Special offerings from the oven will include biscotti and focaccia. Hours extend to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Community Flea Market added to RVCC First Saturdays

Rockfish Valley Community Center will welcome vendors to the free flea market on Saturday, January 7 from 9 a.m. until noon. This is a rain or shine indoor event with food and beverage offered. Contact [email protected] for more information and to reserve a space. 

Community Pancake Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 and volunteers are always welcome to a complimentary breakfast. 

The Treasure Chest Thrift Shop runs 50% off sales all day in conjunction with these monthly events. Volunteers needed for Fridays and Saturdays. This is a fun way to support your community center and get first choice on the great donations (plus a 25% discount). Please stop by or call 434-361-0103 and email your request for an application at [email protected].

Corrected 1/18/23: The original version of this article misspelled Ronnie Moyer’s last name. Also, the Ruritan club is named Lovingston-Rockfish, not Rockfish-Lovingston. 


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