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A whole heap of living took place, once-upon-a-time, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Albemarle County. Much of that living took place within Shenandoah National Park’s South District, extending from Swift Run Gap, at milepost 65.5, to Rockfish Gap, the southern terminus of the park at milepost 105.4. To the curious gazing up from the Piedmont lowlands, however, nary...
Name Game In the fall of 2018, the Albemarle County School Board directed the Superintendent to review the names of all schools in the division that are named after people. The review is intended to ensure that each school name reflects the division values of “excellence, young people, community and respect.” Since then, three schools have undergone a review—Cale Elementary...
Many of my friends and family enjoy a visit to an Indian restaurant.  Just walking in the door you’re welcomed by the aromas of the subcontinent’s herbs and spices: cumin, coriander, cardamom, etc.  But for some, a potential problem always lurks: The Heat. Indian restaurants try to be accommodating in this regard, typically offering you a range of heat, from...
Ransomware, as it’s been dubbed, is the latest form of cyberattack. The bad guys drop an infected application on your computer. This infected application then goes through all your files and encodes them so they aren’t accessible to you. Inaccessible, that is, unless you pay the cybercrook. If you do that, the bad guys (in theory) send you the...
Sous vide (adjective or adverb) sü – vēd: Relating to or denoting a method of cooking food slowly in a vacuum-sealed pouch at a low temperature so as to retain most of the juice and aroma. – Merriam Webster Dictionary We have some good cooks in Free Union, one of whom is my neighbor John Loehr. I’ve written about him before;...
Thank You Notes Fifth graders at Crozet Elementary (CRES) took some time ahead of the Veterans Day holiday to reflect on the lives of local veterans. They then penned letters to those living in Crozet’s English Meadows senior living community. “We are trying to find ways to connect the kids with our content so that they have a personal connection,...
Alongside Brown’s Gap Turnpike in western Albemarle County sits an unassuming private residence, once a family-owned country grocery store fronted by fuel pumps. However, a peek beyond its more recent history might surprise the casual passerby. In 1949, during a period when Jim Crow defined, and even dictated, many social interactions, Randolph L. and Grace W. White had a plan...
We won’t be entertaining as usual this holiday season—no packed, festive holiday or New Year’s parties adorned with brimming punchbowls, cheese ball wreaths, or kisses stolen under the mistletoe. But we can still enjoy traditional holiday libations on the porch or around the fire pit with family, close friends, or neighbors. Wassail and eggnog can be served with or...
Musica Sacra: Community and Comfort in Sacred Music It may have closed many churches and silenced many choirs, but ultimately the pandemic has failed to silence those determined to make a joyful noise.  Musica Sacra Virginia is a new group founded by Brian Dean Sousa of Ivy, a singer, organist, choirmaster and conductor, and assisted by the group’s president, John Harvey...
Each month a prize-winning photograph from the archives of the Crozet Calendar will be published together with a story from the photographer of how the image was made and commentary by Sam Abell about the merits of the photograph. “Craft isn’t enough. Compelling photographs also have heart.” With those words I gave a dozen photographers enrolled in a recent online workshop...

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Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Lost Communities of the Blue Ridge

A whole heap of living took place, once-upon-a-time, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Albemarle County. Much of that living took place within...

School Notes: January 2021

Name Game In the fall of 2018, the Albemarle County School Board directed the Superintendent to review the names of all schools in the division...

In the Garden: “Fresh Pepper…?” Bell Peppers and Chile Peppers

Many of my friends and family enjoy a visit to an Indian restaurant.  Just walking in the door you’re welcomed by the aromas of...

Preventing Computer Extortion

Ransomware, as it’s been dubbed, is the latest form of cyberattack. The bad guys drop an infected application on your computer. This infected application...

Seasonal Flavors: Sous Vide

Sous vide (adjective or adverb) sü – vēd: Relating to or denoting a method of cooking food slowly in a vacuum-sealed pouch at a...

School Notes: December 2020

Thank You Notes Fifth graders at Crozet Elementary (CRES) took some time ahead of the Veterans Day holiday to reflect on the lives of local...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: In Search of the Silver Screen

Alongside Brown’s Gap Turnpike in western Albemarle County sits an unassuming private residence, once a family-owned country grocery store fronted by fuel pumps. However,...