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JUNE 2017

Floral Design Business Grows in Greenwood Alexandra Caddenhead was moved by the thoughtfulness of the floral designer at her wedding, which she characterized as a “lower-budget” kind of celebration. Nonetheless, she said, the designer gave everything her best attention, including a bouquet featuring the velvety leaves of lambs ears, their understated misty color and pillowy surfaces adding a touch of...
The view of Rockfish Valley has just been greatly improved by the crew of Creation Appreciation, LLC, a professional landscape service in Afton. When driving on Route 250 across Afton Mountain, workmen can be seen felling trees and clearing brush on a very challenging site. A small bobcat machine created a newly accessible area where picnic tables, now in storage,...
While most of her fellow 2019 WAHS graduates went off to work, college, technical training, or gap years of various stripes, Jessica Walker chose a different path—she enlisted in the Marine Corps. During a recent respite at home after having conquered the grueling 13 weeks of Basic Training on Parris Island, SC, Walker said that everything about the experience...
It was a real-life holiday drama, a heart-warming animal story that featured dozens of small-town neighbors who pitched in to save a beloved horse. Many heroes emerged, too many to count, said Donna Maupin, owner of Cheyenne, the horse found missing by the Maupin’s son, Ethan, at feeding time on a frigid November morning. Ethan and neighbor Charlie Black...
Memories of Christmases-past rest deep in certain old souls, waiting quietly there to be called forth by melodies, fragrances, an old photograph, or delicate tree ornament. Secretly we yearn for a former time when our surroundings seemed a little safer, family and friends a little closer, and life, even in the throes of undeniable hardships, a bit gentler. A century...
Rockbridge County artist Mark Cline, widely known for his foam and fiberglass sculptures of theme park figures, and the creator of “foamhenge,” acquired a tire from the crash of Piedmont Airlines Flight 349 and returned it to the crash site on Bucks Elbow Mountain above Crozet on the sixtieth anniversary of the October 30, 1959 tragedy. Cline acquired the tire...
Country stores are treasures. Each of the ones fortunate to continue to serve their neighbors and curious passersby has a unique identity. To their customers of old, that identity was one of familiarity and trust, a genuine lifeline for many in an era when travel and communications were slow at best and, oftentimes, nigh unto impossible. A.K. Wyant Jr. (1893–1973)...
John Andersen, co-owner of Crozet Running, Crozet Gazette columnist, and star ultrarunner, established a new “FKT” (Fastest Known Time) of 23:48:59 running the complete Shenandoah National Park section of the Appalachian Trail on October 19. John started at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 18, at the trailhead off Route 522 in Front Royal and finished at Rockfish Gap. The trail...
By the time Bruce Kirtley closed the door on the store he’d owned for a quarter-century, it was completely empty. “I’d given away pretty much everything inside,” he said: the large appliances to other businesses, the wine to wine lovers, other merchandise to employees and friends. Selling the business was impossible, he said. Although that was his hope at...
According to popular legend, the First Thanksgiving, celebrated at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts in 1621 to celebrate the settlement’s first harvest, was attended by 50 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans, led by King Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe. The Wampanoags had shared their food with the settlers and taught them to plant corn and catch eel. But more recent...

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Business Briefs: December 2019

Floral Design Business Grows in Greenwood Alexandra Caddenhead was moved by the thoughtfulness of the floral designer at her wedding, which she characterized as a...

Cutting a View at Afton Overlook

The view of Rockfish Valley has just been greatly improved by the crew of Creation Appreciation, LLC, a professional landscape service in Afton. When driving...

The Road Less Traveled: Military Options During & After High School

While most of her fellow 2019 WAHS graduates went off to work, college, technical training, or gap years of various stripes, Jessica Walker chose...

Neighbors Gather to Save Cheyenne

It was a real-life holiday drama, a heart-warming animal story that featured dozens of small-town neighbors who pitched in to save a beloved horse....

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: War and Peace–and Christmas in the Mountains

Memories of Christmases-past rest deep in certain old souls, waiting quietly there to be called forth by melodies, fragrances, an old photograph, or delicate...

60th Anniversary of the Crash of Flight 349

Rockbridge County artist Mark Cline, widely known for his foam and fiberglass sculptures of theme park figures, and the creator of “foamhenge,” acquired a...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: The Country Store of Adam K. Wyant

Country stores are treasures. Each of the ones fortunate to continue to serve their neighbors and curious passersby has a unique identity. To their...