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JUNE 2017

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. “Try to be there when things happen.” That sparse sentence was the only advice—or was it a subtle command?—I received from a...

Pinewood Derby 2019

Crozet’s Cub Scout Pack 79 held their annual Pinewood Derby at Western Albemarle High School on January 26. Each of the cars entered, which were carved and decorated by the scouts and their families, raced four times down the pack’s electronically timed metal track. The fastest car of the day belonged to Andrew Moore. Second and third went to Mason Covey...
Crozet Real Estate Market Holds Steady The 2018 real estate market in Crozet started with a bang. It was the strongest first quarter for sales ever. And it suggested that Crozet was in for another record-setting year of real estate transactions. Mortgage rates were low, buyer interest was solid, and buyers were out in droves. But as the year progressed...
“The first scene of the first act of my life had its setting in the Ragged Mountains,” wrote Albemarle County native Herbert Lamont Pugh in Navy Surgeon, his 1959 autobiography. “A general view of a particular section in these mountains may be had from a promontory on the Crozet-Batesville road less than a quarter of a mile beyond a...
It takes four months and dozens of volunteers to prepare and manage the week-long shelter St. Paul’s Episcopal Church offers homeless women during what’s usually one of the coldest weeks of the year. Gina Thornton, who oversees the church’s participation in the PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) program, says she can always count on local volunteers to...
Scientists are either waking up to what I’ve been saying for years, or finally becoming brave enough to speak out against the widespread invasive-plant movement. In an opinion piece signed by 19 ecologists in the journal Nature, they argue that “policy and management decisions must take into account the positive effects of many invaders.” (www.macalester.edu/~davis/Nature%20Essay.pdf). Recognizing that “It is impractical...
It’s been a month or two since Fern and Cleve Campbell harvested the last of their greens from the covered bed near their back door, less time since they retrieved the final fresh pepper from their refrigerator. That’s enough of a break for these serious homesteaders, who manage to freeze, dry and can as many vegetables and herbs as...
I can hardly see pansies without thinking of the quotation attributed to the late Christopher Lloyd, British gardener/curmudgeon. During a tour of the southern United States, Lloyd finally snapped, blurting out, “Do you think you have quite enough pahn-zezz??!!” Poor little pansies. It’s not their fault they’ve become popular to the point of cliché. Pansies are but one member of...
We traveled to France in 2017 to visit friends. The husband had stayed with us for an extended time as a student. He was a trained chef and during his stay, he regularly delighted us with crepes, pastries, and sauces. Turns out he married a woman who is quite a cook, too. Sunday dinner was sautéed duck breast, chestnuts...
Earlier this month I was half-veterinarian, half-client, as I took my boy Boone into the hospital with me for an elective procedure. Boone is an almost-9-year-old Labrador Retriever that we have had since a puppy, and he’s a big part of our family along with his little Labrador sister, Ruby. For the most part, Boonie has been pretty healthy, but...

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Crozet Calendar Clinic: Gay Baker

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...

Pinewood Derby 2019

Crozet’s Cub Scout Pack 79 held their annual Pinewood Derby at Western Albemarle High School on January 26. Each of the cars entered, which were...

Western Albemarle Fourth Quarter Real Estate Report 2018

Crozet Real Estate Market Holds Steady The 2018 real estate market in Crozet started with a bang. It was the strongest first quarter for sales...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: H. Lamont Pugh: From the Ragged Mountains to the...

“The first scene of the first act of my life had its setting in the Ragged Mountains,” wrote Albemarle County native Herbert Lamont Pugh...

Religion News: Homeless Find Warmth, Support and Nourishment in Community

It takes four months and dozens of volunteers to prepare and manage the week-long shelter St. Paul’s Episcopal Church offers homeless women during what’s...

Blue Ridge Naturalist: Ecologists Recognizing Value of Alien Plants

Scientists are either waking up to what I’ve been saying for years, or finally becoming brave enough to speak out against the widespread invasive-plant...

Huge Garden, Small Start

It’s been a month or two since Fern and Cleve Campbell harvested the last of their greens from the covered bed near their back...