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Paycheck Protection Loans Sustain Workers, Businesses More Crozet-area musicians, handymen, artists, craftsmen, computer technicians and taxi drivers were able to apply for loans to replace their lost earnings because of slight changes in the Paycheck Protection Program for 2021. Sole proprietors, independent contractors and self-employed workers here applied for loans to reimburse themselves in modest amounts ranging from less than...
There are imposters masquerading as free food in our fields and woods, and some of them contain toxins likely to cause sickness and even death. Poisoning from intentionally foraged plants is usually more serious than the accidental ingestion of brightly-colored berries or a flower or two by children.  Chris Holstege, M.D.,the medical toxicologist who directs the Blue Ridge Poison...
“The library is a great place of community,” said Emmy Hilker, who recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English. “I didn’t become a library volunteer just for the volunteer hours required in high school, but because it was fun. It was rewarding to help develop programs for my community.” She volunteered at the Crozet Library...
The Blue Ridge Tunnel’s east trailhead parking lot reopened May 4 after construction that expanded the number of parking spaces from 12 to 56. Neighbors living next to the entrance are also glad to have a new wooden fence that prevents parking on their grass. The tunnel remains fully accessible despite the closure of Route 250 on May 3. Until...
The prodigious talent and exuberance of the Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) Theatre Ensemble were on full display May 21-22 with a delightful live performance of Little Women: the Broadway Musical to a limited audience with strict social distancing and masks required for both cast and audience. Directed by Caitlin Pitts with vocal direction by Elizabeth Vaughan, the student actors’...
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. The subject is hiking. Hiking and photography. The two endeavors co-exist easily in the mind, especially for photographers of western Albemarle County...
In its earliest days Crozet was barely a crossroads, surrounded by cultivated fields and some forest groves, peopled only by those who lived and worked on nearby farms. It was those farmers who first envisioned the added value that a railway flag stop might bring to their seemingly remote countryside. “The development of Crozet is traceable to three main in­fluences,”...
In order to satisfy pandemic distancing requirements for the 2020-21 school year, Field School requested of its landlord (Albemarle County) in 2020 that it be allowed to erect six tents and four portable restrooms on spaces outside of its Crozet Avenue school building. At the time, the only legal means for the county to approve the request administratively was...
The English language—like the American population—is a melting pot, an amalgam of the many languages that have influenced it through conquest, immigration, and cultural blending. Over the years, I have written about Latin, French, and Greek influences on English in this column. But there is one I’ve never written about: Yiddish. We all enjoy eating bagels, but did you...
As a kid I was a picky eater, although I was willing to play with my food. One of my favorite playthings was the olive, in particular green olives stuffed with pimientos. I squeezed my victims until the pepper emerged. I have no idea what that was about, but I invite comments from any psychoanalysts. Today I actually enjoy eating...

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Business Briefs: June 2021

Paycheck Protection Loans Sustain Workers, Businesses More Crozet-area musicians, handymen, artists, craftsmen, computer technicians and taxi drivers were able to apply for loans to replace...

The Socrates Project: Explosion of Accidental Poisonings Prompts New Guidance

There are imposters masquerading as free food in our fields and woods, and some of them contain toxins likely to cause sickness and even...

Congratulations, Library Volunteer Graduates!

“The library is a great place of community,” said Emmy Hilker, who recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English....

East Trailhead of Tunnel Reopens with More Parking

The Blue Ridge Tunnel’s east trailhead parking lot reopened May 4 after construction that expanded the number of parking spaces from 12 to 56....

They’ve Done it Again: Little Women Shines at WAHS

The prodigious talent and exuberance of the Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) Theatre Ensemble were on full display May 21-22 with a delightful live...

Crozet Calendar Clinic: Seamore Zhu

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...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Russell Bargamin: Right Man, Right Time, Right Place

In its earliest days Crozet was barely a crossroads, surrounded by cultivated fields and some forest groves, peopled only by those who lived and...