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Chef Laura Fonner takes to the road with Dumplin’ There have been plenty of ups and downs this year for Laura Fonner. A major “up” was when the long-time Duner’s chef won the “Guy’s Grocery Game” charity challenge staged on the Food Network by Guy Fieri. But the pandemic was a huge down, closing businesses to all but takeout and...
“A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others.”  – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Many beloved, veteran teachers and staff are retiring from Albemarle County Public Schools’ (ACPS) western feeder pattern this year—eleven teachers and eight staff, to be exact. After long—many over 30—years of dedicated service helping our children achieve their potential, and with...
You can process the fiber into everything from rope to car door panels, feed the seeds to goldfinches or put them in your smoothies for a dose of Omega-3, roll the flowers into cigars, extract the compounds to heal everything from sore muscles to cancer, and then make a mulch from what’s left.  Hemp, the hard-working plant that’s been with...
Way back in the late fall of 18-and-95, with crops put by and the chilled breezes hinting at the hardships of another mountain winter, a few of the fellows down in lower Sugar Hollow made designs for one more good outing with their hunting dogs before conditions got too raw to navigate. Willie James, 29, a subsistence farmer like many...
It’s important, where we live and why, and when Albemarle County asked Crozet-area residents to name some of the elements of life here they found most important, it was clear that people valued the rural countryside around us. It’s not only the view, the stars and the clean air, though. Many people here find a deep connection to nature,...
You’ve heard of joie de vivre, pièce de résistance, and other French bon mots…. But have you heard of l’esprit de l’escalier? “Doggone it, there is something important I keep meaning to tell you, but I keep forgetting what it is!” I exclaimed during a recent meeting with my lawyer. “Of course, I’ll think of it as soon as I...
To the surprise and immense joy of the community, on July 5, 2020, Dominion Energy made a sudden announcement that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would be abandoned. Looking back over the six-year struggle, the news is a huge win for those people most affected and fighting to save their homes, properties and livelihoods. A grassroots community-building effort grew into a...
Stepping into the job of principal at Western Albemarle High School this fall is Jason Lee, who has served as assistant principal for the past two years at Albemarle High School and at Fluvanna High School for six years prior to that. Lee replaces interim principal Pat McLaughlin, who has resumed his duties at the school division as chief...
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. I was once asked what I wanted people to feel from a photograph of mine. “I want them to feel it’s...
Several times each growing season, Frances Lee-Vandell leaves her White Hall home and travels across the county or across the state to rescue food in danger of spoiling in Virginia’s fields and orchards. It’s not always easy work. Sometimes it’s hot and peaches or apples must be picked up from the ground. Other times, the produce has been collected...

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Business Briefs: August 2020

Chef Laura Fonner takes to the road with Dumplin’ There have been plenty of ups and downs this year for Laura Fonner. A major “up”...

Legacy Retirements from Western Feeder Schools

“A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others.”  – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Many beloved, veteran teachers and staff...

White Hall Company Offers Guidance for Hemp Growers

You can process the fiber into everything from rope to car door panels, feed the seeds to goldfinches or put them in your smoothies...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: The Sugar Hollow Boys and the Great Bear Hunt...

Way back in the late fall of 18-and-95, with crops put by and the chilled breezes hinting at the hardships of another mountain winter,...

Why Crozet: Passions and Livelihood in Rural Area

It’s important, where we live and why, and when Albemarle County asked Crozet-area residents to name some of the elements of life here they...

Staircase Mind and Related Mental States

You’ve heard of joie de vivre, pièce de résistance, and other French bon mots…. But have you heard of l’esprit de l’escalier? “Doggone it, there...

The History of The People vs. The Pipeline

To the surprise and immense joy of the community, on July 5, 2020, Dominion Energy made a sudden announcement that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline...