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Teaching Outside the Box What’s a shop teacher to do during distanced learning? For WAHS teacher Kevin Matheny, the prospects were grim. “I knew I didn’t want to what I did last spring, so over the summer I had to rethink,” said Matheny. The division’s plan for shop classes was to limit projects to those using materials like paper, tape, glue,...
Faithful Find Joy and Forgiveness in High Holy Days It’s a sweet tradition, celebrating Rosh Hashanah. “That’s one of the themes,” said Crozet’s Leah Baker, who’s been a member of the local Jewish community since she was five. She remembers apples dipped in honey, a sweet marinade for the brisket, all kinds of sweets on the table after the service...
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. Fine photographs are usually the result of three elements—subject, setting and moment—coming together in a meaningful way. Almost everyone gets the subject...
With the present political and COVID turmoil, I was recently discussing with my wife Michelle how fortunate we are to live in Crozet versus somewhere like Washington, D.C., or another major metropolitan area. As crazy as things seem to be getting these days, I’ve wondered if Crozet is enough of a bubble to insulate us from these troubles. There...
Elizabeth Catherine “Bettie” Via (1882–1957) was born on her uncle Sam Naylor’s farm near Elkton in Rockingham County. When she was five, her family moved across the mountains close to her father’s roots in western Albemarle’s Sugar Hollow. She preserved her memories of living in the hollow until her marriage there in 1899. Bettie wrote: “I was visiting Cousin Tom...
Over the past couple of months we’ve looked at a couple of plant species that have “lily” in their name—daylily and rain lily—yet aren’t true lilies.  While their flowers resemble those of lilies to the casual observer, neither one is in the Lily family (Liliaceae).  But throwing horticultural correctness to the wind, I invoke Shakespeare’s wisdom, with Juliet saying,...
It’s important, where we live and why. That’s why, when Albemarle County began a discussion of Crozet’s master plan last year, people were asked to list the qualities of Crozet life they find most meaningful. Many expressed an appreciation for the artists, both performing and visual, who make their home here. Here we focus on two women who have...
After nearly 18 years, the project to restore Claudius Crozet’s Blue Ridge Railroad Tunnel for recreational use is quite nearly reality. Those who have contributed to the Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, were invited to get “a sneak peek” of the historic project before it opens to the public.  The supporter campaign, which officially ended with the...
Scott Ramm moved his auto service station business from Barracks Road to Ivy Road in 2012. He now plans an expansion to accommodate increased demand for his shop’s services. “Since 2012 we’ve improved the shop and updated the lifts, and with Crozet growing as much as it has, we’ve added quite a few more customers,” said Ramm, a...
St. Paul’s young people continue to learn, socialize and serve It’s a scenario all-too-familiar to business owners, non-profit directors, educators and professionals in this time of distancing: things were going so well, and then they weren’t. The same holds true for the faith community, said Audi Barlow, director of children and youth formation for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ivy.  “Things...

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School Notes: October 2020

Teaching Outside the Box What’s a shop teacher to do during distanced learning? For WAHS teacher Kevin Matheny, the prospects were grim. “I knew I didn’t...

Religion News: October 2020

Faithful Find Joy and Forgiveness in High Holy Days It’s a sweet tradition, celebrating Rosh Hashanah. “That’s one of the themes,” said Crozet’s Leah Baker,...

Crozet Calendar Clinic: Kim Kelley-Wagner

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...

Back to Fitness: It’s Good to Disappear for a While

With the present political and COVID turmoil, I was recently discussing with my wife Michelle how fortunate we are to live in Crozet versus...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Wedding Days in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Elizabeth Catherine “Bettie” Via (1882–1957) was born on her uncle Sam Naylor’s farm near Elkton in Rockingham County. When she was five, her family...

In the Garden: Yet Another “Lily”

Over the past couple of months we’ve looked at a couple of plant species that have “lily” in their name—daylily and rain lily—yet aren’t...

Why Crozet: The Hearts of Crozet Arts

It’s important, where we live and why. That’s why, when Albemarle County began a discussion of Crozet’s master plan last year, people were asked...