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JUNE 2017

By Sean Taylor On a steaming hot summer afternoon four years ago in the parking lot at Sugar Hollow Reservoir, three ninth graders—Joe Hawkes, Jack Eliason, Stuart Terrill, and one eighth grader, Joseph Taylor—met to run as a group for the first time. The fourth ninth grader, Will Bonner, they would meet at the first day of school. At that...
Following Governor Ralph Northam’s 2019 promise to advance gun control laws in Virginia, newly elected state representatives have introduced a slew of bills aimed at restricting gun sales and ownership, including one in particular that has ignited a firestorm of opposition from citizens across the state. SB 16, introduced by Senator Richard Saslaw in November, would ban the purchase,...
Meeting of the Minds The school rules at Meriwether Lewis Elementary are simple: Be respectful; Be responsible; Be ready to learn. Under the direction of principal Mike Irani, a school-wide student council seeks ways to model the rules for others and to develop school pride while they’re at it. “We started the council last year when our theme was ‘lifting...
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...
In 2016, after ten years in publication, Crozet’s hometown newspaper joined the Virginia Press Association, where it competes annually with magazines like Bay Journal, Style Weekly, Virginia Business Magazine and Washington Business Journal. The Gazette has won multiple awards each year since, for news, column writing, design, photography and feature writing. In the past few years, the Gazette has added...
By Janet Martin In May, The Green Olive Tree thrift store celebrated 40 years of operation. For all but 13 months of this time, we’ve operated with a totally volunteer staff. More than $1,000,000 (you read that right, one million dollars) and other needed items have been distributed to help those in the community, non-profits and ministries overseas. We donate...
An increasing number of Crozet area homeowners are flipping the switch to solar power as a federal energy tax credit shrinks and climate issues gain momentum on the world stage. “It’s truly remarkable,” said Greg Slater, an associate broker with Nest Realty since 2012. “Just driving around is the easy way to notice what’s happening. It’s growing every month, every...

In This Section

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...

Henley Student Opens Little Free Library in Western Ridge

Mazie Wiseman has taken her love of books to another level by creating Crozet’s newest Little Free Library. The Henley sixth grader and self-described...

Crozet Character Tour Highlights Local History

A merry band of Crozet residents clambered aboard the Crozet Trolley for an informative Character Tour of Crozet on Saturday morning, October 26, after...

Business Briefs: November 2019

Whistle Stop Grill Turns Two When Connie Snead opened the Whistle Stop Grill two years ago, she had a pretty good idea of what she...

County Schools Reinterpret Gifted Instruction

Ask any gifted resource teacher what the definition of “giftedness” is, and you’ll get a different answer. Some rely on the federal government’s verbiage:...

Tour de Force: Tourism Spending Rises in Albemarle

U.S. domestic travelers are making Charlottesville and Albemarle county their destination in ever greater numbers, according to a recent Virginia Tourism Authority study. “Every...

Renting in Crozet: Market Reflects Growth, Disparity, Uncertainty

When Crystal Murray turned 36 last month, she said goodbye to an especially tragic year in her life. Her family home in Batesville burned...