Ring Christmas bells for Salvation Army at Crozet Great Valu Market

via email:

Dear Friends

This Christmas Season the Crozet Lions Club is again organizing ringing bells for the Salvation Army at the Crozet Great Valu Market, and we wish to invite your members to participate in this activity again this year.
We appreciate the support of our many friends and neighbors at Tabor Presbyterian Church in helping us ring Christmas bells for the Salvation Army over the years.

We hope that you will encourage your members to participate again this year by announcing our program to your congregation in your service, in Sunday School, in your newsletter, and your bulletin. As you know, several members of the Crozet Lions Club are members of your congregation, and we have also asked them to encourage members to volunteer.

We hope your members are willing to participate in this happy, meaningful activity. If they are comfortable with using the web, you can sign up here.

Crozet bell ringers for Salvation Army

Otherwise you can sign up or get more information by sending an email to [email protected], or by calling (434) 409-6148.

Bell ringing is scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from December 6 through December 16, and every day from December 18-23
On weekdays we plan to ring the bells from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., and on Saturdays from10:00 until 4:00. Volunteers are asked to ring the bells for one hour with another person or with family members.

Those who are comfortable with the web can sign up at the following website: Crozet bell ringers for Salvation Army.

Others may sign up by sending an email to [email protected], or by calling (434) 409-6148.

Those who have had past experience with this activity often remark that it is very positive for both the volunteer and the donors. Frequently volunteers report, with amazement, that when they said “Thank you” to the donor, the donor would often reply enthusiastically,”Thank You for doing this”.

My children and grandchildren have very fond memories of bell ringing as a great way to introduce the Christmas season. They will be doing so again this year.

Thanks you again for your many contributions to the community.

Yours truly,
Phil Best,
For the Crozet Lions Club

Crozet Cycling’s Easy Riders Take a Road Trip

One of my favorite parts of the Crozet Cycling Club is the Easy Riders. If you want to join them, please fill out the contact form at the end of this post.

Thanks to Terri Miyamoto for the photos and the story! (I added links)

On a perfect late-autumn day – the sky deep blue, the sun bright and low in the sky, and just enough chill to make you want to keep moving if you were outside – the Crozet Cycling Club “Easy Riders” took a field trip to scope out the trail system in Lynchburg, Virginia. We stowed the bikes and drove about an hour south, enjoying the last of the fall color through the 151 corridor and down US 29. Arriving at the parking lot, we were surprised to find it full, even on a weekday morning. Obviously, this is a popular trail system!

We began on the Blackwater Creek Trail, wide and paved, on a slight downhill for most of its three mile length to where it meets the James River. This is a rail trail, and the cuts through rock, plus a short, lighted tunnel, make for an interesting ride.

At the river, we encountered the RiverWalk Trail, through a historic section of Lynchburg with many choices for meals and refreshments, although some of them would require quite a walk up stairs from the river level to the bluff above! We recommend staying on the trail (which we think runs along the sidewalk) because biking over the cobblestone streets is kidney-shaking. Take it from me.

Past the commercial section, the trail makes a sharp bend back and then crosses a bridge over to Percival Island. For a mile you are biking on a narrow island in the middle of the James River, with water a short distance away on each side. Through another bridge, then you are on the other side of the James, biking through a section of woods and fields, all golden on that autumn morning.

At the end of the pavement, we turned around and rode back into town for lunch, really nice pizza and sandwiches at Waterstone Pizza. And beer, of course. The building had originally been a shoe factory, we were told, and the immense beams and super-thick walls made for interesting conjectures as we lunched. It is an impressive building.

Heading back toward the car, from the RiverWalk Trail we took the Point of Honor Trail. This trail follows Blackwater Creek very closely, and includes a beautiful stop to take pictures at an old mill dam. It’s not quite as flat as the Blackwater Creek Trail, but other than a couple short climbs, certainly not too strenuous.

Choosing to add a couple more miles to our ride, we rode the Kemper Street Trail up to the Lynchburg train station. Yes, up—it’s a climb the whole way. But coming back down was great fun. Almost enough to be tempted to do it again.
All together, including a couple “oops” detours (the trails in the downtown section could use some better signs) we biked 17 miles and had a wonderful day. There are lots of places to stop and appreciate the river, the city, and the woods. It’s all safely off-road, and not too far for an easy family trip.


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Crozet Angel Tree 2017 – Help 206 Kids

via email:

The Angels are registered, and we are ready for shoppers!

We are once again coordinating Angel Tree with the four public schools here in Western Albemarle. I am wondering if you might be willing to again help us with promoting the project and round up shoppers?  Here are the details as I know them right now…

Total Angels on List: 206

Last Year:                   208

Angel information sheets are now available.  Our focus is on needed items such as clothing, coats, shoes, winter accessories, etc. Please consider partnering with us and sponsoring an angel, or a family of angels. This is a great project to do with your children or at your place of employment. UNWrapped gifts are due to Crozet Baptist Church on Tuesday, November 28th at 5 pm.

Please contact Tracey Pugh at [email protected] to find out more about this wonderful program, or to request an angel.

Believing the Best,


Tracey R. Pugh

Minister to Children, Youth, and Community Connections



Crozet Yoga Moving to Crozet Shopping Center

Thank goodness they are staying in downtown Crozet!

via their email:

After a wonderful first year in our space in Piedmont Place, Santosha will be moving down the road to the Crozet Shopping Center opening on January 1, 2018.

The new and improved space will include sunlight (!), a larger lobby and lounge, retail shop and second studio which we will utilize for childcare in the mornings as well as to expand our offerings. Our vision is that Santosha becomes a community and wellness center – a hub for a community looking to move the needle in terms of health, happy living – for ourselves as well as for our kids. Our hours will be expanded, so if you want to come well before class starts you can relax and have a cup of tea and read your book or stop by around lunch for a visit.

We thank you all so much of your support through this first year and we appreciate your business. We would love your input on how we can best serve you in year two. If you would take a moment to fill out this survey we can offer you an additional 10% off a retail item or workshop of your choice in the next 6 months.



Regatta on Saturday at Beaver Creek!


There’s a Regatta this weekend at Beaver Creek!

From the Beaver Creek Sculling’s site:

Register for the 5th annual Dam Turn Regatta, November 11, 2017 Register! This invitational race will take place on Beaver Creek Reservoir in Crozet, VA. We are about 15 miles west from Charlottesville. The regatta is open to novices, juniors and masters rowing singles, doubles, and quads. Come row a challenging 2,500m course in a pastoral scene on protected water close to home.

Parking at Beaver Creek Reservoir is FREE! There is parking adjacent to the boathouse and across the road. Volunteers will be on hand to direct parking. Rigging of boats can be done right behind your car.

Bathroom facilities in the park are clean and easily accessible. No port-a-potties!

Spectating area: best views are on the grassy field next to the pier and the public launching dock.


Also, via email:

SMOJO at Piedmont Place will be at the Dam Turn Regatta selling hot meals and hot drinks! They will be our only food provider for the day and they have generously agreed to donate a portion of all sales back to BCS! Be sure to plan on lunch with SMOJO on Saturday and invite your friends and family to do the same!

Our BCS apparel team will be at the Dam Turn Regatta selling shirts! At just $15 for two you can stuff a lot of holiday stockings!


General Election Results – 2017 – Nearly 60% of Crozet Voters Voted

I thought the results were interesting. That’s all. From the Virginia Board of Elections.

Good turnout, too, if my math is right. (check it, please – total voter registrations by locality; votes by precinct). Thanks.

Crozet – 2,304 voted; 3,937 active, registered voters – 58.5%.

Brownsville – 2,688 voted; 4,617 active, registered voters – 58.2%.

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Planning for School Growth

Read the whole thing at Charlottesville Tomorrow.


An architectural consulting firm told the Albemarle County School Board on Thursday that the county would soon need new high school facilities to accommodate growing enrollment and implement innovative educational programs.

“We have to look at what the competition is doing around the world and around the country, and do what makes sense for the benefit of our kids and their education,” said Board member Jonno Alcaro.

The division forecasts much more rapid growth at Western Albemarle High School  in Crozet. Enrollment at WAHS is expected to increase by more than 21 percent, reaching a high of 1,335 in 2024.

A planned 10,000 square-foot addition of science classroom space at WAHS, scheduled for completion in 2019, was not factored into the study’s capacity calculations.

Crozet Halloween 2017

Crozet Halloween

Halloween in Crozet. Community, candy, fun.

As far as I know, Halloween is on Tuesday the 31st, and that’s when Trick or Treating is.

Where do you like to Trick or Treat?

(have an event to add to the Crozet Calendar like the Crozet Spirit Walk? Add it here.)


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Discolored Water in Crozet is Fine

We talked about this on Twitter over the weekend. I spoke with Gary O’Connell with Albemarle County Service Authority today and he was kind enough to send the following: (please read to the end)

Late last week and into Friday, new water treatment equipment at the Crozet Water Treatment Plant needed to be serviced unexpectedly.  In order to properly service the equipment, the water treatment plant production schedule had to be changed. This included greater reliance on one of the water tanks, which may have led to the water discoloration (natural minerals in the water that are not a health risk).   While the discolored water was not aesthetically pleasing, it is safe and meets all federal and state drinking water standards.

We received some calls late Friday and over the weekend from Highlands, Old Trail, Parkside Village, Cory Farm, Foothill Crossing, Brookwood/Crozet Park Area and Westlake Hills.

Even during a Drought Warning and mandatory restrictions, water quality comes first.  Flushing from a fire hydrant is one of the best ways to quickly clear out discolored water and replace it with fresh water. We have conducted minimal flushing near the Water Treatment Plant on 240 and several other locations in Crozet to remove the discolored water.

This discoloration, contrary to some social media posts, has nothing to do with algae in the reservoir, nor with the drought. The discoloration seems to be related to the equipment failure, and subsequent flushing appears to have slowly cleared up the Crozet water system.

The ACSA has active Twitter/Facebook/Instagram postings where we list all water related issues and water emergencies that our customers can utilize. Also for an immediate response to a water quality concern or other water related issue, please call our 24/7 on call number at 434-977-4511, we will immediately respond to check out any water related issue. Our goal is safe, clean and reliable water for your use.

We apologize for any concerns this might have raised.


Gary O’Connell

Executive Director

Albemarle County Service Authority



A few thoughts –

  1. The water is fine.
  2. I’m profoundly impressed that ASCA has an active Twitter account; they responded at 9:19pm on Friday night.
  3. Walled-gardens kill the internets. I like NextDoor; I was an early adopter of it in 2014, the Albemarle County Police are there now, and the site is a great thing. But it’s not the internet. It’s not open. It’s not searchable by outsiders. And that sucks.
    1. Recently in Crozet, there have been issues with water (ASCA), cable (Comcast and here), and Verizon and here.  Lots of discussions on NextDoor as well, but … Comcast, Verizon, and ASCA aren’t there … so … lots of information and complaints to an echo chamber. 
    2. If you have an issue, mention them on Twitter, @ me at RealCrozetVA   and I’ll retweet as necessary … or … call them so they have a record. If one person calls, one person tweets, and 19 people tell each other on a piece of the internet that the service provider can’t see … there are only two reports of an issue. End ranty advice.
  4.  We are in a drought. Be a good neighbor and community member and conserve, please.

We had this discussion in 2014 as well.