It Snowed in Crozet – January 2022

It snowed, and took out power to a lot of Crozetians, and a lot of Virginians.

Two tips for staying up to date during such events: RealCrozetVA twitter feed and my Charlottesville media Twitter list. I imagine Nextdoor was helpful also.

Luckily, this doesn’t happen very often, and I can’t recall a heavy wet snow like this, and certainly not one that left so much tree damage in its wake. We haven’t seen this much damage, and this long of a power outage, since the derecho in 2012; that was fun.

This time though, the sound of lots of generators filled the air, and hopefully more of us were more prepared this time than last. We don’t have a generator, but I did get a portable power station and solar panels for it last year, so we did ok. That, plus a gas fireplace.


I still can’t bring myself to reactivate the RealCrozetVA Facebook page as I can’t reconcile the damage FB has done to society. And I admit that I keep my IG feeds, but Facebook remains so incredibly harmful.

So Many Car Break Ins – December 2021

This seems to happen every few years in Albemarle County. People leave their cars unlocked, a group of people go on late night sprees (or whatever they call it), and go into cars, rummage through, steal stuff, and sometimes steal cars.

It’s not just Crozet; sounds like this has happened all over the County

Check out the crime map here.

Short story, and Nextdoor is full of stories from late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
  • A group of people are stealing cars, driving them around, going into unlocked cars, and stealing stuff.
  • There are apparently a bunch of videos from doorbell surveillance
  • Lock your car. Lock your houses.
  • File a report.
  • Talk to your neighbors.

Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer

via email:

Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

If you enjoy being a volunteer educator, want to share your passion for gardening, want to provide science-based environmentally sound horticulture knowledge with others, and have time to volunteer – you should consider becoming an Extension Master Gardener! To learn more about the Training Program and the projects we support, visit our website.

The training course includes approximately 70 hours of instruction taught by experts in various gardening areas such as soil, botany, integrated pest management, disease diagnosis, and more. The 2022 program will be in person from 9am to 4pm beginning on Tuesday Feb 15, and recurring every Tuesday through May 3. Next year, and in alternating years, the course will be offered as hybrid/evening course. While going through the course, each trainee has an Extension Master Gardener as a mentor.

The deadline for applying for the 2022 Training Course is December 1, 2021. The 2022 application is online and can be accessed by contacting the Coordinator, Trisha Costello, at [email protected]. VCE also requires a background check once an application is submitted. The training course costs $190, with need-based scholarships available by request.

Cheers for Charity – Crozet Trails Crew + Starr Hill

The Crozet Trails Crew has been nominated again this year as The Starr Hill Cheers for Charity group for the month of April.  The Crew will receive a $1 for every pint of LOVE beer sold during that time.  Please come out and support the trails and enjoy some delicious LOVE beer.  A definite Win/Win for everyone!  Hope to see you on the Trails and at Starr Hill.  If you can’t make it to the taproom, you can also contribute to our fund through PayPal. 

Information is available on our website:  crozettrailscrew.org.

Crozet Baptist Seeking Supplies for Crozet Schools

via email:

Our 2020 School Year is upon us!

Our schools are in need of supplies for the coming semester and we would love your help!


All items purchased can be delivered to the Crozet Baptist Church office (a collection bin is by the door) and will be distributed to each school.


If shopping from your computer is easier, shop our Amazon Wish List for supplies requested by our local schools at this link.

Thank you for helping us support our community to make this a great year!Crozet Baptist Church Missions Team [email protected]

Find This Stolen Bike, Please, Crozet

UPDATE:

FOUND. “A Buckingham Branch Railroad employee called and said they found the bikes laying on the tracks a half mile West of where they were taken from. They are in Grottoes, currently. Hopefully they are still in one piece. “

via email:

A friend and I biked from my house on St. George Ave. this morning (8/4) at 7:30am to hike Jarmans Gap. We locked our bikes to the back side of the signal equipment enclosure (the little aluminum hut next to the railroad) just after you cross the tracks on Jarmans Gap (the gravel part).


We returned an hour and forty minutes later to find the bikes, our helmets and the two locks we’d secured them with, gone. I later ran into some Buckingham Branch Railroad employees that called their maintenance boss and no employees had been to that signal enclosure this morning.


My friend had a Specialized StumpJumper and I had, and here’s the issue, my beloved Specialized mid 90’s Allez Elite, dubbed the Honey Badger, that I’d ridden 2,052 miles from Minneapolis to Cape Cod for my wedding. She’d embarked, then called the Green Bean, on what would become a failed, but nevertheless exciting, cross country attempt from Seattle, WA. And most recently I’d painted it bright yellow and put my NorCro branding on it for hauling grocery deliveries around Crozet.

I’d love to get the word out so she can find her way home! 


Thanks,
Brad

Need Help?

I saw this post on Nextdoor, and asked permission to share.

Won’t you be my neighbor

If anyone is laid off or furloughed and starts running out of food or anything essential, please don’t go to sleep with an empty stomach or anything that you need! Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message, I will be more than happy to share whatever I have. I will drop and go. I will never tell a soul. I will be there if you need me.

The responses were resounding echoes of offers to help others.

Know this: if you’re reading this, and need help, people will help. Please ask.

If you need help, please email Rebecca – [email protected]

Asking for help can be hard; it shouldn’t be.

This is what community taking care of each other looks like.

And now Schools’ Tracks and Stadiums are Closed #COVID-19

Distance, Socially, lest everything else will be closed.

Link to the PDF from 7 April 2020 announcing the updated closures.


From Albemarle County Schools –

This weekend we locked access to all high school tracks and stadiums across the division. This action follows continuing reports of violations of the governor’s public health order and misuse of school property.

Continue reading “And now Schools’ Tracks and Stadiums are Closed #COVID-19”

Front Steps Project Photos for Loaves and Fishes

A cool fundraiser benefiting Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.. by Simple Will Photography.

read it all here, and contact them to set up an appointment.

Like everyone, Crozet and Charlottesville residents are doing their part to stay at home. Starting today, I’m offering five minute “Front Steps Portraits” of Crozet and Charlottesville residents. You’ll know when I’m coming, and you can step outside, where I will be a safe distance (at least 10 feet) away and snap a few portraits. Don’t worry- there will be no physical interaction, and no contact during these sessions- but nothing will stop us from being able to smile and laugh.

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Crozet Market (Great Valu) offering Delivery + Curbside Pickup

Reminder: these folks are essential to our community.

via email:

I wanted to reach out to let you know in case you think it worthwhile to share with the community—Crozet Market/Great Valu has had a number of Crozetians call to ask about grocery delivery, and finally got the site fully up and running this morning. We’re now able to do contactless grocery delivery within a five-mile radius of the store and curbside pickup through shop.crozetmarket.com.

The store partnered with NorCro Delivery (formerly a local team of temporary fencing folks who had all their races/events cancelled because of the pandemic) to get things up and running. Stay healthy!

We have teamed up with NorCro Delivery, which will deliver groceries to your doorstep. $14.99 delivery fee for orders under $50; $12.99 for orders $50-100; and $9.99 for orders over $100. Order online here:  https://shop.crozetmarket.com/