Get your Albemarle Absentee Ballot for June Primary Elections (2020)

I have two questions:

1 – Will they accept electronic signatures, or must they be wet signatures? Answer: Yes, they accept electronic signatures, so long as you are already registered to vote

2 – May we email the PDF of the absentee ballot application? Answer: yes; you may email to [email protected]

(and the FB post)

Here is the link to request your absentee ballot.

via email:


The Governor has postponed the June primary elections in Virginia. The June primary elections will now be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Albemarle County voters will have an opportunity to vote in either the Democratic primary or the Republican primary (but not both).

Because of the COVID-19 virus, if you would like to vote in the upcoming June 23 primary the Albemarle County Electoral Board and Department of Voter Registration strongly urge ALL voters to vote absentee by mail in that election, so as to avoid having to go to the polls on election day. 

By notice posted on the Virginia Department of Elections website, the Department of Elections has advised all Virginia localities that because of the COVID-19 emergency, ALL voters will be permitted to vote absentee for the June primary elections in Virginia.

Jim’s note: After speaking to the registrar, I struck through this. Choose the first option.

In order to get an absentee ballot, voters will need to submit an absentee ballot application form.  Use “my disability or illness” as the absentee reason.  

If you have a Virginia driver’s license, you can complete that form online.

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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.

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Cooking Questions Answered

I saw a post on Nextdoor, and thought more people might benefit/be interested, so I asked Mark to write something for us.* Mark is going to answer these questions is a follow-up post, but if you have questions, please comment here, or on the Facebook post, or email me.

My name is Mark Gresge and for the past 28 years my wife and I have run l’etoile restaurant and currently l’etoile catering. (Jim’s note: you know the soup on Jarmans? This is them) Over those years we have developed relationships with local farmers and purveyors of almost any imaginable product that could be used in the food service and hospitality business. 

Now we are faced with staying at home and stocking our pantry’s and freezers and refrigerators and cooking at home.

Questions may arise.

  • How long can I freeze proteins; chicken, beef, seafood?
  • What are some good substitutions for ingredients?
  • How do I make stock (bone broth) at home?
  • What do I do with all this stuff?

The questions can go on and on, but if I can help answer them, I want to try and help.

*why put this on the blog? Not everyone has or wants Nextdoor. Same with Facebook. But everyone with an account on those platforms has access to the Internet, so let’s include everybody.

Submitted Questions

I have lots of spring garlic (looks like leek, has not formed cloves) that is scattered in garden- so are weeds to me and need to be harvested.  I have lots more planted in a block, and those will make scaps and heads later in the spring and summer.  I also have bushels of cilantro, also growing like weeds. In a week or so, much will be going to seed.  Does Mark have ideas for using these  two abundant products? I also would share these if we can arrange a safe way to do so.


The season of Lent and adhering to meatless Fridays is especially challenging this year.  We have a houseful of big eaters—think 6’5” and 6’7” boys—among others.  We did eat some seafood the one day I went to the grocery store this week.  I am used to going to the store every couple days since we drink 1-2 gallons of milk daily, but I am stretching out the ingredients in the pantry and leaving the house much less frequently.

So I have a big bag of lentils that I’ve never used.  Is there a way to make them tasty?  We have zero food allergies or even dislikes, but we all like meat with most meals.  Tonight we will have a salad with some canned tuna on it, but really, this is not enough food for my kids.  I still have some pasta but don’t think that really goes well atop the salad!  I do have some frozen unpeeled shrimp in the freezer.  I feel more confident preparing pork or beef, and not seafood, and certainly not just vegetarian dishes as a main dish.  

Holy Week is coming up and I would love some ideas how to cook meatless, but still not add to the misery sometimes felt during this quarantine.  Hard to fathom, but sitting down to the family meal in the evening if oft the highlight of the day!


1 – This is a tough one, because a little goes a long way.

The scapes can be used in almost any dish, meaning chop like using scallions for some color and flavoring in the dish. For a bulk amount I have made pesto, chimichurri, which can be frozen.  For the cilantro, the same pesto and chimichurri.  I would be happy to purchase some of both of these items from the person who posed the question. I can certainly showcase the scapes this week in both soup and entrée selections.

2 –

Regarding the lentils, I would suggest a curry dish that is easy to prepare and serve with the shrimp that was mentioned.   The shrimp should be allowed to thaw overnight in the refrigerator (in a separate pan, so it does not drip on to other items)  It can be peeled and deveined or steamed for a peel and eat.

When cooking 1lb of the shrimp: pot of 8 cups simmering water with 3 tablespoons vinegar, any kind except red wine, add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes until the shrimp turns pink. Strain the shrimp and add to bowl of ice water for 3-5 minutes to stop the cooking process.  The vinegar in the water helps tighten the flesh of the shrimp preventing it from becoming mealy.

I hope this is helpful.  I tried to find some shell on shrimp at the kitchen to make a quick video to show how to peel and deveine but I do not have any.

Sugar Hollow Is Closed

A few pictures from this morning’s solo bike ride, too.

Here’s the press release

Following guidance from an Executive Order issued by the City Manager’s Office, and in coordination with Albemarle County, RWSA has closed access to the recreational area around the Sugar Hollow Reservoir. The Executive Order instructed Albemarle County to erect barriers in order to close the Sugar Hollow Reservoir recreational area to the public.

This is being done out of an abundance of caution, as visitors trying to access Sugar Hollow Reservoir recreational area have significantly increased in recent days. We are concerned that the increased visitation violates the CDC recommendations for social distancing of at least six-feet apart. Until further notice, only RWSA staff and emergency personnel will have access to the reservoir. Please stay away from this area at this time.

You can visit: for the latest information on closures.

WAHS’ New Principal: Jason Lee

via email/press release:


Dear Members of our Western Albemarle High School Staff and Community:

Earlier this evening, our School Board approved the appointment of Jason Lee as your new principal, effective July 1. Mr. Lee succeeds Dr. Patrick McLaughlin, who will be returning to his role as the division’s Chief of Strategic Planning, also on July 1.

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Albemarle County Offering Expanded Meals Service

via email (shifted around to put Western’s information first)

Albemarle County Public Schools is expanding our student meal service. In addition to our six existing locations that serve meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday, the school division has added 11 service locations throughout the county where students and siblings can receive meals.

Beginning tomorrow, March 25, students and siblings ages 18 and under may come to any of the locations listed below to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch. Meals are available Monday through Friday, free of charge and regardless of income level. Please note the times listed for each location and practice social distancing during pick-up.

Western Feeder Pattern Service Sites

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Existing Site)

  • Western Albemarle High School (front walkway near dining area)
    5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, VA 22932

11 to 11:30 a.m. (NEW!)

  • Claudius Crozet Park
    1075 Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet, VA 22932

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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

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: