Crozet Boy Scouts Food Drive – Saturday, 27 October

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In this day and age of bad press for the Boy Scouts of America, there is a small group of amazingly dedicated men who are trying to the right thing for the boys in the Crozet community. I know because my son was a member of this troop for many years. This Saturday, Oct. 27 is their annual Scouting for Food drive and they will be collecting non perishable, no glass or frozen food from houses they have left flyers at. They will also have a table set up at the Great Valu with a voluntary shopping list for those interested.
In the past years, the tons of donations were trucked into town to the Blue Ridge Food bank, this year the troop has made arrangements for all donations to go directly to our local food bank at the Crozet United Methodist Church where they serve the needs of our immediate neighbors.
My son has moved on but I want to do my part and let people know about this group of big hearted people trying to teach young boys about compassion and service to others. Part of that is knowing that people care. If you would be so kind as to post this information in your own words on your site, I would much appreciate it. If you have any questions please contact Mike Carmagnola the Dad in charge [email protected]

– Sandy Williams

Editor’s note: bad press or not, supporting our neighbors who are helping our neighbors is a very, very good thing.

What Should the Speed Limit be on Old Trail Drive (and Jarman’s Gap)

A letter to the editor entitled Old Trail Speed Limit Unreasonable in the Crozet Gazette prompted a good conversation on Twitter that I’m moving to the blog because I think it (and hope it) wants wider conversation.

Can the logic applied to the (absurdly, stupidly low) speed limit on the Charlottesville Bypass be applied here?

Megan Davis wrote in the Daily Progress in April:

Traffic data collected as part of the engineering study conducted by Maryland-based Rummel, Klepper & Kahl showed the 85th percentile speeds at four points in the 35-mph zone of the bypass is between 46 and 50 mph.
The 85th percentile speed, which represents the speed at or below which 85 percent of drivers are traveling in free-flowing traffic, is often used to determine speed limits, according to the study.

“Repeated research on speed limits consistently shows that the most appropriate, safe and enforceable speed limit will be within 5 mph of the 85th percentile speed,” the study reads.

Still, special conditions, such as adjacent residential neighborhoods, school zones and parks, should also be considered, the study said.
The study concluded that such special conditions make the 35-mph zone of the bypass appropriate.

What should the speed limit be on that stretch of Old Trail Drive?

When will they put in sidewalks and the bike lanes that I seem to recall being promised a long time ago?

Want to Help Put up the Crozet Pool Dome?

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The Crozet PARC YMCA pool dome is on it’s way and we need your help!

We are looking for 15-18 volunteers on Tuesday, September 25 from 10 AM-4 PM to help put up the dome. If available, please e-mail Cameron Burr, Aquatics Director at [email protected] . We do need people to commit to the entire time frame and be able to lift and move!

Not able to commit to the whole day, but still want to be involved? Drop by the PARC between 10 AM and 4 PM and show your support!

We look forward to YEAR-ROUND SWIMMING!!!

Crozet PARC YMCA         434.205.4380

Homemade Peach Ice Cream Sale by Crozet Lions Club – 5 August


Title: Homemade Peach Ice Cream Sale by Crozet Lions Club

Date & Time:  Saturday, August 4 from 9:00 to 6:00 & Sunday, August 5 from 10:00 to 5:00

Location:  Chiles Peach Orchard, 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet, VA, 22932, 434-823-1583

Homemade ice cream made with fresh peaches from Chiles Orchard.  All proceeds go to local charities and Lions mission (hearing & sight challenges).

Big Week in Crozet – Library, Lumber yard, Fireworks

Tuesday 26 JuneThe Crozet Library is breaking ground – at 11:30

Wednesday 27 JuneBarnes Lumber Yard is being auctioned off – equipment sale starts at 9, real estate starts at noon

Saturday 30 JuneCrozet Independence Day celebration – some of the best fireworks around and a true Crozet tradition, parade, music and so much more. Donations are still very, very much in need.

Please make your tax-deductible charitable donation to Claudius Crozet Park, Inc., and note on the memo line “Fireworks donation.” Checks can be mailed to Claudius Crozet Park, P.O. Box 171, Crozet, VA, or delivered to the Crozet Gazette office in the Blue Goose Building on Crozet Avenue.

Saturday 30 June – Quick Start Tennis’ ribbon cutting – 6:00 PM

Crozet Lions Club Pancake Dinner

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You are cordially invited to:
The first Annual Crozet Lions Club Pancake Dinner
On Saturday June 23 From 5:30 till 7:30 PM
At the Field School (Across from Crozet School)

Recommended Donations:

Adults $5.00
Children $3.00

Free sausage and drinks
Enjoy the best pancakes ever made.
Enjoy a fantastic Raffle with great prizes.
A fine time is guaranteed for all.

Crozet Gators Car Wash – 16 June 2012

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The Crozet Gators Car Wash is happening this Saturday, June 16 at the Dairy Queen from 10-12 noon. Swim team car washes are a ton of fun. We have seen it all in the past few years… motorcycles, buses, 18 wheelers, horse trailers with the horses in them.

Tell your friends and family we don’t discriminate… if it needs washing and you are willing to make a donation, we will give it our best shot! Help support your local swim team and have a lot of fun doing it! We did $500 last year–let’s beat that number this year! The CGST annual car wash is an important event each summer with all proceeds go directly to support swim team operations. If you would like to participate by washing cars (parents/kids) or waving signs to passing drivers (kids), please plan to arrive at 9:30 am. We also welcome car washing equipment and supplies such as spray nozzles, hoses, buckets, sponges, soap, wash rags, towels.

CGST is a volunteer parent run organization which relies on the active participation of parents, swimmers and coaches to be successful. The Gators are totally funded by registration fees and fundraising efforts. The team is responsible for paying the coaching staff, lifeguards, swim meets and other functions, JSL fees, pool fees, swim team equipment (lane lines, kickboards, pace clocks, etc.) banquet costs, awards and many other miscellaneous items.