Eighth series of town halls in March 2012

Thank you for your confidence to send me back for a second term representing the White Hall district. You are vitally important to success, by sharing your insights about problems and solutions in our community.

Unlike some radio hosts, I believe “Community” is a good word, conveying a sense of caring about neighbors, local business success, our children’s futures and the protection of the environment which helps us to lead healthy lives. None of us is alone on an island; we are all connected to sink or succeed together.

Beginning Tuesday, March 13, I will host three citizens’ town halls. Police Dept officers and school board members will be in attendance. In addition to the budget details, I ask for feedback on any other issues of interest. I will gather topics every 30 minutes to prevent leaving issues unaddressed. Please join me at an upcoming meeting:

Tuesday, March 13. Town Hall with Pam Moynihan. Broadus Wood cafeteria. 7 pm.
Saturday, March 17. 1 pm. Town Hall with Steve Koleszar at White Hall community Center.
Monday, March 19. 7 pm at the Meadows, Crozet Ave. Town Hall with Eric Strucko and Ned Gallaway.

We will discuss the timetable for ordinance changes for rural area businesses such as bed-and-breakfast rooms in outbuildings and food service at farms, as well as changes to county process to “fast-track” applications to help our economic recovery.

There are many other questions. What are your thoughts on cost-recovery billing to insurance companies only for ambulance transport? Should changes be made to ordinances currently allowing burning of household trash in our backyards? Are you concerned about drug use in the school-age population?

Updates will also be provided about upcoming VDOT projects in the White Hall District.

Actions of the General Assembly as the session ends will affect the local budget. State government has passed us the bill to restore funding to the state retirement system by requiring an additional $1.4 M each year from Albemarle County. Sad the Governor did not repay the loan he took from the retirement system, calling it “surplus” and handing out bonuses to state employees.

General reductions in funding for schools, for mental health services as patients are returned to their communities, for maintenance of roads unless matched 50/50 by local funds, and cuts in funding for commonwealth’s attorney, sheriff, and jail budgets will hamper our ability to fund our local future. It is unknown today what the Governor will do as the bills pass and come across his desk.

What is known is that we all can work together. Many of you help me to be well informed about issues of particular interest to you. We will continue to work together to fund the completion of the Historic District application and the furnishings to the Western Albemarle Crozet library.

Thank you all for your assistance.


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PEC FOIA Request – New VDOT emails released about bypass

Witness the confusion and questionable nature of internal VDOT emails about the bypass and its cost. Scroll to the bottom of the page at the following link for the audio file of the story, including UVA theatre students reading the comments.

Emails on VDOT’s 29 Bypass


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Country Square Dance – September 24, 2011

Join us for a country square dance to
celebrate our community on September 24, 2011 at the Greenwood Community Center. This event is sponsored by Ann Mallek to have some fun and bring out community together.  Donations at the door will support the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Earlysville Fire Company, or Crozet PARC.

The evening fun will feature the county’s finest old time string band, Uncle Henry’s Favorites, with fabulous caller Brad Sayler.

Square Dances, Contra Dances, Circle Dances! All dances will be taught – no experience necessary!

Click on the graphic above or download the flyer for the event.

865 Greenwood Road, Greenwood VA.   The Center is just East of Greenwood, between Greenwood and Crozet on Jarmans Gap Road.  However, remember that Jarmans Gap Road is closed for the stretch directly West of Crozet. Go West on Route 250(towards Waynesboro) for 1.6 miles past Interstate 64. Turn right on Greenwood Station Rd (Rt. 690) for 1.1 miles. Turn right on Greenwood Rd (Rt. 691). The dance is just over the hill on the right. Be aware that the entrance is not well marked. Caution: DO NOT rely solely on Mapquest or GPS for accurate directions!

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what is it about little girls and equines?

A photo is worth a thousand words


What a great way to spend a summer morning.











It’s a long, long way down.









Hay in august. What’s wrong with this picture?

Here we go again. It’s August, time to stockpile fescue in the winter pasture by keeping the cows out and letting it grow —

Nothing is growing since the water table is so low. We are better off than last year, but still no pasture left.

Thus the hay. The cows look at me in disgust. “It’s not winter. What’s this stuff?”

The life of farmers in the age of climate change and long periods of drought.

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