“Shad, shad, shad,” sang more than 70 fourth graders from Stone Robinson Elementary at around 1:30pm today as they prepared to release approximately 10,000 of the tiny fish—all bulging eyes and translucent amoebic tail—into the Rivanna River at Shadwell. A historically native fish of this area, shad can ultimately grow as long as 8 inches. They typically migrate to the ocean but return to fresh water to spawn. Initially, they face great obstacles—like bigger, hungry fish—as well as the dams built along the Rivanna that prevent their trip back upstream. Last August, one of the last dams was torn down in Woolen Mills. Students scooped the speck-like fish and dumped them into the river as part of the Annual American Shad Release. A few hundred thousand will also be released at Darden Towe later this year.
When Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding learned last week that Glenn Barker has been dead for six months, he said he slept well for the first time in decades. “It’s a relief, because he had threatened me and my family during the course of the investigation, and even in the courtroom,” said
As you age, maintaining your health becomes more and more like a game of Whac-A-Mole: Exit the footloose and fancy-free 20s and suddenly you’re worried about your reproductive health and abnormal sleep patterns. Get past menopause and then it’s time to concentrate on the threat of high blood
About 20 years ago, the plan to open Second Street NE and have traffic cross the Downtown Mall brought dire predictions the pedestrian mall would be ruined. Two weeks ago, the street closed with virtually no notice, and restaurant owners are making dire predictions that they’ll be ruined.
Thanks to a bill that passed in the State Senate Monday in a party-line vote, nearly 11,000 Albemarle residents are a step closer to getting reassigned to a new Senate district. SB1237 was introduced by Republican State Senator Bryce Reeves, whose 17th District includes part of Albemarle County
Citing safety concerns, 16 national sorority organizations have banned their UVA chapters from participating in what is historically on of the biggest party nights for University Greeks. Sorority women at UVA are banned from attending parties scheduled for this coming Saturday, January 31. The
The woman who entered the residence of Delegate David Toscano and attacked his wife nearly a year ago entered a plea agreement January 23 in Charlottesville Circuit Court and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, with all but four years suspended. Ogilvie, 36, a Yale grad and former patent
Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin has for months maintained that there’s no credible link between accused Hannah Graham abductor Jesse Matthew and Alexis Murphy, another local teen who disappeared in August 2013 and whose convicted killer, Randy Taylor, is now
According to trulia.com’s recent survey, twice as many buyers prefer new homes over existing ones. In fact, the survey reveals that two in five Americans strongly or somewhat prefer a newly built home over one that was previously occupied. That’s a sizeable 41 percent of the population that
Even though all of the members of Parquet Courts are originally from Texas, the four-man band is all about Brooklyn, New York. Its brand of punk harkens back to the ’80s when the simplicity of the genre was its beauty and soul. The band released its two albums on cassette tape after recording
Albemarle Delegate Rob Bell has proposed a state budget amendment that would put plans for a major overhaul of Route 29’s Rio Road intersection on hold and subject them to further scrutiny. The $80 million stoplight-eliminating, grade-separated interchange is part of a package of improvements
A family member has said that the man killed early January 20 in a hit and run on U.S. 29 in Ruckersville is Damien Shifflett, 30, a father of four. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller has since confirmed the ID, and said that Shifflett was from Stanardsville. Barely a month earlier,
Chef Ben Thompson fires up his favorite wintertime dishes with Rock Barn and Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Learn how to pair smoked sausage and pork with craft beer and try select brews. Friday 1/23. Free, 5pm. Ivy Provisions, 2206 Ivy Rd. 202-1308.
Caitlin Canty Reckless Skyline/Self-released Caitlin Canty is one of the most beguiling singer-songwriters around, and Reckless Skyline is the latest evidence that she is a cut above the rest. Her songs run the gamut from hard luck tales of life going sideways (“Enough About Hard Times”) to
The earliest image Jim Rounsevell and Carol O’Connor have of their house, from shortly after it was built in 1920, includes food. The aerial shot shows chickens and pigs behind the house, along with rows of garden veggies. Almost a century later, the current owners love cooking and
It’s appealing to imagine building anew on open land—making one’s mark on untouched acreage. But one couple in Rappahannock County took on a more unusual challenge. Lynn and Pam Pittinger bought a 93-acre farm and set about adding a modern house to an existing cluster of buildings. In the midst
With all the ways we decorate a four-walled room, one space tends to go neglected: ceilings. “It’s kind of your fifth wall,” said Ami Smith, proprietor of Charlottesville’s Embellish Interiors. “It can be a sort of accent.” Indeed, it can be a lot of things. Here are a few ideas offered by
If anybody around here understands how locals prefer to drink their beer, it’s Mandi and Taylor Smack. The proprietors of Afton’s wildly popular Blue Mountain Brewery, the Smacks bought South Street Brewery in July and hired Wolf Ackerman to help them put their stamp on it before reopening it
How does a project begin for architect Adams Sutphin? First, “A question, and then listening,” he says. “And then a series of questions that become a puzzle, and then the quest to put the pieces together rationally.” That’s how he views it from his end, but Sutphin actually prides himself on
Young blues musician Adia Victoria is a self-proclaimed “back porch blues, swamp cat lady, howlin’ at the moon.” Born in South Carolina and currently based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Victoria sings about the South in a soft, sweet tone, but she can turn suddenly by cranking up the energy,
Life was so simple when there was only one beer festival. Top of the Hops descended on the Pavilion in the fall, you put on your pretzel necklace and tried a bunch of good craft beer you’d never had before. Your liver had 364 days to recover. Then came Know Good Beer (KGB), first held […]