The Piedmont View

View articles published in our quarterly membership newsletter, The Piedmont View. To become a PEC member or renew your existing membership, visit our donations page today!

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Arlo the puppy

President’s Letter – Fall 2020

Dear Friends, This past Labor Day, I brought my family, including Arlo the 5-month old puppy, up to PEC’s Piedmont Memorial Overlook for a hike and a picnic. The view was great, with a cool breeze blowing, butterflies of many ...
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On the Ground Updates - September 2020

On the Ground Updates – September 2020

A series of short updates from around the PEC region - Albemarle & Charlottesville, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange & Rappahannock. Albemarle & Charlottesville Projects Along the City/County Boundary A new pedestrian bridge at Woolen Mills has been ...
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VA House livestream image

General Assembly Special Session Update

Virginia House in action during the special session. Beginning on Aug 18, the Virginia General Assembly entered a special session to focus on budget impacts related to the pandemic and calls for criminal justice and policing reforms as local and ...
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Community farm volunteer Jaiden

Summer on the Farm

PEC's Community Farm at Roundabout Meadows welcomed volunteers of all ages back out to the farm in a socially distant manner, beginning in June, with over 300 people helping out so far! As of early September, we have surpassed our ...
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Bonnie Beers planting at Rappahannock County Park

The Little Park that Could

New pink dogwood and redbuds at Rappahannock County Park. Photo by Torney Van Acker. Rappahannock County Park's Big Improvements Along the Rush River in the town of Washington, just a few miles east of the Shenandoah National Park, the 7.3-acre ...
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Ralph Sampson addresses crowd

Turning a page on involuntary land loss

Virginia becomes 16th state to pass Heirs' Property Act Ralph Sampson shares his story at his family’s Blakey Farm during the ceremonial signing of the Heirs’ Property Act. Photo by Marco Sánchez In the years between 1920 and 2017, the ...
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Standing the Test of Time

Standing the Test of Time

An updated easement ensures a family legacy in Albemarle When Bob and Carroll Gilges retired in 1996 from a life filled to the brim with the adventures and demands of career, raising three daughters, travel, and many moves, they found ...
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Cows at Sunset. Photo by Tina Falkenbury.

Fall 2020 Newsletter

The fall 2020 edition of the Piedmont View was mailed out to PEC members in September. The individual articles appear on our website. The cover photo, Cows at Sunset, is by photo contest participant, Tina Falkenbury. To become a member ...
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