November 13th, 2003 issue #0245

November 13th, 2003
  • Apple facts: A glass of cider a day...

    One bushel of apples (40 pounds) yields about three and a half gallons of cider. Cider has a refrigerated shelf life of two to three weeks at 32-36 degrees F. Apple cider is a high in pectin and potassium– and has zero fat. Fresh cider is made with a blend of tart apple varieties. Apple cider may be frozen for up to a year without loss of quality. (Because it expands, use plastic containers filled only three-fourths full.) –from various sources including Vermont's Cold Hollow Cider Mill  #

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  • Pulp friction: Uncle Sam threatens to stop the presses

    Why some cider lovers feel squeezed PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Leon Sheets didn't plan on leaving the apple industry. "I was born into it," says Sheets, who operates a cider press in Augusta County. "My father started our press 75 years ago."

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  • Summit: Cider makers head to North Garden

    Ben Watson, the celebrated author of Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Cider maker's Forum, held later this month in North Garden. The event includes tasting of ciders from around the world and brings together some of the top apple experts including Tom Burford, who's helping musician Dave Matthews become a cider maker. But attendees expecting anything remotely resembling juice are in for a surprise: International ciders are booze.

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  • Water world: Plans for future water woes

    Bladder. For most people, the word conjures images of a certain bodily function. But for those involved in local water use and conservation issues, the word could mean a world of difference the next time drought strikes.

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  • The week in review

    Worst homicide: Volunteer firefighter Walker Andrew Sisk, 22, is fatally stabbed early November 9 at 14th and Wertland streets in Charlottesville's first slaying of the yea...

The Dish


  • Cover-up: Muslim women don veils

    BEIRUT– I remember a time not so long ago when wearing a veil was seen as unacceptable-­ at least in certain social circles. Educated women, it was thought, did not ...

Question of the Week

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE 9/4  Alice S. Haney et al., to Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity, parcel on Paton Street, $150,000. Sharon F. Herbert to Robert S. Gustafs...

Real Estate - On the Block

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  • Update

    What happened to "On the Blocks" of the past? APPEARED IN THE HOOK: April 3, 2003, in issue #0213 ADDRESS: Slam Gate Road, Mount Fair ASKING PRICE: $1.9 million SELLING PRI...

Movie Reviews

Music Reviews


  • Broken record: 2003 rainy days takes honors

    The downpours of last week did more than just soak the ground: They pushed 2003 into the record books for the year with most days of measurable precipitation. As The Hook's...

  • Encroached: Land giveaway spurs debate

    When Jeffrey and Karen Kaster bought their Belmont house 10 years ago, they didn't find out until closing that the City of Charlottesville owned a sizable chunk of the pick...

  • Going, going: Hamner home place on the block

    The town of Schuyler and the family called Hamner were immortalized in a television show called The Waltons. But an era is about to draw to a close. The last living member ...

  • Monster opens: Game-dayers can park in a park

    The new traffic light on Ivy Road is blinking, and the "monster" is open. UVA's new parking deck– which some angry neighbors called a "1,200-car monster"– was s...

  • No dollar: Grisham gives it away on Main

    When John Grisham has a new book, he typically makes an appearance at New Dominion, a bookstore on the Downtown Mall. We checked in with the owner, Carol Troxell: Do you ha...

  • Shopping center update: 2 of 3 approved

    Three shopping centers in the works will change the way Charlottesville shops– not in time for this holiday season, but certainly by 2005. When The Hook reported on A...

  • Slashed: $10 million WVIR verdict

    A jury handed Jesse Sheckler the largest defamation verdict ever in Virginia– $10 million– for WVIR Channel 29's repeated reports that authorities had confiscat...

  • Top dollar: Library pays $75,000 for Grisham

    Library administrators "gulped'' at the fee, but they ultimately decided that author John Grisham was worth the $75,000 he's charging to speak at the final night of the Nov...

  • Tubular: Belmont film gets TV airing

    The colorful film about a colorful Charlottesville neighborhood, makes its broadcast debut soon. Still Life With Donuts, a one-hour documentary about Belmont, premiered in ...

The Brazen Careerist

  • Networking: Heaven-sent help for introverts

    In college I was such an introvert that when I went to parties (I had to be dragged), I brought a book. It was a lonely existence, but the pain of having to talk to people ...

Strange But True

  • Daddy? Twins have different pops

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR MCCLINTOCK Q: Can fraternal twins have different fathers? ­D. Matthews  A. Some women after becoming pregnant will ovulate again weeks later...


  • Firm foundations: No unique style at VMDO

    While Bicentennial patriotism was saturating America (and particularly Mr. Jefferson's town) in 1976, an avowed Modernist architect and three of his students were trying so...


  • Nat Howell: Ambassador in disaster

    There's one question W. Nathaniel Howell is always asked: "What's going to happen in Iraq?" Howell, who was ambassador to Kuwait when Iraq invaded in 1990, has plenty of pe...


  • Get a real reviewer

    The recent review of The New Deal show [On the Prowl, "Mindlessness: Pleasures and pretense of a mechanical man," October 30] was absolutely the most off-base, unintelligen...

  • Harassment never 'works'

    This letter is in response to the [November 6] Brazen Careerist column titled "Strategic planning: Make harassment work for you."

  • Triangles aren't political

    I was perturbed by Bill Rossberg's comments about the triangles indicating that counselors' offices at local high schools are safe spaces [News, October 23: "Sticker shock:...

Cultural preview

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