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Lillie P. & Edward L. Early II to Bank of America, 1538 Broad Crossing Road, $199,800 (foreclosure)

Alf H. & Evelyn G. Hendricksen to Bank Of New York Mellon, 2975 White Oak Lane, $392,936 (foreclosure)

Kaissar S. & Anita M. Ibrahim to Paul H. & Anne Y. Sartori, 435 White Gables Lane, Unit 202, $490,000

Brandi R. & Larry R. Kirby, Jr. to Federal National Mortgage Association, 1167 Blue Ridge Avenue, $169,983 (foreclosure)

Alexander E. & Ruth Annick S. Salomon to Federal National Mortgage Association, 4567 Blenheim Road, $243,157 (foreclosure)

Faye S. Wojdylak & Nelson C. Shifflett to Curtis C. & Stephanie Shifflett, 3102 Burnley Station Road, $112,800

Robert F. Burgess, Jr. to Beneficial Financial I, Inc., 1745 Grapenut Lane, $123,700



Carriage Hill I Condominiums LLC to Edward A. & Patricia M. Defeitas, 830 Beverley Drive, Unit 103, $204,000

Citimortgage Inc. to Susan Taylor, 4330 Presidents Road, $55,000

Federal National Mortgage Association to Jose A. Torres, 141...

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Short 18th: Woolen Mills bungalow long on potential

Address: 1406 Short 18th Street
Woolen Mills
Year Built:
 916 finished sq. ft., 814 unfinished
.17 acres
Curb Appeal:
7 out of 10
Listing Agent:
Courtney Sargeant, Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - 434-962-3100

There’s more to the bungalow sitting at 1406 Short 18th Street than first meets the eye.

The front door opens onto a living room painted a bold blue accented by white crown molding and oversided base trim, which lends an air of formality to the space. Two modest bedrooms, also freshly painted, are situated off the living room and share a functional and pristine hall bath. Compact room dimensions, ceiling heights, and closet spaces are reflective of a home built during the 1940s.

But all that ends when you get to the kitchen where stainless appliances, a double sink, numerous cabinets, and ample counter space invite all manner of culinary endeavors. A space along one wall could easily accommodate a kitchen table, a prep area with a pot rack above, or even a retro character piece like a refurbished Hoosier cabinet to act as a counterpoint to the modern finishes.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a small porch. A bit too tiny to house a full-sized table, this room could...

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Andale! Tasty Mex take-out in Belmont Market

Since last fall, there's been a hole-in-the-wall (literally!) Mexican take-out joint in the back of the Belmont Market that's been serving up spicy fish tacos, burritos, and veggie delights almost completely under the radar. That's by design, according to owner Saras Pruitt, who chose to keep a low profile while she smoothed out the kinks with her little eatery called Andale!

A Charlottesville native who spent her early years in the Yogaville community of Buckingham County, Pruitt says she wanted to do something like this for years, so she walked away from her job as an insurance broker to make and sell the food she has always liked making at home.

"So far, it's just been word of mouth," says Pruitt of her advertising efforts. "And it's going pretty well."

In about a month or so, she says she plans to take her one-woman show from Monticello Avenue to the Downtown Mall with a mobile cart, and while it's currently cash only inside her Belmont Market location, she'll soon accept credit cards. Right now, hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 4pm.

In addition to beef, shrimp, and fish, Pruitt says she has vegetarian options as well, like BBQ tofu.

"I love this kind of food," she says.

After we had a tasting or two, we can say it shows.

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Excuses, excuses: Still fair to call farmers environmentalists?

By Michael Akey

“Farmers are the original environmentalists.”

That’s the phrase I heard several times during a recent state legislature committee hearing on a bill that would limit when farmers could apply manure and other fertilizers on croplands. Now, common sense would dictate that plants don’t take up nutrients when plants are not growing, and science tells us that during the winter these nutrients either seep into the water table or run off into the Chesapeake Bay.

Every possible excuse was heard as to why farmers just cannot be asked to limit the application of manure on their fields:

• “Other states pollute more; why should we be responsible?”
• “Fencing out livestock from streams is expensive.”
• “Poultry manure isn’t a waste product; it’s a benefit.”

It seems that farmers just do not want to take responsibility for the waste and manure produced on their farms. But are these excuses really valid?

As a farmer in Maryland, I understand the costs involved in starting a farm from scratch. I also understand the challenges involved in farming in a traditional way, where the animals can graze and the manure is utilized responsibly. While it was Maryland's Natural Resources Conservation Service office that helped get us on our feet, the lessons I’ve learned apply throughout the mid-Atlantic.

What about the cost for fencing animals out of our streams,...

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Texas tragedy: Missing toddler found dead near home

Update Saturday, March 31:

"It is with extremely heavy hearts that we have to report that little Devon Davis’ body was located Saturday in a lake near his home," reads the message from Texas Equusearch. "Please keep Devon’s families and friends in your prayers during their time of grief."

And so the tragic life of a little boy from Earlysville, Virginia, ends near his new home in Texas. According to a news source quoting the Sheriff’s spokesman for Liberty County, the death “appears accidental.”

News sources indicate that the grim discovery was made after a volunteer launched a camera-equipped, radio-controlled airplane that captured images of red– like the red of the shirt the missing boy was wearing– in the corner of a pond. The body was recovered around 1:50pm.

Update Friday, March 30, 2012:

April Davis, the mother of missing two-year-old Devon Davis, spoke to reporters and pleaded for her son's return on Friday morning, March 30 outside the Liberty County, Texas home where she, her husband Michael Davis, and their two children had been staying since relocating from Earlysville last week.


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