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Sometimes it seems there's nothing local governments love better than to set up citizen task forces. That's why it was so out of the ordinary to hear a rash of criticism when Rivanna District Supe Ken Boyd called a press conference to announce an advisory group for the soon-out-for-bid-yet-undesigned Western 29 bypass northern terminus.
"Today’s announcement by Ken Boyd is another bypass on public input," says Cynthia Neff, who is challenging Boyd for the Rivanna seat. "It is just the latest bad decision for the residents of Albemarle County since the late-night vote to approve the bypass on June 8."
Board Chairwoman Ann Mallek questioned the use of the county's spokeswoman to set up the news conference.
And fellow Supervisor Dennis Rooker challenged Boyd's standing to set up a committee on a project like the bypass, and says that should be done by the entire board. Two weeks later, Rooker named his own committee to represent the Jack Jouett District in planning the road.
Boyd says the committee came out of a town hall meeting with constituents in Forest Lakes, who are concerned because when the original bypass was designed 20 years ago, Forest Lakes South wasn't there.
The dozen members of the task force include former Rivanna supervisor Charles Martin, former School Board member Sue Friedman, and residents of Forest Lakes and Hollymead.
Fortunately Hurricane Irene didn't bring the rain and winds and days without power that 2003's Isabel did, nor did the Cuckoo quake leave us electricity-less. But with microbursts and Snowpocalyse-type events popping up all too frequently in this area, you know it's only a matter of time before the power goes out.
The hurricane brought the requisite warnings to check the family emergency survival kit and load up with nonperishables that don't require cooking. We wondered what else could see us through the storm besides Spam and Beanee Weenees, and asked some local food and/or survival experts what they'll be chowing down on if the power goes out.
LIsa McEwan– Hotcakes
"Think picnic," says Lisa McEwan. She'll have a baguette, cheese– "goat cheese for me, white cheddar for my husband"– and olives. Dried fruits like dates or apricots will also be on hand. Go with red wine instead of white, she suggests.
His-and-her Pepperidge Farm Cookies are another essential. She likes Genevas, while husband Keith Rosenfeld prefers raspberry Milanos.
For breakfast, McEwan suggests a Luna bar– "the salty-sweet one, which would go with cheese as well."
And for a caffeine fix for those with a way to heat wate...
The article in last week's paper on the Jefferson School (Finally: Jefferson School Ready for Renovation, August 25, issue 1034) misspelled and incorrectly identified the role of Milestone Partners. The firm is not "doing the rehab," but is actually managing the project. The firm handling the construction is Kjellstrom and Lee.