RACC Annual Awards for
Land Use, Sustainability and Conservationist
Awards are giving out at the Annual Meeting and potluck. Click a year to see the award winners.
Lifetime Conservation Service Award - Mary Stuart Gilliam - In recognition and honor of her lifetime work as a passionate steward of the natural and cultural resources of Rockbridge County, Lexington, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Sustainability Award - Founders of the Friends of the Chessie Trail for fostering and bringing to life sustainable and beneficial use of the Chessie Trail for citizens, visitors, and students, as well as the flora and fauna that abound.
Conservation Award - Source Water Overlay Zone - Chris Slaydon, Assistant Director of Community Development, Rockbridge County; Sandra Stuart, Associate Director of the Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District; and the Maury Service Authority
Robert E Lee Hotel Renewal - Ugo Benincasa
Buffalo, Colliers, and Cedar Creeks TMDL Water Quality Improvement Project - Valley Regional Office -Virginia DEQ, Don Kain, Nesha McRae, and Tara Seiber
Paxton House Renovation - Paxton House Historical Society, Carlton Williams, Linda Flint, and Fran Williams
Conservationist - Faye Cooper
Wise Stewardship Awards
Lexington and Rockbridge Shool Districts - Public School Geothermal Systems
Perry Hammond - Building a new trail to the top of Little House Mountain
Bobby Berkstresser and Staff, the first idle-free truck parking stations in Virginia’s I-81 corridor, LED lighting, tree plantings, and health and fitness facilities at his truck stops.
Conservationist - Bill Blatter, former Lexington City Planning Director, for his dedication to land preservation, sustainable energy, urban revitalization, and green development, which helped change the conversation about our local environment.
Wise Stewardship Award
Rockbridge Appalachian Trail Communities Advisory Committee, for their work in establishing the City of Buena Vista and the Town of Glasgow as Appalachian Trail Communities.
Butch Snow – For farming practices that have resulted in the conservation of valuable land and improved water quality in the Hays and Walkers Creek watershed.
RACC also successfully nominated the following for VCC’s Better Models of Development Award
Project Name – Lexington Main Street Renaissance, Class of 2009 – 2010 Preservation and Redevelopment Projects.
Sheridan Building, 115 – 121 South Main Street
Project Owners -
Sallie and John Sebrell
First National Bank Building, 22 South Main Street
Project Owners - Matt Gianniny and Bruce Schweizer
Historic County Courthouse, 2 South Main Street
Project Owners - John G. Adamson
Troubadour Theater Building, 36 North Main Street
Project Owners - Everett Gilbert and Wayne Heslep
Donald’s Meat Processing – Tim Donald and Charlie Potter
Conservation Easement Donors - Class of 2010
Amonette, Gregg B. and Susan P.
Black Widow Design LLC and Lucy Ivanoff
Black, Edward S.
Bloxton, Francis. E., Jr.
Brooks, Joan G.
Cabe, Paul R. and Leigh Ann Beavers
Cash, Michael A.
Dod, John B. Dod, II and Nancy Lee Dod (brother and sister)
Dod, William R., Trustee, John B. Dod, II, Nancy Lee Dod and Laura L. Dod
Dod, William Rader, Trustee of the Eleanor Bell Dod Trust
Dowler, David L. & Marsha R.
Firebaugh, Donald W., Trustee of Donald W. Firebaugh Living Trust
Ford, Russell Seaton and Lindlay Goolrick Ford
Gercke, James W. and Adele H.
Gilbert, Robert W. and Kathryn W.
Glencroft Farm, LLC, Olivia S. Reed, Member/Manager
Glick, Katherine H
Golian, Bruce K. and Louise F.M. Golian
Goodbar, Bernard W. and Judy A.
Harris, William L. and Jane P.
Hecht, Patrick E., Sr. & Virginia Sue
High Meadows Land Company
Ingleside Land, LLC, Charles B. Leech,IV, manager
Irvine, Charles E. & Edna Colleen
Irvine, Christopher L., additional grantor Martha E. Irvine
Irvine, Francis W. II, et al
Jeffer, Donald P., Sr. & Jeanette R. & Donald P. Jeffer, Jr. & Jeanne L.
Johnston, David A. and Audrey Johnston
Kerr, Thomas, V, and Nancy J.
Kingfisher Farms LLC, Eric S. Spencer, Manager
Landes, Patsy R. and Charles Benny Reid
Leech, William M., III
Leech, William M., III, Leech, Frank M., Ferguson, Dalia S. Leech
Mann, Laurence A., Trustee under Land Trust
Mann, Laurence A., Trustee Under Land Trust Agreement
Martin, Walter L. and Edith L.
McLaughlin, Lee M., Jr. and Nancy F. McLaughlin
McVey, George J., Jr. & Mary Ellen Houser McVey
Moneymaker, Donald M. et al
Ochsenbein, Gary D.
Pioneer Estate, LLC, Stuart, Martha Boyden et al
Potter, W. Stephen and Martha C.
Rabern, David W. & Susan J.
Sandridge, Charles Michael
Schad, Rebecca C. & Klingelhofer, Philip T. & Mary Jane S.
Sheridan, John M.
Showalter, Charles D.
Showalter, Edward G.
Sterrett, Margaret L. & Sterrett, M.M., Jr. (add'l grantor)
Stone Tavern, LLC, trustees of the William W. Whitmore, Jr. Trust
Swisher, Keith L., Marie W. & Frances S.
Swisher, Keith Lewis and Marie W.
Swisher, Reid K., Jr. & Betty M.
The Greene Farm, L.L.C.
Thompson, Thomas L., Sr,
Tolley, Roger D. and Mary J.
Voss, Darvin A. and Gail D. Milan
William L. Harris, III and Louise W. Harris, by William L. Harris, III, her attorney in fact
Yawars, David E. and Carolyn C.
Zentz, Leonard B. and Kathy S.
Rockbridge Grown (Peggy Dyson-Cobb, Mary Lynn Lipscomb, Tara Miller, and Linda Wilder)
VMI Timberframers – Grigg Mullen (Goshen Shelter in memory of Royster Lyle)
Boxerwood Educational Association – Founders, Directors, and Staff
Buena Vista Curbside Recycling Program (Auto Recyclers, Hamilton Contracting, Buena Vista Department of Economic Development, Buena Vista Department of Public Works, and Buena Vista Sheriffs Department)
Full Circle Catering – Jenny Elmes
Effinger Ruritan Club (Bill Ruark; Mitch Wapner, Palmer Ice Cream Festival; David Frazier, Environmental Committee)
Rockbridge County Growth Planning Committee (Carroll Comstock, Sam Crickenberger, Keith Holland, Melissa Holland, John Houser, Linda Lam, Clarence Martin, Alexia Smith, Chris Slaydon, Tommy Thompson, Chris Wise)
Mulberry Grove and Triple J Farms (Mack M. Serrett, Jr. Family, Barry and Isabelle Chewning Family, Jerry and Margaret McDonald Family, Jon, Jane, Sarah-Jane, and James McDonald)
Environmentally Sustainable Living Project - Becky Hill, 6th grade educational program
Stoney Run – Holland General Contractors, conservation easement and affordable housing
Conservation Easement Donors
John and Cherie Taylor
Michael and Denise Lennon
Albin and Julia Hammond
Perkins Family Real Estate LLC
Keith and Penny Holland
Jerry and Joyce Rosen
Thomas and Janet Beebe
Rodger and Susan Rinehart
Harry and Mary Warner
William and Virginia Ruddiman
Majorie and Glen Rose
James and Julia Crothers
David and Marsha Dowler
Robert Wicklund/ Gerri Wenz
Mary Moore Mason
Larry and Bethany Fresh
Jerry and Glenda Jackson
Paul Elliott and Bill Johnston
NEWTS (KB, Hunter Mohring, Boxerwood)
Rockbridge County Recycling Program (Kim Thompson)
Buena Vista Planning Initiative (City of Buena Vista, Buena Vista Planning Commission, Harold Kidd, Tracy Shifflet, Scott Dadson, Todd Jones, Tim Petrie)
REAP (Rockbridge County Purchase of Development Rights initiative) – (Chuck Barger, Sam Crickenberger, Kathy Holm, Nanalou Sauder, Mary Joy Scala, Dave Phemister, Roger Flint, Mack Smith, Ann Whitham, Steve Douty, County Board of Supervisors)
New Sewage Treatment Plant (Bob Akins and Service Authority)
Woods Creek Restoration Program (KB, Bill Blatter, Betty Besal, Sam Crickenberger, Arthur Bartenstein, Mollie Messimer)
East Nelson Street Commercial District (A. & P. Macheras, Frank’s, Wendy’s, Bill Blatter, Tru-Value Hardware)
Friends of Brushy Hills (Alexia Smith, Ellen and Larry Martin, Barbara Lachman, Mike Seeger, Kit Huffman, Dave Zwart)