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Vienna is the second largest town in Virginia and a Washington D.C. suburb.

R.I.P. Mayo Stuntz

This Was Vienna, Virginia by Mayo & Connie StuntzThe Town of Vienna, Va.’s preeminent historian Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz, aged 97 years, has died. Stuntz was a lifelong resident and co-author of the book “This Was Vienna, Virginia” that was published in the late 1980s. He visited my social studies class and shared with us his memories of the town.

My brother Christopher, who provided a photograph of the book included here added “the town of Vienna will owe him a debt of gratitude for generations to come.”

FROM VIENNA PATCH

Remembering Vienna’s ‘Unofficial Historian’

Obituaries: Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz, Sr., 97

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RIP Fred Crabtree, Vienna, Va. Little League giant

My two years in Vienna Little League (AA Senators and AAA Red Sox) were not terribly distinguished, but I enjoyed them. A big reason I was able to do so was through the efforts of Fred Crabtree, who died recently at age 96. Vienna Little League is now entering its 60th year and first without Crabtree.

I don’t recall any direct experience with him, but I remember playing at Crabtree Field one of the three diamonds in Yeonas Park. I think I also remember a Vienna Times story about the push for sound barriers along Interstate 66 next to Yeonas with somebody, probably Crabtree, holding his ears. If my memory is accurate, Yeonas was built about 4 years before I-66 was constructed right behind it. In addition to the argument for keeping out traffic noise, it was argued that sound walls would keep foul balls from going into traffic. Even then I knew that was a dubious argument, but nets were put up initially. Sound walls were eventually installed.

The State of NoVa blog on The Post details Crabtree’s contributions and accomplishments to Vienna and Fairfax County. A retweet of that prompted Jamie Mottram of Mr. Irrelevant to write a Crabtree post as well. Little League also remembered Crabtree.

A great story from this 2010 Fairfax Times profile:

Fred Crabtree learned the value of baseball during World War II.

As an Army engineer stationed in the Pacific theater, Crabtree helped build a baseball diamond for his fellow soldiers in Okinawa, Japan. Each day, he would set up the field. Each night, the Japanese would bomb it.

“Every night, they would drop a string of bombs right on the damn field,” said Crabtree with a laugh. “They would drop a whole string.”

Although the field wasn’t perfect, the soldiers didn’t have proper uniforms and the professional baseball players in the service monopolized playing time, that baseball field was a piece of home for the troops. That piece of land was important.

Good stuff and a good life.

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Places I went in 2011

Every year, I go places and list them. The primary criteria are 1.) Having a sit-down meal 2.) spending the night in that location.

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Franconia, Va.
McLean, Va.
Reston, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Annapolis, Md.
Baltimore, Md.
Columbia, Md.
Crownsville, Md.
Ellicot City, Md.
Poolesville, Md.
Avalon, N.J.
Ocean City, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Wildwood Crest, N.J.
Woodstown, N.J.
Belleville, Pa.
Burnham, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Hershey, Pa.
Hummelstown, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Mercersburg, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Reedsville, Pa.
Springfield, Pa.
State College, Pa.
University Park, Pa.
Washington, D.C.

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Norm’s Beer & Wine staying at Vienna location

UPDATE: Norm’s Beer and Wine will stay in Vienna – State of NoVa, The Post
The grassroots/social media effort to save Norm’s Beer & Wine has paid off. The landlord of Danor Plaza, Norm’s longtime home, had offered a lease to Fresh Market that included a non-compete clause. Norm’s would have had to leave when its lease was over in 2015. Fresh Market, a North Carolina-based upscale grocery, decided to let Norm’s stick around, suggesting they could be good neighbors. The specifics of the lease addendum were not detailed.

Also, State of NoVa, I’ll add that I had a Ken Beatrice update weeks ago.

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Landlord pushing out Vienna’s Norm’s Beer & Wine

Norm’s Beer and Wine Customers Fight Non-Compete ClauseVienna Patch
When I still lived in Vienna, Norm’s Beer & Wine was my go-to for suds. The service was strong and owner Norm Yow was personable. His shop has created a devoted following, but his days at the Danor Plaza location he’s been in since 1998 could be numbered. His lease is through 2013, but the arrival of Fresh Market in the what I believe is the old Minnesota Fabrics space (before that, A&P) could push him out. Norm’s landlord, Finmarc offered Fresh Market, which sells beer & wine, a non-compete clause in their lease.

Fans of Norm’s have rallied with a Save Norm’s Beer and Wine Facebook Group and @SaveNormsBeer Twitter account. These unofficial groups have targeted Fresh Market — its probably too late to go after Finmarc, who started the problem by undercutting Norm’s.

I have a feeling Norm’s is going to ultimately wind up having to move which stinks, but Yow can take comfort in that he has dedicated customers who are likely to follow him when he does.

UPDATE: The Post’s State of NoVa blog has a story about Norm’s as well.

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For years, the FBI pursued the wrong suspect on Talisman Drive

For Vienna man, case of notorious spy Hanssen hit too close to homeThe Fairfax Times
Brian Kelley, who lived on Talisman Drive outside of Vienna, Va., was originally thought to be the spy that was actually Robert Hanssen. The FBI was 99.9% sure that Kellly was “Ramon Garcia” and for 4 years 2 years suspended from the CIA, he lived with the knowledge that he was a target of the investigation. Hanssen’s arrest vindicated Kelly, who suggests the FBI did not learn much from the experience.

Okay, I need to read about book about Hanssen now, which one is the best?

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Vienna’s Civil War battle to be re-enacted in June

Battle of Vienna plaque
VIENNA, Va. — On June 17, 1861, “the first tactical use of of a train in warfare” occurred near what is now the current community center of my hometown. We learned about it in school but only upon seeing this story in the Sun Gazette about the upcoming sesquicentennial commemoration, did I decide to go and take a photograph of the plaque above and blog about it.

The town will hold a re-enactment of the battle on Saturday, June 18, said Vienna Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Salgado.

Living-history events, including a military encampment, will be held at the site earlier in the day. Town officials will provide a detailed event schedule later this spring, Salgado said.

I’m not a big Civil War buff, but I may have to check this out. I wonder if a 3 year old would be interested?

The Town of Vienna, for the record, voted to stay in the Union, 78-44. That will be re-enacted on May 21.

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Places I bicycled in 2009

Ah bicycling, I miss you so. Hopefully, next year I can get a few more places on this list.

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
Reston, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
National Harbor, Md.
Oxon Hill, Md.
Avalon, N.J.
North Wildwood, N.J.
Sea Isle City, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.

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