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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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