Danish Chef at Crossing's party

Ole Agerhom, head chef at The Crossings at Fall Run, a local independent and assisted living facility, was surprised when he arrived for work on March 7 as he was greeted by cheers, patriotic music and a sea of red, white and blue balloons and banners. The 54-year-old Denmark native received the surprise party following a day off in which he officially became a U.S. citizen during naturalization ceremonies in Charlottesville. Agerhom originally came to the U.S. in 1993 to spend time with a friend, but soon found himself employed as a chef at the Israel Embassy in Washington, D.C. He then decided to permanently remain in the states. “Returning home from the Charlottesville ceremony, the feeling suddenly came across me that I actually belong here, that this is my home, that this is something big,” Agerhom said.

James Scott Baron: 540-374-5438 jbaron@freelancestar.com

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