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Tom EllisMany Lake Monticello residents have looked out across from the marina and seen a little village with a working train on a dock. Some may wonder at the unique idea, some think it’s clever, but others know it’s Tom and Kay Ellis who live there.

A civil engineer in his past life – designing water and sewer systems, treatment plants and other municipal facilities – Ellis currently loves to tinker and create. He is self-taught in the craft of woodworking and carving. Recently Ellis won second place in the intermediate category of the annual Fluvanna Art Association’s People’s Choice Award Show for his wooden sculpture Rivanna Food Chain.

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Gifts to be wrappedFluvanna’s virtual angel tree, put on by Facebook group Flucos’ Helping Hands, works to make sure that Fluvanna’s needy kids have gifts to open on Christmas.

Jennifer Yowell, angel tree coordinator, is in her second year at the helm of the annual holiday effort. As the adoption liaison for local families, Yowell sees firsthand the willingness of Fluvanna families to help their community members in need.

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Nancy ShafferThere is a distinction between fine art and decorative art, although recently that delineation has become somewhat outdated. While fine art focuses on drawing skills, decorative arts focus more on technique.

This is the only thing that separates the Painters at the Lake (PATL) from the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA). The groups have far more in common than one would suspect, however. Many members have crossed over and are learning different skills.

Art elites would look down their noses at decorative artists, dismissing their work as cultural folk art. Nowadays, the precise meaning of decorative art is less significant given that the confines of an elitist concept of fine art have been outmoded by the all-inclusive classification of visual art.

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School Board member Charles Rittenhouse questioned the rental of a school bus to ferry Democrats to the Dec. 3 caucus in Farmville, calling the situation “shady.”
At that caucus, Democrats chose former Fluvanna County Sheriff Ryant Washington to run in the Jan. 10 special election to fill the 22nd District state Senate seat vacated by Tom Garrett. Lynchburg lawyer Mark Peake won the Republican caucus in Prince William County the same day.

Washington’s wife, Camilla, is the chair of the Fluvanna County School Board.

Rittenhouse (R-Cunningham) said there are six different bus charter rentals and questions why the Democrats couldn’t have used one of those.

“I think it’s kind of shady,” Rittenhouse said. “I believe it’s a liability issue. I’m concerned because it took a lot to get into a bus replacement cycle. I think it’s a misuse of county property.”

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No Barriers USACentral Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) appreciates all military veterans who have served to protect our country.  Through a new program with a business partner, CVEC has the opportunity to provide more direct support and appreciation for one lucky disabled veteran from within our cooperative membership. Add a comment

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