Fluvanna Review

Day campThe Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation Department has a number of summer camp programs. The Equus Springs Farm Day Camp is one of them. Two week-long camps are offered for anyone from age 8 to adults. The first camp was held in June and the second will be held July 24-28. July 21 is the last day to register. These are full-day camps that run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop-off is allowed as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick-up is allowed until 4:30 p.m. Equus Springs Farm is located on Ruritan Lake Road in the Scottsville area of Fluvanna. Heather Antonacci, who owns the farm, is the instructor.

The idea of the camp is to give the participants somewhat of a full immersion experience in what is involved in running a working horse farm. The parks and recreation brochure says, “Participants will be actively involved in the daily routine of running a horse farm; learning by doing and getting dirty.” This statement is in bold lettering in the brochure, so they want people to know that the farm day camp is not just an academic endeavor. The program is designed to show participants what it is really like to own and care for a horse. Add a comment

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Dakota Rigsby may be getting a post office named in his honor.

Less than a month after Rigsby, 19, died in an accident aboard the USS Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan, Representative Tom Garrett (R-5th District) has introduced House Resolution 3183 to designate “the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13683 James Madison Highway in Palmyra, Va., as the ‘U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby Post Office.’”

There are more than 31,000 post offices in the United States and the vast majority of them are unnamed. Bills to dedicate them in honor of notable local residents have mushroomed in recent years. According the Congressional Research Service, at least 20 percent of all public laws passed by Congress are naming bills. 

The process, while simple, can take several months to complete. Garrett’s bill has already been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Once approved by the committee, it will be sent to the House for a simple voice or roll call vote before heading to the Senate, where it will likely pass by unanimous consent.

The local post office will later dedicate a small place somewhere in the lobby saying the building had been named after Rigsby by an act of Congress.

Garrett has also submitted a bill to name a post office on the University of Virginia (U.Va.) campus in honor of Captain Humayun Khan, the U.Va. alumnus who was killed in Iraq in 2004. The congressman’s office said in a press release that both the Rigsby and Khan families approved the bills.

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Frances HillFrancis Hill, 92, sat outside on her swing waiting for me to arrive.

She is bright and full of life. In spite of having to use a cane because she can’t trust her left knee not to give out, she looks far younger than her age. She and her husband live with their grandson in Bremo Bluff.

How long have you lived in Fluvanna?
All my life. I was born here. I started school at [age] 7. West Bottom. I had to walk three miles every day rain or shine. My grandma wouldn’t let me stay at home. My grandma raised me. I never knew my mother. She died when I was a baby. My father’s mother raised me. My father’s name is George Armstrong. My mother’s name was Margaret.

Tell me about your family.
I had 11 children; six boys and five girls…I didn’t go to the hospital for any of them. Miss Murry Scott was my midwife. My husband, Bennie Hill, Sr., worked at Farmington Country Club. I don’t know what he did there. At one time I think he worked construction. My kids live all over. Some in New Jersey. Some in Atlanta.  One lives in Short Pump.
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Ruthann CarrHoliday visitors.

We all get them. Some stay for a few hours; some a few days. With some, it seems like they stay forever.

Don’t get me wrong. I love having visitors. My husband, Jeff, and I often complain we don’t have enough.

Every year my mother-in-law stays with us for about a week during the Christmas holidays. We enjoy offering her a place with family to celebrate. It gives Jeff a few more points on his side of the ledger to balance out all his brother has.

This year is a bit different. My third grandson was born the day after Thanksgiving. I was lucky enough to spend a week in Akron where he lives to help out his mom and get to know him.

The day I returned was the same day my husband brought his mother for her stay with us.

Maybe you can’t understand this unless you have a bit of introvert in you, but I calm down and recharge by being by myself.

After a week in Akron with my kids and grandkids, sleeping on a bunk bed and trying not to say anything hurtful, I needed some chill time. It takes a lot of energy biting your tongue and not asking probing questions. Plus, I caught some snot-nosed preschool kid’s bug and puked my guts out while I was up there.

I was beat.

One hour after getting home, Jeff and his mom drove up.

It was late. We all went to bed.

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