Fluvanna Review

Toys Happy FaceIn a world seemingly divided in every way, hundreds came together to spread good will Saturday (Dec. 2).

Fluvanna’s faith community continued its more than 40-year legacy of giving to the less fortunate with the Happy Face event at Central Elementary. The Fluvanna Christian Service Society coordinates toy, food, cash and coat donations from the community to provide holiday cheer to Fluvanna’s neediest residents.

More than 200 children from 100 families crowded into the auditorium to sing Christmas carols, hear the Christmas story, answer holiday trivia and wait to see if they won a new bike or video game.

Zonita Bell sat with her three children, LaTrell, Lyric and Lamark. Bell said she relocated to Fluvanna a few months ago because she inherited a house.

A single mom, Bell works part-time and said it’s hard to make ends meet. The Happy Face event helps out a lot. “It means a great deal to me. With three kids and doing it all yourself – having bills to pay and not being supported. This is a big help,” she said.

“It’s their Christmas,” she added, nodding toward her children.

Bell said she and Lyric even had their picture taken sitting on Santa’s lap.

Chrissy Blackwell is a photographer with her own business, Shuttered Dreams. She said four years ago she got a panicked call from her pastor asking if she could take pictures of children with Santa.  At the last minute, the person who had been taking them couldn’t do it.

“I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Blackwell, standing next to her 16-year-old daughter, Hannah. “We just love it. This starts our Christmas season.”
Families walk away with a printed copy of the photo.
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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
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• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Joe HinesJoseph C. “Joe” Hines has officially qualified to be on the ballot for the Jan. 10 special election for the Virginia Senate.  Hines will focus his efforts on creating jobs and greater economic opportunity throughout the district.

“We need a strong leader who will fight for us,” said Hines, who grew up on a farm in the district. “When people are worrying about paying their bills, we need to focus on creating greater opportunities for them to advance their lives and careers.  With more economic development policy to be determined in the next three years than in recent Virginia history, we have incredible opportunity to bring jobs and prosperity home to our district. I’m committed to being the independent voice this district needs to ensure long-term economic growth.”

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At Pleasant Grove Park, there is room for nature.

A meadow revitalization plan at Pleasant Grove Park, led by volunteer and Master Naturalist Walter Hussy, is an ongoing success story.  Of 950 trees planted around the meadow, only 20 had to be replaced last year.  The original swath of wildflowers and native grasses planted around the meadows to create a pathway for quail has doubled from 20 feet in width to 40.  Evergreen seedlings like pine and cedar that have sprouted in the meadows are being removed by hand.  All of this is done at no cost to the county – the trees and plants and seeds were gotten for free as part of programs through the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or the Department of Forestry, or a multitude of nonprofits. Hundreds of hours of work is done by volunteers.

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Nick AlgieriWhere do you live? 
I live at Lake Monticello.
 
Have you always lived in Fluvanna? If not, what brought you here?
No, I have not always lived in Fluvanna. I was born at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y., and lived on Long Island for my first year. My grandparents, Tim and Eileen Monahan, moved to Lake Monticello in 1990, and my parents (and then I) would come down for vacations. Just before my first birthday my dad’s company downsized and he was laid off, so my parents decided to take a chance and move to Lake Monticello. We moved the day after my first birthday, and 22 years later we are still all here.

You’ve attended Fluvanna County schools. What’s the coolest thing about being a Fluco?
I would have to say the coolest thing about being a Fluco is that our community cares so much for each other and comes together often. There are always great crowds at Friday night football games and other sporting events. I have witnessed firsthand how quick the people of our community are there for their friends in need. Just follow the Flucos’ Helping Hands page on Facebook and you will see all the good that this community does for each other on a daily basis, not expecting anything in return!

Is there a word or phrase you use too much?
I would say that one phrase I use a lot, having my own company, is “free estimates.”
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