Fluvanna Review

Green Dogs Unleashed Tahchee and Riddle visit him at UVA hospital during his recovery. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Adkins Needs help for medical bills

They named their vintage Winnebago camper “Stella”, and dreamed of traveling across the country with their two rescued boxers, blogging about their adventures. Instead, Ivan Petrovitch and Jennifer Adkins of Lake Monticello found themselves long-term residents at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Ivan is in the ICU burn unit and Jenn is at his bedside.
The fire was a dramatic one.
“I saw the RV on the side of the road, and I could see the smoke rising out of it, and my first thought was -sorry for that guy- looks like he is overheating,” said Walt Pitts of Fredericksburg, who was returning home from vacation with his family when he saw Petrovitch’s camper broken down on the side of I-64 eastbound near the Shadwell exit on Aug. 25. “As we got closer…the door swung open, and I saw somebody jump out, literally on fire,” Pitts added.
“He went to the ground and started rolling over and put himself out,” said Pitts, who had pulled his vehicle off the interstate near the camper to help. “When I ran up, he was still smoking. The hair on his forehead was singed… I could tell that his arm was in really bad shape and it looked like his legs were in bad shape, but what I really noticed was his arm.”
Adkins and Petrovitch had just spent the weekend camping in Stuarts Draft, and were returning home, driving their RV on a long trip for the first time. They had purchased the camper recently, and planned to check it out thoroughly and make repairs once they had it home. Owning a vintage RV was new to them; in fact, when they had put gas into the camper, they accidently filled the auxiliary tank, not knowing the cap for the main tank was located in the rear of the vehicle. This may have proven to be a fateful mistake. Petrovitch believes a leak in the fuel line from the auxiliary tank may be what caused the fire.
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Art by Lorraine LaVistaA few months ago, artist Lorraine LaVista, spoke to the Fluvanna Art Association regarding using Sharpie markers as an alternative art medium. Many embraced the new medium. Currently, LaVista, a member of FAA, is exhibiting her work at the Fork Union Community Center.

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Troy Weidenheimer with Fluvanna Art Association members who displayed their abstract artwork.Fluvanna Art Association member and art instructor Troy Weidenheimer returned for another workshop, this time to focus on learning to paint more freely.

That’s not an easy thing to do after years of learning how to structure one’s artwork. To do this, members of the association had to move toward abstraction.

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he displays light up to the music of  ten different Christmas favorites like Little Drummer Boy, Carole of the Bells and the theme to A Charlie Brown Christmas.About half the population of Fluvanna County lives behind the gates of Monticello. If you aren’t one of them, now is the time to phone a friend to let you in.
Inside those gates at 4 Lewis Court you’ll find perhaps the best Christmas light show in the whole county.

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Maria Nini, grandson Luca and daughter Claudia Cracchiolo.Sal’s is located in Fork Union and in Scottsville and now at Lake Monticello so fans of the restaurant don’t have to go far for their terrific Italian fare.

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