Fluvanna Review

Game Warden Chris Heberling, State Trooper Justin Ruhlman, Animal Control Officer Paul Sheridan,  Lake Monticello Swift Water Rescue Team member James Andrade, Fluvanna Middle School Principal Brad Stang and Sgt. Frank Lopez. Photo by Tricia JohnsonFluvanna law enforcement and rescue personnel visited Fluvanna County Middle School on Oct. 21 in observance of School Safety Week. Students were able to meet and talk with the first responders and to see their vehicles and some of the tools they use in their work to help keep Fluvanna safe.
Students swarmed out of the cafeteria doors into the courtyard, chatting excitedly. They climbed into the back of “Drive 5” – a truck used by the Lake Monticello Swift Water Rescue Team to carry their equipment; they peered into the windows of the state trooper’s car; tried on a bullet-proof vest with the game warden; checked out a battering ram and riot shield with the school resource officer; and used the snake tongs brought by animal control. There were smiles and laughter all around.
The event was the result of cooperation between school resource officer Sgt. Frank Lopez and Assistant Principal Nathaniel Wiedenhoft. “The event was organized to recognize School Safety Week which has been going on this week from Oct. 20 through the 24,” said Wiedenhoft, who described it as “a joint effort between the middle school and Sgt. Frank Lopez, our resource officer from the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.”
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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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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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Ike and Django. Photo by Tricia JohnsonHunter Davis, a Fluvanna High School Junior, is a lucky young man.  Ike Wright of Scottsville – a 20-year veteran of the Albemarle Police Department and professional hunting guide - has taken Davis under his wing, and is teaching Davis everything he wants to know about both being a hunting guide and a law enforcement officer.
Last month, through the generosity of two women, and under the guidance of Wright, the 16-year-old avid hunter was able to participate in a wild boar hunt in South Carolina.
Wright teaches hunter education courses through the Virginia Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. All people who wish to hunt in Virginia must first take a hunter education course in order to obtain their hunting license. Wright is certified to teach and hosts these weekend-long training camps at his home in Albemarle County on Liberty Corner Farm. All participants earn their Hunter Safety Course Certification, which includes 10 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction.
One of the participants in the hunter education course offered in August was Palmyra resident Rose Lemaster, who says that she and her family have been “almost adopted by Ike and his family. Any time there is an opportunity where I can get on board with something Ike’s family are doing, I know it is an opportunity for an adventure,” she said with a grin. She added that she truly respects Wright’s emphasis on safety in his classes, and his commitment to young people.

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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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