Fluvanna Review

Jane Dittmar. Photo courtesy of Jane DittmarJane Dittmar, 60, Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, sat down with the Fluvanna Review to discuss her goals for the 5th district.
If elected on Nov. 8, Dittmar hopes to bring job creation, workforce training, and internet access to the people in her district, which includes Fluvanna County.
“We need to make sure that our workforce training programs are centered around certifications and credentials that employers need now,” Dittmar said. “We have 70,000 jobs in Virginia that are unmet right now because we don’t have people trained for them.”
But training isn’t sufficient without infrastructure, said Dittmar. “And the missing infrastructure is the internet,” she said. “We need to get internet to small businesses and homes. Without that we can’t expect our small businesses to grow – and there’s no way we can go hunting and attracting more employers.”
Dittmar’s experience on the governor’s Broadband Advisory Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has given her good insight into this issue, she said. “There are several federal agencies that supply very good grants to communities,” she said. “We need to get those grants.”
But above all, Dittmar wants to work in tandem with local government to make sure that communities receive the kind of support they need. “If they want wireless, then that’s cell towers. If we need to lay fiber, then that means land use decisions,” she said. “We need to team up.”
Internet access has become mandatory, Dittmar said. “The information highway is critical infrastructure,” she said. “It is as critical now as electricity was to deploy in the early 1900s.”
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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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Lake Monticello golf course new ninth hole and new cart barn.  Photo by Duncan NixonOn the weekend of May 21 and 22 top amateur golfers from the Central Virginia area will return to the Lake Monticello golf course for the 40th Faulconer Invitational Golf Tournament. Mark Marshall, the PGA golf professional at the Lake Monticello course, said that he anticipates approximately 80 golfers will participate this year. Included in the competitors will be last year’s open division champion Phil Mahone, who plays out of the Farmington Country Club.
The Faulconer tournament in recent years has featured an open men’s division, a senior men’s division and a super senior men’s division. Players must be 50 or over to play in the seniors’ division and 65 or over to play in the super senior division. Players over 50 may elect to play in the open division and compete for the prestigious open division title. The Faulconer tournament is again a component of the Battle trophy competition which is a year-long competition for top amateurs in the Central Virginia area. This trophy competition is sponsored by the Daily Progress and it includes a series of tournaments held throughout the year at the top golf venues in the area. Marshall advises that the Faulconer is also included this year in the Virginia State Golf Association player rankings.
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The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has announced that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 will be adopted on Dec. 6.

The total expected revenue for 2013 is $5.7 million from dues, fees and amenity use fees. Expected non-capital expenditures are anticipated at $5.5 million. More than $1 million is budgeted for three key funds (roads, lake and general) that will be used for capital improvements to property and buildings, according to a press release from the LMOA.

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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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