Fluvanna Review

Photo by  Tricia JohnsonColumbia’s days as a town are numbered.
Voters in a special election held Tuesday, March 17, in the town of Columbia decided by an 18 to 1 vote for disincorporation, making the historic river town just another part of the county of Fluvanna. There are 34 registered voters in Columbia.
But officials say nothing much will change.
“I would be hard pressed to find anything that will change for the residents of Columbia because of this disincorporation or disestablishment, other than their taxes will go down,” said Fluvanna County Administrator Steve Nichols.
The Town had already suspended billing the town property tax, pending the outcome of the special election. Property owners will continue not to be billed a specific town tax, leaving only the Fluvanna County property tax we’ve always paid,” said Kerry Murphy-Hammond. “We will now be entitled to the full county services previously unavailable to us as an incorporated town, such as Planning and Zoning,” said Kerry Murphy-Hammond.
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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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Fluvanna County High School junior Oliver Dubon. Photo by Tricia Johnson“I wouldn’t want to hear Beethoven without beautiful bass, the cellos, the tuba. It’s very important. Hip-hop has thunderous bass. And so does Beethoven. If you don’t have the bass, it’s like being amputated. It’s like you have no legs.” – Lou Reed.
Fluvanna County High School junior Oliver Dubon provides that thunderous bass to the school band on his tuba – and he just won a spot in All State Band, as well – a high honor reserved for very few young musicians across the Commonwealth.
Competition for a place in All State Band is fierce. First students must be recommended to audition in district competitions by their band or orchestra director; those that place in the top percentages in district competitions go on to audition for All State Band.
All State auditions are noisy, frenetic, joyful and stressful events that take place in the late winter each year. Student musicians, teachers, judges, and competition organizers, along with parents and chaperones, gather together for a day. Students warm up at the same time on different instruments playing different pieces; a cacophony of noise, at times overwhelming, fills the building. In another part of the building, in separate classrooms, nervous students play scales, an etude (or musical study) and sight-read a piece composed just for this competition for two judges they cannot see. Students may not speak or do anything that might reveal their age or gender to the judges in these blind auditions. For those auditioning, it is a strange and nerve-wracking process.
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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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