Fluvanna Review

Jessie Cole and her possum friend Esperanza of the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary.  Photo by Page H. GiffordThe Lake Monticello Wildlife Committee welcomed back Jessie Cole and her possum friend Esperanza of the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary on April 19 for a discussion on what to do if you find a baby bird or other animal who may need help.
Located in Shipman, in Nelson County, the sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned and injured wildlife back into the wild since 2004. Founder Nathou Attinger, deeply dedicated to helping wildlife, began rescuing and rehabilitating with a crow named Merlin. This is how most wildlife rehab stories begin. Merlin remained with Attinger for three years until she died of a spider bite but Attinger’s philosophy and what she learned from a crow with an injured wing was “do whatever you can to maximize the comfort and level of care of the animal you are trying to help.”
Cole is a biologist who understands the needs of the animals they are helping. “Last year we cared for 665 animals at the sanctuary,” said Cole. The year before, it was 750 animals. She tells the story of a crew clearing timber that discovered baby Grackles (birds) in the trees and went around and collected all the babies they could find and brought them to the sanctuary. “We had to feed them every 20-30 minutes around the clock,” she said.
She discussed some of the animals that had been rehabbed and released back into the wild, including a baby coyote. Cole added that is now illegal to rehab coyotes.
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Lake Monticello Police Chief Thomas BoisvertLake Monticello Owners Association meetings have taken on a different flair under Valerie Palamountain’s leadership.

Palamountain now has each department head reporting to the Board at the monthly meeting and that includes crime statistics from Lake Police Chief Thomas Boisvert.
“I introduced it – asking police, maintenance, and finance to make the reports,” Palamountain said. “(General Manager) CatherIne  Neelley will give reports on the big things. It makes for a more open board.”

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Erin Edgerton won Best In Show.There were not many entries in this years’ annual photo contest sponsored by Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation but those who participated showed some awe-inspiring work including Erin Edgerton, one of the youngest entrants at age 15.

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Without much warning, Two J’s Smokehouse closed Sept. 1.

But barbeque lovers don’t despair, Two J’s is reopening around the corner in the same building, said co-owner Megan Ball.

 

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Sage Garden owners Roberta and John Mann and their golden retriever Tara.The proposal. It’s one of those family stories their now grown children have heard countless times. John and Roberta attended the same high school in New Jersey, but never met until they ran into each other in Colorado several years later. They started dating and discovered how much they had in common. When John felt it was time to pop the big question, Roberta had a question for him.

“Yes, but only if we live on a farm,” she replied. “I’m going back East to be closer to my family, and I’m going to buy a farm. Are you on board?”

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