Fluvanna Review

Bill HughesBill Hughes, former trustee of Nassau County, N.Y., U.S. Marine corporal, chef and Fluvanna activist, died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the age of 70.

William “Bill” McKenna Hughes was born on Dec. 12, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to William Alexander and Naomi (Jeter) Hughes. His family members described him as a man who acquired the patience and tenacity to win over even the most hardened hearts. Equipped with his mother’s knack for hospitality, Hughes opened his arms to everyone without distinction of status. He exemplified generosity to others – especially those who typically go underserved. Add a comment

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Maria CarterHer canvases explode with wild color and she abandons the standard forms of painting in favor of painting what is in her soul. She is a maverick when it comes to her art. What Maria Carter sees first is color, then form, when it comes to her paintings.

“You have to find your voice. Inspiration comes from what you see – patterns of colors and imagery from what is around you. I have found my voice,” she said. Carter exudes energy when speaking about her work and it’s contagious when other artists are in her presence.

Carter’s art would be classified as abstract impressionism, rich with color and form. She is continually motivated by the natural beauty that surrounds her and it’s evident through her translation onto the canvas.

“I am always amazed at the ever-changing landscape that displays different colors and shapes from one day to the next,” she said. She recalled watching the seasons evolve from shimmering water reflections on the lake in summer to the snow encrusted tree limbs of winter. Those images have influenced much of her work.

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Nichols focused his suggestions more on enhancing systems already in place than on establishing new taxes and fees. But one new initiative – a meals tax – sparked a Board argument by touching too closely on a frequent philosophical impasse.

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In February, Fluvanna County High School held its annual winter banquet to honor its top athletes in winter sports. A number of coaches had a variety of honors to announce, but leading the way in recognition was indoor track and field athlete Matasha Martin. Coach Rose Brogan reported that Martin was all-conference in four events and all-region in five events. She was named the Region 3A female track athlete of the year and Region 3A female runner of the year.  Leading the boys in indoor track and field was Keegan Campanelli who was conference champion in pole vault and all-region in the event.

Another award winner, Kate Stutz, was first team all-conference in basketball and Jefferson District player of the year. The boys’ basketball team had a down year, but the really big news was that long-time and highly successful boys’ basketball Coach Munro Rateau announced he was stepping down. The basketball court at the high school has now been named in his honor. Add a comment

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Supervisors honor Rudy GarciaThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors clashed over the definition of good stewardship as it examined $29,000 in additional money for county staff pay Wednesday night (Aug. 17). Some supported stewarding funds by keeping an eye on dollars spent while others championed stewarding people by looking out for county workers.

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