Fluvanna Review

Fluco defense stand readyAs the Fluco fall sports season winds down, virtually all athletes have completed their season. However, the girls’ cross country team still has two athletes in action. On Friday (Nov. 11) junior Saige Haney and senior Jackie Rodriguez will be running in the State meet at Great Meadows.

Haney and Rodriguez qualified for the State meet by finishing 16th and 21st respectively in the Regional meet held on Nov. 1. Haney completed the three-mile run in a time of 20:06, while Rodriguez was clocked at a time of 20:27. On the boys side, in the Regional meet, junior Jack Rice turned in a personal best time of 17:19, which was a mere five seconds off the time needed to qualify for the boys’ State meet.

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Santa and child at ToyliftOne big clue that Christmas is nearing takes place on the first Friday of December when Fluvanna folks team up with other Charlottesville-centric counties to make sure the season is a happy one for all local kids.

This year was no different thanks to the efforts of business owners Ed and Denise Lauterbach who, time and again, have filled the corner of the Food Lion parking lot with lots of reasons to celebrate.

Together with the help of everyday people, the Lauterbachs provide sweet treats and entertainment as an open invitation for the public to donate toys.

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Susan Beattie  and her husband, Troy Weidenheimer.Those who rub shoulders with Susan Beattie of Palmyra in the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program usually have no idea she used to work with the greatest names in folk music.

Beattie, who refers to herself as “homely” at that time in her life, may have seemed like a wallflower, but she had one of the best seats in the world as secretary for a New York City attorney’s office that functioned as a talent booking agency.

After growing up in Union, Mo., Beattie was awed by New York. “Imagine how I wandered around!” she said.

Her job at Len Rosenfeld’s place, as it was known, was to help with arranging recording contracts and booking.

“The biggest name in the office was a blues singer named Josh White,” said Beattie. White filed the first civil rights act suit in the state of Maryland against public accommodations because somebody refused to serve him in a bar, Beattie said. “He won and we went back there and had a drink!”

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altFluvanna public schools volunteers effect change in some surprising ways.

It is a given they help students and teachers. But do they affect the budget?

Lissa Gooch is a retired Fluvanna teacher and the volunteer coordinator for the schools.

“We have 124 volunteers working in our schools (that’s a total of all four schools) who come in on a regular basis,” Gooch said.

During the six months from August to January, volunteers worked 2,450 hours, Gooch said.

The most recent calculation for what an hour of volunteer time is worth is $23.56, according to the Independent Sector. Multiplying that number by the 2,450 hours worked in the first half of this school year shows volunteers added $57,722 worth of value to the Fluvanna public schools.
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Bluebirds on nesting houseTime flew by for the Lake Monticello Wildlife Committee since setting up bluebird houses around the Lake. It has been two years since they proposed and implemented a plan to bring back bluebirds by setting up nesting areas.

Spring begins on March 20, and this is the time bluebirds start building their nests. Jim Haney, a volunteer with the wildlife committee who monitors the birdhouses, said, “When you see activity around the birdhouses, start monitoring. They begin building nests by the end of March.”

Haney was specific about the different types of nests that are distinguishable from bluebird nests.

“Bluebirds use pine needles and they are neat, and wrens will use moss. Chickadees’ nests are messy. They use moss, sticks and other things. But they are not as bad as the sparrows – they literally use garbage,” he said. Haney has seen plastic and other unnatural things in sparrow nests. They are considered the recycling birds, since everything and anything goes into the building of their nests. Add a comment

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