Fluvanna Review

Karl Bergstresser and Terry FurlongThe Gray Foxes senior golf groups at the Lake Monticello golf course held their annual year-end banquet at the Tavern on the Green at Spring Creek on Monday (Nov. 7).

The Gray Foxes have an 18-hole contingent that plays every Thursday morning and a nine-hole contingent that plays on Friday mornings. Players can compete in both groups, but few do.

The awards banquet business started with President Dan Foley announcing the officers for the 2017 season. Dan Foley will return as president, Bill Scanlon will be vice-president, Burt Marks will be treasurer, and the 18-hole and nine-hole coordinators will be Dan Atkinson and Lou Monte respectively. Foley also acknowledged the two guests of honor at the event: Lake Monticello PGA professional Mark Marshall and long-time Gray Foxes officer Bob Strohmayer.

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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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Girl's basketballThe Charlottesville Black Knights rode into town with a 17-2 record and a decisive win over Fluvanna earlier in the year under their belt. They may have expected to coast to another easy win, but they would have been wrong. The Fluco girls under Coach Chad White have been getting better and better as the year has progressed. The Black Knights were fortunate on Tuesday (Jan. 31) to eke out a four point win with a score of 56-52.

Charlottesville opened the game strong with a couple of three-point shots and several inside lay-ups. The Black Knights led early by nine points at 14-5. Late in the quarter, Fluco senior guard Chaniya Brown drained a three-point shot and freshman guard Nevaeh Ivory scored on a rebound to reduce Charlottesville’s lead to five at the end of the quarter. The Flucos also had a basket in the quarter by junior center Jemika Johnson on a clever feed from freshman guard Jules Shepherd, and a short jump shot by freshman forward Mya Wright. Add a comment

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Deborah NixonOnce Deborah Nixon found her inspiration as an artist, she never stopped. Her interest in art was a result of her mother’s yearning to become an artist, Nixon said. But like many women of the pre-World War II generation, she didn’t cultivate such aspirations and instead became a secretary. But her desire to become a painter never left her and after retiring, Nixon’s mother began painting again, taking Nixon’s sister, Beverly, with her to an art in the park class on Saturday mornings. At first Nixon didn’t join them, but years later when her mother’s vision began to fail and she could no longer drive, Nixon joined the group.

“My mother and I would make each other crazy because she was very precise,” Nixon said. “She started in one corner and worked down and out from that.  After I saw an exhibit in Spain of Pablo Picasso, I became very wild in my painting.” Nixon said she became very proficient at copying Pablo Picasso and signed her copies D Picasso.

“Picasso and his free style, which is actually as brilliant as we imagine, has influenced my painting since then,” Nixon said. “If you get a line or a color wrong, it matters. You’d think, just looking at Picasso, that he just threw paint on the canvas, but I learned when I tried to copy him that if you got the line wrong, it ruined the painting.” Picasso and the impressionists became her inspiration and it shows in her fluid, sweeping motions and the vibrant colors seen in her work. 

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Fluvanna County courted business developers at the library Wednesday (Feb. 8) by supplying breakfast and information on water and other projects.

About 30 men and women heard how Fluvanna is pro-business. 

Jason Smith, the county’s economic development director, unveiled a new logo and brochure he’ll use to sell the benefits of choosing Fluvanna.

Smith said the county is offering free public listings on its website for those who want to sell property.

“We’re on the way to a new, more user-friendly county website and want to make you aware of the resources,” Smith said. “If you need help in the process [of creating a listing] we will gladly provide that help.” Add a comment

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