Fluvanna Review

Rob Browning with his art.It was hot, triple digit temperature day and in Palmyra they had no electricity, so things were heating up at Maggie’s house and elsewhere. But by 11, the lights and air conditioning were back on and the artists were chatting with onlookers about their work at the second annual Artist’s Studio Tour.

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Dixie was rescued from a culvert pipe. Photo by Tricia Johnson “Dixie always comes back by 8:30 (at night),” said Fork Union resident Jennifer Flores. “She always sleeps with my daughter.”
But that Aug. 15 night – and the next – the little beagle didn’t come home, and young Selena Flores slept alone, and worried.
“We went to the store, and when we came back, she wasn’t at the house,” said 13-year-old Selena.
“We went looking for her. We went to the cornfield because she normally goes there...but she wasn’t there. And she didn’t come back,” Selena added.
“The next morning, Selena didn’t want to go to school,” Flores remembered, “but I promised her that when she got home we would go and look for Dixie.”
For the next two days, Selena reluctantly went to school and hurried home in the afternoon to search for Dixie. On the second day, Jennifer Flores heard a dog whining, and the family tracked the sound to a section of culvert pipe on River Road West obscured by brambles. They used scissors to cut the briars away, and Selena crawled into the narrow opening only to find that Dixie’s head was stuck, and she couldn’t move.
It was obvious that they wouldn’t be able to save her without help, so Jennifer Flores called 911. The prompt, concerned response surprised her. “I really didn’t think they would take a call like this seriously. She was a dog, stuck in a pipe... their response – the deputy and the fire department – it was nice to see,” Flores said.
“It might just be a dog to everybody else,” said Fluvanna County Animal Control Officer Patrick Wood, “but to that little girl... it might be something special to her.” Wood arrived on the scene shortly after Fork Union Volunteer Fire Department members.
All of the first responders were surprised by what they found at the scene about two miles outside of Fork Union. The dog was not simply trapped in a section of drainpipe; she had actually pushed her head through a crack between two adjoining sections of pipe and into an air pocket in the soil.
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James River Brewing Company Manager Clay Hysell.  Photo by Tricia JohnsonLocal brewery wins two medals at Virginia Craft Beer Festival
The James River Brewing Company made quite an impression at the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival with medal wins in the Virginia Brewers Cup in two categories – an impressive feat for a fledgling company under new ownership and management since March of 2015. The festival, held on Saturday, Aug. 22, awarded three medals each in 24 categories. There were a total of 306 submissions across all categories.
“Fluvanna Fluss – which is a name that we have recycled from the past, but with a new recipe – won gold as a German wheat beer,” said Manager Clay Hysell. The beer, which is brewed with half wheat and half barley, wheat “has a slightly fruitier and more mild taste,” Hysell explained, “whereas the other beers and ales we have are all barley.”
“The Green Eyed Lady is a Belgian Golden Strong,” said Hysell. “It is brewed using a particular Belgian yeast in the accepted style,” he said. The Green Eyed Lady, also a name from the past with a new recipe, won a bronze medal in the Belgian Strong category.
Hysell said that the brewing company has been growing in sales since March. “The quality of beer is very strong – it is top–notch,” he said. “We are brewing to the internationally accepted style of the beers, using primarily malt, water, barley, yeast, and hops,” he explained. In a time when many beers are advertised with added fruit and other flavorings, this style of brewing, being traditional, is almost revolutionary.
“The current owners – we have four of them – all have experience in managing hospitality businesses. They have run hotels, and restaurants, and bars, and they have brought that knowledge to this business,” Hysell said. “I am definitely a beer geek, and then they have hired consultants who are giving us their expertise in brewing the beers, and are helping to train the next generation of brewers here at JRB,” he added.
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David MooreAt the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association meeting Thursday (May 24) the board welcomed a new finance director, decided on how to handle deer and heard about how to protest the proposed Aqua Virginia rate hike.

Association General Manager Catherine Neelley introduced the new Finance Director David Moore. Moore is a Lake resident.

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Peg Redd's artwork

Eight area artists will be participating in the upcoming Second Annual Artist’s Studio Tour to benefit the Fluvanna County Historical Society on June 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Historical Society is sponsoring a studio tour to raise money for the Endowment Fund while promoting Fluvanna’s artists.
New to the tour this year are longer hours to allow visitors to reach every studio. Add a comment

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