Fluvanna Review

Palmyra women embrace karate

Karate enthusiasts Cindy, Renae and MaryRenae Chiovaro, Mary Elizabeth Allen and Cindy Girard have taken a stand (or a sparring stance) to improve their health – an effort that requires sheer physical stamina and mental grit.

The Lake Monticello residents joined the growing number of women who have learned to successfully fend off attackers and get in great physical shape by training in martial arts.

“I go straight from work to the dojo every day,” said Chiovaro, whose physical trainer at the gym encouraged her to practice karate to increase her body’s fluidity. “It’s something that doesn’t come easily for me and I love the challenge. It builds confidence.” And while she’s there for the workout, Chiovaro is increasingly glad she is able to learn ways to defend herself.

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Darrell Byers and Tony O'BrienThe make up of Fluvanna’s top governing body may change after the Nov. 7 election.

Four candidates submitted the necessary paperwork by the June 13 deadline to appear on the ballot for Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.

Lake Monticello resident Darrell Byers is challenging incumbent Rivanna District Supervisor Tony O’Brien.

Current Supervisors Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) and Don Weaver (Cunningham District) are running unopposed.

Those who win the election will serve a four-year term from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2021.

The Palmyra District seat, currently held by Supervisor Trish Eager, and the Fork Union District seat, currently held by Mozell Booker, will not open for another two years.

The Fluvanna Review asked the candidates to introduce themselves to voters and talk about their objectives for the next four years.
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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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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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Rhon Williams, Frost BitesIn two weeks, local business owner Rhon Williams will either pack up the contents of Frost Bites, Fluvanna’s frozen yogurt shop, or sport a pair of swim trunks and sit in a pool of frozen yogurt so hometown heroes can turn him into a human sundae.

Williams says he will wear his “sundae best” if he can raise $50,000 through an independent fundraiser set up to spare Frost Bites from having to close. “I see this as the opportunity to say, ‘Yes, we appreciate businesses that are in our community and we are going to step in and do what it takes to keep them,’” he said.

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