Fluvanna Review

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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To the casual observer driving through Fluvanna’s historic yet shabby little river community of Columbia, it may not appear that much is being done to improve conditions there. Fluvanna County Administrator Steve Nichols says just the opposite is true; progress is being made – it just can’t see be seen yet

“We are just in the preliminary phases of the process,” Nichols said, referring to the county’s plans to use grant money from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase blighted properties in the flood zone and tear them down. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) has worked with the county to obtain the grant and is assisting with the administration of it. Add a comment

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altLake Monticello resident Cynthia Moore has already received praise for her book Live, Love, Lead: 10 Simple Skills to Transform Stress, a book focused on how to become conscious of joy and less inclined to stress. It features a short description of 10 skills that if practiced regularly can reduce stress and restore life’s balance.

“Although I thought some of these skills would be helpful to others in middle management – as they have been helpful to me – I recognize that for all of us, having more tools in our stress management toolkit is useful,” said Moore.

Moore believes that the daily stress of modern life weighs us down without the balance of rest and renewal, or the pauses nature intended in the midst of chaos.

“Increases in blood pressure and blood sugar as well as risk to the heart accelerate under those chronic stress conditions, contributing to disease development,” Moore said. “That is why it makes sense to intentionally add in some practices to balance the rest and renewal part of our nervous system. Those at a higher risk can benefit from these skills but they’re useful for most of us.” Add a comment

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Tournament championsThe weather was nearly perfect for golf on the weekend of June 10-11. Thirty member-guest teams were divided into five six-team flights. The combined handicap of the team members determined the teams’ flight. In each flight, teams played each other in nine-hole matches. Teams played three matches on Saturday and two matches on Sunday for a total of 45 holes for the weekend. Under this format, each team plays a single match against all the other teams in the flight. Every hole counts one point for best gross score on the hole and one point for best net score.

Using this format every hole is important, as a team wins, loses, or halves a point in the gross and a point in the net on each and every hole. The outcome of a match can be determined on any hole. This can be shown by the fact that in determining which team went to the tournament ending shoot-out, in one flight, the difference in overall points between the teams in contention was one-half of a point. A single missed putt anywhere along the way could cost a team a half a point.

Each flight has a winning team for overall best gross score and a winning team for overall best net score. If one team has the top score in the gross and the net, the team with the second best net score is declared the net score winner in that flight, so that two teams in each flight are winners. After all the scores are tabulated, there is a shoot-out to determine the winning team for the entire tournament; one team from each flight goes into the shoot-out. In each flight, the overall score of the gross winner and the net winner are compared and the team with the highest total gross score and net score combined goes to the shoot-out. If this sounds complicated, it’s because it is. And it gets more complicated. Add a comment

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The Elephantz TrunkNina Monroe’s goal is to support the local economy and encourage Fluvanna residents to buy local. It’s not that easy when surrounded by massive brick and mortar stores in nearby Charlottesville and Richmond and online giants like Amazon. But Monroe is not deterred and has a unique boutique, The Elephantz Trunk, that she hopes will do well.

Located in a former motel renovated by Chris Fairchild several years ago, the refurbished brick building with the green awnings can be spotted at the crossroads of Dixie, where Routes 6 and 15 meet. Walking into her boutique is a different experience reminiscent of visiting a Gordonsville shop. Her boutique features handmade jewelry she designed, as well as a variety of manufactured pieces and sterling silver. All pieces are one-of-a-kind and bold.

“The statement pieces of fashion jewelry are purchased in limited quantities like four or five pieces,” said Monroe. “This ensures that you don’t have everyone walking around with the same piece of jewelry which begs the question, ‘Where did you get that?’”

She also sells homemade bath and body products using natural ingredients like Dead Sea salt, Epsom salts, shea and cocoa butters, coconut and essential oils, local honey, beeswax and more. “We have our local honey for sale too. The hives started out in my backyard at home, but have been relocated just down the street a few yards,” she said. Add a comment

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