Fluvanna Review

Volunteer Ralph Davidson brings meals to Mildred Bennett. Photo by George BabcockThe Dogwood Restaurant saved the day for Fluvanna’s Meals on Wheels (MOW) and its hungry clients.
In the past, Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) provided hot dinners to MOW, delivering them right to the doorstep of Effort Church where volunteers stood ready to package them up and send them off throughout the county.
But due to increased demand on JABA’s kitchen operations, the organization told MOW it wouldn’t be able to provide meals as of Jan. 1.
“It caused us quite a scramble. It was a panic,” said Lisa Himes, chair of the MOW board. “We had to find somebody that could not only prepare that many meals but could deliver the food to us.”
Fluvanna’s MOW brings hot meals to 72 clients throughout the county five days a week. Cooking that much food is no small task.
But during a lunch at the Dogwood, Himes spoke with co-owner Mike Hartling, and he jumped on board. The Dogwood now whips up 72 meals a day, five days a week, and delivers them to Effort.
“We’ve had an outpouring of comments from clients noticing a huge difference in the food quality,” said Himes. “They like it better. Before, the food was coming from Charlottesville. Now it’s arriving from five minutes away. Plus, the Dogwood is cooking for 72 clients, whereas JABA was preparing for a large number for all their programs.”
The hot meals include meat, starch, vegetables, fruit, or milk in a varying menu, said Himes.
“We got out of the cafeteria-style food and made it more quality, made-to-order food,” said Hartling. “We recently made chicken piccata and pork marsala. JABA was forced to cook for a huge number. We are able to come up with fresher products.”
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Fluvanna County’s Teacher of the Year Theresa Scruggs surrounded by her students. Photo by Tricia JohnsonTheresa Scruggs has been named Fluvanna County’s Teacher of the Year.
Scruggs, who teaches 6th grade language arts at Fluvanna Middle School, is a graduate of Longwood College and the University of Virginia, and has worked for the school system for 20 years, including 11 years as a teacher.
One of the reasons that Scruggs was chosen for this honor is her commitment to continuing education. “She always wants to improve her craft,” said Fluvanna Middle School Principal Brad Stang. “She is very involved with the entire language arts department and professional development, and what she learns, she shares,” he added.
Scruggs serves as a member of the leadership team and the Positive Behavior Supports Committee at Fluvanna Middle School. She also has taken on the role of collaborative team member, the only 6th grade language arts general education teacher to work with all collaborative classes along with her special education teaching partner.
Scruggs, who calls the award “very humbling,” is focused on what she can do for her students. “I always want to find better ways to do it,” Scruggs said of her passion for continuing education. “It is not hard to teach the kids who have everything they need, but it is so hard to figure out how to help the kids who need the help the most,” she explained. “I want to do it better for them.”
Teaching reading can be hard, according to Scruggs. “I’m not teaching them knowledge, I am teaching them how to do something that is so nebulous. Readers are thinkers,” she asserted, “and that is what I want for them. I want them to come away from this class with something that can never be taken away from them.”
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Erin Edgerton won Best In Show.There were not many entries in this years’ annual photo contest sponsored by Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation but those who participated showed some awe-inspiring work including Erin Edgerton, one of the youngest entrants at age 15.

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School is out for summer. However, a large crowd showed up at Fluvanna County High School on Tuesday, May 31, for the annual spring sports banquet. Recent graduates, rising seniors, juniors and sophomores and families and friends were all on hand. Athletic Director Scott Morris served as master of ceremonies.

Fluco baseball coach Mike Sheridan was first to speak. He reported that the varsity baseball squad started slowly and closed well. In the honors department, shortstop Tre Bright and outfielder Brett Haislip were second team all-conference selectees; Shawn Holyfield was honorable mention.


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Maria Nini, grandson Luca and daughter Claudia Cracchiolo.Sal’s is located in Fork Union and in Scottsville and now at Lake Monticello so fans of the restaurant don’t have to go far for their terrific Italian fare.

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