Fluvanna Review

Bill SnowAt a recent meeting of the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) Sept. 9, colorist Bill Snow discussed his flawless work in an informative demonstration.

“I’m not here to tell you to paint like me,” said Snow. A former graphic designer, he returned to painting after retiring. “I’m a relatively deliberate painter I use a wet-on-wet technique and dry brush. Some areas of a painting may take me an hour, others may take several hours.”

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After seven years at the helm of Fluvanna County Public Schools, Superintendent Gena Keller is moving on up.

In January Keller will become the coordinator for professional development for the Virginia Department of Education. She and her family will continue living in their Fluvanna house, she said, because “it’s home.”
The Fluvanna Review sat down with Keller to talk over how she got here, what she accomplished and what she’s looking forward to.

What interested you in taking the job of superintendent in Fluvanna?

The funny thing is I wasn’t interested. I didn’t even know about it until Rosa Atkins, the superintendent in Charlottesville approached me. [At the time Keller was a Charlottesville elementary school principal.] She asked if I ever considered taking on a superintendent job, and I said no. Well, she printed out the application, handed it to me and said, “Seriously consider this because I think you can help this community.”

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Jane DittmarJane Dittmar, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke at the Fifth Sunday service at Thessalonia Baptist Church in Fork Union on Sunday (July 31).

Dittmar is running against Tom Garrett, a Republican, for the seat currently held by 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt, who will retire at the end of the year. The 5th District, which includes all of Fluvanna County, stretches from Fauquier County to the North Carolina border.

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Think twice before you light up a cigarette the next time you drive.

Virginia is cracking down on smoking in a motor vehicle with young children around. As of July 1 it will be against the law to smoke in a vehicle, whether moving or at rest, if a child under age 8 is in the vehicle.

Breaking this law will be deemed a secondary offense, “which means we cannot initiate a traffic stop or take enforcement action unless there is some other criminal violation,” said Lt. Dave Wells of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.

The offense will be enforced much like seat belt violations, Wells said. “If a driver is stopped for another offense and they are smoking with a person younger than 8 in the vehicle, they can be ticketed,” he said. “The burden is on us to prove that the child is less than 8 years of age.”

Breaking the law will result in a civil penalty punished by a $100 fine which will be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Literary Fund, according to Virginia code.

People breaking the law will not be arrested but may receive a ticket, Wells said.

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Aqua Virginia is doubling down on customers at Lake Monticello in the hopes of improving their often contentious relationship.To this end, the company hosted four 90-minute focus groups at the Clifton Inn on July 11. The groups were composed of Lake Monticello residents, including members of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors. There were 19 participants, said Gretchen Toner, Aqua America spokesperson.

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