Fluvanna Review

Fluvanna Art Assoication members (front) Page Gifford, Maria Carter,Deborah Nixon, Gayle Bielanski (back) Loli Stams, Izzy Hickey, Mickey Meyer and Carolyn Brown.It was a long time in coming, but a small group of members from the Fluvanna Art Association finally spread their wings and traveled over to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Member Gayle Bielanski, arranged for a private tour of a couple of exhibits the members were interested in, including the late 19th century and 20th century American art. The members looked in awe at the opulence reflected in the period of the late 19th century. Pam, their guide for the tour, explained this was commonplace for wealthy individuals to display their wealth openly. Pam skillfully combined elements of these periods, to complete an interesting art history as the members toured the American wing.

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Linda Lenherr, 62, is seeking re-election as Fluvanna County treasurer, a position she has held since 1984. Challenging her bid is opponent Ben Hudson.
Lenherr pointed to her accomplishments as treasurer over the past 31 years. “When I took office in 1984 nothing was on a computer system,” she said, “so getting everything on a computer – all of the technology, all of our banking is electronic – was an achievement.”
One of Lenherr’s most important accomplishments, she said, is good customer service. “My door is open to all of the taxpayers at any time,” she noted. She has also made strides in collecting delinquent taxes through the use of car registration holds and property auctions.
If re-elected, Lenherr would like to boost the efficiency of her office. The new computer system her office just received ought to help with that, she said.

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Donated banner. Photo by Tricia Johnson“My name is James A. Bain,” he said, “but I go by Tony.” Tony Bain is a man who has always chosen to give. First, he gave to his country by serving in the U.S. Army. Then he gave to his community with his work as Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Local 33. This day he is giving his uniform and other memorabilia from his time with the First 17th Cavalry 82nd Airborne Division to the Virginia War Memorial Museum.
“My unit was the first unit to be in Desert Storm,” Bain said with pride. “There were just 35 people with two Blackhawks, two 58s and two Cobras - and that’s all there was for the first month,” he said. “We scared Hussein,” he said with a smile. “The remainder of the unit came over the following month, and it took six months to get everything over there – all the army units, tanks, and such,” he said.
Jon Hatfield of the Virginia War Memorial Museum was there to receive the donation and speak to the Veterans Group which meets at the Dogwood Restaurant the last Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. The meeting is open to all veterans, whether they served in peacetime or during war, and regardless of which branch of the service they were in. “I am going to speak to the group for a few minutes about the Virginia War Memorial Museum and the programs that we have to help educate students about the cost of freedom,” Hatfield said. “Getting a uniform donated today to our displays at the war memorial is a great help. When I went in the service,” Hatfield said, “everybody went in the service - the draft was in full force. Now less than 1 percent of our population is involved with the military which means of course 99 percent are not; and if 99 percent do not know the role the military takes in protecting our freedoms, well, we need to teach them.”
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Coach Cos DiFazio meets with his swimmers.The Jefferson Swim League held its 47th championship swim meet at the Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA) pool on Friday and Saturday July 27 and 28. Cos DiFazio, coach of the Fluvanna Aquatic Sports Team (FAST), noted before the meet that this was the biggest swim meet ever held in Fluvanna County. Over 2,000 youth swimmers, representing 16 teams competed in the event. In addition, almost 600 volunteers were needed to bring an event of this size together and make it a success.

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Ian Jackson, of I and J Home Builders talked to the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board at Thursday (June 28) night’s board meeting about more than 30 acres he hopes to buy on the Lake side of Route 618. Jackson said he plans to build homes that would cost between $190,000 and $200,000.

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