Fluvanna Review

RunnersAs a result of an online poll, Fourth of July activities at Lake Monticello were held on Saturday, July 1, this year. The activities began early and continued all day. Two of the annual athletic competitions are the Spirit 5K run and the Swim across the Lake.

The 16th annual 5K (three mile) Spirit Run started promptly at 7 a.m. Many contestants arrived at least half an hour early to warm up. The race begins at the Bunker ball field and it is run mostly on the Lake Monticello golf course cart paths. This year there were 210 entries that included pre-teens to retirees.

In the men’s division, the outcome was no surprise. Matt Barresi has been winning the Spirit Run 5K for a number of years. He notes that he has not run every year, but he has won every time in which he has run. This year Barresi completed the course in an impressive time of 16:35, which is about 5:30 per mile – too fast, by a wide margin, for most of the competition. Barresi ran track and cross country in college for American University and now runs for the Ragged Mountain Running team, concentrating on the marathon.

On the women’s side of the race the first-place finisher was Fluvanna County High School rising senior Saige Haney, who has been a standout for the Flying Flucos for several years, running under the tutelage of her mother, Coach Rose Brogan. Brogan did well herself, winning in her age group. Add a comment

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GolfersOn Wednesday (Aug. 9), the Flying Flucos golf team played host to the Jefferson District’s season-opening 18-hole tournament. Six-player teams arrived for an 11 a.m. start from Albemarle High, Monticello High, Louisa County High, Charlottesville, Orange County and Western Albemarle. Powhatan High did not participate. The tournament was played over the lush Lake Monticello course. The course has been kept in outstanding shape by Jim Prucnal and his Billy Casper golf crew, despite some very hot, dry weather.

The tournament was not played with a shotgun start, so all players teed off on hole number one and finished on the 18th. This made the tournament a long endeavor, with the final foursome coming home at around 6:30 p.m. Most of the teams were all boys, but two teams, including the Flucos, had two girls competing in their top six. Add a comment

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Linda StaigerLinda Staiger’s name won’t be on the ballot for Columbia District School Board, the state electoral board decided Friday (Sept. 8).
Staiger said she will be running as a write-in candidate.

Her opponent, Andrew Pullen, began looking into specifics of Staiger’s candidacy immediately, he said.

Pullen filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Registrar Joyce Pace asking “for all of the candidate paperwork like any candidate should to see who signed petitions and for opposition research,” he wrote in an email Sept. 6 responding to whether he or someone in his campaign filed the FOIA.

Pullen wrote that he and others in his campaign heard rumors Staiger didn’t live in the Columbia District.

She does.

Staiger lives at 2949 Ridge Road and said she has since 2004. Add a comment

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Loli StamsLoli Stams was an artist who will be remembered by Painters at the Lake and the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) as a talented, enthusiastic artist who had a strong presence wherever she showed up.

Those who knew her were shocked to hear of her sudden passing on Aug. 22. “I just can’t believe it,” said FAA President Susan Lang.

A longtime member of both groups, Stams encouraged her fellow artists, teaching and sharing with them new ways of using their imaginations.

She asked no less of herself than she did of others, always challenging herself with new ideas and emboldening others to fly a little higher. Stams never believed in setting limits for herself or anyone else. She set higher expectations for herself and others because she believed artists who practiced their art could do better and that it would eventually show in their work. Add a comment

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Cheryl ElliottI blame my brother. He was the one who proclaimed: “May 2016 be a year of adventure and blessing!” I had no choice but to respond with “challenge accepted,” and treat last year’s unexpected breast cancer diagnosis as both adventure and blessing.

For me, his proclamation became: “May this breast cancer adventure bring unusual and exciting experiences, bursting with God’s favor, protection and well-being!” Although he also said I was going through a lot of trouble just for a boob job! Brothers!

As it turns out, my breast cancer journey – in which I experienced the whole gamut:  chemotherapy and its ugly side effects, breast surgery, immune system collapse, and reconstruction – has brought both adventure (and some misadventure) and blessing. I’m told I’ve handled the diagnosis and treatment a little differently than most women, and I pray that sharing my journey will bring hope and encouragement. Here are a few ponderings from my cancer adventure.

Facing fears

A breast cancer diagnosis unleashes a storm of fears. Fear of the unknown: Did I cause this? What’s going to happen to me?  Fear of pain: Will it hurt? Fear of losing control. Fear of dying and fear of a life unlived. Information is often the antidote for fear because I am most afraid of what I don’t know. If I’m going to buy a refrigerator, I have to learn everything I can about refrigerators before making a final choice. The same is true when dealing with a diagnosis. Make decisions based on the information available and advice of doctors. Sorry, but “Doctor Google” should not be a trusted advisor.
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