Fluvanna Review

Illustration by Lynn Stayton-EurellNew attractions are coming to Old Farm Day this Saturday (Oct. 4), lending a sparkle to Fluvanna’s most beloved county tradition of the year.
Receiving top billing is the opening of the Pleasant Grove House, the newly restored and expanded historic home at Pleasant Grove. Built in 1854, the home originally belonged to the Haden family of Fluvanna County. Though the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the house’s restoration won’t come until Nov. 6, the county is opening the home for self-guided tours during Old Farm Day, and invites the public to stop in and take a look at the nationally registered historic home.
Those strolling up and down the gravel path may notice the absence of what’s become a familiar sight: Terry Lintecum of Fruit Hill Orchard stirring a smoking cast-iron pot full of apple butter. Instead, the county’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) students are making the apple butter to raise money for their program.
Russell Jennings, agriculture and horticulture teacher at the high school, set his students to work at the beginning of this week peeling 20 bushels of apples donated by Fruit Hill Orchard. On Saturday, Jennings plans to arrive at 4:30 a.m. to start 15 gallons of apple cider – pressed from the discarded peels and cores – boiling in his 50-gallon copper pot. “It takes 12 to 14 hours to make apple butter from apples,” he explained. Throughout the day at least 20 of his students will come and help out, slowly adding the apples, the 35 pounds of sugar, and the liquid cinnamon. Jennings plans to make some no-sugar-added apple butter, as well, for Fluvannians watching their waistlines.
Proceeds from apple butter sales allow the FFA to take trips, like the students’ upcoming visit to the state fair; purchase supplies for the program; and provide for events throughout the year.
Not only did Fruit Hill Orchard donate the apples for the FFA apple butter, but they gave up any revenue they would have received selling their own apple butter at Old Farm Day. But they were glad to do it, said Barbara Lintecum. “My husband and I both really want to support the FFA,” she said. “We’re so glad they’re back in Add a comment

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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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Jaime Sajecki is the Black Bear Project leader for Virginia. Black bears, the only species of bear in Virginia, are not one would expect of a bear. Ask Jaime Sajecki, the Project Leader of the Black Bear Project for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). She points out that many have a vision of bears similar to those we see on TV or in the movies. Many envision a terrifying 750 pounds worth of carnivorous mammal, rising up on its hind legs in an attack stance, claws poised, roaring at its potential prey. This is a closer description of the Brown or Grizzly bear. Virginia’s bears are more mischievous, a little shy and resemble Gentle Ben or the frolicsome Winnie the Pooh.

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Illustration by Lisa HurdleThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors has dropped its long-running and costly lawsuit against its former financial advisor Davenport & Company LLC.
At a special meeting held Thursday (Sept. 25), the Board voted unanimously to accept an offer from Davenport’s attorneys, ending the three-year legal battle over the issuance of bonds to fund the new high school.
In a letter dated September 15, Davenport attorney Joe Reid laid out the offer which included a request that the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors dismiss the lawsuit and issue a public statement to the following effect: “The lawsuit against Davenport was initiated by a prior Board of Supervisors in 2011. The current Board has re-evaluated the merits of the case, including recent information about the value of the refinancing of the high school debt which has since occurred, and concluded that the financing votes by the Board and advice from Davenport concerning the bond issuance in 2008 have not proven to be unreasonable or caused the County financial harm. Therefore the Board does not see the value in continuing to pursue the prior Board’s suit, and is voluntarily dismissing the litigation. The Board further acknowledges that certain statements were made in the lawsuit about Davenport, and Mr. David Rose in particular, which were not accurate, and the Board regrets this mistake.”
In exchange for the county’s withdrawing the lawsuit and issuing a statement in keeping with the draft above, Davenport agreed to withdraw its motion for sanctions and associated request for recovery of Davenport’s attorneys’ fees which, at last count, were in excess of $1.5 million.
“We understand that yesterday evening the Board accepted this offer,” said Reid, a lawyer with McGuireWoods in Richmond. “Davenport is very pleased to see this litigation end, to have its reputation cleared in this matter, and to have played a role in bringing a new high school to Fluvanna.”
Attorneys’ fees alone have cost Fluvanna County more than $500,000. The county has paid around $90,000 in compensation to expert witnesses it had intended to call in the case.
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Chris VanSlooten, FUMA aquatics director.More than 2,000 swimmers and their families are coming to Fork Union for two days of racing this weekend.

Fork Union Military Academy is opening its doors to the Jefferson Swim League for its annual swim championship July 27 and 28, said Chris VanSlooten, FUMA aquatics director. Add a comment

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