Fluvanna Review

The Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce hopes to draw visitors to Pleasant Grove this Saturday, Oct. 1 for the BBQ, Bands, Brews and Wine Festival.
The Chamber combined two popular festivals into one big party, attracting wine and beer lovers as well as barbecue enthusiasts.

Chamber member Rudy Garcia said it was a conscious decision to bring the two together.

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Maria CarterHer canvases explode with wild color and she abandons the standard forms of painting in favor of painting what is in her soul. She is a maverick when it comes to her art. What Maria Carter sees first is color, then form, when it comes to her paintings.

“You have to find your voice. Inspiration comes from what you see – patterns of colors and imagery from what is around you. I have found my voice,” she said. Carter exudes energy when speaking about her work and it’s contagious when other artists are in her presence.

Carter’s art would be classified as abstract impressionism, rich with color and form. She is continually motivated by the natural beauty that surrounds her and it’s evident through her translation onto the canvas.

“I am always amazed at the ever-changing landscape that displays different colors and shapes from one day to the next,” she said. She recalled watching the seasons evolve from shimmering water reflections on the lake in summer to the snow encrusted tree limbs of winter. Those images have influenced much of her work.

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A passionate discussion about how a certain chunk of money was spent dominated part of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1).

Comments made by Supervisor Trish Eager in a recent Fluvanna Review story dismayed Supervisors Mozell Booker and Tony O’Brien to the point that they decided to address them publicly.

In the Jan. 19 issue, the Fluvanna Review asked the five supervisors to outline their top two priorities for the county in 2017.

Eager said in part: “In fiscal year 2016 (FY16) there was a budget surplus of $1.679 million. The money could have been used to pay down debt or lower taxes, but half a million of it was requested and approved for different things, such as contract and professional services and capital purchases. Don Weaver and I voted against this request. We’re going to need to be borrowing money to pay for our public safety radio system and probably for the water project from the prison, and that’s why it’s my hope that the county will be more careful managing your money.”

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The 2017 sports year began early for Fluco athletes when the boys’ and girls’ swim and dive team traveled to Woodberry Forest on Jan. 2 and to the University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center on Jan. 3 to participate in the annual Ben Hair event.

This is the largest high school swim meet of the season in Central Virginia. Eleven teams competed in the boys’ competition and 10 teams competed on the girls’ side.  This event was named for a 2006 graduate of Albemarle High who was a top student and swimmer.

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Coal ash ponds at Dominion Virginia Power’s Bremo Power Plant are leaking contaminants into the environment, according to a report from scientists at Duke University.

The study, conducted in the summer and fall of 2015 by scientists at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke and funded by the Southern Environmental Law Center, showed that 21 facilities in five different states are leaching coal ash contaminants.  In Fluvanna, the team tested water from a creek above the power plant and then below the plant, where the creek joined the James River. Water from the James River itself was tested as well.

 

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