Fluvanna Review

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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The Fluvanna County High School junior/senior prom was held Saturday (April 25) at the high school. Though rain dampened some prom dresses it didn’t dampen the students’ spirit as they ate and danced until late in the evening. Hundreds of students turned out for the annual prom. The theme this year was “Flucos in Hollywood.” Hunter Deforge and Nataryia Brock were  named king and queen of the prom.
Photos by www.jaltieriphotography.com

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Catherine NeelleyJust two months into her new job as general manager of Lake Monticello, Catherine Neelley sits confidently in her office, jotting off e-mails. It’s two in the afternoon. She hasn’t eaten lunch yet. She’s been too busy. Add a comment

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Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanThe Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office and public library will need to wait at least another year before anyone is allowed to actually drink the water that comes out of their water fountains and faucets.
On April 8 supervisors voted to push to fiscal year 2017 (FY17) the $45,000 project that would make the water potable, or drinkable, and join the systems together into the beginning of a real water system.
“It’s a shame that we had to put it off,” said Wayne Stephens, director of public works, “but the decision knife has to come down somewhere and this one just didn’t quite make the cutoff for this year. It’s part of doing a hard budget process. I think every department gave up something that they thought was very important to get done in order to try to keep the taxes low.”
Right now the sheriff’s office and the library each has its own well, Stephens explained. Neither of them can serve as a public water system, which is the reason for the prominent “do not drink the water” signs in both buildings.
Stephens wants to bring the wells up to standard for public drinking water, connect the two systems together under a single water permit, add a little storage space and a booster station, and treat the water with chlorine and possibly a filtration system, depending upon the results from water quality tests. The cost for these improvements will hopefully fall below the $45,000 he has estimated, Stephens said.
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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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