Fluvanna Review

James Collins, owner of Pantops Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, opened a new office at Lake Monticello on Sept. 20.

After serving Charlottesville and its surrounding counties for over 12 years, the physical therapist decided to expand into the Fluvanna community, setting up shop between the Lake and Sycamore Square beside KC’s Burgers.

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Dashon Carter 1 and Andrew Pace 14The Flying Flucos and the Little Giants from Waynesboro both started the game in aggressive man-to-man defense when the Flucos opened their 2016-17 season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

During the first quarter the defenses dominated, with no scores in the first three and a half minutes. With less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Little Giants had a 6-5 lead. A late three-point shot gave Waynesboro a 9-5 lead at the end of the quarter.

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Amy Kirchner teaches pickleballA couple of times a week, a group of dedicated sports enthusiasts meet at Carysbrook gym, using hard paddles to bat a polymer whiffle ball back and forth. It looks like tennis but the lines on the court are different. The net is similar to a tennis net but is mounted two inches lower. It’s not badminton and the equipment is nothing like most have encountered. Not many are familiar with this sport and when it’s mentioned, they’ll cock their heads and ask, “What’s pickleball?”

It is the latest sports craze you never heard of but is all the rage with the 50-plus crowd. Any age and skill level can play.  According to the USA Pickleball Association, pickleball is still the fastest growing sport in popularity. The Sports and Fitness Association estimates that it grew to 2.46 million players in 2015.

This is a racquet sport that combines all the elements of tennis, paddle tennis, ping-pong, and badminton. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court and the rules are simple.

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Nancy ShafferThere is a distinction between fine art and decorative art, although recently that delineation has become somewhat outdated. While fine art focuses on drawing skills, decorative arts focus more on technique.

This is the only thing that separates the Painters at the Lake (PATL) from the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA). The groups have far more in common than one would suspect, however. Many members have crossed over and are learning different skills.

Art elites would look down their noses at decorative artists, dismissing their work as cultural folk art. Nowadays, the precise meaning of decorative art is less significant given that the confines of an elitist concept of fine art have been outmoded by the all-inclusive classification of visual art.

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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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