Fluvanna Review

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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Photo taken at the third annual wine festival held last year. Photo by Theresa WhiteSavoring a glass of good wine with friends is a pleasant way to spend a crisp fall day – and Fluvanna’s Chamber of Commerce is hoping that many folks in Fluvanna choose to do just that this Saturday (Sept. 27) at the fourth annual wine festival.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the grassy area near the newly-renovated Pleasant Grove House will be filled with wine selections offered by at least eight different local wineries. “We’re going to be up around the house this year,” said Chamber President Scott Valentine. “The house is supposed to be open, so people will have the opportunity to go through and take a tour of the house. It’ll be a nice little quiet, woodsy setting.”
For those who don’t like wine there will be four different kinds of beer available, Valentine said, and food vendors with selections ranging from barbecue to Australian meat pies to gyros. Add to that over 30 non-food vendors selling crafts and wares, and live music from three different bands, and there’s enough to keep everyone happy for a good long while.
Even the kids have something to do. Sir Bounce Alot from Louisa, who made an appearance last June at BBQ Bands & Brews, will be back with a somewhat smaller but still entertaining set-up. For a fee kids can play the day away while their parents sit back and sip some wine.
Wineries will offer free tastings, Valentine said, to folks who purchase a full ticket for $20 at the gate or $15 in advance. Non-drinkers and children 12 and older are $5 and children 12 and under are free.
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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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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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All Fluvanna County Public Schools are now fully accredited. The Virginia Department of Education said in a Sept. 16 press release that only 22 school divisions out of 132 in the Commonwealth have achieved that benchmark.
According to the press release, 68% of Virginia’s schools are accredited for the 2014-2015 school year, which is a decrease from 77% in the previous year. The state indicated that they believe more rigorous testing caused the decline in the number of accredited schools.
Brenda Gilliam, director of testing and instruction for Fluvanna County Schools said, “Fluvanna County Public School teachers focused on the increased rigor in the mathematics program. Teachers worked together to develop more challenging assessments that helped to better prepare students for the state test. Teachers planned together and disaggregated student data, and this hard work paid off.”

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