Fluvanna Review

In five years Fluvanna County may have a very different reputation throughout Central Virginia – and even within the county’s own borders – than it does now. Prospective businesses may see Fluvanna as a prime place to set up shop, and new and established residents alike may view their county as “a great place to live, learn, work, and play,” as the county tagline reads.
That’s because a group of concerned citizens, disturbed by the tumultuous local politics of 2012 and 2013 and the resulting “negative press” for Fluvanna, decided to flip the tables and do something positive.
“In one of our Focus on Fluvanna’s Future meetings last year,” said the group’s co-founder, Bill Sullivan, “we were discussing how great Fluvanna is and how it’s a shame that we haven’t been able to promote all that we love about our county. This is when we came up with the idea of a contest that not only engages the entire community, but highlights those positives and helps rebuild the pride we all have in Fluvanna.”
And so the Market Fluvanna campaign was born. Various county leaders jumped on board with the idea, which ties neatly into one of the strategic initiatives the Board of Supervisors developed earlier this year of strengthening community partnerships, with a specific emphasis on creating a “This is Fluvanna County” video.
A video? Emergency Services Coordinator Cheryl Wilkins, who is heading up the county side of Market Fluvanna, explained that “the goal for this campaign is to produce materials the county can use in future marketing efforts… It is a way to get community members further invested in describing and celebrating what we value about our community.”
Right now there are two initiatives under the Market Fluvanna umbrella.
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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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Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanMore than two dozen people showed up at Lowe’s in Zion Crossroads on Saturday (Sept. 6) for an event highlighting the mysterious disappearance of Fluvanna resident Renee Field.
The event was put on by Help Save the Next Girl, an organization founded by Dan and Gil Harrington in honor of their daughter Morgan Harrington, who was abducted and murdered in the Charlottesville area in 2009.
Lewis Field, who was the last to see his wife when she disappeared on July 2, attended the event along with several other family members. Despite the fact that his wife has been missing for over two months, Lewis Field is thinking positive. “I think she is [still alive],” he said. “I know at this point it’s less likely, but at the same time, there’s been several cases where – for medical or whatever reason – they appear a while later. So I’m still going with that.”
With that in mind, he and his wife’s father, Waverly Branch, went to Richmond a couple weeks ago to put flyers around the area. Renee Field was familiar with the west end of Richmond, Lewis Field has said. They’re also placing an ad in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he said, to try to “cover some more ground with people seeing her.”
Investigators continue their search, he said, by monitoring his wife’s accounts. They also checked the JAUNT bus that occasionally runs out to the park and ride where her car was found, he said, looking for signs that she had ridden it. But so far nothing has popped.
What would really help the case, Lewis Field said, is “if somebody, because of an event like this, suddenly remembers, ‘Hold it, you meant that red Forester. Yeah, I happened to be there when I saw whatever happened.’ I mean, that’s basically it, I guess, until somebody who’s seen something recognizes that they need to say something.”
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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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