Fluvanna Review

Sue LibermanAfter spending most of her life in health and human services, Lake Monticello resident Sue Liberman is putting her considerable experience to work by helping local seniors age safely in place.

Senior Solutions, Liberman’s business, focuses on helping older folks – and their families, who are often far away – feel confident that their homes are safe and they have the resources they need close at hand.

“There’s a significant population of grossly underserved older folks not just in Fluvanna but in Louisa and Orange too,” Liberman said. “My goal is to make sure they get care and services, have their needs met, and help the families of these wonderful people make healthy decisions.”

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Sonia Erickson egg collectionLake resident Sonia Erickson has been collecting Easter eggs for nearly 47 years.

A tree in Erickson’s front yard is decorated with Easter eggs. The front of the house is adorned with wreaths made out of Easter eggs. Inside is an Easter egg wonderland with displays of hundreds of eggs given by friends and family and collected from all around the world by Erickson and her husband, Ed.

“I have 1,300 eggs,” said Erickson. She showed off an antique pale green velvet-covered egg box with flowers on the top that she had as a child growing up in Bavaria, Germany. “This is the oldest.” She opened the box, exposing the threadbare pink silk lining inside.

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Pickleball players ready for servePickleball is reportedly the fastest growing sport in the United States. You can now play this fast-moving, but not overly-taxing, sport in Fluvanna County and at Lake Monticello. The game is played on a downsized tennis court and folks are playing it indoors at Carysbrook and outdoors at the Lafayette tennis courts at Lake Monticello.

This game is becoming very popular with retirees because players can get some exercise and can work up a sweat, but they do not have to do a lot of running or lunging. Pickleball is played with a plastic wiffle ball that is about the size of a softball. The ball is volleyed with a solid wooden racquet, like a paddleball racquet. Add a comment

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Fluco tennis coaches Feda Morton and Jason Barnett both felt that their squads performed well during the recently completed spring season.

The girls’ team under Morton had an 8-6 record, while the boys’ team under Barnett came in at 6-8. Morton said that many of the girls’ teams’ matches ended in a 4-5 score. As a result, she noted that the team could have won three of the matches it lost and could have come in at 11-3.

The girls’ team ended its regular season on May 9 when it fell in the Conference play-offs to Turner Ashby High. However, Adora Gamage moved on to Regional play in singles and she and Emily Baker will also be competing at the Regionals in doubles. Morton also said that Yolaine Scolan was also a high point scorer for the girls, playing at number six in singles and teaming with Ema Graham at number three doubles to score five wins.
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Haley Nelson and Jessica Harris rehearseLast week for her week-long theater camp, Jessica Harris had 24 children aged 5 to 12.  This week it is the older kids’ turn, featuring seven kids aged 12 to 14.

“We had a fabulous week at Carysbrook Performing Arts Center. Of the students who participated in last week’s camp, most had never set foot on stage before,” said Harris. “Students learned basic theater knowledge such as stage directions and projection, and also learned character development techniques and 11 songs to boot.”

Partnering with Harris is Haley Nelson, who is studying drama at George Mason University. Together, these two young women are an impressive pair when it comes to teaching kids about drama and the basics of theater. Harris, who started the Empowered Players as a teenager, shows an infinite passion and dedication to her craft and understands learning the basics early for success later on the stage.

It is amazing to watch this young woman, barely out of her teens, conduct a session with her students in an efficient, organized, direct and creative way, encouraging imagination through writing and improvisation while learning about stage presence, expression, body movement and projection. Add a comment

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