Fluvanna Review

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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Lt. Col. Jack F. Thompson, an Army and civilian dentist from Fluvanna County. Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Neil W. McCabeArmy Reserve Medical Command

Lt. Col. Jack F. Thompson, an Army and civilian dentist from Fluvanna County, recently led soldiers on a medical mission to help the Santa Ynez, Calif., Band of the Chumas Indian Tribe.
Army Reserve Medical Command soldiers began a series of two-week rotations supporting the health clinic operated by the tribe. The effort will continue through the summer.
The soldiers are assigned to the 4215th U.S. Army Hospital, and two of its subordinate units, the 7202nd Medical Support Unit and the 2290th U.S. Army Hospital, said Thompson, who led the soldiers on this rotation. Both the 4215th USAH and the 7202nd MSU are based in Richmond. The 2290th USAH is based in Alexandria.
Thompson said the soldiers included other dentists, a doctor, nurses, medics and dental assistants, all contributing to the clinic’s mission of providing healthcare to members of the Chumash tribe and local residents.
The partnership with the clinic is part of the Pentagon’s Innovative Readiness Training program that pairs reserve military personnel with communities in need, he said.
The non-profit Walking Shield coordinates with the Department of Defense its IRT missions involving Native American communities.
“There is a local population here, uninsured and under-served,” he said.
“We are providing medical and dental treatment, including screenings and some lab work,” he said. “On the dental side, we are providing both emergency and sustaining care – extractions, periodontal work and identifying further needs for further treatment.”
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Swift Water Awareness Plus, a course that met first in a classroom for instruction, took to the Rivanna River for practical training. Photo by Tricia JohnsonOver 30 people trained to become water rescuers, learning how to read river currents, how to cross swift water and even how to throw a rescue line at a recent course held by the Lake Monticello Water Rescue Team (LMWRT).
Participants rotated through four stations and learned how to ride through a chute in turbulent water to get safely to land – both alone and with a victim.
The team hosted the training course on Saturday, Aug. 9. The participants, who came from six different agencies, attended “Swift Water Awareness Plus,” a course that met first in a classroom for instruction, then later went to the Rivanna River for practical training.
Jamie Beadle, chief training officer with LMWRT, explained the goal of the course. “This training is designed to improve the safety of first responders across the area when it comes to swift water scenes that they may encounter, and also to increase their knowledge of what the LMWRT and other water rescue teams in the area can provide for them.”
Multiple agency training is about building relationships, too, since LMWRT ends up collaborating with other agencies on most of their calls. “It can be a law enforcement agency or a rescue squad that comes across a swift water scene or oftentimes a fire department that goes out for a rescue that involves swift water. We always,” Beadle added with a grin, “work well with others.”
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Coach Michele Caron (left) and her assistants brief the Sharks.The Lake Monticello Swim Team defeated the Key West Swim Club by a score of 378-306 on Wednesday (July 18). The meet was held at the Key West neighborhood pool. First year head coach, Michelle Caron said that her team of over 100 youth swimmers has not lost a meet this year, and this was the team’s sixth and final swim meet of the regular season.

Caron, who is a rising junior and varsity swimmer at Bridgewater University, is well known for her swimming prowess. She won the Lake Monticello Fourth of July lake swim repeatedly while she was swimming for the Flucos.

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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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