Fluvanna Review

Fluvanna Art Assoication members (front) Page Gifford, Maria Carter,Deborah Nixon, Gayle Bielanski (back) Loli Stams, Izzy Hickey, Mickey Meyer and Carolyn Brown.It was a long time in coming, but a small group of members from the Fluvanna Art Association finally spread their wings and traveled over to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Member Gayle Bielanski, arranged for a private tour of a couple of exhibits the members were interested in, including the late 19th century and 20th century American art. The members looked in awe at the opulence reflected in the period of the late 19th century. Pam, their guide for the tour, explained this was commonplace for wealthy individuals to display their wealth openly. Pam skillfully combined elements of these periods, to complete an interesting art history as the members toured the American wing.

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The newly opened Panda Chinese restaurant has a lot going for it, food-wise that is. If you’re one of the ones looking for décor and ambiance, Chinese red walls and gold Oriental fans, that is not what Panda is all about. The restaurant offers take-out, a few tables set up for eating in, and catering for small or large parties. It is a place for the true Chinese food lover.

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CSX train crossing at Columbia. Photo by Tricia JohnsonA CSX train headed to Fluvanna County – hauling combustible crude oil – derailed in Lynchburg April 30, setting off an explosion and fire and raising questions about the safety of Fluvanna’s tiny river towns.
The train was traveling the CSX rail line that runs along the James River on the southern edge of Fluvanna, and passes through Scottsville, Bremo Bluff, and Columbia. The accident prompted Virginia’s governor to form a task force to consider ways of improving the safety of crude oil transportation by rail in Virginia.
The railways have traditionally been considered good neighbors by the communities in Virginia they pass through. For more than a century in the sleepy rail towns of Virginia, a derailment usually meant that the railroad had to bring equipment in to right the train and clean up the coal, loading it back into cargo vessels to head east. But since December 2013, when Bakken crude oil first appeared on Virginia’s tracks, a derailment can mean a devastating explosion and fire, and a community that must struggle to recover.
Crude oil drilled from the Bakken fields has a different, more combustible composition than traditional crude oil which means that during a derailment or other accident, if the tanker is breached, it is likely to explode. Media reports quote rail company officials as saying that U.S. freight railroads are likely to carry 650,000 carloads of crude oil in 2014, up from a mere 9,500 carloads in 2008 – a 6,742% increase in potentially explosive rail traffic. In the last year alone, there have been Bakken crude-oil-related train accidents in Alabama, North Dakota, and Alberta, Canada.
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Ian Jackson, of I and J Home Builders talked to the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board at Thursday (June 28) night’s board meeting about more than 30 acres he hopes to buy on the Lake side of Route 618. Jackson said he plans to build homes that would cost between $190,000 and $200,000.

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Nate Szarmach won first place and best in show.The Fluvanna Art Association made their yearly sojourn to Fluvanna County High School recently to judge this years’ works.

Nate Szarmach took best in show for his large scale painting of an elderly couple walking through a garden. This same painting won first place in the advanced student category. Szarmach was touted as the one to watch by his former middle school art teacher Margie Kritzer. Current FCHS teacher, Diane Greenwood has also helped him to develop his talent. Add a comment

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