Fluvanna Review

Andrew Pullen, Lee Ware, Tom Garrett, Jim Gilmore, Nick Freitas and Mel Sheridan. Photo by Tricia JohnsonOver 100 guests flocked to the home of Mel and Donna Sheridan in Kents Store on Saturday (July 30) to attend a fundraiser for Tom Garrett, Republican candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives.

Garrett is campaigning against Jane Dittmar, a Democrat, for the seat vacated by the retirement of 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt. The 5th District, which encompasses all of Fluvanna County, is the largest congressional district in the state.

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Historic photographI can’t remember the first time I went to a store, but I do remember when the store would come to us. The Raleigh Man drove a bright yellow enclosed wagon pulled by a horse, and he would come by our place about once every three months. His arrival was a big event for our mother, and also for us kids. The Raleigh Man sold a lot of small things the nearest store would not have. It was really interesting to see the great variety and quantity of merchandise he could pack in a wagon. Add a comment


Bluebirds on nesting houseTime flew by for the Lake Monticello Wildlife Committee since setting up bluebird houses around the Lake. It has been two years since they proposed and implemented a plan to bring back bluebirds by setting up nesting areas.

Spring begins on March 20, and this is the time bluebirds start building their nests. Jim Haney, a volunteer with the wildlife committee who monitors the birdhouses, said, “When you see activity around the birdhouses, start monitoring. They begin building nests by the end of March.”

Haney was specific about the different types of nests that are distinguishable from bluebird nests.

“Bluebirds use pine needles and they are neat, and wrens will use moss. Chickadees’ nests are messy. They use moss, sticks and other things. But they are not as bad as the sparrows – they literally use garbage,” he said. Haney has seen plastic and other unnatural things in sparrow nests. They are considered the recycling birds, since everything and anything goes into the building of their nests. Add a comment


Virtually all major sports have terms and phrases that aficionados know, but that the casual fan finds puzzling or even incomprehensible. This is an attempt to provide an explanation for some of the terms and phrases that may stump people. It would go on for pages if an attempt were made to cover all the weird terminology in sports.

A baseball announcer may say that the shortstop has gone “deep in the hole” to make the play. There certainly are no holes in a major league baseball field. They are as smooth and pristine as full-time professional groundskeepers can make them. Add a comment


William Snow paintingThere were many surprises at the 42nd annual Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) judged show on Saturday, March 25.

Artists that one might have expected to win this year didn’t. As with all judged or juried shows in the art world, the judge decides on a winner based on criteria of what is strong and worthy of recognition. But it is still a subjective process. No two people judge the same and there are always surprises.

This year’s judge was accomplished and award-winning artist Leah Olivier, who shared her wisdom with FAA artists about their work. Olivier, an expert portrait painter, is a stickler for good anatomy of facial features, animals and figures. Olivier also studied each piece for its overall composition, color and the emotion it evoked. She admitted it was a difficult choice in the intermediate and advanced categories with so many varied pieces in style and medium, including photography and sculpture.

The show communicated to the viewer on many levels with humor, sadness, memorable moments and places, precise techniques and styles. Add a comment