Fluvanna Review

Rob Browning with his art.It was hot, triple digit temperature day and in Palmyra they had no electricity, so things were heating up at Maggie’s house and elsewhere. But by 11, the lights and air conditioning were back on and the artists were chatting with onlookers about their work at the second annual Artist’s Studio Tour.

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Jane Dittmar. Photo courtesy of Jane DittmarJane Dittmar, 60, Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, sat down with the Fluvanna Review to discuss her goals for the 5th district.
If elected on Nov. 8, Dittmar hopes to bring job creation, workforce training, and internet access to the people in her district, which includes Fluvanna County.
“We need to make sure that our workforce training programs are centered around certifications and credentials that employers need now,” Dittmar said. “We have 70,000 jobs in Virginia that are unmet right now because we don’t have people trained for them.”
But training isn’t sufficient without infrastructure, said Dittmar. “And the missing infrastructure is the internet,” she said. “We need to get internet to small businesses and homes. Without that we can’t expect our small businesses to grow – and there’s no way we can go hunting and attracting more employers.”
Dittmar’s experience on the governor’s Broadband Advisory Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has given her good insight into this issue, she said. “There are several federal agencies that supply very good grants to communities,” she said. “We need to get those grants.”
But above all, Dittmar wants to work in tandem with local government to make sure that communities receive the kind of support they need. “If they want wireless, then that’s cell towers. If we need to lay fiber, then that means land use decisions,” she said. “We need to team up.”
Internet access has become mandatory, Dittmar said. “The information highway is critical infrastructure,” she said. “It is as critical now as electricity was to deploy in the early 1900s.”
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Lake Monticello golf course new ninth hole and new cart barn.  Photo by Duncan NixonOn the weekend of May 21 and 22 top amateur golfers from the Central Virginia area will return to the Lake Monticello golf course for the 40th Faulconer Invitational Golf Tournament. Mark Marshall, the PGA golf professional at the Lake Monticello course, said that he anticipates approximately 80 golfers will participate this year. Included in the competitors will be last year’s open division champion Phil Mahone, who plays out of the Farmington Country Club.
The Faulconer tournament in recent years has featured an open men’s division, a senior men’s division and a super senior men’s division. Players must be 50 or over to play in the seniors’ division and 65 or over to play in the super senior division. Players over 50 may elect to play in the open division and compete for the prestigious open division title. The Faulconer tournament is again a component of the Battle trophy competition which is a year-long competition for top amateurs in the Central Virginia area. This trophy competition is sponsored by the Daily Progress and it includes a series of tournaments held throughout the year at the top golf venues in the area. Marshall advises that the Faulconer is also included this year in the Virginia State Golf Association player rankings.
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David MooreAt the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association meeting Thursday (May 24) the board welcomed a new finance director, decided on how to handle deer and heard about how to protest the proposed Aqua Virginia rate hike.

Association General Manager Catherine Neelley introduced the new Finance Director David Moore. Moore is a Lake resident.

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Peg Redd's artwork

Eight area artists will be participating in the upcoming Second Annual Artist’s Studio Tour to benefit the Fluvanna County Historical Society on June 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Historical Society is sponsoring a studio tour to raise money for the Endowment Fund while promoting Fluvanna’s artists.
New to the tour this year are longer hours to allow visitors to reach every studio. Add a comment

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