Fluvanna Review

The Fluvanna High School Madrigals and the jazz band performed Saturday (April 21) to an enthusiastic audience. The hour long program performed at the newly renovated Central Elementary School was dedicated to the Hamshar family, who suffered a recent loss.

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Charles Greer hand built the dry-stacked serpentine rock wall around his home. Photo by Tricia JohnsonHe knows the stones that make up the wall as well as he knows his friends. His hand rests on one affectionately, as on the shoulder of a companion of old; and he knows the story of finding each one as well as he knows how he first met his boyhood friends.
The wall is long and curved; it runs waist-high in graceful mirrored arcs from the road along under the trees to the back of the brick house he built by hand for his bride in 1959. Gray and brown, green and pink and pure crystalline quartz; as big as a loaf of bread or as small as the diamond on the finger of a humble man’s wife; the stones are fitted and dry-stacked – pieced together as surely as a quilt – into a bulwark that is stout and silent and immutable.
Stones, in one form or another, run through Charles Greer’s life like a vein of granite runs through the gentle foothills of the Blue Ridge, rambling along for a distance here, disappearing under fertile soil there, cropping back up at the crest of a ridge. He remembers first a fascination with arrowheads.
“When I was in grade school,” Greer began, “I found an arrowhead. The first one I ever found was when I was pushing my bicycle up a hill near the creek and I was looking down, and a white arrowhead was laying right there in the road. I didn’t much know what an arrowhead was,” he said with a smile, “but I took it home and my mom and dad were so excited.” Greer remembers an uncle giving him one he found, and trading arrowheads and other small treasures with a few of his classmates at Palmyra School.
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Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce President Jim Bogden spoke at the Business After Hours event. Troy and Evelyn Boor are expanding their business into a new building in Troy that will be completed by October, according to the Boors.
The Boors own a Rainbow International franchise.

They also opened an office in the Shenandoah Valley. They are excited with the success of their business and celebrated at a recent Business After Hours, sponsored by the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce.

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Bill Milstead, Bill Haslam, Jim Darlington and Richard Condrey displayed their crystal prizes.Thirty teams of two players each competed in five flights in the men’s member-guest tournament at the Lake Monticello golf course on Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3.

The Grand Champions for gross score were: Jim Darlington and Richard Condrey. They scored an impressive 34½ points out of 50, playing in the number one flight of teams made up of two senior golfers. The Grand Champions for net score were: Bill Milstead and Bill Haslam. They also scored impressively, with 34 out of 50 possible points. Milstead and Haslam played in the third flight of teams that included two senior golfers.

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The Fluvanna County School Board will present their budget request for fiscal year 2016 – including a $1.2 million increase in funding over last year’s budget – to the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors (BOS) at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
“With the continued projection of decreased state funding,” wrote School Board Chairman Camilla Washington in her letter to the BOS, “we ask that you as our local governing body fill the gap that has been laid before us. The standards of quality for education have not changed. There continue to be unfunded mandates that we are expected to fulfill or take an enormous cut for non-compliance,” she added.
“We directed the School Board Administration to continue reviewing salaries and to implement scales for the remaining employees; which includes custodians and maintenance,” Washington continued. “As a reflection of that work, you will see a budget line request to implement those scales in FY16. We must continue to provide competitive salaries to retain our staff that has been dedicated to the service that they provide.”
“The Board also recognizes that it is critical that we provide our staff with opportunities for growth and an environment to network with their colleagues outside of the division. In doing so, we have included an appropriate request to carry out the need to encourage our staff to strive for perfection,” Washington wrote, explaining the request for funds for professional development.
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