Fluvanna Review

The Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce hopes to draw visitors to Pleasant Grove this Saturday, Oct. 1 for the BBQ, Bands, Brews and Wine Festival.
The Chamber combined two popular festivals into one big party, attracting wine and beer lovers as well as barbecue enthusiasts.

Chamber member Rudy Garcia said it was a conscious decision to bring the two together.

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The number of drunk driving arrests in Fluvanna County has been declining since 2013. Arrests of people driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) have dropped by 44 percent – from 87 in 2013 to 46 in 2015.

Sheriff Eric Hess attributes a decline in the number of drunk driving arrests to three things.  “Public service announcements are a great educational tool – I am thinking of those put out by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and other organizations. I hope people are becoming more aware,” said Hess.

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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
Fluvanna High School
• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Dittmar has needed skills
In this election season, there’s one thing many people agree on, regardless of their politics: Congress is dysfunctional. Members can’t agree. Deadlines are not met. Important business, like the budget, is stymied. Many formerly effective Congress members have given up and will not seek reelection.

A Gallup poll taken in August revealed that 88 percent of adults disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. What has to change for Congress to function effectively? What’s a voter to do?

Unfortunately there is no silver bullet. But fortunately, voters in the 5th Congressional District have the opportunity to elect someone with the skills to resolve many of these issues.

Jane Dittmar will bring to Washington her unique skillset and years of experience bringing people together. She has served as chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, past president of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and founder of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development. Dittmar has started and run many small businesses, including a travel business and an Angus beef operation, for the past 40 years. Most importantly, Dittmar is a certified mediator for the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Let’s send a bridge-builder to Washington – someone adept at compromise and collaboration. I urge you to vote for Dittmar to represent the 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kathryn Renick
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At Pleasant Grove Park, there is room for nature.

A meadow revitalization plan at Pleasant Grove Park, led by volunteer and Master Naturalist Walter Hussy, is an ongoing success story.  Of 950 trees planted around the meadow, only 20 had to be replaced last year.  The original swath of wildflowers and native grasses planted around the meadows to create a pathway for quail has doubled from 20 feet in width to 40.  Evergreen seedlings like pine and cedar that have sprouted in the meadows are being removed by hand.  All of this is done at no cost to the county – the trees and plants and seeds were gotten for free as part of programs through the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or the Department of Forestry, or a multitude of nonprofits. Hundreds of hours of work is done by volunteers.

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