Fluvanna Review

Comedian Sid Davis will perform in Fluvanna on Oct. 20.The Fluvanna Arts Council’s 14th season is moving in a new direction, bringing in more local talent, some familiar favorites and some newcomers and lower ticket prices. Kicking off the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 20 is comedian Sid Davis from North Carolina. Davis’ act is described as family-friendly fun and invigorating. Davis pokes fun at everyday events and keeps audiences rolling with laughter. Add a comment

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Emergency Services Coordinator Cheryl Wilkins.  File PhotoFluvanna County could be billing for ambulance transport as soon as July.
The Board of Supervisors directed staff Wednesday evening (Jan. 21) to develop a few different versions of a cost recovery program to recoup some of the expenses involved in providing ambulance transport to people within the county.
Fire and rescue operations come at a tremendous cost to the county – $1.83 million in fiscal year 2015 (FY15) and possibly $2 million in FY16, said Emergency Services Coordinator Cheryl Wilkins. A cost recovery program could bring in between $600,000 and $700,000 per year, Wilkins said, though she stressed the uncertainty of the estimate. A loaded mile cost, or a charge per mile driven with a patient in the ambulance, could recoup another $350,000 to $400,000 yearly.
Many counties have implemented cost recovery programs, said Wilkins, including Albemarle, Louisa, Nelson, and Goochland. Since cost recovery programs can be structured in many different ways, a Fluvanna work group studied the issue prior to developing a recommended path forward.
The work group recommends a “compassionate billing” approach to cost recovery. In compassionate billing, insurance companies are billed for ambulance transport, and then everyone – insured and uninsured alike – receives a balance bill. Hardship waivers are available for those who can’t afford to pay, and collections take a “soft” approach. Patients typically receive three bills, but then unpaid amounts are forgiven.
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Members of the Fluvanna Fire and Rescue Association (FRA) sat down with the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors Wednesday night (Jan. 21) to deliver the unwelcome news that the FRA has been unable to determine how to handle the Fluvanna County rescue crisis.
Emergency Services Coordinator Cheryl Wilkins presented three paths of action. Most agreed that option one – maintain status quo – was not a viable choice given that Fluvanna Rescue has only four or five active members. But opinions diverged widely over option two – have Fluvanna Fire absorb Fluvanna Rescue and become Fluvanna Fire and Rescue – and option three – have Lake Monticello Rescue take over all rescue operations in the county. Some disliked all three choices.
Much of the conflict stems from deeply-held loyalties for different areas of the county and a passion for beloved methods of operation. Given that all of fire and rescue services in the county, excepting the current rescue contract crew, are provided by much-needed volunteers, sensitivity to and respect for the persuasions of volunteers is mandatory for county decision makers.
On Dec. 3 supervisors tasked FRA with finding a solution to the rescue crisis within 60 days. At first the FRA asked Lake Monticello Rescue to put together a plan detailing an absorption of Fluvanna Rescue, Wilkins said, but in subsequent meetings option two started making a comeback.
“There’s not consensus either way,” said Supervisor Mike Sheridan.
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It was opening day at the Fluvanna Farmers Market on April 3. Once again the people of Fluvanna can buy truly locally grown fresh produce where the person they meet is the person who grew it. 
We are pretty strict about that. Co- manager Jutta Glasscock visits farms to be sure, if they say they grew it, they did!  We are unique among markets and CSA’s – where sometimes produce is purchased regionally for resale.

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 The general category winner was Steve Nichols. Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanOver 200 people packed the Fluvanna County Public Library on Saturday (Jan. 24) to find out who won the Market Fluvanna contests.
Sipping punch and munching on cookies baked by the culinary arts students at the high school, adults sat shoulder to shoulder while many kids plopped onto the floor up front, eager for a better view. Along the edges of the room were tables filled with artwork submissions from schoolchildren, and adult entries of photographs and graphic art hung on the walls.
The crowd laughed over and over as County Administrator Steve Nichols played winning video submissions filled with cute kids – singing songs, dancing around, or simply declaring Fluvanna “awesome.”
Nichols told the gathered crowd that the contests received 175 “amazing” entries from senior citizens down to preschool-aged children. The county will be able to use the entries in business and community marketing, he said, to attract new businesses and homeowners.
First Nichols announced the winners of the I Love Fluvanna contest, who received certificates, a Fluvanna window cling, and a cash prize. In the school age divisions four videos and two pieces of artwork took top prizes. A video, a book, and an art project won first place in the slots for “best in category.”
In the general category, Nichols himself took first prize for his Luv Fluvanna design. After the presentation Nichols explained his inspiration for the project: “I was driving when I suddenly said, ‘You know what? Fluvanna’s got L-U-V in it.’” After creating mock-ups of his design in different colors, he gave it over to the county to own.
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