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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Newlyweds Clay Hysell and Brent Jacques. Photos by Tricia JohnsonClay Hysell and Brent Jacques have lived together on a small farm just outside Palmyra for the past 14 years. Last week, the two men made Fluvanna history when they became the first gay couple to be married in the county, taking advantage of the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in Virginia.
Judge Claude V. Worrell married Hysell and Jacques on Oct. 8 in a civil ceremony in the courthouse in Palmyra. Besides the couple and the judge, two witnesses – a clerk and a deputy – attended the bare-bones, brief ceremony.
Hysell and Jacques stood with Worrell before the bench under the great seal of Virginia, in a court room where the laws of the Commonwealth are interpreted and made real by their application to human lives. It seemed fitting that the county’s first gay marriage ceremony – the application of the state’s newest marriage law - happened there.
The judge had the two men clasp right hands, and then read a simple service.
“Clay and Brent, I ask that you both remember to treat yourself and each other with dignity and respect; to remind yourself often of what brought you together today. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness, and kindness that your marriage deserves. When frustration and difficulty assail your marriage – as these do to every relationship at one time or another – focus on what still seems right between you, not only the part that seems wrong. This way, when clouds of trouble hide the sun in your lives and you lose sight of it for a moment, you can remember that the sun is still there. And if each of you will take responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.”
The men took their vows, exchanged rings, and kissed. In this simple ceremony, rich in both sentiment and significance, history was made in Fluvanna County.
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VDOT will remove political and other signs placed in its right-of-way, according to VDOT acting communications manager Stacy Londrey.
The Virginia Department of Transportation recently went to remove several signs from Rt. 53 by Turkeysag Trail after receiving a citizen complaint.
Londrey reminded residents that placing signs in the right-of-way is against the law.
“We can’t have anything in the right-of-way that blocks people from being able to see and affects safety,” said Londrey. “The right-of-way has to be a clear zone, and crews will remove signs when they see them.”
“These signs are distracting,” said Lake Monticello resident Julius Neelley, who reported to VDOT the presence of a large sign on stakes surrounded by smaller signs on Rt. 53 by Turkeysag Trail. “It’s a shame that people just stick these signs in the ground. It’s a beautiful county with all these landscapes – why pollute it with these signs? They’re kind of like trash.”
Any kind of sign, be it political, business, or event-related, must be located on private property. Violators may be fined $100 per sign, Londrey said. “Everybody loves enterprising businesses promoting their business in this county,” Neelley said, “but if they were fined $100 like they should be for every one of these little signs, they’d be losing money.”

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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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Ivan Petrovitch went home Oct. 25. Photo by TerriIsenhourPhotographyIvan Petrovitch is finally home. The Palmyra man, who suffered third degree burns in a camper fire that shut down the eastbound lanes of I-64 on Aug. 25, has recovered remarkably quickly, and made his goal of being home by his birthday on Oct. 25.
The road to complete recovery, however, is not a simple or smooth one; he learned as he was discharged that the plastic surgeon now believes he needs repeat skin grafts on areas of his legs, and will need grafts on his left arm after all.
“We are going to try to find out more about the pros and cons on Monday,” said Petrovitch’s fiancée, Jennifer Adkins. “I think we are going to learn that although this seems like a setback, in the long run having the surgeries will likely speed up the healing process.”
In the meantime, Petrovitch is happy to be home with his fiancée and his dogs. “Oh my God,” he exclaimed, “I am super happy. I missed these two animals so bad - you have no idea. We are really attached here, the four of us - them two and me and Jennifer. When I was there in Health South, I was telling her that there were days that I had to look at their pictures in my phone because I missed them so much and was so homesick.”
Petrovitch credits “good genetics and stubbornness” for his quick recovery, and his fiancée concurs. “I think on some level he heard all of the things the nurses were warning me about, even when he was unconscious and we thought he couldn’t hear,” said Adkins. She said the nurses warned her that burn victims don’t want to eat, and don’t want to move and get up and walk. All of those things are integral parts of a good recovery. “I think on some level he heard everything they were telling me, because he was demanding to walk when it came time for him to do so. Even though it sometimes made him sick, he still ate every bite of food that they brought….he was very determined to get better.”
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