Fluvanna Review

Debra Lucado, Renny Megahan, Jeff Craig and Joe Chesser cut the ribbon. Photo by Page H. Gifford Attracting shoppers locally and supporting the newly stocked Fluvanna Ace Hardware (formerly Do It Best) was Joe Chesser’s message to the group of well-wishers gathered at Friday’s (Sept. 12) ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Mozell Booker and Bob Ullenbruch at a Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Tricia JohnsonMozell Booker, chair of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, confirmed to the Fluvanna Review this morning (April 20) that she will run for re-election in her Fork Union district this November.
Current Palmyra Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch confirmed that he is not running for re-election so the running field is wide open.
“My main reason is preparation for the future,” Booker said of her re-election plans.  “I got on the Board eight years ago to prepare for infrastructure, and I think we are at the point now where it is pretty evident we are going in that direction.
“In order to finance our core services for our community we must get some economic development up there at Zion Crossroads,” she continued.“And not only there – we need to have a plan for water in all of the growth areas.  Once we can see that we’re on our way with water from the James River, and when we decide on the Department of Corrections, whether we’re going to do water or just do sewer, then we need to start planning for how we’re going to get that water from Columbia up Rt. 6 to Dixie so that we can start moving the water into other areas.  We need to have a plan, and we are working on one.”
Ultimately Booker wants to lower taxes for Fluvanna homeowners.  “I can’t promise that because before we get there [with businesses shouldering more of the burden] we may have to go up a little bit.  But that is the long-term objective, to try to get a sustained tax rate for people so we aren’t jerking them around every time we turn around.”
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Rascal was reunited with Jacob Collier.  Photo by www.jaltieriphotography.comA group of local animal advocates are using the extended reach of social media to help reunite lost pets with their families.
According to a study by the American Veterinary Medical Association, 63 percent of Americans consider their pets to be family members. One Palmyra woman, Debbie Kavanaugh, who has volunteered with many animal rescues in Fluvanna, has set up the Facebook Page “Lost and Found Pets Fluvanna Virginia” to help families of lost pets recover their dogs and cats.
“I started the page a little under two years ago after scrolling around the Lost and Found Dogs Virginia page,” said Kavanaugh. “I felt if I refined it to just my own county the success rate for reunions would be higher.”
Kavanaugh is motivated by her compassion for people and animals. “My heart goes out to families that are sick with worry over their missing pets,” she explained.
“The page has surpassed any expectation…it now has over 850 avid and fierce animal lovers, who seem ready and willing to help,” said Kavanaugh. When asked if she had a favorite reunion story, her answer was swift, “No - any day a pet is reunited with its family is a memorable and great day!” she said. “The page has had dogs, cats, parakeets, horses and even a chicken lost or found,” Kavanaugh said.
Nicole Crandall of Palmyra and her sixth grade son Jacob Collier know all too well the fear and anxiety experienced when a beloved pet is missing. They adopted “Rascal,” a black Labrador retriever mix, from local animal rescue Green Dogs Unleashed. Crandall and Collier were dog sitting for friends; the visiting dog, along with Rascal, figured out how to open the sliding screen door and went off on an adventure. The visiting dog was recovered right away, but Rascal proved more elusive. Although she was, thankfully, safely recovered, Rascal was missing for five days.
Word that Rascal was missing spread through social media, including the Lost and Found Pets Fluvanna page as well as the Lake Monticello Facebook page, and the community mobilized to help.
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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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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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