Fluvanna Review

Healthy foodWhat if you could fill your body tank as easily as you fill your car? How would you know the foods that contribute to peak performance, ideal health and mental balance? There are only a few choices for your vehicle, but there are so many choices between types of body fuel. Figuring out the high quality healing foods and then affording them can feel overwhelming for many people.

Choose well
At the grocery store, shopping the perimeter (the outside edges) of the store is a good start. The outer walls of the store are usually where some of those ultra-healthy foods like fruits and vegetables are found, and protein staples of meat, fish, chicken or beans, too. Dairy foods like yogurt and milk are also on the outside walls of the store. Many of the foods on the inside aisles are poor quality, processed foods that have lost much of their original nutrition and may carry a higher price tag. In general, shopping the outside rim of the store will help fill your cart with whole, high-grade fuel.
Here’s a start:

Produce (fruits and vegetables):
Onions, cabbage, broccoli, fresh or frozen spinach, kiwis, oranges, apples and bananas. The ideal is to choose multicolored fruits and vegetables. Getting two cups of vegetables and two to three small fruit servings per day can lower blood pressure and weight, be brain healthy, and prevent cancer, strokes and macular degeneration.

Protein: Lean meat, chicken, beans, eggs, cheese, turkey, fish and shellfish. Our human bodies only need a palm-sized serving of animal protein or about one cup of peas or beans per day. Protein foods digest more slowly than carbohydrate foods and can help balance blood sugar. They are also essential building blocks for teeth, bones, hormones, hair, muscle and skin. A little protein at breakfast and lunch can help stabilize blood sugar during the day.

Grain or starchy vegetable: Oats, whole grain bread, sweet potato, rice, bean pasta or other pasta. We don’t need much, but a little at a meal tastes good and can help provide a sense of fullness between meals. These foods can boost fiber, vitamin E, B vitamins, and minerals like magnesium.

Healthy fats: These healthy add-ons, including olives, avocado, olive oil and nuts, or dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese, supply healthful fat. The dairy gives bone-strengthening calcium, protein and vitamins.
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Mary Ann MarloweShe is a computer programmer by day but by night, Mary Ann Marlowe writes romance. As a writer, she is able to draw on many life experiences, including living in 12 U.S. states and abroad, including France. She studied French literature, taught French and tutored in German, was a college radio disc jockey, a webmaster, a blogger, and has a second degree black belt in karate. But one desire she was reluctant to pursue was writing a novel.

“One day my karate teacher asked, ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ I would write,” said Marlowe. This question can lead to a revelation about the choices people make.

The thought of writing over 75,000 words was overwhelming for Marlowe but Anne Lamott’s book Bird by Bird changed all that.

“You are allowed to write garbage but you are writing,” she said. “It’s like driving down a road but don’t look too far ahead. Instead focus on what is right in front of you.”

Marlowe started the book and soon learned to write by writing. She also learned something else about herself during the process.

“With my first book I didn’t know where I was going until I was immersed in it,” she said. She discovered she was a pantser. A pantser is a writer who works impulsively without an outline. It is more spontaneous, going where the story and characters take the writer, rather than the writer dictating every scene. It’s not a style for every writer but many employ it.

“Drafting is the most challenging. Nothing relates to anything else and starting out is so daunting,” Marlowe said. She added that plotters often remedy this by creating an elaborate system to revise their work, like a spreadsheet or chart. Marlowe uses what she calls a beat sheet for writers, or a worksheet that provides guidance on things like layout, characters, progression, and relationships.

Marlowe can write a book in a month but it takes longer to revise. She said she could complete a book every three months but there is only so much that can be published in a short amount of time. She has written two books, Some Kind of Magic and Crazy Kind of Love, which are at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. She is currently working on Dating by the Book, which should be out next year. Add a comment


Scottsville mapAlmost every locality has what is known as a comprehensive plan. Scottsville is no different and in Virginia, a locality’s comprehensive plan must be reviewed and updated every five years. Since Scottsville’s plan was last reviewed in 2013, this is the year for review and it is the job of the Planning Commission to undertake that review.
In order to help the Planning Commission do its job and present to the public the most accurate information, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission helps by providing the latest in statistical information so the future of the community may be viewed in light of the past.

But sometimes the past doesn’t always accurately forecast the future!

At a recent Planning Commission meeting, Town Clerk Amy Moyer presented members with copies of a planning document that was developed for the town in 1978. This document, produced by the firm Balzer and Associates Consulting Planners, looked at the history of the town and forecast the town’s future based on its past. The forecast was most interesting.

The 1978 study determined the population of Scottsville, including the Albemarle and Fluvanna portions of the town, at 225. The 2013 document, using the latest available statistics from 2011, showed the population at 575. Of course the 1994 boundary adjustment helped with the increase. The 1978 study showed a continued decline in the growth of Scottsville while the 2013 document speculated an increase in the population of the Scottsville area to between 800 and 1,000.
While both studies cite the importance of the historical nature of the area, tourism was, and still is, a primary incentive for attracting visitors. Since the 1978 study, the Van Clief Nature Area has been established and is today part of the current comprehensive plan. While the 1978 study called for the development of the riverfront, the town has learned that access to the river is a limiting factor in realizing that goal. Add a comment


SoftballThe Fluvanna Girls’ Softball League plays its games at the fields at Carysbrook, which were once regarded as nearly unplayable rock fields. However, over the years, the league has been responsible for significant upgrades to the facilities there. In 2012 the league erected a substantial concession stand that included the fields’ first real bathroom. Then in 2016 it installed substantial dugouts.

Now the infield is being renovated and redesigned and the 40-year-old backstop is being replaced. With some assistance from Fluvanna County, the league plans to level the outfield and install a new fence at the standard distance of 180 feet from home plate.

The league is self-financed, raising its funds from an annual golf tournament and a raffle. The 21st annual golf tournament will be held May 6 at the Lake Monticello golf course. League president Chris Fairchild said that all the money collected in player fees goes to equipment and umpires. Money for the field upgrades came through the league’s fundraising.

The league will hold an in person sign-up session Saturday (Feb. 17) at Dick’s Sporting Goods in 5th Street Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Players may also sign up online at any time by visiting www.fluvannagirlssoftball.com. The league is for girls ages 5-18. It has four age divisions and normally has about 150 participants. Players are required to be Fluvanna County residents and must present a birth certificate for proof of age.

After a brief tryout to assess skills, scheduled for March 10, players are normally organized into 12 teams. The teams play each other from March to June. After the season ends, all-star teams are selected from each age group and those teams play in the year-end Dixie Youth District tournament. The District is geographically different from Fluvanna County High School’s Jefferson District. It includes teams from Buckingham, Goochland, Powhatan, Cumberland and Amelia counties. The District tournament winner moves on to the State tournament. Add a comment


Walter Hussey and Ida SwensonOn a rainy Saturday afternoon (Feb. 10) Ida Swenson, a Virginia master naturalist of the Rivanna chapter, presented a program to interested nature lovers and potential master naturalists on identifying animals, as morbid as it sounds, by their remains.

The program, called Skulls and Scat, teaches how to identify wild animals by the bits and pieces found along nature trails in the woods and other areas. Swenson laid on a table a box of interesting artifacts, including a mummified worm snake, bones, the skull of a young deer, black bear fur and scat, or animal excrement, preserved in jars.

A retired science teacher, Swenson has been educating the public about nature for some time and her presentation was intriguing and uncomplicated. She began by discussing collecting items – an undertaking not as simple as picking up something in the woods and taking it home. She cautioned that anyone interested in collecting items, even roadkill, from the natural environment has to have a collection or scavenger or salvage permit from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

“All natural things belong to the state of Virginia, therefore collectors have to have permits to collect dead animals,” she said. “You cannot collect any animal until it is dead.” A Virginia permit is required for educational purposes, but additional permits from the federal government are needed for birds, since some are either endangered or protected. Collecting anything related to birds, native or migrating, including nests and feathers, requires a permit. “There are some things that are illegal to collect, including fresh water mussel shells and eagle feathers,” she said.

She told the story of a box turtle she found at Scheier Natural Area, which appeared to be injured.

“If the shell of a turtle is damaged, it can paralyze it,” Swenson said. She illustrated her point with a couple of turtle shells, tracing the backbone in the underside of the shell to show where the spinal cord was found. She went back another time and the turtle had not moved from the same spot and this told her it was most likely paralyzed. The turtle eventually died and with permission, Swenson took possession of it. Add a comment