Fluvanna Review

This is the time of year that everyone’s attention turns to fall fun - especially Halloween festivities. And if you haven’t driven past Jeff Spinello’s home at 4 Lewis Court in Lake Monticello, you must put it on your to-do list. Spinello turns his home into a light-filled paradise three times a year: Halloween, Christmas and July 4. This is his 12th year decorating for Halloween and he’s pulled out all the stops.
Spinello has an animated light display that blinks and moves to the tune of 10 Halloween inspired songs, including Thriller, Ghostbusters, and of course, Monster Mash.
“The big addition to the cemetery and ghosts are the 4-by-4 foot pumpkin faces on the second floor that sing to the music,” Spinello said. “The mouths move and sing the words of the songs. It’s really cool.”
Spinello said the pumpkins alone take up 40 circuits and took him six months to build and synchronize.
Viewers can pull onto Lewis Court and stay in their car to hear the music by tuning into 88.1 FM on their radio. Of course, walkers can hear the music from speakers Spinello sets up. Spinello has a donation box set up so viewers can show appreciation monetarily. All money collected will benefit the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue service. Spinello said with funds collected from the July 4 patriotic display he wrote a $300 check to Disabled Veterans. The light display is on from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and runs through Oct. 31.
Other Halloween/Fall Fun activities include:
Fluvanna Library and Parks and Recreation Fall Activities - 9th Annual Halloween Festival
Tricks and Treats. October 25 and 26.
Come out and get in the Halloween Spirit a little early with Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation and two fun and exciting nights of entertainment, crafts, games, contests, and rides. No matter what type of “HUMAN” you are, there will be something for you to enjoy.
October 25: Come to the Fluvanna County Library 6-8:30 pm to get into the Halloween spirit with a magic show and a movie. Magic show and movie is free. Drink and Popcorn $2.
October 26: Come out to Pleasant Grove Park 6-8:30 pm for our Pumpkin Painting Contest, Halloween Games, Costume Contest, Halloween Crafts, and a Semi-Scary Hay Ride ($2). Rain location will be at the Carysbrook Gym.
Lake Christian trunk or treat
Lake Christian Church (733 South Boston Road, Palmyra) is sponsoring a fun, fall event to provide an alternative activity for Halloween. Children are invited to wear costumes and attend “Trunk-or-Treat” on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Church members will have decorated cars in the church’s parking lot for the children to visit and collect candy. There will also be games and snacks for everyone to enjoy. For more information, call Lake Christian Church at (434) 589-9280.
Beulah fall festival
Beulah Baptist Church in Kents Store is holding its annual Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be inflatable bounce houses, sno-cones, popcorn, trunks full of candy and other food and games. Come and join us for an evening of good food and fun.
Bybee trunk or treat
On Thursday Oct. 31 Bybee’s Road Baptist Church is hosting a trunk or treat Halloween event for neighborhood children from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be a fun and safe activity for everyone’s enjoyment. Apple cider and snacks as well as candy treats will be provided. Call the church at 434-589-8529 for more information. The church is located at 4989 Bybee’s Church Rd. in Troy. www.bybeechurch.org
And for those who live in Lake Monticello:
The LMOA Wildlife Committee is hosting a free program about native nocturnal animals, which is suitable for the entire family. It will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Terrace Room. Speaker will be Raina Krasner, Outreach Coordinator for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, who will talk about the unique characteristics of creatures of the night that enable them to survive, and how our actions during the day impact them. She will bring with her a live owl and a live opossum, two examples of native nocturnal animals. All are welcome to come see the live animals and to hear details about these fascinating unique creatures. The presentation will be broadcast live on LMOA cable TV channel 977.
2013 FALL CRAFT FAIR AND CELEBRATION OF AUTUMN
The annual Fall Craft Fair and Celebration of Autumn will be held on Sat., Oct. 26, in and around the Clubhouse. The Fall Craft Fair, which is being held on two levels of the Clubhouse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature handcrafted treasures that make great gifts for yourself and others. The Celebration, which begins at 9 a.m. and ends with the Harvest Food Demonstration and Tasting by Ashlawn Grille and chef Skip Alston that begins at 3 p.m., will feature a wine tasting, authentic live Oompah band, exhibits, the Oktoberfest lunch buffet, a homebrew demonstration, games and much more. Rain will cancel some activities, so see the schedule for details.
Boat rides around the lake: For anyone who has not seen Lake Monticello from the water, this is your chance. On Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., LMOA members with boats will provide free rides from the docks at the Main Beach. The Water Safety Patrol is coordinating this activity as part of the Celebration of Autumn. Please have kids 6 or younger in lifejackets (some will be available on the boats, but plan ahead). If the day is cool, please remember that it’s usually cooler on the water and dress accordingly. Be sure to arrive early, as lines can be long, especially in the afternoon. Tours will last about 45 minutes. The last boat will leave around 2:45 p.m.
Build a Scarecrow - For the third year, the Celebration of Autumn will feature scarecrow building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the event on Sat., Oct. 26. Families or individuals can come and build a scarecrow to take home. Bring old blue jeans, flannel shirts, panty hose and hat or whatever you want to use in making your scarecrow. Straw and some clothing will be provided.

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Mike Sheridan, Rick Kelly, Elizabeth Franklin, Tony O’Brien and mediator Andrea Copeland. Photos by O.T. HolenPerhaps it is the influence of nasty partisan politics playing out in Washington, but the candidates’ forum Wednesday (Oct. 9) at the Fluvanna County High School was friendly, a bit bland, but informative.
The Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce sponsored the evening so citizens can get to know the four people running for two open Board of Supervisor seats in the Columbia and Rivanna districts. Shaun Kenney (Columbia) and Joe Chesser (Rivanna) decided not to run for second terms.
Elizabeth Franklin and Mike Sheridan, both running as Independents, are vying for the Columbia spot. Tony O’Brien (Independent.) and Rick Kelly (Republican) are fighting for the Rivanna seat.
Andrea Copeland moderated the forum.
A few of the nearly 100 people in attendance said they felt more informed after hearing the candidates.
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The two men who robbed the Columbia Corner Market in the town of Columbia in Fluvanna County carried black handguns and tried to disguise themselves, according to authorities.
The store was robbed around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 10) and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. No one was injured.
Fluvanna Sheriff Ryant Washington issued the following description of the robbers:
Suspect #1: A black male wearing a dark grey coat with black leather sleeves with a light grey hood on and a baseball cap underneath. He also was wearing faded denim blue jeans and dark boots or shoes.
Suspect #2: A black male wearing a red bandana on his head and around his face. He was wearing a black leather vest with a square pattern on rear shoulders. He also was wearing dark pants and tan work boots.
Washington said the suspects’ vehicle is “possibly an older model dark-colored two-door sedan with a blue colored border around the rear license plate.”
Anyone with additional information should contact the Fluvanna Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 434-589-8211 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000. Authorities are offering a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

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What if Fluvanna already had hundreds of thousands of gallons per day of water at its disposal? Wouldn’t that change the flow of the water conversation? According to Director of Public Works Wayne Stephens, a report on this alternate source of water is “imminent.” And when it comes back, Fluvanna may have a whole new option on the table.
Seven holes in the ground over by Carysbrook may hold the key to solving Fluvanna’s water woes. So close to Carysbrook that only a true local could tell the difference, the Thomasville area has several wells standing idle. And these so-called Thomasville wells have been rumored to have a capacity of 150,000 to 400,000 gallons per day, though Stephens clarifies that, without any data, the county has no idea of what the Thomasville wells’ true yield would be.
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Fluvanna Middle School must make changes in curriculum and in methods of instructions to improve its SOL scores and receive full accreditation, the school board heard at its meeting on Oct. 9.
The school was among the 12% of schools statewide to be accredited with a warning in mathematics. If the school continues to be accredited with a warning in mathematics for four consecutive years, it would become one of the 0.3% of schools in the commonwealth that is not accredited.
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