Fluvanna Review

Florence Reuter today. Photo by Ruthann Carr

One of her first memories was hearing the horses pulling her mother’s funeral wagon.
Florence was two-years-old.
“(I could hear the) horses cloppity clopping at my mother’s funeral,” she said. “I cried because they wouldn’t pull up the shades in the funeral carriage so I could see the horses.”
However, her other first memory was a pleasant one: Her father, who put wheels on a wooden Kirmans soap box to make a wagon for her, pulling her over the sidewalks. The wheels bumped rhythmically over the cracks in the cement.
“In the winter he put runners on it to make a sled,” said Florence Reuter, a long-time Lake Monticello resident.
Florence was born in 1907 to Fred and Anna Dick in the Bronx. He was a salesman for an advertising and publishing company. Although Florence wasn’t premature, she said she weighed in at four pounds, six ounces. Her parents struggled to find a formula that she could tolerate, but nothing worked, until they tried malted milk. It kept her alive.

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A closed session, followed by a surprise announcement, began Wednesday’s (Oct. 2) Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors meeting.
When the open session reconvened, County Administrator Steve Nichols stated, “I want to announce, based on the closed session, and…let those present know that this morning representatives of the county of Fluvanna and the Aqua Virginia Corporation met to discuss the PPEA proposal [to provide water to Zion Crossroads]. Representatives of both organizations have mutually agreed to suspend negotiations pending a formal resolution of the PPEA proposal. More to follow in the next two days.”
Nonetheless, during public comments, three people spoke out against the deal with Aqua, causing Chairman Shaun Kenney to remind those present that the Aqua deal is currently “off the table.” But after the meeting, when asked for specifics, some members of the Board refused to speak with such certainty.
When asked to comment, Supervisors Don Weaver and Mozell Booker explained that because the Board members had discussed this issue in closed session, they were not at liberty to comment further. And when pressed to confirm or deny that the deal was completely dead, they did not. “It’s dead as far as I’m concerned,” Weaver joked, but would not speak to whether others on the Board felt the same way. Rather, he said, “Let’s see if Aqua comes out with a statement in the next few days.”
Another water deal with Louisa County is proceeding much more smoothly. In its last meeting on Sept. 18, the Board approved the interjurisdictional agreement regarding the James River water pipeline, but included with its approval an amendment. This amendment asked Louisa County to pay both for a T-junction on its pipeline at a to-be-determined place in Fluvanna County and for the requisite increased pipe capacity to that point. Tuesday night (Oct. 1), the Louisa County Board of Supervisors agreed to the amendment. Now voting on the agreement in its entirety, the Board passed the pipeline plan 3-1 (Weaver dissenting, Ullenbruch absent).
In other matters:
• Brad Sheffield presented JAUNT’s annual report. Due to service cuts, Fluvanna’s use of JAUNT has declined in FY13. Despite a 50 percent cut in service, however, the ridership decrease was only 33 percent. Fluvanna contributes three percent of JAUNT’s budget, while fares make up nine percent. New money from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation project will make it possible for JAUNT to increase service this winter, possibly including, in response to Kenney’s request, service to Columbia.
• Aaron Spitzer, recreation program coordinator, gave the Board an update on the U12 football team it helped to establish earlier in the year. The team is up and running with 24 players and four full-time coaches. “They are getting better every day, even if it doesn’t look like it,” he joked. Those involved in the league are actively trying to raise money to keep the program going.
• The Board discussed a potential ordinance regarding coyotes, a nuisance species, considering whether it will offer a bounty on hunted coyotes as incentive to hunters. According to Kenney, Fluvanna’s coyote problem is getting progressively worse, especially for people who leave their pets or livestock outside. “It is getting to the point where we need to do something responsive and proactive,” he said.

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Award winners Gloria and George Vest. Photo courtesy of Bill HughesGeorge and Gloria Vest were presented the Community Builders Award at the fall fish fry at Cabell Lodge # 328 in Kent’s Store on Sept. 28.
The Community Builders Award is given by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Virginia to show appreciation for outstanding community oriented achievements by non-masons.
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David Brenton Banks, 23, of Buckingham.David Brenton Banks, 23, of Buckingham was arrested for robbery, abduction, and attempted malicious wounding on Sept. 26 in connection with the  Kidd’s Store robbery, Lt. David R. Wells of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office said Friday (Oct. 4).
Authorities had delayed releasing his name, saying it could hamper the investigation.
Banks has been released on bond, according to Wells.
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Seventeen former and current Fluvanna County High School students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams students during the 2012-13 school year.
Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are:
Candace Collins, University of Virginia
Mary McGehee, FCHS 12th Grader
Kelsey Schlein, University of Maryland Loyola
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