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Fluvanna Faces

Photo by Tricia Johnson“Officer Sheridan does an outstanding job and we are very pleased to have him in our agency. We have plans to send him to the academy for his dual certification to be a patrol deputy also as a backup function for the sheriff’s office and county.”
– Captain Von Hill, Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.

Where do you live?
I live in Kents Store
You are a Sheridan – so I assumed you were born in Fluvanna – but that isn’t right, is it?

I was born in Richmond and my father was in the military for seven years. We went to Alaska and Georgia and then moved back to the family farm in Fluvanna when I was seven.
Why did you decide to settle down in Kents Store?

It is where all of my family lives. I have one brother who lives behind me, another brother who lives through the woods; my father lives behind me, my uncle lives to my right another uncle lives below me - and all the land across the street was my great-grandfather’s farm, and I have cousins who live over there now.
I like being where my family is.
What do you like most about Fluvanna County?
I just love Fluvanna….you can be at the ocean in an hour in a half, you can be in the mountains in 30 minutes… I just think it’s beautiful.
You are Fluvanna’s newest Animal Control Officer. What made you decide to take on that job?
My love for animals and law enforcement. I am pretty much getting paid to do what I do every day… I play with dogs and horses every day anyway.
What is the most important part of your work as an animal control officer?
What we are trying to do with animal control is to educate people. If we have someone who is just a little bit on the other side of the law, we would like to help them correct the problems – then the animals are better off - everyone is better off. But, if animals are suffering, something needs to be done. And we have found some animals that are definitely suffering, and we helped them.
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Where do you live?
I live in Fluvanna near the Albemarle County line.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I actually moved to Fluvanna not too long ago. I was looking for beautiful country outside of Charlottesville and I found that here.
Tell us about your work.
I’m the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for my band, the Will Overman Band. We are an Americana-folk band and we play all over the place, especially Charlottesville and areas around here. We have played, and hope to play again soon, at the Dogwood in Palmyra – that place rocks. We consist of four members: me, Daniel McCarthy, Chris Helms, and Brittney Wagner. Daniel, our guitarist and banjo player, grew up in Fluvanna.
Tell us about your family.
I’m biased, like everyone, but I come from an extremely loving and encouraging family. I have one sister named Molly and my parents, Bill and Denise. I also have a pretty dang cool dog named Huck, he’s a “bagel” (basset/beagle mix).
Tell us about a hobby you have.
As I mentioned, I’m in the Will Overman Band. We are an up-and-coming group and we’re definitely hungry. I write the music and I have to say I pull from a lot of different influences. I grew up listening to the Avett Brothers, so I definitely hear a bit of them in my songs, but I’m also very inspired by bands such as Kings of Leon, Josh Ritter, John Prine, and others.
Describe one of the highlights of your life.
Being able to make music and getting paid to do so – that’s very special to me. Not so much the being paid, but the fact that I can create this music that means so much to me, and share that with people for a living – well, that’s just awesome.
We recently opened for Fridays After Five at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville and man, what a thrill! Being up on that stage was fantastic. I’d have to say that was a pretty big highlight.
Another gigantic life highlight for me was completing the Appalachian Trail out of high school. I graduated in 2012 and immediately set out to complete the A.T., a 2,000+ mile hike from Maine to Georgia, and I did it! It was by far one of the most beautiful, humbling, and pure experiences I’ve ever had, and probably will ever have.
Describe one of the biggest surprises of your life, and describe a tragedy/struggle of your life.
Last year my extremely healthy, active, full-of-life girlfriend was diagnosed with cancer. For me, and anyone, that was a huge blow. Everyone thinks “Why me?” or “It’ll never be me,” but in this case it wasn’t me, it was my girl, who I never in a million years would have thought something like that could touch her, and that sucked the worst of all.
However, I’m very fortunate to be able to say she is doing so, so well now. She kicked cancer’s butt and is back to soaking up life like she always has.
Describe a dream you have for your future.
I hope to take the Will Overman Band to great heights. I want to share my music with as many people as possible and connect to people on the large scale. Music is meant to be shared, and that’s what I plan on doing, in a big way.
Describe a fear you have for your future.
A fear I have for the future is that I’ll lose sight of what’s important and makes me happy, and I’ll get caught up in the whirlwind that is “life.”
Here’s your chance to sound off. If you could give one public service announcement or word of advice to the public at large, what would it be?
Stop, breathe, look around, and if you find you aren’t happy, then do what does make you happy. I think that is much easier said than done, but I also think life is 10 percent what happens to you, and 90 percent how you react, so if you’re on board with that, then really – your happiness is all up to you.

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Photo by Stephanie PellicaneWhere do you live?
Scottsville.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I moved here when I was two from Buckingham. 
How long have you been working in Fluvanna Schools and what positions have you held?
I started working right out of college in 1970. I worked at the Fluvanna Junior High School which was basically 8th and 9th graders. I taught Geography and US History until 1976. Then I taught at FCHS,now the current middle school, as a Government teacher for all the seniors and started teaching Sociology. In 1989 I was an Assistant Principal to Ervin McQuaige for one year. I decided I didn’t think I liked being an assistant  principal so I went back to teaching. After that I was a Guidance counselor for one year and then just decided to again stick with teaching. For three years, over the summers and on some weekends, I was an educational consultant. I traveled all over the US including Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Austin, Texas, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
The students. That’s the reason why I keep coming back. I think if I’m making a difference, maybe I should stay here.
What are the biggest changes you have seen in Fluvanna Schools?
I have seen a change in the attitude towards teachers. At one time I felt like I was respected for being a teacher. Now I feel demoralized sometimes. Another thing is they desegregated Fluvanna when I was in college but I didn’t know it well until I began to teach here.

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Where do you live?
Lake Monticello
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
Since 1994. Twenty years ago I retired here for what I thought would be a quiet, relaxing life. It didn’t quite work out that way, but it was even better!
Tell us about your work.
After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a doctorate in engineering, I spent a couple of years in the chemical industry, had a brief stint in the Army and then joined IBM. There I had a very enjoyable career for 31 years, about half of which was spent in the international side of IBM.
Tell us about your family.
I have been married for a little over two years now. My wife Peggy and I both previously had great marriages that lasted over 50 years. After both of our spouses had passed away, we met and decided we could do it again – probably not for 50 years this time. This does now make us the reincarnation of the “Brady Bunch,” which you may remember from your TV oldies. She has three daughters and I have three sons. Between us we have 10 grandchildren.
Tell us about a hobby you have.
If you rate your hobbies by the time you spend on them, I guess that would be golf. I do still enjoy bridge and fooling with computers.
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You look so familiar…where do we know you from?
I have been a teacher and school librarian in Fluvanna since 1986. I was a classroom teacher for nine years (4th, 5th and 6th grades,) and have been a librarian since.
How long have you been a librarian in Fluvanna County Schools, and in which schools? What do you love about your job?
This year will be my 20th year as a librarian – 17 years at Central Elementary. This will be my third year at Carysbrook. I have taught students in library in grades K-5. Now I have 3rd and 4th. I love everything about being a librarian but my favorite part is still actually teaching library lessons to the students. I am now at a place in my career where I am teaching the children of students that I taught years ago. It is hard to believe I’ve been doing this that long.
Where else do I know you from?
I also love music and enjoy singing with the choir and praise band at my church. For a number of years, I sang with a local group – “Just Us.” I have also sung with the Piedmont Virginia Community College Chorus. I have also had parts in several local theater productions.
Have you lived in Fluvanna all of your life? What was it like growing up here? What would readers be surprised to learn about your childhood?
I have lived my entire life in Fluvanna County. I grew up on a farm. We had cows, pigs, horses and chickens. I helped get up hay bales, fed the animals, collected eggs, and helped repair fences. I got to drive the tractor once while getting up hay, until I caused my father to fall off the hay wagon. I wasn’t allowed to drive it again! You would be surprised to learn that we did not have an indoor bathroom until I was six years old. Life in Fluvanna was very laid back when I was a child. Lots of families farmed and it seemed as if everyone knew each other.
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