Fluvanna Faces

Where do you live?
Lake Monticello.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I came here in June 2008 to work at the Fluvanna County Public Library, about six months before the move to the new building. I also wanted to live in rural farm country like where I grew up. Fluvanna was a perfect fit.
Tell us about your work.
I am the library director at the Fluvanna County Public Library, which is a great place to work.
Tell us about your family.
I have a very big family, but no family in the area (except my furry friends). My parents still live on the family farm in upstate New York in the Finger Lakes, but visit a couple of times every year. I have one older brother and one younger brother who have given me two wonderful nieces and one nephew, and lots and lots of cousins. Most of my family still lives in the Finger Lakes, although my generation is spreading out a bit.
Tell us about a hobby you have.
Reading, of course. I love to read a wide variety of books: suspense thrillers, romance, Christian fiction, cook books, military history and other history. I am also an avid baker and cook – I love to try new recipes and I am always looking for new suggestions. I attend an annual family Christmas cookie bake every December. Last year we made over 38 kinds of cookies and over 20 family members attended, and this was a small year. I am already looking for new cookie recipes for this year.
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Where do you live?
I live at Glen Burnie, a wonderful historic home built in 1829 and designed by General John Hartwell Cocke of Bremo. It is located just north of Palmyra off Rt. 15 way back in the woods (thank goodness).
How long have you lived in Fluvanna?
I moved to Fluvanna in 1995 to enjoy the beauty of this area and to continue working on Glen Burnie.
What brought you here?
I was intrigued by an advertisement for Glen Burnie in 1991 in The Washington Post so I sent off for a brochure on the property. I’d always wanted to restore a historic property and this provided a great opportunity. I later placed Glen Burnie on the National Register of Historic Places and put the house and all 187 acres of the land under a historic easement. That means I have permanently given the development rights on my property to the Commonwealth of Virginia. When I first visited Glen Burnie the meadow around the house was in bloom with thousands of daffodils, so I put a contract on the property just two days after seeing it. I’ve never regretted it.
Tell us about your work.
I graduated from West Point in 1959 and spent over 10 years in the Army in countries including Germany, Rhodesia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. After leaving the Army, I started a career in politics working first as a legislative director to a Maryland congressman and later spending 18 years as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes.
Since my retirement in 1995 I have been actively involved in community affairs, serving as president of the Fluvanna Historical Society, president of the Fluvanna Heritage Trail Foundation, chairman of the Rivanna River Basin Commission, and a member of the Capitol Square Preservation Council overseeing the restoration of Virginia’s Capitol Square in Richmond. I also served five years on the Fluvanna Board of Supervisors, including two years as chair.

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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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