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The call to care for the emergency placement of a siblings group in our Lake Monticello home very quickly turned into a community-wide welcome thanks to the power of love and social media.

My husband, Robert, our adult daughter, Manna, and I met the threesome of small children on a late Thursday night. We decided we were ready and would somehow be able to open our home to them and to the opportunity to serve as God would have us do.

We had prepared to be a foster family, having gone through training, background checks, a home study, and extended workshops. Our guest room was rigged with a gorgeous full-sized bed and all the basic amenities any school-age child could need. But these weren’t school-aged children, we had very little in terms of basic necessities, and they were coming to stay with us on Monday.

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Supervisors advertise $75.3 million budget

A final budget and tax rate decision drew one step closer on Wednesday night (March 15) when the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to advertise a budget of $75.3 million for fiscal year 2018 (FY18).

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Two Fluvanna households are holding out against attempts by the James River Water Authority (JRWA) to take easements through their land for a water pipeline.

George Bialkowski, Jr., is opposing the JRWA on behalf of himself and his father, George Bialkowski, Sr.

Barbara Seay, who declined to be interviewed, has also not reached an agreement with the JRWA.

Both Bialkowski and Seay were vocal opponents of the JRWA project’s location when it came to a head last winter. They live at Point of Fork, in the path of the approved but unbuilt pipeline.

The JRWA project consists of a water intake facility on the Point of Fork where the James and Rivanna Rivers meet near Columbia, and a raw water pipeline stretching a little over a mile to Route 6.

From that point, the Louisa County Water Authority will construct its own pipeline at its own expense to funnel water northwest through Fluvanna to Louisa County. Louisa has promised to have 400,000 gallons of treated water at Zion Crossroads for Fluvanna’s use by the end of 2018.

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School Board sets next year’s calendar


The Fluvanna County School Board unanimously approved the 2017-2018 school calendar and a new bus policy at its March meeting Wednesday (March 8).

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Budget discussion raises supervisor hackles

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors embarked on a line-by-line analysis of the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget at a work session Wednesday night (March 8).

But after an hour had passed and only two subsets of the budget had been argued over, Chairman Mike Sheridan put a stop to the approach.

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