From stage shows to picnics in the park to family-friendly festivals, the best ways to celebrate springtime in the county have arrived with extended daylight hours. Spring ushers in a plethora of opportunities for Fluvanna residents to be outdoors embracing the warm weather and each other. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening over the next several weeks.

Spring break at the library
The Fluvanna County Library gives kids of all ages something to enjoy from Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7, and you can play mini golf all week long. Here’s what else is happening:
Thursday, April 6: All day family board game day;
Thursday, April 6: 10 a.m. Family-friendly movie – Storks (rated PG) with free popcorn;
Friday, April 7: 10 a.m. Storytime; and
Friday, April 7: 2 and 7 p.m. Family-friendly movie – Moana (rated PG) with free popcorn.

Free state park passes
On an ongoing basis, nature-loving nomads can stop by the library to check out nature backpacks with free state parks passes made possible by the “I Love Virginia State Parks” program. Each backpack contains one state park pass good for one vehicle with up to eight people inside. The pass may be used at any state park. The backpack also contains identification guides for bugs, birds and trees, and a magnifying glass. Backpacks may be checked out for two weeks.
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Fitness in the great outdoors – what could be better?

Fluvanna has a new fitness trail at the Eastern Trailhead along the Sandy Beach Trail off Route 53.

“I’m absolutely delighted it’s finished,” said Virginia Foster, secretary of the Heritage Trail Foundation. The Fluvanna nonprofit is responsible for the many trails along the Rivanna River, Pleasant Grove and the Eastern Trailhead.

The Foundation provided $10,000 from its membership dues to purchase the equipment for the trail, said Marvin Moss, Foundation president.
After studying several fitness or par course trails in Richmond and Northern Virginia, Foster said the group settled on a 10-station course that “looked rustic enough to fit our location.”

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Lenherr set for jury trial

Fluvanna County Treasurer Linda H. Lenherr entered a plea of “not guilty” to a misdemeanor charge of using confidential information for economic gain at a hearing in Fluvanna County Circuit Court on Thursday (March 30). 

Lenherr’s attorney requested a jury trial rather than a bench trial, in which the determination of her guilt would be made solely by a judge. The trial is set for Aug. 10.

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Fluco softball team creams Western Albemarle

Game cut short by mercy rule

The Fluco softball team’s 11-run first inning on Tuesday (March 28) sent the team flying toward a 21-2 win over Western Albemarle.

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Contemplate raise to $16 an hour

How much does a member of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors make?

In Fairfax County the Board chair pulls in $100,000 a year. Other supervisors make $95,000 annually.

In Fluvanna, however, the salaries are smaller. The chairperson makes $9,000 a year. The vice chair earns $8,400 and the remaining members pull in annual salaries of $7,800.

That works out to about $14 an hour, according to estimates supervisors provided of how many hours per week they work.

Like other workers, supervisors are taxed on their earnings. Their take-home pay is therefore less.

In a few months supervisors will likely vote on whether to raise their pay to an average of $16 an hour.
County Administrator Steve Nichols said he has proposed that Board members would make $9,000 per year. The vice chair would earn $9,600 annually and the chairperson would make $10,200.

“I prepared the Board of Supervisors pay proposal on the same basis as I did for other boards and commissions,” Nichols said. “I reviewed other counties around the Commonwealth and focused especially on the 22 local and similar-sized counties.”

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