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Instead of complaining about our water rates on an individual level, let’s really get mad and look at Aqua America, the parent company of Aqua Virginia, from a corporate point of view, and I’m going to pull a Jim Cramer: “Wow folks this is really a great company – they’ve raised their dividend per share every year.”
Looking back to first quarter reporting of 2006, they generated a 8.55 cent per share dividend – and they’ve reported a 16.5 cent per share dividend for the latest quarter. Between 2006 and now, its per share profit has increased over 40% – not bad, unless you’re one of the folks paying for this sort of profit.
Washington Gas Light is another for-profit utility company operating around the DC area. In the same period, their per share dividend went from 33.8 cents a share to 44 cents – a measly increase of only 31%.
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One year ago the Fluvanna Education Association met with members and non-members to identify the single most effective thing we could do to improve local public education. Many ideas shared at that meeting had already been proposed by FEA, but not supported by school decision makers. So we decided the most valuable thing we could do would be to increase teachers’ influence over decisions affecting their students and their profession. We began communicating our belief that teachers’ hands-on experience and personal knowledge of student needs could guide policy makers to more effective and efficient decisions. We asked school leaders to Value Our Voice.
The latest results of the annual school staff survey provide evidence that teachers feel they’re losing their influence in Fluvanna. In 2011, 78% of teachers felt able to openly provide input regarding the school division. By spring 2014, that number was down to 41%.
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Now that it is getting dark right about the time everyone gets off work, I ask that bicyclists help drivers see them in the dark. Among the actions that will help are: Wear light clothes and/or put light-reflective strips on front and back of your outer clothing.
Make sure the front light on your bicycle works. Also make sure it has a reflector in the back.
Don’t ride two abreast on narrow roads.

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Rt. 600 to Rt. 53 to Ruritan Road will take cyclists to some of our most scenic areas. When cycling these two routes you can experience a nerve-racking moment where a vehicle passes you a little to close and a little to fast. With help from the cycling community and motorists we can ask for the needed Share the Road signs on these two roads. They will alert drivers to the presence of our cyclists. The Share the Road signs that have been placed on Ruritan and Rolling Roads have helped a lot. I can attest to that. Let’s call and ask our representatives to help get these signs. Call Steve Nichols at 434-591-1910. Tony O’Brien at 434-242-1649. Donald Gaines at 434-806-9244. Andrew Scott VDOT representative at 434-422-9859.

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As a former student of FCHS, I realize that I had taken for granted the educational and extracurricular opportunities made available to students while I attended Fluvanna County High School. If students have the capacity to succeed at Fluvanna, they can with AP and PVCC classes offered that are not only more challenging than the average high school curriculum, but also provide opportunities to earn college credits. Some classes also offer students the ability to gain hands-on experience in fields that they may be working in directly out of high school, such as carpentry, photography, and media production. In addition to all of these potential educational opportunities are the successful sports programs that many of my classmates received scholarships for. Fluvanna offers chances to succeed to students of all interests.
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