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On behalf of Boy Scouts of America Troop 154, I would like to publicly thank Health Nutz Fitness and Aquatics Center for allowing us to use their pool to do our annual swim test. Health Nutz agreed to help and support us without hesitation. We greatly appreciate their generosity.

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It would be great if the School Board would consider having an activity bus run in the evenings. There are a lot of athletes and others that stay after school and this would be a wonderful use of the extra money found in the budget.
The other counties around us have an activity bus. It is almost embarrassing to say that our county does not have one. It would be a benefit to many people.

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As a proud Virginian of Fluvanna stock, news of the Palmyra park issue concerns me and my family. During my 70 years I’ve often visited the monument that honors several of my ancestors and have shown it to my children and to their children. We have a son and two grandsons who carry the names of some of the men honored by this memorial.
About a year ago when we approached the park, we were startled to see the recently placed sign. To see the name in isolation at the center of Fluvanna’s seat of justice underscored the need to present a more inclusive, balanced history.

My ancestor, the Rev. Walker Timberlake, who gave the land on which the Confederate Soldiers’ monument stands, lost his namesake grandson to the war, had a POW son, and compromised his wealth with Confederate bonds. Years earlier he wrote a “supplication to Almighty God” that Virginia would be emancipated from a system that “kept both races unhappy.” He joined Gen. John Hartwell Cocke, another 19th century Fluvanna leader, in an effort to end slavery, and both men supported their Virginia during the war. So, my family and I grasp the complexity of our history.
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The Town Hall meeting on Aug. 12 raises some important questions. Albemarle, Louisa, Nelson, and Madison counties, the majority of counties in the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council, bill “insurance only.” Resident 911 EMS patients do not receive a bill for expenses not covered by insurance. These counties consider the patient’s portion of the bill paid for by county taxes. Why don’t the Fluvanna Supervisors also consider that county taxes cover the patient’s portion of the bill?
Why won’t Fluvanna file the paperwork to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), as the other counties have done? On the OIG website, frequently asked questions (FAQ), #9 asks: “How long does it take to get an opinion?” FAQ Answer: “The statute provides that advisory opinions should be issued within 60 days. In addition, the regulations establish a 10-day period for the initial review and processing of the incoming request.” The Louisa County Attorney filed their request on June 1, 2011, and received an OIG opinion on August 29, 2011, or 90 days later.
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I am writing in response to a letter from Joan Henderson published in your Aug. 6 issue. In that letter she graciously thanked several people by name, including me, who helped and cared for her late husband in his last week. The correct names of the two people who responded to the emergency situation on her back deck are Tim Maywalt and Tim Eckert, and they are members of the Lake Monticello Safety Patrol, not the Coast Guard (I don’t believe the Coast Guard patrols our lake). I was just the organization’s patrol coordinator that day, and I guess the names got confused. In addition, one of the fire fighters who responded was Jason Chabot, who coincidently is also a member of the Lake Safety Patrol. This is a volunteer organization which supports water recreation safety at the Lake by, among many other things, operating a patrol boat on summer weekends to assist disabled boats or anyone having a water emergency or in distress. In this case the patrol boat was returning at the end of the day and the crew heard and responded to Ms. Henderson’s calls for help. More information about the Lake Safety Patrol may be found at www.boat-oars.org.

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