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The Fluvanna County High School junior/senior prom was held Saturday (April 25) at the high school. Though rain dampened some prom dresses it didn’t dampen the students’ spirit as they ate and danced until late in the evening. Hundreds of students turned out for the annual prom. The theme this year was “Flucos in Hollywood.” Hunter Deforge and Nataryia Brock were  named king and queen of the prom.
Photos by www.jaltieriphotography.com

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Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanThe Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office and public library will need to wait at least another year before anyone is allowed to actually drink the water that comes out of their water fountains and faucets.
On April 8 supervisors voted to push to fiscal year 2017 (FY17) the $45,000 project that would make the water potable, or drinkable, and join the systems together into the beginning of a real water system.
“It’s a shame that we had to put it off,” said Wayne Stephens, director of public works, “but the decision knife has to come down somewhere and this one just didn’t quite make the cutoff for this year. It’s part of doing a hard budget process. I think every department gave up something that they thought was very important to get done in order to try to keep the taxes low.”
Right now the sheriff’s office and the library each has its own well, Stephens explained. Neither of them can serve as a public water system, which is the reason for the prominent “do not drink the water” signs in both buildings.
Stephens wants to bring the wells up to standard for public drinking water, connect the two systems together under a single water permit, add a little storage space and a booster station, and treat the water with chlorine and possibly a filtration system, depending upon the results from water quality tests. The cost for these improvements will hopefully fall below the $45,000 he has estimated, Stephens said.
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Everybody in Fluvanna County government is swapping offices with everybody else, it seems, but the end result is going to be a new office layout that makes more sense and gives staff the space they need, said Wayne Stephens, director of public works.
Stephens, who is heading up the space re-utilization plans, explained that the massive swap began with the simple quest to find a better home for the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) thrift shop.
During the search County Administrator Steve Nichols had the idea to take another look at the basement of the Carysbrook gym, Stephens said. What had once been a work-out room was now more or less unused except for a pottery studio affiliated with the parks and recreation department. “We started formulating a plan for how we could move the pottery studio down to the community center in Fork Union,” said Stephens, “by renovating one of their classrooms down there. Then we renovated the basement of the gym.” The cost-friendly renovation, said Stephens, included new ceiling tiles, LED efficient lights, new paint, and floor tiles where needed.
After the MACAA thrift shop moved into its bright new space, its old location stood empty. So public works, grounds, and personnel moved into that space, said Stephens, and established a shop. That move, in turn, opened up space in the basement of the treasurer’s office, where those folks used to be.
For various reasons including security and the lack of restrooms in its current location, the information technology (IT) department was selected to move into the newly-vacated space in the basement of the treasurer’s office.
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Kimberlie “Kym” Rouillard. Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanKimberlie “Kym” Rouillard announced her candidacy for clerk of circuit court Sunday afternoon (April 26) to about 20 supporters gathered at Frost Bites frozen yogurt shop.
Rouillard, who collected 202 signatures on her petition to be placed on the ballot, said that she hopes Fluvanna voters will support her in the election on Nov. 3.
“I believe I’m the best qualified for this job,” she said during her announcement. “I was the deputy clerk III/bookkeeper of Fluvanna County for six years, and the past year I’ve been the chief deputy clerk in Albemarle County. Between these two positions I’ve worked in or assisted in every division of the clerk’s office.
“All of my business career has involved some sort of customer service, and I believe that’s vital in the clerk’s office,” she continued. “I have 12 years as a small business owner – 10 years of those are in Fluvanna County – and I have an additional 10 years in management, both office and personnel.”
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Overton McGehee showed students how to plant a tree. Photo by Tricia JohnsonFluvanna’s first grade students – around 250 of them – spent Earth Day learning about nature through an innovative hands-on program at Pleasant Grove Park.
The children spent the day on Wednesday, April 22, moving around the park from station to station, studying tree rings, planting wildflowers and trees, learning about bluebirds, and hiking along the park’s newest nature trails through the Meadow Management area.
“Its going great,” said Walter Hussey of the Fluvanna Master Naturalists, who spearheaded this event.
“Kids are having fun, the weather is warm – it is a day ‘on’ for these kids, not a day ‘off,’” he emphasized.
“They are planting the last of the over 1,000 trees that we are planting here for hedgerows…they are planting the first plants that are going to be planted in our new pollinator garden, they are doing some science work with tree rings, they are planting wildflowers in the hedgerows themselves,” Hussey explained. Volunteers had harvested milkweed seed from the park last fall before the pastures were mowed; the six and seven year old students helped plant some of that milkweed seed – which is important as the only food source for Monarch butterfly larvae – in new hedgerows in the Meadow Management area. “If you have ever seen milkweed,” said Hussey, “the puffs of seeds are like dandelions on steroids. There are 200 or 300 seeds per pod and the kids are loving it – the seeds are blowing around like soap bubbles.”
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