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Fluvanna County Library Director Cyndi Hoffman is excited about a unique experience for children this summer at the library: two live theater performances of Pinocchio and Beauty and the Beast performed by the Hampstead Stage Company, a traveling troupe of actors based in New Hampshire.

The company was named for the four founders who were originally from Hampstead, England, and realized their dream of having a theater company to engage and educate. The theater has been around since 1983 and has grown into one of the largest educational theater companies in the U.S. with 2,000 shows a year.

Through the animation of two actors who perform multiple roles and quick changes, their shows encourage reading books and plays through the magic of performing. Children are treated to original adaptations drawn from literary classics, including Frankenstein and Robin Hood as well as authors like C.S. Lewis and Charles Dickens. Fairy tales and fantasy are brought to life by actors who energize their young audience, nurturing imagination and wonder. Add a comment

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enny Thompson, Louisa County 4-H extension agent, explained the identifying characteristics of venomous and non-venomous snakes.Be able to identify poison ivy (leaves of three) when hiking. Never wrap a lead rope around your hand while leading a horse. Make sure the driver sees you when approaching a tractor.

These were just a few of the numerous tips discussed as over 60 4-H members from Louisa and Fluvanna counties, including livestock clubs, horse clubs, Cloverbuds (pre-4-H ages), and Future Farmers of America members, rotated through the 10 stations at Youth Safety Day. Parents were welcome and younger visitors were even invited to a story time, which featured farm-themed books.

Organized by the Louisa County Women’s Committee of the Virginia Farm Bureau, the May 9 event was held at Charles and Betty Rosson’s Quaker Hill Farm in Trevilians. The goal of the evening’s sessions was to present a comprehensive, educational overview on farm safety focusing on youth involvement, with emphasis on animals, plants, insects and reptiles, machinery, all-terrain vehicles and food safety.

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Supervisors support borrowing $8 million for Zion Crossroads water project

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors moved through a relatively light agenda during its Wednesday afternoon (June 7) meeting, focusing mainly on staffing and investments.

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Boat accident closes Lake Beach 4

Muskrats can apparently sink boats.

The Lake Monticello Owners' Association announced Friday (June 9) that Beach 4 would be temporarily closed after a small boat sank and leaked an unknown amount of fuel into the water.

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BatteauBrian Coffield is keeping Fluvanna’s batteau history alive.

He bought and helped restore a batteau that he plans on guiding down the James River starting June 17 from Lynchburg to Maiden’s Landing in Goochland. Coffield and his crew of six, along with up to 24 other batteaux, will make the 120-mile trip in eight days as a part of the 32nd Batteau Festival. John Wilkinson, who lives in Lake Monticello, is part of Coffield’s crew.

Coffield christened his batteau the Queen Anne, taking his cue from the Rivanna River, named after the Queen of England.

Coffield works part-time as an attendant at the Pleasant Grove House Museum telling visitors about Fluvanna’s rich history of using batteaux to take goods from farmers to Richmond.

The batteau (French for boat) was designed flat-bottomed and pointed at each end. It was powered and steered with long oars or sweeps at the front and back.  The design allowed for easy navigation in the shallow rocky waters of the Rivanna, James and other rivers throughout the east.

The boats ruled river waters from 1775 to 1840 when canal locks, then trains, brought more efficient means of transportation.

While people have long been interested in batteaux, the modern era started when construction workers at a site in Richmond unearthed more than 40 of the vessels, Coffield said.

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