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Aerial viewThe controversial proposed development that rocked Fluvanna County, known first as Walker’s Ridge and then as Poplar Ridge, is officially over.

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors approved Feb. 15 a request by the land’s owner, Hotel Street Capital, LLC, to put its 232 acres into a conservation easement.

“The effect of this [conservation easement] is to restrict land in perpetuity,” said County Attorney Fred Payne. “It’s a serious step.”

The land sits primarily on the western side of Route 15 at its intersection with Route 644 near Palmyra, adjacent to Camp Friendship.

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Fire escapeThe smart actions of a Lake Monticello woman during a Feb. 7 house fire likely saved her life and that of her daughter, said Fire Chief Richie Constantino of the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department (LMVFD).

In the middle of the night, Freddie Simpson awakened to heavy smoke in the second-floor bedroom of her Jefferson Drive home, according to a public post she made on her Facebook page.

“I felt the door and it was hot,” she wrote. “I remembered the movie Backdraft and did not open it.”

The decision not to open the door may have meant the difference between life and death, said Constantino. He praised Simpson for having the presence of mind to check the heat of the door. Had she opened it, he said, superheated gases and smoke might have incapacitated Simpson and her daughter before they could make their escape. Add a comment

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altFluvanna public schools volunteers effect change in some surprising ways.

It is a given they help students and teachers. But do they affect the budget?

Lissa Gooch is a retired Fluvanna teacher and the volunteer coordinator for the schools.

“We have 124 volunteers working in our schools (that’s a total of all four schools) who come in on a regular basis,” Gooch said.

During the six months from August to January, volunteers worked 2,450 hours, Gooch said.

The most recent calculation for what an hour of volunteer time is worth is $23.56, according to the Independent Sector. Multiplying that number by the 2,450 hours worked in the first half of this school year shows volunteers added $57,722 worth of value to the Fluvanna public schools.
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Persimmon Tree PlayersIt has been 13 years since Warren Johnson joined the Persimmon Tree Players (PTP), Fluvanna’s only community theater group. The group has been in existence and entertaining audiences for over 25 years.  Johnson joined up with PTP when the group of dedicated thespians had dwindled to a small ensemble and were trying to get some momentum going again.

Johnson, who is leaving his post as pastor of the Fork Union Baptist Church, will be returning to his home town of Franklin, Va., to become pastor at the Baptist church there. Johnson admitted it was a difficult choice to leave behind his parishioners and the theater group, but the idea of returning to his boyhood home exerted a strong influence. Add a comment

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Virtually all major sports have terms and phrases that aficionados know, but that the casual fan finds puzzling or even incomprehensible. This is an attempt to provide an explanation for some of the terms and phrases that may stump people. It would go on for pages if an attempt were made to cover all the weird terminology in sports.

A baseball announcer may say that the shortstop has gone “deep in the hole” to make the play. There certainly are no holes in a major league baseball field. They are as smooth and pristine as full-time professional groundskeepers can make them. Add a comment

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