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Dale WiseDale Wise is a man on a mission: a mission to preserve accordion music and pass its legacy on to a newer generation.
The key is a new generation of interested musicians, he said. He – along with other accordion enthusiasts – is carrying on the traditions of music that has roots in many cultures.

Wise, a teacher who majored in piano, is passionate about the accordion. However, Wise realizes that the accordion has lost favor in the music world over past decades and has been downgraded to remain in history as part of a variety of cultural folk music.
Wise spoke and played his accordion for a wistful crowd at the Friends of the Library’s annual café event Wednesday (May 3) night. The café atmosphere set the tone for Wise’s music, which included many familiar standards known worldwide. He took the audience on a trip, beginning in America with the folk festival held in Burr Hill, Va., where people from around the world will sometimes show up and participate. His point in telling these simple stories was to show how cultures can come together through the love of music, bridging the gap between the past and the present.
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Chuck WinklerWhile Chuck Winkler isn’t new to Fluvanna, he is the new superintendent of the Fluvanna County Public Schools. Winkler came to Fluvanna nearly six years ago to serve as former Superintendent Gena Keller’s assistant. When Keller took a job with the state in January, Winkler stepped into the role as interim. On April 24 the School Board officially named him superintendent.

The Fluvanna Review sat down with Winkler to find out what he’s all about.

Tell us about one or two experiences you had in your youth that shaped who you are today.

I’d have to say scouting. I was involved in it early on and I became an Eagle Scout. Working with good leaders on morals and values affected me from then through today.

What was your Eagle Scout project?

I grew up in Buckhannon, W.Va., and we didn’t have a Salvation Army. I organized a community fundraiser to help the homeless and indigent. Buckhannon now has a Salvation Army. I won’t say it was because of what I did, but people did recognize the need.

Any other experience that shaped you?

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For the second year in a row, Fluvanna’s ode to farming and fun makes its spring appearance.

The 21st annual Old Farm Day opens at 9 a.m. Saturday (May 6).

And at only $5 for those 12 and over, you’re going to love it.

One of the attractions this year is Virginia’s traveling “love” sign. It will be parked at Pleasant Grove from May 5-8. Brought to Fluvanna by Me2 Market and Eatery, the sign is 16 feet long with seven-foot high letters. It is a great backdrop for family, engagement and wedding photos.

As many may remember, Old Farm Day used to happen in October. But in October 2015, Hurricane Joaquin cancelled it. The only practical, available time to reschedule the festival was in May, said Tricia Johnson, director of the Fluvanna Historical Society.

“Old Farm Day is Fluvanna’s favorite family festival,” Johnson wrote in an email. “Children love the petting zoo and pony rides by Five Blessings Farm and horse-drawn hayrides by Trey Dillard of A. G. Dillard, as well as the Pink Cotton Candy Lady.  We have an incredible line up of bands this year; while we have our usual bluegrass music, there will also be some blues, soul, and southern rock. We have a much wider variety of food vendors – and, of course, heritage exhibitors demonstrating handcrafts of days gone by, and antique farm equipment.”

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7th grade artFor nearly 10 years, the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) has judged the Fluvanna Middle School art show. This year’s crop of students showed strength in creativity and imagination. There were multiple winners in several categories for grades five through seven.

It is evident in their work that art teacher Margie Kritzer fosters the seeds of creative thought and imagination before bogging her students down with limitations and precision. No one knows better than Kritzer that knowledge and skill will come when students are dedicated and train their eyes to see what is realistic in their environment, then learn to translate that through their chosen media.

A Fluvanna native, Kritzer has been teaching for 22 years. She said she misses her eighth graders, but has adapted to inspiring a much younger group of kids from fifth through seventh grades. She teaches them to see basics through color and shape while encouraging their artistry to take off and flourish. She believes in giving them the right tools for creation and grounding them in the fundamentals of art – but she makes it an adventure. Add a comment

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LacrosseThe Flying Fluco girls’ lacrosse team got off to a strong start on Friday (April 28) against the Eagles from Liberty Bealton High, but it was the Eagles who came out on top 10-9.

Fluco Coach Heath Hughes noted after the game that the Eagles managed to wear the Flucos down as the game wore on. The Flucos had only three substitutes due to a rash of injuries, while the Eagles were able to substitute much more freely with a bench of eight.

The game opened with Fluco junior goaltender Morgan Maupin stopping a point blank shot by an Eagles attacker only 45 seconds into the game. Two minutes later the Flucos were on the board, as senior attacker Natalie Hughes scored on a hard shot off a penalty. After another good save by Maupin, Natalie Hughes scored again with 15:37 remaining in the first half. This score came on a tough shot from in front of the goal with Hughes surrounded by defenders. A minute later Liberty bounced back with its first goal.

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