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Swim meetThe Lake Monticello Sharks are approximately 150 swimmers strong this year, according to Coach Carly Csapo. On Wednesday (June 21), the Charlottesville City Swordfish were on hand at the Lake Monticello pool for the first scored meet of the season. The Swordfish brought in at least as many swimmers. The pool area was a mob scene and cars were parked everywhere.

The Swordfish got off to an early lead and held onto it throughout the meet, ultimately winning 575-481. The opening events of the meet were the boys’ and girls’ 8 years old and under freestyle 100-meter individual medley (IM) relay. The Swordfish won both relays, scoring 10 points for each win to five points for second place finishes by the Sharks. In the third event, the boys’ 9-10 IM, the City team took first and second, so their team scored 12 points, while the Sharks only scored seven. After three events, the City team led 32-17.

In event four, the girls’ 9-10 100-meter IM, the Sharks broke through the City team’s dominance as Anna Amato swam a strong time of 1:45.89 for second place. In the following event, the boys’ 11-12 IM, the Sharks got their first win as Jackson Hopkins won by better than seven seconds, finishing in 1:38.22. In the girls’ 11-12 IM, Julia Tomaras was second for the Sharks. Hunter Strickland won the boys’ 13-14 IM for the Sharks. In the boys’ age 15-18 IM, Jason Dech was second for Lake Monticello; in the girls’ event in this age group FeFe Nardone was second. Add a comment

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altLake Monticello resident Cynthia Moore has already received praise for her book Live, Love, Lead: 10 Simple Skills to Transform Stress, a book focused on how to become conscious of joy and less inclined to stress. It features a short description of 10 skills that if practiced regularly can reduce stress and restore life’s balance.

“Although I thought some of these skills would be helpful to others in middle management – as they have been helpful to me – I recognize that for all of us, having more tools in our stress management toolkit is useful,” said Moore.

Moore believes that the daily stress of modern life weighs us down without the balance of rest and renewal, or the pauses nature intended in the midst of chaos.

“Increases in blood pressure and blood sugar as well as risk to the heart accelerate under those chronic stress conditions, contributing to disease development,” Moore said. “That is why it makes sense to intentionally add in some practices to balance the rest and renewal part of our nervous system. Those at a higher risk can benefit from these skills but they’re useful for most of us.” Add a comment

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Troy WeidenheimerWhen using reference photos for painting, it is always a good idea to know whether the photo you’re referencing is even worth painting, according to artist Troy Weidenheimer, who spoke to a group of Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) members on Friday (June 16).

“Garbage in and garbage out,” he said, describing the dilemma most novice artists have in choosing photos that are poor in compositional quality – something many artists never stop to contemplate. This relates to photos that the artist has taken or has permission to use.

“How do you analyze photos and then what do you do once you have found an appropriate photo?” he asked. Before artists looks for potential problems in photos, they first must determine what type of art they are creating. He pointed out that while illustrations are an exact replica of what is in the photo, fine art goes beyond the literal rendering. “It interprets and enhances elements of the photo in the most artistic and visually pleasing way,” he said, adding that originality inspires the creative process. Add a comment

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Mary Owen and Frank and Bobbie GalloVirginia’s Shadwell Chapter and New Jersey’s Jersey Blue Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) found a historic preservation connection through a Revolutionary War cannonball.

Shadwell came into possession of the solid cast iron two-and-a-half-pound cannonball through Regent Bobbie Gallo’s husband, Frank Gallo. The relic had been in his family since Frank Gallo’s grandfather dug it up on a job near New Brunswick, N.J. in 1920. It likely remained from the Battle of Bound Brook, N.J., in which a local force delayed the British attempt to surprise George Washington’s army long enough for Washington to mount a defense.

”This is a real relic of our nation’s history. I decided to return it to New Brunswick, N.J. through DAR,” said Frank Gallo.

Research found the closest New Jersey chapter was Jersey Blue. Bobbie Gallo contacted the chapter’s regent, Susan Luczu, to arrange an exchange. Thinking the cannonball deserved an appropriate mount, Bobbie Gallo tried the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. A piece of wood was obtained with special permission and certified, then created into a mount for the cannonball. Add a comment

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Darrell Byers and Tony O'BrienThe make up of Fluvanna’s top governing body may change after the Nov. 7 election.

Four candidates submitted the necessary paperwork by the June 13 deadline to appear on the ballot for Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.

Lake Monticello resident Darrell Byers is challenging incumbent Rivanna District Supervisor Tony O’Brien.

Current Supervisors Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) and Don Weaver (Cunningham District) are running unopposed.

Those who win the election will serve a four-year term from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2021.

The Palmyra District seat, currently held by Supervisor Trish Eager, and the Fork Union District seat, currently held by Mozell Booker, will not open for another two years.

The Fluvanna Review asked the candidates to introduce themselves to voters and talk about their objectives for the next four years.
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