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Connor ReillyThere is a star in Fluvanna’s galaxy but we might have missed it because our telescope isn’t trained on that orbit.

We give props to top athletes, high academic achievers, Eagle Scouts and heroes.

But a bassoon player? It’s about time.

Fluvanna County High School senior Connor Reilly joined a rare group when the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America chose him as one of five bassoonists to become a part of its elite family.

That means together with other top student musicians, Connor will study in New York this summer for a three-week residency, as well as play a July 21 concert at Carnegie Hall followed by a performance trip through Latin America.
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From a survey designed to help the Board of Supervisors decide on budget priorities to a program to recognize those that contribute to the community, Fluvanna County government wants to know what you think. 

“We always, always, always want to hear feedback from the community – good, bad, indifferent, preferences – especially during budget season,” said County Administrator Steve Nichols.
To that end, the county website (fluvannacounty.org) is hosting a 2017 citizen survey that asks residents to weigh in on their satisfaction with the county’s current services and direction. Nichols plans to present the data from the survey at the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 15.

He encouraged residents to take the survey, accessible from the website’s homepage, before March 15. “The Board does really listen and they are very interested,” he said.

Residents can always reach out using My Two Cents, a virtual comment box available on the website. People can leave compliments, criticisms, concerns or suggestions for departments or staff members.


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Eleventh green at Lake MonticelloThe Lake Monticello Golf Course is gearing up for a busy 2017.

Golf contracts at the Lake course run from March 1 to the end of February, so the 2017 season is just under way. PGA golf pro Mark Marshall said that due the mild nature of the winter so far, there has been a high level of play on the course in January and February.

Now that March has arrived, the organized activity will start to flourish. Players need to get their 2017 contracts signed and pay their handicap fee. If payment is not in by March 15, Marshall said that players will be dropped out of the system and will have to reestablish themselves in the system when they do pay. Add a comment

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Tapestry by Wendy CharltonWendy Charlton, a former Fluvanna County High School teacher who now works in grants administration at the University of Virginia, has an unusual hobby: tapestry weaving.
Tapestry weavers are artists, Charlton said, who are separate from weavers who make utilitarian objects like rugs or scarves.

“Tapestry weavers make the kind of art that is usually intended to put on the walls – although of course the line between art and craft is almost impossible to define. Tapestry is usually considered a craft medium,” she said.

Charlton uses a simple loom to create art with yarn, whereas other weaving requires floor looms with multiple shafts. Her loom accommodates pieces up to 32 inches wide.

Her fascination with weaving began in an art class on tapestry in high school. While other students were bored in the class, Charlton was fixated on the way yarn could be used to create a landscape or other pictures. Add a comment

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Swim and dive standouts Michael DiFazio, Fefe Nardone and Lydia Reynard.The Fluco winter season athletes gathered in the Fluvanna County High School cafeteria on Wednesday (Feb. 22) for their winter sports banquet.

At the conclusion of each sports season it is traditional at most high schools to hold a ceremony celebrating the completion of the season and recognizing the outstanding achievements of the participating athletes.

After all the student athletes, parents,  grandparents and siblings completed their meals, Scott Morris, athletic and activities director, called the various coaches forward to report on their seasons’ results.

Girls’ basketball coach Chad White was first up. He said that freshman guard Navaeh Ivory was named to the All-Conference first team – the only freshman so honored. In addition, senior Chaniya Brown and junior Jemika Johnson were named All-Conference honorable mentions. The girls’ team went to the Conference semi-finals.

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