Fluvanna Review

Joe HinesJoseph C. “Joe” Hines has officially qualified to be on the ballot for the Jan. 10 special election for the Virginia Senate.  Hines will focus his efforts on creating jobs and greater economic opportunity throughout the district.

“We need a strong leader who will fight for us,” said Hines, who grew up on a farm in the district. “When people are worrying about paying their bills, we need to focus on creating greater opportunities for them to advance their lives and careers.  With more economic development policy to be determined in the next three years than in recent Virginia history, we have incredible opportunity to bring jobs and prosperity home to our district. I’m committed to being the independent voice this district needs to ensure long-term economic growth.”

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Nick AlgieriWhere do you live? 
I live at Lake Monticello.
 
Have you always lived in Fluvanna? If not, what brought you here?
No, I have not always lived in Fluvanna. I was born at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y., and lived on Long Island for my first year. My grandparents, Tim and Eileen Monahan, moved to Lake Monticello in 1990, and my parents (and then I) would come down for vacations. Just before my first birthday my dad’s company downsized and he was laid off, so my parents decided to take a chance and move to Lake Monticello. We moved the day after my first birthday, and 22 years later we are still all here.

You’ve attended Fluvanna County schools. What’s the coolest thing about being a Fluco?
I would have to say the coolest thing about being a Fluco is that our community cares so much for each other and comes together often. There are always great crowds at Friday night football games and other sporting events. I have witnessed firsthand how quick the people of our community are there for their friends in need. Just follow the Flucos’ Helping Hands page on Facebook and you will see all the good that this community does for each other on a daily basis, not expecting anything in return!

Is there a word or phrase you use too much?
I would say that one phrase I use a lot, having my own company, is “free estimates.”
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Aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in Fluvanna County have an ally in the local branch of the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC).

Funded by the Small Business Administration and a network of public and private partners, the CVSBDC offers free, confidential counseling and a host of free and low-cost training and development resources. 

“You’re their counselor, you’re their cheerleader, and sometimes, you’re their mother,” said local business counselor Diane Arnold.

Arnold retired to Lake Monticello last year after a 10-year stint as director of the Longwood Small Business Development Center in Danville and a long career in teaching, marketing, and government procurement. Not long after her arrival, she was asked by CVSBDC Director Betty Hoge to help out. 

Now she provides one-on-one counseling and advice around the Center’s five-county service area. In Fluvanna, she holds counseling sessions on the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street. She currently works with three to four Fluvanna businesses owners per month.

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Sonia Erickson egg collectionLake resident Sonia Erickson has been collecting Easter eggs for nearly 47 years.

A tree in Erickson’s front yard is decorated with Easter eggs. The front of the house is adorned with wreaths made out of Easter eggs. Inside is an Easter egg wonderland with displays of hundreds of eggs given by friends and family and collected from all around the world by Erickson and her husband, Ed.

“I have 1,300 eggs,” said Erickson. She showed off an antique pale green velvet-covered egg box with flowers on the top that she had as a child growing up in Bavaria, Germany. “This is the oldest.” She opened the box, exposing the threadbare pink silk lining inside.

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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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