Fluvanna Review

Maria Carter won first place in the oil/acrylic category for Field of Flowers Photo by Page H. GiffordTrilbie Knap, a watercolorist from Charlottesville was the judge for the Fluvanna Art Association’s annual juried show. The show, currently at the Fluvanna County Library through December, features some striking works by members.

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Illustration by Lynn Stayton-EurellNew attractions are coming to Old Farm Day this Saturday (Oct. 4), lending a sparkle to Fluvanna’s most beloved county tradition of the year.
Receiving top billing is the opening of the Pleasant Grove House, the newly restored and expanded historic home at Pleasant Grove. Built in 1854, the home originally belonged to the Haden family of Fluvanna County. Though the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the house’s restoration won’t come until Nov. 6, the county is opening the home for self-guided tours during Old Farm Day, and invites the public to stop in and take a look at the nationally registered historic home.
Those strolling up and down the gravel path may notice the absence of what’s become a familiar sight: Terry Lintecum of Fruit Hill Orchard stirring a smoking cast-iron pot full of apple butter. Instead, the county’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) students are making the apple butter to raise money for their program.
Russell Jennings, agriculture and horticulture teacher at the high school, set his students to work at the beginning of this week peeling 20 bushels of apples donated by Fruit Hill Orchard. On Saturday, Jennings plans to arrive at 4:30 a.m. to start 15 gallons of apple cider – pressed from the discarded peels and cores – boiling in his 50-gallon copper pot. “It takes 12 to 14 hours to make apple butter from apples,” he explained. Throughout the day at least 20 of his students will come and help out, slowly adding the apples, the 35 pounds of sugar, and the liquid cinnamon. Jennings plans to make some no-sugar-added apple butter, as well, for Fluvannians watching their waistlines.
Proceeds from apple butter sales allow the FFA to take trips, like the students’ upcoming visit to the state fair; purchase supplies for the program; and provide for events throughout the year.
Not only did Fruit Hill Orchard donate the apples for the FFA apple butter, but they gave up any revenue they would have received selling their own apple butter at Old Farm Day. But they were glad to do it, said Barbara Lintecum. “My husband and I both really want to support the FFA,” she said. “We’re so glad they’re back in Add a comment

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Debra Lucado, Renny Megahan, Jeff Craig and Joe Chesser cut the ribbon. Photo by Page H. Gifford Attracting shoppers locally and supporting the newly stocked Fluvanna Ace Hardware (formerly Do It Best) was Joe Chesser’s message to the group of well-wishers gathered at Friday’s (Sept. 12) ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
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• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Illustration by Lisa HurdleThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors has dropped its long-running and costly lawsuit against its former financial advisor Davenport & Company LLC.
At a special meeting held Thursday (Sept. 25), the Board voted unanimously to accept an offer from Davenport’s attorneys, ending the three-year legal battle over the issuance of bonds to fund the new high school.
In a letter dated September 15, Davenport attorney Joe Reid laid out the offer which included a request that the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors dismiss the lawsuit and issue a public statement to the following effect: “The lawsuit against Davenport was initiated by a prior Board of Supervisors in 2011. The current Board has re-evaluated the merits of the case, including recent information about the value of the refinancing of the high school debt which has since occurred, and concluded that the financing votes by the Board and advice from Davenport concerning the bond issuance in 2008 have not proven to be unreasonable or caused the County financial harm. Therefore the Board does not see the value in continuing to pursue the prior Board’s suit, and is voluntarily dismissing the litigation. The Board further acknowledges that certain statements were made in the lawsuit about Davenport, and Mr. David Rose in particular, which were not accurate, and the Board regrets this mistake.”
In exchange for the county’s withdrawing the lawsuit and issuing a statement in keeping with the draft above, Davenport agreed to withdraw its motion for sanctions and associated request for recovery of Davenport’s attorneys’ fees which, at last count, were in excess of $1.5 million.
“We understand that yesterday evening the Board accepted this offer,” said Reid, a lawyer with McGuireWoods in Richmond. “Davenport is very pleased to see this litigation end, to have its reputation cleared in this matter, and to have played a role in bringing a new high school to Fluvanna.”
Attorneys’ fees alone have cost Fluvanna County more than $500,000. The county has paid around $90,000 in compensation to expert witnesses it had intended to call in the case.
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