Fluvanna Review

Fork Union Depot. Photo by Sally Browning.In the early 1900s, a bit of sophistication came to Fluvanna County. The glamorous-sounding Virginia Airline Railway, headed by a hype man called “Captain,” connected the county to such exotic places as Chicago, New York and Charlottesville. Add a comment

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More than 200 family and friends gathered at New Fork Baptist Church to celebrate Audrey Smith’s 100th birthday Saturday (April 19). Photo by Ruthann CarrMore than 200 people gathered at New Fork Baptist Church to celebrate Audrey Smith’s 100th birthday Saturday (April 19).
Smith was born on April 22, 1914 in Scottsville to Jackson Lightfoot and Annette Carmen Cooper Lightfoot.
Her son, the Rev. Thomas Smith, welcomed the guests and prayed.
“Few of us will live to be 100,” Smith said. “Few have lived to be called centenarians. By your divine wisdom and grace you deemed it that Audrey Lightfoot Smith lived to see her 100th year. Thank you for all that you’ve done, all you do and will continue to do in her life.”
Audrey Smith sat in the first pew surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When Audrey Smith was a teenager, she moved to New York City. One of her first jobs was working concessions at Coney Island.
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Vote for John Verga to help him win a custom wheelchair accessible vehicle. Photo by Page H. GiffordBeing born with the birth defect Spina bifida has taught John Verga some tough lessons in life but it has also taught him how to live.
Spina bifida can begin to develop in a fetus before the mother is even aware she is pregnant. In some cases, structures that should be inside the spinal canal can slip out; including membranes that surround the spinal cord, nerve roots that connect nerves to the spinal cord, the spinal cord itself or the vertebra (back bones) may be deformed. This often results in endless surgery and a dismal diagnosis of paralysis.
“I have been in a wheelchair all of my life except for those years when I was in braces and on crutches,” said Verga who used the wheel chair full time once he began attending college. “I had been in and out of the hospitals most of my life and by the time I as 15, I already had 21 surgeries.”
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Comedian Sid Davis will perform in Fluvanna on Oct. 20.The Fluvanna Arts Council’s 14th season is moving in a new direction, bringing in more local talent, some familiar favorites and some newcomers and lower ticket prices. Kicking off the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 20 is comedian Sid Davis from North Carolina. Davis’ act is described as family-friendly fun and invigorating. Davis pokes fun at everyday events and keeps audiences rolling with laughter. Add a comment

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It was opening day at the Fluvanna Farmers Market on April 3. Once again the people of Fluvanna can buy truly locally grown fresh produce where the person they meet is the person who grew it. 
We are pretty strict about that. Co- manager Jutta Glasscock visits farms to be sure, if they say they grew it, they did!  We are unique among markets and CSA’s – where sometimes produce is purchased regionally for resale.

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