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Butterfly garden at Pleasant GroveRecently there has been fear among scientists regarding the decline of the bee population. Many cite the loss of pollinators as a devastating blow to the food chain. Without pollinators, like bees, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife. This is why there is concern about how this will affect agriculture. Many experts view hazards in the environment as the cause of the decline.

Insects are the main pollinators, but so are hummingbirds and bats. Wildlife experts are working with communities to combat the problem and build an environment that increases the species of various pollinators. The Lake Monticello Wildlife Committee is teaming up with the Virginia Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists for a program about how we can help increase the pollinating population while building a better environment for them and for ourselves.

“The purpose is to expand the focus on wildlife habitats while supporting pollinators and a diverse population of wildlife,” said master gardener Sue Tepper. She will be one of three presenters, along with master gardener and master naturalist Walter Hussey, and Amber Houk, who will discuss beekeeping. Add a comment

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Economic development topped the list of concerns among Fluvanna County residents who participated in the 2017 Residents Survey, County Administrator Steve Nichols told the Board of Supervisors at its meeting April 5.

The survey, which ran from Jan. 26 to March 31, received 325 individual responses. Of those who responded, 67 percent were age 50 or older, 64 percent have lived in Fluvanna for more than 10 years, and 61 percent live outside Lake Monticello.

Participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with living in Fluvanna and the quality of the county’s services. They were also asked what they thought should be prioritized by the Board of Supervisors in the coming year.

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Two School Board seats up for grabs

Two Fluvanna County School Board members serving the last year of their terms announced at Wednesday’s (April 12) meeting they will not seek re-election.

Neither the Board chair nor vice chair will be returning. Add a comment

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Supervisors raise taxes nearly 3 percent

Taxes in Fluvanna County are going up by almost 3 percent.

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The public’s right to know was a topic of spirited conversation at a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training session on Thursday morning (April 6).

About 20 county workers gathered at the high school to learn from Maria Everett, executive director of the Virginia FOIA Council. Many of them are responsible for responding to freedom of information requests from Fluvanna residents.

Everett, who called herself “head FOIA geek,” led a lively interactive session that satisfied FOIA training requirements for her listeners and sparked some interesting discussion.

Throughout the session, Everett called on her listeners to see themselves not just as county workers but also as private citizens, such as parents investigating concerning information regarding their children’s schools. Having that perspective makes a difference when thinking about FOIA, she said.

County workers are a key face of government, Everett said. She joked that her listeners would go home and put on “jeans that ought to have been thrown away years ago and ratty t-shirts.” But, she said, “When you woke up this morning and donned the uniform, you became the government.”

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