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altLake Monticello resident Cynthia Moore has already received praise for her book Live, Love, Lead: 10 Simple Skills to Transform Stress, a book focused on how to become conscious of joy and less inclined to stress. It features a short description of 10 skills that if practiced regularly can reduce stress and restore life’s balance.

“Although I thought some of these skills would be helpful to others in middle management – as they have been helpful to me – I recognize that for all of us, having more tools in our stress management toolkit is useful,” said Moore.

Moore believes that the daily stress of modern life weighs us down without the balance of rest and renewal, or the pauses nature intended in the midst of chaos.

“Increases in blood pressure and blood sugar as well as risk to the heart accelerate under those chronic stress conditions, contributing to disease development,” Moore said. “That is why it makes sense to intentionally add in some practices to balance the rest and renewal part of our nervous system. Those at a higher risk can benefit from these skills but they’re useful for most of us.” Add a comment

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Troy WeidenheimerWhen using reference photos for painting, it is always a good idea to know whether the photo you’re referencing is even worth painting, according to artist Troy Weidenheimer, who spoke to a group of Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) members on Friday (June 16).

“Garbage in and garbage out,” he said, describing the dilemma most novice artists have in choosing photos that are poor in compositional quality – something many artists never stop to contemplate. This relates to photos that the artist has taken or has permission to use.

“How do you analyze photos and then what do you do once you have found an appropriate photo?” he asked. Before artists looks for potential problems in photos, they first must determine what type of art they are creating. He pointed out that while illustrations are an exact replica of what is in the photo, fine art goes beyond the literal rendering. “It interprets and enhances elements of the photo in the most artistic and visually pleasing way,” he said, adding that originality inspires the creative process. Add a comment

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Mary Owen and Frank and Bobbie GalloVirginia’s Shadwell Chapter and New Jersey’s Jersey Blue Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) found a historic preservation connection through a Revolutionary War cannonball.

Shadwell came into possession of the solid cast iron two-and-a-half-pound cannonball through Regent Bobbie Gallo’s husband, Frank Gallo. The relic had been in his family since Frank Gallo’s grandfather dug it up on a job near New Brunswick, N.J. in 1920. It likely remained from the Battle of Bound Brook, N.J., in which a local force delayed the British attempt to surprise George Washington’s army long enough for Washington to mount a defense.

”This is a real relic of our nation’s history. I decided to return it to New Brunswick, N.J. through DAR,” said Frank Gallo.

Research found the closest New Jersey chapter was Jersey Blue. Bobbie Gallo contacted the chapter’s regent, Susan Luczu, to arrange an exchange. Thinking the cannonball deserved an appropriate mount, Bobbie Gallo tried the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. A piece of wood was obtained with special permission and certified, then created into a mount for the cannonball. Add a comment

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Lake votes for new pool
Each household to be charged $100 extra

Voters overwhelmingly approved a funding plan for a new community pool at the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) 45th Annual Meeting on Saturday (June 24).

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Firefighters pursue construction of county burn building

Fluvanna firefighters are hoping for a burn building of their very own.

“Firefighters need to practice going to smoky buildings and fighting fire in a controlled setting,” said Cheryl Elliott, emergency services coordinator, to the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors at its Wednesday night (June 21) meeting.

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