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FirefightersThirteen Fluvanna firefighters from three Fluvanna County fire companies graduated Sunday (Aug. 13) from a tough college level class on how to fight fires. One firefighter from Albemarle County also graduated.

The graduation ceremony for those completing the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Firefighter 1 course of study was held at the Lake Monticello Fire Department’s Maple room.

A Firefighter 1 curriculum is considered a college level class whereby the student firefighters engage in over 200 hours of lectures, and hands-on practical training.

Instruction was conducted by 11 Virginia state certified fire instructors, who are members of the Fluvanna County fire companies. The instructors taught many subjects, both in classroom and in the field, to train the students in the proper and appropriate methods of executing their duties as firefighters. All training was conducted under controlled settings with the student’s personal safety as the top priority. Add a comment

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EclipseThe path of the Great American Solar Eclipse that takes place Monday (Aug. 21) misses Virginia. But Fluvanna residents who have chosen not to travel to see it will still be in for a show.

Although people in Fluvanna will not be able to see totality – the fleeting minutes during which the moon completely covers the face of the sun – they will witness a partial solar eclipse.

By coincidence or design, the apparent size of the sun and moon are nearly identical when seen from the earth. Though the sun’s diameter is 400 times bigger than the moon’s, its extreme distance from the earth – 93 million miles compared to 239,000 miles from the earth to the moon – makes it appear almost exactly the same size as the moon in the sky.

This phenomenon makes it possible for Earthlings to witness what is rightly called one of nature’s most spectacular displays: a solar eclipse. Add a comment

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School busAll Fluvanna County school buses are now compliant with a safety standard that requires buses manufactured after a certain date to have an additional parking brake feature.

School buses with automatic transmissions do not have a park setting. In order to park, a bus driver puts the vehicle in neutral then engages the parking brake. But if the parking brake were to become accidentally disengaged – say, by someone tripping and falling against it – the bus could begin to roll.

“The issue was discovered when the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) transportation person was out in the field and was doing spot tests,” said Julie Grimes, VDOE communications manager.

A safety device called a brake interlock prevents this possibility. “On buses equipped with a brake interlock, it is not possible to release the parking brake without first depressing the brake pedal,” according to VDOE. Add a comment

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County fairWhile area farmers revived the Fluvanna County Fair in 2014 so 4-H kids would have a local place to show their animals in the summer, there is so much more than animals at the upcoming county fair.

The fair runs from Wednesday through Saturday (Aug. 16-19) at Pleasant Grove Park on Route 53. Gates open Wednesday with a carnival. Attendance is free, but tickets to ride are a dollar apiece.

Thursday, children 18 and under get in free. Friday and Saturday admission is $2 per person and children two and under are free, said fair treasurer Channing Snoddy.
There is something for everyone:

  • High school pep rally – Thursday;
  • Wing eating contest – Thursday;
  • Hot air balloon and helicopter rides – Thursday and Friday;
  • Antique tractor pull – Friday;
  • Equine trials and obstacle challenge – Saturday;
  • 4-H livestock sale – Saturday;
  • Jalapeño eating contest – Saturday;
  • Rodeo – Saturday;
  • Live music – throughout; and
  • Home arts display and competition – throughout. Add a comment

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GolfersOn Wednesday (Aug. 9), the Flying Flucos golf team played host to the Jefferson District’s season-opening 18-hole tournament. Six-player teams arrived for an 11 a.m. start from Albemarle High, Monticello High, Louisa County High, Charlottesville, Orange County and Western Albemarle. Powhatan High did not participate. The tournament was played over the lush Lake Monticello course. The course has been kept in outstanding shape by Jim Prucnal and his Billy Casper golf crew, despite some very hot, dry weather.

The tournament was not played with a shotgun start, so all players teed off on hole number one and finished on the 18th. This made the tournament a long endeavor, with the final foursome coming home at around 6:30 p.m. Most of the teams were all boys, but two teams, including the Flucos, had two girls competing in their top six. Add a comment

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