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Holding Weekly ReaderEight-year-old Eileen believed she could fly.

Eighty-two years later, her dream came true.

In 1935, Eileen von Hagn read an article in her Weekly Reader about Amelia Earhart. She vowed to be the next female flyer. But as with so many of our dreams, life got in the way.

One year after graduating in 1945 from Bogota High School in New Jersey, Eileen married William Lenherr. Together they had four children.When her husband retired from the Navy they bought a farm in Fluvanna. Life was good, until it wasn’t. Lenherr’s husband died at 47.

The recently widowed Jackie Kennedy was Lenherr’s role model – reserved and elegant.

“She had little John and my youngest was 3,” Lenherr said. “I decided I had to grab the bull by the horns and run with it.”

Lenherr did just that. She eventually sold the farm. She opened Li’l Folks Nursery School in Fork Union. Her grandson Ryan Pace remembered attending. Add a comment

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Scott DavidIt didn’t take long for Susan Nothnagle, the accompanist for the Fluvanna Community Singers, to approach Scott David, the interim pastor at a local church, about joining the chorus after hearing him sing at a memorial service two years ago. His wife and daughter also joined as well.

Upon hearing the news that the beloved choral director, Horace Scruggs, was hanging up his baton for good, David was approached again, this time by Scruggs himself. Scruggs encouraged David to apply for the position. David had substituted as director for him multiple times with the choir. He was then contacted by the board and was asked to be interviewed.

“I was very pleased and blessed to be elected to serve the choir as director,” David said.

David is a product of the 60s and 70s, growing up during the era when singing families and groups such as the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds and TV shows like the Partridge Family were popular.

“My parents and three brothers traveled around Michigan for many years singing in churches. I continued to sing with my brothers in high school,” he said. He remained active in church with singing groups, choirs and bands. At age 20 he joined the Army, which eventually brought him to Virginia where he met his wife.

He attended Christopher Newport University (CNU) working on a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in vocal performance. While at CNU, he led musical programs at three churches in the Newport News area. After leaving CNU he continued to lead music programs full-time in churches for 20 years.

Some were disappointed when they heard Scruggs was leaving. Anyone taking his place might have some large shoes to fill. But those who have performed with David look forward to working with him.

“The Fluvanna Community Singers have a reputation for presenting great music with excellence. It also has a history of accomplished directors. I was blessed to sit under Horace’s leadership and learn from him,” said David. “Not only is Horace an excellent director, he is proficient on the piano and other instruments and he can write music. He is also a very kind and humble person. His shoes are too big for me to fill. I hope to build on the excellent foundation he has left with the singers.”

David said that choral music provides the platform to create a unique and powerful musical sound that can only result when many people combine their vocal gifts. Add a comment

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With important play-off positioning on the line, the Flying Fluco volleyball team traveled to long-time rival Western Albemarle last Tuesday (Oct. 31). The Flucos won the match in five grueling games.

The Warriors opened strong before their home crowd, topping the Flucos 25-21 in the first game. The Flucos quickly bounced back, capturing the second game by an impressive 25-13 score. Even though they lost game two by a wide margin, Western Albemarle did not fold. They took the third game by the same score as the first. Of course, this result put the Flucos back in serious jeopardy.

The Flucos dug in and won game four by a 25-20 score to force a fifth and deciding game. In a close battle, the Flucos prevailed 15-13 to win the match. Coach Christi Harlowe-Garrett described the match as a “crazy night and a great match.” Christina Walker led the way at the net for the Flucos recording an impressive 16 kill shots and five blocks. Abby Sherman was also a major contributor up front with 10 kill shots. Candice Shaheen was the defensive standout with 32 digs. Harlowe-Garrett noted that Shaheen recorded the school record for digs in a game earlier in the season.

This match determined the seeding for the Region 3C play-offs. The Flucos’ win over Western Albemarle means that they became the number five seed, while Western Albemarle fell to the number eight seed. The play-offs began Nov. 2. The Flucos had to travel all the way to number three seed, Liberty-Bedford High, which is located off Route 81 south of Lexington. Liberty had a 12-9 regular season record. However, the Warriors had to travel to the slightly closer number one seed, Fort Defiance High, which finished the regular season at 21-1.

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Chris NothnagleIn middle school in 1966, a shop teacher showed interest in three students out of a class of 20. Chris Nothnagle, along with the two other classmates, sat at their own table, continually working with what he called “the utmost encouragement.”

After that class Nothnagle said he envisioned that he would one day have his own shop. The vision stayed with him through high school and college until he could afford tools a little bit at a time. Nothnagle has been doing woodworking for 50 years.

The first pieces he designed were after college when he started working and had a basic two-room flat. One room functioned as the shop and the other room was his bedroom. He started by reading woodworking magazines and following diagrams and procedures to build projects from plans given. With experience, he was able to make his own plans to build what he saw or visualized.

“The length of time to finish a piece depends on how many times I have built one,” Nothnagle said. “For any new project I start with the prototype, then I make adjustments until I am pleased with the result. After three constructions I can go into mass production. If it is a special piece I may work on it for a month or more. My longest project was an oriental desk set that had Asian motifs.”

Nothnagle’s work is amazingly intricate. The painstaking attention to detail is obvious in the execution of his designs. Known for his checkerboard cutting boards, pepper mills, tables and even wooden cell phone holders, Nothnagle not only produces beautiful work but keeps function in mind.

“Currently I am making three dimensional-looking cutting boards that are a challenge to meet the precise cutting arrangements,” he said. Some of Nothnagle’s favorite challenges have been Queen Anne antiques with cabriole legs. But for Nothnagle, designing and building something unique is not just a hobby but therapy. Add a comment

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Byers, O'BrienThe only contested race for the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors unfolds in the Rivanna District, where challenger Darrell Byers (R) is taking on incumbent Supervisor Tony O’Brien (I) for a four-year term to represent Lake Monticello.

Supervisors Mike Sheridan (Columbia) and Don Weaver (Cunningham) are running uncontested.

The Fluvanna Review asked the candidates the following questions.

Tell us about yourself: your education, work experience and family life.
Darrell Byers: I am the son of Mary and Donald Byers. My mom was the associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Covesville, Va., and my dad is now retired from the Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) where he was a detective. I am a graduate of the National Criminal Justice Command College. Being a servant leader was instilled in me from a very early age. I have been serving the community for 18 years as a law enforcement professional. Also, over the years I have volunteered for numerous community activities mostly focused on shop with a cop, mentor with Y.E.S. (Youth Empowered for Success) and I performed fundraising for the Special Olympics. I currently serve as a police captain for the ACPD. My wife, Lisa, and I have lived in the Rivanna District for 15 years.

Tony O’Brien: I grew up overseas and moved to the U.S. just prior to starting high school. I have lived in Virginia since. I graduated from the University of Virginia (U.Va). I started my IT services firm, Helix, 20 years ago and I employ 12 people. I have not looked back since.

My wife and I moved to Lake Monticello 17 years ago with a toddler in hand, now a Fluco graduate who is a first-year student at U.Va. My full integration into the vibrancy of the community began five years ago, when the chaos over the potential mothballing of the new high school and the deep budget cuts proposed led to a public hearing with over 600 attendees. As our daughter, Bella, was about to enter the new school, after having spent many of her years at the elementary and middle school being taught in trailers, I attended the hearing. There I saw 70 residents speak passionately about the impact of the cuts on the schools and on other county services and nonprofits the county had traditionally supported. Despite the outrage the Board proceeded with an eight-cent cut below the advertised rate.

I began studying and advocating for the county to set forth a true commitment to a long-term water solution. Elections were around the corner and when Joe Chesser decided not to run, I reached out to him and asked for his advice and support for my candidacy. 

What qualifies you to be a supervisor?

O’Brien: I believe that leadership is the art of listening and finding long-term solutions, backed by commitment, drive, creativity, and educating oneself on challenges and potential solutions while building consensus.
Political leadership also means being willing to make the tough calls, and to do what is right and not what gets you elected or re-elected. If you cannot keep your promises, you are doing a disservice to your constituents. I have worked hard to follow this path throughout my career, and especially over the past four years as I recognize the responsibility the voters have entrusted upon me.

Byers: I have 18 years as a leader in the public sector. I am a local government employee and police officer. I have worked my way from the ground up to a senior level, where I now serve as the Blue Ridge district commander. I am well versed in the issues of staffing, scheduling, budgeting and working within the constraints of the budgets handed to our department from our local leadership.

In my role as captain, I currently oversee roughly a third of the patrol operations within the ACPD. My leadership skill set, coupled with the ability to build consensus among people by finding common ground and working for the greater good, and the earnest desire to affect change, qualifies me to be a supervisor.

Name one program, service or budget for which you will pursue increased funding, and tell us why.
Byers: Of course I would work with the sheriff’s department, the School Board and fire and rescue to make sure we are allocating the proper amount of funds for their needs. We must ensure that resources are going to the classrooms and that we are delivering effective law enforcement to all citizens of the county. We must certainly ensure that the funds that have been allocated are being used effectively, so that we can reduce taxes and attract more business ventures to the county. Obviously, we need to look at all the needs of the county and ensure that those needs are being met. I would also work with the private sector to see if we can create incentives to revitalize some areas of the county and ensure that these areas have the appropriate resources to meet the needs of all of the citizens. I’m concerned about Columbia and I would like to see a more comprehensive economic plan for growing the economic base in that area so that it contributes to the overall success of our county’s economic goals.

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