Fluvanna Review

Does Aqua Virginia have an impact on home buyers and sellers at Lake Monticello?
Three local real estate agents think so.
Aqua’s sewer treatment plant on Rt. 600 and at least one sewer lift station on Jefferson Drive near Glen Burnie Road sometimes have significant odor issues. Though Aqua is in the middle of fixing the sewer lift station and will test two new odor-mitigating technologies this winter and next summer, the smell has persisted in the Lake Monticello community for quite some time.
Does the odor affect home sales? “It depends on which direction the wind is blowing,” said Jay Hurdle of RE/MAX Realty Specialists, “plus time of year and other factors.” Years ago Hurdle was the buyer representative for a property across the street from the sewer lift station near Glen Burnie Road. When his client bought the house “we didn’t notice any stench coming from that pump station,” he said.
Hurdle said he discovered that his buyer wanted to turn around and sell a few years later. “That property has probably had three owners in the last 12 years or so,” he said.
Now Hurdle always tells his clients about the areas where the odor is most prevalent. “I don’t have to tell them, but I do,” he said, “because I’m working for them.”
Hurdle referenced an “obvious” difference between the rebounding of property values in Charlottesville and Albemarle and those in Lake Monticello. “Our properties are not appreciating quite as robustly as Charlottesville and Albemarle,” he said, “and I really think part of that has to do with the exorbitant water rates.
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he displays light up to the music of  ten different Christmas favorites like Little Drummer Boy, Carole of the Bells and the theme to A Charlie Brown Christmas.About half the population of Fluvanna County lives behind the gates of Monticello. If you aren’t one of them, now is the time to phone a friend to let you in.
Inside those gates at 4 Lewis Court you’ll find perhaps the best Christmas light show in the whole county.

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Troy Weidenheimer with Fluvanna Art Association members who displayed their abstract artwork.Fluvanna Art Association member and art instructor Troy Weidenheimer returned for another workshop, this time to focus on learning to paint more freely.

That’s not an easy thing to do after years of learning how to structure one’s artwork. To do this, members of the association had to move toward abstraction.

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Local entrepreneur Chrisy Bossie. Photo by Tricia JohnsonLocal entrepreneur Chrisy Bossie is gaining a national reputation for her social media marketing prowess.
Bossie, the brains behind “Earthegy”, an online jewelry shop based in Kents Store, has recently been featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), is included in “Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies” by Jan Zimmerman, and will appear as a case study in the next edition of “Social Media Marketing for Dummies” by the same author.
The attention she gained after the November 27 WSJ article was “intimidating” according to Bossie, who added that her email account was soon flooded with messages from business people looking for help with their own Facebook accounts.
“I also got a huge influx of orders on that day,” Bossie said. “It was a great time for the article to come out because it was Black Friday,” she added with a laugh, “and I got swamped with orders which was good.”
Bossie is concerned, though, that the article made it appear as if she is unhappy that Facebook has changed the reach of business Facebook pages, making it necessary for businesses to pay to promote their posts. “I am not unhappy with Facebook at all – I will continue to spend money with them because it works for me and my business,” she said.
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The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has announced that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 will be adopted on Dec. 6.

The total expected revenue for 2013 is $5.7 million from dues, fees and amenity use fees. Expected non-capital expenditures are anticipated at $5.5 million. More than $1 million is budgeted for three key funds (roads, lake and general) that will be used for capital improvements to property and buildings, according to a press release from the LMOA.

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