Fluvanna Review

Deep Run Hunt Club.  Photo by Tricia JohnsonFox hunting in Fluvanna

First things first: the fox is just fine. In fact, the fox (or, sometimes, coyote) is always fine when Deep Run Hunt Club holds its fox hunts. Their goal is to give their hounds, their horses, and themselves the incomparable thrill of the chase; their quarry, the wily fox, always escapes in the end.
The horses stamped their hooves and shook their heads, bridles jingling. The hounds milled about, intently watching the huntsman, eager for his signal to begin the chase. Riders finely dressed in buff breeches, knee-high glossy riding boots, and fitted jackets chatted as they waited for the hunt to commence. Sunnyside Farm, near Wilmington, was host to more than 40 fox hunters on Nov. 13; the forests, fields, and Rivanna River bottom echoed with the baying of hounds and thunder of horses’ hooves once again.
To the casual observer, little has changed since the days when George Washington and Thomas Jefferson rode to the hounds. A painting of the gathered hunters waiting on the crest of a hill on this beautiful Central Virginia autumn afternoon could be framed and hung next to a hunt print of 200 years ago, and one would be hard pressed to guess which century either painting came from. The hunters, the horses, and the hounds form an iconic image familiar to almost any Virginian.

Add a comment

Read more...

Maria Nini, grandson Luca and daughter Claudia Cracchiolo.Sal’s is located in Fork Union and in Scottsville and now at Lake Monticello so fans of the restaurant don’t have to go far for their terrific Italian fare.

Add a comment

Read more...

If Aqua Virginia has its way, the company will begin charging an additional fee to its customers up front to fund its infrastructure projects.
This fee, called the water and wastewater infrastructure service charge (WWISC), would be separate from Aqua’s base charges and water and sewer rates – or any water and sewer rate increases. Aqua is currently petitioning the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for an 8 to 21 percent increase in water rates and a 4 to 13 percent increase in sewer rates.
Having a WWISC would allow Aqua to replace critical infrastructure more quickly and to save money in the process, explained Aqua Virginia President Shannon V. Becker. Emergency fixes in the middle of the night can cost three to 10 times as much as planned maintenance, he said, because of overtime, rush demand, and the inability to bid anything out for competitive prices. Plus this method increases transparency, he said, because the proposed WWISC regulations call for Aqua to file an infrastructure improvement plan in advance with the SCC.
But some of Aqua’s customers at Lake Monticello aren’t convinced. “The rates paid by consumers that are set by the SCC include infrastructure as part of that rate structure,” said Mike Harrison, treasurer of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors. “If they get both approvals for the WWISC and the rate increase, they’re double-dipping us.”
Add a comment

Read more...

One of many trees at the Williams’ home.Five Lake Monticello families are ready to open their doors to share their holiday traditions during the 24th Annual Holiday House Tour, Saturday (Dec. 8).
Open this year are the West home, 30 Seminole Trail; the Seehaver home, 40A Marwood Drive; the Williams home, 9 Adrian Road; the Stenger home, 23 Whippoorwill Lane; and the LaRosa home, 6 Hawk’s Place.

Add a comment

Read more...

Lake Monticello Police Chief Thomas BoisvertLake Monticello Owners Association meetings have taken on a different flair under Valerie Palamountain’s leadership.

Palamountain now has each department head reporting to the Board at the monthly meeting and that includes crime statistics from Lake Police Chief Thomas Boisvert.
“I introduced it – asking police, maintenance, and finance to make the reports,” Palamountain said. “(General Manager) CatherIne  Neelley will give reports on the big things. It makes for a more open board.”

Add a comment

Read more...