Fluvanna Review

Nick AlgieriWhere do you live? 
I live at Lake Monticello.
 
Have you always lived in Fluvanna? If not, what brought you here?
No, I have not always lived in Fluvanna. I was born at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y., and lived on Long Island for my first year. My grandparents, Tim and Eileen Monahan, moved to Lake Monticello in 1990, and my parents (and then I) would come down for vacations. Just before my first birthday my dad’s company downsized and he was laid off, so my parents decided to take a chance and move to Lake Monticello. We moved the day after my first birthday, and 22 years later we are still all here.

You’ve attended Fluvanna County schools. What’s the coolest thing about being a Fluco?
I would have to say the coolest thing about being a Fluco is that our community cares so much for each other and comes together often. There are always great crowds at Friday night football games and other sporting events. I have witnessed firsthand how quick the people of our community are there for their friends in need. Just follow the Flucos’ Helping Hands page on Facebook and you will see all the good that this community does for each other on a daily basis, not expecting anything in return!

Is there a word or phrase you use too much?
I would say that one phrase I use a lot, having my own company, is “free estimates.”
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Charles PayneWhen we think of Fluvanna history, we think of people like “Texas” Jack Omohundro, the Timberlakes, and other notables who designed buildings, fought in battle and blazed trails. Few ever mention those who came after, growing up in humble beginnings in rural Fluvanna. They were trailblazers of a different kind, who made sacrifices, withstood trials and faced obstacles. A woman named Chris was one of those people who is rarely talked about, but who made a significant impact in the lives of those who knew her.

In his book titled Chris, Charles Payne talks about Chris and her unique journey through life as a single mother and a woman who made it in a male-dominated world when it was difficult to do so.

“Chris was an extraordinary woman – a product of the Great Depression who had unflagging determination to improve her life and a can-do attitude,” said Payne. This inspired him to write her story.

The book opens around 1910. Payne sets the scene with the innovations, economy and society of that time, and the marriage of Chris’ parents in 1911. Chris was related to the Perkins and Morris families in Fluvanna.
Payne would not give too much away about his story, including Chris’ last name, where in Fluvanna she lived, or his relationship to her, but he did say the family suffered many hardships during the Depression.

“Chris had several siblings and during those years they suffered life-shattering losses and deprivation. They lost everything they had, forever altering the paths of their lives, and death stalked them,” said Payne. “Remember also, in World War II women did many men’s jobs. Chris was tall, slender, pretty, outgoing and kind hearted, but she was also fiercely tenacious and brighter than she or anyone else realized until her accomplishments began to be noticed.” Add a comment

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Gabe Andersen and familyLake Monticello’s Gabe Andersen gets fired up by finding simple ways to make others’ lives better.

“Making seemingly insignificant changes to how we do things on a daily basis can cause county, country and worldwide ripples if done as a group,” Andersen said.

That’s why earlier in the year he founded Community Ripple.

“My neighbor and I had both unknowingly hired tree companies to do some work on our properties one day apart from each other,” Andersen wrote in an email. “I was sitting there watching from my deck this scene play out and realized how it was costing us more money as well as [creating] unnecessary traffic, pollution and potential road fatalities simply because we didn’t know each other’s plans.”

Joining Community Ripple is free. Not too long ago, Andersen celebrated the 1,000th member. He’s looking forward to adding a zero to that number because the more people who join, the more impact it will have.
Community Ripple’s greatest need is more members.

“Watching potential clients’ mouths drop when I walk them through the simplicity of it all is really exciting,” Andersen said. “You can join in 10 seconds by going to communityripple.com and start saving and connecting today.”

It’s all about making the best use of time and resources within the community. Add a comment

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Pool design finalized

Lake Monticello General Manager Catherine Neelley told the Board of Directors at a budget work session Thursday (Nov. 2) that the pool will be functional through the 2018 season.
“We’re going to make it another year, no problem,” she said to the visible relief of some members.

Finance Director Dabney Wallford told the directors that the pool lost less water than in the previous year, in part due to the contractor sealing cracks, and that the pool manager kept the chemical levels balanced despite ongoing problems with the filtration system.

Cracks and the failing plumbing system were the chief reasons the Board called for replacement of the 41-year-old pool earlier this year.
The process has not been without controversy.

While initial estimates of the replacement were around $750,000, the Board eventually decided to request $900,000 to fund the project. Residents approved a funding plan that will take $436,000 from the Emergency Reserve Account and $463,600 from the membership in the form of a one-time special dues assessment of $100 per household.

Voters had to make this decision without knowing what any proposed new pool would look like or where it would be located. Directors initially believed it would be more cost-effective to build on a new site, either adjacent to the existing pool or near the golf course. In September they announced it would be built on the current site. Add a comment

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It was an up and down year in sports at the high school level in Fluvanna County in 2017.

The girls’ sports teams led the way for the Flucos.

The winter sports season is already underway when the new year begins. Basketball is the winter sport that draws the most fans. Coach Chad White’s girls’ basketball team was successful in 2017 as the squad reached the Conference semi-finals behind senior Chaniya Brown and freshman Navaeh Ivory, who was a first team All-Conference selection.

The boys’ team had less success as they went through a building year under new Coach Jason Davis. Junior AJ Gregory was the team’s top player and he was an All-Conference honorable mention selection.
The winter sport with the most athletes participating is indoor track and field. The girls’ squad under Coach Rose Brogan finished second in the Conference meet and sent five individual athletes and a relay team to the State meet. The boys’ team was not quite as successful, but it had standouts in the shot put and in the jumping events.

In the spring the sports calendar at Fluvanna County High School is chock-a-block full; there is activity everywhere. The school fields teams in boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ track and field, and of course baseball and softball. The most prominent spectator sports are baseball for the boys and softball for the girls, which are the sports that draw county residents who are not relatives of the participants.

The softball team under Coach Tre Smith went to the Regional tournament and won its first game there. Katie Morris and Gracie Walton were named to the All-Conference second team. The baseball team under Coach Mike Sheridan was young but it had what Sheridan described as a “solid season.” Brant Wood and DeShon Carter were second team All-Conference.

Spring and summer also bring activity on the golf course. The annual Faulconer golf tournament comes to the Lake Monticello Golf Course in May. This is a prestigious event that attracts many of the top amateur golfers from around central Virginia. In 2017 Brian Bassett won the tournament with an impressive two-day score of 142. He had finished second in the event in 2015 and 2016.

In June the Lake Monticello Golf Course holds its Men’s member guest tournament. The 2017 winners of this event were the team of Claude Williamson and Richard Condray. Add a comment

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