Fluvanna Review

Sage Garden owners Roberta and John Mann and their golden retriever Tara.The proposal. It’s one of those family stories their now grown children have heard countless times. John and Roberta attended the same high school in New Jersey, but never met until they ran into each other in Colorado several years later. They started dating and discovered how much they had in common. When John felt it was time to pop the big question, Roberta had a question for him.

“Yes, but only if we live on a farm,” she replied. “I’m going back East to be closer to my family, and I’m going to buy a farm. Are you on board?”

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Lake candidatesLake Monticello Owners Association members will vote for two new board members on June 30. Running for the two seats are Dick Cummings, Page Gifford and Charles Harrelson. The election will fill vacancies created by the expiration of the second three-year term of Don Fickes and the vacant term created by the resignation of Benita Ellen in January.

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© istockphoto/Heidi van der WesthuizenWhose rights are more compelling – those of dog owners eager to give their beloved pets some leash-free exploration in Fluvanna County’s Pleasant Grove park or those of other park users who become nervous – or even injured – when accosted by strange dogs?
Neither, say county staff, who are deep in the process of trying to solve one of government’s most ancient conundrums – how to balance the conflicting rights and desires of two groups of people.
The issue stems from the ambiguity of the current leash rule at Pleasant Grove, which calls for dogs to remain on-leash in “high-volume areas.”
“It’s too much of a gray area,” said Jason Smith, director of parks and recreation. “Depending on who you ask you’re going to get a different definition of what the policy means.”
Lending urgency to the situation is the fact that unleashed dogs have attacked humans and other dogs at Pleasant Grove. Paul Sheridan, Fluvanna’s animal control officer, said that there have been three incidents with unleashed dogs coming after girls on the high school track team running through the park. “It’s a persistent problem,” he said. In two of the three situations a dog bit a running girl, and in the third situation a girl was almost bitten, he said.
Another time three dogs approached a man who had previously been attacked by dogs, said Sheridan. The man, nervous from past experience, reported being pinned against the woods. “The owner got there before anything happened,” Sheridan said.
Unleashed dogs can also attack other dogs. In one recent incident, an unleashed dog injured another dog badly enough that the attacked dog needed stitches and drain tubes, said Sheridan.
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Kelly Williams owns the Painted Horse Ranch.The Painted Horse Ranch Bed and Breakfast isn’t all things to all people, but it could be exactly what you need.

Kelly and Mike Williams own the Painted Horse Ranch just east of the Hardware River on Rt. 6. They call it home and so do about a dozen horses the couple train. Kelly envisioned having a place on their peaceful ranch for people who come to have their horses trained could stay and relax.

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LM BOD candidates Richard Cummings, Page Gifford and Charles HarrelsonThe Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) will hold its 40th Annual Meeting of Members on June 30. This year, the only business for member vote will be the election of two directors from a field of three candidates. Add a comment

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