Fluvanna Review

Without much warning, Two J’s Smokehouse closed Sept. 1.

But barbeque lovers don’t despair, Two J’s is reopening around the corner in the same building, said co-owner Megan Ball.

 

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In a few months the water and sewer bills at Lake Monticello might get even bigger, thanks to Aqua Virginia’s proposed rate increase and infrastructure service charge.
So the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors established an ad hoc committee tasked with digging up information in opposition to the increases, said Board Treasurer Mike Harrison.
Aqua has petitioned the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for an 8 to 21 percent increase in its water rate and a 4 to 13 percent increase in its sewer rate. It has also asked for the implementation of a water and wastewater infrastructure service charge (WWISC) that would have customers providing advance funding for Aqua’s eligible capital projects.
Chair Ida Swenson said that her committee’s work goes beyond simply trying to get the SCC to nix the bill increases. “Our number one demand is to deny the rate increase,” she said, “but we’re also asking that policies and rules at the SCC be changed.”
The problem isn’t Aqua, said Harrison – it’s the SCC. “It’s Aqua’s job to make money,” he said. “They’ve stated as a matter of corporate policy that they want to go into states with low regulations. We have a situation here: our SCC, which is supposed to be watching out for the consumer in the regulation of rates and charges, is not.”

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In an extraordinarily tense and exciting match the Flying Flucos volleyball team was just barely outplayed by James Wood High School from Winchester on Nov. 11.
The Flucos went into the 4A North Regional, with a high seed due to their win in the Conference 23 competition. James Wood was the number two team in Conference 21, but the number one team in that conference is Loudon County, the perennial powerhouse in 4A competition.
The James Wood Colonels won this quarterfinal match 3-1, but they were battled all the way by the Flucos. In the first game of the match senior Leslie Walters served for two points to put the Flucos up by 8-4. The Colonels called timeout. Walters served for another point and the Flucos led by five. With two more points, one on a Walters kill shot, the Flucos were up 11-4 and it looked like they might be the dominant team. Three points for each team made it 14-7 for the Flucos.
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Photo by Tricia JohnsonRestoration of the house at Pleasant Grove is complete, and Virginia’s newest visitor center – and Fluvanna’s newest museum space – is open to the public.
Pleasant Grove House now welcomes visitors to Fluvanna County; information about historic sites and travel destinations in Fluvanna and all over Virginia can be found on the ground floor of the structure. The second story houses exhibits on the history of transportation by river, rail, and road in Fluvanna; there is a reading room located in a rear addition; the third floor houses new offices for Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation.
Currently the house is open from 10-2 Monday through Friday, 10-4 on Saturdays and 12-4 on Sundays. When the Parks and Recreation staff team moves into the building in the near future, the hours will change to 8-5 Monday through Friday and 12-4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
The house was built in 1854 by William D. Haden on nearly 1,000 acres which had been owned by the Haden family since the late 1700s. The property, with its long river frontage, produced large crops of wheat, Indian corn, oats and tobacco; they also had cattle, sheep and hogs. William Haden and his wife raised ten children on the property; he owned 30 slaves. Haden served in the Virginia Militia; he was also elected Overseer for the Poor of Fluvanna County. A family cemetery, on which restoration work will soon begin, is located in front of the house.
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Erin Edgerton won Best In Show.There were not many entries in this years’ annual photo contest sponsored by Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation but those who participated showed some awe-inspiring work including Erin Edgerton, one of the youngest entrants at age 15.

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