Fluvanna Review

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.”

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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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Photo courtesy of the Fluvanna Master Gardeners.It’s that time of year again for spring planting and getting gardens ready for their unveiling and the annual Fluvanna Master Gardener’s plant sale. The plant sale has been taking place for over eight years and it is not only the most lucrative fundraiser for the FMG but it is its only yearly fundraiser. This year it takes place on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Park & Ride lot off of Turkeysag Trail off Rt. 53 opposite Jefferson Pharmacy. Sonita Brown, president of the FMG, says you won’t miss them; they’ll have balloons out there waving.
“We will have tomato and pepper plants, herbs, annuals and other locally grown plants that acclimate well with the soil,” said Brown. She added that there will be raffles and the grand door prize is a signed copy of Ira Wallace’s new book Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast. Wallace is an author, lecturer and founder of the Heritage Harvest Festival and one of the owners of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
The proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the many community projects that the FMG supports. One of their primary programs and most popular projects is Plant A Row at the community garden.
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Charles Rittenhouse, the Cunningham District representative to the Fluvanna County School Board, requested at the April 8 School Board meeting that a staff liaison position be created, and that the liaison be permitted to sit at the table with the Board members and the student liaison.

“I thought it was the perfect time to present for a staff liaison to sit up with the Board – just like we have a student liaison, a non-voting liaison, to express their concerns,” Rittenhouse said. “The staff liaison would offer their updates and opinions,” he explained. “The staff liaison should be elected by the staff. We have a student liaison because the statements and opinions of students are important to the Fluvanna County School Board. If we want to remain transparent and fair,” Rittenhouse concluded, “we will give (the staff) the voice for which they have continually asked.”

Rittenhouse said a staff liaison would not have access to confidential information, and should be provided Board materials in advance of meetings, just as the student liaison is provided those materials.

School Board member Carol Tracy Carr of the Rivanna District disagreed. “Everything you have described I see being currently addressed in a number of different ways… where the staff has access to provide their opinions and their comments through participation in committees or through direct access to the Board whenever they choose to pick up the phone or send an email – so I don’t see a need for an additional layer,” she said.

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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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