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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A ground breaking for the street-scaping project was held on Saturday, April 4. Photo by Tricia JohnsonParts of the village of Fork Union will be getting a facelift, thanks to a group of citizens who dedicated 14 years to the project, county government officials, the Thomas Jefferson District Planning Commission (TJDPC,) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT.)
The street-scaping project, with a total budget of $354,730, was largely funded by a grant from VDOT. As a condition of the grant, VDOT provided 80 percent of the funding, and the locality must provide the additional 20 percent to fund the work. Fluvanna County has set aside around $78,000 as their contribution to the project.
Plans for improvement include streetlights, the addition of benches, landscaping, and improvements to the sidewalks. The project is scheduled to happen in stages; the first stage should begin mid-April and finish in August 2015.
“This is a great day,” exclaimed Fluvanna Board of Supervisors Chair Mozell Booker at the ground breaking ceremony on April 4. “It has been 14 years since this project started,” Booker continued, “and all of these people standing here used to meet every week.” Booker stood on the sidewalk in front of Fork Union Baptist Church, shovel in hand, with a group of representatives from TJPDC, the Fork Union Military Academy, county government, and the citizens who formed the committee.
“These people would work with a designer to get the design, then work with community members - and then they would have to go back to the drawing board!” Booker said with a laugh.
“I would like to thank all of you all for your dedication - you did not give up,” Booker said to the group. Then we turned it over to our county people - our county administrator Steve Nichols, and engineers and staff…they are going to get it done,” Booker said.
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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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