Fluvanna Review

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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Owners Michael and Mackenzie Eurell. Photos by Tricia JohnsonME2, a market and eatery owned and run by father-daughter team Mike and Mackenzie Eurell, has been winning devoted fans among the residents of the Lake Monticello community, and beyond. Located between Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Lake Monticello on Rt. 53, this quaint country store and eatery is swiftly gaining a local reputation as the go-to place for specialty cakes and other baked goods, and for delicious sandwiches and other savory foods to go.
ME2 looks like just another country store from the outside, but once you step inside the doors, there is no mistaking the fact that you are someplace special. Tempting aromas fill the air – the rich chocolate smell of brownies fresh from the oven; the spicy-smoky aroma of homemade barbecue – and if you are lucky enough to be there when the sweet potato rolls are pulled from the oven, you will be taking some home with you. It is an “upper class country store with really good food,” according to Mike Eurell. The cheesecakes, baked by Mackenzie, are a popular favorite among customers. Described by her father as a chef who “likes to play”, Mackenzie makes not only standard cheesecake flavors, but occasionally makes innovative versions that sell out quickly.
Visitors quickly find themselves in conversation with Mike or Mackenzie. Friendly and gregarious, they are happy to explain their menu, talk about their philosophy of cooking, and encourage you to try new things. “We had a customer, a woman who said she didn’t like the taste of maple. Mackenzie had just made maple cookies and I said ‘Just try it!’ She ate three maple cookies before she knew what she was doing - and took a dozen home with her,” said Mike. He added with a grin, “We have customers who say ‘I normally don’t like that,’ and then they come back for thirds and I say ‘I thought you didn’t like that!’ and they say ‘Well, I’ve never had it like that before!’”

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Rob Browning with his art.It was hot, triple digit temperature day and in Palmyra they had no electricity, so things were heating up at Maggie’s house and elsewhere. But by 11, the lights and air conditioning were back on and the artists were chatting with onlookers about their work at the second annual Artist’s Studio Tour.

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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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Cyndi Hoffman, Fluvanna county library director. Photo by Tricia JohnsonYour community needs your help. This was the message shared by 15 local government agencies and non-profit organizations who gathered on Aug. 16 at the Fluvanna County Library to host a volunteer fair.
Groups as diverse as Meals on Wheels and the Rivanna Master Naturalists shared space, explaining their missions and their volunteer needs to a steady stream of visitors interested in learning how they could give back to their friends and neighbors.
The needs ranged from simple – both Peaceful Passings and the Fluvanna SPCA, for instance, could use volunteer dog walkers – to more complex; Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity is looking for someone willing to act as a youth coordinator. Some of the groups require specific training and an ongoing commitment of time, such as Fluvanna Fire and Rescue; others need volunteers who simply sign up for a specific date for an hour or so, like the Fluvanna Library, which needs volunteers to read to the children on Friday mornings.
The fair was the brainchild of Cyndi Hoffman, director of the Fluvanna County Public Library, and she was pleased with the turn out. “We’ve had a good response. There has been lots of traffic in and around and hopefully lots of people are getting new volunteers.”
Every group there said that they were happy with the response, and each group had either signed up new volunteers, or had people express an interest in their mission and the services they offer.
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