Fluvanna Review

Business appreciation receptionLaunches free business tip lunches

Representatives from more than 100 businesses gathered June 5 at Cunningham Creek Winery for a relaxed evening of good food, drink and companionship.

The whole idea was to show appreciation for business owners in the county, said Jason Smith, community and economic development director.

“Although May is recognized as small business appreciation month across the country, by the time we had finalized other events, it just worked out best for all planning partners to host this year’s event in June,” Smith said.

Realtors, insurance agents, pharmacy technicians, restaurant owners, computer technicians, website designers, lawyers and more attended.

Fluvanna’s first micro-brewery, Antioch Brewing Company, was on hand to give attendees a chance to try their beer. Add a comment

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Residents urged to vote on pool, directors at annual meeting

What percentage of Lake Monticello’s population is over 65 and what percentage is below? Ask any five Lake residents and you’ll likely come away with five different answers.

Lake Monticello has traditionally been marketed as a gated haven for retirees and weekenders that is focused around amenities like golf and fishing.

Plus, said General Manager Catherine Neelley in an email, “The bulk of our volunteers are primarily retirees.” This includes the Board of Directors and members of the 15 standing committees governing the community.

This often leads to the sense that Lake Monticello is an older community into which younger people have moved in recent years, and that the number of retirees is consequently dropping.   

Yet a survey of U.S. Census records going back to 1990 shows that percentage of residents over the age of 65 has actually grown – not shrunk – over the past 27 years.

While data is not available for the first 16 years of the development, in 1990 the community became a “census-designated place,” with demographics compiled specifically on Lake Monticello. Lake Monticello does not compile its own demographic statistics.

That year, only 15.6 percent of Lake residents were 65 or over. By 2000, the figure had climbed to 18.2 percent. Today it’s 20.56 percent. Add a comment

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Bill SnowWilliam Snow spoke to the Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) members on the subject of how to create mood and atmosphere in watercolor painting – a skill that baffles most painters.

“This method works for any medium and addresses any time of day,” he said. “The problem with copying photos is they will not give you the results you want.” He recommended doing a value sketch to pin down the sources of light in a photo or when outside sketching. He advised his listeners not to copy the photo literally but to change it, making it their own composition. The drawback to copying photos when artists are not sure what they are painting, he said, is that they add a lot of minutia in the photo that doesn’t enhance the painting.

While Snow showed the members successful watercolor techniques, an overhead camera projected onto a larger screen how Snow applied his method, allowing the audience to watch as he painted and talked. In the past, members sidled up and gathered around the table to watch the artist work and could not always see what the artist was doing. This was a milestone.

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Swim meetThe Lake Monticello Sharks are approximately 150 swimmers strong this year, according to Coach Carly Csapo. On Wednesday (June 21), the Charlottesville City Swordfish were on hand at the Lake Monticello pool for the first scored meet of the season. The Swordfish brought in at least as many swimmers. The pool area was a mob scene and cars were parked everywhere.

The Swordfish got off to an early lead and held onto it throughout the meet, ultimately winning 575-481. The opening events of the meet were the boys’ and girls’ 8 years old and under freestyle 100-meter individual medley (IM) relay. The Swordfish won both relays, scoring 10 points for each win to five points for second place finishes by the Sharks. In the third event, the boys’ 9-10 IM, the City team took first and second, so their team scored 12 points, while the Sharks only scored seven. After three events, the City team led 32-17.

In event four, the girls’ 9-10 100-meter IM, the Sharks broke through the City team’s dominance as Anna Amato swam a strong time of 1:45.89 for second place. In the following event, the boys’ 11-12 IM, the Sharks got their first win as Jackson Hopkins won by better than seven seconds, finishing in 1:38.22. In the girls’ 11-12 IM, Julia Tomaras was second for the Sharks. Hunter Strickland won the boys’ 13-14 IM for the Sharks. In the boys’ age 15-18 IM, Jason Dech was second for Lake Monticello; in the girls’ event in this age group FeFe Nardone was second. Add a comment

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Chuck WinklerSuperintendent Chuck Winkler was forthright with the Fluvanna County School Board at the Board’s seminar Wednesday morning (July 26).

“We are failing our students in special education,” Winkler said. “We are fully accredited. We should be proud of that. Are we fully staffed in special education? As far as the regulations are concerned, yes. As far as the needs of our students? No.“

Brenda Gilliam, executive director of instruction and finance, showed the Board preliminary Standards of Learning (SOL) results that show all Fluvanna schools will be fully accredited.

However, when it came to federal monitoring of the SOLs, in which students are broken down into groups by race, disabilities, economic disadvantage and English as a second language, the picture isn’t as rosy.

Consistently throughout grade levels, disadvantaged and disabled students don’t hit federal benchmarks. Add a comment

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