Fluvanna Review

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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Sue Charney, owner of Red Rocker Candy, was given the 2014 Business Person of the Year award by Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce President Scott Valentine.  Bill Hughes looked on. Photo by Bill Storer PhotographyThe Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce named Sue Charney Business Person of the Year for 2014 at its annual membership meeting Tuesday night (Oct. 28).
Owner of Red Rocker Candy, Sue Charney has “led her business and employees to new heights” over the past year and a half, said Chamber President Scott Valentine, by expanding her store’s square footage to include a new wing and by adding staff.
Charney started Red Rocker Candy in her Lake Monticello basement 12 years ago, she said, but ran out of room six years ago and began renting space in Zion Crossroads. When her husband became ill with cancer, Charney had to juggle her responsibilities, and thanked her employees Jennifer Monges and Donna Lerner for taking care of her business when she had to leave for three months. “It’s been a really long year – my husband passed away – but what’s kept me going through the year is the people that work for me,” she said in her acceptance speech. “If I’m here today it’s because of them… I am living the [American] dream.”
Valentine also presented the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to Jonnie Oliver of Jefferson Pharmacy. The award is given to a non-Board member in recognition of service throughout the year to the Chamber. Oliver “was totally invaluable,” Valentine said. The wine festival “would not have happened without him” as chairperson of the special events committee, Valentine continued, and thanked Oliver for being “an incredible guy.”

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Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board of Directors voted Wednesday night (Oct. 29).  Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanThe Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors voted Wednesday night (Oct. 29) to submit several renovation and construction scenarios to an architect for cost estimates.
The Board has committed to completing some renovations to LMOA facilities, particularly those having to do with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
Still up for hot debate is exactly what renovations and construction will in fact take place.
Patience occasionally wore thin as the Board went down a several-page list of proposed renovations and space configurations, pausing to debate most of them. Among the proposals were the construction of a “Bunker recreational center” near the golf course, the renovation of the clubhouse, and the expansion of the Ashlawn Grille.
LMOA Board President Marlene Weaver reminded her fellow Board members that their votes that evening were merely to submit the scenarios to an architect for cost estimates – not to approve or deny the ideas themselves.
Director Cole Hunter, who was appointed by the Board to fill the space vacated by Richard Cummings, replied that he felt some of the motions constrained future decisions.
When some of the 17 members in attendance spoke before the Board, most urged caution. “I ask you to heed the community’s plea for moderation as you go forward with your plans,” said Kathryn Renick. Members want buildings they can be proud of, she continued, but not ones that price them out of their homes.
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David MooreAt the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association meeting Thursday (May 24) the board welcomed a new finance director, decided on how to handle deer and heard about how to protest the proposed Aqua Virginia rate hike.

Association General Manager Catherine Neelley introduced the new Finance Director David Moore. Moore is a Lake resident.

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Peg Redd's artwork

Eight area artists will be participating in the upcoming Second Annual Artist’s Studio Tour to benefit the Fluvanna County Historical Society on June 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Historical Society is sponsoring a studio tour to raise money for the Endowment Fund while promoting Fluvanna’s artists.
New to the tour this year are longer hours to allow visitors to reach every studio. Add a comment

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