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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A family of three was able to escape an overnight fire that destroyed a home in the 6000 block of West River Road outside of Scottsville in the early morning hours of June 13.

“There was a grandfather, a daughter and a granddaughter in the residence at the time of the fire,” said Fluvanna Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Brent. “ They did escape but they had some minor first and second degree burns,” he added.

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Fluvanna County Clerk Tristana Treadway holding one of the books still needing preservation. Photos by Tricia Johnson

Tristana P. Treadway, Fluvanna’s clerk of court, is justifiably proud of the records room at the clerk’s office in Palmyra. The room is enormous. Its vaulted room accommodates tall shelves filled with large, heavy books – some of them more than 200 years old - that hold the history of Fluvanna on their pages. Lower shelves with slanted tops hold row after row of books that detail land ownership, wills, deaths, births and marriages, military service lists and more.

“We are very lucky as a county because our records do go back to 1777, which is the inception of the county, with no gaps in our land records,” said Treadway. County records in many localities throughout the South were destroyed by Union forces during the Civil War, in hopes that removing records of land ownership would sow confusion among the enemy. Records are also sometimes lost to accidents like fire or flood, or, as Treadway related about another Virginia locality, accidents as mundane as a sprinkler malfunction.

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Lowering the number of crashes at two treacherous spots in Fluvanna County may actually be possible – if only someone were able to pay for it.

Putting left turn lanes into the dangerous intersections at two of Lake Monticello’s entrances – Monish Gate on Rt. 53 and Riverside Gate on South Boston Rd. (Rt. 600) – could help to stem the flood of accidents that take place with sobering regularity.

 

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Enthusiasm and passion are just a couple of words that describe Wendy Custer. CornerCopia Farm and Studio is a dream come true for this former teacher turned artist. The “mini-farmette,” as she calls it, sits on two acres, located right next to Sheridan Stables, an easy ride from Rt. 250 and the interstate. Currently goats, pigs (hogs, potbellies, and Juliana pigs), rabbits, chickens, turkeys, guineas, ducks, pheasants, quail, and a peacock all reside at CornerCopia. They grow a small garden and planted thornless blackberries that Custer hopes will be ready for picking next year.

 

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