Fluvanna Review

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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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Candidates Page Gifford, Dick Cummings and Charles Harrelson stood at the meeting where election results were announced. Charles Harrelson and Dick Cummings were elected as directors of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association, the LMOA announced Saturday (June 30).

The LMOA oversees the huge Lake Monticello subdivision in Fluvanna County.

Harrelson, a retired businessman, garnered 811 votes. Cummings, a retired CPA, got 810 votes. Page Gifford, a freelance writer and community volunteer, received 430 votes.

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Harold Throckmorton. Photo courtesy of Shea TuttleThree weeks ago today, my grandfather died. He was 93. He served in the army during World War II, was injured, and received a Purple Heart Medal. In honor of my grandfather, and of all those whose World War II stories are untold, I’d like to use this column to collect and recollect some history together over the next few months.
My grandfather and I had a good, loving relationship, but we lived several hundred miles apart ever since I was about 11, so we only got to visit once or twice a year. During one visit, when I was in college, I was sitting in my grandparents’ living room with my grandfather. He was probably working a crossword puzzle or watching “The Price Is Right.” We exchanged pleasantries. And then he said, “You never really got to know me, did you, Shea?”
I was a bit stunned. I stammered, “Well, gosh, I sure hope I know you, Papaw. I think I do.”
He didn’t reply, and we went back to watching whatever was on TV.
For years, I felt a little bad about my reply. I saw it as a knee-jerk response born of my own discomfort. I feared I’d missed the chance to learn more about him, to say something like, “Really, Papaw? Then, by all means, tell me: what do you want me to know about you?” (Eventually, years later, I did start that conversation, through letters, and those legal pad pages with handwritten words from my grandfather and grandmother are great treasures to me.)
But now, in retrospect, I’m a little more gracious with myself and my impulsive first response. In many ways, I was right: I did know my grandfather. He was part of my life for 31 years – a full third of his life – and so I knew things, real, intimate things, about him.
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Leslie, Christy and George Cushnie enjoy their new tasting room. Photo by O.T. Holen.Fluvanna’s only winery is growing more than grapes.

Thistle Gate owners George and Leslie Cushnie have opened a tasting room, though the official grand opening is scheduled for early October.

 

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Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has taken a position in opposition to the application by Aqua Virginia to increase its water and sewer rates. In November 2011, Aqua Virginia filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for a statewide increase averaging 9.9%. The increase for Lake Monticello residents would be more than 13% for water and more than 11% for sewer. The application comes just months after Aqua Virginia attempted to impose ownership of grinder pumps onto homeowners. Aqua Virginia‘s last rate increase was approved in October 2010.

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