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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Caution tape surrounds a portion of the Ashlawn playground. Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanSections of Lake Monticello’s playgrounds have been cordoned off and playground equipment has been removed due to safety hazards cited by a recent inspection.
Cynthia Lewis-Brown, Charlottesville certified playground safety inspector, noted multiple “priority one hazards” at two of the three playgrounds: Ashlawn and Lafayette. The composite structures, or large structures with slides, steps, and activities, have dangerous gaps in them. The gaps fit a child’s body but not a child’s head. It’s possible, therefore, that a child could fall through the gap and get caught by the neck when the head becomes stuck. Lewis-Brown said those gaps “could cause serious injury/death.”
These hazards require manufacturer attention, so the equipment has been removed. The posts remain in the ground, and the affected areas have been cordoned off with yellow caution tape.
Another priority one hazard at Ashlawn playground involved upside-down hardware on a swing that created a “vertical protrusion.” Lewis-Brown noted that the maintenance staff should be able to correct this hazard easily.
No priority one hazards were found at Bunker playground.
The report noted many other less significant issues, such as cracks in equipment, protruding bolts, a wasp’s nest in the equipment, broken coils on a spring rider, and a swing set with a missing support leg. All three playgrounds need new mulch to cushion falls, to soften or cover tripping hazards, and to shorten the distance between equipment height and the ground.
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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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