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.
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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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Photo courtesy of the Fluvanna Master Gardeners.It’s that time of year again for spring planting and getting gardens ready for their unveiling and the annual Fluvanna Master Gardener’s plant sale. The plant sale has been taking place for over eight years and it is not only the most lucrative fundraiser for the FMG but it is its only yearly fundraiser. This year it takes place on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Park & Ride lot off of Turkeysag Trail off Rt. 53 opposite Jefferson Pharmacy. Sonita Brown, president of the FMG, says you won’t miss them; they’ll have balloons out there waving.
“We will have tomato and pepper plants, herbs, annuals and other locally grown plants that acclimate well with the soil,” said Brown. She added that there will be raffles and the grand door prize is a signed copy of Ira Wallace’s new book Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast. Wallace is an author, lecturer and founder of the Heritage Harvest Festival and one of the owners of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
The proceeds from the plant sale will benefit the many community projects that the FMG supports. One of their primary programs and most popular projects is Plant A Row at the community garden.
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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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