Fluvanna Review

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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Capt. Thomas Brennan.  Capt. Von Hill.The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office is a more streamlined organization now.
By identifying individual roles of command staff, relieving lieutenants of most administrative duties, and making some key promotions, Sheriff Eric Hess’s reorganization of the department will enable it to “become much more efficient,” he said.
With the creation of two captain positions, Hess centralized command staff into three officers: himself, Capt. Thomas Brennan, and Capt. Von Hill.
Brennan, who has become Hess’s new chief deputy and heads up field operations, brings to the position 36 years of law enforcement experience in the patrol, juvenile, detective, and administrative divisions of the agencies in which he has worked. Since coming to Fluvanna County he has investigated all major county crimes and provided assistance to outside agencies.
Hill, who oversees all administrative and judicial operations, has 20 years of law enforcement experience – 11 of which have been spent in Fluvanna County, first overseeing the school resource officer program and then becoming commanding officer for the judicial affairs, animal control, civil process, and records divisions.
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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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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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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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