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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(Top back row standing:) Damian D’Avanto, Joyce Waddy, Mr. James, Dave LaRochelle, W.H. Watkins and Pam Johnson. (Front standing:) Noah Chapman, Dawn Chapman and Tina Ryan. (Slide, top to bottom:) Jen Valentine, Anthony Davis, Cole LaRochelle and Zachary Davis. Photo by Tricia JohnsonThe playground at Carysbrook Elementary was spruced up on Saturday, August 8, by about 20 employees of Lowe’s and community volunteers.
Through Lowe’s community giving program, ‘Lowe’s Heroes’, donations were made of materials needed to build a mulch retention system that was installed by Lowe’s employees and members of the Webelos 2 Scout Pack 138. Mulch was also donated and spread under the playground equipment; two picnic tables were assembled, and the basketball rims were spray-painted.
“Lowe’s has a program where every year they allocate a certain amount of money per store to do a project as a community,” explained Lowe’s Product Service Manger Anthony Davis.
Davis has a child who attends Carysbrook, and his wife is a teacher there, so he was especially aware of needs at the school.
“We are all part of this community, and it is important that we give back,” Davis said. “This is where we live, and I think ultimately Lowe’s goal with doing projects like this one is to help people love where they live. We are part of this community, and we want to love where we live,” he added.
“This is wonderful,” said Carysbrook Elementary Assistant Principal Jennifer Valentine, who described the playground project as one that had “the most immediate student impact.”
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Fluvanna Art Assoication members (front) Page Gifford, Maria Carter,Deborah Nixon, Gayle Bielanski (back) Loli Stams, Izzy Hickey, Mickey Meyer and Carolyn Brown.It was a long time in coming, but a small group of members from the Fluvanna Art Association finally spread their wings and traveled over to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Member Gayle Bielanski, arranged for a private tour of a couple of exhibits the members were interested in, including the late 19th century and 20th century American art. The members looked in awe at the opulence reflected in the period of the late 19th century. Pam, their guide for the tour, explained this was commonplace for wealthy individuals to display their wealth openly. Pam skillfully combined elements of these periods, to complete an interesting art history as the members toured the American wing.

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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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Coach Cos DiFazio meets with his swimmers.The Jefferson Swim League held its 47th championship swim meet at the Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA) pool on Friday and Saturday July 27 and 28. Cos DiFazio, coach of the Fluvanna Aquatic Sports Team (FAST), noted before the meet that this was the biggest swim meet ever held in Fluvanna County. Over 2,000 youth swimmers, representing 16 teams competed in the event. In addition, almost 600 volunteers were needed to bring an event of this size together and make it a success.

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