Fluvanna Review

After years of waiting, the residents of Taylor Ridge Estates and Cunningham Meadows subdivisions on Rt. 53 will have their roads brought into the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) state system.

The news comes as a relief to some residents of Taylor Ridge who have tried for years to find the party responsible for completing the job of having the roads turned over to the state. Several of them have said publicly that they were assured when they bought their homes that the roads would shortly become a part of the state system – but that never occurred.

So with no one to turn to, the residents of Taylor Ridge banded together and made it happen by themselves.

 

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Members of the State Champion FCHS Speech Team returned home from Utah on Father’s Day, grateful for both the competition experience and for return flights that were not delayed.

 

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Without much warning, Two J’s Smokehouse closed Sept. 1.

But barbeque lovers don’t despair, Two J’s is reopening around the corner in the same building, said co-owner Megan Ball.

 

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Lake candidatesLake Monticello Owners Association members will vote for two new board members on June 30. Running for the two seats are Dick Cummings, Page Gifford and Charles Harrelson. The election will fill vacancies created by the expiration of the second three-year term of Don Fickes and the vacant term created by the resignation of Benita Ellen in January.

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Volunteer Ralph Davidson brings meals to Mildred Bennett. Photo by George BabcockThe Dogwood Restaurant saved the day for Fluvanna’s Meals on Wheels (MOW) and its hungry clients.
In the past, Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) provided hot dinners to MOW, delivering them right to the doorstep of Effort Church where volunteers stood ready to package them up and send them off throughout the county.
But due to increased demand on JABA’s kitchen operations, the organization told MOW it wouldn’t be able to provide meals as of Jan. 1.
“It caused us quite a scramble. It was a panic,” said Lisa Himes, chair of the MOW board. “We had to find somebody that could not only prepare that many meals but could deliver the food to us.”
Fluvanna’s MOW brings hot meals to 72 clients throughout the county five days a week. Cooking that much food is no small task.
But during a lunch at the Dogwood, Himes spoke with co-owner Mike Hartling, and he jumped on board. The Dogwood now whips up 72 meals a day, five days a week, and delivers them to Effort.
“We’ve had an outpouring of comments from clients noticing a huge difference in the food quality,” said Himes. “They like it better. Before, the food was coming from Charlottesville. Now it’s arriving from five minutes away. Plus, the Dogwood is cooking for 72 clients, whereas JABA was preparing for a large number for all their programs.”
The hot meals include meat, starch, vegetables, fruit, or milk in a varying menu, said Himes.
“We got out of the cafeteria-style food and made it more quality, made-to-order food,” said Hartling. “We recently made chicken piccata and pork marsala. JABA was forced to cook for a huge number. We are able to come up with fresher products.”
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