Fluvanna Review

Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board of Directors voted Wednesday night (Oct. 29).  Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanThe Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors voted Wednesday night (Oct. 29) to submit several renovation and construction scenarios to an architect for cost estimates.
The Board has committed to completing some renovations to LMOA facilities, particularly those having to do with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
Still up for hot debate is exactly what renovations and construction will in fact take place.
Patience occasionally wore thin as the Board went down a several-page list of proposed renovations and space configurations, pausing to debate most of them. Among the proposals were the construction of a “Bunker recreational center” near the golf course, the renovation of the clubhouse, and the expansion of the Ashlawn Grille.
LMOA Board President Marlene Weaver reminded her fellow Board members that their votes that evening were merely to submit the scenarios to an architect for cost estimates – not to approve or deny the ideas themselves.
Director Cole Hunter, who was appointed by the Board to fill the space vacated by Richard Cummings, replied that he felt some of the motions constrained future decisions.
When some of the 17 members in attendance spoke before the Board, most urged caution. “I ask you to heed the community’s plea for moderation as you go forward with your plans,” said Kathryn Renick. Members want buildings they can be proud of, she continued, but not ones that price them out of their homes.
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Catherine NeelleyJust two months into her new job as general manager of Lake Monticello, Catherine Neelley sits confidently in her office, jotting off e-mails. It’s two in the afternoon. She hasn’t eaten lunch yet. She’s been too busy. Add a comment

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Coach Michele Caron (left) and her assistants brief the Sharks.The Lake Monticello Swim Team defeated the Key West Swim Club by a score of 378-306 on Wednesday (July 18). The meet was held at the Key West neighborhood pool. First year head coach, Michelle Caron said that her team of over 100 youth swimmers has not lost a meet this year, and this was the team’s sixth and final swim meet of the regular season.

Caron, who is a rising junior and varsity swimmer at Bridgewater University, is well known for her swimming prowess. She won the Lake Monticello Fourth of July lake swim repeatedly while she was swimming for the Flucos.

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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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The toxicology report has confirmed that the mysterious death of Brandon Chad Bruce in a July 3 car fire was indeed accidental.
Bruce’s cause of death was carbon monoxide and smoke inhalation, Fluvanna County Sheriff Eric Hess said.
Though Bruce had “a little bit” of alcohol in his system, Hess said, it was below DUI-level. He may have had a drink or two that evening, Hess continued, but “nothing that would impair him.”
At 1 a.m. on July 3 firefighters found Bruce’s remains in the driver’s seat of a blazing 1995 Lexus parked behind his home on Rising Sun Road.
Fluvanna investigators determined that just after midnight Bruce, 34, drove home from a neighbor’s house in his grandmother’s car. But in the course of navigating the winding road in the dark, two of his wheels ran off the side, causing him to bang up the bottom of his car on a culvert. Though he was able to drive the car home – only 350 yards away – there was significant damage to the wiring, the exhaust system, and the fuel lines.
It’s possible that something in the car began to smolder before Bruce even made it home, investigators believe. But Bruce, unaware of the danger he was in, remained in the idling car, which was slowly filling with carbon monoxide causing him to lose consciousness just before the smoldering damage sparked into an intense fire.
“It was a tragic accident,” Hess said.

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