Fluvanna Review

The first thing Chairperson Mozell Booker did when the Board of Supervisors gathered on Wednesday (Sept. 3) afternoon was apologize to the public.
Things at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Board did not go the way they should have, she said. “As chair of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, it’s my responsibility to make sure that our meetings…[are conducted] in an orderly manner,” she read from a statement. Several citizens were “called out” by name, she said, which is contrary to the Board’s policy. “And we as the Board of Supervisors…should not be calling out names,” she continued. “As chair of this Board I apologize to those individuals whose names were called out, and I apologize to the citizens that were sitting here in this courtroom at our last meeting. And I would hope my fellow Board members sitting here are in agreement.”
Despite Booker’s apology, four citizens still had some points to make. Carolyn Talley, Mary Tilman, and Judith Mickelson expressed their displeasure that the Board approved the controversial development known as Poplar Ridge over the spoken wishes of the majority of the citizens in attendance at the Aug. 6 meeting. Tilman in particular took issue with the tone of the meeting, which grew contentious at times. “I hope there will never again be a meeting like that,” she said. “It made me feel like I was at a Judge Judy program.”
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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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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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The LMOA has taken a bold step towards transparency in how it governs the 12,000 people at Lake Monticello.
The Board voted at its August 28 meeting to publish news and information on a dedicated page in four issues of the Fluvanna Review. LMOA Board member Tom Braithwaite advocated for the move as a way to improve communications with Lake Monticello residents, and the larger Fluvanna community.
“We are going to buy a page of Lake News in four issues” starting with the Sept. 18 issue, said Braithwaite. He called the project a “trial balloon”, and described it as a “good opportunity for us to leverage the distribution of the Fluvanna Review to get information out to a lot of people.”
The recent controversy over the fate of the Ashlawn Grille highlighted the need for better communication between the governing body of LMOA and the people who live at Lake Monticello. Over 100 residents attended the Aug. 28 meeting, concerned about the fate of the clubhouse restaurant, only to learn that there had never been a plan to close it to begin with.
At that meeting, the Board also announced plans for two town hall meetings, which have since been held and were by all accounts very well attended, and also for a community-wide survey to see where the residents stand on several options for upgrading, remodeling, or replacing the dated, aging community structures at the Lake.
“Publication in the Fluvanna Review is also a test to see what people think of the idea. If they say they like the idea of whole page in the Fluvanna Review, then I am going to put the cost of running it in the paper every week or every other week in the budget,” Braithwaite said.
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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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