Fluvanna Review

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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Ian Jackson, of I and J Home Builders talked to the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board at Thursday (June 28) night’s board meeting about more than 30 acres he hopes to buy on the Lake side of Route 618. Jackson said he plans to build homes that would cost between $190,000 and $200,000.

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Illustration by Lisa HurdleCentral Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) has reason to believe that people in Fluvanna may be stealing electricity.
Current diversion, or power theft, happens when a person tries to tap into power lines before they get to the meter, explained CVEC member services manager Greg Kelly. They attempt to bypass the meter so their electricity usage doesn’t register. Once they get around the meter they try to connect the electricity to a subpanel or panel.
If their electricity usage doesn’t register on the meter, of course, they aren’t charged for it.
“Line loss is one of those things that’s difficult to detect,” Kelly said, “because the distribution system doesn’t have many feedback mechanisms.”
But when the company meters all the energy that goes out through a substation and compares it to the individual customer meter readings in aggregate, it sees a discrepancy of about 6 to 7 percent, according to the winter edition of CVEC’s member newsletter.
National data indicates that around 3 to 4 percent of that discrepancy comes from “line loss,” in which “energy dissipates due to heating or inefficiencies along the 4,500 miles of distribution line,” the newsletter said.
“We work hard to keep our system in good working condition,” Kelly said, “so if we have higher line losses we begin to suspect that there is some current diversion taking place.” That means possibly 2 to 3 percent of the energy on the distribution lines is being stolen.
“It could be costing us $1 million a year,” Kelly said.
Though there isn’t yet a way to narrow down how much theft happens in Fluvanna, Kelly said CVEC has had cases of power theft in Fluvanna and in other counties that have gone to prosecution. “We have and will continue to work with local law enforcement officials,” he said.
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The newly opened Panda Chinese restaurant has a lot going for it, food-wise that is. If you’re one of the ones looking for décor and ambiance, Chinese red walls and gold Oriental fans, that is not what Panda is all about. The restaurant offers take-out, a few tables set up for eating in, and catering for small or large parties. It is a place for the true Chinese food lover.

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Nate Szarmach won first place and best in show.The Fluvanna Art Association made their yearly sojourn to Fluvanna County High School recently to judge this years’ works.

Nate Szarmach took best in show for his large scale painting of an elderly couple walking through a garden. This same painting won first place in the advanced student category. Szarmach was touted as the one to watch by his former middle school art teacher Margie Kritzer. Current FCHS teacher, Diane Greenwood has also helped him to develop his talent. Add a comment

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