House fire victims thank community
This is a thank you note from the Elliott family to the Lake Monticello and Fluvanna County community. After a devastating house fire on Feb. 21, the community helped us so much.

Unfortunately, I did not get names of those who so generously came to our aid.  Your kindness and concern lifted our spirits on a day when we lost so much.  We are so blessed that no one was hurt and all the animals were rescued. 

Thank you for taking the time to show you care. You didn’t have to do the things you did but we’re very grateful for all you have done.  You did special things that we will never forget.  Thank you:

  • to the fire department for all they did;
  • to the lady that brought us two large cases of water and a large bag of dog food;
  • to the people that gave us cash and gift cards;
  • to the ladies in the office at Lake Monticello for their help and guidance;
  • to the people who offered us a place to stay;
  • to the lady that bought me clothes and shoes;
  • to the family that opened their home to be a collection site for all donated items and to her husband who delivered them to us; and
  • to the families that offered us words of comfort.

We have never been so overwhelmed by the generosity and support from so many people. How do you thank a community? I’m not sure, but your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten!

Donna and Ronald Elliott and family
Lake Monticello



Thanks for bluebird article
We want to thank Page Gifford and the Fluvanna Review for writing and publishing the great article, “Bluebirds make a comeback to Fluvanna” in the March 16 edition. The beautifully newly refurbished room at the Lake Monticello Clubhouse was totally filled with bluebird enthusiasts to hear the presentations from Doug Rogers of the Virginia Bluebird Society, the incredible Clark Walter (the bluebird house builder), and our own Jim Haney.

The LMOA Wildlife Committee
Lake Monticello

Volunteer event refreshing
I was fortunate to be on the campus of Fluvanna County High School on Friday, March 31 to witness Hands On Fluvanna 2017. This is the second year for this day of school-wide community service. It was inspiring to observe the entire student body working collaboratively to make sleeping mats for the homeless, to prepare goodie bags filled with treats and heart-felt notes for our men and women in the armed services, and to make colorful flowers for gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. Other groups of volunteers spread throughout the county to assist 29 different businesses, organizations, and individuals with projects.

It was truly remarkable and uplifting to observe the dedication to the tasks at hand as well as the enthusiasm displayed by FCHS students. Being a veteran of the Vietnam era, my heart was especially warmed by the projects targeted to those who currently serve our country and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending it.

I extend special thanks and appreciation to the FCHS Student Government Association, the Interact Club, the entire staff at FCHS (especially Mr. David Small, whose enthusiasm was contagious), and the student body. In this day and age when our young people are often maligned for their apathy and self-interest, it was refreshing to witness Hands On Fluvanna and to have faith in the future restored and confirmed.

John Rimel
Palmyra