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Photo courtesy of Lake Monticello Owners’ AssociationDo the facilities at Lake Monticello need renovation and replacement? Should they be upgraded? Is the community willing to spend $7.1 million to do so?
In a week members of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA), who account for roughly 40 percent of the population of Fluvanna County, will begin deciding these questions. Paper ballots will be mailed at the end of May, and property owners have till June 27 to cast their votes.
The controversial renovation and replacement (R&R) project would renovate the Ashlawn Clubhouse, outside and in, and make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). LMOA staff would move to the lower level of the building where there is more room, the banquet room would expand for larger meetings yet have dividers to accommodate several smaller gatherings, and the Ashlawn Grille, the clubhouse restaurant, would be renovated.
The current pro shop and Eagle’s Nest building would be demolished. Taking its place would be a new Bunker Recreation Center that would house a pro shop, a sports pub with a grille, a large meeting room with the capability to be divided into smaller rooms, a space for the broadcast group’s operations, and lockers and bathrooms for the golf course.
The cart barn, or the place where LMOA stores the golf carts, would be torn down and replaced by a new building. All playgrounds would be upgraded over the course of five years and the Ashlawn basketball courts would be rebuilt.
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Beverly Proffitt, Julia Hogue and Virginia Staton.  Photo courtesy of Brandi CritzerThe School Board recognized Virginia Station as Fluvanna County teacher of the year at its meeting Wednesday night (May 13).
“She is a leader of others by example,” read Superintendent Gena Keller from Staton’s nomination. “She serves as case manager for the gifted program and ensures gifted students in her class are being challenged… She provides positive insight, wisdom and problem-solving alongside her peers and administration… She is an asset to the entire school community yet she shies away from wanting to be recognized, but is most deserving of this nomination.”
“Thank you for the honor and the recognition. It is a joy to work in Fluvanna,” said Staton as she accepted her award.
The Board also recognized teachers of the year from each school in the county:
• West Central Primary School – Michelle Rafaly
• Central Elementary School – Beverly Proffitt
• Carysbrook Elementary School – Julia Hogue
• Fluvanna Middle School – Virginia Staton
• Fluvanna County High School – Elena Calhoun
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Tristana Treadway. Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanSurrounded by about 15 supporters, Tristana Treadway announced Friday (May 15) that she is running for Fluvanna County clerk of circuit court.
“I commit to providing stellar and efficient customer service to the citizens of Fluvanna County and to providing a professional clerk’s office for the employees as well as the citizens utilizing the office’s services,” Treadway, 40, said to the gathering.
Specifically, Treadway wants to create an internet presence for the clerk’s office so that information, forms, and services can be accessed online. “There are several specific items that I would like to work with the staff on improving, such as the current procedure of indexing files which includes using a typewriter,” she said.
If elected, Treadway would encourage her staff to use the career development program of the Virginia Court Clerks’ Association, which she said would ensure “uniform professional recognition with other constitutional offices.” In addition, it could make possible pay increases for the staff from the Virginia Compensation Board. “As a result of this, the citizens will benefit by having the most knowledgeable, skilled, and professional deputy clerks,” she said.
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Final foursome finished at eighteen. Photo by Duncan NixonIt turned into a tight match at the end, but Phil Mahone, who plays out of Farmington Country Club, was able to hold on to his lead and win the Faulconer by a single stroke.
Mahone shot a 72 on Saturday and a 75 on Sunday. Runner-up Brian Bassett had a 77 on Saturday, but came back strong on Sunday with a 71. Mahone was up by three strokes with two holes to play. Bassett birdied seventeen and eighteen, but Mahone calmly parred both holes to win by one. The first day of the tournament players teed off from the regular men’s tees. On Sunday they moved back to the intimidating blue tees.
This is the second year in a row that Mahone has won the Faulconer men’s open golf tournament at the Lake Monticello golf course. He was magnanimous in victory, stating that he loves to play in the Faulconer because of the pleasant atmosphere created by the numerous resident volunteers who always assist with the tournament. The Faulconer is a prestigious amateur tournament that brings in top golfers from around Virginia. It is also one of six tournaments played in the Charlottesville area that constitute the Battle Trophy series.

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A high-flying agility dog. Photo by Tricia JohnsonHounds, Great Danes, a Pomeranian, a Pyrenean Mastiff, a Saint Bernard, a variety of bully breeds, and high-flying agility dogs all attended Fluvanna’s first Fido Fest, held Saturday, May 16, at the Fluvanna Dog Park at Pleasant Grove.
The day was a success according to Claire Lowande, recreation specialist with Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation, who sponsored the event. The event drew businesses, non-profit organizations, and dog lovers from across Fluvanna County.
“I think that it is a great opportunity to showcase Fluvanna businesses and have a good time in the sun with your dog,” said Lowande. The goal of Fido Fest, she added, was to promote both local pet businesses and local non-profit animal rescues. Some of the businesses and groups represented included Caring for Creatures, the Fluvanna Dog Spot, the Fluvanna SPCA, Green Dogs Unleashed, Happy Tails, No Place Like Home Pet Services, Peaceful Passings, and Ruff Agility. “We wanted to bring the businesses and rescues to the dogs and the dogs to the businesses and rescues,” explained Lowande with a smile.
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