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Boat accident closes Lake Beach 4

Muskrats can apparently sink boats.

The Lake Monticello Owners' Association announced Friday (June 9) that Beach 4 would be temporarily closed after a small boat sank and leaked an unknown amount of fuel into the water.

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BatteauBrian Coffield is keeping Fluvanna’s batteau history alive.

He bought and helped restore a batteau that he plans on guiding down the James River starting June 17 from Lynchburg to Maiden’s Landing in Goochland. Coffield and his crew of six, along with up to 24 other batteaux, will make the 120-mile trip in eight days as a part of the 32nd Batteau Festival. John Wilkinson, who lives in Lake Monticello, is part of Coffield’s crew.

Coffield christened his batteau the Queen Anne, taking his cue from the Rivanna River, named after the Queen of England.

Coffield works part-time as an attendant at the Pleasant Grove House Museum telling visitors about Fluvanna’s rich history of using batteaux to take goods from farmers to Richmond.

The batteau (French for boat) was designed flat-bottomed and pointed at each end. It was powered and steered with long oars or sweeps at the front and back.  The design allowed for easy navigation in the shallow rocky waters of the Rivanna, James and other rivers throughout the east.

The boats ruled river waters from 1775 to 1840 when canal locks, then trains, brought more efficient means of transportation.

While people have long been interested in batteaux, the modern era started when construction workers at a site in Richmond unearthed more than 40 of the vessels, Coffield said.

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VoteFluvanna voters have the opportunity to select candidates for Virginia governor and lieutenant governor during the Democratic and Republican primaries held Tuesday (June 13).

Turnout for primaries is notoriously low. But the fact that fewer people exercise their right to vote in a primary means that every vote carries more weight. Voting in a primary, therefore, is a significant way for voters to make their voices heard.

Primary voting is easy to do. Fluvanna voters should show up at their regular precinct on Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Rivanna District voters should note that their precinct, which has changed twice in recent years, is the Maple Room of the Lake Monticello Fire House.

Virginia voters do not register as Republicans or Democrats. Voters may participate in either primary, but they must choose only one.
A valid photo identification (ID) is required. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • Virginia driver’s license;
  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles-issued photo ID;
  • U.S. passport;
  • Employer-issued photo ID;
  • Virginia voter photo ID;
  • Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID; and
  • Student photo ID issued by a school, college or university located in Virginia. Add a comment

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Job huntersEven though Fluvanna’s unemployment rate is only 3.1, people are still looking for work.

So the Virginia Employment Commission held a job fair June 2 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church near Lake Monticello.

More than 40 people showed up to visit nearly 20 employers hoping to hire.

Anthony Edmonds said he was thinking about a career change and stopped by to check things out. “I’m looking for possible opportunities,” he said. “They need to have more job fairs here because some people can’t make it to Charlottesville.“

Flora Cardwell and Tammy Richardson represented the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. Cardwell, the human resource manager, said it was a good experience to prepare her for the Correctional Center job fair June 14.

“This is excellent exposure for us,” she said. “Our job fair is all day, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. We have lots of openings and will be making offers on the spot.”

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Oakes sentenced for gun possession and obstruction

An Augusta County man arrested in Fluvanna County for gun possession by a felon and obstruction pleaded guilty in Fluvanna County Circuit Court on Thursday (June 1) and was sentenced to 12 months in a residential treatment program and five years of probation.

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