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The small fire could have quickly engulfed the house. A tragedy was avoided this past Saturday (Nov. 12), thanks to a group of Lake Monticello teenagers who happened to be walking by at the right time.

Dillan Cobbs, Michelle Harris, Brycen Baber, Andrew Ward, Ethian Kidd, Ashton Brown and Michael Brown were talking a walk together in the Cherokee section of the Lake a little after 9 p.m. that night. The teens smelled smoke and noticed a fire on the porch at 19 Tuscarora Drive.

“It was on top of the porch and under the porch,” Cobbs, 13, said of the fire he saw as he walked by. Cobbs said Ward and Michael Brown immediately began to attempt to smother the fire while the others ran around the house, banging on doors and windows to alert the family who was sleeping inside.

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Karl Bergstresser and Terry FurlongThe Gray Foxes senior golf groups at the Lake Monticello golf course held their annual year-end banquet at the Tavern on the Green at Spring Creek on Monday (Nov. 7).

The Gray Foxes have an 18-hole contingent that plays every Thursday morning and a nine-hole contingent that plays on Friday mornings. Players can compete in both groups, but few do.

The awards banquet business started with President Dan Foley announcing the officers for the 2017 season. Dan Foley will return as president, Bill Scanlon will be vice-president, Burt Marks will be treasurer, and the 18-hole and nine-hole coordinators will be Dan Atkinson and Lou Monte respectively. Foley also acknowledged the two guests of honor at the event: Lake Monticello PGA professional Mark Marshall and long-time Gray Foxes officer Bob Strohmayer.

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Fee upheld in separate court case

A former Lake Monticello resident lost his battle against what he saw as “double-dipping” dues charges by the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA).

But in a separate court case on Sept. 6, the fee, which affects about 300 families, was upheld by a judge, said Catherine Neelley, LMOA general manager.

When Dan Carre’s employer transferred him to Pennsylvania in the summer of 2015, he tried unsuccessfully to sell his Lake Monticello home. Eventually he decided to rent it out instead – but was surprised to learn that he was on the hook for amenities fees for both himself as property owner and for his renter.

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 Tom Ellis made this map of the Lake showing the current bulkhead at  Beach 4 and the route (in blue) the dump truck takes to Tufton Lake to dump the sludge. The red line shows the route the truck would have to take from the proposed bulkhead on Beach 2.

A group of homeowners at Lake Monticello protest the decision of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) to build a concrete docking point for the dredge barge at Jefferson Cove (Beach 2). They’ve written letters, spoken at LMOA meetings, taken pictures, and tracked truck and barge routes to demonstrate their point that the proposed bulkhead is an unnecessary expense that will kill the view, disrupt fish spawning areas, and endanger swimmers. One of those speaking out is Tom Ellis, a retired engineer who for years served on the LMOA Storm Water Management Committee. “Most people consider Beach 2 the prettiest beach of the five beaches,” Ellis said.

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Residents waited more than three hours through an intense work session of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday (Aug. 17) focusing on land use policies in the county. When they finally got a chance to speak, they overwhelmingly supported keeping land use as it currently exists. All seven of the residents who spoke urged the Board to keep land use in place in its current form. Land use, which gives significant tax breaks to land owners who dedicate their properties to farming, forestry, or open space, has come under the microscope in recent months.An eighth resident, Channing Snoddy, vice president of the Fluvanna Farm Bureau, sparred with Supervisor Tony O’Brien during the work session. O’Brien has been the driving force in the recent call to examine how land use is applied in Fluvanna.

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