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Fire escapeThe smart actions of a Lake Monticello woman during a Feb. 7 house fire likely saved her life and that of her daughter, said Fire Chief Richie Constantino of the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department (LMVFD).

In the middle of the night, Freddie Simpson awakened to heavy smoke in the second-floor bedroom of her Jefferson Drive home, according to a public post she made on her Facebook page.

“I felt the door and it was hot,” she wrote. “I remembered the movie Backdraft and did not open it.”

The decision not to open the door may have meant the difference between life and death, said Constantino. He praised Simpson for having the presence of mind to check the heat of the door. Had she opened it, he said, superheated gases and smoke might have incapacitated Simpson and her daughter before they could make their escape. Add a comment

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The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors is considering spending up to three-quarters of a million dollars on a new pool. The expense may require that LMOA residents foot the bill by means of a special assessment.

Repairs to the Lake Monticello community pool have totaled more than $208,000 in the past decade and repairs could cost another $200,000 or more, according to information released by LMOA this week.

A timeline compiled by Angie Cooke, LMOA contracts manager, for the Jan. 26 Board of Directors meeting listed the enhancements and repairs made on the pool, beginning with the installation of a new liner in 2006. That liner is now believed to be failing, along with parts of the plumbing and circulation systems. Add a comment

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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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