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With the recent passing of my husband, I thought I would catch a break on my utilities and although the bill for my water is a little less, the cost per gallon has skyrocketed. Since it now seems I don’t use enough water to count, I’m charged the minimum for water and sewer which comes to $68.73 - with a usage of 1100 gallons that comes to eight cents a gallon. Seems we really are being penalized for conserving.

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The Fluvanna SPCA is in need of assistance from the community.
In addition to the usual influx of hunting dogs at the end of hunting season and the continued presence of the seized pit bulls from the Mathis case, FSPCA is running out of room. We are putting out the call for people who are willing to foster some lovely dog-friendly dogs for an extended period of time. FSPCA provides food, bedding, and medical attention.
Our dogs needing foster are all healthy, spayed/neutered, and up-to-date on their shots.
Interested fosters may contact the shelter at 434-591-0123 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . FSPCA’s foster application can be found by clicking on “Foster” at www.fspca.org. FSPCA strongly recommends that fosters plan to bring their current dogs to the shelter for a meet and greet with any potential foster dogs, so the best match for the home can be ensured.
In addition, FSPCA could use donations of cleaning supplies, sturdy dog toys such as Kongs, and financial assistance. Donations may be made at the shelter at 5239 Union Mills Road in Troy, or online at www.fspca.org.

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Saturday the 24th of January, an overflow crowd filled the county library meeting room to view entries to the Market Fluvanna competition and to cheer the prize winners. While the applause was enthusiastic and the generous community-sponsored prizes were certainly a tribute to the competitors something else of great importance filled the room – the people who were there on that rainy, chilly afternoon.
Supervisors (past and present) including the Board chairman; representatives of the teaching community including the superintendent of schools; representatives of community organizations who had provided firm support; staff from the county who had done the heavy lifting on the organization of this rather complex project including the county administrator; a reporter from the Fluvanna Review insuring press coverage of the awards; and parents, families and friends of those who had stepped forward to compete – all joined together to celebrate this special Fluvanna event.
What better reward could there be?

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Last month the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board of Directors decided to relocate Lake Monticello’s primary meeting room from the Clubhouse Terrace Room to a reconstructed golf administration building on Bunker Blvd.
Applying basic logic to this plan would indicate that the meeting room should remain at a central location near the main gate. In fact, Director Mike Harrison pointed out at the Dec. 8 work session that the basketball court should remain “centrally located here at Ashlawn” next to the Clubhouse.
Compared to a basketball court, a new and improved meeting room will be utilized by considerably more residents including Lake Monticello staff and administrators, catered events such as dinners, an election precinct polling location and the Broadcast Committee’s television studio. If a more central location with access from the main gate makes sense for a basketball court, why shouldn’t it make sense for this multi-use meeting room?
If the meeting room is moved to the Bunker Blvd. location on the golf course it means a larger facility would be built and the loss of almost an acre of trees. Add a comment

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I am a Fluvanna resident and read this paper among several other local papers weekly and I just wanted to let your staff know how much I enjoyed the Dec. 25 issue. The sweet cover alone drew me in and I was so appreciative to hear that the county is working on a better leash law at Pleasant Grove. Dogs, just like people, don’t always get along with everyone they meet. I also wanted to sing my praises to one of the writers – Tricia Johnson. Her article “Lament for a crazy dog” was beautiful. My husband and I own five dogs, all of senior age but don’t act like it. Please let her know I could not get through one paragraph without crying. It was beautifully written and I felt her pain for the loss of her friend. I was also touched by the article “The best Christmas ever.” Thanks for keeping me updated on local topics! Happy New Year!

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