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Your advertising editor, Jacki Harris, did a splendid job of converting much information on the Fluvanna Business Promo Challenge and the awards funded by the Economic Development Authority into a visually appealing and informative ad. At all times in drafting and redrafting she was patient and professional.
The layout of the Market Fluvanna article beside the “Challenge” ad did a great job of helping the information of the two programs (the Business Promo Challenge and the I Love Fluvanna Contest) reach your readers.
Hopefully the Fluvanna citizens will enjoy participating in these two different competitions.

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Ashlawn Grille in the Friday Flyer, it is interesting to see that we, the membership, are paying the lessee of the Ashlawn Grille $16,000 a year to run the restaurant. The lessee is also able to run a catering business from the restaurant without extra charges.
Back in 2006/2007 the original lease was amended to state that the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association would be responsible for repair and maintenance of all equipment, walls, doors, windows, partitions, floors, floor coverings ceilings, plumbing, electric fixtures and utility lines. At the same time the utilities were amended to have the lessee only pay the gas, telephone and cable television bills. The original lease had the lessee paying 25% of water/sewer, electricity and fully responsible for waste removal. As an added incentive the security deposit of $3,000 was waived for the lessee.
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My name is Chris Fairchild and I am writing in support of Mark Belew, candidate for Fluvanna County sheriff. I have known Mark many years, as he grew up in Fluvanna and his family has been here for generations. He was educated in Fluvanna, then at the University of Virginia where he eventually served as a university police officer. Mark then advanced his career and education in law enforcement through 15 years with the Albemarle Police Department, now serving as deputy U.S. marshal and detective in the Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) division.
Mark grew up here, stayed for his education at one of America’s top universities and then grew his career within central Virginia’s largest and most advanced police department, all with the intention of bringing it back to serve the county he grew up in, where he raises his family today.
On November 4, please vote to elect Mark Belew as our county’s next sheriff.

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Residents of Lake Monticello will soon be receiving surveys requesting their input on necessary repairs of Lake facilities and suggestions about the future of Lake amenities. Last night my wife and I attended an LMOA meeting regarding these upcoming surveys and some interesting questions/points were raised.
Over the last couple of decades as the Lake population has vastly increased, the demographics of the area have also changed dramatically. Although the golf course may once have been a popular draw to the community, it seems as though that particular interest has faded somewhat. Maintaining the golf course is a heavy expense for the community. If golf no longer provides a financial gain for the community, is it worthwhile to investigate what other options will be cost effective and can provide a more broad use going forward? Would less costly recreation such as parks, dog parks, hiking/biking trails or even a fitness facility be a better use of the land?
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The Rotary Foundation of Fluvanna County wishes to express its sincere thanks to all those who made its annual Italian Festa such a big success. This Festa is the foundation’s major fund raiser, and this year over $4,000 was raised. This money allows the foundation to continue its many programs that support the youth of Fluvanna County. Fully stuffed backpacks are provided at the beginning of each school year for elementary school students whose families might not be able to afford to outfit their students for the new school year. Winter coats are also provided each year and in recent years a back-to-school shoe program has been initiated.
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