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You’d think that living in rural Fluvanna County would isolate you from big-time international criminals. Welcome to the 21st century. Now, when corporations like Anthem Blue Cross fail to protect your personal data, you’ll need to be quick and vigorous in protecting various accounts from thieves.
If, like me, you have had Anthem Blue Cross / Blue Shield health insurance in the last few years, your name, social security number, date of birth, address, and other information may have been stolen. Anthem says as many as 80 million customers’ information may have been involved. That information could be used to file phony tax returns, to apply for credit, to take money from your bank accounts, to get jobs using your social security number, or any number of other thefts, all of which could cost you years of frustration and tons of money.
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We submitted a photo to Sundance Vacations from our ski trip to Vermont. The photo was among those chosen to be part of a contest on Facebook. Whichever photo receives the most “likes” in the next three weeks wins a $500 donation to the owner’s favorite charity. If our photo gets the most “likes” the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad will receive $500. We hope you can help us with this contest.
In order for a person to “like” this photo he or she must go to: (www.facebook.com/SundanceVacations). Our picture is the one with Cindy in a green jacket, skiing at Stowe, VT.
Thank you all for helping in making this a success.

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With the death of James B. Murray at the age of 94 on January 2, 2015, Fluvanna County lost one of its long time champions and benefactors. Many have perhaps forgotten that Jim Murray represented Fluvanna County in the House of Delegates for many years and during that time was responsible for ensuring that many of the priori-ties of local citizens were enacted and implemented. Although I did not live in Fluvanna at the time he represented us, I had the pleasure of knowing Jim in another capacity as a member of a discussion group which meets regularly in Charlottesville.
Scion of a wealthy New York family, Jim was raised in privilege. After service in World War II and a successful business career working with his family’s corporation, Jim and his wife, Bunny, made the extraordinary decision to ditch life in the fast lane and to move to a remote farm in Albemarle County, which he had purchased. Thus began a remarkable career of public service not only to Albemarle and Charlottesville, but also to us here in Fluvanna.
Perhaps his proudest moment in the legislature was the passage of a bill establishing the Virginia Scenic Rivers program and naming the Rivanna the first river to be so designated. He worked closely with Minnie Lee McGehee and members of the nascent Rivanna Conservation Society to ensure passage of this important legislation. He was also the principal sponsor of legislation which has had a direct impact on hundreds of graduates of Fluvanna High School – the creation of the Piedmont Virginia Community College.
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Recently, Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue faced $4,000 of medical expenses in one month. We had several seniors that were referred by our vets at the Fork Union Animal Clinic to specialists: a neurologist, an ophthalmologist, and an orthopedic specialist. Meeting the medical needs of our seniors is a priority, and though as a rescue we receive a small discount on these services, the expenses are considerable.
We can save money through donations of food and household supplies. Our rescue uses 170 pounds of dry dog food per month, 210 cans of conventional dog food, plus special diet and grain-free food. Hearing of our needs, we were immediately helped by our local sisters in rescue, Caring for Creatures and the Fluvanna SPCA. Many thanks to Dr. Robert Mayfield and Tenaska for their food donations, as well as Salon DeShano (Jacqui DeShano), Happy Tails (Karen and Melissa), the Jefferson Pharmacy, and E.W. Thomas (Beth Thomas) for agreeing to host food donation boxes in their businesses.
We are so grateful to the Fluvanna community for coming to the rescue of our senior animals with their generous donations. To date, we are blessed with at least four months of food to feed our senior animals. And for now we have only a few follow-up appointments with vets for our dogs – all is well!
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My name is Dan Atkinson and I am the new coordinator for the 18 hole Gray Foxes, the senior men’s golf club here at Lake Monticello. I moved to Lake Monticello a little over six years ago to enjoy my retirement in a beautiful gated golf and lake community. My main interest was golf and was I delighted to find such a wonderful course to play on for as long as God is willing to let me. Over my years of playing here I have had the pleasure of making many friendships, whether it was with the Gray Foxes, a tournament, outing or just joining up with a few guys who were at the pro shop looking to enjoy a round of golf.
Having never had the opportunity to be a member of a men’s golf club before, I was especially excited about joining the Gray Foxes. I must say though that I have been disappointed in the fact that many of the golfers that I have met do not participate in the Foxes. The Gray Foxes is the only official men’s golf club here at the Lake with an annual banquet, postings on the LMOA website and an occasional article in the Fluvanna Review. I am taking this opportunity to encourage all of the eligible senior men golfers, 55 and older to join the Gray Foxes for the 2015 season. I know that the reasons are varied as to why some who were members in the past have dropped out or why some have never joined, but I would hope that you would reconsider and join this year.
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