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Nick AlgieriWhere do you live? 
I live at Lake Monticello.
 
Have you always lived in Fluvanna? If not, what brought you here?
No, I have not always lived in Fluvanna. I was born at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y., and lived on Long Island for my first year. My grandparents, Tim and Eileen Monahan, moved to Lake Monticello in 1990, and my parents (and then I) would come down for vacations. Just before my first birthday my dad’s company downsized and he was laid off, so my parents decided to take a chance and move to Lake Monticello. We moved the day after my first birthday, and 22 years later we are still all here.

You’ve attended Fluvanna County schools. What’s the coolest thing about being a Fluco?
I would have to say the coolest thing about being a Fluco is that our community cares so much for each other and comes together often. There are always great crowds at Friday night football games and other sporting events. I have witnessed firsthand how quick the people of our community are there for their friends in need. Just follow the Flucos’ Helping Hands page on Facebook and you will see all the good that this community does for each other on a daily basis, not expecting anything in return!

Is there a word or phrase you use too much?
I would say that one phrase I use a lot, having my own company, is “free estimates.”
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Kim BassingWhere do you live?
I live at Lake Monticello, which I previously called home over 35 years ago.

How long have you lived in Fluvanna?
I first moved to Fluvanna in 1977, and returned to live here in 2011, with many places and states in between (32 addresses in my life, so far, in fact!).

What brought you here?

I came to Central Virginia as a young 17-year-old to attend the University of Virginia (go Hoos!), and my parents followed me to the area to build a home two years later. It made it easier to go home to do laundry.
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Len WishartWhere do you live?
I live in Lake Monticello in the Falcon Hills section.

How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?

My wife and I moved from Charlottesville, where I had lived for 30 years, to Fluvanna in 2005 to start a family because this area is a safe and fun area to live.  The rural setting and the lake activities are major draws for us.

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Captain Mark Black. Photo courtesy of Mark BlackWhere do you live?
Lake Monticello.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We have resided here for 18 months. My assignment to the University of Virginia brought us here.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Kim Black, who is originally from Pace, Florida. We have been married for 28 years. We have two sons, Victor and Luke, that have both graduated from college and are making their way in life.
What do you do for a living?
I am an officer in the United States Navy. I am currently the commanding officer and professor of naval science of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Virginia. I served as a naval flight officer flying the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18F Super Hornet.
What is one of your pet peeves?
People who are inconsiderate of those around them.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with family, athletics, and physical fitness.
What pivotal decision helped to shape your life?
Believing and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal savior.
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Note: Dennis Holder, a former humor writer for 713 Magazine, Ultra, and other publications, may have stretched the facts just a little for this interview.
Where do you live?
I live in Kents Store. Understand, though, that my home is not in downtown metropolitan Kents Store but on the outskirts. I live in a house that I built with my own hands using nothing but matchsticks. There are more than 300 million matchsticks and it took me 17 weeks just to count them. When the wind blows, I live in my car. I own 300,000 acres of fertile Fluvanna County farmland that I won in a poker game a couple of years ago. Except for a small kumquat orchard, this land is planted entirely in radishes. I am the largest radish grower in Virginia. Most of the others are dwarves.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I came to Fluvanna County rather hurriedly in 2001. My first ex-wife’s next husband was a Greek sailor with a typical Mediterranean temper. He became enraged when my ex told him that I hated retsina. My former father-in-law called to say that the Greek had a gun and was looking for me. I decided to get out of Dallas, where I lived at the time. I knew the sailor did not speak English, and a little research showed there was no Greek word for Fluvanna, so I figured he could never find me here. What actually brought me to Fluvanna, however, was a rented Penske bobtail truck. I stowed away in a crate marked “Fragile!”
Tell us about your family.
I came from a show business family. My mother was the bearded lady in the famous J.W. Peterson’s Traveling Episcopalian Tent Revival and Cavalcade of God’s Mistakes. She also sang bass in a Polish barbershop quartet. My father played the harp in a marching band and gave private lessons on the ukulele. I had two brothers, both younger. One was a professional tennis player who one day charged the net too hard and strained himself. The other also was athletic, but he wound up singing soprano with the Atlanta opera after a pole vaulting accident.
Currently, I live with my delusional girlfriend, Helvetica, who steadfastly believes she is Phyllis Diller. She has a cat, Pajamas, an ocelot from Trinidad. I have a dog, Brobdingnag, an Abyssinian Beaverhound that we rescued from a sausage factory near Seattle. We also have 16 penguins who live in a refrigerated room in the basement.

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