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Two Fluvanna households are holding out against attempts by the James River Water Authority (JRWA) to take easements through their land for a water pipeline.

George Bialkowski, Jr., is opposing the JRWA on behalf of himself and his father, George Bialkowski, Sr.

Barbara Seay, who declined to be interviewed, has also not reached an agreement with the JRWA.

Both Bialkowski and Seay were vocal opponents of the JRWA project’s location when it came to a head last winter. They live at Point of Fork, in the path of the approved but unbuilt pipeline.

The JRWA project consists of a water intake facility on the Point of Fork where the James and Rivanna Rivers meet near Columbia, and a raw water pipeline stretching a little over a mile to Route 6.

From that point, the Louisa County Water Authority will construct its own pipeline at its own expense to funnel water northwest through Fluvanna to Louisa County. Louisa has promised to have 400,000 gallons of treated water at Zion Crossroads for Fluvanna’s use by the end of 2018.

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Emil and Margaret ColmenaresResidents of Lake Monticello and members of the Gray Foxes golf league said goodbye to their long-time friend and advocate, Emil Colmenares, 99, and observed a final tribute to his fourth wife, Margaret, on Saturday (March 11) at the Lake Monticello Fire House.

“It was beautiful,” said Carlton Colmenares, the sixth of Emil’s seven children, who drove from Hempstead, Texas, to celebrate the life of his stepmother, who died in January.
“A lot of my dad’s friends here at the Lake were very glad to see him and spent several hours with him,” he said.

Carlton Colmenares described his father as someone with “tremendous charm and fun. People flocked around him,” he said. “He swept Margaret off her feet because he was very gregarious.”

Margaret Ashley Kennon Colmenares found a zest for life in the handsome businessman whose enthusiasm and audacity made him an extraordinary salesman who was great at marketing. He had a contagious personality, too.

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This week the Flucos are in action! As usual, there is a lot happening in the spring. More student athletes are in action in the spring than in any other season.

On Monday (March 13) the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams opened their seasons. The boys hosted Powhatan, while the girls traveled to the Richmond suburbs to take on the same Powhatan Indians.

On Tuesday (March 14) virtually everyone else got their seasons underway. The Indians from Powhatan were on everyone’s schedule. The baseball team hosted Powhatan, while the softball team traveled there. The softball team also played at Albemarle High on March 15.

In tennis, it was the boys at home against the Indians on March 14, while the girls were on the road against the same opponent. Meanwhile, in lacrosse it was the girls hosting Powhatan, while the boys were at the Indians. The lacrosse teams also play on March 16, with the girls hosting Patrick Henry High and the boys traveling there. Add a comment

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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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Bluebirds on nesting houseTime flew by for the Lake Monticello Wildlife Committee since setting up bluebird houses around the Lake. It has been two years since they proposed and implemented a plan to bring back bluebirds by setting up nesting areas.

Spring begins on March 20, and this is the time bluebirds start building their nests. Jim Haney, a volunteer with the wildlife committee who monitors the birdhouses, said, “When you see activity around the birdhouses, start monitoring. They begin building nests by the end of March.”

Haney was specific about the different types of nests that are distinguishable from bluebird nests.

“Bluebirds use pine needles and they are neat, and wrens will use moss. Chickadees’ nests are messy. They use moss, sticks and other things. But they are not as bad as the sparrows – they literally use garbage,” he said. Haney has seen plastic and other unnatural things in sparrow nests. They are considered the recycling birds, since everything and anything goes into the building of their nests. Add a comment

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