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Nine hole honoreesEach year, the Lake Monticello Golf Course senior men’s Gray Foxes organization holds a year-end banquet. This year the event was held for the first time at the new pub facility in the Bunker clubhouse. The senior golfers were offered a choice between beef and chicken, and both choices were well received by those in attendance. In addition, the beer was included.

The Gray Foxes have an 18-hole men’s group that plays Thursday mornings and a nine-hole group that plays Friday mornings. Participants may play with both groups, but most players choose one group or the other.

The coordinator for the 18-hole group for the 2017 season was Dan Atkinson. He runs multiple competitions during the season, which stretches from April to October. The year-round competition that keeps the attention of all the players is known as ringers. There is a ringers competition once a month. The idea of this competition is to keep track of each player’s best gross and net scores on each hole for the entire year.

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Pool design finalized

Lake Monticello General Manager Catherine Neelley told the Board of Directors at a budget work session Thursday (Nov. 2) that the pool will be functional through the 2018 season.
“We’re going to make it another year, no problem,” she said to the visible relief of some members.

Finance Director Dabney Wallford told the directors that the pool lost less water than in the previous year, in part due to the contractor sealing cracks, and that the pool manager kept the chemical levels balanced despite ongoing problems with the filtration system.

Cracks and the failing plumbing system were the chief reasons the Board called for replacement of the 41-year-old pool earlier this year.
The process has not been without controversy.

While initial estimates of the replacement were around $750,000, the Board eventually decided to request $900,000 to fund the project. Residents approved a funding plan that will take $436,000 from the Emergency Reserve Account and $463,600 from the membership in the form of a one-time special dues assessment of $100 per household.

Voters had to make this decision without knowing what any proposed new pool would look like or where it would be located. Directors initially believed it would be more cost-effective to build on a new site, either adjacent to the existing pool or near the golf course. In September they announced it would be built on the current site. Add a comment

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Running“Look at that,” Ivan Raiklin said as he rubbed his hand over the worn tread of his running shoe.  It’s not the first pair he’s worn down since late August.

Raiklin – a Green Beret, a start-up investor, and a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate – is running with a mission. He’s trying to bring awareness to the problem of veteran suicide by running 22 miles a day in recognition of the 22 veterans estimated to die by their own hand every day.

By running in all 95 Virginia counties and all 38 independent cities, he hopes to raise money from across the Commonwealth for those groups helping to combat this epidemic.

Arriving at Pleasant Grove on a recent Tuesday afternoon, he had just crossed 705 miles. He expected to reach 715 miles before stopping for the day.

Which left him 1,061 miles more to go.

The idea

Raiklin came up with the idea for his run back in March while attending the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

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Holding Weekly ReaderEight-year-old Eileen believed she could fly.

Eighty-two years later, her dream came true.

In 1935, Eileen von Hagn read an article in her Weekly Reader about Amelia Earhart. She vowed to be the next female flyer. But as with so many of our dreams, life got in the way.

One year after graduating in 1945 from Bogota High School in New Jersey, Eileen married William Lenherr. Together they had four children.When her husband retired from the Navy they bought a farm in Fluvanna. Life was good, until it wasn’t. Lenherr’s husband died at 47.

The recently widowed Jackie Kennedy was Lenherr’s role model – reserved and elegant.

“She had little John and my youngest was 3,” Lenherr said. “I decided I had to grab the bull by the horns and run with it.”

Lenherr did just that. She eventually sold the farm. She opened Li’l Folks Nursery School in Fork Union. Her grandson Ryan Pace remembered attending. Add a comment

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Scott DavidIt didn’t take long for Susan Nothnagle, the accompanist for the Fluvanna Community Singers, to approach Scott David, the interim pastor at a local church, about joining the chorus after hearing him sing at a memorial service two years ago. His wife and daughter also joined as well.

Upon hearing the news that the beloved choral director, Horace Scruggs, was hanging up his baton for good, David was approached again, this time by Scruggs himself. Scruggs encouraged David to apply for the position. David had substituted as director for him multiple times with the choir. He was then contacted by the board and was asked to be interviewed.

“I was very pleased and blessed to be elected to serve the choir as director,” David said.

David is a product of the 60s and 70s, growing up during the era when singing families and groups such as the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds and TV shows like the Partridge Family were popular.

“My parents and three brothers traveled around Michigan for many years singing in churches. I continued to sing with my brothers in high school,” he said. He remained active in church with singing groups, choirs and bands. At age 20 he joined the Army, which eventually brought him to Virginia where he met his wife.

He attended Christopher Newport University (CNU) working on a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in vocal performance. While at CNU, he led musical programs at three churches in the Newport News area. After leaving CNU he continued to lead music programs full-time in churches for 20 years.

Some were disappointed when they heard Scruggs was leaving. Anyone taking his place might have some large shoes to fill. But those who have performed with David look forward to working with him.

“The Fluvanna Community Singers have a reputation for presenting great music with excellence. It also has a history of accomplished directors. I was blessed to sit under Horace’s leadership and learn from him,” said David. “Not only is Horace an excellent director, he is proficient on the piano and other instruments and he can write music. He is also a very kind and humble person. His shoes are too big for me to fill. I hope to build on the excellent foundation he has left with the singers.”

David said that choral music provides the platform to create a unique and powerful musical sound that can only result when many people combine their vocal gifts. Add a comment

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