Fluvanna Review

Maria Carter won first place in the oil/acrylic category for Field of Flowers Photo by Page H. GiffordTrilbie Knap, a watercolorist from Charlottesville was the judge for the Fluvanna Art Association’s annual juried show. The show, currently at the Fluvanna County Library through December, features some striking works by members.

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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
Fluvanna High School
• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Fork Union Depot. Photo by Sally Browning.In the early 1900s, a bit of sophistication came to Fluvanna County. The glamorous-sounding Virginia Airline Railway, headed by a hype man called “Captain,” connected the county to such exotic places as Chicago, New York and Charlottesville. Add a comment

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Shannon Becker, president of Aqua Virginia. Photo courtesy of Aqua AmericaRelations between Aqua Virginia and the homeowners within Aqua’s Lake Monticello water and sewer system have been strained by recent events, causing some to call into question whether Aqua communicates effectively with its customers.
Aqua has applied with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for a rate hike to yield a 12 percent increase in water revenue and a 6.7 percent increase in sewer revenue. It has also requested permission to institute a water and wastewater infrastructure service charge (WWISC) to support infrastructure projects.
Each proposal will have a public hearing in Richmond – the WWISC’s hearing is March 10 and the rate increase’s hearing is March 24. But the public outcry over a rate increase has been so overwhelming that the SCC hearing examiner ordered two rate increase public hearings right here in Fluvanna on March 16 – a first for Aqua Virginia and Lake Monticello.
WWISC notification
The SCC required Aqua to notify each customer individually of its WWISC request, and so last September the company included the necessary paperwork in customers’ bills.
But one of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association’s (LMOA) WWISC notifications was addressed simply to the Riverside Gate entrance – not a valid address – arriving without an envelope as five sheets of paper folded and sealed with plastic tabs, said LMOA General Manager Catherine Neelley. “It was delivered to the clubhouse eventually,” she said.
“It was very disrespectful the way the message was sent to us,” said Lake resident Ida Swenson. “It was very insulting, especially since LMOA is Aqua Virginia’s biggest customer. And they certainly seem to know where to send the bills.”
When asked why the notification didn’t come to LMOA’s proper address, Aqua Virginia President Shannon Becker replied that LMOA “must have an account with that address on file.” And as an Aqua customer with 21 separate monthly bills, LMOA did receive 21 WWISC notifications properly tucked inside its bills.
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Debra Lucado, Renny Megahan, Jeff Craig and Joe Chesser cut the ribbon. Photo by Page H. Gifford Attracting shoppers locally and supporting the newly stocked Fluvanna Ace Hardware (formerly Do It Best) was Joe Chesser’s message to the group of well-wishers gathered at Friday’s (Sept. 12) ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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