Fluvanna Review

Candidates Page Gifford, Dick Cummings and Charles Harrelson stood at the meeting where election results were announced. Charles Harrelson and Dick Cummings were elected as directors of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association, the LMOA announced Saturday (June 30).

The LMOA oversees the huge Lake Monticello subdivision in Fluvanna County.

Harrelson, a retired businessman, garnered 811 votes. Cummings, a retired CPA, got 810 votes. Page Gifford, a freelance writer and community volunteer, received 430 votes.

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The Fluvanna Review won 13 Virginia Press Association (VPA) awards for its news and ad design work in 2013. The announcement was made at the annual VPA banquet held this year in Short Pump on Saturday, April 5.
Lisa Hurdle, the paper’s advertising designer, won nine awards for her work – including four first-place awards. Editorial Designer Lynn Stayton-Eurell won four including two first-place awards. Reporter Ruthann Carr won a third-place award for a series of features highlighting the life of African-American leaders in Fluvanna County.
The paper competed this year against over 40 other weeklies whose circulation ranged between 5,000 and 10,000. The Fluvanna Review prints 6,300 copies each week and circulates in Fluvanna, parts of Charlottesville, Albemarle and Louisa counties.
“Lisa and Lynn work each week to design the best paper we can possibly put together,” said Carlos Santos, the paper’s publisher and editor. “Ruthann is an experienced reporter with a great sense of story.”

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Photo courtesy of U.Va.The University of Virginia women’s rowing team will be looking to get some revenge on Saturday, April 26, when they host the Spartans of Michigan State at 9 a.m. on Lake Monticello. As we all recall, it was the Spartans who recently eliminated the U.Va. men’s basketball team from the NCAA tournament.
The U.Va. women’s team was ranked third in the country when they traveled to the west coast last week to compete in the Pac-12 challenge at Red Shores in California, The team competed against Stanford, the host school, and Oregon State and USC. At this regatta, the U.Va. varsity eight topped a strong Stanford squad by almost three seconds. As a result of this win, the varsity eight was named the ACC crew of the week. This crew has defeated all seven of its opponents this season. The rowing team has a roster of 74 athletes this year. While, most are from the south and the northeast there is a smattering of west coast athletes, and even a few foreign rowers. In fact, the university’s first varsity eight includes rowers from Germany and the United Kingdom.
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Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has taken a position in opposition to the application by Aqua Virginia to increase its water and sewer rates. In November 2011, Aqua Virginia filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for a statewide increase averaging 9.9%. The increase for Lake Monticello residents would be more than 13% for water and more than 11% for sewer. The application comes just months after Aqua Virginia attempted to impose ownership of grinder pumps onto homeowners. Aqua Virginia‘s last rate increase was approved in October 2010.

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Coach Cos DiFazio meets with his swimmers.The Jefferson Swim League held its 47th championship swim meet at the Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA) pool on Friday and Saturday July 27 and 28. Cos DiFazio, coach of the Fluvanna Aquatic Sports Team (FAST), noted before the meet that this was the biggest swim meet ever held in Fluvanna County. Over 2,000 youth swimmers, representing 16 teams competed in the event. In addition, almost 600 volunteers were needed to bring an event of this size together and make it a success.

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