News & Views 2.23.2012

Real Estate Related News

Sasha Farmer Named Sales Associate of the Year
Montague, Miller & Co is proud to acknowledge that Sasha Farmer has been named 2012 Sales Associate of the Year for her outstanding achievement, leadership and commitment to our profession, the association, and our community. The award is awarded to a top sales producer who is active in CAAR and the Charlottesville community, and continues to improve by engaging in continuing education courses and the achievement of professional designations.

Also recently voted Best REALTOR® in Charlottesville in the C-Ville Weekly Best of C-Ville Polls, Sasha specializes in representing home buyers, home sellers, corporate transferees, and University of Virginia faculty, students, and staff.
Early in her career, Sasha was chosen as the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTOR’s Rookie of the Year in her first year in the industry. Additionally, Sasha is a Certified Residential Specialist – an achievement that only four percent of all REALTORS ® worldwide have attained. She is currently in the top one percent of all agents in Charlottesville and Central Virginia.
Sasha prides herself on a strong commitment to the community, and spends numerous hours volunteering for organizations such as Computers4Kids, Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA, the Junior League of Charlottesville, the City of Charlottesville Housing Advisory Council, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Charlottesville program. She is also the past Chair of the Technology committee at the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors, is on the Virginia Association of Realtors’ technology committee, and is the Chair of Marketing for the Virginia Chapter of Certified Residential specialists.
Sasha’s clients have always found her prompt, friendly service a joy, and her knowledge and analytical skills invaluable. As her recommendations will attest, Sasha works tirelessly for her clients. Her passion for Charlottesville, in addition to her technical abilities, patience, thoroughness, and dedication to her clients is sure to keep them coming back.
For more information on Sasha, call (434) 260-1435 or email her at,
What’s Happening Around Town?
Piedmont Council for the Arts Announces Re-Organization 
Dr. George A. Beller, President of the Board of Directors, Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA), recently announced a re-organization of PCA leadership. The re-organization, effective April 1, will support a new PCA venture into community cultural planning.  
Executive Director, Maggie Guggenheimer, will assume the role of Consultant for Research and Planning. In that role, she will coordinate the delivery of the recent Arts & Economic Prosperity study data and various aspects of Community Cultural Planning.
 Associate Director, Sarah Lawson, will become Interim Executive Director and lead the day-to-day operation of PCA’s programs and services. Additionally, a part-time Communications Director will be hired.  
“The Board is delighted to enhance the leadership capacity of PCA as it embarks on a vital new initiative,” said Dr. Beller.
Fluvanna Meals on Wheels Fundraisers
Meals on Wheels Fluvanna is hosting two interactive fundraising events. The first is an Antique Appraisal Show on March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lake Monticello Fire & Rescue Department. Come get that family heirloom, antique item or mystery item appraised for only $7.00 per item!
The second is the 4th Annual 5k/2 Mile Walk on Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. Come out for to end senior hunger.  The racecourse will begin and end at the Turkeysag Trail Gate in the Food Lion Shopping Center outside of Lake Monticello.  Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and there will be prizes for the top overall finishers and per age group.  There will also be raffle drawings at the end of the race for all participants.  The first 100 registered will receive a gift bag so register early.  Early registration fee is $20.00 per adult and $15.00 for youth under age 12.  All proceeds will benefit Fluvanna Meals on Wheels.   Information for both of these events can be found at
New Mulberry Row Exhibit at Monticello
Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello, Monticello’s newest outdoor exhibition, will bring to life the stories of the scores of people—enslaved and free—who lived and worked on Jefferson’s 5,000 acre plantation.
Once considered Monticello’s Main Street, Mulberry Row, was a constantly changing hub of activity, lined with more than 20 dwellings, workshops, and sheds. Today, little physical evidence can be seen of the buildings, which made up Mulberry Row. This new outdoor exhibition features mini-exhibits at key sites, an app for smart phones, a website, and computer animations will illuminate Mulberry Row and provide visitors with a clearer picture of the landscape of slavery. The second phase, taking place over the next few years, includes the recreation of several buildings, including a dwelling for enslaved people, the reinstatement of Jefferson’s original roads, and restoration of the two remaining original buildings.
New Presidents Passport
Thomas Jefferson gave us Monticello, James Madison left us Montpelier and James Monroe his “cabin castle” at Ash Lawn-Highland. Take a look into the lives of these presidents and the lifestyles of their caretakers by visiting their homes in the Charlottesville area with the new Presidents Passport. When you activate a Presidents Passport you can receive over 50 exclusive offers, travel packages and travel tips that help you create an even more memorable Charlottesville experience.  With Presidents’ Day right around the corner, this new passport makes Virginia the best choice for a long weekend getaway.
Sign up for a President’s Passport online and access savings and offers that suit your interests. Travel partners in the greater Charlottesville region have been carefully selected to provide you with the most creative and inspirational destinations. The Presidents Passport includes promotional offers such as hotels and B&B’s, unique restaurants, historic sites and museums, Monticello Wine Trail, and shopping. Visit to sign up and get more information about special savings and insider travel tips for your Charlottesville vacation.
African-American Inventors
In recognition of Black History Month a new display located at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum, sponsored by the Waynesboro Area Learning Tree, explores the many fascinating inventions of African Americans. Make a trip down to the museum at 420 West Main Street to learn about some of these important contributions that have enriched our lives and contributed to advancements in fields as diverse as medicine and technology. Did you know that the automatic gearshift, a seed planter and corn harvester to improve farming, as well as a technique for long-term preservation of blood plasma and the removal of cataracts were all innovations from the imagination of African-American inventors?  You are reminded of African-American innovations every time you mail a letter, eat a potato chip, or tee off on a golf course. These inventions impact all aspects of your life. The Waynesboro Heritage Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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