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Gene and Jennie Kowalski received the Solitude plaque from Judith Mickelson, executive director of the Fluvanna Historical Society.   Photo by John Lloyd.Solitude gave way to celebration Oct. 14 as the Fluvanna County Historical Society held its annual fall meeting on the grounds of the historic Palmyra estate.

Combining the tasteful elegance of a bygone era with the relaxed atmosphere of a neighborhood block party, the setting proved ideal for members to hear fascinating accounts of Solitude’s role in shaping the county’s history. Attendees stationed their lawn chairs in the front yard of the Greek Revival-style home, soaking up the afternoon sunshine and enjoying the hilltop view of the Rivanna River and the surrounding countryside.

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Flucos learn practical skills for careers in science, technology

William Carothers and Frank Crivaro display the robot they created in Joe Mayes’ Principles of Engineering class.The statistics are sobering. Fifty percent of U.S. college graduates under age 25 are jobless or underemployed, according to a report released by Drexel University and the Economic Policy Institute in April. Total student loan debt has topped one trillion dollars. In Virginia, a college graduate owes on average over $23,000 in student loans.

Not all the economic forecasts are bad, however. There is a silver lining hidden behind those figures for university graduates who receive degrees in high-tech and health-related fields. While jobs in the arts and humanities continue to decline, the demand for engineers, computer scientists, and nurses is on the upswing.

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Sage Garden owners Roberta and John Mann and their golden retriever Tara.The proposal. It’s one of those family stories their now grown children have heard countless times. John and Roberta attended the same high school in New Jersey, but never met until they ran into each other in Colorado several years later. They started dating and discovered how much they had in common. When John felt it was time to pop the big question, Roberta had a question for him.

“Yes, but only if we live on a farm,” she replied. “I’m going back East to be closer to my family, and I’m going to buy a farm. Are you on board?”

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Lake Monticello Police Chief Thomas BoisvertLake Monticello Owners Association meetings have taken on a different flair under Valerie Palamountain’s leadership.

Palamountain now has each department head reporting to the Board at the monthly meeting and that includes crime statistics from Lake Police Chief Thomas Boisvert.
“I introduced it – asking police, maintenance, and finance to make the reports,” Palamountain said. “(General Manager) CatherIne  Neelley will give reports on the big things. It makes for a more open board.”

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The class of 1962The Fluvanna High School Class of 1962 held their 50th reunion over the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6, gathering Friday to catch up on old times at the home of Al and Carolyn Talley. Many attended Old Farm Day, the following day and that was the reason the first weekend in October was chosen as the date for the reunion. A total of 15 classmates were photographed there.
That evening (Oct. 6), 21 graduates and their spouses, together with four of their teachers had a reunion dinner at the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department. Four of the original 36 graduates are now deceased and several who had planned to attend were prevented by illness.

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