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The Columbia Cool Cats and the Cunningham Cubs will be no longer as of July 1, 2013. In a cost saving measure, the Fluvanna County School Board voted 4-1 on Wednesday (Feb. 13) to close Cunningham and Columbia Elementary Schools. The newest school board member, Charles Rittenhouse (Cunningham) dissented.

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Destination Imagination team members include Mary McGeehee, Morgan Baker, and Stephanie Pellicane with School Superintendent Gena Keller and Brenda Gilliam, director of secondary instruction. At upper right is history teacher Mitchell Pace. Photos by Madeline Otten

Winston Churchill once said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This winter, four Fluvanna girls are putting this theory to use.

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The staff at Anytime Fitness includes (front:) Kenny Payne, Cynthia Payne, Jen Labor  and Julie Rocha. (back:) Mike Keller and Alfred Rocha. Photo by Page H. Gifford

It was a great turn-out for the folks who own and operate Anytime Fitness. Their grand opening Saturday (Feb. 16) kept the staff busy talking with members and potential members who browsed the equipment and spoke to staff. Some won prizes in the raffle or had a chair massage courtesy of chiropractor Dr. Ed Lauterbach.

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Order those seeds now

When the temperature drops, even as far as minus 40 degrees, cold tolerant plants keep from freezing by producing their own anti-freeze. Triggered by the darkening days when pre-dawn temperatures fall below 25 degrees, plants produce abscisic acid, a stress hormone which travels through the sap, activating cells which produce freeze protection in solution. This chemical also affects bud growth, changing the tip to form a protective bud cover with the last set of leaves. It dissipates slowly so that buds don’t start growing every time it warms and thus prevents buds opening too soon.

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Audrey Smith’s roots run deep in Fluvanna’s soil.
Smith will celebrate her 99th birthday in April. She was born in Fluvanna and so were her parents, John and Nettie Cooper Lightfoot. Audrey was one of 12 children, and she said, one of the most social.
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