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Wayne Schmidt, an 84-year-old Habitat volunteer, performed the golden shovel ceremonyThe Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity celebrated the groundbreaking of its new community, Cedar Ridge, earlier this summer.
The event, at the Palmyra Fire Station on Rt. 15, featured refreshments, music by Jake Miller’s Lake Christian Church Praise Band, and an introduction to the chapter’s new organizational initiative, New Beginnings.

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Center head Lisa BaileyThe Piedmont Crossroads Visitors Center is likely one of the area’s best-kept secrets, but it shouldn’t be! It’s smart and professional and showcases what’s available in Fluvanna, Louisa and Orange counties, as well as highlighting tourism spots in the region.

The center is located at exit 136 on U.S. 64 (Zion Crossroads) in the Best Western. There’s plenty of signage on that highway, but unlike many accommodations at exits, Best Western is in a business park across from Walmart making its entrance from Rt. 33 less obvious.

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Art by Lorraine LaVistaA few months ago, artist Lorraine LaVista, spoke to the Fluvanna Art Association regarding using Sharpie markers as an alternative art medium. Many embraced the new medium. Currently, LaVista, a member of FAA, is exhibiting her work at the Fork Union Community Center.

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When Trey Dillard and his father moved their excavation company to Troy in 2007, the market was strong and their hopes ran high. They were eager to bring the then 41-year-old Charlottesville business to their home county and were excited by the prospects of strategically locating near the projected growth area of Zion Crossroads.

Then the recession hit.

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Don Weaver. Photo by David StempleThe new high school is a hit with one county supervisor and it might not be who you’d suspect. At the Lake Monticello Owners Association meeting Thursday (Aug. 23) Don Weaver (Cunningham), reported on the opening of the new high school.

“One of the nice things that happened this year is the opening of the new high school,” Weaver said. “They have a culinary department, an auditorium that seats 1,000 - it’s really very magnificent.”

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