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Fluco soccerA light drizzle was falling on Monday evening (April 3) when the Fluco girls’ soccer team kicked off at home against Louisa High. Ten minutes into the game the drizzle turned into a steady soaking downpour that continued for over an hour. Despite the rain, which surely would have stopped a softball or baseball game, the teams played on. The field is artificial turf, so the game did not become a sloppy mud bowl.

During two 40-minute halves, both team had some chances to score, but neither team could break through. The score was 0-0 at the end of regulation time. As a result, two five-minute overtime periods were added to the game. Add a comment

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From stage shows to picnics in the park to family-friendly festivals, the best ways to celebrate springtime in the county have arrived with extended daylight hours. Spring ushers in a plethora of opportunities for Fluvanna residents to be outdoors embracing the warm weather and each other. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening over the next several weeks.

Spring break at the library
The Fluvanna County Library gives kids of all ages something to enjoy from Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7, and you can play mini golf all week long. Here’s what else is happening:
Thursday, April 6: All day family board game day;
Thursday, April 6: 10 a.m. Family-friendly movie – Storks (rated PG) with free popcorn;
Friday, April 7: 10 a.m. Storytime; and
Friday, April 7: 2 and 7 p.m. Family-friendly movie – Moana (rated PG) with free popcorn.

Free state park passes
On an ongoing basis, nature-loving nomads can stop by the library to check out nature backpacks with free state parks passes made possible by the “I Love Virginia State Parks” program. Each backpack contains one state park pass good for one vehicle with up to eight people inside. The pass may be used at any state park. The backpack also contains identification guides for bugs, birds and trees, and a magnifying glass. Backpacks may be checked out for two weeks.
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Making mealsKids these days.

Close to 1,000 Fluvanna County High School (FCHS) students spent Friday (March 31) spreading mulch, packaging meals, cutting up plastic bags for mats for the homeless, helping residents with building projects, and more.

It was the second year for Hands On Fluvanna – a day of giving planned by the Student Government Association (SGA) and Interact Club.

In one day, students donated 4,800 hours of service to their community.

Early Friday morning, SGA Vice President Maddie Garrett put the finishing touches on the plan that started at the beginning of the school year.

She eyed the dark skies outside the cafeteria window. Rain poured down and lightning flashed.

Everyone knew the projects would happen rain or shine.

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Fitness in the great outdoors – what could be better?

Fluvanna has a new fitness trail at the Eastern Trailhead along the Sandy Beach Trail off Route 53.

“I’m absolutely delighted it’s finished,” said Virginia Foster, secretary of the Heritage Trail Foundation. The Fluvanna nonprofit is responsible for the many trails along the Rivanna River, Pleasant Grove and the Eastern Trailhead.

The Foundation provided $10,000 from its membership dues to purchase the equipment for the trail, said Marvin Moss, Foundation president.
After studying several fitness or par course trails in Richmond and Northern Virginia, Foster said the group settled on a 10-station course that “looked rustic enough to fit our location.”

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William Snow paintingThere were many surprises at the 42nd annual Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) judged show on Saturday, March 25.

Artists that one might have expected to win this year didn’t. As with all judged or juried shows in the art world, the judge decides on a winner based on criteria of what is strong and worthy of recognition. But it is still a subjective process. No two people judge the same and there are always surprises.

This year’s judge was accomplished and award-winning artist Leah Olivier, who shared her wisdom with FAA artists about their work. Olivier, an expert portrait painter, is a stickler for good anatomy of facial features, animals and figures. Olivier also studied each piece for its overall composition, color and the emotion it evoked. She admitted it was a difficult choice in the intermediate and advanced categories with so many varied pieces in style and medium, including photography and sculpture.

The show communicated to the viewer on many levels with humor, sadness, memorable moments and places, precise techniques and styles. Add a comment

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