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Healthy foodWhat if you could fill your body tank as easily as you fill your car? How would you know the foods that contribute to peak performance, ideal health and mental balance? There are only a few choices for your vehicle, but there are so many choices between types of body fuel. Figuring out the high quality healing foods and then affording them can feel overwhelming for many people.

Choose well
At the grocery store, shopping the perimeter (the outside edges) of the store is a good start. The outer walls of the store are usually where some of those ultra-healthy foods like fruits and vegetables are found, and protein staples of meat, fish, chicken or beans, too. Dairy foods like yogurt and milk are also on the outside walls of the store. Many of the foods on the inside aisles are poor quality, processed foods that have lost much of their original nutrition and may carry a higher price tag. In general, shopping the outside rim of the store will help fill your cart with whole, high-grade fuel.
Here’s a start:

Produce (fruits and vegetables):
Onions, cabbage, broccoli, fresh or frozen spinach, kiwis, oranges, apples and bananas. The ideal is to choose multicolored fruits and vegetables. Getting two cups of vegetables and two to three small fruit servings per day can lower blood pressure and weight, be brain healthy, and prevent cancer, strokes and macular degeneration.

Protein: Lean meat, chicken, beans, eggs, cheese, turkey, fish and shellfish. Our human bodies only need a palm-sized serving of animal protein or about one cup of peas or beans per day. Protein foods digest more slowly than carbohydrate foods and can help balance blood sugar. They are also essential building blocks for teeth, bones, hormones, hair, muscle and skin. A little protein at breakfast and lunch can help stabilize blood sugar during the day.

Grain or starchy vegetable: Oats, whole grain bread, sweet potato, rice, bean pasta or other pasta. We don’t need much, but a little at a meal tastes good and can help provide a sense of fullness between meals. These foods can boost fiber, vitamin E, B vitamins, and minerals like magnesium.

Healthy fats: These healthy add-ons, including olives, avocado, olive oil and nuts, or dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese, supply healthful fat. The dairy gives bone-strengthening calcium, protein and vitamins.
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Ruthann CarrHoliday visitors.

We all get them. Some stay for a few hours; some a few days. With some, it seems like they stay forever.

Don’t get me wrong. I love having visitors. My husband, Jeff, and I often complain we don’t have enough.

Every year my mother-in-law stays with us for about a week during the Christmas holidays. We enjoy offering her a place with family to celebrate. It gives Jeff a few more points on his side of the ledger to balance out all his brother has.

This year is a bit different. My third grandson was born the day after Thanksgiving. I was lucky enough to spend a week in Akron where he lives to help out his mom and get to know him.

The day I returned was the same day my husband brought his mother for her stay with us.

Maybe you can’t understand this unless you have a bit of introvert in you, but I calm down and recharge by being by myself.

After a week in Akron with my kids and grandkids, sleeping on a bunk bed and trying not to say anything hurtful, I needed some chill time. It takes a lot of energy biting your tongue and not asking probing questions. Plus, I caught some snot-nosed preschool kid’s bug and puked my guts out while I was up there.

I was beat.

One hour after getting home, Jeff and his mom drove up.

It was late. We all went to bed.

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Ms. Eldridge classKids feel the magic of Christmas in a way that most grown-ups have forgotten. Knowing nothing of to-do lists and credit card interest, little children focus their round eyes instead on brightly-colored lights, fattened stockings, and far-off relatives come to visit.

As the holidays approach and the excitement builds, second grade students in Ms. Elizabeth Eldridge’s class at Central Elementary School took the time to explain the gifts they hope to receive (hint to parents: they want drones) and express their fervent hopes to escape less interesting presents (hint: no clothes).

They also reflected on the holiday itself – Christmas, for each of the students in Ms. Eldridge’s class. Written painstakingly and spelled creatively, these messages recall special Christmas memories, funny anecdotes, and musings on the meaning behind the celebration.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
Eating the food at the Christmas feast. (Karly Critzer)
I go to my mom’s dad’s and grandma’s house! (DeVar Palmer)
Every Christmas day we sip on hot chocolate and watch home alone. (Zoe Jeffries)
My favrit trdishan is going to chrch. (Milo Kyle)
I walk my dogs. (Marianne Creasy)
Decorate my Chrstmas tree. (Sammy McQueen)
Nanny & Papa come over. (Cheyanne Short)
Going to my granmall’s house. (James Feury)
Put the angle on the tree. (Sean Stewart)

What do you like most about Christmas?
When I open my presnt’s cause it’s suprizing! (Gavin McNaul)
Giving to others and being with my family. (Sophie Long)
It’s Jesus’s birthday. (Cheyanne Short)
I like presents the most! (DeVar Palmer)
We remembr Jeses dieing on the cross and wen he took are sin. (Milo Kyle)
Spending time to think about family and Jesus. (Anneliese Guseman)
Geting prestens is the best about Christmas. (Cooper Dringo)
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Pole vaulterAlthough it was labeled as a “mini” invite, 11 schools participated in the indoor track and field meet held at Fork Union Military Academy’s (FUMA) indoor facility Dec. 13. The infield was a mob scene of athletes from all the schools lounging, stretching and preparing for their events.

Fluco athletes turned in some excellent performances and in the three meets the Flucos have participated in so far, a number of male and female athletes have already met standard times, distances and heights to qualify to participate in year-end District, Region and even State competitions.

The mini meet included 30 events: 15 for boys and 15 for girls. The Flucos had some good performances in the early events, but did not win until event number 20: the boys’ 1,600-meter run, or metric mile. Senior Jack Rice finished first in a time of 4:55.31, winning by approximately two seconds.

In the very next event, the girls’ 500-meter run, the Flucos gained their second first place, as senior Kristen Cabrera came in first with a time of 1:54.53, winning by just over four seconds. Then in event 23, the girls’ 1,000-meter run, another Fluco won. Freshman cross-country standout Emily Smeds was victorious with a time of 3:16.69, which was more than nine seconds better than the second place finisher. Nine seconds is an impressive margin in race of this length. Add a comment


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Adele SchaeferLong before Adele Schaefer became president of the Fluvanna County Arts Council (FCAC), she was a volunteer in both civic and political activities.

“Let’s just say that volunteering and taking on projects has been in my blood for a very long time,” said Schaefer. While in Northern Virginia, she was an administrative assistant to a Virginia state senator and held managerial positions in two non-profit membership organizations: the American Psychological Association and the Psychological Association of Pastoral Counselors. Nowadays, she sells real estate and once owned her own real estate company. Currently, she is an associate broker with Monticello Country Realtors. Her experiences through her volunteer and paid work have given her the skills and patience to work though complex problems with deliberate thoughtfulness and to maintain a positive outlook while remaining gracious. A sense of humor helps too.

In late 2011 a friend who was on the arts council asked if Schaefer would like to come to an FCAC meeting since they were looking for new members.

“I had very little knowledge as to just what the council did, so decided to check it out,” Schaefer said. She had only attended two meetings when she received a call that the FCAC president, Bill Anderson, had suddenly died. “At a hastily-called FCAC meeting to determine who was going to take his place, I somehow found myself as the new president.”

Schaefer has exercised her interest in the performing arts as a regular in the alto section of the Fluvanna Community Singers. As a child growing up in Ridgewood, N.J., and Fluvanna County, she was exposed to her mother’s love of the visual arts. Patty Stoughton was one of the original founding members of the Fluvanna Art Association. But Schaefer preferred performing on stage.

“I had graduated from the old Fluvanna High School at Carysbrook in the late ‘50s and had spent many hours on the Carysbrook stage under the fine directorship of Mrs. Eleanor Talley. So, with those memories holding a soft spot in my heart, it isn’t hard to understand how I became involved with FCAC,” she said.

As unexpected as her newfound position was, Schaefer has made a concerted effort to keep the performing arts thriving in Fluvanna.

“The long-time FCAC members were burned out at that point and I didn’t want to see something that was so important to the community come to a slow end,” she said. “It took some time just to figure out what needed to be done and who the players were, but the council members were so very supportive and we all kept moving forward.” Add a comment