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Erika Proctor with her son Finn and an FSPCA dog.Because of this need for more volunteers, the Fluvanna SPCA will be hosting two seminars in the coming weeks. The first, scheduled for Saturday (July 14) from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Fluvanna Library, will focus on animal fostering. Fluvanna SPCA dogs and cats go into foster care for a variety of reasons. Puppies and kittens less than eight weeks of age are sent into foster homes until they are old enough to adopt.

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Lake Monticello ambulanceAn extensive evaluation of emergency services in Fluvanna County is underway following a decision by Louisa County to end mutual aid. As of July 5, Louisa County squads are no longer responding to mutual aid requests from Fluvanna. That decision by Louisa showed the need to reevaluate the area’s fire and rescue services.

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Sign at Haislip FarmTwo deep mud pits of Virginia clay top a small hill at Haislip Farms Mud Bog near Kidds Store in Fluvanna County.  When they’re in use, souped-up trucks with large tires race through them, slowed by the torpor of the muck.

But today the hill is quiet and the pits sit untouched, dried by the sun in such a way that all that remains of the mud is dust.  It seems the land itself is in mourning, a fine powder of red ochre rouge settling on everything, a solemn reminder of life’s impermanence.

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Isaiah Bourne with his parents Tami and Charlie with a truckload of aluminum cans.Isaiah Bourne is not your average 10-year-old.  He’s headed for Africa.

He said he wants to “go to Africa with daddy to help build a church and get a shot for yellow fever.”

His mom Tami, is surprised at his wish. “How many 10-year-olds ask for and want to get shots from the doctor?”  Isaiah’s father Charlie, who with his wife Tami own B&W Auto Body in Charlottesville, has been going to Liberia for several years as part of one of Effort Baptist Church’s yearly mission trips.  But this year the trip will be much different. Add a comment

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Leslie Walters, Jake Buonomo and Taylor WaltersOn June 26, during the 93rd Virginia 4-H State Congress at Virginia Tech, three members of the Horse ‘N’ Around 4-H Club were tapped in as 4-H All Stars.

Congratulations to Leslie Walters, Jake Buonomo, and Taylor Walters for achieving such a highly honorable accomplishment as 4-Hers.

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