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rotestors outside the June 6 Board of Supervisors meeting.

The supervisors 3-2 vote last month to cut the school budget – which for a while threatened to leave the new high school shuttered – has spurred a new activism in Fluvanna County.

Informal groups calling themselves Save our Schools, Focus on Fluvanna’s Future, Fluvanna United and the Fluvanna Taxpayers Watchdog Association have sprung up seemingly overnight to promote their messages.

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Judy Ruch, Dottie Kirklee, Randolph Lanford and Emily Gordon.In honor of National Garden Week, the Fluvanna Garden Club presented its annual Dogwood Award for civic beautification by a business to Dr. Randolph E. Lanford in Fork Union.

The award, for his civic beautification of the Fork Union Medical Associates, was given on June 6.

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George Tyler and two puppies.Every year, Caring For Creatures, opens up the sanctuary and welcomes visitors to come and learn more about the no-kill facility. Saturday (June 9) marked the annual open house and this year the memory garden was dedicated.

The crowd was small but supportive of all the work Mary Birkholz and the volunteers have done through the years, beginning with Birkholz and her partner Amy, a loyal German Shepherd, who first opened CFC’s doors in 1988.

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Byrd Chapel volunteers

Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church in Kents Store hosted a Stop Hunger Now event on Sunday (June 3). A total of 55 participants packed 11,480 meals to assist in ending hunger.   – contributed by Amy Fulk.

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Ribbon cutting by the Pace family

Volunteers for Fluvanna’s first American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, spearheaded by Andrea Cumbo and Amy Kirchner, raised over $77,000 by this past weekend.

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