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I was glad to read the article – more a press release – about Aqua Virginia “upgrading Lake water treatment plant” in your June 19 edition.
The article states that since 2003, “Aqua has spent more than $5.1 million on improvements to the water treatment plant” and will be “installing new water filters at an estimated cost of $290,000.”
I support these improvements and hope they make our service better and I am not a rabblerouser who is out to bust Aqua in the chops. But the article raises several important questions, foremost among them:
1. Will the water taste any better than it currently does?
2. Will the improvements do anything to abate the consistent noxious odors that arise in various pockets throughout the Lake community? Will the improvements do anything to mitigate the current water bills?
If Aqua or a Review reporter has responses to these questions, I look forward to hearing them.

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Churches throughout Fluvanna County and surrounding areas are invited to join together in a campaign to raise money and provide volunteers to help build one new home as part of the Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity Faith Build project. The new home will be built at Cedar Ridge along Rt. 15 in Palmyra. Groundbreaking for this new home, designated The Home that Faith Built!, will be on Aug. 6, with volunteer work days starting Sept.7. Groups are being asked to make a pledge or donation throughout the construction cycle which will last through Nov. 26.
The partnerships that Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity forms with faith communities are special because they represent a shared ministry – serving God’s people in need. As an ecumenical Christian ministry, Fluvanna County Habitat’s first mission is to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. Fluvanna County Habitat welcomes all people, regardless of race, religious preference or background. By working together to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for deserving individuals and families, Fluvanna County Habitat gives tangible expression to God’s universal love.
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After reading the article in the Fluvanna Review “Embezzler sentenced to 10 years in Prison,” I was moved to tears. Chris Fairchild is a person I am proud to know. What he went through during this ordeal as he struggled with many problems such as losing his beautiful farm, his children in college suffering with credit problems and almost losing his business should never have happened, especially when caused by a friend. As I read this article I felt compelled to mention what a kind-hearted person Chris really is. We rented his farm and kept cattle on most of the acreage. We cut hay and kept the farm cleared. He said he did not want rent money, just wanted his few horses, sheep and goats fed.
Who else in our county would have done this? Certainly not the small landowner we rented from before we met Chris.

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Thank you to the Fluvanna Review for sharing that enlightening story of 10-year-old Cub Scout Dilan Miller, whose quick thinking came to the rescue of his seven-year-old buddy at the Lake Monticello pool.
Troop #138 of Saints Peter & Paul Church has so many exceptional young boys who have contributed so much to our community.
Recently I requested some help with yard work from a Sts. Peter & Paul parishioner, George Kulhlow and he recommended the Boy Scouts. Within a few days four Scouts and PARENTS arrived on a very hot Saturday afternoon, and within a few hours the project was completed. How grateful I was for their kindness.
These boys are so special! Scouting is a wonderful way for young people to learn and develop character as they earn badges in community service, winter
survival, water safety, etc. Hats off to the parents who continue to support these endeavors.
Please continue to recognize and support the Boy Scouts of America.

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I’ve never written to the Fluvanna Review before, but I want to publicly say, “Thank you!” to Health Nutz Fitness and Aquatics Center. My son is an active member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 154. Recently, the Scouts were in need of a pool to perform their annual swim test and also for some scouts to complete their swim merit badge. Graciously, Health Nutz Fitness and Aquatics Center donated pool hours for our Troop. As a parent, I would like to express my appreciation for helping our community. Thanks so much!

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