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I am writing to put my two cents in to the upcoming election for sheriff of Fluvanna County. I am Sheriff Eric Hess’s former sister-in-law, and I would like to tell you what sort of man he is. I’ve known Eric for more than 25 years, and will tell you that, apart from his clear law enforcement qualifications, he is a very fine soul, a person of the highest character. He is patient, honest, kindhearted and caring, a committed friend, and without doubt the best father I’ve ever known. And as for his family – well, he has always gone out of his way to be as loving and supportive as possible and has always gone to great lengths to take care of us. You can trust Eric to serve you as he does his family. That is what I’d want for my community.

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My name is Kathryn Madison and I am a 9th grader at Fluvanna High School. I am writing because I am currently raising awareness about a project I am organizing to help The Haven in Charlottesville.
The Haven is a non-profit homeless shelter located on West Market Street. I decided to support The Haven in order to give back to the community because I was surprised to find out that homelessness is an issue that affects people right here in our own backyards.
I am heading up the T-Shirt Project in order to collect donations to give to individuals who are in need at The Haven. The idea behind the project is to wrap donated personal care items, along with a positive note, into an extra-large t-shirt. Those t-shirt packages will then be given to The Haven where they will be distributed to people who come to the shelter. I am writing in order to get support from readers in the hopes that many of you will want to help me give back.
If you are interested in helping with this project and want to donate items, I am looking for: toothbrushes, toothpaste, extra-large t-shirts, soap, shampoo, conditioner, wash cloths, razors, shaving cream, lotion, and any other personal care items.
Drop-off locations are at E.W. Thomas’ grocery store and the Palmyra United Methodist Church.

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I am loath to comment on this because, like our Board of Supervisors, VDOT will do what it wishes, rather than what is best or financially responsible.
The last thing we need on Rt.53 is more lanes – what we need are less. When was the last time anyone saw an accident at the intersection of Rt.616 and 600, where there’s a four-way stop? Does it get backed up - yes; but does it move - and the answer again is yes. Adding turn-in lanes only exacerbates an already dangerous situation, causing drivers to be aware of even more cars.
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At last an American “Downton Abbey” has premiered on PBS in the form of “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” directed by Ken Burns. Beyond being a uniquely American story, Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt embody the drama of a privileged family with the courage to triumph over adversity and personal tragedy.
In a recent interview Burns said, “They not only were able to escape the specific gravity of these horrible, horrible events, but they were then able to translate that into something that worked for other people, that somehow [with] this basic unifying philosophy that we all do well when we all do well, they transformed their own limitations into something and then actively went forward and transformed the lives of millions of their fellow citizens and gave us a reminder of that inner continuous spark that Americans have, that we’re not independent free agents, that we’re bound back to each other.”
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Your advertising editor, Jacki Harris, did a splendid job of converting much information on the Fluvanna Business Promo Challenge and the awards funded by the Economic Development Authority into a visually appealing and informative ad. At all times in drafting and redrafting she was patient and professional.
The layout of the Market Fluvanna article beside the “Challenge” ad did a great job of helping the information of the two programs (the Business Promo Challenge and the I Love Fluvanna Contest) reach your readers.
Hopefully the Fluvanna citizens will enjoy participating in these two different competitions.

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