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Alyssa Divers smiled at the crowd via Skype as Betsy Divers held up the computer tablet.Through intermittent storms of rain, lightning and hail the “Live Alyssa Live!” fundraiser for 10-year-old Fluvanna cancer-fighter Alyssa Divers soldiered on, ending with an apt rainbow.

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The Rose Deborah Altschull Endowment For Youth has launched it’s fifth annual “Bright Start for Kids” program and wants your help. The program provides back-to-school necessities for less-fortunate second graders in Fluvanna County.

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Kids crushed aluminum cans for the environment.“Going green.” Adults are encouraged to do it, kids are taught to do it, and many companies expect their employees to do it, but what exactly does “it” mean? Although there are a variety of meanings to “going green,” Palmyra United Methodist Church (PUMC) has decided to “live it,” basing their actions on the belief that God gave us a beautiful world and asked in return that we be good stewards and care for our surroundings. Whether that means turning the thermostat down and the lights off before leaving the building or making photo copies on both sides of a sheet of paper, PUMC is paying attention. “Green tips” are even in the weekly bulletin, and green reminder signs/posters are posted around the church.

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Zahra  takes a rest from her adventures.Zoë Worrell was reunited with her dog Zahra on Monday (July 9) after seven months of separation. Fluvanna County’s SPCA had been sheltering Zahra under the special care of Erika Proctor, animal behavior specialist.

Zahra, a seven-year-old pitbull/American bulldog mix, was known as ‘Atlanta’ around the FSPCA, the name she was given by the shelter manager when she was taken in as a stray. “At some shelters dogs get numbers, but here everyone gets names,” said Proctor. “They’re not just a statistic; we care about every one of them.”

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Fluvanna Scouts at Philmont Scout Ranch.A crew of local teenage scouts and their leaders went on a life changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that start at 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441. The Scouts from local Fluvanna Troop 138 and Troop 154 hiked for 61 miles over 10 days. They are pictured above at the top of Mt. Phillips at 11,770 feet.

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