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Making mealsKids these days.

Close to 1,000 Fluvanna County High School (FCHS) students spent Friday (March 31) spreading mulch, packaging meals, cutting up plastic bags for mats for the homeless, helping residents with building projects, and more.

It was the second year for Hands On Fluvanna – a day of giving planned by the Student Government Association (SGA) and Interact Club.

In one day, students donated 4,800 hours of service to their community.

Early Friday morning, SGA Vice President Maddie Garrett put the finishing touches on the plan that started at the beginning of the school year.

She eyed the dark skies outside the cafeteria window. Rain poured down and lightning flashed.

Everyone knew the projects would happen rain or shine.

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Fitness in the great outdoors – what could be better?

Fluvanna has a new fitness trail at the Eastern Trailhead along the Sandy Beach Trail off Route 53.

“I’m absolutely delighted it’s finished,” said Virginia Foster, secretary of the Heritage Trail Foundation. The Fluvanna nonprofit is responsible for the many trails along the Rivanna River, Pleasant Grove and the Eastern Trailhead.

The Foundation provided $10,000 from its membership dues to purchase the equipment for the trail, said Marvin Moss, Foundation president.
After studying several fitness or par course trails in Richmond and Northern Virginia, Foster said the group settled on a 10-station course that “looked rustic enough to fit our location.”

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William Snow paintingThere were many surprises at the 42nd annual Fluvanna Art Association (FAA) judged show on Saturday, March 25.

Artists that one might have expected to win this year didn’t. As with all judged or juried shows in the art world, the judge decides on a winner based on criteria of what is strong and worthy of recognition. But it is still a subjective process. No two people judge the same and there are always surprises.

This year’s judge was accomplished and award-winning artist Leah Olivier, who shared her wisdom with FAA artists about their work. Olivier, an expert portrait painter, is a stickler for good anatomy of facial features, animals and figures. Olivier also studied each piece for its overall composition, color and the emotion it evoked. She admitted it was a difficult choice in the intermediate and advanced categories with so many varied pieces in style and medium, including photography and sculpture.

The show communicated to the viewer on many levels with humor, sadness, memorable moments and places, precise techniques and styles. Add a comment

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Fluco softball team creams Western Albemarle

Game cut short by mercy rule

The Fluco softball team’s 11-run first inning on Tuesday (March 28) sent the team flying toward a 21-2 win over Western Albemarle.

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Lenherr set for jury trial

Fluvanna County Treasurer Linda H. Lenherr entered a plea of “not guilty” to a misdemeanor charge of using confidential information for economic gain at a hearing in Fluvanna County Circuit Court on Thursday (March 30). 

Lenherr’s attorney requested a jury trial rather than a bench trial, in which the determination of her guilt would be made solely by a judge. The trial is set for Aug. 10.

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