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The Appomattox River and
Summer go hand-in-hand!

Summer, 2017
29th Annual Clean the Bay Day

THIS SATURDAY! Come out with FOLAR to the Hopewell City Public Marina as we partner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for their annual clean-up of river and tributaries in the  Chesapeake  Bay watershed. 
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Meet ART in Your Neighborhood
Hopewell and Petersburg  Community Meetings in June
ART map and signage concepts 
Through a grant from the Crater Health District (CHD) under the Virginia Department of Health, FOLAR is able to expand the the scope of the Appomattox River Trail Master Plan project to include more engagement with Hopewell and Petersburg residents. The expanded scope will focus on neighborhoods along the river in the Cities of Hopewell and Petersburg in order to help provide increased opportunities for residents to add more physical activity into their daily routines and improve health outcomes for the area.

FOLAR will host two public community meetings to present the Appomattox River Trail (ART) Draft Master Plan and draft Neighborhood access routes and signage design. The open house meeting in Petersburg is on Wednesday, June 21st, 3:30 - 7:00PM at Pathways.  The evening meeting in Hopewell is on Monday, June 26th, 6 - 7:00 PM at the Hopewell Appomattox Regional Library. 

Debbie Newman, FOLAR Treasurer,  LuAnn Collier, FOLAR Scholarship Chair, Matthew Mehfoud, and Ken Newman, FOLAR Chair
FOLAR Scholarship Awarded 
FOLAR is delighted to announce the recipient of the first Friends of Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR)
Environmental Stewardship Scholarship is Matthew Mehfoud, a 2017 graduate of Colonial Heights High School. 
Matthew plans to enter the University of Virginia this fall and major in engineering. The FOLAR Environmental Stewardship Scholarship was established in 2016 through a generous contribution from the Victor and Reiko Liu Charitable Fund and  is administered through the John Randolph Foundation. Pictured at right are members of the FOLAR selection committee.
RiverFest 2017! "
Wonderful event"
FOLAR with co-sponsor Fort Lee delivered  a fun-filled day of exciting outdoor activities for more that 1,200 members of our community and region on April 29th! This family event was enjoyed by nature lovers, history buffs, outdoor enthusiast and everyone who wanted to spend a beautiful day outdoors enjoying the scenic and historic treasures of the Appomattox River!   FOLAR thanks the many sponsors and community partners who made RiverFest possible. We're doing it again next year, same time same place - APRIL 28, 2018 - mark your calendar to enjoy the fun!

THANK YOU to our many VOLUNTEERS!! See more photos

Photo by Fred Stein, Cockade City Camera Club
5K Trail Run in Prince George County - A Great Success
The Appomattox Regional Riverside Park was the site of last month's exciting 5K event for runners, walkers, and their friends, hosted by Prince George Parks & Recreation, the Riverside Regional Jail, Tri-cities Roadrunners, and FOLAR. The run follows a route that provided 120 participants with breathtaking scenery along the beautiful Appomattox River. All proceeds from the event went to support the Special Olympics of Virginia and FOLAR.
Mark your calendar to attend next year on
APRIL 14, 2018!
Events that Connect You to the River

18th Annual JRAC Regional Cleanup 
Petersburg Patton Park is one of the sites included in the James River Advisory Council Annual River Clean-up on Saturday,  September 9, 2017. The cleanup day kicks off James River Week, a series of events around the region that celebrated the Rivers in our region.  FOLAR is proud to be a JRAC member and we encourage you to be a part of this great regional event!

10TH Paddle-or-Battle on the Appomattox River September 30th.  Get your boat ready!!
This signature FOLAR event will be held on Saturday,  September 30, 2017. Paddle or Battle is an exciting 10 mile event that is your opportunity for a leisurely paddle or a competitive race (1hr. 39 min is still the time to beat!) in your canoe, kayak, or SUP. Proceed from the event go toward support of FOLAR 's mission to conserve and protect the River for all to enjoy.  Y ou'll find more information on our FOLAR Facebook page

Canoemobile - October 10 & 11
FOLAR once again joins with Wilderness Inquiry, Petersburg National Battlefield, and the National Parks and Conservation Association to host the fleet of  24-foot Voyageur canoes and corps of experienced outdoor staff to connect the local community to the river.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW and attend this unique education and recreation event - more soon.
Expanding Networks
FOLAR Vice-Chair Heather Barrar is invited to present at The Global Cycling Summit on international innovative ideas and research in the Netherlands this month. Photo of Heather by Ken Newman.
Meet Board Member Brian Mancini  
Dinwiddie representative brings recreation expertise to FOLAR
Board member Brian Mancini brings valuable expertise to the FOLAR board through his daily work leading the operations of the Athletics, Park Services, Sports Tourism and Concessions Departments within the Dinwiddie County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. There, he is heavily involved in sports tourism event recruitment, leading the direction of award winning athletic sports complex, and many large scale capital projects including the opening of the county's multi-million dollar sports complex in 2011. Brian has been one of FOLAR's key  leaders  in bring you  RiverFest! (See article above.)  as well as our very first and hugely successful 2016 FALL FLING. In 2015, Brian and Dinwiddie County were awarded the FOLAR Community Impact Award honoring a government agency. Brian says his main goal is  improving the quality of life for residents of Dinwiddie County and the region through sports programs, special events, and expanding partnerships, like the one with FOLAR.
Volunteers  have been the strength of FOLAR throughout our 15 year history delivering amazing results all along the Lower Appomattox River. From building trails, to river clean-ups, to delivering special events for enjoying the river, our volunteers embody the dedication, enthusiasm and care for our environment.  Learn how you can get involved!  THANK YOU!

Jerry Joseph Skalsky, 74, of Prince George and long-time FOLAR board member, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  

"Jerry was an incredibly caring person, who never hesitated to give generously  to FOLAR and countless others. He was a friend, dedicated public servant and involved steward of our natural resources. His contributions and friendship will be greatly missed."

-- Ken Newman, Chairman, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River

Your support will enabled FOLAR to make a difference by organizing conservation efforts like streamside clean-up projects; developing park, trail, and water access; and delivering environmental stewardship programs that engage individuals, schools, communities, and businesses to work side by side. 

Thank you to our many sponsors who help support FOLAR's work!
AmazonSmile - You Shop. Amazon Donates!
When you shop with Amazon, please consider using  AmazonSmile  for your future purchases.  When you do, you'll be able to  select FOLAR  as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to support FOLAR's work to conserve and protect the beautiful Lower Appomattox River!  It's easy to participate.  Just go to
 instead of and use your same Amazon login information and password.  You'll be prompted to select your favorite charity.  It's simple, it's helpful and - it's EASY! Thank you for your support.
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