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Award-Winning Professional Artist Opens Gallery in Downtown Amherst

Born in the outskirts of Paris, France, Maryvonne LaParlière spent her early years in Rueil-Malmaison near Malmaison Château, home of Empress Josephine the first wife of Napoléon. She admired Josephine’s interest in nature, architecture and decorative painting and has carried with her the image of Josephine’s lovely  rose garden, immortalized by Pierre-Joseph Redouté. It was also the place where Monet and Renoir depicted so well the boating, picnicking and dancing along the charming  banks of the Seine. LaParlière says, “those childhood influences were imprinted on the canvas of my soul as an artist.”

At age 16, LaParlière’s family moved to France’s Loire Valley, with its beautiful châteaux full of art and charming villages. She pursued her love of painting in Tours where she studied at the prestigious art school, Les Beaux Arts.

In 1988, LaParlière came to America’s west coast where she began restoring furniture and painting full scenes on them, exhibiting and selling her work, and being featured in the media. Her talent was noticed by Beverly Hills celebrities, and she was commissioned to do furniture, paintings, trompe l’oeil and murals in the homes of celebrities including, Priscilla Presley (her main collector for many years), Larry Hagman, Steven Seagal and Kelly LeBrock to name a few. LaParlière became adept at translating a family’s history and dreams into a perfect mural, or turning an armoire, desk, table or cupboard into a beautiful work of art that was personal to her client.

News and Notes

Amherst County Welcomes Back Ron Campbell

The Amherst County Information Technology Department is pleased to welcome Ron Campbell. After owning his own business, Ron returns to the IT Department as a Network Specialist.

He brings eighteen years of IT experience to the job, including three years of previous experience with the County. Ron will work with the IT department to maintain and fix problems with the County computers, printers, e-mails, and website as well as troubleshoot network related issues. “I am excited to use my experience and diverse skill set to fill this position and work with everyone in the County of Amherst again.”

Ron studied Business Information Systems at Averett University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science. He has worked in many areas of IT from entry level jobs to Database Administrator. He has lived in Nelson County for over 30 years and is pleased to be back working for Amherst County.

High Peak Tower First with Broadband Access

Amherst County and SCS Broadband of Nelson County recently announced that the High Peak tower is equipped with Broadband access as of June, 2019. This marks the first tower out of seven that will be fixed with SCS’s broadband equipment. The other six towers will be furnished with broadband equipment in the coming months. The county, through a competitive process, awarded low-cost access to its 5 public safety broadcasting towers to SCS. In order to ensure a broadband signal is strong enough for your home or business, call SCS at (434) 263-6363.
SOURCE: Amherst County

Amherst County Welcomes New Deputy Director of Public Safety

Emergency Medical Services Captain, Jarred K. Scott, has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Director effective July 1, 2019. Jarred has long standing experience in the Fire & EMS Services community starting over 16 years ago as a volunteer EMT and Firefighter. He also has experience in neighboring jurisdictions and has worked with Amherst County Public Safety since 2013.

Jarred holds National Registry and Virginia certification as a Paramedic and attended the Jefferson College of Health Sciences graduating in 2007. He became one of the area’s first Advanced Practice Paramedics in the Blue Ridge Emergency Medical Services region. Jarred was promoted to the rank of Emergency Medical Services Captain on C-Shift in 2015. He also holds numerous Virginia Department of Fire Programs Certifications.

Jarred’s family includes his devoted wife Mel and their five children. SOURCE: Amherst County

Amherst County: Where We Value Our Volunteers & Their Work

By Danielle Verderame

Volunteers are giving back, even if they don’t have a lot of money to donate. Their time has a real value to organizations, both large and small. When someone volunteers for a nonprofit group, they are worth about $24.14 per hour, according to an Independent Sector Study. Those efforts, at both a state and national level, have an important impact on communities.

National Statistics (2018)

  • 77.4 Million Americans Volunteered
  • 6.9 Billion Hours Served
  • $167 Billion Estimated Economic Value

Virginia Statistics (2017)

  • 2.2 Million Virginians Volunteered
  • 232 Million Hours Served
  • $5.5 Billion Estimated Economic Value

For nonprofit groups throughout Amherst, this volunteer support is critical. In fact, many of these beloved, local organizations rely on volunteers to do their good work. By working together, these people make this “Perfect Slice of Virginia” better all the time.

The following organizations are listed in alphabetical order…they are all important! If your organization was inadvertently left out, please accept our apology in advance and e-mail your groups’ information to Dan@AllAmericanPub.net.


Amherst Association for Family & Community Education

(434) 846-6255  Email: closertohim@aol.com
Cordelia Greene, President

The Amherst Association for Family and Community Education strengthens individuals, families, and communities through continuing education, developing leadership, and community action. They are a grass roots, volunteer organization. Their county membership is also joined with other clubs in the state of Virginia, which is under the National Association for Family and Community Education, Inc. with international affiliates.

Today’s AAFCE members promote literacy and volunteering. Some of the projects undertaken include: sewing and assembling bags for rescued, human-trafficking individuals; donations to Neighbors Helping Neighbors; sponsoring a child for Operation Smile surgery; donations to Patrick Henry Plantation, local elementary school teachers and Heifer International; collecting and assembling backpacks for Back Packs for School Children; and donations to help local children attend local 4-H Camp. They have also awarded scholarships to Amherst County High School seniors, given monetary donations to various ACHS clubs, and given monetary donations to Amherst County Fire and Rescue departments. Their main project is sponsoring the Amherst County Apple Harvest Festival!