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Hermitage HS wins national relay title

It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them. > Read more.

High five

Pie Five, which opened its first Virginia location last month in Glen Allen, held a ribbon-cutting May 23 with representatives from the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, the school system and PTAs. As part of its grand opening celebration, Pie Five donated 20 percent of proceeds from opening week dinner sales – a total of more than $10,000 – to local PTAs. Pictured at right are franchise owners Jeff and Deborah Percey and their children Leah, 5, and Alex, 8. > Read more.

Six Henrico students graduate from Project SEARCH

Six Henrico County high school seniors were among 24 high school seniors with autism spectrum disorders from Virginia recognized this week by the Bon Secours Virginia Health System for their completion of Project SEARCH, a national school-to-work program, at four Bon Secours facilities.

Henrico seniors Gabe Brown, Jessica Brown, Alonte Burrell, James Lockett, Sean Perkins and Shyheim White were honored during a ceremony June 3 at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital. The Project SEARCH program provides hands-on training to students with disabilities through internships at health care facilities and other businesses, with a goal of full-time employment upon completion. Bon Secours Virginia is the only Project SEARCH program targeting students with autism and participating in clinical research. > Read more.

Physicians announce initiative to help in the fight against childhood obesity

Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call to partner with Fit4Kids and collect sports equipment that will provide area children with the resources they need to get up and be active.

Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call will kick off their second annual AdvanceItUp! (AIU!) collection June 2. AIU! is a community initiative designed to increase recreation options and active living at home and school for area children who do not have access to usable sports equipment. > Read more.

Henrico School Board seeks input on new Code of Conduct

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking public comments on the draft version of the school division’s 2014-15 Code of Community Conduct.

The document outlines the roles and responsibilities of students, parents and guardians, and school employees in order to maintain a safe, supportive environment that encourages citizenship. > Read more.

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Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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