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Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it. > Read more.

Grapevine access opens

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River lovers gathered Nov. 6 to celebrate the grand opening of a new public access site at the Grapevine Bridge on the Upper Chickahominy River in Eastern Henrico.

Part of the larger Chickahominy Water Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the river segment will now be easily accessible at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gravel parking lot adjacent to the Grapevine Bridge on North Airport Drive.

In addition to its historic significance as part of Captain John Smith's explorations and the nation's colonial beginnings, the Grapevine Bridge played an important role in the Civil War during the Battle of Seven Pines. > Read more.
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3 Henrico schools receive school security equipment grants

Three Henrico public schools were among more than 370 statewide to receive grants for security equipment from the state yesterday.

Henrico will receive a total of $72,880 for the equipment, to be purchased for Glen Lea, Highland Springs and Varina elementary schools.

In total, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced $6 million in funding for school security equipment at 373 schools and other facilities in 100 school divisions and six regional educational programs. > Read more.

Business in brief

Ariya Family Chiropractic Centers recently affiliated with Amanda Brentlinger Zimmerman, a certified nutrition consultant. In 90-minute interviews, Zimmerman will be counseling patients on supplements, family and personal nutrition, how to manage the now familiar family routine of eating in haste, lifestyle changes for those on the go and more. Zimmerman will be seeing patients in the Glen Allen office. > Read more.

Unexploded Civil War artillery shell discovered at Fort Harrison

Staff members at Richmond National Battlefield Park discovered an unexploded artillery shell within the moat of a Confederate fortification known as Fort Gilmer in the park’s Fort Harrison Battlefield unit Sept. 22. The site was being cleared in preparation for an interpretive tour of Fort Gilmer scheduled for the 150th anniversary of the fighting there, which will be held Sept. 29.

The park’s resource protection rangers responded and with the assistance of the park historian, determined that it was a live cannonball with an intact fuse. Park officials contacted the Henrico Police Bomb Disposal Team, which responded. A 500-foot safety perimeter was established and the shell was safely removed and destroyed at the county’s firing range. > Read more.

Newly discovered Civil War photos show Henrico battlefield


Henrico County’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of New Market Heights will take place on a grand scale later this month, but the public gained new insight into local battle sites last week.

Newly discovered historic photos showing troops at Fort Harrison and Petersburg were unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Park Service Sept. 13 at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.

NPS ranger and historian Mike Gorman presented an overview of the Richmond-Petersburg campaign using the photographs, taken in 1864 and 1865. > Read more.

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Community

Nominate a local senior for Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer

Emeritus at Deep-Run, a senior living community in the west end, is seeking nominations for its Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer contest. A local senior, who otherwise would spend Valentine’s Day alone, will receive a free Valentine’s dinner at home with gifts and friends. > Read more.

Greater Richmond’s ARC’s weekend respite program scheduled

The Greater Richmond ARC, an organization providing programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly 60 years, will host weekend respite opportunities for adults (ages 18 and older) and children (ages 10-17) with developmental disabilities throughout the year at Camp Baker in Chesterfield.

The weekend respite program provides participants with a wide range of supervised activities, including music, arts and crafts and community outings at ARC's 22-acre, handicapped-accessible facility. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has several family-friendly events to offer this weekend: a mini career day at Virginia Center Commons, a pajama party to benefit Commonwealth Parenting and a family game night at Dorey Recreation Center. Whether you have children or not, saving money these days is vital – a Couponing 101 workshop on Saturday will help you get started! Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Easter events are starting to pop up – Virginia Center Commons will host the Simon Kidgits Club Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday and Christ Church Episcopal will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday afternoon. Other fun activities for families include Kid Khaos, for ages 4-6 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, and an Orienteering Competition at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Back to the future

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (reincarnated) offers some laughs

Baby boomers may feel a curious pull towards Mr. Peabody & Sherman. If a childhood was spent parked in front of the TV, watching a dog genius and his boy companion travel through time, one might be interested to see what modern times have done to Messrs. Peabody and Sherman.

The result is not flattering. No longer is cartoondom’s foremost super-intelligent, time-traveling beagle content with dry wit and the occasional history pun. No, the Peabody of today is “cool,” in that half-baked way that can only come from someone who’s trying way too hard to be cool. This Peabody is a master of slow-motion kung fu. He tears up a guitar better than Hendrix. He Zumbas. > Read more.

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