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HPAC honors 5 preservation champions


Two individuals, two organizations, and one newspaper – the Henrico Citizen – were honored recently by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) for their efforts to preserve and promote Henrico County heritage.

In a ceremony held Oct. 26 at the Henrico Theatre, HPAC Chairman Beverly Cocke presented the awards accompanied by Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett.

Genealogist and retired educator Brenda Dabney Nichols received the Award of Merit for her lectures and programs regarding Henrico history topics and for her recent publication African Americans of Henrico County.

Published in 2010, the book features a collection of more than 300 images and numerous interviews documenting the history of African American communities in the county, as well as the achievements and pastimes of their members.

Elvatrice Parker Belsches, an archival researcher, lecturer and documentary film maker, took home an award for her scholarship, research and professional guidance associated with an exhibit and program commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henrico County.

The author of Richmond, Virginia, an Arcadia Press publication from the Black America Series, Belsches wrote the script for a dramatic and musical program entitled, "African-American Heritage of Henrico County in Music and Stories." She also researched and authored four panels for the exhibit, "Remembering Our Legacy: African American Trailblazer of Henrico County," and reviewed, edited and annotated all 12 panels in the exhibit.

Members of The Henrico 400th Anniversary Advisory Commission were recognized for their three-year commitment to the research, planning and implementation of projects, publications and events marking the county's founding in 1611. The 15-member Commission organized a year of activities and legacy projects, which have so far drawn more than 30,000 participants.

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors took home its fifth Award of Merit from the annual presentation. The Board was honored for its commitment of resources and staff for the 400th anniversary of the county and for its establishment of the Henrico 2011 Commemoration Advisory Commission.

The Henrico Citizen received an Award of Merit for its continuing commitment to local history and its efforts to document the people, places and events that have shaped Henrico history. To mark Henrico's 400th anniversary – which is also the 10th anniversary year of the Citizen's founding – the Citizen is publishing a special series throughout 2011 illustrating "The Most Significant Moments in Henrico History."

Created in 1990, the HPAC advises the Board of Supervisors regarding identification, interpretation, rehabilitation, protection and preservation of the county's historical and cultural resources and recognizes significant historic preservation projects on an annual basis. The 2011 Awards of Merit recipients join a list of distinguished honorees that includes Dr. Louis Manarin (1994 and 2005), Dr. Robert Bluford, Jr. (2001); Peter and Sharon Francisco (2002); Mr. and Mrs. William D. Cosby, Sr. (2004); Dr. Dennis A.J. Morey (2004); Dr. Henry L. Nelson, Jr. (2004); and Freddie Warren Nicholas, Jr. (2007).


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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