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Navy Midshipman Peyton B. Walsh, son of Mary O. and Patrick B. Walsh of Glen Allen, recently completed Plebe Summer while attending the U.S. Naval Academy. Plebe Summer is the summer training program required of all incoming freshmen to the naval academy. Walsh will go on to complete the academic year as a midshipman. He is a 2010 graduate of Deep Run High School.

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Andy Pham, a graduate student in packaging science at Clemson University, recently demonstrated the latest in consumer eye-tracking technology at the 2011 PACK EXPO trade show in Las Vegas, Nev. Pham, of Glen Allen, was among a group of students participating in the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics’ exhibit, “The Consumer Retail Experience by Clemson University.” Visitors to the exhibit put on digital eye-tracking glasses that recorded their eye movements at 30 movements per second and showed on a computer where they looked and what attracted their attention. The experiment took place in a simulation of a small mini-mart, complete with shopping aisles, shelves of boxes and items commonly found in a grocery store. When participants finished shopping they received a computer printout of a "heat map" showing what they looked at. The team is searching for trends in packaging design elements that impact the perceived quality of products. The 2011 edition of PACK EXPO Las Vegas was the largest to date with more than 25,000 visitors, including 1,600 exhibitors, and approximately 630,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

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Two members of the University of Richmond faculty recently won 2011 Theresa Pollak Prizes for Excellence in the Arts. Myra Daleng, director of dance, won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Tanja Softic, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, won in the fine arts category. Daleng has been director of dance at Richmond for 27 years, administering the dance program and teaching ballet, jazz, modern, tap, choreography and kinetics. In 1985, she founded University Dancers, a student performing ensemble, and has been its artistic director for 25 years. Softic’s prints, drawings and paintings address factors of cultural hybridity that shape the identity and world view of an immigrant: displacement, longing, translation and memory. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned an M.F.A. in printmaking from Old Dominion University. The awards are named for painter Theresa Pollak, who graduated from the University of Richmond before founding and teaching in the fine arts programs at Virginia Commonwealth University and her alma mater.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Board of Veterans Services – Don Lecky of Richmond, president and CEO of Westminster Canterbury; and Soil & Water Conservation Board – Thomas M. Branin of Henrico, vice president of CCM, Inc.

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University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers recently was selected to lead a reading-and-discussion program exploring the Civil War’s impact on modern American culture. Organized by the American Library Association (ALA) and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the “Let’s Talk About It” program will present a series of five discussions at each of 65 community libraries from coast to coast. They will be led by local American history and literature scholars over the coming months. Ayers, a scholar of the American South, was named by the ALA as the national project scholar and chose the texts to be used to teach the theme, “Making Sense of the American Civil War.” He also edited an accompanying text, “America’s War: Talking about the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories that frame the discussion series.

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Navy Seamen Jonathon D. Brush, son of Selina C. Brush of Glen Allen and Jeffrey D. Brush of Henrico, and Justin A. Mulligan, son of Leann Jacobs of Henrico and David Mulligan of Powhatan, recently reported for duty at Navy and Marine Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Brush is a 2009 graduate of Hermitage High School and joined the Navy Reserve in July 2011. Mulligan is a 2002 graduate of Powhatan High School and joined the Navy in July 2011.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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