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Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue.

Sandston Founders Club honors Sydnor


The Founders Club of Sandston presented lifetime membership to Charles W. Sydnor at its 12th annual meeting last month.

Sydnor, who grew up in Sandston and later served as president of Emory and Henry College for eight years, was honored by Founder Club President Alice Taylor Baldwin at the April 23 event at Sandston Memorial Recreation Center.}

Walking MADD


Mothers Against Drunk Driving will present its annual Walk Like MADD 5k Dash/Walk on Apr. 16 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. Walk Like MADD honors those killed or injured in impaired driving crashes. Funds raised support victim services and educational events in Virginia.}

Highland Springs girl competing in Miss Teen pageant


Hershai James of Highland Springs, a junior at Varina High School, recently was selected to participate in the 2016 Miss Teen pageant competition, which will take place on Sunday, Apr. 3.

She will be competing for her share of $30,000 in prizes that include cash scholarships and bonds that will total more than $20,000. She will compete in the Miss Teen division, one of two divisions that will involve young women between the ages of 13 through 19 competing in modeling routines, which include Casual Wear and Formal Wear categories.

James and other contestants will display their personalities and interviewing skills while interviewing with the judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If James wins the title of Miss Teen, she would represent Richmond and the surrounding communities at the national competition that will take place in Orlando.}

Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members


The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs.}

Prince George man wins Walmart Bass Fishing League event in Henrico


Ryan Powroznik of Prince George County weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 15 ounces July 18 to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament on the James River in Varina. For his victory, Powroznik earned $7,507.

Powroznik said that he caught nearly 12 keepers on the James by targeting wood and grass in 3- to 5-feet of water.

“I caught two of my biggest fish using a black and blue Shooter Lures jig trailered with a black and blue-colored Zoom Super Chunk,” said Powroznik, who earned the second BFL series win of his career.}

Deep Bottom trail enhanced


The James River Association and Henrico County partnered April 25 to improve a primitive hiking trail at Deep Bottom Park in Eastern Henrico County. Alumni from St. Christopher’s School volunteered to improve the primitive trail that runs alongside Four Mile Creek, a tributary of the James River. The volunteers removed overgrowth and resurfaced the trail with mulch to improve accessibility.

The park has a boat ramp and canoe launch and is a popular destination for paddling, fishing, and other recreational activities.}

Henrico’s most famous tree


Henrico's most famous tree, known as the Surrender Tree, still stood for more than a century near the intersection of Osborne Turnpike and New Market Road -- until June 2012.

It was in the shade of that tree on April 3, 1865, that Richmond mayor Joseph Mayo met Major Atherton Stevens and troops from the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry and handed over a note surrendering the city to Federal troops. Evacuation had already begun. }

Ruritan Club holding Brunswick stew sale


The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.

Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.

To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116.}

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