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Southwest to complete its Richmond conversion

JetBlue to add Boston flights
Southwest Airlines will complete its full conversion in the Richmond market Aug. 10 when it launches service to Atlanta, taking over the route from its AirTran subsidiary.

Southwest will serve the Richmond-Atlanta route with larger aircraft than AirTran uses. The low-cost carrier will fly 143-seat Boeing 737 jets on that route, replacing AirTran's 117-seat jets. > Read more.

Tree teachers

Two Henrico residents played key roles with Dominion's Project Plant It! program this year. Molly Nugent, a third-grade student at Rivers Edge Elementary, served as the student spokesperson and appeared on several television and radio shows to share what she learned about trees and the environment. Andy Hunt (Godwin Class of 2004) played the role of Ranger Spruce Sassafras for Radio Disney's Tree Trivia assemblies held at 20 schools throughout Virginia. During the assemblies, students cheered for trees while answering trivia questions in a game-show format hosted by the Ranger. > Read more.

Milestones

Virginia Credit Union recently awarded $2,500 college scholarships to five students from Henrico County: Melissa Gostel, a senior at the University of Mary Washington; Brittany Keup, a 2012 graduate of Deep Run High School; Austin Link, a 2012 graduate of Freeman High School; Laura O’Brien, a sophomore at Wellesley College; and Carlyn Pearce, a 2012 graduate of Deep Run High School. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay and work to help defray the cost of education. VACU awarded $62,500 in scholarships to 25 student members in 2012. > Read more.

Corporate runners raise money

Among the 2,928 runners and walkers who participated in the Third Annual Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler in Innsbrook June 7 were (left) Tyler Meece of Target, Anita Williams of University of Richmond, and (right) Laura Ortiz of CarMax. Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, a non-profit organization designed to improve the health of local children, was the official charitable beneficiary of the event. For full results, visit http://www.sportsbackers.org > Read more.

KISS star partners with Henrico organization

Gene Simmons, legendary lead singer of the band KISS, was on television June 25, but not in his usual rock-star role. His show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, featured his recent trip to Zambia, where he met up with several children he sponsors through Henrico-based ChildFund International.

The experience was originally a surprise to Simmons, planned by his new wife, Shannon Tweed, for the couple’s honeymoon.

“[Shannon] decided she wanted to go to Africa, and that’s where this brainchild of hers started,” said Cynthia Price, ChildFund’s director of communications. Price worked with the show’s production company to coordinate the trip and accompanied the couple to Zambia. > Read more.

Graduation 2012

Take a photographic look back at the graduation ceremonies of Henrico County's Class of 2012 through the eyes of Henrico Citizen photographers. > Read more.

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Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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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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