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Hermitage HS wins national relay title

It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Brandon McFarling

An avid guitarist from the age of 15, Brandon McFarling originally thought he might go into musical theater as a career. Not only did he enjoy playing in a band as a teenager, but he was able to use his musical talents to academic advantage. One notable high school teacher, Sharon Conner Hayden, allowed him to perform a song about Catcher in the Rye instead of submitting a paper – and gave him an A on the assignment.

It wasn't until he worked for the Boys and Girls Club in Martinsville that he began to consider teaching. Not only were the young children at the Club excited about learning – which sparked his interest in ways to make learning fun – but he also saw that he could influence young boys in particular.
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Business in brief


Sport Clips Haircuts opened earlier this month on 1318 Gaskins Road in Henrico. This is the fifth location to open in Richmond, adding to the more than 1,000 Sport Clips across the country. Scott Mallory, a Richmond-area native, is the owner. He plans to open 1-2 additional locations in the area in the future. Sport Clips on Gaskins Road is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.haircutmengaytonrichmondva.com > Read more.

Henrico doctor honored as ‘Humanitarian’ by local hospital

Dr. William D. Brickhouse, an orthopaedic surgeon and occupational health specialist with Advanced Orthopaedics, was honored Feb. 26 by HCA Parham Doctors' Hospital with the Frist Humanitarian Award. Frist Awards are given in memory of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of Hospital Corporation of America, the predecessor company of HCA.

The award honors employees, volunteers and physicians at HCA-affiliated facilities on a local and national level. Recipients are chosen for their demonstration of extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of patients, co-workers and their communities. > Read more.

Gem, mineral, jewelry show planned this weekend

Treasures of the Earth Inc. will host a Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, on March 21-23. Sterling silver and 14-karat jewelry will be featured, as well as classic, estate, fashion, pearls and other items.

Also at the event will be a display of Virginia rocks, minerals and dinosaur bones by the Richmond Gem and Mineral Society, as well as jewelers and wire wrappers who can design, remount and set stones and make repairs. > Read more.

Henrico Extension to offer free vegetable gardening workshop

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct a free workshop Saturday, April 5 to help residents start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The Vegetable Gardening Jumpstart Workshop, which is part of the 2014 Gardens Growing Families program, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. > Read more.

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Community

VHBG receives donation

The Kinder Morgan Foundation recently donated $2,500 to the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls in Henrico. The money will fund the Vocational-Educational Partnership Program at the John G. Wood alternative school at the home, which is designed to fill the gap between classroom knowledge, job training and real life experiences that employers demand. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Hoopsters with heart

Andrew Tilghman, age 9, was one of several family members of "Make-a-Wish kids" who got a special treat Dec. 2 at Dave & Buster’s Restaurant in West Broad Village, with the help of the Harlem Globetrotters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia. Globetrotters Firefly Fisher (pictured above, with Andrew), Slick Willie Shaw, and the legendary Curly Neal hosted a pre-Christmas Parade party at which five children (including Andrew's sister) enjoyed food, drinks and free game cards with their families. > Read more.

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Entertainment

From longhouses to schoolhouses: Henrico’s history on display

Q: What legendary couple resided at the site of the present-day Varina Farm in the early 1600s?

A: Of course you know that. Everyone has heard the legend of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

But there is a lot more to Henrico history. The county is wrapping up a year-long celebration of its 400th anniversary with a look at both everyday life and major events.

Out of the Wilderness: The History of Henrico County, a small but comprehensive exhibit at Meadow Farm Museum’s orientation center, highlights some of the people, places and events that contributed to the county’s vibrant past. > Read more.

Virginia Randolph Education Center to host open house on Nov. 9

Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC), which provides educational services to students with special needs, will hold an open house to showcase new materials and equipment on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. VREC received a special education grant that allowed them to renovate parts of their facility and invest in new and innovative learning tools for special needs children. > 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.

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