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By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 07/07/2015 Features
Henrico County has always been a place of historical appreciation and significance, and that continued with the opening of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum this past month in Varina. The museum houses Native American artifacts from Virginia Cherokee tribes, some of which are from Henrico.
There are about 160 members of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe spread throughout the state, with high concentrations in southwest Virginia and others in Henrico and Hanover. > Read more.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 07/07/2015 Features
Next month, the region's oldest veterans will mark the 70th anniversary of V-J Day with a mix of joy for the war's end and sorrow for those who were lost.
A recent arrival in Henrico County will most likely not celebrate the occasion – but she is known around the world for her V-J Day role, just the same.
Greta Zimmer Friedman was the subject of one of the most famous photos of the 20th century, but she believes enough fuss has been made about it already.
"It's in the past," she says. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/06/2015 Features
Thirteen-year-old Mo’ne Davis, who last year captured the attention of a nation as she led her Philadelphia Little League baseball team to the United States championship game, was in Glen Allen last month as part of a barnstorming tour through the East Coast.
Her team, the Anderson Monarchs, played the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League All-Stars at RF&P Park June 20.
The game was part of the Monarchs’ 23-day bus tour of key sites from the civil rights movement and the heyday of the Negro Leagues. > Read more.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 10/24/2013 Henrico Schools
Driving is something that many people take for granted, even though every time we enter a vehicle, we’re faced with multiple distractions. But how often do most drivers stop to examine how their everyday habits – such as using a cell phone, eating, listening to music, or talking with passengers – could affect their driving capabilities, their safety and that of others on the roads?
Glen Allen High School staff, students and the PTSA have organized a safe driving movement to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving and make drivers think twice about their unsafe habits. > Read more.
On Saturday, Oct. 26th, an estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts will fan out through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door‐to‐door marking phase one of the annual ‘Scouting for Food’ effort, now in its 26th year. The Scouts will return to the same neighborhoods a week later – Saturday, Nov. 2 – to collect the bags filled with donations.
“This year, nearly 260,000 households will receive a bag on Oct. 26, and it is our hope that thousands of Central Virginia residents will fill these bags with non‐perishable items like peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna fish, and more,” said FeedMore spokesman Jeff Baldwin. > Read more.
Henrico Police have made an arrest in connection with a 1994 murder in the county.
Lonnie Ray Wiseman, who is currently incarcerated in Iowa, has been charged with the June 13, 1994 murder of Henry Weatherford, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in his home in the 5000 block of Crenshaw Avenue that day.
Weatherford’s vehicle, an Oldsmobile Delta, was stolen the day of the homicide and recovered in Bridgetown, Mo., in July 1995. Several Henrico detectives (including some who have retired), a Henrico AFIS Examiner and law enforcement officials from Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Idaho and Iowa assisted in the development of Wiseman as a suspect. > Read more.
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On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is a magnificent, emotional ride
Explaining the nuts and bolts of Pixar’s new, exciting, innovative Inside Out – really digging into the film’s shape-and-color explanation of the human mind – would take up the entirety of this review. And probably three or four more (if movies had instruction manuals, Inside Out’s would be the size and general poundage of a cinder block).
It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.
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