Laura Browder, University of Richmond professor of American Studies and English, was recently nominated for a Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for her nonfiction book, “When Janey Comes Marching Home.” Browder’s book tells the story of women and modern war, using oral histories compiled from women in each branch of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Readers can vote for the people’s choice nominees through June 30 in public libraries or online at

Lewis Rick Black, III, a junior at Deep Run High School, was recently selected to be among 1,000 attendees at West Point Academy’s prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS). Attendees live in cadet barracks, eat in the Cadet Mess and participate in academic, leaderships, athletic and military workshops. More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLS.

Husband and wife small business experts Doug and Polly White recently published their book, “Let Go to Grow.” Owners of the consulting firm Whitestone Partners, the Whites conducted extensive research on how the role of the principal must change as a small business grows. These findings are outlined in the book, which will debut nationally in the fall. For details, visit

Virginia State Police Trooper Gregory R. Duke, of the Richmond Division’s Area 1 Office in Henrico, was recently awarded the Senior Trooper Robert A. Hill, Sr. Crime Prevention Award. Senior Trooper Hill was a certified Crime Prevention Specialist who was struck and killed by a passing motorist in 2006. Trooper Duke was recognized among his law enforcement peers for his outstanding work in the promotion of the Department’s Crime Prevention Program, as well as his enforcement efforts on the road.

Special Agent Terence P. “T.C.” Collins
and Special Agent James R. “Doc” Lyons, with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office, were recently awarded the Superintendent’s Award of Merit. This is the highest award presented by the Superintendent and recognizes an extraordinary act of valor that includes the jeopardizing of one’s safety, acting above and beyond the call of duty and expending every possible effort to complete the act. Collins and Lyons were honored for their persistence, investigative expertise and determination to bring closure to a murder victim’s family 15 years later. Special Agent Lyons was also honored for his expert investigative and interrogation techniques involving a 16-year old fatal hit-and-run case. Lyons was able to secure a full confession from the killer and allowed the victim’s family closure.

Norman Alford, Shannon Bunn, Shelly Bunn, Darlene Hicks, Karen Matthews, Angela Myers and Mallory Simmons were recently inducted into Stratford University’s charter National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Chapter in Glen Allen. The students were recognized for their scholastic achievement, skill development, leadership, honesty, responsibility and good character.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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The Caring Clothes Closet will be hosting over 25 one-of-a-kind vendors in the third annual Pop Up Shop Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Rd. in Glen Allen. Find unique and handcrafted items perfect for holiday gift giving. Vendor space benefits the Caring Clothes Closet, a free clothing ministry that helps at-risk kids, single moms and the homeless. For details, contact Sara Fender at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 360-3907, ext. 51 or visit Full text

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