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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Interagency Dispute Resolution Advisory Council – D. Alan Rudlin, partner, litigation, intellectual property and antitrust, Hunton & Williams; VCU Health System Board of Directors – Katherine E. Busser, executive vice president, Capital One; PonJola Coney, MD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, VCU Health System; and Thomas E. Gottwald, CEO, New Market Corporation; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees – Steven A. Markel, vice chairman, Markel Corporation; Ranjit Kumar Sen, chief advisor, Stefanini IT Solutions; and Dr. Shantaram K. Talegaonkar, ophthalmologist, Virginia Eye Institute; and Hemophilia Advisory Board – Jan Fiorelli, volunteer nurse, Henrico County Medical Reserve Corps and Crossover Ministry.
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Kenn Kochi, of Richmond, was recently elected as a junior senator for the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) by his peers at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. ASWC provides advocacy for student issues, diverse involvement opportunities and financial support for student initiatives. Kochi is a 2009 graduate of Trinity Episcopal School and is the son of Terry and Arata Kochi. He is a philosophy major and enjoys rock climbing and ballet.
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Larry P. Pitts, Jr., of Henrico, recently graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. Pitts received a bachelor of science degree in Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources Management.
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Senior Connections recently announced the winners of its Eighth Annual Empty Plate awards: 2011 Eva Teig Hardy Award for Corporate Service – Cora Dickerson and Joe Doetzer; MaryEllen Cox Memorial Award for Advocacy – Dr. Patricia Joy Johnson Brown; Richard Hogan Memorial Award for Volunteer Service – Franklin W. Taylor, III; E. Harris Spindle Award for Service to Seniors – The Area Planning and Services Committee on Aging with Lifelong Developmental Disabilities (APSC), led by Dr. Edward Ansello at the Virginia Center on Aging at VCU; and Mary C. Payne Leadership Award – Joani Latimer, director of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. The recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Oct. 12 at the Science Museum of Virginia.


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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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