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Milestones


Becky Bell, a local volunteer coordinator with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), recently received the organization’s Local Coordinator of the Year award. Bell, who has been involved with CIEE’s high school exchange program for 10 years, helps find good host and/or welcome families for high school exchange students in metro Richmond, including Henrico. Bell was the highest placing LC last year and also managed one of the largest teams in the country. She can be contacted at 928-1948 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jeremy Drummond, professor of studio art at the University of Richmond, recently was awarded the Mednick Memorial Fellowship by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC). The fellowship will support “Nothing, Still Nothing,” Drummond’s audio-video project that critically examines relationships between human creativity, sensory deprivation and solitary confinement. Drummond has taught at the University of Richmond since 2005 and has received several awards and fellowships. His video and photo-based work has been exhibited in festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide and is held in many public and private collections.

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Stephen E. Baril, a business litigation attorney in the Business and Professional Litigation group at the Sands Anderson law firm, recently was appointed to the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Board by the City of Richmond. Baril concentrates his law practice on complex business litigation, business disputes and trial strategy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Richmond Partnership, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Richmond's Future and in the leadership of the Forum Club and Venture Richmond. Baril earned his law degree at the University of Richmond School of Law and his bachelor's at Hampden Sydney College.

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The following students recently were elected to the Student Court at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.: Peter Van Alstyne Howard – son of Ms. Christine Moran, of Henrico, and graduate of The Steward School; Brandon A. Long – son of Anthony and Kelly Long, of Glen Allen, and graduate of The Steward School; and Richard Michael Pantele – son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pantele, of Henrico, and graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School. The students will serve for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Navy Seaman Apprentice Michael S. Quash, son of Sheila D. Quash, of Glen Allen, and Henry C. Quash, of Hanover, recently was promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Quash received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. Quash is a 2008 graduate of Douglas S. Freeman High School.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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