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Virginia Credit Union recently awarded $2,500 college scholarships to five students from Henrico County: Melissa Gostel, a senior at the University of Mary Washington; Brittany Keup, a 2012 graduate of Deep Run High School; Austin Link, a 2012 graduate of Freeman High School; Laura O’Brien, a sophomore at Wellesley College; and Carlyn Pearce, a 2012 graduate of Deep Run High School. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay and work to help defray the cost of education. VACU awarded $62,500 in scholarships to 25 student members in 2012.

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The following students recently graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Hunter Curle, Lindsay Holt, Lauren vonBechmann, Cyrus Mirshahi, Erica Orange, Mary Kathryne Dickinson, Jessica Ludwig, Hugh Pritchett, Natalie French, Andrew Mallory, Emily Wilcox, Lucas Dauberman, Zahida Mitha, Pauline Fotopoulos, Priyanka Singhal, Robert Villa, Anne West, Robin Brown, Jennifer Russell, Lindsay Turner, Stefan Jobe, Bryson Jobe, Olivia Smith, Kaitlyn Gemmell, Brittany Chapel, Robert Keller, Alysa Autry, Jennifer Chevalier, Justin Smith, Patrick White, Kyle Kaczmar, Andrew Young, Patrick Compton, Gregory Chu, Jessica Green, Anna Camden and Kara Sordelett, of Glen Allen; Rachel Uhrig, William Burke, Jasmine Booker, Perri Cazan, Lamar Walker, Rebecca Schumm, Lauren Liles, Christopher Norman, Nideria Brown, Nicole Hicks, Courtney Snyder, Jocelyn Walker, Shelby Fuller, Cecelia Parrish, Rachel Hernandez, Elizabeth Hogue, Nakia Hudson-Lewis, Joseph Marbold, Darci Bohmer, Saadia Washington, William Henderson, Helen Archer, Stefan McFayden and Rebecca Davis, of Richmond; Emilia LeBlanc, Melissa Conner, Brittnie Sykes and Katherine Ford, of Henrico; Angela Walthall, William Weaver and Alyssa Taylor, of Sandston; and Grace Flanagan, of Highland Springs.

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Ann-Katherine Coleman Vath, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s academic honor list for the spring 2012 semester at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. To be eligible for the dean’s academic honor list, students must maintain a minimum 3.7 grade point average.

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Parth P. Shah, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Boston University in Boston, Mass.

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The following students recently graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.: Joyce Fain, of Richmond; and Tyler Claytor, Noozhat Nashir and Firoz N. Khan, of Glen Allen.

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Zachary Arlandus Lane, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.: Christine Elizabeth Ferguson, of Glen Allen; and Stephen Warwick Davenport and Dorothy Estes Grover, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

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Sarah Jones, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Jones is a senior majoring in English and communication studies.

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The following students recently were named to the president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Jordan Molnar, Hunter Curle, Margaret Stuckey, Cyrus Mirshahi, Rachel Atkins, Alysa Autry, Jessica Ludwig, Natalie French, Austin Shoop, Rachel Bramhall and Cara Livingston, of Glen Allen; Stephanie Sprouse, of Sandston; and Mary Elder, Stefan McFayden and Helen Archer, of Richmond. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.9 or higher. The following James Madison University students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester: Brittany Bailey, Lauren vonBechmann, Zahida Mitha, Rachel Simon, Jack Dudding, Curtis Kapsak, Samantha Zehnle, Alexandra Kowal, Camille Ahearn, Shannon Essad, Alexandra Major, Joshua McKeon, Casey Pottle, Luke Howard, Taylor Burks, Marianna Bryant, Lauren Price, Spencer Billett, Robert Keller, Mary Kathryne Dickinson, Bethany Ames, Christina Damico, Rachel Gagliardi, Jessica Wheeler, Katelyn Grimes, Ashley Redden, Jonathan Crockett, Laura Mason, Rachel Dawson, Emily Winters, Amelia Wood, Brian Oliver, Brian Rector, Michelle Haudricourt, Morgan Stiebel, Thomas Hoke, Travis Henley, Stephanie Salomon, Alexa Futcher, Lacy Nuckols, Patrick Compton, Emily Wilcox, Alexis Read, Sarah Carney, Jessica Laursen, Kathryn Minock and Steven Mitchell, of Glen Allen; Emilia LeBlanc and Shanell Dowling, of Henrico; and Alexander Noble, Shelby Fuller, Tamara Washington, Morgan Abrams-Nicholas, Jingxiong Wu, Terrice Travers, Allison Lehman, Sheria Pettis, Ashley Jallah, Margaret Williams, Darci Bohmer, Nicole Cole, Jessica Bagby, Kelsey Creech, Courtney Snyder, Carrington Jones, Cecelia Parrish, Michael Ferras, Brooke Covington, Samuel Franklin, Elizabeth Layfield, Luke Everett, Destiny Anderson and Rebecca Davis, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.899.

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Draden Gaffney, a rising ninth grader entering Collegiate School this fall, has been named a 2012 Brine National All-Star. Draden has been selected to represent the Washington D.C. Regional Team Metro in the 2012 Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Md. June 30 to July 3. Locally, Gaffney plays for Richmond's Team Venom U-15 Elite. He is the son of Jeff and Vicki Gaffney.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) Educational Foundation recently selected its college scholarship recipients for the 2012–13 academic year. A $1,000 VSCPA Graduate Scholarship was awarded to Sean McCabe, of Richmond, and a student at James Madison University. A $2,500 Kearney & Company Scholarship was awarded to Courtney Dobbs, of Glen Allen, and a student at Virginia Tech. The Foundation awarded $44,000 this year to 25 accounting college students across Virginia. Scholarship applicants must be currently enrolled or have been accepted into an accounting program at a Virginia college or university. Other selection criteria for the awards include overall academic performance, entry essay, faculty recommendation(s) and community and/or extracurricular activities.

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Khader M. Allahbaksh and Elsia J. Yoo, of Henrico, recently graduated from Boston University in Boston, Mass. Allahbaksh received a master of science degree in computer information systems; Yoo received a master of arts degree in medical science.

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More than 20 students and instructors from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Culinary Arts Program participated along with chefs from over 70 of Richmond’s finest local restaurants during Broad Appétit 2012. The students served up nearly 500 plates of coffee-braised beef on a sour pretzel baguette with an arugula salad with homemade hot sauce and a charred corn aioli. In addition, culinary students Christy Eliasek and Jamell Dickerson served as sous chefs for the entire competition. JSRCC also hosted the Chef’s Demonstration Stage. Chef Jesse Miller, program head of the culinary arts program, managed the stage, which featured the Throw Down in the Street Competition. Adjunct Faculty Member Mike Pendergrast took second place in that competition for his Pork Two-Ways dish. JSRCC has participated in Broad Appétit since its inception five years ago.
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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