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Remembering Lanie

A statement from the publisher
Lanie Kruszewski
Yesterday's news that an individual has come forward to admit that he was driving the vehicle that struck and killed Lanie Kruszewski is a welcome development for those of us at the Henrico Citizen and all who knew and loved Lanie.

Lanie's mother, Patty, is our employee, coworker and friend. Our hearts break for her and for the entire Kruszewski family, as well as for Lanie's boyfriend and the many others who have been touched by her life and by this incident.

We are hopeful that the new developments in this case will begin a process of some closure for the family and those who knew Lanie. We are anxious for justice to be served in this case through the legal system, but the sad reality is that an incident such as this one provides no happy conclusion.

Today, a memorial service at 3 p.m. will celebrate Lanie's life. The service at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School on Lombardy Street in Richmond – from which Lanie graduated as an outstanding scholar and athlete in 2006 – is open to the public.

The loss of a young person just entering the prime of her life is nearly impossible to accept. Lanie was a shining light to so many people, and her passing has provided a glimpse of the way she lived life to many who never knew her.

In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to follow the legal process and do our best to support Patty and the Kruszewski family while remembering Lanie's positive spirit and the curiosity and happiness with which she lived her life every day.

We endeavor to honor Lanie in death by adopting in ourselves the attributes that made her so unique in life. In that sense, she will never truly be gone.

– Tom Lappas, publisher
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > 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.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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Registration ends today for the Henrico NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner on Sept. 27 at Quioccasin Baptist Church, 9011 Quioccasin Rd. The speaker will be Ms. Clayola Brown, president of A.… Full text

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