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13 Henricoans included on Public Safety Memorial roster

An artist's rendering of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial (courtesy VPSF)

Thirteen Henrico County public safety officers who died during service to the community are among the 765 public safety officials statewide whose lives and service will be commemorated on the initial roster of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial, which will be built in Capitol Square in Richmond next year. The list of names was announced this week by the Virginia Public Safety Foundation, a nonprofit that is serving as the memorial's administrator.

“I am humbled by the length of this roster of Virginia heroes and the magnitude of their sacrifice for our safety and security,” said Memorial Co-Chair Jerry Kilgore. “During this holiday season, I hope that all Virginians will keep in their hearts and prayers the families of these 765 men and women, many of which still feel the greatest pain of their loss at this time of year.”

VPSF formally launched the campaign to raise $2 million for construction of the monument in May 2012. In total, $800,000 in private contributions has been secured.

“VPSF is honored to have played a role in compiling this historic roster,” said VPSF President Hadden Culp, a retired firefighter from Prince William. “This long roster of names represents so much heroism and sacrifice deserving of our respect.”

The Henrico officials whose names will be engraved on the memorial are: Lewis Ray Beddow; Andre Gerard Booker; Cecil Allen Broughman Jr.; James Ronald Clarke; William Herman Edwards III; Helmut Mark Fano; Richard F. Gentry; Welford Early Green; John Patrick Harris; Barry Wayne Maham; Donald Aubrey Stillman; Jerry Edwin Trimmer; John Haines Yarbrough.

For details about VPSF, the Line of Duty Death Roster or the Memorial Fund, call 804-648-6299, ext. 1004, or visit http://www.vpsf.org


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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