22nd Citizens’ Fire Academy graduates
The 22nd Henrico Citizens' Fire Academy graduated twelve citizens December 7 (L to R, front row): Sharon Gainey, Kathy McAndrew, Sandy McGuire, Ruth Barrett, Nicole Mayton, Brenda Kapelewski (CFA Coordinator); back row, Chrissy Smith, Bev Newman, Cassandra Bland, Walker Bland, Sr., Dan Bryant; not pictured, Mark Bryant and Taryn Giroux). Participants attended class one night a week for 12 weeks to learn about Henrico County Division of Fire, the Office of Emergency Management and various response teams.
They also participated in fire related training and learned about prevention as well as how to be better prepared to handle emergencies. Highlights of the Academy include driving fire engines, wearing turnout gear, and learning about Emergency Medical Services and specialty teams such as hazardous materials and water search and rescue. Fire Chief Edwin Smith congratulated each graduate and encouraged all citizens to attend the Henrico Citizens’ Fire Academy, which is free of charge. Chief Smith said he looks forward to the day when Henrico Fire can say all Henrico citizens have come through the Henrico Citizens’ Fire Academy.
On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is a magnificent, emotional ride
Explaining the nuts and bolts of Pixar’s new, exciting, innovative Inside Out – really digging into the film’s shape-and-color explanation of the human mind – would take up the entirety of this review. And probably three or four more (if movies had instruction manuals, Inside Out’s would be the size and general poundage of a cinder block).
It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.
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