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Contest offers home energy upgrades

One local homeowner will win up to $10,000 in home energy upgrades to lower energy bills and increase comfort, through the Richmond Region Energy Alliance's Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest, which opened today and will continue through Aug. 26.

Ten finalists will also win free home energy assessments valued at $300.  Local nonprofits can also take part in the Contest’s Nonprofit Challenge for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize.

“This is an exciting opportunity for homeowners in Richmond to finally take control of their home energy bills,” said Bill Greenleaf, executive director of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance. “With home energy improvements, one lucky homeowner will win once and save forever. We hear from homeowners all the time that they are paying too much on their energy bills while still suffocating in their homes during our hot and humid summers – and then shivering in frigid rooms in the winter. The Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest is a free and easy way to enjoy your home again.”

The contest is open to single family homeowners who reside in the counties of Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent and Charles City, the City of Richmond and the Town of Ashland

To enter, visit http://www.rrea-va.org/contest  .

Contest entry involves completion of a five-minute form that will create a personalized home energy report that identifies what your energy bills are paying for and outlines simple ways you can cut those costs.

The Richmond Region Energy Alliance is a community-based nonprofit that provides tips for homeowners to solve their high home energy bills and comfort issues through home energy improvements. The contest is sponsored by Carrier Corp and EarthCraft Virginia.

Home energy improvements for the grand prize winner will range from small to large solutions and often include air and duct sealing, HVAC upgrades, insulation, sealing and/or replacing windows and doors, lighting and appliance upgrades.

The winner will be selected at the end of September, and the improvement work will be scheduled in October in coordination with the homeowner.


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

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.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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