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Henrico and Chesterfield-Colonial Heights CASA honor three ‘Unsung Heroes’

The Henrico County and Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Court Appointed Special Advocates programs (CASA) have named three recipients, one posthumously, of the first Unsung Hero awards, recognizing their dedicated volunteer work benefiting local young people.
 
The Unsung Hero Award honors individuals who have voluntarily committed their time and skills to support youth in the metropolitan area. Recipients have made substantive but unrecognized contributions to improve the quality of life of local children and young people.    
 
“These are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to help children and young people in our community,” said Barbara Herzog, executive director of Henrico CASA. “They have given freely of their time and sought no recognition for their unselfish efforts.”
 
The 2011 Unsung Hero Award recipients are: Lt. Col. James Bourque, retired, Chesterfield County Police Department, a founding member of Chesterfield CASA’s board of directors with more than 14 years of service to the agency; Susan Hill, retired, Henrico CASA, a volunteer with Virginia CASA working to develop a comprehensive reporting system for CASA programs statewide; and the late Lawrence Murtaugh, a certified public accountant and business broker who served as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and was actively involved in a mentoring program for kindergarten students at Swansboro Elementary School in Richmond.
 
Henrico and Chesterfield CASA are private, nonprofit organizations working closely with their counties’ Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts. The programs train community volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system. Last year, CASA volunteers served 434 children in Henrico and Chesterfield, donating 15,800 hours to their cases.

For details about the winners, visit http://www.henricocasa.org/News/tabid/67/Default.aspx.

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Commonwealth Parenting, CMoR-Short Pump to present 6-part parenting forum series

As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.

Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.

"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

When the cliche stands tall

Inspirational football movie tries too hard for its own good
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story – an unbelievable true story that takes the word “inspiring” about as far as it can go.

It’s a film about Bob Ladouceur, coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, a California high school football team with 12 consecutive undefeated seasons (a staggering 151 games won in a row).

Along the way, Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) faced the kind of hardship most football coaches (thankfully) can only imagine – suffering a near-fatal heart attack, the death of a star player, and rebuilding the team after that 151-game streak came to a humiliating end. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy political comedy at its finest with The Capitol Steps at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Methodist and Baptist churches unite for the fourth annual Mission Footprint 5K, taking place at Trinity UMC. Or in honor of Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, treat them to A Grand Family Affair or maybe a movie – the 1978 film “Superman” is at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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