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Henrico schools earn state awards

Several Henrico County schools were among the 110 Virginia public schools selected by Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education for the 2011 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.

The award is the highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program created by the Board of Education in 2007 which recognizes schools and divisions that achieve excellence goals and far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards.

To qualify for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieve applicable excellence goals in various areas.

The Henrico schools selected for the 2011 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence are: Arthur Ashe Elementary; Echo Lake Elementary; Glen Allen Elementary; Nuckols Farm Elementary; Pinchbeck Elementary; Rivers Edge Elementary; Shady Grove Elementary; Short Pump Elementary; Twin Hickory Elementary; and Deep Run High School.

"The school board and I are very proud of our schools and especially those recognized by Governor McDonnell and the Virginia Board of Education. These awards represent the commitment and high expectations we have of reaching the next level of excellence and ensuring
a quality education for all of our students," Superintendent Pat Russo said.

In Virginia, 323 schools earned the 2011 Board of Education Excellence Award, the second-tier honor in the VIP program. These schools and divisions also have met all state and federal accountability benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and have made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

Henrico schools receiving the 2011 Board of Education Excellence Award are: Chamberlayne Elementary; Colonial Trail Elementary; Crestview Elementary; Gayton Elementary; Baker Elementary; Greenwood Elementary; Jackson Davis Elementary; Maybeury Elementary; Pemberton Elementary; Springfield Park Elementary; Three Chopt Elementary; Tuckahoe Elementary; Freeman High; and Godwin High School.

In Virginia, 289 schools earned the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award for having met all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.

Henrico schools receiving the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award are: Dumbarton Elementary; Ratcliffe Elementary; Ward Elementary; Longdale Elementary; Trevvett Elementary; Ridge Elementary; and Skipwith Elementary School.
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

Tim 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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