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Henrico team advances to state robotics championship

Members of Glen Allen High School’s “Teal Tornadoes” robotics team won top honors Jan. 14 at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Eastern Virginia Qualifying Tournament in Norfolk.

The team finished with top tournament scores and also won the “Inspire Award,” recognizing it for exceptional performance on and off the field of competition. The Teal Tornadoes will participate in the FTC Virginia Championship March 3 in Richmond.

Pictured here, left to right, are: first row kneeling – Caitlyn Edgerton, Katherine Spare, Leah Eaheart, Alex Vliet, Micheal Hollier; second row – Shelby Evans, Ryan Winslow, Zach Hayworth (mentor), Kevin Williams, Liam Alleyne, Jalin Gordon, Celine Tran, Ashley Slattery; third row – Matt Cotton (mentor) Alex Curfman (mentor), Bryce Ramdeo, Dave Hawes (mentor), David Williams, Jacob Risser, Natthasarm Saensaeng, Jason Sterlace (coach), Douha Rhee (in robot costume), Sahir Shehzad, Carol Edelman (coach).

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization with the ambitious mission of transforming modern culture by celebrating science and technology. For more information, visit http://www.virginiafirst.org.
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band to perform Oct. 15

Henrico County Recreation and Parks is hosting a concert by The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature Soldier-Musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band.

Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq. This group tours more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small. > Read more.


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Senior citizens group Elderberries will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post #244, located at 2522 Indale Rd. in Glen Allen. The program will be singer Vickie Bruce.… Full text

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