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Lakeside woman wins Publishers Clearing House prize

It was just another day at work for Lakeside resident Donna Guziejka Friday – until the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol showed up.

Then, she got the surprise of her life: a check for $10,000.

Guziejka couldn't believe her luck when a PCH representative handed her an oversized check in the West End office building where she works. As coworkers gathered around and cheered her good fortune, Guziejka was momentarily overcome with emotion. She recalled her mother, who entered the PCH contests religiously up until her death last year at the age of 92.

"She always used to tell all three of us [her daughters], 'When I win, I'm going to split it with all of you,'" Guziejka recalled. Asked what her mother would think of her own good luck, Guziejka smiled and said, "She wouldn't believe it."

Guziejka herself was skeptical of the contest. Despite years of buying magazines from the company and entering its contests religiously, she doubted its authenticity.

"I didn't think it was real," she said.

Today, she learned it was.
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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.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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Commonwealth Parenting will offer the class “The Goodnight Story: What New Parents Need to Know about Babies and Sleep” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Innsbrook at 4121 Cox… Full text

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