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Brianna Gabrielle Dillard and Stephanie Lynn Oliver, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Eligible students must maintain a 3.7 or higher grade point average. Dillard is majoring in psychology and Oliver is majoring in American Sign Language.

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Erwin Orlando Johnson, of Henrico, recently was named to the Honor Roll for the fall 2011 semester at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Eligible students must maintain a grade point average between 3.2 and 3.7. Johnson is majoring in journalism.

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Henrico Circuit Judge Catherine Currin Hammond recently received the 2011 Women of Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association. The award is presented annually to a woman who has contributed pro bono services and volunteered to improve the community. Hammond currently serves as chief judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit in Henrico County. She was formerly a partner in McGuireWoods’ commercial litigation practice where she represented a death row inmate in his habeas corpus proceedings for four years. Hammond has also worked with Christ Church Episcopal and St. Andrew’s School in Oregon Hill, where she chaired the board of directors for four years. The bar also recognized Hammond’s initiative in creating the first Drug Court in Henrico, a collaborative project including law enforcement and health care providers.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 31, located in the Greater Richmond area, recently named Ricky Neal as the new Flotilla commander and Nick Kuriger as the new vice commander. Both men are certified vessel examiners, instructors and boat crew members and have held several appointed positions in previous years. Division Commander for 2012 John Slayman swore in the new positions during the formal Change of Watch ceremony, held in December at the Westwood Club in Henrico. Flotilla 31 is the oldest flotilla in Division 3 and 5th District Southern Region. For more information on Flotilla 31, how to join or attend free or low-cost boating classes, visit http://www.flotilla31.org.

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Brandon Wesley Rorer, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at King College in Bristol, Tenn. Eligible students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

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Orlandus Andre Branch, of Richmond, recently graduated from Clemson University. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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