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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

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.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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