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The Richmond Heart Walk, held Oct. 22, 2011 at the SnagAJob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook, raised a record-breaking $989,000 – exceeding the previous year’s total by $178,000 and exceeding the goal for 2012. The AHA and the volunteer leadership had aimed to raise $925,000 to fund cardiovascular research and educational programs in the area.

Douglas Edwards, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

Noozhat Nashir, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

Samuel Holt recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at New River Community College in Dublin, Va. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Nicholas Akens, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average. Akens is a student in the College of Technology.

Jory Brinkerhoff, assistant professor of biology at the University of Richmond, recently received a $25,000 research award from the Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust of Richmond for his research on the emergence of Lyme disease in Virginia. Brinkerhoff will study the geographic expansion of tick populations in the state and how that might relate to a recent increase in Lyme disease. The award will provide funds for Brinkerhoff and one undergraduate student to conduct summer research, as well as fund equipment, supplies and DNA sequencing. Brinkerhoff’s research is focused on landscape and disease ecology. Before coming to Richmond, he spent two and a half years researching Lyme disease at the School of Public Health at Yale University. The Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust was established under the will of Robert M. Jeffress, a founder and the principal benefactor of the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research.

Philip Cory Rutledge, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

Kaitlin Elizabeth Carlyle and Jessica Winsie Lau, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the President’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. To be eligible for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. Carlyle is majoring in Language and International Trade and Lau is majoring in Bioengineering.

Amy Turner, daughter of Marcus and Diane Turner, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.V. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.6 or higher grade point average. Turner is a physical education major.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recently named Douglas A. Hicks, professor of leadership studies and religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, the recipient of a 2012 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. The award, sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, is the highest honor given by the commonwealth to faculty from all sectors of higher education in Virginia. It recognizes superior accomplishment in teaching, research and public service. Winners receive a $5,000 stipend. Hicks has taught at Richmond since 1998 and is the author of four books. He is the founder of the university’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, as well as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a parish associate at Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond. Hicks received an A.B. magna cum laude with honors in economics from Davidson College, a master’s of divinity magna cum laude from Duke University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. Hicks and the 11 other 2012 OFA winners from public and private colleges and universities in the commonwealth will be introduced on the floor of the General Assembly and receive their awards Feb. 16 in a ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Sarah Jones, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Jones is a junior majoring in English/Communication Studies.

Bakary Sanogo, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. Sanogo received a master of science degree in applied statistics.
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Henrico Public Library wins Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation grant


The Henrico County Public Library system recently won the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation's Library Grant Award, which provides funding, materials and programming from VBCF to help educate citizens about breast cancer.

The grant is given to select libraries in Virginia that apply and is intended to further the VBCF mission to educate the public about breast health and breast cancer. > Read more.

Pet Valu to open in Glen Allen Aug. 26


Pet supplies and accessories retailer Pet Valu will open at 5304 Wyndham Forest Drive in Glen Allen Saturday, Aug. 26.

The store will offer free samples, goody bags, refreshments, raffles and prizes and kid- and pet-friendly entertainment during its first day of business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.

State issues warning about purebred puppy scam


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning Virginia consumers about an active fraud involving purebred puppies.

Herring's Consumer Protection Section recently has received a number of reports of consumers entering into agreements to buy a pet with a company they found online, later to learn the website and the company are a scam – and that no such puppy ever existed. > Read more.

Kaine, McEachin to host Service Academy Day


Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) will co-host their Service Academy Day to educate high school students about the service academy nominations process, an honor awarded by members of Congress for students interested in attending a service academy after high school.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Matoaca High School, 17700 Longhouse Lane, Chesterfield 23838. It will provide an opportunity for high school students and parents to learn about the nation’s military academies, a career in military service and the nominations process. > Read more.

Red Cross, Sport Clips offer free haircuts to blood donors


The American Red Cross and Sport Clips are partnering to provide free haircuts to anyone who donates blood or platelets to the Red Cross during September.

Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. > Read more.

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U.S. Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-4th District) will host a town hall meeting Aug. 29 at the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. McEachin will address issues raised by attendees and provide details about services available through his office. Full text

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