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John McAuliff, a sophomore at the University of Richmond, recently was selected as one of 14 college journalists to write a weekly column for USA Today’s college section. The newspaper accepted fewer than three percent of applicants to the program. The Collegiate Correspondent Program lasts from January to May, during which students write a weekly article on the things they—and other college students—care most about. Correspondents are given a high level of editorial authority over their topics and style, with the belief that college students know best what other students want to know about. McAuliff also recently won the 2011 College Blogging Scholarship, a $10,000 prize awarded by CollegeScholarships.org to the best college blog of the year. Winning the scholarship with more than 10,000 votes from readers and supporters, McAuliff took 24 percent of the more than 50,000 votes cast, scraping past the second place blogger by 2 percent in the 15 days of voting. His blog, “Road Trip of Passage,” chronicled the sophomore’s solo summer travels through 35 states and three countries.

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Patricia Rohrer, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, Maine. Rohrer received a master of science degree in nursing.

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Ryan Easter, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

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Mary Beth Bitzer, a 2010 graduate of Deep Run High School, recently was named to the dean’s list with distinction for the fall 2011 semester at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. To be eligible for the dean’s list with distinction, students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.84. Bitzer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bitzer, of Glen Allen.

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Elizabeth Levy, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, N.Y. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 to 3.69.
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Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

CCC seeks donations for food pantry

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is in desperate need of food donations for its community food pantry that serves the region’s low-income families, according to officials with the Henrico-based nonprofit.

After moving into its new location this past summer, the agency has dedicated a larger space for the pantry but the shelves are practically empty.

“As we head into the holidays and the weather turns colder, the need for food becomes even more critical, but unfortunately our cupboards are nearly bare,” said Jay Brown, the agency’s director for the division of housing services. “Donations of food will allow us help provide.” > Read more.

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Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

‘Sizing Up!’ opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center unveils a new exhibit – "Sizing Up!" – Nov. 20-Jan. 18 in the Gumenick Family Gallery.

Artist Chuck Larivey has spent the past three years "sizing up" – creating large-scale oil paintings that are designed to engage their viewers in a monumental way by using size to captivate them and make them a part of the artistic experience.

The exhibit is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public at the center, located at 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Are you still looking for some unique holiday gifts? There are hundreds of great options your family and friends will love at the Holly Spree on Stuart Avenue, Vintage Holiday Show and New Bridge Academy’s annual Christmas Bazaar. Shopping can be stressful so some relaxing activities can be found in Henrico this weekend as well, including “Richmond’s Finest” at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, the “Nutcracker Sweet” at Moody Middle School and a jazz concert at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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