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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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project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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West Broad Village again will open The Rink, an outdoor ice skating venue at 3939 Duckling Drive in Glen Allen, this holiday season. The venue will open Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. and will operate daily (weather permitting) through Jan. 29, 2017, including holidays. Admission is $10 per adult and $8 per child, and skate rental is $4. Specific hours and group pricing are posted at http://www.facebook.com/TheRinkWBV. Full text

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