Navy Seaman Recruit Kewonn M. Jones, son of Sandra R. Jones, of Richmond, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Kewonn completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Kewonn is a 2002 graduate of Highland Springs High School.
Rebecca Hope Lessem, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wis. Lessem received a doctorate degree in philosophy/economics.
The following Washington & Lee students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester: Shannon Cusack, of Glen Allen; and Elizabeth Crenshaw, Elizabeth Crittenden, Mary Virginia Long, Ann Moore, William Thompson, Anne Watlington and Justin Welch, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.
Margaret Thomas, of Richmond, recently was named to the honor roll for the fall 2011 semester at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va. To be eligible for the honor roll, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
Marie DeCarie Kuzemchak, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Kuzemchak is a graduate of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.
Michael Stella, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.
David Salisbury, assistant professor of geography and the environment at the University of Richmond, recently was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) to organize and lead a one-week workshop in Pucallpa, Peru this spring. The workshop will bring together representatives from Acre, Brazil and Ucayali, Peru, the two countries containing the largest portion of the Amazon River basin. Salisbury hopes they will formalize an agreement to share cartographic data, apply participatory mapping and build an integrated formal map of the region. Salisbury has taught at Richmond since 2007, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He also held a 2010 Fulbright Scholar Award at the Universidad Nacional de Ucayali (UNU) in Peru, where he has been an honorary professor for four years.
The following Randolph-Macon College students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester: Morgan Farrar, Mary Mooberry, Raymond Ruybe and Cherelle Williams, of Richmond; and Rebecca Astruc, Michael Baldwin, Vincent Combs, Kristen Gehlich, Laura Hazelwood, Audrey Hester, Sarah Maxwell, Sarah Parsons (daughter of Mr. Steven Parsons, III), Sarah Parsons (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bowles), Lucien Roberts, Alyssa Saraniti and Courtney Wade, of Glen Allen. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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