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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Camp Kesem at University of Richmond, an organization dedicated to supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, will hold its annual Make the Magic event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Alice Haynes Room on the UR campus. Funds raised during this annual charity dinner will help provide year-long peer support and send 70 campers ages 6-16 to camp from August 12-17. Student volunteers from University of Richmond will assist at the event, which will include a cocktail hour, camper family guest speakers, live paddle raise, raffle prizes, photobooth fun, and musical entertainment. To learn more about Camp Kesem, visit http://www.campkesem.org/richmond. For details about the event and to purchase tickets, visit http://tinyurl.com/URMTM2017. Full text

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