Navy Midshipman Jordan W. Kelmar, son of retired Navy Cmdr. Brian A. and Daphne A. Kelmar, of Glen Allen, recently was commissioned as an ensign after receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Kelmar was selected to attend naval aviator training in Pensacola, Fla. where he will receive extensive instruction on the functions, capabilities and operations of all systems aboard an aircraft. Kelmar is a 2008 graduate of Deep Run High School.
The Richmond chapter of Ducks Unlimited recently earned a place in the President’s Elite, out of more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide. The list is reserved for the most prestigious chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. DU’s event fundraising system has long been a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 12 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937. This year’s President’s Elite chapters also have the distinction of being honored during DU’s 75th anniversary year and will be recognized during DU’s national convention in Nashville at the end of May, with many chapter representatives in attendance.
The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls recently held its first volunteer recognition ceremony and among the honorees were Frank Hudak, advocate of the year; St. Michael's Church, volunteer of the year; and Morton Consulting, partner of the year. For the past 35 years, Frank Hudak has decorated his home for tacky lights tours and used the popular attraction to share the VHBG mission with visitors. Visitors to “The Christmas House” have donated more than $78,000. St. Michael’s Church conducts an annual undergarment drive at Christmas, provides small birthday gifts throughout the year and provides items for VHBG's John G. Wood School Store. VHBG has several dedicated volunteers and supporters from St. Michael’s Church as well, including Girl Scouts completing their gold and silver awards. Morton Consulting, which has had a long-standing commitment to VHBG, expanded this year by starting an end-of-school-year picnic tradition, in addition to purchasing holiday presents for each child in VHBG foster care and participating in all VHBG fundraising events.
Dr. Ken Macurik, senior director of St. Joseph’s Villa's Developmental Disabilities Services, recently published a booklet for parents and professionals and can be downloaded for free. "Creating Positive Behavioral Change" is a short, 24-page booklet that helps people understand and better manage behaviors. Originally written for professionals working with children with special needs, the booklet also offers many great tips for parents dealing with "typical" children and even adults dealing with others. The booklet offers many explanations for why people behave badly and suggests methods to break negative behavior patterns and to establish positive patterns. The booklet is available at http://www.sarahdooleycenter.org the w,ebsite for the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, one of the programs Macurik supervises.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Commonwealth secretariat – Emily Barrett of Richmond, director of appointments; Courtney Groves of Richmond, director of appointments; and Stacey Whitehouse of Richmond, executive assistant; Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – Bryan Rhode of Richmond, commissioner of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; and Board of Game and Inland Fisheries – Hugh C. Palmer of Highland Springs, retired from Henrico County Schools.
Zoe Johannas and Callaghan Guy, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Carolyn Virginia Stenzel, Ashlee Chantel Irby and James McKim Davis, of Richmond, recently graduated from Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
Barbara Irene Tait, Samuel Titus Silva and Shannon Nicole Tinsley recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 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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