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Kevin Zhan, an eighth grader at George H. Moody Middle School, will represent Virginia at the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. Zhan is one of only 54 students remaining in the nationwide competition, culled down from more than 5 million participants. The top 10 finalists will compete in the May 24 final round, moderated by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, and taped to air that evening on the National Geographic Channel.

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The following students recently graduated from Hampden-Sydney College: August David Berling, Nathan Clark Cohee, William Staples Cronly, Paul Italo Ferramosca, Jr., Harrison Whitten Long and Thomas William Massey, Jr., of Richmond; Garrison Rashad Coward, of Henrico; and Anthony Vincent Conigliaro, Frank McEnery Garrett, Jr., Frederick John Herrmann IV, Shawn Derrick Maxwell, Jr., Ryan Dale McClain, Thomas Bagby Orange, Jr., Andrew Marshall Thacker and Bryan Gregory Wharton, of Glen Allen.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Kalvon S. Bowman, son of Sheba and Rickey Bowman, of Richmond, and Keith Andres, of Henrico, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Bowman, Andres and fellow recruits endured rigorous physical training as well as numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. Bowman and Andres ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as “Marines” for the first time.

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Dalton M. Renick, son of Mark and Janice Renick, of Glen Allen, recently was initiated into the Gamma Chapter of Chi Beta Phi, a national honorary science society, at Hampden-Sydney College. A biology major, Dalton is a graduate of Deep Run High School.

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Stephanie Leann Simmons and her mother Terry L. Simmons, of Henrico, both recently graduated from Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Va. Both mother and daughter plan to pursue teaching careers at Old Dominion University.

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Shannon Elizabeth Gillikin, of Henrico, recently graduated from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. She received a bachelor of science degree from the nursing program.

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Boleman Law Firm, whose Richmond office is located in eastern Henrico, recently received the Outstanding Business Award from LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer). Founder and CEO G.R. “Rusty” Boleman III established the Boleman Law Firm with his wife Gayle in 1991. The firm’s practice is limited to consumer bankruptcy.

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Brandon Wesley Rorer, of Glen Allen, recently was named to president’s list for the spring 2012 semester at King College in Bristol, Tenn. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently announced its officers and board of directors for the 2012-13 fiscal year: Chair – John Montoro, principal at The Bookkeeping Department; Chair-elect – James Shepherd, of Verus Financial Partners, Inc.; Vice-chair – Roy Peters, of Feed More, Inc.; Vice-chair – James Phillips, of KPMG; and at-large board members – Staci Henshaw, auditor of public accounts in Richmond; A. Marshall Northington, of Wells, Coleman & Company, LLP; and Gary Romer, of Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP in Glen Allen.

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Savannah Sargent, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the 2012 spring semester at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Robert J. Daniels, of Glen Allen, and Stacy M. Snellings, of Henrico, recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Daniels received a bachelor of science degree. Snellings received a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently recognized 42 members with its 2012 Life Member Award. The award recognizes those who have been members of the VSCPA for more than 40 continuous years. Henrico members awarded life member status for 2012 include: Donald Coleman, Sr., of Glen Allen; and Stephen Dickinson, Ruth Harris, Daniel Pharr, O. Ralph Puccinelli, Jr.; Roy Reynolds and Michael Taylor, of Richmond.

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Russell Graves, of Richmond, recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Graves majored in political science.
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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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