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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.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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