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Unity Bowling, International Baccalaureate student at Fairfield Middle School and Miss Peninsula's Outstanding Teen 2012, has been named a regional winner in the Kohl's Cares Scholarship program. Bowling was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and is now eligible for one of the national level awards and an additional $9,000 scholarship. An advocate for literacy, she has worked with local elementary schools and head start/preschool programs, including the Henrico County Preschool Program, and she reads at the Children’s Museum of Richmond regularly. Bowling also collected and distributed more than 3,000 books to local organizations. Some English/Spanish books were also sent to the Dominican Republic to help create a library.

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Henry Edward Qian, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Iowa. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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Call Federal Credit Union has awarded members Myles Hilliard, a graduate of Deep Run High School, and Taylor Melton, a graduate of Tucker High School, $1,000 scholarships through its Alice S. Pearce Scholarship program. Students were selected based upon scholarly merit, video or essay submission and extracurricular involvement including community service.

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A team from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School placed second in the nation in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” national finals, which took place in April in Washington, DC. This is the third year that a team from MLWGS has placed in the top three in the nation. “We the People” team members study a broad range of topics related to American government and constitutionalism and prepare for simulated congressional hearings, during which judges ask questions and score units based on knowledge and articulation. Henrico students on the team were: Sameer Sarkar, Eileen Wang, Kathryn Marqueen, Andrea Yeh and Jesse Zhao, Class of 2012; and John Darr, Gray Whisnant and Matt Ruskan, Class of 2013.

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Taylor Stephen Wilson, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

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Davis & Elkins College women's basketball team member Amy Turner has been named to the commissioner's honor roll by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2011-12 athletic year. The commissioner's honor roll recognizes junior and senior student-athletes who have obtained a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the end of the term in which their sport concluded. Turner, a physical education major, is the daughter of Marcus and Diane Turner, of Glen Allen.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed local residents to several boards and commissions: Board of Health Professions – Jeffrey Levin, of Richmond, general dentist with Commonwealth Prosthdontics; and Blair H. Nelsen, of Richmond, owner of Nelsen Funeral Home; State Board of Health – Dr. John W. Seeds, of Richmond, physician educator at VCU School of Medicine; State Rehabilitation Advisory Council – Julie Triplett, of Henrico, disability rights advocate for the Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy; Virginia Board for People with Disabilities – Jessica Gainous Philips, of Henrico, vice president and CEO of Commonwealth Autism Service; and Virginia-Israel Advisory Board – Paul H. Grossman, Jr., of Richmond, director of international trade and investment for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and Jay M. Ipson, of Richmond, president and executive director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum and Holocaust survivor.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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.

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