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Col. Donald B. Kaiserman, of Henrico, has been elected as chairman of the Virginia Joint Leadership Council (JLC). The JLC is recognized as the leading Veterans Council advocating for the military community in the Commonwealth and “Speaks with a Single Voice” for the more than 820,000 veterans living in Virginia. Kaiserman had previously served as the JLC legislative chair and as vice chair. Kaiserman is also president of The Council of 18 Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America, serves on the Virginia Board of Veterans Service (being vetted by Gov. McDonnell), the Virginia War Memorial Board of Directors and the Fort Lee Retiree Council.

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Donte Boston, of Richmond, will attend West Virginia Wesleyan College this fall.

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Tracie Grady, vice president of member services, recently celebrated 10 years of service with Eisenman & Associates, Inc. Grady started with E&A in August 2002 and was promoted to her current position in the fall of 2011. Prior to her employment with E&A, Grady was the administrator at the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals for over five years. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor of science in Business with a concentration in Human Resources. E&A is a full-service association management and meeting consulting firm based in Glen Allen.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Social Work – Joseph Walsh, of Richmond, professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University; Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – W. Birch Douglass, III, of Richmond, partner at McGuireWoods; Terrell Luck Harrigan, of Richmond, community volunteer; and Satya Rangarajan, of Glen Allen, co-founder of Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; Citizen’s Advisory Council for Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion – Bryan Clark Green, of Richmond, director of historic preservation for Commonwealth Architects; Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council – Lissa Power-deFur, of Richmond, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Longwood University; and Virginia Resources Authority Board of Directors – Dena Frith Moore, of Richmond.

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The University of Richmond’s all-male a cappella group, The Octaves, has been featured on a two-disc album showcasing the best a cappella tracks released by collegiate groups from around the world. The Octaves track, “The Show Goes On,” as performed by Lupe Fiasco, is featured on “Voices Only 2012.” A new “Voices Only” album has been released each fall since 2005 and includes songs recorded, mastered or released during the previous year. Songs are chosen for a variety of reasons, including featured soloists, production excellence, arrangements and more. The 2012 album is available on iTunes. The Octaves have recorded 10 albums since forming in 1990 and perform on campus and throughout the East Coast. For more information about The Octaves, visit http://www.richmondoctaves.com
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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