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Carol Parish, a University of Richmond chemistry professor, will receive an award from the American Chemical Society at its upcoming South Eastern regional meeting for promoting diversity in chemical sciences. ACS will present the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award to Parish. The honor recognizes individuals and institutions that have been constant, vocal advocates for increasing student diversity in the chemical sciences, while supporting activities that promote inclusiveness within the region. Parish is a member of the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemist’s Committee and is a resident of Henrico County.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect – Steven Lam, retired, and Lisa Robertson, founder, Smart Beginnings; Autism Advisory Council – Krishna P. Madiraju, president and owner, Century Pediatrics, Inc.; Board for Optometry – Shandon Phan, director of communications and civic engagement, BPSOS; Board for Waste Management Facility Operators – Peter Cao, owner, Cao Studio Optix, LLC; Danielle J. Davis; Joyce Doughty, director, Fairfax County Division of Solid Waste Disposal and Resource Recovery; John C. Holland, Jr., president, John C. Holland Enterprises, Inc.; Joe Levine, executive director, New River Resource Authority; and Maurice Witcher, site manager, First Piedmont Corporation; Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage Professionals – K.R. “Trapper” Davis, owner, Coastal Plains Environmental Group; Barry Dunkley, director, Division of Water and Wastewater Treatment for the City of Danville; Michelle Ann Magrino; E. Brooks Philpy, operator, Brookside Soil Evaluations and Solutions; and Ronnie Thomas, president, Septiclean, Inc.; Board of Health – Amy Vest, pharmacist, Walgreens Pharmacy; Board of Historic Resources – William Gardner, president and CEO, George Washington’s Fredericksburg Foundation; Board of Psychology – Ali Ahmad, communications advisor, House Committee on Government Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives; Information Technology Advisory Council – Jennifer B. Aulgur, director of appointments, Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office, and Christopher McIntosh, statewide interoperability coordinator, Commonwealth of Virginia; Litter Control & Recycling Fund Advisory Board – George C. Peyton, vice president of government relations, Retail Merchants Association and Virginia Retail Federation; State Air Pollution Control Board – Tedd H. Jett, retired; Virginia Coal and Energy Commission – Barbara Altizer, president and executive director, Eastern Coal Council; Jodi Gidley, president, Virginia Natural Gas; Ken Hutcheson, president, Virginia Alternative and Renewable Energy Association, and director of government affairs, Williams Mullen; James K. Martin; John Matney, president, Harbor Company; Donald L. Ratliff, vice president of Virginia Governmental and External Affairs, Alpha Natural Resources, LLC; and Rhonnie Smith, retired; Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority – John N. Jester, retired; Virginia Sheep Industry Board – Joe Meek, self-employed cattle farmer, and Mac Swortzel, co-owner, Suffangus Farm, and banker, StellarOne Bank; and Virginia Workforce Council – Morton H. Savell, president, A-1 American Services, Inc.

Richmond resident Barbour Farinholt, a Denison University student, is studying off-campus for the 2011 fall semester. Farinholt, a member of the class of 2014, is studying with the School for International Training Program in Spain. Denison University, located in Granville, Ohio, offers off-campus study programs in the U.S. and overseas, ranging from traditional junior abroad programs in Europe to field project work in developing countries. Students continue to receive full credit towards a Denison degree while participating in the programs.
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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The Henrico County Historical Society will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The speaker will be Dr. Bruce M. Venter, who will discuss his new book, “Kill Jeff Davis – The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864.” Venter’s major interest is Civil War cavalry with an emphasis on the career of Union general Judson Kilpatrick. He frequently lectures on the cavalry and has led bus tours on the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid, the focus of his book, “Kill Jeff Davis – The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864.” Full text

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