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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.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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