A team from the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School recently placed first in the nation in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” national finals. 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. The following students participated from Henrico: Olivia Baumann, Roy Ma, Ishani Premarante, Kerry Sawyer and Carly Spraggins.
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Anne Sterling, of Henrico, was recently elected first vice president for the League of Women Votors of Virginia during its convention in Blacksburg. Her two-year term begins in July. Sterling and the new board will continue to support active Virginia League committees focused on state issues, voter education, social policy, general education and good governance. For more information about the League of Women Voters of Virginia, visit http://www.lwv-va.org .
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Jay Poole, of Glen Allen, was recently awarded the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award for the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education for 2010-11. Poole received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education in 1978. He is the founder of Common Sense Strategies.
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Thomas L. Bowden, Sr., a venture finance lawyer at Sands Anderson PC and an avid bicyclist, was recently appointed Chair of the Bike to Work Week subcommittee of the City of Richmond Mayor’s Pedestrian, Bicycles and Trails Planning Commission. Bowden is a writer for the Commute by Bike blog and he started the Virginia Bike Commuters group on LinkedIn.com. Bowden is also co-founder, advisory group member and general counsel of Cycor Sports and serves on the BikeWalk Virginia Board of Directors.
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Brendan Douglas Joyce, son of Doug and Bonnie Joyce of Glen Allen; Stephen Taylor Thacker, Jr., son of Steve and Kim Thacker of Glen Allen; Justin Bryant Hebert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raoul Hebert of Glen Allen; Christopher Marshall Murray, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Murray of Glen Allen; William John Burlee IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Burlee III of Richmond; Andrew Yancey Litteral, son of Andy and Anna Litteral of Henrico; Peter John Quinn III, son of Peter and Alexa Quinn of Henrico; and Matthew Gilmour Thompson III, son of Matt and Nancy Thompson of Richmond recently graduated from Hampden-Sydney College.
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James Beland, of Henrico, was recently awarded Van Operator of the Month for February 2011 by Mayflower Transit. The recognition acknowledges exceptional performance in the areas of operational proficiency, cargo claims prevention, customer service and safety.
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Yun Chen, of Henrico, recently graduated from Parkland College in Champaign, Ill.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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