Laura Browder, University of Richmond professor of American Studies and English, was recently nominated for a Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for her nonfiction book, “When Janey Comes Marching Home.” Browder’s book tells the story of women and modern war, using oral histories compiled from women in each branch of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Readers can vote for the people’s choice nominees through June 30 in public libraries or online at http://www.lva.virginia.gov .
Lewis Rick Black, III, a junior at Deep Run High School, was recently selected to be among 1,000 attendees at West Point Academy’s prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS). Attendees live in cadet barracks, eat in the Cadet Mess and participate in academic, leaderships, athletic and military workshops. More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLS.
Husband and wife small business experts Doug and Polly White recently published their book, “Let Go to Grow.” Owners of the consulting firm Whitestone Partners, the Whites conducted extensive research on how the role of the principal must change as a small business grows. These findings are outlined in the book, which will debut nationally in the fall. For details, visit http://www.whitestonepartnersinc.com .
Virginia State Police Trooper Gregory R. Duke, of the Richmond Division’s Area 1 Office in Henrico, was recently awarded the Senior Trooper Robert A. Hill, Sr. Crime Prevention Award. Senior Trooper Hill was a certified Crime Prevention Specialist who was struck and killed by a passing motorist in 2006. Trooper Duke was recognized among his law enforcement peers for his outstanding work in the promotion of the Department’s Crime Prevention Program, as well as his enforcement efforts on the road.
Special Agent Terence P. “T.C.” Collins and Special Agent James R. “Doc” Lyons, with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office, were recently awarded the Superintendent’s Award of Merit. This is the highest award presented by the Superintendent and recognizes an extraordinary act of valor that includes the jeopardizing of one’s safety, acting above and beyond the call of duty and expending every possible effort to complete the act. Collins and Lyons were honored for their persistence, investigative expertise and determination to bring closure to a murder victim’s family 15 years later. Special Agent Lyons was also honored for his expert investigative and interrogation techniques involving a 16-year old fatal hit-and-run case. Lyons was able to secure a full confession from the killer and allowed the victim’s family closure.
Norman Alford, Shannon Bunn, Shelly Bunn, Darlene Hicks, Karen Matthews, Angela Myers and Mallory Simmons were recently inducted into Stratford University’s charter National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Chapter in Glen Allen. The students were recognized for their scholastic achievement, skill development, leadership, honesty, responsibility and good character.
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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