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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.


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

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

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.

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