Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Capitol Square Preservation Council – G. William Greer, of Richmond; Center for Rural Virginia – Dr. Keith Miller, president of Virginia State University; E-911 Services Board – Chief Douglas A. Middleton, chief of police, Henrico County; State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board – Dr. Robin Foster, Division Chairman of Pediatric Emergency Services, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System; and Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners – Frank E. Laughon, Jr., chairman emeritus, Richmond Cold Storage; John N. Pullen – president and chief growth officer, Luck Stone Corporation, and Robert M. Stanton, Chairman, Stanton Partners, Inc.
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Elizabeth Levy, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list with honors for the spring 2011 semester at The College at Brockport, State University of New York in Brockport, N.Y. To be eligible for the Dean’s List with Honors, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.70-3.99.
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Ethan Bradley Howes, son of Anita Ramsey and Thurston Howes; and Rebecca Simon Walker, daughter of Thomas and Roslyn Walker, recently graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, Va. Howes earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and is a graduate of Hermitage High School. Walker earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal High School.
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Carolyn Hall, of Glen Allen, was recently recognized by lia sophia, a direct seller of fashion jewelry, as the 2010-2011 top achiever. This prestigious award honors Hall for outstanding achievement in areas such as sales and recruiting.
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Marine Corps John E. Larsen recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, N.C. During the five-week course, Larsen received instruction in the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. He also received training on demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques. Larsen joined the Marine Corps Reserve in April 2010.
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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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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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