Six veterans earn Congressional medals

Six distinguished veterans from the 7th U.S. Congressional District – including one Henrico resident – received the 2011 Congressional Veteran Commendation from U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor last month during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. The CVC was created in 2002 to honor local veterans and preserve their testimonies of service and sacrifice for future generations.

Among the recipients was Henrico resident Sgt. Cecil M. Mayton, U.S. Army (retired). Mayton served from 1969 to 1975 and spent time in Vietnam. He was a member of Company “E,” 2nd Battalion (AirMobile) 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and the 1st Air Cavalry Division. For his service, Mayton earned a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal and a letter of appreciation from his commanding officer for his service within a recon platoon while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.

“I was proud to present the Congressional Veteran Commendation to six remarkable individuals in recognition of their extraordinary military service," Cantor said. "These brave men served our country with distinction and dedicated their lives to defending our freedom. We are forever grateful for their service and also thankful to their families for the sacrifices they have made over the years. As part of this award, each honoree's story will be made part of the Veterans
History Project at the Library of Congress and preserved for generations to come.”
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Members of the Richmond theatre community will join others across the country at 5:30 p.m. in each time zone for the Ghostlight Project at CAT Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. in Henrico. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater for safety, supporters will renew their pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Rain or shine. For details, email Alison Eichler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://tinyurl.com/ghostlightevent. Full text

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