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Parading through

The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights.

Paddling event raises funds, spirits

Three-year-old Kindred Worrell, the youngest participant in the 19th Annual Varina Lions Canoe-a-thon, didn't have much choice when it came to attending. But she enjoyed the 10-mile cruise, looking at kayaks and fishing a feather out of the James, just the same.

Her father, Sgt. Timothy Worrell of the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, visited Kindred frequently along the way as he escorted several dozen canoes and kayaks from Rocketts Landing to Osborne Landing.

And Kindred's mother, Jennifer, pronounced the journey a relaxing and much-needed episode of "tornado therapy" for herself and fellow teacher Angela Paust.

Short Pump Town Center concert series begins this week

Short Pump Town Center’s Summer Concert Series will begin June 2 with a performance by 80z Enuff from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the main plaza. Families are invited, and the concert is free. The concert series will continue every Thursday until Aug. 25.

Route 5 Corridor Study meeting planned May 31

The public will have an opportunity to learn about potential transportation solutions for the Route 5 corridor in Eastern Henrico and the City of Richmond during a public meeting May 31 in Richmond.

A number of regional and state entities have been studying the corridor between Laburnum Avenue and 7th Street downtown for months and will present conceptual alternatives during next week's open house, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at VDOT's Central Office Auditorium, 1221 E. Broad Street in Richmond.

America’s first university – almost

Students and alumni of the College of William & Mary take pride in the fact that theirs is the second-oldest college in America, pre-dated only by Harvard.

Those in the know – and with a competitive bent – like to point out that when it comes to vision, forethought, and planning for the university, W&M beat Harvard to the punch by decades.

The first university in America actually was chartered in 1618, and slated for construction on 10,000 riverfront acres in what is now Varina.

A legacy of learning

Long before laptops and student achievement were winning accolades and bringing national attention to Henrico schools, an educator of slight build but powerful personality had already put them on the map.

The child of former slaves, Virginia Estelle Randolph was born in Richmond in 1874, and began teaching school in Goochland County at the age of 16.

‘Maronite marathon’

Take a few hundred pounds of grape and cabbage leaves, another few hundred pounds of ground lamb, an army of industrious volunteers and what do you get?

Enough Lebanese delicacies to last through the weekend – you hope.

When the 27th annual Lebanese Food Festival opens May 13 at 10 a.m., it will bring an end to months of preparation for the volunteers from St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church – and launch a three-day weekend of even more frenzied chopping, baking, stuffing and grilling.

Glen Allen woman wins $1 million

A Glen Allen woman couldn't believe her eyes when she scratched off the Virginia Lottery Million Dollar Cash Spectacular ticket she had just bought at an Eastern Henrico grocery store.

It seemed that the ticket that Diane Gray held was a top-prize winner, but she wasn't convinced. She called her sister, who couldn't believe it either.

“No, you won a thousand dollars,” she said. “Look at the ticket again.”

Moody chess team earns national recognition

The Moody Middle School Advanced Chess Team won third place last month at the National Junior High Chess Championship, sponsored by the United States Chess Federation.

During the event, which was held April 15-17 in Columbus, Oh., the club competed in a seven-round tournament against 35 teams from the United States.

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