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Little champions

The sixth-annual Henrico Little Feet Meet brought together preschool and elementary children with intellectual disabilities at the Douglas S. Freeman High School April 10 to compete in front of cheering student “buddies,” parents and teachers. The event is part of the Special Olympics Virginia school-based sports program. More than 800 athletes and buddies participated in this year’s Henrico event.

Life, one breath at a time

At age 28, Chad Southward has already wiped out two pairs of lungs, survived two catastrophic illnesses, and endured two life-saving surgeries with lengthy recoveries.

And he’s got the medical bills to show for it.

What’s more, he’s been cheated out of the newfound career he loves – one that might have helped him pay off some of those bills.

But you won’t hear him complaining. Southward is grateful for every breath.

Race nut

Leonard Tengco, first-place winner of the costume contest at the 2010 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, visited Maggiano’s in Short Pump Jan. 5 to help promote the 2011 race.

Tengco said his costume, “Squirrel Chasing a Nut,” was inspired by his experiences with the squirrels that overran his roof and yard when he was living in the Fan.

Teen wins national video contest

A budding filmmaker from Henrico has earned a trip to Los Angeles this summer, thanks to a passion for mountain biking, a talent for video production, a chance online discovery – and a bone-jarring bike crash provided by a friend.

Seventeen-year-old Boyd Chambliss beat out entrants from around the country to take top honors in the Quench X X-Treme Sports Video Contest with his submission of a mountain bike jump performed by his neighbor, Ian Rowland.

Lakeside woman wins Publishers Clearing House prize

It was just another day at work for Lakeside resident Donna Guziejka Friday – until the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol showed up.

Then, she got the surprise of her life: a check for $10,000.

On the road again

Pastor Michael Jones (at left) and his wife, Pastor
Tanya Jones (at left), pose with two recipients
of cars donated by Village of Faith Ministries.
Michael Jones remembers how helpless he felt as a child, watching his mother remain in a difficult relationship with a boyfriend simply because she needed reliable transportation and he owned a car.

“He held the keys of the car over her head,” Jones said of the man.

The experience made a lasting impression on Jones, the pastor of Sandston-based Village of Faith Ministries, a 1,500-member church that also holds services in Midlothian.

“I did not want for any single mother to go through something like that,” he recalled.

A history of flight


Although the Richmond airport was officially dedicated in 1927, its historical beginnings could be said to date to the Civil War – or even to the turn of the 19th century.

According to a timeline of Richmond aeronautic history, gliders were flown near the present-day area of the airport in the 1800s. During the Civil War era, Union and Confederate forces both employed tethered balloons near today’s airport site to spot enemy artillery and troops and sketch terrain for reconnaissance purposes.

Church Thrift Store Making a Difference

Aggie’s Attic, a mission project of Laurel Park United Method Church, is helping out local charities and improving the lives of families in the community.

The non-profit is a thrift store in the Laurel Park Shopping Center that provides low-priced items that have been donated by the church and other members of the Henrico community to help in need families or other residents in the area. All of the proceeds go to charitable organizations, school programs, or families that have crucial needs.

VBS Seeks Donations to Keep Supplies Strong

Virginia Blood Services (VBS) officials are hoping to see an increase in donations with upcoming blood drives and stressing the importance of what giving blood can do for someone in the community.

“The reality and need for blood is daily,” said David Ambrogi, VBS’s volunteer coordinator for Henrico County.

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