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On the trail of history

Local students create path at Civil War site

Cameron Hopkins did not grow up in a typical neighborhood.

Sure, it may have seemed like an everyday community at times, but the ground beneath his feet was too significant to call “normal.”

Hopkins, a rising senior at Varina High School, spent his childhood at home in the Fort Harrison section of Richmond National Battlefield Park, a national park commemorating Richmond’s copious Civil War history.

A race everyone wins


Michael Harlow found a higher purpose when he discovered the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls in 2011. For four years since, Harlow and his company have played a major role in developing and managing an event that has become invaluable to the Virginia Home: the VHBG’s annual youth triathlon.

Harlow, the founder of Endorphin Fitness, first learned of the Virginia Home because his wife had a cousin who was a resident of the home years earlier. He did some research and visited the campus, and as soon as he learned the mission of the home, he was sold.

Church serves as a haven for the two-wheeled world


"The Worlds" is coming to Richmond, and excitement is building by the day as the countdown closes in on September's World Road Cycling Championships.

But at one Henrico church, the two-wheeled world has already been turning up on the doorstep for decades now, and hosting cyclists from around the globe is nothing new. In fact, it's a popular and much-beloved portion of the church's ministry.

Across the universe


Last month, Henrico native Alice Bowman saw 14 years of work come to fruition when the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto and collected unprecedented data and images of the dwarf planet.

Bowman (pictured above, and below, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden), who began the initial stages of the project in 2001, is the first female Missions Operations Manager (MOM) in the history of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (APL). Throughout her life, Bowman has earned a degree from the University of Virginia, worked in three states, made history as the first female MOM at APL and shown Earth what Pluto looks like.

Her entire journey, though, began in the West End of Richmond off Three Chopt Road.

Pedal power


More than 20 businesses in Lakeside have joined to participate in a new "Bike Friendly Saturdays" initiative by offering discounts, free merchandise and other promotions for anyone who rides a bike to their shops.

The program is the first business biking district in the Richmond region.

From a business perspective, shop owners believe that people riding bikes are more likely to stop at stores and spend more while shopping. The program is a partnership and collaboration between the Lakeside Business Association, Bike/Walk RVA and the businesses.

Electric slide

Eastern Henrico hosted the Electric Football World Championships and Convention July 31-Aug. 2 at the Four Points Sheraton hotel, bringing together 80 teams of hand-painted miniature football players “handled” by their coaches, who came from throughout the United States and even from Paris. The event was sponsored by Tudor Games.

3 community meetings planned about September UCI championship cycling races


Richmond 2015, the organizers of the UCI Road World Championships, will host a series of informational meetings to help the community “Get Race Ready”! The series of meetings will take place daily the first two weeks of August at various times and locations throughout the region.

Three of the meetings will be held in Henrico:

• Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School in Varina;

• Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside;

4 Henrico residents among Allen & Allen’s ‘Hometown Heroes’


Four Henrico residents are among the 2015 class of 50 "Hometown Heroes," as selected by the Allen & Allen personal injury law firm. The firm began the program in 2010 to honor local acts of kindness and heroism in the Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg regions, where it has offices.

The Henrico winners are Robert Bell, Jr., Shaw Blackmon, Kimberly Braine-Tillem and Patricia Clement. They and the other 46 winners will be recognized July 17 at the Fridays After Five concert in Fredericksburg; July 21 at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game in Richmond; and July 29 at the Celebrate Virginia Live concert in Charlottesville.

Bass fishing league tournament coming to Henrico


The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League season will visit Henrico County on Saturday, July 25, when the Shenandoah division takes on the James River. As many as 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day event.

The event will launch from Osborne Landing in Varina. Anglers will be seen targeting bass in summertime patterns on the main river in areas that include natural cover, like rocks and brush piles. Jigs, square-billed crankbaits and ChatterBaits will be popular at this point in the season. Previous winners on the James River also have found success with buzzbaits in the grass marshes on the lower end of the river. A 15-pound five-bass limit will most likely be needed to win this tournament, according to tournament officials.

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