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Actors Bernsen, Jones film movie in Henrico
Famed actors Corbin Bernsen and Shirley Jones were in Henrico recently for several days, filming On The Wing, a family-friendly movie whose screenplay was a finalist at the International Family Film Festival and quarter-finalist at the Richmond International Film Festival. The movie filmed for several days at St. Joseph's Villa in Henrico, then moved to the Virginia State Capitol and Doswell. Filming will wrap up Aug. 25, and the movie is expected to be completed by January, then marketed in the U.S. and internationally through RedBox and on Netflix.

The crew of two dozen is composed almost entirely of Richmond-area residents, and the lead actor (19-year-old Brennon Tolbert) is from Virginia Beach.

Golden goal


On eight-year-old Kaylie-Jade Plott’s Disney princess calendar, there is a big red "X" marked on July 9 – the day she and her mother, Jamie Williams, will embark upon a five-day trip to Brazil for the World Cup to experience the opportunity of a lifetime.

Kaylie-Jade, a second-grader at Ratcliffe Elementary in Eastern Henrico, is one of only 25 kids throughout the country who won a trip to Brazil through the McDonald’s Player Escort Program.

“I will get to walk with a professional soccer player on the field – I am so excited,” Kaylie-Jade said. “I can’t believe it, I really can’t.”

National bowling tourney rolling into Short Pump

More than 60 competitors of all ages and skill levels from throughout the nation will gather in Short Pump June 9-14 to show that their abilities – not their disabilities – guide their lives.

They’ll be competing in the 53rd Annual American Wheelchair National Bowling Tournament at Bowl America in Short Pump. Among them will be 55-year-old Henrico resident Jerry Mills, who has been bowling for more than 20 years and who claimed the 2004 national championship in Oklahoma. Mills considers that title one of his proudest moments.

A great nephew’s quest

A neighbor “across the pond” in the United Kingdom has spent years looking for clues to his Henrico heritage -- and he is hoping that county residents can help him in his search.

In May of 2013, Len Jolley visited Henrico County to learn more about his great, great, great uncle by marriage, Capt. John Cussons.

If the name rings a bell, that’s because Cussons features prominently in Henrico history books, and is cited in the county library’s “Notable Henricoans” database.

Honoring those who served

Thousands of people spent Memorial Day in Sandston, honoring veterans and enjoying the sights and sounds of the sixth annual Sandston Memorial Day Parade, hosted by Sandston American Legion Posts 242 and 144. The event was preceded by a memorial service at the Seven Pines Cemetery.

5K race to fulfill Cameron Gallagher’s dream

The impact of a Douglas Freeman High School student who died earlier this year after running a half-marathon will live on through a new race whose details will be announced later this week.

The Speak Up 5K race will honor the life and legacy of 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher, who died after finishing the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach March 16. Officials with the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Fund will sponsor a Speak Up 5K kickoff event May 31 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Brown's Island in Richmond to share details about the race.

Fresh Air Fund seeks host families

The Fresh Air Fund, which provides free summer experiences to children from low-income communities in New York City each summer, is seeking local families who are willing to host a child this summer.

Host families in 13 states, from Virginia to Maine, help provide the children with new experiences in settings they may not otherwise be able to visit. Fresh Air children experience simple pleasures like running barefoot through the grass, swimming in a cool lake and gazing at star-filled skies.

Middleton, Robinson to serve as marshals in Memorial Day Parade


The American Legion Sandston Posts 242 and 144 will host several ceremonies and events in honor of Memorial Day May 26.

This year’s theme is “Honoring Vietnam Veterans: 50 Years.” The schedule will include a memorial service at Seven Pines National Cemetery at noon; the sixth-annual Sandston Memorial Day Parade on Williamsburg Road at 1 p.m., led by grand marshals Douglas Middleton (the Henrico County chief of police and a Vietnam veteran himself) and NFL player Michael Robinson (who is a Varina High School graduate and who won a Super Bowl title with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year); and post-parade celebration at Sandston Ball Fields, 11 J.B. Finley St. at 2:30 p.m., featuring the Barracudas.

Dean of Henrico

Sculptor Paul DiPasquale and Donna Meade, the widow of the late musician Jimmy Dean, May 11 helped to unveil a newly commissioned bronze statue of Dean at the Richmond Marriott. The event preceded the Jimmy Dean Music Festival, which benefitted Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield. DiPasquale created the sculpture for the Jimmy Dean Museum, to be opened at Wayland Baptist University in Dean’s hometown of Plainview, Tex. Dean and Meade lived together in Varina for 20 years until Dean’s death in June 2010.

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