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Henrico’s hometown slugger seeking Squirrels’ starting spot


The early highlight of Matt Winn's baseball career came in the summer of 2007, when his Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association all-star team hosted the 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series at Henrico's sparkling new RF&P Stadium.

Henrico County had spent $4.5 million to construct the complex in order to attract the national tournament and others like it, and Winn's team helped to christen it – surprising the nine other teams in the field by finishing third. Winn was named the tournament's top defensive catcher.

Hope by the pound


As a freelance videographer and editor for the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Lindsay Stone has tackled a variety of challenging projects.

Among her more notable productions is a 2010 documentary, filmed during travels in Germany with Holocaust survivor Alexander Lebenstein and depicting his childhood experiences through the horrors of Kristallnacht, deportation, and imprisonment.

At the conclusion of the video, Stone documented efforts of his hometown community to connect with Lebenstein, and the residents' renaming of the town school The Alexander Lebenstein School Against Racism.

‘One Bag of Trash’ challenges Virginians


While it may not inspire the sheer mania and hype of the Ice Bucket Challenge that recently swept the country, a new Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) campaign has caught the imagination of a number of area residents – and even a VIP or two.

The OneBagofTrashVa Challenge asks individuals and groups to pick up one bag of litter and recyclables, take a photo (or film a video) of the collection, and post it on social media with #OneBagofTrashVa.

Historic Sandston site commemorated


The Sandston Founders' Club dedicated a historical marker Nov. 8 at 11 West Williamsburg Road. In the early 1930s, the building served as the community's drug store and post office. Pictured above (from left) are members of the Founders' Club Bobby Alexander, Bruce Waldrop, Jane Conner, Randy Vass, June Baldwin, Alice Baldwin, Ada May Chinn and Wayne Varner.

Dynasty on wheels


Forgive the passersby who glance at the blue-and-yellow tin building on Williamsburg Road, in the shadows of Richmond International Airport, and wonder whether someone is secretly filming a 1970s-version of the social media hit "mannequin challenge" – but with buildings instead of people.

With its iconic V-shaped entrance beams and retro-style logo, the Roller Dome appears frozen in place from an era long since gone. But it's not here to impress the connoisseur of modern architecture.

If you’re looking for something impressive, however, step inside and meet some of the people who call this facility home for much of the week. They are regional, national and even world champions – titleholders in a sport that is immensely popular in other parts of the world but relatively unknown here.

Santa to arrive Nov. 25 at Virginia Center Commons


Santa Claus will arrive at Virginia Center Commons mall Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. He'll land at the JCPenney Court, where children and families can take photos and visit with him through Dec. 24.

On Nov. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can bring their pets to have photos taken with Santa.

The mall also will host entertainment in the food court Dec. 10 and 17. On Dec. 10, the Hanover Concert Band will perform there from noon to 1, and the Central Virginia Wind Symphony will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Regency Square to host Christmas Parade Nov. 19


Regency Square mall will host its first Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. Santa Claus will arrive at the mall the same day.

The parade will begin at the corner of Starling Drive and Holly Hill Road, proceed north on Starling Drive, continue east to Quioccasin Road and then enter the shopping center parking lot for a special edition of Cars & Coffee-Richmond.

Deer-auto collisions more frequent this time of year


Autumn is here, and that means Virginia’s white-tailed deer are on the move. With the end of daylight savings time just around the corner, many motorists will be commuting in the dark, increasing the likelihood of their vehicle colliding with a deer.

Fall is the breeding season for deer, and consequently, deer are more active now than at any other time of the year. One-half to two-thirds of all deer/vehicle collisions occur in the months of October, November and December. While less than two percent of vehicle fatalities and injuries involve deer collisions in Virginia, hitting a deer can cause considerable damage to both people and property.

A bountiful harvest


Hundreds of people enjoyed Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival at Meadow Farm in Glen Allen Oct. 15. Visitors experienced hands-on activities and demonstrations that depicted life in a simpler time.

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