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Troop produces 6 Eagle Scouts

Six Boy Scouts from a West End Boy Scout Troop will earn Eagle Scout recognition Feb. 8.

The Scouts from Troop 770, sponsored by River Road Presbyterian Church, are: Adam Jones, Sam Murphy, Cabell Murray, Ted Palmer, Kyle Adams and Grayson Phillips. The teens started in the troop together and have steadily climbed the ranks to earn the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts. Only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts. The awards will be conferred at River Road Presbyterian Church.

“What an impressive group of young men,” said Scoutmaster David Bernhardt. “They have excelled in Scouting, in the classroom and on the athletic field.”

ChildFund’s influence spreads globally


In 1938, a Presbyterian minister from Richmond, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke, created a campaign to help Chinese children orphaned during the Second Sino-Japanese war. He connected donors on a one-to-one basis with children through “adoptions.”

Today, his model has grown into an international organization – ChildFund International – that serves 18.1 million people in 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Acting on its growing understanding of what works for children, ChildFund moved from running orphanages to helping families and communities fight poverty at its roots.

United they run


It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them.

Living history

Henrico filmmaker Kevin Hershberger has transformed the "birthplace" of Jesus into the Hanoi Hilton.

Hershberger, the CEO of LionHeart Film Works, modified the Salem Baptist Church in Manakin (best known as the site of a living nativity scene each Christmas) to replicate the notorious Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison camp for a Vietnam prisoner-of-war documentary he's currently filming for the Smithsonian. Adding shackles and torture hooks to the walls where holiday visitors will line up in December seems morbid, but this is what Hershberger does. As a documentary filmmaker dedicated to filming historical documentaries in and around Henrico County, the VMI graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

LionHeart is based out of a nondescript storefront in the West End.

County dedicates Twin Hickory Park

Citizens of Henrico now have a new recreational opportunity, after county officials cut the ribbon on Twin Hickory Park – a new 48-acre park near Deep Run High School – July 12.

Funding for the $3 million complex was part of a 2005 bond referendum dedicated to school, library, and park projects throughout Henrico County, which was the result of input from citizens, residents and civic associations.

Holman student has All-Star experience

A Holman Middle School student had an All-Star experience to remember in Minneapolis this week.

Nicholas Noonan competed in the 11-12 year-old division of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition, which was held at Target Field on the day before the MLB All-Star Game. The competition is a baseball skills challenge open to children nationwide.

Of more than 625,000 players in 4,000 preliminary competitions, only 12 baseball and 12 softball players earned the right to compete in the final round in Minneapolis. Noonan was one of two finalists from Virginia.

Mudstock run draws hundreds to Henricus

The first annual Henricus Mudstock – a 5k mud run through Henricus historical Park in Chesterfield – took place June 28, bringing more than 600 runners to the park. The event also included a one-mile Flower Children run.

The Mudstock was sponsored by the Richmond Sports Backers and held on the Henricus Trail. Participants navigated their way through obstacles along the way, such as water traps and a crawl through a mud ditch.

Coal Pit offers opportunities for at-risk children


When the Coal Pit Learning Center opened in 1976, it was the vision of Dorothy Gallimore to provide children from low-income families with educational skills and a sound, safe environment to succeed in school. Almost 40 years later, it has transformed from an aging schoolhouse to a multipurpose facility that has doubled in size as the result of a budding relationship between Coal Pit and the Innsbrook Rotary.

“Innsbrook Rotary is a big believer in supporting issues with children, and when we learned about Coal Pit, we thought that was a great entity to support and we saw an opportunity to help the center grow,” said Wes York, Innsbrook Rotary president.

Pow-Wowed

More than 60 members of Native American tribes from the United States and Canada celebrated their dancing, drumming, and singing traditions in a PowWow at the Osborne Park & Boat Landing in Varina June 28. The event was the first ever at the site, but the organizing Youghtanund Drummers hope to make it an annual event.

To the beat and singing of one of the four drummer/singer groups, dancers in different combinations and traditions moved rhythmically around a center circle under the scorching sun.

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