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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.”

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.

Getting hosed

The second annual Virginia Firefighter Games brought together firefighters from throughout the region to compete before several thousand spectators in a number of intense events designed to replicate the rigors they face during their jobs. All proceeds from the event went to charity, including Old Dominion Burn Foundation and Feed More.

All creatures great and small

The Richmond Pet Expo brought together animals of all types and sizes earlier this month at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

The expo featured more than 100 exhibitors, live entertainment, demonstrations and an adoption area. Author and celebrity dog trainer Harrison Forbes spoke about a new trend in pet ownership – doggie DNA testing.

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