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Henrico filmmaker follows his 'Heart'
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 VCU graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

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

Honoring life-savers

St. Joseph’s Villa officials recently unfurled a banner on the Villa campus near the corner of Brook and Parham Roads to thank Henrico County firefighters for saving the lives of several residents of the Hollybrook apartments on the campus, following a Sept. 5 fire there.

The apartments are home to disabled residents with limited mobility, which firefighters knew when they received the call for service. Since many residents are unable to help themselves escape from the buildings during an emergency, teams of firefighters from several local stations arrived on the scene.

Summit spotlights dangerous driving habits

A commuter train runs a red light in Los Angeles and collides with a freight train, killing 25 and injuring 135.

A helicopter runs out of gas and crashes a mile short of landing while on a medical flight in Missouri, killing the pilot, the patient, and two medical personnel.

A tractor trailer driver veers out of his lane and crosses the median in Kentucky, killing 11 -- including eight members of a family traveling to a wedding.

Henricus celebrates Publick Days

Godspeed, the 17th-century ship replica from Jamestown Settlement, made its way up the James River Sept. 20 to dock at Henricus Historical Park for the annual "Publick Days" celebration commemorating Henricus' 1611 founding. On the eve of Publick Days, Henricus supporters gathered to welcome the Godspeed and mark the occasion with Emeritus Founding Members (pictured with Henricus staff and event sponsors from BB&T; seated, from left): Hobson Goddin, Judge Ernest P. Gates, John Taylor, J.E. Causey Davis, and Pauline Mitchell.

RIR to offer pace car rides for $10 Oct. 20

Fans will have an opportunity to ride around Richmond International Raceway for a good cause on Sunday, Oct. 20. They'll have the chance to ride five laps around the track in the pace car, in exchange for a $10 per person donation that will benefit The Cullather Brain Tumor and Quality of Life Center and RIR Cares – a fund of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable entity that supports community outreach programs and nonprofit charities in the Greater Richmond Area.

Rides will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and pre-registration is encouraged.

Healing power

Jeff Gordon proudly led a tour through the Community Brain Injury Services facility recently, pointing himself out in several framed photos on the wall in the foyer.

“This is a compilation of all our memories here,” said the survivor of brain injury who has benefitted from many of the services offered by the organization. Although many years have passed, he was eager to share how he was affected by brain injury at the age of 16 after wrestling with some friends.

“I come here to have a place to keep me out of trouble,” he joked. “It gives me a lot of new friends and gives us something to do with our time.”

A hero’s welcome home

Alex Evans of Second Presbyterian Church (above, right) congratulates Jason and Marie Dismuke after presenting them with a Bible at the Sept. 10 dedication of their new home on Sir James Court in western Henrico. Jason Dismuke, a U.S. Army veteran, and his family, which also includes daughters Mackenzie and Emma, became the first homeowners through Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat for Heroes program. The home was donated by Bank of America and fully rehabilitated with the help of local volunteers and donors.

Henrico 4-H selling Virginia-grown produce, cookbooks

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension has launched its fall sale of apples, peanuts, honey and cookbooks to benefit the 4-H Youth Development program.

The sale features Virginia-grown produce and six different cookbooks, each with more than 140 recipes.

A place for single moms

Eight years ago, Kimberly Braine-Tillem packed all of her things into her car, traveled across the country with three children and a dog, and started a new life as a single mom of three in Richmond. During the trip, she empathized with women like herself who needed support as single parents.

“I was given a vision to create a place where single women could go for help, education and blessings,” she says.

While traveling for five days with a five, eight, and nine-year-old, she developed the full concept for a nonprofit that would provide supportive services for single women and their children—The Sophie House.

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