Photos by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 03/20/2015 Features
Local mural artist Hamilton Glass led a group of about 15 Richmond Strikers Soccer Club players in painting Henrico County’s first outdoor mural, at Striker Park in Short Pump, March 9.
Above, Morgan Roberson finishes a section of the mural, which spans two walls of the Striker Park athletic training room and is 60 feet long. Bon Secours Sports Medicine and the Strikers partnered to commission and fund the mural.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/18/2014 Features
Treasures of the Earth Inc. will host a Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, on March 21-23. Sterling silver and 14-karat jewelry will be featured, as well as classic, estate, fashion, pearls and other items.
Also at the event will be a display of Virginia rocks, minerals and dinosaur bones by the Richmond Gem and Mineral Society, as well as jewelers and wire wrappers who can design, remount and set stones and make repairs.
By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen 03/11/2014 Features
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.
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Hem and Chitra Bhattarai were finishing each other’s sentences, doubling over with laughter as they recounted a story from their childhood.
The men, natives of the Asian nation of Bhutan who now live in Henrico’s West End, were discussing the punishment levied against them years ago by the Bhutanese government for their father’s role in protesting laws that discriminated against Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people.
At only 12 years old, Honesty Liller began drinking and using marijuana. Through her teen years, she moved on to cocaine, followed eventually by heroin. After an overdose, a pregnancy and hitting rock bottom, she found her place at the McShin Foundation, a full-service recovery community organization (RCO) serving individuals and families fighting substance abuse disorders.
“I was desperate,” she says. “I didn’t love myself, and I wasn’t a mother. I was broken down, beaten down, and I didn’t have any money.”
She moved into the foundation’s recovery house, located off Dumbarton Road in the basement of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. During the following five months, she began doing odd jobs as a nanny and landscaper and eventually began working for The McShin Foundation.
More than 250 participants will take a stand against lung cancer in the fourth annual Richmond Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk March 8 at Innsbrook Corporate and Community Center, which aims to raise awareness and funds for groundbreaking research in the early detection of the disease.
Susan Keen, a thoracic nurse navigator at CJW Medical Center, founded the local area race after losing four family members to lung cancer, the deadliest form of cancer in men and women.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 02/24/2014 Features
Sixty-one year-old Debbie Hart-Bowley of Henrico suffers from a neurological movement disorder that limits her mobility. But she has gained some of her freedom back after being paired with Fletch, a young Labrador/golden retriever mix through Companions for Independence.
Fletch can open doors, turn light switches on and off, assist with transportation and pick up dropped objects; Hart says he’s a perfect match.
“Fletch is laid-back and just loves moving at my pace, which is important because my health has slowed me down,” she says. “I can do so much more when he is helping me, and I save time and energy. I am no longer sitting looking at four walls; Fletch has helped me enjoy life again.”
(Photos courtesy Jianmin Liu Photo) 02/07/2014 Features
The Chinese community celebrated the arrival of the new lunar year – a year dedicated to the horse – with a parade of dancing lions and dragons, acrobatics, other cultural performances including Peking opera, vendors and children's activities at the The Cultural Art Center At Glen Allen Jan. 19, just a few days before the official new year began Jan. 31.
All over China, people may take several days of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the new year with family and friends as Americans do for Thanksgiving. The new year 4712 is designated to the horse, one of the twelve rotating Chinese zodiacs.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 02/07/2014 Features
The Budweiser Clydesdale East Coast hitch, with its four pairs of stunning Clydesdale horses, made an appearance at the West Broad Village last month, on its way to the Super Bowl in New Jersey. The Clydesdales are used for promotions and commercials by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company.
There are several "hitches," or teams of horses, that travel around the United States. Anheuser-Busch owns a total of about 250 Clydesdales in total; each one must be at least four years old and six feet tall.
In 2009, Aljanette Hall struggled like many Americans. She found herself out of a job after many years working in the real estate business. The time off afforded her the opportunity to live out her true passion - shaping young girls into successful women-to-be who know their value.
“Going through the downside of the economy, I knew just how it was,” she says about feeling singled out and in need of information. She had been mentoring through her church on a volunteer basis, but saw the need to grow her outreach throughout greater Richmond.
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