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Hermitage HS wins national relay title

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.

Serving a growing need

Because of the downturn in the economy and Virginia’s strict Medicaid qualifications, many low income earning adults are having difficulties affording health care.

CrossOver Ministry, founded in 1983, has provided those who are uninsured with health care options. The organization operates three clinics in the Richmond region, including one in Henrico County.

Benefitting from a recent program funded by the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), the clinic has been able to bring in a full-time nurse practitioner.

Sprint Cup driver Biffle visits fans in Henrico

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle visited Henrico County yesterday, greeting fans during an autograph and question-and-answer session at Buffalo Wild Wings on West Broad Street after taking laps around the three-quarter-mile track at Richmond International Raceway. Biffle will return to Richmond in several weeks for the Federated Auto Parts 400 – “One Last Race to Make the Chase” – on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The Q&A session, led by RIR Track President Dennis Bickmeier, took place in front of the lunch crowd at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Writers join forces to polish craft

Built in 1824, Walkerton Tavern is one of Henrico's historic treasures, having served as a tavern, store, post office, and perhaps even a field hospital during the Civil War. Today, the building is used as a venue for weddings and special events as well as county Recreation and Parks programs – including a little-known group that treasures it as a unique meeting place and creative retreat.

In 2008, not long after the restored tavern opened, local writer Carolyn Steffen contacted Kim Sicola of Henrico County looking for a place that a writers club could gather. Ever since, the Walkerton Writers have met there monthly, expanding and contracting in size over the years while maintaining a core group of thirteen members.

Dancing the summer away

A handful of Henrico students willingly gave up much of their summer to spend six hours a day, six days a week for more than a month dancing toward their dreams.

These eight young people were among the 170 students participating in the School of Richmond Ballet’s five-week Summer Intensive Program. The dancers range in age from 12 to over 20, but all share a passion and love of dance, and many hope to make a career out of it.

Filipino Festival returns Aug. 9-10

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., will host the eighth annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 10.

Enjoy hallmark Filipino cuisine such as lumpia, pancit, adobo, lechon, halo-halo, maha-blanca and more. The cultural program is a fusion of dance, music, song, artwork and exhibits by local and regional Filipino talent. There will also be a children’s corner, health screenings, crafts, jewelry and other vendors.

JRA constructs sturgeon reef in James River

The James River Association (JRA) sponsored a boat trip to the construction site of an artificial spawning reef July 26 so that observers could get a close-up view of the project, which is designed to benefit the river’s endangered Atlantic Sturgeon. This reef, under construction just south of the Varina-Enon Bridge, will use approximately 2,700 tons of rock donated by the Luck Stone Corporation.

YMCA helps feed children

Of the 30 million children nationwide who receive free and reduced-price lunches during the school year, a mere 2.3 million get similar free and reduced-price meals when school is not in session.

This summer, the Chickahominy Family YMCA, one of 18 branches of the YMCA of Greater Richmond, is doing its part to rectify that problem by providing meals for nearly 200 children from Coventry Gardens, an apartment complex about five miles away in the Highland Springs area of Eastern Henrico.

The beginnings of the program can be traced to the Chickahominy YMCA’s work with Highland Springs Elementary through its fully subsidized daycare.

Crafters sought for Craft Show

Crafters are wanted for the 23rd Annual Short Pump Ruritan Club Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 26, which will be held at Short Pump Middle School, 4701 Pouncey Tract Road. For an application and information, call (804) 360-2371.

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