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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.

Providing new ‘ways’ to work

Tamara Turner was spinning her wheels because she didn’t have any of her own.

Turner, a Henrico resident and single mother of a two-year-old daughter, was struggling to get to and from her job at VCU’s MCV Hospital – while also finding time to drop off and pick up her daughter at daycare or go grocery shopping – without a vehicle of her own.

Glen Allen woman wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game

When Carolyn Sartin looked at the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s June 28 Cash 5 day drawing, she received a shock.

“Those look like my numbers!” the Glen Allen woman recalled thinking.

“I took a deep breath and went back and looked. I did win the lottery!”

Martial arts expo to raise awareness about juvenile diabetes

Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do & Martial Arts will sponsor a Martial Arts Expo and Juvenile Diabetes Benefit today and tomorrow at both Henrico locations, culminating at Benedictine High School tomorrow. The world-renowned Sehan University Demonstration Team will perform, and all proceeds will support Mason, an 11-year-old Richmond boy suffering from the disease.

Mason's family needed help raising awareness of Type 1 Diabetes. A portion of the proceeds will help cover the cost of owning a Guardian Angel Service Dog, a diabetes alert dog.

‘Dedicated Dad Story Time’ planned at Twin Hickory Library

The Henrico County Public Library in partnership with First Things First of Greater Richmond will present “Dedicated Dad Story Time” at Twin Hickory Library on three separate occasions. The first will be Saturday June 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dads will gather for a story time with their preschooler(s) and receive some tips on how to be dedicated dads. Children ages 3 to 6 are welcome. The children’s librarian, Chris Holliman, will lead the story and discussion.

Crisis fortifies bonds

When 28-year-old Morgan Obrochta of Richmond began volunteering with refugee assistance programs four years ago, she was drawn to them by her interest in teaching English as a second language (ESL), as well as by her desire to help families seeking asylum after suffering through trauma in their home countries.

Now that Obrochta has endured a traumatic upheaval of her own, and faces a health crisis and an uncertain future, it is the refugees who are helping her.

Compassion honored

Brenda Spain (above, left), a 30-year employee at Beth Sholom who works the night shift, received the 11th annual Arthur Heller Employee Recognition Award at a ceremony held June 6 at the retirement home.

Pictured with Eleanor Tyler, the 2005 recipient of the award, Spain was nominated by her supervisor for the compassion and respect she shows residents and for "going that extra mile" to make them comfortable.

Water that quenches more than just thirst

At about the same time, Ollie Harvey’s sister was diagnosed with cancer while her grandson, Heaven, was diagnosed with autism. “I was really hurting in my heart,” Harvey said.

Then one day, Harvey came up with an idea to help out by selling bottled water through the Women of Richmond company that she founded. The Women of Richmond initiative is part of the non-profit organization Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E), also founded by Harvey 25 years ago. The main goal of H.O.P.E. is to help out needy families in the Richmond area with donations of food, clothing, money for rent and other necessities.

Villa implements rapid re-housing

There is really no way to make homelessness any less scary, especially for children, but St. Joseph’s Villa is working to make getting out of it less jarring for families.

The Richmond nonprofit’s Flagler Housing and Homeless Services system will complete its change July 1 to a system of rapid re-housing of homeless families in their own apartments or houses, as opposed to housing them at St. Joseph’s Villa.

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