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Henrico County Extension Agents Karen Carter and Lisa Sanderson recently were part of a team of agents in Virginia that earned a second place award in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' 2011 Pesticide Safety Education Program. The two Henrico agents and four others earned the award for their efforts to design a formal training program to prepare applicators to pass the registered technician, core, category and private applicator exams for certification.

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The following members have been re-elected to the Randolph-Macon College Board of Directors of the Society of Alumni: Rev. David F. Jarvis II, of Glen Allen, and Kathryn Viall Stottlemyer, of Richmond. The Board is comprised of 37 members, from class years spanning seven decades, who are elected for staggered three-year terms. The members are expected to serve on a standing committee; be active ambassadors for student recruitment efforts; actively support initiatives associated with the Board's strategic priorities; and support the Randolph-Macon Fund. Jarvis, Class of ’59, is a retired United Methodist clergy. Stottlemyer, Class of ’99, is vice president of operations of Tweed gifts and home accents.

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Jamel Davis, of Richmond, recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. He received a bachelor of arts degree in communication.

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Richard Michael Pantele, a senior at Hampden-Sydney College, has been recognized as an outstanding campus leader in the 2013 edition of “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” A Madison Scholar, Pantele is president of the social fraternity Chi Phi, vice president of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and secretary of the honorary society Pi Sigma Alpha (political science). He also serves as a member of the Student Court, as Senior Class Campaign chairman and as a resident advisor. A government major, Pantele is a graduate of Godwin High School.

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VMI 1st Class Cadet Nick Potter, of Henrico, is currently conducting graduate-level work in physics – while still an undergraduate. He is experimenting with Janus particles, microscopic polystyrene spheres coated on one side with metal to give them unique attributes. Practical applications of his research include thin-film optical coatings. The Godwin High School graduate will complete his studies at VMI this spring with a major in physics.

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John Eugene Dunlea, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn. He was awarded a master of business administration degree from the College of Graduate Studies.

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The following students from Henrico recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.: Kelsey Bing, daughter of Mr. and Ms. John Bing; Alexandra Buff, daughter of Mr. Scott Buff and Mrs. Patricia Buff; Meredith Donahue, daughter of Mr. Thomas Donahue and Mary Sue Donahue; and Ann Snyder, daughter of Candice and David Snyder. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.
Community

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

Fourth-annual Healy Gala planned


The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.

Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.

Ruritan Club holding Brunswick stew sale


The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.

Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.

To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

‘An Evening of Country’ scheduled April 9-10


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s 2nd Stage series will present “An Evening of Country” with The Honky Tonk Experience, April 9-10 at 7 p.m. in the center’s Cardinal Ballroom.

Formed in the spring of 2003, The Honky Tonk Experience performs country classics and current country music, from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to Dwight Yoakam and Dale Watson. The “Experience” is composed of five local musicians – Brad Spivey, Mike Lucas, Mark Watts, Clark Ball and Ryland Tinnell. The group has shared the stage with several national acts, including Travis Tritt, BR5-49, Dale Watson, Webb Wilder and Junior Brown. > Read more.

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