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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

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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