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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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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