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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

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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