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Marine Corps Pfc. Cory R. Holsinger, son of Pamm and Joseph Holsinger, of Sandston, has earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Holsinger spent 13 weeks training on subjects including close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, he endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time. Holsinger is a 2009 graduate of Highland Springs High School.

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Hanna Brooks, of Henrico, a sophomore majoring in geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, is among 28 students who will spend their 2013 spring semester traveling across the globe as part of the university’s Presidential Global Scholars program. The Presidential Global Scholars program, which began Jan. 19 and will run through May 8, provides students in the University Honors Program with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in several global cultures. Though stationed in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, participants will travel to locations across Europe, as well as a trip to Ghana in Africa. Distinguished Virginia Tech faculty will accompany the students.

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Jordan Harris
Jordan Alexandra Harris, an eighth grade honor student at Byrd Middle School, has been appointed a Page for the Virginia House of Delegates Class of 2013. Harris is a primary violinist in the Byrd Orchestra and has served as a library aide for two years. She is a member of the children’s choir City Singers and St. Paul’s Baptist Church, where she was a former member of Ayinde-2, a liturgical dance ensemble. Harris will serve as a Page until the General Assembly adjourns Feb. 23.

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Cari Morgan Tretina, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list and the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.5 grade point average; students must earn a 4.0 GPA to be eligible for the president’s list. Tretina is a senior public relations major.

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Jimmy Bhaysar, of Richmond, recently graduated from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Hien Cao, Lemende’ Coley, Brooke Covington, Mary Elder, Gabrielle Evans, Jennifer James, Alexandra Berkowitz, Elizabeth Layfield, Eric Lehman, LaTarshia Lynch, Kimetra McClaine, Jacketta Morton, Tajiel’l Paden, Brittany Ransome, Emily Stewart, Tamara Washington and Margaret Williams, of Richmond; Camille Ahearn, Bethany Ames, Brittany Bailey, Olivia Behm, Spencer Billett, Rachel Bramhall, Mason Bryan, Taylor Burks, Laura Camden, Sarah Carney, Laura Dobbs, Michael Dosh, Stuart Eisenrauch, Shannon Essad, Alexandra Kowal, Cara Livingston, Kerry Maier, Alexandra Major, Laura Mason, Joshua McKeon, Lauren Price, Brian Oliver, Jarad Orlan, Alexis Read, Sarah Scheid, Ariel Spagnolo, Morgan Stiebel, Megan Taliaferro, Jessica Wheeler, Haley Williams, Amelia Wood, Samantha Zehnle, Alexa Futcher, Rachel Gagliardi, Taylor Garrett, Madeline Hartsock, Rebecca Helsel, Riley Hewston and Thomas Hoke, of Glen Allen; and Ashanti Wright and Stephanie Sprouse, of Sandston. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.899.

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The following students recently were named to the president’s list for the fall 2012 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.: Luke Howard, Jordan Molnar, Rachel Simon, Megan Hines, Rachel Atkins, Christina Damico, Jessica Laursen, Austin Shoop, Rebecca Hunt and Stephanie Dawkins, of Glen Allen; Erin Thady, of Sandston; and Sheria Pettis, of Richmond. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.9 or above.

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The following students graduated from James Madison University during its Dec. 15 commencement exercises: Andrew Grubbs, Kimetra McClaine, Alexander Noble, Brittany Ransome and Kara Rutledge, of Richmond; Matthew Cloak, Adrian Cavanaugh, Rebecca Hunt, Shannon Scott, Luke Howard and Brittany Jeretina, of Glen Allen; Jocelyn Allen, of Sandston; and Shanell Dowling, of Henrico.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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