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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

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

‘Fresh Start’ offered for single moms

The Fresh Start For Single Mothers and Their Children Community Outreach Project will host “Necessary Ingredients” on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through May 7, at Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road in Henrico. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The program is designed as a fun and uplifting event for single mothers that is designed to provide support, new friendships, encouragement and motivation. Each event will include weekly prizes and giveaways. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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