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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.


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 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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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