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Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry L. Pleasant Jr., a fighter duty technician with the 682nd Air Support Operations Squadron, Pope Field, N.C., graduated from the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn. Pleasant is the son of Jerry and Laverne Pleasant, of Richmond. The NCO Academy is a six-week course that prepares service members in the grade of E-6 to manage and lead their units. Students study curriculum in the areas of the profession of arms, leadership, and communication to build the skills they need for their current rank and to prepare for future responsibilities.

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Legal Information Network for Cancer, LINC, has named officers to its board of directors: William “Billy” H. Baxter, II, Esq. – president; William “Bill” Redd – vice president; Russ Holladay, CPA – treasurer; and Ryan A. Glasgow, Esq. – secretary. Baxter is senior counsel with Dominion Resources Services, Inc.; Redd is the senior vice president and managing director of Brandywine Realty Trust; Holladay is senior manager with Deloitte; and Glasgow is an associate with Hunton & Williams, LLP. Returning board members are Past President Mary Ann Wright, training and development facilitator; Charles Atwill, II, of Atwill Financial Consulting Group; Rob Dirom, of CB Richard Ellis; Mary Ann Hager, of Massey Cancer Center; John Mercer, of Williams Mullen; Allen Perkins, of Allen Perkins, CPA; Robert Westermann, of Hirschler Fleischer, PC; Sherry Williams Fox, of Bon Secours Richmond Health System; and Shyrell A. Reed, Esq., of LeClair Ryan, PC. LINC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ease the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing education, assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.: Chenchen Yin, James P. Atkinson, Rebecca E. Stoneman, Eric C. Albee, Michael A. Anderson, Alexis D. Baker, Morgan C. Bedsworth, Jeffrey C. Beecher, Amanda H. Bird, Kirsten L. Bischof, Kaleigh S. Blanton, Robert H. Bley, Katherine E. Brann, Adam A. Bruce, Matthew C. Bryant, Rustin W. Cashel, Kathryn M. Chakales, Daniel G. Chen, Brian R. Clark, Melissa A. Coates, Alyssa M. Connifey, Emily K. Cothran, John F. Daylor, Raymond L. Doggett, Alex J. Froelich, Erin N. Gallagher, Tess W. Gardner, Chantal J. Ghoussoub, Emily C. Gunther, Samantha A. Habib, Sarah A. Hale, Casey E. Hall, Faith C. Harvey, Courtney E. Hill, Andrew R. Hopkins, Tyler N. Huffman, Adelina L. Jones, Caroline L. Kelley, Laura B. Kenny, Bradley P. Kensinger, Kathryn A. Lacy, Rebecca A. Leaf, Heather P. Leath, David A. Lurie, Gabriel A. Mastromano, John F. Messer, Melissa K. Migliarese, Madison M. Moore, Katlyn S. Nasta, Austin J. Palmer, Roya A. Pardis, Lucas N. Parkins, Anna M. Satterfield, Bryan J. Shadron, Harrison T. Shiner, Andrew H. Spicknall, Katherine L. Spicknall, Renee M. Valiquett, Stephanie A. Walton, Suzanna C. Watkins, Kevin W. Tat, Philip Trinh, Kevin M. Cox, Ariel M. Schmidt, Jennifer H. Walsh, Irene C. Gardner, David L. Micheli, Matthew S. Moliterno, Caitlin A. Mulligan, Maxwell M. Schick, Zane W. Seals, Mitchell L. Thomas, Graham H. Wilson, Mary-Ellen Burnette, Chelsea N. Duty, Ian S. Simmons, Peter J. Smith, Cary T. Allin, Nolan J. Borzelleca, Emily C. Bowden, Jennifer K. Brigle, Kelsey E. Burke, Maria S. Coleman, Alexander A. Fraser, Steven M. Hinkes, John P. Hutchinson, Ryan B. Inge, Kristen R. Irving, Tyler P. Kastelberg, William J. Kinton, Emily E. Leister, Charles R. Lipford, Chatham G. Lovette, Allyson L. McElroy, William D. Miller, Lily R. Mochary, Alison P. Newton, Robert H. Newton, Jacob M. Peninger, Mary E. Richardson, Sean M. Ridge and Ted T. Rother, of Richmond; Scott P. Welch, Richard W. Schweikert, Andrew S. Milligan, Meredith E. Leonard, Catherine M. Lillard, Donald J. Kendall, Austin R. Hayes, Patrick M. Fitzsimmons, Nayana T. Chiluvuri, Hanna L. Brooks, Nicole N. Capriola, Erin C. Fitzgerald, Sunghee Min and William D. Strait, of Henrico; Joshua G. Carter and Katherine A. Mawyer, of Sandston; and Heather R. Clark, Brandon R. Dean, Amber A. Ding, John B. Ditrapani, Harry F. Hoffman, Rachel A. Honodel, Kieran J. Lee, Danielle R. Logan, Katherine R. McSweeney, Nicole L. Nagasawa, Alexandra L. Nowak, Jesus Ramirez, Jordan E. Ritchey, Rushi A. Shah, Taylor M. Thesing, Connie Tran, Allison E. Wheeler, Elisabeth H. Adams, Meliha K. Aljabar, Rachel D. Atkins, Robert M. Baxter, Taylor A. Blankenship, Quinn L. Brogan, Kelly R. Brubaker, Katrina L. Butz, Katelyn E. Clark, Kathryn A. Czerwonka, Anna E. Dietz, Courtney S. Dobbs, EdmundBlake T. Dosunmu, Morgan L. Eary, Jennifer S. Eisenrauch, Carmen P. Fields, Erica S. Flagg, Sierra K. Freeze, Caroline R. Gallagher, Shelley N. Gosaie, Mariellyn S. Hagy, Maureen E. Howren, Allison M. Hughes, Kathryn A. Hummel, Kevin P. Hunt, Madison G. Irwin, Christopher R. Kestle, Christine S. Lee, John D. Lohr, Blaise G. Lopez, Kathryn E. McNeal, Morgan L. Middleton, Andrew J. Morgan, Stefan C. Moritz, Phillip W. Mosberg, Evan H. Moses, Jennifer N. Nguyen, Patrick E. Nichols, Jessica B. Obeck, Jessica L. Pavlidis, Khang D. Pham, George S. Piazza, Janani Ravi, Savannah M. Reeves, Suzanne L. Rosser, Conner R. Schmitz, Brach H. Schwegman, Katherine J. Schwegman, Raees Seedat, Nakul P. Sharma, Jacob T. Smith, Jonathan J. Stein, Rachel Stein, Christina A. Swanson, Serena J. Tang, Brittany A. Tarzia, Abigail L. Todd, Benjamin A. White, Brooke L. Wright, Kaitlin L. Merriman, Christina M. Brennan, Katherine M. Broadway and Joseph R. Chirco, of Glen Allen.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Conservation and Recreation – W. Bruce Wingo, of Richmond, vice president of Norfolk Southern Corporation; Board of Housing and Community Development – Robert R. Kaplan, Jr., of Richmond, managing partner for Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, PLC; Board of Nursing – Dr. Margaret C. Teu, of Richmond, certified nurse practitioner for Richmond City Health District; Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors – C. David Hudgins, of Richmond, director of member and external affairs for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative; and Virginia Housing Commission – Laura D. Lafayette, of Glen Allen, CEO of Richmond Association of Realtors.
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

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > 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.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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