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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

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

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.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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