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Milestones


Abby Patterson, a graduate of Henrico High School, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring term at Centre College in Danville, Ky. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain at least a 3.6 grade point average. Patterson is the daughter of Scot and Adena Patterson, of Richmond.

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The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.: Phat D. Atran, Zachary D. Boyce, Matthew R. Brock, Alexander B. Burton, Mark A. Christian, Jr., Edward A. Coglio, William A. Coursey, Taylor Y. Dowell, Cameron L. Dunnavant, Noyan F. Erermis, Jameson A. Goodell, Edward P. Gottwald, Nicholas R. Hassell, Hayden E. Hodges, Carson N. Hogge, Stuart F. Hughes, Jacob T. Humrich, Ryan M. Jacoby, Charles T. Jenkins, Simone R. Jimenez, Gary D. LeClair, Jr., Ryan A. Lee, Donald M. Martin, Robert C. Michie, Joseph R. Porzio, William N. Potter, Paul A. Raymond, Sean P. Rogers, Jackson H. Sain, McDonald Wellford, III, Conrad K. Wharton, Jr.; Jeffrey C. Willis, Caroline D. Wortham and Andrew P. Yancey, of Richmond; and Luke W. Snead, of Henrico. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a cadet must have a grade point average of at least 3.0.

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John Hilker, of Glen Allen, will attend Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. in the fall. Hilker plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is a graduate of Deep Run High School.

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The following students graduated from Virginia Tech in May: Meliha Aljabar, Taylor Blankenship, Ethan Bramble, Kolden Buehler, Katrina Butz, Erin Chafe, Anna Dietz, Danielle Dougherty, Alecia Englehart, Sierra Freeze, Kathryn Hummel, Wynn Hunsaker, Charles Johnson, Chelsea Livingston, Kathleen Matthews, Lee McKinnon, Shelley Morgan, Savannah Reeves, Jonathan Stein, Abigail Todd, Daniel Whisler, Brooke Wright, Christina Brennan, Amber Ding, Jay Gowda, Kimberly Keesecker, Kieran Lee, Chang Liu, Steven Preskitt, Connie Tran and Robert Waldrop, of Glen Allen; Christopher Setzer, of Highland Springs; Katherine Mawyer and Jonathan Wooddy, of Sandston; Diana Kent, of Henrico; and Jennifer Walsh, Irene Gardner, Maxwell Schick, Joseph Clayton, Chelsea Duty, Cameron Simmons, Peter Smith, Idriz Aljic, Cary Allin, Mary Boteler, Emily Bowden, Kelsey Burke, Grace Cardwell, Laura Hare, Arnez Harris-Randall, Steven Hinkes, Francis Hunt, Douglas Ivey, William Kinton, Allyson McElroy, Mitchell Murray, Gary Nave, Mary Richardson, Ross Tudor, Jonathan Schmick, Casey Stoneman, Michael Anderson, Alexis Baker, Adam Bruce, Matthew Bryant, Kathryn Chakales, Emily Cothran, John Daylor, Cameron Farbotko, Elizabeth Feuerstein, Catherine Fuson, Spencer Guld, Alexander Hopkins, Adelina Jones, Stephanie Knight, Kathryn Lacy, Elizabeth LaRoe, Anna Larsen, Sara Mackenzie, Gabriel Mastromano, Matthew Mattioli, Jennifer Murphy, Alexander Norton, Matthew Peterson, Vikram Rajasekaran, Richard Rhodemyre, Anna Satterfield, Bryan Shadron, Katherine Shaia, Andrew Spicknall, Renee Valiquett, Rebecca Wayland and Ashley Dalton, of Richmond.

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The following residents have enrolled at James Madison University for the fall 2012 semester: Emily Kidd, Erin Thady, Brigitte Wendel, Ashanti Wright and Victoria Powell, of Sandston; Kayla Amico, Christopher Burnett, Pavan Gudimetta, Katey Hale, Sarah Henley, Lauren Hershey, Jonathon Robbins, Nathan Talman, Laura Dobbs, John Levy, Christian Mann, Katlin Cannon, Megan Hines, Alexander Murphy, Nathan Nichols, Garrett Parrilla, Lauren Sturgill, Nicole Walker, Rachel Basil, Patrick Willard, Conner O’Keefe, Jennifer Dawkins, Taylor Lewis, Meghan Daly, Caitlin Bramhall, Lauren Johnson, Carly Stratton, DeShondra Dandridge, Kerry Maier, Wesley Bumgarner, Alissa Good, Heather Merriman, Hayden Peterson, Erin Livingston, Zachary Carter, Scottie Smith, Kelley Berman, Carlyn Pearce, Sarah Scheid, Megan McKinley, Harrison Whitten, Kendall Perez, Amber Lincoln, Samantha Strusky, Diana Truong, George Paxton and Kerry Morgan, of Glen Allen; Rachel Fletcher and Jalyn Britton, of Henrico; and Jametra Cooper, Adrian Carpenter, Xavier Crocker, Shakear McFadden, Jake Spiro, Danielle Townes, Javionte Johnson, Virgil Phillips, Myrtle Mines, Melecio Silva, Emanuela Kusi, Marshall Mayhew, Willie Woodard, Demari Winston, Tony Jenkins, Elizabeth Fox, Mary-Venice Paciocco, Aneshia Gough, Toshima Scott, Chelsey Harvey, Amouri Howey, Kendall Rogers, Hannah Sullivan and Eunique Hamilton, of Richmond.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed local residents to several boards and commissions: Advisory Board on Massage Therapy – Stephanie Quinby, of Richmond, owner of RVA Massage and Wellness; Virginia Birth Related Neurological Injury Compensation Fund – Dr. Vanessa S. Rakestraw, of Richmond, policy analyst with the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services; Virginia Board of Social Services – Dr. Jack Knapp, of Sandston, executive director emeritus of the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists; and Virginia Land Conservation Foundation – Herbert L. Dunford, Jr., of Henrico, associate at Martin’s Supermarkets.

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The following residents have enrolled at Western Nebraska Community College for the fall 2012 semester: Tahir Little, Quantae Cooley and Willie Mangum, IV, of Richmond. Little plans to study journalism; Cooley and Mangum have not yet declared majors.
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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