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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

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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