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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

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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