Samuel George Johnson, a graduate of Highland Springs High School, and John Donald Lloyd, a graduate of Deep Run High School, have enrolled as Patrick Henry Scholars with the class of 2016 at Hampden-Sydney College. The Patrick Henry Scholarship is named to honor the American patriot and early trustee of Hampden-Sydney. Recipients of the Patrick Henry Scholarship are recognized for leadership and academic achievement.


Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Dentistry – Dr. Charles E. Gaskins, III, of Richmond, periodontist and president of Gaskins and Associates; and Melanie C. Swain, of Richmond, dental hygienist with Westhampton Dentistry; Board of Directors of the Small Business Financing Authority – Monica Rao, of Henrico, self-employed; State Executive Council for At-Risk Youth and Families – Patricia S. O’Bannon, of Henrico, member of the Board of Supervisors, Tuckahoe District; and Greg Peters, of Richmond, president and CEO of United Methodist Family Services.


Percy Andrews and Blair Farinholt, of Richmond, have been awarded scholarships at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The Denison Alumni Award recognizes academic achievement, leadership and personal merit. Both students are members of the class of 2016.


Julie Sjostrom, of Glen Allen, has been named to the dean’s list for the summer 2012 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.899. Sjostrom is majoring in international affairs and modern foreign language.

Patient First to offer free Halloween candy x-rays

Patient First will offer free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy at all neighborhood medical centers from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.

While an adult should always inspect candy before allowing a child to enjoy their trick-or-treating rewards, the free X-ray offer gives parents an additional precaution to consider and to provide peace of mind. X-rays may detect objects such as glass, metal or plastic; however, parents still need to provide supervision, since some foreign materials may not appear in x-rays. > Read more.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Children ages 2-8 and their families are invited to Henricus Historical Park at 3 p.m. for Haunted Henricus, Jr.: Things That Go Bump in the Afternoon. There will be stories, a treats tour and make-and-take 17th-century crafts. Admission is $5 each; free for Henricus patrons. Register by Oct. 26 to 748-1611. For details, visit Full text

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