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Michael Holt, a graduate of Godwin High School, and Conan Zhao, a graduate of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, recently received Johnson Scholarships to attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and candidates are chosen on the basis of exceptional academic and personal promise. The scholarships provide at least tuition, room and board, and allow students to graduate debt-free. Holt and Zhao began classes at W&L in September.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed local residents to several boards and commissions: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission – Nick Faraone, of Henrico, vice president of Senior Solutions of Richmond; and Lynne Kytle Seward, of Richmond, CEO of A Grace Place Adult Care Center; Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Board – Thomas J. Kirkup, of Richmond; Board of Directors of the Small Business Financing Authority – James S. Thomas, of Richmond, executive vice president and chief credit officer of Eastern Virginia Bankshares; Board of Medical Assistance Services – Brian H. Ewald, of Glen Allen, regional sales manager of medical devices; Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees – H. Benson Dendy, III, of Richmond, president of The Vectre Corporation; Virginia Museum of Natural History – Christina S. Draper, of Richmond, program coordinator with the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies; and Board for Veterans Services – Don Lecky, of Richmond, CEO of Westminster Canterbury.

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The following students began classes at Ferrum College in September: Jessica Jones and Breonna Tharrington, of Highland Springs; Jessica Presgraves and Travis Epps, of Sandston; Crystal James, Thomas Betts and Charles Spicer, of Henrico; and Shelbie Hall, Elizabeth Dahl, Taylor Rutledge, Willie Smith, Wade Ostrowski, Michael Schamerhorn, Clair Coley, Mendel Smith-Harris and Jordan Ramirez, of Glen Allen.

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Basir Artist-Warrington, of Richmond, has enrolled in Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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