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Hampden-Sydney College recently inducted senior Richard Michael Pantele into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college men and women. The Lambda Circle of DOK selects students based on their influence as campus leaders to better campus life and to encourage high standards in all activities. A government major, Pantele is a graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pantele, of Richmond.

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Charlotte Gomer, a Denison University student from Henrico, is currently studying with the Arcadia College of Global Studies Program in Italy for the fall 2012 semester. Through this off-campus study program, students continue to receive full credit toward a Denison degree while pursuing diverse research or academic opportunities. Gomer is a member of the class of 2014.

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Charles Newton Whitaker, Jr., of Richmond, recently enrolled at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. He is majoring in general engineering.

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The 2012 Homecoming King and Queen Court at Eastern Kentucky University included J.R. Tucker High School graduate Cari Tretina, of Glen Allen. The coronation came at halftime of the Colonels’ 45-14 win over Austin Peay State University on Oct. 13. Tretina, sponsored by Order of Omega, is the daughter of Marilee and Paul Tretina. She is a senior political science and public relations major at EKU.
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

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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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