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Emily Mounce, Neal Moriconi, Akash Jain, Eric Clark and Robyn Abernathy of Richmond and Melissa Limbaugh of Glen Allen have gained membership to the Marching Virginians of Virginia Tech. To qualify for the marching band students must audition one week before the beginning of classes each fall.

Commonly known as The Spirit of Tech, Virginia Tech’s marching band is in its 37th year. Founded in 1974, The Marching Virginians have performed for hundreds of nationally televised football games and parades.

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Michael C. Leopold, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, recently received a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar-Award for 2010. The award provides Leopold with $60,000 to spend over five years in support of his research assisted by Richmond undergraduates. Fewer than 10 of the awards are made annually by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Inc.

Leopold studies nanomaterials in the environment, work that is at the junction of materials science and bioanalytical chemistry. He is particularly interested in the interactions between synthetic nanomaterials and biomolecules.

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The Home Building Association of Richmond recently appointed the following new officers: president – David Owen of Boone Homes; vice president (builder) – Ollin Toler of Gumenick Properties; vice president (associate) – Skip Eastman of iLevel by Weyerhaeuser; treasurer – David Fahy of Village Bank; at-large builder on executive committee – Sarah Kellam of Homeplaces; at-large builder on executive committee – Rob Lanphear of Ryan Homes; at-large associate on executive committee – Brandon Beswick of C&F Mortgage; past president representative – Eddie Goode of Colonial; executive committee – Homecrafters; immediate past president – Kevin McNulty of Lifestyle Builders & Developers.

New board members for the Home Building Association of Richmond are Kirk Aikey of Aikey Construction; Jeremy Harring of Harring Construction; Doug Jones, CPA of B2B CFO and Dave Smith of Thalhimer.

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Virginia's Division of Capitol Police promoted four police officers, including two Henrico residents, at a ceremony earlier this week. Thomas Hickey was promoted to the position of lieutenant, special operations and Jesse Gilliam was promoted to the position of shift sergeant, daily shift.

Hickey has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience with DCP. His new duties consist of managing the day-to-day operations of Investigations, administrative oversight and coordination of the Critical Incident Team and the Crowd Response Teams, development of the Division’s operations plans for special events and intelligence.

Gilliam has more than 15 years of law enforcement experience.  His new duties involve supervising patrolmen assigned and daily operations of the day shift. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a helicopter aircrewman and undersea acoustic analyst. 

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed Shelly Shuman-Johnson of Chesterfield to the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision. Shuman-Johnson is the director of the Henrico County Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

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Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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.

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