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Wheelchair archers take aim at Dorey

A competitor prepares to release his arrow at a target during the National Veterans Wheelchair Games archery competition at Dorey Park in Varina on June 28.
Numerous competitors at last week’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games archery competition at Dorey Park in Varina were too good, repeatedly wearing out the bullseyes on their targets until those targets had to be exchanged among participants.

The competitors were among hundreds who came to Metro Richmond last month to compete in the games during a six-day span.

“Aside from the heat, it went off beautifully,”said Jane Walsh, the head official for the archery meet who was serving her 22nd year with the games.

Temperatures reached 98 degrees during the four hours of competition that began at about 8 a.m. June 28.

More than 60 competitors shot on 33 targets for 12 rounds -–six from 50 meters away and six from 30 meters away. Each competitor shot six arrows per round.

"Probably the hardest part of all is to make sure there are enough volunteers, because it takes at least three per target,” Walsh said.

There were more than enough volunteers to help with tasks ranging from helping load arrows to keeping core to bringing wet towels to competitors during breaks.

“This is the highlight of my year,” Walsh said of the games.“It is an honor to serve the veterans, to be able to be there and to be able to give them a quality event.

“It is an opportunity to interact, to be able to give back to someone who has given almost all of the themselves for this country.”

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games began in Richmond in 1981 with just 74 competitors. Since then, the games have been held each year at cities across the country, rising to nearly 600 competitors.

This was the first year since the inception that the competition was brought back to Metro Richmond.

Other competitions held included basketball,softball and quad rugby.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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