Citizen Staff Reports 06/30/11
A Henrico County boy will be back in the national spotlight for the second year in a row next month at the Major League Baseball All-Star game.
Ten-year-old Nick Biddison of Glen Allen is once again a national finalist in the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. For the second year in a row, Biddison is one of three boys who will compete for the national title in the 9-10 year-old age division.
The competition will be held in Phoenix, prior to the MLB Home Run Derby July 11. Biddison and the other competitors (three boys and three girls in each of four age brackets) also will shag fly balls during the Home Run Derby, which will be televised nationally.
More than 600,000 youngsters competed for the right to advance to the finals. Last year, Biddison finished third in his age bracket prior to the All-Star game in Anaheim, Calif.
Biddison's journey this year began at a MLB Pitch, Hit and Run local level competition held in April at RF&P Park in Glen Allen. The local winners qualified to compete in a sectional competition in Hopewell in May. Nine different sectional competitions held throughout Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. fed into the next level of competition, which featured the top three overall winners from among those sectionals in each age bracket. That competition was held at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.
In Phoenix, Biddison will compete against boys from Laverne, Calif., and Beaumont, Tex.
Biddison has been playing baseball with the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association for the past five years and is on the league's all-star ream, which recently won the Babe Ruth Division 3 Tournament. The team will compete in the state tournament in Lexington next month for a chance to earn a berth in the Babe Ruth World Series in Winchester in August.
Biddison also has played travel baseball for the Glen Allen Slammers, and recently spent a week playing with the Tidewater Drillers in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y.
To read an article about Biddison's journey last year, click here: http://www.henricocitizen.com/index.php/sports/article/a_big_league_experience_for_9_year_old
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks has several events to offer residents this weekend! Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer at Meadow Farm Museum? Learn more about the African Americans who served in the Union Army during the Civil War at Dabbs House Museum, or check out the Henrico County Adventure Series. The Division of Fire will dedicate the new Fire Station #7 this weekend as well. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
But animated South African film has its moments
You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals. > Read more.
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