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SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF CHESTERFIELD COUNTY 10.28.10 PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY || ONLINE EVERY DAY EXPLAIN �P2 College donates over $1,000 to Domestic Violence Task Force. EXPLAIN �P4 SAFE to sponsor American Medicine Chest Challenge. EXPLORE �P5 Haunted Lantern Tours this Friday at historic Magnolia Grange. EXERCISE �P7 Sam Hunt juggles football and stock car racing. EXPECT �P9 Pink Tie Gala a roaring good time for a great cause. Safety is first priority for Halloween trick-or-treaters On Sunday, Oct. 31, thousands of children dressed as his or her favorite monster or character will ring doorbells for the annual Halloween tradition of collecting candy. Chesterfield County does not regulate trick-or-treating or recognize Halloween as a holiday, according to the county's Public Affairs office. The department recommends homeowners to check with their neighborhood association about events and guidelines. The American Red Cross, Capital Virginia Region, encourages safety to be the primary focus as the witches and goblins take to the streets: When getting ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which could cover the eyes; Remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark. And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, skateboards and brooms; Map out the route that you plan to roam, so everyone knows where you plan to be; Take flashlights to use as you travel and do not walk in the streets, use sidewalks; Please look both ways before you cross the street and don't hide between parked cars; Stay off the lawns and only visit homes that have the porch lights on; Do not go inside anyone's home unless an adult is with you; Wigs, capes and costumes are often flammable,so avoid open flames; Even if you are trick-ortreating with your parents or friends, take a cell phone so you can easily call home; and Have a grown-up inspect PHOTO BY LATIKA LEE candy when you are done Midlothian High School Marching band's lower brass section practices before taking the field earlier this month during an trick-or-treating to remove October competition. open packages and choking hazards. For more safety tips, visit www.redcross.org Superior Sound `In Synch' at State Band Festival BY LATIKA LEE special correspondent E very Friday night during high school football season, fans go under the bright lights to cheer on their favorite varsity football team. Some dress in their school colors; others, like the mascot, supports the team from the sidelines of the gridiron. But, there's an unofficial "fifth quarter", where high school band, color guard and auxiliary units take the spotlight. Depending on which team has home field advantage, the band performs pre-game, at half-time or post-game to entertain the audience. Nonetheless, there are countless hours of preparation and coordination that take place behind the scenes before one step is taken on the field. The "season" begins in August with band camp. During the fall, the band may also perform at pep rallies, local parades and several band competitions. The highlight culminates in a judged performance at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) statewide marching festival which takes place over the course of two weekends at seven different sites. Last Saturday, Cosby, Clover Hill, Manchester and Midlothian High School bands participated in the statewide assessment. James River and Monacan High School marching bands will be evaluated on Oct. 30 when they travel to the southeast site at Warhill High School in Williamsburg. VBODA, a unit of the Virginia Music Educators Association, is comprised of all of the band and orchestra teachers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. "Band camp starts in August and lasts for three weeks," explained Jenny Ryan, Monacan High School Bands Director, "We practice four days a week, SUPERIOR page 4 PHOTO BY KENNY MOORE Going'Over the Edge' for Special Olympics VA Brother and sister celebrate a finish to the base of the building at the Special Olympics Virginia 'Over the Edge' fund raising event on Friday, Oct. 22. Heidi Lynn Schlicher is a recent graduate of James River High School, where Matt Schlicher is currently a senior. Full story on page 7. Chesterfield's Churchyard Cemeteries book published A book on Chesterfield's Churchyard Cemeteries is being published by the cemetery committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia This book includes inscriptions from all church burial grounds within the historical boundaries of Chesterfield County. The names of over 7,000 individuals are listed. Also included are listings from two memorial gardens and two family cemeteries that adjoin churches. The book includes a photo for each site that has markers remaining and includes information from death certificates, church records and obituaries to identify unmarked graves. This is a limited printing and proceeds from sales will be used to publish the committee's next work on family and community (non-church) cemeteries. The book is available by pre-order through the CHSV main office at PO Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832. The book sells for $21 plus sales tax ($1.05), with an additional $5 for those desiring it be mailed to them. As the center for Chesterfield County history, the mission of the CHSV is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the county's past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information, please call (804)796-7121 or visit www.chesterlions.com or www.chesterfieldhistory. com PHOTO BY DEAN HOFFMEYER/MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE Tom Brinda, Lewis Ginter assistant director, horticulture, demonstrating some fall garden cleanup/preparation tasksdropping annual rye grass seed Many see gardens, lawns extending into autumn BY TAMMIE SMITH Media General News Service annuals until the first frost kills them and be in no rush to plant bulbs. In cenall has arrived -- with rains tral Virginia, the ground usually doesn't that have softened the soil and get too hard to do planting until around cooler temperatures that are December, and the first fall frost that perfect for getting out and do- kills tender plants is probably a couple ing fall garden chores. of weeks or more away. "Gardeners are optimists. They are "Usually, it's the third week in Octoalways looking forward to the next ber," said Ruth Tierney, a Virginia certigrowing season," said Tom Brinda, assis- fied horticulturist at Strange's Garden tant executive director for horticulture Center. "We've had it as late as the third and education at Lewis Ginter Botanical week in November." Garden. Tierney, Brinda and Susan Edwards It's a busy time at Lewis Ginter, as of the Chesterfield County office of annuals are pulled, bulbs, pansies and Virginia Cooperative Extension offered cover crops are planted, and vegetable tips on preparing lawns and gardens for and flower beds amended, among the the cold months ahead. many other tasks needed to keep the The experts share some things you gardens there looking good year-round. should be doing to get your yard and "We do things a little earlier than a garden prepared for the cold months homeowner would," Brinda said. "In ahead and for next spring: � Repair or establish lawn Courtesy of Chesterfield our case, we are on schedule to get tens of thousands of bulbs in the ground. Fall is the best time to establish a Historical Society Homeowners, in contrast, may keep new lawn or improve an existing lawn F using cool-season grasses such as tall fescue. Around Labor Day is optimum for reseeding, though many people probably held off because September was hot and dry. Virginia Cooperative Extension experts say the best time to plant cool-season grasses in the southern Piedmont and eastern areas of the state is from September through Oct. 15, or February and March. Sod, another option for repairs and new lawns, can be put down anytime the ground is not frozen. If your lawn is heavily used and has thatch buildup, core aeration, which uses a special machine to remove plugs of earth, can reduce soil compaction. Get a soil test to determine fertilizer and lime needs. Virginia Cooperative Extension publishes a list of best turf grasses for the state. Edwards, program technician for FALL page 5 BON AIR || BRANDERMILL || GENITO || MIDLOTHIAN || ROBIOUS || SALISBURY || WOODLAKE 2 || OCTOBER 28, 2010 EXPLAIN NEWS || FEATURES MIDLOTHIANEXCHANGE.COM Delegate Lingamfelter presents resolution to commend The Cold War Museum Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R- Prince William and parts of Fauquier) presented a resolution to Midlothian resident Francis Gary Powers, Jr. to commend his work on behalf of the Cold War Museum. Patroned by Delegate Lingamfelter, House Joint Resolution 189 was introduced and passed by the General Assembly during the 2010 session. Francis Gary Powers, Jr. is the son of Francis Gary Powers, a CIA pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. After 21 months and nine days, Powers was released in Potsdam, Germany and returned to the United States. To memorialize all those who served during the Cold War, Francis Gary Powers, Jr. and John Welch founded The Cold War Museum in 1996. Located at Vint Hill, Virginia in Fauquier County, the museum takes permanent residence on the site of the former Vint Hill Farms Station used during the Cold War by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the United States Army to safeguard the United States against a nuclear attack. Previously a mobile exhibit, the Cold War Museum travelled around the world promoting interest in the creation of a permanent facility. In December of 2009, the museum signed a lease with the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority (EDA), the owner of the 695-acre former U.S. Army communications base. With the financial support from the Vint Hill EDA and the Fauquier County Industrial Development Authority (FCIDA), the museum plans to open its doors to the public in 2011. According to Powers, "The Cold War Museum is fortunate to have found a home at Vint Hill in Fauquier County. Vint Hill is an appropriate location for The Cold War Museum because of its rich history as an Army Communication Base used during the Cold War to monitor electronic communications. We are excited about our new home and look forward to opening to the public in 2011." "Since its founding in 1996, the Cold War Museum has sought to preserve the local and regional history of the Cold War and to honor those men and women who served valiantly in our armed forces to defeat communism and promote stability world-wide. Thanks to the generous support COURTESY PHOTO Pictured from left to right; Bruce Jamerson, Clerk of the House of Delegates; Delegate Scott Lingamfelter; Francis Gary Powers, Jr, Francis Gary Powers, III; and Jennifer Powers at the General Assembly building during the presentation of House Joint Resolution 189 that recognizes Francis Gary Powers, Jr. for his work on behalf of the Cold War Museum located in Fauquier County.. from numerous groups, this museum has and will continue to fill a substantial void in our interpretation of post-World War II history and today's ceremony was another step forward in recognizing their efforts," said Delegate Lingamfelter during yesterday's presentation. For more information on the Cold War Museum, please visit www.coldwar.org. - courtesy of The Cold War Museum all Festival yterian Church F First Annual Salisbury Presb Many thanks to the Midlothian community who came out to support SPC FALL FEST. Those who attended enjoyed great food, great entertainment, and lots of fun, all for a great cause! The funds raised will be used to assist local and international missions, including Birthing Kits for Haiti, as well as the Youth and Music programs at SPC. Special thanks to Doug Peyronnet and the VIPs, who generously donated their musical talents as they kicked off the entertainment for the day in fine style. We greatly appreciate the financial support from our Corporate Sponsors: Bryant & Stratton College donates over $1,000 to Domestic Violence Task Force In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Bryant & Stratton College has donated $1,000 to the Chesterfield County Domestic Violence Task Force. The donation will enable the task force to reprint 40,000 emergency information and referral cards for distribution to potential victims of domestic violence throughout the region. "It is exciting to see an educational institution such as Bryant & Stratton acknowledge the need for awareness about domestic violence," said Jacqueline Dean, chair of the Chesterfield County Domestic Violence Task Force. "The staff is, indeed, an inspiration for their efforts to educate students about healthy relationships, and for helping to spread the word about the prevention and intervention of domestic violence incidents. The task force is honored to be the recipient of this donation to assist in our work." While presenting the gift, Bryant & Stratton's Virginia Campus Director Beth Murphy said that two of the local college's students have died in the last three years as a result of domestic violence. She expressed appreciation for the task force's work and noted that the college has a responsibility to help women in need. The Chesterfield County campus serves 1,800 students each year. Eighty percent are women. The Chesterfield County Domestic Violence Task Force is a coalition of agencies and concerned citizens dedicated to providing leadership in preventing and responding to domestic violence in the community. The emergency information and referral card is a compact card with phone numbers to local resources for domestic violence victims. For more information about the task force, visit www.dvtaskforce.com or call (804)717-6179. - courtesy of Chesterfield County GOLD BRONZE Village Bank Tutor Doctor � Bill Thompson Charles Jewett, DDS Home Link � Bill Maslink Prem Das � State Farm Olson Financial Services � Ray Olson Craig Via Realty & Relocation Colonial 1st Mortgage � Dave Russell Primrose School � Deb Kurtz Ferrero USA � Walt Coleman (804) 794-5311 � www.TheSalisbury Church.org Forums focus on future of education What does the future hold for Chesterfield County Public Schools? A series of forums featuring dynamic speakers will offer information, pose questions and seek answers. Invited to attend these forums on the future are community members, business leaders, parents, teachers, students and school administrators. Taking place 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall, the forums begin the process of updating the strategic plan of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Admission to the forums is free; reservations are not required. Wednesday, Nov. 3 "Education Must Be the Father of Invention" 7-9 p.m. at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive � Severe allergies inspired Monacan graduate Eric Edwards to find a better way to deliver life-saving medicine. Intelliject, the company he founded with his identical twin, produces innovative medical devices that are gaining widespread use. Wednesday, Nov. 10 "Can World Peace Begin in Chesterfield?" 7-9 p.m. at Thomas Dale High, 3626 W. Hundred Road � Motivated by a creative approach to instruction, John Hunter's fourth-grade students seek peaceful solutions to global problems. 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Valid only for local residents on first visit at participating clubs. �2009 Snap Fitness, Inc. participating clubs. �2010 Snap Fitness, Inc. TM TM MIDLOTHIANEXCHANGE.COM EXPLAIN NEWS || FEATURES OCTOBER 28, 2010 || 3 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR BY ELIZABETH FARINA email@example.com Safety first A few weeks ago I shared an incident where a stranger got into my car during the commuters' hours on a busy road and asked to be driven downtown. One reader suggested I ask law enforcement about what actions are recommended in case this type of situation happens to another person. Chesterfield County Police Officer Cpl. Tim Lamb suggested that a person should get out of the car, and if possible, take the keys with him or her. Stepping out into traffic may sound counter-intuitive, but it would work. Cpl. Lamb pointed out that the car would become a road block. Any vehicles behind my car would, at first, get irritated that the morning commuter flow had stalled, but, the action would draw the needed attention to get help. "Think, if a person is brazen enough to get into your car, who knows what else they might do," Cpl. Lamb said. He also added that instead of calling the boss, best friend, or a loved one after being a victim in any situation, call 911. Getting a description of a suspect, especially physical details that are hard to quickly change, will help police identify the suspect and get them off the streets. Halloween MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE WORLD FROM MY VIEW: THE 17TH AMENDMENT Repealing 17th Amendment will help restore power to people Americans of all political stripes will appreciate the importance of abolishing this unsound amendment once the benefits ring clearly. If accomplished, it will be so significant, that calls for term limits on senators may cease. Our Founding Fathers, in framing the Constitution, wisely devised a structure that would allow the sharing of power between the sovereign states and federal government, known as federalism. They intended to preserve states' rights as a check against an abusive federal government and runaway legislation, among other things. Originally, Article 1, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution called for two senators from each state and they were to be chosen by the legislatures, thereof. This allowed each state to more directly influence federal legislation in matters affecting that state's interests as well as guard it's treasured, sovereign status. Senatorial candidates had no need of massive campaign war chests funded by giant corporate donors to win elections, because their colleagues appointed them. The 17th Amendment changed all that, calling for senators to be elected by popular vote of the people in the state, rather than through it's governing body. The public could then vote for itself largess from the treasury with less interference from real statesmen, consequently, hastening the republic's demise. Please note this amendment was ratified on April 8, 1913, a pivotal year of progressive change that also brought the income tax (16th Amendment) and the Federal Reserve Act. States rights were rendered impotent as Washington bypassed them and went directly to citizens for taxes and new senators, weakening federalism and growing the power of the United States government. The private Federal Reserve cartel established a credit card for endless government spending and the Marxist income tax guaranteed a steady income stream to pay interest to the bankers. So, the era of big government, with help from the 17th Amendment, was born under the guise of democracy and freedom. The reason given for the amendment was to prevent lapses of representation when states, for various reasons, delayed appointing a senator. But these lapses were usually short and mostly occurred when Congress was out of session. This amendment upsets the delicate balance between state and federal power, a balance designed to keep tyranny in check. As a result, many in Congress now believe the federal government has unlimited power over the states and the American people, despite the 9th and 10th Amendments. What was the primary driver behind the 17th Amendment? Special interests! International bankers, giant foundations and corporate interests were concocting schemes to more effectively collectivize America and bring us into their vision of socialism, in order to fully control and loot vast amounts of wealth. That's nothing new, you might say. Consider this, in order to dominate most of the Senate, monied interests would have to buy off thousands of state legislators to get their candidates elected to the Senate, prior to the 17th Amendment. That's a daunting task. Now they can directly finance their own corrupt candidates and bribe just a majority of the 100 (current number) officeholders in order to guide the legislative process in their favor. This amendment greatly streamlined their lobbying efforts, thus expanding their dangerous influence over the entire government. Remember Ron Paul's Audit the Fed Bill? Over 75 percent of Americans wanted a full audit of the Federal Reserve but the Fed's aggressive lobbying efforts prevailed against the will of the people. Is it not supposed to be "we the people?" I tell you, it is we the megabanks and special interests that are in control, therefore, repealing the 17th Amendment will be a vital step in restoring power to the people and the states. To be sure, it is no panacea, but the repeal will bring greater equilibrium to a system of wisely crafted checks and balances, besieged by political sabotage. Please help to spread this message and contact your lawmakers demanding they support the repeal of the 17th Amendment. John K Rooney Tri-Cities Liberty Alliance Petersburg Of course, the streets will be flooded with thousands of trick-or-treaters on Sunday, Oct. 31. Halloween is one of those candy-taking, silly holidays that make kids want to stay young forever. Although the spooky theme usually means using dark shadows to add a pinch of fear, one might want light up the walking path like an airport runway so little feet can make it to the candy dish. Sprained ankles are just not as fun as a candy bar. Also, it's a no-brainer if you're driving that evening to watch out for the excited children dressed up in kooky and spooky costumes. Most are focused on how much candy they can gather and not necessarily paying attention � and that includes parents who are trying to keep count of the herd they are escorting through the neighborhood. Election Day Somehow it seems appropriate that Election Day falls so close to Halloween this year. The mid-term elections appear to have an air of fear attached to the ballot. For every registered voter that is afraid of the outcome and discounts the importance of the single vote, calm down and have your vote counted that day. For every registered voter who doesn't know who to cast a vote for on the ballot, get informed about each candidate in your district. For every registered voter, vote your conscience. Vote with purpose. Vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2. QUESTION OF THE WEEK Which one � Texas Rangers or San Francisco Giants � will become the 2010 World Series Champions? Are you going to be rooting for a team or clicking the remote for a different channel? Jim McConnell 13th annual Library of Virginia Awards Celebration SPORTS EDITOR jmconne@midlothian exchange.com Elizabeth Farina EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org "I've been a Yankee fan since I was 6, so I honestly could care less. I probably won't even watch a minute." "I will be rooting for the Rangers to win their first title ever and will probably be listening to games in an old-fashion way � via radio � because someone is grounded from the T.V." Sara Carter SALES email@example.com Virginia author, Adriana Trigiani, hosted the 13th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration held on Saturday, Oct. 16. Trigiani, who has hosted the event for the third consecutive year, is the popular author of the best seller, "Big Stone Gap". She continued her stories inspired by her hometown in the sequels, "Big Cherry Holler", "Milk Glass Moon" and "Home to Big Stone Gap". This year, readers throughout Virginia selected her as a finalist for the 2010 People's Choice Awards for her recent novel, "Very Valentine", which will be made into a Lifetime Original Movie in 2011. Joining Trigiani during the awards ceremony are (left to right) Tom and Pat Hassard, Helene Baumbalo (Midlothian residents), Adriana Trigiani, Sally Bagley and Adriana's sister, Pia Trigiani, whose Virginia law firm, MercerTrigiani, served as a corporate sponsor for the event. Courtesy of Patricia C. Hassard "I will not be watching. But I guess it would be nice for the Rangers to win their first title. I'm still disappointed about the Yankees but I guess other teams should win every now and then." Sara Snyder SALES firstname.lastname@example.org " Doesn't matter to me who wins. I will be changing the channel to watch other shows during the series." 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All correspondence submitted for publication must include first and last name, and for verification purposes only, a street address, and phone number. Letters may be edited for clarity, grammar & space. 4 || OCTOBER 28, 2010 EXPLAIN NEWS || FEATURES MIDLOTHIANEXCHANGE.COM Take the American Medicine Chest Challenge on Nov. 13 Highlights of the national challenge will include medication take-back events at Rockwood Park and the Colonial Heights Community Building On Saturday, Nov. 13, SAFE, Chesterfield County's substance abuse prevention coalition, will be coordinating the American Medicine Chest Challenge in Chesterfield County. The event also will take place in communities across the U.S. and will challenge residents to take the five-step American Medicine Chest Challenge: Take inventory of their prescription and over-the-counter medicines; Lock their medicine chests; Dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medicines in their homes or at an American Medicine Chest Challenge disposal site; Take their medicines exactly as prescribed; and Talk to their children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. SAFE, in collaboration with Chesterfield County police, will host a medication take-back event at Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road. A take-back event also will be held at the Colonial Heights Community Building, 157 Roanoke Ave., sponsored by the CADRE coalition and Colonial Heights police. Residents are encouraged to drop off any unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Medications will be incinerated, and empty pill bottles will be donated to area animal shelters for reuse. Free medication lockboxes will be randomly distributed at the Chesterfield event. The Virginia Poison Center, Regional Drug-Free Alliance, Chesterfield TRIAD and Richmond Family Magazine are also sponsors of the local American Medicine Chest Challenge. The abuse of prescription and overthe-counter drugs is a growing problem throughout the U.S. Seventy percent of people who abuse medicines get them from friends or family, often without their knowledge. Medicine disposal events help people rid their homes of these medications in an environmentally responsible way. For more information about the American Medicine Chest Challenge, visit www.americanmedicinechestchallenge.com or www.chesterfieldsafe.org, or call (804)796-7100. -courtesy of SAFE PHOTO PROVIDED BY SEARS HOLDING CORP. The Musical Eyes Light Set, new this year at Kmart, features eyeballs that randomly blink while playing "Somebody's Watching Me." Decorations add to Halloween fun are, the (new) m&m's porch greeters and the m&m costumes." asteful Halloween home d�cor may Traditional decorations are always good be an oxymoron -- especially if sellers, say Mukherjee and Schlosser. But both one's tastes run toward the Deluxe stores like to switch it up some every year. Dropping Corpse as living room At Kmart, a half-sized version of a Lurchaccessory. like, motion-activated talking butler sold so But that's what makes this holiday a favor- well last Halloween, he's been upgraded to lifeite. Got dust? Great. Cobwebs? Better. Skelsized. At kmart.com, Mukherjee has a few gietons in the closet? It's time to pull `em out. ant, man-eating spiders from which to choose, "The eyeballs and spiders are very imporincluding a new one with glowing red eyes. tant," says Dev Mukherjee. "A little scary, but Target offers a completely new palette of on the funny end." dinner- and partyware every season, always Mukherjee, in charge of seasonal items and pushing the envelope just a little further, toys for the nation's Sears and Kmart stores, Schlosser says. This year it's detailed, hollowis scared to death of spiders. Which is why he eyed skulls on melamine plates and amber loves Kmart's menacing 6-foot-wide, red-eyed goblets straight out of a creaky Victorian arachnid. No fear factor, no thrill, he says. manse. "It's like being on a (scary) ride or watching The Evil Economic Downturn is still playa scary movie. It makes you glad to be alive." ing tricks on spending, and so both stores have Admittedly, Animated Zombie Hands are consciously included lots of low-cost items in not everyone's cup of Ghoulade. At Target, their inventories, Mukherjee and Schlosser say. corporate spokeswoman Tara Schlosser likes Slightly more than half of all Americans her Halloween bright and sparkly. will decorate their home or yard this year, "I'm a fan of the glitter," she says. "I like to according to a recent survey, and they'll spend see a big orange glitter pumpkin." an average of $66.28 on costumes, candy and Last year, Target had just such a pumpkin. decorations. (The numbers are based on a poll It was so popular, the store added an array of of more than 9,000 consumers conducted for bedazzled decorations this season, including the National Retail Federation.) skulls and skeletons. And they're not only in "Halloween is an excuse for the community, orange and black, although those are always the family to have a party. It's an opportunity popular, Schlosser says. Among the best-selling to celebrate without having to cook or buy of the new colors: magenta. presents," Mukherjee says. "Guests are looking for something a bit And when it falls on a weekend � it's on a more fun � unexpected," she says. "It's not Sunday this year � it's an even bigger excuse. something you'd expect to see, a magenta Thankfully, it needn't scare the daylights pumpkin on someone's porch." out of your budget. On the mild side at Kmart, people go wild Got dust? Cobwebs? for m&m's, Mukherjee says. You've got a good start. "You wouldn't believe how popular they BY PENNY CARNATHAN Media General News Service T SUPERIOR from P1 eight hours a day during camp. Once school starts we rehearse every day after school for an hour and a half." To prepare for the marching season, band directors choose show music, write a "drill" � the movement between each individual configuration that the band makes on the field during the show - teach marching fundamentals, and collaborate with specialized instructors and section leaders to be ready to execute a show. "It always starts two weeks before teachers report for the beforeschool work week. Our color guard and percussion start practicing together the week before band camp starts," said Midlothian High School Band Director Gordon Rawls. "During camp, we rehearse music inside in large groups and break into smaller sections to work on memorization and instrument-specific playing techniques." As auxiliary units of the marching band, majorettes and the flag squad, called the color guard, work on the fundamentals of how to correctly twirl the baton or spin the flags and memorize the routine that they will perform in conjunction with the music. James River High School band, known as "The Regiment", is the only band in Midlothian with a featured majorette, who twirls a fire baton. By participating in showcases, competitions and festivals like the VBODA assessment, marching bands of all student-population sizes from A to AAAA have the opportunity to observe their peers, receive feedback on their routines and increase the level of their performances. The Manchester High School Marching Lancers Band earned a rating of "Excellent" at the VBODA State Marching Assessment. Because band is a performance-based activity, if every member does not do their part, then the entire group is Crown � Chair Rail � Wall Frames � Wainscoting Save the Date affected. Each member has a role to play in its success. Clover Hill High School Marching Cavaliers Band Director Steven Conley, who is also the Performing Arts Department Chair, pointed out that the band demands high levels of responsibility, social skills, and analytical talents. "It also takes ongoing communication and teamwork," he said. For the sixth time in its history, the Marching Cavaliers received a rating of "Superior" based on their music, marching, and visual performance. Earl E. Shaffer, Jr., Cosby High School Band Director has a unique perspective on the VBODA state assessment. He has been participating in this event since 1982, during its initial year. The Cosby Titan Band earned a unanimous rating of "Superior", one of only four bands in their classification. The Titans were praised on their musicianship skills, discipline, marching, flags, and overall effectiveness of the total program. Bands that receive a rating of "Superior" at the State Marching Band Assessment and the State Concert Band Assessment are recognized by the VBODA as a Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band. Only the finest bands across the state earn this prestigious recognition. 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Many people know it as wiregrass, but there are newer, improved varieties for turf, Edwards said. Some specialty garden centers may carry the seeds or specialorder them for customers. People may also be able to order them over the Internet. It may be a little more expensive upfront, but over time the savings from less mowing, less fertilizing and less watering may balance out. "The weather this year has kind of forced people to look at options," Edwards said. � Neaten flower border edges Bricks, plastic, rocks and steel are among the materials used to create neat edges around flower beds and borders. Some opt for the natural look and dig trenches. If your trench-edged beds and borders are looking a little ragged, take some time to neaten them. "Trenching is a good idea if you are trying to keep a real crisp edge," Brinda said. You can use a flat shovel; a half-moon shaped garden tool also is available. There's a technique to it, so look online for some guidance. To keep it neat during growing season, touch up weekly by holding a line trimmer vertically and running it along the edges, Brinda said. � Clean up the vegetable garden Pull up those old plants and compost them if they are not diseased. If diseased, put them in the garbage. Amend the soil with YOUR WORLD || TRAVEL OCTOBER 28, 2010 || 5 Chesterfield Historical Society presents haunted Lantern Tours at Magnolia Grange The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will present Haunted Lantern Tours on Friday, Oct. 29 at historic Magnolia Grange Plantation House, 10020 Iron Bridge Rd. Tours will be held on the hour at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Discover the haunting history of Chesterfield. Take a guided tour of the house and grounds and hear ghost stories from long ago. Learn firsthand from paranormal investigators what discoveries have been made about Magnolia Grange's supernatural history. This program will be fun for the entire family and is appropriate for young children. Refreshments will be served and children's activities will be presented along with guided tours presented by costumed interpreters. Admission: Adults $5 / Children 7 and under $2. Space is limited, pre registration required. You may register through our website at www.chesterfieldhistory.com and use PayPal or you may register through our events reservation line at (804)796-7003 and pay at the door. Scheduled tours are 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Please specify which tour you are interested in when registering. - courtesy of Chesterfield Historical Society Central Library presents local writer, 'Habitual Hiker' on Nov. 9 The Chesterfield County Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming presentation by award-winning local author, Leonard M. Adkins. Profiled by Backpacker magazine, and referred to as "The Habitual Hiker," Mr. Adkins has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail five times, walked more than 19,000 miles exploring the backcountry areas of North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, and is the author of 16 books about the outdoors and travel, including The Caribbean: A Walking and Hiking Guide. Among others, his photographs and articles have appeared in Islands, Backpacker, and Caribbean Travel and Life. Among the awards he has received, The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor's Companion was presented the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation's Lowell Thomas Journalism Award. Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail won the National Outdoor Book Award, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year, and a Virginia Literary Award nomination. He is currently the Roanoke Walks columnist for The Roanoker, The Hike writer for Blue Ridge Country, and the hiking blogger for Blue Ridge Outdoors. On Tuesday, Nov. 9 just as the temperatures begin to get colder, Mr. Adkins will transport the audience to warmer climes with Hiking the Caribbean: From the Virgin Islands to Martinique at 7 pm in the Central Library, 9501 Lori Rd., Chesterfield. The Caribbean is more than just lying on sunny beaches. Those willing to explore by foot find a world of rain forests, black sand beaches, historic forts and ruins, open savannahs, volcanic craters, rushing mountain streams, desert landscapes, tropical flowers, hot springs, and well-built trails. Leonard, who first visited the area while a crew member of a 46-foot yacht, has spent more than a decade returning to, exploring, and researching the islands and has now made these exciting tropical walks accessible to everyone. Unable to go? See his show! Mr. Adkins will be available for book signings before and after each program. Read more about Adkins at www.habitualhiker.com. - courtesy of compost. Consider planting a cover crop to decrease soil erosion over the winter. Next spring, you can just turn it over into the soil. Winter cover crops can be planted as early as Aug. 1 but should not be planted any later than Nov. 1, according to Virginia Cooperative Extension. Cover crops should make some growth before hard frost kills them. Some cover crops suitable for winter use include barley, crimson clover, and hairy vetch and rye. � Divide perennials Many perennials need to be divided every few years. Overcrowded plants will have dead centers and less vigorous blooms. "If a plant is very durable and fast-growing, you can probably do it any time of the year," Brinda said. Daylilies, for example, are one such plant. The plants that you would not divide now are those that bloom early, such as iris. That should have been done in August, Brinda said. Virginia Cooperative Extension recommendations for dividing perennials include: Divide perennials when the plants are dormant, just before a new season of growth, or in the fall so they can become established before the ground freezes. Stagger plant divisions so the whole garden will not be redone at the same time. Don't put all the divisions back into the same space that contained the original plant. Give extra plants to friends, plant them elsewhere in the yard or discard them. � Cut back perennials -- or not Generally, whether to cut back perennials is a personal preference, Strange's Tierney said. "You can leave the foliage on the plant and let them die back. What that does is help insulate plants and feed birds. It's messier in looks, so it depends on your purpose. I prefer a neater look," Tierney said. Some perennials actually have beautiful late-season bloom or even have fall color, Brinda said. Some people also leave plants with seeds for the birds. In those cases, plan to divide plants in spring. � Collect and save seeds Some annuals such as zinnias are easy to direct-sow in spring and will reliably come up from seeds saved from a previous year's plants. Many people also save vegetable seeds. Seeds from plants that are hybrids won't always look exactly like the original plant, Brinda said. "When it's openly hybridized in the garden, you will have a mix," Brinda said. There are websites that help with recognizing what part of the plant is the seed. � Put down mulch Mulching helps reduce weeds, keeps roots cool, reduces water evaporation, protects plants during winter, adds organic matter as it decomposes and has a polished look. Add mulch after the ground freezes. Make sure mulch is not directly up against tree trunks. � Clean tools Experts recommend cleaning tools after every use. Remove any dirt and wipe them down, then coat them with a lubricant. "Many people keep a can of cooking spray or WD-40 handy" for lubricating tools, Brinda said. For power tools, follow the maintenance recommendations from the manufacturer. � Plant bulbs Plant spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths, crocus, alliums and daffodils in coming weeks. Buy bigger bulbs to get better blooms. Dig up summerflowering bulbs such as dahlias that are considered tender and unable to survive the winter, and store them in a cool dry place. � Start keeping or update a garden diary Take photos and notes throughout the growing season so you know what did and didn't work. "Evaluate your garden for successes and failures, and plan for next season," Brinda recom- mended. � Pruning trees and shrubs Don't start until you have consulted experts or read extension service guides on recommended pruning times and techniques. Some shrubs set buds in the spring right after blooms fade, so pruning now will remove the buds for next spring's flowers. For trees, in general, wait until the plant has gone as dormant as possible and you can see the tree structure, Tierney said. With crape myrtles, for instance, wait until February or March. One product she likes for protecting vulnerable shrubs from winter wind burn is a spray-on Wilt Pruf, which protects plants with a thick layer of oil. � Maintain ponds According to Virginia Cooperative Extension, preparing ponds for winter months is important for the survival of aquatic plants and wildlife in the pond. Some plants will not tolerate winter weather and must be removed from the pond, while cold-hardy plants need only to be completely immersed in the pond. Debris such as leaves and dying plants must be removed, especially if there are fish in the pond. � Amend the soil Compost improves the soil texture and provides nutrients to plant. You can buy bags of compost to add right away. 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Over time, fueled by her brother's unconditional love, Schlicher became a passionate advocate for a variety of organizations that serve special-needs people. That passion led her and more than 60 others to the rooftop of the SunTrust building in downtown Richmond last Saturday. As PHOTOS BY KENNY MOORE part of a fund-raising event TOP: Heidi Schlicher rappels the 25-story SunTrust building in downtown Richmond. called "Over the Edge," each earned the right to rappel BOTTOM: Rick Jeffery (right), president of Special Olympics Virginia, talks with Schlicher and her brother Matt after Schlicher made it safely to the ground. the 25-story office building by collecting a minimum of $1,000 for Special Olympics Virginia. It was a fun adventure, but it was also a very personal gesture for the James River High School graduate. "In a sense, I was doing it for my brother, everyone with Down Syndrome and all the athletes in Virginia who have special needs," Schlicher said. "I hope this kind of story will shed light that people with disabilities make significant contributions to our community." Schlicher, who raised $1,510, was "shocked" at the diverse group of family and HEIDI P8 The Cosby boys volleyball team that convened for the start of preseason practice in August looked almost nothing like the one that had lost to rival Clover Hill in the Group AAA state tournament final nine months earlier. Absent were four starters who graduated in June, including standout hitters Stephen Cunningham and Cameron Vaile. Present was 6-3 Jack Wilson, a dynamic junior who had played for one of the Titans' Dominion District rivals before his family moved out of the Midlothian school boundary and moved into Cosby's zone over the summer. With all the personnel changes, veteran coach Frank Jenkins figured it would take some time for his team's chemistry to click. Until then, he expected to take his lumps. But while they fell to Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach) and finished fifth at the season-opening Virginia Volleyball Showcase, the Titans haven't lost since. Cosby took a 17-1 overall record -- the best in the program's brief history -- and a 11-0 district mark into Tuesday's regular-season finale against Monacan. The Titans already have clinched the top seed for next week's district tournament and an automatic berth in the Central Region quarterfinals. Jenkins insisted he never saw this coming. "The whole season has been a surprise to me," he said. "I thought we'd have to rebuild to get back to the level where we were. I didn't expect it to come together this quickly." Senior Ben Morrison, who embraced a leadership role by unselfishly moving from a hitting position to setter this season, said the Titans have thrived on the motivation of being overshadowed by regional rivals Atlee, Deep Run and Douglas Freeman. "We're sort of a dark horse this year," Morrison added. "Losing so many seniors, our goal was to prove we weren't just a one-year team and we could hold our own." Cosby served notice when it traveled to Midlothian for its district opener and won in four games. The senior-laden Trojans were supposed to TITANS P8 Hamlin on Johnson's rear bumper BY DAMIEN SORDELETT Media General News Service Jimmie Johnson's Chase for the Sprint Cup lead to Denny Hamlin didn't have six points heading into this the dominating performance weekend's race at Talladega that he is accustomed to Superspeedway. displaying at Martinsville Hamlin completed the Speedway. But that didn't Virginia fall sweep for the stop him from winning. second consecutive season afHamlin passed Kevin ter winning the Sept. 11 race Harvick on Lap 471 and won at Richmond International his third consecutive race Raceway. He has avoided at Martinsville by claiming the pitfalls between the two the TUMS Fast Relief 500 victories that derailed his Sunday. Chase hopes a season ago to "I don't think I've ever keep within striking distance closed that well -- ever. We for the final four races of the did not have a race-winning 2010 campaign. car all day until the very "We're closing better this end," Hamlin said. "I was just year than we did last year," sitting there and sitting there Hamlin said after winning and trying to be patient . . . from the pole for the first and saved it for the end." time since 2006. "Just being Hamlin, a former Chesreally consistent. This has terfield County resident, won really been a consistent six his series-high seventh race or seven weeks that we put of the season and trimmed together for ourselves. Obvi- NASCAR SPRINT CUP POINTS 1. Jimmie Johnson, 5,998 2. Denny Hamlin, 5,992 3. Kevin Harvick, 5,936 4. Kyle Busch, 5,826 5. Jeff Gordon, 5,795 6. Carl Edwards, 5,785 7. Tony Stewart, 5,762 8. Jeff Burton, 5,752 9. Kurt Busch, 5,721 10. Matt Kenseth, 5,705 ously kept ourselves in the game so far." After a caution-fest in the first half of the race, the final green-flag stretch of 98 laps allowed Hamlin to display his strength at the 0.526mile oval -- having the most dominant car on the long runs. Hamlin was able to stay within striking distance to both Harvick and South Boston native Jeff Burton that when his car finally came in, he was able to pounce and take advantage. Hamlin easily pulled away from Harvick and had a big enough cushion that Mark Martin ran out of laps trying to catch him. While others were fading and faltering, Hamlin was ready to close in the final stages. It was just a matter of avoiding the cautions that nearly came out to maintain his closing speed. "I was just praying the whole last 30 laps, `No caution,'" Hamlin said. "This is probably the most gratifying win I've had so far simply because we didn't have the best car all day." Damien Sordelett writes for the Danville Register & Bee PHOTO BY KENNY MOORE Cosby's Jack Wilson goes up for a kill against Clover Hill. 8 || OCTOBER 28, 2010 EXERCISE HUNT from P7 SPORTS || FITNESS MIDLOTHIANEXCHANGE.COM PHOTO BY PATRICK DOBBS Clover Hill's Dimitri Evans tries to run through the tackle of L.C. Bird's Derrick Gore (12). Sideline Shots Photo Gallery ONLINE midlothianexchange.com His introduction to what Americans consider football had to wait until his family returned to the United States. But the delay hasn't hurt his development. He's the starting quarterback for James River High School, an athletic 5-10, 185-pounder who can throw and run with equal effectiveness. "Racing is definitely my first priority, but I've been able to get by and do pretty well in football," Hunt said last week. He did much better than that Friday against George Wythe. He carried the ball 10 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns and also completed 5 of 8 passes for 118 yards as the Rapids rolled to a 33-8 victory. That Hunt is playing football at all is a tribute to both his hard-working nature and the willingness of James River's coaching staff to share its No. 1 signal-caller with another sport. Rapids coach Greg DeFrancesco acknowledged that if somebody had told him two years ago that a teenager could successfully balance academic commitments with football and a racing career, he wouldn't have believed it. Instead, he said, it's been "a non-issue." "It's a very rare individual who could pull something like that off," DeFrancesco said. "It works because of who Sam is. He's just that kind of guy." Multi-sport athletes aren't a novel concept in high school. The top athletes still routinely play a different sport in each season, but Hunt's daily double is one you don't see often -- especially because teens with promising stock-car racing careers don't exactly grow on trees. Hunt recently signed a deal with Frank Deiny Jr. to drive the No. 42 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. FDJ Motorsports fields one of the top Late Model operations on the east coast, and getting a foot in the door at age 16 is a huge step in Hunt's ultimate plan to drive in NASCAR's top national series. Larry Hollowell, who has helped shepherd Hunt's racing career from the go-kart days, said tackling the Whelen Series on a full-time basis for the first time will be both a challenge and a learning experience. "Sam is so concerned with not tearing up his car, he's not going to put it somewhere he can endanger himself or another car," Hollowell said. "He's not a ride by the seat of his pants guy. But I've told him that he's going to have to force himself to do something that's not natural and be a little more aggressive." The increased racing commitment also means Hunt won't be playing a third sport in the spring. He played centerfield for James River's baseball team last season, but he knew there was no way he could make it to practices and games while spending so much time at out-of-town racetracks. Despite his jam-packed schedule, Hunt goes out of his way to make sure nobody on either of his teams feels like he's less than 100 percent committed to the cause. If that means rushing out of the stadium after a football game and driving all night to get to a Saturday race, as Hunt has done this season, so be it. "My dad has always told me you can't make everybody happy all the time, but I've got a lot of good guys who understand my situation and that makes it easier," he said. "I've worked really hard over the last two years to show everybody I'm not slacking. When I'm there, I give my all." TITANS from P7 PHOTO BY KENNY MOORE Manchester's Calvin Gough (left) tips the ball away from Cosby's Blake Cooksey. Trust building was no more harrowing than taking an friends who responded to elevator � although the view the fund-raising drive. They was much more impressive. included relatives from as "It was really serene," far away as Scotland, her Schlicher added. "You're brother's former elementary basically on top of Richschool teacher, colleagues of mond. I wouldn't call it an her father and several people out-of-body experience, but she's never met. my mind went into a zone She was also pleasantly and said, `You're going to do surprised to find that the trip this.'" down the outside of the SunWhen she got to the bot- HEIDI from P7 tom and was unhooked from the safety harness, the first to greet her was her little brother, who's now 18 and a senior at James River. An excited Matt came running over and planted a kiss on her cheek. "He kept saying, `Heidi, you did it! You did it!," Schlicher recalled. "It was an emotional moment. I'd definitely do it again." Your first step to an Your first step to an exciting career! exciting career! Virginia College prepares you for success in some of Virginia College prepares you for success in some of the fastest growing career fields: the fastest growing career fields: mount a strong challenge for the district title, but they clearly missed Wilson's presence on the front line in all three of their losses to the Titans this season. Wilson acknowledged his departure was a sore subject for his former teammates, some of whom believed he decided to switch schools because he wanted to play for a powerhouse volleyball program. "I used to be great friends with all of them. At first they took it straight to heart and they wouldn't even talk to me," he said. "They thought I didn't think Midlo was a substantial program and I came over here just to win states, but it wasn't like that. "Despite what anyone thinks, it wasn't my decision in any way. My dad got remarried. Of course, I didn't want to go to a school without a good volleyball program and I'm sure he knew that, but the house he found was in Cosby's zone." Jenkins had heard rumors last summer that Wilson was transferring to Cosby, but was unable to confirm the information until a couple weeks before the start of tryouts. While he was obviously thrilled to add a player of Wilson's talent, Jenkins was concerned about whether his returning players would welcome somebody they had previously tried to beat. Those worries were for naught. Wilson had played club volleyball with several of his new teammates and fit in right from the start. "To Jack's credit, he's made a very smooth transition," Jenkins said. "He came in like he was part of the team last year. I haven't seen any problems or issues." Despite his hitting prowess, Wilson hasn't been a one-man show at Cosby. Jenkins calls senior Kevin Heuple "one of the most improved kids I've ever coached," while Derek Sullivan (6-4), Graham Gresham (6-4) and Jordan Jurgaitis (6-1) complement Wilson and 6-2 returning starter Cameron Rust at the net. "Before we knew Jack was coming, my mentality as a setter was that I'd have to spread the ball around because we didn't have that one big target," Morrison said. "I still try to do that now, but we know we can go to Jack when we need a clutch point." Cosby's depth was tested late in the season when Heuple suffered a broken hand, forcing Jenkins to shuffle his lineup. Heuple is supposed to get his cast off this week, but Jenkins didn't know if he'd be available for either the district or regional tournaments. The Titans will need to be at full strength if they hope to make it back to states. The Central Region field will be as deep with talent as it's ever been; Cosby likely will have to make it through some combination of Deep Run, Atlee, Douglas Freeman and Matoaca to get through to another regional final. "The kids are motivated to do well," Jenkins said. "They want another chance to play for the championship. I'm just trying to steer them in the right direction to see how good we can be." good advice BON SECOURS MEDICAL MATTERS SEMINAR SERIES Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Screenings 5 � 5:30 p.m. Overcoming the Pain of Hip Arthritis Administrative Office Management Associate Degree in Nursing Why Virginia College? Cosmetology Medical Assistant Medical Billing and Coding Medical Office Management Pharmacy Technician Salon Management Surgical Technology Therapeutic Massage Why Virginia College? 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