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reopening the case “appeared to be conand consulting with sistent with Theresa the chief medical Lynn Baker.” A missexaminer’s office, ing person’s report he said “It has been had been filed in determined that she September 1985. was shot post-morIn reviewing the tem and that her files on Theresa’s cause of death was death, Laplaga said By Melody Kinser blunt force trauma to a positive firstname.lastname@example.org the skull.” tion was not made Two days after until May 28, 1986. No marker. No Mechanicsville on flowers. Theresa Feb. 8, 1986. Baker’s final resting At that time, law place at Roselawn enforcement authorCemetery in Glen ities and the medical Allen is void of any examiner’s office first of the usual symbols thought her death memorializing a life had been caused by lost. a gunshot wound to About 60 days the head. after coming to the Investigator Melody Kinser Richmond area Kevin L. Laplaga of Theresa Baker’s remains were buried at in 1985, the 24- the Hanover County Roselawn Cemetery on June 13, 1989. year-old vanished Sheriff ’s Office, who from Midlothian in took over Theresa’s her body was found “At that point, they Chesterfield County. case at the end of by three men in a were relying on The date was 2009, said the initial wooded area in clothing and physiCherrydale cal descriptors. They Sept. 20; her badly press release indi- the the had to get medidecomposed body cated she “was shot Subdivision, medical examcal records from was discovered on to death where her iner said the body family members Woodbridge Road in body was found.” In
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and physicians in Pennsylvania.” Sgt. Eddy Smith, a supervisor in the General Investigation Unit, said the victim “was ultimately identified by her medical records.” He also said the decomposition “was pretty extensee THERESA, pg. 15 `
Group home saved Libraries only lose hour in final budget By Melody Kinser email@example.com A group home targeted for closure in the new budget cycle got a reprieve last week from the Hanover County Board of Supervisors. On April 14, the supervisors agreed to keep the home, located on Adaline Lane in Mechanicsville, open for another year. They also approved maintain-
ing operations of the Pamunkey Regional Library system at nearly the same schedule. Libraries will only lose about an hour a week in Fiscal Year 2011. On motions by John E. Gordon Jr., South Anna District, and Aubrey M. “Bucky” Stanley, Beaverdam District, the supervisors voted 6-1 to adopt the $388.8 million budget
PHHS wraps up 50th with community event By Jim Ridolphi firstname.lastname@example.org A 50th anniversary celebration that began last fall at the annual Tomato Bowl wrapped up on Saturday with a Spring Fling at Patrick Henry High School. The day-long event recognized the school’s long and storied history in the Ashland area. “We wanted to wrap it up with a bang, and open up the school to the community. We wanted everyone to see what’s going on see PHHS, pg. 17 `
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Mechanicsville resident featured in Longwood’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Contributed Report firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Gonzalez, a 2006 graduate of Atlee High School, appeared as Crystal in Longwood University Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Based on the book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, the rock comedy was presented this month at Longwood’s Mainstage Theatre in the new state-of-the art Center for Communication Studies and Theatre in Farmville. “Little Shop of Horrors” is
a fast-paced hilarious story set at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in New York City, a sleepy shop that becomes a frenzy of activity when a mysterious plant grows to enormous proportions and demands “Feed Me, Seymour!” The play was presented in collaboration with Longwood’s Opera Workshop and featured the whole cast in song and dance. Laura, a senior theatre major, is the daughter of Conrad and Nancy Gonzalez of GONAZALEZ Mechanicsville. She has been employed She recently appeared at Kings Dominion in the at Longwood in The Vagina Entertainment Department. Monologues.
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return before the School Board on May 14 with recommendations pertaining to the approved budget. The school district will experience a short-term temporary Virginia Retirement System cost savings of about $6.7 million. State revenue reductions to the county school system for next year total $15.2 million and are offset by the $5.4 million from the General Assembly’s action. With the $1.37 million in additional budget, the district has what Thornton called “capacity/flexibility” for 2010-2011. He also said there should be minimal additional state revenue reductions in Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Noting a $117,000 increase in the estimated debt service costs (expenditure) and local transfer for debt service, Thornton said the anticipated budget that was being submitted to the Board of Supervisors was $179,007,351.
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The recent injection of funds from the Virginia General Assembly into Hanover County Public Schools’ 2010-2011 budget could restore as many as three dozen classroom positions. That’s what Dr. Stewart D. Roberson, superintendent, told members of the Hanover County School Board during the April 13 regular meeting. He said he expects “the $1.37 million will be directed as indicated to mitigate job loss and we would expect that that mitigation job loss will occur by restoring positions that were slated to be cut.” Michael Thornton, assistant superintendent of business and operations, updated the School Board on the budget process and “indication of what’s coming in the next month or so.”
On Jan. 24, the School Board adopted a budget based on former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s proposal, which was submitted in December. The March 14 adoption of amendments by the General Assembly was followed on March 24 with the Hanover County Board of Supervisors receiving a presentation from County Administrator Cecil R. “Rhu” Harris Jr.’s office. The county had been notified that the General Assembly had approved more than $1 million each for the county and school system. The supervisors conducted a public hearing on March 31 and adopted the budget for Fiscal Year 2011 on April 14. Speaking the evening before the supervisors approved the county budget, Thornton said they would be dealing with the amendments “that were the result of General Assembly action taken in early March.” Thornton also said Dr. Roberson will
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By Melody Kinser email@example.com Two administrators were among those recognized Tuesday, April 13, by the Hanover County School Board. Charles Stevens, assistant principal at Lee-Davis High School, and Debbie Arco, principal at Chickahominy Middle School, received the 2010 Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Key Award for journalism and the REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership, respectively. Stevens, who was named the winner of the Gold Key Award by a unanimous vote of the Honors and Awards committee of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, has served as sponsor for the yearbook and newspaper at L-DHS. He received his
award during a luncheon on the campus of Columbia University in March. According to Hanover County Public Schools, the Gold Key was first presented publicly in 1930 and has been awarded to distinguished faculty advisers, professional journalists and others in public life who have supported the student press. It is the association’s highest honor for an individual. Arco’s honor pays tribute to principal who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional education environment. Qualities to be exhibited by the nominee include: ✏ Manage effectively to promote excellence in education. ✏ Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment. ✏ Inspire their students and
are advocates for their school and faculty. ✏ Encourage team spirit. ✏ Foster cooperation between the school and the community. ✏ Maintain dialogue with students, parents, faculty and staff. ✏ Have been a principal of their school for at least three years. One nominee each from four school districts -- Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield and Richmond -- was selected. Arco, who was nominated by the school community, will receive an award of $7,500 for herself and an additional award of $7,500 for school projects to be selected by her. Beaverdam Elementary School and Elmont Elementary School have been chosen to receive the 2010 Title I
Distinguished School Award from the Commonwealth of Virginia based on student achievement during the 20082009 school year. The award recognizes Beaverdam and Elmont for achieving a mean score at the 60th percentile on both English and matehmatics; meeting AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) two consecutive years without the safe harbor provision or proxy percentage for all students and in the subgroups; for reaching full accreditation in the second year of making AYP; and exceeding the annual measurable objectives (AMO) for all students in English and mathematics for the past two consecutive years. This will be the fourth time Beaverdam Elementary has see RECOGNIZED, pg. 13 `
Kaine reflects on lessons learned By Jim Ridolphi firstname.lastname@example.org
After 16 years in public office, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine readily admits he doesnâ€™t have all the answers, but he has learned a thing or two in his decade and a half of public service. On April 12, the current head of the Democratic National Committee reflected on his life as a public servant and packed all of that experience in five lessons learned. He delivered that message to alumni, students and friends at Randolph-Macon Collegeâ€™s Blackwell Auditorium. Kaineâ€™s background may have made him the least likely candidate for elected office, coming from a home where politics was far down the list of priorities. â€œI came from a home where politics was never discussed,â€? he said describing his childhood in Kansas City, Mo. After earning a B.S. in economics, Kaine entered law school at Harvard, but took a year off to work as a Roman Catholic missionary, running a small school for teenage boys in Honduras. He graduated from Harvard in 1983, beginning a 17-year career as a civil rights lawyer in Richmond.
Former Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was the keynote speaker on Monday, April 12, at Randolph-Macon College.
Kaine entered politics on the local level, something he suggests as an appropriate path to higher office. He served four terms on Richmond City Council, including two terms as mayor of the city. After serving as Mark Warnerâ€™s lieutenant governor, Kaine was elected to Virginiaâ€™s top spot in 2006. The former governor said many people
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Working on series provides a sense of knowing the victim With today’s second installment in an ongoing series of cold cases from the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office comes the feeling of having known the victim. These articles have offered a glimpse of how involved law enforcement officers become in the pursuit of justice. During the interview for this month’s story about Theresa Baker, the commitment by Capt. Michael J. Trice, Sgt. Eddy Smith and Investigator Kevin La Plaga was obvious. Theresa’s remains were interred in an unmarked grave at Roselawn Cemetery. Her body had not been claimed, so then-Sheriff Harold Bradley spearheaded efforts to provide a proper burial. Visiting the cemetery in search of her final resting place a couple weeks ago was marked by sadness and the reality of a life ended far too young. Theresa was only 24 at the time of her death. Since meeting with the deputies on April 5, so many questions remain, but the feeling of knowing her is unmistakable — and unshakable. This series has been eye-opening in several ways. Most notable at this point is the relationship the deputies forge with the victims and their families. Even though Theresa Baker was killed almost 25 years ago, solving her case is as important as if it was reported yesterday. The dedication to bringing justice to Theresa — and every victim — is paramount and it is with respect for those officers that this is written. They pursue every clue, every lead. With Theresa’s case, there are suspects — and hopefully resolution. And one can’t help but feel a kinship as the story unfolds.
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Sheila Tyler and her family would like to thank everyHaving spent my career years as a member of the finanone who attended and contributed in making the benefit cial community in this country, I have watched Congress concert held on March 21 at Hanover Friends Church a see LETTERS, pg. 8 ` big success. We also thank Amy Ladd and Friends for their contribution of some great bluegrass gospel music. We thank the many churches who have Sheila on their prayer list and have been praying that a donor would be The Local welcomes your signed letters to the editor on topics of found. interest to Mechanicsville residents. Letters must include your We’ll praise God a donor would be found. address and a daytime telephone number. We reserve the right to edit letters. We do not guarantee that every letter received will be We’ll praise God a young lady from Florida has tested at published. Letters reflect the opinions and positions of the writers MCV and she is a match. and not The Mechanicsville Local. Surgery was at MCV on April 19. Please continue to pray for Sheila and Beth. Send letters to: Again, thank you to everyone who prayed and for their The Mechanicsville Local, 6400 Mechanicsville Turnpike, support and kindness. Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Inez Tyler Fax: 730-0476 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mechanicsville
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From the Principal’s Office The month of April has provided students and staff with the opportunity to rest and relax over Spring Break, and now we need to prepare our students for the upcoming state-mandated SOL testing, as well as AP and IB testing that must occur before the end of the school year on June 18, 2010. As we tackle this task, we want to remind you of ongoing efforts to prepare our students for success on these assessments. Beginning April 19, students in English, Math, Science and Social Studies will complete the third benchmark exam, designed to gauge progress and identify potential problems for students in SOL-tested subjects. Tests are administered online in each core subject. Between the benchmark and the SOL testing windows, tutoring programs are offered before and after school for students in order to prepare for the upcoming SOL tests. SOL testing will begin May 10 and conclude May 27, 2010. The bell schedule and any changes made to the school daily schedule will be communicated via the school’s website, the Principal’s Blog and through the email connection system through HCPS. Students have been invited to take advantage of various tutoring opportunities that will help them continue to prepare for academic success, including the math tutoring center during study halls and the before- and after-school sessions. Parents can help to ensure that their students are present and on time every day; schedule medical appointments after 3:30 p.m. when possible; eat a healthy breakfast every day; get at least eight hours of sleep
Celebrations... Congratulations to eleventh graders Danielle Pusey and Kevin Anderson who were selected from applicants across the state to attend the Virginia Junior Law Cadet Program. This summer residential experience, sponsored by the American Legion and the Virginia State Police, consists of an intensive five-day session in which participants are exposed to many facets of law enforcement. Thanks for representing Lee-Davis so well! Congratulations to freshman Amber Carroll for placing in the Top Three for the state Youth Awareness competition. To date, Amber has earned scholarships from the Richmond-East Moose Lodge and the state association. She has also been invited to compete at the international student conference being held in Indianapolis at the end of April. At the international she will have the opportunity to compete for scholarships ranging $2,000.00 to $12,000.00 Senior Rebecca Cross also participated in the program again this year and will be awarded the scholarship from the lodge, as well. Rebecca participated in the program this year, but chose not to compete for the international because of her focus on education and her athletic programs. Members of the French club will be volunteering at the French Food Festival sponsored by Little Sisters of the Poor on April 17 from 11-7, 1503 Michaels Rd., Richmond. There will be some fun activities for kids and a sale of French food products. Chef Paul Ebling, formerly of La Petite France, will be there preparing food. All proceeds benefit the elderly, the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor, whose order was founded in France. Come out and see us! Meredith Holmes, Neyra Martinez, Bethany Leinenbach, Rachel Grimesey, Katie Grimesey, Maddie Grimesey, Maggie Jackson, Caitlin Daniel, Taylor Singleton, Abigail Elliott and teacher Lynne Griffey will be there. English teacher Tabitha Amayo has been recognized as one of two graduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University’s “Black History in the Making” celebration. The event was sponsored by the Department of African-American Studies. Ms. Amayo, a native of Kenya, has taught
English at Lee-Davis for the past six years and was recognized for her outstanding performance and from the VCU English department. Best wishes to Ms. Amayo as she completes her advanced degree this spring. Congratulations to our 11th graders selected to attend Boys State and Girls State this summer for a week-long opportunity to learn about government. Those representing L-D at Boys State at Liberty University will be Joey Newton, Ben Jarrett and Tyler Womble. Anar Panjwani and Madison Lewis will be going to Girls State at Longwood University. Along with an interest in government these students were chosen because of their leadership, character, attitude, scholarship, & community service. Thank you to our local American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary for sponsoring this event! Senior Ryan Leach was selected to compete at the state level in Forensics. He qualified by placing third in the Impromptu category. A faculty-student basketball game was played on April 1 to raise donations for the American Red Cross Haiti Fund. Thanks to Trea Peterson, Darius Wright, and TreFonz Bassett, who came up with the idea, the Pride Club, which sponsored the event and the faculty members who put up a valiant struggle against our student athletes! Teachers: Brad Davis, Alexia Denton, Hunter Dickenson, Jason Hancock, Wyatt Hicks, Dana Johnson, Chris Martinez, Tripp Metzger, Garret Prior, Alvin Puller and Tim Sanders. Students: Tre-Fonz Bassett, Justin Becker, Devin Boone, Shauntez Bradford, Tyrell Eaton, Justin Naumann, Samantha Puller, Raven Sims, Shameek Simmons, Markese Watkins, and Darius Wright. Chris Cook and Phillip King served as officials. Many thanks to everyone who participated in and supported this worthwhile event.
Fine Arts News . . . Lee-Davis’ after-school photography enrichment program Photographe had its exhibition based on the theme Transformation in lobby of The Richmond Times-Dispatch Production Plant in Mechanicsville. The show hung in the lobby from March 26April 16. Kasey Brach, Julia Leber, Holly Harris, Mackenzie Cary, and Kameron
nightly; complete homework and other assignments daily; and eliminate late arrivals and early dismissals. Seniors, in particular, as encouraged to stay on task for this final leg of their high school careers. With the goal of graduation in sight, continued good attendance and attention to grades, deadlines and school citizenship will result in a successful culmination for the Class of 2010. The Senior Events flyer is also posted on our website. Parents, please remind your children that their clothing should be appropriate for school: tank tops, bare midriff shirts, low-riding pants, seethrough clothing (including ripped jeans), and inappropriate messages on clothing are prohibited; shorts for female students must be mid-thigh or longer and no “gym shorts” or pajamas are allowed. Your support in this area in the past has had a positive influence on the school. We thank you for your efforts and look forward to your continued support. Finally, year-end exams are scheduled for June 15-18. Please plan family vacations after the close of the school year, as school board policy prohibits rescheduling exams except in exceptional circumstances. The complete exam schedule will be posted on our web site, through e-mail connection and in the May edition of the Vantage Point newsletter. On behalf of the faculty and staff of Lee-Davis High School, have a safe and productive spring season as we Keep Moving Forward! Michael E. Bishop, Ed. D. Principal Baldacci worked hard to produce the work for this show and we are so proud of their work! Mark your calendars! May 7-June 4 Photography I students will have work on display at Richmond’s own Perly’s Restaurant. Please come down and grab a home-cooked breakfast or lunch and see their work. Perly’s is located at 111 E. Grace Street and hours are M-F 7-3 and Saturdays 8-3. Congratulations to our choral students who were selected for All State: Kelly Renee Eckert, Heather Mentz, and Cameron Gordon, and to their teachers Jennifer Breeden and Jana Martin.
IB Corner The IB students are preparing for their exams. The exams will be administered from 5/4 – 5/22 at Fairfield Presbyterian Church. A special thank you is extended to the church for allowing Lee-Davis to use their facilities. The students have received a packet with the exam information. Please read through this material and contact Mrs. Berlinghoff with any questions at 723-2246. Students are required to provide their own transportation. A permission slip must be on file in the IB office and can be found in the packet. There will be a meeting with the students of the rising Junior Diploma Candidates and their parents on Thursday, April 29 in the library at 7:00. We will address the requirements of the Diploma Program, what to expect as the students transition to their junior year and the CAS requirement. Please feel free to bring any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you then.
DECA News . . . Lee-Davis DECA went to the State Leadership Conference in March, where we were recognized as a Blue Chip Chapter (their highest award) for the activities presented in our Annual Report. This week, students go to National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, based on their high achievement at State. Qualifiers include Wes Dean and Katie Bowling (2nd Place, Financial Literacy Promotion Project); Justin Thurston and Kaitlyn Metheny (4th Place, Public Relations Project); Courtney Goodloe (3rd Place Overall in Marketing Management with Top Ten medalist for
role play and written test); Darryl Morgan (7th Place Overall in Principles of Business Management with Top Ten medalist for role play and written test). Also placing were Top Ten Overall Finalists Ashley Rigsby (Selling) and Ashley Berry and Nena Evans (Hospitality Team Decision Making). Top Ten Individual Event Awards: Nick Peterson, Trevor Coley and Chris Bonelli (Role Play) and Trevor Coley and Alec Walton (Written test). Over 65,000 students nationwide have completed the National Financial Capability Challenge, an awards program designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States. The national average score was 70%; the average score for LDHS students was 72%. Congratulations to our 27 marketing students who scored in the top 20th percentile nationwide: Mackenzie Birch, Chris Bonelli, Katie Bowling, Trevor Coley, Wes Dean, Ryan Dudley, William Franklin, Courtney Goodloe, Cameron Gordon, Kelsey Grant, Jonathan Head, Kelly Heinz, Cody Hildreth, Tyler Jordan, Azeem Kabani, Emily Korb, Victoria Lentz, Kaitlyn Metheny, Daryll Morgan, Carlos Ordaz, Alexa Oswald, Brandon Rockwell, Michael Sclater, Raven Sims, Mark Souleret, and Nicole Young. The Department of the Treasury will also recognize the top-scoring students nationwide. Congratulations to Nick Peterson who received a PERFECT SCORE of 100%!
Guidance Notes . . . AP examinations are being administered in May and final exams for all students are coming soon. Please help your students prepare for their exams by ensuring that they arrive on time to school after having a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. Please be aware that Hanover County Public Schools policy requires that students remain in the examination room for the entire exam period. The final exam schedule is posted elsewhere in this newsletter. ’Tis the season for college admissions! If you have been accepted to a college or university, please be sure to report your final choice to the school counseling center to ensure proper and timely mailing of your final transcript.
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spend the evening discussing his research and love for early Virginian architecture. Learn about the architecture and landscape of historic courthouses, most specifically of Hanover Courthouse. Krogh also will discuss the events related to court days, and what it would have been like to run a tavern, or stay at a tavern similar to
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Obama Administration on April 1. Cars in the U.S. will have their fuel efficiency raised to 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 and decrease vehicular greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent. Our dependence on oil will be reduced by nearly 1.8 billion barrels over the lives of vehicles sold from 2012-2016. These amazing standards issued by the Obama Administration, just to name a few, are a giant step forward in the U.S.’s quest to release itself from reliance on foreign sources of energy. Whether you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, Independent or a Green, these standards transcend partisan affiliations. These standards are an important means for securing the ultimate ends: a freer, more energy efficient and environA victory has been won for automakers, mentally friendly America. consumers and the environment as a result Daniel Carawan of the new vehicle standards set forth by the Richmond
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Presenting the best in the Class of 2010 HYEON JIN E. LEE AHS valedictorian
MEGAN E. ELLENBERGER AHS salutatorian
PEYTON D. KREMER HHS co-valedictorian
RAYMOND J. SANTUCCI JR. HHS co-valedictorian
MICHAEL P. CUNNINGHAM HHS salutatorian
HEATHER C. MENTZ L-DHS valedictorian
TYLER J. WEIGLEIN L-DHS salutatorian
AMELIA EARNEST PHHS valedictorian
SYDNEY E. HANNON PHHS salutatorian
Seniors in Hanover County Public Schools to graduate on June 19 Atlee High School — Hyeon Jin Hanover County Public Schools announces the Class of 2010 valedic- E. Lee, valedictorian; and Megan E. torians and salutatorians from each Ellenberger, salutatorian. Hanover High School — Peyton high school. D. Kremer, co-valedictorian; Raymond They are:
Patrick Henry High School — J. Santucci Jr., co-valedictorian; and Michael P. Cunningham, salutatorian Amelia C. Earnest, valedictorian; and Lee-Davis High School — Heather Sydney E. Hannon, salutatorian. Graduation ceremonies are C. Mentz, valedictorian; and Tyler L. scheduled for Saturday, June 16, at Weiglein, salutatorian.
the Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Commencement exercises will get under way at 8 a.m.
Spring Fling celebrates PHHS’s 50th
Patrick Henry High School’s mascot, photo at left, strolled the grounds at the Spring Fling. Above, Max Cook was stuck to the velcro wall. At right, the school’s Jazz Band performed and the National Guard sponsored a rock climbing wall for the 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday.
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OBITUARIES | Death Notices & Funerals Sadie Mae Braxton, entered eternal rest April 15, 2010. Survived by her children, Daisy Johnson of Ashland, Va., Herbert and Walter Fells, Zanderine Braxton of Dawn, Va., Wayne Fells of Henrico, Va., Olivia Grimes of Ruther Glen, Va., Lucy Harris of Montpelier, Va., Janet Johnson of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Remains rest at the Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home, 518 N. Washington Hwy., Ashland, Va. 23005, where family received friends Monday, April 19, 2010. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Dawn, Va. Pastor Marvin Fields officiated.
sayaire and Mabel Hayden Cahen of Richmond. After graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School, Ray served four years in the Raymond Winston Cahen, 66, of Richmond U.S. Navy as a photograand Montpelier, died Tues- pher aboard the aircraft carrier USS America. Ray day, April 13, 2010, after graduated from Virginia a long and courageous Commonwealth University battle with complications and was a master photogfrom a traumatic pancrerapher. He retired from atic injury in 2003. He is Philip Morris USA as their survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan Stevenson Ca- audio visual director after hen; his daughters, Tamara 30 years of service. In adO’Toole and her husband, dition to his photography career, Ray was well known Jamie, Tanya Stevens, her across the Commonwealth husband, Matthew, and and beyond as a political their children, Jake, Reaactivist. His passion was gan, and Julianna; as well gun rights and protecas many extended famtion of Second Amendily members and devoted friends and neighbors. He ment Rights for which he served many years on the was preceded in death by Board of Directors of the his parents, Andrew VasNational Rifle AssociaGraveside services were held in the church cemetery.
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tion. As an advocate of the rights of citizens to bear arms and to pursue hunting and shooting sports, he tirelessly lead volunteer efforts for political campaigns and lobbied the State legislature under the auspices of the Virginia Shooting Sports Assoc. of Va. and other grassroots organizations, including the Virginia Outdoor Sports Information Network, which he founded. He was a member of the Virginia Wildlife Federation and served on the Board of Conservation and Recreation under Governors Allen and Gilmore. Despite being infirmed by his injuries for nearly 7 years, Ray continued to rally to follow bills in the General Assembly and to inform sportsmen of
threats to their advocacies. The family received friends at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Road, on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Funeral services were held at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church, 9315 Three Chopt Road, on Friday, April 16, 2010, with graveside services being held at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Ave. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to support the VCU Trauma Center in care of the MCV Foundation, P.O. Box 980234, Richmond, Va. 23298-0234, Neurofibromatosis by mail, NF Mid-Atlantic 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 240, Baltimore, Md. 21211, or via their website: www.nfmidatlantic.org, or the Richmond SPCA, as Ray was a lover of all animals.
Earl J. Conway, 77, of Glen Allen, went to rest with the Lord after a courageous battle with health issues on April 15, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hoke and Esline Conway; and brother, Harvey Conway. He is survived by his wife, A. Jean Conway; two daughters, Sandra George (Lance) and Donna Fletcher (Kenneth); two granddaughters, Kimberley Markham (Rob) and Rachel Clark (Jonathan); two great- granddaughters, Nicole Bouton and Kaitlyn Markham; five sisters, Eleanor Sharpe, Pat Meyers (Floyd), Mary Singleton (Jack), Carolyn Midkiff (Bobby) and Brenda Rogers; sister-in-law, Jean Conway; and many nieces, see OBITUARIES, pg. 11 `
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nephews and friends. Earl was an honored U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. The family received friends Sunday, April 18, 2010 at Blileyâ€™s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Road, where services were held Monday, April 19, 2010. Graveside services were held in Greenwood Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or Trinity Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 8469 Atlee Rd., Mechanicsville, Virginia 23116.
Monday, April 19, 2010 at the Atlee Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 9271 Shady Grove Road, where a funeral service was held Tuesday, April 20, 2010.
Addison Lee Headley, â€œBudâ€?, of Mechanicsville, passed away Friday morning, April 9, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Donna Byrd-Headley; daughter, Janine; son, Sean; and granddaughter, Olivia Grace. A memorial celebration of music, â€œBud stories,â€? and a
Mable L. Hollins, 66, of Old Church, went to be with the Lord on Saturday,
April 17, 2010. She was preceded in death by her father, Willie A. Lisbon; brothers, Will Lisbon and Skibow Lisbon; son, Bobby Hollins; and stepdaughter, Sissy. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Charlie C. Hollins; children, Richard Hollins, David Hollins and wife, Kathy, Hettie Thayer and husband, Mike, Nettie Ballard and husband, Clayton; stepson, Roy â€œSparkyâ€? Hollins and wife; Bobbyâ€™s wife, see OBITUARIES, pg. 11 `
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Roy D. Hallman, 71, of Mechanicsville, died Friday, April 16, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Athena Hallman; his children, Lisa Corigliano, Leslie Whitfield and Paul Hallman; his granddaughter, Brandy Wilson; and great-grandson, Bastian. Mr. Hallman retired from G.E. Medical Systems after 40 years of service. The family received friends
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