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leet Management is more than an auto garage handling oil changes, rotating tires and topping off the gas tank. One of many components under the Chesterfield County Department of General Services’ umbrella, Fleet is who the fire department turns to when a pumper truck is in need of repairs. It is the school system’s resource for nearly 600 school buses that pick up and bring home thousands of students – and Fleet’s operation extends beyond maintenance for the 2,471 county vehicles. “It’s a lot more than managing a car,” said Fleet Management Director Prab Rao. “Fleet Management includes office administration. It includes acquisitions. It includes maintenance. It includes disposal. It includes fuel and meeting many of the DEQ requirements and in the shop, meeting the Virginia Occupational Safety requirements; and then there are customer demands.” Unlike a private dealership, the department’s customers are internal departments such as mental health services, public safety, utilities and public schools. General Services Director Rob Key explained that the benefit of having an internal service provider rather than privatization is two-fold. “Fundamentally, it’s a dedicated workforce. When your fire truck shows up at an outside vendor, as a priority, they have everybody else’s fire trucks outside of yours. When you come here, our heavy shop exists to take care of that vehicle. With down time, it’s fundamentally better for our performance for the county to have a dedicated workforce,” see FLEET page 4


Chris Talmage installs a battery into a patrol car at the Fleet Management main garage located at the Chesterfield County Government Complex in Chesterfield. The department, which falls under the direction of Chesterfield County Department of General Services, provides more than repairs for county departments.





Roundtable revisits military history

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BY ERIC MILLIRONS special correspondent


n the third Thursday of each month, a rather unique group of individuals come together at the County Seat Restaurant located at Powhatan Courthouse. Most appeared to be over age 20, but the group otherwise consisted of a significant cross-section of the population, an amalgam one might not anticipate at a gathering with the purpose of revisiting military history of almost 150 years ago. As the sun slowly set on Feb. 18, it cast a golden aura on a monument located on the grounds of Powhatan Courthouse. The memorial to Company E of the 4th Virginia Cavalry seemed to be serving as a beacon to welcome guests to the monthly meeting of the Powhatan Civil War Roundtable at the nearby restaurant. Maybe it was somehow aware that the discussion on this night was about the Battle of 2nd Manassas, a major engagement in which Company E participated. By 6 o’clock, the parking spaces along the front of the courthouse were quickly being filled. This night, John Hennessey, Chief Historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg and author of “Return To Bull Run: The Campaign And Battle Of Second Manassas” would be the guest speaker. Of the 80 or so there, at least one-fourth were ladies. This


Susan Kuroski, Chairman of the Leadership Committee of the Powhatan Civil War Roundtable, presents a token of appreciation to John Hennessey, Chief Historian for the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park for his talk on the Battle of 2nd Manassas.

did not escape Peter Lambert of Midlothian who noted that he was “impressed by the number of women” in attendance. The gathering included the members -- who hail from Richmond, Chesterfield, Goochland and of course Powhatan -- their guests and the interested public, all of whom were assembled for social interaction, a meal, and a lecture in the large room at the rear of the establishment. Conversation was flowing at all the tables - not about the lecture to come, but about everything from

travel to the recent bout of winter weather. Truly, this was the social portion of the get together; and based on the laughter and smiling faces, it was a huge success. The meeting’s speaker, John Hennessey, has been with the National Park Service for 22 years and is currently the Chief Historian for the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Military Park. He came from New York and graduated from the University of Albany. see ROUNDTABLE page 5


James River 4x400-meter girls relay team competes in the Central Regional Indoor Track Championships at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond over the weekend. Recap and results on page 7.






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Susan Davies’ fourth-grade class at J.B. Watkins Elementary was very busy Thursday, Feb. 11, making Valentine’s for veterans in a different way. The class, combining science and artistic creativity, used levers, pulleys, and laws of physics to create Valentine’s for veterans at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Hospital like the one pictured above with Andrew Chung showing his pop-up soldier on his Valentines card. They also added boxes to store Hershey Kisses on the red and pink cards decorated with glitter, heart-shaped doilies, and notes of appreciation. A parent and student delivered the finished cards to the hospital, located in Chesterfield County on Saturday, Feb. 13. Video online at


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EXPLAIN EX Law would protect employees’ gun rights BY CHRISTIAN WRIGHT Capital News Service


he House of Delegates has passed a bill ensuring that employees, customers, tenants and other Virginians can store their guns in a locked vehicle on a public parking lot. House Bill 171, approved on a 72-27 vote, says, “No person, property owner, tenant, employer, or business entity shall maintain, establish, or enforce any policy or rule that has the effect of prohibiting a person who may lawfully possess a firearm from storing a firearm locked in or locked to a firearms rack in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, parking space, or other similar property set aside for motor vehicles.” Currently, employers and property owners have the right to bar employees or other people from leaving a handgun in a car in their parking lot. “Our Second Amendment rights should not be taken away because we decide to park in a parking lot to go to a business,” said the bill’s sponsor, Delegate Brenda Pogge, R-Yorktown. However, some business owners raised issues involving safety and property rights. “Business owners ought to regulate and determine the conduct of their employees and customers in a reasonable fashion,” said Keith Cheatham of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The safety issue stems from the potential for workplace violence. In 2007, Virginia had 15 shooting-related workplace fatalities, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. However, David Adams, president of the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association, said gun owners won’t cause problems by leaving their weapons in their cars. “Most law-abiding gun owners are not going to do that, especially concealed gun owners that are already not committing crimes,” Adams said. Virginia has not had a known case of an employee being fired for having a gun in his car while at work. However, firings have happened in other states. As a result, Tennessee, Florida and Oklahoma have adopted laws similar to HB 171. The idea for such laws originated in Oklahoma, where eight employees of a company were fired for having handguns in their cars while at work. Oklahoma then passed a law to prevent such terminations. This year, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law as constitutional. A Florida court ruled the law there to be constitutional as well. Some Virginia business owners fear HB 171 could cause headaches. “From a loss prevention perspective to property rights, see LAW page 4




ave Hancock, comanager at Bob Moates Sports Shop, has been working at the Sports Shop one way or another the past 30 years. I sat down with Dave to get his take on some of the gun issues that have been in the news lately. This is how he sees it. DH: The concealed weapons in restaurants and bars issue, well, nobody tells the truth about that. One of the conditions of a concealed weapons permit [is that] you cannot drink while carrying that gun, period. So the idea of drunks with guns in bars is baloney. The real reason that [law] came about was the restaurants owners associations; basically, Virginia travel and hospitality got that passed. If you think about it, it’s monetary. Where’s the profits? The profit’s in the alcohol, not in the food. So they really don’t want you if you can’t drink. It was never really an issue about carrying guns in bars. My God, [you] could walk in wearing one in the open and sit down and have a drink if [you] wanted to - legally. As far as the one-gun-amonth rule, that only applied to handguns, anyway. [A] collector who comes in and he sees an old German Luger and maybe an old Colt that he’ll probably never get a chance to buy again so he wants to grab both of them before somebody else does. These are collectors; these are not people going out here and committing crimes. Now if we get somebody comes in wants to buy two cheap little guns and looks like a street hood, we’re not selling to them anyway. And if we did, [we’d] have to file a Multiple Purchase report to the Federal government, to ATF. And they’re going

to watch them, and they’re going track them, and they’re going to check them. So actually that triggers a watchful eye, so to speak. So it’s a good thing. It’s always a tough issue. Obviously, common sense, you don’t put a gun in the hand of a minor, a child, or somebody who’s mentally incompetent. That’s where the real focus needs to be, on the mentally incompetent people, things like that. We do a full background investigation through the state police department on everybody. If they pop up on any criminal or mental database anywhere, it’s an immediate no-go. Is it perfect? No, nothing is ever going to be perfect. Somebody can always slip through the radar. They did the background check [on Cho]. There was a failure on the part of [Va Tech] counselors or whoever to put him into the mental database system. That’s being much more closely watched as a result of Tech. Had he been entered into the mental database system he would have been caught and he would not have been able to buy those guns. So the system failed. Short of [allowing concealed weapons on campus], teach the kids how to react in a situation like that. Instead of hiding behind a desk that’s not going to protect you, everybody in that class should have taken everything they had and thrown it at him. Cell phones, pocketbooks, books, pens, pencils. I don’t care who you are, your automatic reaction when something is flying at your face is to throw your hands up in defense, and at that moment, maybe [someone] could have [gotten to] him. All you can do is stop focusing on the laws that don’t accomplish much and

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crack down on the criminals. Instead of worrying about how the gun got there, just worry about who had it and nail him to the wall. [In] every state that has loosened up their gun control laws, guess what? Crime has gone down. The more punishment you give a criminal, the better. I’m all for punishing criminals. I’m not for punishing the honest person who’s not doing anything wrong, who just happens to target shoot or just collects guns. The right to keep and bear arms was to protect ourselves against our own government, as well as your self-defense in routine situations. And let’s face it: our government is getting out of hand. Could

there be another revolution in this country? Yes, it certainly could. I’ll never live to see it, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Government has gotten too big, too bossy, and people are fed up with the government taking money we work for and spending it all over the world, all over the country and it ending up in the hands of bonuses and corporate officials rather than getting back to the people it’s supposed to help. [Now] people [have] bought guns, [saying], “My God, I never would have bought a gun in my life, I don’t think, but now I had better get one.” It’s a fear of our own government’s actions that causes that.

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» LETTER FROM THE EDITOR You will be missed, Alex


he region was blanketed with a snowstorm the weekend a gentle soul left our world. Alex Lebenstein, Holocaust survivor, died on Jan. 28 at the age of 82. The Richmonder was a man of courage who faced the hell of hatred during his youth in World War II simply because he was Jewish. Instead of embracing a poisoning hatred spawned by his experience – a hatred that had grown in his heart over time – he drew upon the unconditional love from German children in his hometown to help him heal from the horrific memories that haunted him. They had made multiple appeals for forgiveness for what their grandparents and parents had done to him, his family, and to all people of the Jewish faith during Adolf Hitler’s reign. He rejected it many times. And then, Alex accepted the apology. Alex didn’t just quietly retire after accepting the olive branch. Instead, he became a historic voice who taught modern-day tolerance to many local students while sharing his vivid memories. He spoke candidly about the night his family fled for their lives as the townspeople, their neighbors, destroyed the only home he had known. He spoke about the cattle cars that transported him to the concentration camp. He talked about his near-death experiences. He shared how he grew to hate his fellow countrymen who slaughtered his mother and countless others. Then, after decades of anger, heartbreak, and finally forgiveness, he openly shared his most real fear: if the Holocaust is forgotten, then it will be repeated. His experiences were co-penned with Midlothian resident Don Levin in the book “The Gazebo.” The book was named after a place where he had happy memories of his father playing cards and the place where he hid on the night his life forever changed, the night of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass. A documentary film about his life premiered in December 2009 at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, where Alex volunteered. However, it was the powerful personal presentations he repeated at many schools that opened the door for tolerance. All who were present understood, even if it was just for that afternoon, that we are all frail humans who need to tolerate one another’s differences. It was an honor to have had breakfast with Alex and Don to talk about the book’s release in December 2008. Alex was not a morose man because he survived the Holocaust. In fact, he celebrated life. He celebrated his family and was proud of his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a terrific cook who loved to eat – and he made a mean soup for a cold day. His rich, deep voice echoed his thoughts as he recalled getting into trouble with his “mamma” as a child when he tried to hide candy. He heartily laughed at the best memories and would quietly and solemnly share the worst. Alex’s kindness and honesty will never be forgotten.

from FLEET page 1 he said. Key said the second reason is the cost. “Our shop rates, based on activity-based costing, are somewhere in the $10 range per hour less than what it would cost in the outside world. We have qualified mechanics in facilities that are convenient to our customers – our partners – and we do it at a cost that is lower than the outside world,” he said. General Services Deputy Director Charlie Dane added that the overall cost is actually cheaper than just the shop rate. “If you’re able to turn these vehicles around in a timely manner that may mean the difference between the fire department having [to buy] six extra pumpers [trucks] or three extra pumpers; so you have a capital cost involved also to have extra vehicles to fill in when others are in for repair,” he said. “If they have to wait two or three weeks for one at a private shop rather than two or three days at our shop that may mean the difference of having one or two extra spares that cost a halfmillion dollars apiece.” Before Rao’s term as director, Fleet Management began an initiative to identify costsavings in the county’s fleet. “Rob Key sent out notices to all departments to do some soul searching and find underutilized vehicles and quite a few were relinquished,” Rao said. He added that the county saved more than $338,000 by reassigning vehicles. Rao also added that the motor pool was reduced after he joined Chesterfield County. “We reduced the size of the motor pool from 26 units to 11 or 12 and put all the newer units with customers and thus we saved about $318,000 in acquisitions,” he said. Fleet Management does not receive funding through General Fund, which is collected through local taxes the state, but through providing its services. “First, let’s get this thing clear: we are an internal service fund. People think of the county as one pot of money. It’s not,” Rao said. “We are very much like a utilities fund, except we charge internal departments,” he said. “We don’t get a cent from the budget office. We have to charge based on wrench-turning hours and that’s where shop rates and fuel come in,” Rao said.

On July 1, 2009, Fleet Management initiated an activity-based costing model. Rao explained that an improved ABC model on July 1 this year will more closely match costs to revenues and eliminate a cross-subsidization of the department’s services. “Maintenance will be a pay-as-yougo basis, fuel will be pay-asyou-go basis, etc.” he said. The itemized change, which is a leading industry recommendation through consultants such as Mercury Associates, will provide transparency to the bottom line. Rao noted that one example is the 12 cents per gallon for fuel dispensation, currently in this fiscal year at 15 cents. It is levied on top of the wholesale contracted cost of fuel currently at $2.02 per gallon for diesel and $1.99 per gallon for unleaded. In the past, county departments were paying a 61-cent mark-up for fuel along with low-cost shop rates. “The mechanic rate was artificially established … fuel was subsidizing maintenance operation and there were other, perhaps, charges that were not supportable,” Rao said. The 12 cents covers the cost of the tank wagon delivery, maintenance of pumps, measuring the tank levels and meeting regulatory requirements as well as recovering costs for replacement of the pumps and lights at the centers. “That’s the cost of fuel and there is no cross-subsidization. That’s the discipline that’s associated with true activity-based costing,” Rao said. Rao explained that the shop rates are determined through distributing logically the overhead costs such as salaries, buildings, tools and savings for replacement of permanent-lease vehicles then dividing the total number of wrench-turning hours available. Each area of Fleet Management -- such as parts, heavy maintenance shop, permanent leasing, light maintenance shop, and even vehicle washing -- will practice ABC principles. “We have to separate all these costs and emulate the private sector … the best model is transparent and [that] customers understand,” he said. “You have got to know your costs. ”



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s you read these lines, the state House and Senate will have announced budget proposals for 2010-2012. The House budget, which likely will become the bill by which the biennial budget will be adopted, is expected to differ considerably from the budget proposal announced late last week by Governor Bob McDonnell. The bottom line will remain the same, however: spending will be reduced by roughly $2 billion from the current budget. Concerns about the cuts proposed by Gov. McDonnell have come to me from all quarters, understandably and also helpfully. Among the dozen major areas of spending, only spending for Medicaid is expected to rise for 20102012. Understandably, too, the major concern of 65th District residents pertains to public education (K-12). Schools in both Chesterfield and Powhatan are facing multi-million-dollar reductions from sundry sources of funding from federal, state, and, owing to reduced assessments of both homes and commercial properties, local government. Though the House figures were not available as I wrote these lines, I can emphasize that the House budget will not propose cuts as severe as those proposed by outgoing former Governor Kaine. As noted two weeks ago, even Gov. Kaine proposed that K-12 spending FY 2009 - FY 2012 be reduced by 8.9 percent. This figure compares to reductions in other areas of state government averaging about 20 percent and, in one instance (technology), 49 percent. This is little comfort to those of us who are parents, teachers, or otherwise engaged in or devoted to our schools. My own children have finished school, but I’ve three grandchildren in public school and a fourth will soon join them. What is comforting is reviewing the figure within the larger context in which the House is working toward a balanced budget as required by the Constitution of Virginia. That is no insignificant note, by the way: the Constitution requires the legislature to adopt a balanced budget. (Would that Congress were bound by a similar constraint.) Two weeks ago I noted that the context within which we are struggling includes federal deficits now totaling trillions of dollars for the foreseeable future -- eventually to be paid through new federal taxes -- for every individual, family, and business. Since the recession began, upwards of 100,000 $80,000-per-year jobs have disappeared from northern Virginia alone. Unemployment in swaths of the Southside and Southwest is as high as 20 percent. This week we were advised that -- though the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) is in fairly good shape -- the states nationally face a $1 trillion shortfall in public pension plans, an amount representing $8,000 for every American household. (Virginia ranked among the 16 states with “solid” performance; 15 states “need improvement,” and 19 states face “serious concerns” with their pension plans.) The Composite Index for School Funding, compiled every two years, takes into account a locality’s ability to pay for its schools and is a mechanism that has been part of the state’s school funding formula for decades. The intent, which was derived from a lawsuit about equitable support for schools ranging from wealthy to poor areas of the Commonwealth, is to provide fair distribution of state school funds. Gov. Kaine abruptly and without consultation “froze” the Composite, a move of dubious legality. Gov. McDonnell has simply responded, rightly, to the need to restore the Index to the state school-funding for-

from LAW page 3 we’re living in difficult times,” said Laurie Aldrich, president of the Retail Merchants Association. HB 171 would provide civil immunity to employers, property owners, business owners and others. “No person, property owner, tenant, employer, or business entity shall be liable in any civil action for any occurrence that results from or is connected to the use of a firearm that was lawfully stored” in a locked parked car, the bill says.

mula. As a result, some school divisions will receive more state aid, others, including Chesterfield and Powhatan, will receive less. This is in keeping with Virginia’s status as a “Commonwealth.” That the federal government has poorly managed our fiscal affairs for several years is now apparent to the whole world. That the financial institutions of the private sector were dangerously flawed we all know from the collapse of the lending markets. Virginia, by contrast, has just this past week again been named, by Forbes , “the best managed state.” This is a joint accomplishment of the legislature and executive, and we can all be thankful. And the ranking is accomplished though we do not have the powers of the federal government to print money or borrow trillions from foreign interests. Our county governments face the same constraints as the state government. So, what to do other than to tighten the belt? The broad consensus in the House, among a majority of both parties, is to balance the budget without a general tax increase. Economists of all stripes advise against adding new taxes to the burdens being borne by all of us. And some of us, for example, customers of some utilities, are facing monthly bills that have doubled and even tripled in recent months -- the subject of the most heated debate in the House in recent days. The proposed reductions in K-12 have an important context, too: The proposed FY 2010 budget for K-12 would be reduced by 3.5 percent or $249.2 million. (By comparison, Higher Education would be cut by 30 percent.) Also, over the last 10 years, the General Assembly has increased direct aid to public education by almost 60 percent (58.9 percent, to be precise). By comparison, student enrollment during the past decade increased by 7.2 percent. Obviously, then, even when allowing for the modest inflation during the decade, the legislature has greatly increased spending vis-a-vis student enrollments. The context can be elaborated: 1) For FY 2011, K-12 spending of $5.7 billion will be 53.4 percent higher than in FY 2000 -- while student enrollment will have risen by only 8.1 percent. 2) For FY 2012, K-12 spending of $5.8 billion is 55.4 percent higher than in FY 2000--while student enrollment will have increased by only 9 percent. Of course all of this is little comfort to those of us facing larger classes, fewer electives, or even the prospect of the elimination of our jobs. The solace is simply that we are in a recession of world-historic proportions, our federal debt is now astronomical, and neither the state nor most counties’ governments can increase taxes -- at least not prudentially -- at the moment. The one thing we have avoided in Richmond is any finger-pointing. All of us understand that we are in a predicament of origins beyond our control and, to a large degree, requiring prescriptions beyond our control -- indeed, prescriptions dependent, on the one hand, on the federal government getting its house in order, and, on the other hand, the private sector regaining its balance sufficiently to begin to generate the jobs from which tax revenues derive. I can assure readers, too, that every delegate from our area is working diligently, and also cooperatively, to ease the pain, to do our utmost to protect our core services -- public education foremost among them -- and to keep our own Virginian ship of state on a prudent course for the future. Delegate Lee Ware represents the 65th District consisting of western Chesterfield and all of Powhatan

Cheatham said HB 171 would infringe on business owners’ property rights. “If I don’t want to have people with guns in their car come to my property, the General Assembly doesn’t have the business to tell me,” he said. At least one business owner – Fahs Wood of Martin and Wood Construction in Richmond – doesn’t see it that way. “I don’t see how this infringes on my rights as an employer,” Woof said. “It’s their car, not mine.”

The legislation would affect other Virginia employers such as Dominion, one of the nation’s largest energy producers. Dominion currently prohibits employees from keeping a gun in their car while at work, company spokesman Mark Lazenby said. A bill similar to HB 171 was introduced in 2006 by Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge. It passed the House but was defeated in the Senate. Visit online to see how your elected official voted at || February 25, 2010 || 5

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on’t miss “Comedy Night at the Mill” on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Rotary Club of Powhatan is hosting a comedy night featuring Micah Bam-Bamm White at the Mill at Fine Creek in an effort to raise money for the Mesa Vista Therapeutic Riding Program. Tickets are $65 per person; Open bar (beer and wine) for first hour, then cash bar. Appetizers will be served. For more information, contact Christy Polster at or Sean Farley at To learn more about The Rotary Club of Powhatan, visit or link on through their Facebook page at The Rotary Club of Powhatan.

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battle, Union General John Pope. Pope, unlike Lee, was Having majored in History out to change the nature of and Business, he has a novel war -- not just to win battles. approach to the Civil War As a result, he issued several that many pure historians orders directly aimed at civilmay overlook, for he looks at ians. It may be for these acthe conflict with the eye of a tions that Lee referred to him businessman. as a “miscreant.” Hennessey addressed But it was how the the conflict of 2nd Manas“manager” directed his sas by showing how Lee, in subordinates that brought command of the Army of the desired result. Stonewall Northern Virginia, was the Jackson could act in a very “manager” and had four swift manner. He was able characteristics common to to move his command a successful people. He was not distance of 54 miles in the affected by criticism, and inspan of only 36 hours. Hendeed, “he ignored criticism.” nessey referred to this as “the He always “made sure to get greatest march of the entire along with his boss,” which is war.” Furthermore, “when displayed by his keeping Jefbusiness was on, Jackson was ferson Davis, President of the all business.” Confederacy, informed. His Lee’s other lieutenant, focus was on what he might General James Longstreet, do to his opponent. Lastly, was a cautious man and he possessed “humility” and frequently conservative in took responsibility for the his actions. In the battle, outcome. This later attribute “Longstreet didn’t create the was especially evident after situation – he reacted to it,” Gettysburg when he noted Hennessey noted. that it was all his fault. The end result of the In June of 1862, Lee had battle that took place from taken command. This was August 29, 1862 to August only 25 days longer in such a 30, 1862 was that the Union post than his adversary at the Army fled from Manassas,

Pope was removed from command, and Lee would cross the Potomac and would engage a rehabilitated Union Army at Antietam. It was at the Battle of 2nd Manassas, a victory for the Confederate forces, that Lee, Jackson and Longstreet would display their individual virtues, and display them well. After a brief question and answer period, Susan Kuroski, Chairman of the Powhatan CWRT Leadership Committee, brought the meeting to a close and presented Hennessey with a token of appreciation. The evening had been one filled with good conversation, food and an interesting historical perspective. Though the sun had long since departed and its beams no longer lighted the monument, the words at its base seemed to summarize the event: “To Honor Valor Is Mankind’s Delight.” For further information on the Powhatan Civil War Roundtable, visit


andfest is Chesterfield County’s annual evening of entertainment for teens in a fun, safe environment. This year’s theme is “Dare 2B U.” The March event will feature live music by the following teen bands: Randomiz3d, Men of Leisure, Down Pour, Battleghost, Look to the Sky, Voicemail at Midnight, Capital 7, TayJ, and Men of Leisure. There also will be games, a caricature artist and inflatables. Tickets are $5 per person. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good to be donated to the Central Virginia Food Bank. There also will be a collection of gently used shoes for Soles4Souls, a charity that collects and dis-

tributes shoes to the needy. Shoes collected at Bandfest 2010 will be donated to Haiti. Bandfest is sponsored by the Chesterfield County Department of Youth Planning and Development, Chesterfield SAFE and the Southside Church of the Nazarene. For more information, call 804796-7100 or visit In case of snow, Bandfest 2010 will be held March 20, 6-10 p.m.

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H1N1 Flu Protection Still Available In Chesterfield Health District Flu season is not over yet, and there still is time and H1N1 flu vaccine available for individuals and families in the Chesterfield Health District to be protected. The Health District is continuing to offer free H1N1 vaccinations at a satellite site in Chesterfield County and the Powhatan County Health Department. “There is plenty of vaccine,” said Dr. William R. Nelson, District Health Director. “Reports still indicate that individuals are developing influenza-like illness, although not such great numbers as last fall,” said Dr. Nelson. Individuals who “are not protected still can get the H1N1 influenza,” he said. Even though influenza activity in Virginia has decreased from its peak in November 2009, the H1N1 strain of flu is responsible for most of the flu activity at this time and it is expected to continue for several more months. “As before, children and younger adults are getting the H1N1 influenza at a higher rate than older adults, but older adults who do get the H1N1 Influenza can still have serious complications,” Dr. Nelson said. Sites within the Chesterfield Health District offer H1N1 vaccinations during a wide variety of hours, including daytime, evening and weekend hours. The vaccine is available in both shots and nasal spray. No appointments are needed and there is no charge for the H1N1 vaccine at any of the vaccination clinic sites. H1N1 vaccinations are offered in Chesterfield County at 10185 Hull Street Road, in the Rockwood Square Shopping Center, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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FRIDAY, FEB. 26 The 6th Annual Night of Stars Fund Raiser and Show, a much anticipated event that showcases the talents of more than 75 students, will take place at Midlothian High School at 7 p.m. During the evening the students will introduce their competitive spring show to the public for the first time and raise money to fund scholarships for two deserving senior chorus students. Also, a feature performance by UVA’s “Hullabahoos”! A dessert and coffee reception will follow the performances Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $10. It is with the support of our friends in the community that we are able to continue to encourage and promote arts in education.

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he 34th annual Richmond Home & Garden Show is slated for March 5-7 at the Richmond International Raceway Complex. This year’s show features over 300 exhibitors, celebrity appearances, seminars, over 4,500 square feet of gardens, contests, and special promotions. “Whether you’re interested in building or remodeling, decorating or redecorating, sprucing up or landscaping your yard, this show has every facet of enhancing your ‘home sweet home’ . . . and it’s all in one convenient location,” said Affinity Events’ show manager Chris Grubbs. Matt Paxton, a Richmond native and host of A&E’s cable show “Hoarders,” will be at the show both Saturday and Sunday for a 2 p.m. special appearance where he will conduct a seminar and a Q&A session. Paxton will also co-host Richmond’s Trashiest Garage contest with WTVR Lite 98 FM and The Closet Factory. Members of the public can upload photos of their messy garages to the radio station’s Web site for consideration. The winner gets to meet with Matt while his company, Clutter Cleaner, will come and help the winner sort through, clean out and organize his garage. Other attractions include gardening seminars hosted by Henrico County Extension Office Master Gardeners.Affinity Events saw a 51 percent increase in attendance during their Richmond Home Show this past fall. “We believe that consumers are ready to spend money on, and take care of their biggest investment -- their home,” Grubbs added, “Many of those who come are simply looking for new and creative ideas to improve and enhance their living space.” Affinity believes the attendance for this spring show will



also increase significantly given the lower admission fees, free return passes and free parking. Event attendees will also have opportunities to win prizes and receive free merchandise and services. The first 200 people who arrive each day of the show will receive a 6-inch flowering pansy compliments of Ed’s Landscaping. Plus, Recreation Warehouse is giving away a $2,500 gift certificate. The Richmond Home & Garden Show is at the Richmond Raceway Complex Friday, March 5, from noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 7, from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and children 16 and under will be admitted free. Active military, police and EMS also will be admitted free of charge with a valid ID. Only cash will be accepted at the box office but there is an ATM on-site. Discounted tickets as well as additional show information and an events schedule are available online at or by calling 425-6556. The Richmond Times-Dispatch is an event and media sponsor.

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The Junior Federated Woman’s Club of Chester is conducting the 6th Annual Black Tie & Diamond Ball held Feb. 27 at the Cultural Center of India featuring Casper and Casino entertainment. Proceeds benefit Chesterfield CASA who promotes safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children by providing trained advocates to work with each child and the court system. Tickets are $60 and may be requested at The 11th Annual Virginia Dance Festival to benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation of Richmond has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27 at James River High School in Midlothian. The event was postponed in late January due to snow. The Virginia Dance Festival holds two shows: the first is at 3 pm, and the second begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $8 for children (ages 3-11). For those interested in attending both shows, the price will be discounted to $15 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets can only be purchased at the door, and all proceeds will go to Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, there will be a silent auction in the lobby of James River High School during both shows. For info about the event, becoming a sponsor or donating items, please call Jessica Morgan, at (804) 739-7600.

MARCH -MARCH 4 Darnell Arnoult, poet and author of the acclaimed novel Sufficient Grace, headlines John Tyler Community College’s upcoming Literary Festival. The festival, which also will feature student readings, a speech contest, art and


a theatre performance. Literary Festival activities will take place at both John Tyler campuses. All are free and open to the community. The Literary Festival activities at the JTCC Midlothian campus in the Science Building C109 includes: On Tuesday, March 2, student readings from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.; On Wednesday, March 3, A Night of Scribbles A revival of last year’s success, Scribbles, and the premiere of The Ripple Effect One-man performance by Ryan Tiller at 7 p.m.; On Thursday, March 4, Darnell Arnoult Reading from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and Muses: A Tribute to Mature Women Who Live Creative Lives by Artist Carlie Collier, who teaches photography at John Tyler, will hold gallery talks about her exhibit at 5 p.m. followed Darnell Arnoult Reading, Reception and Book Signing at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring “gently used” paperback books for the Richmond Read Center.

MONDAY, MARCH 1 Matoaca District Community Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Cosby High School, located at 14300 Fox Parkway, Midlothian. The topic will be Comprehensive Plan Update presented by the Planning Department staff.

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radley Riester has been battling strep throat this week. Medicine certainly helped, but the best cure may have been the chance to play for a championship. The 6-1 senior guard scored a career-high 29 points to lead second-seeded Monacan to a 74-49 victory over top-seeded Cosby in the title game of the boys Dominion District basketball tournament before a packed house at Cosby last Friday. Monacan (19-3) will play host to Armstrong in the first round of the Central Region tournament Monday. Cosby (18-5) will play host to Varina. The Chiefs, ranked eighth in the TimesDispatch Top 10, lost 63-58 at seventh-ranked Cosby during the regular season. The other meeting was wiped out because of snow. “We definitely had something to prove,” Riester said. “We’ve been saying that all year.” Monacan was 9-14 last season with basically the same group. “We started working a lot harder,” Riester said. “The chemistry really came together.” Riester averages about 12 points. He had 17 in a semifinal win over Huguenot and was

almost unstoppable last night. He had 10 points in the first quarter and 11 in the second as hot-shooting Monacan opened a 43-20 halftime lead. In a span of 83 seconds in the second quarter, Riester banked in a floater, knifed through congestion for a left-handed layup, hit another layup and then drained a 3-pointer. He finished 11-of-14 from the floor, including five 3-pointers. “I’ve been waiting to go off all year,” he said. “I haven’t had a breakout game. It happened at a perfect time.” Riester had plenty of help. Sean Armstrong, Anthony Brown and Derrick Cates each scored 10 points as the smaller Chiefs pushed the pace and made some nifty passes that produced easy baskets inside. Monacan was 28-of-42 from the floor after three quarters. Cates (6-4), Armstrong (6-5) and Daniel Eacho (6-7) also did yeoman work limiting Cosby’s taller front line. David Robinson had 24 points for the Titans. “We’ve got pretty good athletes,” Monacan coach Bill Roberson said. “When we pushed the ball, we thought our athleticism would take over a little bit.” PHOTO BY PATRICK DOBBS Tim Pearrell is a staff writer for the RichMonacan’s Sean Armstrong drives past Cosby’s David Robinson. Monacan won the Dominion mond Times-Dispatch. District Tournament final 74-49.

Third quarter pressure advances Titans BY SARA PAGE



Cosby’s Andrea Bertrand drives to the hoop during the Dominion District Girls’ Basketball Tournament final last Friday. Bertrand helped Cosby pull out a 60-40 victory with her 19 points.

he Cosby girls’ basketball team found itself in unfamiliar territory during last Friday’s Dominion District Tournament final. The team trailed third-ranked Huguenot by as much as six in the first half and led by only one at halftime. But the Titans did what they do best in the third quarter. The team relaxed, hit a myriad of shots and pulled out a 60-40 win. “We just weren’t playing like we usually do,” Cosby senior guard Andrea Bertrand said. “We came out and we weren’t ready. We weren’t playing good defense, we were rushing on offense and that’s what we were trying to focus on.” The Titans put together a 22-point third quarter led by Bertrand, who went 8-of-10 from the floor all night. She turned a Pitts block into a short jumper from the right side to start the half and added six more to her totals before the third quarter finished. The prettiest shot came off a 3-2 fast break. Becca Wann pulled down a defensive board and sent a long pass down the court to Jazmin Pitts on the left block. With one on-rushing defender, Pitts dumped the ball to Bertrand, who came in from the right side for the easy layup. With their offense clearly clicking again, the defense also picked up. Cosby out-rebounded Huguenot 11-4 in the quarter. “Pitts’ size, Becca Wann, they just took over,” Huguenot coach Bo Jones said. “In the third quarter we were outscored by 15 points. That was the biggest thing that hurt us – the third quarter.” In the opening half, it was Huguenot that looked like the team to beat though. A pair of layups late in the first quarter by Jazmyne Harvey put Huguenot up 8-5 as the Falcons got behind the speed of their three guards: Daeisha Brown, Trylanda Jennings and

Ty Bender. The trio danced around a half-court, manto-man defense with the help of sophomore forward Jeanette Cousins. Guarded by Pitts, Cousins pulled the 6-1 blocker out of the middle with a cut to the top. Anticipating the pick, Cosby switched defenders leaving Pitts at the top and the post relatively unguarded for the six-foot Harvey and for Jennings. The pair combined for 13 of the Falcons 18 first-half points. “That was the game plan – get the guards in the paint,” Jones said. “The game plan was just slow it down, attack when we can and get Pitts in foul trouble. The first half we did pretty much most of that. The third quarter, we just ran out of gas. Pitts didn’t have but three fouls. My two bigs had three and four, so I had to go small then back to big, and that hurt us a little.” Cousins picked up her third foul one minute into the third quarter and her fourth two minutes later, which opened up the post for Cosby. “They came defensively ready for us and … they took us out of our running game, but I feel like once we stepped up our defense and made some adjustments, I think things kind of started to fall into place,” Cosby head coach Rachel Mead said. Pitts and Bertrand led Cosby with 19 points each. Pitts added 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Wann contributed 12 points and 17 rebounds. Jennings led Huguenot with 14. Cosby hosted Varina in the first round of the Central Region Tournament Monday night while Huguenot took on Atlee. Final scores were not available by press time. Semifinal rounds begin tonight at the Siegel Center. “We’ve just got to keep playing hard. That’s basically it,” Bertrand said. “Keep playing hard and just play as a team and keep fighting because now, from here on out, it’s lose and go home, so we’ve got to keep playing.”

Regionals showcase district talent COMPILED BY SARA PAGE


he Midlothian and Manchester girl’ teams finished in the top 10 of the Central Region Indoor Track Championships on Saturday to lead Dominion District teams. The Lancers were led by Nikki Nunn, who took first in the long jump event with a leap of 18-07.75 and third in the triple jump with a distance of 35-06. Candice Hairston also picked up a third-place finish for Manchester with a jump of 17-01.25 in the long jump event. Midlothian picked up the bulk of their points in running events. Freshman Marie Johnston led the way with a second-place finish in both the 1,600meter run (5:12.26) and the 1,000-meter run (3:06.76). Kathleen Lautzenheiser took first in the 3,200-meter run (11:03.08), followed by teammate Claire Benjamin in fourth (11:27.14). The Trojans also took the eighth and ninth spots in the 1,600-meter event with Kara Dickerson (11:40.60) and Meghan Mulroy (11:55.96) finishing back-to-back. Midlothian picked up a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Marie Johnston, Kendall Sims, Erica Putney and Kathleen Lautzenheiser finished with a time of 4:18.26. In the boys’ portion of the event, James River and Cosby finished back-to-back in

the teams standings in sixth and seventh, respectively. The Rapids were paced by Ted Richardson, who won the 3,200-meter event (9:50.24) and took second in the 1,600-meter event (4:31.20). He also competed with teammates Sam Reid, Kenneth Mason and Christian Andersen on the fourth-place (8:31.47) 4x800-meter relay team. Kevon White added a third-place finish for the Rapids in the long jump with a leap of 21-03. Cosby was led by a second-place finish (1:38.69) from the 4x200-meter relay team of Josh Rymer, Brandyn Laury, Terrill Cooke and Ajani Kingslow. Rymer added a third place in the 55-meter hurdles (7.78); and Kingslow added a fifthplace finish in the 300-meter dash (38.82). Evan Niciphor finished third in the 3,200meter run (9:55.03) and Christopher Lusk put up a 49-00 toss in the shot put for fifth. Girls Results: Local team standings: 3. Midlothian, 41; 6. Manchester, 32; 18. Cosby, 10; 21. James River, 6.5; 25. Monacan, 3; 27. Clover Hill, 2. Local individual results: Long jump: 1. Nikki Nunn, Manchester, 18-07.75; 3. Candice Hairston, Manchester, 17-01; 8. Ivory Banks, Cosby, 16-04; 14. Laura Holmes, James River, 15-09.25; 17. Shanice Clarke, Manchester, 15-06.75. Triple jump: 3. Nikki Nunn, Manchester, 35-06; 5. Laura Holmes, James River, 34-05; 6. Candice Hair-

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Lizzie Weast of Manchester strides up the inside as she passes Lauren Paul of Maggie Walker in the girls 500-meter dash.


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The Dominion District boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments took place last week at Cosby High School. At top left: Monacan’s Jeff Connor pushes the ball up the court. The Chiefs went on a 9-0 run early in the second quarter as they downed Huguenot 66-58 for a chance at a Dominion District Tournament title. At top right: Monacan’s Hope Rainey forces up a shot with Cosby’s Jazmin Pitts, front, and Kelsey Conyers, left, defending. A sore shoulder kept Pitts quiet from the field but she made her presence known defensively in a 73-47 decision over the Chiefs Wednesday night. At right: Cosby point guard Nick Coppola slices past the L.C. Bird defense. A clean game kept both teams off the foul line and cost the Skyhawks possible possessions as they tried to foul late in the game. Cosby won 54-51 to set up a Friday night showdown with Monacan. All semifinal teams earned bids to this week’s Central Region tournament, which began Monday and continue tonight and Friday night with the semifinal rounds at VCU’s Keeping families and Siegel Center. Coverage of both tournaments businesses comfortable online at

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entral Region Wrestlers made history over the weekend at the Group AAA state wrestling tournament. The Central Region contingent entered the state tournament with lofty expectations and more than lived up to them. With five individual champions, the region easily eclipsed its previous best effort (three) in 1991. Its nine finalists were second to the Eastern Region’s 13, but four more than its all-time high, when it had one champion and four runners-up in 1996. Its 29 place winners also set a high-water mark – seven more than last year – and second only to the Eastern. Its 23 top-six finishers demolished the previous standard of 16, which had been done three times since 1996. The Central Region also had four teams – James River, Hopewell, Hanover and Matoaca – in the top 10 of the team standings, a remarkable display of depth from a region that went six || February 25, 2010 || 9


Tuesday and Thursday until March 23. Option training is available every Monday from 2-3 p.m. years without an individFor training plans, disual state champion before count flyers or questions, see finally ending the drought lens couldn’t slow Powis, Courtesy of Deborah Potter Mr. Calfee or e-mail him at last season. who put Green Run’s Dany Swift Creek Middle School christopher_calfee@ccpsnet. “It was frustrating Davis on his back and students can join fellow net. Presently, SCMS student because it wasn’t like we pinned him with 21 second students, parents, teachers, runners are second the numdidn’t have good wrestlers, left in the second period of and staff as they train for and ber of students registered the kids just didn’t believe their 285-pound quartercomplete in the Monument within the tri-city area. Seven they belonged here,” James finals. Ave. 10K on March 27. The teachers are also registered. River coach Mark Helberg Powis described himself first informational meeting said. “It’s all about belief.” as “very blind” without his was held on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Free girls’ lacrosse clinic Topping James River’s contacts and added that it Students can sign up at Courtesy of Weaver Athletic Ascontingent was Ryan Powis, had been his goal all year or get an sociation who pinned down a spot in to make and win the state application from Mr. Calfee Weaver Athletic AssociaSaturday’s 285-pound fifinals. in room 205. Please make tion is sponsoring two free nale, but he closed the tourJim McConnell is a corcertain that you list Swift lacrosse clinics for girls who nament in heartbreaking respondent for the Richmond Creek Middle School as your would like to learn the game. fashion, losing 2-1 to Cox’s Times-Dispatch. school. Participants should The clinics will be held Sunthree-time state champion, Local results also make sure that they day, March 7, at Richmond Ross Burbank. Team: James River, 72; complete a risk form for the Indoor Sports Experience. On Friday, Cosby’s Cosby, 20; Midlothian, 8. after school training sessions. Middle school players are Austin Coburn (171) Individual: 119: 3. Students who have already welcome to attend from 12-1 held on for a 3-2 triumph Brayden Manchester, signed up for the 10K and p.m., followed by high school over Annandale’s Stacey James River; 125: 3. Jordan did not list Swift Creek age girls from 1-2 p.m. Anderson, which placed O’Donnell; 145: 5. Josh Middle School as their school This is an opportunity to him in the finals for his Wells, James River; 160: 7. should see Mr. Calfee so that try lacrosse in a temperatureweight class. Coburn placed Andy Svanda, James River; he can update the school controlled environment. second with a 7-3 deci171: 2. Austin Coburn, Coschallenge team. Participants will receive sion to Hopewell’s Cody by; 215: 6. Mark Howard, Parents and teachers can instruction in the basic skills Allala. Allala and brother, Midlothian; 285: 2. Ryan sign up at sportsbackers. of catching and throwing and Clint, made state history by Powis, James River org or get an application are asked to bring a mouth becoming the first brothers from Mr. Calfee in room guard. Loaner sticks will be to win state wrestling titles 205. Adult participants do available. in the same year. not need to list Swift Creek For more information eJames River’s Andy SvanMiddle School on the apmail da nearly joined made the plication. semifinals, but surrendered Everyone interested in a takedown with three training should make plans seconds left and lost 3-1 to to stay from 2-3 p.m. every

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Moffett, Clover Hill, 21-01.75; 9. Farland, Kevon White, 1:47.57. Terrill Cooke, Cosby, 20-03.50; 1,600-meter run: 2. Ted 12. Khiry Townsend, James Richardson, James River, ston, Manchester, 33-09.25; 10. 4:31.20; 3. Braden Burleigh, Janae Jones, Clover Hill, 33-05.25; River, 19-11.50. Triple jump: 8. Zakari Midlothian, 4:36.32. 12. Shanice Clarke, Manchester, Greene, Clover Hill, 42-09.75; 500-meter dash: 6. Jonathan 33-03; 14. Katherine Wise, Clover Hill, 32-06.75; 20. Jaimee Johnson, 9. Khiry Townsend, James River, Krone, Clover Hill, 1;12.16; 42-00.25; 10. Chris Rogers, 11. Ryan Thorpe, Manchester, Manchester, 31-04.5. High jump: 6. Laura Holmes, Manchester, 41-00.50; 11. Bran- 1:12.84; 14. Demetrius Phildyn Laury, Cosby, 40-11.75. lips, Manchester, 1:14.17; 15. James River, 5-00; 12. Taryn High jump: 5. Devron HarKenneth Mason, James River, Hare, Manchester, 4-10; 13. 1:14.64; 18. Riley Brady, Cosby, Katie Minczuk, Cosby, 4-10; 14. ris, Manchester, 6-02; 10. 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agency, online, over the phone, or direct with the company. This is one time when the internet doesn’t win on price. Contrary to some people’s thinking, there is no agency “mark-up” on the price of life insurance. In fact, our local agency does not even charge extra for the personalized customer service our clients receive.

Q: How much insurance do I need to buy? A: The answer to this question is different for everyone. Some things to think about are settling of debts such as credit cards, car loans, and mortgages. The cost of final expenses and potential legal fees associated with the passing of a loved one also should be factored in. Higher education costs for children and lost future earnings should also be considered. The best way to find out the proper amount of insurance your family needs is to contact our term life division at 804-747-1011 and speak with an agent.

Q: How will my health affect me in applying for life insurance? A: Yes, the rumor is true… healthy people get better rates for life insurance. Insurance companies charge higher rates for things like smoking, being overweight, taking certain prescriptions, or have an avocation that is considered to be hazardous to your health such as racing, scuba diving, or aviation. Although the insurance companies will charge a slightly higher premium, having these circumstances does not automatically mean that a person is uninsurable. There are still many affordable options available to you even if you have been previously diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, or had a heart attack.

Q: I already have coverage at work. Why should I buy more insurance? A: Having life insurance as a benefit at work is a great thing for your employer to offer you. Unfortunately, in many cases, the amount of coverage provided is not sufficient to meet your needs. Employers typically provide life insurance that is not portable. This means that if you were to leave that job, the coverage would no longer be in effect.

Q: Can I buy term life insurance over the phone or internet? A: Absolutely. Many companies offer their services over the phone or internet. It is difficult to completely fill the need that life insurance serves with a five minute phone call or filling out a form online. The best way to obtain insurance is with a local licensed agent who has the ability to guide you through purchase step-by-step and answer any questions that you may THE EVERETT GROUP, LTD have.

INSURANCE AGENCY 2604 N. PARHAM RD RICHMOND, VA 23294 OFFICE: 804-747-1011 FAX: 804-273-0625

Q: I am on a tight budget. Where can I find the most coverage at the lowest rates?

A: All insurance companies rate people differently. Some companies rate cigar smokers as “NON Smoker”, and others are more lenient on their height and weight requirements. The best bang for your buck is going to be to work with a company that represents all the major carriers of term life insurance. Have them do a quote for you to compare the top companies that are available to you and let the carriers compete for your business.

Q: I see ads for life insurance at much lower rates than the policy I am currently paying. Should I discontinue my current policy and buy a new lower cost policy? A: That is a good question and one that you should consult an insurance professional about. Term insurance rates are at their lowest prices in the past twenty-five years, but it may not be in your best interest to cancel your current policy. There may be other options in your policy that could benefit you more. Let us review your policy, for free, to make sure that you have the coverage that is most appropriate for your needs.

Q: I need a high amount of insurance but am concerned about the price of the correct amount of coverage.

A: Term insurance is definitely the most cost effective type of life insurance and is less expensive per thousand as you increase the amount of coverage. For example, you may be able to double your coverage from $250,000 to $500,000 for less than doubling your premium.

Q: Will I have to be examined by a doctor in order to buy life insurance? A: It depends on the company and the amount of insurance applied for. Most companies require what is called a “paramed”, where a nurse will come to your home, office, or to our office and ask some medical questions, measure height and weight, and take blood and urine specimens. Typically there is not a full scale physical required. However, depending on the age of the insured and the amount of insurance applied for, the insurance company may require a Dr’s physical exam.

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