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2011 Bravo! Award recipients named The Chesterfield Public Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2011 class of Bravo!Award recipients. The Bravo!Awards will honor its third class of outstanding Chesterfield County Public School alumni on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at a gala dinner at The Jefferson Hotel. The 2011 honorees consist of a unique group of individuals from an array of talents all who have made an exceptional impact in their professions and within their surrounding communities. Recipients include two professional sports players, a US Army colonel, a literary author & poet, a railway transit chief, and a top video game designer & producer. John Baskerville, Jr. (Lloyd C. Bird High School, Class of 1984) holds an impressive 20-year military career with the United States Army where he serves as an Aviator and Language Expert. He is also part of the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he is a Professor of the Arabic language. Recently selected for promotion to Colonel, Baskerville will be officially pinned at a ceremony this fall. The Poet Laureate of Virginia for 2010 and 2011, Kelly Cherry (Manchester High School, Class of 1957) is a published author of twenty-seven books, six collections of fiction, two memoirs, six collections of poetry, two translations of classical drama, and five chapbooks of poetry. She has traveled around the world with her writing and has received a multitude of awards and accolades for her literary achievements. Scheduled to be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame this year, retired NFL star William Henderson (Thomas Dale High School, Class of 1989) spent 12 years in the NFL where he was an integral member in multiple Super Bowl appearances and was selected to the Pro-Bowl in 2004. Now living in Chester, Henderson works with youth through an array of local and national nonprofit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club and Make a Wish Foundation. Chicago Cubs Middle Reliever Sean Marshall (Manchester High School, Class of 2000) was a two-time All-CAA honoree and a Freshman All-American at VCU before he was drafted to the Major League in 2003. In 2010 he made 60 relief appearances, the 4th highest in the National League. That same year, Marshall was the Chicago Cubs nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for his humanitarian and community efforts off the field. Kevin Page (Manchester High School, Class of 1982) began his career in the City of BRAVO! page 2

Redistricting may cost $10 million BY TRACY KENNEDY Capital News Service


ow that the governor has approved the General Assembly’s redistricting plans, the State Board of Elections must find millions of dollars to implement the new maps. “They split over 500 precincts, and we have to equip them,” said Charles Judd, chairman of the State Board of Elections. He estimates that it would cost about $20,000 to equip each of the 500-plus new precincts. That would put the total price tag at more than $10 million. “This is what you’d call an unfunded mandate,” Judd said. He said federal funds may be available to help localities prepare for the fall elections, when all 100 delegates and 40 senators in the General Assembly are up for election. If the federal funds don’t come through, localities will have to raise the money themselves. For the past month, legislators have been trying to redraw political boundaries to account for population changes reflected in the 2010 census. For example, because of population growth in Northern Virginia, that region merited an additional Senate seat and three more House seats. The General Assembly approved plans last month, but Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed them, saying they split too many communities. So the assembly took another crack. On April 28, lawmakers passed House Bill 5005, containing revised maps. The following day, McDonnell signed the bill. “It is a great improvement over the previous plan that I vetoed,” the governor said in a statement. Voting on HB 5005 was delayed after the unexpected death of the House clerk, Bruce Jamerson. After memorializing Jamerson in a series of commendation bills and recessing until April 27, the House voted 90-8 to pass the bill. The next day, the Senate approved it on a 32-5 vote. The General Assembly still must redraw congressional districts.


Clover Hill Show Choir New Dimensions is one of several musical acts to preform at the annual Brandermill Region Men's Club concert "Cavalcade of Music" to be held in Midlothian on Sunday, May 15.

A 'Cavalcade of Music' on May 15


An afternoon “Cavalcade of Music” will take the stage as an annual fund raising benefit of the Brandermill Region Men’s Club at Clover Hill High School on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. The show is an eclectic mix of music genre with performances from country and folk music artist Brinn Black and Michael Sprinkle, the Clover Hill Jazz Band and nationally-ranked show choirs Iridescence and New Dimensions with show band Big Cheeks. Fred Carter, a member of Brandermill Region Men’s Club, explained that the proceeds raised will benefit charities such as Camp Baker, CASA, and Families of the Wounded, Inc. “Over the life of the club, we’ve raised over $50,000 to local charities,” Carter said. Carter added that most people may not realize the level of talent

when they hear the words high school, but the show choirs have achieved national status as one of the best in the country. In April, the school’s show choirs competed in the invitational Finale National Show Choir Championships. The 15-member show band Big Cheeks were named the number one show band in the country and co-ed New Dimensions placed first runner up in the national competition. Both choirs have achieved numerous awards throughout the country for their show. The show choirs’ last performance this year will be on June 2. “This is a great group of kids,” said Clover Hill High School Choral Director Sandi Thomas. Thomas beams with pride when she talks about her students’ CONCERT page 4

Local artists' works showcased at Lifelong Learning Institute Art Fair Artist Stanley Keith Lewis was one of many artists who had works on display during the spring Art Exhibit held at the Lifelong Learning Institute on Friday, May 6. The annual event featured the all-media art works of the adult students who have taken courses at the center, located on Westfield Road in Midlothian Photo Gallery ONLINE


Historic 1892 Old Jail opens with new exhibit on county law enforcement

In conjunction with National Law Enforcement Week (May 8-14), the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) reopened the historic 1892 Old Jail with a new exhibit on the county’s Police and Sheriff departments yesterday. Entitled, “Protecting Our Citizens, a History of Law & Order in Chesterfield County,” the new exhibit features artifacts and photos of those who have served in the county’s law enforcement departments as well as honor its fallen officers. The exhibit will continue through the end of the year. The new exhibit also celebrates the reopening of the first floor of the historic 1892 Old Jail which has been closed for restoration since 2005. The second floor jail cells are still undergoing restoration and will be opened at a later date. Located next door to COURTESY OF CHESTERFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA the County Museum on Mimms Loop in the Chesterfield County Police Officer Pop Johnson on patrol is one of many featured in the law enforcement exhibit that opened at the 1892 Old Jail in Chesterfield.



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Petersburg, where as one of the youngest transit property managers in the United States he established the city's first Public School Transportation System. An innovator, advocate and champion of the transit industry, Page has received many awards and recognitions for his accomplishments throughout his 25-year career. He volunteers in Chesterfield County serving in leadership roles for school programs such as the PTA and Grading Committee. Co-founder of thatgamecompany, Kellee Santiago (Clover Hill High School, Class of 1997) is a graduate of the renowned University of Southern California School for Cinematic Arts. She has designed many popular video games including two of the top downloaded video games on Sony Play Station. A pioneer in the industry, Santiago was named a Top 10 Innovators to Watch by Variety magazine in 2010,

and was one of The Ten Most Influential Women in Games of the of the Decade on Established in 2009, The Bravo!Awards recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of alumni of Chesterfield County Public Schools. The Class of 2011 will be honored at the Bravo!Awards Gala held at the Jefferson Hotel on Thursday, Nov. 10. Proceeds from the dinner go to the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, who supports the Chesterfield County Public School's through private funding for CCPS’s From Crayons to Computers Store, Communities In Schools-Chesterfield, innovative educational programs, teacher enrichment classes and student scholarships. To find out more about the Bravo!Awards or to learn how to nominate a CCPS alumnus for the 2012 Awards contact the foundation at (804)379-1551.



Jean Anderson and WriterHouse win Emyl Jenkins Award Jean Anderson, Richmond liaison for National Novel Writing Month, and WriterHouse, a nonprofit writers’ community in Charlottesville, have won the first James River Writers Emyl Jenkins Award. The award honors the memory of Jenkins, who died in 2010, by recognizing organizations and individuals who continue her legacy of making Virginia a better place for writers. During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), writers around the world each try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Last year, more than 200,000 writers participated – 366 in Richmond wrote 7,865,382 words – including Anderson, who writes science fiction. “I have to set a good example for the others,” she said, “so I get my 50,000

words in.” Kristi Austin nominated Anderson. “Most of us don’t even know what she looks like,” Austin said. “We refer to her as LuckyJean, her screen name for NaNoWriMo, but we’re the lucky ones, because our writing always has a cheerleader.” The judges (JRW board members) cited Anderson for encouraging writers, especially fledglings, to get words down on the page, something Jenkins did with infectious enthusiasm. WriterHouse serves writers at all levels by offering work space, writing classes, seminars, critique groups, readings and events. Heather K. Michon nominated WriterHouse for the way it builds a community for writers in the Charlot-

tesville area. “Our chief relationship is between us and the blank page; it’s easy to let the rest of the world slip away,” she said in her nomination. “The WriterHouse community honors our individual work as authors while reminding us that, in the end, writing is mostly about sharing stories with the world outside our heads.” In WriterHouse, the judges saw the reflection of Emyl Jenkins’ knack for connecting people. Jenkins, who published numerous nonfiction works and two detective novels, was a mentor and champion of writers at all levels. The winners will receive their awards at JRW’s spring fundraiser June 4. Anne Westrick, James River Writers

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The Monacan Marching Chiefs performed for the runners and walkers who were raising money for the ASK Foundation that supports children with cancer and their families at the ASK Walk that took place at Short Pump Towne Center on April 30.

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First responders take on 17th annual rescue challenge for rescue team Fort Lee first responders recently enhanced their ability to save lives. Six members of the post Fire and Emergency Services department participated as members of the Crater Regional Technical Rescue Team in the 17th Annual Rescue Challenge, a noncompetitive fire and rescue event held May 2-5 to better the skills of fire and emergency personnel around the state. Franklin Tanner, assistant chief, FES, said Rescue Challenge fills a void for firefighters and emergency personnel to share ideas and improve skills. "This is a way for people to get together and share in a team-building experience. We also get to exercise the equipment we don't normally use,” he said. Richmond-area fire and emergency service departments hosted the event that included a high-angle rescue, confined space, trench rescue and heavy lifting and moving. At Fort Lee, Ordnance School's Tank Recovery Complex site hosted the heavy lifting and moving event. The 23-member Crater team – composed of six personnel from Fort Lee and others from Hopewell, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Prince George County – took part in several events including a high-angle rescue at Richmond's Perdue Chicken Plant May 3. In that event, team members were required to perform a rescue operation in which a worker was injured inside a building – but not just any structure. "We had to go in and go up about 130 feet into a grain silo," Tanner said, "and then go down approximately 30 feet inside the silo to remove a victim." Once the victim was removed, personnel rigged a system of ropes and pulleys to raise the victim, a 175pound dummy, out of the silo onto a balcony, Tanner said. "Then we had to build a high-angled line from the top of the silo down to the ground to allow for an attendant and victim to be safely lowered," Tanner said. The entire operation took about an hour to complete. Tanner said that although the Crater team trains on similar scenarios, this particular training provides a more robust training opportunity on many different levels. "It's not an event that benefits only a few people,"

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CRIME REPORT All data are based on the publicly available Chesterfield County Police Department daily arrest and crime releases and are reported according to Federal Incident Based Reporting rules.

23112 May 8

5700 block of Maple Brook Drive Property was stolen from victim’s unlocked 2009 Ford.

May 7

5800 block of Gates Mill Place Two unlocked vehicles were entered and property was stolen. 5700 block of Sandstone Ridge Road GPS unit reported stolen from victim’s unlocked 2004 Toyota Avalon.

4000 block of Hailey Crescent Drive Front license plate reported stolen from victim’s silver 2001 Honda.

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he said. "Everyone gets involved at some level in these scenarios." Teams entered into this year's Rescue Challenge also performed other training scenarios with central themes like parachutist in the tower, man in a pipe – trench collapse, flight of fear – indoor rope rescue in the dark and one in which rescuers were required to ascend 305 feet atop an amusement park ride at Kings Dominion. Fort Lee firefighter-medic Jeremy Ashworth, who was participating in Rescue Challenge for the second time, said the event is unique. "I think it is a great experience and a great training experience," he said. "We don't see these things every day. It basically puts great tools in our bag just in case we are put under those circumstances." Ashworth also said the event helps to strengthen the Crater team, one that Fort Lee is obligated to support and one that it may have to call upon for on-post emergencies.

May 5

1200 block of Carmia Way Property was reported stolen from victim’s gray 2010 Chrysler Sebring. No signs of forced entry were noted.

23236 May 7

1000 block of Koger Center Boulevard Victim stated white 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer was stolen from location.

May 6

May 6

1400 block of Lockett Ridge Road Suspect(s) gained entry through victim’s unlocked front door and removed property.

Above: A member of the Colonial Heights Fire Department descends from a grain elevator with a dummy using a high-angled rope. The firefighter was participating in training as a member of the Crater Regional Technical Recue Team of which Fort Lee is a member. The training took place May 3 at the Perdue Chicken Plant in Richmond during Rescue Challenge 2011.

Unknown suspect(s) removed plywood from the victim’s window, entered the victim’s trailer and stole property.

23235 May 8

1200 block of Lotus Drive Victim reported the property was stolen from victim’s residence under construction.

May 7

8500 block of Debbs Lane Property was reported stolen from victim’s unlocked gold 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. 8500 block of Woodward Drive Two unlocked vehicles were entered and property was reported stolen.

23832 May 8

6700 block of West Road Victim reported his detached garage was entered and property was stolen.

May 7

7500 block of Iron Bridge Road Victim assaulted by unknown suspect after road rage incident.

9900 block of Suburban Village Trail

County collects 398 pounds of medication on Drug Take-Back Day The Chesterfield County Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and SAFE, Chesterfield's substance abuse prevention coalition, helped residents safely dispose of nearly 400 pounds of expired and PHOTOS BY T. ANTHONY BELL, FORT LEE unneeded prescription and over-the-counter drugs Saturday. A member of the Crater Regional Technical Rescue Team Chesterfield County participated in the DEA's second rigs a line that will be used to lower an attendant and victim nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturfrom a grain elevator. day, April 30. During the four-hour event at the police department's Clover Hill Support Facility Saturday, police, "We're just one departHeights, Prince George and DEA agents and SAFE volunteers collected 398 pounds of ment," said Ashworth of Fort Hopewell – to help." Lee's department. "There Other teams to compete in unused, unwanted and potentially harmful drugs. A total of 147 residents dropped off medications. The Chesterfield site are only so many people on Recue Challenge were Roaduty every day. It takes more noke Regional, Fort Belvoir/ had the second highest collection total among collection sites than one shift of guys at one Fort Eustis, Arlington/Prince statewide. All jurisdictions in the Richmond area participated in this fire station to accomplish William County, Fairfax/Alsomething like this (the exandria, Tidewater Regional nationwide event, and 93 law enforcement agencies participated throughout the state. Statewide, about 9,500 pounds high-angled line). We know and a team from Maryland. of drugs were collected, which is up almost 50 percent from that once we put out the call, The Technical Rescue we know we got people with Association of Virginia spon- last year. expertise from all over – Fort sors the event. Chesterfield County Police Department Lee, Petersburg, Colonial T. Anthony Bell, Fort Lee

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Landing the first job after the college commencement ceremony BY ELIZABETH FARINA


olleges and universities across the Commonwealth will continue wrapping up their annual springtime commencements this week. For area high school seniors, graduation may appear to be a month’s slog away from reality. One can be certain that someone began the countdown to high school graduation, scheduled June 8-11 for public schools’ commencement ceremonies, sometime in early fall. College is a very different culture. The four-year academic programs are an option based on many factors including a financial investment. Options also include certifications, two-year associate degrees, and other continuing education programs. After completing the rigors and requirements, the college commencement ceremony serves as checkpoint in achieving a milestone. For many graduates, a majority under the age of 25, these lengthy ceremonies will be a blur in the memories of their educational journeys. Some college graduates may be distracted with thoughts about what’s next in life as the keynote speakers words become like the whirring sounds of Charlie Brown’s teacher “wha-wha-wha-wa.” Some might be thinking about the laundry bag overstuffed with dirty clothes stuffed into the backseat of his or her double-parked car. Then there are those who will take in the moment of achievement with beaming pride since they are the first of their families to achieve a college degree. However, many will be thinking about the job prospects available as they embark on a career. One thing is for certain, these graduates are part of a million-plus group that will be attempting to enter into a highly competitive job market. According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 1.6 million graduates were awarded bachelor’s degrees in 2009 in fields of business, social sciences, health sciences, and education. Many master’s degrees that year focused on education and business and doctoral degrees that year were geared towards engineering, clinical sciences and health professions. Two years later, will the graduates of 2011 have a greater chance of success of landing the job than the Class of 2009? Maybe. Taking a closer look, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released “The Employment Situation – April 2011” last Friday, which reported that the unemployment rate is up again at 9 percent in the nation. The summary added that job gains were seen in retail trade, technical services, and health care in the month of April (full report online at If the degree-seeking trends in the fields of business, health and other sciences, then the Class of 2011 may have better options available to them than previous graduates. On the local front, it has been good news in the jobs market. Chesterfield County’s preliminary numbers indicated a small drop in the unemployment rate to 6.4 percent in the month of March (the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics county data for April will be released on June 1). It is hopeful that the troublesome rate will continue on its downward trend so that our local jobseekers, our relatives, our neighbors, and our recent graduates will have opportunities to prosper among the labor force. Hopefully, the positive growth in the job market will become a viral, sustained trend across the nation.

Photo Gallery ONLINE Victorian era images dominated the festivities when Bon air celebrated its 134th birthday on Saturday, May 7. Parade, entertainment - such as the ‘wizard of cacophonospiel’ - took to the streets. Visitors enjoyed historical displays, food, games for children as well as met costumed residents strolling the area. The annual springtime parade was organized by Bon Air Historical Society.


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achievements and their supportive parents. Both show choirs have over 40 members with only seven students in both. She credits senior Antwon Chavis for the choreography and her students’ dedication to ‘drill, drill, drill’ in practice. “It’s a passion. It becomes a piece of you and that becomes a passion. I know my kids are addicted to show choir,” she said. Thomas added that there are numerous behindthe-scenes volunteers that have provided tremendous support. “There really has been a team of people that fit really well this year,” she said. Black, Thomas’ daughter , is a Nashville singer and songwriter. She and fellow singer Michael Sprinkle as well as Cedar Creek, Alibi & Everwild will also be performing at “Jammin ‘fur’ a Cause” on May 14 at 1 p.m. at Tom Scott Park in Amelia for Hidden Springs Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, which serves Central Virginia. The Sunday, May 15, “Cavalcade of Music” concert ticket is $15 in advance and $17.50 at the door. The auditorium seats 900. To order tickets, call (804) 739-8401.



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THURSDAY, MAY 12 Bon Air Presbyterian Church, Bon Air United Methodist Church, OR AMI Congregation, Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs, St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church and the Islamic Center of Virginia are launching their third annual interfaith dialogue in 2011. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. The third session will be held at Islamic Center of Virginia, located at 1241 Buford Road, Richmond (23235) Spring Acoustic Concert Series presents The Virginia House Band from 7-8 p.m. at Central Library, located at 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. Join champion fiddler Mark Campbell, along with Ron Gentry, Doug Shackleford, Molly Campbell and George Frick, for an upbeat evening of old-time dance tunes, ballads and songs of marital bliss. Registration is recommended and began April 28. Please register online at or by calling (804) 748-1603.

Freshman Gray Carter, left, senior Chick Austin, and junior Alex Barrett play a trio of hilarity in 'Once Upon a Mattress'

remember in Theater I, we had to do set models,” Barrett said. onacan Theater Director Barrett took that lesson from Robert Fuhrman loves a sketch pad to Fuhrman and was the classic comedy of given the green light to create the Carol Burnett. “What a set. “I’m completely proud of him,” better tribute than to do ‘Once Upon a Fuhrman said. Mattress”, Fuhrman added. Besides set-building, Barrett One can see Burnett’s creative genius launches into the part of jester with peek through the characters on stage as a natural ease. He and actors Chick they unravel the fairy tale “The Princess Austin, a senior who plays King and the Pea.” The fun chaos began even Sextimus, and Gray Carter, a freshbefore the first costume was stitched. “It man who plays Minstrel, will leave is a lot of fun. We wanted to use a lot of one laughing at their on-stage antics kids and a lot of bright colors and play at avoiding the villainess queen around every day,” Fuhrman said. and helping the beloved princess A cast of 33, an orchestra of 19 and Winifred. a house crew of 10 is made of freshWinifred, played by junior Stephamen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, nie Hopkins, is an energetic girl that and faculty members too. “I’m spoiled instantly captures the hearts of Prince and lucky because we have the band Dauntless, played by freshman Oliver director Jenny Ryan conducting and Glynn, and the kingdom (except for the choir teacher Nate Miller on drums the queen’s heart). “She’s so much fun. and Mr. [Elvin] Nicely on piano, whose She’s like a cartoon character. She’s so wife works over at Gordon, and I have lovable,” said Hopkins. Jill Foster on violin, who is a former Queen Aggravain, played by senior teacher here, and we’ve got Amanda Brigette Underwood, takes command Banks on clarinet, who was a teacher of the kingdom and attempts to trick here as well,” Fuhrman added. Winifred. Underwood has embraced the The set design, a bright colorful role in good fun. “I’ve been extra mean castle any girl would love, was created to all my family and I can use the excuse by Alex Barrett, a junior who also plays that I’m preparing for the role. I’m just the Jester. “I have always been a fan of kidding,” she said. “This has been one theater. I’m in Theater III, Honors. I of the more fun roles that I’ve gotten to



Monacan HS Theater presents "Once Upon A Mattress", a timeless, family-friendly musical comedy based on “The Princess and The Pea”. Mark your calendars and find out May 12 - May 14 at 7 p.m. with a family-friendly matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Tickets, available online at www.seatyourself. biz/monacantheater, will be available at the door. play. I’ve always wanted to be the villain, but I never really gotten to,” she said. Now that she has the part, she’s not letting anyone doubt on or off stage that she’s a villain. “I’ve been going all out with ridiculous arm movements, over-dramatic all the way,” Underwood said. And that’s the fun of it for all involved. Fuhrman added that the show is very family-friendly. “There’s not a serious moment. It’s sweet, lovely, and cute,” he said. “I am looking forward to an energetic audience that has a blast with the show. I want them to have as much fun with the show as we have with the show.”

Cooking for the Cure returns on Mother's Day Mother’s Day Eve, May 7, was an occasion for many to remember mothers lost to cancer and for one soldier to spend part of her leave helping fight the war against cancer before heading to Afghanistan. Huguenot Road was filled with the scent of steaming barbecued ribs and chicken. Scott Allen was once more cooking for a cure at Bon Air Shell, 8762 Huguenot Road, to raise money for Lee’s Scouts Relay for Life Team of the American Cancer Society. A new feature this year was a table set up for dining on site. A sign in its center read, “RESERVED for you for lunch.” The event was dedicated to the memory of George Thomas Crutchfield, a founding member of the team. Crutchfield died March 15, 2011, of congestive heart failure. Cancer took Crutchfield’s mother and first wife, the mother of his two children.

Allen’s sister, Lee Deane, for whom the team was named, was also a cancer victim and a mother of two children, Layton and Cory, members of the team. On hand to help dish up the meat and sides of macaroni and cheese, baked beans and cornbread were Allen; his mother, Betsy Jane Allen; Joanne Kithcart and her granddaughters, Marcia and Leslie; Larry Lawless and Frances Crutchfield. Marcia Kithcart will be deployed to Afghanistan May 30. The first customer, Pem Hutchinson, took home a rack of ribs. He said, I could just sit here and smell this all day. Team member Olaf Barth texted from Germany, “I will miss this time. Seeing my dad for his 75th and mom for tomorrow.” Don West picked up lunch after a workday at the Old Church Hunt Club in Mechanicsville.

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historic 1917 Courthouse complex, the Old Jail served as a prison for 70 years until 1962 when it was turned into offices for the Fire Department. In 1982, the building was made available to CHSV for use as the Society’s headquarters and research center. The Old Jail has remained part of the Museum complex ever since. Tours of the exhibit in the 1892 Old Jail will begin at the County Museum, located at 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832,



SATURDAY, MAY 14 Spring Arts & Authors Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chester Library, located at 11800 Centre Street, Chester. Explore the work of local authors and artists. The Spring Arts & Authors fair will benefit the Friends of the Chesterfield County Public Library. For more information and an application, contact Kate LaPrelle at (804) 748-1204.


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Cosby's Kyle Forche (left) goes up for a header against Powhatan's Ethan Beard.

hen skill and sweat come together, the result can be special. So it was Friday, when Luis Rendon scored on a perfectly struck free kick to give Cosby’s boys soccer team a 1-0 victory over Powhatan in the CJW College Showcase Tournament at Midlothian High School. Rendon’s goal was the product of not only his considerable natural gifts, but his willingness to put in the hard work necessary to get the most out of his talent. “That’s why he’s a captain as a junior,” Cosby coach Mike Anderson said. “He’s a special player, but his work rate inspires everybody else in the program. The other guys see him stay after practice to work and they all want to do the same thing.” The Titans’ training efforts paid off last week when they won two games within a span of 28 hours, including a 2-1 verdict over a Deep Run team that could be Cosby’s

biggest obstacle on its path to a Central Region championship. The intensity of that clash and the challenge of playing on back-to-back nights left Anderson concerned about physical and psychological fatigue as Cosby prepared to face Powhatan, the dominant team in the Group AA Southside District. Equally challenging was generating scoring chances against the Indians’ 4-5-1 alignment, which kept most of their forces behind the ball and left little space for creativity in Cosby’s offensive zone. Powhatan coach Jeff Poston utilized the defensive-oriented strategy for the first time against Cosby because he recognized his team lacked both the depth and the weapons to challenge the unbeaten Titans in a wideopen game. It nearly helped Powhatan become the first team this season to hold Cosby scoreless for a full 80 minutes of regulation play. “It was a good test for us,” Anderson said. TITANS P7

Lowery in mix for big award James Madison University junior catcher Jake Lowery was one of 60 players nationwide listed last week on USA Baseball’s watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation’s top player. Lowery is JMU’s first player on the GSA watch list since Kellen Kulbacki was a semifinalist in 2007. Heading into last weekend's two-game series against Virginia Tech, Lowery was batting .364 with 61 runs, 70 RBIs, 68 hits, 16 doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs, 28 walks and eight stolen bases. He was listed in April on Baseball America’s midseason First Team All-America squad. Lowery has been atop the national leaderboard for much of the season in multiple categories. As of last Friday, he ranked first in the country in runs (61), RBIs (70), slugging percentage (.845) and total bases (158). He was also second in onbase plus slugging percentage (1.292), 27th in hits (68), 55th in doubles (16), fifth in triples (7) and second in home runs (20). One of just two players nationally with 20 home runs, Lowery is also the fourth player in JMU history to reach 20 in a season. His 20th came with a shot off the scoreboard April 30 to lead JMU to a win over UNC Wilmington and also tied the school record for extra-base hits in a season with 43. The Dukes still have eight regular season games remaining plus potential postseason play. Lowery entered last weekend needing four homers to tie Kulbacki’s season record. He was second for season slugging percentage at .845 and fifth for season RBIs at 70. From a JMU press release


Cosby graduate Jake Lowery is having a tremendous junior season for James Madison's baseball program.


Midlothian High softball players Whitney (left) and Katie Smith (right) helped raise money for sister Ally's cancer fund by playing Monacan Thursday.

Community supports cancer fund MHS hosts 'Think Pink' games as fundraiser BY JIM MCCONNELL


lly Smith was in second grade when she lost her maternal grandfather to prostate cancer. Motivated by the desire to spare others similar pain, she decided to start raising money for cancer research. Her parents encouraged the idea, all the while imagining that she’d raise about $20 and they’d praise her efforts and then she’d be on to something else. Five years and more than $11,000 later, Ally’s Cancer Fund is still growing, and the 12-year-old Midlothian Middle School student shows no signs of slowing down. “It’s very rewarding, knowing I’m helping people open their hearts and realize what a bad disease this is because so many people have been affected by it,” Ally said last Thursday, as Midlothian High’s softball and baseball teams hosted Dominion District foe Monacan in “Think Pink” games to benefit her cancer fund. It was literally a sea of pink at the softball field, where Ally’s older sisters, Whitney and Katie, start in the outfield for the


Several fans bought T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "Support the Fight" during Midlothian's "Think Pink" game.

Trojans. Many spectators donned pink T-shirts emblazoned with “Support the Fight” on the back. Midlothian’s players wore special pink jerseys and players on both teams accessorized with pink sunglasses and hair ribbons. And while the scoreboards said Midlothian won both the baseball and softball games, the real winner was Ally’s fund, which will receive a donation of more than $1,200. “We were trying to win, but it was really about unifying as a community,” Whitney said. “I know everybody in the crowd has been touched by cancer in PHOTO BY JIM MCCONNELL


Midlothian's Katie Smith leads off the game against Monacan with a hit.


PINK from P6 some way and this was an opportunity for everybody to come together.â&#x20AC;? Midlothian hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even started softball tryouts when Whitney, a senior, approached new coach Sara Gibson and asked if the team could host a game to raise money for cancer research. Being a first-year coach, Gibson couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided she already had enough on her plate and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to deal with anything that distracted her players from focusing on winning softball games. Instead, the Monacan graduate signed off on the game and brought in her alma mater as the opponent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was really big of her. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obviously a very important game to her since she played for Monacan, but she saw the big picture,â&#x20AC;? Whitney added. So does Ally, a future Midlothian High softball player who is obviously far more mature than your typical seventh-grader. Her cancer fund was launched one Sunday in 2006 when she accompanied her father to work. He thought she


was merely playing on the computer like she normally did, but she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just having fun; she was making a flyer to advertise her new charitable venture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was really close to my dad and wanted to do something to help,â&#x20AC;? said Allyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom, Shelley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess a lot of kids wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about that, but she did.â&#x20AC;? Shelley laughed while recalling how she and her husband celebrated when Allyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fund reached the $100 mark. It seemed like a lot of money at that point, but not so much any more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;$11,000 is crazy, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not surprising because I know the kind of person she is,â&#x20AC;? Whitney added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All she does is think of other people.â&#x20AC;? Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Think Pinkâ&#x20AC;? games, which Whitney believes will become an annual event for the Midlothian softball program, was yet another opportunity for the local community to come together and support Allyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met who have given her money has been amazing,â&#x20AC;? Shelley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been blessed a million times over by this.â&#x20AC;?

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In what is becoming a tradition for Monacan baseball, the varsity Chiefs participated in their 2nd annual Miracle League Day on Saturday, April 30 at the Miracle League Field L.C. Bird Sports Complex. The Chiefs were "Buddies" for some very special baseball players for the game between the Giants and the Phillies. The Chiefs helped these players have a chance to play and enjoy the game of baseball. While making friends and encouraging the players, the Chiefs also saw the meaning behind the "Selfless" they wear on their shirt each day.

TITANS from P6 â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be strong and athletic and they were. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of my guys for fighting through it.â&#x20AC;? Anderson countered the suggestion that Cosby, which had surrendered only six goals in 11 games heading into Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dominion District matchup with James River, is too reliant on its stifling defense and his system doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow his players enough freedom to join the attack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have some creative kids. I want them to enjoy the game because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beautiful game and a big part of that is going forward,â&#x20AC;? he added.


Cosby's Alex Cohan (left) battles for the ball with Powhatan's Ross Hopkins during Friday's game at Midlothian High.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just a bunch of robots.â&#x20AC;? Rendon produced all the offense the Titans would need midway through the first half, ripping a free kick that dipped over the Powhatan wall before sliding inside the left post for his team-high 12th goal of the season. Rendon smartly took advantage of some confusion by Powhatanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense. Goalkeeper Kyle Knapke had difficulty getting the wall properly aligned and Rendon effectively used the

wall as a screen; as a result, Knapke didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see Rendonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot until it was far too late. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if he wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to save it, anyhow. It was a great shot by Luis,â&#x20AC;? Poston said. Anderson wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprised because he watches Rendon work on â&#x20AC;&#x153;dead ballâ&#x20AC;? situations every day in practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew if he hit it the way he wanted, it would be dangerous,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see it happen in a game because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always get the opportunity.â&#x20AC;?

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