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•P3 Neighborhood get-together brings a surprise and welcomed visit.
•P5 Clover Hill and Cosby bands hosting great concerts this month.
•P7 Midlothian battles Deep Run into overtime in College Showcase.
•P10 Wedding bells are in the air for three local couples.
•P11 Would you know what to do in an emergency? This troop does.
In remembrance of the fallen
Delegate Lee Ware appointed to commission courtesy of the Office of Governor Bob McDonnell
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Chesterfield County Police Officers Matt McCartney and Juana Butler stand watch in silence at the police memorial on May 10. The officers conducted a changing of the guard every 15 minutes throughout the day from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. After the 15-minute observance, Officer Juana Butler explained that it was another way to remember the five officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the Chesterfield community.
A wreath-laying ceremony was held Monday, May 10, at the Chesterfield County Police Memorial at the Historic 1917 Courthouse grounds to honor the five Chesterfield County Police officers who died in the line duty as part of National Police Week, May 9-15. The five officers remembered are Lamont L. Edwards, John S. Thomas Jr., Craig W. Rath, Ryan E. Cappelletty, and Gary Buro. A Law Enforcement Memorial Service followed at Ironbridge Baptist Church. The event was hosted by the Chesterfield County Police Department, the Chesterfield County Sheriff 's Office and Virginia State Police, Area 6. - courtesy of Chesterfield County Police Department
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced the members of the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring created by his Executive Order Number Two, issued moments after he took the oath of office on Jan. 16. In light of the unprecedented budgetary challenges facing the commonwealth and the increasing demand for core public services, government must become more effective and efficient, McDonnell’s office stated. The Commission will work to put forth bold and innovative ideas to ensure that duplicative, outdated, unnecessary and ineffective services and service delivery methods are eliminated and that state revenues are dedicated to the core functions of government, the governor’s office continued. The Commission is scheduled to have its first meeting within the next month, and will complete its initial report to the governor by July 16, with a final report with recommendations by Dec. 1. The Commission’s work will
kick off an ongoing effort to streamline, reform and restructure government that will continue throughout the McDonnell administration. Fred Malek, founder and chairman of Thayer Capital Partners will serve as chairman of the Commission. Speaking about the Commission, Governor McDonnell remarked, "We must make government simpler and easier to use, more efficient and more effective. That is the work of this Commission. The Commission members will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the state’s agencies, programs, and services to find out how we can make our state government work better for its owners, the people of Virginia. I look forward to working with these reformminded leaders to examine how Virginia can better serve the taxpayers. Our state and local government employees have made Virginia one of the best managed states in the nation and just like them, I will always seek to make us even better." Fred Malek, chairman of COMMISSION P3
Geocaching: Going High-Tech Outdoors tied together by a common theme. Several recreational organizations at The old adage, “If you can’t beat the national, state and county levels ‘em, join ‘em,” applies to creative now offer goecaching as an activity outdoor activities. When studfor adventure-seekers. ies first showed home entertainTo get started in Midlothian, ment systems were keeping people go to www.geocaching.com, and indoors, Global Positioning Systems create a free account. You must log surfaced -- more than 15 years ago. in to an account to view cache-site A GPS network of 24 U.S. Air Force details. The website lists all of the satellites – the last of which was maintained caches by ZIP code and launched in 1993 -- made it possible address. Input a ZIP code to see the for people not only to navigate more caches within that area. accurately in cars but also to use Midlothian Area Caches handheld GPS receivers for enterYou can enter your home address tainment outdoors. to see what’s nearby, or enter the The phenomenon, dubbed “geo- address of a specific site you already caching” (pronounced “geo-cashfind interesting, such as Midlothian ing”), has become a worldwide activ- Mines (13301 N. Woolridge Rd., ity. Searching for a cache involves Midlothian, VA 23114). A relatively following clues, solving riddles and new Chesterfield County park on visiting multiple outdoor locations. A “geotrail” is a series of caches
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What is there to eat in an emergency?
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Elise Trommer checks to see if the water is boiling as she demonstrates how to cook outdoors during Troop 3041's emergency preparedness event held for the community at Woodlake Pavilion on Saturday, May 8. More on page 11.
Local teacher McKnight awarded 'Super Teacher' Courtesy of Virginia Lottery
A kindergarten teacher at Robious Elementary School in Midlothian has been selected as one of eight educators to receive the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award from more than 1,200 entries statewide. Kimberly McKnight received the award in a surprise presentation at her school on May 5. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a cash prize of $2,000 and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from The Supply Room Companies. McKnight was selected from more than 1,200 nominations submitted by the public. The eight winners, all of whom are K-12 public school teachers in Virginia, hail from one of the eight geographic regions of the state. Gail Cavallaro, whose son is a student in McKnight's class, wrote the winning essay that described her unique classroom activities for students and parents: "She rarely uses worksheets, focusing on creative, interactive learning methods. The kids get to write words in shaving cream, learning to sound out words and prac-
tice their fine motor skills." "Once, she let the kids volunteer to tell a knockknock joke. The kids were roaring with laughter but also were learning to publicly speak, to listen, to respect another classmate and to wait their turn patiently. It speaks volumes to the culture Mrs. McKnight nurtures in her classroom." The winners were selected by a panel of distinguished educators and community leaders, including Dr. Billy Cannaday Jr., Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at U.Va. and former State Superintendent for Public Instruc-
tion; Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, Director, Center for School Improvement, VCU School of Education and former State Superintendent for Public Instruction; Hon. Jim Dyke, Partner, McGuire Woods, former Secretary of Education for Virginia; Debi Abadie, President of the Virginia PTA; Shannon Knight, 2009 Super Teacher Award Recipient, Holland Elementary School, Virginia Beach. The judges selected the eight winners based on the strength of the nominations. Each nomination included a short essay, discussing teachers who exhibit passion and commitment to the teaching
profession, use innovation and creativity in the classroom and encourage parental involvement. "These awards are made possible by the enthusiastic support of Virginians who believe in the power of a teacher," said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. "We are pleased to partner with the Virginia PTA and The Supply Room Companies to shine the spotlight on this important profession. Honoring K-12 public educators for our second annual Super Teacher program has been another rewarding experience."
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Alumni Connection: Legislatorsâ€™ Old-School Ties the Capitol than any other college or university, according to a Capital Capital News Service News Service analysis of legislatorsâ€™ If the University of Virginia holds alma maters. The Cavaliers easily a reception for its alumni serving in outdistanced the two runners-up the General Assembly, theyâ€™d better â€“ Virginia Tech (with 17 legislators) stock up on the shrimp. and the University of Richmond Twenty-five state legislators (16). â€“ about one of every six â€“ attended The 100 delegates and 40 senaU.Va. They include House Speaker tors listed more than 100 different Bill Howell, 17 other delegates and schools in their legislative biogseven senators, both Republicans and raphies. Eighty-seven lawmakers Democrats. attended more than one college U.Va. has a bigger delegation at â€“ earning, for example, a bachelorâ€™s BY NICOLE FISHER AND REBECCA LEĂ“N
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degree and a law degree. Lawmakersâ€™ alma maters include large public schools such as Virginia Commonwealth University (with 12 alumni in the General Assembly, the fourth highest); small private schools such as Sweet Briar College (Sen. Patricia Ticer of Alexandria); the U.S. Air Force, Military and Naval academies; and nine different community colleges (with a total of 13 legislators). Their old school ties may give legislators something to brag about â€“ or commiserate over â€“ after a football game or other sporting event. But the alumni connections donâ€™t necessarily translate into more state money or other favorable legislation, officials say. For example, U.Va. has received only a 3 percent increase in funding from 2007 to 2009. On the other hand, Richard Bland College, a junior college near Petersburg, has seen a 135 percent increase â€“ and no legislators have attended that school. Mark Smith, the associate vice president for government rela-
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May 4 11000 block of Hull Street Rd. Suspect approached the teller, pulled a handgun from his shirt, and pointed it at the teller as he demanded the money. Upon receiving the cash, the suspect walked out.
23113 May 3 200 block of Lancaster Gate Ln. Known suspect forced his way into the victimâ€™s apartment as she entered her apartment through the front door. The suspect then assaulted the victim.
23235 May 5 10200 block of Midlothian Tk. Purse reported stolen from victimâ€™s unlocked vehicle.
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LLC. A graduate of West Virginia University, he is an active member of Salisbury Country Club and is on the Board of Directors for S.T.I.R. (Sustainable Transportation Initiative of Richmond). He C&F Bank is pleased to analso serves as Chairman of the nounce the reappointment of Brett Jones Memorial Foundation. Jeffery W. Jones of Midlothian to He and his wife, Kathryn Freemanthe C&F Bank Board in Richmond. Jones reside in Midlothian. Jones is the Raleigh C. Hobson, III has Chairman and joined C&F Bank as Assistant Vice CEO of WFofR, President, Business Banker in its Inc. in RichRichmond market. He is responmond. He also sible for business development and serves as a part- acquisition of new small business ner of Segway relationships in the Richmond of Richmond metro area. and RedShift, Hobson has 10 years experi-
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Six residents honored with Outstanding Youth Awards courtesy of Chesterfield County
Five youths and one adult were honored on May 6 during the 27th annual Outstanding Youth Awards presentation at L.C. Bird High School. The awards recognize young people and adults who have made a positive impact on their schools or communities, or in the lives of other people. Youth receive awards in the categories of courage, compassion and service. Thirty-five youth and nine adults were nominated this year. The awards are sponsored by the Chesterfield County Department of Youth Planning and Development, the Youth Services Citizen Board, and the Midlothian Kiwanis Club. Courage: Lynsey “Morgyn” Hill, a student at Carver Middle School, is a peer tutor for other students and plans to serve as an ambassador for incoming students to C.C. Wells Elementary and Chester Middle schools. She has participated in Anthem’s LemonAid, served with Harrowgate Girl Scout Troop 545, and was selected to play with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Bilal Sayar, a senior at Matoaca High School, has participated in the Family Peace Festival and the annual interfaith dinner. He has volunteered with the Central Virginia Food Bank and expanded participation in Project Holiday Baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas. At Matoaca, Sayar also is president of the Future Business Leaders of America, captain of the Battle of the Brains team and captain of the Academic Challenge Team. Compassion: Alyssa Shelley, a senior at Matoaca High School, is devoted to helping children with special needs. She has a talent for working with children with autism and spent her senior year as a mentor to freshmen. Shelley also is a member of the Senior Council, the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of
The awards, in its 27th year, recognize young people and adults who have made a positive impact on their schools or communities, or in the lives of other people. PHOTOS COURTESY OF STEPHEN BAKER
Christian Athletes. Service: Sean Cahoon, a student at Banner Christian School, has traveled to Peru and Costa Rica where he spent his time painting, working at orphanages and feeding the homeless. He has volunteered with CARITAS, the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Special Olympics and the Give Kids a Smile event. For his Eagle Scout project, Cahoon created a memorial garden at Skinquarter Baptist Church. Bryan Kauder, a senior at Midlothian High School, gives back to the community through his love of Latin. As vice president of the Virginia Junior Classical League, he organized a fundraiser that collected $3,000 for FeedMore Inc. Kauder also serves as a lead teacher for the Midlothian Latin Club’s elementary program. He was the recipient of the first Spirit of Junior Classical League award. Adult award: Bennie Good has worked with the Boy Scouts in Chesterfield County for 17 years and helped 72 boys attain the honor of Eagle Scout. Good has taken scouts hiking on the Appalachian Trail, camping and on adventure trips. He also has been instrumental in an outdoor adventure program that helps both young men and women develop positive character and leadership skills.
Above: Jack Baker, 4, one of Chesterfield’s newest residents, moved into the Colony Pointe neighborhood with his family last year. During the subdivision’s first cookout, May 1, he was excited to meet Chesterfield firefighters Jimmy Trice, Bill Richardson and Kevin Moran. Below: The local band Wolfpack sings “Happy Birthday” to one of the children in Chesterfield’s Colony Point subdivision during the community’s first cookout, May 1
Welcome to the neighborhood jam session Courtesy of Stephen Baker, resident
Residents in one of the county’s newest communities were taken by surprise when a fire engine from the Chesterfield Fire Department arrived at their first neighborhood cookout May 1. Rather than responding to an emergency call, four of the department’s firefighters were there to meet and visit with about 60 people in the Colony Pointe subdivision off Claypoint Road near Route 288. The gathering included residents and their friends and family. “We love being able to make these kinds of visits. It gives us a chance to meet new people in our communities, introduce ourselves, and help them teach their kids about fire safety,” said firefighter Tony Hochstetler, who gave several excited neighborhood children a tour of the truck – inside and out – and explained the various tools they use when combating fires. The cookout was hosted by Colony Pointe residents Roy Wallace and his wife Jackie, who moved into the neighborhood in early February. Wallace had arranged the surprise visit by the firefighters in advance. Central Virginiabased band Wolfpack, whose lead singer Ronald Coates also lives in Colony Pointe and co-hosted the cookout,
provided live music. “I think it went really well; everybody looked like they were having a great time,” said Wallace, adding that he plans to make the cookout an annual event. Wallace said he expects the event will grow as more people move into the subdivision. “It seems like there are some great people in this neighborhood,” said fire-
fighter Kevin Moran, as the last of the children toured the fire engine. “Looks like a good place to live.” Fifteen homes have been sold in Colony Pointe since a handful of the area’s top builders began construction in 2008, according to the Chesterfield County’s online real estate database. The subdivision has 98 total lots.
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mobrain can learn how to use concrete methods and tools that have been effective for others. The workshop is a place where they feel supported in a community of people who share similar challenges,” explained Michael Cerreto, Cognitive Retraining Specialist with A Talented Mind Inc. and the workshop’s co-facilitator. When designing the workshop, Tatum and Cerreto researched the best practices being used to address chemobrain symptoms, sought input from cancer survivors, and piloted the workshop to test its effectiveness. “Participants in our pilot indicated improvements in their ability to use methods and tools they learned during the workshop to better manage chemobrain. They also felt understood and supported,” Tatum said. For more information about the workshop and to register online, please visit the workshop’s Web site at http://bit.ly/9wbxib. You can also contact Tracey Tatum at (804)330-2033 or e-mail Tracey.Tatum@HCAhealthcare.com.
share their ideas on how to make Virginia’s government work better and more efficiently. Five appointed members of the Commission are from the Midlothian and surrounding area. They include: Delegate Lee Ware, Powhatan; The Honorable Alexander B. McMurtrie Jr., former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Chesterfield; Scott Pattison, Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Officers, Midlothian; and The Honorable Ron Tillett, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. A complete list of those serving on the commission is available online at midlothianexchange.com.
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The learning curve BY ELIZABETH FARINA firstname.lastname@example.org
We all go through a learning curve in this ride called life. We learn language and walking when we are babies and toddlers. We learn technology when we're trying to figure out new applications on a "smart" phone, which can make a person feel really dumb. We learn to cook for more than six when we double a recipe for a family outing and add too much of any ingredient. Each day we all take on an aptitude for some new fact, new process, new technology, or even a new skill seen as an old skill such as sewing or growing your own tomatoes. The truth is that every bit of the learning process takes time. It's not like one needs years to learn recipes for cooking in the kitchen. However, besides having the right tools on hand, it is a skill that is developed and learned through experience. So, why do we think we'll automatically know what to do during any type of emergency? Does your family have an emergency plan prepared? It's not about planning for a doomsday scenario. It's about being prepared for the unexpected (remember Iceland? Nashville?). My neighbors may think I'm nuts when, twice a year, our family runs out of the house to a designated mailbox practicing fire drills, but I'm confident that my child will understand what to do if the unexpected house fire ever happened and not hesitate in a life-or-death learning curve. More info about emergency preparedness can be found through www.readyvirginia.gov. MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE
ALUMNI from P2 tions and health policy for VCU, said that in today’s age of transparency, lawmakers can’t risk showing favoritism to a school they attended. “Legislators would probably pay more attention to bills concerning their university, but in these modern days with everything being so transparent, I don’t sense a lot of that happening,” Smith said. Delegate R. Steven Landes, R-Verona, is a VCU alumnus who feels that lawmakers may favor their alma maters but support other schools as well. “I think that legislators with ties to universities can favor those schools, but I have not seen that legislators exclusively support universities or colleges from which they may have graduated. For instance, I support VMI very strongly and I did not attend VMI, and I support VCU as well,” Landes said. From 2007 to 2009, state funding for Virginia Military Institute increased 77 percent, one of the biggest jumps among publicly funded schools. Three legislators – Delegate William Janis of Glen Allen and Sens. Thomas Norment and Ralph Northam of Norfolk – attended VMI. Delegate Clifford “Clay” Athey Jr., R-Front Royal, believes that favoring an alma mater is “human nature.” “It’s a legislator’s responsibility to represent their area, not the university they attended,” Athey said. “But as you attend a university and form relationships with the professors and other students, you get some sort of sentimental attachment to the university, human nature being what it is.” Even so, that sentiment wouldn’t override the merits of a legislative proposal, Athey said. “As a general rule, I would say most every proposal kind of rises and falls based on its own merit,” he said. Athey earned an associate’s degree from Lord Fairfax Community College in 1988, a bachelor’s degree in history from VCU in 1990 and a law degree from the University of Dayton in 1993. He was elected to the House in 2002. A decade ago, VCU had few alumni in the General Assembly. As the number increased, VCU’s state funding grew – increasing 47 percent increase from 2007 to 2009. But that was because of the school’s leadership under VCU President Eugene Trani and its close proximity to the M
Capitol, Athey said. “VCU has had some pretty outstanding leadership in Gene Trani. He has raised a lot of independent funds. VCU has been so successful as opposed to most of the other universities in the state,” Athey said. That approach included offering to pay for half of a project if the General Assembly would fund the other half. “It’s a whole lot more probable the bill will be passed in this fashion rather than some other school asking for the funds to pay for a project and not putting up any money themselves,” Athey said. Funding depends on a school’s quality and leadership, not legislators’ alumni connections, Landes said. “Any university’s funding is due more to the leadership of the administration and relationship with legislators on the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance Committee than anything else,” he said. “A university’s funding is affected by reputation, effectiveness, academic standing and a demonstration of serving Virginia’s students.” To build relationships with legislators, some schools give lawmakers tickets to football or basketball games. From 2007 through 2009, Virginia Tech handed out $9,191 in tickets, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, an online database of legislative gifts and contributions. (Only gifts of more than $50 must be reported.) U.Va. gave out more than $8,000 in tickets; and Old Dominion University, more than $5,700. Athey does not believe that these gifts influence how lawmakers vote on bills affecting universities. When a university gives a lawmaker football tickets, it’s “just saying, ‘Come on down to your alma mater.’ I don’t think that would have a great influence on a specific legislator. Their job is to sort through what is best for all of Virginia,” Athey said. “The fact that someone invites you to a basketball game doesn’t determine if those legislators will support them.” Landes believes free tickets also serve as a thank-you to lawmakers. “I think that universities give gifts just like many groups do – to thank legislators for working with them, and from a marketing standpoint, to keep them in mind when making decisions,” Landes said.
ANOTHER VIEW: RETIRING THE AMERICAN FLAG
Last year, Sella Waltz and Becky Tuttle of JES presented more than 120 old, worn flags to the Boy Scouts for a flag retirement ceremony. Courtesy of Michelle McLees on behalf of JES Construction
JES, a foundation repair and basement waterproofing business in Chesterfield County, is conducting its second annual collection of worn, tattered American flags in honor of Flag Day on June 14. Last year, more than 120 flags were collected and properly laid to rest by the Boy Scouts during a special flag retirement ceremony. According to the U.S. Flag Code, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Veterans organization, the Girls Scouts and the Boy Scouts all have their own ceremonial renditions for retiring the American flag. However, according to Frank McNeilly, Scoutmaster for Troop 2815 in Chester, the most important and common aspect of all these ceremonies is “respect” for the flags being retired. McNeilly also states, “It is important to explain to younger children in attendance that a flag being burned by a demonstrator is
courtesy of VAMAPVA Midlothian-based chapter, Virginia Mid-Atlantic Paralyzed Veterans of America 9-ball Classic was held April 30 through May 2 at The Playing Field in Richmond. VAMAPVA associate member David Richardson of Richmond, left, plays against Sidney 'Moe' Chapman of Newport News (not pictured) in the Flight 2 round. VAMAPVA member Jeff Dolezal, president of National Wheelchair Players Assoc., made the final cut in the main flight of tournament. For full results, and to learn about upcoming Memorial Day and other events, visit the chapter's website at www.vamapva.com
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different than one being retired with honor and dignity.” Troop 2815 participates in an annual Flag Retirement Ceremony in July at Albright Scout Reservation in Chesterfield. During the ceremony, a Color Guard brings the troops to attention and recites the patriotic poem “Hello, Remember Me?” Then the troops salute each flag as it is completely burned in an active, yet controlled campfire. JES is accepting worn and tattered flags for proper retirement by Troop 2815 from May 3 – June 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its office in Chester at 2410 Southland Drive (next to SkateLand). For more information go to www.JESWork.com or call Michelle McLees at (804) 425-9914.
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the site of the first commercial coal mines in North America dating to 1730 offers a half-mile, paved or hardCourtesy of Steven P. Conley, Director of Bands packed trail (round-trip from Five-time Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band Clover parking lot to site) to the Hill High School Band is proud to announce its Annual abandoned mine. Spring Concert on Thursday May 20 at 7 p.m. in the CHHS The website gives the date Auditorium. of the placed cache, nature This gala concert of the terrain and other attriwill feature an alumni butes for each geocache site. band and current band Be sure to download the site members, performing coordinates to your handheld the world premiere of GPS and print out any help“The Cavalier,” a concert ful information to take with march written by Todd you to the site. Milam, 1983 Clover Hill If you take the cache away Band alumni. after you find it, you should Joe Simpkins, leave something of equal or founder of Dixie Classic Music Festivals and director of the greater value in return; most Richmond Pops Band, will direct “Bugler’s Holiday” featurcachers leave small items ing three trumpet soloists. Steve Miles, Supervisor of Music such as key chains, patches, for Baltimore County Schools in Maryland, will direct “His little plastic toys. After your Honor,” a wonderful march by Henry Fillmore. visit, remember to log back David Hartley, orchestra teacher at Manchester Middle in at www.geocaching.com to School, will direct “An Irish Party in Third Class” from the claim your find and to menmovie Titanic. Simpkins, Miles and Hartley are former tion what you’ve left. Clover Hill band directors. Many former Clover Hill High Cache-finders sometimes School Marching Cavaliers Drum Majors will ring the stage also post an image online of directing the school’s fight song to conclude this memorable members of their party at the evening. site. Kristi Orcutt with ChesThe concert will be the last performance for the Clover terfield County Parks advises Hill High School Band “On the Hill.” Clover Hill alumni that participants might also interested in playing in the Alumni Band need to contact want to check out the Central the event coordinator, Vetta Stith. Stith’s e-mail address is Virginia Geocaching Yahoo email@example.com. Tickets are $5 per person and can be Group at www.centralvageopurchased at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org. “The members on that forum are very helpful,” she said.
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The fourth annual concert of The Titan Band will be held on Friday May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cosby Theater. This show is a Hollywood-styled production that promises to be a memorable evening for the entire Cosby community. A celebrity guest master of ceremonies, two professional soloists, and the band’s patriotic finale make this a special evening. Tickets are available the week of the show and go for $5 a seat. It is highly suggested to get them early. Alan Chez, the trumpet player on the David Letterman Show will be one of two professional soloists appearing with the band. He is flying in from New York City for the sole
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said, “You never know if you are going to be one of the few who get there at just the right time.” If you don’t want to invest in a personal GPS unit (which costs less than $100), you can use an iPhone: http://www.geocaching.com/ iphone/default.aspx. Wyatt said, “From the comments I have seen in the cache logs, I don’t think the iPhone is quite as accurate as a traditional GPS, but it seems to work for most.” The good news is that you can rent a GPS at any Virginia state park you visit – available except when they are reserved for a park program or a group activity. Park offices and visitor centers are open on a limited basis -- call ahead if you are planning to rent a unit. The units rent for $6 per half day (usually plenty of time for a geocaching activity) and $10$12 per day. Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County will have two programs this month Incentives from Virginia for geocaching adventure. State Parks Homeschool Discovery The informative, userWorkshops: 40 years of Earth friendly website, www.VirDay! will be held May 19 giniaOutdoors.com, exists as and Geocaching Adventure a public-private partnership on May 22. Bug spray and to support Virginia outdoor early reservations are recomagencies and organizations mended. Call (804) 796-4255 through donations. It show- or visit www.dcr.virginia. cases a Geocaching Wildlife gov/state_parks/poc.shtml Adventure on the left-hand James River State Park’s side of its home page: look website http://www.dcr. for the multicolored footvirginia.gov/state_parks/jam. print within a white square. shtml, has a “History Hides Each of Virginia's state parks in It” geocache, which offers has a special geocache with insight into the heritage a collector's wildlife card behind the park’s hills. Pack unique to that park. Cola sack for a getaway to the lect five cards from different Appomattox area to explore parks and you can get a spe- three miles of its river frontcial prize; and there are more age, 1,500 acres of rolling prizes at the 10-park, 20-park farm meadows, three fishing and all-park levels. ponds and 15 miles of hiking To add to the sense of trails and quiet forests. adventure, each park has a For guidelines and an apsmall supply of "wild cards" plication for placing a cache set out in caches throughout in Virginia State Parks as well the year. Chuck Wyatt, state as other helpful information, parks’ enterprise director, go to http://www.dcr.virginia.
gov/state_parks/geocache. shtml. Many parks have more than one cache.
http://www.geocaching. com/seek/cache_details. aspx?guid=c65ac016-6dd94307-a5e4-79db49cc5594&lo g=y&decrypt= Tangier Island, a roundtrip day-trip by boat from Reedville, offers two caches (type in ZIP code 23440): a physical one; and an "Earthcache," an educational cache on subsidence and erosion. The physical cache, part of the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail, begins at the dock, and people follow clues to the cache. Don’t assume from the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail that geocaching is permitted in all national parks, as many are archaeologically sensitive. If geocaching isn’t listed among park activities, contact the park for more information before going. Cache In, Trash Out Geocaching is an inexpensive, educational way to entertain multiple age groups. Most geocachers add to the excitement by treating it as a hush-hush activity, sneaking to sites to be inconspicuous – and then getting out without any “muggles” (non-cachers) noticing. Heather Dunn, curator of education at Carlyle House Historic Park, says that cachers are supposed to drop a found item into another cache and see how far it travels. These are called “travel bugs.” She said, “We had a travel bug in our cache recently that had come all the way from Germany.” “They also cache in and trash out,” she said, meaning that when cachers come to a site, “they pick up the garbage they see on the ground while they’re in search of their cache. It’s a little community.”
National Park Service’s StarSpangled Banner Geotrail New this year, the U. S. National Park Service, http://www.nps.gov/stsp/ index.htm, created the StarSpangled Banner Geotrail as part of its Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, comprising more than 30 sites in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The trail traces four major events from the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812 that have national significance while at the same time retaining physical, historical integrity and providing opportunities for recreation and interpretation. A trackable coin provides an incentive, but geocachers must download a passport to begin the project. One of the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail sites, Fort Boykin Historic Park in Smithfield/Isle of Wight http://www.visitsmithfieldisleofwight.com/geocacheinsmithfieldisleofwight.html, has caches related to the attempted landing by British forces during the War of 1812, when they were beaten back. For a day-trip from Midlothian, consider Stratford Hall on Virginia’s Northern Neck – site of many British incursions during the War of 1812 and a participating site, open daily 9:30-4, March-September. A grounds pass ($5 adults, $3 children) is required for the hiking trails. Go to www. stratfordhall.org, click on “Visit” and then on “Geocaching” as the last item on the left-hand menu. The geocache at Carlyle House Historic Park, in AlexMartha Steger is a freelance andria, deals with the defense travel writer who resides in of Alexandria following the Midlothian. capture of Fort Washington on Aug. 24, 1814:
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MAY 13 - 15 Monacan High School presents Urinetown: The Musical on Thursday, May 13, and Friday, May 14, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, May 15 at 2 pm and 7pm. Tickets sold at the door for $7. The spring show is a satirical comedy musical, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis. It satirizes capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. It also is a satire of the Broadway musical as a form. In reverse pantomime style, the unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a pleasant ending.
local bands will play and Brinn Black, from Chester, will headline. Come out and do what you can to help the flood victims in Nashville, Tenn., bring your donations and your friends. www.StuffTheTruckNashville.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 16 A Silent Auction will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Salisbury Country Club to benefit Tour 2010 of Salisbury Presbyterian Church. Sixtyseven youths, grades 7 – 12, and 20 adult chaperones will be flying to Colorado in June for seven days of mission work. They will be working with Habitat for Humanity, Boulder Housing Partners, Cal-Wood Education Center and the YMCA of the Rockies. They will also be singing in four different venues. The auction is to help offset the cost of their mission. Please contact Heidi Bassett, firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information. Tickets are $20 a person.
FRIDAY, MAY 14 SCORE Small Business Startup Workshop will be held from 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m. at 15000 Capital One Drive. Business experts explain business planning, raising capital, marketing, insurance, and more. Continental breakfast, workbook, free parking. Cost for early registration: $79. Register: (804) 771-2400, ext. 131 or www.RichmondSCORE.org
The Virginia Holocaust Museum will open two new additions to its permanent exhibition: Mel Wacks’ The Impact of Jewish Intellect on America and the World and Those People by Esther Glina. Both galleries open at 2 p.m. and are free to museum visitors. The address of the museum is 2000 East Cary St., Richmond, 23223; the phone number is (804)2575400. For more information, please visit the museum’s website, http://va-holocaust.com
Join in the 25th anniversary performance of Jessica Morgan Dance Studio at 7 p.m. show at Manchester High School, located off Bailey's Bridge Road. Special feature is the Ballet, "Swan Lake, Act II" and also includes many other styles of dance. Tickets are $6 for children and $10 for adults available only at the box office prior to show time. Please call (804)739-7600 for more information.
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TUESDAY, MAY 18 Free Bluegrass Jam from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Rockwood Park Nature Center. The event is being sponsored by the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Virginia Folk Music Association, and will include performances of bluegrass, old-time music and traditional tunes by local musicians. Feel free to bring your own stringed instrument and play along! Rain or shine. Rockwood Park is at 3401 Courthouse Rd., Richmond. For details, call Kristi Orcutt at (804)310-7964.
MAY 21, 22, 23 Huguenot United Methodist Church, located at 10661 Durwea Dr., presents “The Old Faith, Hope, and Charity” a two-act comedy dinner theater; Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday a dessert-only matinee at 2 p.m. Dinner theater is $15 and the matinee is $10. Tickets can be purchased and reserved by calling (804) 272-6820.
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SATURDAY, MAY 15 Midlothian Garden Club Sale from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Midlothian Middle School (items arrive between 6:30 – 7 a.m. already priced) Items include books, paperbacks, flowerpots, vases, hand tools, picture frames, pictures and mirrors. Saturday is the “Stuff the Truck” for Nashville event at Clover Hill High School. Donations can be made 9am – 4pm. There will be live music and food from 11am – 3pm. Several
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After losing nine starters from last year’s team, the Midlothian boys’ soccer team could be said to be in a rebuilding year. With a 6-7 record year as of last Thursday, the team is taking a few licks but also gaining some momentum. The Trojans have dropped six of their seven losses by just one goal and they’ve taken two of the region’s top teams to overtime. The latest overtime game netted a 1-0 loss against top-ranked Deep Run in the College Soccer Showcase at Cosby High School on Thursday night. The teams played to a scoreless tie in regulation. The Wildcats got on the board early in the first of two overtime periods when Carl Weber collected a ball that deflected off a Midlothian defender. Weber sent a quick cross to Bobby McDonnell on the left post and McDonnell hit a hard grounder inside the opposite post to notch the only score of the game. “They’re a very talented team and I think we gave them all that they could
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Midlothian goalie Danny Blake dives for a stop on a hard shot by Deep Run. The Trojans took the Wildcats to overtime in the first game of the boys' College Soccer Showcase at Cosby High School Thursday night.
handle. We probably had an edge in chances but we made one mistake at the back and they punished us,” Midlothian head coach Ted Jones said. “It was a good goal, a well-worked goal.” Midlothian couldn’t get the momentum swing they needed in overtime, but had three good looks at the Deep
Run goal in regulation. After a first half played mostly at midfield, the Trojans came out strong. Midfielder Michael Meszaros got a ball on the right side and took it deep into Wildcat territory. His kick on goal brought goalie Blake Carrey off his line with a short dive for the stop with just three
minutes gone in the half. According to Jones, the Trojans hadn’t made any adjustments, but simply took an opportunity offered them. “We were happy with how things were going,” Jones said. “If they’re the number one team in the region then they need to come at us and we set up to be a counter-
attaching team. We played 4-5-1, and I think that they were frustrated … I think we just needed a little bit more composure in front of goal.” Meszaros nearly had the winning goal again with just five minutes left. He flipped a short ball over Carrey’s head but was blocked by a defender from getting to the
ball as it dribbled just past the right post. Meanwhile the Midlothian defense held the Wildcats to mostly long shots. Deep Run’s Jake Summers had the best opportunity from about 30 yards out. He sent a powerful shot on target for the right upperSOCCER P8
Midlo, Cosby showcase scoring prowess Chaney LaReau took control, but the Cosby midfield controlled the clear. The pass went back up the field to Becca Wann who found Courtney Hook for the goal. Wann got her own chance BY SARA PAGE to finish 10 minutes later as firstname.lastname@example.org she dodged a defender on the The Cosby girls’ socright side of the goal, which cer team suffered a loss to regionally ranked Mills God- pulled Deep Run goalie Hanwin early last week, so it was nah Moyer out to defend. with a sense of having some- Wann touched the ball thing to prove that the Lady around Moyer, took a step and popped the goal in. Titans took the field against The Lady Titans domiDeep Run in their second nated the first half of play, game of the College Soccer but Deep Run got a few more Showcase at Midlothian High looks in the second half. School on Friday. Deep Run’s Christina What they proved in a 3-0 Corbin took a direct kick win was that the Lady Titans from midfi eld to start the are playoff ready. second half. Cosby goalie “Coming into this we’ve Blayne Fink got one hand on been playing really great the shot to redirect it back soccer, it’s really just about finishing,” Cosby head coach into the field of play. The follow up sailed high. Roger Lattimer said. “We’ve Ten minutes later Brittany had opportunities throughEntz beat a defender down out, and we’ve just continued the right side of the field. to not finish, so we’ve been Jayden Metzger recovered focusing on that. We came out today and that’s what we to block the cross and give Kelsey Blum a chance at the did. We really finished.” The Lady Titans got their clear. With injuries to the backfield, the Titans were first finishing opportunity sporting a young defense. five minutes into the game. “Three of our four starters Claire Walker collected a ball were out today for our dein Cosby’s defensive end and fense but we had lots of great sent a clearing shot ahead people step up,” Lattimer to Tessa Broadwater on the right side. Broadwater sent a said. “We had two freshmen beautiful leading pass to Joy and one sophomore and a junior, so we were definitely Grove. Deep Run defender
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A Cosby forward squirts by a Deep Run defender. The Titans won their second game of the College Soccer Showcase 3-0 on Friday afternoon.
young. They played great.” The Titans added their final goal with 30 minutes left to play. Grove scored from the right post off a perfect cross from Broadwater. In Thursday’s game, the Lady Titans got scoring from five different players in an 8-1 win over Powhatan. Scoring for Cosby was Gina D’Orazio, Grove and Wann with two each and Lindsay Carns and Hook with one each. Grace Fehan scored the lone goal for the Lady Indians. Mandy Stowers made 10 saves in goal for Powhatan while Blayne Fink made four for Cosby.
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The Midlothian girls’ soccer team generated a week’s worth of offense in two games during the College Soccer Showcase on Thursday and Friday. The team posted a 2-1 win over Deep Run on Thursday and a 7-0 win over Powhatan SHOWCASE P8
Season-ending run lifts new track program States and abroad. This year marks the first time that For three years in a row, team members have collected the St. Edward’s Epiphany donations and pledges. School track team has turned “It went really well,” head the fields behind their school coach Michael Lamberson into a make-shift, quartersaid at last Thursday’s event. mile track and run a full “We’ve always been hesitant marathon to wrap up their to ask for money because of season in a positive way. The all the other events they do run has raised money/items at this time of year … It also for a different cause each gave people a chance to go year. This year, the money to relatives, neighbors. On will be used to get an adapthe pledge forms I saw a lot tive track and field program of people from out of state Photo Gallery ONLINE off the ground. that can’t normally make it The event began in 2008 midlothianexchange.com to events … sponsor their as a fun way to end the athletes.” season. For two seasons, the The athletes are charged PHOTO BY SARA PAGE team collected new and genwith running 26.2 miles in The next runner gets the hand-off in the marathon relay held at St. Edward's Epiphany School last Thursday. The track team tly used athletic shoes for less used their last run of the season to raise money for the new Sportable track and field program. fortunate kids in the United TRACK P9 BY SARA PAGE
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The Trojans’ Marie Johnston clears the ball from midfield as Powhatan’s Jennifer Bower closes in.
passed to Fields, who sent a shot into Midlothian’s defensive end to Chelsea Walters. The Trojan defense tapped the ball out for a Powhatan throw in. The throw went to Fehan at the top of the box. Her shot sailed high. Scoring for the Trojans were Layne and Venck with two each and Putney, MacKenzie Warren and Courtney Marin with one each. Shannon Brawley made 12 saves for Powhatan while Kirsten Hancock and Olivia Warren split duties for Midlothian and combined for three saves. In Thursday’s game against Deep Run, Layne scored once in each half to propel the team to the win. Hancock made five saves for Midlothian while Hannah Moyer saved two shots for Deep Run.
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Cosby's Angelo Francassa goes low for the header in the Titan's game against Powhatan last Thursday night. The Titans picked up a 2-0 win.
SOCCER from P7 V, but Midlothian goalie Danny Blake got a hand on it to redirect the shot out of bounds. The Trojans cleared the resulting corner. Midlothian also got great defensive stops from Shaun Taylor, who blocked a hard kick headed for the center of the net, and Joey Crespo, who got a head on a beautiful, curving corner kick. “[The coaches are] very pleased because we’re just a little bit off, and that’s experience,” Jones said. “We just need a little bit more experience to win those games. We’re definitely not a 6-7 team, but we’re young, and out of our seven losses, we’ve lost six by a goal … It’s disappointing [to lose in overtime] but we’re proud of them.” Carrey finished with six saves for the Wildcats. Danny Blake also picked up six for the Trojans. Midlothian rebounded with a 5-0 win over Powhatan in Friday’s game. Scoring for the Trojans were James Lawrence with two, Finnlay Wyatt with two and Meszaros with one. Blake made two saves for the team.
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The Cosby boys scored a goal in each half of their first game of the annual College Showcase hosted at Cosby High School Thursday and Friday nights, but neither goal came easily as they went PHOTO BY SARA PAGE
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up against a tough Powhatan defense. The Titans’ first goal came 14 minutes into the game when Luis Rendon pulled up on the left side of the goal box to shake a defender and pull the Powhatan goalie off his line on defense. Rendon sent a quick shot squarely into the center of the net. The Indians had two chances to get the equalizer, the first on a long shot by Ethan Beard from about 40 yards out. Cosby goalie Dylan Southall punched the high, hard shot out for a corner. Cosby defender Adam Nelson headed the corner kick away, but Powhatan again took control. Senior Aaron Snellings sent a header back toward the goal. Southall made the save but Snellings collected the rebound and sent another shot on goal that went just wide. “We didn’t change our plan just because they’re Triple A. We’re just trying to play quality soccer all around,” Powhatan coach Lee McCullough said. Powhatan got its best shot of the second half midway through the period when Beard dodged a defender down the right side of the field. He spun into the middle of the box and sent a shot on goal. Southall pushed the ball out for a corner, which went wide for a defensive clear. The Titans got the final goal of the game with 17 minutes left to play. Kyle Forche danced down the right side of the field. Powhatan goalie Joseph Bungard made a dive and hit the ball back into the field of play. Forche caught the rebound and sent a shot into the left post. “We went into [the show-
case] thinking we needed to get some different combinations of players,” Cosby head coach Mike Anderson said. “Powhatan played very, very well. We didn’t know anything about them. They’re well organized, they did a great job. They’re a good team. I’m glad they were here.” Bungard made eight saves for Powhatan while Southall made six for Cosby. The Titans continued their scoring trend in Friday’s game against Deep Run. They scored one goal in each half. Unfortunately, two goals weren’t enough to top the Wildcats, who scored two in the first half and another in the second for a 3-2 score line. “We’re just trying to fine tune and find the right combinations of players and find out who’s playing well now and who seems to be combining with other people. It’s nice to do that without district pressure,” Anderson said. “A lot of people are talking about [the Deep Run game], and I guess, mediawise, it’s a big deal, but I know Deep Run really wants to do well in their district and I know that Cosby wants to do well in their district, and we’ll play, and when the whistle blows, we’ll go at it, and so will they, but ultimately, it’s a showcase.” Deep Run goalie Justin Bauersachs made eight saves in the game while Southall and Brad Custer split time in goal for the Titans and recorded four saves each.
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Midlothian defense and sent on Friday. a touch back to Livermon, In Friday’s game the who advanced up the field. team began their offensive She passed to Courtney styling early with a goal by Fields, whose shot on goal Erica Putney. She redirected went just wide. a corner kick from 30 yards After some first-half out just 2:30 into play for a frustration that saw a shot hit 1-0 lead and the Lady Trojans the cross bar and take a hard never looked back. bounce just in front of the Katie Venck added two goal line and another pointpretty goals midway through blank shot sail high, Erin the half. The first came off Layne got on the board early a beautiful lead pass from in the second half. MacKenzie Warren. For the The play began along the second, she went up high to right side when Gabby Urcia get a header off a corner kick. sent a flagging pass deep into The Lady Indians got their the corner to Venck. Venck first scoring opportunity of used a right-footed cross as the game on a beautiful play she headed out of bounds to that developed near midsend a perfect ball to Layne field. Sophomore Hannah on the right post. Layne got a Livermon collected a loose head on it for the score. ball near midfield and sent Powhatan’s best scoring a touch to the right sideline opportunity in the second and teammate Grace Fehan. half again started with Fehan dribbled into the Livermon near midfield. She
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(send your sports news to email@example.com) Racing action halted at Southside Courtesy of John McLeod
After an exciting Late Model main event Friday night at Southside Speedway, fans were expecting more fireworks. But, after a major accident on the front stretch in the Street Stock race, which caused damage
TRACK from P7 just 90 minutes, so they form two teams to run 13.1 miles each – or 52.4 turns around the course. According to Lamberson, the kids pretty much organize the running part themselves. “It’s neat because the kids will monitor it themselves to where they can split out. If they want to do a half lap each, they can [team up with a partner] and one will go to the far corner and they split a lap that way,” Lamberson said. The relay format allows plenty of rest time between laps. This year, athletes used some of the down time to hit the discus and shot put throwing stations – a new addition to this year’s event. The team had been working all year with coaches Katherine Dec and Rick McCue on proper tossing techniques, so they added a goal of throwing a cumulative 1700 yards – one mile – which they could collect pledges for in addition to miles run. The course started in the shade – a blessing on a humid 85-plus-degree day – and wound around the school’s playground, along the parking lot and fence-
to the catch fence and light pole, race officials called the remaining races for safety reasons. Prior to the incident in the Street Stock race, the Late Model division got in 47 laps of their first 50-lap main event. The checkered flag was thrown early due to an altercation on the track involving line and back into the shade. “I think this is probably one of the hottest days we’ve done this on,” Lamberson laughed. All 35 athletes along with alumni, siblings, parents and coaches, ran the final lap together to complete the 26.2 miles. The day ended with a pizza party provided by Automatic Leasing Company. All proceeds from this year’s run went to Sportable, a relatively new organization based at the Sports Center of Richmond that works with athletes with physical disabilities. Founded in 2005, Sportable has expanded its programs to include 12 different sports. New in June will be a track and field program. “All of the money raised here is going to go right back into our track and field program,” Sportable’s Kerry Sallee said. “We’ll be buying sport-specific adaptive equipment.” As of Thursday before the run, around $900 had been collected not including pledges per mile for running and per yard for throwing. The team was hoping to break $1,000.
Lin O’Neill and Jeff Oakley. Late Model champion Chris Dodson led from green to checker. Chris Hopkins finished second with Eddie Johnson coming home third. Racing action continues next Friday night with ChickFil-A Kids night at the track featuring a 50/50 Modified main event. The Grand Stock, UCAR and Champ Kart divisions will also be in action. For complete updates on all activities at Southside Speedway, go to southsidespeedway.com.
Riot wins Apple Blossom tournament
took over and the Riot was able to defeat the second first seed in a row. The Riot went back to the Keystone State with the final No. 1 seed, a very talented Central Pennsylvania Krunch, on tap. As the underdogs for the fourth game in a row, the Riot came out swinging and jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning. With thunderstorms looming, the Krunch scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 7-5 lead and the momentum. A couple of timely outs preserved the opportunity
for the Riot to make one last push for the championship and the opportunity was not wasted. The Riot pushed across six runs in the top of the sixth inning to go ahead 11-7. The defense dug deep in the bottom of the inning to preserve the win. The Riot was named the 2010 champion of the Pony Apple Blossom Softball Tournament. It is their fifth championship in seven tournaments.
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The River City Riot 12U, based in Chesterfield, captured a tremendous fast pitch softball tournament win May 1-2 in Winchester, N.C. The Riot started the tournament with a three-run loss to the Vienna Stars and found themselves going into Championship Sunday as the No. 3 seed. First up was the second seeded Loudon Storm. The game turned into an offensive barrage out of the gate and set the tone for the rest of the day. After beating a scrappy Loudon Storm Team, the Riot crossed state lines to play the No. 1 seed Pittsburgh Spirit Gold (Penn.). The game proved tough, but again, the sticks set the tone. The Riot disposed of the Spirit to get themselves into the semi-finals. A familiar foe this time around awaited the battle-tested Riot in the form of the Virginia Heat (No. 1 seed). Once again the bats
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The River City Riot team members are in front, from left, Kat Morris, Kayla Hugate, Jessica Lindsay, Jordan Clark and Emily Marcy; second row, Sarah Commons, Jackie Tremain, Taylor Wells, Virginia Irby and Linsdsey Hall; third row, coaches Tom Hall, Chris Hugate and Rodney Wells.
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MUELLER-DORSEY Elizabeth W. Mueller, Powhatan, Va., and Donald V. Mueller, Summit, N.J., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Laura W. Mueller, to Thomas C. Dorsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Dorsey, Richmond, Va. Miss Mueller is a graduate of VCU and is the Assistant Director, Grace Covenant Child Develop. Ctr., Richmond, Va. Mr. Dorsey attended VCU and is the owner of Diamond Billiards, Midlothian, VA A summer wedding is planned.
BERKOFF-BRENGEL LTC (R) Russ and Mrs. JoAnn Berkoff of Ellicott City, Maryland and Dr. George and Mrs. Elizabeth Brengel of Midlothian, Virginia, would like to announce the marriage of their children, Brittney Paige Berkoff and Kyle Patrick Brengel. Brittney graduated from River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland in 2003 and is a 2007 graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is a First Lieutenant currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Kyle graduated from Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Virginia in 2001 and is a 2005 graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a Captain and currently going through the Special Forces Qualification Course at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. The couple wed on April 5, 2010 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
WALKER-STRICK The marriage of Jennifer Michelle Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Walker of Richmond, to David Max Strick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Strick, of Newport News, took place on Saturday, May 1, at the Gazebo at Fort Monroe in Newport News. The Honorable Judith Kline officiated at the double ring ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Emily Williams of Seattle, Wash., and the late Charlie Marshall Williams and Marshall and Gladys Walker. The groom is the grandson of Ana Maria Alvarez-Mena of Newport News, Va., and the late Maximo Alvarez-Mena and Leonard and Gloria Strick. The maid of honor was Courtney Keller of Richmond. Bridesmaids were Kassandra Ellis, Erin Eissens and Amy Strick, sister-inlaw of the groom, of Newport News; and
Mary Alice Simpson, Emily Clark and Kristin Grantham of Richmond. Joshua Strick, of Newport News, served as his brother’s best man. Groomsmen were Kevin Walker, brother of the bride, of Richmond; and Michael Berg, Matt Kibitlewski, Stephen Legge, Ryan Brooks and Jeremy Eissens, all of Newport News. Following the ceremony, a reception hosted by the parents of the bride was held at Bayside Club on Langley Air Force Base. The parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner on Friday evening for the bridal party and out-of-town guests at the Bayside Club. Jennifer graduated in May 2009 from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Following a honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas, the couple will make their home in Newport News.
John Tyler Community College students honored during awards ceremony courtesy of JTCC John Tyler Community College honored its outstanding students during the annual Student Awards Banquet and Ceremony, held April 23, 2010, in the Nicholas Student Center at the College’s Chester Campus. The following awards were presented: Academic Award Recipients Arts & Sciences Jonathan Matzke of Midlothian, Business Administration Specialization Jennifer Peers of Midlothian Early Childhood Deborah Collier of Midlothian Fine Arts Virginia Wood of Powhatan Funeral Services Ryan E. Brown of Clarksville Human Services Curtis Tyson Braxton, Jr., of Richmond Criminology Specialization Nursing Joy Kuykendall of Midlothian
Visual Arts Ian Glass of Chester
annually to a student who faculty and staff believe will not only be an ambassador Who’s Who Among Students for the College but will also in American Junior Colleges distinguish himself or herself Award Recipients ; Phi Theta in his/her chosen career. Kappa Leadership Award Rising Star Award Recipients,; Phi Theta KapJohn Deng pa All-Virginia Academic Team, Sherwood Forest Art The Daniel Dalton Award & Literary Review Winners The Daniel Dalton Award, and Top Tutor Awards: named in honor of a John Award winners of these Tyler Community College categories are posted online. founding faculty member, is presented annually to an John Tyler Community outstanding club or student College Alumni Associaorganization that exhibits tion and Foundation Award excellence in the areas of serRecipients vice to the College, commitThe Defining Your Future ment to community service, Award is the highest honor and dedication to academics. bestowed upon a student by This year’s award was prethe John Tyler Community sented to the Art Club. The College Foundation. The award was accepted by the award is presented annually chapter’s president, Richard to a student for outstanding Phelps of Midlothian and the academic performance and club sponsor, Professor Colin volunteer service to John Ferguson. Tyler and who the faculty The Marshall Denison Soand staff believe will achieve ciety, named for the College’s great success and will define second president, was estabthe future of the College and lished to recognize individuthe nation. als who have made extraorDefining your Future Award dinary contributions to the Rebeca Parrott student activities program at John Tyler. Sharon Burnham, The Rising Star Award was instructor of history, was this established by the John Tyler year’s inductee. Community College Alumni Association to be presented
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Girl Scout Troop 3041 prepared an informative emergency preparedness program at the Woodlake Pavilion for the community on May 8.
The Chesterfield coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Jon Donnelly explains the importance of emergency preparedness to Girl Scout Taylor Newhart.
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Mrs. Reiss served as an associate professor of Nursing at Southside Regional Medical Center and was appointed as the first director of the Department of Home Health. She has volunteered as a Nurse Practitioner at the Commonwealth Clinic—one of the first free health clinics in Chesterfield County—providing health care to the uninsured. And Mrs. Reiss has been featured on WTVR’s channel 6 “Ask the Nurse” segment. Mrs. Reiss has served on four mission teams in Honduras. She is an active elder at Chester Presbyterian Church. She is married to Reinhart Reiss, senior program analyst at Southern States Headquarters in Richmond. They are the parents of twin sons. Mrs. Reiss enjoys all aspects of gardening and traveling with her family.
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Drink and Tapas Specials Monday - Friday 3-6 PM
Tuesday is Pizza Night!
½ price pizzas (toppings are regular price)
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3730 Winterfield Rd. Midlothian, VA 23113 Open 7 days a week! Lunch every day from 11am-5pm Dinner Sun. - Thurs. 5pm-10pm, Fri. and Sat. 5pm-11pm
Catering and private dining available!