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Chesterfield athletes head to Summer Games sity of Richmond and Special Olympics Virginia bringing together athletes from eventeen-year-old Elizabeth around the state for such a huge event. “Liz” Gomez of Midlothian held “It’s nice to make the athletes feel a part out her hand out to receive the of something big,” she said. baton from her fellow 4 X 100 “It’s something in their routine that relay teammate Matt Schlicher during they can look forward to and it is fun Monday night’s Area 6 track and field for them. They get recognition. They practice held at Swift Creek Middle get medals. They get hugs and cheer School. Gomez and Schlicher, as well squads. I really thank everyone involved as relay teammates Hugh Stevens and with it because it means so much to the Shirley Fox, will be joining over 1,200 athletes,” Lamberson said. athletes from across the CommonThe statewide Summer Games event wealth for the Summer Games 2011 will be the first for Liz. Last month, she Special Olympics Virginia starting attended the Special Olympics Virginia tomorrow at University of Richmond. qualifying event with classmates from “They have been working very hard an autism class at Midlothian High since April,” said volunteer assistant School, her mom Veronica Gomez coach Lisa Lamberson after practice. explained during an interview at the “We’ve had out here at least 20 athletes family’s home. The event, which was at a time. Unfortunately, not every ath- held at Collegiate School, wasn’t about lete can make the state games because it competition, but about camaraderie. is a lottery system.” “They had ninth graders [volunteerLamberson noted that the large ing] and everyone was paired with an event is an amazing experience for the athlete,” Veronica Gomez said. “You athletes and volunteers. She appreciates could tell that the kids that volunteered the coordination efforts of the Univer- really liked it. They were not afraid of these kids.” Each athlete was recognized for their Left: Elizabeth "Liz" Gomez trains for BY ELIZABETH FARINA


participation. “They announced their name, where they were from and what they ran in and said, ‘Great job’ and they all got this big ribbon. Liz came back in the stands – I was sitting in the bleachers – and said, ‘I’m a winner.’ … We all got emotional about it because the way she said it, ‘I’m a winner’,” Veronica Gomez said. Liz’s father, Bill Gomez, remembered how few activities were offered for children with disabilities when his daughter was in elementary school. Now, the parents see more activities being offered through Special Olympics, the Miracle League, and even a music class through Midlothian-based De Capo Institute. Bill Gomez added that the all the activities have helped Liz become more social. “One of the hallmark characteristics of autism is an isolation because they tend to live in their own world and own boundaries,” he said. “It [Special Olympics Virginia] gives her more opportunities to interact with other people and the more she does it, the more will she is to do it, because hopefully at some point, maybe she’ll be an independent person. The more op-

the 4X100 relay for the Summer Games this weekend.



Pub dedicated in honor of retired CEO Chesterfield County officials, Lucy Corr Village’s governing board and staff, friends and family gathered today to dedicate Jake’s Place, Springdale’s Pub, in honor of Jacob W. Mast Jr., Lucy Corr’s retired CEO. The dedication plaque has a nautical theme in recognition of Mast’s longtime love of sailing. Mast dedicated his career as a long-term healthcare administrator and CEO by serving Lucy Corr Village residents, families, staff and members of the community for nearly 30 years. He inspired the development and construction of a state of the art healthcare center, the first unit for dementia residents in Virginia, licensed Assisted Living Facility, Adult Day Center, and finally, Springdale, independent living in a full service Continuing Care Retirement Community. Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Art Warren commented on Mast’s years of dedicated service in providing for the health and well-being of Lucy Corr Village residents. Health Center Commission, Chairman Dr. David Beam thanked Mast for recently serving as interim CEO and for providing quality care for the


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Jake Mast and sons Rob (left) and Chris (right)share the love of sailing and enjoy the nautical theme to the dedication of the Springdale at Lucy Corr Village Bistro.

senior residents of Chesterfield County and surrounding localities. Mast’s wife, Kay, and his two sons Rob and Chris and their families attended the dedication. Mast has an undergraduate degree from Randolph Macon College and graduate degree

from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a decorated veteran having received the Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry while serving in Korea and Vietnam. courtesy Debra Marlow

Chesapeake Bay Foundation names Ware legislator of the year BY MICHAEL COPLEY Media General News Service


elegate R. Lee Ware Jr., R-65th, has been named a Legislator of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for his guidance of a bill through the General Assembly that bans the sale of phosphorous-containing lawn fertilizers. The regulation will help reduce pollution runoff into the Chesapeake Bay and save localities money by reducing the need for storm water For too treatment systems to trap long we and filter phosphorus and have drawn other pollutants, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foun- upon these resources dation. without takWare shares the award with Senator Richard H. ing due care Stuart, R-28th, who also to ensure sponsored the legislation. their conser“The Chesapeake Bay vation. Foundation salutes Senator Stuart and Delegate Ware for seizing the initiative to advance Virginia’s Bay cleanup plan to reduce polDelegate lution,” said Chesapeake Bay Lee Ware Foundation President William C. Baker. “Not only will this legislation help Virginia achieve its Bay and river cleanup goals, but it will do so at virtually no cost to citizens and localities.” By 2013, the law could reduce Virginia’s share


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local elementary school has shed more light on the phrase “going green.” A new mural, made out of recycled bottle caps and lids from other plastic containers, now hangs outside the main entrance of Bettie Weaver Elementary School. The concept of creating the mural was sparked from the ideas of Courtney Day, one of Bettie Weaver’s art teachers. Her inspiration came from discovering a version of “Starry Night” by Vincent VanGough completely done in bottle caps. “I especially liked the part that [the students] were 100 percent involved with this since the beginning,” said Day. “Their excitement grew as the project got closer, as they started seeing the plain ply board and then the painted ply board and then the picture drawn on, you could just see their excitement rising with each step that we took.” The third and fourth-grade students along with a few parent volunteers painted the background. The fifth grade students added the bottle caps to the mural. Parents and students brought in recycled bottle caps over a period of a year. At the entrance of Day’s classroom, there is a line of green WEAVER page 3

HEAV Homeschool convention begins today Richard Swenson, M.D., will be speaking on future trends, margin, balance, priorities, and more at this year’s HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention, occurring today through June 11 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV), a non-profit, statewide homeschool organization, is hosting the convention to support home educators and offer resources to families curious about this option. The annual convention is expected to draw crowds of more than 11,000 participants. Dr. Swenson has addressed members of the PHOTO BY ELIZABETH FARINA United Nations, Congress, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) selected Delegate R. Lee Ware and NASA. He says, “Life in th Jr. (R-65 ) for the 2011 Legislator of the Year Award. Virginia Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Ann Jennings (not pictured) modern-dayAmerica is espresented the award to Delegate Ware during a ceremony held on sentially devoid of time and June 2 at The Boathouse at Sunday Park in Midlothian. Pictured right space. Not the Star Trek kind to left are: Delegate Lee Ware, Bill Street, Executive Director of the — the sanity kind. Chronic James River Association, and Mike Toalson, Executive Director of the Homebuilders Association of Virginia.

overloading is the culprit; margin (capacity) and balance (equilibrium) are the antidotes. Without the help of these two essential friends, our timeless priorities (the things that matter most) are displaced by clutter, glitter, and routine panic.” Swenson’s current focus as a physician is cultural medicine, researching the intersection of health and culture. As a futurist, his emphasis is fourfold: the future of the world system, western culture, faith, and healthcare. Florence Feldman, convention director for HEAV, says, “Today, people are doing more than they ever have.There are more decisions, more things to do — more of everything than there ever was before. The challenging financial times we each face, combined with



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Girl Scout earns all Brownie patches before 'bridging' to Junior KAYLA WAMSLEY special correspondent


ourtney Galligher points to a badge on her Girl Scout Brownie vest, which is completely covered in pins and badges. “I like the camping. I have a couple camping ones. Here’s a hiking and cabin camping one,” she said. Nine-year-old Galligher is the first one in her troop 635 who has received all 57 of the Girl Scout Try-It badges. She also earned seven additional badges. There are four steps Girl Scouts have to complete to earn the Try-It badges. Courtney says the girls are not limited to just four steps. Courtney and her mother Cheley Galligher, who is the troop leader, have been involved with Girl Scouts for five years. The troop meets at the J.B. Watkins Elementary school cafeteria every week. From learning about computer safety to making puppets and dolls to writing her own song to selling over 500 boxes of cookies this year, Courtney Galligher has filled her brown vest with a number of achievements. “I like the activities and the friendships,” she said.

Troop 635 has traveled to Camp Pamunkey ridge, had a backstage tour of The Nutcracker and has gone to the Central Virginia Food Bank for the Peanut Butter Drive. They donated peanut butter and had a tour of the bank and where the food is stored. As far as Courtney’s favorite Girl Scout cookie goes, it is Lemon Chalet Crème. Aside from Girl Scouts, Courtney plays violin and is on an Irish dance team at Jessica Morgan School of Dance. She aspires to be an electronic engineer, and has even built her own robot. “I’ve always like building stuff and I just thought it might be kind of fun,” said Galligher. Troop 635 had their Girl Scout bridging ceremony at their last meeting. Galligher bridged to a Girl Scout Junior, and plans to become an Ambassador Girl Scout in the future.


Courtney Galligher completed the Try-Its and other patches in her two years as a Brownie with the Girl Scouts.


Midlothian High School seniors Dante Perry (left), Brian Joseph (center), and Stone Weaver (right) were part of the team that broke the school's 4X100 record on May 19 at a cool 43.66.

Chesterfield County High School graduations scheduled June 8-11 More than 4,200 Chesterfield County students will receive their high school diplomas during graduation ceremonies this week at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center Tickets are required to attend graduation, but the ceremonies will be shown live on Comcast Channel 96. Also, each graduation will be re-broadcast exactly two weeks later on Comcast Channel 96 and on Verizon Fios Channel 26. Here is the schedule: Thomas Dale High students graduated at 10 a.m. June 8. The ceremony will replay at 10 a.m. June 22. Thomas Dale Principal Rob Stansberry is retiring this year, so this will be his last graduation as principal. Clover Hill High students graduated at 2:30 p.m. June 8. The ceremony will replay at 2:30 p.m. June 22. Monacan High students graduated at 7 p.m. June 8. The ceremony will replay at 7 p.m. June 22. Manchester High students will graduate at 10 a.m. June 9. The ceremony will replay at 10 a.m. June 23. Cosby High students will graduate at 2:30 p.m. June 9. The ceremony will replay at 2:30 p.m. June 23.

Matoaca High students will graduate at 7 p.m. June 9. The ceremony will replay at 7 p.m. June 23. Meadowbrook High students will graduate at 10 a.m. June 10. The ceremony will replay at 10 a.m. June 24. Bird High students will graduate at 2:30 p.m. June 10. The ceremony will replay at 2:30 p.m. June 24. This will be Beth Teigen’s last graduation as principal of Bird High; on July 1 she will become executive director of school administration for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Midlothian High students will graduate at 7 p.m. June 10. The ceremony will replay at 7 p.m. June 24. James River High students will graduate at 12:30 p.m. June 11. The ceremony will replay at 12:30 p.m. June 25. James River Principal John Titus is retiring this year, so this will be his last graduation ceremony as principal. Chesterfield Community High students will graduate at 4:30 p.m. June 11. The ceremony will replay at 4:30 p.m. June 25. -Chesterfield County Public Schools *Schools marked in bold will be featured in next week's Midltohain Exchange edition celebrating the graduates' ceremonies.


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Pictured left to right are: Master Police Officer Ryan Swope and canine "Rex," Chesterfield Police Department; Trooper Adam Waybright and canine "Argo," Virginia State Police Master Police Officer James Kuzik, Chesterfield Police Department; Officer Kevin Collins and canine "Jager," Petersburg Police Department; Career Police Officer Lee Owens, Chesterfield Police Department; Senior Trooper Michael Foster and canine "Panzer," Virginia State Police; Master Officer Walter Stone and canine "Macon," Richmond Police Department

The Chesterfield County Police Department held a graduation ceremony for seven law enforcement officers and their canines on Friday, June 3. Chesterfield County’s Third Regional Basic Law Enforcement Patrol Canine School was led by Chesterfield County Career Officer Lee Owens, who is a Virginia Police Work Dog Association certified trainer. The course was attended by teams from five agencies in the Richmond region, including the Chesterfield County Police Department, City of Petersburg Police Department, City of Richmond Police Department, Hanover Sheriff ’s Office and Virginia State Police. During this same time, Chesterfield Police conducted a Narcotics Canine School led by Master Police Officer James Kuzik. Each canine team completed a demanding 12-week course designed to meet the needs of urban and rural police work. The patrol canine teams studied, practiced and demonstrated proficiency in: Tracking; searches (area, article and building); drives and character traits of police canines; and aggression control and obedience. The narcotics canine team learned and

demonstrated proficiency with finding illegal narcotics (marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and cocaine). Both groups learned about proper canine care, and the legal considerations and case law in the deployment of a police canine. The following officers successfully met all requirements of the course: Senior Officer Angela Petrini and canine "Jeny," Chesterfield Police Department; Master Police Officer Ryan Swope and canine "Rex," Chesterfield Police Department; Trooper Adam Waybright and canine "Argo," Virginia State Police; Senior Trooper Michael Foster and canine "Panzer," Virginia State Police; Officer Kevin Collins and canine "Jager," Petersburg Police Department; Master Officer Walter Stone and canine "Macon," Richmond Police Department; Deputy Ben Bokor and canine "Ranger," Hanover County Sheriff 's Office. courtesy Chesterfield County Police Department

WARE from page 1 of phosphorus pollution in the Chesapeake Bay by an estimated 230,000 pounds per year, or 22 percent of Virginia’s phosphorus reduction goal by 2017, according to a press release from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Though most established lawns require no phosphorus, the Bay Foundation said many homeowners apply fertilizers that contain phosphorus and nitrogen to yards and lawns. “It is a privilege to be able to assist with legislation that promises to contribute

to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and the James River, because our natural resources are among our greatest inheritances as Virginians,” said Ware. “For too long we have drawn upon these resources without taking due care to ensure their conservation. I am grateful to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for its endeavors in this regard and also for its generous recognition of my labors as a legislator. I look forward to further opportunities for cooperation in the future.” Michael Copley is a staff writer for The Powhatan Today

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Bettie Weaver art teacher Courtney Day (back row, center) with her art students, their recycled creations, and parentvolunteers.

WEAVER from page 1 bins where the recycled lids are placed and sorted by color. The mural took over a month to complete. “We used lids, butter lids, peanut butter tops, any kind of tops work. Some of them were stapled in, some of them were screwed in,” said Day. “It’s up for long haul we’re hoping,” First-grade students also created free

standing flowers and a bluebird, the Bettie Weaver mascot, made of bottle caps and lids. These can also be seen outside the main entrance of the school. Day’s students are also working on other “going green” projects in art class. The first graders have created a table covered in trinkets including glass soda bottle tops and glitter-covered buttons. Every month the art class has an “Artist of the Month.” This month it is

Louise Nevelson, an assemblage artist. The third and fourth graders worked on a project inspired by Nevelson. They took objects from home that weren’t being used and brought them to art class for good use. Day plans to take the fourth grade art exhibit to Barnes & Noble and all of the public libraries in the area to be put on display.

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Dr. James H. Ryan joins the John Tyler Community College Board John Tyler Community College welcomes Dr. James H. Ryan as the newest member to its College Board. Ryan is a West Point graduate who served in two wars and was decorated for valor and meritorious service. He held the position of president at two corporations that conducted business in the United States and Europe. He was also the president of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and was honored by the organization as a Meritorious Life Member. Ryan also served on the United Services Organization (USO) World Board of Governors as chair of the Programs Committee, which was responsible for all USO field operations worldwide. Twice he was

president of the Historic Petersburg Foundation and of the Petersburg Area Art League. He was president of the Rotary Club of Petersburg and holds Rotary International’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been married to the former Patricia Louise Abbott of Petersburg for 56 years. In addition to his military service, his time in the business world and his work with civic organizations, Ryan is committed to education. He not only graduated from West Point, he also holds a Master of Arts in English Language and English Literature from University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Administration from The George Washington University, and a Doctor-

ate in Social Change from Walden University. “I believe education is the key to advancement in the modern world,” says Ryan. “I have taught at the United States Military Academy, West Point (English), at the University of Maryland University College (English), served on the Board of Walden University, and served on the Foundation Board of Richard Bland College.” Ryan says he also talks about teaching with his daughter who is a full professor at Florida State University. Ryan will represent the City of Petersburg on the John Tyler Community College Board.

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Museum seeking County Fair memories To the Class of 2011: Go, and do good things The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia announces an upcoming exhibit on the old Chesterfield County Fair, which will open Saturday, August 6 and run through Saturday, October 29. The exhibit will cover the history of the Chesterfield County Fair which began one hundred years ago, in 1911. The Historical Society’s Collections Committee is searching for items, pictures and information from the old County Fair. If you have stories from the old fair days, or memorabilia such as tickets, premium books, photographs, or ribbons please contact Pat Roble at (804) 768-7311 or RobleP@ We are particularly interested in items/photographs relating to the years before 1950. The Collections Committee is also gathering documents, photographs, objects and stories for a future

exhibit that will focus on the contributions of Chesterfield citizens during the Vietnam War. If you would like to share your documents or artifacts from the war, please contact George Cranford at 804-276-7243 or email him at . .The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia serves as the center for Chesterfield history. Established in 1981 as a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the county’s unique past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information on CHSV or to volunteer, please visit , follow us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/ChesterfieldHistory or call (804)796-7121. Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia

Skin care to be topic of TRIAD meeting

elementary school, you began to zero in on your interests. You made the team at school or in recreation league or even To the Class of 2011, both. You didn’t shy away from the academic challenges and ou know your education began way before you began to build robots and other inventions. And it wasn’t started kindergarten. You have learned that life the Internet that gave you the biggest amount of trouble may not always be fair, but perseverance leads to (yet), you survived your first pimple. its own rewards from a mother, father, uncle, aunt You headed into high school with more goals, dreams, or your grandparents. You’ve learned from a brother or a and many uncertain challenges. Your friends became closer sister (or even experimenting on your own) that the best than family. You faced painful losses along the way. You part of broccoli is when you’re able to hide it under a nap- cried. You laughed. You danced (at least a foot away from kin. You’ve also learned that picking your nose in pre-k is a person of the opposite sex). And eventually you learned way more acceptable than first grade. And you learned that that everyone has a bad day that can be turned around with adults seemed to smile a lot more when you said ‘Thank genuine compassion. you’ and ‘Please’ rather than ‘Gimme.’ You said goodbye to childish things as you embraced You traversed the halls of elementary school where more responsibilities. You began to learn a trade and realmemories of recess and field trips stick out more than the ized that soon you’d be faced with an adult decision – how first time you could read a sentence. Learning to read gave to become financially independent. You continued to take you the keys to the rest of your academic career. It opened each step towards these decisions as you committed to doors to where you could find out the truth about holipursuing a college degree, serving in the military, or landing day legends such as Santa Claus. Reading allowed you to a job. cheaply travel to another continent before you were able to But you didn’t just settle for the classroom as your only ride your bike around the block. And once you had masplace to grow. You became involved in the community tered the skill, you tackled math and science and eventually either through scouts, clubs, or your church, synagogue, or the Internet, which had finally reached the classrooms. mosque. You didn’t settle for the excuse of being too young You were born into the wilderness of the World Wide to make a difference in your hometown. You organized Web and have grown up surrounded in break-neck pace fund raisers, races, litter clean-ups, and projects that would of technological change. In fact, it’s been rapid change for leave a lasting mark and set the standard for those who will everything in the world even before middle school. Your follow in your footsteps. parents may have tried to shelter you from world events, So, this week, after several speeches that will talk about but you learned one September morning that there are true your past, present and future, you will walk across the stage heroes in your lifetime time as well as purely evil people. at the Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center and And you continued to learn about courage and patience receive your high school diploma with one hand and give from your parents, teachers and others who encouraged plenty of handshakes with the other. Celebrate the achieveyou to carry on in your goals. ment, and then go and do good things. Instead of trying out different activities like you did in BY ELIZABETH FARINA


Chesterfield TRIAD will meet on Thursday, June 16, from 9-10:30 a.m., at Police Support Services, 2730 Hicks Road. The meeting will open with a presentation by Lisa Davey, a registered nurse at Jewish Family Services. She will discuss changes in the skin during the aging process, as well as common problems, preventive measures and routine care of mature skin. Chesterfield TRIAD strives to educate seniors and caregivers about the programs, services, techniques and systems that aid in crime prevention and improve the quality of life for senior citizens. The partnership offers many free safety programs and services. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call (804) 768-7878. Chesterfield County

Collection finds home at Quartermaster Museum The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum recently received a donation of a collection of hubs and dies (imprinting devices) used by the Coinderoux Company to manufacture U.S. military uniform buttons and insignia. Beginning in 1814, the Coinderoux Company produced buttons and insignia, not only for the French Army but for other world militaries. Some of these included the United States (including the Confederate States of America), China, Ethiopia and Nicaragua. The collection contains

examples dating from the Civil War through World War II, representing the long history of the manufacturing and procurement of uniforms and accessories from abroad for the American military. The donation was made possible by members of the French military along with Margaret Flott, chief administrative officer, Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy, Paris. The collection is currently being exhibited at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum. Fort Lee

CONVENTION from page 1 the explosion of information, leaves many feeling overloaded andoverwhelmed. The drain on families is real, and real solutions are needed.” Workshops at the convention—135 of them—will address everything from parenting, to home and financial management, to marriage, to helping parents with all aspects of home education, including teaching struggling learners. A used-curriculum sale and a 67,500-square-foot exhibit hall will offer parents an opportunity to examine curricula and resources from around the country, and a special seminar will help parents develop a road map to financial freedom. During the convention, 206 students plan to don caps and gowns and receive their high school diplomas from their parents M




at the state's largest homeschool graduation ceremony, which will be held Saturday, June11. Last year, the convention drew attendees from 28 states as well as from other countries. For those interested in learning more about home education, there will be four free how-to-beginhomeschooling sessions this afternoon. A free pass to the entire event is being offered to first-time parents ofpreschoolers and also to non-homeschooling grandparents (see for details).For more information about the convention and home education itself, visit, or call (804)278-9200. Home Educators Assoc. of Virginia







WORLD FROM MY VIEW OUR JRHS CAPTAIN Many captains have sailed the James River, yet only one has served in our James River. When the current seniors were babies, he took the helm at James River High School. He has been fully invested, and provided an ideal example on how to lead. His calm nature has helped anchor our teenagers. He has watched countless competitions, performances and activities in which thousands of our youth have participated. We are grateful for all those hours you were there: Thank you, Mr. Titus, for your leadership. He charted a careful course, putting the best teachers and staff in place, to give our kids a great starting point in life. At times, there were FILE PHOTO rough waters, but he kept James River High School Principal John Titusm, who also served as principal at Monacan us moving forward. His High School for 13 years, will retire at the end of the academic year. He has served 41 years in values will leave a lasting education. impression on so many for years to educate our precious, loved ones. This certainly lives. He cares deeply about each student’s pursuit of excelmeans we have a friend in John Titus. Good luck as you sail lence in academics: Thank you, Mr. Titus, for your emphasis new waters: Thank you, Mr. Titus, for your friendship. on scholarship. Ed Mulreany Our captain has earned the trust of this community. Trust Midlothian is the foundation of all friendships. We counted on this man

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Eleven receive President's Volunteer Service Award

23112 June 5 5300 block of Houndmaster Road Victim’s unlocked garage was entered and property stolen from inside.

June 4 2600 block of Beaver Falls Road Entry was gained to the victim’s residence through the front door. No signs of forced entry were noted. Several rooms were vandalized and property was stolen. 10700 block of Hull Street Road Property reported stolen from victim's unlocked 2003 Ford.

23113 June 3 11500 block of Robious Road Victim reported his silver 2010 Toyota Corolla was stolen.

23235 June 4 2300 block of Schenley Drive Victim discovered a melted plastic bottle inside her mailbox. 1800 block of Irondale Road Tires and rims were reported stolen from several vehicles in the area.

June 1 8800 block of Brucewood Drive Unlocked Dodge Ram was entered and property reported stolen.

23236 June 4 600 block of Coralberry Drive Unlocked 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe was entered and property stolen.

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Alice Humphrey; Jenna Powers; Jessica Salvia; Kathy Perun, volunteer coordinator for the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services; Katelyn Bryant; Shenile Miles; Norrell Mason and Marta Coma Augué. Not photographed: Chevelle Clarke, Thomas Keenan, Shirley Arteaga and Karen Adu.

Each day, volunteers make outstanding contributions to Chesterfield County’s many programs and initiatives. Eleven volunteers recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their exceptional service throughout 2010. Katelyn Bryant and Jenna Powers earned the gold level, while Karen Adu, Shirley Arteaga, Marta Coma Augué, Chevelle Clarke, Alice Humphrey, Thomas Keenan, Norrell Mason, Shenile Miles and Jessica Salvia achieved the bronze level. Established in 2003, through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the award is given to children aged 5-14, young adults aged 15-25, adults 26 and older, and families or groups who demonstrate a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 consecutive months.

The gold level is awarded to those who serve the following minimum hours: kids, 100; young adults, 250; adults, 500; and families or groups, 1000. The bronze level has the following criteria: kids, 50 to 74 hours; young adults, 100 to 174 hours; adults,100 to 249 hours; and families or groups, 200 to 499 hours. “This award is a prestigious national honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers,” said Kathy Perun, volunteer coordinator for the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. “This is a great honor for our volunteers and we’re very proud to join the president in acknowledging their achievement.” Recipients were recognized at the ChesterfieldColonial Heights Department of Social Services’

Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony in May. They received a personalized certificate of achievement, a congratulatory letter from President Barak Obama, a congratulatory letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and an official President’s Award pin. “Words cannot express the gratitude we have for our volunteers,” Perun said. Visit for more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award. For more information on volunteer opportunities through the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, contact Kathy Perun at (804) 748-1100. courtesy of Chesterfield County

Skill-building support James River Clean-Up this Saturday The James River is in need of a spruce-up. In addition to needing volunteers to walk group offered for children Volunteer for the 12 Annual James River shoreline areas, all types of boaters also are Regional Cleanup, sponsored by the James needed. Registering to be a James River Rewith ADHD, ADD River Advisory Council, in cooperation with gional Cleanup volunteer is easy. Visit online th

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Prevention Services, a division of the Mental Health Support Services Department, will offer a weekly skill-building support group for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/attention deficit disorder. The group will meet Wednesdays, July 6-27, at the Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners, Better Life Center, 13825 Village Mill Drive, Midlothian. Times: 10-10:45 a.m. — Rising second- and third-graders 11-11:45 a.m. — Rising fourth- and fifth-graders 1-1:45 p.m. — Rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders The sessions will help children better understand ADHD/ ADD and develop skills for success. Topics will include organization, staying focused, thinking before acting and managing feelings. The fee is $20. Registration is required. For details or to register, call Sherry Callear at (804)717-6739. Chesterfield County

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Hannah Sypniewski, an ice skater who was a premature baby, had an idea. She wanted to raise money for a cause while giving it all she had on the ice. The March of Dimes, which raises money for researching problems that threaten the health of babies, sparked her plan to perform for the community while receiving donations for the charity. On June 11, over 30 skaters will lace up their skates and hit the ice to perform for a charitable cause. Skate4Babies, an event held to raise money for the March of Dimes will be hosted by Richmond Ice Zone, located at 636 Johnston Willis Drive. The event will be held from 5 to 7pm. Coordinator of the event Tammy Torocsik, who is also a newborn intensive care nurse, created Skate4Babies three years ago with 15-year-old member of the team Hannah Sypniewski. Sypniewski’s 21-year-old brother Ben was also premature. Stacey Carter, a professional ice dancer participating in the event is co-chairing the event with Torocsik. “For some it’s really difficult, they’re really sick when they’re young, but they can get healthier with the help of the March of Dimes and the technology that we raise money for,” Sypniewski said. “And then when the babies grow up to be older they can live happy healthy lives.” Skaters on the program range from toddlers to adults.

There are two male skaters, 8 and 17-years-old. They will perform an entertainment or competition routine for the event. The skaters have to find an ad sponsor to sponsor their skating. They each have a webpage on the March for Babies website and donations can be made through the website to get a ticket to the event or just to donate. All donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes. The team raised over $6,000 last year from the event. “We’re hoping to do about the same amount this year,” said Torocsik. The team received a national award from the March of Dimes for youth the year Skate4Babies was created. “I think it’s a great way to get the word out,” said Brenna Monk, member of the team. “I never really knew there were organizations for premature babies … it gets the community together to watch something like this and to give money to such a great organization.” Other skaters on the team expressed their interest in helping raise money for the March for Dimes. “Most people do walks and runs for cancer, but it’s fun to do something different like skating that not very many people know about in Richmond,” said Anna Jones, another member of the team, “so it’s good to get the word out about skating and the March of Dimes.” Skaters at the event can

dedicate their performance to someone who has experienced something related to the March of Dimes. Sypniewski has always skated for her brother, but this year she has chosen to skate for Matthew, a baby who was born after his mother, a former coach, lost two babies. “A lot of the people dedicate it to relatives or friends who’ve had premature babies or who have had a loss of some sort or some experience that the March of Dimes can affect or change,” said Toroscik, “so it really ends up having a lot of meaning for them to do the event as well as for the announcement.” Autographed photos from Alissa Czisny and silvermedalist dance team Meryl Davis and Charlie White, a skate signed by professional ice skater Tara Lipinksi and a custom-made embroidered skate jacket will be auctioned off at a silent auction during the event. It has taken Toroscik two years to get photos donated for Skate4Babies. After the show, the audience can participate in an activity called “Skate With the Stars” where they can put on a pair of rental skates and get on the ice with the skaters and the professional ice dancers who will be performing at Skate4Babies. “I think it’s important for the skaters to realize the talents that they have can be used for good. This is their passion, this is their love, they spend all the time here because they love it. It’s hard




Figure Skaters from the Skate4Babies March for Babies team practice in the cool refuge on a hot day for their upcoming show on June 11. Left to right (starting in the back row): Hannah Sypniewski, Leigh Seitz, Catrina Haden, MacKenzie Williams, Brenna Monk, Adrienne Broughear, and Hannah Vaughn in front. They are all members of the USFSA (United States Figure Skating of America) organization and compete regularly.

work, you wouldn’t do it if you didn’t love it …It’s very important for them to realize that you can take this talent and use it for good and

help people,” said Toroscik. Sponsors of Skate4Babies include Richmond Ice Zone, Henrico Doctors Hospital and Central Virginia Skating

Club. Richmond Ice Zone donated the rink for 4 hours almost every day for the team to practice.

Games, the track and field team will take a opportunities there are for Now, the young athlete is break until Aug. 1. The her to do that, the better it having a good time keepis for her development,” Bill ing her fellow teammates on team will then begin training for a one-mile Gomez said. their toes. Liz has been participat“Liz doesn’t always get the Special Olympics run for the Capital Race ing in three sports this year [abstract] concept of win– bowling, swimming, and ning [a race], but she knows with the Richmond Road Runners on track and field. Bill and she is out there running Monday nights at Bon Veronica Gomez realized and she’s having fun,” said Air Elementary School. Liz was interested in track Bill Gomez. “She’s getting “Hopefully, these same while visiting their daughter, exercise, which is a good Susie, in Blacksburg. “She’s thing, because like most kids athletes will come out then and more will light – she weighs only about she spends too much time want to do the fall race,” 90 pounds and has a good in front of the screen in one Lamberson said. thrust-to-weight ratio,” Bill variety or another.” Lamberson added Gomez said. “One day, we James River High School that the teams volunwent to the Virginia Tech student Matt Schlicher, who teer head coach Michele game, and she wanted to was diagnosed with Down Stevens is really the key go see the band. She started Syndrome, participated in running and I was started the Summer Games when he to the team’s success. going with her and I realized was in first grade, said mom “She’s done so much that my kid could run like a Anne Schlicher. The mother, work and wanted to get Liz Gomez takes a water break her son involved in some- from running laps. gazelle.” who watched her daughter She was shy during the Heidi Schlicher go “Over the thing and started getting into Special Olympics. She good attitudes and they try first night of practice, but Edge”, a Special Olympics so hard, and they just want to does so much … I just really Hugh Stevens kept her moVirginia fund-raising rappel show up to help her with the get exercise and be part of a tivated, Veronica explained. from the 25-story SunTrust team and have camaraderie,” building in October, actual practice,” Lamberson said. she said. is ready to cheer for Cheer squads wanted for her son Matt in the The Summer Games are Lamberson, who is good seeking volunteers to be a Summer Games 100M, the long jump friends with Stevens, really June 11 & 12 and the 4 x 100 relay. enjoys working with the ath- part of the cheer squad on “We’re so ready,” she letes. “They bring a smile to June 11 and 12. To sign-up to my face every time we come volunteer, visit www.volunsaid. After the Summer out because they have such

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Sweet swing lands Lowery in spotlight Cosby alum enjoys big season at JMU BY JIM MCCONNELL


JMU junior catcher Jake Lowery earned all-America honors after a breakout 2011 season.

Wilson pitches clincher for Cavs

he new, less-explosive metal bats mandated for use in college baseball during the 2011 season were engineered to perform more like wood bats and make life safer for pitchers by reducing the speed of the ball coming off the barrel. That obviously depends on who is swinging the bat, because no pitcher felt safe with Jake Lowery in the batter’s box this spring. Lowery, a 2008 Cosby High graduate and eldest son of veteran Chesterfield County baseball coach Tim Lowery, enjoyed one of the most impressive offensive campaigns in NCAA baseball history while leading James

Madison to the Colonial Athletic Association championship and a No. 3 seed in the Chapel Hill regional. Lowery’s junior season ended Sunday night with a 9-3 loss to host North Carolina, but not before he backed up his eye-popping regular-season statistics -- he batted .375 with a double, two home runs, eight RBIs and 13 total bases in four NCAA games -and powered the Dukes to their first regional final since 1983. For the season, Lowery batted .359 in 61 games with 22 doubles, eight triples, 24 home runs, 91 RBIs, 80 runs scored, 200 total bases and a .797 slugging percentage. LOWERY P8



The way Tyler Wilson was pitching Sunday evening against East Carolina, Virginia didn't need to score many runs to secure the one victory necessary for the Cavaliers to advance to next weekend's NCAA Super Regionals. Wilson, a senior from Midlothian, improved to 8-0 on the season by surrendering just one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings and striking out seven. His teammates provided plenty of support, pushing across nine runs in the first four innings en route to a 13-1 victory that clinched the Charlottesville regional championship at Davenport Field. "As a pitcher, you can't ask for anything more than that," Wilson said. "The guys came out and really set a tone offensively tonight. Everyone was firing on all cylinders. "My job is just try to go out there and defend the scoreboard, whether it's 10-0 or a tie ballgame." Wilson, who came out of the bullpen to save Virginia's victory over Florida State in the ACC championship game two weekends ago, gave the Cavaliers their third consecutive impressive start of the regional. Former Trinity Episcopal standout David Coleman was one of seven Virginia players selected to the all-tournament team. Freshman outfielder Mitchell Shifflett, a Cosby graduate, came off the bench to drive in the Cavaliers' 13th run with an infield single in the ninth inning. Virginia will host UCIrvine in the best-of-three Super Regionals this weekend in Charlottesville.


Cosby's Megan Moye (161) runs alongside eventual runner-up Kimberley Ficenic (11) during the 1,600-meter run Saturday at SportsBackers Stadium.

Mission accomplished Titans' Moye shatters meet record in 1,600 BY JIM MCCONNELL


egan Moye was on a mission. Moye prepared for last weekend’s Group AAA track and field championships by enduring a brutal training schedule. As she gutted out one 200-meter split after another under a blazing sun and the watchful eye of her coach and father, Jerry, the Cosby High junior kept her eyes on the prize. Moye wasn’t merely chasing a state title in the 1,600 meters, though. She wanted the record. Alisa Harvey of Thomas Jefferson (Alexandria) established the meet standard of 4:50.32 in 1983. Twenty-eight years later, Moye decided she was going to do everything in her power to finish her four-lap jaunt around the red rubberized track at SportsBackers Stadium in less than 4:50 for the first time. She did it, and with more than a second to spare. Moye PHOTO BY JIM MCCONNELL

Moye hugs a teammate after running the anchor leg in the 3,200-meter relay on Friday.


For Trojans, no consolation in another runner-up finish BY JIM MCCONNELL


idlothian’s girls soccer team battled Cosby to a 1-all deadlock deep into the second half, only to see the Titans score with less than a minute left and celebrate the Dominion District tournament title on their home field. Midlothian again fought valiantly last Friday evening against unbeaten Deep Run, the team responsible for knocking out Cosby in the Central Region semifinals. But after another last-minute goal led to another gut-wrenching 2-1 defeat, the Trojans found themselves right back where they had been eight days earlier: sitting on the turf at Cosby’s football stadium, watching Deep Run’s players and coaches celebrate their regional championship. There were tears. There was frustration at having come so close, only to have another title ripped from their grasp in such a painful manner. In the end, as they packed up their gear and headed for the parking lot, there was also satisfac-

tion among the Midlothian side that the Trojans had stood toe-to-toe with a team that was ranked No. 6 in the most recent ESPN Rise national girls soccer poll. “I’m super proud of my team … we’ve never played this hard before,” said Midlothian’s Gabby Urcia, who scored the game-tying goal less than two minutes after Brittany Entz put Deep Run ahead early in the second half. It stayed 1-1 until Deep Run took advantage of a Midlothian corner kick and caught the Trojans off guard with a lightning-quick counterattack. Christina Corbin slipped a slick pass to Elizabeth Ball breaking through the center of the penalty area. Ball, the region player of the year, easily had enough time and space to beat Midlothian keeper Kirsten Hancock for the game-winner inside the left post. “They got momentum off that play and they took advantage of it,” Hancock said. “It was a team breakdown. But we did everything right until then.” Indeed, Midlothian looked more like a nationTROJANS P9


Deep Run's Jenny Sinclair knocks the ball away from Midlothian's Katie Venck during Friday's Central Region tournament final.


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Cosby's Megan Moye crosses the finish line after running the anchor leg in the 3,200-meter relay at the Group AAA meet.

thing we do is trying to help her. I was glad to see her put put her name in the state it all together.â€? record book and blew away Jerry Moye pointed out the field in the process, win- that success hasn’t come easning the 1,600 in 4:48.21 for ily for his daughter, calling her first state championship her work ethic “insaneâ€? while on a sun-splashed afternoon noting the sacrifices she’s in Richmond. made to become a champion. “Coming down the last “She pays attention to her straightaway and seeing the diet, her stretching, getting clock felt so good,â€? a beamthe proper amount of rest,â€? ing Moye said. “I’m speechhe added. “She takes everyless ‌ I’m definitely in awe thing seriously, and yet, she right now.â€? manages to keep everything Kimberley Ficenic of in perspective.â€? Mountain View was a distant That isn’t always easy second in 4:53.70, followed when you’re hyped as one of by Ocean Lakes’ Audrey Bat- the next great distance runzel, Lake Braddock’s Sophie ning phenoms before your Chase and Anna Spiers of first day of high school. Moye Maggie Walker. acknowledged Saturday that Chase, a gifted sophoshe’s felt pressure to perform, more, was the pre-race favor- but neither expectations nor ite with a seed time some 53 success have changed her seconds faster than Moye’s. fundamental self; she’s still She was also the reason why the happy, smiling girl who Cosby head coach Bryan Still accepts congratulations with figured Moye would have the humble sincerity of a to crack the 4:50 barrier to first-time winner. become a state champion. She even posed for a But when Moye crossed picture with Harvey, a 1987 the finish line Saturday, NCAA champion who won Chase was nowhere to be a gold medal in the 1991 Pan seen. She finished more than Am Games, after breaking eight seconds off Moye’s her state record. blistering pace. “I don’t want to be the “I knew she could do it,â€? kind of person who walks Still said of Moye. “She gives around saying, ‘I did this, I everything she has every day. did that,’â€? Moye said. “I’ve She never takes a workout off always had confidence in my and she listens to suggestions ability. I know what I’ve acbecause she knows everycomplished and it‘s a big deal

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to me. If other people know about it, that’s fine, too.� In many ways, it’s how Moye approaches her training when nobody is watching that enables her to perform so spectacularly when all eyes are on her. Moye, who finished seventh in the 1,600 at the 2010 state meet, said at this time last year she never would’ve pictured herself being able to run a sub-4:50 mile. To get there, she’s survived workouts grueling enough to leave her in tears on more than one occasion. Jerry Moye admittedly walks a fine line in his dual roles as father and coach. While his fatherly side leans toward compassion when he sees his daughter reduced to tears, he understands the only way he can help Megan get where she wants to be as a runner is by pushing her to suck it up and keep hitting her times. “It’s what separates the good ones from the great ones,� Still said of the ability to control your brain and convince it to override the urgent messages every distance runner’s body sends during moments of extreme duress. “You can’t really teach that aspect of it,� the elder Moye added. “You hit that barrier where your body is scream-

ing at your brain to slow down, but Megan sees it and says, ‘It’s 30 seconds more to the finish and I’m going to push through that wall.� Having won a state championship as a junior, the obvious question for Moye becomes: How low can she go? While Moye prefers the 3,200 during the indoor season and finished fourth in the 800 later Saturday, the 1,600 seems to be a perfect fit for her combination of speed and endurance. She’s yet to hit “the wall,� the point at which all runners see their times eventually plateau, and Still doesn’t think Moye is even close at this point to reaching the limits of her body’s capabilities. “We’re looking for Megan to not only be a good high school runner, but also do it on the next level,� he said. “She’s going to have to commit to getting stronger and continue putting the miles in. It will be interesting to see if she can put in the work necessary to keep going lower.� Added Moye: “I want to continue to strive to be better. Sure, it hurts sometimes, but it’s worth it in the end.�

He set or matched JMU and CAA records for RBIs, home runs, extra-base hits (54) and total bases in a season. He was named CAA player of the year, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and voted to Collegiate Baseball magazine’s all-America first team – and in the process, put himself squarely on the radar of Major League Baseball scouts heading into this week’s annual amateur draft. It’s all pretty heady stuff for a guy who compiled fairly ordinary numbers -- eight home runs, 41 RBIs and a .285 batting average -- during the 2010 season, his first as a full-time starter at JMU. “I’ve always known I was a good hitter, but I didn’t see this coming,� Lowery acknowledged. “My parents always taught me to stay humble. There have been a lot of outside distractions – a lot of people calling me for interviews – but I think I’ve done a good job staying on task.� “This� actually started last summer. Playing for the Petersburg Generals in the Coastal Plains League, Lowery made the all-star team and gained considerable confidence from his performance in an elite-level wood bat league. He continued to swing a hot bat during JMU’s fall workouts and that carried over into the Dukes’ season opener Feb. 18 against Bucknell. Lowery batted twice in the first inning of that game, saw three pitches and hit two home runs, including a three-run bomb in his second at-bat. After taking a walk in the second inning, he crushed a 3-2 pitch for a grand slam and his eighth RBI in the first three innings of what became a 37-7 victory. Each of Lowery’s first four hits this season cleared the fence, and he hit Nos. 10 and 11 in JMU’s 24th game – less than halfway through the Dukes’ regular season schedule. “We used wood through-

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Midlothian's Kari Johnston (right) pursues the ball along with Deep Run's Laura Dobbs during the Central Region final.


recognize the benefits of exercise and want to comply with their doctors’ orders, lack of a specific exercise prescription can leave many unanswered questions. Patients often wonder what type of exercise is best for them, how long and how often should they work out, and whether they are performing the movements safely. Recognizing this uncertainty, acac introduced the p.r.e.p. program. “p.r.e.p.’s team approach to improving health is what makes the program so successful,” says Steed. She explains that physicians prescribe the p.r.e.p. activity program for their patients, who then come to ACAC to fill their exercise prescription. Participants begin a 60-day program under the supervision of medical fitness professionals, including a nurse, exercise physiologists and degreed, certified medical fitness staff. Vital signs are tracked at each visit, and progress is reported to physicians at regular intervals. ACAC press release

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Midlothian's Katie Venck (17) battles for the ball with Deep Run's Brittany Entz.

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