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•P3 Skate4Babies event raises funds for March of Dimes.

•P5 Pamplin Historical Park open daily for summer months.

•P7 Cosby varsity girls soccer battle for state crown in northern Virginia.

•P9 Soldier, alumnus honored at school's 20th anniversary.

•P10 A look at the Class of 2010. Congratulations.

School prepares for move to new location Virginia to win three state championships in boy’s volleyball, and was named In 1972, Clover Hill High School first one of Newsweek’s top high schools in opened its doors at 13900 Hull Street America. Road. However, by the turn of the century, In the 38 years that followed, the it became obvious that Clover Hill was green and gold Cavaliers welcomed suffering from overcrowding. To relieve the Chesterfield County Mathematthis, the new Cosby High School was ics and Science High School to their opened in 2006 in western Chesterfield. school, became the first high school in The Cavaliers now prepare for their BY AMANDA GALLOWAY special correspondent

next major milestone, as a new Clover Hill High School building will open for the 2010 – 2011 school year. The new school, located off of Genito Road, will not only be larger, but will provide updated classrooms and better athletic fields, as well as alleviating the temperature problems associated with malfunctioning heating and cooling SCHOOL P4

World War II nurses reunited in Midlothian after 60-plus years

New law focuses on Shaken Baby Syndrome lawmakers and the community.” Babies are more fragile In 2006, Jared, then than a lot of people think six weeks old, was shaken – and shaking them, in violently and suffered severe anger or even playfully, can brain damage. His father cause brain damage. Medi- was convicted of child abuse cal experts call the injury and sentenced to seven years “shaken baby syndrome.” in prison and 13 years on Thanks to a new state probation. law, Virginia soon will Jared’s grandparents, launch a campaign to inSteve and Kathy Stowe of form parents and caretakers Hampton, cared for Jared about shaken baby synafter his traumatic injuries. drome, which can result in Steve Stowe also formed blindness and death. a nonprofit group called “It is so essential that Shaken Baby Syndrome of all Virginians understand Virginia Inc. the dangers of shaking or “I formed Shaken Baby jerking an infant or even an Syndrome of Virginia, Inc. older child,” said Marianne in order to find a way to McGee, director of public help any child from facing affairs for the Virginia Dewhat Jared went through partment of Social Services. on a daily basis just to stay The incoming law is the alive,” Stowe said. “It became result of House Bill 411, obvious that education and which was passed unaniawareness had to be at the mously this year by the Gen- forefront.” eral Assembly. The measure, While working for sponsored by Delegate G. Delegate Oder as a self-emGlenn Oder, R-Newport ployed contractor, Stowe News, was nicknamed sparked up a conversation “Jared’s Law” for a Virginia about Jared. Beach infant who died after “He asked me if I would complications caused by like to witness step by step shaken baby syndrome. how a bill gets passed in the That case, McGee said, state of Virginia, and I was “really got the attention of

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Dorothy "Dotty" Gass, left, and Margaret "Peggy" Quance talk their memories of their experience. Dotty recalled that bread was 12 cents for a half-loaf and Peggy remembers her mother helping her with the volunteer uniform.

deeply affected by the Great Depression, Gass was working at General Electric and Quance at an oil company, when the orothy “Dotty” Gass and Margaret “Peggy” war broke out. Quance met for the first time during the Second “The war took forever. It started on a Sunday. I can still World War, when they both served as nurses at hear Roosevelt’s voice,” Quance said. “But seeing the boys I East Orange General Hospital in East Orange, liked getting killed, you didn’t even think about it. You just New Jersey. served.” Now, more than sixty years and 350 miles from where they Gass, as a nursing student, was immediately thrown into first met, Gass and Quance have been reunited. action at the understaffed East Orange General. Both women are residents at the Morningside retirement “I had to do things [as a student] that the registered facility in Midlothian, where they recognized each other im- nurses wouldn’t normally do,” she reflected. These included mediately, despite the time lapse. using newly discovered penicillin, treating polio, and treating “Peggy was sitting by the door, and I said to my sister, ‘I those with the rare blood type, RH negative, which can cause know her!’ Gass explained. “My sister thought I was crazy.” problems with newborns. After much reminiscing, the women realized they knew “My God, the kids ran the place!” Gass said. “I remember each other from their service at the hospital during the war, the students packing up and sending out the penicillin to where Gass worked as a nursing student and Quance volun- Germany after the Battle of the Bulge.” teered with the Red Cross. To deal with the staffing problems, the Red Cross sent The war had sent nearly all of the doctors and nurses volunteers to the hospitals immediately. abroad, the women explained, so civilian hospitals like East Quance, who had taken a nursing class at Upsala, reflected Orange were left terribly understaffed and relied on volunon the high standards the Red Cross held for their volunteers. teers. “We didn’t get paid, but we had to buy our uniforms and Both women, having recently graduated high school, were clean them ourselves. My mom would iron my uniform balancing jobs and college classes, Gass at Rutgers University – that was her contribution – and then hang it out on the and Quance at Upsala College. With both of their families BY AMANDA GALLOWAY special correspondent

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Midlothian matriarch’s riding tradition is a lasting legacy BY LATIKA LEE special correspondent

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Harriet Mayes, owner of Foxmeade Farms.

A white post and rail fencing surrounds the weathered barn that sits 200 yards back from the main thoroughfare of Robious Road, just east of Old Gun Road. A farm life and riding academy is thriving. Horses graze in fields of the 16acre sanctuary as riders finish their chores at the weathered barn. The old barn holds a great deal of significance for Harriet Mayes. It was built in the late 1940s for her horse, “Kentucky”. The mare lived to be 37 years old. “I’ve been a horse lover since I was about five years old,” remembered Mayes, “My dad bought me my first horse when I was nine. At that time, we lived on Hermitage Road in Richmond.” Foxmeade had been an old tobacco farm. Mayes said there weren’t more than 10 houses between the Huguenot Road Bridge and the farm here. Her family had also owned the land across the street, which later developed into the Roxshire subdivision. Mayes taught riding lessons on the family’s farm in the mid-1950’s and 60’s, then went to teach at the former Gill Country Day School, in the Belmont Road area, for 13 years. When they decided to sell the school and all of the horses, she provided a place where students could still enjoy horses. “I really wanted to know what was going to happen to my dear partners…the horses,” lamented Mayes, “Parents FOXMEADE P5

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Festival goers enjoyed opera sung by Anthony Torclia at the annual Italian Festival held at St. Joseph's in Bon Air.

Empty Bowls event to benefit Freedom House A summer Empty Bowls event will take place Thursday, June 24 at Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Dr. in Richmond. Empty bowls is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns across the country to feed the hungry in their communities. Attendees can select a bowl from these of one-of-a kind, hand crafted bowls followed by a meal of soup, bread and beverage. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets ($20) can be purchased by calling David LaRue at (804) 338-7724, or Mary Ann Wolfgang at (804) 794-0361. The bowls are provided by area artists, ceramists, and art students. This summer the bowls are provided by Jane Hendley with the Cultural Arts Center in

Glen Allen who donated 80 bowls with the residents at the Hermitage at Cedarfield decorating them; Beth Shalom Gardens which donated 30 bowls that were created and finished by residents in their art classes; and local middle and high school art students and other area artists. For a $20 donation, people will take their empty bowl with them to serve as a reminder of the thousands that go with little or no food daily in our community and the world. All proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit Freedom House in Richmond. It is a non-profit that provides meals through their soup kitchen and transitional shelters for adults facing a housing crisis.

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Summer care program for children with special needs For many Richmond parents, summer officially begins when school ends, this year around June 18. For parents with children with special needs who plan to continue working, finding a safe, reliable, and developmentally appropriate setting for their children is critical. The Greater Richmond ARC (formally the Association for Retarded Citizens) has two locations that offer summer care for schoolage individuals with developmental disabilities. ARCenter, at 3600 Saunders Ave., offers innovative programs for individuals ages 5 to 22 (provided they are enrolled in school) from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., with many activities at the center and in the community. For information about this program, call (804) 358-1874.

At ARC’s 22-acre Camp Baker in Chesterfield, school-age individuals (ages 5 through 22) with developmental disabilities can participate in activities ranging from horseback riding to archery in a forested setting Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 am- 6 pm. Other activities include swimming at Camp Baker’s pool and naturebased activities. Licensed by the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, The Greater Richmond ARC programs are Medicaid waiver providers. Camp Baker is also accredited by the American Camping Association. For information about CampBaker, call (804) 748-4789. Additional information about the programs can be found at richmondarc.org

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Jacobs Road Elementary marks Flag Day Jacobs Elementary School partnered with Woodmen of the World to celebrate Flag Day on Monday, June 14 in a big way. Woodmen of the World, a fraternal organization, donated a hand-held American flag to each student---all 792 of them. The entire student body gathered around the flagpole on Flag Day to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Woodmen of the World promotes Flag Day with a program called “Flags Across America�. The provide American flags to all the public schools and even classrooms. Their mission is to see the red, white and blue proudly waving everywhere.

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"A plaster cast embedded with a child’s handprints and a poem or message glued on was always appreciated by my dad."

The Chesterfield County Domestic Violence Task Force will present a free program June 28 about the effects of domestic violence on mental health. “Abuse, Trauma and Mental Health Consequences: Impacts on Victims and Perpetrators of Domestic Violence,� will be 3-5 p.m. at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way, Chesterfield. The presenter will be Delores Dungee-Anderson, director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s master of social work program. Topics will include in post-traumatic stress disorder and disassociative identity disorder. The program is open to the public, and registration is not required. For more information, call Jackie Dean at (804)717-6179. -courtesy of Chesterfield County

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elated,� Stowe said. “He did everything he said he would. Jared’s Law is just a beginning.� Under the law, the Department of Social Services “shall make information about shaken baby syndrome, its effects, and resources for help and support for caretakers in a printable format, and information about how to acquire information about shaken baby syndrome and its effects in an audiovisual format, available to the public on its website.� “Such information shall be provided to every child welfare program required to be licensed by the Department at the time of initial licensure and upon request. The Department shall also make the information required in this section available to foster and adoptive parents and other persons, upon request,� the statute reads. McGee said her agency’s website, www.dss.virginia.gov, “will be an important vehicle for raising awareness.� The department plans to post printed materials, public service announcements, web links and other resources about shaken baby syndrome. “It is critical that any caregiver understand the longterm effects – including death – that can result from abusive head trauma/shaken baby syndrome,� McGee said. In 2009, Virginia had six reports of shaken baby syndrome, she said. Jared did not live long enough for the General Assembly to pass the law that bears his name. He died Dec. 11. The boy’s death has strengthened his grandparents’ resolve. “I made Jared some very personal promises before he passed, and one of them was to never stop trying to help babies,� Steve Stowe said. “My goal is to make education and awareness training a mandatory requirement at every prenatal venue in the State of Virginia before babies can go home with their parents,� he said. Stowe also wants other states to adopt legislation similar to Jared’s Law. For information about Shaken Baby Syndrome of Virginia, Inc, visit shakenbabyva.com. Additional information can be found at www.dss.virginia.gov.

Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Longhorn & Lager, a new Midlothian-based butcher shop at Sycamore Square, on Wednesday, June 16. Owner Eric Anderson, pictured above, continues the family's traditional business in the butcher and meat industry that began in 1909. For more info, visit longhornandlager.com.

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Quance had begun writing for the West Orange Review newspaper, as the society editor. “You kept working after the war,� Quance reflected, “for the bread and butter.� Although the war was a trying time for both of the women, they say they would not change anything if given the chance. “It was hard work, but it was good work. We made friends that are forever,� Gass said. Of the 12 graduates in her nursing class, three are still alive, all of whom she stays in contact with. After the war, both women led extremely busy lives, which continue to today. Gass, who traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe before moving to Midlothian, rejoiced with Quance that “we always have something to do.� In their spare time, the women enjoy making pottery and site seeing, as well as the exercise classes, entertainment, and dinners provided through Morningside.

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ammy Torocsik and her 14-year-old daughter Hannah Sypniewski created Skate4Babies last year when they were unable to participate in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies walk due to Sypniewski’s figure skating schedule. Torocsik, who has given birth to two premature babies, Sypniewski included, had no idea that Skate4Babies would become this popular.On June 5, figure skaters from around the region joined together at the local Richmond Ice Zone to raise awareness for premature babies. The event is part of the March of Dimes charity, whose mission is to educate both parents and the general public on infants’ health. This year, combined with over 300 ticket sales, the organization raised over $4,000 for the March of Dimes. Skate4Babies featured 46 skaters, aged four to adult, all of whom performed his or her own exhibition show and earned money for the nonprofit organization through sponsors. The program was especially important to many of the skaters and their families, as several were also born prematurely. Sharing a desire to spread information about premature infants with a love of figure skating, Torocsik added Stefanie Smith, who coached figure skating for ten years, to the Skate4Babies volunteer team this year.

“I grew up figure skating, so I was happy to be involved,” Smith said. “When the skaters announced how much they weighed at birth before their performances, it struck a chord.” Smith and husband Karl had preterm twins last June. Their son Jack Andrew died within 12 days of the death of their daughter Abigail Renee in July. “Some of them weighed around a pound, just like our twins. It was amazing that they were able to not only recover, but then become skaters.” In September of last year, Smith created the Jack and Abby Neonatal Foundation, in honor of the couple’s babies. The nonprofit organization was created to help parents and babies in local Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s) by providing support, education, resources, and funds. The goal of the Jack and Abby Foundation is more patient based than many organizations, Smith said. Because Smith knows the heartbreak of having preterm babies, she understands the financial burden it places on new parents. Just recently, the organization raised money for a new family to stay in a hotel while their baby was in the NICU. “Families need to know that it is really day-to-day with preterm babies. The best thing you can do is stay positive,” Smith said. On June 26, the Jack and Abby Foundation will be holding a 5K race for the Bon

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Skate4Babies raised over $4,000 for March of Dimes at its annual June event.

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Kids learn running lemonade stands involves more than squeezing lemons When children began taking an afterschool financial literacy program at the William Byrd Community House, little did they know they’d finish the class as budding entrepreneurs. The nine-month program is taught by Tom Leahy and John Clair, principals at Midlothian-based Leahy & Clair Financial Management, who also created the course’s concept. As dedicated community volunteers, they are both committed to working with the students and teaching them the basics of money and finance. The students complete the course by preparing, managing and running three lemonade stands at WBCH’s Byrd House Market. “The children have responded in such positive ways and have learned so much,” said Karen Altic, Director of Children’s Services at WBCH. “William Byrd is committed to transforming lives and building self-sufficiency, this special partnership helps to improve the lives of our children. They have responded in such positive way and have learned so much. Our children actually look forward to the financial literacy classes.” The course covered subjects such as the

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Catching up with friends BY ELIZABETH FARINA editor@midlothianexchange.com

Listening to Dotty Gass and Peggy Quance reminisce about a time when the world was at war and the future uncertain was a blessing ("World War II nurses reunite after 60-plus years, page 1). The pair took one of the few paths available to women to directly assist the war effort during that era - nursing. Even though they did not serve with the military in the Pacific or the European theater, their efforts on the home front provided the compassion that was needed in the halls of a New Jersey hospital. Their young lives, after working together for a few years, took separate routes. Their start in a career is very similar to the hundreds of graduating seniors that walked the stage and claimed a high school diploma last week. One wonders which of these new graduates will meet with their high school friends many miles and many years from this moment to talk about their high school days in Midlothian and Richmond. Will the conversation revolve around memories of the high school dances or who had the worst part-time job? Will they talk about the tough veteran teachers and how their grandchildren will never know how hard it really was to learn in a classroom? Will they remember how much the price of bread, a hamburger, or even a gallon of gas cost? Think about the amazing discoveries and technological and medical advances that have occurred since the 1940’s. Think about how the world has changed over those years from defined lines on a paper map to a Google street view on a iPad. One just wonders what the conversation will be like for good high school friends who accidentally meet sometime in the year 2070. Hopefully, they can share the crossword puzzle on their virtual newspaper. Best to all who graduated on continued successes and attaining your goals and dreams.

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THE WAY I SEE IT: I LOVE BEING A DAD

One of the greatest adventures in my life is the fact that Timothy, Zachery, Benjamin and Hannah call me Daddy. art classes. Other electives SCHOOL from P1 They bring me great joy! So, what’s so exciting about being a systems that plagued the old such as marketing and tech dad? classes will also be in the high school. Well, it comes down to a verse of scripture that motivates “The students are excited, same region. and encourages me, here it is, “Like arrows in the hands This way, all the photogra- of a warrior are sons (and daughters) born in one’s youth. the faculty is excited, and I am so excited I have to check phy, art classes, and supplies Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” Children are myself, because we still need can be in one area, Marks a blessing. Now let’s not kid ourselves …they don’t always said. to finish up this year,” Dr. feel like a blessing. Yet, I delight in the fact that through our Other subject matter will Deborah Marks, Clover Hill four ‘arrows’ my wife Stacy and I can extend our reach far also be isolated, as all of the principal said. into the future. humanities department will The new high school According to this passage, I am a warrior. It’s my job to be in the second floor of will measure approximately make sure my arrows are straight, sharp and true. An arrow the building. The chorus, 266,000 square feet, and is that stays in the quiver is merely an ornament. Arrows are designed for 1,750 students. drama, and band rooms will meant to be released they should fly straight, hit their targets The football stadium will seat all be ideally located near the and accomplish their mission. So, together with Stacy, I have 3,500, the gymnasium 2,000 auditorium. a great responsibility to fashion arrows that will be released The pod design will also and the auditorium 966. at the appropriate time, fly straight, reach a destination and There will be parking for 939 allow Clover Hill to localize accomplish a mission. This is where the excitement begins! freshman from the upper cars and 30 buses. As a dad, I want to teach them things. They should know classmen, in an effort to The football stadium has how to explore new places, solve problems, defend a position, make the transition from been dubbed the “CHiller,” make decisions, engage others, be polite, find their way and and the team will enter each middle school to high discern right from wrong. Obviously this list isn’t complete game through a cloud of dry school easier for the younger but you get the picture. The big challenge then becomes, how students. The 9th grade ice, Marks explained. She do we teach these things and have fun? Here are just a few of students will be divided into the ideas we’ve employed… is optimistic that the new teams to assist this, Marks school will boost exciteWe encourage our kids to try. Within safe but broad explained. ment for both athletics and boundaries, children need to experiment and see what life Although the approxiacademics. feels like. We love to watch our kids try new stunts on the mately 76 million dollar This is already evident playground, attempt a new sport, learn a new skill or create a project is almost completed, new game. through the number of people who have tried out for the school will not officially Zachery loves to climb and he loves gadgets. I came home open to the public until Authe cheerleading squad, the one day to find him and Benjamin trying to climb a tree in a gust 1, in order to allow the dance team, and to be class homemade harness that consisted of a pair of old underwear, officers. The number tripled complete change over to take suspenders, a bicycle inner tube and a rope. It was quite a place. from last year. The spirit sight! It’s only through experiments like this that children “It is also important that club, the Cavalier Crazies, learn, not every idea is a good one. They solve problems, has also seen its membership the new location is accessible modify designs, improve performance and find better soluto the community,” Marks grow to over 100 members. tions. The school design, which explained. “The community We expect our kids to succeed… and fail. Regardless of is getting a great building.” differs dramatically from what our kids attempt, we want them to do their best. We Although the school many of the other local high cheer like crazy whenever we have the chance and talk about schools, will feature four dif- cannot be used during the ferent pods with a main thor- first year by the community, at the start of the second oughfare, Marks explained. year, Marks looks forward This design will allow for better localization of specific to welcoming use by the general public on evenings, subject matter. The Valentine Richmond History Center once again partFor example, one pod will weekends, and during the ners with Leadership Metro Richmond to launch the Richcontain the career center and summer. mond History Makers — a program that annually recognizes, honors and celebrates everyday citizens and outstanding organizations making largely unrecognized contributions to their communities. The public call for nominations began May 1, 2010, with nominations being accepted until June 30, 2010, in five Julia Anne categories of distinction. Nomination forms and details are Cone, 6th available at www.richmondhistorymakers.com and at the grader, Valentine Richmond History Center. An impartial panel Midlothian of judges comprised of graduates of the Leadership Metro Middle School Richmond program and previous History Maker honorees took 1st place will oversee the nomination and selection process. Honorees in the State will be notified in late July and will be recognized at the Sixth division PTA Reflections Annual Richmond History Makers Celebration on October program in 19, 2010, at the Valentine Richmond History Center. The March for her program is presented by Dominion. photo entry Honorees may be individuals, organizations or corporaof a butterfly tions and are selected in one of five categories. Please visit entitled www.richmondhistorymakers.com for a complete set of "Stained Glass Beauty. nomination criteria: •Creating Quality Educational Opportunities – Nominee - courtesy has enhanced educational opportunities for citizens, imof Carole proved academic achievement, or ensured a safe, constructive Graham, learning environment proud •Demonstrating Innovative Solutions – Nominee has grandmother

lessons learned from success. But we also recognize that some of the most important lessons are learned from losing. So, we cheer for their efforts and help them understand the lessons they learn from coming in second, or last. Timothy is a miler on his track team. He does very well but, because there’s an exceptional athlete in his grade, the best he’s ever done is second. He’s learned many lessons about courage, determination and confidence by continuing to push, not for a win but for a respectable finish. We want our children to understand that there are absolute It's my job standards of right and wrong. With to make that in mind, Stacy and I know that sometimes our children will do the sure my wrong thing. Our kids aren’t perfect, arrows are neither are we. So, our desire and our straight, prayer is that our children will do the right thing most of the time. We sharp and also desire and pray that when they true. do wrong, they will be caught and punished accordingly. Recently, Hannah did something wrong and was punished. Her tender heart was broken when she confessed it to me. It was a blessed moment to hold her while she cried and understood that she had done wrong. I hope she never forgets how bad that feels. I’m not a perfect dad. I make lots of mistakes. But I do delight in watching our children experiment with life and learn lessons that will serve them well when they are launched out into life. We continue to pray that lessons learned in our home and the cheers they’ve heard along the way will prepare our arrows to fly straight, hit a target and accomplish a mission! I’ll always delight in listening to their stories and cheering for them. That’s what Dads do.

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FOXMEADE from P1 bought most of the horses that were for sale, but, they wanted me to continue to board them and teach the children to ride, so that’s how we started Foxmeade Farms.” By that time, Mayes was married and had three daughters of her own, Susan, Sarah and Claire. She also had a following with the Gills’ horse patron’s club, so their 16-acre farm became a family business in 1984. “It started with mom’s love of horses and for children and wanting to bring the two together. It’s how she’s been able to encourage people,” said daughter Claire Durham. Foxmeade Farm may have been its busiest in the early 1990’s. Mrs. Mayes kept the students interested over the years by teaching fun, safe basics. Sarah worked full time teaching discipline and dressage. There were 32 horses, including “Winky”, now a 17 year-old, bay thoroughbred gelding. Now, there are 17 horses on the farm, where Claire serves as riding instructor and barn manager. “The older I get, the more I realize what a special gift mom has. With my limited abilities, trying to be like her… I have to try really hard,” acknowledged Claire. But, Beth Schanz, who took summer camp riding lessons from Mrs. Mayes back in the 70’s and is now a riding instructor on-site, disagrees, “Claire is wonderful with the chil-

dren and people of all ages, too,” she lauded. “It’s been interesting having a rapport with their personalities, something to look forward to,” said Mrs. Mayes, “I love to take care of the horses and see them blossom”. Together, Mrs. Mayes and her two daughters, Claire and Sarah, who works part-time at Champion Saddlery, have been running Foxmeade Farm for generations of riders. They board horses and offer English riding lessons to children, and some adults, specializing in beginner lessons and riding fundamentals. A day camp is also offered during the summer. Students train and can compete in horse shows at a higher level. “The thing about this farm is that there’s always somebody coming back, including horses,” said Schanz, “We look down the driveway and someone always asks ‘Where’s Claire, Sarah, or Mrs. Mayes?’” Barrett Wright, a special education teacher in Louisa County, started riding when she was seven. She went off to college, and now 22 years later, she’s back training kids. “I guess I’m the boomerang child. My grandparents brought me here for lessons. The Mayes’ are my second family.” The close-knit, intergenerational group of women teaches others while learning from each other.

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Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer season, which began Saturday, June 12. Guided tours, costumed interpretation and all museums will be offered to visitors daily. The Park will host Teacher Institutes, History Day Camps, overnight Civil War Adventure Camps, and a tour to West Virginia in September. The symposium in October is the first in a series commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and focuses on the presidential election of 1860. Please visit www.pamplinpark.org for more information on these programs.

Daily programs are listed below and are subject to change: 10:30-10:50 a.m. Civil War Combat Film “Load in Nine Times” Battlefield Center Rifle Demonstration Demonstration Area 2:30-2:50 p.m. “Load in Nine Times” 11:00-11:45 a.m. Rifle Demonstration “Lay of the Land” Military Encampment Plantation Tour Meets at Field Quar3:15-4:00 p.m. ter Breakthrough Trail Tour 12:00-12:50 p.m. & Meets at Battlefield 3:30-4:20 p.m. “War Center So Terrible” - courtesy of Pamplin Historical Park

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17 Hot Tamale Café, 13815 Fribble Way, Midlothian, will donate 20% of all sales from lunch and dinner to UMFS (United Methodist Family Services). UMFS supporters MUST mention that they are supporting "UMFS" to the waiter or waitress when they pay. Coupons may not be used in conjunction with this fundraiser. To learn more, contact Bethanie Constant of UMFS at (804) 254-9674. Friday, June 18 Last school day for Chesterfield County Public Schools until September.

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The fifth annual, award-winning Central Virginia Wine Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at Innsbrook's SnagAJob.com Pavilion in Henrico County. Parking is free and the event is open to the public. You're welcomed to bring your own bag chairs and EZ-Up tents plus Fido (as long as he/she is on a leash). No coolers, please. This event will feature 14 wineries from around the Commonwealth and provide festival participants the chance to sample some of the best of what Virginia wineries have to offer. Wine tasting tickets are available for $20 each by

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June 18-19 Class reunion Monacan High’s class of 1990 will hold its 20-year class reunion. Contact: Bill Scott, (704) 575-1335

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Experience 19th century living at Magnolia Grange The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will present its annual “Plantation Day at Magnolia Grange” on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Magnolia Grange is a 19th century house museum located at 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Living history exhibits with costumed interpreters will include beekeepers, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, butter churning, chair caning, woodwrights, a mining display, farm implements, tobacco stringing, a traveling dentist and several Civil War units including a canon crew. Live music entertainment will include clogging performances as well as guitar and violin recitals. Free house tours of Magnolia Grange will be offered in addition to a special Museum Shop “Attic Sale” and a used book sale which will provide a wide selection of bargains. Food and

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The Cosby girls' varsity soccer team fought through soaring temperatures and two tough northern Virginia teams in the state semifinals and finals last week. Top left: Cosby celebrates a win in penalty kicks in the semifinals. Top right: Cosby's Becca Wann splits the Loudoun Valley defense. Middle left: Cosby's Gina D'Orazio, left, challenges Stone Bridge midfielder Maggie Schierling as she tries to make a turn. Middle right: It wasn't me Cosby defender Stephanie Sacco protests as the ball goes out of bounds. Bottom: The Lady Titans celebrate their state runner's up trophy and a great season. At right: Charis Starnes gets in front of a Loudoun Valley pass. BY ARTHUR UTLEY AND SARA PAGE spage@midlothianexchange.com

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entral Region girls’ soccer player of the year Becca Wann didn’t have anything left in her tank. She was exhausted. Her right leg hurt. Her cheeks were red from sun and tears. Her heart

ached. Wann and her Cosby Titans teammates lost 4-0 to Stone Bridge Saturday in the Virginia High School League Group AAA tournament at Westfield High School. Wann noted her disappointment after “we worked our butts off.” The Central Region is 0-27 in its quest to produce a state title-winning girls’ soccer team, but the region has had a finalist the past two years: Mills Godwin and Cosby. Meanwhile, Stone Bridge, from nearby Ashburn, added title No. 24 (out of 27) to the Northern Region’s list of winners. The Bulldogs’ first score Saturday was an own goal by Cosby in the 28th minute. Stone Bridge led 1-0 at the break. “We talked about it at halftime. They didn’t score on us,” Wann said. Titans coach Roger Lattimer made adjustments the Titans needed to make, but “they’re a team that puts it in the back of net.” Said Wann, “They scored one goal after another; and before we knew it, it was 4-0.” Ashley Herndon scored goal No. 2 in the 45th minute and No. 3 in the 49th off assists from Murielle Tiernan and Jazmyn Ervins. The final goal, in the 62nd minute, came from Sara Bowers, who finished off a saved shot she had taken. Stone Bridge outshot the Titans 16-9. Wann wasn’t the only Titan feeling some pain. Lindsay Carns took the brunt of a midfield collision with the Bulldogs’ Melanie Smith in the second half. Freshman defender Elena Wirz played with a cast on her arm from a late hit suffered in Friday’s semifinal. Still, the Titans made no excuses. “We were ready to go. I thought we played a great game,” Lattimer said. “We had opportunities but didn’t capitalize. It seemed like the cards were against us today. We used up our luck.

“We gave it everything. For [Stone Bridge] to go undefeated (21-0-2) says a lot. It was still a great year [for us].” Cosby advanced to the championship game with a euphoric victory via penalty kicks on Friday (2-1 final, 4-2 in penalty kicks). Wann helped propel the Titans to that victory in an unexpected way. After four overtime periods and 100 minutes under a blazing sun, Cosby and Loudoun Valley remained knotted at 1. The teams took their five-minute allotted break to collect their thoughts and organize the first five penalty kickers. When the teams took the field again, Wann walked toward the goal. But rather than the familiar white jersey, she wore the neon yellow, long-sleeved, padded shirt of the Cosby goal tenders. “The last time I played [goalie] was eighth grade,” Wann laughed after the game. “I was thinking, ‘Why am I in the goal,’ but I don’t know. I trusted Lattimer and his decision and did what I remembered to do.” Wann dived first to her left then to her right, saving shots by Ashley Manning and Amber Cook. Wann couldn’t get to the last two shots from Chrystal Oden and Tabitha McHale, but she didn’t have to. Cosby’s kickers - Joy Grove, Tessa Broadwater, Jayden Metzger and Kelsey Conyers – were perfect. Conyers – the fourth Cosby kicker – slammed the door shut with a high kick into the top left corner of the goal. “I was praying a lot,” she confessed with a laugh. Wann scored the first goal of the game in the 68th minute. The play began 30 yards out with Courtney Hook, who sent a precise leading pass to Grove. Loudoun Valley goalie DiDi Haracic deflected the shot back into the field of play and right to Wann. Flanked by defenders, Wann sent a weak dribbler on goal. Loudoun Valley defender Lexi Clarke came in for the easy clear, but her kick deflected off Haracic, who was trying to recover back to the line, and into the goal. Loudoun Valley would get the goal back in the 76th minute when Clarke crossed to Manning on the left side. Her shot went inside the opposite post. For Loudoun Valley, however, the story was missed opportunities. The team saw five scoring opportunities miss the mark, including a point blank shot from McHale with 20

minutes left in regulation. “They had a fantastic attack,” Lattimer said. “Ashley Manning is just phenomenal. They’d get her the ball and she could just make stuff happen. We just caught some breaks.” The Titans wrap up their season at 19-3-1. Arthur Utley is a staff writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Semifinals Loudoun Valley ……0 1 0 0 0 0 – 1 Cosby ………………0 1 0 0 0 1 – 2 Saves: Blayne Fink (C) 4; Wann (C) 2; Haracic (L) 4 Finals Cosby ………….. 0 0 – 0 Stone Bridge …… 1 3 – 4 Saves: Fink (C) 4; Julia Harmison (SB) 4.


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SPORTS ON YOUR TIME Midlo to hold hoop camp Courtesy of Farah Allen/Midlothian Girls' Basketball

The first Midlothian Girls’ Basketball Camp will be held at Midlothian High School Aug. 2-6, from 9 a.m. – noon for girls ages 8-13. The cost for the camp is $80 and space is limited to 50 participants. For more information contact Midlothian girls’ varsity basketball head coach Farah Allen at farah_allen@ccpsnet.net.

Monacan offers football camp Courtesy of Mike Paris/Monacan Sports Boosters

The Monacan High School varsity football program will host its annual camp July 1415 from 6-8:30 p.m. The camp is free for kids ages 8-13. Those interested should send a completed registration form to Monacan High School, attn: Coach Danny Parsons, 11501 Smoketree Dr., Richmond, VA 23236. A registration form and more information can be obtained by e-mailing michaelparis602@comcast.net.

Cosby to host annual football camp Courtesy of Pete Mutascio/Cosby High School

The Cosby High School football team will host the fourth annual Cosby Youth Football Camp. The Youth/Junior High camp will take place Aug. 2-4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Cosby High School. Athletes participating in flag through senior football (ages 6-14) for the Chesterfield Quarterback League or other area leagues are eligible for the camp. Camp cost is $40 per player if paid by July 1. After July 1, the cost increases to $50 per player. Space is limited. Camp registration will be conducted via mail. Applications can be obtained at cosbytitans.com and mailed to Cosby High School, Coach Pete Mutascio – Football Camp, 14300 Fox Club Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112. This is a non-contact camp that will give all players, regardless of their experience or skill level, a chance to improve their skills for the game of football. Cosby varsity football head coach Pete Mutascio and his staff, team with area coaches to direct the campers through a variety of agility and position specific drills that will allow them to improve their fundamentals and all-around athletic ability. All campers will have the opportunity to work on both an offensive and defensive position. Coaches are also available for kickers and longsnappers. The timing of the camp gives the players a great chance to get into playing shape right before pre-season training camp. For more information contact Coach Mutascio at (804) 639-8340 ext 8543.

Horse show gains USEF Heritage Competition designation Courtesy of Bonnie Rhea Adams

The Deep Run Horse Show, a historic Virginia equestrian event, is the third American horse show to be honored with the United States Equestrian Federation’s designation as a USEF Heritage Competition. On Sunday, June 27, in conjunction with Deep Run’s signature event, the Bryan Trophy Equitation class, USEF Chief Executive Officer John Long will honor the Deep Run Horse Show with USEF Heritage Competition Status. Special guests also include Robin Williams, President of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The 2010 beneficiary of the horse show, the TRF is the largest equine rescue organization of its kind devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete at the track. NY Times best-selling author Rita Mae Brown will be on hand Saturday for a book signing.

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With each pitch they threw, the frustration mounted for the Cosby Titans. Time and again, the ball hummed toward home plate, catcher Luke Lowery caught it, and held it out for an instant in his mitt. And each time, the umpire stood there like a statue, completely motionless. Ball. For one inning, the strike zone must have felt a hundred feet away for Cosby’s pitchers. They walked six batters in the third, allowing seven Woodbridge runs to cross the plate. The Titans never recovered. Woodbridge defeated Cosby 9-4, eliminating the Titans from the group AAA state semifinals. Woodbridge (27-0) played West Springfield in the Virginia High School League Group AAA state final and lost 10-2. Cosby (20-7) returned home having advanced the furthest in the program’s four-year history. “They had a wonderful season,� Cosby coach Tim Lowery said. “They did a great job. Bad things happened, and we weren’t able to recover.� Cosby starting pitcher Garrett Birnbaum started the third inning by walking the first two batters and then allowing a two-run double to Woodbridge pitcher Tyler Thomas. That tied the game 3-3. Zack Szwed gave Woodbridge the lead with a twoout single into center field. Mitchell Shifflett almost threw Thomas out at home, but the ball came out of Luke Lowery’s glove. Szwed went for second. Birnbuam, backing up the play, tried to throw him out, but the ball flew into right-center and rolled to the wall. Szwed scored easily, making the score 5-3. Things went from bad to worse. Michael Carpenter came in to pitch with a runner on second. He hit his first batter, and then walked the next three, scoring two runs. Tim Lowery then called on Travis McQueen to pitch. After walking his first batter – the fourth in a row – McQueen finally stopped the hemorrhaging by getting Nick Rogowski to ground to third with the bases loaded. “It was just really frustrating,� Luke Lowery, Tim’s son, said. “There were a couple close balls here and there, but when our pitchers aren’t throwing strikes, it doesn’t give us much of a chance.� Thirteen Woodbridge batters came to the plate, resulting in seven runs on only three hits. Woodbridge suddenly

was up 8-3. “Obviously, they made it a lot easier with their pitchers struggling with control,� Woodbridge coach Jason Ritenour said. “And that worked out in our favor because they hit the ball very well.� Cosby got home runs from Kyle McKay and Birnbuam – the No. 8 and 9 hitters – in the second, and one from cleanup hitter Ben Sisk in the third. The Titans had hits in every inning but the fourth. Christian Beyer and Will Vacca led the team with two hits each. In the sixth, Cosby had runners on second and third when Rogowski, the Woodbridge left fielder, made a diving catch on a hit by Christian Hamlett, squelching a potential rally. “If we miss that ball, who knows what happens,� Ritenour said. “That was a huge play in the game.� McQueen kept Cosby in the game after the third inning. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out four. Eric Kolenich is a staff writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Soldier, alumnus receives hero’s welcome at Woolridge Elementary’s 20th anniversary BY AMANDA GALLOWAY special correspondent

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oolridge Elementary School celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its opening with a birthday celebration for its students, staff, and special guests on Friday, June 11. Among the attendants was Wildcat alumnus, Army Lt. Peter Fritz, 25, who has recently returned from a year in eastern Afghanistan. He was honored for his service as part of the ceremony. Fritz was part of the first class to attend all six years at Woolridge, having entered kindergarten in 1990. He credits his elementary school for jumpstarting his success, as he eventually went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007. Although it has been twenty years since Fritz first entered kindergarten, he remembers the exact location where he left his mark. His handprints still remain in the cement outside of the school from so many years before. “To be honest, all of this is completely overwhelming,” he said of the anniversary celebration, surrounded by numerous students asking for handshakes, hugs, and autographs. “It is all a great honor.” Although Fritz was visibly taken aback by all of the support, this is not the first time his elementary alma mater has recognized his dedication to his country. Throughout the year, the entire school banded together to intermittently send Fritz and his unit care packages. “The whole school came together to send me packages,” Fritz explained. “They were filled with snacks and little things to remind us of home. It meant a lot.” Although the students’ attention remained primarily on the former Wildcat, the celebration also included an aerial photograph of the students spelling out “WES 20,” the presentation of a time capsule, and the releasing of twenty environmentally friendly balloons. The time capsule, which will be displayed in the school for the next twenty years, contains several items from each grade level, as well as items that represent the existence of the first twenty years of Woolridge. The sixth different grade levels included items such as a Dr. Seuss hat, a Flat Stanley, from the children’s book of the same name, a cursive handwriting book, and multiplication facts. Other items included a picture of Barack Obama, a floppy disk, a cassette tape, a Goosebumps book by R. L. Stine, and a Ukrop’s Valued Customer Card. Woolridge’s principal, June Edwards, included a “Postcard from the Principal,” on which she explained the school’s history and what has occurred under her leadership. This was a special moment for the students, as Edwards sends a postcard to every student at some point during the school year.

Fritz included a replica of the Twin Towers. “I want the kids to stay involved so they can do what they can to keep America this great place,” Fritz said. “When they see a soldier, and say ‘thank you,’ it means so much.” The lieutenant's parents, Gary and Joanne, live in Chesterfield County. Fritz is stationed in North Carolina. Below, Army Lt. Peter Fritz returns to his elementary school for the 20th anniversary celebration. PHOTO BY AMANDA GALLOWAY

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Brent J. Zackon has been chosen as the recipient of the 2010 Pamplin Leader Award at Cosby High School. The Pamplin Leader is a one-year, $1,000.00 tuition scholarship to Virginia Tech. It is presented annually to a top student from each public high school in Virginia. It was established by Robert B. Pamplin, Sr. and Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. to acknowledge students with a record of outstanding academic achievement that is balanced with a commitment to community service and leadership experience. Brent at-

For nearly half a century, Jeanne Moore walked the halls, warehouses and streets of Defense Supply Center Richmond, Va. Her career has borne witness to the leadership of 27 commanders at the installation, all the way from its second, Navy Rear Adm. James Dietz, to its current, Navy Rear Adm. Vince Griffith. Moore, who lives in Midlothian, resigned her position as a program analyst in DSCR’s Aviation Supplier Operations directorate June 4, leaving the federal government after a total of 62 years. “I retired the first time in 1981 and have worked as a retired annuitant every since,” Moore said. “My favorite position was a secretary because I just like being a secretary and because secretaries get to know everybody’s secrets.” “I guess I am looking forward to sleeping in and not having to get up at 6 a.m.,” Moore said. “However, I will miss the contact with the people the most now that I’m leaving.” Sixty-two years is a lifetime for many; in fact, the average employee at DSCR hasn’t even been alive that long. So what does one do after working at one place for that many years? “Whatever my daughter tells me to,” Moore explained with a smile. “My daughter and her husband and teenager moved in with me, so I’m sure they’ll find something for me to do.” And what was the highlight of her career? “I guess getting the 60 years of service letter from the president should be the highlight of my career,” Moore said. “Not many people get one of those.” During a reception honoring her service, Moore asked her DSCR family for only one thing: “Just don’t forget me!”

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tended VA Boys State and is a recipient of the West Point Leadership Award, The Hugh O’ Brien Leadership Award, and a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, SCA, Varsity Club, and was Co-Captain of the Cosby varsity volleyball and basketball teams.

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Jeanne Moore, holding a deputy director's coin, left federal service after 62 years when she resigned her position as a program analyst at DSCR, June 4.

Robious Middle school student enjoys stint in national spelling bee food and shopping,” he said, laughing. The first round consisted of 50 words, which were spelled Ryan Oppenheim, a 13-year-old at Robious Middle out using a computer keyboard, Michelle Oppenheim exSchool, has recently returned from the nation’s capital where plained. The second round, which was in a more traditional he competed among 274 contestants at the Scripps National spelling bee form, consisted of spelling words on a stage. Spelling Bee. Ryan correctly spelled the word “muslin.” The bee, which was held June 2 through June 4, welcomed In round three, Oppenheim correctly spelled “chthonic.” students ages 8 to 15 who had won a final local spelling bee. “It was ironic that I got that word. I had told my class Oppenheim defeated nine-year-old Aditya Kannoth in the [before the bee] that the hardest world I studied for was Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee in early March. “chthonic,” he explained. “He’s always really liked spelling,” said Ryan’s mother Although Oppenheim correctly spelled both of his words, Michelle Oppenheim. “It has been a passion of his since the he failed to advance to the semifinals, due to his first round first grade.” scores. He needed 27 points to advance, and came up short However, when the Oppenheim family moved to England with 24. Only 49 of the 274 contestants made it to the semifor Ryan’s sixth and seventh grade years, the family was wor- finals, Michelle Oppenheim said. ried about the spelling champion’s future. Although this is the last year he is eligible for national Although Oppenheim may have picked up a few English competition, Oppenheim hopes to contribute to future spellspellings while abroad, he never lost a step. After winning ers while at Maggie Walker High School next year. the Times-Dispatch Regional, he began avidly studying the “I want to do either free tutoring or student teaching word lists sent as guides from Nationals. for future spelling bees,” he said. He hopes that by sharing “I started studying the word lists immediately,” he said. his experience with other students, they will have a greater “Once I learned those, I started learning the different lanchance at future competitions. guage rules that Nationals sent me.” “It was a great opportunity,” he said. “I want to thank my Once Oppenheim arrived in D.C., he enjoyed the sights English teacher, Mrs. Stanley, my principal, Mr. Siddiqi, my and sounds of the big city nearly as much as the competition school, friends, and the people of the community for supitself. porting me. I don’t want to sell that short because it is really “I’ve been there tons of times, but the experience of D.C. important to me.” was as nice as the spelling bee itself. We had a lot of great

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