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Children’s Museum shapes young lives, minds Head of organization ‘blown away’ by county officials and their commitment to making new location a reality “We like to call ourselves a brain factory,” she said. aren Coltraine is in Coltraine said the Chilthe mind develop- dren’s Museum of Richmond ment business ... was the first in the nation to sort of. offer satellite locations, and The president and executhe new Winterpock location tive director of the Children’s is the latest in the museum’s Museum of Richmond told a efforts to serve all of metro Chesterfield County ChamRichmond. ber meeting last week that “The Chesterfield “play is how children learn,” Children’s Museum has been and, with its recent opening a vision of ours for a long of its third area location in time,” Coltraine said. That viChesterfield, the museum is sion began taking shape when perfectly equipped to meet she met with county administhose needs. trator Jay Stegmaier.



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“We have been absolutely blown away by Chesterfield County officials and their help getting this here. You are really well served by your county administration,” Coltraine said. The result is a hands-on, exhibit-packed facility at the Winterpock Crossing Shopping Center, the site of an old Winn Dixie, which features numerous challenges and activities for younger children. That’s important because, according to Coltraine, the first five to seven years are

critical to a child’s brain development. “A lot of experts describe it as building the foundation to a house,” Coltraine said. “They have to have varied and hands-on experiences.” Coltraine said the museum sought expansion out of necessity, and recent numbers bolster the agency’s decision to open satellite locations. Last year, the museum attracted 360,000 visitors and served 5,500 families in its MUSEUM page 4


Karen Coltraine, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of Richmond, addressed last week’s Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce meeting. CMofR opened a new facility in Chesterfield last month.


The Marine Grunt Runners who are running from Myrtle Beach to Ground Zero in New York to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project include, from left, Anthony Caponi, Joshua Miller, Rick Geslain, Doug Meyer and Jose Isa.


This year’s group of Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship recipients pose with the owner-operators who helped make the scholarships possible during a reception on Monument Avenue.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities award 15 local students $2,000 scholarships for their future studies



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onald McDonald House is known internationally as a valuable resource for families who are experiencing overwhelming medical challenges, offering parents a place to live and relax during their children’s treatment. But that’s not the only way the

agency gives back to the communities they serve. Last week, the local Ronald McDonald House on Monument Avenue in Richmond held a reception for the 15 area students who are the recipients of this year’s Ronald McDonald House scholarships. The program is an annual partnership between the Ronald McDonald

House Charities (RMHC) of Richmond, local McDonald’s owners and operators and McDonald’s corporate headquarters. Each student received $2,000 for his or her future studies. For Cosby High School graduate Emerson Aviles, the scholarship will RONALD page 2




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Marine Grunt Runners raise funds for wounded vets BY BEN ORCUTT


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idlothian residents Tyler and Brenda Hancock celebrated the Fourth of July by hosting five Marines who are running from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Ground Zero in New York to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Brenda said their daughter Laura, who lives in Myrtle Beach, is a good friend of Rick Geslain, the Marine who organized the run that began on June 28. When Laura told her about the run and that Richmond would be half way, Brenda said she and her husband offered to host the Marines when they arrived in Richmond on July 4. “They defend our freedom that we celebrate on this day and it’s just such an honor,” Brenda said. Rick said he and his fellow Marines hope to arrive at Ground Zero between July

23 and July 25. Their goal is to raise $20,000 for wounded veterans as part of the Wounded Warrior Project. As of July 4, they had raised more than $10,000, Rick said. “Some people just kind of blow you off,” Rick said. “They don’t really care. But, honestly, as we got into Virginia, that’s where we started finding a lot of people that liked donating.” The running Marines, most of whom are no longer on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, run about 1.5 to 2 miles each at a time because of the heat, Rick said. He said the group averages a total of about 40 miles a day. They have an RV as their support vehicle. “Some nights we try to stop and ask hotels if they want to donate a room to us and the Hilton two nights ago gave us two free rooms,” Rick said. “That was awesome. MARINES page 4

Anthem LemonAid puts the squeeze on childhood cancer BlueCross BlueShield and M&T Bank, Anthem LemonAid is a part his weekend, purchasing of the national Children’s Miracle a single cup of lemNetwork Hospital fundraising onade during Anthem effort. LemonAid will make Money collected locally during a significant contribution to the event will support the oncolthe cause of childhood cancer ogy and hematology clinic at the research and treatment. Children’s Hospital of Richmond The 11th annual event will be at Virginia Commonwealth held at several lemonade stands University, the area Children’s throughout the Central VirMiracle Network hospital. ginia region from Friday, July 20, Amy Dickstein is the prothrough Sunday, July 22. grams coordinator of the Anthem Sponsored by Anthem LemonAid efforts in the Central BY KOREY HUGHES


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Virginia region. “It’s a suggested $1 donation, and all of the proceeds come back to the hospital,” Dickstein said. Although the benefit will take place throughout the region, Dickstein said that Chesterfield County is important to the charity’s success. “We’re trying to engage the entire Central Virginia community, and Chesterfield plays a huge role in that,” Dickstein said.


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Sculptural Wire Bookmarks Workshop focuses on teens BY KOREY HUGHES


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here are plenty of summer activities aimed at young children, but there aren’t as nearly as many that are intended for teenagers. The Chesterfield County Public Library System has made great strides this year to make sure that adolescents have seasonal activities to keep them busy. One in particular, the Teen WorkshopSculptural Wire Bookmarks, will give young adults the chance to create their own wire crafts for free. The first class will be presented on Monday, July 23, at Laprade Library and other installments will occur at other Chesterfield County Public Libraries during July and August. Jamie Ross, a New York City-based artist whose work has appeared in national magazines such as Playboy and Reader’s Digest, will teach the class. Ross, who also has lectured at the National Art League, has taught the same course at various libraries throughout the United States. Blanche DePonte, library specialist for community services at the Chesterfield County Public Library System, said Ross contacted her department about doing the workshop. And this won’t be the first time that Ross has conducted a class here since she taught the Teen StudioWatercolor Tissue Paper Collage at the Bon Air Library in January. “She contacted us awhile back,” DePonte said. “She has family down here, and she was interested in doing programs for libraries in the area, and we had one before

in the wintertime.” The Teen Studio-Sculptural Wire Bookmarks is a relatively simple course that gives boys and girls from ages 12 to 17 a great deal of creative freedom. That is, if the teens can learn to cut and craft wire, DePonte said they’ll be able to create three or four bookmarks during the session that they can take home with them. “They’ll have a choice between copper and brass wire, and they’ll be working with a wire cutter and pliers with a pointed tip,” DePonte said. “They can use the tip to make curves and swirls using their hands and the wire cutter, and they can make some interesting shapes.” “She will have several samples and other examples to show them, but they’ll be encouraged to create their own shapes, and they’re just going to be plain metal. If they want to paint them, they can buy metal paint, but it’s strictly sculptural work.” DePonte said that arts and crafts programs like the Sculptural Wire Bookmarks workshop have proven popular among area teenagers in the past. “Well, we try to provide programming for all age groups, and arts and crafts programs that allow teens and tweens to express themselves are quite popular,” DePonte said. “They can learn a new artistic skill and take their work home with them.” “We’ve had painting and collage programs, creative writing programs, and some jewelry-making classes. We try to give a wide variety of programs so the kids will find something interesting, regardless of the medium.”


So, how does the Chesterfield County Public Library decide if a program is right for teenagers? Well, according to DePonte, the courses that require greater skill levels and foster a sense of personal achievement are the ones that her department typically targets at older youngsters. “A lot of it has to do with choosing something with a skill level that is more involved,” DePonte said. “They make the kinds of things that teens and tweens would want for themselves or want to give as gifts.” Carolyn Sears, library services administrator for community services at the Chesterfield County Public Library System, said her department wants to make sure that middle and high school students are just as much a priority as elementary school students are when it comes to learning opportunities. In fact, because teenagers can articulate their ideas better, they are able to provide input about the types of programs that they want to see. “We also try to get feedback to find out what they want, like we did with our annual Teen Masquerade Ball, where we took suggestions from the teens themselves,” Sears said. “So, we went ahead and started that,

and we’ve been having it for the last three years, so we’re trying to see what they want and base it on their input.” The Teen Studio-Sculptural Wire Bookmarks will take place at the following Chesterfield County Public Libraries on the following dates from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Each seminar, however, is limited to 20 teens. ! Monday, July 23 – Laprade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, Midlothian. ! Wednesday, July 25 – Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield. ! Wednesday, Aug. 1 – Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian. ! Friday, Aug. 3 – Enon Library, 1801 Enon Church Road, Chester. ! Monday, Aug. 6 – Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, Chesterfield. ! Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard, Chesterfield. ! Friday, Aug. 10 – Chester Library, 11800 Centre Street, Chester. ! Monday, Aug. 13 – Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive, Chester. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. To register for the program, visit


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assist him in his rigorous career goals. “I’m going to University of Virginia in the fall to pursue a double major in music and chemistry or biology,” Aviles said. “I was so excited and honored to get this scholarship and I’m really looking forward to college. They helped make it possible.” Dave Traub, who owns and operates the McDonald’s at Hancock Village in Chesterfield County, sponsored Aviles and Kerry Bonilla Amaya, a recent graduate and scholarship winner from James River High School, Area owner-operators are a large reason the scholarship program has blossomed over the years. Whitney Welsh, who owns and operates McDonald’s in the Mechanicsville area, said the program is a great way to give back to the community she serves. “It’s a great opportunity for McDonald’s owner-operators to support their local consumers in the restaurant, and help them move forward with their careers,” she said. One of the students Welsh sponsored also is an employee at her Bottoms Bridge store. Jaden Norman is headed to Virginia Tech in August, and said the scholarship is the culmination of a great relationship with

McDonald’s. Owner-operator William Washington, who owns and operates McDonald’s in the Ashland and Northern Neck areas, said the program targets students who can use the assistance. “We want to help students as much as we can,” Washington said. “Being an owner operator and having gone through the hard times before I became an owner, I know what it means to get a scholarship like this.” Patrick Henry High School graduate Alexander Murphy was one of the recipients of this year’s award and was sponsored by Washington’s stores. The scholarship program is just one of many services offered by the local Ronald McDonald House including grants and family support services. “McDonald’s believes it is important to recognize young people who try to make positive differences in the community through their academic pursuits and is delighted to honor those students through RMHC Scholars,” said Freda Thornton, McDonald’s franchisee and RMHC board member. “McDonald’s is proud to support numerous educational and cultural programs throughout the year in the Greater Richmond area.”

Basketball camp set Aug. 6-10 The Greater Richmond Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is holding its Hoop It Up Basketball Camp Aug. 6-10 at the Bon Air Baptist Church. Former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams is the lead coach and will help players increase their basic skills and strengthen their game. The campers are split into two age groups ranging from 7 to

10 and 11 to 14, and the cost is $135 per camper. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Thursday. On Friday, campers will participate in an All Star Celebration the family is welcome to attend. Details and the registration form are available at www. For more information, call FCA area director Michael Stock at 804-221-1291.

Sunday School Union keeps fifth Sunday tradition serves as the current president of the SSU. white, wool banner The Sunday School Union, – trimmed in red comprised of eight churches felt – is draped located in and near Chesterabove the choir field County, unites Broad loft at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Rock Baptist Church, Brown Church. Grove Baptist Church, First Appliquéd in red stitching Baptist Church of Midlothian, are the words “A Call to Live Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Holy.” It served as a “welcome Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, sign” to members and those Solid Rock Baptist, Bethlehem visiting the sanctuary of the Baptist Church and United nearly 140-year-old church on Baptist Church. the occasion of the “Sunday “Our aim is to bridge the School Union of Chesterfield gap and share in the Christian and Vicinity” Baptist churches education experience so that gathering. our churches can combine The passage from the Holy their talents and efforts to the Bible references a verse in Ro- glorification and teaching of mans, Chapter 12 in the New God’s Word,” Miller said. Testament, and is a tangible “We engage our memberreminder of the mission of the ship through many activiSunday School Union (SSU), ties and events, so that our which meets for fellowship, congregations can learn and ongoing development and praise together.” program enhancement on evThe foundation of the ery fifth Sunday of the month “reunions” began in the during the religious year. early 1920s when AfricanSituated on a hill near the American churches located in border of eastern Powhatan rural areas only formally met and western Midlothian, Mt. monthly to worship. Sinai Baptist Church was Smaller churches met founded in 1874. irregularly due to geography Today, the church is led and lack of transportation. by the Rev. Wayne Moody, a But, since services are now Powhatan County resident. held weekly, each congregaDeacon Beatrice Miller tion is represented.



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Dr. Lauranett L. Lee, curator of African-American History, Virginia Historical Society said the tradition is not just about buildings, but also about the establishment of community during a very difficult period in history. “Many churches united to pool resources and also to serve as venues to raise funds in order to provide educational opportunities,” Lee said. During a recent assembly, the host church was filled to capacity with more than 200 men, women and children in every pew. “Our charge was to research the history of hymns and spirituals,” said Andrea Rollins, SSU secretary. “Today our youth will lead the service.” A combined youth Sunday School Choir, directed by Drémon Miller, opened the afternoon program with a toe-tapping version of “I Sold U” a popular, contemporary gospel song in rotation on radio. The youth choirs had rehearsed the song at their home churches for several weeks before performing the selection. Most of the churches chose


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Ricky Johnson, a deacon at the Solid Rock Baptist Church, performs combination work songs and spirituals during Sunday School Union fellowship at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.

familiar hymns. A series of segues between performances were sung by soloists, duets, trios and quartets. The choir from First Baptist Church of Midlothian sang a soul-stirring “It Is Well With My Soul,” which was penned by Horatio G. Spafford in 1873. Written by Southern Gospel entertainers Bill and Gloria Gaither, the congregation joined in singing “Be-

cause He Lives,” which won a Gospel Music Association Dove Award in 1974 for Song of the Year. Mt. Sinai Baptist Church presented research on one of the world’s most recognized hymns – “Amazing Grace.” John Newton, a clergyman, wrote the lyrics in 1779. “The historical hymns bridge the gap between generations,” said Ronald Carrington Brown.

James A. Busch Sr. and Esther H. Eppley announce engagement


ames A Busch Sr. and Esther H. Eppley, both of Bedford, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sheree Nicole Busch of Bedford, to Ian Cullen Brock of Midlothian, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Brock Jr. of Midlothian. A September wedding is being planned. The bride-elect’s maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Hawkins Sr. of Goode and her paternal grandparents and Mr. and Mrs. William Busch Sr., also of Goode. The prospective groom’s maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cullen of Midlothian and his paternal grandparents are Frances Brock of Lynchburg and the late Richard Brock Sr.

A long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Midlothian, military veteran Edward J. Jefferson Sr., who died in December 2011 at the age of 93, was recognized posthumously for his service as deacon, trustee and treasurer. Throughout the year the union of churches awards academic scholarships, attend educational workshops and institutes, and provide social outings.



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Music jam brings BB&T Lighthouse Project spruces up ARC’s Camp Baker acoustic music to nature center

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usical instruments such as the autoharp, the banjo and the dulcimer aren’t heavily featured in contemporary compositions, but their sounds will the center of attention during the Old Time Music Jam at Rockwood Nature Center on Tuesday, July 24. The Friends of the Rockwood Nature Center host the monthly event there on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Kristi Orcutt is a Rockwood Nature Center volunteer who helped to start the Old Time Music Jam. Orcutt works closely with Kate Conn, another musician who helps the members to maintain contact between jams. According to Orcutt, the Old Time Music Jam, which also has been known by other names such as Pickin’ on the Porch and the Circle of Old Time Friends, originally began at Brandermill Church. Orcutt said she thought the event would be a perfect addition to Rockwood’s roster of family-oriented activities. “It’s evolved since it began at Brandermill Church, and I thought it would be nice to do old time music on the porch at Rockwood,” Orcutt said. “It was a real different experience that would expose people to the music.” Because old time is an obscure musical genre, it’s likely that many avid Rockwood Nature Center visitors might not be familiar with it. When asked which of today’s popular music categories old time can be compared to, Orcutt said it isn’t similar to any modern sounds. “The tunes we play are songs from England, Scotland and Ireland in the 1700s and 1800s that settled into the Appalachians,” Orcutt said. Because of the camaraderie involved, however, Orcutt


or the third consecutive year, BB&T employees went out into their communities to take part in the BB&T Lighthouse Project, a company-wide community service effort held annually in May and June. BB&T employees are able to fulfill the company’s mission to make the communities they serve better places to live by lending a helping hand to those in need of hope and encouragement during this time of economic instability and insecurity. For the second time in three years, BB&T’s Commercial Lending Team in Richmond selected the Greater Richmond ARC for its 2012 Lighthouse Project. This year landscaping service was provided to ARC’s Camp Baker facility in Chesterfield County. Doug Roth, BB&T senior vice president and area executive, said, “We believe wholeheartedly in supporting the community. But we’re not simply cutting checks; we believe in getting out, working together and participating in hands-on projects for worthy causes.” Eighteen BB&T employees worked for two days sprucing up Camp Baker with new Japanese Hollies, Hydrangeas, Hostas, Gardenias and ornamental grasses, first on June 22 and finishing the project on June 28. Hudgins Landscaping & Nursery of Moseley provided the plants and greenery at a discount, which were planted around Camp Baker’s Price House and the camp’s main lodge. The old shrubs and plants were not simply discarded – they were pulled up and replanted in areas around the camp that previously had no greenery. “We are very grateful for the hard work BB&T has put forth at Camp Baker and are honored to once again be selected for BB&T’s Lighthouse Project,” Quintin Mitchell, vice president of developmental services at the Greater Richmond ARC, said. “The staff and campers now have fresh, green landscaping to enhance the


Quintin Mitchell, left, ARC vice president of developmental services; Judy Pistana, BB&T administrative assistant; Carl Frye Jr., BB&T senior vice president; Doug Roth, BB&T senior vice president and city executive, Richmond; Maria Dempsey, BB&T business services assistant; Sherry White-Landrum, BB&T vice president; Jennifer Stanley, BB&T business services assistant; and Steve Plaatsman, BB&T senior vice president; took part in the BB&T Lighthouse Project at Chesterfield County’s Camp Baker. Elspeth “Beth” McClelland, BB&T senior vice president, is shown kneeling. Below: Volunteers spruce up the area with plants.

Camp Baker experience.” About The Greater Richmond ARC In partnership with families, the Greater Richmond ARC creates lifefulfilling opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. It is an organization created by families, for families; an organization that has grown to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. The Greater Richmond ARC provides a variety of innovative services and programs designed to meet the needs of its clients and their families. Services spanning the lifecycle and assisting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to live happy, successful and meaningful lives include: Infant & Child Development Services; After School & Day Support Services; ARC Industrial Services; and Camp Baker Services, a full service respite and camp facility.

Rev. Paul Honaker retiring from Bon Air Baptist after 38 years nspirational, gifted, blessing – these are just a few of the words used to describe the musical leadership and dedicated service provided by the Rev. Paul Honaker, the associate pastor of Music and Worship at the Bon Air Baptist Church, who is retiring on Sept. 1. This summer’s July concert series is a celebration of music and song. And, this summer the church is celebrating and recognizing Honaker for the gift and blessing he has been to Bon Air Baptist Church and the Richmond community. Honaker, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a graduate of Georgetown College (Ky.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville where he earned his master of Church Music degree. He serves as the sub dean of the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of

Organists and is a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and the Virginia Baptist Male Chorale. Honaker has served as the associate pastor for Worship and Music at Bon Air Baptist for 38 years. He and his wife Linda have one son, Stephen, who is married to Sarah. At the 2,500-member Bon Air Baptist Church, Honaker sets the direction for three services and 12 choirs, including two interpretive movement ensembles. “God called me into this ministry. When you get your calling and gifts in sync, you feel a true purpose in life. It’s a great place to be,” Rev. Honaker said. Two young adults that grew up at Bon Air Baptist testify to the impact that Honaker’s “true purpose in life” has had on their lives. Jennifer Shook said: “Having grown up going to church at Bon Air, I was a

County fair seeks contestants 17-21 for Princess Pageant CONTRIBUTED REPORT

The Chesterfield County Fair is seeking contestants, ages 17-21 for the 2012 Miss Chesterfield County Fair, which will be held on Monday, Aug. 28, at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. All information – including the application and all forms – may be found at www.chesterfieldcountyfair. org. Potential contestants also may contact pageant director Brenda White for more

information at bwsoccer@ New this year is the firstever Princess Pageants, which will be presented on Saturday, Aug. 25. Organizers said it is not a toddlers/tiaras type of pageant. There will be four age groups: 3 through 5, 6 through 9, 10 through 12 and 13 through 16. Information for the Princess Pageants also can be found on the website.

regular member of choirs throughout my childhood. During my high school years, I was a member of the Revelation Choir under Paul Honaker’s leadership. I have always enjoyed singing in the choirs at church. Singing with the choir provided me with mission opportunities both within the church and outside the walls of our church...Our voices are joined together to make the ‘joyful noise’ in which our Lord delights ...Paul chooses wonderful music that is both brilliant

and fun to sing.” Nick Sawyer said: “I joined the choir in August of 2011 and since then a gap has been filled in my life. As soon as I turned 18, many members of the choir were encouraging me to sing with them. I have always thought that when life’s distractions are brought about and take all of our focus, music can have that re-establishing connection with the word of God in such an incredible way, and I am now lucky enough to be a part of it.”

Church hosts training event CONTRIBUTED REPORT

The Crestwood Presbyterian Church will be hosting a special training event, “How Church Hospitality Can Change Lives,” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, with the Rev. Chris Walker. The church’s West Campus is located at 1200 Charter Colony Parkway in Midlothian. Walker, a missionary to Panama, has developed a

ministry he calls EvangelismCoach. He said it is his desire to inspire and train the people of God in both the understanding of evangelism and practices that “Connect Lives to Christ’s Love.” All are welcome to attend the free event. Register online at www. or http://beyondtheinvite.


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said the title Circle of Old Time Friends is probably the most appropriate name to use for the gathering because it’s open to newcomers. First-time participants who show up on Tuesday with their own instruments are welcome to join in on the fun. “It’s a really friendly group,” Orcutt said. “We play at each other’s homes and churches, we get sheet music, and we let each other know when there are other jams.” And don’t be concerned if you can’t play by ear. Orcutt said that having that unique skill isn’t necessary to play along with the acoustic musicians at the Old Time Music Jam sessions. “I still can’t play by ear,” Orcutt said. “But, I do have sheet music, and I am able to join in.” “Basically, if they have an instrument and can play two or three chords, they can join in. We have guitarists, autoharp players, banjo players, hammer and mountain dulcimer players, stand-up bass players and harmonica players.” The event usually takes place outdoors on the porch at Rockwood Nature Center, but -- if the exterior temperature happens to be too warm on Tuesday evening -- the event will move inside to the center’s classroom. In any event, it is expected to be a great time for acoustic musicians and curious spectators alike. “If it’s raining, people won’t come because they think that it’s only happening outside, but it’s going to take place -- rain or shine,” Orcutt said. The Old Time Music Jam will get underway at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at the Rockwood Nature Center at 3401 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield. Admission is free, but donations to the Rockwood Nature Center are welcome. For more information about the Old Time Music Jam, visit


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Controversy cannot dampen Olympic fervor

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games. It’s an inspirational story to most. To a select few, it represents a controversy. here are few events in the world that Some argue that Pistorius’ running ability can excite and inspire like the Olympic is actually enhanced by the blades that serve as Games. As the opening date in London lower limbs, claiming the artificial legs make him approaches, Americans are turning a faster. For now, he’s in and the world will watch consistent eye on the upcoming games. him compete in the 2012 games. It should be And why not? It’s one of the few events where interesting. we all can cheer and pull for one common goal. The pre-Olympic controversy bug hit closer to The games have a unifying effect on our country home last week, when it was discovered that the and evoke a sense of national pride not often American team’s wardrobe was actually made in seen in America in recent years. China. It seems we are divided on almost every issue It caused a huge uproar on the cable news except the Olympics and our support for U.S. circuit, and many Americans questioned why the athletes who make great sacrifices to compete for clothes couldn’t have been made in the good ol’ their country. USA. Their stories are usually the ones less heralded, They were irate until some of them took a but the average Olympic athlete will not benefit look in their own closets and discovered the financially or bolster their fame by competing in textile industry in America is one of the most London. Many make personal career sacrifices outsourced disaster stories in recent memory. In to train and prepare for events many of us don’t fact, very few clothes are produced in the United even watch. States today, and most of us have wardrobes While the Michael Phelps and Shaun Johnsons produced overseas. of the world get the glory, the bulk of the U.S. There’s no doubt some consideration should team provide the guts. In my mind, they are the have been extended to American clothes manureal heroes in the games, and the spirit to comfacturers, and the team should have seen the pete and excel never fail to inspire me. public relations nightmare coming. But, it’s too But, I’m looking forward to seeing them all, late to do anything about it, and we all know that and the games always provide an ample share of clothes don’t make the man or woman. surprises and stories that seem almost too unbeIt shouldn’t deter from the pride we all feel lievable to be true. when the American team enters the opening Oscar Pistorius is known as the “fastest man ceremonies following the flag. We can all rest on no legs.” His friends call him the blade runner. assured the team had no voice on its clothing opThe South African was born without fibulas in tions, and Ralph Lauren has a long history with his lower legs and both were amputated when he the Olympics and outfitting teams. was 11 months old. It’s a controversy I can overlook, especially on Pistorius is scheduled to run in the 400-methe eve of a global spectacle like the upcoming ter relay team for South Africa in the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London. BY JIM RIDOLPHI

6100 block of Lansgate Road Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked vehicle. Items stolen.


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MARINES from page 1

That was in Rocky Mount, N.C.” Like Rick, Jose Isa, 25, was deployed to Iraq. Jose said when Rick told him about running for the Wounded Warrior Project, he was all in. Jose, who lived in New York City, said he’s looking forward to arriving at Ground Zero, the site that commemorates the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 of 2001. “It’s not just for us,” Jose said of the run. “It’s for the cause. It motivates me. It gives me goose bumps to be able to say that I ran to New York City for my brothers and sisters that have gotten wounded.” Doug Meyer, 22, who also is running, was discharged from the Marine Corps several months ago. He and Jose share a house in Orlando, Fla., where they plan to attend school next month. Doug and Jose were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. “Instead of working, we decided to do this [go on the run] for the summer,” Doug said. “If I start thinking it’s getting bad and stuff like that, if I feel like giving up, I just think about my buddies that either lost their lives or lost legs. There’s a lot of them that were amputees over there and would give anything just to run down the street and so many people take it

AID from page 1

Area retailers such as Kroger, Panera Bread, Sam’s Club and Walmart will host Anthem LemonAid stands outside their locations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As Dickstein said, the merchants’ participation is invaluable because it brings the fundraiser to a large group of shoppers throughout the weekend. “They play a huge role in allowing us to use their storefront space to get weekend traffic,” Dickstein said. “Some are partners on a national level, and some are local like Panera Bread and Kroger.” At the same time, private citizens will staff lemonade stands in their own neighborhoods. Each proprietor will receive cups, lemonade mix, a pitcher,






for granted. I just think about that. That’s my motivation, just think about all the wounded warriors, literally.” Anthony Caponi, 22, of Ft. Myers, Fla., enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was 19 and was medically discharged about eight months later as the result of an injury to his left ankle. Like the other Marines, Anthony said he jumped at the chance to be a part of the run. “I thought it was great,” he said. “I mean, there’s no greater honor . . . to run up the coast of the United States to raise money for fellow brothers.” Anthony said the heat has been the most difficult obstacle to overcome. “But I mean it’s nothing we can’t get through,” he said. Anthony said he’s enjoyed seeing new things on the run, but it’s his buddies who he enjoys most. “The best part is just hanging with my friends,” he said. “We’re close. It’s a bond. It’s a Marine Corps bond. That’s what it is.” Joshua Miller, 26, who also is part of the run, entered the Marine Corps in 2008 and was slated to be discharged on Saturday, July 14. He also was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. When he’s running in the heat, Joshua said he thinks about the

promotional balloons, signage, stickers and a Lemonhead hat. According to Dickstein, they only have to provide ice, water and their own stands. “They can create a stand or just do tables and chairs,” Dickstein said. “And there’s a good mix because some are in front of homes, community pools, offices and child care facilities, so there’s a pretty broad spectrum.” Registration for the stands began on Monday, April 2, and ended on Tuesday, July 17. Money collected during the drive will be turned in on Tuesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 25. And even though the main event hasn’t happened yet, Dickstein said a celebration has already been planned to thank the lemonade stand proprietors for their







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2200 block of Lake Surrey Drive Unknown suspect/s entered one unlocked residence and forced entry into another residence. Items stolen. 1000 block of Cowan Road Known suspect entered residence through window of vacant residence. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

9500 block of Midlothian Turnpike Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked 2900 block of Woodbridge Crossing vehicle. Items stolen. Drive Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked July 3 vehicle. Items stolen. 7300 block of Hull Street Road Unknown suspect called in a bomb threat to location. July 6

July 5

3600 block of Riverbirch Trace Court Victim reported being approached by an unknown suspect that displayed a knife. The suspect attempted to rob the victim and was joined by a second unknown suspect. The victim was able to escape and the suspects fled. The victim had non-life threatening injuries.

11300 block of Briarmont Road Unknown suspect/s assaulted and robbed victim. Items stolen. Victim reported non-life-threatening injuries. 8400 block of Den Bark Drive One known suspect and two unknown suspects assaulted and robbed victim. Non-life-threatening injuries reported.

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July 5 7000 block of Velvet Antler Drive Victim’s vehicle was stolen by possible 1700 block of Airleigh Court Unknown suspect/s entered vehicle. known suspect. Vehicle was stolen Items stolen. and recovered at location.

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1600 block of Headwaters Road Victim reported items stolen from driveway. 200 block of Perimeter Drive Suspect observed on surveillance making fraudulent returns.

July 5

11800 block of Kilrenny Road Unknown suspect/s gained entry to locked house with no signs of forced entry. Items stolen.

July 6

Marines who were in his platoon that lost their lives or were wounded, like one friend who is battling to keep his legs. “Him knowing that we’re doing this is motivating him to recover better,” Joshua said. “That’s what the wounded warriors need. They need to know that we are out here supporting them on stuff that they can’t do to help them support themselves and to recover better and to recover for their families and their spouses and stuff. That’s what I’ve gotten the most excitement out of – is knowing the support I’m giving them.” Like his wife, Tyler said he also enjoyed hosting the Marines. “These guys seem to be a fantastic bunch of guys,” he said. “I mean, they just really [have] got very diverse stories about their life and how they came up and it’s just really been awe-inspiring to have them here for the Fourth of July.” “I think they embody everything there is about our freedom and our country – all the good – and we need to be reminded of that every day and they’re a great reminder to be able to spend time with them,” Brenda said. “It’s fabulous.” To follow the Marines, and/or to make a donation, visit www.

1700 block of Rambling Road Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked vehicle. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

July 7

1200 block of Elmart Lane Victim observed suspect in his yard. Suspect also attempted entry into garage. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

23236 July 4

11700 block of S. Briar Patch Drive Unknown suspect/s broke out front window and exterior panes or rear sliding doors. No entry was made. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

1100 block of Courthouse Road Unknown suspect kicked through glass doors of two businesses. No entry gained. Nothing reported stolen at this time.


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July 4

14300 block of Clemons Drive Known suspects entered residence without permission. Items stolen. Known suspects stole the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was recovered.

23235 July 2

2400 block of Jimmy Winters Road Possible known suspect gained entry to locked residence with no signs of force. Items stolen.

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time and service. On Thursday, Aug. 2, the volunteers will be honored by M&T Bank during the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball game at The Diamond. A section of the stadium will be reserved for those participants, and they also will enjoy their own pre-game party. “The celebration will happen at The Diamond, and we’ll be over in the Birthday Zone,” Dickstein said. “A few hours before the game starts, Nutzy (the Flying Squirrels’ mascot) will be there, we’ll have food and inflatables, we’ll spend hours to thank them for their participation, and there will also be fireworks that night, so it should be a fun time.” If enough people buy cups of lemonade this weekend, it could be beneficial for childhood cancer

1600 block of Winding Way Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked vehicle. Items stolen.

1800 block of Glenhurst Avenue Unknown suspects entered residence through unlocked window. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

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10300 block of Ridgerun Road Unknown suspect/s stole items from bed of pickup truck.

then two locations. More than 25,000 students visited the facility on field trips. CMofR has an annual operating budget of $3.5 million and 35 fulltime employees. The new facility at Winterpock features a city bus and fire truck, attractions that have become immediately popular with its visitors. There’s also a train exhibit, an art studio, diner, grocery story and a separate area for crawling toddlers. “Play is essential to developing social skills, adaptability, creativity and the ability to problem solve,” Coltraine said. “We are working on the workforce of 2032.” The expanded facility allowed the museum to move its storage

area from the old FFV building near its downtown location to the new Winterpock location. The latest edition also offers three classrooms and expanded areas for birthday parties. Coltraine said the fun and challenging activities are the perfect combination to stimulate and build a child’s mind. “Our exhibits are designed to build the brain’s architecture through challenging and fun experiences. That’s the whole idea behind the Children’s Museum,” she said. She urged community members to get involved with the museum by volunteering, donating art supplies or sponsoring exhibits. The museum also offers numerous fundraising efforts throughout the year.

research in our area. “The big thing is that $1 is turned into $726,000 for the hospital’s department, and that would not be possible without a person buying a single glass of lemonade,” Dickstein said. Anthem LemonAid will be held at the following Southside retailers on Friday, July 20, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22: ! Kroger, 2801 Hicks Road, Richmond. ! Kroger, 14101 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian. ! Kroger, 13201 Rittenhouse Drive, Midlothian. ! Kroger, 12726 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester. ! Panera Bread, 4701 Brad McNeer Parkway, Midlothian. ! Panera Bread, 12540 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester.

! Panera Bread, 11649 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian. ! Panera Bread, 9200 Stony Point Parkway, Chesterfield. ! Sam’s Club, 901 Walmart Way, Midlothian. ! Walmart, 2501 Sheila Lane, Richmond. ! Walmart, 901 Walmart Way, Midlothian. ! Walmart, 14501 Hancock Village Street, Chesterfield. ! Walmart, 12000 Ironbridge Road, Chester. ! Walmart, 12200 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian. For more information about the Anthem LemonAid effort, call 804228-5934 or visit To learn more about Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, visit

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Children’s theatre brings Disney to Dogwood Dell BY KOREY HUGHES


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resented by the City of Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation, the Festival of the Arts is a season-long performance series that happens at Dogwood Dell in Richmond each summer. The Chesterfield Children’s Theatre, a local acting troupe comprised of kids and adults, will make an appearance at the festival when the group performs its Disney Revue show on Sunday, July 22. Although members of the organization have worked in other capacities during Festival of the Arts performances in the past, this will be the first time the group has performed there during the series. Tracey Frame, the Chesterfield Children’s Theatre’s artistic director, said the revue is a revision of a show the troupe has done before at various Chesterfield County Public Library locations. Frame also said that Dogwood Dell specifically asked for her group to perform the Disney Revue, but she also thinks it will be a great opportunity for families who

can’t afford to visit a Disney theme park this summer to see their favorite characters up close. “People of all ages can enjoy the show, and there will probably be a favorite that they’ll enjoy watching,” Frame said. “We wanted to make sure that we not only showed off classic characters such as our favorite princesses, but we wanted to have boys’ characters such as the Beast from ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and we have some other characters that aren’t princesses but are other recognizable characters.” Frame said that the show, which lasts about 45 minutes, is just long enough to keep small children entertained without losing their interest. The show’s plot is a romantic tale where various Disney princesses help to foster a romance between Beauty and the Beast. And not only will Frame direct the production, but she also will act in it. Frame will portray Giselle, the princess featured in the live-action Disney film “Enchanted.” “I’ve played a lot of different characters at the Chesterfield libraries,” Frame said. “But this time, I’m playing a new character.”

“Everyone has their own little separate solo, and there are group numbers. It’s difficult (to direct) during the group numbers, so sometimes we’ll teach the choreography, and we have helpers who will watch the rehearsals because it’s hard for me to watch it while I’m performing.” When asked if moving the show outdoors will affect the Chesterfield Children’s Theatre’s ability to perform, Frame said the venue won’t have an affect on her group’s level of showmanship. “Not really, because we’re so used to performing at county fairs and festivals, and the kids’ stage has a back wall for exits and entrances,” Frame said. “And, it’s good outside because we can interact more with the audience.” “Some of the numbers from ‘Enchanted’ work well there because it’s set in Central Park. And, when people come, we encourage them to sing and dance.” Spectators are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, blankets and chairs to the performance. Once it begins, Frame said a parade of characters will walk in from the Carillon, and, afterwards, the audience will be able to


Above: Prince Charming (Jesse Taylor) and Cinderella (Tracey Lynn Frame) spend time with a young audience member. Right: Frame, in character as Belle, takes time to pose with Disney fans.

interact with and take photos with the various Disney characters. Even though the Central Virginia region has been hit with extremely high temperatures as of late, Frame said the performance will happen regardless of the weather forecast. And don’t worry – accommodations will be made to ensure that the audience stays comfortable that day. “A lot of people don’t know this, but (the Ha’Penny Stage) is right

behind the Carillon, and we have had people not show up for the performances when it rained or when there have been high temperatures,” Frame said. “But, if it gets hot, they move them inside the Carillon.” The Chesterfield Children’s Theatre will perform its Disney Revue at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, on the Ha’Penny Stage at Dogwood Dell at 6000 South Boulevard in Richmond. Admission is free. For more information

about the Festival of the Arts, call 804-646-1031. For more information about the Chesterfield Children’s Theatre, e-mail


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Lyndale Baptist Church at 8320 Hull Street Rd. in Richmond will hold a concert benefit from 3 to 4 p.m. for Carter Castlebury. The bands True Spirit and Cross Branded will perform. Those who arrive between 2:15 and 3 p.m. may receive a free gift.

SUNDAY, JULY 22 Bon Air Baptist Church will hold a concert featuring Ken Medema at 7 p.m. at 2531 Buford Road in Richmond. He uses improvised musical inventions to tell inspiring stories. His texts are filled with witty commentary, rhyme and instrumental sounds. Blind from birth, Ken’s faith walk and musical genius is unpar-

SATURDAY, JULY 28 Since 2008, folks looking for work have sought help from the weekly JobSeekers program at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian. Now the JobSeekers program is offering a day-long program covering such topics as: resume writing, interviewing practice with feedback and secrets to finding government work. Lasting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the cost is $10 to offset lunch and materials. Human Resource professionals will be presenting the various topics, giving behind the scenes advice to the unemployed, under-employed, veterans,

service family members and recent graduates. Titled “Are you prepared for your job search?” you may obtain additional information by calling 804-379-8899 or e-mailing Teddy Cogbill at This is a cooperative effort of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and its member churches.

SUNDAY, JULY 29 Bon Air Baptist Church will hold a concert featuring Friends of the Groom at 7 p.m. at 2531 Buford Road in Richmond, with drama, storytelling and music. Friends of the Groom, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a Christian theatre group that proclaims God’s

love using a unique blend of humor, story, inspiring content, and scenes that are hard to forget.

MONDAY, AUG. 6 The Greater Richmond Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is holding its Hoop It Up Basketball Camp Aug. 6-10 at the Bon Air Baptist Church. Former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams is the lead coach and will help players increase their basic skills and strengthen their game. The campers are split into two age groups ranging from 7 to 10 and 11 to 14, and the cost is $135 per camper. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Thursday. On Friday, campers will par-

ticipate in an All Star Celebration the family is welcome to attend. Details and the registration form are available at For more information, call FCA area director Michael Stock at 804-221-1291.

Baptist Church at 1510 Courthouse Rd. in Richmond. For more information, call Peg at 804-379-9558.

WEEKLY WEDNESDAYS Bridge is played from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at St. Mark’s Church at 11551 Luck’s Lane in Midlothian. Players of all levels are welcome. No advance sign-up is required. For more information, call Carol at 804594-0995.

SATURDAY, AUG. 11 Kiwanis Family Fun Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Villa at 8000 Brook Road in Richmond, featuring health screenings, child I.D. kits, and plenty of fun. Activities are free to the public.


WEEKLY TUESDAYS Overeaters Anonymous Group #51606 meets at 2 p.m. each Tuesday at Central


The Al-Anon meeting Awaken to Hope meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at St. John Neumann Catholic Church at 2480 Batterson Rd. in Powhatan.




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13. Tobacco mosaic virus 14. Local area network (abbr.) 16. Farm state 17. Orderly and neat 18. Mythological bird 20. Aimed at object 23. Those bearing young 24. A course of action 25. Navigator of a ship 26. Gone by or past 27. One of RegisÕ daughters 28. Comedian Ceasar 29. 12 inches (abbr.) 30. Tax collector 31. Greek mathematician 32. Artiodactyl mammals 33. A hereditary ruler 36. Burns gas or wood (abbr.) 37. Of a layperson

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Take some time to look through your checkbook or online bills history, Taurus. You may have a few unexpected expenses on the horizon and you’ll need to some extra cash. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Loss is not something easily overcome, Gemini. If you’ve lost someone you love due to relocation or illness, surround yourself with a good support team until you rebound a bit.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Never say never, Cancer, because you may look foolish when you eventually do the things you said you never would. Instead, be open to all possibilities and opportunities. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Great ideas often arrive with little effort, Leo. It’s turning those ideas into a working project that can often take a lot of energy. However, Gemini, you’re up for the challenge. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 For the most part you’re insistent on doing things yourself and taking the difficult route, Virgo. Try to let go a little this week and let someone else handle things for a change.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you may have your heart set on making a change, but you have not quite narrowed down what that change will be. Sit down and work on some ideas this week. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 The only way you will know if your ideas have merit is to stick you neck out and take a chance once in a while, Scorpio. You just may be surprised at the feedback. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 There’s not much else you can do with regard to a tenuous relationship, Sagittarius. So it’s best if you just cut your losses and move on. You’ll make new friends easily.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Although you want to be everything to everyone, there’s only so much of you to go around, Capricorn. Don’t spread yourself too thinly because it can take quite a while to recuperate after. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you are ready to dabble in something that you and you alone enjoy. Figure out what you need to get started and begin building around your specific interest or hobby. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 With so many friends seeking your attention, Pisces, you just may be the star of a particular social event that may come up this week.


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 A vacation could be in the works in the next few weeks, Aries. Because tasks can seem to sneak up on you, get the planning started early and work up an itinerary.


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Set your dials July 29 Home-grown diva Shannon Taylor and the U.S. Olympic field hockey team opens Pool B play July 29 against Germany at London’s Riverbank Arena. Other U.S. Pool games are July 31 vs. Argentina, Aug. 2 vs. Australia, Aug. 4 vs. New Zealand and Aug. 6 vs. South Africa. The top two in each Pool advance to Aug. 8 semifinals. Finals will be Aug. 10. COURTESY PHOTOS

Midlothian native Shannon Taylor, who was a star field hockey player at University of Richmond and at Syracuse University, will take the field in London this summer as part of the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team. The 25-year-old striker’s motto, “Be11ieve,” has become a rallying cry for her local fans.

Be11ieve Rapids to State AAA ‘02 title. She wore No. 11 University of e11ieve” (spelled Richmond and Syracuse, where she with No. “11” was an All-American in ‘06. replacing letter “l”) And now, best of all, the 25has become the year-old striker will be in No. 11 local catch phrase for the unofficial red, white and blue USA colors for Shannon Taylor Fan Club. the upcoming London Olympics, Taylor has always favored jersey beginning July 29. No. 11 for her continued good for“We still talk on the phone a lot tune swinging a field-hockey stick. and text at least a couple of times a Locally, folks recall her wearing week,” said Gormus. “And whenever No. 11 at James River High, where Shannon is in town she comes to she spurred Coach Slade Gormus’ see us.

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“Just last month, when she was in town, we took a funny video of her showing our girls how to drive.” Gormus has made up T-shirts saying “London 2012” on front and “Be11ieve” on back. “Be11ieve,” with unique spelling, stems from a tattoo Taylor has with that lettering on her left wrist. “Shannon wanted it somewhere, up front, where she would always be seeing it,” said her father, Dwayne Taylor. “It’s her motivator.”

Gormus is running with the idea for a good cause. “I’m advertising them on my Facebook … they’re going fast … from Delaware is from to Richmond,” said Gormus. Profits from the $20 T-shirts will go towards the family’s travel expenses. Gormus can be reached at 804- 938-0708. Parents Dwayne (DuPont employee) and Kelly (Chesterfield Schools) will be traveling to London along with Shannon’s sisters

Sharks Area FootGolf fan hopes holding Avid soccer and golf player starts league football that combines attributes of both sports sign-ups BY BEN ORCUTT

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lberta Smith Sharks Football will hold sign-ups for all levels (grades K-8) on July 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Dick’s Sporting Goods (14629 Hancock Village Street). The registration fee for football is $100 through July and $110 in August. The uniform cost is $45. Also, all players should have a copy of their birth certificate with them at time of registration. Practice will start in early August, with games beginning September 8. All players in the Smith, Winterpock, and Clover Hill school districts are encouraged to register. The Smith Athletic Association (SAA) Football program invites you to participate in our 2nd annual Tournament of Sharks, on Friday, Aug. 3 at Birkdale Country Club. The SAA football program has been serving Alberta Smith area families for well over a decade. Enjoy the driving range, 18 holes of golf (including cart), lunch, door prizes, dinner, and an exciting awards banquet, all for just $300 team /$75 player. For more information pertaining to Smith football or the Tournament of Sharks Golf Outing, please contact Eric Payne at

idlothian resident Jack Graham is hoping that the FootGolf league he is starting in Richmond will take off just like a soccer ball that is used to play the sport. A 2010 graduate of Monacan High School and a rising junior at Old Dominion University where he is majoring in business analytics, the 20-year-old Graham said that FootGolf is played much the same way as golf. Instead of using a golf club and golf balls, players use a standard size 5 soccer ball to kick their way around a golf course that’s set up with holes that are about 21 inches in diameter, Graham said. Golf courses establish par for each hole, Graham said, with two points given to a player for even par, one point for one over par, and no

points for two or more over par. Three points are scored when a player is one under par, and so on, Graham said. An avid soccer player and golfer, Graham said he got the idea for a FootGolf league when he “randomly came across the FootGolf informational website [] about a month ago and so I sent them an e-mail saying I was interested and they sent me a phone number and ever since then I’ve been on the phone day and night talking to them trying to get the league set up.” Graham said he is looking to form four or five teams to make up the Richmond league, with a goal of having an area event by the end of the year. A local sports complex has already shown interest in helping him develop FootGolf, Graham said. FootGolf can use existing tee boxes or golf courses can choose to build new tee

– Jenna, a rising senior at James Madison University and Ellie, soonto-be James River senior. NBC hasn’t announced all the details of its’ Olympic coverage, but you can rest assured the Shannon Fan Club will be present to whoop and holler at the Gormus resident in Midlothian. “We’re having many of her friends and former teammates over to watch,” said Gormus. “We won’t BE11IEVE page 7

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boxes adjacent to those used for golf, Graham said. He said a lid can be put over the FootGolf hole so that golfers won’t be affected. “… the thing about soccer balls is that they’re not easily influenced by the fairway grass,” Graham added. “They’re bigger balls so they’re just going to roll over it, unlike a golf ball, so what you really want to do is shoot for the rough because it’ll stop the ball, it’ll help you place your next shot. I feel like that’s a major selling point for golf courses because footgolfers aren’t even on the fairways half the time.” There’s not as much decision-making in FootGolf, Graham said. “Golfers, you’ve got to use the right club, take the right shot and for certain wedge PHOTO BY BEN ORCUTT shots you’ve got to hit underMidlothian’s Jack Graham is hoping he can get area neath the ball,” Graham said. LEAGUE page 7

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residents excited about the sport of FootGolf. He is looking to form four or five teams to make up a Richmond league.

Fitzgerald, Watson commit to play for Hokies by 2015 BY FRED JETER


Contributing Writer





Catch phrase follows athlete to Olympics

he 10U Commonwealth Warriors Baseball team won the Virginia Nations Baseball Premier State Tournament at Stoney Run Park in Newport News over the June 30 – July 1 weekend. The Midlothian based team swept 5 wins

in two days in the 100 plus degree heat. Nations is one of the top travel baseball organizations in the country. It strives to uphold and protect the integrity and spirit of the game thus allowing the young player the best environment for which to compete and pursue a love of baseball.

wo of the area’s top outfield prospects will be tracking fly balls in Blacksburg

by 2015. Tyler Fitzgerald and Harry Lee Watson have both committed to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both are rising juniors, Fitzgerald at Cosby for coach Tim Lowery, and Watson at James River for Pete Schumacher. Their commitments are verbal; athletes are not permitted to officially sign a National Letter of Intent until November their senior year. “I visited the Tech campus and it just felt right,”

Tyler Fitzgerald

said Fitzgerald. “With Harry Lee and my self in the same outfield, we ought to be pretty dominant.” The 5-foot-8, 157-pound Fitzgerald is renowned for his blistering speed. The Titan covered 60 yards in 6.5 seconds at the University of HOKIES page 7



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Huguenot Trailblazers: Wisdom of ‘slow and steady’ approach now clear to see duced Porter Reinhart, St. Christopher’s Class of ’14, The most impressive headed to William & Mary; baseball team in Chesterfield Tyler Carrico, James River, history might be one you’ve headed to Virginia; and Trey never heard of. Rose, James River, going to Sure, Chesterfield has VMI. produced six state high “So eight of 12 will be school champions (Clover playing college baseball,” Hill and James River twice, said Mehfoud. “It’s good to Midlothian and Monacan); see they’re still enjoying the even a national American game.” Legion champ (Midlothian This group of TrailblazPost 186). ers stuck together aged 9-12 Dr. Joe Mehfoud. Still, it’s hard topping the while also giving their HLL claim to fame – at least in The 2012 All-Metro Trail- in-house teams their first terms of player development blazers are: priority. - of the Huguenot Trailblaz* Nathan Kirby (pitcher, “The first rule was that ers, based out of Huguenot James River High, Timesyou played Huguenot Little Little League. Dispatch Player of Year; goLeague first,” recalled parent When this year’s Timesing to University of Virginia). Bryan Miltenberger Sr. Dispatch All-Metro team was * Colton Konvicka (out“Coach Mehfoud instilled announced, it included five field, Benedictine, State Prithe Little League concept first-team selections who are vate Schools Player of Year; and, to be honest, these kids’ Trailblazers’ alumni. headed to Longwood. warmest memories are of “About half the All-Metro * Luke Lowery (catcher, playing Little League.” team; that’s pretty good,” said Cosby, Dominion District Every Trailblazer had to former TrailBlazers coach Dr. co-player of year, with Kirby; play full-time in HLL; as Joe Mehfoud (pronounced headed to East Carolina). a reciprocal arrangement, May-fud). * Mac Caples (third base, HLL allowed the ‘Blazers to “We knew those kids were James River Class of ’14; use its fields for practice and talented by the time they committed to Virginia Tech). home games. were 7-8; we were blessed, as * Bryan Miltenberger Jr. It was a slow ‘n’ easy coaches, to have them. (second base, Cosby, going to approach; as oppose to a “Our goal was for them to Randolph-Macon.) pedal-to-medal sprint for have fun … and not to burn And that’s not all. stardom and ego enhancethem out.” That same roster proment. BY FRED JETER

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Mehfoud informed parents that if they had stars in their eyes, to search elsewhere for a travel team. “He made sure the kids didn’t burn out and, more importantly, that the families didn’t burn out,” said Miltenberger Sr. “It was all about keeping it simple.” Everyone on the team took a turn pitching (“every one of ‘em,” said Mehfoud), and every one earned a few splinters riding the bench. There were no prima donnas – not even the ultratalented, fire-balling Kirby. “Nathan was overpowering, when he was on; but he had a tendency to be wild,” recalled Mehfoud. Pitchers were never “saved” for higher-profile weekend tournaments. Mehfoud recalls once entering a tournament in which “my first eight pitchers couldn’t pitch because they’d pitched that Saturday in Little League.” While the Trailblazers didn’t gauge success by wins and losses, there were highlights. As 10’s, they were second

in state USSSA; as 11’s and 12’s, they won large tournaments at Cove Creek; they also prevailed in a Cal Ripken tournament in Aberdeen, Md. During that time, many of same boys played on HLL all-star teams that won District 5 as 9’s, 10’s and 11’s, and took third as 12’s. After their 12-yearold seasons, many of the Trailblazers hooked up with coach Tim Lowery and his Cardinals’ travel outfit. “I can’t say enough good things to say about Joe,” said Lowery. “He instilled a passion in the kids … while stressing how to do it the right way.” Lowery won a state championship at Clover Hill in ’94 and has since developed Cosby into a perennial state contender. Both Lowery’s sons, Jake (now playing pro ball in Cleveland chain) and Luke, suited up for the Trailblazers under Mehfoud. “He never over-threw the kids,” recalled Lowery. ‘He did it the right way and I know I learned a lot from Dr. Joe Mehfoud.”

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outfielder at U.Va. The 5-10, 175-pound lefthanded swinging Watson enjoyed a terrific sophomore year at James River. The leftfielder earned All-Region and second-team All-Metro honors. Watson is playing summer ball for Richmond Baseball Academy (RBA) South under coach Todd Holt. Last weekend he picked up with the Cardinals for the World Wooden Bat Association (WWBA) tournament in East Cobb, Ga. Facing some of the nation’s toughest competition, the Cardinals went 4-1-2.

“Harry Lee’s bat is as good as you’ll find,” said Graham. “He’s going to be the leading hitter on just about any team he plays on.” Virginia Tech needs no GPS to find Midlothian-area baseball diamonds. Former Cosby star Ronnie Shaban had four outstanding seasons in Blacksburg and was a recent draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. Also, James River’s touted left-handed pitcher, Kit Scheetz, will enroll at Tech this fall and Rapids’ rising senior third baseman Mac Caples is likewise committed

to the Hokies. Both Fitzgerald and Watson are multi-sport athletes. Fitzgerald used his speed last fall to score five Cosby varsity touchdowns, with one coming on a school-record 89-yard kickoff return. Watson was a JV player last fall for a James River squad that won the State volleyball title. While they are rivals on the high-school diamond, Fitzgerald and Watson have been best of friends since playing together two years ago for the IYG Spiders. They plan to roommates at Tech.

It’s no wonder Division I schools such as Tech have the Midlothian area squarely in their focus. Monacan won the State title in 2006, followed by James River in 2007 and 2008. Meanwhile, Cosby won the Central Region this past spring and has become a perennial State contender. It’s becoming a growing trend for elite athletes to commit to college before their senior years. “The recruiting process has really accelerated,” said Graham. “Schools are trying to lock up the Class of ’14 now.”

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While anyone can play FootGolf, the game should be especially attractive for those who like golf or soccer or both, Graham said. “I’m extremely excited because I love golf,” Graham added. “I just got some new clubs so I’m ready to take those out and I love soccer - been playing for 15, 16 years - so it’s a good combination.” Laura Balestrini, president of the American FootGolf League Inc., said in an e-mail that the sport was created by Michael Jansen, a former

Dutch professional soccer player. In 2010, Jansen contacted the directors of a television production company in Argentina, who introduced FootGolf to South America, Balestrini said. Balestrini said that in the fall of 2011, the Argentinean television directors contacted her husband, Roberto Balestrini, about introducing FootGolf to the United States. Mrs. Balestrini said she and her husband jumped at the chance and as of June

26, the AFGL had seven leagues across the country in cities including Miami and Orlando, Fl.; Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, Ca.; Richmond, Va.; and The Dells, Wi., site of the AFGL’s first event, which is slated for July 22. “We are spreading FootGolf throughout the U.S. as quickly as possible and have many opportunities in the works,” Mrs. Balestrini said. “Jack contacted the AFGL through our website saying he would like

to have our help and support to start a FootGolf League in Richmond. We quickly thought he was a good choice as he is young, energetic, and caught on to the concept of FootGolf. He has contacts in the golf and soccer world in the Richmond area and we are really proud of how fast he is moving it forward there.” Said Graham: “We need players.” For more information, visit

“FootGolf, you just strike the actual ball. Anybody can kick a ball.” While he hasn’t played FootGolf on a golf course, Graham said he has done some experimenting. “I really like the distance shots because you get to curve the ball,” he said. “You get to be creative with your shots and you really have to focus on accuracy and placing the ball in order to set up your next shot, much like golf.”


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Virginia Camp earlier this summer. This past spring, Fitzgerald was elevated to the Cosby varsity, as a 10th grader, and hit .316 in 38 bats in the leadoff role. “Tyler not only has the speed, he has the instinct, too,” says his Virginia Cardinals travel coach Rich Graham. “He may even have more baseball speed than Mitchell Shifflett.” The longer-legged Shifflett ran an astonishing 6.2 for 60 yards while at Cosby and is now a rising junior

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