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Parade begins Saturday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. - see P10






•P3 Community College Workforce Alliance launches Richmond Project

•P6 Apples are in full swing in the fall.

•P7 Following the football coaching career on the field

•P9 A peek from the shores to the pumpkin patch.

•P10 Celebrating the 2010 Village of Midlothian Day Festival and Parade

Finding 'repurpose' for #5 plastic BY ELIZABETH FARINA



Five-year-old Helena Steger marks marble-floor design off her scavenger-hunt list at Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount.

Novelist’s ghostly home connects with Midlo author BY MARTHA STEGER

special correspondent


he first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, in 1921, Edith Wharton, generated interest in herself, not only through her novels and ghost stories, but also through books on interior design, whose principles she put into place in an isolated retreat built in Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains. Most readers know her from “The Age of Innocence” (which won the Pulitzer), “The House of Mirth,” and her novella, “Ethan Frome”; but she wrote 17 other novels; six books on architecture, decoration, design and travel; and more than 10 other works of nonfiction and collections of short stories, some of which were ghost stories. On an August family trip to Lenox, Mass., I knew I would have to visit Edith Wharton’s newly refurbished, classicalrevival home, The Mount, for all of the above reasons – plus a Midlothian connection. Sarah Bird Wright—a local author who has lived in Midlothian with her husband, retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Lewis Wright, for 40 years—wrote two books and edited another on Edith Wharton, one of them on her travel writing. Wright was searching for a topic for her PhD thesis in American Studies at The College of William

hen Midlothian resident Tim Shaw decided earlier this summer to pursue the Boy Scouts of America Hometown U.S.A. Award, he had a head start thanks to his older brother Joshua. On Sunday, Oct. 10, the 16year-old junior at Trinity Episcopal school filled two 60-gallon bags of recyclable #5 plastic at Whole Foods Market to complete the eight-week project. “My brother actually started collecting these before I started the project this summer. He had about 1,000 bottle caps, which really helped,” he said. Whole Foods, which is located on Broad Street in Short Pump, is the only store in Richmond that accepts the #5 plastic for recycling. Alton Murphy, who is a six-year employee with Whole Foods, explained that the grocer collects the recyclables for its customers that contribute the #5 plastic to its outdoor container. The items, which may otherwise end up in a landfill, are repurposed through a business partner that creates toothbrushes and other food containers with the material, Murphy added. “It’s a great way of putting post-consumer recyclable plastic back into use and keeping the process going,” he said. The #5 plastic, such as yogurt cups and plastic bottle screw tops, is usually rejected because of its physically limited malleable properties. “Most recycling centers pick, choose, plastics based on how quickly they can be melted down and repurposed for something else. The #5 [plastic] is a plastic that is hard to melt down,” Murphy said. Part of the requirements for the Hometown U.S.A. Award, which is an award program that was created between the Scouts and Keep America Beautiful® organization, PHOTO BY ELIZABETH FARINA was selecting a project that could involve the Tim Shaw of Midlothian empties the #5 plastic recycling collection into a 60gallon bag with the help of Whole Foods Market employee Alton Murphy.


Triathlon sets a fast pace


Hancock receives SAFE's Sharyl W. Adams Award For her efforts to reduce substance abuse among young people, Linda Hancock, director of the Wellness Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the recipient of this year’s Sharyl W. Adams Award from SAFE, Chesterfield County’s community coalition to prevent substance abuse. Hancock is a family nurse practitioner who has provided primary health care to college students for two decades. A resident of Chester, she has been a member of the SAFE board of directors since 2006. Hancock has given many hours of service as a key participant in a number of SAFE initiatives. As facilitator for SAFE’s Café Conversations, she has helped middle school kids and their parents talk about underage drinking issues using creative, interactive and fun activities. She has made presentations at youth forums, town hall meetings and teen citizen academies. Hancock challenges teens’ perceptions about how many of their peers are drinking or using drugs. Through interactive survey techniques, she demonstrates that teens often overestimate peer use of drugs and alcohol. She stresses that most teens are not using but are instead making healthy choices. Hancock’s sense of humor and common-sense approach to sensitive topics have greatly enhanced SAFE’s substance abuse prevention efforts. She is committed to making both VCU and Chesterfield County healthier communi-


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ties for young people. “I love volunteering for SAFE because it’s a real team approach,” Hancock said. “All types of community members — students, school administrators, business owners, law enforcement, health care professionals and parents — we all work together to reduce the harm caused by substance abuse. No one can do everything, but we can all do something. I invite everyone to become a part of SAFE and its mission.” The Sharyl W. Adams Award was established by SAFE in 2009 to recognize individuals who make significant contributions to the prevention of substance abuse in Chesterfield County. Sharyl Adams helped to found SAFE as a community coalition in 1999 and continues to work for the organization. For more information, visit or call (804)516-1655. courtesy of Chesterfield County


Don Wilhelm of Richmond keeps up with traffic on Huguenot Trail Road/Robious Road during the second phase in the Napier Realtors Richmond Sprint Triathlon. The triathlon took place at the ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center in Midlothian on Sunday, Oct. 10. The event, which reached over 500 participants, benefited the Massey Cancer Center. Race results link and photos online at

Spirit of stewardship seen through ‘Sharing Day’ BY LATIKA LEE

special correspondent


here was a chill in the air, but not a cloud in the sky when Dr. Nancy Rock Poti, pastor, and members of Trinity Church, Baptist, began setting up tables on the lawn of the church last Saturday morning for their first “Sharing Day” event. If you drove past the modest, red brick house at the end of Branchway Road, then you would have seen a small congregation of believers with big hearts and signs that read “Free for All”. The converted building is located in a light commercial area which fronts Courthouse Road near the entrance to the Stonehenge neighborhood. “In the lectionary, PHOTO BY LATIKA LEE


Rev. Dr. Nancy Rock Poti of Trinity Church, Baptist talks about 'Sharing Day.'



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



Oct. 8

Oct. 10

16300 block of Heathwood Court Copper pipes removed from central air units of newly constructed vacant homes.

8200 block of Midlothian Turnpike Locked 1996 Honda Accord reported stolen. No signs of forced entry were noted.

11500 block of Clay Ridge Drive Copper coil removed from air conditioning unit of house under construction.

Oct. 8

11900 block of Hazelnut Branch Court Several unlocked vehicles were entered and the property was reported stolen.

Oct. 7

Whole Foods Market employee Alton Murphy, left, grandmother Rayceine Reardone, Tim Shaw, Rachel Shaw, and Gary Shaw.

SHAW from P1 entire troop. For Tim, all 69 Scouts in Troop #876 would be able to contribute to the recycling bin with common items. He announced the project’s goal at the troop’s Tuesday weekly meeting at Mount Pisgah Church on Midlothian Turnpike. “It helped them become aware of how much they can actually help and recycle instead of just throwing it away,� Tim Shaw said. Items included: SlurpieŽ cups, Starbucks cups, tumblers from different restaurants, yogurt containers, all

sizes of plastic screw-off tops, children hangers, and orange prescription medicine bottles as well as OxyCleanŽ and food-based plastic tubs. The collection grew to 120 gallons worth of refuse that would otherwise be in the landfill. “I learned that you can help out the community by recycling these [#5 plastic] and how common, how everyday life they are. You find them everywhere. A lot of people think about it and guess they can throw them away or recycle them in the wrong place,� Tim Shaw said. “With great young men

like this, we definitely may need a bigger bin,� Murphy said. Of course, it wasn’t just the troop’s members that contributed to the recycle bin. Family members even as far away as Louisiana contributed to the cause. “There are even things from Louisiana from friends and family and even some that cleared airport security,� said dad Gary Shaw. “My mom [Rachel] contributed quite a few,� Tim Shaw said. Tim also earned five out of ten Merit Badges, such as

Q & A with Preserve Gimme 5 How do I participate in Gimme 5? Through our Gimme 5 recycling program, the program accepts all stamped, clean #5 plastic—any brand, any product. Preserve will sort and recycle your #5 items to give them new life as Preserve products. (Please do make sure the plastic is clean, as it makes the sorting process much easier and more pleasant for our partners who sort.) You can drop off your #5 plastic at many Whole Foods Markets What #5s do you/don’t you accept? Good question. We will accept any stamped, clean #5. Of course, some #5 plastic is easier to use than others. We prefer rigid containers (like yogurt, food storage, etc) and other approved #5s (like Brita water pitcher filters and Preserve products--for a list, check out. Unfortunately, the material properties of #5 film (used in bags, for example) are quite different than for rigid #5 plastic (in dairy containers, for example). We’re currently unable to recycle #5 film.

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Fish and Wildlife Management and Environmental Science, which are required to fulfill the application for the award. Tim, who is the youngest of seven in the Shaw family, has a strong family history in the Boy Scouts of America. His grandfather was a Scout and he even has an older brother who has achieved Eagle Scout rank. “I really like the Scouting program because it reinforces the characteristics my husband and I want our children to learn. It reinforces integrity and honest and discipline,� mom Rachel Shaw said. Tim will receive his Eagle Scout next spring. He has completed the installation of benches at his school for the Eagle Scout requirements. Highlights from the past summer include the Boy Scouts of America 100th anniversary Jamboree and sailing in Key West on a 40-plus sailboat as a part of his Scouting experience. He’s currently busy staying on top of academics while playing football for the Trinity Titans. He is also involved with his church, West End Assembly of God as well as Scouts.

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7200 block of Buck Rub Place Victim observed unknown suspects steal a skateboard from his front porch then run into the woods. The victim ran after the suspects and confronted them, at which time one of the suspects displayed a gun. The suspect told the victim to back up, then shot a round into the ground before fleeing on foot.

Oct. 6 6800 block of Winters Prey Trail Suspect(s) pulled electrical wiring from one house under construction, then removed the contents of two HVAC units outside of another house under construction. 5000 block of Parrish Branch Road Dead-bolted front door kicked open, damaging the door jamb. Residence rummaged through with items removed.

Oct. 5 13400 block of Harbour Pointe Parkway Suspects were observed taking property from the above address. Area officers responded and located the suspects, taking them into custody.

Oct. 4 14700 block of Village Square Place Victim’s purse was removed from the vehicle while in the parking lot.

Oct. 3 10600 block of Hull Street Road Lock cut on storage shed with items removed.

Oct. 2 13500 block of East Boundary Road Suspect(s) forced entry to a locked company vehicle and removed items from inside.

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Oct. 7 8200 block of Robert Bruce Drive Victim reported the property was stolen from his vehicle. 1900 block of Huguenot Road Two suspects entered the store, one of which was armed with a gun and demanded money from the register. After taking the money, the suspects fled on foot.

Oct. 6 8700 block of Bon View Drive Attempted entry to the residence through the rear door. 8200 block of Hull Street Road Masked and armed suspects entered the restaurant, demanding cash. Upon taking the money, suspects walked out.

Oct. 2 10700 block of Midlothian Turnpike License plates stolen off of victim’s Jeep.

Oct. 1 10700 block of Allecingie Parkway License plates stolen from Ford Ranger.

23236 Oct. 9 1200 block of Cottonwood Road Victim advised the property was removed from his unlocked residence.

Oct. 8 500 block of Southlake Boulevard Office entered in the evening. Property removed. 800 block of Research Road Non-forcible entry was gained to the business and property removed from the interior. A truck, stored on the lot, was also taken, but later returned.

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1500 block of Tudor Lane Multiple unlocked vehicles and one locked vehicle were entered. The property was reported stolen. No sign of forced entry to the locked vehicle.


2200 block of Hicks Road Victim reported the property was stolen from his locked 2009 Toyota. No signs of forced entry were noted.

Oct. 4 10900 block of Trade Road Property removed from location.

Oct. 8 19600 block of Lacy Farm Road Front window smashed out with property removed from the interior.

9300 block of Cardiffloop Road Victim’s motorcycle was stolen from the driveway where it was left with the key hanging from the handlebar.

Oct. 2 8600 block of Eastwood Court Entry gained to the residence and property stolen from inside.

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4700 block of Ball Cypress Road Property reported stolen from victim’s unlocked 2002 Subaru.


6900 block of Able Road Inoperable tan 1995 Lincoln I Town Car reported stolen from complainant’s residence.


Oct. 4 7500 block of Robinwood Drive Suspect was seen taking copper from an open shed and from the rear yard of the residence. Officers responded and took the suspect into custody.



6100 block of Snowbird Court Property was reported stolen from victim’s unlocked black 2000 Honda.



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Community College Workforce Alliance and partners offer job creation program: Project RICHMOND GATE


Last year, residents select bowls from area artists to support the program to help area homeless.

Empty Bowls benefit fills plates for the area homeless at two local events

Richmond-area residents, who qualify, must attend an upcoming information session before applying to the program The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) is sponsoring, along with its partners, a program called Project RICHMOND GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship). More than 250 potential entrepreneurs are expected to benefit from this job creation program to receive training, counseling and assistance in applying for funding to start the business of their dreams in the Greater Richmond region. In order to apply, the applicant must meet two qualifications - be over the age of 45 years of age and meet the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) dislocated worker eligibility criteria. Community members, who qualify and are interested in the program, are invited to attend one of the upcoming information sessions before applying. CCWA is hosting two upcoming information sessions.

nity. The dates of this year’s events are: The Empty Bowls Benefit is a grassroots Oct. 19 at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and (804) 359-5651 ext. 123, at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. towns across the country to support feeding Oct. 21 - Salisbury Presbyterian Church, programs for the hungry in their communi- (804) 794-5311, at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. ties. Empty Bowls Richmond, in partnership Contact the churches directly for tickets. with area artists and faith based organizaFreedom House is a local non-profit ortions, benefits Freedom House’s Conrad ganization that has been providing breakfast Center Soup Kitchen. and dinner seven days per week at the ConFor a $20 donation, attendees select a bowl rad Center Soup Kitchen and transitional from hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-craft- housing for homeless single adults at the ed bowls donated by Richmond-area artists Community Shelter and Sean’s Place since and are then treated to a delicious meal 1983. of homemade soups, bread, beverage and For more information about Freedom dessert. This is a signature, family friendly House or volunteering for this event, contact benefit for Freedom House and helps raise Christy Ellis @ 233-4064 x 209 or visit www. not only much needed funds for our feeding program, but also awareness of the hunger courtesy of Cindy Barton on behalf of Freeand homelessness that exists in our commudom House and Hilliard House Today Employment Transition Center, 4060 Innslake Drive, Glen Allen, Va. 23060 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. event out of deference to the market were allowed in the BY TYLER WHITLEY Media General News Service League of Women Voters, health-care system, more Thursday, Oct. 28 competition among doctors Two candidates for the 7th whose members don’t like Resource Workforce Cenpolitical theatrics. would result and medical District congressional seat ter, 7333 Whitepine Road, About 60 people attended costs would be lowered. disagreed on almost every Richmond, Va. 23237 the debate, which will be Bayne said the Gulf of topic at a debate in Hen2 p.m. – 4 p.m. aired Sunday, Oct. 17 at 6 Mexico oil spill represented a rico County Monday night, except that Rep. Eric Cantor p.m. on WCVE public televi- failure of government. The training and sersion. Waugh said the oil spill should have been there. vices offered to participants Asked a series of quesrepresented a failure of busi“I am very disappointed include one-on-one busitions, Baugh, a liberal, and ness. that the incumbent represenBayne, a conservative, took Waugh said he would not ness assessments with a tative doesn’t feel the need strongly divergent views. extend the Bush-era tax cuts personal counselor and to speak to you folks,� said Bayne said the governto people making more than business training courses in Floyd Bayne of Midlothian, ment should get out of the $250,000 a year, because that marketing, business managean independent conservative way and let the free-market would increase the debt while ment and personnel issues. who has tea-party backing. system produce jobs and helping only 2 percent of the Also provided is application Democrat Rick Waugh, assistance for small business wealth. Waugh said the wealthier people. a Louisa County social loans. Project RICHMOND government needs to invest Taxing the wealthy would worker, said Cantor “is more GATE was brought to the in infrastructure and alternaonly punish success, Bayne interested in political power than he is in representing the tive energy sources to get the said. economy moving. “I never got a job from a people in his district.� Waugh said the healthpoor person,� he added. Cantor, a 10-year incumbent and a Republican leader care plan sought by President Tyler Whitley is a staff writer in the House of Representa- Barack Obama is “not perfor the Richmond Timesfect� because it doesn’t cover Dispatch. tives, was attending a fundraiser at a private residence a enough people, but “it’s a (Congressman Eric Cantor’s few miles away in Manakin- start. We can improve on it.� wife, Diana F. Cantor, is a member of the board of Sabot. Liz Cheney, a daughter Waugh said, “Cantor’s idea of directors of Media General health care is that if you can’t of former Vice President Inc., parent company of the afford it, you die.� Dick Cheney, was the main Richmond Times-Dispatch.) Bayne said if the free attraction.

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Ray Allen Jr., a spokesman for Cantor, said the fundraising event was arranged before the League of Women Voters and Richmond First Club organized the debate at the Tuckahoe branch library in Henrico. Cantor has declined two debate invitations, saying the people of the 7th District know where he stands on the issues. He has spent much of the campaign going around the country stumping for GOP congressional candidates. Waugh has put out a “wanted� poster on Cantor calling him a “chicken.� He has hired someone in a chicken suit to make that point. None of that was in evidence at the Oct. 11

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Events spotlight the Village of Midlothian BY ELIZABETH FARINA



On the walking path to education

ctober is a great month to be a Midlothian resident. Every year, the community comes together on the third Saturday of the month in the heart of the village. It's a celebration of our community that many folks have come to call home. Maybe it is the parade, or the festival, or possibly the historic park tour that provides a foundation of pride that Midlothian means more than just the suburbs of the Greater Richmond area. Maybe it's the opportunity on Saturday morning to walk in to the small businesses at the shopping centers that make the village more than a breeze-thru on the way to Route 288. Maybe it's stopping by at the church displaying the photographic talents while raising money for Haiti. Maybe it's the chance, with the road being closed from 8:30 a.m. - noon, that we can all stroll along Midlothian Turnpike at 5 miles per hour without worrying that our socks will be blown off by a car speeding along with a distracted driver and passengers heading to their next destination. Maybe we'll finally get to use the sidewalks that line the village's main street as we meet fellow neighbors and notice the small changes in the village that have happened over time. Midlothian is more than a commuter haven. Hopefully the pride we take in our community will shine as brightly as the sunshine expected on Saturday.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Halloween is just around the corner. What costume are you planning on wearing? What was the most successful Halloween costume? Elizabeth Farina EDITOR

Students from Bettie Weaver Elementary school participated in “International Walk to School Day” on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Bettie Weaver students and families living in the Lenox Forest neighborhood of River Downs, now have access to a walking path to school that is safe and enjoyable, thanks to a grant obtained by former Weaver parent Susan Proffitt. More than 50 students, their parents, younger siblings, and some family pets kicked off the opening of the path by joining friends and neighbors for the walk to school. Dr. Holly Richard, principal of Bettie Weaver, met the group at the halfway mark, and led the walkers to the front doors of the school. - submitted by Coleen Ramsey Madison

SHARING from P1 we’ve been talking about sharing and the basis of the gospel being about sharing,” said Pastor Poti. “If we all share, there’s plenty that’s provided for us. But a lot of times, things aren’t divided equally, but, we discovered, as good stewards of God’s earth, that we can share things; and we will always have enough.” The members of the church decided to invite neighbors near and far to join them in a day of shared blessings. The concept for “Sharing Day” was to give everything away for free. People could bring items in good condition such as clothing, books, household goods, and other supplies and equipment that they no longer needed or wanted, and share them with others who could take what they needed. The freecycle component to the community event meant sharing not only material items, but also sharing in fellowship and the building of relationships. “We’ve had a great response from the community,” said church member Barbara Warren. “You wouldn’t have believed it, but within 20 minutes, most of the clothing items were all gone. It was wonderful.” Since the event was close to St. Francis’ Day, the traditional time of the church year for celebrating the gift of animal companions worldwide, the Blessing of the Animals was also integrated into the occasion. There were activities for all ages on the lawn includM





ing chalk drawing, face painting and pictures with pets, as well as music. The spirit of the day was also a lesson in hospitality. There was free food available so people who hadn’t had a good meal were able to eat. The members gathered to make an assembly line to prepare sandwiches, drinks, fresh fruit and a snack so anyone could take them. They had simple meals that were easy to share, so nothing was wasted. “This is the way it should be, you know, sharing and exchanging,” said Sandra Scott, a passerby who happened to see the gathering on the lawn, “there’s more of a blessing in the giving.” Among those attending the event was a Latino family where the mother was eight months pregnant and the father had just lost his job after relocating to the area. They had been driving around searching yard sales looking for baby items. “They said they were really looking for a crib,” said church member Laverne Newton, “I said I had one at my house. So I took them there to get the crib and mattress. She was crying.” The church was also able to provide them with a high chair, playpen, baby monitor and clothes for the family’s three year-old son. “Sometimes needs just get filled through ‘Godincidences’,” said Dr. Poti. “We say that God puts somebody in your pathway. Coincidentally, she was here and a member had just donated an entire box of maternity clothes.







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We’re seeing people who are put in our pathway to remind us that God’s bounty is here for everyone. If we share, as we were taught as children, people will have what they need and that was the basis of the day…that’s what good stewardship means.” Being good stewards of the earth is important and meaningful to the members of Trinity Church. Soon they will be moving into a shared corporate space which benefits the environment and the community. The commercial building had been vacant for two years. “It’s better to have a building occupied as much of the 24 hour day as possible. We’ll be sharing it with the Irvin Law Firm,” said Poti. “We decided to enter into a partnership where they have the upstairs, and the downstairs will be administrative offices of the Ministers to Ministers (MTM) Foundation. The rest will be used for the community of faith. It will be an open-style, so we can worship in a number of different ways.” The first phase of the renovation project began last spring with the remodeling of the upstairs space and some common areas. The next phase will include the church and MTM move-in and the final phase is a warehouse retrofit where the facility will be converted into a kitchen for dining facilities. The congregation anticipates receiving County approval and moving into 501 Branchway Road by the end of the year.

"Halloween is a ball of fun in our house. My favorite costume – until nature called – was being a mummy using torn strips from bed sheets. Jim McConnell We have been SPORTS EDITOR jmconne@midlothian everything from a pumpkin to every fairy "I think the last time tale princess ever I got decked out for created. Maybe we’ll Halloween, I was in college and my girlfriend just combine a tiara, a (now wife) and I went to wand, and a sparkling a costume party dressed dress and become our own fairy tale princess as prison inmates. I even had a ball-andthis year." chain around my ankle – boy, talk about foreshadowing (just kidding, honey!)"

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" All of my costumes were homemade growing up. I loved being the witch, princess, cheerleader and Indian!"

CORRECTION CLARIFICATION Oct. 7, 2010 edition , page 2: a caption was inadvertently omitted "Midlothian Middle School student teacher Natalia Virani, right, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton." Sept. 29, 2010 edition, page 6: a sports photo identified the players in the wrong type of sport. It was lacrosse, not field hockey. We regret the errors.

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" I’m not dressing up this year. However, my favorite costume was when my friend Chandra and I dressed up as the recalled Firestone tires - the ATX and ATX2. You can be very creative with paint, tape and black garbage bags."

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WRIGHT from P1


Edith Wharton's beloved home, The Mount, gives chills of the paranormal for some visitors.

Fortunately, I did travel with my good friend who is fluent in French and spends time in France every year—Mary Ann Caws [Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, English and French at the Graduate School of the City University of New York]. Wharton was a huge success in France before her work was a success in the United States.” Edith Wharton was aware of the humanity around her that made her luxurious life possible, people who had to cope with daily realities that didn’t trouble her. In “The House of Mirth,” the character Lily Bart notices “the orchid basking in its artificially created atmosphere could round the delicate curves of its petals undisturbed by the ice on the panes.” Wharton could afford to be an orchid.

October, wrote, on The Mount’s blog, of his tour’s visit to the Whartons’ pet cemetery. He related how he clearly heard a “faint, distant yelp from what sounded like a small dog, coming from the direction of the woods nearby the Wharton house” as the guide was talking. He said he would have disregarded it, except that his friend “almost immediately turned to him and asked, ‘Did you hear that?’” Molly McFall, The Mount’s librarian who has an office in the mansion, says her own little dog won’t go into Edith’s bedroom, “even when I call her to come”— which she says might be attributed to the Whartons’ screaming fights, though they maintained separate bedrooms. If you go by visitors’ reports, the Georgian-revival Sounds and Shadows stables at The Mount—slated In keeping with Wharton’s for renovation next year—are own published ghost stories, the most haunted part of the her estate has its share of estate. The staff at the histhem, one of which centers toric home encourages vision a dog. Wharton loved tors to take photographs, and dogs, and though no dogs one woman caught a creepy presently live on the propface in a stable window on a erty, The Mount keeps a jar recent ghost tour. Another of dog treats on the dining took an image of an orb by room table. Other than for the hedge last year. treats, why would a dog’s Though never encounterspirit linger? The author’s ing a ghost at The Mount preface to her book of ghost herself, Wright said, “The stories provides one answer: house witnessed stormy “For the ghost should never emotional currents, includbe allowed to forget that ing the final disintegration of his only chance of survival the Whartons’ marriage.” She is in the tales of those who added, “It’s also helpful to reencounter him…” member that Edith Wharton A barking dog does make almost died from typhoid as its presence felt on tours. a nine-year-old in Germany, One visitor to The Mount’s when her family was on an Friday Night Fright, in its extended tour of Europe. She second season of Friday nights from June through WRIGHT P6

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and Mary several years ago when she happened upon Wharton’s travel writing. “It hit me right then, as I was standing in the stacks at Swem Library that this would be my thesis,” she said. “A lot had been written about Edith Wharton, but nothing on her travel writing.” I found copies of Wright’s Wharton books at The Mount’s gift shop. Wright received an accolade from Laurie Foote, who trains interpreters. When I mentioned Wright’s name, she pulled a dog-eared, color-tabbed copy of Wright’s “Edith Wharton A to Z” up from under the counter and said, “This is what I use to train all of our guides. If they ever have a question about Wharton, I send them to Dr. Wright’s book.” Wharton’s estate – gardens, architecture, interior design – is as autobiographical as her travel writing. She bought the 113-acre Lenox property in 1902 and began to create an environment to meet her needs as designer, gardener, hostess, and above all, writer. In 1897, she had coauthored “The Decoration of Houses” with Ogden Codman, Jr.; and at The Mount she put her principles into practice. Within the year, Wharton reported: “Lenox has had its usual tonic effect on me, & I feel like a new edition, revised & corrected . . . in the very best type. It is great fun out at the place, now too - as everything is pushing up new shoots - not only cabbages & strawberries, but electric lights & plumbing.” The five-year-old granddaughter, along on my visit, noted the old-fashioned bathrooms and lighting fixtures but was more struck by the dark, caged elevator and the built-in icebox outside the kitchen on the first floor. The Mount does a commendable job of keeping young children occupied with a scavenger hunt as they go through the house and the reward of choosing a sticker when they hand in their sheet at the end. Helena’s sharp, kindergarten eyes were busy finding such items as the fake-leopard print that turned out to be stairway carpeting and a design imbedded in an upstairs marble floor. In refurbishing the house, designers interpreted Wharton’s taste and style to furnish The Mount in what might have been there in her time. “Management decided to remove all stanchions in the house,” executive director Susan Wissler said. “We really wanted our visitors to feel like guests, and you couldn’t go into the rooms in any significant way with stanchions. Removing them changed the dynamic of the house.” Everything about the house speaks of luxury, just as when Wright told me, “Edith traveled in style. For my books, I tried to see as many of the places as possible in France where she had lived or visited, but, of course, Edith had a chauffeur.

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River City Crew team members pictured above repeat 1st and 2nd place in several categories at the Head of the James Regatta held this past Saturday.

This past weekend, Richmond’s own River City Crew showed amazing strength as they rowed in the “Head of the James Regatta” at Robious Landing Park. There is a threemile row up to the starting gates, and then a three-mile race back to the finish line at Robious Landing. The race could be viewed along the south side banks of the James River in northern Chesterfield County. Results are as follows: -Men’s Jr. 4+ - 1st Place (Chandler Hoy, coxswain; Patrick McKercher, stroke: William Andrews; Anthony Vita; Jordan Lee) -Women’s Jr. 4+ - 2nd Place (Connor Odell, coxswain; Meghan Melia, stroke; Grace Kimball; Sophie Peyton; Julianna Markowitz) -Women’s Jr. 2X - 2nd Place (Becca Naurath; Sherry Bell) -Men’s Jr. Novice 8+ - 1st Place (Meagan Tate, coxswain; Turner Willett, stroke; Brody Schneider, Kyle Moulton, Colby Chafin; Thomas Purcell;

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Midlothian Foundation announces Village Bank Midlothian Parade on Oct. 16 The Midlothian Foundation is preparing for the 18th Annual Village Bank Midlothian Day Parade which will be held at 9 a.m., Oct. 16.

lies who come to watch the fun. Side streets will remain open as well as a detour available using Woolridge Road.

This year’s theme is “Celebrate Education.â€? The route begins at Village Mill Drive and Midlothian Turnpike (2 miles west of Chesterfield Towne Center). It travels east 1-Âź mile on Midlothian Turnpike. The grandstand and judging area is situated in front of Village Bank (13531 Midlothian Turnpike) and the parade ends at the new American Family Fitness (13141 Midlothian Turnpike).

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Prizes will be awarded for parade participants in the following categories: Best Vehicle, Best Marching Unit, Best Performing Group, Best Overall, Best Business, and Chairman’s Award. FILE PHOTO BY PATRICK DOBBS

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OCT. 16 & 17 Bon Air Artists presents the 18th Annual “Art Affair” held at the Mary Munford Midlothian Elementary School artist Beverly grounds at Perdue the corner of speaks about Cary Street the Bon and WestAir Artists moreland annual 'Art Street, Rich- Affair' at www. mond. The midlothian Juried Fine Art show features regional and national artists and proudly supports “Art 180”. Hours, Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (RAIN OR SHINE) For more information visit

Come out to Midlothian Mines and Rail Road Park on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and learn about the vast mining history that abounded in Midlothian. From 1703 to the early 1900’s Chesterfield County’s coal mines produced abundant supplies of coal that was sought after both domestically and abroad. Living history demonstrations, period music and guided walking tours to be provided. Shuttle bus will transport from satellite parking area to event site. Event is free and open to the public. Details: Call (804) 751-4946. courtesy of Chesterfield County

Enjoy the games at the Midlothian Festival and Crafts fair

SATURDAY, OCT. 16 The 29th Annual Midlothian Village Day Festival and Craft Fair, sponsored by the Midlothian Junior Woman’s Club, a non-profit organization will be held from 10 am to 3 pm at the Midlothian Middle School on Midlothian Turnpike. Volunteers needed for kids' games. For more information, visit www. The first 5k Domestic Violence Memorial Walk-aThon will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Shelter 1. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. A $4

registration fee is required for walkers, with proceeds benefiting the Chesterfield County Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force. The resource center and the task force work in conjunction to reduce domestic violence in the community and its effects on victims, families and children. Registration forms are available online at the Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center page. The 5k Domestic Violence Memorial Walk-a-Thon is sponsored by the Medical Careers Institute School of Health Science at the ECPI College of Technology. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.For more information, contact Patricia Jones Turner, Chesterfield County domestic violence coordinator, at 804-706-1272 or A rain date for the walk is scheduled for Oct. 23.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20 The Chesterfield Women’s League meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. - noon at The Villages of Charter Colony Clubhouse, The Charter House at 1101 Charter Club Way in Midlothian. Refreshments will be served. Newcomers to the area and women interested in learning more about the League are encouraged and welcome to attend. The October meeting will feature representatives Wendy McCaig, representing Embrace Richmond, and Shelley Smith who will be talking about FRIENDS Association for Children.

Regular monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month (September through May). For information on CWL membership, please call Carolyn at (804) 745-6070 or Geri at (804) 608-0426.

SATURDAY, OCT. 23 Bon Air United Methodist Church Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 1645 Buford Road. Pumpkins for sale, hayrides, children’s games, huge yard sale, health fair with flu shots, Rosie the clown doing face painting and balloons all day. Jonathan Austin, juggler and magician at 11 a.m. Jeff Beatman, musician and storyteller at noon. Susan Greenbaum, singer and musician at 1 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks. Fun for the whole family! Pink Tie Gala will be held from 7:30pm to 12:30am at the Marriott Richmond Downtown. The fourth annual dance to raise funds for Breast Cancer awareness, education, and research, in our community. Enjoy a night of great food, dancing to live music with Casper, Silent Auctions, The Celebration of Life Dance Team, and more dancing! Tickets are only $65 and 100% of the net proceeds go to the Richmond Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Space is limited, so order early (Advanced tickets only. No tickets will be sold at the door. )



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Midlothian Village Day Festival&Craft Fair Saturday, October 16, 2010 10 am - 3 pm Midlothian Middle School Entertainment, Crafters, Games, Inflatables, Food, Silent Auction and Raffles For more information, visit or find us on Facebook! The Midlothian Junior Women’s Club would like to thank the following 2010 Platinum Patrons:

Enjoy A Fun Fall Family Day. Come out and celebrate our community! GOLD PATRONS American Family Fitness Jessica Morgan School of Dance Primrose School of Midlothian at Waterford Primrose School of Swift Creek Sign Crafters SILVER PATRONS Friends of John Watkins Hawkins Family Dentistry Primrose School of Midlothian Village Snyder Home Services

BRONZE PATRONS A&W Power Washing LLC Chiropractic Centers of Virginia Edward Jones Financial–Lee Carroll Good Shepherd Child Development Center Integrative Health Long and Foster Martin’s Melani Brothers Mobile Spa Sudden Values Ultimate Karate Academy Window Depot of Virginia

Parade starts at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the Midlothian Foundation at Proceeds from the Midlothian Village Day Festival & Craft Fair support the projects of the Midlothian Junior Women’s Club, including the Cinderella Dreams Prom Dress Project.

The Midlothian Junior Women’s Club is a civic organization dedicated to philanthropic efforts in a wide variety of areas. MJWC is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and meets at Winfree Baptist Church, September through June. Women over age 18 are encouraged to contact Alicia at For more information, please visit the MJWC website at


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