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•P2 Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees honored

•P4 Meet family comedian Uncle TyRone at The Richmond Funny Bone

•P5 Rapids win nets advance in boys' volleyball

•P6 Students, teachers celebrate educational achievements

•P7 Sideline Shots: Cavaliers season ends

Thanksgiving top day for cooking fires NFPA urges caution when preparing for dinner this year Thanksgiving remains the leading day for cooking fires, with three times as many cooking fires as an average day. That’s according to statistics by the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association, which also found that cooking equipment fires are still the leading cause of U.S. home fires and fire injuries, and the third leading cause of fire deaths. On Thanksgiving 2008, U.S. fire departments responded to 1,300 home cooking fires compared to 420 such fires on an average

day. “Thanksgiving is a holiday of feasting, but it’s also a day of intense cooking, when stovetops and ovens are working overtime,” says Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “These culinary activities bring an increased risk of fire particularly when people are trying to prepare several dishes while entertaining friends and family.” According to NFPA, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 154,700 home FIRE P3

Bailey appointed to MSRB Dr. Sheryl Bailey, deputy county administrator, Management Services, has been appointed to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, having been approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Authorized by Congress in 1975 and overseen by the SEC, the MSRB protects investors, state and local government entities, and others whose credit stands behind municipal bonds, by promoting a fair and efficient municipal market. The MSRB accomplishes this by regulating securities firms and banks that underwrite, trade and sell municipal securities, and oversees municipal advi-

sors who provide advice and services to municipal governments on financial products and securities. The MSRB also collects and disseminates market information, and operates the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) website to promote transparency and widespread access to information. “Chesterfield County is extremely fortunate to have Sheryl Bailey on our team, and her recent selection as only the fifth Virginian to serve on the MSRB and the first from a Virginia local government demonstrates MSRB P3

Blanton Scholars meet Supreme Court Justice


Bruce Moseley finishes the working day with a check on cattle at the family's farm, Anndale. The Virginia Century Farm located in the western part of Chesterfield County has been in the Moseley family since 1818.

Family farms weather drought, focus on next growing season acres of the land is used for hay field and pasture. All three commodities require an investment of time and equipwo Labradors excitedly greeted their owner in ment. the late afternoon as the sun was quickly disapThe recognized Virginia Century Farm won an environpearing. Like clockwork, the pair hopped into the mental award from the state in 2003 for its Conservation pick-up truck when their master called. It was Reserve Enhancement Program water filtration system that time to check on the cattle at the family farm. includes the property's gravity-fed pond system for waterBruce Moseley, the sixth-generation farmer of Anndale ing cattle. “The hardened animal walk-way with a gating Farm in Chesterfield County, explained that the daily system has a four-foot deep trench, lined with geo-textile routine includes checking the fences, checking on the cows material and different sizes of gravel that filter the water and making sure the cows have water. “It's a twenty-minute and cattle waste,” Moseley said. job every day, when nothing is going wrong,” he said with The farm also moved its fencing 30 feet back from the a laugh. creek on its southern property line and created a fencing Moseley is looking forward to a turkey dinner with system to keep cattle outside of the wetland areas on the family on Thanksgiving. “Everyone should remember this property. The filtering system is just one of many ways the country is very blessed to have a very active agricultural family farm has evolved since its start in 1818. community. We produce all the food for this country as “The way it is with farming nowadays, it's kind of well as for many other countries. Small farms are an endan- changed,” Moseley said. “I used to tell Daddy [Edward gered species,” Moseley said. Moseley Jr.] this all the time when he was older, before he “So, I would be thankful this thanksgiving for the farms passed away, “If the equipment lasts forever and the labor is of this country that produce the food for all of us. The free, we might break even”.” small farms are a disappearing way of life. And that's what “Even if we have a great year, at the very best, we break it is, a way of life. It's the love of doing it.” even. So, why do we farm? There are actually a couple of The 158-acre farm produces three types of agricultural reasons behind that. One is the love of doing it. I just love commodities – cattle for breeding, hay for horses, and pine, which has a 30-year cycle for harvest. Approximately 80 FARMING P3




Midlothian resident Charles Condro, a student at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School and 2010 Wyndham B. Blanton Scholar, meets retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at the Virginia Historical Society's annual lecture.

Monarchs celebrate win at Regional FLL Tournament

Thirteen students from various high schools in Virginia were honored guests at the 18th annual J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr., Lecture, and

they met retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. As participants in the Virginia Historical Society Wyndham B. Blanton Scholars Forum, the students Six area students named heard Justice O’Connor talk about Bushrod Washington, 2010 Wyndham B. a Supreme Court Justice Blanton Scholars from Virginia. After her formal presentation, Justice Monacan High School O’Connor took questions student Leah Cassada from the crowd of more than 900. She spoke about of Richmond everything from discriminaMaggie L. Walker tion, to her toughest court Governor's School stu- case, to her first job. Justice dent Charles Condro of O’Connor even offered some fishing tips to members of Midlothian the audience. Clover Hill High School When asked what advice she would give to the teenage (Math & Science) student Reuben Han of scholars, she simply said, “Work hard at something Chesterfield worth doing.”

Clover Hill High School “Every year we select a (Math & Science) stugroup of high school student Lindsey Matthews dents to attend the Wilkinson of Midlothian lecture and listen to one Clover Hill High School of America’s preeminent historians or history shapers (Math & Science) speak—and I can assure you student Ciara Mills of that the competition is not Midlothian easy,” said VHS President and Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School student Stephen Roach of Chesterfield

CEO Paul Levengood. “Over three days during the summer, the Blanton Scholars worked closely SCHOLARS P2


Crestwood Monarchs girls robotic team competed on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Regional FLL Tournament at Maggie Walker Governor’s School. The team is made up of five girls from Crestwood Elementary, Deisha O’Hara, Amanda Tinsley, Julia Springer, Julia Pettus and Emma Pettus, as well as Anna Kelley from Robious Elementary, Kiersten Hicks from Greenfield Elementary, and Megan Munyak from Bettie Weaver Elementary.

The girls won first place for their robot’s performance on the challenge tables and won the overall Division 1 championship. The team’s research project on the blood clotting process received very positive comments from the judges. As a part of the competition, they made a technical presentation on how their robot was designed and explained some of the programming that they did to have the robot perform on the chal-

lenge tables. They also had to perform a teamwork exercise in front of the judges and were evaluated on their interactions while performing a function that involved construction with spaghetti, gummy bears, and marshmallows. This win qualifies them to compete at the state competition at James Madison University on Dec. 4 and 5.


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Sharpe named director of Chesterfield/ Colonial Heights

Dept. of Social Services The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Board of Social Services has announced Marsha L. Sharpe as the new director of the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. Sharpe had served as interim director since the former director, COURTESY PHOTO Sarah Snead, was appointed as interim deputy county Paige Pierce, left, Elizabeth Gayle, Malcolm Spicer were inducted into the Chesterfield administrator for human Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame in October. services last year (Snead was appointed earlier this year as the deputy county administrator). Sharpe served as assistant director of the Department Elizabeth S. Gayle, D. Manchester-Richmond Over “Outstanding Volunteer of Social Services Benefit Paige Pierce and Malcolm E. 50 Club, the American Heart Award� several times. While Programs between 2000 and Spicer were inducted into the Fund and American Cancer delivering Meals on Wheels, 2009. As director, she managChesterfield Senior Volunteer Drive and with the Jerry he knows each of his clients es administrative operations Hall of Fame on Oct. 28 dur- Lewis Muscular Dystrophy and is always willing to help for the department, which ing a ceremony at the county Association Telethon. She them out with a handyman’s has a staff of more than 170 government complex. The has volunteered 18,760 hours job, trip to the grocery store employees. inductees also were recogsince turning 65. or a ride. Spicer also provides Sharpe has a master’s nized at the Board of SuperPaige Pierce is a former transportation for veterans degree in public administravisors meeting on Nov. 17. Chemical Engineer with to medical appointments. He tion from Virginia ComThe Senior Volunteer Hall of DuPont who sees no end has volunteered 3,342 hours monwealth University and Fame is for county residents to his volunteer efforts. He since turning 65. a bachelor’s degree in arts who have made outstanding volunteers for Habitat for This year, 22 senior voland religious education from volunteer contributions after Humanity twice a week, unteers were nominated for Mississippi College. Her vast the age of 65. builds and installs ramps for the award. These individuexperience also includes preElizabeth Gayle is a former ElderHomes, is a member als have volunteered 89,480 vious positions with the Kenbookkeeper and a dediof the Grounds Committee hours of community service tucky Department of Child cated and loyal volunteer. at his church and volunteers since turning 65. The selecWelfare, Richmond DepartHer magnetic personality with Brandermill Church in tion panel had the difficult ment of Social Services and and humor attract anyone helping to rebuild in Gulftask of selecting only three the Virginia Department of who enters the gift shop at port, Mississippi three times for induction when all deSocial Services. Johnston-Willis Hospital. In a year. served to be inducted. - courtesy of Chesterfield addition to volunteering at Malcolm Spicer is retired County - courtesy of Chesterfield the hospital, Gayle volunfrom the U.S. Air Force. He County teers at the Moose Lodge, the has received Meals on Wheels

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Virginia Holocaust Museum exhibit celebrates heroes


“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire� is a phrase from the Talmud, a central Judaic text, which describes the idea that when one life is saved, the rescuer has also saved the lives of that person’s descendants as well. Through 21 portrait photographs, the exhibit Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued Jews honors this idea of ultimate bravery and willingness to sacrifice, at a time when the penalty for helping Jews was often death and applied not only to the rescuer but also his or her family and even their neighbors. Polish Heroes was created by the late Chris Schwartz,

the founder and director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, as a tribute to the more than 6,000 non-Jewish Poles named Righteous Among The Nations by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority in Israel and specifically focuses on twenty-one recipients who live in Krakow today. The exhibit is on display at the Virginia Holocaust Museum from Nov. 21 through Jan. 31, 2011. For more information, please call the museum at (804)257-5400 or visit our website,


SCHOLARS from P1 with VHS staff to learn how history museums operate and created videos for the VHS online exhibition, The Story of Virginia. When the students returned home, they created entries for the VHS blog entitled “The Changing Face of Virginia,� where they were asked to describe their perception of Virginia’s identity in their own region of the commonwealth.� The Blanton Scholars Forum, named in honor of a former president of the VHS, was established more than a decade ago by an anonymous benefactor who wanted to create a statewide forum for juniors and seniors studying Virginia and American history. Previous speakers include Stephen Ambrose, Cokie Roberts, Rick Atkinson,

Bushwhack and explore the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area on Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Trek to the vernal pool along the southern border. Drop down into Big Hollow and follow the stream. Next, ascend to the bluff to view the James River, then follow the bluff its entire length to the start. This hike will travel nearly the entire boundary and will be approximately four

Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc., or SAFE, has been sending underage buyers with undercover Chesterfield police officers to determine if clerks in offpremise retail outlets licensed to sell alcohol will sell to persons under the age of 21. In 2007, clerks in 28 percent of the stores rang up the sale. During the most recent series of compliance checks this year, only 7 percent sold. SAFE has sponsored nearly 400 compliance checks since 2007. SAFE’s compliance check initiative, funded by federal grant funds, uses a unique approach. Traditional compliance checks are designed to catch and penalize offenders. Although negative consequences continue to be an important aspect of SAFE’s initiative, the coalition used a different tactic. Instead of “gotcha,� it made an effort to “catch ‘em doing good.� As is so often the case in all arenas, those who do the right thing are rarely recognized for it. So SAFE brought positive incentives to the compliance check process, including recognition for the stores

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in full-page ads in community papers and immediate recognition for clerks with a card thanking them for refusing the sale and a small reward such as a movie ticket or food coupon. In addition to positive reinforcement, stores are encouraged to become partners with SAFE in helping prevent underage drinking. SAFE provided posters for complying retail outlets to display in their stores. The posters say, “Under 21? Don’t Even Try! This store is a community partner in preventing underage drinking.� SAFE’s goal for the initiative was to decrease the noncompliance rate to 10 percent. It is pleased to have exceeded that goal. SAFE has been asked to present the model for this initiative at a national conference in Washington, DC in February of 2011. During previous compliance checks, SAFE’s underage buyers attempted to purchase beer. However, with growing national concern about the dangers of alcohol energy drinks, SAFE is changing tactics. Underage buyers will now attempt to purchase alcohol energy drinks. SAFE has sent a letter to all off-premise ABC licensees informing them of this change, encouraging them to train their staff to recognize alcohol energy drinks to prevent their sale to persons under the age of 21, and offering resources to assist with such training. Most of SAFE’s underage buyers have been participants in the SAFE-sponsored Teen Citizen Academy held by the Chesterfield Police Department for a week in the summer. In addition to learning many aspects of police work, participants are trained by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to serve as underage buyers. “When a community finds its values, there is nothing it cannot change. The success of SAFE’s underage compliance check initiative is clear evidence of that truth. Youth access to alcohol is more limited because a coalition of people agreed to do something,� said Wayne Frith, Executive Director of SAFE. “We expect to reduce the access to alcohol energy drinks like Four Loko, Jooze and Sparks in the very same way.� For further information, visit or call (804)516-1655. - courtesy of SAFE



MSRB from P1 experience have been noticed at the national level. I am confident that Sheryl will be a tremendous asset to the MSRB as it works to protect the public interest and investors by promoting market information transparency and a fair and efficient municipal securities market,” said Chesterfield County Administrator James J. L. Stegmaier. Bailey, who joined Chesterfield County in September, earned her bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Economics from Harvard University. Bailey previously served as deputy secretary of administration of the commonwealth of Virginia, and also served as executive director of Virginia Resources Authority, the state municipal bond bank. “The election of Dr. Sheryl Bailey to the MSRB is an extraordinary honor and places a key Chesterfield County official on the body that regulates the municipal industry. Dr. Bailey is a highly-respected governmental official that has worked at many different levels of government for a number of years. Having her experience and well-disciplined voice on the regulatory body that affects the entire municipal industry will be extremely beneficial for state and local governmental issuers of bonds. As a municipal industry professional regulated by the MSRB, I applaud Dr.

Bailey’s selection as a public representative and believe she will serve the MSRB and our industry in a balanced and fair manner,“ said Ronald Tillett, managing director of Morgan Keegan and Company, Inc., and former Secretary of Finance and Treasurer of Virginia. The municipal securities markets provide financing for state and local government capital projects, such as water, sewer, roads, bridges, schools and COURTESY PHOTO Dr. Sheryl Bailey, deputy county other public infraadministrator, Management structure. Access to Services a fair and efficient municipal finance market helps these director of the International projects get done, generatCity/County Management ing jobs and enhancing the Association. economic vitality and qualAs of October 1, 2010, ity of life of communities The Dodd-Frank Wall Street nationwide. For example, Reform and Consumer ProChesterfield County retection Act of 2010 instituted cently broke ground on the several changes to MSRB to Meadowville interchange, enhance the transparency which was financed with and integrity of the mumunicipal bonds and will be nicipal market. Through the a major economic boost to financial reform legislation, the county and region. the majority of the MSRB “Dr. Sheryl Bailey is a Board of Directors is now leader in municipal finance comprised of public, nonand will bring a wealth of regulated members; MSRB’s experience and knowledge to mission expanded to include the work of the MSRB. She the protection of state and is well versed in all the fields local governments, in adwithin the scope of MSRB dition to investors and the activities and will offer an public interest; and MSRB’s important perspective to the jurisdiction expanded to also board’s work,” said Robregulate municipal advisors. ert J. O’Neill, Jr. executive

NFPA OFFERS THE FOLLOWING COOKING SAFETY TIPS: If you have a cooking fire: Cook with caution: •Just get out! When you leave, close •Be on alert! If you are sleepy or the door behind you to help contain have consumed alcohol, don’t use the fire. the stove or stovetop. •Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency •Stay in the kitchen while you are number after you leave. frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you •If you try to fight the fire, be sure leave the kitchen for even a short others are getting out and you have a period of time, turn off the stove. clear way out. •If you are simmering, baking, roast•Keep a lid nearby when you’re ing, or boiling food, check it regularcooking to smother small grease ly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the you that you are cooking. stovetop. Leave the pan covered •Keep anything that can catch fire until it is completely cooled. — oven mitts, wooden utensils, •For an oven fire, turn off the heat food packaging, towels or curtains and keep the door closed. — away from your stovetop. FIRE from P1

ing fire. The average of 460 deaths per year in 2004-2008 was only 7% lower than the 500 per year in 1980-1984. Meanwhile, fire rates among other types of home fires have steadily declined. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking equipment fires. Ranges or cooktops were involved in the majority (59%) of home cooking fire incidents; ovens accounted for 16%. Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted 15% of the cooking fire deaths.

structure fires involving cooking equipment between 2004 and 2008. These fires caused an average of 460 civilian deaths, 4,850 reported civilian fire injuries, and $724 million in direct property damage. Overall, these incidents accounted for two of every five (41%) reported home fires, 17% of home fire deaths, more than one-third (37%) of home fire injuries, and 11% of the direct property damage resulting from home fires. Three of every five people (59%) injured in a cooking fire were hurt when they tried to fight the fire themselves. Unfortunately, little progress has been made in reducing deaths from home cook-

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FARMING from P1 working on the farm. I love working on the open land,” Moseley said. “Second thing is the land-use exemption. This farm is in land-use with the county, which means we get a property tax break because we're a producing farm. And that's the other reason for doing it,” he said. Besides working on the farm, Moseley's workday begins at Moseley Electronics, which he founded in 1975. In the afternoon, he continues his daily routine, which is adjusted for daylight. With help from his son Brian Moseley as well as his brother Bob Moseley, the family members dedicate time around work schedules for rounding up the cattle for veterinarian check-ups, market selection, repairing or replacing fences, and cutting hay.

He added that the corn was a total loss due to the drought. “We got a couple of bushels where we should have gotten a truckload,” he said. The land did produce enough eggplant to take to the Farmer's Market in Petersburg. There, they learned from other growers with limited irrigation that the lack of rain was a huge impact on region's harvest. “We have some irrigation guns up there, but that's kind of expensive,” David Dewell said. “However, since it rained, it's been decent. But it's late.” For David's son Brian, who works full-

During normal-weather years, the farm would have three cuttings of hay, but the drought this past year changed the cycle. “We really had a very bad spring and summer. Spring was very dry, and summer was extremely dry,” he said. The several inches of rainfall in August, mixed with fertilizer, did result in a “great fall cutting in September,” according to Moseley, who quickly added up that the farm yielded about 112 tons of hay for the year. For southern Chesterfield farmers David and Brian Dewell, the drought this past year beat down on their five-acre vegetable farm. The father and son have been working the land for two years while maintaining their respective full-time jobs. “We've been trying to figure out what's going to work,” said David Dewell. Before even planting one seed, the Dewell's began their agricultural business with a soil test through Chesterfield PHOTO BY ELIZABETH FARINA County Office of Virginia Butter beans have made an appearance at the Dewell's Cooperative Extension. farm. “The soil is really good. It's really decent ground,” time as a police officer, farming with his dad David Dewell said. has been fulfilling. The former agricultural The county's cooperative extension dimajor has tapped resources at Virginia State rector Michael Likins visited the farm. “He University as well as his own educational was tickled to death and said, 'Man, I wish I and family background. “We've always had a had this [soil] at home.' It's kind of hard to family farm somewhere,” Brian Dewell said. move it,” David Dewell said. “It's good honest work. The only thing I The 66-year old mechanical engineer by grow, that I don't eat, is peppers.” trade continues to seek out answers of what Even though it’s late in the season, the will work, but hasn’t had the opportunity Dewell's will be harvesting butter beans. for a full growing season. “This is the way we harvest,” David Dewell The property, which is near Lake Chessaid as he pulled a plant from the row. “We din, had rows of corn, beans, snaps, eggpull the whole thing out and take them back plant, squash, and edible Japanese soybean to the garage and pick them. It's a nice [butcalled edamame, which were all planted for ter] bean. That's our next bit,” David Dewell this year. However, Johnson Grass choked said with a hint of pride. some of the crops' harvest, the deer became Even with tough season, the Dewell's will a threatening pest for other crops, and then, remain in the farming business for now. no rain. “I've enjoyed it,” David Dewell said. “We just “We fought a lot of different things com- need to figure out what's going on. If we ing in here this year, not the least of which had the equivalent of what we lost out there was the drought,” David Dewell said. this year, it would have been incredible.”


A little turkey mayhem memory for Thanksgiving We entered to find the older man shaking his head over what remained of a turkey. It wasn't really obvious at first Thanksgiving Day is a tradition of food and family. It is that it had once been a turkey, except for the standing bones also sometimes filled with a few meals book end with quick that jutted towards the ceiling in the roasting dish. Of course, what was even more perplexing was the very upset road trips. If you're lucky, you have only one destination woman of the house running a hair dryer over a 20-pound and dinner to enjoy (or endure) among loved ones. Thanksgiving is a lot of pressure on the host and hostess. frozen turkey as if the small heat source would thaw the bird faster. This is an even bigger sign that things are not Even with family members bringing additional casseroles going well. and pies, the centerpiece, an honorary fowl, is a beast for I deposited the green bean casserole dish onto the counany chef. Some have the skill for making the tastiest turkey ter. I tried to use the dish towel I had with me to muffle my that melts as soon as it hits one’s taste buds. Others are not laughter. However, every time I looked at the pitiful conas lucky in such culinary skills, but they create memorable tents of the pan on the stovetop, I couldn't help but giggle. moments. (Trying to control snorting giggles once unleashed is like One memory of Thanksgiving included a trip to the trying to catch bubbles). countryside to visit distant cousins. Neither knew how to I finally mustered enough courage to present a straight cook a turkey, but they insisted that they wanted to try. It face and asked how I could help. Yet, the crazed look in her was agreed that the afternoon visit would be treated more as a lunch than an-all-you-can-eat buffet before heading to eye made me realize that possibly a stiff shot of bourbon, a good laugh, or possibly both would help. Of course, the my mom's for her amazing traditional dinner. When we arrived at our cousins’ home around noon, all image of crispy bones popped in my head, which started a the windows and doors to the house were open. As anyone fresh round of giggles. The fury that followed must go down in family Thankscan tell you, this is not a good sign in late November.













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giving book of memories as one of the most entertaining family arguments I've ever witnessed. It wasn't on the level of Jerry Springer or Dr. Phil, but I kept an eye on the frozen bird just in case someone thought of using it as a weapon. Apparently what had happened is that one certain person forgot to set an alarm clock and another certain person forgot to lower the temperature on the oven. Then, the loud pop, followed by a lot of smoke and swearing, reminded both certain people that an extremely large turkey in the oven was not just overcooked – it was annihilated. The 90-minute diatribe that followed my giggly question reinforced an appreciation of the idiosyncrasies of my own immediate sweet family. First, if this dinner fiasco had happened in the Farina household (which, if you know my mom, it never would) but if it did – cocktails and a ham would immediately be served. Second, Thanksgiving is more about the people at the table rather than all the dishes on the table. We didn't have a turkey lunch that day. Instead, we added a few more plates to the table that evening and laughed about the turkey that imploded. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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THURSDAY, NOV. 25 THANKSGIVING DAY FRIDAY, NOV. 26 Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden begins. The holiday event runs nightly 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily (except for Dec. 24 and 25) at the nonprofit garden located at 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Admission is $10 adults; $9 seniors; $6 children ages 3 – 12; free for children under age 3. Admission for Garden members is $5; for children on a membership it is $4 (ages 3 – 18). To learn more, call (804) 262-9887 or visit

THURSDAY, DEC. 2 Come to Millwood School’s Robinson Hall from 3:30 to 8 p.m. and start your holiday shopping at our Ladies Night Out event. A large variety of vendors will be participating including a Bun Bun Bag year end trunk show. For more information and directions please call (804) 639-3200.

SATURDAY, DEC. 4 A Christmas Bazaar will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2341 Winterfield Road, Midlothian in Salisbury Subdivision at the corner of Winterfield and Salisbury Roads, all proceeds benefitting the Outreach projects of the Episcopal Church Women. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items for sale include jewelry, kitchenware, paintings, gourmet food, objet’s d’art, quilted goods, wreathes, wood and other crafts, leatherware, ornaments, Native American crafts and baked goods. There is an hourly raffle of vendors’ contributions. Lunch, coffee and snacks available and provided by the church’s youth. This is a very large and popular annual bazaar; hope to see you there!

Historical Society to host tea, workshops, and Santa The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will present “Christmas Through the Ages,� a program of holiday events presented in Chesterfield’s historic complex. Located at 10020 Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield, the historic Magnolia Grange plantation house built in 1822 will be decorated as it was during the Colonial and Victorian eras in which it served as a family home. Magnolia Grange is open for tours Tuesdays through Fridays 10 am -4 pm and Saturdays 10 am -2 pm. Group tours are available by calling (804) 796-1479. A “Christmas Open House� will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1 pm to 4 pm. This event is free and the public is invited to enjoy refreshments as they take pleasure in Magnolia Grange’s festive decorations as well as a visit from Santa Claus himself. A “Christmas Tea� will be served on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are required. Please call (804)796-1479. New this year is the “Deck Your Halls Craft Market and Workshop.� Offered at historic Castlewood at 10201 Iron Bridge Rd in Chesterfield, this open-house event

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ntertainer Uncle Ty-Rone Travis, known as Uncle Ty-Rone, will be taking the stage with his puppet crew on Saturday, Nov. 27 at The Richmond Funny Bone at 2 p.m.. The Chesterfield resident, who is known for his family-oriented comedy shows on the East Coast, started his career as a ventriloquist when he was an elementary student in Richmond. “I used to play with socks all the time,â€? Uncle Ty-Rone said. “I happened to see an old black and white movie and the puppet looked like it was talking by itself.â€? Uncle Ty-Rone quickly told his mom Phyllis and dad Alvin Travis that he wanted to be a ventriloquist too. “My dad took me to the library and said “You learn to read this book and I'll buy you a puppetâ€?,â€? he recalled. When he was 8 or 9, Uncle Ty-Rone wasn't interested in learning how to read, but the incentive for a puppet was just enough to hook the comedian to be studious. The senior Travis brought his son a Danny O'Day puppet from Sears & Roebuck. The excited boy took it to school. “I read the book; a kid that didn't like to read or sit still,â€? Uncle Ty-Rone said. The teacher encouraged the young student to continue pursuing the art of ventriloquism and in the mid-1990s, Uncle Ty-Rone was entertaining families on the stage at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. “That's the key ‌ read, read, read. I even tell grown folks like myself, never too late to read. If you're having a hard time, read about something you want to do,â€? he said. With the full-time profession in swing, Uncle Ty-Rone continues to develop his characters: his “sonâ€? Ty-J, who loves to be a Super Kid eating chocolate chip cookies; Raggz the dog, who can make anyone laugh about a diet; Ba-Be T-Rex, who is a sweet baby dinosaur; Skool, who keeps the music fresh and Jelly Bean, who is the orangutan that has amazing vocals for great music. “I use seven characters that I've developed. It comes from training,â€? he said. Most identify with one of the seven characters. “I guess because they're from


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childhood, those are the memories that hit everybody. Most of the kids 7- 10 identify with Ty-J,� Uncle TyRone said. And why family entertainment? The clean-cut comedian added that the act wasn't always clean when he first started stand-up comedy, but the vulgarity wasn't for him. “I went back to what my parents taught me and what I learned in the Bible. I also started to study Bill Cosby,� he said. And from there, Uncle Ty-Rone has continued his 45-minute to even 90-minute shows that also

includes original music. “It's got a nice slammin' beat,� Unlce Ty-Rone said. Outside of the comedy clubs, Uncle Ty-Rone has wrapped up entertainment at schools along the East Coast as well as California and completed a few shows at festivals in New York. The entertainer has finished a CD while traveling and looks forward to entertaining hometown folks this weekend. Most of all, he's enjoyed hearing the laughter. “Children and parents are supposed to laugh together,� he said.

Clover Hill's annual Winter Band Concert set for Dec. 3 The Clover Hill High School Band’s Annual Winter Concert is Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the brand new Clover Hill High School auditorium. A variety of holiday favorites will be performed by the school's concert and jazz bands. Musical highlights include “Merry Christmas Darling� by Richard Carpenter, “Chanukah Is Here� a medley of Hebrew Folk Music, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)�, and a beautiful arrangement of “The First Noel.� The concert concludes with an annual Holiday Sing-a-Long! Admission is $5 per person. This fall, The Clover Hill High School “Marching Cavaliers�, a Commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band, competed in a marching band competition and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) State Marching Band Assessment. At the Bluestone Baron Marching Band Invitational, the Marching Cavs received: A Rating of Superior, 1st Place Drum Major, 1st Place Music, 2nd Place General Effect, 2nd Place Marching and Maneuvering, 2nd Place Color Guard, 2nd Place Percussion and First Place Band, Class AAAA. At the VBODA State Marching Band Assessment, the Marching Cavaliers received the highest score possible - they received a rating of Superior! For the sixth time in the history of Clover Hill, the Marching Cavaliers have received an overall rating of superior at the VBODA State Marching Band Assessment. Since the fall of 1986, the Clover Hill High School Band has been directed and taught by Steven P. Conley. On Nov. 11, 2009, the Marching Cavaliers performed in the 90th Annual New York City Veterans Day Parade. They proudly represented Clover Hill High School, Chesterfield County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia honoring all of the men and women who have served in our nation's Armed Forces. This spring, the Marching Cavaliers will perform for the fourth time in the Bahamas. To find out more information about the Clover Hill High School Band program at www.

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Mitteldorfer, 71, receives doctorate J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Information Systems’ Instructor Shirley Justis Mitteldorfer, at the age of 71, received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in October 2010. Dr. Mittledorfer has taught technology courses at the College as an adjunct since the 1980’s. In 2004, Dr. Mitteldorfer retired from Chesterfield County Public Schools where she was an instructional technology integrator and, before that, a classroom teacher. She went back to work four months later at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she now works as a senior instructional technology consultant for the University’s students, staff and faculty. She is also a professor for the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond. Dr. Mitteldorfer holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from VCU and a master’s degree in Curriculum

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Fifty-five years later, how do you make your green bean casserole? BY JEFF HOUCK Media General News Service

Every day in corporate test kitchens across America, recipe developers mix and match ingredients, hoping for a homerun dish that will become iconic and inseparable from their company's brand. In 1955, Dorcas B. Reilly, a kitchen supervisor for Campbell's Soup, did just that by creating the Original Green Bean Casserole, made with cream of mushroom soup, green beans and a helping of french-fried onions. The dish was a dietary snapshot of the time: a can of this, a can of that, a can of the other. Throw it into the oven. Boom. Done. For anyone who cooked for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, the Zen-like simplicity of the green bean casserole became the easiest way to keep everyone at the table happy. Or, at least, as happy as everyone around a holiday table can be. Fifty-five years later, we're still making the simple side dish. In 2002, the green bean casserole entered the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, where it joined the light bulb and the phonograph. "When a company is developing a recipe for promotion, you never know what's going to be that next big 'win,' " says Janet Andreas, consumer culinary development manager for French's French Fried Onions. Back in the 1950s, French's was known as Durkee Famous Foods. In a crossover made in heaven for both companies, Reilly used the onions to give the dish a bit of sweetness and irresistible crunch. Only a handful of product-driven recipes have reached the green bean casserole's iconic status. Think Toll House cookies, or Rice Krispies treats. You mention the name and everyone knows what it is and how to make it. The name is the recipe. A good marketing effort doesn't hurt, of course, but other factors helped the casserole embed itself into the American menu.




First, it had to taste great, Andreas says. There had to be real family appeal. It also had to be easy to do and use a few ingredients that are already pantry staples. "You don't want people to have to shop for 15 different items and use a spice once that they would only use on that recipe," she says. "You want to be respectful for their needs and family habits." Surfing a consumer wave also helps. Today, test kitchens invent loads of recipes for boneless, skinless chicken breasts because that's what is popular. In 1955, the availability of canned goods post-World War II made it easy for home cooks to make the casserole on the fly. Thanksgiving is a tradition-loving time of year, so many home cooks tend to stick with what works. But over the years freelancing has crept in. Water chestnuts here. Sauteed mushrooms there. Maybe a handful of diced red bell pepper for color. Swap out the green beans with a frozen bag of mixed vegetables and you have a Swiss Medley Casserole. "Every year I see a different version," Andreas says. "There's a lot of creativity out there. You can have a lot of fun playing with the basics." Changes in food trends also prompt tweaks. As sodium and fat content have come under fire in recent years, cooks have substituted fresher ingredients. Every few years, French's sponsors a recipe contest to gauge variations to the recipe. Invariably, someone unknowingly will submit the original from 1955. "Because it has been handed down, people think of that as their family recipe," Andreas says. "That's Aunt Cindy's recipe. It's not Campbell's. It's not French's. It's Aunt Cindy's." Share your recipe at MidlothianExchange or e-mail us at editor@



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Schools and Grange Hall Elementary. Since 2004, she has taught at Bon Air Elementary. Three additional Chesterfield teachers were finalists for R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence and will receive $750 grants: Jessica Arnold of Robious Middle, Deborah Bodsford of Manchester Middle and Kimberly Lowery of Grange Hall Elementary. This year, 148 teachers in the region were nominated by students, parents and colleagues, and 18 winners and 13 finalists were selected to receive a total of $169,750.

fourth year with Chesterfield County Public Schools and her 10th year as an educator; previously, she taught in Fairfax County, Va., and in Greenwich, Conn. Lindsay Porzio, NBCT, who teaches fifth grade at Bon Air Elementary, will use her $9,000 grant to rent a 42-foot boat and sail along the coast of southern Italy to explore volcanic islands and the region’s history. She will also complete the recertification process for National Board certification. After starting her teaching career in Chesapeake, Porzio moved in 1998 to Chesterfield County Public

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