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Mohta receives Asian Leadership Award BY LATIKA LEE Special Correspondent


umy Mohta, President of Richmond Travels, LLC, in Midlothian, has been named the second recipient of the Asian Leadership Inspiration Award sponsored by the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce. He was selected from hundreds of business leaders from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Established in 2009, the Leadership Inspiration Award recognizes outstanding individuals, who play an important role in business and community. It honors those Asian Americans who have contributed a great deal of time, effort and support to all Asian businesses and communities. Mohta received the award at the VACC’s second Asian Chamber Gala, which was held on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. The chamber bestowed a total of 10 awards, as well as student scholarships. Dr. Edward Ayers, president of University of Richmond, was the keynote speaker. Cultural entertainment from five regions of

Rumy Mohta, President of Richmond Travels, LLC,

China were performed. “It’s very humbling, and I am honored to receive this award because it’s not just Richmond, it’s across Virginia. I was considered from individuals from across the state,” Mohta said. “My main goal is to always work for minority communities, especially Asian Americans. My whole purpose is to get more people involved in the community, to get the younger generation involved and to get more Asian Americans working together for the benefit of the Commonwealth of Virginia. MOHTA page 3


Former Bailey Bridge students Monica Whitney, left, Andrew Michon, and teacher Michelle Thackston represented the team at the National Philanthropy Day Award Luncheon.

School project recognized for philanthropy, outreach about relevancy, nothing could be more relevant than making a difference in the ometimes a classroom project lives of, children in this case, of those grows beyond the final grade. in need,” he said. “I’m extremely proud Bailey Bridge Middle School’s of their work and extremely proud of Trooper Team received regional the teacher’s work, and we are certainly recognition for its efforts in helping pleased.” raise funds for Noah’s Children, a RichThackston explained that the classmond-based pediatric hospice program. room project grew from a combined Two former students and former lead idea – her summers of volunteering at teacher Michelle Thackston represented Bon Secours, where she had learned the team when the group received the about Noah’s Children, and a novel Youth Philanthropist of the Year from called “Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall, the Association of Fundraising Prowhich the class would read during the fessionals- Central Virginia Chapter academic year. “I thought to myself that during the National Philanthropy Day it would be perfect to pair a novel about Award Luncheon held at the Greater giving with giving to a cause like Noah’s Richmond Convention Center on Nov. Children in our community, so I mar17. ried the two ideas,” Thackston said. “We Bon Secours Richmond Health Care did it right around Christmas, so it had Foundation CEO Terry Mohr nomithat additional spirit of giving.” nated the team, which also included The students, once completing the teacher Tara Hannon and many other novel, brainstormed with his or her students, for its direct and creative efparents to create a contract that would forts to help the local group. specify how each would raise funds. Bailey Bridge Principal Michael Gill “Ideas were as simple as doing chores was proud of the teams’ accomplisharound the house to going to a neighments that grew from a classroom bor or having bake sales or car washes; reading assignment. “When we talk one boy designed tee-shirts and sold BY ELIZABETH FARINA


them, so it was a variety of activities,” she said. For Thackston, the most important thing for the students to learn is that they would be doing something that would give back. For other teachers looking to inspire their students, she added, “Do a project and lessons that empower your students that bring in those real-life lessons because those are the ones that they will take away.” Cosby High School sophomore Andrew Michon remembers the pride that he had in his team’s project three years ago to support the hospice program. “I approached it with an open mind and was 100-percent dedicated to raising money for the kids at Noah’s Children, who are facing end-of-life diagnosis,” Michon said. The project has also left an impression on Manchester High School freshman Monica Whitney. The teen explained that her team dedicated weekends to having bake sales in order to raise funds. Monica currently volunteers with her BAILEY BRIDGE page 3

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Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph L. Perrin Jr. shares his World War II memories during DLA Aviation's celebration of the 235th Marine Corps birthday at the Lotts Conference Center Nov. 9.

Local Marine veteran shares WWII story Military and civilian personnel at Defense Logistics Agency Aviation celebrated the Marine Corps' 235th birthday Nov. 9 in the Lotts Conference Center at Defense Supply Center Richmond, where the guest of honor was a former Marine who served in World War II. During a ceremony rich in Marine Corps tradition – including the publication of a birthday message created in 1921, the presentation of a cake and the singing of "Anchors Aweigh" and the "Marines’ Hymn" – all eyes and ears were focused on 85year-old retired Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph L. Perrin Jr. when he told his story. A native Virginian now living in Richmond, Perrin said he was born to a poor farmer in Hanover County. "I worked that farm until I was 18, then I decided to do something for myself – I joined the Marines Corps," he said. Like many before and after him, Perrin went through basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., where he said his drill instructor was the strict-

est and meanest person he’d ever met. "But when I graduated, he said, 'Perrin, you going to make one hell of a good Marine,'" Perrin told the audience. "I’ll never forget that. Today, I am that Marine." Something else Perrin never forgets is the May 1945 assault on Sugar Loaf Hill – a particularly bloody engagement during the invasion of Okinawa. He shared his memories of fighting in the battle with those attending the celebration. "We started up that hill with 250 Marines and corpsmen," Perrin said. "We were pushed back the first time and when we tried the second time we failed again. But the third time, we got a foothold. Of the 250 men that started up that hill, I was one of the 50 that survived – the rest were killed." That night, Perrin said he prayed to God to let him live, though he prepared for death since the Marines had no communications ability and hardly any food. Perrin said he pulled a picture of his PERRIN page 3


A view of the James River in autumn at Bermuda Hundred, which is located in southern Chesterfield County.

there is a grave beside the roadway with a large granite marker. It is not hesterfield County is a grave but a historical marker placed without a doubt one of there in 1938 by the Daughters of the the most historic locaAmerican Revolution. You have artions within the entire rived at “Bermuda Hundred,” the end Commonwealth. It is a history that of the peninsula, which is formed by residents willingly share with other the James River to the north and the Virginians and with the nation. How- Appomattox River to the south, and ever, there are portions of the county the marker ever so succinctly lists its that may be unfamiliar to even some early history. of its own inhabitants. One such locaAs all who have passed through tion is Bermuda Hundred. the public schools in Virginia know, Traveling down Route 10 toward Jamestown was established in 1607, Hopewell and then turning north but expansion to the west began onto either N. Enon Church Road almost immediately. In 1613, Sir or Allied Road, you will intersect Thomas Dale established a foothold Bermuda Hundred Road. Taking that in the land of the “Appamatuck” road to its very end, the scenery will Indians and named that location change from industrial plants to a “Bermuda Hundred.” The reason for small community of homes. Finally, the “Bermuda” is seemingly simple. at the “T” intersection with a gravel Dale thought the area looked like road, there will be a fantastic vista the island of Bermuda where he had of the James River. Upon first glance been stranded before finally making to your right, it might appear that it to Jamestown. Having been to both

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places, the comparison actually eludes me, but it is necessary to accept it, for no other answer seems plausible. The term “Hundred” is a little more elusive, as it could refer to the number of inhabitants, the amount of land granted for bringing settlers over, the number of soldiers available to protect the colony, or it could just be a sectional designation. All seem to have some weight as to the reason for this portion of the name. Regardless, an event happened at this location that would mark sustainability for the new colony. Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, was taken prisoner here, ultimately accepted Christianity and was baptized by the Rev. Alexander Whitaker. Then a most momentous event occurred – her marriage to John Rolfe in 1614. This marriage brought not only a mingling of the two cultures, BERMUDA HUNDRED page 4



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Stove-top kitchen fire causes injury, damage The Chesterfield County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the 6600 block of Rock Run Road for a kitchen fire at 12:01 p.m. The resident attempted to remove a burning pan from the stove and take it outside, but received minor burns to the neck, chest, arms and legs. The victim was transported to St. Francis Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The fire caused minimal damage to cabinets above the stove. Cooking related fires continue to be the number one cause of fires in Chesterfield County. During the holiday season, fire officials are urging residents to be prepared

while cooking and offer a few simple tips: Keep a cookie sheet close so you can cover a pot or pan that is on fire to smother the flames. Never try to remove a pan that is on fire out of the house. Fire and EMS crews have transported several residents to area hospitals with burn injuries directly related to the residents trying to remove burning pans from homes. Do not leave cooking equipment unattended while cooking for any amount of time. Always have a portable fire extinguisher close to or in the kitchen.

Safety takes front seat for holidays The streets and highways in Chesterfield County can get congested with shoppers and travelers during the long holiday stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Alcohol-impaired drivers added to this mix puts innocent lives in jeopardy. Consequently, through Jan. 2, the Chesterfield County Police Department will conduct a series of DUI patrols, checkpoints and red-light-enforcement operations throughout the county this holiday

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Nov. 28 6000 block of Cameron Bridge Drive Two unlocked vehicles were entered and the property reported stolen.

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4800 block of Commonwealth Centre Parkway Victims were walking in the area of the shopping center when they met the described suspects, one of whom one of the victims thought he recognized. The victims followed the suspects behind the Old Navy store. At that time, one of the victims voluntarily gave the suspects a small amount of cash and arranged to meet them again. The suspects left and returned a short time later, to assault the victims and take the property.

Nov. 26 12300 block of Chattanooga Plaza Unlocked 1991 Chevrolet Blazer entered and the property was reported stolen. 12200 block of Chattanooga Plaza Victim’s wallet was taken from her shopping cart, which was left unattended while inside the store.

Nov. 24 2100 block of Rose Family Drive Remnants of an exploded bomb were found at the

Nov. 23 15200 block of Martin Glen Terrace Property reported stolen from victim’s unlocked 1999 Ford Explorer.

Nov. 22 2200 block of Rose Family Drive Unknown suspect(s) kicked in the side garage door and made entry into the garage where they kicked in the house door. Property was stolen. 2200 Millcrest Terrace Suspect(s) kicked open a rear door, but did not appear to have gained entry.

Nov. 21 5700 block of Woodlake Village Parkway Bottle bomb found on the baseball field at Clover Hill Elementary School

Nov. 19 13800 block of Crosstimbers Road Unknown suspect entered the residence through an unlocked front door. The resident heard a noise in the other room and discovered an unknown suspect rummaging through the room. Upon being discovered, the suspect made an excuse then fled the house. 3100 block of S. Ridge Drive Forced entry to residence through a rear door where the glass was broken out.

3200 block of Quail Hill Drive Entry gained to victim’s unlocked vehicle and property stolen.

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Chesterfield County Police made 16 arrests for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol Nov. 20-Nov. 24. THE BREAKDOWN: 2 drivers arrested for DUI were under 21 7 drivers arrested for DUI were between the ages of 21-29 5 drivers arrested for DUI were between the ages of 30-39 2 drivers arrested for DUI were ages 40+

Nov. 19 2100 block of Chepstow Terrace Suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked garage and removed items from the vehicle inside. 11700 block of Olde Coach Drive Property removed from victim’s unlocked Nissan Pathfinder. 11600 block of Midlothian Turnpike Four rims and tires were reported stolen from a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban

23114 Nov. 27 12900 block of Grove Hill Road Victim reported her silver 2004 Nissan Xterra was stolen from her driveway.

Nov. 25 500 block of Coalfield Road Victim reported a vehicle part was stolen from his vehicle.

23120 Nov. 23 8500 block of Doss Road Victim reported his black 2002 Shivers trailer with a 2002 Polaris ATV on top was stolen from his carport.

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Turnpike License plate reported stolen from a black 2001 Dodge Ram 1500PU.

Nov. 22 10700 block of Sydelle Drive Suspicious fire discovered on the railroad tracks.

Nov. 19 10400 block of Midlothian Turnpike Entry gained to the business, possibly through an unlocked door since no signs of force were found; property stolen.

23236 Nov. 28 700 Sturbridge Drive License plates reported stolen from victim’s blue 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Nov. 27 800 block of Research Road Unknown suspect observed attempting to enter a vehicle. At this time nothing was reported stolen.

Nov. 24 1000 block of Koger Center Boulevard HVAC units stolen from outside of Holiday Inn-Koger Center.


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5400 block of Trail Ride Court Victim reported property stolen from her vehicle.

3000 block of Lancers Boulevard Locked rear door forced open with property removed from the interior.

16200 block of Hobblebush Circle Unlocked white 2005 Chevrolet Colorado was entered and property was reported stolen.

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4400 block of Courthouse Road An unknown suspect entered the residence via an unlocked sliding glass door, assaulted the victim and then fled on foot when the victim was able to escape.

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1900 block of Huguenot Springs Road Suspect(s) forced entry to residence through a rear door and took items from inside.

8500 block of Trabue Road Property reported stolen from victim’s unlocked gold 2000 Chevrolet Yukon. 8500 block of Midlothian

Nov. 24 5900 block of La Rosa Road Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the residence through an unsecure doggie door. Property was stolen. 6000 block of Statute Street Known suspect came to the residence, kicked in the front door, assaulted another victim at the residence and caused damage to a vehicle parked on the street in front of the residence. 3000 block of Lancers Boulevard Suspect(s) forced entry to the residence through the front door where damage was found. The rear door was also found open, but nothing appeared to be missing from inside. 3000 block of Lancers Boulevard (separate incident) Forced entry to residence through the front door, which was damaged; property was stolen from inside.

Nov. 22 4500 block of Jacobs Bend Drive Rear door to residence forced open.


6400 block of Sexton Drive Entry was gained to the residence through a rear window, which activated the alarm. Officers responded and took suspects into custody.

Nov. 20 7600 block of Bakers Hill Road Suspects forced entry to residence through a rear door. The homeowner heard a noise, came down the stairs and scared the suspects off. The suspects fled the area in an unknown vehicle.

Nov. 19 6600 block of W. Denny Court Entry gained to residence by unknown means as no signs of force were found. Property was stolen from inside.

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4500 block of Litchfield Drive Property reported stolen from victim’s unlocked gold 2004 Honda, which was parked in the victim’s driveway.




Why Christmas focuses on children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Or maybe we can agree that it’s a lot easier to believe in miracles when we’re younger. The latter appears to be the case. We want to believe in life-changing, tangible miracles. We seem to be craving those trusting years again before disappointment, broken promises or plain old rejection became a chapter in our lives. The last few years have been a time of hardship for many friends, family members, and neighbors that seem to have the ill luck of Ralphie Parker from the movie “A Christmas Story.” Some of us have faced the double-dog dare. Some of us have dropped a few words and needed soap in our mouths. Others have lost a great meal to the dogs. And then there are a few of us, who have worn awful pink pajamas because we’re being someone we’re not for the sake of our dear aunt. And through all of this riotous mischief of life’s punches, it would be good for each of us to realize, (spoiler alert) that Ralphie eventually gets the present of his dreams and maybe each of us will too. For my little one, to help her keep the expectations realistic, we’re writing a detailed letter to Santa. It’s been a fun way to prioritize and shorten the list. We invite the young readers in Midlothian to share their letters to Santa again in our Christmas edition. Send your letter to PO Box 420, Midlothian, Va. 23113 or drop it off at the office at 13702 Village Mill Drive, Suite 203. If you have questions, please call the office at 379-6451.


Sometimes we learn a few lessons from our kids. Mine – she teaches me every day how to be humble and goofy all at once. With Christmas fast approaching (only 22 days left before Christmas Eve!), it’s becoming obvious that Santa has a tall order to fill. Each day I hear a new item being added to the ever-growing list of wants for Christmas presents. Christmas is, of course, not a secular ritual of gift-giving. However, for those among us that celebrate the Christian holiday with gifts under the tree, this time of year can be one of the most magical and most stressful times of year. Maybe it’s because, as parents, we’re not honest that the holiday isn’t about getting a bunch of toys – maybe we’re not clear about the role of Santa Clause and his creative, hard-working elves. In fact, the image of Santa has become so prolific in my child’s mind that during a recent trip she exclaimed to one Santa dressed in a blue suit that he wasn’t the real deal. Yet, before throwing Santa under the bus, the little one became a wise sage and asked, “Why is Christmas about children?” I was stumped for an answer. We can all agree that the anticipating eagerness that shines in a child’s eye on Christmas morning is a contagious feeling of good cheer. We can agree that the child-like belief in goodwill leaves us feeling content during these cold days of an approaching winter. We can agree that the reward for remaining on the nice list is a charming tale that keeps us even-tempered for at least a few weeks

eliminated, served as an English teacher at Bailey Bridge beginning in 1999. She currentchurch for community outreach programs. “We pack lunches for the hungry, and we do ly works for her family business Industrial all kinds of other stuff to make sure no one is Maintenance & Services. She looks to eventually return to teaching. “I was so happy for left behind.” the kids. All along I kept telling them, ‘You Glenda Whitney, Monica’s mom, added can make a difference.’ Teenagers don’t get a that the experience has been great in working with the teachers that started it up. “The lot of credit for the good that they do. Getteacher was a good influence in getting them ting the award showed that people do notice, motivated and keeping them going,” she said. and we were excited and honored,” she said. Thackston, whose job-share position was

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PERRIN from page 1 girlfriend, Mabel, out of his jacket, where he had carried it for 27 months. "I kissed that picture and said goodbye," Perrin said. "I then heard 'BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!' and the shells were coming overhead – and they were our shells. I knew we had been saved." The Marines successfully captured Sugar Loaf Hill, but it came at a significant cost. "We reached the top of the hill and I looked down, and there’s 200 of my buddies – and they’re all dead," Perrin said. "A buddy of mine said, 'Come on Joe, we got to go.'" It took 11 attempts for the Sixth Marine Division

to secure the hill over the course of nearly two weeks; 1,656 Marines were killed and 7,429 wounded by the time the area was considered secure. Perrin earned two Purple Hearts during the war, after which he served in the Marine Corps Reserve while living in Virginia. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 to serve as a drill instructor at Parris Island, where he trained future Marines until his honorable discharge in 1952. During that time, Perrin also married Mabel. They have three children and are still together in Richmond

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What does it feel like to turn 310 years old? No living individuals can answer that, of course, but at least one “living entity” will be able to do so this Dec. 5. On that date in 1700, the House of Burgesses passed a resolution granting a royal charter establishing “The King William Parish at Manakintowne” (now known simply as Manakin Episcopal Church) in the King’s name. The charter was, interestingly enough, granted to a group of French Huguenot refugees who had lived in England in exile from their home country for a century. They had been induced to immigrate to the Colony of Virginia by William Byrd – later Governor of the Colony – to settle on 10,000 acres of land granted by Governor Nichols, again on behalf of the Crown. Byrd’s interest was twofold: a genuine love of religious freedom and a very practical interest in providing a buffer zone to the west of the English settlement at Richmond whenever there was tension with the native population. The Huguenots settled on the land that had previously been a township of the Monacan Tribe, which had been driven by English forces into the hills of western Virginia some time before. (The township had been home to over 3,000 in its heyday and was a center of trade with other tribes. The Monacans had farmed, hunted and traded there until their forced move.) They built a church structure in 1701 – an octagonal log cabin on the banks of the James River. Unfortunately, it wasn’t high enough off the river banks, and it was washed away in a flood. Then, in 1710, they built – on higher ground – a church that served for several decades until it was destroyed by fire. They rebuilt, using all the salvageable materials from the second church, including some charred heavy beams used beneath the floor. This church served their needs until 1895 when, having declined in numbers as many of the descendants of the Charter members had moved away, they decided to “downsize” to save on maintenance and heating costs. They took apart the third church and rebuilt it on a smaller scale, reusing many of the materials, including the beams from the 1710 structure, now utilized in the fourth church structure. The records show that the 1895 building, using the materials recycled from two of its predecessors, cost a total of $195 (frugal folk, those Huguenots!) A fifth building was built in the 1950’s. The design was drawn from William Byrd’s chapel at Westover Plantation, in honor of his role in their origins. Much of the cost of the building came from a gift from the Hu-

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Manakin Episcopal Church in Midlothian will mark its 310th year this Sunday.

guenot Society of the Founders of Manakin, whose national headquarters is on 400 acres next to the 10 acres on which the church sits. The Society paid their gift to the building funds from the proceeds from the sale of timber on their land. The remainder of the costs were raised over time by the parish. The fifth, and current, building was consecrated on May 24, 1959, by Bishop George P. Gunn. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of that consecration featured Bishop Holly Hollerith’s first official visit to the Parish on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Descendants of the charter members of the parish are still active in its life. Several years ago, the church baptized a child who was, on one side of her family, the 10th generation in her family to be baptized here, dating back to the original settlers – and was the ninth generation baptized here on the other side of her family. Each year, on the Sunday nearest to Dec. 5, the church celebrates Founders’ Day, in honor of its rich heritage. For several years, the parish has used the Order of Worship from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, which was in use at the time of its origin, along with music contemporary to that time. The celebration this year will be on Sunday, Dec. 5, the actual anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter, and is open to all. Manakin has survived wars, drought, periods of dwindling membership and “boom” years – all that three centuries plus of congregational life have had to offer. But in this “what have you done for me lately” culture in which we live, it is important to know that Manakin never wastes time resting on its laurels. The King William Parish at Manakintowne continues to thrive, not merely survive. With exciting music and Christian formation programs and a number of vibrant pastoral care ministries – both within the Church and at a number of sites in the community – Manakin is no “museum” of church history. The outreach program, supported by both the operating budget and remarkable fund-raising efforts, serves a staggering array of ministries in the community and throughout the world. Known for our warmth and welcoming embrace to visitors and long-time members alike, we work hard to honor our heritage, while letting the Holy Spirit lead us into the future that God has envisioned for us – wherever that may lead. Here’s to the next 310 years of faithful ministry.


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local and global community. He immigrated to the United States in 1985, as a student, and has played a vital role in building relationships ever since. He volunteers as a mentor, introducing mainstream communities to underrepresented minorities, and helps minorities to navigate through the international business world. The Rev. Michael Stone, Rector Mohta says his inspiration comes from doing things for other people and seeing how others in the community can also benefit. “We all have to help to make the community that we live in better…not just Chesterfield Have you ever re-gifted a Christmas gift? or Virginia but the whole country. Think locally, but act globally.” As the owner of two Small, Women, and Minority-owned certified businesses – an international travel business and an information technology company – Mohta manages a culturally diverse workforce and also works closely with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Greater Richmond Partnership. He has also facilitated several overseas trade mission trips. “Trade missions create job opportunities Elizabeth Farina Anne Gibb Jim McConnell for the Commonwealth to do more business EDITOR SALES SPORTS EDITOR in India and at the same time, encourages foreign companies to come and set up business or an office here in Virginia, rather than No, I've never regifted "It has become a tra- "Honestly, I can't sending jobs overseas,” Mohta said. recall ever doing it a gift. But I know of dition starting in 1998. Mohta was recently appointed by Gover-- but that's probably at least one time when The stinking papernor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia Workbecause my wife is I was on the receiving force Council. weight will be with me

The black-tie award gala, themed "Innovation for the Future”, celebrated Asian business success, student achievements, and individuals from the public and private service sectors, who have made significant contributions to the growth of Asian American entrepreneurship in Virginia. “Rumy was selected because of his contribution to the organization and his dedication to the Asian American community at-large in central Virginia,” said Tinh duc Phan, VACC Executive Director. “Through his leadership as president of the Asian American Society of Central Virginia, he has done a great job improving and empowering the community for the past six years.” Founded in 2004, the VACC is Virginia’s leading Pan-Asian business advocacy group. It serves as a networking organization for Virginia's growing Asian community, which includes 37 ethnic groups, and fosters economic development by promoting trade between Virginia and Asia. The chamber has four active satellite offices in central Virginia, Hampton Roads, Fairfax, and Charlottesville. “Rumy is a good asset to Chesterfield County,” Phan said, “He loves the area and is doing everything possible that he can to promote the region. He brings people together to communicate with each other and serves as a bridge for different communities to collaborate.” Born in Bombay, India, Mohta embodies a leader who is committed to supporting his


after more than 60 years. "I want to say thanks to you, to all those who served in a great organization," Perrin told the audience. He specifically thanked the Marine Corps and all other service members and veterans, and Defense Logistics Agency Aviation for the support given to war fighters. "When you pass a cemetery and you see a little red, white and blue flag waving in the breeze – say thank you," Perrin added. "Happy birthday Marines and Semper Fidelis."

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4 || DECEMBER 2, 2010 BERMUDA from page 1 but also the birth of a son in 1615, and even more than that, peace that would last until the Massacre of 1622. Rolfe would promote his tobacco, take his bride to England (where she died in 1616), and firmly establish Bermuda Hundred as a port for the shipment of this new commodity – tobacco – back to England. While Bermuda Hundred would flourish during the 18th and early 19th centuries, it would gain nationwide prominence again during the War of Northern Aggression (or Civil War for our Northern friends). It was in May of 1864, that this location would

receive some 30,000 Union troops under Gen. Benjamin F. Butler. This would become the “Bermuda Hundred Campaign”. Suffice it to note that Butler’s attempt to take Richmond by moving up this peninsula was thwarted by a much smaller force of Confederate troops under P. G. T. Beauregard. But the Union troops were there, and they stayed until the end of the conflict. The situation at Bermuda Hundred has changed dramatically from the time of the 30,000 Union troops. While imagining the history, it was my good fortune to speak to an 82-year-old gentleman who was born and

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any Christmas carols have become the background noise heard in retail stores that signal the start of the holiday shopping season. Singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson looks to bring Christmas music front and center at the 11th annual Behold the Lamb of God Christmas Tour Friday night, Dec. 3 at Bon Air Baptist Church. “I love Christmas carols and part of the point of this was to write songs about the astonishing story of Christmas and dust the cobwebs off people’s heart,” the Nashvillebased Christian artist said. The concert, sponsored by Richmond-based North Star Community Recovery, will feature Peterson with fellow artists Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Andrew COURTESY PHOTO BY CENTRICITY MUSIC Osenga. “Behold the Lamb Nashville artist Andrew Peterson and musical friends will be of God tour is a bus full of performing on Friday, Dec. 3 at Bon Air Baptist Church.


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BERMUDA from p 4 stands because, according to McWilliams, one day, when he was about 15, his uncle came and pushed it down because “it was ugly.” There were other tales that McWilliams told that day including one about how he and other youngsters would go and make noise to drive deer in front of a hunter’s stand. For this, he got paid about a quarter and frequently would wind up bringing home some of the venison, which was given to him for his family. McWilliams summed up a lot of his feelings for Bermuda Hundred when he stated, “I was born here and never left.” His roots run deep in the soil of Bermuda Hundred, and the memories he shares are a part of the history of his people and his home.

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How sweet it is! Rapids cap remarkable run with first state title BY ARTHUR UTLEY Media General News Service



Darren Barlow led Midlothian with a time of 15:30 at Saturday's Nike Cross Southeast Regional meet.

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The Virginia High School League cross country season ended nearly three weeks ago, but Midlothian’s boys team is still going strong. Competing under the Midlothian Track Club banner, Stan Morgan’s squad squared off against several other nationally ranked teams during last weekend’s Nike Cross Southeast Regional meet in Cary, N.C. With 29 teams on the course and rules prohibiting the competitors from wearing their school-issued uniforms, it wasn’t easy for Morgan and his runners to know where they stood at various points in the race. But when everyone had finished and the results were tallied up, Midlothian found itself in a familiar position: first place, a whopping 46 points ahead of runner-up Brookwood (Ga.). “It was pretty impressive,” said Morgan, a man who has won 10 state championships during his coaching career and is not easily impressed. Despite dealing with a painful right calf injury, Darren Barlow finished 10th overall and led Midlothian with a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 30 seconds at the WakeMed Soccer Complex 5K course. Teammate Brayden Burleigh, who had run a 15:20 on the same course during the Great American meet, couldn’t match that pace Saturday and finished 22nd in 15:47. But his teammates more than picked up the slack. Sean Willard placed 37th and became the third Midlothian runner to crack the 16-minute barrier when he crossed the finish line in 15:57. Sam Hush was 43rd in 16:01 and Ryan Peterson rounded out a dominant top-five performance with a 16:16 time that was good enough for 84th place out of 228 competitors. “That’s the thing I love about this team -- they know how to step up,” Morgan said. “They’re getting a taste of victory and they’re leaving everything out on the course.” Both Midlothian and Brookwood qualified for

fter winning the first two sets in the Virginia High School League Group AAA boys volleyball tournament final, Central Region champion James River wasn’t thinking too much about a five-set match. But when Eastern Region champion Ocean Lakes won the third and fourth sets to force a fifth Nov. 20 at the Siegel Center, James River couldn’t have been in a more comfortable situation. “We’ve played a lot of fifth sets against a lot of good, good teams so we’re used to going into that fifth set, keeping our composure and playing the way we play,” James River sophomore setter Mitchell Ford said. “And I’m going to give as many balls as I can to Darren.” Darren is Darren Kilby, a senior outside hitter who was described as "phenomenal," "amazing" and "unstoppable" by Ocean Lakes coach Heath Boomer and players Murphy Simerson and Robert Marcotte after contributing 28 kills, three blocks and three aces to James River’s heartpounding 25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 21-25, 15-12 victory. “Either team could have won,” first-year James River coach Terry Ford said. “It was just a little bit of momentum at the end, being in the right lineup and having Mr. Kilby on our side of the net.” James River (21-5) and Ocean Lakes won their first region championships and were appearing in the state tournament for the first time. Neither team was expected to attain such lofty status, but they treated a noisy crowd of supporters from both schools to what a championship match is supposed to be: superb volleyball filled with thrills, chills and the inevitable spills. “It’s a [shame] one of these teams lost today,” Boomer said. “As a coach, I couldn’t be more proud.” The Dolphins lose seven seniors. They won 32 match-


James River's players celebrate after receiving the Group AAA state championship trophy.

es. Their only losses were to Deep Run in the Virginia Volleyball Showcase final and to the Rapids. “James River came out with a game plan,” Boomer said. “We could have folded. We didn’t.” James River's players and coaches know something about battling and overcoming adversity. The Rapids finished third behind Cosby and Midlothian in the Dominion District standings, but caught fire during the postseason with eight consecutive victories. Kilby and middle hitter Sam Albus, a 6-4 junior who played volleyball for the first

time “because I could jump,” sparked the Rapids’ openingset victory. Albus (13 kills) was especially effective on a back slide play throughout the match. Kilby finished off the second set with a kill, but the Dolphins won the first six points and avoided a sweep. Behind the play of middles Jordan Robison and Cameron Hudson, outside hitter Wesley Yang and Simerson, the setter, Ocean Lakes maintained its momentum in the fourth set. The Rapids gained separation midway through the fifth set with a four-point run. The Dolphins closed to 13-12, but

the Rapids picked up point 14 on a kill from Albus’ fellow middle, Simon Wilson. Appropriately enough, the final point started with a Kilby serve and ended with two Dolphins on the floor reaching for a ball they couldn’t get. The Rapids had previously won the district and region tournaments, beating rival Cosby in the final both times, before knocking off Frank Cox in the state semifinals. “This is the biggest stage I’ve played on in my life. I wasn’t too nervous,” said Kilby. He searched for more words. “I’m pretty much speechless. This is pretty awesome.”



James River's Mitchell Ford (left) and Sam Albus go up for a block against Ocean Lakes' Wesley Yang during the state final.

Hamlin's breakthrough season ends in disappointment BY PAUL WOODY Media General News Service

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Denny Hamlin said all the right things. He was gracious in defeat. He talked about a bright future. But his expression belied his words. He sat with his face in the palm of his hand, his disappointment obvious. He had just finished an outstanding NASCAR season, and from the moment he stepped out of his car at the end of the race until he rode away in a golf cart an hour later, he found it difficult to find a reason to smile. Hamlin, a Manchester High School graduate, came here with the idea of winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He held a 15-point advantage over Jimmie Johnson at the start of the race. Hamlin left 39 points short of his goal. Hamlin understands all his team accom-

plished this year. It won eight races. It nearly upended the Johnson juggernaut. But after the final race, it was obvious Hamlin had the feeling that in this single instance, if you weren't first, you were last. "It's not just a matter of having a fast car or being the best driver," Hamlin said. "A lot goes into this sport. We'll keep fighting and get them next year.' Hamlin came so close this year. But a season's worth of success was undone in the final two races. Hamlin's No. 11 car lacked enough fuel to finish the race in Phoenix without the aid of a caution. When no caution came, Hamlin had to pit under green. He lost 17 spots when he was on the verge of clinching the championship a week before the finale. A week later, it was one thing after another. A brush with Greg Biffle's car on Lap 25 damaged Hamlin's Toyota. The car was

not the same the rest of the race. There were excellent pit stops, so-so pit stops and a pit stop that should have been made but wasn't. Finally, there was just plain terrible luck. Hamlin did find one positive point. "I'm relieved it's over," he said. Planning for 2011 begins now. And Hamlin and his team at Joe Gibbs Racing know there are no guarantees. They ran well this year and had their share of good fortune. And while luck often is the residue of design, a run of bad luck can ruin a season. Championship opportunities are rare -with the possible exception of Johnson, who has won five straight titles. When one slips away, it's painful. "This is a big loss," said JGR owner Joe Gibbs. "You always try to learn from bitter disappointments and how this can make you a better team and a better organization.

I certainly think there are some things we can work on and try to bounce back next year. "One of the toughest things sometimes is to handle the bad things. I was proud of the way Denny handled everything. He is really mature now. He wins a ton. He's the right kind of driver to win a championship." Hamlin showed his toughness this year when he came back from in-season knee surgery that could have dashed his team's championship hopes. The eight victories established Hamlin as a driver who is moving forward. "I see it now," he said of the season's success. "I don't have to wait. "But there are so many turning points in the Chase. You just think about all the situations where you wish you could go back and change. Right now, it's more thinking about that."



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Once the third-place team in its own district, James River's boys volleyball team is indeed No. 1 in the state after beating Ocean Lakes for the title.

Celebrating champions James River boys volleyball

James River's players and coaches explode in celebration after the final point of their five-set victory over Ocean Lakes in the Group AAA state final.

James River's Simon Wilson goes high to slam the ball past an Ocean Lakes blocker.

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Saturday’s Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) in Portland, Oregon. The Midlothian team, which will compete as Chesterfield Track Club at the national meet, flew out of Richmond International Airport this morning and will return Sunday. It will be the third trip to the NXN meet for Morgan, who accompanied both his boys and girls teams in 2006. Burleigh and 2010 Midlothian graduate Kathleen Lautzenheiser competed at nationals as individuals last year. “He was excited,” Morgan said of Burleigh. “Last year he was by himself. It’s going to be much better when he’s out there with six other teammates to help and support each other.” Morgan believes teamwork is the foundation of any championship-caliber cross country team, and it’s been borne out by his record of success. Prior to Saturday’s meet, he told his runners to throw one hand in the air at two predetermined points so they could look up and see their teammates. The result: Midlothian’s top five runners were separated by only 47 seconds – remarkable when you consider that its top two (Barlow and Burleigh) each finished ahead of Brookwood’s No. 1 runner. “[The 2006 Midlothian boys squad] was a good team, but top to bottom, I think this team is more talented,” Morgan said. “If they get up and run, they can represent the Southeast Region very well.” It won’t be easy. Not only will Midlothian face 21 of the best high school cross country teams from across the nation, the runners will have to block out an unprecedented array of distractions. Nike, which covers all expenses for the teams and individuals who qualified to compete at NXN, distributes uniforms for all competitors during a tour of its palatial headquarters in Beaverton. Among other festivities, the footwear giant also hosts a post-race banquet and dance on Saturday night. With help from Burleigh, Morgan is trying to get his runners mentally prepared to deal with all the hoopla and improve upon the showing of the 2006 team, which placed 13th at nationals. “It’s easy to lose focus on why you’re out there,” he added. “There’s plenty of time to enjoy everything, but we need to take care of business.”


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