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•P2 Parenting seminar offers skill sets to break the cycle of entitlement

•P4 Charitable gift giving tips for the holidays.

•P7 Clover Hill senior Abby Badura wins High School Heisman

•P10 It's a wrap for annual gift event at Midlothian High School.

•P11 A big win for Gordon Patriots - Minors Super Bowl champions

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John Pagano, (left) a local re-enactor, portrayed Charles Dickens and James Miller from West Virginia, portrayed a 19th century Englishman at "Yuletides at Agecroft Hall."

Agecroft Hall’s very special Christmas gift BY ERIC MILLIRONS Special Correspondent


hile one can expect to find Richard Moxley, Executive Director of the Agecroft Association, in and around this bit of England in Richmond most anytime, finding him outside on a dreary, cold and wet day had to be unanticipated. However, on Sunday, Dec. 12, from noon until about 5 p.m., there he was,

under a large umbrella and sporting a very broad smile as he handed out programs and welcomed all to the annual Christmas fest. Dubbed “Yuletides at Agecroft Hall,” this year’s event had to be one of the best “calming” events during this maddening rush in anticipation of the coming holiday. It allowed people to meander through the courtAGECROFT P6

C.E.R.T. course offered Jan. 4 It’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. Why not make your 2011 resolution something attainable: preparing yourself and family for emergencies and learning the skills needed to help your neighbors in a disaster. Chesterfield County residents are invited to attend training that will help them overcome the effects of a disaster. The popular Chesterfield Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training will commence on Jan. 4, 2011. There is no charge for the course, which is open to the first 30 persons aged 18 and older who apply. The deadline to enroll is Dec. 22. The eight-night initial training course is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays over four consecutive weeks. The training provides partici-

pants with basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical time after a disaster and before first responders arrive. Topics include: light duty search and rescue, fire safety and suppression, basic and advanced emergency care, terrorism awareness, emergency communications, and disaster psychology. Graduates earn certificates and receive CERT emergency gear including a backpack and helmet. More than one hundred people completed the CERT training in 2010, and more are needed. Registration forms are available online at www., by emailing CERT@chesterfield. gov, or by calling 804-751CERT.


Midlothian High School student Tony Pelegrino, left, leads his class' wreath through the front doors of the Governor's mansion on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 9.

Handmade wreath presented to Virginia’s First Lady making smaller wreaths a few years ago. The class, who also helps maintain the school’s memorial garden on the north side entrance of the school, had one ometimes a class project student who loved nature. “She would takes a life of its own. For one pick up rocks, acorns and pine cones Midlothian High School class, and put them in her pocket,” Taylor it wasn’t about a grade. It was creating a gift for Virginia. Teacher Beth said. “I thought, ‘What are we going to do with these things that are so precious Taylor and her students presented a hand-made wreath filled with hundreds to her?’ I decided we would just make a of pinecones, acorns and other natural pine cone wreath.” The first wreath became 148 wreaths plants of the Commonwealth to Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell at during the first year and the class sold them to faculty, staff and students. Since the Governor’s mansion on Thursday, then, the profits from the sales were Dec. 9. “This is beautiful,” McDonnell used to celebrate the students’ gradusaid. “I think it’s A+” ation in the spring. This year, the class Taylor, who teaches students with intellectual disabilities, explained in an focused on a large wreath to present to Virginia’s governor. earlier interview that the class began BY ELIZABETH FARINA


“We’re trying to prepare our students for the 21st century world of work, and because my students have intellectual disabilities, they usually go directly into the workforce or into a training program,” the teacher said. The project incorporated a range of subjects from math to science to government. “I decided that since I teach every subject in high school to include every subject in this project,” she said. The class, made of 11 students in grades 9 through 12, started the project writing letters to Christmas tree farmers and extension offices throughout Virginia in October. “They typed every letter. They couldn’t just print five. It WREATH P3

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Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling presents the Virginia state flag to Sister Anne Marie Mack, CBS, Senior Vice President, Sponsorship and Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours, Virginia Health System at the ground


2010 Powhatan Christmas Mother Frances Crutchfield waves to the crowd during the county's annual Christmas Parade held on Sunday, Dec. 12.

Bon Secours celebrated the start of Chesterfield’s newest health-care facility, Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre on Thursday, Dec. 9, with a groundbreaking ceremony. The new project will bring an influx of capital investment, 150 new jobs to northwest Chesterfield County and increased availability of ambulatory services for the county’s fast growing population. St. Francis Watkins Centre will include the area’s only freestanding emergency department as well as an imaging center and physician office space. The new Bon Secours campus will be located at the corner of Route 288 and Midlothian Turnpike, just fourand-one-half miles from Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center. “Bon Secours has received tremendous support from Chesterfield County and its residents, and we are pleased to serve the community,” said Peter J.

Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia. “Five years ago we made a significant commitment to the county with the opening of St. Francis Medical Center. Our expectation is that residents will welcome the services of Watkins Centre as they did our hospital.” St. Francis Watkins Centre is located in the northwest part of the county, and will service three large residential and commercial areas of Chesterfield, as well as Powhatan, Amelia, Goochland and western Henrico counties. The facility will be built in phases, with Phase I consisting of 100,000 square feet of space that includes a freestanding emergency department, a comprehensive diagnostic imaging center and a physician medical office building, which will house primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine physician practices. When Phase II is completed, the total

medical campus will consist of some 200,000 square feet of space. Plans for Phase II are still under development. “An important part of any community is making certain that quality health care is readily available to its citizens,” said Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling. “The construction of Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre will do just that with a freestanding emergency department, imaging center and physician office space. But this project is also important to our economic development efforts. It will result in significant capital investment in Chesterfield County and create 150 new jobs. We appreciate the strong contribution that our friends at Bon Secours have made to the Commonwealth over the years, and we are delighted that they continue to invest in our state.” According to Chesterfield Country




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Assistant County Administrator to retire coordinated the first regional summits for elected officials in the greater Richmond area; serving on the team responsible for the county’s ACE (Award for Continuing Excellence) under the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award program; and coordinating over 100 special events on behalf of the county. During her employment she served on a number of boards and committees. She is a 1997 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and served on that organization’s board of directors from 1998-2004. She also served on the boards of Metro Richmond YMCA, the Petersburg Area Regional Tourism (PART) and the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. For the past five years, Cole has served on the national board for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), having been elected by her peers nationwide, and she is past vice president and current

Marilyn E. Cole, Chesterfield County’s assistant county administrator for administration and government affairs, has announced her upcoming retirement. Her last work day will be Dec. 22, 2010. Cole joined the county in 1992 as executive assistant to the county administrator, and was promoted in 1997 to her current position. In addition to coordinating the daily activities of the county administrator’s office, Cole’s responsibilities include overseeing special events; providing oversight for the county’s legislative and intergovernmental relations functions, clerk to the Board of Supervisors office and the Center for Organizational Excellence; and providing direction for the county’s long range planning citizens committee, as well as serving as the primary liaison for staff support to the Board of Supervisors. Most notable among her achievements are being a champion for regional cooperation, having

treasurer of the NFBPA- Central Virginia Chapter. She is a member of the Richmond Chapter of The Links, Inc.; earned several awards from the National Association of Counties; received the Star Achievement Award from the Chesterfield Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and is a past Employee of the Year for county administration. “I have worked with Marilyn for18 years, and for the last three years in particular, have relied on her outstanding leadership. You could not ask for a better assistant county administrator. Marilyn embodies everything you look for in a senior leader and has given much to me, the board of supervisors, our employees and the citizens of Chesterfield County,� said County Administrator Jay Stegmaier. Cole’s retirement plans include travel, golf and more time with family and her husband, Allen. courtesy of Chesterfield County

DUI arrests made between Dec. 3 - Dec. 8 Total number: 15 drivers Six drivers between the ages of 21-29 Two drivers between the ages of 30-39 Five drivers between the ages of 40-49 Two drivers between the ages of 50-59

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get markets,� said Daniel A. Gecker, chairman of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “The economic impact of St. Francis Watkins Centre will be significant for Chesterfield; not only are we adding accessible, quality health care, but the number of jobs the project will generate is substantial.� The project is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks, with a completion date for Phase I scheduled for late 2011. Bon Secours is a not-forprofit Catholic health system with four hospitals in the greater Richmond metropolitan area; St. Mary’s, Memorial Regional, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center, as well as Bon Secours Medical Group which is composed of more than 40 physician practice groups, home health and hospice. courtesy of Melissa Jones on behalf of Bon Secours

Time of day: Two arrests between 6 pm – 9 pm One arrest between 9 pm – midnight Nine arrests between midnight – 3 am One arrest after 4 am

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.


erty was reported stolen.

Dec. 8

8900 block of Brucewood Drive Rear door forced open, destroying the door frame. No items determined missing.

4600 block of Twelveoaks Road Unknown suspect(s) busted a hole in a locked front living room window to gain entry into the residence. Property taken from inside.

Dec. 6 12500 block of Bailey Bridge Road A bomb threat was found written inside of a bathroom at the school. The school was searched, however, nothing was found.

23113 Dec. 8 3300 block of Old Gun Road East Victim reported property stolen from the rear of his truck.

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Dec. 9 700 block of Coalfield Road Victim reported the property was stolen from his locked white 2004 Chevrolet. No signs of forced entry were noted.

23235 Dec. 11 11500 block of Midlothian Turnpike Property reported stolen from victim’s unlocked gray 2006 Chrysler. 10900 block of Robious Road Small fire found burning in men’s bathroom.

8600 block of Brown Summit Road Victim returned home to find the frame around her rear French doors damaged. Entry had also been attempted at a basement door. 1100 block of Buford Road Front door to residence kicked. The door was dead-bolted and no entry gained.

9400 block of Beckham Drive Suspects admitted to entering multiple unlocked vehicles and taking property.

Dec. 7 1500 block of Robindale Road Several unlocked vehicles were entered and the property was reported stolen. 2100 block of Wrens Nest Road Two unlocked vehicles were entered and property was reported stolen.

Dec. 6 10000 block of Bayham Drive Two unlocked vehicles were entered and the property was reported stolen.

Nov. 28 2200 block of Cedar Crest Road Property reported stolen from victim’s unlocked vehicle.

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1500 block of Winding Way Unlocked 2002 Ford Explorer entered and prop-

Dec. 9 1000 block of Koger Center Boulevard Two unlocked work trucks were entered and property was reported stolen.

Dec. 8 200 block of Marbleridge Road Property removed from victim’s residence. Entry possibly gained via an unsecured rear sliding glass door.

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Dec. 9 300 block of Twinridge Lane Victim advised she heard noises on her patio at approximately 1 a.m. Upon checking the next day, the victim found the screen on her rear patio window bent.

of forced entry. In speaking with the owner, officers learned the owner believes friend of her son may possibly have a key to the house.

2900 block of Abbeydale Court Entry gained to residence, which is for sale. No signs

11900 block of Sunflower Lane Locked red 2002 Ford Mustang entered and property was reported stolen.

23832 Dec. 10 3400 block of Hollow Wood Court Forced entry made to the residence through the rear utility room door. Property removed. 11800 block of Clearwood Court Known suspect arrived at the victim’s residence to confront him about a domestic issue. During the confrontation, the suspect entered the home and assaulted the victim.

Dec. 9 6500 block of Belmont Road Entry to school gained possibly through an unsecured rear door. Once inside, suspect(s) damaged a pull-down door in the cafeteria and removed the items from other areas inside the school. 9400 block of Brocket Drive Property was reported stolen from the rear of the victim’s flatbed truck.

More than lights displayed at Lewis-Ginter Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis-Ginter offers more than 700,000 holiday lights outdoors, but inside the garden's Education building are dollhouses and model trains on display through the holidays. Some will recognize the miniature scene of Midlothian Family Practice that is replicated with the tiniest details, which includes an EKG machine, a stethoscope, and magazines in the waiting area. The dollhouse, which is on loan from Dr. Jennifer Brown, is one of 12 dollhouses on display for during the event. More information can be found at -courtesy of Lewis-Ginter

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WREATH from P1 helped with their keyboarding and typing skills. I have some [students] that are proficient with the computer and some haven’t used it very much, especially for word processing,” she said. While waiting for a response from the letters, the group began learning about Virginia government. “I wanted them to have knowledge of who they were going to visit,” Taylor added. The class also studied the typography of Virginia and its natural resources, which incorporated math and science topics. “We’re one of the largest exporters of coal on the East Coast, but we didn’t use any coal,” she said. “We used natural plants from Virginia.” Soon, packages arrived for the students’ Virginia wreath from Virginia Beach, the Shenandoah Valley and as far west as Carroll County. The owner of Foxfire Farms, which is located in Albemarle County, labeled each of the donated items. Also, Taylor met the owner from Augusta County, who operates two tree lots in Chesterfield County. “These packages came with all kinds of wonderful things. It was like Christmas day,” the teacher

explained. Taylor, who studied horticulture at North Carolina State, was amazed at the variety of flora. She was surprised at the wild rose pods and the wild blueberries. “The tiny berries on the sticks were the size of the head of a pin. We sprayed them gold and they turned out beautiful,” she said. Students added hundreds of pinecones, acorns accented with gold-painted Okra pods, Magnolia leaves, wild blueberries, red-painted rose pods, mushrooms and sea oats from private plants in the mountains to the wreath. To hold the weight, two wire loops with a minute spray of artificial greenery were used. “It’s been a learning experience for all of us,” Taylor said. Eight students presented the wreath to First Lady McDonnell. Each told how the project was created and where each of the items came from in Virginia that were incorporated into the wreath, which coincidentally matched the gold garland spray on the fireplaces in the north and south ballrooms of the mansion. “I was just noticing that two minutes ago that it matches with the gold,” said student Tony Pelegrino.


Midlothian High School student Liz Gomez, right, describes part of the process behind the wreath to Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell as fellow classmates Brandon Borsello, center, and Dylan Markham, far right, listen.

After the 20-minute visit with Virginia First Lady and a tour with Governor’s mansion docent Ira Booker, the students returned to the bus. For mom Veronica Gomez, the experience has been great

Commonwealth Parenting seminar: 'Too much praise breeds self entitlement' BY LATIKA LEE special correspondent

Raise your hand if you have ever praised your child for eating all of the food on his or her plate. Even a seemingly routine statement as simple as, “Good job” for a high grade on a spelling test may reinforce “entitlement” behavior, according to child development specialist, Susan Brown. In recent years, psychologists have written about entitlement, and some say it’s an epidemic. An expert in child development with Commonwealth Parenting, Brown and other professionals agree that parents need to be consistent in the messages they are sending and forming regarding child rearing. “If we allow children to speak to parents, teachers, and coaches with disrespect then we indulge the ‘give me’ -the feeling of entitlement,” Brown cautioned, “When we expect too little of our children and do too much for them, then we stand between them and their realizing their fullest potential.” At a lunchtime lecture with parents and caregivers of children from toddlers to teens, Brown explained that when children come into the world they are, by nature, egocentric and, clinically, are in a narcissistic stage of development. “Our job as parents and teachers is to move through this stage and help them learn to delay gratification, to be less impulsive. This comes in small steps over time.” When children reach 2 ½-years-old, they begin a learning process of how to control themselves. They learn how to share, wait their turn, and not hit or bite. As they grow, children have more language skills and can express themselves better. By the ages of 3, 4 and 5, they should know that more is expected of them. Although children are not born with a “how-to” manual, resources are available for parents who want to understand, train, and raise their children in a non-comM




mercial society. Commonwealth Parenting, a not-forprofit parenting center, offers classes, speakers, workshops and consultations to serve parents and grandparents with children from birth to teenage years. Brown delved into the background of psychology noting that until the 1960s, it was Freudian-based. Freud – the father of psychology - wrote papers and embraced the idea that children were a blank slate and parents shaped who the child would become. His philosophy was that the mother was very important to the upbringing of the child. However, a new theory emerged in the 1960s. A book called “The Psychology of Self Esteem” by Nathanial Branden posed the premise that in order for individuals to be happy and productive in life, they needed to have very high selfesteem, which begins in early childhood. Psychologists, parents and educators started to build upon this idea. “We set the expectation,” Brown affirmed. “We said a litany of quotes when they’re young to build self-esteem such as, ‘You’re so wonderful’, ‘You’re the best’, ‘You can be anything,’ that we begin to praise them for things they should be doing anyway.” Brown said a culture of entitlement has built up over several generations. Since the late 1980’s, a movement dubbed “self-esteem improvement” has evolved. Instead of being at peace with their own sense of accomplishment, children have become adept at looking for outside praise and approval. “Everyone gives stickers and smiley faces. If you show up, you get a trophy, you get rewarded. Kids today are always looking for an external acknowledgement or praise,” she asserted. “We find kids who are no longer able to stay on task because they’ve been trained that (praise) is the expectation. It’s a constant reporting back, when they should just be doing (tasks) for their own satisfaction … That should be the expectation.” About a dozen parents,







When we expect too little of our children and do too much for them, then we stand between them and their realizing their fullest potential.

Gomez had purchased a small wreath from the class in last year’s sale. “Mine is on the back of a small door. This one just blew me away. The kids take pride in this, and Liz likes doing things like

this,” Gomez said. “She’ll tell me short, little things … not when I question her, but we’ll be riding in the car and she’ll say, ‘Oh, we made that in class today, and we used that.’ So, it goes on her terms.”


Take it easy on the roads BY ELIZABETH FARINA

State troopers were busy on Monday responding to 110 reported crashes over a six-hour period in the Richmond area, according to a Virginia State Police report. The main culprit in hazardous road conditions – snow. Yes, the fluffy white flakes made its appearance in the early morning hours and tapered off well before noon. Harmless in appearance, it covered mostly lawns and parked cars. However, on the roadways, it added a nice coating of “slick” that fooled over-confident drivers into thinking he or she would be able to handle wintry conditions. If you haven’t had the time to practice maneuvering off road, don’t time your first lesson during a bad weather day. Driving in snow, rain or any wintry mix requires more than confidence behind the wheel. It requires, at minimum, a combination of the vehicle’s tires having the right treads and an attentive driver that understands the futility of hitting the brakes when the car is sliding on an ice patch. Here’s what I’ve learned about driving in snow from a few years of working at a ski resort: leave the car parked in the driveway until the roads clear. If that’s not feasible, create the following road-trip kit for your car: a flashlight,

thick blanket, snow shovel, straw broom, ice scraper, de-icer, extra gloves, big rubber boots and a 2- to 5-pound bag of kitty litter gravel. Of course, have the cell phone fully charged, if possible, before heading out. It does sound a little goofy to pack all these items in the car’s trunk, especially if you don’t own a cat. Most Richmonders will purchase a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk before stocking up on winter road items. However, once you get stuck in an embankment on a cold morning commute, you’ll appreciate the Scout-like preparedness more than sliced bread. Tip no. 2: Using the brakes in such wintry conditions is about as useful as streaking windshield wipers in a torrential downpour. The move doesn’t necessarily get the expected job done and an attempt to make a quick stop can be disastrous. Driving in these conditions means anticipating curves and hills in order to stay on the asphalt. It also means leaving enough time and room to stop, if necessary. Last: be patient. Driving is a learned skill that requires responsibility. An inpatient driver only adds to dangerous conditions. More dangerous is an impaired driver regardless of the weather. The holidays usually include celebrations that may have alcohol beverages being served. Make a statement and give the gift of a sober ride.




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for her daughter, Liz, who has autism. “We went out and collected pine cones, hickory nuts and acorns,” Gomez explained. Gomez was amazed at the size of the class’s wreath.

seated at an executive, Ushaped conference table, shook their heads in agreement. In an article, Randy Traeger, a head football coach in Oregon, cited a new study by San Diego State professor Jean Twenge, author of “The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement,” that finds self-centeredness and narcissism in our youth has steadily increased over the last decade. “We start to cut them slack with self-care maintenance, What's your favorite TV show to catch this holiday? jobs around the house, and forget that all of that is about their character. We need to emphasize the importance of respecting hard work and value,” Brown stressed, “They aren’t seeing this being modeled daily in the popular culture.” One approach to help children to be more responsible for their actions is to get them more involved in Anne Gibb Jim McConnell Elizabeth Farina community service, Brown SALES SPORTS EDITOR EDITOR suggested. “This lets them agibb@midlothianexchange. jmconne@midlothianexchange. know that they can impact com com the lives of others in a posi"Frosty, the "Dr. Seuss' "How "Anything with tive way and gives their own Snowman is a favor- the Grinch Stole life more meaning.” Rudolph. Love ite. The magician Christmas." I think it's “Not everyone is going to Rudolph!" be the best and the brightest, reminds me of people a hilarious concept." not everyone is going to be I've known." the most talented,” she said. But, with updated parenting tools and changing their environment, all children can grow to be confident, indeIn last week's article "Midlothian authors add gift ideas for the holidays", the website for pendent and accountable. "Paper Routes and Lawn Mowing: The 10 Basic Skillsets for Boomers" was missing a letter. The correct website address is We regret the error.

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Charitable gift giving tips for the Holiday Season Come the holiday season, the spirit of giving often extends to charitable donations. While it's understandable to assume charitable donations might diminish when the economy is struggling, according to a 2009 survey from the American Red Cross, such an assumption is not necessarily true. For those who remember the 2009 holiday season, much of the talk concerned saving money. Forecasters predicted far less spending than in more robust economic years as headlines across the nation continued to inform readers of the nation's unemployment rate. In spite of that, 90 percent of Americans admitted in the Red Cross survey that they planned to donate to charity last holiday season, a quarter of which planned to donate more than $100. What's more, 39 percent of respondents indicated they were willing to forego another holiday gift and have that money donated to charity instead, while 80 percent said that, if asked, they would be happy to make a donation to charity instead of buying a gift for someone. These statistics indicate that, even in difficult financial times, the spirit of giving synonymous with the holiday season can still prevail. But giving isn't always easy, and those looking to make a donation this holiday season should be careful before making their next donation. Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, offers the following tips for prospective donors who hope to make the most of their donation this holiday season. * Look at the leadership. A charity's success or failure often rests with its leadership. As a result, it pays to look into

a charity's leadership before making any donations. A leader who is passionate about his charity and who has experience and a longterm vision for success is likely running a charity that's going to make the most of its donations. Check to see if the charity has a committee that reviews the CEO's performance and pay and whether or not that CEO's compensation is reasonable or outlandish. To learn more about charity CEO compensation, download Charity Navigator's annual CEO Compensation Study at * Investigate the charity's track record. A successful charity should have a successful track record. Peruse the charity's Web site to learn about the charity's past accomplishments, current projects and future goals. The Web site should paint an accurate picture of the charity's history as well as its future, including its chances at sustaining its success. Charity Navigator notes a charity's ability to bring about meaningful and longterm, positive change should be key factors in a prospective donor's decision about whether or not to make a financial investment in that charity. * Research the charity's reputation. The best charities are often transparent. Unfortunately, many charities are not, and some have even found themselves in legal hot water. Charities with a reputation for questionable ethics or ones under investigation should concern prospective donors. If a charity's Web site appears vague about its accomplishments or financial records, investigate the charity further before CHARITY P6

Devouring the Fruitcake facts The holidays and fruitcake have long been intertwined. Fruitcakes are often mocked, detested and discarded. Few gifted foods create such strong derision. However, fruitcake is tradition. And as most people know, Christmas is all about tradition. Fruitcake is an enduring tradition, most simply because the food, well, endures. Most fruitcakes will last 8 to 12 months if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container. If frozen, their lifespan could be endless. Jokingly, many families have said fruitcake is the only food durable enough to become an heirloom. While mocked, it may entice a few people to know just how fruitcake has become a holiday treat. The oldest references to fruitcake date back to Roman times. Ancient crusaders and hunters consumed fruitcake made with preserved fruits, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, raisins, and honey. Fruitcake was a durable commodity that could persevere on long trips. Because of its combination of ingredients, fruitcake was also a good source of energy, much the way a trail mix is good for today's hikers. In the 1700s, Europeans baked a ceremonial fruitcake at the end of the nut harvest. It was saved and eaten the following year at the harvest, with the hopes it would spur another successful harvest. Fruitcake evolved to more of a delicacy in the 1800s, even being served with tea in high society. It is rumored that Queen Victoria waited a year to eat a gifted fruitcake as a show of restraint and moderation. Fruitcake can be an integral part of a holiday celebration, and not because it's being used to block drafts from under a door. Instead of giving fruitcakes as gifts, they should be served as part of the holiday feast. In addition to the sugar cookies and pies on the Christmas table, celebrants can serve slices of fruitcake featuring their favorite ingredients. Source: Metro Graphics


Staple of holiday decor has a deep history Chances are, holiday revelers will find themselves underneath the mistletoe at least once this holiday season. While they might know what to do when that time comes, they might not know the history of that plant above their heads. Especially sacred to Celtic Druids, mistletoe was believed to bestow life and fertility, while also protecting against poison and serving as an aphrodisiac.Mistletoe would later take on a more political meaning, as the ritual of cutting the mistletoe came to symbolize the emasculation of the old king by his successor. Nowadays, mistletoe is typically hung in doorways or entryways from one room to another. This tradition can also trace itself back several centuries to the Middle Ages. During the Middle Ages, branches of mistletoe were hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits. Throughout Europe,

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DLA employees brighten holidays for 106 needy Richmond students Defense Logistics Agency employees, military members and contractors at Defense Supply Center Richmond adopted 106 children as part of DLA Aviation's annual Angel Tree program, donating almost 1,000 holiday gifts on Friday, Dec. 10. The children came from DLA Aviation's four partnership schools: Bensley, Bellwood and G.H. Reid Elementary Schools, and Meadowbrook High School. School officials, including guidance counselors and social workers, chose students for the program based on a variety of factors, primarily financial need. Some of the students' parents or guardians are unemployed. Others earn slightly more than the poverty level, leaving them unable to qualify for social programs that offer aid. Some are suffering from illness and a few are incarcerated. In several instances, the program includes children who are living with their families in shelters. "Our parents are very appreciative of any help with

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AGECROFT from P1 yard, talk with re-enactors, hear Christmas stories, listen to beautiful a cappella music, watch dancers and puppet shows, make Christmas cards, tour a beautiful house while peeking in on three different Christmas venues, pick up some last minute special gifts, and have freshly made hot cider. The cider proved welcome treat on this cold day, warming all the way down to the toes. The inner courtyard also sported a covering for the first time this year, which kept the rain off both visitors and participants while letting in just enough of the moisture and cool air to allow one to mentally, and thankfully only momentarily, relocate from Virginia to England at this time of year. “Yuletides” provided sheer unadulterated entertainment with something for everyone. Visitors walked through time as they peered into the home. Characters inside presented England in 1640, the Victorian period, and Richmond in 1942 during the holiday season. A docent advised the guests that they could ask questions of the re-enactors, but if they asked of something that occurred after the period they were representing they would not be able to respond, for being in character, they didn’t know of those more recent events. The Godwin High School Madrigals, directed by Sherri Matthews, presented a treat

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for the ears with their seasonal a cappella music. The range of their voices coupled with youthful enthusiasm provided a pleasing and inspirational experience for visitors. As the director noted in her remarks, they sang “some songs you may not have heard of and also some carols.” Visitors joined in on some of the familiar Christmas carols, such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” or just sat and listened attentively to others like “Old Britain Carols”. In another part of the hall, with armor hanging overhead, children crowded around tables as their parents watched them prepare Christmas cards. Certainly, some of them will be showing up on Christmas morning for those parents. As Lelia Koplin, who has been with the hall for about 17 years put it, “They (i.e. the children) just love to do it.” With crayons sporting every known color, the children finished their cards and tucked them away for safe keeping until later. The center of activity was the covered inner courtyard. Attired in green, Father Christmas, portrayed by Robert Boos, talked with the children and adults. Boos, who has been doing this for three years, said, “I enjoy every minute of it, and enjoy planning for it all year.” The ever-present smile on his face gave that fact away. Charles Dickens, portrayed by local re-enactor John Pagano, also joined

the party. Dressed in the 19th century trapping of an English gentleman, complete with top hat, Pagano read Dickens’ works aloud to those nearby. Pam Bomboy, a Chesterfield school librarian, mesmerized the children with her stories and, aided by an autoharp carried almost lovingly in her arms, played and was joined in singing familiar carols by the children. According to Moxley, “This is our annual gift to the Richmond community – our Christmas gift. We’ve done it for over 23 years. It gets bigger and bigger every year.” He also noted that they have “more to do” and that he believes “people stay longer.” Certainly, people do “stay longer,” and on this day, when they departed from Agecroft, they were bid a fond adieu from Moxley, the smile never having left his face for a moment during his numerous hours outside in the weather. This is an annual event and if you were not one of the 700 or so who participated in its joyful message this past Sunday, you have missed a significant Richmond area treat. It was fun, free and uplifting. To avoid missing it again, you may desire to go ahead and write “Visit Agecroft” on your December 2011 calendar with a reminder to check out the website (http:// for specific details of this festive occasion – an occasion for all of Richmond, young or old.


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Santa Claus debuted at stores in 1841 Each year, shoppers are greeted by the sights of the holiday season at area stores, including strung garland, lights and masses of bright red poinsettia plants. However, it's an appearance by the man in red that really signifies the arrival of Christmas. Department stores count on Santa Claus to attract customers to pose for pictures and shop the day away. History suggests the department store Santa made his debut in 1841, when J.W. Parkinson, a Philadelphia merchant, hired a man to dress up in a "Kris Kringle" outfit and climb the chimney of his store. It wasn't until forty years

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Kickers' Sowers honored by USL

Badura stunned by selection for national award BY JIM MCCONNELL

Abby Badura was so certain she wasn’t going to win the Wendy’s High School Heisman, she didn’t bother to prepare a speech or pack more than one dress for the trip to New York City last Thursday. For whatever reason, her mom Chris also strongly suspected one of the other five female finalists -- specifically, Maddie Treasure of Knoxville, Tenn. -- would claim the honor. So when Friday evening rolled around and the time came for the presentation, a sense of relaxed calm settled over the Badura clan as they made their way to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. That lasted only until Wendy’s International president David Karam walked to the podium and announced that Abby, a

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senior at Clover Hill High School, had been selected as the 2010 national female High School Heisman winner. “When he said ‘Abby Badura,’ I had to repeat it a couple times to make sure I had heard it right,” Chris Badura said. “It just completely knocked us off our feet.” For Abby, the rest of the night -- even her acceptance speech, which she delivered extemporaneously -- was “like a huge blur.” “I was just in shock,” she added. “I didn’t even remember what I said until I watched the ceremony on TV when we got home Sunday.” The fact that Abby was the most surprised person in the building speaks volumes about her character; only someone with a fully developed sense of humility would HEISMAN P8


Abby Badura delivers a speech after winning the Wendy's High School Heisman last Friday in New York City.



Cosby's Matt Metzger (left) tries to escape a hold by Atlee's Dillon Knight during the 130-pound final at the Titan Classic on Saturday.

Metzger's last stand Cosby wrestler determined to enjoy senior season BY JIM MCCONNELL

Wrestling has been a part of Matt Metzger’s life for as long as he can remember. How could it have been any other way? His father was a high school wrestling coach and his older brother wrestled, so it seemed only natural when Matt began rolling around on the mat not long after he learned to walk. But after all these years, Metzger remains something of an anomaly; while success in wrestling is most frequently achieved through total, all-consuming passion, the Cosby High School senior has managed to maintain a rewarding relationship with the sport on his own terms. “I’m not as good as I should be for wrestling most of my life, but I’d rather have fun instead of being really good and completely loathing it,” Metzger said during Saturday’s Titan Classic at Cosby. Led by Greg Delano (champion at 145

pounds) and Metzger (runner-up at 130), the host Titans finished second to Stafford in the team standings. Eight other Titans -- Ellis Cooksey (112), Andy Dinh (125), Evin Johnson (130), Blake Cooksey (140), Mark Belcher (152), Connor Smith (160), Jared Netto (215) and Ryan Taylor (285) -- also placed in the top four in their respective weight classes. Metzger’s unique perspective is the product of experience. Having grown up around the sport and competed in many high-level junior tournaments, he got to know more than a few elite wrestlers who were miserable because their parents were pushing them to ridiculous extremes. As the son of a coach, Metzger acknowledged he felt pressure -- not from his parents, but from within -- to fulfill expectations he imagined others held for him. That translated into bouts of nervousness prior to matches; victories were more often a cause for relief than satisfaction.

At some point, he decided it wasn’t working for him, that the feeling of having the referee raise his arm after a match wasn’t worth all the angst. Metzger shared his feelings with his parents, who said it was up to him to decide how much he wanted to put into wrestling. “There are times they need a kick in the butt, but if it’s not really what they want to do, you can’t push them,” said his father, Ed. “It’s too hard a sport to be forced to do it.” Cosby coach Mike Stefanko said one of the biggest challenges in coaching wrestlers is understanding that some kids want to train “24-7-365” and others “need some time away to recharge their batteries.” Stefanko, who has coached with Ed Metzger for 13 years, has known Matt for most of his life. He wasn’t surprised to discover that the younger Metzger belonged in the latter WRESTLING P8

The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce that General Manager Shelley Sowers earned USL Second Division Executive of the Year honors at the United Soccer Leagues recent Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner during the 2010 USL Annual General Meeting in Tampa, Fla. Additionally, the club received the Marketing Excellence Award and was recognized as one of the Super Y-League “First 11” Clubs. "We are thrilled that Shelley was recognized as the 2010 USL Second Division Executive of the Year,” comments Rob Ukrop, Richmond Kickers President, Board of Directors. “It is a well-deserved honor for Shelley, and supports our belief that we have the best leadership team in American soccer. "Shelley creates a wonderful work environment providing our dedicated staff with support, enthusiasm, and knowledge. Her passion for the Kickers is unmatched, while her attention to detail and people skills provides the perfect balance for our organization as we continue serving the Richmond region." A native of Richmond and a James River High School alumnus, Sowers graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2002 with a degree in marketing management. Sowers joined the Kickers in November 2002 as a Sales & Marketing Associate. In December 2003, she assumed the role of Director of Public Relations and was promoted to Vice President, Communications prior to the 2007 season. Following the acquisition of the pro team by the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club in 2009, Sowers was named General Manager. Overseeing the finance, sales, marketing, public relations, and operations departments, she is tasked with providing leadership and creative vision, while fulfilling the overall mission of the club. “I am honored and accept this award on behalf of the entire staff of the Richmond Kickers organization,” added Sowers. “The success that our organization experienced in 2010 is unprecedented in franchise history and I look forward to building on that success as we continue to fulfill our mission and to serve the community.” Richmond finished as the runner-up to Charleston in USL-2 last season. – Content provided by the Richmond Kickers

Ex-Midlothian football player now an unlikely marathoner BY JIM MCCONNELL


Kyle Tucker runs during the SunTrust Richmond Marathon.

Kyle Tucker sees plenty of people on his 26.2-mile journeys across city pavement and gently rolling countryside, but not many who look like him. Then again, that’s not surprising. There simply aren’t that many 6foot-5, 250-pound ex-football players whose plan to stay in shape includes lacing up a pair of running shoes and participating in marathons. “I am definitely not a Kenyan,” Tucker said with a laugh. “If they had a sumo at the end of the race, I could win that.” Tucker, a Midlothian High and University of Richmond alumnus, knew running would be a good way to keep the extra pounds off as the calendar inched further and further from his playing days. He also knew that he absolutely

despised running. So what did Tucker do? Naturally, he registered for a marathon. “It’s just too easy to make excuses. I knew I wouldn’t run if I didn’t have that guillotine hanging over my head,” he added. Tucker registered for his first marathon in 2003 and didn't run another until 2007, but seems to have been bitten by the marathon bug at some point along the way. He's run four this year, including the SunTrust Richmond Marathon on Nov. 13 -- when a couple balky knees left him wondering if he was going to be able to complete the course. He not only finished, but established a new personal-best of 4 hours, 15 minutes. It was a birthday present to himself; he turned 48 the next day. "I'm getting around OK," he said

then. "Going up stairs I can feel it. Going down stairs I can feel it. "The sport makes no sense whatsoever, but it is addictive. I should go to Marathoners Anonymous." Tucker shares the "addiction" with a friend he made when he lived in Charlottesville. Casey Opitz has been running marathons for about 10 years. At 5-7 and 130 pounds, he has the ideal frame for distance running and is usually done with his cool-down long before his buddy has the finish line in his sights. To make things interesting, they came up with a little friendly handicap system for the Richmond race a few years ago. To be declared the winner, Opitz has to finish the 26.2 miles, then get in his car and make it back home to MARATHON P8

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the collegiate Heisman Trophy ceremony last Saturday night and $10,000 donations even attempt to downplay to their respective schools. a resume that includes a 4.9 Abby’s favorite aspect of grade-point average, success the whole weekend was the in cross country and the shepherding of enough com- opportunity to get to know teenagers from other parts munity-service projects to of the country who share the make her a walking, talking same passion for helping othnonprofit corporation. ers and the drive to make the When Clover Hill prinworld a better place. cipal Dr. Deborah Marks Exhausted from an learned of Abby’s selection emotional weekend and two via text message Saturday straight days of 20-hour morning, she wasn’t surHeisman schedule commitprised at all. “She’s such a good person ments, Abby pretty much crashed when her family … I just love this child,” returned from New York on Marks said. Sunday afternoon. So did the judges, who She could’ve slept in chose Abby and male winner Monday morning, too. As a Rex Woodbury of Tucson, Ariz., from a nationwide pool senior who has A’s in all of her classes, Abby was exempt of nearly 55,000 entrants. from exams this week, but The two national winners each received a crystal trophy, that didn’t stop her from coming in early to organize special recognition during



toys and shoes for a schoolwide charity drive. Marks found her working and took her to the school auditorium, where the faculty had assembled for a staff meeting. They promptly gave Abby a standing ovation. “I was hiding from Dr. Marks because I knew she was going to make a big deal about it and I didn’t want that,” Abby said. Oh, it’s a big deal, all right. Abby already had made history by becoming the first Chesterfield County Public Schools student to be named the state representative, but she didn’t stop there. “When they announced that she was the state winner, I thought that was the crème de la crème,” Chris said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would PHOTO COURTESY OF WENDY'S go beyond that.” Abby Badura gets an autograph from two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.

TITAN CLASSIC RESULTS Team scores Stafford 239, Cosby 180, Cape Henry 155, Atlee 140.5, Green Run 139.5, Dinwiddie 129, Powhatan 118.5, RE Lee 109, Colonial Forge B 82, William Fleming 65, Cumberland 39, Freedom 37.5, Cosby B 34


Cosby's Blake Cooksey uses a headlock to subdue his opponent en route to a pin in the consolation semifinals. Cooksey finished third at 140 pounds.

WRESTLING from P7 category. “Matt is one of the most happygo-lucky kids you’ll ever see,” Stefanko said. “I’m not saying he doesn’t try hard. There’s no doubt when he’s in the practice room that he goes hard for the whole 2½ hours. But wrestling doesn’t necessarily define his life.” Sometimes, that’s a good thing. It certainly was last February, when he lost a heartbreaking overtime decision to Hanover’s Kevin Keck in the consolation semifinals at the Central Region tournament. Instead of joining teammates Blake Cooksey and Austin Coburn at the Group AAA meet the following week, Metzger settled for fifth in the region and missed out on his first trip to states by one spot. “I know it had to have hurt him. It hurt me,” Ed Metzger said with a wry smile. “I was sick for two weeks after that match.” For many wrestlers, the auto-

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Cosby's Ryan Taylor placed in the top four at 285 pounds.

Dillon Knight. Metzger held a 1-0 lead over Knight, a regional champion at 125 last season, until the last 15 seconds of the match. Knight rallied to tie with an escape, then picked up a late takedown to claim a 3-1 victory.

It was another disappointing near-miss for Metzger against a quality wrestler. What it wasn’t was the end of the world. “This is the last year I’m going to wrestle," Metzger said, "and I’d like to enjoy it.”

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Parney the Elf, Santa Claus, the United States Marine Corps and the Richmond Flying Squirrels collected nearly 17 bins full of new, unwrapped toys during the 2nd Annual Holiday Party at The Diamond on Saturday. Many gracious fans braved the elements as the team collected more than double the amount of toys (eight bins) that the Inaugural Holiday Party netted in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a phenomenal base of fans and community supporters,â&#x20AC;? said Parney the Elf. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are continually

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Banner Christian wins first VCAA soccer title Banner Christian School captured the Virginia Christian Athletic Association boys' soccer tournament title 3-1 over Spirit Home School on October 29 at Lowe's Field in Chester. MVP Diego Diaz scored twice for the Bearcats, once on an assist from Eddie Blackwell via a thunderous goal kick. Forward Eric Freemon covered both ends of the field to keep the right flank of the attack going, while making well-timed tackles to help Blackwell and goalie Kevin Moreland thwart Spirit's offense for most of the contest. Jackson added an insurance goal and the entire team swarmed the field when the whistle indicated the 80-minute struggle concluded. Freemon and Moreland (0.50 goals against average in the tournament) also achieved spots on the all conference team, and Diaz and Blackwell were both listed on

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It’s a wrap for Christmas gifts French, Spanish, Forensics and Interact participate in different ways in filling the holiday wish list for local families. “They’re bringing Santa is always in need of helpers. This in wrap, and they’re bringing in food,” said year the Spirit Club at Midlothian High English teacher Sharon Austin, who serves School is providing some of that help. Club with the club in community service outreach. President Bria Alford, a junior, thanked the Austin explained that the project has students gathered at the organization’s anbeen going on for several years. The Spirit nual Gift Wrap party held after school on Club serves as the organizer. “We try to get Wednesday, Dec. 8. everything on the wish lists and try to spice it “We really have a lot of fun. We get all up with something fun and try to provide the the kids and parents from the community holiday meal,” she said. involved,” Alford said. “We help elementary The holiday meal consists of the main school kids, middle school kids – one of course as well as corn bread stuffing, rolls, the kids is 11 years old – it’s always good to pies, and all of the fixings. “We try to do a have a Christmas. If we didn’t do this, they complete meal – soup to nuts,” Austin added. wouldn’t have a Christmas,” she said. The Spirit Club has helped as many as 17 The club also sponsored a Candy Cane families in one year. This year, the gift-wrapGram to help raise funds for utilities and ping event will serve five families. “This is rent. “It’s not just for stuff that goes under kind of controlled chaos, that’s our project,” the tree,” Alford added. Austin said. “Controlled chaos with a good The annual event had over 500 students this year from several of the Midlothian High heart.” School clubs such as Latin Club, Robotics,


James River High School junior Ben Weisiger has been named to the 2010 All-Virginia Jazz Ensemble, earning one of four trombone spots available in the prestigious band. Weisiger, 17, is a member of the James River Regiment, the James River Symphonic Band and the James River Jazz Band. He is also a member of the VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band. The audition in October called for students to play major and chromatic scales, a 32-measure etude, a 32-measure improvisation and a sight reading that only allowed a 30-second review of the music prior to playing. Many students from high schools throughout Virginia competed for the trombone positions. As a result of this selection, Weisiger and fellow members of the All-Virginia Jazz Ensemble were invited to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference at the Roper Theatre in Norfolk, Va., in November. The ensemble worked under the direction of Joe Eckert, a professor of music at Texas Christian University, who was a member of the United States Air Force “Airmen of Note” in Washington, D.C. The 23 students from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia rehearsed together for 2 days and performed a


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Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia to Present 4th annual “Winter Lectures Series” The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present its fourth annual “Winter Lecture Series” in Chesterfield starting on Jan. 14 and continuing every second Friday evening through March 25. The first lecture on Friday, Jan. 14, will be presented by Civil War historian Michael Gorman, who will speak on “Civil War Photographs: Richmond in 3-D.” Many promi-

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8321 Midlothian Tpk • RICHMOND, VA 23235 • Tel 804.330.4800 • www.UltimateCycle.NET KAWASAKI CARES: Warning: ATVs can be hazardous to operate. For your safety: Always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Never carry a passenger. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Never ride on public roads or pavement. Avoid excessive speeds and stunt driving. Be extra careful on difficult terrain. Kawasaki ATVs with engines over 90cc are recommended for use only by persons 16 years of age or older. Kawasaki also recommends that all ATV riders take a training course. For more information, see your dealer, call the ATV Safety Institute at 1-800-8987-2887 or go to 2010 Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

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