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School year kicks off BY BEN ORCUTT Special Correspondent


our-year-old Connor Dunton has been waiting patiently for the day when he would be able to get on a Chesterfield County school bus and go to school for the first time. “He has been watching his big sister get on the bus for a year now and he said, ‘Mama, one day I’m gonna ride that big bus with my sister,’” his mother Heather said. Connor got his chance on Tuesday, Sept. 4, when he joined thousands of other children for the opening day of the 2012-2013 school

year for Chesterfield County Public Schools. While Connor was beginning kindergarten at W.W. Gordon Elementary School, his sister, Karleigh, 7, was entering the second grade at the school. “She is so excited to be able to show her brother to his first class,” Dunton said. Dunton said Connor turns 5 on Sept. 28, so he met the cutoff to begin attending school at age 4. “Put him on the bus at home and I was that mom that followed him to school on the school bus,” Dunton said. Dunton was there when Connor and Kar-

leigh got off the bus and was busy snapping photos, like several other parents who have children attending Gordon. When pupils began arriving at Gordon, representatives from the School Board, Board of Supervisors and school administrators were on hand to greet them. Dianne Smith, a former principal who represents the Clover Hill District on the School Board, said she planned to visit at least six schools on opening day and Gordon was her first stop. SCHOOL page 2


Doreen Hood is flanked by her children, 7-year-old Alyssa, left, and 8-year-old Jeremiah, right, as the children enter W.W. Gordon Elementary School on the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Student has winning formula Manchester Middle’s Yoke is state’s only finalist in national science competition

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or her eighth-grade science project at Manchester Middle School, Camille Yoke was selected as one of 30 finalists in the national Broadcom MASTERS competition in science, technology, engineering and math. Camille is Virginia’s only finalist. Her project involved testing the stability of different boat hulls at different tip angles with higher and lower centers of gravity. The project proved that it is possible to accurately predict boat stability using a Matlab computer rouYoke tine. Teresa Summers was Camille’s eighth-grade science teacher at Manchester Middle. “I wish I had a hundred more students like her,” Summers said. “She is a gifted self-starter who loves learning and takes it to a higher degree.” After completing her scientific research, Camille wrote and submitted a paper to the Metro Richmond Science Fair. Each year, the MathScience Innovation Center evaluates papers in many research categories and accepts the best projects from central Virginia. Camille won first place in

Talk at Meadowdale will focus on financial themes BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


t isn’t often that financial scribes share their expertise with the public, but on Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Chesterfield County Public Library will present a talk by author Laura Vanderkam at the Meadowdale Library. Vanderkam will discuss themes from her best-selling book, “All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending,” which suggests that frugality can help people find happiness. Vanderkam also has written the “168 Hours” blog for CBS MoneyWatch and appeared on severalo television programs, such as “The Today Show” and “Fox and Friends.” The talk is Vanderkam made possible by a grant from the Finra Foundation and the American Library Association. The Chesterfield County Public Library was one of 10 library systems nationwide that received the grant. Funds from the grant also have been used to fuel the efforts of Chesterfield County Public Library’s FUN@CCPL financial education program that began in May 2011. In this case, FUN stands for Families Understanding Numbers, which is a monthly educational series that has been happening at the Meadowdale and LaPrade libraries.

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cross the United States, 87 deaths have been reported from the West Nile virus as of Sept. 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Forty-eight states have been affected. A total of 1,993 cases in people have been reported, with 1,069 (54 percent) classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 924 (46 percent) classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. Two adults in the western area of Virginia have been documented with West Nile virus. The adults have recovered. The number of cases reported this year are the highest ever reported so far since the West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) said WEST NILE page 3

Health officials say the best way to avoid West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites.  If you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing and EPA-registered active ingredient. Follow the instructions on the package.  Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Use insect repellent and wear long sleeves or stay indoors during these hours.  Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.  Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels.  Clean gutters and downspout screens.  Treat standing water with mosquito larvicide (can be purchased at hardware store).

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Connor’s Heroes to present DiggityFEST Sept. 16 CONTRIBUTED REPORT


onnor’s Heroes Foundation will present the 2nd Annual DiggityFEST from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Westchester Commons. DiggityFEST is Central Virginia’s only allkids-music festival. The Diggity Dudes (a Richmond-based “kids band”) are back by popular demand to spearhead this special kids music festival. In addition to a featured performance by the Dudes, the festival also will include two other nationally recognized kids’ bands: Hope

Harris & The Cousins Jamboree, and Silly Bus. Other activities planned for the event include:  The Kid Zone with a moon bounce, crafts, face painting and instruments.  movin’ mania — Vie’s Obstacle Course.  movin’ mania mascot Broc.  Snoopy characters.  Food vendors. Band performance times are:  1:15 to 1:50 p.m. — Hope Harris & The Cousins Jamboree.  2:10 to 2:50 p.m. — Silly Bus.

 3:10 to 3:55 p.m. — The Diggity Dudes.

Admission into DiggityFEST is free; donations are accepted. Wristbands for The Kid Zone are $5. All proceeds benefit Richmond-based charity, Connor’s Heroes. For more information, visit The DiggityFEST is being sponsored by movin’ mania, Bon Secours St. Francis Watkins Centre, Music & Arts, Richmond CenterStage, Richmond DIGGITY page 5

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“I’ve opened schools for 36 years and in Chesterfield,” Smith said. “So, yeah, I feel like I’m home, but really at a greater position to know that I can help so many schools and not just one as a principal, but all the way across our district.” Clover Hill Supervisor Art Warren also was part of the welcoming committee at Gordon. “It’s a beautiful day and it’s great to see all the smiles on all these young children, because we all remember back when we began our journey and what an exciting time for these young children,” Warren said. Sept. 4, was the beginning of Marcus J. Newsome’s seventh year as superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools and he also was on had to welcome the Gordon pupils. “It’s one of the most exciting days of the year for me,” Newsome said. “Every new beginning of a new school year I visit as many schools as I can and I’m fortunate to be joined by representatives from the Board of Supervisors as well as the School Board.” Just like many of the pupils at Gordon, Newsome said he


Pageants literally took center stage with this year’s Chesterfield County Fair. Above: The winners of the Princess Pageant, which was held on Saturday, Aug. 25, at L.C. Bird High School, were, Mackenzie Merritt, front, Tiny Princess; Mackenzie Kirsh, right, Little Princess; Jordan Taylor, left, Preteen Princess; and Ellie Miller, back, Junior Princess. Right: Savannah Morgan Lane was crowned queen on Monday, Aug. 27, at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. Also crowned were Taylor Nicole Reynolds, left, first runner-up, and Miata L. Brown, second runner-up. The theme of the Queen Pageant was “Life’s a Beach at the Chesterfield County Fair.”



always gets excited about the first day of school. “I’ve been in this business well over 30 years and I still can’t sleep the first night before the first day of school,” he said. “Every year is different. It’s a new year and to see our kids so excited and parents with cameras taking [photos of] kids getting off the buses – they’re just hopeful for their futures as I am.” Like Newsome, Gordon principal Rosemary Harris said she’s been involved in education for 24 years and the first day of school is always special. “Seeing the smiling faces,” Harris said. “Love it when I see the kids. I love the smiles.” Harris, who is in her third year as Gordon’s principal, said she anticipates an enrollment of nearly 700 this year in grades K-5. Timothy W. “Tim” Bullis, director of community relations for Chesterfield County Public Schools, said about 59,000 children from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade entered county schools on Sept. 4. Chesterfield is the fifth largest school system in Virginia and the 67th largest in the nation, Bullis said.

SCIENCE from page 1 the middle school Physics A category at the Metro Richmond Science Fair. Because the Metro Richmond Science Fair is affiliated with the Society for Science and the Public, middle school winners are eligible to apply to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS. More than 6,000 students across the country were eligible to apply, but the application is so demanding (involving about a dozen essay questions and a visual challenge) that only 1,470 students completed the Broadcom MASTERS application process. “The project and the application were a lot of work, so I hoped that something good would come out of it,” Camille said, adding

that she was shocked to learn she is a finalist. The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS competition starts on Friday, Sept. 28, when the 30 finalists will showcase their projects in Washington, D.C. The top three winners will be named on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with the first place winner receiving $25,000. A freshman at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School this year, Camille is the youngest child of Tom Yoke and Ginny Youngblood. Camille said her love of canoeing and sailing led her to explore the physics of hull stability. Her other interests include dancing with the junior company of the Spotlight Studio of Dance and working toward her Gold Award in Girl Scouts.

so she’s actually doing two Library services adminis- programs back-to-back for trator Nanci Clary and proj- us,” Clary said. “She’s meeting ect manager Pam White have with our small group before worked closely to develop the the public talk and meeting curriculum for the seminars with our participants from the (Families Understandthat will continue through ing Numbers) group, which November. Thankfully, she said, the windfall gave the li- includes 15 families.” The talk Vanderkam will brary a chance to bring in an author, which doesn’t happen give to the general public will focus on the ways that people very often. let their emotions lead them “Part of what I felt that when they make important we don’t have often enough spending decisions. is the opportunity to do an “Her conversation will be author visit,” Clary said. “It about the emotional tie-ins seemed to be a great idea to that drive our decision-makoffer that.” ing,” Clary said. “For in“I started picking up the stance, if you were to say that phone to call speakers and explored authors who would you want a big wedding, but you might ask yourself what be a nice fit. It couldn’t be you could do if you scaled someone in the investment down the wedding.” field, so it had to be educa“It’s about what people tional, and after speaking to get tied into. And, it’s her the Penguin Speakers Bureau research and her interviewing (a publisher’s group that represents Vanderkam), they that has put together a very mentioned the emotion that readable book about what people use well or otherwise drives us and what influences our decisions with money.” to make investment deciA reception will round sions.” out the event. Dinner will And, as Clary said, it be available for sale from took nearly a year to plan Vanderkam’s visit. Fortunate- an assortment of local food ly, Vanderkam was receptive trucks including Dressed and Pressed, Estes Barb’Que to the idea of coming to Chesterfield County because and McCray’s Hot Dogs, and of the educational program’s Clary said it will be a good opportunity to spotlight success. those vendors’ offerings. “Laura was interested “In Chesterfield County, because it was grant-driven and because of the audience, there’s probably a slight skew

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The school system is comprised of 38 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 11 high schools and one technical center, for a total of 62 schools, Bullis added. Doreen Hood accompanied her two children to Gordon on the first day of school – 7-year-old Alyssa, who is in the first grade, and her 8year-old brother, Jeremiah, a third-grader. “We’re excited and nervous all at the same time,” Hood said. “We’re very excited to have them back at Gordon. We love it here – good teachers, good principals.” Hood said her children got up early to get ready for the first day of the new school year and she said they like the fact that they both attend the same school. “They love knowing that the other person’s right down the hall, so it gives them a little bit of comfort, I think, and security knowing they’re not alone,” Hood said. Jim Wright, a 21-year teaching veteran who teaches the fifth grade at Gordon, said the first day of a new school year is exciting for him as well. “Every year I love coming to the first day,” he said. “I’m re-energized.”

on food truck events,” Clary said. “But, it’s an opportunity for that part of Chesterfield to have the first (food truck) event of its kind, and we’re certainly hopeful that the community at large would be interested in exploring it.” Because Vanderkamp’s book has been so popular since it was released, it’s considered a privilege for area residents that she will make an appearance in Chesterfield County. And, hopefully, audience members who attend will learn more how their feelings can influence their spending habits. “It’s her only appearance here, and her book is brand new,” Clary said. “It’s been quite popular, and she has had national interviews.” “But, it’s not a how-to book. It’s not about doing the math or making recommendations, but it’s about how people let their hearts and not their heads overtake their financial matters.” Laura Vanderkam will appear from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Meadowdale Library at 4301 Meadowdale Blvd. in Chesterfield County. Admission is free, and registration is recommended but not required. For more information or to register, visit

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inistering to Ministers Foundation’s 2nd Annual Pansy Sale will run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 22. The six-inch pansies will arrive on Oct. 19. Pansies are known for their hardiness and ability to produce flowers of striking beauty even in harsh weather and adversity. The pansy is named from the French word “pensee� meaning thoughts, in particular the thoughts of loved ones. The myth grew that you could see a loved one in the face of the pansy. As supporters tend their flowers and watch them bloom, Cathy Ralcewicz, direc-

tor of development at Ministering to Ministers Foundation, said members hope that they are reminded of the ministers that this Pansy Sale supports who have been called by God, who have been traumatized by the very congregations they have ministered to, but are survivors because of MTM’s ministry. Pansy orders may be place online at www. The last day to order is Monday, Oct. 15. Pick-up day will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 at 501 Branchway Road in North Chesterfield, just off of Courthouse Road near Chesterfield Towne Centre. Volunteers will deliver orders of 50 plants or more. “We are looking forward to another suc-

cessful year as we minister to these wounded servants and we appreciate all your support in helping Ministering to Ministers Foundation achieve their mission,� said Charles Chandler, executive director of Ministering to Ministers Foundation and founding trustee. For more than 18 years, Ministering to Ministers has held 108 Wellness Retreats in 11 states providing scholarships to 1,066 participants coming from 34 states, the Bahamas and Canada. Thirty-seven denominations have been represented. The centerpiece of the ministry is our five day Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses. The ministry offers free, confidential services such as

counseling by phone or face to face, legal referrals, and referrals for counseling. It also works with churches to assist in the conflict resolution process where possible. For those interested in educational or awareness opportunities, contact Cathy Ralcewicz at MTM Foundation’s office at 804-594-2556. To learn more about Ministering to Ministers Foundation, visit MTM Mission Statement The MTM Foundation seeks to be advocates for clergy and their families in all faith groups who are experiencing personal or professional crises due to deteriorating employment or congregation-clergy relationships.

Junior Law Cadets graduate from Virginia State Police Academy


igh school students from across the Commonwealth recently became the newest graduates of the Junior Law Cadet program, which is co-sponsored by the Virginia State Police and The American Legion. The 37 teenagers were presented their graduation certificates at the Virginia State Police Academy in Chesterfield County during the afternoon ceremony. The 23rd Annual Junior Law Cadet program is a week-long training curriculum for high school students who have completed their junior year. Cadets experience a life similar to a trooper-in-training, complete with daily room inspections and instruction by state police troopers on department operations, crime scene investigations,

officer survival, undercover operations, driver improvement, scuba training, defensive tactics and firearms safety. As part of their training, the cadets also undergo a variety of physical agility exercises used in the Virginia State Police applicant testing process. “The daily instruction and exercises give the young men and women a glimpse into the life and training a Virginia State trooper undergoes,� Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent of the Virginia State Police, said. “It’s a valuable experience, especially for teenagers who have an interest in pursuing law enforcement as a career. More importantly, the Junior Law Cadet program is one of the best ways for our department to make contact and build positive relationships with today’s young people.� The American Legion selects and

sponsors the students to represent the organization’s Virginia districts. Chesterfield County participants included: Matthew Fial of Chesterfield and Jonathan Ryan Hines, Gabriella M. Mill and Stephanie L. Scriven, all of Midlothian. Scriven was selected for the Jessica J. Cheney Spirit Award. The annual award is presented in memory of Trooper Jessica J. Cheney, who was the first cadet to graduate from the program and go on to become a trooper. Trooper Cheney died of injuries suffered Jan. 17, 1998, after being struck by a vehicle as she directed traffic at a crash scene on Route 1, north of Fredericksburg. \ The award is presented to the cadet who demonstrates the same motivation, drive and enthusiasm that Trooper Cheney displayed as a cadet.

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Equine West Nile virus was first reported in Egypt and France in the 1960s. The disease was then reported in North America in 1999 with encephalitis reported in humans and horses. The spread of the virus in the United States is a milestone in the evolving history of the virus, said the CDC. People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito. Officials said there is no specific treatment for West Nile virus.

In cases with milder symptoms, people experience symptoms such as fever and aches that pass on their own, although even healthy people have become sick for several weeks. In more severe cases, people usually need to go to the hospital where they can receive supportive treatment, including intravenous fluids, help with breathing and nursing care. About one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe symptoms that can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness,

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Branding is sometimes a puzzling thing BY JIM RIDOLPHI Special Correspondent


m I missing something? I must be the only driver in town not sporting the ever- popular RVA sticker on my vehicle. I’m much too old to understand 21st century branding, but I think I understand the stickers. It’s an identity thing, a conversational piece that states one’s allegiance to good ol’ Richmond. I suppose those who are old enough to remember the last round of bumper stickers that struck the area more than a decade ago are watching this round with a smile. That was more of a regional type branding. First, bumper stickers started appearing with an obvious tilt toward differing parts of the city. The script was wealthy as the first of the series proudly shouted, “West End, For Members Only”. Believe it or not, quite a few people displayed this somewhat snob appealing message, but it didn’t go unanswered for long. Soon, sporting the same distinctive font, “South of the James, By Invitation Only” appeared. The bumper sticker wars never got nasty, and they disappeared almost as quickly as they evolved, and all that was left was that annoying black mess on your bumper when the glue stays behind. I guess that’s called temporary branding But the wars didn’t end without several other neighborhoods entering the fray. Most of the messages spoke of community loyalty and expressed the obvious message that the residents

of this particular community were happy to live there. But, the final one in the series cut to the chase and took the wars to another level. Now, the script was still elegant, and the white lettering stood out nicely on the flat black background. “East End, Enter at Your Own Risk” was the message. The RVA campaign seems more well intentioned than the neighborhood branding of the 1980s. Venture Richmond is a group that promotes the downtown area. They were searching for a catchy logo that was more than just a tagline. They turned to the Martin Agency and VCU Brandcenter to come up with an appropriate solution and RVA emerged. It’s a marketing strategy that incorporates the community, and allows the citizens of Richmond to market their city. After its initial introduction in 2011, the sticker became instantly popular and 50,000 were printed and handed out that year. Will the RVA sticker give Richmond the identity for which it has searched for past decades? If the popularity is any indication, it just might. If you can’t get enough of the RVA sticker, you can stick on anything you want at the website RVA Creates. It allows visitors to upload their own images and put the logo anywhere you choose No one would argue that the RVA starts the conversation on Richmond and its many attractions. It will be interesting to see what follows. But for now, RVA ya’ll.

Three Rotary clubs elect Village Bank employees as president CONTRIBUTED REPORT


hree Richmond area Rotary Clubs are being led by Village Bank employees for the 2012-2013

term. This is the first time this trifecta has happened in the Richmond area in recent memory, according to Rotary historians. Village Bank prides itself on its employees’ community involvement and has 17 Rotarians on staff, including bank president Tom Winfree. Midlothian resident Cindy Hodges was elected president of the James River Rotary Club and will serve a one-year term. A Rotarian since 2011, Hodges is a vice president at Village Bank and serves as its commercial deposit specialist. The James River Rotary has 12 members and received its charter from Rotary International in June 2006. The group meets every Wednesday morning at Village Bank’s Watkins Centre headquarters. Kim Wills, who resides in Hanover, was elected president of the Mechanicsville Rotary and will serve for one year. A Rotarian since 2009, Wills is vice president in the Asset Resolution Group. The Mechanicsville Rotary has 29 members and received its charter from Rotary International in 1992. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday in Mechanicsville at The Cold Harbor Restaurant. Goochland resident Joy Kline was elected president of the Rotary


These three Village Bank employees recently were elected president of Rotary clubs in Midlothian, Mechanicsville and Goochland. They are, from left, Cindy Hodges, Kim Wills and Joy Kline.

Club of Goochland and will serve a one-year term. A Rotarian since 2007, Kline is senior vice president of Retail Administration at Village Bank. The Rotary Club of Goochland has 55 members and received its charter from Rotary International in 1995. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. every Friday at The Richmond Country Club. “Naturally we are very proud of these three people and of their dedication to Rotary,” said Rotary District Governor Walter “Cap” Neilson. “And, we are equally proud of Village Bank for their commitment to Rotary and to the work that Rotary does in the community.” As Rotary presidents, Kline, Hodges and Wills are responsible for strengthening the group’s participation in community and international service projects while attracting new membership.

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has no immediate plans for his s Rodney Morton looked at the Virginia winnings. Lottery Scratcher ticket in his hand, he had Ca$h in Hand is one of dozjust one thought: “There it is. Perfect!” ens of Scratcher games available The Midlothian man had just from the Virginia Lottery. It scratched the Ca$h in Hand ticket and realized he’d features prizes ranging from $5 won the game’s $150,000 top prize. all the way up to $150,000. He bought the ticket as he was on his way home Morton is the second player from work and stopped at Minit Mart Food Store at Morton to win the top prize in Ca$h 1120 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield County. in Hand, which means eight Morton, who works in manufacturing, said he $150,000 prizes remain unclaimed. CONTRIBUTED REPORT










23112 Aug. 27 15000 block of Rosebay Forest Drive Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a residence.

Aug. 28 13000 block of Rose Glen Drive Unknown suspect/s entered 10 unlocked vehicles at seven residences. Miscellaneous items and items in the categories of currency/notes and TVs/ cameras/computers reported stolen. 2600 block of Weir Place Known suspect was observed trying to steal victim’s vehicle license plates.

Aug. 29 9700 block of Midlothian Turnpike Suspect was observed on a department store’s surveillance camera stealing money from victim’s wallet. 5600 block of Fiddlers Ridge Lane Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a residence. 5200 block of Hunt Master Drive Unknown suspect/s damaged the ignition while attempting to steal victim’s vehicle.

Aug. 30 12400 block of South Ridge Circle Victim reported a 1995 silver Honda was used without authorization. 11900 block of Bailey Bridge Road Unknown suspect entered an unlocked vehicle at Crenshaw Elementary School. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Aug. 31 5000 block of Woodlake Village Parkway Unknown suspect/s forced entry through the rear door of retail business My 3 Sons Snowballs. Consumable goods were reported stolen. 4100 block of Mallard Landing Circle Unknown suspect/s pried open door of residence. Items in the category of TVs/cameras/computers were reported stolen. 11900 block of Bailey Bridge Road Miscellaneous items, consumable goods and items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen from Crenshaw Elementary School. 3000 block of Fox Chase Drive Miscellaneous items and items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen from a residence. 7700 block of Whirlaway Drive Victim observed two unknown suspects attempting to steal items from his truck’s toolbox. Nothing was reported stolen. 9100 block of Midlothian Turnpike Items in the TVs/cameras/computers category were reported stolen from a retail store in the Shops at the Arboretum.


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6500 block of Woodlake Village Court Possible known suspects entered unlocked vehicle. Consumable goods plus items in the categories of currency/notes and TVs/cameras/computers were reported stolen. 4200 block of Frederick Farms Drive Unknown suspect/s entered two unlocked vehicles. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen. 7400 block of Belmont Stakes Drive Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a residence. 4200 block of Frederick Farms Drive Unknown suspect/s entered two unlocked vehicles. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen. 4400 block of Ansbauch Drive Unknown suspect/s entered an unlocked vehicle. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen. 3200 block of Fox Chase Drive Unknown suspect/s entered vehicle. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Sept. 2 13800 block of Sterlings Bridge Road Unknown suspect/s entered two sheds. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Sept. 3 4800 block of Twelveoaks Road Unknown suspect/s forced entry through a bedroom window. Items in the currency/notes, jewelry/precious metals, and TVs/cameras/computers category were reported stolen.

Sept. 5 5000 block of W. Village Green Drive Unknown suspect/s smashed driver’s side window of vehicle. Items in the currency/notes and the TVs/cameras/ computers categories were reported stolen. 4700 block of Brad McNeer Parkway Victim reported miscellaneous items stolen from his vehicle. 6700 block of Southshore Drive Two known, armed suspects entered Village Bank and robbed the business and its customers. No injuries were reported and stolen items were recovered. Stolen items fell into the categories of currency/notes, TVs/cameras/ computers and miscellaneous.

23113 Aug. 24 13400 block of W. Salisbury Road Miscellaneous items were reported

stolen from a building.

Aug. 29 3500 block of Fox Hurst Drive Consumable goods were reported stolen.

Aug. 31 1200 block of Sycamore Square Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a grocery store in the Sycamore Square Shopping Center.

Sept. 2 11600 block of Robious Road Possible known suspect was observed on surveillance camera entering ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center through the rear door. Miscellaneous items and items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen.

Sept. 3 3400 block of Winterfield Road Unknown suspect/s entered an unlocked vehicle. Items in the TVs/ cameras/computers category were reported stolen.

23114 Sept. 1 900 block of Madrona Street Unknown suspect/s entered residence. Items in the currency/notes, and in the jewelry/precious metals categories were reported stolen. 1300 Creekglen Lane Victim reported seeing two unknown suspects steal his rental vehicle. The vehicle was recovered.

23235 Aug. 21 9100 block of Bon Air Crossings Drive Items in the category of jewelry/precious metals were reported stolen from a building.

Aug. 26 2000 block of Timbers Hill Road Unknown suspect/s entered a vehicle. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Sept. 1 11500 block of Midlothian Turnpike Items in the category of TVs/cameras/ computers were reported stolen from a building. 10400 block of Midlothian Turnpike Items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen from a restaurant in the Pocono Crossing Shopping Center.

Sept. 3 7700 Surreywood Drive Victim reported as stolen a teal 2004 Nissan four-door car with Virginia license plates.

23236 Aug. 25 3500 block of Gregory Pond Road Unknown suspect/s sawed off catalytic converters from two vehicles.

Aug. 29 000 block of Redbridge Circle Unknown suspect/s forced entry through a kitchen window. Items in the jewelry/precious metals category were reported stolen.

Aug. 31 9900 block of Hull Street Road Unknown suspect/s stole miscellaneous property from the bed of a pick-up truck. 9400 block of Hull Street Road Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a commercial/office building. 400 block of Southlake Boulevard Victim reported that license plates were stolen from his work vehicle.

Sept. 1 10100 block of Dimock Drive Unknown suspect/s broke glass on a rear door, reached in and unlocked the door. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen. 9200 block of N. Arch Village Court Unknown suspect/s attempted to enter through rear sliding-glass door and a side window. No entry was made, and nothing was reported stolen.

Aug. 2 10700 block of Hull Street Road Victim reported a blue 2004 Honda 4-door vehicle with Virginia license plates as stolen.

23832 Aug. 28 5500 block of Townsbury Road Unknown suspect/s entered an unlocked, open garage and entered one vehicle. Miscellaneous items and items in the notes/currency category were reported stolen. 9100 block of Clearbrook Court Unknown suspect/s entered an unlocked vehicle. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Aug. 29 9100 block of Clearbrook Court Unknown suspect/s entered two unlocked vehicles. Items in the category of TVs/cameras/computers were reported stolen. 19300 block of Hull Street Road Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from Grange Hall Elementary School.

Aug. 31 7900 block of Waterman Lane Items in the category of TVs/cameras/ computers were reported stolen from a building.

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Women’s League to hold first meeting of the year CONTRIBUTED REPORT


he Chesterfield Women’s League will hold its first meeting for the 2012-20 13 club year from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept.19, at The Villages of Charter Colony Clubhouse at The Charter House at 1101 Charter Club Way in Midlothian. This month’s meeting is an overview of activities planned for the club year and is designed for members to catch up after the summer break. It also provides an opportunity for women interested in becoming members to get to know current members and to learn more about the club. Refreshments will be served. Newcomers to the area and women interested in learning more about the League are encouraged and welcome to attend. It’s considered a great opportunityto make new friends, participate in interesting activities

and support the community through fundraising activities. Regular monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month (September through May). Meetings feature guest speakers or other special activities of interest to women. Whether you are new to the community or a long-time resident, the League offers many opportunities to make new friends, get involved in a host of interest groups, and help your community through supporting local charities. During each month, interest groups offer activities like book discussions, crafting and Bunco groups, and excursions to movies, metro restaurants and day trips to exciting destinations. There also are evening parties where spouses or friends can join in the fun/ For more information, call Carole at 804405-7809.

Schools advisory committees release meeting schedule CONTRIBUTED REPORT


dvisory committees for Chesterfield County Public Schools focus on specific topics in education and hold meetings that are open to the public. Their schedules for the 2012-2013 school year are: The School Health Advisory Board will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 12, Jan. 14, March 11 and May 13 at the School Administration Building at 9900 Krause Road. For

DIGGITY from page 1 Family Magazine, Romp n’ Roll, and Westchester Commons. Connors Heroes Foundation was founded in 2006 by Steve and Lisa Goodwin in honor of their son Connor’s successful treatment of leukemia, and on behalf of the other children and families with which they shared mutual successes and losses. Connor’s Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is creating a community of heroes who provide hope, guidance, and

details, call 804-594-1757. The Special Education Advisory Committee will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12 at the ParentTeacher Resource Center in the Fulghum Center at 4003 Cogbill Road. For details, call 804-594-1732. The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee will meet at 8 a.m. on Sept. 20, Nov. 15, Jan. 17, March 14 and May 16 in

Room 203 of the Chesterfield Technical Center at 10101 Courthouse Road. The committee also will participate in an open house 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the commons area of the Chesterfield Technical Center. For details, call 804-768-6165. The Gifted Education Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, Nov. 8, Feb. 7, March 21 and May 2 at the School Administration Building at 9900 Krause Road. For details, call 804-594-1767.

support to children with cancer and their families. Through programs such as Heroes Bags and Backpacks, Superheroes and Sidekicks, and Bone Marrow Transplant and Hospital Support, Connor’s Heroes provides unique, individualized support to families battling childhood cancer and treated at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. movin’ mania is a Bon Secours initiative to help improve the health and wellbeing of Virginia’s kids.

Movin’ mania is joining forces with health care providers, educators, businesses, government leaders and families to influence the eating and exercise choices for elementary and middle school children. The ultimate goal is to provide children a fun online experience with educational content that can be easily and enjoyably applied into their everyday lives. Over time, movin’ mania hopes these healthy actions form life-long habits in the next generation of Virginians.

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58. Blood clam genus 60. Raging & uncontrollable 62. Actress Margulies 66. Burrowing marine mollusk 67. Port in SE S. Korea 68. Swiss river 70. Mix of soul and calypso 71. Area for fencing bouts 72. Canned meat 73. Myriameter 74. Long ear rabbits 75. Requests CLUES DOWN 1. Tell on 2. Medieval alphabet 3. Surrounding radiant light 4. Open land where livestock graze 5. Quench 6. Strays 7. Chickens’ cold 8. Heart chamber 9. Timid 10. Oil cartel 11. Statute heading 12. Severely correct 16. An amount not specified 21. It never sleeps 22. Indian frock

25. Soak flax 27. Mariner 28. Arabian outer garment 29. Binary coded decimal 32. European Common Market 35. 17th Greek letter 36. Norse sea goddess 37. All without specification 39. Diego or Francisco 42. Products of creativity 43. Yes vote 44. Radioactivity unit 46. Credit, post or greeting 47. Computer memory 48. Land or sea troops 50. A way to travel on skis 51. Tenure of abbot 53. Fiddler crabs 55. Rainbow shapes 57. Bird genus of Platalea 58. Having winglike extensions 59. Squash bug genus 61. Islamic leader 63. Former Soviet Union 64. Small sleeps 65. Iranian carpet city 67. Auto speed measurement 69. Ambulance providers

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you are entering a creative phase and others will admire and appreciate your work. But don’t allow the extra attention to go to your head. Be humble at every turn. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 There are plenty of opportunities for communicating your ideas this week, Gemini. Expect quite a few meetings and other social occasions where you can discuss things with others.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you have a basic idea of how you want to handle your finances, but you are open to suggestions, too. Consult with a professional if you are considering making major changes. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Your ability to supervise and organize people makes you unique, Leo. This role will become central to your lifestyle for the next few days as you tackle new responsibilities at work. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, opportunities to advance your career present themselves, but you are not sure if you are ready for a bigger role. Seek advice from trusted colleagues.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, recreational activities are ideal ways for you to keep in shape and reduce stress over the course of the week. You could feel your troubles melt away.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, your drive for independence is very obvious to others this week. However, your determination could also put you in an unpredictable mood.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you have a great interest in business and making career decisions that will work for you. That new venture you have been pondering takes a big step forward.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 This is a good time to take a deep breath and lighten up your load and your feelings, Aquarius. Tell some jokes or go out for a social occasion. You’ll be thankful you did.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Interactions with coworkers could feel a little strained, Sagittarius. Make a few adjustments to remedy any uncomfortable situations. Take stock of your working relationships.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 People often sense that you can have your head on straight, Pisces. So don’t be surprised when you are asked for advice.


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you will bring creativity and originality to a project at work this week. Working with people comes easy to you, so put your ingenuity to good use.


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THURSDAY, SEPT. 13 Dr. Seuss’s “A Retrospective & International Touring Exhibition” runs through Oct. 13 at Bella Arte Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), America’s best-known children’s book author. The exhibition includes 32 panels showcasing original and reproduced pieces from 1927 through 1990, along with a selection of authorized estate editions reproduced under exclusive permission from Dr. Seuss’s family. The Al-Anon meeting Awaken to Hope meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at St. John Neumann Catholic Church at 2480 Batterson Road in Powhatan.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14 The Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment presents Foreigner at 6:30 p.m. at Pocahontas State Park, at 10301 State Park Road, in Chesterfield. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate and $40 for Gold Circle seating (advance only). Gates open at 6 p.m. For tickets, directions and more information, visit Tickets also are available at the Pocahontas State Park office, at all Capital Ale House locations in Richmond, and by calling 804-794-6700.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 The Clover Hill choral students offer the Discount Divas Dress and More Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new Clover Hill High School at 13301 Kelly Green Lane in Midlothian. Please note that GPS will not direct you to the new Clover Hill school without the address above. New and likenew long and short formal dresses, shoes, purses, and jewelry will be offered at prices up to 90 percent off retail. Everyone is welcome. There is no entrance fee. Proceeds go directly to help students who need financial assistance with choral program expenses. For more information, contact Janai at LuvinShowchoir@ or visit the Clover Hill High School Choral Program website Red Bird Mission’s Appalachian Craft Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Sunday, Sept. 16, at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church’s Christian Family Life Center at 1100 Mt. Pisgah Drive in Midlothian. Contact the church office at 804-7945856 for more information. A “Lose for Good” Open House, with a food drive to benefit area food banks, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Weight Watchers at 11400 W. Huguenot Road, Suite 108, in Midlothian and 12216 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chester. Bring a non-perishable food item for the food drive.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 Overeaters Anonymous Group #51606 meets at 2 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church at 1510 Courthouse Road in Richmond. For more information, call Peg at 804379-9558. FACES (Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services) meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 11601 Lucks Lane in Midlothian. For more information, call 804-378-0035 or visit www.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 The Chesterfield Women’s League kicks off its 2012-2013 club year from 9:30 a.m. to noon at The Villages of Charter Colony Clubhouse at The Charter House at 1101 Charter Club Way in Midlothian.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 The Bon Air Baptist Church Moms of Tots to Teens (MOTTS) group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 2531 Buford Road. All moms are welcome. Preschool childcare is available. Meeting topics include Christian parenting, self-defense skills, home organization and fall crafts. For

more information, contact Loretta Sherwood at Circle Eight Square Dance Club offers lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays at Thompson Middle School at 7825 Forest Hill Ave. For more information, contact or Bill at 804-423-7686. The first two lessons are free and attire is casual.

Huguenot Road in Richmond. David Tanner will demonstrate how he “sees the world through a painter’s eyes” in a live oil painting demo and question-and-answer session. His work recently appeared on the cover of the September issue of Artist Magazine and in an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. For more information, call Nell Chesley at 804-217-8950.



Bluegrass Festival and Championship Contest comes to Chesterfield BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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

Overeaters Anonymous Group #51606 meets at 2 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church at 1510 Courthouse Road in Richmond. For more information, call Peg at 804379-9558.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 The Central Virginia Orienteering Club offers a National Orienteering Day Event at Pocahontas State Park. Participants can start any time between noon and 2 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome; foot and bike courses are available. Participants may bring their own compasses or borrow a club compass. The cost is $5 per map, and the park charges $5 for parking. For more information, visit www.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 FACES (Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services) holds its advocacy meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 11601 Lucks Lane, Midlothian, 23114. The guest speaker is Dr. Sherman Master, who has devoted more than 30 years to the treatment of addictions. He served as medical director for several facilities, including the Dual Diagnosis Unit of the Medical College of Virginia (now VCU Health Systems) and Virginia Monitoring, the first sole provider for evaluation and monitoring of all health-care providers in Virginia. He presently specializes in adult psychiatry and substance abuse medicine. For more information, call 804-378-0035 or visit www. Overeaters Anonymous Group #51606 meets at 2 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church at 1510 Courthouse Road in Richmond. For more information, call Peg at 804379-9558.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 In recognition of its 45th reunion, members of the Henrico High School Class of 1967 are hosting a celebration at the Torque Club at Richmond International Raceway. The theme is “Fifty Years of Friendship,” chosen to commemorate the school’s opening in September 1962. In that regard, an invitation is extended to the HHS classes of 1965, 1966 and 1968. Those four classes comprised the original student body for HHS. For more information, contact Bobby Haurand at or 804516-8307. A yard sale runs from 7 a.m. to noon at Clover Hill High School. Sellers wanted. Call 804-744-8572 or email for more information. Proceeds will be used to fund education scholarships. The Annual SPC Fall Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salisbury Presbyterian Church, and features kids’ games (bouncy houses, face painting and carnival games), a special appearance by Jonathan the Juggler and all-day music. Food service includes hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ and homemade fries. The purpose of the SPC Fall Fest is to raise funds to further Salisbury Presbyterian’s support for local and international missions, and the Youth and Music mission programs. For more information, and to donate time and talent, contact the Rev. Elizabeth McGuire at 804-794-5311 or emcguire@thesalisburychurch. org.

TUESDAY, OCT. 2 The Bon Air Artists Association’s monthly meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Congregation Or Ami at 9400

FACES (Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services) meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 11601 Lucks Lane in Midlothian. For more information, call 804-378-0035 or visit www.

THURSDAY, OCT. 4 The Bon Air Baptist Church Moms of Tots to Teens (MOTTS) group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 2531 Buford Road. All moms are welcome. Preschool childcare is available. Meeting topics include Christian parenting, self-defense skills, home organization, and fall crafts. For more information, contact Loretta Sherwood at The Al-Anon meeting Awaken to Hope meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at St. John Neumann Catholic Church at 2480 Batterson Road in Powhatan.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10 The New Virginians, a club for women new to the Richmond area in the last two years, will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Hermitage Country Club at 1248 Hermitage Road in ManakinSabot. The guest speaker for this luncheon is a Henrico County Police officer who will present a program on “Safety for Seniors,” including identity theft. The cost is $25 for club members and their guests. Reservations for the luncheon are requested by noon on Oct. 3. Contact

WEEKLY TUESDAYS Overeaters Anonymous Group #51606 meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Central Baptist Church at 1510 Courthouse Rd. in Richmond. For more information, call Peg at 804379-9558.

FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS FACES (Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services) meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 11601 Lucks Lane in Midlothian. For more information, call 804-378-0035 or visit www.

WEEKLY WEDNESDAYS Bridge is played from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at St. Mark’s Church at 11551 Lucks Lane in Midlothian. Players of all levels are welcome. No advance sign-up is required. Call Carol at 804-5940995 for more information.

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

FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAYS The Bon Air Baptist Church Moms of Tots to Teens (MOTTS) group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 2531 Buford Road. All moms are welcome. Preschool childcare is available. Meeting topics include Christian parenting, self-defense skills, home organization, and fall crafts. For more information, contact Loretta Sherwood at MOTTS will not meet Thursday, Dec. 20 or April 4.


luegrass is a form of American roots music that is derived from traditional English, Irish and Scottish sounds. Even though the genre’s origins harken back to the 18th century, it still has a huge fan base today. Fans and musicians from all over the state will convene at the 13th annual Bluegrass Festival and Virginia State Bluegrass Championship Contest that will be presented Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 13-16, at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. Sigrid Williams is the president of the Virginia Folk Music Association, the organization that has sponsored the festival since its inception. The Virginia Folk Music Association is a nonprofit group that has been in existence since 1947. Williams said the Bluegrass Championship Contest been taking place in Virginia for decades. “It’s been going on since the 1960s,” Williams said. “It started in Chase City.” Big names in bluegrass are scheduled to perform during the four-day event. “There are a lot of Virginia bands that will also be there,” Williams said. Acts such as Jr. Sisk and Rambler’s Choice will play on Friday, Sept. 14, and the Grascals will headline the festival on Saturday, Sept. 15. Jr. Sisk will be inducted into the 2012 Hall of Fame during the festival. The Bluegrass Championship Contest will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 grand prize. Lois Gaither has organized the contest since 2000, and she will help to tally the votes on Sunday. She suggested that interested parties visit the Virginia Folk Music Association’s website for details.

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“We’ve got a website, and we’ve got the information and forms on there, or they can come on Sunday morning by 11:30 a.m. to fill out the forms and register,” Gaither said. “They just have to fill out the form telling what instrument they play or if they’re vocal or instrumental or in a band.” A panel of independent judges will critique the contest, but it will be a great opportunity for local artists to get their music heard by a large group of fans who love the music. So, why has bluegrass persisted so long as a musical genre? According to Gaither, it’s because the sound continues to find new fans, but Williams said the music has always been and will continue to be popular in Virginia. “Well, I guess it’s because bluegrass people are still around, and we’ve got so many young people coming along in bluegrass,” Gaither said. “Oh, I think it’s the heart of the music of this whole area, and Virginia contributes a big part of the music for the whole nation.” Williams added. The Bluegrass Festival and Virginia State Bluegrass Championship Contest will be held on the county fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road. Tickets for all four days are available for $25. Single-day admission for Thursday and Friday is $5 per day, Saturday is $15 and Sunday is $10. Parking is an additional $5 on Thursday and Friday, but the parking charge will be included in the ticket price on Saturday and Sunday. The Bluegrass Championship Contest entry fee is $5. For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, visit To register for the Bluegrass Championship Contest, call Lois Gaither at 804)-744-2163.

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Virginia Hops and Harvest Festival on tap for Sept. 15 at Pocahontas State Park Special Correspondent


hat do craft beers, classic rock and the outdoors have in common? Well, they all make up components of the Virginia Hops and Harvest Festival that will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Pocahontas State Park Heritage Amphitheater. The event will be presented by the Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment. Although the physical museum is located in Crewe, the organization has a strong presence in Central Virginia, and it has brought concerts to other area venues, including Innsbrook Afterhours in Glen Allen and Powhatan Village in Powhatan. “Well, basically, we want to expand economic impact through concert performances,” Gowin said. “We also have an educational mission to train students to do their own community concerts.”

But the Virginia Hops and Harvest Festival is more than just a concert, although music will play a major part in Saturday’s festivities. For instance, food vendors and local artisans also will share their products with the public during the event. “What we originally wanted to do is present a festival that focuses on Virginia,” Gowin said. “We want to focus on Virginia craft beers as well as artisans and great music.” “We would like to create a yearly festival there that can carry on as long as it can. That’s why we’ve been doing concerts there, because we see the value in Chesterfield County, and we need to continue the tradition of great live music there.” Performers such as Dallas Wesley, Paul Plumeri Blues Band, Sweet Justice and Zoso, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, will play. For fans of 1960s rock, however, the real treat will be an appearance by the festival’s headliners, The Yard-

birds, who will take audience members on a trip back in time. Famous for hits such as “For Your Love,” “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” and “Shapes of Things,” the group is slated to take the stage at 6 p.m. “It’s a big deal,” Gowin said. “They’ve got a really long history, and Jim McCarty was with the band back in 1963, and he’s still with them now, so it’s nice to see vintage blues-rock songs done with flair and finesse.” But, according to Gowin, it wasn’t that difficult to get The Yardbirds to make an appearance at Pocahontas State Park. “Actually, it wasn’t too difficult,” Gowin said. “We worked with Henry Smith, their tour manager.” “We had this idea to bring them to Chesterfield, and Henry was really open to it. In fact, they’re going to be closing their tour out in Chesterfield.” And craft breweries throughout the state will share their goods with

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he Navy League of the United States and the JROTC of Powhatan High School, in support of the men and women in the military, are bringing to the stage of Powhatan High School The Seldom Scene. Described as one of the most celebrated bands in bluegrass music, The Seldom Scene will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Powhatan High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. There are no reserved seats and there will be a limited number of seats available. Tickets can be purchased at The Richmond Music Center at 10364 Midlothian

Tpk. in Richmond and the Powhatan Music and Sound at 3895 Old Buckingham Rd. in Powhatan. Tickets will be sold at the gate only if there are unsold tickets left from the listed ticket locations. All tickets are $20. Alcohol and smoking are not allowed on school grounds. All funds collected go directly to the support of the men and women in the military. For more information, call the office of the Richmond Council of the Navy League of the United States at 804-355-7557 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Information also is available by calling Lewis Brandt at 804-492-3720.

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Dr. Sherman Master will be the keynote speaker at the Sept. 25 meeting of FACES (Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services) at 11601 Lucks Lane in Midlothian. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Master has devoted more than 30 years of his life to the treatment of addictions. He has served as medical director for several

facilities, including the Dual Diagnosis Unit of the Medical College of Virginia (now VCU Health Systems) and Virginia Monitoring, the first sole provider for evaluation and monitoring of all healthcare providers in Virginia. He was the medical director of Tucker Pavilion at HCA Chippenham Medical Center (1990-2007). He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Association of

festival-goers. Gowin said his organization has partnered with Brown Distributing, a local beer supplier who carries products made by craft breweries, to make the event possible. “Virginia craft beers are made by Virginians in Virginia,” Gowin said. “I love the fact that people in Virginia invest in creating quality products.” “They are dedicated to their product, and it is a craft. It’s an art, and it takes a lot of work to make that happen.” And it goes without saying that Pocahontas State Park is valued for its camping and hiking experiences, so Gowin said that outdoor education will be a big part of the occasion as well. Appomattox River Company will present kayaking exhibitions, and REI will give gear and camping demonstrations. Although beer will be part of the proceedings, Gowin said the festival will definitely include a family-oriented atmosphere.

“The reason why we set the ticket prices and set up the tasting is that it’s very much a family event,” Gowin said. “While the beer is there, it’s focused on everybody.” “That’s why we have the camping displays, the artisans and the music, and that’s really beneficial. Pocahontas State Park’s Heritage Amphitheater is a beautiful venue, and one of the best I’ve seen.” The Virginia Hops and Harvest Festival will get underway at noon on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Pocahontas State Park Heritage Amphitheater at 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield County. Music begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the gate. Beer tastings are not included in cost of admission, and attendees must be at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license in order to consume alcohol. For more information, visit www.

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Auditions for the Huguenot Community Players’ production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and 24 at the Huguenot United Methodist Church at 10661 Duryea Drive in Richmond Described as a “very funny and magical Christmas tale,” the director of the annual pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids. They are probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem and the fun when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on. That’s when the magic happens. Director H. Lynn Smith seeks four men and six women ages 35 to 60 and eight boys and nine girls able to play ages 8 to 16.

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EXERCISE I tried a lot of sports and wound up quitting all of them. My grandpa took me to play golf one day and it just stuck. Jenny Jeu, James River High School

ASIAN INVASION James River High student Jenny Jeu joins ranks of athletes with Far East ties taking golf by storm BY FRED JETER Special Correspondent



he “Asian Invasion” has reached Midlothian. Young ladies with ties to the Far East have taken the LPGA tour by storm. Now the movement has weaved its way to James River High where Jenny Jeu, of South Korean ancestry, is causing a stir with her sweet stroke. Jeu, who transferred to James River last year from Langley High in Northern Virginia, recently won the Mini-Regional at Crossings, filing a nine-hole 40 featuring a pair of birdies. “Jenny’s a solid player who is longer off the tee than you would expect,” said Rapids coach Scott Hartman. “She’s about 215-220 on her drives … and usually very straight.” Jeu is joined on the Rapids’ roster by another gifted female, freshman Joelie “Jo” Bennett, who was fifth at Mini-Regional with a 49. Bennett’s mother, teaching pro Nichole Inkel, is former golf coach at University of IllinoisSpringfield and now offers instruction at Windy Hill. “Jo can hit a 7-iron 155 yards,” said Hartmon. One day after the 5-foot-2 Jeu took top honors at Crossings, she carded a 39 at Dominion against Thomas Dale, Deep Run and Monacan. “My goals this year are to help the team get back to States and to finish in the top 20 at girls states,” said the daughter of Joseph and SungHee Jeu. Jenny, who toots the clarinet in JRHS’s symphony orchestra, was born in Virginia. Her parents hail from the golfing mecca of South Korea, a spawning ground of the world’s top pros. Led by South Korean Inbee Park, eight of the LPGA’s Top 10 money winners are of Asian lineage. South Koreans set the pace with Park, Na Yeon Choi (second), So Yeon Ryu (ninth) and Amy Yang (10th). “I’m not sure why,” Jeu said of the Asian takeover. “Probably it’s the work ethic; they practice a lot.” Coincidentally, James River’s top male player, Jason Park, also has S. Korean roots. Park recently won the Virginia State Golf Association Foundation Tournament at Independence. Jeu hasn’t traveled a typical path to the putting green. Neither parent plays golf nor does she have a

Golfing girls Midlothian has become fertile turf for female high-school golfers. Manchester’s Lyberty Anderson won State girls title in 2010. Clover Hill’s Abby Portyrata claimed the event last fall. Anderson and Portyrata both figure to contend for State honors this October. Chesterfield’s all-time female golfers include Clover Hill’s Anne Cardea, who went on to help Duke win an NCAA title, and Monacan’s Jackie Beers, second in Virginia “co-ed” individually in 2001. Beers later starred at Georgia.

family membership to a country club. Most of her practice rounds are at Independence, the James River team course. “I tried a lot of sports and wound up quitting all of them,” she recalled. “My grandpa took me to play golf one day and it just stuck. “I took a few lessons and went from there.” Golf is a more popular sport in Northern Virginia than in the Richmond area. Jeu played on an all-girls team at Langley as freshman and sophomore. There isn’t enough participation for all-girls teams in the Central Region. In fact, three Dominion District schools – Huguenot, George Wythe and L.C. Bird – have no golf team at all this fall. Golf at area schools is considered “co-ed” with females teeing off from 85 percent the distance of the males. In 1992, Chantilly High’s Jenny Suh (South Korean bloodlines) won both the State Group AAA championship and inaugural State AllGirls title. Virginia High School League won’t allow that to happen again. Girls must declare whether they want to play for the girls or “co-ed” state individual title. A girl can play in “co-ed” states, and contribute to her team’s scoring, and also play for the girls’ individual crown. Winning the Mini-Regional was Jeu’s coming-out party on the high-school landscape. “I was so surprised,” she said. “When I came in from the last hole, I didn’t even expect to see my name on the leader board. “It was a really good day for me.”



Midlothian at last victorious over rival Powhatan CONTRIBUTED REPORT


ere’s a little piece of sports trivia for all the avid high school football fans out there: how many years has it been since Midlothian recorded its last victory over Powhatan? Ten? Fifteen? Twenty? It certainly couldn’t be more than 25, could it? How about 27. That’s right, the last time the Trojans downed the Indians, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, big hair was very much in vogue, and a young Jim Woodson was in his inaugural season at the helm of the Powhatan football program. That seriously long streak came to an end last Friday night, as Midlothian pulled off an improbable 29-7 victory over the defending Jefferson District champions. At first, it looked as though the Indians might extend that winning streak to 28 years. On their first possession of the night, they strung together a 12-play, 73-yard drive and capped it off with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Wes Garrett to Jake Salisbury. After a quarter of play, they led 7-0. But Midlothian struck back with a vengeance. On the first play of their second drive, quarterback Justin Joyce hit Daniel Jackson for a 76-yard touchdown. The extra point was hooked wide-left, but still, that touchdown was the first sign that the 2012 Trojans might have a little more firepower in their arsenal than they have in years past. They furthered that sentiment on their next possession, drilling a 20-yard field goal to take a 9-7 lead. And then again, on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joyce to Jackson that made it 16-7 right before half-time. The Indians had plenty of quality opportunities to cut into Midlothian’s lead. But, as it happened, turnovers and a failed fourth down attempt in a crucial situation ultimately spelled defeat. The Indians best shot came on their second drive of the third quarter. After recovering a fumble on their own 10-yard line, Coach Woodson called on sophomore L.J Jackson to carry the offense down the field. Over the next 15 plays, Jackson toted the rock a total of nine times, setting up the Indians on the Midlothian 33-yard line. But, unfortunately for Powhatan, that’s when the drive began to sputter. Garrett was sacked on a fourth-and-six, and Midlothian subsequently took over on downs. It wasn’t the first time the Trojans’ defense gave Garrett trouble. In fact, they pestered him throughout most of the evening. While the senior signal caller completed over 50-percent of his passes for 100-plus yards, he also tossed two interceptions and fumbled three times - one of which resulted in a turnover. Back-up quarterback Carter Biringer, who replaced Garrett late in the fourth quarter, was treated just as rudely. He finished the night with eight yards and one interception. On the other sideline, Midlothian quarterback Justin Joyce enjoyed a fair amount of success. He wasn’t exactly a paragon of efficiency (6-of-12 for 150 yards and two touchdowns), but he made a number of key plays in critical spots, including two touchdown tosses to Jackson. But perhaps the most pivotal of them all came not through the air, but on the ground. With the clock ticking under seven minutes and his team nursing a 16-7 lead, the Midlothian offense faced a third-and-15. After a Powhatan timeout, Joyce scrambled 17 yards for a first down. On the very next play, VICTORS page 8

Dr. Benson talks to MAA parents about concussions BY BEN ORCUTT Special Correspondent


arents who have children playing in the Midlothian Athletic Association’s football program received an important briefing recently about the seriousness and symptoms of concussions. Dr. Larry L. Benson, a primary care sports medicine physician with Chippenham/Johnston-Willis Sports Medicine, spoke to a number of parents about concussions on Aug. 29, at the main football field at Midlothian Middle School. “I like to think of a concussion as a bruise to the brain,” Benson said, adding that concussions are caused by a traumatic force. It’s important for parents to recognize the symptoms of a concussion so the proper treatment can be administered, Benson said. Without the proper treatment, concussions can lead to paralysis and even death, he added. Benson said as part of his treatment of concussions, athletes must be symptom-free for seven days before returning to practice or play. Some of the symptoms, Benson said, are: a bad headache; dizziness; nausea; forgetfulness; crying for no apparent reason; and sudden clumsiness. Statistics show that 53 percent of all children who play team sports have had a concussion, Benson said, adding that between 300,000 and 400,000 concussions are reported each year in the United States. “Before most athletes graduate from college, they will have had multiple concussions,” Benson said, adding that there is no way to totally prevent concussions from occurring. Benson said he treats more concussions from athletes who play soccer than he does from football. It’s also important to note, Benson said, that even if medical tests like CAT Scans or MRIs are negative, that does not mean that a concussion has not occurred. “You don’t have to have brain bleeding to have a concussion,” Benson said. “You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion.” One method used by doctors to diagnose and monitor concussions is the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool – SCAT – which helps to measure the effects caused by a concussion, Benson said. Benson also pointed out that every athlete is different and it’s important to have input from a physician as to when it’s OK to resume a sport. If patients he treats have three concussions in a year, then it’s time to set them out, Benson said. An athlete suspected of having a concussion should be closely monitored for three to four hours to determine if symptoms worsen and if emergency treatment should be sought, Benson said. “But the truth is, a lot of athletes do get concussions and we’re just getting to the point where we’re letting them know the importance of it because a lot of times, athletes, they just want to play and they don’t want to come off the field,” Benson said after his talk and taking questions from parents. “They’re [athletes] not going to let coaches and athletic trainers and they’re not going to let parents know either. So that’s why it’s so important to inform parents because the parents are with the athlete [for most of the day] and the coaches are with them for one or two hours a day. So they don’t know normal behaviors for that athlete as well as the parents do. So that’s why it’s really important for parents to know and to help us to help them make a decision.” MAA president Carlton Jarratt said that after listening to Benson, from now on, if a child has three concussions in a year, “they don’t play no more.” “Based on what we can see and what we can observe, I mean everybody takes a very proactive stance,” Jarratt added. “I mean, that’s why CONCUSSION page 9


CONCUSSION from page 8 we went out and got someone like Larry to come in here and talk to us about this so that our parent population is informed and able to make an informed decision.� The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation also is involved in concussion education and in a prepared statement, Ryan Moss, the Richmond/Hampton community marketing manager for Dick’s Sporting Goods, applauds the MAA for its efforts in promoting youth sports. “Midlothian Athletic Association plays a vital role in providing the children of Midlothian a place to play organized sports and learn about strong work ethic, teamwork and good sportsmanship,�


Ross says. “Dick’s Sporting Goods shares the same enthusiasm and commitment to youth sports in the community and supporting organizations such as Midlothian Athletic Association is the best way for us to be able to promote these values.� It’s also important to keep in mind, Benson said, “the pediatric consideration where most of the research has really been done on adults and now we have a whole group of children who are playing and more active and doing group and team sports and all that information is really new and we’re really just starting to get into that. So again, I talked kind of about the tip of the iceberg with the concussion and the symptoms being the tip of the iceberg. Re-


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VICTORS from page 8 senior running back Taylor Stout rumbled 43 yards for a score, putting the Trojans up 22-7 and effectively extinguishing any hopes the Indians may have had for a comeback. A few minutes later, Midlothian would stretch their lead to 29-7 on a 3-yard run by Grayson Larus. And that’s how it would end. For Midlothian, the win is important for three reasons. First of all, it marks the first time that the Trojans have started 1-0 since 2002. Secondly, as previously mentioned, it’s their first victory over Powhatan since 1985. Lastly, if the Indians finish the sea-

ally, the research for our young population is really at the tip of the iceberg.� Mary Self, who has an 8year-old son who plays MAA flag football, said she thought Benson’s talk on concussions was informative. “Well as someone who’s getting ready to move into tackle – and frankly even for flag I have concerns for the children – I want to know as a parent, one, the signs to look out for, and two, if my kid’s got a concussion, I would stop personally after the first concussion. I know a lot of people don’t, but the safety of my child is paramount.� For more information about the HCAVa Sports Medicine Network’s Sports Concussion Program, call 804-323-8326.

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P - Salisbury 29 pass Garrett (Knapke kick) M - Jackson 76 pass Joyce (kick failed) M - FG Klein 20 yards M - Jackson 16 pass from Joyce (Klein kick) M - Stout 43 run (kick failed) M - Larus 2 run (Klein kick) INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - Powhatan, Jackson 20-102, Goode 13-47. Midlothian, Stout 11-86, Joyce 7-46 PASSING - Powhatan, Garrett 10-19-2-114, Biringer 1-4-1-8. Midlothian, Joyce 6-12-0-128 RECEIVING - Powhatan, Lewis 5-38, Salisbury 2-36. Midlothian, Jackson 3-89

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RICHARD KARN’S SAVINGS COUPON The price of the EdenPURE® Personal Heater is $372 plus $17 shipping, but, with this savings coupon you will receive a $175 discount on the Personal Heater with free shipping and be able to get the Personal Heater delivered for only $197. The Personal Heater has an optional remote control for only $12. Check below the number you want (limit 3 per customer) � Personal Heater, number _____ � Optional Personal Heater Remote $12, number _____ • To order by phone, call TOLL FREE 1-800-856-8998 Offer Code EHS6189. Place your order by using your credit card. Operators are on duty Monday - Friday 6am 3am, Saturday 7am - 12 Midnight and Sunday 7am 11pm, EST. • To order online, visit enter Offer Code EHS6189 • To order by mail, by check or credit card, fill out and mail in this coupon. This product carries a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. If you are not totally satisfied return at our expense, and your purchase price will be refunded – no questions asked. There is also a three year warranty. ____________________________________________________ NaME

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Check below to get discount: � I am ordering within 10 days, therefore I get a $175 discount plus Free shipping and my price is only $197 for the Personal Heater. � I am ordering past 10 days, therefore I pay full price for the Personal Heater plus shipping and handling. Enclosed is $______ in: � Check � Money Order (Make check payable to EdenPURE®) or charge my: � VISa � MasterCard � am. Exp./Optima � discover/Novus account No. ____________________________________ Exp. date _____/_____ MAIL TO: EdenPURE® Offer Code EHS6189 7800 Whipple ave. N.W. Canton, OH 44767


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