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ight Chesterfield County Public Schools students are among 16,000 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp., Midlothian High student Qiuyi Xu and Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School students

Seth Bright, Adam Davis, Eison DeGuzman, Christine Gao, Leon Jia, Robert Jones and Bradley Zykoski have an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships. In other recent accomplishments in the school district, four teachers are among 199 teachers who achieved national Gold Star status

from W!SE (Working in Support of Education) based on student performance on a financial literacy certification test. They are: Rose Malone and Carolyn Galloway from James River High School, Paul Kline from Manchester High School, and Steve Hayward from Midlothian High School. Teachers achieve a Gold Star when at least 90 percent

of their students pass the financial literacy certification test. Clover Hill High School won a $6,100 Partners in the Arts grant for the Paths Project, which combines English, history and visual arts to record the experiences of the World War II veterans and their families. Students in grades 10 through 12 will interpret these experiences in

written and visual representations that will be shared online and in print in the Paths journal. Clover Hill is one of seven schools to win a 2012-2013 Partners in the Arts grant from the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The awards SUCCESS page 2

Higher SAT scores topic of free sessions CONTRIBUTED REPORT



UNTIL EVERY ONE COMES HOME USO members share their experiences, insights at Chesterfield TRIAD meeting

Left: Ellen Malloy of the USO explains support programs for military families. Right: Tricia Riggs, also of the USO, explains packages soldiers will receive.



he work of the USO and how Chesterfield County can help members of the military and their families was addressed at a recent meeting of the county’s TRIAD organization. Training, brainstorming ideas and planning activities are included on the agenda for the TRIAD, which consists of law enforcement, older adults and community groups. Tricia Riggs, director of the Richmond Airport USO Center, and Ellen Malloy, chairman of the Board of Central Virginia USO, talked about how the


county can help those serving their country in the military and the families they have here. The Defense General Supply Center in Chesterfield County has many military families living

on base. Nearby Fort Lee Military Base also benefits from local USO projects. There are many veterans and military personnel USO page 2

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Paranormal class brings history to life


Westchester Commons Way at Westchester Commons Shopf your youngster enjoys ping Center in Midlothian solving math problems, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on then the 2nd annual Sunday at 10416 Ironbridge Mathnasium TriMathlon Road in the Chesterfield contest is the place to be on Meadows Shopping Center in Saturday and Sunday, Sept. Chester. 29-30. Mathnasium, a company The competition will be that provides math tutoring, held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. has 319 franchised locations on Saturday at the Mathnasium of Midlothian at 15508 MATH page 7


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hesterfield County Public Schools students will have three opportunities to learn how to achieve higher scores on the SAT reasoning test. SAT guru John Swann will hold free sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates and locations:  Sept. 29 at Henrico High School at 302 Azalea Ave. in Henrico.  Jan. 19 at Clover Hill High School, 13301 Kelly Green Drive.  March 2 at Meadowbrook High School, 4901 Cogbill Road. Swann will provide nutsand-bolts information to help students at all levels achieve their highest possible scores in math and reading. Students will leave with

Nearly 30,000 visit County Fair CONTRIBUTED REPORT


early 33,000 patrons attended the 99th Chesterfield County Fair, which was held Aug. 24 through Sept. 1. The fair had a shot at reaching its 2010 top draw of 40,000, but threatening and rainy weather on three of five weekend dates prevented that prospect. Attendance in 2011 dropped to 25,000 due to Hurricane Irene and its lingering after effects. According to fair associaton president Julia Williams, the overall turnout was good but could have been great

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with better weather. Williams said the creation of the shuttle service -- from the parking areas throughout the fairgrounds property -- was well received by the fair’s patrons as were the numerous benches scattered throughout the fairgrounds. Weekday attendance was up this year due to the “Martin’s Discount Ride Coupon” promotion that offered midway riders $2 off the regular cost of their unlimited ride wristband. Nearly one-third of the total attendance visited the fair Monday through Thursday, FAIR page 6

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istory will be analyzed from a supernatural perspective during the Paranormal Investigation EVP Techniques 102 class at the 1892 Historical Jail in Chesterfield on Saturday, Sept. 29. EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) and the workshop will focus on recording and identifying otherworldly sounds and using audio programs to interpret what those noises are.

a better understanding of the SAT, specific strategies to boost scores and a booklet of practice materials. Swann said his message is designed to be especially helpful to high school juniors. There is no fee, but students who want to attend must register. Registration information is available at On Jan. 19 and March 2, parents also are invited to a presentation about the college admissions process. “This is a unique opportunity for students,” said Bryan Carr, the school system’s instructional specialist for school counseling. “Reviews on John’s work with students are overwhelmingly positive.” For more information, call 804-594-1743 or 804-2797319.


he 21st Century Community Learning Center program granted more than $500,000 to Providence Middle School to help provide after-school academic support, enrichment and recreational activities to atrisk 8th grade students. The program will be heav-

ily weighted toward instilling a focus on their futures for economically disadvantaged students. Strategies include activities that expose and familiarize the students with a variety of career pathways, tours of nearby college campuses and business environments, and opportunities for entrepreneurship.


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Blast into the past with Henricus Historical Park BY BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT Special Correspondent


istory lovers can take a trip back in time often thanks to the special events at Henricus Historical Park. The weekend of Sept. 15-16 brought Publick Days to the Chesterfield County location. To get a “feel” for life in the 1600s, visitors can get a glimpse into the perspective from a colonist or a Native American. The beadwork of Tamyse Jefferson, a member of the Chickahominy Tribe, is sold in the gift shop. She also is a frequent participant in events, showing first-hand how she crafts her beads. She said the work takes hours to complete a piece. Jefferson learned her craft as a 9-year-old from her grandmother, Lucille Adkins. Henricus offers replicas of early colonists’ dwellings. Single rooms served as homes, a fireplace was the cooking and heating area. No carpet or tiles were available, dirt floors were the norm. Thatched roofs securely blocked out rains. When Hurricane Isabel ravaged Virginia, Henricus fell victim when some trees fell, but the authentically built Native American longhouse and the thatched roofs withstood the storm. The sounds of soldiers performing drills can be heard while walking the historic trails. In one section, in swashbuckling style, are the militia members of the 1611 era. In another section, Red Coats from the Revolutionary War era occupy a camp and practice drills. Another section has Confederate soldiers re-enacting a battle and

SUCCESS from page 1 allow schools to bring in visiting artists to train teachers and work with students and to buy supplies to carry out the projects. Five world language teachers were selected by the Virginia Department of Education to attend the Modified

HISTORY from page 1 The course is sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia in partnership with Chesterfield County Department of Parks


Far left: Tamsye Jefferson, a member of the Chickahominy Tribe, does traditional native beadwork. She is wearing a buckskin dress that is called regalia or ceremonial dress. Above: British soldiers known as Redcoats prepare bayonets. Left: Even young children had chores in the 1600s.

firing a cannon on-site. The blacksmith shop was abuzz with activity as sword blades were being sharpened. The pre-Henricus site was originally home to the Arrohateck American Indian tribe that numbered in the hundreds. The Arrohatecks were members of Chief Powhatan’s tribes under his rule. Henricus is the second permanent English settlement in what was called the New World. Mt. Malady, the first hospital in the New World, was located at Henricus. The first college charted in North

International Space Olympics next month. Team members were chosen based on their research projects about space exploration, grades and answers to questions in the application package. Samantha and her family live in Chesterfield County,

where she attended Robious Middle School. Communities In Schools of Chesterfield received $12,500 from the Altria Cos. Employee Community Fund to support Chesterfield Community High. The grant will be used for the school’s Success in School

— Success in Life program, which aims to increase the graduation rate by offering online instruction, as well as career and technical education to give students real-world experience that will enable them to succeed now and as they enter the workforce.

and Recreation. It will be presented by members of Spirited History, a group of paranormal investigators who perform explorations at various historic sites throughout the United States. LeeAnne Ball and Angela Ghataora are Spirited History’s co-founders. Ball is the team leader and Ghataora is the lead investigator, and Bryan Truzzie of the

Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation said at least one of the pair will be present for Saturday’s investigation. Ball and Ghataora host a popular podcast where they play EVP recordings for their listeners. Their podcast, which appears on CBS Newssky Radio, has been broadcast in major cities such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago and Seattle. Truzzie said that Spirited History has appeared at the 1892 Historical Jail and other historical sites in Chesterfield before. During previous excursions, Ball and Ghataora’s team members have used several stimuli to investigate paranormal presences. To be more specific, they have used journals and letters to relate to spirits through their personal histories. They also have employed tools such as digital recorders to check for sounds, electromagnetic field detectors to test for EM fields, dousing rods to determine what areas to investigate and thermometers to check for spirits that can manipulate the temperatures of rooms.

Additionally, they have used toys such as balls or small flashlights to see if spirits will physically manipulate those objects. When asked if he has personally experienced any paranormal presences during past Spirited History outings at the Historic 1892 Jail, Truzzie said he has not. He said, however, that tour participants have told him they have witnessed unexplainable phenomena there. “While I have not felt or experienced anything there myself, I have been present with (members of) the public who have had either a feeling while they’re involved in an investigation or picked up something on a camera or recorder,” Truzzie said. “Participants have walked away experiencing some sort of spirit in one form or another.” Although the class will continue some lessons from the previous 101 version of the course, Truzzie said it is not necessary for people to complete the prerequisite class to understand what will happen during Saturday’s seminar. “The 102 is for people

who have more of a general knowledge but want a little further dwelling or depth into the particular aspects,” Truzzie said. “Usually, with the 102, they might have come up with two or three specialized topics, whereas the 101 is a general introduction to paranormal science, but if they haven’t had an opportunity to do it, they won’t have missed much.” Truzzie said the event is family-friendly, although he recommends that children under age 8 shouldn’t attend. Mature themes won’t be an issue, but, because the concepts involved can be somewhat complex, the subject matter might not grab their attentions. “It’s not a frightening experience, but we have recommended that it’s for children ages 8 and above,” Truzzie said. “For children who are younger than 8, it would be hard to keep their attention spans.” Still, for moms, dads and children who have an interest in finding spirits together, it will prove to be a fun time. But, how often do local parents and kids decide to

hunt ghosts as a team? Well, according to Truzzie, he has witnessed several families spending time together at previous Spirited History events. “You’d be surprised,” Truzzie said. “We get a lot of families at a number of these, and I’ve had two or three with eight or nine family members who participate together.” “Usually, they’re adults, but we’ve had mothers and daughters, fathers and sons or the whole family. They can all have an enjoyable experience together.” Paranormal Investigation EVP Techniques 102 will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the 1892 Historical Jail at 6819 Mimms Loop in Chesterfield. Admission is $10 for ages 8 to adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is limited to 10 people. For more information, call Bryan Truzzie at 804-7514946. To register, visit the Chesterfield Historical Society’s website at and use the PayPal link.

all that was about to change. Volunteers began to join and donations began to come in. The operation grew. “We now can have as many as 10,000 troops going through this airport,” said Malloy. “We may have one, two or three soldiers and then all of a sudden there is a line out the door. We [USO] give them snacks, water, a place to sit or sleep.” Riggs shared an experience when the USO crew got a surprise. “Everything was all ready,” she said. “We were expecting 2,000 to 3,000 troops and instead 9,000 came through.” In addition to snacks, water and places to sit or sleep, the USO is ready to assist families and children as family members deploy for duty. Riggs held up a box with cute drawings on the outside, but inside were very special items. “This is a grief box,” Riggs said. “This is a sad part of

what we do, but it’s part of the job and it’s important.’ Inside the grief box is a stuffed mouse and a special journal to record feelings, experiences, etc., to assist the child in dealing with his/her feelings. A DVD also is included to assist the parents in helping their children who are suffering from the loss of a loved one. There is a deployment box that contains a stuffed animal and a DVD along with a few other items. This box is to assist with the feelings of a child when a family member is deployed. “What needs to be done,” Riggs said, “is that the public needs to be educated and they need to know we exist and need them. We need volunteers. I grew up with Bob Hope and the USO. No one now in the younger generation knows who Hope is. Many people have no idea the USO exists.” Riggs is very active in her

cause for the troops and their families. “I have been in the airport at 4 a.m., and would be cooking eggs and bacon to feed them before they left. The USO has kept them from sleeping on marble floors or benches.” The USO team also provides service at McGuire Veterans Hospital. “We have the United Thru Reading” program,” Riggs said. “We video tape a veteran reading a book and give that video to their family so the kids can be close to the parent. It’s a remarkable thing.” Bellwood Elementary School in Chesterfield did a service project for the USO to help soldiers by collecting and donating Chapstick, Riggs said smiling. For more information on Chesterfield TRIAD , www. or call 804-768-7878 For more information on the USO or to sign up to volunteer,

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who live off-base throughout the county. Mallory said there are two USO Centers in Central Virginia and 10 statewide. Some are open 24 hours. She said she joined the cause when she had a heart-tugging moment in an airport. “I was at the airport in 2009 and saw three Marines sleeping on a bench,” Malloy said solemnly. “I said to myself, ‘No, they shouldn’t be sleeping on benches. They deserve better for all they do.’ I couldn’t stand it, it really bothered me and I had to do something.” From that day on, Malloy became a strong and dedicated member of the USO. She said the USO was started when two soldiers were killed on the Oceanfront. The USO had not been active in Virginia for 30 years. After the Marines were seen sleeping on the bench in 2009,



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xcited� is how representatives of the Chesterfield County Public Library describe hosting The Digital Bookmobile National Tour on Monday and Tuesday at the Central Library branch. “We’re very excited,� Carolyn Sears, library administrator for community services for the Chesterfield County Public Library, said last week. This will be The Digital Bookmobile National Tour’s second stop in Chesterfield, Sears said, adding that the tour first visited the county in 2009. The tour is sponsored by OverDrive Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio, a worldwide distributor of eBooks, audiobooks and other material. “OverDrive is our vendor,� Sears said. “If you go to our website, we’ve got our library catalog and we also have a digital downloadable library, which is kind of a sub-catalog, and, if you search through that, you will find all of our digital material. So that’s our eBooks, our eAudiobooks We’ve even got some always available videos on there through OverDrive. So how it works on our end is that we purchase the items through the vendor – through OverDrive – and we work with them to supply the materials through our library catalog.� Sears said the Digital Bookmobile National Tour is a good way to showcase Chesterfield County Public Library’s digital service. “We always try to get the word out that we have this service, that we have the eBook collection, that we have the staff available to help people learn how to access

All that Chesterfield County residents need to have to access the county’s digital catalog is a library card, Sears said, adding that Chesterfield has an agreement with surrounding counties so their residents can avail themselves of Chesterfield’s digital serPHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL LOVETT The Digital Bookmobile National Tour will stop at the Central vices as well. “All they need to do is Library branch of the Chesterfield County Public Library on come into the library and Monday and Tuesday. bring proof of current address eBooks,� she added. “It’s a books, videos and music. The and they can get their library wonderful service for the bookmobile also features card on the spot,� Sears said. community. They’re absoeReading devices, premium The Digital Bookmobile lutely free. They can access sound systems, high-definiNational Tour is scheduled to them from home or from tion monitors and broadband be at the Central Library inside the library on their own Internet-connected PCs. branch of the Chesterfield devices . . . [We’ve] actually “People enjoy the fact that County Public Library from had it for over three years now that they can access the eB10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monand I think there’s still a lot ooks and audiobooks without day and from 1 to 7 p.m. on of people out there that don’t having to leave their house if Tuesday. The Central Library even know we have it.� they don’t want to and they branch is located at 9501 Lori An electronic book – an can enjoy them on pretty Road. eBook - is the same as a hard much any device they may For more information, copy – only it can be accessed have -- whether it’s a Kindle call 804-748-1603 or visit the from various devices, such as or a Nook or an iPad or an Chesterfield County Public a computer or a phone, Sears iPhone or just a regular old Library’s website at www. said. desktop computer at home,� The Digital Bookmobile Lovett said. National Tour began in Before visiting Chesterfield, August 2008, and has been The Digital Bookmobile Natouring the United States and tional Tour had stops schedparts of Canada ever since, uled in Alexandria, Loudoun according to Michael Lovett, County and Virginia Beach, public relations specialist for Lovett said. OverDrive. “That’s our swing through “It’s a free service for Virginia for the immediate libraries,� Lovett said. “Basifuture, but, as I said, we’re on cally, the point of the Digital a never-ending tour so we will Bookmobile is to raise aware- be back,� Lovett added. ness for the eBook, borrowing There’s an easy way for services available at various people to locate a library in libraries around the United their area that provides digital States. Chesterfield County services, Lovett said. Public Library is one of more “They can find the closest than 19,000 libraries around library to them that offers the world that offers eBooks eBooks and audiobooks just and audiobooks for patrons.� by going to search.overdrive. A 74-foot, 18-wheel traccom, entering their zip code, tor-trailer serves as the home and they’ll see it’s not just for of the Digital Bookmobile. It’s Chesterfield County Public loaded with high-tech items, Library, but it’s 70 percent of such as interactive learning libraries in the United States stations that will allow visitors [that] offer the service,� he to explore eBooks, audiosaid.


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Coaches make a difference for Muscular Dystrophy BY JIM RIDOLPHI Special Correspondent


s a full schedule of college football kicks off this weekend, you may notice a green band on the arm of almost every coach in the nation. To most, the armband may seem insignificant. To others, nothing could be more important. The American Football Coaches Association has teamed with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in a nationwide effort to raise money and awareness in the determined fight to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. College and high school coaches across the nation will don the green armbands featuring a football and the words Coach to Cure MD. Fans are invited to join the fight by donating to the cause. Parent Project is a cause that is close to my heart, and serves as an inspiration and resource for parents of children with Duchenne, the most destructive form of muscular dystrophy. It’s a genetic degenerative disease that robs young boys of their muscle use and, eventually, their lives, one cell at a time. It’s a disease that received little attention and even less funding when a determined mother named Pat Furlong founded PPMD in 1994. After her two sons were diagnosed with Duchenne, she quickly discovered how inadequate the treatment and standards of care actually were regarding the disease. She partnered with other parents, solicited funds from large corporations and private donors, and began a real effort to treat and cure Duchenne. Unfortunately, Pat’s two sons lost their battle with Duchenne in their early teens. That only intensified her efforts to find a cure. She has a personal mission to satisfy a promise she made to her sons, and their words were never far from her mind. “Don’t do it for us, do it for the many. Miracles



aren’t just for one.” Furlong’s tenacious and extended efforts resulted in National Institute of Health recognition of the disease and she helped draft the MD Care Act in 2001 that provided badly needed and increased funding for research. The research continues, and treatment and standards of care are greatly improved since Furlong and PPMD began their efforts, but Duchenne remains a disease without a cure. With Furlong and a dedicated group of parents leading the way, I hope that will soon change. Coach to Cure is, by far, the most visible of PPMD’s efforts, but it’s only part of a comprehensive program to raise funds, improve treatment and extend the lives of Duchenne patients. My son Jack will be there serving as honorary cocaptain when Coach Joe Fowler and the Goochland Bulldogs take the field Friday night. He’ll flip the coin to start off this year’s Coach to Cure event at Goochland. Words fall short of the appreciation I feel for their efforts, and the true thanks I feel for their compassion, understanding and friendship. And, it’s a big night for Jack. He likes being part of the team and relishes his role as an honorary Bulldog. Before, throughout and after the game, fans will have the opportunity to contribute to this year’s effort by texting the word “Cure” to 90999. Your mobile bill will reflect a $5 donation to PPMD. Jack also realizes the importance of Coach to Cure and the hope it represents for our family and many others dealing with Duchenne. To the thousands of coaches, fans and supporters who will make this weekend a success, my thanks are heartfelt and eternal. Like most parents of boys with Duchenne, I do believe in miracles, one cell at a time.

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.

23112 Oct. 1, 2011 2200 block of Holding Pond Lane Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a residence.

window panes of rear door. Items in the TVs/radios/cameras/computers category were reported stolen. 2600 block of Wayside Drive Report of vandalism of a vehicle at a residence.

Sept. 8 14700 block of Waters Shore Drive Identity fraud reported from a residence.

Sept. 12 3300 block of Fox Chase Drive Unknown suspect/s uncovered victim’s boat. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Sept. 13 6500 Walnut Bend Court Unknown suspect/s entered five unlocked vehicles at four residences. Miscellaneous items and items in the currency/notes category and in the TVs/radios/cameras/computers category were reported stolen.

Sept. 14 4800 block of Valley Crest Drive Unknown suspect/s broke out the passenger’s side window of a vehicle. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen. 11000 block of Hull Street Road Victim reported license plates were stolen from a vehicle. The license plates were recovered.

Sept. 15 14100 block of Waters Edge Circle Report of vandalism of a residence.

Sept. 16 13900 block of Hull Street Road Clothing and furs were reported stolen from a parking lot/garage at The Beach House Bar & Grill.

Sept. 15 2400 block of Den Bark Circle Unknown suspect/s broke out glass of sliding glass door. Items in the TVs/radios/cameras/computers category were reported stolen. 11500 block of Midlothian Turnpike Credit card fraud reported from an ATM at the Chesterfield Towne Center. Items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen. 8100 block of Midlothian Turnpike Items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen from a convenience store.

Sept. 16 3700 block of Foxglove Road Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a residence.

23236 Sept. 14 2300 block of Loch Braemar Drive Undetermined death investigation at a residence. 11500 Smoketree Drive Items in the TVs/radios/cameras/ computers category were reported stolen from Monacan High School. 600 block of Sunrise Five Way Report of vandalism of a vehicle at a residence.

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Midlothian rock band on a roll

4500 block of Otterdale Road Report of vandalism of a residence.

3600 block of Becket Drive Report of fraud at a residence. Items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen.



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6300 block of Faulkner Drive Unknown suspect/s entered crawl space on construction site. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

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ruth Be Told – an alternative rock band based in Midlothian – is making a name for itself. Four 16-year-olds who are juniors at Midlothian High School formed the band about eight months ago. They are: Noah Casey, bass guitar; Cole Heckel, drums; Neal Martin, lead singer; and Cole Suddarth, lead guitar. Although the group has only been together a short time, the teens have already performed at The Canal Club in Richmond and recently were scheduled to play at Kingdom, another Richmond night spot. The band’s name came about in an interesting way, Suddarth said. “We were playing at a gig in Charter Colony and we didn’t have a name, so they put down ‘TBD’ – to be determined,” Suddarth said. “So we wanted something similar to that and we were in the car thinking what would be similar to that so we wouldn’t have to change it very much because we were playing under that name. So we came up with Truth Be Told – TBT – and we used that for that gig instead.” Suddarth said his father, Kevin Suddarth, is the band’s manager and has done a good job at booking them into clubs. The elder Suddarth said the band’s popularity is on the rise “and to be playing at the places they’re playing I think that’s – it’s awesome.” Social media – such as Facebook and ReverbNation – plays a major role in helping new bands to get gigs, Kevin Suddarth said, adding that Truth Be Told is listed on both sites and that ReverbNation collects information about the band from other social media. “Their [ReverbNation] page is only a month or so old, but as the likes go up and as people listen to their videos, there’s a ranking on there and their ranking continues to get better and better and better. Basically, you build a press kit off of that and that’s what gets you into these places.” Heckel said the band enjoys playing in front of an audience. “I think what’s really neat is connecting with the crowds and interacting with them and see that they’re singing along or dancing along or tapping, at least tapping their foot,” he said. “It makes us feel good. It makes us feel like we’re doing our job and it’s really fun to play live.” The band practices about three M





3700 block of James River Road Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from James River High School.

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Members of the Midlothian-based alternative rock band Truth Be Told include: Cole Suddarth, left, lead guitar; Cole Heckel, drums; Neal Martin, lead singer; and Noah Casey, bass guitar.

times a week, Martin said. While they mostly play original music, which is written by Cole Suddarth, they also perform some cover songs, like “Learn to Fly’ by the Foo Fighters and Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Martin said. Martin likes to rap during some of their music, Cole Suddarth said. “Me and Noah are both into rock – Foo Fighters and stuff like that,” Cole Suddarth said. “Cole [Heckel] is into a lot of stuff, but Neal, he likes to rap. Well, he’s always rapped at school and stuff – rap battles. So when we came together, we kind of made something else because we merged the rock with the chorus and everything, but sometimes Neal raps in the verses and stuff and puts his own little spin on things.” Martin said the chemistry among the band members is good and they blend their individual talents together well “so combined it just clicks.” They all attend church and Martin said there’s no cursing in their music. “Yeah, we don’t do any bad message songs or anything like that,” he said. The boys also are involved in sports. Heckel, Martin and Cole Suddarth are members of Midlothian’s varsity volleyball team and Casey is a pitcher for the Trojans baseball team. Martin said he’s trying to earn a scholarship to play collegiate volleyball, so giving up the sport to focus on the band would be a tough decision. “I mean, if our band gets like really big – like really big – then, yeah, I probably would [quit volleyball],” Martin said. The other three band members said they also would give up sports for the band. But, for now,, they’ll continue to juggle school along with sports and music. “You know, it’s a really good group T





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10000 block of Robious Road Miscellaneous items and items in the TVs/cameras/computer category were reported stolen from a location Sept. 14 in the Robious Hall Shopping Center. 8500 block of Royal Birkdale Drive Report of vandalism at the Birkdale 23114 Golf Club. Sept. 13 1300 block of Hawkins Wood Sept. 15 Circle 4900 block of Brickhaven Drive Fraud by wire reported from a resiReport of felonious domestic assault dence. Items in the currency/notes at a residence. category were reported stolen.

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9800 block of Krause Road Possession of synthetic drugs reported in the highway/road/alley of the School Auxiliary Service Center.

Annual pansy sale now through Oct. 19 CONTRIBUTED REPORT


inistering to Ministers Foundation’s 2nd Annual Pansy Sale is underway and will run through Oct. 19. The 6-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. Pansy orders may be place online at www.mtmfoundation. org/support-us. The last day to order is Friday, Oct. 12. Pick-up day will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at 501 Branchway Road in North Chesterfield, just off of Courthouse Road near Chesterfield Towne Centre. “We are looking forward to another successful 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 a five-day Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreats for Ministers and Spouses. Free confidential services such as counseling by phone or face to face, legal referrals and referrals for counseling are offered. They also work 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, pvisit

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of guys,” said Kathy Suddarth, Cole’s mother. “They’re exceptional and I really think they have all their priorities straight. In the summer, they spend a lot of time on music, especially my son. It’s the focus of his life. But when it comes to school, most of them will really concentrate on that first. Just like they said, they’ll put the school work first. Sports takes a lot of time out of their music time also, but I think they’re all pretty grounded. They know what their priorities should be and they keep it that way. Maybe if they ever got bigger, we’d see if things changed a little bit, but right now they’re doing a good job of handling it all.” Even if they wind up going to different colleges, the boys said they think they can keep the band together. Casey said he has high hopes for the band. “Oh, I know we’re going big and there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “Oh, yeah. Like, no doubt, because I just know, get that feeling.” Kevin Suddarth said the band is in the process of putting enough material together for an album. “Probably to do an album they need maybe 12 songs so they’re pretty close to getting ready to put a CD out there and, again, with social media, you can get your stuff on iTunes pretty much immediately now with a couple copyrights, so that’s what their goal is for right now,” he said. For more information on Truth Be Told or to hear some of their music or watch a video of an appearance at The Canal Club, visit www.reverbnation. com/tbttruthbetold or go on Facebook and search for Truth Be Told Band. Booking inquiries should be sent to Kevin Suddarth at ksuddarth@

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Cancer survivor celebrates, invites public to Pink Days BY BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT Special Correspondent


ail Thompson, a Midlothian resident, has been selected as an honoree at King’s Dominion during its “Pink Days� event. She was one of four women selected based on her being a breast cancer survivor. “Pink Days� started on Aug. 1 and will continue through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Thompson Thompson said she has been a stickler for keeping up with her health and scheduling physicals and screenings. “I always had my regular mammograms,� Thompson said, “from the time I was told by my doctor to start taking them.� In 2006, she said, “I kept hearing newscasts about

digital versus film mammography imaging. The reports were saying that digital imaging would give a clearer picture of the screening for women under 50 and women with dense breast.� Thompson said she decided then her next mammogram would be done on a digital machine. According to the American Cancer Society, anyone can develop cancer. The Society said risk of being diagnosed with cancer increases with age; most cases occur in adults who are middle-aged or older. About 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in persons 55 years of age and older. Thompson’s choice turned out to be a revealing decision. She began a search for a facility that performed digital screenings. After locating such a facility, Thompson underwent a screening as soon as possible. “After my appointment, the same day as my mammogram, I was called into

another room and was told that two small clusters of calcification were seen on my results. I was told the specks were about the size of grains of salt. They were too small for me to feel during a selfexam, but not too small for the digital machine to pick up. They told me I needed to come back for a biopsy to determine if they were malignant.� It was a week before Christmas in December 2007 when Thompson’s doctor called. “As I heard his words, ‘The test is positive, you have cancer,’ I stopped breathing and sat frozen to my desk, in shock, I just went numb.� She was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS). “I was fortunate in many ways,� Thompson said, “because the cancerous cells were non-invasive, they were contained in the milk duct and not spread to any normal surrounding breast tissue. It was discovered in Stage 0. Thompson then had a

lumpectomy and a series of radiation treatments. “By time I had finished my radiation treatments, I had met a lot of women who had gone through the same or similar situation as me. We were strangers when we met, but were friends when we left. I feel my struggle has been moderate compared to a lot of women that I know and have met since my diagnosis.� Thompson is the youngest of five sisters and one brother and said it is a great blessing in that none of the members of her family have been diagnosed with cancer. Thompson said her husband Hugo and her son Jerry are “her cheering squad.� “Hugo will often introduce me saying, ‘This is my wife Gail -- she’s a breast cancer survivor.� That starts a conversation. My son Jerry is also a strong supporter and wears a pink bracelet all the time. Jerry’s wife was diagnosed in 2011; she went through radiation treatments and is doing fine.�

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1,638,910 new cancer cases [includes all types of cancers] are expected to be diagnosed in 2012. This estimate does not include carcinoma in situ (non-invasive cancer) of any site except urinary bladder, and does not include basal and squamous cell skin cancers, which are not required to be reported to cancer registries. The numbers are staggering. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2012, about 577,190 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. Cancer is the second most comÂŹmon cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly one of every four deaths. To make sure women are informed, Thompson said she is full speed ahead and dedicated to bringing awareness to other women. “I am a volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Foundation

and attend various events,� she said. “I personally have conducted ‘mini’ breast cancer fairs at community functions and events. I always have brochures or fact cards in my purse and will pass them out in a flash. This is important to me because ‘knowledge is power’.� Thompson has been cancer-free for four years. “The cancer experience has brought me closer to God, family and to myself.� She said. “I look at things differently than I used to. I don’t sweat the small stuff, life is too precious!� A Kings Dominion “Pink Days� one day ticket will be $39, a portion of the ticket cost will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Thompson asks that visitors get a photo standing next to her display and share it with her if they would like for a collage she is making of the event. For more information, go to and

Oktoberfest Party Sept. 29 in Midlothian CONTRIBUTED REPORT

American Legion Post 186 at 901 Otterdale Rd. in Midlothian will host its first annual Oktoberfest Party on Saturday, Sept. 29. The cost is $15, which includes a dinner of bratwursts with sauerkraut or

red cabbage, German potato salad and dessert; two “Bier� tickets; and a polka lesson taught by Richmond’s Dance Masters Studio. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 804-794-9785.

       Saturday, October 6 John Tyler Community College - Midlothian Campus 800 Charter Colony Parkway Benefits JTCC students

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Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is holding a Community Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Bethia United Methodist Church at 10700 Winterpock Road in Chesterfield. Children ages kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible.

Those interested are invited to come to the open house to learn about the sports program and meet the coaches, volunteers and players. Online registration is available at For more information, visit, BethiaUMCUpward on Facebook or @BethiaUMCUpward on Twitter.

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TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you might find it difficult to ask for what you desire, but you just have to buckle down and make a stand. It may not be easy, but your efforts will prove fruitful. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you are in your element this week and the good vibes will last for several days. There’s no pressure to get things done, so keep on sailing.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, it may seem like a good idea to retreat to a fantasy world when the going gets tough, but you’ll need to have your feet and mind firmly planted in reality this week.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 You are eager to listen and learn, Libra, but you also want to share your own experiences. This week you will need to find a balance between being a student and a teacher.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you are at a turning point in your life and it could be a good time to make a few important changes. This may involve a new career or making new friends.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, it is good to be optimistic, but it also helps to develop a plan in case things don’t go your way. Ask a friend or family member for help when devising your plan.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, think things through before making big decisions. There is some pressure on you, but concentrate and focus on the task at hand.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, even if you have a lot to get done, you will be able to think on your feet and make changes as needed depending on the situation this week.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, concentration comes naturally to you, so don’t worry if some extra work at the office is presented at the last minute. Ask a coworker for help, if necessary.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Make some decisions now before you change your mind again, Sagittarius. Too much information can cloud your judgement, so go with your gut.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Actively explore your impulses in the next few days, Pisces. You may not have the opportunity to do so later on.


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, relaxing for a few days seems like the perfect idea, but restlessness will ultimately thwart these plans. Engage in low-energy activities, instead.


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Church’s annual ‘SPCE Fall Fest’ set for Sept. 29

Volunteer during National Public Lands Day Sept. 29 at Pocahontas State Park BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


ne of the wonderful things about the spaces at Virginia State Parks is that their breathtaking beauty can be shared by everyone. With that thought in mind, Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County will observe National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. On that day, 32 state park systems throughout the United States will host volunteer events that are aimed at bringing in both new and returning patrons and beautify those locations. The event at Pocahontas State Park will feature a hike where volunteers will learn tidbits of history while they help to clean up the park. Zoe Rogers, who does public relations for Virginia State Parks, said that National Public Lands Day is a great chance for local citizens to either check out Pocahontas for the first time or make a return visit. “National Public Lands Day is a national movement that Virginia State Parks is proud to be a part of,” Rogers said. “It’s an opportunity to showcase our parks and our public lands that we preserve and conserve for the people of Virginia.” “It’s also an opportunity to come out and work to help to maintain those lands. And, on the hike, we will pick up trash if we see it along the way.” According to Rogers, each of the 35 Virginia state parks will participate in the event. As a part of the Department of Con-

servation and Recreation, Rogers said the mission of Virginia State Parks is to encourage and enable people to enjoy the outdoors. “Us partnering with the national effort is a way to provide an opportunity for citizens of Virginia to come out, enjoy and protect these treasures, such as Pocahontas State Park,” Rogers said. “Eight thousand acres is protected for them in the heart of Chesterfield County where they can come out and enjoy the great outdoors.” To be more specific, Pocahontas volunteers will help clean up trash and collect debris along the Beaver Lake Trail. The path has a historical significance that will be discussed during the hike. “Beaver Lake Trail is a trail that wraps around Beaver Lake,” Rogers said. “There are two lakes here, Swift Creek and Beaver Lake, but Beaver Lake has a dam that was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a group that originated in the 1930s, and, for that reason, it’s a historical landmark.” Rogers said volunteers should dress accordingly for the climate on Saturday and take proper precautions when picking up refuse during the event. “If they have a pair of work gloves, they should bring those, but we supply trash bags,” Rogers said. “And, it is a flat surface, but they should wear comfortable shoes to hike, and, of course, they should dress appropriately for the weather.” Also, light refreshments will be served at the Civilian Conservation


Corps Museum after the hike. Rogers said that National Public Lands Day is a wonderful opportunity for visitors who enjoy Pocahontas State Park to help to maintain it for future generations. She also said the hike will give participants a chance to be physically active on Saturday.. “On that day, we can showcase our parks so that the public can know that they can be involved with these national movements, and National Public Lands Day is a great chance for us to do that,” Rogers said. “And, since we’re spending time in the outdoors, people can become more active.” Rogers also said that efforts of volunteers are integral to the maintenance of public lands such as Pocahontas State Park. Therefore, if you can participate in the hike, your contribution will definitely be appreciated. “The effort that the public gives Virginia state parks is important for us,” Rogers said. “We could not do what we do today in our park systems and keep them clean and pristine without the help of our volunteers.” National Public Lands Day will be observed from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Pocahontas State Park at 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield. The program is free. For more information about the event, call 804-796-4255 or visit index.shtml. For more information about National Public Lands Day, visit www.

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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 804-516-8307. A yard sale runs from 7 a.m. to noon at Clover Hill High School. Sellers wanted. For more information, call 804744-8572 or e-mail 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 allday 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@

SATURDAY, SEPT. 30 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Community Open House will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bethia United Methodist Church at 10700 Winterpock Rd. in Chesterfield. Children ages kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible. For more information, visit

TUESDAY, OCT. 2 The Bon Air Artists Association’s monthly meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Congregation Or Ami at 9400 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. 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 The Midlothian Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the social hall

of Bethel Baptist Church at 1100 Huguenot Springs Road in Midlothian. The meeting will include a business portion and a special program called, “Capsule Table Design.” Kay Gray will give a demonstration lecture on designing a capsule table, a functional table exhibit restricted to one place setting. Lunch will be served at noon. The meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For more information, call Sandy at 804-379-4515 or Dolores at 804-794-3002.

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 tiandlo@ 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. Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at 5:30 p.m. on the piazza in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, its patron saint. The public is encouraged to attend and bring their pets. Ample parking is available.



p.m. Tuesdays at the Central Baptist Church at 1510 Courthouse Rd. in Richmond. For more information, call Peg at 804-379-9558.


he Salisbury Presbyterian Church will present its Annual “SPCE Fall Fest” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 13621 West Salisbury Road in Midlothian. Kids’ games, including bouncy houses, face painting and carnival games; a special appearance by Jonathan the Juggler; and favorite music will be featured. Food service will include hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ and homemade fries. The event also will provide two opportunities to do some hands-on mission. Back by popular demand is the assembling birthing kits for Haiti project and a Stop Hunger Now food packaging event. Each project helps to reach out and provide

much needed aid to those in extreme poverty all over the world. You also will be able to learn about SPC’s other global mission relationships, as well as the local ministries the church supports all over the city. The purpose of the SPC Fall Fest is to raise funds to further Salisbury Presbyterian’s support for local and international mission, and its Youth and Music mission programs. All proceeds will go to support these important Outreach Ministries of SPC. Volunteers are needed throughout the day, as well as set-up and break-down times. For more information, or to donate your time and talents, contact the Rev. Elizabeth McGuire at 804794-5311 or emcguire@

FAIR from page 1 the dates of the Martin’s discount ride offer. Plans for next year’s 100th fair are already in the making. Anyone interested in volunteering, participating or getting a booking are asked to call Julia Williams at 804-4059234 or e-mail The Chesterfield County Fair Association is a nonprofit corporation offering annual memberships ($7) to interested parties. The association elects a board of directors to make policy and guide the fair’s activities. Membership is about 385 persons.

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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

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 804-594-0995 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 tiandlo@ MOTTS will not meet Dec. 20 or April 4.


The Chesterfield Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting for Winston’s Backyard Grill at 9545 Amberdale Drive in North Chesterfield.

Garden Club meeting Oct. 20 The Midlothian Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the social hall of the Bethel Baptist Church at 1100 Huguenot Springs Road in Midlothian. “Capsule Table Design” will be presented by Kay Gray, who will provide a demonstration lecture on designing a Capsule Table,

which is described as a functional table exhibit restricted to one place setting. The meeting also will include business and lunch, which will be served at noon. The meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend. For more information, call Sandy at 804-379-4515 or Dolores at 804-794-3002.

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1864 Bermuda Hundred Van Tour spotlights battles BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


ivil War buffs will be able to witness specific sites in Chesterfield County that played a part in that conflict up close during the 1864 Bermuda Hundred Van Tour that will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at Henricus Historical Park at 251 Henricus Park Road in Chester. The van tour, which is presented by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia in partnership with Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, will give participants the chance to visit each of those sites without having to drive their personal vehicles to see all of them. The Bermuda Hundred Campaign is a series of

battles that happened during May 1864. During the campaign, Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler led the Army of the James to seize Richmond, but his offensive was cut short by Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard’s troops. Although Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation has hosted other van tours in the past, the 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign Van Tour has been offered since 2010. Bryan Truzzie is the historic sites specialist for Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. On Saturday, Truzzie will drive a county vehicle to sites such as Battery Danzler, Drewry’s Bluff, Dutch Gap and Point of Rocks and lecture about their Civil War contributions along the way. “The main purpose

in many of the Civil War driving tours is to help the residents of Chesterfield County to be aware of the historical significance of the Civil War in Chesterfield and the significance of this particular event,” Truzzie said. “We want to ensure that the public is aware of the impact that the Civil War had on residents of Chesterfield County during the last year (of the war), and most people aren’t aware that they have so many sites in Chesterfield, and that many of them are in their own backyards.” Although the van will stop at the areas listed during the four-hour excursion, attendees will have to walk around after they reach those locations. At that point, Truzzie will talk about the historical significance of each area. “At each site, we will walk

to the site itself, so we will have close parking areas,” Truzzie said. “I will talk about the impact of each site and allow the visitors to see remnants of the fortifications and placements of where the artillery was, and I will paint the picture of what unfolded in 1864 during those important battles.” Truzzie said participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, although only one of the locations, Point of Rocks, will require careful attention when navigating the terrain. “Two of the sites – Point of Rocks and Drewry’s Bluff – will involve a bit of walking,” Truzzie said. “The only one that has moderate difficulty is Point of Rocks, because there are exposed roots, so they should take their time and be careful.” If attendees have ques-

tions during the walking sections, though, Truzzie said he will answer them. He said some queries have come up in conversations during the previous 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign Van Tours more often than others. “A lot of people like to know sort of a better picture of the terrain and what the landscape was like in 1864 versus the present day,” Truzzie said. “They also like to get a feel for the actual size and scopes of the fortifications compared to the present and learn about how many troops were involved.” So, why is the 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign worthy of its own van tour? Well, as Truzzie said, the fact that the skirmish happened in Chesterfield County helped to make the county a memorable part of Civil War

history. “The reason why this campaign was so significant is that, first of all, it was the only real campaign fought during the Civil War that happens in the confines of Chesterfield County,” Truzzie said. “Another significant factor is that it was designed to put a crimp in the Confederate supply lines by having the Union forces sever transportation lines and disrupt the flow of supply lines for the Confederate forces.” Admission is $15 per person, and registration is limited to 14 people. To register, visit the Chesterfield Historical Society’s website at and use the PayPal link. For more information about the event, call Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.

St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School earns blue ribbon award

MATH from page 1 in the United States. James Temple is the owner of each of the Mathnasium learning centers in the Central Virginia region, which includes the businesses in Chester, Mechanicsville, Midlothian and Short Pump. Temple said the Mathnasium Method of helping children to improve their math skills is what makes the company’s approach to math tutoring unique. “The Mathnasium Method is a way to go about teaching math that really focuses on the ideas and concepts behind mathematical topics, as well as taking a numbersense approach, which is the ability to appreciate the size and the scale of numbers and the context of the question at hand,” Temple said. “We say there are three elements, and those are counting, wholes and parts, and proportional thinking.” Although math is a skill that students use throughout their lives, some children struggle with understanding computation. But, according to Temple, there are two major reasons why children have trouble learning math. “The number one reason that young kids find it difficult is that they lack number fluency, and many of them have to count on their fingers,” Temple said. “They try to memorize them, and they’re constantly adding one number at a time, so I would say that’s the primary reason why they struggle with it, because it starts early and the frustration grows.” “Second, is because many kids really think about math as memorizing processes and steps instead of realizing what’s really going on. If you seek to learn math conceptually, then you will be able to reason your way through new problems.” The TriMathlon is an opportunity for kids to pit their math skills against other children in their own peer groups. Contestants will compete in three math events, including The Counting Game, Magic Squares

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significant improvements are being made in student’s levels of achievement. Lariza Rife, director of Development, Alumni & Community Relations, said St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School “is honored to be one of the only 50 private schools in the nation to receive this distinguished award.” She said St. Edward met and exceeded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence eligibility guidelines in part due to its students’ continued high performing scores as measured by state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics.

Principal Emily Elliott made the announcement to the students, faculty and staff commending them on their achievement. “This is a fantastic recognition for all of the great things that have happened at St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School over the past 50 years,” Elliott said. “Our students, teachers, parents and staff are very deserving of this honor.” For more information about St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School, contact Rife at 804-272-2881, ext. 712 or SUBMITTED PHOTO The school’s website is www. St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School has been recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. It is one of only 50 private schools in the country to receive the award.

Challenge and Mental Math Workout. Each will test their math proficiencies. “One of the tenets of numbers is the ability to move from one to another or count forward or backwards,” Temple said. “The Counting Game is a tenet of numbersense, and kids struggle with it, so it’s a measure of that.” “Magic Squares measures creativity, and it gives them a bank of numbers and they make up their own problems. There’s lots of ways to solve problems, and one way to foster enjoyment is ways to solve problems without pencil and paper, so that’s what Mental Math Workout is.” Since some students are more proficient at math than others at their own grade levels, competitors are welcome to challenge students in higher grades if they want. They cannot, however, participate against students who are younger than they are. The prizes up for grabs on Saturday and Sunday will provide strong incentives for kids to put their math abilities to the test. First, second and third place local winners will each receive medals, and each of the first place victors will receive an Xbox 360 Kinect

video game. Fifth grade first place local winners will also receive a Rubik’s Cube and a solution guide, and sixth grade first place local winners will also get a Smarties candy snack pack. The winners who earn high enough scores at local competitions based on their individual performances also will receive national awards. The first place overall winners in the United States at each grade level will receive $1,250, the second place winners will receive $750 and the third place winners will receive $250, and all of those contestants will get trophies and assortments of other prizes. There won’t be a national awards ceremony, although Temple said winners will be notified and receive those prizes at their local participating Mathnasium centers. So, what qualities should a student have in order to succeed during the Mathnasium TriMathlon? Temple said winners should have positive attitudes about solving math problems. “They really need to be someone who has focused their math education on problem-solving and not just on computation,” Temple

said. “There’s also a time constraint, so they need to be proficient, and a positive attitude towards math will go a long way during the competition as well.”

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I think our kids played with a ton of intensity. Our defense was tremendous tonight, very, very physical and our offense executed when we needed to.


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The Lancer’s Derek Murphy explodes for a kill.


Mac Caples of James River (left) tries to push off Ramon Minor of Benedictine (right) for extra yardage.

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here were no secret weapons in Benedictine’s convincing 38-14 win over James River on Friday. When you have a cannon in your arsenal, you typically want to fire it off. Benedictine had two. Junior quarterback Bryce Hamilton fueled Benedictine (3-1), accounting for three of the Cadets’five touchdowns in his return to the James River High School field affectionately known as “The Swamp.” Hamilton, who was the back-up QB last season for James River, completed 9 of 16 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He also scored for the Cadets on the ground, crossing the goal line on a quarterback sneak. Benedictine head coach Greg Lilly said he was impressed with the play of the young quarterback. “He’s a good kid,” he said. “For us, what he’s done is he’s brought a lot of leadership to that position. We’ve got a bunch of senior offensive lineman but they know when he gets in that huddle, that he’s in charge. He’s the leader and he’s done a good job of getting the football to the right guys.” The Cadets’ other cannon, senior running back Corey Downey, scampered for 112 yards and two touchdowns. “Corey has been our best running back for the past three seasons,” Lilly said. “We’re blessed this year because we have two young guys in Webster [Lamar] and Jones [Ramon] who can really run the football, but Corey is the guy that we’ve hung our hat on for three years now and we’re going to continue to ride him as long as we can.” After both teams failed to score on their first possessions, an illegal block in the back penalty against Benedictine gave the Cadets less then prime field position on their next offensive possession. However, four plays later, Hamilton found Ramon Minor (a Patrick Henry transfer) behind the defense for

Benedictine 14 6 5 13 – 38 James River 0 7 7 0 – 14

B – Minor 31-yard pass from Hamilton (Felch kick)

B –Stevens 5-yard pass from Hamilton (Felch kick) B –Hamilton 2-yard run (kick failed) J –Jennings 64-yard pass from Caples (Grabham kick) J –Shirley 5-yard pass from Caples (Grabham kick) B –Safety B –Felch 25-yard field goal B –Downey 5-yard run (Felch kick) B –Downey 4-yard run (Felch kick)

a 36-yard touchdown to put the Cadets in front, 7-0. Hamilton added two more scores for Benedictine, a 5-yard pass to Craig Stevens to make it 14-0 and 2-yard quarterback sneak call on second down and goal to make it a three touchdown lead for the Cadets with fewer than eight minutes to play in the first half. “It felt so familiar but at the same time felt so different being back on this field but in the visitor’s locker room,” said Hamilton. “All my best friends that I’ve played with since I was five years old were over there [on the James River sideline], I was nervous all day thinking about this game but once I got out here it was just football again and time to play.” Trailing 20-0, the Rapids were able to cut the Cadets’ lead to 14 when senior Mac Caples hit Stacy Jennings over the middle for a 64-yard touchdown with 5:13 to play the first half. James River trailed at intermission, 20-7. The game’s momentum seemed to shift, albeit briefly, when junior Patrick Taylor opened the second half for the Rapids with a 73-yard kick-off return

that gave James River a first down and goal from the Benedictine eleven yard line. On third and goal at the Benedictine five, Caples connected in the end zone with Tyler Shirley for the score. Tyler Grabham added the extra point and James River (1-2) trailed by a single touchdown. They would get no closer. With 4:31 to play in the third quarter and Grabham in the game to punt for the Rapids, the snap from center sailed over his head and bounced toward the end zone. Rather than take a chance on the Cadets falling on the football and scoring six points, Grabham kicked the ball out of the end zone for a safety. Benedictine led 22-14. Late in the 3rd quarter Benedictine added on a 25-yard field goal from senior kicker Buddy Felch and a 5yard score from Downey early in the 4thquarter to give the Cadets a commanding 32-14 lead and take most of the air out of the crowd on the James River side of the field. Benedictine’s defense stole the rest. The Cadets’defense played their part in the victory as well, holding the Rapids to just 156 yards of total offense and forcing four turnovers. Under center, Caples was hurried and had little room in which to operate, getting sacked twice. With 3:41 to play, Downey crossed the goal line from 4-yards out for his second score of the game, and Benedictine led for a final time 38-14. Sophomore Cameron Green replaced the battered and bruised Caples at quarterback for the Rapid’s final series of downs and was intercepted with 6.2 seconds left, ending the game. “We talked all week about how we wanted to be more physical and about how we wanted to stop the run,” Lilly said. “I think our kids played with a ton of intensity. Our defense was tremendous tonight, very, very physical and our offense executed when we needed to.” This week James River hosts Dominion District rival L.C. Bird while Benedictine will play host to St. Christopher’s.

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Apple selected to participate in National All-Star Bowl While attending the Offense-Defense Football Camp this summer at Hampton University, Derek Apple, age 12, of Midlothian was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 7th-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities; held this year in Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Derek, a linebacker for the Swift Creek Cougars Athletic Assoc., was selected for this honor from a group of young athletes numbering in the thousands across the country. The Offense-Defense Youth AllAmerican Bowl is part of a week-long series of events including the televised, 7th-annual Offense-Defense AllAmerican Bowl, an All-Star football game showcasing 88 of the top high school seniors in the country and has featured current NFL pros such as Cam Newton, Carlos Dunlap, and Dez Bryant among others before they were collegiate stars.

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weekend. The Keydets put four runners in the top five at the non-team scored event.

Midlothian residents to help soccer team to victory

Two Midlothian residents will be helping the Christian Clearwater College girls soccer team to victory this season. Two Midlothian residents were Katie Reid of Midlothian will serve named Big South Conference Choice as the manager for the women’s soccer Hotels Men’s and Women’s Cross team. Katie is a freshman Exercise and Country Runners of the Week for the Sport Science major at CCC and a gradfirst week of September. uate of Manchester High School. Katie is Coastal Carolina’s Evan Niciphor the daughter of William and Judy Reid and Jenna Moye of VMI each earned of Midlothian. The CCC women’s socthe honor. cer team is coached by Mark Bates. Niciphor, a sophomore, clocked Jamie Ray of Midlothian will play in at 15:31 on the 5K course to claim midfielder for the women’s soccer second-place at the Coastal Carolina team. Jamie is a freshman Exercise Cross Country Invitational. His time and Sport Science major at CCC and led the Chanticleers to the team title at a graduate of Richmond Christian the event. School. Jamie is the daughter of Randy Moye, a senior, crossed the line in and Joan Ray of Midlothian. The CCC 18:35 to win the 5,000-meter VMI women’s soccer team is coached by Cross Country Invitational over the Mark Bates.

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ou almost expect them to take the volleyball court wearing metal cleats, brimmed caps and knickers. It’s like Manchester High’s baseball nine took an errant turn one day en route to the diamond, and wound up at coach Cassie Petrino’s volleyball drills File the rest under history (volleyball net, that is.) With basically a bunch of pitchers, catchers and clean-up hitters, the Lancers are the surprise team of the all-powerful Dominion District. “Definitely competitive; we’re a team to be reckoned with,” said Petrino. The Lancers, a perennial afterthought in Dominion volleyball till now, notched a head-turning victory over three-time State champ Clover Hill and took another juggernaut, Petrino home-standing Cosby, to a fifth game. “Manchester has a very athletic team … you could see it coming,” said Cosby coach Frank Jenkins. “They never quit and played with a lot of heart.” At Manchester, they believe in sharing. The setter, feisty Andrew Saunders, is better known as the MHS second baseman and son of baseball coach Ricky Saunders (serves as volleyball statistician). Libero Aaron Akers doubles as the baseball catcher. Jonathan Mauricio, an outside hitting terror with the wingspan of pterodactyl, bats third in the baseball lineup and pitches. Alex Mauricio, Jonathan’s kid brother, roams the baseball outfield. Derek Murphy, the other kill-shot artist, is another outfielder. Key backup, at the net, is spring-loaded C.J. Devore, a high-jumper on the track team in his first season of volleyball. The only “full-time” volley player is middle hitter Travis Rickmon, the pacesetter in blocks. Manchester’s success – 8-5 overall, 2-2 in Dominion starting this week - has come with virtually no link to the expensive year-round volleyball clubs. “Most of them don’t touch volleyball ‘til the first day of practice,” said Petrino. “When you consider that, it’s amazing.” Even Petrino shares her athletic chores at the Bailey Bridge Road school. The native New Yorker, a Math teacher, serves as girls’ soccer coach in spring. Set-up artist Saunders is a key in distributing deft assists to Murphy and J. Mauricio, both second-team All-Dominion as juniors. “I wouldn’t put it past them (Mauricio, Murphy) to be first-team this year,” said Petrino. J. Mauricio, born in California of Filipino bloodlines, is a 6-2, 168-pound bundle of fast-twitch muscle fiber, with body fat of a cheetah. “Jonathan’s a powerhouse hitter … our best player, hands down,” said Petrino. “I know baseball is his go-to sport … but for us, he really hits it hard.” Several of Mauricio’s 15 kills versus Cosby were of the emphatic “take that!” variety, followed by a glare. “I’m just trying to make a mark,” said Mauricio, as soft spoken away from the action as he is dynamic in the fray. Crashing the Dominion “party” is no easy task. Dominion District is the “big leagues” of volleyball in Virginia. Since inception of state playoffs, Dominion schools have seven State AAA crowns. Monacan won it all in 1998 and ’02; Clover Hill was champ in ’01, ’05 and ’09; James River took top honors the past two autumns. Manchester has been a lesser light, largely due to an absence of club-level talent. “We don’t have a lot of club players … so we make up for it by working harder in practice,” said Saunders. For the most part, the Lancers grew up with a full course of baseball. They’ve ordered volleyball as an autumn side dish. There is a tight connection between the two sports at MHS. Asked about his volleyball origins, J. Mauricio replied: “I came out because (baseball) coach Saunders asked; he said they needed players.” Hard-swinging Mauricio is the kind of “pinch hitter” any volleyball squad would relish.




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