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“TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR EDUCATION. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF.” Dr. Demetrius D. Venable

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Torski Dobson-Arnold, a native of Charles City County and Mechanicsville resident, visited Midlothian High School last week to talk about Rachel Joy Scott, the first student who was killed during the April 20, 1999, shooting massacre at Columbine High School and who is the inspiration for Rachel’s Challenge, a program whose mission is to eradicate bullying and violence.

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he story of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed during the April 20, 1999, shooting massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., has inspired millions through a program called Rachel’s Challenge. Last week, Rachel’s Challenge speaker Torski Dobson-Arnold presented Rachel’s story at five Chesterfield County Schools, including Midlothian High School. Dobson-Arnold said Rachel, a 17-year-old senior, was sitting outside eating lunch on that fateful day in 1999, when she and 11 other students and one teacher were gunned down by classmates Eric Harris and Dylan

As part of The HistoryMakers program, Dr. Demetrius D. Venable, professor of physics at Howard University, spoke to students at Chesterfield Community High School last week.

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education at American University where he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in the subject. uring a talk last week at Chesterfield ComHe took a lucrative position with IBM, but told the munity High School, noted physicist Dr. students that, after a period of time, he discovered he Demetrius D. Venable told students that the wanted to become a teacher. His first teaching position formula for success is simple. was at Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville. He went “Education is the key,” he said. on to teach at Hampton Institute – now Hampton His visit to the Chesterfield school was sponsored University – where he played a key role in establishing by The HistoryMakers program, which features black the school’s doctorate program in physics, according to leaders who have achieved success and made history The HistoryMakers website – www.thehistorymakers. during their careers. com/. A native and resident of Powhatan County, he said Venable went to work for Howard University in his father taught him math at Pocahontas High School, 1995, where he is professor of physics. One of his which served as the inspiration for the career that he focuses is in atmospheric research to aid in weather chose. prediction. He is the recipient of the White House Venable, 64, earned an undergraduate degree in physics from Virginia State in 1970, and continued his PHYSICIST page 5

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Practice an escape plan during Fire Prevention Week BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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oes your family rehearse its fire drills regularly throughout the year? During Fire Prevention Week, a national observance that occurs from Sunday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 13, it might be a good idea to review your home escape plan. Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services said that fire activity doesn’t necessarily increase during autumn when compared to other seasons. He said that cooking fires are the biggest cause of fires both in Chesterfield and in the United States FIRE page 3

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Shredding event to fight identity theft Central Virginia region throughout the month. dentity theft is steadily on the rise The National Crime Prevention these days, but the Shred Identity Council started the observance in 1984, Theft event that will be held from and, since then, it has been the official 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. month for celebrating and recognizing 6, at Westchester Commons Shopthe practice of crime prevention. ping Center at 201 Perimeter Drive in According to Shred-It’s website, the Midlothian will help local residents to Federal Trade Commission estimates combat the of crime. that nearly 9 million Americans fall October is Crime Prevention Month victim to identity theft each year. and this upcoming event is one of many With the influx of new technology, activities that will take place in the there are more contemporary ways BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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for criminals to steal information, but paper is still one of the biggest threats to personal security. For that reason, paper shredding events like the one that will be presented on Saturday will be hosted throughout the month by the Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Prince George County and City of Richmond Police Departments and the Dinwiddie and Hanover County Sheriffs’ Offices SHREDDING page 3

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ppington Plantation’s past will be celebrated during the Eppington Heritage Day celebration that will be presented from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 14602 Eppes Falls Road in Chesterfield. Sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia in partnership with Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, the event allows participants to tour the plantation house and see what it would have been like to live during the property’s heyday. Eppington Plantation is a circa 1765 plantation and the estate’s house was constructed by its original

‘Madness’ fitness event comes to John Tyler BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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ost fitness events begin in the morning, but the Full Moon Madness event that takes place annually at John Tyler Community College’s Midlothian campus is one of the few that starts in the afternoon. The event, which began in 2010, includes a 5K and a 1-Mile Moonwalk, and this year’s installment will occur on Saturday, Oct. 6. Full Moon Madness will be presented from 4 to 7 p.m. at 800 Charter Colony Park-

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way in Midlothian. The 5K starts at 2:30 p.m. The Moonwalk begins at 4:30 p.m. According to Abbi Leinwand, the director of development for the John Tyler Community College Foundation, the event is a fundraiser that benefits the college’s student population. Leinwand said proceeds will help JTCC’s undergraduates in several ways. “We were looking to raise funds for John Tyler students and encourage a healthy MADNESS page 6

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Dr. Ramesh Kundur is the primary physician at Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists.

Heart specialist opens new location in Midlothian BY EMILY DARRELL Powhatan Today

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heart attack. For many people, this is the first not-sosubtle symptom of heart disease. Yet, just because a person may not have clear-cut signals of heart trouble doesn’t mean a doctor can’t identify warning signs or risk factors. This is why groups like Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists (VCS) see diagnostic centers – like the one that opened on Monday, Oct. 1, in Midlothian – as so important. The 6,000-square-foot office will replace a much smaller VCS center at 13360 Hull St. The new location is staffed by a rotating pool of seven cardiac specialists, including the center’s primary physician, Dr. Ramesh Kundur, and offers diagnostic tools such echocardiograms, stress testing and EKGs (electrocardiography). Kundur said people with a family history of heart disease – but without any symptoms – should con-

sider getting screened. The other biggest risk factors, he said, are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Any person with more than one risk factor, he said, should consider having a stress test or another diagnostic procedure. Kundur said many people associate heart disease with chest pains; however, he said many sufferers have no chest pain but experience other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea and even jaw pain. VCS, which has eight offices in the Richmond area, sees mostly patients who have been referred from primary care physicians. On Oct. 13, and again on Nov. 3, the new VCS office will offer an open house from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will have the chance to get their cholesterol and blood pressure tested, their body mass index taken, and will be evaluated for circulatory problems. All testing is free. To make an appointment, call Julie Miller at 804-5215815.

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he James River High School Regiment took its show on the road, performing for several Chesterfield County Elementary Schools. The Regiment marching band visited Crestwood and Bon Air Elementary Schools on Sept. 12 and Robious, Greenfield, and Bettie Weaver Elementary Schools on Sept. 27. All children from these schools were treated to a performance by the Regiment of their 2012 show, “A Magical Celebration.� The show includes tunes from Fantasmic, Part of Your World, Zip-A-DeeDoh-Dah, Mickey Mouse March, and Beauty and the Beast. Fifth-graders at each of these

schools also were given the opportunity to step inside the Regiment’s impressive 52-foot instrument and equipment trailer. Band director Keith Cottrill said, “It’s great to share this musical experience with the kids. I love seeing how excited they get when we march in and start playing. “It is a great deal of work putting these trips together and a huge time

commitment from the members of the Regiment but it is worth every minute if we can continue to keep students interested in being part of the band program.� Members of the Regiment perform their show during football halftimes and at regional competitions throughout the fall. This year’s state competition is on Oct. 20 and the Regiment hopes to earn a superior rating to remain eligible for Honor Band status. The James River Regiment has been a Virginia Honor Band, the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, for the past 18 years. It is one of only three high schools in Virginia that has held the Honor Band status for every year of its existence.

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he Midlothian High School Trojan Marching Band will present its Sixth Annual Showcase of Bands at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the school at 401 Charter Colony Parkway in Midlothian. Thirteen high school marching bands from around the commonwealth will present their 2012 field shows in competition. The bands represent Atlee High

School, New Kent High School, Warwick High School, Charlottesville High School, Albermarle High School, Meadowbrook High School, Matoaca High School, Monacan High School, Cosby High School, Manchester High School, Glen Allen High School, Prince George High School and Robert E. Lee High School. The Midlothian High School Marching Trojans will perform last, in exhibition.

The event will culminate with all bands – more than 750 student musicians – on the field for the presentation of awards. This is the only marching band competition held in Chesterfield County. Admission is $7. Food and beverages will be available. For more information, contact Gordon Rawls, director of bands, at 804-378-2440, ext. 4136, or www. Midloband.org.

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owner, Francis Eppes VI, who was President Thomas Jefferson’s brotherin-law. Bryan Truzzie is the historic sites specialist for Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. He organized the Eppington Heritage Day event, and he has given tours of Eppington in the past. Truzzie said tours of the plantation house are rarely given. In fact, Eppington Heritage Day was first planned to make sure that tours were given to the public at least once a year. “Well, in the past, when the house was conveyed to Chesterfield County, the agreement was that the house would be open just one day a year,� Truzzie said. “That’s how the Heritage Day evolved.� “However, I do offer tours to the public throughout the year on a more common basis, but the house is only open to the public when I have scheduled tours. That’s why we only typically have it open for this event and during those tours.� Truzzie said most of the plantation house’s original structure has remained unrestored, which is why it is such a boon for attendees to be able to see its interior. He also said that the home has been used as a teaching tool for builders. “The public will have the opportunity to view a lot of the original structure of the house,� Truzzie said. “The original floors and woodwork remain.� “The house is not furnished or restored inside, so they will glimpse a house in its original condition, like when it was constructed in 1770. They will also see the wooden beam construction, and it’s rare to see that in a plantation house.� Paul Younger, a third-generation basket-weaver and Virginia resident, will be on hand to create and sell his baskets. He has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution because he

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Eppington Plantation is a circa 1765 plantation and the estate’s house was constructed by its original owner, Francis Eppes VI, who was President Thomas Jefferson’s brother-in-law.

continues to practice the craft. “Well, it’s very rare to find someone who still practices a lost art or a craft, such as basket-weaving,� Younger said. “It’s usually not passed down, and many people aren’t interested in carrying on that tradition.� Storytelling, children’s games and other types of craft demonstrations will take place during the proceedings. Also, the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historical Plants at Monticello, which is based in Charlottesville, will sell heirloom seeds. Truzzie said that food and beverages, such as barbecue sandwiches, soft drinks and water, will be provided for free. Carriage rides will be available for free from 1 to 3 p.m. “The operator ensures that everyone who wants one can get one,� Truzzie said. “They hold four to six people, and they will line up in front of Eppington.� “It’s usually one of the more enjoy-

able activities for the public. It stays right on the main grounds in front of Eppington, and it’ll make a large loop (around the property).� So, why should participants spend the afternoon at Eppington Plantation? Well, Truzzie said it’s a rare opportunity to see a historical home’s interior and there will be something for every member of the family to do. “I think it’s a really unique opportunity,� Truzzie said. “Everyone who has attended for a tour has remarked that it’s a beautiful house.� “It has a lot of charm, and to visit a house that has a connection to Thomas Jefferson isn’t something that people get to experience everyday. There’s something for everyone – music, living history and things for children to do.� Admission and parking are free. For more information about the event, visit www.chesterfieldva.com or call Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.


hire professionals to inspect their fireplaces before using them in the fall. Also, seemingly dormant ashes can become dangerous if they aren’t snuffed and contained properly. “Well, specifically, with fireplaces, we recommend that you get someone who is licensed to check it and inspect it once a year prior to using it,� Elmore said. “People dispose of the ashes improperly by putting them in paper bags for them to cool and catch the bag on fire, but they should dispose of them in a metal container, or make sure they’re cooled before putting them outside to avoid that.� There are other types of non-seasonal combustibles that can lead to home fires all year long. For instance, mulches and wood chips can ignite when they are exposed to open flames. “Anything that’s combustible when not used properly can be a fire hazard,� Elmore said. “We see a lot of times during summer, spring and fall that when people drop a cigarette in their mulch, and it will catch fire.� Although Elmore said gravel isn’t necessarily better to use than mulch in yards, gravel doesn’t ignite. “Well, for one it’s not a

SHREDDING from page 1 in concert with the Central Virginia Crime Prevention Association and Shred-It. Cpl. Mike Catron of the Chesterfield County Police Department said this is the first time the program will be offered at Westchester Commons Shopping Center. “Well, this is actually through the Central VA Crime Prevention Association, which we’re a part of,� Catron said. “So, each of us have scheduled Shred-It events in our own jurisdictions.� At this time, thieves are still more likely to rely on traditional methods such as paper to glean personal information because it is readily available. Therefore, it’s imperative that people destroy printed material that would-be thieves might be able to use to steal their personal information. It goes without saying that bank statements and credit card bills are just some of the examples of documents that should never fall into the hands of strangers. Bank account, credit card and social security numbers can help criminals to steal your identity and your hard-earned money. “Identity theft is the number one crime committed in the country today -- and the statistics are staggering,� Catron said. “It’s so important for people to be protective of their personal information.� “So many things that we receive, including our bills with our account numbers and credit card offers, can all be taken by individuals while they are going through our trash cans and in landfills and during home break-ins that can lead to other people to use your information,� Catron added. Although junk mail doesn’t necessarily lend as well to the execution of identity theft as other types of correspondences, it can be

combustible,� Elmore said. “We don’t recommend either one, but, with mulch, you have to take precautions.� “People smoke on their porches or decks, and mulch is made up of combustible products with wood chips, and we don’t want a small fire to turn into a larger fire,� Elmore added. So, what is the best way for people to dispose of cigarette butts? Although they often stomp them out and discard them on the ground, Elmore said that is one of the more dangerous ways to extinguish a cigarette. “Well, we recommend using some kind of containment device, like the kind that you might see outside of a building, or a metal bucket with sand in it,� Elmore said. “Use a proper ashtray inside the home that is glass or ceramic to properly put it out.� “But, don’t discard butts on the ground. A little bit of heat can cause a fire when they are discarded in the wrong place.� This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Have Two Ways Out.� Elmore said families should always have at least two escape routes to help them to exit each of the rooms in their homes. “That’s in reference to home escape fire plans, so

just as compromising since criminals can use it to plan and carry out their crimes. Catalogs might not include the kind of information that people need to make purchases with your bank account, but they can clue in criminals to your buying habits and potentially lead to property break-ins. “They aren’t as dangerous, but they might have your name and address, and that could certainly be a factor,� Catron said. “Certainly, looking at your mail says a lot about who you are.� “With breaking and entering, they have cased the neighborhood and they occur during the daytime and they look for easy targets where there aren’t a lot of people at home. A lot of that stuff can be recycled and that would be perfectly fine, but any bills, statements and credit card offers need to be destroyed.� Saturday’s event will help people to destroy their potentially malicious mail in a safe and structured way. Participants can bring up to two boxes that are 10�x13�x18� or up to three paper grocery bags of their personal information to be shredded for free. Catron said interested parties should follow the signs at Westchester Commons Shopping Center to find the location. “What we do is we shred the stuff while people are standing there,� Catron said. “It takes a few minutes to shred it, so that’s why we don’t want that much because it would be a huge line, but people can go through the line as many times as they want.� For more information about the event, call 804-501-4838 or visit http://westchestercommons.net/. For more information about Crime Prevention Month, visit www.ncpc.org.

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that people know at least two ways out of the home in every room,� Elmore said. “If it is ever impeded by fire, have two ways out.� Elmore also suggested that families practice fire drills at home regularly to know how long it will take to escape if a fire ever occurs. “Only one-third of Americans have ever practiced an escape plan, and we want people to practice and be able to execute that plan,� Elmore said. “Kids practice them several times (a year) at school, but you should practice them (at home) at least twice a year.� “The most important part of having the escape plan is that everyone has an operating smoke detector on at least every level of the house. Having a working smoke alarm reduces risk of being killed inside the house.� For more fire safety tips from Chesterfield Fire and Emergency Medical Services, visit chesterfield.gov. For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at www.nfpa.org.

    

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he information came first, as many other things do these days, via twitter: George Huguely, the former UVa. student convicted of the 2010 killing of his former girlfriend, was being transferred to a correctional facility in Powhatan. There is nothing particularly noteworthy about this. Powhatan has more than its share of correctional facilities and a correctional facility is exactly where, by the court’s estimation and that of most others familiar with the case, George Huguely should be. In fact, it is Huguely’s name and not his location that serves as a jarring reminder of an issue that continues to plague so many. Huguely’s crime – he was accused of slamming fellow student Yeardley Love so hard against a wall during an argument that she later died of her injuries – is just another example of was has come to be termed “intimate partner violence.” According to a 2010 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, over one-third of

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women in the United States –and one-quarter of men –have reported suffering some kind of relationship violence. While the numbers are staggering, the reaction is often somewhat subdued. If it isn’t happening to us, some seem to think, there isn’t much we can do. As we enter October, designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it is time to renew our commitment as a community to do whatever it takes to change these statistics. Facing an epidemic that it is often so difficult to wrap our arms around (so many victims hide the signs of violence or abuse out of fear of retribution, or simply out of embarrassment) it may be impossible to ever eradicate it completely. What we can do, however, is to make sure that we are watching for the signs of abuse in the people we love, and make sure we are waiting with open arms when they reach out for help. Domestic violence is not something that affects only the poor, or those from fractured families. It is not a class issue, or a race issue or a gender issue – it is a community issue. And, as a community, we must confront it.

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23112 Sept. 16 3600 block of Lonas Parkway Known suspect attempted to enter Haley Toyota and several vehicles. Miscellaneous items and a 2012 Toyota were stolen and recovered.

Sept. 19 3700 block of South Old Hundred Road Miscellaneous items, consumable goods and items in the currency/ notes category were reported stolen from Swift Creek Middle School.

Sept. 21 3700 block of South Old Hundred Road Items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen from Swift Creek Middle School.

Sept. 22 13200 block of Court Ridge Road Report of identify fraud at a residence. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen. 10900 block of Hull Street Road Report of vandalism of a vehicle in a parking lot/garage. 6500 block of Woodlake Village Court Report of vandalism of a vehicle at a residence.

CHALLENGE from page 1 Klebold who also took their own lives. While Rachel’s life was cut short, her actions, writing and artwork serve as the foundation for a platform to eradicate bullying and violence. Rachel wrote that “People will never how far a little kindness can go,” Dobson-Arnold said to those gathered in the Midlothian High School auditorium. Dobson-Arnold said Darrell Scott, Rachel’s father, started Rachel’s Challenge in an effort to share his daughter’s message to inspire others to be kind and compassionate. Rachel had five challenges she wrote for people to strive to achieve, which Dobson-Arnold focused on during her presentation that included videos and photos of Rachel and her family and friends. Rachel’s first challenge is to look for the best in others, Dobson-Arnold said. The second challenge is to dream big. “I won’t be labeled as average,” Rachel wrote, Dobson-Arnold said. Rachel’s third challenge, Dobson-Arnold said, is to choose positive influences in life, which includes those with whom you associate. Rachel was profoundly influenced by civil rights leader Martin Luther King and Anne Frank, who wrote about living in fear as a Jew in Nazi Germany in the book, “The Diary of a Young Girl.” Somewhat ironic, Dobson-Arnold said, is that April 20 is the birthday of Nazi leader Adolph Hitler. Rachel reached out to students with special needs, new students and students who were being bullied. Her fourth challenge is to speak with kindness, Dobson-Arnold said. Rachel’s fifth challenge is to start your own chain reaction of kindness by reaching out to the people who are the most important to you, Dobson-Arnold added. At the conclusion of her presentation, Dobson-Arnold received a standing ovation. A man whose granddaughter attends Midlothian High was moved to tears and went to the front of the auditorium and hugged Dobson-Arnold following the presentation. Rebecca Mosher attended with her husband Russ. Their son Tad is a junior at Midlothian and helped to bring Rachel’s Challenge to the school. “It was inspirational,” Rebecca said of the presentation. “I think the kids will realize that they need to do nice things for each other

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23113 Sept. 8 2700 block of London Park Drive Report of identity fraud at a residence. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Sept. 19 11800 block of Winfore Drive Items in the currency/notes category were reported stolen from a residence.

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Midlothian High School juniors Katrina Leser, left, and Lauren Martin, both 16, sign the “I Accept Rachel’s Challenge” banner that hangs in one of school’s hallways.

and to make the world a better place.” One of the most poignant moments for her, she added, was when Dobson-Arnold showed a photo of a drawing Rachel made shortly before her death of 13 tears – the exact number of those who were killed – flowing from a set of eyes and watering a rose. “It took my breath away,” Rebecca said, fighting back her own tears. “It was inspiring. It’s amazing that she was put where she was for a certain reason.” Torski Dobson-Arnold, 36, a native of Charles City County and a Mechanicsville resident, said she is one of 50 speakers who travel the nation sharing Rachel’s Challenge. “I like the impact that Rachel’s story makes on the hearts of young people,” she said. “I like it when someone that’s been going through something and may have been deemed a ‘bully’ by his or her peers now says, ‘I can do something different now. I can use that energy for good,’ and Rachel gives them almost an action plan or a process by which to use all that energy to impact someone positively versus a negative way. So I love it when the lightswitch kind of goes on for young people.” Shawn Abel, who is in his first year as principal at Midlothian, said Rachel’s Challenge has had a significant impact on the school and that students have started a Friends of Rachel Club like other schools across the country. Dobson-Arnold spoke to Midlothian students during school last Wednesday before her public presentation that evening.

“This is my fourth time seeing it tonight,” said Malcolm Stewart, a 16-year-old junior. “It was still as impactful as the other times.” Stewart said the notion “that you don’t have to be rich, you don’t have to be famous to make an impact on the world” is what stood out to him most. Those who attended the presentation were encouraged to sign a banner hanging in a hallway that said, “I Accept Rachel’s Challenge.” Juniors Katrina Leser and Lauren Martin, both 16, signed the banner and said the presentation made a lasting impression on them. “It made a huge difference,” Leser said. “I know I moved here [from Georgia] when I was in the sixth grade and I have that experience being the new girl where no one really noticed you, but – now that I have my group of friends – I want to stop that feeling of being the new kid and reach out to other new kids who are moving here now and just make high school the experience it should be.” Rachel’s Challenge is already having an affect on Midlothian High School, Martin said. “I really loved it,” she said. “I’ve been here since I was in kindergarten so I grew up in the area. I’ve noticed like all the cliques and it’s pretty much been since elementary school. Everyone’s been the same group of friends. So I think the whole program’s bringing our school together and separating the cliques and bringing everyone together as a family.” For more information about Rachel’s Challenge, visit www. rachelschallenge.org/.

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Sept. 22 11300 block of Midlothian Turnpike Report of counterfeiting at Avis Car Rental and Target. Miscellaneous items were reported stolen. 1400 block of Johnston-Willis Drive Jewelry and precious metals were reported stolen from Johnston-Willis Hospital.

Sept. 23 7600 block of Hull Street Road Motor scooter stolen by a known suspect from a residence was recovered in Richmond.

23236 Sept. 19 9300 block of Ramsgate Lane Unknown suspect/s entered possible unlocked residence. Items in the TVs/radios/cameras/computers category were reported stolen.

23832 Sept. 1 3700 block of Malbon Way Unknown suspect/s entered residence with no sign of forced entry. Household goods were reported stolen.

Sept. 22 13800 block of Village Place Drive Possession of synthetic drugs reported in the highway/road/alley of Midlothian Village.

Sept. 23 1500 block of Tackley Place Manufacture of marijuana reported at a residence.

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Sept. 13 7600 block of Barkbridge Road Unknown suspect/s forced entry through garage door of a vacant residence and vandalized the interior of the garage. No items were reported stolen.

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Sept. 21 10300 block of Courthouse Road Report of felonious assault at Lloyd C. Bird High School. 14300 block of Fox Club Parkway Report of vandalism of a vehicle in the highway/road/alley of Cosby High School.

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Annual pansy sale blooms through Oct.19 www.mtmfoundation.org/support-us. inistering to Ministers The last day to order is Friday, Oct. 12. Foundation’s 2nd Annual Pick-up day will be from 10 a.m. to 4 Pansy Sale is underway p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at 501 Branchand will run through Oct. way Road in North Chesterfield, just off 19. The 6-inch pansies will arrive on Oct. of Courthouse Road near Chesterfield 19. Towne Centre. Pansies are known for their hardiness “We are looking forward to another and ability to produce flowers of striksuccessful year as we minister to these ing beauty even in harsh weather and wounded servants and we appreciate adversity. all your support in helping Ministering The pansy is named from the French to Ministers Foundation achieve their word “pensee,� meaning thoughts, in mission,� said Charles Chandler, execuparticular the thoughts of loved ones. tive director of Ministering to Ministers The myth grew that you could see a Foundation and founding Trustee. loved one in the face of the pansy. For more than 18 years, MinisterPansy orders may be place online at ing 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.

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PHYSICIST from page 1 Initiative Science and Technology Advisory Committee’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Science and Technology. “It’s important at your age that you define success correctly,� Venable said, adding that real success is making a difference in life. “Give back to your community,� he said. He told the students to adopt a realistic model of where they want to go and that, in order to understand the world around you, you must become educated. “Take ownership of your education,� he said. “Never give up on yourself.� Librarian Carol DeMasi Glatt said

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about 100 students at Chesterfield Community High School attended Venable’s talk “This is our second year with The HistoryMakers program and it really gives our kids a chance to feel like there’s people outside of us who care about them,� she said. “They care enough to come to our school and talk to them about serious matters.� Some of the students took Venable’s message to heart. “It inspired me a lot,� 15-year-old 9th-grader Wesley Luck said. “I wasn’t going to go to college, but now I’m going to go to college for engineering and be a mechanic one day hopefully. He

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CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, this week is not the time to harbor secrets. It’s a good policy to always be open and honest with the people with whom you interact on a regular basis.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you are ready to take a leap of faith, but make sure your parachute is on before you do so. Sometimes you tend to err on the side of risky.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, reach out to friends and family members for some support. A helping hand always can lift the spirits, and those closest to you will be happy to help.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, allow a friend to be the center of attention so he or she can enjoy his or her moments in the sun at an upcoming social event. Your magnetism can be addicting.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, sometimes you take on too much. But you have a funny way of making it all work out. You will find this to be the case with a situation that presents itself this week.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you are strong and determined, so the obstacles that arise this week will be no match for you. Just keep up the positive thinking and you will prevail.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, all that time and effort you put into past projects is certainly paying off now. It probably feels good to be back in the game and going along successfully.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, if you keep pushing someone to their limits you may not be happy with the results. It might be a better plan to go with a softer method of inspiration.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you are ready for a change, but haven’t zeroed in on just what to do as of yet. A deep conversation later this week just might reveal all of the answers. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 It’s best to act while your motivation is high, Aquarius. Otherwise you are prone to extended periods of inactivity. Make the most of your productive moments. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you serve as educator this week, and it suits you just fine. It boosts your spirits to help others in unique ways.

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Artist and Midlothian resident Marta Downs’ landscapes portray rural Virginia, including the Old Church area of Hanover County where she used to reside. The two paintings seen here are titled ‘The Green Cathedral’ (above) and ‘Nature’s Patterns and Abstractions’ (below).

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Midlothian-based artist continues to use an area of Hanover County that was her home for more than 20 years. Marta Downs said most of her landscape portraits portray rural Virginia, especially the Old Church area, where she formerly resided. The years in Old Church, she said, are “some of the most influential and endearing times of my life.” On Friday, Sept. 28, Downs’ works will be fea“Nature’s Patterns and tured in Richmond’s Solo Abstractions” will open at Exhibition. Art Works’ Centre Gallery in

Richmond. Downs, who is known for her vivid landscape paintings

and fluid watercolors, will have 12 oils featured. She said they were selected because they represent her “love of nature, through the use of both abstract and natural forms.” She has painted for more than 25 years and her pieces can be found in several private and corporate collections. “I am pleased to showcase my paintings at Art Works, which has been a staple of the Richmond art scene for many years,” she said. For more information about Marta Downs and her work, go to www.fineartbymarta.net.

ondering if the snake you’ve seen in your backyard is venomous, or if a lizard would make a good pet? Learn the answers from Jessi Sakiewicz, the head of Rockwood Nature Center’s animal care team, at two programs this fall: “It’s a Snake!” on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and “My Kid Wants a Lizard!” on Tuesday, Nov. 6. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, discover how to tell the difference between venomous and nonvenomous species, learn about snake behavior and get tips on pet snakes. Participants also will be able to interact with the reptiles in the Rockwood Nature Center. If your child has been

asking for a pet lizard, or already has one, learn all about keeping a lizard from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. Participants will receive hands-on instruction and information about feeding and food types, different kinds of housing, lighting requirements, and how to handle the most commonly available reptiles. This program is recommended for kids and adults aged 7 and older. Each program is $5 per person, and registration is required. To register for “It’s a Snake!” (course 26017) or “My Kid Wants a Lizard!” (course 26019), call 804748-1623. The Rockwood Nature Center is located in Rockwood Park at 3401 Courthouse Road in North Chesterfield.

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he Chesterfield County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a series of free lawn and landscape seminars this month. From learning about the fitness benefits of gardening to discovering native plants, novice and experienced gardeners will appreciate these seminars. Backyard Smorgasbord – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Meadowdale Library. Discover how to create enjoyable and environmentally friendly backyard habitats.

Your New Tree – 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, at Central Library. Learn about selecting, planting and caring for a new tree. Gardening and Fitness – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Midlothian Library. Gardening may be the bestkept secret to getting and staying in shape. Native Gardening – 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at Chester Library. Learn about native plants in natural landscapes, and preserving and restoring native plants into gardens. To register for any of the seminars, call 804-751-4401.

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he Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a series of fitness classes this fall at the Bensley Community Building at 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road.

For more information, contact David Potter at 804275-5321. To register, call 804-7481623. Zumba – Come join one of the newest trends in aerobics, Zumba. This cardio-interval class promotes agility

and endurance while it tones muscles. Class will be taught by a certified Zumba trainer. Classes will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays Nov. 7 through Dec. 12. The cost is $45. Course 25704 Daytime Fitness – For $35

a month, participants can take as many daytime fitness classes as they want. Classes include aerobics, body toning, Pilates and yoga. Participants must register one week prior to the start of class to ensure class minimums are met.

MADNESS from page 1 community and we wanted to bring people on campus,” Leinwand said. “The event is called Full Moon Madness, so we wanted to do it in the evening, and we wanted to provide a safe environment for children to participate in Halloween activities as well.” “Proceeds go towards scholarships, equipment for classrooms, and the student emergency fund, and with other needs. So, there are a variety of ways that we distribute those funds to the students.” Leinwand said the reason Full Moon Madness includes both a run and a walk is because the college wanted to host an all-ages affair where children and adults would have a chance to participate in fitness activities together. “We wanted the 1-Mile (Moonwalk) to be family-friendly so the whole family could participate,” Leinwand said. “The 5K is more oriented to the adult population.” The 5K will begin on the JTCC campus near the administration building off Woolridge Road. The track will take a detour through the adjacent Charter Colony neighborhood, but Leinwand said it isn’t a particularly precarious path. “They will go off-campus before going back onto campus,” Leinwand said. “It is a road race, so we’re not taking people off-road, but it’s not a treacherous course at all.” The top three overall men and women, the first place overall male and female masters, which includes participants between the ages of 40 to 55, and the top three male and female finishers in 11 different five-year age groups that start at age 19 will all win awards. Leinwand said the top three overall men and women will get trophies and additional prizes and that all of the other winners will receive ribbons.

Aerobics meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Body toning meets from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pilates meets from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Fridays. Yoga meets from 11:45

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Full Moon Madness will be presented from 4 to 7 p.m. at 800 Charter Colony Parkway in Midlothian. The 5K starts at 2:30 p.m. The Moonwalk begins at 4:30 p.m.

The 1-Mile Moonwalk is a less strenuous stretch aimed at parents and kids, and participants can complete that walk while wearing a costume. “You can do it without one, but we want to give them the option that they will be welcome to,” Leinwand said. A collection of the Central Virginia region’s favorite sports mascots will be on hand to participate in the 1-Mile Moonwalk. Nutzy the Flying Squirrel, Parker the Pig and Zinger from the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team will do the walk along with attendees. The Full Moon Madness event will actually kick off after the 5K and 1-mile Moonwalk conclude, and, at that time, there will be plenty of things for families to do together. The Richmond-based children’s performance group, Silly Bus, will perform, and Leinwand said that JTCC’s theater students will operate the Fright Night featuring Howl-O-Scream Haunted House. And, in response to the health theme, blood pressure, glucose checks, pulse oxymetry and stress assessments

will be available at the Moonlight Clinic. Crafts, face-painting and the Trickor-Treat Trail are just some of the other available attractions, and there will be a costume contest for children, adults and pets. Leinwand said those animals should be leashed during the competition. Full Moon Madness is considered a can’t-miss fitness event for the JTCC community and for the public alike. “Well it’s a great way to support John Tyler students and to get fit at the same time,” Leinwand said. For the 5K, registration is $25 for adults, $20 for military personnel and veterans, $20 for JTCC alumni and students, and $20 for youth ages 13 to 17. For the Moonwalk, registration is $15 for adults, $8 for military personnel and veterans, $8 for JTCC alumni and students, and $8 for youth ages 13 to 17, and $8 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit John Tyler Community College’s website at http://www.jtcc.edu/fullmoon or call 804-594-1476.

rethren, directed by Patrick Vaughn, will be presented by Concerts for a Cause at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Salisbury Presbyterian Church at 13621 W. Salisbury Rd. in Midlothian. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit The Families of the Wounded Fund

Based in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., area, the professional Christian male ensemble is comprised of 30 singers from all walks of life. Their repertoire is eclectic and encompasses all mainstream genres of choral music – from Renaissance polyphony to traditional hymnody to spirituals to patriotic standards to southern gospel.

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Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 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.

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The New Virginians, a club for women new to the Richmond area in the last two years, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct.10, at Hermitage Country Club at 1248 Hermitage Road in Manakin-Sabot. The guest speaker will be 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. For more information, contact membership@thenewva.org.


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Harvest Party features famous wine-flavored ice cream and we are a very small family farm winery,” Jelpema said. or wine lovers, the “We do a couple of wines that annual grape harvest are in a different form that is something to what other people do.” celebrate, and that “We do straightforward moment will be the focus wines that retain the fruitiness of the Woodland Vineyard of the wine. We have a Vidal Harvest Party that will be Blanc that we do dry, and presented from noon to 5 we have a dry white merlot, p.m. The Woodland Vinewhich is fairly unusual.” yard Harvest Party will get “We have a lot of different underway at 15501 Genito styles that taste different than Road in Midlothian from 12 other wineries. And, we try to noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, retain the fruit character of Oct. 6, at Woodland Vineyard the wines.” in Midlothian. But, since wine producMelissa Jelpema, the owner tion is Woodland’s primary of Woodland Vineyard, will function, the vineyard is only host the event. open to the public on three Over the years, the occasions during the year. winery has left its mark on Along with the tour that hapMidlothian’s local landscape. pens every year in March and Its products are distinctive, the open house that occurs in down to the labels on its December, the annual Harvest bottles, which were designed Party is one of the few times by Jelpema’s daughter, Megan of the year that tastings are Witherspoon. held at Woodland Vineyard. “Well, first, we’re the only Although there won’t one in Chesterfield County, be a tour of the facility on BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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Saturday, Jelpema said visitors will be able to learn about wine fermentation during the event. “We’ll have some fermented juice in the tasting room that they can look at or take a small taste to see what very newly fermented wine tastes like,” Jelpema said. One of the Harvest Party’s highlights is the wine-flavored ice cream that Jelpema produces once a year for participants who attend the fall event. The sweet substance, which she said tastes a lot like butter pecan, is handmade in an old-fashioned ice cream maker. “It’s well-known among the people that come,” Jelpema said. “And, it’s just the one day that we give everybody a small cup of ice cream, so it’s something extra that we make.” The ingredients are simple, but – because it isn’t an ice cream flavor that people will

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find on their local grocery store shelves – sampling it should be a real treat for attendees on Saturday afternoon. “You take cream, vanilla, sugar, some toasted pecans, some of the Vidal Blanc, mix up it and put it in an ice cream maker,” Jelpema said. “You put ice around it, and it turns it into ice cream.” Jelpema said the atmosphere is relaxing during the Harvest Party. Sipping wine with a group of friends is considered by many a perfect activity for a crisp fall day, and Saturday provides an opportunity to also support an area vineyard. “It’s very casual,” Jelpema said. “People come in do a tasting, buy a bottle or get some glasses, and they come out here and enjoy the nice weather.” For more information, call 804-739-2774 or visit www. woodlandvineyard.com.

Swift Creek Home Educators sponsor ‘Success Seminar’ study. You’ll learn where to get help, how to schedule important testing, and how to develop an acceptable transcript. Home Educators Association of Virginia is a member-supported, statewide, non-profit homeschool association. Since 1983, HEAV has worked to promote and protect home education in Virginia by working with the Department of Education and legislators, having a presence during the General Assembly sessions, and providing up-to-date information to homeschooling families, the media and officials. The seminar is free to the public. Childcare will not be provided. For more information, contact Donna of Swift Creek Home Educators at 804-739-6848.

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wift Creek Home Educators will host a Success Seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Swift Creek Baptist Church at 7511 N. Spring Run in Midlothian. In the seminar, Yvonne Bunn, director of homeschool support for Home Educators Association of Virginia, will be the keynote speaker. Having graduated three homeschooled high schoolers and dealt regularly with college admissions officers through her work with HEAV, she will clarify important high school questions and share practical ways to implement an effective high school program. Whether your student plans to go to college, join the military, or enter the workforce, this will help in developing a well-planned high school course of

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n addition to rigorous and relevant instruction in every school, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers high school students the opportunity to attend specialty centers and governor’s schools that target specific interests. Students apply during eighth grade, so middle school students and parents interested in learning more about these high school opportunities are invited to information fairs and open houses. For the 2013-2014 school year, Chesterfield County Public Schools will open its 12th specialty center — the Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center at Monacan High — which will hold an open house at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Information fairs offer general information and give families a chance to visit booths, ask questions and pick up information. Every specialty center, both

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governor’s schools, the Chesterfield Technical Center and CCPSOnline will participate in these information fairs:  6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, at Clover Hill High at 13301 Kelly Green Lane.  6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Thomas Dale High at 3626 W. Hundred Road. During open houses, indepth information is available

about each site:  7 p.m. Oct. 16 for the Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center at James River High at 3700 James River Road.  7 p.m. Oct. 18 for the International Baccalaureate Program at Meadowbrook High at 4901 Cogbill Road.  7 p.m. Oct. 18 for the International Baccalaure-

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The Bon Air Baptist Church Moms of Tots to Teens (MOTTS) group meets from 10 a.m. 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@ aol.com. The Al-Anon meeting Awaken to Hope meets at 7:30 p.m. 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.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6 The Richmond 41st Antique Bottle Show and Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield. Admission is $3. Early admission opens at 7:30 a.m. The cost for early admission is $10. For more information, e-mail RichBottleClub@comcast.net or call either Ed Faulkner at 804-739-2951 or call Marvin Croker at 804-275-1101. An Agile Writers seminar is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at Martin’s Food Market at 2250 John Rolfe Parkway in Richmond. The title of the seminar is “Write Your First Draft Novel in 6 Months” presented by writing coach Greg Smith. The cost is $29 at the door, which includes a free workbook. For more information, visit http:// writersclub.us.

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 will be 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. For more information, contact membership@thenewva.org.

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 American Legion Post 186 will present a Bingo Event and Vendor Show at 901 Otterdale Rd. in Midlothian. Doors open at 2 p.m. and games start at 3 p.m. Prizes include gift cards, vendor’s choice and gift baskets. RSVP is required as seating is limited. Concessions will be open. No outside food or drink will be allowed. For more information, contact Ann Robins at 804-794-9785 or e-mail post186brick@yahoo. com. A multi-reunion for the Thomas Dale High School classes of 1969-1975 is scheduled from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center of India in Chester. For more information, contact Kathy Dosier Canada at 804-241-2811 or at tdknightreunion@verizon.net. An Agile Writers workshop is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at Martin’s Food Market at 11361 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. The title of the seminar is “The First Sixty Pages” presented by writing coach Greg Smith. The cost is $29. For more information, visit http://writersclub.us.

SUNDAY, OCT. 14 The Bon Air Volunteer Fire Department/Station 4 will hold its annual open house from 1

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TUESDAY, OCT. 16 The Jubilation Senior Adult Community Choir will present a free concert at 11 a.m. at Salisbury Presbyterian Church at 13621 W. Salisbury Road in Midlothian. The music varies from sacred and secular to patriotic and show tunes. For more information, call the church office at 794-5311.

SATURDAY, OCT. 20 The Chesterfield County Public Library and the Friends of the Chesterfield County Public Library will present the annual Teen Read Week Masquerade from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Central Library. The theme for this year’s masquerade is “Once Upon a Time,” featuring dancing, games, food, a photo booth, door prizes and a jousting game. A NOOK Tablet will be awarded as a grand prize. Attire is formal, semi-formal or costume, and masks are encouraged for everyone. This program is for middle and high school students. Register online at library.chesterfield. gov. For more information, call 804-751-4401. Saturday, Oct. 27 Agile Writers will sponsor “Marketing Demographics for Your Book” from 1 to 3 p.m.

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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. FACESVA.org. 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. 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.

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Jim Ryan, 53, and his daughter Teri Ryan, 23, both insist they won’t try to “one-up” each other in the Martin’s Tour of Richmond cycling event on Saturday. PHOTO BY KENNY MOORE

Austin Jones (right) of James River picks up the fumble and runs it in for the Rapids’ only score of the game.

BIRDS OF PREY Skyhawks soar over Rapids, claw out 42-6 win fense and soon faded. The Skyhawks won the coin-toss o matter what the James but elected to let James River open River defense tried, L.C. the game on offense. The Rapids went L.C. Bird 14 7 14 7 — 42 Bird’s offense seemed to three and out, punting away to the James River 0 0 0 6 — 6 have an answer. Skyhawks. LCB — Payne 33-yard pass from When the Rapids came out geared It took L.C. Bird just seven plays Ervin (Ayala kick) toward stopping the run, Skyhawks’ before Ervin connected with junior quarterback Terrance Ervin torched Shawn Payne on a 33-yard touchdown LCB — Robertson 18-yard run (Ayala kick) the opposing secondary. When they completion. Kicker Jose Ayala drilled focused on slowing the passing game, the point after and the Skyhawks were LCB — Worsham 18-yard pass running backs Ryland Johnson and up 7-0. from Ervin (Ayala kick) Paul Robertson still managed to find James River, on their next two ofholes through which to run. fensive possessions, had to punt the LCB — Williams 7-yard run (Ayala kick) “Our goal coming in was try and football away and fumbled the football slow down the game, limit their posaway, the first of three fumbles of the LCB — Lassiter 7-yard run (Ayala sessions and we did that, “ Rapids head game for the Rapids. kick) coach Greg DeFrancesco said. “They The Rapids on offense attempted only had seven possessions the entire just three passes the entire game, two JR — Jennings 86-yard fumble return (kick blocked) football game. The problem was that of those coming from junior Christian they still scored on six of those and that Redman who was making the start in LCB — Pointer 29-yard fumble wasn’t part of the plan.” place of an injured Mac Caple who was return (Ayala kick) L.C. Bird (4-0, 3-0), which has outnursing a lingering ankle injury. scored its four opponents 123-31 this “We changed some things offenseason, cruised to another lopsided vicsively to fit Christian that were more tory in last Friday’s Dominion District David Bedwell said. “Our quarterback in his wheelhouse,” said DeFrancesco. match-up, scoring five unanswered “Christian’s passing game was not threw the ball well, and the receivers touchdowns en route to a 42-6 win where he wanted it to be or where we made some plays.” over the Rapids. wanted it to be. We knew we weren’t L.C. Birds running game, led by “We’ve just been pounding the ball going to fool anybody with that, so we Johnson’s 74-yard rushing perforthe last two weeks,” said Ervin, who mance, was just as effective. Robertson, decided just to line up and run the ball finished with two touchdown passes. and try and keep it out of Bird’s hands a 5-11, 185-pound senior ran for 57 “They stacked the box and we started a little bit.” yards and a touchdown, while Lionel airing it out. We caught balls, ran good Williams, also a senior, racked up 34 L.C. Bird meanwhile found the end routes and threw good passes. It all zone on both of their next two offenyards and a score. J.C. Thompson, a clicked tonight.” diminutive 5-7, 150-pound junior con- sive possessions. Robertson rumbled The 6-3, 180-pound junior finished tributed 34 yards to the running game for an 18-yard score, while Ervin found the game just 5 of 6 for 113 yards, but as the Skyhawks ground out 242 yards Rasheed Worsham with an 18-yard two of those five completions went for on 29 carries. touchdown pass to make the score 21-0 touchdowns. at the break. James River (1-3, 1-1), which came “On plays that they were crowding James River kicked-off to begin the into the game looking to defeat L.C. the box, we just tried to take advantage Bird for just the second time in the past of the edge,” Skyhawks’ head coach 12 years, could never get going on ofSKYHAWKS page 9 BY BRUCE WELLS

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y urging her father, Jim Ryan, to engage in longdistance cycling, Teri Ryan says she is “trying to keep him young.” Jim Ryan suspects a more sinister motive: “I think she’s trying to kill me,” he said with a chuckle. Kidding aside, the father-daughter tandem will be pedaling side-by-side (sort of) Oct. 6 in the 29-mile division of the Martin’s Tour of Richmond, sponsored by Sports Backers. They will begin at Patrick Martin’s Tour Henry High in of Richmond Hanover County at 12:30 and finSaturday, Oct. 6 ish at the RichThe 102-mile tour begins at 7 mond Raceway a.m. at Richmond Raceway ComComplex. plex and winds through ChesterThere are also field on Old Gun Road, Robious 59- and 102Road and Huguenot Trail. The 59-mile tour begins at 10 mile courses for a.m. at J. Sargeant Reynolds the more gungCommunity College in Goochland. ho entries. The 29-mile tour begins at 12:30 Native New p.m. at Patrick Henry High near Yorkers Jim Ashland. All the courses end at Richmond (nTelos WireRaceway Complex, 600 East less employee) Laburnum Avenue. There will be and Greta food, drink and music for all at the Ryan brought finish. their children, Teri, Elise and Tommy, to northern Chesterfield County some 17 years ago. “And we’re not going back,” Jim assures. For a long time, there were two bicycles in the garage, one that Jim rode recreationally and a second, older, model (bought in 1981) that hung from a wall, unused. “Over a period of time,” said Teri, “the older bike just became mine.” Athletically inclined, Teri played four years of basketball at James River High and stroked an oar on the Rapids’ crew squad. She is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech and CYCLING page 9

Locals put best foot forward in annual X-Country Festival FROM STAFF REPORTS

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he boys and girls cross country teams from both Clover Hill and Monacan traveled to Maymont Park to participate in the 10th annual Maymont X-Country Festival Saturday, Sept. 29. Maymont X-Country Festival is considered a must-attend meet for many of the country’s top-rated programs. Teams representing nine states and Washington, D.C., registered more than 2000 runners, and competed in 15 races on the day. Eric Bianchi posted Clover Hill’s best time (16:52), finishing 35th out of the event’s 171 participants in the Boys Invitational. Bianchi was followed by Christian Davison in 100th (17:45), Josh Willard in 101st (17:46), Jonathan Lee in 105th (17:50), Christian Colwell in 121st (18:10), and Jacob Novak in 136th (18:26). The Clover Hill team placed 22nd overall in the Boys Invitational. In the Boys JV White event, Clover Hill placed 7th overall and were led by Christopher Copley who finished 23rd (19:26). He was followed by Wyatt Novak in 27th (19:39), Paul Reynolds in 58th (20:25), Ian Lickers in 65th (20:39), Samuel McNamara in 72nd (20:47), Nolan Derr in 96th (21:19), Jacob Purcell in 104th (21:34), Justin Farmer (25:57) and Venu Katta (27:21). Brittany Williams led the Clover

Kristin Walker of Monacan posted a time of 22:39.

Hill girls cross country team. The sophomore covered the 5,000 meter course in (20:25) finishing 7th in the Girls Varsity Silver/Bronze. Williams was followed by Nancy Sloan who finished 21st (21:20), Maddie McElfresh in 23rd (21:28), Emma Powers in 28th (21:34), Jasmine Yu in 49th (22:36), Reilly Fox in 61st (22:58), and Rachel Brown in 84th (24:16). In the Girls JV Red event, Alicia McNulty finished 84th (27:05), followed by Kathleen Shaw in 87th (24:08), Jenna Dickerson in 94th (24:48), Lauren Higgins in 110th (25:46), Charly Sager in 120th (26:29), Kathleen Reid in 131st (27:07), Alexis Soltow in 151st (32:09), and Ellen Hanawalt (35:00). Overall the Clover Hill girl’s teams placed 4th overall in the Girls Varsity Silver/Bronze and finished 17th overall in the Girls JV Red event. Meanwhile in the Girls Coastal

Clover Hill’s Christian Colwell.

Division Championship, Monacan finished 16th overall and were led by Kristen Walker in 59th (22:39), Marina Batalias in 73rd (23:25), Catherine McGuigan in 98th (26:04), Julia Springer in 101st (26:56), Caroline Batalias in 104th (30:09), and Sadie Melago in 105th (34:23). Josh Fournier posted Monacan’s best time (17:43), finishing 34th in the Boys Coastal Division Championship. Fournier was followed by Sam Gabrielson in 120th (22:58), A.J. Soukop in 121st (23:22), Jonathan Ellis in 123rd (24:44), and Grayson Lewis in 124th (26:23). Overall the Monacan team finished 18th in the division.

Top: The Monacan girl’s team celebrates the end of the race. From left to right, Maddie McElfresh, Brittany Williams, Nancy Sloan, Emma Powers, Jasmine Yu, Reilly Fox, Rachel Brown. Center: The Monacan Boy’s Cross Country Team. From left to right, A.J. Soukup, Grayson Lewis, John Ellis, Josh Fournier, Sam Gabrielson. Bottom: Clover Hill’s Christian Davison (left) and Josh Willard (right) cross the finish line. PHOTOS BY ANJIE HENLEY


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second half and Thompson returned the kick 17 yards to the Skyhawks 29 yard line. A holding penalty against L.C. Bird and tackle in the backfield of Robertson by the Rapid’s Tim Francis, set up a third and long for the Skyhawks. Ervin connected on a 21-yard completion to Darius Hawkins for a Skyhawk first down but flaring tempers from James River’s defense would factored in even more yardage for L.C. Bird. Two dead ball penalties, a personal foul call and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for cursing gave L.C. Bird first and goal at the seven. Williams ran

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around the right end for the Skyhawks and the point after made it 28-0. Following another James River fumble, the Skyhawks would score on their next possession to make it 35-0. The lone highlight of the game for James River finally came with 5:08 to play in the third quarter, when senior Stacy Jennings scooped up a Skyhawks’ fumble and raced 86 yards for the score. Tyler Grabhams’ point after attempt was blocked but James River was on the board 35-6. With 2:21 left in the game, L.C. Bird’s Jeffrey Pointer recovered the third fumble of the game by the Rapids, and ran it back 29

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yards to the end zone. Ayala’s point after put an end to the scoring to make the final 426 L.C. Bird. “I thought that our kids battled physically,� DeFrancesco said. “Bird is a tough, hard-nosed, aggressive football team. They’re giving nobody a pass. We were overmatched at times but we battled. That’s great heading into the rest of the district schedule.� Senior running back Wes Mason led the way for the Rapids, gaining 117 yards on 12 carries. Dominion District showdowns are on tap for both teams this Friday as James River travels to Midlothian

working locally for Elephant Insurance. On weekends, she and her father tug the 15-gear bikes from the garage and frequently go on 10-15 miles through Midlothian. “We don’t really race; I’d say we push each other,� said Teri, also active with folks her own age in dodge ball, kickball and wiffle ball in the James River Sports & Social Club. While most of the Ryan’s cycling is recreational, they enjoy an occasional organized, longer run through thicker traffic and fresh scenery. The father-daughter duo

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has biked together in the Blue Moon Midnight Run in Richmond and in the Heart of Virginia 42-mile run through Hanover’s back roads. This past August, Greta Ryan and Elise also pedaled in the Blue Moon event. Both Jim, 53, and Teri Ryan, 23, insist they don’t try to “one-upâ€? each other on wheels. However, if it did come to a survival of the fittest, who would be first to finish? “That’s easy: me,â€? said Jim. “I’ll take her on any time ‌ of course, part of it might be I have a faster bike, but don’t tell her that.â€? We may or may not find

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