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Christmas Toy Airlift assists active duty military families and veterans will land at Chesterfield County Airport on Saturday with toys that they have collected anta Claus is best known for pilotfor families of lower paid military. ing a sleigh pulled by reindeer, but “I am a pilot, so that’s why I have built on Saturday, Dec. 8, he will fly into this around pilot participation,” Vinson Chesterfield County Airport at 7511 said. “Starting in the late fall, we asked the Airfield Drive in North Chesterfield by pilots to put a collection box in each of their private plane to greet children in the terminal airports, and we encourage them to involve during the Christmas Toy Airlift event that their families, friends and co-workers.” will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. “On the second Saturday in December The charitable event, which benefits both each year, they fly toys in from all over the children of active duty military families in Mid-Atlantic. And, we get participation from Central Virginia and hospitalized veterans all over including Pennsylvania and New recuperating at Hunter Holmes McGuire Jersey.” Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Members of the Virginia Chapter of in Richmond, has been held annually since Ninety-Nines will meet air personnel with 2006. coffee and donuts after they land. Vinson said Betty Vinson is the event coordinator and they want to show their gratitude to those the membership chairperson with the Virpilots for taking on such a worthwhile cause. ginia Chapter of Ninety-Nines, the organiza“All of the pilots have really big hearts,” tion that is hosting the Christmas Toy Airlift. Vinson said. “It gives them a reason to fly for Pilots from all over the Mid-Atlantic region a very worthwhile event.” BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


Of course, you don’t have to be a pilot if you’d like to participate in the charitable benefit. Vinson said that members of the general public can donate new and unwrapped toys for children and gifts for adult veterans at the airport on Dec. 8. As Vinson said, the former military personnel need personal items such as shower shoes and other toiletries and clothing such as hooded sweatshirts. Restaurant and retail gift cards that they can use when they leave the hospital also are needed. “I will make a trip out to McGuire a few days later, so I would like to be able to take them out on that day,” Vinson said. “Again, these are soldiers who have given many years of service to our country.” “We want to help them because they’re in the hospital for an extended stay, and we want to let them know that they’re appreciated. But, even though it’s bitterly cold, they often sit outside because they want

to get out of those four walls, so they need robes, underwear, socks and things of that sort.” If you decide to attend, Santa Claus will land at the airport at 10 a.m. Once he reaches the terminal, Vinson said he will sit in a large chair near the Christmas tree. Live Christmas music will be played throughout the day. Among others, the Bon Air Strings, a local group of student violinists, and Walt Street, a former Army band vocalist, will perform during the event. Lunch items will be sold during the event with proceeds going toward gift cards for the veterans at McGuire. The event will give aviators and local residents the chance to make someone’s heart soar during the holiday season. For more information, or to make a contribution, call Betty Vinson at 804-720-1132 or e-mail

Magnolia Grange House Christmas Home Tour Museum brings history and Flower Show give glimpses of local to the holiday season Midlothian residences

BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


istory buffs will soon be able to enjoy an assortment of upcoming holiday events sponsored by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia that will happen at Magnolia Grange Museum House at 10020 Ironbridge Road in Chesterfield. This year’s seasonal theme is “A Regency Christmas,” which refers to a period that occurred during the 1800s. Tamara Evans is the curator of Magnolia Grange Museum House. She said that 2012’s focus on the Regency Period will make this year’s holiday festivities unique. “We’ve done them for years and years, but this is the first year that we have focused on the Regency Period,” Evans said. “The house was built in 1822, and it was called the Regency Period in England, so we’re going to talk about (author) Jane Austen and the books she wrote during the Regency Period.” On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will present its annual Open House at the site from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. A tour of the Magnolia Grange Museum House will begin promptly at 1 p.m. According to Evans, visitors will walk through the building and view the various rooms, which all have been decorated to look the way

The tour’s theme is “Christmas in Hallsboro,” which references lassic homes can tell the Midlothian locality where the tales about the vicinitour will occur. And, as Hollister ties in which they were said, four of the home owners built. Many of the whose dwellings are featured on residences in Midlothian have the tour are interior designers. existed for more than a century The first house is called Gravel and, consequently, they can give Hill, which stands at 516 Mt. Herclues about the area’s past. mon Road and is owned by Bob The general public will soon and Karen Kelley. get a chance to see some of “It is a country Victorian those storied homes during home, and it’s pristine,” Hollisthe Midlothian Garden Club’s ter said. “The house was built in Christmas Home Tour and 1906.” Flower Show. The car tour will get The second home on the tour underway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is 900 Mt. Hermon Road, which on Saturday, Dec. 1. is owned by Matthew and Melissa The Midlothian Garden Club Carr. is an organization dedicated to “It was built in 1850, and beautifying that area. Among it’s a farmhouse that has been other projects, the association, restored,” Hollister said. “The which was organized and federoriginal builder was a descendant ated in 1952, maintains the Vilof the French Huguenots.” lage of Midlothian’s entryway and The tour’s next stop will be the hosts a monthly garden therapy Gather Store at 920 Mt. Hermon project at Ginter Hall South. Road, which was built in 1850. Barbara Hollister is the chair- Hollister said the building was person for the upcoming home once a railroad depot. tour. She said proceeds from “It was a post office and genSaturday’s activity will help local eral store for the area,” Hollister children to attend the annual Na- said. “It’s just as quaint and preture Camp that takes place each cious as it can be.” year in Vesuvius. Deer Run, a log cabin that stands “We like to sponsor a few at 1115 Mt. Hermon Road, is the children, and it’s a camp that they next home on the expedition. go to for two weeks where they’ll study nature,” Hollister said. TOUR page 4

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National Book Award finalist Powers visits James River alive on the battlefield in Iraq, and a philosophical parable about the 1998 graduate of James loss of innocence and the uses of River High School, Kevin memory.” Powers recently returned Powers, 32, earned an underto his alma mater to talk graduate degree in English from about his war novel, “The Yellow VCU and a master of fine arts in Birds.” poetry from the University of Texas A U.S. Army machine gunner in at Austin. Iraq, Powers was one of five finalGreg Dommisse, who taught ists vying for the National Book Powers World History and U.S. HisFoundation’s 2012 National Book tory at James River, introduced him Award for fiction. He was invited on Nov. 12 to an audience of about to the Cipriani Hotel in New York 520 students who gathered in the on Nov. 14, when it was announced school’s auditorium. that Louise Erdrich won the award “It comes as no surprise that he for her novel, “The Round House.” has found success,” Dommisse said However, Powers said he was hon- of his former pupil. ored to be in such select company. During his opening remarks, “I was honored to be included Powers said one of the questions among such an extraordinary list he’s frequently asked is what is it of finalists,” Powers said. “It felt like like to fight in a war? the judges were acknowledging me “Even though I was in a war, as a peer, particularly given the fact it would be incorrect to say that I that it was my first book.” understand it perfectly,” he said. A New York Times review stated Powers read the students porthat, “ ’’The Yellow Birds’ is briltions of his book that vividly deliantly observed and deeply affectscribe the transformation of fledging; at once a freshly imagined story ling young men to soldier warriors about a soldier’s coming of age, a with life and death responsibilities harrowing tale about the friendship amid the stark reality of war. of two young men trying to stay After his talk, students had the BY BEN ORCUTT

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Ellis Denson, a 17-year-old senior at James River High School, has 1998 graduate Kevin Powers sign a copy of his war novel, “The Yellow Birds,” following a talk by Powers in the school’s auditorium on Nov. 12.

opportunity to ask Powers questions about his book and his experience in Iraq. “I don’t have any specific lesson in mind,” Powers said as far as what he wanted readers to take away

from his book, which was published with the rigors of war. by Little, Brown & Company. One student asked if it was posPowers said listening to music, sible to be unique or significant in including the heavy metal band war. Metallica, reading and spending POWERS page 2 time with friends helped him cope



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Cosby High School Titan Band members performed with the University of Virginia Cavalier Marching Band on Nov. 10 during the football game with the University of Miami. The Titans took part in UVa Band Day. Shown are, from left, kneeling, Hannah Hensley, Colleen Averill, Sydney Roberts, Rachel Whitmore and Amy Snyder, and, standing, Jon Yee, Greg Church, Zach Mund, Austin Redmond, Emerson Aviles, Sammy McCasland, Lindsay Morrison and Nick Moore. Aviles, a member of the UVa Band, is a recent Cosby graduate.

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Kevin Powers autographs a copy of his war novel, “The Yellow Birds,” for Ann Martin, who was the librarian at James River High School when Powers was a student there.

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Powers said those who make the ultimate sacrifice and die in battle are part of a strange contradiction in that they often end up becoming just a number. “It’s dangerous to be extraordinary,” Powers said. Powers said it took him four years to write “The Yellow Birds.” “Writing a novel takes a long time and it’s really hard work,” he said. Powers drew laughter when asked what he thought about the possibility of his book being made into a movie. “I’m in favor of it becoming a movie,” Powers said. “We’ll see. I’m optimistic.” From the time he was 12 or 13, Powers said he knew


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he wanted to become a writer. In the process, he said he also had to figure out a way to put the fear of failure behind him. Powers said he enjoyed attending James River. “I had good friends and we had a good time,” he said. “Homework was the worst. I hated to do homework.” After responding to questions from students, Powers was presented a gift by James River principal Jeff Ellick. “Remember, you’re always family here at James River,” Ellick said. Ellick, who is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve 80th Training Command in Richmond and who engaged in combat in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, said Powers’ book reveals the impact of war on those who wage it. “It’s very powerful and very compelling – the book – and to serve in combat as Kevin said, it shapes your perspective,” Ellick said. “The experiences tend to guide who you are as you return home to continue the important work you were doing . . .” Powers’ talk was an eyeopener for the students, said James River librarian Ann Marie Reinke. “I think it helped students understand the world outside the walls of the school,” she said. “The adult world, it’s near enough adult to them that they could relate to him. I think he was very powerful in getting his message across about the hard work that he went through to get this book written and I think the implication very much that life is hard work.”

Reinke said the students appeared to hang onto Powers’ every word and were rapt with attention. “Yes, and that is a rare accomplishment with 500-plus teenagers,” she said. Hollyn Royster, a 16-yearold junior at James River, said Powers’ talk will help her interpret books better and therefore “want to read more.” Ellis Denson, a 17-yearold senior, said she also was inspired by Powers. “I liked him a lot,” Denson said. “I usually don’t like military books because I feel like once you’ve read one you’ve read them all, but he actually was pretty refreshing. It’s exciting having someone being important from the school and it makes me think that I can do something too.” Powers said he and wife Kelly live in Florence, Italy, where she is completing a master’s program in fashion design. “I’m close to finishing a collection of poetry and I’ve started work on a second novel,” he added. Powers said he enjoyed speaking at his old school. “It was great to go to James River and be able to tell the students that they can accomplish whatever they want, even if they don’t know what that is yet,” he said. Asked what he thinks are some of the misconceptions that people have about what it’s like to go into battle, Powers said, “I think the biggest misconception is that the experience is the same for all vets. Each person’s experience is unique, and that isn’t different for soldiers.”




Some 100 school bus drivers from the Manchester-Cosby-Clover Hill district collected food so 20 area needy families could have a happy Thanksgiving. Shown are, from left, front, drivers Cheryl Robertson, Michelle Sehl, Roberta Thomas, Penny Mitchell and Pam Woolridge, and, back, E.W. Green, assistant director of transportation for the district, and drivers Jenny Lord, Simon Howard, Linda Carlyle and Linda Taggart.

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bus drivers collect food stories, Green said. One of the families that received a box told him they appreciated hanks to the generosity of Chesbeing given a turkey, but they couldn’t accept terfield County Public Schools bus it because they didn’t have an oven in which drivers in the Clover Hill-Cosbyto cook it. Manchester district, Thanksgiving Penny Mitchell, president of the district’s was special for 20 area families bus driver council, said once the boxes have E.W. Green, who serves as assistant direc- been filled, council members go out and tor of transportation for the district, said his purchase turkeys to complete the Thanksgivdrivers have been collecting food for Thanks- ing meal. giving throughout his 16-year tenure. Most rewarding for her, Mitchell said, “is “This is just indicative of what they do,” seeing a family have the same thing that I’m Green said. “They’re very generous people going to have at my table with my family.” – kind and caring people that always give Years ago when she was going through a back to the community.” hard time, veteran bus driver Pam Woolridge Many recipients of the Thanksgiving said her family received a Thanksgiving box boxes are bus drivers from his district, Green from her fellow drivers. said. “It was just a blessing to know that people Fellow bus drivers nominate who they care,” she said, adding that it’s even more think should receive the food and he delivers of a blessing to be on the giving end of the the boxes, Green said. Thanksgiving boxes. “There’s vegetables, starch, dessert, meat Fellow bus driver Simon Howard spoke in – everything that anybody else would have as a similar vein. a Thanksgiving meal they have,” he said. “Well, what it means to me is that we’re Bus drivers begin collecting the food as early more than bus drivers,” he said. “Not only do as the middle of October and he makes sure it’s we transport kids safely to and from school, delivered before Thanksgiving, Green said. but we also take the time to give back to our “Which means 20 turkeys and all of the community. . .We care about others, not only fixins’ that go with it,” Green said. “That’s a children, but we care about their families.” tremendous undertaking and just to get it In a world filled with much negativity, the delivered anonymously.” drivers’ generosity demonstrates there also is The recipients are grateful, Green added. much that is good, Green said. “Most of them get very teary and very “All we hear is bad things,” Green said. emotional and they’re very happy because “but there are people right here local they don’t have it,” he said. amongst us that are doing things to help Some recipients have heartbreaking other people and they love doing it.” BY BEN ORCUTT

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them I’d slept in enough tents to last a lifetime,” he laughed. isdom abounds around us if we The man went on to raise a large family now only stop and take the time to spread all across the nation, and achieved a suclisten, and sometimes the simcessful business career. He outlived that partner plest of stories offers the most he found at Fort Lee, and now lives with one of important message. his daughters in the metro area. They’re known as America’s “Greatest GenWith more time on his hands these days, eration” and most of them are gone, and the few he said his thoughts wander back to those remaining have become silent reminders to a days in the Philippines and Camp Lee. He more noble and reliable past. Their stories are still marvels at the unified strength of a ever-inspiring, and recollections of a generation nation united for one common cause, and who fought and won World War II provide a never questioned his willingness to delay his sense of pride and patriotism in all of us. education to serve. After attending a couple of recent Veteran’s “I didn’t have a choice, I was drafted,” he Day events, I was once again reassured that you laughed. learn much more from listening than speaking When the war was over, he explained, most as I encountered one of those few remaining of the men were anxious to move on. They American heroes from the greatest generation. were enthusiastic about fighting the war, and A man who asked that I not use his name equally as eager to get on with their lives. for this column, now in his 90s, sat quietly as “I’m worried that our troops today are bea crowd cleared around him as the ceremony coming war tired,” he went on. “That’s why I’m ended. here today. I’m worried that men on repeated “Can’t move too fast any more,” he looked at deployments are becoming battle weary,” he me and smiled. said. “Me neither,” I quickly answered. It didn’t strike me as I sat with him, but his I sat beside this neatly dressed gentleman comments must have made an impression. As and listened as he recalled his military service, I reflected and studied my notes, it occurred to and a life that began during the monumental me that many of today’s soldiers also are ready struggle that was WWII. He joined the U.S. to move on as they continue our struggles in Army between his freshman and sophomore Afghanistan. year in college, and attended Officers CandiIt’s also easy for a nation to lose its vigor for date School at Fort Benning, Ga. the struggle, and, often, we take for granted Commissioned as a second lieutenant, he the role of the soldier in the field. Past conwas assigned to Camp (now Fort) Lee, Va., flicts have taught the valuable lesson that it’s where he met and married his wife, a secretary sometimes easy for a nation to forget its fallen in the motor pool office. He shipped out to the warriors. Philippines with the Quartermasters Corps. So, this was his soldier’s story, perhaps insig“We ran a bakery where we made bread nificant as it stands alone, but most important for the troops and the starving people in the when considering a generation. streets of Manila,” he said. “We spent every I doubt that I’ll encounter this gentleman night baking bread.” again in this lifetime, but I am undoubtedly I asked if he regularly attended these types the better man for the few minutes we spent of memorials, or participated in any reunion together on Veteran’s Day. type events. His single story and a million others remind “No, I left the Army behind when I got out, us of the selfless sacrifice made by a group of and honestly I never missed it much,” he said. Americans more than six decades ago and why “My sons when they were young used to ask we still refer to them as “the Greatest Generame to camp outside in their small tent. I told tion.”


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14400 block of Clipper Cove Court Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked garage. Items stolen from a residence. 7300 block of Buck Rub Court Unknown suspect/s pried open the shed doors at one residence. Items were reported stolen.


ollowing a three-month nationwide recruitment process, the Brandermill Community Association (BCA) Board of Directors has appointed John S. Bailey as the new community manager of Brandermill in Midlothian. Bailey is currently the town manager of Urbanna. He will come to Brandermill to manage one of Virginia’s largest community associations with 3,800 homes, 13,000 residents and more than 150 commercial members. Bailey assumes the position following the retirement of Community Manager Jane Pritz in August. In addition to serving as town manager of Urbanna, Bailey previously served as town manager of Orange and general manager of Lake of the Woods Association in Northern Virginia. Lake of the Woods, like Brandermill, is a largescale community association. Bailey also served as county administrator for

Cumberland County and as executive director of Keep Virginia Beautiful Inc. A native of Roanoke, Bailey earned an undergraduate degree from Averett College and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University. “The BCA Board of Directors is very pleased to appoint John S. Bailey as our new community manager,” BCA President Dick Guthrie said. “He brings an extraordinary background in large-scale community association and local government management to Brandermill. He is well prepared to work with members of our community as we strive to further enhance Brandermill’s quality of life and to ensure that we have a well managed association.” Bailey will be introduced to the community at the BCA Board of Directors meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, and will begin his duties on Jan. 2, 2013.

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wiches and desserts in addition to the aforementioned hot beverage. that they did during the Regency Kathy Chain, owner of Happy Period. Hill Herbs in Chester, will present For instance, the gentlemen’s a program entitled “Christmas in room will look like it did when Jane Austen’s Day.” Evans said she men gathered there to carouse has known Chain for about 30 and play cards, while the parlor years and Chain is an expert on where the women and children the appearances of herbs in the spent time will have a Christmas aforementioned author’s literary tree in it. Evans said that fresh works. foliage from the property’s yard “She has extensively researched and the gardens will be used to Jane Austen, her books and how decorate the house’s interior. herbs related to the characters “The bedrooms will also be in the books,” Evans said. “They decorated for the time period, made makeup, medicine and food and they will each depict the out of things that they grew in years 1820, 1850 and 1890,” Evans their yards.” said. “Each of the three bedrooms “Years ago, (Chain) and her will be decorated with popular husband started an herb farm. decorations from those time And, she’ll do a 30-minute properiods.” gram talking about companies Themed teas will be presented that started in the 1800s that are at the museum at 1 p.m. on still in business today and how Wednesday, Dec. 5, and at 1 p.m. they used herbs for everything.” on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Evans So, why was it decided to make said attendees will dine on sand- Jane Austen a part of the proceed-











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10100 block of Grovecrest Court Unknown suspect/s gain entry into the victim’s garage through the doggy door. Suspect/s then broke a rear window and at this time nothing has been reported stolen.

11600 block of Bailey Mountain Trail Unknown suspect/s attempted to enter residence by tampering with several windows. No entry made. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

23225 Nov. 16 6900 block of Amster Road Unknown suspect/s entered residence through unlocked front window. Items were stolen from a residence.

23234 Nov. 14 5400 block of Pineland Road Victim reported the firearms were stolen from his residence.

Nov. 17 5500 block of Heatherhill Drive Unknown suspect/s entered residence through possibly unlocked laundry room window of a residence. Items were reported stolen.

2300 block of Walhala Drive Unknown suspect/s entered garage with no signs of forced entry. Items were reported stolen at a residence.

Nov. 17 900 Moorefield Park Drive Unknown suspect/s smashed out the front passenger window of a vehicle at a parking lot/garage. Items were reported stolen.

Nov. 18 900 S. Providence Road Unknown suspect/s gained entry through a basement door then kicked in a locked interior door to gain entry to the main residence. Items were reported stolen at a residence. 500 block of Pullbrooke Drive Victim reported finding a side door ajar at a residence. When she closed it, she felt force from the other side. Victim secured the door. No entry was made. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

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5100 block of W. Rock Spring Drive Unknown suspect/s broke out glass of door and reached through to unlock it. Items were reported stolen at a residence.

Nov. 14 8500 block of Perrymont Road Victim reported unknown suspect/s entered victim’s unlocked residence and stole consumable goods.

6100 block of Omo Road Unknown suspect/s attempted to force entry through a door with tools and by kicking it. No entry was made. Nothing reported stolen at this time.

Nov. 16

6100 block of Halrose Lane Unknown suspect/s entered residence through unsecured rear window. Items were reported stolen.

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3600 Cliffwood Road A death investigation; no foul play suspected.

23235 Nov 11. 11300 block of Briarmont Road Unknown suspect observed forcing entry into a maintenance shed at an apartment complex residence. Suspect ran from area. Nothing has been reported stolen at this time.

9300 Lost Forest Drive Victim reported front and rear license plates stolen from vehicle at a highway/roadway.

2800 block of Creekview Drive Unknown suspect/s possibly entered residence through rear window. Items were reported stolen at a residence.

Nov. 19 9100 block of Jefferson Davis Highway Report of larceny-purse snatching at a parking lot/garage.

23832 Nov. 19 6200 block of Verdict Court Unknown suspect/s entered unlocked vehicle. Items were reported stolen from a vehicle from a parking/lot garage at a residence. 6200 block of Statute Street Victim reported his vehicle stolen from a residence.

Royal Pancake Breakfast The 2012-2013 Richmond Royals Peewee A Purple ice hockey team will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Capital Ale House at 13831 Village Place Drive in Midlothian.

TOUR from page 1 “It was originally part of 100 acres of the Oakhurst Farm, and it used to be one of the largest producing berry farms in the area during the 1920s,” Hollister said. “The present owners are Mike and Linda Sue Carroll.” A two-story colonial house with a wrap porch owned by Kitty Snow will be the subsequent attraction. The home, which stands at 3010 Mt. Hermon Road, features salvaged antique marble flooring that Hollister said Snow brought to Midlothian from Charles City County. Visitors will then tour the chapel at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church at 18100 Genito Road, which was built in 1835. According to Hollister, horticultural exhibits will be on display during this stop, and tour participants who pre-order box lunches will be able to enjoy them there. “The church itself is just wonderful,” Hollister said. “It still has the original tin ceilings in it.” The tour’s final leg will happen at Westfield Farm at 18001 West County Line Road, which is owned by Alyson and Ashby Stinson. The

Cost is $6 for the first ticket and $5 for each additional ticket. Children under the age of 4 with a paid adult will be admitted free of charge. Team members are raising funds to help with tournament fees. home is a two-story Cape Cod, and Hollister said Alyson has put her own mark on the home’s layout. “It’s fabulous,” Hollister said. “It’s huge inside, and she is also an interior designer who designs kitchens.” All in all, the event should help attendees to kick off the holiday season while providing interesting background information about Midlothian’s historical homes. “It helps you to get into the spirit of Christmas, and at the same time, it takes you back in time,” Hollister said. “It’s just a fun day in the country.” Pre-ordered tickets for the tour will be available for $20 if purchased before midnight on Friday, Nov. 30. On the day of the tour, tickets are $25, or visitors can see individual homes for $7 each. Box lunches are available for $12 each if they are ordered by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. For more information, call Carolyn at 804-794-2140 or Linda at 804897-4204 or visit

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ings during the upcoming teas? As Evans said, Austen’s sustained popularity made it a no-brainer to include her life and creative works in the program. “I know that a lot of people really seem to be enamored with Jane Austen,” Evans said. “Her writings were about simpler times, and when things are tight like they are during the current recession, people think about simpler times, romance, and country living, and that’s what people are yearning for right now.” The price per person for the themed teas is $25, and pre-paid reservations are required for those events. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Dec. 4. For more information about either of the programs, or to make a reservation for the themed teas, call Tamara Evans at 804-796-1479.

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47. Awaken from sleep 51. Naval signalling system 56. Ancient Semitic gods 57. Fleur-de-lys 58. Stomach of an animal 59. Separates seating areas 60. 100 = 1 Samoan tala 61. Fante edwo, yam 62. Jubilant delights 63. Extinct ratite birds 64. Coarse file CLUES DOWN 1. Negative cheers 2. One periodical 3. Mild and pleasant 4. Cheatgrass or downy 5. Rejoiced 6. Person of no influence 7. Plant source for indigo 8. Key in again 9. Compatibility device 10. Indonesian jewelry island 11. Big man on campus 12. Stumblebums 13. Explosive

21. Dresden River 22. Mexican Indian 27. Emit coherent radiation 28. Arab overgarments 29. VI or six 30. Thou ____ sinned 31. French abbot 32. Prevents entry 33. Be next to 34. Stalk of a moss capsule 39. Books of maps 40. Jump upward or forward 41. Can’t move 42. Covers a building 44. Division into factions 45. Boat area 48. Lesion 49. Bonitos genus 50. Good gosh! 51. Cruise 52. State of comfort 53. Young woman (French) 54. 100-year-old-cookie 55. Exchange 56. Shopping receptacle

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 There is no need to put off romantic endeavors, Cancer. Make time to further relationships, and you will be happier for having made the additional effort.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, confrontation will get you nowhere. It is better to avoid any troublesome parties and simply go on with your days. No need to put monkey wrenches in the plans.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, a casual encounter with an old friend goes by like no time has elapsed at all. Agree to keep in touch and spend more time together going forward.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Take some time to reflect on what you need to get done, Gemini. Things are about to get more hectic, and it will help to know what is on your schedule in the coming days.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, there are too many messes to clean up, so instead of digging in you may just decide to procrastinate a little longer. Just be sure to make up the time later on.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 You may find that things that are beneficial for others may not always be beneficial for you, Libra. But often you have to make sacrifices for the benefit of the entire group.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Now is not the time to leap without looking, Capricorn. You have to be cautious with your choices and actions this time of the month. Don’t make waves so close to the holidays.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Certain challenges may be tough to conquer, Scorpio. But with the right help you can get the job done. Gemini may be your shining light this week.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, although you do plenty, someone around the house could really use some more assistance from you. It may take some juggling of your schedule to accomplish.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 There is no point in speculating about your finances, Sagittarius. Keep track of your deposits and withdrawals so you have a handle on all accounts.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Usually your outpouring of creative juices is unstoppable, Pisces. This week you could have a little trouble thinking up new ideas.


CLUES ACROSS 1. Buttery salad lettuce 5. Xtreme sport term “Shred the ___” 9. Superior of an abbey 14. R____y: prayer beads 15. Unaccompanied & apart 16. ___ and Diu, Indian 17. Norway’s capital 18. Notice of someone’s death 19. High above 20. 2012 London Games 23. Optic covering 24. Mrs. Nixon 25. Turkish title of respect 26. Eyelid hair 31. Degraded 35. Saudi peninsula 36. Small fry 37. Back talk 38. Disposed to inflict pain 41. Put in advance 43. Landed properties 45. Zedong 46. Shellac resin

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, while there’s much about a situation that you don’t understand, you will quickly be filled in on all the details you need to know to get the job done.


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Chester Kiwanis Club sponsors Christmas Parade organization dedicated to changing the world one kid and one commuhe holiday season nity at a time. wouldn’t be complete And, as McDaniel said, the Cheswithout a parade, and the ter Kiwanis Club is a group that Chester Kiwanis Christprovides public service to the local mas Parade is an annual tradition community in Chester. in Chester. This year’s event will “Chester Kiwanis Club is a nonbegin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. profit organization, and we sponsor 9, at the Chester Family YMCA at community events,” McDaniel said. 3011 West Hundred Road. “For instance, we do street cleanup, Angie McDaniel has been the the Christmas Mother program, and parade chairperson for five years. As we give local scholarships.” she said, the event excites Chester The event will start at the Chester residents of all ages each year. Family YMCA and end at the Chester “It’s a Chester institution,” McVillage Green. McDaniel said the Daniel said. “People look forward to parade’s path will travel along Route it every year.” 10, and the road will close at 1:45 p.m. Kiwanis is a global volunteer and reopen after the parade has ended. BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


The theme of this year’s event is “Christmas is For Giving,” and that credo will be evident in the parade’s float designs. That is, each of the creations must express that theme to the audience in some way. “The theme changes every year, but, this year, it’s in the parade and in the floats,” McDaniel said. “We’ll be donating trophies, and the participants will be judged on their theme of giving.” In keeping with the Chester Kiwanis Club’s mission, a food drive will take place during the parade. McDaniel said the club is asking all parade-watchers to bring a nonperishable food item with them. “We ask that people donate at

least one item, and the Key Club and the Keyettes at Thomas Dale High School will present the food to the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry, a group that is made up of 12 different churches,” McDaniel said. “They’re hoping to give 2,500 food bags, and, if the weather is great, we expect to have anywhere from 500-plus people -- and just think if each person brought something.” During the parade, other local groups such as car clubs and the Shriners will make appearances along with a collection of antique fire trucks. Admission is free, which is one reason why McDaniel said the

Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade is a can’t-miss event for the whole family to enjoy together. Of course, another incentive is the event is focused on making sure that moms, dads and kids get to spend time together while enjoying the sights of the season. “Unlike a lot of other parades that have a lot of vendors, this is one of the few things left that you can take your family to because it won’t cost you a dime,” McDaniel said. “I don’t allow vendors because I wouldn’t want a parent to tell a child that they can’t afford to go.” For more information about the Chester Kiwanis Parade, visit www.

Theatre on the James puts its own spin on 'Godspell'

The James River High School cast of "Godspell" BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

“Godspell” is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak that was originally presented in 1971. Theatre on the James, James River High School’s student theater group, will present its own rendition of the famous play at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, at the school at 3700 James River Road in Midlothian. Allison Oyler is the theater teacher at James River High School and the show’s director. She said she decided that her students would perform the play after they took a school trip to see it on Broadway. “Well, it’s a show that I had done before in college, and I had fun with it,” Oyler said. “It’s an improvisation-based show that depends on an ensemble working together.” “We saw the show on Broadway last February at the Circle in the Square Theatre, and they were energized to do it. It’s definitely a different kind of show than what I had done with the kids before.” Rehearsals for the show began in September. Oyler said the players have been practicing four days a week to ensure that they’ll put on a good performance. If you’re unfamiliar with the story of “Godspell,” the musical’s structure includes a

series of parables based on the Bible’s Gospel of Matthew. The passion of the Christ is also mentioned briefly at the end of the play, but Oyler said the main theme of community is the thread that ties the entire story together. “The storyline essentially follows the gospel according to Matthew and Jesus teaching lessons to his followers,” Oyler said. “The second act talks about His crucifixion.” “But, a lot of it is about building a community together. And, the kids have really formed a family as they have gotten to know each other during this show.” Although the show includes religious themes and traditional hymns, it also will feature music from other genres, such as folk, gospel, pop rock and vaudeville. Oyler said the show will include modern pop culture references that many audience members will quickly notice. Another interesting aspect of the show is that 10 of the student cast members will remain onstage throughout the entire play. Although this detail posed some challenges during the play’s production, Oyler said it also gives each of those performers a chance to show off their vocal talents during the play. “We have 10 kids that never leave the stage,” Oyler said. “They asked if they can have water, and there isn’t an opportunity for

James River High School studens rehearse their own rendition of "Godspell"

that, so I talked to them about hydrating.” “Those 10 are onstage the whole time because they’re learning lessons from Jesus, but each of the kids has their own song, which is a great thing. Togetherness is so important to the show, and that’s why they’re there the whole time.” According to Oyler, preparing and performing a musical is much more difficult than doing a play that doesn’t include songs because vocals and choreography take longer to learn. Yet, she also said her students enjoy the show’s music and relate to it.

Oyler said “Godspell” is a perfect play for people to see during the holiday season because the theme of building a strong community is such a big part of the production. “One of my favorite songs in the play says that we can build a beautiful city,” Oyler said. “And, I love those lyrics because, together, we can do anything and move mountains.” Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults at the door. For more information about “Godspell,” visit

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SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Webelos Boy Scout Geologist Activity Pin Workshop will be held at the Midlothian Mines Park at 13301 North Woolridge Road in Midlothian. This program is geared for Cub Scouts looking to achieve this Webelos pin, focusing on geology and rock formations. Scouts will learn about rock types, how coal is formed, and the history of coal mining in Chesterfield County and its impact to the region. The fee is $10 per child. Reservations may be made at and using PayPal. For more information, call 804-796-7131 or go to A Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian at the corner of Winterfield and Salisbury Roads. Items include jewelry, crafts, kitchenware, food, ornaments and Native American crafts. Hourly raffle of vendors’ contributions will be included, as well as food and fun. The bazaar benefits various outreach efforts of the church. For more information, contact Jennifer Wester at 804-276-7543. Electronics Recycling from 9:30 a.m. to 1 pm. at Southern Area Convenience Center, 6700 Landfill Drive . Chesterfield County residents only. Free disposal for computer systems, computer accessories, printers, scanners,

copiers, fax machines, VCRs, camcorders, stereos, microwaves. Televisions - $5.00 each (No charge for TVs if paying $7 gate fee for trash) Lunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ettrick Community Building. Have you been naughty or nice this year? Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here at the Ettrick Community Building for an afternoon of socializing and FREE photos! Make your lists and have lunch with Santa. Open to the first 60 participants who register by Nov. 15. $7 per person (adult or child) Course 25756. For more information, call 804-796-7131 or go to “Christmas Through the Ages” Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. at Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road. Enjoy the holiday season by experiencing 19th century life at historic Magnolia Grange house museum elegantly decorated for the holidays just as it was in 1822. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia hosts this free Christmas open house with a special appearance by Santa Claus. Children may have their picture taken for free. Start your Christmas shopping in the elegant Magnolia Grange museum store. Free Details: 804-796-1479 or The James River Ringers,

Richmond’s only auditioned community handbell ensemble, will present its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church at 9201 W. Huguenot Rd. in Richmond. Sacred and secular pieces for the holiday season will be performed. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, call 804-357-9810.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2 The choirs and readers of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will present an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. The service will be preceded by an organ recital by Allen Bean, music minister of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. The organ recital begins at 4:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 8706 Quaker Lane in Bon Air. For more information, call 804272-0992

TUESDAY, DEC. 4 The Salisbury Presbyterian Church at 13621 W. Salisbury Road in Midlothian will present a Free Christmas Concert with the Jubilation Senior Adult Community Choir. The program will get underway at 11 a.m. Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. For more information, call the church office at 804-794-5311.

WEDNESDAY DEC. 5 Christmas Social from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ettrick Com-

munity Building. Come out and enjoy the sound of Christmas music and socialization with your old and newfound friends. Light refreshments will be served. This program is for ages 50 and older. $5 Course 25752. Register by Nov. 26. For more information, call 804-796-7131 or go to www.chesterfieldhistory. com. SAFE from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Community Development Bldg., 9800 Government Center Parkway. SAFE is an acronym for “Substance Abuse Free Environment.” The purpose of the SAFE Board is to engage our community in working together to prevent substance abuse. For additional information, please contact the Office of Youth Planning and Development, 804-796-7100.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6 The 13th Annual “Behold the Lamb of God” Christmas Tour with recording artist Andrew Peterson and special guest Matthew Perryman Jones will be presented at 7 p.m. as part of the Northstar Community Church Concert. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at The Commons at Bon Air Baptist Church at 2531 Buford Road in Richmond. General admission tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show and may be purchased online at or by

calling 804-353-6007.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8 The 2012-2013 Richmond Royals Peewee A Purple ice hockey team will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the Capital Ale House at 13831 Village Place Drive in Midlothian. Cost is $6 for the first ticket and $5 for each additional ticket. Children under the age of 4 with a paid adult will be admitted free of charge. Team members are raising funds to help with tournament fees.

SUNDAY, DEC. 9 Christmas Lessons and Carols will begin at 5 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian, with a service featuring the choir joined by Anastasia Jellison on the harp; Holly Clark, flute; Jane Kiser, oboe; and Donald Anderson, organist; and music director. The evening will include works by Archer, Gounod, Clemens, Darke, Helvey and Harmon. A reception will follow. For more information, call 804-379-8899 or e-mail redeemerepiscopal@

TUESDAY, DEC. 11 Join the Greater Southport Business Association for its quarterly meeting. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting follows at 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Koger

Center at 1021 Koger Center Boulevard in Richmond. Guest speakers will be Special Olympics Virginia and Puritan Cleaners “Coats for Kids” Campaign. Pre-registration is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. On-site fees are $20 for members and for $25 non-members. Register online at http:// www.southportassociation. com. For more information, contact LaTika Lee, president, at or 804-873-7363

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 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 The Jefferson Hotel at 101 W. Franklin St. in Richmond. The club will hold a Silent Auction at the luncheon. The cost is $35 for club members and their guests. Reservations for the luncheon are requested by noon on Dec. 5. For more information, contact

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 Christmas Celtic Service by Candlelight begins at 7 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian. The service will feature Celtic and Gaelic seasonal music, Holly Clark on the flute and Donald Anderson, organist and music director. A reception will follow. For more information, call 804-3798899.



Members of the Bon Air Rotary Club honored for their commitment

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Bon Air Rotary Club roadside cleanup team

Members of the Bon Air Rotary club during roadside cleanup on Old Bon Air Road Ten members of the Bon Air Rotary Club recently were honored for their commitment to the organization. Recognized for their perfect attendance were: Adam Mears, one year; Jim Huitt, two years; Jim Teachey, two years; Tom Wilkinson, seven years; Lou Markwith, eight years; Tommy Healy, 10 years; Cora Huitt, 10 years; Brooks Zerkel, 17 years; Allison Spencer, 19 years; and Jack Gravins, 22 years. The Bon Air Rotary Club meets weekly for fellowship, breakfast and an informative and interesting presentation from a guest speaker.


he morning of Oct. 13 found members of the Bon Air Rotary Club gathering at the Bon Air Community Association and then splitting up into small teams to begin the roadside cleanup of Old Bon Air Road. The club, which meets every Friday morning at the Joe’s Inn on Buford

Road, has adopted Old Bon Air Road and for years has taken pride in keeping that stretch of road looking beautiful. Anyone travelling through Bon Air on Saturday, Oct. 13, may have noticed several folks donning orange safety vests while working diligently to clear away any litter in sight. Several motorists slowed down to say thank you and oth-

ers gave a friendly beep or a quick wave. Although the road was much improved when the work was completed, those involved said they realize it is a never-ending community service project. The Bon Air Rotarians said they will be out in full force again in 2013.

A Colonial Christmas will be celebrated at Henricus Historical Park Dec. 8 BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


olonial holiday rituals will be the focus of two upcoming programs at Henricus Historical Park at 251 Henricus Park Road in Chester. One activity will teach local children what it would have been like for their counterparts to celebrate Christmas during that time, and the other will instruct the entire family about the customs that Colonial families observed during the holiday. On Saturday, Dec. 8, Henricus will host the Christmas in the Colony Day Camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is aimed at children from ages 5 to 10. Margaret Carlini, education supervisor at Henricus, said the event will show modern youngsters how children celebrated the holiday during Colonial times. “It is about looking at what a child’s life was like in the English culture 400 years ago,” Carlini said. Children will make simple crafts such as herbal sachets and wreaths. They also will participate in games and other seasonal activities, including drumming and marching with a soldier, watching cooking take place in an English planter’s home, and meeting Indians in Henricus’ recreated Indian village. On Saturday, Dec. 15, park visitors can see a historical interpretation of what a Colonial Christmas was like in the Citie of Henricus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

John Pagano, historical interpretation supervisor at Henricus, said interpreters will show participants what it was like to experience the holiday during that time. “We’re going to be doing characters of the period in first-person through their eyes explaining a typical time, which is the 12 days of Christmas, for people in Elizabethan England and here in the America in the 1600s,” Pagano said. So, what was a Colonial Christmas like? According to Pagano, not only did the colonists lack access to modern conveniences, but even something that we typically take for granted such as a Christmas tree would not have been a part of the holiday. “At that time, there are no Christmas trees, so you have to take that out,” Pagano said. “The colonists would have been decorating their homes with local greenery. There would have been lots of pine and holly, but nothing in the form of a Christmas tree because that comes from the Germans, not from England.” At the same time, there were opposing views about how Christmas should have been celebrated. Many people believed that the holiday season was a time for partying. “Some of them included wild games, dances, festivals and various communal dinners,” Pagano said. “It was a very rambunctious time period, and they understood that part of it, and it was all about eat, drink and be merry.”

The Puritans, however, believed that Christmas should be a period of reverence. “The only people in this time period that are against the partying were the Puritans,” Pagano said. “Rev. (Alexander) Whitaker was a Puritan who will be interpreted, and there was a divide among the English about how to celebrate Christmas.” Both events will take participants back to a simpler time in America’s history. And, according to Carlini, during the Christmas in the Colony Day Camp, children may learn to better appreciate the many conveniences that we have during our modern holiday observances. “I think it’s very important for them to see where some traditions came from,” Carlini said. “Especially with the camp, we want to get the children involved with the traditions hands-on so they get a better feel for them.” Pagano said the interactive activities

planned for the Colonial Christmas will immerse people in the excitement. “There will be various attempts at music and dancing made at this event, and we are going to make it so that the public is a part of it,” Pagano said. “And, the atmosphere will be worth the price of admission with the sounds and the smells of the early 1600s.” Admission for the Christmas in the Colony Day Camp is $20 for Henricus Foundation patrons or $25 for members of the general public. Space for the camp is severely limited, and Carlini said registration is required before close of business on Tuesday, Dec. 4. To reserve a space for lease, call 804-318-8797. Admission for the Colonial Christmas is free for Henricus Foundation patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information, visit

Baby's First Christmas Photographs of area babies who are celebrating their first Christmas will appear in the newspaper

Thursday, December 13

This Christmas, a special page of the Classified section of The Midlothian Exchange will be devoted to pictures of area babies who are celebrating their first Christmas. You may purchase a spot for your baby’s photograph on the page for only $2500 Please send us a wallet-size photograph of your baby before Thursday, December 6, 2012. We will be sure he or she is included on the “Baby’s First Christmas” page which will be published in the newspaper on Thursday, December 13, 2012, and appear on Please write your name on the back of your baby’s photograph and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can return the photo to you.

Baby’s Name D.O.B. Parents’ Name Grandparents’ Name

All Photos Must Be Received by Cynthia Sandy, R.N. and Ramesh Kundur, MD, FACC

Community takes part in heart health screenings


irginia Cardiovascular Specialists (VCS) recently opened its state-of-the-art medical center at 6120 Harbourside Centre Loop in Midlothian to dozens of area residents who took advantage of free cholesterol screenings, body mass index (BMI) calculations, and heart rate analysis. VCS’s team of physicians provided information and analysis to patients on-the-spot and offered suggestions to help maintain a healthier lifestyle. The VCS Midlothian office offers an array of critical heart health services, includ-

ing cardiology, vascular disease, and heart rhythm consultation as well as a full complement of accredited diagnostic testing onsite. These include echocardiograms, stress testing (nuclear, echocardiogram, and exercise tests), EKGs, and event monitoring. “Early detection of heart problems and identification of risk factors is critical,” said VCS Executive Director Ann Honeycutt. “Diagnosing conditions sooner than later, sometimes even before symptoms are apparent, can reduce the risk of further complications and help our patients live longer, healthier lives.”

Thursday, December 6, 2012 Mail the coupon below, your baby’s photo, SASE and your payment to Baby’s First Christmas, c/o The Midlothian Exchange P.O. Box 1118 Mechanicsville, VA. 23111 Baby’s Name _____________________________________________ Parent’s Name(s) _________________________________________ Grandparents’ Name(s)____________________________________ Date of Birth_____________________________________________ Please print the names as you wish them to appear in the newspaper. All professionally taken photographs must contain the name of the photography studio for photo credits______________________________________

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End of an era Midlothian will no longer be the ‘David versus Goliath’ in new league realignment BY SCOTT WILLARD Guest Contributor


Bruno Lee and the Red Team celebrate their recent win in the Providence Middle School Math Olympics.

Rams partner for Math Olympics a hard time imaging that,” said Melike Monahan, who teaches 6th grade mathematics and who also organized the event. “So having these athletes and role models come in and explain the importance of math to everyday life is something that these kids will never forget.” BY BRUCE WELLS Sports Editor Five track and field athletes from VCU made the trip from ath is importhe downtown Richmond tant in life campus to Providence Middle and even in School to do a math activity the world of with the sixth graders in orsports. That was the message that der to prove the importance of math even in athletics. The members of the VCU Rams sixth graders participated in 3 Track & Field team brought to Providence Middle School events that parallel Olympic events. on Nov.13 when the VCU Discuss Throw (mini Rams and the Providence Frisbee Throw) Rams partnered to make a Javelin Throw (Straw connection between math Throw) and athletics. 4 x 100 meter Relay (4 “The students would ask me how are we ever going to people mini relay in class) Students and the VCU use math in real life. They had

Event highlights link between math, sports



Eleven-year-old Chamya Hagood crunches the numbers with VCU’s Andrew Shipp.

athletes timed, measured, and then compiled and interpreted the mathematical information using the Virginia Standards of Learning. “We actually do a couple of these events a year,” said VCU athlete Andrew Shipp. “As VCH Athletics is developing we will actually be doing more and more. It

means a lot to us as student athletes because when I was a young kid I had a couple of role models come to my school and kind of showed me the way and got me into athletics really. Now I get the chance to show kids the importance between being a good athlete and being a good student.”

The big city beckons Wingo-Reeves ready for new environment after Monacan BY FRED JETER Contributing writer


onnor Wingo-Reeves is big, strong, fast and savvy, as linebackers go … but there’s something else making the Monacan senior’s star shine even brighter. Ever heard of the “20-yard shuttle run?” College recruiters sure have. It was his eyebrow-raising shuttles, more than his glistening career at Monacan, that earned him a full gridiron ride to Temple of Big East Conference. The downtown Philadelphia school plays at Lincoln Financial Field, also home of NFL Eagles. Wingo-Reeves, son of Elizabeth Wingo and Michael Reeves, made a statement with his quick feet last January at the Army National Scouting Combine in San Antonio, Texas. His 4.19 shuttle (fully-automatic clocking confirmed by was best among linebackers and earned him slot on the All-Combine team. Wingo-Reeves By comparison, Nebraska commit Josh Benderas, arguably top ‘backer recruit in nation, ran a 4.26. “They told me I was as fast as a lot of the running backs,” said Wingo-Reeves. The Chiefs’ standout later attended college camps, at Texas, East Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Connecticut, Boston College, Maryland and Temple. When Temple offered, Wingo-Reeves accepted. “I was looking for a new environment, something different,” Wingo-Reeves said of his big-city choice. The 40-yard dash is the more familiar measurement for college and NFL prospects. You always here “how fast do you run the 40?” But how often does an athlete run in a straight line for 40


Monacan standout Connor Wingo-Reeves visited ODU and Virginia Tech among others before committing to Temple University.

yards? The shuttle – judging someone’s ability going this-away, then that-a-way - is a better gauge of “real-game” conditions. Here’s how it works: Starting in 3-point stance, the athlete bursts five yards one direction, then 10 yards the other direction, then back five yards to original takeoff location. WINGO-REEVES page 9

idlothian High School has had a competitive running program for many years now; but it hasn’t always been at the current level. Change is the only constant in high school sports and the backdrop of the changing colors of the trees at The Plains state championship course will look very different next fall after the Virginia High School League realignment takes hold for all Virginia high schools. Midlothian High is one of the smallest AAA schools in the area and state and next year student population parity in all sports will exist for the first time in years. This change will end local and regional rivalries that have been in place for decades. New relationships will form and new rivalries will spring to life, but the history of the ‘Old’ Dominion District and Central Regional races and rivalries will remain forever. It will take time to settle into the new system- just like its taken time for Midlothian Running to find a place on the elite team running map. The recent success that the Midlo program has experienced wasn’t always there. It’s hard to believe when you look up at the banners in the gym, but the boys’ and girls’ teams haven’t always garnered state and national attention and they started with the same humble beginnings that every other school began with. The Trojans have always been competitive locally and occasionally in the region too, but mixing it up at the state and national meet level against mega schools from Northern Virginia; New York and the West Coast was always met with varied results; no trophies or individual honors. That began to change in 1987 when Coach Stan Morgan came to Midlothian from Meadowbrook where he was a football and track coach from 1983-1987. Prior to his arrival in Chesterfield County, he had coached track and football in New Jersey; a state and two sports very different than Virginia and distance running. Morgan grew up in Northern Virginia where he won a VA state track championship back in 1958 when he was a high school athlete, so it wasn’t a huge learning curve to run his own distance program. He inherited the cross country program by default and began the process of learning the sport and trying to get kids to come out and participate in a sport that is viewed by most athletes as a form of punishment. He immersed himself in the various theories of how to train athletes and like a mad scientist and he worked on his formula for 12 years. He learned the sport by networking with other successful high school and college coaches soaking up the knowledge of how to train kids without burning them out and he unleashed his masterful creation in the fall of 2000. The Midlothian running program is recognized as the home of nationally ranked girls’ teams. But it was his boys who were the first to hit pay dirt and they won their first VA AAA state championships in the fall of 2000. They then followedup that one with 3 more in 2003, 2006 and 2010. Since the 1999 AAA cross country

season 13 years ago, the Midlothian boys have been a top-3 podium team 10 times; consisting of 4 state championships, 3 second place finishes and 3 third places. However, it was his girls team that put the Midlothian running program on the on the map. Over the last 8 years, the Midlo girls have won 6 AAA state team championships to go along with 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Their string of consecutive state victories hit 4 in a row from 2005 to 2008. A couple of injuries derailed their plans to make history with a 2nd place showing in 2009 and they then picked up where they left off and put back to back victories on the books in 2010 and 2011. It’s always a challenge to sync up boys and girls teams and the Midlothian running program is the first VA AAA school to have both teams win the state championships in the same year twice (2006 & 2010). Once Morgan learned how to attract and develop the local talent; he then went national and competed on the big stage. Since 2006 he has taken 4 teams and 2 individual qualifiers to Nike NXN in Portland and 3 kids to San Diego for the Foot Locker national finals. All told, 8 years of consecutive state podium finishes still wasn’t enough to bring a smile to the Trojan girls’ faces at the recent state championships where they finished 3rd a week ago. Most kids would be ecstatic for the opportunity to touch the podium, but the bar has been raised high and often on Charter Colony Road and anything short of victory is…well, just a loss. It defies logic at times, but if success can be a spoiler, then Midlothian runners have been spoiled rotten with hundreds of kids sporting championship bling on multiple fingers. A huge legacy has developed and the recent championship success has left big shoes to fill for future Trojan harriers. Bringing it closer to home, the boys have won 8 Central Region championships since 1999. In the last 14 years, they boys have also accounted for 11 regional podium finishes and 13 Dominion District victories in a row. The 2012 team placed 5 runners (out of 15) on the All-Region team and 1 earned All-State honors. The girls have won the last 8 Central Region championships and have 9 podium finishes in their last 13 tries. They have never missed the Dominion District podium during that time and have won the last 8 district championships. The 2012 girl’s team placed 3 runners on the All-Region team with 1 earning AllState honors. They work hard at being good and being a runner is a lifestyle. The dedication flows over to academics and its not uncommon for the team to earn All Academic district and regional honors for their studies. Many are ranked in the top of their classes and statistically speaking, distance runners excel because of their time management and organizational skills. It’s no wonder that college admissions reps love to have see distance runners apply. In 2011, Coach Morgan sent 5 kids to D1 schools, a couple to D3 and he currently has 15+ former athletes running in NCAA programs such as Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, High Point University, VCU, Lynchburg, Bridgewater, William & Mary, Christopher Newport University and BYU. Three former Midlo athletes; Michael Hammond (’08), Braden Burleigh & ERA page 9



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Wingo-Reeves from page 8 The best-ever shuttle at NFL combine was 3.73 by Iowa receiver Kevin Kasper in 2001. At last year’s NFL combine, top time 3.93 was turned in by Florida tailback Chris Rainey. Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson ran 4.09. In many cases, Wingo-Reeves’ 40 time (4.75) was a tick slower than other linebackers in San Antonio, but he was the quicker athlete in the shuttle. Other attributes include his stature (6-foot-21/2, 225) and his bounce (9-2 standing broad jump). He’s also gifted “above” the shoulder pads. Wingo-Reeves has a 3.9 grade-point average in Monacan’s Humanities Specialty program, taking mostly honors Advance Placement courses. “It helps Connor is so smart,” said MHS defensive coordinator Keith Daniels. “He calls our defenses and re-calls them … every year he got better.” Wingo-Reeves was a four-year varsity starter under Daniels and head coach Dan Parsons. “I’ve been here 31 years and we’ve had less than 10 start all four years,” said Daniels. Asked about the shuttle, Daniels said: “Connor’s quick to the ball as any linebacker we’ve ever had.” The team captain, Wingo-Reeves was two-time All-Dominion District pick after making second team as sophomore. He was credited with 92 tackles this fall, many of the highlight variety as he read plays and chased down ball-carriers, like some growling police dog ordered to “sic ‘em.” “Connor is tough and agile, and you don’t fool him,” said Parsons. He has a significant family football tree. Wingo-Reeves’ grandfather, the late Sterling Wingo, was football-baseball-track standout at Virginia Tech. He was enshrined in Hokies’ Hall of Fame in 1997, along with current coach Frank Beamer. Wearing No. 40, it was suggested Wingo-Reeves had a hyphenated surname because it seemed like he was in two places at the same time for Monacan. “We’ll sure miss number 40, I’ll tell you that,” said Daniels.


Clover Hill adds four to Hall of Fame Clover Hill High School Athletic Hall of Fame added four new names and placed four new Hall of Fame plaques in the trophy cases. Inducted this year during the ceremonies Saturday Nov.10, 2012 at the Bishop Ireton Center were: Donna Stafford (Coach) - Boy’s Tennis 1982-1988, 200-2003, Girls Tennis 19891990, 1999-2003, Three district championships.

Tommy Nuckols (Athlete) 1988-1991 Baseball, Basketball First team all district 1989, 1990, 1991 All Metro 1990,1991(baseball), 1991 District Player of the Year, All Metro, All District, All Region (basketball). –From staff reports

2013 at various colleges and universities. The VHSL realignment makes sense Darren Barlow (’11) are a part of the 2012 on paper and finally the Midlo runners will compete against schools of a similar Va Tech team that won its 1st ever ACC XC championship and the first VT team to size. However, the Trojan have always qualify for nationals since 1987. Over the excelled against their Goliath brethren years, Morgan has also had kids run at and as long as Stan Morgan is leading the Princeton, Air Force Academy, UVA and pack, the realignment shouldn’t bring Yale and as many as 5-6 seniors will con- any relief to their new competition. tinue the running tradition in the fall of

Freelance writer Scott Willard had three of his own children come through the Midlothian cross country program between 2005-2013. Two daughters (Tierney class of 2008 ran at NC State and College of Charleston and Krista class of 2010 running at High Point University and son Sean class of 2013). Scott is the son of former NFL star Ken Willard.





(Track and Field).

Lauren Nussman Vanderbilt (Athlete) 1995-1999 Volleyball, Track and Field 1998 All State (Volleyball), 1998, 1999 Dominion District Player of the Year (Volleyball), 1998 Central Region Player of the Year (Volleyball), MVP 1998, 1999

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Karen Jaeger (Athlete) - 1995-1998 Cross Country, Girls Basketball All District and All Region four years in a row (Basketball)

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