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Real estate experts report recovery BY JODI DEAL Regional Reporter


hose college graduates stuck at home with their parents as a result of the Great Recession are starting to move out and get their own

places. Meanwhile, mom and dad are downsizing to an apartment or a town home. A grocery store just went up down the street. General warehouses are being replaced by specialty industrial complexes that help with the dissemination of goods or information. Experts who gave a snapshot of the real

only 16 percent of the houses for sale in the Richmond area were worth $500,000. That number has now dropped to 9 percent. Nowadays, the largest portion of the housing market, about 37 percent, is homes worth less than $250,000. In 2005, only 16 percent of homes had that value. Housing market “It’s really begun to be a buyer’s market,” Craig Toalson, chief executive officer of Andrews said, noting that he has a friend the Home Building Association of Richwho recently put a house on the market that mond, told the crowd that the housing mar- was snapped up in a single day. ket in Richmond is healthily recovering. In the Richmond area, about 83.9 percent “Affordability is at record levels,” he added, of families can afford to own homes, Toalson noting that, in 2005, before the recession, noted.

estate industry in the area during a Feb. 11 Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate conference at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond were optimistic, whether they were reporting growth in their particular sectors or stagnation.

Baby boomers are downsizing and young folks are starting new households, and they’re all seeking walkable neighborhoods with lots to do nearby. That means lots of takers for units in multi-family housing developments. “In 2012, the multi-family market almost doubled,” Toalson said. When asked to address a big news item in Hanover and Chesterfield counties, cash proffers, Toalson pulled no punches. “It’s no secret we’re very against cash proffers,” Toalson said of the fees charged by REAL ESTATE page 2

A.M. Davis teacher wins big on ‘Millionaire’ BY JODI DEAL Regional Reporter


oes fifth grade teacher Morgan Saxby owe his A.M. Davis Elementary School fifth graders $64,000? That’s how much Saxby won on an episode of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” that aired on Thursday, Feb. 14. He gathered with his students for a special lunch in the library to watch the show

as it aired for the first time. The suspense was palpable as students watched Saxby take the hot seat with host Meredith Vieira. Students covered their mouths and wiggled in their seats when their teacher hemmed and hawed over answers to questions about grilled cheese sandwiches, asteroids named after celebrities, J.R.R. Tolkein, a diaper-decorating contest DAVIS page 3


Students from Morgan Saxby's fifth grade class watched with rapt attention on Thursday, Feb. 14, as their teacher competed on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."


Tuskegee experience Lecture will provide first-hand look at service BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

Before the 1940s, African-Americans couldn’t fly planes for the U.S. military. That all changed in World War II with a nowfamous group of fighter pilots called the Tuskegee Airmen. During an upcoming event, locals can get a first-hand account of what it was like to be one of those history-making fliers. Silas H. Christian III, the former president of the Howard Baugh chapter of Tuskegee

Airmen Inc., will talk about his personal experiences during an installment of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s 6th annual Winter Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at Lucy Corr Village’s Community Hall at 6800 Lucy Corr Blvd. in Chesterfield. The “Tuskegee Experience,” the training program that prepared those aviators LECTURE page 4


Manchester Middle School Mathletes Trevor Tarrh, Chin Chin Song, James Livingston and Nate Taminger are shown with first place trophies from the regional competition.



team from Manchester Middle School took top honors in the recent Richmond regional MathCounts competition, and will advance to a state competition set for March 16 at the Dominion Virginia Power Headquarters in Innsbrook. At Manchester, the club meets after school each Tuesday. Some other schools have

a regular daytime class for the MathCounts program. The top 10 MathCounts students from each school or club advance to regional competition, with the top four students from each school participating together as a team. The top two individuals and top team from regional competitions advance to the statewide contest. Manchester Middle’s team was headed up by teacher Matthew Parks. Team

members included Trevor Tarrh, Chin Chin Song, James Livingston and Nate Taminger. More than 6,000 schools participate in MathCounts competitions each year throughout the United States and U.S. territories. Schoollevel teachers and volunteers coach participating students from a national MathCounts Foundation handbook. Learn more about MathCounts at www.mathcounts. org.


hesterfield County is among several Central Virginia jurisdictions holding special workshops on Saturday, Feb. 23, to teach people how to be prepared for disasters. The Disaster Survivor Day workshops will be taught by local public safety professionals and volunteers and are funded by the Central Virginia Urban Area Security Initiative. Chesterfield County’s workshop, which is open to all county residents, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center at 6610 Public Safety Way in

the Chesterfield County Government Complex. The workshop will focus on how to prepare for, and live safely through, disasters and other emergencies, including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards and more. Participants will rotate among different stations, learning new information and skills at each one. Each rotation will last about 25 minutes. Station topics will include food and water safety; home safety; hygiene, first aid and personal protection equipment; planning and documents; and fraud, home security and identity SURVIVOR page 2

‘Breathe Easy’ inspired by son's illness CONTRIBUTED REPORT


he parents of a child with cystic fibrosis realized their dream by opening the Richmond area’s first salt spa. Breathe Easy Salt Spa, a salt therapy treatment center opened on Jan. 23 and will have an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 15812 WC Main St. in Midlothian in Westchester Commons. Rob and Stacy Gebhardt

decided to open Breathe Easy Salt Spa after their son Myles was diagnosed at 3 weeks old with CF. The disease has changed their lives and their son’s forever. Through research into therapies that might enhance their son’s treatment, the couple found salt spas, a relatively new phenomenon domestically but widely used in Europe. Three years later, they are opening their own spa to provide salt treatment to those with

respiratory issues, chronic sinus infections, or with a desire to live a healthy lifestyle. Salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is a drugfree, non-invasive treatment that alleviates health problems or other symptoms related to respiratory issues. Conditions that may benefit from salt therapy include asthma, chronic sinus infections, cystic fibrosis, eczema SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Stacy Gebhardt with her sons, (left) Brendt Watkins and Myles Gebhardt in his father, Rob Gebhardt's arms.

Center tour Set for Feb. 24 CONTRIBUTED REPORT

During a 1 to 3 p.m. open house on Sunday, Feb. 24, students, parents and community members are invited to explore the 28 programs at the Chesterfield Technical Center, located at 10101 Courthouse Road. On hand to answer questions and demonstrate career opportunities will be teachers, administrators, students and business partners. At the Chesterfield Technical Center, students can enroll in a technical course and still maintain a college-preparatory schedule at their high school. Students in many Technical Center courses earn industry certification or college credit. Students in grades 9 through 11 may apply for admission to the Technical Center and are selected based on grades, attendance, behavior, counselor’s evaluation and other factors. March 6 is the deadline to apply; applications are available from high school counselors or online at www.ctc. pages/Chesterfield_Tech_Center. Acceptance letters for the 2013-2014 school year will be mailed in April. For more information, call TOUR page 3


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REAL ESTATE from page 1 some localities to offset the infrastructure costs of new development. He added that developers were glad to see proffers dropped in Hanover County, and hopes to see the same happen in Chesterfield County. “In Chesterfield, it’s up to $20,000 a house,� Toalson said. “It’s wrong, it’s not fair, and it’s just not sustainable.� He added that developers are forced to pass the cost on to the homebuyer. There are plenty of lots zoned and ready to go in areas with proffers still in place, but those proffers make them too expensive to build on, he said in response to a question about available land.

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office, retail and industrial investments up 35 from 2011. He added that bank and commercial mortgage-backed security levels are down, $29 million and $28 million respectively. “This buying wasn’t backed by debt,� Little said. Commercial mortgage-backed security rates are down, so Little said he expects lots more investment activity in 2013. “The lending environment is getting aggressive because rates are just so low,� Little said. That is, except for the apartment market, he added. With the explosion in apartment development in 2012, lenders are likely to get skittish about lending for those kinds of projects due to fears of over-building.

Residential growth both inside and outside of the city is supporting retail growth, Industrial market said David Andrews of the Shopping Center The southern portion of the Greater RichGroup, who pointed to Short Pump, the Hull Street Corridor and Chesterfield Towne mond area was singled out as the shining star for industrial development in 2012 by Greg Center as hotbeds of development. “The Richmond retail market has moved Creswell of Colliers International. A massive Amazon facility and a Capital from recession to recovery,� he told his colOne data center – seven of the 10 largest leagues, adding that the Greater Richmond industrial buildings delivered to new users area has just a 7.5 percent vacancy rate, as in 2012 -- were south of the James, Creswell compared to about a 9 percent national pointed out. average. Right now, the Expansion and redeveltrend seems to be opment at the Southpark toward facilities Mall, including a Bass Pro David Andrews tailor-made for the Shop, a new Ulta at Virginia businesses that will Center Commons and the inhabit them, not Kroger Marketplace at the the sale of existing former Cloverleaf Mall site property for new were a few successes he uses. pointed to as evidence of a “This area is no retail recovery. longer just about Andrews noted that a warehousing – we’re “big trend� in the Richmoving toward mond area market seems to delivering goods be grocery developments, around the world,� with two new Krogers in Creswell said, noting recent years, while Martin’s that, in addition to has expanded many local a new Amazon shipstores to include fuel cenping facility, FedEx ters and Fresh Market has and the Vitamin entered Carytown. Popular Shoppe have chosen grocer Wegman’s plans to the Richmond area move to Charlottesville for major facilities. within two years and is He urged industrial real estate brokers to looking at the Richmond area next, he added. drop the “cautious� from “cautious optiFitness businesses also are on the rise, mism.� with gyms like ACAC, American Family With aggressive economic development Fitness, Fitness Evolution and Gold’s Gym popping up and staying strong region-wide, authorities working hard across the region Andrews reported. Smaller fitness businesses, and the 460 corridor project underway, Creswell said he sees growth on the horizon. including private training centers and small “We’re the most central location on the yoga studios, are snapping up empty space in East Coast with the least congestion,� Crestrip malls. swell said. “Don’t be cautiously optimistic As for shopping malls, Andrews called in 2013, or you might see the best industrial Short Pump Town Center a “diamond,� deal of the year pass you by.� noting that 92 percent of the space there is leased. Next in the standings was Chesterfield Towne Center, which Andrews noted is for Office properties sale, but is still a strong property. Suzanne White, a vice president at Although no vacancy or lease rates were Thalhimer, said jobless recovery rates really released for Regency Square Mall, Andrews impacted leasing rates. said it is in receivership. Once the debt is Office properties have a 10 percent purchased for the facility, it will be a spot to vacancy rate, which is holding fairly steady. watch, he added. However, rents are dropping, and the absorpUpcoming news-makers in the retail tion rate, or the amount of available property market include the new Stonehenge Village Center on the Midlothian Turnpike, a Kroger being snapped up over time, is dropping in Marketplace at Staples Mill and a Walmart at the city. In the suburbs, it’s on the rise, likely due to Business, Professional and OperatReynolds Crossing. ing License issues within city limits, White Andrews’ predictions for 2013 included said. Hot properties outside the city included casual restaurants filling more shopping Innsbrook, Stony Point, Huguenot and the center vacancies, national retailers outpacMidlothian corridor. ing local retailers, more growth in grocery White cited election uncertainty, and fears store-anchored shopping centers and more erosion of some brick and mortar businesses over healthcare reform, debt ceiling debates and European financial collapse as reasons by internet commerce. businesses may have decided to hold off on starting up, relocating or hiring more people. Investment properties In 2013, White said her wish list includes “We’re on fire here,� said Andrew Little of jobs, no new office construction, a stampede John B. Levy & Co., who talked about invest- of new companies into Richmond, no more ments. political excuses to hamper business growth Private investors are investing in real and better deals between landlords and tenestate, with apartments up 20 percent and ants.


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ooks can describe historical events, but can’t quite portray them like hands-on activities and real, live historical interpreters can. An upcoming series of day camps at Henricus Historical Park, located at 251 Henricus Park Road in Chester, will help make learning about the past exciting for attendees. Margaret Carlini, education supervisor for Henricus Historical Park, has been heavily involved in planning the educational day camps, which will run April through December. Carlini also is the lead instructor for two of the largest camps, the Camp Pocahontas I and II sessions. “The backbone of all of our programs is hands-on interactivity,� Carlini said. “Some activities that take place during our Civil War camps include simulated battlefield tactical marching and telegraph operation, and during our Pocahontas camps, participants may be found shaping a dugout canoe or assisting with making a Powhatan meal.� What inspired the day camps? Well, according to Carlini, the staff at Henricus decided to bring back popular themes that were covered during previous camp cycles and introduce a few new ones. “Most of the camp themes are those that have been successful in the past,� Carlini said. “Over the past two years, we have added or brought back camp themes, such as archaeology and the American Civil War.�

This year, some of the camp sessions will include wider ranges of age groups. According to Carlini, great care has been taken to ensure that camps aimed at older children will be geared towards those youngsters’ maturity levels. “Two things to keep in mind when running a successful camp are variety and quantity,� Carlini said. “Even if the overarching theme of the camp is archaeology, we incorporate hands-on activities of multi-curricular topics such as environment, geology, science and technology including art and music to hold their attention,� she added. “All camps and education programs at Henricus are age and cognitive-level dependent. We make sure that activities, information and talking points are appropriate, understandable and of interest and ability for specific ages,� Carlini explained. Henricus Historical Park is well known for historic interpretations that are performed by costumed members of its staff, and Carlini said that those dramatic explanations will be included in the activities. “As a living history museum, all camps include historic interpretation,� Carlini said. “Specifically, we focus on 17th century English Colonial, 17th century Eastern Woodland Indian, 1860s Confederate, federal and civilian impressions and apply those directly into the camps where appropriate.� One of the camps that will include a historical interpretation component is the Archaeology & Henricus Camp, which will have separate ses-

sions for the 8 to 14 and the 15 to adult age groups. Carlini said the younger campers will see a retelling performed by period-dressed historical interpreters while the older participants will witness Henricus’ own archaeological site up close. “The child-level camps involve activities which teach archaeology through a mock dig and field laboratory,� Carlini said. “The adult camp will involve an increased use of maps, written resources including an in-depth look at archaeology techniques and the information that we have found in our search for the original site of Henricus.� The Grandparent and Grandchild Historical Afternoon will be another unique opportunity where adults and children can participate in a day camp experience together. “While working in adult-child family teams, everyone will participate in interactive, hands-on tours of the English and Virginia Indian sites, play games and create historic crafts,� Carlini said. Carlini added that Henricus Historical Park provides a special opportunity for local children and their families to participate in these kinds of expressive educational experiences. “Henricus Historical Park is a unique local resource that is privy to more than 400 years of our nation’s most important histories,� Carlini said. “The staff at Henricus aims to make history fun and rewarding regardless of age by fostering an environment where everyone can get elbow-deep in it if they so choose.�

CAMP SCHEDULE Civil War on the James River: Spring Break Camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1-5 for ages 8 to 12 Learn about the daily life of the common soldier during the Civil War and the inventions and engineering feats that the war brought to the James River area. Cost is $180 for the general public, and $160 for Henricus Foundation Patrons. Camp Pocahontas I 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24-28 for ages 6-10 Through activities, demonstrations, arts and crafts, campers will explore the life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people. The camp includes a pontoon boat tour of the James River. The cost is $180 for the general public and $160 for Henricus Foundation Patrons. Camp Pocahontas II 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8-13 for ages 6-10 Through activities, demonstrations, arts and crafts, campers will explore the life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people. The camp includes a pontoon boat tour of the James River. Cost is $180 for the general public and $160 for Henricus Foundation Patrons.

James River Camp II 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15 for ages 7-12 Enjoy an environmental and conservation camp on the James River while paddling a kayak and identifying native plants and animals. The cost is $55 for the general public and $45 for Henricus Foundation Patrons. Archaeology & Henricus Camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 for ages 8-14 In honor of Virginia’s Archaeology Month learn the archaeological method to understand how to create a living history museum. Separate camps will be held for adults and children. Cost is $45 for the general public and $40 for Henricus Foundation Patrons. Grandparent/Grandchild History Afternoon - 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 for ages 4-12 Enjoy an afternoon designed to engage grandparents and grandchildren alike in historical activities, art and fun. All children must be accompanied by an adult over 21. The cost is $5 for adults $3 for children.

Christmas in the Colonies Camp 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 for ages 5-10 Make historic decorations and crafts and participate in games and activities of Colonial Virginia. Decorate your home and James River Camp I Henricus too. The cost is $30 for the general 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 for ages 7-12 public and $25 for Henricus Foundation Experience the James River as people who Patrons. used it for fishing and transportation would have seen it in the 17th century and after the Civil War Winter Camp river changed course during the Civil War. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 for ages 8-12 Enjoy a pontoon boat tour and other river See what a winter day in the life of a activities and projects. The cost is $55 for the soldier in the military would have been like general public and $45 for Henricus Founda- during the Civil War, including drills, chores, tion Patrons. cooking, music and stories. The cost is $30 for the general public and $25 for Henricus Foundation Patrons. Registration is required one week before each camp by contacting Victoria Sweeney at 804-318-8797 or For more information about Henricus Historical Park, visit


Saxby refused to reveal anything about his performance on the show, which taped in September, before it aired – even to Chesterfield County School Board member Dianne Smith, who appeared to watch the show with students. Smith represents the Morgan Saxby Clover Hill District. DAVIS from page 1 Students may have had a at the Iowa State Fair and little extra emotion invested more. Their eyes widened as in Saxby’s performance, since Saxby narrowed down which they helped him prepare for city was named “Cidade da his appearance. Each student Garoa,” or “City of Drizzle,” by made him study guides recognizing that the name was on their areas of expertise, in Portuguese. Right answers sharing facts on everything got applause and cheers from soccer to the pop singer – wrong answers got groans Rhianna. and gasps. He won’t give them his

full winnings, but Davis does hope to use some of the money to take his students on a really stellar field trip – possibly, he told Vieira, to New York City, where the show was taped. This isn’t Saxby’s first go-round on television, and it’s not his first big win either. In 2010, Saxby, who is now 29 years old, had a three-win streak on Jeopardy during which he pulled in $68,000. His students recently got to watch an episode from that run, but Saxby only let them once they reached the goal of every single student in class making an A or a B on a math test.

Cub Scout badges Offered by Chesterfield Historical Society CONTRIBUTED REPORT


ocal Boy Scouts will get opportunities to learn and earn a badge this month, thanks to the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. Cub Scouts can earn their “Know Your Home and Community” badge, part of the Wolf rank, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at

the County Museum at 6813 Mimms Loop in Chesterfield. This activity focuses on the historical importance of the 1917 Courthouse Green and colonial history in Chesterfield. The cost is $5 and registration is through the historical society’s website at Webelos Scouts can earn their Citizen Badge at a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the County Museum. Scouts will learn

about citizenship, emphasizing rights and responsibilities, as well as learning about heritage, patriotic symbols and the functions of laws and government. The cost is $10 and registration is through the historical society’s website at To volunteer, or for more information, call 804-7967121. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is on Facebook at www.facebook. com/ChesterfieldHistory.

Hothouse bridal event set provide an inviting atmosphere for members of the public to see an assortment of wedust after Valentine’s Day and heading ding-themed floral arrangements, no matter into wedding season, many couples the weather outside. are planning their upcoming nupEllis Bridals and Formals, a Chester-based tials. bridal attire business, will present a fashion From 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. show during the proceedings, but it won’t 24, those making wedding plans can spend only focus on wedding gowns. “It’ll be a full a warm afternoon browsing flowers, looking skew of things,” Novak said. at fashion options, and checking out other “They’re going to be offering everything wares at the Hothouse Bridal event at Boufor the brides, bridesmaids, flower girls, and levard Flower Gardens at 2100 Ruffin Mill ring bearers, and even outfits for the mother Road in South Chesterfield. of the bride. It’s the latest fashions and Sherry Novak, community program coor- colors.” dinator for Boulevard Flower Gardens, said Other area vendors also will be on hand to the wedding-themed event will be the first share information about their goods and serfor the floral business to host. vices. Novak said that Central Virginia-based February is typically a big month for businesses such as spa product provider bridal planning, Novak said, and Boulevard Beauty Control, caterer Famous Dave’s and Flower Gardens regularly serves weddings. car service Down Under Limousine will parSo, she added, the idea to host a wedding ticipate in the happening, among others. expo just made sense. Novak said a DJ will provide music and “Well, we do have a lot of experience with there will be refreshments and a complimendecorating and providing flower arrangetary wine tasting. Drawings also be will held ments for weddings,” Novak said. “It was throughout the afternoon. just something that my employers wanted to According to Novak, the Hothouse Bridal pursue.” event will be an informative experience for “Near Valentine’s Day, everyone gets into soon-to-be brides who are currently making the romantic mood. But with most of the plans for their special days. “It’s going to give women that we see, we find that they’re plan- them a chance to see all the latest fashions ning their weddings for the spring and the and to touch base with different vendors summer, so they have to have everything in to give them some idea of what their price order ahead of time.” points are going to be,” Novak said. The Hothouse Bridal event will be held Admission is free. in the business’ tropical greenhouse, which For more information, call Sherry Novak Novak said inspired the event’s name. The at 804-526-4000 or e-mail sherry@boulewarm atmosphere inside the structure will BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent



It’s the same passion for learning that drives Saxby to both teach and pursue spots on game shows, he said. “I’ve always loved learning, reading and trivia,” Saxby said as he and his students waited for the show to come on. “I try to share my fascination with my students. I just love learning stuff.” He also said he doesn’t prefer any one discipline. That’s why he teaches elementary school. He said he doesn’t have to limit himself to one subject. “When I’m teaching math, that’s my favorite subject,” Saxby said. “When I’m teaching social studies, that’s my

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favorite.” He also said he tries to get his kids to think the same way, rather than labeling themselves as math people or English people. It was a history question that got Saxby on his most recent game show experience. When asked who else had been killed at the site of the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, Saxby mused aloud that he seemed to remember it being a son. Unsure, he opted to take his $64,000 and stop the game, rather than risk losing it all. He remembered right – it was Hamilton’s son who died at the same site of the

duel that killed his father. When asked if he’ll pursue more game show appearances, Saxby said he might, but only on a hard trivia-based show like the ones he’s appeared on so far. “I get paid to answer questions – that’s really fun,” Saxby said. “I mean, a trivia game, that’s a fun Friday night for most people.” Saxby and his wife Heather are both Richmond natives and graduates of Godwin High School. She works as a registered nurse at Virginia Commonwealth University’s medical center. This is his first year teaching at Davis Elementary.

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hesterfield playwright takes part in NYC festival A betrayed wife, a love child – will the truth finally set them free? “That Woman’s Child,” a play by Rebekah L. Pierce of Chesterfield, was performed last weekend at a New York short play festival featuring a Richmondarea cast and directed by L. Roi Boyd III. Cast members included Shalandis Wheeler-Smith, Jennifer Krisch, Ja’net Clayton and Stephanie Pope, with stage manager Kyle Carter. The play was performed as part of the third annual John Chatteron/Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival at the Roy Arias Stage II on West 43rd Street in New York City. Pierce recently said that her play had been inspired by illicit affair stories that have made national headlines. In “That Woman’s Child,” Tracy, a hat designer and the secret love child of an affair, returns to Coral

Cove, the small town where she was born. Coral Cove’s residents still haven’t gotten over the scandal. Controversy ensues as hushed family secrets reveal hurt, shame and rejection, manifesting in a groundswell of emotional mistrust. “I wanted to look closely at the dynamics of relationships between women who are pitted against one another by society’s expectations for women who do not fit its mold for what a real woman is,” Pierce said, noting she was inspired by the Elizabeth Edwards story. The Midtown International Theater Festival and its offshoot, the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, were created in 2000 as an alternative to other theater festivals where burgeoning artists could debut in a safe space. The focus is on script, not big-budget effects or sets. Visit http://www. rebekahpierce.synthasite. com/ to learn more about the playwright’s work.


The benefits of a local program that helps people with disabilities achieve in the workplace will be addressed on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Lucy Corr Village. Karen Hannon, founder and executive director of the Richmond Entrepreneur’s Assistance Program, or REAP, will discuss program from 9 to 10 a.m. at 6800 Lucy Corr Blvd. in Chesterfield. REAP provides comprehensive job training and meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities and helps them achieve their highest level of ability. Those attending can learn about the social enterprise model REAP uses and hear about the two businesses it has launched. For reservations or more information, call 804-7687878.

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Listen and learn Which brings me to my son Jack, who had the Special Correspondent most trouble coming up with a career choice. He’s ne should never underestimate the interested in design, engineering and building. wisdom of a child. The girls prompted him to come up with Being around three small children something. offers infinite opportunity to gaze into “What are your dreams, Jack? What do you a world that is unburdened by the everyday rewant to do when you get older?” Sophia asked. sponsibilities that all too often control adult lives. I listened intently but didn’t intervene, knowThey view life with a brutal honesty that is ing that question holds different answers for Jack refreshing. The results are not predictable, and than for the rest of my children. He suffers from often embarrassing for concerned parents who Muscular Dystrophy and faces a less than certain never know what to expect from the mouths of future. Unfortunately, some of the things that lie their children. ahead for him are not pleasant. At other times, the conversations of my kids He and I have discussed his situation and he has offer an insight that is unique and unable to obtain many questions regarding his future, but he faces through any other medium. this enormous challenge with dignity, courage and But, the best tidbits of wisdom often come from tenacity. conversations that are overheard and not intended “I want to swim when it’s nighttime, and go to for adult ears. As I work at my computer, I hear Disney World,” Jack said in response to Sophia’s intriguing tales and observations that often evoke question. laughter, sadness and surprise. Now, that offered no resolution to the pressing That leads me to a comment I overheard a few dilemma of what to be at Career Day, but it was a weeks ago. My kids were preparing for a Career response that brought tears to my eyes. Day at school, and anticipation of just what uniSuch a simple thing — a nighttime dip in form to wear was the source of intense discussion. a warm pool in a warm climate, and a trip to Emma said she was going to wear one of my Disney World. But, for some reason, it once again white shirts and display her intentions of being reminded me of my son’s plight and how it will a veterinarian. She stuffed a small stuffed dog in affect his dreams, goals and visions her top pocket, and, for the moment, most of life’s I hope daily that research will provide Jack unpredictability about future career choices were with the chance he deserves at life. For now, I’ll solved. be working on making Jack’s simple wishes come Sophia grabbed a press pass, a reporter’s true. notebook and pen. She said she wanted to be a Several days later, Jack asked me to snap a photo reporter/photographer. of a beautiful sunset. As he inspected the photo, “That’s what Daddy does,” Sophia told her he noticed a small ray of sunshine forming a tiny siblings. focused beam through the purples, pinks and “Yeah, but he’s mostly a daddy. That’s his main oranges of the breathtaking sunset. job,” Emma quickly replied. “Daddy, is that where heaven starts?” Sophia’s choice flattered me, and I hope her “It sure is, Jack,” I said. creative talents will open many doors in her bright Take time to listen to a child, and you never future. know what you’ll learn. BY JIM RIDOLPHI


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Weekend of music, inspiration slated CONTRIBUTED REPORT


hen the Rev. Robert Duerr takes the stage, audience members get more than music – they get inspiration. The weekend of March 2-3, Duerr will offer “A Musical Trinity: God as Performer, Composer, Listener,” a weekend of activities centered around using musical metaphors to explore the depth of God. Both lecture and music-making will be part of the activities at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 8706 Quaker Lane in Bon Air.

LECTURE from page 1 for battle, was based at the Tuskegee Institute, a historically AfricanAmerican college located in Tuskegee, Ala. Most recently, those pilots’ story was told in the 2012 motion picture “Red Tails,” a film produced by George Lucas that won Best Picture at this year’s NAACP Image Awards. Christian, a Virginia State University professor, attended Tuskegee Institute from 1968 to 1974. During his talk, he will share a first-hand account about what it was like to attend the school and some details about its history. “I’m going to address the whole era,” Christian said. “They can expect to hear about Tuskegee, and I will talk about the impact of being trained there and what it’s like to walk on Moton Field.” Christian said he has met some of the original airmen and heard their accounts of participating in the training program while dealing with the institutional racism that was prevalent in America at M





Duerr has been a conductor for the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, won the American Guild of Organists National Young Artist competition in 1976, founded the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, and served as organist and choirmaster at Great St. Mary’s, the University Church of Cambridge, DURR England.

The weekend’s activities include an open demonstration choir rehearsal on Saturday, March 2; a choral Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, with Duerr preaching and serving as choirmaster; and a lecture and organ recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the choir rehearsal and lecture/recital. All three are open to the public. For more information, call Crystal Jonkman at 804-272-0992 or e-mail her at

the time. “Some just had to struggle their way through Jim Crow just to get to the campus, and (they were) inundated with hatred and language,” Christian said. The Jim Crow law pertained to any law that enforced racial segregation in the South after the Civil War and before the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. Many Tuskegee Airmen were originally denied for military leadership roles. Despite the struggles, Christian said he still sees the story of the Tuskegee Airmen as one of triumph over adversity. That’s why he said he believes that their story is an inspirational one that young people should hear. “When we look at role models in current history, there are so few,” Christian said. “So, if you look at their story as a legacy for our youth to foster a sense of pride in them, they will know that, in spite of the odds, you can make it.” When asked what makes the Tuskegee Airmen’s story so compel-

ling, Christian said the organization’s story hasn’t been retold often in history books. “These were guys who came from all over the world, and their legacy is so critically important to share with other generations to show that we made critical contributions to this country that have been left out,” Christian said. “But, we don’t have the reflective discussions that we used to have.” “We need more storytelling to build our pride to show that we have contributed beyond anyone’s imagination. And, once you’ve been on that ground, you know why we need to make those stories available.” Christian served as the chapter of the Peterson-based Howard Baugh chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., which is named for an early Tuskegee Airman, for a five-year stint ending in December 2012. The event is free for Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia members, but admission is $5 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 796-7131.






Joy Monopoli Brian French Birgit Weeks Melody Kinser Bruce Wells Cindy Grant

All data are based on the publicly available Chesterfield County Police Department daily arrest and crime releases and are reported according to Federal Incident Based Reporting rules.



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5200 block of Cabretta Drive Several unknown suspect/s were observed stealing items from a home under construction.

3300 block of Meadowdale Boulevard Unknown suspect/s entered residence with no signs of forced entry, but there was a hole in the drywall leading from the exterior water heater closet into the apartment. Items were reported stolen from the residence.

23112 Jan. 15 7200 block of Full Rack Drive Unknown suspect/s broke out the glass of the rear sliding doors. Items, including firearms, were reported stolen from the victim’s residence. 4600 block of Commonwealth Centre Parkway Suspect stole items from a department store.

Jan. 17 8000 block of Midlothian Turnpike Two armed, unknown suspects entered a business through an unlocked rear door. The suspects displayed handguns and forced one employee to open the register to give them money. The suspects then forced the employees into the walk in freezer and fled the scene. Items were reported stolen. No injuries were reported.

Jan. 19 6200 block of Sloan Court Unknown suspect/s assaulted a victim outside of the residence in a parking lot.

23235 Jan. 15 3900 block of Tanbark Road A report of fraud/identity was reported at the victim’s residence. 1600 block of Mountain Pine Trail Unknown suspect/s entered a residence by moving the window air conditioning unit. Currency was reported stolen.

Jan. 16 7500 block of Marbrett Drive A possible known suspect forced entry 9400 block of Midlothian Turnpike through the front door of a residence Unknown suspect/s possibly entered the business through an unsecure win- of an apartment and stole items. dow. Items were reported stolen from a building at a construction site. Jan. 20 7500 block of Bannockbarn Drive A witness observed two unknown Jan. 21 suspects running from the rear of the 7400 Midlothian Turnpike residence. Items were reported stolen. Armed and masked suspect entered the business, forced the victims to their knees and stole currency.

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23236 Jan 15 4300 block of Sharonridge Drive Unknown suspect/s forced entry through an exterior garage door and an interior garage door that leads into the residence. Items were reported stolen from the victim’s residence.

Jan.14 9000 block of Meredith Hill Trail Bicycles were reported from the victim’s residence.

Jan. 15 2600 block of Egee Drive A report of attempted fraud was reported at the residence.

Mercedes-Benz dealer honored for second year CONTRIBUTED REPORT

Mercedes-Benz of Midlothian has received the Mercedes-Benz Best of the Best Dealer Recognition Award based on its outstanding performance in 2012. According to Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), this was the second year in a row that Mercedes-Benz of Midlothian was presented the award that serves as a tribute to its success and as a dealership that routinely exceeds the expectations of Mercedes-Benz owners. This year, MBUSA is recognizing the top 15 percent of its retail network with the Best of the Best recognition. The award, presented annually, goes to top performing MercedesBenz dealerships for demonstrating superior performance in various areas of their business, including customer satisfaction, new vehicle sales, certified pre-owned sales, leadership and management, parts operations, and market penetration. “These dealers are exemplary representatives of the MercedesBenz brand: an entrepreneurial spirit fueled by a commitment to excellence and strengthened by a

total focus on customer satisfaction,” Steve Cannon, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said. “Supported by their exceptional performance, 2012 proved to be one of the most successful years in the history of Mercedes-Benz USA. I thank them for their hard work and dedication.” “This award is a culmination of our staff ’s dedication to outstanding customer service and professionalism, as well as the allegiance that our customers have to our dealership and the Mercedes-Benz brand,” said Ron West, general manager at Mercedes-Benz of Midlothian. Mercedes-Benz of Midlothian is locally owned and operated by the David R. McGeorge Car Company and is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013. The dealership, located at 12200 Midlothian Turnpike, sells and services new and pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and Sprinter vans, along with a full line of Mercedes-Benz parts and accessories. For information about the products and services offered by Mercedes-Benz of Midlothian, visit

Paranormal history investigation activity to be held on Saturday CONTRIBUTED REPORT


t’s about to get spooky at the Magnolia Grange House museum. From 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, the museum will host a workshop covering the history, uses and techniques of specialized equipment used to evaluate paranormal activity. Participants will get the opportunity to use dowsing rods while conducting a paranormal investigation at the Magnolia Grange House at 10020 Iron Bridge Rd. in Chesterfield. The workshop, called Spirited

History Investigation, is being presented by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia in partnership with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation. The cost is $10 and registration is through the historical society’s website at This program is appropriate for ages 8 through adult, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on the event or the historical society, call 804-796-7121 or follow CHSV on Facebook at ChesterfieldHistory.

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Organic farmers and those who offer the supplies they need converged on the Koger Center from all over the state for the 14th annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference.

Farming conference Draws crowds to Koger Center

John Tyler Community College’s 18th Annual Literary Festival will feature student and faculty readings starting at 7 p.m. in room H109 in Hamel Hall on the Midlothian campus. All public events are free. For more information about the festival, visit www., or contact Jeff Landon at or 804-5941473.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23 Story Time and Craft with the Virginia Historical Society will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon at the Midlothian Library, Meadowdale Library and Central Library, respectively. Hear “A Sweet Smell of Roses” by Angela Johnson and create a Martin Luther King Jr. hand puppet at the event, which is recommended for children aged 4 to 10. For more information, visit library.

1 p.m. in room B124 in Bird Hall on the Chester campus. Admission is free for all public events, and light refreshments will be served. For more information about the festival, visit www.facebook. com/johntylercc, or contact Jeff Landon at jlandon@jtcc. edu or 804-594-1473.

is free for all public events, and light refreshments will be served. For more information about the festival, visit www., or contact Jeff Landon at or 804-594-1473.


Pruning Crape Myrtles and Other Trees and Shrubs begins at 6 p.m. at the LaPrade Library. In this seminar, learn how to prune the correct way. The program is being presented by the Chesterfield County Cooperative Extension and the Chesterfield County Master Gardeners. It is free of charge.

Story Time and Craft with the Virginia Historical Society will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon at the Midlothian Library, Meadowdale Library and Central Library, respectively. Hear “A Sweet Smell of Roses” by Angela Johnson and create a Martin Luther King Jr. hand puppet at the event, which is recommended for children aged 4 to 10. For more information, visit library.

and plants healthy to pruning a layman would expect to see How to Control Those Lawn and caring for berries. – soil, pest solutions, books on When a team from Seven Weeds seminar begins at 1 The conference also includ- practices, animal feed – others p.m. on at the Central Library. Springs Farm, located in Floyd ed a youth program for young had more exotic offerings. They’re everywhere – learn to County, left for the Virginia CRAPE MYRTLE agriculture enthusiasts. Peter French of Thorvin control them. The program is Biological Farming Conference, Angel Shockley of ShaKelp, based in New Castle, being presented by the ChesJohn Tyler Community they were hauling several tons rondale Farms, located near sat proudly behind bowls of terfield County Cooperative College’s 18th Annual Literary Unknown No Longer: A of soil. It was all spoken for. Charlottesville, said she loves green powder. He explained Extension and the ChesterFestival will feature a staged Virginia Slave Name Database Farm worker Dane Elder field County Master Gardenbeing around others with a that his product is Iceland’s reading of “The Belle of will be presented from 11 a.m. ers. It is free of charge. said Seven Springs representa- passion for organic farming Amherst” by acting teacher to noon at the Chester Library finest sustainable kelp – dried Catherine Bryne at 7 p.m. tives come to the conference and Midlothian Library, reand healthy living. using geothermal heat from MONDAY, MARCH 4 in room H109 in Hamel Hall spectively. This genealogical each year for networking and “I’m passionate – it resothe earth, not with commeron the Midlothian campus. tool, a project of the Virginia Critter Control seminar begins sales opportunities. nates with me to use your food cial drying tactics. He’s been Admission is free for all public Historical Society, offers a at 6 p.m. at the Midlothian This year, the 14th annual as your medicine,” she said, importing it since 1983. events, and light refreshglimpse into 19th century Library. Get tips to save your Virginia Biological Farming ments will be served. For standing behind a table piled “Kelp is good for animals, Virginia history. Learn how to landscape. The program is more information about the Conference, a joint effort of find Virginia ancestors. For with mushrooms from the it’s good for your garden, and being presented by the Chesfestival, visit www.facebook. more information, visit library. the Virginia Association for terfield County Cooperative farm and her own tinctures it’s good for the earth, and com/johntylercc, or contact Extension and the ChesterBiological Farming and Virgin- made with plants from its it’s good for people,” French Jeff Landon at jlandon@jtcc. field County Master Gardenia State University, drew more nursery. “It feels good and said, showing off Kelp snack edu or 804-594-1473. Teen Studio: Feel the Beat ers. It is free of charge. than 500 people Feb. 8-9 to the right to follow that path.” bars made for humans. The will be presented from 10:30 Koger Center in Midlothian. to 11:30 a.m. at Meadowdale WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27 She noted she was the most geothermal drying it what sets WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Library, Bon Air Library and “There are just so many excited about a presentahis product apart, he added. Manakin Episcopal Church’s Manakin Episcopal Church’s LaPrade Library, respectively. resources all in one spot, and Lenten Program will be held “It maintains the vegetative tion on soil microbes called Lenten Program will be Become immersed in West some of these companies at 985 Huguenot Trail in “Teaming with Microbes: The properties,” French said. That held at 985 Huguenot Trail, African drumming in this Midlothian. Eucharist begins are hard to find otherwise,” Midlothian. Eucharist begins means more nutrients and Organic Gardener’s Guide to djembe workshop presented at 6 p.m., followed by a light said Elder as he grabbed a at 6 p.m., followed by a light by the Elegba Folklore Socithe Soil Food Web,” which was better flavors. “Animals just like supper and the program supper and the program bit of hummus from a snack ety. Learn percussion techbeing offered by Jeff Lowenfels, it better.” from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Those from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Those niques and explore cultural table heaped with homemade a gardening expert who came To learn more about the who are unable to attend the who are unable to attend the traditions. Participants in this goods. He added the conferworship and/or the supper Virginia Association for Biofrom Alaska. worship and/or the supper program must be between may come at 7:15 p.m. for ence is an easy way for farmers logical Farming, go to www. Although many of the may come at 7:15 p.m. for the the ages of 12 and 16 years the program, “Faith in the to get connected with not only vendors’ items on hand even program “Faith in the Context old. For more information, Context of the Episcopal of the Jewish Community suppliers but also the agencies visit Church in the Twenty-First in the Twenty- First Century that govern agriculture and Century,” by Rev. Holly Holin Richmond” by Rabbi Ben Spring Lawn Care seminar other farming concerns. lerith, bishop of the Episcopal Romer from Congregation begins at 10 a.m. at the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Virginia Association for Or Ami. For more informaChester Library. Learn what For more information, call Biological Farming director tion, call 804-794-6401 or the to do now for that lush, green 804-794-6401 or the rector, rector, Rev. Michael Stone, at Janet Aardema, between fieldlawn. The program is being Rev. Michael Stone, at 804804-317-5083. presented by the Chesterfield ing questions from visitors and 317-5083. County Cooperative Extenhelping presenters get ready Pruning Crape Myrtles and sion and the Chesterfield to teach workshops, said the THURSDAY, FEB. 28 Other Trees and Shrubs semiCounty Master Gardeners. It conference is the largest of its nar begins at 6 p.m. at the is free of charge. John Tyler Community LaPrade Library. Learn how kind in Virginia that is focused College’s 18th Annual L John to prune the correct way. The just on biological farming. Tyler Community College’s THURSDAY, FEB. 26 program is being presented 18th Annual Literary Festival Speakers from all around John Tyler Community by the Chesterfield County will feature student and facthe country attended the event, College’s 18th Annual Literary Cooperative Extension and ulty readings at 11:30 a.m. in addressing everything from Festival will feature a student the Chesterfield County PHOTO BY JODI DEAL room B124 in Bird Hall on the speech contest starting at using fungus to help keep soil Angel Shockley of Sharondale Farms Master Gardeners. Free. Chester campus. Admission


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46. Stand for a coffin 47. The Great Emancipator 53. Brown coat mixed with gray or white 54. Lightly fry 55. New Yorker film critic Pauline 57. European sea eagle 58. Lasiocampidae 59. Another name for Irish Gaelic 60. Droops 61. Clairvoyants 62. Phonograph record CLUES DOWN 1. On behalf of 2. Enough (archaic) 3. Adrenocorticotropin 4. Public recitation 5. “Gunsmoke” actress Blake 6. Waited with _____ breath 7. ____-Breaky Heart 8. Sacco and Vanzetti artist Ben 9. Those who inspire others 10. Capable of being shaped

11. Cardinal compass point (Scot.) 12. TV advertising award 13. Zen Buddist riddle 21. Hill (Celtic) 22. Universal standard time 25. Passover feast and ceremony 26. Zanzibar copal 27. NE Arizona pueblo people 29. Pith helmet 30. Small trout-like fish 31. Greek hell 37. Herbal teas 38. Struck a golf ball 40. Dash 41. Removes writing 42. Coal laborers 43. Old world, new 45. Mental representation 46. Someone who bites 47. Greek god of war 48. Albanian word for snow 49. Resounded 50. Solo racing sled 51. Gull suborder 52. Crimefighter Elliot 56. Albanian monetary unit

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, expect to see eye-to-eye with your significant other this week. You will be on the same page and this will help to strengthen your relationship.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 You will be full of energy this week and ready to handle anything that comes your way, Libra. When you get on a roll, you may find you have some admirers.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, open up to a trusted friend to regarding a significant decision you have to make this week. This friend can provide some valuable perspective.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, embrace the opinions of those closest to you. Those opinions might differ from your own, but they may also provide you with some important perspective.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, the coming week may try your patience. Relax when the week starts to prove too stressful, and you will make it through the week with your peace of mind intact.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 A barrage of new ideas makes you a hot item this week, Gemini. Your brain is working overtime and you may be shocked at what you come up with.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Try something different this week, Virgo. It may mean taking a new route to work or trying a new food. Try something that is out of your element and you may find you like it.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Keep listening when others around you are talking, Sagittarius. You can learn valuable lessons just by keeping a trained ear on the conversation and use this information later on.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you may have big plans this week but that doesn’t mean you can leave all other responsibilities by the wayside. If you can’t get to things yourself, then delegate. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you crave change this week, even if it is something small and mundane. Figure out something you can do on a small level to incorporate change into your day. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 You may be inclined to help your community this week, Pisces. There are bound to be plenty of places to share your time.


CLUES ACROSS 1. Afraid feeling 5. Cause to be embarrassed 10. A group of hunting animals 14. At some prior time 15. Papier-__, art material 16. Disney’s “____ and Stitch” 17. College army 18. Essential oil from flowers 19. Solo vocal piece 20. “Bodyguard’s” female star 23. Liz’s 3rd husband Mike 24. A weapons emplacement 25. Vast desert in N Africa 28. Fasten by sewing 32. Organic compound 33. Cooper’s Hawk (abbr.) 34. Immerse in a liquid 35. A beatnik’s abode 36. Utter sounds 38. Used esp. of dry vegetation 39. Live in 42. Metric linear units 44. Indian frock

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, planning is going well and you have been following through with your responsibilities. Expect to tweak a few things in the days to come.

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From Russia with love Long journey from Russian orphanage to America BY FRED JETER Contributing Writer


Max Chisholm's four-year win/loss total is 103-32.

VCU roster a mix of old and new

September 11, 2001, has been recorded as one of the darkest days in United States history. However, all 9-11 news was not tragic. On a brighter note, that was same day Maxim Chisholm and younger brothers Alex and Gannon officially became Americans. The brothers grew up in separate orphanages in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and were adopted on 9-11 by Bobbi and Derek Chisholm of Midlothian’s Foxcroft subdivision. At Cosby High, senior “Max” Chisholm deserves “big man on campus” status even though he weighs just 106 pounds. Chisholm has posted a two-season 70-16 wrestling record featuring 39 pins, two Dominion District crowns and a rousing Central Region title last

week at Manchester. The Titan breezed through Regionals, pinning Lee-Davis’ Nick Timok in 1:06 in semifinals and then dispatching Nico Rivera of Mills Godwin, 9-1, in one-sided finals. Chisholm’s four-year totals, counting freshman/sophomore years at Clover Hill, is 103-31. “Max is like a bulldog,” says Cosby coach Mike Stefanko. “He keeps coming at you and coming at you … full bore … he overpowers people with his strength.” Chisholm emerged as the area Hercules of the Virginia High School League’s lightest weight class. “Pound for pound,” says Stefanko, “Max is the strongest kid on the team.” Hands down, he’s the superstar of the chin-up bar. Chisholm has done as many as 30 pull-ups and can still rip off 20 even with a 10-pound weight tied around

his waist. “I think a lot of it is natural,” said Chisholm of his flex-appeal, “but I’ve done a lot of working out … I’ve done everything I can to get stronger.” Derek and Bobbi Chisholm, with six daughters of their own, were only planning on adopting one son when they flew to Russia in September 2001. “We only intended to adopt Gannon, the youngest,” recalled Derek. “While we were there we discovered the two older boys living in different orphanages. “We decided to take all three and finished signing the papers on 9-11 … it wasn’t until several days later, because of the terrorist attacks, we were able to fly back into Dulles (Washington D.C.).” All three Chisholms have caught mat fever. CHISOLM Page 7


BY BRUCE WELLS Sports Editor

The Virginia Commonwealth University Rams baseball team once again boasts a deep roster, perhaps the deepest they’ve had in years, welcoming back 14 returners to go along with a talented class of newcomers for the 2013 season. “Our depth is very important to us this year,” said new Head Coach Shawn Stiffler, who spent the previous six seasons as the top assistant to the late Paul Keyes. “Every player has been pushed in Cujas practice. Everyone has to go out each day and compete at a high level. The depth is going to help us when we need to juggle some lineups and move guys around.” VCU’s players will be playing with heavy hearts this season, as the program moves forward without former head coach Keyes, who lost his battle with skin cancer in November. Keyes started at VCU as an assistant in 1985 and had been the head coach for 18 seasons, putting together a 603-428-1 record, winning five CAA titles and making eight NCAA tournament appearances. Under Keyes tutelage, The Rams sent 36 players into professional baseball after playing at VCU, including six that reached the major leagues. The Rams promoted pitching coach Stiffler to the interim head job in December. “There are no words to express on what the loss of Coach Keyes means to this program,” said Stiffler. “His impact will be felt for years to come because of the many lives he touched. You can’t even think about VCU’s baseball program without thinking of Coach Keyes and certainly he is going to be in our minds every day, but one big wish that he had was that he didn’t want this season to be a tribute for him. However, we are going to think about him every day before we go out in the dugout.” On the field, the same hardnosed style Keyes taught throughout his tenure at VCU will continue to be the Rams’ trademark. “We are very excited about this season,” said Stiffler. “We return seven RAMS Page 7


The Cosby Lady Titans celebrate their Dominion District Championship with the crowd last Friday evening. Cosby defeated L.C Bird 66 to 47 at Manchester High school in this final game of the regular season.

Titans cruise to championship BY BEN ORCUTT Contributing Writer

Led by Dorothy Adomako, the Cosby Titans defeated L.C. Bird 66-47 to claim the 2013 Dominion District Tournament title on Friday at Manchester High School. A 6-0 junior forward, Adomako scored 25 points against the Skyhawks and demonstrated why she was named the district’s player of the year. She earned first-team AllDistrict honors along with teammate Adriane Vaughan, who scored 10 points against the Skyhawks in the tournament final. The Skyhawks kept the game close behind the play of Taja Cole, a 5-7 sophomore

guard, who hit a 2-point shot at the buzzer to pull Bird within four at the half, 29-25. But thanks to a 21-point third quarter, the Titans entered the final stanza with a 14-point lead – 50-36. Cosby went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter, causing Bird to call a time out with 5:40 left in the game. The Titans took their largest lead of the contest at 66-41 with 2:33 left to play after Adomako was fouled on a follow-up attempt and hit two free throws. With her team down 20-19 with 4:40 left in the second quarter, Adomako scored six points in succession to give the Titans the lead for good. She hit a follow-up shot, then

stole the ball for a coast-to-coast layup and scored a bucket on a drive to the basket. Adomako was pleased with her selection as district player of the year. “It feels good,” she said. “I’m actually really excited for this award. I’m really happy about this one. I worked really hard for it.” It shows. Adomako is a force on the boards at both ends of the floor and is comfortable going inside or outside on offense. “I think my game has improved a lot because I’ve been working on it, not always posting up inside but outside shots, taking TITANS Page 7

Skyhawks top Rapids the first time we played them and our kids learned from that,” Manns said. “They L.C. Bird captured the Dominion District learned how hard you have to play to beat boys’ basketball tournament title Friday at a quality team. The second time we played Manchester High School thanks primarily them, we did a little bit better [75-67 loss], to the play of three super sophomores. but this is a young group. We have eight The Skyhawks defeated the James River sophomores and every game we learn, we Rapids 58-35 and Bird sophomores Kenny get better. We’re a team, we press a lot, we Williams (23), Marselis Purvis (16) and run a lot, so when we play with energy, I Malik Johnson (11) accounted for 50 points think we’re pretty good and that’s what we between them. did [Friday].” The Rapids carried a 19-6 record into The 22-3 Skyhawks play a style of basketCentral Region tournament play this week, ball akin to that of the VCU Rams, who call but were looking to make it three wins in their pressing defense and fast-paced offense a row over the Skyhawks and claim the “havoc.” district tournament title. “Well, we have to,” Manns said. “We’re The loss to the Skyhawks wasn’t a matter very small, so it’s almost out of necessity. It’s of his team having a letdown following the a fun style. The kids like to play it. The fans Rapids’ semifinal win against Cosby, said like to watch it, so we do it. It’s very hard James River head coach Tracey Hamner. to teach. It’s very hard to work on for kids “No, I think it’s hard to beat a team three and you have to be committed one hundred times,” he said. “They got hot. They made percent. You can’t be selfish.” shots.” Leading by 12-8 in the first quarter Despite the loss, the Rapids were eager to against the Rapids in the district tournabegin regional play this week, Hamner said. ment championship, Williams, a 6-3 guard, “We’re healthy,” he said. “We’re ready to sank a 3-point shot from NBA range, then go.” made a 3-point play the old-fashioned way The Skyhawks did not lack for motivaafter being fouled on a successful drive to tion against the Rapids, said Bird head the basket and then converted on another coach Troy Manns. “They really beat us pretty easily [78-49] BOYS Page 7

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Guarded by James River’s Tim Daly (34), Bird's Kenny Williams (25) puts up 2 of his 23 points.



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long-range trey to put the Skyhawks up 21-8. Williams also scored on a drive and then a jumper at the buzzer to give Bird a 3515 lead at the half. “I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I was just feeling it. I was just letting it go and it went in.” A 6-6 forward, Purvis was dominant on the glass against the Rapids. “We had to play hard and we had to bring a lot of energy so we could win this thing because we know they beat us twice and we had to make sure we closed down on all the shooters,” Purvis said. Williams was joined on first-team All-District by Javonte Riddick, a 6-1 senior guard and one of the Skyhawks’ captains. Riddick said people ask him “all the time” if he’s related to VCU standout Juvonte Reddic – whose first and last names are pronounced like his – but he’s not. His role as a captain, Riddick said, is “just being a leader for my young players. That’s pretty much it, then score when I have to.” According to Riddick, the recipe for success in the regional tournament is simple. “Keep doing what we’re doing and keep bringing energy every game and everything else will just follow,” he said. Riddick added that the


James River’s Kevin Regimbal (12) maneuvers around L.C Bird’s Tyrek Wallace (23) in last Friday's final.

Skyhawks’ ultimate goal is “to win a state championship.” Also selected first-team All-District were Tim Daly of James River, Huguenot’s

Jareese Cooley and Troy Caupain of Cosby, who was named player of the year. Manns was named district coach of the year.

starters positionally as well as two starting pitchers (Heath Dwyer and Ryan Farrar) from last year." The lefty duo combined for 24 starts last season and held their opposing batters to .247 and .254 averages respectively. Highlighting the group is a pair of preseason all Americans Bill Cullen (Thomas Dale HS) and Joey Cujas (Manchester HS). Cullen, who Stiffler claims is “one of the best all around center fielders I’ve ever coached,” has already garnered attention from several national outlets, including Preseason All-America citations from Collegiate Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and College Sports Madness, on the heels of a breakout sophomore campaign. In 2012, the Colonial Heights, Va. native hit .347 with 25 doubles, nine triples (second-most in the NCAA) and five home runs. Prior to the start of the 2013 campaign, the 5-9 junior was named preseason player of the year in the A-10. Cujas, also a junior and a First Team All-CAA selection a year ago, returns at third base. Not only is Cujas one of VCU’s best hitters, but he’s also a solid defender. As a sophomore, he batted a team-best .390 to go along with 21 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 49 RBIs, while boasting an outstanding .963 fielding

percentage. Other local players who are being counted on by Stiffler to contribute this season are: Chris Ayers (Manchester High School) - Ayers, the only returning player with catching experience, spent the majority of last season as the Rams’ DH, and hit .302 with 12 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 37 RBIs. The coaching staff says that he has worked on the defensive part of his game this offseason, and has improved tremendously. Ayers will vie for time behind the plate and when not catching he will DH and hit in the middle of the line up. Michael Carpenter (Cosby High School) Carpenter, a freshman, adds depth to the Rams’ bull pen. Characterized by Stiffler as ‘a super competitor’ Carpenter should be a huge contributor in the future as his fastball command increases Ryan Morrison (Manchester HS) – Stiffler and his coaches are looking for a break out year from Morrison, who last season saw action in 11 games with one start. He has the ability to be a shut down guy out of the Bull Pen as well as spot start some games. Brent Mikionis (Powhatan High School) - Mikionis, a redshirt senior first baseman, started 54 games in 2012 after missing much of 2011 with an injury. Still

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rehabbing from a recent back injury, Mikionis is expected back shortly after the start of the season. When he returns Mikionis will hit in the middle of the line up and play first base. VCU makes the move from the Colonial Athletic Association to the A-10 for 2013. The Rams are familiar with a handful of their new league mates, including cross-town rival Richmond, but will also face schools such as Butler, Dayton, La Salle and Saint Louis for the first time. “We are very excited to compete in the A-10,” Stiffler said. “The competition in the league is always good. St. Louis, Richmond, and Rhode Island all had very good years last year and return a lot of veterans. UNC Charlotte was a little down last year but have been at the top of the league year in and year out. The A-10 has great coaches in it and every weekend will be a battle.” The Rams went 2-0 this past weekend at the Country Inn and Suites Elon Invitational in Elon, N.C. It marks the first time that the Rams have been 2-0 since the 2010 season. VCU returns to The Diamond on Friday for its home opener, a non-conference match-up, versus Saint Joseph’s. The first first pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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people off the dribble and working with my dad….,” she said. Heading into this week’s Central Region Tournament, the Titans had a 24-1 record, with the lone loss coming at the hands of Western Branch in a January tournament at Highland Springs. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was actually to win states,” Adomako said. “We all had that one dream of winning states and we just needed to go one game at a time so now we’ve got to take it to the playoffs and play very hard.” Titans head coach Rachel Mead, who was named district coach of the year, said that’s her philosophy, to focus on one game at a time. Following their slow start against Bird, Mead said she told her team to settle down. “That’s what I told them at halftime,” she said. “We just need to calm down and play our game.” Regular season champions, Cosby defeated Bird for the third time this year. Cole scored 25 against the Titans and also was selected first-team All-District along with freshman Sydnei Archie and junior Micaela Parson of Monacan. The top four teams from each of the region’s four districts earned a berth in the regional tournament and the regional finalists will advance to state play.


Senior Adriane Vaughan (32) for the Cosby celebrates with teammate Hannah Armstrong (25) after their victory Friday night at Manchester High School.



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