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Special show features love art However, she had worked with autistic students for a hat does love previous Girl Scout project, look like to and has a cousin who has you? been diagnosed with a disorTo a student der on the autism spectrum. artist who contributed to a The show will officially show organized by Girl Scout open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Autumn Cox, it looks like an Friday, May 3, as part of enormous paper sculpture Richmond’s First Fridays inspired by “Star Wars” made art event at Atlas, a gallery entirely of computer paper located at 114 W. Marshall St. and blue painting tape. in Richmond. Autumn, who is 17 and a Atlas, Autumn said, is a junior at James River High gallery affiliated with Art 180, School, didn’t have much to an art initiative aimed at local do with the local art commu- teens. nity before she put together “Love Through The Eyes the gallery show, which of Children With Autism features more than 50 works Spectrum Disorder” is, to by Richmond-area artists who Autumn’s knowledge, the have autism. first show of its kind in the


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Richmond Metro Area, but she hopes it won’t be the last. After all, the aim of a Girl Scout Gold Award project, like Autumn’s show, is to create something with a lasting impact on the community. “At first I had thought of a charity run, but that’s done a lot,” Autumn said. When the idea for an art show struck, Autumn managed to find Art 180, which has worked closely with her on the event, and Sandi Wiley, an art teacher who is president of the Autism Society of Central Virginia. “I’ve been working with PHOTO PROVIDED BY TRACI COX her and showing her what James River High School student Autumn Cox, at right, is shown with student artist Bonnie Rutherford, center, and her I’m doing, because she wants mother, April Rutherford. to do it next year,” Autumn

said. “This worked out so much better than I could have expected. This project will keep going.” More exciting than organizing an art show has been the reaction of the children, Autumn said. “A lot of these kids, art is their big thing. Now they can show that they’re unique and awesome. It’s a good way for them to communicate, because a lot of kids on the spectrum aren’t verbal and can’t communicate easily,” Autumn said. Many entries have been heartwarming, like the young boy who incorporated his ART page 2

Class set on rain barrels BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent


New Dimensions, one of Clover Hill High School's show choirs, will be among the groups to perform at the upcoming Cavalcade of Music Concert, offered by the Brandermill Region Men's Club.

Cavalcade of Music event to include show choirs, jazz Men’s Club. The school is located at 13301 Kelly Green Drive in Midlothian. roups of gifted high school Fred Carter is a past president of the performers, including show Brandermill Region Men’s Club and choirs and jazz ensembles, the concert’s organizer. Carter said his will share the same stage organization includes about 150 memto raise funds for charity during the bers who mostly live in the Brandermill Cavalcade of Music Concert. and Woodlake communities. The concert, set for 3 p.m. on Sun“The Men’s Club was formed at day, May 5, at Clover Hill High Scool, is the Brandermill Country Club with a sponsored by the Brandermill Region bunch of guys who played golf together

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and wanted to do something socially with their wives,” Carter said. “The group has two purposes – one is to have fun and the other is to support local charities.” Fundraising is a year-round effort for club members. In addition to hosting the yearly concert, Carter said the men do a drawing at their monthly

Rain water is precipitation that most people take for granted, but when it is collected properly, it can be used for household chores RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP such as washing cars and watering lawns. Saturday, May 4 Local residents 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will get the chance and to construct their Thursday, May 16 own containers to at the gather water durChesterfield County ing upcoming rain Fairgrounds barrel workshops that will be hosted by the Chesterfield County Department of Environmental Engineering. Set for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 4, and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, the workshops will happen at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield. The James River Soil and Water Conservation District, the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Chesterfield Cooperative Extension Office are also sponsoring the workshops. Lorne Field is the Department of Environmental Engineering’s environmental outreach coordinator. Field, who will teach the rain barrel seminars, explained his department’s purpose.


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These Midlothian High School French students recently returned from a 12-day trip to France, during which they stayed with French students, attended a French school and saw sights in Paris and Champagne-Ardennes.


group of Midlothian High School students recently returned from a 12-day international adventure in Paris and Epernay, France. Twelve Midlothian students and their teacher left March 27 for the journey, which was part of the school’s biennial French exchange. The local students had already hosted their new French friends weeks earlier. Now, it was their turn to attend French high school classes, visit historic sites in Champagne-Ardennes and Paris and eat, speak and live


as their French counterparts do. Midlothian students Lily Black, Ryan Bultje, Maria Dubiel, Shelby Gettings, Jake Gore, Sarah Hale, Katrina Leser, Haley Loll, Madelyn Pinkerton, Annie Segal, Emma Tiernan and Elena Wrobel spent one week with their French corrès, or correspondents. Activities outside of school included visits to various famous houses of champagne, the region s specialty, a chocolatier and the ancient city of Reims. Most importantly, the students bonded with their French families as they came to appreciate the similarities and

differences in their lifestyles. Then, after an unforgettable week and a teary farewell to their friends, the students and Midlothian High French teacher Marsha Taylor arrived by train in Paris for three days of touring famous sites. Despite gray skies and cold temperatures, the group reveled in visits to Versailles, the Louvre and D Orsay museums, Sacré-C ur, the Arc de Triomphe, the ChampsElysées, and the Eiffel Tower, where they enjoyed lunch and a view of the Paris Marathon from 190 feet in the air. After the whirlwind PariFRANCE page 3


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Badge workshop, tour set CONTRIBUTED REPORT

Two historical offerings are among activities planned in the coming week by the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation in the coming days. A tour of the house and grounds of historic Eppington Plantation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. Experience what plantation

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ART from page 1 brother’s silhouette into a piece of art, Autumn added. There are sculptures of birds and little figures holding up hearts. “There’s one really cool

life was like in the 1700s at Eppington Plantation, a large tobacco plantation built in 1768 by Thomas Jefferson’s brother-in-law, Francis Eppes VI. The house, which is rarely open to the public, features items on display from the Eppes and Hines-Cherry families, as well as agricultural displays. The tour is $8 per person. The course number

for the tour is 27048. Cub Scouts looking to earn their geology pin can participate in a geology pin workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Mid-Lothian Mines Park. Scouts will learn about geology, how coal is formed and how to conduct a scale-hardness test. A tour of a geological historical site is included. The program is $10 per scout. The

course number is 27040 Registration is required for both events. For more information, call Bryan Truzzie at 804751-4946, or email truzzieb@ To register, call 804-748-1623. Eppington Plantation is located at 14602 Eppes Falls Road in Chesterfield. Mid-Lothian Mines Park is located at 13301 North Woolridge Road.

piece – I almost cried,” Autumn said. “It’s a really big, framed piece, a blue background with a giant red heart, and written in it is this kid’s definition of love. It’s all written in Sharpie and it’s a really long definition. It ends with, ‘Love is Caring’. It’s so sweet. It’s better than I could have imagined anyone articulating what love is.” Because many children on the autism spectrum don’t do well with big crowds, a private reception was held for the artists on April 19. The show will remain on display through May 26 at Atlas.

“This has been a really positive experience,” Autumn said of her crowning Girl Scout achievement. “It makes me feel really, really good to know this is making the kids

feel proud.” To learn more about Art 180, visit Get more information on the Autism Society of Central Virginia at

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“We administer the county’s storm water program,” Field said. “We maintain the storm water sewer system with things that you see like drainage ditches, and we’re responsible for inspections to make sure that what’s going into it and out of it is clean. We also review site plans for development in subdivisions and in places like shopping centers.” As Field explained, pollutants such as chemicals, pet waste and sediment can gather in rain water after it reaches the ground’s surface. If the water from downspouts and gutters can be collected in barrels, it can be reused for certain household chores. Participants will construct their own rain barrels during the event. Fortunately for the environment, the barrels are partially built from recycled materials, and components that can be bought at any hardware store will round out the rest. Since open water can attract insects and other wildlife, a finished barrel has a top that screws down tightly and includes a barrier that keeps bugs from getting inside. “It’s basic plumbing hardware,” Field said. “The barrel is a 55-gallon food grade barrel that was previously used to store pickles or olives.” “You put a spigot on it and secure it with a nut and a washer. And, there’s an overflow valve, and it keeps the water level below an insect screen that helps keep mosquitos out.” Don’t worry if you’re not especially handy with tools. Field said master gardeners from the Cooperative Extension office will be on hand during the event to help participants build their barrels. Of course, Field said, rain water isn’t necessarily safe for ingestion. A barrel doesn’t filter or purify. “It simply collects it,” Field said. “For that reason, we ask that you not use it for potable usage, like drinking it or giving it to animals.” Field said there are two reasons county residents should attend these workshops and start to use rain barrels regularly. “One is to prevent storm pollution and polluted runoff,” Field said. “People don’t understand that storm drains aren’t part of the sewer system.” “It’s a highly effective way to prevent water pollution. Second, it’s also a great method of water conservation because you’re relying less on the municipal water source.” The cost for attendance is $40, which Field said will pay for a barrel and the materials used to construct it. Registration is required for the event. Registration will end for each workshop when the first 40 barrels have been reserved. For more information about the rain barrel workshops or to register, visit

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Duke University chapel organist Arcus to perform at St. Michael’s CONTRIBUTED REPORT


renowned organist will soon perform at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bon Air as part of the church’s Arts at St. Michael’s series. Organist David Arcus will perform in recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at the church, which is located at 8706 Quaker Lane in Bon Air. A native of Kingston, New York, Arcus is the Duke University Chapel Organist, Associate University Organist, and accompanist for the Duke Chapel Choir. He is also Organist of Duke Divinity School, where he has taught courses in church music and hymnody. Arcus holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the M Yale University School of Music. Active as a recitalist, he has played in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany, including Washington National Cathedral, London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Leeds Town Hall, Bamberg’s Imperial Cathedral, and Paris’s St. Sulpice. Sunday’s program will in-

clude original works by Arcus, along with pieces by J. S. Bach, Daniel Pinkham, Dan Locklair and David Durkop. The concert will close with a free improvisation on a theme to be provided to Arcus moments before it is performed. For Arcus, improvisation signifies a return to the pipe organ’s roots. His own compositions grow out of improvisation at the keyboard. “There are a lot of performers who write and a lot of composers who perform,” Arcus said. “What I’ve come to realize is that some of the earliest pieces in the organ repertoire, particularly pieces from the 17th and 18th century, are in a sense written out improvisations. And the more we see the link between the process of composing and the process of improvising, the more we can actually appreciate how these two disciplines are linked.” The concert will highlight the power and rich tones of the church’s Taylor and Boody Opus 64 pipe organ. There is no charge for admission, but donations are requested.

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James Brooker, a student in Rhea Calfee’s sixth grade English class at Swift Creek Middle School, recently received a pleasant and profitable surprise. James won the Patriot’s Pen essay contest held by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was awarded a check for $200 in front of his classmates. The essay contest’s topic was, “What would the Founding Fathers think?” Pictured are James and his mother, Amylin Brooker, along with George Vogel of the VFW.

Pugh elected student government president CONTRIBUTED REPORT

Monacan High School graduate Justin Michael Pugh, a junior at Hampden-Sydney College, was recently elected president of the school’s student government for the 2013-14 academic year. Pugh has served on the Student Senate and the Student Finance Committee. He plays defense on the varsity soccer team and is a member of the swim team. Pugh is also treasurer of the social fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and is a member of the honorary leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa, the Society of

1791 leadership program, and the Military Leadership and National Security Studies programs. An economics and commerce major, Pugh is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Pugh of Richmond. As president, Pugh will be responsible for promoting the general welfare of the student body, representing student interests to the administration and board of trustees and directing the student government. Student government,which was first introduced at the college in 1886, is an historic and respected institution.



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Local author to be featured by Friends of the Library speaker, is also the administrative assistant for the Chesterfield hesterfield County has Historical Society of Virginia. provided the setting for She wrote “Chesterfield County several important events Chronicles: From the James to the in American history, and Appomattox,� which was published its place in our nation’s past will be in 2011. discussed when local author Diane Dallmeyer said her publisher Dallmeyer speaks at the Friends of History Press originally contacted the Chesterfield County Library’s her about writing a book after it annual meeting. obtained a collection of her stories. A 6:30 p.m. reception will preDallmeyer then submitted a procede the 7 p.m. meeting on Monposal to the company, and the rest, day, May 6 at the Central Library, as it has been said, is history. which is located at 9501 Lori Road According to Dallmeyer, the in Chesterfield. regular exposure to the county’s Kahil Dotay, the current presihistorical information that she dent of the Friends of the Chester- receives at the Chesterfield Historifield County Library, said her group cal Society of Virginia inspired her will also elect its new president and to complete the book. directors at large and provide an “From the time I started workannual report that night. ing for the Historical Society in “The Friends are all about help- December of 2006, I was enthralled ing the community get the most out by the legacy that we are endowed of its library system and helping the with here in Chesterfield,� Dalllibrary to fulfill its commitment to meyer said. “The year 2007 brought the community,� Dotay said. a heightened awareness of our fasciDallmeyer, this year’s guest nating past with the 400th birthday

counts from local high school history teachers and academic scholars and the Central Library’s reading room to compile her research. Finishing the book took her about three years. On Monday, Dallmeyer will give a general talk about the county’s legacy, although she said she will probably share a few stories about topics that can be found in the book. She also said she continues to be inspired by Chesterfield’s history, and hopes others will be motivated to learn more about it after they hear her speak. “It enthralls me that we drive down streets everyday with names so familiar but that we don’t normally take the time to contemplate the stories behind those names,� Dallmeyer said. “The famous characters (that) lived in our county fascinate me.� “John Randolph – what a character. And, James Wormeley, who married off his 14-year-old daughter to a man his own age, whom he would

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of Jamestown and the celebrations at Henricus and around the state,� she added. “Even though I have lived in Chesterfield for many, many years and attended school here, I had a lot to learn about our history. Four hundred years is a long time, and (there were) a lot of stories that needed to be told,� Dallmeyer said. Dallmeyer said she primarily used county resources such as ac-

Home school programs offered geology and coal mining. The course will be offered at Midlothian Mines Park, which is located at 13301 North Woolridge Road in Midlothian.  Johnny Reb and Billy Yank, set for 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 31, will cover the hardships of the common soldier during the Civil War. Participants will learn about the food soldiers ate, the equipment they carried, how they trained, causes of the war and motivations of solders. The class will be offered at the Chesterfield Museum, located at 6813 Mimms Loop in Chesterfield. All courses cost $5 per child for children ages 6 and up. There is no fee for adults. Reservations can be made by visiting the Chesterfield Historical Society website at www.chesterfieldhistory. com. Payment is accepted via PayPal. Cost: $5/child ages 6 and older. No fee for Adults. Reservations for these programs can be made by visiting the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia website at and using PayPal. For information on the

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later murder, Anthony Robiou,� Dallmeyer said. “And the places themselves – how many thousands of cars each day whiz down Jefferson Davis Highway right past the ruins of the nation’s first ironworks or down Woolridge Road by the remnants of America’s first coal mines? And, Bermuda Hundred – how many people know it was once a bustling, thriving seaport and the place where colonists were first given the privilege of land ownership in America?� Monday’s meeting is open to the public, but Dotay said Friends members will be given priority seating. Only paying members can vote in the election. Basic memberships are $10 and can be purchased online at the group’s website. For more information about the Friends of the Chesterfield County Library’s annual meeting or to become a member, visit



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came early in life when my father grew some of the biggest, juiciest tomatoes we’d ever seen. just can’t seem to get it right. Problem was, the squirrels ate most of them, Growing tomatoes seems like an easy and each year was a struggle not to grow the fruit, enough encounter, but, unlike other skills but keep it from being snatched just when the I’ve learned over the years, it’s not something labor was paying off. that’s gotten better with time. My successes can be I still conjure up his image in the garden with measured in single digits, and I suppose the only starched white shirt and baggy dress pants accommessage one can draw from years of disappointpanied with a straw hat. He was a businessman ment is the value of perseverance. who knew how to grow tomatoes. I’m not and I As a younger gardener, I pursued every angle don’t. on the process: the secret fertilizer formulas, the This year, my kids and I are starting at the well-guarded secrets of how source. We carefully planted to keep squirrels away and the seeds in small cups and are unique methods of staking awaiting their arrival any day, them. but there are no guarantees. I’ve tried elaborate cages Since we live in an apartset on top of layered levels ment, this year’s crop will be of different combinations container variety, something of nutrients. Containers, I’ve never tried before. I’m hydroponics and plastic bags encouraged by the new prosare just a few of my attempts pects, and thankful to have at success. an emerging group of tomato Now, I’m not saying I aficionados lining up to help. didn’t get any tomatoes in all It all seems so positive. those years -- and there were And that’s kind of what banner years when plants spring provides -- that extra produced small tasty treats kick in the step on a fine in numbers -- but nothing spring day. It’s the sense of you’d compare to a red, ripe renewal and rebirth that the Big Boy. season brings that affects not My best harvest can be only plants, but also animals, attributed to the most simple like us. of planting procedures, provided by one of my It’s a season of hope, and those tiny tomato colleagues at the Midlothian Post Office. seeds, if still alive, represent a tiny portion of that Walter Wood not only taught me how to deoptimism that inebriates us all when spring finally liver mail in a Jeep, he also gave me the basics of arrives. how to grow good tomatoes. Regarding the tomatoes, maybe it’s the journey Throw a bag of 10-10-10 in the dirt and work that’s important, and I suppose I should fear the it in. Three weeks later, side dress the plants with year I don’t plant a seed or grow a flower. cow manure. Nature did the rest, and we enjoyed And for you tomato connoisseurs who don’t a bountiful harvest of red treasures well into early like to grow your own, local produce stands fall. around Chesterfield have a nice selection of I’ve never been able to duplicate the feat, Florida big reds that provide the perfect tease for due to differing locations with varying access to our local favorites later this summer. garden space and other circumstances, but a year If past years are any indication, I’ll be in line hasn’t passed without at least an effort. at one of those stands, with a renewed optimism My first memories of the tomato challenge about next year’s crop. Hope is eternal.


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Bill Quarles challenges GOP incumbent Lee Ware in 65 District race have us believe otherwise, this isn’t his seat. It’s the people’s, and A former chairman of the they deserve better,” Quarles said Goochland County Board of Su- at a recent campaign stop. pervisors will run as a Democrat Quarles served two four-year for the 65th District seat in the terms on the Goochland County Virginia House of Delegates in the Board of Supervisors, serving as Nov. 5 election. chairman for three years, includWilliam E. Quarles Jr. said Sunday he will oppose Republican R. Lee Ware Jr. for the seat Ware has held since 1998. The 65th District includes all of Powhatan County and parts of Chesterfield, Fluvanna and Goochland counties. “You need to infuse your locality with new views,” Quarles said QUARLES WARE on Monday. Quarles said Ware was out of ing 2010 and 2011. He lost a touch on several issues, including re-election bid for a third term women’s rights, healthcare, the to Republican challenger Manuel environment and education. Alvarez Jr. in 2011. “Mr. Ware may feel entitled to Quarles made no secret of his this seat. But as much as he would interest in higher office, sayBY KEN ODOR

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CAVALCADE from page 1 meetings to collect money for charitable organizations. “At every meeting, we do a 50-50 drawing with 50 percent going into our charity fund and 50 percent going to the winner every month,” Carter said. “It’s an ongoing thing, but the concert is the big event.” With the proceeds of previous concerts, the club has helped local charities such as the Central Virginia Food Bank, Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocates, Embrace Richmond and Families of the Wounded further their efforts. “As a result of last year’s event, we donated about $8,300 dollars to local charities,” Carter said. As Carter explained, the group’s charity committee, headed by member Don Reich, decides which aid organizations will receive funds. “They look for opportunities M





to give, and they decide where the money will go,” Carter said. “We get requests from organizations, and they set up the allocations.” On Sunday, Iridescence, Clover Hill’s all-girls show choir, and New Dimensions, the school’s mixed show choir, will perform their award-winning musical selection. The Cosby Jazz Ensemble from Cosby High School will also play an assortment of big band tunes. Carter has seen each of the groups perform in person before, and he said that they will wow the audience during the show. “Three years ago, we had the Cosby Jazz Ensemble at Brandermill Church for our annual concert, and they dazzled the audience when they played Glenn Miller’s stuff,” Carter said. Carter added that both Clover Hill show choirs have taken home top distinction at plenty of comT





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petitions around the country. “Well, I think the thing that everybody is impressed with is the enthusiasm and the professionalism of the kids,” Carter said. “They do their numbers with their colorful costumes, dance steps and singing, and you can’t believe what you’re seeing.” At this writing, 17 organizations have donated door prizes for a drawing that will take place during the concert. Carter said some of the rewards up for grabs include bagel and cream cheese packs from Panera Bread, rounds of golf at the Brandermill Country Club and gift certificates from Waterford Grill. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. For more information about the Cavalcade of Music Concert, call Don Blom at 804-793-8401 or visit

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THURSDAY, MAY 2 The Bon Air Baptist Church Moms of Tots to Teens group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 2531 Buford Road. All moms are welcome. Preschool childcare is available. For more information, contact Loretta Sherwood at The Richmond Area Daylily Society Plant Sale will be held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, located at 1800 Lakeside Ave, in Richmond, from 1 to 6 p.m. The sale will continue May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Large double fans will be $4 each. The Hot Seats, a band billed as “old-time zaniness,” will play 7 to 8 p.m. at the Chesterfield Central Library, which is located at 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield. Registration is recommended. Register at library. or by calling 804751-CCPL.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Take your manga drawing skills to the next level in a special class for teens 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the LaPrade Library. Participants must be between 12 and 16 years old. Students are encouraged to bring a lunch. Registration is required. Register online at library.chesterfield. gov or by calling the library at 804751-CCPL. Spies: Secret Clues In History, provided in partnership with Petersburg National Battlefield, will be offered 11 a.m. to noon at the Chesterfield Central Library, which is located at 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield. This program lets children investigate artifacts, identify who they represented and role-play those individuals. This program is suggested for children aged 6 to 14. Registration is recommended and space is limited. To register or for more information go to or call 804-751-CCPL. A stop motion video class will teach teens how to make a short animated movie from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Midlothian Library. Participants must be ages 12 to 18. Students are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch and their smartphone or tablet. No smartphone or tablet? The library lends devices. Registration is recommended. To register or for more information go to or call 804-751-CCPL. The library is located at 521 Coalfield Road. An orienteering activity will be offered at Pocahontas State Park from noon to 2 p.m. by the Central Virginia Orienteering Club. All ages and skill levels can try out orienteering, the sport of navigating with a map and compass to find specific locations in the woods. Instruction will be available. Cost is $5 per map. Visit www. to learn more and sign up. The Jubilation Senior Adult Community Choir and the Salisbury Ringers will perform a free “Sing and Ring” concert, featuring sacred, secular and popular tunes, at 7 p.m. at Salisbury Presbyterian Church, which is

located at 13621 W. Salisbury Road in Midlothian. A reception will follow the music. For more information, call 804-794-5311.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 The Brandermill Region Men’s Club will present its annual Cavalcade of Music at 3 p.m. in the Clover Hill High School auditorium. The show will feature both Clover Hill show choirs and the Cosby High School Jazz Ensemble. All proceeds will go to local charities. Tickets are $15. For more information, call John Draper at 804-639-6014 or Don Blom at 804739-8401. Clover Hill High School is located at 13301 Kelly Green Lane in Midlothian.

MONDAY, MAY 6 The New Virginians Club invites ladies who are new to Virginia to a coffee from 10 a.m. till noon. For more information, including the event’s location, contact Arline Tepper, at coffee@ Learn more about the group at The Chesterfield Friends of the Library will host their annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Chesterfield Central Library, which is located at 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield. Join the Friends for a reception, followed by a business meeting. Guest speaker will be local author Diane Dallmeyer, who wrote “Chesterfield County Chronicles: Stories from the James to the Appomattox.” Game On! @ Clover Hill Library 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit the library to play Wii games and hang out with friends. No registration is necessary. Gaming is made possible by the Friends of the Chesterfield County Public Library, who provide equipment. The library is located at 6701 Deer Run Drive in Midlothian.

TUESDAY, MAY 7 The Midlothian Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m., with refreshments served at noon, at Bethel Baptist Church, which is located at 1100 Huguenot Springs Road. The program for the day is “This is Me! But That Has To Be…” Members will bring their original artistic designs, which will be judged orally. Club members will try to match each design with its artist, and will learn something new about each other. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Dolores at 804794-3002 or Sandy at 804-379-4515. To learn more about our club, visit Civil War spies… in balloons? In a Morning Coffee Break program set for 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bon Air Library, learn about the use of balloons for reconnaissance during the Civil War, and the formation and eventual failure of the U.S. Balloon Corps from representatives of the Virginia Museum of the Confederacy. This program is suggested for adults 55 and older. Refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of the Library. No registration is required. The library is located at 9103 Rattlesnake Road. For information, call 804-318-8966.

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ing during his last campaign for supervisor that if he won it would be his last term on the board. Quarles grew up in Louisa and Goochland and worked for 30 years as a member of the chemistry and management team at the North Anna Nuclear Power Station. He recently retired and has his own company, Qu-works, focusing on management training and performance improvement. Ware is employed as academic dean for the Benedictine College Preparatory School. He taught history and government at Powhatan High School for 15 years and later taught at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Academy in Powhatan County before moving to Benedictine this year.


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tudents and teachers from Clover High School and Clover Hill High School Math and Science Center recently participated in a World War II Roundtable Seminar at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. Attending from Clover Hill High School were students Stephen Stepp, Seoyeon Kang, Jessiey Davis, Taylor Crafford and Emily Mothena and teacher James Triesler. Attending from Clover High School – Math and Science Center were students Cayla Phillips, Rachel Jones, Emily Lewandowski, Carson Shoemaker and Bimba Orik-

ogbo and teacher Nathanial Henry. The students and teachers had the opportunity to meet and learn first-hand about World War II from a panel of twelve Virginia World War II veterans. The roundtable was moderated by Greg McQuade, weekend anchor at WTVR-TV6 in Richmond. Veterans who participated represented all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces – Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines – and included a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 and a former Army Ranger who was part of the first wave of Americans who

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hit the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. The students and teachers toured the Virginia War Memorial’s Shrine of Memory, where the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginians who lost their lives fighting in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf are inscribed. Over 50 teachers and students from 10 Virginia high schools attended the World War II Roundtable Seminar on March 21. The seminar is one of the Memorial’s See Freedom Speak educational series and was offered at no charge to the participating students, teachers and their high schools.


The Monacan High School Music Department recently was recognized as a Virginia Music Educators Association Blue Ribbon School for Music. That means Monacan Singers, Symphonic Band, and Orchestra each earned a Superior rating at their state assessments this year. This is the fourth time the Monacan Music Department has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School. Pictured left to right are Monacan Music Department members Josh Shaffer, Robin-Renee Barksdale, Jack Mustain, Eliza Perry, Zach Marquardt, and Laura Jackson, representing the Monacan Singers, Symphonic Band, and Orchestra.

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LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, enjoy activities and challenges that enable you to use your talents and skills fully. Stick to relationships with positive people and you will be just fine.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, now might be a great time to present a new image. Someone you want to get to know better will respond to the changes you make in a positive way.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, don’t let someone pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do. Be prepared to face a few challenges, the most important of which might be figuring out your love life.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Listen and observe what everyone is doing this week, Libra. Once you have a clear image you can take the appropriate action to achieve all of your goals.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Do your best to sort through any strong emotions, Capricorn. Remember, you cannot have happy days all the time, but you can learn from the challenging ones.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, the people you interact with this week will teach you some valuable lessons. Your gut instinct will lead you in the right direction, but it’s up to you to take action.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Take on a new challenge or hobby to meet new people, Aquarius. Entertaining friends and their mutual friends will open up new possibilities.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, consider what made you happy in the past and work toward achieving that happiness again. Things will fall into place if you are honest with yourself.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, trust your intuition regarding matters of the heart. Love is in the stars, and you should look for that special person.


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, avoid making a mistake you may regret later. Difficulties are expected with any situation, but you have to rise above and exhibit grace under pressure.

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Left, Fifteen-year-old Gray Gaulding finished Late Model practice then became the youngest driver in NASCAR hsitory to win the pole for a K&N Pro Series race. Center, Kyle Busch performs the victory burnout. Right, Midlothian's Eddie Johnson makes adjustments.

A GOOD AND BAD WEEKEND Driver had hoped to return to NASCAR track, but doctors kept him sidelined

for Denny Hamlin not driving,” Hamlin said on Thursday. “Usually today is a very, very, very fter sitting out three weeks busy day.” due to a fractured vertebrae Hamlin was unable to explain the in his lower back, Manches- doctor’s diagnosis; comparing it to ter High School graduate interpreting Chinese. Denny Hamlin hoped to make his “I saw the scan and saw the healing return to the NASCAR track last that they were talking about. However, weekend at Richmond International some kind of in-plate is not healing Raceway. the way that they wanted it and that’s However, Hamlin’s last-minute what they wanted in order to clear physical examination on Wednesday, me.” April 24, did not reveal the result his More importantly, no physician doctors desired. wanted to assume the responsibilInstead of competing, Hamlin reity if Hamlin’s back was reinjured in mained sidelined at his home track for another on track incident. not only the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint “Honestly, I know everyone is Cup race but his namesake, the Denny trying to protect me from myself, but Hamlin Short Track Showdown. I would have raced at Martinsville Normally, when Thursday rolls weeks ago,” he said. “No one knows around during the Spring NASCAR what the risk will be if I race this week weekend in Richmond, Hamlin is or if I race two weeks from now. Bone preparing for the first of three straight healing is completely subjective.” races. As much as he wanted to race, “It’s a different feel having today Hamlin admitted he was in pain


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but he has long suffered from back problems. “I believe every day I live with about a seven – a 10 is where you are on bed rest,” Hamlin said. “I deal with it every day.” However, the pain was not from the accident in Fontana alone. “I really only had about a week and a half of severe pain from the actual HAMLIN page 7 PHOTOS BY CHARLIE LEFFLER

Manchester High School graduate Denny Hamlin had no choice but to watch the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, when doctors instructed him not to return to racing.

Powerhouse lacrosse teams butt heads on the field BY MICHAEL SCHOEFFEL Contributing Writer



Emily Smith of Atlee High School, in blue, steals the ball and starts downfield as the Midlothian High School Trojan defense tries to chase her down. Below left, Emily Fulk #8 of Atlee High quickly gets the face off and turns to charge at the defense.

Atlee High School’s Stephanie Staples gets the ball and takes off up the middle of the field for the fast break.

ithout question, there's history between the girls' lacrosse programs at Midlothian High School Trojans (8-1) and Atlee High School Raiders (6-1). "Atlee is one of our biggest rivals," Midlothian head coach John Henneberry said. "This is a game the girls look forward to all season long." The two powerhouses butted heads in the first round of last year's GRLL State Tournament. The Trojans won that game, and went on to capture a state title: their second in as many years. Coming into last Thursday's match-up, the Trojans had only one blemish on their record, while the Raiders didn't have any. The two teams are less than a month removed from their first meeting of the 2013 campaign, a midMarch affair won by Atlee, 98, thanks to a prolific second half that saw the Raiders slip five goals past Midlothian

keeper Bridgette Soucy. Fortunes were reversed last week, as it was the Trojans that rode a wave of momentum in the second half on their way to a hardearned victory. Midlothian scored seven goals in the second half alone. It was Atlee's first loss of the season. "When we play Atlee, it always seems to come right down to the wire," Henneberry said. "it's almost always decided by one or two goals." While Thursday's matchup saw the Trojans win by a score of 10-6, the contest was certainly much tighter than the final margin suggests. Midlothian jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Abby Williams, Ally Beames and Casey Reagan. But the early advantage wouldn't hold for long. Undeterred by their opponent's hot start, the Raiders responded with three consecutive scores of their own. At half-time, with the score still knotted at three, LACROSSE page 7

Cycling association offers COLOR THEM RAD monthly ‘New Rider Ride’ CONTRIBUTED REPORT


ince the first Saturday of April and continuing through August, the Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA) is hosting a group “New Rider Ride” to assist new or returning cyclists in learning group ride safety and increasing fitness levels. RABA is a group for cyclists of all ages, fitness, and experience levels. Richmond-area residents who wish to begin road cycling should bring a bicycle and helmet to Laurel Park Shopping Center (Parham and Woodman Roads) for an 8 a.m. ride start. The no-drop, beginner friendly

ride will travel 20 miles round-trip, with a rest stop at Ashland Coffee and Tea. A 12-mile extension will be offered for more experienced riders. Charlie Thomas serves as RABA president and New Rider Ride coleader and Chuck Jajesnica is the recruitment/retention chair. The latter recently was honored with the RABA Presidential Service Award for his efforts as a no-drop pace ride leader. The Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA) offers cyclists of all levels and abilities many ways to enjoy their favorite pastime since 1967. RIDE page 7


Many young ladies would take the entire day to get ready for their prom traveling from hair appointments to manicures and pedicures and having final dress fittings before their big night. Instead, these Midlothian High School students, from left, Elise Monahan, sophomore; Laura Monahan, senior; Maddie Adams, senior; Madeline Graviet, sophomore; Sophia Graviet, senior; and Peyton Mills, senior; chose to brighten their day in one of Richmond's most unusual races, Color Me Rad. During the April 20 5K race, runners were blasted with different non-toxic color bombs throughout Innsbrook. When asked if they were concerned that the bright colors may not wash out of their hair and body completely before their big night, they agreed that it was worth it since it was one of the final events they would participate in as a group before they graduate in June.



HAMLIN from 6 spine itself,” Hamlin said. “All I feel now is the continued disc issues that I’ve had.” The back pain not only affects Hamlin’s ability to race but his every day activities as a new father. “The part that bothers me is it does affect my daily life,” he said. “I can’t lift the baby in or out of the crib because I can’t lean over and things like that. You can’t roll around on the floor and do things that you want to because you’re stuck in a certain position all the time.” Because the new back injury compounds previous problems, Hamlin has considered surgery during the off-season.

CAR returns to Richmond, it is speculated he would need to win twice and finish in the top 13 in each event to reach last year’s Wild Card points cutoff. On the other hand, if Hamlin reaches a point where he realistically cannot reach the Chase, he may decide to go ahead and have the surgery and then focus on a PHOTO BY CHARLIE LEFFLER return for season’s end. Kyle Busch celebrates his win in the Denny Hamlin Short “Eventually you have to Track Showdown at RIR. have a shutdown point of not “There’s a lot of people Hamlin surrounds the fact going out there and racing who have back pains that that his extended absence for nothing at a point,” he understand what I’m talking from NASCAR drops him said. “I think a recovery on about, and, for me, it’s gotten further down the points the kind of surgery that I to the point that something standings, a hole from which would like to have is about needs to be done. I’m too he may not be able to climb a month and a half or so. I young to have these kinds of out of to reach the Chase. could potentially come back pains.” If Hamlin is able to return maybe for the tail end of the The greatest concern for for the 16 races before NAS- year.”

RIDE from 6 weekdays and weekends. The club boasts more than Meetings are monthly and 1,000 members who partici- feature speakers on topics of pate in regularly scheduled interest to the club, as well on and off-road rides held on as opportunities to socialize

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"Every girl on our team works hard," Williams added. "When we step onto the field every game, we do so determined to make a difference, give it all we have, and never give up." Soucy, Midlothian's keeper, used ever inch of her body – and her signature, red-netted stick – to amass a game-high seven saves. Many of those stops came at crucial moments during the contest, with some of her most impressive work coming with her team clinging to a one goal lead. Casey Reagan netted two goals for the Trojans. Ally Beames added one. Leitch tallied two goals for the Raiders. On Friday, the Trojans take a 10-minute, northbound road trip to battle another fierce rival: the James River High School Rapids. Action is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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LACROSSE from 6 Atlee's head coach whipped out his trusty white board, drew up a play in red marker, and spun off a speech in a lingo that the girls seemed to completely understand. "This is what it's all about, ladies," he cried. "Are you ready to compete?" For the majority of the second half, the answer was a resounding "Yes!" The Trojans came out of the gate strong, going up 4-3 on a Sophia Richie goal less than two minutes after play resumed. But Atlee tied the game less than a minute later . Then the Trojans pulled ahead 6-4 on back-to-back goals by Richie and Williams. Midlothian held a 7-6 lead with less than four minutes remaining. As the clock ticked under three and a half minutes, Henneberry took a strategic timeout. With the outcome resting in the balance, he said he wanted to be sure all his players were singing the same tune. The girls huddled around him, listening intently as he concocted a proper plan for defending the slim advantage. As the meeting ended, all 18 players on the roster gave an impassioned "1, 2, 3, Midlo!" and returned to the field with a newfound sense of purpose. Moments later, Richie rung the death knell for the Raiders, bouncing a shot over the masked dome of the Atlee goaltender. It was Richie's third of the game, and her sixth against Atlee this season. The Trojans would tack on two insurance goals before the end of the match, including one by Williams – her fourth – that reached the back of the net at the exact instant the final whistle blew. "Atlee is a great team filled with talented players," said Williams, who also scored a goal in Midlothian's first match-up with Atlee. "We knew it was going to be a close game and that we would have to give it our all if we wanted to win."

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