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Chamber bids Gilreath farewell BY JODI DEAL Regional Reporter

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hesterfield County Chamber of Commerce President Lenita Gilreath is about to start a new journey after eight years at the helm of the organization. On Thursday, July 18, more than 150 members of the local business community dropped by the Chamber’s headquarters to wish her well on her upcoming move to Utah. Gilreath’s husband Tony is being transferred to his employer’s headquarters in Salt Lake City. Her daughter, son-in-law and grandson also are relocating there, and her son will continue his education there once he finishes missionary work in Norway. At Gilreath’s going away party, she was joined not only by Tony, but also by her daughter, Courtney Gormus, son-in-law Trey Gormus and grandson Henry.

Debi Girvin, at left, and Sam Kaufman, right, had a laugh with Lenita Gilreath during her July 18 going away party. Gilreath is leaving her position to move to Utah.

Henry Gormus was the youngest attendee at a Chamber farewell for his grandmother. Here, held by his father, Trey Gormus, Henry networks with Debi Girvin and Mark Hubbard.

Lenita Gilreath shares a moment with Betty Matthews of the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation. PHOTOS BY JODI DEAL

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Amanda Rodriguez won a paid summer internship at YMCA.

anchester High School student Amanda Rodriguez have has selected to take part in Bank of America’s 2013 Student Leaders program, which awards a total of 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors from around the country with paid eight-week summer internships at local

nonprofit organizations. Amanda and four other Richmond-area students are interning at YMCA of Greater Richmond. Amanda is interested in using her Spanish-speaking skills to close the language barrier between teachers and students of all ages and backgrounds. She has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school in which she taught students

whose first language was not English, as well as interpreting to parents and teachers. Amanda said she believes that educating first generation Hispanic parents on the English language would be a valuable resource for the Hispanic population throughout her community. She also said she believes in setting high goals for herself, including plans to attend the Virginia Military Institute

and enrolling in the United States Navy. Other activities on Amanda’s resume include serving as a tutor in a Spanish immersion program, as Second Lieutenant, Chaplain and Captain of her JROTC group, as publicist for her school’s Red Cross Club, playing in the Hands and Pans Steel Drum Ensemble, LEADER page 4

Richmond Ballet summer program

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Several local students are participating in an audition-only summer intensive program at the Richmond Ballet. Shown in the first row, left to right, are Sydney Dobzyniak, Josephine Ades, Morgan Davis and Cosima Pellis; second row, Allie Sullivan, Tess Leftwich, Cassie Davenport, Hallie Craig and Gaby Davenport; and third row, Elizabeth Bingham, Meredith Walsh, Julia Grose and Sophia Aylmer. The program runs through early August.

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ongtime Lucy Corr Village resident Margaret Core will live on at the facility, where she considered her friends to be her family. On Friday, June 28, residents and staff of Lucy Corr Village, members of the Lucy Corr Foundation Board of Directors, and members of the Chesterfield Health Commission

gathered at Lucy Corr Village to dedicate the garden connected to the Assisted Living pavilion in honor of Core. In 2012, the Margaret Core Estate donated $10,000 to the Foundation. The gift is being used to maintain the flower garden including the recent installation of a sprinkler system. Core was an avid gardener while living at Lucy Corr, and

spoke often about her love of the garden and the care she received at the facility. Core was a member of the Branch’s Baptist Church and was a retired chemist from Philip Morris. The Lucy Corr Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the funds necessary PHOTO PROVIDED BY LUCY CORR FOUNDATION to enrich the lives of Lucy Retired Lucy Corr Assisted Living Nurse Manager June Peat Corr residents, particispoke at a recent ceremony dedicating a garden at the facility in pants and their families. honor of longtime resident Margaret Core.

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce fair aims to connect citizens, resources BY KOREY HUGHES Special Correspondent

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t can be difficult for new immigrants in Chesterfield County and Central Virginia’s rapidly expanding Hispanic community to find vital information, like job opportunities and access to healthcare. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,

which is based in North Chesterfield, will host its eighth annual Feria Community Resource Fair at Richmond International Raceway, which is located at 600 E. Laburnum Ave. in Richmond. The event is co-sponsored by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Comcast. Several employers such as Bon Secours, Kroger, Virginia State

Police and Wells Fargo will discuss career opportunities with attendees, while government entities including the U.S. Passport Office will be on hand to help local immigrants to secure much-needed documentation. The Consulates of Guatemala and Mexico will also attend. Michel Zajur, the founder and CEO of the Virginia Hispanic

Chamber of Commerce, said it can sometimes be difficult for immigrants to locate important resources. The Feria Community Resource Fair can help. “It provides a lot of information to new immigrants who sometimes don’t know where to get it,” Zajur said. “For instance, a lot of individuals are looking FAIR page 4

Jacob Aaron Nelson, 17, a resident of Chesterfield and senior at James River High School is wrapping up a week at the American Legion Boys Nation at Marymount University in Arlington. Only 98 high school student representatives from across the country were chosen for Boys Nation, based on their academic record, leadership skills and performance at Boys State. Nelson is one of only two from Virginia. The American Legion Boys Nation program provides a week of government training in Washington, D.C, comprising lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical sites. Valuable experience of the political process is gained through the organization of party conventions, the introduction and debate on bills and resolutions, and the election of an American Legion Boys Nation President and Vice President. Each American Legion Boys Nation delegate represents his home state as a “Senator.” The “Senators” caucus at the beginning of the session and organize into committees and conduct hearings on bills, allowing delegates to learn the proper methods and regulations followed by the U.S. Senate. In addition, federal legislators and representatives of national distinction participate in the activities at The American Legion Boys Nation Program. Former graduates of the program include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana.


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he regular sound of toppling bowling pins at Uptown Alley in Midlothian will be accompanied by pop and rock music as the band Flat Elvis hits the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. Founding members Jose Gallegos and Kurt Negaard started playing together about 13 years ago. Negaard is the band’s leader singer, while Gallegos is the backup singer and guitar player. David Estep, the band’s drummer, said that he and Gallegos are neighbors who have known each other for almost 20 years. Tom Patch, who was originally the group’s sound engineer, took over on bass guitar duties about seven years ago. Jeff Doyle plays lead guitar and joined the group about five years ago. Eric Lawson joined the band as its keyboard player four years ago. Last, but not least, Barry Tickle has been sound engineer for Flat Elvis for the last three years. Although rock legend Elvis Presley inspired its memorable moniker, Flat Elvis doesn’t play any of his songs. “The name started as a joke,” Estep said. “We were trying to come up with names for the band one night, and our bass player at the time brought a life-size Elvis cardboard cutout to a show, and he set it up on stage with us.” “Everyone thought it was hilarious, (and) the name stuck. We thought about changing the name five years ago when we had changes in the band, but everyone voted to keep it.” The band’s eclectic name and energetic performances have helped it to gather a dedicated fan base in Central Virginia. Gallegos said Flat Elvis boasts the highest attendance record to date for a live show at Uptown Alley.

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Flat Elvis, set to play Saturday, July 27 at Uptown Alley, boasts a diverse repertoire of pop and rock from the 1960s to present. One thing the band doesn’t play, however, is covers of songs by its namesake, Elvis Presley.

“I think we appeal to a large audience because of the diversity of music we perform,” Gallegos said. “There is a little something for everyone in our set list.” “We also like to make the shows fun and really engage the audience. There is a lot of energy on stage and it translates to the crowd.” If you attend Saturday’s show, expect to hear tunes from the 1960s to the present. According to Estep, the group tries to play songs for every age group and incorporate as many different styles of music as possible into its sets. For the record, the band covers artists such as Big and Rich, Billy Idol and Michael Jack-

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son, just to name a few. hammer the out for two straight “We are all over the place,” Estep days, until we get them right.” said. “If it sounds good and the What’s the mood like at a Flat Elvis performance? crowd likes it, then we’ll do it.”

Flat Elvis will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at Uptown Alley in Midlothian “We all chime in on what song to pick next. Sometimes, we will have a retreat for a whole weekend and pick eight new songs and just

Gallegos said it’s just a party atmosphere. And sometimes, he added, the packed dance floors at the band’s shows have reminded

him of a particularly animated scene from the movie “Animal House.” “We like to see people have a good time,” Gallegos said. “When the crowd gets energized, we get energized, and the whole experience feeds itself – we burn a lot of calories on stage.” The Uptown Alley bowling and indoor entertainment center is located at 6101 Brad McNeer Parkway. Admission for the show is $5. For more information about the show and Uptown Alley, visit www. uptownalleyrichmond.com. For more information about Flat Elvis, visit www.flatelvisband.com.

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Kiwanis Club of Chesterfield raised $5,000 for Hospital Hospitality House with its 2013 charity golf tournament. Club president Shawn Smith recently presented the donation to Babs Jackson of Hospital Hospitality House. Shown left to right are Willoughby Adams, Shawn Smith, Babs Jackson and Beverly Bean.

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Summer memories They have a slew of activities planned, and Special Correspondent I don’t envy Aunt Becky trudging through he more things change, the more they Disney World or Lego Land. Uncle Steve will stay the same. take Jack fishing and they’ll return home and For the majority of us, a summer fry up the catch for lunch. And they’ll play visit to grandma’s house evokes pleasant in the pool, meet new friends and have new memories of days long passed, and sun-soaked adventures. days swimming and having fun. And, they’ll enjoy the small things that make As a child, I spent most of my summers at my summer special — an evening sitting on a big grandmother’s house. Granted, the activities were swing listening to the endless symphony of cicadas different back then. Nothing was more exciting or the smell of a clean Florida than an adventure with my morning. uncle who allowed us to run Which all brings me to what alongside his slowly moving car dad will be doing for those three and collect bottles. weeks. I’ve got enough work to When we returned to my keep me more than busy. As for grandmother’s house, we’d emotionally dealing with the wash them, pack them in a absence of my kids for 21 days, wagon and haul them down to I’m not so sure. the local Safeway and leave with I’ve taken all the precautions what felt like a fortune. I can, installing Skype on the It’s no different today. computer and they will be taking Parents pack their kids for a cell phone with them. You’d summer camp and a thousand think the normal overworked other activities, but that trip to parent would welcome the three grandma’s still stands out as the weeks. I thought I would too. highlight of the summer. Truth is, I’m better at everyHaving kids later in life thing when my kids are right means my younger kids never beside me — and when they are knew my parents, but they have happy, I’m happy. Admittedly, a more than adequate and lovlike most parents, I often find ing couple of grandparents in my ex-wife’s parents. myself questioning the little time I have for myself. And they have Aunt Becky, my sister, and her Sometimes, it seems like there’s kids and work and house is Grandma’s House on this side of the fam- little time for anything else. ily. As I write, they are busy packing and repacking But guess what? That’s more than OK with me. for their journey to Florida to stay with her in Back in another life, I envisioned myself spendTampa for three weeks. The excitement is almost ing the golden years of my life living in Miami — how do I say this? — overwhelming. Beach spending evenings with a rejuvenated career There are few things that can make a 62-yearas a drummer in a dance band and spending my old man feel young, but seeing my kids excited and days relaxing by the beach and sipping a cold happy about an upcoming adventure opens a world fruity cocktail. of memories for me. For a brief second, I’m almost My outlook is different these days. All things back in 1957 heading for grandma’s and their unconsidered for the next three weeks, I wish I was adulterated enthusiasm and innocence is contagious. in Tampa. BY JIM RIDOLPHI

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mpressions Consignment and Boutique has teamed up with a charity aimed at helping connect women with jobs. The business, which is located at 11065 Hull Street Road in Midlothian, is hosting Impressions for Success, a shopping and personal styling event, to raise money for Dress for Suc-

cess Central Virginia. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26. All proceeds from the

services designed to help disadvantaged women find jobs and remain employed. Its main programs

Professional Women’s Group provides resume review, interview tips and mock interviews with an employment specialist. Impressions for SucImpressions for Success cess kicks off will include starts at 6:30 p.m. personal styling advice on Friday, July 26. and will also include raffle prizes. Tickets can be event’s ticket and raffle are Suiting and the Propurchased at the door or sales will benefit Dress fessional Women’s Group. online at www.impresfor Success, which is an Suiting helps women sionsconsignment.com international non-profit dress in the appropriate for $5.50 or $10.50 to add organization offering interview attire, while the a personal stylist.

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he Chesterfield County Senior Advocate will offer its Senior Ambassadors program in September. The eight-week course will allow adults 55 and older to broaden their knowledge of the county and to learn how they can use their creative energies to better the community through self-enrichment and volunteerism. “This group of older adults will get a snapshot of the many different areas of Chesterfield County,” said Senior Advocate Debbie

Leidheiser. “Participants will visit various sites and hear from an expert or policymaker on topics ranging from history, lifelong learning, health and wellness, government and business, and safety. I’m very excited that the office can offer this program to our older adults.” Most classes will meet at the Chesterfield County Community Development Building, 9800 Government Center Parkway, Chesterfield. The upcoming sessions will be on Mondays, Sept. 2 through Nov. 4, with one Thursday class in September.

Enrollment in Senior Ambassadors is free, but an application is required and must be received by Aug. 9. Participants will be selected by lottery. Each session is limited to 20 participants. This program is sponsored by Chesterfield County Public Schools, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, CJW Medical Center and Heritage Financial Consulting. To download an application, visit chesterfield.gov/seniorevents. For more information, contact Leidheiser at 804-768-7878 or leidheiserd@chesterfield.gov.

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Director Heather Miles and Assistant Director Meghan Grilliot are seeking actors of all ages to perform in Chesterfield Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of Alice In Wonder-

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p.m. and Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, which is located at 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield. No fees will be charged. For more information, e-mail ChesterfieldChildrensTheatre@hotmail.com.

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.

July 14

2600 Drewrys block of Bluff Road Maltreatment of/cruelty to an animal was reported at a residence.

3400 block of Suncrest Drive Unknown suspect/s forced entry through a rear door. Firearms and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

8700 block of Peach Grove Road Unknown suspect/s unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry into a residence by forcing open a rear door.

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July 15 13600 block of Genito Road Consumable goods were stolen by fraud with a credit card from a service station.

2100 block of Reymet Road A complainant reported that unknown suspect/s had stripped three HVAC units from a commercial building.

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23113 July 13 14200 block of Helmsley Road Vandalism of a mailbox was reported at a residence.

23234 July 17 3200 Meadowdale Boulevard Unknown suspects siphoned gas from one vehicle and attempted to take gas from another at a parking lot/garage. 5900 block of Meadwood Circle A suspicious person in a vehicle was reported at a residence.

23235 July 8 2000 block of Williamstowne Drive Unknown suspect/s forced entry into the trunk of a vehicle and stole miscellaneous property.

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2900 block of Woodworth Road Maltreatment of/cruelty to an animal was reported at a residence. 4300 block of Green Cedar Lane A victim stated that unknown suspect/s entered a residence and removed property. 2300 block of Willis Road License plates were reported stolen from a victim’s vehicle while it was parked at a hotel. 3000 block of Kingsdale Road Miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a residence. 9000 block of Carswell Street A report was made of narcotics being sold at a residence.

23834 July 14 16700 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy Unknown suspect/s entered a shed at the rear of a business and stole miscellaneous items.

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tudents with local roots earned diplomas and academic accolades during the spring 2013 semester at colleges and universities far and wide. Earning academic recognition and diplomas were:  Carolyn Schul of Midlothian was named to the University of Kansas’s Honor Roll;  Kathleen Austin of Chesterfield and Patrick Freund of Midlothian were named to the Dean’s List at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College. Austin also earned her degree in music education.  Erin Bartholomew of Midlothian was named to the Dean’s List at

LEADER from page 1 serving as a babysitter and interpreter for Parents as Educational Partners, helping with Girl Scouts Troop 3383 and volunteering for the Fine Arts and Science Festival in 2011 and 2012. Bank of America started the Student Leaders program in response to Virginia’s state youth unemployment rate, which is still 16.8 percent despite overall gains in the job market. Overall, teens still have the highest unemployment rate: one out of every seven young people is not in school or working. Research indicates that teens who are gainfully employed have lower drop-out rates, are more likely to continue their education to

FAIR from page 1 to hire Hispanics and to get more diversity, so it’s a job fair and a community resource fair with educational resources and seminars.” Adults who attend Saturday’s fair shouldn’t worry that their youngsters won’t be occupied. Zajur said that Comcast and Telemundo will host family-themed activities. According to Zajur, the event will have plenty to offer both Hispanics and non-Hispanics. “From the perspective of the Hispanic community, I think that it’s got a lot of resources that are trying to reach out to that community,” Zajur said. “And, for non-Hispanics, it’s a

Whittier College, where she earned a degree in Spanish with academic distinction and received the Martin Ortiz Award for Academic Excellence in Spanish.  Kievina Haynes of North Chesterfield graduated from the University of Delaware.  Megan Martin of Midlothian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Frostburg State University.  Grace Love Herbert of Midlothian received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University.  Daniel Meyer of Chesterfield graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.

pursue long-term career goals and ultimately show an increase in lifetime earning potential. In addition to the paid internships, the students will attend a weeklong Bank of America Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., next week. Summit activities include a service learning project and a series of interactive workshops, including Capitol Hill briefings and sessions on financial education and leadership development skills. The students gain a deeper understanding of how service creates positive change and how corporate, nonprofit and government collaboration revitalize communities. good way to come out, have a presence and reach out to Hispanics.” Bridging the gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities has always been one of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s primary goals. The organization has been hosting conversational Spanish language classes at headquarters, located 10700 Midlothian Turnpike. The chamber has also presented industry-specific courses at companies such as medical provider Bon Secours. Admission to the fair is free. For more information about the Feria Community Resource Fair, visit www.vahcc.com.

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magine what life would be like during the heat of a Richmond-area summer with no air conditioning, no refrigeration capabilities, no video games and with a war raging around you. That’s the life interpreters at Henricus Historical Park will portray 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, during Civil War Living History Day. The event will recount the events of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, but will also show what families’ day-to-day lives were like in the summer of 1864. John Pagano, historical interpretation supervisor at Henricus, said families who have access to amenities such like climate control and frozen foods might complain about seasonal heat, but in those days, cooling off was a true challenge. “The weather at Dutch Gap in 1864, especially that summer, was dry and hot, so the priority of the armies was to find water,” Pagano said. “It was quite often easy enough to dig wells, or find local wells, or drink river water.” “Locals were accustomed to summer schedules, working from dawn through midmorning, then sitting inside the middle of the day and often working from evening to sunset,” Pagano added. One of the demonstrations

will show what daily camp life was like for soldiers, which Pagano said comprised about 90 percent of their existences at that time. Troops stayed mobile throughout that summer, but also passed time by playing checkers and chess and participating in literary and singing clubs. “Men in the armies of 1864 were almost always on the move, and by the summer of 1864, the armies had settled down to almost a siege design against one another between Petersburg and Richmond,” Pagano said. “When they were not in front of the enemy and allowed to be in camp, they would have to mend and wash their clothing, write letters home, cook rations, take care of their weapons and gear, receive medical care for sicknesses and even sight-see like tourists.” Women took charge in their homes while the soldiers were away. In fact, many of them joined the war effort by working in factories that produced ammunition. “If they worked on a farm or plantation, they managed the crops and slaves in the South,” Pagano said. “In the North, women were responsible for hiring seasonal help and accomplishing agricultural work.” Medical, supply and religious services as performed by the U.S. Christian Commission

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Henricus Historical Park interpreters will demonstrate a soldier’s life during Civil War Living History Day, but will also show what families went through on the home front as soldiers fought on the front lines.

will also be interpreted on Saturday. The organization supplied pocket Bibles and set up schools for soldiers that helped them write letters home. Saturday’s events at Henricus will also include mortar firings, scheduled to happen either every hour on the hour or in response to peak visitor attendance. Bystanders will be invited to participate by assisting the crew in carrying and conducting training on the weapon throughout the day.

Chesterfield Health Center Commission elects officers Capital Corp. in Richmond. The Chesterfield County Maguire represents the Health Care Center Commis- Matoaca District and will sion has a member and new serve a four-year term on the leadership. commission. At a July 11 meeting, The commission also the commission welcomed elected officers at the July newly appointed member meeting. The new officers Charles T. Maguire, who is are chair Michele A. Stoll, Senior Vice President of the vice chair James Copp and Government Finance Group secretary James A. Shultz. of Banc of America Public The Chesterfield County CONTRIBUTED REPORT

Health Center Commission governs the operation of Lucy Corr Village, a continuing care facility located in Chesterfield County. Other Commission members include James Shultz, at large; James Kalanges, Bermuda District; Janice Dial, Clover Hill District; and Steven Micas, Midlothian District.

“The drills will be very scientific, using angles, distance and basic math formulas as they would have been done at the time,” Pagano said. “The mortar was portable, so anyone fit and strong enough to haul could assist in crewing it.” “Historically, many of the mortar crews firing at Dutch Gap were Confederate soldiers recently recruited into the navy,” Pagano added. History buffs and members of the general public alike will

enjoy the event’s attention to detail, Pagano said. “This event is designed to be interactive and family-friendly,” Pagano said. “Everything, and each station, is designed to tell a story and demonstrate the lives of various people in the period.” “You will hear history, you will smell history, and when you interact closely with the interpreters, you will feel the past. No matter where your interests lie, our interpreters

will cover those elements.” Admission is free for Henricus Foundation patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. Light refreshments will be available during the day in the Patrons’ Tavern for members of the Henricus Foundation. The park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road in Chester. For more information about Civil War Living History Day, visit www.henricus. org.

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THURSDAY, JULY 25 The Chesterfield Council on Aging will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. at Lucy Corr Village, which is located at 6800 Lucy Corr Blvd. in Chesterfield. Judy Jones, with Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, will present a 20-minute overview about the 50+ Active Lifestyles Program. The presentation will be followed by a 40-minute business meeting. For reservations or more information, call 804-768-7878.

FRIDAY, JULY 26 The Seldom Scene, a bluegrass band, will play from 7 to 10 p.m. as part of the Pocahontas Performances Premier Series. Based in Bethesda, Md., The Seldom Scene is regarded as one of the finest and most progressive bluegrass bands. Gates open at 6 p.m., and admission will be charged. The concert will be at Pocahontas State Park, which is located at 10301 State Park Road.

story with a not-so-classic spin will require a dedicated cast of players who should come prepared to read from a provided script. Auditions will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library, which is located at 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield. For more information, e-mail ChesterfieldChildrensTheatre@hotmail.com for info. There will be no fees.

MONDAY, JULY 29 Director Heather Miles and Assistant Director Meghan Grilliot are seeking actors of all ages to perform in Chesterfield Children’s Theatre’s production of Alice In Wonderland. This classic story with a not-so-classic spin will require a dedicated cast of players who should come prepared to read from a provided script. Auditions will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, which is located at 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield. For more information, e-mail ChesterfieldChildrensTheatre@hotmail.com for info. There will be no fees.

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Stonehenge Cure Crew will present a Christmas in July Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stonehenge Country Club. Proceeds from the sale of the booths will support the VCU Massey Cancer Center in the fight against breast cancer. Items for sale will include local art, glassware, jewelry, facial products and baked goods. Stonehenge Country Club is located at 1000 Farnham Drive. The entrance is located on Midlothian Turnpike across from the Wal-Mart. Summer is the time to start thinking about a fall vegetable harvest. The Chesterfield County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a free seminar on Saturday, July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Meadowdale Library. Basics for Planting Fall Vegetables will teach participants the best techniques and timing to grow vegetables that will be ready when the weather turns cooler. For more information, or to register, call 804-7514401, or email minnicinos@ chesterfield.gov. Director Heather Miles and Assistant Director Meghan Grilliot are seeking actors of all ages to perform in Chesterfield Children’s Theatre’s production of Alice In Wonderland. This classic

Center, located at 13101 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chester. The seminar, which is free, is offered in partnership with the Retail Merchants Association. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and participants should arrive no later than 8:30. There is no cost to attend the seminar, but registration is required at TimesDispatch.com/Seminar. Plenty of free parking will be available. All registered participants will receive a swag bag and session notes. Door prize drawings will take place throughout the day.

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FRIDAY, AUG. 2 Wonderful Wetlands will be offered 1 to 4 p.m., with participants meeting at the Henricus Visitor Center at 251 Henricus Park Road. Paddle to the shallow wetlands to examine the vibrant plants and diverse wildlife that thrive there. Which plant was used to make bread? Why are dragonflies and butterflies attracted to wetlands? Participation costs $13.

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Children can read aloud to therapy dogs as part of the Read 2 Rover program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library. No registration is required. Caring Canines provides the therapy dogs, who can provide comfort and companionship to help struggling readers feel more comfortable practicing. Call 804-768-7941 for more information. Chesterfield Children’s Theatre seeks actors of all ages to perform in its upcoming production of Alice In Wonderland. This classic story with a not-so-classic spin will require a dedicated cast of players who should come prepared to read from a provided script. Auditions will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, which is located at 9501 Lori Road in Chesterfield. For more information, e-mail ChesterfieldChildrensTheatre@ hotmail.com for info. There will be no fees.

THURSDAY, AUG. 1 Businesses can learn to make the most of their online marketing at Richmond Media Group’s Digital Marketing Forum, offered 8:45 a.m. to noon at the John Tyler Community College Chester Campus’s Nicholas Student

Chesterfield County residents, and only Chesterfield County residents, can participate in an electronics recycling event set for 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southern Area Convenience Center, located at 6700 Landfill Road in Chester. Televisions can be disposed of for $5, but will be accepted for free if residents pay the $7 gate fee for trash. Computer systems and accessories, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, VCRs, camcorders, stereos and microwaves will be accepted free of charge. Chesterfield Towne Center will host FamilyFest, a day of fashion shows, demonstrations and interactive events featuring about 40 businesses from the Richmond metropolitan area. The event runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. as part of Tax Free Weekend, and will be held inside throughout the entire mall. The Singing Voice competition will hold its final judging of the top 10 finalists. Events are free and open to the public. Chesterfield Towne Center is located at 11500 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. A free Irish dancing class will be offered noon to 1 p.m. at the Heart of Ireland Dance School, located at 14257 Midlothian Turnpike in

Midlothian. The class is open to all ages, but advance registration is required. Register at www.HeartofIrelandSchool. com or call 804-464-8190.

MONDAY, AUG. 5 Early Literacy story times will be offered 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Midlothian, LaPrade and Bon Air libraries, Story times help develop early literacy skills, which enable children to be reading-ready when they enter kindergarten. For more information, call 804-751-CCPL. Game On @ Your Library will happen 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Clover Hill library. Teens can visit the library, play Wii games and hang out with friends. No registration is necessary. Gaming is made possible by the Friends of the Library, who provide all Wii equipment and games. For more information, call 804751-CCPL. Pajama story times will happen 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Central and Clover Hill libraries. Pajamas and a stuffed animal are options for this early evening library event, aimed at helping develop early literacy skills. For more information, call 804-751CCPL.

TUESDAY, AUG. 6 Early Literacy story times will be offered 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Midlothian Library, then 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Central Library, Story times help develop early literacy skills, which enable children to be reading-ready when they enter kindergarten. For more information, call 804751-CCPL. A Morning Coffee Break program set for 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bon Air Library will feature a free acoustic performance by Gene and Gayla Mills, who play Americana music described as modern folk tinged with bluegrass and country. No registration is required and refreshments will be served compliments of friends of the Library. This program is intended for adults. Game On @ Your Library will happen 3 to 5 p.m. at the Midlothian library. Teens can visit the library, play Wii games and hang out with friends. No registration is necessary. Gaming is made possible by the Friends of the Library, who

provide all Wii equipment and games. For more information, call 804-751-CCPL. Children can read aloud to therapy dogs as part of the Read 2 Rover program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Midlothian Library. No registration is required. Caring Canines provides the therapy dogs, who can provide comfort and companionship to help struggling readers feel more comfortable practicing. Call 804-768-7941 for more information. As part of its Meet You at the Movies series, the Midlothian Library will show “Promised Land” with Matt Damon from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The movie tells the story of a salesman for a natural gas company who experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. No registration is required. Refreshments will be provided compliments of The Friends of the Library. Roam the fields and waterways of Henricus with a naturalist to discover the colorful world of butterflies and dragonflies from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the Henricus Visitor Center, located at 251 Henricus Park Road. Look for eastern tiger and zebra swallowtails, skippers, whitetails and eastern pondhawks. Nets and cages will be provided. National Night Out will be celebrated in neighborhoods across the county and country from 6 to 10 p.m. Lock the doors, turn on the outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Get more information and register your neighborhood party at www.chesterfield.gov/nationalnightout/.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7 Early Literacy story times will be offered 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Clover Hill library and 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Bon Air Library Story times help develop early literacy skills, which enable children to be reading-ready when they enter kindergarten. For more information, call 804-751-CCPL.

FRIDAY, AUG. 9 Which tidal lagoon island is home to herons? Which one is a haven for young deer? Paddle the tidal lagoon from 5

to 8 p.m. to find out. Participation costs $13. Meet at the Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road.

SATURDAY, AUG. 10 Sunset Paddle Saturday will allow participants to paddle and ride with the high tide to explore the tidal lagoon at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Henricus Visitor Center, located at 251 Henricus Park Road. The event is only for ages 10 and up, and participation costs $18.

TUESDAY, AUG. 13 “Reduce Your Lawn!” will be presented at 6 p.m. at the Bon Air Library. Tired of spending a lot of time and money on maintaining your lawn with little or no results every year? Plant trees and shrubs and let the moss grow! Discover how to achieve a great look without all of the fuss. The Chesterfield County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is opening this free public workshop. For more information, call 804-751-4401.

THURSDAY, AUG. 15 JJ Grey & Mofro, a band from Jacksonville, Fla., specializing in soul, funk, R&B, blues and Southern rock, will play 7 to 10 p.m. at Pocahontas State Park as part of the Pocahontas Premieres Series. Tickets are $18 each. No coolers are allowed, but the event’s sponsor, Friends of Pocahontas, will sell alcoholic beverages. The opening act is TBA. Gates open at 5 p.m. The park is located at 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield.

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 The Clover Hill Library’s Critics book discussion group will cover “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America” by Erik Larson from 11 a.m. to noon. The library is located at 6701 Deer Run Dr. in Midlothian, and can be reached by calling 804-318-8668.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 Bon Air Library’s book discussion group will cover “The Shoemaker’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani from 7 to 8 p.m. The library is located at 9103 Rattlesnake Road, and can be reached by calling 804-318-8966.

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VCU Medical Center will be offering the following free seminars at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Education and Library Complex, located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue. Registration is required. Free parking available. PLUS, if you come early, you can tour the gardens before the seminar for free.

Call (804) 828-0123 to reserve your spot today. Thursday, August 1, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.

A New Hope for Heart Valve Replacement Join Drs. Derek Brinster and Zachary Gertz, from VCU Pauley Heart Center, as they discuss transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a minimally invasive approach to heart valve replacement, and who can benefit from it.

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What You Should Know About Shoulder Pain Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many common causes for this problem. Join Dr. Douglas Boardman, from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, who will discuss the latest diagnosis techniques and treatment options for shoulder pain.

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Call the Midwives! Join Meghann Batten and Amber Price, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as they discuss how nurse-midwives offer a “low-tech, high-touch” approach for women with low-risk, uncomplicated pregnancies.

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Participants in the 2012 Youth Service Corps help clear trails at Pocahontas State Park.

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he Chesterfield County Adolescent Reporting Program, in cooperation with Virginia State Parks and the Colonial Heights Office on Youth and Human Services, kicked off the Youth Service Corps on July 22.

For three weeks, through Aug. 9, 15 youths from Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights will work at Pocahontas State Park clearing trails, laying walkways and painting buildings. The project is based on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which has a memorial at Pocahontas Park.


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ichmond 2015, the planning committee for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, has announced plans to make Pocahontas State Park the site of their first legacy project. Part of the project will include making the Richmond Region an International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Ride Center. There are currently only 11 other IMBA Ride Centers in the country. The project will look to improve and create 50 miles of trail within the park. The formation of the Ride Center will be orchestrated in partnership by IMBA, Richmond 2015, Pocahontas State Park, the James River Park System, the City of Richmond, representatives from Richmond and Chesterfield governments, and the Virginia Association for Parks. At a press conference to kick off fund-raising on July 9, Wilson H. Flohr, Jr., CEO of Richmond 2015, expressed his excitement over the project. “While our event is nine days, the legacy will last forever. I’m thrilled that the Richmond region IMBA Ride Center will

be our first legacy project,” Flohr said. “It’s a great example of community leaders, many sitting here, coming together for a common cause and it will be an outstanding bicycle asset to our community for both our citizens and visitors from all around the world.” Flohr also said believes the attention to the trails will cause Richmond to become a destination hot-spot for bikers around the country. Magnum Economic Consulting, Inc. has been studying the possible economic impact of the project and has established that tourism accounts for $400 million per year to the area’s economy. The new Ride Center project could increase economic activity in Chesterfield County by $2.7 million, $4.5 million throughout the state. “This is a regional partnership,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said during the press conference. He approved a $50,000 state appropriation to the project, which was also passed by the Virginia General Assembly. “It’s different localities working together with the government and with the private sector all to achieve a common goal of

providing world class entertainment and avenues for a healthy lifestyle here at this beautiful Pocahontas State Park,” McDonnell said. The Dominion Foundation has matched Virginia’s amount with a $50,000 donation. This leaves slightly over one million dollars needed to complete the trails, add new bathrooms and improve parking. All fund-raising will be through the Virginia Association for Parks. Steve Elswick, of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors was on hand at the fund-raising kick-off. “Any time we can have a destination place in the metro area it benefits everyone,” Elswick said. “People come here and they want to ride a difficult course, and then they can go into the city and ride the river course. They can eat out in Chesterfield; spend the night here in Chesterfield. They can go to Henricus Park. There are so many things to do in the metro area; this just brings people in to experience that.” For more information, or to donate, visit www.virginiaparks. org. Information provided by Sports Backers.

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Little League baseball: Of legacies and juice boxes MIKE SCHOEFFEL Sports Writer

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ast Monday evening, I attended a Little League baseball game for the first time in as long as I can remember. As I sat on the hot aluminum bleachers and watched the boys from Powhatan drop an extra inning heartbreaker to Carroll County, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia for my own days as a youth baseball player – those undemanding days when the only things I cared about were post-game juice boxes and the accuracy of my Ken Griffey, Jr. batting stance impersonation. Little League baseball is as American as hot dogs and hamburgers. It is a fabulously flawed circus of hope, despair, absurdity, and – every so often – athleticism. Some of the most ridiculous moments I’ve ever heard of or witnessed have occurred between the white lines of a youth baseball field. One of my childhood friends used to proudly tell the story of how he, as a Little Leaguer, struck out 18 batters in a game throwing nothing but a palm ball, because he believed that was the proper grip for a fastball. Whatever works, right? I’m sure if Tim Lincecum or Justin Verlander could strike out 15 batters per game utilizing nothing more than an 85-mph change-up they do it in a heart beart. But, of course, that could never happen. Only in the ridiculous realm of Little League baseball could batter after batter be fooled by the same pitch over, and over, and over again. Ah, yes. Anyone who played Little League ball will find it hard to forget those dewy Saturday mornings and muggy summer evenings spent at the local ball diamond. I’m reminded of a story my dad used to share with my brother and I concerning one of his former Little League teammates. The name of the player eludes me, but the general idea remains intact – he was a skilled defensive shortstop (think a mini Omar Vizquel) who made nary a fielding error during the regular season. If ever the nickname “Human Vacuum Cleaner” applied to a Little League ballplayer, he deserved it. But something went awry in the championship game. His confidence deflated, things began to fall apart, and he ended up committing an astronomical amount of errors – something like eight LITTLE LEAGUE page 9

Not the average gymnast MIKE SCHOEFFEL Sports Writer

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or most gymnasts, a life spent on the mat, the bars, or the rings doesn’t begin until age 5 or 6 at the earliest, when the proper motor skills have developed and a strong sense of discipline has been instilled within the athlete by coach, parent, or both. But Taylor White isn’t your average gymnast. No more than Hendrix was an average guitar player, or McArthur was your average military leader. In fact, White might be the only gymnast in the continental U.S. who began her training prior to exiting her mother’s womb. “When I was pregnant, she always rolled in utero,” said Taylor’s mom, Stacy White. “And when she was 9 months, she literally flipped herself out of her crib using only her upper body.” “I knew then that I better enroll her in classes just so she could learn to fall properly!” added Stacy. “I was put into gymnastics because I had too much energy and my mother didn’t know how to burn it all,” said Taylor. “So gymnastics sounded like the best option for a break.” Stacy’s decision to get Taylor started at an early age has paid substantial dividends. This past May, Taylor – a rising sophomore at Trinity Episcopal – placed first in the uneven bars at the Level 9 Eastern Championships, which were held at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Mich. It was White’s first first-place finish at a national competition in her gymnastics career. To give you an idea of just how competitive the Level 9 SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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Capital Cup attracts thousands of lacrosse hopefuls MIKE SCHOEFFEL Sports Writer

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or the second time in the last month, over 2,000 rising women’s lacrosse players descended upon River City Sportsplex in Midlothian for a recruiting tournament so massive that the numbers seem almost unfathomable. The Capital Cup – which took place from July 19 through July 21 and featured girls from age 15-18 – saw 260 teams from every corner of the country stroll into the 12-field facility to compete against one another for a chance to be seen by 260 talent scouts from a myriad of highly-respected colleges and universities. The estimated influx for this year’s Capital Cup was around 14,000

people, enough to book 10,000 hotel rooms and bring in over $6 million of revenue to Chesterfield County and the surrounding areas. The final numbers for the Champion’s Cup last month were quite similar, with an estimated 12,000 people attending and approximately 7,454 hotels being booked. It also generated a number of recruits who went on to sign letters of intent at Division I schools, such as Duke, St. Mary’s, Coastal Carolina, Maryland, Penn, Darthmouth, Richmond, JMU, ODU, and GWU. Jacob Atkinson, kitchen manager for “The Grill at Waterford,” a restaurant in Brandermill located approximately five minutes from River City Sportsplex, said “The LACROSSE page 9

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A player from Westchester Lacrosse Club slings a pass around a meddlesome defender.

Post 201 rallies in ninth, but comes up short in legion semi-finals home run to put 125 back up 4-3 in the top of the third Post 201 battled until the and that would be the last run very end but fell in a legion scored before the skies opened semi-final game that just up. Post 201 did get its chance never seemed to want to end. to hit in the bottom of the The game started Monday third but couldn’t manufacnight but was stopped at the ture a run. conclusion of the third inning Play resumed Tuesday after a thunderstorm came night and 125 quickly got on roaring through. the board to start the fourth. Post 125 got out to 4-3 lead Austin Burke led off with a at the conclusion of action double and moved up to third Monday night. Randy Neese on Wes Steelman’s sacricollected an RBI double and fice bunt. Yorgen hit a hard Robert Murphy drove him in grounder to second and Stuart with an RBI single to spot 125 Brown attempted to throw out a 2-0 lead at the conclusion Burke at the plate but came up of the top of the first. Collin empty giving 125 a 5-3 lead. Lawless of 201 came up with Mother Nature, which has the equalizer, however, with a haunted 201 throughout the two-run homer. season, was still not done. The Post 125 answered right game had to be stopped yet back in the top of the second again at the conclusion of the on Charlie Yorgen’s RBI single. top of the fourth as a thunThe seesaw continued to rock derstorm began to brew yet as 201 tied the score at three again. Luckily, the storm never when Austin Anderson came gained much strength and around to score on an error play only had to be delayed 30 by 125. minutes this time. Neese delivered a solo When play resumed again,

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Post 201 went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth. In the top of the fifth, 201 turned to Ben Reid to come on to pitch. He got off to a shaky start walking the first batter he faced. He then allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases. He pitched masterfully out of the jam, however. He got a strikeout, a force out at the plate and a fly out to get out of the inning with no damage done. Post 201 once again went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth and it looked as if the bats would never get going in day two of the contest. The bad got worse for 201 in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Micah Gorman hit a grounder to short stop Paul Wood who got the out at second, but Brown’s throw to first went into the dirt and first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino couldn’t pick it allowing two more runs to score making it a 7-3 advantage for 125.

Post 201 still couldn’t muster a run in the bottom of the sixth, but Reid held the 125 scoreless in the top of the seventh to keep 201 in the game. Post 201 finally showed some offensive life in the bottom of the seventh. Paul Wood reached on an error and advanced to second after 125’s pickoff attempt got away from the first baseman. NaJee Jones then singled up the middle to bring around Wood to score making it 7-4. One run was all they could come up with, however, Jones was caught leaning off second by a fine pickoff move and Mac Caples flew out to end the inning. Jose Castro came on to pitch in the top of the eighth for 201. Neese continued to terrorize 201’s pitching staff as he collected a leadoff double. Castro responded by striking out Robert Murphy, but the pitch was in the dirt so catcher Nicky Mailo was forced to throw out Murphy at first

allowing Neese to move up to third. Castro helped himself in a big way when Gorman attempted a suicide squeeze. He was cat-like off the mound and threw out Neese at the plate. He then got Royce Ruffolk to ground out to end the top of the eighth. Post 201 made it a two-run game in the bottom of the eighth. Brown led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He was then driven in on Lawless’ sacrifice fly to make it 7-5. It seemed though, however, that 201 would take one step forward and then one step back. Post 125 collected three more runs in the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded, Reinhart drew a walk to make it 8-5. A wild pitch made it 9-5 and a dropped fly ball made it 10-5. Although the top of the ninth was anything but the POST 201 page 9


JETER from 8 sistant on his sister’s team in the late ‘80s. “What I liked about it then was the speed of the game and the fact that I had never really seen a fast pitch game and it intrigued me and I just had to learn more,” he said. His accomplishments as a coach show that he has definitely learned a lot more about the game and he has

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grown to love coaching. He says his favorite part of coaching is “seeing the everyday hard work in practice pay off, with a successful season or a great performance in a game.” Jeter says that the entire 2012 season is his most memorable time as a coach. “It started off a little rough, but we finished with 17 wins in a row and a state championship,”

LACROSSE from 8 Grill,” as it’s called, has felt the monumental economic impact of the national tournament. “It was about 4 o’clock last Friday evening,” said Atkinson. “And all of a sudden 20 girls dressed up in their lacrosse gear came strolling in through the front door.” “ We weren’t quite sure how to handle it,” he continued. “But we were more than happy to have the business.

TAYLOR from 8 classification is in the world of women’s gymnastics, let’s break it down. According to isport.com (a gymnastics website), levels 1-6 are compulsory levels, which means every athlete in each level practices the exact same routine (ie. a level four beam in Wisconsin is the same as a level four beam in New York). A gymnast’s routine is set in advance and there is no room for creativity or variation. Uniformity is the rule. While some states host competitions for levels three and below, most hold off until at least level four – the thinking behind this being that by the time a gymnast has reached level four she has a firm grasp on the fundamentals and is ready to be judged seriously against her peers. Level seven is generally considered the bridge between compulsories and optional, which means there are certain skills that a gymnast is restricted to – like having to do a back layout on the floor – but they are also granted a certain amount of leeway in choreographing and arranging a routine. At this point, creativity begins to factor into the equation. By the time you get to level nine – which is where Taylor is at right now – there are absolutely no restrictions on a gymnast’s routine. Think of it as the gymnastic equivalent of taking the reins off a horse. A routine can be choreographed at the leisure of the coach or gymnast, and a gymnast is also eligible for additional points for connecting

he said. Although it is a long ways away, he is already looking forward to the 2014 season. Although he graduated four starters this season, he has 10 returning players six of which were starters in the 2013 season. Like any coach, his main goal is a state championship. “Every team works to win states, and that will be the ultimate

Shaded spots suddenly became a highly sought after commodity, and no ounce of sunless space was left unoccupied. But in the end, it was about the talented young lacrosse players who competed during the four-day event. No amount of forehead-drenching heat could put a damper on that. And now it turns into a waiting game, to see which schools landed a prized recruit, or which prized recruit will be heading to the school of her dreams within the coming months.

value. Many college gymnasts are level nine and ten, which makes the 16-yearold White’s national championship in uneven bars all the more impressive. “I was in awe, I was ecstatic, I was proud,” said Stacy. “Hard work pays off and little stumbles in the road make you stronger.” One of those “little stumbles” that Taylor encountered was breaking and dislocating her toe two weeks before the Level 9 state meet last year. Surgery and physical therapy kept her out of the gym for the entire summer of 2012, but coming back in 2013 to win a state and national competition proved that she isn’t one to succumb to setbacks or remain sidelined for an extended period of time. “The most amazing thing is her perseverance,” said Stacy. “Not only to come back from the injury, but to make it to the national level.” “I believe if Taylor sets her mind to do something, she can achieve anything,” added Stacy. Indeed, and that credo proves true not only in the gym but in the classroom as well. Taylor is off to a highly-successful academic career at Trinity Episcopal, earning honors student status and being named to the headmaster’s list this past school year. “She has practice every day from four to eight, 20 hours a week,” said Stacy. “She gets up at 5:30 to get to Trinity, and starts homework around 9 p.m.” Taylor explains her daily routine in somewhat more blunt terms.

“Wake up. Eat a Nutella sandwich. Go to school. Go to practice. Eat Dinner. Homework. Sleep. Repeat!” she said. Structure, apparently, is the key. So what does the future hold for this young, promising gymnastic star? While it may a little too early to tell, a college scholarship – preferably a Big Ten school – is certainly something that Stacy believes is a reasonable goal to shoot for. At one point, when Taylor was much younger, the Olympics shone bright on her radar. But after realizing the insane amount of commitment it would take just to have a chance at reaching that level, Taylor decided she’d rather just be regular high school kid with a less-extreme training schedule. “Gymnastics is grueling on the body and you have just a few short years to try and stay healthy,” said Stacy. “All Olympic gymnasts are elite gymnasts and most train all day and are homeschooled.” “We want Taylor to have a normal high school life,” she added. So for now, Taylor will just continue to do the things she loves: gymnastics, reading, and watching her favorite shows – Doctor Who, Sherlock and Super Natural – on Netflix. While she may be a borderline elite-level gymnast, she is still, as she puts it, “just a kid.” “Taylor has the most infectious laugh you have ever heard,” said Stacy. “And I am super blessed to be her mom.” To which Taylor responded: “MOM!!!”

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POST 201 from 8 result 201 wanted, you have to respect their grittiness. Despite being down five runs in their last at-bat, 201 would not lie down and quit and played their hearts out down to the final pitch. In fact, it looked as if 201 was going to pull off a huge comeback win, but the rally came up just short. Wood led things off with single and advanced to second on Caples’ single. Brown then doubled into the left center gap scoring both Wood and Caples to make it a 10-7 game. Mailo, in true catcher fashion, boosted the morale in the 201 dugout when he launched a two-run homer to left center field. All of a sudden,

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