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ripe for wildland fire
additional restrictions. Check
with your local fire department
With all the snow and rain
before starting a fire.
of the past few months being
For more information, visit
replaced with above-average
the VDOF Web site at www.dof.
temperatures, low humidity lev- virginia.gov.
els and elevated winds, the next
four days will likely prove busy
for Virginia’s wildland firefighters, according to officials with
the Virginia Department of
The National Weather
• Contact your local
Service has issued a special
weather statement regarding the fire department beincreased fire danger threat for
fore starting the fire.
the next several days.
• Do not burn when
“Conditions are ripe for
wildfires,” said John Miller,
winds are up. (If you
VDOF’s director of resource
flags are flapping or
protection. “We advise all citizens to remain aware of these
your wind chimes are
conditions and take extra care
playing their tune,
this weekend. Fire crews across
the Commonwealth are on high it’s probably not a
good time to burn.)
The sunshine and warm
• Keep your pile
temperatures are sure to entice
small – less than 10
people outside and many will
want to clean up their yards
feet in diameter and
and fields. Some will turn to
3 feet in height. Add
burning the debris they’ve accumulated over the past several material to your fire
months. The burning of debris as the pile burns
and trash is the No. 1 cause of
down. Don’t add any
wildfires in Virginia, so VDOF
officials recommend alternamaterial to your fire
tives to burning, especially
under the conditions expected
• Clear the area
“Take the debris to an aparound the pile down
proved dump or recycling facilto bare soil.
ity,” said Miller. “If that’s not
• Keep water, rakes
an option, consider building a
brush pile that will help support and shovels handy.
wildlife on your property.”
• Stay with your
If someone must burn,
fire until it’s combe aware of state and local
laws that are in place for your
pletely out and you
protection and the safety of
your family and neighbors. The have doused the hot
state’s 4 PM Burning Law is in
ashes with water.
effect through the end of April. • Have a fully
Outdoor burning is allowed becharged cell phone
tween 4 p.m. and midnight every day. Burning is prohibited
with you and call 911
at all other times. Violations of
as soon as the fire
the law are Class 3 misdemeangets out of your conors which carry a fine of up to
$500. In addition, anyone who
trol. (Let the trained
lets a fire escape is liable for the
cost of suppressing the fire as
well as any damage to someone the blaze.)
else’s property. Certain localities across the state also have
by John Campbell on behalf of Virginia Department of Forestry
Finding pets a permanent
place to call home
BY ELIZABETH FARINA
rbit gave all the puppy love he could
possibly muster on why he would make
a good pet during Metro Richmond Pet
Savers’ first monthly Adopt-A-Thon on
Saturday, April 10, at the PetSmart Store on CarMia
Way. The Cocker Spaniel mix relished the many
“Good dog” and “What a sweetie” moments from
potential owners who came to the event. The event,
a collaborative effort among several animal rescue
groups, including Metro Richmond Pet Savers’
founders Richmond Animal League, Ring Dog Rescue and Chesterfield County Humane Society, was
a way for the public to meet cats and dogs available
Carol Betzler, director of the Hopewell Humane
Society, was pleased to see the turnout from the
public. She cautioned that, “pet adoptions should
not be spur of the moment. It is a lifelong commitment.”
Penny and John Hilton were at the Adopt-AThon for that reason – to make a commitment.
Penny Hilton explained that they had recently lost
two of their three Golden Retrievers to age and she
felt it was important that her retired husband find a
routine with a puppy. A two-month-old mix named
“Finnegan” or “Finn” seemed to be a match. “This
is the first one he saw and he really likes him,” she
said. “I hope he’s tolerant with children.”
At another tent, Judy Van Fossen, who has
volunteered with Richmond Animal League since
1998, held Orbit’s leash as he continued to greet
passer-bys with his puppy-brown eyes. “Look at
that personality,” she said.
Cristina Johnson of Richmond agreed Orbit had
a great personality that may be a possible match
for her Shepherd-mix named Mattie that she had
adopted from RAL in July 2008. She had received
an e-mail from the organization about the event. “I
have been thinking for awhile about a second dog
and wanted to see who is who,” Johnson said.
RAL’s adoption process requires three references,
including one from a veterinarian. All the cats and
dogs receive up-to-date vaccinations and are spayed
or neutered. The adopting owner is also given a bag
of pet food, “so you can go straight on home and
start,” Van Fossen said.
For the volunteers, fostering is part of the adoption process. Wendy Reardon is fostering Little
Grey, a little mix of everything, until he’s adopted.
PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH FARINA
old mix to
for the family
to love at the
Adopt a Thon
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Student artists recognized for their work
Office pool wins
courtesy of the VA Lottery
A law office is a quiet, serious place. That is, as long as
11 employees don’t win a big
Mega Millions prize. When that
happens, the quiet and serious atmosphere flies out the
That was the case when
Myra Rich-Smith of Richmond
checked the Mega Millions
tickets she bought on behalf of
her office pool for the March
30 drawing. One of the eleven
tickets matched four numbers
plus the Mega Ball number to
“I ran down the hall,” she
said. “I couldn’t wait until
everyone got in to tell them. We
had a good time that morning!”
She bought the winning
ticket at Styles Bi-Rite, at 11300
Hull Street Road in Midlothian.
Since the prize was divided
11 ways, each member of the
pool received $909. Along
with Ms. Rich-Smith, the pool
members are: Lisa Tuck of
Richmond, Mary Romeo of
Midlothian, Sharon Guidice
of Midlothian, Mary Ellis of
Midlothian, Susan Shearin of
Richmond, Patsy DeBlasio of
Midlothian, Luanne Kolleda of
Chesterfield, Michael Bowen
of Midlothian, Albert Fray of
Richmond and David Clements
of Midlothian. Each group
member contributed $1 per
We had a
drawing to be part of the pool.
Nearly 95 cents of each
dollar spent on the Virginia
Lottery by players goes back to
the Commonwealth in the form
of contributions to education,
prizes and retailer commissions.
Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery
profits have been designated
solely to K-12 public school
education in the Commonwealth. In that time, the Lottery
has turned over more than $4
billion for Virginia’s public
schools. The latest annual
profits of $439.1 million currently represent about 7 percent
of state funding for public
education in Virginia. In 21
years, the Lottery has sold more
than $21.1 billion in tickets,
awarded more than $1.1 billion
in retailer commissions and
paid more than $11.6 billion in
prizes to players.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JTCC
Mary Auerbach of Chesterfield received the Karen Gammon Award for her artwork "Cars in Rain."
Courtesy of John Tyler Community College
The many talents of John
Tyler Community College’s art
students are now on display at the
Midlothian Campus as part of the
2010 Juried Student Art Show.
The show, which opened on
April 2 with a reception and awards
ceremony, features a wide array of
mediums from painting and photography to digital art and sculpture.
The show was juried by Jack Glover,
a noted local artist and educator.
Plaza Art Award
Ryan Whisler of Midlothian
Artwork – Self-Portrait ala
Ben Franklin Crafts Award
Emily Nicolaides of Midlothian
Artwork – Portrait of Dora Maar
Campbell’s Ceramics Award
Mary Beth Ols of Richmond
Artwork – Whimsical Tea Pot
Richmond Camera Award
Vicki Barron of Henrico
The winners are as follows:
Artwork – I See You
Main Art Awards
Ian Glass of Chester
Jonathan R. Burnley Graphic
Artwork – Self-Portrait with Blue
Khiem Tran of Midlothian
Artwork – Kumquat Logo Suite
Robert Wynne of Richmond
Artwork – Stones #3, Isle of Iona
Karen Gammon Award
Mary Auerbach of Chesterfield
Artwork – Cars in Rain
Richard Phelps of Midlothian
Artwork –Lidded Jar
Mara Lee Landrum of Petersburg
Artwork – Roots
Michael Allen of Midlothian
Artwork – Friendship
Ilona Strunk of Richmond
Artwork – Fisher Girl
The student artwork will remain
on display on the second floor of the
Academic Building through April
30. The public is invited to stop by
the college, and enjoy the exhibit.
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April 17 is full
of local events
- what is on
“Decisions, decisions; I’ll be the
one with the camera heading out
to Fool for Art and then off to the
Celebration of the Vine with a few
stops in between. Say ‘hello’ if
you see me."
“So much to choose from!
From wrestling to Special
Olympics, I could be just
“I know I will be at the
Celebration of the Vine for
a while working. After that I
"I know I will be working
at the Chesterfield Wine
festival and hopefully make
it to the Chili Cook Off."
YMCA Healthy Kids
Day focuses on
Courtesy of John Wallace/YMCA of Greater Richmond
Childhood Obesity Facts:
or the first time in our nation’s history, the
current generation of adults has a longer life
expectancy than their children, as obesityrelated illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma become more prevalent. In an effort
to combat America’s health crisis, the Midlothian
Family YMCA is reaching out to the community
to show families that leading healthy lifestyles can
be fun, rewarding and accessible to all at YMCA
Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 17 from 10
With over 1,500 YMCAs participating nationally, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is the nation’s largest
health and wellness day for children and families.
The Y has been a longtime proponent of youth
fitness. Now, as First Lady Michelle Obama shines
a spotlight on the issue, more people are becoming
aware of the epidemic proportions and dangers of
“We’ve been battling childhood obesity through
our youth programming for years,” says Nancy
Melzer, child care director for the Midlothian Family YMCA. “This event is about giving families the
resources and guidance to lead healthy lifestyles that
include regular physical activity and healthy eating.
It’s about small steps. The YMCA will always be a
community resource, but the commitment begins at
The Midlothian Family YMCA is one of four
YMCA of Greater Richmond branch locations that
will host the event. Participants will enjoy rock
climbing walls, pony rides, obstacle courses, family
group exercise classes and pool activities. In addition
to the physical activity, nutrition and healthy eating will be front and center. Healthy snack stations
staffed by Y staff and volunteers will offer nutrition
education and guidance. Other attractions include
local fire and EMS volunteers, child ID stations,
dental and skin cancer screenings and more.
“The YMCA continuously works to improve the
quality of life for everyone in our communities,
regardless of their financial situation. No other organization has our health and wellness expertise, network of partners and geographical reach to successfully combat America’s health crisis,” says YMCA of
Greater Richmond President and CEO Barry Taylor.
“Whether they are in our YMCA facilities, out in the
community or in their own homes, we want families
to know that we are here to help them find a way to
start developing new, healthy habits.”
• According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25 percent
of our region’s children are
• One-third of all children
born in 2000 or later will suffer
from diabetes at some point
in their lives; many others will
face chronic obesity-related
health problems like heart
disease, high blood pressure,
cancer, and asthma. A recent
study put the health care
costs of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion per year.
• This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security,
as obesity is now one of the
most common disqualifiers for
• Children should receive
at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, yet the
average child spends more
than 7.5 hours each day in
sedentary activities such as
watching television or playing
• According to the White
House, The American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the broader medical
community, plans to educate
doctors and nurses across the
country about obesity, ensure
they regularly monitor children’s BMI, provide counseling for healthy eating early on,
and, for the first time ever, will
even write a prescription for
parents, laying out the simple
things they can do to increase
healthy eating and active play.
• Given the reality of a
shortfall in state funding that
threatens healthy food choices in schools and a reduction
of physical education, more
children in the U.S. are at risk.
Historical Society to
present World War II
V-E Day 65th Commemoration
Program in May & June
During May and June 2010, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will
present several community events to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Victory
in Europe (V-E) Day. It was on May 8,
1945 that the World War II Allies formally
accepted the unconditional surrender of
the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
An exhibit will open on Saturday,
May 8, in the County Museum featuring memorabilia of Chesterfield County
residents who served in World War II. In
addition, there will be a reception from
2-4:00pm to honor our veterans. There is
no entry fee. This event will be sponsored
by Bon Secours Richmond Health System.
The Museum is located at 6813 Mimms
Loop in Chesterfield.
On Wednesday, May 5, at 2:00pm a tea
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with the theme “Women in World War
II” will be held at the historic Magnolia
Grange house museum, 10020 Iron Bridge
Road, Chesterfield. Pre-paid reservations
of $25/person are required; please call
Magnolia Grange will also serve as the
location for two free lectures on topics
related to World War II. The first lecture will be presented by Peter Wrenn at
11:00am on Saturday, May 15, entitled,
“World War II, the USS Indianapolis Tragedy.” The second lecture, “World War II
on the Home Front,” will be presented by
Glen Harrington at 11:00am on Saturday,
June 5th. Both lectures are presented in
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
12200 block of King
Victim returned home to
find items missing from
2800 block of Bayfront
Heat pumps removed from
the yard of a house under
10700 block of
Property reported stolen
from victim’s green 1993
Ford Econoline, which was
parked in his driveway.
10600 block of Hull
Bottom right storefront
window broken out of
business. Property removed.
1200 block of Alverser
property was removed
from the store’s unlocked
13800 block of Village
Purse reported stolen from
vctim’s unlocked tan 2005
10400 block of Crumpets
Property reported stolen
from victim’s silver 2000
Acura. No signs of forced
entry were noted.
10100 block of Cutter Dr.
stolen from an unlocked
white Mazda, which
was parked at the
1600 block of Winding
Property reported stolen
from victim’s gray Subaru.
10700 block of
Vehicle found on fire at
listed location. Additionally, a note, implying a
bomb threat, was found
on another vehicle parked
4700 block of Hickory
Unknown suspect(s) attempted to steal victim’s
black Polaris Ranger.
9100 block of N Arch
State inspection sticker reported stolen from victim’s
unlocked 1999 Chevrolet
23400 block of
Victim reported unknown
suspect(s) attempted to
steal his unlocked green
1997 Audi A4.
1400 block of Calander Ct.
Victim advised she saw
the suspect in her room.
Upon being observed, the
suspect left. The complainant advised she possibly left the rear sliding
glass door unlocked.
14500 block of Shipborne
Copper tubing removed
from heat pump system of
house under construction.
14500 block of Hancock
Currency stolen from
13300 block of
while checking on the
vacant house for sale, he
found the water had been
cut off and the copper
lines removed from the
Police need public’s
help identifying bank
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Police need the
public’s help to identify
a man who robbed the
Gateway Bank branch
at 2730 Buford Road
at about 12:18 p.m. on
Friday, April 9. No one
was injured during the
Police said a man
approached a teller and
presented a note that
demanded money. The
suspect did not display a
weapon and was seen getting into a gold mini van
headed toward Huguenot
The suspect is a white
male, 19-25 years old,
5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 5
inches tall and 100-115
pounds. He wore a blue
baseball hat, blue T-shirt
with an emblem on the
left side and blue jeans.
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“He just wants attention like any other
dog,” said fellow volunteer Nancy Brown.
Hopewell Humane Society volunteer
Jason Celli added that volunteering to
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rience. He, with
girlfriend Joyce Preston, focuses on the
cats that come through the shelter, including socialization, until the animal is ready
for adoption. The Chesterfield resident
transports the cats to the local PetSmart
Store for adoption as well as being “something of a handyman” at the shelter. “I
have a compassion for cats. Mainly cats are
our favorite pets,” Celli said.
Other organizations in attendance
focused on breeds or causes. Jan Velez,
board member of Ring Dog Rescue, explained that the organization focuses on
the brindle breed rescue. “Anything with
the ‘bull’ name in it,” Velez said.
Velez, who kept an eye on
Chunk, a 4-month-old Pit Bull,
puppy is eager
to check out
explained that the group advothe event that
cates for the breed and educates
the public about appropriate dog
with dogs and
ownership, which can be applied
cats ready for
to almost any breed. The organizaadoption.
tion, which currently has 30 foster
homes in the Greater Richmond
area, nurtures each dog in a
thriving and loving environment.
“They’re nanny dogs,” she said.
Velez added that a pet owner,
at the event
especially an owner of a pit bull,
to seek a
second dog for
must be a strong leader, provide
structure for the pet, spay and neuter the animal, provide socialization and obedience and know the
dog’s personality. “Be responsible
and make the dog an ambassador for that breed. These
dogs have strong personalities
with higher energy and need
to be active members of the
family. They thrive in that
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
4 || APRIL 15, 2010
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crisis for Earth Day?
BY ELIZABETH FARINA
ext Thursday will mark the 40th anniversary of
Earth Day celebrations, and the event is suffering from a mid-life identity crisis. Celebrating
environmental quality and conservation is
really not the ilk that pollutes the day. We all support and
have concern for our planet that has served humanity for
eons – it’s not like we can really move out of the global
Let’s face it. Nobody wants to live next to an industrial site that has contaminated drinking water. We
all enjoy healthy trees that provide shade. We all like
to think we’re deeply inhaling fresh clean air. We’re
becoming smarter about supporting smart packaging
in our stores and we’ve grown to appreciate independent local farmers through markets, grocery stores
that carry their products, co-ops and online ordering.
We’ve also have been increasing the steady supply of
tote bags for shopping (in our household we use four
totes to keep the grocery bill in budget). It’s okay to
like nature – yes, in our daily lives, we’re getting really
peachy with Mother Nature.
However, there are major problematic issues when
it comes to the politics of Earth Day. It appears that
we’ve been fed some garbage with data on Global
Warming/Climate Change/Darth Vader’s Death Star.
If the truth has been massaged to fit an agenda, then
there needs to be an open, rhetoric-free discussion
and investigation about what we truly need to do to
protect our habitat rather than throwing money at a
so-called solution that gets everyone quickly nowhere.
There have been several developments over the last
few decades that have left a question mark on whether
we’re heading in the appropriate direction in protecting our environment. One “energy-saver” example
that has been introduced as an environmentallyfriendly alternative to the incandescent bulb has been
these curly-shaped blinding bulbs that leave the dining
room table looking like a police interrogation room
on a b-list film set. The blinding low-watts are just as
nice as the other “energy-saver” bulbs that are on par
with candlelight. Hopefully, the brain trusts at private
companies are studiously working under better lights
in developing a vision-friendly bulb too.
Another issue is ethanol-blend fuel. According to
the U.S. Department of Energy, “it is produced from
starch- and sugar-based feedstocks.” It’s not a new
concept, but one that has picked up in popularity
due to regulation since the invention of the automobile assembly line. The folks note that Henry T. Ford
supported putting ethyl alcohol in the engine rather
than the workers drinking grain alcohol. Yet, corn and
wheat are not just fuels for our cars. These are plants
that are fuels for humanity. Tapping into any food supply is a bad idea. It’s good to know that there are several industries that are seeking out using different plants
such as algae as a source of renewable energy – hopefully, financial support will shift in that direction so
food can return to its primary role on the planet.
Also, growing capital is grand. It’s great to see businesses thrive in the market and even better when private industry can generate jobs and profits (I bet you
thought you wouldn’t see that sentence in 2010). Good
practices have developed over the last few decades
with better energy efficient building plans and HVAC
maintenance. Major kudos go to both The Fresh Market and Kroger at IvyMont Square for taking vacated
buildings and revitalizing its purpose in the community. There are several other local businesses that
have jumped into reusing and reinvesting in existing
structures. Yet, development has an underlying issue
especially when it comes to wetlands that are impacted
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
regulates the impact of wetlands through compensatory mitigation, which is about as confusing as regulatory guidelines can possibly be. Under the Virginia Water
Protection Program a ratio of two acres is compensated for one acre of impact in a banking system. The
heart of the issue is where are the two acres located for
the one local acre being impacted? The system seems
flawed if the two acres are located a couple of hundred
miles away. Where is the benefit for the locality losing
a piece of its natural filtration system?
However, an even bigger issue is recycling. There
should be some way for the East Coast to develop a
recycling center to handle all the pudding and yogurt
cups, milk cartons, and a slew of other items that
are placed in a recycling bin must now be discarded
because there isn’t an economically feasible way to recycle certain food containers. (See a list of “acceptable
and unacceptable items” at www.cvwma.com). It’s a bit
deflating to get into a habit of recycling items only to
find out that they’re not on the accepted list.
So, Earth Day will arrive with thoughts of voluntarily recycling, reusing, and reducing our monstrous
footprint that can be seen from the International
Space Station. We’ll think green – financially and environmentally – on many ways to preserve or restore the
natural beauty of our little corner of the planet. We’ll
celebrate with planting trees, picking up litter on the
river banks and roadsides, and learn new earth-friendly tips. And we’ll know we will need to sit down at our
brightly-lit kitchen tables and have a heart-to-heart
about what we really want to achieve in conservation.
You’re invited to share your thoughts and suggestions. E-mail [email protected] or mail
to PO Box 420, Midlothian, Va. 23113.
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Together we can feed more
Courtesy of Fay Lohr, President and CEO of
While it’s true that hunger
tends to plague underserved
communities, today a phenomenon is growing like never before. Hunger’s net has widened
and its numbers have escalated to critical levels. In 2010,
hunger and food insecurity
are prevalent across America
and throughout Central Virginia—among all walks of life,
across socio-economic factors,
in Midlothian and beyond. It’s
the consequence of a turbulent
economy where unexpected
layoffs, reduced incomes, home
foreclosures and rising healthcare costs are taking their toll.
Families, senior adults, singleparent households, disabled
individuals, military families,
and yes, the working poor are
now experiencing hunger in
their daily lives.
Hunger and food insecurity
have become a challenge for too
many Americans – one that’s
neither desired nor deserved.
Who’s responding to the
The FeedMore organizations
– Meals on Wheels Serving
Central Virginia, Central Virginia Food Bank, and the Community Kitchen – are working
together to fight hunger in our
community. They provide food
PHOTO COURTESY OF FEEDMORE
and grocery products to an
Fay Lohr, President and CEO of FeedMore and Richard Schultz, Vice President of
extensive network of partner
FeedMore, work to feed the hungry.
agencies; hot, healthy meals to
at-risk children in summer/
palate-pleasing taste. The staff and volunteers demonstrate
afterschool programs; backpacks filled with weekend meal that superb quality and high quantity can go hand in hand
items for school children in need; and daily, nutritious
for those who need it most.
meals to homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook
What can you do?
FeedMore strives to fill hunger gaps, but we cannot do it
Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia, one of the
alone. Hunger relief requires the help of our community:
FeedMore organizations, provides the only home-delivered individuals, companies, civic organizations, virtually anymeal service to more than 1,500 homebound elderly and
one who cares. You can help by donating funds, for even
disabled adults in Central Virginia. Most clients require
$1 provides one pound of food or five meals. Other ways to
financial assistance from many Meals on Wheels supportmake a difference range from hosting food drives to delivers to meet their nutritional needs. Meals on Wheels strives ering meals to the homebound to prepping and packaging
to improve the physical and mental health of its clients by
in our Community Kitchen.
delivering nutritious, appealing meals customized to indiYour gift supports neighbors like Alice.*
vidual dietary restrictions. Meals on Wheels also provides
Alice is a 79-year-old widow who lives with her daughter
additional life necessities and daily contact from caring
in Midlothian. She retired several years ago and moved
volunteers. With a rising elderly population and the trend
from her own home when a degenerative bone disease
toward shorter hospital stays, the need for Meals on Wheels made it difficult for her to walk or to stand for long periods
services continues to substantially increase.
of time. Her daughter works during the day, and for the
Central Virginia Food Bank, another organization
past two years Alice has relied on Meals on Wheels to
under the FeedMore umbrella, provides food and grocery
provide a nutritious hot lunch and a friendly visitor every
products to an extensive network of partner agencies that
day. She says, “I worry less about eating and I also feel safer
serve individuals and families in need. Last year alone, the
knowing a volunteer comes to my home daily to check on
Food Bank distributed almost 13 million pounds of food
through 435 feeding partners to more than 100,000 people
Together we can effectively and efficiently fight hunger
each month. In addition, local children received more than and enhance lives in our community. Visit feedmore.org to
363,000 hot meals and 19,000 weekend meals as a healthy
learn more about helping your neighbors in need.
foundation for mental development and physical growth.
*Name changed to protect the client’s identity.
The Community Kitchen produces meals for both
FeedMore organizations, combining good nutrition and
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APRIL 16 & 17
Dance is a Journey, this
year’s Spring Dance Showcase, will grace the stage
April 16 & 17 at 7 pm in the
Thomas Dale High School
Auditorium in Chester.
Tickets, available at the door,
cost $6 for general admission, $4 for students, and
are free for senior citizens
and children 5 & under. For
more information about the
Specialty Center for the Arts,
FRIDAY, APRIL 16
Midlothian High School
Broadway Night will be held
Friday, April 16, at 7:30
p.m. with NO ADMISSION
at the school’s auditorium,
located at 401 Charter
Colony Parkway, Midlothian.
Come sample delectable bits
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Story, You're a Good Man,
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Performed by all of the Advanced Theatre classes.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17
Fool for Art will be held from
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at John
Tyler Community College
– Midlothian Campus, 800
Charter Colony Pkwy.,
Midlothian. John Tyler Community College in partnership with Chesterfield
County presents Fool for Art.
The festival will feature art
and craft vendors, hands-on
activities, free educational
sessions, information on
how to go green, food,
music and much more. Free
document shredding is also
being offered from 10 a.m.
– 1 p.m. Free and open to the
community. For a complete
list of vendors and a look at
all the educational sessions
and activities being offered,
Questions may be directed
to [email protected] or
by Casper and Rippleshot.
There will also be a variety
of food and artisans. The
Celebration of the Vine will
be at the Chesterfield County
Government Complex, 9901
Lori Road, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832. Taster tickets are
$15 in advance or $20 at the
event. Visit www.ChesterfieldChamber.com for more
information on ticket sales
and locations. Rain or Shine.
Come swing into spring and
join the fun when Trinity
Episcopal School hosts its
fifth annual Jazz Titans of
Tomorrow Festival. Performances will be provided by
professional and student jazz
ensembles running continuously from 12:30-7:30 p.m.
on Trinity S field hockey/lacrosse field. Funny Bone, a
professional jazz quintet, will
headline the performance
schedule offering a variety
of traditional jazz standards
from the 1920’s through
the 1970’s. co-led by Trinity
Headmaster Tom Aycock
on trombone and Funny
Bone’s own Dave Pillsbury
on trumpet, the quintet will
take the main stage at 3 p.m.
Student musicians will perform throught the day and the
grand finale featuring Antonio
Garcia with the VCU Greater
Richmond High School Band
will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is open to the public and
A Walk for Children's Health
at Maymont Park Children’s
Farm from 1-4 p.m. Bon
Secours Medical Group, in
conjunction with Children's
Services and the Good Life
Center, present a Walk for
Children's Health to combat
childhood obesity and build a
healthier future for Richmond's children. The walk is
from 1-4pm at the Maymont
Park Children's Farm. There
will be activity stations, free
health screenings, prizes,
giveaways and Bonnie the
Bon Secours mascot. To register, visit www.bonsecours.
com or call 359-WELL (9355).
Walk up registration begins at
1 pm, activities run from 1-4
pm, with the walk at 3 pm and
prizes at 3:30 pm.
Little Sisters of the Poor
French Food Festival featuring Chef Paul Elbling will be
held from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at
1503 Michaels Rd. French
foods and desserts, pastries,
chocolates, breads, beer and
wine. Marie’s Boutique with
cookbooks, preserves and
other French merchandise.
Activities and games for
children and live entertainment. Proceeds to benefit
the elderly poor. Contact
(804) 288-6245 for additional
SUNDAY, APRIL 18
St. Matthias’ Fine Arts Series
presents “The James River
Ringers” Program featuring
Richmond’s Premier Community Handbell Group at 4
p.m. in the Church, located
at 11300 West Huguenot
Rd., Midlothian. Performing
on five octaves of Malmark
English handbells, the James
River Ringers will present a
program that includes classical works, original compositions, hymns and popular
favorites - something for
everyone in the audience. Accompanying performance will
be a reception and a display of
the works of local artist Cathyann Burgess. A donation of $5
per person or $10 per family is
Richard “Rick” Burk of St.
Louis, former organist at
Christ The King Lutheran
Church (CTK), will return to
Richmond to present an organ
recital at 4 p.m. at CTK. The
public is invited and there will
be a reception afterward. Rick
was on the team that located
and arranged for the purchase
of the Casavant pipe organ
that was installed last fall at
CTK. The church is located at
9800 W. Huguenot Road.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20
Earth Week – “Liquid Assets”
Community Event will be held
from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Byrd
Theater, located at 2908 W.
Cary St. The Liquid Assets
documentary tells the story
of essential infrastructure
systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These
systems are critical to public
health and development, but
the aging infrastructure is out
of sight and out of mind and
slowly degrading. This free
community event at the Byrd
Theater includes a reception
sponsored by water, sewer,
and stormwater societies,
the documentary, and a
brief discussion of the state
of Virginia's infrastructure.
Admission: Free for all ages.
More information is available
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APRIL 15, 2010 || 7
Titans win offensive battle
BY SARA PAGE
razy would be a
good way to describe Thursday’s
baseball game between Midlothian and Trinity
Episcopal high schools.
Awe-inspiring might be
The game was the sort that
makes fans of high school
sports. Fans were chatting
amiably about getting an
early jump on post-game
traffic. Others had mostly
stopped paying attention
and were taking out their
keys. A bubble of privacy put
even the batboy a respectful
distance from the visiting
Then it all changed.
Each crack of the bat
brought a disbelieving smile.
Each foot across the plate
brought out another cell
phone to call early abandoners back.
Down 11 runs two different times in the first four
innings, Trinity Episcopal
erased a 14-3 deficit to win
One might say the Titans
had their backs against the
Entering the fifth inning,
Trinity was three outs away
from going home with a 10run-rule loss on their record.
Photo Gallery ONLINE
PHOTO BY E-YAGE RAMIL
Midlothian pitcher Scott Poe, left, came off the mound to assist in a run down as Trinity's Jordan Tarsovich got caught off the bag in Thursday's marathon
baseball game. Trinity pulled out a come-from-behind 21-17 victory.
kis reached on a walk and
the Lancers intentionally
The Manchester varloaded the bases with a
sity baseball team just
walk to Cullen.
wouldn’t go away in last
With one out, ManchesTuesday’s game against
ter pitcher Ryan Spangler,
who had entered the game
The Lancers came back in the fourth inning, got
from deficits twice in the
out of the jam, going high
game and sent it to nine
in the zone and forcing a
innings before pulling out fly ball to right field and
a 7-6 win over the Knights. another to center for the
“It was a hard-fought
final two outs.
“[Spangler] came in in
head coach Ricky Saunders the fourth inning, and he
said. “We knew we were
had a great day,” Saunders
going to get their best. Bill said. “He did what we
Cullen is a very special
needed him to do.”
pitcher, probably one of
Spangler struck out
the best in the region.”
seven in four and twoCullen struck out 10
and had the Knights in
The Lancers got the gogood position to win with ahead, and what would be
a 3-2 lead going into the
a needed cushion, in the
top of the ninth inning.
Wearing the visiting
Shortstop Augie Ayers
uniforms in their own
reached on a walk, took
second on a wild pitch and
went to work first in each came around to score on
inning. Down to their
an errant throw to first
final three outs, the Lanc- base to give Manchester
ers benefited from a big,
the lead. The Lancers got
one-out hit by Joey Cujas. back-to-back home runs
He sent a solo shot – his
from Ryan Morrison and
second of the day – over
Michael Pegram for a 7-3
the fence in left field to tie lead.
But the Knights came
The Knights got a run- up with a rally of their
ner in scoring position in own.
the bottom of the seventh
With two out, Pappawhen Jake Wisener reached dakis got things started
on a walk, stole second
with a single to right field.
and took third on a wild
pitch. Emanuel PappadaTOURNAMENT P8
BY SARA PAGE
PHOTO BY SARA PAGE
Kelly Layne, left, and Alexandra Olivero work together during a recent MidAtlantic Volleyball practice. The pair and their
teammates are helping to break in the club's new floors and new building.
MAVC serves up new digs
at 7508 Whitepine Road,
within spitting distance of
There’s no beating
the Chesterfield County
around the bush with the
Airport. The new facility
features 25-foot ceilings,
42 gym-standard light
The non-profit organi- bulbs, and enough floor
zation has grown from a
space for four courts, a
girls-only organization of workout room and three
50 high school level playlarge offices.
ers to over 300 boy and
But the best part is
girl players in both rec“this facility is ours 24/7,”
reation and competition
Parham said. “It was just
leagues and encompassa matter of scheduling to
ing ages from elementary
get the kids running in
school up to adult. And
and out of here. We have
they’ve gotten there in just extra practice time that we
three years. But if you ask didn’t have before.”
co-director Steve Paraham
The first seeds for the
if he thought it would
move were planted a year
grow this quickly, he’s as
ago when the club more
honest as if he’s coaching
than doubled in size from
one of the teams.
its original 52 players to
“Yes,” he said without
130. When that number
hesitation. “It’s even bigger more than doubled again,
than where we are right
organizers knew it was
time to move.
Where they are right
“We visited here over a
now is putting the finishyear ago and actually got a
ing touches on a facility
quote to move here; but at
that they can call home.
that time, we just weren’t
The club, which forbig enough,” Parham said.
merly operated out of U“So when the numbers
Turn Sports Academy, has started to come around, it
moved to its own facilities just really made sense.”
BY SARA PAGE
The club started in
2008 to fill the void left by
another organization that
had offered a competition
league for girls. Parents of
area volleyball players said
at the time they thought
the demand was there.
When the girls’ program
took off, organizers added
a boys’ program in the second year and the numbers
more than doubled again.
“We wanted a larger
base for Chesterfield,”
co-director Tim Holt said.
“We want to offer more to
Chesterfield County and
that was the problem. All
of a sudden, everybody
realized, ‘Hey, we don’t
have to go across the river
MAVC now serves over
300 athletes of all ages
and abilities. They have
competitive boys’ and
girls’ travel teams for ages
12 and up and recreation
teams for the same ages.
They are starting an adult
league and a “mini league”
for kids ages 7-9 this year.
They even offer educational programs for parents.
“We encourage the parents to participate,” Holt
said. “We’ve done parent
clinics where we are trying
to train the parents about
everything in volleyball so
when the kids go home,
they can talk about their
success and how well they
did, and their parents can
really compliment them
and say, ‘Hey you did a
great job,’ actually knowing why they did a great
The move showed
exactly how much the
approach had worked because families, coaches and
current and former players
turned out in droves to get
the facility up and running
when it became the new
official home of MAVC on
“This court was shipped
here from California,”
Parham said. “We had parents come in to help put
it down. There’s 14,000
square feet of flooring. We
PHOTO BY SARA PAGE
put it down in a day. It was
in the dugout
a military attack.”
after a two-run homerun in the ninth inning that helped
propel the Lancers to a 7-6 win over Thomas Dale.
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SPORTS || FITNESS
MAVC from P7
MAVC is hoping to add
beach and quad volleyball
to its repertoire soon, and
joke that maybe someday
they’ll be big enough to
need that airstrip they can
see from the loading-dock
doors lining court four.
Through the expansions
and additions, they add
that the original mission is
still in everyone’s minds.
“What we’re trying to
do for the kids and the
families is to give them
every opportunity to have
that physical training, that
physical education and to
have fun,” Holt said. “It’s
a sport and we have to
always remember, no matter how hard you work, it’s
a sport. It has to stay fun,
and that’s our objective
– to make sure that it stays
fun for the [players].”
MAVC will have a grand
opening for their new
facility on Sunday, May
23 from 1-4 p.m. More
information is available on
their web site at midatlanticvolleyball.com.
PHOTO BY SARA PAGE
The new MAVC home overlooks the Chesterfield County Airport from the loading doors pictured. Officials hope the doors will also overlook sand volleyball
courts. MAVC moved into the facility Jan. 4 and will host a grand opening on May 23.
TOURNAMENT from P7
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PHOTO BY SARA PAGE
Manchester's Ryan Thorpe successfully slides around the tag at second base.
He went to third on a double
by Cullen and came around
to score on a single up the
middle by Ryan Moore. Two
more came around to score
on a single down the left field
line, which forced Saunders to
call Morrison to the mound.
Morrison, who was supposed to be on rest, took just
two pitches to get the final
out. Pegram fielded a ground
ball to second and flipped to
first for the out.
Morrison was the winning
pitcher in the final game of
the tournament – a 4-2 win
over J.R. Tucker – and got a
save in Monday’s game against
Kellam – a 6-2 win for the
The Lancers also benefited
from fantastic defense.
Though they got off to
a slow start and picked up
their one error of the game in
the first inning, Manchester
bounced back with a clas-
sic diving catch on the edge
of the infield by Pegram to
save a hit in the early innings
and another diving catch by
centerfielder DaShawn Amos
late in the game at the fence,
which saved a run.
This is the third year that
Manchester has hosted their
Spring Break Tournament.
“We’re really excited about
the teams that came out this
year,” Saunders said. “Thomas
Dale is one of the top in their
district and in the region;
Kellam, from the beach, is a
great team; and J.R. Tucker,
certainly with their history, is
a great team.
“We used to go away to
continued, “but I said, ‘Let’s
get our field in shape and
do it right here. It’s a lot of
work, but I have great assistant coaches and a very hard
working J.V. team, and all the
parents come out to help. It’s
a lot of fun.”
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Sam Lamere rounds third after a two-run blast that closed the gap to four in the seventh
COMEBACK from P7
A solo shot to left by Berkley
Hawkins to start the inning
put a few smiles on the
Titans’ faces but only got the
team within 10 and brought
out the Midlothian closer.
Facing Jim Cain, Trinity’s
day appeared over. A sinking
fast ball just over the outside
edge of the plate got the first
out. Another beautiful pitch
got the second.
But Trinity right fielder Peter
Petras started a rally that would
last three innings. He reached
on a walk and scored on a double by pitcher Matt D’Allessio
to ensure a sixth inning.
By the end of the fifth, the
Titans had closed the gap
to six, thanks to a three-run
blast by Michael Gibbons.
Though the Midlothian
defense picked up the third
out, shoulders squared up
and heads lifted on the Trinity bench, and seats refilled.
Even the bat-boy came back.
“None of us thought we
were going to lose,” Hawkins
said. “We always thought we
had a chance with our bats.”
Connor Bradley’s third
home run of the day got the
Titans started in the sixth
inning. Three hits later, jaws
dropped again as the goahead run walked to the plate
in the form of Hawkins. He
took the third pitch on a ride
over the left field fence for
Trinity’s first lead of the day.
“We’ve been working on
[hitting] a lot, especially
hitting opposite field when
we’re seeing outside pitches,”
The Titans would get
seven more runs including four on a grand slam by
Bradley – his fourth homerun in the game. And Trinity
would need all the cushion
they could get.
With rain threatening an
early end, Midlothian rallied
in the final inning.
Trojan third baseman
Robert Jones reached on a
single to shallow center field
and came around to score on
a homerun by Sam Lamere.
The rally ended on a
one-hop hit back to Petras
– Trinity’s closer – and a
Midlothian’s offense got
off to a fast start in the first.
Connor Bastaich singled
to center, stole second on a
wild pitch and came around
to score on an infield hit
by Lamere that took a bad
bounce off the mound and
went to third base.
A double by Scott Poe
brought in two more and the
Trojans took advantage of
three errors as they jumped
out to a 9-0 lead.
“We had an opportunity
to close the door and, with
a young team, that’s where
we’re struggling right now,”
said Midlothian first-year
head coach Chris Roarty.
“Trinity did an outstanding
job. Both teams hit the ball
very, very well; and it was a
beautiful afternoon. We came
out on the short end of the
stick on this one but hopefully
we’ll be able to turn it around
and get these young guys to
mature a little bit. As long as
we keep competing, that’s all
I’m looking for right now.”
The teams combined for
38 runs on 40 hits and 11
homeruns. Bradley broke a
school record with 19 career
homeruns. Hawkins – now
with 15 – ranks second.
The game pitted two relatively unfamiliar foes from
different divisions, a common thread for Midlothian’s
spring break week. The Trojans also met Powhatan and
Deep Run earlier in the week,
teams they don’t normally
face in the regular season.
“We wanted to play good
competition over the spring
break. We wanted to see as
much live pitching as we
possibly could,” Roarty said.
“Especially with the young
group, these guys need to see
good pitching and good solid
programs that have reached
… where we want to be.
They’ve seen that and they’ve
seen what it takes and where
our shortfalls are right now,
so it’s a growing process.”
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VA Funk independent
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Courtesy of Tina Andes/Special
All-Star Tri-Meet and clinic
on Saturday, April 17 at
The Special Olympics
Deep Run High School.
James River Regional
The afternoon begins
Swim Meet will take place
at 3 p.m. with a wrestling
Saturday, April 17 at ACAC clinic featuring Virginia
beginning at 1 p.m.
Tech head coach Kevin
Swimmers will compete Desser. The clinic is folfor slots in the Special
lowed by a tri-meet featurOlympics Virginia Summer ing the three host teams at
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All money raised will help
about getting involved
the host teams defer costs
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as they travel to regional
contact Tina Andes at (804) wrestling events this sum726-3032 or via email at
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Area teams host
at [email protected]
Special Olympians compete for Summer Games
Courtesy of Curt Jones
Chalkley ES hosts 5K
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School will host a school/
community 5K run/walk
on Saturday, May 15. Registration forms must be received by Friday, May 7 and
are available at the Chalkley
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contact Lauren Lattimer at
(804) 647-1300 or Lauren_
First Dragon Boat Festival slated for area
Courtesy of Sports Backers
Sports Backers is
partnering with Great
White North Dragon Boat
to host the first annual
Dragon Boat Festival on
July 31 on the James River.
This ancient Chinese sport
has been gaining popularity in North America over
the past 20 years and has
become the world’s fastestgrowing water sport.
Dragon boats are 40foot, human-powered ca-
noes decorated with ornate
Chinese dragon heads. Led
by the rhythmic beat of
a drum, teams consisting
of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer, and
one steersperson race the
canoes 500 meters down
The Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival
will be the third event of
the Major League Dragon
Boat Series. Not only is
the event expected to draw
from across the continent
and overseas, but it should
also attract first-time racers
The Virginia Breast
Cancer Foundation is
the official charity of the
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Friday, April 23rd
with 50% donated to
Powhatan Rotary Club
4th Fridays – Friday Park
2088 Carter Gallier Blvd., Powhatan, VA 23139
Powhatan’s 4th Fridays events
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St. Catherine’s 10, Trinity
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Chesterfield County students recognized
Students from Meadowbrook, Matoaca and Thomas
Dale high schools competed
in a Future Business Leaders
of America regional event at
Dinwiddie High. Chesterfield
students won a total of 34
awards, and Matoaca High
was recognized as the largest
local FBLA chapter. Here are
Chesterfield’s first-place winners
and their categories:
Banking and financial
systems — Stacey Tisdale of
Meadowbrook; business calculations — Mathis Seal of Thomas
Dale; business communications
— Gabriel Harris of Matoaca;
business math — Mallory Seal
of Thomas Dale; business plan
— Nolan Overby, Amanda
Troidle and Nia Wilson of Matoaca; computer problem solving
— Spencer Franklin of Thomas
Dale; cyber security — Bilal
Sayar of Matoaca; database design and application — Anthony Reid of Matoaca; digital video
production — Briana Gracia
and Briana Green of Matoaca;
economics — Johnny Partin of
Thomas Dale; entrepreneurship
— Mason Foster, Monique Gachet and Brice Gibbs-Wilson of
Thomas Dale; FBLA principles
and procedures — Brea Gilliam
of Matoaca; global business
— Ashley Yelverton and Justin
Burkett of Matoaca; impromptu
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to business — Rakee Rogers of
to business communication
— Allison Partin of Thomas
Dale; job interview — Naomi
Figueroa of Meadowbrook;
management decision making— Alyssa Robinson and
Aislinn Padgett of Matoaca; network design — Brian Simoni
and John Everhart of Matoaca;
networking concepts — Jeff
Willis of Matoaca; personal
finance — Kieran Wilkinson of
Matoaca; spreadsheet applications — Corey Green of Meadowbrook; technology concepts
— Daniel Cribb of Thomas
Dale; and Web site development
— Joshua Frary and Brandon
Whitlock of Matoaca
The statewide FBLA competition will take place April 16-17
Only 40 students were
chosen from throughout Virginia to present at the Virginia
Junior Science and Humanities
Symposium at James Madison
University. Five of those 40
students attend the Math and
Science High School at Clover
Hill High: Thomas Delgado,
Connor Spangler, Aakash
Sheth, Amanda Schanz and
Melanie Wu. Schanz earned an
Outstanding Research Award,
a Gold Medal Award and third
place overall. She advances to
the National Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium in
Bethesda, Md., where she will
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHESTERFIELD COUNTY SCHOOLS
Five Clover Hill Math and Science High School students were chosen to present at the Virginia Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium at James Madison University. Pictured are, from left, Amanda Schanz, Melanie Wu, Connor
Spangler, Thomas Delgado, Aakash Sheth and biology teacher Ryan Templeton.
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drinking water. Delgado also
earned an Outstanding Research
Eric Stahl, a junior at the
Math and Science High School
at Clover Hill High, qualified
for the USA Biology Olympiad.
More than 6,000 students across
the country took the qualifying
exam, with only the top 10 percent advancing to the semifinal
exam. Stahl took the semifinal
exam at the end of March and is
waiting to hear if he will advance
to the finals, which are held at
The International Health,
Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recently presented Phil Wendel, owner
of ACAC Fitness & Wellness
Centers, the John McCarthy
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Year Award for pioneering
the development of medical
fitness and wellness programs
that address the needs of
people with chronic disease
or special health concerns.
ACAC’s physician referral program, also known as
PREP, is widely regarded as
an unprecedented partnership between medical providers and the fitness and wellness community. The PREP
program allows any patient
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under the supervision of
ACAC’s team of medical fitness experts, which includes
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Richmond, Virginia. To date,
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