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Volunteer is a ‘watchdog’ at Liberty Middle School

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm

When Gary Perkins, a Montpelier resident, first walked into his child’s school, he said he instantly felt the energy and passion of the teachers and staff that work there. That’s part of the reason why Perkins, a retired federal government employee, lends a hand when he can at Liberty Middle School with its Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program. The program, which currently has about 20 participants, is designed

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  • Doswell author shares history of independent press in Virginia and D.C.

    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 9:15 am

    "Independent Press in D.C. and Virginia" is now available through the History Press.

    Independent, or “underground,” newspapers were popping up on college campuses across Virginia in the 1960s and 1970s, as they strove to bring about social change and discuss controversial national issues. Author Dale Brumfield, a Doswell resident, has been working to preserve their history. Brumfield’s first book on the subject, “Richmond Independent Press: A History of the Underground Zine Scene,” was nominated for a Library of Virginia Literary Award in nonfiction.

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  • Volunteers celebrated in annual county ceremony

    Posted on May 14, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Winston Smith accepts the Spirit of Youth award for outstanding volunteerism.

    From feeding the hungry, to raising money to buy water filters for third-world countries, to preserving local history, and more, Hanover volunteers serve a wide assortment of causes, and their selfless efforts were recognized during the county’s annual Spirit of Volunteerism Celebration May 12 at Hanover High School. “Hanover’s spirit of volunteerism is a source of great pride among all of us,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Wayne Hazzard said at

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  • Volunteer supports others with disabilities

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Justin Spurlock.

    For being 31 years old, Justin Spurlock, a new Mechanicsville resident, has a fairly normal life for someone at his age—he works full-time as a drafter at a Glen Allen roof consulting firm and spends time with friends and family. However, Spurlock goes through the daily motions just a little differently than most. That’s because he suffers from a serious spinal injury from a car accident in 2002. The accident

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  • Memorial Regional Medical Center honors businessman’s contributions

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Pat Patrick.

    ‘Pat Patrick Nursing Excellence Ceremony’ celebrates top nurses The legacy of one Hanover businessman will live on. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center renamed their annual nurses’ award ceremony in honor of the late William “Pat” Patrick Jr., who founded the Patrick Auto Group which operates Ashland-based Patrick Buick GMC and who had supported the hospital since before it was built and up until his death in February 2014. The

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  • Hanover youth recognized for scientific excellence

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Gracie Goodpasture, at right, shows one of her chicks to second graders at the Steward School.

    Gracie Goodpasture, a 14-year-old resident of Western Hanover, began raising chickens at a young age to determine the best possible breed. This is just one of the science projects that the National Teacher Association recognized Gracie for at an April 29 ceremony at Steward School in Henrico. The organization presented the young girl with the 2015 Angela Award, which each year is given to a female fifth through eighth grade

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  • Volunteer ready to assist with CERT

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Paul Nelson.

    Paul Nelson feels more prepared now, whether it be to assist public safety units with a hurricane that might roll through the county or some other hazard the area may face. That’s because Nelson, a Mechanicsville resident and full-time traffic engineer, volunteers with Hanover’s Community Emergency Response Team unit, which is part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program. CERT educates individuals in the county on how to respond

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