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Dutch Dorschel on his way to give a hospice patient a bath. (H-P photo by Paige Baxter)

Volunteer helps out at hospice center

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   For the past six or seven years, Dutch Dorschel, a Beaverdam resident, has lent a hand or two in many ways. He said he does not volunteer for recognition or praise, but instead because he cares about people and thoroughly enjoys giving back to others. For instance, Dorschel often helps out with the Wood Ministry at Rouzies Chapel United Methodist Church. One time

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  • Youth helps people with special needs

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Julia Cramer with Charles Clay, an adult with special needs she escorted to the Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine last month. (Contributed photo)

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Twelve-year-old Julia Cramer has spent most of her life so far helping others – specifically those who have special needs. Though she gives back to her community in multiple ways, one of Julia’s projects is working with the club, “We Are Unique.” The group, which is comprised of young students and individuals with disabilities, engages in various volunteer projects throughout the county, including

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  • Honoring history is the mission for volunteer

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Marla Coleman

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Not too long after Marla Coleman and her family moved to the Studley area in 1972, she discovered a broken, flat grave of a patriot doctor not far from her home. She worked to promote interest in it and eventually, with the help of many people, she was able to restore it and save it from being taken over by oak trees. Her

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  • Volunteer looks forward to annual Girl Scouts camp

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Diane McFadden, second from left, at the annual Camp Evening Shades.

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer Before summer approaches, many teenagers and children look forward to numerous things, and going to a camp usually makes the list. For one Hanover mother and part-time math tutor, this is also true. Since her now 17-year-old daughter was 5, Diane McFadden has spent a week out of her summer each year volunteering at a Girl Scouts camp called Camp Evening Shades, which is

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  • Teen hopes to raise awareness with ‘Girls Rising’

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:10 pm


    One 16-year-old’s future plans changed after watching a documentary. Sydney Tinker, a junior at Patrick Henry High School, watched the film “Girls Rising,” which shares the story of several young girls in impoverished countries and how they overcome the struggles of their daily lives. It not only pulled on her heart strings, but it also sparked something in her.

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  • Longtime volunteer has passion for helping others

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm


    One of the county’s first reserve deputies continues to volunteer his time helping Hanoverians in need and working alongside paid law enforcement in the field fighting crime. For as long as the unit has existed, Lt. Wayne Pugh has worked as one of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office’s reserve deputies, who serve the department just as a career officer would. He said he was one of the first five officers when the department first started the reserves program in 1979.

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  • Volunteer sees serving as spiritual duty

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Brad Dugai serves with Ashcake Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he volunteers as a paramedic and as station president.

    One active Hanover resident stumbled into a volunteer position with Hanover Fire-EMS. Brad Dugai, of Mechanicsville, said he never really expected to end up volunteering with the rescue squad. In fact, during his college years, Dugai wanted to be a physician but he said he “didn’t have the vision to see it through.”

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