YEAR IN REVIEW: May

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Volunteer Fire Chief Bruce Vecchoni retires

It has been 28 years since Bruce Vecchoni took over as Distict Chief of the Enon Volunteer Fire Station. During his tenure, Vecchoni was recognized with four Life Save Awards, 14 Unit Citations. He was recognized by the Virginia Senate, House of Delegates and Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors for risking his life to rescue a citizen from a vehicle accident in a flooded creek. Vecchioni was instrumental in purchasing the first fire boat in the region; the design of brush units, which included obtaining grant funding to purchase Brush 6 and successfully solicited funding contributions for project construction at the Enon Fire Training Facility. Chesterfield Board of Supervisors honored him with a resolution for his dedication to the community.

2012 Senior Idol named

From a field of 12 contestants, Jacqueline “Jackie” Fedor won the second annual Senior Idol competition with her rendition of “Unchained Melody.” Ed Peterson was first runner-up with his performance of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis,” and Anne Bost Guthmiller was named second runner-up with her performance of “Bewitch, Bothered and Bewildered.” The contest was judged by Tony Booth, Jessica Fee, Suzanne Mallory-Parker and Vanessa Phillips. Senior Idol is a Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield production.

Chesterfield names Teachers of the Year

Three Chesterfield teachers’ hard work was recognized by being named Teacher of the Year. Amanda Moody of Wells Elementary was named Chesterfield’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. Moody began he career in 1975, and since 1993, she has been teaching students with learning disabilities at Wells. Ben Davis of Bailey Bridge Middle School was named Chesterfield’s Middle School Teacher of the Year. Davis is a former Army Ranger and has been teaching English for four years. Paul Daszkiewicz of Meadowbrook High School was named High School Teacher of the Year. Daszkiewicz started teaching at Meadowbrook 22 years ago and teaches mathematics. He was named Virginia’s Region I Teacher of the Year in September. 

Local golfer scores a back-to-back hole-in-one

Matthew Padgett accomplished the impossible at Chesterfield’s First Tee when he scored a back-to-back hole-in-one. For an avid golfer, the odds of scoring a hole-in-one on any given par three are about 25,000 to one and scoring two in one round are about 67 million to one. Nevertheless, Padgett beat all odds and sank his first hole-in-one of his lifetime on the seventh hole at First Tee. The Matoaca High School Golf Team member immediately followed with his second on the eighth hole.

SportsQuest auctioned, bought by Shaw Industries

Throughout the early part of 2012, SportQuest was reported as having several financial troubles which led to the auctioning of the 120-acre site off Genito Road. The site was purchased by the lone bidder, Shaw Industries Sports Complex Holdings LLC, for a total of $4.7 million. The property was assessed at $7.14 million. Shaw was the third lien holder on the property, preceded by Chesterfield County and Mark Sowers. Chesterfield County’s $4 million position on the property was secured through a lease and continues to use the fields for athletic activities.

Chesterfield approves purchase of historic Point of Rocks

Civil War historians and enthusiast had been lobbying the county for years to purchase Point of Rocks and they were given reason to cheer when the Board of Supervisors approved the buy. With matching funds from a possible grant from the Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grant, Chesterfield will purchase the original site of the Batte/Stratton House, later known as the Strachan House, and the surrounding land that was the site of several Civil War military facilities. The property is appraised at $724,000 which could cost the county up to $362,000 to purchase. Point of Rocks takes its name from a nearby 60-foot high sandstone cliff projecting into the Port Walthall Channel of the Appomattox River. During the Civil War, General Butler established his headquarters at Point of Rocks in the early days of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. A field hospital was built nearby at the still standing Strachan house. The Strachan house itself became the surgeons’ quarters. During the siege of Petersburg, Red Cross founder Clara Barton served at Point of Rocks as superintendent of nurses under Butler’s command.

Henricus breaks ground for church

Chester’s most historic site, Henricus Park, expanded with the ground breaking and construction of the re-created 1611 Colonial Church and Meeting Hall. Henricus’ executive director, Charles Lewis Grant, declared the church to be a “true anchor - the symbol, the icon of Henricus going forward.” The church will be the largest structure at the entrance of the park. It was originally scheduled to be completed by September 2012, but completion is still to be determined.

Notables

Chesterfield Technical Center built and dedicated their house for the Build-a-House program. The 2,700 square-foot rancher located on 1.2 acres at 5117 Cogbill Rd., is a five-bedroom, three-bath house that will be transferred by the end of June to Chesterfield Alternatives to become a home for four women who have intellectual disabilities. Virginia State University’s Lady Trojans win their first CIAA outdoor track championship. Samantha Edwards claimed her second outdoor 400m title in a new school record time of 52.15 seconds; beating her previous record of 53.18. This record was also a qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Trials.

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