YEAR IN REVIEW: April

Hening takes big steps for finding a cure

Hening Elementary assistant principal, Bill Caten, and third grade teacher, Colin Wharton, got a pie in the face. The pie in the face was the climax of a fund drive, “Taking Steps” to Find a Cure at Field Day, held for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the fourth grade classes won the right to see the event by raising the most money. The fourth grade class raised $646, adding to the total raised during the drive of $1,912. 

Students raise funds, help victims in Haiti quakes

A Chester group traveled to Haiti in an effort to help those in St. Louis du Nord on the northwestern coast of the country. Four teens raised money by waiting tables at Howlett’s Tavern and the money raised sent them to Haiti to help the country recover and learn their culture.

Kaufmann pitches no-hitter at Cornell

L.C. Bird alum Connor Kaufmann had a breakout performance and without a doubt established himself as a legitimate Division-1 pitcher. After a standout career at Bird in which Kaufmann sported a stellar 4.6 GPA, the college sophomore spun a no-hitter against conference contender Dartmouth, a game that Cornell won 2-0. The no-hitter was the first since 1989 for Cornell when three pitchers combined for a no-no. Making a great transition to college,  Kaufmann sports a 3.0 GPA in one of the toughest programs at Cornell.

Patriots Tea Party at fairgrounds

Local Tea Party groups gathered at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds for an event call Celebrate Liberty. Vendors for the event included the Chester Patriots group, as well as a number of groups from around the area including the Virginia Patriots, Lousia Tea Party, Patrick Henry Tea Party and about eight others. The NRA was in attendence distributing brochures on the Second Amendment. Also on hand was the Virginia Wounded Warrior Project, Healing Waters Fly Fishermen and the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. On the main stage, re-enactors, taking the parts of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison, had a discussion of early America after the character Patrick Henry recited his famous “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech.

An MG invasion

A group of MG enthusiasts from Australia and around the U.S., stopped off in Chester with a parade of classic MGs. They were welcomed by fellow MG enthusiast and Chester resident David Harrison. The group shared stories, of their travels and their love of cars. The cars ranged from a 1933 MG/L2 to a 1949 Y Tourer to a 1960 MGA 1600 roadster.

Business School named best among HBCUs

Virginia State University’s Reginald F. Lewis School of Business (RFLSB) has received yet another distinction.  The School was named the “Best Business Program at an HBCU” by The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy.  The Center annually recognizes a program which has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and community contributions in research academic exposition and professional development.

Second Thursday concert series

The Chester Community Chorus (CCC) was the first act of Second Thursdays on the Green, a monthly concert/arts event series presented monthly by the Chester Community Association to promote the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation. The chorus was directed from behind the keyboard of Joshua Wortham, the Chester United Methodist Church’s (CUMC) music director. “We tried to pick up family oriented tunes,” Wortham said. They had a Rogers and Hammerstein medley and then it went on from there.

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