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Richmond County Intermediate School students start their work on water quality monitoring.

Middle schoolers ‘think outside the sink’ with field day and activities at Belle Isle State Park

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Middle school science teacher Patty Ptucha has incorporated a fresh new program into her academic curriculum. Through Think Outside the Sink (TOTS), sixth grade students from Richmond County Intermediate School embraced the opportunity to learn and explore the concepts of conserving water as well as protecting the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River. The initiative is a part of the organization ‘A River Runs Through Us,’ which has local community organizations

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  • St. Margaret’s student is a STEM essay scholarship winner

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Paige Haley, far right, placed third in the annual STEM Essay Contest.

    First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the 4th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls.  Paige Haley, a senior at St. Margaret’s School who plans to attend the College of William & Mary in the fall, placed third in the contest, receiving a $5,000 scholarship.  In her essay about wanting to

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  • 4-H Program, Westmoreland County and Montross Middle School: Call for volunteers, May 1

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    The 4-H program of Westmoreland County is partnering with Montross Middle School to offer a financial literacy program called Reality Store  to 8th grade students during their career unit.  The Reality Store program culminates with a simulation event that requires help from the community.  Community volunteers are needed to person the stations that represent life’s daily expenses.  No experience necessary, all training provided on the morning of the event.  We would

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  • Essex County’s Mitchell Wade Brooks: A selfless man remembered

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Mitchell (right) with his two sons Max Steorts and Peyton at Peyton’s graduation.

    A man who would put you before himself even if it cost him. Someone who would pay your lunch tab just because he wanted to, not because he felt obligated or sought recognition. A man who made you want to be a better person, a better parent, a better partner, a harder worker and a better Christian. A naturally selfless individual. In the words of his friends, his loved ones,

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  • 20 students spend a week at Northern Neck – Middlesex Free Health Clinic

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm


    The Northern Neck – Middlesex Free Health Clinic welcomed two groups of college students during back-to-back weeks in March through the schools’ community service programs. The College of William & Mary participated for the third year in a partnership with the Clinic for the college’s “Branch Out” program March 8 – 14.  Twelve W&M students used their spring break to work at the Clinic during the week, gaining some hands-on

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  • Richmond Heroes unite to double lung cancer survival

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    WHAT:           Register, raise funds, and run or walk – that’s all it takes to be a hero in the eyes of a person facing lung cancer. Join hundreds of community members as they gather for a day of impact at the Richmond Free to Breathe Run/Walk on Saturday, April 25, at the Innsbrook North Shore Commons. The inspirational event will feature a 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk, with awards for top fundraisers. All

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  • Repopulation of Rappahannock River Eagles exceeds expectations

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Eaglets in a nest lookout over the LaGrange Creek along the Rappahannock River.  The single pair on this creek during the 1960s and 1970s produced no young in more than 10 years.  Today, the creek supports five breeding pairs.

    When bald eagle surveys were initiated in the Chesapeake Bay during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Rappahannock River was not a standout.  Compared to the historic James and Potomac Rivers, the Rappahannock was not as well known to the public.  In terms of eagle numbers, the river was overshadowed by the DDT-era strongholds of the upper Potomac, the lower James and the Blackwater.  But one has only to

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