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BHMCCV receives 2024 Commonwealth History Fund Grant

The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA) it is one of 14 organizations selected to receive a grant from the Virginia Museum History & Culture’s (VMHC) Commonwealth History Fund.

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YWCA Richmond announces 2024 Class of Outstanding Women Awards honorees

Free Press Managing Editor Bonnie Newman Davis among this year’s recipients

For more than 40 years, YWCA Richmond has recognized accomplished women leaders in the Richmond community who one LinkedIn article described as “modeling resilience, empowering their teams to embrace change, learning from failures and persisting in the face of adversity.”

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Maymont’s new otter needs a name

Louis the otter has a new friend at The Robins Nature Center at Maymont. A three-year-old female otter is expected to make her debut in March and Maymont wants the public’s help selecting her name.

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VSU, NSU bands featured in documentary

In honor of Black History Month, the Pepsi National Battle of the Bands (NBOTB) announced the debut of “The Legacy of HBCU Marching Bands,” a documentary film that pays tribute to the heritage and legacy of marching bands at historically black colleges and universities. The film will air on WTVR CBS6 at 9 p.m.,Sunday, Feb. 18.

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Youngkins’ announce high school essay contest

Gov. Glenn Youngkin, First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin and the Virginia Council on Women have announced the 13th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Healthcare (STEAM-H) essay contest. The contest is open to female high school seniors who plan to pursue a STEAM-H career at a community college, four-year college or university, trade or technical school, online or through certificated STEAM-H courses.

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VSU students providing free tax assistance

Virginia State University’s Accounting students are collaborating with the IRS for the 37th year to provide free income tax preparation and filing assistance to Tri-City area residents with an income of $73,000 or below.

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The Holy Eucharist commemorates Rev. Barbara Harris

The Diocese of Virginia announces the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist commemorating the consecration of the Right Reverend Barbara Clementine Harris, the first woman Bishop in the Anglican Communion, and celebrating the life and witness of the Reverend Absalom Jones, the first African-American priest in The Episcopal Church.

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FeedMore hosts food drive

A canned food drive to benefit Feed More will be held in the Henrico Sports & Events Center starting Saturday, Feb. 10 through Friday, March 1, with free tickets to the upcoming Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship for those who contribute.

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Brian McGill is Chesterfield County’s Teacher of the Year

Brian McGill, an English teacher at Tomahawk Creek Middle School since 2020, has been selected as the 2024 Teacher of the Year and Middle School Teacher of the Year for Chesterfield County. Mr. McGill has taught in Chesterfield County Public Schools since 2008 and previously taught in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Friends and loved ones to pay tribute to prominent musician Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Lee

Nathaniel “Nat” Bess Lee — a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger who worked with nationally known musicals acts in his career — died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, after an extended illness. He was 69.

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