The Dash

Bon Air Baptist Church – James River Campus







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Trinity Titans Making a Difference

In the Community…

Trinity Episcopal SchoolThe sophomore class took advantage of great weather recently to put principles of community and campus stewardship into action. Dropped off by bus at a half-dozen different locations near the Trinity canpus, groups of 10th graders with parent chaperones made their way back to campus, picking up roadside trash along the way. Other groups roamed Trinity’s campus, pulling weeds and picking up stray trash.

“It’s about being good neighbors,” said Sophomore Class Sponsor Brian Griffen, who helps organize the 10th Grade Community Cleanup Day each year. “It’s also a chance to show how fortunate we feel to have such a beautiful campus.”

and In the Classroom

Trinity Episcopal SchoolThe seniors in the IB Extended Essay program received official bound copies of their IB Extended Essay last week. Two copies of each essay were published—one for the student and one for the school to keep on display for posterity.

The Extended Essay is a component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. In no fewer than 4,000 words, students complete an independent, self-directed piece of research, akin to a college-level thesis.

This year’s topics included:

  • The Extent to Which Glucose Levels Affect Short-Term Memory
  • A Streetcar Named Change: The effects of an electric streetcar network on the development of the City of Richmond between 1890-1920
  • The Great Gatsby’s Colorful Character: How Colors Highlight Jay Gatsby’s Duality and his Inability to Attain Old Money Status
  • An Investigation Into Minimalist Art and its Effect on Culture, Fashion, and Interior Design During the 196os
  • The Extent to Which the Energy Dichotomy of Personality is Genetically Influenced

In 1994, Trinity became the first school in the Richmond area to offer the IB Diploma. The program emphasizes intercultural understanding and respect and independent research.






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Triad Senior Day

May 4th

Triad Senior DayCalling all Seniors!

Triad Senior Day will be held

DATE: May 4

TIME: 7:30 AM – 12:45 PM

LOCATION: Victory Tabernacle Church, 11700 Genito Road, Midlothian

This is a fun and educational day for seniors and their caregivers.

Come check out the resources available in the community.

Learn how to keep seniors safe and improve their quality of life.









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Which vaccinations are essential to your pet’s health?

Vaccinations for Your Pet

Vaccines help prevent many illnesses that affect pets. Vaccinating your pet has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help him live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines. Vaccination is a procedure that has risks and benefits that must be weighed for every pet relative to his lifestyle and health. Your veterinarian can determine a vaccination regime that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual animal.

Understanding Vaccines

Vaccines help prepare the body’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but don’t actually cause disease. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is mildly stimulated. If a pet is ever exposed to the real disease, his immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness.

Core Vaccines

Core vaccines are considered vital to all pets based on risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans.

Determining the Timing and Frequency of Vaccinations

Your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule for your pet. This will depend on the type of vaccine, your pet’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle.

Local Laws Regarding Mandatory Vaccines

Each state has its own laws governing the administration of the rabies vaccine. Some areas require yearly rabies vaccination. Other areas call for vaccines every three years. In almost all states, proof of rabies vaccination is mandatory.

Risks Associated with Vaccination

Immunizations should mildly stimulate the animal’s immune system in order to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This stimulation can create mild symptoms, ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions.


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Spring Green

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What You Should Do About Exposed Tree Roots

Spring-Green Lawn & Tree Care

Spring-GreenOne of our Franchise Owners received some pictures of an all too common problem in many home landscapes – exposed roots under a tree. The customer wanted to know what could be done in order to grow grass or even cover the roots so that it is easier to mow in that area.

As you can see from the picture, there is almost no grass growing under the canopy of the tree and there are a number of exposed roots. For this particular situation, my suggestion would be to forget about growing grass under this tree.  It obviously is too shady to support good turf growth.

If you are thinking about adding soil to cover the roots only add an inch or so of good quality top soil, and avoid the cheap $.99 per bag soil. What you don’t want to do is cover the roots with several inches of soil, which will deprive the feeder roots, located just under the soil, of oxygen and water.

However, the better suggestion is to cover the roots with twice chipped wood chips or pine straw.  Avoid spreading a composted material over the roots like mushroom compost. This material is great, but it does hold an excessive amount of moisture that could lead to root rots or other problems since the roots that are under the mulch still need oxygen and moisture.

Spread about a two inch layer of wood chips or pine straw over the area. In this situation, I would cover the entire area under the tree with that type of mulch. In the foreground of the picture, the grass is very thin and it appears that there is moss growing in the area. This tells me that there is another tree close by, adding to the shade problem.  This customer may need to extend the mulch bed to encompass areas around both trees. That means less mowing on the customer’s part.

The grass that is growing under the trees should be removed by digging it out. Avoid using a non-selective grass control like Round-Up if there are numerous exposed roots. It is better to carefully dig out the grass without damaging the feeder roots as best as possible and then add the mulch. Any grasses that do poke through later in the year can be spot sprayed with Round-Up.

Trees are great to have in our yards, but trees do grow, which may mean you have to change the layout of your landscape as time goes by. Change is a good thing and it allows you the opportunity to install new and different plants.  Remember, a landscape is a living thing and it needs attention, especially when the environment changes.


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ChiaTry adding a little chia seeds to your diet.

Chia seeds pack a nutritional powerhouse of fiber, omega-3 oils, antioxidants, calcium, and protein.

Unlike flax seed, they don’t need to be ground to release the healthy omega-3’s.

A perfect healthy addition to any diet.






Dogtopia Chesterfield

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Dogtopia Weather Forecast



Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.


weatherSunday Night

Clear, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph after midnight.



Sunny, with a high near 85.


weatherMonday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.


weatherTuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.


weatherWednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


weatherThursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.



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Home Makers

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Swimming lessons

Second-graders from Davis Elementary will learn to swim on Tuesdays through May 31 at SwimRVA. Lessons run 10-10:45 a.m., 10:45-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call 674-1310.

Healthy Habits

Gordon Elementary will participate in Healthy Habits 3:50-4:50 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 24. For more information, email


Wildcat 5K

Woolridge Elementary will host the Wildcat 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at 2 p.m. April 24. For more information, call 739-6330.


Crash simulations

For the senior classe at James River High, the VCU School of Medicine will stage a car crash and demonstrate what happens in a trauma room. A MedFlight helicopter is scheduled to land. The crash simulation will take place 8-10:30 a.m. April 25 at James River High; email for information.

Field trip

Davis Elementary fourth-graders will visit Pamplin Historical Park 9:30 a.m.-3:20 p.m. April 25. For more information, call 674-1310.

Field trips

Davis Elementary third- and fourth-graders will visit the MathScience Innovation Center 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. April 26-29, May 2 and May 4. For more information, call 674-1310.

Field trip

Davis Elementary kindergartners will visit the Science Museum of Virginia 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26. For more information, call 674-1310.

Prekindergarten application

At 19 schools, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers a limited number of prekindergarten spots to provide school-readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30 and who are zoned for a school that offers prekindergarten can apply. There are no exceptions to age and residency requirements. Families can apply for prekindergarten at Perrymont, 8610 Perrymont Road, between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on these dates: April 26, May 3 and May 10. For more information, go to


Fourth-graders at Jacobs Road Elementary will present a recorder concert 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 26. For more information, call 674-1320.

Battle of the Books

Woolridge Elementary students will compete in a Battle of the Books 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26. For more information, call 739-6330.

Field trip

Curtis Elementary third-graders will attend “Johnny Appleseed” and have lunch at Swift Creek Mill Playhouse 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 26. For more information, call 768-6175.

Field trip

Spring Run Elementary fifth-graders will go to Washington, D.C., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28. For more information, call 639-6352.

Spring plant sale

The Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse will hold its annual spring plant sale 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 28-29 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2-19 on weekdays. For sale will be annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, mixed containers and hanging baskets. For more information, email

Field day

Woolridge Elementary will enjoy field day April 29: 10 a.m.-noon for grades K-2 and 1-3 p.m. for grades 3-5. For more information, call 739-6330.

Go Nuts for Reading

Spring Run Elementary students who read eight books and return their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free on April 29. Also, they may walk in a parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, call 639-6352.

Mustangs 5K

Midlo Middle is sponsoring its third annual 5K starting at 9 a.m. April 30. Register for the Mustangs 5K here: For more information, contact

Chesterfield Junior Cup

Students from elementary schools throughout Chesterfield County will compete in a tennis tournament at James River High 1-4 p.m. April 30. The rain date for the Chesterfield Junior Cup is May 1.


Elizabeth Davis Middle will gather at 7 p.m. April 28 for an Evening of the Arts, including visual art created by art and computer art students and music by band students. For more information, call 541-4700.

Book drive

Reams Road Elementary will hold its annual book drive throughout May. All students are invited to donate gently used books. At the end of the month, students will be able to browse the donated books and choose at least one book to keep as a way to kick off their summer reading. For more information, call 674-1370.

Go Nuts for Reading

Marguerite Christian Elementary students who read eight books and return their bookmarks will attend a Richmond Flying Squirrels game free on May 3. Also, they may walk in a parade with Nutzy around the field before the game starts. For more information, call 530-5733.

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