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Danny Murphy

A Busy Week Ahead


Robious Elementary SchoolIt is another busy week this week at Robious Elementary School.

Yesterday marked the kickoff their Earth Week celebration.

We can help them fill their pledge tree with leaves.

Students were sent home with a green leaf on which they can write their Earth Week pledge and are encouraged to bring it to Chick Fil A on Monday evening from 5:30-7:30 where students can enter their name into a raffle to win a reusable bag of goodies.

If you can’t make it to Chick Fil A Night, you can simply send the completed pledge leaf to school and drop it in the PTA mail.

If Robious Elementary gets 250 pledges this week the students will win a PJ Day, so the stakes are high!

On Wednesday morning, there will be running club anytime after 8 am at the Robious Middle School track. In honor of Earth Week, all participants are encouraged to wear green, so grab some friends and join them for some fun running/walking around the track.

And on Friday the students will join many others in celebrating Earth Day with a special Walking School Bus.

Grab some friends and a few adults and enjoy a nice walk to school.

And finally, a friendly reminder – Whistlestop is fast approaching. You can purchase your tickets by CLICKING HERE.



What do Titans love?

Trinity Episcopal School

What do Titans love?

Trinity Episcopal SchoolThe amazing teachers, awesome programs and the caring community, just to name a few. Recently, Trinity students have been sharing what they love about Trinity — both in school and online using the hashtag ‪#‎TitansShowtheLove.

Students also penned handwritten notes of thanks to be sent to donors who help make it all possible through their generous financial support.

The Class of 2016 was also officially inducted as alumni, in a special ceremony where they pledged to support Trinity after graduation.

Special guest speaker Conner Trebour ’11 shared why he remains a proud supporter of the school. “I really want to impress upon you how special a place Trinity is, and how much of what happens at Trinity is dependent upon alumni, parents, grandparents and friends of the school giving back,” he said.








Spring Green

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Should You Be Seeding Your Lawn This Spring?

Spring-Green Lawn Tip

Big LawnOccasionally a customer will ask if they can seed their lawn in the spring. For those who live in the south, the grasses that grow in your area are usually not started from seed. Therefore this article is mainly directed at areas where cool-season grasses grow.

In most cases, seeding your lawn in the spring is not a good idea. The main reason for this is that weed control cannot be applied before or after the lawn is seeded. This is true for the pre-emergent weed control products that are designed to inhibit annual grassy weeds from germinating. Likewise, it will keep desired grass seed from germinating as well.

Sometimes a lawn is just in bad shape and needs help to get going again. If your lawn is thin and weedy, it is better to get the weeds under control. Try to increase the density of the grass that is growing by fertilizing it then try seeding it and hopefully your new grass will out-compete the stronger, more established weeds. Keep in mind that it is better to get weeds in check in summer and fertilize your lawn to get it healthy and then re-seed in late August to early September.

Choose a product that has a crabgrass preventer included with the granular fertilizer. Be sure to follow the directions on the label as to the amount of product to apply per 1,000 sq. ft. Determining the size of your lawn care can be difficult, but it can be done using a plat of survey. Be sure to make allowances for landscape beds, pool and decks or patios.

I suggest using a liquid weed control product to control the weeds in your lawn. Be sure to read and follow the directions before using the product. Also, make sure you choose a product that only controls broadleaf weeds, and not weeds and grasses.

Depending on the species of turf in your lawn, you should continue making applications of fertilizer throughout the summer. Bluegrass and perennial ryegrass should receive about 3 to 4 pounds of nitrogen per year whereas tall fescue should receive about 2 to 2.5 pounds of nitrogen per year. All of these grasses do better when higher amounts are applied in early spring and fall and less in the summer.

When late August rolls around, it is time to core aerate your lawn. After doing so, spread grass seed across your lawn after aerating. Here are the recommended amounts of grass seed to sow per 1,000 square feet:

  •     Bluegrass – 2 to 3 pounds
  •     Perennial ryegrass – 3 to 4 pounds
  •     Tall fescue – 5 to 6 pounds

After you have seeded, make another application of fertilizer at the ¾ pound N rate after seeding. Be sure to keep the new seed watered for 3 to 4 weeks. Make a late season fertilizer application in October through November, depending on where you live. But of course, the easiest way of caring for your lawn is to contact your local Spring-Green office.

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The 6th Annual Virginia Hops and Barley Festival



Step 1: Post “I want to go to the Virginia Hops and Barley Festival!” on the ROBIOUS CORRIDOR Facebook page.

Step 2: Make sure that you LIKE the Robious Corridor and Virginia Hops and Barley Festival Facebook Pages.

Step 3: Get people to Like, Share, and Comment on YOUR post.

Step 4: WIN!

  • The two entries with the largest number of Likes, Shares, and Comments will each win two free tickets to the 6th Annual Virginia Hops and Barley Festival.
  • To be eligible to win, each contestant MUST Like each Facebook page.
  • In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be drawn at random to determine the winners.
  • The contest ends on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Noon EST.
  • To make it easier for participants to Like the Facebook pages follow the links below to Like each page.

Click to visit the Robious Corridor Facebook page.

Click to visit the Virginia Hops and Barley Festival Facebook page.


Robious CorridorThe Powhatan Rotary Club and Three One One Productions are at it again this year.

The 6th Annual Virginia Hops and Barley Festival is a go.  As the final details are being wrapped up we wanted our readers to be able to…

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, May 7th

TIME: 1p-7p

PLACE: Historic Malvern Estate, located in Chesterfield County, just off of 288.

This event features over 30+ craft beers, as well as many food vendors, craft vendors, bands, kids area, VIP and more.

This event is always well attended and is likely to sell out.








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5 Cat Care Mistakes You’re Probably Making

cat healthAs a veterinarian for more than 30 years, I know from experience that most cat and dog owners do everything they can to ensure that they’re taking the best possible care of their pets. But even those with the best intentions can make mistakes. Sometimes the key to becoming a better pet parent is knowing what not to do.

From letting your cat roam outside to ignoring his litterbox, here are five ways you may be caring for your cat wrong — and how to fix them.

Letting your cat roam freely.

As a veterinarian, I’ve seen enough cats hit by cars, attacked by dogs or accidentally poisoned to know that if you let your cat roam outdoors, you’re putting his life at risk. While it’s hard to compete with the wonders of the natural world, it is possible to make an indoor cat’s life just as enriching as an outdoor cat’s. Try adding trees, toys and food puzzles to his indoor space. Better yet, a catio, an outdoor enclosure that lets your kitty enjoy the great outdoors with fewer risks. If stray cats frequent your yard though, ask your veterinarian if your cat may need a feline leukemia vaccine.

Punishing or frightening your cat.

No matter how frustrated or angry you are, hitting or yelling at your cat will not change his bad behavior. Well, actually, here’s what will change: He’ll become scared of you and try to avoid you at all costs, which will ruin your relationship. Instead of punishing your cat for bad behavior, try rewarding his good behavior with treats and praise. It’s better for his health, too: Cats who are afraid are stressed, and stress has been linked to illness.

A relaxed cat has a better chance of being happier and healthier.

Overfeeding your cat.

As hard as we veterinarians try to put a stop to the pet obesity epidemic, it seems as if we’re fighting an uphill battle. We’re seeing cats in constant misery from weight-related feline arthritis, or we’re being asked to euthanize cats with diabetes, because the owners can’t cope with the care. The key to ending obesity in pets lies with you, the pet owner. You have the willpower to say no to a begging cat. You can control of how much kibble is poured  into your cat’s bowl and how many times a day he’s fed.

Winterfield Veterinary Hospital is always here to help. Ask us for nutrition and feeding advice.

Using products made for other species on your cat.

When your cat gets sick, it’s tempting to reach into the medicine cabinet and give him an aspirin. Don’t do it.  Aspirin can kill your cat. So can acetaminophen. Even products meant for dogs, like canine flea-control products and dog shampoo, can be harmful to your cat. Cats can be so sensitive to so many things that I’d go so far to say you should use only products that are labeled for cats.  Read the label carefully: That same product might not be OK for kittens. The ASPSCA Animal Poison Control Center web site has a comprehensive list of dangerous substances, as well as a list of plants that can be harmful to your cats. And, of course, when in doubt, ask your veterinarian, who knows what’s safe and what isn’t for your feline.

Ignoring your cat’s litter box.

I know it’s a chore, but if you don’t keep the litter box clean, you’re upping the chances that your cat won’t use it. More importantly though, cleaning the litter box daily means you know what your cat’s up to, including what’s normal for him — and what’s not. And because cats are so secretive with signs of illness or pain, cleaning the litter box is one of the few ways to get some of the clues you need. So don’t ignore the litterbox. Keeping the box clean can keep you in the loop with your cat’s health.

written by Dr. Marty Becker

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acac Midlothian


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Goochland 6 Benedictine 3

Thomas Dale 7 Clover Hill 2

Matoaca 10 L.C. Bird 2

Manchester 1 Colonial Forge 0

Hopewell 21 Huguenot 0




Atlee 11 James River 1

Collegiate 13 Saint Gertrude 3

Clover Hill 4 Thomas Dale 3

Cosby 8 Deep Run 1

Hopewell 20 Huguenot 4

Hanover 12 Hermitage 0

Patrick Henry 4 Louisa 3




James River 17 Douglas Freeman 9

Deep Run 16 Cosby 7

Atlee 11 Mills Godwin 7



Douglas Freeman 16 James River 3

Trinity Episcopal 12 Saint John Paul the Great 7

Deep Run 13 Cosby 10

Charlottesville 8 Powhatan 5

Highland 14 Steward 11

Atlee 13 Mills Godwin 1




Thomas Dale 2 Clover Hill 1

Matoaca 2 Dinwiddie 2 (OT)

L.C. Bird 4 Manchester 0

Huguenot 5 Hopewell 2

Maggie Walker GS 2 Patrick Henry 1



Clover Hill 8 Thomas Dale 1

Matoaca 11 Dinwiddie 0

Charlottesville 2 Powhatan 1

Hopewell 2 Huguenot 0

Hanover 8 Hermitage 0





Mills Godwin 8 Maggie Walker 1

Glen Allen 9 Thomas Jefferson 0

Goochland 3 Blessed Sacrament 1

Hermitage 9 John Marshall 0

Lee-Davis 9 Armstrong 0




Steward 172 Bishop Sullivan 187


Collegiate 176 St. Catherine’s 179 Kenston Forest 224 Saint Gertrude 245









Dogtopia Chesterfield

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Tuesday Dogtopia Weather



Sunny, with a high near 84. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.


weatherTuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. North wind around 8 mph.



Sunny, with a high near 70.


weatherWednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 47.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.


weatherThursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.



A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


weatherFriday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.


weatherSaturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.



Sunny, with a high near 74.





Ace Glass

Robious Corridor



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


Love Our Earth Week

Clover Hill Elementary is celebrating Love Our Earth Week April 18-22 with the theme “Grow the Good.” The Environmental Cabinet of the school’s Student Leadership Council has organized several activities, including an art contest and seed plantings. Students and staff members will wear green on Tuesday, read using flashlights on Wednesday, clean up school grounds on Thursday and dress like plants on Friday. For more information, email

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Davis Elementary’s PTA will hold a Hispanic Heritage Celebration 6-8 p.m. April 19. For more information, call 674-1310.

MOOC for rising ninth-graders

Rising ninth-graders have opportunities that have never before been available to students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. They can enroll in the first MOOC (massive open online course) ever offered by Chesterfield County Public Schools: Introduction to Computer Science. Students who successfully complete this course will earn a high school credit and be prepared for Advanced Placement computer science courses. Introduction to Computer Science will also prepare students to apply for CodeRVA, a regional high school scheduled to open in September 2017. This innovative school will offer accelerated, personalized learning and prepare students for jobs in computer science and information technology. To learn more about these unique opportunities, students who will be in ninth grade starting in September 2016 and their parents or guardians are invited to attend an informational meeting:

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 20 at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull; enter the door for the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center at the back of the building



At Woolridge Elementary, fourth-graders will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids” at 7 p.m. April 20 in the cafeteria. For more information, email

Career and Technical Center interview days

Students studying electricity, HVAC and plumbing at the Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse will interview with 42 area employers April 20-21. These real interviews for real jobs will take place at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. both days. Seniors are looking forward to the opportunity for a full-time job while the juniors are looking forward to being able to work part-time during their senior year. The rising seniors are considered student apprentices by the Department of Labor and Industry when they work alternating days for pay. For more information, email


 Solar panel donation and installation

During the morning of April 21, Off Grid by Design is donating and installing a 1 kilowatt solar panel system at Falling Creek Middle. The solar panel will be installed along the bus loop, just behind the school’s garden. It will offer hands-on learning about the green power industry. The clean, renewable energy from the solar panel will power a recharging station for student Chromebooks and will recharge 12-volt batteries used with underwater robotics vehicles. Also, the solar panel will be linked to the school’s digital kiosk that records different types of information, so that students can understand the amount of energy generated from the sun. For more information, contact or call 743-3640.


Midlothian Middle will present “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.” at 7 p.m. April 21-22 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 23. For more information, call 378-2460.

Students of the Year

Chesterfield County Public Schools will celebrate two Students of the Year from every school at 6 p.m. April 21 in the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center of the Career and Technical Center @ Hull. The event is sponsored by the Midlothian Rotary Club. For more information, call 748-1405.

Ecology event

Davis Elementary fifth-graders will participate in James River Ecology School 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 21-22. For more information, call 674-1310.

Video via drone

Spring Run Elementary students will assemble on the football field at 2 p.m. April 21 to form the letters SRES and will be videotaped by a drone for a school video. For more information, call 639-6352.


Woolridge Elementary third-graders will perform a musical show for the PTA at 7 p.m. April 21 in the cafeteria. For more information, call 739-6330.

Little Feet Meet

More than 1,000 Special Olympic athletes from elementary schools across Chesterfield County will gather for the Little Feet Meet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21 at James River High. The opening ceremony is about 11 a.m. Rain date is April 22. For more information, email


Field trip

Curtis Elementary kindergarten and second-grade classes will visit the Metro Richmond Zoo on April 22. They will leave the school at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1 p.m. For more information, call 768-6175.

Field day

Crenshaw Elementary students will enjoy field day all day on April 22. For more information, email

Fire safety

Second-grade classes at Woolridge Elementary will learn about fire safety via the traveling fire house all day April 22. For more information, call 739-6330.


Woolridge Elementary’s fifth-grade carnival will take place 2:15-3:30 p.m. April 22. For more information, call 739-6330.


Elizabeth Davis Middle will hold its eighth annual recycling drive April 22-23. Cans and other aluminum items will be accepted for recycling 3:15-5:30 p.m. April 22 and noon-2:30 p.m. April 23. For more information, call 541-4700.


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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