Christine Harrington, RN took a long way home, Benedictine’s Dylan Taylor steals the Spotlight, and a ton of other great local news!


Christine Harrington

She Took a Long Way Home

Christine Harrington1A long time ago, in 2003, Christine Harrington graduated from James River High School before heading to the University of Colorado to get her degree in Nursing.  Harrington put her skills to good use around the country as a traveling nurse and also as a volunteer nurse in several foreign countries.

Along her journey, which began here in the Robious Corridor, tending to the medical needs of those in need has take Harrington to some interesting places.  Most recently, Christine returned to the Robious Corridor after serving on board the Africa Mercy in Madagascar for two months.  Africa Mercy, the largest private hospital ship in the world, is the flagship for Mercy Ships.  The Mercy Ships tend to the needs of the enormous number of people throughout the world who do not have access to modern healthcare and surgery.

A long way from home, Harrington proudly served as a volunteer on the health care mission, giving her time, her skills, paying her own travel expenses, room and board while on the ship.   Stationed off the coast of Madagascar, an impoverished island near the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Christine’s goal was to have a positive and lasting impact on those in need. To provide hope and life to those in the greatest need.  To help those who needed help the most.  To change lives.

Along the way Harrington was given a few memorable gifts.  Memories of life changing patients and their families.  Memories of heartwarming successes and heartbreaking failures.  Memories of working with great people who shared her passion and dedication.  Memories of great joy and of great despair. Memories that will last in her mind forever.

A long journey that began at James River High School, allowed Christine to change lives in the Robious Corridor.  To change lives around the country.  And now, off of the Coast of Africa in Madagascar, to change lives around the world.

Along the way Christine was given the greatest gift.  

A long time ago, someone said the greatest gift you can receive is the gift you give.

Along the way Christine realized that while she was changing the lives of those in need, they were changing hers.




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ccpsShop for school supplies Aug. 5-7 and pay no sales tax. Details about Virginia Department of Taxation holiday are here:


Summer Learning Tip

A research journal lets your child dive into favorite topics. Journaling over the summer is a great way for your child to keep her writing skills sharp. If she doesn’t know what to write about, suggest that she keep a research log. Have her pick a subject she loves, such as swimming. Then she can research facts to write about. How would she describe the different strokes? How long are Olympic pools? Who holds records for swimming?


Let success be the reward for chores

Chores help children develop a sense of responsibility. But getting your child to pitch in should be more like coaching a team than running a business. Instead of paying him to do a routine chore, help your child learn that when everyone helps out, success for all is the reward. Improve the experience by letting him choose among several tasks, or by doing a special family activity after work time.





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acac Midlothian Back to School Supply Stop

August 1 – 19

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acac Midlothian will be collecting school supplies for children in need at Chesterfield County Public Schools. If you would like to participate, please consider bringing in any of the following and placing in the bins located in the main lobby, tennis, Adventure Central or Kids Zone.

  • Pens & Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Colored Pencils
  • Thin Dry Erase Markers
  • Spiral and Composition Notebooks
  • Pocket Folders
  • Binders
  • Construction Paper
  • Colored Copy Paper
  • Post It Notes (3×5)
  • New or gently used books for grades K – 5



Midlothian Athletic AssociationSupport the MAA Football Program

Midlothian Athletic Association

Today is Dicks Sporting Goods day to support MAA football.

The Midlo directors will be at the Chesterfield Town Center Dicks from 10:00-4:00, accepting registrations, answering equipment questions, and more.

There is a great 20% off coupon you can use for almost everything in the store too!

The Virginia Tech Cheerleaders and Hokie Bird will be there from 12:00-2:00





Midlothian High School

MidlothianThe Fall Sports Parents’ Meeting will be held on August 8.

NOTE –  Football will have a separate Parents’ Meeting the week of August 1.

The net Booster Club Meeting will be held on Monday August 15 at 7:00m in the Midlothian High School Library.





Chesterfield County Public Schools

CCPS250x800The Food and Nutritional Services Department of the Chesterfield County Public School system is hiring!

They are currently taking applications for Substitute Food Services Associates.

Some benefits available in the food services field are:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Convenient work schedules
  • Opportunities to advance professionally
  • On-site and classroom training
  • Summers off with your children
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Eligibility to join the School Nutrition Association (SNA)

Apply via the CCPS website at

The complete job description and application procedures are available on the website!

If you have any questions, call 804-743-2390

A Great Deal on Summer Camp for Kids

The Summer Camps at Good Shepherd Episcopal School

The Summer camps at Good Shepherd Episcopal School return bigger and better for 2016.

GSES LEGOWe’re building cool, fun stuff at this week’s Hero’s Lego camp!

It’s not too late to sign up for our August camps! Visit for the full list of camps!

The Summer camps at Good Shepherd Episcopal School have the top camp providers from the tri-city area under one roof for 11 weeks of fun activities for children ages 5 – 14.  Mountain biking, building with Lego blocks, cooking camps, tech camps, art and craft camps, drama camps and much more. 

Want Minions, Minecraft & Mythology?  The Summer camps at Good Shepherd Episcopal School has them.

How about Dinosaurs & Star Wars?  The Summer camps at Good Shepherd Episcopal School has them too.

They have it all!

Pre & Post Camp care plus lunch bridge care are available.

The greatest thing about this summer camp is that your kids can go one full day, one session of the day, or you can mix and match to meet the needs of your schedule.  Brilliant! A summer camp created that fits your changing schedule and one that your kids will love!


Good Shepard Episcopal School

4207 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, Va 23225

Good Shepard Episcopal SchoolRUNS FROM:

NOW through August 26


Have a blast with them this summer – the 2016 SUMMER OF FUN!

Friendly Fridays

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acac MidlothianPool members are invited to bring a guest family for FREE every Friday night this summer from 6:00- 10:00pm for Friendly Fridays. Enjoy activities, food and drinks, swimming, and more every Friday night at the acac Midlothian WaterPark this summer.

See below for the full schedule:

August 5 | Olympic Games

Celebrate the 2016 Summer Games with acac. Put your skills to the challenge with our Olympic Games, including a noodle toss, NERF gun target practice, races, and more. Chicken sausages with peppers and onions will be on the grill!

August 12 | Movie Night

 Bring the whole family for a modern mammal metropolis at our showing of Zootopia. We’ll have popcorn and movie candy for sale, plus FREE animal crackers with the purchase of any corndog!

August 19 | Art Party

Bring an old shirt and your imagination for a Friendly Fridays Art Party! We’ll have an assortment of art projects so you’ll have a messy blast, no matter your skill level. And for those who want to get creative with their food, join us for a baked potato bar with sour cream, butter, chives, cheese, olives, bacon and more.

August 26 | Floats & Floats

Join us for a special float night – with pool floats and root beer floats! Parents, we’ll have hard root beer floats for you too. And if you’re still hungry, you can build your own tacos with toppings of your choice or grab a homemade guacamole burger.

September 2 | Movie Night

End summer with a family favorite – Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ll have popcorn and movie candy for sale.

*Schedule and food are subject to change and dependent upon weather. Beer and wine are available for purchase for those 21 and older. Please, no outside alcohol.

Robious Elementary School

Monday, August 1, 2016

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As everyone begins to prepare for the 2016-17 school year, the first PTA meeting of the school year will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Robious Elementary School library.    Meetings usually last for about a half hour, and anyone in the parent or teacher community is invited to attend. 

Mrs. Childress and Mrs. Waldrop will be there as staff representatives, as well as the Elected PTA board, and most committee chairs.  All interested parents are welcome to come and find out more about what your PTA does for you, your children and your community. 

There are still some committee positions available, so if you’re looking to get more involved, we would love to tell you more about it.  Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

There will be a Meet & Greet for our new Principal, Mrs. Casta Childress on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the RES library.  Stop by anytime during this time frame to introduce your family and welcome our new principal,  Mrs. Childress, back to the Robious Elementary community.

Don’t Forget to Order School Supplies!

Robious Elementary

Get a head start on next year, and pre-order your school supplies now. 

Your PTA benefits from you ordering your school supplies from The Write Stuff. 

Remember that shipping is FREE for all orders placed before August 1, and purchases are ALWAYS tax free.   ORDER HERE!




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Benedictine’s Dylan Taylor… in the Spotlight

Winterfield Veterinary Hospital

Dylan Taylor

The Virginia State Golf Association held their 64th Junior Stroke Play Championship recently at The Federal Club.  Dylan Taylor, a rising senior at Benedictine, placed himself in the top slots on the breadboard throughout the tournament.  He maintained that position in the championship before falling victim to a miraculous shot from Reston, Virginia’s Kurtis Grant.

Grant, whose only hope on the approach to the pin at 18 seemed to be to chip to the green, and then putt for par on his next shot, to force a championship round playoff did the impossible. After Grant’s shot from more than thirty feet from the flag, his ball hit the green, meandered down the incline and dropped into the hole for an improbable birdie.

Playing in front of Dylan Taylor, Grant had to sweat it out as Taylor played his way to the final hole of the Championship round.  After a birdie on 10, and a bogey on 15, Dylan went to his wedge on his approach to the 18th hole.  Taylor’s wedge shot went long and left, forcing him into the same position that Grant found himself just a few moment earlier.   Hoping for the same result, Dylan hit a beautiful shot that made a beeline for the hole.  Two feet from the bottom of the 18th hole, Taylor’s putt veered away after apparently hitting a defect in the green surface.

A heartbroken Dylan Taylor took second place after congratulating Kurtis Grant on a hard fought win.

Benedictine’s Dylan Taylor finished 2nd at the VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship.


Dylan Taylor is in the Winterfild Veterinary Hospital Spotlight!





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Hot Weather Exercise and Training Tips

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acac MidlothianWe are well into the dog days’ of summer! Are you looking forward to an early fall road race or cycling event? Or perhaps a special hike to enjoy fall foliage? Training for endurance or speed during the hot summer months can be a challenge if you are not prepared. Of course bringing your workouts indoors would be the easiest solution, but it may not always be feasible. Plus, you may need to be outside for your longer distance endeavors. We have asked some of our acac experts for their guidance on the topic and they had the following words of wisdom.

Plan ahead:

Check the weather. Look at weatherbug or other weather apps to find the coolest time of the day, morning vs. evening. While your schedule may dictate your general workout timeframe, you can base your strategy off the temperature expected.

Drink and eat well. Be sure to drink water often throughout the day. Since everyone’s intake requirement of water can vary by lifestyle and body, we recommend checking out these articles with more guidance:

Don’t skimp on food, and avoid over-indulging on sweets and alcohol. Eat the way you normally do (don’t try something new the day before an event.)

Advice from acac Registered Dietitian Kris Bonham:

“What and when we eat can support any exercise, but particularly as we train for an event. The way we choose to eat doesn’t replace training, but what we eat can potentially help or hinder our efforts to improve strength/endurance and avoid injury. Opt for easily digestible foods and beverages when exercising in hot and humid weather. Quick-absorbing carbohydrates will fuel your workout as well as refuel you after exercise, preparing you for your next day’s training.”

Choose fresh fruits, dried fruit, breads, cereal, rice, or other grains:

  • Cereal with banana or berries with low-fat milk
  • Bagel or toast with jam
  • Fresh peach, plum, grapes, or banana
  • Oatmeal with berries or sliced peaches
  • English muffin with honey
  • Low-fat granola bar
  • Crackers or pretzels
  • Trail mix of oat cereal (Cheerios, Oatmeal Squares, Shredded Oats) and dried fruit

Experiment with what works well for you. Adjust portions up or down until you feel you can comfortably digest your food before exercise, and also build the stamina you need to run, walk, or swim to the level you desire.

Hydration becomes especially important when you work out in the heat and humidity. You can’t always discern when you need fluid. So, drink 2 cups of water or other fluids roughly one hour before and immediately after you exercise. If you exercise for more than a half-hour, consider drinking, even sips, every 20 minutes during exercise. Losing even a small amount of body fluid (i.e. 1-3% of body weight) can affect your training. Sports drinks with some carbohydrates and added electrolytes can be helpful in high temps or for longer events. Remember to drink fluids throughout the day, as well as around exercise, to stay adequately hydrated throughout the summer months.

What to wear:

When running on hot, sunny days, wear light colored, wicking fabrics. If you can find some that also have an SPF, that’s even better! For a race/event, be sure to try on any new garments in advance to be sure there are no areas that rub or chafe your skin. This includes socks and undergarments as well. “My favorite choice is a loose, lightweight tank, dry fit shorts, a good pair of wicking socks, a visor & sunglasses,” says Personal Trainer Beth Cox.

If you’re heading out when the sun is down, consider a halogen headlight to reduce trips and falls while running, or bumps in the road if riding. Your clothing should be reflective and bright.

Before you begin:

Protect your skin! Apply a sweat-proof sunscreen prior to heading out. Be sure that it dries before you begin your workout. “My favorite sunscreen is Kiss My Face – Clear Spray Sport 50 or Sun Spray Lotion 50, plus an SPF 100 lotion on my face but not my forehead. I wear a lightweight cap or helmet with visor to protect my forehead. Sunscreen in the eyes stings and can impede your vision,” says Personal Trainer Lise Rowe.

Communicate. If you’re going by yourself, be sure to let someone know your route and how long you expect to be out. Give them an “if I don’t text or call you by this particular time, call or text me to make sure I’m okay.” Make sure to have your cell phone with you and a form of ID. If you can’t carry your cell phone, be sure it is in a convenient place when you’re finished with your workout.

During your workout:

Bring water with you! There are many fuel belt options that hold either one large, or several small, bottles of water. Fill the bottle with ice and then water. This will keep the water colder for a longer period of time.

Even though its hot out, don’t skip the warm-up.  Your muscles still need time to limber up and you should aim for a gradual increase in heart rate. Consider starting out with icy-cold towels or a sports drink popsicle (ideas from Runners’ World) to help keep your core temperature down while doing your warm up.

Be realistic! Expect that you will move more slowly in the heat. The hotter it feels outside (humidity and how sunny it is), the slower your pace should be. Listen to your body.  Your body will be struggling simply to not overheat, and that will tend to drive your heart rate up. You will need to slow your overall pace so that you don’t push your heart rate up too high. Take walk breaks, water breaks, and choose shadier paths when possible.

Recognize when to stop. Warning signs indicating that you should pull over include dizziness, light-headedness, impaired vision, muscle cramping, excessive sweating or stopped sweating, feeling cold and clammy, or other pains you’ve never experienced. Get liquid, try to cool down, and if available, check with medics at the event.

Contingency Plan:

What if you get outside and Mother Nature throws a curve ball, for example the dreaded summer thunderstorm! If you are not feeling safe or comfortable to wait it out (or continue in the rain), come to the gym!

Use the cardio areas. While you may not be able to go for more than 30 minutes on a piece of equipment, mix it up a bit if you were hoping for a longer workout! Warm up on the track if applicable, or on a cross-trainer or step mill. Then hit your bike or treadmill for 30 minutes. Go back to the track or perhaps a rowing machine for another 10 minutes, then cool down.

Take a class. Cycling enthusiasts, if you were looking for a longer ride, go into the studio earlier if possible and feel free to stay later after the class finishes. Let the instructor know when they come in that you plan to hang around a little later. Pay attention to the instructor’s stretching routine, and mimic that on your own when you are finished your ride. Don’t forget to wipe your bike off when finished.

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Family Guidance Centers

Robious Corridor

8 Things Every Empath Experiences

And How To Protect Yourself If You Are One

Family Guidance Centers

EmpathThe empath has a trademark characteristic: they feel and absorb other people’s emotions or physical ailments due to their high sensitivities. They are the ones who filter the entire world through their intuition, and appear to have difficulty putting their feelings into words.

As an empath myself, I am aware of the multiple challenges that highly sensitive people face on a daily basis. In fact, when they become overwhelmed with the heavy burden of stressful emotions, an empath might experience panic attacks, depression, exhaustion, food or drinking binges or many other symptoms that lack reasonable explanation. To someone who doesn’t share the same heightened sensitivity as them, these symptoms might not make sense.

However, being an empath doesn’t mean they have to unnecessarily tax their circuits all the time. Empaths can learn ways to center themselves so that they don’t feel too much or become overloaded with emotions. The first step is acknowledgment. Acknowledge that yes, you are an empath, then go from there.

Here are 8 things every empath experiences, as well as some helpful tips on how to protect yourself from becoming easily overwhelmed:

  1. Being Highly Sensitive

Empaths are spiritually open-minded, great listeners, and give all of themselves to others. They are excellent nurturers because of their huge hearts. This is one reason they can easily have their feelings hurt. Empaths often hear that they are “too sensitive” and need to “toughen up.”

  1. Absorbing Other People’s Emotions

Empaths are highly perceptive to the way in which other people feel- good and bad.  When I say they feel everything, they really feel everything. Your mood becomes their mood. When negative emotions such as anger or fear are prominent in others, they take them on as their own, which can be exhausting for them. If they are around positive influences, like peace and love for example, their bodies take these on and flourish.

  1. Being Highly Intuitive

For those who experience the world through their intuition, developing that skill is exceedingly important. Listening to their gut feelings about people helps empaths to find positive relationships and avoid energy vampires.

  1. Being Targets For Energy Vampires

An energy vampire is someone whose negative emotions, like fear or rage, can sap the life and peace of mind from another person. Empaths are easy targets for them because of their heightened sensitivity. However, it’s not just physical energy that becomes drained by these vampires. There are certain dangerous ones, narcissists for example, who can twist an empath’s reality and make them believe they’re unworthy and unlovable. Other types of energy vampires include The Constant Victim, The Chronic Competitor, The Drama Queen and more.

  1. Needing Alone Time

Obviously, being an emotional sponge can be tiring. Because of this, empaths need alone time to recharge and recenter. Even a momentary break away from people can prevent emotional overload.

  1. Becoming ‘Whole’ In Nature

When the constant busyness of everyday life becomes too much for an empath, they seek nourishment and solace in nature. Being in the company of trees, wildlife, gardens, oceans and beaches restores their energy and helps them to release their burdens.

  1. Having Highly Tuned Senses

It’s not just emotions and energy which empaths are sensitive to. They can become frazzled by certain noises, smells, and sounds as well.

  1. Having A Huge Heart And Maybe Giving Too Much

Empaths have huge hearts, and when they see someone suffering, they try to relieve their pain. Whether it is a homeless person on the street, a sad child, or a distraught friend, it’s natural for an empath to want to reach out and ease their pain. But they don’t stop there. Instead, they take those feelings on—suddenly they’re the one who is feeling drained or upset when they were feeling fine before.

As an empath myself, I consider several strategies when it comes to protecting my sensitive nature. A few which I have found to be most beneficial are: fierce time management, set limits and boundaries with people who drain your energy, meditation to calm and recenter, and spending time in nature. I find that being an empath is a remarkable gift, but it requires that you take care of yourself. Empaths are special individuals, and therefore have special needs. If you are an empath, it’s vital that you honor your needs and communicate them to your loved ones.

written by Raven Fon

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This Weekend’s Weather Outlook

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Your Weekend Weather at a Glance…


A chance of showers between 9am and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


weatherSaturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


weatherSunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


weatherMonday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


weatherTuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.


weatherWednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.


weatherThursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.




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