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My Life: Gratefully expecting a busy 2014

Life has been busy the past couple of years as I have added graduate school to being a parent, husband, uncle, volunteer and worker. It is a good life and cannot complain no matter how busy I get.

Biking Floyd Avenue

Biking Floyd Avenue (credit Brandon Montijo)

In 2013, I volunteered at least 100 hours between coaching soccer and First LEGO League, Cub Scouts and all the river projects. I wish I had more time, but grad school was very demanding, especially this past fall semester. Family has to stay high on the list of priorities. Continue reading

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RIR Cares donates to Richmond ToolBank

RIR Cares

Dennis Bickmeier, President of RIR, was on hand at George Wythe High School to give out a big blue check to Richmond ToolBank board members

By submitting a grant proposal to RIR Cares, I was able to bring in a $3,000 donation to Richmond Community ToolBank (the big check is just for show, but we’ll put that on the wall at the new ToolBank facility). That was my first big donation secured, and I’m pretty fired up about it.

We posted this message to the Richmond Community ToolBank Facebook page:

Richmond Community ToolBank is very grateful to Richmond International Raceway for a $3,000 donation from RIR Cares during RIR’s Week of Giving! Dennis Bickmeier, President of RIR, was on hand at George Wythe High School today to give out a big blue check to Richmond ToolBank board members. At right is Duron Chavis of Rvafarms, who was instrumental in creating several student gardens at his alma mater, George Wythe H.S., using tools provided through partnerships with the Richmond ToolBank.

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New book: ‘Discovering Richmond Monuments’

Cover of Discovering Richmond MonumentsI am the photographer for a new book about Richmond statues, monuments, markers and sculpture entitled “Discovering Richmond Monuments: A History of River City Landmarks Beyond the Avenue.”

Unlike much has been written about the Civil War heroes that line the world famous Monument Avenue, the pantheon of tributes at the Capitol, the outstanding accumulation at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the noteworthy tombs at Hollywood Cemetery this volume discovers nearly 100 honors that are positioned elsewhere throughout the city. Continue reading

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Richmond Statues: Working on a book!

I’ve agreed to contribute many of the photos of Richmond’s statues I’ve taken over the years to a new book that will focus on the lesser known statues around the city.

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