Thumbs up to the United Way of Central Virginia and the more than 800 folks from across the region who took part in the annual Day of Caring volunteering marathon May 15.

Now in its 27th year, it’s one of the largest — if not the largest — volunteer events in Central Virginia. United Way officials receive lists of projects member agencies and nonprofits need to have done and then match up the jobs with the work crews.

This year, employees of 25 local companies spent the day on projects at 28 local nonprofits and agencies. The work ranged from basic yard work and light landscaping to cleaning, painting and repairing the organization’s offices.

Bill Varner, United Way president and CEO, was more than ecstatic over the number of volunteers who turned out and the work they accomplished. “Each year, the Day of Caring is a great reminder of the collective power of individuals to improve our community when we all work together,” he said.

Indeed it is, and these days, when so much of the news can be depressing and anxiety-producing, we need the Day of Caring reminders that not all is darkness and gloom.

Thank you.

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Thumbs up to Griffin Agee, a senior at Jefferson Forest High School, who pulled off something pretty special in last Monday night’s baseball game with Liberty High School.

Agee, a pitcher who’ll be attending the University of Virginia in the fall as a baseball player, served up a perfect game from the mound as the Cavaliers cakewalked to a 10-0, five-inning win over Liberty. He threw 63 pitches for the night with only two balls put into play when Brenden Reber grounded out in the third inning along with Bryce Whitlow in the fifth. Great fielding from Agee’s teammates handed their left-handed hurler something few pitchers ever achieve: a game in which no opposing runners even make it to base.

Now how rare is a perfect game? Well, a writer for the sports website did the math back in 2012 when the number of perfect games in the Major League was on the rise. She calculated that at the beginning of every MLB game, the average pitcher facing a lineup of average hitters had a .000983 chance of pitching a perfect game. Those odds, folks, are pretty daunting for professional athletes, so imagine how steep they must be for a high school senior.

According to MLB, in the league’s 140-year-history with more than 210,000 games played there have only been 23 official perfect games. (In the majors, a perfect game is over nine innings.) And no pitcher has ever thrown more than one.

Congratulations, and here’s hoping that Agee pitches several more perfect games over the next four years in his college career at the University of Virginia.

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