Lakeside Youth Baseball facility damaged by Friday’s flood

JUNE 19, 3:21 P.M. – The Lakeside Youth Baseball organization and facility has suffered hits from powerful storms before, and now it has happened again.

A June 16 storm caused localized flooding in Lakeside, and it was enough to damage LYB fields, concessions and equipment – days before two scheduled all-star tournaments it was set to host.

The timing was particularly unfortunate, said LYB Secretary Connie Fredericksen, because the regular season has just finished and all of the equipment that managers carry was at the field in the equipment room during the storm.
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More than a game

Community softball event in Highland Springs designed to spur unity between citizens, officials

Eric Parker, a student at Highland Springs High School and member of the varsity baseball team, stepped outside into the bright sun after spending hours inside his school taking the SAT June 3. Instead of going home to relax once he finished, he decided to head over to the baseball field.

“Where’s a mitt?” he asked and then joined in on the Highland Springs community softball game. To warm up he quickly tossed a ball around with Henrico County Firefighter Frank Otey, and then it was time to play.
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VHBG to offer ‘first aid’ programs about youth mental health

Agency also introduces new look
JUNE 7, 1:15 P.M. – The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls will begin hosting educational forums about youth mental health first aid, VHBG President Claiborne Mason announced at a press conference today.

The agency has scheduled three mental health forums throughout the summer, which are free to the public.
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These cooking tips could prevent a kitchen fire

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day
Henrico Fire officials demonstrated what happens when water is used on a grease fire.
Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day, and Henrico Fire officials want you to be informed about how to prevent them.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

If you're cooking this holiday season, remember the following:

• Be alert – If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop;
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UCI cyclists train for team time trial

Cyclists trained this morning in Varina for the team time trial event tomorrow as part of the UCI Road World Championships. Here, they turned from Mill Road onto Battlefield Park Drive.
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Lewis Ginter, Henrico Christmas Mother partner to collect bike helmets

SEPT. 9, 10:42 A.M. – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Henrico Christmas Mother Program have joined to collect new children’s bicycle helmets for the holidays.

While bicycles are often donated as holiday gifts for needy children, helmets usually are not.

Throughout the month of September, new helmets dropped off at the Garden will be donated to the Henrico Christmas Mother, a nonprofit providing more than 1,600 families with food, new clothes, toys, books and other gift items during the holiday season.
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8 spots in Henrico where the Flying Squirrels could land

JULY 20, 7:45 P.M. – Stop us if you've heard this one before: the Richmond Flying Squirrels are looking for a new home.

Could they find one in Henrico? It's possible, after Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones announced last week that he had met with Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas and
Chesterfield County Administrator Jay Stegmaier and that the three localities would work together to try to identify a potential landing spot for the region's Double-A baseball team. In making his announcement, Jones indicated that the team's current home on the Boulevard would not be on the table for a future site, because city officials remain committed to supporting a children's hospital there.

Here are eight potential Henrico sites that could meet the Squirrels' needs.
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Land Lovers, Clean Businesses honored

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee selected the winners of its 2015 Land Lover and Clean Business Awards, which honors one residential and one business property in each of the county's five magisterial districts that are beautifully landscaped and maintained.
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Police arrest and charge man in exposure cases

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 37-year-old Henrico man in connection with several incidents of public exposure that occurred between April 1 and June 1 at Short Pump Town Center.

Police and mall security officials received multiple reports of a white male exposing himself during that time period. He was described as having a goatee and driving a silver Toyota sedan. Police detectives identified Charles Paul Engle, 37, of the 7800 block of Ketelby Road, as a suspect and charged him June 5 with one count of obscene sexual display and three counts of indecent exposure.
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Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder.
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Parading through

The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights.
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A jolly good time

Thousands of shoppers – including the Alfaro family (pictured with Santa Claus) enjoyed Lakeside’s tenth-annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 14-15. Shops along the avenue stayed open late Friday night and offered food and discounts to shoppers who were getting a head-start on their holiday purchases.
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Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

$40 million investment announced
UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery.
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Little champions

The sixth-annual Henrico Little Feet Meet brought together preschool and elementary children with intellectual disabilities at the Douglas S. Freeman High School April 10 to compete in front of cheering student “buddies,” parents and teachers. The event is part of the Special Olympics Virginia school-based sports program. More than 800 athletes and buddies participated in this year’s Henrico event.
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Henrico’s population surpasses 316,000

County remains sixth-largest Virginia locality, according to Cooper Center estimates
The population of Henrico County grew by an estimated 3.3 percent between the April 1, 2010 US Census and July 1, 2013, according to an estimate released this week by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Demographics Research Group of UVA.

Henrico's estimated population of 316,973 was up from its 2010 total of 306,935. It remains the sixth-largest locality in Virginia, according to the Cooper Center, trailing Fairfax County, the City of Virginia Beach, Prince William County, Loudoun County and Chesterfield County.
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