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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PAL-ing around

Youngsters help clean up five county neighborhoods
Members of the Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) joined together to perform community service projects in Henrico communities late last month.

The PAL Summer Camp and Youth Leadership Council sent 250 youths between the ages of six to 18 years old out to clean up apartment complexes July 25.
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Indoor shooting range coming to Henrico

Facility expected to be largest in the U.S.
An indoor shooting range billed as the largest such facility in the nation is coming to Henrico County.

Colonial Shooting Academy is expected to open in February at 6020 West Broad Street near Willow Lawn, in the former Colony House Furniture building. The facility will be open seven days a week and house 39 shooting stations for use by members or the general public, as well as 11 stations for law enforcement training and a "shoot house," in which officers can practice various scenarios.
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County’s first dog park being planned at Dorey Park

Canines of Henrico County soon will have a new place to roam.

Henrico County's first public dog park is scheduled to open in Varina's Dorey Park later this year.

The dog park will be located on about one acre of land near the pond at the park, on the opposite side of a gravel parking lot. Construction is expected to begin this month, with completion anticipated by late September, according to Al Azzarone, parks planning supervisor for the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks.
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RIR staffers assist with Operation Paintbrush

Members of the Richmond International Raceway staff assisted the Operation Paintbrush program in Henrico County this week by fixing up a local resident’s home through much-needed repairs. Staff members helped to scrape, paint, repair railings and gutters and give the landscaping a facelift.

“We recognize our responsibility of giving back to our neighbors in Henrico County,” said Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier. “In the short amount of time I’ve been here, I realize what a great community this is in which to live, work and play. The Richmond International Raceway team is committed to our volunteer efforts, and Henrico County’s Operation Paintbrush is a great opportunity to continue that initiative.”
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Natives of note

Researchers compile list of prominent Henricoans
In this 400th anniversary year, we are hearing a lot about Thomas Dale, Chief Powhatan, John Rolfe, Nathaniel Bacon and other prominent figures in Henrico history.

But what about notables such as John James Beckley, Herman Melton, John Minor Botts, Opossunoquonuske and Jane Bolling Randolph?

What's that, you say?

These names aren't familiar at all?

Well, thanks to a team of researchers from the Henrico Library, you can find out about their roles in county history with just a few pecks of the keyboard.
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CVWMA’s regional recycling rate surpasses 55 percent

More than 55 percent of the waste generated in the Metro Richmond region was recycled last year, according to estimates by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The figure was an increase from the estimate made by the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (53.6 percent).

CVWMA, a cooperative government agency that coordinates recycling and other waste management programs with thirteen area local governments, compiles the annual regional recycling rate and submits the information to the Virginia DEQ. State law requires that the region recycle at least 25 percent of its waste each year.
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Belmont tennis courts re-open

A landmark of the Henrico County tennis community was re-opened on July 13 when the county held a dedication ceremony for the eight newly renovated tennis courts at Belmont Golf Course and Recreation Center near Lakeside Avenue.

The courts had been closed since November 2010 for a renovation that cost approximately $600,000 in county funds from the capital improvement program.
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McShin Foundation wins national award

Henrico-based recovery organization honored in Washington, D.C.
Faces & Voices of Recovery and the Hazelden Foundation honored the Henrico-based McShin Foundation with the Joel Hernandez Award in Washington, D.C. last month.

Members of Faces & Voices of Recovery and the Hazelden Foundation Board of Directors present the award annually to one local, state, or regional recovery organization that recognizes the needs of the community and uses their resources to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term addiction recovery.
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4 new tenants coming to The Corner at Short Pump

Four new tenants have signed leases to locate at The Corner at Short Pump, joining Kroger at the location at West Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive.
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St. Joseph’s Villa completes new perimeter road on campus

The St. Joseph’s Villa campus has a new look – and a new traffic flow.

Villa officials announced last week that the facility had completed work on its new perimeter road around the campus, which is located on Brook Road in northern Henrico.

The perimeter road is part of a three-phase construction project designed to create a safer and more therapeutic environment for clients at the Villa. After completion of an infrastructure redevelopment project in fall 2010, work began on the new road, which carries vehicular traffic around the Villa campus.
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Paddling event raises funds, spirits

Three-year-old Kindred Worrell, the youngest participant in the 19th Annual Varina Lions Canoe-a-thon, didn't have much choice when it came to attending. But she enjoyed the 10-mile cruise, looking at kayaks and fishing a feather out of the James, just the same.

Her father, Sgt. Timothy Worrell of the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, visited Kindred frequently along the way as he escorted several dozen canoes and kayaks from Rocketts Landing to Osborne Landing.

And Kindred's mother, Jennifer, pronounced the journey a relaxing and much-needed episode of "tornado therapy" for herself and fellow teacher Angela Paust.
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America’s first university – almost

Varina site can make historical claim
Students and alumni of the College of William & Mary take pride in the fact that theirs is the second-oldest college in America, pre-dated only by Harvard.

Those in the know – and with a competitive bent – like to point out that when it comes to vision, forethought, and planning for the university, W&M beat Harvard to the punch by decades.

The first university in America actually was chartered in 1618, and slated for construction on 10,000 riverfront acres in what is now Varina.
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