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A shot in the dark

Canadian shooting highlights how numb we've become to gun violence
A man was shot and killed in Canada on Wednesday, and his death brought the entire nation of 35 million to an emotional standstill.

A man was shot and killed on Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County Monday, and this may be the first you’ve even heard about it.

As a nation, we long ago became numb to the impact of gun-related violence and homicide. It’s simply an expectation now – one that hardly surprises us even when it is particularly awful and cruel, as a host of school shootings have proven in recent years.

The crisis that isn’t

Getting run over by a cow.

Receiving a bite from a poisonous spider.

Becoming infected with MRSA.

Suffering a bunk bed accident.

Being legally executed.

No, these aren’t all just things I’d rather do than watch Dancing With the Stars – they’re actually things that are, statistically, far more likely to kill you than Ebola.

Why I walk to fight Alzheimer’s

People have asked me why I am involved in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The answer is simple. I will Walk this year and every year, in memory of my grandmother, Edith (Mimi) Bartkowiak.

Mimi passed away on Aug. 16, a mere eighteen days past her 87th birthday, from Alzheimer’s disease. She was truly one of a kind. I know we all say that about our grandmothers, but it’s true. There was, and never will be, another Mimi. She was an amazing woman.

Mimi was compassionate.

Modern parents have it soft (or do they?)


By the time my first child was born, I assumed parenthood couldn’t hold too many surprises. Between caring for three younger siblings, monopolizing my neighborhood babysitting market, and coaching youth sports for the previous two decades, I had more experience with children at age 28 than some adults accumulate in a lifetime.

But I was still in for a shock when my daughter arrived.

I never anticipated the bone-deep, sapped-of-all-life weariness I would feel after a day of being home with her (and later her two sisters).

I never dreamed how mentally cruel motherhood could be: how my children would not only dominate my every waking thought, but seize my subconscious and induce crazy, irrational nightmares about them as I slept.

Henrico’s best

Next week, the Citizen’s third annual Henricopedia magazine will appear in print copies of the paper and elsewhere throughout Henrico County.

The magazine is designed as a resource about all things Henrico – a handy reference whether you’re looking for the number of a county agency or seeking a community organization to volunteer with. . . whether you want to register your child for youth baseball or find a new Italian restaurant to try on a Saturday night. . . whether you’re seeking a senior living community for your parents or a church to attend nearby.

The Henrico that most don’t know

Significant portions of the history of this nation were written, erased and written again in parts of Henrico County that most Henrico residents have never visited.

If you’re among them, this weekend presents an opportunity to change that.

The county will host what Henrico officials are calling the largest event they've ever staged – a reenactment of the Civil War Battle of New Market Heights in Varina, which took place almost exactly 150 years ago.

The Citizen at 13


Thirteen years ago tomorrow, the Henrico Citizen published its first print edition. It was nine days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and in retrospect, probably the absolute worst time to start a business of any type.

Of course, I hadn’t planned to launch the Citizen nine days after unimaginable national tragedy. The truth is, I never expected to own a newspaper, or any other business for that matter – much less to start one from scratch.

But the simultaneous beauty and uncertainty of life – for better or worse – is that there are some things you simply don't plan for.

Peeling off the labels

We live in a society that increasingly seems to demand that all actions, thoughts, beliefs and individuals be labeled in no uncertain terms, one way or another.

It wasn’t always this way. What changed? When did we become so dependent upon – and determined to identify – finite labels for everything and everyone? It’s truly not our best look. And not the healthiest way to exist.

A messy food fight

Ten people were arrested yesterday on Mechanicsville Turnpike in Henrico County while protesting working conditions for fast-food industry employees. The arrests were among more than 700 nationwide as part of a movement called “Fight for $15” designed to call attention to the issue, as workers seek improved conditions, the right to unionize and $15-per-hour wages.

Unfortunately, the method by which they chose to make their point was as misguided as their key demand.

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Community

‘Golden trowel’ for Lewis Ginter

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) was one of four organizations and individuals honored with a Golden Trowel Award at Tricycle Gardens’ Fourth Annual Harvest Celebration, held Nov. 9 at Historic Main Street Station. Among LGBG staff members and supporters celebrating the award were, from left, Brian Vick, Grace Chapman, Laura Schumm, Shane Tippett, Shannon Smith and Randee Humphrey.

Founded in 2007, Tricycle Gardens is a Richmond nonprofit organization focused on growing healthy food, healthy communities and healthy food access. > Read more.

Historical Society selling signature teas

The Henrico Historical Society has created three signature tea blends as part of its annual fundraising campaign. The teas – Henrico’s Coconut Almond, Brookland’s Summer Passion and Tuckahoe’s Walnut Green (pictured) – are available for purchase through the organization’s website, http://www.henricohistoricalsociety.org/shopping.html The c.ost is $6 for 15 gourmet tea bags.

Henrico’s Coconut Almond is a combination of sweet coconut and almond flakes and can be made as a hot or cold tea. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With wrestlers like Camela Toe and Bruisin’ B. Anthony, the inaugural bout of RAWFL this weekend is guaranteed to thrill – and raise money for Safe Harbor. Another women-empowering event: “Deck the Halls” on Sunday benefits Hilliard House. For more top picks this weekend, including one for our four-legged readers, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s a musical weekend in Henrico with a variety of concerts to choose from! Fans of jazz can see the Desiree Roots Trio on Friday; bluegrass lovers will love the McShin Foundation’s Live in Richmond benefit; and a cappella enthusiasts will enjoy the premiere male ensemble Soundworks Chorus. If you’re looking for some laughs, comedian Kathleen Madigan will perform at the University of Richmond on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Doughnut shops team up

Usually chefs are hesitant to swap their prized recipes, but for a couple of local doughnut shops, sharing their sugary treats with each other has proved to be the perfect recipe for sweet success.

Last month, Glen Allen-based Daylight Donuts merged with Dixie Donuts in Carytown to bring their customers each other’s doughnuts.

Both will remain open, but as of Jan. 1, Daylight Donuts became the second Dixie Donuts.

Daylight’s yeast-glazed doughnuts are now being sold at the Carytown shop and Dixie Donuts, known for their gourmet specialty treats, sent some of their recipes over to the former Daylight Donuts including one called The Virginian, which has sweet potato icing and pecans. > Read more.

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