Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate.
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Wolf Creek Cherokee tribe moves museum to Varina


Henrico County has always been a place of historical appreciation and significance, and that continued with the opening of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum this past month in Varina. The museum houses Native American artifacts from Virginia Cherokee tribes, some of which are from Henrico.

There are about 160 members of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe spread throughout the state, with high concentrations in southwest Virginia and others in Henrico and Hanover.
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Kiss but don’t tell

Woman who graced famed Life cover 70 years ago living in Henrico

Next month, the region's oldest veterans will mark the 70th anniversary of V-J Day with a mix of joy for the war's end and sorrow for those who were lost.

A recent arrival in Henrico County will most likely not celebrate the occasion – but she is known around the world for her V-J Day role, just the same.

Greta Zimmer Friedman was the subject of one of the most famous photos of the 20th century, but she believes enough fuss has been made about it already.

"It's in the past," she says.
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Mo’ne comes to play


Thirteen-year-old Mo’ne Davis, who last year captured the attention of a nation as she led her Philadelphia Little League baseball team to the United States championship game, was in Glen Allen last month as part of a barnstorming tour through the East Coast.

Her team, the Anderson Monarchs, played the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League All-Stars at RF&P Park June 20.

The game was part of the Monarchs’ 23-day bus tour of key sites from the civil rights movement and the heyday of the Negro Leagues.
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Dominion offering $50 for your old refrigerator or freezer


Are you one of the many people who keeps an old refrigerator or freezer in your garage as a back-up or extra appliance? Did you know that it could be adding more than $100 to your annual energy bill?

Through its new Residential Appliance Recycling Program, Dominion Virginia Power is making it easier for customers to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers. Dominion will pick up and recycle appliances at no cost and customers will receive a $50 incentive for participating.

“Refrigerator efficiency has improved dramatically in the past 20 years,” said Ken Barker, vice president of Technical Solutions at Dominion.
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Not too chicken to give blood


As part of the “Broadcasters for Blood” Drive, held June 25 at Virginia Blood Service's Emerywood Donor Center, Terry Phinisey dressed up as a chicken and posed with blood donors proud to say they were not “chicken” to donate.

Among Phinisey's photo partners were Ariel Schmidt (pictured, at right) and Chris Scholz. The blood drive, which offered participants a chance to meet their favorite DJs, enjoy free food and win prizes, kicked off VBS’ efforts to replenish blood stores that tend to reach critical lows in summertime.
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HCPS students add skills, lobby Congress for technical education

McKenna Slough
Brookland Middle School student McKenna Slough will put her research and presentation skills to the test when she explains her sports nutrition project to judges at the national conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference is an annual meeting of the organization, a national nonprofit career and technical group for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. The conference is being held in Washington, D.C., July 5-9.

Four students from Henrico County Public Schools are attending the national conference: Slough; Lauren Bishop and Emma-Grace Heinrich from Mills Godwin High School; and Josh Foster of Deep Run High School. Slough is the only Henrico County middle school student attending.

The students will take part in leadership training workshops; lobby their congressional representatives on behalf of career and technical education; and compete in such areas as public speaking, presentations and job interviews.
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State Police to increase patrols for Fourth of July weekend

Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning July 3. VSP will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries that result from impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The 2015 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., July 3 and continues through midnight July 5.

“Last year, there were 11 deaths on Virginia’s roads due to a traffic crash during the July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We will do our part to patrol and reduce the number of negligent drivers but motorists need to do theirs. Safe driving begins with each driver following the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired and wearing your seatbelt.”
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Local fifth-grader to perform at Carnegie Hall

Ten-year-old Margaret Parrino, a rising fifth-grade student at Richmond Montessori School, was selected as a winner in her age division of the 2015 American Protege International Vocal Competition. She will make her Carnegie Hall debut on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m.

Talented young musicians from across the globe compete, and the winners perform their solo debut in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world.
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Lakeside girl to compete at MLB All-Star Game event

A Lakeside girl won her age bracket in the qualifying round of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. last month and is headed to the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati to compete for the national championship in her division.

Kayla Stephens (above) won the 7-8 year-old division for girls at the event. All 30 MLB teams hosted similar events for boys and girls in four age divisions: 7-8 ,9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.
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No one injured during fiery morning wreck on I-295

UPDATE: JUNE 30, 12:02 P.M. – No one was injured during a fiery two-tractor trailer accident on Interstate 295 North near the Pocahontas Parkway in Varina this morning.

Henrico Fire units responded to the scene near mile marker 25 on I-295 North at 8:19 a.m. and found both tractor trailers off the road and down an embankment, with one on fire.
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Va. Guard soldiers, airmen eligible for Va. Veterans ID card

A new Virginia law takes effect July 1 making Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen eligible for the Virginia Veterans Identification Card, and the first applicants for the card will be recognized at a ceremony at 10 a.m. July 1, 2015, at the Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Veterans Services will conduct the ceremony, and a DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will be on site to process the applications and remain afterwards to perform other transactions. Applicants will receive their Veterans ID Card in the mail from DMV's secure card issuance facility in about five days.
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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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