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Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs

Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance. > Read more.

Henrico County Division of Police graduates 44th Citizens Academy

The Henrico County Division of Police graduated the 44th class of its Citizens Police Academy Nov. 5. Academy graduates were: Mark Brickey, Jeffrey Brush, Jonathon Brush, Miranda Brush, Hemal Desai, Catherine Link, Lisa Loudermilk, Jacqueline Madison-McCreary, Sonya Magamoll, Robert Marshall, Rose Martin-Turnage, Justin Murphy, Tom Murray, James Pfister, Chasity Turnage, and Breona Tyler.

The Citizens Academy allows participants to receive much of the same hands-on training and experience that actual police officers and recruits undergo. > Read more.

Henrico Rec and Parks wins 2 statewide awards

The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks received two awards from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society at its annual conference, held Nov. 7-10 in Virginia Beach. The statewide awards program honors individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia that have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous calendar year.

Twin Hickory Park was awarded the Best New Facility (Parks, Playgrounds Greenways, and Trails) in the population category of 100,000+. A few highlights of the site include walking trails, open play areas, multi-purpose field, landscaping, irrigation, a picnic shelter with restrooms, a playground for 2-5 year olds and one for 6-12 year olds. > Read more.
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Prescribed burns taking place at Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill

If you've seen smoke coming from Civil War battlefields in and near Eastern Henrico County this week, don't be alarmed. The National Park Service is conducting prescribed burns at two sites within Richmond National Battlefield Park this week. The burns are taking place on approximately 40 acres of park property at Malvern Hill in Henrico County and 20 acres at Cold Harbor in Hanover County.

The Malvern Hill burn is scheduled for April 8, while the Cold Harbor burn is scheduled at some point this week, pending favorable weather conditions. > Read more.

State budget increases funding for education

During the final hours of Wednesday’s reconvened session, the General Assembly approved a state budget that boosts funding for Virginia’s public schools next year.

Legislators considered changes that Gov. Bob McDonnell wanted them to make to House Bill 1500, which lays out the state budget for the 2013-14 biennium. The assembly had passed the bill in February, but McDonnell recommended 52 amendments. > Read more.

‘Project Plant It!’ lessons expand

Thanks to a teacher from Henrico County Public Schools, there’s a new high-tech tool to help elementary students learn about trees and the environment with Project Plant It!, the award-winning environmental education program from Dominion.

Markley Kautz-Scanavy, a third-grade teacher at Rivers Edge Elementary, created interactive modules, based on the Project Plant It! lesson plans in math, science and language arts, to use on the electronic Promethean Boards that many elementary school teachers have in their classrooms.
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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

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