Henrico home sales continue on strong pace


The number of homes sold in Henrico County in August rose 10 percent when compared to the same month last year, according to data compiled by Long & Foster. The average sale price of those homes – $239,975 – also rose, by about 4 percent when compared to the same average sale price in August 2016.

Henrico's jump in the number of homes sold was the largest in the Richmond region, though average sales prices in Chesterfield (8 percent increase) and Richmond (12 percent) jumped by higher amounts when compared to last August sales.
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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer.
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UMFS has urgent need for foster parents


UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown.
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Henrico store sells $150k Va. Lottery ticket


You might call it a late-night premonition. Susan Trainham was getting ready for bed when she said something just told her to go to the store and buy a Lottery ticket. So that’s exactly what she did.

Despite the late hour, she went to Friend’s Mart at 6308 Horsepen Road in Henrico and bought a ticket. When she won $20, she decided to use it to buy a few more tickets. The first one she scratched won $10. The next ticket won $150,000.

“I’m very excited,” she said as she claimed her prize. “This is a blessing and there’s no way to describe it.”
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Eastbound and up

Eastern Henrico Business Association evolves, transitions
Incoming EHBA President John Delandro (left) and current EHBA President Mark Romers.
As Eastern Henrico residents were starting to hear details of a plan to develop a new retail center on Laburnum Road in 2006, a dozen or so business owners and community boosters were doing some planning of their own.

The Eastern Henrico Business Association developed as that group realized the benefits of working with county officials to resolve community issues, according to Mark Romers, who has served as the group’s president for nine years.

“There was a lot of growth happening in Eastern Henrico that had never happened in the last 30 or 40 years [including White Oak Village, new neighborhoods and the White Oak Technology Park.] There was a call for a business association to find a way to connect citizens with what was going on in their community and to [give them] a voice,” Romers said.
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Henrico to host annual Harvest Festival Oct. 17


Henrico County will hold its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

The free family event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and features many hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era. Some of these living history activities include cider making, candle dipping, corn shelling, blacksmithing, woodworking and a natural dye demonstration.
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Napier inducted into Virginia Realtors Hall of Fame


The Richmond Association of Realtors announced recently that James T. Napier, President of Napier Realtors ERA, has been inducted into the Virginia Realtors Hall of Fame. This award honors a Virginia realtor who has made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to the real estate profession and markets in Virginia during a period of 25 years or more. Induction into the Hall of Fame is considered VAR’s principal career honor.

RAR also announced that several local realtors were inducted into the honorary fraternity of Omega Tau Rho in 2015.

Created by the National Association in 1950, the Omega Tau Rho honor is awarded by state and local realtor associations to members showing exemplary dedication and service
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Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck. Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.
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‘World’s Largest Truck Convoy’ to travel through Henrico Saturday


The Virginia State Police will participate in the fifth-annual "World’s Largest Truck Convoy" for Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 10. The convoy will start at 10 a.m. from Meadow Event Park in Doswell and end at 11:30 a.m. back at the park.

Motorists are advised to expect delays from the Meadow Event Park along Route 30 to Interstate 95 southbound between Doswell and Exit 84B, and along Interstate 295 northbound to Interstate 64 eastbound to Bryan Park and Interstate 95 northbound, ending at the Meadow Event Park.
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Academy at Virginia Randolph to celebrate school’s centennial Oct. 17


The Academy at Virginia Randolph will celebrate its centennial Oct. 17, marking a century since the Henrico County school was dedicated in honor of the pioneering educator.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. It will feature a presentation from a historian with an interest in Randolph, and remarks from a representative of the Capitol Foundation, which is leading fundraising efforts for a women’s monument on the Virginia capitol
grounds. The monument will include Randolph as one of 12 featured women from Virginia history. The celebration will also have music, food, drinks and games. Each of the school’s trade instructors will have a booth with information and activities about the field they teach.
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Business in brief


Commonwealth Commercial, a commercial real estate firm headquartered in Glen Allen, recently earned the Accredited Management Organization designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Currently there are only 535 management companies in the United States and Canada that have achieved the AMO designation. Firms that earn it must demonstrate the highest standards in professional service, financial stability and accountability, and have a certified property manager directing and supervising the real estate management team. In addition, AMO firms also must abide by the rigorous AMO Code of Professional Ethics that is strictly enforced by the institute. Commonwealth Commercial oversees management of 163 properties, totaling 13 million square feet across the Southeast.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications


The Henrico County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next Master Gardener training program, which will provide instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Participants will learn about lawn care, tree and shrub maintenance, vegetable gardening, soils, pest management and other topics. After completing classroom training, participants will serve a 50-hour internship with the Extension Office and will help conduct educational programs for the public.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 19 through March 24 in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.
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Henrico Education Foundation receives STEM grant from Dominion


The Henrico Education Foundation, Inc. recently received a $5,000 grant from the The Dominion Foundation to coordinate with Henrico County Public Schools in developing an after-school STEM camp.

The camp will offer fourth and fifth graders the chance to explore engineering problems and solutions during after-school camps that will last from six to eight weeks. At the conclusion of the camp sessions, students will share their product designs with professional engineers.

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, awarded educational grants totaling $1.5 million to support programs engaging students in more than 140 schools and educational institutions in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
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Richmond Montessori to host two open houses


Richmond Montessori School will host two open houses for students in grades 1-8.

During the events, parents will have the opportunity to learn about the Montessori philosophy of education and meet and talk with current parents, faculty and students. After a tour of the school, parents have the chance to see Montessori lessons in action and to interact with current parents.

At the Middle School Open House, prospective parents will hear from a panel of students, alumni, and current parents as well as representatives of high schools who have accepted Richmond Montessori students.
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GRCC to host 12th District Senate forum


The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce will host a forum Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Reynolds Community College for candidates seeking the 12th District Virginia Senate seat. Republican Siobhan Dunnavant, Democrat Deborah Repp and independent Robert Johnson are competing in the Nov. 3 election.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Workforce Development & Conference Center at the college, 1651 East Parham Road in Henrico. Members of the audience may submit questions to the candidates at the event.
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