Henrico County VA

ManUp Fatherhood Initiative back-to-school festival planned Oct. 10

The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative will hold a Back to School Family Festival Sat. Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Rd. The event is free for the entire family and will feature paint-by-numbers, STEM stations, bike race simulators, games and puzzles, educational animal exhibits, and more. Donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks will be collected. For information about the Fatherhood Initiative visit blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/manup. > Read more.

Catalyst Business Workshop to be held Oct. 9

Henrico Economic Development Authority’s second annual Catalyst Business Workshop will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at Reynolds Community College’s Parham Road campus in the Workforce Development Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The half-day workshop connects 100 local business leaders and executives with experienced CEOs and business experts and is designed to give small to mid-size businesses an opportunity to learn, network and discuss issues that “keep them up at night."

The morning will include CEO roundtables, CEO panel discussions, and organized networking sessions. The event closes by 12:15 with “Ignite,” a 25-minute "Ted Talk" in which five CEO's will speak for just five minutes each. > Read more.

First Capital Bank’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ benefits thousands of Central Virginia students

First Capital Bank wrapped up its eighth-annual "Stuff the Bus" event in August, with donations benefiting 3,000 students at 19 schools and organizations in Richmond and the surrounding areas. Supplies will also be replenished for students later in the school year.

Each August, First Capital Bank coordinates with Walmarts, local vendors and schools in the Richmond area to put on their Stuff the Bus event. With a big, yellow school bus in tow, First Capital Bank employees volunteer outside of local Walmarts around the Richmond area each Saturday, collecting thousands of donated school supplies to help students in need. First Capital Bank also partnered with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, collecting donations throughout the month of July, as well as at a Flying Squirrels game in August. > Read more.

Woman’s Club of Sandston celebrates 90th anniversary

The Woman's Club of Sandston is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and to celebrate last month, members of the club presented a skit highlighting some of its early history. > Read more.

Henrico names McDowell as fire chief

Anthony E. McDowell has been named the new chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, effective Oct. 20. County Manager Virgil Hazelett made the announcement Oct. 10.

McDowell, who has been serving as battalion chief of administration in the Henrico Division of Fire, will succeed Edwin W. Smith, who retired in September after five years as fire chief.

As fire chief, McDowell will oversee a department with 539 employees, including more than 500 state-certified firefighters, and a budget of $49.6 million for fiscal 2012-13. > Read more.

Close call with calamity

Volleyball champ survives health scare
No one would ever accuse Fred McConnell of being a couch potato.

At 70, the program head and professor of engineering at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC) is slim and fit, and plays volleyball three nights a week or more.

So McConnell was not too alarmed at first when his heartburn wouldn't go away.

Even after two months, when the chest discomfort did not respond to medication and his doctor recommended a stress test, McConnell shrugged it off. > Read more.

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More cyclists on the way

Riders to pass through county on East Coast Greenway tour
From October 4-9, 35 cyclists will be riding through Henrico County as part of a 325-mile tour of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) route from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Raleigh, NC.

A 2,900-mile trail route that extends from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, The East Coast Greenway is heading into its 25th year. The Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride and fundraiser that has been working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders cover a different section of the Greenway each year and are on target to complete the route in Key West in 2019. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $1M in Va. Lottery game

When Amanda Spiller of Henrico saw that she’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game, it didn’t immediately sink in.

“I was in shock. . . complete shock,” she said. “I had to double and triple check.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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


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The Shepherd’s Center continues its Open University four-week fall lecture series “Lunch and Life” at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Dr. Jim Somerville, storyteller and… Full text

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