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Grapevine access opens

Bridge builders
River lovers gathered Nov. 6 to celebrate the grand opening of a new public access site at the Grapevine Bridge on the Upper Chickahominy River in Eastern Henrico.

Part of the larger Chickahominy Water Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the river segment will now be easily accessible at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gravel parking lot adjacent to the Grapevine Bridge on North Airport Drive.

In addition to its historic significance as part of Captain John Smith's explorations and the nation's colonial beginnings, the Grapevine Bridge played an important role in the Civil War during the Battle of Seven Pines. > Read more.

McDonald’s operator wins national award

Freda Thornton, a local McDonald’s franchisee who owns five Henrico and Richmond locations, recently received the Ronald Award, the highest regional award that a franchisee can receive. Thornton is pictured, second from right, with (from left) Bianca Olivas, vice president and general manager of the company's Baltimore Washington region; Rodney Henry, Thornton’s son and local McDonald’s franchisee; and Doug Jubic, QSC vice president of the Baltimore Washington region).

The award is given to just one percent of McDonald's owners nationwide and is designed to honor a franchisee for outstanding service to the McDonald’s brand and local community. > Read more.
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HCPS workshop to educate parents about suicide prevention

Henrico County Public Schools' Department of School Counseling will host a workshop Monday, Nov. 24 designed to educate parents and guardians of students about suicide awareness and prevention.

The workshop will be held in the Glen Allen High School auditorium, 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4,600 young people between ages 10 and 24 die from suicide each year. Many more are treated for unsuccessful suicide attempts. > Read more.

Voluntary water restrictions may be implemented soon

Voluntary water conservation measures may be implemented soon as the result of lower-than-normal water levels in the James River. Officials from Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland and the City of Richmond today issued a "ready alert" to local residents, indicating that they may call for such measures to help address the situation.

The James River requires higher water levels in November to coincide with the normal start of the fall fish migratory season. A “ready alert” notification means that water levels have decreased to 1,800 cubic feet per second and are being watched closely. It also means that voluntary conservation measures are probable. Voluntary conservation measures are undertaken when the James River reaches 1,700 cfs.
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Ogburn sworn in as member of Henrico School Board


Michelle “Micky” Ogburn was sworn in early Monday as the new representative of the Three Chopt District on the Henrico County School Board. Chief Judge Catherine C. Hammond of the Henrico Circuit Court administered the oath of office to Ogburn at the county’s courts building on Parham Road.

Ogburn won a Nov. 4 election to replace the district's interim representative, Robert Boyle Jr. He had been appointed last year, following Diana Winston's resignation, to serve until a permanent replacement could be elected.

Ogburn begins her public duties Nov. 13, when the School Board holds its monthly work session and public meeting. > Read more.

Business in brief


As a part of their annual Patient Appreciation Day Celebration, the two Richmond practices of Ariya Chiropractic Centers will be offering existing patients complimentary adjustments with a donation to Henrico-based Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization empowering survivors of sexual and domestic violence. New patients can receive complimentary examinations and spinal scans with a donation. All donations will be matched by Ariya Family Chiropractic Centers. Patient Appreciation Day is scheduled for Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An appointment is needed for treatment. For more information, call 270-5700 (W. Broad Street location) or 288-1005 (Patterson Avenue location). > Read more.

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Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If you’re in the mood for a little music this weekend, you won’t be disappointed! Pete Peterkin, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, will present a musical tribute to the legendary Ray Charles at CACGA tomorrow. Fans of gospel music can head to Sandston Baptist Church for an Eastern Henrico FISH benefit concert. Richmond native and American Idol Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin will perform at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Out of the box

‘Trolls’ offers cute characters, but too many lessons
The last film from stop-motion animation studio Laika, ParaNorman, was a movie with a message. And that message was: “Don’t judge others (in ParaNorman’s case, a pack of not-so-ravenous zombies) just because they’re different from you or me.”

Laika’s latest offering, The Boxtrolls, has a message of its own: “High society isn’t necessarily the best society.”

Also, it’s about being a good father. And the importance of music. Oh, and what it means to be a hero. And just for fun it throws in the same “no judging the different” shtick from ParaNorman.

Maybe The Boxtrolls should have dialed it down a shade. > 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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