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Battle of New Market Heights reenactment set for Sept. 27-28


Henrico County will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights — a battle significant for the role played by African-American soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops — with reenactments and living history exhibits Sept. 27-28. Descendants of some of the soldiers will be recognized as part of the activities.

The event will be held at the Runnymede property adjacent to the Malvern Hill site of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, 8750 Willis Church Road, located between Darbytown Road and Route 5/New Market Road. Gates open at 9 a.m.

Admission and parking are free. Handicapped parking will be available at the site. Other visitors will be directed to off-site parking and then shuttled to the event. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Feb. 3-9

4910 Lurgan Place – $132,000, 1,228 SF (built in 1990), from See the Moments, LLC to Diana Wright
8309 Hood Drive – $145,500, 1,990 SF (built in 1960), from Haynie W. Crafton, Jr. and E.J. Crafton to Brian Williams and Crystal Villarreal
831 Bogart Road – $146,296, 2,748 SF (built in 2000), from Rodney A. and Katrina Booker to Veterans Affairs
7703 Mendota Drive – $150,000, 1,295 SF (built in 1955), from Sandra B. Green to Eric S. and Ashley Jones
203 Brooks Road – $150,000, 1,275 SF (built in 1985), from Vivian O. Groome to Richard F. Talley
201 Brooks Road – $150,000, 1,275 SF (built in 1985), from Vivian O. Groome to Richard F. Talley > Read more.

County to consider selling surplus land

Henrico County officials have conducted an extensive review of all county-owned properties and are recommending the sale of five small parcels as the first step in a plan to eliminate surplus sites.

County Manager John Vithoulkas has sought to shed excess county-owned land since he took over as county manager last January.

Selling excess property would return it to the county's base of taxable land and relieve the county from maintenance costs at the same time, Deputy County Manager Tim Foster told the Board of Supervisors during a Feb. 11 work session. > Read more.

Bank donates $40k

Henrico-based Franklin Federal Savings Bank recently introduced a new initiative called “Pillars of Our Community,” through which it will donate $40,000 annually to local nonprofits. Each of the bank’s eight locations will donate $5,000 to the charity of its choosing, provide volunteer support to the organization and distribute the organization’s literature for a full year. > Read more.

HCPS mentoring program named Virginia’s best

Henrico County Public Schools’ “Henrico HEROES” program has received the Virginia Outstanding Mentoring Program Award for 2014 by Virginia Mentoring Partnership. The judges called the program “an outstanding model of success for school-based mentoring.”

Henrico HEROES (Helpers Engaged in Reaching Our Evolving Students) administers 27 mentoring groups in the county’s middle schools, high schools and nontraditional programs. In 2013, Henrico HEROES reached 680 students with the support of 579 trained mentors. Data showed that those students, who had been deemed at-risk, showed improvements in attendance, behavior and grades. > Read more.

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Community

‘America Recycles Day’ is today

America Recycles Day, recognized annually on Nov.15, is designed to celebrate the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling throughout the year.

America Recycles Day is a national initiative of non-profit Keep America Beautiful,Inc.(KAB). Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 14-year history of ARD,a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home,at work,and on the go. > Read more.

HPAC honors 5 preservation champions

Two individuals, two organizations, and one newspaper – the Henrico Citizen – were honored recently by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) for their efforts to preserve and promote Henrico County heritage.

In a ceremony held Oct. 26 at the Henrico Theatre, HPAC Chairman Beverly Cocke presented the awards accompanied by Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett.

Genealogist and retired educator Brenda Dabney Nichols received the Award of Merit for her lectures and programs regarding Henrico history topics and for her recent publication African Americans of Henrico County. > Read more.

Salvation Army musician kicks off Red Kettle Campaign with 36 straight hours of music

At 9 a.m. this morning, Salvation Army musician Matt Sims kicked off the annual Red Kettle Campaign at Short Pump Town Center with bells and music. He will play for 36 hours, ending at 9 p.m. Nov. 12. The feat of playing 36 consecutive hours has never before been attempted by any Salvation Army musician. The idea came to him in late summer as he was thinking of ways to increase awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign at a time when donations to The Salvation Army are more important than ever. > Read more.

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Entertainment

First Lady of Virginia to serve as honorary chair for Cure by Design

The American Cancer Society has selected the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, to serve as honorary chair for this year’s Cure by Design Survivor Fashion Show.

Taking place on Sept. 24 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, Cure by Design is an event in which the Richmond fashion, design and retail communities join forces to benefit the American Cancer Society. The main event of the evening is a fashion show featuring designer fashions from fashion designers and local retailers modeled by cancer survivors of all ages. > 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.

Opera begins a new LOV affair in Henrico County

LOV – Lyric Opera Virginia – has a home in Henrico County for its inaugural season.

The new company was formed earlier this year by Maestro Peter Mark, founder and artistic director of Virginia Opera for 36 years (Mark left that company last season).

Grand opera, a Broadway favorite and a Jewel Box production of an operatic classic will delight diehard opera fans and, organizers hope, attract new fans in the new venues. > Read more.

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The Henrico Theatre Company will present “Born Yesterday,” a classic comedy by Garson Kanin, Sept. 12-28 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Evening performances begin… Full text

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