Henrico County VA

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. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

Richmond Montessori to host three open houses

Richmond Montessori School will host three open houses for students ages 2-14.

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. > Read more.

A suburban epidemic

Henrico experiences spike in heroin usage, deaths

Marvelle Hutchinson had been in prison for 5 years. Locked up for heroin possession, he was awaiting release in 2012 when he began hearing strange stories about the girls back home. New inmates were telling him about shifting attitudes towards the drug that had tormented him since he first tried it at age 19.

“It used to be that you could not let no females know you was getting high [on heroin] because that was hard drugs,” said Hutchinson. “You would be considered a junkie.”

But newly incarcerated inmates were telling Hutchinson that the drug had become commonplace. He couldn’t imagine a world in which snorting or shooting heroin was as casual as smoking a cigarette. > Read more.

Housing program helps disabled

A growing number of families in the Henrico area are opening up their homes to individuals with mental and/or developmental disabilities through a service called sponsored residential living, an alternative to group homes that offers disabled citizens an opportunity to live more normal lives.

Wall Residences was the first organization in the state to offer a sponsored residential living program. It works with more than 10 local human rights committees and serves more than 434 people throughout the state to provide services for those who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and/or developmental disabilities. > Read more.

Local United Way pioneer honored at ‘Hoopla’

A Henrico resident received some long-deserved recognition March 24 as Hermena “Hermie” Powell was honored with the 2015 Royal-Green Award at a gathering of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

Held at the Virginia War Memorial, the “Red Feather Hoopla” brought together more than one hundred members of the council, a group dedicated to the mission of preparing children for their roles as tomorrow’s leaders. Members symbolically accented their outfits with red feathers and boas to celebrate the impact of women who give, advocate and volunteer to strengthen the community.

In her keynote address, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe spoke of her twin initiatives of improving childhood nutrition and remedying food insecurity, and of the challenges facing child advocates across the Commonwealth in helping youth whose most basic needs are not met. > 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.

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Richmond Montessori School, located at 499 N. Parham Rd., will hold an open house for early childhood students (age two through kindergarten) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tour the… Full text

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