‘It’s such a blessing’

Brazilian native becomes U.S. citizen on Fourth of July

On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side.
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Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First.
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Dairy Queen’s Blizzard sales July 27 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond


Dairy Queen’s 13th Annual Miracle Treat Day – Thursday, July 27 – will raise fund to benefit sick and injured children being treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the United States. Locally, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Last year, the event raised more than $14,400 for the hospital.
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Douglas Crockett, pastor

Highland Springs United Methodist Church

Both practical and spiritual, Pastor Douglas Crockett of Highland Springs United Methodist Church is not only a pastor but a practicing attorney. Both aspects are constantly at work, whether he's preaching to his congregation or helping his clients at his own law practice.

Crockett grew up worshiping Baptist at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in his hometown of Ivanhoe, Va. While studying at Emory and Henry College, he became acquainted with the United Methodist Church on campus and met his wife Rita, who is United Methodist.
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Henrico students take honors in Peace Center essay contest

Nine Henrico students wrote essays that were honored for their excellence in the Richmond Peace Education Center’s annual Peace Essay Contest, in which more than 560 students from across Virginia submitted essays.

The theme of the contest was Many People…One Nation. Students were asked to consider how best to build understanding and mutual respect among people of different heritages and beliefs. They wrote about what they could do to help build a community from people of many different backgrounds, and how to help promote respect and understanding among all communities and across the nation.
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HCPS seeking nutrition workers, bus drivers at July 12 job fair


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair Wednesday, July 12 to talk with candidates for full-time and substitute school nutrition workers and bus drivers. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Eastern Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers.
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Train strikes car in Richmond, killing Henrico man

A 24-year-old Henrico man died when his car was struck by an Amtrak train Sunday evening in Richmond.

Clayon G. Roper, Jr. was attempting to cross the train tracks heading eastbound in the 1700 block of Broad Rock Boulevard in a 2017 Ford Taurus but didn't make it. Flashing red lights and warning bars had been activated as the train approached, according to Richmond police.
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A decade of local flavor

Lakeside Farmers’ Market celebrates its 10th year

Peter and Sharon Francisco have been married and lived in Lakeside for more than 40 years, but this year they’re celebrating another type of milestone: the 10th year of business for the Lakeside Farmers’ Market, which they own and operate.

On a hot and humid ‘Lakeside Day’ morning, with bubbles floating through the air and a water wheel tinkling in the background, they recounted the story of the farmers’ market and how they’ve tried to make a difference in the community.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced the sale of two class A office buildings located within Innsbrook Office Park in Glen Allen. 4240 Cox Road is a 38,676 square foot two-story corporate headquarters building built in 2000. 4300 Cox Road is a 69,620 square foot three-story office building built in 1989. Lightfoot Road Hospitality, LLC purchased the office buildings from Banks Richmond Limited Partnership for $6,247,500 as an investment.
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Henrico Fire receives $50k in federal funding


Henrico County Division of Fire will receive just more than $50,000 to use for training firefighters, as part of a $1.05-million dollar funding program announced July 7 by Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.

Three other fire departments in the state will receive the other funds. The money is being provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistant to Firefighters Grant program.
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A heart for service


Teens from Catholic Heart Workcamp gathered in June with children from the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen in front of a shed painted by the teens during their week volunteering at the preschool (above).
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Armed and ready

7-year-old receives new prosthetic device

Two Henrico parents were able to provide their daughter with a new prosthetic arm last week, thanks to the work of ECPI University of Richmond/Innsbrook students and staff.

ECPI instructor Dr. Negar Ghochaghi recently formed a local “Enabling the Future” chapter at the school – a network of volunteers who use 3-D printers to collaborate on and design innovative prosthetics and assistive devices throughout the world.

When the family of seven-year-old Lydia H. (last name withheld at the family's request) learned about the chapter, they e-mailed Ghochaghi and her team to learn more. A match was made.
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Summer shooters


Action in the Steward School Boys Basketball Summer League heated up during games June 29.
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All-star baseball, softball teams advance to state, regional tournaments


Eight Henrico youth baseball and softball all-star teams recently won district titles to advance to state championship tournaments.
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Fairly tempting

Midtown State Fair returns this month

If you've been hankering to cruise bountiful displays of produce and pies, or to laugh at wacky contests like chicken impersonating and pickle-face making – and you don't feel like waiting months for the state fair in September – you're in luck.

The Midtown State Fair returns to Libbie Mill July 16 and features all of the above and more, amid the cozy surroundings of Midtown's brick
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