Henrico County VA

‘World’s Largest Truck Convoy’ to travel through Henrico Saturday

The Virginia State Police will participate in the fifth-annual "World’s Largest Truck Convoy" for Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 10. The convoy will start at 10 a.m. from Meadow Event Park in Doswell and end at 11:30 a.m. back at the park.

Motorists are advised to expect delays from the Meadow Event Park along Route 30 to Interstate 95 southbound between Doswell and Exit 84B, and along Interstate 295 northbound to Interstate 64 eastbound to Bryan Park and Interstate 95 northbound, ending at the Meadow Event Park. > Read more.

Academy at Virginia Randolph to celebrate school’s centennial Oct. 17

The Academy at Virginia Randolph will celebrate its centennial Oct. 17, marking a century since the Henrico County school was dedicated in honor of the pioneering educator.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. It will feature a presentation from a historian with an interest in Randolph, and remarks from a representative of the Capitol Foundation, which is leading fundraising efforts for a women’s monument on the Virginia capitol
grounds. The monument will include Randolph as one of 12 featured women from Virginia history. The celebration will also have music, food, drinks and games. Each of the school’s trade instructors will have a booth with information and activities about the field they teach. > Read more.

Business in brief

Commonwealth Commercial, a commercial real estate firm headquartered in Glen Allen, recently earned the Accredited Management Organization designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Currently there are only 535 management companies in the United States and Canada that have achieved the AMO designation. Firms that earn it must demonstrate the highest standards in professional service, financial stability and accountability, and have a certified property manager directing and supervising the real estate management team. In addition, AMO firms also must abide by the rigorous AMO Code of Professional Ethics that is strictly enforced by the institute. Commonwealth Commercial oversees management of 163 properties, totaling 13 million square feet across the Southeast. > Read more.

Business in brief

Henrico-based Markel Insurance has been rated a five-star carrier in the latest issue of Insurance Business America. Insurance Business America asked producers what aspects of carrier performance are most important to them. These ranged from competitive rates to claims processing efficiency, reputation and financial stability, and more. Producers then rated their carriers’ performance across ten such criteria. The carriers that achieved five-star status consistently received excellent marks from producers in at least one category and several achieved top scores in multiple categories. Of the 22 carriers that made this year’s list, Markel Insurance received 5-star marks in three out of the ten categories, specifically: Technology and Automation; Reputation and Financial Security; and Marketing Support. > Read more.

Across the universe

Henrico native helps lead groundbreaking ‘New Horizons’ mission to Pluto

Last month, Henrico native Alice Bowman saw 14 years of work come to fruition when the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto and collected unprecedented data and images of the dwarf planet.

Bowman (pictured above, and below, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden), who began the initial stages of the project in 2001, is the first female Missions Operations Manager (MOM) in the history of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (APL). Throughout her life, Bowman has earned a degree from the University of Virginia, worked in three states, made history as the first female MOM at APL and shown Earth what Pluto looks like.

Her entire journey, though, began in the West End of Richmond off Three Chopt Road. > Read more.

Deep Run student performs with elite touring drum corps

A Deep Run High School junior is spending his summer touring the United States as part of the Southern New Jersey marching ensemble, a self-described world-class group competing on the Drum Corps International tour.

John Kresge, 16, is one of 149 members who have dedicated most of their summers to competing in this competition. As Drum Corps International’s website states, the tour truly is the major league of marching music. Kresge said his first show, which was at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, filled the stadium about halfway with fans – that’s about 34,000 people. > 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.

The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band to perform Oct. 15

Henrico County Recreation and Parks is hosting a concert by The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature Soldier-Musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band.

Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq. This group tours more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small. > Read more.


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