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More cyclists on the way

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.

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.}

Ruritans Club marks 50th anniversary

Are you old enough to remember when gas was 31 cents a gallon and you could buy a new car for $2,650? How about paying rent of $118 a month? You could have been cruisin’ down Mountain Road in a new Dodge Charger, or riding a new skateboard to Mr. Allen’s Market. That was the year – 1965 – that the world was introduced to contact lenses, Spirograph, Bounty, Get Smart, Lost in Space, Gatorade, Apple Jacks, and Spaghetti O’s.

It was also in 1965 that the Glen Allen Ruritan Club was founded – and today the Ruritans are still going strong. The Ruritans are the folks that have cleaned up Mountain Road; raised money for scholarships at local high schools through the Healy Gala; supported local schools and charities such as Lamb’s Basket, St. Joseph Villa, the Henrico Christmas Mother and the juvenile jail by cooking their locally famous barbeque; and put on Glen Allen Day for the last 19
years. }

West Broad Village donates to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

West Broad Village and its parent company, Excel Trust, recently donated more than $13,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Virginia. The money was raised during the community’s Summer Concert Series.

Pictured above, Philip Hopkins (front) accepts a $13,480.50 check from Tammy Philblad, Excel Trust regional property manager. Joining the presentation (back row, from left)are Melody Thomas, Excel Trust administrative assistant; Kendall Rumsey, Excel Trust director of marketing; Terri Q. Quinan, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter executive director; and Philip’s mother Catherine Hopkins. }

Presentation on native plant partnership takes place Oct. 1

Carol Heiser from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will discuss the Virginia Native Plant Marketing Partnership Thursday, October 1, at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue. The monthly meeting of the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public; doors open at 6:30 p.m., and all are invited to come early and get to know others with similar interests. A short business meeting will follow the presentation.

In her role as Wildlife Habitat Coordinator for DGIF, Heiser has helped lead the agency’s efforts to enhance wildlife habitat by encouraging corporate landowners, private landowners, schools and homeowners to improve environments in their communities to benefit Virginia's songbirds, mammals, amphibians and other wildlife. }

Lakeside passports offer UCI race attendees discounts at Lewis Ginter

Spectators who attend the UCI race can score discounts at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden by completing a Lakeside passport.

The Garden will offer a buy-one, get-one-free admission offer to all patrons who bring a completed passport to the Garden's admissions desk between Sept. 19-27. To receive a passport, visit participating Lakeside businesses or visit https://www.facebook.com/Lakeside-Avenue-104727612962395/timeline/ to download and print one. Visitors must collect a stamp from a business in each of five zones along Lakeside Avenue, then present the completed passport at Lewis Ginter. No purchase is necessary.}

3 earn Eagle Scout rank

Three members of Boy Scouts Troop 770 from River Road Presbyterian Church recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

The three – William Evans, Dillard "Trey" Laughlin and Anthony Q. Vinson II – are students at Freeman High School. For their Eagle Scout projects, Evans constructed two picnic tables for Deep Bottom Park in Eastern Henrico; Laughlin directed a large group of Scouts in the construction of benches for a Section 8 housing development; and Vinson landscaped a garden and installed a stone walkway at the Little Sisters of the Poor, which he funded through gifts and donations.}

Garden greens

Emily Francis (left) of Richmond Green Drinks and Cary Jamieson of The Steward School checked out the cherry tomato crop Aug. 20 at the school's Bryan Innovation Lab following a visit by members of Green Drinks. Jamieson, director of the Bryan Innovation Lab, was among the speakers who pointed out various sustainable features of the building and its surroundings, including geothermal, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy systems, as well as rain gardens and large storage cisterns (like the one pictured) to minimize groundwater pollution.}

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