Henrico County VA

Henrico residents devise challenge, capture finalist spot

Henrico resident Sarah Metzgar earned a spot as a finalist in a recent school supplies challenge to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond.  

Challenge participants had three weeks to see how far they could stretch $10 on school supplies, and Metzgar took third place by purchasing $302 worth of supplies with her $10.  The winner collected $567 and the second-place finisher gathered $449 in supplies. 

Winners were announced Aug. 25 at a Midlothian Kroger store, at which the top three “super savers” were awarded gift cards for $200, $100 and $50.   (Above, Carl York of Kroger poses with Metzgar and her daughter, Shannon.) 

Kroger also awarded the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond a monetary donation of $1,000.   The total value of school supply donations, which were passed on to the Boys and Girls Club, exceeded $3,000.  

Henrico resident Alison Brown and another local resident, Eleanor Ross, came up with the idea for the challenge.  Last year, the two women -- who both blog about saving money in Richmond -- held a frugal challenge in which four friends spent $40 and collected more than $500 worth of school supplies.  This year, they decided to build on their success and open the competition to the public.  

Alison Brown’s and Eleanor Ross’s blogs can be found at http://www.Richmondbargains.com and http://www.SavingourWay.com.

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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