By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 11/14/11
Two individuals, two organizations, and one newspaper – the Henrico Citizen – were honored recently by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) for their efforts to preserve and promote Henrico County heritage.
In a ceremony held Oct. 26 at the Henrico Theatre, HPAC Chairman Beverly Cocke presented the awards accompanied by Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett.
Genealogist and retired educator Brenda Dabney Nichols received the Award of Merit for her lectures and programs regarding Henrico history topics and for her recent publication African Americans of Henrico County.
Published in 2010, the book features a collection of more than 300 images and numerous interviews documenting the history of African American communities in the county, as well as the achievements and pastimes of their members.
Elvatrice Parker Belsches, an archival researcher, lecturer and documentary film maker, took home an award for her scholarship, research and professional guidance associated with an exhibit and program commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henrico County.
The author of Richmond, Virginia, an Arcadia Press publication from the Black America Series, Belsches wrote the script for a dramatic and musical program entitled, "African-American Heritage of Henrico County in Music and Stories." She also researched and authored four panels for the exhibit, "Remembering Our Legacy: African American Trailblazer of Henrico County," and reviewed, edited and annotated all 12 panels in the exhibit.
Members of The Henrico 400th Anniversary Advisory Commission were recognized for their three-year commitment to the research, planning and implementation of projects, publications and events marking the county's founding in 1611. The 15-member Commission organized a year of activities and legacy projects, which have so far drawn more than 30,000 participants.
The Henrico County Board of Supervisors took home its fifth Award of Merit from the annual presentation. The Board was honored for its commitment of resources and staff for the 400th anniversary of the county and for its establishment of the Henrico 2011 Commemoration Advisory Commission.
The Henrico Citizen received an Award of Merit for its continuing commitment to local history and its efforts to document the people, places and events that have shaped Henrico history. To mark Henrico's 400th anniversary – which is also the 10th anniversary year of the Citizen's founding – the Citizen is publishing a special series throughout 2011 illustrating "The Most Significant Moments in Henrico History."
Created in 1990, the HPAC advises the Board of Supervisors regarding identification, interpretation, rehabilitation, protection and preservation of the county's historical and cultural resources and recognizes significant historic preservation projects on an annual basis. The 2011 Awards of Merit recipients join a list of distinguished honorees that includes Dr. Louis Manarin (1994 and 2005), Dr. Robert Bluford, Jr. (2001); Peter and Sharon Francisco (2002); Mr. and Mrs. William D. Cosby, Sr. (2004); Dr. Dennis A.J. Morey (2004); Dr. Henry L. Nelson, Jr. (2004); and Freddie Warren Nicholas, Jr. (2007).
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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