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Napier inducted into Virginia Realtors Hall of Fame

The Richmond Association of Realtors announced recently that James T. Napier, President of Napier Realtors ERA, has been inducted into the Virginia Realtors Hall of Fame. This award honors a Virginia realtor who has made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to the real estate profession and markets in Virginia during a period of 25 years or more. Induction into the Hall of Fame is considered VAR’s principal career honor.

RAR also announced that several local realtors were inducted into the honorary fraternity of Omega Tau Rho in 2015.

Created by the National Association in 1950, the Omega Tau Rho honor is awarded by state and local realtor associations to members showing exemplary dedication and service > Read more.

Henrico schools awarded grants for math and science projects

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recently awarded grants totaling more than $213,000 to nine partnerships between school divisions and colleges and universities, including two grants to Henrico County Public Schools.

One of six school systems to be awarded funds for mathematics projects, Henrico County partnered with Norfolk State University to receive $21,400 for the program Supporting Math Process Goals through Research-Based Teaching Practices. The program will serve 60 teachers.

Henrico County was also one of three school systems awarded funds for science projects. > Read more.

Section of southbound Forest to be closed for repairs beginning Oct. 13

The southbound lane of Forest Avenue from Three Chopt Road to Patterson Avenue will be closed for asphalt repairs during midday beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The lane will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to avoid disruptions during peak travel times. A detour will direct motorists travelling south on Forest to turn left onto Three Chopt, right onto Horsepen Road, right onto Patterson and left onto Forest. > Read more.
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Henrico fifth-grader among those drawn to unique arena racing concept

While it will not become the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame (which landed in Charlotte N.C.) Henrico County may yet be able to claim a unique racing legacy.

Henrico business owner Ricky Dennis, who grew up near Nuckols Road and attended J.R. Tucker High School, has founded the popular and fast-growing sport of arena racing, in which half-scale stock cars circle a specially built indoor track.

Although he has been around racing all his life (his father was a champion racer), Dennis did not get the idea for arena racing until a few years ago. > Read more.

Henrico supervisors elect Kaechele chairman, O’Bannon vice chairman

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Jan. 8 elected David A. Kaechele chairman and Patricia S. O’Bannon vice chairman for 2013. Each will serve a one-year term as the board’s presiding officers.

Kaechele will serve a ninth term as board chairman, an office he held most recently in 2009. First elected as Three Chopt District supervisor in 1979, he is the longest-serving member of the Henrico board. > Read more.

Business in brief

Martin’s Food Markets has completed three-month remodels of its stores located at 3460 Pump Road and at 10150 Brook Road, both in Henrico. Short Pump and Virginia Center customers will find key departments such as produce, deli, meat, and bakery have been freshened with new décor and fixtures along with an increased variety of product. Key areas such as grocery, dairy, frozen foods and beer/wine have been expanded as well. With an eye on energy conservation, LED lighting was newly installed in many areas of the store, including overhead track lights, spotlights on specialty areas & displays, exterior store signs and in the frozen food cases. > Read more.

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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > 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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