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Into the fire

Inaugural teen fire academy graduates 11 students
Teen Summer Fire Academy participants practice removing a body from a burning building.

The stage was set for an exercise at the Henrico County fire training facility last month. A three-story cinderblock structure represented the burning building. Traffic cones stood in each window, and dummies were hidden in the dark recesses within. Sirens could be heard in the distance.

Three fire trucks filled with trainees pulled up to the imaginary scene. Firefighters hopped out of one truck and initiated a search and rescue mission, soon emerging with one dummy and reentering to find another. Crew members from the second truck set up hoses, charged the lines and entered the building, expertly knocking down the cones with the water. > Read more.

ARC volunteers assist Garden

Greater Richmond ARC volunteers Edna Teagle and Mary Snellings, with supervisor Patty Haymans, weed and prepare mulch beds for trees at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Groups of 10 adults with special needs travel with ARC staffers to the garden every Wednesday to help with a wide range of garden-related activities, including mulching and weeding a section of trees.

While the garden benefits from the help, the ARC volunteers accomplish many of their individual goals,
including community integration, volunteerism and socializing with others, all with the added bonus of being outdoors. > Read more.

Michaels opens at White Oak Village

Michaels employees celebrated May 18 as Customer Experience Manager Ryan Hale (in blue, with scissors) and Store Manager Larry Ryan cut the ribbon to open the chain’s newest store, located in White Oak Village in eastern Henrico.

Michaels will fill a spot that had been vacant since Circuit City closed shortly after the center opened. > Read more.

The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck stops in Henrico

The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck is on a seven-month cross-country journey to celebrate the Idaho Potato Commission’s 75th anniversary and to raise funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels and will stop in Henrico Friday, June 15. A 48-foot long flatbed trailer featuring a 28-foot long, 12-foot wide and 11.5-foot tall Idaho potato will be at BJ’s Wholesale Club, 1320 Starling Dr., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck took an entire year to design and build. Weighing in at six tons (the equivalent of 32,346 medium Idaho potatoes), the truck officially set off on its journey following a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter in front of the Idaho Capitol Building. > Read more.

The eagle has landed

A noble golden bird swooped in for a landing and a week of restorative nesting June 4 as the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center lowered its landmark golden eagle from atop the Jefferson Building.

The 3000-pound eagle sculpture was removed by a 160-ton crane, the largest available in the commonwealth, under the supervision of the Glen-Allen based Chesin Construction Company.

After some delicate maneuvering, the bird was brought to earth and laid in a specially-prepared “nest” on the side of the Jefferson Building, where it will be repaired and re-gilded. > Read more.

Taylor named national police explorer finalist

Explorer Captain Jordan Taylor of the Henrico Police Division’s Explorer Post 608 is one of three finalists for the National Youth Representative for Law Enforcement Exploring. Taylor was selected as a finalist from entries made from Police Explorers across the United States.

Taylor has been an explorer with Henrico Police since 2007 and is currently serving as the post president. He will graduate from Hermitage High School in June and plans to attend Randolph Macon University this fall majoring in international studies with a minor in political science. Jordan has received numerous awards including Explorer of the Year in 2009 and he was one of four named Henrico County Outstanding Youth in January 2012. In addition, he is the treasurer of the National Honor Society and president of the BETA Club at Hermitage. > Read more.

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Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center seeks artists, designs for holiday displays

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is seeking artists, crafters, and creative groups for three opportunities allowing creative thinkers and doers to design and display imaginative holiday decorations.

The center is seeking designs for:

• Illumination 2014 – A Festival of Trees: Artists can celebrate the holiday season by creating a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree filled with decorations to suit any unique or traditional theme. Past trees exhibited have included Buzz Lightyear; HEROES; Santa tree; Musicology; and many others. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There are several fun events planned for families this weekend. CMoR Central will offer free admission to those who have completed their HCPL Summer Reading Club goal; Walkerton Tavern is hosting a family game night; and family-friendly karaoke will take place at Aunt Sarah’s. Families can also get Movin’ & Groovin’ at Dorey Park or purchase children’s books at Tuckahoe Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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