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Former Henrico PAL participant now serves as program counselor

In only eight years of existence, Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) has grown from a single, small after-school program to a series of sports camps, summer camps, recreational and after-school programs serving several hundred children each year.

Four years ago, Henrico PAL also won national recognition as Aubrey Temple of the Youth Leadership Council and board member Johnny Newman were honored as "Male Youth of the Year" and "Male Volunteer of the Year" at the national conference. > Read more.

After the storm


Ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina threatened New Orleans, Cain Bassett and his family left their home in the city's West Bank area and headed to the Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Not to take a flight out of harm's way, but to hunker down until the impending massive storm passed.

In 2005, Bassett, who now lives in western Henrico County, was employed by Delaware North. He helped manage the company's 20 restaurants and bars that lined the New Orleans airport's concourses.

In the long hours before Karina hit, the company allowed Bassett, his wife, their two children, as well as a few other employees, to take refuge at the airport. > Read more.

Business in brief


Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) announced recently the establishment of memoranda of understanding with four local school districts – Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. The documents provide a framework for area schools to adhere to a recommended program plan with Junior Achievement, focusing on JA Finance Park, a middle and high school program focused on personal finance and career readiness. Under the agreements, schools are encouraged to increase their participation each year over the next three years. The JA Finance Park program teaches students how to create a family budget and live within their means. It consists of thirteen in-class lessons and culminates in a visit to the Capital One/JA Finance Park facility where students become adults for a day – making tough buying decisions, paying bills and investing their virtual savings. In the 2014-2015 school year, over 4,700 Central Virginia students participated in the program. With the memoranda in place, the number of participating students is expected to more than double by 2018. > Read more.
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Milestones


The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently announced the winners of its 2012 Award of Achievement for academic excellence in accounting studies. The VSCPA annually recognizes top graduating accounting seniors from Virginia high schools, community colleges and four-year universities. The students are selected by accounting faculty at their respective schools. Only one award is issued per school each year, making it a significant honor to be the single student selected for recognition amongst peers. Henrico award winners include: Kianna Jones, Douglas S. Freeman High School; Bi Ou, Hermitage High School; Henry Finn, Mills E. Godwin High School; and Jasmine Hough, Varina High School. > Read more.

Senate joins House in passing state budget

On the fourth try, the Senate joined the House on Wednesday in approving an $85 billion state budget for the next two years.

One Democrat, Sen. Charles Colgan of Manassas, joined all 20 Senate Republicans in voting for the budget bill, HB 1301. The House had approved the measure, 77-19, on Tuesday.

A day earlier, Colgan and all other Democrats present voted against HB 1301, complaining that it lacked funding for the second phase of the Dulles Rail extension to Loudoun County. That prevented the budget from getting the 21 Senate votes it needed to pass. > Read more.

Volunteers enjoy giving back

Gloria Nolan sent a text message on a recent Saturday morning canceling an interview appointment. A friend’s wife had died and she wanted to spend time with him instead.

What started as one of Nolan’s volunteer assignments for Hospice of Virginia had grown into a friendship.

Nolan’s primary duties as a hospice volunteer include making regular visits and helping relieve caregivers so that they can run errands or take a needed break. She has volunteered for about four years for the hospice.

“Some patients request that I read Scriptures, or just sit quietly and keep them company,” Nolan said. “Others enjoy having someone listen to them tell life stories or help with needlework. At times, I may simply keep the caregiver company while the patient rests. While not required by [Hospice of Virginia], I enjoy remembering special
days like birthdays and anniversaries.” > Read more.

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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. > Read more.

Canterbury Recreation Association ‘wins’ the ‘Dunk Hunger’ drive


For the third consecutive year, the Canterbury Recreation Association in Short Pump donated the most meals to the fourth-annual "Dunk Hunger" campaign, which raises money and food donations for FeedMore's Central Virginia Food Bank. Swim teams and community pools throughout the region combined to raise the equivalent of 77,404 meals this year, with the Canterbury group earning the Gold Medal, with 17,454 meals contributed.

CRA will earn a winners’ bash Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at its pool on Pump Road.

“Our pool has adopted Dunk Hunger into its culture with fun ways to raise food and funds," said Canterbury’s Dunk Hunger chairman Jack McSorley, a Freeman High School junior. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Henrico County has a lot to offer this Labor Day weekend! Before summer ends completely, you’ve got to try some Virginia wines at Southern Season’s weekly event, Fridays Uncorked. Check out The Comedy Dad, Alex Scott, at the Richmond Funny Bone or put your thinking caps on and take on The Escape Room. This weekend also features a two-day event at Malvern Hill and Carrington Kay at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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