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Malvern Hill Farm under contract


A historic Eastern Henrico farm – the site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1862 – will be preserved in its entirety, thanks to the Capital Region Land Conservancy.

The CRLC has agreed to purchase Malvern Hill Farm (which is about 875 acres in size and straddles Eastern Henrico and Charles City County) for its appraised value of $6.56 million. The sellers are by descendants of William Heighler Ferguson Sr., who originally purchased Malvern Hill Farm in 1939.

“In one transaction CRLC is taking a giant step in protecting the natural and historic land and water resources of our region,” said Parker C. Agelasto, executive director of Capital Region Land Conservancy. > Read more.

McClellan declared Democratic nominee for Va. Ninth District Senate seat


Jennifer McClellan has been declared the Democratic Party's candidate for Virginia's Ninth District state Senate seat by the Legislative Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party. The party canceled a planned caucus Dec. 3 because McClellan was the only candidate who filed for the nomination.

A special election for the seat, vacated by Donald McEachin after his election to Congress Nov. 8, will be held Jan. 10. > Read more.

McEachin selected to Congressional leadership positions


Virginia Fourth District Congressman-Elect Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) was elected a co-president of his freshman class in Congress earlier this week. He shares the presidency with Congresswoman-Elect Nanette Barragan (CA-4) and Congresswoman-Elect Val Demings (FL-10).

Thursday, McEachin was selected as a regional whip for the Democratic Caucus. > Read more.
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Hitching a ride

The Budweiser Clydesdale East Coast hitch, with its four pairs of stunning Clydesdale horses, made an appearance at the West Broad Village last month, on its way to the Super Bowl in New Jersey. The Clydesdales are used for promotions and commercials by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company.

There are several "hitches," or teams of horses, that travel around the United States. Anheuser-Busch owns a total of about 250 Clydesdales in total; each one must be at least four years old and six feet tall. > Read more.

Business in brief


The board of directors of A Grace Place Adult Care Center has named Karen Webb as the agency’s new chief executive officer. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional, and local level. She served as CEO for Trident Food Service Equipment Corporation for the past nine months. Before that, she served as president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia for 19 years and held leadership positions with the University of Richmond, Traveler’s Aide of Virginia, and the American Red Cross. She succeeds Lynne Seward, who retired last month after 27 years as the agency’s CEO. > Read more.

HCPS eliminates Feb. 17 student holiday

Henrico County Public Schools officials have announced that they have eliminated a student holiday/staff planning and development day scheduled for Feb. 17 – making it a regular school day instead – in order to make up for time lost during recent snowstorms.

“While we value the tremendous benefits of having dedicated professional development time for staff, under the current circumstances it is best to devote this time to student instruction,” said Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw. “We feel it is appropriate to announce this change now to give everyone plenty of time to adjust,” Kinlaw added. > Read more.

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Community

project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Richmond Men’s Chorus and the Richmond Women’s Chorus will present a celebratory selection of holiday songs at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave. Tickets are $10 to $15 in advance and $15 to $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.monumentcitymusic.org. Full text

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