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The Greater Richmond Partnership has announced that Kels USA Corporation has chosen Henrico County for the location of its expansion to the United States. The electrical contact material company has started business with a small sales office with plans to expand to manufacturing their products locally in the next 2-4 years. The Partnership first met with Kels during a marketing mission to Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair. Subsequent meetings and visits followed, including three visits to the Richmond Region and three to the Kels headquarters in Brazil during marketing missions. Before choosing Henrico, the company considered locations in Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Georgia. Kels cited their main reason to expand to the U.S. is for market entry and proximity to the current customers to provide better service. Kels, founded in 1976, manufactures metal-based products for the electro-electronics, automotive and appliance industries. Kels also plays a great role in refrigeration, tooling and metallurgical industries supplying brazing alloys. By 2019, the company estimates that it will be successful enough to expand its facility to a 100-person manufacturing center. > Read more.

Youth awards honor 17 from Henrico


Honorees from 45 area public and private schools joined with parents, educators, and community leaders Feb. 12 for the 48th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards program, sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) and held at River Road Baptist Church.

Keynote speaker Jonathan C. Zur, CEO and President of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, led the gathering of educators, parents, and community leaders in congratulating award winners. Among students recognized for their excellence of character, efforts on behalf of social and cultural justice, and desire to help others overcome prejudice and discrimination were 17 Henrico County seniors. > Read more.
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Short Pump ES students to host pumpkin launch, composting event

Judy Fitzpatrick’s Short Pump Elementary School students are making Halloween greener by asking people to launch their rotting pumpkins. Fitzpatrick’s fourth-graders are offering an alternative to sending tired jack-o’-lanterns to the landfill: turning them into compost to enrich the soil and feed pigs and other livestock.

If a more sustainable holiday isn’t reason enough to take part in the school’s Smash-O-Lantern event, those who bring their pumpkins to the school this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., will get a chance to launch their gourds into recycling fame. The students are working with an engineer and the staff at Home Depot to construct and test a launcher. > Read more.

Ogburn defeats Dhakar for Three Chopt School Board seat

UPDATE: 9:30 P.M. – Former Henrico County teacher Micky Ogburn has won a special election to serve the final year of a four-year School Board term representing the Three Chopt District, easily defeating Surya Dhakar tonight, 62 percent to 36 percent.

Ogburn coasted to victory, receiving 11,505 votes to Dhakar’s 6,745. She won all 15 physical precincts and the absentee precinct, achieving more than 61 percent of the vote in all but four of them. > Read more.

Goshorn named Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Rebecca "Becky" M. Goshorn, a retired math teacher from Henrico County Public Schools, has been chosen as the 2014 Henrico Christmas Mother.

A Norfolk native and a resident of Henrico County for 38 years, Goshorn began teaching mathematics and computer science at Hermitage High School in 1977 and retired in 2000.

She is currently a mathematics education consultant, an adjunct mathematics teacher at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and an adjunct university supervisor for mathematics graduate Interns at Virginia Commonwealth University. > Read more.

Quidditch invades Dorey Park

Twenty college quidditch teams totaling more than 400 players participated in the U.S. Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Nov. 1-2 at Varina's Dorey Park. A team from the University of Maryland won the tournament, while VCU's entry (pictured above) won the consolation bracket to qualify for the world championships. The game is inspired by one played by characters in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. > Read more.

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Community

High Heel Dash for breast cancer in Innsbrook Saturday

Women – and men – are invited to kick up their high-heeled stilettos, pumps and platforms and race to find a cure during Richmond’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash on Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m. at The Shoppes at Innsbrook.

Hosted by the Central Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the High Heel Dash participants will sprint 50 yards in their heels of choice. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest and “best dressed” racers. Race participation is open to the public for a $10 entry fee. Registration is available online at http://www.komencentralva.org or on the day of the race beginning at 3 p.m. Teams and creative costumes are encouraged. There is no admission for spectators. > Read more.

All Henrico Reads book discussions start Thursday

Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” has been selected as the 2012 author for All Henrico Reads. Book discussions will be held at several libraries beginning March 8 at Tuckahoe Library. The discussions lead up to the AHR main event on April 5 when Stein will discuss the book and sign copies. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Whale of a treat

Ironfish delights with a variety of tasty catches

I was overjoyed to head back for another meal at Ironfish by Pescados, considered the Best New Restaurant in 2011 by both the Richmond Times Dispatch and Richmond Magazine. I agree whole-heartedly with their ratings. Since I first visited the restaurant for my birthday in January, I was waiting for the perfect special occasion to return. I couldn’t wait another year, obviously.

Run by the same restaurateurs as Pescados Latin Caribbean Seafood in Midlothian and Eat in Oregon Hill, Ironfish offers the same unique dishes and top-level customer service. > Read more.

Veteran restaurateur set to open in Short Pump

Tran’s Pho 1 Grill will serve Vietnamese fare
After nearly a year out of the restaurant industry, a well known 30-year Henrico restaurateur is ready to open up his fifth venture in Short Pump.

Paul Tran, along with his wife Ellen will open up Pho 1 Grill, a Vietnamese restaurant, in June in the Towne Center West Shopping Center.

Tran has been serving up Vietnamese food since the mid-’80s, his first being Que Huong on Rigsby Road. He also owned Mr. Chan’s on Horsepen Road and Saigon Gourmet on Hull Street Road. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

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