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By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 07/07/2015 Features
Henrico County has always been a place of historical appreciation and significance, and that continued with the opening of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum this past month in Varina. The museum houses Native American artifacts from Virginia Cherokee tribes, some of which are from Henrico.
There are about 160 members of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe spread throughout the state, with high concentrations in southwest Virginia and others in Henrico and Hanover. > Read more.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 07/07/2015 Features
Next month, the region's oldest veterans will mark the 70th anniversary of V-J Day with a mix of joy for the war's end and sorrow for those who were lost.
A recent arrival in Henrico County will most likely not celebrate the occasion – but she is known around the world for her V-J Day role, just the same.
Greta Zimmer Friedman was the subject of one of the most famous photos of the 20th century, but she believes enough fuss has been made about it already.
"It's in the past," she says. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/06/2015 Features
Thirteen-year-old Mo’ne Davis, who last year captured the attention of a nation as she led her Philadelphia Little League baseball team to the United States championship game, was in Glen Allen last month as part of a barnstorming tour through the East Coast.
Her team, the Anderson Monarchs, played the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League All-Stars at RF&P Park June 20.
The game was part of the Monarchs’ 23-day bus tour of key sites from the civil rights movement and the heyday of the Negro Leagues. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/22/2015 General Assembly
State legislators have returned to Richmond for a 45-day session of the General Assembly, during which they’re expected to make ethics reform a key issue, on the heels of former governor Bob McDonnell’s recent conviction and sentencing on corruption charges. Other issues expected to earn attention: daycare and SOL reform, Medicaid expansion and possible changes to legislative redistricting.
The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2015 session. The answers of those who responded appear below. > Read more.
Six Boy Scouts from a West End Boy Scout Troop will earn Eagle Scout recognition Feb. 8.
The Scouts from Troop 770, sponsored by River Road Presbyterian Church, are: Adam Jones, Sam Murphy, Cabell Murray, Ted Palmer, Kyle Adams and Grayson Phillips. The teens started in the troop together and have steadily climbed the ranks to earn the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts. Only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts. The awards will be conferred at River Road Presbyterian Church.
“What an impressive group of young men,” said Scoutmaster David Bernhardt. “They have excelled in Scouting, in the classroom and on the athletic field.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/22/2015 Henrico Business
Gumenick Properties moved its headquarters this month to Libbie Mill-Midtown, a new 80-acre, mixed-use community being developed by the company. Libbie Mill-Midtown is under construction between West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road near Libbie Avenue. The community is the largest revitalization project in the history of Henrico County. Gumenick Properties will become the second organization operating from office spaces at Libbie Mill-Midtown. The first group to open an office there was the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, a regional, private health legacy foundation. The foundation moved in during autumn 2014. When complete, the community is projected to have 994 homes for sale and 1,096 apartments. Libbie Mill-Midtown also will have a total of approximately 160,000 square feet of retail space. The neighborhood is estimated to take approximately 10 years to complete. > Read more.
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On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is a magnificent, emotional ride
Explaining the nuts and bolts of Pixar’s new, exciting, innovative Inside Out – really digging into the film’s shape-and-color explanation of the human mind – would take up the entirety of this review. And probably three or four more (if movies had instruction manuals, Inside Out’s would be the size and general poundage of a cinder block).
It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Henrico Theatre Company will present “Come Blow Your Horn” July 10-26 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. while matinees start at… Full text