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Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder. > Read more.

Assembly rejects McAuliffe’s drone recommendations


The General Assembly has rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s recommendation to give police a freer rein in using unmanned aircraft.

Both the House and Senate rejected changes that the Democratic governor proposed to legislation regarding when law enforcement agencies must get a warrant to use a drone. McAuliffe’s amendments drew opposition from members of both parties.

SB 1301, introduced by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, and HB 2125, sponsored by Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, originally said that government agencies would need a search warrant to use drones for “law enforcement” activities. > Read more.
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Willow Lawn to offer holiday “trolley” service from Church Hill

Willow Lawn shopping center will offer free shuttle trolley service between Church Hill and the center on four days during the next two weeks.

The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 30, as well as Friday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 7 as part of "Green Ride RVA."

The service stems from a national sustainability transportation program funded by the Ford Motor Company, in partnership with eight universities, including VCU in Richmond. > Read more.

Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it. > Read more.

Grapevine access opens

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River lovers gathered Nov. 6 to celebrate the grand opening of a new public access site at the Grapevine Bridge on the Upper Chickahominy River in Eastern Henrico.

Part of the larger Chickahominy Water Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the river segment will now be easily accessible at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gravel parking lot adjacent to the Grapevine Bridge on North Airport Drive.

In addition to its historic significance as part of Captain John Smith's explorations and the nation's colonial beginnings, the Grapevine Bridge played an important role in the Civil War during the Battle of Seven Pines. > Read more.

McDonald’s operator wins national award

Freda Thornton, a local McDonald’s franchisee who owns five Henrico and Richmond locations, recently received the Ronald Award, the highest regional award that a franchisee can receive. Thornton is pictured, second from right, with (from left) Bianca Olivas, vice president and general manager of the company's Baltimore Washington region; Rodney Henry, Thornton’s son and local McDonald’s franchisee; and Doug Jubic, QSC vice president of the Baltimore Washington region).

The award is given to just one percent of McDonald's owners nationwide and is designed to honor a franchisee for outstanding service to the McDonald’s brand and local community. > Read more.

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Community

Capping the season in tune

The "Knitters of Cedarfield" made their annual donation of knitted caps to the Henrico Christmas Mother Dec. 5 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, presenting 110 caps to be used by needy families.

The gift presentation was followed by a program of holiday music, performed by members of the Greater Richmond Chorus, who chose Cedarfield resident Russell Johnston as the impromptu subject of their affections during a "Santa Baby" number. > Read more.

Donations needed for ‘Saxon Shoes for the Needy’ program

Over the next two weeks Saxon Shoes will wrap up their 2012 Saxon Shoes for the Needy program. Donated shoes will benefit deserving area families through the programs of The Salvation Army ARC, 2601 Hermitage Rd. All participating individuals, organizations and families must bring their shoe donations to Saxon's Short Pump Town Center location, 11800 W. Broad St., by Dec. 24. For more information, visit http://www.saxonshoes.com > Read more.

Salvation Army’s Christmas Center opens at VCC Dec. 13

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Salvation Army of Central Virginia will begin the distribution of toys, clothing, coats, bikes, books and other items to those in need this holiday season. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Center is located at Virginia Center Commons in the former Dillard’s, 10101 Brook Rd. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m. to mark the Christmas Center’s grand opening. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Delivering a message

Actor Chelsey Moss (right) of the Theatre IV on Tour production of Hugs and Kisses performs during a recent dress rehearsal of the musical. The play, seen each year by more than 50,000 Virginia students in kindergarten through fifth grade, is designed to serve as a child sexual abuse prevention program by illustrating to children the concepts of “good touch, bad touch and secret touch” in a sensitive fashion. The musical will visit Crestview Elementary School March 14. > 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.

A chic new world

Eurasia Café and Wine Bar offers class, creativity in the Far West End
Classic and upscale are words I’d use to describe Eurasia, a café and wine bar in Gayton Crossing on Gaskins Road. I’d also call its food unique, but its atmosphere lacking.

First-timers may have a little trouble finding the restaurant tucked away in the Far West End shopping center, but fortunately they won’t be met with a long wait on a weeknight. Unfortunately, they may not be greeted with a smile either, but let’s hope I visited on an off night. > Read more.

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