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Henrico to host annual Harvest Festival Oct. 17

Henrico County will hold its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

The free family event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and features many hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era. Some of these living history activities include cider making, candle dipping, corn shelling, blacksmithing, woodworking and a natural dye demonstration. > Read more.

Napier inducted into Virginia Realtors Hall of Fame

The Richmond Association of Realtors announced recently that James T. Napier, President of Napier Realtors ERA, has been inducted into the Virginia Realtors Hall of Fame. This award honors a Virginia realtor who has made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to the real estate profession and markets in Virginia during a period of 25 years or more. Induction into the Hall of Fame is considered VAR’s principal career honor.

RAR also announced that several local realtors were inducted into the honorary fraternity of Omega Tau Rho in 2015.

Created by the National Association in 1950, the Omega Tau Rho honor is awarded by state and local realtor associations to members showing exemplary dedication and service > Read more.

Henrico schools awarded grants for math and science projects

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recently awarded grants totaling more than $213,000 to nine partnerships between school divisions and colleges and universities, including two grants to Henrico County Public Schools.

One of six school systems to be awarded funds for mathematics projects, Henrico County partnered with Norfolk State University to receive $21,400 for the program Supporting Math Process Goals through Research-Based Teaching Practices. The program will serve 60 teachers.

Henrico County was also one of three school systems awarded funds for science projects. > Read more.
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Henrico School Board seeks public comments on finalists for Fairfield vacancy

The Henrico School Board will select from five candidates to fill the Fairfield District seat on the board, which Lamont Bagby vacated when he was elected to serve the remainder of the year as the 74th District Virginia House of Delegates representative.

The School Board yesterday announced the following finalists for the vacant Fairfield District seat:

• Pierre L. Greene
• Tavorise K. Marks
• Lillian H. Mayo
• Tramaine Moultrie-Robinson
• Marlene H. Sherlock > Read more.

School Board votes to convert student half-day to full holiday

The Henrico School Board voted Aug. 13 to convert a Sept. 23 half-day student holiday to a full day off for students. The board made the move because of the threat of traffic complications from the Sept. 19-27 UCI Road World Championships bike race.

Large crowds of spectators will be filling local roads that week, making it a challenge to keep school bus routes on schedule in some parts of the county. The bike race’s route for Sept. 23 includes central Henrico County. Sept. 23 is the only HCPS calendar day to be changed by the event. > Read more.

Business in brief

Henrico-based Markel Insurance has been rated a five-star carrier in the latest issue of Insurance Business America. Insurance Business America asked producers what aspects of carrier performance are most important to them. These ranged from competitive rates to claims processing efficiency, reputation and financial stability, and more. Producers then rated their carriers’ performance across ten such criteria. The carriers that achieved five-star status consistently received excellent marks from producers in at least one category and several achieved top scores in multiple categories. Of the 22 carriers that made this year’s list, Markel Insurance received 5-star marks in three out of the ten categories, specifically: Technology and Automation; Reputation and Financial Security; and Marketing Support. > Read more.

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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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