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Dominion requests 3-month deferral in Varina substation case

In response to citizen input, company to consider adjacent site as possibility
A Dominion Virginia Power rendering shows what the view of power lines might look like from Osborne Turnpike if a substation were built 725 feet back from the road.
UPDATE: MAY 23, 1:50 P.M. – Plans for a Dominion Virginia Power substation in Varina could be delayed for three more months, after company officials today requested a deferral of their scheduled June 9 case before the Henrico Planning Commission.

The company is seeking to build a substation in Varina to improve service reliability in the region and wants to locate it on a 1.5-acre portion of a 10-acre site at 7000 Osborne Turnpike.

Company officials now are asking that the case be delayed until September so that they may consider input they received during a public meeting May 17 at Varina High School. Specifically, they intend to consider the possibility of purchasing a portion of an adjacent 477-acre parcel on Osborne Turnpike, which was listed for sale recently. Several speakers at last week's meeting urged Dominion representatives to consider that option. > Read more.

Lost in time

On the site that one day will tell the history of Henrico County under a single roof, a small wooden hut serves as an unofficial welcome center for guests.

“And over there is the restroom,” says Henry Nelson, chuckling as he points to a single portable toilet across the parking lot.

Nelson, clad in a signature black cowboy hat and black leather jacket, surveys the landscape on an overcast morning here, at Four Mile Creek Park in Varina, with eyes that can see into the future, thanks to a vision of the past.

For 40 years, Nelson has led the push for Henrico County to fund and build a history center – a facility that would recount the county’s 405-year story to citizens and tourists alike. > Read more.

Railroad improvements to close sections of Charles City, Miller roads May 24-25

Work to improve the CSX railroad in eastern Henrico County will close a portion of Charles City Road on Tuesday, May 24 and a stretch of Miller Road on Wednesday, May 25.

CSX Transportation expects each closure, which will include the railroad crossing, to last from about 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On May 24, motorists on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of Monahan Road, Darbytown Road and South Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.
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Byrd Middle School set to unveil new ‘Little Library’ April 12


Byrd Middle School will host a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new outdoor library Apr. 12.

Yes, an outdoor library. This one is a bit smaller than most, however.

It's a "Little Free Library" – one of thousands that now exist around the world at schools, on street corners and in other community spots. The library will be stocked with a variety of books, and members of the community may stop by and pick one up, return it later and/or add more books to share with others. > Read more.

Henrico Humane Society’s Pet Expo scheduled for April 9


Henrico Humane Society will hold its annual Pet Expo Saturday, Apr. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue.

“The Pet Expo is a unique indoor event for your pet and your family; there’s something for everyone,” said Shannon Troyka, Henrico Humane Society president. “Our mission is to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals. Funds raised at Pet Expo help us cover medical expenses for the animals in our care, especially those that have been neglected or abused.”

WTVR's Greg McQuade is scheduled to emcee dog contests, puppy races and a parade of adoptable dogs. > Read more.

Holladay ES named “Leader in Me” Lighthouse School


Henrico's Holladay Elementary School has achieved an advanced designation for its accomplishments in the “Leader in Me” program, a schoolwide transformation process that teaches leadership and skills for living. The school received the “Lighthouse School” designation from Franklin Covey Co. for achieving impressive results using the model. The company also cited the impact of the school’s efforts on Holladay’s staff, students, parents and the larger community.

Fewer than 200 of the 2,500 schools that have adopted the schoolwide transformational leadership model have achieved Lighthouse certification. The designation is attained by further integrating the program into the school’s environment, and by achieving measureable results in areas such as teacher engagement, parent satisfaction, student behavior and academics. > Read more.

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Community

19th Annual Asian American Celebration planned May 21

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will hold its 19th Annual Asian American Celebration on Saturday, May 21 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St. in Richmond, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Our Heritage," in recognition of May as the Asian Pacific American Heritage month, designated by the U.S. Congress in 1992. > Read more.

Sandston Founders Club honors Sydnor


The Founders Club of Sandston presented lifetime membership to Charles W. Sydnor at its 12th annual meeting last month.

Sydnor, who grew up in Sandston and later served as president of Emory and Henry College for eight years, was honored by Founder Club President Alice Taylor Baldwin at the April 23 event at Sandston Memorial Recreation Center. > Read more.
Entertainment

Cultural Arts Center announces summer class schedule


From Legos to wine tasting, The Cultural Arts Center is hosting a variety of classes this summer for both kids and adults.

Starting this month, the center has begun classes in a variety of subject areas, including: ceramics, music, painting, photography, confectionary arts, and many more. The classes are designed in part to promote creativity, culture and entertainment in the community. > Read more.






 

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