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Recreation and Parks registration reopens Saturday


The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will reopen registration for programs and courses on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. online at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com .

Registration also will be available in person at Belmont, Deep Run and Eastern Henrico recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

A problem with the division's software vendor during registration last Saturday resulted in long wait times and difficulty registering, which prompted the division to shut down the registration process until the issues were resolved. > Read more.

Student Government Day puts Henrico students in charge


More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools on Wednesday got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations as part of the 58th annual Student Government Day.

The program matched 108 students from all nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and address needs of the community. > Read more.
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Rabid skunk found in Sandston

A dead skunk found in Sandston last week tested positive for rabies, marking the county's third confirmed case of rabies this year.

On April 15, Henrico Animal Protection Police responded to the 5600 block of Old Elko Road in Sandston for an animal related call for service. The caller reported to police that a deceased skunk was on the property adjacent to a driveway. The skunk’s remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, and the positive results were confirmed April 17. > Read more.

Student Government Day puts high school students in charge


Henrico County will give 108 high school students a firsthand look at its government and school operations during the 58th annual Student Government Day, April 21-22.

Students from the county’s nine high schools will shadow elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, schools superintendent, constitutional officers and judges, to better understand their roles and responsibilities.

Student Government Day will begin with an investiture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in the auditorium of Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road. > Read more.

McGeorge Toyota to offer $15,000 safe driving scholarship


McGeorge Toyota and DRIVE SMART Virginia have partnered to offer a $15,000 scholarship in an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted and save lives.

Statistics show that 80 percent of traffic crashes in Virginia are caused by distracted driving,

The Saving Lives, Supporting Futures Scholarship program was developed earlier this year after members of McGeorge Toyota and DRIVE SMART Virginia began discussing ways to increase awareness of a problem that causes more than 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. > Read more.

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.

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Community

‘Fresh Start’ offered for single moms

The Fresh Start For Single Mothers and Their Children Community Outreach Project will host “Necessary Ingredients” on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through May 7, at Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road in Henrico. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The program is designed as a fun and uplifting event for single mothers that is designed to provide support, new friendships, encouragement and motivation. Each event will include weekly prizes and giveaways. > Read more.

Daughters of American Colonists chapter clips $1M+ in coupons for troops

Members of a local organization gave their scissors a workout last year, clipping more than $1 million worth of coupons to benefit military personnel.

The Pocahontas Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, clipped 735,479 manufacturers’ coupons valued at a total of $1.12 million throughout 2014 as part of its Coupons for Military Families Program. Program chair Carole Featherson recently shipped the coupons to U.S. military bases overseas, where they can be used in base stores.

The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.

VCU to offer free dental services for children in need Feb. 6

On Feb. 6 – "Give Kids a Smile Day" – the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry’s Pediatric Dentistry Clinic will provide free services for local children in need of dental care who do not have dental insurance.

The clinic will be open Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Wood Memorial Building, 521 N. 11th Street, Richmond.

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry will provide exams, cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions and minor restorations for children from birth to age 18. The Pediatric Dental Clinic has 14 chairs with two suites for general anesthesia and two rooms for oral sedation and specializes in dental care for medically compromised and special needs children as well as otherwise healthy children. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘An Evening of Country’ scheduled April 9-10


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s 2nd Stage series will present “An Evening of Country” with The Honky Tonk Experience, April 9-10 at 7 p.m. in the center’s Cardinal Ballroom.

Formed in the spring of 2003, The Honky Tonk Experience performs country classics and current country music, from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to Dwight Yoakam and Dale Watson. The “Experience” is composed of five local musicians – Brad Spivey, Mike Lucas, Mark Watts, Clark Ball and Ryland Tinnell. The group has shared the stage with several national acts, including Travis Tritt, BR5-49, Dale Watson, Webb Wilder and Junior Brown. > 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.

Weekend Top 10


A wide variety of events are taking place within Henrico County this weekend! Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran to homeschooling, the 2015 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair is the place for you. Theater buffs will enjoy CAT Theatre’s production of “Now Then Again” and 5th Wall Theatre’s presentation of “The Human Terrain.” Other performances include Bolshoi Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Abraham.In.Motion’s dual performance of “The Watershed” and “When the Wolves Come In” – all taking place at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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