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Cleanup begins in Irene’s aftermath

More than 86,000 in county without power
This downed tree in Varina was one of hundreds in Henrico felled by Irene yesterday.
Henrico residents are cleaning up today in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which pounded the region with tropical storm-force winds for more than 12 hours. The storm dumped about 5 to 7 inches of rain across the county and brought down hundreds of trees, causing massive power outages throughout Henrico.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday, more than 86,000 of Dominion Virginia Power's 143,000 Henrico customers were without power. The largest pockets of outages were in the Tuckahoe District (near Parham Road's intersections with Patterson Avenue and River Road); Short Pump (near Short Pump Town Center); Mountain Road in Glen Allen (near RF&P Park); Parham Road near West Broad Street; Route 5 in Varina near I-295; and Nine Mile Road near Laburnum in Eastern Henrico.


Some service has been restored in the county today, but Dominion officials initially could not offer a timeline for the restoration of other service. By later this afternoon, however, officials were telling some customers to expect their power back between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight. Company officials are examining conditions throughout the region today and plan to release a more detailed schedule Monday afternoon describing when power will return to those customers experiencing outages.

Irene toppled this tree in the Three Chopt
District Aug. 27 (submitted by reader
Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin).
Henrico County closed a temporary shelter at Rolfe Middle School in Varina this morning but will continue to operate one at Elko Middle School in Sandston.

The county also opened family assistance shelters at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside and Deep Run Recreation Center in the West End from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today for residents who need access to electricity to recharge medical equipment or those seeking basic comforts, such as air conditioning.

In addition, Henrico will open free water filling stations for residents beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fire Station No. 2, 2400 Darbytown Road in Varina; and at Fire Station No. 15, 3820 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Residents should bring their own containers; bottled water will not be provided.

Residents with questions or concerns in the wake of Irene should call the Henrico Hurricane Hotline at (804) 501-7413.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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