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Glen Allen Branch Library earns LEED Silver approval

The Glen Allen Branch Library has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of a variety of energy-saving measures that were incorporated into its renovation. The library is the first Henrico County general government facility to receive LEED certification under a policy backed by the Board of Supervisors in January 2010.

The library, which reopened in October 2010 following an $8.3 million renovation and expansion, features energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems, a low-flow plumbing system and building materials made from recycled content. The building also has preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles and a kiosk that highlights its daily energy use.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, establishes a benchmark for the design, construction and operation of “green” buildings. It balances some increased costs for design and construction against greater long-term savings from more-efficient use of water and energy and other benefits, such as improved air quality.

The Glen Allen Branch Library, at 10501 Staples Mill Road, first opened in 1995. The renovation and expansion, approved by Henrico voters in the 2005 bond referendum, doubled the building’s size to more than 25,000 square feet.

The Department of General Services received notice May 14 that the library had been certified at the LEED Silver level based on points awarded for various design features and other criteria. The county is actively pursuing LEED certification for several other buildings, including the Gayton Branch Library, which is under renovation on Gayton Road, the renovated Fire Station no. 12 on West End Drive and the new Eastern Henrico Recreation Center on North Laburnum Avenue.


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

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