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Henrico completes $73.5M bond sale

Henrico County officials yesterday completed a sale of $73.5 million in general obligation bonds to Barclays Capital, the successful bidder from a group of eight.

The bid for the 20-year bonds was made at an interest rate of 2.84 percent, according to Henrico Management and Budget Division Director Gene Walter.

"That's amazing," Walter told the Citizen. "Given the craziness of the stock market yesterday [a drop of more than 400 points], it just goes to show how high quality Henrico County bonds are."

The highest interest rate offered by a bidder yesterday was 3.08 percent – just one one-hundredth of a point higher than the rate Henrico received when it last sold bonds last year.

"And we thought that was an incredible rate at the time," Walter said.

Because the county budgets for an interest rate on bond sales of 6 percent, yesterday's sale resulted in a cost avoidance of $24.7 million, Walter said.

The bond money will fund school renovation projects, the construction of a new Dumbarton Library and a new Varina Library as well as two recreation and parks projects.

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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.

The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band to perform Oct. 15

Henrico County Recreation and Parks is hosting a concert by The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature Soldier-Musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band.

Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq. This group tours more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small. > Read more.


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