Henrico student helps Dominion promote ‘Project Plant It!’

As the school year comes to an end, there’s one Henrico County student who will have some very special memories to share with friends and family.

Alexis Kirby, a third-grader at Colonial Trail Elementary, was selected as the student spokesperson for Dominion’s Project Plant It! program to educate children and plant trees. During March and April, she conducted interviews with media representatives from television, radio, newspaper and online outlets, sharing her passion for conservation and protecting the environment.

Her media appearances included WTVR-TV 6’s Virginia This Morning, Radio Disney, Lite 98 with Bill Bevins, WCVE/NPR and the website Macaroni Kid, among others. She charmed the media reps with her knowledge of trees and her friendly personality.

“It was cool meeting the reporters and telling them about Project Plant It!” she said. “I wanted other kids to know how much fun it is to learn about trees by playing games on the Project Plant It! website and planting trees at home.”

Irene Cimino, manager of corporate public relations for Dominion and the corporate spokesperson for Project Plant It!, joined Alexis for all of the interviews.

“A student’s perspective is so important because Project Plant It! was created to align with the Standards of Learning for the third-grade curriculum,” she said. “Alexis was very effective at communicating that Project Plant It! is both fun and educational.”

Cynthia Jefferson, resource teacher at Colonial Trail Elementary, recommended Alexis for the important role of media spokesperson.

“I was asking some third-graders about their activities to help the environment, and was I impressed by all the things that Alexis does at home,” said Jefferson. “She even unplugs the television and video games when the family is away to save on electricity. I knew that she was the right person for the job.”

For details about the program, visit http://www.projectplantit.com.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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