Luther named director of Recreation and Parks
Henrico County has named Edwin C. "Neil" Luther IV as director of the division of Recreation and Parks, effective Oct. 8.
County Manager Virgil Hazelett announced the appointment yesterday.
Luther has been serving as the division's acting director since the retirement of Karen K. Mier in June. Mier spent 34 years with the county.
As director, Luther will lead an agency with more than 185 full-time staff members, as well as hourly and seasonal employees, and a total budget of more than $17.3 million for the 2012 fiscal year.
Recreation and Parks provides comprehensive leisure and recreational programming for all ages, offering a variety of classes, workshops and activities in the cultural arts, nature and the environment, outdoor and therapeutic recreation.
The division manages an extensive system of adult and youth sports leagues, tournaments and special events; it also coordinates the county’s historic preservation and museum services. The division oversees a park system of more than 3,600 acres and operates more than 40 recreation centers, athletic complexes, community centers and other facilities, including Meadow Farm Museum, Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park and Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium.
Luther, a Henrico employee since 2002, previously worked as a planner and served as assistant director of Recreation and Parks before being named acting director. He is a member of both the National and the Virginia Recreation and Park societies, received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and earned a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming.
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Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
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.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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