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New signage planned in Lakeside corridor

Two corridors in Northern Henrico soon will receive new permanent signage to welcome travelers.

Signs are expected to be erected by the end of the month at points on both ends of Lakeside Avenue and one location on nearby Brook Road. The county’s Department of Community Revitalization has spearheaded the efforts to design and purchase the signs.

The Lakeside signs – each eight feet tall and made of aluminum – will display the Lakeside “wheel” logo that has been used in recent years by the Lakeside Business Association. The signs will be located in the median just inside the Henrico-Richmond line near Bryan Parkway and in the median near Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The Brook Road sign, which will be slightly more than 9 feet tall, will greet drivers as they head north on Brook Road from its intersection with Wilmer Avenue – near the Brook Run Shopping Center. The sign, to be located in the median, will note the historic nature of Route 1, mirroring similar signs along the corridor at various points on the East Coast, according to Community Development Manager David Sacks.

Funding for the two Lakeside signs, which are expected to cost a total of about $13,000, came from the county’s Community Development Block Grant funds (federal money that is appropriated to localities annually). Funding for the Brook Road sign was donated by the developer of the Atlantic at Brook Run, a senior community located adjacent to the Brook Run Shopping Center, Sacks said.

County officials anticipate a small formal event to unveil the Brook Road sign, while the Lakeside Business Association (with whom county officials have been working for a number of months on the design of the signs) may host a similar event to unveil the Lakeside signs.

Erection of the signs “provides some identity and a sense of place,” Sacks said. “Especially with the Lakeside signs, they provide a consistent logo that’s been used in the area. It can help with marketing. It can certainly help with directions.”

The Brook Road sign, Sacks said, will help show off the corridor to motorists.

“It brings some attention to the corridor and provides some connection in this particular case with the entire Route 1 corridor up and down the whole East Coast.”
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The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

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Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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