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‘Shire Celebration’ kicks off 400th anniversary

Henrico County officially kicked off its 400th anniversary yesterday with the Henrico Shire Celebration at the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. The event was designed to celebrate each of the 13 other localities whose present-day land was located within the original borders of the Henrico Shire. Those localities are Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Nelson and Powhatan counties and the cities of Charlottesville, Colonial Heights and Richmond.

Numerous Henrico officials were joined at the event by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, officials from many of the other 13 localities, a delegation from Henrico's sister county – Essex County, England – and other guests.

The county's 400th anniversary continues later this month with the "Hunt for Henrico" History Jan. 29 at Deep Run Park.

(Highlights of the event are shown in the video above.)
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The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

Virginia Christmas tree guide now available

Looking for a Virginia-grown Christmas tree this year? You can find a list of all locations that offer trees in the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. The guide is designed as a resource for finding choose-and-cut, fresh-cut and live Christmas trees across the state. Complimentary copies are available through tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.

“Most choose-and-cut tree farms and retail lots open the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said VDACS Commissioner Sandra J. Adams. > 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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