Valentine History Center offers historic images online

The Valentine Richmond History Center announced this week that it now offers more than 500 items from its Cased Image Collection online. The center's online collections database is free and accessible to the public at http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/agree.asp. It contains approximately 15 percent of the institution's total collection. Additional records are added on a routine basis.
 
Cased images are early types of photography that include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. Images are taken on glass or metal and generally enclosed in decorative cases. Their most distinctive feature is having no intervening negative, which makes each image unique.

Daguerreotypes (c.1839-1860) are positive images produced on silver-plated copper sheets, creating a hologram-like appearance. Ambrotypes (c.1851-1865) are negative images produced on glass. Black backing makes the image appear positive. Tintypes, also called ferrotypes, melainotypes or melanographs (c.1856-1940), are positive images produced on sheets of iron.
 
The Cased Image Collection includes portraits of individuals and photographs of landscapes, including the earliest known photographic views of Richmond (c. 1855) and Lynchburg (1848-1852). Because many of the images are small in actual size and extremely delicate, center officials believe they may be even easier to view online than in person.

Members of the public who wish to view parts of the collection in person may make a research appointment by visiting the History Center’s website at http://www.richmondhistorycenter.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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Great Strides, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event, will start at 10 a.m. in Innsbrook’s North Shore Commons. This family-friendly event features a healthy 5k walk, children’s activities, food and other festivities. The funds raised from Great Strides helps provide people with CF the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/GreatStridesRichmond. Full text

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