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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State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

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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