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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016.

HSWCD to give away tree seedlings Thursday and Friday


Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree seedling giveaway March 30 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 to 6 p.m., and March 31 at Hermitage High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Studies show that mature trees increase property value, decrease summertime cooling costs by providing shade, slow erosion and reduce flooding. They also provide homes for birds, food for countless creatures, and playgrounds for children.

Walk, ceremony to observe Crime Victims’ Rights Week

In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 2-8), and to honor victims of crime in Henrico County and raise awareness about crime victims' rights and issues, Henrico County Victim/Witness will hold a commemorative ceremony and informative walk April 5.

Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019.

Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library


Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility.

Henrico budget includes corporate tax cuts, bond projects


MAR. 16 – A fourth consecutive pay raise for eligible county employees, a continuation of tax cuts designed to attract corporations and help small businesses, and funding for nearly 30 percent of the $418.9-million in infrastructure projects county voters approved in a bond referendum last year highlight the proposed Henrico County Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget.

County Manager John Vithoulkas presented the plan to the Board of Supervisors March 14 at a work session. Supervisors will conduct four days of work sessions to thoroughly review it beginning Monday.

Henrico to host first ‘Conversations’ meeting March 18


Henrico County will host its inaugural "Henrico Conversations" meeting Saturday, March 18, at 8:30 a.m. in the County Manager's Conference Room on the third floor of the Administration Building at the Henrico County Government Center at Parham and Hungary Springs roads.

The series is designed to generate and encourage dialogue among members of the community, with the goal of ensuring inclusiveness. At Saturday's session, Henrico officials will discuss the efforts the county has undertaken to ensure fair and equitable treatment among all citizens, regardless of racial, ethnic or cultural differences.

Henrico conducting health survey

The Henrico County Health Department, in collaboration with several community partners, is conducting a survey to better understand life and health of Henrico's citizens.

"Henrico County's Community Themes and Strengths Survey" is available online at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/HenricoCTSS.

Students lobby Kaine’s office over Trump’s budget proposals

After President Donald Trump proposed slashing the budget of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, students with the group Environment Virginia urged Sen. Tim Kaine to fight back.

Trump’s budget would cut funding for the EPA by about a third and eliminate federal funding to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The proposed budget cuts followed Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times and has questioned whether humans are responsible for global warming.

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