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Voluntary water restrictions may be implemented soon

Voluntary water conservation measures may be implemented soon as the result of lower-than-normal water levels in the James River. Officials from Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland and the City of Richmond today issued a "ready alert" to local residents, indicating that they may call for such measures to help address the situation.

The James River requires higher water levels in November to coincide with the normal start of the fall fish migratory season. A “ready alert” notification means that water levels have decreased to 1,800 cubic feet per second and are being watched closely. It also means that voluntary conservation measures are probable. Voluntary conservation measures are undertaken when the James River reaches 1,700 cfs.

Extension Office to offer money-saving tips at workshop

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a free workshop Tuesday, Feb. 26 to help individuals meet their goals for saving money.

The “Ready, Set, Save” workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Registration is required by Friday, Feb. 22.

Berry plant sale benefits 4-H

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling a variety of berry plants to support its 4-H Youth Development program. Blackberry, raspberry and blueberry plants are available for $5 each. A bundle of 25 strawberry plants is $7.

Order forms are available at all Henrico libraries and may be printed from the Extension Office’s website, http://www.co.henrico.va.us/extension To re.ceive a form by fax, call (804) 501-5160 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

State offers free tax prep program for eligible residents

A state program is offering eligible Virginians the opportunity to prepare and file their state and federal income taxes online for free using name-brand tax software.

Virginia Free File is a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Taxation and the Free File Alliance, a coalition of tax-software companies.

Survivor Day planned Feb. 23

The Central Virginia UASI will host its third annual Survivor Day on Saturday, Feb. 23 at various locations throughout the region, including one in Henrico County. The event is designed as a preparedness training program to teach residents how to live safely through natural disasters and other emergencies, such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards and more.

Free tax help available at libraries

Eligible taxpayers can receive free help preparing their 2012 income tax return at sites hosted by MetroCASH and Henrico County.

Trained volunteers will help qualifying taxpayers prepare and electronically file returns at 14 sites throughout the metropolitan area, including two in Henrico: Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 2 through March 9; and Dumbarton Area Library; 6800 Staples Mill Road, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 6 through April 11.

Vithoulkas takes over as county manager



On Jan. 16, Henrico County welcomed its new county manager, John Vithoulkas, to office. Vithoulkas replaces Virgil Hazelett, who retired this month following a 21-year stint in the position, during which he oversaw tremendous growth in the county and help solidify and strengthen its sparkling financial status.

Vithoulkas, who has spent 16 years as a county employee, most recently served as deputy county manager for administration.

Vithoulkas sworn in as county manager

JAN. 16, 7:50 P.M. – As one era in the history of Henrico County ended today, another began.

John Vithoulkas, a 16-year-county employee and nearly lifelong county resident, was sworn in as Henrico's eighth county manager, replacing Virgil Hazelett, whose retirement took effect today after his 21 years in the position and more than 40 with the county.

Vithoulkas' financial knowledge and work as Henrico's director of finance is credited with helping the county maintain its fiscal edge through the recent recession.

Henrico supervisors elect Kaechele chairman, O’Bannon vice chairman

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Jan. 8 elected David A. Kaechele chairman and Patricia S. O’Bannon vice chairman for 2013. Each will serve a one-year term as the board’s presiding officers.

Kaechele will serve a ninth term as board chairman, an office he held most recently in 2009. First elected as Three Chopt District supervisor in 1979, he is the longest-serving member of the Henrico board.

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