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Henrico wins National Association of Counties awards for 26 programs

Henrico County departments and agencies recently earned 26 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), plus a Best in Category honor for an electronic library that chronicles changes to the zoning ordinance since its initial adoption in 1933.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards Sunday, July 13 at the 2014 NACo annual conference in New Orleans. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration management, parks and recreation, health, and human services.

4-H sale of apples, peanuts, honey, cookbooks underway

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension has launched its fall sale of apples, peanuts, honey and cookbooks with proceeds to benefit the 4-H Youth Development program.

The annual sale features Virginia-grown produce and, for the first time, four different cookbooks, each with more than 140 recipes.

Board considers standards for private dog parks

If you're a dog owner in Henrico County, there's only one public place in which your dog is legally permitted to run "at large" (free from your control) – Dorey Dog Park in Varina.

But a request from a county homeowners' association could eventually lead to more private options for dog owners.

The Henrico Board of Supervisors may consider adopting standards that permit private dog parks to be constructed in the county. The Wyndham Foundation has requested permission to establish such a park, following a survey of Wyndham homeowners that found widespread interest.

A chiefly send-off

Henrico Fire Chief Edwin Smith retired Sept. 14 and received a surprise send-off from Henrico firefighters and county officials on his last day. Smith was greeted in the parking lot of the county’s Public Safety building by several fire trucks, a ladder truck with an American flag flying and numerous members of the division, which he led for the past five years.

Smith spent 38 years with the division, beginning in May 1974 as a firefighter.

Drumwright honored by Henricus

George T. Drumwright, Jr. may have retired from his position as deputy county manager for Henrico.

But on Sept. 14, Drumwright’s friends at Henricus Historical Park let him know emphatically that he will not be allowed to retire from his role as a Henricus Foundation board member and long-time volunteer.

At a reception honoring Drumwright and celebrating the opening of 2012 Publick Days, friends, family, colleagues and fellow members of the Henricus Foundation Board of Trustees gathered to dedicate the Drumwright Education Fund, a component of the Henricus Annual Fund that will enable the Foundation to expand interactive history program offerings for students.

Varina meetings to be held Oct. 1, 4, 11

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold several Community Conversations meetings in October to discuss with residents the state of Henrico County and other topics.

The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Rd.; 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd.; and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Rd.

Tuckahoe meeting scheduled for Oct. 2

The next town meeting of Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will cover issues related to voting in the Nov. 6 general election.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Dr.

Cantor, Powell to debate Oct. 1

U.S. Representative Eric Cantor (R-7th District) will debate challenger Wayne Powell on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the CarMax headquarters in Goochland, officials announced today.

The one-hour debate will be hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. It will feature opening and closing remarks from each candidate, as well as questions from moderator and political analyst Robert Holsworth. Each candidate also will ask his opponent one question.

Board seeks answers about cycling event

The UCI World Road Cycling Championships will take place in the Richmond region three years from this week, but Henrico County officials need more information before formally committing to climb aboard for the ride.

Officials from Richmond 2015 – the nonprofit organization that will host the nine-day international event – asked Henrico’s Board of Supervisors during a Sept. 11 work session to contribute a total of $1.4 million to the championships during the next three years. But supervisors and County Manager Virgil Hazelett, while pledging support for the event in general terms, bristled at the request because it lacked the specifics they were expecting.

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