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Project Lifesaver helps keep Henrico residents safe


Since its adoption by Henrico County in 2005, the Project Lifesaver program has helped locate 312 missing county residents suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and autism.

During the past 30 days, the program has helped locate five missing residents and return them to their homes safely.

The Henrico Division of Fire, Division of Police and Sheriff’s Office provided a demonstration last week of the Project Lifesaver program at the Henrico County Training Center to demonstrate how it works.

Henrico offers free tree seedlings to county residents March 28-29

The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will give away tree seedlings March 28-29 to help residents improve their property values, conserve energy and protect local watersheds.

Henrico County residents can pick up bare-root seedlings from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in shelter 1 at Dorey Park, 7200 Dorey Park Drive; and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 in the parking lot of Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road.

Children’s gardening class planned

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering an eight-week class to teach children about basic gardening, food safety and healthy snacking.

The class, From Garden to Table, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 20 through May 8 at the Armour House and Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Road. The class is geared for students in third, fourth and fifth grades and will be limited to about 12 students. The cost is $30. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 15.

Emergency alert system introduced

Henrico County has introduced a new emergency alert system that allows public safety officials to send critical voice, text and email messages to residents and others on their landline phones, computers and wireless devices.

The Henrico County Community Emergency Notification System is overseen by the Division of Fire and powered by CodeRED, a high-speed, mass notification system licensed by Emergency Communications Network LLC.

Vithoulkas proposes $1.1B budget

UPDATED: 9:02 P.M. – Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas tonight proposed to the Board of Supervisors a $1.1 operating and capital budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 – a 9 percent reduction from the current budget.

Vithoulkas's proposal would not lay off any employees or raise the county's real estate tax, but it does suggest a public referendum on a 4-cent meals tax, which could raise an estimated $18 million annually – money that would be dedicated for education costs.

For the fourth time in the past five years, the budget also does not provide pay raises for county employees.

Budget will propose meals tax, service cuts

UPDATE: 11:12 P.M. – Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas will propose a two-year budget plan to the county's Board of Supervisors Tuesday that calls for a 4 percent meals tax and includes some service cuts.

Speaking Monday night at Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson's community meeting at John Rolfe Middle School, Vithoulkas said that the meals tax proposal was necessary in order to close an $18.5-million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

"We are going to have to diversify our revenue streams," Vithoulkas said. The meals tax, estimated to generate about $18 million annually, is "not a sexy conversation, but what it is is the truth," he said.

Henrico firefighters to be honored for rescuing pilot in 2011 plane crash


Three members of the Henrico County Division of Fire will be commended by the VCU Health System on Saturday, March 16 for their efforts to rescue a pilot whose plane crashed at Richmond International Airport in 2011.

Battalion Chief Henry Rosenbaum, Firefighter David Balderson and Lt. Jackson Baynard will be honored during the VCU Health System’s fifth annual Shining Knight Gala. The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St.

Varina meetings to feature new county manager, deputy managers, budget

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold two Community Conversations meetings in March to give residents an opportunity to meet new Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas and his team of deputy county managers. The officials will discuss their duties and Henrico’s financial outlook.

The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and be held Monday, March 11 at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road, and Thursday, March 14 at the Elko Community Center, 6216 White Oak Road.

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.

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