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Henricopolis SWCD honors its stars at Assemblage


A century or so ago, Henrico County was known as the Dairy County of Virginia, and one of the largest dairy operations was centered at the Dorey family's barn in Varina.

On Jan. 7, the barn – now the site of the Dorey Park Recreation Center – was transformed into an art gallery, and its rafters hung with colorful student art work depicting nature scenes.

Totty named director of Henrico MH/DS

Laura S. Totty has been named director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS), effective Sept. 20. Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced the appointment today.

Totty has more than 31 years of experience with MH/DS, having served as a residential counselor, residential service specialist, program coordinator, program manager and director of the Clinical and Prevention Services division. She has served as acting director since August, when Michael D. O’Connor retired as director. He had served MH/DS for more than 35 years, including 10 years as director.

Tourist spending in Henrico climbs to $783.6 million

Henrico County captured $783.6 million in spending by domestic travelers during 2013, the most of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth most in Virginia, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association.

Tourist spending in Henrico increased by 5 percent for the second consecutive year — well above Virginia’s increase of 1.4 percent. Similarly, the state’s top four destinations for tourist spending — the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the city of Virginia Beach — saw their expenditure totals increase by less than 2 percent or decrease slightly, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

Henrico Extension to offer lawn-care workshops

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct two workshops in September to help residents use environmentally responsible methods to grow attractive, healthy lawns this fall.

A “Do it Yourself: Lawn-Care workshop” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road. The cost is $6 per participant.

New Eastern Henrico health center to open Sept. 8


The new 13,000-square-foot Henrico Health Department East Clinic will open on Laburnum Avenue on Sept. 8, offering expanded services for residents and easier accessibility to serve the county's growing population.

The goal is to increase the accessibility to healthcare for the residents of Eastern Henrico, according to Henrico Health Department Director Susan Fischer Davis.

“The new location, as well as the new East Henrico clinic itself, was needed to provide a modern and easily accessible clinic from which to provide the excellent public health services offered,” said Fischer Davis.

Trammell: ‘I represent a broader bandwidth of people’

Democrat Jack Trammell declared his candidacy for the Seventh District Congressional seat in May and earned the Democratic Party nomination for the seat June 8. At the time, most assumed that he stood no chance of winning a victory in the highly Republican district against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. That evening however, Trammell’s colleague, fellow Randolph Macon College professor Dave Brat, upset Cantor in the Republican primary for the seat. Trammell’s campaign instantly gained credibility, as he was now facing an equally unknown opponent with a similar background and budget.

In July, Brat spoke with the Citizen about his historic victory over Cantor and his vision for the Seventh District. In August, the Citizen's Ryan McKinnon sat down with Trammell to hear his perspective:

Henrico Citizen: I’m sure it was crazy accepting the nomination and thinking you were going to be going up against Eric Cantor, but then finding out you were going against your coworker. Tell me what that was like.

Fairfield, Varina meeting Sept. 8 to spotlight upcoming Civil War reenactments

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a community meeting Monday, Sept. 8 about upcoming Civil War battle reenactments to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road. Officials with the Division of Recreation and Parks will discuss plans for the reenactments and related festivities, which will include living history exhibits and Civil War-era music, food and games.

Board approves Walmart, Wegmans, microbrewery

Plans for the demolition of Fairfield Commons Mall (to make way for a Walmart and other shops); the construction of a new shopping center featuring Wegmans grocery store and Cabelas outdoor store in Short Pump; and the expansion of a home-brew shop in Lakeside to include a new microbrewery all earned approval from the Henrico Board of Supervisors during its Aug. 12 meeting.

Labor Day Holiday to Delay CVWMA curbside recycling, trash collections

CVWMA curbside recycling and trash collections will be delayed the week of Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day.

No collections will be made on Monday; thus, all collections during the week will occur on the day following the normal collection day. Friday collections will occur on Saturday.

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