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McClellan declared Democratic nominee for Va. Ninth District Senate seat


Jennifer McClellan has been declared the Democratic Party's candidate for Virginia's Ninth District state Senate seat by the Legislative Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party. The party canceled a planned caucus Dec. 3 because McClellan was the only candidate who filed for the nomination.

A special election for the seat, vacated by Donald McEachin after his election to Congress Nov. 8, will be held Jan. 10.

Henrico to provide free flu shots Oct. 26

The Henrico County Health Department will offer free flu vaccinations to the public Wednesday, Oct. 26 at clinics in western and eastern Henrico.

The seasonal flu shots will be provided from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center, 7850 Carousel Lane in western Henrico and from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road in eastern Henrico.

The vaccine will be available to individuals age 3 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. Nasal vaccine will not be offered at the clinics.

Voter registration deadline is Oct. 17


The deadline for Virginia residents to apply to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election is Monday, Oct. 17.

The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update your address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at http://elections.virginia.gov. To complete the online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or driver's licenses. Citizens who do not have a Virginia DMV customer identifier still may fill out the registration application online but will be required to print and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office.

State acquires 80,000 drug disposal kits


Virginia officials have acquired 80,000 drug disposal kits through a donation and will distribute them in the coming months through the Virginia Department of Health, local hospitals, law enforcement agencies, pharmacies and nonprofits, according to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Kits also will be made available through the attorney general's website through an application process.

The Deterra drug disposal kits from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals are biodegradable and can deactivate and destroy up to 45 pills each with the addition of warm tap water before being disposed of in the trash. The kits could help dispose of as many as 3.6 million leftover prescription pills statewide.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 17 to highlight health, safety organizations, Nov. 8 ballot


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Oct. 17 to highlight organizations focused on community health and safety as well as to discuss the Nov. 8 ballot, which will include Henrico County’s bond referendum.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Thornton and county representatives will discuss Henrico’s ballot, which will include the five bond referendum questions on the back.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Oct. 15


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico libraries to host ‘death cafes’


The Henrico County Public Library system will host three "death cafés" – gatherings during which attendees can discuss death and dying in what the library terms "surprisingly upbeat and informative guided discussions" led by spiritual and bereavement counselor Alane Miles.

The events will provide attendees the opportunity to ask any and all questions about the topics of death, dying, grief and funeral practices, in an informal setting. Miles has 20 years of experience in the hospice field, hosts the Death Club Radio show on WRIR and writes for Style Weekly. Registration is not required.

Henrico to offer four home maintenance workshops


Henrico County will offer four home maintenance workshops, all on Saturday mornings, beginning Oct. 1 and continuing into next spring.

The first session – "Weatherization and Maintenance" – will be held Oct. 1 in the former Dumbarton Library at 6800 Staples Mill Road and will teach attendees about seasonal activities, such as cleaning gutters, washing siding and maintaining heating systems. It also will address how to take care of major appliances and prevent dangerous situations.

Tuckahoe meeting Sept. 28 to detail bond referendum projects


Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will lead a Tuckahoe Town Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 28 to discuss projects proposed as part of Henrico County’s upcoming bond referendum.

Voters will be asked to authorize financing for a variety of improvements to public facilities through five questions on the Nov. 8 general-election ballot.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will include sessions at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive.

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