Henrico County VA

GRCC to host 12th District Senate forum

The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce will host a forum Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Reynolds Community College for candidates seeking the 12th District Virginia Senate seat. Republican Siobhan Dunnavant, Democrat Deborah Repp and independent Robert Johnson are competing in the Nov. 3 election.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Workforce Development & Conference Center at the college, 1651 East Parham Road in Henrico. Members of the audience may submit questions to the candidates at the event.

Henrico Extension to hold open house March 29 to begin registration for Junior 4-H Camp

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, March 29 to begin accepting registrations for the 2014 Henrico County Junior 4-H Camp.

The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension office at the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The residential camp, which is open to boys and girls ages 9 through 13 as of Sept. 30, will be held Aug. 4-8 at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, near Williamsburg.

Henrico Extension to offer free vegetable gardening workshop

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct a free workshop Saturday, April 5 to help residents start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The Vegetable Gardening Jumpstart Workshop, which is part of the 2014 Gardens Growing Families program, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Budget proposal includes pay raise

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas
UPDATED: MAR. 11, 10:17 P.M. – Henrico County has tightened its belt during the past four years, trimming $115 million in expenses, cutting nearly 10 percent of its workforce through attrition and the elimination of vacant budgeted positions while asking each of its agencies to scale back on spending but not on services. Many of those cuts were suggested by county employees, who recommended them when county officials sought their input.

So, it made sense to County Manager John Vithoulkas to reinvest some of that savings into the workforce that produced it to begin with.

Vithoulkas tonight presented to the county’s Board of Supervisors his $1.097-billion operating budget proposal, which calls for the first raise for eligible full-time county employees in three years. The unique salary hike would would provide a 3 percent raise to full-time general government and school system employees with more than three years of service as of Jan. 1, 2015 and a 2.4 percent raise (the equivalent of a one-step increase on the county’s pay scale) to those with 1 to 3 years of service.

Henrico Extension accepting applications for community garden program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications from residents who would like to grow their own vegetables or flowers on community garden plots.

The Gardens Growing Families program allows the use of garden plots measuring about 15 feet by 20 feet at the Lakeside Garden, at Vale Street and Michael Avenue, near Lakeside Avenue; and at the Highland Springs Garden, on West Jerald Street at South Cedar Avenue. Fees range from $10 to $65 per year based on household size and income.

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services earns three-year accreditation

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS) earned accreditation for three years from CARF International following an extensive review of the agency and its programs and services.

MH/DS received its fifth consecutive three-year accreditation, the strongest endorsement that it substantially complies with CARF standards. CARF, founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, nonprofit organization that works with health and human service providers to assess and improve the quality of their services based on internationally recognized organizational and program standards.

State to hold listening session on draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

The Commonwealth of Virginia will hold a public listening session and webinar on March 11 to enable Virginians to learn about the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, and to ask questions and offer comments.

The session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. The listening session also will be broadcast via webinar. To register for the webinar, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/117496486

Henrico park sites re-open after storm

UPDATE: Mar. 4, 1 PM –The Henrico County parks that had been closed earlier today to allow crews to remove ice following Monday's storm all have now re-opened.

They are:
• Dorey Park & Recreation Center
• Three Lakes Park & Nature Center
• Crump Park & Meadow Farm Museum
• Echo Lake
• Spring Park

They came, they sawed

The Henrico County Division of Fire conducted a class about chain saw safety, use and maintenance last week for 10 Virginia National Guard soldiers at the division’s training facility on Woodman Road. Lt. David Newell, Firefighter Billy Myers and Firefighter Jeff Beach from Firehouse 21 and Squad 21 taught the soldiers a quick refresher class on the use of the saws, in preparation for the soldiers’ efforts to assist with relief efforts during and after last week’s snowstorm.

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