Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016.

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.

Hughes to lead Henrico Community Corrections

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Gary A. Hughes as director of Community Corrections, effective Feb. 22.

Hughes currently serves as the local program supervisor for Community Corrections Services for Chesterfield County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Arizona State University and has more than 17 years of experience in community corrections, probation and court services in Maricopa County, Ariz. and Chesterfield.

Nelson elected Board of Supervisors chairman

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors began a new four-year term Tuesday by voting unanimously to elect Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson as chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover as vice chairman for 2016.

The appointment is Nelson’s first service as chairman since he became the board’s Varina District representative in 2012. He served as vice chairman in 2015.

In remarks to his colleagues, Nelson said he was humbled and honored to serve and pledged to work cooperatively with them and the county’s staff.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Feb. 20 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, March 23 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Library’s ‘Talking Service’ series designed for veterans

Military veterans and members of the general public will have the opportunity to engage with each other through a unique "book club" of sorts that is being offered by the Henrico County Public Library, in conjunction with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

As part of the eight-session "Talking Service" series, which begins Jan. 13 at Libbie Mill Library, participants will read selections from Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian. The book, compiled by the nonprofit Great Books Foundation (which also created the Talking Service series), includes 44 selections from various genres – among them poetry, nonfiction, fiction, essays and memoirs – all examining experiences, concerns and aspirations of veterans who have
transitioned back to civilian life, according to Henrico County Library spokeswoman Kara Rothman.

"We think this is a unique experience for veterans and the general public to share and connect over a very special piece of literature," she said.

Christmas tree recycling ends on Jan. 9

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and Henrico County Department of Public Utilities will accept Christmas trees for recycling into mulch through Saturday, Jan. 9.

The free service, which preserves landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico residents only. Trees are being accepted at the following locations:

• Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, in the lower parking lot;

• Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, in the front parking lot;

• Springfield Road Public Use Area, 10600 Fords Country Lane, near Nuckols Road and Interstate 295; and

• Charles City Road Public Use Area, 2075 Charles City Road.

Henrico offices to close for Lee-Jackson, King days

Henrico County government offices and public libraries will be closed for Lee-Jackson Day on Friday, Jan. 15 and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18.

All Henrico libraries will be closed Jan. 15 and Jan. 18. Libraries will be open and maintain regular operating hours Saturday, Jan. 16.

Elected officials take oaths during investiture

Henrico's elected officials who won their seats in November's elections took their oaths of office earlier this month during an investiture at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Henrico’s Circuit judges administered the oaths.

During the ceremony, incoming Board of Supervisors members, School Board members, clerk of the Circuit Court, commonwealth's attorney and sheriff were sworn into office. All but three – Three Chopt District Supervisor Tommy Branin, Fairfield District School Board member Roscoe D. Cooper and Circuit Court Clerk Heidi Barshinger – already held their seats.

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