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Historic Henrico sites will open to general public April 17

Several Henrico County historic sites that normally are open only for appointments will be welcoming visitors April 17 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The sites are: Historic Deep Run Schoolhouse, 3417 Pump Rd.; Historic Springfield School, 4747 Pouncey Tract Rd.; Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd.; and Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St.

The open houses are designed as opportunities for the public to visit and also an opportunity for Henrico fifth-graders to explore sites on their Discover Henrico History passes.

Henrico supervisors to hold April 10 public hearing on budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 10 on the proposed Annual Fiscal Plan for Fiscal Year 2012-13.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the proposed $1 billion plan to guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1. The plan recommends a general fund of $735.3 million for operations of Henrico’s general government, including the divisions of Police and Fire, and its school system. The proposed general fund represents a decrease of $8.4 million, or 1.1 percent, from the current year plan.

Keep Henrico Beautiful seeks nominations for top properties

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee is looking for exceptional residential and commercial properties for its 2012 Land Lover and Clean Business awards.

The awards, presented annually since 1995, recognize home and business properties that are attractively landscaped, well-maintained and litter-free. To be eligible for a Land Lover Award, residents must perform their own landscaping and lawn care. Nominees for a Land Lover or Clean Business award must participate in an ongoing recycling program, such as composting, curbside pickup or drop-off service.

New York Times bestselling author at 2012 All Henrico Reads

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools, the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, the Henrico Education Foundation, and a new business partner, Richmond International Raceway, will host Garth Stein, author of the New York Times bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain, on Thursday, April 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Rd. Books will be available for sale and the author will autograph books following the program.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors will open at 6:15 pm.

Henrico to begin countywide effort to clear sediment from water lines

The Henrico County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on April 9 will start a 10-year program to flush 1,570 miles of water mains, removing accumulations of sediment that can reduce water quality.

DPU’s first comprehensive flushing effort will begin near Darbytown and Williamsburg roads and continue for several weeks before moving to other parts of eastern Henrico. That area was prioritized because it has older water mains and has been served by wells, increasing the need for flushing to scour the pipes, DPU Director Arthur D. Petrini said. Working from April to November, DPU plans to flush 10 percent of the county’s water mains each year, methodically covering all portions of Henrico. The effort will preserve the high quality of water that is provided to more than 92,000 customers.

Portion of Mill Road to be closed for gas line work

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will close a portion of Mill Road just west of Old Washington Highway beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 while a contractor bores a gas line under the railroad tracks. The road is expected to reopen in the afternoon on Friday, March 30.

Traffic will be detoured from Mill by way of Old Washington and Mountain Road. Signs will be posted; motorists should expect delays.

Henrico police will allow school buses and emergency vehicles to pass but only between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. while the work is underway.

Democratic lawyer challenges Cantor

For Wayne Powell, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District “isn’t personal, it’s Cantor.”

Powell, 62, is challenging Republican incumbent Eric Cantor of Henrico County for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Powell is one of the three candidates running for the spot on the Democratic ballot this fall.

For Powell, a self-styled progressive Democrat, the issues for the district are not just jobs, economy and education. He said a primary issue is Cantor himself.

“I can’t think of any positive thing he has done since he has become a congressmen,” Powell said.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for child-advocacy training

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to work in the court system on behalf of abused and neglected children.

A free, six-week training program for volunteers will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning April 16, at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road.

Anyone interested in volunteering must first apply, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 11. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. Henrico CASA has a particular need for Spanish-speaking volunteers.

Tree seedling giveaways planned this week

The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will host two free tree seedling giveaways later this month.

The events will be held Thursday, March 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Dorey Park, in Shelter 1, 7200 Dorey Park Drive in Varina and Friday, March 23 in the Hermitage High School parking lot at Hungary Springs and Parham roads from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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