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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 26 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, Oct. 28 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Sept. 11, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer.

County to pick up storm debris through Aug. 26

Henrico County will provide residents with a limited, free curbside pickup of downed trees, limbs and other yard debris left by the severe thunderstorm on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The special collection will begin Monday, Aug. 12 and conclude Monday, Aug. 26. Residents are asked to place tree debris at the edge of the road, but without blocking ditches or gutters.

The collection will focus on the Laurel area — where storm damage was heaviest — specifically the area bounded by the CSX railroad to the west, East Parham Road to the south, Woodman Road to the east and Mountain Road to the north.

Henrico Fire earns regional awards

Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance (ODEMSA) recently recognized the Henrico County Division of Fire with two awards. The division was named "Outstanding EMS Agency 2013" and "Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator" for the efforts of Monique Dixon of the Henrico Human Resources and Professional Development section.

Henrico earns 17 NACo awards

Henrico County departments and agencies earned 17 Achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), and two Best in Category honors for programs focusing on crime involving local hotels and the international problem of human trafficking.

The awards were presented July 21 during the 2013 NACo annual conference in Fort Worth, Tex. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs in a variety of service areas, including children and youth, administration, parks and recreation, health and human services.

DMV, VDH partner to expand access to vital records

Thanks to a partnership between the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the DMV will be permitted to issue birth certificates at its customer service centers beginning March 1. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, DMV will be authorized to issue certified copies of all death, marriage, and divorce records. The partnership stems from Senator Steve Newman’s (R-Lynchburg) vital records bill passed during the 2013 General Assembly session.

The partnership was formally announced this month by Newman, State Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia Romero and DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb during an event at the Lynchburg DMV Customer Service Center.

Henrico Extension accepting participants in SMART Lawns program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension has begun accepting participants in its SMART Lawns program, which provides soil analysis and customized plans to help individuals grow attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 enrollment fee, specially trained Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition.

New marker commemorates Battle of New Market Heights


It was a bleak autumn for the Confederacy. As the army of U.S. Gen. Ulysses Grant sieged Petersburg in an attempt to cut off supplies to Richmond, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s defenses around the capital were stretched thin. Grant planned a surprise attack to draw Confederate forces away from the vital railroads.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 1864, troops led by U.S. Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler crossed the James River and attacked the Confederate defenses near Four Mile Creek. Two days of fighting and more than 5,000 casualties later, the Battle of New Market Heights became part of Henrico County’s long history.

County road improvements planned


In the coming months and years, Henrico County officials are planning a number of projects to improve local roads and infrastructure.

Four major projects are currently in the design phase: Creighton Road; Charles City Road adjacent to the airport; Dabbs House Road from Nine Mile to Kings Ridge roads; and Sadler Road from Dominion Boulevard to Cedar Forest Road. The projected start dates for these projects range from 2013 for Sadler Road to 2016 for Phase I of Dabbs House Road.

Keep Henrico Beautiful honors residential, business properties

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee has selected the winners of its annual awards that recognize residential and commercial properties that are attractively landscaped and maintained.

The 2013 Land Lover and Clean Business awards were presented to the 10 winners during the June 25 Henrico Board of Supervisors meeting. The recipients, who represent a residential and a commercial property from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts, also will be commended on signs placed at their properties.

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