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Brat’s surprising rise to prominence ‘fun but exhausting’

Republican nominee discusses religion, family, the role of bipartisanship and campaign fundraising in extensive interview
In June, Henrico County was the epicenter of a political shakeup that grabbed international headlines when Henrico resident Dave Brat made history by upsetting Henrico's Eric Cantor, the U.S. House Majority Leader, in a Republican primary election for the Seventh District House seat.

Brat became the story of the week. Analysts heatedly debated whether his victory was a portent of the future, when establishment leaders could be knocked off by grassroots candidates operating on a fraction of their budget, or whether Brat had simply found his opponent’s weak spot (immigration) and ridden that all the way to victory.

VDOT planning several paving projects in county

The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved seven contracts with a total value of $67.7 million for Richmond District construction and maintenance recently, including $18.5 million to resurface select primary routes in Henrico and four other counties. That work will take place between now and December.

A $3.3-million project for concrete patching on approximately seven miles of I-295 in Henrico (just north of the Varina-Enon bridge) will continue through October and involve several weekday single-lane closures and weeknight double-lane closures.

Additional projects planned this spring in the county include new pavement on Brook Road, New Market Road, Charles City Road and Pouncey Tract Road, as well as new pavement on a number of secondary routes.

Henrico Extension offers free plant diagnostic clinics at Armour House

The Henrico County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer two diagnostic clinics per week beginning Monday, April 9 at the Armour House and Gardens to help residents identify weeds, diseases and insects that may be threatening their gardens and plants.

Master gardeners will be available to assess plant or insect samples from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, from April 9 through Oct. 29, at the Armour House and Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Road. Plant samples, such as a limb, should include both diseased and healthy sections. A sample of only leaves or dead material is insufficient.

Master gardeners will be able to complete some diagnoses on the spot. Others may require samples to be sent to the Extension Office or to labs at Virginia Tech for further review. The service is available at no cost. An appointment is not needed.

Henrico Extension to offer free lawn-care seminar

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct a seminar Wednesday, April 11 to help residents care for their lawns naturally.

The session, which is part of the SMART Lawns series, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Extension Office of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Dr. An Extension staff member or master gardener will answer questions and offer tips on maintaining healthy lawns without relying on artificial pesticides. Topics will include irrigation, fertilization, soil acidity and weed control. Participants will also learn about the SMART Lawns program, which gives residents step-by-step, customized guidance to improve their lawns.

Henrico Extension to offer financial literacy program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will mark April as National Financial Literacy Month with a program to help people manage their money.

The program, Tips to Keep You Financially Fit, will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 and again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the Extension Office of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Dr. Participants will learn how to track expenses, create and maintain a spending plan, boost savings and manage credit.

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.

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