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Airborne officers play key role in enforcement

Members of the Henrico Citizens Police Academy Alumni (pictured) got a rare peek at the “high” side of law enforcement recently, with a trip to the Metro Aviation Hangar adjacent to Richmond International Airport.

About 25 academy alumni gathered at the hangar July 11 to hear Officer Shaun McCarthy describe a typical day aloft - and some not so typical – in a Cessna owned by the Metro Aviation Unit.
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A beautiful month


Litter prevention and recycling are year-round jobs when it comes to keeping Henrico County a clean place to live.

To boost awareness of the efforts, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors last month designated April as Keep Henrico Beautiful Month in recognition of the committee that spearheads that mission.

Keep Henrico Beautiful originated in 1980 for the “purpose of improving the environmental quality of Henrico County through the development of a comprehensive educational program to reduce litter and littering,” according to its website. Members of the committee represent each of the county's five magisterial districts.
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Extension to offer free lawn-care seminars this month


The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct in April a free seminar on natural and conventional methods of lawn care and weed control.

The Spring Lawn Care class will be held Monday, Apr. 11 at Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road; and Thursday, April 14 at Sandston Branch Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Road. Each session will start at 6:30 p.m.
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Henrico supervisors to hold April 12 public hearing on proposed fiscal 2016-17 budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 12 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17.

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

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the $1.2 billion plan, which would guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1.
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Cardounel named Henrico police chief


A Henrico native will become Henrico's 16th police chief later this month.

Henrico Police Maj. Humberto “Hum” Cardounel Jr. will take over April 15 for current chief Doug Middleton, who has become the deputy county manager for public safety. Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced the appointment Tuesday.

Cardounel joined the Henrico Police Division as a patrol officer and a SWAT Team medic in 1988. He currently serves as deputy chief for the Investigative Bureau and a member of the chief’s executive staff.
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Fairfield meeting April 11 to celebrate new Police station, chief’s service


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, April 11 to dedicate the Henrico County Police Division’s Villa Park Station and to celebrate the service of Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Villa Park Station, 7850 Villa Park Drive.

The Villa Park Station opened in July to provide a permanent base of operations for the division’s coverage of central Henrico. Middleton joined the agency as a police officer in 1972 and became chief in 2011.
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Participants sought for beef focus groups

Do you eat beef? Do you shop for and/or prepare meals?

If so, the Beef Study Team from Virginia Tech’s Food Science Department would like your opinions. The organization is inviting the public to participate in a focus group about beef. Separate focus groups will be held April 14-16 at the Henrico County Extension Office. They will last no more than two hours each. Upon completion of any session, participants will receive a $30 grocery store gift card.
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Henrico Extension to offer free vegetable gardening workshop April 2

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop Saturday, April 2 to help residents start or improve a vegetable garden.

The Vegetable Gardening Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension Office’s demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The workshop is free and open to Henrico residents. The program will include a separate session geared for school-aged children. To register, call (804) 501-5160 by Friday, March 25.
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Henrico County CASA welcomes 12 new advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) welcomed 12 new advocates for abused and neglected children during a swearing-in ceremony by Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Chief Judge Rondelle D. Herman March 23.

Herman told the new volunteers that the Court’s job is to strengthen families, noting that CASA is a vital component in providing information that is necessary to help the court make decisions for children. CASA volunteers are tasked with providing detailed and unbiased reports that allow a judge to see a complete picture of the children’s circumstances.
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A two-hour guided walk through of portions of Malvern Hill July 1 will kick off the Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site's “History at Sunset” series of evening guided walks and programs highlighting new park lands and lesser-known stories. The series will continue at four other local Civil War sites and Evergreen Cemetery at 7 p.m. each Saturday in July. The Malvern Hill event will allow visitors to experience one of the Civil War’s best-preserved battlefields during a two-hour walk. Park Ranger Bert Dunkerly will offer a detailed analysis of the command and decision-making strategies of Generals McClellan and Lee; visitors are invited to weigh in. Attendees should meet at the Malvern Hill battlefield, 9175 Willis Church Road. Full text

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