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New water, sewer rates take effect today

Henrico County water and sewer customers will experience a slight rate increase beginning today, as the county's new fiscal year begins.

The bi-monthly service charges for water will rise from $2.73 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) to $2.87, while the bi-monthly charges for sewer will increase from $2.90 per CCF to $3.04.

Varina meetings to introduce Supervisor Nelson, highlight district issues

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold his first Community Conversations meetings March 12 and 15 to interact with constituents and spotlight various programs and district concerns.

The meetings will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road. Both sessions are open to the public.

Nelson took office in January and is serving his first term on the board of supervisors. The first sessions will allow residents to ask questions and learn about a variety of topics, including real-estate assessments, public safety, Henrico’s financial outlook and Henrico County Public Schools.

Firefighters train in vacant hotel

Henrico firefighters have had a unique opportunity to train in a vacant hotel in the Near West End in recent days. Firefighters are conducting a variety of exercises at the former Ramada Plaza Richmond West (on West Broad Street near Glenside Drive) which went out of business last year and was purchased by adjacent Genworth for $3.8 million.

Genworth allowed the Henrico Division of Fire to use the empty building for several weeks of fire training, and Henrico in turn invited agencies from Hanover, Chesterfield, Richmond, New Kent, Colonial Heights and Fort Lee to join them.

New troopers graduate

The Virginia State Police today will graduate the largest class of new troopers in the agency’s history today, including two troopers – Jamell Reykeem Johnson and Fernando Moro Nunes – of Henrico and two others – Ryan Andrew Madigan and David John Meehan – who will be assigned to duty in Henrico County.

The graduation ceremony for members of the agency's 117th basic session was held at Meadow Event Park at Doswell in Caroline County.

Henrico seeks public comment on cable television franchise renewal

The Henrico County Cable Television Advisory Committee will hold public hearings March 20 and March 22 as part of a process to renew the county’s cable television franchise with Comcast. The first hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in the board room at the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Rd. The second hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in the multipurpose room of the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Rd.

Residents will be able to provide feedback on Comcast’s performance and customer service and share thoughts on the community’s future cable needs and interests. Representatives from the Department of General Services and County Attorney’s Office will be present to explain and answer questions about the renewal process.

Henrico Extension to offer free seminars on weed control March 6-8

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will kick off its annual lawn-care seminar series March 6-8 with a program on weed control.

The sessions, which are part of the SMARTLawn series, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as follows: Tuesday, March 6, at the Sandston Branch Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Road; Wednesday, March 7, at the Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive; and Thursday, March 8, Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road. Each session will include the same presentation.

Henrico Fire to offer CERT training

Henrico County’s Office of Emergency Management will offer free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training beginning in March. The nine week course will be offered on Tuesday mornings from March 6 to May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or on Thursday evenings from March 8 to May 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The class will cover disaster preparedness information on weather awareness, fire safety, search and rescue, first aid tips and how to help first responders, incident command and system overview and crime prevention and awareness. Classes will involve hands-on practical instruction.

Henrico Extension accepting applications for expanded gardens program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for Gardens Growing Families, a community garden program for county residents.

For a nominal fee, individuals and families will receive expert help as they grow their own vegetables in plots at the Lakeside Garden, at Vale Street and Michael Avenue, near Lakeside Avenue; and at the Alma Avenue Island Garden, near Alma and Laburnum avenues. For the first time, a new garden on West Jerald Street in Highland Springs will be available.

‘Charlottesville 12’ member to speak in Henrico

Virginia Trailblazer Charles Alexander, one of the “Charlottesville 12” who integrated Charlottesville schools in 1959, will speak and answer questions at the Dumbarton Area Library, located at 6800 Staples Mill Rd., on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. No tickets or registration required.

In anticipation of his visit, a documentary film about desegregation in Virginia, “Locked Out: The Fall of the Massive Resistance” that features Mr. Alexander, will be screened at North Park Branch Library, located at 8508 Franconia Rd., on Feb. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and at Fairfield Area Library, located at 1001 N. Laburnum Ave.

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