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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016.

Henrico CASA to hold 10th annual art exhibition and silent auction Sept. 18


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host its 10th annual benefit art exhibition and silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at The Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road.

Event proceeds will support CASA, a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of abused and neglected children before the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. CASA’s volunteers served 329 children in fiscal 2014-15, donating more than 13,000 hours to their cases.

The silent auction will feature donated work by local artists, including Matt Lively and Dr. Baxter Perkinson, as well as other items valued at more than $6,000.

Henrico earns top rating from Insurance Services Office

SEPT. 8, 5:10 P.M. – Henrico County has earned the highest-possible rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), a distinction that may qualify homeowners and businesses for lower property insurance premiums.

The county received a Class 1 rating in ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program based on a comprehensive evaluation of its emergency communications; fire department equipment, personnel and training; water supply; and fire-prevention efforts, including inspections and code enforcement. Henrico’s classification reflects the relative low risk of fire losses in both developed and rural areas of the county.

“Protecting residents and their homes and businesses is the highest priority of Henrico County and the Division of Fire,” County Manager John Vithoulkas said. “This Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office is great news for our entire community. It reflects our high quality of life, our commitment to excellence in public service and our drive to build a stronger county as we grow.”

McAuliffe declares September as Preparedness Month in Virginia


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia and is encouraging business owners, families and communities to be ready for emergencies.

“September has historically been the most active time of the year for hurricanes in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or a human-caused emergency like terrorism, individuals, families and businesses that take the time to prepare are more resilient in the long run than those who failed to plan.”

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.

Could Squirrels find new nest in Henrico?


Could the Richmond Flying Squirrels one day call Henrico County home?

The long answer: It's complicated.

The short answer: Yes.

The Squirrels, Richmond's Double-A Eastern League minor league baseball team, are once again looking for a place to nest, after Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones' plan to build a stadium in Shockoe Bottom failed to gain traction during the past two years.

Last month, Jones announced that the city, along with Henrico and Chesterfield counties, would work with the Squirrels and Eastern League officials to help the team find a site for a new stadium. His only caveat: that site won't be on the Boulevard, because he and city officials view the area around the Squirrels' current home (the Diamond) as being too valuable for a stadium.

SMART Lawns program enrollment ends Aug. 15


Enrollment for Henrico County's SMART Lawns program ends Aug. 15. Register for $20, and a Master Gardener will come to your home to collect a lawn soil sample and measure your lawn area. The Henrico Extension Office also will develop a Nutrient Management Plan that will tell you the right kind of fertilizer to apply to your lawn at the right rate and the right time. Lawn aeration combined with proper maintenance strategies will help correct weed and disease issues, improving the health and appearance of your lawn.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.

Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico Police to host Community Day Aug. 1

The Henrico County Division of Police will host Community Day Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Western Government Complex at 4301 E. Parham Rd.

Attendees can enjoy free games and activities throughout the day, food, entertainment, the “sidewalk of services,” VIN etching by H.E.A.T., a job fair, and demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office. Learn about the Division’s latest initiative Operation Summer Heat. Community Day is also the kick off for National Night Out, taking place on the following Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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