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Henrico libraries to host ‘death cafes’


The Henrico County Public Library system will host three "death cafés" – gatherings during which attendees can discuss death and dying in what the library terms "surprisingly upbeat and informative guided discussions" led by spiritual and bereavement counselor Alane Miles.

The events will provide attendees the opportunity to ask any and all questions about the topics of death, dying, grief and funeral practices, in an informal setting. Miles has 20 years of experience in the hospice field, hosts the Death Club Radio show on WRIR and writes for Style Weekly. Registration is not required.

Henrico Board of Supervisors adjourns until Jan. 13

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 13, following its scheduled break in late December.

The board usually meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Board Room at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

In keeping with its traditions, the board’s schedule for 2014 has excluded a meeting on the fourth Tuesday in December.

Where the sidewalk begins


With the addition of several hundred new homes built near Sadler Road in the Innsbrook area, traffic and pedestrian crossings are becoming concerns to some residents due to the narrowness of the road and heavy volume of vehicles.

But relief is on the way, according to Henrico County Public Works Director Steve Yob.

“We are currently planning the widening of Sadler Road between Dominion Boulevard and Cedar Branch Court,” Yob told the Citizen. “The project will include pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks."

The county doesn’t provide street lighting except in special sanitary districts or at signalized intersections, Yob said.

O’Bannon reappointed to VACo board of directors

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon has been appointed to serve an additional two-year term on the board of directors of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).

O’Bannon, who also is serving as chairman of the Henrico Board of Supervisors in 2014, was reappointed to represent VACo’s Region 3 during the association’s annual conference Nov. 9-11. O’Bannon, one of three representatives for Region 3, has served on the VACo board since 2008.

VACo’s board consists of a six-member executive committee, 24 elected officials representing 13 regions of the state and three past presidents. The number of directors in each region is based on population.

Varina District meetings to highlight road projects, Virginia Capital Trail, new library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold two Community Conversations meetings in December to discuss various road initiatives, the Virginia Capital Trail and the planned Varina Area Library.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road, and at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road.

Stowe honored with Procurement Xcelerator Award from Virginia General Services

Cecelia H. Stowe, purchasing manager for Henrico County, earned an inaugural Procurement Xcelerator Award from the Virginia Department of General Services in recognition of her career accomplishments in public procurement.

Stowe received the Career Achievement Award on Nov. 17 at the 2014 Public Procurement Forum in Hampton and was recognized by the Henrico Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The Department of General Services’ Division of Purchases and Supply presented Procurement Xcelerator Awards to eight procurement professionals and agencies.

Voluntary water restrictions may be implemented soon

Voluntary water conservation measures may be implemented soon as the result of lower-than-normal water levels in the James River. Officials from Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland and the City of Richmond today issued a "ready alert" to local residents, indicating that they may call for such measures to help address the situation.

The James River requires higher water levels in November to coincide with the normal start of the fall fish migratory season. A “ready alert” notification means that water levels have decreased to 1,800 cubic feet per second and are being watched closely. It also means that voluntary conservation measures are probable. Voluntary conservation measures are undertaken when the James River reaches 1,700 cfs.

Henrico County Public Library receives second Star Library honor

For the second consecutive year, Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) earned a Star Library designation from Library Journal based on national rankings that consider per-capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer access.

HCPL was the only system in Virginia to receive a five-star rating, which is the highest class. It earned a four-star rating in 2013. HCPL was among four library systems in Virginia and 258 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2014.

Library Journal, a national publication for library professionals, has compiled its list of Star Libraries annually since 2008.

County hosts preparedness exercise

Henrico County first-responders dressed up on Halloween, but not in search of candy. Officials from the county's Health Department, divisions of Fire and Police and the Sheriff's Office joined to conduct an exercise to practice plans for handling diseases of public health threat.

As part of the drill scenario, first-responders dressed in personal protective equipment to handle a "patient" who reported having flu-like symptoms after having traveled to Ebola-affected portions of West Africa. Officials practiced how they would respond in the event such a scenario does occur, attending to the “patient” and transporting him to St. Mary’s Hospital.

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