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2 Henrico citizens named to Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence

Two Henrico citizens are among the 30 members of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's new Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, whose membership was announced Sept. 22.

Henrico residents Jean A. Cheek (a registered nurse and forensic nurse examiner at Virginia Commonwealth University) and Nancy Oglesby (Deputy Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney) were named to the task force, which will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring and will hold quarterly meetings to focus on finding common solutions to building safer, more educated college communities in Virginia.

The appointees include a variety of experts in the field of sexual assault from law enforcement to educators, forensic nurses, Title IX coordinators, advocates, and others.

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.

Portion of Mill Road to be closed for gas line work

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will close a portion of Mill Road just west of Old Washington Highway beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 while a contractor bores a gas line under the railroad tracks. The road is expected to reopen in the afternoon on Friday, March 30.

Traffic will be detoured from Mill by way of Old Washington and Mountain Road. Signs will be posted; motorists should expect delays.

Henrico police will allow school buses and emergency vehicles to pass but only between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. while the work is underway.

Democratic lawyer challenges Cantor

For Wayne Powell, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District “isn’t personal, it’s Cantor.”

Powell, 62, is challenging Republican incumbent Eric Cantor of Henrico County for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Powell is one of the three candidates running for the spot on the Democratic ballot this fall.

For Powell, a self-styled progressive Democrat, the issues for the district are not just jobs, economy and education. He said a primary issue is Cantor himself.

“I can’t think of any positive thing he has done since he has become a congressmen,” Powell said.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for child-advocacy training

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to work in the court system on behalf of abused and neglected children.

A free, six-week training program for volunteers will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning April 16, at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road.

Anyone interested in volunteering must first apply, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 11. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. Henrico CASA has a particular need for Spanish-speaking volunteers.

Tree seedling giveaways planned this week

The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will host two free tree seedling giveaways later this month.

The events will be held Thursday, March 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Dorey Park, in Shelter 1, 7200 Dorey Park Drive in Varina and Friday, March 23 in the Hermitage High School parking lot at Hungary Springs and Parham roads from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Police chief to speak at Fairfield town meeting

The next constituent meeting of Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will feature Col. Douglas A. Middleton, chief of the Henrico County Division of Police.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19 in the ballroom of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Middleton will join Thornton for a presentation and discussion of police goals for the county and Fairfield District.

Prescribed burn planned at Malvern Hill

The National Park Service will conduct a prescribed burn on approximately 60 acres of park property at Malvern Hill in Henrico County on Thursday, March 15. The park service is planning a burn at Cold Harbor the week of March 19.

To ensure visitor safety, the park trail and parsonage parking lot at Malvern Hill will be closed during the burn and at Cold Harbor, the park tour road and extended trail will be closed. At Malvern Hill, the areas to be burned are surrounded by a wide gravel road, wetland and areas of short-mowed grass. At Cold Harbor, the burn area is surrounded by an asphalt road and a wetland. Each burn is expected to last no longer than eight hours.

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.

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