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2 Henrico companies to participate in VALET program

Two Henrico County companies are among the new participants selected by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) for inclusion in its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. ChemTreat, Inc. and H&A Architects & Engineers will participate in the program, which launched in 2002 and assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export.

Henrico Extension accepting applications for community garden program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications from residents who would like to grow their own vegetables or flowers on community garden plots.

The Gardens Growing Families program allows the use of garden plots measuring about 15 feet by 20 feet at the Lakeside Garden, at Vale Street and Michael Avenue, near Lakeside Avenue; and at the Highland Springs Garden, on West Jerald Street at South Cedar Avenue. Fees range from $10 to $65 per year based on household size and income.

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services earns three-year accreditation

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS) earned accreditation for three years from CARF International following an extensive review of the agency and its programs and services.

MH/DS received its fifth consecutive three-year accreditation, the strongest endorsement that it substantially complies with CARF standards. CARF, founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, nonprofit organization that works with health and human service providers to assess and improve the quality of their services based on internationally recognized organizational and program standards.

State to hold listening session on draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

The Commonwealth of Virginia will hold a public listening session and webinar on March 11 to enable Virginians to learn about the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, and to ask questions and offer comments.

The session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. The listening session also will be broadcast via webinar. To register for the webinar, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/117496486

Henrico park sites re-open after storm

UPDATE: Mar. 4, 1 PM –The Henrico County parks that had been closed earlier today to allow crews to remove ice following Monday's storm all have now re-opened.

They are:
• Dorey Park & Recreation Center
• Three Lakes Park & Nature Center
• Crump Park & Meadow Farm Museum
• Echo Lake
• Spring Park

They came, they sawed

The Henrico County Division of Fire conducted a class about chain saw safety, use and maintenance last week for 10 Virginia National Guard soldiers at the division’s training facility on Woodman Road. Lt. David Newell, Firefighter Billy Myers and Firefighter Jeff Beach from Firehouse 21 and Squad 21 taught the soldiers a quick refresher class on the use of the saws, in preparation for the soldiers’ efforts to assist with relief efforts during and after last week’s snowstorm.

County to consider selling surplus land

Henrico County officials have conducted an extensive review of all county-owned properties and are recommending the sale of five small parcels as the first step in a plan to eliminate surplus sites.

County Manager John Vithoulkas has sought to shed excess county-owned land since he took over as county manager last January.

Selling excess property would return it to the county's base of taxable land and relieve the county from maintenance costs at the same time, Deputy County Manager Tim Foster told the Board of Supervisors during a Feb. 11 work session.

Springfield Road landfill to close to commercial users

The Springfield Road landfill will cease operations as a commercial landfill June 30, and Henrico County will open a new transfer station at the site for use only by the county's department of public utilities.

The change will not affect the public use area at the site, located just off Interstate 295 at Nuckols Road, which will continue to be available to county residents for $3 per trip.

Short Pump Park to expand

Short Pump Park is growing. The park, which currently consists of a playground, shelters and a multipurpose sports field adjacent to Short Pump Elementary School, will be expanded and ultimately will include one mile of paved trails and 0.7 mile of natural surface trails; a dog park with separate sections for small and large dogs; a second playground; a new large shelter; and 223 new parking spots. In addition, an existing playground will be expanded.

Henrico supervisors are expected to adopt a new master plan of development for the park at their Feb. 11 meeting. The new plan would outline the proposed expansions.

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