Varina

Library dedicated as symbol of ‘new Varina’

JUNE 1, 10:40 P.M. – Even without the late afternoon sun, which splashed its rays across nearby wheat fields, passing cyclists and hundreds of anxious citizens, this was bound to be a bright day in Varina.

Henrico County officials joined more than 2,000 spectators to dedicate the new $28.1-million Varina Area Library, a long-anticipated facility whose arrival was met with lots of smiles and nearly as much awe.

“Tonight, we celebrate a library and a facility that is an example of the new Varina – of what is possible within great communities,” Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas told the crowd during the dedication ceremony.

Civil War history comes to life

Mike Powell discusses various types of cannon munitions used during the Civil War, at a living history presentation at Fort Harrison in Varina Sept. 25. The event concluded three days of Civil War commemoration as part of Henrico’s 400th anniversary.

Movin’ & Groovin’ 5K Run/Walk planned Aug. 27 at Dorey Park

The eighth annual Movin and Groovin Event for pancreatic cancer research will take place at Dorey Park in Varina this Saturday, Aug. 27. The event, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will feature a 5K run, a two-mile walk and a kids' fun run through the park.

Entertainment will be provided by DJ Luke Gibson, along with live music by Haze and the Transients, juggling by Jonathan Austin, PT Moonwalks and balloon fun with Miss Sheri the Clown.

County’s first dog park being planned at Dorey Park

Canines of Henrico County soon will have a new place to roam.

Henrico County's first public dog park is scheduled to open in Varina's Dorey Park later this year.

The dog park will be located on about one acre of land near the pond at the park, on the opposite side of a gravel parking lot. Construction is expected to begin this month, with completion anticipated by late September, according to Al Azzarone, parks planning supervisor for the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks.

Varina town meeting June 20 to examine reservoir project, education foundation

The next town meeting of Varina District Supervisor Jim Donati will examine the efforts of the Henrico Education Foundation and will provide information about the Cobbs Creek Water Supply Reservoir project. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 20 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

Paddling event raises funds, spirits

Three-year-old Kindred Worrell, the youngest participant in the 19th Annual Varina Lions Canoe-a-thon, didn't have much choice when it came to attending. But she enjoyed the 10-mile cruise, looking at kayaks and fishing a feather out of the James, just the same.

Her father, Sgt. Timothy Worrell of the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, visited Kindred frequently along the way as he escorted several dozen canoes and kayaks from Rocketts Landing to Osborne Landing.

And Kindred's mother, Jennifer, pronounced the journey a relaxing and much-needed episode of "tornado therapy" for herself and fellow teacher Angela Paust.

Route 5 Corridor Study meeting planned May 31

The public will have an opportunity to learn about potential transportation solutions for the Route 5 corridor in Eastern Henrico and the City of Richmond during a public meeting May 31 in Richmond.

A number of regional and state entities have been studying the corridor between Laburnum Avenue and 7th Street downtown for months and will present conceptual alternatives during next week's open house, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at VDOT's Central Office Auditorium, 1221 E. Broad Street in Richmond.

America’s first university – almost

Students and alumni of the College of William & Mary take pride in the fact that theirs is the second-oldest college in America, pre-dated only by Harvard.

Those in the know – and with a competitive bent – like to point out that when it comes to vision, forethought, and planning for the university, W&M beat Harvard to the punch by decades.

The first university in America actually was chartered in 1618, and slated for construction on 10,000 riverfront acres in what is now Varina.

McDonnell launches teacher pay initiative

Bob McDonnell
Teachers at nine Henrico public schools may be eligible to receive $5,000 performance-pay bonuses, as part of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's "Opportunity to learn" education initiative, which he officially launched today.

The initiative offers 57 school districts in Virginia the opportunity to provide the incentives to new or current teachers at schools within their districts that are hard to staff.

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Revolutionary War re-enactors in their American and British encampments will re-create the 1781 Battle of Osborne’s Landing at Henricus Historical Park Apr. 22-23. This battle is when Major General William Phillips ordered British forces, which included Benedict Arnold, to attack the supplies of the Virginia State Navy and Virginia Militia. During this attack, most of the Virginia State Navy fleet was destroyed. Visitors will experience militia drills and artillery demos. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children 3-12 and free for Henricus Patrons. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org. Full text

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