Imparting pearls of wisdom

Henrico teacher’s organization provides girls with lessons on etiquette, life
Eight young ladies in Henrico County just became “polished pearls” after graduating from Deborah Price’s Polished Peal Society etiquette program June 25.

Price is a third-grade teacher in Henrico who noticed that girls in her classes seemed to lack confidence and manners. So she did something about it – she opened the society, which serves as an etiquette school.

Classes run from October through June and culminate in a “Pearl Ball” at which the students (ages 8-18) are formally presented as graduates and polished pearls. The ball ties together all of the new skills that the girls have learned through Price’s program.

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.

Dominion requests 3-month deferral in Varina substation case

A Dominion Virginia Power rendering shows what the view of power lines might look like from Osborne Turnpike if a substation were built 725 feet back from the road.
UPDATE: MAY 23, 1:50 P.M. – Plans for a Dominion Virginia Power substation in Varina could be delayed for three more months, after company officials today requested a deferral of their scheduled June 9 case before the Henrico Planning Commission.

The company is seeking to build a substation in Varina to improve service reliability in the region and wants to locate it on a 1.5-acre portion of a 10-acre site at 7000 Osborne Turnpike.

Company officials now are asking that the case be delayed until September so that they may consider input they received during a public meeting May 17 at Varina High School. Specifically, they intend to consider the possibility of purchasing a portion of an adjacent 477-acre parcel on Osborne Turnpike, which was listed for sale recently. Several speakers at last week's meeting urged Dominion representatives to consider that option.

Lost in time

On the site that one day will tell the history of Henrico County under a single roof, a small wooden hut serves as an unofficial welcome center for guests.

“And over there is the restroom,” says Henry Nelson, chuckling as he points to a single portable toilet across the parking lot.

Nelson, clad in a signature black cowboy hat and black leather jacket, surveys the landscape on an overcast morning here, at Four Mile Creek Park in Varina, with eyes that can see into the future, thanks to a vision of the past.

For 40 years, Nelson has led the push for Henrico County to fund and build a history center – a facility that would recount the county’s 405-year story to citizens and tourists alike.

Dominion to host meeting about proposed Varina substation

MAY 16, 7:30 P.M. – A proposed Dominion Virginia Power substation in Varina will be the topic of a community meeting at Varina High School Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

The substation, proposed on a 10-acre parcel at 7000 Osborne Turnpike, is needed to improve service reliability in the Varina area, according to Dominion officials. Within the area that would be served by the new substation, there have been 13 power outages during the past two years – including six that lasted one hour or longer, Dominion records show. Those figures exceed typical outages experienced by most Dominion customers elsewhere, according to the company.

Varina teen competes for Snow Queen title

Varina teen Unity Bowling is one of three finalists for the 2016 Snow Queen title at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Finalists can apply during their junior year of high school and are selected based on their previous and current service to the community, grades and ability to serve as needed during the coming year.

These cooking tips could prevent a kitchen fire

Henrico Fire officials demonstrated what happens when water is used on a grease fire.
Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day, and Henrico Fire officials want you to be informed about how to prevent them.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

If you're cooking this holiday season, remember the following:

• Be alert – If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop;

UCI cyclists train for team time trial

Cyclists trained this morning in Varina for the team time trial event tomorrow as part of the UCI Road World Championships. Here, they turned from Mill Road onto Battlefield Park Drive.

Lewis Ginter, Henrico Christmas Mother partner to collect bike helmets

SEPT. 9, 10:42 A.M. – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Henrico Christmas Mother Program have joined to collect new children’s bicycle helmets for the holidays.

While bicycles are often donated as holiday gifts for needy children, helmets usually are not.

Throughout the month of September, new helmets dropped off at the Garden will be donated to the Henrico Christmas Mother, a nonprofit providing more than 1,600 families with food, new clothes, toys, books and other gift items during the holiday season.

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