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Henrico Extension ready to help residents grow SMART Lawns

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is enrolling residents in SMART Lawns, a program that provides customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 fee, Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition, appearance and health. Participants will receive recommendations for fertilizer and lime, as well as suggestions for environmentally friendly weed control, mowing and watering practices.

Support for fathers-to-be – and those who already are

By the time his wife, Allison, was a few months from delivering their first child more than five years ago, Eric Gregory knew all about the birthing process and how to install a car seat.

But he didn’t know what to expect as a new dad.

That changed when he completed “Boot Camp for New Dads,” a three-hour program hosted by First Things First of Greater Richmond in which “veteran” dads share advice and information with dads-to-be in a casual group format.

Holiday to delay CVWMA recycling collections

Curbside recycling and trash collections through CVWMA will be delayed one day the week of Sept. 3 because of Monday's Labor Day holiday.

No collections will be made on Monday; thus all collections during this week will occur on the day following the normal collection day. Friday collections will occur on Saturday.

Contest offers home energy upgrades

One local homeowner will win up to $10,000 in home energy upgrades to lower energy bills and increase comfort, through the Richmond Region Energy Alliance's Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest, which opened today and will continue through Aug. 26.

Ten finalists will also win free home energy assessments valued at $300. Local nonprofits can also take part in the Contest’s Nonprofit Challenge for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize.

Storm fells historic Varina tree

Friday night's ferocious thunderstorm toppled dozens of trees throughout Henrico County, but perhaps none more significant than the one it felled on Route 5 in Varina.

The oak tree that stood for some 150 years there, at the entrance to scenic Tree Hill Farm near the split of New Market Road and Osborne Turnpike, arguably was the most historic tree in the region.

It was known as the Surrender Tree because nearly 150 years ago, beneath its fledgling branches, Richmond Mayor Joseph Mayo surrendered the City of Richmond to Union forces during the Civil War. Six days later, on April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia in Appomattox, essentially ending the war.

Villa celebrates expansion

Five years of various construction projects have transformed and enhanced the 178-year-old campus of St. Joseph’s Villa into a modern, vibrant facility that serves as a safe and efficient community resource for families.

Earlier this month, Villa officials gathered with clients, volunteers, students, Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett and Fairfield Supervisor Frank Thornton to celebrate the campus’ transformation.

There was a strong sense of excitement and accomplishment in the air during the June 6 event at the Villa, where the changes will ensure that it remains a vital resource for needy families – 82 percent of them from Henrico. The improvements have helped the Villa build new partnerships, increase capacity, improve efficiency and expand the scope of its services.

Hollybrook resident finally getting closure

As disabled residents of the Hollybrook Apartments on St. Joseph’s Villa property south of the main campus navigate to cross Brook Road, many face difficulties with traffic and are fearful for their safety. Resident Brian Montgomery has been fighting for enhancements for the Brook Road corridor along the Villa’s property since 2000, when he was struck by an SUV while on his way to get groceries. His chair wound up under the vehicle and he barely escaped breaking his neck. Twelve years later, he is finally seeing plans put in motion to make the corridor a safer area for residents and pedestrians.

Henrico native seeks Orlando mayorship

Mike Cantone
In the city where dreams come true, the son of a Henrico County elementary school teacher is hoping to realize one of his own.

Mike Cantone, the son of Colonial Trail Elementary School Principal Philip Cantone, is running for mayor of Orlando, Fla. The election is being held today.

Cantone attended Short Pump Elementary School while growing up in Henrico's Far West End and graduated in 2001 from J.R. Tucker High School.

His interest in politics was sharpened during his participation in the Presidential Classroom in Washington, a nonprofit civic organization that provides high school students with educational training to help prepare them for leadership roles in public and private service.

Henrico Extension accepting applications for expanded gardens program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for Gardens Growing Families, a community garden program for county residents.

For a nominal fee, individuals and families will receive expert help as they grow their own vegetables in plots at the Lakeside Garden, at Vale Street and Michael Avenue, near Lakeside Avenue; and at the Alma Avenue Island Garden, near Alma and Laburnum avenues. For the first time, a new garden on West Jerald Street in Highland Springs will be available.

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