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Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

$40 million investment announced
UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery.

Gourd-geous sounds in the garden

The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Band performs during Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s ‘Goblins and Gourds’ harvest celebration in the Children’s Garden Oct. 23.

Wheelpower

Richmond Sportable Spokes players Colin Egan (left) and Brandon Sharpe (second from right) take advantage on a fast-break opportunity against the Long Island Lightning during a game earlier this month at the University of Richmond. The game was part of Sportable’s Roll on Richmond Juniors Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, an inaugural National Wheelchair Basketball Association sanctioned event.

Road improvement project begins at Richmond National Battlefield Park

Improvements to more than eight miles of roads and parking areas throughout the Richmond National Battlefield Park's battlefield units are beginning this week. The $2.2 million project will involve repaving and upgrading roadways that serve around 200,000 visitors to the park per year, as well as residential areas in Henrico and Hanover counties. A Richmond area contractor, Lane Construction, is slated to do the work, which will support more than 50 jobs in the region.

‘Parade of Homes’ underway

The Home Building Association of Richmond’s 2011 Parade of Homes began Oct. 1, marking the 60th consecutive year of the event in the Richmond region. This year’s event includes 52 new homes and two remodeled homes built by 28 member builders; more than half are decorated models.

Bark in the Park


Sharon Mills, a 10-year volunteer with the Henrico Humane Society, and foster dog Mr. Wiggles joined hundreds of other attendees at the annual Bark in the Park at Deep Run Park Oct. 1, sponsored by the Humane Society and the county.

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.

Raccoon tests postive for rabies

A juvenile raccoon found dead in Glen Allen this weekend has tested positive for rabies.

The dead animal was found in the 11000 block of Winfrey Road, just north of the intersection of Greenwood and Woodman roads north of I-295, inside a pen that housed two dogs. Contact between the raccoon and dogs was likely, according to Henrico police. The raccoon was taken to a state lab, which confirmed today that it tested positive for rabies.

Lakeside Farmers’ Market voted No. 1 in Va.

The Lakeside Farmers’ Market was voted the No. 1 farmers’ market in Virginia by patrons who participated in a national contest during the past several months.

The America Farmland Trust’s “America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market Contest” sought feedback and votes from readers nationwide for their favorite markets from among the 7,000-plus in the nation.

Lakeside Farmers’ Market earned 1,393 votes, placing it first among the more than 100 markets in Virginia and third nationally in the “Small Markets” category for markets with 16 to 30 vendors.

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