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Dominion requests 3-month deferral in Varina substation case

In response to citizen input, company to consider adjacent site as possibility
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.

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.

Innsbrook 5K Run/Walk

Hundreds of competitors of all ages took part in the Innsbrook 5K Run/Walk Sept. 10.

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.

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