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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.

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.

PAL-ing around

Members of the Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) joined together to perform community service projects in Henrico communities late last month.

The PAL Summer Camp and Youth Leadership Council sent 250 youths between the ages of six to 18 years old out to clean up apartment complexes July 25.

Indoor shooting range coming to Henrico

An indoor shooting range billed as the largest such facility in the nation is coming to Henrico County.

Colonial Shooting Academy is expected to open in February at 6020 West Broad Street near Willow Lawn, in the former Colony House Furniture building. The facility will be open seven days a week and house 39 shooting stations for use by members or the general public, as well as 11 stations for law enforcement training and a "shoot house," in which officers can practice various scenarios.

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.

RIR staffers assist with Operation Paintbrush

Members of the Richmond International Raceway staff assisted the Operation Paintbrush program in Henrico County this week by fixing up a local resident’s home through much-needed repairs. Staff members helped to scrape, paint, repair railings and gutters and give the landscaping a facelift.

“We recognize our responsibility of giving back to our neighbors in Henrico County,” said Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier. “In the short amount of time I’ve been here, I realize what a great community this is in which to live, work and play. The Richmond International Raceway team is committed to our volunteer efforts, and Henrico County’s Operation Paintbrush is a great opportunity to continue that initiative.”

Sandston Youth Association receives new equipment

On June 20, the Sandston Youth Association and the Sandston Babe Ruth Association officially dedicated brand new equipment for their youth baseball facilities. Among the new pieces of equipment are a batting cage, three dozen new baseballs and a multi-speed pitching machine.

Donations to pay for the equipment were made by several sponsors, including the Sandston Memorial Recreation Center, the Sandston Masonic Lodge #216 and the Sandston branch of the C&F Bank. In total, $2,853 in donations were made to the Batting Cage and Equipment Fund Drive founded by Timothy Evans, a local citizen and past chairman of the Sandston Memorial Day Parade in 2009 and 2010.

Natives of note

In this 400th anniversary year, we are hearing a lot about Thomas Dale, Chief Powhatan, John Rolfe, Nathaniel Bacon and other prominent figures in Henrico history.

But what about notables such as John James Beckley, Herman Melton, John Minor Botts, Opossunoquonuske and Jane Bolling Randolph?

What's that, you say?

These names aren't familiar at all?

Well, thanks to a team of researchers from the Henrico Library, you can find out about their roles in county history with just a few pecks of the keyboard.

CVWMA’s regional recycling rate surpasses 55 percent

More than 55 percent of the waste generated in the Metro Richmond region was recycled last year, according to estimates by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The figure was an increase from the estimate made by the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (53.6 percent).

CVWMA, a cooperative government agency that coordinates recycling and other waste management programs with thirteen area local governments, compiles the annual regional recycling rate and submits the information to the Virginia DEQ. State law requires that the region recycle at least 25 percent of its waste each year.

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