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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.

A legacy of learning

Long before laptops and student achievement were winning accolades and bringing national attention to Henrico schools, an educator of slight build but powerful personality had already put them on the map.

The child of former slaves, Virginia Estelle Randolph was born in Richmond in 1874, and began teaching school in Goochland County at the age of 16.

‘Maronite marathon’

Take a few hundred pounds of grape and cabbage leaves, another few hundred pounds of ground lamb, an army of industrious volunteers and what do you get?

Enough Lebanese delicacies to last through the weekend – you hope.

When the 27th annual Lebanese Food Festival opens May 13 at 10 a.m., it will bring an end to months of preparation for the volunteers from St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church – and launch a three-day weekend of even more frenzied chopping, baking, stuffing and grilling.

Glen Allen woman wins $1 million

A Glen Allen woman couldn't believe her eyes when she scratched off the Virginia Lottery Million Dollar Cash Spectacular ticket she had just bought at an Eastern Henrico grocery store.

It seemed that the ticket that Diane Gray held was a top-prize winner, but she wasn't convinced. She called her sister, who couldn't believe it either.

“No, you won a thousand dollars,” she said. “Look at the ticket again.”

Moody chess team earns national recognition

The Moody Middle School Advanced Chess Team won third place last month at the National Junior High Chess Championship, sponsored by the United States Chess Federation.

During the event, which was held April 15-17 in Columbus, Oh., the club competed in a seven-round tournament against 35 teams from the United States.

Rain barrel workshops planned

Henrico residents can learn to build and use a rain barrel at workshops offered by the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) each Thursday next month. Workshops are scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Drug take-back event planned April 30

The Henrico County Division of Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To participate, bring your medications for disposal to the Public Safety Building at 7721 E. Parham Road. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Stratford University holds dedication

Stratford University hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony April 6 at its new Richmond campus, located on W. Broad Street in Short Pump. Nearly 150 guests from legislative offices and local businesses gathered with Stratford officials for the occasion, including Patrice Lewis, outreach representative for the Office of Senator Mark R. Warner, and Tim Grimes with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

ASK and receive

Jonathan Pilch had never had a sick day in his life.

So in January 2008, when he began to act grumpy and out-of-sorts, his mother – who had observed similar behavior in her two older sons – assumed the two-year-old was getting his molars.

When several days went by and Jonathan was still too listless to play, Pam Pilch suspected something more serious was wrong. But nothing could have prepared her for the response when she took Jonathan to the doctor.

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