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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.

Leaders play principal for a day

Keeping up with a school principal is not for the faint of heart – or slow of gait – as 20 Henrico business leaders learned at a recent “Principal for a Day” event.

At Chamberlayne Elementary, Nancy States of Virginia Commonwealth Bank followed in the footsteps of Muriel Brinkley as the principal whizzed from classroom visits to meetings with teachers and administrative tasks – in between pauses to hug students, console a crying child, and even join in a game of jump rope.

Henrico Extension’s ‘Tree Smarts’ seminar series concludes April 19-21

The Henrico County Extension Office and Henrico County Master Gardeners will offer the final installment of the “Tree Smarts” seminar series April 19-21 with a program on mature trees. The seminar is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. each night at the following locations (each session will feature the same information): Tuesday, April 19, Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Drive; Wednesday, April 20, Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway; and Thursday, April 21, Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road.

Short Pump movie theater seeks extended hours

The Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 movie theater in Short Pump is seeking county approval to extend its hours of operation to allow for midnight showing of first-run movies. The Henrico Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear the theater's request for a provisional use permit at its April 12 meeting.

Serving up memories, USO-style


Imagine being a 16-year-old girl in 1943.

Songs by the Andrew Sisters blared from the radio. The jitterbug was the dance craze. And with the U.S. in World War II, thousands of young men and women were being trained at Richmond Air Base near Sandston.

As USO World marks its 70th anniversary this year, Ada Chinn, 84, and Margie Winter, 83, recall volunteering at Sandston’s USO Club, which was dedicated June 20, 1943.

“All the guys loved ping pong,” said Chinn

Henrico sets public hearings for redistricting

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings on the county’s 2011 magisterial district reapportionment plan at its regularly scheduled meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 26 in the Government Center Board Room, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Gayton Library to close for remainder of 2011

The Gayton Branch of the Henrico County Public Libraries, located at 10600 Gayton Road, will temporarily close for renovation work at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2011, and will reopen sometime in 2012. The construction project was made possible by the 2005 Henrico bond referendum.

Henrico Extension’s ‘Tree Smarts’ seminar series continues April 4-6

The Henrico County Extension Office and Henrico County Master Gardeners will offer the second installment of its “Tree Smarts” seminar series April 4-6 with a program on growing healthy trees. The seminar is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. each night at the following locations (each session will feature the same information): Monday, April 4, Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Drive; Tuesday, April 5, Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway; and Wednesday, April 6, Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road.

Thursdays with Mitch

Blind since infancy, Harold Hausenfluck has nevertheless been crowned both banjo champion and fiddle champion of Galax, Va. In addition to working as a piano tuner and running an old-time music radio station, he has produced numerous custom-made learning and demonstration tapes for budding musicians.

When a 1999 stroke ended his career with strings, Hausenfluck resumed playing his original instrument, the harmonica. Now he and several musician friends put on a monthly concert to entertain his fellow residents at The Virginia Home in Richmond.

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