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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.

Virginia Indian Cultural Program to showcase past, present

“When English settlers landed in Jamestown in 1607, many believed that Virginia Indians were primitive and savage. Aside from the story of Pocahontas, Indian life was overlooked when history books were written.

But the Indian tribes had rich and robust cultures refined over generations, brimming with arts and traditions including dancing, singing and crafts.

Finding Pearl

It’s typical to think of graveyards as gloomy, bleak and desolate places.

But on a recent spring-like day in February, Evergreen Cemetery bustled with cheery workers wearing breezy smiles, and echoed with the sounds of youthful exuberance.

Almost 50 students from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University had turned out, along with a dozen or so other volunteers, to help Welford Williams (pictured above, with students) reach his mother’s side for a long-overdue visit.

‘Free to Breathe’ 5k to honor father

Steve Salmon taught his daughters how to draw, how to fish, how to catch frogs and snakes, and how to make a model of a human skeleton from leftover chicken bones.

He taught them how to discover beauty in nature, and how, at the tender age of five, to eat raw oysters.

He taught them how to build a rabbit trap that didn’t always catch rabbits and how to handle tools so they wouldn’t need a man to turn a wrench.

Kite festival planned at Dorey Park

Hundreds of kites will fill the skies over eastern Henrico on Saturday, March 5 as part of the activities at the "Kite Festival and the Tastes and Sounds of Henrico." The free event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road (rain date is Sunday, March 6).

Strawberry Hill Races move to May 21

The Strawberry Hill Races will move to a new date, May 21, at Colonial Downs in New Kent County for the 79th running. Strawberry Hill will run the same day as The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore.

This year’s race theme is “Super ‘70s Secretariat,” a tribute to the kitschy style and the herculean racing pedigree of Secretariat during his Triple Crown breakthrough in 1973.

Crime novelist builds on Henrico experiences

A fondness for writing crime stories has led Mary Burton to interview investigators, attend workshops on autopsies and criminal behavior and alter her personal safety habits.

What's more, it has inspired countless baking sessions in her Henrico County kitchen. A graduate of Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and Richmond FBI Citizens Academy, Burton goes to great lengths to research her plots, flesh out her characters and ensure authenticity in her novels.

Celebrating trailblazers

As one of the eight original shires of Virginia dating back centuries, Henrico County has had an illustrious history. But sometimes overlooked are the numerous contributions made by Henrico’s African- American community. Not anymore.

To observe the county’s 400th anniversary, Black History Month and the achievements of Henrico residents, Henrico’s Department of Recreation and Parks will present “African-American History of Henrico County in Music and Stories” at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

It’s all a blur

Scouts from Glen Allen Cub Scout Pack 736 joined their friends from neighboring packs to hold the annual Pinewood Derby Jan. 29 at Dominion Chevrolet in Short Pump.

The overall winners were: first place – Noah Crone with his car "White Lightning;" second place – Michael Traylor with his car "Arrow of White;" and third place – Samuel Blankenship with his car "Flaming Snake."

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