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These cooking tips could prevent a kitchen fire

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day
Henrico Fire officials demonstrated what happens when water is used on a grease fire.
Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day, and Henrico Fire officials want you to be informed about how to prevent them.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

If you're cooking this holiday season, remember the following:

• Be alert – If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop;

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.

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.

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