A historic Eastern Henrico farm – the site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1862 – will be preserved in its entirety, thanks to the Capital Region Land Conservancy.
The CRLC has agreed to purchase Malvern Hill Farm (which is about 875 acres in size and straddles Eastern Henrico and Charles City County) for its appraised value of $6.56 million. The sellers are by descendants of William Heighler Ferguson Sr., who originally purchased Malvern Hill Farm in 1939.
“In one transaction CRLC is taking a giant step in protecting the natural and historic land and water resources of our region,” said Parker C. Agelasto, executive director of Capital Region Land Conservancy.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/02/2016 Features
Two Henrico women are among the four Virginians honored recently by the Virginia Jaycees.
The organization selected Unity Bowling as its "Outstanding Future Leader" and Amanda Hall as one of three "Outstanding Young Virginians." The awards honor Virginians who make a positive impact in their communities.
“This year we honored four outstanding young leaders from around the Commonwealth who strive to change the world around them by creating positive and sustainable change in our communities," Virginia Jaycees President Diego Soto said.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 12/01/2016 Features
As a freelance videographer and editor for the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Lindsay Stone has tackled a variety of challenging projects.
Among her more notable productions is a 2010 documentary, filmed during travels in Germany with Holocaust survivor Alexander Lebenstein and depicting his childhood experiences through the horrors of Kristallnacht, deportation, and imprisonment.
At the conclusion of the video, Stone documented efforts of his hometown community to connect with Lebenstein, and the residents' renaming of the town school The Alexander Lebenstein School Against Racism.
While it may not inspire the sheer mania and hype of the Ice Bucket Challenge that recently swept the country, a new Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) campaign has caught the imagination of a number of area residents – and even a VIP or two.
The OneBagofTrashVa Challenge asks individuals and groups to pick up one bag of litter and recyclables, take a photo (or film a video) of the collection, and post it on social media with #OneBagofTrashVa.
The Sandston Founders' Club dedicated a historical marker Nov. 8 at 11 West Williamsburg Road. In the early 1930s, the building served as the community's drug store and post office. Pictured above (from left) are members of the Founders' Club Bobby Alexander, Bruce Waldrop, Jane Conner, Randy Vass, June Baldwin, Alice Baldwin, Ada May Chinn and Wayne Varner.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 11/21/2016 Features
Forgive the passersby who glance at the blue-and-yellow tin building on Williamsburg Road, in the shadows of Richmond International Airport, and wonder whether someone is secretly filming a 1970s-version of the social media hit "mannequin challenge" – but with buildings instead of people.
With its iconic V-shaped entrance beams and retro-style logo, the Roller Dome appears frozen in place from an era long since gone. But it's not here to impress the connoisseur of modern architecture.
If you’re looking for something impressive, however, step inside and meet some of the people who call this facility home for much of the week. They are regional, national and even world champions – titleholders in a sport that is immensely popular in other parts of the world but relatively unknown here.
Santa Claus will arrive at Virginia Center Commons mall Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. He'll land at the JCPenney Court, where children and families can take photos and visit with him through Dec. 24.
On Nov. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can bring their pets to have photos taken with Santa.
The mall also will host entertainment in the food court Dec. 10 and 17. On Dec. 10, the Hanover Concert Band will perform there from noon to 1, and the Central Virginia Wind Symphony will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Regency Square mall will host its first Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. Santa Claus will arrive at the mall the same day.
The parade will begin at the corner of Starling Drive and Holly Hill Road, proceed north on Starling Drive, continue east to Quioccasin Road and then enter the shopping center parking lot for a special edition of Cars & Coffee-Richmond.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/03/2016 Features
Autumn is here, and that means Virginia’s white-tailed deer are on the move. With the end of daylight savings time just around the corner, many motorists will be commuting in the dark, increasing the likelihood of their vehicle colliding with a deer.
Fall is the breeding season for deer, and consequently, deer are more active now than at any other time of the year. One-half to two-thirds of all deer/vehicle collisions occur in the months of October, November and December. While less than two percent of vehicle fatalities and injuries involve deer collisions in Virginia, hitting a deer can cause considerable damage to both people and property.
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CalendarCaley Cantrell, author of “Dogs Do NOT Love Holiday Cards” and “You’re Bringing Me a Baby?!” will sell copies of her books at an adoption event hosted by AARF (Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation) from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Petsmart at Libbie Place Shopping Center. All proceeds from book sales will go to AARF. Cantrell is a professor and head of the Communications Strategy Track at the VCU Brandcenter. She and her husband Sean live in Richmond, where they are raising their daughter with help and guidance from the dogs they adopt from local shelters. Full text