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Henrico man’s efforts lead to dog park


When Joel Webne rescued Lucy, a Collie-Corgie mix that had been abandoned near the Henrico Jail, in 1998, he had no idea that she would spark his lengthy campaign for an off-the-leash dog park in Henrico’s West End.

Thirteen years later – and after continued efforts by Webne – plans finally are in motion for a dog park to be built as an expansion of Short Pump Park. The reality is bittersweet for Webne, because Lucy will not be able to enjoy it; she died in March.

Prescribed burns taking place at Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill

If you've seen smoke coming from Civil War battlefields in and near Eastern Henrico County this week, don't be alarmed. The National Park Service is conducting prescribed burns at two sites within Richmond National Battlefield Park this week. The burns are taking place on approximately 40 acres of park property at Malvern Hill in Henrico County and 20 acres at Cold Harbor in Hanover County.

The Malvern Hill burn is scheduled for April 8, while the Cold Harbor burn is scheduled at some point this week, pending favorable weather conditions.

A life-saving ‘drop’ of prevention

In a matter of weeks, thousands of youngsters from the City of Richmond will race for neighborhood pools, ponds and creeks to celebrate the start of summer vacation with a splash.

And Veronica Stewart, who lives in the suburbs of far western Henrico, has been working all winter to make sure none of those splashes are unplanned, unexpected or go undetected.

As a Girl Scout of ten years and a certified lifeguard, Stewart says she had little difficulty when it came time to choose the focus of her Gold Award project.

Supporting a cause ‘worth fighting for’

When Pendle Whisnant used to drive past the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) entrance on Broad Street, she often wondered what went on inside those entrance gates.

As Whisnant was to find out, not that much was happening – other than a few dozen lives being changed.

Established in 1846, the non-profit VHBG has served since then as a home for more than 20,000 at-risk youth, with significant challenges ranging from mental illness and abandonment to abuse and neglect.

Minds in Motion team to perform at Twin Hickory Library

Minds In Motion, Team XXL will perform at Twin Hickory Library on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. as part of Leap Week. Minds In Motion, Team XXL, ambassadors for Richmond Ballet’s acclaimed education and outreach program, will perform dances based on different children’s books at three libraries throughout the surrounding counties. Performances are free and open to the public. Following the Twin Hickory performance, at 6 p.m., company dancers will at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant where every customer can enter for a chance to win tickets to next season’s performance of The Nutcracker.

Glen Allen man wins $100,000 in Virginia Lottery

Colin McKeon of Glen Allen was sitting at the kitchen table when he discovered he’d won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.

“It feels great,” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “I’m happy I played.”

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 4051 Cox Road in Glen Allen for the February 2 Cash 5 day drawing. He used family birthdays to select the numbers: 3-5-7-8-21.

Community Spotlight: Glen Allen Ruritan Club

Gustav Carle is the former president and current secretary of the Glen Allen Ruritan Club. Ingrid Lockley recently spoke with him to learn more about the organization and its efforts.

Henrico PAL honors supporters

The Henrico Police Athletic League held its fourth annual awards banquet Feb. 7 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen to celebrate its accomplishments and honor the contributions of its 2012 award winners. Former NFL head coach Bobby Ross served as keynote speaker, while Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as the master of ceremony.

Too Smart 2 Start honors students, others

The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition and Henrico Mental Health and Developmental Services Prevention Services honored three students and several other individuals and organizations at its Community Champions and Outstanding Youth Awards ceremony Jan. 31 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

Students Anna Wong (J. R. Tucker High School), Rajonne Young (Fairfield Middle School) and Unity Bowling (Fairfield Middle School), pictured left to right, received the Outstanding Youth awards, while Raiford Beasley, Amanda Hall, Yvette Hart and Faith Landmark Ministries – Love Works received the Community Champion awards.

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