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Henrico’s hometown slugger seeking Squirrels’ starting spot


The early highlight of Matt Winn's baseball career came in the summer of 2007, when his Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association all-star team hosted the 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series at Henrico's sparkling new RF&P Stadium.

Henrico County had spent $4.5 million to construct the complex in order to attract the national tournament and others like it, and Winn's team helped to christen it – surprising the nine other teams in the field by finishing third. Winn was named the tournament's top defensive catcher.

Court is back in session


On June 7, members of the Henrico County Historical Society celebrated the organization’s 40th anniversary by touring the Old Henrico Courthouse, which has been privately owned since the county moved its courthouse complex to Parham Road in 1974. Located on Main Street in Richmond, the former courthouse was built in 1896 and may eventually become a wedding venue, according to its owner, Kim Zimmerman.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities launches food drive


Commonwealth Catholic Charities recently launched a three-week food drive, seeking to fill its food pantry with donations of nonperishable food. The drive will run through June 26, and food may be dropped off at CCC’s West End location at 1601 Rolling Hills Drive, Henrico, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“This is a particularly critical time of year, and we’re sending out an S.O.S. of sorts, a call to help us ensure that families and children in need in our community have enough to eat this summer,” said Joanne D. Nattrass, executive director of Commonwealth Catholic Charities.

Fleece-lined love


The Varina Ruritan Club and the Bits and Pieces Quilt Chapter combined to produce 126 fleece blanket and pillow sets to donate to the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond recently. The two groups also donated an additional 56 fleece-covered pillows. The blankets and pillows are given to patients in the bone marrow unit at the facility, and the individual pillows are given to breast cancer patients. The organizations also gave two sets to Laurel Hill United Methodist Church and two sets to the Varina Ruritan Club for distribution to local residents in need. The two clubs have been working together every year on this project since 2002.

Riders ‘Take Five’ – for a 3-hour tour


In recent years, the River City Saunter has showcased local redevelopment and revitalization initiatives in communities ranging from Shockoe Bottom and Jackson Ward to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor – with an eye toward highlighting success stories as well as challenges related to sprawl, affordable housing and regional transportation.

But at the 7th annual Saunter, eastern Henrico County's much-celebrated historic and scenic byway was the star of the show – while sharing a bit of the spotlight with its equally historic and scenic supporting star, the James River.

Fields of gold


As the summer begins, corn, wheat, soybeans, herbs and fruit are growing throughout Henrico County.

Despite surrounding three sides of Richmond and being the fifth most populous county in the state, Henrico is still home to 117 farms and 12,891 acres of farmland. County residents and leaders have been debating the role of farms in Henrico for the past 50 years. While few will dispute the beauty of historic Tree Hill Farm or Varina Farm, there is a wide spectrum of opinions as to what role farms should play in the future of the county.

Nowhere else in the county is farmland as expansive as in the eastern district of Varina.

Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition.

Students get a head start on art


When the Institute for Contemporary Art opens its doors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in 2016, there will no doubt be fanfare and a crowd of excited supporters on hand.

But perhaps no one will be more excited than a couple of Henrico County nine-year-olds who recently broke onto the ICA’s supporter list as the youngest of its founding donors.

Their donation grew out of a brainstorming session in which the two Nuckols Farm Elementary third-graders, Tess Freiman and Aly Betz, were casting about for ideas for their latest money-making project.

Sandston Memorial Day parade planned


The Seventh Annual American Legion Post 242 and Battlefield Post 144 Sandston Memorial Day Parade will take place on Memorial Day, May 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at Seven Pines Elementary School on Beulah Road and proceed down Williamsburg Road through Sandston to Confederate Avenue.It will be preceded at noon by a veterans’ recognition ceremony at Seven Pines National Cemetery in Sandston.

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