Varina farm protected by conservation easement
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 12/09/2014 Features
Virginia Lipford has lived on her 10-acre, fourth-generation family farm in Varina for the past 40 years. Now, she can rest comfortably, after the recent establishment of a conservation easement between her family, the Henricopolis Water and Conservation District and the Capital Region Land Conservancy that will help protect her property forever.
A conservation easement takes place when a property owner seeks help in preserving his or her land by limiting certain types of uses or preventing developments from taking place on the land in perpetuity, while the land remains in private hands.
By Ben Panko, Special to the Citizen 070/18/2013 Features
Kamryn Anderson is an honor student at Brookland Middle School who keeps herself busy with cheerleading, homework, singing, going to church and doing chores. So understandably, having Type 1 Diabetes has been frustrating for this bright and motivated 12-year-old.
“I just want to be a normal kid, and go to school without going to the nurse, or having to be first in the lunch line,” said Anderson, who was diagnosed with the disease when she was five years old.
It seemed like a routine overseas deployment to medical Specialist Musab Alsawalha of Henrico, when he was given his orders to deploy to Kuwait to support the 3rd Medical Command at Arifjan, Kuwait.
As he was packing his bags though, more than 6,000 miles away, Jordanian Lt. Col. Mohammed Sawalha of the Jordan Armed Forces Staff Joint Operations command also was packing his bags in preparation for Eager Lion 13 in Jordan – a multi-national exercise with more than 8,000 military participants from 19 countries.
By just about every measure, Capital Ale House has succeeded spectacularly in the 11 years since its founding.
In 2002 the venture began with one downtown restaurant and the concept of pairing craft and imported beers with local and European cuisine. Within a decade, the business expanded from one location and 40 beer taps to five locations in Richmond and across the state, boasting 360 taps and more than 300 employees.
More than 800 boys and girls from states throughout the Southeast are competing on Henrico fields this weekend as the county hosts the Babe Ruth League, Inc. Southeast Regional baseball and softball tournaments.
Play is underway at RF&P Park and Dorey Park and will continue through Sunday. Fifty-five teams, with players ranging in age from 8 to 16, are participating. Teams have traveled from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and other states in the region to play in the tournaments. Teams from Virginia and Henrico are competing as well.
Henrico County is welcoming close to 1,500 top high school baseball players from around the country – as well as college coaches and a nationwide television audience – for the Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships, which began July 18 and continue through July 28.
This year marks the fourth consecutive year Henrico and the metro region have hosted the Triple Crown tournament. This year’s event is expected to bring at least 5,500 visitors to the area and provide a $3.95 million boost to the local economy, according to Richmond region tourism.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/16/2013 Features
Glen Allen recently was named the best place in Virginia to raise a young family by the website NerdWallet.com.
The site ranked the top 10 cities for young families based upon a number of factors, including the strength of the public school system in each location, the affordability of home ownership and associated costs and the relative prosperity of each location, as determined by median household incomes and income growth during the past decade.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 07/11/2013 Features
Tamara Turner was spinning her wheels because she didn’t have any of her own.
Turner, a Henrico resident and single mother of a two-year-old daughter, was struggling to get to and from her job at VCU’s MCV Hospital – while also finding time to drop off and pick up her daughter at daycare or go grocery shopping – without a vehicle of her own.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/05/2013 Features
When Carolyn Sartin looked at the winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s June 28 Cash 5 day drawing, she received a shock.
“Those look like my numbers!” the Glen Allen woman recalled thinking.
“I took a deep breath and went back and looked. I did win the lottery!”
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