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Henrico Humane Society’s Pet Expo scheduled for April 9


Henrico Humane Society will hold its annual Pet Expo Saturday, Apr. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue.

“The Pet Expo is a unique indoor event for your pet and your family; there’s something for everyone,” said Shannon Troyka, Henrico Humane Society president. “Our mission is to find permanent, loving homes for homeless animals. Funds raised at Pet Expo help us cover medical expenses for the animals in our care, especially those that have been neglected or abused.”

WTVR's Greg McQuade is scheduled to emcee dog contests, puppy races and a parade of adoptable dogs.

Green buildings, solarized homes proliferating in Henrico

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of occasional articles about environmentally friendly efforts in Henrico County.

About four years ago, Henrico County's unofficial "green corridor" of Staples Mill Road took off on a growth spurt, adding in quick succession such LEED-certified buildings as Glen Allen High School, the renovated Glen Allen Library and a couple of solar homes.

The new Holman Middle School built on nearby Francistown Road also earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification thanks to such features as efficient mechanical equipment, high-performance lighting systems, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Recipe for disaster


Take three firefighters, assisted by three colleagues.

Add liberal doses of Spam, sausage sticks, canned tomatoes and chicken, pineapple and peaches; toss dough for a pizza; sprinkle with coconut, Craisins and pecans.

Heat three grills, allow 30 minutes, and what have you got?

If you were a judge at the first annual "Best Firehouse Cook" competition, the result was three mighty good meals.

Golden goal


On eight-year-old Kaylie-Jade Plott’s Disney princess calendar, there is a big red "X" marked on July 9 – the day she and her mother, Jamie Williams, will embark upon a five-day trip to Brazil for the World Cup to experience the opportunity of a lifetime.

Kaylie-Jade, a second-grader at Ratcliffe Elementary in Eastern Henrico, is one of only 25 kids throughout the country who won a trip to Brazil through the McDonald’s Player Escort Program.

“I will get to walk with a professional soccer player on the field – I am so excited,” Kaylie-Jade said. “I can’t believe it, I really can’t.”

National bowling tourney rolling into Short Pump

More than 60 competitors of all ages and skill levels from throughout the nation will gather in Short Pump June 9-14 to show that their abilities – not their disabilities – guide their lives.

They’ll be competing in the 53rd Annual American Wheelchair National Bowling Tournament at Bowl America in Short Pump. Among them will be 55-year-old Henrico resident Jerry Mills, who has been bowling for more than 20 years and who claimed the 2004 national championship in Oklahoma. Mills considers that title one of his proudest moments.

A great nephew’s quest

A neighbor “across the pond” in the United Kingdom has spent years looking for clues to his Henrico heritage -- and he is hoping that county residents can help him in his search.

In May of 2013, Len Jolley visited Henrico County to learn more about his great, great, great uncle by marriage, Capt. John Cussons.

If the name rings a bell, that’s because Cussons features prominently in Henrico history books, and is cited in the county library’s “Notable Henricoans” database.

Honoring those who served

Thousands of people spent Memorial Day in Sandston, honoring veterans and enjoying the sights and sounds of the sixth annual Sandston Memorial Day Parade, hosted by Sandston American Legion Posts 242 and 144. The event was preceded by a memorial service at the Seven Pines Cemetery.

5K race to fulfill Cameron Gallagher’s dream

The impact of a Douglas Freeman High School student who died earlier this year after running a half-marathon will live on through a new race whose details will be announced later this week.

The Speak Up 5K race will honor the life and legacy of 16-year-old Cameron Gallagher, who died after finishing the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach March 16. Officials with the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Fund will sponsor a Speak Up 5K kickoff event May 31 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Brown's Island in Richmond to share details about the race.

Fresh Air Fund seeks host families

The Fresh Air Fund, which provides free summer experiences to children from low-income communities in New York City each summer, is seeking local families who are willing to host a child this summer.

Host families in 13 states, from Virginia to Maine, help provide the children with new experiences in settings they may not otherwise be able to visit. Fresh Air children experience simple pleasures like running barefoot through the grass, swimming in a cool lake and gazing at star-filled skies.

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