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Citie of Henricus commemorates Pocahontas’ 1617 death


A special event at Henricus Historical Park on Saturday, March 25, will honor Pocahontas on the 400th anniversary of her death in England on March 21, 1617. Using historical interpretations, presentations and lectures, Henricus historians will highlight the significant impact Pocahontas made and demonstrate the friendship of the colonists and the Powhatan Indians in early Virginia.

L’Arche celebrates Christmas


At the invitation of Sidney Padow, Santa and Mrs. Claus joined families from L’Arche Metro Richmond at Padow’s Deli Dec. 11. Padow's is the home of regular second Sunday socials with L’Arche (rhymes with “marsh”) as members work toward their dream of establishing the first L'Arche home in the area. The group also hosts charity days, celebrations, "Pizza with the Pastor" and other social events.

Stuck on repeat


Highland Springs High School is celebrating a football dynasty, following the Springers' second consecutive 5A state championship last week. Chris Thaxton caught the game-winning three-yard touchdown with 26 seconds left to help the Springers defeat Stone Bridge of Ashburn, 35-29. Highland Springs finished 14-1.

Quarterback Juwan Carter threw three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Springers, who prior to last year's championship hadn't won a state title since 1961. Now, Highland Springs is basking in the limelight again.

Glen Allen residents win $50k on ABC’s ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’


Glen Allen residents Al and Esther Thompson won $50,000 on ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday night. The couple's home, which is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items, competed against three others in the country for the prize.

The house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, has been featured on a number of local and national television and radio shows in years past.

Local companies partner for winter clothing drive

Lee Conner Realty and Keen Insurance in Sandston are partnering with Risen Army Ministries to host a winter clothes drive for children and teens. The companies specifically are seeking coats, knitted hats and socks for children ages 3 to 17.

New or gently used items may be dropped off at either Lee Conner Reality and Associates, Inc., Suite A, or Keen Insurance, Suite D at 309 E. Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

Glen Allen residents to appear on ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ Monday on ABC


Al and Esther Thompson's Glen Allen home will be featured on the ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday at 9 p.m. The couple's home is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items.

The couple's house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, is one of several that will compete on the show for a $50,000 prize. The show was taped in October.

Sensitive Santa to visit Regency Square


Regency Square will host Sensitive Santa Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event gives children on the autism spectrum an opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with Santa this Christmas during the first Sensitive Santa event. Families can experience Santa without the common hustle and bustle and sensory overload.

Families also may book during certain times, easing the experience of standing in long lines. Children can be photographed with Santa in an autism-friendly setting.

Henricus ‘Hops’ event about more than beer


The crowds thronged roads and walkways leading to their destination. Some visitors pushed strollers; many brought multiple children; others came singly or in couples. But all shared the same singlemindedness and eagerness to achieve their goals.

No, it wasn't Black Friday.

These visitors came seeking history, family fun – and beer.

The second annual Hops In The Park Harvest Festival, held Nov. 12 at Henricus Historical Park, showcased Virginia craft beverages of all kinds and had representatives from 21 breweries, cideries and meaderies on hand, in addition to hops farmers from around the commonwealth.

Malvern Hill Farm under contract


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.

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