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Church uses goats to clear overgrowth


For the past week, dozens of goats have called the Christ United Methodist Church off of Horsepen Road home.

The goats are not just for show though; – they are actually hard at work. Julia Davidson, a long time member of the church, came up with the idea of hiring goats to come in and help eat the large amount of foliage that has cropped up in the woods behind the church. Davidson told the Citizen that she thought the woods area obscured the view of the church from the road.

Let’s get cooking


Craving a homemade chicken piccata dish?

Then you'll want to make plans to visit Emily's Cafe, where that's the signature entree. The restaurant isn't taking reservations yet, but that's only because it doesn't exist.

Emily Waters is determined to make it a reality one day, however – and who would bet against her?

Waters, an 11-year-old student at Henrico's Hungary Creek Middle School and budding chef, already is making plans for the Italian-themed restaurant that she expects to bear her name one day.

Fresh Air Fund seeks summer host families


The Fresh Air Fund – a program that has provided free summer experiences to New York City children from low-income communities for 140 years – is seeking host families in Central Virginia for this summer.

Thousands of New York City children visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years old.

Henrico teen named CMoR Snow Queen


Henrico teen Unity Bowling, of Varina, recently was named the Children Museum of Richmond’s 2016 Snow Queen. Bowling won the title through an online vote, defeating two other finalists.

Bowling, who is a junior in high school and is homeschooled, volunteers regularly with Read to Them, Reach Out and Read and the Children's Hospital at VCU. She is a part of Miss America Org and mentors and promotes literacy in the community, advocates for the importance of children being read to from an early age and works with various organizations to promote book drive donations.

Mighty Pen kicking off new sessions


The Mighty Pen Project – a university-level class designed to teach military veterans how to best write the stories of their experiences – has opened the application process in order to fill two upcoming classes. One class will run from Jan. 20 through Mar. 23, while the other will be held from Apr. 13 through Jun. 15. Registration is now available for both of these classes.

The project is sponsored by the Virginia War Memorial. Previous classes have included veterans of conflicts and wars in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Local author’s book designed to inspire


Emily Kimball has criss-crossed the country by bike, hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, and walked coast to coast in England -- all while in her sixties.

She has enjoyed careers as a community organizer, an outdoor recreation manager, and a planner for the Virginia Office on Aging. She's been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and featured in stories in Family Circle and Lifestyle Magazine.

Now 84, the lifelong outdoor enthusiast has a new book out recounting some of her experiences.

Holidays will delay Friday CVWMA collections


CVWMA residential recycling collections will be delayed by one day because of the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. There will be no collections either day, so Red Friday recyclers will instead have their materials collected on Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2.

Residential recycling collections Monday through Thursday will be on regular schedule.

Night lights


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights is in full effect as the holidays approach. The lights will remain on through Jan. 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly, except for Dec. 24 and 25.

Henrico student named honoree for Jingle Bell Run/Walk


The Richmond Arthritis Foundation will hold its 13th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk Dec. 5 at Mary Munford Elementary, and Henrico resident Kyleigh Broomell will be the 2015 Youth Honoree.

Broomell loves to dance, swim and run; she also just learned how to roller-skate. But some mornings, the active eight-year-old doesn’t even feel like getting out of bed. For the past six years of her young life, Broomell has been living with juvenile arthritis.

Arthritis in its various forms affects one in five people in the U.S., and 300,000 of them are children like Broomell.

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