Citizen Staff Reports 07/27/2015 Features
Richmond 2015, the organizers of the UCI Road World Championships, will host a series of informational meetings to help the community “Get Race Ready”! The series of meetings will take place daily the first two weeks of August at various times and locations throughout the region.
Three of the meetings will be held in Henrico:
• Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School in Varina;
• Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside;
Citizen Staff Reports 03/31/2015 Features
The National Park Service plans to conduct controlled burns at the Richmond National Battlefield Park site of Malvern Hill in Eastern Henrico April 1. The burn will take place on approximately 60 acres of the Civil War site. Another burn is scheduled on 20 acres at Cold Harbor in Hanover County within the next few weeks, conditions permitting.
The park burns these areas every two to three years in order to maintain the landscape as it appeared when the opposing armies fought during the summers of 1862 and 1864.
The specific objective of the burn at Malvern Hill is to maintain the historic 1862 scene as a meadow and to reduce woody and non-native species density.
By Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service 03/31/2015 Features
It was the birthing cry of a nation, and 240 years later, Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech still resonates.
In fact, if you know where to look in Richmond, you can still hear it.
A re-enactment was held at St. John’s Church on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the speech that Henry delivered at the Second Virginia Convention in March 1775. More re-enactments will be conducted for schoolchildren during April. And from May until September, the speech will be re-enacted for the general public every Sunday afternoon.
Photos by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 03/20/2015 Features
Local mural artist Hamilton Glass led a group of about 15 Richmond Strikers Soccer Club players in painting Henrico County’s first outdoor mural, at Striker Park in Short Pump, March 9.
Above, Morgan Roberson finishes a section of the mural, which spans two walls of the Striker Park athletic training room and is 60 feet long. Bon Secours Sports Medicine and the Strikers partnered to commission and fund the mural.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/19/2015 Features
Working on behalf of the Capital Region Collaborative, the Partnership for Housing Affordability has commissioned a report to address current and future housing needs for the Richmond region, impediments to meeting these needs and proposed strategies based on successful case studies. The report provides an affordable housing gap analysis and outlines strategies that may be employed to close the gap and measure progress during the next 15 years.
Presenters from the Partnership for Housing Affordability, TowneBank Richmond, The Community Foundation, the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University will share insights from the report at a symposium March 31 at 3:30 p.m., in the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/03/2015 Features
You might call it a very unusual Valentine’s Day present. Brenda Maxey won the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier Scratcher game – and it happened on Feb. 14.
She bought the winning ticket at Sandston Chubby’s, 5710 Williamsburg Road in Sandston. Then she took the ticket out to her car and scratched it. That’s when she realized she’d won the game’s top prize.
“I looked at. I looked at it again,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought, ‘That can’t be right!’”
Citizen Staff Reports 03/02/2015 Features
Read Across America Day, or Dr. Seuss’s birthday, was celebrated March 2 by more than 60 members of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, who fanned out across the region to read to toddlers and preschoolers. Their mission was to foster a love of books and reading with children and to raise awareness for the importance of early literacy.
The goal of early literacy is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between youngsters and adults and the role of literacy-rich experiences.
Above, Kings Dominion employee Raquel Goodson reads Green Eggs and Ham to some eager listeners at Antioch Learning Center in Henrico’s East End.
The Woodshedders (at top) perform during 'Bluebird at the Hipp,' an event at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond Feb. 20 designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
The Bluebird is a café in Nashville where musicians find a "safe" home. CASA volunteers work to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children. Funds raised from the event (which charged $125 per ticket) and its silent auction benefit Henrico CASA, which works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/17/2015 Features
One hundred people attended the opening of an art exhibit hosted by Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation Feb. 6 at the Robinson Gallery at Lakewood, a continuing care retirement community in western Henrico County.
The exhibit featured works by two residents of Lakewood: woodcarver Margaret Leith and photographer Bill Draper (pictured).
Leith has been carving wood for nearly 15 years. An engineering design draftsperson in her career, she always loved architecture and wood.
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