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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.

Mr. Peanut spreads birthday cheer


Local residents (from left) Amy Gilbody, Devin Embrey, Annie Gilbody, Ignatius Gilbody and Lilie Gilbody helped celebrate Mr. Peanut's 100th birthday at the Short Pump Walmart Aug. 11. Mr. Peanut, the symbol of Planters Peanuts, is traveling the nation in his Nutmobile in celebration of his birthday year. He made two stops in Henrico; the other was Aug. 14 at the Brook Road Walmart.

VHBG to host fifth annual youth triathlon


The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls has partnered with Endorphin Fitness to bring a fifth iteration of its widely popular youth triathlon back to Henrico on Aug. 20.

For the past five years, VHBG has hosted the event, which allows children in the program ages 5-14, as well as local children in the same age range, to participate in the race, which includes running, swimming and biking. More than 225 children are expected to participate in this year’s event.

A fair-ly good time


Visitors enjoyed food, games, music and fun at the Midtown State Fair Aug. 7 at Libbie Mill Midtown. The event combined locally grown and produced food and craft beer with the atmosphere of a fair.

Fighting crime with fun


Dozens of communities and neighborhoods throughout Henrico County celebrated National Night Out Aug. 2, taking the time to enjoy food, fellowship and take a stand against crime. Richmond International Raceway hosted an event for surrounding neighborhoods, which included games and activities, smiles from members of the Virginia Clown Alley #3 (top), face painting by Sandra 'Strawberry' Winstead (second from top) and remarks from Henrico Police Chief Hum Cardounel (below, flanked by State Senator Donald McEachin and Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam.)

Rebuild America gives Highland Springs HS a makeover


Highland Springs High School received a minor makeover earlier last month, thanks to volunteers from Rebuild America.

Members of the volunteer group are spending this week painting and cleaning the school, adding wall art and performing outdoor maintenance.

The group is composed of citizens who care about the well-being and beautification of communities across the United States. It already has completed several projects in the Richmond area – including three at Henrico elementary schools last year – and nationwide, including a major project in Detroit during several weeks in 2014.

Staying SAFE


Within the next week or so, grocery shoppers in Henrico and around the region will be able to add an item to their grocery bags that they never could before.

For those shoppers with family members who struggle with addiction, the item may even be a life-saving one.

Chesterfield SAFE, a regional coalition of community leaders, health care workers, educators, law enforcement officers and concerned citizens, will launch a blitz July 25 to place resource cards in grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers and medical centers across the greater Richmond area.

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.

Refugee fair offers help and hope


From a distance, you can't tell that Ahmed Oudah is actually blind in both eyes and needs assistance to move around.

He wasn’t born that way; rather, his eyesight was taken from him when an IED detonated outside of a court building in Baghdad, shattering both his vision and his sense of security. Since that day, Oudah has worked tirelessly to provide a safe and happy future for his family. He finally found that security by applying as a refugee and immigrating to Henrico County.

Although thankful to be out of Iraq, life for Oudah still is very difficult in U.S. As a middle-aged, blind refugee who speaks only limited English, finding work and becoming integrated into the community has been a challenge.

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