By Zachary Halaschak, Special to the Citizen 06/28/2016 Features
In a first-of-its-kind event in the area, two local organizations last week hosted a workshop and training session for service providers and others who deal with youth homelessness.
Advocates for Richmond Youth organized the event, which took place on June 23 at the Bon Air Methodist Church, and St. Joseph's Villa assisted. The goal of the event was to expose service providers to the reality of youth homelessness and teach them how to access the resources they need to help affected children. It featured representatives from 65 different service providers throughout the state and some from elsewhere in the nation.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/15/2015 Features
You might call it a late-night premonition. Susan Trainham was getting ready for bed when she said something just told her to go to the store and buy a Lottery ticket. So that’s exactly what she did.
Despite the late hour, she went to Friend’s Mart at 6308 Horsepen Road in Henrico and bought a ticket. When she won $20, she decided to use it to buy a few more tickets. The first one she scratched won $10. The next ticket won $150,000.
“I’m very excited,” she said as she claimed her prize. “This is a blessing and there’s no way to describe it.”
By Charlie Broaddus, Special to the Citizen 09/22/2015 Features
This Is One Really Incredible 99 Year Old.
Those words appear on a pillow in the center of Ersell Brinser’s bed. At the foot of the bed, you’ll find a pile of four folded blankets, all designed as American flags and crocheted by Brinser. Crocheting is how she spends her time when she isn’t watching Dr. Phil or Oprah.
Although she crochets many blankets with different color schemes, Brinser’s most popular design is the American flag. She recently presented a flag to Henrico County, her home for the majority of her life. She received a certificate of appreciation – and a personal visit – from County Manager John Vithoulkas.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/21/2015 Features
Bernard Wyatt of Henrico may be the master of understatement. When asked how it felt to discover he’d won the $1 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Cash Blast game, he said, “It was a nice surprise.”
He didn’t set out to win the prize, though. In fact, what brought him to Horizon Food Store at 6141 Charles City Road in Henrico was not Lottery tickets, but the chicken.
“They make some of the best fried chicken in Eastern Henrico County,” he said.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/21/2015 Features
Volunteers from throughout the nation – including several groups at Richmond National Battlefield Park – will visit and help to improve their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests Saturday, Sept. 26 – and to celebrate National Public Lands Day, the largest volunteer day for public lands in our country.
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment. Last year, more than 175,000 Americans participated at more than 2,100 sites, and included groups such as the Student Conservation Association, Outdoor Nation, The Corps Network, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/18/2015 Features
The UCI Road World Championships, which will take place in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties Sept. 19-27, will result in temporary road closures in Henrico County for races on Saturday, Sept. 19; Sunday, Sept. 20; and Wednesday, Sept. 23.
The first two days of racing – Saturday's practice runs and Sunday's men's and women's team time trials – will begin in Lakeside at Lewist Ginter Botanical Garden and travel through a wide portion of Varina as well.
Thirty Center for the Arts students from Henrico H.S. will serve as flag bearers in the opening processional for the UCI Road World Championships opening ceremonies Sept. 18.
In addition, Henrico H.S. alumnus and “American Idol” finalist Rayvon Owen will sing the National Anthem and “Believe” at the ceremonies, which will include state, federal and local elected officials, in addition to UCI President Brian Cookson.
The celebration, which will kick off a nine-day international cycling event beginning the next day, will also feature a concert by the Richmond Symphony and a parade of flags representing each participating country.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/14/2015 Features
Henrico residents Grace and David Gallagher, founders of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and Speak Up 5k, will receive the Carol S. Fox MAKING KIDS COUNT Award at an Oct. 7 ceremony at the Bolling Haxall House in Richmond.
Voices for Virginia’s Children, an independent, non-partisan policy research and advocacy organization, presents the award annually to individuals and organizations making exemplary efforts to improve the lives of Virginia’s children.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 09/03/2015 Features
In only eight years of existence, Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) has grown from a single, small after-school program to a series of sports camps, summer camps, recreational and after-school programs serving several hundred children each year.
Four years ago, Henrico PAL also won national recognition as Aubrey Temple of the Youth Leadership Council and board member Johnny Newman were honored as "Male Youth of the Year" and "Male Volunteer of the Year" at the national conference.
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