Henrico County VA

Stitching an American story

99-Year-Old Henrico woman spreads patriotism through crocheting

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.

Derby day

Cub Scout Pack 736 (pictured at top) held its annual Pinewood Derby car race Jan. 31 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, featuring 69 cars made and painted by Scouts – including the Batman-themed racer displayed by nine-year-old Jaden Radogna (above).

Fifty-nine Scouts participated in the derby races and all had to comply with the technical specifications that apply to all Cub Scout pinewood racecars. A number of creative designs were reflected among the cars, including tanks, bacon, Hershey bar, submarine, cheese and Lego shapes and themes.

Troop produces 6 Eagle Scouts

Six Boy Scouts from a West End Boy Scout Troop will earn Eagle Scout recognition Feb. 8.

The Scouts from Troop 770, sponsored by River Road Presbyterian Church, are: Adam Jones, Sam Murphy, Cabell Murray, Ted Palmer, Kyle Adams and Grayson Phillips. The teens started in the troop together and have steadily climbed the ranks to earn the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts. Only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts. The awards will be conferred at River Road Presbyterian Church.

“What an impressive group of young men,” said Scoutmaster David Bernhardt. “They have excelled in Scouting, in the classroom and on the athletic field.”

A dream remembered

Dr. Arthur Roots of Richmond (at right) sings a capella during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration at Highland Springs United Methodist Church Jan. 19. The event also featured Henrico native and actor Tony Cosby giving his impassioned version of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech and a performance by the seventh-grade chorus from Fairfield Middle School.

For Sandston group, Africans, a net gain

Members of the Sandston Baptist Church with Ghana Baptist Convention members.

Five Members of Sandston Baptist Church recently traveled to Ghana, West Africa to distribute chemically treated mosquito nets to the tribes of people in Yendi through the program More than Nets, a nonprofit that works in conjunction with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and the Ghana Baptist Convention to reduce malaria.

Linda Shobe, 63 and a lifelong member of the church, said that the October trip was the most rewarding and spiritual experience she has had.

“I have wanted to do a mission trip to Africa since I was a young girl, and now I can say that I went,” she said.

Va529 tax deduction deadline nears

Time is running out for Virginia taxpayers to be eligible for a state individual income tax deduction for contributions to Virginia529 college savings accounts for 2014. Contributions must be made by Dec. 31 to qualify.

Account owners under age 70 may deduct contributions up to $4,000 per account per year; excess contributions may be deducted in subsequent years. Account owners age 70 and above (by Dec. 31) may deduct all contributions made this year. The deduction applies to contributions made to any Virginia529 program–prePAID, inVEST, CollegeWealth or CollegeAmerica.

New Year’s Day holiday will delay some CVWMA collections

CVWMA curbside recycling collections will be delayed by one day Jan. 1-2, since there will be no collections on New Year's Day.

Curbside recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Blue Thursday and Blue Friday curbside recyclers will have a one-day delay in collection services Jan. 1-2. Customers should place their container(s) at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday.

Ease to please

Virginia Lipford has lived on her 10-acre, fourth-generation family farm in Varina for the past 40 years. Now, she can rest comfortably, after the recent establishment of a conservation easement between her family, the Henricopolis Water and Conservation District and the Capital Region Land Conservancy that will help protect her property forever.

A conservation easement takes place when a property owner seeks help in preserving his or her land by limiting certain types of uses or preventing developments from taking place on the land in perpetuity, while the land remains in private hands.

Light show

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights opened Nov. 28 and will illuminate Lakeside nightly from 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 12 (except for Dec. 24 and 25, when it will be closed). This year's theme – A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden – celebrates the history of the Lewis Ginter site, through more than 500,000 twinkling lights.

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