A bountiful harvest

Hundreds of people enjoyed Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival at Meadow Farm in Glen Allen Oct. 15. Visitors experienced hands-on activities and demonstrations that depicted life in a simpler time.

Richmond National Battlefield Park seeks volunteers for National Public Lands Day

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.

Henrico prepares for UCI cycling races

Competitors in the UCI championships train on Lakeside Avenue Friday morning.
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.

Rayvon Owen, HHS students to star in Friday opening ceremonies

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.

Gallaghers to receive Carol S. Fox Award

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.

Full circle

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.

Buggin’ out

Fans of Volkswagen were in Bug heaven last month at Bugstock, which hosted a gathering of the iconic VW Beetle, Bus and other classic vehicles at Henrico's Twin Hickory Park. The Aug. 23 event featured vehicles from Richmond Region AACA and Central Virginia Vintage VW club members.

Henrico community rallies around local family after house fire

The beauty of tragedy is that it often brings with it the opportunity for an inspiring recovery. The Henrico community recently embodied that opportunity.

Tragedy struck a Henrico family when a fire scorched its home, leaving it with nothing. One of the family members is a teenage boy who was ready to embark on his college journey at James Madison University, but those plans seemingly went up in smoke with the fire.

Despite losing everything, that teenager has gone to James Madison, all thanks to a community effort to gather resources and raise money for the family. (Family members requested that their names not be used in this article.)

On the trail of history

Cameron Hopkins did not grow up in a typical neighborhood.

Sure, it may have seemed like an everyday community at times, but the ground beneath his feet was too significant to call “normal.”

Hopkins, a rising senior at Varina High School, spent his childhood at home in the Fort Harrison section of Richmond National Battlefield Park, a national park commemorating Richmond’s copious Civil War history.

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