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Malvern Hill Farm under contract


A historic Eastern Henrico farm – the site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1862 – will be preserved in its entirety, thanks to the Capital Region Land Conservancy.

The CRLC has agreed to purchase Malvern Hill Farm (which is about 875 acres in size and straddles Eastern Henrico and Charles City County) for its appraised value of $6.56 million. The sellers are by descendants of William Heighler Ferguson Sr., who originally purchased Malvern Hill Farm in 1939.

“In one transaction CRLC is taking a giant step in protecting the natural and historic land and water resources of our region,” said Parker C. Agelasto, executive director of Capital Region Land Conservancy.

Collegiate to host TEDxYouth@RVA


For the second year, TEDxYouth@RVA will be one of hundreds of youth events happening as part of TEDYouth Day 2015. Beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Collegiate School, a diverse selection of speakers will contribute to the theme “Made in the Future.”

Among the speakers will be Aidan Brown, Moody Middle IB student; Emma Callaghan, Hermitage H.S. Center for Humanities sophomore; Luke Tyson, Collegiate School eighth grader; John Marshall, Glen Allen H.S. administrator; Justin Graves, Virginia Tech graduate; May Donahue, Collegiate senior; Craig Dodson, founder and director of Richmond Cycling Corps; Daniel Bartles, STEM coordinator at Collegiate; Dominic Barrett; executive director of Shalom Farms; Sara Surface, University of Virginia senior; Hillary Zell, designer and printmaker; Garth Callaghan, founder of Napkin Notes; and Joshua Bailey, co-founder and CEO of the Gray Haven Project.

Alzheimer’s Association walk raises more than $418,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 7 in Innsbrook raised more than $418,000 for Alzheimer’s care support programs, and research, according to organizers.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of three walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond; the others were held in Urbanna Sept. 19 and in Fredericksburg Sept. 26.

American Legion, Va. War Memorial to offer disposal of worn American flags


The Virginia War Memorial is again teaming up with the American Legion to collect and properly dispose of old, worn and soiled American flags.

From Friday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 15, any individual or group with an American flag or flags in poor condition can bring them to the Virginia War Memorial at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond. The flags will be collected and retired as part of a formal ceremony conducted by members of American Legion Post 84 in Henrico County.

“We began offering this public service program in November 2013 and have been extremely pleased with the public response,” said Candi Shelton, Virginia War Memorial Education Director.

Final Holiday Shoppers Fair scheduled Nov. 6-7

The 21st and final Holiday Shoppers Fair, presented by the Museum Stores of Richmond, will be held Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue. Admission is free.

At the event, Richmond-area museum gift shops sell their wares, including many specialty items that make unique holiday gifts. Proceeds from the sale benefit the participating museums. They include:

• Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

• Science Museum of Virginia

‘Making Kids Count’ award honors Gallaghers


When David and Grace Gallagher found plans for a 5k in their daughter Cameron’s room soon after she died, they knew what they had to do.

What they didn’t realize, at the time, was just how long they might be doing it.

Sixteen-year-old Cameron, who collapsed due to an undiagnosed heart condition shortly after completing a half-marathon, had suffered for years from severe depression and anxiety. But because she was always smiling and kept her difficulties to herself, many that knew her had no idea of her struggles.

WWII vet honored as part of exhibit


Henrico resident Donald O. “Spec” Campen poses next to a photograph of himself as part of a new exhibit of photo portraits of 14 veterans of World War II that was unveiled Oct. 5 at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. The photos of Campen, 95, and the other veterans were originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in August and were taken by photographer Dean Hoffmeyer, using a vintage 4x5 format Speed Graphic film camera – the type used by many photographers during the 1940s.

Henrico store sells $150k Va. Lottery ticket


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.”

Stitching an American story


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.

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