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ChildFund’s influence spreads globally


In 1938, a Presbyterian minister from Richmond, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke, created a campaign to help Chinese children orphaned during the Second Sino-Japanese war. He connected donors on a one-to-one basis with children through “adoptions.”

Today, his model has grown into an international organization – ChildFund International – that serves 18.1 million people in 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Acting on its growing understanding of what works for children, ChildFund moved from running orphanages to helping families and communities fight poverty at its roots.

Henricus adding Church and Meeting Hall

The last heavy timber beams were fitted earlier this month week into the roof structure to complete the framing of the recreated 1611 Church and Meeting Hall at Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County. The building soon will complement the facilities of the open-air museum.

The church structure was the focus of civic activity within a settlement. The church served as a place of worship but also was a court of law and meeting space in 17th-century English culture. It was where information was disseminated, orders issued, grievances aired and discipline enforced.

New banners raised in Highland Springs

Along the streets in Eastern Henrico’s Highland Springs, bright banners can be seen on telephone poles, reminiscent of the ones that first were hung 20 years ago in an effort to liven the area. The banners are restoring pride and are part of a community’s answer to revitalization.

Peggy Reid, a longtime resident and member of the Highland Springs Garden Club, believed that the banners should be brought back to life after years of weathering. Reid approached Mark Romers, president of the Eastern Henrico Business Association, with a $500 check that sparked the project.

“I thought it was a great idea and something that the community would be behind,” said Romers. “We had similar ornamental street lights and signs, but over the years they became tattered and worn. It was about time.”

Highland Springs has been around since the 1890s and began as a streetcar suburb of Richmond on the Seven Pines Railway Company’s electric street railway.

Henrico woman wins $200k in lottery

LaJune Brown didn’t get much sleep the night before she claimed her prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game. The Henrico woman woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep, so she decided to check her tickets. That’s when she discovered she had two tickets that matched all five winning numbers in the June 3 Cash 5 night drawing.

Those two tickets each won the game’s $100,000 top prize, for a total of $200,000. She bought both tickets at Quik Stop, 3200 Darbytown Road in Henrico.

The winning numbers were 5-8-12-20-29. She selected her numbers from important family dates.

Green buildings, solarized homes proliferating in Henrico

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of occasional articles about environmentally friendly efforts in Henrico County.

About four years ago, Henrico County's unofficial "green corridor" of Staples Mill Road took off on a growth spurt, adding in quick succession such LEED-certified buildings as Glen Allen High School, the renovated Glen Allen Library and a couple of solar homes.

The new Holman Middle School built on nearby Francistown Road also earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification thanks to such features as efficient mechanical equipment, high-performance lighting systems, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Recipe for disaster


Take three firefighters, assisted by three colleagues.

Add liberal doses of Spam, sausage sticks, canned tomatoes and chicken, pineapple and peaches; toss dough for a pizza; sprinkle with coconut, Craisins and pecans.

Heat three grills, allow 30 minutes, and what have you got?

If you were a judge at the first annual "Best Firehouse Cook" competition, the result was three mighty good meals.

Golden goal


On eight-year-old Kaylie-Jade Plott’s Disney princess calendar, there is a big red "X" marked on July 9 – the day she and her mother, Jamie Williams, will embark upon a five-day trip to Brazil for the World Cup to experience the opportunity of a lifetime.

Kaylie-Jade, a second-grader at Ratcliffe Elementary in Eastern Henrico, is one of only 25 kids throughout the country who won a trip to Brazil through the McDonald’s Player Escort Program.

“I will get to walk with a professional soccer player on the field – I am so excited,” Kaylie-Jade said. “I can’t believe it, I really can’t.”

National bowling tourney rolling into Short Pump

More than 60 competitors of all ages and skill levels from throughout the nation will gather in Short Pump June 9-14 to show that their abilities – not their disabilities – guide their lives.

They’ll be competing in the 53rd Annual American Wheelchair National Bowling Tournament at Bowl America in Short Pump. Among them will be 55-year-old Henrico resident Jerry Mills, who has been bowling for more than 20 years and who claimed the 2004 national championship in Oklahoma. Mills considers that title one of his proudest moments.

A great nephew’s quest

A neighbor “across the pond” in the United Kingdom has spent years looking for clues to his Henrico heritage -- and he is hoping that county residents can help him in his search.

In May of 2013, Len Jolley visited Henrico County to learn more about his great, great, great uncle by marriage, Capt. John Cussons.

If the name rings a bell, that’s because Cussons features prominently in Henrico history books, and is cited in the county library’s “Notable Henricoans” database.

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