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Varina farm protected by conservation easement

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.

Pow Wow celebrates American Indians

Richmond American Indian Pow Wow, held Nov. 15-17 at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico, featured art, culture, dance, exhibits, festivals, music and history showcasing Native Americans in Virginia. Among those honored at the event was 80-year-old Pat Richardson, pictured at right with her son, Wayahsti Richardson. The elder Richardson has supported her tribal family, culture and young dancers for decades.

Graceful living

Bursts of laughter come from a typically quiet room at A Grace Place, an adult care center in Henrico. Inside, groups of players sit contentedly around tables, moving their oversized game pieces around and enjoying each other’s company. At the age of 99, Marie Bradley is the oldest person at the table, but that doesn’t stop her from playing another game of dominoes with her friends.

At A Grace Place, individuals like Marie can find personalized care, health management and just plain fun.

Are ‘Uke’ ready?

Ukelele enthusiasts will gather at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen next month for an intimate celebration of the unique sounds created by the four-stringed instrument.

The second-annual UkeFest Virginia will return Nov. 1-2, uniting musicians and enthusiasts from all over the country.

“Whether you’re a fan of listening or playing, you can find it at UkeFest Virginia,” said Cultural Arts Center spokeswoman Anita Waters.

Across generations

The few minutes Virginia Haden spends helping schoolchildren cross the street at Lauderdale Drive in front of Carver Elementary in the morning and afternoon are the moments she cherishes most during her day.

Haden has been faithfully serving as a crossing guard for Henrico County Schools for more than 43 years and is viewed by many as an established part of the community.

A grandmother to students, trusted by parents, and a friendly, well-known face in the neighborhood, Haden is a special part of Carver Elementary.

‘Scouting for Food’ drive to begin Oct. 26

On Saturday, Oct. 26th, an estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts will fan out through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door‐to‐door marking phase one of the annual ‘Scouting for Food’ effort, now in its 26th year. The Scouts will return to the same neighborhoods a week later – Saturday, Nov. 2 – to collect the bags filled with donations.

“This year, nearly 260,000 households will receive a bag on Oct. 26, and it is our hope that thousands of Central Virginia residents will fill these bags with non‐perishable items like peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna fish, and more,” said FeedMore spokesman Jeff Baldwin.

Pink-out at St. Mary’s

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the fountain lighting at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital will be pink during the month of October. In addition, pink design elements have been added to the outside of St. Mary’s and other local Bon Secours hospitals, and pink ribbons have been placed around the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Honoring life-savers

St. Joseph’s Villa officials recently unfurled a banner on the Villa campus near the corner of Brook and Parham Roads to thank Henrico County firefighters for saving the lives of several residents of the Hollybrook apartments on the campus, following a Sept. 5 fire there.

The apartments are home to disabled residents with limited mobility, which firefighters knew when they received the call for service. Since many residents are unable to help themselves escape from the buildings during an emergency, teams of firefighters from several local stations arrived on the scene.

Summit spotlights dangerous driving habits

A commuter train runs a red light in Los Angeles and collides with a freight train, killing 25 and injuring 135.

A helicopter runs out of gas and crashes a mile short of landing while on a medical flight in Missouri, killing the pilot, the patient, and two medical personnel.

A tractor trailer driver veers out of his lane and crosses the median in Kentucky, killing 11 -- including eight members of a family traveling to a wedding.

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