Keep Henrico Beautiful honors Land Lovers, Clean Business award winners

Five residents and five businesses recently received the 2017 Keep Henrico Beautiful Land Lover and Clean Business awards.

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee chose residential and business properties that are nicely landscaped and maintained. This year marked the 22nd year of the awards program.

The winners represent a residential and commercial property from each of the county's five districts. Winners received award-winning signs that were placed on their properties, and each winner also was recognized by the Henrico Board of Supervisors at its June 27 meeting.

The winners of the Land Lover award for residential properties were Julian Pemberton, Brookland District; Robert and Kiely Sharpe, Fairfield District; Aubery and Elaine Garner, Three Chopt District; Sandee Bailey, Tuckahoe District; and Christie Stuart Johnson, Varina District.

The winners of the Clean Business award for commercial properties were: 2nd & Charles, 9004 W. Broad St., Brookland District; Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Fairfield District; Exxon/7-Eleven, 9525 W. Broad St., Three Chopt District; Colonial Athletic Association, 8625 Patterson Ave., Tuckahoe District; and Victory Farms, 7001 Osborne Turnpike, Varina District.

Bailey, the Tuckahoe District Land Lover award-winner, is passionate about the nature on her property, as well as protecting the environment.

“Just after we bought this run down house and property two years ago, I learned about the Virginia Master Naturalist Program, which entirely changed my prospective on the function of the land I live on,” Bailee said. “The water that flows in my yard eventually goes to the Chesapeake Bay, so I have taken major action to reduce polluted runoff. I also took the master naturalist training to heart and planted Virginia native species, created two rain gardens and installed a native riparian border to reduce runoff and support native pollinators and birds.”

Varina District Clean Business award-winner Victory Farms prides itself on its natural approach to farming, said Gina Collins of Victory Farms.

"Victory Farms is successful because of our great customers, their loyal support of our family farm and the interest our community has in fresh, local, Certified Naturally Grown vegetables," she said. “We have always worked very hard to keep our farm neat and tidy, not just to look good for our customers and community, but it's also better for the plants, harvesting, bug and weed control and it helps us grow organically."

The Certified Naturally Grown designation means that CNG farmers, such as Victory Farms, do not use any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). CNG livestock are raised on pastures with a lot of room to roam and eat food without synthetic inputs or genetically modified ingredients, according to the Certified Naturally Grown website.

“We have been doing this for a living for nearly 25 years, 10 of which have been here in Virginia," Collins said. "It feels great to be recognized for all of the hard work that our crew, especially farmer Charlie Collins, does to maintain our farm. We are thrilled with the welcome we have received over the last four years with owning this farm in Varina.”
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Rock on!

The painted rocks craze is thriving in Henrico, as a walk around the grounds of local libraries and parks will demonstrate. This rock was spotted near Libbie Mill Library, and there's a slideshow of many more uniquely-painted stones on the RVA Rocks Facebook page (

Painting and hiding rocks is a family activity appropriate for all ages, and parents especially like the way it fosters creativity and gets kids outdoors. > Read more.

Goochland man arrested at RIC with gun

A Goochland County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport July 19 after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the 9 mm caliber handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it entered the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 12 bullets. > Read more.

Kansas man struck, killed while crossing West Broad Street

A 54-year-old Kansas man was struck and killed by a car while attempting to cross West Broad Street near Bethlehem Road in the Near West End at about 10:30 p.m., July 19.

Julius A. McBride of Overland Park, Kansas, was struck by a car traveling east on West Broad Street. > Read more.

Henrico Police warn citizens to ‘Take it, Lock it or Lose it’

Eastern parts of Henrico County have witnessed a recent increase in larceny from automobiles, so Henrico Police officials are spreading the word to encourage citizens to lock their vehicles.

Police are handing out and posting fliers and putting message boards in neighborhoods to educate residents.

There usually is a rise of larceny from automobiles during Christmas, spring and summer break, said Henrico Police Officer James Bupp. > Read more.

Glover to be inducted posthumously into Babe Ruth Hall of Fame

Late Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover will be inducted into the Babe Ruth Southeast Region Hall of Fame during a ceremony Aug. 14 at RF&P Park at approximately 6:30 p.m., prior to a 14-and-under Babe Ruth World Series game. The Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association, which is hosting the World Series, made the announcement July 18. > Read more.

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CAT Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd., will launch its new kids’ camp, “KIT’NS: Kids In Theatre ‘N Stagecraft,” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 10-14. Campers will learn theatre games and the rudiments of stage combat, explore several dramatic styles, learn costume and stage design and will perform for family and friends in the evening of the final day of camp. An additional camp will be held July 31 to Aug. 4. While the structure and activities will be the same, each camp is unique. For ages 8-14. Cost is $250 per camper per week; siblings are $225. Discounts available for signing up for multiple weeks. To register, call 262-9760 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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