Today is national 811 Day

State and national officials are reminding people to call 811 before they dig, to ensure that all underground lines are marked by utility companies first.

August 11 is national 811 Day, and Virginia State Corporation Commission officials want homeowners and professional excavators to remember the importance of calling 811. Every year, thousands of underground utility lines are struck or damaged nationwide by excavation activities. This can result in disruption of service, property damage, injuries and even deaths. It also can lead to liability claims and civil penalties against the responsible parties.

Calling 811 is free and notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig or demolish. Utility locators will come to your project area, within the time allowed by law, to mark the approximate horizontal location of their underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes or flags. Once marked, any digging within 24 inches of these marked underground lines must be done by hand for safe excavation.

VA811 is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding legal state and national holidays. However, emergency notifications can be made 365 days a year, 24 hours a day for excavations involving emergencies as defined in the Virginia Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act.

“When it comes to underground utility lines, safety is everyone’s responsibility," said Senior Damage Prevention Specialist Frank Hudik of the SCC’s Division of Utility and Railroad Safety. "What you can’t see truly can hurt you if you damage underground pipelines, cable, water, sewer or electric lines. Whether you are a homeowner or a professional contractor, always call 811 before you dig and follow Virginia’s C.A.R.E. message."

To learn more about “Digging with C.A.R.E.” and Virginia’s damage prevention program, contact the Division of Utility and Railroad Safety at (804) 371-9980; or visit http://www.scc.virginia.gov/urs/mutility/index.aspx.
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Henrico Schools to host College and Career Night Nov. 1


Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.

College and Career Night will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based nonprofit Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing its accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team during the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.” These standards cover areas such as: mission, strategy and evaluation; leadership – board, staff and volunteers; legal compliance and ethics; finance and operations; resource development; and public awareness, engagement and advocacy. Commonwealth Autism was one of six organizations in the Richmond region to be recognized and the first in the region to achieve full accreditation. In addition to this accreditation, Commonwealth Autism is recognized as an Accredited Charity with the Richmond Better Business Bureau and holds accreditation from the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations (COEBO). > Read more.

Purify Infrared Sauna opens at GreenGate


Purify Infrared Sauna recently opened its second Henrico location at GreenGate Shopping Center in Short Pump.

Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

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The 2017 Central Virginia Kidney Walk will start at 9 a.m. in Innsbrook’s North Shore Commons, 4901 Lake Brook Dr. Kidney Walk, the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease, raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/2017KidneyWalk. Full text

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