Gas prices likely to remain elevated at least one more week

Gas prices locally are expected to remain elevated for at least one more week in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic officials.

And the uncertainty of the next massive storm – Hurricane Irma – also could have an impact in the days and weeks ahead.

In the Richmond region, the average cost of one gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline Tuesday was $2.49 – up 15 cents per gallon from last Friday and 33 cents per gallon from last month. It was still lower, however, than the state ($2.52) and national ($2.65) averages, according to AAA.

Eight of the Gulf Coast oil refineries that stopped production during Harvey's deluge have restarted, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Those eight represent about 10 percent of the refining capabilities of the region. At its peak, Harvey shuttered 27 percent of U.S. processing capacity. No refineries have returned to normal rates, but at least four are operating at reduced rates.

In addition, pipelines forced to take pre-cautionary shut downs caused by Harvey either have resumed operations or are in the process of coming back online. That includes the Colonial Pipeline, which currently has only suspended the Texas operations, while the remainder of the system continues to operate with available supply.

In response to refineries and pipeline shutdowns, last week the DOE authorized the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to negotiate and execute emergency exchange agreements authorizing 5.6 million barrels of crude oil to be released. In addition, DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency issued waivers to Colonial to accept more product into its pipeline.

With more than 50 inches of rain, Harvey set a record for the greatest amount of single-storm rainfall for the continental U.S.

“News of refineries starting-up is very promising, but we aren’t in the clear yet,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "The average price of gasoline in the Commonwealth of Virginia surged 38 cents in the last ten days and drivers will likely continue to feel pain at the pump with an additional hike of five to ten cents more in the week ahead. States in the south, southeast and mid-Atlantic are most likely to see the biggest surges as these states receive the bulk of their supplies from the Gulf Coast. One additional scenario, Hurricane Irma, could push gas prices even higher if it hits Florida this weekend."
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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.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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Varina and Mehfoud Elementary PTA will host a free Fall Festival at Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Rd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival includes music, food, trunk or treat, costume contests, raffles, local vendors and games. There will also be a silent auction showcasing products and services from both national and local businesses. All proceeds will go directly to Varina and Mehfoud elementary schools for academic resources. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.vesmespta.ptboard.com. Full text

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