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Henrico to commemorate expanded Fire Station 13 on June 8

Henrico County will celebrate the expansion and renovation of Fire Station 13 with a ceremony and family-oriented activities Saturday, June 8 at the station, 12491 Church Road.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature a ribbon-cutting and a hose-uncoupling, as well as remarks by members of the Board of Supervisors and other county officials. The activities also will include tours of the station, food and a fire truck inflatable bouncer for children.

Fire Station 13 opened in 1986, with 5,445 square feet of space and two vehicle bays. A $3.2 million project approved by voters in the 2005 bond referendum expanded the station to 8,753 square feet, with three vehicle bays.

The station offers sleeping quarters for 13 firefighters per shift, a large kitchen area and day room, exercise room, training room and 4½ bathrooms. It is home to Engine 13, Squad 13, and Medic 13 and is assigned 31 firefighters, 10 per shift plus a station captain.

The renovation and expansion project was designed under the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. Henrico is pursuing LEED Silver certification for the project.

For details about the dedication, call Henrico Fire at (804) 501-4900 or visit http://www.co.henrico.va.us/fire


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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