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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Rolls-Royce supplier lands in Henrico

A United Kingdom-based supplier for Rolls-Royce has established an office and manufacturing center at the Byrd Industrial Park in Eastern Henrico, the Greater Richmond Partnership announced July 18.

Erodex Ltd., a graphite products maker, recently signed a five-year agreement with Rolls-Royce to supply goods to the automotive company's Crosspointe campus in Prince George, Va. Erodex invested $2 million and hired four to quickly ramp up production for its client. > Read more.

New Walmart opens in Eastern Henrico

JULY 19, 7 A.M. – Eastern Henrico's first Walmart Supercenter opens to the public today at 5001 Nine Mile Road. The store, which occupies about 190,000 square feet and employs about 300 people, is located at the site of the former Fairfield Commons Mall, which is now known as Eastgate Town Center. > Read more.

Unattended oily rags cause fire in commercial building near Richmond Raceway

Unattended oily rags that spontaneously combusted caused an early morning two-alarm fire Tuesday in a commercial building in the 3800 block of Carolina Avenue, across from Richmond Raceway.

Henrico firefighters were called at about 5:10 to respond to reports of smoke coming from the building. Once they arrived five minutes later, they found thick smoke pushing from the rood on two sides of a warehouse whose tenant specializes in woodworking and hardwood floors. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: July 17-23, 2017

Crime Stoppers needs your help to solve a Hit & Run in the City of Richmond.

The crime occurred in the Carver neighborhood at the intersection of West Broad and Goshen Streets, around 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Officers were told the victim was on his motorcycle and traveling westbound on West Broad Street. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, July 3-9

A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

5304 Coxson Rd. – $126,500, 1,819 SF (built in 1953), from Madeline M. Weaver to Kyle and Aja O. Powers.

2451 Yarnell Rd. – $140,700, 1,196 SF (built in 1972), from Albert C. and Mary E. Nolan to Albert C. Nolan Jr.

909 Bowitch Ct. – $194,500, 1,824 SF (built in 2001), from Agnes H. Jones to Mark A. Dawkins. > Read more.

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