Henrico County Television named third best in nation

For the second consecutive year, Henrico County Television (HCTV) has been named the third best overall government television station in the country, trailing only San Diego and Seattle — stations serving major metropolitan areas.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) recognized HCTV for “Overall Programming Excellence,” a category NATOA deems to be of “special significance.” In this category, judges evaluate the variety of programming, technical elements including video quality, audio, lighting and graphics, as well as the overall impression of the station.

TamraRMcKinney “I am thrilled to receive this honor for the second year in a row,” said Public Relations & Media Services Director Tamra McKinney. “To be named the third best government station in the entire country, and to be in the company of major cities like Seattle and San Diego speaks volumes for the quality of HCTV.”

NATOA’s 29th Annual Government Programming Awards were held at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul, Minn. The awards program honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received 720 entries submitted by local governments across the country.

HCTV is available to Comcast and Verizon cable subscribers on channels 17 and 39, respectively. Programs can also be viewed on Comcast’s Video on Demand (under “Get Local”) as well as online at henrico.us/pr/hctv-program-schedule/online-programs.


Voter photo ID needed for Nov 4 election

The Henrico County Office of Voter Registration and Elections will register voters for a free photo ID to help them meet new requirements for voting in Virginia.

Voters will have to present an acceptable form of photo ID at their polling place before casting a ballot in the Nov. 4 general election, under a Virginia law that took effect July 1. Acceptable forms of ID include a Virginia driver’s license, a photo ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, a United States passport, an employee photo ID, a government-issued photo ID and a photo ID from a college or university in Virginia.

Voters also may register for a free photo ID at the Office of Voter Registration and Elections’ locations at the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, and the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road. The offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information, call (804) 501-4347 or go to henrico.us/registrar.


Last day to vote absentee in person is Saturday, November 1, 9 am – 5 pm, Voter Registration & Elections Office, 4301 E Parham Rd.

Polls open 6:00 am – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 4


Tuckahoe town meeting Oct. 20 to highlight recycling programs

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will hold a town meeting Monday, Oct. 20 to discuss the importance of recycling programs in Henrico County.

The meeting will include sessions at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive.

Two representatives of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority — Public Information Coordinator Nancy Drumheller and Board of Directors member Marcia Kelley —will join O’Bannon for a presentation and will answer questions. Tuckahoe town meetings are open to the public.

For more information, call (804) 501-4208 or go to www.patobannon.com.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 20 to highlight GRTC service in Henrico

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Oct. 20 to discuss the GRTC Transit System and its service in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

GRTC CEO David Green and representatives of the Henrico Department of Public Works will join Thornton for the discussion and will answer questions.

For information, call (804) 501-4208.

Henrico Health Department to offer free flu vaccinations Oct. 23, 25

The Henrico County Health Department will offer free seasonal flu vaccines to the public Oct. 23 and 25 at four locations throughout the county.

Clinics offering walk-up service will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center cafeteria, 7850 Carousel Lane; Oakland Village Apartments Community Center, 1400 Old Bronze Drive; and Essex Village Apartments Community Center, 117 Engleside Drive.

A clinic offering drive-up and walk-up service will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Dumbarton Elementary School, 9000 Hungary Spring Road. The clinics are open to residents and nonresidents of Henrico.

Injectable vaccine will be available to individuals age 3 or older on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Anyone receiving a shot should wear short sleeves or other clothing that provides easy access to the upper arm.

For information, go to henrico.us/health or call (804) 501-7250.

Henrico 4-H sale of apples, peanuts, honey, cookbooks underway; orders due Oct. 31

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling apples, peanuts, honey and cookbooks to benefit the 4-H Youth Development program.

The sale features Virginia-grown produce and six different cookbooks, each with more than 140 recipes. The items and prices are:

  • Winesap and York apples, $19 per half-bushel, which equates to about 80 cents per pound;
  • Raw peanuts, with recipes, $11 per 2-pound sack;
  • Salted or unsalted deluxe cocktail peanuts, $14 per 2-pound sack;
  • Honey, $10 per 1-pound jar; and
  • Cookbooks, $8 apiece. The titles are “Diabetic Recipes,” “Kids in the Kitchen,” “Slow Cooker,” “One Dish Dinners,” “Best of the Holidays” and “On the Grill.” Each spiral-bound cookbook measures 5½ by 4¼ inches and includes a soft cover and 150 pages.

Order forms are available at henrico.us/extension; the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive; any Henrico library; or by calling (804) 501-5160. A check or money order payable to Henrico 4-H Fund must accompany each order.

Because supplies are limited, orders received after Friday, Oct. 31 will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the loading dock of the Human Services Building. For information, call (804) 501-5160.

Harvest Festival October 18

Saturday, October 18, noon-4 pm
Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park
Rain date: Sunday, October 19
Information: 795-2334

Harvest Festival will feature many hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era. Take a wagon ride as you are pulled by a steam driven tractor and then check out the All-American Lumberjack Show!

pumpkin girlThe whole family will enjoy hand-pressing apples to make cider, dipping string into wax to create your own candle, riding a pony, viewing the vintage carriage display, and meeting sheep at the “Children’s Farm.” Be sure to visit the “Great Pumpkin Patch” where children ages 3-12 can pick  their very own pumpkin to take home! Concessions will be available for purchase.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Oct. 18

The Henrico County Police Division will offer rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.

Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10, for a one-year license, and $15, for a three-year license. Officers will be available to discuss license options and vaccination requirements.

For information, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801.

Reenactments of historic Henrico battles are this weekend

Get ready to relive Henrico’s Civil War history Saturday and Sunday when the county commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights with reenactments, living history exhibits and a host of other free activities.

The event will be held at the Runnymede property adjacent to the Malvern Hill site of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, 8750 Willis Church Road, located between Darbytown Road and Route 5/New Market Road.

Admission and parking are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days. Public parking will be located nearby at 8540 Warriner Road. Shuttles will transport visitors from the parking lot to the event site.

Parking directions, event tips, maps and other information are available at www.civilwarhenrico.com.

More than 1,000 reenactors from across the country will bring to life three battles fought in Henrico — New Market Heights and Fort Harrison, both of which took place on Sept. 29, 1864, and the Second Battle of Deep Bottom, which stretched from Aug. 14 to 20, 1864.

Battle reenactments are set for 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Fort Harrison and New Market Heights, respectively) and 1 p.m. Sunday (Deep Bottom). Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least an hour before a battle.

When they aren’t watching a reenactment, spectators can take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Civil War camp life. Activities will include:

  • String and brass bands, drummers and buglers performing soldiers’ camp songs and music from the era
  • Fashion show highlighting clothing from the era
  • Demonstrations of baseball as it would have been played in the 1860s
  • Historians discussing the military significance of the campaign for Richmond, the impact of the war on local civilians and other topics
  • Period crafts and games for kids
  • Food, beverages and merchandise from the era (a variety of 21st-century food and drink will be sold as well)

A complete schedule of the weekend’s programs and activities is available at http://civilwarhenrico.com/programming/.

Watch a sneak preview of the event in the video below!


Totty named director of Mental Health & Developmental Services

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas announces the appointment of Laura S. Totty as director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS), effective Sept. 20.

Totty has more than 31 years of experience with MH/DS, having served as a residential counselor, residential service specialist, program coordinator, program manager and director of the Clinical and Prevention Services division. She has served as acting director since August, when Michael D. O’Connor retired as director. He had served MH/DS for more than 35 years, including 10 years as director.

 MH/DS provides community-based mental health, intellectual disability, substance abuse, prevention and early intervention services to residents of Henrico, New Kent and Charles City counties. As director, Totty will work with the MH/DS Board to oversee an agency with a budget of $34 million and 355 employees in fiscal year 2014-15.

Totty holds a bachelor’s degree in management, housing and family development from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Laura S Totty