Tuckahoe Supervisor O’Bannon reappointed to VACo board of directors

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon has been appointed to serve an additional two-year term on the board of directors of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).

O’Bannon, who also is serving as chairman of the Henrico Board of Supervisors in 2014, was reappointed to represent VACo’s Region 3 during the association’s annual conference Nov. 9-11. O’Bannon, one of three representatives for Region 3, has served on the VACo board since 2008.

PatriciaSO'BannonVACo’s board consists of a six-member executive committee, 24 elected officials representing 13 regions of the state and three past presidents. The number of directors in each region is based on population. The VACo board is responsible for supervising, controlling and directing the affairs of the association, its committees and its publications.



Board of Supervisors to meet Wednesday, Nov. 12

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

The board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Board Room at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The board shifted its first meeting in November to Wednesday, Nov. 12 in recognition of Veterans Day, which falls on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

For information, call (804) 501-4318 or go to henrico.us/supervisors.



Refuse & Recycling Pick Up Schedule

Refuse collection is delayed one day with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday.

Curbside recycling by CVWMA is on a regular pickup schedule.



Henrico County Public Library receives second Star Library honor

For the second consecutive year, Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) earned a Star Library designation from Library Journal based on national rankings that consider per-capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer access.

HCPL was the only system in Virginia to receive a five-star rating, which is the highest class. It earned a four-star rating in 2013. HCPL was among four library systems in Virginia and 258 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2014.

Library Journal, a national publication for library professionals, has compiled its list of Star Libraries annually since 2008. For 2014, Library Journal rated 7,586 public libraries across the country and awarded Star Library status to the top 30 libraries in groups with similar levels of expenditure.

“Henrico County Public Library is proud to once again be recognized as one of the country’s best library systems,” said Gerald M. McKenna, HCPL director. “The Star Library designation is a credit to our dedicated staff and volunteers as well as our supportive local government and Board of Supervisors. It also shows what a vital role libraries play in the lives of our residents.”

In Henrico, library patrons checked out 3.9 million items during more than 2 million visits to HCPL’s 10 locations in fiscal year 2013-14. Also recognized from Virginia were Mary Riley Styles Public Library, in Falls Church; Central Rappahannock Regional Library, in Fredericksburg; and Williamsburg Regional Library, in Williamsburg.

For information on the Star Library ratings, go to lj.libraryjournal.com.



Quidditch tournament coming to Dorey Park on Nov. 1-2

‘Harry Potter’-inspired competition will attract 20 teams across Mid-Atlantic

Henrico County will host 20 college quidditch teams from seven states and Washington, D.C., as they compete for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2 at Dorey Park.

In conjunction with the tournament, the Division of Recreation and Parks will present Quidditch Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. The family-friendly event will feature hands-on quidditch demonstrations, broom-making, food and other fun inspired by the “Harry Potter” book series by J.K. Rowling.

Admission and parking for all activities are free and open to the public.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship is organized by US Quidditch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to governing the sport adapted from the “Harry Potter” series. Quidditch is a coed, contact sport that combines elements of rugby, dodgeball and tag and is played by 4,000 athletes on more than 170 official teams across the United States.

Teams consist of seven active players who must carry brooms between their legs at all times while they try to score points for their team or interfere with their opponents. Each side features three chasers who work together to try to pass or kick a quaffle (volleyball) through the opposing team’s hoops. Two beaters hurl bludgers (dodgeballs) to disrupt the action and temporarily remove their opponents from the game.

Each side also has a keeper who defends his team’s hoops and a seeker who chases the snitch, which is a tail attached by Velcro to the shorts of the snitch runner. The snitch runner is a neutral player dressed in yellow who tries to avoid capture by either team.

A game ends when the snitch is captured, giving the capturing team 30 points — an amount equal to three goals. The team with the highest point total wins.

Matches and quidditch demonstrations for youth will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. More than 400 players on 20 college club teams from Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. will compete for 10 berths in the US Quidditch World Cup VIII, to be held next spring in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship is supported and cohosted by the Division of Recreation and Parks and VisitRichmond. For more information, go to VisitHenrico.com or USQuidditch.org/about/MidAtlantic-RC.

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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.

“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.



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.

NOTE:

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.