Aug. 13, 2014

CONTACT: Dawn Miller , Tourism Supervisor, Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks
PHONE: (804) 501-5137

Henrico welcomes Babe Ruth Baseball 13-Year-Old World Series on Aug. 14-22

Henrico County will welcome about 350 youth baseball players, coaches and family members for the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-Year-Old World Series on Aug. 14-22 at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park.

The Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association (GAYAA) will serve as tournament host and will field a team to compete with teams from Northern Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Arizona and Montana.

All teams will check in Thursday, Aug. 14 and will gather for a banquet and opening ceremony Friday, Aug. 15. Play will begin Saturday, Aug. 16 and continue through Friday, Aug. 22. All games are open to the public. A live video stream of the action will be available by following links at VisitHenrico.com.

“Henrico County is thrilled to welcome back the Babe Ruth Baseball 13-Year-Old World Series,” said Neil Luther, director of the Division of Recreation and Parks. “This tournament does more than feature exciting play on the field. It supports the local economy, with spending in restaurants, hotels and other businesses. It also highlights Henrico’s sports tourism program and showcases county athletic facilities as among the best in the nation.”

In Henrico, GAYAA has hosted more than two dozen premier baseball tournaments, including district, regional and state tournaments, and two previous World Series.

The Glen Allen team will play its first game of the 2014 World Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 against Nederland, Texas. A full schedule is at GlenAllenSports.com.


Aug. 13, 2014

CONTACT: Barry R. Lawrence, Clerk, Henrico County Board of Supervisors
PHONE: (804) 501-4318

Henrico Board of Supervisors adjourns until Sept. 9

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, following its scheduled break in late August.

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.

In keeping with its traditions, the board’s schedule for 2014 excludes a meeting on the fourth Tuesday in August. For information, call (804) 501-4318 or go to henrico.us/supervisors.


Aug. 6, 2014

CONTACT: Barry R. Lawrence, Assistant to the County Manager for Board Affairs
PHONE: (804) 501-4318

Henrico programs honored by Virginia Association of Counties

Henrico County has been recognized by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for programs that help nonnative-English-speaking residents assimilate to the community, informed residents about a meals tax proposal and promoted a better understanding of the workplace culture within the county’s government.

Henrico was one of 12 counties to receive a 2014 Achievement Award from VACo in recognition of a model local government program. Henrico and Loudoun County each received three awards, the most of any county. Overall, VACo recognized 18 programs among 61 entries.

VACo announced the awards Aug. 5 and will salute the winners at the 2014 Annual Conference in November. The Achievement Awards program is in its 12th year.

Henrico received an award for the ESL Conversation Café, a program of the Henrico County Public Library that allows nonnative-English-speaking adults to practice English, gain a better understanding of American culture and meet others. The ESL, or English as a second language, program was developed in response to Henrico’s growing diversity and as an extension of more-structured ESL programs. More than 29,000 Henrico residents were born in other countries, according to the 2005-2009 American Community Survey.

Henrico also won an award for the “It’s Your Decision” campaign to inform residents and voters in the months leading up to a meals tax referendum, held Nov. 5, 2013. The Department of Public Relations & Media Services managed the public information campaign with support from the County Manager’s Office and Department of Finance.

Using a website, social media, television programming, brochures and news releases, the campaign explained Henrico’s reasoning behind the proposed 4 percent tax on prepared meals and beverages, highlighted the county’s record of sound fiscal management and outlined how revenues from the tax would help maintain the high quality of Henrico County Public Schools. Voters ultimately approved the measure, making Henrico the first Virginia county with a population greater than 200,000 to authorize a meals tax by referendum.

Henrico also earned an award for “Re-Imagine Training: Learning Through Conversations,” a series of interactive forums developed by the Department of Human Resources to promote the exchange of organizational wisdom within county government. The focus on institutional culture came in response to a wave of retirements of longtime, high-ranking officials.

The effort included panel discussions in employee-training classes, group discussions of leadership and employee meetings hosted by senior managers. More than 600 employees participated in the sessions, with 81 percent reporting having gained a better understanding of how the county operates.


Aug. 5, 2014

CONTACT: Lisa T. Sanderson,  Extension Agent, Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension
PHONE: (804) 501-5160

Henrico Extension to offer classes for home gardeners beginning Sept. 9

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will offer a series of 10 classes this fall to teach the basics of home gardening using environmentally sound and sustainable practices.

The Henrico Horticulture Series will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 9 through Nov. 4 and on Nov. 18. The classes will be held in the demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The $25 registration fee covers the cost of class materials and may be paid at the first session.

The classes will cover such topics as improving soil; creating compost; establishing and maintaining lawns; selecting annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs; growing fruits and vegetables; and managing insects and diseases.

For information or to register, call (804) 501-5160.


Aug. 4, 2014

CONTACT: Lt. Shawn M. Sears, Animal Protection Unit, Henrico County Division of Police
PHONE: (804) 727-8801

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Aug. 16

The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and make their payment 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 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.