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2017-10-11 / Announcements

County celebrates historic courthouse


The Historic 1917 Courthouse during a Veterans Day celebration in November 2015. 
JAMES HASKINS The Historic 1917 Courthouse during a Veterans Day celebration in November 2015. JAMES HASKINS This fall, Chesterfield County will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Historic 1917 Courthouse. As part of the commemoration, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia has issued a booklet, “Two Centennials: A Commemorative History of the 1917 Courthouse and World War I in Chesterfield County, VA.”

Historical information was researched and compiled by George “Buddy” Cranford, and edited by Lies van der Linden-Brusse, both volunteers with CHSV.

Cranford, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1981 and currently serves as a board member of the historical society, undertook writing the book to tell the community about the history of the courthouse and about the men from Chesterfield who were drafted into WWI, as Fort Lee is also celebrating its 100th anniversary.


Thanks to generous donations from local organizations and community members, Ronnie Alley, a student with Autism spectrum disorder at A.M. Davis Elementary School, has received a Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelet. Ronnie, who is in Elizabeth Ragland’s Early Childhood Special Education class, is currently considered nonverbal and is working to develop some communication with a picture communication system. The equipment, available from Chesterfield County Police Department for a one-time fee of $360, can help track Ronnie should he run off or become separated from family. Thanks to generous donations from local organizations and community members, Ronnie Alley, a student with Autism spectrum disorder at A.M. Davis Elementary School, has received a Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelet. Ronnie, who is in Elizabeth Ragland’s Early Childhood Special Education class, is currently considered nonverbal and is working to develop some communication with a picture communication system. The equipment, available from Chesterfield County Police Department for a one-time fee of $360, can help track Ronnie should he run off or become separated from family. A special event is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26, to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the day the cornerstone for the courthouse was laid in 1917. Copies of the book are being sold for $10 at the CHSV headquarters, located in historic Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Road. All proceeds from the sale of the booklet will go to the 2017-2018 Centennial Committee, which has been responsible for planning the commemorative event, restoring the historic 1749 bell and acquiring the replacement bell, for the interpretative signage, the museum exhibit and more. For more information, call 796-7121 or visit chesterfieldhistory.com.

Government

County residents are invited to help with hurricane recovery efforts across the country by donating needed supplies to Chesterfield County Public Library locations throughout October.

Items needed include cleaning supplies like scrub brushes, heavy duty garbage bags and gloves, as well as personal care items including soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies, feminine hygiene supplies, insect repellent and sunscreen.

Chesterfield Emergency Management, Chesterfield Employees Association and Chesterfield County Public Libraries have partnered with FeedMore to get the supplies to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster that are working in those locations. Library locations, except Central Library, which is closed for renovations, will accept supplies throughout the month.

Education

To help students and their parents learn about the county’s variety of high school options, Chesterfield County Public Schools will hold open houses at every specialty center and governor’s school. Students decide in eighth grade whether to apply to a specialty center or governor’s school, so middle school students and parents interested in learning more about these opportunities are invited to the open houses. Applications for specialty centers are currently available at mychesterfieldschools.com. Applications for governor’s schools will be available starting Oct. 16 in middle school counseling offices. Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply to attend a specialty center or governor’s school for the 2018-19 school year and students will find out in March if they have been accepted. For more information about the specialty centers and governor’s schools, visit mychesterfieldschools.com/schools/specialty-centers/.

Organizations

The Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker Services has received a $25,000 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund to benefit people with disabilities of all ages who participate in its year-round weekend and emergency respite program, and residential summer camp. Since 2002, Altria has donated $273,821 to the organization. Camp Baker is located at 7600 Beach Road.

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