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2017: A year in photos


Jesús Garcia with the Aztec dance group Tlaltlacayolotl at La Milpa’s Day of the Dead celebration in early November. 
ASH DANIEL Jesús Garcia with the Aztec dance group Tlaltlacayolotl at La Milpa’s Day of the Dead celebration in early November. ASH DANIEL Across the country, this was a year of upheaval – from the many dramatic turns of President Donald Trump to mass shootings, protests and the rise of the political left. Chesterfield wasn’t immune from the changing landscape. It saw times of discord, heightened tensions and mourning. But the year was also filled with moments to celebrate, build, heal and bond as a community.

The Observer takes a look back on 2017 in photos. For a photo gallery, click here



1. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Mohammad Sharif Sayar, originally from Afghanistan, joined hundreds of protestors in early February at the Islamic Center of Virginia on Buford Road. Ash Daniel 1. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Mohammad Sharif Sayar, originally from Afghanistan, joined hundreds of protestors in early February at the Islamic Center of Virginia on Buford Road. Ash Daniel

2. As the county changes, some things remain the same. At the Midlothian Apothecary lunch counter, Margie Simon still cooks for the regulars. She’s been working at the Midlothian Village staple since 1976. Ash Daniel 2. As the county changes, some things remain the same. At the Midlothian Apothecary lunch counter, Margie Simon still cooks for the regulars. She’s been working at the Midlothian Village staple since 1976. Ash Daniel

3. Monacan’s girls basketball team won its third consecutive state title in March – by a single point. After the dramatic win, seniors Megan Walker, left, and Jasmine Norman embrace on the court. Walker, then the No. 1 recruit in the country and now playing for the University of Connecticut, hit the game-winner with 15 seconds left. James Haskins 3. Monacan’s girls basketball team won its third consecutive state title in March – by a single point. After the dramatic win, seniors Megan Walker, left, and Jasmine Norman embrace on the court. Walker, then the No. 1 recruit in the country and now playing for the University of Connecticut, hit the game-winner with 15 seconds left. James Haskins

4. In late July, Rosalinda Rivera dances with children during a summer soccer clinic near Falling Creek Apartments. Rivera, executive director of New Life for Youth, was a driving force behind the event, which paired county police officers with youth in the Jefferson Davis corridor. James Haskins 4. In late July, Rosalinda Rivera dances with children during a summer soccer clinic near Falling Creek Apartments. Rivera, executive director of New Life for Youth, was a driving force behind the event, which paired county police officers with youth in the Jefferson Davis corridor. James Haskins

5. During a memorial service in August for Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen, Gov. Terry McAuliffe hands the flag to Cullen’s wife, Karen. At least 1,200 people attended the memorial for Cullen, who died in a helicopter crash while monitoring violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. James Haskins 5. During a memorial service in August for Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen, Gov. Terry McAuliffe hands the flag to Cullen’s wife, Karen. At least 1,200 people attended the memorial for Cullen, who died in a helicopter crash while monitoring violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protestors in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. James Haskins

6. Female inmates perform a dance routine at the Chesterfield County Jail in September. The dance was part of the 1-year anniversary celebration of the jail’s much-touted heroin addiction recovery program for female inmates, which has garnered national and international attention. Ash Daniel 6. Female inmates perform a dance routine at the Chesterfield County Jail in September. The dance was part of the 1-year anniversary celebration of the jail’s much-touted heroin addiction recovery program for female inmates, which has garnered national and international attention. Ash Daniel

7. Dominion Energy’s coal ash storage ponds continued to stir controversy in 2017. The utility began draining a massive coal ash pond and filtering the water at its Chesterfield plant in November; environmental groups are still lobbying state lawmakers to force the company to remove the ash and dispose of it at lined landfills. Ash Daniel 7. Dominion Energy’s coal ash storage ponds continued to stir controversy in 2017. The utility began draining a massive coal ash pond and filtering the water at its Chesterfield plant in November; environmental groups are still lobbying state lawmakers to force the company to remove the ash and dispose of it at lined landfills. Ash Daniel

8. More than 100 county residents gathered in Chester in late October to protest the county’s plans to create an industrial megasite on 1,675 acres south of state Route 10. Protestors gathered at the plantation-style home of Brad and Sheila Wall on Harrowgate Road, which lies in the path of a planned feeder road connecting the megasite with Interstate 95. Ash Daniel 8. More than 100 county residents gathered in Chester in late October to protest the county’s plans to create an industrial megasite on 1,675 acres south of state Route 10. Protestors gathered at the plantation-style home of Brad and Sheila Wall on Harrowgate Road, which lies in the path of a planned feeder road connecting the megasite with Interstate 95. Ash Daniel

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