2018-01-31 / Announcements

Students help with historic preservation

A unique preservation project at Richmond’s Agecroft Hall served as an opportunity to combine history with art for Robious Elementary School fifth graders. A unique preservation project at Richmond’s Agecroft Hall served as an opportunity to combine history with art for Robious Elementary School fifth graders. When a section of 500-year-old windows needed some conservation, Agecroft Hall found some unique assistants in Robious Elementary School fifth-grade students. Instead of using plain plywood to replace the glass during work, the students created a large mural that depicts the home’s 500-year-old Tudor history. The mural has four panels: The coats of arms of the two families who owned Agecroft in England flank two depictions of Agecroft centuries ago. On one side, laborers work on constructing Agecroft Hall, and on the other side stands a well-dressed, 16th-century estate owner, based on a portrait of George Poulet, which hangs inside Agecroft today.


Two free options are available for those interested in getting help completing their taxes. AARP’s Tax Aide program is available to anyone of any age and will take place at the Bayhill Pointe clubhouse located at 12630 Battlecreek Drive, off Bailey Bridge Road. The site will be open 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday through tax season. Preparations will be done on a first come, first served basis; no appointments will be accepted. For more information, call 739-2940.

Virginia State University’s accounting students are working in cooperation with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to provide income tax preparation and filing assistance for 2017 tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. The VITA services are open to individual or joint filers in the Tri-Cities area with income below $58,000.

The VITA site is located on the VSU campus in Singleton Hall, Room 333, and is being staffed two days a week. The VITA site will be open Tuesdays 12:30-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through April 10, but closed during the university’s spring break, March 5-10. For more information on VITA services, call 524-5842.


The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office has announced the activation of its search and rescue team. Over the past two years, the office has been training team members in basic and advanced search and rescue techniques. All team members were required to attend a 16-hour Search and Rescue First Responder course and a 50-hour Field Team Member course administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, after which members were certified through VDEM as Field Team Members. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team, which received funding from the DuPont Spruance Plant, will serve as a statewide resource and will be available to assist other law enforcement agencies and professional SAR groups throughout Virginia as well as the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Registration is open for Chesterfield County’s popular Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training, scheduled to begin Feb. 21. The initial training course teaches basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical moments after a disaster, before first responders arrive. Classes are held each Wednesday evening over eight consecutive weeks except for week five, which will be held on a Monday. Topics include light duty search and rescue, fire safety and suppression, basic medical care, terrorism awareness, emergency communications and disaster psychology. Graduates earn certificates and receive CERT emergency gear. There is no charge for the course, which is open to persons aged 18 and older who apply. Space is limited and the deadline to enroll is Feb. 16. Online registration is available at, by emailing, or by calling 751-CERT (2378).

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