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2018-06-06 / Announcements

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Bethany Eigel, 4-H extension agent, and Tim Davis, 4-H program technician, accepted the award for the school garden program. Bethany Eigel, 4-H extension agent, and Tim Davis, 4-H program technician, accepted the award for the school garden program. Cooperative Extension wins recognition

Chesterfield County’s Cooperative Extension office has been recognized statewide for its school garden program, which works with area partners to help kids grow gardens and learn about healthy eating habits. The school garden program won the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 2017 Program Excellence Award at last month’s Virginia Extension Service Association annual conference. Chesterfield won in its district and the state category, winning $1,000 to go directly back into the gardening program. There are currently six garden programs and five after-school programs, with 11 additional garden programs planned for the fall. Lessons focus on pollinators, tools, planting zones and times, garden safety, the plant life cycle and healthy living.


Left to right: Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox; Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System; Danielle Fitz-Hugh, president and CEO of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce; William H. Talley, III; Ted Raspiller, president of John Tyler Community College; and Megan Healy, chief workforce advisor to the governor. Left to right: Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox; Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System; Danielle Fitz-Hugh, president and CEO of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce; William H. Talley, III; Ted Raspiller, president of John Tyler Community College; and Megan Healy, chief workforce advisor to the governor. Education

John Tyler Community College unveiled a renovation project for the Chester campus during a ceremonial groundbreaking event on May 18. The project, scheduled to get underway this summer, involves two buildings – Bird Hall, one of the college’s original buildings, and the Nicholas Center. Once completed, Bird Hall will house the college’s nursing and EMS/paramedic programs, and feature three new science labs. The Nicholas Center renovation will feature a new workforce center for training and other activities; new collaborative spaces for Tyler students; the Office of Student Activities; a larger bookstore with a cafe; and additional general classroom and office space. The project is expected to cost about $34 million and take about 14 months to complete.


In a show of appreciation, members of the Brandermill Woman’s Club recently stopped by the Chesterfield Fire Station No. 7 on Hull Street Road with a gesture of thanks for the first responders’ long hours and dedication: a double chocolate cake. From left to right: Muriel Labbote; Pam Messner, president of BWC; Erin Melton; Lt. Gary Smith; Randy Mailloux; Jo Owens; and Hunter Bowling. In a show of appreciation, members of the Brandermill Woman’s Club recently stopped by the Chesterfield Fire Station No. 7 on Hull Street Road with a gesture of thanks for the first responders’ long hours and dedication: a double chocolate cake. From left to right: Muriel Labbote; Pam Messner, president of BWC; Erin Melton; Lt. Gary Smith; Randy Mailloux; Jo Owens; and Hunter Bowling. On July 26, Virginia State University will host its 2018 Industrial Hemp Field Day at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will provide a forum for potential growers, researchers, marketing experts and industrial hemp product users to discuss the future of the crop in Virginia and neighboring states. Attendees will learn about the variety of products derived from industrial hemp and the challenges and opportunities associated with cultivating it. There will also be an update on the legislation governing industrial hemp production in the state. Currently, it is illegal to grow hemp in Virginia. Registration is required. The event costs $10 and includes lunch. To register, visit www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar.

The public is invited to attend the upcoming meeting of the John Tyler Community College Board on Thursday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will take place at the College’s Midlothian Campus, located at 800 Charter Colony Parkway, in Hamel Hall room H109. A sign-up sheet will be made available 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting for those persons interested in addressing the board.

Government

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First, a program of Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health Support Services, will host a book and puzzle drive throughout the month of June. New and gently used infant and toddler age appropriate books and puzzles will be accepted at the following county fire stations: Station 7: Clover Hill, 13810 Hull Street Road; Station 11: Dale, 5811 Iron Bridge Road; Station 14: Dutch Gap, 2711 W. Hundred Road; and Station 20: Courthouse Road, 201 Courthouse Road. Families First is a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia that provides family support services to first-time parents to ensure that children become healthy, well-adjusted individuals who are ready to start school by the age of 5.

The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities’ AAA rating has been affirmed by Fitch Ratings, one of the top international rating agencies. The department received the rating because of its excellent financial profile, low debt, affordable rates, and sound economic fundamentals. The department also was recognized for its consistent, solid financial performance and for having strong systems in place to provide services to its customers.

Business

Virginia Credit Union has awarded $2,500 scholarships to four Chesterfield students through its Virginia Credit Union Scholarship Program. The students were selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay, and work to help cover the cost of education. The Chesterfield County winners are Victoria Mulvihill, a 2018 graduate of L.C. Bird High School, who will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Parker Watts, a 2018 graduate of James River High School, who will attend Barnard College of Columbia University; Haley Dumire, a junior studying psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Maryellen West, a sophomore studying nursing at University of Virginia. Overall, Virginia Credit Union awarded $75,000 in college scholarships to 30 student members through its program. Virginia Credit Union has awarded more than $1 million in college scholarships to student members since 1991.

Achievements

Valerie Lebron Berrios, a 2018 graduate of Clover Hill High School, is a recipient of a Davenport Leadership Scholarship award in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. This award offers entering freshmen up to $7,000 annually for four years of engineering studies. Awards are based on intellectual promise and academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability, personal character and community service.

Announcements can be emailed to news@localnewsllc.com, faxed to 744-3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

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