2018-06-13 / Announcements



The Appomattox River Trail at Patton Park in Petersburg. The Appomattox River Trail at Patton Park in Petersburg. Appomattox group receives $100K grant

Friends of the Lower Appomattox River has received a one-year $100,000 challenge grant from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. The grant will match dollar for dollar all new private donations and grants to FOLAR for the construction of the Appomattox River Trail section through Patton Park and Petersburg. The grant from the foundation will only be awarded if FOLAR can raise matching funds within one year from the May 31 announcement. When completed, the 20-plus mile trail system will connect communities across six riverside municipalities and Virginia State University. The project includes corresponding signage to improve river access, provide an environment that will serve to increase a culture of health and active lifestyle for individuals and families, improve the economic vitality of the region, and conserve and protect the natural river environment. To donate to the ART challenge fund or for more information, visit or call 861-1666.

David Ellena and representatives of hold banners awarded to the school to recognize the students for their accomplishment. David Ellena and representatives of hold banners awarded to the school to recognize the students for their accomplishment. Education

Tomahawk Creek Middle School has been recognized by as Virginia’s winner of the 2017-18 Vocabulary Bowl. Tomahawk Creek students mastered 180,190 words from Oct. 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018, the fifth-highest total in the country, according to the calculations by More than 1.18 million students from approximately 41,000 schools throughout North America competed in the 2017-18 Vocabulary Bowl.

Chesterfield County Public Schools and the Chesterfield County School Board recently celebrated and honored approximately 300 Team Chesterfield members retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year. In total, nearly 300 retirees have worked more than 5,400 years for Chesterfield County Public Schools and represent all aspects of the school division.


Chesterfield Federal Credit Union is sponsoring Food Truck Wednesday, which will be held in the Mimms Parking Lot Loop in the Chesterfield Government Complex every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. through Sept. 5 (with the exception of July 4). An eclectic mix of food options ranging from vegetarian to Mexican to burgers and fries will be available for Chesterfield residents each week. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Chesterfield Federal Credit Union will partner with the Chesterfield Employee Association in organizing the event, scheduling the trucks and providing seating and trash receptacles. A schedule of participating food trucks can be found at


Getting help in an emergency is now faster and easier for those in the Richmond region who are deaf or hard of hearing, can’t speak or are in a situation where it isn’t safe to speak. Those who are not able to call 911 can send a text message to 911 for emergency assistance in the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico and the cities of Richmond and Colonial Heights.

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

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