Dale District News

Galloway Place Open House
Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland and County Administrator Joe Casey interact with residents and their families at the Galloway Place Open House on Oct. 12. Galloway Place, an intermediate-care facility, accommodates 12 residents, and is operated by Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services. 
Dale District News - Galloway Place
 

 Give A Day RVA Project
On Sept. 23, Chesterfield County participated in Give A Day RVA, a regional day of service organized by HandsOn Greater Richmond. The county hosted two projects at Pocahontas State Park. Twenty volunteers, including children with their parents, worked on the Swift Creek shoreline access. This pathway and shoreline was in need of major overhaul work to provide safe access for those with disabilities. Additional volunteers, including representatives from Fort Lee, worked on the Swift Creek mountain bike trails, specifically a “rock drop” feature that has been requested by the biking community for the last several weeks.  

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Volunteers, along with Deputy County Administrator Sarah Snead and Parks and Recreation Director James Worsley, worked on two projects at Pocahontas State Park as part of Give A Day RVA on Sept. 23. 


Paint Out Pollution

Last month, volunteers spent the day working with Art on Wheels and the James River Association, stencil painting storm drains. The Paint Out Pollution project aims to increase awareness of stormwater pollution and celebrate the native plant and animal species that call the James River home. Local artists created stencils that were used to install art on storm drains at the Chester, LaPrade, Meadowdale and North Courthouse Road libraries. There are a number of different designs between the four locations. Be sure to check them out!  

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The finished product of one of the storm drains painted at four of the county’s public libraries. 


Centennial Celebration Event

Come celebrate the Historic 1917 Courthouse on the 100th anniversary of the day its cornerstone was laid! The celebration will include a reenactment of the first court case and the unveiling of a new interpretive sign. Retired County Administrator Lane B. Ramsey will be the keynote speaker. Fort Lee will bring 100 soldiers to represent the WWI draftees, the Fort Lee 392nd Band will perform, and there will be displays of tactical vehicles from the 502nd Transportation Company. Tours will be available at the 1917 courthouse, and the Historic 1892 Jail.

Courthouse Centennial Logo 


Sports Tourism Generates $38.6 Million in Economic Impact in Fiscal 2017

Sports tourism continues to play a significant role in Chesterfield County, generating $38.6 million for the local economy in fiscal 2017, up from $37.7 million the previous year. The county hosted 50 sports-tourism events that had a regional economic impact of $81.7 million, up $5 million from last year. Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill and Richmond Region Tourism President and CEO Jack Berry presented the information at the Sept. 27 Board of Supervisor’s afternoon session. Read the full release.  

Girls Lacrosse

Girls lacrosse is one of 12 different sports that brought events to Chesterfield County in FY17.  


Suicide Awareness Focuses on Young People

In Virginia, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death, the second leading cause of death for young people, ages 15-34, and the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14. From mid-October to mid-November, the Chesterfield Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition, which is co-chaired by Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services and the nonprofit FACES, is working to raise awareness about the risk of suicide, focusing on teens and young adults during Suicide Awareness Month. The goal is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions and encourage people of all ages to reach out for help – personally and for loved ones. Anyone can get help immediately by calling Chesterfield Crisis Intervention at 748-6356 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Experience Chesterfield in Autumn

Autumn is a great time to experience Chesterfield County! With temperatures dropping, leaves changing and the smell of pumpkin spice in the air, there are plenty of things to do in the county this time of year. Check out ExperienceChesterfield.com for some great ideas!

ExperienceChesterfield 


Wings of Freedom Tour Coming To Chesterfield County Airport

The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom tour returns to the Chesterfield County Airport Oct. 16-19, for an incredible World War II living-history event. The planes include the world’s only Dual Control P-51C Mustang fighter, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and B-25 Mitchell heavy bombers. Visitors are able to explore the beautifully restored WWII bombers inside and out, or even become a member of the crew in an unforgettable flight experience.

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Visitors explore the B-17 Flying Fortress, part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, that visited the Chesterfield County Airport in 2015 and returns Oct. 16-19. 


Save the Date for the Public Safety Career Expo 

The county will host a Public Safety Career Expo Oct. 21. Find more information at www.chesterfield.gov/careerexpo.


SwimRVA To Host 2020 U.S. Masters Swimming National Championship

Earlier this month, SwimRVA announced it will host the 2020 U.S. Masters Swimming Summer National Championship, after successfully winning a bid for the competition. An estimated 1,200 of the nation’s best adult swimmers will compete in the August 2020 event. This is the first time a U.S. Masters Swimming national competition will be held in Virginia. As part of the bid, SwimRVA installed new starting blocks, and it will add an above-ground warm-up pool during the competition. A 20-foot screen will also be installed outside the facility for spectators to watch the competition. Any money SwimRVA earns because of the competition will be used to further the nonprofit’s mission to teach the region to swim.


Thousands attend National Night Out Celebrations

Chesterfield County participated in the 34th annual National Night Out celebration on Aug. 1. More than 150 people, including volunteers and members of the Police Department and other agencies, worked tirelessly to help make the evening a huge success. Thousands of residents throughout the county attended 132 block parties.

National Night Out - Dale 

Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland celebrates National Night Out at one of the many parties in the Dale District Aug. 1. 


Chesterfield Produces PSA to Draw Attention to Heroin Addiction

With statistics indicating one in five heroin overdoses in Chesterfield County results in death, county agencies have partnered to produce a public service announcement bringing attention to the dangers of heroin addiction and the resources available to those affected by it. Chesterfield County’s Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Department of Mental Health Support Services, Health Department and Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc., SAFE, worked with the county’s Department of Communications and Media to produce a 30-second PSA focusing on the problem and where to go for help.

Opioid and Heroin Card 

Resources are available to those struggling with an opioid or heroin addiction. 


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