Community Emergency Response Team course begins Nov. 4

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Registration is open for Chesterfield County’s 45th Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training course. There is no charge for the course, which begins Nov. 4 and is open to the first 35 persons aged 18 and older who apply. The deadline to enroll is Oct. 31.

The eight-day initial training course is held two mornings a week over four consecutive weeks. The training provides participants with basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical time after a disaster and before first responders arrive. Topics include: light duty search and rescue, fire safety and suppression, basic and advanced emergency care, incident command system, terrorism awareness, emergency communications and disaster psychology.

Graduates earn certificates and receive CERT emergency gear including a backpack.

Registration forms are available online at www.chesterfield.gov/CERT/, by emailing CERT@chesterfield.gov, or by calling 804-751-CERT (2378).

Thank a principal – R.E.B. Awards Distinguished Educational Leadership

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The Community Foundation, in partnership with the R.E.B. Foundation, invites nominations for the 2014-2015 R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership. Started in 2004, this initiative seeks to recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.

The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership will publicly recognize four principals, one each from Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond City public school districts. Each winner will receive a $15,000 grant – a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant to the principal and $7,500 to be used for school-based initiatives of the recipient’s choosing. Principals considered for this award should have held their position at the same school for at least three years.

Chesterfield County Police join national effort to promote teen driver safety

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The Chesterfield County Police Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote teen traffic safety awareness during Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 19-25.

Police will promote teen driving safety by raising the public’s awareness in five key areas: the importance of using safety belts while driving or riding, not speeding, not using alcohol, not using cell phones while driving, and not having more than one passenger. Police hope to raise awareness for teen drivers and their parents through a combination of education and enforcement efforts.

More information about Teen Driver Safety Week can be found at http://www.safercar.gov/parents/teendriving.htm.

Midlothian Mines and Rail Road Park presents annual event on October 18

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Come to Mid-Lothian Mines and Rail Road Park on Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and learn about the vast coal mining history that abounded in Midlothian.

Activities include living-history demonstrations, coal mining displays, period music, children’s games and guided walking tours.

Visitors will view a reproduction of the headstock that was part of the coal mining operations and enjoy musical performances by the Press Gang, Virginia Folk Music Association and Scottish bagpipe performances at the new amphitheater. They also will see a Scottish heritage display provided by Saint Andrew’s Society of Richmond.

Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on site. Event is offered in conjunction with Midlothian Village Day. Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13286 N. Woolridge Road, Midlothian, VA 23114, Details: Call 751-4946 or visitchesterfieldva.com

Video of the week: Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

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Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American rapper and activist.

Here is his latest video: “Can We Auto-Correct Humanity? ”

You need not delete your social networks or destroy your cell phones, the message is simple, be balanced, be mindful, be present, be here.

Bon Air Village Fair on Saturday, October 18th

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CELEBRATING 22 YEARS OF FALL FAMILY FUN!

Saturday, October 18th ✩ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm ✩ Rain or Shine!

Admission is FREE / Tickets or Wristbands Required for Games, Inflatables, Food, Etc.

WHAT’S AT THIS YEAR’S FAIR?

Giant Inflated Fun

Mechanical Bull, Fire truck Slide, Backyard Obstacle Course and Moon bounce.

Carnival Style Games

Cow Milking, Doughnut eating contest, Football Toss, Cake Walk, Soda Toss, Balloon Darts, Field Events, Craft Corner, Face and Hair Painting, Temporary Tattoos and much, much more!

Fair-Style Food

Cotton Candy, Snow cones, Popcorn! All Beef Burgers, Barbecue Chicken, Hot dogs, Veggie Burgers, etc. Food prices range from $2.50 to $6.00. Buy a-la-carte or a combo meal with a drink and chips.

Fire truck tour, Ballon Creations Caricature Drawings

Amazing Auction

Restaurant vouchers, Gift Cards, Summer Camps, Disney passes, Baltimore Aquarium tickets, Jewelry, paintings and so much more!! Come check it out!!!!

Time to get your house ready for winter’s chill

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Remember how cold it got last winter in Virginia? Now is the time to start getting your heating system and your home ready so you can stay comfortable and save money when Old Man Winter returns.

Dominion Virginia Power offers energy conservation programs and expert information to help you prepare. A good starting place is www.dom.com/ecprograms.

The website includes information on programs and tools such as home energy audits, heat pump tune- ups and upgrades, duct sealing, energy calculators and more. Many programs include rebates and incentives for qualifying customers. You could save 5 to 30 percent on your energy bill by making efficiency upgrades identified in your home energy audit.

No matter what type of heating system you have, now is a great time to have it checked and tuned-up by a qualified contractor. This will help ensure the system is running efficiently and safely and reduce the possibility of a breakdown when it’s really cold.

Here are a few low- or no-cost tips to stay comfortable and save energy in the winter months: