I haven’t walked Buttermilk Trail since before Christmas so it was a pleasant surprise yesterday to find some new signage in a couple of spots. These signs will come in handy to those new to the trail and are a nice addition.
What other improvements would you like to see along the local trails?
Since you came all this way have a bonus picture of some moody trail stairs.
Pamunkey Indian Tribe Announces Plans for Casino in Manchester
Are you feeling lucky? If all goes according to plan you’ll be able to test that luck in Manchester.
The Pamunkey Indian Tribe announced today plans to build a casino resort on 36 acres of land near Ingram and Commerce Avenue. The tribe is in the process of securing all the land necessary. If everything goes according to plan the resort will be the home to a 275-room hotel, 1,000 space parking lot, restaurants and of course gambling. The estimated cost of the project is $350 million.
This announcement follows a similar announcement made on Monday. Monday the tribe signed an agreement with Norfolk on a proposed $700 million casino along the Elizabeth River.
They’ve launched a Facebook page All in for Richmond Casino, that currently only has a rendering of the casino but promises updates.
Last Call for Storm Drain Art Submissions
Local artists you can make a difference in our watershed but your deadline for entries is February 2nd
The deadline for submissions is fast approaching, and we’d love to see YOUR ideas for Richmond’s fifth annual Storm Drain Art Project. Local artists ages 18 and older are invited to submit storm drain designs between now and Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
We’re looking for art that paints a picture of how important it is to keep our river – and our drinking water – clean. All four finalists will receive a $400 stipend and publicity for their artwork on drains in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom.
- Submit your design using the template on the RVAH2O website.
- Help promote the goals of the City of Richmond’s RVA Clean Water Plan – a five-year roadmap for reducing pollutant discharges into the James River, starting with wastewater, stormwater and the combined sewer system.
St. Gertrude School moving to Benedictine campus in Goochland, two to remain independent
The schools were once 400 feet apart in the Museum District and will soon be a mere 600 feet apart when St. Gertrude’s moves to Benedictine’s 50-acre campus in Goochland in 2021.
St. Gertrude High School in the Museum District, an all-girls Catholic school, will soon join their male counterpart, Benedictine, in Goochland County.
The two schools made the joint announcement on Friday. While the two will remain single-sex and independent, the combined entity will be known as The Benedictine Schools of Richmond.
Full release from the two schools follows:
The future of Richmond Catholic secondary school education just became a lot brighter. Today, after many months of collaborative strategic planning, we are proud to announce:
The Benedictine Schools of Richmond
This newly-formed entity will unify these two pillars of Richmond’s Catholic community — Saint Gertrude High School and Benedictine College Preparatory — on the same campus. Both schools will retain their names and operate distinct, single-sex educational programs. Of equal importance, this formalization places both schools in strong positions for growth and program development.
Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, just in time for its Centennial Celebration, Saint Gertrude will begin relocating to the 50-acre property in Goochland County currently home to Benedictine Prep. The boys’ school will remain in its current facility. For the girls, a new, state-of-the-art academic building is being planned. Together, the schools will share a peaceful, modern, and sprawling campus including the campus’s new, world-class athletic facilities.
Our schools have long been united in our distinct missions and spirit, in our belief in the unique benefit of single-sex education, and in our educational philosophies rooted in the Rule of Saint Benedict. For the better part of a century, our schools even shared a city block. Where the schools were once located 400 feet apart in the Museum District, they’ll soon be just 600 feet apart in Goochland County.
Indeed, this announcement is about much more than a new home for Saint Gertrude. It is about strengthening the foundation of Catholic education for our young men and women, now and well into the future.
As the Sisters and the Monks began to discuss the possibilities of a new, formal partnership and co-location, we considered diligently this opportunity through the lens of our respective values, missions, and visions. Our Orders feel wholeheartedly that such a partnership meets that high bar.
As Benedictine has experienced since its move from downtown (and as Saint Gertrude will experience in the coming years), the Goochland location is ideal not only for reflection and peace, but also for growth and innovation in education. And while single-sex education will always be a cornerstone of our schools, such a partnership will foster an even closer and nurturing community through which we strengthen each other. Proximity will allow the schools to share in their long-standing traditions while maintaining each school’s distinctiveness.
We understand you may have questions about what this exciting announcement means for you and your family. We encourage you to join our Heads of School Sister Cecilia Dwyer, OSB (Saint Gertrude) and Mr. Jesse Grapes (Benedictine) as they welcome our communities for a series of Town Hall meetings.
Tuesday, January 21, 5:30 p.m. at BCP
Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 a.m. at SGHS
Wednesday, January 22, 5:30 p.m. at SGHS
Thursday, January 23, 7:30 a.m. at BCP
Thursday, January 23, 5:30 p.m. at SGHS
Friday, January 24, 7:30 a.m. at BCP
Members of either school community may attend whichever meeting best suits their schedule.
On behalf of the Monks and Sisters of our Benedictine Orders, we look forward to beginning this journey with you and with your beloved children.
Sr. Joanna Burley, OSB
Benedictine Sisters of Virginia
Fr. Jonathan Licari, OSB
Mother Mary of the Church Abbey