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Community collaboration creates confident employees

Hanover County's supported employment program collaborates with community partners and businesses to help residents with disabilities find a job. 

This program creates self-sufficient, responsible and confident employees just like Corey. 

Interested in learning more? Call 804-365-6626.

Mike Flagg retiring from Hanover County after distinguished 27-year careerMike Flagg Landscape

Mike Flagg managed it all – solid waste and recycling, road construction, project management, compliance with environmental regulations, crisis response, flood mitigation and Hanover’s airport, to name just a few. That might sound daunting, but for Hanover County’s retiring Public Works Director, responsibility and initiative are fundamental parts of his character.


Parlez-vous francais?

One of the newest members of Team Hanover comes to us all the way from Quebec, Canada! Fannie Giguere is a recreation coordinator with Hanover County Parks and Recreation. Her husband's career landed the family of five in Ashland, making us the luckiest team in the universe. We are excited to introduce to you another member of Team Hanover working to make our community fun, educational and safe for our little ones.

Montpelier Recreation Center and Library goes vertical

Montpelier Recreation Center and Library has gone vertical! There are walls, floors, rooms and we are excited to watch Western Hanover’s community hub come to life.

The 20,000-square-foot building will house a recreation center with a full-size gymnasium and two classrooms in addition to a new library with a conference space and study rooms. It's expected to be complete later next year.

Keep up with the project's progress here.

From farm to festival

The Hanover Tomato Festival is right around the corner! We went behind the scenes with Hanover Vegetable Farm to see how their tomatoes get from the farm to the festival. The farm is supplying 500 boxes for the festival, which is nearly 6 acres of tomatoes! Watch to see how this family farm is preparing for the County’s biggest event of the year. 

Family connects foodies with fruit through region's only farm share program

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and Hanover is blessed with the best! Agriberry Farm grows blackberries, raspberries and more and is the only fruit-oriented CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in the Richmond area. This allows customers to purchase products during preseason, supporting local farmers during winter months.

Pick your own berries every other Saturday through August from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the farm, 6289 River Road. 

Hanover veterans recall historic events

Veterans Committee 5-11-23

May is Military Appreciation Month, and Hanover’s veterans give us much to appreciate. Some have experienced history up close.

On September 11, 2001, Commander George Navas was serving in the Navy’s Quadrennial Defense Review Office at the Pentagon. His actions on that tragic day resulted in him being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, which is awarded to individuals who have achieved distinction through outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service to the United States.

When al-Qaeda terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon at 9:37 that morning, Navas was in a third-floor hallway near the impact location. “I heard the aircraft before impact,” he recalls. “I heard it throttle up before it hit the building. I was close enough to be knocked down by the pressure.”


New teaching garden takes root

Hanover Master Gardeners’ Horticultural Learning Center is looking a lot different these days! We broke ground on the center last October and plant beds are now filled! 

Watch the garden come to life with the help of talented volunteers and generous donations. 

To get involved or learn more about the center, visit

Food, fun and friendship

Meet other Hanover residents at Senior Connections’ new Friendship Café in Mechanicsville!

Seniors can enjoy a nutritious midday meal while interacting with good friends and participating in diverse activities. 

Step out of your comfort zone and meet community members just like you! 

Learn more about the County's three Friendship Cafés by visiting

Coffee community in the County

What started as a coffee cart in Memorial Regional Medical Center is now a brick-and-mortar store on Route 360. This year's National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day feature is Rivers Edge Coffee Company!

Watch to learn more about brothers Jett and Micah Odle's coffee community that may be coming to a neighborhood near you very soon.

Hanover County honors volunteers at Spirit of Volunteerism celebration

Hanover County recognized outstanding volunteers at a celebration Tuesday night at Atlee High School. The Spirit of Volunteerism ceremony highlighted individuals who spend countless hours helping their community.

“This event is a beautiful reminder of how blessed we are in Hanover County because of our volunteers, who go above and beyond each and every day to elevate the lives of others and make our community a great place to live,” County Administrator John A. Budesky said.

Judges awarded volunteers from nine organizations. Recipients included Girl Scouts, business owners and retirees. This is the 21st year for the Spirit of Volunteerism recognition.


County recognizes longtime employees

Employee Service Awards 2023The Board of Supervisors on May 10 recognized nearly 100 Hanover County Government employees for their length of service, including one employee with 40 years of service to the public: Mike Whitley with the Department of Public Utilities.

Whitley has been with the department almost since its inception and is its longest serving employee.  He started with Public Utilities in 1982 as an operator-in-training at the Doswell Water Treatment Plant. In 1988 he moved to field operations and in 1993 was promoted Superintendent of Field Operations, the position he holds today. 


Hanover County recognizes residents who have turned 100

Hanover residents who have turned 100 years of age were celebrated April 13 as the centerpiece of the County’s “Finding Value in Your Prime” event for senior citizens.

Nine residents ranging in age from 99 to 103 received a certificate of recognition from the County Administrator and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in a collective “Happy Birthday” event attended by about 280.

“It was so lovely,” said Ardenar Giles, who will turn 101 next month. “I could feel the love.”


Foster parents needed in Hanover County

Hanover County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is in need of foster parents following a significant increase in children entering foster care.  

“We now have our largest pool of children in foster care that I've seen in my 14 years doing child welfare in Hanover,” said family services specialist Matthew Eakin.  

Eakin said this increase can be attributed to the financial and emotional stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as increases in substance use in families.  

Recently, DSS has been challenged with finding homes for older children entering foster care.    

“We can often find that it's no trouble getting a home for an adorable little baby,” Eakin said. “But, we have a lot of preteens and teenagers who have been through a lot and need stability just as much as our younger kids do.”