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This year's Beaverdam Wine Festival is April 11. (H-P file photo by Nick Liberante)

Beaverdam Wine Festival more than the title beverage

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:53 am

By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   With a variety of activities, besides drinking wine, ranging from horse-drawn carriage rides in the center of Beaverdam to a classic car show with more than 20 vehicles, organizers of the annual Beaverdam Wine Festival hope the event will cater to anyone’s interests. On April 11, citizens can go to “downtown” Beaverdam to see for themselves while helping preserve the area’s heritage. Proceeds

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Investigator Kevin LaPlaga, right, receives his HCSO Officer of the Year award from Sheriff David Hines during last week’s ceremony in the County Administration building. (H-P photo by Paige Baxter)

Hanover Sheriff’s Office honors employees, supporters

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   A strong sense of community and pride filled the County Administration building’s boardroom March 26 at the Hanover Sheriff’s Office’s 15th annual awards ceremony, “A Salute to Our Heroes.” Last week, families, friends, county staff, and some government officials gathered to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of law enforcement personnel and some citizens who have helped the department in a

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  • Responders plan for the worst

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Sgt. Frank Dressler of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, left, and Lt. Jason Kerrick of Fire-EMS Station 8 work on plans for specific units responding to an incident scenario during Monday’s training. (H-P photo by Paige Baxter)

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Imagine an Amtrak passenger train is traveling on the railway through the center of Ashland and happens to collide with a bus. Representatives from Hanover Fire-EMS, Ashland Police Department, and other agencies, such as CSX, worked together to figure out a plan to respond to that exact scenario and others during a three-day “Ashland Railway Tabletop Exercise” earlier this week. Each day, individuals

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  • Greater salary increase proposed for teachers and county staff

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    County Administrator Rhu Harris.

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Hanover County employees and public school teachers may receive a higher salary increase than initially anticipated in County Administrator Rhu Harris’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget. During a presentation to the Board of Supervisors March 25, Kathy Seay, finance director, said Hanover is amending its previously introduced spending plan to include a 2 percent salary increase for county employees after receiving partial funding

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Kaitlyn Harrison (#3) fires in the first goal of the match for Lee-Davis Monday night against Glen Allen. (H-P photo by Nick Liberante)

Lee-Davis girls lacrosse falls to ‘Wright’ stuff

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 10:54 am

By ROB WITHAM H-P Correspondent   All was “Wright” for Glen Allen girls lacrosse in Mechanicsville Monday night, as the Lee-Davis Confederates struggled all evening to stop the offensive assault of Rachel Wright, who scored six of the Jaguars’ nine goals in a 9-5 victory. Four of Wright’s goals came in the first half as the Jaguars erased a quick 1-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead at intermission. Despite

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  • R-MC baseball splits twinbill with Shenandoah

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

    R-MC pitcher James Walsh prepares to launch the ball. (H-P photo by Nick Liberante)

    By ROB WITHAM H-P Correspondent   It was a week of highs and lows for the nationally-ranked Randolph-Macon baseball team, characterized Sunday by one of the more frustrating results in all of sports: the doubleheader split. After a massive seven-run rally in the eighth inning gave the Yellow Jackets a thrilling 8-6 victory over Shenandoah in a battle of the #7 and #11 teams in the latest Division III Top

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  • Lee-Davis shuts out Patrick Henry in softball battle of the unbeatens

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    The Confederates' Ella Alvis slides to safety before the ball can reach the Patriots' Avery Houchens. (H-P photo by Nick Liberante)

    By ROB WITHAM H-P Correspondent   Interest and excitement were both high as Hanover County’s oldest rivals collided in Mechanicsville in softball action last Wednesday evening. Both host Lee-Davis and visiting Patrick Henry were unbeaten, a matchup of teams with high hopes of making deep postseason runs. When the dust settled, the Confederates not only had the upper hand, they continued a most impressive early season streak, winning their fourth

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Linda Lane greets a canine friend. (H-P photo by Paige Baxter)

Caring for dogs is a passion for this volunteer

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   One of Linda Lane’s passions in life is caring for dogs. It is evident especially when Lane, a long-time volunteer at Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9’s, is at the non-profit organization’s headquarters at a farm in Ashland. When Lane is putting her time in at BARK and she sees one of the many rescued and adoptable dogs at the farm, her eyes

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  • Volunteer helps out at hospice center

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Dutch Dorschel on his way to give a hospice patient a bath. (H-P photo by Paige Baxter)

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   For the past six or seven years, Dutch Dorschel, a Beaverdam resident, has lent a hand or two in many ways. He said he does not volunteer for recognition or praise, but instead because he cares about people and thoroughly enjoys giving back to others. For instance, Dorschel often helps out with the Wood Ministry at Rouzies Chapel United Methodist Church. One time

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  • Youth helps people with special needs

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Julia Cramer with Charles Clay, an adult with special needs she escorted to the Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine last month. (Contributed photo)

    By PAIGE BAXTER H-P Staff Writer   Twelve-year-old Julia Cramer has spent most of her life so far helping others – specifically those who have special needs. Though she gives back to her community in multiple ways, one of Julia’s projects is working with the club, “We Are Unique.” The group, which is comprised of young students and individuals with disabilities, engages in various volunteer projects throughout the county, including

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Diversions, week of April 2, 2015

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. Movie: “Hop” – you will also get to meet the Ashland Easter Bunny! This movie is being sponsored by Capital One and will benefit Cub Scout Pack 505. At the Ashland Theater, 205 England Street, in Ashland.

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  • Snow White, Super Dwarves to save world at Ashland Theater

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Louise Keeton as Snow White with a super-heroic twist.

    By DANIEL SHERRIER H-P Editor   When the forces of evil threaten the United States, only Snow White and her friends can save the day in a new children’s musical set to debut in the Ashland Theater April 11. “Snow White and the Super Dwarves” is the latest production from the local Whistle Stop Theatre Company and the group’s first to be performed in the Ashland Theater along Route 54.

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  • Ruritans hold annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:40 am

    The Clay Springs Ruritan Club will sponsor its annual community-wide Easter Egg Hunt at Slash Christian Church, 11353 Mount Hermon Road, in Ashland, Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. (weather permitting). Children 1 to 12 years of age are welcome to come and join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded.

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