Cathy Williams, of the Country School Quilters, delivers a cartful of handmade quilts to veterans at McGuire VA Medical Center. The group is now in its third year making quilts for McGuire patients.(Contributed photo)

Group helps give veterans a cozy Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

Some Hanover residents are helping make the holiday season a little brighter for veterans undergoing dialysis treatments at McGuire VA Medical Center. Karen Arbaugh, a member of the Country School Quilters, was one of many group members who made roughly 40 quilts for local veterans.

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  • Brother volunteers repair homes, lift spirits

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Tommy and Jimmy Davis (from right) take a break after helping Mark Allieng cut down a tree at his Hanover home. The Davis brothers volunteer much of their free time doing home maintenance projects across the county.

    One Hanover duo fills a lot of their free time doing one thing – helping repair homes for those who can’t afford the work. The two brothers, Jimmy and Tommy Davis, joined forces in 2005 to work on homes in Mississippi that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. “We’ve been working together ever since,” Jimmy said.

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  • Volunteers with a mind of their own

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm


    Volunteerism is changing in Hanover County as citizens find a need and take matters into their own hands. According to Community Resources Administrator Lisa Adkins, more Hanover citizens are starting their own programs for various causes than when she first started working for the department for 15 years.

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Hanover’s volunteer coaches could undergo fingerprinting

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Tuesday night, Hanover School Board members grappled over whether they should require individuals helping out with sports teams to receive a fingerprint check in addition to the division’s current background check procedure for volunteer coaches.

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  • HYSC collects 4,550 items from school supply drive

    Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks to the generosity of the Hanover community, local students started school with new backpacks, markers, notebooks and much more. The Hanover Youth Service Council’s (HYSC) 17th annual school supply drive collected over 4,550 school supplies. An additional 43 zipper binders were donated thanks to a grant provided by the Youth Philanthropy Project. The collected school supplies were sorted and distributed to all of Hanover’s public schools. Supplies were also

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  • Supporting roles that keep Hanover schools going

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Top left, going clockwise: Janitor Ava Tunstall, bus driver Michelle Woods, cafeteria manager Tonda Pasowicz and crossing guard Denise Franklin all play supporting roles for the Hanover school system.

    Usually, top school administrators and officials are the ones in the limelight, but not all of the individuals that help keep the schools running make it there. With the new school year starting Sept. 2, the Herald-Progress spoke with four of the division’s key people; without people like them jobs such as keeping the buildings clean, preparing and serving food and transporting children to and from school could not be accomplished.

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Church News week of December 18, 2014

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Second Mount Zion Baptist Church The Heaven Bound Mass Choir of Caroline County and Vicinity presents, “Christmas with Heaven Bound: Jesus Is the Reason For the Season,” Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Second Mount Zion Baptist Church, Hanover. Rev. Marvin Fields, Senior Pastor.  For this auspicious occasion the Legendary Great Dr. Henrietta Doswell-Gattison and the New Jewels will be live and in concert. Also featuring Minister Cora

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  • Ashland pastor practices what she preaches

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Kendra Swager, at left, of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, on a mission trip in Guatemala with Corinne Luck. Swager has helped launch local initiatives to help the needy in the local community, as well. (contributed photo)

    Naturally, as a reverend Kendra Swager stays fairly busy. But, when she’s not delivering her Sunday sermon, Swager leads various programs at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church aimed at helping the less fortunate in Hanover County.

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EWL offering free health, cancer screenings for qualified women

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

The Chickahominy Health District, the district serving Hanover, is offering free mammograms and Pap tests to eligible women. The Every Woman’s Life (EWL) health program is administered by the Virginia Department of Health. EWL provides access to free breast and cervical cancer screenings and other diagnostic services for low income and uninsured or underinsured women. The program is provided to help detect early stages of cancer and increase survival chances

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  • New health program provides free cancer screenings for women

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Every Woman’s Life (EWL) is a public health program administered by the Virginia Department of Health. This program provides access to free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services for low-income and uninsured or underinsured women. EWL provides free routine screening services that include a mammogram and Pap test, as well as diagnostic services and treatment if needed, for women ages 40-64. Diagnostic services are provided for women ages

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  • American Legion Post 175, McGuire VA Medical Center co-host Outreach Forum

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    McGuire’s Rural Health team partners with community organizations to enhance healthcare services to Veterans living in rural communities Thursday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8700 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville. VA staff members will be available to provide information on how to access Veterans healthcare benefits and provide guidance on other Veteran-related issues, such as: Disability Compensation, Pensions, Women’s Veterans Health, Crisis Prevention, Survivor Benefits, and how

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