Michael Key makes a mail delivery last Thursday along Thompson Street in Ashland. The longtime, local mailman retires Friday after more than three decades with the postal service.

Outgoing postman left his stamp on Ashland

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Michael Key never knew what to expect during his shifts making 360 mail deliveries around Ashland. Friday, one of the town’s most beloved mailmen will retire from his post after serving more than 30 years at the U.S. Postal Service.

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  • Volunteer spends retirement with man’s best friend

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm


    Ever since one Hanover resident can remember, he’s owned a dog. So, when he retired from Hanover’s public utilities department and decided he needed something to fill his time with, the answer was simple− he would apply to help out at the Hanover Humane Society.

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  • Dog park at Pole Green becoming a reality

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Arnold Farber, Mechanicsville resident and project manager for the dog park at Pole Green Park, with his German Shepherd “Storm,” who enjoys exercising in the new, fenced-in facility.

    Mechanicsville dog owners will soon have a more convenient place to take their pooches for leash-free exercise. The Friends of Hanover Dog Parks has been working the past year and a half to bring a facility to the Pole Green Park and now it’s almost complete.

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Hanover Preschool Initiative now accepting applications

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

The Hanover County Public Schools Hanover Preschool Initiative (HPI) is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. HPI is a free, full-day preschool program with an experienced teaching staff that enables students to engage in an exciting curriculum and a stimulating learning environment. HPI has 159 available spots to children who will be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2015. In order to qualify, families must reside in

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  • SWCD Scholarships available to Hanover seniors

    Posted on January 15, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Two scholarship opportunities offered through Hanover-Caroline SWCD. Two 2015 scholarship opportunities are available to Hanover and Caroline County high school seniors through the Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District and the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD). The Hanover-Caroline SWCD announces two $5,000 scholarships to be awarded to outstanding high school seniors in each of Hanover and Caroline counties, respectively. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in conservation

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  • Students’ art leaves school confines

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Students’ artwork lines the walls of the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education.

    Western Hanover students are getting the chance to share their artwork with the community at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education this month. Roughly 100 pieces by students from both Liberty Middle School and Patrick Henry High School currently line the walls of the center.

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Church News week of January 29, 2015

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Peter and Brendan Mayer in concert at Ashland Presbyterian Church Ashland Presbyterian Church presents Peter and Brendan Mayer Stirrin’ Up the Water Concert Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. In 2002 Peter recorded his first songs of faith CD, “Stirrin’ Up The Water.” He has since followed with a second,  “Still In One Peace” and a third, “Passages for Passages” is in the works. Joining Peter on stage is his

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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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