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Hanover school volunteers could see increased scrutiny

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:08 am

School officials have not yet made a decision regarding whether the division will begin giving background checks to volunteer coaches. Dec. 9, the school board agreed to research, along with division staff, whether “additional levels of scrutiny” are needed for all volunteers working for the schools.

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  • Ashland hires firm to hone its brand

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Town officials hope Ashland will get an economic boost with the recent selection of a Richmond firm to help unify the Center of the Universe’s branding message.

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  • Sounding the siren for the Christmas season

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Santa rides atop a Station 6 firetruck in one of the volunteer fire company’s circa-2003 Santa Runs. (Contributed photo)

    In Hanover, when the holiday season begins, local residents don’t only buy Christmas trees or attend festive parties, they also expect to see Santa Claus riding on top of one of the county’s firetrucks through their neighborhood.

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Melinda Foster plans to open "Sugar Fix Bakery" on England Street in Ashland.

Ashland’s ‘Sugar Fix’ is about to be fulfilled

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

For many years, Melinda Foster, a mother of six, worked out of her Rockville home or took care of the kids, but always had a passion for whipping up cookies or cakes for special family occasions. Now, she’s opening up “Sugar Fix Bakery” on England Street, which is expected to open sometime in January.

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  • Pa.-based steel maker holds ‘grand opening’

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm


    A privately owned Pennsylvania-based “metal service center” expanded their business in 2012 by adding an Ashland location. Recently, the business introduced itself to the community during a grand opening.

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  • Downtown merchant, Train Day sponsor, ‘noticed’

    Posted on October 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Tiny Tims_uve been noticed

    By BOB BROWN Special to the H-P   We have a new toy store in town to feature in our “You’ve Been Noticed” program. Have you seen it?  The Ashland Main Street Association is proud to introduce everyone to Tiny Tim’s Toys at 104 S. Railroad Avenue in the heart of our historic shopping district. The Hemingway family have exhibited their LEGO Trains at Ashland Train Day for six years.

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Editorial: Christmas spirit abounds locally

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

It’s Christmas, if you haven’t noticed. Each year, it seems this holiday comes and goes in the blink of an eye, leaving behind a trail of tinsel, broken ornaments, Christmas lights on the fritz, and the prickly green menace – we’re referring to pine needles here – which we won’t really get rid of until this time of year returns. Anyone who routinely walks around their home barefoot during the

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  • Letters to the Editor, Week of Dec. 25, 2014

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Talent abounds in Hanover schools Last week, we had the privilege of participating in the best Ashland/Hanover gift exchange in recent memory. This event was held at the Ashland Theater where jazz ensembles from across the county performed in front of a packed house. While there is a long list of local citizens who were involved in making this event a reality, it is our distinct honor to extend our sincere

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  • Editorial: Wading through a tricky business

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Land use can be a tricky business. A project that works perfectly fine in one location could be considered a nuisance in another area. Try as you might, there’s no real silver-bullet solution, or one-size-fits-all approach to zoning. Our elected officials, then, are tasked with taking these matters up case-by-case. We broach this issue in response to the board of supervisors’ recent “re-vote” on a rezoning case off the heavily

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