Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

July 31, 2014


I freely admit I don’t know a lot about music except what a like and that is a big range of styles. It was wonderful to see Mechanicsville’s star, Jason Mraz, on the Today Show earlier in July. I like his sound and am proud to see a guy from the ville go as far as he has. Let’s hope he keeps his image clean and continues to remember his home town. Funny thing is he admitted that he keeps his Grammies in his bathroom. Now that does sound a bit like something a Mechanicville guy might do.

Hanover ARC has news. The State of Virginia is creating a children’s crisis system for the Greater Richmond Area and beyond. Now is the time to let your experience and needs be heard! Families are invited to attend one of two upcoming focus groups to provide feedback on your family’s experience in accessing crisis services. This is an important opportunity for families to help policy makers hear what is needed! Your input will help policy makers understand the needs and shape the development of crisis services. The first forum is Thursday, July 31 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Short Pump. The second forum is Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Library.

Hanover Writers has new officers: JoAnn Meaker is president. JoAnn, who is an award-winning local, has announced the release of her latest novel, “Four Branches.” One of JoAnn’s short stories was awarded the Virginia Writers Club’s Golden Nib Award last year. JoAnn and her husband moved to Richmond from a small town near Rochester, N.Y. in September 2010. While she lived in New York, she was the town’s Historical Society’s president for six years, and the archivist for the society’s collections for nine years. JoAnn also developed her love for history, especially for the Civil War period. This is why she featured that period in both of her novels.

Ms. Meaker will be available to sign her books Aug. 9 at the Hanover Book Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Liberty Christian School in Mechanicsville. She will be at Books, Beads & More (8324 Bell Creek Road in Mechanicsville) Aug. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. Later that day she’ll be at Macy’s in the Virginia Center Commons Mall from 5 to 7 p.m. Then on Aug. 30, she’ll be at Java Chocolate Café (also in the Virginia Center Commons Mall near Sears) from l to 3 p.m.

Other Hanover Writer’s officers, who were elected in March, are Mary Fuerte – Vice President; Celie Thomas – Secretary; Joanne Liggan – Treasurer with Jack Ferguson and Victoria Trifu as representatives to Virginia Writers. Plan on attending the Hanover Writer’s Book Festival; you will find lots of free summer fun for all the family and can support local authors by selecting some books to read and give as gifts.

Mechanicsville would love to know what your family has been doing this summer. Please send your news to or call me at (804) 746-9142.

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