Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

August 21, 2014


In honor, of Dana Nelson, our local hero, who suffers with MS, his daughters are riding the Bike MS: Ride Virginia next month and would love to have your support. Dana has suffered from progressive Multiple Sclerosis for the last 16 years. Despite his health problems, Dana has continued to support his community and is best known for getting all accessible playgrounds built in two locations. Stephanie and Heather say “We have participated in the MS Walk for many years, but it seemed time to push ourselves to do something that wouldn’t be easy. This is something that would be a real mental and physical commitment. We’re both pretty new to cycling so this will be quite a challenge – but our parents face so many challenges on a daily basis, coping with life with progressive MS, that 150 miles pales in comparison. If we encounter a tough hill on the route, we will be keeping in mind the long struggle our dad has faced. Please consider joining our team and riding along with us! Or please consider making a donation, which will help fund research and resources for those with MS. Or simply send good vibes our way on Sept. 6-7 as we pedal the 150 miles from Richmond to Williamsburg and back.” To donate to Team Nelson or to either of us individually, please visit and select the blue ‘Donate to Bike MS’ button. Search by team name for Team Nelson. Heather’s direct link: Bike MS: Ride Virginia 2014: Miss Heather Lyn Nelson – National MS Society Stephanie’s direct link: Bike MS: Ride Virginia 2014: Ms. Stephanie N Russell – National MS Society. You can also mail a check to: National MS Society, Central & Eastern Virginia, 4200 Innslake Drive, Suite 301, Glen Allen, VA 23060 (Write Team Nelson or one of our names on the memo line.)

On a lighter note have any of you been to JJ’s Consignment shop at Chamberlayne Avenue and Shady Grove Road? It’s my new go-to place and the owner is so helpful. The clothes you find are in great condition and up-to-date. Be sure to say “Sheila sent you.”

Mechanicsville is not the small Village it was when I was a kid. I see positive changes everywhere I go. Weren’t you proud to hear that three Hanover Schools are among top 100 in our state and two; Atlee High School and Lee Davis are in Mechanicsville? Congratulations to nearby Patrick Henry High, as well. We also have some of the greatest health care facilities around and it’s wonderful to know the new Emergency Center is now available. I can actually recall driving from my former Spring Meadows neighborhood to the nearest big grocery store in Henrico, when I was first married. Now we have big stores of all kinds and yes, more traffic, too. Another good thing is that a few miles down 360 there is country and beautiful farmland. Hats off to our area of Hanover!

Mechanicsville would love to hear what you’ve been doing. Please send your news to or call me at (804) 746-9142. Have a great week!

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