Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

July 10, 2014


Did any of you have to change your July 4th plans because of weather warnings? We did, but made lemonade out of lemons and had a good time anyway. We certainly had a lovely Independence Day weather-wise. I hope you enjoyed it!

Sometimes I wish I could just “slow down, summer.” I know some don’t care for the hot weather, but I have always loved summertime and still do. Have you noticed how high the corn is this year? It looks great and it’s fun going to the Pole Green vegetable stand to pick out the best. Those Hanover tomatoes will be flourishing soon. In fact a few are available, but the price is high. I can’t wait to pick one from our backyard garden.

Friend and neighbor Pattie Davis couldn’t be happier these days. She has a new granddaughter. Gabrielle Nicole was born June 26, 2014 at VCU hospital, where Mom, Laura, is a nurse. We’re all so thrilled for her parents, Laura and Rob Franklin, on the birth of their first child. They live in nearby Henrico, but Laura grew up in Mechanicsville.

I’d like to wish Arjun Jaini a big congratulation. Arjun is a Hanover High recent graduate who won the Gates scholarship to University of Richmond. At 18 years old he is already into scientific research and hopes to work on cancer research. It’s certainly wonderful to be noticed by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Mechanicsville wishes him the very best. Hope we’ll be hearing a lot more about Arjun in years to come.

Mechanicsville Branch Library invites you to “Alice in Wonderland” Friday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 14, Magician Rob Westcoff will pay at visit to Mechanicsville Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library at 3:30 p.m. and Monday, July 21 from 2 to 3 p.m.; there will be a duct tape craft workshop. Kids ages 9 to 14 need to call the library to sign up for this one.

Camp Hanover is actively seeking service projects every other Saturday for campers who are at camp for two weeks. If your church has a project planned for July 12, July 26, or Aug. 9, please think about how these kids could help. These are middle school and high school-aged youth, who seem to be very responsible and well-behaved. Their counselors come and stay with them. Please let me know if you can think of a way they can help our community and I’ll put you in touch.

MCEF wishes to thank Twin Oaks Farm for all of the squash and zucchini donated to the MCEF pantry. They sell their produce at the Ashland Farmer’s Market. If you have a chance to support them, please do.

I’m sure you have lots of summer news. Be sure to send it to or call me at (804) 746-9142. Have a great week!

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