I hope you had a truly good Memorial Day weekend. I enjoyed walking through the neighborhood and seeing homes decked with flags and the red, white, and blue colors of our country. How fortunate and thankful we are for those who came before us to build this country. We also take time to think of all those people no longer with us, who helped us build the lives we have today. For those that complain about our country, I’d say: No, it is not perfect, but please tell me where else you can live the life we live here in the USA?
Next weekend is the fabulous Ashland Strawberry Faire June 6, beginning at 9 a.m. on the streets of Ashland. Be sure to check out your Mechanicsville friends, who are members of Hanover Writers. They have books to sell and information to share about the group. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.
MCEF’s Community Liaison, Lynn Saunders wants to send out a big “Thank you” to Walnut Grove Baptist for the donation of a window unit air conditioner. “The family who needed it picked it up and saved a trip to the landfill. Please keep these units out of the landfill. Let Lynn know if you ever have one to donate because it seems there are people looking for them often.” Call Lynn at (804) 334-659.
Thanks also to Grace Community School who tithed the proceeds from their walk-a-thon and gave MCEF a check for $925. Lynn attended their chapel service and was presented with the check. While there, she heard announcements about their toilet paper drive that goes through this week.
Congratulations to Andrew Bock, who became an Eagle Scout at a ceremony at New Song United Methodist Church. For his Eagle Scout project, Andrew held a clothing and diaper drive in the Battlefield Green subdivision. His group distributed bags to all of the houses and then went back a week later to pick up bags full of clothes. They sorted and folded the clothes and delivered bags of them to all of the MCEF clothes closets. What great community partners we have!
AARP Smart Driver Course, June 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hanover AARP Chapter 5335 will be hosting this event at the Hanover Arts and Activity Center, 500 S. Center Street, Ashland. When you take this course, you will learn defensive driving methods and safety strategies to help refresh your knowledge of the rules of the road. You will also learn how to deal with aggressive drivers, how to safely navigate adverse weather conditions, and expanded information on automobile technology. After completion, you may be eligible for a multi-year car insurance discount.
If you are an AARP member, the cost will be $15. Non-member charge will be $20; pay as you come on the 29th. However a pre-registration would be nice; call (804) 798-1373 to save a seat for yourself and others that may wish to join you. On the first day of class, please bring your driver’s license and your AARP membership card (if you have one). Register by calling (804) 798-1373.
Take a little time out this week to enjoy your surroundings. Please send me your Mechanicsville News at (804) 746-9142; or firstname.lastname@example.org.