Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

September 11, 2014


It’s really hard to believe that 13 years have passed since Sept. 11 that we all remember. The babies then are now in high school, and the elementary school kids weren’t born. I know we can all remember details– the shock, staring at the television all day long waiting for another disaster to happen, the uncertainty and grief that stayed with all many days and months afterwards. I still think about it sometimes when I see a low-flying plane, and the knowledge that our mundane lives could change in a moment has never left me.

Celebrate what you have and try to do some good every day, Ashland. It all goes by too fast.

This Friday night the lights will be on at Patrick Henry– come and cheer on your high school kids as they take on Atlee at their first home game of the season. Even if you don’t have kids at PH, it’s a really great way to spend an evening. Tickets are $7 at the gate, and there is usually lots of fun foods available for purchase. The game starts at 7 p.m.

And if that’s not enough football for you, come cheer on the Yellow Jackets at their first home game this Saturday at 1 p.m. as they go up against Averett. I hope the weather stays clear and cool!

Friday, Sept. 12, send your teenagers (ages 11 to 16) to the Teen Movie Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a friend to share the pizza provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Then, watch out for the line that could extend around the block, Saturday, Sept. 13 will be LEGO Morning! Bring your 5 to 12 year old and their LEGOS and the library staff will get their imaginations moving with lots of fun building challenges. This event is from 10:30 a.m. to noon and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

I hope you have your calendar marked for the End of Summer Street Party Saturday, Sept. 20. We get so used to our outdoor music over the summer that it’s hard to say goodbye. Come dance under the stars for one last time before it turns cold. Ron Moody and the Centaurs never disappoint, plus there will be plenty of good food and beverages. Bring a lawn chair if you’d just like to be a spectator. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and are available at stores all over town.

I have heard recently that we have lost Dougee Zeno, who composed our beloved town song. I hope that there will be some memorial celebrations in the coming days with lots of renditions of “Ashland, Ashland.” She will be missed by many.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Have a lovely weekend, you sweet town, you.

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