Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

July 24, 2014


Ashland has had some New England weather this past week. We needed sweatshirts in the evening, and some of us slept with the windows open. The air was a little easier to breath, but the smallest kids on the swim team– the “mites” as they call them– had their lips turning blue during their morning practices.

If I were to make a list of all the reasons why Ashland needs a town pool (and I think I’ll do that) at the top of that list would be the Ashland Barracudas Swim Team. Our kids have played on lots of different sports teams over the years. There has been t-ball, soccer, gymnastics, tennis, basketball, and ballet, but there has only been one team that they have consistently played on for the past nine years: the Barracudas.

The Ashland Barracudas are the only team that I know of where first graders and high-school seniors wear the same uniform and cheer for each other. It’s one of the few teams where the coaches don’t like to talk about winning, but more about sportsmanship and ethics. As well as being strong swimmers, these kids are learning how to be good people.  We lose the pool, we lose the Barracudas. It would be a real tragedy.

In other news, the Ashland Barracudas beat Twin Hickory by a little over 40 points last week during their last home meet of the summer! In case you didn’t hear the cheers from Carter Park, Jacob Davis and Davis Luck won four events, and Shea Burch, Will Burch, Deklan Cauthorne, Christine Datovech, Susannah Gilmore, Claire Grant, Ethan Lynne, Kayla Maxey, Elizabeth Roberts, Will Roberts, Andrew Senfield, Aidan Spence, and Jonathan Waller each won three events.

Christine Datovech will be one to watch as she broke records in mite girls’ 50 free, 25 back, and 25 fly!

The Bluemont Concerts will celebrate 10 years in Ashland this August, so plan on being on the Randolph-Macon campus each Sunday evening during the last month of summer. Beginning Sunday, Aug. 3 The Dixie Power Trio will bring their New Orleans Funk to the steps of Blackwell Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Requested admission is $5 for adults, $4 for Bluemont members, and $2 for kids 12 and under. No advance sales– tickets available that evening.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Have a great weekend!

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