Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

April 10, 2014


I have a little mystery to solve this week and I need your help. I have heard, through my sources, that there is an incredibly talented opera singer who rides her bike through town while sometimes singing at the top of her lungs. She was last sighted (and heard) traveling north on Center Street one evening around dusk last week. If you see her, I’d love to know her name. It would be even better if you could get a video of her!

Happy Anniversary wishes to Bob and Elaine Nelson, residents of Elmont for 40 years, who celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary this month!

One of our great local events is returning this May– the Ashland Chalk Walk will be held Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the plaza around the Ashland Library! Register now and purchase a square of sidewalk to decorate; all levels of skill are encouraged: Chalk will be provided!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! (I’ve been looking for an opportunity to say that.) Boy Scout Troop 700 is having their annual Chicken BBQ fundraiser. Monday, April 28, the boys will be walking throughout Ashland selling BBQ tickets door-to-door from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The tickets are $8 each and include one half BBQ chicken, baked beans, slaw and a roll. Boxed lunch/dinners are cooked fresh Saturday, May 10, and you can bring your ticket to pick up your meal between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street, in Ashland.

Tell your golfer friends to plan ahead for the PH Choral Boosters Golf Tournament to be held at The Hollows Saturday, May 17. If your business is interested in being a hole sponsor, please call John Dickerson at (804) 505-0491.

Bring your canned food items to the Katie Goodman’s County Wide Food Drive Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Locations for the food drives are: Ashland/Hanover Shopping Center, Ashland Junction Shopping Center, the Shoppes at Bell Creek, Hanover Commons Shopping Center, the Montpelier Shoppes, the Ashland and Mechanicsville WalMart stores, the Atlee and Mechanicsville Kroger stores and Cross Bros. Grocery. If you are available to volunteer to help with the food Drives and with sorting the donations after the drives (3 to 6 p.m.), this is a great service project for youth groups, clubs, families, or any youth organization. For more information, contact Katie at

Ooops! I incorrectly reported last week that Diane Hale was retiring, and I should have known that characteristically she wouldn’t slow down! While ownership has changed hands, Mrs. Hale will still be teaching and be available to help mold the future generation of Ashland ballerinas. An Open House/Meet and Greet will be held Sunday, May 18 at the studio from 2 to 4 p.m. with the new owners, Brenda Rath and Nancy Terrell.

Happy belated birthday to Ann Bruce and April Marchetti who recently celebrated birthdays!

Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, If you’re traveling during Spring Break, stay safe and come home smiling!