Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

July 31, 2014


Here’s another reason why Ashland needs a town pool: it is a great equalizer. Now hold on– I am not a socialist, nor a communist (Rodney Bardwell), but everyone needs to be reminded that they are all equal on the scale of human kind.

I can remember a summer day when the whistles were blown to clear the pool, and we all waited anxiously to see what lifeguard Jimmy Foley would bring back from the bottom. He came up to the surface and raised his gloved hand in triumph– it was, he proclaimed, a piece of mulch! We all cheered, the kids jumped back in and the moms returned to their conversations. We love that pool as much as the daycare kids who are unloaded from their buses, and who stand waiting at the gate for the pool to open in the morning. You do not have to be a member to come and enjoy the pool. That is very Ashland-like; we don’t like too many restrictions or guidelines.

And speaking of equalizers, someone told me that the 7-11 is going out of business at the end of the summer? Is this true? I don’t like the idea of a summer without Slurpees, and it is the only store on my side of the tracks. If a train stopped in the middle of town, we would starve without the 7-11. Either that or we would have to drive to Montpelier, which is the same as driving to West Virginia.

Congratulations to Ashland Little League player Riley Dull who pitched a perfect game during the second game of the Virginia State Little League Tournament while playing for the Atlee All Stars. Riley faced 18 batters and struck out all 18 on 69 pitches in six innings. Amazing!

I hope to see you this Sunday evening on the Randolph-Macon campus for the first Bluemont concert of August! 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.

This weekend is sales tax-free weekend for school supplies and clothes. It’s a great opportunity to shop local and see all that Ashland has to offer. There are great back-packs at B-Whimsy, and I have been hearing of wonderful deals at The Giving Tree. Not to mention pens, pencils and paper at Cross Brothers!

You should be at The Caboose every Friday evening for their Passport series of wine tastings. Not only do you get to sample interesting wines, but you can earn stamps towards a coupon!

Stop by your Ashland Library next Wednesday morning to learn about the fascinating world of bats. At 11 a.m., come learn about myths, bat habits, food preferences, and how they help our world. There will be an echolocation demonstration using a bat detector on a live bat. Very cool.

The Ashland library will also be sponsoring another one of their great Teen Movie Nights Friday, Aug. 8 starting at 6 p.m. Come see a great movie on the big screen with your friends! Pizza provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Lastly, we say goodbye to Mildred Davis, who passed away last week after a life spent taking care of Ashland kids. It makes me happy to think that she has reunited with her sister and parents.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Enjoy this weather– I’m certain it won’t last!