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Bruce Johnson, of Dragonfly Farms, sells vegetable plants during a recent “renegade market” in Ashland. The official market season kicks off May 3.

Annual farmers market pairs consumer, farmer

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

During peak season last year, the Ashland Farmers Market drew an estimated 700 consumers to downtown Ashland during its three-hour, Saturday morning window. With the official season set to begin May 3, organizers and vendors are excited about this year’s prospects.

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  • Worst. Winter. Ever? Not so fast, volunteer weatherman says

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    John Newell with his backyard rain gauge in Ashland.

    To most, the winter season that just ended was the worst in years. But according to John Newell, a volunteer weather observer for the National Weather Service, the town has not received as much winter weather as one would think. “It wasn’t an unusual winter for snow,” Newell said. According to Newell’s data, Ashland has seen 20.9 inches from December 2013 to now, only slightly more than the town’s “normal

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  • Man’s best friend and a trusted ally

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    A Belgian Malinois Shepherd takes down a man in a protective suit during a demonstration Saturday at Courthouse Park as part of the second annual Hanover K-9 Heroes Day.

    Last Saturday, all types of canines that serve citizens and the community were recognized at the second annual Hanover K-9 Heroes Day at Courthouse Park. Hanover Hounds partners with the county’s Parks and Recreation department to educate the public and showcase dogs like Parish’s that provide search and rescue services for individuals and also canines that provide therapy or police or military work.

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  • Trading fun in the sun for a hammer and nails

    Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Marcus Bauer nails down the subfloor at a Habitat house.

    For spring break, most college students choose to travel to a paradise island or just somewhere with a beach and warm temperatures. Boston College student, Marcus Bauer recently opted out of the usual collegiate vacation and joined 13 other Bostonians to help Habitat for Humanity build a home for a Hanover family in need of affordable housing. The house will be a part of Hanover Habitat’s first neighborhood project called

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  • Nonprofit helps find horses a stable home

    Posted on February 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Susan White, Virginia Equine Welfare Society president, visits with Simon, a former racehorse and Amish buggy horse the organization saved from a kill pen.

    From the outside, the barn looks normal – there are bays for horses, straw, harnesses and a couple of curious cats keeping watch. But this Hanover stable is where horses go to get a second chance at a happy life. Husband-and-wife team Susan and Alan White founded the Virginia Equine Welfare Society in 2012 as a way to help save, rehabilitate and rehome horses. Some come to the group from

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  • Rutland preserves its history

    Posted on February 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    From left, Garnetta Bishop, her daughter Naomi, and Rev. Louise Faulkner hold candles alongside county officials as the One Voice Chorus performs at the Feb. 9 candlelight vigil at the Rutland House cemetery.

    Although the names of 57 individuals who were once slaves in Hanover are unknown, their lives are not forgotten. Sunday afternoon, more than 100 people recognized their place in the county’s history during a candlelight ceremony in front of the old Timberlake Home in Mechanicsville’s Rutland community. “Usually whenever there’s something about slaves, it’s always on the back of something else, but for once I wanted to see a memorial

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  • Heritage Society chronicles black experience in Hanover

    Posted on February 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Dr. Alphine W. Jefferson is president of the Hanover Black Heritage Society, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

    Although 20 years have passed since one organization was founded, its members will continue to remember black Hanoverians, who lived during the slavery and reconstruction years, as their stories are lost and sometimes forgotten. Keeping those memories and spirits alive is the purpose of the Hanover Black Heritage Society, founded by Carolyn Hemphill. “To collect, preserve and make available artifacts, documents, physical items and the history of blacks in Hanover

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