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Michael Key makes a mail delivery last Thursday along Thompson Street in Ashland. The longtime, local mailman retires Friday after more than three decades with the postal service.

Outgoing postman left his stamp on Ashland

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Michael Key never knew what to expect during his shifts making 360 mail deliveries around Ashland. Friday, one of the town’s most beloved mailmen will retire from his post after serving more than 30 years at the U.S. Postal Service.

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  • Volunteer spends retirement with man’s best friend

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm


    Ever since one Hanover resident can remember, he’s owned a dog. So, when he retired from Hanover’s public utilities department and decided he needed something to fill his time with, the answer was simple− he would apply to help out at the Hanover Humane Society.

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  • Dog park at Pole Green becoming a reality

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Arnold Farber, Mechanicsville resident and project manager for the dog park at Pole Green Park, with his German Shepherd “Storm,” who enjoys exercising in the new, fenced-in facility.

    Mechanicsville dog owners will soon have a more convenient place to take their pooches for leash-free exercise. The Friends of Hanover Dog Parks has been working the past year and a half to bring a facility to the Pole Green Park and now it’s almost complete.

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  • Volunteer helps prevent cycle of crime, drug use

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:12 am


    For a few hours each week, a Hanover mother meets with several local inmates, who without her, could end up falling back into a cycle of drug use and crime. Every Friday night at 7 p.m., Cristine McLaughlin hosts a “substance abuse night” group meeting at Pamunkey Regional Jail to prepare incarcerated inmates for their potential release.

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  • Students’ art leaves school confines

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Students’ artwork lines the walls of the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education.

    Western Hanover students are getting the chance to share their artwork with the community at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education this month. Roughly 100 pieces by students from both Liberty Middle School and Patrick Henry High School currently line the walls of the center.

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  • A safe place for horses and humans to heal

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    A pair of horses at Wings of Hope Ranch graze on hay while wearing coats to protect them from the January chill. The volunteer-run organization pairs horses with troubled pasts with disabled or troubled children.

    When one Hanover resident’s daughter started taking horseback riding classes from Montpelier-based organization, Wings of Hope Ranch, it changed everything. The organization provides riding sessions to troubled children or young ones with disabilities.

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  • Community rallies around displaced Beaverdam family

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Smoke pours from the home on Landora Bridge Road in Beaverdam as Hanover Fire-EMS crews battle the blaze. (Photo courtesy of Hanover Fire-EMS)

    Dec. 9, an electrical fire broke out and engulfed Debi Jenkins’ home in the 19000 block of Landora Bridge Road. But, just days after the fire, when the family didn’t have much of anything to their name, the community banded together to help them.

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