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Roof-mounted floodlights help illuminate an interior shot as crews film a commercial in Ashland.

‘Lights! Camera! Action!’ in Ashland

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

With its Victorian houses, towering oaks and white picket fences, the neighborhood lining the Railroad tracks in Ashland offers a glimpse of a bygone era. That small-town nostalgia’s exactly what attracted a Richmond studio to film a commercial onsite last week.

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  • Girls organize youth theater camp in Rockville

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Samantha “Sammy” Finnegan (back row, from left), Kelly Nuckols and Isabelle Giorgis with  (front row, from left) Nuela Dailey, Veronica Finnegan, Hope Karnes, Nora Rufe, Grace Dunning and Leah Sculthorpe during a youth-run theater camp in Rockville.

    When a Rockville mother’s 11-year-old daughter and her good friend wanted to start a summer theater camp for young children, Julie Finnegan said she was worried that it would fall back on her shoulders. “I’m not doing anything. You need to come up with a business plan,” Finnegan recalled telling the girls.

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  • Creativity as a cure for Ashland man

    Posted on August 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Henry Jones with one of his paintings. The Ashland resident started painting to help keep his mind occupied as he battles a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

    A 72-year-old man with progressive Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease says he’s in the best mood when he’s doing one thing — painting. That’s when Henry Jones, an Ashland resident, can get peace of mind on days when his illness gets the best of him.

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  • Local high schoolers spend week on the James

    Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Participants in the James River Association’s “floating classroom” expedition hit a set of rapids while making their way down the James River. (Photo courtesy of the James River Association)

    Two Hanover High School students are ditching the notebooks and classrooms and hopping in canoes and kayaks this summer. This week, those students will be adventuring down the lower part of the James River traveling 340 miles as part of the James River Association’s fourth “floating classroom” expedition.

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  • Concerts in the Park series combines music, message

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Members of Prospect 7 perform Friday during the Concerts in the Park series at Pole Green Park, put on by the E.J. Wade Foundation.

    Some might say the Concert in the Park series is a perfect way for families and couples to kick off the weekend sitting in lawn chairs on summer nights at Pole Green Park listening to various musicians and bands for free.

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  • Sunshine, tomatoes and crowds abound at festival

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Larry Leber, president of Black Creek Volunteer Fire Company, with Jethro Piland, chief of Hanover Fire-EMS, as he is recognized for 36 years of service to the Hanover Tomato Festival.

    Roughly 35,500 people showed up to Pole Green Park Saturday for the 36th annual Hanover Tomato Festival to enjoy the juicy Hanover specialty and the atmosphere.

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  • Nature as classroom for Patrick Henry HS teacher

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Eric Bohi, a Patrick Henry High School teacher, and another teacher take an opportunity to investigate part of the wetlands “by immersion.” (Photo by Bill Portlock)

    One local high school teacher returned to the classroom this summer, but it just so happened it was a floating classroom out on the river. Last week Eric Bohi, an oceanography teacher at Patrick Henry High School, participated in “Chesapeake classrooms,” a hands-on learning program with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “It was a great trip,” Bohi said. During the five-day class, Bohi learned how to survey the fish population and

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