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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)

Local high schoolers spend week on the James

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

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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  • A fantastic Ashland 4th

    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

    There wasn’t much evidence of Hurricane Arthur at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center’s annual Fourth of July festivities Friday except some strong winds. “We kept being asked, “Are you gonna cancel? Are you gonna cancel?” and I can never remember a time when it had rained at all, let alone canceling [the event],” said Paige Christy, coordinator of the Fourth of July celebration and HAAC board member. “I know

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  • Mechanicsville mom details recovery from near-death experience

    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Fourth of July fireworks were the last thing Carolyn Powell, a Mechanicsville resident, remembered.

    It was the Fourth of July in 2009 and she was driving back to her family’s home in Bon Air from their vacation. From the car window, she could see fireworks shooting into the sky. That’s the last thing Carolyn Powell, a Mechanicsville resident, remembers until she woke up in an ambulance on the way to a rehabilitation center in Charlottesville. The next evening on July 5 that year, Powell

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  • Mechanicsville resident appears on ‘The Price is Right’

    Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Mechanicsville resident Lisa Naughton, second from left, celebrates alongside Denise Robertson, Linda Nicholson and Laura Stedronsky on The Price is Right. (Contributed photo)

    Ever since she was 8 years old, Lisa Naughton dreamed of being called down from the audience by The Price is Right host Bob Barker. It’s her favorite show and she never misses an episode. In early May, the Mechanicsville resident’s wish came true, but it didn’t involve meeting the original host and instead Naughton met Drew Carey.

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