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Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

October 12, 2017

By the time you read this, there will have already been a meeting at Patrick Henry High School, sponsored by the Department of Rail and Public Transport who wanted to get public input on their draft environmental study, which is hundreds of pages long.  I am sure it was a contentious event.

This high-speed rail project is absolutely heartbreaking and the DRPT has succeeded in turning neighbor against neighbor.  It has been a strategy from the beginning to turn the town and the county against each other so that DRPT avoids any blame.  This project is a failure waiting to happen, if it does ever happen, but the divide that DRPT has opened in our community will scar us for a long time.

I would urge you to not direct your anger at the town or the county, but at the government agency who is putting the needs of CSX and the businesses of Richmond and Northern Virginia ahead of tax payers. Can’t we get some bumper stickers that address the DRPT and what they have done?

So these days I have had to turn off my public radio station because the stories bring me more discord than comfort, but I’ve found a wonderful spot on the dial: 102.9 Ashland’s Own, The ‘Mater.  They play a really interesting mix of music- not “Top 40,” like we used to call it.

In the early 1990’s there was this great station from Virginia Beach called “The Coast,” and on clear evenings we could hear it in the Northern Neck. I was working in a restaurant and we would listen to it as we cleaned up.  I can distinctly remember the night that it went off the air at midnight and all of a sudden easy listening music started playing. There was no internet back then, so we never knew why it disappeared.

On Saturday, October 21st, the Hanover Humane Society will sponsor their 6th Annual Pup Crawl beginning at 7:00 PM behind Town Hall.  For a registration fee of $25, dress your pet in their finest Halloween costumes and go for an evening stroll in Ashland.  There will be refreshments and prizes at the end!

I hope that your Halloween plans include visiting the Hanover Arts and Activities Center to hear the Hanover Concert Band’s yearly performance of their spooky music.  Even if you don’t have kids, it’s a great spot to enjoy the wonderful costumes.

Don’t let good things go away.  Don’t lose good neighbors and friends because of a ridiculous government debacle.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: 798-5018, ashlandnews@gmail.com.   Have a good weekend!