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August 27, 2015


So August is ending and we mark our calendar by another summer gone and a new school year beginning. Even if you don’t have kids in school, it is easy to remember that feeling of fall – that nervous excitement and anticipation of new teachers and new classes; a fresh start but also a reminder of how life moves and changes.

Come to the Ashland Theater this Friday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. to see “The Big Chill,” sponsored by James River Air Conditioning. This movie has to have one of the best soundtracks of all time. Tickets are $5 and, as always, refreshments are available. Visit for a complete schedule or to purchase tickets.

Also this Friday, your Patrick Henry football teams will scrimmage with James River High School under the lights of Randolph-Macon’s Day Field. JV will play at 6 p.m. followed by Varsity at 7 p.m.

Happy belated 90th birthday to Muriel Crawley, born in Frog Level, Caroline in 1925 but happily a long-time resident of Ashland! Mrs. Crawley was treated to a big family celebration at the Iron Horse with many cousins and friends. I believe the secret to her longevity and good health may be that she stays so active; she still mows her own lawn!

Besides Mrs. Crawley, we have some great people celebrating birthdays this week: Roseanne Shalf, Bill McElroy, Kevin Proffitt, Coach Ray Hedrick, and Sharon Stiles. You all should have a big party.

Have you visited the Ashland Farmer’s Market lately? There are all kinds of wonderful late-harvest vegetables and fruits available every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon behind Town Hall.

There are lots of kids leaving Ashland for college this week, and lots that will come here for college this week as Randolph-Macon welcomes its largest freshman class ever on Thursday, Aug. 27. The aisles of Wal-Mart will be swamped, so stay away. We hope that they all have a great year: be safe, study hard, and have a great time!

Are you a writer looking for inspiration? Plan to stop by the Ashland Library Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for constructive feedback and discussion on the craft of writing. This will be held the second Tuesday of each month. It’s like having your very own editor.

Call or email with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, Have a great weekend, Ashland; enjoy this last bit of summer!