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Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

March 2, 2017

 

It was a tough weekend in the Center of the Universe. Although the weather on Sunday was beautiful, there was a great unease with the extremely senseless violence in the Wal-Mart parking lot. A flash of anger, and suddenly the world is forever changed for families and friends. I thought a lot about the Ashland Police Department, about how hard they work for our safety and how upsetting this must have been for those first responders.
We live in a safe town, with safe streets, and good people. This one incident is horrible, but do not let it make you fearful. We are very thankful for all of the work done by the Ashland Police Department, and we will hold the victims in our thoughts.
Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Ashland Musical Variety Show! Get yours this week because they will sell out! Call (804) 798-2881 for reserved seats, or purchase general admission and balcony seats Cross Brothers Grocery or at the Arts and Activities Center. Performances will be March 30, 31, and April 1.
The movie, “Chasing the Dragon,” which exposes the ever-growing crisis of prescription opioid and heroin abuse, will be shown at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church this Monday, Feb. 27. Ashland is at risk, and the abuse of opioids is not limited to cities or to those families with low incomes. The panel discussion afterwards will feature Dr. Jeff Riehl, Rosalind Watkins, and Chandra Bailey; it will be extremely interesting to hear what they have to say. A RSVP is unnecessary, and this is a free event. Registrations, however, would be appreciated: http://tinyurl.com/zc6wh3v.
Congratulations to Carter Spence who was presented with the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Youth Award from the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond! This award is presented to deserving high school students who have shown caring for others and have participated in activities that improve human relations and inter-group understanding.
Have you ordered your Easter eggs yet? The Hanover Eastern Star Chapter #130 is taking orders for their half-pound chocolate dipped Easter eggs: peanut butter, buttercream, and coconut cream. Each of these handmade delights is just $6 each and can be picked up one week before Easter (April 16). Call Amanda at (804) 798-4946 to place an order!
And last, but certainly not least, who needs some movie theater seats? The Ashland Theater is selling these iconic seats to make room for renovations; but think of the piece of history that you can own! The sale is this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come early to pick out your seat!
Call or email me with your Ashland news: (804) 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com. Have a wonderful weekend!