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Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

May 25, 2017

I always wish for a lazy summer, and I never really get it.  As my kids get older, the calendar quickly fills with their stuff: jobs, trips, and camps.  All I really want is a day of popsicles and bare feet, the sound of a sprinkler, and nothing to do.  Do you have a child who will be going to Patrick Henry next year? Patriot Camp for Rising PHreshmen and PHuture Patriot Parents will be held on August 17, 2017 from 9 AM to 12 PM.  Registration is now open for this exciting event.  This year, the Counseling Center and PH Administration have added a concurrent parent program with pertinent high school information and an opportunity to pay for school fees early.  Please plan to join them for a fun-filled day including tours, games, and more.  Visit www.tinyurl.com/PHPatriotCamp to register today.   The Patrick Henry Athletic Department will host an informational meeting on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. for any athletes and parents interested in fall sports at Patrick Henry.  Coaches for sideline cheer, competition cheer, golf, football, field hockey, cross country and volleyball will be on hand to answer question.  If you have any question please email Patrick Henry’s Athletic Director, Matt Crowder at mcrowder@hcps.us . Practices for the Ashland Barracudas will begin next week- the Tuesday after Memorial Day, so you still have time to give your kids the gift of being a confident swimmer.  I know it was one of the best parenting decisions that we ever made!  More information is available at: www.ashlandswimteam.com.  Next Thursday, come plan your summer vacation at the Ashland Library!  On June 1st, from 7 to 8 p.m., learn more about enjoying our state parks as Sammy Zambon, a state park specialist, shares fun family day trips and vacation planning. Randolph-Macon will say goodbye to another class of graduates this Sunday, May 27th. Congratulations to the class of 2017!  I hope that as you make your way through life, you’ll think of Ashland as your home once.  We certainly thought of you as our kids while you were here. Fourth Fridays at the Ashland Town Center Shopping Center launches May 26th, and will feature a line-up of bands ranging from 90’s alternative rock, Motown, funk and jazz. Bring a lawn chair and relax! Events begin at 5:00 PM, headline acts take the stage at 7:00 PM. First Headliner band will be “Supervixen.”  This event is free! Before you have your cookout this Memorial Day, come walk in the 8th Annual Memorial Day March which leaves the Ashland Library at 1 p.m. for a silent march down Hanover Street to Woodlawn Cemetery. This event, hosted by the Ashland American Legion, is to remember and honor those service men and women from Hanover who gave their lives defending our freedom. “We do not gather to glorify war.” Make sure your kids know why they got the day off from school. I hope you all have a lovely long weekend.  I hope you stop and stand still in your yard and look around you.  Look at the blue sky, the fields, the trees.  Look at your town, your woods, your street.  Look at how much you have and this wonderful place that we live.  We are so comfortable here.  For all the drama that comes through our lives, our children are safe and we fall asleep unafraid.  Lives go by fast.  This will be gone before you know it.  Do not waste a day.  Please call or email me with your news: 804-310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com.  See you at the Farmer’s Market!