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Ashland – Meriwether Gilmore

November 24, 2016

 

A huge congratulations to the Patrick Henry Boys Volleyball team who beat Princess Anne High School to win the state championship! Even though we didn’t get to go to the game, we got to cheer them on as the buses returned to school, led home by a procession of Ashland and Hanover police officers. Such a thrilling event for our Patriots!
Forget that exhausting Black Friday shopping—get some sleep and Shop Small Saturday in Ashland! There are so many wonderful shops; make a day of it and have lunch by the tracks. It really is possible to get all of your Christmas gifts right in the Center of the Universe.
A great stocking-stuffer is a ticket to the third annual Ashland Police Officers’ Ball Saturday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Randolph-Macon Brock Center. This is a really fun event, which supports our incredible men and women in blue. Our Ashland Police Department could serve as an example of how the police and the people work together; they make our town a wonderful, safe place to live. Tickets are available online at www.ashlandpolicefoundation.org. Dress up and come join us!
The Patrick Henry branch of the YMCA in Ashland is asking for donations of mittens, socks, scarves and stocking caps during Nov. 28 – Dec. 18 for local children and families in need from the community. Please drop off new, homemade, or slightly used items to the YMCA, 217 Ashcake Road.
Looking ahead to December, come to the Ashland Library Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. and make a Perler Bead ornament. This class is for ages 5-10; perfect for those little hands who always want to help!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 3, when Ashland will Light Up the Tracks! The event is moving from the train station to the Arts and Activities Center this year to accommodate all the people who came out to hear the carols and enjoy the evening. Plan on being there by 5:30 p.m.; it’s the perfect way to get yourself in the holiday spirit.
Then, on Sunday, Dec. 4, come out to support Hanover Safe Place at the 13th annual Deck The Halls at Pine Grove Farm (12438 Elmont Road). Everything you need to make fresh arrangements, wreaths, and garlands will be available, as well as helpful people to guide your work. This event is from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will feature the talented Susan Greenbaum. Please visit www.deckthehallsva.org for more information and to reserve your spot!
As Thanksgiving approaches, most of us are getting ready to travel or to host family in our homes, but it can be a lonely time of year for some people in our community. First Baptist Church has served a hot, homemade Thanksgiving meal to over 1,000 people in the past seven years. Consider lending them a hand this year, as we always have more to give. Call Price or Helen at (804) 798-8988 to sign up to eat or Tammy at (804) 798-6040 to volunteer.
Call or email me with your Ashland news at (804) 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com. Happy Thanksgiving!