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Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

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September 3, 2015


Happy September! Next week’s the big one – Labor Day weekend. It’s always a bit of mixed emotions for me. I hate saying good-bye to summer, even though our weather may linger. I guess after many years of working with the school system, I still think of September as a new beginning… back to work; back to subbing; back to committees etc. Some of you never stopped working all summer, but you probably had a vacation and maybe took it easier on the weekends, at least. So as we kick off our flip-flops and step into our more serious mode, let’s be grateful for all that’s ahead.

I’d like to introduce you to another Mechanicsville writer and member of Hanover Writers, Harry Heckel. Harry, who sometimes uses pen names of Lee Lightner and Jack Heckel, wanted to write since he started reading. His first break came when he had the opportunity to write role-playing games for White Wolf Game Studio in the 90s. He has been published for 20 years with his most recent series, a comedic fantasy, “The Charming Tales” by Jack Heckle. Books one and two are collected in “A Fairy-Tale Ending.” Book three, “Pitchfork of Destiny,” will be released in December 2015 by Harper Voyager. Harry says his wife and daughter inspire him every day. His father always believed in him, and his extended family members and friends keep him writing. If interested in more about Harry’s books, email to

Sept. 11, commemorate Patriots Day with your neighbors at a concert by the John Marshall Alumni Band at 7 p.m. at Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Admission is $2, and please bring food for the MCEF pantry.

Sept. 19, there will be a yard sale at the old East Hanover Firehouse on 8493 Bethesda Road which benefits Special Olympics. Shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After that sale, please come over to the big Haiti Back Yard Sale, which will take place Sept. 19 at Church of the Redeemer on Meadowbridge Road. It’s a great sale. Since parishioners donate all of the items, they are sold at modest prices and all of the proceeds go to the parish Redeemer twins within Haiti. You’ll find gently used clothes, shoes, purses, kitchen and décor, furniture and so many things, I can’t write it all here. It’s worth coming and usually a line forms at the opening. Even if you stop by for a minute, you’ll surely buy something and will help the people who live in conditions none of us can fully understand. The poor in Richmond aren’t the poor of Haiti. The people from Haiti would consider all of us as rich.

Mechanicsville Branch Library has a book club on the third Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Call the library to find out what books will be read.

Please send your news to Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend!