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Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

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July 30, 2015

Did you know July 19 was National Ice Cream Day? If I ever knew, I had forgotten, so I guess we’ll all have to eat a lot of extra ice cream to make it up.

Congratulations to Ryleigh Houchins, who was crowned “Tiny Miss Hanover Tomato,” and to Caylee Testerman, who is the new “Little Miss Hanover Tomato,” The girls were honored at the Hanover Tomato Festival a couple of weeks ago.

D.A.D.S. (Dad’s Admiring Down’s Syndrome) will have a golf tournament July 31, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Hunting Hawk Golf  Course, 15201 Ashland Road in Glean Allen. They’d like to thank their amazing sponsors: Lord and Bayer Associates, Chick-fil-A, Q Barbeque, and TEK systems and all others who support this worthwhile group. For more information call the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond, 7501 Boulders View Dr., Suite 201, North Chesterfield, VA 23225.

Youth between ages 7 and 15 are invited to train and complete a 5K run through the Rutland and Cool Spring Forest neighborhoods in Mechanicsville Saturday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 a.m. ReeseStrong 5K will start training those interested in a structured seven-week program Sunday, Aug. 2. Participants will be grouped by age and ability. Register now at All proceeds from this run will go to help two beautiful local children, Grayson and Lauren, who have serious illness.

Anyone who attended the program at PineSlash Saturday, July 25, at 7 p.m. can tell you how interesting it was. It was all about the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek at the Jones Farm. The 1864 Battle of Totopotomoy stretched across a wide front. Park Historian Robert Krick gave an animated talk and led a short walk for the large group that gathered. We had a rare opportunity to see another section of the battlefield at the Washington Jones Farm, a spot not normally accessible to the public. We also viewed Patrick Henry’s honeymoon cottage and Prospect Creek, an old home on the property. The Union 2nd Corps fought there, and eventually seized the south bank of the creek. We hope there will be more historic programs about our historic Hanover County to follow. On a side note, my husband, Dave, and his sisters and brothers once lived in Patrick Henry’s Honeymoon cottage as young children with their parents, Eugene and Annie Talley.

Please send your news to or call (804) 746-9142. Have a grand week!