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Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

May 25, 2017

Greetings to Mechanicsville and beyond.

I hope you are all ready for Memorial Weekend. Pools open, folks take mini trips, and there will be many picnics. The most important thing is to remember those heroes, who went before us, whether family or veterans, who fought for our freedom. Get out your red, white and blue to honor them. Hope you got a poppy from the Ladies of American Legion Post 175, who raised money by selling them on May 20 at Kroger and Walmart.  All donations go directly to veterans.

Many big congratulations go out to Fr. Jay Wagner, pastor of the Church of the Redeemer on his 30th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. A special Mass was celebrated on May 20 with exceptional music in Fr. Jay’s honor. Many of his relatives, friends, college peers and former parishioners, traveled from his home town in Norfolk and other parishes to be with him. Four of his priest friends celebrated Mass with him.  A fabulous pot luck dinner followed in the parish hall. We wish Father Jay many blessings and many more years in the ministry that he so loves. Local Author, Jo Ann Meaker is inviting you to join her on a Cemetery Walk on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 at 10a.m. at the Richmond National Cemetery.  She will share some of the stories she discovered though her research of the Civil War soldiers interned there. Her newly published book, “Stories beneath the Stones: Richmond National Cemetery,” which details these amazing stories, will be available. Teacher Appreciation Week was May 8 – 12.  Sorry I didn’t realize it, but it is never too late to thank a teacher. Please thank yours, or your child’s whenever you get a chance. Lectures on the Lawn start on June l with “Parson’s Cause” at Rural Plains.  Three programs will be presented on the lawn of the Shelton House, June 1, June 8 and June 15 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, bug spray and food and drink.  Chairs will be available as well. Richmond Lawyer John T. Tucker III opens the series on June l with “The Parsons’ Cause – Prelude to Revolution.” I’ll give you more info as the lectures continue.  I personally attended these lectures last year and found them all interesting and it was enjoyable to be out underneath the evening skies. Call 804-277-4727 for more information. Please remember this is your Mechanicsville Network.  Without you there is no news, so please send any you have to me at neale@comcast.net or call 319-7968 and leave a message. We want to hear about your special graduate because they are all special.  Happy Memorial Day weekend.  Be safe and have fun!