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Mechanicsville – Sheila Talley

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July 2, 2015

Greetings, Mechanicsville!

Are you ready for July 4, 2015? How did it get here so soon? Please plan a safe holiday for yourselves and others. Wear your red, white, and blue. Display your flags. Decorate your homes and have a great time. There are many good choices in our county for events, please consult your Herald-Progress to find the best one suited to your family.

Joyce Longest, Dot Whitlock, and Vickie Whitlock of Mechanicsville vacationed in Cancun, Mexico the week of June 4 through June 10. They said the weather was great and the ocean was wonderful, except for the seaweed. They toured the marketplace and attended a Fiesta Mexicada. They loved getting to the beach every day.

Pardon me, but I think maybe I ate one those “fiesta” things by mistake the other night and there was a bad party going on in my stomach. Joking aside, I’m envious of their Mexican vacation, which sounds super to me. Faye Coates and her family enjoyed their annual trip to Myrtle Beach and said they had a blast. I hope these trips inspire you to write about your experiences this summer.

Taking very productive steps, Justin Nuckols and Blake Stephens completed the 2015 Virginia Fire Officer Academy this month. This prestigious educational program is an in-depth, week-long commitment, managed by the Virginia Fire Chief’s Association. The Academy was conducted at the University of Richmond and the curriculum enhances leadership development pursuits in the Fire Service. Blake and Justin are both with Mechanicsville Fire – Company Seven. Congratulations on this very admirable achievement!

A new clothes closet is now open in Mechanicsville for those in need including men, women, and children. The location is at the First Union Baptist Church, 6231 Pole Green Road, from 10 a.m. to noon, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month. If you would like to donate clothes, please call (804) 746-4095 before bringing clothes between the hours of 11 a.m. to l p.m. on Thursdays.

This is wonderful news for veterans of WWII. The Virginia Rep Theatre (November Theater) is presenting “South Pacific” through Aug. 9. Free tickets go to all vets of WWII. So, tell your uncle or dad or granddad so they may enjoy this show. We are not vets, but Dave and I went to the matinee Saturday, June 27. It was a fabulous presentation that honored veterans. Even if you’ve seen this play before, this performance will bring you back to a time of great entertainment. Be sure to ask for the value tickets. Our seats were perfect.

Write and tell us how you spent your Independence Day. We’d love to print your news here in this column. Call (804) 746-9142 or email Happy July 4th!