Friday, February 15, 2008

2/15/08 Valentine Town, 150 Yearbook, Hanover Idols, Another Committee for Lorie Foley

“Ashland, Ashland, Center of the Universe….It’s our Valentine Town!” I think that everyone has been too busy this year to think much of Valentine’s Day. There are meetings almost every evening for the 150th Birthday Celebration, and I’m sure that many people are suffering from lack of sleep. But, how often does your town turn 150?

There are lots of Valentine’s babies having birthdays this month: Monica Kliz, Judd Flagg, John Datovech, and Donna Delvecchio.

Kindergarten registration for Hanover County Public Schools begins in March- are you ready? To find out, come to this free parent workshop at the Patrick Henry YMCA on Ashcake Rd.(wet) on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Parents will be provided with helpful hints to get your child prepared, as well as things that children need to know before they enter Kindergarten. To register, call Kathi Thomasson at 798-2767 or Kenny James at 798-5556.

Warm your soul with some sweet music at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center this Sunday, Feb. 17th at 6:30 pm when the Hanover Idol Competition takes place. Not only will there be great singing accompanied by Fred Horn, but Kevin and Tricia Trent will keep the evening rolling along as hosts for the evening. Tickets ($6) will be available at the door starting at 6pm. The chosen Idols will perform at venues throughout the year. Call 798-2728 for more information.

Entry forms for the 30th Annual Ashland Railroad Run have been pouring in. Have you registered yet? This is such a beautiful course, and one of the friendliest races in Virginia. There are wonderful door prizes this year and lots of fun activities planned for the 30th running. Seriously, I want to see lots of people out there in their tube socks and OP running shorts. Come out and run like the person you were in 1979! I was seven- I’ll run the Kids One Mile.

At least the kids know how to celebrate Valentines Day. Send your teens over to the library on Friday, February 15 at 6:00 pm for a Chocolate Fun Festival. Play chocolate bingo, race to see how many chocolates you can unwrap wearing oven mitts, and more! This evening is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Jayne A. Hitchcock, cyber crime expert and author, will speak on “Virtual Villains – The Dangers of Blogs, IMs, and Predators” at 7pm on Monday, Feb. 18th in Old Chapel Room 212 on the Randolph-Macon Campus. The Old Chapel is just what it sounds like and is in the middle of campus- you can't miss it. This event is free and open to the public. Call 412-1559 for more information and better directions.

At the Town Council meeting this Tuesday, Feb. 19th we’ll celebrate the incorporation of our sweet town on February 19, 1858. Remember to record your family history for the 150 Yearbook! All entries are due April 1st. This yearbook is intended to be a snapshot of our town so that your children and grandchildren will be able to look back and reminisce about what Ashland was like when they were growing up. Don’t let them look at you and ask, “Why didn’t you send in our story?” Visit or call Susan Tucker at 798-7123

Where’s the love Ashland? Maybe we should have a Valentine’s Committee. Lorie Foley, why don’t you organize that? Call me at (804) 310-5320 or email Have a great week.

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