Thursday, September 4, 2008

9/4/08 Storms Approaching, Successful Pool Season, Tiger Trot, Last Street Party of 2008

School has started, summer is over, and hurricanes are approaching. Do your flashlights work? Do you have any bottled water? I know that Bobby Ukrops has some milk to sell you. When I was little, I loved getting ready for a hurricane: helping my grandmother tape her big picture window that looked out over the creek, picking up anything outside that the wind could blow around, and trying to figure out where the “eye” was. Of course, now that I’m older I am more cautious and reserved, and only hope that no one gets hurt.

The final whistle at the Cater Park Pool was met with applause as the pool closed for the summer. Many thanks to the wonderful life guards who watched our kids and stayed late on movie nights. I’d also like to thank the manager, Hunter Hoy, whose attention to detail makes it such a great place to be in the summer.

Happy Birthday to Cark Sloppy and Kim Dye who both turned 29 on September 1st!

There are two big events happening on Saturday, September 20th here in Ashland. The Henry Clay and John Gandy Elementary Schools' PTA's 2nd Annual Tiger Trot 5K race will begin at 9:00 am at Henry Clay. There are two races for the kids to choose from: The Half-Mile Run will begin at 8:00 am, and the One Mile Run will begin at 8:15am. I’ve heard that there will be lots of fun door prizes and fun things to do. Pick up your entry forms at Fin & Feather, Henry Clay, John M. Gandy Elementary, or the Ashland Library, or register on-line at All proceeds will go to the two PTA’s: Henry Clay and John M. Gandy. For more information please contact Susan Spence at 804-537-5257, or Tracy Brown at 804-752-7762.

So after you’ve run the 5K, treat yourself to a fun evening at the last Street Party of the summer. Come dance to the music of Ron Moody and the Centaurs, Saturday Sept. 20th from 6 to 11pm behind the Ashland Library. There are always lots of children’s activities, as if giggling and dancing around weren’t fun enough. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the gate. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult. For more information call 752-7944.

Have you bought a tree yet in honor of our sweet town’s 150th birthday? With all the talk about the old bicycle tree near the R-MC soccer fields, it makes me think that someone needs to plant another great tree like that, so that our great-grandchildren will have a tree to preserve in 100 years. Visit for an order form; they are only $15 each.

Those rainy days this past week would have been perfect for sitting inside a movie theater. Too bad we don't have a- oh never mind. I'm getting tired of talking about it. This has gone on long enough, don’t you agree? Call me at 310-5320, or email Have a wonderful week!

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