Thursday, February 7, 2008

2/8/08 Mike Spence, Ed Via, Bob Brown, Goodbye Chevron



Congratulations to Mike Spence who won the autographed copy of the 2003 Ashland Comprehensive Plan for correctly naming the number of Railroad Runs that Ted Schubert has participated in: 25. Of course, Ted started running when he was 8, you know. We expect to see Mike at all the future Planning Council Meetings with his well-read, tattered and dog-eared Comp. Plan. East Ashland is closer than you think Mike!

This story comes under the heading “Hometown Boy Makes Good”. Congratulations to Tres Bruce, son of A.C. and Ann Bruce, who recently won an Emmy for his magnificent film-making abilities behind the camera at ABC affiliate WTVD in Raleigh, NC. Tres and his reporter, Barbara Gibb, presented a feature story on a talented choir made up of homeless men. Watch out Kathy Abbot- looks like Tres might give you a run for your money!

This Monday, February 11th, our new supervisor- Ed Via, will be available to talk to citizens at Town Hall from 9am to 12 noon. While this kind of communication is critical for our voices to be heard way over in Hanover Courthouse, I hope that Ed schedules another time to meet with us outside of the normal business day- maybe after 5pm or on a weekend.

The Ashland Planning Commission meets this Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 7:00pm at Town Hall. We're all looking forward to watching the magic of Bob Brown as he takes Steve Trivett's place on the Commission. This is Bob Brown, retired planner from Philadelphia- not Bob Brown, soccer coach & PTA treasurer. It's confusing, I know.

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.

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. Ms Hitchcock has written a book on net crimes and volunteers with numerous law enforcement agencies worldwide to help solve Internet-related crimes. 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.

Looking for something safe for your kids to do in town? Send them over to the library on Friday, February 15 at 6:00 pm for a Chocolate Fun Festival for Teens. 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.

We are all so sorry to see the Ashland Chevron closed up and empty. I will miss seeing Chris, and his mother Lois, but wish him great success in his future ventures. Their phone number was always on my speed-dial.

Call or email me with your Town news or questions- like, how many people are running for Town Council this week? (804) 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com. You can find a complete archive of these columns at http://www.ashlandnews.blogspot.com/. Have a wonderful week!