Thursday, February 5, 2009

2/5/09 Goodnight Vanilla

Sometimes a story doesn’t end the way we want it to. I hate to have to tell you all this, but the Torrence’s chicken, Vanilla, passed away recently. I know, it’s awful. Vanilla, the scrappy bird who survived over a week on her own, was killed in her own back yard by a slimy raccoon. It’s not right: Vanilla was supposed to live a long life, and her Christmas homecoming was supposed to be a story told over and over again to make people smile. My condolences to the Torrences, and I will personally offer an award to whoever catches that awful raccoon.

The second Focus Area Meeting of the Ashland Planning Department will be held Monday, Feb 9th at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn Express. This meeting will focus on areas 1,2,3,4, which is basically areas east of Rt. 1 to the town line, south of Ashcake Rd., and north of Archie Cannon Drive. Can you picture that? Visit to see a map. If you live in this area, or have interest in it, then you should attend.

Happy Birthday to Carliegh Luck, of Lower Ashland, who turned 12 on January 28th. Carliegh is the daughter of Ross and Corinne Luck and one of my favorite Ashland kids.

Congrats to the annual Spelling Bee winners: Haley French from Henry Clay, David Sanders from Gandy, Griffin Kelly from Liberty, and Adam Cheek from Elmont. The District Spelling Bee was held on Feb. 4th at the SBO offices where winners from each school competed. It was a real treat for the kids to be greeted at the doors of the School Board Office by “Buzz”, the Randolph-Macon mascot. A yellow-jacket is a bee, right? Many thanks to Buzz for taking the time to visit!

A cash bingo sponsored by the Rockville Ruritan Club will be held at the Farrington Fire House on Friday, February 6th at 7pm. Admission is $20 for 16 games, and half of the total admission collected will be returned in prizes. Doors open at 6pm for hot dogs, BBQ, soft drinks and snacks. This is the first of a regular series of bingo nights the Ruritans expect to offer to raise money for the annual scholarships they award to Patrick Henry seniors. The Farrington Fire house is on Farrington Road at the corner of Route 33. For information please call Susan Eisinger at 883-8833.

Hey, Valentine Town- are you ready for the 14th? Is there a lot of love to go around? Send me your Ashland news, your inflated egos and vacation pictures. You can reach me at 310-5320, or You can find a record of these columns at Have a beautiful week!

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