Thursday, April 23, 2009

9/16/09 Happy Anniversary

Spring just keeps getting prettier around here. Everyday there seem to be more trees and flowers in bloom and more birds chirping on the fence posts. Easter was lovely with children all dressed up, visits from the Easter Bunny, churches overflowing, and the all-important Three F’s: food, family, and friends.

Brooke Olivia Bryant, first grandchild of Charles and Cathy Waldrop, and great-granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Tom Willis was born on April 8th. Mrs. Bryant’s Fourth grade class at Gandy has been anxiously awaiting this little girl’s arrival, even if it meant losing their favorite teacher. We are all so excited that Brooke inherited her mother’s red hair! Congratulations!

The Ashland Library will have its Poetry Celebration 2009 on Thursday April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. They'll honor the poetry contest winners and participants of all ages. Guests are invited to share their favorite poems. As always, refreshments will be served, and this evening is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Fall Line Farm’s “Farm to Family Co-op” is coming to the Hanover Arts & Activities Center! Orders are placed online with a fresh, seasonal selection from a variety of local farmers and producers. Orders can be picked up every Thursday at the HAAC between 3pm and 6pm. Deliveries start the first week in May. For more information, visit the website:, or call Christiane Riederer at 798-1557.

Julie Erickson is busy getting ready for her 9th Annual Backyard Plant Sale to benefit The Nature Conservancy’s Chesapeake Rivers Program this May 1st and 2nd. If you donate native plants to the sale, you can participate in a preview sale and get discounts on your purchases. Visit Julie’s blog at for more information.

Riley Doyle celebrated her 7th birthday at Disneyland while she and her family were visiting in Malibu, California over Spring break. How will any other birthday ever measure up? Happy Birthday!

Find time to watch some of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, as our home-town boy, Tom Grant will be running in the world’s oldest annual marathon! Tom is an inspiration to all the runners in Ashland. He has helped countless people fall in love with the sport and work through those long miles when your legs just want to quit. I wish that we could all be there to cheer him on, and I hope he knows that we’re thinking about him. May it be your best run ever.

Hey Ashland, it’s been two years now that I’ve been writing this column- can you believe it? I’ve never lacked for news because all of you are so darn interesting! You make me laugh and cry, and you inspire me to be a better person. Thanks for letting me write about the things going on in your lives- it’s the best job I’ve ever had. We’ll have a big party when we reach ten years.

Keep on sending me your news: graduations, new babies, baptisms, and birthdays. You can reach me at, or 310-5320. You can read a record of every single column at

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