Monday, September 28, 2009

9/24/09 Tiger Trot, JDRF Walk, September Birthdays, Bluestone Pickles

Did you survive this past weekend? Did you crawl into bed Sunday night and immediately fall asleep? Oh, I am still rubbing my eyes this morning and trying to recount all the events…

What a beautiful day we had for the Third Annual Tiger Trot at Henry Clay Elementary! I am always amazed at how smoothly this event unfolds, and that is largely due to the leadership of the two race directors: JoAnn Hunter and Tracy Brown. This event has one specific purpose in mind- to help our Ashland schools be incredible places of learning. And even if you don’t have a child in either Henry Clay or Gandy, you should know that our community is only as good as its schools. Education makes the world a better place.

The Central Virginia Walk to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was this past Sunday on Byrd Park, and once again, the team led by Jennifer and Buddha Morris was the largest family team in attendance. Of course, this should come as no surprise to many considering how many people love and care about Jen, Buddha, and their kids: Kellan & Rosie. Jen & Buddha wage a daily battle against juvenile diabetes, as both of their kids have the disease.

We were happy to hear good news from Roger & Rachel Reynolds. Their daughter, Charlotte, who is fighting a brain tumor, has gotten excellent reports from doctors lately.
The fight is long from over, but it is encouraging to see that progress is being made. We are glad that everyone is home in Ashland.

The news from LA is that Davis Luck had one of the most spectacular birthdays in recent memory! Apparently the Death Star landed in his backyard, and he and his guests successfully defended Lower Ashland from Darth Vader. We’re sending many birthday wishes to this sweet boy who turned 6 on September 22nd.

Happy Birthday to Kipp Proffit & Trey Inge who both turned 12 on September 18th! While these boys might not have had to wage inter-galactic war on their birthdays, I have no doubt that the festivities were thrilling. It’s hard to believe how fast these kids are growing up.

Wait, wait- I’m not done with birthdays yet! Lorie Foley and Jen Burch both celebrated their birthdays on September 20th!

The Ashland Kiwanis are having their 38th Annual BBQ on October 17th at A.D. Whittaker’s farm just outside of town. There’ll be lots of good food (with their top secret sauce) music, kids’ games, and lots of free parking. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids aged 7-12, and free for kids 6 and under. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis or KEY Club member. You can also call 883-6118, or email ashkbbq@earthlink for information. The Kiwanis do so much to support the youth in our community, and this is one of their biggest fundraisers.

It’s a beautiful time of year here in the Center- are you tired of me saying that? I just can’t get enough of those crickets; they are some of the best background music that I’ve ever heard. Oh, and the other day I found my grandmother’s recipe for sweet pickles. Have I told you the story about her pickles? Her recipe calls for some “bluestone” to be added to the mix to help the pickles keep their green color. I decided not to use the bluestone once I found out that you can also put it in your pond to prevent pond scum, or on your apple trees to keep the worms away. Yes, bluestone can even help your sheep stay away from foot-rot! In other words, my little grandmother used to put fertilizer in her pickles, but she lived to be 91, so it can’t be all that bad.

Send me your Ashland news, and tell me what’s going on. I don’t like to be out of the loop. Call or email: 310-5320, Have a wonderful week!

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