Monday, October 5, 2009

10/01/09 Flowers, Football, Storytime, Seniors

October is a great month around here. I always forget how pleasant it is until it rolls around again. We are past the time frame for a hurricane, those summer storms are gone, and the chance of frost won’t come for many weeks. As the humidity leaves, so does the angst that accompanies it, and a calmer atmosphere remains. We more resemble our New England cousins now, than the fiery ones to the south. It is hard to get too worked up while wearing corduroy.

Everyone should be outside this Saturday. The Ashland Farmer’s Market has tons of great fall produce and beautiful plants and flowers. It is a very good time of year to plant new trees and flowers. Just don’t plant any apple trees close to a cedar. Ask Dave Gilmore what happens if you do that.

On Saturday, October 10th, from 9-2pm, the Hanover Master Gardeners will be holding a fall plant sale at the Hanover Human Resource Complex on Rt.1. You know- the Social Services building at Ashcake and Rt. 1. That must be the formal name of the building. They will be selling perennials, shrubs, trees, pumpkins, and other garden items, like rain barrels. All proceeds will support the horticultural programs in our public schools.

If you are 55 or better join the Hanover Seniors. Meetings include educational programs, mini field trips, lunch bunch and guest speakers. The Hanover Senior meets the first Thursday of each month (except June, July and August) at 10am at First Baptist Church, 800 Thompson St. On Thursday, Oct. 1st Maxim Healthcare Services will be in attendance and will offer flu shots free of charge to those with Medicare Part B. Maxim Health Care Services also participates with most insurance companies (fee may apply). For more information, please call 779-7948 or 365-4695, or log on to

Family story time at the Library will be Monday, October 5th at 6:30 pm. It is perfectly acceptable to come dressed in your pajamas.

We were glad to hear that Pedro’s boys beat those Catholics this past weekend, 31-21. They’ll play Washington & Lee this Saturday at home at 1pm. And let me tell you, W&L has lost their past two games, so I think the Yellow Jackets are in a perfect position to take care of them.

Speaking of football, Patrick Henry High School continued their celebration of their 50th year this past weekend with a great football game. Yes, they lost, but I think everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves. The Patriots will play Thomas Jefferson this Friday at home, at 7pm.

Be sure to spend plenty of time this month looking at the sky. It will never be as clear or as blue as it is right now. Towards the end of the month when the leaves change, the contrast will be striking.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, or You can find a record of these columns at As always, have a wonderful week.

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