Friday, April 30, 2010

4/22/10 Chemistry Award at RMC, Officer of the Year, Second Installment of Contest

Hopefully by the time you read this, they will still be there: the weeds. If you look up or down the tracks early in the spring, before CSX has had a chance to spray weed killer, you'll see green grass growing between the rails and through the gravel. I really like the way it looks because I think that it must have looked that way a hundred years ago. A lazy town where dogs sleep in the middle of the streets, and grass grows on the train tracks- isn't that nice?

Ladies and gentlemen, the score now stands: Lower Ashland, 1; the Rest of Ashland, 0! Corinne Luck of LA figured out that a "big red monster" was actually a bottle of wine (very good wine) and picked up a $10 gift certificate to The Caboose Wine and Cheese shop. If you have never been inside this wonderful shop that sits directly across the tracks from the library, you are missing a treat. Not only can you find excellent wine, proseco, and beer, but they have an extensive selection of cheeses, olives, and crackers to go along with it. There is usually a wine tasting Friday night. You can find out more information by visiting their website:

Congratulations to Professor April Marchetti who was awarded the first Garnett - Lambert Endowed Professorship in Chemistry at Randolph-Macon! April earned this distinction because of her "exemplary teaching, innovative research and scholarship.” Not only did April graduate from RMC, but (and this may be the most important thing) she is from the Northern Neck. She's also an incredible mom to three little kids, a fabulous wife, and a super neighbor. Well done!

This coming Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 PM, the Ashland Firehouse Theater will screen the great James Stewart movie, "Harvey". This is a delightful movie about a man and his imaginary rabbit. Tickets are $6 at the door, with refreshments available at the concession stand.

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will present two performances of its 2010 spring concert featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs. The first performance will be Thursday, May 13, 7:00 pm, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, in Ashland, and the second will be Sunday, May 16, 7:00 pm, at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, in Richmond. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, and may be purchased in advance at Cross Brothers’ Grocery or from any Chorale member, and may also be purchased at the door prior to each performance. To reserve tickets, call 804-798-3283.

Please join me in congratulating one of our own- Dave Klisz, who was chosen as Hanover County's Officer of the Year! I think this came as no surprise to many, as Dave consistently shows dedication and care when protecting the people of Hanover. Thank you, Dave!

OK, here's your chance to win the second $10 gift certificate in the Ashland Column contest. Figure out who this merchant it, go and be the first to say the secret word to the proprietor, and you'll win a $10 gift certificate to this store. Here is your clue:

If I was 10 years old, this is a store that my grandfather would take me to on a Saturday morning. The floors are old and worn, but they feel soft under bare feet. On it's shelves can be found dog collars, apple-flavor wafers, and quick-kill. The secret word is "San Diego Marathon."

Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, Have a wonderful week- enjoy this spring weather!

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