Monday, October 18, 2010

10/21/10 October Skies, Long Races Run, Happy Birthdays, Tiger Trot

I hope you all got outside this past weekend and looked up at that beautiful October sky. The skies are never as blue as they are this month.

A huge congratulation to Rodney K. Bardwell who ran 50 miles in the North Face Challenge in Atlanta on October 16 th! Can you imagine? And these 50 miles were off-road, so he was jumping over tree roots, avoiding big rocks, and managing to not fall off a cliff. We are completely impressed, and hope that he got a very impressive medal that he’ll wear all week long.

I never realized how many people in this town were born in October! Happy birthday next week to Brittany McGraw who turns sweet 16 on October 26th, and who I’m sure will get lots of presents from her family. Happy birthday to Dave Gilmore who celebrates on the 21st, and Tammy Proffitt who blows out candles on the 22 nd! We also owe Jill Grant a belated happy birthday because she got all of her presents last week, on the 15th.

And if you think that’s a lot, just wait until next week!

The Tiger Trot 5K is this Saturday at Henry Clay Elementary! This wonderful event benefits that PTAs of Henry Clay and John M. Gandy. I always wished that we lived across the street from Henry Clay because the energy and love that comes from that school is contagious. If you live nearby, come out to cheer the kids and the runners. The half mile race starts at 8 am; the 1 mile race starts at 8:15; and the 5K at 9am.

Come experience haunted history at Scotchtown this Saturday from 6-9 pm! “Was it Murder” is a new play about a deadly occurrence in Colonial Virginia. Admission is $5 per person, and you can get more information by calling 227-3500 or visiting

We are all so glad that Paige Christy got through her heart surgery this summer, but Paige would also like to thank all those people who helped her along the way. “I am so grateful to my Cardiologist for identifying my heart problem, my surgeon for repairing my Mitral Valve and literally saving my life and the incredible staff at the Bon Secours Cardiac Rehab for giving me the strength to regain my normal life. I am still overwhelmed with gratitude to all my wonderful friends in and around Ashland who comforted, supported and fed me through my recovery.”

A typical Ashlander, Paige would like to give as much as she has gotten. She is collecting donations for the American Heart Association and will be walking with the Cardiac Rehab staff at the Heart Walk in Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 23. If you would like to make a donation, please write the check to American Heart Association and send it to Paige Christy, 619 Chapman Street, Ashland, VA 23005.

Have a beautiful week! xoxo, Meriwether

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