Tuesday, January 28, 2014

1/16/14 Losing Meg

It is so hard to write this, especially since we have so many runners in our community.  There is nothing so exhilarating than a good run through our pretty streets and roads.  There is nothing that makes you feel more alive than your lungs filling with air, the steady beat of your heart, and the strong muscles in your legs repeating the footfall over and over again.  We are heartbroken to hear of the death of Meg Menzies who was out for a morning run this past Monday along Rt. 54.  We can’t imagine the pain that her family and friends are experiencing.  They have our deepest condolences. 

 Meg’s husband was Sgt. Scott Menzies with our Ashland Police Department, and they had three children: Gabriel, Whitfield, and Skye.  Donations for the family can be made through that Ashland Police Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization established to help its members in times of need.  Donations may be sent to the “Ashland Foundation” at 601 England St., Ashland VA 23005.

Meg was an incredible runner who was training for the Boston Marathon and who was a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club.  The club is encouraging people of all running abilities to come out and run this Saturday, January 18th, in memory of Meg.  Whatever the distance and wherever you are, run outside in the fresh air as a way to honor the daughter, sister, wife, and mother who was lost this week.  Maybe we all need to do more to stop drunk driving and spread safe, responsible road-sharing. 

We have so many talented people in Hanover; start thinking about a song and plan on coming to the auditions on Sunday, Jan. 26th at 7:00 pm at the Arts and Activities Center.  Hanover Idols is open to ages 16 and older, and the Junior Idols is for kids ages 10 to 15.  Application forms are available at www.hanoverarts.com or by calling 804-798-2728.  Application forms are due January 20th!

Here’s an opportunity to have a fun evening and support that Patrick Henry athletic teams!  The PATS (Patrick Henry Athletic Teams Supporters) Casino Night will be Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 pm at Hanover Academy.  Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and are available at Patrick Henry High School.  Prices go up after January 19th.

The only days of the week when there is no live music playing at the Ashland Coffee and Tea are Sunday and Monday.  Five days a week!  We have a gold mine of original music right on the tracks and you are only cheating yourself if you don’t find the time to walk over and listen to it.  Check out their website at www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Don’t let the construction stop you!  Crawl over those bulldozers- well, not really- use the side doors or shimmy safely past the heavy equipment, and pay a visit to some of the best shops in Ashland.  I love the “new” side entrance to the Ironhorse- it adds a lot to that corner.

Call or email me with your Ashland news: 310-5320, ashlandnews@gmail.com.  Hug your family and friends tight.  

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