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SOL news is good for Hanover By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local

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Michael Gill, assistant superintendent for instruction, presented preliminary SOL (Standards of Learning) results at last week’s meeting of the Hanover County School Board.

ASHLAND — Hanover County Public Schools officials have anxiously awaited the state’s release of the latest Standards of Learning (SOL) results since the exams were finished earlier this year. Preliminary results were released shortly before the Hanover County School Board met last week, and initial indications are positive. The tease left interim superintendent Rick Richardson “conservatively pleased and excited.” Dr. Michael Gill, assistant superintendent for instruction, presented a generalized out-

Handicap-accessible door unveiled at Montpelier center

line of the figures, noting that more detailed accreditation information will follow later in the year. Gill said he was optimistic about the numbers, but warned the SOL scores are only one indicator of academic achievement. Graduation and dropout numbers also will follow when final numbers are announced. “They are certainly one important tool to report achievement,” Gill said. “Hanover County Public Schools are up in every category in terms of overall achievement. Every Hanover school exceeded the state benchmark of 70 percent in math, science and hissee SOL, pg. 9 

Lighted bikes display targets local retailers’ rooftops By Meredith Rigsby News Editor

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ASHLAND — Inspired by the bike gardens that have cropped up around the Town of Ashland, Dan Bartges, a member of the Ashland Main Street Association, came up with the idea of placing old bicycles covered in string lights on the roofs of some of

Ashland’s buildings that provide the most visibility. “I was just trying to think of, I guess two things, how to extend the enthusiasm after dark, and the other was just to come up with something unexpected a little creative, but still fun,” see BIKES, pg. 4 

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The lights of the Town of Ashland spotlight a bicycle atop Ashland Coffee and Tea in the area of the railroad crossing in the downtown.

Joe O’Connor, left, chair of the Pamunkey Regional Library board; Wayne Hazzard, chair of the Hanover Board of Supervisors, South Anna District; Theresa Bowen, executive director of The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education; Walter Wright, volunteer at The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education; and William Gaspar, president of The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education board of directors; and Oscar Carle, front, a World War II Navy veteran, celebrate the addition of a handicapaccessible automatic door at The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education. For more on the new addition, turn to page 2.

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Center for Arts & Education unveils new handicap-accessible automatic door By Meredith Rigsby News Editor

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ONTPELIER — On Aug. 12, The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education publicly revealed its new handicap-accessible automatic door. At the unveiling, World War II Navy veteran Oscar Carle sat in a wheelchair and demonstrated the ease-of-use and convenience of the new handicap-accessible door. The proposal for the new handicapfriendly door was presented in January by Walter Wright, a volunteer at the center for almost 20 years, at the center’s annual members meeting. After receiving the necessary board approvals and meeting set regulations, The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education then needed to raise the funds the support the project. “It’s just something that we have always wanted to do, but it [there] was never budget money, funding money,” Wright said. … “We have people that will come into the parking lot with their cell phones and call us to open the door because they can’t access it, and, you know, we already have the ramp, so why not have the door.” Patrons of the center and community members generously supported the initiative and raising the necessary funds for the project was not an issue, Wright said. Construction of the new handicapaccessible door took two days and was completed on July 30 by Stanley Corporation, which was selected as the construction company through a bid process. After installation was complete, all staff was trained how to operate the handicapaccessible door, what mechanisms to turn on first and what mechanisms to turn off, to both activate and deactivate the door. In addition to the large button that allows for the automatic door to open and close, The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education also installed a sensor that keeps the door open longer than the state law requirement of eight seconds. “We have substantially elderly people so there’s a sensor in there that will keep that door open while they’re fumbling around,” Wright said. “The law requires a minimum

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Oscar Carle smiles with pride after successfully, and easily, entering and exiting The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education via its new handicap-accessible automatic door.

of eight seconds for the door to stay open, but sometimes that’s not going to be adequate if your 97 years old. … It just makes it safer for the person whose disabled.” Since installation, the new handicapaccessible automatic door has been well received by patrons. “There’s a lot of patrons that I’ve spoken to, in my years of service here, etc, where they are nervous to come out to either come look at the galleries, come to the library, because they’re worried about that, ‘I don’t want to inconvenience somebody and call them to come open the door for me,’ ” William Gaspar, president of The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education board of directors said. … “Now, they aren’t going to have to worry

about making that phone call, as long as they can get here they’re going to have access to the center.” The elderly patrons of the center are not the only ones that have welcomed the new addition. The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education frequently hosts events for young mothers who show up with strollers, kids, books and bags. The new door has made it easier for these patrons to be able to get in and out easily. “It’s a moral obligation to, you know, meet these laws for access,” Wright said. At the reveal of the new handicapaccessible automatic door, the Pamunkey Regional Library board donated $500 toward the project.


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Unknown suspect damaged victim’s property on Pouncey Tract Road. Suspect attempted to use victim’s information without permission on Princess Anne Drive. Unknown suspect damaged property on Green Haven Drive.



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Knicely Jazz Trio to perform at Bluemont Concert Series

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SHLAND — The Bluemont Concert Series will present Knicely Jazz Trio in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, for the fourth of five evening concerts in Ashland. All Sunday evening concerts will be held at on the steps of the steps of Randolph-Macon’s Mary Branch Residence Hall Auditorium located on 300 Henry St. Danny Knicely was first taught music by his grandfather, A.O. Knicely, who has been performing at dances and other events in the Shenandoah Valley since the 1930s. Danny has used his background to explore music from all around the world. He has collaborated with other musicians in dozens of countries across four continents, including U.S. State Department tours in Tunisia and

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Bartges said. “I just kind of envisioned several lighted bikes silhouetted against the sky and I thought it would be really neat.” After approaching the Ashland Main Street Association about his idea, they got to work and identified a rooftop on a building located at 300 England St. as the perfect spot for their first installation. The building is owned by Randolph-Macon College and school leaders were happy to allow the display to be erected. In addition, Randolph-Macon ’s Physical Plant and Operations crew showed up the day of the installment and helped Bartges and others hoist the bikes up onto the rooftop. Originally, Bartges looked into wrapping the bikes with solar-powered lights in an effort to keep the project as environmentally friendly as possible. However, after reviewing the pros and cons of solar-powered lighting, he decided they were not bright enough and could be unpredictable. “If you have a cloudy day, they aren’t going to work at night,” Bartges said. I “ended up going to LEDs, which just sip electricity, so they are

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Morocco. Danny’s diverse musical background allows him to slip easily between folk, jazz and bluegrass genres. Joined by upright bassist Aimee Curl and guitarist Bert Carlson, the Knicely Jazz Trio plays gypsy jazz, inspired by the lively spirit of Django Reinhardt. With a $5 admission per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors, and $2 for kids under 12, proceeds go to support Bluemont’s Artist-in-Education Program in area schools. Concert-goers are invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and a picnic to enjoy before the show. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed. In the event of bad weather, the concerts

an environmentally good thing to do and bright.” While Randolph-Macon crew members helped lift the bikes onto the roof, the bikes would not be able to stay in place without the help of local resident Tommy Thomasson, who also is a creative welder. Customized wooden pedestals were constructed and weighted down with sandbags, while metal straps attach the bikes to the pedestals, Bartges said. Thomasson welded the stands on to each bike to hold them in place. “I don’t think we could have pulled it off without him. He made some super sturdy stands for the bikes,” Bartges said. Throughout the rest of the week, Bartges and those helping will be installing three more rooftop bike displays. Locations include on top of the marquee of the Ashland Theatre, the roof of Ashland Coffee and Tea and the roof of Princess Cleaners, enabling the lighted bikes to be seen for several blocks down Route 54. Two bikes will be placed on each building’s roof with one being installed on Princess Cleaners’ roof. “It’s nice to have a street level display, and now we’re going to have them lit up so they show up against the sky,” Bartges said. “They are painted pastels so they are quite vis-

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will be held indoors at the Randolph-Macon College Blackwell Auditorium. Everyone is welcome at the family-oriented concerts. Bluemont partners and major donors in the private sector include many local businesses, friends and families in the community. The Ashland Summer concerts are part of Bluemont’s award-winning program that brings 350 cultural programs to schools, communities and healthcare facilities in 80 communities in northwest and central Virginia each year. Bluemont relies on more than 1,200 volunteers each summer to ensure that performances go smoothly and on the support of local businesses and community organizations.

If you would like to volunteer this summer or sponsor an Ashland concert, contact Jen Chambers, Bluemont’s regional volunteer coordinator at 804-304-5588 or jennifer. chambers@comcast.net. Businesses interested in sponsoring Bluemont are encouraged to contact Lily Dunning at 540-955-8186 or email lily@bluemont.org. This summer, Bluemont will present more than 40 concerts in seven communities in northwest and central Virginia, including Ashland, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton and Winchester. For complete schedules, performer descriptions, directions and more information, contact the Bluemont office at -540-955-8186 or visit www.bluemont.org.

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A bicycle adorns the rooftop of one of the buildings on the campus of Randolph-Macon College on England Street in Ashland.

ible during the day and very visible at night.” While embarking on his project, Bartges found out about some Ashland history that he previously did not know. Bartges said he has always noticed the “scads of bicyclists” pedaling around town during the weekends and was curious as to what generated all of this welcome bike traffic.

He learned that Ashland has a long history with bicyclists and that two of the U.S.’s oldest bike routes, U.S. Bike Route 1, which runs north to south, and U.S. Bike Route 76, also known as the Transamerica Route, intersect in town. U.S. Bike Route 76 traverses the state east to west. The two route systems were installed in 1982. The bikes used for the project

were donated by the by the Hanover County landfill. The lights on the bikes are on timers and will turn on automatically at dusk and stay on for six hours. The installation is expected to stay up at least through the month of September for the impending 2015 UCI Road World Championships bike race; however, some retailers may choose to leave it up year-round.


Parsons’ Cause has two more performances for season HANOVER — The Parsons’ Cause Foundation Inc. continues with its 2015 summer series of performances. The last two performances begin at 11 a.m. at the Historic Hanover Courthouse at Hanover Courthouse Road in Hanover. Each performance runs about 45 minutes. Performances are free and open to the public. Donations are, however, gladly accepted. Groups of 10 or more should call 804837-4900 to make reservations to attend a performance. For individuals or groups of less than 10, no advance reservations are required.

Tickets will be distributed beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the date of the show. The number of tickets distributed will be limited to the legal capacity of the courthouse. The Parsons’ Cause Foundation Inc. is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Contributions to The Parsons’ Cause Foundation Inc. are tax deductible. The Foundation receives no government funding or support. To make a contribution, and/or to volunteer to assist with performances, contact The Foundation: The Parsons’ Cause Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 364, Mechanicsville, VA 231110364; parsonscause@comcast.net; or 804-8374900.

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ASHLAND — Liberty Middle School, in preparing for the 2015-2016 term, has released the following dates to remember: 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 2 — Eagle Camp for rising sixth graders. Sixth grade students will be able to pick up their schedules, meet their homeroom teachers, see the building, open their lockers and meet new friends. 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 2 —Fees and Schedules Night. Seventh and eighth graders will be able to pick up their schedules, see the building, and pay fees. Schedules are not distributed prior to the scheduled day and time for each grade level. However, fees may be paid for sixth graders during the seventh and eighth grade Fee and Schedule Night from 3 to 6 pm. Locker assignments for seventh and eighth graders are given out by homeroom teachers on the first day of school. Sept. 7 — Labor Day Holiday. Sept. 8 — First day of school — begins with an A-day. Sept. 9 — First day of tryouts for fall sports — football, girls’ basketball, girls’ tennis, boys’ soccer and cheerleading. Students must have a completed sports

physical in order to try out. Forms can be found in the main office and on the school website under “athletics.� Be aware that the form (the Sports Physical form) is different from the school entrance physical, which cannot serve as a sports physical.  Sports Physicals must have been completed after May 1, 2015.  Bring your completed physical on your first day of tryouts and turn it in to one of the coaches that afternoon. Sports Physicals cannot be accepted early.  Students without a completed physical form are not allowed to participate in tryouts and should not stay after school.  Students will need appropriate shoes and clothes to change into to play.  Coaches will advise players after the first day of any specific equipment or clothing they may need for their particular sport. Sept.15 Back to School Night — Back to School Night is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teachers and to receive a brief overview of their child’s schedule and classes for the year. All parents are encouraged to attend and to take the opportunity to join our PTA. (Parent/Teacher Association). Representatives of the PTA will be there to assist. The PTA meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. After the meeting, parents will then follow their child’s schedule.

The Foundation has a new website, www. parsonscause.org, and also is on Facebook. The remaining performances for the season are: The Parsons’ Cause – Prelude to Revolution On Dec. 1, 1763, a country lawyer from Hanover stepped from obscurity into the forefront of legal and political circles in Virginia. His name was Patrick Henry. The event that shaped his destiny was the trial of The Parsons’ Cause. Henry challenged the two most potent entities of colonial Virginia, the King and the clergy. The case proved to be one of the opening salvos of the revolution, and started Henry on the path of becoming the “Voice of the Revolution.� Performance on Aug. 29.

Lt. George Finley – Pickett’s Charge March with Lt. George W. Finley and his men into the mouths of the Union guns at Gettysburg. Finley was a native Virginian who was one of a handful of Southerners who got over the stone wall at Cemetery Ridge. He was captured and spent the next two years in federal prison camps. He vowed that he would become a minister if he survived the war. He eventually returned home and became pastor of a Presbyterian church in Fishersville, Virginia. Pickett’s Charge was the most dramatic event in the most dramatic battle of the most dramatic war in American history. Finley’s story captures all the drama and illustrates principles of leadership, courage and character. Performance on Aug. 22.

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OPINION | The Local Views From the editor

It’s that time again: Get ready to return to class By Melody Kinser Managing Editor

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nd where did the summer go? That seems to be a common theme every year — even when you aren’t directly involved in the school system. But, here we are looking at the middle of August and classes are about to get underway at Hanover County Public Schools and Randolph-Macon College. Chances are, children who are being home schooled, as well as those attending private and church schools, are already in session for the 2015-2016 term. Thinking back, there was a bit of apprehension and excitement as we prepared for a new school year. Of course, as we got older, the anticipation abated and we quickly got back into the routine. Do teachers still assign the essay, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation?” There was a time when I thought “If I hear Myrtle Beach one more time, I’m going to scream.” Yes, that was the destination of choice for most of the folks in my hometown. A great bonus of living in this area is the proximity to so many exciting

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adventures (I believe in more than just sticking to the word vacation). We have incredible historical opportunities to explore (and you can’t visit Jamestown too many times), an amusement park literally in our back yard (thank you, Kings Dominion) and we aren’t that far from the beach. If you want ocean, then you can head toward the Atlantic or if it’s the river life, then you have that advantage too. I just love to hear it pronounced “rivah” — pretty cool. Having moved around a few times in this decades-long career, this has become a grounding of sorts. Some would say I’ve finally found my roots. Regardless of how you define it, we’re fortunate for all the offerings nearby and surrounding us. I hope parents packed up the kids and enjoyed some of the wonders of Virginia during the summer break. You’re never too old to learn and — to be quite honest — I’ve reached that age where you start to consider your bucket list. I’ve been blessed to have experienced so much of our state, but Mount Vernon is on the to-do list. And I encourage you to hold me to it. Now resume that back to school shopping — and make sure you make those purchases locally.

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‘The future ain’t what it used to be’ By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local

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ike many other things in life, birthdays are not as much fun as they used to be. But, turning 65 is still a momentous milestone in anyone’s life, and I am compelled to offer some observations on reaching what used to be the official retirement age in America. Let me begin by saying if I could turn back the hands of time, I would. I have real difficulty finding merit in those who revel in the joys of old age. Few who have actually been there actually agree, and it’s a fact of life that everything slows down when our bodies reach a certain age. Of course, I don’t speak for all seniors, but I do represent a new breed of retirement age Americans who have no intention of bowing out or relinquishing their pursuit of happiness regardless of age or limitations. Let’s face it: Turning 65 does not have the same connotation it once enjoyed, and the majority of Americans reaching that milestone are still active, many of them pursuing careers or raising families. More and more seniors are continuing to work, thrive and enjoy life not restricted by tried and untrue perceptions of life’s later years. It confirms a tired and overused truism that Yogi Berra coined years ago — “the future ain’t what it used to be.” I wasn’t alone when I celebrated my 65th earlier this

month. More than 10,000 baby boomers, those of us born between 1946 and 1964, turn 65 daily in America. Many of them view retirement as an opportunity to begin Act II of their lives. Many volunteer time to important services and projects, while others pursue second careers or begin businesses. For seniors, the demographics are encouraging. In 1980, less than 15 percent of America’s workforce was comprised of workers 55 and over. Today, about a fifth of all American workers are seniors. And for many of those workers, including me, the momentous birthday only reminds there are tons of things left to achieve. It’s the chance to continue a lifetime of learning and an opportunity to still grow in our professions. Fortunately, I chose a profession where the heaviest thing I lift is a camera. It’s also a career that has taught me the best stories are still sitting out there, untold, and the best photos are waiting with the next assignment. I feel no less excitement for those pursuits than I did at age 25. With more than six and a half decades on this planet, I suppose one of the most important things I confirmed is that there is much more remaining to be learned than has been learned — if that makes sense. As a senior citizen, I also realize that if orange is the new black, then 65 is the new 50. To the 10,000 future fellow Americans who will take the big step tomorrow, and the ones who will join them each and every day following, Enjoy!

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Taxes should be fair for everyone in the nation First let me say I’m not suprised by what is happening in Washington, D.C. -- 98.5% of all votes are based on party lines, what is in their own interest, and to do what is needed to “keep” their job instead of “doing” their job, which is doing what is fair for all the people. I think taxes should be fair for everyone, the same percentage for everyone and, instead of refunds, the country keep the money. I’ve heard that the government refunds more than they take in. If you make $50,000 or more, you are taxed 33%, 10% federal government, 7% state government, 6% local government and 5% social security and Medicare. Under $50,000, social security benefit/retirement, other retirement plans and saving accounts you are taxed 25%, 5% federal government, state government, local gov-

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First Lego Star Wars Brunch planned for Aug. 30 in Ashland Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND -- Tiny Tim’s Toys and Ashland Coffee and Tea will present the first Lego Star Wars Brunch Event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at 100 N. Railroad Ave. in Ashland.

deduction, no write-off and no matter where you bank your money you have to pay taxes. If a business or person hires illegal immigrants they are required to pay the taxes for those people Edwin Taylor Mechanicsville

Constituent favors new EPA regulations (Editor’s note: The following was submitted as “An Open Letter to Delegate [Buddy] Fowler.”) Del. Fowler, I just received your current constituent newsletter. I was recently in Norfolk, one of the areas in the country most vulnerable to flooding from climate change. Indeed, “flooding” is an understatement. Norfolk is facing at least a one-foot rise in sea levels by the end of this century, a rise that is nearly impossible to protect against, destroying the city and surrounding area. Sea levels will likely rise beyond this one-foot mark, unless we take drastic action to stop and reverse climate change. Norfolk and many other areas in coastal Virginia will be under water in just a few generations, if climate change continues unabated. Indeed, low lying areas, like much of Richmond, also will

Responding to education article When I read the guest commentary in your July 22, 2015, edition, I was surprised that you devoted so much print to the defense of failed liberal

education policy. When liberals are asked by the U.S. went from the first the world in math and science to 35th, they end the conversation. Their only solution to every issue is to spend more money. Our education system has problems but lack of money is not one of them. The Hanover County Public Schools budget is more than enough for all legitimate needs. When the author quotes a philosopher, I suggest going back further than David Brooks. Back before the birth of Christ when Plato was teaching Aristotle, the teacher taught and the student learned. Why did we stop doing this? I believe Aristotle had the answer when he said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” We have accepted too many liberal thoughts and ideas. It is time to reject them.

into the costume contest for Star Wars prizes. Admission is $25 for children and $5.95 for parents. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, call Ashland Coffee and Tea at 804-798-1702 or go by either Tiny Tim’s Toys at The new philosophy as articulated by one of your writers several weeks ago seems to be “Perception is Reality.” I believe a member of the Hanover Students for Freedom of Information and Learning believes that one. It is very clear that anyone who believes “Perception is Reality” does not have the experience, maturity and judgment to do critical thinking. Liberals can create the most beautiful “Perceptions” anyone has ever heard. They sound too good to be true. It is very easy to take advantage of anyone who believes these expertly crafted “Perceptions”

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without question. I believe these Hanover students are being taken advantage of. This is a shame. The members of the Hanover Students for Freedom of Information and Learning have received the answer they requested. The answer is read in the policy. As written in your paper, it is the job of the school administration to decide what is taught. It is the job of the teachers to teach this. It is the job of the students to learn this. Our education system is failing because of the liberal policy implemented over the

past 50 years has not worked. Simply put, liberal policy has not worked. No matter how much money is thrown at a bad idea it will not work. Teachers have been successfully teaching students for thousands of years. The only education system in the world that is failing is here in the U.S. As far as I can tell, all of the successful systems use traditional methods. They work. The liberal methods are failing. Change is in order. Now is a good time to start. Larnie Allgood Mechanicsville

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OBITUARIES | Death Notices & Funerals ROBERT BENINGHOVE Robert Winn “Pee Wee” Beninghove, 80, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 10, 2015, at home, with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret N. and Thomas Henry Beninghove; brothers, Walter and Billy Beninghove; and foster sister, Mary Castagnino. Pee Wee is survived by his wife, June Campbell Beninghove; and daughters, Julie Whitaker (Bobby) and Roberta “Dee Dee” Kent (Fred). Known as “Peeps” to his grandchildren, he is survived by Sydney Whitaker Hurley (Peter), Kaitlyn Whitaker (boyfriend, John Bell), Zachary Kent, Nicole Kent and Claire Kent. He also is survived by a foster brother, Woodrow Dowdy; numerous nieces and nephews and many loving friends. Pee Wee served his country in the U.S. Army and retired from the Bell Atlantic Telephone

Company. He was a member of the Shady Grove United Methodist Church, the Latnier Hunt Club and Mechanicsville Recreation Center. Pee Wee was a great athlete, hunter, gardener, fisherman and competitor, but most of all he loved his wife, children and grandchildren; in fact, he loved all children. Funeral services were held at noon Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Bliley’sCentral at 3801 Augusta Avenue. Interment followed in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hanover Fire Station 7 Mechanicsville, 7161 Stonewall Pkwy., Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

ROBERT BLACKWELL Robert Clyde Blackwell, of Mechanicsville, departed this life on August 5, 2015. Clyde is survived by his wife, friend and love of his life, Patricia; and devoted children, Robert Scott Blackwell, Mark Blackwell and Laura Claunch; daughter-in-law,

Cheri Blackwell; son-in- law, Stephen Claunch; grandchildren, Wren Blackwell, Sarah, Katherine “Katie” and Stephen Claunch, Noah and Blake Blackwell and Taylor Harvill. Clyde was preceded in death by his son, Craig Blackwell. Clyde was one of 12 children, with three surviving siblings, James “Jimmy” Blackwell, Grace Paxton and Elizabeth Holley. Clyde’s greatest joy was being with his family. He will live on in spirit and cherished memories as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, August 12, 2015) at Covenant Woods at 7090 Covenant Woods Drive off of Lee-Davis Road in Mechanicsville. The family will receive friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Center either online or at P.O. Box 980539, Richmond,

VA 23298.

MELVIN BOGART Melvin Victor Bogart, passed away August 10, 2015. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas Melvin Bogart. He is survived by his three daughters, Sue B. Proffitt, Sherry B. Jones and Gail B. Seay (Roger); one son, Bradley P. Bogart (Anita); nine grandchildren, Jay Jones (Jaime), Steven Proffitt (Tara), Kelly E. Proffitt, Thomas Seay (Melanie), Kevin Seay (Leslie), Halley, Lucas (Jessica), Tara and Avery Bogart; and nine great-grandchildren, Rachel, Alex and Ryan Jones, Leah and Owen Proffitt, Cole Snead, Scottie and Grady Seay and Shawn Beasley; one brother, Link Bogart (Barb); and two sisters, Joan Simms and Lanore Zahl. A graveside service with military honors was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hanover County Volunteer Rescue Squad.

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IRENE BOSWELL Irene Cunningham Boswell, 82, of Mechanicsville, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Jennings Boswell. She is survived by her son, Jay Boswell, and wife, Andrea of Williamsburg; a grandson, Thomas; three sisters, Ramona Jones, Bess Cunningham and Nancy Tate; and two brothers, Buck Cunningham and Phillip Cunningham. She was a longterm member of the Walnut Grove Baptist Church, a former employee of C&P Telephone Company and a graduate of Fluvanna High School. She enjoyed some of her best days at her Rappahannock River house. The family would like to express appreciation to the staff of Heritage Green Assisted Living for the care they provided the past six years. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home at 8014 Lee-Davis Road. Interment followed at Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Crystal Mae Byers, 65, of Ashland, departed this life August 8, 2015. Crystal gave her gift of life to her four roses, Richard Byers Jr., Robert Byers Sr., Lesleigh Byers and Leisa Byers Claiborne. She is continually celebrated by her children and their families, alongside them are her three brothers, two sisters and 15 grandchildren that knew her as “Memaw.” She never met a stranger, she only knew friends. A celebration of her life will be held at First Calvary Baptist Church at 14596 Mountain Road

in Glen Allen.

MARIA CAMPBELL Maria Aparecida “Cida” Campbell, 63, born in Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil, resident of Montpelier, passed away in Richmond on August 7, 2015. She is survived by her mother and father, Norma and Jupyr Mantovani; sister, Magaly; brother, Renato; husband, Cary Campbell; daughter, Catherine Scott (Sam); son, Walter; daughter, Christine; and grandchildren, Kelsey and Charles Hertz, Luke and William Scott. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 14, 2015, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www. lls.org.

ELIZABETH COX Elizabeth Theresa “Betty” Cox died July 30, 2015, after a brief illness. She was 102. The widow of the late Lt. Col. (retired U. S. Air Force) Curville W. Cox, she lived in Mechanicsville, although she recently was residing in an assisted living facility in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Previously, they had lived for over 40 years in Hopedale, Massachusetts. She was born October 1, 1912, and grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, the youngest child of John and Nora (Riley) Magee and had five siblings, who predeceased her. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. Betty met her husband in Framingham, Massachusetts, in 1946, and they married in March 1947. When they wed he was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. At his next station, at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, she hosted a radio program called “Air Force Wives.” They moved to Hopedale, Massachusetts, in see OBITUARIES, pg. 9 


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the 1950s, with their two young sons. Curville retired from the military in the late 1950s. Betty volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother, was active in Democratic politics, and was a member of the First Congregational Church in Milford. She conceived of the idea for Hopedale’s annual Day in the Park Fine Arts Festival, sang in community musical productions, and was active in ecumenical church efforts. She held various part-time jobs at different times, including stints at a hat factory in Upton and selling women’s coats and accessories at Jordan Marsh in Framingham. She wrote a column for the Milford Daily News called “A Walk Down Main Street” and hosted a program on WMRC radio station in Milford called “The Betty Cox Show.” She later worked as a correspondent for The Worcester Telegram and Evening Gazette (later the

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tory and 75 percent in reading and English.” Scores also were up for special education students and pass rates for minorities exceeded the state level. “This is reason for celebration, but we recognize that education will always seek improvement and that continues to be our mission,” Gill said. “We will be coming back with more than just highlights in September.” Ashland District representative Hank Lowry questioned Gill regarding a student who had passed all of his courses but was declined a diploma due to a one-point deficiency in his SOL scores. Students who fail their SOLs are given the opportunity to take an expedited retake, one factor in the improving scores for the county. “We advocated for that expedited retake,” board chair Bob Hundley, Chickahominy District, said. The acting superintendent said leadership at the state level also is open to discussion regarding accountability reform. Even with the board’s adopted policy of awarding local credits in special situations, Gill said state standards for graduation still supersede local requirements. The board also approved a three-year improvement program for Patrick Henry High School, a state-mandated requirement for all schools tagged with less than full accreditation. Although the school board is taking final action on that corrective plan, Gill told members last month that the efforts are well underway and began at the start of school last year. “When a school is designated with warning

Telegram & Gazette), covering Hopedale news and politics. After retiring from the Telegram & Gazette she worked briefly as a correspondent for The Middlesex News. Betty enjoyed politics, music, food, family, the beach and traveling. She was an amateur artist, and at age 100 she drew a still life in pastels and had it reproduced for her Christmas cards. She and her husband relocated from Hopedale to Mechanicsville in the late 1990s in order to live near their youngest son, Tim, and his wife, Linda, and their three grandchildren, Nathan, Marybeth and David. She lived for a time in Covenant Woods, where she observed her 100th birthday with family and friends. She is survived by her sons, John and his wife, Gay, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, and Tim and his wife, Linda, of Mechanicsville; four grandchildren, Gideon Cox of Radnor, Pennsylvania, Nathan Cox of Mechanicsville and his fiance, Ivelis Varela of Rockledge, Florida, Marybeth Pendleton and her husband, Terence, of Henrico, and David

Cox and his wife, Heather, of Fredericksburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial event will be held at a date to be announced.

status, any school is required to submit a threeyear improvement plan,” Gill said. “I think this is a thorough and comprehensive plan with parts that can be replicated throughout the system,” Gill added. The latest SOL scores, released earlier this week, indicate PHHS students exceeded statemandated levels in all four core areas. Under current state provisions, the school must remain on academic probation with an improvement plan in place even if accreditation scores are obtained during that period. Richardson said that’s also a subject of discussion at the state level. “I think there is going to be a fairly vigorous discussion about when is enough is enough,” he added. Extra emphasis on math and algebra, individual tutoring and other programs are all aimed at raising scores and removing the school from its provisional accreditation status. The board also approved a policy that could have far-reaching affects for parents who provide food for their child’s classmates. In the past, a parent could bake a batch of cupcakes and bring it in for an entire class to sample. On the recommendation of the Student Health Advisory Committee and a number of elementary school principals, Gill said the proposed policy would prohibit any outside food from being brought in for mass consumption by students. He said the policy is already in effect for several Hanover campuses, and all elementary principals approved the new measure. “That’s where we feel most of the impact will be,” Gill said. Hundley said the new policy might receive

some criticism and warned fellow board members “you may receive some phone calls on this one.” The board approved the no outside food in the classroom policy unanimously. Mark Pasier, assistant superintendent for human resources, told board members that teach-

ROBERT DAVIS LTC Robert L. Davis, USA (Ret.), age 86, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Colonial Heights, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 48 years, Virginia F. Davis; and by his second wife of 13 years, Marian M. Davis. LTC Davis served in the United States Army for 22 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. Following that he worked for the Virginia National Guard for 25 years. LTC Davis also was a proud member of the American Legion of Mechanicsville. He is survived by his sister, Carolyn A. Davis of Oakmont, Pennsylvania; two daughters, C. Lynn Davis of Richmond and Patricia D. Nanny of Chester; his son-in-law, Vincent E. Nanny; two grandchildren, Paul V. and Lauryn D.

Nanny. He also is survived by stepson, William “Marty” Martin Jr. (Suzie), and stepdaughter, Elaine McGhee (Burle); five stepgrandsons and eight stepgreat-grandchildren of Mechanicsville. Bob also is survived by a lifelong friend, Forrest Tignor. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Bob’s “second family,” the entire staff of Heritage Green Assisted Living in Mechanicsville, as well as Cathy, his nurse from Ascend Hospice. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2015, at Southlawn Memorial Park at 1911 Birdsong Road in South Prince George. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions are made in Bob’s honor to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com. E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory at 2033 Boulevard in Colonial Heights was in charge of arrangements. see OBITUARIES, pg. 10 

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VANDELIA DAVIS Vandelia J., of Ruther Glen, departed this life on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville. She leaves behind her husband, Robert “Ed” Davis; mother, Fannie Woolfolk; stepsons, Clinton Davis and Pastor Kenneth Davis (Paulette); stepgranddaughter, Kimberly Davis; siblings, Margaret Moore, Lucille Moore, Eleanor Twiggs, Kenny Johnson (Carmen), Al Johnson (Georgia) and Michael Woolfolk (Zelda); a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. A homecoming service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015, at St. Luke Baptist Church in Ruther Glen, with Pastor Kenneth A. Davis, eulogist. Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home at 518 North Washington Highway in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.

FRANCES DISHMAN Frances “Frannie” Davis Dishman, of Ashland, went to be with the Lord on August 11, 2015. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 43 years, Clyde Dishman; and her children, Nancy Hughes (Chuck), Becky Barlow (Calvin), Janet Hart (Jason) and Julia Durning (Dave). She had nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ryland and Martha Davis; sister, Lula Childress; and half-sister, Ella Adams. She has one brother, Ryland Davis Jr.; sisters, Sarah Miles and Eliza Foster; and a pen pal of 60 years, Shannon Bobst of Ohio. Frannie was very close to her sister-in-law, June Hale. Frannie was a devoted associate of Ukrop’s (Martin’s) in Ashland for 28½ years, where she loved her job and the people she worked for and with and the customers. She always had that beautiful smile to greet everyone. Frannie had many friends, Shirley Lemonavage, Lou Jones, Judi Tignor, Donna Davis and Donna Flourney, to name a few. She was a faithful and loving friend. Very special thanks to Mary, David, Martha and Amy from Legacy Hospice of Charlottesville. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Nelsen Funeral HomeReid Chapel at 412 South Washington Highway in Ashland. Interment was in in Kenwood United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kenwood UM, where she was a member, 11208 Elmont Rd., Ashland, VA 23005 or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. Online condolences can be registered at www.nelsenashland.com.

THOMAS HENLEY Thomas L. “Tom” Henley Jr., 74, of Ashland, passed away on August 10, 2015. He is survived

by his loving wife of 50 years, Elsie; a son, Glen E. Henley; daughter, Tammy Avila (Bert); three granddaughters, Lucy Avila, Sophie Avila, and Courtney Henley; and a sister, Mary Haymes (Lester). He was preceded in death by his parents, T. Leonard and Duella Henley; and his brother, Terry Henley. Mr. Henley was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a retired fire suppression systems service technician for FireX Corporation. Mr. Henley was a member of the American Legion Post 125 and Richmond East Moose Family Center. A graveside service was held at noon Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Westhampton Memorial Park in Richmond. The family wishes to thank Bon Secours Hospice and especially Renee for their kindness and special care given to Tom during his illness. Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.

LYDIA PETTUS Lydia Margaret Wilkerson Pettus, died peacefully in Keysville, on August 11, 2015, at the age of 82. Lydia was born on January 17, 1933, in Chase City. She married Walter Harold Pettus in 1951 and they spent the next 64 years together. Lydia is survived by her husband, Walter Harold Pettus; daughter, Jamie Lisa Gay Pettus of Portland, Oregon; and her siblings, Jane Harring of Venice, Florida and George Wilkerson of Mechanicsville. She was preceded in death by her son, Phillip Dale Pettus; as well as three brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Drakes Branch Presbyterian Church. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville was in charge of the arrangements.

WILLIAM ROBERTSON William Gordon Robertson, 90, of Henrico, went to be with the Lord on August 10, 2015. He was born November 9, 1924, to the late Lucy S. and Herbert R. Robertson. He is survived by two sons, William G. (Billy) Robertson Jr. and his wife, Susan Garriques, of Covington, Louisiana, and Bryan Dale Robertson of Richmond; three grandchildren, William G. (Robby) Robertson III and his wife, Cheryl S., of Mandeville, Louisiana, Ashley R. Strazzullo and her husband, John, of Virginia Beach, Steven P. Lohmann and his wife, Toni C.; one great-granddaughter, Veronica Ivy Lohmann, of Brunswick, Maryland; sister-in-law, Sandra Phelps Smith and her husband, Martin E., of Mechanicsville; sister-in-law, Joyce Robertson of North Chesterfield; and other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gilda R. Robertson; daughter, Gilda Joy Robertson; his sister, Edith Foster (Robert); and his brothers, Edward B. (Pauline), H. Rudolph, J. Melvin (Rosalee) and Elmer L. Mr. Robertson served in the U.S. Navy in the Western Pacific in 1944 on a ship that delivered landing craft to the islands around Japan. He was see OBITUARIES pg. 11 


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trained on a new device located in the pilothouse of ships called Radar. He was employed by Metropolitan Engraving and Electrotype Company and was a photo engraver for Engravers Inc., owned by Thalhimers and Miller & Rhoads, which produced all of the newspaper ads. He was Vice President of the Richmond Craftsmen Union for many years. Mr. Robertson retired from Richmond Newspapers/ Media General in 2003 after many years of faithful service in the engraving department, serving as the night supervisor in plate making. In his final years, he enjoyed serving as a tour guide for the new facility in Hanover County. He served the community as a volunteer at Lakeside Fire Department and was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank the employees of The Wayland Home for their care dur-

ing the past year. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, 2007 Timberlake Ave., Henrico, Va. 23228 or Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2333 Hilliard Rd., Henrico, VA 23228. Bennett Funeral Home at 8014 Lee-Davis Road in Mechanicsville was in charge of arrangements.

ALBERT TOBEY Albert A. Tobey, 62, of Mechanicsville, passed away on July 4, 2015. Albert was born in Chickasaw, Oklahoma, on June 26, 1953. Albert was tough on the outside, but a big teddy bear on the inside. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his youth, and his favorite store was Bass Pro Shop. He worked as a truck driver for 30 years for Carpenter Company. Someone once said, you didn’t have to guess what was on Albert’s mind, because he told you, without holding anything back. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Tobey, and his moth-

er Shirley Choimiere. Albert left behind his wife of 29 years, Dorothy Tobey; his brother, Noel (Sandy) of Orange; his sister, Bonita (Bob) of Maryland; his brother-in-law, Tommy Eaves (Barbara); his nephews, David (Amanda), Kevin (Brittany), both of Fredericksburg, Josh Eaves, Jacob Eaves (Brandi) and Jay Callow of Maryland; his nieces, Lindsay Ballance (Joshua) and Sarah Callow of Maryland; his great nieces, Taylor and Hanna Tobey, Charlotte Tobey, Berkley and Avery Eaves and Elaina Ballance; and his great nephews, Eli and Beau Ballance. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. September 26, 2015, at the old Company 3 Fire Station. Monaghan Funeral Home at 7300 Creighton Parkway in Mechanicsville is in charge of arrangements.

THOMAS WALTON Thomas Irvin Walton, 72, of Doswell, passed away suddenly on August 9, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Lois Walton; children, Timmy Brooks (Becky), Janet Burks (David) and Stephanie Wertman

(Stacy); six grandchildren; father, Irvin Walton; and two brothers, Charles and Ronnie Walton. Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Doswell Ruritan Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Taylorsville Baptist Church Building Fund.

DORIS WICKOUSKI Doris Breedlove Harris Wickouski, 94, went to be with her Lord on August 6, 2015. She was the first child of Richard M. Breedlove and Bertha S. West, born in Beaverdam. Employed with A.H. Robins Pharmaceutical Company in Richmond, Vshe retired after 34 years of service in 1988. She was a member of Zion Christian Church in Beaverdam. Doris was predeceased by her first husband, Elisha W. Harris; and second husband, Andrew P. Wickouski; and also by her daughter, Betty Harris Tuttle; and son-in-law, Melvin “Jimmy” Tuttle. Left to cherish her memory are her two granddaughters, Valerie Tuttle Wertz (Robert) of Virginia Beach and Susan Tuttle Lewis (John) of Pasadena,

Maryland; four great-granddaughters, a great-great-grandson, along with nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at the Zion Christian Church by Reverend C. Jason Lewis. Burial followed in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery in Montpelier. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in memory of Doris. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, is assisting with the arrangements.

SUSIE WYATT Susie “Q” Ette Wyatt departed this life August 2, 2015. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susie “Newtney” Shelton; and son, James “Bubba” Wyatt. She leaves to cherish her memory children, Ernest Wyatt, Kathy Winston, Patty Winston, Randy Wyatt, Brenda Wyatt, Shirlene Johnson and Patricia Lucas; one brother, William Thomas; and one sister, Monel Whitehead. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 10, 2015, at St. Peter Baptist Church in Glen Allen. Owens Funeral Services at 104 Green Chimney Court in Ashland was in charge of arrangements..

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Cathleen O’Keefe engaged Christina Zahn to become to wed Charles Kittredge bride of Matthew Krout

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athleen Michele O’Keefe and Charles Rawson Kittredge have delightedly, officially announced their engagement. Kate is the daughter of Tom and Martha O’Keefe of Mechanicsville, Virginia. She is the granddaughter of Rossa Smith Pinnix and the late Allen Pinnix of Greensboro, North Carolina, and the late Margaret and John O’Keefe of Highland Springs, Virginia. Kate is a member of the Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia, Class of ‘97 and graduated with a BS in Environmental Science, Economic Policy from North

Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina. Charles is the son of Jack Kittredge and Julie Rawson of Barre, Massachusetts. He is the grandson of the late William and Louise Kittredge of Catonsville, Maryland, and of the late Donald Wayne and Barbara Rawson of Milledgeville, Illinois. Charles is a member of the Class of ‘99, Quabbin Regional High School, Barre, Massachusetts, and graduated with a BS in Geology from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. A September wedding in Montague, Massachusetts, is planned.

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Madison University. Christina works for Branch Banking & Trust and Matthew works for Estes Express Lines. A September wedding is planned.

DOSWELL – A Barbecue Dinner, which will include beans, cole slaw, rolls, spiced apples, dessert, tea and lemonade, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Doswell

Ruritan Club located at 16433 N. Washington Hwy. in Doswell. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for ages 4 to 10. Takeouts will be available. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Ruritan Scholarship Program.


CALENDAR | News, Updates & Listings Saturday, Oct. 10  Members of the Patrick Henry High School Class of 1985 will gather from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Havana 59 at 16 N. 17th St. in Shockoe Bottom in historic Downtown Richmond for their 30th Anniversary Class Reunion. The evening will include music, heavy hor d’oeuvres and photography. The cost is $40 for one person or $75 per couple and is due by Oct. 5. To download the registration form or for payment or other information, visit the Class of 1985’s 30th Anniversary Facebook page at www.facebook.com/phhs19852015 . Additional information is available by calling the Reunion Committee at 804-385-5110.

Saturday, Oct. 10  The Shady Grove United Methodist Women’s Annual Bazaar and Craft Show will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8209 Shady Grove Road in Mechanicsville. Members are currently booking vendors for this event. Those wishing to participate are asked to contact getz707@comcast.net for information or call the church office at 804-746-9073. The United Methodist Men will be selling Brunswick stew. Flu shots also will be available. Proceeds from the bazaar go toward mission projects locally, nationally and internationally.  Members of the Lee-Davis High School Class of 1970 will gather at the Burkwood Swim and Racquet Club for their 45th Reunion. For more information, contact Sandy Robbins (sprobbins57@gmail.com or 804-723-5638) or access Lee-Davis Class of 1970 on Facebook to register.

Saturday, Oct. 17  Lee-Davis High School Class of 1985 will hold its 30-year reunion. For more information and to submit contact information, email LDHS85@hotmail.com or visit LeeDavisReunions.com/85.

will be conducting free tours of the Old Hanover Courthouse on the Historic Courthouse Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every second Tuesday through December. The address is 13182 Hanover Courthouse Road in Hanover. For more information, visit http://www.hanoverhistorical.org/index.html.

Fourth Thursdays  Laryngectomees, patients who may be undergoing a laryngectomy in the future, their families, caregivers and the medical community, meet at 5:30 p.m. to provide support, education and socialization at the American Cancer Society at 4240 Park Place Court in Glen Allen. For more information, visit newvoiceclub@ gmail.com.

Wednesdays  Center of the Universe (COTU) Brewery will be hosting its Beirgarten Series from 6 to 9 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site while live music is performed on the beer garden stage. The venue also will have eight different draft selections available.

Thursdays  Relay Food Truck will be located on Duncan Street behind the Town Hall building in the Farmer’s Market Lot between Thompson Street and Hanover Avenue from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Saturdays  The Ashland Farmer’s Market will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at 121 Thompson St. The farmer’s market is a producers-only market, in which all products come from within a 30-mile radius of Town Hall. Vendors offer an array of vegetables and herbs, fruits and berries, honey from Route 54, fresh-cut flowers and potted plants, baked goods with local and sustainable ingredients, grass-fed and pastured meats and eggs.

Second Tuesday  CareShare, a faith-based support group for anyone who cares for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the New Highland Baptist Church in Room 103. For more information, call 804-550-9601. Caregivers can join the group at any time.

2nd Tuesdays  The Hanover County Historical Society

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ax submissions to calendar to 7300476, email to events@mechlocal. com, or mail to 8460 Times-Dispatch Blvd., Mechanicsville VA 23116. Deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday for the following week’s issue. Calendar announcements cannot be taken by phone. We reserve the right to edit all items submitted to The Hanover Local.

Gatlin to lead women’s conference at Northside Baptist Sept. 19 Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com MECHANICSVILLE — Singer, songwriter and recording artist LaDonna Gatlin will lead the “Tune Up Your Life” women’s conference from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Northside Baptist Church in Mechanicsville. Gatlin is the “baby sister” of the famous Gatlin Brothers singing group and uses her personal story, side-splitting humor and upbeat music to entertain and inspire people all around the world. As an entertainer, Gatlin has excelled in both country and gospel music. She has performed with Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, George Jones and many others. She has four solo CDs and has performed on both Grammy

Award-winning and Dove Award-winning records. As a writer, she has contributed to the best-selling book series, “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and has published her

LADONNA GATLIN

own book entitled, “The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life.” Gatlin has received the

highest honors given to professional speakers by being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Speakers Association. She is known for her excellence in helping people tune up their lives for success. Her practical, emotional, and spiritual insights gleaned from her own life experiences are memorable and humor-filled. Tickets to the Tune up Your Life women’s conference are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They are available online at www.NorthsideBaptist. Church or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the office of Northside Baptist Church at 7600 Studley Road inMechanicsville. For more information, contact Northside Baptist Church at 804-746-4952.

DivorceCare and DC4K to start Tuesday Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com MECHANICSVILLE -- If you are currently separated, going through divorce, or have experienced divorce, then DivorceCare is for you. It will be offered for 13 weeks, starting Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Atlee Community Church. Meetings are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday at the church at 7171 Verdi Lane in Mechanicsville. DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) also be provided at the same time. DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Help, hope and healing is offered in a group led by those who understand and have experienced what you are going through.

DivorceCare features nationally-recognized experts on divorce and recovery. The 13-week seminar sessions include topics like “Facing My Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “New Relationships,” “KidCare” and “Forgiveness.” Participants will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future. DivorceCare is a Christ-centered, video-based, Divorce/Separation Recovery Program. For more information, to RSVP for the kickoff dinner, or to register for the DivorceCare program, call the church office at 804-730-3676 or visit the church’s page at the DivorceCare website at http://www.divorcecare.org/groups/59131 or at the DC4K website at http://www.dc4k.org/ groups/59132 and send a message.

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Upcoming events

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Golf: Lee-Davis, Atlee, Hanover, P. Henry at Hanover C.C. 3:00 p.m.

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Prep football: Patrick Henry at Caroline 7:00 p.m.

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Patriot golfers defend home course with win By Dave Lawrence dlawrence@mechlocal.com

ASHLAND – Patrick Henry began the season’s first golf match on its home course without one of its top players, but the Patriots still successfully defended Hanover Country Club with a victory over J.R. Tucker Wednesday. The Patriots, playing without the services of Andrea Dill, hosted a full team of Tigers as well as a pair of golfers from Henrico High School and defeated J.R. Tucker and came away with a 175-210 victory. The win was made all the easier because their top three scorers – Shea Burch and Rory Ailor, who tied at 42, and T.J. Cox with a 44 – outscored all but Henrico’s Blake Bombere, who finished in a tie for thirdplace with Cox. While getting a win is always important, what may prove more important in the long run was the opportunity for a less-experienced Patriot to get match tested. “We played without Andrea, our number one, which meant we had a slot for a rookie to play,” said Patrick Henry golf coach Dave Hudak. “I was just happy to see people get experience. We had three out of the six where it was their first match. It was a good day to get a feel for what high school golf is all about.”

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Hudak was pleased with the team’s performances overall. “Shea, the other co-captain, and Rory, figured to be the two best scorers. They both shot 42 with one triple bogey,” Hudak said. “Their scores were very respectable. And then T.J. Cox coming in with a 44, that was just a bonus. Lance La Fortune, in his first match ever – he’s a sophomore who made the team for the first time – just getting under 50 … I’m happy.” J.R. Tucker golf coach Jim Dorton had to field some inexperienced players, including Dylan Narkon, who had just started playing golf this summer. “I kept him as sort of a practice-type player, a developmental player,” Dorton said. “We had some many kids out of town and so forth that [last night] I gave him a ring and said, ‘Hey man, you’re playing tomorrow.’ I told him we were throwing him to the wolves. I Dave Lawrence/The Local know he was nervous, but he T.J. Cox chips the ball onto the ninth green in a match with J.R. Tucker High School and Henrico High School at Hanover Country did fine.” Club Wednesday. Cox scored a 44 to finish in a tie for third place with Henrico’s Blake Bombere. Dave Lawrence can be It was also a chance for their share of troubles at indi- one hole, just move on to the was going pretty well – I was reached at dlawrence@mechloPatrick Henry’s nominal No. vidual holes, however. next hole,’” Burch said. “After almost on in two on the par 5. cal.com. 2, Burch, and No. 3, Ailor, to “I tripled the second hole,” that, it was pretty good. … It The third chip went over the Scores: 1. Patrick Henry emerge as leaders. Burch said. “I went in the threes was bogey-par golf after No. 2. green. I chipped that one over 175,Team 2. J.R. Tucker 210 “We had some shoes to fill on my drive, which was terrible, After three and four, I had four the green. I chipped [the next] Patrick Henry: 1. (tie) Burch, with three seniors leaving,” and after that I just couldn’t pars in a row. It made me feel one over the green, and then Ailor 42; 3. Cox 44; 4. La. Fortune Burch said. “[The underclass- get my head back to where I good about myself. And then I chipped [the next] one over the 47. J.R. Tucker: 1. Robinson 47; 2. men] look up to us so we try wanted it to be.” bogeyed the last two holes.” green. When you do that you Wood 49; 3. Keogh 55; 4. Swingle to do our best with them. But She said deep breaths helped Ailor ran into trouble on the can’t possibly be happy with 59. Henrico: 1. Bombere 44; 2. they’re good with us.” her refocus. fifth hole. yourself. It was good, though. Hubinger 68. Both Burch and Ailor had “Just think about, ‘It’s only “I had four chips,” Ailor. “It … I recovered.”

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