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October Spooktacular – making the Town of Ashland a destination By Meredith Rigsby News Editor ASHLAND — In the same vein as the “Christmas Light Up the Tracks” idea, presented by Dan Bartges at the Aug. 19 Ashland Town Council Meeting, Arthur Brill, owner of Behind the Curtain studio, during the Sept. 2 council meeting, presented a similar idea for a series of Halloween events called “October Spooktacular.” Ashland is somewhat of a hot spot location for Halloween trick-or-treaters,

attracting anywhere from 600 to 900 kids, Brill said. “This whole thing came about because business owners were trying to figure out how, what we could do to generate more foot traffic here downtown,” Brill said. … “We’ve already got something of a substantial event happening on Halloween day already, and how do we capitalize on that momentum?” Brill and local businesses along the railroad corridor have been working together to come up with an idea that

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Organizer of Ashland’s ‘October Spooktacular,’ Arthur Brill stands in front of Chiffarobe Fine Antiques and Gifts. The business will be themed after “The Raven” for the Halloween event.

Ashland Theater renovation talks continue to develop By Meredith Rigsby News Editor ASHLAND — Waukeshaw Development Company, the potential developer for the Ashland Theater project, was present at the second of four planned work session meetings with Ashland Town Council to discuss a strategy for the Ashland Theater and its feasibility study. At the Wednesday, Sept. 2 meeting, Dave McCormack, president of Waukeshaw Development, spoke about the different aspects of the project and how he came up with the idea for the theater that is presented in the study. The feasibility study recommends that the Ashland Theater be turned

into a music and entertainment venue with an accompanying restaurant on the side in the space where Slipped Disc, currently a recording studio, is located. “There’s all sorts of other circumstances around that theatre that make it a difficult nut to crack, so to speak. The parking is not really ideal, there’s a limited amount of seats, the thing is small, the stage is small, it’s all set up for movies in an environment where movies don’t make economic sense anymore,” McCormack said. … “The challenge for me was creating a plan and a programming that I felt could do as much of the stuff that the folks I was hearing from wanted see THEATER pg. 3 

would fill in the gaps between when the new Bowman Body Shock Theater episodes premiere at the Ashland Theater on Sept. 26 and Halloween. “The idea was to create a whole series of smaller events,” Brill said. … “And brand it under ‘October Spooktacular.’ ” As part of “October Spooktacular,” beginning Sept. 11 and continuing until Oct. 31, Brill will be hosting a Haunted History Tour, walking people around town and talking about the history

of Ashland, adding anecdotal ghost stories to the mix. Tiny Tim’s Toys and Ashland Coffee and Tea have teamed up to create a new series of events called the “Lego Star Wars Brunch Event,” with the next one scheduled for Sept. 27. On Oct. 3, Ashland will be hosting the Rails Craft Beer Festival and, on Oct. 10, Industry Tavern is putting on a Monster Walk and Haunted Car Show to raise money for Faces of Virginia Families. see OCTOBER, pg. 5 

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Winding Brook Hotel LLC and Guest Services Inc. broke ground on Friday, Aug. 28, for the new Fairfield Inn & Suites, which is to be located in the Winding Brook Development at 11625 Lakeridge Parkway in Ashland. The new fourstory, 103-room Fairfield Inn & Suites, located off Interstate 95, exit 89, is planned to open Memorial Day 2016. Austin B. Haynes Jr., senior vice president of Holladay Properties, extended thanks to “Hanover County for the support of this project, with a special thank you to Rhu Harris, Hanover County administrator, and Wayne T. Hazzard, chairman of the Board of Supervisors for all their work and support.” Haynes also offered thanks to BB&T Bank, Thomas Hamilton & Associates, Willmark Engineering, Haley Builders and Greenfield Landscaping for their contributions and continued work.” Shown are, from left, Harris, Hazzard, John T. Phair, Winding Brook Hotel LLC general partner, and Barry Trice, Guest Services, partner.

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King Edward and the BD’s have been rocking Richmond for almost 50 years and have been staples at the Ashland Street Party since its inception in 2004.

Final street party will go out with a bang; series will wrap with a kickoff bike party By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local ASHLAND — King Edward and the BD’s have been rocking Richmond for almost five decades. The band recently returned to a familiar venue in Ashland to celebrate the town’s midsummer street party. A crowd of dedicated followers packed the Library Square swaying and dancing to the oldies. “They’ve (the BD’s) been with us since the beginning,” said Hank Lowry of Ashland Street Parties. “Over the years, they have gathered a loyal following and they always give a great show when they are here.” With humble beginnings in 2004, Ashland Street Parties has gained a regional reputation for a fun, familyfriendly event in a perfect setting along the tracks in the Center of the Universe. While organizers took a minute to

relax and enjoy King Edward, the respite will be short-lived as they begin preparations for the final party of the year. The finale also is the kickoff party for Richmond’s UCI World Championships, a world class bike race that will traverse

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the roads of the city and surrounding counties, including Hanover. The party will feature another local

favorite, Ron Moody and The Centaurs, and Lowry said he’s expecting a big turnout for the season finale. “You better get your tickets in advance for this one. We are expecting a big crowd and a great street party,” Lowry said. Clarke Mercer, another ASP organizer, said the group is already busy preparing for the international crowd. “We’re gearing up for the September party when the bike race comes to town,” he said. “But, tonight’s crowd for the August event is awesome. This band draws people from near and far and it’s impressive to see the following they have.” The street parties have become an Ashland tradition supported by numerous corporate and civic sponsors. The summer series also provides opportunities for area nonprofits to raise funds for their organizations. “On every event, there are at least a see STREET, pg. 4 

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ater is how to mitigate costs, McCormack said. After looking at the full envelope of the theater and potential depreciation, McCormack came up with a per use cost of $600. “I don’t want to pretend like that’s not a lot of money for some groups, it certainly is,â€? McCormack said. ‌ “I absolutely want the public to use this space and in no way is that $600 meant to be a wall of some kind that says ‘That’s the cost of entry to my space.’ â€? However, the cost of equipment, staff and utilities are things that need to be accounted for, he said. In an effort to come up with an idea to help mitigate depreciation costs, Prichard suggested the town post a bond for certain events to account for broken equipment and other things of that nature that may come up. The feasibility study propos-

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es that the Ashland Theater be used as a music venue only for about 40 to 50 nights per year and McCormack believes community use and a solid brand for the building is important. When McCormack was looking at possibilities for the theater, he thought of the Richmond Folk Festival and which venue in the area performers that participate in that event would go to if the Folk Festival did not exist. He couldn’t think of one. “That’s what I envision for the Ashland Theater — one of those 50 music nights of the year. I want to see a transformative, educational, mind-blowing type thing,� McCormack said. “To me, that feels really Ashland; it feels really intellectual and quirky and interesting and different and I like to think see THEATER, pg. 5 

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Earl J. Hunter Jr. and Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson were recognized during last Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors for their years of service to the Hanover County education system. Hunter had served on the Hanover County School Board and Wilson was superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools. Proclamations were presented by supervisors Canova Peterson and Wayne Hazzard. Shown in the photo at left are Hunter and Peterson. Wilson and Hazzard are shown in the photo at right.

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half dozen nonprofits set up and providing services,” Mercer said. Edward Jones is the main corporate sponsor for the upcoming September edition. “We are ready for this event. The race comes through Hanover on Wednesday, so we are preparing for a big event to kick off the week,” Mercer said. In addition to the numerous volunteers, nonprofits and ASP staff who make the parties run smoothly, Clark said the surrounding businesses and neighbors also have been instrumental in making the event a consistent success. “We have neighbors who make this possible also. Surrounding businesses support the event,


already being provided by nonprofit housing developers in the Richmond region. As part of the Regional Forum Series under New Business, lessons to be learned or key takeaways are:  How does your jurisdiction code define “hotel, motel, motor court, tourist court or motor lodge”?  What are the parameters for regulation expressly allowed for towns, counties or cities in State Code?  How can your jurisdiction quantify both positive and negative impacts of transient lodging? Jim Ridolphi for The Local

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According to all indications, Hanover County is ready for the upcoming UCI Cycling Championships coming to the Richmond region this month. The decorative bikes in front of the county’s administration building reflect the community’s welcome to the visitors and participants expected to visit the area this month.

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The meeting will get underway at 9 a.m. in the RRPDC Board Room at 9211 Forest Hill Ave., Suite 200, Richmond.

and the community contributes to our success,” he said. Mercer teams with Marnie Triscari to make sure the events come off without a hitch, a position Lowry has held for years. “Clarke came on board last year and I’m turning over the duties to him next year,” Lowry said. Triscari said she’s just appreciative of the community support and great sponsors the event enjoys. “We’ve had some of them since day one,” Triscari said. They’ll all be on board for next month’s final street party of the year with King Edward. It all happens on Saturday, Sept. 19, on the tracks in Ashland. For more information or tickets, visit Ashland Street Parties at

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Jim and Lorie Foley of Ashland join in welcoming bicyclists participating in the UCI Road World Championships Sept. 19-27 throughout the Richmond area. Their addition to their yard is found in a bike garden.

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Coach House unveiling ties in with 25th Anniversary HANOVER -- Following the opening of Hanover Tavern’s E.J. Wade Coach House earlier this spring, activity at the Hanover landmark has been brisk. The new educational and event center is already attracting a lot of interest, and Tavern executive director David Deal said the increased interest is welcomed. “We’ve already had six wedding receptions and a couple of business meetings,” he said. “This is going to give the Foundation a whole new source of revenue and we’re already seeing it.” A steady stream of brides, parents and industry specialists filed through the building on a recent weekend, taking full advantage of a bridal open house. “We wanted to let people in the business and anyone interested in planning a wedding see what we have here, to introduce them to the new area,” Deal said. The event resulted in more signed contracts for the facility, but Deal is ready to show the new building off to the public. The Foundation held two of its “Tavern Live” series concerts on the landing of the new building, but the real unveiling will coincide with the county’s role in the upcoming UCI World Cycling

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that’s the brand that this community has. And as I approached this feasibility study, that’s really what I was drilling down on.” Building on this idea, logistically, the Ashland Theater does not have an area to accommodate bands and theater groups that would need to have a space to unload equipment and get ready, McCormack said. “The real expansion opportunity seemed to be on the side, and that’s where I really started to focus on, what we would add and that really joined well with the adjacent property,” McCormack said. The goal of the Ashland Theater project, in McCormack’s eyes, is to create a restaurant and venue that generates a substantial meals tax but also creates events that people from Ashland and the surrounding areas can get excited about. Currently, the $500,000 Industrial Revitalization Fund grant that the town has applied for would be supplemented by $500,000 in town cash is in a sort of limbo state. When an entity is awarded an IRF grant, they have six months from the time the award is announced to act on a plan and spend

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On Oct. 17, there will a Harvest Run and Pumpkin Walk for Hanover Safe Place. The weekend of Oct. 25-26, Ashland’s local antique shops are partnering on an “anti-promotion” called “What’s hiding in your attic?”

Championships scheduled for the area next month. As riders pass by the historic site, spectators will be at the official Fan Zone located at the Tavern as it hosts its “Bikes, Brews and BBQ” viewing party. The time trials will offer Hanover residents a chance to view world class cyclists at their best, and Deal said it’s important for the Tavern to be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime event. “The Tavern was selected as an official timing location of the trial,” Deal said. “We felt strongly that we should offer the Tavern’s grounds as a place for the community to gather and celebrate this international racing spectacle which literally takes place at our doorstep.” The riders will be in Hanover on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and the Tavern will host its party beginning at 11 a.m. People who attend the Fan Zone are reminded that U.S. 301 will be closed during the trials, so folks should come prepared to spend the afternoon. Attendees are urged to park in the county parking lot across the street from the Tavern, so the site’s parking lot can serve more visitors. Food and beverages will be available. “We plan on turning this place into a real Fan Zone,” Deal said. “This will be a great way to watch the race.”

Deal said the race is an important opportunity for Hanover to showcase its wide variety of venues and historical sites. “This event has great potential for Hanover County,” Deal said. “Thousands of people will come and see our county. We have this opportunity to have international competitors here in Richmond. Hopefully, they’ll see something they like and come back. This is a good positive opportunity.” The Foundation also is prepping for its annual 25th Anniversary gala and Casino Night. A black tie optional affair, the celebration will get underway at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. According to Deal, it’s been a productive 25 years. The Foundation, formed in 1990, was organized with a vision of saving the historic tavern. “We have saved the building, implemented vital educational programs and now this building is complete,” Deal said. “We’ll have great food, drink and prizes for people to win at the Gala, and we want everyone who wants to support the Foundation to attend.” Tickets are available on the Foundation’s website, “This will be our first fundraising event in the new building,” Deal said.

the money. The Town of Ashland, at this point, has well exceeded that timetable, McCormack said. However, Nora Amos, director of planning and community development, explained that from June 1 the town had 60 days to sign the contract with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The DHCD has extended that deadline to Sept. 1 and if the town continues to conduct work sessions and have a dialogue about the theater process the DHCD will grant another exception to provide more time before they sign the contract, Amos said. A concern also brought up at the meeting by Mayor George Spagna was how to justify the town using public money to build a restaurant that would compete with restaurants already in place that did not receive such funding from the town. “I don’t think you can ever have enough density of things going on,” McCormack said in response. He explained that more restaurants create more competition and interest and that generates more business for everyone. “The goal is to do it right,” McCormack said. “Right doesn’t need to be expensive, right just needs to be really well-branded and driven and run well. That’s really key and that brand of this thing, to

me, is not just music — it should be more about intellect and entertainment and then what fills that bucket, there’s all sorts of stuff.” The next two work session meetings about the Ashland Theater, which will allow for public comment, are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 16 and 22 at Ashland Town Hall at 101 Thompson St. in Ashland.

The “October Spooktacular” events will culminate on Halloween with shops adopting storybook themes. The Giving Tree is adopting “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe;” Wagman’s Jewelers is adopting “Aladdin;” Tiny Tim’s Toys is adopting “A Christmas Carol;” Hickory Creek Antiques is adopting “Beauty and the Beast;” Behind the Curtain and Bell, Book and Candle will be doing Edgar

Allen Poe readings; Trackside Grill is adopting the “Headless Horseman;” Sugar Fix Bakery is adopting “Hansel and Gretel;” Homemades by Suzanne is adopting “Little Red Riding Hood;” and the Ashland Library is adopting “The Wizard of Oz.” A Facebook page has been created for “October Spooktacular” and has reached see OCTOBER, pg. 9 

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ncomprehensible. There was that kicked in the gut feeling. As soon as the alerts started dinging and chiming on the mobile phones, the words that came across were surreal. A WDBJ7 TV reporter and her cameraman had been shot — gunned down by a former co-worker. For those of us who work in the media, we share a passion for reporting the news and hold that responsibility to the highest standards. Integrity above all else is a mission statement common among the various news companies that have employed me. Such was the case with Alison Parker and Adam Ward. They were doing their jobs and, based on the videos and photos we have seen since Aug. 26, they thrived on the work they were doing and their roles in the communities they served These young lives were taken — all too soon — by a bitter, despicable individual who would not accept any responsibility for his own failings and flaws. He chose to blame others and take his revenge to the most horrific level imaginable. It’s with disgust that his name is even written again. But Vester Lee Flanagan II, known as Bryce Williams when he appeared on the Roanoke TV station, got the notoriety he apparently craved. And, like many with such rage, he took the easy way out by taking his own life. There is such sadness at the thought of the promise Parker and Ward had in their careers and personal lives. They left behind many loved ones. And there was a kinship among members of the media with the losses. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

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By Jim Ridolphi Contributing Columnist I took a walk with my son on one of the beautiful days we’ve enjoyed in the past few days. It was a long sidewalk, and we covered the few yards slowly. For a father, it seemed like an eternity as we passed slowly down the small path. I realize for most the joy of a walk with your son is something you assume will always be there, one of life’s small joys that, in most cases, go unnoticed. The numbered steps mean much more to me than that. It seems in life that when something you cherish is vanishing, you breathe in as much of that experience as you can. With each step Jack and I take, a memory pops into my head. The joy of his birth, the happiness of his youth, the devastating news of his diagnosis with Duchenne [muscu-

lar dystrophy] and the countless acts of sheer bravery I’ve witnessed by this little giant all tick off like the steps we take together. Dealing with a child with a chronic disease forces one to reexamine priorities, and things that once seemed important become insignificant. Victories arrive in the strangest forms and the smallest of accomplishments represent some of Jack’s most memorable moments. I view each of those steps as a victory, a privilege afforded a dad who can’t imagine a life without the small moments. Jack approaches it a little differently. He sees those steps as advances in a war against a foe he vows to fight each day. Each tiny step reflects his tenacity to maintain his indepensee MEMORY, pg. 7 

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Education most important role of elected officials I just do not understand the persistent expulsion of putdowns by teachers and educational advocates. How did they come to the conclusion that the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Hanover County were responsible for deeming that the non-governmental endeavors of medical care, contraception and providing sustenance to the individual more important than providing an education to the children of American citizens? Randy Waters Montpelier

Reports surface about cruelty to animals Vester Lee Flanagan II, who allegedly killed a reporter and photographer for WDBJ7-TV in Virginia during a live broadcast, reportedly had a history of cruelty to animals. According to news reports, the suspect wrote that he killed his two cats and buried them in a forest because he was angry after being fired from the news station. This is yet another example of the link between cruelty to animals and interpersonal violence. Medical experts and top law enforcement officials agree: Cruelty to animals is a major red flag. Many serial rapists and murderers, including school shooters, have a background of

abusing animals. The FBI uses reports of cruelty in gauging the threat potential of suspected and known criminals, and the American Psychiatric Association identifies such crimes as one of the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders. It is vital to immediately notify police if we know or suspect that someone is abusing animals. Animal abusers need intervention — including counseling and a ban on contact with animals — to prevent their violence from continuing. Visit to learn more. Lindsay Pollard-Post The PETA Foundation Norfolk

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Safely clear gutters of grime omeowners have many responsibilities synonymous with certain times of year. For example, pool maintenance must be a priority in the summertime, but such a chore is unnecessary in the heart of winter. Cleaning gutters is a household chore that many homeowners associate with both spring and autumn. Cleaning gutters prevents water damage on the roof while protecting your home’s siding and foundation. In addition, cleaning gutters in the fall gives homeowners a chance to ensure they are firmly secured to the house, an important precaution when potentially harsh winter weather is just around the corner. so you will need a secure ladder that Unlike many household chores, does not teeter back and forth each cleaning gutters can be quite time you reach for the gutter. dangerous, as it often requires homeowners to climb up and down on ladders or spend ample time on Keep the ladder the roof. As a result, safety should reign supreme when cleaning gutters, on stable ground, and homeowners should take the and ask a friend or following precautions before gutting family member to their gutters of grime.

utumn is upon us, and with the change of seasons comes the fall to-do list that must be completed before the arrival of winter weather. Many outdoor jobs are best completed before temperatures drop, while others can be tackled indoors to help save energy and prepare for increased time spent inside the home.



hold it Don’t try to be a hero If you are afraid of heights, then it’s perfectly alright to hire a professional to clean your gutters. Men and women with a fear of heights cannot predict how they will react when climbing a ladder, so play it safe and hire a professional if the thought of climbing up and down a ladder frightens you.

Inspect the stability of your ladder Ladders play a key role when cleaning gutters of leaves, dirt and grime, so homeowners should inspect their ladders before they get to work. An unbalanced ladder may not be reliable and should be replaced. You will be moving and swaying somewhat while cleaning the gutters,


The ladder should always be planted on a flat and secure surface before you climb up to clean the gutter. And much like you might have a spotter when lifting weights, have a friend or family member hold the ladder as you climb up to ensure the ladder remains stable.

Move the ladder frequently It can be tempting to reach as far as possible when you’re on the ladder, as you can save time by covering more ground on each trip up the ladder. But overextending yourself is a considerable safety risk, so move the ladder frequently, even if the job is taking more time than you had expected.

Earth-friendly tips for autumn


Wear tight clothing

Clothing donations

It’s time to pack away summer clothing and once again fill closets and drawers with sweaters and jeans. Before packing away your summer wardrobe, conduct an inventory to determine if there are any items you no longer use. Donate these items or use them as rags when cleaning. Outdoor cleanup Keep some short-sleeved shirts Autumn means leaves are falling accessible so you can layer them under from trees and littering landscapes. sweatshirts and sweaters. The heat Cleaning up leaves can be a time- from layering will be trapped against your body and keep you cozier, reducing your reliance on HVAC systems to stay warm.

Loose clothing when cleaning gutters can easily get stuck on shutters, tree branches or other items when climbing up or down the ladder. If you aren’t paying attention, clothing that gets snagged can throw off your balance when you start to move, increasing your risk of falling.

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Wear protective gloves Anyone who has cleaned gutters in the past can attest that you never know what might have settled in gutters since the last time they were cleaned. Wear a thick pair of gloves that won’t puncture when caught on a gutter, or sharp twig or branch. You won’t want any holes in the gloves, as holes may leave you susceptible to any bacteria in organic items that might have settled in the materials in your gutter. Gutters also may have sharp edges that can leave you susceptible to cuts if you aren’t wearing gloves. In addition, gloves keep your hands warm, which will come in handy as you clear the gutters of materials that are often wet. When choosing gloves, be sure to choose ones that give you some grip so you can firmly grasp the ladder as you climb up and down. —Metro Creative

This helps to reduce weed problems and protects root systems from harsh temperature fluctuations.

consuming task, but it’s necessary to promote the health of lawns and other plants. Grass that is completely matted down with leaves can become starved for light and moisture, and lawns may even rot when forced to spend winter beneath fallen leaves. One eco-friendly timesaver is to shred leaves with a mower (a manual mower is preferable) and leave them as topdressing for the lawn. As long as the grass blades can be seen within the leaves, the lawn should be fine. Shredded leaves will decompose and add necessary nutrients and organic matter to the soil naturally. Leaves also can be used in annual flower and vegetable gardens to improve the soil. Mulch made from shredded leaves can be placed on the soil around trees and shrubs.

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Check the roof for any missing shingles. In addition, look for spots where animals or insects may be able to gain Metro entry into your home. Seal these areas and repair any leaks. This will make your home more efficient later on when winter hits its stride. Remove window air conditioners for the winter. If they canÕt be removed, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket. If you have forcedair systems, move furniture away from the vents so that air can flow better around the home and keep it comfortable. Check weatherstripping around windows and doors and make the necessary adjustments. Installing additional insulation also can help reduce energy consumption. A few tips can help homeowners prepare for autumn in eco-friendly ways. —Metro Creative

ASHLAND – The 1968 romantic musical, “Funny Girl,” will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Ashland Theater. Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif and Walter Pidgeon, “Funny Girl” is set in the early 20th century in New York City and tells the story of Fannie Brice (Streisand ), a Ziegfeld Follies star, and her high rolling man, Nick Arnstein ( Sharif). Pidgeon stars as Florenz Ziegfeld, a young Ann Francis and comedienne Kay Medford fill out the cast. Among the songs are “Second Hand Rose,” “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “Funny Girl.” Streisand shared an Academy Award for Best Actress with Katharine Hepburn (“The Lion in Winter”). The film received numerous Academy Award nominations. No further donations from members of the Ashland Film Club are requested for this screening. As always, a donation to the Ashland Theater for those walk-ins who are not Film Club members is encouraged. The public’s support of the Ashland Theater, as well as the behind-the-scenes work being done by the Ashland Main Street Association, is welcomed.

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dence, his dedication to life and love. Jack enters sixth grade this year at a new campus with new physical challenges. For the first year, he will depend on his wheelchair to take him from class to class and cover the distances that are no longer accessible to him by foot. As his steps become more difficult and less frequent, the walks we share become even more important for a desperate parent who is frantically seeking solutions for a child who gives much more than he receives. Jack and I are not in this fight alone. He has dedicated family members, siblings who love and respect him without limit, and community members who fight each day with him. Earlier this summer, fire departments across the nation began filling the boot for MDA research and funds to send kids to camp each year. Their selfless efforts, constant and reliable over years and years, not only provide the money necessary to continue important programs spon-

U.S. Silica donates $2,500 to Montepelier Center Contributed Report MONTPELIER — While US Silica’s executives were visiting for the quarterly Town Hall company-wide meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, they invited The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education to the plant. During the meeting, they presented the Center with a donation check of $2,500 and offered their volunteer efforts for upcoming community events. Bryan Shinn said, “When communities like Montpelier, Virginia, thrive, we thrive and everyone wins. We are happy to help this center of arts and education and we actually have a long history of partnership.” The Montpelier Center plans to use the donation for sponsorship of their upcoming Oct. 10 event, “An Evening of Celtic Music,” as well as provide children’s scholarships to future theater performances. Submitted photo “We are incredibly excited and grateful for David Murry, left, vice president and chief human resources officer, US Silica; Theresa Bowen, US Silica’s continuing donations and volunteer executive manager, The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education; and Bryan Shinn, president efforts. They are committed to education and and chief executive officer, US Silica, are shown at the check donation event. empowering youth by providing them access to opportunities. Their donation enables us to both educate and celebrate our community in many different ways,” said Theresa Bowen. sored by MDA. They also let kids like Jack know they are not in this fight alone. The funds they raise are phenomenal. It means kids with MD will continue to attend a week-long camp each year, and research continues. Through the efforts of countless fire and rescue companies across the nation, the promise of future steps remains for Jack and thousands of other kids. When you pass by a fire station in the next couple of weeks, I beg you to think of Jack and other kids who struggle with him. Take the time to fill the boot and let these dedicated volunteers know their efforts are appreciated. Words cannot express the appreciation that these efforts make to those of us engaged in this battle. Sometimes, life’s greatest pleasures and moments of joy come in the smallest of doses, like those tiny steps we take each day on that walk down a sidewalk. I’ll cherish each one and realize every step means another memory, another victory in a war where, so far, there are no winners. With the help of the dedicated soldiers like the fire and rescue folks who raise millions annually, a victory is not far off.

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all can be an ideal time of year for homeowners to tackle home improvement projects, as the moderate temperatures make for ideal conditions to work in and around the house. In addition, many retailers offer consumer-friendly sales in autumn, helping homeowners to save money. As early as September, many stores begin stocking their shelves in advance of the holiday season. As a result, stores look to unload summer and fall seasonal items. The following are just a few types of items homeowners might find at reduced prices this fall.

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If you want to revamp your backyard, wait until late summer or early autumn to do so. At this time of year, you can find great deals on patio furniture, lawn mowers, perennials, shrubs, sheds, and many other lawn and garden items. In addition, check with local contractors to see if they will offer discounts late in the season. Tree-removal companies, landscapers, fence installers, masons, and others may cut prices in mid- to lateautumn as they look to earn a bit more money before the arrival of winter.



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OBITUARIES | Death Notices & Funerals SADIE BOURNE Sadie Updike Bourne, 96, of Rockville, widow of David I. Bourne, passed away August 31, 2015, at her home in Rockville. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Robert William Updike and Mrs. Lollie Field Updike of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Lloyd Updike, and sisters, Lois Updike Milton and Laura Updike Wright. She is survived by her daughter, Robin Bourne (Lonzo Cornett); son, Walter Irby Bourne of Georgia; grandchildren, Christina Collier (Doug) of Rockville, Daniel Bourne (Kathleen) of Richmond and Mary Katherine Scott of Atlanta, Georgia; and great-grandchildren, Leah Bourne and Kirsten Ann Scott. She attended Bedford High School and Richmond Business College. She was employed for many years with the Railway Express Company. She was very involved in both community and church. She served as the 1971 Hanover Christmas Mother and received the honorary office of the Elder Emerita from Springfield Christian Church in Rockville in in October 2010. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, at the Springfield Christian Church in Rockville. . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Springfield Christian Church, 18285 Vontay Rd., Rockville, VA 23146. The West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home at 11020 West Broad Street was in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT CASSELL Robert Franklin “Frank” Cassell, 83, of Ashland, passed away on September 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Estelle

and Payton Cassell, and his brother, William S. Cassell. He is survived by his wife, Marie L. Cassell; sisters, Mary Lee Cassell Musulin (Steve Jr.) and Hannah Cassell Anderson (Frank). Frank was retired from Crawford Manufacturing. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ashland, where he was a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Ashland at 800 Thompson Street in Ashland. Interment followed in Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Bon Secours Hospice.

GRACE H. COFFEY Grace H. “Monkey” Coffey, 80, of Beaverdam, passed away on September 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Conway S. Coffey, and grandson, Frederick C. “Freddy” Huffstetler. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Grace Coffey; sister, Helen Harris (Ralph); nieces and nephews, R. Matthew Hall (June), Dwyane R. Hall, Thomas L. Hall (Suzanne), Janie L. Hall, Don R. Harris (Ann), David G. Harris (Kim), Wendy H. Haupt (Butch), Bart Bass and Delores H. Harris (Alan); and numerous greatnephews and great-nieces. Grace was a retired employee of Verizon (formerly C&P Telephone Company). She was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church where she was very active in church activities and held a number of positions. Grace was a member of Beta Sigma Phi in Fredericksburg. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2015, at

the Shiloh United Methodist Church at 17420 Shiloh Church Road in Montpelier. Interment followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Shiloh Cemetery Fund.

JIMMIE McCOY Jimmie Paul McCoy, 74, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, August 31, 2015. He was retired from Hanover County Public Schools. Jimmie is survived by his wife, Joan W. McCoy; brother, Chuck McCoy; sister, Adele Baker; children, Linda Davis (Stuart) of Aylett, Susan Simpson (Daniel) of Mechanicsville, Kay Whitley (Wayne) of Old Church, Cheryl Dixon (James, “Jimbo”) of Ashland, W.D. “Bubba” Brooks (Susan) of Chester, Doug Brooks (Meg) of Glen Allen, Donald Brooks (Cheryl) of Champlain and Dean Brooks (Tammy) of Powhatan; grandchildren, Alexander Davis, Amanda Burnett (Frank), Laura Davis, Megan Simpson, Matthew Simpson, Justin Whitley, Amanda Dixon (Austin Tevis), Erin Brooks, Chris Brooks, Mitch Brooks, Austin Brooks, Hilary Brooks, Rebekah Brooks, Tucker Brooks and Emma Brooks. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home at 8014 Lee-Davis Road. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park in Hanover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Advanced Heart Failure Center, 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103, Richmond, VA 23230; and East Hanover Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 454, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. The family

greatly appreciates all of the acts of kindness and support extended to Jimmie by the many friends, caregivers and staff at the Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiovascular Care Unit, 4th floor. Jimmie will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and friend. Condolences may be made at

ANN MOLLENAUER Ann King Coes Mollenauer, was born July 4, 1924, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Loring and Katherine Colton Coes, and departed this life August 28, 2015. She was preceded in death by a son, Henry Rolling Mollenauer, and a daughter, Susan Louise Bradley. She is survived by a son, Russell Bradford Mollenauer of Ashland, and a daughter, Elizabeth Donley Owen of Turks and Caicos, British West Indies; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Ann was an avid horsewoman, raising, training and showing with her daughters. She also was an active volunteer in hospitals, boy and girl scouting and the Red Cross. She co-authored a book, “The Coes Brothers and Their Wrenches,” honoring her great-great-grandfather, Loring Coes, who came from Scotland in 1840. In later years, the Coes enterprises included the Coes Knife Company. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad, 201 Duncan St., Ashland, VA 23005. see OBITUARIES, pg. 9 


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Fall Home exterior painting pointers fresh coat of paint on a home’s exterior can give a property a vibrant new look. Whether you decide to go with a bold new color or repaint a house in an existing color, new paint can add some life to the exterior of your home. Summer has long been considered the ideal season to paint home exteriors, but advancements in technology have made it easier to paint home exteriors later in the year. According to paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, traditional latexbased paints need temperatures above 60 F to cure properly. SherwinWilliams also notes that one of the more common mistakes homeowners make when painting their homes’ exteriors is to paint during times of the year when temperatures fluctuate greatly between the days and nights. When nighttime temperatures dip considerably lower than they were in the afternoon, dew will form and the paint can stop coalescing. When that happens, moisture gets into the uncured paint and surface staining and adhesion problems may result. So even if the temperature is a comfortable 60 F during the day, homeowners should avoid painting if the nighttime temperatures figure to drop considerably. In addition to choosing the right time of year to paint, consider the following painting pointers to ensure your homeÕs exterior gets the fresh look you are aiming for.


Monitor weather reports. It’s not just the temperature at night after you paint that should be monitored. Sherwin-Williams advises that the temperature should be in the suggested range and above the dew point for at least 48 hours after application so the paint film can form properly. So applying a fresh


coat of paint on a beautiful autumn Saturday is not ideal if Sunday figures to bring the first hints of winter.

Don’t skimp on quality. Some paints are cost more than others, and homeowners working on a budget may be tempted to choose the least expensive option available. While price and quality are two different things, it’s important that homeowners avoid choosing a paint solely because it is the least expensive option. Research paints before buying a particular one, emphasizing quality over cost. Today’s paints last longer than the paints of yesteryear, so you likely won’t need to paint your home’s exterior again for a long time. A budget-friendly yet low-quality paint will not only make your home less appealing, but you will likely need to paint again sooner than you will if you go with a higher quality paint.

Don’t paint to cover up a problem Rotting wood or siding is unsightly, and some homeowners think paint can cover up such a problem. But paint will not stick to rotten wood and siding, and the problem will still be noticeable after you paint. A fresh coat of paint is not the solution to rotten wood or siding. Consult a professional contractor if your home is experiencing such a problem. A fresh coat of paint on your home’s exterior can be a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal. But it’s important homeowners follow some of the same rules the pros adhere to when painting the exteriors of their homes. - Metro Creative


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12,000 people in two weeks, Brill said. In addition to the series of small events, Brill and local businesses would like to make the railway corridor feel like a fall festival, decorating business fronts and stringing up Halloween lights. “What we’d like to do is enhance that [what the businesses themselves are doing] by decorating telephone poles, lamp posts that sort of thing, certainly not everyone, but if we can fill in so you have a feeling of a corridor coming down [U.S.] 54,” Brill said. … “Halloween Day, that might get a little bit spookier with some signs that point to the themes of the businesses.” Brill also requested that town council shut town Robinson Street on Halloween Day to allow for a “Trick-or-Treat Trolley” that would travel from the Henry Clay Shopping Center down the railroad tracks as well as other activities such as a costume contest. Brill said some businesses are willing to pay for some of cost of the trolley and events but would need assistance from town council. “We are all working hard on this to create synergy, having cooperation among the businesses, create this critical mass of experiences,” Brill said. For “October Spooktacular,” Brill also asked council members if they would be able to install some orange or purple string lights around the train track light poles and decorate the train station with lights, corn, hay bales, pumpkins and other fall décor. Brill plans to create some marking for the Haunted History Tour and is printing 5,000 flyers, the back of which with plans and directions to the “October Spooktacular” and its events, he said. “A lot of this strikes me as it falls under special events policy so we need to coordinate not just with Public Works and Public Safety but we need to go through the process, for

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MARVIN PEATROSS Marvin O. Peatross, of Ruther Glen, departed this life August 29, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at noon Friday, September 4, 2015, at the Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hanover. Interment followed in First Mt. Calvary Baptist Church cemetery. Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home at 518 North Washington Highway in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.

example, closing the street getting the trolley those sorts of things that would be covered under that policy,” Mayor George Spagna said after Brill’s presentation. “It occurs to me that the poles don’t belong to the town — they belong to people like Dominion and Comcast and those folks — so some coordination, permission to decorate the poles would have to come from the people that actually bought it.” Council member Steve Trivett added, “I really appreciate the businesses that are combining the energy, combining cooperation and creativity to come up with all of these things. … I really appreciate what’s been put into this.” Also at the Sept. 2 meeting, Ashland Town Council presented a Constitution Week Proclamation and a Resolution commemorating the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority on its 25-year anniversary. Kim Hynes, executive director of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority, also gave a presentation to council, noting that Ashland has the highest recycling rate in the region and that an average of 65 percent of Ashland residents set out recycling bins. The consent agenda was approved and the bills were paid. Council member Faye O. Prichard nominated Penny Boyd to the Board of Zoning Appeals and the nomination was approved by council. The Economic Development Authority still has a vacancy. During the mayor’s report, Spagna encouraged locals to shop downtown and noted that the old post office recently received a “You’ve Been Noticed” award for the upkeep and landscape of its garden. Town council also discussed what can be done in conjunction with the Ashland Police Department to increase safety during Halloween Day and during trick-or-treating hours. The next Ashland Town Council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Town Hall at 101 Thompson St. in Ashland.

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SUE WICKHAM Sue Ware Wickham, 71, of Ashland, passed away on August 31, 2015. She was preceded in death by her son, William “Frankie” Wickham; sister, Janice Roberts; and brother, William Everett Ware Jr. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Herbert F. “Bucky” Wickham Jr.; daughter, Kimberly Wickham Daniels (Kevin); grandchildren, Caroline and Megan Wickham, Kaitlin, Chase and Emma Daniels; siblings, Joyce Hicks, Donnie Ware (Louise), Linda Balsley (Jamie), Hallie Hicks (Stewart) and Anita Cone (Doug). Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Atlee Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, U.S. 301 and Shady Grove Rd, Mechanicsville. Burial was private.



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CALENDAR | News, Updates & Listings Saturday, Sept. 19 Frog Level Fire Department will host a chicken and rib dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 804-338-8697. Frog Level Fire Department will host a Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To become a vendor, call 804-994-9148.

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. 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 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 ( or 804-7235638) 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. Hermitage High School 45th Reunion of the Class of 1970 will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club. The price is $59 per person. For more information, con-

tact Bert Wilson at bertwilson@ or phone 804-550-3246. Checks can be mailed to Bert Wilson, 10288 Perrins Mill Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

Saturday, Oct. 31 Frog Level Fire Department will host a Fall Festival and Parade from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those wishing to become a vendor are urged to contact crozell@ or 804-338-8697.

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 804550-9601. Caregivers can join the group at any time. The Hanover County Historical Society 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.

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Nothing But Networking Oktoberfest set today at country club to be held at Center of ASHLAND – Nothing Sponsored by Casey But Networking will be held Billups, Ashland financial the Universe from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today advisor with Edward Jones, (Wednesday, Sept. 9) at the Hanover Country Club at 14314 Country Club Drive in Ashland. The event is being presented by the Hanover Industrial Airpark Business Association (HIAPBA).

and Ferber’s Tire & Auto, the evening will feature wine tasting and networking. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests. For more information, visit HIAPBA’s website at

Democratic Women set to meet at Pugh home MONTPELIER -- Members of the Hanover Democratic Women will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the home of Mary Anne Pugh at 15209 Mountain Road in Montpelier. The September coffee will provide members an opportunity to discuss various topics of interest in the party’s politics. Meetings are held monthly, sometimes during the day and sometimes at night, in the

homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. The goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know and inspire one another. There are no formal programs, memberships or dues. To RSVP or to receive more information and more specific directions, contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@ or 804-779-3772.

Dinner proceeds to help scholarship program 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 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.

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ASHLAND — Independence Christian Church will sponsor a Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12, inside the church’s Fellowship Hall at 14023 Independence Road in Ashland. Adult clothes will be selling for $5 a grocery bag. All other items priced to sell.

ASHLAND — Center of the Universe Brewing will be hosting a traditional Oktoberfest celebration Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, featuring a beer garden, live music and German dishes under a big fest tent. Liter Steins will be on sale to fill up with three German beer styles, as well as a more traditional American pint glass. The live music will be streaming out of a 12-person German-inspired band called The Sauerkrauts! Bratwursts, strudel and pretzels are just a taste of the cuisine being offered. Families and leashed dogs are welcome. There is no cover charge. In conjunction with the traditional Oktoberfest, Sunday also will bring the return of “Das Bier Run,” with four-person teams taking part in a onemile relay race. COTU has teamed up with the Richmond Road Runners to present a fast, high-intensity, beer belly run. Each member of the fourperson team is tasked with running/walking/crawling the one-mile loop located just a block away from the brewery in the Airpark. Ridiculous costumes are encouraged and rewarded. After the race, walk back to the brewery where the party will already be started featuring more German food along with three different German style beers. The Sauerkrauts will be back at the brewery performing. To sign up for the race, go to: search/event.aspx?id=34176.

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Patrick Henry runs over Caroline in opener By Andrew Spencer for the Hanover Local

MILFORD – The Patrick Henry Patriots came to Caroline County on a mission Friday night. From the opening kickoff, it was clear that the Patriots were determined to continue the wining tone they’d set the week before in a 17-0 scrimmage victory over James River. Behind sophomore quarterback Samuel Hart—who completed 11 of 17 passes for 256 yards, three touchdowns and one interception—the Patriots thrashed the Cavaliers 68-34. Hart quickly set the tone, leading the Patriots from the opening kickoff and methodically driving the ball 55 yards on eight plays for the game’s first score. They never trailed. “I still get the Friday night butterflies,” Hart said. “But tonight, I just came in and flipped that switch off. The offense and defense both came out rolling from the first whistle. And we didn’t stop.” Patrick Henry’s defense matched the offense’s early intensity, allowing Caroline only seven yards on its opening drive. Following a 34-yard punt, the Patriots took just three plays to find the end zone again. Hart connected with senior Brandon Braxton on a 24- yard strike. The Patriots scored on both

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Patrick Henry running back Kwatayvous Blackwell dives for extra yardage in the Patriots’ 68-34 victory over host Caroline Friday.

of their next possessions, with Hart running the option to near perfection. The second quarter was only slightly less impressive for Patrick Henry, as Hart led scoring drives on two of three possessions. His one blemish in the first half came from an interception by Cavaliers strong safety Isaiah Williams, who read the screen perfectly, snagging snagging the ball and dashing 55 yards

for a Caroline touchdown. “That was a giveaway that shouldn’t have happened,” Patrick Henry head coach Bryan Davis said. “We’re hoping that whatever we see on film, we can vastly improve upon our deficiencies to correct that kind of thing.” Despite the Patriots’ dominant offensive and defensive performances in the first half, Caroline topped the highlight reel. On a third-and-long from

his own 37, Caroline quarterback David Ware dropped back and lofted a pass to Brindon Williams, only to have it deflected by a Patrick Henry defensive back. Williams never lost his focus, though, catching the tipped ball and sprinting to the end zone for the second Cavalier score of the night. After the game, Caroline head coach Antron Yates called out both Ware for his courage. “David didn’t get many reps

in early practices, because we were preparing Juwan Wallace to play,” Yates said. “But he got hurt last week, and David came to me and said, ‘Coach, I’ll do whatever I have to do to help the team,’ and I’m so proud of him for what he did out there tonight. It takes courage to stand in there and play quarterback.” At the end of the first half,

RICHMOND – It has all come down to one last race. Well, for the drivers looking to make it into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Sprint Cup, anyway. The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday marks the final race before the Chase begins and represents the last chance for drivers that haven’t gotten a win yet this season or are on the bubble for being in the top 16 in points to make the postseason grid. Prior to the Southern 500 at Darlington Sunday, which ended after this edition went to press, Clint see CHASE, pg. 13 

see OPENER, pg. 12 

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Yellow Jackets stumble against Johns Hopkins By Dave Lawrence

ASHLAND – Once Johns Hopkins’ offense warmed up, there seemed almost nothing Randolph-Macon could do to stop it. The Blue Jays scored on eight of 12 possessions to roll over the Yellow Jackets 52-17 at Day Field Saturday. Of the four possessions on which it failed to score, Johns Hopkins had time run out on two of them: at the end of the first half and at the end of the game. The Yellow Jackets defense managed just two stops the entire game. “Embarrassing performance. I thought we were terrible on defense,” said RandolphMacon head football coach Pedro Arruza. “We’ve got eight guys back on that side of the ball. I think that [Johns Hopkins has] a good offense. … They’re really good on offense, but I did not think that we responded to the challenge.” The Blue Jays (1-0) mixed up their offense well, amassing 621 yards total offense – 327 yards in the air and 294 yards on the ground. Those totals were aided by coverage miscues and miscommunication. “We’ve got some veterans [in the backfield] that did not do a good job of communicating,” Arruza said. “We should have been in that ball game. We were in that ball game for a

OPENER Continued from pg. 11 

Patrick Henry had built a 47-14 lead, and they continued to roll in the second half. Hart started the third quarter as the Patriots’ signal caller, throwing the ball six consecutive times.


while, and then the wheels just came off.” The Yellow Jackets (0-1) scored on their first two possessions, first on a 27-yard field goal by Seth Yurgel, then on a 28 yard pass from Joseph Vairo to Eric Hoy. Their next appearance in the red zone, on their

fifth possession, ended in a missed field goal from 36 yards out. “That missed field goal was crucial,” Arruza said. “We’re a better football team that what we showed and what that scoreboard showed.” The Yellow Jackets reached

the red zone just one more time in a drive that spanned the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth, managing their final touchdown on a 4-yard run by Dom Kaopua. Johns Hopkins was led by junior quarterback Jon Germano. Germano, in his first

start for the team, completed 18 of 23 passes for 320 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions; he ran the ball 13 times for 66 yards and one more touchdown. His favorite passing target was Bradley Munday, who finished with 10 receptions for 150

yards and two touchdowns. “Our offense played pretty well,” said Blue Jays’ head coach Jim Margraff. “We’re starting a new quarterback, but we are veteran up front on the offensive line. We’ve got some good backs and some good receivers. Those guys all play well.” Arruza, on the other hand, expected some growing pains on his offense this year as Vairo, a freshman, grows into the job along with a number of other offensive starters. “It was a complete offensive overhaul,” Arruza said. “Did we made some mistakes, yeah. … I expect the guys to make mistakes. “We had one where [Vairo] looked at the field with a clear way to the boundary with the tight end wide open – the whole design on this, on the screenand-go is to hit the tight end on the sidelines. … Why did he look down field? I don’t know. … He’s going to grow and he’s going to learn and he’s going to figure it out.” Vairo accounted for most of the Yellow Jackets’ offense, completing 19 of 35 passes for 215 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Eric Hoy and Christian Redman were his favorite targets. Hoy caught eight passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Redman caught seven passes for 70 yards. Dave Lawrence can be reached at

His final attempt of the night was a two-yard toss to Travious Tyler for another touchdown. Following the successful PAT by kicker Logan Bulthius, the Patriots’ lead grew to 54-14, and Hart was done. The Cavaliers kept fighting but could not close the gap. Ware showed flashes of greatness, lofting long passes per-

fectly to a cadre of talented receivers and finishing with a 16-of-41 performance for 387 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. But in the end, Caroline fell victim to the fact that they didn’t have the personnel to match up with the Patriots, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

“We just don’t have the numbers,” said Yates. “We need to get our numbers up so we can sub when they sub. We just got tired at the end. But this team never quit. Never. And that makes me proud.” Andrew Spencer can be reached at sports@mechlocal. com.

P. Henry 27 20 14 7 — 68 Caroline 7 7 6 14 — 34 PH — Braxton 1 run (Bulthuis kick) PH — Oxendine 24 pass from Hart (kick failed) C — Williams 73 pass from Ware (Archer kick) PH — Carter 2 run (Bulthuis kick) PH — Blackwell 34 run (Bulthuis kick) PH — Sikkar 10 pass from Hart (kick failed) C — Williams 55 Pick 6 (Reives

returns INT, Archer kick) PH — Guerrero 16 run (Bulthuis kick) PH — Tyler 14 run (Bulthuis kick) PH — Tyler 2 pass from Hart (Bulthius kick) C — Williams 30 pass from Ware (kick failed) PH — Carter 17 run (Bulthuis kick) C — Williams 1 run (Archer kick) PH — Tyler 1 run (Bulthius kick) C — Christopher 1 pass from Ware (Archer kick)

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Randolph-Macon quarterback Joseph Vairo (15) scrambles to get away from Johns Hopkins defenders in the Blue Jays’ 52-17 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Day Field Saturday. Vairo completed 19 of 35 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown.

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Hanover goalkeeper Rachael Weis stops a Patrick Henry shot in the second half of the Hawks’ 3-1 victory over the Patriots at Patrick Henry High School Monday.

Hanover controls pace, space in field hockey win over PH By Dave Lawrence

it to be.” But Hanover was intense enough, controlling the pace and, for the most part, the space of the game, keeping Patriots goalkeeper Taqiyah Chernesky and the rest of the Patrick Henry defense occupied in front of their net. Chernesky stopped nine shots, but Hanover – after Keri Kane broke a scoreless deadlock 25 minutes into the first half – kept coming and coming. Kora Kane scored a few minutes after Keri to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. “I don’t want us to get tentative,” Rowe said. “I want us to still think it is zero to zero. I don’t want us to think that just because we scored, just because it’s two to zero, that we can win.

They can always come back.” As if to illustrate Rowe’s point, Patrick Henry’s Diana Sagal scored in the final minutes of the second half, but the Patriots could not make up enough of the ground they had already lost – and the Hawks’ offense returned with even more pressure on the Patriots defense. “I think we need more communication and more fluidness in the defense,” said Patrick Henry head coach Abbie Rossman. “We need to generate our attack from the defense, and there wasn’t a lot of communication back there. … We’ll work on that some more.” Dave Lawrence can be reached at

few points behind him. A poor run at Darlington for either Continued from pg. 11  driver could end their aspirations for a chance at the Chase. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Bowyer is the last driver in on points, with Kasey Kahne just a Busch lead the Chase grid prior

to Darlington with four wins each. Busch just needs to avoid disaster at Darlington and Richmond to stay in the top 30

ASHLAND – Despite having a case of the Mondays, Hanover’s field hockey team found a way to win. The Hawks, led by Kora Kane, with two goals, and her sister, Keri, with another, pressed host Patrick Henry almost the entire game, holding the Patriots to one goal to claim a 3-1 victory. “Monday games are difficult coming back from the weekend,” said Hanover head coach Sarah Rowe. “We didn’t even have practice on Friday because the girls went on a camping trip. It’s hard to be as intense as we want to be. … It was a little scrappier today than we wanted




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Raiders’ ‘good stuff ’ yields county quad victory By Dave Lawrence

ASHLAND – Hanover may have had the day’s medalist, but Atlee put together the four scores needed to finish as the top team in the Hanover County Quad golf match at Hanover Country Club Monday. Altee’s golfers carded a 152, followed by Hanover at 155, Patrick Henry at 175 and LeeDavis at 181. Hanover’s Ward Wilkinson claimed medalist honors with an even-par 35 on the front nine at Hanover. Atlee’s Spencer Talley was second with a 1-over 36, followed by the Hawks’ Cole Hodges at 27. “We had a surprise with No. 3 coming in at 36. Spencer Talley just played a phenomenal round. That really helped us,” said Atlee coach Steve Thompson. “Solid No. 1 and 2 [Erica Whitehouse

and Timmy Shields] at a 38. And then 40 coming up out of our five-spot from Freeman. That’s good stuff.” Freeman finished in a threeway tie with Hanover’s Robert Martin and Patrick Henry’s top finisher, Andrea Dill, at 40. Hanover’s coach, Chris Pace, never likes finishing lower than first, but it was hard to be disappointed with his team’s score. “We rolled a good number. Atlee rolled a better one,” Pace said. “Hat’s off to them, man. If you come out here and shoot three kids in the 30s, and the next kid’s at 40, that’s tough to beat. It’s a nice win for them, no doubt.” Even though the front nine at Hanover County Club is par 35, it’s not the most forgiving of courses. Thompson struggled to explain the Raiders’ results, which surprised even them. “We’ve played some eas-

ier courses and struggled,” Thomson said. “They just putted around and made some shots. The greens were just aerated, too, so I don’t know. I have no answer for it. I was just as shocked as they were, pretty much – especially coming out of my No. 3. That just came out of nowhere.” Thompson hope that bodes well for Talley’s and the team’s future efforts. “He’s been solid all year, but nothing like this,” Thompson said. “Hopefully, it’s a breakthrough where he’ll just keep going, because we’re solid one through three. If we can get another score out of four through six, we’re good.” Pace praised Wilkinson’s effort. “Shooting even par out here is tough to do, especially when you birdie nine to do it, which is not an easy hole,” Pace said. “He

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Hanover’s Jack Proctor hits a sand wedge out of a bunker on the ninth hole at Hanover Country Club in the Hanover County Quad golf match Monday.

hit a gap wedge to, like, four feet and kicked it in for a nice, endyour-day-with-a-birdie three.” Continued from pg. 13  Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechloin points to assure his standing in the Chase. “Whether we get into the Chase and become Chase eligible next week or the week after or the week after that, it doesn’t matter as long as it comes postrace Richmond,” Busch said after his win at Indianapolis. “That’s all that matters.” Joey Logano, who has won two of the last three races after being winless since the Daytona 500, is in third, with Matt Kenseth (also three wins) fourth, followed by Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch, all of whom have two wins. Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Chesterfield native Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards all have one win each. Keselowski dominated last season’s Federated Auto Parts 400 and Kurt Busch also won in dominating fashion at RIR in the spring. “We’ve had a great year. Statistics-wise, it’s been one of my best years,” Kurt Busch said recently at an appearance in

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Richmond in August. “It’s that point in the season where you have to grab another gear and push harder when the Chase starts.” Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon and Bowyer are the drivers in the Chase (prior to Darlington) that are in on points and have not won a race. But, if a driver without a win wins at Darlington or Richmond, that driver would leap ahead of those just in on points. Of the drivers not locked in to the Chase, Bowyer has won twice at Richmond, most recently in 2012. Kahne also has won at Richmond in 2005. Tony Stewart, one of the drivers needing to win for a Chase spot, has two wins at Richmond, the last of which came in 2002. Regardless of what happens at Darlington, the sparks will be flying in Richmond this weekend for those crucial last Chase spots. Billy Fellin is sports editor of Powhatan Today, Goochland Gazette and Cumberland Today. He can be reached at wfellin@

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