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Vol. 1 No. 15 | Richmond Suburban News | October 14, 2015

Town Council discusses Ashland Theater plans

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By Meredith Rigsby News Editor

SHLAND – The Ashland Theater renovation, which has been a much talked about issue over recent weeks, was on the agenda last week as a discussion item for Ashland Town Council. At the Oct. 6 meeting, Hugh Joyce, president of the Ashland Main Street Association (AMSA), spoke to council on behalf of the Ashland Theater Community Foundation (ATCF) to reaffirm its commitment to the plan B proposal it submitted at the Sept. 22 public input work session meeting.

The plan B proposal seeks to turn the Ashland Theater into a multi-dimensional venue that is operated by the ATCF, a registered nonprofit entity, and run by a professional full-time staff. In preparation for potential approval of its plan, the ATCF has had preliminary discussions with general contractor F. Richard Wilton Jr., who said he would provide his company’s services for little or no fee if the plan B proposal is passed. “We think when we’re done we’ll leverage that $1 million and make it look like $1.1 [million] and maybe as much as $1.3 [million],” Joyce said. “And by that, it’s getting time, sheetrock

donated, plumbing parts donated. We can do that as a community theater foundation, we cannot do that if we’re not operating under 501(c)(3),” he said. Charles Hartgrove, Ashland town manager, brought town council upHARTGROVE to-date about his Oct. 5 meeting with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) staff, which manages the Industrial Revitalization Fund grant program.

After speaking with Hartgrove, DHCD staff said they would be forwarding a letter to council extending the time frame for them to make a decision about plans for the theater until the end of October. The DHCD also made a few very specific requests in regard to council reviewing potential alternatives to the original Waukeshaw plan that was submitted to the DHCD last year, Hartgrove said. Hartgrove requested that town staff and representatives from the potential 501(c)(3) continue to work, potentially with a council represee COUNCIL, pg. 9 

Candidates for Ashland seat address issues in forum By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local

ASHLAND — It wasn’t billed as a debate, but, at times, it looked like one. Faye O. Pritchard and Web Stokes both have their eyes on the same prize: a seat on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors representing the Ashland District. The two fielded questions Thursday, Oct. 8, at a public forum hosted by NBC12 news anchor Heather Sullivan at Patrick Henry High School. Planning and zoning, coupled with education issues, highlighted the agenda with each candidate receiving two minutes to respond to the same question. There was no rebuttal from either candidate. But, there were clear differences in policy and approach. While Pritchard suggested she would favor reinstating and reducing county proffers instead of removing them, Stokes said he supported their elimination.

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Candidates for the Hanover County Board of Supervisors’ Ashland seat Web Stokes and Faye O. Pritchard fielded voters’ questions last week at a public forum held at Patrick Henry High School.

The businessman and former Charlottesville SWAT team member said transportation proffers are still in place and said he favored making sure developers provide their fair share on infrastructure that supports new develop-

ment and pay closer attention to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Out of the proffers collected in the 23 years since their inception, he said only about $2 million had been actually allocated and used.

“Cash proffers might have been a great idea 25 years ago when they were instituted, but we’ve outgrown them,” Stokes said. Pritchard, an educator and Ashland Town Council member for the past 14 years, reminded voters that proffers were the brainchild of the Home Builders Association and emphasized that cost should be passed on to developers, not citizens across the county. “It’s imperative that the county have some way to recoup the cost of new citizens coming to the county and proffers are a good way to do that,” Pritchard said. She agreed that the $20,000 fee had become “highly inflated.” Both candidates urged greater participation in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Stokes urged citizens to become involved in the process before “decisions have already been made.” Pritchard said zoning and planning are one of the most important functions of local see FORUM pg. 8 


Hanover VA Yoga opens at airpark Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com

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SHLAND – Sarah Brannan Bunger, a graduate of Hanover High School and Virginia Tech, has opened Hanover VA Yoga LLC in the Hanover Industrial Airpark in Ashland. Bunger is a former account executive with The Roanoke Times newspaper and began her practice of yoga in Roanoke after obtaining her registered yoga certification to teach yoga through the Yoga Alliance. She taught yoga for several years in Roanoke, and returned to her hometown to be closer to family and open her own studio to bring the benefits of yoga to her Hanover community. Bunger said she teaches individuals how they can learn to use their body to build

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Sarah Brannan Bunger, owner of Hanover VA Yoga teaches students from beginners to advanced levels.

physical and mental strength and endurance by practicing the poses (from beginners to advanced levels), balancing and breathing exercises. Many physicians are recommending yoga to enhance overall mental and physical health.

Bunger said she believes yoga is for everyone, and she and her staff offer a variety of classes and workshops to make yoga accessible for all body types in a relaxing and safe environment. The Hanover Chamber of Commerce welcomed

School dance set Friday at LMS Staff Report news@mechlocal.com

ASHLAND — The first Liberty Middle School dance of the year will be held from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, for grades 6 through 8. A disc jockey for dancing will

be set up in the gym. Snacks and beverages will be sold and activities will be taking place in the cafeteria. Tickets went on sale Monday, Oct. 12. All proceeds will benefit the Reading Olympian program at LMS.

Shred Identity Theft event set Saturday Staff Report news@mechlocal.com MECHANICSVILLE – Shred Identity Theft will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Kroger at 9351 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville (Rutland Shopping Center). A free child safety seat inspec-

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tion also will be provided. The first come first served event is being sponsored by the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office and Hanover-Ashland Triad. Residents may bring up to two boxes (10”x13”x18”) or three paper grocery bags of personal information to the location to be shred for free.

the studio to the community Wednesday, Oct. 7, with an Open House and ribbon cutting at 10962 Richardson Road, Suite 3, in Hanover. For more information, visit the website at virginialovesyoga.com or contact Sarah Bunger at 804-690-5650.

‘Let Your Imagination Fly’ urges creativity Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – The PTA Reflections theme this year at Liberty Middle School is “Let You Imagination Fly.” Students are encouraged to put their creativity to work. To participate in the contest, students create work that is based on this year’s theme, “Let Your Imagination Fly” in any of the following categories: dance choreography, film

production, musical composition, literature, photography or visual arts. Students may enter more than one category. All entries, complete with submission forms, will be due on Friday, Oct. 30. There will be a box in the main office for students to submit their entries. Forms and rules are available at: http://www. vapta.org/arts-in-education/reflections.html.


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| Crime, Accidents, Fire & Rescue Sept. 24 n Suspect used victim’s information without permission on Mechanicsville Turnpike. n Suspect stole items on Mechanicsville Turnpike. n Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Kings Dominion Boulevard. n Suspect assaulted victim on Atlee Station Road. n Suspect used victim’s vehicle without permission on Mountain Road. n Suspect passed bad check on Nursery Road. n Suspect passed bad check on Nursery Road. n Suspect stole items on Compass Pointe Drive. n Suspect damaged victim’s property on Brandy Hill Trail. n Suspect assaulted victim on New Hunter Road. n Suspect stole items on

Chamberlayne Road. n Suspect stole items on Yowell Road. n Suspect assaulted victim on Carolyn Lane. n Suspect stole items on North Lakeridge Parkway. n Suspect broke into listed location on Pantego Lane. n Suspect stole items on Peppertown Road.

Sept. 25 n Suspect attempted to break in to listed location on Fox Hill Race Court. n Suspect broke into listed location on Fox Hill Court. n Suspect damaged victim’s property on Suzanne Drive. n Suspect stole items on Gold Ridge Lane. n Suspect stole items on Mechanicsville Turnpike. n Suspect made annoying phone

calls on Locust Run Drive. n Suspect damaged victim’s property on Mount Hermon Road. n Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Bell Creek Road. n Suspect assaulted victim on Theme Park Way. n Suspect stole items on Brandy Hill Trail. n Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road. n Suspect assaulted victim on Hanna Drive.

Sept. 26 n Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Anderson Court. n Suspect assaulted victim on Dell Wood Road. n Suspect stole item on Bell Creek Road. n Suspect assaulted victim on Bell Creek Road.

Sept. 27 n Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Cheroy Road. n Suspect assaulted victim on Fleming. n Suspect threatened victim on Dude Ranch Road. n Suspect assaulted victim on Cold Harbor Road. n Suspect assaulted victim on Leonard Lane. n Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Beaverdam School Road. n Suspect stole items on Kings Dominion Boulevard. n Suspect robbed victim on Cold Harbor Road. n Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road. n Suspect damaged victim’s property on Suzanne Drive. n Suspect stole items on Kings Dominion Boulevard.

n Suspect trespassed at listed location on Whippoorwill Road.

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Sept. 30 n Suspect obtained money under false pretense on Beulah Church Road. n Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Lewistown Road. n Suspect damaged victim’s property in International Street. n Suspect used victim’s information without permission on Tusing Avenue. n Suspect stole items on Chamberlayne Road. n Suspect damaged victim’s property on Richfood Road. see SHERIFF’S pg. 8 

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PTA raising funds Restoration Band returns to Ashland Theater for SMARTBoards

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ONTPELIER – The South Anna Elementary School PTA continues its fundraising efforts in order to install a SMARTBoard in every classroom. Principal Alicia Todd said, “Students are excited about fundraiser rewards.” The summer readers recently were rewarded. “We hope everyone will participate in our new reading program throughout this year as we dive into a different genre each month,” Todd added. Todd also reminded parents/guardians that SAES takes part in Hanover County’s Partners in Education program, which provides opportunities to match the needs, interests and resources of the school and community. She said the program enhances the educational experience of all students and establishes a good working relationship between the school and the workplace. “If you own or work for a business that would be interested in partnering with SAES, please contact Paula Drumheller, school counselor, to talk about ways we could work together that would be mutually beneficial,” the principal said. Drumheller’s email is pdrumheller@hcps.us. South Anna students are being encouraged to explore the arts and express themselves by participating in the Reflections program. This year’s theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly,” and categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts. The entry deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 28. The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) kicked off the new school year on Oct. 1 with Donuts for Dads. Those attending learned how they can spend a day at school and enrich your child’s learning experience. Upcoming events and important dates were released by Todd. They include: n Thursday, Oct. 15 -- Gifted and Talented referral deadline. n Friday, Oct. 23 – PTA Fall Festival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. n Friday, Oct. 23-30 – Book Fair in library. n Wednesday, Oct. 28 – Reflections entry deadline.

ASHLAND -- The Restoration Band, of Mechanicsville’s Restoration Church, will host its second “A Night of Worship” concert Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Ashland Theater at 205 England St. in Ashland. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert is free and all are welcome. The Restoration Band, an ensemble of musicians from Mechanicsville’s Restoration Church, played at the historic theater last March. For more information, call Restoration Church at 804-228-7488.

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The Restoration Band will present “A Night of Worship” concert Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Ashland Theater.

Hanover Mental Health Association to sponsor free Mental Health First Aid course Oct. 22-23 Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND -- Hanover Mental Health Association (HMHA) will sponsor a free eight-hour class in Mental Health First Aid Oct. 22-23. The course is designed for members of the public to improve mental health literacy – helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. “This important educational effort goes a lot further than emergency intervention; it really helps people understand the shroud of fear and misjudgment facing individuals and families who experi-

ence mental illnesses and addiction. It will help rid our community of the associated stigma and move more and more people toward recovery,” said Karen Rice, LCSW course instructor and member of the HMHA board. The class is open to anyone 18 and older. There is no charge, but registration is required. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22-23 at the Ashland branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library. To register, contact Rice at krice@ vhbg.org. Mental Health First Aid is an eighthour class that teaches participants a fivestep action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure

appropriate care for the individual. The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and provides overviews of common treatments. Rice is supervisor of outpatient services at Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. A member of the Hanover Mental Health Board, she is certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to teach the class. Mental Health First Aid originated in 2001 in Australia has been replicated in 20 other countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, Scotland, England, Canada, Finland and Singapore.

Hanover Council on Aging to hold Senior Resource event Oct. 21

DOSWELL -- The Hanover Council on Aging will coordinate a Senior Resource event on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at King’s Chapel Presbyterian Church. This event will include presentations by local professionals and will focus on topics that are important to everyone in planning for the

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future, such as finances, health care and leisure and recreation. “Aging Well: Resources for Tomorrow and Today” is the topic for the program, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is free and light refreshments and door prizes will be offered.

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King’s Chapel Presbyterian Church is located at 13346 W. Patrick Henry Road in Doswell. For more information contact Lisa Adkins, Hanover County Department of Community Resources at 804-365-4302. The Hanover County Council on Aging is comprised of residents of Hanover County

appointed by the Hanover County Board of Supervisors to serve as a consultative and advisory body for the board of supervisors on issues pertaining to the quality of life of the citizens of Hanover County age 50 and older. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.


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No student should ever fear being bullied

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By Melody Kinser Managing Editor

hen October arrives, most of us think about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But, the month also targets an increasingly alarming problem for children: bullying. STOMP Out Bullying is the theme used by schools and organizations across the country in observance of National Bullying Prevention Month. According to the website, http://stompoutbullying.org/index.php/campaigns/national-bullying-prevention-awareness-month/, the goal is to “encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.” Next week has been designated as STAND UP for Others Week. Advice offered on the website was “When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims. If you don’t feel safe get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution — not the problem. The last week of the month invites students to participate by: n Creating positive messages on post-its and handing them out to students at school. n Creating anti-bullying videos and sharing them on the STOMP Out Bullying site. n Sharing inspirational stories on the STOMP Out Bullying site. n Creating an act of kindness every day and challenging others to do the same. Make kindness go viral! Those involved with STOMP Out Bullying look forward to and encourage student-led activities. Because, the bottom line is, the more awareness that is created this month — and year-round — is a step closer to ending bullying. If you’re a victim, don’t be afraid to tell someone in authority. Bullies should not be allowed to get away with intimidating or harming anyone. Stand up, shout out, be heard. And, if you’re a bully, deal with whatever has caused this behavior. It is, by no means, normal or acceptable.

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There’s nothing like the printed word

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By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local

’m not opposed to technology and the endless possibilities that innovation provides us. We live in a society chockfull of electronic devices that make our lives easier and more efficient. It’s difficult to even envision what the future will hold. And technological advances will continue to make our lives easier, which brings me to the subject of books and how we read them. Seven years ago, it appeared the Kindle would replace bound books. Accessing the written word electronically seemed like a surefire sign of the future, and it seemed books would soon be headed the way of the stationary-based phone or encyclopedias. Some recent survey figures indicate books and paper are making a comeback, defying the best-guessed predictions of experts and bucking the trend toward more technology. Even more surprisingly, a majority of students expressed

a preference for paper textbooks as opposed to their e-based counterparts, and sales of electronic readers and other devices seem to have leveled. So, why when almost every young person in the nation is walking around with their heads buried in an iPhone or similar device is there a seemingly reinvigorated interest in books? The simple answer is books are easier to read, requiring less effort for our eyes to follow than text on e-books. Studies confirm higher rates of retention when students read real books. And then there’s the distraction factor. Some suggest maintaining concentration is more difficult on e-books than a paper version. Email and message alerts can distract a reader and break their concentration when reading on an electronic device. Others suggest the nagging preference for paper books might be cultural. Just like holding a newspaper in one’s see PRINTED, pg. 7 

letters | Reader Views

Seniors warned about writing check for Medicare Part B premium This is a warning to every senior who is currently writing a check out for their Medicare Part B premium. Your premium, according to Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, may go UP 52 percent next year. People who are having the premium automatically deducted from their Social Security check are currently not affected. I contacted the Honorable Senators Warner and Kaine concerning this possible increase in premiums. Warner’s reply concerning the need for the increase is that the current program is, “...not fiscally sustainable.” No comment from Sen. Kaine as yet. Warner goes on to say, “We need to take responsible and necessary

steps.” “We?” You got a mouse in your pocket, Senator? We? I’ve done my part — paid taxes for over 50 years. You, on the other hand, have held office during a period of time that has seen our debt increase by $8,000,000,000,000 and seemingly have no problem with free healthcare for illegal immigrants. I suggest that you seniors impacted by this possible increase contact Washington, D.C., and voice your displeasure. Not a senior yet? You’ll get nailed for the higher premium when you enroll. Welcome to Medicare! Chuck Williamson Mechanicsville

Resident supports re-election bid I’ve known Canova Peterson for over 30 years through many

church, community and professional endeavors. He and members of the Mechanicsville and Hanover Rotary see LETTERS pg. 10 

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‘Pup Crawl’ to benefit Humane Society to be held Oct. 17

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SHLAND — Gather up your favorite canine companion and join Hanover Humane for its Fourth Annual “Pup Crawl” to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17. What better way to enjoy autumn than with a 1.5-mile moonlight stroll in the Town of Ashland?

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hands provides a certain sense of security, the feel of a bound book may provide an experience we just are not ready to part with. The smell of an old library book or the feel of a carefully designed binder provides a sense of fulfillment for many of us. It’s a sense of possession that’s hard to match electronically.

Registration for the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building at 101 Thompson St. in Ashland with the walk beginning at 7:30 p.m. The registration fee of $25 includes a goody bag, event t-shirt, a decorative doggy waste bag holder, a doggy bandana and a LED dog leash for your faithful companion.

And, then there are generational considerations as well. Older Americans comprise a large sector of the American reader, and, simply put, old habits are hard to break. Many of us still treasure the act of curling up with a good book on a rainy afternoon and being transferred to other worlds and exposed to new things. It’s a bang for the buck that seems to be delivered better with ink and paper than with scrolling text.

Register for the “Light Up the Night” contest and decorate you and your canine companion with LED

The final answer on America’s preferences when it comes to reading is still unknown, and book sales, both electronically and paper, continue to decline. But, the tenacity of the paper book may be a sign that some things in life are not enhanced by new technology, and the worn feel of a dog-eared book is, for some, irreplaceable. And, somehow, that’s comforting for generation old folks like me.

lights, glow sticks, etc., with prizes awarded for creativity. At the end of the event, refreshments will be available and several prizes will be awarded for participants that collect the most pledges. All registration materials are available for download at www.hanoverhumanesociety.org.

For inquiries about the event, email info@hanoverhumanesociety.org. The Hanover Humane Society is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit entity for IRS tax purposes. All proceeds for this event will be used to support Hanover Humane’s animal adoption, education and prevention programs.

Pumpkins on Parade festivities slated Oct. 22 Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – John M. Gandy Elementary School in Ashland will present the annual Pumpkins on Parade festivi-

ties, which will get underway at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Vote for your favorite pumpkin, do a craft with the family, visit the book fair and even have dinner.

Parent volunteers are needed so check this link to sign up for this Gandy favorite: www.SignUpGenius.com/ go/20F0549A5AB2FA20pumpkins.

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LMS placing focus on bully awareness Staff Report news@mechlocal.com

ASHLAND – With October being observed as Bully Awareness Month, Liberty Middle School is placing an additional focus on bully awareness and how to stop bullying. Students will engage in the following activities during the month:

n Oct. 12-16 -- Make Friends With Someone You Don’t Know Week! Mix it up at Lunch Days. n Oct. 19-23 – Stand Up Week. n Oct. 21 — Unity Day — “Orange Out!” n Oct. 26-30 — Guess Who — Teachers share bully experiences on announcements and students guess who the teacher is.

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government, and also urged expanded citizen participation in the update process. As for school renovation and repair needs, Stokes suggested that the supervisors can only allocate what is requested from the Hanover County School Board, and conceded there could be some “disconnect” in the process. Both candidates supported addressing pressing school needs, and Pritchard favored a reinvigorated technology plan for Hanover County students. Addressing a question regarding the retention of good teachers in county

schools, Pritchard said she favored the abolition of the current Joint Education Committee, a blended effort by supervisors and the school board, calling it “undue oversight.” Although the system’s public perception is rosy, she indicated the story on the inside is quite different. “I haven’t talked to one teacher … who said that everything is fine,” she said. Stokes presented an innovative approach to improved communication, suggesting that a selected teacher occupy a non-voting position on the school board to make sure their concerns are heard. He also supports student participation on education issues. There was consensus on the issue of elected school boards, and both opposed a change to that system in Hanover County, citing concerns centered on over-politicization of the process. “The concept of an elected school board has merits,” Stokes said. “It holds school boards accountable for their actions. That part I really

like.” The former Marine said the practice has produced distressing results in some localities. “When you look at counties and localities who have elected school boards, it’s often a circus,” Stokes said. Pritchard said Hanover has one of the few appointed school boards and she wants to keep it that way. “School boards (elected) have become largely politicized. I don’t think at this point it would buy something of substance for the work that is going on to change our schools,” Pritchard said. Pritchard and Stokes both expressed support for Hanover County’s sheriff and the county’s social services. Stokes said it is vital for the county to revamp its efforts to attract volunteers for fire and rescue. Pritchard said she would consider reducing class loads for Hanover teachers, while Stokes said he would examine that issue if elected. Both said they would support planned commercial development of the U.S. 1 corridor.

Pritchard said she would rely on her 14 years of public service to guide her board decisions. She also pointed to a “sense of place” in Hanover, and stressed the importance of citizen input in the governing process. “The voice of the citizens is paramount. People have a right to a voice in the future of their town or county,” Pritchard said. Stokes pointed to his experience as a Marine, a police officer and a businessman and said he would approach public service with a commitment to hear his constituents. “This is not about power,” he said. “It’s not about having all the answers. It’s about listening and providing factual information. Above all, it’s about service.” The two are vying for a seat currently held by Ed Via who decided not to seek reelection to the office. The forum was sponsored by Friends of Hanover Schools, the Coalition for Hanover’s Future and the Herald-Progress.

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Creek Road. Suspect used victim’s information without permission on Lewistown Road. Suspect stole items on Mechanicsville Turnpike.

Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Woodside Drive. Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on North Washington Highway/ England Street.

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Oct. 1 n Suspect stole items on Lincoln Road. n Suspect used victim’s information without permission on Bell Creek Road. Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road. Suspect obtained money under false pretense on Bell Creek Road. Suspect assaulted victim on Brook Way. Suspect assaulted victim on Bell Creek Road. Suspect stole items on Pohite Drive. Suspect stole items on Bell

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Oct. 2 Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road. Suspect assaulted victim on Holly Court Lane. Suspect committed fraud on West Patrick Henry Road. Suspect stole items on Yankeetown Road. Suspect stole items on Matadequin Lane. Suspect stole items on Brandy Run Drive. Suspect stole items on Bell Creek Road.

Oct. 3 Suspect assaulted victim on Bell Creek Road. Suspect stole items on Washington Highway. Suspect stole items on Mechanicsville Turnpike.

Oct. 4 Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Compass Pointe/ Mechanicsville Turnpike.


SpookieFUN Fest is seeking Community Partners

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SHLAND Hanover County Parks and Recreation will host the annual Taylor’s SpookieFUN Fest later this month. The department is seeking child-related businesses and/or organizations to be Community Partners at the family event. There are two ways to participate: n Hanover Treats – Hand out candy to the little trick or

treaters. n Taylor’s Tricks – Provide games and interactive activities. Children will be entertained with flashlight candy hunts, dancing, games, trick or treat booths and will top the evening off with a drive-in movie showing of “Monsters University.” This free event is open to the public and will be hosted on two dates at two locations: n Friday, Oct. 23, at Pole Green Park at 8996 Pole Green

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Council member Faye O. a great six months; I’m conPrichard agreed that town staff cerned about five years down needs to move forward, saying the road. I want to see us build that the only clear avenue for- something that’s sustainable.” ward at this point is to instruct No specific date has been staff to set up the meetings set for council to take a vote on between the theater committee the theater plans. and DHCD. In other business, Joshua Mayor George Spagna said Farrar, deputy town manager he feels optimistic about the and finance director, spoke proposal for the theater to be about the municipal pool renooperated by a foundation and vation and the process timeline would love the see moving forward. the nonprofit foun“The work you all dation operating in had us do this past conjunction with a spring for this pool profit-making entity season has got us running within the in a place of kind of walls of the theater. relative safety,” Farrar However, he said he said. … “We’re in a does have concerns good place, but I about the town rundon’t want to lose that SPAGNA ning a profit-makmomentum.” ing entity. According to the proposed Spagna also said he has con- process timeline, the next two cerns about the theater foun- Ashland Parks and Recreation dation mirroring the board Committee meetings will be of the Ashland Main Street turned into public input sesAssociation and the board of sions about the pool renovathe Hanover Arts and Activities tion. Center. An online survey about “I’m partially concerned the pool has already been conabout transparency, but I’m ducted and 287 responses were more concerned about volun- received. teer burnout,” Spagna said. … We “got a lot of great input,” “There’s a limit to how much Farrar said. enthusiasm citizens are going to In the coming months, staff have. Sure, we’re going to have plans to present themes taken

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sentative, to sort out some of the possibilities of those details before sitting down to meet with DHCD staff to discuss what it will consider. “I think their concern is the amount of substantial change from the original application that the town submitted to what we may consider going forward in the future,” Hartgrove said. “I’d like to move on that as quickly as possible.” Hartgrove added that there is a broad spectrum of options that can happen, depending on what route council chooses to take. There are currently three options available to council concerning the theater renovation. Ashland Town Council can choose to continue forward with the initial plan Waukeshaw Development proposal, choose to pursue the nonprofit proposal or choose to develop some sort of hybrid of the two plans. Hartgrove pointed out that, at this time, the only plan that has been approved and meets the requirements set by the DHCD is the proposal from Waukeshaw Development.

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Taylor, photo above, Hanover County Parks & Rec’s mascot, greets a trick or treater in a file photo from the SpookieFUN Fest. Right, something’s brewing for attendees. Pole Green Park and Poor Farm Park host the annual Halloween event.

Park Lane in Mechanicsville. n Saturday, Oct. 24, at Poor Farm Park at 13400 Liberty School Lane in Ashland. If interested in becoming a Community Partner at this event, contact JudiAnn Shaver at 804365-4694, visit www.hanovercounty.gov or email parksandrec@hanovercounty.gov. Information submitted by Nikodemas M. Reikalas, recreation coordinator, Hanover County Parks & Recreation.

from the survey for residents to consider during public input meetings. Once those meetings are over, staff will develop designs based on what they heard from the town’s residents. From there, Parks and Recreation hopes to be able to come up with a final recommendation for the town council that will be presented at its Jan. 5 meeting. Council said it is OK with the proposed timeline plan for the pool. In other business, Heather Ostrander gave a presentation about the Ashland Rotary Club, communicating that the service organization would like to get more involved in the community. In addition, Matt Reynal was introduced as the new public works operations manager for the Town of Ashland. The consent agenda was approved and there was no public input. Council member James Murray was not present for the meeting. The next Ashland Town Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Town Hall located at 101 Thompson St.

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Clubs were instrumental in building the three handicap accessible playgrounds through Operation Hope. I fully support him in his re-election to the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and truly believe that Canova works to have Hanover County continue to move forward to be a premier place to live, raise our children, and operate a business. Please consider giving him your vote. Dana Nelson Mechanicsville

Citizen seeks answers on zoning

(Editor’s note: The following was addressed to the Hanover County Board of Supervisors.) The information about the Hanover County Board of Supervisors’ approval of an airport expansion came to me via an email from my commu-

nity office. How are citizens notified about pending zoning actions such as airport expansion? Nothing was sent to residents in the neighborhoods that are in the flight paths. There was a 6” by 6” yellow sign placed with its flat surface perpendicular to the road, more than 10 feet off westbound Sliding Hill Road in a construction zone. Apparently, the Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors consider this sign as appropriate and sufficient notification for an action of some import. One could assume that adding aircraft storage is innocuous, that the actual number of flights in and out of the airport may well be reduced. (Incoming flights will not be required to fly out for overnight service and parking, returning the following day.) However, given the quotes in the related Richmond TimesDispatch article, it seems reasonable to assume that an increase in air traffic is planned for the future.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch article, “As a relief airport, the Hanover airport provides overflow support to larger airports in the region, such as Richmond International Airport.” The expansion would “help the Hanover airport further serve that purpose.” This suggests that air traffic will be increased, at the expense of an increase of noise in several subdivisions over which air traffic flies. There are safety concerns as well. Again, from RTD, “Chairman Wayne Hazzard, of the South Anna magisterial district, similarly voiced support and said the additional space would ‘expand the possibilities for our airport.’ ‘I think this is really good for Hanover,’ he said.” What are the possibilities being studied? Exactly how are these possibilities good for Hanover? What segment of the population will benefit? What exactly are the possibilities that are being explored for this airport, which is bounded on

the southeast by several noise sensitive residential communities? Have the interests of these communities been considered as a part of the expansion of possibilities? (It is of note that none of the flight paths, takeoffs and landings for the airport impact any of Mr. Hazzard’s district.) “ ‘Hanover County airport is the best county airport I’ve ever seen in the Commonwealth of Virginia,’ [Ed] Via said. ‘This item will enhance the airport, so we can move it forward in a continuing, positive manner. It has been a longtime desire of the county and airport officials to develop the east side of the airport,’ he added before moving to approve all three of the items considered.” Please explain what is meant by “continuing, positive manner.” Exactly how will the development of the east side of the airport impact future flight traffic? According to the RTD, “On average, 96 flights are managed at the Hanover airport daily, with 20

to 30 of those being corporate flights on planes that carry between eight and 10 passengers.” There was no mention of the corporate jets that utilize the airport. Given the reconfiguration of the intersection of Sliding Hill and Air Park Roads to accommodate FedEx vehicular traffic, it is easy to surmise that this recent airport development could also related to FedEx. Could adding more aircraft storage be just the first step to expand the number and size of corporate jets using the airport? (By the way, which traffic will get preferential treatment at that intersection? Sliding Hill Road is becoming a “rush hour” nightmare, particularly after the Walmart imposed changes.) Many questions have been asked herein. Answers and clarifications would definitely be appreciated. Jesselle Christenson Mechanicsville

1996 was a better time politically In 1994, I had the honor and privilege of working on the campaign of one of the most honest and honorable men I had ever met, Col. Oliver North. The campaign was my first venture into the world of politics, but it would teach me a great deal in a very short time. June brought the Republican Convention to Richmond and it was amazing to see how it all worked. I met many influential people, including then-Sen. John Warner. In a matter of weeks, I would see just how influential he was. The esteemed senator did not like the fact that Col. North was chosen by the delegates to the GOP Convention to run for U.S. senator from Virginia. This is when Warner’s influ-

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ence became very apparent. He partnered with the briefcase man, Marshall Coleman, to have Coleman run as an Independent. This would lead to the ultimate victory of Chuck Robb. In 1996, time came for a decision as to whether or not there would be a convention or a primary. John Warner being the incumbent had the privilege of making the choice. Remembering his anti-GOP actions taken in 1994, Warner chose the primary in lieu of the convention. He knew the true GOP delegates would not elect him to the ticket. What upset me more than anything was the Virginia State GOP stood behind Warner, the party malefactor, and ensured his victory over Mark Warner. As for me, that was the year I voted Democrat, dropped out of the GOP and stopped paying dues. I now vote as a Conservative Independent, which basically means I vote Republican. But, under no circumstances will I ever return to the party or assist the GOP in any manner. But let it be known that I am open to voting for a Democrat or Independent, if I think they are the right individual for the job — especially if they are honest and not politically corrupt, which brings me to gist of my letter. I see the same thing happening now. Eric Cantor went to Washington, D.C., and set himself above every one of his constituents and became the ultimate inside politician, second only to Boehner. And we all know what happened to both of them. Now there are Republicans who are running for local and state offices in Hanover County who have placed themselves above We The People. They refuse to participate in debates and leave us all wondering, why won’t they answer our questions. What is it they have to hide? see LETTERS pg. 11 


Vintage Western movies to be shown Saturday

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Bill Parrish and Chris Fuller, hosts of The Saturday Round Up on Oct. 17 at the Ashland Theater.

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SHLAND -- It’s “Round-Up” time at the Ashland Theatre. A nostalgic afternoon of ridin’, ropin’ and shootin’ will be presented Saturday, Oct. 17, with all

vintage Western movies. This first-ever event of its kind at the theater will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Ashland Theatre Renovation project and also the CJ Stuff Foundation. Two local musicians -- Virginia’s own singing cowboy “Lucky” Bill Parrish and Ashland’s own cowboy “Curly” Chris Fuller -- will host the event. A few months ago, cowboy Fuller approached Parrish with the idea for the project, knowing that Parrish had been

successful with a similar project he spearheaded a few years ago to raise money for Richmond’s Byrd Theatre. Through their efforts, and the help of a few musician friends who also are donating their time, the Ashland Theatre event has become a reality. Allen Cole and George Thomas, along with Fuller and Parrish, will round out the Western music portion of the program. They will be playing and singing the popular sing-along songs of the silver screen cowboys circa the 1940s and early ‘50s. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 2 p.m. with a half hour of Western music and entertainment. The films will begin after the music. The lineup will include period cartoons, short subjects, previews of coming attractions and, finally, the feature film will be a 1941 Gene Autry classic, “Back in the Saddle Again.” Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under the age of 12. “Everyone is encouraged to dress in their best Western duds and get in the spirit of this great day of Western fun that will benefit two worthy causes,” “Lucky” Parrish said.

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ASHLAND – The Hanover Industrial Airpark Business Association will present Dale Campbell of Thomas & Thomas CPAs

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And, more important, where is the Hanover GOP Committee on this? On the local level, the answer is as plain as the nose on your face. All anyone living in the Mechanicsville District has to do is drive down the U.S. 360 or Pole Green Road, read about the highest crime rate for Hanover County in any newspaper, talk with any fireman about “dark” fire stations or maybe, take a smidgen of interest in what the Hanover County Board of Supervisors has done over the last four years that

today (Wednesday, Oct. 14) as part of the Lunch & Learn series. The program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Dominion Resources Innovation Center at 201 Duncan St. in Ashland.

could have been a precursor to these problems. As for me, it’s Back to the Future – 1996. Dale Gouldman Mechanicsville

Biosolids a safe option for farmers I am writing in response to Erica M. Lawler’s letter to the editor in the Sept. 29, 2015, edition of The Mechanicsville Local on the alleged dangers of biosolids application on area farms. Lawler’s letter contains several

Campbell’s program will be “Top Things Businesses Can Do to Improve Bookkeeping and Taxes!” The cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests.

misconceptions on the safety of biosolids and I worry she may be relying on hearsay rather than the decades of scientific studies and agricultural usage that support the practice. Biosolids are the treated, nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from industrial and municipal byproducts. During treatment, beneficial bacteria and other tiny organisms break the byproducts down into simpler organic matter. The organic matter, combined with bacterial cell masses, settle out to form biosolids, which can then be safely recycled as a fertilizer and soil conditioner. The biosolids applied to fields, like my own, are very similar to the biosolid

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ASHLAND – Members of Friends of Hanover Dog Parks are still accepting Silent Auction items for the Second Annual Growl-O-Ween, which will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Center of the Universe (COTU) Brewing Co. at 11293 Air Park Road in Ashland. Weekend packages, theme baskets, hand-crafted items and gift certificates are among the items requested for donation. Those wishing to contribute may do so by contacting Lynda Patterson at 804-338-4710 or lpatterson768@comcast.net. The Growl-O-Ween is described as a “spooktacular” afternoon filled with dogfriendly contests and games, a photo booth, live music, food trucks, a silent auction and craft beer. Monies raised will benefit

products you can buy for your lawn at your local hardware store. As a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, I’m sure Lawler is familiar with an extensive review of the facts about biosolids and the claims against them, commissioned by the Virginia General Assembly in 2007. An expert panel, which included physicians, public health officials, academics, water treatment professionals and citizens, among others, concluded that the application of biosolids represents little risk to human health or the environment and that biosolids should be viewed as a “resource.” An additional December 2008 report stated that

the Friends and the event partner, Hanover Humane Society. Owners and their dogs are invited to take part in the Best Howler, Best Dog Tric and Best Dog Costume contests, as well as play midway games like “Bobbing for Tennis Balls.” Admission is free of charge. There are small fees for games and contests. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted for auction items. Friends of Hanover Dog Parks will meet at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Parks & Rec building at Taylor Park in Ashland. Other dates to remember include: n Nov. 7 – Train Day in Ashland. n Nov. 14 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dollar Days for Dogs at the Mechanicsville PetSmart at 7225 Bell Creek Road. n Nov. 17 – 6:45 p.m. Friends of Hanover Dog Parks meeting at Pole Green Park Community Center.

during its study it had “uncovered no evidence or literature verifying a causal link between biosolids and illness.” I use biosolids because they greatly enhance the productivity and quality of the soil. I think Lawler said it best: “... our rivers are a place for recreation, commerce, and nature.” I completely agree with that and view my farmland in the same way. I am confident in the safety and value of biosolids, and I am proud to use them on the land that my family and I farm. John N. Mills Jr. Farmer Hanover

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n An All You Can Eat Salt Fish Breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, spiced apples, biscuits, cornbread, coffee and juice will be held from 6 to 9 a.m. at the Doswell Ruritan Club at 16433 N. Washington Highway in Doswell. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for ages 4 to 10. Takeout will be available. n The Saturday Round Up at the Westerns will take place at the Ashland Theater. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per adult and $2 for children 12 years of age and under. For more information, call 804-938-1416. n Hillcrest Baptist Church will hold its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11342 Hillcrest Road in Hanover. The event will feature live music, food (concessions sold on-site), a classic car cruise-in, craft vendors, a silent auction, the Hanover Fire Department, a Brunswick stew sale, the police department with McGruff the Crime Dog, a cake walk, bingo, hayrides, a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to noon, children’s crafts, games, a bounce house, pumpkin decorating, Walgreens health screenings, flu shots and a photo booth, among other activities. n Atlee Ruritan Brunswick

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stew will be for sale for $7 per quart. Proceeds benefit the Hanover community. Pick up at the Atlee Little League field at noon. To pre-order, call Bill Reynolds at 746-9037.

Monday, Oct. 19

n Col. David R. Hines, sheriff of Hanover County, will be the featured guest at the next meeting of the Hanover County Council of PTAs, which will be held at 7 p.m. at Kersey Creek Elementary School at 10004 Learning Lane in Mechanicsville. PTA members, parents, educators and community members are invited to attend this meeting. Sheriff Hines will share relevant information about safety in the schools and future crime trends, and he will close with an opportunity for questions and answers. For more information, contact HCC president, Sharon Abernathy, at sharonabernathy@live.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

n Ronald L. Hurst, vice president for Collections, Conservation and Museums and The Carlisle H. Humelsine Chief Curator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. at Hanover Tavern. Hurst’s presentation, “Analysis and Research:

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Assessing Art and Antiques in the 21st Century,” will discuss how science is changing the way we learn about objects such as furniture, paintings, textiles and ceramics. Admission is free. For more information, visit www. hanovertavern.org.

Saturday, Oct. 24

n St. Ann’s Haiti Ministry presents “Beetlejuice” at the Ashland Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are available at AshlandTheaterVA.org. Proceeds benefit the sponsored school, Ecole Presbyterale Bon Berger de Lemarre, in Dubuisson, Haiti. n Enon United Methodist Church will hold its Fall Fun Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6156 Studley Road in Mechanicsville. The festival will feature Brunswick stew available for $7 per quart or $2.50 per bowl, a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a $5 lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hanover County Sheriff’s Office bloodhound from 11 a.m. to noon, the Station 3 Hanover Fire Department from noon to 1 p.m., children’s games and hayrides from noon to 2 p.m. and a trick-or-treat fun house from 2 to 3 p.m. For information and stew pre-orders call 804-723-5971 or 804-746-4719.

Mallery Kibby becomes bride of Travis Grant

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ravis Keith Grant and Mallery Ann Kibby were united in marriage on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Montpelier Center for the Arts in Montpelier, Virginia. Travis is the son of Cynthia Grant of Mechanicsville and Damon Grant of Henrico. He is the grandson of Shirley Winebarger and the late Walter Winebarger of Mechanicsville and Ken and Shelia Sullivan of Mechanicsville. Mallery is the daughter of David Kibby of Vero Beach, Florida. The Best Man was Michael Patton. Groomsmen were Damon Grant father of the groom; Brad Wilson, Will Pusey and Tyler Wilkinson, all friends of the groom; David Kibby, brother of the bride; and Chris Donner, brother-inlaw of the bride. The Maid of Honor was Becca Donner, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jordan Grant, sister of the groom, and Shannon Moore, Paige Smith, Jamie Bodman, Rachel Kidd and Mariela Coronado, all friends of the bride. Flower girls were Kiley Donner, niece of the bride, and Samantha Cornett, cousin of the groom. Joanne Donner was

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MR. and MRS. TRAVIS KEITH GRANT the former Mallery Ann Kibby Mistress of Ceremonies. Travis is a 2008 graduate of Lee-Davis High School and J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College. He is employed by Mechanicsville Toyota as a Shop Foreman. Mallery is a 2009 graduate of Hermitage High

School and a 2015 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University Dental School. She is employed by Virginia Family Dentistry as a Dental Hygienist. After a honeymoon to the Poconos, the couple will reside in Mechanicsville.


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Prep Football: Patrick Henry at Armstrong 7:00 p.m.

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College football: Washington & Lee at Randolph-Macon 1:00 p.m.

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Varina takes advantage of Patriots’ miscues By Andrew Spencer for the Hanover Local

ASHLAND – In a homecoming game shortened by weather, the Patrick Henry Patriots fell to the Varina Blue Devils 34-14. With 10:55 left in the fourth quarter, lightning and heavy rain sent Patrick Henry to its locker room and Varina to its buses – and fans to their cars – before the game was officially declared over. Unofficially, however, the game was over long before the weather rolled in. After the two teams exchanged punts, Patrick Henry was driving when quarterback Hunter Hart had a difficult time with the exchange from center, and the ball fell to the grass. R.J. Coles picked it up and streaked 53 yards for the Varina score. Though the Patriots tied it on a 2-yard scamper by Brandon Braxton the next time they had the ball, Varina’s ensuing possession was like déjà vu all over again. Coles took a handoff on the counter and ran it for 65 yards and another score. The hole was dug, and the Patriots spent the rest of the game trying to get out of it. Throughout the night, Patrick Henry seemed confused and outmanned on the offensive side of things. Part of that confusion was a result of inexperience; there is only one senior starting for the Patriots

on the offensive line. “We’re struggling on offense because we don’t have an identity because we’re so young,” said Patrick Henry head coach Bryan Davis. “We only start one senior up front. We’ve got some young guys who have a really steep learning curve because they’re coming up against some stiff competition.” Varina put Hart under intense pressure nearly every time he dropped back to pass. To add to the Patriots’ problems, Hart had frequent trouble with the snap, both from the shotgun formation and from under center. Defensively, things weren’t much better for Patrick Henry. The Varina ground game generated 238 yards on 33 carries, for an average of over 7 yards per carry. Following the introduction of the Patriots’ homecoming court at halftime, Varina received the kickoff and proceeded to march 65 yards in nine plays (and one penalty against Patrick Henry for too many men on the field) for another touchdown. When the Patriots went three-and-out on their next offensive series, the home crowd started to thin, as many Patrick Henry fans decided to beat the traffic (and the rain) home. There were some bright spots for the Patriots, such as the slashing running of Josh Guerrero and the breakaway

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Patrick Henry’s Brandon Braxton (with football) falls into the end zone for a touchdown in Varina’s 34-14 victory Friday.

speed of Kwatayvous Blackwell. But those bright spots couldn’t outshine the obvious shortcomings. “Our fundamentals were just so bad out there tonight,” Davis said. “We did some things right, but then we did some dumb things that killed us. Varina is a power counter-trey offense, and they have got three or four guys with incredible speed. If

Hawks slip by Patrick Henry By Chip Knighton For the Times-Dispatch

ASHLAND – After engineering a few drive-saving escapes, the only direction available to Patrick Henry quarterback Hunter Hart was

backward, so that was where he went. But he could stave off the inevitable for only so long. A 28-yard sack on fourth down put an end to the Patriots’ upset hopes on a rare Monday night kickoff against

Hanover. Marcus Bazala’s 5yard touchdown pass to Tabb Patrick early in the fourth quarter stood up as the gamewinner as the visiting Hawks held on for a 23-16 victory. see HAWKS, pg. 14 

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Woodward paces Warriors to 2-0 victory over Patriots

Hawks get to work against PH

By Katrina Wilson-Spinner Richmond Times-Dispatch

By Chip Knighton For The Mechanicsville Local

MECHANICSVILLE – A businesslike performance that started with big-hitting standouts Miranda Hall and Leila Haynesworth and carried all the way down the roster gave Hanover a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 2514) victory over visiting Patrick Henry on Tuesday night. Hall, the co-player of the year in Conference 20 as a junior last season, had 12 kills, while classmate and fellow allconference pick Haynesworth had 11. Both carried the Hawks (14-3) for stretches on Tuesday. “I like the fact that everybody went in and the level didn’t drop,” Hanover coach Karl Lippa said. “We just played a very solid game. It wasn’t exciting, it wasn’t down. We just played consistent all the way through.” Haynesworth picked up three consecutive aces during Hanover’s biggest run, a 14-1 swing that gave the Hawks a commanding 19-5 lead in the final game. Hall had two kills in the sequence and senior Ashton Hughes had two winners and a block. Hall was a dangerous presence at the left side of the net all night long and added four digs and two assists. Hughes had three kills, two blocks and two digs.

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Patrick Henry’s Kate Melson (13) aims a shot past Hanover’s Leila Haynesworth in the Hawks’ 25-17, 25-20, 25-14 victory over the visiting Patriots Tuesday.

“As long as we can pass and play defense, we can utilize our offense,” Lippa said. “Ashton played really well in the middle. I thought she had a really good game. Ashton did a lot of things for us behind the scenes and blocked well and tipped well.” Patrick Henry (7-5) led 3-0 in the first game and 5-3 in the second, but it was all Hawks the rest of the way, aside from short spurts. Laura Williamson had 12 assists, 12 digs and two aces for the Patriots, while Grace Bullock had four kills, four digs and two aces. “We knew we were starting slow against these good teams and that we’d have to put together three good sets,” Patrick Henry coach Billy Farmer said. “We put together about two and a half tonight, I think, so we’re on our way. We just have to keep fighting, and that’s what we’re doing.” Haynesworth added four digs to her strong offensive

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night, while Cameron Murry had two aces, two kills and two digs. “Every single kid that went in played well, played to their level, which was nice to see,” Lippa said. “That’s one thing I was worried about – when the games get later in the points and later in the season, we still did a good, persistent job.” Chip Knighton can be reached at sports@mechlocal.com.

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Hanover’s winning drive began after a Patrick Henry mistake when a Jonathan Glore punt bounced off a Patriots player and the Hawks (4-1) jumped on the ball at the PH 25-yard line. The Hawks shrugged off a holding penalty to score in six plays as Bazala found Patrick on third and goal. “For us to go down there and get a play like (the muffed punt) was the spark we needed at a time where we were in a bad situation,” Hanover coach Derek Stoudt said. “We ended coming out of that one on the other end better than we were before. ... That was a game where a lot of things could have gone different ways.”

ASHLAND – After a scoreless first half, Henrico (8-3-1) found strength in its attack as junior Anna Woodward found the back of the goal twice to shut out Patrick Henry (2-5) in a 2-0 victory Wednesday night. “So they (Henrico) came back, turned it up a notch, and they just stayed more aggressive, dominated and kept the ball on their end and played better defense,” Henrico coach Ty Owens said. “I think that Henrico really came out with a spark. I think at that point, they wanted it more and we were playing more not to lose,” said Patrick Henry head coach Abbie Rossman. “We did have our opportunities and loose balls came out from the goalkeeper and we didn’t have anyone there to finish.”

With just under 20 minutes remaining in the second half, Woodward was in the right place at the right time. Senior Allison Renehan’s free hit made its way to the left post, where Woodward, on the second shot attempt, flicked the ball over Patrick Henry’s goalkeeper, sophomore Taqiyah Chernesky. Minutes after her first goal, Woodward had a breakaway and scooped the ball high into the air, out of Chernesky’s reach. “There’s a thing we do called strokes where you’re a certain distance away from the goal and you sort of flick it in, like in the air,” Woodward said. “And I was sort of at that distance that I figured that I could make it into one of the corners, and I just sort of lifted it and it went over the goalie.” Although Woodward is

one of the Warriors’ top goal scorers, Owens reminded her to take advantage of scoring opportunities. “I told her, we work on lifts all the time in practice. Once you cross the line, shoot it,” Owens said. “She’s always trying to get as close as she can. I said, ‘Stop. Just shoot it. It works. It really works.’” In the first half alone, the Patriots had five corners compared to Henrico’s four, but they weren’t able to convert. Senior goalkeeper Frances Pugh recorded six saves for the Warriors. “We definitely have to take advantage of our corners,” Rossman said. “We practice them quite a bit. What we need to learn to do is handle the hiccups.” Katrina Spinner-Wilson can be reached at kswilson@timesdispatch.com.

Hart, who passed for 141 yards and ran for another 110, had put the Patriots on top midway through the third quarter, hitting Harley Oxendine for a 13-yard catch-and-run score and a 16-15 lead. Patrick Henry (4-2) stopped Hanover after one first down on the ensuing drive, but the muffed punt gave the Hawks the ball with a short field, and Bazala took advantage. The Patriots had two more chances, and they worked out of some tight spots to get a drive going, taking advantage of a roughing-the-kicker penalty to pick up a long first down. Hart followed that with two drive-extending scrambles on third down, using a Joshua Guerrero block to pick up 20 yards on third-and-15 and escaping a Troy Allen sack for

another crucial first down, but was intercepted by Jacob Bazala to end the drive. “There were lots of plays to be had,” Patrick Henry coach Bryan Davis said. “We made some, they made some. They just happened to make more than we did. ... Our kids just didn’t respond real well to adversity as it hit there. When the clock was ticking, I think it crippled us a little bit.” The Patriots had one more shot after stopping Marcus Bazala on fourth down with no timeouts left, but two deep passes fell incomplete and the miracles ran out on fourth down. “I went through that in my head and it was 50-50,” Stoudt said of the decision to run on fourth down instead of punting. “I had faith in the guys up front

and thought we could get out of it. You can look at that call in hindsight. If you don’t make it, you’re this. If you make it, you’re that. Our defense came out and stood on their heads and got the win for us.” The Hawks marched down the field with little difficulty on the game’s opening drive, never even reaching third down before Ben Mahone waltzed into the end zone untouched. The Patriots struck back with a Logan Bulthuis field goal, then stopped Marcus Bazala on a fake punt to set up a three-play drive that ended in a touchdown pass from Hart to Kwatayvous Blackwell. Hanover showed off its twominute drill as the half wound down, driving 79 yards in 1:27 to set up a 3-yard Marcus Bazala sneak.


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