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Vol. 1 No. 16 | Richmond Suburban News | October 21, 2015

School Board proposes budget goals By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local

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SHLAND — For the next three months, Hanover County Public Schools school administrators teamed with Hanover County School Board members will comb through stacks of figures considering requests and tweaking resources to compile a budget for the upcoming school year. Although the board has identified goals it hopes to achieve with the upcoming budget, the real nuts and bolts of the process began in earnest this month. Assistant superintendent David Myers told board members that budget packets were mailed to the various departments last week. It also was the first opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed budget goals. Patrick Henry High School teacher Bill Callahan took advantage of the public comment period to offer initial responses to this year’s process by one of the county’s education associations. Callahan said he was speaking on the

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Hanover County School Board member John Axselle, Beaverdam District, attended his first meeting since illness sidelined him months ago.

2016-2017 goals on behalf of Hanover Professional Educators. He addressed a persistent issue regarding Hanover’s 6x8 scheduling, a departure from traditional five class models. Callahan said the extra classes and additional students are requiring teachers

to work more hours and leaves little time for planning. When the plan was first introduced two years ago, teachers were told they would be teaching six small classes, according to Callahan. “That simply has not been the case,” he said. “Class sizes have been large and, accruing to the reports we have been given, are getting even larger, resulting in routine teacher loads of 150-plus students,” Callahan continued. While the county has made strides with its gifted program, providing two new positions for the current school year, needs in the program still exist. Through efficiency, the department converted that into four positions. Workloads are still on the increase, according to one member of the gifted advisory committee, because math remediation classes are taking valuable time, hours that could be better spent in the classroom with gifted students. “They are pulled away from other situsee SCHOOL pg. 11 

It’s Spooktacular time in Ashland

Businesses and residents are joining in the frightening fun, mixing the amusing with the scary to support Ashland’s first October Spooktacular. The welcome mat is out for those who live in the town as well as the surrounding localities to check out the various Halloweenthemed decorations.

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Hanover County Board of supervisors meetings now streaming live By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local

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ANOVER — It was the beginning of an era at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors. In another matter, it was announced that a new superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools will

be announced at the Nov. 10 regular meeting. For the first time, the meeting was streamed live to county viewers online, allowing anyone interested in county business to view the session. Deputy county administrator John Budesky oversaw the project, and while the Oct. 14 stream had a few technical glitches, he said he was pleased with the results. “We are pleased to have the sys-

tem upgraded and ready for citizens to view,” Budesky said. “It’s a work in progress, but we hope to have the Planning Commission online next month as long as we work out all the technical issues.” There was a brief period at the beginning of the stream when there was video, but no sound. “We did have a slight hiccup today with the audio,” Budesky said.

“We solved that. We are still working through the implementation but other than that, we are pleased with the overall production.” Four cameras in the meeting room capture all angles of action, and Budesky said the system would increase access for citizens. The stream will be available for rebroadcast one day after the meeting, and residents can access the program-

ming through a link on the county’s home page. Budesky said the potential of the project is almost endless. “Not only are we going to stream meetings, but we are going to film trainings and future public service announcements and those kinds of things now that we have the system in place,” he said. see HANOVER, pg. 9 


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Hanover Fire-EMS Chief Jethro Piland, right, smiles as the crowd fills into the Richmond Times-Dispatch plant on Times-Dispatch Boulevard in Mechanicsville. The annual awards ceremony was held Oct. 7.

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MECHANICSVILLE – As the nation observed Fire Prevention Week, the men and women associated with Hanover Fire-EMS gathered Wednesday, Oct. 7, to recognize their colleagues at the Hanover Fire-EMS Department’s annual Officer Appreciation Dinner at the Richmond Times-Dispatch plant in Mechanicsville. Jason Williams, battalion chief and public information officer for Hanover Fire-EMS, and Jethro Piland, chief of Hanover Fire-EMS, welcomed officers to the banquet before all were treated to a buffet-style dinner. Once the officers and their family members had eaten and settled in, the awards ceremony commenced. Mechanicsville Fire Company 7 took home the Top MDA Fundraiser award, donating $7,777.77 to the annual campaign. The award was accepted by FireEMS Battalion Chief Jeff Simpson. Firefighter Robert Trainham, Company 1, Ashland Fire received the Special Recognition award. Josh Loy, Company 1, received the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award, while Hillary Holman, Company 10, and Brian Morgan, Company 11, won the Volunteer EMS Provider of the Year award and Volunteer Officer of the Year award, respectively. Station 10, B-Shift, took home the

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Engine Company Station 10, B-Shift, received the Engine Company of the Year award from Hanover Fire-EMS Chief Jethro Piland, fourth from left.

fire in Western Hanover, Division Chief R.W. Phipps, Jr. and firefighter/medic Craig Bodette received Life Saving Awards and Lt. Ladd Grindstaff and HOLMAN firefighter/medic Chris Adams were presented with Valor Awards. For their work during a submerged vehicle incident on the grounds of Covenant Woods, Lt. Travis Long, Lt. Cameron Bendall, firefighter/medic Eric Harper, Lt. Blake Stephens, firefighter/ medic Justin Nuckols, firefighter/medic Bobby Drake, Lt. Lee Walker, Eric Portwood, Dean Leistra, Troy Coates and Lt. Brooks Lusk all won Life Saving Awards. For the same incident, firefighter/ medic Ryan Jordan and Lt. Chip Hartle received Valor Awards. With 16 stations throughout the county, Hanover Fire-EMS’ mission is to serve people and protect lives and property through the provision of professional fire, rescue and emergency medical services, 24 hours per day, according to Hanover County’s website.


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Suspect obtained money under false pretense on Mechanicsville Turnpike. Suspect assaulted victim on West Patrick Henry Road.



Suspect used victim’s information without permission on Stand Circle.



Suspect attempted to flee on Library Drive.

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Suspect stole items on Teman Road.



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Suspect used victim’s information without permission County Complex Road.

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Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Theme Park Way.

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Suspect was in possession of controlled substance on Tarragon Drive.

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Suspect stole items on Leadbetter Road. Suspect broke into listed location on Ridgebrook Road.







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OBITUARIES | Death Notices & Funerals PEGGY BRADSHAW Peggy Louise Lawson Bradshaw, of Omaha, Nebraska, age 92, passed away on October 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Gardner Gilmore “Brad” Bradshaw of Franklin. She is survived by her two sons, Lt. Col. Barry L. Bradshaw, USAF (Ret.), (Brenda) of Niceville, Florida, and Lt. Col. Wayne C. Bradshaw, USAF (Ret.), (Vonda) of Logan, Iowa; four grandchildren, Mark Bradshaw (Jamie) of BRADSHAW Omaha, Nebraska, Jennifer Bradshaw of Freeport, Florida, Kelly Mitchell (Mitch) of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kristina Bradshaw of Niceville, Florida; two stepgrandchildren, Ashley Hildreth (Dusty) of Tampa, Florida, and Garrett Zeising (Alex) of Tucson, Arizona; and four great-grandchildren, Peyton, Kieran, Rhett and Lauren. A native of Weldon, North Carolina, Peggy graduated from that city’s high school in 1941. She worked briefly with the Eastern Seaboard Railroad, before marrying Brad and raising her two sons in Portsmouth. Peggy followed her husband’s career with Mobil Chemical to Richmond in 1977. During that time she became active in many roles with Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland and volunteered for many years at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond. Following her husband’s death, she moved to Sunridge Village in Omaha, Nebraska. A Prayer Service was held at 7 p.m. Monday, October 12, 2015, at Sunridge Village. Peggy will be laid to rest beside her husband in Signal Hill Cemetery, just outside of Ashland. HeafeyHoffmann-Dworak-Cutler at 7805 W. Center Road in Omaha, Nebraska, was in charge of arrangements.

DOROTHY ELLIS Dorothy Lichliter “Dot” Ellis, 83, passed away October 10, 2015. She was born in Winchester on October 8, 1932, and resided at Broomfield Farm in Beaverdam since 1965. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Andrew Jackson Ellis Jr. She also was preceded in death by her parents, Dudley Claude Lichliter and Edith Milleson Lichliter; and her sister, Elizabeth “Ibby” ELLIS Lichliter Taylor. She is sur-

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vived by her daughter, Elizabeth Ellis Attkisson (John Henry); and two sons, Andrew Claiborne Ellis (Mary) and William “Bill” Dudley Ellis (Lynn). She also is survived by seven grandchildren, Erin Attkisson Cobb (Phillip), Elizabeth Carter Ellis, Ross Andrew Attkisson, Katherine Timberlake Ellis, Brent Pierce Attkisson (fiancee, Lauren), Ann Claiborne Ellis Fallaw (Will) and Robert Dillon Ellis; two great-grandchildren, Ashton Phillip Cobb and Brown Pierce Cobb; two nieces, Elizabeth “Bette” Taylor Tedford and Ann Taylor Atwill (Bennett); and devoted friend, Walter Emerson. Dot was a kind and gentle person, who was loved by all who knew her. She was a devoted wife and nurturing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be forever loved and deeply missed. The family wishes to express their warmest gratitude for the love and support of the caregiving teams at The Hermitage at Cedarfield and Hospice Community Care. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Fork Episcopal Church at 12566 Old Ridge Road in Doswell. Interment followed at 2 p.m. in Woodland Cemetery in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Fork Episcopal Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Nelsen Funeral Home in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.

GENE FRONFELTER Gene M. Frontfelter, 78, of Sussex County, passed away peacefully October 9, 2015, with his family at his side, after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Teresa M Fronfelter and A.W. Fronfelter. He attended Chuckatuck High School, where he graduated in 1954 and Hampden-Sydney College, where he graduated in 1958. He was a retired automobile dealer, former member of the Sussex County School Board and Sussex Board of Supervisors and a member of the Beaverdam Sportsman’s Club. His passions included attending all of his grandchildren’s athletic events, fishing, his dogs and working around the farm. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Carolyn W. Fronfelter; a daughter, Bonnie F. Burns (Ted); and grandchildren, Charlie, Elizabeth and Sarah, of Charlottesville; a son, Gene Meade Fronfelter Jr.; and grandsons, Alex and Aaron, of Sussex County. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2015, at Waverly United Methodist Church, with Rev. Donna Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department,

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DAVID HAMM David Stuart Hamm, of Ashland, passed away suddenly Friday, October 9, 2015, in his home. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Stephanie; son, Justin and his wife, Kristy; son, Jarrod; and sister, Frances H. Arch. David was born in Richmond in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Returning home, he married and raised his family. David HAMM was a successful business owner of Hamm Heating & Air Conditioning until his health forced him to retire. The family received friends from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, at 412 South Washington Highway in Ashland. Interment was private. Friends may leave condolences at www.nelsenashland.com.

JONATHAN KILLIAN Jonathan Paul Killian, 34, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 14, 2015. He was the loving son of Randy and Brenda Killian of Richmond. He is survived by three daughters, Tarralyn Faith (18) and Trinity Hope (10) of Beaverdam, Patience Rene (7) of Augusta, Georgia; brother, Chris Crossman and wife, Emily, of Midway Park, North Carolina; sister, KILLIAN Amy Taylor and husband, Geoffrey, of Woodbridge; brother, Daniel Killian and wife, Rebecca, of Richmond; brother, Abel Killian, of Richmond; Jennifer Quint of Beaverdam. (mother of Tarra and Trinity) and Rene Tate of Augusta, Georgia. (mother of Patience). He attended J.R. Tucker High School in Richmond. He served in the Army, graduated top of his Signal Battalion class, and was a first class marksman. In the 63rd Signal Battalion, he did two tours in Iraq. He loved his family. Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myers. Interment followed in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flow-

ers, contributions may be made to the “Jonathan Paul Killian Memorial EDU Fund” (for his daughters’ college). Please send checks to J P Killian Mem. EDU Fund, Attn: Amy Taylor, 4196 Merchant Plaza- Unit 521, Lake Ridge, VA 22192.

ALMA PERRIN Alma Lacks Perrin, 92, of Ashland, passed away peacefully at her home on October 14, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence C. Lacks and Nettie Booth Lacks; and her brothers, Flournoy and Norwood. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Perrin Johnson; and devoted son-in-law, Jonny, of Mechanicsville. Alma was a graduate of West Baltimore General Hospital School of Nursing and a retiree of Richmond Memorial Hospital. She was an active member of Duncan Memorial Methodist Church in Ashland. The family extends a special thank you to her devoted caregivers. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2015, at Washington Memorial Park at 6217 Memorial Drive in Sandston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hanover Humane Society, 12190 Washington Highway Ashland, VA 23005 or hanoverhumanesociety.org. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.woodyfuneralhomeatlee.com. The Atlee Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, at 9217 Shady Grove Road in Mechanicsville was in charge of arrangements.

LESLIE ROTH Leslie Susan Roth, 64, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015. She most recently resided in Ashland, formerly of East Meadow, New York. She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Kenneth Buckman; and her dog, Abby. She is survived by her parents, Helen and Lester Buckman; son, Ken and his wife, Amy; brother, Clifford Buckman and his wife, Diane; sister, Christine Mayer and her husband, Jeff; and numerous family members. Leslie was a CPA and a patron of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church. Leslie was an animal lover, a good listener and offered advice to anyone who needed it. A Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church at 12637 Mt. Hermon Road in Ashland. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hanover Humane Society, 12190 Washington Highway Ashland, VA 23005 at www.hanoverhumanesociety.org. see OBITUARIES, pg. 5 


McAuliffe announces $6 million in school security equipment grants Funds will help provide much-needed security upgrades to 519 schools and other educational facilities

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ICHMOND – Lee-Davis High School and Liberty Middle School were among 519 schools in 100 school divisions in the the commonwealth to receive School Security Equipment Grants to help ensure the safety of Virginia’s schools. The two Hanover County schools were allotted $8,400 through the program. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced today that the $6 million will go toward paying for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls,

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DONALD SEAY JR. Donald “Donny” Gilbert Seay Jr., 54, of Ashland, passed away October 14, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Seay Sr.; grandparents, Libby and Willie R. Blunt; grandparents, Bill and Verna Seay. He is survived by his significant other of 22 years, Trish Harper; and his daughter, Angela M. Payne (Nick); grandson, Aiden; mother, Mary Randolph Seay; sisters, Mary Beth Rhyne (Paul) and Betty Kay Goodman (Chip); brother, W. David Seay (Wendy); numerous nieces and nephews, numerous greatnieces and nephews. Donny was employed by Mechanicsville Honda and was a member of the Independence Christian Church in Ashland. He was an avid outdoorsman and beloved friend to all. A celebration of his life was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Independence Christian Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Bliley’s-Staples Mill at 8510 Staples Mill Road was in charge of arrangements.

CHARLES WHITE Charles Robert “Charlie Bob” White, 74, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. and Kathleen B. White. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Alice B. White; sons, Adam Thomas White and his fiancee, Stephanie Osby, of Richmond and Charles Wesley White II and his wife, Erin Nicole, of Midlothian; grandsons, Gavin

visitor-identification systems and other security upgrades. “These grants represent a crucial investment in safeguarding Virginia’s young people and the educators, administrators and support staff dedicated to preparing them for the future,” McAuliffe said. “A new Virginia economy requires new and innovative solutions, and these school security equipment grants fit the bill.” The School Security Equipment Grant program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. “Schools should be bastions of academic excelFoxx White and Logan Bryce White; devoted sisters-in-law, Brenda Kern Shortt and Dawn Kern Yeary; loyal companions and brothersin-law, Cliff Kern, Eric Kern, Mark Shortt and Larry Yeary. He also is survived by cherished nieces and nephew, Amber D’Angelo, Brandi D’Angelo, Ashley Rowlands, Sarah Yeary, Holly Yeary and Evan Yeary. Charlie was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and a collegiate “Yellow Jacket” football player. Upon graduating, Charlie taught and coached football at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, where he also served as Chief for the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department. In 1969, he began his career as Chief Probation and Parole Officer with District 1 in Richmond and remained there until his retirement in 2001, giving them 32 years of service. Charlie was the founder, president and coach of the Ashland Youth Athletics Association. He was coach and association board member of Greene Athletic Association for Youth and South Richmond Little League, spanning some 15 to 20 years. He also was a coach, player and board member representing the Westend Church Softball League for over 30 years. Charlie was an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. A celebration of Charlie’s life was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 2015, at St. Andrew’s Church. In lieu of flowers, Charlie requested that donations be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 236 S. Laurel St., Richmond, VA 23220 or Ashland Volunteer Fire Department, 203 Duncan St., Ashland, VA 23005. Bliley’s-Central at 3801 Augusta Ave.was in charge of arrangements. see OBITUARIES pg. 7 

lence where students feel secure and protected,” Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. “As we work together to prepare all of our children to succeed, we must also work together to make sure that all of our students are safe.” The awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Criminal Justice Services — give priority to schools that are most in need of modern security equipment but are least able to afford these muchneeded upgrades. “Virginia students, teachers, administrators, support staff — and the parents and others who visit our schools throughout the school year — are safer today because of this program,”

Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “This program enhances school safety and gives our schools and first responders the tools they need to keep out intruders and respond quickly and effectively if a security threat does arise.” This third round of awards brings the total number of schools and other educational facilities receiving state funding through the program to 1,348. School divisions and regional educational programs were invited in June to apply for the 2015 grants. The largest grant a school division may receive under the program is $100,000. A local match of 25 percent is required of most divisions.

Town of Ashland wants input on pool design Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND -- The Town of Ashland Parks & Recreation Committee invites the community to a public input session on a new design for the

Carter Park pool. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 21) in Council Chambers of Ashland Town Hall at 101 Thompson St. in Ashland.

Town staff will provide a brief presentation on the results of the online survey done over the past few months and then open the floor to community members to provide input on a new pool.

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OPINION | The Local Views From the editor

Council’s handling of theater a good move By Melody Kinser Managing Editor

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shland Town Council should be commended for the way in which members have been working to determine the future of the Ashland Theater. As a gift to the town from Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Whittaker, it is imperative that the best interests of the citizens and businesses be considered. Having solicited the input of the community on how to proceed with the theater in terms of whether it should be a for-profit or non-profit entity, council now must decide which will prove most beneficial overall. Waukeshaw Development is pursuing council’s approval to become involved in a for-profit scenario, with a restaurant being part of the project. During the public work sessions on the theater, residents have voiced support for a non-profit with the availability and usage of the historic structure being a concern. The theater is treasured in the town – and rightly so. Located in a prime spot in the downtown, the building is near businesses and Randolph-Macon College, as well as residential areas. We see the possibilities as endless for the theater and thank the Whittakers for their generosity. At this point, we join in waiting for council to take action on the proposals offered. We are confident, based on the time members have taken to ensure the community’s role in the final decision, that what is best for Ashland will be the end result. In the meantime, to all those who have expressed interest and supported the theater, we say thank you. Your commitment to your town is impressive.

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Remembering Robbin Thompson By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local I suppose my first encounter with Robbin Thompson was music related. In a burgeoning Richmond music scene in the 1970s and 1980s, I was chasing rim shots and playing soul music with a band called the Determinations late nighting at clubs like The Sheik, Pink Garter and Black Cat Club. Robbin was rocking the college circuit with a band called Steel Mill and Mercy Flight along with guitarist Bruce Springsteen and began recording music in 1976. Our musical paths never crossed, but, socially, we had many friends in common and our paths often crossed in a small block of Grace Street adjacent to VCU. We saw each other occasionally at parties held in Cartersville, which had become home to several members of the local music scene. While I pursued other goals, Robbin continued his music career, never losing sight of the dream that inspired him from his early youth. Collaborating with nationally known musicians, founding and fostering a successful recording studio that gained national acclaim, acting, sailing, composing and

inspiring all became part of Robbin’s life. Along the way, he became a local treasure, credited for penning an official state song with longtime friend and confidant Steve Bassett, and becoming a name associated with Richmond itself. But, that’s only part of the story. My real connection to Robbin was our common interest in our children. Our daughters were born in the same year, attended the same schools, and ended up as lifelong friends. We enjoyed the moments in their lives, and Robbin’s home near the Pony Pasture became a second home to my daughter. Anyone who really knew Robbin quickly realized that family was his real passion, and fatherhood was something that came naturally. A devoted father and husband, Robbin loved his girls … and they loved him back. We had long conversations sitting around his fire pit talking children and how lucky we were to have special people in our daily lives. Our daughters shared momentous occasions in their lives together, and we stood and watched … and enjoyed. see ROBBIN pg. 10 

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Study committee member clarifies proffers comments This responds to the letter from Scott Byrnes printed in the Oct. 7, 2015, edition. Mr. Byrnes’ letter gives a misleading impression that the elimination of cash proffers early in the term of the current Hanover County Board of Supervisors (HCBOS) enjoyed a voting unanimity by both the Cash Proffers & Capital Funding Committee (study committee) and the BOS, which has thereby produced salutary benefits for the citizens of Hanover County. Both impressions are incorrect. Let’s start with the study committee, of which I too was a member. The committee was indeed comprised of 11 members, but it included three developers nominated by certain members of the BOS, so there were eight members not associated with the development community. Developers have long opposed cash proffers because it makes their costs higher and they are not always able to fully pass along these increments to home buyers. Thus, it was hardly surprising that these three developers opposed them from the beginning and voted accordingly. The committee vote was split 7-4, which was 4-4 without the developers’ votes. The committee’s dissenting four members had an alter-

nate proposal to reduce the proffers by more than half, from $19,500 to about $8,700, both for new homes and those already approved but not yet built. This would have given $4,000 to schools and $4,700 to roads. They felt this was a reasonable compromise since everyone was in agreement that the existing proffers were too high. However, the seven prevailing votes rejected the four dissenters’ request to also include that proposal in its report see LETTERS, pg. 8 

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Senior Resource event set today DOSWELL -- The Hanover Council on Aging will coordinate a Senior Resource event today (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 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. 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.

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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 ages 50 and older. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.

Winners of bike garden OBITUARIES Continued from pg. 5  scavenger hunt announced Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND -- The Ashland Main Street Association (AMSA) recently created an online bicycle scavenger hunt to encourage community residents to explore the bike gardens around town and to share photos via Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #AshlandBikeGardens or email them to AMSA. First, second and third place winners will receive gift certificates in the amount of $300, $200 and $100, respectively, to spend at Ashland’s local businesses, including res-

taurants, shops and galleries. Bike garden scavenger hunt winners are: Kendra Grimes, who posted over 91 bike garden photos, captured first place. The second place winner was Tracy DuFresne, a professional photographer who shared photos featured in the bike garden posters. Owen Wright, a Randolph-Macon student who emailed over 45 bike garden photos, came in third. The AMSA board will recognize the winners and present them with their gift certificates at its Oct. 27 meeting at the Ashland Theater.

ALTON WHITEHURST Alton E. Whitehurst, 86, of Montpelier, passed away October 10, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice and James Whitehurst; brothers, Jack, Pete, Benny, Billy and Raymond; sister, Margaret. He is survived by his wife, Gladys M. Whitehurst; daughter, Denise M. Whitehurst and her fiance, Kenneth W. Stanley, who also was a friend of Alton for years; sister, Vivian Marshall; and many friends and relatives. Alton was a retired brick layer and served in the U.S. Navy. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Bliley’s-Staples Mill at 8510 Staples Mill Road. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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to the BOS, so its existence was thereby relegated to the appendices of a lengthy document. When the BOS was presented the committee report one supervisor was ill in the hospital, so only six were present. The presenter made no mention that the committee was divided on its recommendation and that an alternate compromise position also had been made. One supervisor, who moved to adopt the committee’s recommendation, also recommended that a special reserve be established that would be dedicated for future school needs. This reserve was to be funded by holding constant the amount allocated to then-existing debt service and applying the annual difference between the initial and declining current debt service to the reserve, which over the ensuing 20 years would be around $180 million. While this gave the appearance to the unini-

tiated that this might obviate the need for school proffers, in fact, this reserve did not create any new money but, rather, simply earmarked existing funds for such a purpose, which could have been done in any event, with or without proffers. After brief discussion, a vote was taken which passed 4-2. Prior to the vote the two nay voters requested that the matter be tabled for a more thorough review and an opportunity for the missing seventh supervisor to vote on this important subject, which was to have very substantial financial implications for the county. This request was denied by the remaining supervisors. Virginia counties’ ability to impose cash proffers was granted by the General Assembly around 1992. Quite a few counties still do, including Chesterfield in this region. The premise is that new development imposes new infrastructure costs on the county for schools, roads, public safety, libraries, EMS and

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parks. These costs are spread out over time, so they must be accrued to supplement additional debt when required. Cash proffers do not fully cover such costs but help defray them. Without cash proffers all taxpayers must fully cover these costs. Mr. Byrnes correctly pointed out that cash proffers had not been great in the past, but this was primarily due to two reasons: (1) a considerable amount of time passes between when a development is approved for rezoning and when substantial building takes place and (2) the severe economic downturn beginning in 2007 adversely affected building for many years thereafter. Substantial new development was already beginning to be approved when the board voted to eliminate proffers. For those who might think new development is now proceeding too rapidly, cash proffers is one tool that can be used to apply some moderation. Mr. Byrnes’ example of increased taxes for the buyer of a cash-proffered home is a non sequitur. Homes are assessed based on market value, not purchase price. No studies, to my knowledge, have been produced that show cash proffered homes have a greater market value than non-cash proffered homes. Mr. Byrnes also laments that cash proffer use is limited to financing infrastructure, but that is exactly what they were created for. Their use frees up other funds for operations that would otherwise have to be used to finance infrastructure. The county has never forfeited cash proffers for want of projects to utilize them with. Finally, a couple of other points should be made: (1) it was determined that instead of a proffer reduction made en masse, each owner would have to apply to the county, passing through the Planning Commission and be approved by the BOS; (2) the first developers to do so were the very same three members of the study committee, thereby dispelling any doubt of their objectivity; and (3) the BOS subsequently determined that some road proffers needed to be reinstated. This was determined to be $2,306 for most developments and a greater amount by a complicated formula for those having an impact on major thoroughfares. Your readers should take these factors into consideration in deciding whether the board’s actions were beneficial to the county and its taxpayers, or to the developers alone. Caroline Cooke Hanover

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Hanover County is so badly gerrymandered that you probably can’t name the three State Senate districts in the county or name the pre-

cincts in each. And you probably can’t describe the areas that make up the 55th House District. These districts, along with many others in the state, are so wildly gerrymandered that citizens are often confused about their district and their representative. Virginia is so gerrymandered, in fact, that we rank as the fifth worst state in compactness of its districts. The purpose of this gerrymandering is to guarantee the election of incumbents rendering challengers reluctant to run for office, often giving voters no choice and leading to voter apathy. The state already lost one costly court case challenging this gerrymandering ... two more are in the system. Fortunately, voters in the 55th House District have a choice on Nov 3. Toni Radler, who has the courage to run against an incumbent in a comfortable district, pledges to take that pluck to the General Assembly and fight for nonpartisan redistricting. The incumbent, Buddy Fowler, defends the system that led to this mess and used his position on a House Privileges and Elections subcommittee to vote down a bill that would lead to nonpartisan redistricting. He does not acknowledge the conflict of interest inherent in legislators choosing their own voters. Many Tea Party, Republican and Democratic voters are united on the importance of nonpartisan redistricting as a way to ensure every vote counts. A vote for Toni Radler on Nov. 3 is a vote for a healthier democracy. Mary Anne Pugh Montpelier

Supporting Prichard I am writing in support of Faye Prichard for Hanover County Board of Supervisors, Ashland District. I had the opportunity to work side-byside with Faye for four years while serving on Ashland’s Town Council. While we did not always agree on every issue or vote, I was impressed by her knowledge of the facts and her commitment to the citizens. I was often touted as the “business person” on council, but Faye taught me a quite a few lessons on being fiscally conservative. We are both proud of paying off the last of the town’s debt as well as the “pay as you go” philosophy of funding capital projects and economic development initiatives. Faye’s track record of proven, effective governing is impressive. I encourage everyone to watch the candidate forum that took place on Oct. 8 at Patrick see LETTERS pg. 9 


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Budesky said the new streaming should allow more people to view their government at work. “That’s certainly the hope,” he said. “While we want people to come to the meetings and attend live, we also respect that people’s time is precious to them. This way if they can’t be here, they can still have access to their government.” Superior Sound installed and manages the system and representatives monitored the first attempt at streaming. “They are local vendors from Ashland and we are glad to have that partnership,” Budesky said. Edwin Gaskin, director of economic development, delivered a mixed bag of results in his Fiscal Year 2015 annual development report. see HANOVER, pg. 11 

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Henry High School (video available at http://friendsofhanoverschools.com/). Faye’s experience really shined — she shared thoughtful, nuanced answers on land use, the state of our schools and other current issues. Her opponent, Web Stokes, seems like a nice guy and I applaud him for offering to serve his community. But his understanding of important Hanover topics — particularly proffers and school funding – was very shallow. You simply can’t live in the county for only a few years and expect to have gathered the depth of knowledge about Hanover, its government and its history to make an effective leader. Faye has lived in Hanover for more than three decades and she has demonstrated her leadership not only in Ashland, but on numerous regional committees over the years. The Ashland district will benefit greatly from Faye’s common sense approach to government. I urge you to vote for her on Nov. 3. Jim Foley Ashland

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Officials from Superior Sound in Ashland were hard at work at last Wednesday’s meeting as they streamed board meetings live for the first time. Despite a few glitches, the results were good and citizens can now access government meetings without travelling to the courthouse.

Integrity integral Dire situation at to lead schools HHS unfolding In reference to the online survey regarding the characteristics most important for the new school superintendent to possess, integrity was listed as third at 37 percent. The first characteristic was possess commitment yada, yada 64.4 percent and values employees 53.9 percent took second place. Integrity is synonymous with decency, fairness, sincerity and honesty. A person with the characteristic of integrity — above all other characteristics — is trustworthy and principled. He/she does the right thing at all times in all circumstances with all people. If a person with genuine integrity is selected, than he values employees, he is committed to his students and their needs and wants the best for each one of them. Surely integrity should be the most important characteristic parents would want in all of the people involved with their children, not the least important. “The just man walks in his integrity and his children are blessed for it.” Proverbs 20.7 Patsy Lassiter Mechanicsville

There is a tragedy brewing in the Hanover County Public Schools system. The media is unaware of these events and, therefore, has failed to report on this matter. The public is uninformed of the very serious nature of this dire situation. And, apparently, no one on the Hanover County School Board nor in the school administration is willing to challenge this unfolding dilemma. The exodus and suspensions of high school teachers at Hanover High School has remained hidden from public view. The classroom events that led to these suspensions were, according to multiple sources, considered unacceptable to a few individuals, namely a couple of students and one politically-connected family. Their complaints resulted in the teachers being kicked out of the classroom. There is no information that school officials defended or supported their teachers. On the contrary, it seems these school officials responded to high-powered pressure and pushed through the suspensions.

Members of the board of supervisors, namely Sean Davis, Wayne Hazzard and Canova Peterson, have shown outrage when viewpoints that were unfavorable to the United States were discussed in the classroom. These gentlemen would, it seems, prefer to have our high school students stuffed in a box and then sealed with glue and tape. They would not want students to hear anything that originated outside that box! These powerful BOS members have a right to their opinion. But do members of the BOS have the right to shut down and intimidate teachers, to disrupt classrooms, and to dictate what literature and art work will be used? Overall, the school system officials have responded by saying “yes.” Most parents, with a few exceptions, are either oblivious to the facts or do not wish to become involved. There is HCPS policy on controversial material but it is not being followed. Is Fahrenheit 451 right around the corner? When will To Kill Mockingbird be banned ... again? And don’t forget The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And the Diary of Anne Frank? Burn ‘em. Let us as a community have the courage to find the truth. Failure to deal with this matter

ASHLAND – A Yearbook Cover Art Contest for 20152016 at John M. Gandy Elementary School invites students to submit a drawing or painting of what the school means to them. Possible topics include: community, learning, friendship, PAWS (pride, attitude, work ethic, success), the Gandy will only allow the public school system to spiral into disaster. I challenge the Hanover County School Board to hold a public forum on this matter, to hear the concerns of parents and students and to then determine the facts behind the resignations of six English teachers and the ongoing suspensions of outstanding teachers at Hanover High. Ragan Phillips Ashland

Planning chair: vote Prichard I have worked with Faye Prichard over the years as both a concerned citizen and member of the Ashland Planning Commission.

tiger or all of the above. Only one fifth grade entry will be chosen for the front cover; runners-up will be placed on the back cover and some other entries inside the yearbook. The entry should be 8½” by 11”. Entries are due Friday, Oct. 23, to homeroom teachers. For more information, see art instructor Whitney Hales. Faye always seeks input, listens, does her homework, weighs alternatives, and makes informed decisions. Faye has been on the Ashland Town Council for the last 14 years, and her priorities include the safety and wellbeing of our residents with a stable tax rate, excellent services and a debtfree town. Faye has the experience and energy to represent our great community as the Ashland District member on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors. Vote for Faye Prichard on Nov. 3 as your next county supervisor. Alan Abbott Chairman Ashland Planning Commission

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CALENDAR | News, Updates & Listings Saturday, Oct. 24  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.  A spaghetti dinner, offering meat and vegetarian sauces, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Doswell Ruritan Club at 16433 N. Washington Highway in Doswell. The menu also will include garlic bread, tossed salad, dessert and beverages. Takeouts will be available. The price is $9 for adults and $4 for ages 4 to 10.  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 available by calling 804-723-5971 or 804-746-4719.  Investigate the haunting stories that have plagued Hanover Tavern and the historic Courthouse Complex for nearly three centuries. For the first time, Transcend Paranormal investigators will be leading small groups on investigations of five locations: Hanover Tavern, the Historic Courthouse, Old Stone Jail, Nutshell House and the Hanover Library. Investigation begins at 10 p.m. All experience levels are welcome. Tickets are $50. Reservations are required and can be made at www.hano-

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vertavern.org. All proceeds benefit the Hanover Tavern Foundation.  Keepsakes by Ellen will host a Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 11515 Ashcake Road in Ashland. Handcrafted jewelry, fabric and yarn accessories, handcrafted Christmas ornaments, wooden toys and Christmas crafts will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, Oct. 28  Many believe Hanover Tavern is haunted. Decide for yourself. Tour the Tavern with paranormal professionals and hear ghostly tales of actual events and recorded paranormal activity at the Tavern. The tour is recommended for children 10 and up. Guided tours will begin every half hour, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. Tickets are required and can be purchased at www.hanovertavern.org.

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@verizon.net or 804-338-8697.

Wednesday, Nov. 4  Modern folk duo Friction Farm will perform at 7 p.m. at the Hanover Tavern at 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road in Hanover. Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of traveling troubadours touring the country. The duo combines storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems, each song is filled with harmony and hope. Their latest CD, “I Read Your Book,” is a collection of songs each inspired by a book.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10  “Attracting Birds With Water” will be presented at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ashland for the Clay Spring Garden. Bob Schamerhorn will present the multimedia program. He is a member of the Richmond Audubon Society and an award-winning photographer. He shows over 60 species of birds filmed drinking, bathing and splashing. Refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Ricki Carson, publicity chairman, at 804-798-1782, so the hostesses will have plenty of cookies. The event is open to anyone that is interested.

Saturday, Nov. 14  Holiday photos of your pet can be taken with the Nutcracker, Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply Company at 7047 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville. The cost is $5 per photo. Proceeds will benefit The Concert Ballet of Virginia.

Second Tuesdays  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. Fax submissions to calendar to 730-0476, email to events@mechlocal.com, or mail to 8460 TimesDispatch Blvd., Mechanicsville VA 23116. Deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday for the following week’s issue. Calendar announcements cannot be taken by phone. We reserve the right to edit all items submitted to The Hanover Local.

Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – A Candidates’ Forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Pride of Hanover Lodge at 218 Berkley St. in Ashland. Candidates participating are:  55th District, House of Delegates – Toni Radler, Democrat, and a representative for Buddy Fowler, Republican, who had a conflict.

 Ashland District, Hanover County Board of Supervisors – Faye O. Prichard, Democrat, and Web Stokes, Republican.  Mechanicsville District, Hanover County Board of Supervisors – W. Canova Peterson, Republican, and Glenn Millican, Democrat. Each candidate will give an opening statement followed by prepared questions from the moderator or questions from the general public. Each candidate will have time to respond. The public is invited to attend.

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During that period, Robbin learned of his illness, and began a tireless, determined fight to beat a disease that just would not quit. There were ups and downs, but Robbin remained committed to the fight. But, that also is only part of the story. Listening to the lyrics of Thompson’s songs, it was easy to trace the track of his life. His poignant insight told the story of a man on a mission along a path fraught with difficulty and challenges. The songs told the story of his life and he left an indelible mark with the thousands of words he recorded. But, somehow, his songs also told the story of our lives. They still inspire and reward those who listen.

acres. In Hanover County, CRLC co-holds one easement on approximately 70 acres along with the Land Trust of Virginia. CRLC’s service area throughout Central Virginia consists of 1.3 million acres of which 16,500 is privately owned property that is currently protected. On Sunday, Oct. 25, CRLC will host an event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Plantation at 12601 River Road

in Goochland to celebrate its 10th Anniversary and to welcome its new executive director, Parker Agelasto. The event is open to the public. Speakers, music and complimentary food and beverages will be provided in gratitude for CRLC’s many sponsors, donors, supporters and the community. There is a suggested donation of $25 to attend. For details, contact Jane Myers at jane@capitalregionland.org or 804-745-3110.

He took them on the road from the grand stages of Europe to a favored nightspot on Ocracoke Island. Over the years, his musical relationships formed a soundtrack of Virginia music. One can only believe that Robbin accomplished much of what he set out to do over the five decades he shaped and shepherded the Richmond music scene. As soon as you entered Robbin’s home, you knew he was a musician. It didn’t take too much longer to realize his real passion was his family. And, that’s the part of the story that makes his passing even sadder. His wife, daughters and grandchildren are left with the most significant part of a life that included numerous accolades, national recognition and local stardom — his lifelong and undying love for them.

I spent time with Robbin at one of his last performances. We talked about Virginia Breeze and his career, but the conversation quickly turned to my daughter, Jaime, and his two girls, Rikki and Wrenn. And, there were new faces in the mix for Breeze — three grandchildren whom he adored. And, that brought a smile to his face that I’ll remember and cherish. I read somewhere that Robbin never received the big national break he was seeking. In actuality, he spent a lifetime doing what he loved and surrounded by the people who loved him. All of us should be that lucky. But, anyone who thinks the boy from Boston didn’t make it big should take homage in the words of one of his early songs. Dream On, Melinda.


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ations,” said Patti Davis, chair of Hanover’s Gifted Advisory Committee. “We need to make this work better so they can get back out to the classrooms,” Davis said. She said a required five-year plan update has revealed some concerns. “We are not in compliance with that plan,” Davis said. “We are finding that pilot programs (like math) put in place at the elementary levels like compacted math classes … has now become standard. It was targeted to help our advanced and gifted students in math to make that jump from fifth grade to the more advanced math found in middle school,” Davis said. She said those pilot programs have now become standard, and likened it to an unfunded mandate. Gifted teachers conduct those compacted classes, and that takes them away from other duties.

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While unemployment rates in the county dropped slightly, job growth was mixed and the county is still not attracting the high wage jobs it seeks. Capital investments were up and vacancy rates in the county’s commercial property decreased. Gaskin said the county still lags behind in the availability of ready-to-build sites, but revisions to the land use program are making a difference. Two major rezonings occurred as a direct result of the new policy. “The lack of commercial product limits our ability to attract new investment,” Gaskin said. “Any effective economic development strategy must include the aggressive development of available pad-ready sites and buildings.” Deputy county administrator Frank Harksen presented an annual update on Community

“They are doing an admirable job. Our children are being very well prepared,” Davis said. On behalf of the committee, Davis asked that gifted teachers not be required to conduct the compacted classes. “They shouldn’t be tasked with that because they are pulled away from the other situations.” Davis also said Hanover gifted teachers will attend a conference on how to better identify gifted students and engage them early in their education. “We are under-serving these children.” In other matters, school board members approved a revised weighted credit system for advanced classes in Hanover. Currently, students enrolled in all advanced, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes receive an additional point on their final grades. For example, if a student has a 3.0 average, that becomes a 4.0 under weighted guidelines. Development. He reported residential building permits are on the increase and the projects planned are larger in scope than in past years. On the commercial side, Harksen said square footage approved for commercial use was up 20 percent from last year. Harksen said 70 percent of new growth occurred in the Suburban Service area. “We exceeded our goal,” Harksen said. Future challenges include continued plans for compliance with Chesapeake Bay regulations and athletic fields in that area at capacity at peak times in the county. Park visitation was up, and attendance at Parks and Rec classes remained constant even with the elimination of several offerings. Harksen also cited road concerns and how to fund needed improvements as a concern. State funding is falling short of

Colleges across the nation are relying more on advanced and IB course selections and less on grade point averages (GPAs) and class ranking. Dr. Jennifer Grief, director of accreditation and accountability, suggested lowering the weight for advanced classes to .5. Board members unanimously approved the revised policy, stating they hoped it would encourage students to take AP, Dual Enrollment or IB classes. The board also recognized John Axselle (20) and Norman Sulser (10) for their many years of service. It was Axselle’s first meeting since an illness sidelined him some months ago. Sulser ,who previously served on the board from 1985 to 1993, was reappointed to the Cold Harbor District seat in 2013. “You all have been most kind during this time of illness, and I appreciate all you have done,” Axselle said. “Your kind words, your prayers and acts have been very kind and were all very sweet.”

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John Axselle and Norman Sulser were honored by the Hanover County School Board last week for their years of service. Axselle was recognized for 20 years, while Sulser has served 10 years. Shown are, from left, Bob Hundley, chairman; Axselle; Sulser; and Dr. Rick Richardson, interim superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools.

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Women’s volleyball: Virginia Wesleyan at Randolph-Macon 7:00 p.m.

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

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Patriots help selves with win over Wildcats only to have the play called back on a holding penalty. When the Wildcats’ offense was able to find an opening, Patriot defenders were there to slam it shut. But Armstrong kept fighting. “The kids didn’t quit out there tonight. They kept on playing,” said Armstrong head coach Mac Anderson. “We’re still learning how to play football,” Anderson said. “From here, we go back to work. We continue to work.” Patrick Henry will need to keep working, too. The competition gets tougher for the Patriots as the regular season winds to a close: an away game at Atlee, followed by games against both Highland Springs and Lee-Davis, loom on the schedule. Andrew Spencer can be reached at sports@mechlocal. com.

By Andrew Spencer for the Hanover Local RICHMOND – Patrick Henry went into its game last week at Armstrong with threestraight losses after opening its 2015 season with three straight wins. It had fallen off the Region 5A North playoff grid, and needs every win it can get from here on to make a return trip to postseason play. Friday night, it took a significant first step toward that goal, running over the Wildcats 48-7 despite running only 40 offensive plays – albeit seven of those went for touchdowns, including two of the Patriots first three plays from the line of scrimmage. Patrick Henry set the tone on its first series. After receiving the opening kickoff and returning it to the Patriots’ 45-yard line, they ran two plays, the second of which was a 55-yard run by Harley Oxendine for a touchdown. After a bend-but-don’tbreak defensive stand that saw the Armstrong offense turn the ball over on downs at the Patrick Henry 18, the Patriots again struck quickly. Joshua Guerrero ran through the Wildcats’ defense for an 82yard score. The Patrick Henry defense, trying to forget the previous week’s performance in which they gave up 34 points to

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Armstrong 0 0 7 7 — 14 Patrick Henry 21 13 7 0 — 34 Dave Lawrence/The Local

Patrick Henry’s Joshua Guerrero (22) breaks through the Armstrong line for an 82-yard scoring run in the Patriots’ 48-7 win Friday.

Varina, played like a unit seeking redemption. They held the Wildcats scoreless in the first half, giving up only one touchdown. “We worked hard in practice this week,” said Patrick Henry head coach Bryan Davis. “We told them that they were just bad last week, and the kids took

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it to heart. They didn’t want to play like that again.” The lone scoring drive for Armstrong came on a 15-play drive, 74-yard drive. Though those yards came primarily on the ground, a pass interference call against the Patriots put the ball on the Patrick Henry 5-yard line. One play later, standout

fullback Tre’von Martin took the ball in for the Wildcats. The Patriots’ defense notched two interceptions, one by Keith Jackson Jr. and the other by Caleb Smith. The defense also forced two fumbles, though both were recovered by Armstrong. Patrick Henry’s offense was

led by Joshua Guerrero with six carries for 110 yards and a touchdown. Sam Hart completed six of nine passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Throughout the night, it seemed that Armstrong was its own worst enemy. On one particular run in the third quarter, Martin went for seventy yards,

PH — Blackwell 55 run (Broaddus kick) PH — Guerrero 82 run (Broaddus kick) PH — Blackwell 1 run (Broaddus kick) PH — Oxendine 54 pass from Hart (Broaddus kick) PH — Blackwell 20 pass from Hart (kick failed) A — Martin 5 run (Davis kick) PH — Braxton 1 run (Broaddus kick) PH — Broaddus 35 run (Broaddus kick)


Generals pull rank on R-MC in 21-17 win By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor ASHLAND – With six minutes left in the game, RandolphMacon’s punt unit gave the Yellow Jackets just what they needed to hold on to a three point lead and an upset of asyet undefeated Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Washington & Lee: quick footwork kept the ball out of the end zone for a touchback. Instead, with one player batting the ball back from the goal line and another bringing it down quickly, the Yellow Jackets forced the Generals to start at the Washington & Lee 3-yard line. A stop on that drive and Randolph-Macon might have coasted to a hard-fought win. But Washington & Lee quarterback Charlie Nelson skillfully ran the Generals’ option, getting first-down yardage when they needed it, running down the clock and leading Washington & Lee to its third touchdown of the game for a 21-17 victory. It was a frustrating end for a Yellow Jacket team on the verge of a big upset. “That was a tough one,” said Randolph-Macon head coach Pedro Arruza. “The kids are working hard, but they’re not finishing. … I thought we had a good game plan. I thought we

Morgan threw two before he was knocked out of the game. Sheehan threw just one, but it proved a turning point in the game as the Generals (60, 3-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) seized the opportunity to drive 40 yards and score a touchdown with 51 seconds left in the third quarter to go ahead 14-10 for their first lead of the game. Randolph-Macon (1-5, 0-3) kept Washington & Lee out of the end zone throughout the first half, but an invigorated Generals attack wore the Yellow Jackets down the second half. “It was just a matter of us sticking to the plan, trusting it,” said Washington & Lee head coach Scott Abell. “The half was really more about a gut-check. I’ve got a ton of respect for our offensive side to come back in in the second half and respond like that.” The Generals began their comeback on their first drive of the second half, taking a Randolph-Macon punt and driving 66 yards in eight plays to score on McKenna Johnston’s 3-yard run with 10:13 left in the Dave Lawrence/The Local quarter. Washington & Lee quarterback Marshall Hollerith (10) ran the option skillfully, deftly eluding the Randolph-Macon defense as the They needed just two plays Generals amassed 376 yards on 65 carries in their 21-17 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Day Field Saturday. to score on their second drive. had a good game play defen- didn’t execute at times.” day. Starter Bubby Morgan and backup Billy Sheehan com- Beginning at the Yellow Jacket sively. I thought we had a good The Yellow Jacket quarter- – who was injured just before bined for 14 of 25 passes for 137 game plan offensively. We just backs had a particularly tough halftime and did not return – yards and three interceptions. see RANK, pg. 14 

Hanover youth gets tested on world stage By Danny Polk for the Hanover Local Most 17 year olds are settling into their final year of high school, touching up SAT scores, and filling out college applications. Not Will Pulisic. The Mechanicsville native and soccer standout is lacing up his cleats for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

Pulisic, a 17-year-old who would be in the midst of his senior year at Atlee High School, has earned his spot as the starting goalkeeper on the United States U-17 men’s national team, playing alongside the game’s rising stars. Pulisic’s journey with the U.S national team began after his freshman year of high school. “About two years ago I start-

ed to get scouted locally playing games in Richmond, and they eventually invited me to camp out in California,” he said. After camp, held at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, Pulisic was invited to be a part of the U.S Soccer Under-17 Residency Program. The program, begun in 1999, gives the country’s best talent an

opportunity to train and live full-time at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It has played host to a number of the United States’ superstars including Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore. Pulisic’s two-year tenure in the residency program has consisted of morning training, directed by U-17 head coach Richie Williams and his staff,

followed by school in the afternoon. The program, Pulisic says, has greatly improved his game. “Every day you’re training with the best kids around the country, the best coaches, good nutrition. We’re learning on and off the field,” he said. “They’ve really developed me.” Courtesy of U.S. Soccer

see TESTED, pg. 14 

Will Pulisic

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R-MC’s McDonagh second, team third in tourney By Dave Lawrence Sports Editor ASHLAND – What a difference a day makes for RandolphMacon’s men’s golf team. The Yellow Jackets competed against 15 other college and university teams in the Ted Keller Memorial golf tournament at Hanover Country Club Monday and Tuesday. Monday, the Yellow Jackets’ A team was sitting in fourth place with a 17-over team score of 297, and their No. 1 golfer, Matthew McDonagh was in third individually with an evenpar 70. Tuesday, with an ever-stronger wind playing havoc with heavy hitters’ shots, the Yellow Jackets increased their score but closed in on the leaders, with the Yellow Jackets’ A team finishing third with a combined score of 600 and McDonagh finished second in individual standings with a 2-over 142. McDonagh said it was important to perform well on the Yellow Jackets’ home course.

TESTED Continued from pg. 13 

Pulisic has been away from home, but he’s stayed close to family – literally. His cousin, Christian Pulisic, is one of the team’s top offensive threats and was recently listed on the Guardian’s “50 best young talents in the football world.” Christian was at the Residency Program in Bradenton for one year with Will before moving to Europe to join German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund’s U-17 team. “Playing with Christian has been awesome. I’ve grown up with him. We’ve been really close and we both have a pas-

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coach Ed Turnage. “You can’t hit that big driver like most of these young kids like to do. That’s all they want to do is hit it as far as they can. You can’t do that at Hanover.” While the Yellow Jackets shot six strokes higher on Tuesday than on Monday, they leapfrogged Ferrum, which finished second on Monday with a 294, but fell to fourth after Tuesday with a 309 for a combined score of 603. Franklin and Marshall, led

by medalist Brad Lankler – who was also last year’s medalist – likewise leapfrogged Ferrum for a second-place finish, one stroke behind Christopher Newport, which led both days. The Captains carded a 589 for the two-day tournament. Matt DiSalvo led Christopher Newport with a two-day score of 144 to tie for third place with Ferrum’s Keegan Howver. Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

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ahead 17-14 with 13:05 left in the game. But the 13 minutes left were more than enough to give Washington & Lee to end Randolph-Macon’s afternoon in frustration. “We had plenty of opportunities offensively,” Arruza said. “We’re not making the plays that we need to make.” Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

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40, Marshall Hollerith broke free for 39 yards before being Dave Lawrence/The Local pulled down at the 1-yard line. Randolph-Macon’s Matthew McDonagh hits a low drive off the 17th tee at Hanover Country Club On the next play, he closed that on the last day of the Ted Keller Memorial golf tournament Tuesday. McDonagh finished second gap to make it 14-10. in the individual standings, and the Yellow Jackets finished third in the team standings. Randolph-Macon respondmost of the teams to post worse ed immediately with a six play, “You’ve got to lead your the right result.” Even though the course is scores on the second day of 67-yard scoring drive capped by team. Not to not play well Sheehan’s 4-yard pass to Steven would not be a good thing,” a par-70, it is challenging with play. “There’s a lot of holes here Quinn for a touchdown to go McDonagh said. “So I really its hills and narrow fairways. tried, focused, really gave it a lot The terrain, coupled with wind- where you’ve got to place it,” of attention. I think I produced ier conditions Tuesday, caused said Randolph-Macon head

sion for the game,” Will Pulisic said. “To be able to play with him for the national team is a dream come true.” The United States clinched its World Cup berth with a 5-4 penalty kick decision over Jamaica in March’s CONCACAF U-17 championship. Since then, the team has traveled to Mexico, France and the Czech Republic for competition leading up to Chile 2015. After a week of final preparation in Santiago, Chile, Pulisic and his teammates feel ready for the tournament they’ve spent years working towards. “We’ve been together for a while,” Pulisic said. “We aren’t really doing too much different than we have in the past. We’re

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just going through our routine, sharpening out the details.” The United States is slated in Group A along with Nigeria, Croatia, and host Chile. Pulisic wore the No. 1 jersey when they opened play Saturday in a 2-0 loss to Nigeria. “We’ve been looking at our opponents differently because we haven’t played some of them, but we’re ready for this,” Pulisic said. “We’ve been working together for two years, so we’re all excited for this opportunity.” To advance past the Group Stage and into the Round of 16, the U.S. will need a top two finish in Group A, or be one of the top four third place teams decided by tiebreakers. “We’re going out to win it,”

Pulisic said. “We feel like we have a good enough team. We just have to compete on the field and have each other’s backs.” Pulisic will stay with soccer when the World Cup ends. His next stop will be Durham, North Carolina, where he will play for Duke’s nationally ranked program. But his soccer aspirations don’t end in the NCAA. “I’m looking to play professional, whether it’s playing somewhere in Europe or here in the MLS,” he said. Regardless of what jersey Pulisic wears years down the road, his red, white, and blue one will surely have made its mark. Danny Polk can be reached at sports@mechlocal.com.

Yellow Jackets win

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Virgnia Wesleyan defender Codi Dalton (left) and RandolphMacon forward Bryan Lutz battle for a ball in the corner in front of the Marlins’ goal in the Yellow Jackets’ 1-0 victory Wednesday. For more, go to www.mechlocal.com.


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