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Gill appointed as Hanover’s top educator; superintendent search ends close to home By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local

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Hanover County School Board chair Bob Hundley, left, attended the ceremony with his father, Robert Hundley Sr.

Remembering those who served By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local HANOVER — Millions of Americans took a moment to recognize and honor the nation’s veterans last week as they attended memorial services through-

out the country. On a sunny fall afternoon, hundreds of Hanoverians joined in the spirit of Veterans Day as they gathered Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Hanover Wayside Park off U.S. 301 at the county’s see SERVED pg. 5 

ASHLAND — Sometimes, the answer to a problem lies closer to home than anyone realizes. Five months ago, Hanover County School Board members began searching for a new superintendent after accepting the resignation of Dr. Jamelle Wilson.

In the end, the best candidate was right in their own backyard, and, last week, they made their unanimous choice public. After an extensive national search, Dr. Michael Gill, assistant superintendent for instructional leadership, was appointed to serve as superintendent of schools. Gill was selected over a

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Dr. Michael Gill was the unanimous choice to become superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools. He was appointed at the Nov. 10 meeting of the Hanover County School Board meeting and will begin his duties on Dec. I. Gill is currently the system’s assistant superintendent in charge of instructional leadership.

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Hanover Habitat for Humanity welcomes new executive director Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com M E C HA N IC S V I L L E – Linda Tiller has been named executive director of Hanover Habitat for Humanity, effective Nov. 30.

The announcement was made by John Hodges, president of the Board of Directors. Tiller began volunteering with Habitat in 1989 in Richmond and went on to become the first executive

director at Richmond Habitat in 1992. Later, she joined the staff of Habitat International and for 12 years provided support for other affiliates in this region. Tiller joins Hanover Habitat

after serving nearly eight years as the executive director of the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. As a member of the Habitat see HANOVER, pg. 2 

2015 Hanover Christmas Mother drop-off sites listed By Melody Kinser Managing Editor

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hief Jethro Piland of Hanover Fire-EMS “has offered their full support in helping with collections of canned goods at area fire stations.” Kay Beazley, the 2015 Hanover Christmas Mother, said the stations will serve as drop-off locations

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Kay Beazley, 2015 Christmas Mother

23111 Station#8,MontpelierVolunteer Fire Company, 16861 Mountain Rd., Montpelier, VA 23192  Station #10, Chickahominy Volunteer Fire Company, 10414 S. Leadbetter Rd., Ashland, VA 23005 Canned food may be dropped off daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at any of the above fire companies. Three area Village Bank locations also will be serving as canned food

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South Anna Elementary School presented Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Designed by elementary-aged performers, the musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. Twenty-five students from the second through fifth grade took part. Cammie Gemmill was the director and Louise Hembrick and Aimee Sergent were the musical director and choreographer, respectively. Members of the cast shown are, from left, Mathew Bowles, Caroline Billingsley, Ava Nadder, Jackson Perkins, Calvin Gaspar and Victoria Sarych.

Slemaker named to Honors List Staff Report news@mechlocal.com STAUNTON – Amanda Slemaker of Montpelier was named to the Spring 2015 Honors List at Mary Baldwin College. To earn a place on the Honors List, a student must earn grade point averages of 3.75 to 4.00. To be eligible, a student must be a degree candidate and must have earned at least 12 semester hours for the grading period.

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family, she said she grew spiritually, learning to step out in faith. She also said she developed relationships with Habitat families, who taught her much about resiliency, determination and what life is like when difficult decisions need to be made every day based on finances and other life challenges that are part of the cycle of poverty. Hanover Habitat will sponsor an Open House to introduce Tiller to the Hanover community between 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the offices at 9161 Atlee Rd. off U.S. 301 in Mechanicsville. About Hanover Habitat for Humanity Hanover Habitat for Humanity was formed 25 years ago by a committed group of Hanover citizens who wanted to provide safe and affordable housing in Hanover County. Since that time, Hanover Habitat has built homes for 56 families. To learn more about the organization, visit www.hanoverhfh.org. Hanover Habitat for Humanity is an Equal Opportunity Housing Agency, and an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


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American Legion and Virginia War collecting worn American flags Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com RICHMOND — The Virginia War Memorial is again teaming up with the American Legion to collect and properly dispose of old, worn and soiled American flags. From Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 15, any individual or group with an American flag or flags in poor condition can bring them to the Virginia War Memorial at 621 S. Belvidere St. in Richmond. The flags will be collected and retired as part of a formal ceremony conducted by members of American Legion Post 84 in Henrico County. “We began offering this public service program in November 2013 and have been extremely pleased with the public response,”

said Candi Shelton, Virginia War Memorial education director. “In the past two years, nearly 2,000 old and worn American flags have been collected. Many of those who brought flags told us they were grateful to have the opportunity to have their old flags disposed of in a proper and dignified manner.” Collection bins will be located in the Edward A. McMurtrie Grand Lobby of the Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center for 10 days, including on Tuesday, Nov. 11, when the Memorial will host the 59th Annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony. The Galanti Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. According to Dr. Dean

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Poverty Simulation experience presented by Circles Ashland Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com

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SHLAND — Circles Ashland hosted a Poverty Simulation experience on Saturday,

Nov. 7. There were about 30 participants and 18 volunteers. Participants were assigned a family unit and a role then had to navigate surviving a month in poverty. The exercise was divided into four weekly segments. Most found the first week challenging but later weeks nearly impossible to manage. For instance, they had to make choices between going to work and leaving their child home alone (school holiday on “week 3.”) When faced with eviction from their home, some participants were willing to talk to the “illegal activities” station and consider acts that they would normally find unacceptable because of their desperation.

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number of qualified and impressive candidates, according to board chair Bob Hundley. “The school board was impressed with the exceptionally strong applicant pool that pursued this position, which made this a highly competitive process,” Hundley said in a prepared statement. “In the end, Dr. Gill clearly rose to the top.” Board members were more than satisfied with the selection. “When Dr. Wilson announced her plans, I was devastated,” said Ashland District representative Hank Lowry. “I soon realized that what we were building with Dr. Wilson would continue. She had brought someone into our system who shared her passion and carried our vision, and I think that’s what we got in Dr. Gill.”

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In addition to better understanding some of the practical difficulties of navigating poverty, participants also experienced the emotional difficulties, the sense of futility at their efforts. Understanding the realities of poverty is essential for those who want to partner with those in poverty as they make strategic changes to move toward sustainability. Events like the Poverty Simulation speak to Circles Ashland’s efforts not only to partner with the poor but also to educate and advocate with our middle class community and business leaders. Those living in poverty have many strengths and assets for survival. If your group, organization or faith community wants to know more about Circles Ashland, contact CirclesAshland@gmail.com. A representative can be sent to speak with you or offer an educational program. Submitted photos More information about the A Poverty Simulation experience was presented Nov. 7 by Circles Ashland with national Circles movement may be participants being assigned to a family unit and a role. They then tried to survive a month in poverty. found at www.circlesusa.org.

South Anna representative Sue Dibble agreed. “I felt the selection was a perfect fit for Hanover County,” she said. “We got the guy our people in Hanover County want and need, and we listened to them. We’ve got the man for Hanover.” Dibble made the motion to appoint Gill to the helm of the school district. Gill holds a B.A. from Western Kentucky University and a Doctor of Education, Master’s Degree and post Master’s Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University. When the board unanimously approved his appointment, a round of applause erupted in the meeting room, and Gill was excited about the new position. “Excited doesn’t even begin to convey it,” Gill said. “I don’t know there are words to express the honor that I feel it is to lead this school division.”

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Gill, 40, began his career in education in 1997 as a high school history teacher ad spent most of career in Chesterfield County in various administrative roles. He arrived in Hanover about 18 months ago. “When I came here, I had spent the better part of a career in another system, so I didn’t take the decision to leave that position lightly,” Gill said. “Hanover has a strong foundation, so being selected to lead this division is the greatest professional honor I’ve ever received.” Gill said Hanover felt like a good fit from the beginning. “At the end of the summer of 2014, and after I’d been here for about a month, I felt like I’d been here for years and years. It’s a fantastic school division.” Hundley said the announcement came early because extra time was provided in case the hire was from outside the Hanover system. “If we would have hired someone

from outside the county, then we would have negotiated with the losing system,” Hundley said. “There’s a certain amount of time to let that superintendent go and give notice. Since we selected internally, there’s a little more leeway.” Hundley said Gill would begin Dec. 1, allowing the new pick to be onboard when budget negotiations begin in earnest. “He wanted to be involved in that process,” Hundley added. “We are committed to continuous improvement,” Gill said. “We have fantastic teachers and administrators, staff, students and community, and we are going to continue to make this, in my opinion, the best school system in the Commonwealth.” Gill and his wife, Sherry, have two children who attend Hanover County schools. “I’m also a stakeholder,” he smiled.

Center announces upcoming events Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education is hosting bingo and invites the public to attend. Bingo is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Center, with a Longaberger Basket theme. The evening will include games, prizes, an auction and raffle. Admission is $20 and covers 16 bingo games, snacks and a chance for door prizes. For more information, call 804-883-7378 or visit www.montpeliercenter.org. The Center’s office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. The building is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


Several activities planned at LMS Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – Several activities are planned this month as Liberty Middle School takes part in the observance of National Career Development Month and Native American Heritage Month. The schedule of events includes:  Nov. 18 – Rising sixth graders – Parent Coffee at South Anna Elementary School.

 Nov. 19 – Rising sixth graders – Parent Coffee at Gandy Elementary School.  Nov. 20 – Rising sixth graders – Parent Coffee at Beaverdam Elementary School.  Nov. 25–27 – Holiday/ schools closed.  Dec. 4 – School Dodge Ball Dance.  Dec. 11 – Interims.  Dec. 16 – Strings Concert – seventh and eighth grades.  Dec. 17 – HEF Celebration.

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SFC Gary Abele and SFC Calvin Bailey, photo at left, said they attended the event to honor those who served their country and those who remain on duty. Both serve in the Virginia Army National Guard. Bottom, from left, Sean Davis, who represents the Henry District on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and was a U.S. Marine, was the keynote speaker. U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, R-7, photo at right on the bottom, also addressed the crowd at Hanover Wayside Park.

PHHS cheerleaders win tournament Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – Patrick Henry High School cheerleaders recently won the Conference 16 cheering tournament. They include: Jacob Allen, Sierra Baxter, Shaniya Derricott, Katelyn Eutsler, Colleen Gannon, Katie Goodman, Katlyn Hayden, Ella Lauritzen.

Tara McKee, Madelyn Mills, Rachel Morgan, Skye Moss, Piper Mullins, Jessica Rooke, Hayden Taylor, Mason Turner, Chasidy Tyler. Delanie O’Day, Meagan Weis, Rilee Wilcox, Katelynn Brown, Madison Powell, Brooke Walker and Mackenzie Weis.

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Veterans Memorial. It’s a somber ceremony that has become a Hanover tradition, and many county officials took advantage of the day off to pay homage to the veterans who served and those who died in service to their country. Sean Davis, who represents the Henry District on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and is a former Marine, was the featured guest speaker and delivered a message of honor, commitment and a dedication to the men and women who walk in harm’s way every day of the year.

“I am truly honored to be in the presence of so many great Americans here on this hallowed day,” Davis said in his address. “I think it’s vitally important to our nation that we continue to show our commitment to those who have secured our freedoms.” “Make no mistake. There are those out there who wish to harm us. But for the American veteran, that would happen,” Davis said. U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, R-7, also was featured at the podium, and delivered good news from Richmond for homeless veterans in Virginia. Brat joined Gov. Terry McAufiffe at a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial earlier in the day where the governor announced

Virginia has become the first state in the nation to end veteran homelessness. “I started out at the War Memorial early today and now I’m honored to be in Hanover on this most important day,” Brat said after the ceremony. “Everyone forgets that these guys are the foundation of what we have. We’re just saying thanks like we should. I’m going to Chesterfield after this.” Brat also noted the sacrifice that the families of those serving endure while loved ones are away on duty. “These families give everything supporting these veterans,” the first-term congressman said. “If we forget them, it’s at our peril.” Members of American

Legion Post 175 laid a memorial wreath at the base of the memorial that honors the county’s fallen as a solemn stillness fell over the park while James Barrett sounded Taps. SFC Gary Abele attended the ceremony in uniform and said he came “to express my appreciation to these patriots and heroes.” Another uniformed participant had a more important role at last week’s service. SFC Calvin Bailey sung the National Anthem, but said the event was dear to his heart even if his services weren’t on the program. “It’s an important day. I would have come anyway,” he said.

RICHMOND – Wayne T. Hazzard, chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, has been selected to serve as the Region 3

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Will the times be a-changin’ in Hanover? By Melody Kinser Managing Editor

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es, we’re taking some liberties with the Bob Dylan song, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” But, now that we’re past the General Election and a new superintendent has been appointed to lead Hanover County Public Schools, we find ourselves looking ahead to what we hope are positives for our county. The Hanover County Board of Supervisors will be welcoming two new members — Faye O. Prichard, Ashland District, and Scott Wyatt, Cold Harbor District — in January, while Dr. Michael Gill prepares to step into his new role as superintendent on Dec. 1. What can we expect? Well, for starters, the supervisors will be adding a Democrat to the lineup. Prichard, a former mayor and current member of Ashland Town Council, takes the seat vacated by Ed Via, who chose not to seek re-election. Wyatt joins fellow Republicans Sean Davis, Wayne Hazzard, Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Canova Peterson and Aubrey “Bucky” Stanley. He fills the seat that was long-held by Elton Wade, who, like Via, decided not to seek re-election. With politics, this writer is not one to second guess any action or motivation by those elected to public office. I must confess, though, that the buzz around the county has me rethinking previously formed opinions about some of those now in office. There’s always two sides to every story and there’s a reason folks try to stir up trouble when there isn’t any valid reason to do so. In this position, my opinions may appear on this page or they certainly will in the polling place. As a matter of fact, we received thanks after the election for our fair coverage. That’s what you should expect — and demand — of us in an election cycle. As for Gill, we extend our congratulations and hope he will follow the example of the predecessors I have had the privilege to work with in the office of superintendent, Dr. Stewart Roberson and Dr. Jamelle Wilson. A new day is dawning for our county and our school system and we all need to support Prichard, Wyatt and Gill as they start on this journey.

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How much time are kids ‘connected?’ By Jim Ridolphi for The Hanover Local

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ike many other parents, I struggle with my children’s overuse of technology and electronic devices, and I often wonder if my kids are the only ones who would prefer to spend almost every waking moment in front of a screen or burying their head in a cell phone. Turns out they are not, and the amount of time youths spend in front of computers or on tablets or cell phones might surprise you. Common Sense Media provides parents and kids resources to combat the onslaught of multimedia use and monitors the time kids spend staring at screens. They recently published results of a study that gauged just how much time our children spend on entertainment media. American teenagers spend an average of about nine hours a day utilizing some type of media, not including school activities. Children aged 8 to 12 spend, on average, about six hours. Those uses include social networking, video games, talking or playing on the phone, watching TV or videos or chatting. There’s no denying the Internet offers a myriad of educational opportunities, but it seems our children are opting for more entertainmentbased activities like listening to music or watching their favorite television show.

Mayor corrects misinformation spread during election cycle Now that the election season is behind us, I want to take the opportunity to correct a bit of misinformation that was making the rounds before the votes for Hanover Board of Supervisors (Ashland District) were tallied. It was suggested during the campaign, and then repeated that the Ashland Town Council (and by extension former Mayor Faye Prichard) had been less than good stewards of public funds. In particular the story circulated that council had transferred in excess of $3 million from unexpended reserves to balance the town’s budget over the last five fiscal years, and that this meant that our budgets were bloated. Here’s the reality. Council and staff have a longstanding policy of budgets, which make conservative (as in prudent, not political) projections of revenue to match anticipated expenses. Our policy also is that the unrestricted fund balance (i.e. our reserve) should be approximately 40 to 50 percent of our annual budget. This is our “rainy day fund.” We have stayed within that policy in every budget in my time on council (and before that in Ms. Prichard’s tenure and earlier). Thus, the budgeted transfers from reserve are effectively worst case scenarios. The town manager and senior staff are diligent in maximizing return on expenditures, and work hard to keep actual expenditures under budget. We pay as we go on capital projects, and are proud that the Town currently carries zero debt. Here are the actual figures for the last several fiscal years:

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Amounts in parentheses represent net transfers to the reserve – so the only years in which we actually took money from the unrestricted fund were FY 11 and FY 12, and only a total of $127,545. In the rest of the years shown, the total transfer to the reserve was $1,094,340 – the reserve actually gained $966,795 over six fiscal years. I and the rest of town council take seriously that these monies are not ours, but belong to the citizens of Ashland. We will continue to work (and budget) with that in mind. Respectfully, Dr. George Spagna Mayor Town of Ashland


Reminders, events announced for Beaverdam Elementary School Staff Report news@mechlocal.com BEAVERDAM – Chip Joseph, principal at Beaverdam Elementary School, has issued several communication reminders for parents and guardians. They include:

 The Beaverdam website – Visit hcps.us\bes to find staff email addresses, links to educational websites, announcements and more.  PowerSchool – The school’s student information system provides parent access to your student’s record, schedule, grades, etc. Contact the registrar at 804-449-6373 if you need access

Parent Coffee set at Gandy Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – A Parent Coffee will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at John M. Gandy Elementary School in Ashland for the parents of rising sixth graders. Liberty Middle School principal Donald Latham will be

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It’s a new challenge for parents who have waded into an era they don’t fully understand and have even less idea of how to combat. The communication has become increasingly mobile and difficult to monitor, and parents have assumed a look the other way attitude in many instances. The report cites a trend that finds teenagers’ multitasking more as electronic use increases. They listen to music as they are doing their homework, and most think it does not hamper their ability to focus. As a parent, multitasking might have a role in increasing efficiency, but not among teens who need to have primary focus when doing homework or reading. It’s a new world with new challenges for parents who constantly worry about what

available to answer questions that parents/guardians may have about their child entering middle school. Elizabeth Sharp, the rising sixth grade counselor at LMS, will visit each fifth grade class to present information to the students. Leigh Finch is the principal at Gandy.

their kids are viewing online and how much time they are spending with electronic devices. Should parents place limits on the amount of time or kind of activities their kids view online? Absolutely. New challenges require a new set of rules and guidelines and placing limitations on media use equates to responsible parenting. It’s also important to realize the examples we set have a significant influence on how our kids approach media use. I’m guilty of bringing a laptop to the dinner table or a trip to the pool to complete work-related duties, or conducting an interview in my car while my kids sit and listen. They see me constantly connected to the outside world through my cell phone and laptop. Perhaps, it’s a message that perpetuates the theory that constant connection is the norm. Bottom line, it’s up to par-

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administration tries to inform parents and guardians through e-connect when they are aware in advance of transportation changes but you also can follow the prompts at this number to hear daily bus notifications, including changes in bus numbers and drivers along with bus delays – 804-441-8274.

Course offers tips on paying for college Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com MECHANICSVILLE -- Hanover Parks & Recreation will present the course, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College (#5558), from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Mechanicsville Library at 7461 Sherwood Crossing Place in Mechanicsville. The class will teach parents/guardians how to send their children to the

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financial aid, sources for scholarships and strategies for minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education. Tuition is $25 (a spouse can attend for free). Registration is available online at www.hanoverparksrec.com. For more information, contact Hanover County Parks & Recreation or email parksandrec@hanovercounty.gov.

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OBITUARIES | Death Notices & Funerals E. AYER CHAMBERLIN E. Ayer Chamberlin. In the early hours of November 3, 2015, Ayer Chamberlin passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by those who loved her. She is survived by her son, Chad Gambill; her siblings, Sally, Andy and Bob Chamberlin and his wife, Jeanne; and their two children, Jonathan and Sarah Chamberlin. Following her career as a Child-Life Specialist at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Ayer followed her dream and became a Hanover Master Gardener, eventually teaching and mentoring her fellow gardeners. She refined her passion for gardening by taking classes at J. Sargeant Reynolds, where she “adopted” the horticultural program. She nurtured the greenhouse plants and volunteered her skills to coordinate the Gardenfest plant production for several years. A memorial service was held Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at the Unity of Bon Air at 923 Buford Road in North Chesterfield. Beginning at 4 p.m., there was a tour of the church gardens, which Ayer was instrumental in designing and tended for years as leader of the Garden Team. Ayer considered the garden and the serenity it brought to all as her ministry. A celebration in her memory was held at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please make donations in Ayer’s memory to the Unity of Bon Air Meditation Gardens or to J. Sargeant Reynolds Horticulture Program, 1651 E. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23228.

GEORGE CLARKE George Anthony Clarke entered into eternal rest suddenly on Thursday, November 5, 2015. He joined Bethany church at an early age. He received his education in Hanover County Public Schools. George is survived by his parents, George Stewart Clarke Jr. and Joyce Clarke; two sons, George Clark and Joshua Clarke; two brothers, Corey Clarke (Angela) and Jermaine Clarke; g r an dp are nt s , GEORGE CLARKE

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Hazel Woodson and Robert Johnson; uncles, Wayne Tyler (Antionette), Donald Tyler (Betty), Michael Tyler, William Clarke, Michael Clarke (Liz) and Marvin Clarke; aunts, Marie Jones (Donnie), Pamela Thomas (Charles) Cynthia Dabney (Floyd). Eloise Foster (Joe), Barbara Clarke and Mary Jones; fiancé, Donna Harris; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many devoted friends. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Ashland. Owens Funeral Services at 104 Green Chimney Court in Ashland was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.owensfuneralservices.com.

CATHY COBB Cathy Hanky Cobb, 55, of Aylett, passed away on November 9, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, R. Wade Hanky. She is survived by her mother, Leslie Hanky; brother, David (Susan) Hanky; sister, Carol Buchanan; niece and nephew, Casie and Brock Buchanan; her soul mate, Mike Cole, and his two sons, Ryan and Matthew; a host of extended family and friends; and her beloved pets, Boomer, CATHY COBB Yogi and Biscuit. Cathy worked for 33 years at Dominion Virginia Power as an Electric Delivery, Safety and Performance Specialist. She was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School and VCU. Cathy loved the outdoors, fishing, gardening, cooking, and entertaining. She also loved animals. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, at 412 South Washington Highway in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to a charity of your choice in memory of Cathy.

CLYDE E. FOSTER Clyde E. Foster was born March 13, 1954, and died November 5, 2015. Funeral services were held at noon

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at the Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dawn. H.W. Dabney Funeral Home at 513 North Washington Highway in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.

PATRICIA GREENWOOD Patricia S. “Bonnie” Greenwood, 74, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 6, 2015. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wayne C. Greenwood (Henrico County Fire Department, retired). She is survived by her children, Teri A. Prince (Jerry), J. Lee Acors (Stephanie) and Cathy G. Boswell (William). “Ma” leaves a legacy of seven grandchildren, Bethany and Justin Prince, Erin and Melissa Acors and Hannah, Samuel and Naomi Boswell; sisters, Phyllis Lankford, Elva Peatross and Evelyn Elliott. Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at Monaghan Funeral Home at 7300 Creighton Parkway in Mechanicsville. Interment followed at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Henrico Firefighters and Families Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 5730, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5730. Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service and Monaghan Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.

DORIS C. HALL Doris C. Hall, of Bumpass, died November 10, 2015. She retired as an LPN from John Randolph Hospital. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Patrician Ann Cash of Bumpass, Mrs. Peggy Sue Puffenbarger of Gordonsville and Mrs. Tammy “Penny” Lynn Pruden of Chester; 15 grandchildren, 33 greatgrandchildren and 24 great-greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, at 412 South Washington Highway in Ashland. Entombment followed in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Doris’ honor to the American Diabetes Association www. diabetes.org. Friends may post online

condolences at www.nelsenashland. com

LOIS LUCY Lois Evelyn Fogg Lucy, 86, of Mechanicsville, passed from this life to her eternal reward on November 5, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Lee Lucy Jr.; her father, Stanley Fogg; mother, Annie Fogg; and her sister, Eugenia Royall. She is survived by four children, Lorrie Lee Lucy Owen and her husband, Brad, of Raleigh, North Carollina, Herbert Allen Lucy and his wife, Janie, of Mechanicsville, Robert Tompkins Lucy of Coles Point and Louellen Scott of Mechanicsville; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was a godly mother and role model for many with a servant’s heart. She had a deep faith in Jesus Christ. She sang in choirs for 40 years at the Cool Spring Baptist Church and Coles Point United Methodist Church, where she also taught Sunday School. She worked at Fox Hill School for 16 years. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Atlee Chapel of Woody Funeral Home at U.S. 301 and Shady Grove Road in Mechanicsville. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coles Point United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 114, Hague, Va. 22469 or The 700 Club, 977 Centerville Tpk., Virginia Beach, VA 23463. Condolences may be made at www.woodyfuneralhomeatlee.com.

JAMES MAYS James Luther Mays, died October 29, 2015, at the age of 94. He was a resident of the Covenant Woods retirement community in Hanover County. Dr. Mays was a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). For 35 years he was a member of the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Mary Will Boyd, whom he married in 1943; two daughters, Sarah Mays Rogerson Passard of Alameda, California, her husband, James Passard, and her sons, Samuel and Arran Rogerson; and Mary Frances Mays of Richmond and her daughters, Abigail, Mimi and Naomi Simon;

and sons-in-law, Charles Rogerson of Alameda, California, and Alex Simon of Richmond. A sister, Sarah Cannon, and her children, Mary Downey and Olin Cannon, live in Augusta, Georgia. A nephew, Robert C. Boyd, lives in Fayetteville, Georgia. He was born in Louisville, Georgia, son of James Allen Mays and Ruth Irene Mosteller. He was educated at the Louisville Academy and Erskine College. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served in both the European and the Pacific Theaters. After the war, he attended Columbia University and then entered Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He was a Fellow at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and received his doctorate at the University of Manchester, England. During his tenure he taught as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Goettingen, Germany. He served two pastorates before joining the faculty of Union Theological Seminary. He published commentaries on the prophetic books of the Bible and the book of Psalms. During his career, he served as editor of the journal, Interpretation, and was the founder and general editor of the commentary series, “Interpretation.” After his retirement he was active in research and educational programs of the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, The Providence Forge Fishing Club and senior member of the Old Testament Fishing Society. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015, in Watts Chapel at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Memorial gifts may be sent to Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia, 3401 Brook Rd., Richmond, VA 23227 or to Covenant Woods, 7090 Covenant Woods Dr., Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

EVELYN PRUETT Evelyn Smith Pruett, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord on November 3, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Gwyn Edwin Pruett, of Mechanicsville; brother, James A. Godwin and his wife, see OBITUARIES, pg. 11 


CALENDAR | News, Updates & Listings Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21  The 20th annual Heavenly Creations Arts and Crafts Show is looking for artists to participate in its 18th annual two-day show at St. James the Less Episcopal Church at 125 Beverly Rd. in Ashland. Heavenly Creations is described as a high quality, juried, fine arts show featuring original, handcrafted works from local and regional artists and craftspeople. Items must be handmade by the vendor. For more information, contact Marcia Hill at 804-3343731 or heavenlycreationsstjl@gmail.com.

Saturday, Nov. 21  A Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Independence

Christian Church at 14023 Independence Rd., in Ashland. There will be handmade crafts, a silent auction and bake sale. Lunch will be available for purchase.  An All-You-CanEat Salt Fish Breakfast will be served from 6 to 9 a.m. at the Doswell Ruritan Club at 16433 N. Washington Hwy. In Doswell. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, spiced apples, biscuits, cornbread, coffee and juice. Takeouts will be available. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for ages 4 to 10.

Wednesday, Dec. 2  Jennifer Gray, the school counselor, is lining up speakers for Career Day at John M. Gandy Elementary School in Ashland. Those who are

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Pup Crawl proceeds support Hanover Humane

interested in speaking to Submitted photo the students are asked Hanover Humane Society’s Fourth Annual Pup Crawl Dog Walk proved to be a success when to call Mrs. Gray at 804- dogs and their best friends trekked 1.5 miles. Some of the dogs even dressed for the occasion. 365-4643 or email her at jwgray@hcps. Particpants enjoyed refreshHumane Society. Contributed Report The Event’s Platinum spon- ments provided by Little Caesar’s news@mechlocal.com Wednesday, Dec. 5 sors included Commonwealth (Ashland Location), Williams  The Hanover Industrial Boat Brokers, CRO Dentistry, Bakery, and Homemades by ASHLAND — The breeze Air Park Association will Emerald May and Griffin, Chick Suzanne. was brisk, the sky was clear, and present a Holiday party from A total of $5,300 was generUtley, RCI Builders, Kreggers, the night bright with LED lights 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at James Kroger, The Mechanicsville ated as a result of this fundraiser. for Hanover Humane’s Fourth River Cellars Winery at 11008 Proceeds will be used to Local, Ron Toombs with State Annual Pup Crawl Dog Walk. Washington Highway in Glen The walk was held on Oct. 17 Farm, Strawberry Fields, Union support Hanover Humane’s aniAllen. Glen Allen, Virginia mal Adoption, Education and in the Town of Ashland, covering Bank, and Watermark Farm. 23059. Gold Sponsors included Prevention Programs. a 1.5-mile path designated with The Hanover Humane bright highway cones adorned Atlee Family Physicians, The Society, founded in 1986, is Supply Room Company, and with LED balloons. located at 12190 Washington Participants received an Patrick GMC. Silver Sponsors included Hwy. in Ashland. In addition to event t-shirt, LED leash or collar for their favorite canine, a Jersey Mike’s Subs (Ashland offering animal adoption servicdoggy bandana, a doggy waste Location), IPCL (three spon- es, Hanover Humane offers fullbag holder, and a goody bag with sorships), Aloha Orthodontics, service boarding and grooming Ed’s Supermarine (two sponsor- services to the public. For more other novelty items. The event was sponsored ships), Ron Pomfrey Realty, The information regarding these by a number of entities, many Gilman Family, The Mancano services and any others offered of whom regularly support Family, The Allen Family, The by the organization, visit www. hanoverhumanesociety.org. the activities of the Hanover Caboose, and Beautiful Bodies.

Hanover Humane offers pet photos with Santa 2015 Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND -- Dress your pet in his/her holiday finery and join the Hanover Humane Society for its second annual “Pet Photos with Santa.” The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 and 19, at Hanover Humane’s facility at 12190 Washington Hwy. in Ashland. Sittings are available by appointment during those hours on those two days. The cost of the photos is $10 with an appointment; walk-ins will be charged $15. For each sitting, Hanover Humane will provide a framed photo of your pet with Santa; a JPEG of the photo will be emailed to you. To obtain an appointment/

Hanover County residents among largest class since 1969 in Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets’ Submitted photo

Even our furry friends enjoy the opportunity to spend time with Santa Claus. the Hanover Humane Society will be presenting “Pet Photos with Santa” Dec. 12 and 19.

more information, email info@hanoverhumanesociety. org __________________ The Hanover Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprof-

it entity located in Ashland. The Hanover Humane Society provides animal adoption, education and prevention services for residents in Hanover County and the surrounding counties.

Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com BLACKSBURG – Three Hanover County residents are among 348 new cadets in the 1,090-strong Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, one of the nation’s six senior military colleges. Jacob Davis of Ashland, majoring in general engi-

neering in the College of Engineering; Dylan Skylar of Montpelier, who is majoring in business, undecided in the Pamplin College of Business; and Kevin Suess of Montpelier, who is currently majoring in university studies, completed New Cadet Week to join the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ largest class since 1969.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced military, public and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity and self-discipline.

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Henry Clay helping canned food drive

CELEBRATIONS | Births, Engagements, Weddings & Anniversaries

Hamner and Nederostek united in marriage

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he marriage of Miss Shandy Pendleton Hamner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Douglas Hamner, of Ashland, Va., to Dr. James Christopher Nederostek, son of Mr. and Mrs. James William Nederostek, formerly of Hudson, Ohio, and now residing in Virginia Beach, Va., took place Sept. 27, 2014 at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland. The Reverend David M. Hindman officiated. The bride was escorted by her father, and given in marriage by her parents, and wore her maternal grandmother’s 75-year-old slipper satin, cathedral length wedding gown and her mother’s cathedral length wedding veil. Her dress had a sweetheart neckline and dropped waist. She carried a cascading arm bouquet of white dendrobium orchids tied with a rosette of lace from her paternal grandmother’s wedding gown. The bride is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. John Daniel Hamner, Jr. of Ashland; and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Douglas Hamner, Jr., of Lynchburg, Va., and the late Mrs. Nancye Foscue Hamner, formerly of Hopewell and Gloucester, Va. The groom is the grandson of Mrs. Stella Strongowski Nederostek of Jim Thorpe, Pa., and the late Mr. Jacob Edward Nederostek, formerly of Walnutport, Pa., and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Tilghman Yeager formerly of Allentown, Pa. Mrs. Christy Harris, of Roswell, Ga., friend of the bride, was Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids were Lauren Boito of Chesterfield, Va. and Megan Kleinhans of Manassas, Va., both friends of the bride, as well as Anne Hamner, Catherine Hamner, and Elizabeth Hamner, cousins of the bride, from Richmond, Va. Rachel Cielinski, niece of the bridegroom, was the flower girl. The father of the bridegroom, Mr. James W. Nederostek, was his son’s best

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man. Groomsmen were Douglas Gray Hamner, brother of the bride, from Los Angeles; Eric Cielinski, the bridegroom’s brother-in-law from Draper, Utah; and the bridegroom’s cousins:

Nederostek, of Salt Lake City, Utah, sister of the bridegroom, was the soloist. Miss Kate Nederostek and Mrs. Celia Cielinski, sisters of the bridegroom, of Draper, Utah, were the readers. The

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Mrs. James Christopher Nederostek the former Shandy Pendleton Hamner Jonathan Nederostek of Kempton, Pa; Jeffrey Feichtl of Allentown, Pa; and David DeNard of Owosso, Mich. Griffin and Samuel Cielinski, nephews of the bridegroom, were ring bearer and junior ring bearer, respectively. The rings were carried in a small antique jewelry box, a gift from the groom to the bride. Mrs. Robbin Stiles was the Mistress of Ceremony. Miss Amanda

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organist was James Doering, PhD. The guest book attendant was Audrey Conroy of Richmond, Va., and the program attendant was Megan Elizabeth Jennings of Williamsburg, Va., both friends of the bride. Special guests were Mrs. James Blanton, godmother of the bride, and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nederostek, godparents of the bridegroom. The bride was given a bridal show-

er luncheon in Hudson, Ohio by the groom’s sisters, Kate Nederostek, Celia Cielinski, and Amanda Nederostek. Another bridal luncheon shower was hosted by Mrs. Hunter Jones, Mrs. Sandra Lynne, and Mrs. Sarah Byrne, at the Hanover Country Club. A barbeque dinner was given by Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Hopkins, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Wehman, and Mrs. Anne Palmore and Mr. Frank Defazio, of Ashland, Va., also at the Hanover Country Club. The bride’s aunts, Mrs. Nathan Hamner and Mrs. Harold D. Hamner, III, and the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Harold D. Hamner, Jr., gave the bridesmaids’ luncheon at the Kent Valentine House. The rehearsal dinner was given by the groom’s parents at the Hanover Country Club, and the reception was held at The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club in Richmond, Va. following the ceremony. A farewell brunch was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Blanton, Mr. and Mrs. James Blanton, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cook, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hodnett, at the Hanover Country Club. The bride graduated from Patrick Henry High School, Ashland, and Sweet Briar College, Amherst, Va. She also earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a postbaccalaureate degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is currently a licensed, registered dental hygienist. The bridegroom is a graduate of Hudson High School, Hudson, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, and the Medical College of Ohio. He is presently a Commander in the U.S. Navy and is stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain. Administratively, he is the Department Head of Urology and the Director of Surgical Services. The couple now resides in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain near the Rota Naval Base. The couple is planning to go to Cape Town, South Africa for their honeymoon.

Staff Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – Henry Clay Elementary School in Ashland is assisting the Doswell Ruritan Club’s canned food drive again this year. Donations will directly benefit Hanover County residents who are in need. The drive got underway Monday, Nov. 2, and wraps up on Friday, Nov. 20. In other news from Henry Clay, parents and guardians are encouraged to check out what is taking place in the art room by going to the Art webpage at http://hcesartspot.weebly. com. To stay informed with the activities and events are Henry Clay, check out the following:  The Henry Clay website – Visit hcps.us\hces to find staff email addresses, links to educational websites, announcements and more.  PowerSchool – The student information system provides parent access to your student’s record, schedule, grades, etc. Contact the registrar at 804-365-8120 if you need access codes or a password reset.  School closing and delay hotline – In case of power outages or if you do not have Internet access, be sure to save this number so that you can hear information that could affect the regular school schedule – 804-277-4960.  Transportation Hotline - Follow the prompts at this number to hear daily bus notifications including changes in bus numbers and drivers along with bus delays – 804-441-8274.


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Barbara; sister Betty G. Lewis; and nephew, Joseph W. Lewis, all of Appomattox. Evelyn retired from Bell Atlantic, Directory Compilation Department and she served as a Deacon at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. A graveside service was held at noon Monday, November 9, 2015 at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Endowment Fund of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church.

ALYCE ROHLE Alyce West Rohle, 93, of Mechanicsville, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Edwin Rohle; her parents; her siblings, Edwin, June, Richard, Joe, Dorothy and Franklin. She is survived by her son, Ken Rohle, and his wife Amy; and the loves of her life, grandchildren, Hannah (Ryan), Kirk, Shreve and Auguste. Alyce retired from C&P Telephone Company after 40 years of service. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church at 2446 Old Church Road in Mechanicsville. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Atlee Chapel of Woody Funeral Home at U.S. 301 and Shady

Grove Road in Mechanicsville was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at woodyfuneralhomeatlee.com

RUTHIE WEBB Mrs. Ruthie “Rutti” Webb, 81, of Ashland, passed away peacefully November 7, 2015. She is survived by three children, Ruthie “Dele” Crawford, Melissa Hall and her husband, Artie and John Webb Jr.; and four grandchildren, Christopher Crawford, Mandy Crawford, Brandon Heath and James A. Hall. Funerals services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home at 11020 West Broad Street. Interment followed at 1:30 p.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa.

STEPHEN WILKINSON Stephen Charles Wilkinson, 66, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 1, 2015, from complications of pneumonia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland and Leigh Wilkinson; and stepson, Alex Arrington. He is survived by his loving wife, Alexis; sister, Joyce Kincaid; son, Sgt. Brian G. Wilkinson (Christina); daughter, Stephanie Malon (Capt. Andrew L. Malon); stepdaughter, Andrea Fields (Kevin); grandchildren, Mandy Fields, Hannah and Kendall Arrington, Caleb Prevatt, Andrew and Seth Malon;

and great-granddaughters, Zoie Lemons and Xela Fields. He also is survived by his former wife, Candace Wilkinson, as well as extended family and friends. He was a 1972 graduate of the University of Richmond, where he received a degree in economics, as well as a former volunteer at the Rockville Fire Department. He was retired from Virginia Credit Union. A celebration of his life was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church at 2446 Old Church Road in Mechanicsville. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your local chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

SARAH WRIGHT Sarah Newman Jones Tuttle Wright, 96, passed away peacefully to eternal life on November 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Kidd Jones Sr. and Anne Bernard Doswell Jones. Also preceding her were her siblings, Ellen Morris Jones and Walter K. Jones Jr.; and her husbands, Arthur Henry Tuttle Jr. and Louis Alden Wright. Sarah was born in Ashland, and lived most of her life in her beloved town. She was a lifelong member of the Ashland Christian Church. Sarah graduated from Henry Clay High School and Mary Baldwin College. Her passions in life were gardening, history and reading.

Sarah was a member emeritus of The Ashland Garden Club and The Ashland Women’s Club. She also was a member of the Hanover Historical Society. Sarah served in various office positions in all of the organizations to which she belonged. She was very proud of her family heritage. Stories and history of the Jones family of Ashland and the Doswells were woven into her many conversations and memories. Sarah took great delight in speaking at the induction of Planet into the Thoroughbred Race Horse Hall of Fame in Saratoga, New York (2012). Planet was owned by her grandfather, Thomas Walker Doswell of Bullfield (Doswell). Sarah leaves behind her children, Michael Alden Wright (Betty Ruth), Anne Cecilia Brooks and Christopher Louis Wright. She also is survived by five grandchildren, Michael (Tara), Jessica (Tim), Stephen (Courtney), Sarah Jean and Anna Marie. Sarah also has four great-grandchildren to whom she was known as “Gran Gran.” The family wishes to thank all those who lovingly visited, wrote and cared for Sarah in her final years. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at the Ashland Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Ashland Christian Church, 301 South James St., Ashland, VA 23005.

St. James the Less Episcopal to present arts & crafts show Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com ASHLAND – St. James the Less Episcopal Church in Ashland will present the 20th Annual Heavenly Creations Arts and Crafts Show on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21. The show begins on Friday evening, with an Opening Night Wine and Cheese Reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Heavenly Creations is a juried, fine arts show featuring original, handcrafted works from local and regional artists and craftspeople. Included in this year’s show are handmade clay works, collage, fabric art, glassworks, jewelry, metal works, mosaics, ornaments, paintings, pottery, quilts, spa products,

stained and fused glass, stoneware, wood carvings, children’s books and more. Homemade culinary delights and canned goods will be available for sale. Back this year is the Brunswick Stew sale, as well as an expanded Silent Auction featuring works of participating artists. Admission to the show is free. Parking also is free, convenient and handicap accessible. Proceeds benefit the St. James the Less and other outreach ministries. St. James the Less Episcopal Church is located at 125 Beverly Rd. in Ashland. For more information, call Marcia at 804-334-3731 or heavenlycreationsstjl@ gmail.com. The church website is www.stjamestheless.com.

Turkey Shoot being held Fridays ASHLAND – A Turkey Shoot will be held at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Ashland Moose Family Center at 11299 Washington Hwy. in Ashland.

The event, which is open to the public, features 12 gauge stock shotguns. For more information, call 804-798-8477.

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College swimming: Marymount at Randolph-Macon 1:00 p.m.

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Men’s basketball: Christopher Newport at Randolph-Macon 7:00 p.m.

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R-MC defense traps Tigers in ‘The Game’ By Brad Bess Richmond Times-Dispatch ASHLAND — For the second year in a row, The Game Ball trophy is staying in Ashland. Eric Hoy sparked the Randolph-Macon offense early, JJ Hill had a pair of interceptions and a key pass breakup late, and the Yellow Jackets won The Game for the fourth time in five years with a 14-9 victory over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday at Day Field. The Yellow Jackets scored on their first offensive possession of the game. Hoy, a freshman listed as a wide receiver but who was also RandolphMacon’s second leading rusher entering Saturday, took direct snaps and led the offense quickly down the field. Quarterback Joe McBride ended the opening drive with a 2-yard roll out to put the home team up 7-0. Hoy said it was his blockers who made it possible. “Without them, there’s no success,” he said. Hill’s first interception came about three minutes later. He jumped Edgar Moore’s pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown, putting the Yellow Jackets up 14-0. His second came late in the third quarter when he got in front of a Tiger receiver on a fade in the corner of the end zone. Hill later broke up a pass

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Jackets among last eight teams standing By Dave Lawrence dlawrence@mechlocal.com

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Randolph-Macon safety Deshaun Rogers (7) breaks up a potential touchdown pass to Hampden-Sydney’s Michael Mey (18) in the Yellow Jackets’ 14-9 upset of the Tigers in the 120th edition of “The Game” at Day Field Saturday.

when the Tigers went for it on fourth down with a little more than two minutes left in the game. “I just listened to Coach and

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did what I could for the team,” Hill, also a freshman, said. “We came out fired up from the beginning and it was just (about) trying to take momen-

tum away. from the beginning to the end.” “We’ve got a team full of Hill and the defense did fighters. That’s what we hold fight, bending some, but never ourselves to. We pride ourselves on fighting. We’re going to fight see THE GAME, pg. 13 

R and olph - Ma c on’s women’s volleyball team made four prior trips to the NCAA Division III women’s volleyball tournament from 2009 to 2012, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 2010. This year, after tearing through the Galloway, New Jersey, regional, they make their fifth appearance their best yet, for the Yellow Jackets, after sweeping Stockton 25-19, 25-12, 25-19 in the region final Sunday, advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Randolph-Macon (28see EIGHT, pg. 14 


R-MC stumbles against Eagles in season opener By Brad Bess Richmond Times-Dispatch ASHLAND – Mary Washington came out firing and never let up. The Eagles shot over 50 percent from the field and spoiled Josh Merkel’s debut as head coach of the Yellow Jackets with an 83-66 win on Sunday at Crenshaw Gym. TJ Jones scored 26 points, John Lutkenhaus (Douglas Freeman) added 15 and Mary Washington recorded 16 assists on 33 made field goals to win their season opener. Lamont Moore led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jamie Wilson added 10 points and was the only other Yellow Jacket to score in double figures. The Eagle guards were able to penetrate the RandolphMacon defense throughout the game, leading to layups or open shots from players well-spaced on the perimeter. Mary Washington knocked down four 3-pointers in their first five possessions, but Randolph-Macon kept the score close with solid offense of their own, and went into halftime down 42-35. The Eagles capital-

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Randolph-Macon’s Lamont Moore (11) gets between Mary Washington’s Eric Shaw (1) and Jacob Williams (10) in the Eagles’ 83-66 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Crenshaw Gymnasium Sunday. Moore led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

ized on Yellow Jacket scoring droughts to pull away in the second half. “I just think we have good players, guys who can make plays and I think we took good shots,” Marcus Kahn, head coach of

Mary Washington, said. “I think we took good shots, we created shots for teammates and the majority of them were assisted, so that’s important for us.” He said he both expected, and knew his team needed, his

Jackets take two in tourney Randolph-Macon’s Katie Anderson (12) drives past the College of Mount St. Vincent’s Kristin Henschel (21) in the Yellow Jackets’ 7267 victory over the Dolphins in the Randolph-Macon Tip-Off Classic in Crenshaw Gymnasium Saturday. Anderson began with doubledouble Friday, getting 26 points and 12 rebounds in a 79-75 opening win against Catholic, and had 17 points and 17 rebounds against the Dolphins. For more, go to http://mechlocal.com.

ball handlers to penetrate their way into the paint then make good decisions with the ball, something he saw Sunday. “It’s what our offense is based off of, the little guys getting into the paint and making plays for the next guy,” Kahn said. “I thought today we did a

very good job of spacing, getting enough spacing where we could create lanes for our guys to get to the paint, and when they did, they were making good decisions with it.” Mary Washington shot 53.2 percent from the field for the game, 59.3 percent in the sec-

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115 yards for the Yellow Jackets. Hoy ended the game with 56 yards rushing. “I knew our guys would fight hard. They’ve fought hard all year,” said Randolph-Macon head coach Pedro Arruza. The Yellow Jackets finish the season 4-6 and 3-4 in the ODAC, but did close out the year on a three-game winning streak. “Not the kind of year that we want to have around here, but we battled a lot of adversity and our kids hung in there,”

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really breaking. They gave up a 74-yard run that Kyree Koonce took to the end zone on Hampden-Sydney’s first play of the second quarter. That was the last score of the game. Koonce finished with 145 yards rushing for the Tigers (6-4, 4-3 ODAC). Moore completed 16 of 37 passes for 195 yards with two interceptions. McBride finished 10 of 17 for

ond half. They knocked down nine of their 20 3-pointers. Defensively, they made stops when they had to. The same could not be said for the Yellow Jacket defense. “Poor individual defense. Poor team defense. We didn’t play with a sense of urgency. We didn’t challenge the pass. We didn’t have active hands. We were not covering for each other and I thought they made some tough ones early, and instead of doing things with a higher sense of urgency, we were a little deflated,” Merkel said. “We didn’t handle that well. “It’s a long season and we’ve been working on our defensive habits and we’re going to continue to work every day. It’s a process. We’ve seen improvement. We’re going to continue to see improvement. We need to see it quicker, with a higher sense of urgency, right away.” Merkel claimed responsibility and vowed improvement going forward. “This whole thing starts with me not having our guys ready to go and ready to play tougher with a higher sense of urgency,” he said. “We’re going to make sure we have that moving forward.” Brad Bess can be reached at bbess@timesdispatch.com.

Arruza said. “And yeah, I was really proud of the effort. Really proud of the effort throughout the season.” Brad Bess can be reached at bbess@timesdispatch.com. Benedictine 0 0 0 14 — 14 St. Christopher’s0 0 7 3 — 10 RMC — McBride 2 run (Yurgel kick) RMC — Hill 31 interception return (Yurgel kick) HSC — FG Hedge 20 HSC — Koonce 74 run (pass failed) Records: Hampden-Sydney 6-4, 4-3 ODAC; Randolph-Macon 4-6, 3-4.

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Suliman outruns field in 5A cross country race

Seyoum, who beat Suliman at the MileStat.com Invitational on Oct. 17, to stay on his heels. What he got instead was a 15second lead. “I don’t know what got into him, but when that gun went off, he went out and established a lead pretty early. He never looked back and showed no signs of fading,” Reutinger said. “I think we’ve always known how talented he is and what his upside can be, and I think today we saw just how tough he can be.” Suliman battled powerful bursts of wind while leading the race, taking on the brunt of the impact from the gusts. With cold air filling his lungs and his legs growing more and more tired by the minute, he worried he would lose his lead even with the end in sight. “I was looking behind me. I was scared of Fitsum. I didn’t want him to come and catch

me,” he said. Suliman, just a year and a half after immigrating to the U.S. from Jordan and joining the Freeman cross country team, took his trophy as the unlikeliest of champions. He took a moment after the race to savor his journey. “Last season, nobody thought I would be good at running or anything. Nobody knew me,” Suliman said. “Right now, here I am, showing up from nowhere.” Deep Run junior Bashir Mosavel-Lo was seventh in the

race after a full-on sprint to the finish. Glen Allen senior Zack Witt followed with his own sprint and was 11th, leading the Jaguars to a fourth-place finish. Patrick Henry’s Grant Davis just missed earning all-state honors, coming in at 17th place, not far ahead of Atlee’s Connor Moses, who finished 22nd. Both Davis and Moses did some pushing down the stretch to overtake others in their pack before crossing the finish line – despite the final hill and headwind. “Apparently I had something

left,” Davis said. “My coach and my dad were yelling at me to push even harder and just not care anymore and go.” Davis edged Glen Allen’s Austin Story and Thomas Jefferson-Alexandria’s Nate Foss, all of whom posted a 16:41 time. Two other runners, Stafford’s Duke DiEugenio and Thomas Edison’s Yared Mekonnen were on their heels in 16:42. Moses overtook Menchville’s Matthew Arnold to finish in 16:44, with Arnold coming in at 16:45. Moses said he wasn’t daunted by the hills and wind.

“After [Panorama Farms in] Albemarle last week, in regionals, I knew I had it in me to just do it. I just didn’t give up. I kept pushing,” Moses said. “I’m not the happiest with my time, but it was a good race. It was definitely a real tough race.” Lee-Davis Jack Ikenberry came in 39th in 17:15. He was not happy with his performance. “After the first 400 meters, I just had nothing,” Ikenberry said. “I felt like my legs just didn’t have anything.” Henrico senior Ashley Brown and Glen Allen junior Rebecca Fagan finished sixth and seventh in the 5A girls race. Deep Run was fourth as a team, with freshman Lily Snow and junior Margot Brown taking 12th and 13th. Atlee’s Caitlin Donovan finished 17th in 19:49. While she would have liked to finish higher, the time was her best in a season in which she has been recovering from some health issues. “I’m starting to feel a lot better,” Donovan said. “I’m really happy with my race. … I gave it all I had.” Atlee’s girls finished 10th in the 5A team standings. Mechanicsville Local sports editor Dave Lawrence contributed to this report. Dylan Garner can be reached at dgarner@timesdispatch.com.

nant performance in Galloway, amassing 63 kills, 42 digs and 20 blocks in the Yellow Jackets’ three matches, which includes a 22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-12 victory over Stevenson in the region quarterfinal and a 12-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13 victory over Christopher Newport in the semifinal. She earned the region’s Most Outstanding Player honor for her effort. The outside hitter had a great tour-

nament despite defenses trying to key on her. “If they key on me, that opens it up for Katie [Rossberg] or our middles or anybody else,” Lowers said. “So we just try to hit around the block, try and do different shots. I talk to my setters and different things like that and make it a team effort.” Rossberg had 16 kills and seven digs in the region final,

finishing with 46 kills and 41 digs overall. Lowers extended her Randolph-Macon single-season kill record to 494, and her school career record to 1,455. Rossberg now has 349 kills this season, the seventh highest in program history, and is now ninth on the Yellow Jackets’ career list with 1,040. The other Yellow Jackets contributed their share. Setter

Erin Quinn compiled 66 assists and Riley Martin added 49 of her own during the regional tournament. Quinn’s 680 assists this season are the eighth highest in program history, and the sophomore’s 1,145 career assists have her 10th on Randolph-Macon’s all-time list. Martin is fifth on the Yellow Jacket’s all-time list with 1,934. Libero Samantha Sallade

finished with 63 assists during the tournament. Her 595 so far this season is a school record. She is eighth on the Yellow Jackets’ career list with 1,063. Lowers is looking forward to Grand Rapids. “We’re going to go out, have fun, and keep playing our game,” she said. Dave Lawrence can be reached at dlawrence@mechlocal.com.

By Dylan Garner Richmond Times-Dispatch THE PLAINS – Douglas Freeman junior runner Waleed Suliman had his plan set and ready. Stick around his competition and make his move toward victory at the end. But as soon as the starting gun was triggered, Suliman abandoned his plan. He launched to the front, deviating completely from what he normally does and what he and Rebels coach Brian Reutinger had discussed the entire week leading up to the race. The result? Winning the Group 5A state cross country title, with time to spare. Friday’s races at Great Meadow Park in The Plains featured the Group 4A, 5A and 6A championships. Suliman claimed the only title for Richmond, finishing his race in 15:41 and completing his postseason trifecta of wins. He is the first Freeman runner to win an individual state title since Scott Eden in 1970. He called his early aggressiveness a “mistake,” saying there is usually one runner he lets jump ahead because they tire out more quickly. When nobody made that jump, he did. What he expected was for the other top runner in the field, Tuscarora senior Fitsum

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7) now heads to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the championship round of the NCAA tournament. They will meet Carthage (34-7), the winner of the Grand Rapids regional on Thursday at 8 p.m. Outside hitter Courtney Lowers put together a domi-

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Above, Atlee’s Connor Moses (43) overtakes Menchville’s Matthew Arnold at the finish line in the boys race of the Virginia High School League Group 5A Cross Country Championships at Great Meadows Park Friday. Left, Douglas Freeman’s Walid Suliman beat second-place Fitsum Seyoum of Tuscarora High School by 15 seconds for the 5A boys individual championship.


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Social Services officers discuss benefits, demand in demand for the agency’s ser- Cold Harbor District while By Melody Kinser Fuller is from Mechanicsville. vices. mkinser@mechlocal.com Lynn H. Saunders and David Four-year terms are appointed With a mission to help those by the Hanover County Board who are least able to help them- W. Fuller moved into their new of Supervisors. selves, the newly-elected chair positions on July 27. Both are Saunders, in the role and vice chair of the Hanover now in their seventh year on of chair, said she sees firstCountySocialServicesAdvisory the board. see NEED, pg. 25 ` Saunders represents the Board talked about the increase

Local teen taking talents to Texas By Melody Kinser mkinser@mechlocal.com Abram Dean’s “first real thing” in terms of performing paid off earlier this year when he captured the title of Hanover Junior Idol. Thanks to some encouragement from his mom Debbie Lunsford, he took the leap into the world of music. And now the 16-year-old from Mechanicsville is preparing to move to Texas to pursue his dream. On Aug. 20, Abram and his mother will head to Dallas where he has been accepted to study — and hone his skills — with the Linda Septien Entertainment Group. Debbie said she suggested Abram enter the Hanover Arts and Activities Centersponsored Idols competition because he “wants to get into this music thing, so let’s see TEEN, pg. 14 `

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School district again expects full accreditation For the ninth consecutive year, Hanover County Public Schools will again receive 100 percent full accreditation. According to Dale S. Theakston, communications specialist, the accreditation is determined based on the 200910 Standards of Learning assessments. Preliminary information from the Virginia Department of Education indicates the accreditation status. Final accreditation reports are expected on Sept. 15.

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Contributed Report news@mechlocal.com MECHANICSVILLE — Katie Goodman, a Patrick Henry High School student, accepts a donation from Bill Weimer, certified financial planning professional for Eagle Strategies LLC in the Rutland Commons area of Mechanicsville. FeedMore, formerly the Central Virginia Food Bank, was the recipient of the check due to Katie’s commitment to raise money and food for the hungry locally. Katie was chosen to accept this donation because of her participation in the Adranetta E. Weimer 4-H Incentive Scholarship program for the past five years. This program involves participants in four of the following: Public Speaking Contest, PowerPoint Contest, Demonstration Contest, Daily Poster Contest, and Essay Contest. Katie, in 2010, needed to choose a topic for the 4-H Public Speaking Contest. She had seen commercials on TV about hunger around the world and when her mother pointed out there are hungry children right here in Hanover County and Central Virginia, she settled on “Childhood Hunger in America.” She wrote in 2012 while doing research: “I learned that there are 1,494 children in Hanover County that face hunger on a daily basis. This made me really stop and think, some of these kids are kids I go to school with! That is when I decided to see what I could do,” Katie said, “I contacted the Central Virginia Food Bank, Plant a Row for the Hungry and Hunters for the Hungry. They all gave me great ideas on how I could help. The first thing I did was to make a display board with all of the information I had collected. I also made a list of organizations that I could ask for help. I then started to set up my booth around town and spreading the word about my project. I

spoke to local organizations and asked for help. I started a Plant a Row campaign in Hanover County. “Any chance I had, I spoke to people about how they could help. In 2011, I collected over 800 pounds of fresh produce and helped to feed 2138 people. I was the winner of the 2011 Hanover County Youth Spirit of Volunteerism Award.” She has been working with MCEF, ACES, and WHEAT.

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