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Officials break ground on new Atlee library site By Jim Ridolphi for The Mechanicsville Local MECHANICSVILLE -- It’s been a long time coming but the finish line is clearly in sight for a much-anticipated project. Hanover County officials, Pamunkey Regional Library administration, and Friends of the Atlee Library gathered last Wednesday afternoon at the site of the new Atlee Library for a groundbreaking ceremony. The start of that construction is the culmination of years of dedicated work by a committed group of supporters of the new facility. First approved in 2008, the project fell victim to a downturned economy and the project was delayed. The renewed efforts were spearheaded by a $1 million donation from the Pamunkey Regional Library for the design phase of the project. Canova Peterson, chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, welcomed supporters of the new

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Tuesdays A Commanders coffee is held from 10 to 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 90 at 17662 Beaver Dam Rd. in Beaverdam. to discuss issues of interest/befits of the American Legion. There also will be donuts. For more information, call Post Commander Eugene Truitt at 804-746-4734. The Hanover Concert Band rehearses from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday, mid-January


library, and told the audience the Atlee Library in its current location is the second busiest library in the county. Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Chickahominy District supervisor, was instrumental in supporting funding for the new library and said the site at U.S. 301 and Rutlandshire Drive is the perfect setting for the facility. She said the scenic property not only provides the perfect setting for library users, but also anchors a commercial hub that should become the “centerpiece” of the community. Kelly-Wiecek thanked the Friends of the Atlee Library, the Pamunkey Regional Library Board, and the Timberlake family. “As many of you know, Don Timberlake . . . left a bequest for the library,” she said. That bequest will allow the library to tell the story of Carrie Crenshaw, one of the original residents of the Rutland Farm. Crenshaw was a woman

well ahead of her time, serving as a professor and traveling the world and bringing “that knowledge back to her community.” A center at the library will be named in her honor. The two-story structure will feature a reading garden, study centers, collaborative spaces, and a dedicated student and children’s area. “We have designed this library with the community in mind,” Kelly-Wiecek told the gathering. She acknowledged the efforts of the Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office in assisting to ensure the library is safe and designed to serve community needs. Joe O’Connor, chairman of the Pamunkey Regional Library, reminded the crowd that a wealth of resources is available at the library and at a bargain price. “I would like to remind everyone that library cards are free,” he said. “You can just go to the library and get one.”

through mid December, at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center at 500 S. Railroad Ave. in Ashland, just south of U.S. 54. Membership is open to anyone who can read music and play a non-string instrument. High school students are welcome with parents’ permission. For more information, visit or call 804-789-0536.

Thursdays The Rotary Club of Ashland meets at noon for lunch at the Henry Clay Inn at 114 N. Railroad Ave. in Ashland. For more information, contact Jennifer Fox at 804-314-2834 or jfox@barnes-

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Overcomers Outreach & Women’s Codependency is a Christ-centered anonymous support program offering hope and healing for recovering alcoholics, addicts and their families. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at Shalom Baptist Church at 8116 Walnut Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. For more information, call 804366-6524 or email mjfaith1@ Overcomers Outreach, a Christ-centered anonymous support program offering hope and healing for recovering alcoholics, addicts and

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Canova Peterson, left, Scott Wyatt, Angela Kelly-Wiecek and Faye Prichard of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors; Tom Shepley, director of the Pamunkey Regional Library; Joe O’Connor, chairman of the Pamunkey Regional Library Board; Sean Davis of the board of supervisors; and Rhu Harris, county administrator, had their shovels ready as they took part in groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Atlee Library.

The Pamunkey Regional Library system is comprised of Hanover, Goochland, King William and King and Queen counties. “Our library board is ecstatic that we have finally gotten to this point,” O’Connor said. He acknowledged the efforts of County Administrator Rhu Harris and

his role in opening the current Atlee Library in the early 1990s, recognizing the growing needs of a community. “With an extensive community process that gathered a great deal of community input and considered a great number of constituencies, the new Atlee Library was designed with our community in mind and with the ever-changing

and ever-important role our libraries play,” Kelly-Wiecek said after the ceremony. Once funding for the library was restored, the project was moved up by a year. “We were even able to bring this to fruition a year earlier for the benefit of our residents,” Kelly-Wiecek said. Construction is expected to be completed by next summer.

their families, meets at 7.p.m. at 7446 Adams Farm Rd. in Mechanicsville. For more information, call 804-3666524 or email mjfaith1@gmail. com.

so many organizations in need of help. For more information, call Laurie Wagner at 804-7810338.

Second Tuesdays

Second Mondays

The WEB of Hope meets from 10 a. m. to noon at the Black Creek Baptist Church at 6289 McClellan Rd. in Mechanicsville. It is one of several groups in the Richmond area that crochets, knits, sews, and quilts gifts for the American Red Cross to distributed to those in need. Since its inception, the WEB has donated over 153,00 gifts locally, nationally and globally. If you can make it, the WEB can use it. There are

Third Mondays Alzheimer’s/Dementia support group for caregivers and others who want to help and encourage those who have loved ones with dementia illnesses meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in Room E106 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church at 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. For more information, contact Jennifer Bean at 804-559-2805, Mark Elliott at 804-746-8288 or the church office at 804-746-9073.

Hanover Family Support Group, a support group for family members of a loved one with a mental illness, meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday evening of each month at the Ashland office of Hanover Community Services located at 12300 Washington Highway in Ashland. Attendees support one another, share experiences, challenges and resources and to advocate for their loved ones. For more information, contact Kathy Redfearn, LCSW at 804675-4230. The Hanover County Historical Society will be consee CALENDAR, pg. 21 

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