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Posted on: August 11, 2022

Download the Town's New Mobile App

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Access to Town news and services is now at your fingertips with the new AshlandVA.gov mobile app! 

Free and compatible with both iOS and Android mobile phones, the AshlandVA.gov mobile app is a great tool for residents and business owners seeking ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Construction Begins on Town Hall Lawn Pavilion

Ashland Pavillion Rendering

Construction is now underway on the Town Hall Pavilion, which will be located on the lawn in front of Ashland's Town Hall (121 Thompson Street). Envisioned as a shady gathering place for Ashlanders and a venue for small performances and community...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Business Spotlight: Caravati's Architectural Salvage

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As the Richmond area's oldest supplier of architectural salvage, Caravati's Architectural Salvage has been dedicated to serving the customer in every aspect of old house restoration, remodeling, and repair since 1939. 

Owned and ...

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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Come One, Come All: Ashland Community Picnic on Aug. 6th

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Ashlanders of all ages are invited to gather with neighbors and friends, new and old, for food, drinks, games, and a refreshing swim in Carter Park Pool (1112 Maple St) at a Community Picnic on Saturday, August 6th from 4pm-7pm.

Organized by the T...

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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Business Spotlight: Kristie Bradley Photography

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Kristie Bradley Photography has been serving Ashland and the surrounding areas of Hanover and Henrico for almost 10 years. Putting down roots in Ashland with her brick-and-mortar studio in 2016, Kristie specializes in photographing high school senior port...

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Posted on: July 13, 2022

Historic John M. Gandy ES: Designed for Ashland's Next Generation

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Designers from Crabtree, Rohrbaugh, & Associates presented the final renderings and gave a virtual tour of the interior of the new John M. Gandy Elementary School at the Hanover County School Board meeting held on Tuesday, July 12th, 2022. 

Th...

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Posted on: July 13, 2022

Investing in Ashland’s Future: ARPA Projects Update

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In 2021, the Town learned we would receive over $8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the Federal government. Taking into consideration the various restrictions around the use of the funds, Town staff worked closely with Town Council on...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Town Council Recognizes Susan Richards, Appoints New Planning Commissioners

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At their regularly scheduled meeting on June 7th, members of Ashland's Town Council recognized Mrs. Susan Richards for her years of service as a Planning Commissioner for the Town. 

Mrs. Richards was appointed in May 2020 to complete Feli...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Business Spotlight: Casa Herradura

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Opened in 2021, Casa Herradura is a family-owned Mexican restaurant located at 428 England Street. Casa Herradura offers authentic Mexican food and the Bautista family truly loves to treat their customers like they're part of the family. ...

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Town News Items
Posted on: July 8, 2022

Meet the Maker: NANIH Farm & Garden

Patrick Johnson at his market stand

Welcome to our "Meet the Makers" series, where we're shining a light on some of our farmers market vendors. In this post, we're getting to know Patrick Johnson behind NANIH Farm & Garden. Ashland Farmers Market loves having...

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Town News Items
Posted on: June 30, 2022

Business Spotlight: BCLS Landscape Services

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BCLS Landscape Services is a commercial landscape company providing grounds management, landscape enhancement services, irrigation, and commercial snow removal for clients throughout Central VA. In addition, BCLS offers commercial landscape installation s...

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Posted on: June 15, 2022

New EV Charging Stations in Downtown Ashland

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Amid record inflation and rising fuel prices, the Town of Ashland unveiled four new public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations -- two each in the parking lots located at Town Hall (121 Thompson Street) and the Ashland Library (201 S Railroad Avenue). ...

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Town News Items
Posted on: June 14, 2022

Coming Soon: Pedestrian Improvements to Ashcake Road

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In the coming months, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin the Preliminary Engineering phase for pedestrian improvements along Ashcake Road in the Town of Ashland to improve safety and walkability along this increasingly busy corrid...

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Town News Items
Posted on: June 14, 2022

Business Spotlight: Thrill of the Hunt

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Opened in 2011, Thrill of the Hunt showcases a quality blend of stylish one-of-a-kind furniture, unique gifts, and home décor. 

In addition, they are an Annie Sloan Stockist for paint and supplies as well as offer custom furniture paint...

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Town News Items
Posted on: June 13, 2022

Amtrak Completes Upgrades at Ashland Station

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A construction project to improve accessibility and safety at the Amtrak stop in Ashland has been completed. Amtrak and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) are partners in bringing Amtrak Northeast Regional daily service to the station located in...

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Town News Items
Posted on: June 8, 2022

APD Seeks Community Assistance in Identifying Possible Larceny Suspects

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The Ashland Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in identifying possible larceny suspects depicted in the below photographs.

In the overnight hours of June 3 and June 4, 2022, several vehicles were entered, and items were stolen from sev...

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Posted on: June 1, 2022

Meet the Maker: Studley Farms

The Boulden family

Welcome to our "Meet the Makers" series, where we're shining a light on some of our farmers market vendors. In this post, we're getting to know the Boulden family behind Studley Farms. Ashland Farmers Market loves having Studle...

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Posted on: June 1, 2022

Ashland Residents Eligible for Discount on Flood Insurance

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The Town of Ashland has been designated as a level 8 community by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). This recent change in designation means that Town residents may now be able to receive a discount on their flood i...

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Posted on: June 1, 2022

Business Spotlight: Beam Distributing

Beam Team

Beam Distributing is a woman-owned small business that was founded in Richmond in 2001 as a distributor of Pelican flashlights. Over the years, Beam grew to be the largest stocking distributor and dealer of Pelican products in the country. They are the su...

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Town News Items
Posted on: May 31, 2022

Homemades by Suzanne Receives 2022 SWaMmy Honor

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The Town of Ashland would like to congratulate Homemades by Suzanne on receiving a 2022 SWaMmy Honor as a Legacy Business. Owner Suzanne Wolstenholme was recognized at an in-person event on Wednesday, May 25th. The 2022 SWaMmy Honors celebrates small, wom...

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Posted on: May 16, 2022

Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Building Community Through Art

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On Thursday, May 12th, the Town of Ashland partnered with CultureWorks, The Branch, and residents of Ashland's Sedgefield neighborhood on a dynamic and meaningful community art event. Funded in part by a grant from the Town, CultureWorks organize...

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Posted on: May 12, 2022

The Fall Line Trail & Ashland

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The Fall Line Trail. Whether you're a cycling superfan anxiously awaiting the Fall Line's completion or just hearing about it for the first time, this Ashland-focused overview provides details on the project, its goals, and how it could ...

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Town News Items
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Business Spotlight: Origin Beer Lab

Chris Ray and staff

Opened in 2016, Origin Beer Lab is a brewery that was built for research, development, and teaching of all things beer in downtown Ashland. Origin is the sister company to Center of the Universe Brewing and was created to continually tweak, enhance and cr...

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Posted on: May 11, 2022

APD Crime Prevention Tip: Burglars Shun Good Locks and Lights

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Thieves and burglars don’t like quality locks and lighting and are often deterred by simple upgrades on your property. Step up your security measures with these tools:

Hidden shackle locks: Often used on tractor-trailer doors, homeowners...

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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Ashland Awarded Virginia Tourism Grant for “Center Your Universe" Marketing Campaign

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The Town of Ashland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC). The grant will help fund the Town’s “Center Your Universe” marketing and visitor experience campaign expected to launch in 202...

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Town News Items
Posted on: April 27, 2022

To Market, To Market: Ashland Farmers Market Opens May 7th

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The Ashland Farmers Market will kick off its 2022 season on Saturday, May 7th! To celebrate and get those tastebuds primed for all the berries, cinnamon buns, and heirloom tomatoes you can carry, we're re-sharing a story and photos we ran last year on the...

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Posted on: April 27, 2022

Business Spotlight: ReMix Market & Junkluggers of Central Virginia

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Junkluggers of Central Virginia is an eco-friendly junk removal company that takes an environmentally responsible approach by working with local area charities and nonprofits to donate, repurpose and reuse the items they pick up instead of dumping everyth...

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Posted on: April 25, 2022

APD Crime Prevention Tip: Phone Scams

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Did you know that the 804 Area Code is considered one of the top 10 area codes in the country for scam phone calls?

Be alert for scam phone calls like the examples below:

  • You’ve won a contest with a large prize (sometimes from overseas). Just send the conte...
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Town News Items
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Major Troy Aronhalt to Serve As Ashland's Next Chief of Police

Troy Aronhalt

The Town of Ashland is pleased to announce that Major Troy Aronhalt, Deputy Chief, has accepted an offer from Town Manager Josh Farrar to become the Ashland Police Department’s next Chief of Police.

“Given that fostering community relationships and buildin...

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Town News Items
Posted on: April 14, 2022

Highlights from the Town Manager's Proposed FY22-23 Budget

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At the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, April 5th, Town Manager Josh Farrar shared his proposed budget for FY22-23. While a thoughtful and detailed budget is vitally important for transparency, all of those details can also make it difficult to decipher A...

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Town News Items
Posted on: April 14, 2022

Business Spotlight: We Think In Ink

We Think In Ink Sign and owner Chuck

Opened in 1988, We Think In Ink is a creative collaboration studio that offers quality, custom design and print services for businesses, government, community groups, and nonprofits in Hanover and the Richmond metro area.

“Ashland has so much going for it ...

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Town News Items
Posted on: April 14, 2022

APD Crime Prevention Tip: Home Improvement Scams

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Home improvement scams increase as the weather breaks. In spring and summer, scam artists drive through neighborhoods hoping to find people in their yards. Once spotted, the victim is drawn into a conversation about the work that needs to be done on their...

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Posted on: April 5, 2022

FEMA Makes Changes to Ashland's Flood Insurance Rate Maps

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the Town of Ashland. These maps show the projected flood risk of properties, as well as areas that are subject to flooding. 

FEMA is ...

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Town News Items
Posted on: March 31, 2022

Business Spotlight: Hanover Foils

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Hanover Foils is a flexible packaging converting company that specializes in foil products including confectionery foils, food wrap foils, beverage and dairy foils, pan stock for formed pans, Fin stock for refrigeration and HVAC, industrial foil products,...

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Town News Items
Posted on: March 29, 2022

How well do you know Ashland's parks?

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Explore the Town of Ashland's Parks with a fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt! Sleuth your way through our parks solo or form a team to compete with/or against your friends!

How to Play

1. Register on the SCAVR app on your smartphone.

2. Open the app and fo...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Carter Park Pool Memberships On Sale Now

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The countdown to summer is on, and there is no better place to beat the heat than Carter Park Pool!

Located in the Town of Ashland at 1112 Maple Street, Carter Park Pool offers eight junior Olympic-sized swimming lanes (25 meters) with a separate kiddie po...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

APD Crime Prevention Tip: Solicitors

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Did you know that Ashland Town Code requires all solicitors to obtain and display a license issued by the Police Department? 

As warm weather may increase the number of solicitors in our area, criminals may also solicit business or impersonate off...

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Town News Items
Posted on: March 8, 2022

Business Spotlight: Yoga on Center

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Lorie and Brad Lower moved to Ashland in 2018 and opened the doors to Yoga on Center in October of the same year. Located at 403 S. Center Street, the building is a combination home and studio and sits a mere 25 feet from the train tracks. 

It’s a...

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Town News Items
Posted on: March 7, 2022

Community Meetings Recap

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Thank you to everyone who attended and provided feedback at one of the Town Manager’s Community Meetings in February. 

We realize that taking time out of your day to attend Town meetings requires planning, considerable effort, and in some cases, s...

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Posted on: March 8, 2022

Spring Crime Prevention Tip: Lock Your Sheds & Garages

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As spring and summer approach bringing us longer, warmer days, the Ashland Police Department would like to remind everyone of some tips to prevent residential crimes.

Remember to lock your sheds and garages. Many times, the best deterrent to keep ...

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Town News Items
Posted on: March 3, 2022

Town Council Presents Funding to Three Community Organizations

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Members of Ashland's Town Council recently presented funding to three community organizations, which was made possible by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, that the Town received in 2021.

Circles Ashland (pictured at right) received $115,480 ...

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Town News Items
Posted on: February 23, 2022

Community Resource: Broadband Affordability Program

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The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more. The program provides $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.&...

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Posted on: February 23, 2022

Business Spotlight: Around The Table

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After 27 years in the Culinary Arts field, Ammie Mines started Ammie’s Catering in 2016. "Through love and good food, I was able to bless many people, and my dream was to one day open my own restaurant," she said.

In 2021, Ammie and her cousin, K...

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Town News Items
Posted on: February 16, 2022

Ashland Town Council Approves Land Purchase in North Ashland

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At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022, Ashland’s Town Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of three adjacent land parcels for development into a new public park. The Town is currently under contract for a purcha...

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Posted on: January 25, 2022

It’s Budget Time, and We Want to Hear from You

Matt Reynal, Deputy Town Manager/Finance Director

Every year, Ashland’s Town Council reviews, revises, and adopts an annual operating and capital budget for the Town. The budget is informed by community and staff input and guided by the Town’s Strategic Plan, which states that the Town’s budget should:&a...

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Town News Items
Posted on: February 9, 2022

And the Surveys Say...

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Results from three different 2021 Town of Ashland surveys were presented at the Town Council meeting on Tues., Feb. 1st. While the intent, timing, and methodology of the National Community Survey, Business Survey, and Community Engagement Survey differed,...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

Ashland Announces Retirement of Chief Doug Goodman

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During a regular meeting of the Ashland Town Council on Tuesday, January 18th, Town Manager Josh Farrar announced that Chief Doug Goodman will retire on May 1st, 2022 from the Ashland Police Department after 14 years of exemplary leadership at the agency....

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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Introducing: "Talk of the Town"

Talk of the Town

Introducing “Talk of the Town” – a new email newsletter that will feature stories and actionable information about upcoming Town initiatives, programs, public meetings, and more. This newsletter will go out twice per month on the Thursday prior t...

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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Town of Ashland Welcomes Four New Full-Time Staff

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The Town of Ashland welcomed four new full-time staff members between August 2021 and January 2022. The Business Development Coordinator and Planner II positions were hired to fill vacancies in the Town’s Planning & Community Development Department, w...

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Posted on: November 17, 2021

Virginia Passenger Rail Authority to Begin Surveying in Ashland

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This week, the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) notified the Town of Ashland that they will begin surveying select Town-owned properties, businesses, and private residences to delineate boundaries between CSX Transportation right-of-way and right-...

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