Verity Middle School physical education teacher Amy Prichard took on the organization of the inaugural Ashland Independent School District 5K on Saturday.
She deemed it a rousing success after nearly 120 runners participated ranging in age from 6 through 72. The race was designed with physical activity as the goal.
“It’s not really a fundraiser, although the money (raised) goes toward PE equipment,” she said. “The main goal is to get people involved with physical activity.”
Race T-shirts were popular items. They featured a Tomcat running on the front.
“We’re going to make this an annual event,” said Prichard, who said her two children, ages 6 and 9, participated. “It’s important to keep people moving.”
Prichard had the school system involved. Superintendent Steve Gilmore spoke briefly and band directors Roger Doss and Chris Whalen played the national anthem. The Verity Patriot mascot greeted runners as they crossed the finish line in the park.
“We have a lot of teachers signed up to run, too, which is exciting,” Prichard said. “I’d be running myself if I wasn’t organizing it.”
This may be the earliest Christmas promo ever.
The Ashland Breakfast Kiwanis Club is selling an ornament that came in too late for Christmas. They are available at the Ashland Alliance or Highlands Museum and Discovery Center for $6. The club started the ornament program.
The latest ornament features the fountains in Central Park and can also be purchased from any club member, said Jacqui Thornburg, who has chaired the project since its inception.
Previous ornaments sold by the club are also available to purchase. One of the most popular ones featured the Bluegrass Grill. We have our tree decorated with the ornaments and they also make a great gift (there is my shameless Christmas promo in the second week of May).
This year’s ornament is also in the making and commemorates Summer Motion, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer.
The ornaments are sold to raise funds for local youth activities, including the First Book program, an annual track meet at the Ashland Area YMCA and support of family resource centers in the Ashland, Fairview and Boyd County school districts.
Ashland Community Day at Great American Ball Park will be June 9, a Sunday afternoon game between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The game will be at 1:10 p.m. Tickets reserved for Ashland Day are down the first- and third-base lines. Seats are covered and in the shade. The cost is $22.50 per ticket with no additional fees when buying them directly from the alliance.
Tickets will be available to purchase at alliance offices on Winchester Avenue through 5 p.m. Thursday.
Residents can purchase tickets for other seating locations online for Ashland Community Day tickets by visiting reds.com/ashland and using promo code ashland.
This is the fifth year for Ashland Community Day at GABP.
The annual 1940s Ashland High School classes will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at JJ Restaurant.
Lunch will be Dutch treat. I’ll be making another speaking appearance to the class from the “War Years” and may bring a special guest speaker with me.
Lew Dunn of the class of 1948 is organizing the event. It has taken place the last several years at the former Ponderosa Steakhouse.
If you’re among that class, come out and join us.
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2648.