Paint brush, anyone?


Luther Lewallen and Richard Witcher paint the Old Ashland Station in Alderson.

If you want something done, find a volunteer! Luther Lewallen and Richard Witcher have volunteered to paint the old Ashland Station in Alderson and they are hard at work.

The paint project would not have been possible without the work of Fawn Valentine and the beautification committee of the Alderson “HUB” group chaired by Alderson Main Street President Jim Russell. Valentine applied for and received a grant to pay for the paint and supplies. Other members of the beautification committee include Bo and Susan Bowyer, Richard and Marjorie Witcher, Linda Loudermilk, and Ann Eskins.

Another volunteer is Ross Copenhaver, who has taken on the job of caring for the flower baskets this summer. Paid for by donations and grown by Blue Ridge Farms in Williamsburg, these bright red begonia baskets bring a festive and patriotic touch to the town. However, they must be watered several times each week and fertilized as well.  They require constant attention and Copenhaver stepped up.

Volunteer Christine Atwell tends the flowers at city hall, in front of the old Ashland Station, and a few other places. Those driving by may see her weeding, pruning or planting.

It was a bit hard to coordinate the removal of the recycling bins and volunteer labor so the flood mud from last year could be scooped from under them but when that was accomplished, volunteer Melinda Russell was there with truck and shovel and started the clean-up.

Mayor Travis Copenhaver said, “I am truly grateful to have such a great crew of volunteers. These are wonderful examples and there are many others who also work to make Alderson shine. Thanks to all of them.”

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