News Flash

Town News Items

Posted on: December 28, 2023

New Year Greetings & Appreciation From the Mayor

light up the tracks_downtown (2) (1)

Before heading into the New Year, while shining lights still glow and the holiday spirit warmly draws us together, I want to say it’s been a spectacular season. The new Town Christmas tree, taken together with all the other lighting and holiday decorations throughout Ashland has truly lifted up the community as a holiday beauty to behold. Many thanks to every person, family, business, and organization that added to the festive atmosphere!

A signature event to get all this going this year was Downtown Ashland Association’s "Light Up the Tracks" event on November 18th and I wanted to take a moment to share some very special appreciation from the perspective of the train passengers viewing Ashland's sparkling lights.

On December 6th, I received the following email:

Dear Mr. Mayor,

I work as an on-board service attendant for Amtrak Auto Train and I would just like to thank you and the residents of Ashland…for the lovely holiday decorations that they display. I'm not sure if the Town of Ashland really knows how much we as employees, as well as the passengers, appreciate the effort that the residents go through. I thank you; we thank you. Please pass this information along if possible.
Thanks again, Ernest 
Amtrak Auto Train 

I excitedly responded to Ernest the same day:

Thank you so much for your heartwarming email! Light up the Tracks started out as one citizen's idea, but it’s since become a Town-wide treasure. The goal has been to highlight Ashland as a shiny, mile-long, living Christmas card to Amtrak staff and passengers! (Freight folks too!) It's also been a perfect way for our small-town spirit to shine a welcoming glow to folks, such as you, traveling to, or through, Ashland. We love our trains and train people and believe me, your email will make everyone that much happier; more testimony on how lighting up the tracks also lights up many hearts! - Mayor Steve Trivett

light up the tracks_house (2) (1)
And, this wasn’t the first time that Ashland’s "Season’s Greetings" was hailed to Amtrak passengers by our Amtrak friend, Ernest! Ernest was mentioned to me in an email this past May by Mike, a faithful Yellow Jacket from Randolph-Macon's Class of 1966.

I am a 1966 RMC graduate, and we return regularly for Homecoming and other events. We now live in Florida and take the Auto Train regularly to see family and friends in the area. In addition to pointing out Ashland and its decorations [Ernest and other Amtrak staff], mentioned RMC on our trip last December. We had over 500 passengers on our trip.

Mike also quoted these words from Ernest in his email: 

As you know, my co-workers and I announce to our passengers when we are going through Ashland, and our passengers love it, especially during the holidays. I would just like to let them know that we appreciate all that they do.

light up the tracks_train station (3) (1)

Over the years Ashland has always embraced our train-town roots, and that has made the Center of the Universe a uniquely welcoming experience to all who ride the rails. Thank you, Ernest, and thank you to everyone throughout Ashland for your efforts to brighten the lives of others.

Steve TrivettHeading into the New Year, though decorations will diminish and fewer lights will shine, I’m confident a special glow will persist in this community by way of individual kindness and a welcoming town spirit!

Sincerely,Mayor Steve Trivett

P.S. Coming in 2024, a certain Big Red monument will stand trackside, eye to eye with every traveler sharing in Ashland’s greetings to all. Ernest, you’re going to love it!

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Town News Items

websters logo

Business Spotlight: Websters, LLC

Posted on: February 1, 2024
2024 TOA Calendar_updated

2024 Town of Ashland Calendar

Posted on: December 28, 2023

The Caboose Embraces its Next Generation

Posted on: December 28, 2023
Thank you Kathy Abbott

Thank you, Councilmember Kathy Abbott!

Posted on: December 13, 2023
Root Modern Dentistry

Business Spotlight: Root Modern Dentistry

Posted on: December 13, 2023
APD Shopping Tips

APD: Holiday Shopping Safety

Posted on: November 30, 2023
stormwater_feb 2022

Winter Stormwater Tips

Posted on: November 30, 2023
light up the tracks_downtown (1)

It's Time to "Light Up the Tracks"!

Posted on: November 15, 2023
2023 Leaf Schedule

2023 Leaf Collection Schedule

Posted on: October 12, 2023
APD Awards 2023

Excellence in Community Policing

Posted on: September 27, 2023
Photo Contest Graphic

Announcing the "My Ashland" Photo Contest

Posted on: September 14, 2023
hispanic heritage month

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Posted on: September 13, 2023
KF headshot NYC

Welcome, Kelly Franke!

Posted on: September 12, 2023
Terry Stone

Welcome, Terry Stone!

Posted on: August 9, 2023
Leadership Hanover

Apply Now: Leadership Hanover

Posted on: August 9, 2023
John Hodges

Congratulations, Vice Mayor Hodges!

Posted on: July 26, 2023
TC Candidates

2023 Ashland Town Council Candidates

Posted on: June 29, 2023
Parks and Rec month logo

July is National Parks & Rec Month!

Posted on: June 29, 2023
Pride 2023

Happy Pride Month

Posted on: June 1, 2023
Mulch in wheelbarrow

Springtime Mulching Tips & Tricks

Posted on: March 30, 2023
womens history month graphic

Celebrate Women's History Month

Posted on: February 28, 2023
Owner Jamie Grant

Business Spotlight: FoodiO

Posted on: February 16, 2023
BHM 2023

Celebrate Black History Month

Posted on: February 2, 2023
farmers market survey

Take the Ashland Farmers Market Survey

Posted on: February 2, 2023
around the table-outside

Business Spotlight: Around The Table

Posted on: February 23, 2022
tax papers

APD Crime Prevention Tip: Tax Scams

Posted on: January 12, 2023
snow plow graphic

Name an Ashland Snowplow Contest

Posted on: January 6, 2023

Letter from Mayor Trivett: Happy New Year!

Posted on: December 29, 2022

Change to Tax Bill Due Date

Posted on: December 1, 2022
snow plow photo

Be Prepared: Winter Weather Tips

Posted on: November 30, 2022
outside of wagner jewelers

Business Spotlight: Wagner Jewellers

Posted on: November 10, 2022
bobbie carey

Welcome, Bobbie Carey!

Posted on: November 10, 2022
ribbon cutting

Free Wi-Fi Arrives in Downtown Ashland

Posted on: October 26, 2022
woman looking inside a box

Business Spotlight: RED VEIN Escape

Posted on: October 12, 2022
ITL Staff in their office

Business Spotlight: ITL Group

Posted on: September 29, 2022
president and ceo nancy walker

Business Spotlight: McKinney & Company

Posted on: September 14, 2022
koenig offices

Business Spotlight: Koenig Technology

Posted on: August 31, 2022
App Screenshot

Download the Town's New Mobile App

Posted on: August 11, 2022
Bautista family in their restaurant

Business Spotlight: Casa Herradura

Posted on: July 12, 2022
The Boulden family

Meet the Maker: Studley Farms

Posted on: June 1, 2022
fall line logo

The Fall Line Trail & Ashland

Posted on: May 12, 2022

APD Crime Prevention Tip: Phone Scams

Posted on: April 25, 2022
We Think In Ink Sign and owner Chuck

Business Spotlight: We Think In Ink

Posted on: April 14, 2022
photo of Hanover Foils

Business Spotlight: Hanover Foils

Posted on: March 31, 2022
photo of women hiking

How well do you know Ashland's parks?

Posted on: March 29, 2022
photo of man knocking

APD Crime Prevention Tip: Solicitors

Posted on: March 29, 2022
Photo of Lorie Lower

Business Spotlight: Yoga on Center

Posted on: March 8, 2022
Photo of Community Meeting

Community Meetings Recap

Posted on: March 7, 2022
around the table-outside

Business Spotlight: Around The Table

Posted on: February 23, 2022
survey results graphic

And the Surveys Say...

Posted on: February 9, 2022
Talk of the Town

Introducing: "Talk of the Town"

Posted on: January 13, 2022