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Remembering Rob Grogan    

 

 

Fourteen years ago, I sat down in Hyperion to have coffee with Rob and Virginia Grogan. They were the publishers of a nifty local newspaper, Front Porch Fredericksburg, which featured community-based positive news. I admired their vision. I, too, wanted to create something special for the Fredericksburg community and I needed advice. That conversation helped create what is now Fredericksburg Parent and Family.

Rob Grogan passed yesterday after a battle with cancer. Today, I want to acknowledge his work in the community, his spirit, and most of all, thank him for his words of encouragement to an unsure and inexperienced publisher.

— Leigh Anne Van Doren

 

 

Rob Grogan and I were kindred spirits from the start. From our first meeting together at the 909 Saloon where we talked about writing, Duquesne University and my blog to the last meal we shared together with our friend Melvin Brown at The Hunan Garden on William Street, Rob had a zest for life, a passion for writing and a desire for social justice. He believed in the good of all people.

Affectionately known as "Papa G," there was never a time when a smile wasn't on his face. Thanks for the friendship, Rob.

- Chris Jones

 

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Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series

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From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.

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