Monday, September 26, 2016

CURTIS CHARLES LASATER - OBITUARY

Curtis Charles Lasater 70, of Elkmont, died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at his home.
He was born Thursday, April 25, 1946 in Fayetteville, TN, he was the son of Charles Alvin Lasater and Hazel Marie Clardy Lasater. He lived in Ardmore area most all his life, he enjoyed quilting and fishing.


He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Joyce Ann Clark,
 

He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Lasater, of Elkmont, Son, Charles Lasater, of TX, Daughters, Tammy Gregory,of Gillette, WY, Tina Marie Smith,of FL, Melinda Sims, of Elkmont, 10 grandchildren, Madison Barnes, Nicole Brown, Kenneth Gregory, Chelsea Gregory, Mikey Miactich, Donnie Smith, Yancy Sims, Matthew Sims, Elizabeth Sims and Emily Sims, 2 nephews, Ricky and Allen Clark, and one great niece Samantha Clark.
 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
 

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, AL, at 11:00 AM with Dr. Joel Carwile officiating. Burial will be in Blanche Cemetery, Blanche, TN.

BARRY'S CORNER - LIVING IN ELKMONT


Being the Elkmont Cross Country Coach lets me spend quality time with our Elkmont young men and women. Can't say enough about the drive and the effort these kids give me day in and day out. 



I love them for what they do for me and I love the way they treat and encourage one another. If you are a coach and you you feel you have to yell and scream profanity at your kids... stop. There is no motivation more successful than a team coming together and loving each other and their sport. I have witnessed it first hand. 


One of my kids asked if we could pray before we left for students at our school who lost their mother. We did. They put their arms around each other, circled up and petitioned their Maker to be with them and help their fellow students and friends. 



They teach this old coach a lot through their actions! Motivate them through team building, love, and good old fashioned hard work. The reward is great and success will come! Have a good one!

HOMECOMING SCHEDULE

Homecoming Week is September 26-30.
*dress up hats are permitted this week but no masks

Monday, September 26:   
*Destination Day
(Dress as you were going to favorite vacation spot or somewhere you want to visit.)

*Elementary Bake Sale @ 1 PM

Tuesday, September 27:  
Disney vs Marvel
(Dress as your favorite Disney Character or Marvel Super Hero)
 

Homecoming Parade at 6:00 pm through downtown Elkmont
Community Pep Rally at the football field immediately following the parade


Wednesday, September 28: No School for Students

Thursday, September 29: 
Rocker vs Rapper
(Dress as your favorite Singer/Group or Rapper)

*High/Middle School Bake Sale @ 1 PM

Friday, September 30:  Frat/ Fancy Friday
(Dress Up and show your Red Devil Pride)


Homecoming Game:
Elkmont vs Colbert Heights; kickoff 7 pm 

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - DAY 26

The power has gone out and you don't have a clue how to cook if you don't have your grill.  Learning to cook with a dutch oven gives you a lot of options that you may not realize. 


dutch-oven-cooking

Have you ever cooked a meal by using a dutch oven? This is a cooking vessel that is made to be used on a stove top or placed in a standard oven. If you are looking for a fun way to cook food at home or out on a fun camping trip, then dutch oven cooking might be ideal.

Dutch oven cooking is similar to cooking food wrapped in tin foil on a campfire. Food is placed inside the dutch oven that is then heated by placing it on hot coals. This means you can use a simple campfire or the charcoal grill found in a lot of state parks.

The most important thing to remember about dutch oven cooking is safety. Gloves will be essential for cooking with a dutch oven as the vessel will get extremely hot. The only other thing to keep in mind is the recipes you have to use for the meals you want to cook.

15 SECRETS TO DUTCH OVEN COOKING LINK

Sunday, September 25, 2016

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ELKMONT THIS WEEK?

HOMECOMING WEEK
Monday, September 26:   *Destination Day
*Elementary Bake Sale @ 1:15
 
Tuesday, September 27:   *Disney vs Marvel
*Homecoming Parade at 6:00 pm through downtown Elkmont

*Community Pep Rally @ football field after parade
 
Wednesday, September 28  
*No School  
*Stay in Pajamas All Day
 
Thursday, September 29:   
*Rocker vs Rapper 
*High School/Middle School Bake Sale @ 1:15
 
Friday, September 30:  
*Frat/ Fancy Friday
*Pep Rally; 2 pm
*Elkmont vs Colbert Heights; 7 pm

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SENIOR CENTER *Dominoes, TV, billiards, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.
 
*Elkmont Pickin' and Grinnin'@ 6:30  
*Bring your own chair  
*Dancers and Musicians Welcome
 
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SENIOR CENTER   
* Bingo, dominoes, billiards, TV, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.
*Senior Shopping Trip 

VOLLEYBALL  
*Varsity, MS, JV @ Ardmore; 2 pm
 
28 CHURCH NIGHT
 
SENIOR CENTER  
*Walgreens representative Steven Crunk scheduled to visit and bring prizes, bingo, dominoes, TV, billiards, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.

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BE READY DAY ATHENS/LIMESTONE CO.
*Athens Event Center; 8:30 am- 3 pm
*Free Lunch
  
VOLLEYBALL  
*Varsity/JV vs West Morgan; 4:30 pm 
* JV vs West Morgan; 4:30 pm

SENIOR CENTER  
*Center Closed — Senior day outing, attending “Be Ready Day” held by Limestone County VOAD at the Limestone County Event Center to educate and inform our citizens on the importance of first responders and being prepared when disasters strike – free lunch, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


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SENIOR CENTER
*Dr. Shanna Ndong, new physician with Athens Internal Medicine, will visit, present topic, and bring goodies, accompanied by Felicia Lambert, 10 a.m., dominoes, billiards, TV, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
*Elkmont vs Colbert Heights; kickoff 7 pm
*Homecoming


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ELKMONT SCHOOL
*Cross Country @ Oakville Indian Mounds;  Jesse Owens Run

*Volleyball - Varsity @ East Limestone Tournament
   

02 CHURCH DAY  
*count your blessings, one by one

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - DAY 25

How prepared are you to face an emergency?
This is the second post about how the five little pigs can help us as we learn about being prepared for life's trials.  If you missed the first post, go back to start and don't pass go until you read it.  The first pig is important too.  Link: First Pig

"This little piggy stayed home"
Did you know that you can freeze-dry foods yourself? Also, vacuum pouching foods for long-term storage is a good alternative. Chocolate chips will supposedly last for 11 years. Shipped vacuum-pouched chocolate chip cookies and homemade treats have arrived fresh and delicious for deployed soldiers. During difficult times, it is nice to have some of the comforts you are accustomed to.

And what if fuel supplies are cut off?  We have experienced the aftermath of tornadoes here in Limestone County. Natural gas lines can be severed and other power becomes unavailable. We had ice storms knock out our power.  There are many of us who have been so cold waiting for that power to come back on. We
were not as prepared as our neighbors who had emergency generators to run heating systems. Some of us did have lanterns and candles to provide light at night and were able to enjoy hot meals using grills and camp stoves until the power was restored several days later.

"This little piggy had roast beef" 

One of our neighbors is a canning expert. When she finds special prices on meats, she buys them in bulk and cans them in a pressure canner. She says that meats are one of the easiest foods to process and when purchased on sale, not terribly expensive. You don't have to have power to keep canned meat good and you always have an ingredient for soups and casserole-type dishes. She also cans butter in her pressure canner and maintains that after three years, hers is still fresh and tasty. Of course you would need butter for those chocolate chip cookies.

Check back tomorrow for the last little pig post to help you prepare for life's trials.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

ELKMONT YOUTH VOLLEYBALL WINS AGAIN


Another win for Elkmont 10U girls!!  We played Lindsey Lane Christian Academy and won in straight sets;  1st match 25-10, 2nd match 25-16. 

Our players: Karlie Liverett, Storey Daniel, Makayla Kennedy, Brianna Newton, Lexie McNatt, Brilee Boger, Carly White, Meghan Payne.


The Little Divas won again!!! I can't say enough about these girls and what an awesome season we are having. We missed Carly & Lindsay Smith White today!
Laura Kennedy

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - BE READY


The Limestone County Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster will host an emergency preparedness event this month to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies.


The event, called Be Ready Athens-Limestone County, will include discussion of the role local responders play in preventing and responding to disasters, equipment demonstrations and a free lunch.


The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Limestone County Event Center on Pryor Street.
The Limestone County Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster or LCVOAD is a humanitarian organization comprised of independent organizations that respond to disasters.

Its purpose is to streamline the delivery of services to people affected by disasters such as floods and tornadoes while eliminating unnecessary duplication of relief efforts.

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - DAY 24

The wisdom of a nursery rhyme with five little piggies.

If you couldn't get the food and things your family needs from the store because commerce was disrupted by weather, a natural disaster, an economic or other challenge; what would you do? Are you ready for an emergency?

There are many options for obtaining and storing emergency food rations. You can use some of your tax refund to purchase food to help  avoid pinching the budget. Others give food storage and survival items as gifts or use money from a vacation budget and enjoy a staycation. Another way to make your dollar stretch is to check the clearance aisle at the grocery store and buy day-old bread which freezes well.

Please don't expect to be fed by government or charitable agencies, their resources will be stretched to the limit. Wouldn't your family prefer foods they are accustomed to anyway? If you choose to utilize your resources and invest in preparedness, you do not need to worry or feel like you are taking away from others; actually your self-reliance reduces the burden on other groups. In a time of need, you will be in more of a position to help relieve the suffering of others, starting with those you value most. Remember, "The Lord helps those who help themselves."

Let's consider the wisdom of a centuries-old nursery rhyme as we learn about being prepared.

The First Pig:

"This little piggy went to market"

One expert likes freeze-dried foods for the quality and shelf life. Many of us eat predominantly fresh foods such as produce, which doesn't store well long term. Freeze-dried foods provide a reasonably similar option, are light weight and portable if you need to relocate. Many manufacturers offer selections of hundreds of servings of produce, meats, dairy and basic foods.

Some families choose military-style MREs (meals ready to eat) because they keep for a long time, are convenient, lightweight, nutritious and portable. Others use bulk food purchases to keep costs low. You can discover hacks like easily sprouting seeds for fresh vegetables and using dried fruits on the website below and social media sites. And let's not forget adequate water; at least two gallons per person per day to stay alive and somewhat clean.


Check back on Wednesday for two more "pigs" of being ready for the trials of life.

Friday, September 23, 2016

HOW DID YOUR FEDERAL SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE VOTE LAST WEEK?

September 21, 2016
In this MegaVote for Alabama's 5th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Water Resources Development – Motion to Invoke Cloture
  • Senate: Water Resources Development - Passage
  • House: Health Expenses Tax Deductions
  • House: Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications
  • House: Veterans Affairs Department Accountability
  • House: Prohibit Guantanamo Transfers
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations
  • Senate: Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia
  • House: Legal Challenges to Federal Rules
  • House: Identify Assets of Top Iranians
  • House: Defer Taxing Stock Options for Startups
  • House: Bar Ransom Payments for Hostages

Recent Senate Votes
Water Resources Development – Motion to Invoke Cloture - Vote Agreed to (94-3, 3 Not Voting)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the bill which authorizes $10.6 billion in funding for more than 30 Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects under the current law (PL 113-121), including waterways and flood control systems, as well as Environmental Protection Agency drinking water infrastructure programs. The measure authorizes $220 million in recovery assistance, specifically $100 million for water infrastructure improvements available to "states with emergency drinking water situations" via state revolving fund loans; $70 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit subsidies; and $50 million in health screening and education grants. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted YES
Sen. Jeff Sessions voted YES


Water Resources Development - Passage - Vote Passed (95-3, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed legislation which authorizes $10.6 billion in funding for more than 30 Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects under the current law (PL 113-121), including waterways and flood control systems, as well as Environmental Protection Agency drinking water infrastructure programs. The measure also authorizes $220 million in recovery assistance, specifically $100 million for water infrastructure improvements available to "states with emergency drinking water situations" via state revolving fund loans; $70 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit subsidies; and $50 million in health screening and education grants.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted YES
Sen. Jeff Sessions voted YES


Recent House Votes
Health Expenses Tax Deductions - Vote Passed (261-147, 23 Not Voting)

The legislation repeals the increases in the threshold at which individuals may begin deducting unreimbursed medical expenses from their income as set by the 2010 health care law, thereby rolling the threshold back to 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income for all taxpayers and preventing the threshold from increasing to 10 percent for senior citizens. Under the measure, the medical deduction threshold reverts to 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income beginning with the current 2016 tax year.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES


Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications - Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation requires each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also prohibits agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES


Veterans Affairs Department Accountability - Vote Passed (310-116, 5 Not Voting)

The bill expands the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and it overhauls the VA's current disability appeals process by giving veterans the choice of three "lanes" for appeal when dissatisfied with an initial VA benefits decision. It also includes provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorizes the VA to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, allows the VA to reduce Senior Executive Service (SES) employees' pensions upon conviction of certain felonies, streamlines disciplinary actions for SES employees and eliminates all bonuses for SES employees for five years.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES


Prohibit Guantanamo Transfers - Vote Passed (244-174, 13 Not Voting)

The measure prohibits the Defense Department from transferring or releasing any detainee from the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States, its territories or possessions, or to any foreign country or entity. The blanket prohibition would end on Jan. 21, 2017, or earlier once a Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2017 is enacted.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations - HR5325

The bill would appropriate $3.5 billion Legislative Branch bill for fiscal 2017, which covers the operations of the House, the Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress and other agencies. The current bill text is expected to be replaced with text containing the continuing resolution that would deal with broader veterans funding and emergency money needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus.



Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia - SJRES39

The joint resolution would prohibit a roughly $1 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, including well more than a hundred Abrams tanks.



Legal Challenges to Federal Rules - HR3438

The bill would postpone, until all legal challenges are completed, the implementation of any new federal rule that would have an economic impact of $1 billion or more per year.



Identify Assets of Top Iranians - HR5461

The bill would require the Treasury secretary to compile and submit to Congress a report detailing the known assets of Iran's top political and military leaders, how those assets were acquired and for what purposes the assets were used.



Defer Taxing Stock Options for Startups - HR5719

The bill would allow employee stockholders in certain startup businesses to defer income taxes on stock options for up to seven years, when they are more likely to have the funds to make the tax payments.



Bar Ransom Payments for Hostages - HR5931

The bill would specify that it is the policy of the U.S. government not to pay ransom or release prisoners for the purpose of securing the release of U.S. citizens taken hostage abroad, and it generally would prohibit the U.S. government from providing to the government of Iran, either directly or indirectly, any cash or other promissory note. It would require the administration to obtain a Treasury foreign assets license before settling any pending financial claims with Iran, and to publicly disclose each such transaction and payment.