Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ELKMONT THIS WEEK?




28 Church Night 

Senior Center
*Limestone County Home Health group scheduled to visit and check blood pressure; bingo, dominoes, TV, billiards, joker and other games, 8:30 a.m.

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Senior Center 
*Dominoes, TV, billiards, joker and other games, 8:30 am 

Elkmont School 
*Volleyball@Priceville; JV and Varsity
*Open Gym (old) @ 6pm  


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Senior Center 

*Dominoes, TV, billiards, joker and other games, 8:30 am
The year is half gone.  What will you do with the rest? 
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2 Church Day 
*Count Your Blessings 
*Have you helped anyone today?



SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDDOS

As the world turns and the summer days float by, one thing you can count on is vacation Bible School.  There are a number of these offered in our local area.  A great opportunity for the kids to have fun and learn about Jesus Christ all at the same time. 

JUNE


26-29
Come join us at Elkton Road Baptist Church from 6:00 - 8:30 for Operation Arctic! Grades K-12.

JULY
10-13 

Elkmont United Methodist Church
*5:30-7:30 PM 
*Pre-K to 8th grade

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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In the car yesterday I heard Brad Paisley's song Last Time for Everything. Upbeat great song in my opinion that holds on to a great message. Eventually there is a "last time" for everything in our lives. Most of the time (and probably a good thing) we don't even realize it. 

After I heard it I took a little inventory of "last times" in my own life. Of course graduations, athletic events, simple and huge milestones in my life. 


Then I stopped to think about just when was the last time I really helped someone out. When was the last time I put some thought in how I treat people. When was the last time I sat back and thanked God for this life I live and the ones I love. This song is right....last time for everything.


Making those"last times" daily can make a difference. Play on words, but food for thought. Too much thinking time in the summer? Maybe...just maybe..... Have a good one!

FIREWORK SHOW INFORMATION


The annual Athens Fireworks Show sponsored by Athens-Limestone Tourism Association, the City of Athens and Limestone County will be , July 4, about 9 p.m. at Athens High School.  If you want to go, get there early. 

The Athens-Limestone County Fireworks Show  will begin between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Friday (weather permitting) over  Athens Stadium on U.S. 31 North. Chairs, blankets welcome. Stadium seating is not available. Parking allowed at the Athens Recreation Center, Central Church of Christ, Athens High School parking lot and Kmart. Fireworks expected to last about 20 minutes. - See more at: http://www.enewscourier.com/calendarofevents/x611398074/Limestone-Ledger-6-29-14#sthash.fNzdIMeJ.dpuf
Chairs, blankets welcome. Stadium seating is not available. The free, quality of life show is sponsored by the City of Athens, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association and Limestone County Commission.

There will not be seating allowed in the Athens High School stadium. Visitors and guests may park at the High School parking lot, Athens Plaza and where parking is permitted.
Fireworks expected to last about 20 minutes

The Athens-Limestone County Fireworks Show  will begin between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Friday (weather permitting) over  Athens Stadium on U.S. 31 North. Chairs, blankets welcome. Stadium seating is not available. Parking allowed at the Athens Recreation Center, Central Church of Christ, Athens High School parking lot and Kmart. Fireworks expected to last about 20 minutes. - See more at: http://www.enewscourier.com/calendarofevents/x611398074/Limestone-Ledger-6-29-14#sthash.fNzdIMeJ.dpuf

Athens Fireworks Show and Traffic Control 
Please park in designated parking spots at and around Athens High. Athens Police will block U.S. 31 from Forrest Street to Elm Street prior to the show. Those who park east of U.S. 31 will have to exit north or east after the show. Those who park west of U.S. 31 will have to exit south or west.
 

“We will not let people cross the highway unless traffic has subsided,” Chief Floyd Johnson said. 


"We draw hundreds of people from other cities and communities who do not have a fireworks show," said Teresa Todd,
Athens-Limestone County Tourism President.  "When we combine our out of town guests with the Athens-Limestone County population we actually have thousands of people enjoying our restaurants, hotels and retail merchants during this celebratory time." 

After the fireworks show, be sure to stop by  downtown to view the historic Courthouse as the symbolic patriotic colors of red-white & blue will be a magnificent light show for the remainder of the evening.

Monday, June 26, 2017

NEED A RIDE?


Limestone County Council on Aging’s transportation coordinator, Sabrina Bates wants you to know that the organization is adding medical appointment transportation to its rural routes in order to give seniors in more remote parts of the county the opportunity to safely travel to and from grocery stores and medical appointments.  Elkmont's day is Tuesday.
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Come hitch a ride to one of our senior centers for a day of fellowship, fun activities, morning exercise and a great meal with great friends. Instead of sitting at home, come join us for a fun day on the town with one of our rural or city shopping routes.”Anyone looking for transportation assistance, should call Sabrina Bates. Her number is 256/216-3907.

ALL AREA GIRLS SOCCER TEAM


The Decatur Daily has released its 2017 All Area Girls Soccer Team.  This year two Lady Devils were recognized with Honorable Mentions, Claudia Allen and Bailey Webb.  Congrads to our Elkmont ladies and their outstanding seasons.

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"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world"
I was reading an article on education earlier and ran across this quote. I remember so well being in the third grade and Mrs. Betty Roberts reading the book "Sounder" aloud to us on library days. That book and the way she made those characters come alive started my love for reading. 


Reading a book for enjoyment became a great thing in my life and I enjoy it to this day. I also remember Mrs. Randi Harbin reading "The Outsiders" to us in 9th grade English. I couldn't wait until she started and I became lost in the book when she would read. Mrs. Dianna Jackson and Mrs. Carol Field would have us write stories in reading and social studies and Mrs Martha R. Eubanks would have us write essays daily in senior English. It developed in me a love for writing and changed "my" world. 

These teachers and others stand out in my mind and have brought a lot to my life. Taking the time to read aloud to a child and having them write their thoughts and feelings can make a big difference. Thanks to all who did if for me! Have a good one!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Pretty good night for porch sitting. The wind feels great. Ran 6 this morning in the rain with friends. We laughed because even the squirrels we saw In the village looked at us like we were crazy. Truth is the warm rain and wind felt pretty refreshing. 

Sitting here tonight with the sounds of the bugs singing everything to sleep and the lightning bugs dancing in the air bring some calmness to the soul. Rustling tree leaves providing a back drop for thinking about friends and one of Jensen's good friends who is battling. In the constants of these peaceful nights it is easy to forget how quickly life will sometimes change and challenge. 

The song "God will take care of you" runs through my mind. "Be not dismayed" starts the song. Well...I hate to admit it but sometimes I am. My human mind does wonder "why?" I am sure I am not the first nor will I be the last to let these thoughts cross my mind. But I know Who it is that does hold the answers. I know His ways are not mine and I know He understands. Mercy and grace are wonderful things! Keep sweet Anna in your thoughts and prayers. Have a good one!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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This week I have added a daily walk to the running regimen. We live in a beautiful place where God's handiwork can be seen all around. Grandaddy used to say the "sun dog" 


In the upper right hand corner of the picture meant three days of rain coming! From the weather reports he may be right! Been a bunch of places in my life but Elkmont Alabama is by far the favorite. Have a good one!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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"What we think we become"
I saw this quote on a shirt the other day and I agree, but with a child a lot of time it is "what we are told we are is what we think and what we become"

Headed out for summer work outs in a few. Have 20 kids plus most mornings show. As a coach, my job is to use these volunteer workouts to build not only physical strength, but also self worth and self motivation in the fact that these are doing 4+ miles at 7 am, when some choose to stay in and do nothing. These days are to me as much about building up self esteem and team spirit as it is about getting stronger and faster. If we as coaches can't praise effort and focus on positives, I believe we are ineffective. Same goes for parents. Building up young minds and lives is important. They are going to believe what they are told. First I believe we all need to set the example. Expectations are so much easier to achieve when modeled by our coaches and parents. Just my take! Have a good one!