Helena Picture of the Day
The Helena Picture of the Day goes to J Kenneth for his photo of the Fireworks over Helena. You can see the fireworks in person this Friday 3rd around 9pm as First Friday ends. I wrote this very quickly so I may come back and add some items and edit some mistakes (I have already edited this 4 times).
Also if you swing by the Helena Museum on Friday night you can register to win a historic item and get a free glow necklace
It's 108 Squire Drive, Helena, AL 35080. tomorrow morning from 7am - 1pm
|photo from qwertystudio.wordpress.com|
This 4th of July I wanted to share the story of a solider. I met David Pugh and he told me the magazine story about his father who lives in Helena. Laura Brookhart wrote and article about this true Helena Hero:
"On Glover Pugh’s wall you will see his dog tags, his Bronze Star, his Blue Badge, his Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart medal presented to him in the hospital near the end of World War II. Alongside are the telegrams, dated March and April 1945, sent to notify his mother, Mrs. Mary Pugh in Coffeeville, of his injuries. Sitting in his purple veteran’s coat, tie and cap, he shows me a second Purple Heart, more formally displayed in its original case. He speaks of being shot by a German bazooka fired into his convoy on a mountainside north of Bologna, Italy, during part of the ‘final push of the war.’
The result was a crushed skull. During surgery, doctors removed a fragment of his skull, which he requested to keep and wore afterwards on the chain with his dog tags. When he recovered and was released from the Army hospital, he donated a pint of blood to each of the remaining hospitalized soldiers. To date he counts he has donated 42 pints of blood to the American Red Cross, as well as giving blood through direct transfusion to his sister when she gave birth to twins.
Drafted just 19 days after his high school graduation, Glover first trained as a Sky Trooper in the Everglades, but eventually found himself assigned and serving with the 10th Mountain Division. After the war, he went to college on the G.I. Bill and taught agriculture for 32 years in Mobile County’s Vet Farm Program.
Widowed twice, he presides over a clan of 14 children and stepchildren and, to date, 15 grandchildren. His present wife, Jimmie, enjoys bird watching on their screened porch (which doubles as Glover’s office) while he continues to compile and archive the memories and mementoes of a life well and fully lived. Along with the fat scrapbook of photos and clippings, Glover has written ‘An Authentic Story,’ that begins with the history of Clarke County and Generals Coffee and Jackson’s activities along the Tombigbee River, where he went swimming as a boy. His southern roots, from beginning life as child of the Depression to many specifics about WWII and the rich and varied life he created afterwards that are related here are sure to be appreciated by any history buff.
At 82, he recollects clearly his rescue by an Italian farmer as he lay bleeding in a wheat field in the bitter cold winter of ’45. He has not forgotten that farmer who gave him warm milk that night nor the support of the Italian people who helped hide U.S. soldiers in their farmhouses. He speaks of how they lined the country roads and handed out bread and onions and wine to U.S. troops on the march.
His concern today is about the high suicide rate and the extreme injuries of soldiers now returning from Iraq. He recently wrote a letter to the Purple Heart magazine encouraging these men and women to not give up, but “make yourself available to do some good in your life.” His life reflects that he has well used this advice in his own personal mission". Website
Here is the calendar of the events for Helena events this Weekend. Let us know if we missed something:
Thursday July 2nd
6:30-10pm Phil Austin and Tommy Crowder will be playing at Papa Saia's in Old Town Helena.
7pm Josh Wheeler at the Coal Yard in Old Town
Friday July 3rd
5:30-8:30pm FireWorks and First Friday Celebration in Old Town: Join us for a celebration of Old Town starting at 5:30pm which includes vendors, food trucks, dunking booth and giveaways at the Helena Museum. Afterwards Fireworks will be shot off
7pm The Old Paints the Coal Yard in Old Town Helena
8pm Mulligan's Last Resort Yankee Doodle Dandy edition at Papa Saias
9pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill
8am-Noon Helena Market Days at the Helena Amphitheater
8am 6th Annual 4th of July Ride starting at Helena Walmart
9am-Noon Blood Mobile at the Helena Amphitheater
9am Music by the Greenies at Helena Amphitheater during Farmer's Market
Dunking Booth by the Helena Lions Club
Get your throwing arm ready!
During Helena First Friday the Helena Lions Club will be hosting a "Dunking Booth"! See the Schedule below and make sure you are there to DUNK your "Favorites" or "Not So Favorites", $1 a throw or 6 throws for $5! Better yet, bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly of the "Feed the People" initiative of Man of Ministry and get a Free Throw! Have fun and give back at the same time!
APH Radio Host from The Gene Rowley Show, Gene Rowley will start the evening off at 530pm!
Head Football Coach and AD from Helena High School, Coach Parker will sit at 6:05pm!
President of the Helena City Council, Cris Nelson will take the platform at 6:40pm
7:10pm we welcome to the platform Vice Principal Butts from Helena High School
Last, but certainly not least is Coach Jon Ray Russell! He will take over at 7:40pm. Coach Russell is the former XC Head Coach, current Track and Field Coach and new Assistant Football Coach!
Heckling the crowd from 530pm until 7:00pm will be City Council Representative and APH Radio Assistant from The Gene Rowley Show, Lesley Quick Bartlett! Taking over at 7:00pm for the heckling will be Hewy Woodman!
The Helena Lions Club extends a great big Thank You for the help and we are looking forward to a fun evening!
|Dont forget you can buy tickets to Billy Hinds Benefit Dinner at First Friday|
Austin and Crowder - Classic Country will perform at Papa Saia's this Thursday, July 2nd in Old Town Helena. Come on out for an awesome meal and some great country music. Music from 6:30-10:00pm
6th Annual Ride
Scotty Vines shared that the 6th Annual 4th of July Ride called "Proud to be an American" will start at the Walmart Neighborhood Market Helena at 335 Helena Market Pl, Helena, Alabama 35080. Kickstands up in Helena at 8:00 am. Click on link to see the route.
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Mulligan's Last Resort will perform their Yankee Doodle Dandy edition on Friday night at 8:00pm - 12:00am at Papa Saia's 4300 Helena Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080
Mulligan's Last Resort - Yankee Doodle Dandy editio
Red, White, and the Blues
The Red White and Blues of the 4th hosted by Thomas Trussell starting at 7:30pm on Saturday at
The Coal Yard in Helena 4085 Helena Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080. It will a live blues show.
Helena Farmer Market
This Saturday is 4th of July at Helena Market Days and also our annual free peaches and ice cream from 8am-Noon at the Helena Amphitheater. Our featured charities are LifeSouth Bloodmobile and Alabama Partners for Clean Air.
For this Saturday's market HMD has imported musical talent all the way from The Woodlands, TX. Please join us in welcoming The Greenies. This duo is comprised of siblings Morgan Klein (vocals) and Adrian Klein (guitar and bass). They have been students at the School of Rock since February 2013. At School of Rock they have been selected to represent the school in their house band, Dean’s List, and as such have had the opportunity to perform at many venues throughout Texas to promote the school. Their repertoire includes songs from The Black Keys, Of Monsters and Men, Florence + the Machine, and others. You'll be blue if you miss The Greenies!