Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Brother Speaks

Photo from story
Brother Speaks
The brother of the young man who was kept in a Helena basement spoke out about the details of living with the family. "Carter says he suffered the same neglect, abuse and despair, at the hands of the adoptive parents, both of whom remain jailed on $1 million bond". I think my heart broke when he describes what it feels like to have no one know you are there in the basement. You can read the full article here:

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Food Network

The Food network visited Helena recently to feature Fox Valley in an upcoming show. I haven't heard the date when it plays back but it is sure to bring some positive attention to Fox Valley. I hope they dont say it is an Alabaster store or I will flip my top.

Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year
Congrats to Mendy Adams who was award HHS Teacher of the Year. Way to Go!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Tuesday Baseball Fundraiser

Just an FYI if you are thinking about dinners plans for Tuesday

Cookies, CEO and Soccer

Cookies and Coloring
This Monday December 5, 2016
Cookies and Coloring Time: 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Where: Helena Library (Events Room)
Who: All AGES Welcome!!
Description: Color while listening to How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Other Stories
-Help Your Heart Grow 3 Sizes Card Making Station
-Enjoy Cookies

2017 Soccer Advertising
This season there will be over 45 home games played in Husky Stadium. We will also host the Boys and Girls Lakeshore Tournaments on separate weekends and a few days of Boy’s Metro Tournament Games.  These events are all great opportunities to advertise for Helena and other Businesses, as well as show your support as a family.

As a means of fundraising to pay for transportation, field maintenance, referee fees, and other misc expenses. As well as savings for lights to go on practice field.
Contact Coach Naron 205-266-7378 or

CEO Award
Brianna Harris wrote an article about Helena resident Paul Franks, who is the owner of Pelham-based company ThinkGard. Brian received the 2016 CEO Award in the category of emerging companies. Way to Go! You can read more here:  SOURCE

Friday, December 02, 2016

Super Santa Fun

Meet Miss Alabama
You can meet Miss Alabama in Helena this Saturday from 10am-Noon at Sassy Sister in Helena (in the Golden Rule Shopping center). You can read more about it here: STORY

Helena Wrestling
Helena Middle School Wrestling Team will host the 5th Annual St. Nick Middle School Invitational.
Fri Dec 2    5:00 pm
Sat Dec 3  8:00 am
Helena First Friday
This Friday, Old Town Helena will be having a celebration with Music, Food and tons of shopping. Thank you to Wathens, Scozzaros and everyone else who volunteered their time to make this happen. It happens at 5:30pm-9pm which means if you arent going then avoid Helena Road /261 because it will be backed up. But why wouldnt you go? Check out this handwritten map of everyone who will be there.

Here are some of the events you and your children can see:

First Friday Events
Meet Mr  Santa at Oh My Sole
 Mrs. Claus, at Scozzaro Law (dont ask why, it just means double presents)
Music by the Helena High School Jazz Band
Steve Norris by Scozzaro Law
Christmas Bell Ringers
The Grinch at Skull Girl Soap (the big hearted one)
Grand Opening of Senior Chef
Denny the DJ
Meet the  Helena Belles
Tre and Kitty
Hear Carols from HHS Choral Department.
Helena Explorers
JQ’s One Man Big Band at the Gazebo.
Live nativity scene presented by Gospel Light Church of Helena.
See the Helena Museum (which has a bathroom)  with the Historical Preservation Committee who are very cool people much much more!

Learn more at:

Helena Christmas Parade
The 46th annual Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 at 1:00PM. The theme this year is Put the fire out...Santa's coming in honor of our Fire Fighters. Here is an older map I made of the route which I hope is still accurate. If you have small children then Old Town is the best place to stay because of bathrooms. Remember they close the roads before so have your escape plan ready or you will be stuck in traffic. You can also get a seat at a restaurant and wait it out.

The performance/judge platform is by First Baptist so if you want to see the groups perform then stake out a spot here..or even bring a latter. If candy is you goal then get near the beginning of the parade. If cool photos, food and bathrooms is your thing then Old town is you home.

ps, here is a compressed version of an older parade from the parade platform so you can can get an idea. I will probably be in the back of the Mayor truck for the parade wearing my fat gnome pants.

Helena Christmas Parade from hewy nosleep on Vimeo.

Troop Trees
Be sure to come out to the Troop 532 tree lot and get your tree before they are gone! We have sold over half of the trees and they are going fast. We will be hear until 830 tonight and from 430 until 830 all week. We are located on Highway 119 across from Thompson intermediate school in Alabaster.
Rocking S Farm
Rocky S Farm is having Princesses and Ponies Camp Dec. 17
Wear your princess dress, ride Ponies and have a tea party!

"Need something for the kiddos to do while you get that last minute shopping, wrapping, cooking or cleaning done for the holidays? Call and reserve a place at our Christmas Break Camp. Riding lessons every day, crafts, grooming, learning how to tack up the horse, feeding and other barn chores. And friendships for a lifetime.

December 19,20,21
December 26,27,28,29,30

All 8 days 500.00
5 days 350.00
75.00 per day

Current Rocking S students
All 8 days 400.00
5 days 350.00
65.00 per day

Also, we have Certificates for riding lessons available for adults and children.

If you have never visited Rocking S, we invite you. Call to set up a time.

Toys for Tots
Zaxby's Helena is proud to announce our first Toys for Tots Toy Drive! We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children now through December 14th. Santa will be at the store from 5:30-7:30 on 12/14 for free photos with everyone! Thank you for helping us bring joy to children in need this season!

Helena Teen
Amanda  Channell‎ shared this about the abused Helena teen:
Okay folks these are the items our Helena teen needs:
comfy athletic clothes (size 14/16)
Comfy socks
Tennis shoes ( we don't have a shoe size yet, so a gift card to Dicks or Academy?)
Chapter books (7/8th grade)
Small rolling suitcase
Winter coat
Rain coat
Nice fleece blanket
All of these items can be dropped off @ Shelby Co DHR with a note *attention Kim Mashego* OR You can drop off items at the Helena police department in the donation box we have set up and we will deliver!
Please share this information and help me get the word out.

Eagle Scout Project
Here is Watson Go Fund me page for his eagle scout project at Joe Tucker:
I am Watson Rice, a Life Scout currently working toward Eagle in Boy Scout Troop 532 in Helena, AL, which is a boy led troop utilizing the Patrol Method, the Scout Law and Oath, and leadership development.

An Eagle Scout Project, is the opportunity for a Boy Scout, in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community.

Considering how the Joe Tucker Park could improve public health and human services in the area, my Eagle Project Plan is to provide health and wellness workout stations along the walking trail.

I am raising funds for the Fit-Trail® systems which are self-guided and self-paced exercise stations that comfortably accommodate one person or groups of people.

My goal is for the Joe Tucker Park walking trail to utilize scientifically designed exercises with walking or jogging to provide a well-balanced physical fitness routine for the entire body.

Ten individual exercise stations spaced along the walking/jogging trail where the participant proceeds from one exercise station to the next and performs the tasks illustrated at each site.

These systems are designed for users of all ages and fitness levels.  Of course, if individual users are unable to perform any of the exercises, they can simply pass them and go on to the next exercise station.

$10,000 is required to fund my Eagle Scout Joe Tucker Heath & Wellness Trail Project. 100% of those funds will be used to purchase the Trail Fit system and building materials needed to provide areas to perform each workout station.

Thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to improve my community through a health and wellness project that will provide safe areas to exercise for all ages and fitness levels.

Checks may also be mailed, please indicate Rice Eagle Scout Project in memo section to: Troop 532, 690 Rosebury Road, Helena AL 35080.

YIS Watson Rice
Help spread the word!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

St Nick Wrestling

St Nick Wrestling

Helena Middle School Wrestling Team will host the 5th Annual St. Nick Middle School Invitational.

Fri Dec 2    5:00 pm
Sat Dec 3  8:00 am

10 Teams: Helena, Oak Mtn, Thompson, Auburn, Berry, Riverchase, McAdory, Moody, Columbiana, Montevallo

Come out for some great wrestling!

Pick the Best Christmas Home in Helena

The Helena Beautification Board is excited to announce the 2016 Helena’s Best Decorated House Contest.

This year’s contest will be defined into two separate categories; the Most Elegant Decorated Home (Martha Stewart Award) and the Most Over-the-Top Decorated Home (Clark Griswold Award). Each category winner will proudly be able to display a yard sign as the winner and receive a City of Helena Christmas ornament.

All entries should be submitted by December 15th to in order to be eligible for this year’s contest. Submissions should include a photo/video of the home along with the address and category being nominated for.  All nominations will be posted on the Helena Beautification Board Facebook page (Helena Beautiful) on December 16th along with a map of all locations. 

This year’s winners will be selected based on “likes” of each nomination on the Beautification Board’s Facebook page. Voting will take place from December 16th though midnight on December 23rd.  Each category winner will be announced on December 24th

Start making nominations now and best of luck to everyone.

The Helena Beautification Board is an appointed board of the Helena City Council.  The Board believes that people and places are profoundly connected and thriving communities are rooted in individual responsibility and action. They host a variety of opportunities for the community to come together and serve each year.  Events are posted on the Helena Beautiful page and announced via Twitter at @TweetHomeHelena.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bak, Depot, and Expansion

Bak the Police Dog
The He;lena Police shared the sad news of Bak's passing. "Today we mourn the passing of our loyal K9 Bak. He and Officer Philip Richards served Helena for 10 years and will be greatly missed. RIP".

Depot Hiring
The Helena Depot is looking for mature employees who are willing to works hours during the week or even the weekend. So if you are a stay at home mom or even just needing some extra cash then this is a job with a beautiful view. Check with Matt at the depot.
New Business 
A Mexican restaurant will be coming to the Coal Yard location. I was told that it was the same owner as the food truck who works out of nearby building.

Expansion of HHS Fields
The City of Helena has appoved money to expand seating at the Helena baseball and High School fields to accomdate the schools baseball and softball teams going to 6A. The money will also be uses for ADA improvements for the for wheelchair access and restroom access See. more at LINK

Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale
Chip share that the Helena's Boy Scout Troop II are selling Christmas Trees across from Summer Classics on Hwy 31 in Pelham which is across from the new Burger King.
Thanks so much‼

Sheet Sale
April shared that her family is  going on a mission trip to Honduras at the end of February. "If you need sheets please consider purchasing from the link below. Use promo code Honduras and $20 will go towards the $5000 we are trying to raise to buy food for the Honduran people. This will not go towards our cost of the mission trip but only to go towards the money for us to purchase food for them. We will then deliver food to families in different villages once we are there.
Once you add the promo code it will lower the price. ALL SHEET SETS ARE $49.95.
They mail them directly to you.
Remember....use code HONDURAS
Thank you,
The Olive Family

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Helena School Review ACT

School Ranking
The AL Reporter had an article about schools performance in testing and how many students receive free or reduced lunches. The whole article was showing that wealth doesnt always mean high test scores. I sorted the list to show Shelby County schools, Pelham and Alabaster city schools to see how we did.

For 10th grade Helena High School is 2nd for Math and Reading and 3rd for Science
For 7th grade Helena Middle School is 3rd in Math, 5th in Reading and 1st place for Science
For 5th grade Helena Intermediate is 8th in Math, 7th in Reading, and 4th in Science

The information is really good to explore. You can read more here: