Friday, November 21, 2014

Helena Events

New Lights
Mayor Hall posted this photo on his page to show the new traffic lights going up at Crow's Corner.

Also dont forget 90lb. Boys Football team is playing in the Championship game Saturday at 6PM at Old Berry High School.

State Quilt
Congrats to Helena's Lura Johnson Campbell and Sheryl Simpson who created a quilt commissioned by the Alabama State Parks and Rec. Department for Alabama's First Lady Mrs Bentley to thank her for her focus on the 75th Anniversary of the state parks.

Yard Sales
Here are the yard sales that were permitted for this Saturday from the City Facebook page:
1. 1004 Wyndham Lane Helena, Al 35080
2. 1504 Citation Terrace Helena, Al 35080
3. 2167 Old Cahaba Place Helena, Al 35080
4. 2590 Bridlewood Drive Helena, Al 35080

Operation Christmas
You can still donate items to First Baptist today. Here is a list of suggested items:
They suggest these: TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
How to pack it

Tap Dancing Class
Hillary shared that her next set of Tap Workshops is December 6th, and this month they have added an adult class!

Times are as follows:
12:30-1:00 pm Beginning Level, 1:00-1:45 pm Intermediate Level,
2:00 pm Adults

No experience is necessary for beginner or adults. All classes are at Grebel Center for Dance. Learn time steps, explore rhythm and have fun!!! Fee: $10 per class. Call (205) 987-7234 to register.

HHS DECA Blanket Sell
 Eric Leslie is the Business Education teacher at Helena High.  He is  also the sponsor for the DECA club.  In case you haven’t heard of DECA is a student organization for students that are interested in Business, Marketing, Finance and other related subjects of study.  They go do field trips to different businesses, do community service and do competitive events at state and national conferences.

Eric wanted to spread the word about a fundraiser they are having.  "We are selling Collegiate Licensed and Helena High School fleece blankets...The blankets are $25, the college blankets are the same that the campus spirit store sells for $30 + and are $25 through amazon (no shipping costs by ordering from us).  There is an order form attached to the packet, anyone interested in ordering a blanket would need to bring the order form and money up to the school between 9 AM and 2 PM or send it with a student.  If they want a blanket for Christmas Gifts, orders need to be in no later than Monday, Dec. 1st". You can view the order: HERE

Photo Contest
Malinda Nichols is entered in a facebook photo. Her entry is Cliffs of Moher Captured with a Toy Camera. You can vote for her at: Facebook Contest Page

Hillsboro Night Walk
This event sponsored by Fresh Air Family on Saturday November 21st.
7 pm - Night Walk,  Hillsboro Trail, Helena, Shelby County
You will be walking on a scenic trail which goes through mostly wooded terrain. Note this is a relatively easy outing, one which should be lots of fun for everyone. Info: Dan Frederick, or phone 205/631-4680. Free.

Job Available
Anthony Regina shared a job opporuntiy at  Central Garden & Pet to cover Central Alabama. He said he is hiring 2 new people. "1 in Birmingham and 1 in Montgomery.  These positions are 29 hour per week   year round positions.  Person would service Lowes, Home Depots, and Walmarts for Pennington grass seed and other products.   Scheduling is flexible and the jobs pay $14.00 per hour   but no benefits.   If anyone knows an older college student or recent grad with reliable transportation they can email me at "

Can Food Drive
Congrats to Rio's Bar and Grill. Crystal Hamrick shared they raised 1300 can for their food drive. Update: David Keough encourage local businesses to donate and he shared that he, "dropped for the Doug Trotter food drive. Thank you to Rios Bar and Grill, Pub 261, DEA Home Property Management, Lacey's Grove, friends and family for your generosity"

Fall Leaves
Justin O'Neal shared  I will be raking leaves Saturday if anyone wants to join the festivities. Will provide bologna sandwiches and water from the hose.

 Boy Scout Tree Sales
Ramona Piland Rice shared, " Please let everyone know that the Boy Scout Troop 2 Tree Lot will be open for business on Tuesday November 25th and they will have the lot open until the last tree is gone".

Momentum 14U
Annie Cunningham shared the new Momentum 14U team page: LINK

Found Dog
This sweet baby was found in Penhale Park several days ago.  We believe the owner is looking for him because we have seen a post looking for a similar dog.

Planning and Zoning
6pm on Thursday Planning and Zoning met for zoning change for a general business district on the corner of Helena road and Ruffin rd. The owner is Harry Gamble. All Jack Gray was voted to be the Chairman of Planning and Zoning making him the longest serving chairman in Helena history,

Charity Miller  shared they are still accepting applications for the Helena Christkindlemarkt on
Saturday, December 13at 8:00am - 3:00pm at the Helena Civic Complex

Zone 1 Video Games
Kim Coman  shared that there will be a Midnight game release tonight at Zone 1 Video Games! : )
Super Smash Bros Brawl on Wii U
Pokemon Omega Ruby And Pokemon Alpha andSapphire
Still have copies available!

Helena High Sports Medicine
Fox News featured Helena High School's Sports Medicine program,. See video below or click this link.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quick Post

I am scheduled to head to Montgomery so I dont have a full  post, I wanted to share this with you.

Rail Intersection Closing
CSX is still on schedule to close the railroad crossing located at Highway 261 just north of the Buck Creek Bridge in Helena for repairs on Thursday, November 20. They estimate the closure time will be a little after 8 AM and hope to be completed before 5 PM the same day. During the time mentioned above, traffic will need to detour on Highway 52 that goes from Helena to Pelham. If you are traveling into Helena on Highway 261 from the Hoover/Pelham area, your alternate route will be to turn left on County Road 105 (Bearden Road) which will connect you with County Road 52 from Pelham to Helena. Please forward this message to anyone that may be traveling through Helena during this time period. Thank you.

A Loss
Helena, Alabama Police Department also announced, "At around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Helena Police Department responded to a fatal, one vehicle accident on County Road 52, just west of Hillsboro Parkway. Colby Brian McCain, age 21, of Helena, appeared to have lost control of his vehicle and left the road striking a tree. There are no further details available at this point".

Our condolences go out to the victim's family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Book Sale
Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena is having a Holiday Book Sale on Thursday, 11/20/2014.

The sale features many like-new books that would be suitable for gift giving, or would make a great donation to a charity this Holiday season. The books have great prices, most between $2.00 and $4.00

We will also have a Bargain Section with used items priced to sell!

Whatever is left will be discounted beginning Friday 11/21 at noon.

All proceeds benefit the library! Special thanks to everyone who donated, and to the Friends of the Library for spreading the word about this event, and for working hard to support us.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wings, Safety, and Council Notes

Pushcard made by Helena City News
Christmas Safety
Several public safety officials will be at the Kiwanis Holiday Safety Symposium at Helena Elementary tonight (Tues 18th) at 6:30pm. They will be giving you advice on the types of crimes they are seeing and how you can protect yourself.

Wings of Zaxby Hope
The Helena Police will be having a fundraiser at Helena Zaxby from 5pm-9pm to help the Wings of Hope Pediatric Foundations. Please stop by and make it a Zaxby night.

Operation Christmas Child
Nicole Smith shared that First Baptist Church Helena will be raising gift for Operation Christmas Child at their location. Drop off times are from 9-11 and 4pm-6pm this week. This would be a great time to take your child and teach them about giving.

Basketball Schedule
Don't forget you can follow Helena Basketball on APH Radio 99.8fm. If they arent on the radio then they will be on the APH mobile app.

Wrestling Schedule
Thanks to Penny for sharing the HHS Wrestling Team Schedule! Our first team of the new High School!
2015 Helena High School Wrestling Schedule
Day                        Date              Opponent        Location Weigh in Match time
Tuesday               Nov. 18th                     Calera/Homewood Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Thursday             Nov. 20th                     Northridge/Moody Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Tuesday               Nov. 25th                     Hayden (Dual Tourn.) Hayden TBA 5:30pm
Wednesday        Nov. 26th                     Hayden (Dual Tourn.) Hayden TBA 9:00am
Thursday             Dec. 4th           Corner(Match) Corner 4:30pm 6:00pm
Thursday             Dec. 11th                      Homewood Homewood 4:00pm 5:00pm
Tuesday               Dec.16th                        Oak Grove Oak Grove 4:30pm 6:00pm
Thursday             Dec.18th                        Shelby county/Leeds Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Saturday              Dec.20th                        (Tournament) Oak Grover TBA 9:00am
Tuesday               Jan.6th                             Hayden Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Thursday             jan.8th                             Shelby county Shelby county 4:30pm 6:00pm
Saturday              Jan.10th                         Tournament Leeds TBA 9:00am
Thursday             Jan.15                   Oak Grove/Corner Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Friday                    Jan.16th                         Homewood(Duals) Homewood TBA 5:30pm
Saturday              Jan.17th                         Homewood(Duals) Homewood TBA 9:00am
Monday               Jan.19th                         McAdory(8 team dual) McAdory TBA 9:00am
Thursday             Jan.22nd                        Pelham Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Monday               Jan.26                   McAdory/Oak Grove Helena 4:30pm 6:00
Tuesday               Jan.27th                         Pelham Pelham 4:30pm 6:00
Thursday             Jan.29th                         Leeds Leeds 4:30 6:00
Friday/Sat.          Feb.6/7th            Sectionals Mongomery TBA TBA

Friday/Sat           Feb.12/14            State Meet Huntsville TBA TBA 

Found Dog
Young female dog found in Old Cahaba neighborhood in Helena, AL - Two by Two Rescue has her safe, so please email if you recognize her.

Band Dinner and Sale
Here's some upcoming events happening with the Helena High Band. They have a huge Band Dinner concert coming up on December 9th.  It is in conjunction with their Johnny Ray Boston butt, Rib Slab and Honey's Pie sale.  You can see that order form below:

Mulligan's Last Resort
 Friday, Local Helena Band,  "Mulligan's Last Resort is playing at Pub 261 from 9:30-1:30, on Saturday we are playing at Fish Hook from 8-12. We are playing Papa's on Dec 4th"

Very Athletic Christmas
The Helena Athletic Association is excited to announce a fundraising opportunity during the upcoming holiday season.  The HAA in connection with, A Very Merry Christmas Tree Lot, are selling Christmas Trees and Wreaths as a way to help support all Helena School Athletic Programs.  A Very Merry Christmas Tree will be located across the street from the Helena Post Office starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.  They will be offering Christmas trees up to 12 feet and wreaths.  They will have a few larger trees but recommend if you have a need for a larger tree that you contact them and they will have one shipped to the lot within a few days.  All trees are cut each Friday in North Carolina and delivered to the lot on Monday.  All trees are Fraser Fir and will provide you with a long lasting tree.

This is what you will need to do in order for HAA to benefit.  You must take the attached form with you to the tree lot. When you pick out and purchase your tree and/or wreath, you will give the form along with your payment. They will document that your purchase was made on the behalf of the Helena Athletic Association and a portion of the sale will go back to the HAA.  This is a great and easy way for you, family, friends, and even co-workers to help support the HAA and the Helena Athletic Programs.  Again, you must take the attached form with you in order for the HAA to get credit for your purchase. There will not be forms at the tree lot so bring a copy with you.
Railroad Repair
The railroad is being repaired in the area so be informed especially if you don't leave until close to 8am.

Railroad repairs set for Tuesday on the double-track crossing on Shelby County Road 52 just east of Highway 31 in Pelham will require commuters to use Lee Street as a detour.

In Pelham, CSX is planning to close the Parker Drive railroad crossing for repairs on Wednesday. The crossing is located south of Industrial Park Drive.

In Helena, the Old Town railroad crossing near Cunningham Drive is set to close Thursday. The police department reports that repairs will be done between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., "but could last longer, so have a backup route to get home ready."Source

Helena City Council Chambers
City Council Meeting
Here are my notes from the November 17, 2014.

PRE-COUNCIL: Work Session Agenda 5:00 p.m.
A discussion and review of City Council agenda items, projects, department, committee, and board liaison reports, and task assigned for City operations and business.

1. Sports budgets: We discuss ways t improve the profitability of the concession stand, cost of baseball, softball, and uniforms.

2. Storm Water Permit Fees: Future ADEM increases on cities will put pressure on permit fees.

Mayor Hall honoring Helena Soccer Players by Evelia

Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall:
New Electronic are being added to the traffic light on the corner of 261 and 52 (Crow's Corner). There will be a new "loop" and control box. Hillboro traffic light is waiting on decorative arms so they can install new light at Hillsboro and 52 West. The Hillsboro light with be LED and pixel controlled (not the Crow Corner one, as I posted a few weeks ago)

Jason Powers – Soccer Recognition:
Jason recognized all the achievements of the Helena Soccer program

Resolution 11172014-
The City Attorney and Bond company recommended that the City Voluntarily Self Report for SEC Compliance on Past Bond Issues

Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, December 1, 2014 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.

Ok, That is it! Let me know if you see a mistake or have something to add!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Reader's Choice

Helena Photo of the Day
Barry Graham shared this autumn picture from the back side of Joe Tucker Park this past Friday.

Best Schools
 A National Ranking for Best Public Schools in America by K12 Niche ranking showed Helena in the top 100. Helena Middle was ranked 29th and Helena Intermediate was 74th. This says a lot about our students, teachers and parents. Way to Go!

Photo by Laura Joseph
Helena Cheerleaders
Helena cheerleaders did an outstanding job at this weekend at the UCA Youth Cheer Competition on Saturday:

EVERY cheerleading squad from Helena placed their divisions - way to go!

3rd Grade - 1st place in the Junior 3 Division
2nd Grade - 2nd place in the Junior 2 Division
4th Grade - 3rd place in the Junior 4 Division
5th grade's 4th place finish in Senior Division I
6th grade – 2nd place in Senior Division II
And the Bama AllStarz Green Diamondz and ACE Chickasaws!which is made up of Helena girls both came in first place in their divisions! So proud of each of these girls - they represented Helena very well! Way to Go!
Photo by Laurie Lively

Huskies Going to Championship
Brandi Cummins shared that the "90lb Huskies defeated Thompson in their playoff game to advance to the championship game Sat 11/22 at 5 at Berry High School..come out and show your Husky spirit"

Holiday Safety
This Tuesday on Nov. 18th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Several law and public safety units will be at Helena Elementary. Sponsored by Kiwanis and your local public safety officers.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Shae Gibbs shared news about the  Jingle Bell Run for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. We youth in Helena diagnosed with this awful disease" being my son, Connor Gibbs. The other two are Bryson Rhodes and Parker Wilson. We would LOVE to have a lot of support from the Helena community...I sure know Helena is capable of this! Thanks so much! Here is a picture of these awesome, brave kids". They are team KWAC: Fundraiser Link

Friday, November 14, 2014


Helena Weekend
This is a work in progress, I lost my notes so I am going to have to re-write this later

Morning Coffee
Pam Hendon Moran shared Monday Morning Coffee Chat at 10am at Donut Chef. Anyone with a struggling reader, writer or speller is encouraged to join us for a morning of conversation, support and sharing.

All the Helena Rec cheerleaders competing will be at Vestvia Hills at 2pm on Sunday

Yard Sales
Garage Sale this Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 am. Mixed items, clothes, household items, etc. 1702 Native Dancer Drive Helena, 35080

Yard Sale this Saturday at 285 Appleford Road starting at 7

Melissa Ekstrand Yard sale Saturday 8am to 1ish 1150 Dearing Downs Dr. A little bit of everything...clothes, baby items, housewares, toys, etc.

90lb Helena Football team won last night and will be heading to the Championship. Thanks to Brandi Cummins for the photo!

Christie Russo Marks
Congratulations to all these young men! First ever HHS baseball team!

USA Today
Mayor Mark Hall of Helena had his photography work featured on USA Today: "Fall colors on Hillsboro Pkwy in the City of Helena, Al . Photo by Mark R. Hall, Winter is on the way but Helena Alabama is experiencing gorgeous fall colors right now".USA Today Article

Lost Dog
Kim Griffith‎ said this missing dog, "Her name is Lucky. White and brown rat terrier w pink collar. Missing in Helena since Wednesday". if you find her, contact Kim on facebook or email/message me.

 Sunday night at 6:00 pm for our special service dedicated to Operation Christmas Child!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Worship Music and Dancing Pandas

Helena Worship Album
Molly Davidson wrote an article about Helena native Michael Jones who is currently working on a worship album and starting his tour. He also has a facebook page.

"Shaped by his years as a worship leader, Jones said a lot of his music falls under the genres of Christian rock and worship music and cites artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Matt Redman and New Debris as influential in his own music and performance style...Jones is currently working to complete a worship album on top of his full-time job as a firefighter and EMT. He is also planning a tour in Phoenix shortly after Christmas".See more at: Full Story

Dancing Pandas 
Take a night off from the kitchen and help your Helena Middle School Dance Team Moms. Print out the flyer and head to Panda Express in Alabaster, November 13,2014 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm

This is advance notice of a February event. The HAA is having their night on the town event again and they are now selling tickets. You can find out more here:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cheer, Championship, and Closing

Helena GOP
The Shelby  County GOP held their elections for the 2015-2017 term and three people from Helena are now serving on the SCGOP Steering Committee.

"The newly-elected Chairman, Joan Reynolds, has appointed Tim Wolfe to continue serving as Political Director, and Laura Joseph to continue serving as Communications Director. In addition, Bob Caliento was elected unanimously by the members of Zone 6 (Helena) to represent this district on the SCGOP Steering Committee. Three great people who are active in Helena. Way to Go"!

Road Closing
Pelham Police issued this statement on a road used by many residents. "Lee Street will be closed starting Dec. 1-7 due to needed pipeline construction repairs by Plantation Pipeline. It will be closed for thru traffic on Lee Street between Co 52 and Old Tuscaloosa Road (in the vicinity of Wheeler Wrecker Service) and will be impassible during this time. Plantation Pipeline will be placing lighted message boards on both sides of the project on Lee Street starting November 24, 2014".

Cheer Competition
Teresa Mauterer shared, "Mark your calendars for this Sunday 11/16 as the Helena Youth Cheerleaders compete in the Alabama State Youth Cheer Competition!! Come support all the youth cheerleaders from our city as they compete at Vestavia Hills High School! Junior Division (1st - 4th grade) starts at 2:00 pm, followed by Senior Division (5th - 6th grade) around 4:00 pm. The girls have all worked very hard and it would be great to have the stands filled with our awesome Helena fans!! GO HUSKIES"!

Lion Pecans
Kristi Scozzaro shared that they are having, " Pecans for sale, sponsored by the Helena Lions Club! Hurry and get yours $8.00 per bag"!

Christmas Parade
Please join us Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1:00PM for the 44th Annual Christmas Parade.  The theme this year is " It's a new day, It's a new way".  Please print and fill out the announcers sheet and return to city hall via e-mail or fax it in to 663-9276.  Please remember we will not be picking up announcer sheets at the parade staging area.

Championship Win
Helena's TJ Joseph who has coached the  Riverchase UMC men's softball team for the past 6 years has a Championship Win.  The was the first Championship which pitting the top 3 teams from Hoover East against the top 3 teams from Spain Park. Way to Go