Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Under the Lights or Not

Helena High SGA
Congratulations to Helena High's first SGA officers:
President: Kendal Featherstone
Vice-President: Casey Pierce
Secretary: Reid Henderson
Treasurer- Todd Millsap

Husky Night Win
The Husky High Football won their first football game in dramatic fashion on Friday night against Shelby High. The 30-15 victory came even after after the lights blew out and only half the field was lit. I enjoy some of the things people were posting about the game, "We Blew out the Lights", "Husky Blackout", and "Huskies Howl at the Moon". Andy Stewart gives this observation from Alabama Media Group.

Why Helena won: The Huskies used a balanced offense and stingy defense. Junior quarterback Diondre Sackreiter led a balanced offense by throwing for 141 yards and two scores and rushing for another 30 yards.

Play of the game: On the Huskies opening drive of the game Sackreiter hit his running back in the flat who streaked 45 yards for the first touchdown in program history. You can read more of Andy's analyst HERE.

Husky Replay
Mike Miller  shared this, "What an amazing, historic night in Columbiana, AL Friday. The Helena Huskies traveled down the road a bit to take on the Wildcats of Shelby County High School. Now YOU can re-live all of the action, excitement and yes...even "explosive" moments ON DEMAND via the APH Radio mobile app. The broadcast team of Greg Eddins and Chris Parten covered every play. So, if you didn't get a chance to be at or hear the game, or...just want to hear it again, NOW you can.

Just goto the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download the FREE app to your iPhone or Android device. Just search for "APH" (leaving off the word radio) and look for our colorful logo. Once installed, the first screen you will see is the "on demand" screen. Tap the "sports replay" button and then choose the game you'd like to hear".

Robin Williams shared "Our HHS Huskies Cross Country Team made history last night at the Early Bird Twilight Meet in their very first meet. Our boys team placed 7 out of 22 in the varsity boys 5A/6A/7A division, which consisted of 300 runners. Our Husky XC Team did an outstanding job representing Helena against some of the toughest competition in the state. Congratulations to both our boys team, and girls team (who placed 10 out of 16), and to Coach Russell and Coach Heidi".

HMS Cross
April Olive  shared, "Helena Middle XC Cross Country team participated in their 1st meet of the year Friday evening, Early Bird Twilight Classic Under the Lights. The girls placed 5th out of 11 other school. The top 5 finishers from the girls team were Ana Watters, Abigail Ford, Allison Tanner, Meredith Byrd and Ashley Riley.The boys team placed 7th out of 12 other schools. The top 5 finishers from the boys team were Talon Pritchard, Justin Ritondo, Rob Saville, Blake Childers and Conley Geralds. Way to go Huskies"!  Twilight-classic-under-the-lights

Helena's Singer and Song writer, Steve Norris, will be having an online concert this. Here's how: http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/8600-steve-norris-acoustic-soiree

Artist Signing
Helena Artist Barry Graham will be having an event called "The Tradition Continues" this Saturday at Papa Saia's Sports Grill in Helena. He will be signing his 1989-25th Year Commemorative Iron Bowl Art Print "The Tradition Continues" for avid Alabama and Auburn fans and sport memorabilia collectors. Come watch the games and get your Iron Bowl Commemorative print signed personally! Edition supply is limited.
Artist Signing
Saturday September 6th,
10am to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to 9pm

Monday, September 01, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Have a great holiday with you Family. I will have the Reader's Choice post up tomorrow/. There is one bit of information.

Sharon sent me this: "This is Bayla. She has been missing since Tuesday night. She is 16 years old. We are desperate to find her. Please call Sharon 369-3931. Anytime"

Friday, August 29, 2014

Helena Weekend

Posted by Mayor Hall -Helena in Special Edition
Helena Weekend Events
I will update this later but here what I have so far for the Weekend. Let me know if there is more to add. Have a great Labor Day weekend and be safe!

Friday 29th
7pm Helena Husky HS plays Shelby County High School in Columbia, AL
8pm Even Stevens performs at Papa Saias

Saturday 30th
9pm DownSouth perfroms at Rio's

Online Husky Games
If you are unable to make the games, you can listen to them as Gregg Eddins and Chis Parten broadcast them live on APH 99.9 Radio App. Go to iTunes or the Google store and search APH. Download the App and go to the sports section. See the video below that Mike Miller shared with me.

Tiny Diamondz (age 3-5 years old) practice will begin Thursday, September 4th from 4:30-5:15pm. If you are interested in joining the team, please email Daniele at Daniele.vano@hotmail.com for more information!

Operation Christmas
Operation Christmas, an outreach of Samaritan's Purse founded by Franklin Graham is a project where a family would buy small necessary hygiene items and small fun toys to fill a shoebox and turn the shoeboxes in at a designated time in late October/early November.

There activities that children can do to customize their boxes (i.e. decorate, "all about me" sheets, etc), that fun for the children to include in their shoeboxes.  Often, shoebox recipients will send letters back to children/families that donate if they (donators) voluntarily include letter, pictures, and addresses inside the filled boxes.

This is also a great geography lesson to a certain degree, as we can give examples of the countries that have received the shoeboxes in the past.  I have also been part of a distribution site in Honduras that was very inspiring and humbling. Please consider participating in this outreach opportunity as individuals, families, businesses, classrooms, or civic organizations.  Please contact Lee Cook at (205)914-1650 or eaglesark@gmail.com

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Teen Council, Balls, and Bazaar

Helena Teen Council
Are you interested in government? Or just interested in the city of Helena? For the first year ever, Helena is offering 9th and 10th graders the opportunity to be on a Helena Teen Council. For more information pick up an application in the Helena High Main Office or online at Google Docs Link
HMS Football
Thanks to Megan Saindon who shared the Helena Middle School football schedule.  Admission price is $5. Go Huskies!

Upcoming Events
Belles and Beaus Ball
This Saturday, August 30th, all high school students invited to the Helena Belles Belles & Beaus Ball. it will be from 7:00-10:00pm  at the Magnolia Springs Manor. $10/ticket or $15/couple. High School Students only. Dress is Cocktail/Homecoming attire. There will be a Photo booth, music, food. Details on HelenaBelles.com

Family Impact Seminar
Naomi Grosse from Gospel Light Baptist Church shared, “Our church is hosting a Family Impact Seminar for the entire community September 8-12. It's a FREE seminar (childcare provided) that runs 6:30-8:30 each evening. We want to help married couples and families learn the keys of powerful marriages and positive parenting”.
Fall Craft Bazaar
On Saturday, September 13at 9:00am - 3:00pm Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 3396 Hwy 261, Helena AL will be having their Craft Bazar. Here is some more information

 Lia Sophia, Jewelry in Candles, Young Living Essential Oils, Origami Owl, Mary kay, Scenty, Seacret Dead Mineral, Makeup Eraser, Pampered Chef, Usborne Books, Jamberry Nails, AVON, Rodan +Fields, Papparazi, 31 Gifts, plus numerous handmade crafts, including hair bow, dresses, wreaths, woodworking, monogramming, crocheted items, deserts booths, and hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks will all be a part of the HCPC Craft Bazaar. Still time to get a registration form and get a spot. Continue to share this page with your friends and family and make this the best bazaar yet. There will be plenty of parking across the street at Helena Elementary School and there will be a Helena police officer to assist in traffic crossing the street to make sure everyone is safe. Contact Philicia Broadhead Danner via FB or at hcpcbazaar@yahoo.com. Facebook Link

Helena History Meeting
"Professor of History and author of Diamonds in the Rough, Dr. Jim Day from the University of Montevallo is scheduled to speak at the September 14 meeting of the Helena Historical Preservation Committee. The meeting will start with Dr. Day speaking on Joseph Squires, a member of the Helena Community that loved to draw maps. This meeting will be opened to the public. Please consider attending at 2pm on September 14 at the Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served."

Jobs Follow Up
Two more jobs resources that I left off yesterday.

Ada Pritchett:  I work with a Jobs Ministry at First Baptist Church Pelham. We help people who are looking for employment. Anyone is welcome. If interested, visit us any Monday (excluding holidays) between 9:00-12:00 at 2867 Pelham Parkway, Pelham AL. You can also contact by email at job.fbcpelham.org. This is a free resource.

Gwen Brown:  www.rehab.alabama.gov they are hiring a part time worker. They are specifically looking for a parent who has a child with health care challenges.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jobs, Events, and a Dino Home

Picture of the Day
Eric Godsey shared “Helena High School band's first time marching on the field. Band director Mr. Burnside addressing the crowd”.
Jobs & Help Wanted
A few months ago we did a job list  and it helped several Helenites find jobs so I think it is worth doing it again:

Becky Halechko:  Somerby at st Vincent's 119 is hiring for kitchen positions and always accepts applications for care associates.

Christopher Grede:  (Ductile Iron foundry) in Bessemer is looking to hire a Quality Systems Engineer. Search "Grede" on Monster for job description.

Jonathan Bourque: Cahaba Cycles is looking for bike builders. Apply at cahabacycles.com

Alan Beck: City of Pelham is hiring a Payroll and Benefits Analyst. I think they are still accepting applications. Pelhamonline.com

Amy Jones: The Foundry Ministries is hiring women's counselor, volunteer coordinator, truck drivers, and more! Visit www.foundryministries.com for details! The Foundry Ministries www.foundryministries.com The Foundry is a Christ-centered rescue mission and recovery center.

Allison Bourque: Gap at Riverchase Galleria is hiring 18 & up who have a passion for fashion, a passion for people, & a passion for Gap!

Jennifer Willis: I saw a sign at Probuild by the old Marvin's in Pelham that said they are hiring local CDL drivers.

Crystal Dietz: The Uptown Salon is looking for professional stylist. Anyone interested can call 205-621-3125

Courtney Hale: Capstone Plumbing in Shelby County is looking to hire a lead plumber. Must have journeyman or master credentials. Call 205-434-7224 or email resumes to kiphale@capstoneplumbing.net

Last but not least:
The City of Helena is currently accepting applications for the position of Magistrate in the Municipal Court department. In this position, the Magistrate must be able to maintain confidentiality, multi-task in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment and be proficient with a court computer based system.  Other duties include, but are not limited to processing new cases and entering documents into the computer; preparing court dockets, including coordinating with various agencies and issuing subpoenas for witnesses; attending court three (3) nights per month;  determining probable cause, and issuing warrants; administering domestic violence and initial appearance hearings with inmates; answering phone calls and assisting the public with various needs; balancing daily cash receipts; and completing other duties as required for the Municipal Court.
Applicants with certification as a Magistrate are preferred but not required.  Please send resumes to kym@cityofhelena.org  .  We will be accepting resumes until August 29, 2014. The City of Helena is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested in Jobs
If there are any spelling, or grammar mistakes... they are my fault and not the people below looking for jobs.

Theresa Tucker has 25 years experience as a Communications Supervisor for the Alabama State Troopers, and the past 15+ years a Legal Secretary .

Donna Strickland has 26 years experience working for an orthopedic practice. The last 20 years in bookkeeping. I am experienced in general office work as well as Quickbooks, payroll and accounts payable.

Renee Crook Is looking for Full time office work. Assisted HR manager for corporation. Office work and event planning.

Helena Moms
Kate Bagley started a Facebook group for Helena Moms.  She was just looking for a way to connect with some other stay at home moms. I think this is a great idea.

Upcoming Events
Reader's are the best source of information for fun or interesting events in Helena. Here are some that were shared:

Crystal NeVille shared the HNStressbuster event at the Helena Community Center on Nov. 8th 2014 at 2:30pm. You can find out more at www.HNStressbuster.com

Megan Saindon shared that HMS first home game of the season against Hueytown at HHS Thursday 7th grade at 5:30 8th grade immediately following! First ever husky walk starting at 4:30 as the kids walk from the middle school to the high school

Jane Lucas shared that the First HHS cross country team will meet at Montevallo Friday night.

Charity Miller shared Dr. Jim Day will be speaking at the Helena Historical Preservation committee event on Sept 14 at 2 pm at the Helena Senior Center. All are welcomed and refreshments will be provided

Tracy Coyle shared that Helena High will play at Shelby County Friday night at 7:00pm

Reader's Business News
Alan Farmer shared that FarmerGuard Pest Control's promotion benefiting the Helena High School Band ends Sunday. 50% from all new customer sales goes back to the band. So far month-to-date we have raised $711 for the band! But we can do so much better!! Anyone considering starting pest control service or anyone that wants to switch to a local company should contact us at 358-3200 or farmerguard.com by August 31st.

Theresa Daniels shared Paparazzi Accessories has just released the new websites so now our customers can order right online. My website is www.JewelsbyTeri.com. I would love to get this information out there to all of the Helena Residents please.

Back to School Bug
Jen and Amanda shared that they have notice an increase in students coming home sick. I recall this happning last year. You have all those students put together and sickness is shared quickly. Remind your children to wash their hands (and I will probably be washing mine as well when my student come home).

Dino Home
Linda Armistead is looking for a foster home for Dino. Here is what she shared with me:
“Meet Dino! I have been fostering him for about 4 months He is one of the smartest dogs I have ever spent time with. Dino was rescued the day he was to be euthanized. He has a great personality, loves to catch his toy in the air and sling his sock. When he needs to go out he sits by the door. He is not destructive at all. He will sit, high five and catch a ball. I taught him that in about 5 minutes when I first got him. The vet said he is a Basenji mix. He needs a home where he can live inside with his humans. Does need a fenced yard. He loves to go for a walk or a jog. He is very good on a leash. He is about 5. He gets along with other dogs if introduced properly. He will chase a cat but could probably learn to get along with time and training.

If I don't find his forever home soon I need to find someone to foster him. I will be spending most of my time in Mobile with my sister who is having health problems. Please let me know if you are interested in meeting this precious boy. He is one of kind for sure. Of course a home visit will be required and vet references. Help me out and share with your friends

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday in Helena

Friday Night Lights
Thanks to Linda Wurstner who shared this beautiful photo from the Jubilee game at Helena High School this past Friday night. Here is the remaining football schedule for the High School.

World Championship
Julie Wamble shared that Helena's Rachel competed at the World's Championship Horse Show in Louisville, Kentucky this past week. This is the highest level of competition for her sport She earned a top ribbon in her division, Three Gaited Jr. exhibitor 13 and under. She also competed in the juvenile pleasure driving championship. This is an awesome accomplishment and we are so proud of her!

Cub Scouts
Dustin Strickland shared that it is not too late to sign up for Cub Scouts. If you missed registration and would still like to participate contact Dustin Strickland at texace007@gmail.com

Red Carpet Premier
Helena came out Saturday night to see the red carpet premier of the movie "Coffee Shop" which was filmed primarily in Helena and Fairhope. Hopefully, we will get to see it again in October when it come to the little screen. Thanks to Laura Brookhart for the awesome photos. Laura and Barry's artwork appears in the background of the movie.

Helena Water Falls
Don't forget you can see the Helena Waterfalls photos that update every minute at
You may have  to click refresh to see the newest Cam photo.

Found Dog
Sandy Brannon posted on my facebook page that she found this dog with a collar but no tag in Dearing Downs. Let us know if it is yours.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Helena Weekend

Laura Brookhart Photo
Helena Weekend Calendar
Sorry, I have been running behind post. The new job is taking some additional after hours work. I will be caught up soon after I get my daughter moved into the dorms this Saturday and Farmer's Market is ending this weekend. Here's what I have so far. Email me if you want me to add something:

"It’s going to be an exciting evening for football on Friday, Aug. 22, when the Helena Huskies see their first game action, a jamboree, at Husky Stadium in a six-quarter scrimmage against Ramsey and John Carroll. On Aug. 29, the Huskies play Shelby County High at the first of three away games" - See more at: Article

The Football games will be covered by APH 99.9 FM. Tonight it will be live on the radio and the other games will be on the APH radio app for your photo unless they are  the Game of the Week then they will be live on the radio. The host will be Gregg Eddins and Chris Parten with special guest Mayor Hall for tonight!

Helena Weekend

Friday 22nd
6:30pm Pre- Game Show on 99.9 FM
7pm Helena High Football Fall Jamboree w/ Ramsey/John Carroll
7pm Helena Game Live on APH 99.9 FM
8pm Hunter Lawley at Papa Saia's
9pm Whisky Dix performs at Rios $5 Cover
After the game there will be a special event at Little Italy

Saturday 23rd
8am Helena Market Days at Helena Amphitheater
10am-6pm Beadapalooza 2014 3745 Helena Rd Suite 100
8:30pm Karaoke at Rio’s Bar and Grill
Also the Coffee Shop movie which was filmed partially in Helena will premier tonight

Sunday 24th
10am-6pm Beadapalooza 2014 3745 Helena Rd Suite 100

Helena Market Days
This Saturday is the last Helena Farmer Market of the Summer at 8am-Noon at the Helena Amphitheater. We're ending the 2014 Helena Market Days season with a bang. Join us for a special dish by Chef Benard Tamburello of Bernie's on Main and Vecchia, and the soothing sounds of singer/guitarist Sam Eastman. Come early for the best variety of veggies, stay for the chef demo (9am) and music, and leave happy!
Helena New Literary Magazine
Jen Culver‎ shared that the Helena High School has named their new literary magazine.
“After a vote in their English classes, students decided naming the literary magazine "Eureka No.4" would be a great way to honor those who spent their lives working in the mines here and around Shelby County”. This is really cool. The Helena High School is built in the same location as the Eureka No. 4 Mine which was opened in 1917.  A small community of mine workers and the families were built around it, that was larger than the Old Cahaba and Riverwoods neighborhoods combined.  The hamlet was called “Roebuck” by the locals. Sonny and Ken’s father (Hinds) was the mine’s fireboss. There are some great stories about that mine, but I will save those for October. The mine was closed and sealed in 1925. The mine entrance was removed and is being held at the Helena Museum until the school finds a place for it. You can see the removal here: http://vimeo.com/33057082
Our Biggest event of the year, Beadapalooza 2014 brings together bead and gemstone vendors from all over the United States. Gemstones strands, Czech Glass, Metal, Shell and wood from various countries around the globe, all under the Big top tent. This 2 day event will feature, an array of bead artisans selling their original designs to enhance the Jewelry designer in you. This is a once a year opportunity to meet and share with other jewelry designers from the Birmingham area. Something for everyone, The Bead Biz is the mecca for the Designer to the hobbyist. Swing by and use our Professional Valet service on Saturday and survey table after table of beading supplies. Enjoy acoustic entertainment, both afternoons for your shopping pleasure. $1.00 a minute chair massages by local professional masseuse on Sunday. Tribal Belly dancers will perform to give a festive shopping experience at 9:30 am Saturday. Goodie Swag bags will be given to the first 50 shopper who spend $20.00 on Saturday. So come early for the best selection. August 23 - August 24. The Bead Biz 3745 Helena Rd Suite 100, Helena, Alabama 35080
Helena Wins Safest City in Alabama
Molly Davidson published an article that Safe Choice Security have released their Safest Cities in Alabama list and decide that Helena, Alabama is the Safest City in Alabama !!!! The list of 15 cities also included Alabaster, Calera and Hoover.

The top three were:
1. Helena, AL
2. Mountain Brook, AL
3. Vestavia Hills, AL

“Every state has certain cities that are more dangerous than others and while we hear a lot about those cities, we rarely hear about the ones that stand out because they are much safer than the average,” Safe Choice Security, a home and business security company, wrote in a blog posting about the “Safest Cities in Alabama” list. “We set about creating a listing to help you discover the safest places to live and work in Alabama.” "Helena, AL has a population of 17,000 and straddles the counties of Jefferson and Shelby. A suburb of Birmingham, it has won numerous awards for best place to live, best place to raise kids and more. It is one of the 10 safest cities in America in terms of the crime rate per capita. Rolling hills and streams are common features of the geography of Helena. It has a strong diverse economy although many residents commute to other parts of the Birmingham area for work. With warning sirens to alert residents of tornados and a highly trained, competent police force, it’s no wonder Helena is such a safe city to reside in".

You can see the full list at:  LINK
Sewage Rates Increase
Helena Utility Board met Wednesday (Aug 20th) at 6pm. The meeting was announced in several locations including the newspaper but the public turn out small. I went there as a private citizen since their vote impacts me as well. I only saw two other citizens. The rest were either: board members, employees, or reporters. I had intended to hear only about the EPA requirements that would cost Helena to make $8 million dollars in changes to our current system but I heard more about the finances. The main business item was a vote on a rate change. The new Board had requested rate study on water and sewage from Jackson Thornton Utilities Consultants and followed the recommendation to raise rates.
The short/simple version from the rate study was that Sewage Usage (Kgal),on the base, cost the Utility Board is $26.50 and currently customers pay only $15 so there was a large shortfall. The study recommends that the Board increase it. Most residents use more than the base so they should see an average of $4-$5 increase. Water used over the 2,000 base will be charged an extra $1 for each additional 1,000 gallons. This will start in October.I did record 8 minutes of the Sewage presentation if you would like to watch it. http://youtu.be/y_ysQ33wGJY (sorry not the best quality but you get to sit in and see some of it)

Also here are some more news articles so you can get a complete viewpoint.
Shelby County Reporter
Alabama Media Group

Planning and Zoning
The Planning and Zoning commission met Thursday Night.

1. River Bend Development, LLC- Final Plat Approval for River Bend at Old Cahaba. The Prelim plat had been approved around 7 years ago and so this was the final plat presentation. You really cant refuse something that is already approved unless there is an issue. It was approved but the building inspector has to make sure that some homes were built in the right location on some lots.  You can see the plan here: Google Drive pdf of Old Cahaba River Bend section

2. David Stuman-Request Rezone of property at 5576 Hwy 17 from E3 to Special District
A request to rezone property off Hwy 17 from Estate Lots to Special district with would allow smaller lots did not pass. Some of the points discussed was a lack of traffic impact included with the request as required, dense housing, and impact on neighbors. You can see the plan here: Google Drive pdf

3. Amendments to Zoning Ordinance to provide requirements for Payday Loan and Title Pawn Loan
The City Council had passed a moratorium for allow Payday Loan, Pawn Shop, and Title loans type businesses in Helena because our ordinance did not regulate them. Without proper regulation they could be build next to neighborhoods. The Amendment passed.

Ice Water Challenge
Keep cool this weekend, it is suppose to be HOT! As everyone is doing the Ice Water Challenge, I can't help but think that the temperature is helping to make it a huge success. This Winter, I hope a Hot tub challenge become the latest fad. Below is an animated photo of my daughter taking the challenge

ok, that is it. Let me know if you want me to update this with a Helena Event...See you around town!