Friday, August 28, 2015

Hanging in Helena Happening Weekend


Helena Weekend Events
Hey, it looks to be another wonderful weekend with Helena Happenings so come Hang out with your fellow Helenites. It never hurts to make a new friend and coming out to events can make that happen!

Even Steven performing 
Friday 8/28

7pm Helena Huskies face Shelby County Wildcats at the HHS Husky Stadium. Bring your Hawaiian or Husky Gear and lets get them. Shelby County is ranked #34 in this class and scored 42 points on their last opponent.

7:30pm Glenn Butts & Chuck King perform at The Coal Yard Stage in Old Town Helena

8pm- 12am Even Steven returns to Papa Saias to perform Live plus food special like Shrimp and grits, Jumbo Stiffed Shrimp, Fried Okra and large pizza deal.

9pm Chase Evans Band at Rio's Bar and Grill

Coal Yard Stage in Old Town Helena AL

Saturday 8/29
11am-5pm Bloody Mary Bar at Coal Yard at The Coal Yard in Old Town Helena

7:30pm smooth jazz from Zac Drew and Friends at The Coal Yard Stage in Old Town Helena

8pm 12am The band 59 South performs on the Papa Saias stage

8:30pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill

Will update the post as I hear about more Weekend events. I hope to see you at one or two events. I have been using cane to get around. I also look scruffy because havent shaved in weeks and I have gained 60 pounds in the past 4 months from the leg injury. Be kind.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hawaiian Sidewalk Scouting


Student Athlete
Congrats to Helena's Izzy Deemer who is Shelby County Student Athlete of the Week. Way to Go!

New Sidewalk
The City Council approved funding for the Mayor request to adding new sidewalks that will lead to the ball fields from the Sports Complex parking lot. After having problems with my leg, I have become more sensitive to how hard it is for someone with mobility issues to get around so I am happy we are doing this and how it really allows more people to attend their children and grandchildren events. - See more at: LINK
Scouting Night
Dustin Strickland shared that, "It's School Night for Scouting week"!  Thursday 8/27 they will have their official sign up from 6-7 at the HES cafeteria. "We look forward to welcoming all of our new scouts to Pack 532 and 556"!

Mineral Railroad Marker
Helena is home to a new historic marker. We host a Historic Birmingham Mineral Railroad Site. You can see more at their website.
Helena Teen Council
Less than a week left for 9th and 10th graders in Helena to apply for the Helena Teen Council which is a City Sponsored program to develop the next generation of City, County and State leaders. You can read the recent news article HERE and you can get an application from Google Docs here:  Helena Teen Council Application

Ribbon Cutting
This Friday is a Ribbon Cutting for Party Art. The Ribbon Cutting at 10:00 am
Open House from 10:00-12:00 and 4:00-6:00. They will have drawings for prizes and refreshments will be served.Their new location is located next to Papa Saia's under Gretchen B Photography.

Friday Luau
The HHS Student Section ‏is asking people to make sure to wear your Hawaiian shirt and bring a cow bell to the game on Friday! If you don't have one then you can buy some husky wear from the HAA booth. I modified a walking stick into a Hawaiian Husky Spirit Walking for Good Luck during the game and so I can get up the stadium steps. The Helena football team has a home non-conference game vs. Shelby County on Friday, August 28 at 7pm.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Helena Wednesday Aug 26th

Helena Picture of the Day
Today's picture goes to  Jennifer Hendrix Holderfield. "Here's a cute picture of the day thanks to Home Plate Cooking To Go! His name is Jake, and is a second grader at HES". Go Huskies!


Open Mic Night
Come put to Old Town Helena tonight at 6:30pm and bring your musical instrument or listening ears. It will be on the Coal Yard Songwriter Stage. Your support will make it possible for this to continue! Facebook Event Link: CoalYardOpenMic

One of the running teams from the 2nd annual Glow Run by Evelia Scholz
HHS Glow Run
Another amazing night for the HHS Band Glow Run. Here are the First Place Girl and Boy from the HHS glow run from Evelia Scholz. Way to Go!

Ana Waters 1st Place
Talon Pritchard 1st Place
Waste Water Improvements
Helena is about to spend $8 million dollars to improve our Waster Water. It is a requirement because of new Alabama Department of Environmental Management regulations. I am in favor of it  because anything to improve water quality is a good thing in my book. - See more at: LINK
Best of the Best
Share your favorite local business and event in the Best of the Best for Shelby Living. Dont forget Buck Creek Festival and Helena Museum. It is around 5-6 pages longs but you are doing it for your community and your favorite hang outs in Helena! shelbyliving survey

A State of Teal
"HELENA–Most people have been affected by cancer at some point in their lives and three women from the organization Astateofteal.org attended the Helena City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 17, to try and raise awareness for cervical and gynecological cancer.

Malisa Hester, Joy Pederson and Jennifer Smiley attended the Helena Council Meeting to speak on the importance of the organization and the plans for the month of September".Source

Helena Volleyball
Last Year the Lady Huskies "finished second place in their area tournament and advanced as a two seed in the regional tournament. The Huskies received a tough break in the regional tournament draw, as the Huskies lost to the St. Paul’s Saints, who would eventually go on to win the AHSAA 5A volleyball State Championship". They start the season against Minor on Monday, Aug. 31 at Minor.
- See more at: LINK
Dash Away
Sarah Alsup Hendren shared," Hi all! Make plans to visit Camp Fletcher at 5150 Fletcher Road on Saturday, December 19th, for The Dash Away 5K and Jingle Bell Junction Christmas event! As the name suggests, this combo event will include a 5K run alongside a family-fun event (including food, drinks, pictures with Santa, vendor opportunities, crafts, games, etc.). We’ll also have a Frosty Fun Run (1-mile) and a Holly Jolly Hundred (100-yard dash for kids ages 6 and under)! Click on http://www.campfire-al.org/index.php/dash-away-5k for more info and to save $5 until August 31st on running spots!

The big thing is: anyone registering for the 5K, the fun run, or the 100 yard dash can save $5 if they register before August 31st. Just trying to spread the word!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Scouts, Masquerades, and Affairs in Helena


New City Website
The Helena Parks and Rec website has posted their new and improved website. It is easier to navigate and I think it has a cleaner feel. Check it out: Helenaparkandrec.org

Vote Huskies
Go vote #HuskyNation for @WVTM13 Touchdown Friday Game of the Week. Here is the link:
www.wvtm13.com

Local Entertainment
Patrick Solo will be performing at the Coal Yard stage in Old Town from 6pm-9pm tonight and Rio's bar and Grill will have Bingo Night starting at 6:30pm.

Scouting Night
Dustin Strickland shared that, "It's School Night for Scouting week! If you or someone you know is ready to join Cub Scouting in Helena, this is the week to do it! Wednesday our leaders will be visiting 1st thru 4th graders at HES and HIS. Thursday 8/27 we will have our official sign up from 6-7 at the HES cafeteria. We look forward to welcoming all of our new scouts to Pack 532 and 556"!


Helena Belles Gala
I just bought me tickets yesterday from Lola and Kristie Champagne shared this. Are you ready for the return of the Helena's Masquerade Ball? This is a great event that raises scholarship money for our Helena Belles.

"It's that time! Gala in the Gardens benefiting the Helena Belles Scholarship Fund is around the corner! Message me to get your tickets or to make a donation! Corporate Tables are also available. It's going to be a fantastic evening. Great Date night moms and dads! Let's help these young women who do such great things in our community".

Ashley Madison in Helena
You have probably heard in the news about the website that matched people looking to have an affair. You may have also heard from the local news that the Alabama is listed as the most "unfaithful" state by how many residents pad to the website to set up affairs. This is sad because a few month ago they showed that Alabama also led the way in visiting "adult" sites after a certain football game.

I was able to view the list of everyone in Alabama who paid a over a certain amount on the Ashley Madison website. Though they didn't use their real names, their credit cards recorded their addresses. I had a few curious people ask me to share the Helena stats or info but I see only disaster in that. Aside from the fact that someone could create a false account using another person names, we are also starting to see possible suicides as wives and husbands find out their spouses have been publicly outed on a national level for seeking affairs. It doesnt feel right to share that. If you are curious, it is out there but I think it is best that theses couple sit down and have a conversation and work this out.






Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday in Helena

Helena Picture of the Day
This Monday goes to Mayor Hall from his twitter account at @MarkRHall . "Gorgeous skies in #HelenaAL right now for the annual HHS Band Booster's Glow Run 5k"! You may have noticed he is a accomplished photographer and uses his skills to capture Helena and its events. Speaking of which....

Antebellum Alabama
Mark you Calendars. Next Month, September 21st at 6:00pm - 6:50pm at Helena Public Library behind City Hall at 230 Tucker Rd, Helena, Alabama. The Friends of Helena Library will have a guest Speaker.Speaker Jim Phillips discusses his knowledge of Antebellum Alabama with the Helena Library. We have a lot of people ask for more speakers at the library so make sure you show up to support this great program. The Helena Historic Preservation Committee is also promoting the event. Speaking of which...

Helena Historic Preservation Committee
The group that brought you such great events as Founder's Day, History Lectures and Friday Night at the Museum had their elections recently.

2015-16 Elections:
President - Shannon O’Guin
VP – Kara Barr
Secretary – Jason Redd
Treasurer – Linda Wurstner
Media – Jay Riley
Fundraising and Events – Charity Miller
Terms start September 1, 2015 and end August 31, 2016.


Lawnmower Theft
Geni Smith shared, "There was another theft on Kala Street last night, this time a big lawnmower, stolen off a trailer in the resident's driveway. Can you put something up to warn the residents to be extra vigilant". Yes Geni, we live in a safe city but we are not immune from people taken advantage of us. So make it harder. Watch out for your neighbors, lock you car doors at night, and dont leave valuables unattended.

Missing Dog
Stacey shared, " My dog Chelsea is missing. She is 11 years old. We live on Roy Dr. She is very skittish and will not allow people to approach her. We miss her very much. My number is 205-602-0005. Thank you"!



Helena Teen Council 
The Helena Teen Council is now taking applications. Give your youth the State and Local connection while developing this leadership skills.

City Council President Cris Nelson with Students
What is the Helena Teen Council?
An organization put in place by the city of Helena in order to promote volunteerism, leadership, and knowledge about the city you live in.
The group of students selected to be a part of this unique organization will be able to experience:
Key Government Speakers both local and state
What goes into running the city
Organize beneficial projects
Get their Give Me 5 hours
Be with friends
Start Building a Resume
Become a stronger leader in the community


Who can apply for the Teen Council?
9th and 10th Graders may apply
Someone who can commit to coming to 2 meetings on the 2nd and 4th week of every month at 6pm.

How to apply?

All application forms will be available in the Front Office at the High School and online

Fill out the application, Get Teacher Recommendation filled out, Choose one of 2 topics, Write a brief essay, Turn in all forms to City Hall or send them to Helenateencouncil@hotmail.com, and you will be contacted within a 2 weeks after submission. If you have any questions, contact Kylie Woodman: Kyliesarah2006@hotmail.com . You can also download an application here: Teen Council Application
Helena Teen Council Meets Alabama State Leaders at Capital in Montgomery

Friday, August 21, 2015

Helena Happenings this Weekend

Hey all, I have been out of action since Tuesday so I am doing a quick Weekend post since my wife just brought me my laptop at the hospital. I will try to post more on Reader's Choice Monday but I need to rest this weekend

Helena Vs Pelham
Dont forget that Helena 5A will play Pelham 6A for the Mayor's Trophy this Friday Night
This was agreed between Helena Mayor Mark Hall and Pelham Mayor Gary Waters. The first game in history against Helena and Pelham will meet for the first time on the gridiron on Friday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at Ned Bearden Stadium.

Papa Saia's Music Week
Wednesday: Kelly from US
Friday: Matt Hill
Saturday: Tommy Crowder and Phil Austin
Weekend food specials with Jumbo stuffed shrimp, Sausage and pimento plate, Blacked Tilapia over rice pilaf and fried okra. Free dip n dots for kids with purchase of meal

Rio's Bar and Grill
The Weekend Schedule for Rio's Bar and Grill is
Friday Night...POP ROCKS start at 9pm..$5 Cover
Sat Night-Karaoke at 8:30pm

New Italian Restaurant
The Mayor announced that a new Italian restaurant be coming to the old Backyard Burger building. They will make renovations and will make an announcement soon with the name of this fast growing franchise.

Lost Dog
Stacey  Blakemore shared that her dog Chelsea is missing."She is 11 years old. We live on Roy Dr. She is very skittish and will not allow people to approach her. We miss her very much. My number is 205-602-0005. Thank you"!

Glow Run
The HHS Glow Run is this Saturday at 7pm . Come out and enjoy the fun!

Helena Market Days
The last Helena Farmer Market will be this Saturday from 8am-Noon. Please come out and grab up the end of Season Savings for all the Farmers and Artisans! It will also be Free Tomat o Sandwich Day!

Two by Two Rescue will be at Helena Market Days this Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 8am to 12pm! We'll have a dog wash, sports bottles to sell, and adoptable dogs ready for kisses! Please come out to show your support! The event is located by the Helena Amphitheater by Buck Creek in Helena, AL. www.helenamarketdays.com


This Saturday, August 22nd, will be our last market of the year, and we plan to rock 'n roll til the cows come home with The Old Paints from nearby Birmingham. Y'all come down between 9 and 11 a.m. for some of the purest pop and country music around.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teen Leaders and Police Chief Needed



Senior Hall of Fame
Debbie Anderson Scott shared that her parents were honored by the State of Alabama today for celebrating 68 years of marriage. Only 4 other couple received this award. Alabama residents are chosen through a nomination process.

Helena Teen Council 
The Helena Teen Council is now taking applications. Give your youth the State and Local connection while developing this leadership skills.
What is the Helena Teen Council?
An organization put in place by the city of Helena in order to promote volunteerism, leadership, and knowledge about the city you live in.
The group of students selected to be a part of this unique organization will be able to experience:
Key Government Speakers both local and state
What goes into running the city
Organize beneficial projects
Get their Give Me 5 hours
Be with friends
Start Building a Resume
Become a stronger leader in the community

Who can apply for the Teen Council?
9th and 10th Graders may apply
Someone who can commit to coming to 2 meetings on the 2nd and 4th week of every month at 6pm.

How to apply?

All application forms will be available in the Front Office at the High School and online

Fill out the application, Get Teacher Recommendation filled out, Choose one of 2 topics, Write a brief essay, Turn in all forms to City Hall or send them to Helenateencouncil@hotmail.com, and you will be contacted within a 2 weeks after submission. If you have any questions, contact Kylie Woodman: Kyliesarah2006@hotmail.com . You can also download an application here: Teen Council Application

Maplewood Celebration
 Barbara Huffstetler from Maplewood Lane has shared they will be celebrating 20 years in business. There event will be  August 30, 2015  from 2pm-4pm with refreshments, entertainment, guided tours through the building and door prizes (must be present to win). Here is some quick info about them:
Maplewood Lane is an assisted living/ respite care facility that opened in 1995 and is licensed by the State of Alabama. Our highly trained, experienced, and caring staff truly enjoys caring for the elderly and adults with special needs. Residents will be encouraged to live an active life through the many social activities we offer. We provide a home-like atmosphere with professional care, based on years of experience.
You can find out more by visisting them at 223 Tucker Road Helena Alabama (next to Joe Tucker Park) or call them at 205-629-2905.

Helena Volleyball
Volleyball season is about to start! Here is their current schedule so you can keep track of all the action!

Some of the logos being reviewed by the Library Board
Helena City Council 
Several events happened at Helena City Council last night.

Library Logo: Laura Joseph presented several options for the Helena library. They will showcase these options to patrons at the Helena Library Birthday Party coming up. Visitors can then vote n their favorite design.

Review of Door to Door Sales Ordinances
The final version should come up next meeting. Members wanted to see example of ID badges and whether a new schedule needed to be created.
Sports Sidewalk
The Mayor asked the council for $10k to create wide sidewalk from Sport Complex Parking lot to field. It would allow a safer way for people to walk to the field and assist people in wheelchair or who are impaired.

Retiree Raise
A discussion about the State request to increase money to City retirees. They Council needs to answer by October 1st. The amount would be more than $6,900 but the City Clerk will find out more details for Council for the next meeting.
Helena Police Chief Job posted
The City of Helena is hiring and the job is posted on the City Website. You can see the pdf here:
Helena Police Chief Application. The salary is $77,454.19 to $87,218.71. You have to have to application in by Sept 4th . The qualification are minimum of B.S. in Law Enforcement or cloasely related field and 8 years sworn law enforement experience with a minimum of 3 years of the 8 in an upper level supervisory capacity, preferably at the rank of lieutenant or above. Preferred Qualifications : Graduation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, or equivalent advanced law enforcement training, or possess a master degree in Public Administration,