Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday is Reader's Choice

Helena Photo of the Day
Today's photo comes from Sherrie Sechrist Pippin

Marilyn Matta shared that the Helena 8U girls just beat Chelsea 19-3

Helena High Band
Sherill Vansant shared that the "Helena High School Band went to a second competition in Pell City and came away with lots of trophies (again) to add to a trophy case that's quickly filling up.Outstanding band! If they haven't had a chance to see them yet they have the next two Fridays left. These kids are doing us all proud"!

Jennifer Bradford Owen shared, "HHS band had all superior ratings at competition again. Got best overall band in division and best in class color guard, dance line, majorettes, percussion, and drum majors".

Stephanie shared that, "Lauren Padgett with HHS Color Guard came in 3rd in a spin off yesterday at competition".

Mina Godsey shared, "Couldn't be any more proud of our Helena Band kiddos". See here picture of the scoring!

Best Halloween Decorations
The competition is heating up for Helena’s Best Decorated House Competition!
Nominate our favorite house, then stay tuned. On Monday October 27 the online voting begins and you will decide a 1, 2 and 3 place winner.

Here are the nominees so far:
2801 St Patrick Place N
1917 Gallant Fox Drive
469 Tocoa Rd
457 Old Cahaba Way

To enter, click and complete to entry form.
Skeet Shoot
Gene Ingram shared that "Fundraiser for Helena High School Athletics.
Cahaba Outfitters will be hosting a Skeet Shoot
November 8, 2014 7:30 am-10:30 am.
1511 County Road 13 - Helena, Al 35080
Tickets are $30 or you can purchase 4 for $100
Bring your own shotgun or Cahaba Outfitters will provide. No outside ammo allowed. The ticket includes ammo, skeet and breakfast.Please contact a HAA board member to purchase your tickets. a complete list of board members can be found at

Christmas Shopping
DeAnna Carnley Cobb shared, "YOU'RE INVITED to come shop early for Christmas at the Appleford Hillsboro Holiday Open House! All the vendors listed, as well as, Scentsy, One Red Bead, Usborne Books, Younique, and MORE!! Come have fun with us and shop"
Haunted Adventures
"Kaitlyn Creel, a senior at Helena High School, recently chose to become a cast member of the haunted Warehouse 31 performances. Creel, who is in show choir and theatre at HHS, also has the role of Officer Brophy in the first HHS play, Arsenic and Old Lace. Kaitlyn, along with her mother, Sharon Creel, is also a member of Notinee, an Indian dancing troop that performs Manipuri/Odissi folk fusion dance. “Warehouse31 encompasses things I love,” said Creel, ”Halloween, acting and dressing up.” For the full story check out: ARTICLE LINK

Unique Day
"Helena Intermediate School celebrated the Shelby County School System-wide Parenting Day with a unique twist this year.On Oct. 14, more than 500 parents and grandparents visited HIS and attended informational workshops, joined their children for lunch and learned about the school community through Unique Me Day".Full Article

Most Beautiful In Alabama
Three-year-old Claudia Hamrick, recent winner of the Little Miss Alabama Pageant, will now move on to represent the state of Alabama in November for the Baby Miss America Pageant. Her mother works at Rios; Bar and Grill in Alabama. Full article

Role Call
If you missing your chance to be in the last moving then check out this:Casting Call for local Movie

Art Class on Monday to Paint Huskies or Caboose
Bring Alton to Helena
Alton Brown's ‪‎Edible Inevitable‬ tour is rolling through the area next week and he needs your help-- Use ‪#‎ABRoadEatsBirm‬ on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to recommend the best eats in town that he absolutely cannot miss! Learn more here: Be sure to share you favorite Helena Eats

Pink Bridge Lights
Darlene  Bryan‎ shared, "I love the pink lights on the bridge for breast cancer awareness month! Thank you to whoever did that"

Amy Predmore shared that Megan Conner and Dan Conner got married on the beach last night.

Regular Meeting Agenda
October 20, 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. JR Adams – Request of Rezone of Property at 5576 Highway 17 from E3 to Special District –
David Stuman Property
2. City employee retirement insurance plan
3. Sports budgets
1. Call To Order.
2. Prayer.
3. Pledge of Allegiance.
4. Council Roll Call.
5 Presentation of Minutes from Council meeting and Pre-Council meeting October 6, 2014.
6 Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7 City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
- Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8. Resolution 10202014 – Helena High School Additional Construction Expense for
Baseball/Softball fields.
9. Resolution 1020201401 – City Paid Holidays for Fiscal Year 2014/2015
10. Laura Joseph – Your Town Alabama Workshop
11. Employee Recognition – Retirement of Penny Weldon
12. United Way of Central America – Ms. Sarah Ficke
13. Council Comments
14. Adjourn
Next City Council Meeting Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Helena Weekend

Helena Picture of the Day
Dennis McCay shared this photo from the Papa Saia's Deck of the Helena Water falls. I am running behind so check back later for more events.

Weekend Calendar
I am posting this on Thursday so I will update with the rest of the events on Friday

6pm Friends of Helena Library Meeting at Library
The last HMS football game tonight VS Riverchase starting at 5:30

Friday Oct 17th
7pm HHS vs. Sumter Centra (Listen Live on APH Radio Mobile App)

8pm South of Blues

Come one, Come ALL to the 2014 Hillsboro Hometown Fair from 1pm to 5pm Sunday, October 19, 2014. The flyer for this event has been attached and if you have any additional questions please call (205) 663-7889.

Yard Sale
1617 Oak Park Drive. Oak Park/The Highlands neighborhood off Hwy 93 and 52. 4 families. Saturday Oct 18th, 8-noon. Multi-Family

815 King Street, Helena, Al. Christmas Tree, Hallmark Orn., Collectibles Household, Halloween, Beanie's and lots of other stuff.
Friday Oct.17, 8-3.PM
Saturday Oct. 18, 8-2PM

117 Griffin Rd in royal pines 

Best Halloween House in Helena
Don't forget to nominate you favorite decorated home in Helena. Sponsored by the Helena Beautification Board. Here is the link:
Nominees to date:
2801 St Patrick Place N
1917 Gallant Fox Drive
469 Tocoa Rd

Basketball League
Susan Manley Thrasher shared
Anybody interested in Pelham/Helena Girls Youth Basketball
League 3rd through 6th grade. This is an AWESOME league.

Fill out your registration form and bring it with you to the
mandatory skills assessment at Riverchase Middle School
on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

3rd and 4th grade girls at 1pm
5th and 6th grade girls at 3pm

Make up will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at RMS from 7:00pm to 7:30PM.
Practices will begin the first week of November
Practices will be held at Valley Intermediate or Riverchase Middle School.

Most games will be played at Riverchase Middle School Gym

Cost :
$110.00 for 1 child, $95.00 for each additional child

I will update this again on Friday so send me a Helena event you want to share and I will add the others.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Urgent Robots in Helena

Picture of the Day
Today's Helena Picture of  the Day comes from Jim Parks of the sky in Old Town

Urgent Care
Yesterday, Mayor Hall announced that, "Urgent Care coming next to Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Owners will announce details at a later date".

HMS Robotics
Brian Jordan shared this story about the HMS Robotics team:
Saturday before last (10/4), the HMS Robotics team participated in the UAB BEST Robotics.  (BEST = Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology).  This is the team's second year participating in the competition and they brought home honors for placing 4th overall in the presentation portion of the event.  They also won the Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape award.  This award is given to the team that fights the hardest and just refuses to give up and they definitely earned it!

The competition pits teams from schools around the metro Bham area heads-up without regard to grade or age.  Also, a large segment of the teams in the competition (Spain Park, Oak Mtn High and Oak Mtn Middle, etc) offer robotics as a full-time elective.  Our kids started working together just 6 weeks before the competition and did a fantastic job against teams older and more seasoned.

The team sends huge thanks to HMS teachers Christine Hoffman and Lindsey Minton for taking time to mentor them and also a big thank you to Helena businesses Gestamp, Top It Off, Vulcan Materials Company and Helena Hardware for providing financial support.

I'm including a photo of some of the team members about to begin the first round.  Please note that there were many more team members that are not included in the photo. For more information on the BEST competition, visit

The Helena High School Choir will be having another Zaxby’s fundraiser on Tuesday (Oct. 14th).

Light it Up Red
Ramona Rice shared that Light It Up Red is tomorrow October 15th is #DyslexiaDay
Wear RED, light your house up RED.... Join Us!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Reader's Choice Post

Photo of the Day
This picture of the Helena Waterfalls was taken by Jennifer Bentley Willis

Flowers Fall for Autumn
The Beautification and Tree Board is having the hanging baskets in Old Town taken down for the season this Monday, October 13, 2014. The plants that are still alive will be removed from the baskets and available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. They will be left down at the Amphitheatre inside the wooden fence area. Please Contact Leslie Bartlett if you have additional questions at

Band Competition
Zinnia Sanchez shared that the "Helena Band came in 2nd place at their first band competition but got superior ratings and best overall in their division for dance line, color guard and majorettes" Sandra Murray shared the photo above called "First Trophies for HHS Band"
Pelham and Helena
Chris Folsom shared this, " I wish you could have seen the class exhibited by our HHS kids when Pelham band took the field.  They stood and cheered the entire time PHS was marching onto the field and gave huge standing ovation when they finished.  PHS band kids cheered for our band as well.  The picture I sent shows many Helena kids both in HHS and those that stayed in PHS Band.  Such a great night seeing these kids together again".

Brian Jordan shared, "The HMS OWLS (Obtaining Watershed Lab Skills) group visited Dauphin Island Sea Lab Friday and Saturday.  Teachers Lindsey Minton and Elizabeth Buttram headed up the trip.  While there, the students participated in a bay trawling trip, visited a salt marsh, dissected an oyster and helped to rebuild oyster reefs.  Each event was led by Sea Lab personnel and was an opportunity to learn about the fragile nature and importance of watershed environments - a topic especially important given our unique Cahaba River Watershed.  As we were leaving heading home, I saw a lot of smiles".
Halloween Contest
Chris VanCleave wanted to remind everyone to" Enter to win the Halloween Decoration Contest at: HelenaBeautiful.Com
Race for a Cure
Bonnie  Kraus shared, "Helena Belles...cutest "cure leaders" at the Race for the Cure with Terry Roussell, Maddie Crain, Helena Belles, and Madison Roussell at Linn Park".

Sam Prentice of Helena was chosen to be part of Goodyear through the UA's Cooperative Education Program.This program adds work-related experience to the academic major or career interests of each student. The experience enhances the students' employment prospects after graduation.
Dance Et Cetera Fundraiser
Cindy Calvert shared, "Come to Top it Off on Monday from 3-9 and buy some yummy frozen yogurt to support Dance Et Cetera's Jr. Dance Troupe".

Helena Invitational
Heather Simmons shared that, "The first Helena Invitational XC meet was held on Saturday. HMS girls XC had the first place win for the girls team in school history with a first place team finish! HMS boys placed 2nd overall. HHS boys placed first and HHS girls finished 2nd overall. This is a pic of the HMS girls team with Coach Meredith George".

April Olive, "Results of today's meet. High school scores on top and middle school on bottom. Left is girls, right is boys".
Helena Puzzle Exchange
Chris Harper asked about the Helena Puzzle exchange. Yes the Puzzle Exchange is stored in the Red Caboose in Old Town Helena. Take your old puzzles and swap them out for new ones. They might be willing to let you borrow one if you bring it back.

HHS Choir Fundraiser
Elizabeth Lewis  shared that Tuesday night is the Helena High School Choir fundraiser at Zaxby's from 5pm -9pm

HUMC Mission
Allison Crumpton shared that, "Members of HUMC are coming home today from their mission trip in Jonesville, VA". Projects done were shoring up foundation of house, laying kitchen flooring. Replacing windows. Waterproofing roofs

Champion Horse
Suzanne Schnetzler shared that, "Rocking S Farm competed at the AL Charity Championship Horse Show this last week. All riders did well and won top ribbons. We were 2nd in the costume contest. Philp Philip with his Pineapple Phillies and Wintson the killer whale and the amazing Mathis Eugene riding Philip".
All- Star Design
Angie Fitts shared their link with me and more:
"All-Star Designs is your source for Screen Printing, Lettering and Embroidery.  We can help you with sports uniforms, fan wear for your favorite team,  t-shirts for events, clubs or any activity, outerwear, bags, decals, and much more.  We have been serving Helena since 2001.  Call us at 664-7572, find us on the web at, or Facebook or Instagram".

Termite Bond
Alan from FarmerGuard shared this me, "I get several calls a week from Helena residents asking me to help them understand the renewal notice they received from their termite company. Most of the homes in Helena were treated originally by termite companies using a liquid termiticide. This process involves trenching around the exterior perimeter of your home, and in some cases, drilling holes through the concrete slab. Once the treatment is done, the company charges an "Annual Renewal Fee" to keep the bond active. Depending on the chemical used, the liquid treatment may need to be re-done every 5 years. So on your 5th anniversary, you may get a much larger bill than what you've been paying. That's because it's time to re-treat your home, which can cost several hundred dollars. It's important to look at all of your options before agreeing to have your home re-treated. There are several options out there that could save your family a lot of money. Having a termite bond on your home is smart, knowing what options are available to you before renewing your bond is wise."
FarmerGuard Pest Control
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Christmas Early
DeAnna shared that, "The Cobb's Nest will be hosting a Holiday Open House at the Appleford Swim/Hillsboro Clubhouse, Saturday, Oct 25 9-1. Come shop early for Chirstmas and shop local!! Kids welcome for hand print pottery with Tiny Kingdom Creations. Usborne Books, One Red Bead, and Scentsy have been added to our list of vendors as well".

Pk, That's it. Everyone have a safe night tonight with all the rain  and I will see you around town

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Helena Weekend

Helena Picture of the Day
Today's Picture of the Day goes to Tammy Ambrose with the wonderful photo of the tunnel at Hillsboro Trail. Also this morning Penny shared. Helena High School Wrestling meeting in the morning at 7:15 am with Coach Maple.
Left Turn Lane
You may have noticed that the intersection on 261/52/17 now has a new left turn lane and should have a modern led traffic light soon. Since Helena doesn't have tons of money, we are trying to do small changes that have a big impact. According to the Traffic Study, this change, paid in part by the State of Alabama, will decrease wait time in the afternoon by 40%. Next up is the light at Hillsboro. The Mayor is seeking grants to add a turn lane for HES which should also reduce traffic delays during morning rush hours on 261/Helena Rd.

Cristina Saunders shared, "Bryan L Singer is a friend of mine and needs our help to locate his 15 year old daughter. She may be in the Alabaster, Pelham, Helena area. She left home a week ago, and has recently stopped communicating with her family. They are terrified and concerned about her safety. Please keep your eyes out for her and surround her family in prayers. If you see her, please contact the police or Bryan".

Helena Weekend Events

Friday Oct 10th
7pm Helena High at Calera Football (Live broadcast at 99.9 Phone App)
8pm Jason Mayo
8:30pm Momma B Karaoke Rio's Bar and Grill

Saturday Oct 11th
8am XC Helena Invitational at HMS and HHS
9:00am to 1:00pm Helena Hamfest at the Helena Amhitheater
10am-6pm at Bead Biz Soul of Somanya Trunkshow and Classes
11am-5pm Charity Cruise In at Rio's Bar and Grill

9pm Razzmatazz performs at Rio's

Sunday Oct 12th
1:30pm-5:30pm  at Bead Biz Soul of Somanya Trunkshow and Classes
2:00pm-5:00pm Grace Sunday in the Park at Cahaba Lilly Park Helena

Charity Cruise in
Rio's Bar and grill will have a chairty event for Brian Boyd with free pool Event Link. Razzmatazz will play that night and they will have a a car cruise in with raffle.
Community Yard Sale and Pancakes
The Church at Cahaba Bend will have a Missions Market on October 11th which will include Community Yard Sale, Pancake Breakfast and  Craft Show. Breakfast from 8-10:00 ~ Yard Sale and Crafts 8am-1pm. The Church at Cahaba Bend is located across the street from Helena Intermediate School on Hwy 52 (Morgan Road) Yard Sale spots are free but we are asking for a donation from your proceeds toward our Church Missions. Looking for local vendors ~ $25 booth fee. Pancake Breakfast $5 per plate. For more information email
Helena Hamfest
If you love Ham Radios, Amateur radios or just want to get a back up communication system for a disaster then Helena will host the 2014 HAMFEST at the Amphitheater. Click on their name to see the full lineup. There will be  VE testing, tons of tailgaiters with tons of equipment for sale, and are expecting some great vendors, besides. Tables will be $10.00 each. Vendors or tailgaiters can bring their own tables if they wish. In that case, the only charge is the price of admission. Admission: $5 per licensed ham.Their grand prize will Elecraft KX-3!

Sunday in the Park with Grace
This is a community event sponsored by Grace Christian Church that will take place in Cahaba Lily Park on Sunday, October 12, from 2-5 pm.  Everyone is welcome so please bring a chair, blanket or towel to sit on and enjoy food, fun and fellowship.  Music will be provided by Tony Ardovino's band, Slingshot.

Helena Invitational
The Cross Country team will be hosting the first every Helena Invitational this Saturday, October 11th. We currently have 23 teams signed up and are expecting a big crowd. The event will start and finish on the practice fields behind the high school. Varsity girls race at 8:00, Varsity boys at 8:30, Middle School Girls at 9:00, and Middle School Boys at 9:30. We have Huskies running in all four events so please make plans to attend. Go Huskies! -Via Ken Peoples Kristi added that it will be around 500 racers and 2,000 people so be sure to welcome them to Helena

Helena High Volleyball:
The Helena High Volleyball team is off to a great start and just completed a perfect regular season in their area.  Last night, the volleyball team went to Calera and dropped the first two games of the match but showed a tremendous amount of resilience and came back to win the 3rd game 25-22 and won the 4th 25-20 and won the 5th 15-10! The volleyball team is 6-0 in the area and will host the area tournament on Oct. 21st. Time TBA.  The HAA wants to wish these girls good luck and encourage everyone to come out to the area tournament to support the Helena High School Volleyball Team Via Ken Peoples

Helena High Football
"The Helena High Football Team is off to a tremendous start with a current 4 - 2 overall record and 3 - 1 record in region play.  This Friday night (10/10) the Huskies will be traveling to Calera for a big region game.  The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat for a possible home playoff game.  We would like to invite everyone to make the short trip to Calera and support the football team and their drive to make the playoffs". Ken Peoples from the HAA

Just an update. Helena High is now ranked 152th in the State and Calera is ranked 87th. They have an explosive offense with several games with 60+ points scoring but lost to Demopolis, just like us. If you cant make it like me then check out the live coverage using the 99.9 APH radio app on your phone.

Helena Artist Barry Graham, will be having a 1989 / 25th Year Iron Bowl Commemorative Art Print-Artist Signing Saturday, October 11th / 2pm until 8pm. Rio's / 2693 County Road 95 Helena

Artist Barry Graham will be back here at Rio's signing his 1989 / 25th Year Iron Bowl Commemorative Art Print. There are only a few prints available. Each print is hand signed and numbered. Stop by and pickup your personally signed copy and enjoy all the games with us!
Upcoming Glass Classes
Dont forget you can still register for a glass art class with David from Buck Creek Stained Glass at

Husky Eyes
Everyone have a great weekend and I will see you around Town!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Helena Photo of the Day
Tiffany Kemp shared this photo of the Helena High Shool under a beautiful blue sky. Speaking of skies
Blood Moon
Yep, it is a full lunar eclipse tonight (or early morning)*.Tonight, or Weds morning, we will be treated to a lunar eclipse. Here are the times:
Penumbral Eclipse begins Oct 8 at 8:17 AM Oct 8 at 3:17 AM
Partial Eclipse begins Oct 8 at 4:18 AM
Full Eclipse begins  Oct 8 at 5:27 AM
Maximum Eclipse  Oct 8 at 5:55 AM**
Full Eclipse ends  Oct 8 at 6:22 AM
Hopefully we will see it through the clouds!!

Tap Dancing Class!
Hillary Wilson shared: "I am teaching tap dance workshops periodically at Grebel Dance In Pelham.  The first two will be Saturday, October 11 and November 8. The times will be 12:15-1:15pm Intermediate Level and 1:15-2:00pm Beginning Level, at Grebel Center for Dance. No experience necessary for the beginner class. Learn time steps, explore rhythm and have fun! Fee: $10 per class. Call Grebel Dance at (205) 987-7234".

Found Cat
Caroline found this cat at Amberley Woods/Autumn Ridge area of Helena. "We may have found the cat a home, but we want to make sure it's not already someone's cat. Can you ask your blog readers to contact me, if the cat is theirs? Cat seems under 1 year; a good owner can tell me the gender". If it is yours then contact her at:

Breast Cancer Month
I got a chance to run and see Leslie Bartlett who was at the Pink Fire Engine to celebrate Breast Cancer month.
Found Dog
Tonya shared on my facebook page, "I found this little guy in Old Cabana today. He is a beagle mix. One or two years old. He has a blue collar. If he is yours or you know his owner please call at 205-370-9700"

City Council Meeting
Yep, the Helena City Council met. Remember theses are just my notes and not the official minutes. So I may have missed something or add something. If you need to actually minutes then the Clerk of the Court can provide those.

 The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the very awesome boy scout: Josh Carlson
HMS Field Fence
The Council discusses a request by Coach Bobby Cummings for assistance to fencing in the HMS field using old fencing removed from the Helena City Ball fields. They would like for it to happen by Spring. The Council discussed it and the what fencing was going to be used for the Police Shooting range and decided to appoint Mike to speak with All-Steel to get more details.

Then the discussion went to how much is needed to complete the HHS Ballfield (up to $200k), firemen located at the Youth field and future parking and roads for the park.

Resolution 10062014
The Miller request for driveway access off Bridlewood Drive. Unimproved right of way that would allowed them to put across at their expense to the person who buys house. It would allow them to have access to 5 acres. It was approved.

Industrial Park Tenant Inquiry
Research Solutions is looking at building a warehouse in Helena Industrial park

Budget Review Fiscal year 2014/2015
Our Revenue is lower than last year but we continue to cut the budget. We were able to balance the budget and give step and cost of living raise. If you are curious, I have a scan of the proposed budget here. Everything is complete but there were some holes in the Parks and Rec so we are going to review that again at the next work session

Mayoral Report by Mayor Mark Hall
New street projects have started. The extra turn lane construction that is happening at night could be completed sooner than expected if the weather will help The Red light Hillsboro has the bid finalized but it will take a while for the special order hardware. The turn lane will probably be completed first The Helena Community Center won Best of Best out of all Shelby County. We actually beat the Pelham Skating Ring...go figure.
Introduction of 2014/2015 Teen Council 
The Mayor and Council recognized and congratulated the first class of leaders in the Helena Teen Council. They will get to know State and City leaders and get an inside view of how government works.

El Patron Bar and Grill
They requested a  Liquor License transfer for Lucia Estrada Salgado. The transfer was approved.
Fire Proclamation
As part of October Fire Prevention Month the Fire Chief Chief,John W. Wilder II, reminded everyone to have a fire plan and to check their smoke detectors. For more information check

Helena Historic Preservation
The Council approved membership changes to replace Alan Farmer and Dan Dearing. They approved
Ron Holly, Billy Harris, Beverly Crider and Marion Sides. The HHPC will be meeting to vote on the selection on the 3rd Sunday at the Museum. They are also planning some great history events. You can keep up with them here:
The Mayor and Council approved for October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month. This is our second year and this group actually grew up with  Ramona Rice  in Alabama. Mike Jones shared how the group helped his daughter.For more information you can visit:

B4 ReZoning
Connie Pedoto asked for consideration for B4 Use Only Zoning. The property is Helena
Road 2nd Street and 3rd Ave WestParcel #13-5-15-3-006-003.000. There was a Favorable recommendation from Planning and Zoning meeting 9/18/14.The Council approved a Motion to approve conditional use of an antique and specialty vehicle restoration business in B4 providing the restriction on outdoor storage and approval of designs from Building inspector. This conditional use ends with any changes in business ownership, and/or business type.

Hey Readers of the Blog, I have a few people say they wanted to see my meeting notes. So I have been scanning them for the past 2 years, Here is the most recent...if you are interested. LINK

Next City Council Meeting Date: Monday, October 20, 2014 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.

Halloween Display
Everyone know I have the sorriest Halloween Display so I have been working on a Gnome vs Zombie display under my tree and maybe incorporate the Skeleton War on Tumblr. If you have a better display then enter into the Helena Halloween decoration contest :
 Entries will be received from October 1 through October 26. Complete the form below to nominate your favorite house!
Voting: Online Voting will begin Monday October 27 ending on Thursday October 30. The house with the most votes WINS!
Winners: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will be announced on Monday Morning October 31.

Here’s the link to submit nominations:
 or you can go to and click on the link