Monday, February 08, 2016

Helena Reader's Choice

Helena Happenings
Today is Reader's Choice day. It is when you get to share your stories about Helena.


Women Lent Group
All women are invited to join the Women’s Community Group for a Lenten series beginning Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at CCB. You can contact Tracy Williams for more details at 205-919-1265 or tracybwilliams@gmail.com .



Consignment Sale
HUMC will be having their annual Chic Repeats consignment sale on March 11-12, 2016. Registration will begin February 6, 2016. You can read more and register at :
http://www.helenaumc.org/con_sale


MISSING IN HELENA, AL - Two by Two Rescue just got this little guy and he escaped in Laurel Woods off Roy Drive. He is not neutered yet. He has in an Alabama collar. If you spot him, call 205-706-0096!!

Signing Day
Maggie Lucas, a senior at Helena, has committed to run cross country at Birmingham Southern College and will have a signing ceremony Monday night at 6: 00 in  the Field House at the High School.

Mark Big Fish
Tena Fleming and Kim  Sexton shared that Mark Cochran, has ignited fishing fever in Helena, show casing that nice bass he caught in our very own Joe Tucker lake!

Helena's Scholars
Sandra Murray shared that HHS Scholars bowl came in 3rd for the county.
Crystal Watford shared that HMS 7th grade Scholars' Bowl came in 2nd at the county.
HMS 8th grade Scholars' Bowl came in 3rd.
Also Helena Middle school 6th grader - Emily Moore received the highest score on her Scholars Bowl Team at the county competition

Helena Wrestlers
Michael Moran 95# placed 3rd place and Will Miller 85# won 1st place at AWO-AAU Schoolboy Championship
Geography Bee
Congrats to Brayden King who won the intermediate school geography bee. Way to Go!

City Council Today

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.               Shelby County Compact Participation
2.               Council/Mayor Pay for 2016-2020 Term

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Agenda                                                                                                  6:00pm
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, January 25, 2016.
6      Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7      City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
·         Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8.     Ordinance #837-16 Establishing the Monthly Salary of the Mayor & Council Members for Term 2016-2020
9.     Approve/Deny Shelby County Compact participation
10.  Council Comments
11.  Adjourn

Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, February 22, 2016 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.


Friday, February 05, 2016

Helena Weekend



Weekend Events
The picture above I made after a reader request a comparison last year. I know I posted on facebook  but couldn't remember if I posted here. It is century different photo of Old Town Helena. You can check it out this Saturday and explore the stores because they are having a Super Saturday event. Here are some more events:

Friday 5th 
6pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill
7pm Bos and Huck Trio with Matt Broach perform live at The Coal Yard in Old Town
7pm Even Stevens performs at Papa Saias by the waterfalls in Old Town

Saturday 6th

10am-7pm  Super Saturday In Old Town Helena. See more at their event page on facebook: LINK
The event will include The Heavenly Donut Co. Truck from 9AM-Noon.
Lazy Boy BBQ will be having Butts and Ribs special

5pm Helena Middle School Band 8th Annual Dinner and  Auction at 5 PM Helena Middle School Cafeteria


6pm  HAA will host the 4th annual Night on the Town on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Helena Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding at 11:30 p.m. more info and tickets at:http://www.helenaathleticassociation.org

7pm Broach and Bongo performs at Papa Saias located next to the Helena Waterfalls/Dam

7pm Marc Harris with  Jab Wilson at the Coal Yard Stage in Old Town

Serene Nail Spa
They will be opening Monday 8th at 9:30. The business phone line is not ready untill Monday, if you want to call before Monday for appointments, please call or text her Cell phone: 678-559-5861 Thank you. Their facebook page is Serene Nail Spa

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Marriage, Mustaches, Daddy, Daughters and Dragstrips



Picture of the Day
Today's Helena Picture of the Day goes to Charity Miller. It is a photo from Helena's Founder Day 2015. Last year Kaitlyn Creel was chosen to be Miss Helena Lee who the City of Helena was named after. This year Founder's Day will be on April 23, 2015, 10 am to 3 pm. If you would like to participate as a vendor, performer, sponsor or anything then email: helenahistory@gmail.com.

You can also follow along with Helena History at our facebook page at Facebook.com/HelenaHistory . We are also seeking older Helena residents to share an oral history of Helena. So if you are a relative has some great stories then email us and we will set you up in a recording studio to save your memories for future generations.

Helena National Signing Day
Helena has its National Signing day today Weds Feb 3rd at HHS. Our Proud Huskies are:
Brody Rhodes: West Alabama
Brett Granger: Samford University
Diondre Sackreiter: Southern Nazarene
Phildon Dublin: Delta State University

Helena Drag Strip
The Helena Museum has a great display to celebrate Helena Drag strip which attracted the best racers from around the Southeast. Also to celebrate they are issuing a re-creation of the original dragstip shirts. You can order them by contact Philicia Broadhead Danner‎ on facebook. The cost is $20.00 and we need at least 50 shirts ordered before we can have the second printed.

Daddy Daughter Date Night
Attention Dads: Come by and treat your Little Girl to a special night at the Helena McDonald's at 7210 Wyndham Pkwy on Tuesday Feb 9th starting at 5:30pm. See the poster above.

Helena Mustache Run 
Graham Brooks wrote a story about Helena's upcoming Mustache Run to suuport the HHS Soccer program. They are calling the “March Stacheness Run” and will begin at 8 a.m. It will also include a Best Mustache contest (real or Fake) for humans and your pet. You can sign up at  Hhsmustacherun.com.

The different runs available are as follows:

The Handlebar Adult 8k run for $25
The Handlebar Under 13 8k for $15
The Plain Old Stache Adult 5K for $25
The Plain Old Stache Under 13 5K for $15
The Peach Fuzz Adult Fun Run/Walk for $20
The Peach Fuzz Under 13 Fun Run/Walk for $10
To add an official time to any version of a race will cost an extra $5 and any participant including a pet in the run will cost an extra $5.
- See more at: Shelby County Reporter

Helena Marriage Status
This is an interesting statistic about Helena. Helena has a higher proportion of marriage people than Shelby County, Alabama or the United States. A pretty cool stat heading toward Valentine Day.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

National Signing and Helena Ranking


Happy Groundhog Day
This morning, Helena's Howard the Groundhog predicted that we will see an end to winter soon.. Then he said, "Of course there will be a few more cold snaps", then he thought a little longer and went back to bed.
Picture of the Day
Helena picture of the day goes to Bobbie Nichols with this Beautiful sunset over the Old Cahaba.


Helena National Signing Day
Helena has its National Signing day tomorrow Weds Feb 3rd at HHS. Our Proud Huskies are:
Brody Rhodes: West Alabama
Brett Granger: Samford University
Diondre Sackreiter: Southern Nazarene
Phildon Dublin: Delta State University

New Dining
The Marathon gas station on Hwy 52 west opened up two new food venues in their station. It is a Sneaky Pete's Hot Dogs and Crazy Caiman's Cajun chicken.

Register to Vote
You have less than two weeks to register to vote for the Primary Election on March the 1st. It helps the community when we have a large number of residents register to vote (and who show up to vote). We are a small city but we can make our voice count.

For the March 1st Primary Election, the last day to apply for voter registration through this electronic application is February 15, 2016: https://www.alabamavotes.gov/olvr/default.aspx


HHS Choir
Way to Go to Cissy Thompson Johnson and the HHS choral department who just received another honor. They brought home 1st place in their division at the Spotlight Showcase.

Also congrats to Helena Middle school who placed 3rd in their division
Helena ranked Safest City Again
Helena keeps racking the honors up! Another website studied 84 Alabama cities with a population of more than 5,000 people and compared their FBI stats to find the safest and most dangerous cities in Alabama. The story was shared on Fox 6 news. I do wonder why most of theses polls use this old picture of Old Town Helena. We should give them a more up to date photo. Here are the list:

The list of safest cities in Alabama include:
Helena
Vestavia Hills
Satsuma
Rainbow City
Southside
Pelham
Moody
Boaz
Alabaster
Daphne


Here is the list of most dangerous cities in Alabama:
Selma
Anniston
Lanett
Birmingham
Gadsden
Jasper
Monroeville
Prichard
Talladega
Valley
Fewest Traffic Fatalities
Helena gets another positive ranking. Graham Brooks wrote an article that Helena had some of the fewest traffic fatalities in the State of Alabama. See below:
" Helena was ranked No. 5 on the list for least number of traffic fatalities averaging 5.65 deaths per 100,000 population". Pelham ranked just ahead of us at #3.   - See more at: SOURCE

Cherokee Beach Slide 
Nan Wilson Scarbrough shared this flashback photo of the Cherokee Beach. Helena had its own little resort back in the day when the Cherokee Campground was in its hayday.

Official ribbon cutting at the new Verizon store in the City of Helena.

Upcoming Events in Helena:


Feb 4th Unleashed talent showcase--HHS Thurs.,Feb 4. 6:30-8:30.$5

Feb 6th 
10am-7pm  Super Saturday In Old Town Helena
https://www.facebook.com/events/173905282974972/

Feb 6th Helena Middle School Band 8th Annual Dinner and  Auction at 5 PM Helena Middle School Cafeteria https://www.facebook.com/events/414597718734932/

Feb 6th  HAA will host the 4th annual Night on the Town on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Helena Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding at 11:30 p.m. more info and tickets at: http://www.helenaathleticassociation.org

Feb 11th-12th:
Helena Outdoor Track and Field tryouts will be on February 11th and 12th. All forms must be completed and turned in by students before you can tryout.

Feb 13th Polka Dot Party 5pm at the Coal Yard

Feb. 22 Wizard Charity Tournament at HHS Gym 7pm

Feb 27th Kiwanis Pancake Day at Helena Elementary. For tickets or more information about Kiwanis, call Callie Waldrop at 999-5329.

March 12, 2016 8am Helena High March Stacheness Run​
8K, 5K, Fun Run/Walk and Pet Walk

April 23rd Founders Day 2016 Saturday, April 23 at 10 AM

Monday, February 01, 2016

Happy Monday in Helena


Helena Picture of the Day
Today's photo of the day is a fiery sunset over Helena by John K Hodge @jkhodge on Twitter. It looks like we will have some weather changes coming up tomorrow so get ready. Stock up on batteries and keep those cell phones fully charged.

ART drama try outs and Art Contest
Get excited Helena High school is gearing with for their first musical theatre production. They are also offering sponsorship for the big event. See below for all the news:

Spring Musical Art Contest
Calling all inspiring artists! The art departments are joining forces in our first ever musical theater production for HHS. We are looking for high school student artwork to be used on t-shirts, programs, etc. throughout the city to promote this exciting event.

Artwork samples will be due February 8 by 3:30 pm
Winning artwork will be chosen by the adult and student leadership team.
Winners will receive a free shirt, 2 free tickets to the performance of their choice, as well as community exposure-a great way to boost your resume!
Requirements:
Sample must be at least 8x11 sheet
Title: The Music Man
April 17-20
Thursday-Saturday 6:30, Sunday 3:00
Turn samples into Mrs. Cook in the office.

HHS Track and Fields
Congratulations to the HHS women track team who finished 2nd in 1A-5A at the Last Chance Invitational. (4th place 1A-7A). Way to Go!

HMS Dinner and Auction
Graham Brooks shared that the Helena Middle School Band will be hosting their 8th Annual Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 6 in the HMS Cafeteria with all proceeds going to the HMS band starting at 5pm for dinner and live auction at 6pm. You can buy tickets from band members or pay $15 at the door. See more at  Event Page.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Helena Weekend Events



Helena Acting Reading
The Helena Historic Preservation Society will be holding a reading for all roles in a historic re-enactment of Helena history, which will take place on Founders Day April 23rd. This incudes the roles of Helen Lee, who is the namesake of the Helena.

The reading is this Sunday (Jan 31st) at 4pm at the Helena Museum located at 5260 Helena Road, Helena, AL. Please contact Charity Miller at njdmommyc30@icloud.com for more details.

Coal Yard Weekend Events
Thursday's lunch special is Lasagna and Salad with garlic bread. We have The Old Paints playing at 6:30pm and it's Thirsty Thursday with $1.00 off all bar drinks all day long!
Also on Thursday, we will have the Fairhope Brewing Company here for our Fairhope Beer Pairing starting at 6:00pm.

Friday's lunch special is Fried Shrimp with onion rings and slaw. Phil Dudley will be here with the whole band and starting at 7:00pm. Join us for Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm, dinner is served until late, and the music will be great!

Saturday we have Corey Nolan here starting at 7:00pm and beer specials on all of our Stone Beer in the bottles! Come and get it before it's gone!

Papa Saia's Weekend
Bongo and Broach Friday night at 7
Meat and veggies Friday from 11-3
Drink and Food Specials all Weekend

Rios Weekend Events
Thursday Night-Karaoke w/Momma B @ 6pm!
Friday Night-  Cass with band Bad Shoe returns for the party! $5 Cover-9pm
Saturday Night-Karaoke with Momma B @ 8:30!

Upcoming Events 
Helena Outdoor Track and Field tryouts will be on February 11th and 12th. All forms must be completed and turned in by students before you can tryout. Here are so more events upcoming:

Feb 6th 10am Super Saturday In Old Town Helena

Feb 6th Helena Middle School Band 8th Annual Dinner and  Auction at 5 PM Helena Middle School Cafeteria https://www.facebook.com/events/414597718734932/

Feb 6th  HAA will host the 4th annual Night on the Town on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Helena Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding at 11:30 p.m. more info and tickets at: http://www.helenaathleticassociation.org/

Feb 13th Polka Dot Party 5pm at the Coal Yard

Feb. 22 Wizard Charity Tournament at HHS Gym 7pm

Feb 27th Kiwanis Pancake Day at Helena Elementary. For tickets or more information about Kiwanis, call Callie Waldrop at 999-5329.

March 12, 2016 8am Helena High March Stacheness Run​
8K, 5K, Fun Run/Walk and Pet Walk

April 23rd Founders Day 2016 Saturday, April 23 at 10 AM




ABC: Affluent, Basketball, and Choir

Picture of the Day
Today's photo goes out to the Mayor who shared this photo on his twitter account ‏@MarkRHall
"Huskies taking over. ☝️#HuskyNation"

Grand Opening
Russell Cellular Verizon will be celebrating their official Grand Opening Thursday, January 28th.
The ribbon cutting will take place at 4:30.
Join us in welcoming them to Helena.
There will be refreshments and unbeatable savings!
*Located beside Walmart Market Place.
Open 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Most Affluent Cities
Helena residents received another honor by being ranked the #17 Most Affluent City in Alabama. We are also ranked #2,699 in the United States out of 15,090 cities rated. It shows the median household income as $83,956 and median home value of $178,200. This is part of series from Birmingham Business Journal and included more details in the magazine. They also mention the highest cities in Alabama and added, " suburbs like Trussville and Helena are gaining ground in affluence".

This ranking comes of the heels of announcements like Helena being one of the easiest places in Alabama area to sell a home with this, "The city of Birmingham comes in at No. 6 with an average of 75.9 days on market. Leeds at 78.3 days, Helena at 79 days, Mobile at 83.1 days and Fultondale at 85 days rank 7th through 10th, respectively".

Also Safewise Community Outreach ranked the safest cities in Alabama and gave Helena the #2 rank with its low rate of violent and property crimes.  You can read more and find out other great stats at:
Bizjournal Source

Sadie Hawkins Dance
I thought it was cool that Helena High School is going to have a Sadie Hawkins Dance on Feb 5th according to Husky Howler editor, Chloe Brown, in a recent issue:

According to Casey Lewis, a Prom and formal dance expert, “Believe it or not, the entire tradition of the girl-asks-boy dance originates from a comic strip. In the famous cartoon-turned-musical Li’l Abner, there was a designated day in November when unmarried women could chase bachelors around the town in hopes of catching them for marriage.” I hope the students have a great time!
LINK

Perfect Season
Graham Brooks shared that the Helena Middle School 8th grade team won their Southern Championship and finished a perfect 22-0 season. Way to Go! - See more at: Source

Helena High Choir
The HHS choir students had a special event posted on their Facebook page. They were chosen for All-State Show Choir and Alabama Honor Choir. "They had the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized clinicians.HHS had the only Birmingham area student in All-State show choir AND he had a solo in the show! Super proud of these kids and our program".

Pro Bono
While I was on the Bham Business journal website , I ran across that the Alabama Access to Justice Commission this week honored several attorneys including Ginger W. Hamilton of Helena for her providing pro bono legal services to low income Alabama citizen.

Last but not least the ABCs
A video of a special young boy saying his ABCs in Helena has gone viral online and on television news. Even People magazine website was showing it. You need to make sure you watch until the "W".



Best ABC's I ever heard! Wait for the W ������The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs
Posted by Pam Gables Sapp on Sunday, January 24, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Reader Choice


Construction
Be aware they are working on Hwy 17 this week from starting 8am and ending before 3pm. You may want to avoid the area.

Helena Historic Preservation 
The HHPC met again this Sunday as part of their lecture series. They presented a check to the Helena Museum. accepted by Ken Penhale. Jay Riley also showed me the new Helena Dragstrip shirt he purchased. Helena had a famous drag strip and hosted many big races for Alabama. You can learn more at the special display at the Helena Museum. The meeting ended with a presentation by Mike Boody from Red Mountain. You can follow all the Helena History on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HelenaHistory/

Equestrian Awards
Suzanne Dennis Schnetzler this photo of the Rocking S Farm at the Equestrian ASHAA Awards Banquet.

Coach Skinner
Helena High School girls basketball players and Coach Skinner were on the Central Alabama High School Sports Show this Sunday Night. You can view the recording of the show on youtube here: HHS Basketball

Elections
Helena High School twitter account shared that the school had Voter registration and; mock elections at Helena High School. I am really curious to here the results of the election and see how it compares to how the rest of the City will vote.

Financial Peace
Jeannine Ward Usher‎ shared, "Please help us spread the word: Registration for Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and Legacy Journey classes begins this Sunday at Helena UMC and classes are open to everyone"!


Polka Dot Party
Their will be a charity event on Saturday, February 13at 5 PM at the Coal Yard in Helena, It is to support the fight against autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases. "If you don't have direct access to a board member or volunteer, you can purchase tickets online at www.manyinfinities.org or by calling 205) 258-0222". "No polka dots to wear? NO WORRIES! Your date night/cocktail attire is perfect.
We look forward to a great Valentine's Eve! See you at Coal Yard"!

Upcoming Events
There have been so many events popping up on my facebook page that I needed to get organized so here is the list so far.

Jan 25th  Special Evening Story Time at 6:00 PM Jane B. Holmes Library in Helena with Grandma’s Favorite Stories.

Jan 28th  Fairhope Brewery Beer Tasting and Pairing Thursday, January 28 at 6 PM The Coal Yard in Helena

Jan 30th Live at The Coal Yard - Corey Nolen ft. Ashley Spurling andChandler Parker
Saturday, January 30 at 7 PM The Coal Yard in Helena

Feb 6th 10am Super Saturday In Old Town Helena


Feb 6th Helena Middle School Band 8th Annual Dinner & Auction
Saturday, February 6 at 5 PM Helena Middle School Cafeteria
https://www.facebook.com/events/414597718734932/


Feb 13th Polka Dot Party 5pm at the Coal Yard

Feb. 22 Wizard Charity Tortuney HHS Gym 7pm

March 12, 2016 8am Helena High March Stacheness Run​
8K, 5K, Fun Run/Walk and Pet Walk

April 23rd Founders Day 2016
Saturday, April 23 at 10 AM


Helena City Council Agenda

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.          Discussion on Council/Mayor pay for council term 2016-2020
2.          Update on additional street lights

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Agenda                                                                                                  6:00pm
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, January 11, 2016.
6      Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7      City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
·         Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8.     Ordinance #836-16 Transportation Network Companies
9.     Approve/Deny Additional Street Light Expense
10.  Approve/Deny Premier Service – ABC Special Event License for HAA Event
11.  Recognition – Connor Romanowski – Eagle Scout
12.  Council Comments
13.  Adjourn
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Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, February 8, 2016 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.