Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Helena Graduation

Mayor Mark Hall Address the Graduating Class
Class of 2017
I had the honor of going to the Class of 2017 graduation at the BJCC Concert Hall. The City Council rode together and left at 5pm and barely made it a few minutes before it started (thanks to Mike Jones). I-65 was a parking lot with the rain and accidents so while I sat on stage I saw people arriving late through the event. Eventually almost all the seats were full by the end. I hope everyone made it there safely.
Photo by Graham Brooks of the stage

Mayor Mark Hall spoke to the students and listed off the special achievements of this class and reminded them they will always have a home in Helena. Also Scott Knight, the retiring Helena Middle School Principal, was a special guest. He recounted the special nature the class of 2017 when they were even in middle school.

The Valedictorian and Salutatorian speeches were top notch. Cana Brown, the Valedictorian spoke of a new chapter in life and message of finding peace in a divided from the Salutatorian really hit home to me. Graham Brooks also wrote more details here.

Helena had almost 300 students in the graduating class which I believe makes it the largest class of  Helena High. It was also a special graduation because it was the first one that was streamed online on the Cube app. I was told that it had over 2000 views during the event.  You can still replay the event at .

Photo from the HHS 

Memorial Day Event

Memorial Event at Maplewood
This Thursday May 25th from 12:30 to 2pm at Maplewood Assisted living, there will be a special memorial day event for residents and you are welcome to come join. Maplewood is the assisted living facility beside City Hall in Helena. The google location is 223 Tucker Rd, Helena, AL 35080

Monday, May 22, 2017

Win Flowers in Helena

Win some Helena Flowers with the Helena Beautification Facebook Contest. It easy and your odds are good! Here is the contest

Graduation LIVE

Streaming Graduation

Getting to attend graduation is always a big deal for family members. It is difficult to find a place that can hold everyone. This year the Helena Graduation will be live streamed for those who cant attend or those out of town.

For best viewing from a PC or laptop go to the following link:

Another viewing option is to download the “thecube” app on a personal device and follow Helena High School from Helena, Alabama.

On the personal device go to Helena High’s Cube and click on the event “2017 Helena High School Graduation.”

Note that there will be a short advertisement when entering the event so please plan time accordingly. Also you may want to set it up beforehand for those relatives with little experience with technology.
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Library Marco's Pizza Night
Marco's Library Fundraiser Night
Join us for Spirit Night at Marco's Pizza
When: Tuesday, May 23
From 4 to 8 p.m.
10% of all sales go directly to
The Jane B. Holmes Library!
Eat pizza and support the library!

Meet the Champions

There will be a meet and greet with the Helena Huskies Champion baseball team today from 5-7pm at the Depot

Sunday, May 21, 2017

City Council Agenda

The upcoming agenda

COUNCIL WORK SESSION AGENDA                                                                 5:00pm                                                      
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. Review: 05/22/17 Agenda Items.
AP/Bill payments
05/08/17 meeting minutes review
2. Update from Council Boards & Committee Business.
3. Alice Lobell-Replacement of Art Council Board Members
4. Amendment to Ordinance 428-Laura Joseph
5. Confirmation: 06/12/17 Council Meeting & Work Session Agenda.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA                                                                    6:00pm
1. Meeting Called To Order  
2. Invocation                    
3. Pledge of Allegiance    
4. Council Roll Call      
5. Presentation of Minutes from 05/08/17.
6. Revenue Report & (AP) Bill payment.
7. Municipal Operations Report: Mayor Mark Hall
Departments: Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8. Art Council- Board Member Replacements
9. Amendment to Ordinance 428
10. Council Comments:
11. Adjournment

Friday, May 19, 2017


Congratulations to the Helena High Baseball team who just won the State Championship a few moments ago. Here is some happenings in Helena this weekend.

Yard Sale
May 20 – May 21 Riverwoods Neighborhood Yard Sale
May 20 at 7:30 AM to May 21 at 11:30 AM
Here is a list of homes that are participating.
194 River Valley Road 117 Bridgewater Dr
214 Park Lake Trace 127 Piney Woods Dr
156 Piney Woods Dr 301 Bridgewater Ct
205 West Trestle Way 239 Piney Woods Lane
224 River Oaks Dr 317 Lakewood Circle
565 Park Lake Ln 112 River Valley Rd
575 Park Lake Ln 167 River Oaks Drive
704 Wadsworth Cove 176 River Oaks Drive
300 River Valley Terrace 205 River Valley Circle
205 Piney Woods Ln 159 River Valley Rd
109 Piney Woods Ln 147 Park Lake Trace
540 Park Lake Ln 185 River Valley Rd
233 River Oaks Dr 183 River Oaks Dr
142 Park Lake Trace 218 Park Lake Trace
212 River Oaks Dr 300 River Oaks Circle
605 Park Lak Circle

Annual Clean-up and Clean Out Day!
Helena Sports Complex
(Lower Area Parking Lot)
Saturday May 20th, 2017


Helena residents, get ready to clean up and clean out! The City of Helena will be hosting the annual FREE "heavy waste" disposal day Saturday, May 20th, from 7:00AM-Noon at the Helena Sports Complex to accommodate large items that are not picked up by regular waste disposal.
Dumpsters will be provided by Republic Services and will be available for you to dispose of items that will not go in your regular household garbage or junk like old mowers, old vacuum cleaners, old chairs, and other large items.
Take advantage of this free opportunity to do your summer clean out and haul all that old junk to the Sports Complex on Saturday May 20th from 7AM-Noon for free disposal!

Public works staff will be on site to direct and assist.
Due to environmental regulations, NO chemicals, petroleum, corrosives, batteries, tires or paints can be accepted.

This SERVICE is provided for CITY OF HELENA RESIDENTS ONLY, no yard debris disposal is allowed, no commercial contractor debris allowed.

Thank you to Mayor Hall and Republic for putting this event together!

Reminder FB Event page:

Garbage Services
Speaking of garbage services. Helena is seeking bids. See this link below

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Miss Amazing

Amazing Cat

Mary Catherine is a junior at Helena High this year and is in her 5th year in the Helena school system. The family moved to Helena prior to her 7th grade year from Montgomery to experiment with her in a public school system. Mary Cat has autism and after 3 years of research, the City of Helena kept coming up in the families searches as the place to be.

Her father shares. "The experiment has been an unbelievable success. A couple of months back Mary Cat entered a pageant called Miss Amazing which is a group set up to give special needs girls an opportunity to participate in a pageant without so much pressure".  Mary Cat ended up winning the teen division and will be representing the state of Alabama in the national pageant. The nationals will be in Chicago in early August.

Mary Cat of Helena has officially got her fund raising page set up for the Miss Amazing national pageant.

About Miss Amazing
Miss Amazing is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to reach their fullest potential.

Miss Amazing representatives are provided opportunities to grow as leaders, philanthropists, and role models over the course of a year. One exciting way that they  do that is by attending National Miss Amazing 2017!

Staged in Chicago, IL August 4-9, National Miss Amazing will allow Miss Amazing representatives to meet over 160 amazing girls and young women from across the country, continue to improve their leadership and communication skills, and to share their strengths and ambitions with a nationwide audience.

Take a look at stories from two participants at last year's National Miss Amazing event, originally aired on CBS Dream Team's "Hidden Heroes":


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Principal Knight Retires

Scott is pictured above receiving a safe school award in his blue tie. 
Principal Scott Knight of Helena Middle School is retiring this week. He has been part of lives of all the Helena students who came through the school system. I was surprised to see that he has been in the system for 26 years. He worked for Dothan High School for 13 years before he came to Riverchase Middle School. After the schools split he came with us to Helena Middle School. We will miss you Scott!

Vacation Bible School

Every year I get asked for a list of the Vacation Bible Schools in town. A lot of parents will have their children join all of them. It is fun for the children and saves on child care as well.  So here is my first swing at full Helena list in order of the dates. I am adding out of town VBS at the end. I will update this if more are emailed to me:

VBS Cumberland Super Heroes
June 4th thru June 8th.   5:30 - 8:00
June 9th - 7:00 pm - Closing Service - with ice cream social.
3396 Helena Rd, Helena, AL
(205) 663-2174

Galactic Starveyors
First Baptist
DATES: June 05 - 09 2017
Monday - Friday - 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

First Baptist Church Helena
815 Hwy 52 E
Helena, Alabama 35080

Cahaba Bend Fun Factory
June 11-15 VBS 2017 - Cahaba Bend Fun Factory
Sunday June 11 @ 9:15 a.m. — Monday–Thursday, June 12–15 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Church at Cahaba Bend 3721 Co Rd 52, Helena, AL

Crossbridge Community Church 
June 12-16th  CrossBridge Community Church invites you to come join us the week of June 12 - 16 to experience "MAKER FUN FACTORY, Created by GOD, Built for a Purpose!" Registration starts at 8:30 and we go from 9:00 - 12:00 for ages 4 through 5th graders. Come join the fun!
1455 Starkey St, Helena, AL

Riverside Baptist Operation Arctic
June 26-30th Riverside Baptist will have VBS Operation Arctic at  1919 Highway 52, Helena, AL

HUMC Hero Central
Helena UMC's VBS will be held July 10-13, 9 a.m.-12 Noon and registration is going on now! Register on our website at

Nearby VBS
Here are some that are not in Helena but Helena resident attend them:

June 4-8th Community Baptist Church in Maylene
2017 Galactic Starveyors VBS
Age 3 yrs - Completed 5th Grade
6pm - 8:30pm
Thursday Night is Family Night
Community Baptist Church 8254 Hwy 17 Maylene, AL 35114
Kidcheck Link

 July 10-12th Church of the Highlands - Summer Blast - July 10-12

June 19 - June 22 Canaan Baptist Church
Galactic Starveyors "Discovering the God of the Universe"
Canaan Baptist Church
2543 Morgan Road
Bessemer, Alabama 35022

and First Baptist Pelham June 5th week but I dont haveany more info. If you have some, send it to me.

See more at:

State Hopes

The young men and women of Helena are both playing for the State titles in Baseball and Softball this week. It is a huge honor to see the rest of the State recognize them as best of the best! We wish them Good Luck and no matter happens... Be the best you can be.

State Championship Softball
Helena High women softball team, will face Gardendale on Wednesday, May 17 in the first game of the 6A softball state tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

State Championship Baseball
Helena will face Cullman in a best-of-three series for the 6A state championship. Game one will be Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Paterson Field in Montgomery. They are being called the bleach brothers in the news:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Library Program

The Hernando de Soto Expedition: 
Exploration and Tragedy
Thursday, May 18 at 6 PM - 9 PM
Helena Public Library Friends
230 Tucker Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080
Join us for a program by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. "The Hernando de Soto Expedition: Exploration and Tragedy" presented by Ronald Fritze, Ph.D. Come hear an interesting and informative discussion on the life and explorations of Hernando de Soto.

Duke University Talent Identication Program

Graham Brooks wrote an article sharing the students who qualify to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) Seventh Grade Talent Search.
These seventh-graders take above-grade level tests, either the ACT or the SAT, to help educators and families gain greater insight into their academic abilities.

Helena Middle Grand award National winners
Helena Middle – Lindsey May and Jacob Ritondo

Grand State award winners
Helena Middle – Drew Chandler, Jonah Crutsinger, Lindsey May, Olivia Moon and Jacob Ritondo

Way to Go!