John Gwaltney, Mayor
The Easter egg hunt on March 19th was well attended and we were blessed with good weather. The sun was shining and the rain stopped in time for the soil to dry out some and then resumed later that day. There is always some glitches that need corrective action before the next event, but we always start working to correct those right afterwards. All in all though, it seemed to me that almost everyone had a great time and the children were happy with the contents of their eggs. Thanks to our excellent staff for all the hard work and extra effort they provided to make it a successful event.
The June Jam this year will be held on June 10th and 11th. For those of you that are new to our “Good Neighbor” community, the June Jam is our annual city festival, held in the city park. We call it “June Jam” because it is always in June and throughout the whole event there is music, both live and DJ, filling the air. There are lots of activities for all ages plus lots of food and drink available to consume. Best of all, everything but the food and drink is free. There will be more details on this in future newsletters, but for now, go ahead and mark your calendars for this fun event.
We have managed to get a park grant that will pay most of the cost to put a splash pad in the park. I think, during the hot summer months, this will be a very popular feature, especially for the children. The splash pad will actually solve two problems. There is an area of the park that has a drainage problem and often has standing water during some of our park events. Our park is too small to have a swimming pool to cool off in. By placing the splash pad where we have the drainage problem, we eliminate the drainage problem while providing a fun and safe area to cool off in. Construction is scheduled to begin soon after the June Jam and, hopefully, be in operation before the really hot weather arrives.
Here is another “mark your calendars” event. Our, first of the season, concert in the park will be May 19th with the music starting at 6:30PM. As always, there will be free hot dogs and popcorn. The performing artist will be Midnight Moon. This is a good band that provides an eclectic program of music that can be enjoyed by almost everyone. So, plan to come on out and enjoy an evening of good music and visiting with friends and neighbors.
The 4th of July fireworks display at Ritenour High School will be held on July 3rd, with a rain date of July 4th. It seems strange to me also to have the 4th of July fireworks on the 3rd of July, but I was out voted in committee. The committee is made of representatives from all the cities in the Ritenour School District. It has been a great event in the past years and I’m sure it will be again this year.
The Edmundson Seniors Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19th in the city hall. The meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. and all Edmundson senior citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.
Thought to ponder: Contentment is not getting what we want but being satisfied with what we have. – Be a good neighbor.