Here we are at the half way mark of the year. So far, it has been a fun year and I foresee that the remaining half will be just as much fun. We had such a mild winter that I was afraid that the summer would be unbearably hot. That is what happened in 2012, but so far 2017 has been pretty nice. Next week is supposed to be pretty hot, but we have the splash pad to help keep us cool.It seems like that each year the June Jam is better than the year before. Several people came to me at the June Jam to tell me that this was the best one ever. Even the food vendors said that their businesses did better, the Senior Citizens sold out of Ted Drew’s ice cream and the Neighborhood Watch group was busy the whole time selling popcorn. However, the success of the June Jam is not measured by how much money was spent, but by how much fun everyone had. Every place I looked, everyone seemed to be having a good time, whether it was the mechanical bull, splash pad, bouncy bodies or the petting zoo, and that is what puts a smile on my face. It fills my chest with pride as I see our good neighbors greeting each other with a smile, a hand shake and/or a hug. Let us never forget that this is who we are; a community of good neighbors. I am so grateful to the staff for all their hard work and to the volunteers that were such a big part of the success of the event. Chief Ansell and his officers and staff turned out in large numbers to provide a feeling of security. They were keeping watch for trouble and at the same time interacting with the citizens plus joining in the fun.
This month’s concert in the park will be held on Thursday the 20th @ 6:30 PM. This is a “mark your calendar” event, so put it on your calendar now so that you don’t schedule something else that night. It is always a fun event where the night air is filled with good music and our tummies are filled with free hot dogs and popcorn. The Neighborhood Watch group will be selling drinks and snack items to raise money to help fund their activities, such as “National Night Out” and etc. This month the 3rd Degree Band is sure to fill the air with great music for your enjoyment.
If you have some repairs that need to be done around your home and are having trouble finding the money to pay for it, let me remind you of the Community Development Block Grant program. The C.D.B.G. is a five year forgivable loan program, sponsored by H.U.D. and designated by your board to help you make repairs around your homes. It is intended to help low to moderate income households keep their property in good shape and repair. If you live here for five years or more after getting the loan, then you don’t have to pay it back. Many more people qualify for the program than one would imagine. If you have a project, give the CDBG a try, it’s worth the effort. Call or contact City Clerk Phelps (Ronda) at city hall and she can direct you on how to proceed.
The Senior Citizens Club will be meeting on Tuesday the 18th at 7:00PM in the city hall. The meeting involves a brief and informal business meeting followed by game and refreshments. Come on out and enjoy a fun evening with your peers.
Thought to ponder: Happiness is like perfume, you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting some on yourself.– Be a good neighbor.
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