John Gwaltney, Mayor
Greetings, my good neighbors of Edmundson. Warm weather has finally arrived and appears that it will remain for a while. The landscape is greening up; flowers are growing and starting to push forth their colorful blossoms. We are in the growing season, where you can almost see the grass and other vegetation stretching skyward to receive more sunlight. The maple trees will soon be sending their winged seeds out to come spinning downward to plant themselves and increase the population of maple trees, even in our gutters. If we don’t clean our gutters, we will soon have a forest of maple trees growing along the edge of our roofs. Spring is a very pretty season, but we need to stay in control by cutting the grass and cleaning the gutters.
The new curbs and sidewalks project is moving along in the southeast part of the city. I’d like to express our thanks to the residents of the construction area for your extreme patience. There has only been one complaint reach my ears and it was a very legitimate complaint. However, due to the ingenuity of that resident, he had successfully found and implemented a solution to the problem for himself and his neighbor, even before I was aware of this. Folks; that’s what I’m talking about when I say that we are a community of good neighbors.
The project will continue north along Holman Lane after the work is completed in the southeast section and the water company is finished working in the northern part. Spencer Contracting Co. is coordinating with the water company on the logistics of all that. We definitely want the water company to be finished digging up our streets before we are trying to put the final touches to the restoration part of our project.
We have some important dates to celebrate in this month of May. The first one is Mother’s Day on Sunday the 13th. A day in which we honor our mothers for bringing us into the world, showering us with loving care and all the sacrifices she has made for us. There is an old tradition for Mother’s Day that seems to be fading away, but I certainly wish would be revived. The tradition is the wearing of roses.
If the woman’s mother is alive, she would wear a red rose corsage to church on Mother’s Day, if her mother is deceased, then she would wear a white rose corsage. The men would wear a rose boutonniere of a corresponding color. – The second one is Armed Forces Day on Saturday the 19th; a day in which we honor those that are currently serving in any branch of the military. These are our friends, neighbors, and relatives that are willing to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of everyone else in times of war and natural disaster. — The third day is Memorial Day on Monday the 28th. This is the day in which we have set aside to remember those that did pay the ultimate price sacrificing themselves for the peace and prosperity of our nation.
By now I’m sure you have seen the signs about the city announcing the coming of the “first of the year” concert in the park. Mark your calendars for this event on Thursday the 17th, starting at 6:30PM. I’m not making any promises here, but I have requested from all the TV weather people to have pleasant weather for that evening and so far, I have not received any rejections. So, mark your calendars and plan on coming to the park and have a wonderful evening the good music of Whiskey Dixon and fellowship with your good neighbors. Who knows, maybe you can get your spouse or other special person in your life, to dance with you for a song or two.
I don’t have the exact date, because of needing some fine tuning, but the splash pad will be turned on sometime this month.
Thought to ponder: Each day is another opportunity to be a blessing to someone. Be a good neighbor. ¨