John Gwaltney, Mayor
Greetings neighbors, I hope each of you had a pleasant Halloween. We certainly had wonderful weather for it. It is rather discouraging when it is wet and cold on Halloween night and the little ones have to cover their costumes with coats and rain gear. That is one of the blessings of having such a warm autumn.
This Sunday is the end of daylight savings time for this year. Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. The joy of this is that you regain that hour of sleep that you lost back in March.
The movie in the park last month was well attended. I counted close to one hundred attendees. Of course that count has a margin of error with everyone especially children moving about all evening. The main point is that everyone seemed to be having a good time. The staff and I have been exploring ways to improve the viewing pleasure and there will probably be a few changes next year to accomplish that goal. The Neighborhood Watch Group has started selling snacks and drinks at the concerts and movies to help raise funds for their activities. The city however will continue to provide free hot dogs and popcorn.
We also had very warm weather for the “Chili Cook-Off” last month. It was so warm that day that we turned the splash pad on for a while. The 1st place winner received a plaque and a cash award while the 2nd and 3rd place winners received cash awards. The judging was done by me, the board of Aldermen, plus one citizen. The judging was done completely blind, in that there was no way for us to know whose chili we tasted.
There were fourteen pots of chili to judge. Next year; we are considering a “People’s Choice” award allowing attendees to vote on their favorite chili.
Tuesday the 8th is Election Day in America. Don’t forget to vote for your preferences. It is a wonderful privilege that we should never fail to exercise. Whether or not your choice wins it is a cause for celebration as it brings a close to all those dreadful TV commercials and political flyers in our mail boxes.
Friday the 11th is the day that our nation stops to thank our military veterans for their service and sacrifice to keep and maintain our way of life. In some cases they sacrificed good paying jobs and homes to fulfill their obligation to our country. They all laid their life on the line; some returned whole, some returned damaged for life and some never returned. They are worthy of their nation’s gratitude because regardless of how they returned or didn’t return when the nation called they said “Here am I, send me. Thank a Vet for their sacrifice. The Woodson Terrace Veteran’s Committee has extended an invitation again this year for us to join with them for their Veteran’s Day observance at the Veteran’s Memorial in their city park. It is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM on Saturday the 12th. It is a nice ceremony and I encourage you to attend if possible. I plan to be there.
Here is a “Mark your calendar” event. Santa and his reindeer will be stopping by our park on December 17th from 11AM to 1PM. Bring your cameras and kids for this wonderful event. Now if you haven’t done so yet grab a pencil and go mark that calendar. We sure wouldn’t want any child to miss out because someone forgot to mark it down. As always; there will be free hot chocolate and cookies served.
The next Senior’s Club meeting will be on November 15th at city hall starting at 7PM. All Edmundson Seniors 50+ are encouraged to take part in this monthly event.
I want to take this time to wish all of you a joyous Thanksgiving holiday. I hope each of you are able to gather with loved ones to celebrate that love and give thanks for the bounty of the season. Let your gatherings be about love and Thanksgiving and not about shopping on Black Friday.
Please recycle all that you can. It is good for the environment and the city’s bottom line.
Thought to ponder: Real love is helping others for the sake of good, even if they can never return the favor. — Be a good neighbor.