Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuesday in Helena

Helena Picture of the Day
The shot of the Helena skies comes from John Hodge on Twitter.

Devan Walker
Remember that today is the last day to vote for Helena's Devan Walker for playmaker of the week at: Voting LINK

Coal Yard Happenings
The Coal Yard shared their list of activities this week:
It's Homecoming week for the Helena Huskie's. Taking reservations now for dinner on Saturday night before the dance. Space is limited so don't forget to call ahead.
Tuesday is Blues Day & Thomas Trussell begins playing at 6:30. Happy Hour 4-7, Senior Citizen's receive 10% off .
Wednesday Kid's eat free. Open Mic begins at 6:30. Happy Hour from 4-7.
Thursday is Thirsty Thursday. All bar drinks $1.00 off. Come in and watch the Auburn game with us.
Friday start your weekend off at the Coal Yard with good food, music and friends. Velvet Lining begins playing at 7:30.
Saturday come join us during the day for our Bloody Mary Bar.
Live remote with 97.7 the Peach from 1to 3 p.m. Register for prizes to be given away plus a chance to win a pair of Alabama Football tickets.
Enjoy watching the games with us all day & night. Plus music by Mark Hilley at 8:00 p.m.

Helena Business donates to Yum!
The largest private employer in Helena, Mspark, is donating  free advertising space to Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief Movement.

"We are very proud to partner with Yum! Brands in their Global Hunger Relief program," said Greg Bogich, senior vice president of national accounts at Mspark. "A lot of people talk about doing the right thing, but Yum! is actually doing it. It's an honor for us to support them as they continue to feed the hungry and make a real difference." A big way to go for their generosity! Link

Tick Alerts
 Dr. Don Williamson, the state’s top health officer. Helena's County has been put in alert as “Endemic for Lyme disease” by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). All the counties are: Calhoun, Chambers, Jefferson, Mobile, Shelby, Russell and Tuscaloosa. Be aware of this disease that is transmitted by ticks when you are out enjoying the woods this Fall. Read more HERE and here are some useful steps for Tick Removal:

American Legion Bike Ride
The American Legion shared this with me for those who would like a way "To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personal who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor families of these veterans".

Schedule of events
10:00am – Program will begin at the Flag Assembly area at the Alabama National Cemetery (program will last approximately 30 minutes).
  Invocation – Deacon Bill Alexiou
  National Anthem – The Averett Singers
  Pledge of Allegiance -
  Speaker - Chaplain Michael Raymo
  Wreath laying Ceremony – Joyce Franklin (Vietnam Vet- Nurse) & Roosevelt McCray (Vietnam Vet – PH recipient)
  Musical Tribute – The Averett Singers and Robert Robinson, Jr.
  Benediction - Deacon Bill Alexiou
  TAPS – Jim Quakenbush
10:45am – Depart cemetery to proceed to the HOD, Pelham, AL
11:45am – Arrive at the Heart of Harley Davidson
12:00pm – Opening ceremony at the HOD
  Master of Ceremonies – Gene Rowley, APH Radio, Station Mgr.
  Invocation – Pastor Jerry McClain - Sr. Pastor, Kingdom Christian Center
  Presentation of Colors – Bessemer Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol
  National Anthem –  Singer, writer, American Idol finalist - Jessica Meuse
  Pledge of Allegiance – Cub Scouts Pack 404 Cliff Windham
  Musical Tribute – Jessica Meuse – “Traveling Solider”
  Vietnam Veterans Recognition
o   David Lindsay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (pins and certificates).
o   Presentation of artwork from area students
  Benediction – Pastor Jerry McClain - Sr. Pastor, Kingdom Christian Center
  Bagpiper (Jeff Jones) – “Amazing Grace”
Refreshments are courtesy of McAlister’s Deli, California Pizza Kitchen @ Riverchase; Cake Art by Cynthia Bertolone and the David Lindsay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Reader Choice Monday

It is another great week in Helena. I really enjoyed being given a chance to interview freshman and sophomores for the Helena Teen Council. We have some incredible leadership brewing in this city. Be proud of your children and make sure to tell them. So here is the news, that readers are talking about this Monday. ...

Devan Walker
Vote for Helena's Devan Walker as the High School playmaker of the week: Voting Link

Best Helena Halloween House
We have another nominee. It is 2322 Kala Street for the  Best Decorated Halloween House in Helena. Do you want to nominate your house or a neighbor's? The rules are simple, to nominate a house send a photo and an address to nosleepinhelena@gmail.com then judging will happen on the weekend of the October 24th.

The winners will be announced that week and then I will sneak to their house in the dead of night and place the grand prize winner sign in their yard (muhahah). The goal is to have fun and create a driving list so we can get the children in the holiday mood. I love this town!

Helena Track Team
The HMS Boy's XC Team finished 1st in today's home XC meet. The HMS Girl's team finished 2nd, HHS Boy's team finished 4th, and the HHS Girl's team finished 2nd. WAY TO GO HUSKIES!! And we had a great turnout for our 2nd Helena Invitational XC Meet with 600 runners.

American Freight 
A new major business has opened in the old Sam Lily warehouse on 52 West. It is called American Freight Furniture and Mattress. Here is their official press release:

"American Freight Furniture and Mattress is opening their 114th discount furniture store on Friday, October 9th. The new store will be the fifth to open in Alabama and will be located at 4600 Highway 52 in Helena. The 43,000 square foot store will contain a variety of furniture and mattress sets, at discounted prices. The store will add up to ten jobs to the local area.

American Freight is a discount furniture warehouse that is open to the public. The furniture and home furnishings are received from the manufacturer because of factory closeouts, wholesale liquidations, dealer cancellations, and retail chain buyouts. The company is able to provide large savings to customers by ordering directly from the manufacturer and by using warehouses instead of showrooms. All American Freight Furniture stores offer recognizable name brands like Simmons and Serta, and house brands like Stewart and Hamilton.

“We are so excited to expand in the state of Alabama, and with a store already located in Trussville on the north side of Birmingham, Helena was an ideal fit to help us serve the south side of the city.”

The new Helena American Freight Furniture and Mattress store will open on Friday, October 9th with business hours Monday-Thursday from 11am-7pm, Friday from 10am-8pm, Saturday from 10am-7pm, and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. The wide selection of home furnishings for sale include, but is not limited to, living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room sets, mattresses, recliners, futons, entertainment centers, and children’s furniture. Payment options are flexible: pay for items in full or use a 100% approved layaway program. Same-day delivery is available for all in-stock items.

To learn more about discount furniture store American Freight, visit www.americanfreight.us. When you can purchase high quality furniture at closeout prices and avoid paying for  fancy showrooms and displays"

Belles on Parade
Melissa Knight Gossett shared this photo of the Helena Belles. They were invited to represent Helena in the Alabama Homecoming parade. They were amazing and represented us well.

Lazy Boy BBQ
 The Lazy Boy BBQ have moved into the old switchboard/jail building. Currently they are running from the food truck from the  building but they hope to be moved in by December. Read more at their page at:  https://www.facebook.com/LazyBoyBBQ

HMS Football 
Graham Brooks wrote an article about the outstanding program of the 8th grade football who finished 7-0 this season under coach Bobby Cummings. You can read more here: Full Article

Barktober Fest in Helena
Mark your calendar! Load the kids and your dogs, too. Yes, your furry kids are invited to join the fun. Dogs will have an off-leash area to play while you satisfy your cravings with Saw's Bar-B-Q, funnel cakes, candied apples and much more.

Some of the fun things we'll have are.....

Please share this event and RSVP if you can come! We need volunteers and vendors!

10/16/15 - Set up that afternoon
10/17/15 - Festival hours at 10am to 4pm.
We need help completing set up before, operate the festival, and clean up afterwards

• We will reserve you one 10’ x 10’ spot
• Bring your own tent, tables, chairs, and 100’ extension cord if power is needed.
• $50.00 Vendor Fee – Non-Refundable
• No Vendor Fee for non-profits or if you’re donating your proceeds to Two by Two Rescue

Email jennifer@twobytworescue.com if you'd like to volunteer or be a vendor at this year's Barktoberfest!

Final Notes
and finally congrats to long time reader Jessica Pires Parker who was married this weekend!

Friday, October 09, 2015

Helena Weekend and More

Helena Weekend
Another beautiful weekend in Helena! We have a Hamfest (nothing to do with pork), sports, music and a whole lot more. Come hang out in Helena!

Music In Helena

7pm Helena football team has a home conference game vs. Calera
7:30pm Coal Yard: Bos Huck begin playing
8pm Hunter Lawley at Papa Saias
9pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill
Beadb Biz Truck show--See more below

8am-1pm Hamfest at Helena Amphitheater

Helena Invitational Cross Country meet
10/10/15 8 am Helena Invitational Cross Country meet for HMS and HHS. Estimate 400 additional students from other schools will also be participating. There will also be a volleyball tournament at HHS on Saturday

---I will update with more events as I get the,
Helena Hamfest
If you are into Ham Radios. shortway, or just ham curious then this Saturday October 10th, come out to the Helena Hamfest at the Amphitheater from 8 AM until 1 PM. It is free to visitors or $5 if you have a ham license.

"In Shelby County, this time of year is usually beautiful, crisp, colorful, and with not much chance of rain, just as autumn should be -- not too hot, and not too cold, and absolutely perfect for an outdoor Hamfest! We'll have VE testing, tons of tailgaiters with tons of equipment for sale,
and are expecting some great vendors.

 FOUR portable generators to give away at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 Noon, and 1 PM. Â
These generators are light weight and they will produce 800 watts of powerOur grand prize will Elecraft KX-3"!

First Grade Fall Fest
The Helena Elementary's first grade students performed fall musical. The performance included choreography and songs about roasting marshmallows. You can read more at: Full Article

Southern Pecan Sales
Alison Weinstein shared  that the Birmingham Civitan Club is selling Southern Pecan Company Pecans as a fundraiser to benefit their philanthropy adults and children with mental and physical capabilities.  Alison Weinstein, the club President and Helena resident, will be taking orders and delivering the first week in November.  Bag are $10 for Mammoth size pecan halves.  Please email Alison before Oct 15th with your contact number and address so she may pick up a check and have delivery information. aweinstein@apspayroll.com

Best Decorated Halloween House
It is that time of the year for Helena's best decorated Halloween House. The rules are simple, nominate a house with a photo and an address to nosleepinhelena@gmail.com then judging will happen on the weekend of the October 24th then winners will be announced that week and I will sneak place a yard sign in the grand prize winner house in the dark of the night. The goal is to have fun and have a good list of places we can drive by with our children and get into the holiday spirit.

Home Needed
Leona Hayes shared that beautiful dog needs a forever home with a yard to enjoy! "He's SWEET as pie!! Contact Two by Two Animal Rescue for the adoption process".

Helena Man Carjacked
"A Helena man narrowly escaped injury, or worse, after he was carjacked and fired on at a Birmingham package store Saturday night". You can read more here: Full Article

Bead Biz Show
Bead Biz in Helena will be hosting the Sturee Tribal Village Trunk Show. Here are the dates:

October 9th
5-8pm Friday

October 10th
10-6pm Saturday

October 11th
11:00-5:30pm Sunday

Dont forget next weekend is BarkFest in Helena see below:

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Hot Sauce Helena and Council

Helena Pepper Company
Clark Word has started a small business called the Helena Pepper Company.  He grow some of the world's hottest peppers in Helena and works in a commercial kitchen in Hoover to make an incredible sauce that goes with just about anything and everything.

He sell online, and at festivals and markets. and shelf space in a specialty store in Tuscaloosa.
This month he will Oktoberfest in Cullman, the Fall Festival at Mt Laurel, then the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational BBQ in Lynchburg, TN.

In November at The Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Ga, he will not only be a vendor but a contestant in sauce and cooking competitions. It is the biggest and oldest BBQ Exposition in the Southeast and Televised on the Food Network. December he will be at Mingle & Jingle at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on Hwy 280.

You can find out more on Clark Word

Helena Man Arrest
A 67-year-old Helena man has been released from the Shelby County Jail after he was arrested on two possession of child pornography charges.
Minor was released from the Shelby County Jail on Oct. 5 after posted bonds totaling $30,000.
- See more at: Source

Best Halloween House in Helena
Here is nominee #1 from 552 Bentmoor drive , It is called the witches house. Be sure to email me at nosleepinhelena@gmail.com to nominate your house or someone else!

The Council met at Regular Meeting Agenda on October 5, 2015. Here are my docs from the meeting: https://goo.gl/hujXbH
Dog Chaining
Several residents including two by two animal rescue asked if the Council would address dog chaining or tethering problem in Helena. Helena has a s  Section 12 of Helena Ordinance 368-89 entitled "Inhumane of Dogs Prohibited".

Currently it states, "It is unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to keep same in any enclosure or to keep the same on leash or other restraint unless the same shall be arranged that such dog at all times shall have available water, shade and proper shelter; or to treat a dog in any other inhumane manner". The City of Homework recently passed a similar ordinance with the wording  "It shall be unlawful for any owner or keeper to tether any pet in excess on one (1) hour during an eight (8) hour period.

Some Council members were concerned that it was unenforceable or the City should not tell people how to treat the dogs. I will go back and reword it for the next meeting. If you have any input then let me know. Also if you want to help draft it then email me.

Renaming Hwy52/ 17 to Helena Parkway
The Mayor said the goal is to attract new business in new business area, by renaming a county numbered to Helena Parkway it would improve the area for business. Some of the discussion included  the incontinence. The Post office won’t change the address of the current businesses. The Mayor will would contact Shelby County about the rules.It couldnt be called a Boulevard or Freeway because of the definition.. The city wouldnt speed any changes to the  street signs. Many business don’t use the 52 or 17 address, they are off side street or use shopping center address according to the Fire Chief. The Council agreed to hear it and public debate. What do you think? Here is a news article about it: http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2015/10/07/helena-council-discussing-possibility-of-renaming-shelby-county-52-and-17-to-helena-parkway/
Mass Shooting
 Cities that have the unfortunately deal with mass shootings have reported that  Hemorrhage Control for officer have increased the survival rate according to the Fire Chief. “Controlling hemorrhage has to be a core law enforcement tactic,” said Alexander Eastman, MD, MPH, FACS, chief of trauma at UT Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Dallas Police Department lieutenant. The Council would look at  providing drama survival kits to public safety officer.

Police in the Community
Helena Police ‏ Officer Jeff Murphy and his partner, "Ofc Moophy", spent time with the children of the Helena United Methodist CCCE 3K class.

State of the City
The Mayor said that the New ladder truck will be here in a week or two and they were equipping  two new Tahoes for the police.
The Appointment of New Helena Police Chief Pete Folmar, who lived in Helena 10 years, was shown in by the Mayor at the Council Meeting. Full article: Full article

James Lowery discussed the  Historic Markers at the Rail Road Tracks. Here is a link to the documents he gave to the Council: 

-Proclamation – Muscular Dystrophy Association – Helena Fire Fighter Appreciation Month
Fill the Boot campaign, during fire prevention month in October

-Proclamation – Safehouse of Shelby County
– October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Missy Wheat

-Recognition - Helena Police Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year Awards: Congratulations to our Firefighter of the Year Fire Medic Caleb Draper and Police Officer of the year Josh Lindsey

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Facebook Down

My Hewy Nosleep Facebook was taking down. Whether it was an hack or some hater, It may take awhile to get it back up. I have to prove I am real person. Pretty funny considering they just took my credit card the day before.

I still have my "No Sleep in Helena" facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NoSleepinHelena since it has more than one admin so switch over there for the time being... now how do I get a govt issued photo id that says Hewy Nosleep....hmmm

Monday, October 05, 2015

Monday Helena Reader Choice and More

Best Decorated Halloween House
It is that time of the year for Helena's best decorated Halloween House. The rules are simple, nominate a house with a photo and an address to nosleepinhelena@gmail.com then judging will happen on the weekend of the October 24th then winners will be announced that week and I will sneak place a yard sign in the grand prize winner house in the dark of the night. The goal is to have fun and have a good list of places we can drive by with our children and get into the holiday spirit.

Paint the Town Husky
~Spirit Week October 12 – 16, 2015~

If you are in Helena you actually feel the love we have for our community.  If you visit you see it!  We all have that “ Husky Feeling”.  So what a better way to continue the “Husky Pride” than with another year of friendly competition between all the Helena Businesses again this year!

During “Spirit Week” let’s all join in – IN PAINTING THE TOWN WITH “HUSKY PRIDE” with a little friendly competition between the businesses (who’s got the most SPIRIT?).  Helena businesses can “Show their SPIRIT” with storefront and/or window decoration!

Businesses MUST register by calling 205.624.3367 or they can register at paintthetownhusky@gmail.com.  There is no cost to register, but if you don’t register, we don’t know you are entering your business.  All entering businesses must register their location no later than Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Spirit week judges will be on the lookout all week with the winner “unleashed” on Friday, October 16, 2015.  The ‘”SPIRIT WEEK WINNER” will proudly display a certificate for all Huskies to admire and receive a special Husky Gift!  Pictures of all the week will also be posted on Facebook page of the Helena Athletic Association, and the winner will have a large SHOUT OUT over the PA system during the game.  Also, each business that participates will be mentioned over the PA during the game.

APH RADIO (99.9FM) will be talking up homecoming week and the fun completion of “Paint the Town Husky”.  During the homecoming game, each business that participates will have a 15 to 30 second shout out about their business.  Winner will also be announced over the app that evening.

This friendly competition between local businesses shows our community and school just how proud we are of them. Don’t forget to register your business, if you DON’T REGISTER, JUDGES WON’T KNOW YOU’VE GOT S-P-I-R-I-T!  Remember that the deadline to register is Saturday, October 10, 2015. So what are you waiting for?  Register your business today and lets the “Game Begin”!
Now Hiring
Jamie Fitts shared that the award winning Fox Valley is hiring a line cook and dishwasher. You can apply anytime after 2 o'clock Wednesday through Saturday.  Thanks!!

Band Invitational
Way to Go for Helena High, they were ranked Best in Class at Lake Martin Invitational Band Competition!! All Superior Scores also Best in Class for the Majorettes and Dance. Helena High School Band received straight ones at competition in Alex city last night. Majorettes and dance line received best in class.

Model Helena
Candace Reid shared that Helena resident Mason Smith will be featured in the 10th Anniversary of UK's Wonderland magazine coming out this month with Selena Gomez on the cover. Mason was signed this past August to one of the top male modeling agencies VNY Modeling in New York. Mason is a junior at Helena High. Update: The first picture was taken by photographer Brent Chua-New York and the second picture was taken by photographer Michael Mayren-London with collage by Patrick Waugh.

Cross Country
Robin Williams shared, "The HMS Boy's XC Team finished 2nd out of 31 schools from 6 states today in the Jesse Owens Classic XC Meet in Moulton. WAY TO GO HUSKIES"!

Ribbon Cutting
This Saturday was the Grand Opening of Skull Girl Soaps, in Old Town Helena. Say HI to  owner Kim Ford and check out all the great best in all handmade soaps and bath products. I bought some custom bath bombs for my daughters because that is the cool thing now.
Champion Trail Horse
Helena Taylor Mcintosh sent congratulate his mustang (Owen) and the winner of the American Competitive Trail Horse Association State Champion.

Scout PopCorn Sales
John Madderra shared On behalf of Cub Scout Pack 556, I would like to thank our community and Walmart for their support of our popcorn sales. If yoy missed us at Walmart, contact me or your local Scout and we can set you up with all the popcorn you need for gifts and football games!

Helena Fire Explorers
Heath H. Bartlett shared that the Helena fire explorers placed second in busted hose event in Henry county Ga competition this weekend.

GIve me Five Hours
Philicia Broadhead Danner shared
"Give Me Five" High School hours are available on :October 17 starting at 9am by volunteering at the Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church Fall Bazaar. This is an approved event by Helena High School. For more information please contact me at hcpcbazaar@yahoo.com ". The event should be huge, they have over 65 vendors for it.

Social Media
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Fear the Walking Dead
You probably read when I posted that the Mayor of Helena was on Missing Poster for Fear the Walking Dead on AMC. Lets raise the pot and add Helena to the lore. It if you are on Twitter then post @FearTWD Please make Madison from Helena, AL #FearTWD

Regular Meeting Agenda
October 5, 2015

PRE-COUNCIL:  Work Session Agenda                                                                                       5:00 P.M.
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.          Dog ordinance
2.          Discussion; Renaming Highway 52 & 17 to Helena Parkway

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Agenda                                                                                                  6:00pm
1.     Call To Order.
2.     Prayer.
3.     Pledge of Allegiance.
4.     Council Roll Call.
5      Presentation of Minutes from Council meeting and Pre-Council meeting, September 21, 2015.
6      Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7      City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
·         Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
  1. Appointment of New Helena Police Chief – Pete Folmar
  2. James Lowery – Historic Markers at the Rail Road Tracks 
  3. Proclamation – Muscular Dystrophy Association – Helena Fire Fighter Appreciation Month
  4. Proclamation – Safehouse of Shelby County – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
  5. Recognition - Helena Police Officer & Fire Fighter of the Year Awards
13.  Council Comments
14.  Adjourn

Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 4:30 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Helena Weekend

Helena Weekend Events
Here are the Helena events so far. Please message me if I left a Helena event off...

Pack 556 is selling popcorn at Helena Wal-Mart this Saturday from 8-2. Please stop by and support your local Cub Scout pack!

Grand Opening October 3rd 10:00 am

Yard Sales
Here are the Helena Yard Sales from the City of Helena:
1014 Wyndham Lane
2037 Stonecreek Court
510 Elm Stret
110 Bentmoor Circle
607 Parkside Circle
5428 Highway 17
310 St Charles Way
See the City of Helena facebook page for more days and times.

Papa Saia's
Tommy Crowder and Phil Austin Friday night
Gumbo and shrimp and grits all weekend

Rios Bar and Grill
Karoke 8:30pm Friday and Saturday night

Coal Yard
Today is thirsty Thursday and all drinks at the bar are $1 off.
Jazz with Zack Drew and Crew begins at 6:30.
Come in and taste our newest addition to the menu. Our Reuben Sandwich.
Start the weekend off early at the Coal Yard.
Husky Hammock Hangout
Shelby County Free Landfill Day
The Shelby County Landfill is hosting a "free" no charge day. Residents of Shelby County will be limited to on-ton trucks/trailers or less. For more information, visit shelbyal.com. The landfill is located at 401 Landfill Rd between Columbiana and Calera.

Cahaba Bend Consignment Sale
Friday 9am-1pm and Saturday 8am-1pm AT 3721 Highway 52 Helena, AL 35080