Sunday, November 23, 2014

Helena's Reader's Choice

A very long blog post so buckle up for Helena's Readers Choice post...

Beauty in Helena
The Helena Beautification Committee spend the day making Helena City Hall more beautiful. Here is  Patrick Wright, Laura Brookhart, Tina Lovvorn-VanCleave, Shawn Miller, Ana McDonald Baker and Leslie Quick Bartlett at Helena City Hall.

Helena's Huskies
Brandi Cummins shared that 90lb Huskies came in 2nd overall in the JSYFL tournament this weekend. Way to Go and We are so proud of you!

Photo by Missy Bush Atkisson
Helena Belles Homecoming
The Helena Belles service organization represented the City Of Helena at the Alabama Homecoming at Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Home Owner's  Challenge
Lynn Leonard from the Chadwick HOA shared this challenge to the other groups.
Please let all HOAs in Helena know that Chadwick HOA challenges all other HOAs to make a donation to the Helena Beautification Board. It's our city and we all need to support this group and their efforts. Funding from the city budget is limited, so donations are critical to help keep our city looking great. Thanks.
Holiday Garbage Schedule
"Helena residents the holiday season is quickly approaching us and please remember that garbage and recycling will always run a day behind following a holiday. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and that is a holiday observed by Allied Waste. So, all Thursday garbage/recycling customers will be picked up on Friday, November 28, 2014 and all Friday customers will be picked up on Saturday, November 29, 2014. Please have all garbage curbside by 6:00AM. Please note that all city offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week in observance of the holiday. The fire/police will be available 24/7 for our residents".

Jingle for a Cause
Helena Intermediate School raised $601.57 for the Jingle Bell Run with their hat day this past Friday! That's an awesome contribution to our Team KWAC! Way to go HIS!

Shae Gibbs shared news about the  Jingle Bell Run for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. We have youth in Helena diagnosed with this awful disease"...one being my son, Connor Gibbs. The other two are Bryson Rhodes and Parker Wilson. We would LOVE to have a lot of support from the Helena community...I sure know Helena is capable of this! Thanks so much! Here is a picture of these awesome, brave kids". They are team KWAC: Fundraiser Link

Winter Hours
Several businesses are now switching to the Winter Hours so be aware. Here is Papa Saia's in Helena.

Helena High Ball Fields
Martin J Reed wrote an article, "Helena High School's baseball and softball fields are getting press boxes and dugouts that had been removed from the project earlier due to financing concerns.

The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday night approved the project's change order to return the features at the two ballparks to the construction plan for the athletic fields at the new high school". The Council voted on this earlier to use money for the 1 cent education fund to support this. Full Article

AAA Travel
 Ginger lives in Helena and is a travel specialist and said she is willing to help anyone planning a vacation for Christmas. Here is her contact information:
 Ginger R Stacey
Travel Specialist
AAA Alabama
2400 Acton Road
Birmingham,Al 35243
205-444-8821   1-800-521-8124 x 444-8821


Five Star Field and Farm
 Ron Eddings is the the owner of Five Star Field and Farm, in Helena.  He is a small business owner and wanted to make potential clients aware of their business and the services that they offer.  Their website, is www.fivestarfieldandfarm.com.

They are not a Helena "store-front" business.  They are a licensed, insured, bonded and certified business of which provides a wide range of land services and professional wildlife management for our clients.  For further information or explanation of our services, please contact me at 205-410-0912.

HHS Soccer
LeeAnne Callahan shared that the Helena High School Soccer Team was announced this past Friday. So excited to see this finally come together. Go Huskies!

Penny Miller shared that Helena High School Wrestling beat Homewood and Calera Tuesday night. First ever wrestling matches at HHS. This week they head to Hayden HS for Hayden Duals!

Magic City Run
A Big "Way to Go" to all the Helenites who were in the Magic City Run and Rod Roller for getting this!

Half Marathon
NATALIE BISHOP
SCOTT THIGPEN
JACOB MAYS
JEANIE DENNIS
CHRISTY HUFFSTUTLER
JACOB HUFFSTUTLER
ROD ROLLER
MARIANNA WATSON
RANDY JONES
SHANNON RICE
KIMBERLY OEHRLEIN
TIM WATSON
MYRA WATSON
ABBY FORRESTER
CHARLES OEHRLEIN
REBECCA RICHARDSON

Shannon Jacobs of Helena came in 2nd in the 5k
these ran the 5K:
SHANNON JACOBS
ABBY TRAWEEK
OLIVIA SIMPSON
JANAN SIMPSON
REILLY STEPHENS
MARLEY STEPHENS
KRISTEN BELL
KATIE GILLIAM
CAMERSON RIGGS
OLIVIA RIGGS
LINDSEY MAYS

Europe Photo Contest
Malinda Kay Boody Nichols is entered in the Picture Perfect Contest. She is "23 votes behind for 1st place! And I told Councilman Woodman that if I win, I'll stand on top of the highest peak in the Alps with a sign declaring my love for the town of Helena! You can vote every 24 hours, and I would love you so much if you did".  Lets make this happen! Entry Facebook Link

Help in Helena
Do you need some help from the City of Helena or need an official to contact you. You can call and make an appointment or create a service ticket at the website Action Center. Here is the link: Helena Action Center

Helena Christmas Parade
"Please join us Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1:00PM for the 44th Annual Christmas Parade.  The theme this year is " It's a new day, It's a new way".  Please print and fill out the announcers sheet and return to city hall via e-mail kym@cityofhelena.org or fax it in to 663-9276.  Please remember we will not be picking up announcer sheets at the parade staging area". For more Info: Click Here

Here is the 90 minute Helena Parade a couple of years ago, condensed down to 2 minutes. Can you find yourself?



Helena Christmas Parade from hewy nosleep on Vimeo.


Meepletown Charity
Hillary Wilson shared that Meepletown gaming fundraiser for children's hospital in Birmingham raised $535 in their Marathon! Way to Go!

Do you know of some more Helena based charity for the holiday? Share with us!



Helena Belle with Cell





Friday, November 21, 2014

Helena Events



New Lights
Mayor Hall posted this photo on his page to show the new traffic lights going up at Crow's Corner.

Also dont forget 90lb. Boys Football team is playing in the Championship game Saturday at 6PM at Old Berry High School.

State Quilt
Congrats to Helena's Lura Johnson Campbell and Sheryl Simpson who created a quilt commissioned by the Alabama State Parks and Rec. Department for Alabama's First Lady Mrs Bentley to thank her for her focus on the 75th Anniversary of the state parks.

Yard Sales
Here are the yard sales that were permitted for this Saturday from the City Facebook page:
1. 1004 Wyndham Lane Helena, Al 35080
2. 1504 Citation Terrace Helena, Al 35080
3. 2167 Old Cahaba Place Helena, Al 35080
4. 2590 Bridlewood Drive Helena, Al 35080

Operation Christmas
You can still donate items to First Baptist today. Here is a list of suggested items:
They suggest these: TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
How to pack it http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/

Tap Dancing Class
Hillary shared that her next set of Tap Workshops is December 6th, and this month they have added an adult class!

Times are as follows:
12:30-1:00 pm Beginning Level, 1:00-1:45 pm Intermediate Level,
2:00 pm Adults

No experience is necessary for beginner or adults. All classes are at Grebel Center for Dance. Learn time steps, explore rhythm and have fun!!! Fee: $10 per class. Call (205) 987-7234 to register.


HHS DECA Blanket Sell
 Eric Leslie is the Business Education teacher at Helena High.  He is  also the sponsor for the DECA club.  In case you haven’t heard of DECA is a student organization for students that are interested in Business, Marketing, Finance and other related subjects of study.  They go do field trips to different businesses, do community service and do competitive events at state and national conferences.

Eric wanted to spread the word about a fundraiser they are having.  "We are selling Collegiate Licensed and Helena High School fleece blankets...The blankets are $25, the college blankets are the same that the campus spirit store sells for $30 + and are $25 through amazon (no shipping costs by ordering from us).  There is an order form attached to the packet, anyone interested in ordering a blanket would need to bring the order form and money up to the school between 9 AM and 2 PM or send it with a student.  If they want a blanket for Christmas Gifts, orders need to be in no later than Monday, Dec. 1st". You can view the order: HERE

Photo Contest
Malinda Nichols is entered in a facebook photo. Her entry is Cliffs of Moher Captured with a Toy Camera. You can vote for her at: Facebook Contest Page

Hillsboro Night Walk
This event sponsored by Fresh Air Family on Saturday November 21st.
7 pm - Night Walk,  Hillsboro Trail, Helena, Shelby County
You will be walking on a scenic trail which goes through mostly wooded terrain. Note this is a relatively easy outing, one which should be lots of fun for everyone. Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or phone 205/631-4680. Free.

Job Available
Anthony Regina shared a job opporuntiy at  Central Garden & Pet to cover Central Alabama. He said he is hiring 2 new people. "1 in Birmingham and 1 in Montgomery.  These positions are 29 hour per week   year round positions.  Person would service Lowes, Home Depots, and Walmarts for Pennington grass seed and other products.   Scheduling is flexible and the jobs pay $14.00 per hour   but no benefits.   If anyone knows an older college student or recent grad with reliable transportation they can email me at aregina@central.com "

Can Food Drive
Congrats to Rio's Bar and Grill. Crystal Hamrick shared they raised 1300 can for their food drive. Update: David Keough encourage local businesses to donate and he shared that he, "dropped for the Doug Trotter food drive. Thank you to Rios Bar and Grill, Pub 261, DEA Home Property Management, Lacey's Grove, friends and family for your generosity"

Fall Leaves
Justin O'Neal shared  I will be raking leaves Saturday if anyone wants to join the festivities. Will provide bologna sandwiches and water from the hose.

 Boy Scout Tree Sales
Ramona Piland Rice shared, " Please let everyone know that the Boy Scout Troop 2 Tree Lot will be open for business on Tuesday November 25th and they will have the lot open until the last tree is gone".

Momentum 14U
Annie Cunningham shared the new Momentum 14U team page: LINK

Found Dog
This sweet baby was found in Penhale Park several days ago.  We believe the owner is looking for him because we have seen a post looking for a similar dog.


Planning and Zoning
6pm on Thursday Planning and Zoning met for zoning change for a general business district on the corner of Helena road and Ruffin rd. The owner is Harry Gamble. All Jack Gray was voted to be the Chairman of Planning and Zoning making him the longest serving chairman in Helena history,

Christkindlemarkt
Charity Miller  shared they are still accepting applications for the Helena Christkindlemarkt on
Saturday, December 13at 8:00am - 3:00pm at the Helena Civic Complex



Zone 1 Video Games
Kim Coman  shared that there will be a Midnight game release tonight at Zone 1 Video Games! : )
Super Smash Bros Brawl on Wii U
Pokemon Omega Ruby And Pokemon Alpha andSapphire
Still have copies available!

Helena High Sports Medicine
Fox News featured Helena High School's Sports Medicine program,. See video below or click this link.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quick Post

I am scheduled to head to Montgomery so I dont have a full  post, I wanted to share this with you.

Rail Intersection Closing
CSX is still on schedule to close the railroad crossing located at Highway 261 just north of the Buck Creek Bridge in Helena for repairs on Thursday, November 20. They estimate the closure time will be a little after 8 AM and hope to be completed before 5 PM the same day. During the time mentioned above, traffic will need to detour on Highway 52 that goes from Helena to Pelham. If you are traveling into Helena on Highway 261 from the Hoover/Pelham area, your alternate route will be to turn left on County Road 105 (Bearden Road) which will connect you with County Road 52 from Pelham to Helena. Please forward this message to anyone that may be traveling through Helena during this time period. Thank you.

A Loss
Helena, Alabama Police Department also announced, "At around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Helena Police Department responded to a fatal, one vehicle accident on County Road 52, just west of Hillsboro Parkway. Colby Brian McCain, age 21, of Helena, appeared to have lost control of his vehicle and left the road striking a tree. There are no further details available at this point".

Our condolences go out to the victim's family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Book Sale
Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena is having a Holiday Book Sale on Thursday, 11/20/2014.

The sale features many like-new books that would be suitable for gift giving, or would make a great donation to a charity this Holiday season. The books have great prices, most between $2.00 and $4.00

We will also have a Bargain Section with used items priced to sell!

Whatever is left will be discounted beginning Friday 11/21 at noon.

All proceeds benefit the library! Special thanks to everyone who donated, and to the Friends of the Library for spreading the word about this event, and for working hard to support us.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wings, Safety, and Council Notes

Pushcard made by Helena City News
Christmas Safety
Several public safety officials will be at the Kiwanis Holiday Safety Symposium at Helena Elementary tonight (Tues 18th) at 6:30pm. They will be giving you advice on the types of crimes they are seeing and how you can protect yourself.

Wings of Zaxby Hope
The Helena Police will be having a fundraiser at Helena Zaxby from 5pm-9pm to help the Wings of Hope Pediatric Foundations. Please stop by and make it a Zaxby night.

Operation Christmas Child
Nicole Smith shared that First Baptist Church Helena will be raising gift for Operation Christmas Child at their location. Drop off times are from 9-11 and 4pm-6pm this week. This would be a great time to take your child and teach them about giving.

Basketball Schedule
Don't forget you can follow Helena Basketball on APH Radio 99.8fm. If they arent on the radio then they will be on the APH mobile app.

Wrestling Schedule
Thanks to Penny for sharing the HHS Wrestling Team Schedule! Our first team of the new High School!
2015 Helena High School Wrestling Schedule
Day                        Date              Opponent        Location Weigh in Match time
Tuesday               Nov. 18th                     Calera/Homewood Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Thursday             Nov. 20th                     Northridge/Moody Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Tuesday               Nov. 25th                     Hayden (Dual Tourn.) Hayden TBA 5:30pm
Wednesday        Nov. 26th                     Hayden (Dual Tourn.) Hayden TBA 9:00am
Thursday             Dec. 4th           Corner(Match) Corner 4:30pm 6:00pm
Thursday             Dec. 11th                      Homewood Homewood 4:00pm 5:00pm
Tuesday               Dec.16th                        Oak Grove Oak Grove 4:30pm 6:00pm
Thursday             Dec.18th                        Shelby county/Leeds Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Saturday              Dec.20th                        (Tournament) Oak Grover TBA 9:00am
Tuesday               Jan.6th                             Hayden Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Thursday             jan.8th                             Shelby county Shelby county 4:30pm 6:00pm
Saturday              Jan.10th                         Tournament Leeds TBA 9:00am
Thursday             Jan.15                   Oak Grove/Corner Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Friday                    Jan.16th                         Homewood(Duals) Homewood TBA 5:30pm
Saturday              Jan.17th                         Homewood(Duals) Homewood TBA 9:00am
Monday               Jan.19th                         McAdory(8 team dual) McAdory TBA 9:00am
Thursday             Jan.22nd                        Pelham Helena 4:30pm 6:00pm
Monday               Jan.26                   McAdory/Oak Grove Helena 4:30pm 6:00
Tuesday               Jan.27th                         Pelham Pelham 4:30pm 6:00
Thursday             Jan.29th                         Leeds Leeds 4:30 6:00
Friday/Sat.          Feb.6/7th            Sectionals Mongomery TBA TBA

Friday/Sat           Feb.12/14            State Meet Huntsville TBA TBA 

Found Dog
Young female dog found in Old Cahaba neighborhood in Helena, AL - Two by Two Rescue has her safe, so please email jennifer@twobytworescue.com if you recognize her.


Band Dinner and Sale
Here's some upcoming events happening with the Helena High Band. They have a huge Band Dinner concert coming up on December 9th.  It is in conjunction with their Johnny Ray Boston butt, Rib Slab and Honey's Pie sale.  You can see that order form below:


Mulligan's Last Resort
 Friday, Local Helena Band,  "Mulligan's Last Resort is playing at Pub 261 from 9:30-1:30, on Saturday we are playing at Fish Hook from 8-12. We are playing Papa's on Dec 4th"

Very Athletic Christmas
The Helena Athletic Association is excited to announce a fundraising opportunity during the upcoming holiday season.  The HAA in connection with, A Very Merry Christmas Tree Lot, are selling Christmas Trees and Wreaths as a way to help support all Helena School Athletic Programs.  A Very Merry Christmas Tree will be located across the street from the Helena Post Office starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.  They will be offering Christmas trees up to 12 feet and wreaths.  They will have a few larger trees but recommend if you have a need for a larger tree that you contact them and they will have one shipped to the lot within a few days.  All trees are cut each Friday in North Carolina and delivered to the lot on Monday.  All trees are Fraser Fir and will provide you with a long lasting tree.

This is what you will need to do in order for HAA to benefit.  You must take the attached form with you to the tree lot. When you pick out and purchase your tree and/or wreath, you will give the form along with your payment. They will document that your purchase was made on the behalf of the Helena Athletic Association and a portion of the sale will go back to the HAA.  This is a great and easy way for you, family, friends, and even co-workers to help support the HAA and the Helena Athletic Programs.  Again, you must take the attached form with you in order for the HAA to get credit for your purchase. There will not be forms at the tree lot so bring a copy with you.
Railroad Repair
The railroad is being repaired in the area so be informed especially if you don't leave until close to 8am.

Railroad repairs set for Tuesday on the double-track crossing on Shelby County Road 52 just east of Highway 31 in Pelham will require commuters to use Lee Street as a detour.

In Pelham, CSX is planning to close the Parker Drive railroad crossing for repairs on Wednesday. The crossing is located south of Industrial Park Drive.

In Helena, the Old Town railroad crossing near Cunningham Drive is set to close Thursday. The police department reports that repairs will be done between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., "but could last longer, so have a backup route to get home ready."Source

Helena City Council Chambers
City Council Meeting
Here are my notes from the November 17, 2014.

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. Sports budgets: We discuss ways t improve the profitability of the concession stand, cost of baseball, softball, and uniforms.

2. Storm Water Permit Fees: Future ADEM increases on cities will put pressure on permit fees.

Mayor Hall honoring Helena Soccer Players by Evelia
CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Agenda  6:00pm

Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall:
New Electronic are being added to the traffic light on the corner of 261 and 52 (Crow's Corner). There will be a new "loop" and control box. Hillboro traffic light is waiting on decorative arms so they can install new light at Hillsboro and 52 West. The Hillsboro light with be LED and pixel controlled (not the Crow Corner one, as I posted a few weeks ago)

Jason Powers – Soccer Recognition:
Jason recognized all the achievements of the Helena Soccer program

Resolution 11172014-
The City Attorney and Bond company recommended that the City Voluntarily Self Report for SEC Compliance on Past Bond Issues

Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, December 1, 2014 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.



Ok, That is it! Let me know if you see a mistake or have something to add!



Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Reader's Choice


Helena Photo of the Day
Barry Graham shared this autumn picture from the back side of Joe Tucker Park this past Friday.

Best Schools
 A National Ranking for Best Public Schools in America by K12 Niche ranking showed Helena in the top 100. Helena Middle was ranked 29th and Helena Intermediate was 74th. This says a lot about our students, teachers and parents. Way to Go!

Photo by Laura Joseph
Helena Cheerleaders
Helena cheerleaders did an outstanding job at this weekend at the UCA Youth Cheer Competition on Saturday:

EVERY cheerleading squad from Helena placed their divisions - way to go!

3rd Grade - 1st place in the Junior 3 Division
2nd Grade - 2nd place in the Junior 2 Division
4th Grade - 3rd place in the Junior 4 Division
5th grade's 4th place finish in Senior Division I
6th grade – 2nd place in Senior Division II
And the Bama AllStarz Green Diamondz and ACE Chickasaws!which is made up of Helena girls both came in first place in their divisions! So proud of each of these girls - they represented Helena very well! Way to Go!
Photo by Laurie Lively

Huskies Going to Championship
Brandi Cummins shared that the "90lb Huskies defeated Thompson in their playoff game to advance to the championship game Sat 11/22 at 5 at Berry High School..come out and show your Husky spirit"

Holiday Safety
This Tuesday on Nov. 18th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Several law and public safety units will be at Helena Elementary. Sponsored by Kiwanis and your local public safety officers.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Shae Gibbs shared news about the  Jingle Bell Run for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. We youth in Helena diagnosed with this awful disease"...one being my son, Connor Gibbs. The other two are Bryson Rhodes and Parker Wilson. We would LOVE to have a lot of support from the Helena community...I sure know Helena is capable of this! Thanks so much! Here is a picture of these awesome, brave kids". They are team KWAC: Fundraiser Link



Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend

Helena Weekend
This is a work in progress, I lost my notes so I am going to have to re-write this later


Morning Coffee
Pam Hendon Moran shared Monday Morning Coffee Chat at 10am at Donut Chef. Anyone with a struggling reader, writer or speller is encouraged to join us for a morning of conversation, support and sharing.

Cheerleader
All the Helena Rec cheerleaders competing will be at Vestvia Hills at 2pm on Sunday


Yard Sales
Garage Sale this Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 am. Mixed items, clothes, household items, etc. 1702 Native Dancer Drive Helena, 35080

Yard Sale this Saturday at 285 Appleford Road starting at 7

Melissa Ekstrand Yard sale Saturday 8am to 1ish 1150 Dearing Downs Dr. A little bit of everything...clothes, baby items, housewares, toys, etc.


Champions
90lb Helena Football team won last night and will be heading to the Championship. Thanks to Brandi Cummins for the photo!
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Christie Russo Marks
Congratulations to all these young men! First ever HHS baseball team!




USA Today
Mayor Mark Hall of Helena had his photography work featured on USA Today: "Fall colors on Hillsboro Pkwy in the City of Helena, Al . Photo by Mark R. Hall, Winter is on the way but Helena Alabama is experiencing gorgeous fall colors right now".USA Today Article

Lost Dog
Kim Griffith‎ said this missing dog, "Her name is Lucky. White and brown rat terrier w pink collar. Missing in Helena since Wednesday". if you find her, contact Kim on facebook or email/message me.


 Sunday night at 6:00 pm for our special service dedicated to Operation Christmas Child!