Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Purple Boxes and Summer Magic

Picture of the Day
Today's picture of the Day goes to Jon Woodward‎ called " Good morning Helena". Jon was lucky to get one of the last blooms of the Cahaba Lilies. We look forward to their full return next year. Remember, the endangered flowers blooms between Mother's and Father's Day.

Weekend Update
Real quick, a reminded that Helena will celebrate Independent Day on Friday July 3rd. We will have First Friday starting at 5:30pm and Fireworks will end the night. Also there will be a Scozzaro Law LLC and the Helena Lions Club dunking booth, Museum tours, kid zones, music and much more in Old Town. I will probably by hanging out with the Helena Historical group handing out glow sticks. Remember, if you drive home Friday afternoons through Old Town then you may want to take a different route if you are not going to the events because there will be a big delay. Here are some  more details for this weekend. - See more at: News Article

Purple Boxes in Trees
If you see some purple boxes hanging in trees around the Helena and the State of Alabama, they are three-sided insect traps for monitoring the spread of a non-native invasive insect that has killed several million ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada. You can read more here:

6th Annual Ride
I saw that Scotty Vines shared this on facebook. The 6th Annual 4th of July Ride - Proud to be an American will start this Saturday at 8am from the Helena Walmart. For more details, here is the link: Facebook Event

 ESL Summer Camp
Graham Brooks wrote an article about Helena Intermediate's  two-week English as a second language camp. Students come to Helena and get a greater knowledge of the English language. - See more at: Source

Helena Summer Reading
Last Week a Magician "wows kids at Helena Summer Reading Program" at Helena City Hall. This Wednesday you can have your children see a program with the Helena police 2pm (July 1st) at Helena City Hall. It is a free program and great if you are trying to find something education for the children. For more information on Helena’s Summer Reading Program visit the library’s website at Cityofhelena.org/Default.asp?ID=168&pg=Public+Library. - See more at: News Article

Leap Second
Also don't forget at 7pm tonght we will official have 61 seconds in a minute. "The extra second will take place at 7 p.m. on June 30 so that we can sync up our watches with the Earth's slowing rotation". There is some concern that some computer system may not like it so keep your fingers crossed. Of course you can just shutdown your computer and huddle with your children and tell them your survival stories from Y2K


Monday, June 29, 2015

Reader's Choice Helena

 Picture of the Day
Bobbie Nichols shared some pics from Brian Etheridge from the Storms in Helena and it is our Helena picture of the Day. btw Welcome to Vonnie and her family who just moved to Helena! Welcome!
All Stars Awesome
Beth Tinnell was kind enough to share, "Helena 6U AllStars come home  with the State Runners Up trophy and the best Banner award. So proud of our girls and coaches. Way to Go!

Cross Country Fundraiser
Jason Black shared that they held a McSpirit Night for Helena Cross Country Track and Field Tuesday at Helena McDonalds. They raised over $800! It was a great night and we love supporting our community. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Best Photographer
Congrats to Mark Hendren Best Photographer division 1 for 2014 from the Alabama APME broadcast awards and with ABC 33/40, but he is going to CBS 42 as a Commercial Producer, starting in just over a week. We love him and his whole family!
20 Years Ago in Helena
I dusted off a copy of the Helena Newsletter from 20 years ago and made a pdf scan of it for those who are interested. If you want to see the pdf scan you can click HERE , you may need to rotate it or download it. Let me know if you have issues: https://goo.gl/YIKx7q

Trophy Case
Mark Hall ‏@MarkRHall  posted on twitter what the Helena High School trophy case look slike after one year. "Visited @HelenaHSHuskies today and noticed this. (It was brand new and empty this time last year.) #BuildingChampions"
Rio's 3rd Year
Congratulations to Rio's Bar and Grill. Congrats Chuck and Crystal Hamrick for all they do in community.  Crystal shared that Rio's has raised over $80,000 for local charities since they have opened which earns respect in my book. They have also been voted Best Bar and Grill in Shelby County. Also So a big way to go to Chuck and Crystal as Helena Residents and I hereby declared them Helena Community Philanthropists. The picture above is a flash back from there first day. Please go and tell them thank you!

Helena Lions Club
Two big announcements from the Helena Lion's Club. They delivered donation to The Owens House! this week. Pictured above is with Emmanuel N Kristi Scozzaro and William Braxton Hobson.

Also "Make plans to be at Helena First Friday on July 3rd! The Helena Lions club will be hosting a Dunking booth! Bring a jar of Peanut Butter or Jelly for a free throw, otherwise throws will be $1 to 6 for $5! Come out and dunk people like Council President Cris Nelson, APH Radio talk show host Gene Rowley from The Gene Rowley Show, Vice Principal Butts from the High School, Coach Jon Russell and many many more"!

I may even jump in the booth if anyone wants to pay to make me soaking wet, otherwise I will be with the Helena Historic group handing out some handouts.

David of the Stained Glass
 He's back!  2 months after his wreck, David is in the house!  Okay, it’s the studio but you get what I’m saying!
Needless to say, it’s pretty much against his doctor’s advice (he’s supposed to be home convalescing for quite some time still) but he doesn’t have a choice – he has to provide for his family.  Those of you who donated are appreciated more than you know and surely helped get him to this point, but rent needs to be paid, power needs to be paid – and medical bills that are climbing north of $30,000 need to be addressed. His goal is to get revenue flowing once again in the studio, but he’s starting from zero – and still needs your help.  He despises asking for help, by the way, and if it wasn’t for the need to provide for his daughter Kennedy he wouldn’t ask for a dime.
David, a hardworking, fun-loving glass artist, former Marine and the HMFIC of Marines MC Alabama, was hit by a driver the day before Easter Sunday.  On Easter Sunday he spent 5 hours in surgery, having screws and plates put in his left ankle, lower leg, knee and wrist. Most debilitating of all, he also had completely severed his Achilles's tendon, which was repaired at that time as well.
I asked David to create me an original piece of art for my house. You can see him installing it here. He is a master at Stained Glass. My last name is Woodman and each branch represents a child in my family.
David has significant healing time in front of him before he can even begin therapy; currently he is completely chair and home bound.  He is the sole proprietor of a glass studio - which means of course if he isn't working he isn't making money.  He lives with his 13 year old daughter Kennedy, who has Down Syndrome.

He's working as hard as he can until he gets on his feet - please help us in helping him taking care of unpaid medical expenses and living expenses until he can!  If you don't feel comfortable using the online donation, you can send it to David Schlueter, 4114 Helena Road, Helena AL 35080.

Thank you all for submitting Stories! I love you all and that is not the painkillers speaking...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Helena Weekend

Picture of the Day
Today's photo of Helena was featured by Meteorologist James Spann. It was done by  Parker's Lens Photography in Helena and called "Fire in the summer sky tonight"... Not sure but it looks like the Hillsboro neighborhood.

Dont forget the Helena Museum is open free to the public

Helena Weekend Happenings

7pm Smith Little Trio performs at the Coal Yard in Old Town Helena
8:30pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill

7pm  Erin Black performs at the Coal Yard in Old Town Helena
8pm Mulligan Last Resort at Papa Saias
8pm Free Movie at the Amphitheater "Lego Movie"

8am-Noon Helena Farmer's Market at Helena Amphitheater
8am-Noon car Show at Helena Amphitheater
9am Leah Rose performs at the Helena Market Days at Amphitheater
7pm Intermission performs at the Coal Yard in Old Town Helena
8pm Hunter Lawley at Papa Saias

Also Laura Shaw-Schenck shared "There is a job fair tomorrow from 4-8 at the Marriott on 280 for the new trinity medical building"

Yard Sale
Krystle Herron shared that Fatima's Family Afhair is having a big yard sale at the old Frankie location this Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to the mission trip Katie and Fatima are going on in August. There will be something for everyone! The time will be 7am-until.

Friday for Lunch at Coal Yard
The Coal Yard will be open this Friday for Lunch. Here is their sample menu above. They will now be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday as well as for dinner.

HMS Majorettes
Come check out the HMS Majorettes Carwash Fundraiser this Saturday June 27th 8am-Noon

Helena Market Days
This Helena Market Days will feature the best of local farmers and artisans but also Leah Rose for live music and a  Miata Car Show

Leah Rose is on: FaceBook and Instagram at Leah Rose Music. Website: www.leahroseofficial.com
YouTube:  Leah Rose Mississippi

Urgent Care Appreciation
The new "Its About Time" Urgent care office wanted to have a customer appreciation day this Sunday from 3-5pm

Benefit Dinner
Dont forget to get your tickets for the Billy Hinds Benefit Dinner. They will be available for purchase next Friday night, July 3, at the First Friday night event in Helena.  Tickets are $20 for an all you can eat catfish and chicken dinner that will be held on Tuesday, July 14, at the Helena Sports Complex.  Children ages 5 and under can eat for free.  All  tickets have to be purchased by July 7.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Magic, Music and Baseball

Helena Picture of the Day
John K Hodge  shared, "Just down the road from Helena on Hwy 17 To pretty to pass up".
Helena Magic
Part of the Helena Library Summer Reading program,  Magician Russell Davis will be at Helena City Hall at Wednesday June 24th at 10am. Free to the Public at 816 Hwy 52E, Helena, Alabama 35080

Coal Yard Music Week
The Coal Yard ‏@coalyardhelena  shared Music this week:
Tue: @ThomasTrussell
Wed: @baileyingle1
Thu: Smith Little Trio
Fri: Erin Black
Sat: @Intermission_2

Lost Dogs
Lisa N Andy Hare shared Missing in Fieldstone: "Two (2) chocolate labs got out of their fence this morning, 1 male (Boo) and 1 female (Sadie). Please call the Reed’s if you see them! Bryan: 205.229.2214 or Shannon: 205.229.2413".

Helena 6U All-Star Baseball team finishes
Published 4:24pm Tuesday, June 23, 2015

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–The Helena 6U National All-Star Baseball team recently competed in the Birmingham Metro Baseball All-Star Tournament and finished as tournament runner-ups in a crowded field.
- See more at: http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2015/06/23/helena-6u-all-star-baseball-team-finishes-as-tournament-runner-ups/#sthash.iI7OKQT2.dpuf

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bridges, Songs and Butts

Picture of the Day
Jim Wathen shared the center piece of the yard, a BBQ smoker 300 bricks and countless stone work and custom carpentry.

Fundraiser Tonight to help the Helena Cross Country Team
Bridges of Helena
Graham Brooks wrote an article about Helena spending reserve funds to replace and repair bridges at Joe Tucker Park in Helena. There was also several emergency funding request which you can read more here: LINK

Chic Repeats
Allison Renfroe Crumptonshared,  "Registration is now open for those wishing to consign with HUMC's Chic Repeats": http://www.helenaumc.org/Consign

Passion for Singing 
Jordan Narkates who will be a freshman at Helena High has lead Birmingham in the National Anthem and gone on tour with the Birminghma Boys Choir. His love of singing is leading him into a Jordan Narkates  of  opportunities/ - See more at: LINK

Best Butt in Helena BBQ Cook Off
The Helena’s Best Barbecue Butt contest returns July 11. In an newspaper article by Graham Brooks he shares the Amateur charity event will during Helena Market Days at the Helena Amphitheater in Old Town. "The contest is meant to be a fun-filled atmosphere and amateur event designed to help Helena schools and the farmer’s market".

"This will be a rain or shine event and there is no entry fee but participants will be limited due to space, so the following information is needed to enter the contest: Team leader name, team name, address of team representative, phone number and an email address.

Teams will be able to set up in the park beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10. There will be spots set aside based on a first come first serve basis because the park is also used for movies that night.

There will be access to water and power but contestants will need to bring a power cord, preferably 100 feet long, as well as a tent and table along with your equipment. The spots will allow for two tents.

Winners will be announced in three separate categories including people’s choice, judge’s choice and best sauce. The people’s choice will take place between 8-11 a.m., while the judged events will take place at 11 a.m. The trophies for both categories will be awarded by Helena Mayor Mark Hall at 11:30 a.m. from the judges tent.

The meat that is served to the judges should not have sauce on it. Contestants may use sauce for the samples given for the public vote for the people’s choice award.

Contestants may serve their entry either chopped or sliced and any money collected should be for the Friends of Helena Schools.

The people’s choice trophy will be awarded based upon donations received for the Friends of Helena Schools. Market visitors will “vote” for their favorite butts by leaving a donation at the table of the team whose butt they deem best.

Contestants are encouraged to bring a large and noticeable container to collect donations. Donations can be collected as early as 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Contestants can sell advertising space or sell entire butts but all the money should go toward the charity.

The sauce contest is new this year and it will be a judged event based on three categories: Red will be for sour/spicy sauces, white will be for North Alabama white mayo based sauces and blue will be for sweet sauces.

Those wishing to enter the contest should email Event Coordinator Hal "Hewy" Woodman at nosleepinhelena@gmail.com

For more information on the event visit Facebook.com/events/1624335617812047/.

- See more at: http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2015/06/18/helenas-best-barbecue-butt-contest-returns-july-11/#sthash.74i5HJC0.dpuf

Monday, June 22, 2015

Helena Reader's Choice Monday

Cheer Picture of the Day
Bonnie Kraus shared this wonderful photo from Audrey Grace of the Helena High School Cheeleaders. They came in first overall in Game Day and Cheer and 2nd in Extreme routine and sideline at Alabama Biggest UCA camp of the Year this past weekend. Way to Go!
Coached by JJ Stanbridge
All Stars
Beth Tinnell shared 6U Helena Softball AllStars placed 3nd place at the Area Tournament on Saturday. They are headed to State on Friday in Boaz..Go Huskies!

Coach of the Year
Alabama sports writers named 5A baseball Coach of the Year as Helena's PJ Guy! Way to Go!

Best Stadium 
Todd Borst shared a great idea on Friday. He saw where the High School Sports was asking where is the Best Stadium and wanted everyone to go and vote for Helena's new High School Football Stadium. Click the link below and give a vote:

Ribbon Cutting
Kristi Scozzaro shared this great photo of the Ribbon Cutting for Great day for this new business Helena Grey Street. Welcome to Helena!

New HHS Asst
The Shelby County Board of Education approved Brandon Turner as the new  HHS assistant principal. He was previously from Vestavia Hills High School .  - See more at: SOURCE

Family DVD Collection
Parker Alyssa Wilson, Jaycee Parker, Isabella and Riley, Doreena Dale Mink queens, collected 371 movies for Children's Hospital on Saturday. Thanks to everybody who donated!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hang Out in Helena

Helena Happenings this Weekend

Thursday 18th
6:30-9:30pm Songwriters Showcase at the Coal Yard. June guest are Gary Furr and Terry Barnett with Steve Norris

8pm Kelly from the Band US performs at Papa Saias

8:30pm Karaoke at Rios
Friday 19th
7:30pm Old Fashioned Rhythm Method at the Coal Yard

8pm Free Movies in the Park "Muppets Most Wanted" at Helena Amphitheater

8pm Jason Mayo at Papa Saias

9pm OUTSHINE performs at Rios $5 Cover

Saturday 20th
8am-Noon Farmers Market at Helena Amphitheater

9am Chef Demonstration at Helena Amphitheater from Chef CJ Joe's Italian

10am Sticks and Strum performs Farmer Market at Helena Amphitheater

10am Ribbon Cutting for Grey Street Boutique at 123 Ace Pl Helena, Alabama

10am-2pm Helena Museum Open

1pm-5pm DVD Collection: Parker Wilson is collecting children and family DVD to be donated to Children's Hospital. She will be in front of Helena Elementary, across from the Post Office, at Habshey Properties, 3807 Helena Rd, Helena 35080.

7:30pm Sassy Brown Band at the Coal Yard

8pm Mulligans Last Resort performs at Papa Saias for Summer Solstice Celebration with Food Specials Blackened Tilapia served with rice and zucc/squash medley Fried Green Tomatoes, Philly Steak with FF, Oysters, Crab Claws and Boiled Shrimp every day

8:30pm Karaoke at Rios

Yard Sale
Yard Sale sent to me:

 978 Old Cahaba Drive
1247 Old Cahaba Trace

Our good friends Dave and Eddie are doing this on Saturday

Sunday 21st 
Happy Father's Day
Here's a quick video of some Daddy reflexes..

Bugs and City Plans

Mosquito spraying is in progress for all neighborhoods, they have a route they follow each day and will get to each neighborhood during the week. Be advised the spraying may only give temporary relief, and we can only spray amounts following the EPA guidelines.
Please help by removing any standing water in your yards and place mosquito pellets (can be bought locally at most stores) in areas where there may be any standing water that will not drain quickly. As you know, this seasons extreme heat and moisture has brought more bugs, some that the spray may not be effective on, which also includes areas with high vegetation, streams, lakes, ponds or heavily wooded areas. We will continue to spray throughout the summer and do all possible to help.
Long Term Planning
The City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission met at City Hall for a preliminary to discuss the City of Helena Comprehensive and Strategic Plan for the Future of Helena. This was the first of many meetings. They will meet a couple  of times which will include public input. The first step was to review the older plan Comprehensive Plan from a few years ago.  Katherine Ennis led the meeing with Amanda, Mark, Cris, Leslie, Mike, Bob C. Bob L. Jack, and Tom.

The group was charged with review the old plan and identifying updates. An example would be the old plan discussed bringing a High School to the City which has already happened so there were may other points that needed to be reviewed. Some of the areas to be reviewed are Land Use, Transportation, Environmental, and Utilities plans. It would also include Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision regulations and Strategic Plan . The Next meeting will be July 8th Weds 5:30pm. Look forward to working with everyone in working with this.