9-16-2016-9-34-02-amThis is the 16th year for KALB’s Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby fundraiser! The 2016 derby will be held on October 8th, 4:00 p.m., at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens.

Our first duck race in 2001 promised a cash grand prize. The event and our sponsor base have grown and this year we offer the Limestone Farmers Cooperative $1,000 Grand Prize plus 30 additional valuable prizes! All prizes have been donated, so all proceeds from duck adoptions go directly to support the KALB organization.

This race is lots of fun for those who come to watch it; however, you do not have to be present to win. For KALB, this fundraiser is necessary to obtain the funds which allow us to offer quality education, projects and programs.

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How the Race Works

For a $5 donation to KALB, a specially-designed rubber racing duck will be placed in our Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby in your name.

For a $25 donation, you will receive a Papa Murphy’s Quack Pack which includes 6 ducks and a coupon for 50% off your entire order at any Papa Murphy’s Pizza.

The ducks will be raced in up to 4 heats (depending on number of ducks adopted). The winners of each heat will be raced in the Championship Race to determine the winners of the Limestone Farmers Cooperative $1,000 Grand Prize and all other listed prizes. The order in which the ducks come through the duck trap determines the prize won. The total number of winning ducks will be determined by the number of prizes on race day.

KALB Touches Everyone in Limestone County

KALB programs touch every resident in Limestone County in one way or another. We provide environmental education programs in city, county, and private school classrooms; support other organizations with clean and green outdoor events; oversee the Adopt-A-Spot program; provide recycling opportunities; host the annual Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO and Elk River Cleanup; and so much more.
We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the KALB organization, our programs, and the many volunteer opportunities we offer.

How to Adopt Ducks

Ducks can be adopted at the following locations:
• KALB office at 125 East Street in Athens
• Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University on Friday October 7th and until 1:00 p.m. Saturday October 8th (KALB tent is next to Information Tent)
• Use the QR Code on this page for information or to adopt ducks online

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By: Lynne Hart

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9-2-2016 2-18-57 PMIt doesn’t matter how you get to the finish line, we’ll be waiting for you!

This 5K is perfect for seasoned runners as well as beginners. The course is mildly challenging, and will take runners through the tree-lined streets and past antebellum homes in the Athens Historic Districts as well as around the Courthouse Square. Start and finish points will be at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens, otherwise known as the Duck Pond.

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Lots of refreshments and an awards presentation will take place in and around the historic Athens Visitors Center, which was built in 1906 and served as the Athens Utilities Building. Cash prizes and trophies in several age categories will be awarded. Two lucky ducks will go home with our cash drawing or a certificate for free Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream monthly for a year!

Thanks to our many generous sponsors, every dollar received from race registrations goes directly to support the work of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. Your participation will support programs that engage our community in litter abatement, recycling, beautification, and other activities with a goal of protecting our environment. Activities include the Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO, classroom presentations available to all city, county, and private schools, Adopt-A-Spot, our Annual Elk River Cleanup, Clean and Green Events such as the Fiddlers Convention coming up, and so much more.

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Registration Information

Pre-registration is $20. Late and race day registration will be $25. Fun run registration is $10. Online information and registration is available at www.RaceRoster.com. Registration forms can also be printed from our website and mailed in. Mailed registrations must be postmarked no later than one week prior to the race. Register early to guarantee your t-shirt size.

Packet Pickup and Registration will be available as follows:
• Thursday, 9/15/16 from 4-7 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports in Huntsville.
• Friday, 9/16/16 from 4-7 p.m. at the KALB office located at 125 East Street in Athens.
• Race Day, 9/17/16 beginning at 6:45 a.m. at the KALB office.

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It takes a lot of people to make any fundraiser a successful event. If you’d like to help direct runners along the race route, take photos along the course or at the finish line, help serve food, or just cheer on the runners to encourage them along the way, we need you! Give us a call or send us an email and let us know you’re available.

We Have Amazing Community Support
KALB could not exist without the generosity of our sponsors. A huge thank you to our major sponsors which include Fleet Feet Sports, Limestone Farmer’s Cooperative, Eastside Pharmacy, American Leakless Company, Distinctive Landscaping, Eddy J. Burks, CPA, Morell Engineering, First National Bank, Alabama Farm Credit, Pepsi, Bojangles, EFI Automotive, Reseda Nursery, The News Courier, and Snap-On.

9-2-2016 2-20-05 PMWe also greatly appreciate Wilmer & Lee, Attorneys at Law, We Chunk Junk, Village Veterinary Clinic, Railroad Bazaar, Onyx Aerospace, Athens-Limestone Hospital, Maggie Moo’s, Brian C. T. Jones, District Attorney, and Athens Now.

Come on out and join us for a good time…whether you run, walk, waddle, or volunteer, you will be part something good!
By: Lynne Hart

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9-2-2016 2-13-30 PMALABAMA 200 is bringing something for citizens and visitors of all ages to share and explore as we celebrate our state’s bicentennial. From a history walk and folk-life festivals, to travelling exhibitions and reunions, ALABAMA 200 is creating a three-year celebration for every facet of our beginning to our current life.

Beginning March 3rd, 2017 the celebration will start in our oldest areas, Mobile and St. Stephens, and culminate in December of 2019 in Huntsville. It is the site of our humble beginnings where we drew up our first established constitution, and the location of the signing has been preserved. ALABAMA 200 includes all 67 counties, and stretches from the Ardmore Welcome Center to the white sand beaches of Orange Beach, as well as from the Capital city to Rocket City.

ALABAMA 200 is about more than commemorating 200 years of a government. The State of Alabama exists as a place of unparalleled natural beauty, and it is the home of a diverse and distinct people who share a history with unique perspectives and values. It is a sense of shared culture and stories. You know, you only turn 200 years old once, and honoring the history that changed the world will need some time.

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We begin in 2017 by “Discovering Our Place,” which coincides with Alabama’s Territorial Bicentennial. 2018 is the year for “Honoring Our People.” We will share the experiences and stories of the individuals who came here to live together. Sharing “Our Story” will be the theme of 2019, and the conclusion of ALABAMA 200, an invitation to continue celebrating what makes our state distinct, and honor the days to come with history as our guide.

Limestone County Vision
ALABAMA 200 is an unprecedented opportunity to experience and explore North Alabama. It is a chance to celebrate our place in each community in Limestone County. It is a moment to remember the people who made their home in “Alabama the Beautiful,” and to nurture the generations who will carry us forward. It is a chance to chart a vibrant, prosperous future for our county with our past to lead us forward.

Work and the workplace have gone through colossal changes between the mid-1800s and today. In the mid-1800’s, 60% of Americans made their living as farmers. During the mid-1900s, with its shift from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy, about 38% of workers declared farming as their main occupation. By 2000, only 2% of Americans worked on farms.
While we collect information for our 200th Anniversary, we will see the effects of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, labor unrest, wars, and changes in the economic positions of our country on ordinary working Americans. In the beginning we toiled in coal mines, on tractors, at typewriters and in the military. Then we labored on assembly lines making rockets, airplanes, the indispensable computer, and now robots.

Things you can participate in:

We will create displays & exhibits to show our history and growth. Photographs and historical documents will help to tell our stories. We have found artifacts from the American Indians to explain the importance of our location, to the endangered species of the mighty Elk who roamed our area, as did many other distinctive creatures.

We used storytelling for how we learned about our ancestors, our humor, and our day to day lives. We handed down dance, music, and re-enactments to keep our lineage alive. We planted, grew, and canned our gardens filled with great, nutritious foods. And we played! We made up most of our games, but we used our surroundings and our imaginations to foster these great activities.

We made our clothes, our bed clothes, and many other items from materials from food packaging. Others made furniture from the bounty of the forest and the hides of animals. We cared for our children, our seniors, the sick, and disabled, but still worked every day to enable our family to obtain a good education.

Our Limestone County community of Mooresville was incorporated November 16th, 1818 preceding Athens by 3 days, November 19th 1818. Mooresville has many unique qualities which haven’t seemed to have changed since their inception. Visit Mooresville’s website to learn more about their distinctive community.

We will have committee meetings beginning within the next couple of months. If you are interested in being a part of this historic event, send your contact information to info@VisitAthensAL.com. The Limestone Committee will be in touch with you soon.

By: Teresa Todd – Athens-Limestone County Tourism Director
100 N. Beaty Street
Athens, AL. 35611
256-232-5411
Teresa@VisitAthensAL.com

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8-19-2016 9-43-46 AMIt is the beginning of the school year, and it is another opportunity for teachers, students, parents, grandparents, friends and businesses to “build our blueberries.” What in the world does that mean? The title of this edition of Ronnie comes from a story known as “the blueberry story” told in a book entitled, Schools Cannot Do It Alone, by Jamie Vollmer. The subtitle is Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools. I sat for a few minutes in the Mayor’s office and read it.

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The “blueberry story” is a humbling tale told by Mr. Vollmer, wherein he endeavored to simplistically suggest to a group of teachers that adopting a standard business model for today’s schools is the answer to all their “production” problems. By way of context, Mr. Vollmer produces ice cream, and a teacher challenged him for using the analogy of the quality of blueberries shipped to the ice cream factory that ultimately will go into Mr. Vollmer’s product. The exchange went something like this:

“Mr. Vollmer, when….you see…those blueberries do not meet your triple A standards, what do you do?”

“I send them back.”

“That’s right! You send them back. We can never send back the blueberries our suppliers send us. We take them big, small, rich, poor, hungry, abused, confident, curious, homeless, frightened, rude, creative, violent, and brilliant. We take them of every race, religion, and ethnic background. We take them with head lice, ADHD, and advanced asthma. We take them with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, English as their second language, and who knows how much lead in their veins. We take them all, Mr. Vollmer! Every one! And that’s why it’s not a business. It’s school.”

To his credit, Jamie Vollmer has learned much since that exchange, and Ronnie has heard him speak. He has also spoken with Jamie briefly, and highly recommends the book for anyone in the private sector who wants to be a “triple A blueberry builder.”

After I read the “blueberry story,” Mayor Ronnie said, “Here’s what we have. On one hand, there is a kid named Ryan who got a 35 on his ACT and would have liked to have done better, and on the other, we have kids for whom school is the best part of the day. So the question is, ‘How do we build our blueberries?’”

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We discussed the fact that from some quarters, teachers are being asked to be the parents, provide apprenticeships, and essentially function as the cook, the counselor, and the coach. They are spread thin, and, as the book title reiterates, “Schools can’t do it alone.” We need to “build our blueberries” if we want to leave our town in good shape after we are long gone.

We talked some about the role of businesses as Partners in Education, and he said, “I am so glad they are involved.” However, what he wanted to convey the most is “how much we appreciate our teachers.” He has been in the classroom, and so have I, but it was a long time ago, and it was not with the kinds of challenges our teachers are facing today.

“I am especially thankful for the role the Dr. Sisk and Dr. Holladay and the School Boards have had with the new Career Technical Center,” he said. “They are creating an atmosphere for success.” He also talked about the fact that the year was fresh, and the students are excited. “I feel good about our schools,” he said.

We both know that there is always room to improve them, and to that end we prayed. Then it was time for Ronnie to roll.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

8-19-2016 8-58-45 AMAs many of you are well aware, the misspelling of Vietnam on the Monument has been a source of contention for some time now, however thanks to our generous community this will soon be remedied. This time we want to make sure that it is correct, I have been doing some research and have put together a list of names that either are on the monument and should not be, are not on the monument but really should be, and a couple I am still trying to find information about. The following is what I have put together from several different sources, if you have any information about the following individuals it would be greatly appreciated, we just want to make sure we honor our heroes properly.

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Once again, if you have information on any of the individuals above that could help, it would be appreciated. If you know of anyone who is not listed here but should be, please let me know that also. Contact me at the Veteran’s Museum, 256-771-7578.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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8-5-2016 11-24-38 AMAPPRECIATION: (noun) gratitude, thankful recognition

KALB recently hosted an Appreciation Breakfast for our volunteer Commission and Board members, faithful friends, and financial supporters.

Our purpose was to make sure each person present recognizes the value we place on their partnership, and understands exactly what the return is on their time, in-kind, financial, and other support. Success is not always measured in dollars. We measure our success on what is accomplished with the dollars we are given. That success can only happen with community volunteer support.
When KALB measures our success using THAT yardstick, we are rich indeed!

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Leigh Patterson, KALB office manager, and I talk frequently about how much we appreciate and love our volunteers. The KALB Commission consists of volunteer board members who oversee the organization. These men and women are the foundation that keeps KALB on solid ground. Volunteer board members also make things happen through our Athens-Limestone Beautification Board and the Athens-Limestone Recycling Board.

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Even with these wonderful board members, there is so much more KALB accomplishes with community volunteer help. Here are some numbers from our last fiscal year that make us proud:

965 = Number of Volunteers
5,002 = Total Volunteer Hours
$100,000+ = Value of Volunteers in Dollars (using nationally-accepted value determined by Independent Sector)
18,000 lbs. = Trash Removed from Roadsides and River
3,217 lbs. = Recycled Materials Sorted from Trash

So, what do KALB volunteers do? EVERYTHING!

8-5-2016 11-25-22 AMOur fiscal year begins in October and we hit the ground running! It takes close to 100 volunteers to provide Clean and Green Event services to the Old Time Fiddlers Convention. You will find KALB volunteers handing out litter bags at the gates, picking up litter, providing opportunities for guests and vendors, and providing final cleanup the Sunday after the event.

Each year, in a cooperative effort with Limestone County 4H, KALB staff and volunteers visit every 5th and 6th grade classroom in Limestone County and Athens City schools. This allows KALB to reach nearly 1,500 students in 68 classrooms with a message of environmental stewardship. We also provide presentations for all age groups from preschool to adult in a variety of setting.
Sixty volunteers arrived early one April morning ready and willing to help clean up the Elk River. This year’s cleanup was another huge success, thanks to the men, women, and children who cared enough to make a difference where they could.

8-5-2016 11-25-31 AMOur Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO took place on April 30th. We could not have pulled it off without a large number of volunteers, some of whom were willing to stay from set up to tear down. They must truly believe in what the event hopes to accomplish, which is helping our community members of every age understand how their personal actions affect the local environment through exhibits, games, and hands-on activities.

There are so many more projects and activities within the KALB organization that offer volunteer opportunities, including our seedling giveaway, roadside cleanups, Adopt-A-Spot, Clean Campus program, our fundraisers, and more.

KALB volunteers come from all walks of life, come in all shapes and sizes, and range from youth to seniors. There is a place for everyone in the KALB organization. Come and discover how you can get involved. We promise you will be appreciated.

When you work with wonderful people, work does not feel like work at all.
By: Lynne Hart

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8-5-2016 11-16-27 AMAug 5th – 6th — Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days. Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Grounds, Elkton Road, Athens, AL. Come celebrate farm life and the mechanization that feeds America. A 20-mile tractor ride thru the countryside on Friday departing at 10 am. Full concessions including pinto beans and corn bread. Tickets: $5 per person. Children 10 years old and under are admitted free. Parking is free.

Aug 5th & 6th — 23rd Annual Police Reserve Rodeo. John Barnes Park 26425 Hamlett Street, Ardmore, TN. It’s rodeo time in Ardmore! The show gets underway at 8:00PM each night. Advanced tickets are now on sale at Ardmore Police Dept. or from any Ardmore Police Officer or Reserve Officer. Advance prices for age 13 & up $12.00, Kids 6-12 are $8, and 5 and under are free.

Aug 5th — 2nd Annual Friday Night Singing.
Mt. Carmel Church of Christ, 7805 U.S. Highway 72W, Athens, AL. Join the congregation for this annual singing event at 7:00PM. Finger foods will be served afterwards. www.MtCarmelChurchofChrist.org

Aug 6th — Coffee Call.
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. All veterans and their families are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans at 8:00AM. Contact 256-771-7578.

Aug 6th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 6th — Cruise In. Downtown Athens, AL. Bring your hot rod, motorcycle, truck or unique vehicle and park on the square to share your love of automobiles with other enthusiast from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Shop the boutiques and store and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

Aug 6th — 2nd Annual Athens-Limestone Homebuilders Assn. Clay Shoot. Limestone County Hunting Preserve, 28755 Coggins Road Ardmore, AL. Come support the AL Homebuilders Assn. and shoot Clays. $550.00 per 4-man team. For more information: Keith Griffin 256-777-3633 or Bobby Nixon 256-777-2538.
Aug 6th — El Opry Present Live. El Opry 24861 Airport Road Athens, AL. All ages are invited to rock the night away with Thrones of Eden, Echoes of Creation, Tomorrowz End, Ash of Eden and Waves. Tickets are $5.00 Doors open 6:00PM, Show at 7:00PM.

Aug 7th — 4th Annual Higher Learning Back To School Fashion Show. Limestone County Courthouse Downtown Athens, AL. Come check out the latest in school fashion and urban street wear at 4:30PM hosted by WEUP and LaShayB and Radar Men. Gwapp Boyz and comedy show with Jarret Collier. Advanced tickets are $7.00; At the door $10.00.

Aug 8th — Limestone County Master Gardeners Monthly Meeting. Limestone County Extension Office, 1109 West Market Street Athens, AL. Join the Master Gardeners from 12:30-1:00PM for social time followed by guest speaker Susan Webb on “How to Speak Hosta.” For more information: Janet Hunt 256-614-3530.

Aug 12th — Fridays After Five Athens. Downtown Athens, AL. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, arts, antiques, music and more as the doors stay open later.

Aug 13th — Ardmore Car Show. John Barnes Park, Ardmore Ridge Road, Ardmore, TN. Join the Ardmore Quarterback Club for one of the Southeast largest and most anticipated car shows of the year from 10:00AM-3:00PM. Funds from the car show go to the help the athletic needs of area schools and teams. Grand Prize Car: 1959 Thunderbird. Cash and prizes. Live music. Spectator Admission: $5.00; Family Admission: $15.00; Children 12 and under admitted free. http://khanitech.com/ardmorecarshow/

Aug 13th — Athens Saturday Markets- Tomato Sandwich Day.
Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans and a special southern treat: Tomato Sandwiches. Activities for the kids. Live music with Copeland Road. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 13th — Safari at the SportsPlex. Athens SportsPlex, U.S. Highway 31 Athens, AL. Calling all disc golfers for this PDGA B tier event. $500.00 added to the Pro division. Best Score Doubles. Participants and their partner must be PDGA rated for the division entered. Non-PDGA members will pay an additional $10.00 entry fee. www.pdga.com/tour/event/28556

Aug 14th — Yoga at the Gulf. Newby Gulf Station, 125 East Street Athens, AL. Don’t run out of gas. Come to the Gulf. This is a public yoga event hosted by Delisa Simpson. Yoga from 6:00PM-7:00PM and all are welcomed. Donations are encouraged.

Aug 15th — Vietnam Veterans Spaghetti Lunch/Dinner. Vietnam Veterans Chapter 511 Post, 17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL. Join the VVA Chapter 511 for an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti meal including salad, garlic bread, dessert, and beverage for $7.00. Chose lunch from 11:00AM-1:00PM, or dinner from 5:00PM-7:00PM, or both!

Aug 19th – Chamber Sporting Clays Tournament.
Limestone County Hunting Preserve, 28755 Coggins Road Ardmore, AL. Come support the Greater Chamber of Commerce and enjoy a morning of Clay shooting, 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon. $550.00 per 4-man team. For more information: call 256-232-2600

Aug 19th — Singing on the Square. Athens State University Athens, AL. Join the Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick GMC for the final concert of the 2016 concert series. Bring your lawn chairs for this free concert starting at 6:30PM with fan favorite Athens State Community Band. For more information: www.visitathensal.com

Aug 20th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 20th — Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for 9/11 Heroes Run. Alabama Veterans Museum, 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL. Join the Alabama Veterans Museum from 8:00AM-10:00AM for a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast to support the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run. $5.00 for all you can eat. For more information: 256-771-7578

Aug 20th — 2016 North Alabama Beekeepers’ Symposium. Calhoun Community College, 6250 U.S. Highway 31, Decatur, AL. The North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium sponsored by the Limestone County Beekeepers Association will be held at Calhoun Community College in Tanner AL (near Decatur, AL). www.lcbees.com/

Aug 25th — Senior Lunch Matinee Show. Yesterday’s Event Center, 15631 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL. Join Yesterday’s for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring the award-winning Southern Splendor Chorus with their Barbershop sound. Doors open 10:30AM, event begins 11:00AM and show time 12:00PM with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking available. Cancellation fee may apply. Pre-reservation required, send reservation email to: Info@YesterdaysEvents.com.

Aug 27th — Athens Saturday Markets. Limestone Co Farmers Market Pavilion, 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to 12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music — Hew Tyler will be playing an acoustic show at the Pavillion from 9am-Noon. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

Aug 27th — Elkmont Band Booster 6th Annual Car Show.
Elkmont High School, 25630 Evans Avenue, Elkmont, AL. Elkmont Band Booster’s annual car show is a fundraiser for the Elkmont High School Band from 10:00AM-2:00PM. $20.00 registration fee for cars – includes entry for 2 people. Admission is $5.00; Ages 10 and under free. Concessions, vendors, prizes and more.

Aug 27th — Light up the Night Charity 5K. Athens Bible School, 507 Hoffman Street Athens, AL. Come join the Athens Bible School at 7:00PM for the 3rd annual Light Up the Night Charity 5K and Fun Run, presented by Bankston Motor Homes. Runners will weave through the historic district of Athens, AL following luminarias to mark the course and wearing anything that glows. Information and registration, visit www.athensbibleschool.org/giving/lightupthenight5k.cfm
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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7-16-2016 10-20-30 AMOur fall catalog is almost ready for the printers and will be in mail boxes soon. We have a full schedule of professional and career courses, lots of leisure options, and there are travel options available, too.

August will kick off with the Accounting CPE Forum on Friday, August 5, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. This course includes two sessions beginning with Interpreting Financial Statements: A Review of the New SSARS 21, followed by the Tax Update. The Review of SSARS 21 features such topics as implementing SSARS 21 during the busy season, engagement letter best practices, and FASB ASU updates. The Tax Update will include an overview of individual and small business tax considerations. This course is approved for six hours of CPE credits, including 3.5 in Accounting and Auditing. The fee for this course is $150.

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In August, we will also be taking registrations for the online course, Chris Biffle Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Children. In this course, participants examine an effective, multi-level yearlong classroom management system based on cutting edge learning research. Teachers will learn how to engage students in lessons that involve seeing, hearing, doing, speaking, and feeling. Participants will study the key design elements of a Whole Brain Teaching Model Classroom. This approach fosters critical thinking skills, and nurtures individual student improvement, both academically and socially. The class is scheduled September 12 – December 12. The fee is $150. More information is on our website – www.athens.edu/cll. Be sure to sign up by September 9.

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NEW! This fall CLL is offering the Bible Studies Certificate Course, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation. Using the book, Reading Responsibly: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation, this series of eight classes will focus on two key areas: methods and ethics of interpretation. The discussion will center on methods commonly used by biblical scholars in the study of the Bible, and will focus on historical and literary aspects of biblical interpretation. Everyone is welcome to come to the discussions each month. This class is a non-demoninational academic study. Those students who attend all eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Each session is $5. Classes are held once a month, on the first Tuesday, beginning August 2, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The textbook is available at the Athens State Book Store.

7-16-2016 10-20-49 AMThe facilitator for this course is Dr. Tony L. Moyers, author of the textbook and a professor of religion at Athens State University. He received his Ph.D. in biblical studies from Baylor University. Professor Moyers did additional graduate work at Vanderbilt University, and is the author of The Moral Life: Obligation and Affirmation.

Back to school is just around the corner, and we are ready for you to learn. For more information about these classes or the rest of the catalog, you can watch the web site – www.athens.edu – or call us at 256-233-8260.

You can also get up-to-date information from our social media site. Like us on Facebook at Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University. You can also tweet or follow us at CLL at Athens State on Twitter or Instagram.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

See you in the schoolyard.

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Julian Rojas Taylor describes himself as a first generation American, and was born and raised in New Jersey. His father was tragically killed while visiting his homeland of Peru when Julian was very small. Julian’s mom remarried, his stepfather adopted him, and Julian, who most often goes by James, took his stepdad’s last name. Both his mother and stepfather served in the US Army, and James laughs as he describes their shock when he decided to become a Marine. That friendly rivalry and banter continue to this day. James’ family had ties to Alabama, and moved here 26 years ago to work at Redstone Arsenal. He graduated from a private Christian school in the area.

After his stint with the Marines and an honorable discharge as a Sergeant, James found himself following an unusual path, and used the discipline he developed in the Corps to immerse himself in the educational and developmental rigors of the complicated world of the performance arts. He studied in New York as well as Los Angeles, and has performed in more than 50 films, in music videos, on stage, and has written plays, as well as a substantive 350 page autobiography. His work ethic is daunting, and he has a unique business here in Athens called Hole in the Wall Educational Studio, located in a loft above Grand Central on Jefferson Street. “Actually,” he said, “it is more accurate to call it an educational studio, rather than an acting studio, because much more is taught there than acting.” Hole in the Wall is a division of James’ umbrella organization, called TBC Enterprises, which has a division that supplies local theatres with set production, a film production company, a writing service, and more.

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His vision for Hole in the Wall is to take kids and young adults who have had no previous acting experience from what is called, “page to stage.” Rather than produce plays, which for most young actors function as the equivalent of recitals, he wants to operate as a conduit to supply other production companies with young, well-trained actors who can both soar with creativity as well as function in the required realms of discipline that are necessary to succeed in the art of performance.

James says, “I am a Marine, and that makes me a no-malarkey kind of person, but that doesn’t mean I am rigid and rule-oriented. What I am teaching is an art form, and art does not follow rules, but rather guidelines.” I can say from having talked with James at length that he does indeed possess a great sense of humor, and as a person myself who has always enjoyed from a distance the craft of film making in particular, I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him and hearing his story.

He wants to bring the quality of training and production found most notably in New York and Los Angeles to Athens, but without the pollution. By “pollution,” he means far more than the portrayal and/or practice of poor morals, he means the lack of personal foundation in general that results in the overthrow of one’s soul.

7-16-2016 9-18-20 AMI asked him to pretend that I was a single mom with a son who is starting to go down a wrong path and was considering having my son come to Hole in the Wall as a means of interacting with a healthy role model. For my $20 per session, which is more than reasonable, what could I expect? “To learn that acting is about psychological and emotional control,” he said. I replied with a chuckle, “You mean discipline, Marine?” He responded with, “Exactly! Most people think that acting is just about letting your emotions out and doing a convincing job with your lines, but it’s not. It is so much more than that.”

I then asked him to imagine the end of a perfect day at Hole in the Wall, and he described it as, “A timid, red-haired young woman just had a breakthrough, the ‘scene work took root,’ it was like jazz–there was ‘improv’ as well as structure.”

This summer James had a presentation at the Athens-Limestone Public Library as part of their Summer Reading program. Its purpose was to introduce acting, Hole in the Wall as well as TBC Enterprises, to the community. He used the topic of sports for his platform. His next session at the Library will be on September 6th at noon, and his topic will be “The Art of Acting, the Human Spirit, and You.” TBC Enterprises, LLC is currently in talks with the Athens City School System about a possible future partnership to help grow the Arts in Athens, and the students of the school system are likely to get to know James better as the new school year progresses. For more information on classes which are now forming, as well as other ways James can serve you, go to www.tbcenterprises.com, or contact James at 256-874-2795.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

7-1-2016 2-09-26 PMThere is so much talk about regarding mosquitoes these days, especially with the threat of the Zika virus. Currently, all cases of Zika in the U.S. have been acquired during travel outside of the country; however, concern over disease-carrying (vector) mosquitoes has increased.

According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, there are about 60 different species of mosquitoes in Alabama. Some carry disease (vectors), some are nuisance species (bloodsuckers, but not vectors), and some are beneficial species. The beneficial mosquitoes actually feed on the “bad” mosquito larvae helping reduce their numbers.
To most of us, a mosquito is a mosquito, period. So how can we control mosquitoes around out home? The Extension Office offers these tips:
• Get rid of anything on your property that will hold water, such as tires, tin cans, bottles, tubs, etc.
• Clean roof gutters and drain flat roofs.
• Stock ornamental pools with mosquito-larvae-eating fish.
• Change the water in birdbaths, fountains, and troughs at least twice a week.
• Use plants that attract other insects such as dragonflies and certain aquatic beetles that feed on mosquito larvae.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and empty them when not regularly used.
• Drain standing water and turn over unused wading pools and other containers that collect rainwater.
• Cover rain barrels with window screen to keep mosquitoes out.

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Chemical-Free Answer

Pesticides can be harmful to mosquitoes’ predators as well as the mosquitoes. There is one chemical-free method of defense against pesky mosquitoes: bats. I know some of you immediately thought about rabies and tangled hair!

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The truth is, bats are gentle creatures. If you leave them alone and let them fill their bellies with the bugs that bug you, they won’t be interested in you at all. If a bat ever does look like it’s aiming for your head, you probably have a bug flying near you that it wants for dinner. Scientists have tried to get bats to get into human hair without any success.

Bats groom daily and are very clean. Less than half of 1% of all bats actually have rabies. You are more likely to contract rabies from an unvaccinated dog or cat. However, that certainly doesn’t mean you should handle them. As with any wild animal, you must use caution and common sense.

Bats are incredible creatures and one of the most beneficial animals around! One small brown bat can feast on up to 1,200 insects in one summer night – 8,400 in one week and 36,000 in one month! Can you imagine what a family of bats could do to help reduce mosquitoes on your property?

Farmers love bats! They will feast on the insects that can cause damage to crops which helps reduce the cost of insecticides.

The next time you see a bat flying across the evening sky, remember those 1,200 mosquitoes that will be history by morning. Try to see them in a more positive light. Bats truly are misunderstood creatures.

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By: Lynne Hart

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