7-1-2016 2-04-03 PMThe fun the kids have been waiting for since last year arrives with the Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival at 309 East Forrest Street in Athens is back! Now through July 30th, the kids can come out on Thursday through Saturday and enjoy the carnival from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. The Kiddie Carnival will be closed on July 4th so that workers may enjoy the festivities with their families.
On July 1st our Summer Concert Series continues with Glenn Hall and DJs and Friends at the Vietnam Veterans Bldg 17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL. Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick – GMC bring you this great oldies concert at no charge. It begins at 6:00PM. Be sure to bring your lawn chair as there are a limited number of chairs. For more information, visit www.visitathensal.com/3/singin-on-the-square.htm

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Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL has their monthly Coffee Call July 2nd. 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 for more information.
Later, head to the Downtown Square to see the Cars and Trucks at the monthly 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 stores, and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

The July 4th Athens Firework Show will be held at Athens High School Stadium 100 U.S. Highway 31N Athens, AL. The sky above the Athens High School Stadium (no seating in stadium) will be filled with a colorful display of fireworks after the sun has gone down. Location and directions: From Interstate 65: Take Exit 354 south and travel three traffic lights. Location on left. Parking is available at adjacent businesses along U.S. Highway 31. Spectators can bring blankets and chairs to sit outside the stadium and around the Athens Recreation Center and Swan Creek Park areas. Weather conditions permitting, the show will start at dark, which should be between 8:45 to 9 p.m. Central Church of Christ next to the Athens High School stadium on U.S. 31 will host the 4th of July Community Cook-Out, which is free and open to the public. Starting at 6 p.m., the church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks as long a supplies last. The band “Dean” will perform at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be cornhole tournament, face painting, games and activities for the children.

Spirit of Athens begins their Fridays After Five on July 8th in Downtown Athens. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, arts, antiques, music and more as the doors stay open later. Come out and join us on the second Friday of each month (July – October) for Fridays After Five in downtown Athens.
On Jul 9th Athens Saturday Market comes alive at the Limestone County Farmers Market Pavilion 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music. AthensSaturdayMarket.com

The next Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre will be held on July 9th at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning “Chief Cheese” Tasia Malakasis and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5 Course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two Seating options: 5:30PM and 7:30PM. Cost is $75/person. To view their menu or make a reservation go to www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tours-events/saturday-suppers-2/

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To complement the Kiddie Carnival, the Donnell House will be staying open Jul 14th, 15th & 16th for Family Fun Days at the Donnell House. Donnell House 601 North Clinton Street Athens, AL. The historic Donnell House will be open for families to enjoy each evening from 4:00PM-6:00PM for free.
We will be glad to tell you more about beautiful Limestone County. Visit our website at www.VisitAthensAL.com email – info@VisitAthensAL.com call 256-232-5411.
“We have what you love about the South!”

By: Teresa Todd
Athens-Limestone County Tourism President
100 Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611

6-18-2016 11-17-44 AMFor the past two weeks, the Center for Lifelong Learning has been hosting summer camps for children.

Last week there was an archery camp for 8 to 12 year olds. The Archery Camp focused on form and shooting. More than that, the kids learned range safety, eye dominance, and how to set up a shooting range. All of the equipment was provided so kids could come and try archery for the first time. Camp was limited to 20 students, and it maxed out.

This week we have kids in Decatur and in Athens. In Decatur, Ancient Art camp is at the Alabama Center for the Arts. This camp is for 5-7 year olds. They explored cave drawings, investigated hieroglyphs, and even uncover lost civilizations. It was a time for creativity.

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The Athens camp, “From Cows to Cotton,” was an exploration of farming. The kids went on field trips every day. Monday, the kids went to the Farmers Co-op. They picked out plants for their garden. We want to thank the folks at the Farmers Coop, John Curtis and Amy Wright, for their help. After the Co-op, the kids went to the extension office to find information about how to plant their new plants. Susan Smith and Camilla Greene were very helpful. They shared pamphlets and talked to the kids about the services they offer.

On Tuesday, the kids enrolled in “From Cows to Cotton” went to visit Mr. Darryl Adams’ cows. Mrs. Wynell Britton helped us find the farm and told the kids about all the things cows provide for us, like, leather, glue, meat, milk and so much more. Mr. Adams let the kids pet on some of the tamer cows and told the kids about moving the cows between the pastures. It was an exciting morning. But that was not the end of it; after visiting the cows, the kids went to Isom’s Orchard. There they were treated with a chance to pick their own peaches!

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There are more camps coming at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Next week will feature Stop Motion Animation, ages 8-13 and Smart Photography, ages 10 and up.

July 28-30, we will host the CSI Camp. This camp is for 11-12th grade and college students. The camp is an exploration of forensics – blood, bones, and handwriting. Camp is scheduled from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Even though the month is over, that does not end the camp opportunities. The month of July we will host five more camps – July 11-15, from 9:00am – 12:00pm; Chess, ages 8-12, Art Explorers, ages 8-12, and Ancient Art, ages 12 and up. July 18-22, from 1:00-4:00pm we will host the Great Brick Adventure for ages 5-13.

Check out the website – www.athens.edu/CLL – or give us a call at 256-233-8262.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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Betty Buckley is a happy woman born in the South, raised in the North, and finally made it back home. She is one of the most positive, joyful people I have ever met. If I were given just one word to describe her, it would be either “unsinkable,” or “irrepressible.” Born in Hammond, VA in 1948, Betty grew up in a solid Midwestern home, and her father was the first to come down to Athens for work. Her mom soon followed, as did the rest of the family, and Athens is most definitely home. She did spend close to 30 years in Florida with her husband and raising her kids, but eventually everybody ended up here. “They came in waves,” she says of her tribe.

Betty married at the age of 15, and said with a twinkle in her eye, “I didn’t have to, either. It was just that back in 1963, that was pretty common, and really, all I ever wanted to be was a wife and mom. And, I stayed married to the same man!” I have a feeling that she was great in those most important roles, and when her kids were school age, she worked in the Yumatilla, FL school system as a teacher’s assistant, and got so good at it, that when a woman with whom she had worked was ill, the school specifically contacted her to take the class for a full month. The teacher said that she wouldn’t trust anyone else with her kids.

She lived in England for 5 years, has had a fascinating life, and then the time came when her full time occupation was caring for her mother until she passed. I asked her if she was with her mom at that moment, and her face shone as she said, “Oh, yes, we all were, and I know where she is.” Such are the many gifts when a family that loves each other is present for a “home going.” She told me that one of the blessings of having to become such an excellent caregiver for her mom was that it prepared her to face her own health challenges, which has been a pretty substantial undertaking. She has had rare, complex and extensive problems with her aorta, and really shouldn’t still be here, according to the statistics. “But, I have a job to do,” she said again with that infectious smile, and while she is currently still in a wheelchair, she is determined to walk again.

She raves about the care that she has gotten at Athens Rehab, and she has been here since March 31st. She was in a different facility, and on the last possible day of her care contract, a place opened up at Athens Rehab. “This is where I wanted to be. Everyone has been ‘super-duper.’ When I saw Washington Street from my window, I knew I was going to be ok.” The day we met, she had just gotten the news that an apartment had opened up which is exactly where she wanted to live, and her son and the rest of the family will be helping. I asked her if there was anyone she especially wanted to acknowledge at the Center, and she said, like the good mom she is, “Oh, yes. I already told them when I found out we were going to be doing this article. I didn’t want anyone to be left out, so what I am going to say here, is, ‘You know who you are.’”

We moved on to favorites.
Favorite Color? “Blue-green, or peacock. I like blue, I like green, so ‘peacock’ works best.”
Favorite food? “Spaghetti, my recipe I learned when I was a kid. It’s simple, and so good.”
Favorite movie? “Gone With The Wind.”
Favorite book? Not surprisingly, “Gone With The Wind.”
Favorite actor and actress? “Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.”
Favorite scripture? John 3:16. “I grew up in Camp Meetings and Vacation Bible School, and loved them.”
Favorite song? “Onward Christian Soldiers, and the Old Rugged Cross.” We took a couple of moments to sing, “And the Cross made the difference for me” before we moved on.
Favorite President? “JFK.”
Biggest change in her lifetime? “For good or bad, I would have to say the Internet.”
Advice to young people? “Appreciate everything you have, and everyone you know.”

Words of wisdom from a joyful warrior. And Miss Betty, we wish you the very best in your new place.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

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This Spring, all of Athens celebrated as the new City Hall building was completed, moved into, and ready for business. One of the challenges that accompanied the project was the extended closing of North Marion Street, which made access to Drucilla’s Restaurant much more challenging. Now that traffic is flowing freely again, Drucilla’s is celebrating by announcing a special “Grand Reopening” event to be held on June 10th and 11th. It is a reservations-only Victorian Supper by Candlelight, and Chef Angela McClure will be preparing a lovely 4 course meal for the occasion.

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We’ll talk a bit more about all that Drucilla’s has to offer, as well as Chef Angela’s fascinating background, but for now, a bit of history for those of you who are not familiar with Drucilla’s. It is beautifully situated in a wonderful house located at 300 North Marion, in the historical section of Athens. It is named after Olna Drucilla Bullington, who taught both at Piney Chapel and Ardmore, and she was the grandmother of the owner, Carol Holland. Drucilla was a great cook, and taught Carol both to love cooking and do it well. Carol is a native of Athens, got her engineering degree from UAH, and for 35 years she worked for the Department of Defense as an Industrial Systems Engineer. She retired, and when the house on Marion became available in 2014, she knew this was the place where she would be able to realize her lifelong dream of being a restaurateur. She was already familiar with the house, (known as the Manse,) as her brother went to school with the boys who used to live there, and she knew it would be the perfect place to launch Drucilla’s.

6-6-2016 10-37-23 AMThe house was built in 1901 as the Manse (or parsonage) of the Presbyterian Church, and since then has sheltered both families and businesses. It has been beautifully maintained, and has leaded windows that cast rainbows on the walls when the sun shines through. It boasts the high ceilings of the day, has two fireplaces, and is furnished cheerfully with brightly colored tablecloths as well as an eclectic assortment of antique tables and chairs, which Carol loves to arrange so that each place offers a different chair in which to sit. The daily menu could be described as being “Southern Eclectic,” and the “you choose” theme is reflected there as well. All the Southern standards from chicken salad, banana pudding, home-made pies and yeast rolls, to quiche and Poulet Normandie, (a French chicken dish) are available, and Carol has been able to hold to her hope of keeping lunch for two under $20.

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Drucilla’s has another special feature which I have thoroughly enjoyed, and that is their high teas. They are custom designed; you get to pick your tea cup, tea pot, and flavors of tea for your event.” They include all the elements of a “proper English tea,” including scones, tarts, dill sandwiches, and more. They start at $9.95 and go up to $19.95, and the kitchen needs a 24-hour notice so they can custom design and display your wishes. Drucilla’s is a perfect place for bridal or baby showers, family reunion dinners, small weddings, and catering is a big part of their array of services. If you work in the downtown Athens area, they will also deliver lunch to you.

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Now, for Montgomery native Chef Angela McClure and the collaborative effort that will pull off the Victorian Candlelight Suppers with aplomb. Angela could be described as a true “Southern renaissance woman,” holds a law degree, has worked at 5 star restaurants in North Alabama, is nearly finished with her culinary arts certification from Drake State, and will be spending next summer in France learning haute cuisine from a French Master Chef. Oh, and did I mention that she owns and breeds champion racehorses, breeds and shows rottweilers, and is a licensed dog groomer? She grooms Carol’s Shih Tzus, and that’s how they met. She especially loves to create fabulous meat dishes, and for the special supper, one of the entrees will be a layered filet mignon with fresh accompaniments which has been aptly named “Steak Drucilla.” As a matter of course, Carol loves to feature local produce as much as possible, everything will be homemade, and all of it is going to come together for a memorable meal to celebrate their Grand Reopening.

There simply is no restaurant in Athens that can offer the combination of a superbly crafted meal set in a beautiful historic home, and Drucilla’s would love to invite you to make your reservations today for an evening you’ll never forget. Serving will start at 5:30 pm, and the kitchen will close at 8:30 pm both nights.
300 North Marion Street
Athens, AL, 35611
Hours: M-F 10:30-2
Facebook: Drucilla’s
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

6-7-2016 8-53-01 AMKeep Athens-Limestone Beautiful promotes a healthy environment. Part of creating a healthy environment is to promote healthy living. Our Duck & Run 5K and Fun Run not only raises funds for KALB projects and programs, it also promotes healthy activity.

I’d like to introduce you to our Duck & Run 5K and Fun Run Race Coordinator. Eric Patterson has been running for 9 years, and is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the sport of running. More 5Ks than we can count have seen Eric pass the finish line. He finished the 2011 Boston Marathon, several 50K races, a 50-mile run, including finishing a 26.2 mile marathon in less than 3 hours.

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Eric and his wife, Leigh (our office manager), have been coordinating our Duck & Run event for 7 years. They took over from Tanjie Schrimsher, who created the event and started it on the road to success in 2004.

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The 2016 Duck & Run will be held on Saturday, September 17th. Runners will gather and start the race at Big Spring Memorial Park (the duck pond) in Athens. The race takes runners through historic neighborhoods and around the Courthouse Square, then back to Big Spring Memorial Park.
This race is a fundraiser for Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. We are a free-standing 501(c)3 nonprofit and must raise almost half of our annual budget through fundraisers, memberships, donations, and sponsorships.

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That’s OK! If running a 5K is on your bucket list, there is a program just for you. Eric leads a 5K Training Program through the City of Athens Parks and Recreation Department to help beginners work up to participation in a 5K (3.1 mile) race. Eric is a native of Limestone County, a member of the Fleet Feet Racing Team, and a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach.
“Many people try to train on their own,” Eric Patterson said. “Some are successful. However, training with a group increases accountability and increases the chance that you will stick to it and meet your goals.” No previous running experience is necessary, but please check with your physician prior to starting any exercise program.

A Success Story

Our own Leigh Patterson was diagnosed with diabetes about 6 months ago. Leigh began making lifestyle changes, including participating in her husband’s running program. “I changed my diet, but that alone was not enough,” said Leigh. “I started training with Eric’s 5K group, and in 10 weeks I literally came from the couch to finishing a 5K. I could not have done this without the constant encouragement of the group. I would have quit on my own.” Not only did she complete the 5K, but she has lost weight and her blood sugars are back under control.

Registration – 5K Training Program

Registration is currently open through June 30th. Kickoff meeting is July 7th and training will begin July 11th. Register for this training program through the City of Athens Parks and Recreation Department at 256-233-8740. For more information about the program, contact Eric Patterson at ericdpatterson@yahoo.com.

Registration for Duck & Run 5K and Fun Run
Registration is now open. Early registration is $20. Late and race day registration is $25. KALB members can receive a $5 discount when showing their current membership card. Visit www.KALBCares.com and click on the EVENTS tab for information and registration for this race.
By: Lynne Hart

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5-20-2016 11-43-59 AMI have never understood why anyone would say “Happy Memorial Day.” To me, there is nothing at all “happy” about our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Hard to believe the year has gone by, and it is time once again to honor our fallen at our annual Memorial Day “Laying Of The Wreath” ceremony.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Lieutenant General David L. Mann, Commanding General USASMDC/ARSTRAT. LTG David L. Mann assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense in August 2013.

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He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Gettysburg College after graduating from Millersville University in 1981. He has served in a variety of command and staff assignments, both in the continental United States and overseas. Most recently, he served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, KY. Before that he served as the Commanding General, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, a theater-level air and missile defense (AMD) organization responsible for executing global operations in support of the Combatant Commands (COCOMs). Additional command assignments include: Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY., where elements of the battalion deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian; Brigade Commander, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; and as the Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Previous staff assignments include: Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, GA.; Battalion Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery (BSFV/Stinger), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) where he deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of Joint Task Force 160; Operations Research and Systems Analysis Officer, Directorate of Program Analysis and Evaluation, Pentagon; Aide-de-Camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; Senior Planner with duty on the Operation Enduring Freedom Current Operations Team, the Joint Staff following the events of 9-11; Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Defense Artillery Center, Fort Bliss, TX.; and as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, KY.
LTG Mann holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (oak leaf cluster), Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiter Badge, and the Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.

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Our program will be held on Monday, May 30th at 11AM at the Limestone County Event Center. This year in addition to our ceremony, we will be providing lunch to our veterans and an opportunity for each of our service organizations to tell everyone what their organization is all about. We sincerely hope you will join us.
For further information call 256-771-7578.
By: Sandra Thompson, Director, Alabama Veterans’ Museum

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In 2015, in response to his own and others’ outrage over the execution of two New York cops while they were eating a quick bite in their patrol car, Jerry Barksdale started an organization called Together We Stand, Alabama. The purpose was, and is, to show our first responders that we are both grateful for and aware of the risks they take to protect us, and to show our support in any way we can.

People put blue light bulbs in the sockets of their porch lights to show solidarity with cops who were pulling the night watch. About 150 came out of the woodwork from all of North Alabama to raise money, design graphics, do advertising, organize entertainment, and the result was a beautiful meal held for our law enforcement personnel and their significant others in the Limestone County Event Center. The place was packed out, and I personally had the pleasure of “greeting and seating,” as well as seeing the gratitude on their faces as we showed our gratitude. The Mayor did several skits as his favorite alter-ego, Barney Fife, Chief Floyd Johnson had to handle being referred to as “Flossie” for awhile, City Councilman Chris Seibert was a biker, and even Adam and Eve were there. Jackie Greenhaw produced another fine show, the laughs were hearty, and the thanks were deep.

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What was particularly gratifying to me was that there was enough money collected and donated to do another event, and this time the honorees would be the First Responders who are connected with Fire, Rescue, Paramedics, EMTs, and Dispatch. While most of the time they do not have to be involved in stopping or preventing actual crime, they put their lives on the line, too, and fatalities are not unheard of in their line of work.

I had a chance to chat with Jerry Barksdale about the event, which is coming up on June 3rd. He had the following to say: “It is not just the police who rush to danger. Others, do too, and they deserve to be honored. I want the public to know that we are doing this for all the citizens of Athens Limestone County, representing them and saying thanks for them to all these brave men and women who deserve to hear it. If we had a place that could hold everyone who wants to come and say thanks, we would do that, but for now, we have to focus on our first responders and make sure they have an evening they will remember. We want them to know that we know what they do for us.”

Jerry also mentioned that he is gratified by the swell of support that started in 2015, and has continued on into this year. “We really didn’t know what would happen,” he said. “What started out as a way to support the men and women in blue grew to what it is today, and I am just glad that we can show the other First Responders how much we are behind them.”

These are the kinds of things that make me glad that I live in Athens, Alabama, and I want to thank all of you who are expressing your gratitude in such a grand and abundant manner. It is my joy to stand with you as you stand with all our First Responders, and we all stand together.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner

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5-6-2016 10-08-59 AMWhen it is May, it is time for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo. Come out to the Downtown Square and enjoy the Sheriff’s Rodeo Parade on May 14th. Line up at the Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena located at Highway 99 at 1pm. The Parade will take off around 2pm. The 34th Annual Rodeo Parade will feature our Queen Contestants along with our favorite Cowboys and Cowgirls. Along with the Limestone County Sheriff, Mike Blakely, will be our Grand Marshal, Allen Craig.

The Preston’s Rodeo Kickoff will be on May 15th at 5pm, with special fun for the young ones. The Rodeo Street Dance and Fashion Show will take place at 6pm on the Downtown Square on May 17th, with the Jeff Whitlow Country band performing. May 19th is the all team roping contest. Area elementary schools will reward their “Leader in Me” and “Reading Initiatives” participants with a field day to watch the “Slack” roping competition at 9am for free.

On May 20th at 10am, individuals with special needs will have the arena. A morning of roping, dancing, face-painting and a fun hay ride, followed by lunch for everyone who attends. Later in the evening will kick off our first night of the rodeo. Gates open at 6pm, and the Kids Gold Rush at 7pm and the events from Bronc Riding, Calf Roping to Steer Wrestling. On Saturday May 21st at noon, the Queen’s Luncheon will be held at the Limestone County Event Center. See part of the requirements our Queen contestants undergo to achieve the title of Miss Limestone Rodeo Queen. The Queen will be crowned Saturday night at the Rodeo in the arena before thousands of guests. The Queens range from 3 years of age to the 18-26 years of age division. Prizes in the senior division compete for a trophy saddle, custom belt buckle, a watch, scholarship money and so much more. Put this event on your calendar and come out to see “The Largest Outdoor Rodeo East of the Mississippi” with over $50,000 in prize money!

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Other events coming up in May include:

Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre on May 14th at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room located at 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road in Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning “Chief Cheese”, Tasia Malakasis, and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5 Course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two Seating options: 5:30PM and 7:30pm, $75/person. To view their menu or make reservations: www.bellechevre.com/creamery-tours-events/saturday-suppers-2/

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Also in Elkmont, you will be able to attend the Singer-Songwriters Night at The Red Caboose on May 14th at 25483 Railroad Street, Elkmont, AL. Join with friends from around the TN Valley at The Red Caboose for an evening of live music. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Admission is $25.00 and includes snacks. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, performers and directions: TheRedCaboose.net

Girl Scout Troop 1922 Pancake Fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s on May 21st at Highway 72E, Athens, AL. Join Girl Scout Troop 1922 from 8AM to 10AM for a tasty pancake breakfast. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.00 each, and the event features a bonus coupon for $3.00 off your next Applebee’s visit.

On May 21st, get ready to run the 5K Tiger Dash at Cedar Hill Elementary, located at 27905 Cedar Hill Road, Ardmore, AL. Race time is 7am and proceeds will benefit the Ardmore High School Cross Country/Track Team and Cedar Hill Elementary Physical Education Department. Awards for overall male and female as well as top three in each age division. Registration before May 1st is $20.00. After May 1st registration is $25.00. For more information, contact Brenda Morrow at brenda.morrow@lcsk12.org or download registration form at: www.ardmorehigh.org/

On May 27th, look for the Senior Lunch Matinee Show at Yesterday’s Event Center located at 15631 Brownsferry Road Athens, AL. Join Yesterdays for a complete lunch including drink and dessert for $11.00, and entertainment featuring Elvis Remembered starring Michael Dean. Doors open 10:30am. Event begins 11am and show time is at 12pm with a show length 60-75 minutes. Groups of all size welcome. Bus parking is available. Cancellation fee may apply. Pre-reservation required, send reservation email to:
Athens- Limestone County Tourism – 100 N. Beaty Street – 256-232-5411 – www.VisitAthensAL.com
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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The 34th annual Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo is just around the corner, and the “get ready” events have already begun.The program is being set for the publisher, T-shirt orders for all the Special Needs Rodeo participants are being processed, all the event and major sponsors have been secured, the Street Dance and Fashion Show are being planned, and committees of volunteers are receiving their instructions to complete a successful event. The Queen contestant applications are being processed, and in addition to all of the traditional goings on, the Sheriff’s Office staff and volunteers are making last minute plans for the biggest outdoor rodeo east of the Mississippi River.

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What began 33 years ago as a means to supplement the purchase of patrol cars for the sheriff’s office has now blossomed into a community event that is second to none. Teresa Todd, President of the Athens Limestone Tourism Association estimates the revenue impact from the rodeo at over a million dollars locally. “It is important to all of us as fans, visitors and competitors that come to Limestone County every year for the rodeo, shop in local stores, buy gasoline, stay in local motels, eat in local restaurants, and generally boost our entire economy. We strive to match that gift by producing a fun filled event packed with family entertainment and fierce competition in all of the rodeo events,” said Sheriff Blakely.

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Sheriff Blakely has always been a big fan of rodeo, even from his high school days when he would compete. “The rich tradition and values of rodeo are still alive in this community and are often relative to our parents’ teachings. Most of our parents taught us the same things that cowboys call the ‘Code Of The West’ to this day: ‘If it’s not yours, don’t take it; If it’s not true, don’t say it; If it’s not right, don’t do it.’ It is very humbling as an elected official to see this entire community support this event each and every year,” remarked Blakely.

This year the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo is returning to an IPRA sanctioned event. The International Professional Rodeo Association sanction will mean the cream of the crop in professional competitors will make a stop in Athens to earn points toward the International Finals in Oklahoma City, OK next January. IPRA President Dale Yerigan remarked “We sanction 350 rodeos a year and the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo will rank among the top 10 in prize money rodeos in the Nation. And Lone Star Rodeo Company will continue to produce a great rodeo with some of the most competitive stock on the circuit,” added Yerigan.

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If you have never attended the “Greatest Show on Dirt,” you should join us on May 20 or 21 and see what you have been missing. Your family will thoroughly enjoy themselves, and you will be positively impacting the success of local law enforcement.

And if you have never attended the Special Needs Rodeo, you owe it to yourself to see how your community rallies around a group of people to make sure they have their day too. Just show up at the arena on Friday morning, May 20 at 10 a.m., and witness the outpouring of volunteers as they paint faces, help with roping and disco dancing, pin the star on the sheriff, horseback rides, the petting zoo, hay rides and much, much, more.
By: Paul Cain, Limestone County Deputy Sheriff

4-15-2016 5-09-09 PMGuess what? It is only 25 days until the last day of school! My, how time flies. It seems like we just barely got finished with Christmas and New Year’s.

This year, the Center for Lifelong Learning will be offering several new camps. Be sure to watch backpacks for the announcement going home from schools or the News-Courier for a Sunday insert. Or you can check out our website – www.athens.edu/CLL – for more information. You can always call us at 256-233-8260 and we will mail on to you.

Here is what we are offering:

ARCHERY CAMP is for ages 8-12. It will be held June 6-10, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Carter Gym on the Athens State Campus. Boys and girls are welcome to spend a week with us learning everything you ever wanted to know about archery. Camp is limited to 20 students.

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FROM COWS TO COTTON is an introduction to agriculture for ages 8-12. It is scheduled June 13-16, from 9:00 am – 12 noon. We will start out at the Center for Lifelong Learning and visit local farms to learn about raising animals and crops. Camp is limited to 12 students.

SMART PHOTOGRAPHY will use your smart devices to take pictures around town. This camp is for ages 10 and up. It is scheduled June 20-24, 9:00 am – 12 noon. Camp is limited to 15 students.

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STOP MOTION ANIMATION is an opportunity to make your own movies. This camp is designed for ages 8-13. It will be held June 20-24, from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm. Don’t miss this change to be your own movie producer. Camp is limited to 12 students.

4-15-2016 5-09-28 PMCHESS CAMP is for ages 8-12. It is an opportunity to learn game strategies and how the pieces move. Camp will be held July 11-15, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. This camp is limited to 30 students.

ART EXPLORERS is for ages 8-12. This camp is an exploration of art mediums. Camp is scheduled July 11 – 15, from 9:00 pm – 12:00 pm. This camp is limited to 15 students.

THE GREAT BRICK ADVENTURE is for ages 5-13. Camp is scheduled July 18-22, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Like Stop Motion Animation, this camp is co-sponsored with Bricks 4 Kidz. It is a chance to build adventures with LEGO bricks and is sure to be lots of fun. Camp is limited to 20 students.

GROSS SCIENCE is a fun exploration of the slimy, smelly, and weird things that happen in the human body. Camp is for ages 8-12 and will be held July 25-27, 9:00 am – 12 noon.

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ANCIENT ART will be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. There are three weeks available depending on your age. Camp is for 5-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds or ages 12 and up. Each camp is limited to 20 students.

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Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell