Athens Fireworks Show
The annual Athens Fireworks Show sponsored by Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association, City of Athens and Limestone County will be July 4 at Athens High School’s stadium. The stadium will not be open for seating. Spectators should park in designated spaces around the high school. Spectators can bring blankets and chairs to sit outside of 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 8:30 and 9 p.m.
Athens Police will direct traffic on U.S. 31 and Alabama 251. Police will close the U.S. 31 medians a few minutes before the end of the fireworks show. Those who are park east of U.S. 31, will use eastern routes to leave the area. Those who park west of U.S. 31 will use western routes to leave the area.
“We ask that motorists use caution as there will be increased traffic, a large crowd present and pedestrians crossing the highway,” Chief Floyd Johnson said.
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.
City offices will be closed Monday, July 4. However, the recycling route will run as scheduled. Please have bins to the curb by 6 a.m.
The Athens City Council will meet on Monday, June 27th in the Council Chambers located at 200 Hobbs Street West. A work session will begin at 4:30pm with the regular session at 5:30pm
A new program for this season’s Athens Saturday Market is aimed at growing children’s interest in farming and gardening.
The program overseen by Misti Fillingame is called Kids Grow. She said the intent is to raise the next generation of gardeners and farmers through hands-on activities designed to inspire a love of the outdoors and growing food.
“We want to encourage children to make healthy eating choices by offering them the chance to grow their own food and try new foods at our market,” Fillingame said.
The Athens Saturday Market, hosted by the Spirit of Athens, a Main Street organization, will open for its fourth season on June 4 at the Green Street pavilion. The market, which has been state certified since 2014, will be open every Saturday in June through August from 8 a.m. to noon.
For the June 4 kick-off day, Chloe Wilson, Foundation Regional Extension Agent of the Limestone County Extension Office, will conduct a farm-to-table presentation for children.
“My goal in this presentation is to help kids better understand where their food actually comes from - not the grocery store,” Wilson said. “I will talk about local farming and promote healthy eating habits.”
Wilson said the presentation will focus on farming in Limestone County and the different things farmers grow.
“We will make it fun with some trivia and jeopardy on fruits and veggies and have some fruits and veggies for the kids to try,” she said.
Athens Grease Festival goers will crave the fried Oreos, fried shrimp puppies and fried artichokes at Saturday’s event, but three local groups will covet the used cooking oil.
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center and City of Athens Wastewater Department joined forces to create the FOG Collection Program designed to keep fats, oils and grease out of the city’s wastewater system.
2014 Athena-Grease Goddess Maria Taylor gets her FOG container
Pouring cooking fats and oils down the drain can cause nasty clogs. When the fats and oils cool off, they become thick and sticky which attracts food, hair and other particles that form the clogs. When the clog is on the homeowner’s side of the line, it can mean an expensive plumbing bill. When the clog is on the city or county side of the line, it still costs the homeowner money in the way of higher sewer bills because of line maintenance.
KALB Executive Coordinator Lynne Hart said the Athens Grease Festival on Saturday, June 11, in downtown Athens is an ideal time to promote the program. At the festival, KALB and the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center will collect used cooking oils from vendors. Birmingham Hyde and Tallow will pick up the used cooking oils for use in new products.
Leigh Patterson completed her first 5K this month, a feat she challenged herself to accomplish after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last year.
Patterson was among eight people who registered in February for the City of Athens Parks and Recreation Couch to 5K program. Their goal was to complete the local Spencer Black 5K Race on May 14. Patterson along with Julie Harbin, Kellie Jennings, Cady Stewart, Lindsay Anderson, Becky McFall, Perry Scott and Marian Cook succeeded.
"I've never run so far in my life and at one time and on purpose,” Harbin said just after the race. “I feel great, and I've accomplished something new.”
Eric Patterson, a Limestone County native and avid runner, was their coach and provided them with a written 10-week training schedule. In addition he coached two runs per week, organized a private Facebook group for questions and advice, and provided them with encouragement to help them achieve their goals.
“I changed my diet, but that alone was not enough,” Leigh Patterson said of her diabetes diagnosis. “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."
The Athens Historic Preservation Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 14th 2016 in the Council Chambers located in Athens City Hall, 200 Hobbs Street West. A work session will begin at 5:45pm with the regular session at 6:00pm
The City of Athens will hold municipal elections this year. All cities in the state follow this same schedule:
Qualifying: July 5 through July 19
Election Day: Aug. 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Run-Off Election (if needed): Oct. 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Newly Elected Officials Take Office: Nov. 7
If you need to register to vote, here is a link with more information: Alabama Votes Info Link
Here are key dates for those who have not yet registered to vote and want to vote in this election:
Last day to establish residency: May 25
Last day to register to vote: Aug. 8
Absentee ballot application deadline: Aug. 18
Last day to hand deliver or postmark absentee ballot: Aug. 22