A young dogwood tree on The Square may shed its white blossoms soon, but those blooms will soon be replaced with purple ribbons.
Limestone County Relay for Life organizers have chosen the young dogwood tree on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse to serve as a memorial tree. County Relay Committee member Anna Harper Gowan said a ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. so the community can tie purple ribbons to its branches to honor those who have or are currently battling cancer.
The event will be one of several held the week of April 19-25 for Paint the Town Purple Week. Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks has signed a proclamation declaring that week as Paint the Town Purple Week to encourage citizens to support Relay for Life efforts in the fight against cancer and to raise awareness about treatments and prevention.
“I doubt you can find one person in our community who has not been impacted by cancer in some way,” Marks said. “We all know someone, a family member, a friend, or a co-worker who has battled cancer.”
During the proclamation signing, Marks tied a purple ribbon on the dogwood tree in memory of his brother, Jimmy Marks, who died from colon cancer at age 24, and in memory of his sister-in-law Janet Marks, who died from breast cancer at age 36.
In addition to the memorial tree honoring those who have or are battling cancer, Gowan wants the dogwood to be a symbol of victory.
Downtown Athens is more than historic buildings. It’s our city’s story, community traditions and family memories.
For the Capps family, it was a place to celebrate becoming a family when they adopted their son, Jason, on Aug. 5, 2014.
“My husband had to rush off to work,” Sarah Campbell Capps said. “We quickly walked down to the drug store (Limestone Drug) and got some ice cream as a new family. Now the drug store ice cream bar is a fun stop while in downtown.”
Preserving, promoting and supporting downtown Athens for future generations is the mission of the Spirit of Athens, a designated Main Street Alabama program that has been awarded national accreditation from the National Main Street Program. Athens is one of only seven Main Street programs in Alabama to receive national accreditation.
According to the National Main Street Program, this status is a prestigious designation. While every designated local Main Street program can work toward accreditation, not every Main Street program receives it. Main Street coordinating programs evaluate their local programs every year and submit their eligible programs to the Main Street Center. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
The Athens Planning Commission will hold their regular meeting on April 21, 2015, at 5:45 p.m. This eeting will be held in the City Council Chambers AT THE ATHENS POLICE DEPARTMENT at 951 Hobbs Street following a 5:00 p.m. work session.
The annual City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament will be May 9 at Ingalls Harbor. Help us fish for a cure by registering today! Click link for more information and a registration sheet you can print. Bass Fishing Tournament Flyer and Registration Form
You can also register online at Active.com by going to Online Bass Fishing Tournament Registration
The Athens City Council has approved a transportation plan to help guide city leaders as streets are impacted by increased traffic, safety concerns, commercial and residential growth, etc.
For example, U.S. 72 is a major concern because it is taking on more vehicles then it was designed to handle, and it has the most accidents. Most of those accidents occur at lunch and in the evenings and within the commercial areas.
The Historic Preservation Commission meeting scheduled for April 14th has been canceled due to lack of business.
The City of Athens extends its thanks to several college students working in our city on spring break the week of March 9.
Habitat for Humanity is hosting 20 people from Bridgewater College in Virginia and nine from Juniata College in Pennsylvania as part of Habitat's alternative spring break program (a/k/a Collegiate Challenge).
The students are working on a variety of projects, but the primary focus will be deconstruction of a house that has been red-tagged by the City of Athens. It is located at 603 North Marion Street in Athens (just north of McClellan Street). This is part of Habitat's efforts to assist with blight elimination and promote neighborhood revitalization, according to Deborah K. Kohlhase, executive director Habitat for Humanity of Athens/Limestone County.