The Original Alabaster Newsletter September 2022

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THE ORIGINAL

Alabaster NEWSLETTER

VOLUME XI / NUMBER 7// SEPTEMBER 2022

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ALABASTER JUBILEE 2 SET FOR OCTOBER 22 UNDER THE WATER TOWER BY CITY HALL. MUSIC STARTS AT 3PM! DETAILS ON PAGE 3


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A Word from the Editor & Publisher, Ted Vodde determined to look for alternatives, and I found a winner in Snapseed. Originally created for the IPad it is a great program that is easy to use and it’s free! I think Snapseed’s designers looked at Photoshop using the Pareto Principal or the 80/20 Rule. The rule says 80 percent of the work is done on 20 percent of the assembly line and things like 80 perSeveral years ago I took cent of a church’s funds are a Photoshop class and paid by 20 percent of the found that I and my class- parishoners. mates were very frustrated They saw that 80 percent trying to learn how to of the work on Photoshop work it. It’s a great prowas done with 20 percent of gram but it’s very complex the features so they concenand can be frustrating. So I trated on that and made it

JOIN ME FOR A FUN CLASS AT THE ALBERT L. SCOTT LIBRARY EASY PHOTO EDITING ON SMARTPHONES & TABLETS WITH SNAPSEED – SEPTEMBER 18. 2 PM. easy by using it with your fingers on a IPad or an IPhone instead of a PC. The program has also been adapted for non-Apple products as well. Since I started, I’ve edited over 20,000 photos with it. I really enjoy it, and I’ve won photography contests with photos I edited in Snapseed. In many ways it’s digital finger painting - no muss, no fuss, just fun. Come join me in my upcoming class and I’ll show you how this great photo editing program works. Be sure to sign up early as we have limited seating. And please have Snapseed downloaded on

your phone or tablet before you come to class as we’ll have editing exercises. Easy Photo Editing on Smartphones & Tablets with Snapseed – September 18. 2 pm. How to edit photos in smartphones and tablets using a free app called Snapseed. In this class Ted will familiarize you with the various settings of the program and how to effectively use them to create great photos and have fun! We will have photo editing exercises in class so please come to class with Snapseed already downloaded on your phone or tablet. It’s free in the app store. Sign up on Eventbrite. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room.

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JUBILEE 2 SET FOR OCT. 22

The Alabaster Arts Council is excited to welcome Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Paul White to Alabaster on October 22 for Alabaster Jubilee #2! John Paul plays at 7 PM. The M-80s - A Tribute to the Music of the '80s will perform at 5 PM. And the day will start at 3 PM with jazz from Take 7.

The Jubilee will be held under the Siluria water tower @ 1953 Municipal Way, Alabaster, Alabama! Details here: www.alabastercityfest.com /alabaster-jubilee/ The Council offers special thanks to their sponsors: Central State Bank, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc., and City of Alabaster, Alabama

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WHEN TO CALL 911 At the end of August, the Alabaster Police Department’s dispatch services will transition to Shelby County 911, bringing all the city’s emergency dispatch services under the same agency. Moving forward, it is extremely important for callers to dial 911 when in need of Alabaster Police Department emergency services. This includes: • When you need to speak to an officer for any reason. • If you see or are involved in a traffic accident. • If you observe, are the victim of or need to report a crime. • If you need to make a police report. Please do not dial any nonemergency APD numbers if you are in any of the situations outlined above. The department’s (205) 664-7401 and (205) 663-7401

non-emergency numbers should only be dialed for administrative purposes. The APD is excited to partner with Shelby County 911 to increase the efficiency of its dispatch services and allow stronger coordination between it and other emergency service agencies.

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THOMPSON FOOTBALL READY FOR KICKOFF With Fall just around the corner, local football fans are gearing up for their favorite time of the year, and this year promises to provide some really exciting football right here in the City of Alabaster. Thompson High School has recently become one of the top teams in the state for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 7A, and that trend is sure to continue this fall, with plenty of good athletes on both sides of the ball. The defense will once again be loaded, with talented players like Peter Woods and Tony Mitchell leading the way. Woods recently committed to play college football at Clemson University, while Mitchell has committed to play at the University of Alabama. The Warriors have brought home threestraight state champi-

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onships, and fans will no doubt enjoy the games this season, as they look to bring home a fourth. The first chance to celebrate the upcoming football season was on Warrior Day, Saturday, Aug. 13. The day featured multiple scrimmages throughout the day, as well as recognition of the various cheer squads. The season kicked off in earnest on Friday, Aug. 19, with a game against Buford (Georgia) at the Freedom Bowl in Milton, Georgia. The Freedom Bowl features three different games across two days. Buford won the game with a score of 38-7. The next game will be against Lipscomb Academy (Tennessee) on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Warrior Stadium, and that game is scheduled to be televised on ESPNU as part of the Geico ESPN High School Kickoff. Game time is set for 8 p.m.

Following those first two big-time games, the Warriors will face a string of local schools, starting with an away game at Vestavia Hills (Sept. 2), followed by a home game against Spain Park (Sept. 9), a road game at Chelsea (Sept. 16), and then home games against Clay Chalkville (Sept. 23) and Hewitt-Trussville (Sept. 30). The month of October will feature a home game against Oak Mountain (Oct. 7), a road game at Tuscaloosa County (Oct. 14) and finally a home game against Hoover High School (Oct. 21). Thompson was selected No. 1 in this year’s Class 7A preseason football rankings, collecting every single firstplace vote. Come out to Warrior Stadium this season and cheer on Coach Mark Freeman and the Warriors as they compete for another historic title. Go Warriors!

2022 THS Football Schedule Aug. 19 @ Buford (Milton, Ga.) Aug. 27 Lipscomb Academy Sept. 2 @ Vestavia Sept. 9 Spain Park Sept. 16 @ Chelsea Sept. 23 Clay Chalkville Sept. 30 HewittTrussville Oct. 7 Oak Mountain Oct. 14 @ Tuscaloosa County Oct. 21 Hoover

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Residential:The Beautification Board Home of the month winners are: Robert & Donna Smelcer, 201 Coral Circle Plants: Evergreens and Marigolds

Congrats to Coach Byars & the 6U Alabaster baseball 12-0 season. They were awarded sponsor funds for their team from Tim Mitchell and his Community Support Foundation. Tim provides scholarships, grants and sponsorships toward the school, teacher, team, church, ministries or other events of his clients' choice. Don’t miss out! These grants are available to all of Tim's clients. Please call Tim at (205) 305-8756, or e-mail TimMitchellHomes@gmail.com, for more information.

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Fall is here,and you may be wondering what to do in your garden this month. Landscaping Tips•If your lawn needs some TLC, September and October are perfect months to re-seed and repair your lawn according to Better Homes and Gardens.•Make sure to fertilize your lawn this month using controlledrelease nitrogen.•Make sure that you don’t prune your shrubs or trees. It is time for shrubs and trees to start preparing themselves to go into dormancy dur-

ing the winter months. Fruit and Vegetable Tips •Continue to harvest your gardens this month. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, once your vegetables have stopped producing, start to clean out your garden. Make sure that you have removed any plants that you suspect had diseases or insects.•You can still plant some cool weather crops. Perennial and Annual Tips •This is the perfect time to transplant perennials.

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Senator April Weaver to Chair Healthcare Workforce Task Force

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SENATOR APRIL WEAVER TO CHAIR HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE TASK FORCE Senator April Weaver has been elected chair of the joint legislative Health

Care Workforce Task Force. She was joined by Jeff Brannon of Flowers Hospital as the vicechairperson. The pair were elected by the other members of the task force at their first meeting, called by Governor Kay Ivey. The task force was created through Weaver’s legislation during the 2022 Session in response to the shortage of healthcare workers the state has seen throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and will be used to study and suggest solutions to address critical shortages. “I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to lead the Health Care Workforce Task

Force alongside Vice Chair Jeff Brannon,” said Weaver. “With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, I understand firsthand the sacrifices that these men and women make every day and the risks that come along with it. The Covid-19 pandemic enormously impacted the healthcare industry, specifically within the hospitals where pressure on doctors and nurses grew due to an excessive increase in their workloads and a rise in emotional trauma.” “Since the onset of the pandemic, nearly 20 percent of all health care workers in the United

States have exited the field. In Alabama, some of the most critical staffing shortages in our hospitals are worse today than they have been throughout the entire pandemic, and this unprecedented shortage is causing significant harm to Alabama’s health care industry. “I am eager to work alongside my colleagues and begin our work on the task force to carefully study the situation we have been dealt, identify significant problem areas, and propose meaningful solutions to help ensure the state is well-equipped to tackle this issue and prevent any further shortages in the future.”

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The Dog Park at Veterans Park will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 7, for maintenance.•If needed, the Rain-Out date will be the following Wednesday, Sept. 14.

On-Line Registration will be available at www.alabasterparks.org beginning at 8 am on Sept. 1 and ending at 11 pm on Sept. 24.•Walk-in Registration will be available at the Parks and Recreation Office between 8 am and 5 pm, weekdays only, from Sept. 1 thru Sept. 23. •Registration Fee: Free. Includes 15x15 space. You must provide your own table, chairs and/or canopy. Note: There may be a fee charged through Revenue for a Business License or Permit.•Event Date: Fall Fest will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 am until 3 pm at Buck Creek Trail.

BASKTBALL REGISTRATION On-Line Registration will be available at www.alabasterparks.org beginning at 8 am on Sept. 6 and ending at 11 pm on Sept. 24.•Walk-in Registration will be available at the Parks and Recreation Office between 8 am and 5 pm, weekdays only, from Sept. 6 thru Sept. 23. •Available to: BOYS: Kindergarten thru 9th grade and GIRLS: Kindergarten thru 6th grade.•Cost: $85.00 (plus 10% for non-residents)•For more information, please contact Nik McCrimon at 664-6840 or nmccrimon@cityofalabaster.com. *IMPORTANT: •9th graders who turn 15 before September 1, 2022 are not eligible.•Kindergarteners are required to turn 5 before September 1, 2022 to be eligible to play (no exceptions).

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE The Parks and Recreation Office and Veterans Skate Park will be closed on the following date: •Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.

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PAVILIONS FOR RENT Outdoor Rental Facilities: •On-Line Pavilion Rentals – available at www.alabasterparks.org •Pavilion rentals are available during the current year only.•Several of our City Parks offer pavilions for events such as picnics, family reunions and birthday parties. The best way to ensure your event happens at the location of your choice is to reserve it early. •Please do not send out invitations listing one of our parks as the event location before you have secured a pavilion through Parks and Recreation. The pavilion you plan on using may not be available.•Pavilions are available for use by permit only. There is a $40 rental fee (no checks accepted) which must be paid before your reservation is complete.•Note: Inflatables, charcoal grills, and piñatas are not allowed in any of the City parks. Please see our web site for a complete list of rules. •All open picnic tables (those not under a covering) are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.

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4th ANNUAL TINGLEWOOD FESTIVAL SEPT. 10th IN ORR PARK MONTEVALLO TO CELEBRATE “SHAVINGS, SMOKE, AND SOUND” DURING4th ANNUAL TINGLEWOOD FESTIVAL MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Alabama’s premier, allwoodworking art festival will celebrate “Shavings, Smoke, and Sound” during its 4th year in Montevallo’s Orr Park on September 10, 2022. This All Star Shelby County Tourism and Recreation Award winning event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy a uniquely Montevallo event with live chainsaw wood carving, woodworking artist vendors, Tim Tingle’s Whittling Contest, and a wooden boat race. Festivalgoers will find everything from knives, wooden bowls, vases, jewelry, and toys, to handcrafted furniture, bird houses, ornaments, and more! There

will also be a classic car show—the 20th Annual Cars by the Creek—a variety of children’s activities, axe throwing, and food vendors on site. Live music runs all day during the festival with a wide variety of styles. Musical acts include Montevallo High School Jazz Band, Chase Stewart, Mother May I, and 2BLU and The Lucky Stiffs! The chainsaw carving exhibition will include a panel of well-known artists: Heather Bailey of Alabaster, Alabama; Justin Bailey of Alabaster, Alabama; Corey Lancaster of Princeton, North Carolina; Dave Marshalek of Shelbyville, Tennessee; and Justin Driver of Farmington, Kentucky. Artwork created during the festival will be available for purchase. The 20th Annual Cars by the Creek car show welcomes all years, makes, and

models of cars. Awards will be given to “Best of Decade,” “Best of Show” for Cars and Trucks, and “Best ‘Woodie.’” There will also be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Children’s activities will include a “make and take” art project, the “Balloon Guy,” Dr. Bob’s Traveling Snake Show, inflatables courtesy of JAC’s Rentals, and more. Candlewood Suites Alabaster is the official hotel for the 2022 Tinglewood Festival. Call 205-620-0188 to inquire about special rates. Tinglewood Festival is inspired by a special section of Orr Park, where local artist Tim Tingle has carved faces and creatures into the dead parts of living cedar trees since a fateful ice storm in 1993. The festival is organized by the

Festivalgoers will get the chance to meet Tim Tingle, the festival’s namesake, who is responsible for over 50 carved trees in the “Tinglewood” section of Orr Park. Photo by White Rose Film & Photo. Montevallo Chamber of Commerce, Montevallo Main Street, and the Montevallo Arts Collaborative as a signature event for the City of Montevallo. For more information, visit tinglewoodfestival.com, or visit the “Tinglewood Festival” Facebook Page.

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ALBERT L. SCOTT LIBRARY

LIBRARY ADULT ACTIVITIES Closed Dates – September 5 – Labor Day Tai Chi - Wednesday mornings starting September 7th. 10:15 am – Tai Chi for Arthritis (but, it’s also good for anyone). 11:15 am – Tai Chi for Diabetes (but, it’s also good for anyone). Join us as local instructor Melanie Chaney teaches a 10-week course in Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an exercise that improves balance, sharpens the mind, boosts the immune system, and circulates oxygen throughout the body while gently massaging all the joints, ligaments and muscles of the entire body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flexible, flat-soled shoes that encompass the foot. Try not to miss any classes because each class builds upon the previous ones. Newcomers will not be allowed after the second class takes place. Space is limited. Participants must complete the Enrollment Form at the front desk before the first class. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room. Resumé Workshop – September 8. 5:30 pm. Alan Scott Hahn from Alabama Works! will guide you through formulating all parts of your resume including writing parts of the resume and understanding the differences between chronological and skills-based resumes. Additionally, application strategy and interview skills will be covered. Sign up on Eventbrite. Class takes place in the Nan Abbott Room. Adult Computer Classes September 10. 10:30 am. Button Making 101 – Learn how to use Canva design program to create custom buttons for fun or promotion. We will learn how to use the various button machines to make and take your own buttons. September 13. 4 pm. Laser Cutting Basics – This class will introduce you to using CorelDRAW software to create designs for using our laser cutter. The class will also include learning how to safely operate the Library’s laser cutter. September 20. 4 pm. Microsoft Excel 2019 - This class is designed for those new to using Excel. We will cover basic spreadsheet navigation, formatting and the basic structure of formulas. Sign up on Eventbrite. Classes take place in the Nan Abbott Room. ABC & Ds of Medicare – September 12. 1 pm. Karen Haiflich of the Medicare Information Source will help you navigate through the process of Medicare. Learn about filing, benefits, and any other questions you might have. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room. Friends of the Library Meeting – September 12. 6 pm. Meeting takes place in the Nan Abbott Room. Library Book Group – September 15. 6:30 pm. Join us to discuss Bewilderment by Richard Powers. A widowed astrobiologist and single father to a troubled son contemplates an experimental neurofeedback treatment that trains the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’s brain. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room. Easy Photo Editing on Smartphones & Tablets with Snapseed – September 18. 2 pm. Join us as Ted Vodde teaches how to edit photos in smartphones and tablets using a free app called Snapseed. He discovered Snapseed several years ago and has since edited over 20,000 photos using the program and has won photography awards using photos taken with an iPhone and edited on Snapseed. In this class he will familiarize you with the various settings of the program and how to effectively use them to create great photos and have fun! We will have photo editing exercises in class so please come to class with Snapseed already downloaded on your phone or tablet. It’s free in the app store. Sign up on Eventbrite. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room. Ya Ya Yarners – September 19 & 26. Monday evenings at 5:00 pm. Members share crochet and knitting talents as well as work on community service projects. This year our group will provide hats and scarves to local charities and will provide shawls to local nursing home residents. Need to brush up on your skills? Want to share your talents with other crafters? Join us for a fun-packed evening of stitching and conversation. For more information, email us at yayayarners@gmail.com. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room. Medicare 101 – September 22. 6 pm. A fun and informative class to learn what to expect with Medicare and how to ask the right questions. Perfect for anyone wanting to learn about their Medicare options. Presented by a representative of Medicare Advisors of Alabama. Program takes place in the Nan Abbott Room.

LIBRARY KIDS ACTIVITIES Story Times: Friday mornings Toddler Tales at the library 10:30am in the Nan Abbott Room. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays Sensory Story Time 3:30pm in the Nan Abbott Room Library Card Sign up Month: September is National Library Card Sign up Month and children who get their first library card at our library will also get a gift bag. They must be with their parent or legal guardian who must bring their proof of Shelby County residency identification. This does not apply to replacement cards. The library card will be ready in about five minutes after filling out a short form and books can be checked out right away. Crafty Kids Club: Rag Doll Workshop September 8 at 4:00 p.m. Kids ages 6 years old and older can learn about and celebrate the birthday of America’s favorite rag dolls (Raggedy Ann and Andy) and make a one-of-a-kind doll. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/o/albert-l-scott-library. Kids under age 8 must be with an adult. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room. Homeschool Happening: Math Mania September 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Students can enter the world of mathematic puzzles as they move through the Nan Abbott Room to think, learn and solve things of numbers, patterns, and more. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/o/albert-l-scott-library. Kids under age 8 must be with an adult. Shelby 4H Science Club September 15, 4:00 p.m. Kids ages 9 to 18 years old can join our science club. It’s led by Julie Yocom, Shelby County 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/o/albert-l-scott-library. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room. Big Nate: Celebrate! September 16, 4:00 p.m. Join us for fun, games, and a snack inspired by that wacky schoolboy. Sign up kids ages 6 to 11 years old at www.eventbrite.com/o/albert-lscott-library. Kids under 8 must be with an adult. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room. Teen Dream Team September 20, 6:00 p.m. Calling all dreamers -- writers, artists, musicians, and others -- ages 11 to 18 years old. Come show what you’ve dreamed up. We’d love to hear poetry, short stories, scripts, songs, or books and see your drawings, photos, or fashions. Tweens and teens can sign up at www.eventbrite.com/o/albert-l-scott-library. No adults or younger children, please. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room. American Girls History Mystery September 23, 4:00 p.m. Young journalist Kit Kittredge needs your help! Decipher the clues and interact with objects relating to the historical American Girls doll characters to solve the mystery. Get ready to explore and experience history, make a craft, and more! Kids ages 6 years old and older can sign up at www.eventbrite.com/o/albert-l-scott-library. Those under age 8 must be with an adult. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room. Stress-free Tips for Developing School Readiness Skills in Young Children – September 24, 10:30 a.m. Parents of children from birth to 8 years old are invited to discover strategies to help kids build skills for success in school. Topics include: reading and listening, body and brain, science and math, talk and play, music and more. Learn about free library resources and easy activities to do at home or on-the-go. The presentation includes a demonstration of educational kits that can be checked out. Please sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/albert-l-scott-library. Tween and Teen Circuit Art September 29, 4:00 p.m. Folks ages 11 to 18 can discover how to create by combining electronics and art with the science lady -- Jan Mattingly of Dynamic Education Adventures. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/o/albert-l-scottlibrary. No adults or younger children, please. Program is in the Nan Abbott Room.

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SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITIES The Alabaster Senior Center, operated by the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department, offers a variety of programs and services for individuals 55 years of age and older who live in Shelby County. The Senior Center is located at 1097 7th Street S.W., Alabaster. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. If you would like more information concerning Senior programs, please contact the Alabaster Senior Center at 205-6631307. Exercise Classes: · Monday at 12:15 pmCardio Rhythm · Tuesday at 1:00 pmGentle Yoga

· Tuesday at 2:10 pmIntermediate Yoga · Wednesday at 9:30 amActive Aging · Wednesday at 12:15 pmTai Chi · Thursday at 9:15 amBeginner Line Dancing · Thursday at 10:10 amHigh Beginner Line Dancing · Thursday at 1:00 pmGentle Yoga · Friday at 9:30 am- Zumba Gold Friday, September 2nd at 10:00 am- Health Talk with Robbie Lewis: Hypertension Friday, September 2nd at 11:45 am- Bingo with Shelby Ridge Tuesday, September 6th at 10:00 am- Grief Support Group

Friday, September 9th at 9:30 am– Jim N Nicks Biscuits & Tea Monday, September 12th at 9:00 am- AARP Safe Driver Course Tuesday, September 13th at 10:00 am– Acrylic Painting Class Monday, September 19th at 10:00 am- Caregiver

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“LITTER GITTER” INSTALLED AT BUCK CREEK PARK Alabaster’s Buck Creek is getting a little bit more beautiful than it already is thanks to the recent installation of a new cleaning device called the “Litter Gitter.” The mechanism was installed in Alabaster on Friday, March 11, at a point near Buck Creek Park. According to the Freshwater Land Trust, this is the first such device in Shelby County, and one of 11 in Central Alabama. According to an announcement from the local nonprofit organization, the device is used to collect trash that has entered the waterway through stormwater runoff. It works by intercepting floating litter and is then cleaned on a weekly or biweekly basis by the Litter Gitter contractor, Osprey Initiative. In addition to installing the device, Osprey will col-

lect the trash that it picks up and attempt to recycle as much of it as possible. The group will also perform “tactical clean-ups,” approximately 100 yards upstream and downstream from the device. According to the Freshwater Land Trust, this particular cleanup device was relocated from its previous location in Vestavia Hills. “We are excited to deploy a litter gitter on Buck Creek,” said Cahaba Riverkeeper’s David Butler. “Buck Creek is an important tributary and has long been a priority for our water quality monitoring program because so many people swim, fish, and play in the water. We look forward to seeing how much trash we catch before it reaches the Cahaba River.” Freshwater Land Trust Executive Director Rusha Smith said that the project

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looks like a great partnership opportunity. “This project has had a significant impact on our local waterways and communities. Since the first litter gitter was installed in 2019, we have removed over 14,500 pounds of trash in Jefferson County. Now, we are excited to be extending the project into Shelby County,” Smith said in a statement. According to the Freshwater Land Trust, other device locations include Valley, Village, Shades, Pinchgut, Griffin and Five Mile Creeks. Some of their partners include Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Cahaba Riverkeeper, Jefferson County Department of Health, Birmingham CocaCola Bottling Company, Coca-Cola Foundation, River Network, Village Creek Society, Jefferson

County Conservation District, ABC Coke and the Cities of Bessemer, Birmingham, Brighton, Homewood, Tarrant, Trussville and Vestavia Hills. Alabaster Engineering Director Fred Hawkins also expressed enthusiasm for the new project. “We’re happy to partner with the Cahaba Riverkeeper, Freshwater Land Trust, Osprey Initiative, LLC and the Environmental Protection Agency to install this litter gitter device in Alabaster’s Buck Creek,” Hawkins said. For more information about the cleanup initiative, visit the Freshwater Land Trust online at Freshwaterlandtrust.org.

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ALABASTER TOUR OF LIGHTS INFORMATION ALABASTER Tour of Lights 2022 Information Sponsored by Alabaster Beautification Board Planning to decorate your home for the holidays this year? The Alabaster Beautification board wants to put you on our map so when families drive around this holiday season to look at Christmas lights, they’ll come to see your home. There will be a contest for the best decorated homes with a nice selection of prizes. Don’t delay, the deadline for getting on the Tour of Lights is October 31st.

This is the 6th year of the TOUR OF LIGHTS which features a map of homes who celebrate Christmas/ Holidays by decorating their homes with an array of lights and colorful decorations so our residents can experience the joys that Christmas and the Holidays bring to families and friends! Let your Christmas light decorations reflect the magic feeling of “ooh and ah” created as the young and old view your display! To enter your home on the Tour of Lights List, go to the City of Alabaster

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A Stroll Thru Days Gone By by David Frings Alabama. This is the official railroad museum for the state of Alabama. The museum preserves, restores, and displays a variety of locomotives, cars, and equipment from days gone by. It gives visitors a chance to learn a piece of railroad history through interpretive signage and heighten the experience by touching, climbing and even rides on trains during scheduled events. The museum has two vintage depots, from Woodlawn and Wilton Alabama, that are approaching 100 years old. The original Wilton Depot is now named Calera in honor of the current home city. The museum has a variety of locomotives that date back to the age of steam engines. As you drive on the museum property, you will see the stately steam 1924 locomotive originally owned and operated by the Woodward Iron Company that is pictured with this article. I photographed this engine at night using a method called painting with

The beginning of school marks the end of much of the summer fun. Families are busier than ever, and rising prices of fuel and food may limit our ability to travel long distances for fun. This puts families searching for free or inexpensive activities that are close to home. If this is you, let me suggest a destination that is close to Alabaster and allows people to visit at no charge (excluding train rides). I recommend a trip to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum located at 1919 Ninth Street in Calera,

light that illuminates various portions of the subject. Other engines include equipment once operated by Alabama Power Company and three operating dieselelectric locomotives used to power trains for HEART OF DIXIE RAILROAD and schedules. Special paid excursions on certain weekends and key holidays. excursions are offered durA huge draw for the ing Halloween and the ever museum is the actual rides popular “Polar Express” that they offer on a 5-mile during the Christmas holiabandoned rail line on day season. The museum selected weekends and the also operates a narrow very popular “North Pole gauge steam locomotive Express” night rides during with passenger cars that the Christmas season. makes a ¼ mile loop. The These excursions are on a narrow gauge was originalfull-size rail line using actuly operated at the al engines and cars that Birmingham Zoo. If you travel Alabama and parts of are looking to experience a the United States. Two part of history this Fall, let excursions are offered every me recommend the Heart Saturday from May through of Dixie Railroad Museum September; check with the located in Calera, Alabama. museum for current rates David Frings is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Management and Associate Director MSEM, Samford University, Howard College of Arts & Sciences

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