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The new garbage pickup service for Coosa County… after hearing how they were off to a great start in other districts within Coosa County, they were a no show in Equality. So, I guess my unease was well placed.
Our normal day is Friday, and in the past even with struggling Advance Disposal they would come on Saturday if they were unable to on their scheduled day. Over-filling cans are along the roads in Equality. I hope they show up with several trucks to take care of this situation.
At Equality Performing Arts Center (EPAC) tonight is Third Friday, April 21, which means it is Karaoke Night from 7 to 9 p.m. All area singers are encouraged to come out and enjoy this night of free local entertainment as they take turns on the stage.
Next week is Fourth Friday, April 28, and there will be a performance by Alesia Gilliland and Andrew Gaskins. Alesia is the head of the Montgomery Area Musicians Association, and Andrew Gaskins, also of Montgomery, will accompany her on guitar.
All EPAC events are free to the community, and all need your attendance to keep happening. While not mandatory, you are encouraged to bring a dish of shareable food, and if you can afford to drop something into the donation jar for the music, it helps keep the lights on. The EPAC provides free coffee, iced tea, water, and fresh-popped popcorn. There is not an event scheduled for the following week, Friday, May 5.
Every week I mention the Equality Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) for the very good reason that they are needed by our community. And since you have not come to them, I will bring them to you, virtually. The EVFD’s board consists of Sam Leonard, president; vacancy, vice president; treasurers, Jackie Dean and Jean Moe Prince; secretary, Susan Selman; Board members, Rick Dean, Burt Coffman, Robby Gray, Wade Turner (fire chief), Nancy Holman, Linda Seitz, Sharon Culberson, and Lamar Jones.
In EVFD news, the new fire station under construction on County Road 20 is nearly completed. There are fundraising tickets now available for ribs and butts for Memorial Day weekend. Contact a board member or come by on Saturday, May 6, the “First Saturday” of May, during their monthly fundraising event. Boston butts are $35, and ribs are $30.
Speaking of the monthly fundraising event, EVFD needs volunteers each month to help with their first Saturday event, and if you can’t be there, they still need cakes donated to the cake sale each first Saturday. Don’t forget, everyone is welcome to attend their first and third Monday training meetings, even if only to just watch the firefighters do their training.
Have you started your garden yet? It is time to get your vegetable and flower gardens started. Rodger’s Shrubbery can help, and they have plants available in their greenhouse. They also have hanging baskets, colorful flowers and both Boston and Kimberly ferns, hibiscuses and some hostas. They have been moving quite a bit of shrubbery and ornamental trees lately, so if what you need is not in our greenhouse, they can pick up most customer requests within 24 hours.
“Shop local; shop small” is something I have always believed in as much as supporting my local volunteer fire department. Small businesses are an important part of our community, and we will lose them if we don’t use them.
We had Dave Russell with Russel Properties come out with an excavator and clear the back couple of acres from invasive trees, and we planted some grass seed to hold off erosion and are planning on seeding some wildflowers, as well. I have some chestnuts and black cherry trees in pots, and when they go in I will have to protect them from our goats, because inevitably they eat every tree and shrub I want to flourish (like our gardenias), and then they ignore all of the scrub that they are “supposed to like.”
We’re still waiting on the report from the structural engineer on our house, but he gave us positive news that things are not too bad for a 130-year-old house. There are some limestone pilings that had their mortar deteriorated, and they have collapsed on each other. That will be dealt with, and some floor joists to be sistered, but all in all not as bad as I have seen more modern homes’ foundations.
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