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The new garbage pickup service for Coosa County … It is still a hot topic in Equality. Some are getting their garbage picked up regularly and on their usual day; others are still waiting and reporting their phone calls to 121 Disposal are going unanswered.
The seven overflowing cans that were in front of Jenny’s General were finally picked up, as well as the numerous bags that were surrounding them because there was no room in the cans. Hopefully they have developed their route and we will see improvements very soon.
At Equality Performing Arts Center (EPAC) tonight 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 next 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. There are fundraising tickets now available for ribs and butts for Memorial weekend. Contact a board member to order, or come by on Saturday the sixth, 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 the 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.
Nothing new on our old house renovation as I have just been too busy with my full-time job, running the store, EPAC, writing community columns, babysitting our 2-and-a-half year-old grandson, and trying to get a garden in while also caring for my ducks, geese, guineas, and chickens.
Rodger also spends a lot of time babysitting our grandson, running errands, shopping, and caring for the goats and pigs. Life is just very full and very busy right now. I hope and pray things slow down a bit and we can get more done on restoring our old house.
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