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Randall Edwards performing at EPAC tonight

Equality & NIxburg News
Jennifer Williamson


Thanks to Coosa Fancy and their CSA I have had some wonderful salads, which I top with their fresh strawberries, some of my own pecans and a homemade dressing every day for lunch.

Last night I roasted radishes and sautéed the radish greens to pair with some salmon I had in the freezer for dinner. I also pickled some radish slices to have in this week’s salads. It was very good, and I am excited to get this week’s box of farm-fresh vegetables.

Equality Performing Arts Center (EPAC) has a performance by Randall Edwards, the proprietor of Pokana Talahacci “Old Peachtree Town” Music in Clanton, tonight, May 26. While it is not mandatory, you are encouraged to bring a dish of shareable food for our “potluck,” 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.

In response to the January 12 tornadoes, the Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services assisted with the formation of the Coosa County Long Term Recovery Committee, made up of local volunteers. The committee is hosting a community meeting for the tornado survivors and first responders Sunday, June 11, at 5 p.m. at the Rockford Event Center.

Survivors will have an opportunity to get information, as well as recognize and say thanks to our first responders who will be recognized. They are encouraged to submit any questions related to recovery in advance so they can be relayed to the appropriate agencies for response. Questions can be sent to

Also, UMCOR, a volunteer agency working with the long-term recovery committee, is currently using information provided by FEMA to contact individual survivors for case management to determine unmet needs. If you are contacted and unsure of how to respond, you may call the county probate office to inquire if they are a legitimate and trustworthy representative. For more info, contact Sharon Coffman:, or any of the following committee members: Jean Moe-Prince, Christa Jennings, Suzanne Scott, Burt Coffman, Courtney Layfield, Warren Tidwell, Judge Richard Dean, Donna Brown, Judy Beckman, and Sharon Haynes.

I know that I mention the Equality Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) every week, but I do so for the simple reason that they are absolutely needed by our community. Next Saturday, June 3, is the EVFD First Saturday fundraising events from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you can, please consider donating a baked good for the bake sale. Volunteers are welcome to help with all the activities. Otherwise please come and purchase something, or donate, and fellowship with the folks that keep our community safe. Also, everyone is welcome to attend their first and third Monday training meetings, even if only to just watch the firefighters do their training.
My husband, Rodger, coordinated and participated in this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for the Montgomery area, and his group had their own record-breaking donations this year. The DGR is an annual worldwide event, done in conjunction with the Movember Foundation, to raise funds, and awareness, for prostate cancer and men’s mental health. Additional information and donations can be made at:

I depend upon my readers to share with me what is happening within your organizations, churches, neighborhoods, groups, or family to share in next week’s column. Please contact me; call or text 256-531-6460 or email at

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