The Harmony Town Council held their regular meeting at the Community Center on Tuesday evening, Feb. 2. There were no big items on the agenda but several smaller ones needed to be discussed. Junk cars/trucks, eyesore properties, and park repairs always seem to need attention.
The Council hopes to improve the handicap accessibility to the rest rooms at the park. Some limbs need immediate attention.
Brian Mathis had researched getting a new seat for the Dixie Chopper. The old one is just completely worn out. He had three prices of various models and was planning to check on some other possibilities. The Council will make a decision at the next meeting.
Leslee MacDonald brought up the annual Harmony Clean-Up Day. Two possible dates in April and May were discussed. Janice Gooch will check with Wallace Brothers to see what works with their schedule. A possible raffle to raise money for the town was also discussed for that day. They will have to check on the rules and regulations for holding a raffle.
MacDonald also reported that the Community Center already had one rental scheduled for a graduation party and she was expecting two or three more to come in soon. She asked Attorney Eric Somheil for a clarification on snow removal in the current rental contract.
Leslee had purchased a snow shovel for the Center but thought they should have some language in the contract about the responsibility for shoveling the sidewalks.
Marshal Bob Parr reported that he had purchased and installed a new flag because the old one was looking too ragged. He had also purchased two light bulbs for the fixtures near the flagpole base. He said he had joked with the supplier when he got the bill, "I did not want a case, just two bulbs." They informed him that was the price for two bulbs.
Signage for the front lawn at the Center was discussed. A brick structure would be preferred, one that matched the building. Various recommendations were made. The group will check with some masons and brick providers before making any decisions.
The Council is considering some type of memorial for Don McCollister who passed away several months ago. Don served on the Council and helped the community for many years. A tree at the Community Center was suggested but no decisions were made.
The Silver Sneakers at the YMCA are hosting a spaghetti dinner this Friday, February 5th. Arlene Myers called to see if I wanted a couple of tickets. She knows I seldom say no to good food. Adult tickets are $7 and kids under 12 are $4.
We talked about her beautiful handmade baskets, too. Last year I thought I had the bid on a handsome one and turned to talk to a friend while someone else offered just a little more. I missed getting the basket by just a buck or two.
The spaghetti supper will have added attractions. The Sneakers are having a Bake Sale and Silent Auction, too. I forgot to ask Arlene the times but assume it will be the regular supper times, probably 4-7 or 8 p.m. The money goes to sponsor kids for membership at the YMCA.
This helps the children whose parents cannot afford the membership fees. It is called the Strong Kids Campaign.
Silver Sneakers is a group of more mature, usually retired, kids that meet at the Y to stay in shape. Over the years, they have raised some handsome funds for the children with their various efforts. Thanks for the hard work, folks.
Cousin Jim Jenkins has been painting windows at my house this week. It was lucky for me that his construction business is slow this time of year. The windows only need paint on the inside so the weather is not a problem. He surely is doing a nice job.
Jack Brammer emailed me a Happy Birthday. He said that the group getting together at Logan's Steakhouse on February 13th for a Sweetheart Dinner was just our VB Class of 1966. I forgot to specify that in last week's column. Janella Knierim made or will make the reservations at Logan's. Thanks for the clarification, Jack.
Brother Mike and his wife Karen fixed a fine ham supper for Eva Kay and I last Saturday. It was the last birthday celebration until I get together with my Jasper friends. Maybe this birthday can drag out right into spring. I love any excuse to get together with family and friends.
Brother John brought over a DVD of Star Trek that we had not seen. After our bellies were full, we opened presents, ate cake and ice cream, and watched the young life of Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the Star Ship Enterprize. Good movie.
Warmth, surrounded by loved ones, full belly, and good entertainment make the whole body feel good. You can't ask for it to get much better on a cold winter evening.
Happy Birthday to Joyce Vinson today. Other February Birthdays include: Keaton Butts (8th), Bob Osborn (10th), Debbie Akers (12th), Pat (Kline) Killion (14th), Michael Maurer (18th), Olivia Jade Barnett (21st), Lori Pell (25th), Ron Stanfield (27th).
Events at Harmony United Methodist
Feb. 7 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 9 -- Bowling at Brazilian Lanes 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 10 -- Bible Study 9 a.m., Clay County Quilters 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
Feb. 22 -- HUM Women 7 p.m.
Call me 448-8734 with your birthdays, news, announcements, all the Harmony Happenings.