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published on 05/03/2002

May Hats Off to Signal Mountain

By staff writer

Do you remember the great used book sale under the pavilion at the Lion’s Club annual Labor Day Picnic? Hundreds of books stacked on tables or nestled in boxes. People walking around and around looking for that special book or a good deal or better yet, trying to beat the dealers before all the “good’ books were gone. A few years ago, the Friends of the Library decided that the annual book sale was such a success that they would have a used book sale year-round. So the Booknook was created. Housed in a corner of the downstairs room at the Library, the Booknook as been a cozy section filled with used books. However, Connie Pierce, our Librarian, has announced that the Booknook is now bigger and better. Having expanded not only in space but also its hours; now its hours are the same as the Library’s. Books donated to the Library are sold as a fundraiser to support the operation of the Library. During the month of May, the Library invites all citizens to come see the newly redone room.
“Jump on the Reading Railroad”. Does that sound like fun or what? Children ages three thru eight are invited to participate in the Library’s summer reading program. Pre-registration is June 1, but participants may register throughout the month of June. The program runs from June 4th thru July 30th and is free to children whose parents have a Signal Mountain Library Card. Every Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the Library, 1114 James Boulevard, storytellers will share the world of books to the children. A calendar of events and a free prize will be presented to each child who registers for this great summer event. Independent reading programs will be available to older children and the Library will have on hand not only the required summer reading lists from area schools, but also will attempt to have extra copies of the books required. Residents are encouraged to check out the list. See what our children are reading, and maybe you have a copy of one of the books that you could recycle by sharing it with the Library?
Calling all student volunteers. Yes the Library needs you. Students in grades six and up are encouraged to volunteer at the Library during June and July. Training is available. Contact Connie Pierce, at 886-READ (7323) if you are interested.

REGISTRATION. That seems to be the word of the month up here on our mountain. The Town of Signal Mountain Recreation Department is once again offering a fun-filled summer of activities for all ages. The Signal Mountain Pool opens Saturday, May 25. It offers adult swim and general public swim times. Need to exercise? One lane of the pool is always available for lap swimming. How about a party? The pool and sundeck may be used for special events, group rentals, and birthday parties if times are available. For more information about times and costs or to reserve the pool, call the Signal Mountain Pool Manager at . To use the Signal Mountain Pool, everyone (residents and non-residents) must register first at the Town Hall beginning May 6 to receive a discount. After May 25th the higher rate will be charged.
Join the GREEN GIANTS, the Signal Mountain Swim Team; winners of the 2001 Chattanooga Area Championship. Can’t swim? Certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructors will be teaching swimming at the pool for beginning and advanced swimmers. Remember to go to the Town Hall to register and pay for the classes. Residents are invited to come to the pool to support the GREEN GIANTS at swim meets coming up this summer.
Kindergarten thru Second graders (upcoming school year, 2002); the Town of Signal Mountain Day Camps, located at the Old Playground, are a fun way to spend your mornings. Filled with arts and crafts, games and group singing as well as kickball, soccer, relays, rope jumping, and just plain fun. Children in grades three thru five are invited to participate in the Junior Adventure Camp located at the Paul Mathes Community Center. Activities include tennis, softball, swimming, basketball, crafts, and many other activities. REGISTRATION for both camps begins May 6th at the Town Hall.
The Paul Mathes Community Center also offers many different free activities for anyone on the mountain. These include low-impact aerobic classes and supervised play. Boys of all ages can come to Scott Field for baseball instructions and a pick-up baseball game. REGISTER for the tennis courts at the Town Hall or lessons from the Tennis Pro, Poncho Sanhuez at . Look for all these and other activities in the annual Signal Mountain Recreation brochure.
Another brochure to look at is the Fun Camps at Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), which was mailed to residents in April. Classes in art, folklife, theater, dance, pottery, puppetry, and martial arts are available. These camps are for boys and girls ages seven thru fourteen. You can call MACC, at , today to see if space is available in any of these classes.

Wow. I’m exhausted just thinking about all the activities lined up for the summer. We can all be proud of the Town of Signal Mountain in its effort to bring to our communities such great activities. For more information on any of these camps or if you have questions on the new non-resident fees, please call the Town of Signal Mountain. It’s time to say HATS OFF to people in the office at the Town Hall and to the Recreation Board and MACC. All spend a lot of time and energy planning each summer activity and then make it all happen.

And while you are planning your May calendar consider attending some of the great events planned this next month. For example the Signal Mountain Community Guild has the pleasure of being entertained by traditional folk singer and musician, Dianne Cosby. The Literature Department is going to celebrate the end of the year with a catered picnic luncheon. Frank Burke, owner of the Lookouts will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce meeting. Signal Fellowship/Highlanders have invited Paul Barys from WRCB television station to speak.

A final note of thanks: I see many articles turned in to the paper about upcoming events that I wasn’t aware of. Please call me and let me know about these events. I want to help you and support the community by adding them to the Calendar of Events and/or helping to promote them within the paper. You can always have a separate article as you planned and be included in the HATS OFF column as well. I’m waiting for the telephone to ring . . . . . . . . .!