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Column dedicated to sharing news about community activities, service projects, and other events that are important to the life of the residents of our "mountain."

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published on 09/03/2002


By staff writer

Iíd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support and kind words towards my HATS OFF column. I wanted to write a column that would benefit the entire community on Waldenís Ridge including Signal Mountain, Walden, Lone Oak, and the unincorporated areas within Hamilton County. It has been rewarding and a challenge as it requires the people and organizations planning the events to think ahead and set dates and times and speakers in advance, and in some cases far sooner then they planned. But many of you have rallied and brought to my attention whatís happening on our mountain and I greatly appreciate it. I also appreciate the messages I get with corrections. Unfortunately, it is too late to change whatís in the paper, but I can note the correction. I apologize if I havenít responded to someone on a mistake or program matter. I try to respond to as many as I can, but sometimes a call or message is missed. I think the column is providing a service to the community and hope you agree. In the meantime, keep calling, , or emailing or faxing me at with upcoming news that I can report on for you and your organizations.

Hey kids! Have you finished all your required summer reading yet? If not, you better hurry because school is starting soon. Hamilton County schools begin August 13th; Notre Dame High School begins August 19; McCallie School starts August 21st; and Baylor begins August 28th. One important reminder is to watch for children walking to and from the schools up here on the mountain or catching the school buses. Some catch the bus before dawn when it is even harder to see. So drivers take time to look for children and keep them safe.

Every year for four days, traffic coming up and down the mountain comes to a standstill. Well, not really, but it sure feels like it sometimes. This year on August 15, 16, 17, & 18 the 450 Mile Yard Sale takes place along Highway 127 beginning in Alabama and ending in Kentucky, this event brings bargain hunters from all over the state and surrounding states. Booths are set up at the foot of the front of the mountain and may continue up the mountain to the Town of Signal Mountain town limits. At that point, the yard sale is suspended. But once within the Town of Walden, it resumes. Walden is working hard to welcome the many visitors to our community by setting up barrels and yellow ribbon that designate the proper parking places. People who allow booths to be set up on their property have to register with the Town of Walden and follow certain guidelines so that everything runs smoothly. Safety is an issue and the Hamilton County Sheriffs Department is ready to assist with the flow of traffic. Itís only four days folks, so maybe we can be patient and show respect to the visitors on our mountain by smiling, driving carefully watching for people and children darting out into the highway, and remember to give yourself some extra time when heading out the door to go off the mountain.

This summer over 80 children were involved in the Theater, Arts, Pottery, and Puppetry Camps at the Mountain Arts Community Center. The children had a great time while being exposed to the arts. Lolly Durant and Colleen Laliberte were the instructors and live here in the community. This completes the first three years at MACC, and according to the director, Karen Shropshire, the response has been overwhelming. The 2002 fall brochure is now available. Here you will find a variety of classes available for all ages. If you did not receive one in the mail, they can be picked up at M.A.C.C. at 809 Kentucky Avenue or go to and see the entire brochure including registration forms.

Next month, look for upcoming dates of events from the organizations on the mountain. September is the time of year that organizations and groups start back into a routine. A new organization is the Signal Mountain Community Evening Guild. The decision was made to re-establish the Evening Guild, which was active at one time. The Evening Guild will be an extension of the Community Guild, which meets once a month during the day. Meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month at Signal Mountain Town Hall in the Guild Room. The first meeting is open to anyone on Signal Mountain interested in helping with community projects while also enjoying many exciting social events on a monthly basis. For more information, call Vicki Love at . Also note that the meeting place for the Signal Mountain Chamber of Commerce has changed. Now meeting at the Top of the Mountain Restaurant, 411 Wood Street, this monthís meeting is at 12:00 Noon; cost for lunch is $9; and the program is a roundtable on networking by branch members.

The NEW Signal Mountain Directory will be available at the Lionís Club Labor Day Barbecue on Monday, September 2. The cost of this yearís directory is $6.00. Proceeds from the sale of the directory go to the Signal Mountain Welfare Council.

Thanks, again, for everything. I say HATS OFF to you the reader! Enjoy the end of summer, everyone!