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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 10/09/2002


By staff writer

HATS OFF TO SIGNAL MOUNTAIN. Welcome and thank you for taking the time to find out what is happening on our mountain. Take a look at the Calendar of Events on the home page, and see all the great things going on. Everything on the list is open to the public. Some require signing up; some require making a reservation; and some are just “show up”. The wide variety of events going on each month in our communities proves that there is something for everyone.

Time to get out the hiking shoes and walking stick and show up at the Pruett’s Grocery parking lot at 9:00 every Friday morning. According to Jean Dolan, Signal Mountain’s resident expert hiker, now that the weather is cooler, she is going to hit the trails and invites anyone interested to join her. Brought to us by the Newcomers of Signal Mountain, this is just one of many activities provided by that great organization. Open to new families on the mountain as well as anyone interested in becoming active in the community and not sure what they want to do – play BUNCO, join a “playgroup”, recipe club, book club, etc.—the list goes on. New co-directors Beth Baker, () and Allie Levine () welcome you.

On Tuesday, October 15th the Girl Scouts on Signal Mountain will have their annual Scarecrow kick-off at the Town of Signal Mountain Fire Station from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. This event is sponsored by the Police and Fire Departments and is a very special time for the girls and special for all of us on the mountain who witness to this symbol of autumn’s arrival.

Notice the date change for the Signal Mountain Evening Guild. Now meeting the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Guild Room at the Town Hall, all women interested in becoming involved in this group are welcome. Call Vicki Love at , for details. The Literature Department of the Guild will hear a book review by Deborah Blake and then later in the month the Community Guild has its regular meeting and will hear a program on "Stress Management" with Reba Olsen, from the Speakers' Bureau at Parkridge Medical Center. We owe a great big THANK YOU to the members of the Community Guild for the wonderful job done on the new 2 Signal Mountain Directory. Look for copies to purchase at area businesses on the mountain. Remember proceeds from the sale of these directories goes to the service projects sponsored by the Community Guild.

Another reason to call Vicki would be to get more information on the Alexian Auxiliary, which meets the third Monday of each month at the Alexian Village Town Hall. Here men and women in the community are invited to participate in activities sponsored by the Auxiliary that are ongoing at both the Inn up on Signal Mountain and at the Valley Residence down on Mountain Creek Road. Play BINGO, read to patients, and paint fingernails are among the many activities available.

Speaking of Alexian Village. Thursday, October 31st happens to be Halloween. All children on the mountain are invited to attend the annual Halloween Party on the grounds at 100 James Boulevard in the Signal Mountain Historic District. Games – food – favors – and much much more! What a safe alternative to walking door to door to get your treats.

“Meet the Candidates” on Tuesday, October 15 at MACC and the 22nd at the Alexian Village Town Hall. Yes it is an election year and the six candidates running for three seats on the Signal Mountain Town Council have been invited to speak at 7:00 PM. This is our chance to hear what they have to say. We should take advantage of this opportunity so that we can make an educated decision when we vote in the November election.

It’s that time of year that the Mountain Education Fund kicks off its fundraising efforts. The chairman of this year’s efforts is Lynn Talbott. She invites residents of all the communities to remember the importance of this project. Whether you have student in the school system or not, your help is needed. Their goal is to call everyone on the mountain so don’t be surprised if you get a call from one of the many volunteers giving their time and effort between October 21 and 24.

Another important date to remember this October is that the second week of the month is FIRE PREVENTION WEEK. The Signal Mountain Fire Department will be visiting the schools and preschools around the mountain to educate the children and reminding their parents on fire safety. A reminder from the Fire Department: change the battery in your smoke detectors when the time changes at the end of the month!

Finally, let me remind you to keep sending me your dates and articles about your events. There are many other things happening up here in the month of October. If you need details call me () or email me with your questions and don't forget to look at the full calendar. How lucky we are to live in the communities we live in and how lucky we are to have such great individuals who volunteer to make our community the great one that it is. HATS OFF and good luck for the coming year to all the organizations and volunteers in each!