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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 11/09/2002


By staff writer

Some people love chocolate, some love a gentle rain, some a thunderstorm with lots of lightning and thunder. I love to read – a good mystery, a modern literature, a sweet love story, non-fiction historical novels, and especially old classics. Sometimes I have three books going at the same time. You might say it’s a passion or you might think I’m crazy, but whatever motive behind my reading, it doesn’t matter – because I LOVE TO READ! And it’s “BOOK TIME”, this year’s Children’s Book Week theme, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. This November 18 –24 is the time to encourage a child to spend time every day reading a book. A good resource is The Children’s Book Council on the Internet at But look closely in our own community – your child’s school library, the Signal Mountain Library (celebrating through their Toddlers Tuesday program – “I Love Books”) or join the Book Club, Wild Hare Books, or maybe that box of books you’ve stored in the attic until the “right time”. The Nolan PTA is sponsoring a Book Fair on November 12. You may be surprised to see wonderful opportunities to celebrate this year’s Children’s Book Week, and who knows? You or your children might develop a passion for reading like me!

SAVE THE DATE… it’s not a wedding date, but it’s going to be a fun day. Sunday, November 24th – Sunday on Signal! This is the annual open house that area merchants hold each year the Sunday before Thanksgiving; for over twenty years. This event is special in many ways. For one thing, it gives residents a chance to see what the businesses on the mountain have to offer. Most offer among other things special prices, discounts, door prizes, and refreshments. But it also is a time for the businesses to say “thank-you” to the residents for supporting merchants on the mountain. As one of those merchants, I can’t stress this enough. Thank you for choosing to shop on the mountain and remember to save the date and visit all the participating merchants between 1:00 and 6:00 PM.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5. Polls open at 8:00 AM. There are many important ballots, but one in particular is the election of members of the Signal Mountain Town Council and Walden Board of Alderman. Choose wisely and hopefully you have taken the time to learn something about each of the candidates running for office. The Town of Signal Mountain Town Council meets the second Monday of each month. On November 11th at the Council meeting, the three candidates elected on November 5th will be installed. Also at that meeting the entire Council will vote and elect a mayor and vice-mayor. The Board of Alderman and mayor in Walden will be installed at their meeting on November 12th. These are important meetings and everyone is invited to attend. Hope to see you there!

The Signal Mountain Literature Department of the Community Guild cordially invites residents to attend this month’s meeting in the Guild Room at the Town Hall. The planned program will be a special treat as Signal Mountain Librarian, Connie Pierce will be discussing the Harmony Series and Staggerford Series. Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome. If you have a question, please call Martha Fanning at or Jane Parks at . The Evening Guild is actively seeking new members. All women on Signal Mountain interested in a social or civic outlet are invited to join. There is no membership fee and participation in activities is strictly voluntary. Dr. Richard Childress, Senior Pastor at Signal Mountain Baptist Church will be presenting a program on “Thanks-living” at the Signal Mountain Community Guild Meeting this month.

The Lone Oak FCE (Family Community Education) Club is looking for new members of any age. They meet the fourth Monday of each month at 1:00 PM (est) at the Lone Oak Community Center on Taft Highway. Current activities involve making Christmas ornaments out of old cards. After Christmas members plan to learn Swedish Embroidery (Huck Weaving). Speaking of Christmas, the Lone Oak Community Center will be giving away a beautiful quilt on December 8 at their annual Covered Dish Dinner. A $1 dollar donation gets one ticket and $5 gets six tickets. Winning ticket holder does not have to be present. Get your tickets at the November 2nd Big Country Breakfast or at the senior center.

Thank you. This column is dedicated to sharing news about community activities, service projects, and other events that are important to the life of the residents on our “mountain”. Twelve issues ago I wrote this sentence and it is still true today. But I need your help – please call me () or email me at (), or come by the GRAPEViNE and see me. I need to hear from you so I can report to the community what is going to happen. Happy Thanksgiving!