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published on 06/04/2005

Hats off….to new beginnings

By staff writer

“Life is a series of beginnings, not endings,” according to Bernie Segiel, M.D. School may be out for the summer and most organizations have taken a break from meeting on a regular basis, but life goes on within our communities on Walden’s Ridge.

If you listen you can hear rehearsals for the summer production of the Signal Mountain Playhouse, this year it’s South Pacific. Or you might hear the laughter of children participating in the Signal Mountain Recreation Department’s Summer Camps at Althaus Park. The Bachman Community Center is host to Moccasin Bend Girl Scout Day Camps. The Green Giants swim team at the Signal Mountain pool is busy training for this season of swim meets several of which will be held at the Signal Mountain pool. At the Mountain Arts Community Center a variety of cultural art classes including clay, dance, theater, and stand-up comedy are being offered this summer. The Signal Mountain Library begins its summer reading program. These are just a sample of the many activities available to children and adults this summer.

Don’t want to be tied down to a program? Take a hike along the many beautiful trails on our mountaintop. (Don’t forget you can stroll down Shoal Creek Road now every Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00). Spend the day at the Pumpkin Patch; take a sack lunch and eat under the pavilion. Go to the Signal Mountain Community web site and take a virtual tour of all the many parks and peaceful places nestled within out communities. Spend the summer going to each and writing down your experiences whether alone or with your children or parents. Keep a journal and take a few pictures to remember your experience and then pull it out on a chilly winter day to remind you what a really great place we live in.

If you missed the Fourth of July Parade through Old Towne last year, you really missed a great event. I’m not sure if it was the horses, the antique cars, the children’s bicycle brigade or the bagpipes, but it really felt good to witness such an event. I sat in front of my house in a lawn chair waiting like a kid to hear the horn of the fire truck announcing the parade. I couldn’t get enough pictures. So bring your chairs, your kids, your pets and parents to James Boulevard. You won’t be disappointed! And don’t forget to drop by the Lion’s Club barbeque on July 4th at Althaus Park. Stay and enjoy the barbeque and company of friends and family or buy it and take it home. Either way, you are supporting a great organization that does a lot for the communities up here on the mountain.

And while you are enjoying the summer months, we at the Mirror are still busy making sure your stories are told so keep sending them to us. As they say on the Hallmark Channel’s early morning show New Morning, “It’s a new day. Now go out and make it your day.”