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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 10/02/2001


By staff writer

Welcome. This column is dedicated to sharing news about community activities, service projects, and other events that are important to the life of the residents of our “mountain.”

My goal is not so much to report on what has happened but to bring to your attention what is happening or is about to happen. My name is Pris Shartle and I am pleased to be writing this column, but I need your help. In order to promote your organization, event, or activity I need to stay connected to you. I can be reached by calling or by e-mail at Please call or e-mail me with your ideas and upcoming events. The on-going calendar of events is provided for you, but we need you to provide the dates of the events.

Every year about this time we know that fall is in the air. We feel the change in temperatures, we see the leaves changing on the trees, and we smell the Kudzu along the roads as it ripens at the end of its growing season. But another sight we see are the scarecrows planted around town. These scarecrows are made by various Girl Scout troops from Signal Mountain. On October 2nd, the Girl Scouts gathered at the Town of Signal Mountain Fire Station to put the scarecrows together and eat grilled hot dogs and smores. HATS OFF to the men and women of the Fire Department for hosting the event, the people who donated the materials for the scarecrows, and the Girl Scouts for promoting community spirit throughout the mountain.

Local schools on Signal Mountain just received wonderful news from the Mountain Arts Community Center. The Irvin Andrew Porter Foundation approved a grant of $10,500 for the Mountain Arts’ Cultural Outreach Program. The grant will be paid in equal installments over two years. A committee of concerned parents, local artists, the Mountain Arts Community Center Board and PTA personnel met back in November 2000 to discuss how they could come together as a community to solve the funding problem caused by the State of Tennessee cutting funds in school programs in the areas of art and foreign language. According to Lynn Talbott, a member of this committee, the monies received from the grant will now be distributed equally among SM Middle School, Thrasher and Nolan. Also a free or reduced summer program at MACC for children will be provided. Projected programs include music and movement, puppetry, art appreciation, folk art, African American dance and music, and a wide variety of cultural arts programs for children who may not be exposed to the arts. HATS OFF to Karen Shropshire, Director of the Mountain Arts Community Center and the MACC Board for supporting and donating such a generous gift to the children of Signal Mountain.

Wednesday, October 31. All Hallo’s Eve or Halloween Day. An American tradition for children, dressing up in costumes, going door to door “trick or treating” for candy and treats or collecting for UNICEF, and going to parties bobbing for apples, eating caramel popcorn balls or caramel apples on a stick. Although an old tradition, many parents are becoming more and more concerned about the safety of their children on the streets so alternative activities are created. The residents on Signal Mountain are privileged to have one such alternative choice for our children.

The Alexian Brothers at Alexian Village at 100 James Boulevard will be hosting its annual Halloween Party. All children from Signal Mountain up to and in the 5th grade are invited to come to this free event. Activities begin at 6:00 PM and continue until 8:00 PM. According to Susan Showalter, at Alexian Village, children will be treated among other things with a Moon Walk, splatter paint, and a fortuneteller. In addition, popcorn, cotton candy, and games will be on hand to enjoy by all. HATS OFF to the Alexian Brothers Alexian Village of Tennessee for sponsoring this event and caring for the children of Signal Mountain.