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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 01/09/2002

January HATS OFF

By staff writer

January seems to be a month we use to recover from all the activities during the holiday season. Maybe it’s a good time to check out a book at the Town of Signal Mountain Library. This library is owned and operated by the Town of Signal Mountain and is free to all residents of the Town of Signal Mountain. A fee is charged to non-residents. Connie Pierce serves is the Town Librarian and serves with the other department heads in the Town of Signal Mountain. There are three entities that make the Library the great place that it is. One is Connie and her staff, which includes Cathy Campbell, who is the computer teacher and editor of the Library newsletter, the Bookmark, Mary Norris who is in charge of the Book Nook where used books are sold and writes a column, “Inside the Library” in the Signal Mountain Mirror, Michelle Champaign, student librarian assistant, and Eileen Sullivan, in charge of circulation and cataloguing. Along with the staff are the many volunteers that assist Connie in the day to day running of the Library. Another important group is the Library Board. This board includes Connie and a group of residents appointed by the Town Council to oversee the Library and make decisions that are critical to its success. Finally, there is the Friends of the Library; a group of volunteers dedicated to finding ways to support the Library financially sponsoring events that raise awareness and finances in the community as well as sponsor annual membership drives. There are many on-going activities at the Library including the Terrific Two’s Days for preschoolers, computer classes, and the TSML Book Club. Residents are encouraged to sign up for classes and participate in these on-going activities. The Town of Signal Mountain Library is not part of the Hamilton County Library system, but this doesn’t stop it from being an active and vibrant part of our community. Can you answer this question a seven year old asked recently? How old do you have to be to get a Library card? (Answer: Third Grade) To learn more about the Library go to the Community Section for facts and information or to view the monthly newsletter, The Bookmark, which gives residents updates on new books, volunteer opportunities and a message from the Librarian Connie Pierce. HATS OFF to the Town of Signal Mountain Library, its staff, board, and volunteers.

Need to walk off some of those holiday pounds gained over the past few months? What about a nice three to seven mile hike around Signal Mountain? Every Friday between Labor Day and Memorial Day, weather permitting, the Women’s Hiking Club meets in the Signal Plaza Shopping Center parking lot. According to Lynn Talbott, one of the faithful hikers, all women of any age are invited to join the group. Their leader is none other than resident, Jean Dolan, a “true woman pioneer.” Jean is quick to say that she is just along for the hike, but everyone that comes in contact with her knows that her knowledge of trails, history of the mountain, and beautiful spirit make her one of the wonderful people in our community. Experience is not necessary, but stamina and ability to keep up helps, says Jean. So get out those hiking boots and that walking stick and get off the couch and on to the trails. HATS OFF to the Women’s Hiking Club and Jean Dolan.

The Signal Mountain Community Guild will be hearing from a representative from the Bachman Center. Gin Hawfield, from the Friends of the Library, will present the program for the Literature Department this month. Jed Mescon and Thom Benson from WDEF Channel 3 will greet the Newcomers Meeting with a program. The Signal Mountain Chamber of Commerce has Mark Vanloh, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority as its speaker. Remember all these meetings are open to anyone interested.

I’ve been asked a lot recently about MaryEllen’s hats, the NewsChannel 9 Anchor who came up with the idea of hats and scarves for patients who face the possibility of losing their hair during treatment. I called NewsChannel 9 who referred me to Memorial Hospital’s Breast Services. They have partnered to create “MaryEllen’s Millinery: Hats from the Heart”. This community service program is for patients undergoing chemotherapy offering free colorful and comfortable hats and scarves. The hats and scarves are donated to Memorial Breast Services. There is no special hat or pattern, according to the people at Memorial. Any new hat that isn’t scratchy will do. The Presbyterian Women at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church have invited MaryEllen Locher to speak at their winter gathering on January 21, 2002 at 6:00 PM. The cost is $7.00. Guests are encouraged to bring a hat or scarf as a gift to “MaryEllen’s Millinery: Hats for the Heart.” For more information or to make a reservation, call . We can all say, HATS OFF to MaryEllen, NewsChannel 9, and Memorial Breast Services for coming up with such a special program that “warms the heads and hearts of chemotherapy patients.”

This column is dedicated to bringing to the readers events, happenings and activities that are occurring on our “mountain”. Please call me at or e-mail me at with any information that I can share.
I want to thank the many people in the community who have contributed to helping make this column the success that it is. If your organization, church, or neighborhood is planning an event that all people on the mountain would benefit from, let me hear about it so I can let the people hear about it. HAPPY NEW YEAR!