Happy New Year!

Mayor Andy Betterton

December 29, 2020

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Alabama Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Do you love plants? Do you enjoy learning? Then you are a great candidate for the Master Gardener Intern Training Program! You do not have to be a garden expert; just come with a desire to learn and grow!

The Alabama Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an educational volunteer-recruitment program offered through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Volunteers work with the Alabama Extension to provide their communities with reliable, relevant, and reachable gardening information and education opportunities.

The thirteen-week Master Gardener training course is available on-line via Zoom with hands-on afternoon sessions (certain county conditions may apply). Subjects covered in the training program include home lawns, trees, shrubs, annual and perennial flowers, and vegetable gardening. Extension specialists, agents, local specialists, and certified Master Gardeners will teach the classes.

Participants in the Master Gardener Course are required to report 50 hours of volunteer service within a year of completing the course to become certified. To stay active, Certified Master Gardeners achieve 25 hours of volunteer service each year. Projects range from answering helpline calls and assisting extension agent workshops in helping with ongoing community projects.

The deadline to register for the spring training series is January 17, 2021. The spring intern training will start on February 2 with an orientation, followed by training classes on Thursdays from February 4 through April 29. For more information...

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Thank you for RECYCLING RIGHT this year!

The recycling center is full of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans! All of these materials will be sorted, baled, and sold to be recycled into new something new!
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The planners of the City of Florence -- John Coffee, Hunter Peel and Ferdinand Sannoner -- knew full well that the economy in 1818 was based primarily on agriculture. They knew, too, that residents of the new city would probably maintain small gardens themselves and would make room for farm animals such as chickens, along with, perhaps, a cow for milk and butter and a pig to slaughter in the wintertime. But the need for large quantities of such staples as corn, beans, potatoes, etc. would have to be met in other ways. So, they planned a farm-to-market road and named it Market Street. It was one of the several north-south streets in the downtown grid and continued north out of town, all the way to Cypress Inn, Tennessee, making it easy for farmers to bring their produce to town and their cotton to market. The road still exists today, but with a different name: Wood Avenue. This name change occurred in the early 1870's as a way to honor a beloved member of the Wood family, whose handsome, intriguing house can be found at 640 North Wood Avenue.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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The Mayor and Council members will hold the next council meeting on

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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A little laugh...

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