Hello, Fall!

Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

September 23, 2021

Since Halloween falls on Sunday this year, Florence Mayor Andy Betterton is encouraging the citizens of Florence to observe Halloween on Saturday, October 30th. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to provide adequate safety measures to protect children enjoying the holiday festivities.

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Congratulations To The Four New Walk of Honor Inductees!

ROBERT E. “BOB” BRUNINGA (Plaque reads) Robert Bruninga’s invention of the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) for amateur radio in 1993 was adopted worldwide. He was inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2002 and received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Award in 2014.

REAR ADMIRAL MARY ALICE HALL (Plaque reads) A distinguished US Naval Officer, RADM Mary Alice Hall became, in 1991, the first Navy Nurse since WWII to receive the Distinguished Service Medal and, in 1993, the first military nurse to command a military hospital.

JESSE CLOPTON JAMES (Plaque reads) As an accomplished scientist, Jesse C. James did groundbreaking studies of Venus, Mars, and the Sun; and he managed the Harvard Astronomy Station in Texas. He garnered 12 patents and authored 22 papers in scientific journals.

REEDER GLENN NICHOLS (Plaque reads) Serving as a radio engineer for the England-to-Australia airplane race in 1934, Reeder Nichols later commanded the US Air Force’s radio group for Australia and the SW Pacific. A mountain in Australia is named in his honor.

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Veterans Drive Corridor Study

Tuesday night, the City of Florence Council approved a contract with Ross/Fowler P.C. to provide a study of the Veterans Drive Corridor. The project will address transportation, land use, and urban design components for the portion of the corridor beginning at the Helton Drive overpass to the intersection of Cox Creek Parkway.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Rotary STAR Play at McFarland Park

The groundbreaking ceremony for Rotary STAR Play, a Sensory, Tactile, and Adaptive Recreation park, is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, October 1, at McFarland Park under O’Neal Bridge.
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The Salvation Army of the Shoals is so excited to announce our Angel Tree program for this Christmas Season!

Please read the instructions and be sure to have the documents listed at one of the drive through verification days, which will be October 1st and 29th from 9am-2pm.

Go to the following link to sign up your children for Angel Tree. Be sure to type in the code Shoals21. https://www.pwhdev.net/AngelWebSQL/loginangel.html

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This week, it was an honor to have the Florence High School's Digital Team interview & film the Florence & Rescue Surface Water Training Class. Stay tuned for the result...

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Though the name of Helen Keller is rightfully connected to the City of Tuscumbia, it is known that the Keller family maintained a home at 724 North Wood Avenue in Florence for a period of time (in a house that preceded the beautiful home that is presently there) so that Miss Keller could be enrolled in the Female Synodical College which was located on Seminary Street where the Justice John McKinley Federal Building sits today. Though it had the term “College” as part of its name, young ladies attended, as did Miss Keller, who were as young as 12 years of age. The College held a benefit entertainment on November 17, 1892 (see the attached copy of the printed program) in which Helen Keller participated. It shows that she was one of the assistants to the person in charge of the program. The interior page of the program (not pictured) indicates that she did a recitation of a piece entitled “A Psalm of Life.” It’s intriguing to ponder how, as far back as 1892, school leaders found ways to accommodate her disabilities to the point that, at age 12, she performed before an audience. And it’s exciting to know that they did!

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Check out the list of upcoming events...

Pink Alabama Presents "A Pink Day"

Join in on the free social event recognizing and celebrating local cancer survivors on October 17, 2021!

Underwood Petersville Community Center

840 County Road 7, Florence, AL 35633

Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Book Store

The Friends Bookstore, located in the lobby of the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, will have a half-price sale beginning Friday, September 24, and continuing through Sunday, October 3. Everything will be on sale except the handmade bookmarks. The bookstore is run by volunteers who care about our wonderful library. Proceeds from bookstore sales support programming for young children, teens, and adults!

Renaissance Fair: October 23-24, 2021

Held in Wilson Park (renamed Fountain-on-the-Green on weekend of the faire), the Alabama Renaissance Faire draws 30,000– 35,000 people each year and is designated as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. As always, it will be held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday in October, taking advantage of the balmy weather and the gorgeous fall foliage in the park.

Don't miss this fun, family-friendly event on October 23-24, 2021

For more details, visit www.https://www.thealrenfaire.org/

#VisittheShoals #renaissancefaire #florence #alabama


Special Event Fundraiser

OCT – 30 at 7 PM – Rogers Hall

Underwritten by: Bill & Kelley Lyons

Join the Shoals Symphony for magical night of music and mystery! This unique event at Rogers Hall on the campus of UNA will be one that encourages you to wear a mask of a different kind! Spooky, delicious appetizers and tasty libations included. 21 and older only please.

Suggested Attire: Evening Wear (Dark Suit, Long Dress) & of course a Masquerade mask is encouraged.

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A little laugh...

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

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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How to Submit Your Event, News, or Announcement:

  • Public and community events or announcements can be submitted by attaching an email, Word document, PDF, or JPG file suitable for viewing on the web. Include graphics in JPG or PNG if possible.
  • Along with your information, include your name, phone number, event name, location, date and time, and a brief description.
  • IMPORTANT: Please submit your information no later than Tuesday of each week (preferably sooner). Submissions after the deadline will be added to the next week's publication. The newsletter is posted on Thursday afternoon.
  • Send your information to rmansell@florenceal.org or call Rachel Koonce with questions at 256-760-6494.