October 21 was the monthly Community Association meeting. Sheriff Phil Sims was the guest speaker.
He discussed some of the local criminal activity that has been policed in our coverage area and told of some success stories we have had from people reporting to the Tip Line. He reminded everyone that the Tip Line number is 256-571-7851 and said there is now an email tip line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
He then announced an upcoming meeting of the Community Watch leaders in the county. With Halloween approaching, he encouraged members with children to take note of the sex offender data base when allowing children to trick-or-treat for their safety. This can be found on the Sheriff’s Department website. He also discussed two unfunded projects that the Sheriff’s Department is focused on: Project Lifeline and the Yellow Dot program.
Project Lifeline is a bracelet/transmitter that can be worn by people with cognitive disorders who might wander and be placed at risk (such as someone with dementia or an autistic child). They have capability within the department to track them so that if the person wearing the bracelet wanders off, officers can locate the individual much easier. All deputies are now certified on how to use this equipment.
The Yellow Dot program is a yellow sticker that is placed on the back window of a person’s car. That indicates to officers that there is personal medical information (such as diabetic, medication allergies) located in the glove box in case of wreck or other emergency and the person is unable to provide the information. Both of these projects are available to citizens at no cost to participants. There are no funds available for these programs in the budgets but fortunately, there have been some generous donors who have provided funding to keep the projects going. To make a donation or to participate in one of these projects, contact the Sheriff’s Department for more information.
Following the presentation, the association members presented the sheriff with 23 no-sew blankets to provide comfort to children who night come into contact with officers. The Sheriff thanked everyone for the blankets and the work people are doing to help their neighbors.
The Ladies Line Dance Class is continuing to thrive. It is weekly, every Tuesday night at the Community Center.
Turkey shoots are resuming and will be hosted by the Fire Department and the Community Association every other Saturday (next one will be November 2 – December 28) starting at 8 a.m. at the Community Center.
The last event was the Section 8 concert and car show. There was a areat turn out and it was a lot of fun!
The next event will take place the night of our next meeting – November 18. The meeting time has changed to 6 p.m. and will start this night with our Appreciation Dinner. The Community Association wants to thank everyone who has participated in the work that has been done to raise the standards in Alder Springs. There have been a lot of people who have volunteered to work on the landscaping, painting, repairs handicap upgrades, etc., etc., etc. and the group wants to thank and recognize everyone through this dinner. Come out to the next meeting at 6 p.m. and enjoy some good food and fellowship. Auburn and Alabama blankets are being given away – you choose the team. The drawings will be November 18 at the meeting.
December 8 starting at 2 p.m. at the Community Center, everyone is invited to join together to enjoy some refreshments and to decorate the tree. We are selling in honor of or in memory of ornaments for $5 each which will adorn the community tree. We will be having a tree lighting following the decorating. To get your ornament, contact the Facebook page or any officer. (Or you can bring your own ornament on December 8).
Upcoming discussions will focus on repairing the roof on the community building, a possible storm shelter, and a gun safety class for the community. These are needs that have been recognized. If you have other suggestions and want to become a part of the community, see you at the next meeting (or contact one of the officers through the Facebook page).
Congratulations, Stan Broadus! He was the monthly meeting door prize winner. A door prize gift card is given away at every monthly meeting. See what you are missing, if you don’t attend?
The fire advisory has been lifted. The fire restrictions are no longer in place.
The Fire Department hosted a Trunk or Treat at the fire station on Hustleville Road. The Community Association participated in this event along with the Fire Department.
The Fire Department is looking for volunteers interested in running medic and fire calls and helping to support the community and the fire fighters. If interested, please contact Chief James Edwards at 256-302-4161.
Dates to remember:
November 2 – Turkey shoot
November 7 – Fire Department meeting at the Fire Station
November 16 – Turkey shoot
November 18 – Community Association meeting and Appreciation Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Community Center
November 30 – Turkey shoot
December 2 – Fire Department meeting at the Fire Station
December 8 – Christmas tree decorating and lighting 2 p.m. at the Community Center
December 14 – Turkey Shoot
December 16 – Community Association meeting at 6 p.m. at the Community Center.
December 28 – Turkey Shoot
Please be careful and watch out for your pets. There have been some reportings of people out trying to hurt them.
Join the Fire Department or Community Association Facebook pages to stay up to date on community happenings.
If you have any information you would like to share from the community, please text information to Kathleen Rice-Dean at 256-960-7640 or send message on the Facebook page.