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Letters to the Editor

July 7, 2013

Letters to the Editor 7/7/13

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Thanks for fundraiser support

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the board of directors of the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, I would like to thank all of those who contributed to a very successful 2nd Annual Sam Gibbons Memorial Walking Horse Show. We would like to thank Ken Wilson and the Southeastern Saddle Club for organizing and managing the show, Teresa Todd and Bill Scheuler for their assistance and our major sponsors: John & Molly Plunk, Jimmy Smith Buick/GMC, Smith Infinity of Huntsville and Copier Doctors of Athens. We would also like to thank our many other sponsors who are too numerous to mention.

We offer a special Thank You to Sheriff Mike Blakely for allowing us to use his wonderful facility and for providing manpower to assist with the setup and cleanup before and after the event. 

Additionally, we would like to thank the AMVETS for cooking and manning the concession stand, and all of our volunteers for filling in where necessary.

We would like to offer a very special Thank You to those folks who came out to watch and support the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives. The 2nd Annual Sam Gibbons Memorial Horse Show is our largest fundraiser of the year and thanks to everyone involved, it was a very successful event.

All proceeds from the event will be used to fund the future expansion of our Museum.


Sandra Thompson, director

Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives

Volunteer support appreciated

Dear Editor:

I am writing to thank all the many volunteers who have worked so hard to bring art and artistic experiences to our local community. Athens Arts League, which was formerly Art On the Square merged with Spirit of Athens this year, and the formerly festival-driven group has expanded their mission in order to better bring art year-round to the whole community. Also planned is development of an artists’ enclave in downtown Athens.

This past month volunteers from the group taught art camps to children from The Athens and Tanner Boys & Girls Clubs. The youth service organization known as TRAIL provided a grant to assist the league in the mission of spreading art experiences to all children in Limestone County. Athens Arts League volunteers created the painting project and over 60 children were exposed to the joy of art. More public children’s art camps are in the works for this fall.

On June 28, the league organized and hosted the first of three fourth Friday Summer Art Stroll events on the Limestone County Courthouse lawn. Numerous businesses on The Square stayed open late and the restaurants were buzzing with activity. Best of all, the Courthouse walkways were filled with people meeting local and regional painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, clothing designers, mixed media artists and a local violinist. Children drew with chalk on the sidewalks and hula hoops were abundant. The Athens Arts League made certain that the grass was protected on the lawn by assuring that no stakes were used by artists and only weights were placed to secure their pop-up tents. Lynn Hart of KALB brought recyclable containers for the plastic water bottles that the Athens Arts League passed out to the artists.

Most all of the participating artists plan to return and new ones have asked to be part of the upcoming Strolls. The artists’ works were impressive to say the least. This entire community is blessed to have so many positive passionate hands-on volunteers who love bringing plain old goodness to our city and county. Thanks again to everyone who stood up and said, yes!

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