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Back from the Beach…Important Meetings

September 4, 2007

Pensacola Beach was great. I learned some new things about my camera and I think I got some great bird photos…here are a couple.

Hall’s Seafood, Paradise Inn Grill, Hemingway’s and Sidelines (with packed seating and the Alabama game, the Auburn Game, the Tennessee game and the Georgia game all playing on the numerous tv’s, with fans from each school trying to prove they can be ruder than the others) were just some of the places we ate.

Thursday night the Bessemer Downtown Redevelopment Authority and Auburn University’s Urban Studio sponsored a public forum to solicit input for revitalization of downtown.

Attendence was sparse, but diverse. Business leaders and business people from downtown, representatives of Bessemer Historic Homeowners Association, downtown residents, community leaders, and one city official (Sarah Belcher) was there.

Bessemer is the 44th community that Auburn’s School of Architecture will use their assets- based approach with. Cheryl Morgan, an AU professor, and her fifth year students gathered information about things that we as Bessemer residents think are important aspects of our town and downtown in particular. Icons like the Bright Star but also important architectural aspects like the Carnegie Library building that houses the Chamber of commerce, and the old Post Office which houses the growing library. Buildings throughout downtown are aching to have the aluminum torn off and their rich architecture exposed again.

They also compiled a list of historical figures (how many knew Diana Ross was born in Bessemer?) and events. Major routes in to Bessemer and what people see or how they “know” they are in Bessemer are also being considered.

Finally, they asked about our dreams and visions for downtown Bessemer are. Things like rails to trails, art galleries, and B&B’s were brought up.

They will take this information plus their own research and present preliminary ideas on September 24th at the Sweet House at 6:30. They want input that day from even more citizens, so you who live in Bessemer need to plan to be there.

Another important upcoming event is UAB’s Understanding Youth Violence conference on October 18th from 8:30 to 3:00. This is good for community leaders, teachers and counselors and social workers and others. For more information contact Andrea Eden at aeden@uab.edu or 205-975-9413, or email me at metrocat10@aol.com and I will forward the brochure to you. Seems like an important topic considering what happened at Legion Field recently. The Bessemer Neighborhood Association will be represented at this meeting.

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>Back from the Beach…Important Meetings

September 4, 2007

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Pensacola Beach was great. I learned some new things about my camera and I think I got some great bird photos…here are a couple.

Hall’s Seafood, Paradise Inn Grill, Hemingway’s and Sidelines (with packed seating and the Alabama game, the Auburn Game, the Tennessee game and the Georgia game all playing on the numerous tv’s, with fans from each school trying to prove they can be ruder than the others) were just some of the places we ate.

Thursday night the Bessemer Downtown Redevelopment Authority and Auburn University’s Urban Studio sponsored a public forum to solicit input for revitalization of downtown.

Attendence was sparse, but diverse. Business leaders and business people from downtown, representatives of Bessemer Historic Homeowners Association, downtown residents, community leaders, and one city official (Sarah Belcher) was there.

Bessemer is the 44th community that Auburn’s School of Architecture will use their assets- based approach with. Cheryl Morgan, an AU professor, and her fifth year students gathered information about things that we as Bessemer residents think are important aspects of our town and downtown in particular. Icons like the Bright Star but also important architectural aspects like the Carnegie Library building that houses the Chamber of commerce, and the old Post Office which houses the growing library. Buildings throughout downtown are aching to have the aluminum torn off and their rich architecture exposed again.

They also compiled a list of historical figures (how many knew Diana Ross was born in Bessemer?) and events. Major routes in to Bessemer and what people see or how they “know” they are in Bessemer are also being considered.

Finally, they asked about our dreams and visions for downtown Bessemer are. Things like rails to trails, art galleries, and B&B’s were brought up.

They will take this information plus their own research and present preliminary ideas on September 24th at the Sweet House at 6:30. They want input that day from even more citizens, so you who live in Bessemer need to plan to be there.

Another important upcoming event is UAB’s Understanding Youth Violence conference on October 18th from 8:30 to 3:00. This is good for community leaders, teachers and counselors and social workers and others. For more information contact Andrea Eden at aeden@uab.edu or 205-975-9413, or email me at metrocat10@aol.com and I will forward the brochure to you. Seems like an important topic considering what happened at Legion Field recently. The Bessemer Neighborhood Association will be represented at this meeting.

Happy Memorial Day

May 28, 2007

Today is a good day to show our Historic Flag collection. Actually all the flags are new, replicas of historic U. S. Flags. Right now we have 4, but I plan to add 2 more before July 4.

The first flag (with the 76 on it)is the Bennington flag that tradition says was flown at the Battle of Bennington (actually fought at Wallomsack, New York, not Bennington, Vermont)in 1777. This is the only U. S. historical flag with white stripes rather than red, as the outer stripes.

The next flag is the Betsy Ross flag, the first offical flag of our country, with the circular ring of stars, and flown from June 14, 1777 to May 1, 1795.

Our next flag is the “Star Spangled Banner” that has 15 stars, that inspired our national anthem. Francis Scott Key saw this flag thorugh the smoke at Ft. McHenry. This flag has its own web site at the Smithsonian. The Star Spangled Banner

The fourth flag is the current U. S. flag with 50 stars.

We will add the U. S. flag used during the civil war, and the flag used during World War 2, when my dad fought, during the summer.

This collection will fly on patriotic holidays.

Remember those who fought and died for our country today, while you are downing ribs and beer and beginning the summer season. And be careful, there has already been at least two drownings at Gulf Shores (drownings)and a murder in Bessemer on my street (teenager at a birthday party) this weekend. Teen killed

Here’s what the AP reported about the gay weekend in Pensacola, as reported in The Decatur Daily. Funny, no reporting in the Birmingham News. And it’s not on the Decatur Paper’s web site. Not to fear, the Opelike Auburn News has it. 50,000 people and lots of green, along with rainbows. Gay Redneck Riviera

>Happy Memorial Day

May 28, 2007

>Today is a good day to show our Historic Flag collection. Actually all the flags are new, replicas of historic U. S. Flags. Right now we have 4, but I plan to add 2 more before July 4.

The first flag (with the 76 on it)is the Bennington flag that tradition says was flown at the Battle of Bennington (actually fought at Wallomsack, New York, not Bennington, Vermont)in 1777. This is the only U. S. historical flag with white stripes rather than red, as the outer stripes.

The next flag is the Betsy Ross flag, the first offical flag of our country, with the circular ring of stars, and flown from June 14, 1777 to May 1, 1795.

Our next flag is the “Star Spangled Banner” that has 15 stars, that inspired our national anthem. Francis Scott Key saw this flag thorugh the smoke at Ft. McHenry. This flag has its own web site at the Smithsonian. The Star Spangled Banner

The fourth flag is the current U. S. flag with 50 stars.

We will add the U. S. flag used during the civil war, and the flag used during World War 2, when my dad fought, during the summer.

This collection will fly on patriotic holidays.

Remember those who fought and died for our country today, while you are downing ribs and beer and beginning the summer season. And be careful, there has already been at least two drownings at Gulf Shores (drownings)and a murder in Bessemer on my street (teenager at a birthday party) this weekend. Teen killed

Here’s what the AP reported about the gay weekend in Pensacola, as reported in The Decatur Daily. Funny, no reporting in the Birmingham News. And it’s not on the Decatur Paper’s web site. Not to fear, the Opelike Auburn News has it. 50,000 people and lots of green, along with rainbows. Gay Redneck Riviera

Pensacola On My Mind

May 22, 2007

We are back from our little trip, and Pensacola Beach was very nice. There is still so much evidence of Hurricane Ivan’s destruction (2004) that one wonders how they will handle the crowds on their big weekends, including Memorial Day weekend when thousands of gays flock to Pensacola, and the Blue Angels weekend in July when thousands of everybodies flock to the island. We visited there in 2005, just months after Ivan for the 4th of July and Blue Angels and they handled the crowds then, so I guess they will do OK. The road to Ft. Pickens is still closed, and the road to Navarre is closed a couple of miles in to Gulf Islands National Seashore, but I assure you that is where the crowd will be this weekend. In fact, the road is washed away, with parts of the blacktop and center stripes lying on top of the sand a few yards inland from where the cracked and rumpled under layers of the road are still visible. I guess the Park Service on both ends of Pensacola Beach either are in no hurry to repair their roads or can’t find construction workers to do it since they are all building condos and repairing existing commercial properties.


Anyway, even a week before Memorial Day, you see this kite flying and you know you the area has been staked out for gays and gay friendly folks. Need information: http://www.memorialweekendpensacola.com/

Remember the Tiki House? Their sign proclaimed it “A 50’s Place” and it is where Bobby and I met (not in the 50’s). This is all that remains, the motel site is now used as a staging site and parking for condo construction that is going on across the street

This crab kept trying to creep up on us. Nosey little critter.

Next weekend there will be a hundreds of these rainbow colored umbrellas lining the beaches. Not this year for us though.

Tomorrow I will post my weekly column from The Western Tribune, Bessemer’s newspaper. And any news I might have about the pot boiling over.

>Pensacola On My Mind

May 22, 2007

>We are back from our little trip, and Pensacola Beach was very nice. There is still so much evidence of Hurricane Ivan’s destruction (2004) that one wonders how they will handle the crowds on their big weekends, including Memorial Day weekend when thousands of gays flock to Pensacola, and the Blue Angels weekend in July when thousands of everybodies flock to the island. We visited there in 2005, just months after Ivan for the 4th of July and Blue Angels and they handled the crowds then, so I guess they will do OK. The road to Ft. Pickens is still closed, and the road to Navarre is closed a couple of miles in to Gulf Islands National Seashore, but I assure you that is where the crowd will be this weekend. In fact, the road is washed away, with parts of the blacktop and center stripes lying on top of the sand a few yards inland from where the cracked and rumpled under layers of the road are still visible. I guess the Park Service on both ends of Pensacola Beach either are in no hurry to repair their roads or can’t find construction workers to do it since they are all building condos and repairing existing commercial properties.


Anyway, even a week before Memorial Day, you see this kite flying and you know you the area has been staked out for gays and gay friendly folks. Need information: http://www.memorialweekendpensacola.com/

Remember the Tiki House? Their sign proclaimed it “A 50’s Place” and it is where Bobby and I met (not in the 50’s). This is all that remains, the motel site is now used as a staging site and parking for condo construction that is going on across the street

This crab kept trying to creep up on us. Nosey little critter.

Next weekend there will be a hundreds of these rainbow colored umbrellas lining the beaches. Not this year for us though.

Tomorrow I will post my weekly column from The Western Tribune, Bessemer’s newspaper. And any news I might have about the pot boiling over.

Pensacola is Better than Blogging

May 20, 2007

Why I am not posting this weekend:

What I would be posting if I were:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former President Carter says President Bush’s administration is “the worst in history” in international relations, taking aim at the White House’s policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CARTER_BUSH?SITE=OHRAV&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

>Pensacola is Better than Blogging

May 20, 2007

>Why I am not posting this weekend:

What I would be posting if I were:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former President Carter says President Bush’s administration is “the worst in history” in international relations, taking aim at the White House’s policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CARTER_BUSH?SITE=OHRAV&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT