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April 23, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Early weather and community news for your day

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today:



Weather:



Today: Sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind around 5 mph.



Tonight: Clear, with a low around 48. Calm wind.



Best bets for today:



Earth Week events at Cullman EC: Cullman Electric Cooperative is hosting free community events the week of April 21-25 to celebrate Earth Day. Today, Cullman EC is providing free document shredding at both its Cullman and Addison offices during working hours. Info: Cullman Electric Cooperative at 256-737-3268.



SWCD monthly supervisors meeting: The Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District’s monthly supervisors’ meeting will be at 9:30 a. m. Wednesday in the USDA Service Center, 501 4th Street SW, Cullman 35055. All interested persons may attend.



Cullman Farmers’ Co-Op Market: The old Farmers’ market is open Monday through Saturday. Expected hours are from 6:30 a. m. to 4 p. m. — which varies with different farmers. It is located on Young St. NE between 1st and 2nd avenues. Just down from Sno Biz and Depot Park, with parking on Young St. NE.



Good Hope farmers’ market: Local Good Hope growers (only) will sell produce from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Hathcock Park in Good Hope. Vendor hopefuls may inquire at Good Hope Town Hall.



Festhalle Market Platz now open: The Festhalle Market Platz will open their market for Spring hours, 8 a. m. to 2 p. m. , Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. All new produce vendors must have a valid grower’s permit and all new crafts vendors must hand-make their crafts in accordance with market rules and guidelines. Those with access to the Internet can view a copy of the 2013 Festhalle Market Rules & Regulations online at www.cullmancity.org. Just “click” on the Festhalle Market Platz site. Those visiting the Festhalle site will also find a copy of the vendor application. Vendors must provide their own tables and chairs. Contact Ann Moore at 256-734-9157 to inquire about vendor spaces.

Festhalle Market Platz is available for public and private rentals throughout the year. Daily rental of the Festhalle is $200. A $50 refundable cleanup deposit is required.

For rentals or more information, contact Ann Moore at 256-734-9157.



Looking ahead:



Holly Pond FFA plant sale: The Holly Pond FFA greenhouse is now open from 8 a. m. to 3 p. m. Monday - Friday at the school (160 New Hope Road, Holly Pond 35058). Special Saturday sale will be from 8 a. m. to noon April 26 and May 3. Bedding plants, geraniums, hanging baskets and tomato plants available. Several colors and varieties to choose from. All proceeds go to help fund FFA activities. Info: school office at 256-796-5120.



Parkside School’s Bingo night: Parkside School will host a Bingo night from 6 to 8 p. m. Friday, May 2, in the school lunchroom, 12431 Highway 69 N, Baileyton 35019. Cards are $1 to $5, with Bingo markes available for purchase. There will also be door prizes and a silent auction. Concessions available. All proceeds to go to the school.



Vinemont Christian Academy now enrolling: Enrollment is in progress for 2014-2015 at Vinemont Christian Academy. We offer Bible-centered pre-school K4 and kindergarten K5. Individualized, Bible-centered 1st-12th grade on campus and homeschool programs. To register, or for more information, contact the school office at 256-734-2882 or visit the web site at www.vinemontchristianacademy.com.



Cinderella coming to St. Bernard: St. Bernard Prep School’s Abby Byre Center for the Performing Arts will present a production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 6:56 p. m. May 1-3; and at 2 p. m. May 4, at 1600 St. Bernard Dr. SE, Cullman 35055.

General admission tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Farmers Home Furniture on Highway 31. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Box Office at 256-727-8598. All proceeds to benefit the Abby Byre Center for the Performing Arts.

On Thursday, May 1, St. Bernard’s will host an anniversary celebration of the one-year opening of the Byre with gourmet desserts. Drinks will be coffee, iced tea and water. Price of show is included in the tickets. Only 30 tickets will be sold for this event.



EES to present ‘Oklahoma’: Students at East Elementary School will present the Broadway musical “Oklahoma” at 7 p. m. April 25; and at 1 p. m. April 16, in the school’s gym. Doors will be open one hour early each day. Admission is $5; children five years and under are free. Proceeds will go to future productions by the East Elementary Musical Theatre Department. Info: school office at 256-734-2232.



Welti’s kindergarten registration: Welti Elementary School is now enrolling students (five years of age on or before Sept. 2, 2014) for the next school year. Registration will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a. m. ; and from noon to 2:30 p. m. Thursday, April 24, at the school.

Parents/guardians must bring a blue slip (health dept. immunization card), child’s Social Security Card, and a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate.



Dance performance at Hanceville Elementary: Sudha Raghuram is a committed Bharatanatyam instructor, dancer and choreographer based in Montgomery, Ala. She is a dancer known for her command of the traditional technique of Bharatanatyam, while at the same time effortlessly embracing Kathak, contemporary dance and folk dances of India.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts has awarded her the Folk Arts Apprenticeship grant eight times since the year 2000. In 2013, she was awarded the Dance Fellowship and was selected in the Alabama Touring Artist Program to perform Indian classical dance in different public schools across Alabama.

Ms. Raghuram will give a performanace at 11 a. m. and 1:30 p. m. Wednesday, April 23, at Hanceville Elementary; the public is invited to attend.



Masonic scholarships: Applications for the Robert Bates Masonic Scholarships are available for seniors in both city and county schools. Students should contact their guidance counselor or contact Jerry Goldin at 256-796-8914. Deadline for Submission is April 30.



Garden City Elementary’s kindergarten registration: Pre-registration for Garden City Elementary School's 2014-15 kindergarten class will be from 9 a. m. to noon Friday, May 2. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014.

Parents should bring a certified copy of child's birth certificate, Social Security card, and an up-to-date immunization card (blue slip). Children should accompany parents to registration to complete vision and hearing screenings. Info: school office at 256-352-5051.



County Head Start programs: Head Start is now taking applications for preschool services for children ages 3-5. Call school ahead of time and ask for an appointment.

All parents must bring a birth certificate for each child, verification of income for 2013 (W-2 form, check stub, Social Security statement, child support, unemployment, etc. ); Medicaid or insurance card (if available); additional information needed: WIC, food stamps, college ID, military ID, proof of kinship care, IEP.

These services are provided at no cost to parents, including all school supplies. Children with special needs and/or disabilities and homeless families are given priority.

Schools: Vinemont at 17600 Highway 31 N, Cullman 35058 (256-737-9786); Cold Springs, 8999 County Road 109, Bremen 35033 (256-287-0670); Hanceville Head Start/PreK, 801 Commercial St. , Hanceville 35077 (256-352-2531); Baileyton, 12431 Highway 69 N, Baileyton 35019 (256-796-2834); Harmony, 36 County Road 974, Logan 35098 (256-747-8502); and Welti, 8545 County Road 747, Cullman 35055 (256-734-6385).



Little Lambs Preschool registration: Registration for St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church’s Little Lambs Preschool 2014-15 school year began March 3 for ages 18 months through 4 years. The school is at 512 2nd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055.

For more information, contact the school office at 256-736-2290 or view the website at www.sjepc.com.



34th annual appeal under way: November 2013, St. Bernard kicked off the 34th annual appeal. This yearly event helps maintain St. Bernard’s day-to-day operation by supporting the operating budgets of St. Bernard Abbey and School.

The goal for the 34th annual appeal has been set at $350,000. The Abbey and the School both benefit from this fund.

A tax deductible contribution may be made through “Paypal” by clicking on the “Donate” button online at www. stbernardprep. com; or by mailing a check made payable to St. Bernard Prep School, 1600 St. Bernard Drive, SE, Cullman 35055.



Free teachers workshop June 24-26: The Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a three-day teachers workshop June 24-26. The workshop is free of charge for K-12 teachers having an interest in environmental education topics and issues.   

There will be hands-on presentations and lots of free teaching aids. The theme for this year’s workshop is “Dig Deeper - Mysteries in the Soil”. Lunch will be furnished each day.

Seating is limited. For registration or more information contact Deborah Widner or Pat Smith with the Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District at 256-734-1431.



Today’s tidbit:



Did you do anything to celebrate Earth Day? Do you even know what Earth Day is about? The Worldwatch Institute has compiled a list of easy ways to “go green” to help save electricity, water, etc. Here are a few ways to do that at home — and save money, too!:

• Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water. Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.

• Save water to save money. Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too. Install a low-flow showerhead. They don't cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment. Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high. Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.

• Walk or bike to work if you can. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity. Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term. Lobby your local government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in bettering your health and reducing traffic.

• Eat smart. If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it's even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs. Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy. Watch videos about why local food and sustainable seafood are so great. Whatever your diet, eat low on the food chain This is especially true for seafood.

• Skip the bottled water. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste. Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work. Check out this short article for the latest on bottled water trends.

• Think before you buy. Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you've just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like Craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free. Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items. Watch a video about what happens when you buy things. Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse.

• Borrow instead of buying. Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books. Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.

• Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging. Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use. Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you'll be happy when you don't have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).

• Keep electronics out of the trash. Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible. Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem. Recycle your cell phone. Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.

• Make your own cleaning supplies. The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap. Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging — not to mention your indoor air quality.



10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. SUPREME COURT DEALS BLOW TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

By a 6-2 majority, the court declares that state voters can outlaw using race as a factor in college admissions. 

2. PRO-RUSSIAN GUNMEN HOLD AMERICAN JOURNALIST HOSTAGE

Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky was kidnapped in Ukraine’s eastern city of Slovyansk.

3. SOUTH KOREAN CAPTAIN’S IMAGE AT ODDS WITH HANDLING OF DISASTER

One colleague calls ferry Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on board. How did the man with a sterling reputation and glittering gold epaulets abandon a sinking ship full of teenagers?

4. CAIRO BOMB KILLS SENIOR SECURITY OFFICER

A brigadier general dies in the latest attack against Egypt’s police force.

5. WHERE OBAMA SEEKS TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

The president’s Asian tour aims to reassure partners about U. S. commitment to region, while balancing power of a more assertive China.

6. STOWAWAY WENT UNDETECTED FOR HOURS AT AIRPORT

Surveillance video shows teen who flew to Hawaii in wheel well of jetliner was on San Jose airfield seven hours before flight departed.

7. MICHIGAN MAN FOURTH IN US TO GET ‘BIONIC EYE’

After years of living with Robert Pontz’s blindness, a retinal prosthesis helps him see, prompting his wife to say something she never thought she’d say.

8. VATICAN SET TO CANONIZE REVOLUTIONARY PONTIFF ALONG WITH JOHN PAUL II

John XXIII, fondly remembered as the “Good Pope,” ushered in a modern Catholic Church in the 1960s.

9. WHY CALIFORNIA’S DEMOCRATS ARE DIVIDED

In the nation’s most populous and ethnically diverse state-the first to ban using race and ethnicity in college admissions-debate unfolds about reinstating affirmative action.

10. HOW A TWITTER REQUEST BY THE NYPD BACKFIRED

The city’s police department asked people to send their photos with officers using (hash)myNYPD. Many tweeted pictures of police brutality instead.