Approximately 80 attended the monthly Last-Saturday Community Breakfast hosted by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay held its monthly Last-Saturday Breakfast at the Community Center on February 28. Among the 80 enjoying the bountiful, reasonably priced meal were, pictured above, seated from left, Andrea Trehern, Frank Trehern and their grandson Cohen Trehern. Standing is Kathleen Beesley, secretary of CBGB; Andrea Trehern is treasurer of the organization.
Friends honor SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Citizens of they Year, Dumas and Delores McLaney
At the February 27th banquet and ceremony honoring SouthWest Mobile County Citizens of the Year 2014, Dumas and Delores McLaney, were from left, Della Wade, Claudia Wheatley, Carolyn Cain and Marilyn Lambert.
Dumas and Delores McLaney named Citizens of the Year 2014 by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce
From left, Dumas McLaney, Sen. Bill Hightower and Delores McLaney
On Friday, February 27, 2015, the husband and wife team of Dumas and Delores McLaney were honored by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce as Citizens of the Year 2014. The couple contributed many hours this year (and in past years) to the benefit of their neighbors and the betterment of the community at large.
Dumas McLaney is leader of the County Line Band and presents two senior dances at Tillman's Corner Community Center each month. Delores helps with that event, and together they give their time to raise funds for cancer patients, for families in need, for funeral expenses of community members and for Christmas gifts for children. They even make the Community Center more beautiful and welcoming by planting and maintaining flowers and plants at the front door.
At the COY banquet and ceremony, the couple were attended by friends and family members, and received accolades from civic organizations and government officials at the local, city, county and state levels.
Chamber president, Alesia Davis, presented the pair with a plaque of appreciation. Proclamations and letters of recognition were read by the City of Mobile council member, John Williams; by County Commissioner Jerry Carl and by Alabama State Senator Bill Hightower and Representative Margie Wilcox. The McLaneys were also praised by Rev. David Hunt, pastor at Cornerstone Assembly of God; Donna Abercrombie, 1st vice president of SWMC Chamber and Larry Kent, former director of Tillman's Corner Community Center and cancer survivor.
The program ended with the McLaneys giving thanks for having been recognized for acts of kindness that THEY feel honored to have had the opportunity to accomplish.
Susan Wright of Theodore has her own unique method of recycling and re-purposing cast-offs. Maybe it won't make a big difference in saving the planet, but when Susan buys antique and broken jewelry at estate sales, adds her special artist's touch and turns them into lovely new necklaces, she certainly makes the environment a more beautiful place.
At the 6th Annual Dauphin Way Baptist Church Spring Expo March 6, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wright will have her jewelry for sale, some of the pieces ON sale at $10 off the regular price. In addition to the jewelry, Wright uses old beads and gems to make one-of-a-kind pictures for display on the wall or table, and she'll be showing those, as well.
The Expo will include approximately 125 other craftsmen, vendors and information providers. There is no admission charge, and visitors are invited to attend the event at the church, 3661 Dauphin Street at I-65, to enjoy not just the exhibitions but also free refreshments, music, door prizes and fellowship.
. For more on the event, call Robin Murphy, 251-445-4163 or Ginger McCracken, 251-341-0773.
Special Needs Athletes Programs Inc. (SNAP) is holding a special event to help raise funds for their bowling trophies and banquet. On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, a party bus to the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi will be departing from the Tillman's Corner Wal-Mart parking lot at 10 a.m.; it will return at 4:30 p.m.
For a $20 tax-deductible donation, those who go on the trip will get a free $15 Xtra credit on their encore player's pass. Bus seating is limited. RSVP at 251-455-6748 or 251-366-9978.
The "Celebrate Heart Month" Health Fair, sponsored by Healthcare Companions, was held at Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors Friday, February 27.
The event was very well attended, and among the displays was Providence Hospital's Senior Spirit booth manned by Allyson Blankenship (left in photo above.) Learning about the program were seniors George Sekoski and Christine Mothershed.
The Senior Center is at 5863 Nevius Road. For information on senior activities, call 661-6600; to learn about Homecare Companions, call 660-4000.
On Friday, March 13, 1-4 p.m., the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Spring Hill Avenue, will present "Tea at the Mansion," a lavish Southern-style event offering delicious treats and a tour of the magnificent historic home.
The Tea is a fundraiser to help support the preservation and operation of the house; tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 years old and younger. Tickets to the Tea may be purchased online through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1233543, by phone or at the door (subject to availability.)
Pictured at left is a view of the foyer. All the furnishings in the home are period antiques and have remained in the mansion since the Mitchells, the last family to occupy the house, lived there.
For more information on the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Spring Tea, call 251-471-6364 or visit website www.braggmitchellmansion.com.
Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, begins its run of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on Friday, February 27. The show will continue February 28, March 1 and March 6-8, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets for adults are $15; seniors (60 and older), students and active military personnel tickets are $12 each.
Bill Watts will direct this play, one of the Bard's most beloved comedies. The Phoenix Quartet will provide Renaissance music, and the production features costumes, songs and dances from the Elizabethan Age.
Among the performers are those pictured at left, Emily Ericson as Viola and Joe Tramula, who plays both a sea captain and a priest in this production. Some of the others in the cast are John Campbell, Christopher Spencer, E.A. Keeble, Joe Fuselli and Timothy Guy.
Call 457-8887 or log onto http://www.cctshows.com for reservations or information.
Mavis Jarrell, poet and author, will appear at March 6th Dauphin Way Baptist Church Spring Expo 2015
Mavis Jarrell, a Mobile area poet/author has joined the ranks of writers appearing in the 6th Annual Dauphin Way Baptist Church Spring Expo 2015 on March 6th. Jarrell has had short stories published in "Chicken Soup For The Soul: It's Christmas" and "Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Power of Forgiveness." These publications will be available for sale at the Expo.
Jarrell is recently retired from the University of South Alabama where her years of student guidance enhanced her abilities to help others reach goals. Through the years as a volunteer with multiple non-profit organizations, including a divorce recovery program, and The Pensters, a writing group, she continues to spread her philosophy that overcoming life’s challenges makes us stronger. One of her goals is to help others discover their potential.
Jarrell, who writes under the name of M.M. Jarrell, will join other writers, Betty Spence and Joan Malone, who will exhibit along with approximately 125 other vendors, artists and crafters and information providers. For more on the event, call Robin Murphy, 251-445-4163 or Ginger McCracken, 251-341-0773.
Saturday, February 28 Cook-Off to benefit Dauphin Island Elementary School and Little Red Schoolhouse relocation and re-purpose efforts
On Saturday, February 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fins Bar on Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, is sponsoring a Chili and Wings Cook-Off.
The event will benefit Dauphin Island Elementary School and the ongoing efforts to relocate and re-purpose the historic Little Red Schoolhouse.
Tickets are $10 each and the Cook-Off, in addition to food, will include live music and children's activities.
From left, winners in the 55th Miss Seafood pageant are Alyse Havard, Lauren Fridley, Braylee West, Brystol West, Natalie O'Neal and Mackenzie Leeser Photo courtesy of pageant director Diane Cordelle
The 55th Annual Miss Seafood pageant, with 71 girls participating, was held Saturday, February 21, at Alma Bryant High School Winners were as follows: Baby Miss Seafood-Brystol West; Toddler Miss Seafood-Braylee West; Petite Miss Seafood-Alyse Havard; Little Miss Seafood-Lauren Fridley; Junior Miss Seafood-Mackenzie Leeser and Miss Seafood-Natalie O'Neal.
According to pageant director, Diane Cordelle, the girls not only represent the seafood industry at events around the state, they also contribute to community service and volunteer projects. For example, in March, they are collecting items for residents in the Grand Bay Convalescent Home, and on the 29th, they'll deliver the items, entertain the residents and present a beauty parade.
Hollinger's Island Chapter #480 Order of the Eastern Star, State of Alabama, is holding an "Honor Day" for Carolyn Sue Cain, the Grand Representative, South Carolina in Alabama, 2013-2015.
The event is Sunday, March 15, 2-4 p.m. at Guy T. Smith Masonic Lodge F A&M #883, 6715 Dauphin Island Parkway at Hamilton Boulevard. The lodge is next door to Hollinger's Island Baptist Church.
Betty Spence, poet and inspirational writer, will be at Dauphin Way Baptist Church Spring Expo 2015 on Friday, March 6
Among the 125 vendors, artists and crafters and information providers at Dauphin Way Baptist Church's Spring Expo on Friday, March 6, will be writer Betty Spence. A longtime poet and devotional writer, Spence lives in the Crawford community near Semmes, and over the years has given much of her time to composing inspirational poetry and other writings. Recently, her book of poetry, "Traces of Presence," was published by Dr. Sue Walker's Negative Capability Press.
A poet friend of Spence's, Joe Whitten (author of "Learning to Tell Time"), wrote a beautiful and insightful review of her work. Taken from her website, bettyspence.blogspot.com, are Whitten's words:
"Betty Spence chooses words for her poems as carefully as a master quilter chooses colors for a prize-winning quilt. She sees the joyful pattern of nature as 'red feathers dusting green feeder' and long leaf pines that 'needle point a piece of Alabama sky.' For her, Vincent van Gogh 'paints not what is, but what seems/ in seeming swirls of yellow and orange.' Betty’s faith is stitched into the fabric of her poems, for she hears the pink and blue asters 'telling the glory of God' and sees the coast of Maine as 'God’s Rock Garden.' Be inspired by the poems in Traces of Presence."
Spence will also have for sale another of her works, a devotional book of reflections, prayers and poems.
Registration is still open for those who would like to participate in the 2015 expo; for those who want to visit, the show is free and features door prizes and free refreshments, as well as opportunities to purchase everything from lunch to next year's Christmas gifts. In addition, many local organizations and establishments will offer information on such needs as home care for the elderly and assisted living/nursing home care.
For more information, contact Ginger McCracken, 251-341-0773 or Robin Murphy in the Student Ministry at 251-445-4163.
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Center's Last Friday Art Night is February 27, 6-8 p.m.
The public is invited to come to the Gallery, 1008 Alabama Avenue behind the DI Town Hall, to celebrate an early St. Patrick's Day.
Visitors will be able to shop for local art, browse the Heritage Gallery, enjoy food and refreshments and see an art demonstration by Regina Doi-Kollegger.
The event is free, though donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. Call 251-861-3300 for further information.
Shirley Compton Presnall, co-chair of Friends for Satsuma Schools 3rd Annual SwampFest, has announced another plus for attending the event on Saturday, March 7, at Satsuma High School campus. "We have a BIG item for the silent auction at Swamp Fest 2015," Presnall said. Wind Creek has donated a 1-night stay "with a lot of extras," she said. The silent auction will be under the big blue tent, and bidding on this particular item starts at $100. For more information on SwampFest or to donate an item for the silent auction, call 251-488-2747 or 251-675-0421.
Alesia Davis is president of the SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, formerly Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce. And in this volunteer position, she leads a cadre of fellow officers and volunteers, all committed to the betterment of the community, including businesses and individuals.
The Chamber holds a monthly noontime networking luncheon, which Davis chairs. At these meetings, a keynote speaker presents an interesting and informative program, new chamber members are introduced and inducted, and outstanding "Star" students are recognized and awarded certificates and $25 gift cards.
One of the presentations of the Chamber is the annual Business Expo, through which dozens of businesses display their products (and offer samples) for the public's information and enjoyment. The businesses pay a fee for the opportunity to meet with the community, and this helps provide a scholarship for a graduating high school senior each year.
The Chamber also presents the annual Tillman's Corner Christmas Parade and Breakfast with Santa (which feeds pancakes and sausage to approximately 400 children and adults each year.) Other Chamber services include the nomination and election of the Citizen of the Year and a banquet to honor the person chosen. This year, husband and wife community volunteers, Dumas and Delores McLaney, are scheduled to be honored Friday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center.
As to her profession, Alesia Davis is the Branch Manager of the New Horizons Credit Union Theodore location. She graduated cum laude from Spring Hill College, and said that she "loves serving others" whether it's through her job, in her community or as president of the Board of Directors of the Chamber.
In addition to her Chamber duties, she is very active in her church, Main Street Baptist, where she is a Youth Counselor, choir member and faithful Sunday school member. She is married to Pastor Leroy Davis; she has one son Eric, a police officer in Montgomery, and a daughter-in-law, Ashleigh; a one-year-old grandson, Eric III; and a pet maltipoo, Bailey. When she's not volunteering her time serving others, she enjoys traveling, shopping and attending family gatherings.
Three Grand Bay military veterans honored with quilts of valor and thanked for their service at Grand Bay Community Center February 13, 2015
On Friday, February 13, the Grand Bay Star Stitchers quilting group, led by Ruth Guidroz, honored three area veterans with handmade quilts of valor. The military men were Bruce Twine, Michael Harold Harmon and Michael Dossett.
Below is a bit of their personal and military history.
Bruce Twine was born April 11, 1948 in Wales and came to this country in 1952 when his father was made plant manager at Courtaulds. He graduated from Murphy High School and attended Faulkner Community College. Twine was drafted into the Army in May 1969, serving with the 1st Cavalry Division as an infantryman in Vietnam. Five months later, he was wounded and was discharged in May 1970. He was awarded the Purple Heart and a Commendation Medal for his service and heroism. Twine and his wife have been married 32 years and have three children.
Michael Harold Harmon was born in Pascagoula in 1972 and was raised in Grand Bay.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1990 and was sent to Germany with the 19th Delta Cavalry. In the Gulf War, he served in Kuwait, where he was injured in an explosion. He was honorably discharged in August 1992. Currently, he lives in Houston with his wife, Sara, and their four daughters.
Col. Michael Dossett (U.S. Army Ret.) was born in May 1951 and is a lifelong resident of Lucedale, Mississippi and Mobile.
Dossett received a BS degree in Secondary Education from the University of South Alabama. He also studied Military Science for four years at USA and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. as a Reserve Officer in the Signal Corps. In 1973, he began a career as educator and football coach, and retired in 2012 after 39 years of service in Alabama and Mississippi schools.
In 1974, Dossett began a long military career, entering the Alabama Army National Guard with the 101st Medical Battalion in Mobile. Five years later, when Hurricane Frederic hit Mobile, he was ordered to active duty to aid in recovery efforts.
Over the years, Dossett served his country in a variety of locations and situations. In 1989, he was assigned to the 226th Air Support Group and was deployed to Alexandria, Egypt with Operation Bright Star. In 1990, it was Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia. During that period, he was awarded several medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star.
In June 2003, with three decades of service, four deployments and numerous training opportunities behind him, Col. Dossett retired from the U.S. Army and was granted the Legion of Merit.
He and his wife of 39 years, Teresa, have one son, Jason, who with wife Jennifer have given them one granddaughter, Abigail.
The Community Foundation of South Alabama is hosting its annual luncheon on Wednesday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal. The CFSA is a 501C)(3) non-profit organization serving an 8-county region through leadership and service. In 2015, the Foundation will promote a veterans' initiative to identify needs and develop strategies to support veterans and their families.
Capt. Jonathan McConnell (son of Susan and Roger McConnell of Mobile) will be guest speaker at the March 11 luncheon. Tickets to the event are $35 each. To obtain tickets, mail payment to CFSA, P.O. Box 990, Mobile, AL 36601 or see http://www.communityfoundationsa.org/event/fullspeedahead/
Grand Bay seniors pictured with their projects are, back row, from left, Joann Miller, Ida Caine, Site Manager Mary Lee, Dorothy Ledford and Faye Townsend. Seated are Gertrude Webb and Beth Welborn.
The senior citizens at Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community and Senior Center are very interested and active in serving their community One of the things they do is to collect soft drink tabs for Ronald McDonald House and another is to save Greer's Market grocery receipts for Apples for Students (cash back) to benefit Grand Bay area schools.
Cooking for a Cause: Downtown Cajun Cook-Off to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile is Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile. Sponsored by BugMaster and presented by Cunningham Bounds, LLC, proceeds will help CAC fund their efforts to help victims of child abuse.
Gumbo, Étouffée, craw fish pies, boudin balls, jambalaya, craw fish bisque, maque choux--all of these will be featured samples from 20 of the area’s restaurants. During sampling hours, attendees can enjoy music from local and regional acts and feast their eyes on works of art from talented artists.
At 2 p.m., Jason Smith, Honorary Chair from WALA FOX 10 News, will take the stage to announce the winners of the Cook-Off.
Tickets will be available for $10 in advance at http://www.cacmobile.org/buynow.shtml and at the following locations: Child Advocacy Center, 1351 Springhill Avenue, Mobile; Mellow Mushroom, 5660 Old Shell Road and 2032 Airport Boulevard, Mobile; and BugMaster at 619 Azalea Road, Mobile and 2520 US Highway 98 in Daphne.
Those who would like to become involved as a sponsor or committee member, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Elaine Henderson at 251-432-1101.
Fred Marchman is having a one-man show at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer Artist's Place March 7-April 4. A reception in his honor is Sunday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. Redeemer is at 7125 Hitt Road at Cody Road in west Mobile.
Mobile area William Carey University alumni will meet for lunch, 11:30 a.m., February 28 at Morrison's Cafeteria in Mobile at Springdale Mall. Featured speaker, Gerald Bracey, B.S. MBA, Administrative Dean with the new Tradition Campus, will inspire all when he tells what HAS happened and IS happening on the coast. Attendees should arrive early, select meal, and continue to the Meeting Room in the back, 3rd section. For further information, contact email@example.com.
Grand Bay Community Breakfast is Saturday, February 28, 9-10 a.m. The monthly breakfast-and-omelet buffet, sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, is held at Grand Bay-St. Elmo Senior and Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 West. A $5 donation is requested.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay will meet following the Community Breakfast February 28. And Friends of the Grand Bay Library will meet after that to plan Library fundraisers, clean-up day, Spring Yard Sale and barbecue. CBGB is accepting "unwanted but sell-able" items for the organization's upcoming yard sale. Call 251-298-8089 for information or to volunteer.
Below is listed a very brief description of several events coming up in the next few weeks. For many of these activities, more complete, detailed stories and photos have previously been posted on this blog.
Creola Community Development Organization Citizen of the Year winner will be announced and honored at the City Council meeting February 26, 2015.
"Celebrate Heart Month" expo at Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors, 5863 Nevius Road, is Friday, February 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call Jackie Woodward, 251-222-0551 for information.
Tillman's Corner Citizen of the Year 2014 banquet, honoring Dumas and Delores McLaney, is Friday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Call 666-2488 for reservations.
Chickasaw Civic Theatre's "Twelfth Night" opens February 27; call 251-457-8887 for reservations. Playhouse in the Park's "The Miracle Worker" also opens February 27; call 251-602-0630 for tickets.
Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Center, 1008 Alabama Avenue, is February 27,6-8 p.m. Call 861-3300 for more information.
"Hammerin' for Humanity" 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness about Habitat for Humanity Southwest Alabama, is Saturday, February 28. Visit www.habitasalabama.org/ for details.
A Chili and Wings Cook-Off next door to Fins Bar on Dauphin Island is Saturday, February 28, 11 a.m. will benefit Dauphin Island Elementary School and the Little Red Schoolhouse relocation efforts. Tickets are $10 each.
On Saturday, February 28, 11 a.m. -2 p.m., there'll be a Fish Fry fundraiser for Guy T. Smith #883 F A& M & Hollinger's Island Order of Eastern Star Chapter #480. The catfish plates with all the trimmings are $8 each (Dine in or Take Out.) Drinks and desserts will be available for purchase. The Lodge is at 6715 Dauphin Island Parkway.
The 38th Annual Taste of Mobile will be Tuesday, March 3, 6 p.m. at the Mobile Marriott Hotel, 3101 Airport Boulevard. For tickets and other information, call Christi Silbernagel, 251-694-2575.
Dauphin Way Baptist Church 6th Annual Spring Expo, Friday, March 6, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., DWBC, 3661 Dauphin Street. For information, call 251-341-0773 or 251-445-4163.
Friends for Satsuma Schools 3rd Annual SwampFest, Saturday, March 7 at Satsuma High School. Call 251-488-2747 or 251-675-0421 for information.
Dauphin Island Sunset Bridge 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m.. Call 861-8747 for information.
Mobile Country Music Association "Tribute to Elvis" by David Harcey, Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m., 310 S. Craft Highway, Chickasaw. For information, call Carolyn Cain, 251-455-6748.
Assistance League of Mobile's "Fans for Philanthropy" fundraiser is Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. For information and tickets, call Tamara Feldman, 251-633-7800.
"Tea at the Mansion" at the Bragg-Mitchell House is Friday, March 13, 1-4 p.m. Call 251-471-6364 for information and tickets.
The 13th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival is Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Mary G. Montgomery High School campus. The event includes arts and crafts, food, a Fun Run and a car show. Call 649-1200 or visit www.semmescamber.com for additional information.
Keep Saraland Beautiful Spring Gardening Workshop is Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. at Saraland Chamber of Commerce, 939 Highway 43 South. James Miles, Alabama Cooperative Extension agent will be guest speaker. No reservations are required, but there is limited seating.
University of Mobile's Hinson Lecture Series presents Dr. Elizabeth Varon at the History Museum of Mobile, March 19, 7 p.m. Call 251-442-2319 for details.
The Women's Resource Center 2015 Annual Spring Gala, "Rescuing the Next Generation," is March 19, 6 p.m. at Mobile Convention Center. Details at 473-4000 Extension 29.
Saraland Lions Club 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, March 21, 6:30-10:30 a.m., Catfish Junction, 300 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. More information at 675-6172 or 455-5325.
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