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United Way kicks off with Pinewood Derby

Published 3:16pm Monday, September 2, 2013

Henry Foy has a good eye. See for yourself and stop by Emporium Wine in the next few weeks and take in the art exhibit of Alex City local Linda Goslin. Her paintings and photography are breath-taking.
My favorite is the series she did of her father—incorporating photography and paints. There is no doubt that she prioritizes family and nature. There are portraits of both her daughter and son, Katie and Daniel Goslin on display. Linda captures emotion. I walked away feeling light hearted and thankful. Thank you, Linda Goslin.
United Way kicked off their 2013 campaign this week at the Betty Carol Graham Center at CACC to a great success. Aubie and the Chick-fil-A cow made an appearance, much to the children’s delight. Of course there were free Chick-fil-A sandwiches. Staying with the theme of driving, United Way implemented a Pinewood Derby race with the assistance of our local Boy Scouts who provided the track and computer equipment. Alabama Power’s car won, but Lake Martin Young Professionals won the ‘Coolest’ award. We’ll take it! Please consider donating to United Way this year. It is a great way to give back to the community as whole because so many non profits benefit from your donation.
Lake Martin Young Professionals are helping the community by kicking off a clean up incentive on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. with other city leaders. Main Street helped devise the plan and YP is going to start with painting the side of JR’s building, and then later pressure wash the Chamber of Commerce and wash windows, and proceed to paint the back of the United Way and Main Street offices. Meet in the JR’s parking lot if you want to be involved!  Beautifying our downtown and city is important. We only get one chance to make a first impression!
I witnessed my first building blessing this week. Kenneth and Mary Lyman had the TPI building blessed by Rev. Rob Iler of St. James Episcopal Church. I can only describe it as very peaceful. It just made you feel good. Rev. Iler sprinkled holy water all over the building and doorways and then blessed each of us. It was amazing and I was so glad to be apart of it.
Labor Day weekend is upon us, as is football season!
I hope everyone enjoys these last big weekends on the water and enjoys pulling for their respective teams. There are many events happening all weekend here on Lake Martin, including the annual Russell Lands concert at The AMP Sunday night.
Make plans to jam out to the Vegabonds, Sister Hazel, and Cory Smith. Tickets are on sale online, at the Crossroads Company Store, and at the Russell Lands corporate office.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show kicks off at 6 p.m. There is never a dull moment on the hill, and what a great view! Bring your blankets and cooler and chill out.
Safe travels to those on the road!

Howell works as an advertising representative for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in addition to writing this column. Contact Howell at to keep her In the Loop of events.