By Jean Clark
The Uplands/Pleasant Hill Alzheimer’s Committee collected funds up until Oct. 7 this year. Not only did 21 walkers participate in the second annual Alzheimer’s Tennessee Plateau Walk in Crossville last month, but a silent auction netting over $500 was held on the following Saturday.
This month, the Uplands Fletcher House staff prepared and served a benefit luncheon for the fund. Win Stone and Emily Byrens sang, and Janelle Landis and her puppet, Darling, performed during the luncheon. Another $1,358 was added to the coffers. Joy Taylor, coordinator, reports that $6,072.20 has been earned by the team this year. Last year, the Uplands/Pleasant Hill Team raised the most for the Plateau Alzheimer’s fund.
Be on the lookout for young people who might be around the town this week as fall break began Monday, Oct. 14, and extends until Friday, Oct. 18, with the Pleasant Hill Elementary School resuming on Monday, Oct. 21. The Open Library Family Read will take place that afternoon from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. as it does every Monday afternoon when school is in session. Wellness Wednesdays and Fitness Fridays with exercises for families in the gym are from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. on those days.
Since the first nine weeks report cards go home on Friday, Oct. 25, the parent/teacher conferences will be held Oct. 30, from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m. As well as talking to your child’s teacher, you may speak to your child’s tutor if they are involved in the 21st Century After School Tutoring Program. Working together makes a better school year for all. Academic rallies will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. for grades 1-4 and 1:30 p.m. for grades 5-8 in the gym. Honor roll and perfect attendance will be awarded.
Always check your child’s backpack for newsletters, weekly folders and planners from the teachers as well as checking the school website http://phs.cumberland.k12tn.net/. The annual PTO Fall Festival will be Friday night, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. with food, fun and games — a great Pleasant Hill tradition that everyone is invited to. The School Resource Officer (SRO) has made his presence known around PHS and has a great rapport with the students. Townsfolk are eagerly anticipating the annual traditional costume parade of the PHS students from the school to the Wharton Homes and Fletcher House along Main Street, weather permitting. Be prepared for that area of Main St. to be closed on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 1:30 p.m. until the ghosts and goblins are safely back into the school to participate in Halloween parties.
Speaking of Halloween parties, the Pleasant Hill Town Council firmed up plans for a spooky good time on Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at town hall. Former Mayor, Jim Olds, will supply his popular chili, and other council members will bring dips, cookies, cupcakes, and candy for the children (adults are welcome, too) of the area.
Don’t miss two Halloween stories “Scared to Death” and the “Crazy Babysitter” narrated by a ghoul who closely resembles Mayor Al Dwenger. The first reading of an ordinance to update the building and utility codes of Pleasant Hill to Tennessee state standards was accepted at the October town council meeting. Other items under discussion were acquiring road salt for the winter, a tornado warning system, the reopening of the Village Market, changes in the recycling vendor and patching of city streets.
Ray Krone will speak at the ACAT (Action of Christians against Torture) meeting on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in Adshead Hall of Fletcher House in Uplands Village. Krone is the 100th death row inmate to be exonerated. He will share his harrowing story of being convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit in Arizona. His story is detailed in Jingle Jangle: The Perfect Crime Turned Inside Out written by his cousin. Krone will also reflect on problems with Tennessee's death penalty system.