By Jean Clark
At the November Pleasant Hill Town Council meeting, Mayor Al Dwenger and other council members praised Carla Amdur for five years of service as postmaster in the Pleasant Hill Post Office. She is retiring after 32 years with the U.S. Postal Service as of Dec. 31.
Amdur and her family moved to the Upper Cumberland area from Hollywood, FL, in 1982. She plans to travel more, especially to her Florida home in the winter months and pursue an interest in creating crafts.
The Pleasant Hill Post Office dates back longer than the incorporation of the town. In 1858, the earliest location reported was to the south of White Oak Creek. From about 1900, it had been located at five different sites on Main St. before moving to its present location in 1957. Carl and Olla Dell Thompson built the present building that housed the post office and a grocery store, which they ran. The Thompson family still leases the land to the U.S. Postal Service. Carla was transferred to the Pleasant Hill Post Office in 2008.
What makes Pleasant Hill in Cumberland County different than the five other Pleasant Hills in the state of Tennessee? It has a zip code (38578) and a post office. It is also the only Pleasant Hill incorporated, which happened in 1903.
Now, that doesn’t mean that the post office delivers mail in Pleasant Hill. You must go to the post office and get your mail from a rented box. If you want mail delivered, you will have to get it through either Crossville or Sparta, but that’s another story. The post office has become the news center of the town. It is where you go to find out who is sick, who is better, who was seen dating whom, what’s going on in the community,and any other tidbit you might find out from the bulletin board or a passing neighbor. It may be the only post office in the state that has cows grazing practically up to its back door.
It has been reported that mail has been taken out of local boxes around the city, and residents with mailboxes are urged to remove their mail from their street mailbox in a timely manner. Report any incidents to the Sheriff's Department and to the post office.
In other business, the town council voted to pursue a grant for a tornado warning system while the feasibility of such a system for Pleasant Hill continues to be investigated. The mayor and Bob Ahrendt are constructing a handicapped bathroom at town hall. A wall has been removed and a door moved to allow for a kitchenette as well. Other council discussion included employee Christmas bonuses and health care.
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Pleasant Hill Elementary School is abuzz with festivities as the teachers do their best to tamp down the excitement and ensure that learning continues. Grade 4 had the highest percentage of attendance — 66.66 percent — for the third month of school. It must be interesting to see the variety of dress around the school on different days as the school dress code gets bent a little for fun and spirit. Last week Wednesday was “Ugly Holiday Sweat Shirt Day;” Thursday was “Nerd Day;” Friday was “Hornet Duck Dynasty Day;” and this week everyone is allowed to wear jeans.
Band Director Robert Thatch and the PHS band will present a winter concert on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m at Cumberland County High School.
As usual, the PHS students will be parading down Main St. in their grade level costumes to entertain the city of Pleasant Hill. The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 in front of the school. The elves, Santas, toys, teddy bears, candy canes, Christmas presents, etc. will proceed to the Wharton Homes parking lot, march under the Fletcher House canopy and finally prance back to the school. The eighth-graders will then perform their traditional Christmas dance for all to see. This event is weather permitting. Fingers crossed since the Halloween parade was rained out. The Pleasant Hill School is the only one in the county that has a separate parade. Permission slips will be required and sent home soon.
Yearbooks are available now for a one-time payment of $27 or $35 after Dec. 19. Make checks out to PHS. Students will be dismissed on Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. for their winter break. They will return on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, for a full day of school. Enjoy those days off, and all drivers watch out for the little ones as they travel around the area.
This week in Pleasant Hill:
• Dec. 17, 2 p.m. — Retirement party for Dave Harsh, Uplands development director, at Adshead Hall.
• Dec. 18, 3 pm. — Ensemble Christmas Concert at Adshead Hall. All invited.
• Dec. 19, 1-3:30 p.m. — Fair Trade Room at Pleasant Hill Community Church open to purchase gifts.
• Dec. 22, 2 pm. — Hike to Wilkerson Creek, weather permitting. Meet at 11 Upper Meadows.
• Until Dec. 23, Craft Shop at 115 Maple Circle will open by request. Call Rita Kummer at 277-3931.