Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 15, 2013

PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Witnessing interaction between generations

By Jean Clark
Chronicle contributor

— One of the pleasures of small town living is witnessing the interaction between the generations.

In March, Boy Scouts from Troop 170, with their leaders Mike Cooper, Andria and Norman Cunningham, helped adult members of the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Advisory Board plant trees and bushes. Board members — Mayor Al Dwenger, Jack Martin, Jim Blalock and others — guided them in planting techniques to install redbuds, Crepe Myrtles and dogwoods in their new home along the periphery of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Labeled stones designating “unmarked” graves were also put in place.

The week before, several from the troop attended the Pleasant Hill Town Council meeting to observe and ask questions as part of fulfilling requirements for a Citizenship in Community Badge. The Scouts are usually in evidence whenever both Pleasant Hill cemeteries get cleaned and spruced up. Last Sunday, Troop 170 members participated in the worship service at the Pleasant Hill Community Church, United Church of Christ and shared some of their activities with the parishioners.

In February Pleasant Hill Elementary School nurse Cheryl Long provided guidance and instruction for Girl Scout Troop 3836 as Fletcher House residents and manager  Kellie Dodson provided patients. Troop leaders Elizabeth Montgomery and Corey Miller brought their nine girls from the Pleasant Hill Elementary School across the street to the Fletcher House of Assisted Living to help them earn their Scouting First Aid Badge. The nurse distributed several items for the girls to make up their very own first aid kit. She discussed with them basic first aid techniques, beginning with the important information to give when telephoning 911.

After demonstrating the Heimlich Maneuver or “hug,” the girls practiced on each other this important way to deal with choking. Long gave simple ways to deal with insect bites, nosebleeds, burns, bleeding and broken bones. Providing cardboard splints, which can be used in an emergency to stabilize possible fractures, the Girl Scouts placed splints on the arms of Dodson and Fletcher House residents, immobilizing the arm with a sling. The girls participated enthusiastically and knowledgeably in the workshop and went away with an increased proficiency in dealing with emergencies.

Tom Breeden, director of the Cumberland County Solid Waste Department, attended the April Pleasant Hill Town Council meeting to discuss a proposal for single-stream recycling. The county has approved the building of a new facility adjacent to the Cumberland County Recycling Center in Crossville and has applied for a state grant. This would enable the housing of a conveyor belt and automatic baler to handle the sorted recyclables that would no longer have to be separated except for glass. Prison inmates and community service designees would do the sorting under supervision.

It is anticipated that two single-source bins would be placed in Pleasant Hill. The Pleasant Hill Town Council will have to make decisions about where to place the bins securely and the impact they will make on the monthly recycling pick-up.

Vice Mayor Diane Savage proudly reported that the Pleasant Hill Elementary School students and staff have reached Model School designation. This means that 75 percent of the classrooms read independently enough books at their level while scoring a certain percentage on their tests.

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month and staff and students will wear blue April 18 to raise consciousness. The staff will honor school volunteers with a special tea Wednesday, April 24 at 3:30 pm. Relay for Life is sponsoring a fundraiser on Thursday, April 25, charging $6 for pasta and a movie at 6 p.m. TCAP testing will be April 26, 29 and 30 and May 1. The cafeteria will provide free breakfast April 26 and 29 to ensure the children are ready for the test. Registration for pre-k (4 years old by Sept. 30) and kindergarten (5 years old by Aug. 30) will take place at PHS on May 6 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spaces in pre-k are limited and guidelines are given at or call the Central Office at 484-6135.