Welcome to Pell City, Alabama. Starting July 25, 2006, I will not be posting, or even trying to post on a daily basis. PC is a great place, and I don't want to quit altogether. Instead, I'll just try to improve the quality of the site and I'll try to post when I have a good picture or story to tell. Thank you so very much for the encouragement and kind remarks you have given me.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
In front of City Hall
Maybe it's always five o'clock in Marguritaville, but in Pell City, sometimes it's ten to three.
Lakeside Park is on the bank of Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River. It is a man made lake with a hydro-electric plant at the dam. The lake level is intentionally lowered five feet in the Winter as can be seen in this picture.
I already mentioned that Pell City cares for its trees, but did you know that Pell City is a Relay for Life Community? As such, the people of Pell City and St. Clair County have planned an all night event for April 28 at the Avondale Walking Track. This event celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those who were lost and, in united effort with millions of others across the country, raises money to support the American Cancer Society. Thanks, KEP, for the photo.
This 400 seat theater is said to be modeled after the historic Ritz theater in Talladega, AL. There are some differences though, like the advanced, automated Vortek control system for the curtains and scenery, the first of its kind in the state.
I was standing at mid level on the West side and did not notice the PC on the bleachers until I saw this picture. This space is impressive. The lower sections of the bleachers can be retracted leaving two full sized practice courts when there is not a game, the hardwood floor is beautiful and the boxes, well, they will be long gone before the first game. There are doors on the sides for sports fans and more doors for players to get to the downstairs locker rooms.
Due to ongoing construction, this is all that most people get to see of the new Pell City High School Center for Education and Performing Arts (C.E.P.A.). However, thanks to help from our own Mayor Adam Stocks, you will get a sneak peak at the inside over the next two days. Before I knew what it was, I took this picture.
The South wing houses the basketball stadium and the North wing is home to a new theater. The Grand Openning is currently scheduled for April 23. So, if you are in the area, mark your calendars. Me, I'm looking forward to watching Atticus Finch do right when the school performs To Kill A Mockingbird this Spring.
Pell City has been a Tree City for ten years. This recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation demonstrates that Pell City has committed certain resources, such as money and ordinances, to the care of the community's trees. The benefits can include better educational materials, better public peception of the city and attention when grant monies are allocated. In Alabama, Arbor Day lasts for a week the last full week of February. Thanks to KEP for the picture. Thanks to J. Sterling Morton for founding Arbor Day. Thanks to Richard M. Nixon for making the last Friday in April the Natinal Arbor Day.