Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Presidential Debate (MP3 file)

The Helena of My Dreams

The Helena of My Dreams

By James F. Valley

September 27, 2008


 

Start every morning with prayer and thanksgiving;

Appreciating the good things that surround us.

Friends, family and neighbors who sincerely share

And the mountain of opportunity around us.


 

A place called home which is more than a destination.

A place filled with hope and vivid imagination.

A place where children run, jump, hop, skip, read, dance and sing;

A place where children play, learn, swim, chant, kick, twirl and swing.


 

A place where flowers blossom, trees spring up, and creeks never go dry.

A place where everyone in town takes time for friendly hellos and goodbyes.

Jobs for those with good work ethic.

Economic strength from those with grit.


 

A concatenation of ideas and opportunities

that lead us toward prosperity.

A juggle of options and a maze of choices

That require human dexterity


 

I owe Helena my first loyalty

because she gave me so much.

I am pleased to call her home

Because my neighbors here are a special touch.


 

Helena, a place I have grown to love,

Empowers me with the help of Him above.

Helena, where families come first and important things matter.

A community where we learn how to climb life's ladder.


 

The ridge and river so natural and true,

The scenic forest and its wonderful view.

Festivals throughout the year

Bringing yearning travelers here


 

Day after day decent folk

Doing what is right and honorable

Leading children to be great citizens

By their work and living example


 

The Helena of my dreams is a simple place

Where people understand our human race

The American Spirit is part of our community fabric

And the pursuit of the American Dream is our main habit.

How the Electoral College Vote is Going

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Word of the Day for Saturday, September 27, 2008

capitulate \kuh-PICH-uh-layt\, intransitive verb:

To surrender under agreed conditions.

Just before peace talks on Kosovo are due to resume, the United States and its allies are sending contradictory signals to Belgrade, making it less likely that President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia will capitulate on American terms.
-- Steven Erlanger, "West's Bosnia Move May Hurt Kosovo Bid", New York Times, March 7, 1999
I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

We say "capitulate" because the terms (of surrender) were drawn up in capitula, which is Latin for "chapters." Chapter itself is related to capitulate.

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Cougars vs Rams Rout --- Slideshow

Here's a slideshow of 176 photos taken by Elijah Mondy, III; at the Cougars (Central) vs. the Rams (Paragould) game on September 26, 2007. The Cougars won the game handily by a score of 62-7. This was the Cougars first match up with Paragould and a 1st conference victory. The Cougars are vying for a conference title and have an excellent chance of getting there. 



Next week, the Cougars travel to Forrest City, Arkansas to take on the Mustangs. Last year the Mustangs beat the Cougars 31-6. In 2006 the Cougars won over the Mustangs 28-27. It will be an exciting ball game and we hope that many of the Cougar supporters will travel to the game.

Forrest City's hot dog got a poor score last year. It tasted like rubber, I am told. We have been informed that Forrest City has upgraded it's hot dog and will make sure that it tastes better this year.

For more information on the Central High School Cougars Football Team and Booster Club go to the webpage http://helenacougars.googlepages.com. (Cougar Home Page).

The Cougars are ranked number one (1) in 5A Football in Arkansas. The Cougars are also ranked number 10 overall in the State of Arkansas across class divisions.

The Cougars defeated Pulaski Academy, the former number one (1) team in Class 5A. The Cougars played West Memphis to a tie. West Memphis is a 6A team and was and is ranked number (1) in 6A and in the top ten in the State of Arkansas.

This is really good for the Cougars, the school district, the City of Helena-West Helena and our community.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Picasa Web Albums - J F Valley - Cougars-vs-Paragould

Click the link below to view photos of the Cougars vs. the Rams. These photos were taken by Elijah Mondy, III of KJIW FM Radio. The Cougars won 62-7.

Picasa Web Albums - J F Valley - Cougars-vs-Paragould

Street Dept. Gas Log 9/25/08

STREET DEPARTMENT GAS LOG 9/25/08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATE

UNIT #

GALLONS

RECEIVER

 

 

9/19/08

13

18.4

J Lemaire

 

 

9/19/08

Mowers-P & R

27.6

G Carter

 

 

9/19/08

Red GMC-P & R

28.3

G Carter

 

 

9/19/08

9

20.1

O Hoskins

 

 

9/19/08

30

16

E Butler

 

 

9/22/08

19

32

W Wilson

 

 

9/22/08

32

20

L Britton

 

 

9/22/08

Zero Turns

3.4

E Butler

 

 

9/23/08

101

21

J Huff

 

 

9/23/08

6

25.8

M Holbrook

 

 

9/24/08

103

16

R Smith

 

 

9/24/08

Zero Turns

11.9

E Butler

 

 

9/24/08

32

15.6

L Britton

 

 

9/24/08

13

19

L Driver

 

 

9/24/08

Zero Turns

4.8

E Butler

 

 

9/25/08

30

25.6

E Butler

 

 

9/25/08

12

23.6

Mosquito Rig

 

 

9/25/08

Black Dually

28.7

T Collins

 

 

 

TOTAL GALLONS

357.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


9/25/08 Street Dept. Report

Department: Street Department

 

Date: Sept. 19-25, 2008

 

Prepared by Oscar Hoskins and Earnest Womack

 

Specific Weekly Activities:

 

Mowed & cut:

9/19

  • School St
  • Shoulders:
    • Old Little Rock Rd
    • West St
    • Alabama/Chicago
    • Miller Loop
    • So Sam
    • No & So Coanza
    • So Washington
    • W Garland

9/22

  • Kelly St behind Housing Authority
  • Corner of Art and Alice
  • Washington/Panama Rd
  • Alley behind 1st Delta Realty and Murray Law Firm
  • No and So Ridge center greens
  • Picnic tables-River Park
  • Shoulders:
    • No Holly
    • W Monroe
    • Helena Crossing
    • Sears Lane
    • Old Little Rock Rd behind TIC
    • Locust St
    • River Park

9/23

  • Weed eat high rise at Oakland and Porter intersection
  • Cut bush on Rightor St
  • City Hall east
  • Corner of Ohio and Miller
  • Jefferson and Cherry
  • Adams and Cherry
  • W Russell and Coanza ditch
  • Ashlar and Cleburne-cut up tree
  • 4th and Anderson ditch
  • 3rd and Anderson ditch
  • Moore St west
  • Sebastian and Park ditches and grounds around Shop
  • Started mowing flat area of River Park near river

9/24

  • East and West center greens
  • Helena Fish Market
  • Bridge approach
  • Rifle range
  • Started on Market Place
  • Started cleaning alley behind 925 Norman
  • Center green off Sebastian and 2nd St
  • Continued mowing flat area at River Park

9/25

  • Finished behind Market Place
  • Finished 925 Norman
  • Shoulders on East side
  • Finished flat area of River Park
  • Started mowing under Boardwalk

 

Mechanic:

9/19

  • Welded grab arm on Sanitation unit 25
  • Brake fluid Sanitation unit 29
  • Exhaust pipe on Sanitation Track hoe truck
  • Installed A/C belt on Police Tahoe
  • Removed drive shaft from Kubota bush hog

9/22

  • Assisted in removing dumpster from Sanitation unit 28
  • Changed oil in Police unit
  • Tightened bolts on axle Sanitation unit 29
  • Installed alternator on CID unit 402
  • Changed oil and one head light Police unit 10
  • Put drive shaft on Kubota bush hog
  • Replaced cylinder Sanitation unit 27

9/23

  • Removed rear end from Police units 9 & 12
  • Installed Police unit 9's rear end on unit 12
  • Welded grabber arm Sanitation unit 27

9/24

·        Removed alternator from Police unit 9 and installed in unit 12

·        Removed radiator from unit 9

·        Repaired arm and replaced 2 hoses on Sanitation unit 25

·        Replaced starter on white Dually

·        Installed water pump on East side Water Co truck

·        Removed air compressor from Police unit 1

9/25

  • Installed brakes on Police unit 16
  • Installed power steering pump East Water vehicle
  • Put shaft rod on East Water backhoe
  • Removed doors from Police unit 9
  • Installed starter switch on fork lift
  • Put radiator on Police unit 21

 

Potholes:

  • No potholes filled

 

Animal control:

  • Picked up numerous dead animals on road side
  • Picked up 2 dead animals from vet
  • Removed and euthanized injured stray animal from residence

 

Mosquito control:

Mosquito control-sprayed Tuesday's Sanitation route and B&G Club

Mosquito control is coordinated in conjunction with Sanitation route-weather permitting

 

Other activities:

Litter pick up at primary routes of City:

Walnut St.

            Cherry St.

            Porter St.

            Perry St.

            Elm St.

Franklin St.

            Oakland Ave.

            Quarles Lane

            Springdale Rd.

            Plaza St

            Hawkins St

9/19

Installed 4-way stop at 7th and Park

9/20

Set up and took down tent for Delta Dayz Art Festival

9/22

Changed Center, No 2nd and 3rd from two-way to one-way

Womack checked oil pressure on Street unit 106

9/23

Took 2 bids on repair of washout on Levee Walk

Sanitation and Water supervisors assisted in surveying Springdale Rd project

9/24

Hauled 185 tires to Waste Disposal site

Posted one-way sign at O'Reilly Auto Parts and Center St

 

9/25

Assisted Sanitation with debris removal from Old Little Rock Rd (S Fonzie)

Fire and Water Depts assisted with debris removal from under Boardwalk

Street and Sanitation supervisors met with Mr. Desquare on Waverly Wood washout and drainage project

 

 

Future Weekly Activities:

Tree removal at 600 block Cleburne, 1135 Poplar, Cline-Frazier bldg on Cherry St

Removal of dead sycamore tree at 500 block East Baldwin

Drain at South 7th and South 8th

Washout on Beechwood east

 

Follow Up Activities:

Debris removal from Little Rock Rd and Elm St park

Debris removal from end of So Coanza

Code Enforcement identifying and notifying property owners of overgrown lots throughout City. City will not mow lots until Code Enforcements has communicated with owners.

 

Staff Concerns/Issues:

None