September means the end of the growing season, unless you’re a turnip. But for all of us raised in thrall to the school year, September always seems like the beginning of everything else. The weather cools off, activities suspended over the summer rev back up, and everything seems to start happening all at once.
That goes double for this September, and triple for this particular week of September. So much is scheduled for this week The Planet thought it prudent to remind you. Therefore, although this feature usually runs on Fridays, here is a rare and coveted early-week edition of---
First, Thursday. Thursday, Sept. 5, has proven such a popular day for scheduling interestin’ Dade events that the miracle of bilocation attributed to certain of your Christian saints and several of your Muslim sufis would come in seriously handy for a small local newspaper trying to cover its patch.
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Dade County Commission convenes for its regular September meeting. On the agenda is an announcement of public hearings for the county’s first foray into the perilous and drama-laden area of zoning regulations. One way or t’other, county commission meetings are the big night of the month for local politics junkies and local newspapers. What a shame, then, that...
Nathan Wooten, Dade’s ex-chairman of the IDA (Industrial Development Authority) and Board of Education, picked the same night for the first of a series of public forums in his campaign for county executive. The do is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the West Brow Community Center. Wooten, who will run against three-terrn incumbent Ted Rumley in next spring's Republican primary, invites the denizens of Dade to give him an idea what they want out of a chief exec.
If you miss this first one, the next one is at the same time Oct. 10 in the New Home Community Center. See Wooten's Facebook page for other dates.
Now. Also on Thursday, from 7-9 p.m., at the Dade County Public Library, the Dade County Historical Society presents a "Cave Symposium." Did you know that Dade is the cave capital of Georgia? How's about of the U.S. of A.? It's true. Dade is eat up with interestin' holes in the ground, and cavers come from all over the world to crawl in 'em. Some of them come back over and over. Some of them even buy houses and settle down here. Some go so far as to bring their spouses who don't cave and therefore must start independent local newspapers for something to do.
The Historical Society has dug out some of these local cavers for a slide show and panel discussion. The event is free, and everybody is welcome! (Except, of course, those who work on local newspapers, and will have to attend the County Commission meeting. Sniff.)
Now, let's move on to Friday, Sept. 6, out of holes in the ground and away from local politics, because the next couple of events are for veterans. First, at noon on Friday, the Trenton United Methodist Church is hosting a free tribute luncheon for area veterans. Guest speaker is Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Cosumano Jr.
TUMC is located at 12500 N. Main St., Trenton, just one block from the square. Veterans are invited to show up and bring a guest. Please, though, vets, if you think about it RSVP to (706) 657-6170 so the volunteers can know roughly how much food to dish up.
Then, on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., there will be a veterans' benefit symposium at American Legion Post 106, 13205 N. Main St., Trenton. Veterans' Administration professionals will be available to help with the full spectrum of vet benevits including health care, finances, housing, education, employment and memorialization. Be on time to avoid missing imortant info.
That's it for this week, but The Planet should not leave without a few words about the rest of the month. Cloudland Canyon State Park and its Friends group are kicking off fall activities--Saturday hayrides start Sept. 28. There will even be one "hayless ride" for allergy sufferers. The park is also planning a mountain dulcimer concert for Oct. 4--see today's article in The Planet! You can ask about any park event by calling (706) 657-4050, or by visiting friendsofcloudlandcanyon.org.
The Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park are always looking for volunteers at the park, right up the mountain from Trenton. But here's another volunteer opportunity a little further afield: Join volunteers across the nation on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, for National Public Lands Day. This year’s activities will focus on removing vegetation around the area of historic Camp Demaray. The park asks that participants meet at 8:30 am at the Craven’s House (1060 Cravens Terrace, Chattanooga, TN) to sign up.
No doubt there will be a great deal more to do around Trenton and Dade in the weeks to come, and The Planet will attempt to alert you of it. The Planet will further undertake to report on as much of it as does not require the aforementioned gift of bilocation. But The Planet also invites readers to see for themselves and to commune with their community by attending .as many of these events as they may. With all this autumnal stirring, Dear Reader, you ought to be to find something that interests you. Unless you're a turnip!
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