The I-565 North Side Service Road at Greenbrier Exit going east to Old Hwy 20 (Madison Blvd.) will be closed to through traffic starting Wednesday, December 11, 2013 for the construction of the County Line Interchange project. The North Side Service Road will be closed approximately one year.
Athens Rec wants to get kids and adults excited about exercise
The Athens Recreation Department is adding three new fall classes including one that will use fun activities to teach children nutrition and get them active.
The department requested its Facebook followers to suggest classes they would like to take this fall, which resulted in the addition of Zumba, yoga and Savvy Kids Fitness, said Chad Vining, the recreation services supervisor.
Flo Doughty has joined Athens Recreation as a program instructor and is certified in Zumba, yoga fit, senior yoga, youth fitness and more. She is an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and has training from the American Council on Exercise in Pilates, youth fitness and kickboxing.
The Savvy Kids Fitness is for children ages 6-12. Each class will consist of a lesson in nutrition and an exercise session. Vining said nutrition lessons will cover a wide range of topics such as how to read food labels, the different types of fat and the benefits of Vitamin C. It will also include a section on fast food menus to help children make better choices when they eat out.
Each class will include a healthy snack, such as homemade whole grain bread, muscadines, star fruit, pomegranates, kale chips and veggie and fruit smoothies. Doughty will used creative ways to incorporate exercise into the class, such as making obstacle courses from chairs or playing black light volleyball with balloons.
“Savvy Kids Fitness is so fun, the kids forget it is exercise,” Doughty said. “When exercise is fun, kids don't dread it. They're excited to get in there and get at it.”
Savvy Kids Fitness will be offered at the Recreation Center starting in November on Mondays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per class.
Adults can enjoy fun physical activity that doesn’t feel like exercise by joining the Zumba or yoga classes. The Zumba and Yoga classes are $5 per class or $30 a month for unlimited classes.
Zumba classes will be high energy level classes that can be adapted for all levels, Vining said. Classes will be at the Recreation Center starting in November on Mondays at 5:15 p.m., Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. Yoga classes will be offered on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
"You've got to keep your body active, even if that means just turning on some music and dancing for an hour,” Doughty said. “That's how you'll prepare your bodies and your minds for greatness."
In addition to the three new classes, Athens Recreation will offer Wado Ryu karate. Sensei Bill Ireland instructs the karate class on Monday (advanced), Tuesday (beginners) and Thursday (all skill levels) at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 a month and $15 a month for additional family members.
Registration for fall basketball also is ongoing through Nov. 7. Practice will begin at the end of November with games during the months of January and February. The fee is $45.
For more information about classes, call Athens Recreation at 256-233-8740. The Athens Recreation Center is located on Alabama 251 next to Athens High School’s football stadium.
The City of Athens Parks and Recreation Department has closed all the park bathrooms for winterization. The bathrooms will reopen in the spring. Although there are some pleasant days during the winter season that draw people to our parks, this is done to prevent frozen pipes and other winter damage that could occur.
Local Issues and Pie: Two Reasons to Love Athens
ATHENS, Ala. - In 1938 Thornton Wilder wrote about the fictional village of Grover’s Corners in his play “Our Town.” In three acts he describes the ups and downs of small-town life through a narrator.
Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning will pay homage to Mr. Wilder by offering a series of seven monthly narrative discussions featuring city leaders to discuss the ups and down of our town of Athens and Limestone County.
As an added slice of Americana, the Center for Lifelong Learning will be featuring a pie tasting in conjunction with each of the sessions. Each month a different pie recipe will be featured and served to those attending. The events will occur on the third Tuesday of each month for the seven month series.
On January 21 Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks and Athens State’s Professor of Political Science and Justice Studies Dr. Jess Brown will offer the topic, “What you didn’t know about annexation.”
On February 18 Mayor Marks will be once again be joined by Dr. Jess Brown to discuss “What redistricting means for Athens.”
Financial Administrator for the City of Athens Annette Barnes will be featured on March 18 to explain “Where does your tax money go?”
April 15 will offer a discussion with Athens City Planner Mac Martin’s entitled “Planning for the City’s Future.”
“New Ways to Protect and Serve” will be discussed on May 20 by Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson.
On June 17 Athens City Fire Chief Tony Kirk will lead a discussion on “Fire Prevention and Safety.”
The last Our Town session will be held on July 15 and will feature Athens Communications Specialist Holly Hollman with a media discussion entitled “A Social City.”
There is a $5 admission price to each session that includes a slice of pie. Registration is encouraged by calling the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260. Any available seats for each session will be offered to non-registered attendees on a first come first served basis.
Recycling Program for City Changes!
Citizens who recycle in the city will see a change in service on Monday, Aug. 5, when the single stream recycling program starts.
Those who live west of U.S. 31 will have recycling picked up starting that Monday. Those living west of U.S. 31 will receive recycling pick up on the first of third Mondays of each month. Those living east of U.S. 31 will receive recycling pick up on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This is subject to change if the city sees a need to enhance the routes.
Residents should have their blue containers on the curb by 6 a.m. on their collection day.
Single stream recycling allows the city to collect recyclable materials without having to sort them. The city is contracting with Decatur for this service.
If you have not received a 96-gallon blue recycling container, please call the Sanitation Department at 256-233-8747.
The Athens-Limestone Recycling Center will accept the 18-gallon green containers that residents had been using, or citizens can keep the green containers and use them to collect glass and certain plastics to take to the center.
Sanitation Director Earl Glaze said the city is making the change because its recycling trucks are beyond repair and costly to replace. With single stream recycling offered by Decatur, the city can use its automated garbage trucks to run the recycling routes on Mondays. If the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center goes to single stream recycling, the city can begin taking its recycling to the Athens center.
In addition to the cost of buying new recycling trucks, not having single stream recycling is dangerous for sanitation workers. Workers were having to stand on the roadside to sort through recycling materials and place the sorted material in the recycling truck, subjecting them to oncoming traffic.
List of permitted items in the new blue carts
● No. 1 and No. 2 narrow neck plastic bottles.
● Cans including aluminum, steel and tin.
● Empty aerosol cans.
● Flattened corrugated cardboard cut to fit inside the can.
● Boxes for items such as cereal, shoes, cake mix, crackers, soft drinks, etc.
● Paper including newspapers, notebook paper and office paper.
● Junk mail.
● Magazines, catalogs and phone books.
● Food and any organic waste.
● Garbage and yard waste.
● Plastic bags.
● Pizza boxes.
● Aluminum foil or pie plates.
● Hazardous chemicals.
● Packing peanuts.
● Plastics Nos. 3-7.
Residents can still take oil, batteries and plastics Nos. 3-7 to the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center at 15896 Lucas Ferry Road, which is south of U.S. 72.