Phares to fill Tufaro’s position
Carol Phares has been selected as the new head librarian for the Pearl River County Library System by the board of Margaret Read Crosby Memorial Library. She also will be head librarian of the Crosby Memorial Library in Picayune. These two libraries make up the Pearl River County System
Arboretum Paths: Where do you find beauty in nature?
Some places you encounter in nature seem to have an ancient beauty, a sense of timelessness. Still, other landscapes, although “young” in age, are capable of compelling a visitor to stop and stand motionless, straining to capture every sound and movement the place contains.
Families prepare armory, with help of local firefighters, for return of 857th Wolfpack
Military family members and several Picayune firefighters celebrated Memorial Day by decorating National Guard Armory on U.S. Highway 11 for the return of the 857th Horizontal Engineering Company. The unit is expected to return by the weekend. The group decorating the armory consisted of wives, children, parents and Picayune firefighters who placed flags, yellow ribbons and signs along the road and exterior of the armory.
X-Finity Dancers in final competition
X-Finity Dance Academy competed in their final competition for the 2013-2014 dance season. The International Dance Challenge had 11 studios from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana that competed on May 4 through May 5, in Mobile Alabama. Despite injuries, the competition team pulled through and really represented well. The hard work of the competition dancers were showcased in their 30 entries of dances ranging from solos, duo/trios, small groups, large groups, productions and lines.
- St. Paul’s hosts Third Annual Choral Festival There was standing room only at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on May 5 for the third annual Spring Choral Festival featuring singers from the four Picayune elementary schools. It was an opportunity to recognize and celebrate contributions to the vocal arts by the singers and their directors.
- St. Barnabas Anglican Church dedicates Memorial Garden Recently, several members of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, located at 201 Norwood Street, gathered in the newly created garden space, adjacent to the main building. Plantings of sago palm, forsythia, elephant ear and lily brought calm and sweetness to the air. Wrought iron seating and garden art sat nestled below the trees. At the center of the garden is a large trellis, covered with blooming clematis, with a kneeling bench provided below.
- Troop return eminent Picayune residents are advised to be on alert next week as the troops are rumored to return to Gulfport, on this coming Thursday or Friday, time of arrival to be determined. Picayune Fire Chief Keith Brown said, “We urge residents to stay connected to us through Facebook and Blackboard Connect which is located on the City of Picayune website, on the bottom left hand side.” Blackboard Connect is the orange link that lead to: http://picayune.ms.us/blackboard-connect/, and will let residents in Picayune register as either an individual or business. It communicates news via email blast. Both sites will have late breaking news on official time of troop return at the earliest possibility. Those already registered, need not register again. Those without Internet access are welcome to call Janet Guidry, at the Picayune Fire Department, at either 601-798-6513 or 601-799-0614 to be put in the system.
Wreaths laid for Memorial Day
City officials, along with Picayune Main Street, Inc. president and director gathered at the Veteran’s Memorial Monument by city hall to hang Memorial Day wreaths in honor of all who serve our country. Also present was one of the original planning committee members on the Brick by Brick committee which funded the area and monument.
At the recent Master Naturalist training held at the Crosby Arboretum, Master Gardener Susan Swope discussed how using more natives in our landscapes can save us both time and money. She went on to describe some methods well-suited to lazy gardeners. One was to create planting beds in lawn areas. First, mow the grass as short as possible, then add layers of newspaper or cardboard, add a thick organic layer such as leaves, and there you go— less grass to mow.
CBAC Did you know? program highlights dangers to senior citizens
Senior citizens face many dangers, said the speakers at the Did You Know? seminar at the Senior Center, and they sought to give the seniors information to help them navigate the risks. The Community Business Advisory Committee (CBAC) hosted the seminar at the Senior Center on Friday, May 17.
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