Star Spangled Heights celebration is a success

Did you know you can fish without a license and free-of-charge at Carriage Hill Farm?

Both Cedar Lake and North Woods Pond at the farm are available for you to fish. They do have a catch and release program on all sizes of bass. Grab your fishing pole and head out for a few hours of peace, quiet and solitude. Spending time with your kids at the fishing hole is surely building memories for them!

Did you know the latest city wide neighborhood watch meeting was so successful they will have to move to a larger location next time?

Good job Officer Savard for getting the word out. I was very impressed with the questions and concerns discussed by the folks attending. They brought forward suggestions that may be implemented in their neighborhood to make it a better place for all. I hope there will be more residents attending in the future because you definitely have the ear of the people who can help with neighborhood situations you may have.

A special National Night Out is planned for August this year. Detailed information will come your way as plans are finalized. This should be a great evening for the community and I hope everyone will get excited and involved this year!

Did you know the next FREE movie at Eichelberger Amphitheater will be July 11 with a rain date of July 18?

The movie will be Dolphin Tale 2 with a number of movie stars you won’t want to miss. The Arts and Beautification Commission is the sponsor of this activity. If you enjoy the outdoor movies, please let them know. Bring your chairs, blankets and children to see this movie under the stars!

Did you know the Star Spangled Heights celebration of Independence Day was a roaring success?

The weather was perfect, the parade started on time and featured many enjoyable entries. I think the kids all went home with bags of “goodies” from the various participants in the parade, as well as along the route. The car show at Thomas Cloud Park was a success and everyone enjoyed seeing the vintage cars. The music from “Flashback” was certainly enjoyed by all, but of course, the highlight of the day was the fireworks. I heard such things as “awesome, fantastic, loved it, great, best ever” as people were leaving the park.

First we must give credit to the Arts and Beautification Commission who coordinated and brought everything together. They worked for months planning and all day on the 4th to see that each activity went as planned.

Our Public Works Division did an outstanding job in making sure Tom Cloud park looked its best — and it did! Our Fire Division, and others from around the area, played a part in making sure we were all safe during the shooting of the fireworks. The medical teams that were there, from around the area, also were ready to handle any accidents.

The Explorers handled the parking and PRIDE helped with traffic control, all under the guidance of our Police Division, of course, who were there patrolling the park to keep us safe. Last but not least, to city staff who stepped up whenever asked and provided employees for some of the tasks.

As you can see it takes a lot of volunteers and overtime to pull off such a successful day. If I missed anyone I apologize, because you all know you were responsible for making your part of the day successful…including the vendors who were there with food, drink and novelties. Thank you to all! Even you who were there just to watch the parade or fireworks were an important part in the success of the day. Thank you for being there. Next year bring your neighbor and maybe even get more involved. I predict bigger and better for 2016!