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PPBT Birding Photo Contest

Open to youth, age 15 and under, and any amateur photographer, with “amateur’ defined as someone who does not earn a living from photography!

Photos must have been taken during the calendar year 2016 and must have been taken at any of the thirty-four (34) official sites on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail. We naturally accept photos of birds, but any artistic view of the official site as well. Your pictures must easily identify the site at which you are taking photos. A simple solution is to take a picture of the site signage before and after your subject photos. These will NOT be counted in your ‘5 picture’ submission guidelines.

There is no charge for entering this contest. All photos should be at least 300 dpi and may be submitted on CD or flash drive in the jpg format, or via email to Each should be accompanied by your name, address, contact information and telephone, all in legible handwriting.

Winning entries will be highlighted in the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail newsletter, official Facebook page and displayed on our Flickr page as well. By submitting entries, participants grant permission for the Alabama Birding Trails, the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, along with any partner organization to publish any/all submissions on printed materials, official websites and to share on social media. The contest begins March 1st and the deadline is 5:00 pm October 31, 2016.

Our contest has two classes: birds & artistic site shots. There are two levels of entry: youth ( 15 & under) & amateur. You may enter up to five (5) photos in each class.

Submit your photos at any time to either or the Goin’ Postal office: Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail c/o Goin’ Postal, 2036 Cherokee Road, Suite 40 Alexander City AL 35010

This contest is a project of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, with thirty-four sites in the counties of Autauga, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Randolph and Tallapoosa.

For details, contact Joanne at 256-786-0541 or via email at

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SIFAT Summer Community Engagement Program

SIFAT is looking for help with their Summer Community Engagement Program. They are looking to send a group of about 20 students (with a counselor supervising) to businesses this summer to do some community service. The dates are June 9th, June 16th, June 30th, July 14th, July 21st, and July 28th. They would be at your business from 10:30-2:30. The goal of this program is that after the students spend the first of the week learning how to help globally each Thursday will be designated to learning how to act locally.

This is a really good program and it helps these students to learn. It is also a good way for you as a business to give back!

Please seriously consider this opportunity!

If you are interested in having these students come help you on one of these days or if you would like more information please contact:
Jillian Matthews []
Campus Program Manager
Servants in Faith and Technology (SIFAT)
2944 County Road 113
Lineville, AL 36266

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Ashland City Library Summer Reading Program Schedule

Ashland City Library Summer Reading Program Schedule

Download this schedule in PDF for printing

June 6-17: Focus on the 50’s

June 20-24: Summer Days

June 27- July 8: Summer Nights

July 11: Auburn Extensions service @ 2:00
July 12: Healthy Foods @ 2:00
July 13: McWane Science Center @ 2:00 (Free McWane pass)
July 14: Bicycle Maintenance, Safety, and Relay @ 2:00
July 15: Animal Shelter @ 10:00

July 18-29: Happy Healthy Lifestyles (Adults and children)

NOTE: Every week through June and July we will be offering chess classes every Tuesday @ 3:00, and yoga every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00.


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Alcohol sales supporters toasting Clay County wet-dry vote

From WBRC Fox 6 News
Copyright 2016 WBRC. All rights reserved.
By Dixon Hayes
Clay County, the last completely dry county in the state, has fallen.

Voters in Ashland and Lineville on Tuesday, both voted to allow alcohol sales in the city.

In Ashland, the final count was 421 yes votes to 229 no votes, or 65 percent to 35 percent.

In Lineville, those votes came to 616 yes votes to 254 no votes, or 75 percent to 25 percent.

Voters had last considered the issue in 1986, with the dry side once again coming out in front.

Supporters said the county’s distinction as the last dry county in the state was costing the area money. Randolph County had gone wet shortly before Clay County, giving residents another place to buy beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. Supporters also said national chain restaurants won’t locate in dry areas.

Opponents cited religious beliefs as well as other issues such as alcoholism and drunk driving.

Clay County’s distinction as the state’s last dry county and one of the last in the country, has drawn national attention in both traditional media and political blogs.

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Tour East Alabama Wins 2015 NADO Innovation Award

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Contact: Joe McKinney, Executive Director                                             For Immediate Release

202.624.7806 |                                                         November 9, 2015

East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission Receives

National Association of Development Organizations 2015 Innovation Award

WASHINGTON, DC – The East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, based in Anniston, Alabama received a 2015 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for Tour East Alabama. Accepting the “2015 NADO Innovation Award” on behalf of the Tour East Alabama organization were Mary Patchunka-Smith, TMP President; Tammy Power 1st Vice President and Cotina Terry 2nd Vice President of Tour East Alabama.

The Tour East Alabama region consists of eight counties in East Central Alabama (Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa), a predominantly rural area. The region covered by this project has historically been dependent on the textile industry. This industry has dwindled over the last few decades in the aftermath of the NAFTA and other trade agreements. With agriculture producing fewer and fewer jobs, and the textile jobs moving offshore, the populations of our rural towns have been shifting to urban areas where jobs were more plentiful.  Our rural towns have been disappearing.

2016 NADO AwardTour East Alabama is a volunteer organization. For the past 7+ years local Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils, Cooperative Extension Services, State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and other organizations have been educating the local communities on how to use tourism as an economic development tool. Tour East Alabama recognizes that the region has the natural and cultural resources to become a successful tourist destination, creating a new job engine for the East Alabama region.  As resources have allowed, Tour East Alabama has been educating local communities about the value of the tax dollars and jobs that tourism can bring to their communities through new and expanding businesses that form the basis on which tourism can thrive.

“East Alabama has so much to offer without all the rat race from the big cities, with plenty of fun and entertaining things to do during the spring, summer, fall and winter. There’s something to do for everyone. From the highest point in Alabama Cheaha State Park to the Fastest Track in NASCAR at the Talladega Superspeedway to the nearly endless lakes and rivers found throughout, you’ll discover natural resources like nowhere else. Tourists don’t care about city limits and county lines. Tour East Alabama has erased those city limits and county lines and made the 8 counties in East Alabama a vibrant tourist destination” said Mary Patchunka-Smith, TMP President of Tour East Alabama.

Travelers spent $11.8 billion and were responsible for 167,273 jobs in 2014 in Alabama. This represents a 7.3% increase compared to 2013 in traveler spending on hotels, restaurants, shopping and transportation. The tourism industry is economic development. Tourism and the jobs it creates cannot be outsourced to another country. 2014 Statistics from the Alabama Tourism Department.

Thanks go out to the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development,  Appalachian Regional Commission, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Alabama Tourism Department, elected officials and all the many volunteers throughout the region that support  the concept that “Tourism is economic development.”

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.  Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference, held October 24-27 in New Orleans, LA.

“For nearly 30 years, NADO’s Innovation Award has provided regional development organizations the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to promoting economic development in rural and small metropolitan communities across the country. Building on the unique strengths and challenges of each region and community, award recipients continue to promote sustainable economic growth not only now, but for many years to come.  And I am pleased to announce that this year over 100 regional development organizations were selected to receive NADO’s 2015 Innovation Award,” said NADO 2014-2015 Board President Terry Bobrowski, Executive Director of the East Tennessee Development District in Alcoa, TN.

For more information about the award-winning project, contact Donna Fathke at the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission at (256) 237-6741 or Mary Patchunka-Smith, TMP President of Tour East Alabama 256-276-0365 email or visit


Since 1967 the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has provided advocacy, education, networking, and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.

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Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Sign Up Begins

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is joining the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in urging schools, churches, governmental agencies, college and universities and private non-profit organizations to help ensure that all children in the state have access to nutritious meals in the summer.

We are currently looking to get the word out about this great program, and gain sponsorship and feeding sites in Clay County for this Summer. Please see attached for a press release on more information about the story and program. Also visit the Break for a Plate website for info:

Read the Governor’s Proclamation and Press Release here.


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