Colony storm shelter ready for use; history, heritage programs planned

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Colony Councilman Sam Ashford takes visitors on a tour of the town’s newly-completed community storm shelter Tuesday evening. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

COLONY, Ala. – It was a light agenda for the Colony Town Council meeting Tuesday evening, but it just gave the council the opportunity to share more good news.

Councilman Curtis Johnson reported that the town’s community storm shelter recently passed the final fire marshal’s inspection, clearing the facility for use during bad weather.  The shelter, located behind town hall, can hold more than 80 people and has restrooms and a generator for independent power. Johnson reported that the town is still working on completing the installation of the generator at the Educational Complex.

Councilwoman Ethel Alexander reported that Colony representatives will be seeking certification to participate in the federal summer feeding program after the conclusion of Colony’s summer camp-style youth enrichment program in early June. 

She also told the council that the enrichment program has received an $800 grant, thanks to Cullman’s Benedictine Sisters.  Older participants will take part in a high-tech, hands-on workshop, using desktop computers to run a digital cutting machine, 3-D printer, swing-away heat press and laser engraver.  Younger participants will learn about Colony’s history in a program that will include walking tours, a hay ride and a picnic in Vivian B. Allen Park.

Alexander also shared that, as part of its contribution to Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration, on March 30 the town will unveil a five-panel mural displaying various aspects of the history and heritage of the Colony community.  That will be followed on April 12 by a stop in the town by members of the Birmingham African American Genealogical Group, which will be in Cullman County to visit the genealogy department at Wallace State Community College’s library.

Colony’s Town Council meets at Colony Town Hall at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, with work sessions at 5:30.  The public is invited to attend.

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