Colony readies for Alabama 200 Bicentennial celebration this Saturday

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Councilwoman Ethel Alexander, Mayor Donnis Leeth and Councilman Samuel Ashford show a little preview of the mural project to be unveiled Saturday. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

COLONY, Ala. –  The Colony Town Council on Tuesday evening shared with The Tribune a sample of the Alabama 200 Bicentennial mural project members are set to unveil at 5 p.m. this Saturday at the Colony Educational Complex.  The five-piece collection includes information and images of Colony’s early communities, history, “then and now,” churches and local sites. Drew Green, director of the Cullman County Museum and chairman of the Cullman County Bicentennial Committee, will come down to help Mayor Donnis Leeth open the exhibit.  Folks from all over Cullman County are invited to join in the celebration that will include live music, skits, oral history presentations and refreshments.

After the project is presented, it will hit the road to visit places ranging all the way from the Cullman County Museum to the state Capitol in Montgomery, before returning home for permanent display in Colony.

Councilwoman Ethel Alexander, who coordinates many community projects and helped bring the mural project to life, expressed pride in the subject of her efforts, shared, “I live in the Colony, and I love it because it’s a beautiful place.  And it’s a hidden secret, and I shouldn’t be telling everybody about it. But if you have time to come, come and visit us!”

In other council business, members shared that construction of raised beds for the community garden around the Educational Complex is continuing this week.  Seven new handicapped-accessible beds and a shed will join those already in use, thanks to a grant from Morehouse School of Medicine. Plans for the garden include a variety of vegetables, blueberry bushes and fruit trees.

Alexander reported that Colony is back on track to provide its federally-funded feeding program through summer break.  There will also be a one-week summer enrichment program featuring history programs for younger students and high-tech engineering fun for older students, along with occasional special programs over the summer.

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

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