Colony readying for summer programs

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Councilwoman Ethel Alexander, Town Clerk Patricia Ponder, Mayor Donnis Leeth and Councilman Samuel Ashford pose for a photo at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.  Alexander and Ponder will lead this summer’s enrichment program for children and teens. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

COLONY, Ala. – On Tuesday evening, the Colony Town Council talked about plans for what’s shaping up to be an eventful summer for the community.  The town will participate in the federally-funded summer feeding program from June 3 through June 29, offering free breakfast and lunch to children and youth up to 18 years old, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays.

During the first week of the program, Councilwoman Ethel Alexander and Town Clerk Patricia Ponder will head up a summer camp.  Alexander will offer a program for younger children studying Colony’s history, with community tours and specially-made coloring books.  Ponder will lead a high-tech course that will give kids access to computer-driven technology not typically found in the average home, including digital cutting, laser engraving and 3D printing.

The town also plans to take a group of students to the McWane Center during the closing week of the feeding program.

An ambitious summer program for the small town will require some help, and Colony is getting it from:

  • Cullman Savings Bank, which donated $2,500 to the town to cover costs of the McWane Center trip and assist with repair projects around the gym and park
  • Ponder, who is using her personal tech equipment collection for the summer camp.  She is also trying to secure additional computers from the Cullman County Public Library System.
  • The Cullman County Extension Office, which is scheduled to come to town to prepare a free spaghetti dinner for diners of all ages on June 18
  • An upcoming community yard sale, date to be announced
  • Sale of T-shirts and backpacks emblazoned with a “Straight Outta Colony” logo. Ponder made one shirt by request, and as folks have seen it and word has gotten around, she has begun receiving more requests.  Anyone interested in getting a T-shirt or backpack should contact Colony Town Hall at 256-287-1192.

Mayor Donnis Leeth hopes to have staff from the Good Samaritan Health Clinic come down for an onsite clinic day, and Alexander told The Tribune she also hopes to include a luau-style community event as part of the month-long program.

Possible polling place change

In his comments, the mayor said he has filed the necessary paperwork with Cullman County Probate Judge Tammy Brown to move Colony’s voting location from the town hall next door to the larger Educational Complex.  The request must be approved by Brown and the County Commission.

Leeth also remarked that, during a recent visit to Montgomery, he spoke with officials from the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG) and other agencies about having some of Colony’s roads repaved and that the town’s community garden is coming along well.

In the council’s last order of business, Councilman Melvin Hammond, who chairs the Finance Committee and who expressed concern about town spending at the last meeting, requested that the town cease paying him for his service.  The request was approved.

The Colony 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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