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The spotlight was shining on numerous activities and local businesses on Saturday as Spotlight 2013 was held at Bellmont Middle School.
Many of the usual popular activities were back, including bingo and the Rotary Club auction.
Good crowds turned out for the annual event, which ran for nine and a half hours.
See photos in today's print edition.
Last year’s inaugural Decatur Sculpture Walk has been renamed Decatur Sculpture Tour to reflect the expansion of sculptures beyond the city’s immediate downtown area, it has been announced.
The installation date for the 2013 sculptures will be Friday, June 7, with the unveiling on Saturday, June 8, during a downtown celebration according to sculpture tour committee member and Arts Council President Sue Roe.
Business exhibits, bingo, entertainment, an auction, art show, food and lots more will be offered on Saturday when the 2013 Spotlight, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, is held at Bellmont Middle School.
Balloon art, face painting, Sweet Cakes Comedy also are scheduled.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. and breakfast will be provided for purchase by the North Adams Food & Nutrition Services. Lunch also will be available. No admission is charged and parking will be free.
The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department may soon begin planning a new fire station on the north side of the town's business park if a land request is granted by Monroe Town Council.
Fire Chief Russell Cook asked council Thursday if the town would consider donating a five-acre plot of land in Monroe Business Park for a new fire station. Cook said the current building on S. Polk St. has "served its purpose," but no longer has the capability of housing modern fire trucks and equipment.
One thing positive about March snowstorms: They normally don't hang around too long.
The seven-inch snowfall which hit Decatur starting Tuesday night was no exception. A bright sun and temperatures around the freezing mark helped melt away a potion of the snow on Wednesday as the city and county quickly returned to normal.
Barring any unforeseen problems and with some cooperation from the weather, Decatur’s ancient onetime street department building could be out of sight with only a green space left by mid-May.
Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at Tuesday’s city council meeting that a contract has been signed with Denny Excavating of Plainfield, low bidder on the project. In approximately 10 days, the firm is expected to begin some inside work on the building between the city police station and the city swimming pool.
Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Steve Krull presented his annual report to the county commissioners on Monday.
He said that this year the department hopes to do a lot of work fixing up the county parks. He noted that that was the area on which the department's budget placed its emphasis this year, and he said it would be a great improvement.
City crews hit the streets running early this morning — running snow plows, that is.
In the aftermath of a seven-inch snowfall, Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at 8 a.m. that the situation in regard to city streets "is pretty good. We're about 80 percent of the way now (making at least one pass down every street) and I'd say we'll have everythingl in a couple of more hours.
"We're salting, plowing, doing it all," he said.
It was a frightful night outside, but only thoughts of summer floated around inside City Hall on Tuesday night as local ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) official Theresa Bodle updated Decatur City Council on plans for next summer’s extravaganza.
Geneva Clerk-Treasurer Bill Warren provided an update on the water system's iron filter Tuesday at the town council meeting. At last month's meeting, he had said that it was malfunctioning. This month, he informed the council that the filter is completely offline.
Warrren did emphasize that the water is still being chlorinated and is safe to drink, though it might have some rust in it from time to time.