I would like to start with a big thank you to all of you for the kind comments on my article. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it, as I have had so much enjoyment writing about Porterdale. I have a funny story to start off with in this column.
While Porterdale's work session on Thursday was business as usual, an eruption at the close of the meeting stirred emotions from a long brewing feud over the Community Assistance Relief Effort's ability to hold charitable events on city property and collect donations through residents' water bill.
Together again: Former and current Porterdale residents came together Saturday for the eighth annual Porterdale Reunion. Old photos and other memorabilia were on display, and residents and guests alike poured over them sharing stories. Copies of "Diary of a Cotton Mill Girl," written by Lucy Ivey Shaw, were available to buy, as were engraved bricks. There was also a bake sale, hosted by the Porterdale Woman's Club and a silent auction. Proceeds from all the sales will go toward renovating the Porterdale gym.
Porterdale is revved up and ready for the 2010 Porterdale Reunion. Each year since 2003, the City of Porterdale, The Porterdale Woman's Club and the Friends of Porterdale have sponsored this gathering, which has drawn in current and former Porterdale residents since the very first gathering.
A single story couldn't contain the life of B.C. Crowell, and the leaders of Porterdale decided a single day just wasn't enough time to honor him. Porterdale paid tribute to one of its most famous sons Friday, when Mayor Bobby Hamby signed a proclamation declaring the upcoming week of Aug. 23-28 as "B.C. Crowell Week."
Porterdale City Council held a work session on Tuesday to discuss some issues that will help out residents of the city. In addition, the council announced they received an award from the U.S. Census Bureau for the hard work they provided in taking part in collecting data for the 2010 census.
At Porterdale City Council's regular meeting Monday night members voted to pass along an increase in wholesale water rates to town residents. Information about the new rates will go out in residents' next water bills. The council also approved lowering the minimum amount charged to 2,000 gallons from 3,000 gallons.