Mayor’s column for Nov. 14

First Posted: 11/14/2011

The towns four entrance signs have a new look thanks to some 4-Hers. On Friday members of the Robeson County Junior Master Gardeners Club called the Dirty Rascals traveled to town and re-landscaped all four of the towns entrance signs. They planted day lilies, India Hawthorne plants, and Camellias at each sign. The signs had needed a face lift for some time and through the civic mindedness of the club they all shine now. They were accompanied by Robeson County extension agent Shea Ann Dejarnette and other adult chaperones. Within the next several days additional lighting and irrigation will be added at each sign. Three civic clubs and a FHS ag class have agreed to maintain the signs and keep them looking attractive. This project has been an important issue for me for several years but funds and time seemed to stand in the way of its completion. Now thanks to these fine youngsters travelers will get a nice impression of Fairmont as they enter our community. The president of the Dirty Rascals Kerry Underwood, Dejarnette, and fellow agent Kerrie Roach will be honored by me with certificates of appreciation at our town board meeting on Tuesday.

Veterans received a tribute on Friday at a ceremony in their honor in the Heritage Center. The 11:00 event featured a flag ceremony by Army Reservists of the 2/323 unit in Lumberton, guest speaker Eric Swenson who talked about his experience in the navy submarine service, special music by Wendy Doeller and Wayne Britt who sang the national anthem. Each veteran present stood and was recognized by the name, rank, and service they were in. A $25.00 cash drawing was held just for veterans present with Wayne Leggett emerging as the winner. At the conclusion of te program refreshments were served to the guests and veterans.

On Thursday the town will hold its quarterly community watch meeting at 7:00 in the town hall courtroom. The organization decided to change to quarterly meetings in August after the National Night Out event. All Fairmont residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Charles Kemp, Mayor

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