By Jean Clark
During what has become an annual tradition, the Pleasant Hill Town Council members served hot chili, dips and chips, cupcakes, witches’ brew and goodie candy bags to more than 360 costumed children and adults on Halloween.
Town hall has become a popular stop on the trick or treat circuit for games, storytelling, food and fun. The hall became transformed into a dim, spider webbed, scary place with ghouls and ghosts in abundance. Along with the council members and their spouses, former mayor Jim Olds made his famous chili, and other citizens contributed time, food or money.
At the November council meeting, the mayor announced that garbage pickup will be Wednesday, Nov. 21 instead of Thanksgiving Day. Lisa Patrick, councilwoman, noted an increase in vandalism in the town and urged residents to call directly to the sheriff’s substation, staffed by Henrietta Kerley, to report those incidents. The telephone number is 277-5911 and the fax number is 277-5811, or stop by between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The sub-station is at 18 Clearview Ave. at the corner of Main St. The Department of Transportation has assured Streets and Maintenance Councilman Bill McDermet that the turning lane from Rt. 70 west unto Main St. near Sycamore will be paved and marked this month. A second reading of the ordinance to approve funding of new tires for the town truck was passed.
Announcements of upcoming events in Pleasant Hill included A Gathering of Quilts, sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Historical Society of the Cumberlands, on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Blue Barn off of Lake Rd. The Pleasant Hill Town Cemetery Advisory Board will be hosting a spaghetti lunch Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon until 2 p.m. at the Community House for a freewill offering. The council is considering information about the use of “green burial” in the two town cemeteries. Green burial, or natural burial, ensures the burial site remains as natural as possible in all respects. Interment of the bodies is done in a bio-degradable casket, shroud or a favorite blanket. No embalming fluid, no concrete vaults are used.
The Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Elementary School PTO garnered $2,300, which will go into the fund for playground equipment. A good time was had by all. Main St. was very festive when the children and teachers paraded in costumes to Wharton Homes and Fletcher House. The Pleasant Hill School is the only Cumberland County school that has neighborhood Halloween and Christmas parades. PHS children said goodbye to their friends whose families were part of the migrant workers who were in the area as they follow the crops to Georgia. At the return from fall break, the Junior High students moved into and began to enjoy their new building. Plans continue for an open house for the new wing so everyone in the Pleasant Hill area will get a chance to see the new digs.
November is Native American Heritage Month. Classes will be celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of this outstanding group of Americans. The administration, teachers and students are working diligently to master the standards needed to meet this year’s annual measurable objectives (AMOs). Thanksgiving break will be held Nov. 21-23.