A number of government offices are expected to close and garbage service interrupted for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, when an annual ceremony to honor deceased veterans will be held in …
A number of government offices are expected to close and garbage service interrupted for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, when an annual ceremony to honor deceased veterans will be held in Jasper.
In Jasper on Monday, the Knights of Columbus, Council 8551 of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, will hold its 12th annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. at Walker Memory Gardens, off Highway 5.
Col. Keith Lewis will be the special speaker during the roughly 30-minute ceremony in the veterans area of the cemetery. Lewis is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was a prisoner of war, and was awarded the Bronze Star with valor.
Anyone wanting more information may call event organizer David Hester at 205-275-6355.
In addition, Sumiton area veterans will hold a short Memorial Day observance on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Sumiton Community Center.
The Walker County Courthouse and city halls across the county are expected to be closed Monday. Garbage service for cities and the county includes the following:
• The Walker County Landfill and office will be closed, but county garbage routes will not be affected.
• Jasper routes will run a day late the rest of the week.
• Carbon Hill will not have garbage service that day and will resume normal routes later in the week.
• Sumiton will perform Monday's routes on Tuesday and Tuesday's on Wednesday.
• Garbage routes in Cordova, Parrish, Oakman and Dora will not be affected for residences, as they do not run on Mondays. Details were not available for Parrish.
Financial markets and institutions are expected to be closed that day. Bevill State Community College will also be closed. Urgent care facilities, pharmacies and grocery stores may have special hours on the holiday. However, retail businesses, especially chain stores, are expected to be open for Memorial Day sales.
The Daily Mountain Eagle's business office will be closed Monday and will reopen Tuesday. The Eagle does not have a Monday edition and will keep its normal delivery schedule during the holiday weekend.
The Carbon Hill City Council will not meet Monday, as it moved its council meeting back a week to earlier this week. (It also agreed to meet on June 3 and 17 outside its normal schedule due to vacations.)
The holiday, known traditionally as the start of the summer, is expected to draw tourists to such venues as Smith Lake and the Bankhead National Forest, and tourists are expected to turn out in full force on U.S. Interstate 22. According to the National Weather Service, the current forecast is for sunny skies this week and into the weekend, with highs in the high 90s by the weekend.
Alabama State Troopers are also expected to give special holiday emphasis to patrols for the holiday weekend. The Marine Patrol Division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is also expected to be in full force throughout the holiday weekend. ALEA has usually offered the following tips for a safe Memorial Day weekend and summer:
•Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.
•Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
•Focus on driving or boating and avoiding such distractions as texting and talking on cell phones.
•Slow down in construction zones along the way. Drivers pose the greatest danger in work zone crashes by not paying attention, speeding and driving while impaired or distracted.
•Pay attention to weather conditions, particularly when there is thunder and lightning. Storms can come up quickly, especially in warm weather, so keep an eye to the sky. Watch for temperature changes, shifts in wind patterns and changes in cloud formations.
The Alabama Department of Transportation said Tuesday it will have no temporary lane closures on Alabama interstates after Friday through Monday at midnight. However, drivers in Birmingham should plan for detours still as closures remain at the U.S. Interstate 59/20 bridges downtown and as the route interchanges at U.S. Interstate 65 and the Red Mountain Expressway.
The department advises buckling up, slowing down and keeping eyes on the road, noting 60 percent of state highway fatalities were not wearing seatbelts at the time they crash.
Meanwhile, Carbon Hill city officials noted that they will not be able to get the city's swimming pool refurbished for the new season in time of Memorial Day, as they had announced a week earlier. They are now expecting to open the season on June 1 with a free admission day. The splash pad will also be delayed until that day.
The outdoor pool at the Memorial Park Natatorium in Jasper is open for the summer from 3:30 to 7 p.m. (except for Wednesday and Friday, when it will close at 6 p.m.). It will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, but it will be closed Sunday and Monday this weekend. Hours for the facility will change after Memorial Day.
Parrish is opening its splash pad for the season on Saturday. It will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day (Monday).
Some events will be held in the surrounding area. Brilliant will hold its Coalfest on Friday and Saturday. A Memorial Day Weekend Festival will be held at Smith Lake Park in Cullman on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park, near University Mall, will hold a ceremony on Monday at 9 a.m.