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Hillcrest High School student Jacob Fitzpatrick recently received a special honor. The Army Junior ROTC Cadet was presented with the Scottish Rite Certificate of Appreciation by retired Alabama National Guard Master Sergeant Ron Anders during Hillcrest’s awards ceremony.

Cadet Fitzpatrick was recognized for scholastic excellence and demonstrated Americanism in supporting the United States as a member of the Army Junior ROTC program. Anders is Past Grand Master of the Alabama Grand Lodge.

The 2016-17 Forerunners class held a graduation ceremony May 17 at the John R. Drish House. High school students from around Tuscaloosa County participate in the leadership program, which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The keynote address for the event was given by Max Karrh, vice president of Bryant Bank, and graduates were recognized by Karen Thompson, the executive director of Temporary Emergency Services.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m. until noon at the City of Tuscaloosa Public Safety Logistics building located at 3311 Kauloosa Avenue.

Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. Many hazardous wastes bear by warning labels such as poisonous or flammable. Improper disposal of these wastes can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Items dropped off will either be neutralized and recycled into new product or safely and properly disposed.

This week’s Druid City Living calendar is again packed with events and happenings in our area, so be sure and get out and enjoy when you can. Happy Almost Memorial Day, everyone. It’s time to kick off summer in Tuscaloosa and Northport – where it’s certainly hot, but never ever dull.

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This little baby is Chewy, aka Chewbacca, an 8-month-old female Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. Chewy is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week. She has a light tan, smooth coat, the ears like a Chihuahua, and the longer body like a Dachshund, thus a ChiWeenie! Chewy is small, weighing only 13 pounds, and will only get to about 15 pounds when full grown. 

The West/Central Alabama Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) has given University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Dean Dr. Mark Nelson with a special honor. Nelson was given a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his extraordinary support of those serving in the military.

The Leadership Tuscaloosa Class of 2017 held a graduating ceremony on Wednesday, May 10, closing nine months of leadership training. The ceremony featured keynote speaker Chancellor Ray Hayes of the University of Alabama System. 

The program also featured remarks by Cooper Shattuck, Chair of this year’s Leadership Tuscaloosa class and a graduate of the Leadership Tuscaloosa program. 

This week’s Druid City Living calendar is again jam-packed with events and happenings in our area, so be sure and get out and enjoy when you can. Enjoy the John Legend concert on Tuesday and hear some awesome live music at Live at the Plaza on Friday evening. And don’t forget the Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon – go cheer for the kids at Lake Lurleen!

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By Walter Maddox

On Monday, May 22, I will be sworn in for my fourth term as mayor. I am deeply honored by this opportunity, and feel very fortunate to serve my hometown. 

On May 23, I plan on presenting an ambitious agenda to the City Council for their consideration. We have made a tremendous amount of progress, but there is more to be done. 

By Pat Feighery 

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is reminding mariners to think safety first for the coming boating season. Locally, boaters are hitting the waters of Lake Tuscaloosa to enjoy the weather - as they'll do throughout the summer. Safety is key, and the Coast Guard Auxillary Flotilla 8 5 is offering a special boating safety class designed to help everyone recognize when a fellow boater is in trouble.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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