Stirling McKelvie had an idea for her required Senior Project at St. Pauls High School. But it included replacing an existing, faded mural on the public library’s rear wall with a mural of her own design. The Town government owns the library building, so the red tape began, but, undaunted, she set to work to wade through it. The first obstacle to overcome was to get permission from the Town for the art project, then the second was securing the materials needed for it. Then she had to prime the wall, a pretty big project in and of itself. So the SPHS JROTC cadets, led by Moises De Dios Perez, stepped up and pitched in to help Stirling get the wall prepared for her artistic touch. On a recent Saturday morning, art students partnered with the JROTC cadets to get the art project underway. Not only did the cadets prime the wall for Stirling, they also pressure washed the library fence. Stirling will install her downtown masterpiece soon, made possible by the Town, the JROTC, the library board of directors and fellow art students under the supervision of art instructor Joy McGugan.
Get ready to blow the Halloween candy budget! Get ready to make an appointment at your dentist's office! Save that costume after Halloween night! Halloween will be observed twice in St. Pauls this year.
The official observance of Halloween, for those up to age 12 who will visit participating homes across the community, and for those who will stand by the front door with that big bowl of candy and those other sweet treats, will take place on Friday, October 31 from 6 pm until 8 pm. Trick-or-treaters are urged to follow common sense rules and to observe safety practices to insure a happy evening of scarecrows and scary clowns. For instance, visit only those houses with lights on and where there is activity. Wear costumes that will not result in trips or falls and do not wear masks that can cover the eyes and cause mishaps.
Then, on Saturday, November 1, the entire community will get another chance to celebrate the spooky season at the Downtown Night Out Halloween party. This is the biggest Night Out of the year and is eagerly anticipated by kids of all ages.
Churches can offer trunk-or-treat activities. Owners of those classic cars lining Broad Street will be handing out candy. And any resident who wishes to join in the fun can bring their oversized bowl of treats and come downtown to see all the little ghosties, goblins and other fantastical creatures. Adults as well as kids are encouraged to come out in costume for this big, family friendly celebration. Bring gobs of candy because the trick-or-treaters will come out en masse for this spooktacular event!
St. Pauls is special and so is Halloween here!
The Annie H. McEachern Public Library’s Board of Directors and its staff have been working the community lately, and with good results.
From 7:30 am at the Folk Festival on Armfield Street until 7:35 on Broad Street at the Downtown Night Out on May 10, we were out and about. Turns out we had a blast helping the library on its way to raising $15,000 this fiscal year, but we were truly tired at quitting time after back-to-back fundraising efforts. Many volunteers made it easier and a whole lot of fun, so thanks to everyone for pitching in and working together.
The day was something of a success. We raised a total of $835 at both venues. This includes the $625 raised during the cake raffle where auctioneer Donnie Blackburn did a great job of keeping things moving and moving in the right direction! Thank you Donnie, and thanks to the dozen or so bakers who donated cakes. (Marie Rozier’s incredible 20-layer chocolate cake was top bid getter.) This auction always does well because people here know who can bake, and they don't mind supporting the library and taking home a delicious prize!
Thanks also to the businesses that contributed gifts to the raffle we offered at both locations. These include Lumberton Ford, Petersen Toyota, SP Farmers Exchange, Office Depot, and D. D. McColl's. Please thank these merchants when you visit! After all they supported your public library, so please support them.
Thanks also to Jackie Sugar for her generous annual support. She got our next fundraiser, a letter campaign to businesses and patrons, off to a great start even before we started. Thank you Jackie, because your continued generosity bumped our total up quite a bit!
To date, the library's board of directors has put together two fundraisers, a spaghetti plate sale at the Presbyterian Church and the day at the Folk Fest and Night Out. Those two have helped us raise just over $3000, and that is wonderful, but we still have a good ways to go.
With the terrific support from St. Pauls and beyond, we will get there. Everyone can help us get to that goal. If you shop at Piggly Wiggly, ask to get a community card that returns a small portion of every purchase to a charity or non-profit of your choice, including the library. This does not increase your bill, the folks there are simply generous and civic minded. You can also ask your SPHS Class reunion to make a donation. You can always make a straightforward donation in honor of or in loving memory of someone special. These memorials and honor gifts have been a good source of income for the library in the past, and are great ways to thank, show love for or remember someone. You can also ask that donations be made to the library in lieu of flowers in the event of bereavement. You can also ask your church or group to make a donation.
All donations are tax deductible.
So there are many ways to support the library as we endeavor to raise $15,000 this year. We've made a very good and solid start, thanks to all of you. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please call the library at 910-865-4002. Remember, no gift is too small or too large! And they all help keep the busy library’s door open and the great service continuing.
The Town of St. Pauls has two handsome and convenient public buildings for rent, and people are taking the opportunities to do so.
The Dr. R. E. Hooks Community Center is available for rent throughout the week for $100 per day for town residents and $200 per day for those living outside of the town limits. There is also a refundable security deposit of $200, due when the key is picked up. If after inspection by a member of the SPPD, the building is cleaned and tidy, the deposit is returned to the renter.
The Hooks Community Center, known for many years as the Community House, seats approximately 100 people comfortably, and tables and chairs are included, as is a working kitchen. It is handsomely decorated with donated art depicting North Carolina scenes or by North Carolina artists, including some from the St. Pauls area.
We have also added WIFI.
The Scout Hut, known officially as The Civic Center, is smaller, seating approximately 40 people, and again, tables, chairs and a working kitchen are included in the rental agreement. The rent is $75 plus a refundable $200 security deposit. The Scout Hut is available for rent only on Sundays, because the local Scouts have use of the building the other days. Alcohol is forbidden at both buildings.
For more information about renting these two beloved public buildings, please call Town Hall at 910-865-5164.
Plastics recycling schedules change
Those bright blue cans used for recycling plastics should be filled and rolled to the curb on the third Wednesday of every second month after a schedule change was approved by the Town Board.
Previously, plastics were recycled on the third Wednesday of every month, but due to lack of participation and the expense of transporting loads of plastics to be recycled to South Carolina, the pick-up was cut back to every other month.
Please note this change with a handy reminder posted on your refrigerator or wherever you calendar your schedules.
The dates for pickup of plastics to be recycled are as follows: Wednesday, June 18, Wednesday, August 20, Wednesday, October 15 and Wednesday, December 17. The first pickup in 2015 will be on the third Wednesday in February and continue every other month after that. Please remember to put your blue can (hopefully, full of plastic) on the curb the night prior to the pick up date, to make sure your can is emptied by the Public Works Department.
RRC adult education classes in St. Pauls!
Robeson Community College now has classrooms here in St. Pauls at the auditorium building on the Middle School campus. RCC is holding Adult Education classes each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 9 pm.
For more info, please call RCC at (910) 272-3607, 272-3680 or 272-3608.
English as a Second Language classes are now being held free of charge by Robeson Community College at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church each Saturday from 9 am until noon. Free family child care is also provided during these classes. For more information, please call RCC at 910-272-3607, 910-272-3680 or 910- 272-3608.
The NCDMV mobile driver’s license van comes to town on Thursday of the second full week in the month. Upcoming schedule: August 14, September 11, October 16, November 13, and December 11. Hours are 9 am until 3 pm.
SRMC presents exercises each Tuesday and Thursday at the Dr. R. E. Hooks Community Center. The schedule: Line Dancing, every Tuesday from 9 to 10 am and again that evening from 6 to 7 pm. Zumba classes are held each Thursday from 6 to 7 pm. Chair aerobics are held Thursday mornings from 9 to 10 am. For more information, please contact SRMC or just show up to register.