In the Junior I Division at the UCA State Youth Competition, first grade cheerleaders placed third. They recently led the pledge at a city council meeting and received congratulations from Mayor Mark Hall and council members. (contributed)
In the Junior I Division at the UCA State Youth Competition, first grade cheerleaders placed third. They recently led the pledge at a city council meeting and received congratulations from Mayor Mark Hall and council members. (contributed)

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Helena residents have a lot to be thankful for

Published 2:51pm Monday, December 2, 2013

By LAURA BROOKHART / Community Columnist

Congratulations to Helena’s cheerleaders for their outstanding performances at the UCA State Youth Competition.

In the Senior I Division, the Helena Intermediate fifth grade squad won first place. Helena Elementary second grade, Helena Intermediate third grade and Helena Middle sixth grade 6th grade all placed third in their respective divisions.

Helena’s new Director of Parks and Recreation, Jason Powers, was introduced at the Nov. 18 city council meeting. Keep current with sports activities at Helenaparkandrec.org.

Giving thanks is not reserved for just one day, and from within the community, here are some comments.

“I am very thankful to have finally met the people near Cordova, Ala. who told me that my report on the April 27, 2011 tornado prompted them to seek shelter, just before their mobile home was destroyed. In 45 years of weather service, this was the first time that I knew absolutely for sure my report directly saved the lives of six people—and one dog,” said Brian Peters of ABC 33/40.

“I am thankful for new opportunities and memories with my children—watching them enjoy music, baseball and scouting. Our oldest, Drew, graduated from high school and began college to pursue his dream in the audio engineering field. Connor meanwhile works toward becoming an Eagle Scout. We are thanking God most of all for the ability to do all things,” Beth Romanowski said.

“I’m very aware of, and thankful for, family and friends God has placed in my path through the years and who have now gone to a ‘better place’, as well as all those who are still such an important part of my life,” shared Peggy Scott.

Mayor Hall also sent his thoughts.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of the City of Helena, where there is a strong sense of community and a genuine respect and concern for each other. I am thankful for all our citizens, in particular the many volunteers and City employees that work hard each day to help provide and maintain a safe and clean environment for all who live and visit our city. I am thankful that we live in a country where we still have the right to pray and give thanks for all the blessings received in our community and our personal lives this holiday season.”

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