Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 6, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Astronauts take final spacewalk
Two spacewalking astronauts took on a shelving job at the international space station Saturday in their final trek outside.
Fire no longer threatens
The western flank of the deadly wildfire north of Los Angeles was under control Saturday, sparing foothill communities further threat,
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Obama’s speech concerns
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jciuiiPcitlH'iisiH'\\s-c()urior.a)m Some Limestone County parents plan to keep their children at home Tuesday when schools nationwide ask students to watch President Barack Obama’s televised back-to-school speech. Others are simply wary of the message.
Obama’s planned speech has prompted a number of parents to balk over what the White House considers a harmless topic
— the dropout rate.
“Neither I, nor anyone in my family, is a supporter of President Obama, but we do not go around shoving our political beliefs down peoples throats,’’ said a Clements community pareftt who asked to remain anonymous. “I believe that is what the government is tiying to do with this and it is dead wrong.’’
Another local parent, who also asked to remiiin anonymous, said. “I have heard
there are some things in the speech that I do not ^ree with and I feel, as a parent, I should have the right to say whether my children participate in this viewing.” Students in Athens and Limestone County schools are not required to watch the address.
The Clements parent said students who chose not to watch would have to stay in
See Obama, page 7A
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Alissa Rose-Clark demonstrates a flipbook. The local artist is encouraging students to create flipbooks for entry in a contest which is a part of the upcoming Southern Shorts Film Festival in Athens.
FKpbook contest encourages kids to participate in film fest
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A local artist has hit upon a school project students wiU flip for: creating flipbooks to enter into a Southern Shorts Film Festival contest.
Alissa Rose-Claik, a local artist and organizer of the film fest, said adding the flip-book contest is meant to foster creativity in local children.
Flipbooks, in which a series of drawings creates motion when “flipped,” are a precur-
Tips from the blog
Artist and organizer of Southern Shorts Film Festival /\lissa Rose-Clark will post updates and a video how-to at [email protected]
sor to creating animated films, Claik said.
“We want to give students of all ^es the chance to leam the fundamentals of anima-
See Flip, page 7A .
How to flip
To create a flipbook, draw on cards in sequence (suggestions are index cards, papers cut to the same size or Post-it notepads). Be sure to make each frame slightly different. Complete 50 or more ''frames," or drawings. Clip together with a bulldog clamp and flip really fast to see action.
Post office changes to make little local impact
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j(‘cin(£iilhcitsnc\vs-a)uh(‘r.(X)tii In an efibrt to cut costs, the Athens post office will soon send magazines and magazine-sized mail to Birmingham for processing rather than to Huntsville.
One source says the change will slow' the mail and force Huntsville workers to transfer, but U.S. Postal Service ofiicials say aistomers won’t notice the change in service, the Athens office will see no change and no employees will be laid off'.
Beginning in mid-September — possibly Sept. 12 — so-called flats or magazine and magazine-sized mail with zip codes beginning with 356,357 or 358 w'ill be sent to Birmingham. Fhe same items coming to North Alabama will be pnx:essed in Birmingham before coining to Huntsville.
“We have to consolidate what we can so we can save some money,” said Joseph Breckenridge, Postal Service spokesman for Alabama and Northern Fkirida. “By concentrating in a central location, you can make better use of people and machines, and that is what is driving this.”
The rerouting of flat mail from Huntsville to Birmingham involves about 500,060 pieces of mail a day, said a sotirce who asked to remain anonjonous. The source also said the change would delay mail by a couple of days, but Athens Post-
See Postal, page 7A
Remembering Pearl Harbor Day program planned
By Karfn Mu)Dii-:iT)N kiin‘ii<^^<itlu‘nsncws-amri(r.ami It was nearly 68 years ago on a Sunday in early December when Americans leaned close to their radios to hear an announcement that began, “We interrupt this program...”
TTie news followed that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor in the early morning hours of Dec. 7,1941. The final total of those killed was 2,403 — including 68 civilians — and 1,178 personnel wounded in what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “A day that wiU life in in-femy.” America was launched into World War II.
On Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Athens Senior Center a cast of about 70 local performers will reenact through music and skits the reaction to WTVII on the Athens home fi“ont and across the nation.
Directed by Jackie Greenhaw, who has directed several of the annual Poker Sallet shows, the show will also feature interviews with the community’s only known Pearl Harbor survivor, GU Crutchfield.
See Program, page 2A
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