The long-awaited General Election Day is upon us. While you may be tempted to sit this one out, I would encourage you to not miss an opportunity to vote. It is one of the privileges we enjoy in the United States, a right that many in our military have fought hard to protect over the years, and one that remains vital to ensuring our quality of life in this country. And electing a new president is just one of many positions we are asked to select at the polls this cycle. Please do your civic duty, visit the polls and cast your ballot for the people you feel are best qualified to represent your desires as leaders for county offices, our state legislature, Congress and the White House.
Last week I enjoyed attending the grand re-opening of Chapin’s BI-LO. Southeastern Grocers Chief Operating Office Anthony Hucker and Store Manager Donnie Huyck were gracious hosts, and the new space looks amazing. We appreciate BI-LO’s commitment to Chapin and willingness to reinvest in their store here. Our grocery stores are vital to our community as they provide wonderful employment opportunities for our citizens as well as support many of our charitable entities. We wish BI-LO continued success as we do all our Chapin area businesses.
We have rescheduled our budget planning session for Thursday, November 10 at 4 pm to make sure all our council members can attend. Council members Clonts and White had scheduling conflicts so we wanted to make sure their voices were heard as it relates to our proposed 2017 General Fund and Utilities budgets. We will still have our regular council meeting on Tuesday, November 15, at 6 pm.
The Tipsy Toad Tavern is sponsoring a chili cook- off this Saturday, November 12, on Beaufort Street with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Chapin Police Department. I understand they have over a dozen teams signed up, with cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights on the line. Steve Wall says they will have a corn hole tournament and live music on Beaufort Street featuring Just Sweet Karma from 7-11 pm. The fun begins at 5 pm, and I hope many of you will come out and support your local police department at this fun event.
Town Hall will be closed this Friday in observance of Veterans Day. I look forward to participating in the annual Veterans Day assembly at Chapin Elementary School and know the veterans from the American Legion look forward to participating in their annual parade to the school. They will line up at Boland’s Hardware store at 8 am and proceed to the Chapin Library for a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial. Then they will travel onto Hardees, Food Lion, Chapin Intermediate and then finally to Chapin Elementary, where there will be a patriotic program beginning at 9 am.
Chapin High School is also recognizing veterans this week with a breakfast on Thursday
morning (Nov. 10) at 9 am in the school cafeteria. The students and faculty welcome the veterans to attend this special thank you event for their service to our country.
Finally, we will have our food collection container for Chapin’s We Care Center in our lobby and are collecting non-perishable food items for our local food pantry throughout November. This is a time when We Care serves a lot of people in our greater Chapin community. I invite you to help us help We Care by bringing by some canned items when you come by Town Hall to see our court, administration, police or utilities staff or attend many of the community meetings we host each week. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Next Monday we will host the Community Summit II, an information sharing meeting for our Chapin area non-profits, civic groups and service clubs. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm in the Community Room at Town Hall, and representatives for these various organizations will have an opportunity to network and learn more about each other’s missions and projects. The goal is two-fold – 1) to create greater awareness of activity going on in our community and 2) to build more collaboration and cooperation given the limited resources each group may have. There is no cost at attend but please register by calling 345-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.