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Spot Light: August 2015

In  August

AUG. 14-23

Among the restaurants signed up for Alabama Restaurant Week are the Original Oyster House eateries in Baldwin County, which will offer oyster po-boys and seafood gumbo for their lunch offerings.
The Original Oyster House eateries in Baldwin County

Restaurant Week highlights Alabama eateries

Alabama Restaurant Week, which puts the spotlight on locally owned and operated restaurants, will once again unite the state’s diverse range of cuisine. Participating restaurants offer prix fixe, two-course lunch and/or three-course dinner offerings at an attractive price. No coupons are necessary; just ask for an Alabama Restaurant Week meal at a participating restaurant during the promotion time period. Go to www.alabamarestaurantweek.com to find participating restaurants.


AUG. 29

Fyffe embraces its unusual UFO past

UFO

The little DeKalb County town of Fyffe drew a lot of media attention in February 1989, when dozens of people (including some in law enforcement) reported seeing strange lights and shapes in the sky. To celebrate, the town now puts on the annual Fyffe UFO Days (though the organizers say the acronym stands for “Unforgettable Family Outing.”) Hot air balloons are the only flying objects these days, and the event features arts and crafts, children’s activities, a 5K race, food vendors, live entertainment and more at Fyffe Town Park at Graves Street. Call 256-623-7298 or find the event’s page on Facebook.


Five structures make endangered sites list

The Braxton Bragg Comer Bridge in Scottsboro is scheduled for demolition once it is replaced later this year.  Photo by Allison Griffin
The Braxton Bragg Comer Bridge in Scottsboro is scheduled for demolition once it is replaced later this year. Photo by Allison Griffin

The annual Places in Peril list highlights imperiled places of historical and architectural significance in the state. The 2015 list, compiled by the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation, brings public attention and support to the preservation of these important pieces of the state’s heritage. For more information, visit www.alabamatrust.info.

The Braxton Bragg Comer Bridge in Scottsboro is scheduled for demolition once it is replaced later this year.

The Montgomery Theatre Building, also known as the Webber Building, in downtown Montgomery suffered a collapse in 2014.

This year’s nominees:
  • Malbis Plantation Historic District, Daphne
  • Braxton Bragg Comer Bridge, Scottsboro
  • Forney Hall, Jacksonville
  • Sadler House and Sadler Cemetery, McCalla
  • Montgomery Theatre Building/Webber Building, Montgomery

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Safety tip: When the power goes out

Fast moving summer storms can cause intermittent power outages. When that happens, here are a few tips from the American Red Cross: Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible; check on your neighbors, especially if they’re elderly or infirm; and if you have a portable generator, know how to operate it properly.