We bought new rugs from Central Supply, Lee Fore installed two hand rails. The handrails were purchased from Deas Building supply.
By receiving this grant we we able to purchase, 2 AED’s & cpr equipment, we were also able to purchase 2 thermal imaging cameras, traffic cones,& help pay for a new generator for our fire truck all items will great assets to our community & will help us better serve the people of the Helwestern community.
Our Blackbelt Health Improvement Project includes a life style training program that teach participants proper nutritional eating habits, appropriate exercises, how to manage and prevent diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Also, our project includes a community gardens that raises fresh fruits and vegetables that are sold at the local farmer’s market. Equally important, our program purchase fruits and vegetables from local producers, local grocery stores, and State of Alabama Farmer’s Market vendors that are located in Montgomery and Birmingham , Alabama. In our project, we used local persons that helped with the farm as laborers in tilling, planting and all aspects of gardening. We raised watermelons, squash, cantaloupes, corn, peas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, and okra. All of these items were sold at the local farmer’s market as long as they were produced but due to the drought, we had to purchase most of our fruits and vegetables from other farmers, stores, and farmer’s market vendors.
November 7 and 8 2019, 1,555 students from Monroe, Baldwin, Clark, Conecuh, Escambia, Washington and Wilcox counties attended a two-day event at Rikard’s Mill in Beatrice, Alabama. The students experienced living history demonstrations and saw how rural Alabamians lived many years ago. They observed a working gristmill, blacksmith shop, cane syrup making, candle making, a potter making vessels at his wheel and other demonstrations. The demonstrators were all dressed in period clothing and the students were able to see first-hand what pioneer life was like.