Fairhope Public Library

Author: Lagniappe

Music Listings: January 3 – January 9, 2018

WED. JAN 3 Bluegill— Matt Neese Blues Tavern— Art, 8p Callaghan’s— Phil and Foster Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Tropic Flyer Flora Bama— Al and Cathy, 11a// Neil Dover, 3p/// Bruce Smelley, 7p//// Rhonda Hart, 7p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p THUR. JAN 4 Bluegill— Chris Powell Blues Tavern— McBro Duo, 8:30p Callaghan’s— Phil Proctor Cockeyed Charlie’s— JD Felix’s—Jeri Flora Bama— Gove Scrivenor, 1p// Dueling Pianos, 4:30p/// Mark Sherrill, Chris Newbury, James Daniel, 5p//// Kyle Wilson, 9p//// Davis Nix, 9:15p Le Bouchon— Mary Alice, 6:45p Listening Room— Peter Bradley Adams, 8p Lulu’s— Albert Simpson, 5p Manci’s— Red Clay Strays FRI. JAN...

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Calendar of Events: January 3 – January 9, 2018

GENERAL INTEREST Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141. Midtown Optimist Club Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542. Remington College Open House Remington College’s Mobile Campus is holding an open house to showcase its educational programs. Thursday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 828 Downtowner Loop W. Visit remingtoncollege.edu. “Redemption in Black & White: Overcoming Racism in Mobile and Beyond” Featuring panelists Diane...

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Something stinks

Editor: The old shell game is alive and being worked on seniors. Social Security benefit letters went out this month showing a 2 percent raise, which was immediately taken back through a $25 raise in Medicare insurance premiums. Premiums for Medicare for 2017 were $109; for 2018, the premium will be $134 per month. Additionally, there are co-pays for drugs, doctors and testing for treatment, etc. Co-pays are money you pay out of your pocket and can range from $1 to thousands of dollars. The 2 percent “cost of living” inflates the amount you receive so you are unable to offset some bills, such as rent and energy, or qualify for food stamps. Income causes denial when you apply for help. On paper you have a lot of money. But that doesn’t help when you run out of money before you run out of month. Utilities are going to increase. Mobile water is going up 5 percent in 2018 and 5 percent again in 2019. Insurance has increased, home in 2017 and auto every six months upon renewal. Food prices have gone up. Gasoline prices are expensive, going up and down to around $2.09 a gallon for low octane. The cost-of-living shell game has been getting serious from the time since Obama was in office and seems as though it is getting worse with Trump becoming the president. The...

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Humility makes us real

Dear Ashley and Rob, On Dec. 9, I wrote y’all a rather rude and snarky letter regarding the upcoming Alabama Senate race, Roy Moore versus Doug Jones, based on your published opinions in the Lagniappe Dec. 6, 2017, edition. As things turned out, you were both correct in your assessment of Moore — I was wrong. Please accept this note as my personal apology to Lagniappe and to yourselves. Bobby Walsh...

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You are appreciated

Editor: Wow. Spent last weekend in Mobile at an Airbnb in the Oakleigh Garden District, just off George Street. The host had a copy of your newspaper on the coffee table. Print journalism is not dead. Your commentary, “Counting down to the end of this race …” is a masterpiece. I’m not sure of your political leanings but you managed to address the Roy Moore issue with great clarity and balance. You are spot on when you pointed out the trap the Republicans built for themselves in this election. I might add that I am not surprised Roy Moore lost the election. The neighborhood near my Airbnb was festooned with Doug Jones lawn signs. I bet they are still up. Take a left off Government Street down George Street. You can perhaps verify my observation. Enjoyed my stay in Mobile. We did the tourist “things” including the wonderful USS Alabama memorial park. As a Georgia boy I love these olde Southern cities with oak trees and moss. My best wishes to you for the holiday season. I’m sure you are not a “Luciferian.” John Shaver Bradenton,...

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Lagniappe: December 27, 2017- January 2, 2018

Celebrate 10 years of “MoonPie Over Mobile” in the new issue of Lagniappe. In honor of the Central Time Zone’s most unique New Year tradition, we recall the history of the event and detail what’s in store for attendees as 2017 winds to a close. In Bay Briefs, we have a story about Fairhope’s historic Marietta Johnson School for Organic Education, where the administration is fighting with trustees over funding. We also feature an interview with Democratic campaign strategist Joe Trippi about his role in the Doug Jones for Senate campaign. Cuisine has recipes for New Year”s food and...

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‘Moonpie Over Mobile’ a successful prelude to Mardi Gras

It was an unusually cold night by southern Alabama standards when the city’s newest New Year’s Eve tradition was born. Armed with 5,000 MoonPies and 5,000 cups of coffee, organizers were hoping for a good turnout, despite the weather not cooperating. Little did they know a small lighted replica confection falling onto a barge in the Mobile River would grow into one of the city’s most successful events 10 years later. “MoonPie Over Mobile,” known colloquially as the MoonPie drop, was born. “I didn’t start out trying to do anything with the MoonPie,” Councilman Fred Richardson, who is often...

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