Author: Lagniappe

Irma evacuees fill Baldwin hotels, vacation rentals

By John Mullen During normal business hours, you’re not likely to run across a pet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Daphne. “We don’t normally allow pets,” manager Steven Peacock said. This past weekend was anything but normal. Evacuees from Florida seeking safe shelter from Hurricane Irma started arriving on Friday. On Monday morning, Baldwin County EMA director Reggie Chitwood said every hotel in the county was full during the weekend. “All of our hotels have been full for several days and most of our campgrounds,” Chitwood said. “That started happening Friday. We have 44 dedicated campsites [at the Baldwin County Coliseum] with hookups for RVs, and we’ve got 20 of those filled.” And in Daphne, there were lots of puppies roaming around the Holiday Inn. “We have all kinds of neat dogs running around everywhere,” Peacock said. The welcome mat was out all over Baldwin County for those fleeing the storm. Beach condos and other vacation rentals were near capacity as well. On the beach, several companies and properties also waived rules on pets. Peacock said when guests had to be turned away from the Holiday Inn, he sent them to shelters. “We have a list of the shelters in the area we were giving people when we were sold out,” Peacock said. “The one in Robertsdale and the Gulf Coast Maritime Museum...

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Music Listings: September 14 – September 20, 2017

THUR. SEPT 14 Blind Mule— Mobile Jazz Club, 9p Bluegill— Shea White Blues Tavern— John Hall Duo, 8:30p Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Fairhope Brewing— Pints for Prostates Felix’s— Grit’s N Pieces Flora Bama— Dave McCormick, 2p// Zachery Diedrich, 5p/// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Mel Knapp & Chris Newbury, 6p//// River Dan Band, 10p//// Wes Loper, 10:15p Lulu’s— Lefty Collins, 5p Manci’s— Lee Yankie McSharry’s— The Light Travelers, 7:30p The Merry Widow— Greyhounds, Infant Richard and the Delta Stones, 9p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Damien Lamb, 6p FRI. SEPT 15 All Sports Bar & Billiards— DJ Markie...

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Calendar of Events: September 14- September 20, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Harbor improvement meeting The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ open house for the proposed improvement of the Mobile Harbor Federal Navigation Channel, Sept. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bayou La Batre Community and Senior Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road in Irvington. For more information, visit sam.usace.army.mil. Fake news or not? Join editors and reporters from fact-checking website PolitiFact to learn how they sort out fact from fiction on a daily basis. Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St. Call 251-208-7097. Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2 behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Kayak cleanup Join Mobile Baykeeper for a canoe and kayak cleanup Friday, Sept. 15, 9-11 a.m. at the One Mile Creek put-in spot on North Hamilton and Sumter streets. No canoe or kayak necessary. Call 251-433-4229. Alabama Coastal Cleanup The 30th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information or to find cleanup areas near you visit www.AlabamaCoastalCleanup.com or call 251-928-9792. Massacre Island Pirate Event Fort Gaines Historic Site and the 6th Alabama Cavalry Buccaneers will hold a two-day event, Sept. 16-17, in which the public can experience a day in the life of a pirate from the 1700s. Call 251-861-6992 or email [email protected]

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Irma evacuees fill hotels, vacation rentals in Baldwin County

BY JOHN MULLEN During normal business hours, you’re not likely to run across a pet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Daphne. “We don’t normally allow pets,” Manager Steven Peacock said. This past weekend was anything but normal. Evacuees from Florida seeking safe shelter from Hurricane Irma started arriving on Friday. On Monday morning, Baldwin County EMA director Reggie Chitwood said every hotel in the county was full during the weekend. “All of our hotels have been full for several days and most of our campgrounds,” Chitwood said. “That started happening Friday. We have...

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The Community Foundation of South Alabama brings ‘State of Play: Mobile’ to South Alabama

SUBMITTED — Today, The Community Foundation of South Alabama (CFSA) is announcing its partnership with the Aspen Institute and the Jake Peavy Foundation on “Project Play”, a once-in-a generation opportunity to reimagine sports in America with health and inclusion as core values, to introduce “State of Play: Mobile County” to South Alabama. State of Play will unite the Aspen Institute and local community leaders in Mobile to work together to conduct a scan and analysis of the landscape of youth sports in Mobile County. Low income children are being left on the sidelines and so are the opportunities to allow these children to play and become productive members of society. Project Play and the State of Play: Mobile County aims to level the playing field for kids. It has the ability to reenergize South Alabama communities to be active and allow every child the opportunity to play. Project Play was launched in 2013 by the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, and the initiative convenes the nation’s top thought leaders from the realms of sports, medicine, media, business innovation, government and philanthropy to develop strategies that build healthy, thriving communities for all. Today in Washington, D.C., CFSA along with the Jake Peavy Foundation are participating in the 2017 Project Play Summit which brings together over 350 leaders from sectors that touch the lives of children to take measure of...

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