A reference to our website appeared in Kathy Richardson's column in the Mobile Register, Mobile, Alabama

From The Mobile Register

What will be our state dish?

Thursday, January 27, 2005

The Alabama Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and the state tourism agency are sponsoring a statewide cook-off for professional chefs to find "The Official State Dish." The deadline for receiving the recipes is in March. Regional competitions will be held in May in Huntsville, Birmingham, Auburn and Fairhope, with the finals taking place at the first Alabama Food Festival at Pepper Place in Birmingham on July 16.

There will also be a second competition for tomato growers to compete for the best-tasting tomato. Home gardeners won't be left out. They can compete in a category for the biggest tomato. In all, there will be more than 75 food festivals in Alabama this year to celebrate.

The competition will be the highlight of 2005 as The Year of Alabama Food.

For information, visit www.800alabama.com/yof or call 1-800-ALABAMA.

The Community Thrift Store in Bayou La Batre announced the election of new officers for 2005. They are Helen R. Rhodes, president; Jackie Ladnier, vice president; and Imelda B. McClellan, secretary/treasurer.

Rhodes extended "a big thank you" from the entire membership. The public's generosity in the past year "has made possible assistance to many families in their time of need."

There will be a storewide sale Feb. 2-5. Arrive early for the best selection.

Anyone interested in joining this group will be welcome. Call 824-3800 for information about membership and meeting times.

Randy Torbert , vice chairman of the Theodore Improvement Association, wanted to issue a "thank you" to those who attended their first public meeting held recently at First Baptist Church of Theodore. Board members include Torbert, chairman Bill Ross, Cedric Jackson, Joe Green, Mason Head, Carolyn Gibson and Otis Brunson, who was also Tillman's Corner's Man of the Year.

Torbert told me that the group's goal is to make a positive difference in the Theodore community.

To contact the group, call 602-4458.

The Alabama Coastal Foundation and NewSouth Books has announced the release of a new book entitled "In the Realm of Rivers: Alabama's Mobile-Tensaw Delta." The ACF said, "The book's message is timely and significant, and the book itself will be a valued addition to the literature of Mobile and Alabama."

For information about the book and how to obtain a copy, call the Alabama Coastal Foundation at (251) 990-6002, or visit www.alcoastalfoundation.org. Members represent south Mobile and Baldwin counties. To find out about becoming a member, send inquiries to joinacf@bellsouth.net.

It was fun to browse the Internet and come across a Web site highlighting some areas of south Mobile County. "Our names are Bill and Jackie Erickson ," it read. "Along with being Tommy's Grandparents and Great Uncle's and Aunt's, Bill is a retired USAF Master Sergeant (E-7), 55. We live in Grand Bay, Alabama." The Web site's address is http://www.greatunclebill.com/. Bill and Jackie have packed a lot of photos on their site.

I received a message from Jennifer Jones about an upcoming national event, with a local organization getting a chance to participate. The event is called Jump For The Cause 2005. "We will be promoting education for breast cancer research and will also attempt to break the Mississippi State Women's Record Formation."

Jones wrote that she will be joining 149 other women from around the world to build the freefall formation, and to raise money for awareness and early detection of breast cancer. The net proceeds from the event will benefit the City of Hope breast cancer research center. Their goal is to raise $500,000.

A local event will be held in April at Gold Coast Skydivers, in Moss Point, Miss., at the Trent Lott Airport. For more on this event, visit www.jumpforthecause.com and www.cityofhope.org.

(You can e-mail Kathy Richardson at mobileresident@yahoo.com.)

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