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Page 2 theview theview June/July 2014 Independence Day Celebrations Planned for 38002 By Terry Louderback Holidays Start Off with a Bang with Fireworks on June 28 In Lakeland and Arlington, the focus is on families this Fourth of July. Planned celebrations in both communities feature fireworks, picnics, and children’s parades, among other activities. The Town of Arlington will present the Second Annual Star Spangled Spectacular on Saturday, June 28 at the Arlington Sports Complex on Memphis-Arlington Road between Gerber Road and Milton Wilson. Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm with live music from Super 5. “Last year's Star Spangled Spectacular was a tremendous success, and thanks to the hard work of our committee members, Arlington Parks and Recreation Director, Kevin Carter, the Arlington Fire Department, the Public Works Dep artment, and Town Hall staff, we are expecting another successful event,” says committee member Brian Thompson. “There is no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than to be surrounded by friends, family, and community members with fun, food, and fireworks. We invite the entire Arlington community to join the festivities.” This year's food vendors will include Arlington Community Schools sports teams, including the Arlington High School soccer and volleyball teams, Arlington Lacrosse, as well as the Arlington Community Council PTA. Available menu items will include BBQ, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones, pronto pups, funnel cakes, and more. The fireworks show will begin after dark, estimated to be around 9:15 pm. The first 1,000 kids will receive a free pair of 3-D fireworks glasses. A raindate has been scheduled for June 29. Memphis-Arlington Road will be closed during a portion of the evening, between approximately 8:30 and 9:30 for safety reasons. In addition, no fireworks, grills or open fires, or glass containers will be allowed. The Leich hand-cranked desk telephone (Leich 901C Magneto) ca. 1940s required users to turn the crank handle one or two times to reach an operator who would connect the two “parties.” This phone weighs about 8 pounds, and its body is made of bakelite. Leich Electric Company also produced other models of telephones including wood crank wall mounts and rotary desk styles. This company was purchased by General Telephone Company in 1950. This vintage telephone is part of the “Banking over Time” exhibit in the vault at the Rachel H. K. Burrow Museum for June 21. Photo Courtesy of Arlington Chapter and Rachel.H.K. Burrows Museum. Arlington Chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) Rachel H. K. Burrow Museum--Open Sat., June 21 and July 19, 10am-4pm New exhibits: June--Music in Arlington, Banking Over Time, Brides July--Stay Cool, 4th of July Annual Membership Breakfast, Sat., June 21, 9-11am, at Senior Citizens Center (Depot Square) Also in June, an 1888 wedding dinner menu will be part of the “Brides” exhibit. Parking will be limited; attendees are asked to consider walking or carpooling. Handicapped parking will be available at the Sports Complex. On Friday the fourth of July, Trustmark Bank, Cotton Cabin, Scott’s Nursery, the Shelby County Sheriff, and Windward Slopes will host the eighteenth annual Children’s Independence Day Parade in Lakeland. Children are encouraged to decorate their favorite “float” and join other patriots in this celebration of our nation’s birth 238 years ago. Parade participants are asked to gather at 9:30 A.M. in front of 9677 Cutter Lane. The parade will start at 10:00 AM. The route proceeds through Windward Slopes along Cutter Lane turning right onto Leeward Slopes; then left on Lighthouse Lane to Windward Slope. The parade will continue on Windward Slope to Trustmark Bank, where refreshments will be served to all. The Arlington Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by the Arlington Chapter of the APTA, will be on Friday July 4, from 9:30am until noon at Hughes-College Hill Park (on Chester Street ). A Children’s Parade through the park is scheduled for 10:00 am; a Most Patriotic Family Contest will be held after parade. The APTA will also include a special “4th of July” exhibit during its regular monthly hours on July 19. Objects on display include Rachel Burrow’s dress (pictured right) from the Bicentennial Celebration in Arlington (1976). For the Do-It-Yourselfers out there, be aware that restrictions on the use of fireworks for private holiday celebrations this Fourth of July vary according to location. In unincorporated Shelby County and the City of Lakeland, the use of all fireworks, including “consumer” or “novelty” is prohibited. The Town of Arlington allows for the discharge of fire- Bicentennial works only during desig- Dress. Photo nated times--for the Courtesy of Independence Day holi- Arlington Chapter day, those hours are and Rachel.H.K. from 10:00 am until Burrows Museum. 10:30 pm on July 4..