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August 28,2011Posted Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 12:02 PM
I am looking forward to a very busy and enjoyable week in Malden. Next weekend is Labor Day Weekend, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of many of our citizens and former residents that weekend has become something of an event for Malden.
It will be homecoming weekend for anyone who ever lived in Malden and a time when those of us who still live here will get together with them.
I think our home town looks pretty good these days. In the last few years we have spruced it up quite a bit. I had a brief conversation with the Honorable Stephen Sharp, our circuit judge, the other day when I was in Kennett. Judge Sharp said, "Malden is looking good."
Judge Sharp probably hasn't seen our latest improvements. The historical photographs recently installed on some of our buildings continue to draw praise. I believe that all of those "coming home" this weekend will truly appreciate them.
If you turn out for the parade on Saturday, or even better if you ride in the parade with your class, you can see the construction under way on West Main Street. The people at USA Drug are making a powerful statement about their faith in the economic viability of Malden.
A celebration will be held in downtown Malden on Thursday evening. There will be food, contests, and music. The music will be presented from our new bandstand. Please say thank you to the people on the Malden Arts Commission who have made our bandstand a reality.
Come on out for the celebration and celebrate small town life. Hey, we whipped Scott City in football last Friday and have Hayti this Friday. Malden will be full of former residents which means a number of old friends will be here. Get out and circulate Friday evening, and swap some stories.
After the parade on Saturday, the Malden Alumni Association luncheon will be at the community center. The luncheon is a complete sell out. That event just continues to grow in size every year. If you are at the luncheon, check out the Malden Community Center. This summer a wonderful group of volunteers has worked on that building for this town like they loved us. Inside and outside the center has never looked better.
I welcome all who are here to visit and invite everyone to just enjoy themselves and have a great time. As mayor I have the power to pardon. If you keep your crimes to the minimum, I will plead on your behalf to the municipal judge and tell you things you can tell on him. I can do this because we live in a small town, and I've known him for sixty-six years. Most of us have known each other for a long time, and that's something in which we can take great pleasure.
I have a public service announcement to make. Bruce Shipley will be the guest pastor at the First Christian Church this Labor Day Sunday. I have no doubt Bruce will give an inspiring sermon. However, I have been asked to state categorically that at the dinner to follow the service Mr. Shipley will not be serving barbecue sandwiches!
The financial report is as follows:
August 19, 2011 Balance $1,365,376.62
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