Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wondeful support and pictures on Mayor's Trulock's FB Page


We had a beautiful day for Madison's first St. Patrick's Day Family Parade and Pet Walk. With nearly 100 in attendance (not including our four legged friends), it was a lot of fun for walkers and wagers alike!
The event was organized and run by the Venture Scout Crew (a youth led program of the Boy Scouts of America) of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. This event was so much fun that they intend to host it again next mark your calendars!

Alice Riley Baker Saw everybody walking when we were on our way to baseball practice!! Looked like fun and gorgeous day for it!!!

Mayor Troy Trulock Promotes St. Patrick's Day Family Parade and Pet Walk on Facebook

Madison's first St. Patrick's Day Family Parade and Pet Walk will be held next Sunday, March 15th at 2:00pm. The walk will start at Discovery Middle School and stay on the sidewalk to Bob Jones High School, and then return to Discovery (roughly 3 miles roundtrip). Costumes and Irish dress are encouraged. Pets must be on a leash. No need to register, simply arrive at Discovery before 2:00pm and start walking.
This event is sponsored by the Venture Scout Crew (a youth led program of the Boy Scouts of America) of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. A donation of nonperishable food for human or animal consumption (for food banks or animal shelters) is requested.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Here are the answers to the "Are you Irish?" are you?

Check your answers below. 

1.       The Isle of Ireland is bigger than Alabama. - FALSE, the isle is about two-thirds the size of Alabama.
2.       The White House was designed and built by an Irishman. - TRUE,  James Hoban designed and  built the original White House and rebuilt it after the war of 1812.

3.       Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. - TRUE, its a very pretty place

4.       Legend is that St. Berndad of Ireland sailed to the Americas 900 years before Christopher Columbus - TRUE.
5.       Coca-Cola produces a green drink in Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day - FALSE, we made this up.

6.       The population of Ireland is less than New York City - TRUE, New York City has a population of eight million people, two million more than Ireland.

7.       The City of Madison was founded by the Dublin family. - FALSE, the first settler, John Cartwright arrived in 1818. The city was incorporated in 1869.  The Dublin Family donated 60 acres of land for a wonderful park.  

8.       More Unicorns live in Ireland than anywhere else. - FALSE, Ireland has no more Unicorns than the United States of America.

9.       To kiss the Blarney stone you have to lay on your back. - TRUE, giving the Blarney gives you the gift of gab.

10.   Barney is Irish. - We don't know but we believe Barney is an Irish name and he is green.

So are you?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Madison Record's wonderful article on The St. Patrick’s Day walk

It's too cold and icy for school so this provides extra time to read the article in The Madison Weekly regarding the upcoming 007 Venture Crew service project. We hope you will be able participate.

Thanks to Nick Sellers for taking time to write and publish this article.

Back row, from left: John Crown, Rick King, Adam Kosan, Keith Kosan, Allen King and Dylan DesRochers. Front, from left: Mark Richerson, Rebecca Sloan, Elizabeth Tran and Diem Tran. Venturers from 007 Venture Crew out of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church are planning a St. Patrick’s Day walk on March 14. (Record Photo/Nick Sellers)

Local venture crew planning St. Patrick’s Day walk

Published 8:58am Wednesday, March 4, 2015 By Nick Sellers | Staff Writer
MADISON – Putting a charitable spin on St. Patrick’s Day while helping the less fortunate with perishable food items is an aim of the 007 Venture Scout Crew of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
The group, which is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, has planned a “St. Patrick’s Day Family Parade and Pet Walk” on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. The walk will start at Discovery Middle School, wind down Hughes Road and travel back to the starting point for an around-three-mile walk.
The cost is free, but venturers are encouraging participants to donate non-perishable food items for human – or dog – consumption. The proceeds will benefit either the St. Vincent de Paul food bank or The Ark animal shelter.
“We try to do one service project per year,” president Allen King, senior at James Clemens High School, said. “We do a lot of trail cleanups, so we’re just trying to mix it up.”
Irish costumes and attire are encouraged. Pets on leashes with updated vaccinations are also welcome. King estimated the entire event to last somewhere around two hours.
In case of rain, donations will still be collected in the parking lot of Discovery Middle School.
“We will try to deliver donations that day, if everything works out,” King said

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Even chickens want to be in the Madison Saint Patrick Day Family Parade and Pet Walk Charity Event

We are making progress on the Saint Patrick Day Family Parade and Pet Walk to support The St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and The Ark Animal Shelter.  Everyone is working to pull the event together.

There has been a great reception from everyone that our charity event has been discussed with. Support is being provided by the Scout District by sending out information to other scout groups, the scout shop has posted the information on their face book page, the city has approved permits, the media is going to cover the event and the list of support goes on.      
RB's chicken is ready to go.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Upcoming events to shake off the winter blues

We have some great upcoming events to help shake off the Winter Blues and get you rolling into Spring.  We are still in the planning stage but details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Series of Spring Hikes -  The crew is planning a series of Spring Hikes in the local Madison Area. Its a great way to get in shape and prepare for longer hikes. Everyone is invited. 

Skeet and Trap Shooting - The crew is planning a trip to the Redstone Arsenal shooting range.

Appalachian Trail  - Don't forget we are be  preparing for an Appalachian Trail hike to take place in late Spring or Early get your hiking shoes on.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The ventures of a wonderful ski trip.

First thanks to "Mr. K" for putting in the time and effort to lead this venture. 
You can right click on a picture to make all pictures bigger and scroll through them.

The ski and snow board trip to Winterplace WV was wonderful.  Nine venturing souls climbed into a Prius and a SUV for the seven hour trip each way.

The trip up was highlighted by a stop at Stefano's Pizza, a Knoxville favorite, near the UT Campus. If you ever visit, the whole wheat crust is the way to go. While waiting for the pizza a few of the group were able to play Ms. Pac-Man on a vintage table top machine.

 Don't let anyone tell you that you can't eat steaming hot pizza in a car because this group is proof otherwise.

The weather was warm enough that it was like skiing in the springtime.  Plus the resort was well run and the mattresses at the Holiday Inn Express were fantastic at the end of a enjoyable but tiring day.

The gang suited up for the big day
and looked happy to tackle the mountain


There were a few tumbles here and there as the gang all improved
their skills. It was so enjoyable that
several individual took in the night skiing and snow boarding. At least one person was able to catch some air on purpose.

As with any ski trip eating is an important part and the group enjoyed a warm breakfast at the hotel, hearty burgers at the slopes and wonderful dinner of eggs, french toast and more at the local Cracker Barrel.

 You must always practice safety while skiing and snow boarding as well as keep an eye out for the crazy looking people.