by Lisa Tome
Officials in Cecilton want to get to know the town's residents - whether they own property or rent.
During the Cecilton carnival, town officials manned a booth, distributing address requests to all those who live in town. Town clerk Kim Roland said those who turn those forms into town hall will receive a free gift.
The town isn't looking to gather information to sell or to distribute to others. Instead, they want to keep it in the town files in case of emergency. In the past, during extreme hot or cold weather conditions, town staff contacted seniors and the homebound to check on them. The newest contact information will be used in those types of emergencies and also if there are water leaks or other issues that crop up.
The address cards ask for phone numbers and contact names. "This will be very helpful to us and it's just for the town records. We are giving out umbrellas to everyone who returns it. If we run out of umbrellas, we have other gifts," said Roland. The gifts were paid for by sponsors, therefore it cost the town nothing.
In other business from Cecilton:
• The staff at Cecilton Elementary and new principal Meghan Pugh are excited about back to school. In anticipating of the first day on August 20, the staff will be out meeting students a few days early.
On Monday, August 17, a Welcome Back to School Tour will begin at 3 p.m. Staff will be at six locations beginning at 3 p.m. They will greet students and distribute "welcome back" surprises.