Tuesday, July 17, 2018

L.I.F.E. on the Rez This Saturday!

Brought to you by the beautiful people of Keep the Rez Beautiful and Living Independence For Everyone of Mississippi, come out for L.I.F.E. on the Rez this Saturday!  Pelahatchie Shore Park from 11 to 3 p.m.  From Jeannine May of Keep the Rez Beautiful:

We will have air conditioned tents, free food, games,  music and more!  Journey of Hope (30 men from California are cycling  here to help people with disabilities sit in a kayak, many for the 1st time. ..Mustard Seedsters and residents from the Hudspeth Center, veterans and others have been invited  .AmeriCorps will be assisting!
L.I.F.E's goal for this event is to open doors for people with physical & mental disabilities to see what recreational opportunities the Rez has for them to experience.   Thanks to Craig Hunt for help in renting the park, and the PRVWSD construction Crew, Jimmy Stewart, Susan McMullan, Deputy Director, and the IT section and other great employees ... the kayak launch at Pelahatchie Shore Landing is now totally ADA compliant!  Please pass this info along to others with disabilities  Our watershed education and outreach is VIP in sharing our vision on a cleaner and more beautiful Pearl River and Reservoir!   Bring your smile and join me at the KRB tent this Saturday!  I will be there early helping them  set up!     Jeannine 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Reservoir Police Department Looking to Hire

Below is a notice posted by the Reservoir Police Department. 

The Reservoir Police Department is currently seeking a Certified Police Officer to fill a Reservoir Police Officer II/Desk Officer position at our headquarters. This Officer will staff the Headquarters building during business hours, greet visitors, answer phones, perform clerical duties, etc. However, this officer will also be used to cover staff shortages and special events on various days, hours and shifts as needed.
Minimum requirements include;
1.) Basic Law Enforcement Certification in good standing through the Mississippi Board on Law Enforcement Officer’s Standards & Training (BLEOST)
2.) Sixty (60) semester hours from an accredited two-year college or four-year college or university.
AND One (1) year of experience as a law enforcement officer.
Graduation from a standard four-year high school or equivalent (GED or High School Equivalency
Diploma) AND Three (3) years of experience as a law enforcement officer.

Interested parties should complete a Mississippi State Personnel Board application from the link below and U.S. Mail or e-mail it to the Reservoir Police Department for consideration. This is the only application that will be accepted and considered.

The Reservoir Police Department is a division of the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, A Mississippi State Agency and is an equal opportunity employer.

To Download a State Service Job Application Visit; http://www.mspb.ms.gov/media/6595/application%20word%20template.pdf
Reservoir Police DepartmentPost Office Box 2180Ridgeland, Mississippi 39158

Zea Rotisserie & Bar Coming Fall of 2019

As a sign it has been too long since I last visited New Orleans, I was unmoved when Zea Rotisserie & Bar announced it was coming to Renaissance in Ridgeland.  Apparently, I am missing out!  I'll have to wait until the Fall of 2019, though.  From the recent press release:

Zea Rotisserie & Bar, part of Taste Buds Management, will soon open its location in Ridgeland, a suburb of Jackson, MS in The Renaissance at the Colony Park. With an anticipated opening of Q3 2019, the restaurant will feature an expanded bar area, communal seating and outdoor dining options as well as an exposed kitchen.
“We are excited to open in Ridgeland next year,” said Chief Operating Officer, Paul Hutson. “We believe Zea will be a tremendous complement to the mix of restaurants in the area. Our authentic open flame rotisserie and unique twist on comfort food, along with our new contemporary craft bar, will be a fantastic choice for dining and entertainment.  More importantly, we are honored to provide opportunity for our people. With this opening, we plan to add five to six managers and approximately 75 staff members to our Taste Buds family.”
Zea Renaissance will mark Zea’s 11th location in the South since the Taste Buds opened in 1997. The company has been awarded accolades like The Times Picayune’s Top Work Places in New Orleans and Full Service Restaurant’s Top 50 Emerging Chains in the Nation. Hutson contributes the business’ continued success to their commitment to the model of “culture over growth.”
Hutson continued, “At Zea and Taste Buds Management, we are firmly committed to building a great company, not just a big one. While we are determined as a business to sustain our growth plan, we will never sacrifice the values that make our company a great place to work.”
With one new store projected to open each year for the next several years, the company and its leaders look for opportunities to expand in the South and specifically in the Carolinas for 2020 and beyond.
For more information about Zea, please visit zearestaurants.com. Fans can also join in on the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@ZeaRestaurants). Taste Buds and Zea are always building for the future, and the management teams encourage all managers and staff who are seeking a great culture along with sustained growth to reach out for potential employment opportunities.

They appear to treat employment more as family and less as work. 

From the website:
Zea Rotisserie & Bar is a polished, casual restaurant where friends can meet up, share good food and have a great time. Zea is the brainchild of Hans Limburg, Gary Darling, and Greg Reggio. The first location opened in Harahan, LA in June 1997 and now has grown to locations in the Greater New Orleans Area and beyond including Covington, LA; Slidell, LA; Lafayette, LA and Baton Rouge, LA. Zea offers modern comfort food, including signature menu items, such as the Roasted Corn Grits and Thai Ribs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

PRVWSD Committee Agendas

The following committee meetings have been scheduled for Monday, July 16th at the Reservoir Community Center located at 2230 Spillway Road, Brandon:

4:00 p.m.             Parks Policy Committee
6:00 p.m.             Shoreline Development Committee

Below find the proposed agendas for these meetings.

Monday, July 16, 2018 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of April 2018 meeting.

2. Campground and Parks Report for June 2018.

3. Consideration of regulation change to allow traffic fee collections within the parks by automated machine.

4. Approval to close the Spillway Recreation Area below the dam on September 15 and 16 for the 2nd Annual Pearl River Clean Sweep.

5. Mr. Rodney Barbour’s request for discussion of the illegal placement of rebar or other foreign, dangerous materials in the lake.

Monday, July 16, 2018 6:00 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes of June 18, 2018 meeting.

2. Review and discussion of proposed plat for Windward Bluff Subdivision.

3. Approval of lease arrangement of space adjacent to Lot 782, Town of Lost Rabbit, Madison County, MS.

4. Approval to amend engineering contract with Pickering Engineering for Phase III, Baker ET AL v. PRVWSD seawall rehabilitation.

5. Approval of construction engineering and inspection contract for Lake Access Improvements Project.

6. Permission to advertise for construction contract for Lake Access Improvements Project.

7. General engineering services contract approval: Pickering Engineers, Volkert Engineering and Neel Schaffer Engineering.

8. Final approval of regulation changes for parking of boats, RVs and trailers within residential subdivisions.

Upcoming Women's Conference at St. Mark's UMC

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Passing of Fat Cake Guy

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Stewart, more familiarly known as the Fat Cake Guy -- a staple of the Reservoir and Flowood area.  It's been a while since Jim operated Fat Cake Guy, but his delectable creations will always be remembered.  Rest in Peace, Jim.

Old TripAdvisor Page.
Yelp Page.
Jim Gets Gameday Ready.

Movies N Moonlight at Winners Circle Park

Monday, July 9, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

4th of July Parades

I love that Mill Creek and Hidden Hills still have 4th of July Parades.  Fewer and fewer cities host an Independence Day celebration.  Go to the Facebook pages for the neighborhoods to see photos and videos of the parades.

Millcreek Place Subdivision
Hidden Hills Subdivision

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Boat Ramps Open Until Midnight on Saturday


Public Parks and Boats Ramps to Remain Open until Midnight for
Saturday, 30 JUNE 2018

Pearl River Valley Water Supply regulations prohibit the use of public parks, boat ramps, and other properties after hours posted at those facilities. Many of those facilities are posted to be closed at sunset; some are posted to be closed at sunset unless engaged in fishing activities. Due to the increased activity expected on the water on SATURDAY, 30 JUNE 2018, all parks and boat ramps will remain open until midnight.

Please use these facilities, leave only your footprints, and be prepared for the parks to be closed at midnight that night.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Red Dot Road Closure

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Due to the Independence Celebration activities scheduled for Saturday, 30 June, the North Fishing Jetty will close at 10:00 a.m. and remain closed for the day. North Fishing Jetty will reopen Sunday morning 1 July, 2018.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Vacation Bible Schools Still Going

Still plenty of good Vacation Bible Schools to send your kids off to.

Game on! at Flowood Baptist Church.  July 15 through July 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Ages 3 through 6th grade.

Polar Blast at Vineyard Church.  July 14 only, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Ages 4 through 12.

Shipwrecked at St. Marks UMC.  July 9-13. 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ages 3 through 6th grade.  Cost is a whopping $10, and that includes t-shirt, dinner each night, and plenty of adventure.

If you know of more, please let me know.  I will post the information here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Independence Celebration at the Rez


Independence Holiday starts with a bang
At Barnett Reservoir

Traditionally, the Fourth of July Weekend usually ends with a bang. Not this year, at least not at Barnett Reservoir where the area’s best fireworks show will be lit at 9 p.m. on Saturday June 30 over the 33,000-acre lake northeast of Jackson.

A highlight of the annual Barnett Reservoir Foundation Independence Celebration and RezFest, the dual - and dueling - fireworks show will be launched from both sides of The Rez, with a patriotic music soundtrack simulcast on MISS 103 FM.

Events are scheduled at both Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, with both offering the best viewing of the fireworks.

At Lakeshore Park, the Foundation, teaming with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, hosts the Fenders and Fireworks Classic Car Show beginning at 4 p.m.

The music lineup on the stage at Lakeshore Park has Andrew Pates and Friends from 6:00 to 9 p.m.
At Old Trace Park, the day starts at 8 a.m. with the fun Splash ’N’ Dash run sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. Later, Hairicane will rock Old Trace from 6:00 to 9 p.m.

Another highlight of the event will be a flyby by vintage military warplanes at 6 p.m., with several passes down the lake giving both parks a nice view.

Several food vendors will be present in both parks throughout the event, and each park will have a beer garden hosted by the Barnett Reservoir Foundation. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

All events are free.

The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is private non-profit organization that supports the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, a state agency that oversees operation of Barnett Reservoir.

For more information on PRVWSD and Barnett Reservoir, visit www.TheRez.ms.gov.
For information on the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, visit its website at www.barnettreservoirfoundation.org.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Race for Brain Injury Splash n' Dash 2018

It's on June 30, 2018, at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.  From the website:

Calling all runners, walkers and rollers!  The 2018 "Race for Brain Injury Dash n Splash" will be bigger and better than ever!  More teams, more families and more fun!  Register today!
 AFTER THE RACE enjoy family-friendly activities in the “Splash” Zone!  Including Water Slides, Water Balloons and Watermelons!! 
Bring your own Super Soaker and join in the fun!
 If you wish to Create or Join a TEAM, click on the Register Button and you will be asked if you want to join a TEAM.
Race Day Registration will be $30 for the 5K Run/Walk and the Fun Run will be $20
First 300 people to register for an event will receive a Race T-Shirt.

You can sleep in for this one, the race doesn't start until 9 a.m.  $25 registration fee; only $20 if you are a brain injury survivor.  Register here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Cotton Candy Heaven

The other day, my kids casually walked into the living room with a $7 bag of cotton candy (as if that is normal).  "Where did you get that", I ask. The response, "Gamma took us to Cotton Candy Heaven."  To myself, I ponder, "what is this new devilry?"

Move over The Jerky Store and Popcorn Palace; welcome Cotton Candy Heaven.  Located in the strip mall on Old Fannin Road near Penn's Fish House and Regatta Subdivision.  Check out the Facebook page here.  They apparently carry all sorts of sweet treats.  I'm way behind the bus here -- 2,700 people already "like" it on Facebook.  They are open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.  Best part, they are locally owned.  Enjoy!