Leland’s First Steps On the Road To Recovery From Hurricane Florence, Resources to Help
It’s hard to believe that just last month this newsletter was full of excitement about Founders’ Day, back-to-school and announcements about Blitz, our new K-9 Police Officer. Looking back, we now know that as we celebrated Leland’s birthday and the fireworks lit up the skies over our Town, Hurricane Florence was preparing to descend on this region, bringing a wrath of wind, rain and flooding.
Hurricane Florence broke many trees and several records, but she has not, and will not, break our spirit. I am so proud of our first responders, staff, citizens, businesses, civic groups, churches, and volunteers who are working together to help those in need and start the long process of rebuilding. We had – and still have – groups from all over the state (Greensboro and Charlotte), all over the country (Missouri, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Ohio and more), and all over the world (Canada, Israel) coming here to help us recover.
Leland hosted Missouri Task Force 1, a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Task Force from Boone County Missouri, who worked alongside our Fire/Rescue, Police and Emergency Operations staff to respond to emergencies during Hurricane Florence and in the aftermath. Together these teams evacuated and rescued hundreds of adults, children and pets from rising floodwaters. We can’t thank them enough for being here with us and saving so many lives. It is because of the unbelievably heroic work of MO-TF1 and our first responders that I can report not one life was lost in Leland due to Hurricane Florence.
When I think back on the bravery of these men, women and canines, I’m reminded of the song “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, which says: “When the night has come, and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light we see...I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid, just as long as you stand, stand by me.”
Thank you, Leland, for showing the world how we truly are a community of neighbors helping neighbors. Together we will work to bring our Town back to be stronger and better than ever!
- Mayor Brenda Bozeman -
Town Hall Meetings October 9 at 3:00 p.m. – Public Safety Committee
October 11 at 6:00 p.m. – Economic Development Committee
October 15 at 11:00 a.m. – Council Agenda
October 17 at 4:00 p.m. – Leland Tourism Development Authority
October 18 at 6:00 p.m. – Council Regular
October 23 at 6:00 p.m. – Planning Board
October 24 at 6:00 p.m. – Parks and Recreation Board
Help your commute, your health and your environment!
The Go Coast Commuter Challenge is a competition to encourage commuters to bike, walk, carpool, and use transit as much as possible. Sign up and download the "My Open Road" app to log your trips, gain points to earn prizes from local businesses. Visit wmpo.org/tdm for details.
Live at the Park Concert Series: Port City Shakedown
Thursday, October 11 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Join us in Leland Municipal Park for our FREE concert series!
Port City Shakedown plays crowd-pleasing Motown, soul, funk, top 40 and old-school hip-hop in a set designed to get you movin' and groovin'! Here's more about the band.
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, beverages, and your friends and family. La Bella Airosa food truck will be on site selling food.
Fall Movie in the Park: Coco Saturday, October 13 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and a picnic, and gather with your children at sunset to enjoy a family night out watching aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enter the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
Concessions will be available for purchase. No pets, alcohol or smoking (including e-cigarettes).
Live at the Park Concert Series: Painted Man
Thursday, October 25 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Join us in Leland Municipal Park for our FREE concert series and be prepared to dance to the blues, soul and R&B sounds of 5-piece band Painted Man. Here's more about the band.
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, beverages, and your friends and family! Poor Piggy's food truck will be on site selling food.
Trunk or Treat &
Saturday, October 27 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dress up the family, deck out a pumpkin, and join us for this popular free event!
Area businesses and community organizations decorate vehicles and pass out goodies to trick-or-treaters of all ages. Enter a vehicle here.
Show off your creative and crafty side this Halloween with an entry in the Trunk or Treat Pumpkin Contest! Bring a carved and/or decorated pumpkin to Trunk or Treat and try for a prize! Free to enter, rules and registration are here.
Kathy Irvine & Yifenn Strickland Opening Reception at the Leland Cultural Arts Center Thursday, October 11 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the works of Kathy Irvine & Yifenn Strickland at the opening reception for their exhibition at the LCAC Gallery.
Leland Cultural Arts Center Presents: Local Band Mania Saturday, October 13 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This will be a fun filled night featuring two fantastic local bands, The Baby Boomer Band and The Mango Band, performing your favorite party music from the 60's, 70's and 80's!
C.A.P.E. Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Browse through the new C.A.P.E. Magazine for a wide selection of art and craft classes at the Leland Cultural Arts Center and events happening in Leland Parks. Find it on our website or pick up a copy at the Leland Cultural Arts Center or Leland Town Hall. Register for classes in person at the LCAC or online here.