Volunteers take center stage Thursday

The City of Biloxi will recognize more than a hundred volunteers during the 33rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Thursday at the Biloxi Civic Center.

The free ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and is designed to recognize volunteers as individuals and groups for their service in such areas as health, community, arts and history, education, military, non-profit organizations, youth and sports. Adult and youth volunteer groups and businesses will be recognized, and a Distinguished Volunteer of the Year also will be honored.

Theme of this year’s program is “Volunteers are the Solution,” and will be highlighted in a three- to four-minute video created for the occasion.

The Biloxi Bacon Brigade will be serving fish and all the trimmings for those attending the affair.

“Volunteers are vital in everything we do as a city,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who will be participating in his first volunteers ceremony since taking office 11 months ago. “They give their most valuable asset, which is their time. This our small way of saying we appreciate what you do year in and year out.”
See the program for Thursday
See photos from the 2014 ceremony


News and notes

White House fountain: Summertime is just around the corner and city crews are getting a city landmark, the White House fountain on U.S. 90, in shape for the summer. The fountain is being drained, lights are being repaired and a new coats of paint are scheduled to be applied beginning this week. To see pre-Katrina video of the White House fountain, click here.

Dog park water: Water service has been interrupted at the Popp’s Ferry Recreation Complex and the Biloxi Dog Park while city crews repair a leak. Service is expected to be restored in a couple of days. The rec complex and park, of course, remain open. To see the Biloxi Dog Park Facebook page, click here.

Council meeting: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is seeking a compromise for dozens of pickleballers who showed up at the City Council meeting Tuesday to make sure the group had adequate court time at the Donal M. Sr. Snyder Community Center. The city’s summer camp stood to sidetrack pickleball play for two months this summer, they said. The mayor is seeking an alternate site for either the pickleballers or summer camp. To see photos from the City Council meeting, click here.