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Let the “Bah Humbugs” begin!  We are giving you fair warning. Holiday decorations will be installed beginning this weekend so that we are ready for the first Terrific Thursday event on November 6th.   After last year’s debacle, we are working with a new company and have purchased a supply of new wreaths to mix with some refurbished older ones.  Trees around the square and the planter islands have lights installed and other new surprises have been added to help us light up the nights around Decatur.  In most areas downtown, wreaths will installed on every other pole. Next year we’ll add more new wreaths so we can expand coverage and include all of the new street lamps being added in Oakhurst and at the new downtown developments under construction.  So grumble if you have to but we hope you enjoy the magic created by holiday lights as the temperatures tumble and the nights grow longer.

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Monday, Dec. 23 and Tuesday, Dec. 24 solid waste and recycling will be picked up on the regular schedule.

The City will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 & Thursday, Dec. 26 so regular solid waste and recycling for both Thursday, and Friday will be on Friday, Dec. 27.

New Year’s Day is on Wednesday, Jan. 1 so there are no changes to the regular solid waste and recycling schedule.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

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OK, we agree, the new holiday decorations don’t measure up to our standards.  Rather than looking like swags, they look like upside down trees and they just don’t work on the street lamps.  Many of our holiday wreaths date back to 1996 and were starting to look shabby.  We thought it would be a good idea to trade them out for something different and replace the oldest wreaths with an updated design.  Boy were we wrong!  So, when you mess up, admit it,  take responsibility and fix it.  The good news is that our old wreaths are still in storage.  Our decorating company will begin switching them out but it may take a week as they fit us into their installation schedule.  The “experiments”  will be traded in for new wreaths next season and we will put this down as a lesson learned.  In the meantime, just tell your friends that they are festive arrows pointing you in the direction of great shopping and wonderful food and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's how we thought they would look

Here’s how we thought they would look

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New Blog Address!

If you’re looking for the City of Decatur’s Decatur Minute blog, please visit www.thedecaturminute.com.

Please make sure to update your bookmarks from thedecaturminute.workpress.com to www.thedecaturminute.com.

Thanks for visiting!

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Its time for the Decatur Old House Fair again!  In its 5th year, this event is a one of a kind event in the Southeast and offers owners of historic homes the chance to learn from experts on all sorts of old house issues like basement moisture, restoring historic chimneys and fireplaces, energy efficiency, and tax credits for older homes.  In addition, we have our short bites and style bites (30 minute sessions) that will explain electrical, plumbing, wood floors, aging in place along with delving into styles of homes like Craftsman, American small, American Foursquare, and Ranch.  So many sessions with so much information!

But wait!  There’s more!  We have an exhibit area filled with craftsmen, contractors, and specialty tradespeople that love old houses and provide great services to historic homeowners.  Meet, greet, and walk away with a treat at the Decatur Old House Fair

The event is this Saturday, Feb 2nd from 9 am to 4 pm.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.decaturoldhousefair.com and they are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Today is the last day to take advantage of the Living Social Deal-buy one get one free.  So, don’t wait!  Go to https://www.livingsocial.com/events/569782-2013-decatur-old-house-fair-tickets and score your deal!

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Hungry for Dinner?

If you are running out of ideas for home cooked meals, Universal Joint in Oakhurst just posted on their Facebook page that they have some new, limited-time menu items right now.

Limited time specials menu:
Marinated hanger steak with garlic mash and mixed garden vegetables. Blackened chicken with penne past and tomato basil cream sauce served with ciabatta garlic bread. Fried pork chop with garlic mash and mixed garden vegetables. Also just put on tap Decatur’s own Blue Tarp Brewery. We’re pouring their Bantam Weight, which is their irish red ale.

I don’t know about you, but they had me at Ciabatta Garlic Bread!

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Pickup services for both Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, will be Wednesday, Dec. 26

New Year’s

Pickup services for both Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, will be Wednesday, Jan. 2


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The City of Decatur will join with cities in Henry County and other cities throughout the state by ringing church bells 26 times on Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. in memory of the twenty children and six adults lost in the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

All churches and institutions with bells are invited to participate to help us show the people of Newtown that we share in their grief.  If you have no bells to ring, then please pause at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to think about the 26 victims of this tragedy and those who knew and loved them.

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Decorate Decatur Winners!

Despite the wind and the rain, Decatur residents and businesses put on quite a display of holiday lights and décor! You’ll see a wide variety of decorating styles in Decatur this year- everything from classic white lights and greenery to vintage Santa cut outs and inflatable snowmen. You’ll even find a huge, candle-lit menorah complete with the Toy Story dinosaur and pig!

This year’s Commissioners Cup winner mixed colorful lights, adorable inflatables, and festive greenery. Congratulations to our friends and neighbors at 208 Mead Road!


Nine other homes took home Decorate Decatur prizes as well this year and are listed and pictured in no particular order below


176 Garland Ave


141 Jefferson Place


428 East Davis


156 Vidal Blvd.


419 Glenn Circle


428 Sycamore Street


1007 S. Candler St


203 4th Ave

Congratulations to all of our winners and Happy Holidays!

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ImageThere are still a few tickets left for the Decatur Business Association’s annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning at from 8-10am at the Downtown Decatur Courtyard. Tickets are available here, but will sell out soon!

Don’t forget that next Thursday is the DeKalb History Center’s Night at the Museum event for the final Terrific Thursday of the year. Drop the kids off for a night of craft, entertainment, and holiday treats while you shop and dine in downtown Decatur!

$5 for DHC members and $10 for non-members 

For more information or to register contact Leslie at borger@dekalbhistory.org or 404-373-1088, extension 20.

Finally, be sure to Keep It Indie-Catur for all of your last minute holiday shopping this year! 


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