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POSTED: March 1, 2009 1:00 a.m.
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Employees of The Longstreet Clinic recently were honored by the March of Dimes for a "decade of dedication" to the organization.

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The Col. William Candler Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution held its second annual Georgia Day Celebration on Feb. 12.

Among those in attendance were Barbara Chastain, Georgia state regent, and Christine Napier, Georgia Day state chairwoman, along with Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras, City Councilman George Wangemann and members of the Lyman Hall Sons of the American Revolution chapter and other Daughters of the American Revolution chapters.

Guest speaker was Steve Gurr, who gave a presentation on early Georgia history. A business session followed the official program, during which Rosemary Dodd presented her original painting, "Belles of Freedom" to Chastain to be hung at Meadow Garden. Meadow Garden was the home of George Walton, Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence, and is owned by the Georgia State Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.

March of Dimes recently honored The Longstreet Clinic for "a decade of dedication" at its 2009 campaign kickoff last month.

From 1998 to 2008, The Longstreet Clinic donated more than $180,000 to help the March of Dimes fulfill its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. This year, The Longstreet Clinic again will serve as host and presenting sponsor for Hall County’s March for Babies on May 2.

The Longstreet Clinic is a multi-specialty medical group that includes 76 doctors, 38 mid-level providers and 13 specialties with offices in Gainesville, Oakwood, Buford, Braselton, Dahlonega, Baldwin, Demorest and Toccoa.

Elachee Nature Science Center recently received a Five Star Restoration Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation for its Chicopee Woods Weed Control Project. The grant, funded by the Southern Co., focuses on restoring riparian forests by controlling exotic invasive plants.

This is the second year Elachee has been awarded the grant. This year, the award is worth $78,000, of which $30,000 is grant funding. Additionally, for diligent pursuits of weed control in 2008, Elachee received a plaque, which is located in the overflow parking lot at the Lake Trail entrance.

Together with the Cooperative Weed Management Area, Elachee is working to remove exotic invasive plants, restore habitats and educate the public. Chinese privet, microstegium and kudzu will be treated during a five-year control plan. Beyond that, the grant will also help detect and respond to new invasives while they are still in early stages of development.



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