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Local Jazzercise participants in the recent fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation were, front row from left, Gail Drake, Sandy Merickle and Sue Beard, middle row, fro left, Ann Payton, Colleen Manji, Ingrid Boston, Amanda Hembree, Anita Sweet and Kristie Smart; top row, from left, Wanda Brown, Dominique Rodriguez, Judi Cochran. - photo by For The Times

A recent fundraiser sponsored by local Jazzercise fitness centers raised $192,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Members of Jazzercise Fitness Centers in Gainesville and Braselton joined other North Georgia members at the sixth annual benefit, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead. The top fundraiser was Dana Adams.


The Col. William Candler chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Feb. 11 to celebrate Georgia Day.

There were 32 members in attendance and 14 guests from other DAR chapters and the Lyman Hall chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Susan Lemesis, historian of the Georgia State Society National Daughters of the American Revolution, spoke on "The Guale, Georgia’s Coastal Indians."


Hall County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta on Feb. 17 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol.

The Hall County delegation was among almost 500 Farm Bureau members from 91 counties across the state participating in the event. While meeting with their state legislators, the Farm Bureau members discussed issues affecting Georgia agriculture. Georgia Farm Bureau has identified priority issues for this session of the General Assembly that include monitoring any effect the state water plan and tri-state water negotiations may have on agriculture, state budget and tax legislation, defending animal agriculture and advocating for greater fairness in the biotechnology fees Georgia farmers pay.

Also on that day, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Tom McCall presented a resolution honoring the organization in the House, and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman John Bulloch presented a resolution in the Senate proclaiming it Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol.

Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. It also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the input on issues relating to the major commodities grown in Georgia.


The congregation of 12 Stone Church in Flowery Branch recently donated $1,835 to help the Flowery Branch Better Hometown program’s Coats for Kids project.

The program’s aim is to provide needy children in the Flowery Branch area with new coats or other warm items for winter. Jean Rowe Luciani, chairwoman of the Coats for Kids project, contacts school counselors and asks them to submit sizes for children who need coats. New coats are purchased and are delivered to the school.

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