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Gainesville Mayor Ruth Bruner presents a proclamation to Ed. Rigel Sr., vice president of the Lyman Hall Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Employees of The Longstreet Clinic recently celebrated their weight loss.
Starting in January, 55 participants divided into 11 teams, and by April 15 had lost more than 367 pounds.
The first-place team, “Thin to Win,” lost 10 percent of the members’ body weight and won $275 to share. Members were Brenda Cates, Brent Mize, Dr. Brett Barger, Mindi Canupp and Sara Hall. The second-place team, “Daddy and the Cupcakes,” lost 8 percent of team members’ body weight and won $165 to share. Members were Marcelo Fuentes, Kimberly Savage, Diane Wiegand and Stephanie Rhineha.
The top individual winner, Brenda Cates, lost 18 percent of her body weight and received the grand prize of $110.
The challenge was implemented to educate staff on the health issues associated with obesity. The goal was to reduce body weight in a friendly, supportive, competitive atmosphere while promoting a positive corporate culture.

Sawnee EMC recently made a donation to local charities from its Operation Round Up campaign, which allows Sawnee EMC members to voluntarily “round up” their power bill to the next dollar to help their communities.
Local charities receiving funds in May were:

  • CASA for Children
  • Reading Education Association of Dawson County, Inc.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Georgia Lions’ Camp for the Blind, Inc.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society, Inc.

Since its inception, the Sawnee Foundation has donated more than $913,000 to local charitable organizations, youth scholarships and Bright Ideas classroom grants.

Members of the East Hall High School class of 1960 recently gathered for their 50th reunion.
The event included a week of activities, including a cruise on Lake Lanier. Members who attended the events included Carol Tyner Aiken,  Milton Campbell,  Imogene Berry Cavender, Janice Miller Cook, Barbara Humphries Dale, Sandra Dunagan Deal, David Dorsey, Broadus Duncan Libby Hooper Norris, Louise Dryer Ray, Gary Reynolds, Annette White Lamson,  Hilda Moss Whitmire, Joe McGinnis, Jeanette Miller Liotta, Joanne Suggs Honeycutt, Joyce Barrett McDonald, Terra Wallace Manton, Sandra Thompson, Judy Pirkle Adams, Lewis Adams, Patsy Whiting Nix, Larry Nix, Jerrol Kinsey, Ray Rector, Janice Buffington Yonce, Wayne Miller, Carol Wood Latty, Willie Mae Alexander Herrin, Johnny Merck, Gloria Martin Stanley, Tommy Cato, Hollis Crocker, Oneal Latty and William Sailors.

The Lyman Hall Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, in conjunction with the Col. William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, recently sponsored a Patriots Day celebration at the Northeast Georgia History Center in Gainesville.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the colors and the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble sang the “National Anthem.” Gainesville Mayor Ruth Bruner and Hall County Commission Chair Tom Oliver presented a joint proclamation proclaiming April 19 as Patriots Day in Gainesville and Hall County

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee recently announced winners of the Residential Beautification Award from various sections of Gainesville and Hall County. Award winners were nominated by neighbors and friends and selected by members of the Chamber’s Beautification Committee.
Spring Residential Beautification Award winners were:
Louise Kennedy of 710 Honeysuckle Lane in Gainesville.
Judy Goddard of 6492 Wauka View Drive in Clermont.
Other nominees included the Foys, 2176 Riverside Drive in Gainesville; the Stephens, 5330 Raintree Trail in Oakwood; and Gloria Sorrells, 6200 Bethel Road in Murrayville.

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