Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and Development Council participated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families Food Drive. The council collected more than 3,600 pounds of nonperishable food and personal items for the needy.
The donations were celebrated at the recent full council meeting held at the William Kimsey Environmental Center in Eastanollee in recognition of National RC&D week Sept. 19-25. Most of the food and dry goods were donated to churches, food banks and food pantries in the communities where they were collected.
Among those who contributed to the food drive are the Natural Resources Conservation Services staff, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Sea Scouts, Soil Water Conservation Districts, several county administrative offices and churches, a county community garden and canning kitchen, and the Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council Members themselves. The Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Demorest. It serves 13 Northeast Georgia Counties, including Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Counties. For more information, call 706-894-1591 or visit www.chesthattrcd.org.
Investigator Wayne Sproul was chosen as the Hall County Sheriff's Citizens Academy Alumni Association as its Officer of the Year at a ceremony held Sept. 14 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Gainesville.
Sproul was chosen among nominees that included Deputy Rusty Blalock, Officer Scott Buffington, Lt. Tammy Crawford and Lt. Gene Joy, each nominated by a department within the Sheriff's Office.
Sproul was presented a gift certificate to purchase a laptop computer for his vital work as an investigator.
The ceremony was attended by Sheriff Steve Cronic; his command staff; nominees, their families and commanders; and members of the Citizens Academy Alumni Association, individuals who have attended the Academy. The two previous year's winners also attended: 2008 winner Sgt. Shane Presgraves and 2009 winner Sgt. Joe Groover.
The alumni group holds fundraisers through the year for the annual presentation, along with providing food for the Academy and special gifts to the Sheriff's Office. This year's selection committee was chaired by Kelly Attaway. All facets of the officers' service were scrutinized by the five-member committee before votes were taken.
Alex Martin was awarded the rank of Eagle, the highest rank a young man can achieve in Boy Scouts of America. He worked to complete the requirements of this rank through his final Eagle project: To design, build and install six bird identification kiosks in Williams Mill Greenspace Park, an Audubon Society-certified wildlife sanctuary at 6166 Blackjack Road in Flowery Branch.
Alex worked with the Department of Recreation and the Audubon Society, consulted with engineers and lead a team in the construction and installation of the kiosks. The structures were in place in time for an Audubon Society Bird Walk held in late September.
Alex is an active member in Boy Scout Troop 534 at Prince of Peace Church in Flowery Branch.
He is a resident of Buford and hopes to study engineering at Georgia Tech.