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Al Forziati

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. has awarded a Community-on-My-Mind grant to the Gainesville Federated Garden Clubs for the Redbud Project, a model for Hall County environmental conservation.

The award will assist development of a native plant preserve that will promote awareness of Hall County’s biodiversity of native trees, shrubs and herbs and demonstrate environmental conservation methods.

The grant funds are being applied to the initial phases of the rehabilitation of the preserve site for eradication of invasive plant species that inhibit native plant species’ growth.

Made possible by a donation from the Georgia Power Foundation, the grant supports community work that benefits the public in keeping with the mission of the Garden Club of Georgia to promote beautification, conservation and education. As required, the grant funds have been matched by contributions from South Hall Kiwanis Club and the Azalea, Dogwood, Fleur de Lis and Gainesville-Gateway garden clubs.

The Gainesville Federated Garden Clubs Council is a member of the Laurel District of the Garden Club of Georgia and the Deep South Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club primarily based in Barrow, Hall and Jackson counties recently began its third year of operation. The group will hold a 24-hour "field day" June 25-26 in Braselton. The group is comprised of individuals who enjoy utilizing their radios in emergencies and promoting the hobby of amateur radio. Membership is open and encouraged for anybody regardless of their home address or county of residence. The club holds its monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the community room of the Braselton Police and Municipal Building on Ga. 53. For more information visit or call Warren Walker at 706-654-6347.



The Colonel William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its annual awards on March 10 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. The following awards were given to area students:

DAR Good Citizen Award for high school seniors:

Melissa Crain of Johnson High, Rachel Glazer of North Hall, Claire Graff of Lakeview, Sarah Justus of West Hall and Melissa Bailey of Chestatee.

DAR Good Citizenship Award for eigth-graders:

Matthew Pruitt of Chestatee Middle, Mayra Layva of Davis Middle, Melanie Raper of East Hall Middle, Nolen Bryant of Gainesville Middle, John Lipold of Lakeview, Sydney Bokelman of North Georiga Christian, Emily Barnes of North Hall Middle, Andrea Nunez of South Hall Middle and Bettsy Ramos of West Hall Middle.

American History Essay Awards:

Maysun Hale of Chestatee Middle, Cody Stephens of Chestatee High and Kaelan DeLong of Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy.

Junior American Citizens Awards:

Hannah James of Enota for poetry, Haley Davenport of Enota for stamp, Maysun Hale of Chestatee Middle for essay, Israel Esqueda and Mason Roland of Enota for posters, and Emma Daniel and Steven Ong of Enota for American History Good Citizens.

Jack Frost and Susan Hosford were presented with Community Service Awards for outstanding volunteerism. Barbara Stevens was presented the Certificate of Award for Excellence as chairwoman of DAR Magazine.

When talking to fans of World Wide Entertainments’ (WWE) Wrestle Mania about what it takes to be a citizen-soldier and the opportunities the Georgia Army Guard has to offer, it is not always necessary to be serious. Sometimes, the best way to reach people is to simply have fun.

More than 15 Army Guard recruiters and marketing specialists were working three different venues in the days leading up to Wrestle Mania 27 on April 3.


Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Martin, who works at the Guard recruiting office in Dahlonega, said an estimated 40,000-plus wrestling fans had already passed through the exhibition center, many of them stopping to get their photo made with the Georgia Army Guard-sponsored car of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.


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