By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Good news
Christina Sullo's design, "Lust for Life," was given out as awards at the recent Governor's Tourism conference.

Ambassador Claudia Fritsche recently presented the 2009 Abit Massey Lecture at a recent meeting of the Georgia Poultry Federation and received the lecture medal and an honorarium, which she donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Fritsche is from Liechtenstein and is the country's first resident ambassador in Washington, D.C.

Jefferson ceramicist Christina Sullo was chosen to design the awards for the recent Governor's Tourism Conference, held at Lake Lanier Islands. She titled the piece "Lust for Life," inspired by the delight that comes from traveling and appreciating the beauty of Georgia.

Sullo specializes in raku, a process that uses intense heat to make pieces red hot. They're then placed in a container with combustible items. The effect is an organic pattern on the glazes and clay pieces.

She is the president of the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center in Winder and also teaches pottery on the wheel and handbuilding classes.

The Chestatee-Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and Development Council recently made a $1,000 donation to support the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. This donation will provide more than 4,000 meals in Dawson, Forsyth, Hall and Union counties.

The council's donation was made as part of this year's Community Outreach Grants.

The Chestatee-Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and Development Council is a nonprofit corporation based in Demorest. The Council serves 13 Northeast Georgia counties, including Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White.

Gateway Domestic Violence Center has received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization's annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program.

The grant will be used to provide services to children who have witnessed abuse at home and to provide occupational therapy services to victims.

Last year, Gainesville-based Gateway provided services to 1,297 individuals fleeing abuse at home. This included answering 3,185 crisis calls from victims, providing 6,126 guest nights in the shelter and assisting victims in obtaining 220 temporary protective orders.

Gateway also provides support groups to victims who live in the community who have experienced abuse at home. All of Gateway's services are free and confidential. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence at home, you can contact Gateway at 770-536-5860.

Regional events