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Lanier Village mechanic honored with company award

Murrayville resident Ronnie Norris, a skilled mechanic at Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, recently was selected from more than 5,000 employees in eight states as a 2010 ACTS Retirement-Life Communities President's Award winner.

The award recognizes excellence in service to residents, concern and support for fellow employees, attitude and work performance.

Norris receives a week's additional paid vacation, a travel voucher and an engraved crystal President's Bowl signifying the honor. In addition, his picture will be displayed at the life care retirement community for the next year.

"Ronnie Norris exemplifies the ACTS philosophy of loving-kindness and dedicated service to seniors by his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty each and every day," Marvin Mashner, ACTS President and CEO, told a crowd of co-workers, residents and family members at Lanier Village Estates.

ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, the not-for-profit parent company of Lanier Village Estates, owns and manages 23 continuing care retirement communities in eight states.

2 Edward Jones officials honored with company award

Edward Jones Financial Adviser Lance Gresham and Branch Office Administrator Lisa Sullivan in the Gainesville office, recently were recognized as one of the top client service providers within the firm.

"We are honored to receive this recognition," Gresham said. "To be ranked as one of top client service providers is special because it is a direct reflection of the relationships we have with our clients."

Edward Jones, based in St. Louis, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.