By FARAH BOHANNON
The Heart of Hoschton Health Fair, planned as an annual event, was a huge hit for the city and the surrounding communities. It was the first one to be held, but it was a lot of fun for all.
Several vendors attended and shared their knowledge relating to healthcare as well as providing a handful of free opportunities for guests. A health fair is also a great way to allow community members to see what is available to them close to home.
A blood mobile was parked at the far end of City Square in front of City Square Pizza for those who decided to give blood.
The health fair was sponsored by Engineering Management Inc. (EMI). In-kind sponsors included Lawson Funeral Home, Sunshine Learning Center, B & B Tax Services, Boat Customs, Whole Foods, Wilco Printing, Griz Graphics and 123-Jump. Hoschton’s event planner Jennifer Kidd said the fair would not be possible without their help and hard work. She said she was very impressed with the health fair, especially since this was the first year it has been held.
By FARAH BOHANNON
The community spoke and Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton listened.
“Building the state’s newest hospital began with planning through community workshops, forums and an online survey,” said Beth Downs, Public Relations Manager for the hospital which opened April 1.
More than 1,000 residents of Braselton and the surrounding area shared their hopes and dreams for the hospital through this process, and one of the key findings of this process was a strong desire for amenities that support wellness to be offered in the new facility.
“We are proud to announce the launch of our community education and wellness calendar of events, designed to provide a variety of free opportunities for learning, involvement, support and activity for all ages,” said Downs.
Gwinnett County will host the 12th annual Memorial Day ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 25, at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville.
The public is invited to attend this observance to pay tribute to the men and women who have served honorably in the military, during wartime or peacetime, and to memorialize the fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation.
The keynote address will be given by Sergeant Major Patrick C. Amos, 91B, Combat Medic, U.S. Army. Other officials scheduled to speak include U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash, district commissioners and the mayors of Lawrenceville and Lilburn. Law enforcement honor guard members will also take part in the ceremony.
Members of the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council Board are working hard to get ready for the next fund-raising event – the HHAC Bluegrass & BBQ set for Saturday, May 30.
This will be the first event back in the Hoschton Depot since an arson fire damaged the historical building.
“We are very honored to once again use a building that is very important to our town,” said Robbie Bettis, president of the HHAC board.
The North Georgia Bluegrass Band will provide music from 7-8 p.m. with the silent auction beginning at 7 p.m. and the live auction at 8.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the serving of BBQ plates by Frank’s BBQ including BBQ, baked beans, chips, bread, dessert and drink.
Proceeds from the Bluegrass & BBQ will help the HHAC and the Hoschton Depot Funds. For tickets or information, call 770-540-1099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Fokes is Mentor of the Year
Lindsay’s Legacy Mentoring recently celebrated 10 years of making the impossible possible, according to Joe Godfrey, chairman of the nonprofit which trains mentors
A birthday cake provided by Ferranti’s Cakery concluded the celebration with Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum and her mentee, Ruby Crimm, blowing out the candles.
Godfrey said mentors share their time, talent and treasures to enrich the lives of young people who in turn greatly enrich the lives of their mentors.
Pastor Chris Stephens gave the invocation, praying that Jack Lindsay understood the importance of mentoring. Thank you for those mentors who are pouring their lives into students who greatly accept.” He prayed for the celebration of 10 years of success, noting that a look back and a look ahead will show the best is yet to come.