Carol Hassell Day

in Suwanee Dec. 31

SUWANEE - Suwanee named Dec. 31 as Carol Hassell Day in honor of the retiring Suwanee City Council member.

Hassell was recognized in Tuesday's council meeting for her years of public service. A tireless environmentalist, Hassell served on Suwanee's City Council from 2001 to December 2005, and the Planning Commission from 1998 to 2001.

She helped guide the council through the development of a downtown master plan, the acquisition of approximately 200 acres of preserved greenspace, the development of new parks and nature trails and was instrumental in implementing Suwanee's Conservation Subdivision Ordinance.

Hassell organized a plant rescue project in which native plants from the Town Center location were moved to the Suwanee Creek Greenway. Hassell moved many of those plants herself.

Hassell also worked to improve the quality of life in greater Gwinnett County by working with Gwinnett County's Alternative Transportation Committee, Tree Advisory Committee, Development Advisory Committee, Comprehensive Plan Task Force and 2001 SPLOST Advocacy Committee, among others. In addition to having her own day of honor, Mayor Nick Masino and council members awarded Hassell a commemorative plaque and a six-foot Downy Serviceberry tree, the 2005 Georgia Native Plant Society Plant of the Year.

Hassell did not seek re-election to Suwanee's City Council in order to continue serving with the Georgia Wildlife Federation. Dan Foster will occupy her council seat in January.

Kiwanis makes donation money

to Meadowcreek

SUWANEE - The Kiwanis Club of Suwanee earlier this month presented the Meadowcreek High School ninth-Grade Learning Academy with a check for $960.

The academy provides freshman at Meadowcreek High School with a learning environment that encourages academic achievement, community involvement, character development, and organizational skills. The Academy relies on student, parent and teacher contributions to accomplish these goals.

The Kiwanis Club of Suwanee supports various organizations in the community and meets at noon on the first and third Tuesday at the Outback Steakhouse restaurant in Suwanee.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.