Mother's photo of child in Parade

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville resident Terrilyn Bayne's photo of her daughter, Mackenzie Grace, was chosen from more than 175,000 photo entries to appear in today's issue of Parade magazine.

Bayne said she couldn't resist snapping the photo of her daughter whose yawn she says "perfectly describes how the holiday preparation makes us feel sometimes."

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Red Cross disaster specialist honored

LAWRENCEVILLE - Eva Coffey, a disaster specialist at the Northeastern District Office of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross in Lawrenceville, has been named to receive a prestigious and nationally recognized Red Cross Tiffany Award for superior job performance.

Coffey was recognized for her work managing and directing relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

In early September, when evacuees from Katrina first began to seek help from the Red Cross in the Atlanta area, the Northeastern District Office was inundated by hundreds seeking assistance. Tents were erected on the grounds of the office to hold the waiting crowds and staff and volunteers worked into the wee hours of the morning to serve clients.

Because demands were far beyond the capacity of people and facilities to handle, Coffey worked with Gwinnett County Emergency Management officials to help establish what became known as the Joint Resource Recovery

Center.

Operations continued at the Joint Resource facility for about five weeks and became what is now recognized nationally as a model operation serving tens of thousands of clients and staffed by hundreds of Red Cross volunteers. Coffey was assigned as assistant manager and later became manager of the facility.

The Joint Resource Recovery Center combined resources and representatives from the American Red Cross, Alabama Baptist Convention, Atlanta Council on Aging, Emory Health Care, Federal Emergency Management Association, Georgia Community Affairs, Georgia Drivers Services, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Family and Children Resources, Georgia Department of Labor, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Department of Mental Health, Georgia Insurance Commission, Gwinnett Medical, Gwinnett Transit, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Salvation Army, Social Security Administration and the Veterans Administration.

Linder announces nominees for U.S. service academies

LAWRENCEVILLE - Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, recently announced nominees for the following U.S. service academies: Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.; and Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn., does not require a nomination.

The following Gwinnett students received a nomination from Linder: Ross Carter, Peachtree Ridge High School, USAFA; Brittany Kall, Grayson High School, USNA; Andrew Klein, Brookwood High School, USNA; Alan Lantz, North Gwinnett High School, USAFA; Devin McLeod, North Gwinnett High School, USMA; Steve Orf, Shiloh High School, USMA; Michael Springer, South Gwinnett High School, USMA; Thomas Steinhauser, Collins Hill High School, USMA; and Raymond Yoo, Collins Hill High School, USAFA.