Button Gwinnett Society to meet

DULUTH - Members of the Button Gwinnett Society will meet Wednesday for a discussion about battle flags within the Georgia Capitol Museum.

The meeting will be held at the 1818 Club at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building in Duluth.

Dorothy Olson, director of the Georgia Capitol Museum, will speak. She also directs tours of the Capitol, and will discuss the more than 80 historic battle flags at the Capitol and their history.

Members of the public are invited to the meetings of the Button Gwinnett Society, which are held quarterly to discuss arts and cultural affairs. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will finish at 7:30.

For more information on the Button Gwinnett Society, call 770-840-1003.

Kiwanis names new president

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jason West, vice president of corporate affairs for Richardson Housing Group, will serve as the new president of the Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club, one of the oldest service clubs in the community with more than 80 years of continuous service.

The club supports its primary philanthropic focus - children in the community - through fundraisers like the annual Pancake Breakfast, which this year served nearly 400 people, and golf tournaments.

It also organizes gifts, food and a visit from Santa Claus for about 150 to 300 local children during the holidays and conducts annual book drives. In addition, the Lawrenceville Kiwanis annually sponsor several Key Clubs for area high school students and provides college scholarships to deserving Key Club members.

In addition to West's role with the Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club, West is on the board of trustees for the new Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center and is a member of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent's Council of Community Advisors.

Local recyclers to be rewarded

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will celebrate America Recycles Day by awarding the top individual and group aluminum recycler and newspaper recycler at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett with $100 cash prizes.

Individuals, businesses, civic groups and school groups are encouraged to begin collecting recyclables to be dropped off at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett, located at 4300 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth.

America Recycles Day is Nov. 18. It is an annual event organized to educate and encourage residents across the country to recycle and buy recycled products.

Dentist gets award

SNELLVILLE - Akil A. Patel, a Snellville dentist, received the prestigious Fellowship Award at the Academy of General Dentistry in Denver.

Patel completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive written exam and fulfilled three years of continuing membership with the Academy of General Dentistry.

As a recipient of this award, Dr. Patel has joined an elite group of more than 14,000 general dentists. The Fellowship Award symbolizes excellence in the dental profession and a commitment to providing exceptional patient care.

Radio station sends 9-year-old to races

BETHLEHEM - WIMO, NewsTalk 1300-AM, sent 9-year-old Spencer LaMonica to the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Spencer won a contest for the tickets when she adopted Winder's Army and Aviation reserve units, taking them cookies every week.

Spencer has sent several care packages to Iraq and was nominated by one of her adopted soldiers while WIMO was doing a live sports remote from Beef O'Brady's. Spencer goes to Yargo Elementary school and loves racing.

Driver Services to close for holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE - All Department of Driver Services driver's license customer service centers will be closed in honor of Veterans Day on Saturday and will reopen Nov. 14.

DDS administrative offices will be closed Friday and will reopen Nov. 13.

Many transactions such as address changes and replacing a lost license can be done online at www.dds.ga.gov.

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