Children's shelter gets grant from Jackson EMC

LAWRENCEVILLE - A new Gwinnett children's shelter program aimed at increasing parenting skills and decreasing family violence will receive a $15,000 grant from The Jackson EMC Foundation.

Project PACTS (Parents And Children Together Succeed) uses a master's level therapist to provide weekly parenting classes that address topics such as communication, limit setting, anger, effective intervention skills and family dynamics. The program will be offered to the general public at no cost.

In addition, short-term individual family counseling will be offered to families seeking more extensive intervention than provided by the classes and support group. Teens residing at the center will also participate in biweekly classes designed to help them begin developing the parenting skills they will need later in life and better understand family dynamics and issues that brought them to the shelter. To date, the members' foundation has distributed $810,600 in assistance to 76 charitable organizations and 20 individuals in need.

Lake Lanier Association to honor groups

•LAKE LANIER - The Lake Lanier Association will honor two groups that have demonstrated significant contributions to its annual Shore Sweep.

The association plans to make this recognition an annual event, made possible by a grant from the Marion Huber Trust in New Jersey.

Cub Scout Pack 535 in Loganville will receive an award at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church of Loganville. The second award will be presented to Jeff Reno with Renegade Divers at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Sunrise Cove Marina in Flowery Branch.

High school wins competition

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Shiloh High School took the Fourth Annual Commissioner's Cup, an award for Gwinnett's military drill championship.

Military drill teams from Duluth High School, North Gwinnett High School, Parkview High School and Shiloh's Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps units competed in the event.

Parkview won first place in three events. The students were addressed this year by Lt. Col. Benjamin E. Sartain, who spoke of the importance of JROTC, as well as stressing the need for our nation's best and brightest to serve in the military. He then assisted in handing out trophies.

Parade of lights to be held Dec. 9

•LAKE LANIER - The Lake Lanier Boating Parade of Lights will be held Dec. 9.

The parade was originally held for more than 20 years by members of University Yacht Club and was opened to all boaters on the lake in 2005 when the UYC Maritime Foundation took over the event.

Once again this year, lake skippers are encouraged to decorate their boats in holiday themes to compete for various prizes and plaques. A panel of judges from area lake businesses will decide the best in category for best overall, houseboats over 55 feet, houseboats under 55 feet, cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts/pontoons.

Boats will begin forming in Flowery Branch Bay at 4:30 p.m. The parade route lasts about two hours and begins in front of Aqualand. It will continue toward Buford Dam turning just before Emerald Pointe and return past the judge's stand at Holiday Marina.

For land-based viewers, the parade can be seen from Van Pugh North and Big Creek parks. Regular park admission fees apply. Boaters who wish to view the parade from the water should remain outside of the parade route.

A mandatory meeting for contest participants will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the University Yacht Club Beach House, 6649 Yacht Club Drive. There is a $10 entry fee for participants. Registration forms can be found at local marinas, West Marine, The University Yacht Club office, or A2Z Signs on Friendship Road.

For more information regarding the UYC Maritime Foundation, visit www.universityyachtclub.org. For more information on the Lake Lanier Boating Parade of Lights, call Buddy Meeks at 678-714-1965 or 770-597-6589.

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