Lake Lanier holds mini shore sweep

•LAKE LANIER - The Lake Lanier Association will hold a mini Shore Sweep April 28 at five locations around Lake Lanier as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Lake Lanier.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and volunteers may pick up bags to collect trash from the shoreline at five locations on the lake: Sawnee Campground on Buford Dam Road, Gainesville Marina, Port Royal Marina (formerly Lan Mar Marina), Nix Bridge Park and Lake Lanier Islands. Trash and Styrofoam may be taken to all locations except Lake Lanier Islands where volunteers may enter at no charge through the main gate to collect trash.

In return for a full bag of trash, the volunteers will receive either a free Shore Sweep 2007 T-shirt or, for scouts, a Shore Sweep 2007 patch, and an invitation to the Shore Sweep volunteer appreciation party which will take place after the 19th Annual Shore Sweep Sept. 29.

In 2006, more than 1,000 volunteers collected 28 tons of trash from Lake Lanier during the 18th annual Shore Sweep.

For more information, call the association at 770-503-7757 or visit

County celebrates government week with open house

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County government invites the public to an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 in celebration of National County Government Week.

The event will be held at the Rhodes Jordan Park Community Center located at 100 East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

There will be free children's activities, music, food and useful information about how county government serves its citizens.

For more information, call 770-822-7180.

Guardsman gets honored for service

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Capt. George Arp of Lawrenceville recently received a Meritorious Service Medal from Major General Terry Nesbitt, Commander of the Georgia National Guard, for his efforts as the Family Readiness Director for the Georgia Department of Defense.

The award was presented during the state conference for National Guard family readiness coordinators throughout Georgia.

Department gets rescue equipment

•LAWRENCEVILLE - New equipment to help rescue people trapped in mangled vehicles after traffic collisions is on the way to Gwinnett's Fire and Emergency Services department.

The $94,526 Holmatro Rescue Tool uses a powerful hydraulic piston to create an opening that allows rescue workers to remove injured victims. It is also useful for rescuing people trapped by natural disasters or collapsed steel and concrete structures.

Community sale seeks donations

•NORCROSS - The Impact Group and the Gwinnett Village Community Alliance are partnering for a community garage sale.

Money raised will benefit the Impact resource center and Rockbridge Elementary School.

The event will take place at 9 a.m. May 19 in

the parking lot of the Norcross Human Services Building off of Indian Trail Road.

Donations are requested for the event. To donate items, call Tom Enright at 678-808-4448 or e-mail him at For more information about either group, see www.theimpact or

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