Blood drive held

in memory of

local NAACP leader

SNELLVILLE - The Centerville Community Center and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Saturday.

The drive is being held in memory of the Rev. John Stewart Jr., former president of the Gwinnett County branch of the NAACP and member of the American Red Cross Minority Recruitment Board, who died suddenly in November.

In-memory-of cards will be available for participants to sign. All cards will be sent to Stewart's family.

The drive will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Centerville Community Center at 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

Most healthy people age 17 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood every 56 days. The American Red Cross Blood Services Southern Region needs at least 1,200 people to donate each weekday just to meet the needs of hospital patients.

To make an appointment for this blood drive, call Michael Morris of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. at 404-838-0066.

City will plant tree to celebrate Arbor Day

SUWANEE - The city of Suwanee will celebrate Arbor Day by planting a 12-foot white oak at the Suwanee Crossroads Center.

The planting will take place at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at 323 Buford Highway. The public is welcome at the planting and volunteers will receive white oak, wax myrtle and red cedar seedlings.

Suwanee has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 16 years. For more information, call Senior Environmental Planner Wes Rogers at 770-945-8996 or e-mail him at wrogers@suwanee.com.

Deadline extended for litter contest

LAWRENCEVILLE - The deadline for the Youth Clean Community Challenge has been extended to Feb. 28.

The competition encourages kids in elementary and high school to develop programs in their community to fight litter. It is part of the "Litter. It Costs You" campaign launched by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2006.

More than 40 youth groups from around the state have already signed up for the competition.

Each group has the chance to receive statewide recognition and monetary prizes.

Pressure-washing rules win award

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett officials and the local chapter of the Pressure Washers of North America worked together to develop new rules for contractors who pressure-wash buildings, gas stations and parking facilities

designed to keep polluted wastewater out of streams and rivers.

The new procedures require collecting wastewater for disposal into a sanitary sewer instead of allowing it to flow to a storm drain.

The new methods won an award from the Atlanta Regional Commission and were recognized in the Environmental Sustainability category of the CREATE Community Awards program.

Details on the new procedures and a list of contractors approved by the county are available online at www.gwinnettcounty.com under the Water Resources department.

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