VFW gets award

LAWRENCEVILLE - A local Veterans of Foreign Wars post has received a national award.

VFW Post 5255 of Lawrenceville received the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citation certificate for adopting a Georgia National Guard unit, helping the unit's family members relocate after Hurricane Katrina and hosting a welcome-home parade and banquet in the unit's honor.

Barrow's Fire

and Emergency

Services honored

WINDER - Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation recently named Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services as the 2006 Department of the Year.

The department was chosen for its efforts at fire prevention and education, as well as its ability to efficiently put out a fire, Lt. Scott Dakin said.

The department earned the award in part for their Children After the Fire program, Dakin said. This program is designed to help reduce trauma in children who have experienced a fire by giving them counseling and education.

"The program was started by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and we are the first department in the state to get it going," Dakin said. "We will also be a leader in the training when other departments start their own programs."

Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services personnel participate in the Mentor Program with Barrow County Schools and the Safety Zone coalition, a child injury prevention program and established the Community Emergency Response Team in 2006. The department is developing a Critical Incident Stress Management Team to educate public safety personnel in how to handle the emotions caused by a critical incident.

"The industry has changed dramatically over the last 20 years - its not just running calls, anymore," Dakin said.

Berkeley Lake named Tree City

BERKELEY LAKE - For the eighth year in a row, Berkeley Lake has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

This national recognition is bestowed on cities who demonstrate a commitment to community forestry.

Residents to pick photos for map

ATLANTA - The State Transportation Board agreed to a new method of choosing photos for the state highway map - putting the selection into the hands of the people.

For the 2008 map, the public is encouraged to submit photos to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The photos will be reviewed by GDOT staff and board members will select the winning entry for their respective congressional districts.

Additional information can be found on the GDOT Web site - www.dot.state.ga.us - March 1.

Suwanee golf course recognized

SUWANEE - The River Club in Suwanee has recently been named a Residential Course of Distinction.

It was also listed 29th on the Top 50 Best New Golf Courses in the United States by Golfweek.

Developer Crescent Resources LLC, has unveiled plans to build a clubhouse that will complement the award-winning golf course designed by Greg Norman and the homes that are in the community.

The new clubhouse is the next phase in the guard-gated community. It borders the Chattahoochee River and has views of the championship golf course designed by Chapman Coyle Chapman of Atlanta. The craftsmen-inspired clubhouse will feature amenities such as a pro shop, along with men's and women's lounges and locker facilities. The clubhouse will have fireplaces throughout, a variety of dining options, a club library, spa services and an outdoor lodge pavilion.

The community also features an award-winning Lakeside Family Sports Center, including eight lighted tennis courts, a competition pool, a fitness center, outdoor pavilions and an esplanade overlooking the five lakes for fishing. There is also Crescent's signature full-time activities director who coordinates year-round programming for member families.

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