Residents get keys

LOGANVILLE - Loganville residents whose homes were destroyed by fire will receive keys to their new houses in a ceremony today.

Four homes were destroyed in the March fire that was set by three boys ages 7, 10 and 11.

Ann Sorrow, a spokeswoman for Meridian Homes, said the ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. today and will include a $5,000 donation for the fire department to help fund upgrades.

Walton EMC places in competition

MONROE - Walton Electric Membership Corp. line technicians made an impressive showing at the Georgia Lineman's Rodeo in Perry, bringing home a second-place win.

Held annually for 13 years, this is the first year that Walton EMC has entered a team in the competition, which was held May 5 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.

Ryan West, Bradley McCallister, Dustin Richardson, Preston Roberts and Brandon Waters competed for Walton EMC. Greg Pannell served as a coach for the team. David Fitzpatrick and Brad Adcock represented Walton EMC as judges.

The team competed in a written test, hurt man rescue, normal-open switch installation and a mystery event.

West received a second-place award for the normal-open switch installation event.

Dog watch meets

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Neighborhood Dog Park Watch will be meeting at Graves Park in Norcross at

6 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone 18 years of age or older who is interested in enhancing safety at the county's dog parks is invited to attend. Dogs also welcome.

The goal of the Neighborhood Dog Park Watch program is to enhance the quality of Gwinnett County parks through an alliance between park patrons, Neighborhood Park Watch volunteers, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, and the Gwinnett County Park Police.

Graves Park is located at 1540 Graves Road in Norcross. For more information, call 770-822-5007 or visit

Retirement seminar will be held today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Those approaching retirement are invited to attend a senior awareness workshop hosted by The Lloyd Group Inc., a retirement planning and asset preservation firm based in Suwanee, at the Gwinnett Senior Learning Center in Lawrenceville.

The workshop will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

Certified estate planner Mark Lloyd's presentation focuses on challenges facing retirees today, including preserving assets from the expensive cost of nursing home care, reducing taxes on Social Security income, avoiding nursing home stays with Home Care Programs, increasing spendable income during retirement and managing an estate using wills, trusts, living wills and power of attorney.

The workshop will also include information on ways to shelter retirement and 401(k) savings from future losses and how to receive high interest income with no risk of principal.

The workshop is free and food will be provided, but seating is limited.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-450-2737. The Gwinnett Senior Learning Center is located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville.

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